Friday, December 31, 2021

Happy New Year!



Well, 2021 changed my life in ways I could never have imagined. I'm so grateful for the miracle I received, for the joy in my heart to be here to celebrate another year with those I love. I'm so grateful for my husband, my children, my daughters-in-law, my grandchildren, and for my extended family and friends. I am blessed to have you in my life! 

And I'm grateful for you, my readers, as well. I've needed your support and you have stepped up for me. Thank you!

I'm so glad I'm turning the page on this last year and I'm looking forward to a new year with you all. I hope 2022 is full of love, happiness, and good books. 

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 30, 2021

What Were the Top Three AOTP Podcasts This Year?


As you know, I'm part of the Authors Off the Page podcast, (we're starting our third season next month!) and if you are one of our listeners, (even if you're not) here is an interesting statistic!

Our top three most listened-to shows in 2021 were:

1. Werewolves, Vampires, and All Things Halloween

2. All the Best Gifts

3. Do You Have a Favorite Meet-Cute (And Would You Like to Know Ours?)

I'm not surprised the Halloween episode is our top listen. I laughed pretty hard during that one! But I'm just so proud of our podcast. We have had so much fun with it in the last two years and I can't wait for this year. Getting to know Becky Monson and Jennifer Peel has been a highlight in my life! And they are so funny. I could just sit and laugh with them all day. 

Do you have a favorite episode from last year?

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

My New Audiobook Boxed Set is Now Available!




I am so excited to announce that my full-length romantic suspense novel, The Captain, and The Captain's Christmas Promise, more of Colt and Brenna's story in an action adventure Christmas romance, are now together in an audiobook boxed set! My narrator, Tristan Wright, is phenomenal and The Captain was a RONE Award finalist for Best Audiobook of the Year. 

You can get your copy HERE

Here is the back copy:

Captain Colt Mitchell is part of the elite Griffin Force task force hunting down the world's most dangerous terrorists. In this boxed set, you'll get the full-length novel, The Captain, where Colt's mission is anything but textbook, and a novella, The Captain's Christmas Promise, a Christmas adventure romance, all in one set! You won't want to miss a minute of The Captain's Files.

Top-secret missions. An unexpected chance for love. And everything is on the line.

The Captain

A captured operative. A deep-cover intelligence officer. And a dangerous game that could cost them their lives - and hearts.

Captain Colt Mitchell is part of the elite Griffin Force team hunting down terrorist Nazer al-Raimi. After an attack on the Canadian Parliament buildings, the team gets good intel on Nazer's whereabouts. They plan to grab him, but when the mission goes wrong, Colt is captured and dragged away. Bruised, restrained, and disoriented, Colt is stunned to see Brenna Wilson, the Canadian intelligence officer who broke his heart years ago, standing next to Nazer. But how deep is she in the operation, and can she help Colt escape?

The Captain's Christmas Promise

A Christmas they won't forget....

After spending every waking moment hunting the world’s most-wanted terrorist, Colt Mitchell and Brenna Wilson decide to take a break and go home for the Christmas holidays. The minute they touch down on Canadian soil, however, they are pulled into an international conspiracy that would leave the son of a Kuwaiti diplomat dead. Colt and Brenna finally locate the target, but a contract killer is hot on their trail. Retreating to the Canadian wilderness to keep everyone safe, they'll need all their skills - and maybe a Christmas miracle - to make it out alive.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

A Sweet Gift!


Someone I met through our mutual love of books, and eventually the TV show Castle, (I used to review it every week right here on my blog) sent me the sweetest Christmas gift of Castle ornaments! I miss that show. The storylines were always so twisty and turny and I loved Castle and Beckett together. And I love the ornaments, Emily! Thank you SO much! They will be treasured.

Monday, December 27, 2021

Did You Have a Good Christmas?

I admit it, I love the magic of Christmas morning and seeing the gifts that everyone got. One of the best presents I got was a back massager that actually kneads my back muscles and has heat! I love it. Most of my family came over throughout the day, so I got to spend some time with them. It was just such a sweet day of playing games, making memories, and being together. 

My son who is in Paraguay currently, sent a picture of his Christmas dinner. It was piranha! As you can see, they also eat the head with the teeth and eye sockets visible. *shudder* I don't think I could eat that! I'll stick with a Christmas ham, I think.


How was your Christmas? What was your favorite gift?

Friday, December 24, 2021

It's Finally Christmas Eve!


Can you believe it's Christmas Eve? My little boy is so excited he can hardly stand it. He's also told me his plan---he's going to stay up all night and catch Santa when he comes to our house. I'll let you know how that goes!
 
I'm so grateful for the Christmas season, for the feelings of love and giving. I'm also grateful for so many reader friends that have supported me this year, especially through my illness. Thank you so much for your kind words and messages. I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend! Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 23, 2021

One More Freebie for Rom-Com Fans!


If you love rom-coms, you won't want to miss, The Love Potion, by Becky Monson. It's free until Friday, but don't wait to grab it!

Get your free copy here

Here's the back copy:

Can a magic love potion help her see what’s right in front of her?

Ally Hawkins, ever cheerful and always willing to see the bright side of things, has never had a date for Valentine’s Day. But this is her year. She can feel it in her little optimistic heart. Even if she, a full-grown woman, resorts to believing in a love potion she bought at a county fair. After all, the day she accidently got some of the smelly concoction on herself, the object of her desire asked her out to lunch. That can’t be a coincidence, can it?

But ever since the potion came into her life, Josh Wise, Ally’s coworker and office BFF, has been acting strange. He’s been pulling away from her, and she finds that she’s missing his playful antics and the way he can always make her laugh and smile. The potion, it would seem, is lifting the curtain on a reality that Ally has been blind to. But will she recognize what’s been right in front of her all along before it’s too late?

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Book Review: Keepsake Christmas Stories

 


Years ago we had neighbors that would gift us a Christmas candle every year. The candle had special little lines in it, one for each day in December until Christmas. We were supposed to gather around and light the candle, then read Christmas stories until the candle burned to the line for that day. I loved that tradition! And this book is perfect for reading inspirational Christmas stories with beautiful illustrations. 

The Tabernacle Choir does a Christmas show every year and I've been privileged to go to several of them. Each year a different actor, singer, or influential person reads a story that goes along with the theme. A few of my favorites were Jane Seymour, David McCullough, and Richard Thomas. This book captures the story and includes pictures of the special guest for that year, along with other pictures of the choir and decorations, etc. It is gorgeous with heavier paper, bright colors, and little extras with decorated margins that add a bit of flair and pageantry to the feel of it. It also includes a web link so you can actually hear the stories from the performance if you want. I know this book and the stories will be a treasure for our family for years to come.

Get your copy here

Here's the back copy:

This commemorative collector's edition celebrates twenty years of the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square's beloved Christmas show—an annual tradition enjoyed by millions, both live on stage and through its holiday season broadcast on PBS stations, where it has earned Grammy and Emmy awards and nominations. Each year the show is hosted by a distinguished special guest, including Jane Seymour, Tom Brokaw, Kristen Chenoweth, and Hugh Bonneville. These holiday story adaptions have ranged from The Gift of the Magi to the story behind the writing of the hymn, "It Is Well With My Soul" to the inspiring tale of "The Candy Bomber"—an unlikely American WWII hero who dropped candy from his airplane to the children of Germany.

This coffee table edition is the perfect holiday keepsake for all ages and features photographs of the stage productions alongside the stories, which also includes a weblink to hear the stories from every performance.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Christmas Collection Freebie!


Do you need some Christmas magic this week, but don't have a lot of time? Under the Mistletoe, a collection of six Christmas novellas, is free! 

Get your free copy here

Here's the back copy:

From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series: Under the Mistletoe Collection. Six contemporary novellas, all adding sweet romance to the Christmas season.

In the enchanting novella FORGOTTEN KISSES by Cindy Roland Anderson, costume designer Madison Taylor has no love lost when the male lead playing Sir Lancelot in a TV series is fired. She couldn’t stand working with him anyway. But when she discovers who his replacement is, her heart nearly stops. Caleb Matthews is one of the hottest male actors ever… and not to mention Madison’s former boyfriend. When things got too serious between them, everything fell apart. And now, Madison must play nice or lose her job. She just has to forget all of the reasons she’d fallen for him in the first place.

In THE LAST CHRISTMAS, a sweet romance novella by Annette Lyon, Meredith only has to make it through the Christmas holiday pretending that she and her husband Eric aren’t on the verge of divorce. She doesn’t want to ruin the holiday for her two grown daughters and their boyfriends. But when Eric hurries home after weeks of living in a motel to unpack before their daughters arrive, he starts pressing Meredith with questions about why she filed for divorce. The last thing Meredith wants to do it give Eric a second chance, but it seems that Eric is not willing to let her go without trying to win her back.

In Julie Coulter Bellon’s captivating novella TRUTH OR DARE, after a year of recovery, wounded war veteran Jonah Harrison comes home for Christmas. No longer the outgoing high school track star, he just wants to be left alone, away from well-meaning friends and neighbors. But when a blizzard strands him with Cami Jackson—the girl who once knew him best—he can’t hide anything from her, no matter how much he wants to. Cami has a wounded heart of her own, though, and it might take a Christmas miracle for them to find the healing they both long for and the courage to reach for a chance at love.

In the charming novella HOLIDAY BUCKET LIST by Sarah M. Eden, Celeste Lagorio has officially given up on Christmas. A single mother, with her children grown and unable to return for the holiday, Celeste determines to take a break from everything. When her single neighbor and almost-best-friend, Mike Durham, discovers her non-plans, they discuss things they’ve always wanted to do, but never had time. Mike and Celeste put together a friendly competition of checking off the things on their bucket list, all the while drawing closer and discovering they have more in common than they thought.

In CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY, a delightful novella by Heather B. Moore, Monica is on the verge of buying her dream store, but when she tells her boyfriend, he turns it into an embarrassing public argument. Heartbroken, but determined to follow her dream, she goes to her employer’s Christmas party to play Mrs. Claus, only to be paired with someone unexpected. A young Mr. Claus who is the complete opposite of her ex-boyfriend in all the most important ways. Yet, Monica is not sure she can risk opening her heart again.

In Jennifer Griffith’s exciting novella FIRST (AND LAST) CHRISTMAS DATE, pilot Juliet Law has been in a holding pattern, dating the wrong guy, until she gets a holiday shake-up: old flame Tag McClintock e-mails her to ask for second date—after ten years. Their first date, back in high school, had been an unmitigated disaster culminating with Pepto Bismol and the police. Still, Juliet would have gone out with Tag again the next day—and the next—had he asked. So now that he’s finally popping up in her in-box again, Juliet must decide whether to say yes to the date, even if it puts her at risk of another decade of carrying a torch for Tag McClintock. Will their second date be their last?

Monday, December 20, 2021

Book Review: An Alleged Rogue


I was so excited to read the next book in Sian Bessey's Georgian Gentleman series, An Alleged Rogue. The back copy sounds so good!

Lord Adam Dunsbourne is rumored to have been keeping his sister Emily nearly captive in their country manor, so when they make an appearance at a local dinner party, everyone is shocked. Phoebe Hadford has such a good heart and when she sees the ghastly gown Emily is wearing, she decides to help her. And the more she helps Emily and comes in contact with Lord Dunsbourne, the more she realizes those rumors might not be true about him. Adam has been keeping secrets, however, and as he sees the sincerity in Emily's eyes and how she truly wants to help, he must decide if he can trust her enough to be her friend and maybe more. But when his past threatens his future, Adam and everyone he loves is in grave danger. Can he save them or will he lose everything?

I loved our hero Adam. He is working so hard to be a good brother and neighbor, but it carrying a heavy burden of guilt and wanting justice for the wrongs that have been done to his family. His interactions with Phoebe were sweet and proceeded at just the right pace. Phoebe also evolved during the story to someone who started out with a good heart, and added more goodness to her character as she saw a need and did her best to fill it. She was easy to like and root for and her developing feelings for Adam were so sweet! The secondary cast with the beloved servants at Dunsbourne Manor and Phoebe's family really added depth and made the story feel fully developed. (I hope that Emily will get her own book!) There is an element of suspense in the book that really kept me turning pages at the end to see how it would all turn out. It was so well done and very well-researched. This is one book that will go on my keeper shelf!

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Here's the back copy:

Lord Adam Dunsbourne is a tyrant. At least, that’s what everyone says. The tales are shocking: accounts of a man who gambled away the family fortune and keeps his younger sister, Emily, captive in their home at Dunsbourne Manor. So when Adam and his sister make an unexpected appearance at a dinner party, the scandalized whispers cannot be contained.

New to the town, Phoebe Hadford hears the condemning rumors and determines to do all she can to help the baron’s oppressed sister. Upon entering Dunsbourne Manor, however, she quickly discovers that all is not what she has been led to believe.

Adam, though unsure of whether he can trust the intentions of his beautiful neighbor, is quickly drawn in by Phoebe’s genuine nature. But even as his and Phoebe’s connection deepens, a dangerous enemy from his past reemerges. For years, Adam has hunted for the man who betrayed him, not realizing he had only to wait. His foe has returned, and this time, he will threaten everything Adam cherishes most—including the woman he loves.

Friday, December 17, 2021

A Christmas Musical!


My family was able to attend the new musical, The Best Thing About Christmas, last night. I was worried we wouldn't be able to make it because it was snowing pretty hard and the roads were bad, but we powered through and it was worth the drive!

The show is about a family who suffered a terrible loss right around Christmas and how they are dealing with everything a few years later. The father in particular is having a hard time and is working on finding his Christmas spirit again. There were some back and forth on when the tragic event happened to present-day, and at times it was confusing as to what time period we were in and whether the events were really happening or if the dad was just writing a song in his head, but eventually the timeline became clear. The actors did a wonderful job, but the younger daughter, played by Savannah Lawrence, stole the show. She was so believable in her role and I loved her voice. They also had a children's choir in several numbers and their voices really added a nice depth. The songs are touching and the message is sincere. My children teared up, especially in the second act. It was a fun family Christmas event that will definitely start some conversations on what the true meaning of Christmas is.


You can find out more information here

See the trailer below:

 


Thursday, December 16, 2021

Christmas Romance Freebie!


If you need some Christmas romances to read this weekend, the Timeless Romance Silver Bells Anthology with SIX novellas to read, is free today!

Get your free copy here

Here's the back copy:

In New York Times & USA Today’s bestselling author Lucinda Brant’s delightful novella, FAIRY CHRISTMAS, Kitty Aldershot is orphaned and forced to live on others’ charity. Offered a home under the generous roof of her relatives, the Earl of Salt Hendon and his countess, Kitty wants for nothing, not even the affections of Mr. Tom Allenby. But when Kitty stumbles across a letter written by Lady Caroline that reveals how Mr. Allenby would be ruined should he marry the likes of Kitty, she realizes she has been fooling herself all along. Kitty’s world crumbles around her as she recognizes she will forever be alone with no prospects at all.

Sarah M. Eden’s charming romance novella A CHRISTMAS PROMISE, Sean Kirkpatrick is trying to get to his new place of employment, Kilkenny Castle, in order to start as the new stablehand. His only requirement is to drive a team of high-spirited nags from Dublin to Kilkenny in a certain amount of time. Unfortunately he winds up in a muddy field, stuck, lost, and running out of time. He’s about to lose the job before he can prove himself capable of finishing his first assignment. When Maeve Butler arrives on the scene, Sean isn’t sure if she’s intent on rescuing him or bent on torturing him with her fiery wit and lovely dark eyes.

In Heather B. Moore’s enchanting novella, TWELVE MONTHS, Lucien Baxter’s best and most incorrigible friend, Will, dies unexpectedly, leaving behind his new bride and unborn child the week before Christmas. Will’s last request is that Lucien watches over Cora, not just as a benefactor, but as a husband. When Lucien does his duty and proposes to Cora, he’s turned down flat. But over the course of the next few days, Lucien discovers that marrying Cora wouldn’t be any sort of duty after all, but a matter of following his heart.

In Lu Ann Staheli’s sweet romance novella, A FEZZIWIG CHRISTMAS, Dick Wilkins and his best friend Ebenezer Scrooge have been looking forward to the annual Fezziwig Christmas dance for weeks. Ebenezer is practically engaged to Annabelle Fezziwig, and Dick hopes to start courting her younger sister, Pricilla. Once the dance starts, and Pricilla arrives, as pretty and charming as ever, Dick discovers that he’s not the only man vying for her attention. His best friend advises Dick that he has to win Pricilla’s heart, as well as her mother’s favor. Losing his heart has suddenly become very complicated.

A TASTE OF HOME, a captivating romance by Annette Lyon, we meet Claire Jennings, who’s on her way to spend Christmas with her family. As she rides the train with William Rhodes, who grew up across the street, memories of Christmases past flood her mind. He may be twenty-one now, but she can’t forget his torturous teasing from their school years. At the rail station, Claire discovers that her home is under quarantine because her little brother has measles. She's stuck in town, away from her family, on her favorite holiday. William stays behind with her, and as Christmas Day approaches and her homesickness deepens, she discovers that perhaps he has changed in more ways than one.

Becca Wilhite’s entrancing novella, MY MODERN GIRL, follows Margie, who lands her dream job as a clerk at Macy’s department store in New York City. Margie might be new in town, but she’s determined to succeed and prove to Henry that moving to the city was the right decision. As the Christmas season approaches, Margie realizes that being a “modern girl” might not be all she had dreamed of, and Henry might have more to offer than she ever imagined.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway!


Karen Tuft's new regency romance, An Accidental Romance, is out and is full of details and depth and characters from previous novels. It was fun to see where they are in their lives now!

In An Accidental Romance, Rebecca Jennings is excited that she'll soon be leaving for her first Season in London, but her hopes are dashed when her new neighbor, Mr. Ben Fortescue startles her and causes her to lose her footing and break her ankle. She must miss her long-anticipated season and she is not happy about it. Ben feels terrible and tries to make up for his part in the mishap. As they get to know each other better through Rebecca's recovery, could there be something more than friendship between them?

This is a romance between two people from very different backgrounds. Rebecca has been sheltered and is somewhat young and naive. Ben has seen enough of life to feel jaded and world-weary. He is mourning his wife and his marriage and at times, his seemingly fresh emotions made it hard to see how he could fall in love with Rebecca. The romance between them is a slow-burn, however, and Ben is easy to like in how he treats his servants and those around him. Readers will sympathize with his grief and the ways it manifests throughout the story. Rebecca wasn't very kind or easy to like in the beginning, but the author does a wonderful job of showing her journey as she experiences more of life and the heartaches and joys that it brings. I did enjoy the author's descriptions of Rebecca's recovery and the "foot corset." It made me wonder if that really was a thing! There is enough to the courtship between Rebecca and Ben to hope for a happily-ever-after for them and readers will close the book with a smile. The authors truly shines, however, in her descriptions of Rebecca's musical ability. The reader will be as carried away as the audience in the book with the passionate playing described so beautifully. Those scenes were definitely my favorite!

You can get your copy HERE

And don't forget to scroll down and enter the giveaway!

Here's the back copy:

Rebecca Jennings’s first London Season has been absolutely ruined, and one person alone is responsible: Mr. Ben Fortescue. If her new neighbor hadn’t startled her, she would never have broken her ankle, leaving her bored and frustrated at home in the country while her sister enters the London Season alone. Although, it was rather gallant of him to carry her home . . .

For his part, Ben feels terrible about the role he played in Miss Rebecca Jennings’s accident. In the days that follow their first disastrous meeting, he finds himself inexorably drawn to the surprising young woman—first out of guilt and then out of a stirring affection. But Ben hides a secret: he has not been completely forthright about his identity or about the dark secrets of his past that would make it impossible for romance to blossom with Miss Jennings. Despite his love for her, he knows he must let her go.

With her ankle finally healed but her heart now broken, Rebecca is left with little choice but to throw herself into the Season. With eligible men circling this late addition to the Marriage Mart, it seems that Rebecca will have no shortage of suitors. If only her heart were free to give.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

In the Non-Fiction Corner with Lauren: Real Talk Real Life



Real Talk, Real Life by Ganel-Lyn Condie and Scott Sorensen 



Condie and Sorensen have a podcast and now they have a companion journal to go with it! They are clever, funny, and so much fun to listen to. Their podcast is organized and gets to the point, and their Come Follow Me journal is the same way. 

Each page has a scripture, briefly explains the main point of the lesson that week, and asks a thought-provoking question for the reader to respond to. There is plenty of space and I love that these questions are called “talking points” and promote discussion between you and whoever you meet with for Come Follow Me. They also include “real facts” that have extra information or quotes that enhance the lesson and teach you things you won’t find in the manual. 

I can’t wait to see how this podcast and journal that goes along with it influence my study of the Old Testament in the coming year!

Get your copy here

Here's the back copy:

Take your gospel study to the next level with the Real Talk, Real Life through the Doctrine and Covenants journal, a companion volume for popular video and podcast series Real Talk, hosted by Ganel-Lyn Condie and Scott Sorensen. This guided journal is designed to support a study of the Doctrine and Covenants and Real Talk s weekly podcast discussions of the 2021 Come, Follow Me lessons and also allows you the freedom to use any Come, Follow Me or scripture resource. You will be able to delve deeply into your understanding and real-life application of the Doctrine and Covenants like never before. Featuring related scriptures and quotes, as well as weekly talking points to guide your reflection, this unique journal will enrich your understanding of the Doctrine and Covenants as you chronicle your personal insights and experiences.

Monday, December 13, 2021

Book Review: A Matchmaker's Lonely Heart


Nancy Campbell Allen is one of my favorite authors so I was really excited to read her new book, The Matchmaker's Lonely Heart! It's a Victorian mystery romance that readers will have a hard time putting down.

Amelie Hampton is a columnist who is trying to help her readers find love and she wants a glimpse of the first meeting of a couple she thinks might be perfect for each other. A detective, Michael Baker, is also watching the meeting, however, because he is certain the "gentleman" a Mr. Harold Radcliffe, is a murderer and he's gathering evidence. Both of them have their opinions about Mr. Radcliffe's guilt or innocence and the book is a rollercoaster of emotion as Michael and Amelie unravel the mystery.

I love how Ms. Allen is able to balance both the mystery and the romance so well. The chemistry with Amelie and Michael starts with a few sparks and slowly burns until the reader is turning the pages just to see if they finally move to the next step with their relationship! The banter between them is as fun as the chemistry and I loved that Michael's life is changed the more he gets to know her. He is grieving a terrible loss, and Amelie is the perfect person to help him see that hiding away his heart so he doesn't get hurt again is a terrible idea. The mystery has some great red herrings to keep readers guessing and a fun supporting cast to keep us all emotionally engaged. And the ending is perfect for both the romance and the mystery itself. This one will join all of Ms. Allen's other books on my keeper shelf and is one of my favorites this year. 

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Here's the back copy:

Amelie Hampton is a hopeless romantic, which makes her the perfect columnist to answer lonely heart letters in The Marriage Gazette. When Amelie plays matchmaker with two anonymous lonely hearts, she also decides to secretly observe the couple’s blind date. To her surprise, the man who appears for the rendezvous is Harold Radcliffe—a grieving widower and a member of Amelie’s book club.

Police detective Michael Baker has been struggling ever since his best friend and brother-in-law dies in the line of fire. Because he knows the dangers of his job, he has vowed never to marry and subject a wife and family to the uncertainty of his profession. But when he meets Miss Hampton, he is captured by her innocence, beauty, and her quick mind.

When a woman’s body is pulled from the river, Michael suspects the woman’s husband—Harold Radcliffe—of foul play. Amelie refuses to believe that Harold is capable of such violence but agrees to help, imagining it will be like one of her favorite mystery novels. Her social connections and clever observations prove an asset to the case, and Amelie is determined to prove Mr. Radcliffe’s innocence. But the more time Amelie and Michael spend together, the more they trust each other, and the more they realize they are a good team, maybe the perfect match.

They also realize that Mr. Radcliffe is hiding more than one secret, and when his attention turns toward Amelie, Michael knows he must put an end to this case before the woman he loves comes to harm.

Friday, December 10, 2021

Christmas Books on Sale!


Do you need some Christmas stories to read? You won't want to miss out on these three titles on sale for just .99 cents each!

Until We Kissed by Heather B. Moore

Livvy knows Dr. Slade McKinney is the perfect man for her, but when she keeps running into Mason, Livvy discovers fate has a different plan.

USA Today bestselling author Heather B. Moore welcomes you to Pine Valley!

Pine Valley librarian Livvy Harmon has big dreams, which include marrying Dr. Slade McKinney. Trouble is, he’s only kissed her once in their four months of dating, and it wasn’t all that great. But Livvy isn’t ready to give up yet on hooking such an amazing man, even though Slade seems to have time for everyone but her.

When Livvy keeps running into writer Mason Rowe, who seems to be camping out in her library to finish his book under strict orders from his agent, Livvy at first keeps him at arm’s length. But the more their friendship grows, the more she finds that her dream relationship with her doctor boyfriend isn’t so dreamy after all.

Get your copy HERE


Truth or Dare by Julie Coulter Bellon

Two wounded hearts. Two matchmaking dogs. One miracle needed.

After a year of recovery, wounded war veteran Jonah Harrison comes home for Christmas. No longer the outgoing high school track star, he just wants to be left alone, away from well-meaning friends and neighbors. But when a blizzard strands him with Kami Jackson—the girl who once knew him best—he can’t hide anything from her, no matter how much he wants to. Kami has a wounded heart of her own, though, and it might take a miracle---or at least two matchmaking dogs---for them to find the healing they both long for and the courage to reach for a chance at love.

Get your copy HERE



Hawaiian Holiday by Michelle Paige Holmes

Ten strangers. Six days in paradise. One unforgettable Christmas.

Hailey Walsh has always loved Christmas, and this year the holiday was supposed to be the most magical of all, spent with her large family and her fiancé in preparation for their wedding just two days after. Then Gage broke their engagement.

Now, instead of playing in the snow with her nieces and nephews, Hailey’s building a playground with children she’s never met before, spending her Christmas with strangers in Hawaii, on a service program she hopes will lift her spirits and help her begin to pick up the broken pieces of her life and heart.

Gage Stevens didn’t want to spend Christmas in Hawaii any more than he wanted to break his engagement, but sometimes fate has a way of slamming a guy against a wall and forcing him to tough decisions— for the good of others, be that his ex-fiancĂ©e or his mom. And while he’s certain that no ocean breeze or tropical wonderland can heal what’s wrong, one glimpse at a familiar head of red hair and Gage realizes fate may not be done with him yet.

Get your copy HERE

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Do You Have a Reader on Your Christmas List?


 If you wanted to give an autographed copy of a Julie Coulter Bellon book to the reader on your Christmas list, I have a few copies available of most of my books. Or, you could purchase a book bundle of the first three books in the Griffin Force series that come in an official Griffin Force tote bag! 

You can see the prices, availability, and place your order HERE

All orders will be mailed out on Monday, December 13th.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

I Need Your Vote!


My romantic suspense, Second Chance, is up for a Reader's Choice Swoony award in the American Hero Suspense category! I could use YOUR vote to get to the next round.

You can vote HERE  

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Come Meet Me!

 


If you live in Utah County, I will be at the Pleasant Grove Library tonight at 7 p.m. with Miss Pleasant Grove! We'll be talking about all things books and I'll even reveal my super-secret project that no one else knows about! 

And of course there will be door prizes, a grand prize, and treats! I hope I see you there!

Monday, December 6, 2021

In the Non-Fiction Corner with Lauren: Come Follow Me Through the Old Testament


Come Follow Me Through the Old Testament by Scott Sorensen


Scott Sorenson is a brilliant teacher and podcaster and has now put his talents to use in helping people understand the Old Testament and do their Come Follow Me more effectively. 

One of the best parts of this book that I have found so far is the introduction. I love that Sorenson tells the reader to “always look for the personality and character of Christ.” I think this is a great reminder as we start our study of the Old Testament, because that is exactly why we study everything we study, to know Christ better. The introduction alone made me so excited to read the workbook and use it every week.

This book goes week by week with the Come Follow Me manual and provides questions and insights that will help the reader take to heart the doctrines and principles that they study. Sorenson helps individuals take a deep-dive with every lesson! Many of his chapters start with questions or brainstorming activities, which I enjoy. He also opens each new section with how much time you can expect to spend on that section! 

This book has excellent graphics and it even has QR codes that you can scan and pull up related talks or articles that will give you more information. How cool is that?! This book is one of the most well thought out study guides for Come Follow Me that I have seen and I cannot wait to use it every week.

Get your copy here

Here's the back copy:

Out of time and low on ideas? With Come, Follow Me through the Old Testament, planning your weekly gospel study has never been easier. This companion guide to the 2022 Come, Follow Me manual features a wealth of material designed to complement your weekly home-centered study. Written by popular religion teacher Scott Sorensen with your busy life in mind, these lesson supplements are flexible for personal or group use and for varying individual needs. From Genesis to Malachi, delve into the books of the Old Testament with the support of topical guides, discussion prompts, and activity suggestions. When used alongside the official Come, Follow Me manual, this valuable study guide will deepen your understanding of the words of the ancient prophets and enrich your home-centered learning experience.

Friday, December 3, 2021

Book Deal for Romantic Comedy Fans!


If you like romantic comedy, Melanie Jacobson's book, Kiss Me Now, is only .99 cents today! Looks like the perfect weekend reading.

Get your sale copy HERE

Here's the back copy:

He’d be the perfect guy…if he wasn’t trying to ruin her life.

Ian would do anything for his grandmother, so when Gran suddenly announces she’s leaving the family property to her pretty new neighbor, Ian is on the case. He’ll use every one of his sharply-honed skills as a private investigator to expose the gold digger and save Gran.

Brooke is living her best life far from the city and career that tried to destroy her. She’s happy spending her summer renovating the house she inherited and gardening with her elderly neighbor, Miss Lily. But when Miss Lily’s handsome—and obnoxious—grandson shows up, making wild accusations and dragging up Brooke’s past, Brooke must convince Ian he has her all wrong.

But what happens when their chemistry proves even more dangerous than Ian’s accusations?

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Meet the Author!


Do you love books? Do you like to win prizes? 

If you live in Utah, I will be doing a Meet the Author event at the Pleasant Grove library this Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. with Miss Pleasant Grove Haylie Howe! 

There will be door prizes and a grand prize giveaway as well as treats. I'll also be revealing the secret project I've been working on that no one else knows about. I've love to see you there!

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Let's Learn Together Old Testament

There is a fun little spiral-bound flip book guide for families that will help with your study of the Old Testament called Let's Learn Together Old Testament by Rebecca Irvine. It's the perfect size to fit wherever you study your scriptures and has a little pop-up feature so it can stand on its own that I really loved.  I had it on my desk and was able to see the topic of discussion, which will be great for keeping it in the forefront of my mind every time I pass by! 

The book includes so many pertinent things! Each section starts with an overview of the person or place we are studying in Come Follow Me and also includes scriptures, quotes, and definitions. There are discussion questions for adults and some for children as well as activities you can do as a family. I know it will be the perfect thing to help us study and remember what we are learning throughout the week and I loved the little activities that make the subjects more relatable to our current everyday lives. A must-have for anyone who want to study the Old Testament!

You can get your copy HERE

Here's the back copy:

Delve into the doctrine of the Old Testament with Let's Learn Together, an engaging and thought-provoking collection of 150 gospel study cards on topics relating to weekly Come, Follow Me lessons. Designed to enhance understanding for children and adults alike, each card includes simple subject summaries and supporting scriptures, along with accompanying questions, conversation starters, and activities sure to spark impactful discussions among any age group. Whether used as part of your family's weekly worship or as a more frequent reference, these conversation cards will inspire more meaningful discussion of gospel principles in your own home-centered study of the Old Testament.