Apr 23, 2014

Pink Bat

Book Details
Author: Michael McMillan
Release Date: January 2009
Publisher: Simple Truths
Genre: Self-Help

Growing up Michael and his neighborhood kids loved to play baseball!

But sadly their parents banned backyard baseball because of the multiple broken windows.

So they had a problem...what's the solution?

They could "play at the park...no...it's too far."

"What about wiffle ball?...wiffle ball is stupid!"

What were the guys going to do?

Read to find out how a "pink bat" becomes the solution :)

After telling his story Michael goes on to give real perceived problems and the "pink bat solutions" that followed.

It's all in what you focus on...do you focus on the black shapes...or the white shapes?

Let the story of the pink bat help you find your solution~

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About the Author
Michael McMillan has a well-deserved reputation for creative thinking and delivering innovative results. Early in his career, Michael founded a visual communication firm that soon attracted a client roster that read like the Who’s Who of Business. Fortune 500 corporations, small entrepreneurial businesses, sports and music legends, non-profit organizations and institutions have sought Michael’s creative guidance to deliver effective solutions with award-winning results. His work has been recognized by major design, marketing, advertising and communication organizations around the world.

Apr 22, 2014

The Coolest of Days


Book Details
Author: Meg Johnson
Release Date: 2011
Publisher: Keep On Rollin' LLC
Genre: Children's Picture


"We see what is seen. But not any more. And who's to know just what happened back 'fore we were born? And I think and I wonder, which day of those Seven was my most favorite day back when I was in Heaven."

CUTE! CUTE! STORY! of a young child watching our Father in Heaven create the days of the week.

Each day is a new wonder and he thinks he might like that day best..

But something always makes him wonder if another day might be best!

Read to find out which day truly becomes "the coolest of days" :)


Meg painted the pages of this brightly illustrated work by weaving paintbrushes and pastel pencils between her fingers. She typed its unforgettable lines with her paralyzed hands.

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About the Author
Meg Johnson is a motivational speaker, author, artist, teacher, non-profit founder, and extreme tuna fish eater. She always wanted to be a motivational speaker but after taking a few courses in college she dropped out because she simply "wasn't passionate enough about anything" to speak about it.

Fast forward a few years, Meg found herself at the bottom of a 40 foot cliff in St. George, Utah after jumping for what seemed to be a boulder right in front of her (in subsequent returns to this area, Meg wonders how she could have ever mistaken this rugged area for anything but what it actually looked like). Meg broke her femurs, arms, collar bone, and neck in the landing. The arms and legs healed, but Meg's broken neck rendered her a C-7 quadriplegic, paralyzed from the chest down and without the use of her hands. Though Meg lost most of her abilities, she found her passion as she struggles to keep moving forward despite her inability to walk. Meg now speaks on her motto, which, she says, is applicable for people of all abilities: When life gets too hard to stand, just keep on rollin'!

Without the use of her legs, back, stomach, or hands, Meg refuses to sit still. She started out her time in a wheelchair by playing rugby with the Utah Scorpions. After realizing that sports aren't really her thing, Meg craved something more feminine, which, she says, "isn't really a part of the wheelchair world." But when Meg found out about the national Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant, she jumped at the opportunity. "I never did pageants before I was paralyzed," she says. "But I just wanted something - anything - girly." Utah didn't have a Ms. Wheelchair program so Meg competed as an independent delegate at Nationals in New York - 16 months after breaking her neck. She won the "Spirit Award."

After returning home from Ms. Wheelchair America, Meg and her boyfriend (now her husband) founded Ms. Wheelchair Utah. With many contestants and an audience exceeding 1300. This state pageant has grown to include three age groups and has become one of the largest in the nation.

Meg finished her college degree at Weber State University in Communications and minored in English. She met her husband in college before she was paralyzed and he visited her while she was in the hospital. They were married four years later on February 29th in the Salt Lake Temple. Meg's husband, Whit, is a finance analyst forWeber State University by day and a half-time performer by night. They enjoy doing business and home projects together and riding bikes (well, Meg rides her hand-cycle and Whit rides his unicycle. Together, they have four wheels and many strange looks). They have one daughter, Zula Mae, who was born in 2013.

Apr 21, 2014

He Is Risen


The latest album by the celebrated Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square hit #1 in two categories on the Billboard Top 100 Charts this week.

He Is Risen topped the Classical Traditional AND Current Classical Total charts.

The album, which released April 1, is the most recent from the Choir and Orchestra and features heartwarming and uplifting hymns like "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today," "In the Garden" and "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross."

He Is Risen is available in both digital and CD formats.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is comprised of 360 volunteer voices and serves as a musical ambassador for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The orchestra at Temple Square is a 150-member, all-volunteer symphony orchestra organized in 1999 as a companion ensemble. The Choir's work has garnered a Grammy award, 2 Emmy awards plus 5 gold and 2 platinum albums. Its music transcends cultural and generational boundaries to unite people through music around the world. Follow the Choir on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

The Billboard charts are the American music industry standard popularity charts issued weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on radio play, streaming online, and sales; new charts are compiled and officially released to the public by Billboard on Thursday.

Fairy Tale Fortnight Giveaway Hop

This hop is in conjunction with the 4th annual Fairy Tale Fortnight.  
Fairy Tale Giveaway Hop
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April 22nd to May 3rd

Your choice of 2 of the following Kindle eBOOKS

I'm Not Cinderella
Seventeen-year-old Brinlee is a modern girl living in Idaho. When she discovers a secret portal in her attic bedroom, she accidentally swaps places with the main character from her favorite fairy tale, cinderella. Lost in Cinderella's world, Brinlee threatens to ruin one of the world's greatest love stories. New mysteries surround the characters of the beloved tale, and Brinlee is determined to uncover the secrets. Once she entangles herself in the affairs of Cinderella's family and meets not one but two dashing men, can she keep this celebrated romance on track?

Cinderella Stays Late
A Grimmtastic girl named Cinderella is starting her first week at Grimm Academy on the wrong foot. Cinda's totally evil stepsisters are out to make her life miserable. The Steps tease Cinda, give her terrible advice about life at the academy, and even make her look bad in front of her new friends, Red, Snow, and Rapunzel! But when Cinda overhears the Steps plotting a villainous deed that could ruin Prince Awesome's ball, Cinda, her new friends, and a pair of magical glass slippers have to stop them--before the last stroke of midnight!

My Unfair Godmother
After her parents' divorce Tansy never really felt like her life got back to normal. And now that her too-busy parents and their respective new spouses don't seem to have time for her, Tansy has been sent to live with her semi-neurotic grandmother. After one incident involving a bad date, a can of spray paint, and the police, Tansy fears she is doomed for life. Enter Chrissy Everstar, Tansy's fairy in shining er... high heels. With three wishes to help set her life right, Tansy is taken along for a ride that includes Robin Hood and his Merry Men, who turn out to be trouble when they steal from the rich in her town. When the police chief's son, Hudson, sees Tansy hanging out with these fairy tale criminals, she'll have some serious explaining to do. That's if Tansy can find a way to stop spinning gold and undo the "help" that Chrissy has bestowed.

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Apr 19, 2014

The Too-Busy Book

Book Details
Author: Linda Andersen
Release Date: September 2004
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Genre: Inspiration

I LOVE the back cover blurb:

"God Is Not in a Hurry.
So why are we…all the time? If we were created in his image, why are we so determined to move at a pace faster than his? It’s time to step on the brakes, slow down, and begin living the unhurried life God wants for us.
If you are like most women today, you may have picked up this book thinking: I’ll take a fast look before getting back to my to-do list. Maybe this will help me get more done. You’re in for a surprise! The Too-Busy Book offers both permission and pathways to slow your life down permanently and enjoy the process of living.
Here Is Your Invitation to Exchange Busyness for Bounty."

Life is just that way...

But it doesn't HAVE TO BE!

We CAN take control! We CAN stop burning the candle at both ends!

Each chapter gives:

*a scripture to contemplate
*inspiration to savor
*a sample prayer to give
*things to reflect upon
*ideas to journal about

I LOVE daily thought books!

Let's "slow down to catch up with life."

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Apr 18, 2014

The Husband Maker Cover Reveal w/ $25 Amazon or PayPal Giveaway

Coming July 15th 
from USA Today Bestselling author Karey White
~ The Husband Maker ~

The Husband Maker by Karey White
Charlotte’s a girl with nicknames. She may not love being called Charles or Chuck, but the hardest nickname to take is the one she was given in college, the one that’s followed her now for too many years.

They call her “the husband maker” and sadly, it fits.

Every guy she’s dated since high school has become his next girlfriend’s husband. Not hers. Not three girlfriends down the road. The next.

Is she doing something wrong or is she just cursed? 

When Kyle Aldsworth enters the picture and sweeps her off her feet, Charlotte begins to hope that maybe she's not destined to be single forever.

A senator’s son with political aspirations of his own, Kyle's wealthy, handsome, and in need of a wife.

kareyWill Charlotte be disappointed yet again, or will she finally be able to make a husband for herself? add to goodreads

Author Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist. She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.  

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The Sacrament

Book Details
Author: John Bytheway
Release Date: March 2014
Publisher: Deseret Book
Genre: Children's Picture

An AMAZING book about the ordinance of the Sacrament!

Beautifully illustrated!
Wonderfully told in poetry form!

A young boy goes to visit his grandparents.

While attending church with them he finds his mind and attention wandering especially during the Sacrament.

His grandfather lovingly shares with him about the time he was a young boy and how he

"...couldn't help but wonder what the Lord Himself would say,

Should He walk into the chapel while His Saints behaved this way."

Through this the boy learns the sacredness of the sacrament and what things to think about... and not think about... during this special time of worship.

PERFECT to help young children!
a GREAT reminder for all ages!

Includes a fascinating list of the symbols of the Sacrament~

About the Author
John Bytheway is an instructor at the Brigham Young University Salt Lake Center. He served his mission in the Philippines and earned a master’s degree in Religious Education at BYU. He has published dozens of books and audio programs and lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Kimberly, and their six children.

(A review copy was provided, however, all reviews are of my own opinion :)

Apr 17, 2014

Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice w/ $10 Amazon Giveaway

Book Details
Author: Heidi Ashworth
Release Date: April 2014
Publisher: Dunhaven Place Publishing
Genre: Regency Romance

Oh how I LOVE a good Regency Romance! And this one is SO. SO. SO. GOOD!

When romance versus propriety...the heart always wins, but not without a chaperone, lots of gossip and possibly a scandal :)

Miss Elizabeth Armistead is betrothed to a British soldier, Duncan.

She was there, in India, when he had his accident and has been by his side during his healing.

Only he didn't heal fully, he was blinded.

But Elizabeth feels this is a blessing for she knows that he loves her for more than her beauty that he cannot even see anymore.

She is now awaiting his arrival in England where the banns will be read and the wedding will take place.

It is in London that she meets Mr. Colin Lloyd-Jones.

Colin is just getting over being betrayed and has sworn off all balls and the London season.

So he is quite brisk with Elizabeth when she shows up at his door needing help with her carriage.

But when he learns that she is already engaged he feels safe and lets his heart soften a little.

Their friendship grows as Elizabeth waits for her intended...

Now she finds herself with a decision to make...

Wait until you read the GREAT twist in the story towards the end!

So didn't see that coming!

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About the Author
7 years old--Heidi writes her first story. Its's a hit (with Mom).

10 years old--since her sisters are big Georgette Heyer/Jane Austen fans, she writes a first "regency romance". Even though she dedicated it to her eldest sister who longed to visit England, she didn't let anyone read it (probably a good idea).

14 years old--she publishes a short story in the kids section of the San Jose Mercury News. She begins experimenting with pen names but in the end decides to stick with her own.

Age 25-29--she writes a number of regency romance novels, (one of which later becomes Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind)

Age 30--decides to devote her time to her favorite roles of wife and mother, dabbles in the antiques and collectibles market and plants a flower garden.

Age Withheld--at the encourgement of a true blue friend, she submits Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind to Avalon Books and sells it!

Shortly Thereafter--she starts a blog and a website and has a really big party!

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