Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Free Romance Today Only!


I noticed that Cami Checkett's romance, The Fearless Groom, is free today only! I haven't read it myself, but it looks good so I thought I'd pass the deal along.

You can download your free Kindle copy here

Here's the back copy:

A bachelor auction, a hot football player, and the right woman to bring him to his knees.

Izzy Knight walked away from her father's billions and his Titans football team to become a nurse practitioner at a children's hospital. She's busy and accomplished and certainly has no room in her life for a larger-than-life football player who goes through women faster than she completes a shift at the hospital.

Xavier Newton loves football but hates the games that go along with it. When the owner of the Titans forces him and his buddies to be sold like cattle at a bachelor auction he barely endures the event, until a feisty brunette bids half a million dollars for him. He's completely drawn to Izzy, but when he finds out her father is the owner of the Titans sparks fly and everybody's loyalties are challenged.

Can these two find love when they don't know who's waiting to tackle them from the blindside?

Monday, July 16, 2018

Book Review: Calico Ball


I had an extremely busy weekend and didn't have a lot of time for reading, so I was glad to have the new Calico Ball: Timeless Western Collection of novellas at my fingertips! They are the perfect size for a busy mom who needs to squeeze in some great stories in a short amount of time.

I finished Carla Kelly's The Keeper of the Western Door and it was so good! I really enjoy her characterization and how the setting comes to life under her expert hand. Her story is about Mary Blue Eye who goes with her newly married friend to Fort Laramie, but ends up as more of her servant than a friend. She does meet a man, Sergeant Blade, who is sincere in wanting to smooth the way for Mary, as some people aren't as accepting of her Seneca Indian heritage as others. I love the easy friendship and conversation between these two and the slow burn of romance. The Calico ball that the ladies at the fort are planning was a sweet theme for the story and a wonderful background for the romance. I thought the ending was definitely sigh-worthy!

I just started Sarah Eden's, who, as you know, is one of my very favorite authors. I can hardly wait for the kids to go to bed so I can dive in! I'll let you know what I think.

You can get your copy here

Here's the back copy:

Three brand new Historical Western Romance novellas by Carla Kelly, Sarah M. Eden, and Kristin Holt.

THE KEEPER OF THE WESTERN DOOR by Carla Kelly
When Mary Blue Eye travels to Wyoming Territory with her friend to help her settle into her new married life at Fort Laramie, Mary is treated more like a servant than the friend she thought she was. Thankfully, she finds a new friend in Sergeant Blade, though Mary fears that her Seneca Indian heritage will keep a man like Blade from truly caring for her. Soon Mary is tasked with making fourteen calico dresses in two weeks, and Blade turns out to be the best ally she could ever ask for.

A CONVENIENT ARRANGEMENT by Sarah M. Eden
Patrick Quinn needs a wife. Hiring maids who leave within weeks to marry another fellow in a female-scarce Wyoming town hasn’t been helpful. Quinn needs a woman who will stay. When he writes to a mail-order bride service, and four-foot-eleven Mirabelle Smith shows up, they agree to each attend to their own duties and tasks. Their marriage will be a convenient arrangement for them both. But sometimes the heart has other ideas.

ISABELLA’S CALICO GROOM by Kristin Holt
Dr. Henry Merritt is desperate for dental patients, especially since Dr. Isabella Pattison arrived in the growing town of Evanston in the Wyoming Territory. It seems the female patients want a woman’s touch, and the male patients are quite fond of a pretty dentist. But if Henry doesn’t find a way to put Isabella out of business, his own practice will go under. When Isabella proposes that they team up together, and Henry gets to know her, he discovers the last thing he wants is for Isabella to leave.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Freebie Friday For Regency Romance Fans!


If you're looking for a book to read this weekend, Sally Britton's second chance regency romance, The Gentleman Physician, is free today! I haven't read it yet, but I think it looks good!

You can download your free Kindle copy here

Here's the back copy:

“I didn’t really understand what love was. I didn’t know what it meant, that I should’ve fought harder for it.”

Banished from home by her angry father, Julia Devon travels to Bath to fulfill her role as family spinster by assisting her cousin, Lady Macon, in caring for her dying husband.

Nathaniel Hastings’s life runs in a predictable pattern, until a routine visit to one of his ailing patients brings him face to face with Julia, the woman who broke his heart five years before in London.

Julia and Nathaniel find themselves unlikely allies as they work together to tend to the family’s needs, fend off Lady Macon’s scheming brother-in-law, and avoid confronting the pain of their shared past. But could this accidental meeting be their second chance at love?


Thursday, July 12, 2018

How I Dealt With My Kids Saying Mom I'm Bored

I don't know about your kids, but my little ones come to me several times a day and say, "Mom, I'm bored." I tell them all the extra chores they could do around the house, but they always want to do something "fun." But sometimes it's hard to think of anything fun that doesn't involve screens and we go round and round. Every. Day.

So, I decided to do something a little different and I made a list and put it on the front of the refrigerator. It's 27 things they can do if they are bored. I'm pretty proud of it and so far it's WORKING! When the kids have said, "Mom, I"m bored," I've pointed them toward the refrigerator and they've actually done quite a few things on the list. It's been so fun! I can't believe I didn't I think of this before. So simple and yet so wonderful.

Here's my list:


Do you have something to help keep your bored kids busy this summer?

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Trek is Out on DVD! And You Can Enter the Giveaway!


Trek the movie is now out on DVD and Blu-Ray! If you remember I was able to go to the premiere and loved it! If you've ever been on Trek or even wanted to go on Trek, you have to see this movie. There are spiritual moments, fun moments, and laugh out loud moments. It's the perfect blend for everyone who loves good family entertainment.

You can buy your movie here

Don't forget to scroll down for a message from the director and to enter the giveaway!

Here's the official trailer


Message from Alan Peterson, Director of TREK The Movie

It’s exciting to anticipate the DVD/BluRay release of TREK, the movie. Being with audiences in theaters is the fulfillment of any director’s dream.  But, the reality of independent film is that you can’t get a movie into enough theaters so that everyone who wants to, can see it.  July 3rd is a day that lots of TREK fans have been waiting for.  Now, everyone can enjoy the laughs and lessons of TREK whenever they want.  One of our goals in producing the movie was to create a story that would honor the wonderful tradition of this hands-on experience unique to our faith.  Trek provides a critical chance to connect with our past. Why is this important?  I’ll let Elder Russell M. Ballard explain: 

"I have a deep conviction that if we lose our ties to those who have gone before us, including our pioneer forefathers and mothers, we will lose a very precious treasure. I have spoken about “Faith in Every Footstep” in the past and will continue in the future because I know that rising generations must have the same kind of faith that the early Saints had in the Lord Jesus Christ and His restored gospel.” (General Conference, October 2017, The Trek Continues!)

It is too easy to forget what our pioneer ancestors sacrificed for their faith and for our good. I hope families can sit down together and share the movie and talk about how grateful we should be for the men, women and children who marched into the unknown following a prophet of God so long ago. And, I hope they will talk about the challenges they face today as members of the church as we march forward into the unknown.  Do you feel like Tom and wonder where God is?  How do we connect with Him? What do we do when we feel weak and alone? Hopefully, TREK helps us know that our Heavenly Father is there and that He cares. 


Review of Kiss of the Spindle


When Nancy Campbell Allen released Beauty and the Clockwork Beast, I wasn't sure I would like it. I don't really read steampunk at all, but I love all of Nancy's books, so I picked it up and I loved it! So when I heard (she announced it at my book club!) that she had a new steampunk coming out called Kiss of the Spindle, I could hardly wait to read it!

This book is so good I literally put everything else in my life on hold and read it in one sitting. I could hardly put it down!  Dr. Isla Cooper is cursed and every night she falls into a deep sleep that is so perilously close to death it takes her a while each morning to recover from it. And she's searching for the witch who has cursed her to see how to break it. Unfortunately, time is running out and soon her condition will be permanent so she has to take drastic measures. In a snap decision, she blackmails her way onto Daniel Pickett's ship. He's not happy about taking her on, but even less happy when Nigel Crowe also insists he must go along. Nigel is a government agent who has had several confrontations with Isla and is determined to bring down anyone who tries to help shapeshifters. But not only Isla must be careful, Daniel has his own reasons for wanting to keep Nigel Crowe from getting too close to him.  Tensions are high as Daniel's group heads toward the witch's location, but as Daniel tries to keep things calm, his grudging admiration for Isla, turns to something more. But will time run out before they can act on the feelings between them?

The thing I liked best about this book was how easily it made you care about the characters and how flawlessly the setting, dialogue, and plot all intertwine into this wonderful adventure romance. Daniel and Isla are characters who are stubborn and honorable, strong and yet tender. I loved that Isla was such a strong female character and yet she was vulnerable as well. Their romance was sweet and swoon-worthy and the way they came to work together and trust each other was another layer to an already multi-faceted book. There were so many great twists to the story, which is why I couldn't put it down! I loved every part of this story and this one is definitely going on my keeper shelf!

 

You can download your copy here

Here's the back copy:

Doctor Isla Cooper is cursed. Literally. Each night, at the stroke of midnight she falls into a death-like sleep from which she cannot be awakened for six hours. To make it worse, the curse has an expiration date--after a year, it becomes permanent. And the year is almost up.

In a desperate attempt to find Malette--the witch who cursed her--Isla blackmails her way onto Daniel Pickett's private airship bound for the Caribbean, only to discover she's traveling with three illegal shapeshifters and the despicable Nigel Crowe, a government official determined to hunt down and exterminate every shapeshifter in England. Isla and Daniel must work together to keep the identities of the shapeshifters hidden while coming to terms with their own hidden secrets, and their blossoming attraction to each other.

Filled with suspense, intrigue, and plenty of romance, Kiss of the Spindle is steampunk Sleeping Beauty story. It is a race against the clock as Isla and Daniel try to hunt down the elusive Malette before Isla's death-like sleep becomes permanent.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Book Review & Giveaway for The Hope of Azure Springs!



   

I was excited to participate in the blog tour for Rachel Fordham's new book, The Hope of Azure Springs. The back copy looked so intriguing and this book definitely delivered.

A young woman named Em is barely conscious, suffering from a gunshot wound, when she's brought to the town of Azure Springs. While she recuperates, Sheriff Caleb Reynolds is determined to find out what happened and bring her attackers to justice. During his investigation he comes to find out more of Em's past and he has a chance to help her find her long lost sister. But as Em and Caleb work together, their friendship starts to turn into something more. Can they trust their feelings and reach for happiness when they've both suffered so much loss?

I loved this sweet, heart-warming tale of how life takes a lot of unexpected turns and though we all suffer through loss and trial, there can still be happiness. I loved the character of Caleb and how steady and true he was. The author did a particularly good job in revealing his back story in such a way that made him seem real and relatable in how and why he acted the way he did. Em had a great character arc in finding herself and then finding her sister. The mystery of who shot her and why kept the tension going as we got to know the town of Azure Springs and the people who would do anything to help a girl who had no one. The descriptions of the town and its memorable inhabitants really brought it to life and made it easy to imagine that Azure Springs was a real town. (There were a few characters that I hope will get their own story sometime in the future!) I really enjoyed the author's style and will be looking for more from her!

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

Here's the back copy:

Seven years ago, orphaned and alone, Em finally arrived at a new home in Iowa after riding the orphan train. But secrets from her past haunt her, and her new life in the Western wilderness is a rough one. When her guardian is shot and killed, Em, now nineteen, finally has the chance to search for her long-lost sister, but she won't be able to do it alone.   For Azure Springs Sheriff Caleb Reynolds, securing justice for the waifish and injured Em is just part of his job. He's determined to solve every case put before him in order to impress his parents and make a name for himself. Caleb expects to succeed. What he doesn't expect is the hold this strange young woman will have on his heart. Debut author Rachel Fordham invites historical romance readers to the charming town of Azure Springs, Iowa, where the people care deeply for one another and, sometimes, even fall in love.


 

Rachel Fordham has long been fascinated by all things historical or in the words of her children “old stuff”. Often the historical trivia she discovers is woven into her children's bedtime tales. Despite her love for good stories she didn’t attempt writing a novel until her husband challenged her to do so (and now she’s so glad he did). Since that time she’s often been found typing or researching while her youngest child naps or frantically writing plot twists while she waits in the school pick-up line. In addition to her passion for storytelling, she enjoys reading, being outdoors and seeing new places. Rachel lives with her husband and children on an island in Washington state.  

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Blog Tour Schedule

July 9th I Am A Reader - Spotlight My Life. One Story at a Time. - Review Cover Lover Book Review - Review BookHounds - Spotlight Susan Heim on Writing - Spotlight Diana's Book Reviews - Spotlight

 July 10th Locks, Hooks and Books - Review Literary Reflections Book Blog - Review Literary Time Out - Review Julie Coulter Bellon - Review T's Stuff - Spotlight Tianna Holley, Author - Spotlight 

July 11th Pause for Tales - Review The Becca Files - Review Why Not? Because I Said So! - Review A Writer's Life - Spotlight Hearts & Scribbles - Spotlight Katie's Clean Book Collection - Spotlight Min Reads and Reviews -

Spotlight July 12th Simple Wyrdings - Review Reviews by Room With Books - Review Paulette's Papers - Spotlight Here We Go Again Ready - Spotlight FLY HIGH! - Spotlight

 July 13th Mythical Books - Spotlight Bound 2 Escape - Spotlight Stacking My Book Shelves! - Spotlight Cassandra M's Place - Spotlight Bookish Reviews by Denise Blogs - Spotlight


  Blog Tour Giveaway $25 Amazon Gift Code or $25 in Paypal Cash Ends 7/24/18 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Book Review & Giveaway!


Pretty Much Perfect was my first book by Sally Johnson and there were a lot of things to like about it!

Camille is coming back from a job interview and picks up a half-dressed man on the side of the road and gives him a ride. I admit, that I didn't actually think this was very believable since Camille was alone in a pretty deserted part of the highway with not great cell service and in this day and age, that's a pretty big risk. But I put my disbelief aside and kept going because I liked Camille's quirky character and there were definitely some laugh out loud moments, so I was glad I did!

Liam is pretty mysterious, handsome and British. What's not to like? I loved the witty dialogue between him and Camille. He seems genuinely shocked by Camille and her values, her two-parent home with a mom who cooks and fusses over them and a dad who is protective and yet tender.  We get little glimpses of his past that really make you feel sorry for him and glad that he was able to survive and make something of himself. Liam was so swoony through the entire book, and even when his secrets are revealed, he still tries to show Camille his true self that is irrevocably changed because of her. I loved that and I loved that even though he'd been through a lot, he still had a good heart. 

Camille has a lot of good points about her. She's giving and service-oriented and loves her family. She recently returned from her LDS mission, but there are times I wondered if she really understood the principles of repentance and change from her mission with the way she acted in the book. She has a lot of trust issues that don't really jive with what we're told about her, but overall, I thought that Camille was a good mix of light and shadow and the author did a great job of creating characters that weren't all good or all bad. They were three-dimensional and easy for the audience to relate to---well, if they ever met a rock star that is. (There are a few I wouldn't mind meeting!) Liam and Camille are a couple that readers will root for. And the ending was definitely worth the read!

If you love rock star romance that has some surprising twists on the road to love, you'll definitely want to pick this one up.



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

You can download your copy here

Here's the back copy:

Camille Weston, a recently returned missionary, anticipates returning to college for her degree and perhaps to meet a nice guy. A sensible young woman with her future mapped out, Camille would never do something dangerous—like pick up a stranger on the side of the road. And yet, inexplicably, she does just that. This is one split-second decision that changes everything. Determined to lend assistance, Camille gets more than she bargains for when she is roped into helping Liam, a handsome British man, with more than just a ride. As they are thrown together over the coming days and their mutual attraction grows, they realize they just . . . click. That is, until she makes a shocking discovery: the mysterious stranger is William “Liam” Jones, lead singer of the popular band Gear. Camille has never been one to swoon over a celebrity, and she knows her and Liam’s lifestyles could never be compatible. But how can she convince her heart to listen to logic?


Blog Tour Schedule

*July 9th: http://thoroughlyhere.blogspot.com/, http://mybookaday.com/, http://ldswritermom.blogspot.com/

*July 10th: https://www.wishfulendings.com/, http://www.iamareader.com/

*July 11th: http://fireandicereads.com/, http://empowermoms.net/

*July 12th: https://brightlystreet.com/category/book-reviews/, https://www.rockinbookreviews.com/, http://katiescleanbookcollection.blogspot.com/, http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com/, https://ldsandlovinit.blogspot.com/, https://www.singinglibrarianbooks.com/adults,http://booksaresanity.blogspot.com/

*July 13th: http://lifeiswhatitscalled.blogspot.com/, http://brooklynberrydesigns.com/category/book-shelf/, http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/

Friday, July 6, 2018

A Little Weekend Funny


I saw this on Facebook and it made me laugh because I could totally see this happening to me! Haha. I hope you all have a great weekend with a great book! Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Romantic Suspense Sale!

I love Independence Day and I love writing military suspense! So, in order to share all the love, my book, The Captive, is on sale for only .99 cents!


You can get your copy here

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July!


Happy 4th of July!

I hope you'll be enjoying your family, friends, and some great food as we celebrate our freedoms today! 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Audiobook of A Tangled Romance Available!

 

I know I've already reviewed this book, but it's now available in audio, so I thought I'd tell you about it again!

First of all, isn't that a great cover? So romantic!

I also really liked the story. Nora is a young woman hoping to find love. She has several acquaintances, but one Mr. Faussett has caught her eye. However, her family has had an agreement with a Mr. Browning since she was a baby and he is now returning to England after being abroad for many years. Which man can earn Nora's love? And will she have to sacrifice her own feelings to save her family estate?

The author does a great job with the setting and descriptions that help the reader really get a sense of the time period. I wish we had a little more detail on Mr. Browning's backstory for reasons that become clear at the end, but there is just enough push and pull between Nora and her two suitors that make it believable. There were some nice twists and turns that will keep readers entranced and hoping for the happily-ever-after that Nora deserves. A sweet listen that historical romance lovers will really enjoy.

You can download your audiobook here

Here's the back copy:

Nora Ellsworth, darling of London society, has her choice of eligible suitors, but since childhood, she has been expected to marry Jonathan Browning, a gentleman whose wealth and stability will someday secure the futures of Nora and her mother and sister. The family estate will pass to an odious male cousin upon the death of Nora’s father, and when he suddenly takes ill, her need to marry well becomes vitally important.

As Nora struggles with the idea of marrying without love, she finds herself increasingly drawn to Devlin Fausett, a man with dark eyes and intriguing conversation. But Devlin’s reputation as an indebted gambler is difficult to ignore. Despite the rumors from the ton and the marriage decision before her, Nora is determined to befriend the dashing Mr. Fausett, and his charms soon make it all but impossible to remember her duty. Until she learns the truth of her fortune. There is a way to keep her family’s estate, but the price is high: Nora must wed, as soon as possible. Torn between two very different men, she must make the ultimate decision. Will she be guided by her head or her heart?

Monday, July 2, 2018

Summer Book Trek Kickoff--Lots of Fun Book Prizes!



Every July, the LDS Book Geek sponsors the Summer Book Trek where readers can win books by just reading and reviewing books by LDS authors! 

Readers earn points for reading and reviewing, then winners are randomly selected. Doesn't that sound fun? I mean, you'll be winning books for doing something you love to do anyway, am I right? It's a book lover's dream! You definitely have to check this one out.

For more details and to take a peek at the prize page, click here