Apr 1, 2015

Party With Sweet Treats

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PARTY WITH SWEET TREATS
by Norene Cox
Published by Cedar Fort, Inc.

It’s not a party till you see these sweets!

From April Fool’s Day fun to birthday bashes and graduation gatherings, Party with Sweet Treats is a full collection of easy-to-make edible crafts that are sure to impress all your guests.

Super cute, these treats are perfect for every occasion and will make planning your next party a snap.

Try the . . .

Panda Snack Cakes
PiƱata Rice Krispie Treats
Little Leprechaun Cupcakes

Whether you’re getting ready for a birthday bash, a graduation gathering, or a typical family function, these treats are sure to impress all your guests. 

With so many delicious recipes and adorable treats to try, you’ll want to find any excuse to celebrate!

~Dressed up goodies for EVERY occasion~

Grab a copy today and make something special for tonight's
April Fool's Day Dinner


About the Author
When Norene’s sons became teenagers, she realized how much she missed being a room mom. Making sweet treats with the kids and throw- ing classroom parties were all a thing of the past. As a result, she created Party Pinching, a popular website where she could blog about her cute food and budget-friendly party ideas. Her adora- ble desserts have been featured in Family Fun magazine, Seventeen magazine, and Taste of Home, and have been praised by Martha Stewart and Shark Tank’s Bar- bara Corcoran. She is a frequent guest on New Day Northwest, a morning television show in Seattle, where her easy dessert demonstrations get rave reviews.

Norene’s love for celebrating special occasions with all things sweet inspired her to write Party with Sweet Treats, the perfect sequel to her first book, Sweet Treats for the Holidays.

Yesterday, Today, and Forever

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Book Details
Author: M. Russell Ballard
Release Date: March 2015
Publisher: Deseret Book
Genre: Gospel Teachings

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you see the title?
If you are like me you thought "the Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever."

But are we? Or have we somehow gotten off the path?

This book is filled with powerful reminders to stay the course.

It has insights into how to keep ourselves anchored in the gospel.

I loved the personal stories and additional quotes from Elder M. Russell Ballard's grandfathers, Hyrum Mack Smith and Melvin J. Ballard.

I was amazed at all the specific counsel that is given on how to remain faithful in such circumstances as ways to study the scriptures, how to set boundaries with friends of the opposite sex, how to protect yourself from addictions, especially pornography, and more.

I really appreciated the chapter on "Building Bridges of Understanding" where Elder Ballard explains why other faiths sometimes misunderstand our beliefs and claim that we are not "Christians."

There are even chapters on helping make our home life more enjoyable, what it means to sacrifice, what you can do to be truly happy, and how to keep an eternal perspective.

This book is definitely "timely and timeless."

A true MUST-READ book!
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!


About the Author
M. Russell Ballard was called to be a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Oct. 6, 1985.

He was born to Melvin R. and Geraldine Smith Ballard. He attended the University of Utah. He served as a counselor to the president of the British Mission. He has been a bishop twice and a high councilor in two stakes. In 1974, he was called as president of the Canada Toronto Mission, where he was serving when he was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy in April of 1976. He served as a member of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy from Feb. 21, 1980, to Oct. 6, 1985.

Prior to his call as a General Authority, Elder Ballard had interests in automotive, real estate, and investment businesses. He has served on many civic committees and boards. He is the author of two books.

He married Barbara Bowen in the Salt Lake Temple Aug. 28, 1951. They have two sons, five daughters and forty grandchildren.

Between Now and Never w/ $50 Amazon or PayPal Giveaway

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BETWEEN NOW & NEVER
by Laura Johnston

Between now and never

Buh boom, buh boom.

My heart thrusts with a force that takes me by surprise. Telling me something I don’t understand. A splitting pain, a longing to slip back under.

They tell me I was in a hit-and-run, but I can’t remember what happened that night.

All I know is that I woke up with pictures in my pocket, a card from one of those photo booths in the mall.

And I’m in the pictures. Cody Rush. Me and… Julianna.

Her brother was there that night, and my dad, the FBI agent, was the one who put her mom behind bars.

What’s the connection?

And why won’t Julianna talk to me now?

Somehow, she holds the key to it all, and getting close–real close—to her for the answers I need will be no hardship at all…

Excerpt 1—Photo Booth
JULIANNA


We listen to the monotone voice reel off instructions. Four pictures. A light will flash before each picture is taken. Etcetera. How I ended up in this position I’m not sure. We both sit, staring at our reflections on the dark plastic and, no doubt, both stuck on the same thought that crosses everyone’s mind when they’re on this seat.

“Quick,” I say, “what should we do?”

A flash of light. Picture one down. Both of our mouths were hanging open, blank stares straight ahead.

We burst into laughter and can’t stop. A second flash. Picture number two: both of us laughing.

Our gazes meet and we pull ourselves together, his eyes never veering from mine. He leans toward me, coming halfway before pausing, his eyes seeking permission. I regard him with equal parts terror and anticipation, the intimacy of the situation whispering a thrill. He closes the distance between us and glides his nose through my hair. My heart rattles around as though this is the first boy I’ve ever been close to.

“Now smile,” he whispers into my ear. Even if I should be creeped out, forget it. My cheeks burn despite myself and I feel the corners of my lips tugging upward. A flash of light signals the third picture and I am totally seduced.


Praise for Between Now & Never
“A romance that will keep teens turning pages.” ~ Janette Rallison

"This was a lot different than I was expecting and I was honestly surprised with how much I enjoyed it. The cover led me to believe this would be a cute, love story but it was a suspenseful and gripping read." ~ Review from Goodreads

“Best book I read all year! On the edge of your seat suspense, heartwarming romance, and characters to cheer for—Between Now and Never is one you won’t want to miss.” ~Kelly Nelson, author of The Keeper’s Saga

Laura Rewind to You AuthorAbout the Author
Laura Johnston lives in Utah with her husband and two children. Growing up with five siblings, a few horses, peach trees, beehives and gardens, she developed an active imagination and always loved a good story. She fell in love with the young adult genre both through her experience in high school as well as her job later as a high school teacher. Laura enjoys running, playing tennis, sewing, traveling, writing, and above all, spending time with her husband and kids.

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Mar 31, 2015

Walter Wolf Goes to the Dentist

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DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS AFRAID 
TO GO TO THE DENTIST?

Walter Wolf has heard from his brother Willy that the Dentist sometimes uses a drill. 

Walter’s parents tell him that it will be ok, but he is scared to have his teeth looked at by the Dentist. 

The book is brought to life by vivid illustrations and rhyming verse. 

A book that the whole family will enjoy and a lesson the whole family needs to learn.

A great read for children from 2 to 82. 
A story about facing your fears and people, or in this case wolves, overcoming obstacles. 

March 31,2015- April,2 2015

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.

From her very earliest years of childhood, leela made up stories in her head, telling them to her younger brother and sister. The stories flowed easily from her mind, and it wasn't long before she realized she had a gift for writing. By the age of 14, she had already written a small book of short stories for her own entertainment, and by the age of 22, she had published her first full-fledged children's fiction in several magazines. leela hope was destined to be an author and she knew exactly what genre of fiction she wanted to dedicate her life too.

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.

Fool for Books Giveaway Hop

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Mar 30, 2015

NEW from Janet Curry

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I LOVE self-help books!
Here are 3 I have on my to-be-read pile...
Janet Curry has some AMAZING advice!
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ONLINE MONEY MAKING TIPS AND TRICKS TO HELP YOU EARN FASTER!

If you are constantly broke and need some guidance to make some extra bucks in hand, then this is the book for you. Have you always felt the need for some more money and not in a position to spare extra time over a second job? Then the solution is making money online by which you can forget all your worries.

You don’t need to possess any special skills or talents to make money online .You can start anywhere and anytime you like. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to earning online. Just follow the instructions in the books and get started.

The things you can learn from this book:

• What is online money making all about?
• Who can do it?
• Most common ways in which you can earn
• Best companies /websites for working online
• Selecting the best for you
• Precautions to be taken while working online
• Tips to earn faster
• Success stories

So if you are interested in making money online, all the things you need to know are compiled in this book. Yes! It’s too good to be true. You can not only find the different ways in which you can earn but also, learn how to choose these websites wisely.

Believe me online money making is not as complicated as you may think it is. With the tips and tricks provided in this book, you will start counting your money in no time. From beginners to professionals this book will guide you throughout your online career. Everything is given in a step by step manner which is so easy to understand.

So what are you waiting for? GET IT HERE.

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DO YOU HAVE NOWHERE TO GO? NOT ANYMORE!

What do you do when you have nowhere to go and when you have distanced yourself from all the people you love? What can you possibly do to overcome this situation? All these things are normal and common and have to be faced no matter what.

If you are reading this right now, you probably need some help to get over loneliness too. But hey! Well done you have already taken the first step to get over it. This book will lead you out of your loneliness in just a few days. Only when you understand your situation correctly you can try and solve it effectively.

What will you learn from this book?
• A clear understanding about loneliness
• How is it different from solitude
• In what stage of loneliness are you in?
• Reasons for your loneliness
• Ways in which you can overcome it
• Amazing tips that get you out of this situation in no time
• Being independent and brave
• Accepting and overcoming loneliness

In this book you can find some really important tips to help you get over your problems. Not only are these tips and tricks simple but they can easily followed. Further into this you will also find some useful rules or things to keep in mind when dealing with loneliness.

Whether you are lonely or you want to help a dear one out of this situation, this book provides all the useful information that you need to understand and deal with it .So read this book , find out how you can say bye to all your problems and make way for a new life and a new beginning. GET IT HERE.

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HOW POSITIVITY AT WORK PLACE CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Many a times you have to deal with certain workplace issues that cause a lot of stress and anxiety. Dealing with this kind of negativity at workplace becomes a routine for you. You may also find yourself in hopeless situations which affect both your personal life and career. In this situation, getting yourself out of it is very important and this book tells you exactly how to go about it.

Here are a few things that you can learn from this book:

• Understanding the need for positivity in our work places
• Smart tips to make the office hours fun
• Getting rid of negative situations
• Step by step ways to implement positivity in our lives
• Inspiring and motivating others into positivity
• Dealing with colleagues and bosses
• Basic guidelines to survive in any workplace.

All these above mentioned things plus a lot more is given in this book which will help you to handle any crisis in the office place. The most common office issues are touched upon including some great tips to handle them.

This book not only gives you different ways to sail through your office hours without getting into problems, but also focuses on key aspects such as developing a positive attitude, approaching your targets in a better way and lot more. GET IT HERE.

About the Author
Janet Curry is a lifestyle expert and Home Motivator. A Home Motivator is the Chief Executive Motivator, Happiness & Personal Transformation Officer for the home. Janet's specialty lifestyle advice in motivation,stress management, creativity,and happiness has helped to restore peace, destiny,and purpose to the lives of countless individuals.

As you might already figure, Janet really enjoys working closely with all things people. She also enjoys cooking and might just whip up a plate of sizzling aglio olio chili beef steak spaghetti if you're lucky enough to be invited to her home!

Flowers of Grace

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Book Details
Author: Teresa Hirst
Release Date: February 2015
Publisher: Little Forest Big Spring Press
Genre: Fiction

I LOVE that this story was based on a true account!

I, too, work in retail and was so inspired when the book touched on "customers trading brick and mortar stores for online shopping."

As Lilly and Grace showed -- the one thing online shopping cannot give you is the personal service.

But oh how sensitive that personal service can be affected by that person's personal experiences they are now experiencing.

Grace has just endured a broken engagement and the loss of a close employee.

She is trying to make friends with the other employees, however she is also the manager.

Were is that boundary?

When Lilly gives Grace a hibiscus plant, Grace decides to bring it to work that it might be a way to bring all the employees together with a common goal...to get the plant to bloom.

"The simple gift is more than a plant. 
When it blooms, so does she. 
But when it dies, she fears love will too."

Along the way personalities will clash, a wedding will happen, a birth will take place, a death will come, and a new store opening will push them all to reveal their true selves.

Powerfully told!
Filled with passionate emotions!
A book worth Reading!
LOVED. LOVED. LOVED. IT!


About the Author
Teresa Hirst was born in Texas and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, with an imagination and creativity straight from the books she consumed in her childhood. She studied journalism at Brigham Young University and graduated with a bachelor of arts in communications. Teresa has worked for a newspaper, in public relations, and as a freelance writer and editor. Today, she observes and tells insightful stories--both nonfiction and fiction--that characterize our emotional experience with life.

Teresa is the author of Flowers of Grace, a novel inspired by a true story, released in February 2015. She also wrote Twelve Stones to Remember Him: Building Memorials of Faith from Financial Crisis, a nonfiction book about twelve families who crossed the Great Recession with faith. Her writing specialties include nonfiction books, women's fiction, biography and interviews, blogging, news releases, and LDS people and topics.

Teresa lives in Minnesota with her husband and teenage children. She is a Mormon choosing faith and gratitude to cope with neuroendocrine cancer. She enjoys cooking, sentimental movies, Sunday afternoon walks, and great conversations.


Mar 28, 2015

The Cross Bearer

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From the author of
THE CROSS BEARER

The name Simon of Cyrene has been all but forgotten, his heroic tale lost to the ages.

Now, his story is being told—a powerful reminder of the faithful man who bore a terrible burden for the One who bore the sins of the world...Simon has long dreamed of celebrating Passover in Jerusalem. 

Yet the journey of a thousand miles seems impossible: Simon is crippled, and his beloved wife has been ravaged by a debilitating affliction. 

So when his sons arrange special passage to Jerusalem for Simon and his wife, the couple is overcome with joy and anticipation. 

It seems that an impossible dream is within reach...but their journey is fraught with unexpected perils, from deadly gales to dangerous thieves. 

As Simon's path intertwines with both friend and foe, each painful step he takes brings him closer to his destiny. 

More than a tale of physical hardship, intrigue, and deceit, The Cross Bearer is the story of one man's spiritual journey from nonbeliever to fearless crusader in the cause of Jesus Christ.

A PERFECT book to read before Easter

GET IT HERE  / ADD TO GOODREADS

About the Author
E. James Harrison was born in Salt Lake City and developed an early love for and fascination with the great men and women of the Bible while sitting on his parents' couch and flipping through the pages of Bible Stories for Children.

An avid student of the scriptures, he's been teaching (some might say confusing) youth and adults as a Sunday School teacher for over twenty years and is apparently destined to continue doing so until he gets it right or dies, whichever comes first.

A marketing communications consultant, he holds a bachelor degree with emphasis in creative writing and has written countless articles, newsletters, advertisements, and commercials. He has authored dozens of book in his mind, but his is the first he has committed to paper.

When not putting words on paper for himself or others, Jim can be found flying airplanes or boating with his family.

He and his wife Deborah live in St. George, Utah and are the parent of two daughters.

Protect This

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Prequel to the Tenderness and Terror series.
~ PROTECT THIS ~
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With five female college students on the missing persons’ list, and the perpetrator still at large, Natasha is nervous about dating anyone.

But, it’s hard to say no to Tony, the hot graduate assistant she’s been drooling over all semester.

Too bad she’s not sure who to trust and all the men around her feel more like suspects than heroes.

When Natasha gets into trouble and the man that should have been the safest…turns out to be her worst nightmare, Natasha has no choice but to fight for her life and the man she almost gave up.

Blog This: Book 1 of Tenderness and Terror


Will protecting children throughout the world cost Natasha her own family?

Devastated by the loss of her brother, Natasha Senecot works to expose the dangers of Matthew Chrysler's violent video games, succeeding in bankrupting and humiliating him.

Chrysler retaliates and sends a hit man after her. Natasha is forced to fake her own death to protect her children, but after witnessing another tragedy, Natasha won't hide any longer.

In a race against time, can Natasha expose Matthew Chrysler before his assassin murders her family and shatters her world?

Praise 
"Cami Checketts is a genius! She writes about topics that aren't widely discussed, in and out of books, and she does such a brilliant job of crafting these things into wonderful stories that touch your heart and remain with you for days afterwards.I sat down in the library and started reading this book, just for a little while. Three hours later the book was finished and I was regretting reading in such an open environment without at least 20 packets of tissues handy. There are so many emotions in this book, so many different layers of love and bravery and hope and I loved every moment of it!" Myra, Blogger, Pieces of Whimsy

Redeem This: Book 2 of Tenderness and Terror


Some men are beyond redemption. Alex is one of them.

After Alex Chakhota was blackmailed and manipulated into becoming a hit man to protect his sister, serving time as the FBI's assassin doesn't do much to ease his conscience. His next assignment brings him face to face with Brittany, a beautiful woman that believes he's more than the killer he's been made into. The road to redemption is long for someone with a blackened soul, and with lives hanging in the balance, Alex has a short deadline.

Detective Scott Bentley's days of law enforcement are behind him. When he's asked to host agents at his secluded ranch for an FBI sting operation, Scott cannot refuse. Ivy McMahon shows up with the team, and Scott gets more than he signed up for. Not only can she hack into the any computer system, she's found a way into Scott's heart. The trouble is that she's in protective custody and when the job ends, she'll disappear. Is redemption possible for those whose lives are scarred by the past?

Is redemption possible for those who lives are scarred by the past? With danger crowding close, not even love may have a chance to redeem before it's too late.

Praise
"This book was so good I couldn't put it down. I was fun to see so many characters from the first book, Blog This. I suggest you read that one first....by the end of the first book you start to like Alex. Yet, you want to hate him for all he has done. This book is really his redemption. You fall in love with all the characters even Alex. It is fast paced excitement the whole way through and such a great story! I was glad to see both Scott and Alex get the chance for love that they didn't get in the first one. Cami is one of my favorite Authors and once again she writes a really great book!" Julia Lance, Reviewer, Book Reviewing Rocks

Mar 27, 2015

A Mother's Greatest Gift

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Book Details
Author: Heidi Poelman
Release Date: March 2015
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.
Genre: Inspiration

One of the things I have learned over the years is that your kids love you.

They may not like what you do sometimes...

But you are the perfect mom for them; for they were entrusted to you.

And when it all comes down to it, they love you simply for the fact that you are their mom.

We all know kids don't come with an owner's manual.

However, we have a far greater resource...

We have the Lord's help.

Our children are His children too...

And if we will but listen we can be guided and given insight in how to raise and help them.

"Personal stories, research, and interviews" are given in this wonderful book to help us:

* Understand the role of the Holy Ghost as it pertains to motherhood.

* Know how to hear and heed warnings.

* Realize that we do have angels among us.

* Exert patience when the Heavens seem silent.

* and More

"Relying on the Spirit as you raise your children
is a Mother's Greatest Gift"

Beautifully written you will be comforted, encouraged, and uplifted.

Excerpt
"How much influence can a mother have? I dare say more than a chief executive officer at a big company or an architect with brilliant building designs, or even more than the man who first walked on the moon. Although noble and impressive in the eyes of the world, their impact is limited. A mother's influence is eternal."


About the Author
Heidi Poelman was born in Provo, Utah. She lived in North Carolina, San Diego, London, and Mexico before planting her roots firmly back in the Beehive State. Heidi received her degrees in communication from Brigham Young University (BA) and Wake Forest University (MA). Her experience includes working in public relations for high-tech companies, helping college students fight global poverty, teaching families about nutritious food storage options, writing stories for children, and her favorite post as full-time Mom. Heidi is the author of A is for Abinadi: An Alphabet Book of Scripture Heroes as well as several stories published in The Friend magazine. Her biggest fans are her husband and three children.

Mar 26, 2015

House Divided w/ $25 Amazon or PayPal Giveaway

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House Divided 
by Jennifer Peel

There is a law irrevocably decreed in the state of Alabama that you must choose a team. You're either an Auburn fan...
 or an Alabama Fan. 

There is no fence sitting or waffling. It’s one or the other.

However, it doesn't mean that you can’t fall in love with someone from the opposing side.

They even have a name for it ... House Divided.

Ellie Eaton and Brady Jackson were just such a couple, but unfortunately they were separated by more than just their loyalty to a university.

Against the odds and against the rules, Ellie and Brady dove right into the forbidden current of friendship and then love.

Their sweet, innocent romance was one for the storybooks, but old rules and family prejudices ultimately tore them apart, just as they were each ready to depart to their beloved universities, Ellie to Auburn and Brady to Alabama.

But years later, when near tragedy strikes, they're brought together again and given a second chance at love, this time with help from some very unlikely sources.

House Divided is a sweet romance filled with southern charm, a dash of humor and, for good measure, a pinch of lies and intrigue.

Excerpt
Wait, Ellie."

"What, Brady?"

"Can we please talk?"

"I don’t think there’s anything else left to say, Brady."

"Ok, Ellie, but if you think I’m going to let you walk out of my life again without a fight, then you have another thing coming, so saddle up, Ella Lu Eaton."

"Brady!"

"Goodnight, Ellie." And just like that he hung up.

He was on my ever living last nerve tonight. Well, you have another thing coming, Brady Jackson. "And by the way, I didn’t walk out of your life in the first place. You pushed me!" I don’t know why I said that out loud, it wasn’t like he could hear me.

I stomped up the stairs and took a long, hot bath. As I lay there soaking, I tried not to think of that fool. Who did he think he was, telling me to saddle up? Well, cowboy, you better hold on to your hat because I have no intention of losing this rodeo.

From the Author
I'm a Colorado native who currently calls Alabama home. I'm the mother of three amazing children who have grown up way too fast. I enjoy the mountains, vacations at the beach, date night with my husband, late night talks with my kiddos, touring model homes, and pink bubblegum ice cream. I grew up on the Western Slope in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. I learned to love the beauty of the outdoors, but not camping--unless staying overnight at the Marriott counts. I met my husband while living in Denver and then several years later we traded the beauty and majesty of the Colorado Rocky Mountains for the art and culture of Chicago, Illinois. My family and I enjoyed living near this world class city, despite the crazy cold winters, but new adventures awaited in Northern Alabama--just six hours away from Orange Beach, Alabama. These three magical places (the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Chicago, and Orange Beach) are the inspired locations used in several of my books.

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