May 25, 2015

$0.99 Sale on Snow Valley Romance Box Sets

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If you haven't read Christmas in Snow Valley, now is your chance to buy it May 24th through the 31st for only $0.99

See my review HERE
Buy Christmas in Snow Valley - Amazon


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And now the #1 Bestselling Authors of Christmas in Snow Valley, have teamed up again with six wonderful summer novellas that are sure to make your summer sweet and sassy!
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Summer in Snow Valley is available for 
PRE-ORDER for only $0.99


Release date is June 1st and the $0.99 special 
will last until June 6th.

Buy Summer in Snow Valley


Catching Caytie by Amazon Top Seller Cindy Roland Anderson
On the night Caytie Holbrook intends to break up with her cheating boyfriend, he blindsides her by announcing their engagement at a dinner party. When Caytie discovers her father is in on the scheme, she runs away from her home in Beverly Hills to hide out at her uncle’s ranch in Snow Valley, Montana. While Snow Valley is a beautiful place, Caytie only plans to stay until her twenty-fifth birthday when she’ll inherit a trust fund her grandmother left her, allowing her to pursue her dream to move to Italy. That is until she meets Jace McAllister, an incredibly sexy—although somewhat grumpy—cowboy who threatens to disrupt her plans.

Tin Foil Tiaras by Amazon Top Seller Jeanette Lewis
Cameron Elliott has come to Snow Valley to coach Annalisa Drake in the Miss Snow Valley pageant, and prove to her demanding boss that she deserves a place at the prestigious Westbrooke Agency. But Annalisa’s handsome and protective big brother, Kyle, is determined to keep his sister from becoming a reluctant beauty queen. As Cameron tries to win Kyle over, Kyle insists some things are more valuable than a title and as crazy as it sounds, Cameron might just believe him.

A Touch of Love by Amazon Top Seller Cami Checketts
Annie Stirland has endured a lifetime of teasing, embarrassment, and isolation due to her speech impediment. When irresistible cowboy, Luke Wilson, seems to be falling for her, she’s certain he’s too good to be true. A tragedy involving his ex-girlfriend proves she’s right. What man can resist sheltering someone they once loved? Annie knows she should walk away, but Luke isn’t ready to give her up.

First Love by Amazon Top Seller Taylor Hart 
Janet Snow doesn’t expect to get caught in a full-blown make out session at her brother’s wedding. Especially not with Michael Hamilton, the boy she’d written off ten years ago. Even though they both agree to no complications, Janet's not sure they can stick to it given their past. After a trip to the hot springs, a helicopter ride, and a proposal, even the most cautious single mother would start to wonder if true love really is just about the timing. Now Janet has to make a choice—play it safe or trust that her first love could also be her last. 

Romancing Rebecca by Amazon Top Seller, Kimberley Montpetit
Rebecca Dash loved spending her teen summers swooning over Jane Austen and helping her aunt at the Starry Skies Bed & Breakfast in Snow Valley. But as a recent college grad, she’d rather write sappy romance novels than go out with guys that make her a nervous wreck. When a team of fire-fighters set up camp on the lawns of the B&B and Captain Wade catches her eye, Becca soon learns that there’s more to a happily-ever-after than a flirty fireman with muscles the size of the Montana hills.

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

Court of the Hawk

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COURT OF THE HAWK
by Debbie Peterson

When a single moment challenges your perception of truth...

Epigraphist Dr. Essie DeSpencer travels to an ancient Welsh castle in order to decipher an Ogham inscription discovered by the handsome and enigmatic, Garreth ap Daffyd. But the journey is not what she expects. She doesn’t plan to fall for the Lord of the castle, or to find herself deeply entrenched in legends, myths, and magic. Real legends, and real magic, that have devastating consequences.

Garreth didn’t plan for Essie to stay any longer than it took her to decipher the pictograph. Instead, he finds himself falling in love for the first time in his very long life. Now the Lord of Llys y Gwalch must find a way to attain the heart of his soul mate and keep her safe from the dangers that threaten them both.

Excerpt
He considered that for a time before he spoke. "No, I suppose it doesn't. Still, I'd like to know."

"All right, I don't have a problem giving you an answer." She cleared her throat. "The quake disturbed several portraits hanging along the hallways. I found one of them on the floor after leaving my room. So, I picked it up with every intention of replacing it, but the subject stole my attention. You see, if asked under oath in a court of law, I would swear you posed for the portrait at least two, maybe even three centuries ago."

"And you didn't stop to consider whether or not the man in the painting might be a distant ancestor to whom I bear a great resemblance?"

She extended a finger to his face, gently traced the scar that only served to enhance his looks , and shook her head. "Not when the artist painted him with this."

My Review
I ADORE Debbie Peterson's books!
This book captured me from the very first paragraph and kept me enthralled the entire book.

I LOVE that there was a strong female character and enjoyed the mystery and bantering of the men trying to guess her real name...fun scenes!

The setting is PERFECT as it is in a castle, deciphering old pictures, old texts, and old folklore, while at the same time being in modern-day times where she wore jeans, hiking boots, and t-shirts and used the internet and email. I kept waiting for ballgowns and letter carriers as the descriptions took you back in time in such a VERY fun way.

The magic of fair folk and dragons and wizards is enhanced by a wonderful adventure of trying to find the dragon's heart gem...so captivating!

And the romantic interest between the two main characters gives you just enough details to make you sigh--so well written!

Such an AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL read!
Debbie is definitely one of my FAVORITE authors!
I recommend ANYTHING she has written!

About the Author
Creating tales of sweet otherworldly romance, one adventure at a time...

Debbie is an author of paranormal and fantasy romance because she has a soft spot for fairy tales, the joy of falling in love, making an impossible love possible, and happily ever after endings. She loves music, art, beautiful sunrises, sunsets, and thunder storms. .

When she is not busy conjuring her latest novel, Debbie spends time with the members of her very large family within the lovely, arid deserts of southern Nevada. She also pursues her interests in family history, which she also teaches, mythology, and history.

Best Speculative Fiction 2014

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I consider myself an author promoter and that is why I am so excited 
to be involved with the Whitney's-
It is a great way to say I really liked this book!
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BEST SPECULATIVE FICTION WENT TO

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
Brandon Sanderson's The Stormlight Archive sequence began in 2010 with the New York Timesbestseller The Way of Kings. Now, the eagerly anticipated Words of Radiance continues the epic story and answers many of your questions.

Six years ago, the Assassin in White, a hireling of the inscrutable Parshendi, assassinated the Alethi king on the very night a treaty between men and Parshendi was being celebrated. So began the Vengeance Pact among the highprinces of Alethkar and the War of Reckoning against the Parshendi.

Now the Assassin is active again, murdering rulers all over the world of Roshar, using his baffling powers to thwart every bodyguard and elude all pursuers. Among his prime targets is Highprince Dalinar, widely considered the power behind the Alethi throne. His leading role in the war would seem reason enough, but the Assassin's master has much deeper motives.

Expected by his enemies to die the miserable death of a military slave, Kaladin survived to be given command of the royal bodyguards, a controversial first for a low-status "darkeyes." Now he must protect the king and Dalinar from every common peril as well as the distinctly uncommon threat of the Assassin, all while secretly struggling to master remarkable new powers that are somehow linked to his honorspren, Syl.

Brilliant but troubled Shallan strives along a parallel path. Despite being broken in ways she refuses to acknowledge, she bears a terrible burden: to somehow prevent the return of the legendary Voidbringers and the civilization-ending Desolation that will follow. The secrets she needs can be found at the Shattered Plains, but just arriving there proves more difficult than she could have imagined.

Meanwhile, at the heart of the Shattered Plains, the Parshendi are making an epochal decision. Hard pressed by years of Alethi attacks, their numbers ever shrinking, they are convinced by their war leader, Eshonai, to risk everything on a desperate gamble with the very supernatural forces they once fled. The possible consequences for Parshendi and humans alike, indeed, for Roshar itself, are as dangerous as they are incalculable.

The doors of the Stormlight Archive first opened to us with The Way of Kings. Read that book - now available in all formats - and then Words of Radiance, and you can be part of the adventure every dazzling step of the way.



--- The other finalists were ---

Nameless: The Darkness Comes by Mercedes M. Yardley
LUNA MASTERSON SEES DEMONS. She has been dealing with the demonic all her life, so when her brother gets tangled up with a demon named Sparkles, ‘Luna the Lunatic’ rolls in on her motorcycle to save the day.

Armed with the ability to harm demons, her scathing sarcasm, and a hefty chip on her shoulder, Luna gathers the most unusual of allies, teaming up with a green-eyed heroin addict and a snarky demon ‘of some import.’

After all, outcasts of a feather should stick together...even until the end.

Pretty Little Dead Girls by Mercedes M. Yardley
"Run, Star Girl." Bryony Adams is destined to be murdered, but fortunately Fate has terrible marksmanship. In order to survive, she must run as far and as fast as she can. After arriving in Seattle, Bryony befriends a tortured musician, a market fish-thrower, and a starry-eyed hero who is secretly a serial killer bent on fulfilling Bryony’s dark destiny.







The Accidental Apprentice by Anika Arrington
Brilliant and ambitious, Rezdin the Wizard has one goal: impress the king, but he answers to Baron von Dappenshien who refuses him access to Court. Before Rezdin can maneuver himself into the limelight, the king charges von Dappenshien with treason, and Rezdin goes to ground. The wizard finds himself dependent upon the wits and good will of a starving street urchin. But what can he offer little Tommy in return? When old dangers and new alliances rear their menacing heads, Rezdin must decide where his true loyalties lie, and what to do with his newfound entourage of one.

This Darkness Light by Michaelbrent Collings
A man with no past, but who holds the future of the world in his hands.

A woman who has sworn to protect him, for reasons she does not understand.

A killer who must destroy them, or lose all he holds dear.
They are running—from each other, from the plague that is killing all around them, from the dark forces beyond their understanding.

Running from shadow to shadow. From dark to dark.
Hoping to find light. Hoping that this darkness is not all there is.
Hoping…because hope is all they have in This Darkness Light

May 23, 2015

Liam Darcy, I Loathe You!

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Liam Darcy, I Loathe You!
by Heidi Jo Doxey
Synopsis
Lizzie, Nila, Alice, Cate, Vivian, and Fiona- six girls about to begin a writing assignment that changes everything. From cute crushes to dances and dresses, they're recording it all, and so is their teacher. This modern makeover of Jane Austen's beloved novels follows your favorite stories in a high school setting. Perfect for new fans and devoted Austenites alike!

Excerpt
"This brings me to another point. Why do all the guys around here call each other by their last names? It’s weird, right? I mean, it’s never “Hey, what’s up, Jack?” or “How’s it going, Sam?” Everything’s Elton this, Willoughby that. This makes it extra confusing when you get a couple of brothers who go by the same name. Like the Tilneys or the Kulkarnis. Whatever.

I’m just saying, it’s not like all of us girls go by Bennet. That would be complete chaos."

Description
Lizzie’s family is big and crazy. Nila’s best friend just moved to England. Fiona’s good at school and nothing else. Alice and Vivian are two sisters who couldn’t be more opposite. And Catherine reads vampire novels. What do these six girls have in common?

They all attend Pemberley Prep, where their English teacher, Ms. Elliot, has just given them a year-long assignment to write down everything that happens to them—beach trips and boys to picking out ball gowns.

Quirky and cute, this is Jane Austen with a modern makeover. Set in a Northern California prep school, it’s a laugh-out-loud read that will reunite Austen’s fans with their favorite characters and
send the younger set straight to the classics to find out what happens next!


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My Review
This book is DARLING!

Not only in words, but also in presentation with cute embellishments along the margins-- just like a real journal would have. You also get the writings of each of these girls with a mishmash of Jane Austen names and story lines.

It was fun to see how each writer was a little hesitant to keep a journal, but in the end each agreed that it was a great way to share their thoughts and feelings.

I really enjoyed this book~
A VERY FUN READ!

About the Author
Heidi Jo Doxey has written five books in the Tiny Talks series. She graduated from BYU with a BA in English and a minor in editing. When she’s not writing or reading, she loves riding her bike, going for walks, spending time with family and friends, and being outside. She currently lives in Utah, where she works in publishing, but she still calls the San Francisco Bay Area home. Heidi blogs at girlwithalltheanswers.blogspot.com.

Best General Fiction 2014

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BEST GENERAL FICTION WENT TO

The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon
If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.

Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.

It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.

And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.

And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all . . . a love story.


--- The other finalists were ----

A Plentiful Rain by Elizabeth Petty Bentley
When Ellis’s sister and widowed father both announce their engagements, Ellis decides it’s time he thought about marriage too. And when Cassandra--young, beautiful, smart, and as cynical as he is—pays attention to him, he’s tremendously flattered and becomes involved in the conversion process of Cassandra's much older, not so beautiful, but far kinder sister, Hera. Ellis eventually becomes disenchanted with Cassandra and develops real love for Hera. But even though Hera likes Ellis a lot, she rejects his romantic advances 1) because she feels it would be disloyal to her sister, 2) because she is still struggling with being a recovering alcoholic and not altogether sure she's strong enough to handle a relationship, and 3) because Ellis is, himself, struggling with his testimony.

My Name Is Bryan by Stacy Lynn Carroll
If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you jump too? Bryan chose to dive. Moments later, as he lay on the beach, unable to move his arms or legs, two questions ran through his mind: Would he walk again? And would he ever have kids? Based on the incredible true story of life, love, and never giving up.







Still Time by Maria Hoagland
Thrust into the chaos of her mother-in-law’s hoarding and forgetfulness, LDS church member Alyssa Johnston wishes she could retreat to a simpler time when her kids were small and almost anything could be fixed with a hug. But reassurance and a quick distraction no longer erase the pain of a missionary son who is struggling, a young teen who is bullied, or a daughter who is distant. As Aly’s own life and relationship with her husband plunge out of control, she wonders if her faith will be enough to keep her family—or herself—from falling apart.

Still Time is a deeply moving story about a woman’s faithful journey into the next phase of her life. You will laugh with Aly, feel her sorrow, and see yourself in Maria Hoagland’s realistic, heartfelt portrayal of a woman’s struggle to keep her family safe and hold back time as long as she can.

Walking on Water by Richard Paul Evans
In this fifth New York Times bestseller in the Walk series, Richard Paul Evans’s hero Alan Christoffersen must say some painful goodbyes and learn some important lessons as he comes to the end of his cross-country walk to Key West.

After the death of his beloved wife, after the loss of his advertising business to his once-trusted partner, after bankruptcy forced him from his home, Alan Christoffersen’s daring cross-country journey—a walk across America, from Seattle to Key West, with only the pack on his back—has taught him lessons about love, forgiveness and, most of all, hope.

Now Alan must again return west to face yet another crisis, one that threatens to upend his world just as he had begun to heal from so much loss, leaving him unsure of whether he can reach the end his journey. It will take the love of a new friend, and the wisdom of an old friend, to help him to finally leave the past behind and find the strength and hope to live again.

May 22, 2015

Tomorrow We Spy

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TOMORROW WE SPY
by Jordan McCollum

I LOVE this series and I LOVE this author!
Fun, clean books, full of suspense, espionage, and a touch of romance.

Talia and Danny have finally tied the knot and are on their honeymoon when the CIA "tracks them down" with a new assignment.

When Talia reminds them that she has this time off, they inform her that this assignment isn't for her, but is for her husband.

Being an aerospace engineer is the reason Danny is needed, for they are trying to get the "dangerous Russian FSB officer."

Talia is not satisfied to stay on the sidelines.

So she goes undercover as Danny's interpreter.

Can you even imagine?

Talia and Danny are newlyweds...on their honeymoon...and now they need to act as if they just barely met and have no romantic interests in each other.

And to top it all of they are going to Russia where Talia served her mission...

Fun scenes await as Talia has to balance being seen as an interpreter, and a return missionary running into her investigators; all while trying to be a good wife without listening ears knowing what is going on.

And when things get drastic Talia must decide who to save- her husband, or a list of other spies.

But Danny is no weak man...

And he throws in some fun ideas of using honesty and friendship to get what one needs, and trying to save Talia from her paranoia, stubborn ways of doing things.

Can they work together or will they have to call this marriage QUITS?

A VERY FUN READ!
SO. SO. SO. LOVED. IT!
A book that will keep you engaged from the first page to the last-
I will DEFINITELY read more from this author!

About the Author
An award-winning author, Jordan McCollum can't resist a story where good defeats evil and true love conquers all. Her first two novels, I, SPY and SPY FOR A SPY, were both named finalists for the 2013 Whitney Awards. In her day job, she coerces people to do things they don't want to, elicits information and generally manipulates the people she loves most--she's a mom.

Jordan holds a degree in American Studies and Linguistics from Brigham Young University. When she catches a spare minute, her hobbies include reading, knitting and music. She lives with her husband and four children in Utah.



ALSO AVAILABLE in the SPY ANOTHER DAY box set

Best Historical Fiction 2014

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The Whitney Academy members then cast their votes-
The numbers are crunched in a super computer 
and the winner is announced at the
Whitney Awards Gala
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BEST HISTORICAL WENT TO

Softly Falling by Carla Kelly
Lily looked at the vastness of the plains, full of cattle, and then up at the sky without a cloud in sight. 

“What’s going to happen, Mr. Sinclair?” she asked. “What do you know?” 

Fresh off the train from New York City, Lily Carteret arrives in picturesque Wyoming only to discover that her wayward father has lost his cattle ranch to a lowly cowboy in a card game! 

Determined not to let her father’s folly ruin her life, Lily becomes a teacher on the ranch. There she learns that the handsome cowboy, Jack Sinclair, has some wild predictions about the upcoming winter—that it will be unlike anything Wyoming has ever seen. Lily must either cast off her skepticism to work with Jack or risk losing everything she holds dear. 

This latest novel by bestselling romance author Carla Kelly is sure to please new and old fans alike. Stirring, tense, and filled with swoon-worthy moments, it’s a delectable read that will leave you begging for more!



--- The other finalists were ---

An Ocean atween Us by Angela Morrison
Will Glover is the hottest collier lad ever to come out of Scotland. Like Angela Morrison's contemporary titles, TAKEN BY STORM and SING ME TO SLEEP, Will's story is a tale of first love and heartbreak, related in intimate, first person detail. Just as Will's soul entwines around Lucie, the blooming pit village lass he's always known and never truly seen, a mysterious stranger arrives at the pits with an offer Will's father can't refuse. Hardship, tragedy and broken hearts ensue. After decades of research and rewriting, award-winning author, Angela Morrison, brings you a story inspired by her own emigrant heritage. AN OCEAN ATWEEN US is an intriguing mix of modern young adult novel and sweeping historical romance. It is the first book in Angela's WE, GLOVER'S series, a family saga written in first person, coming-of-age narratives, from one generation to the next.

Deadly Alliance by A. L. Sowards
Amidst the darkest days of WWII, will one star-crossed couple’s love survive? When Peter Eddy and his commando team inadvertently upset the Soviets during their most recent mission, they never imagined the diplomatic nightmares that would ensue. They have one chance to redeem themselves: tasked with destroying a bridge in Nazi-occupied Bosnia, Peter and his war-weary team reluctantly agree to drop behind enemy lines. The assignment should be a simple one—were it not for the fact that they are being deployed on a suicide mission. Genevieve Olivier is devastated by the news of Peter’s disappearance. After all they’ve endured in this war, the determined OSS worker is unwilling to simply let go of the man she hopes to spend her life with. Desperate for information, her work as a courier soon escalates into a counterintelligence duel with a Fascist assassin—and Genevieve is his newest target . . .

Eve: In the Beginning by H. B. Moore
The first love story on earth . . . 
Haunting . . . Lyrical . . . Unforgettable . . . 

In a world where everything is perfect, yet the same day after day, Eve must decide if she wants to live forever in the garden with Adam and never know what lies beyond the walls. When she makes a choice with terrible consequences, the pain of mortality is swift. As she and Adam explore their new world, and her body changes, Eve discovers the sweetness of first love with the man who has always been at her side.

Gone for a Soldier by Marsha Ward
Rulon Owen loves two things more than life--his country and Mary Hilbrands. 

When Virginia secedes from the Union, Rulon enlists, and finds himself fighting foes both in battle and in his own camp. He struggles to stay alive against all odds, with a knife-wielding tent-mate and a Union army that seems impossible to defeat. It will take every ounce of vigilance he has to survive and, with a little luck, he might make it home to his wife and the son he's never seen. 

Forced to live with her parents for the duration, Mary faces a battle for independence. With a mother whispering that her husband won't come home to her and a son who needs her to be both father and mother, Mary has to dig deep for strength to overcome her overwhelming loneliness and the unknown future ahead. 

Separated by war and circumstance, Rulon and Mary discover that not all enemies wear the Union blue.

May 21, 2015

Death is Always a Resident

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DEATH IS ALWAYS A RESIDENT
by Lorraine Jeffery

Jan Myers has dedicated her career to helping the elderly. But after one of the elderly residents under her care mysteriously dies, Jan’s career, her daughter, and everything she loves is suddenly in jeopardy.

It’s up to Jan to piece together the clues and find out what happened before it’s too late!

This cozy mystery is a perfectly thrilling read. With shocking twists and romantic hints, it’s sure to keep you guessing till the very end.

About the Author
Lorraine Jeffery earned her bachelor’s degree in English and her MLIS in library science, and managed public libraries in Texas, Ohio, and Utah for over 20 years. She has won poetry prizes in state and national contests and has published over fifty poems in various publications, including Clockhouse, Kindred, Calliope, Sunstone, Ibbetson Street, and Rockhurst Review. She has published short stories in War Cry, Elsewhereand Segullah. Her articles have appeared in Focus on the Family, Mature Years, The Ensign, and Utah’s Senior Review, as well as other publications. She currently lives with her husband in Orem, Utah.

Fun Facts about the Author
I am the mother of ten children (eight adopted).

My children are Korean, Caucasian, Hispanic, and Vietnamese.

I have been married to the same man for 52 years. (And no, he's not boring.)

I have published over 50 poems in various publications.

My husband and I have traveled to Thailand, Japan, England, Scotland, Switzerland and Austria. My favorite country was Thailand and my favorite city was Vienna.

My favorite dessert is crème brulee and I was 55 the first time I tried it. Mmmmm.

I was raised in Oregon and love the Oregon Coast--salt water in my veins.

I have a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in library science.

I worked and managed public libraries for 20+ years in Texas, Ohio and Utah.

I am a confirmed skeptic and optimist.

I believe there needs to be one cook and one appreciator in the house. After we retired, my husband become the cook and I am the appreciator.

Best Speculative Youth Fiction 2014

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After the judges read all of the books in their category
they list the books in order of their preference-
The top 5 books in each category are then sent out to
the Whitney Academy Members
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BEST SPECULATIVE YOUTH WENT TO

Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
Dive into a world of enchantment and romance in this lush fantasy, which Stephanie Perkins, international bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss, called “an absolute delight—a magical, sparkling, dangerous world with witty repartee and a romance that will light your heart on fire.” Fans of Libba Bray and Cassandra Clare will fall in love with this captivating stand-alone novel from Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy.

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets the gorgeous, enigmatic Finn, who introduces her to the secret world of Albion's nobility. It’s a world that has everything Jessamin doesn't—power, money, status . . . and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, and the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess them. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits, can stop him.



--- The other finalists were ---

Cured by Bethany Wiggins
Now that Fiona Tarsis and her twin brother, Jonah, are no longer beasts, they set out to find their mother, with the help of Bowen and a former neighbor, Jacqui. Heading for a safe settlement rumored to be in Wyoming, they plan to spread the cure along the way--until they are attacked by raiders. Luckily, they find a new ally in Kevin, who saves them and leads them to safety in his underground shelter. But the more they get to know Kevin, the more they suspect he has ties to the raiders. He also seems to know too many details about Jacqui and her family-details that could endanger them all. For the raiders will do anything they can to destroy the cure that would bring an end to their way of life. Bethany Wiggins's reimagining of our world after an environmental catastrophe won't fail to stun readers.

Dangerous by Shannon Hale
How far would you go to save the ones you love? And how far would you go to save everyone else?

Maisie Danger Brown just wanted to get away from home for a bit and see something new. She never intended to fall in love with a boy at space camp. And she certainly never intended to stumble into a frightening plot that just might destroy everything and everyone she cares about. But now there's no going back - Maisie's the only thing standing between danger and annihilation. She must become the hero the world needs, before she loses her heart . . . and her life.

Equal parts romance and action-adventure, this explosive story is sure to leave both longtime Shannon fans and avid sci-fi readers completely breathless.

Remake by Ilima Todd
Nine is the ninth female born in her batch of ten females and ten males. By design, her life in Freedom Province is without complications or consequences. However, such freedom comes with a price. The Prime Maker is determined to keep that price a secret from the new batches of citizens that are born, nurtured, and raised androgynously.

But Nine isn't like every other batcher. She harbors indecision
and worries about her upcoming Remake Day -- her seventeenth birthday, the age when batchers fly to the Remake facility and have the freedom to choose who and what they'll be.

When Nine discovers the truth about life outside of Freedom
Province, including the secret plan of the Prime Maker, she is
pulled between two worlds and two lives. Her decisions will test
her courage, her heart, and her beliefs. Who can she trust? Who does she love? And most importantly, who will she decide to be?

The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
Three months after returning Magician Emery Thane’s heart to his body, Ceony Twill is well on her way to becoming a Folder. Unfortunately, not all of Ceony’s thoughts have been focused on paper magic. Though she was promised romance by a fortuity box, Ceony still hasn’t broken the teacher-student barrier with Emery, despite their growing closeness.

When a magician with a penchant for revenge believes that Ceony possesses a secret, he vows to discover it…even if it tears apart the very fabric of their magical world. After a series of attacks target Ceony and catch those she holds most dear in the crossfire, Ceony knows she must find the true limits of her powers…and keep her knowledge from falling into wayward hands.

The delightful sequel to Charlie N. Holmberg’s The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician will charm readers young and old alike.

May 20, 2015

Ian Quicksilver

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IAN QUICKSILVER
by Alyson Peterson

First of all I have to tell you that this author is super sweet and super nice. She really cares about people and she is wonderful to work with!

This story line is WAY FUN!

Ian was sent to earth as a baby....

And he has basically spent his entire time here as a NOBODY.

Then when he is about to turn 16-years-old he discovers that he was sent here to SAVE THE GALAXY.

There is only one catch...

He has to find the princess who was also sent here, fall in love, and marry her...and in two months time.

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Excerpt
"Fall in love? As if marrying me off to a total stranger wasn't bad enough?" I grumbled.

If marriage were all it took, then this little excursion to Earth would have never happened. Our planets need to heal, and healing doesn't come through a politically slapped-together union. It need the power of an ancient magic that can only be unlocked by the bond of two completely different kinds of magic. How is that done? Through love, kid. Real, tangible love," Corbin said, and the more he repeated it, the more panicked I got.

"How do you expect me to do that? I don't even know the girl!"

"Then we find her," Corbin said, as if it were as simple as that.

"We...find her?" I said, half dazed. "Billions of people on Earth and we're just going to walk out there and 'find' her? And in five months, no less."

"Five months?"

"Yeah. You said I had until my sixteenth birthday. That's not until March.

"By whose account? Your birthday is December 20. You were sent to Earth in March at three months old. So, we're talking two months to track this girl down. How hard could it be?"

How hard? The air left my already-struggling lungs and I bent and gripped my knees to catch my breath. My brain went blank. How hard could it be? Hard! I couldn't get my own foster parents to acknowledge I existed, let alone a girl! And then do it in two month?
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It didn't take Ian very long to find the princess for in the very next scene the "hottest girl in school, Arianna," walks in...

Yes, you guessed it...Ian just found out that she is the princess...

Only she doesn't remember that she and Ian "are exiles from another planet—or that they’re betrothed."

Go with Ian as he tries to make himself known to Arianna and win her over.

Socially awkward moments, school classes, cool magic and great twists and turns turns take you on an adventure the whole family could love!

It is a GREAT story...However, there is a some mild swearing in the book- I am disappointed in that fact-

And I am curious as to why SO MANY authors are now including it in their books and that publishers who used to edit it out are allowing it--

About the Author
Alyson Peterson lives in a mountainside gully –of all places– in northern Utah with her neurotic, shed-tastic dog, two ninja kids, and superhero husband. She spends her time painting, breaking bones at her Martial Arts class (mostly her own) and reading as many books as she can get her hands on.

 

The Moses Chronicles: Bondage w/ $25 Amazon + Book Giveaway

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THE MOSES CHRONICLES:
BONDAGE
by H. B. Moore

Moses has always felt like an outsider in his powerful Egyptian family, even though his close relationship with Ramses, the prince of Egypt, and their cousin Pentu keeps him entwined in the dealings of royalty. But when their youthful antics get them in trouble, the Pharaoh decides it's time for all three of them to grow up and own their respective responsibilities. Now betrothed to a woman he cares nothing for, Moses wonders where his life is headed.

Miriam, a Hebrew slave, lives with a secret she cannot share with anyone. And though it has been eighteen years since she saved her baby brother, she is constantly getting in trouble for spying on him. In a desperate attempt to control

Miriam, her older brother, Aaron, and her father look to find her a husband, something Miriam has never been interested in until Caleb, a young, handsome man, confesses his feelings for her and asks her father for her hand in marriage.

When Libya advances on Egypt, Moses and Miriam are suddenly thrown together as the Egyptian royals and soldiers flee. Hebrew slaves are forced to defend the kingdom, and Miriam and Caleb are enlisted under Moses's direction. Moses quickly sees there is more to this downtrodden people than what he's been taught. When he witnesses the atrocities enacted against the slaves, he realizes he must leave he must find out who he really is.

A gripping account of the events that led to Moses's flight into the wilderness, The Moses Chronicles: Bondage will take you back to a rich period of history replete with scandal, strife, love, and hope as God prepares a prophet to lead His chosen people.

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Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen historical novels and thrillers, written under pen name H.B. Moore. She writes women's fiction, romance and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore. This can all be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom. Heather attended Cairo American College in Egypt, the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Utah.

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May 19, 2015

Every Day a Hope w/ Book Giveaway

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EVERY DAY A HOPE
by Marci M. Matthews

I have tried and tired to be a journal writer...
But I confess...I am a little awed by all the blank pages.

So when I saw this "interactive journal" I jumped at a change to take a look!

WOW! It is AMAZING! SO. SO. SO. GOOD!

This book is FOR YOU!

YOU do what you want with it...

Written in black and white for you to ADD color OR NOT.

Each page has a story, quote, thought, or writing prompt to help you think about your life...

Especially empowering for those who are going through a hard or dark time.

Just read a page or two...it's up to you.

Tear out a page and post it on the wall or mirror or refrigerator.

Write your thoughts to the margins.

Read, write, color, scribble, tear, paint, make lists...

Do whatever brings out your confidence.

We all have things we are dealing with...big things and little things...

These pages will make you smile, cry, contemplate, hope, dream, and HEAL.

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About the Author
Marci M. Matthews is an author, artist, philanthropist, and Certified Advocate. A survivor of child abuse and sexual assault, she is the founder of the Grace Initiative Foundation Tree, a charitable organization dedicated to the healing and prevention of sexual violence.

In 2013, Marci received the RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) HOPE award for Fighting Sexual Violence and Helping Survivors.

Fun Facts about Marci Matthews, author of Every Day a Hope

1) I have a pet sloth named Speedy– she’s not as friendly as most sloths, but she’s super cute.

2) My beautiful dog, the Loch Ness Monster, weighs 140 pounds, which is more than a baby giraffe weighs.

3) I’ve played Scrabble or Words With Friends with the same three people for nearly twenty years.

4) I rebuilt a motorcycle by myself. I made it look like a steampunk bike. I love it, but I’m afraid to ride it.

5) Where I grew up, the nearest McDonald’s was two and a half hours away, so it was a huge treat for us.

6) I have read more than 10,000 books.

7) I own six acres on the moon, and I have mining rights.

8) I love both playing and inventing games, especially games that involve the floor being lava.

9) When I was thirteen, I rode in a glider (plane with no engine) and the pilot did nose dives, flips, and other stunts. It was spectacular.

10) At one point in my life I lived in the mountains, and I regularly woke to find wild animals outside my window including, elk, moose, coyotes, wolves, bears, buffalo, rattle snakes, horses, cows and prairie dogs.

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