Sep 4, 2015

Out of the Ashes: From Tabernacle to Temple

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Out of the Ashes: 
From Tabernacle to Temple

When flames ravaged the Provo Tabernacle, it seemed as if the historic building was ruined forever; yet now it stands as a holy temple. 

In this inspiring story that entwines generations of family with this beloved gathering place, we see that great blessings and God's peace always rise out of the ashes of the fires of tragedy.

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Remembrandt

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REMEMBRANDT
by Robin King

Alexandra Stewart doesn't just walk down memory lane, she lives on it. Her eidetic memory records her experiences and plays them back, DVD style. It's great when she wants to ace a test, but not so great when she topples over a cute boy in the hallway and the humiliation plays back over and over and over . . . Brown University seems like the perfect place for the seventeen-year-old to forget her past. Hope for a normal life comes in the form of a handsome new running partner who makes her heart race and body perspire even before she laces up her shoes.

When her Russian professor gives her a puzzle that seems impossible to solve, Alex discovers that he has a secret - one that will catapult her into a world of cryptic codes and covert missions. As she tries to find a balance between the two different worlds vying for her attention, Alex wonders if she can have relationships with the ones she cares about while hiding a clandestine life, uncovering the truths of an underground enemy.

One thing is for certain, whatever happens will be forever etched into her memory. And some things are better left forgotten.

My Review
WOW! What a FANTASTIC book!
LOVED IT! SO. SO. SO. GOOD!

Amazing story line as this girl is trying so hard to fit in--yet her mind just will not let her push aside her abilities.

She is pulled into a life she never thought she would be in by her quick response to solve puzzles...FUN!

Then she finds a strength within herself that she often doubted--you will LOVE this scene.

Now she is hooked and wants to solve even more puzzles--and that will take her half-way across the world!

The way her running partner and she come together and how their relationship plays out will leave you smiling :)

LOVED. LOVED. LOVED. IT!
Will definitely read more from this author!
Grab a copy for an extraordinary weekend read!

About the Author
Robin M. King received her bachelor's degree in education from Brigham Young University and has been instructing children and young adults for over ten years. When she's not writing or helping her students remember the quadratic formula, she leads a clandestine life in Lehi, Utah as a wife and a mother of five. Don't tell anyone, but Robin's also a marathoner, photographer, singer, seamstress, baker, and household-appliance repairman. You can find her online at www.byrobinking.blogspot.com and on social media @byrobinking.



Sep 2, 2015

1, 2, 3, with Nephi and Me!

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1, 2, 3, WITH NEPHI AND ME
by Heidi Doxey
illustrated by Emily Konopasek

Cuddle up with your kids and count your way through the Book of Mormon! This colorful board book is perfectly sized for little fingers and is a fun way to introduce numbers and scripture stories at the same time. With rhyming text and cute illustrations, it’s sure to become a family favorite that your kids will want to read over and over again!

My Review
I picked up this book not knowing what it was about--I thought it would be a cute counting book 1 Nephi, 2 spears, etc.

Was I ever surprised!

This book is WAY BETTER than just a simple counting book! As the description says it "introduces numbers AND scripture stories." There are even scripture references to take you to your own copy of the Book of Mormon.

Fun rhyming--Bold colors--FANTASTIC book!

Excerpt
1 Liahona led Nephi across the sea
2 thousand warriors fought courageously
3 Nephite Apostles were blessed for choosing to stay
4 holy temples built for Jesus to visit one day...





About the Author
Heidi Jo Doxey has been reading Jane Austen’s novels over and over and over again since middle school—long before she ever dreamed of writing a book herself.

She lives in Utah, where she works in publishing, but she still calls the San Francisco Bay Area home. When she’s not writing or reading, she enjoys hiking, riding her bike, playing volleyball, traveling, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. Visit her online at girlwithalltheanswers.blogspot.com.

About the Illustrator
Emily Konopasek is an animation student at Brigham Young University. Other than drawing, she loves snowboarding, listening to EDM, making delicious food, and being Swedish.

Sep 1, 2015

Home of the Brave

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HOME OF THE BRAVE
by Kristoffer Neff

What would you sacrifice for someone you love?

Active members of the LDS Church, Michael Sutton and his parents have been troubled for years by the rebellion of his younger brother, Taylor. But when Taylor's Army Ranger team disappears during a secret mission in Pakistan's Volatile Northern Territory, the Suttons must face the horrors of regret and helplessness.

Officially, the Rangers are declared missing in action, but army intelligence points to a hostile capture and execution. Then Michael receives a phone call from Taylor, pleading for help. The military insists the corporal's voice was faked, but Michael is convinced his brother is alive and moves forward with a plan to rescue him.

When he arrives in Pakistan, Michael unknowingly becomes ensnared in the dark plots of power-hungry men.

What happens next is a moving story of bravery, loyalty, and forgiveness.

Excerpt
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My Review
This book was SO GOOD on SO MANY LEVELS!

You have this team that has been captured and all that they are enduring--you will be amazed at who is responsible for that.

You have the love of family and the pulling of emotions knowing that if Michael goes to get his brother he might not come back to his wife and daughter

And then you have the parents who are now worrying for both of their sons.

You have a side story of a girl who has also been captured--wait until you read about that--so intriguing!

I LOVED all the twists and turns in the plot--

Grab a copy and see how it all plays out :)

LOVED this one!
Action, betrayal, suspense, and more!
Such a GREAT book!

About the Author
Kristoffer Neff first took an interest in writing as a sophomore in high school, but he didn't see himself as an author until he won a short-story contest while living in Utah. He writes whenever he can find a spare moment, which sometimes amounts to only a few hours a week since he operates his own business. His first novel was No Place to Hide.

The idea for Home of the Brave, which is based on the parable of hte prodigal son, came to Kristoffer one afternoon while he played with his young sons. He and his beautiful wife, Melanie, live in Arizona and have four children. 

For more information about Kristoffer and his books, please visit kneffbooks.com

Aug 31, 2015

WALLS - Race Through a Changing Maze

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It started with a scout master and a boy scout troop.  We decided we wanted to do the Game Design merit badge.  After an hour of brainstorming, we came up with the basic concept of the game.


 Walls is a maze board game where players try to reach the finish space first.  It can be difficult reaching the end when players move the walls to block your path.






 Realistically, the game takes between 10-15 minutes to play.  However, we know there are plenty of strategists who carefully plan their moves - which is why we said the game takes 15-30 minutes.
Also, my 5-year old daughter loves to play the game.  However, she doesn't quite understand all the strategy behind Walls.  This game could easily be for younger ages, but we've found, for maximum strategy in game play, that ages 8 and older is ideal.

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The color of the pawns and dice are subject to change.
The color of the pawns and dice are subject to change.




10X12 grid board with simplified instructions directly on the board.  The green dots represent holes in the board in which the walls will plug.
10X12 grid board with simplified instructions directly on the board. The green dots represent holes in the board in which the walls will plug.


This is what it will look like with the walls in the board
This is what it will look like with the walls in the board




This is a 3D rendering of the walls. These will be a durable plastic (injection molded).
This is a 3D rendering of the walls. These will be a durable plastic (injection molded).






Object is to reach the "Finish" space first.
Setup by plugging the walls into the game board. 


Set up the walls however you want, because the board will change throughout game play.


Determine who goes first by rolling both dice.  The player with the highest number goes first.  
Place all player pawns on the "Start" space.
Start play by rolling both dice.  
Green die = Indicates the number of spaces the player may move.
Red die = Corresponds to the instructions on the board (and below) determining how many walls the player may move.
Red die roll is based on number of players playing:
2 Players:
   1 = No Walls
   2-3 = 1 Wall
   4-6 = 2 Walls 
3-4 Players:
   1 = No Walls
   2-4 = 1 Wall
   5-6 = 2 Walls 
5-6 Players:
   1 = No Walls
   2-5 = 1 Wall
   6 = 2 Walls
The player must move the green spaces before he/she may move walls.  Once the player moves walls, the play is over.
  **Note:  A player cannot save/store spaces or walls to move for another turn.  Once the play is over, all remaining moves or walls are forfeited.
  A player need not use all spaces or walls.
Special Rolls:  
Doubles:
 A player has three options if a double is rolled.
       1. Switch locations with another player.
       2. Move through walls the number of spaces as was rolled on the green die.
       3. Play the roll as normal.
**Note: If you choose option 1 or 2, you forfeit your option to move walls.
      
Roll a "1" on the green die:
You only move one space, but you may go through a wall with your one move.
Once the player's turn is over, play continues clockwise.
First to the "Finish" space wins!
 Most games on the market can be described by mixing two or three games.  "It's like Monopoly and Settlers of Catan had a baby, while Jenga raised it as a single parent."  However, Walls is a new game, with a custom game piece required for the basic mechanics of the game to work.  The custom piece is the Wall.
The wall piece has a peg that plugs into the game board, allowing the piece to pivot around a single point.  This means that for each piece, there is the potential of changing the maze 4 times.  With 99 walls in the board, that makes...

There are a handful of games out there that may change with each play, but Walls is guaranteed to be different every single time you play.
My scouts working on the mechanics of Walls.  Or just playing it.
The scouts working on the mechanics of Walls. Or just playing it.

Where we are now

We are ready for the tooling of the walls.  Once this project funds, we will be able to proceed with the plastic injection molding of the custom walls.  After we get a sampling of the walls, we can make the boards with holes to fit the walls perfectly.  Once those two obstacles are out of the way, production can move quickly.

Timeline



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Risks and challenges

This is the first board game we've endeavored to make. We've done our due diligence to figure out what sort of timeline this whole process should take. However, we are kind of picky people when it comes to quality. And with our manufacturer being overseas, there is good potential for delays in getting the product just right. Much of what we do by way of game development is to take it as far as we can here and then send it overseas. By doing this, we should be able to cut production times down.
To help overcome any obstacles, we have connections with some important game developers who can help with the process, should we need the help.

Aug 28, 2015

Christmas Kisses

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Christmas Kisses 
A collection from five bestselling and award-winning authors.


Set in the snowy town of Echo Ridge in upstate New York, these inspirational romances are sure to delight while you sip cocoa by the fire and listen to Christmas carols.

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Christmas Makeover by Amazon bestselling author Cami Checketts 
Chelsea Jamison has been infatuated with Drew Stirling longer than she's loved playing basketball, high-top sneakers, and the Knicks. Unfortunately, all Drew sees is the kid who kicked his trash in the high school free throw contest and not the girl whose heart breaks into a fast dribble when he's near.
Drew makes an unexpected visit home to Echo Ridge and their friendship picks up where they left off as they scheme to make a teenaged boy's Christmas dreams come true. When Chelsea realizes she's fallen for her best friend, she wonders if there is any hope of a relationship with Drew or if she's stuck in buddy-status for life.
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The Candy Counter Heiress by Amazon bestselling & award-winning author Lucy McConnell 
Someday Reese Gates will own The Candy Counter at Kenworth's; but someday can't come fast enough when the manager threatens to bring in a national candy provider. Reese secretly takes matters into her own hands hoping to save her parents from additional worry and prove herself capable of running the company. Her deception deepens as she ropes computer guru Andy Edwards into helping her expand the business. Reese wanted to shake things up, but she wasn't planning on her heart getting caught in the mix by Andy's stolen kisses. If she can hold it together until after Christmas, then she can reveal her successful online company and her feelings for Andy. Unfortunately for Reese, even the best laid plans can melt like chocolate.
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Soda Fountain Christmas by Amazon bestselling author Connie E. Sokol 
Keira Kenworth has one focus this holiday season: save her father's old-time department store from bankruptcy. She is not focused on Tayton Wells, the tall, dark, and genius marketing guru from downtown New York, hired to make it happen. He is as doubtful that her nostalgic connect-the-town ideas will succeed as she is about his numbers-first plan. However, it's not just their different approaches that cause sparks to fly. Working together on a fast deadline to save the store before Christmas, the unspoken connection between them grows. But will the tough decisions they face drive them back to their separate worlds, or will they lead to the beginning of love?
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Christmas Makeover by Amazon bestselling author Heather Tullis 
Jonah Owens thought moving to Echo Ridge to open his art gallery would solve all of his problems. The need to sell his grandma's house adds an unexpected complication. It would be easier if his neighbor didn't have all those farm animals.
Kaya Feidler's family has owned their land for nearly a hundred years--long before the neighbors were there. There's no way she's giving up the animal therapy business she's been struggling to make profitable. She gets a temp job helping Jonah in the gallery. Spending time together is a recipe for romance, but can they overcome their own hangups to be more than friends?
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Hope for Christmas by Amazon bestselling & award-winning author Rachelle J. Christensen 
Anika Fletcher hates Christmas--its promises of good tidings and hope for the future are as tinseled as the ornaments on Kenworth's Hope Tree. Despite her feelings, Anika wants to maintain her daughter's faith in the magic of the season and gladly accepts a second job working with the handsome Carlos Rodriguez to restore Kenworth's old fashioned soda fountain. Carlos is no stranger to hard times and slowly shares his life of light and joy with Anika as they work together. Just as her fragile soul begins to feel hope again, an ill-timed act of charity changes everything. Anika isn't sure who she can trust or if hope is worth nurturing--especially at Christmas when it's easy to enjoy a kiss and believe love can last longer than the season.
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Aug 27, 2015

Youtube

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I am trying my hand at YouTube--Come see -
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