Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Book Review: World's Greatest Adventure Machine & $25 Giveaway!


I'm so happy to be part of the tour for Frank Cole's new book, The World's Greatest Adventure Machine. Our family has loved Frank's books and this one was no exception!

The book is reminiscent of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when four children win a contest to take a ride on the World's Greatest Adventure Machine. Each child has their own challenges and that makes it all the more exciting when they get sent on an adventure that no one could have predicted!

The story had a lot of twists and turns which made my kids ask for one more chapter to be read, long after I should have stopped so they could sleep. The problems the characters are faced with were so exciting, suspenseful, and fun and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing how everyone's ideas panned out as they tried to get out of the situation. There were also a few chapters that sparked conversations about how we decide what to believe and how first impressions can be deceiving. I think this one will definitely go on our family's to-be-read-again shelf.

Don't forget to scroll down and enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

You can get your copy of The World's Greatest Adventure here

Here's the back copy:

An adventure novel about four lucky kids and a mysterious, but thrilling ride for fans of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Jurassic Park!

CastleCorp and the famous Castleton brothers are unveiling the World’s Greatest Adventure Machine! The roller coaster is an experience like no other, and four lucky kids have won the chance to be the first to ride it.

There’s Trevor, whose latest stunt got him in trouble at school again. There’s Devin, whose father is pushing him to be the next Internet sensation. Nika’s wealthy grandfather isn’t too pleased about her participation. And Cameron, he’ll be the first to tell you, is a certified genius.

The whole world is watching. But as the kids set off on their journey, they begin to realize that there is perhaps more to their fellow contest winners than meets the eye. And the Adventure Machine? It might just have a mind of its own.

Join the contestants on their wild ride if you dare. Your adventure starts now!



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My Favorite Romance Awareness Month Giveaway! You Can Win!



I am loving Romance Awareness Month and it's National Relaxation Day! What better way to relax than with a book?

I've saved my very favorite Proper Romance for today's giveaway---The Sheriffs of Savage Wells by Sarah Eden. I'm so excited for the person who wins this one!

I laughed out loud, cried along with the characters, and sighed when I closed the book. You will love it! And it's so easy to enter to win a print copy of your very own! This one is definitely a keeper.

Don't forget to scroll down and enter for your chance to win! (U.S. addresses only please.)

Here's the back copy:

The small town of Savage Wells is barely big enough for the people who call it home; it certainly isn’t big enough for more than one sheriff.

Yet when famed lawman Cade O’Brien rides into town, he finds he’s not the only man ready to take on the job. What’s more, one of his competitors is a woman.

Paisley Bell loves her town and the eccentric people in it. She’s been the job to anyone else. Not only does she love the work, but she also needs the income to take care of her ailing father.

It’s a true battle of the sexes, and sparks fly between the two as Cade and Paisley banter and boast, neither one ready to acknowledge the attraction they have for each other. But when Paisley’s former beau shows up, along with a band of bank robbers, Savage Wells is suddenly faced with the kind of peril that only a sheriff can manage. Who will be man enough—or woman enough—to step up, claim the badge, and save the town?



Monday, August 14, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway!


I'm so thrilled to be part of the blog tour for Nancy Campbell Allen's new novel, The Secret of the India Orchid. Nancy Campbell Allen is one of my favorite authors and she has really outdone herself with this one!

Anthony Blake believes he has found the love of his life in Sophia Elliot. She is kind and thoughtful, smart and beautiful. She's everything he could ever want and after the war and the spying he was asked to do, he's ready to settle down and reach for happiness. But when the Crown comes calling with another dangerous assignment, he can't turn it down---everyone he loves is in danger, including Sophia. Anthony is forced to throw away the one chance at love he's had and it breaks his heart. Yet, two years later, he's thrown together with Sophia and his feelings haven't changed. But his dangerous assignment isn't over and Sophia is right in the middle of it now. Can he protect her from those who want to cause her harm without revealing his true feelings? Or will he be forced to push her away again and lose any shred of happiness he might have found?

I loved this story. Anthony is a strong hero who isn't perfect, but tries his best to take care of his responsibilities, no matter how distasteful. I love how much he valued Sophia for more than her beauty or talents, but for the things her background had taught her, her observant tendencies, and how much trust he placed in her during dangerous situations. I thought their relationship was very believable and I felt all the emotions swirling around them as they tried to figure out if they could ever be together. The setting is outstanding, the author is able to convey the feeling of India with the tastes and scents, along with the scenery. She definitely did her research and incorporated it seamlessly into the story.

This is also a mystery and I could not for the life of me figure out who the villain was until right before it was revealed! I had my suspicions, of course, but you know it's a good mystery when there are several people who could be the culprit and each one had motive and means!

I really didn't want this story to end and it will definitely go on my rainy day shelf to be read again. I highly recommend it for those who love a good mystery mixed with an even better romance.

Today is the last day to enter the giveaway to win a print copy of The Secret of the India Orchid. Don't miss your chance to win! You can enter the giveaway here

Here's the back copy:

Anthony Blake, the Earl of Wilshire, is in love with his best friend’s sister, Sophia Elliot. But his plans to court her are put on hold when he is forced to resume his role as an undercover spy for the Crown. A secret document listing the names of the entire network of British spies—including his own—has been stolen. To protect Sophia, Anthony cuts off all ties to her and exchanges his life as an honorable earl for the facade of a flirtatious playboy.

Heartbroken and confused, Sophia travels to India, hoping to find healing in one of the most exotic regions of the British Empire. But the exotic land isn’t as restful as she had hoped. Instead, she finds herself embroiled in a mystery of a missing sea captain, a possible murder, and a plot that could involve the prince of India. And when Anthony appears at the British Residency, asking questions and keeping his distance from her, she is stunned.

She still loves him, and, in her heart, she knows he loves her too. But how can she rebuild her relationship with him if he won't confide in her? Does she dare offer her heart to him a second time, or will their love be lost under the India sun?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Freebie



Today's Friday Freebie is Dream With Me, Cowboy by Debra Clopton. I don't think I've read anything by her before, so I'm interested to read this one!

You can download your free Kindle copy here

Here's the back copy:

Dream With Me, Cowboy is book 1 of an addictively fun Christian romance series! Hairstylist Lacy Brown believes love is in the air and the hair when she drives her ancient pink convertible into town and joins forces with three matchmakers who've started a national "wives wanted" ad campaign to save their dying town. The women will come~she believes and she’ll help each of them find their happily-ever after… But she’s not looking for love…

From the moment rancher Clint Matlock and Lacy Brown collide the unpredictable spitfire turns his life upside down and suddenly he’s having trouble keeping his mind on stopping rustlers...
If you like fast paced, well written romance with loveable characters you’ll love this series! These stories will be etched into your heart forever! What a wonderful little town Debra Clopton's created ~ get your copy today!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

FOUR Free Books Today!



I know, I know, tomorrow is Freebie Friday, not today! But I saw this deal and couldn't resist passing it along.

It's FOUR free Western romance novels from Liz Isaacson. You know what you want to be doing this weekend, right? A good book, your favorite snack, cozied up in your favorite chair? Sounds good to me!

You can download your four free novels here

Here's the back copy:

This Christian western romance boxed set contains four novels in the Three Rivers Ranch Romance series - Fifth Generation Cowboy, Sixth Street Love Affair, The Seventh Sergeant, and Eight Second Ride.

Fifth Generation Cowboy: A Three Rivers Ranch Romance (Book 4): Tom Lovell has watched his friends find their true happiness on Three Rivers Ranch, but everywhere he looks, he only sees friends. Rose Reyes has been bringing her daughter out to the ranch for equine therapy for months, but it doesn't seem to be working. Her challenges with Mari are just as frustrating as ever. Could Tom be exactly what Rose needs? Can he remove his friendship blinders and find love with someone who's been right in front of him all this time?

Sixth Street Love Affair: A Three Rivers Ranch Romance (Book 5): After losing his wife a few years back, Garth Ahlstrom thinks he's ready for a second chance at love. But Juliette Thompson has a secret that could destroy their budding relationship. Can they find the strength, patience, and faith to make things work?

The Seventh Sergeant: A Three Rivers Ranch Romance (Book 6): Life has finally started to settle down for Sergeant Reese Sanders after his devastating injury overseas. Discharged from the Army and now with a good job at Courage Reins, he’s finally found happiness—until a horrific fall puts him right back where he was years ago: Injured and depressed. Carly Watters, Reese's new veteran care coordinator, dislikes small towns almost as much as she loathes cowboys. But she finds herself faced with both when she gets assigned to Reese's case. Do they have the humility and faith to make their relationship more than professional?

Eight Second Ride: A Three Rivers Ranch Romance (Book 7): Ethan Greene loves his work at Three Rivers Ranch, but he can't seem to find the right woman to settle down with. When sassy yet vulnerable Brynn Bowman shows up at the ranch to recruit him back to the rodeo circuit, he takes a different approach with the barrel racing champion. His patience and newfound faith pay off when a friendship--and more--starts with Brynn. But she wants out of the rodeo circuit right when Ethan wants to rejoin. Can they find the path God wants them to take and still stay together?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Havencross Review & One More Giveaway!

Who doesn't love book giveaways! I'm so excited to be able to offer you another one today, especially because it's National Book Lover's Day! Hooray!

First of all, I want to announce the winner of the print copy of A Vicar's Daughter by Josi Kilpack.

*drum roll*

It's Kristin Wu!

Thank you to everyone who participated. I hope you entered this week's drawing for Nancy Campbell Allen's new one, The Secret of the India Orchid. If you haven't entered, you can do so here

Today's review is Havencross by Julie Daines. I was glued to the pages of this book. It's a regency romance, but it also includes a mystery that had me turning pages long into the night!

The Cardinham family is rocked by scandal and must flee London to their estate in Cornwall. Elaine never wanted to come back to Havencross because it evokes too many memories of her brother who suddenly disappeared, and Gareth, the man who proposed to her and she refused. But nothing has stayed the same at Havencross. Gareth now owns the mine his family once worked for, and dangerous smugglers have infiltrated the coastline. Not to mention a handsome earl who comes to ask for Elaine's hand. But can she put the past behind her to find a future with the earl? Or will the secrets of Havencross put her in Gareth's path once again?

I loved so many things about this book. The setting was amazing and so well done, the love story was sweet and pulled me right in, and there were so many twists and turns to the plot---even when I thought I had it figured out, I was surprised! The character of Elaine was so relatable as she tries to sort out her feelings with the events happening around her. And there is more than one mystery going on. There's the mystery of what really happened to her brother. The mystery of what really happened between her parents. The mystery of why Elaine turned down Gareth's proposal. And the mystery of the wounded woman in the cave. And the writing is such that readers will get all the feels as Elaine figures it all out.

This is an expertly crafted story that readers will love! Definitely one of Ms. Daines' best books yet.

Don't forget to scroll down to enter to win a copy of your own!

Here's the back copy:

When a shocking scandal involving her father spreads through London society, Elaine Cardinham and her parents are forced to retreat to their country home in Cornwall for refuge. But Havencross is no sanctuary for Elaine. She is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of her brother—and the heartbreak she left in her wake all those years ago. It has been five long years since Gareth Kemp last saw Elaine—when she rejected his marriage proposal. Her reappearance convinces him of one thing: he has never stopped loving her. To put his feelings for her aside, he focuses his attention on the dangerous smuggling plaguing the Cornish coast. As Elaine attempts to run from her past, she ventures ever closer to a dangerous truth—and Gareth may be the only one who can save her from a deadly finish.


Here's the book tour schedule:






Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Romance Awareness Month Continues! Come Win An Amazing Book!


So far I am really loving Romance Awareness month! I'm so much more aware of new authors in the romance genre and with all of the recommendations you gave me in the last prize post, I have really added to my authors-to-watch-for list. Thank you so much to everyone who participated in that one!

But this week is another chance to win a print copy from one of my very favorite Proper Romance authors---Nancy Campbell Allen! Her brand new romance, The Secret of the India Orchid just barely came out last week, and I am giving away a print copy!


You will definitely want to win this one. The book is SO GOOD! (I'll be reviewing it on Monday, so watch for that!)

Be sure to scroll down and enter for your chance to win a print copy! (Winners will be chosen next Tuesday and there will be another prize for you to win!)

Here's the back copy:

Anthony Blake, the Earl of Wilshire, is in love with his best friend’s sister, Sophia Elliot. But his plans to court her are put on hold when he is forced to resume his role as an undercover spy for the Crown. A secret document listing the names of the entire network of British spies—including his own—has been stolen. To protect Sophia, Anthony cuts off all ties to her and exchanges his life as an honorable earl for the facade of a flirtatious playboy.

Heartbroken and confused, Sophia travels to India, hoping to find healing in one of the most exotic regions of the British Empire. But the exotic land isn’t as restful as she had hoped. Instead, she finds herself embroiled in a mystery of a missing sea captain, a possible murder, and a plot that could involve the prince of India. And when Anthony appears at the British Residency, asking questions and keeping his distance from her, she is stunned.

She still loves him, and, in her heart, she knows he loves her too. But how can she rebuild her relationship with him if he won't confide in her? Does she dare offer her heart to him a second time, or will their love be lost under the India sun?

(U.S. residents only)

Monday, August 7, 2017

I Should Have Read A Book, But I Binge-Watched Instead


Today has been such a rough day! In fact, it was a super busy weekend and I sort of just crashed today.

I know I usually review books on Monday, but I made chocolate chip cookies with my kids and then I binge-watched Scarecrow and Mrs. King.

I know, I know! It's an old show. No one probably remembers it anymore. But I loved that show when it was on TV and I have all the DVDs, so I sat in my comfy chair with my plate of cookies and watched all my favorite episodes.

Don't judge me. *brushes crumbs off my pajama shirt* *reaches for another cookie*

Tomorrow will be a better day. (I hope.)

What's your go-to binge watch?

Friday, August 4, 2017

Two Friday Freebies!



Today I have TWO Friday Freebies for you!

The first one is a romantic comedy called The Artist Cries Wolf and it looks really fun! Heather Horrocks will charm you in this enchanting romance with a light sprinkling of paranormal.

You can download your free Kindle copy here

Here's the back copy:

Moonchuckle Bay … Monsters … Movies … Magic!

SHE’S LOOKING FOR A CHANGE — AND THE FULL MOON IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!

Amber’s been in love with Samuel for three years and she’s determined to find out if what she feels is real or not — and, if it is, to win him over. Samuel’s just come back from a tour of duty in Afghanistan when his buddy’s cute little sister shows up. Too bad his guilt won’t allow him to let her into his heart, because if she ever learns what he did, she won’t give him the time of day. Will a puppy, parents who want to keep them apart, and a town filled with monsters scare off their romance?

Flirty Romance with a Touch of Magic by USA Today Bestselling Author Heather Horrocks




The second one is Lucy McConnell's Love in Light and Shadow. I've recently begun reading her stuff and really enjoying it. This one is a western romance and it looks GOOD!

You can download your free copy here

Here's the back copy:

Mercedes O’Shay has sworn off gorgeous men because they have a tendency to break her heart. When she meets her new neighbor, Chet Bauer, she immediately puts him in the Do Not Date category based on his well-defined muscles and stunning blue eyes. But the more Mercedes learns about the cowboy who reads classics and forges iron, the more she realizes the heart doesn’t see in black and white; it sees light and shadows.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Summer Memories

Since I have small children at home still, I've been trying to do at least one fun thing with them every day. This week, we've watched Boss Baby, gone to a museum, and to the pool, (for which I'm still sunburned! I even put on sunscreen and I look like a lobster.) But I also got out our puppet stage and all our puppets.

We had so much fun making up puppet shows! We did the old standbys of the Princess and the Frog, Goldilocks and the Three Bears (with a twist!), and several Book of Mormon stories, but my favorite was when my little boy just wanted to be a rabbit doing the story of Dumbo. It was so funny!

And I wasn't the only one who thought so. Our cat was thoroughly entertained! Here's a picture of it:


What fun things are you doing this summer?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

What I'm Reading Wednesday



I've been wanting to read a book for a while now, called Mustaches for Maddie, but part of me was a little afraid to read it. You see, my nephew passed away at the age of fifteen from a brain tumor and I was worried that reading another child's story about such a devastating diagnosis might be too hard.

So far it's been really sweet because the book is sort of a fictionalized version of Maddie's life. We are getting to know this little sixth grader with a big imagination and an even bigger heart. I love how she is portrayed, and knowing what's coming, I'm hoping for a very happy ending!

I'll definitely do a full review when I'm done and let you know what I thought!

You can get your copy here

Based on a true story.

Maddie is a normal twelve-year-old girl. Well, except for the fake mustaches she carries in her pocket. She likes to make people laugh and slapping on a mustache, especially a fuzzy pink or neon green one, always gets a smile. Maddie hopes that the class queen, Cassie, will find her mustaches as funny as she does and want to play with her at recess. She's been self-conscious lately because her right arm only feels normal when it's curled against her chest and she's constantly tripping over her feet. But that's probably just part of growing up and not something weird, right?

When Maddie's arm continues to bother her, her parents take her to a doctor who gives them a shocking diagnosis: the cause of the abnormal behavior of her limbs is a brain tumor and she must have surgery to remove it. She's understandably afraid as he describes the procedure, but knows she must find a way to be brave and must face her fears--all of them--at the hospital, at home and at school.

She will need all of her courage not only to face her illness, but also to face Cassie at school. Both Cassie and Maddie are auditioning for the same role in the school play, but when Cassie accuses Maddie of lying about her tumor in order to get attention, Cassie's bossiness turns into bullying.

And as Maddie's surgery approaches, she begins to worry more and more about the outcome. What if something goes wrong? What if the doctors don't get all the tumor out of her brain? What will happen to her family? What will happen to her?

It will take all of Maddie's vibrant imagination, a lot of kindness-both given and received-and of course, the perfect mustache to overcome the tough stuff ahead of her.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Romance Awareness Month . . . With Prizes! Enter And Win!



I am so excited to be participating in Romance Awareness Month!

Some of my very favorite romances are from the Proper Romance Line with such authors as Sarah Eden, Nancy Campbell Allen, Josi Kilpack, and Julianne Donaldson. (You can see all their books here) I love that there are westerns, regencies, and even some steampunk and I know I won't be disappointed when I pick up any of these books---I'll be swept away! They are clean romances as well as captivating, which only adds to the reasons why they are my favorites.

So, in order to celebrate there's going to be parties and giveaways!

The first party is a Facebook party this Friday, August 4th, from 12:30 PM to 2:45 PM and there will be some great giveaways, along with the chance to talk to all four of my favorite authors! I know I'll be there. You can join the party here

I'll also be giving away a romance a week for the month of August. And it is so easy to win!

Be sure to scroll down and enter for your chance to win a print copy of The Vicar's Daughter by Josi Kilpack. I loved this one! (Contest starts at midnight tonight and goes until next Tuesday when there will be another prize for you to win!)



Here's the back copy:

Cassie, the youngest of six daughters in the Wilton family, is bold, bright, and ready to enter society. There's only one problem: her older sister Lenora, whose extreme shyness prevents her from attending many social events. Lenora is now entering her third season, and Cassie has no choice except to wait her turn.

Evan Glenside, a soft-spoken, East London clerk, has just been named his great-uncle's heir and, though he is eager to learn all that will be required of him, he struggles to feel accepted.

A chance meeting between Evan and Lenora promises to change everything, but when Lenora proves too shy to pursue the relationship, Cassie begins to write Mr. Glenside letters in the name of her sister but her good intentions may lead to disaster.

As secrets are revealed, the hearts of Cassie, Evan, and Lenora are tested. Will the final letter sent by the vicar's daughter be able to reunite the sisters as well as unite Evan with his true love?

Doesn't it sound great?! I know you'll love it. Enter to win below!