Nov 29, 2012

Gift Card Giveaway Hop

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Participating blogs are offering a book related giveaway
and we are all linked up together so you can easily
hop from one giveaway to another.

The hop runs from Dec 11th - Dec 17th 
 
My Giveaway Details:
1- $25 Amazon.com Gift Card

 
After you have entered my giveaway...
hop to another giveaway from the list below :)

Nightingale Christmas

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This book is AMAZING!

Not only is it a REALLY good Christmas story...BUT...it also tells how we need to love each other for what is on the inside...not how we look on the outside!

When Lauren goes to the hospital for a Christmas visit...

She meets Jane Doe.

Jane was in a terrible plane crash and now cannot remember who she is or any of her past.

She is also badly burned and doesn't have the money for skin grafts.

Lauren invites Jane to come live with her family until she can make it on her own.

Jane is surprised that her family welcomes her with love and acceptance....Instead of fear and repulsion.

Through Lauren's kindness Jane learns to live again.

A beautiful twist at the end leaves your heart wanting Christmas all year round.

Nov 28, 2012

Delivering Hope Blog Tour

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About the Book:
Author: Jennifer Ann Holt
Release Date: Feb 2012
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Genre: Women’s, General

Book Description:
Olivia Spencer wants to be a mother more than anything else, but years of infertility have left her soul wounded and her marriage strained. Allison Campbell is a young, single woman who discovers that a moment of excitement has led to an unplanned pregnancy and overwhelming heartache. Deep love paves the way for sacrifice as the lives of these two women touch.


My Review:
I picked this book up on a Saturday morning and spent the entire day wrapped up in its story. I felt embraced by the amount of love conveyed in this book...I couldn't put it down...until it was finished!

I LOVE how Wesley D. Hutchins, Esq, stated in the front of the book "Somewhere in the world a pregnancy test is negative...and a woman weeps. Somewhere else in the world a pregnancy test is positive...and another woman weeps."

I was AMAZED at the feelings that infertility can cause both in the husband and the wife.

I am also amazed at how much LOVE it must take to give your child up for adoption.

My heart is full of gratitude that I was able to read this WONDERFUL book and be part of these two families' lives...albeit...in a fictional portrayal...

I will forever more look at pregnancy and adoption with a more humbled attitude...life is precious!

I am also grateful for a Savior who does heal ALL...for only HE knows ALL.


Jennifer Holt was raised as a farm girl in Enterprise, Utah. An avid reader since age four, she always enjoys a good book. Jennifer graduated Cum Laude from Brigham Young University and shortly after, began her journey through infertility and the miracle of adoption. She lives in Boise, Idaho, with her husband, Shane, and their three beautiful children. She likes wakeboarding and going to the zoo with her daughter and two sons. To learn more about the Jennifer Holt, visit her at: deliveringhopethebook.com.

(A digital review copy of this title was provided by the author for this review. However, all reviews are of my own opinion :)

Nov 27, 2012

Masquerade

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Janette Rallison is one of my FAVORITE authors!

Her books are SO GOOD!

I have read A LOT of them and LOVE each one!

I have read:
My Fair Godmother
My Unfair Godmother
Just One Wish
It's a Mall World After All
Revenge of he Cheerleaders
Life, Love and the Pursuit of Free Throws
Dakota's Revenge
What the Doctor Ordered

Today my review is on Masquerade.

This is Janette Rallison's newest book.

I knew it would be good just because Janette wrote it...and it really was!

Actor Slade Jacobson is looking for a nanny for his little girl...Bella...

Clarissa is trying to find a job to support her and her little girl...Elaina...

When Clarissa finds out she can nanny for Slade and have Elaina there too instead of at a babysitter she jumps at the job offer...

Only problem...she absently put that she was married on her application...when in reality she is divorced...

When Slade offers to take Clarissa and Elaina to Hawaii in order to nanny Bella the masks will need to come off...





Saving Savanna

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Christmas books have a way of getting into your heart...

This one is WONDERFUL!

Devan has lost his wife and doesn't want to get into the celebration of Christmas.

But...

He has a little girl, Savanna, needs him and she needs Christmas.

As Devan attends the Christmas pageant he feels his wife close to him and she is sending him a message...

Can Devan forgive and move on so that he can "Save Savanna..."

Nov 26, 2012

The Christmas Train

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This is such a sweet, true story!

When President Monson was a little boy he was given an electric train set for Christmas...

Along with that train his mother purchased a wind-up train set for a neighbor boy...

When the young Tommy saw the one car in the wind-up set that he really wanted his mother allows him to keep it...

Not to give the ending away...let's just say...

President Monson learned a very valuable lesson on "service" and "reaching out to the one" during that Christmas season.


An added bonus:
With this book you get a CD with President Monson reading to you.

Using an interactive iPad App -- President Monson will read the book to you AND you can make the tree light up, the train move and watch young Tommy run back to his house, etc.

Nov 24, 2012

I Believe in Santa Claus

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This book has a very plain cover...

But open it up and you will truly be surprised!

Cute illustrations and simple verses tell the similarities between Santa Claus and Christ.


From the book:

"Santa wears red
Christ wears red (Isaiah 63:2)

Santa has white hair
Christ has white hair (Revelations 1:14)

Santa comes in the night
Christ came in the night (1 Thessalonians 5:2)

Santa loves little children
Christ loves little children (Matthew 19:14)

Santa wants us to be good
Christ knows we are good(1 Timothy 2:3-4)

Santa brings us gifts
Christ brings us gifts (James 1:17)

Santa is a symbol of Christmas...the symbols of Christmas can remind us of the true meaning of Christmas...

The symbols of Christmas remind me of Christ

So I believe in Santa Claus"

Nov 23, 2012

Author Julie Coulter Bellon

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The ALL FALL DOWN Blog Tour is still going strong...
 
In the spirit of Thanksgiving we asked Julie Coulter Bellon to tell us 10 things she is grateful for...here is what she said:
 


Ten Things I Am Grateful For
I am grateful I have a supportive husband who has encouraged me to follow my dreams.
I am grateful to have indoor plumbing and a microwave.
I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to travel and experience other cultures.
I am grateful for all the people who make Canadian chocolate and for my mother who sends it to me.
I am grateful for calculators because I stink at math.
I am grateful for my children who keep my life interesting and teach me something new almost every day.
I am grateful for books that give me escape, entertainment, and education.
I am grateful for the people in my life who have made the effort to get to know me and love me.
I am grateful for computers because, as a writer, typing on a typewriter and having to go back and revise it with correction tape would make me crazy.
I am grateful for my memories of kisses under the stars, sitting on the porch watching a beautiful sunset and laughing around the table at family dinners. Life is good.
 
To read about her book ALL FALL DOWN and my review of it... click HERE

Nov 22, 2012

An Unlikely Match

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WOW! This book is AMAZING!

Nickolas has gone from being impoverished to inheriting~ Y Castell.

A castle where 400 years ago a battle was waged between the Welsh and the English

Only there is a situation in the castle...it is haunted...

Haunted by Gwen, the girl who died during that battle.

As in ALL romance stories...Nickolas and Gwen fall in love...

Can a ghost and a human who is 400 years younger make it work?

Only Sarah Eden can pull a twist that is so tender and so suspenseful and so...

If you like Regency Romances you really need to read this one :)

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Nov 21, 2012

For God So Loved The One

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Kerry Blair is not only an amazing writer, but she is an AMAZING person!

This little pamphlet is a true story of her experience one Christmas as a Relief Society president.

Kerry just wanted each of the 157 sisters in her ward to feel loved and to know that they are known.

Kerry and her counselors set out delivering oranges to each of the sisters.

156 sisters were dutifully visited...but what about the 157?

Kerry had tried numerous times to get a hold of this sister...

I love that Kerry bares her soul and actually tells the reader that she was ready to thrown this orange in the garbage and call 99.98% visited enough...

But NO...

Because Kerry is so amazing...she sets out ONE MORE TIME.

Well...

This one more time made a BIG difference in the lives of TWO people.

Very touching tale!

A must read!

This would also be a PERFECT neighbor/visiting teacher gift!

Nov 19, 2012

Mrs. Claus and The School of Christmas Spirit

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This book is by far the cutest Christmas book I have read all season!

I giggled when I opened page one and saw the cutest illustration...by Georgianna Endrigo Manderioli

Each chapter had one of these whimsical elves...

I have included them here as they are way to cute not to share!

 

Katherine Elizabeth McGee, or Kat as she prefers, was a nobody...at least that's how everyone made her feel.

After an unexpected accident Kat's nickname became Kat McPee...I will let you guess at what that accident was.

After not getting a part in the Christmas pageant Kat is pleasantly surprised when the Gram McGee comes for her visit.

Gram is the only one who makes Kat feel special.

After sharing her sad story with Gram, Kat goes to bed and finds there a beautiful snow globe.  Swirling the snow causes Kat to transform...into...a most wonderful place...the North Pole.

While there Kat is instructed, along with other students in the School of Christmas Spirit, by none other than Mrs. Sadie Claus herself.

Kat learns from Mrs. Claus and the elves some wonderful lessons about life:

How to build Self-Worth
How to cultivate Wisdom
How to encourage Wonder
How to delight in the Whimsy

Most of all Kat learns that she can stand up for herself and become Somebody Special :)

My favorite lines from the book:

"People who believe in the unbelievable live unbelievably wonderful lives."

"Wonder is curiosity in its purest form."

"It is the essence of spirit that makes us try new things and take chances."

"There is something for everyone and everything for someone."

"Whimsy is what happens when you allow yourself to be the person you are naturally."

This book is fun...and amazing...and I just can't say enough good about this book!

Please give yourself a treat this year and read this book...I am SO GLAD that I did :)



(A digital review copy of this title was provided by the author for this review. However, all reviews are of my own opinion :)

Nov 18, 2012

Christmas Spirit

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These twelve TRUE Christmas stories will bring the Christmas spirit into your heart.

Stories from losing and then finding the special "Christmas Coins..."

To the memories of "Sugar Cookies and the True Meaning of Christmas..."

To "The Best Worst Christmas Ever."

These stories will remind you of what Christmas is really all about.

Authors:
Sarah M. Eden, Josi S. Kilpack, Melanie Jacobson, Joni Hilton, Jeri Gilchrist, Michele Ashman Bell,
Andy Horton, GG Vandagriff, Karen Tuft, Deanna Buxton, Tiffany Fletcher, Matthew Christiansen

Nov 16, 2012

Christmas in Bliss

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What a delightful tale of strangers stranded at a rest stop as the roads are closed...

It is Christmas Eve and all feel the loneliness as they are kept from family and friends.

But...

Nikki has food in her car and Brian has a truck full of toys...

As the two play Santa Claus to the stranded children a peace settles over this quiet rest stop just outside of a town called Bliss.

It will be a Christmas they never forget and a story you will remember for years to come :)

Nov 13, 2012

All Fall Down Blog Tour + Giveaway

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About the book:
Author: Julie Coulter Bellon
Release Date: Sep 2012
Publisher: CreateSpace
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book Description:
Ring around the rosy, a pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes we all fall down . . .
That simple rhyme turns negotiator Claire Michaels’ current hostage situation into an international incident. Claire just wants to help get everyone out safely, but as the crisis escalates she realizes she’s dealing with an al-Qaeda operative who has the means to become another bin Laden—with the potential to attack America. Claire has her own personal reasons for wanting to stop al-Qaeda, but time is slipping away as negotiations break down. Can she overcome her scars of the past in order to get the hostage out alive and possibly stop an assault on U.S. national security?

Navy SEAL Rafe Kelly is on leave to recover from a knee injury he suffered during his tour in Afghanistan and he doesn’t expect to be fighting terrorists on his home turf. But when he is taken hostage and his brother is kidnapped, Rafe teams up with a hostage negotiator in order to stay alive and get his brother back. The terrorist is always one step ahead of them, however, and the situation quickly turns from desperate to deadly. Will Rafe be able to save himself and his country without anyone he loves getting caught in the crossfire?

My Review:
I LOVE it when a book starts out action-packed from page ONE and this book did just that! Suspenseful all the way through with just enough romance to make you smile.

Clair is just trying to do her job AND help someone else who has gone through what she had to. Rafe is just trying to save his brother AND make sense of the loss of his best friend. Can they help each other? Who else can the trust? Read and find out :)

This book keeps you on the edge of the page as you have to keep turning to find out what happens next! There are some really good twists in this storyline!

About the Author:
What can I say about me? I have a wonderful husband and eight children whom I adore. I am currently working on my eighth book and hope to have it submitted very soon. I am Canadian, but married an American and settled in the States. I have the best of both worlds! I love the number eight and my claim to fame is that I met Princess Diana when I was twelve years old. I love to travel and my favorite cities are probably Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. I would love to visit Australia and Scotland someday. And New Zealand. Ooh, and Ireland. 

Well, you get the picture. I’m learning to play the bagpipes and I’m not very good at it, (I think I sound like a sick moose) but I’m working on it. I love to read, write, teach, play volleyball, and take long bubble baths (which doesn’t happen too often, but I love it when it does). I have the most amazing supportive family and being a published author fulfilled a lifelong dream.

I blog every day at http://ldswritermom.blogspot.com about being LDS, a mother, and a writer. Every Friday I have a national editor, affectionately called Ms. Shreditor who critiques first pages submitted by you! For more information on First Page Fridays and how to submit, please go to the blog or email me at juliecoulterbellon@gmail.com

Do you have a question, suggestion, or just want to talk to me? Or, are you interested in scheduling me to speak at your Enrichment Night (on the Importance of Literacy) or want to dish on all my publishing secrets and invite me to your Book Club? If so, please email me at juliecoulterbellon@gmail.com



Julie is generously offering 7...
Yes 7 awesome giveaways for the tour!!
The prizes include:
  • (2) "Book Lovers'" baskets which include a copy of All Fall Down, a hand tied lap blanket, Julie's favorite hot chocolate mix, and a copy of Janice Sperry's Christmas novella, The Candy Cane Queen
  • (3) Print copies of All Fall Down
  • (2) Ebook copies of All Fall Down
To enter to win these prizes, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form provided. (Each tour stop will have the same Rafflecopter form).
  • Open from November 12 to December 7.
  • Must be 13+ years of age to enter
  • US mailing addresses only
Earn entries by doing any/all of the following:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Purchase the Book
(A digital review copy of this title was provided by the author for this review. However, all reviews are of my own opinion :)

Jeremy's Christmas Journey Blog Tour + Giveaway

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 About the Book
· Author: Scott Johnson
· Release Date: October 2012
· Publisher: Cedar Fort
· Genre: Spiritual Holiday

Book Description:
For Jeremy, Christmas is just another reminder that he'll never be able to enjoy the things that come so easily to other children. Then one night he has a dream that will change everything. Accompanied by stirring music, this story of finding faith and discovering the power of the Master Healer is sure to be cherished at Christmastime and all year long.
My Review:
I LOVED this book! Jeremy can't take it any longer! After the accident Jeremy can't walk and is now confined to a wheelchair while he watches his friends play outside in the snow. How can he believe with this terrible trial in his little life? After falling asleep Jeremy finds himself on a journey...to a strange room...a court room...where Mary is testifying through song...of her child...the son of God.
Then James...
Then others...
As each bears testimony Jeremy's heart is softened...He wants to believe...He does believe...And through his faith he finds himself in the Saviors light. Upon awakening Jeremy realizes that the miracle he has been praying for his happened.

This story is so touching...the songs are beautiful! This book needs to be a Christmas tradition~~
A CD of all the songs is include in the book along with the music scores of each song in the back of the book...



Giveaway:
As part of the tour, Scott is generously offering a grand prize giveaway of a print copy of Jeremy’s Christmas Journey plus the CD.
To enter to win this prize, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form provided. (Each tour stop will have the same Rafflecopter form).
 
  • Open from November 1 to November 21.
  • Must be 13+ years of age to enter
  • US mailing addresses only
Earn entries by doing any/all of the following:

  • Leaving a blog post comment
  • Listening to a sample of the CD on Scott's website
  • Tweeting about the giveaway (once per day)
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Author Bio:
Author Scott A. Johnson spent most of his childhood in Utah, where he gained a love for creative writing. Recognizing his potential at a young age, his teachers and family encouraged him to explore his developing writing talents.

Scott continued to craft imaginative and original stories through his teenage years, including original short stories that are beloved by his family. He published his first book, "Nutrition: A Word of Wisdom," in 2009, and has published more than 200 health and fitness articles in various online and print publications.

Scott, his wife and four children reside in beautiful Utah County where they enjoy the mountains and outdoors. Scott is regularly asked by his children to share an original story, and he gladly obliges.


TOP TEN THINGS SCOTT LIKES ABOUT CHRISTMAS:
1. The spirit that permeates the earth when people focus on Christ at Christmas.
2. Christmas stories.
3. Christmas music.
4. Homemade candy and hot chocolate.
5. Celebrating Christmas with family and friends.
6. Helping families in need.
7. The smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree.
8. The twinkle in my kids eyes as they anticipate opening presents.
9. Seeing Christmas lights line the streets and towns.
10. Decorating the Christmas tree as a family.

Purchase at:
Cedar Fort / Amazon / Barnes & Noble





(A digital review copy of this title was provided by the author for this review. However, all reviews are of my own opinion :)

Nov 11, 2012

Chocolate Roses

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CHOCOLATE ROSES
by Joan Sowards

WOW! This book was GOOD!

Janie is a chocolatier and she has a favorite customer!

He comes to the store every Tuesday at 9:00am and orders a chocolate rose...

Then the story takes a swirling, chocolaty spin...

9:00am Tuesday morning customer
turns into the new neighbor
turns into friend
turns into "off limits"
turns into...

I won't give it away...you MUST READ!

Sweet, clean romance with rich morsels of humor.

It will leave you savoring in it's delectable, deliciousness :)

LOVED. LOVED. LOVED. IT!


About the Author
Joan Sowards is a third generation Arizonan of pioneer stalk. She holds a BS degree from Arizona State University. Joan is married and has raised five children and a multitude of chickens. Her favorite hobbies are writing, composing, and doing family history research. She loves to travel the USA, and her visited countries list includes Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Hong Kong, Thailand, Mexico and Canada. Only 185 to go!

Nov 8, 2012

Christmas Jars Reunion

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I LOVED this book even better than Christmas Jars!
 
Hope has been touched by the gift of the Christmas Jars and wants to help spread that love... and help that they bring...

Heading up the Christmas Jars Ministry has become a big part of her life.

She wants to see thousands of jars given this Christmas...

But in the end she realizes it is all about...

ONE jar
For ONE person
Because of our ONE Savior

Nov 7, 2012

Got Great Giveaways :)

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Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
 Participating blogs are offering a book related giveaway
and we are all linked up together so you can easily
hop from one giveaway to another.
This hop runs from Nov 7th - Nov 14th

My Giveaway Details:
Four (4) Christmas booklets to One (1) Winner
 US Addresses only please
 
Saving Savanna
Devan can't help but blame God for his wife's death, so the last thing he wants to do this holiday season is celebrate. But when his daughter, Savanna, makes a special Christmas wish, their little family will never be the same. Filled with faith and tenderness, this heartwarming story is sure to remind you of the real power behind the magic of Christmas.
 
 
Christmas in Bliss
It's Christmas Eve, and Nikki Michaels is on the last leg of her drive to celebrate the holidays at home. Though Christmas doesn't quite hold the same magic it did when she was younger, Nikki's idea of a merry Christmas is sharing in the festivities with her family in Salt Lake City -- so when blizzard conditions force her off the snowpacked freeway in a middle-of-nowhere town in Idaho called Bliss, she finds her situation anything but blissful. Snowed in at a rest stop with a small band of strangers, Nikki finds kinship in a fellow traveler who helps her find the magic of Christmas again and spread the spirit of the season to other stranded travelers. Christmas in Bliss is a heartwarming holiday tale that is sure to inspire readers with the hope and happiness found in the true meaning of Christmas.
 
A Nightingale Christmas
"Jane Doe" can't remember anything that happened before the plane crash that almost took her life. Burned and scarred beyond recognition, she learns that no one can identify her. When her memory returns, she, like a nightingale, learns to sing her most beautiful song when the night is the darkest. This is a beautiful story of how one small act of kindness can greatly influence the life of another.
 
 
For God So Loved The One
The story of a Christmas orange changing the life of a little orphan girl has been popular for decades. The story of a Christmas orange changing the lives of two Arizona sisters in the gospel has never been told. Until now. This contemporary true story of the miracle of a simple Christmas orange is a poignant reminder of the wonders that can happen when we follow the Spirit and share God’s love with all of His children—but especially when we share it with the one.

  

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Nov 6, 2012

Christmas Jars

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Christmas has not been the same since this book was written...

This book is definitely a Christmas tradition...to be read over and over again each year with those you love!

After receiving a Christmas Jar filled with money...

One journalist traces the trail back to the first Christmas Jar ever given...

This story will change your heart :)






Nov 5, 2012

Meet Lisa Rumsey Harris

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Lisa Rumsey Harris grew up writing stories and riding horses in Southeastern Idaho.

She is a writer, mother, wife, and teacher. She received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English from Brigham Young University. By day, she teaches Honors writing classes at Brigham Young University. By night, she writes fiction and creative non-fiction. In between, she does laundry, stops fights, french-braids hair, loses her sanity and rarely cooks.

Lisa lives in Orem Utah, with her ancient Siamese cat, her husband (who cooks nearly as well as Dennis) and her two adorable daughters.

Ten Fun Things About Lisa:

1.       I come from a long line of teachers. My mother was my high school Spanish teacher for four years, and I got to watch, in action, the kind of hard and sometimes gut-wrenching experiences she went through. She was, and is, an inspiration to me.

2.       I can balance a spoon on the end of my nose for hours. I also bequeathed this gift to my two daughters.

3.       Right now, I’m giving birth to a book, and a new baby (due in January 2013). I’m not sure which process is more labor intensive.

4.       I love to give my writing students extra credit for crazy things: like wearing ugly sweaters, or selling ridiculous items on ebay.

5.       I adore high heels.  I’m a short girl, and I love to feel tall.

6.       I have a little bit of Grammy Blume’s disco fever.  I was on the dance team in high school, and I still love to shake my booty. I currently have the highest score in my house in Just Dance.

7.       I love the idea of flawed, ordinary people doing everyday extraordinary things.

8.       I started riding horses before I could walk. I won my first horse show when I was six. I still have the belt buckle.

9.       I married a man who can cook better than I can. And I’m so glad I did.

10.   I’ve got more of Treasure’s story brewing in my brain: love, betrayal, reality TV, rival dance teams, more Patience, Donnie Osmond in a smart car, and ostrich farming. Now I just need to find time to write!


When Lisa began writing Treasure Blume, her oldest daughter was in first grade.

Her youngest daughter finished first grade this year.

What people are saying about The Unlikely Gift of Treasure Blume:
Sweet romance, witty humor, and tons of fun!
A great cute and fun read.
I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK!
To see my full review click HERE


  You can purchase Lisa's book at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Check out her world at www.treasureblume.com
AND on facebook under Treasure Blume.


Nov 2, 2012

Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop

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Participating blogs are offering a book related giveaway
and we are all linked up together so you can easily
hop from one giveaway to another.

The hop runs from Nov 12th - Nov 18th

My Giveaway Details:
ALL  FIVE BOOKS TO ONE LUCKY WINNER :)
USA addresses only please

Noel's Miracle
Papa Adam, the North Pole's oldest elf and Santa's former chief carver, has given up. Blind, frail, and feeling useless, he counts the minutes in every day as he waits to die until his youngest granddaughter challenges him to carve again. Together they prove that the most beautiful creations can come from the most unlikely sources and with the right love and encouragement, anything is possible

Carving Angels
Papa Adam, the North Pole's oldest elf and Santa's former chief carver, has given up. Blind, frail, and feeling useless, he counts the minutes in every day as he waits to die until his youngest granddaughter challenges him to carve again. Together they prove that the most beautiful creations can come from the most unlikely sources and with the right love and encouragement, anything is possible

The Newport Ladies Book Club: Olivia
The Robbins household looks perfect from the outside: no dust, no stains, no wrinkles. Yet a glimpse into its heart reveals no laughter, no closeness, no joy. Olivia thinks that if she keeps everything tidy and serves delicious meals on time, family life is bound to get better. But when her husband, Nick, misses their anniversary, she realizes no amount of domestic success will compensate for failure in their marriage, or for her own failure to develop her identity, always busy as a mother, wife, and neighbor, she has forgotten how to be a unique and vibrant individual. Determined to make a change, Olivia joins a local book club, where she nurtures new friendships and explores new ideas. But her growing confidence falters when Nick declares his independence, and while her new friends lovingly encircle her with support, only Olivia can reach into the depths of her fledgling self to find the faith, hope, and love her troubled family needs.

The Guy Next Door
On the surface, Eva Black’s life seems practically perfect. The small-town kindergarten teacher is set to wed ambitious lawyer Sean Langley, and their plans for a dream wedding are well underway. Eva accepts that she will soon live life in the spotlight as a member of the prestigious Langley family, but can she overlook her fiancĂ©’s tendency to dominate the details of her life and push the limits of her standards?

Mere weeks before the wedding, Eva is thrown into a traumatic, life-changing event that changes her view of family commitment and creates a sharp contrast between her ideals and Sean’s. With her engagement to Sean in jeopardy, Eva finds herself relying on the support and encouragement of Peter, her kind and attentive next-door neighbor. Faced with a choice between her penitent fiancĂ© and the increasingly mysterious Peter, Eva is unprepared for the consequences—and peril—that come with her decision.


Vengeance
A decade ago, eight-year-old Aubree Lansing peeked from her hiding place in the closet and saw the unthinkable: a dead body on her bedroom floor and a man standing close by with a gun in his bloodstained hands. A man she called daddy.

Aubree’s courageous testimony during the murder trial led to a hefty prison sentence for Stone Lansing — and placed a heavy weight on his daughter’s heart. When Aubree’s mother married Reginald Kern, one of Stone’s former defense attorneys, and the new family welcomed the birth of twins, it seemed that Aubree had left her tragic past behind. But at age eighteen, her nightmare suddenly resumes: Stone Lansing is out of prison, and he’s looking for the daughter whose words sent him there. In the wake of a death threat, Aubree flees with her twin half-siblings aboard the cruise ship Stargazer and finds protection in the care of its young sea captain. But there’s more than one menace closing in on Aubree, as the cold tide of vengeance threatens to drag her under.

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Kris Kringle's Magic Blog Tour

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About the Book:
Book Description:
Kris Kringle is often in trouble for his beliefs. But in a world where elves are slaves, he is determined to make things right, even if it means standing alone. With the help of his friend Rebecca, Kris starts with the children. But can a pile of gifts on Christmas Eve really change anything?
Told from Rebecca’s perspective, Kris Kringle’s Magic is the story of a boy who devotes his life to the service of the poor, hungry, and destitute—and by doing so, becomes the legend of Santa Claus. This instant holiday classic is sure to captivate kids of all ages.

My Review:
This is a PERFECT book to curl up with in front of the fireplace...losing oneself in a beautiful telling of the Kris Kringle story...IT IS SO GOOD!

Kris finds himself in a town that uses elves as slaves...He also find a new friend in Rebecca...

Told from the perspective of Rebecca, she recounts how Kris stood up for the elves and with their help started giving gifts for Christmas

Once you read this you will never think of Kris Kringle or the elves the same again...for they have found the MAGIC of PERFECT LOVE :)

This is a book you will want to read...and then share with someone special.

About the Author:
Diane Stringam Tolley was born and raised on the great Alberta prairies. Daughter of a ranching family of writers, she inherited her love of writing at a very early age. Trained in Journalism, she has penned countless articles and short stories. She is the author of four e-books and the recent Christmas story, Carving Angels, also by Cedar Fort. She and her husband, Grant, live in Beaumont, Alberta, and are the parents of six children and grandparents of twelve





(A digital review copy of this title was provided by the author for this review. However, all reviews are of my own opinion :)





 

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