Friday, September 21, 2018

My New Book Cover! What Do You Think?



I have a new romantic suspense coming out soon and I can hardly wait for you to read it! It's called Second Look and it's the fourth book in my Griffin Force series. I am so excited to share this one! I think it's been one of my favorite to write. 

Here's the cover and back copy. What do you think? *bites fingernails*

When the most wanted terrorist in the world escapes from a high security prison, Nate Hughes is part of the task force sent to recapture him. During the mission, he meets Abby, and she seems like every other intelligence officer he’s ever worked with---focused, capable, and confident. Nate assumes she’s one of the good guys, but when her past is revealed, her loyalties are called into question. Could she have turned against the country she once held dear?

Nate isn’t sure.

With a terrorist attack imminent, Abby seems to be the only person in a position to help them stop it before it happens, but if she is a traitor, all is lost. Nate must make a choice to either trust her or turn her in---and the wrong decision would clear the path for the largest attack on freedom the world has ever seen.

And time is running out.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

In the Non-Fiction Corner---Slave Stealers: True Accounts of Slave Rescues Then and Now

In the Non-Fiction Corner with Lauren


This book. I have a feeling that I won't be able to describe to you how much I liked it and how well written it was. But, for the sake of this post, I am going to try anyway.

First of all, I (probably like you) don't usually seek out books on slavery. I have lots of siblings and teach elementary school, so I usually feel sick when I read about children suffering. But this book is different. Even though Tim Ballard doesn't spare you the details, this book focuses on hope. You can't wait to hear the rest of the story and see what the people he writes about are able to overcome. I could not stop reading, I almost finished the entire book in one sitting!

Here's why. This book switches between two stories. Apparently, not only does Tim Ballard save children but he is also an expert in American history. Could he get any cooler? So the two stories are how Ballard saved many, but specifically two very special children in Haiti, and how a slave in the 1800's named Harriet Jacob saved herself and her two children from the darkness of slavery. But how Ballard tells the stories is truly genius! You're reading along and get to the end of the chapter, and can't wait to see wait to see what happens next. But then he switches back to the other story! You're torn because both are suspenseful and you can't wait to finish one, so you have to keep reading until, next thing you know, its 2 a.m.

If you want to feel love for people you've never met, read this book. If you need some new heroes, read this book. If you want to start making a difference and change your own life, READ THIS BOOK. Ballard is doing incredible things, and I love that he is sharing it with the world. He has seen things in our day and learned about the past and through quotes, stories, and personal experiences, Tim Ballard is changing even more lives through his book.

You can get your own copy of Slave Stealers here

Here's the back copy:

In the 1800s American South, Harriet Jacobs is enslaved and tormented by a cruel master. He relentlessly attempts to force her into a sexual union, and, when rebuffed, he separates her from her children and spends a lifetime trying to coerce her and then recapture her when she escapes to freedom. Jacobs outwits her tormentor and eventually reunites with her children, works in the cause of abolition and reform, and helps newly freed slaves with education and aftercare.

In 2012, Timothy Ballard encounters a grieving father in Haiti whose three-year-old son has been kidnapped and sold into slavery, along with thousands of children who were orphaned after an earthquake devastated the country. Inspired by Harriet Jacobs, Tim pledges to track down the missing child and leaves his job at the Department of Homeland Security to establish Operation Underground Railroad. This foundation infiltrates black markets in human trafficking, liberates victims, and provides a comprehensive aftercare process involving justice and rehabilitation for survivors.

Slave Stealers alternates these two riveting stories, weaving them together to expose the persistent evil of trafficking and sexual exploitation that has existed for centuries—and inspiring us to find a way to end it. Filled with heartbreaks and triumphs, miracles and disappointments, hair-raising escapes and daring rescues, this gripping book provides insight into this terrible evil and the good that can be done when caring people step up and stand in the light.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Book Review and a Giveaway!



I was happy to be a part of the blog tour for Rachel Sullivan's new book, Creating Your Forever Family. As a mother of eight children, I'm always looking for new ideas to bind my family closer together.

This book takes a closer look at nine principles from The Family: A Proclamation to the World. I've read that document dozens of times, but I really liked the insight this author had in truly applying those principles in my home. There were lots of ideas, quotes, stories, and activities that I could use as I talk to and teach my children. There are also application questions at the end of each chapter that I thought were helpful. The author has an easy style to her work and includes things she's tried in her own family that made it really relatable for me. I think this would be a perfect book to really jumpstart discussions on several gospel principles and a good guideline for different principles you could work on as a family. I know I'll be re-reading this one!

You can get your copy here

Don't forget to scroll down and enter the giveaway!

 

Here's the back copy:

Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. It has been decades since the family proclamation was first presented to members of the Church by President Gordon B. Hinckley. But despite the passage of time, the counsel provided in the family proclamation is ever more vital in these tumultuous last days. Creating Your Forever Family is an indispensable resource, providing practical application of the nine principles outlined in the family proclamation. Featuring counsel from Church leaders and stories of these principles in action, this book offers ways to incorporate these values in everyday life, from interview questions to help kids open up, to game night ideas, to fun family dinner conversation starters. Families will be strengthened as each member gets involved in the discussions and applications. Now is the time to fortify families and truly embrace the principles of this great proclamation.



Blog Tour Schedule:

*Sept. 17th: http://fireandicereads.com/, https://www.rockinbookreviews.com/
*Sept. 18th : https://brightlystreet.com/, http://empowermoms.net/
*Sept. 19th: http://ldswritermom.blogspot.com/, https://joyinthemoments.wordpress.com/
*Sept. 20th: https://www.singinglibrarianbooks.com/, http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com/, https://ldsandlovinit.blogspot.com/
*Sept. 21st: http://heidi-reads.blogspot.com/, http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

YouTube Review of My Book

I came across a YouTube review of one of my earliest books, All's Fair. The reviewer, Angie Esquivel, was so complimentary and even said that this was one of her favorite books and she read it off and on all through junior high and high school! That brought a smile to my face.

She does say that she wished there was a little more to the ending and I wanted to reach out and hug her! My publisher thought that my ending was too "cheesy" so they cut it. I was always a bit sad about that because I loved that ending. I need to post my ending of the book as a deleted scene or something so people can see what I always meant to say with that story. The reviewer also wanted to know what happened to the characters a few years down the road and I hope she read the next book in the series, Dangerous Connections!

Anyway, here is the review if you were interested. It was definitely a little bright spot in my day today!


Monday, September 17, 2018

Book Club Guest Author For September!

I am so excited to have Shannon Guymon for our book club author this week. She writes endearing happily-ever-after romances and I've really enjoyed several of her series just because of the way she writes such memorable characters. If you haven't read her books, you should definitely give her a try!

You can see her book list here

If you have any questions for Shannon, you can leave them in the comment trail. I will be happy to get the answer for you on video!

Here's a little more about Shannon:

I live in Utah with my six children and I'm the author of thirty-three books so far. I write YA Paranormal Romance under my pen name, Katie Lee O'Guinn. I enjoy the outdoors, reading and being with my children. I'm also a supporter of the Operation Underground Railroad. They're an amazing organization that rescues children from slavery. To read more about them, go to: https://www.ourrescue.org/

As you've probably already guessed, I'm a huge believer in happy endings. Scarlett really should have been happy with Rhett and it's a darn shame Leo and Kate didn't float safely into New York on the Titanic. Don't even get me started on Romeo and Juliet.

Doesn't she sound fun? I can't wait to get to know her better.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Freebie Friday!


If you're looking for a cute historical romance to read this weekend, Heidi Ashworth is offering Lord Haversham Takes Command for free!

Here's the back copy:

Lord Haversham feels as if he is always running, first from Lord and Lady Avery, his foolish parents, then from the consequences of a schoolboy prank gone awry. Now a secret service agent to the young Queen Victoria, he has run back to England from traitors who seek his life. Little does he know he is running into danger of a different kind; the perceptive, sapphire-blue gaze of his childhood love, Miranda Crenshaw. How is he to win her heart without giving away his secret and endangering the life of the Queen?

Mira's parents, Sir Anthony and Lady Crenshaw, had always assumed their daughter would wed her lifelong friend, Harry. However, when he returns to England after a long absence, gone is the boy they had known and loved. Instead he is Bertie, a silly fop exactly like his flibbertigibbet parents. As such, her parents feel obliged to wed her to George, the young Duke of Marcross, whom Mira despises. Instead, she dreams of the man Harry was meant to be. When she catches a glimpse of him beneath his silly facade, she must find a way to persuade her parents he is the man for her--before he once again runs out of her life.

You can get your free copy here

Thursday, September 13, 2018

My Work in Progress Update and a Title Reveal!

I am so excited to share my new book with you. It's the fourth book in the Griffin Force series and picks up where The Capture left off. It's Nate's story and while he's in the middle of an investigation, he meets a very mysterious woman. She seems to have roots in military intelligence, but when she lands in the middle of a dangerous situation, her loyalties are called into question.

I love these characters and it was so fun to go back to write more about them. I hope you love it, too!

The new book is titled . . . 

*drum roll*

Second Look


I will have the cover reveal at the end of the month and it will be released in November. I really can't wait!