Jul 30, 2015

On Vacation

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I am on vacation
with NO internet access~

I do have my books with me
So watch for more reviews when I get back :)


Will My Child Be Ready?

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WILL MY CHILD BE READY?
by Emily Freeman and Merrilee Boyack

Mothers have an immeasurable influence and a significant responsibility in raising up young men and women who are prepared to further the work of the Lord.

A missionary's training does not begin when he or she enters the doors of the MTC. Well before that, each missionary's mother can begin laying the ground work that will prepare her child to diligently and wholeheartedly serve the Lord and His children.

This unique resource includes 12 training chapters for moms of prospective missionaries, all written by mothers who have sent children on missions (and some by mothers who have also served as mission presidents wives). 

Whether you have young children and are hoping to begin the mission training process early or you have less than a year to pull all the pieces together, here is the good news: the path of preparing a child for a mission begins wherever you are. 

Chapters on topics such as...

*fostering good daily habits
*developing relationship skills
*being resilient
*and recognizing the Spirit 

...shed light on what future missionaries need to know, what they need to do, and what they need to be.

Excerpt
You are about to immerse yourself in a book focused on training up a missionary for the Lord. But before we jump in, it is important to pause and consider one of the most important factors in that training--you.

Your efforts will be combined with the efforts of bishops, youth leaders, seminary teachers, family, and friends. However, next to the Spirit, you and your spouse will play one of the most crucial roles.

Because of that, this introduction is dedicated to you. Your influence is immeasurable. Your errand is divine, Your responsibility is significant...

...One thing is certain--in order to raise Stripling Warriors we must become Stripling Mothers.

We must live by the spiritual habits, behaviors, and principles we want our children to live by. Every day. That way, when our children encounter moments of doubt, which they surely will, they will be able to look to us as mothers and remember what we know to be true.

My Favorite Quote:

"If we were never uncomfortable there would be no need for a Comforter.
We must take a step into the dark, make ourselves uncomfortable in the Lord's work, and we will feel the Spirit and the Holy Ghost will support us."

My Review
I LOVE books like these! This one is subtitled "missionary prep for moms."

And that is exactly what it is! Giving you information... to use a little or use a lot... in teaching your child to be ready to serve a mission.

Want to help you child know how and why we need to be obedient? It's in here..
Want to help your child know about self-mastery and sacrifice? It's in here...

And so is goal setting, and finding a balance in your daily activities, and learning to serve, and how to develop Christlike attributes, and preparing to attend the temple, and so much more!

Amazing thoughts, scriptures, suggestions, stories and examples!

I SO LOVE the "what they need to know" and "what they need to do" and "what they need to be" sections at the end of each chapter.

This book is PERFECT for helping a missionary gather the emotional, social, physical, and mental tools they will need...even prospective Senior missionaries could benefit from this book!

It is also a PERFECT book to study if you simply want to become a more effective disciple of our Lord.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!

About the Authors/Editors
EMILY BELLE FREEMAN is a coach's wife, a mother to four children and a few others who have found refuge in her home, author of several bestselling books, and sought-after inspirational speaker. Her days are spent watching over teenagers, her flock of pampered chickens, and a rabbit that she adores. She finds great joy in studying the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Her deep love of the scriptures comes from a desire to find their application in everyday life. For a few minutes every day Emily forgets about the laundry, leaves the dishes in the sink, and writes. She coauthors a blog that is a stopping place for hearts seeking all that is good: www. multiplygoodness.com.

MERRILEE BOYACK loves life and loves every season of life—especially this one! She enjoys hanging out with her hubby, four sons, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren. She is an estate-planning attorney in Utah and California and is the author of several books and talks, including The Parenting Breakthrough; Strangling Your Husband Is Not an Option; Toss the Guilt and Catch the Joy; In Trying Times, Just Keep Trying; and 12 Gifts for Christ. Merrilee and her husband, Steve, reside in Lehi, Utah, and are helping their grandkids prepare to serve missions.

Other Contributing Authors
Deanne Flynn
Wendy Ulrich
Rosemary Lind
Leslie Oswald

Jul 28, 2015

Love on a Whim w/ $25 Amazon + Book Giveaway

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LOVE ON A WHIM
by Aubrey Mace

Six months out of law school, Rachel Pearce is completely disillusioned by her job hunt. Despite pounding the pavement with her Ivy League degree in hand, her job prospects are no brighter than the day she graduated. Then in a chance meeting with a former acquaintance, eccentric young millionaire Henry Walker, Rachel finds an unexpected opportunity: Henry is looking for a personal secretary. Swallowing her pride, Rachel sets aside her law firm aspirations for what she envisions as secretarial work—mountains of paperwork and filing. But when she finds her most demanding duty to be daily cookie runs for her new boss, she’s baffled by her unconventional job responsibilities.

As she’s pulled into Henry’s delightful whims, caught in a whirlwind of private jets and fancy dinners, Rachel finds herself inexplicably drawn to this handsome and charismatic man. But reality always has a way of intruding, and logic tells her that this adventure can’t last. When real life inevitably comes calling, Rachel must decide if she’s willing to trade in her dream of success in the courtroom for a chance at love.

My Review
WOW! WHAT A FUN BOOK! I SO ADORED EVERY SCENE!

I loved the theme of if the going gets tough you hold out..and if not...you swallow your pride and accept whatever will keep you going.

I also loved the twist on Henry's character!

Oh and the cat and the mouse and the office chair race--this book is so full of surprises!

Grab a copy today and start reading! Then leave me a message of what you thought!

This book is a true DELIGHT!

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About the Author
Aubrey Mace lives in Sandy, Utah. She attended LDS Business College and Utah State University. When she is not writing, she enjoys cooking, traveling, gardening, playing the cello (badly), and spending time with her family and psychotic cat.

Aubrey has four published novels: SPARE CHANGE, which won the 2008 Whitney Award for Best Romance, MY FAIRY GRANDMOTHER, SANTA MAYBE, and BEFORE THE CLOCK STRIKES THIRTY. She also has a novella, "The Science of Sentiment", included in the Timeless Romance Anthology Spring Collection.

You can visit Aubrey at her website, www.aubreymace.com.



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Jul 27, 2015

Willa the Wolf Has Show and Tell

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WILLA THE WOLF 
HAS SHOW AND TELL
by Leela Hope

Do your kids have a favorite toy?
Do they understand the value of family?


Willa the wolf is having trouble deciding what she should bring into her class for show and tell.
She lines up all her toys and tries to pick out the thing that means the most to her.

She asks her mother, father, and brother for help.

While she is trying to pick a toy that means something to her she realizes that there are more important things than toys in her life.

A great read for the whole family.

Told through gorgeous illustrations and flowing verse it is perfect for kids 0-5.

My review
I LOVE Leela Hope's books!

Bold colors, fun rhymes, entertaining, and a lesson to be learned; all wrapped up in a delightful story!

Wait until you see what she brings and why--

Such a GREAT BOOK!

About the Author
Leela Hope is a writer with over 22 years of experience in writing endearing children's fiction. Her lively characters have entranced and captivated her audience, and she has taken great joy in writing the three series of books, each beautifully illustrated with love and care. Her stories concentrate on the adventures of floppy eared bunnies and wide-eyed children learning lessons in life, before returning home wiser and eager for sleep. leela hope writes her stories to entertain the very young, but also to educate. Her vision is always of a parent sitting on a child's bed, reciting the stories each night, while the young one drifts off to sleep, lulled into a dream world full of fun and adventure.

Born in San Diego, California, and still residing in the area, leela studied English Literature at Berkeley, earning a degree in 1989. Her writing covers a span of several genres, but she always returns to her first love, children's fiction. She enjoys scuba diving and visiting wildlife parks, seeking new inspiration for cuddly characters for her stories. leela hope lives in an urban area of San Diego and is presently at work on a new book.

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A Timeless Romance Anthology: Annette Lyon Collection

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Annette Lyon Collection 
(A Timeless Romance Anthology Book 12)

The ANNETTE LYON COLLECTION contains brand new contemporary romance novella OUR SONG, as well five hand-picked readers’ and reviewers’ favorites of Annette’s popular Timeless Romance Anthology novellas. Readers will love this selection of three contemporary and three historical romance novellas.

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In OUR SONG, a charming romance novella, Cassie and Matt have been dating in the Yellowstone area for two years, and things are, well, average. When Cassie meets up with two college friends who are visiting, their love lives like sound like fairy tales: rose petals, chocolates, candles on the beach… Cassie goes home feeling like she’s missing out. After all, repeatedly watching Old Faithful erupt and walking through sulfur-smelling gases at Fountain Paint Pot don’t exactly say “romance.” Maybe things with Matt aren’t going anywhere, and it’s time to move on. Then she discovers that perception and reality are completely different things. Now she can only hope it isn’t too late to show Matt how much she really cares. I cannot even begin to tell you have amazingly wonderful this story is! Filled with love and envy, confusion and hope...this story reminds you to look for the good that is in your life instead of always comparing what others have. Sweet, sweet ending! I SO LOVED this one!

In the sweet novella GOLDEN SUNRISE, Natalie takes time out of her crazy schedule to fly to Vegas for her best friend’s wedding. Sierra and Jason, high-school sweethearts, are finally getting married. Fortunately for Natalie, her old high-school flame, Adam, has a work commitment and can’t be there as best man. But when she arrives at the wedding rehearsal—late and ragged—Adam is there. When Adam makes a wild suggestion, Natalie just may take him up on it, even though she knows he’s moved on. A single choice may mean Natalie is taking a shot at reclaiming the past—or that she's putting her heart in harm’s way a second time. I absolutely LOVED this one! Loved that it was set at a wedding! What a great story to have the high school 4-some come together after all these years. LOVED the wild suggestion that Adam comes up with--I won't give it away :) A WONDERFUL read!

FIRSTS AND LASTS, an enchanting novella, begins with Dani’s last week in New York. She’s failed in her dreams to catch a break as an actress and is now ready to return home and dust herself off. As she visits the places on her final to-see list, she meets Mark, another New York City transplant with big dreams. Except Mark hasn’t given up on his. As they spend the day together, Dani realizes that even though she hasn’t hit the “big time” she might be living her dream after all. Only problem: she has a one-way ticket back home. Another FANTASTIC story! I LOVED how quickly these two found companionship with each other and the scene where they are busking in the park--I so wish I had been there to witness that :) Isn't it amazing what a good partner can help you achieve or endure! LOVE THIS ONE! I so need to visit New York one day!

In the compelling novella WAR OF HEARTS, Anna, a journalist, is desperate to escape the magazine where Pete, her now-former boyfriend, also works. Heartbroken and still in love with him, Anna snags an assignment to cover the Winter War in Finland. She arrives at a snowy Finnish battlefront only to discover that Pete is already there—as her photographer. She’s determined to be professional about the situation until a battle breaks out in camp, putting her and Pete in harm’s way and putting their love to the test. WOW! What a tale! This one will keep you spellbound as the characters must once again work together after a breakup--a difficult task in any circumstance--but to also be in a war zone--wow! You won't be able to put this one down! Gripping, enthralling, so good!

The captivating novella BETWEEN THE LINES follows Jane Martin, who is intelligent but extremely shy, especially around men. When the Aid and Cultural Society proposes a letter-writing program, Jane signs up, hoping she can find true friendship. The program doesn’t run as smoothly as expected, and unknown to Jane, one of the men in her city becomes her writing friend. Thomas Allred has always known shy and quiet Jane, but reading her letters written to his secret persona, opens his eyes to what an amazing woman she is. The only trouble is, Jane doesn’t know that the man who she is falling in love with through letters is also Thomas, the man who is falling in love with her in person. Every story in this book is FANTASTIC! I think this one is my favorite! I have been know to "romanticize" things by dreaming about them in a "better than life way" and I feel that I am a close kindred spirit to Jane and Thomas :) LOVED the letter writing! A sweet, sweet read! You won't be able to put this one down!

In the charming novella A TASTE OF HOME, 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. Any story with a Christmas theme is a favorite story of mine! One of the greatest things about Christmas is going home and being with family so my heart aches to know that a quarantine kept Claire from her family at this special time of year. But just like a romantic knight-in-shining-armor William steps in to make this Christmas a most cherished one. What a FUN story! SO. LOVED. IT!

My Over-All Review
I LOVE books like this!
Short, sweet stories--giving you a chance to read quickly--or longly as the case may be :) Take a few minutes to relax and leave your world behind and look into the thoughts and feelings of the characters. Read one chapter at a time or skip around or read from cover to cover. This is your book to discover the feelings of fun love. But I warn you--you will not want to put it down! What a great tribute to Annette Lyon's writing!
A MUST-READ!

About the Author
Annette Lyon has been writing ever since second grade, when she piled pillows on a chair to reach her mother's typewriter.

She is a Whitney Award winner, a two-time recipient of Utah's Best of State medal for fiction and the author of nine novels, a cookbook, and a grammar guide as well as over a hundred magazine articles.

She's a senior editor at Precision Editing Group and a cum laude graduate from BYU with a degree in English.

When she’s not mothering, writing, editing, knitting, or eating chocolate, she can be found ignoring the spots on the kitchen floor.


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The Knights Before Christmas

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THE KNIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS
by Joan Holub
illustrator - Scott Magoon

'Twas December 24th, and three brave knights were just settling in for the night when out on the drawbridge, there arose such a clatter! The knights try everything to get rid of this unknown invader (Santa Claus!), a red and white knight with a fleet of dragons . . .

But nothing would stop
their white-whiskered foe.
No matter their efforts,
he just would not go!

This parody of Clement Clarke Moore's well-known poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas is kid-friendly, clever, and just plain silly--sure to become a holiday classic of a different kind.

My Recommendation
I LOVE EVERYTHING JOAN HOLAB WRITES!
FUN! WITTY! FABULOUS!
Anxiously waiting to read this one!

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Jul 25, 2015

Heroes of the Dustbin (Janitors 5)

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HEROES OF THE DUSTBIN
by Tyler Whitesides

Although their enemies are powerful, their allies few, Spencer and his team of Rebels are not giving up!

But what chance do a handful of kids and one rescued janitor have against the combined evil of the Founding Witches and the Sweepers? 

Can the Rebels close the source of all Glop and stop the Toxites once and for all-or is the world doomed to fall under the control of the sinister Bureau of Educational Maintenance? 

This explosive series finale is a gripping ride through conflicted loyalties and daring escapes, unexpected alliances and betrayals, and an ending you will never forget!

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Jul 24, 2015

Beauty for Ashes

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BEAUTY FOR ASHES
by Scott Livingston

Of the many tests that make up mortality, how we respond to the ones that occur in our human interactions and relationships will largely determine our happiness in the life to come.

Daily oppositions are unavoidable and can be a painful test of our determination to rise above hurt or offense.

But learning to love our enemies—to do good to those who hate us or despitefully use us—is easier said than done. It takes a change of heart and a reliance on the Savior’s perfect example of love and forgiveness. 

With incredible insight and warmth, author Scott Livingston guides readers down the path of healing as they learn to transform the “ashes” of negative interactions into something beautiful. 

Replete with scriptural references, prophetic counsel, and poignant stories, Beauty for Ashes provides readers with incomparable guidance through the journey of Christlike forgiveness.

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Played For a Fool

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PLAYED FOR A FOOL
by Stephanie Black

Three years ago, the small town of Britteridge was rocked by the senseless murder of Gail Ludlum. Now the people most affected by the tragedy have returned to the place where it all began, and the scene is set for the perfect revenge . . .

Megan O’Connor’s life was shattered when she was unwittingly drawn into a kidnapping plot that ultimately led to the murder of an innocent woman. Though the road to redemption has been long, she’s finally found happiness with her recent engagement to a wonderful man, a pillar of the community. But amid the chaos of wedding planning, the return of Gail Ludlum’s son to Britteridge sets in motion a disturbing sequence of events. Soon Megan finds herself the victim of a series of cruel deceptions that indicate one thing: her past mistakes have not been forgiven or forgotten. As the mischief escalates to dangerous levels, it becomes clear that someone is determined to avenge Gail’s death. And he won’t rest until he’s taken a life for a life.

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Jul 23, 2015

Are you a Bushel or a Candlestick? (Audio CD)

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Are you a Bushel or a Candlestick?
by Eric D. Richards

Is there something you've always wanted to do but have been afraid to try? Everyone has unique talents and abilities, and the Lord can use each one, no matter how random it may be.

In this inspiring talk, Eric D. Richards shares a message that will motivate listeners to develop their talents so they can bless the lives of others. He says, “The Lord wants us to light the flame of our talent and place it on a candle and then invite the Lord to put it on a candlestick so it can give light to another person s life. As others look at us and see our good works, they will want to give glory to their Heavenly Father.” 

With stories from the lives of outstanding Latter-day Saints who have “let their lights shine,” Brother Richards illustrates this message: “Your ability is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to God. You may feel invisible or inferior, but you are invaluable to Him. 

Discover your gifts, let them shine, and watch how the Lord uses your talents to bless others around you.”

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The Holy Ghost Can Help: Just Ask Sage McKenna Lyrica Joy

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The Holy Ghost Can Help: 
Just Ask Sage McKenna Lyrica Joy
by Kristen McKendry and Becky Fawson

Sage McKenna Lyrica Joy has such a hard time making decisions that she can't even decide which of her names to go by.

But soon she finds out that when you don't make decisions, others make them for you, and that's not always a good thing.

More importantly, she begins to wonder how a person is supposed to know how to choose the right-until her mom teaches her the Holy Ghost can help her decide.

Children and parents will delight in this charming story about making choices, especially the important ones.

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In the Wilds of Devon

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IN THE WILDS OF DEVON
by Wanda Luce

Lord Rupert Carrington, heir apparent to the Marquess of Lansdowne and former captain in His Majesty's Royal Navy, cannot forget the girl he loved in his youth, who died after he left to fight in the war against Napoleon.

Guilt-ridden, Rupert buries his regret by helping the London detectives of Bow Street take down criminals. But when Rupert ferrets out a ring of smugglers and is marked for death, the prince regent banishes him to a remote corner of England to live among the locals and be known only by his title of captain. Thus, Rupert will remain safe until the villains are arrested and brought to court, where he will offer testimony critical to their conviction. 

On the first day of Rupert's exile to the wilds of Devon, he meets Alexandra Dancy, a beautiful country miss whose complex character and extraordinary courage stir in him a degree of affection and admiration he has not yet felt for any lady. 

As fate or Providence would have it, Alexandra and her family, whose property backs his on the other side of a canal, have been hired to provide Rupert's meals and to care for his house and stables. When Ruper's friendship and warm attentions awaken Alexandra's heart, she suffers the torment of loving a man she believes is of a higher social class than he pretends, and therefore beyond her reach. 

The impoverished Dancys hide their own aristocratic origins to protect a dark secret known to only one man Cecil Bedford, a blackguard of the first order, who wields a cruel power over Alexandra and her family. 

Can Rupert save her from Bedford's clutches and topple the seemingly insurmountable barriers to winning her love and her hand?

My Review
I LOVE the regency romances coming out right now!
And this one has a FANTASTIC twist!

Instead of being set in high society, this story is set in quite the opposite-- hidden away to hide away "in the wilds of Devon" :)

But there is still the social class status, with lots of rules, and a smattering of bantering, and tight-kept secrets, and a controlling villain, and a mystery to be solved, and oh. the. romance.

A strong female character and a debonair gentleman--each with something to conceal--each finding friendship with the other--each afraid to act on their love.

Such a GREAT story!
LOVED it from the very first page to the very last word!
So want to read more from this author!

Do not miss out on this one!
A PERFECT anytime read!

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About the Author
Wanda Luce is quite certain she was born with a book in her hand. Her mother made reading and library visits an important part of her life as a child. All through school, Wanda read book after book and had a bookcase full of the ones she had completed. As a girl, she fell in love with Mr. Darcy in Jane Austen's' "Pride and Prejudice", David Balfour in Robert Louis Stevenso's "Kidnapped", and David Copperfield in, of course, Charles Dicken's "David Copperfield". This is where Wanda's passion for British literature began.

Wanda has been married to her sweetheart for almost thirty years. They are the proud parents of two adorable, handsome young men. She was raised in Carson and Reno, Nevada, where her mother, sister, and brothers still live. Wanda graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in German literature, and she currently teaches German at two Utah high schools. She also plays the violin, worships sunshine and nature, and makes a mean pie crust.

She wold enjoy hearing from her readers and may be contacted at lucewandarings@gmail.com. Please visit Wanda's website, http://wandaluce.blogspot.com.

 

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