Jun 30, 2014

Meet Jenni James and BC Sterrett w/ 3 Giveaways

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Jenni James is a bestselling author with thirteen published books, including The Jane Austen Diaries (Pride & Popularity, Northanger Alibi, Emmalee, and Persuaded) as well as The Jenni James Faerie Tale Collection (Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, The Frog Prince, and many more...)

Jenni has wowed fans around the world with her unique voice in children and teen literature today, always keeping her books clean and wildly addicting. When she isn't writing, she can be found chasing her seven rambunctious kids around the house. She lives with her family in Utah and secretly dreams of becoming a ninja or pirate one day.

Jenni has written Andy & Annie: A Ghost Story and Mansfield Ranch for Trifecta Books.

You can follow her AuthorJenniJames.com

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BC Sterrett is a humorist and comic book artist from Ogden, UT. He is currently co-author and cartoonist for the upcoming Andy and Annie paranormal children’s book series with teen fiction author Jenni James.

He received a BFA in film and animation from BYU and a masters degree from The Center for Cartoon Studies. His comic strips “Tom and Ralph,, “Tapioca,, and “The Sweetest of Dreams” have appeared in various publications such as The Comics Journal, Melting Music, Slug Magazine, The Salt Shaker, and Friend Magazine.

BC is also a media archaeologist and heads Utah’s “Lost Media Archive.” Aside from giving public lectures on media history, he hosts the re-occurring “Incredibly Strange Movie Night” at various local theaters and venues. In his spare time, he collects unusual vinyl records, acts in short films, works on a self-published graphic novel series called "Simeon," and plays accordion in various bands. And yes, he’s wearing a toupee in this photo.

You can learn more about BC at sterrettcomics.tumblr.com

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I know Jenni as this AMAZINGLY TALENTED writer!
I have read MANY of her books and LOVE them all!
You will LOVE BC's addition to the book Andy & Annie: A Ghost Story
It was so fun to finally meet Jenni and BC Sterrett in person at the Trifecta Books Launch Party!
They SIGNED books for me to GIVEAWAY!

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I have 3 giveaways for this post :)

Both Jenni and BC SIGNED a copy of Andy & Annie

Jenni graciously donated this book for my followers~

When ten-year-old Andy moves from California to his new house in Colorado, the last thing he expects is to meet a ghost named Annie. Annie has been living in that house for eighty years. Will Annie spook Andy away? Or will the two find out that sometimes the best of friends might not be who you first expected?

The Andy & Annie series by author Jenni James and illustrator BC Sterrett is like Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets Junie B. Jones with a paranormal twist. Your young reader will love getting to know these characters and going with them on amazing adventures.


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I also got a SIGNED copy of Mansfield Ranch from Jenni ~ yep ~ donated by Jenni too ~ isn't she THE BEST!

Does true love really prevail?

All Lilly Price has ever known is living in the shadow of her widely successful foster family. But when a twist of fate deals Lilly the hand of Harrison Crawford, the most popular guy in Bloomfield, NM, everything flips upside down.

Sean Benally is a hard worker, he’s funny, he’s generous, and he’s kind. He’s also the most amazing guy Lilly has ever known. And she's totally fallen in love with him. But he’s her foster brother...

Now she must choose between the unavailable love of her life—or the guy who promises to be available forever.


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And finally I have a copy of Jenni's Faerie Tale Collection 
SNOW WHITE

While this book is NOT signed by Jenni, it has MY QUOTE on the front cover :)

An enchanted mirror, a tale of envy—

Raven and Snow White have been the greatest of friends for years, so when Snow’s father, King Herbert, and Raven’s mother, Queen Melantha, wed, the girls’ dreams come true—now they are sisters! However, in an act of exceeding folly, the king presents his new bride with the enchanted Lythereon Mirror as a wedding gift. Its dark power soon corrupts the queen.

Prince Corlan, Raven’s brother, is determined to find a way to destroy the mirror before he loses his mother completely—or it kills them all. Already the queen’s envy of Snow has become obvious. Corlan has been in love with Snow White since they were children and would do anything to protect the beautiful princess, even defy his mother. But when Queen Melantha uses the mirror to force Corlan into killing Snow, he knows it will take a battle of great strength to outwit the evil spell surrounding him and save the girl he loves.

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Uncovering Cobbogoth Book Blast w/ $50 Amazon or PayPal Giveaway

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Uncover Cobbogoth
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Uncovering Cobbogoth 
by Hannah L. Clark 

Norah Lukens needs to uncover the truth about the fabled lost city of Cobbogoth.

After her archaeologist uncle’s murder, Norah is asked to translate his old research journal for evidence and discovers that his murder was a cover-up for something far more sinister.

When she turns to neighbor and only friend James Riley for help, she realizes that not only is their bitter-sweet past haunting her every step, but James is keeping dangerous secrets.

Can Norah discover what they are before its too late to share her own.

Praise for Uncovering Cobbogoth
"With a fascinating protagonist in Norah Lukens, a fully realized, never before seen fantasy world, and a fast paced, compelling story, Uncovering Cobbogoth establishes Hannah L. Clark as a major new voice in American fiction. The richness of the story and the scope of the world she's created screams for a film adaptation. This is a fantasy novel for everyone, even readers not usually drawn to the genre. Highly, highly recommended!" -Bryce Clark, author of Red Shirt Kids

"This book takes you on a wonderful ride, bringing myth and legend to life. The characters are full and flawed, with a sweet romance woven through the adventure." - Annette K. Larsen, author of Just Ella

"Uncovering Cobbogoth is an Icelandic tale that will appeal to many Harry Potter series fans […] For those who’ve missed the Harry Potter world, here’s a pretty good alternative!" - Sharon Haddock, For the Deseret News

Excerpt 
The Legend of the Cobbogothians is really where Uncovering Cobbogoth begins. For as long as Norah can remember, her Uncle Jack has been obsessed with the mythical people. He became an archeologist and world famous Myth-chaser because of the Cobbogothian legends he heard while visiting his Granddad Aegissida’s farm in Iceland. 

 

The Legend of the Cobbogothians
Long ago, at the beginning of time, a peculiar race ruled the earth. They found favor in the eyes of the gods and received great gifts of knowledge and power at their hands. These gifts made them elementalists—masters of earth, wind, fire, water, metal, wood and space. The elementalists thenceforth became rulers of the earth and sky. With this power came corruption, and the elementalists soon forgot their patron gods. Instead, they turned to worshipping themselves and their own creations. This angered the gods, and in their wrath, the vowed to bring an icy end to the prideful race. Rumors of the looming destruction were heralded throughout the land, and a final invitation was issued to the elementalists to renounce their fallen ways. Yet only a few heard and heeded. Among them was a man named Cobbogoth. Being a wise and humble servant of the gods, he believed the warnings and led all who would listen deep into the bowels of the earth to wait out the approaching storm. When the day of destruction was come and the wrath of the gods rained down, the race of elementalists was wiped away, and then came the dawning of a violent and frigid ide age. It is said that Cobbogoth’s posterity still lives beneath our feet, waiting to rise and rule the earth and sky once more. Sigurd Jorgensson Icelandic Bard, 1045 AD   *Translated from the original Old Norse by Dr. Jack A. Lukens of Harvard University, April 1975

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About the Author 
Hannah L. Clark lives with her husband and their son in the Rocky Mountains. She has always known she would be a storyteller. In 2006 she graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor’s degree in English and immediately began writing Uncovering Cobbogoth, the first book in a seven book series based on Clark's mythological brain-child, the Icelandic Legend of the Cobbogothians. Clark loves her family, running, mythology, laughing, soulful bluegrass music, road-trips, studying alternative medicine, retro hairdos, and growing things. Like her heroine Norah, she also kind of believes trees have souls, but must clarify (for her parents' sakes) that she was not raised by hippies. ;-)  
 
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Jun 28, 2014

The End Begins: Glimmering Light

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Author: Margot Hovley
Release Date: March 2014
Publisher: Covenant Communication
Genre: Dystopian

"Terrorists attacked the US power grid" in book one, The End Begins: Sudden Darkness.

And Amelie and her family have made their way from Washington to Utah.

NOW...

In the place that they were suppose to feel secure, the government is falling apart and personal safety is in question.

Amelie and the saints are now being called to Missouri; the New Jerusalem.

They accomplished a hard trek before, they can do it again...

Or can they?

Zack has joined with the Saints and has found true love with Amelie, but this time he is far away from her fulfilling a difficult and special service for the church.

He wonders daily if Amelie has found someone else; someone better than him.

Amelie too has been given a special assignment....

Suspense awaits the reader as Amelie and Zack and all others traveling with them will encounter people who are desperate...people who will do anything just to survive.

Their strength and endurance will be tested.
Lives will be lost.
Hope will be threatened.

But even then..."with the promise of a future with her true love, Zack, Amelie will find a glimmer of light amidst the bleak unrest of the nation."

"Does Missouri truly hold the key to their deliverance, or will they be forced to run forever?"

This series continues to enthrall its readers!
Captivating and thrilling!
Suspenseful with just a touch of romance.
Just like I like it :)

About the Author
Margot Hovley was raised in rural Washington State, where she worked as a girl pig-herder and champion produce boxmaker. She now lives and plays in Utah with her big family. When she’s not storytelling, she’s hanging out with family, teaching music to the somewhat willing, and fooling with techy gadgets. She loves hiking, traveling, and concocting adventures.

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

Meet Laura Bingham w/ SIGNED Book Giveaway

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The best way to describe Laura Bingham would be as a mom, teacher, dancer, and author. Her first published works include a middle-grade fantasy, Älvor, released in 2009, and its sequel, Wings of Light, 2011. And yes, there’s a last installment that’s nearly finished.

As a full-time science teacher, Laura never has to leave the wonder of teenage-hood. Not only does she adore teens, have teens, and teach teens, but she loves writing about being a teen. When she’s not doing a million other things, she sneaks in a good book, and sometimes runs off with her family for a weekend getaway to Cascade.

And just so she never gets bored, she directs and teaches the Boise Cloggers, a studio she’s owned for over twenty years. She lives in Boise, Idaho, with her amazing husband and five awesome kids.

You can visit Laura on her blog at: http://www.laurabingham.com

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Laura's first novel through Trifecta Books is Dancing with Black.

I met Laura at the Mega Launch Party
and she was kind enough to sign a copy for me to giveaway to one of my followers :)

Dancing is Cami's escape from her dark home life. It's the only thing that gives her hope - until she meets Adam Black. A talented dancer in his own right, he asks Cami to be his partner, and she gains strength and confidence as he unlocks whole new possibilities for her.

When Cami's abusive mother overdoses and her already-broken family falls to pieces around her, dancing with Adam helps Cami pull through. But he has secrets of his own, and someone wants him found at any price. Cami gets dragged into a web of danger and deceit. Now she must make a choice between familiar darkness and uncertain light.
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Jun 27, 2014

READ ~ EARN POINTS ~ WIN BOOKS

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For the past couple of years I have 
participated in the Summer Book Trek
hosted by New LDS Fiction

And I win about 6 books books each year :)

It's EASY to do...come join me this year~

How to Play~

1. Read books by LDS authors during the month of July. Not sure if the author is LDS? You can do a search at NewLDSFiction.com OR see the growing list on GoodReads. You do not have to be LDS to participate.
2. Record what you read on your blog. Don't have a blog? I have set one up just for that purpose HERE...instructions are on the blog :) 
3. Fill in the Rafflecopter to earn points. The Rafflecopter is found HERE
See what books you can win HERE

What are you going to read in July?

Lady of Gaia

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Author: Tricia Ballad
Release Date: May 2014
Publisher: Faeland Press
Genre: Fantasy

No time to read this summer?

Well this is a QUICK, FUN read!
A short story to take you away into the land of Fae.

Kathleen has just turned 16 and unless she can think of something else she will have to marry the wealthy village drunk...

A marriage arranged by her father.

Walking in the woods alone can be dangerous, but Kathleen needs a place to think before it is too late.

She is surprised to meet a fae from Oreveille.

He promises to take her to his world and protect her.

It has to be better than what is awaiting her in town doesn't it?

They will find themselves standing "in the face of greed, pettiness, and laws neither she nor her lover are powerful enough to ignore."

A fun stand-alone story.
And/or a great companion book to Daughter of Oreveille.


About the Author
I make stuff up.
Then I write it down.
I publish the good bits.

I never really grew out of playing pretend or sitting cross-legged on the rug for storytime. Depending on my mood, I’m either four years old or eighteen or eighty.

I like cats. My cat told me so.

I geek out. A lot. And I’m really jazzed that geekery has widened to include more than Linux and gaming. (Not that there’s anything wrong with Linux or gaming. But there’s more out there, you know?) So what do I geek out on?

Food. I like really good, really interesting food. Especially food that doesn’t freak out my overactive immune system. Stupid allergies!

Art. But only the art I like. The art that tells me stories. Art that’s just…there…being art…doesn’t really excite me. Yeah, I know, I just don’t understand it. Whatever. Dragons, Fairies, Unicorns, and landscapes with paths to somewhere…Good Stuff. Random shapes that don’t make any sense? Not so much.

Travel. Not the “crash on my sister’s couch” kind of travel. Really nice resort with on-property spa travel. I would totally switch places with Samantha Brown.

Historically Accurate Gowns. If I thought I could get away with it, I’d probably dress like it was 1895. Or 1137. Or any time in between. What can I say? Clothes were prettier then (at least if you were wealthy enough to afford the good stuff)!

Old Houses. Especially Victorians. And castles. Well…replica castles with modern insulation and plumbing.

Oh – and I drink absurd amounts of coffee.

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

Jun 26, 2014

Summer Book Trek Reading Challenge 2014

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I LOVE SUMMER BOOK TREK 
READING CHALLENGE!


READ DURING JULY ~ EARN POINTS ~ WIN FREE BOOKS

Want to join me?
Go to New LDS Fiction for details

Books I'm reading during July ")
Death's Academy
A Perfect Secret
Waiting For You
Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things
Twisted Fate
The Dreamosphere
Persona Non Grata
Becoming Lady Lockwood
The Husband Maker
Eastward to Zion
Accidentally Married

Books I got for FREE just be reading the books above ")
The Fourth of July by Cami Checketts
Arms Wide Open by Juli Caldwell
Fractured Truth by Rachel McClellan
Arrow to His Heart by Misty Moncur
The Gates of Atlantis: Guardians of the Gates
The Gates of Atlantis: Secrets of the Mine

Want to join me now?
Go to New LDS Fiction for details

Meet Tristi Pinkston w/ eBook Giveaway

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Tristi Pinkston is the author of twenty published books, including the bestsellers "Dearly Departed" and "Dialogue Dynamics."

She works as a freelance editor and author mentor, and when she's not writing, editing, or homeschooling her children, she enjoys reading, watching good movies, and taking really long naps.

She eats ice, which she realizes is very bad for her teeth but she does it anyway, and she can't write without a tube of Chapstick nearby.

Visit her website at www.tristipinkston.com

She is also the owner of Trifecta Books
When asked WHY she started Trifecta this is what she posted on Facebook:

"The books for Saturday's launch are stacked up at the foot of my bed, all set to go. My daughter wandered in and said, "Mom, can I read this one?" taking a book out of the case on top. I said, "Yes. You can read anything you want. I will never publish a book you can't read." And that is why I started a publishing company. Because I have a daughter who has chosen to read good books, and I want to help provide them :)"

Tristi will be releasing a new young adult comedy, "Take My Advice," through Trifecta Books this fall, and she will also be releasing a new edition of her first-ever published book, "Nothing to Regret," this summer.

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Tristi is an AMAZING person! I have worked with her for a while now over the internet...

It was SO FUN meeting her in person!

She was taking the day to focus on the Trifecta authors and therefore did not have any of her own books to sign.

So...

I am doing an eBOOK GIVEAWAY of her 
AGENT IN OLD LACE :)

Shannon Tanner has it all: a perfect family, a perfect job, and a perfect boyfriend. Or so she thinks. What Shannon doesn't know is that her boyfriend, Mark, is stealing money from her father and making millions doing it. When Shannon learns Mark's secret, he turns on her, and Shannon's life abruptly goes from perfect to perilous.

In an effort to protect Shannon, the FBI assigns their only female agent to go undercover as her personal bodyguard. But when the agent is injured the day before the assignment, they turn to the next best thing: their top agent, Rick Holden, in a dress.

Life seems safe again for Shannon with Rick by her side and Mark apparently gone for good. Then Shannon gets word that her best friend has been kidnapped, and it becomes clear that Mark isn't going to stop any time soon. Shannon realizes the only way to save herself and her friend and stop Mark once and for all is by sending Rick, her only source of protection, away.

Can Rick save Shannon before it's too late?

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Jun 25, 2014

True Colors

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True Colors Cover
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True Colors 

Landry Albright enters a modeling competition with her two best friends, but runs into jealousy when she advances to the next level without them.

Enter the gorgeous Devon, who also makes the first cut of the modeling contest. Devon seems like the perfect new best friend, but can their friendship survive the competition?

Throw in a new boy, jealousy and loyalty issues, and insults from hair stylists. How’s a girl to deal?


Excerpt The competition was for girls between the ages of thirteen and seventeen, but it felt like Ericka, Tori, and I were the youngest ones there. I only saw a couple of girls from school, and the lineup looked more like something you’d see on a music video set.

All the girls were gorgeous, and they had these curvy womanly bodies. I looked like a skinny little kid next to them. The first girl walked out, and I heard the judges say she “owned the runway,” and, “walked like a gazelle.” I was starting to feel ill. I wasn’t sure which way it was going to come, but I knew I had to find a bathroom — fast.

I started to get out of line when Ericka grabbed my wrist. “It’s almost time,” she said. A tiny bit of spit flew out of her mouth and hit my cheek. I wasn’t sure why she was so intent on me going through with it, but she had a death grip on my arm, so I didn’t have much of a choice.

Her number was called and she walked out to the stage. One of the other girls said she walked like a kid with sand bucket stilts on her feet, but she came back with a smirk on her face like she knew she’d get chosen. “They said they had never seen such long legs,” she said. Tori was next. “She walks like a gorilla at feeding time,” said the girl behind me.

I went next, and I tried to focus on not tripping over my feet. My mom’s pumps had a rubber sole on the bottom, which probably wasn’t the brightest idea seeing as my shoes were making squeaking noises as I walked. I was so nervous I couldn’t stop smiling as I walked. I looked like the plastic clown who blows up balloons with its mouth at the Pizza Palace.

When I got to the end of the runway, I tried to cross my feet to turn like the other girls had, but I over rotated and ended up doing a full spin which made my kilt fan out and gave the mall walkers a view of my blue underpants. I tried to act like it was intentional and did an extra turn. One of the judges put her hand up to stop me, and I held my breath as she started to speak.add to goodreads
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Author Biography
Krysten Lindsay Hager is an author and book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and also writes middle grade, YA, humor essays, and adult fiction. Her debut novel, TRUE COLORS, will be out June 17th from Astraea Press. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in South Dakota, Portugal, and currently resides in Southern Ohio where you can find her reading and writing when she’s not catching up on her favorite shows.

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Hope at Dawn

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Book Details
Author: Stacy Henrie
Release Date: June 2014
Publisher: Forever Romance
Genre: Historical Romance

I have read quite a few books about World War II...

So I was VERY INTRIGUED to read about World War I.

So many things I didn't know or understand...very eye opening!

A TENDER story of love and hope admist a backdrop of fear and despair.

Livy has two brothers "fighting the Great War overseas."

She wants a chance to help and she also needs to get away from Robert and be on her own.

When a "handsome stranger" tells her of a teaching job she jumps at the opportunity.

"But the war casts a long shadow over the German-American town that Livy now calls home—and the darkness will test everything she thought she knew about family and love . . ."

Friedrick is caught in the middle...

He was born in America, but his parents are from Germany.

How can he stay loyal to both HIS COUNTRY and HIS HERITAGE in this time of war?

When he meets Livy he is struck by her beauty and loves the fact that she accepts him as he is.

"As tragedy—and dark secrets from the past—threaten their future, Friedrick and Livy have one chance to stand up for what's right . . . and one chance to fight for their love."

AN AMAZING STORY!
TOLD BY AN AMAZING WRITER!
SO. SO. SO. GOOD!
A MUST-READ!


About the Author
Stacy Henrie has always had an avid appetite for history, fiction and chocolate. While she had a goal to write and publish a book one day, she turned her attentions first to graduating with a bachelor's degree in public relations. Not long after, she switched from writing press releases and newsletters to writing inspirational historical romances as a stay-at-home mom. Stacy loves reading, interior decorating, romantic movies, and most of all, laughing with her husband and three kids. She appreciates the chance to live out history through her characters, while enjoying all the modern conveniences of life in the 21st century.

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

Jun 24, 2014

Meet Jeanne Spear w/ SIGNED Book Giveaway

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Jeanne Spear is a delightful woman from a very small town with a very big heart!

She invited me over for lunch last Saturday and we SO ENJOYED the day!

We ate, we chatted, we connected!

Jeanne is VERY CREATIVE and enjoys making all sort of projects from aprons, quilts, books,  and re-doing jewelry boxes.

You can follow Jeanne on her 

About the author's name:
Most females with this name spell it Jean.
Most males spell it Gene.

My parents gave me the french spelling. Oui Oui! Ooh-la-la!
But for some reason {maybe because we're not French} people see it and can't figure out how to say it.

That being said... I have a lot of nicknames.

As a Child:
Jeannie
Jeanne Beans
Beanersnitzel
and because of the comic strip -->
Crabby Genes.

And now:
Jeannie
Gina
Regina
Momma Gina
Gina J
Tina Fey
JJ
Jage {short for JJ}.

I answer to pretty much anything.

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Jeanne is the author of My Kid's Quotes

An instant family keepsake, this journal allows parents to record and remember the silly, surprisingly insightful, and downright hilarious things that their kids say.

Each page has 1 to 3 spots for writing...

Included is a place to put
*Name
*Date
*Age
*Where we were

This book will help "capture" all the "silly, surprisingly insightful and downright hilarious things that" come our of your child's mouth.

This book is FANTASTIC...You SO NEED TO SEE THE INSIDE...

So here it is :)
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Jeanne graciously gave me 2 SIGNED copies 
to giveaway to my followers :)

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Jeanne also gave me 
13 FUN THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT HER!

1- My first car was a VW Beetle

2- I swam with a dolphin. His name was Renoir.

3- I LOVE sweets! Favorite candy bar: Ritter Sport Coconut. My first job was in a Sugar Factory.

4- I have an amateur radio liscense. KD4 EXX

5- I can write backwards in cursive.

6- I kissed Andy Gibb.

7- I share a birthday with William Shakespeare.

8- I am learning Spanish.

9- I do a mean Louis Armstrong impression.

10- I grew up in a one stoplight town.

11- I almost died in Poland.

12- I never met a documentary I didn't like.

13- I can wiggle my ears.

I have truly made a NEW FRIEND!
THANKS JEANNE!

Jun 23, 2014

Last Saturday

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When my husband goes on business trips he attends lengthy meetings and a few fun activities.

When I go on a business trip I PARTY with AUTHORS, DESIGNERS, ILLUSTRATORS and ACTORS!

Last Saturday I met and ate LUNCH with Jeanne Spear...





While there I also met her son-in-laws sister, Lindsay, who creates wire headwraps



Then I attended the TRIFECTA BOOKS MEGA LAUNCH PARTY...


There I met and talked with...

*Tristi Pinkston
*Laura Bingham
*Jaclyn Weist
*Karen E. Hoover
*Jenni James
*BC Sterrett




Finally I ended the night laughing with my daughter and husband at DESERT STAR PLAYHOUSE.



BEST NEWS OF ALL...

I HAVE SIGNED COPIES OF BOOKS,
TO GIVEAWAY!

so watch for upcoming posts :)


PS. I am working on getting discounts for the headwraps AND gift certificates to Desert Star Playhouse for my followers...

Upon Destiny's Song

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Book Details
Authors: Mike Ericksen and Sage Steadman
Release Date: June 2013
Publisher: Empath Media
Genre: Historical Fiction

Sacrifice, Love, and Courage.

These are the things that the Willie and Martin Handcart company travelers had!

This book is a REMARKABLE telling of one family joining one group that came across one ocean and embarked on one incredible journey.

Your heart will be touched as you read the encounter of the Ole Madsen family.

They "answered the call of the early leaders" to gather to Zion.

A place far away from their homeland of Denmark.

At the time the Saints were crossing the plains with only handcarts as they were easier and faster.

But that also meant the saints had to walk the 1,300 miles and leave behind most of their possessions.

The Madsen family was assigned to the Willie Company...the company that left late in the season, ran out of food rations, and had to endure harsh winter storms.

As author and descendant Mike Ericksen searches for his great-grandmother Marie.

He feels a powerful connection to her as he too is enduring life's trials.

He gains great strength in knowing that we must all make hard decisions and become to our family the "true heroes" that they can look up to.

A BOOK YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PUT DOWN!
SO. SO. SO. GOOD!
LOVED IT!
The MUSIC CD is BEAUTIFUL!

"Mike Ericksen has previously chronicled the amazing story of his family’s roots through song and speaking engagements at LDS firesides across the country.

Now the engrossing stories of his ancestors and the lessons he’s learned in pursuit of their legacy are finally available in Upon Destiny’s Song.

The kindle version of this book does not come with a music CD."

About the Authors
Mike Ericksen is a classical guitarist and song-writer. He has performed in productions and concerts extensively with music and stories of heritage across the country. Ericksen was involved in the Lee Groberg film Sweetwater Rescue and later produced, in conjunction with Mark Goodman and Lee Groberg, the award winning documentary Walking in Obedience: The Ole Madsen Story. He has produced an extensive array of media revolving around faith, family and heritage which includes films, recording albums and music notation. He currently is a member of Cedar Breaks, a folk band who just released their first album, Tyme Aspects of Home. Mike lives with his wife, Cheri, and family in Utah.

Visit Mike online at www.cedarbreaksband.com

Sage Steadman has a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Utah. She became a licensed mental health therapist while pursuing her passion for writing. She is the author of inspirational self-help teen novel, Snowflake Obsidian: Memoir of a Cutter, written under her pen name The Hippie. She has been heralded as a talented new writer who tackles her novels with a witty, raw and honest approach. She currently lives near Salt Lake City, Utah.

Visit Sage online at www.thehippiewriter.com &www.snowflakeobsidianbook.com

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

Jun 20, 2014

Midsummer's Eve 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.


Hop runs from June 21st to 30th

My INT Giveaway
$25 Amazon Gift Card

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

Seeds of Faith: Conversion Stories from Early Church History

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Book Details
Author: Dan Barker
Release Date: June 2014
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.
Genre: History

I LOVE conversion stories!

I find them very faith promoting and helpful in defining my own convictions.

I LOVE reading about miracles and visions and circumstances that shaped the thoughts and feelings of the early converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

These converts lived in a time of "religious liberalism vs. orthodoxy...a period of dynamic contrasts in religious beliefs, fiery sermons, and real people."

Today we call it "a time of restoration."

This book has "forty-eight journal accounts" of those that were there during this period....

You will read about their encounters with missionaries, Joseph Smith, heavenly messengers, and what has been termed as "the Golden Bible."

These accounts are from real people telling a marvelous happening in their lives...

Something that happened to them that will help "strengthen your testimony" and develop the "seeds of (your) faith."

A BOOK WORTH READING!


About the Author
Dan Barker was born in Montana, but raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He’s a graduate of both Lethbridge Community College (Wildland Park Management) and Utah State University with a major in Forestry.

He served for two years in the Massachusetts Boston Mission and married Kate Nelson in the Cardston Alberta Temple.

Dan and his wife have a handful of children and an even bigger handful of grandchildren.

He loves to hike and read and is currently serving as the first assistant in his high priest group.

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

Deadly Fun w/ $50 Amazon or PayPal Giveaway

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Deadly Fun
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  Deadly Fun 
by Pam Richter 

To everyone aboard the luxury cruise ship, Dan and Linda Duncan are the perfect couple; married, gorgeous, and in love.

But Lo is actually working in disguise and undercover, with an assumed identity.

She routinely uses her unusual beauty to seek out information for an independent detective agency associated with the FBI.

Her boss understands she has a checkered past, with time spent in prison, but she's also smart, and has a law degree.

During this investigation of a deadly enforcer for the Mob, they discover murderous ties to Linda’s own family.

By the end of the voyage she has chased suspects through the tropical islands, been in physical confrontations with knife, fist and firearms; the deck is awash in blood.

Can she survive the deadly fun cruise—and her boss—who may prove more deadly than the Mafia men she uncovers?

Praise from Amazon Reviewers A fun read, yes. Darkness, danger, and death lurk within the labyrinth of corridors, passageways, and public attractions spread throughout the upper and lower decks of a large cruise ship. Exciting, page turning! Passengers with hidden identities and agenda. Mafia mayhem. A little romance and a lot of action. Pamela Richter keeps you wanting more. Deadly Fun was a fabulous book. I loved how the characters were so easy to fall in love with. I felt like I was reading a wonderful spy adventure that took place on a cruise ship. Who says it is against the rules to fall in love with a co-worker. Lo and Lance fight their feelings for one another over the course of this book.

Author P.M. Richter Pamela Richter lives in West Hollywood, California. She has a degree in Psychology from Northridge University. Pamela was property manager for Nansay, Corp. a multi-national corporation. She has been a dance teacher for Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire Dance Studios. I love to hear from readers - Comments and emails are always welcome!

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 Ends 7/17/14 
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Jun 19, 2014

The Valley of Decision w/ Giveaways

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A themed book tour through Prism Book Tours.


The Valley of Decision
The Valley of Decisionby Shannon McDermott
Fantasy
Paperback, 416 pages
May 31st 2014 by SALT Christian Press

"A solid fantasy that wears its spirituality lightly yet effectively." 
~Kirkus Reviews (read the entire review here)

Where the Black Mountains pierce the sky, they divide the south from the north, Alamir from the kingdom of Belenus.

Belenus, the undying master of the north, commanded Keiran the Captain of the Hosts to conquer Alamir.

But the Captain is deep in conspiracy, and he has his own plans.

The Valley of Decision is a fantasy novel, a saga of slavery, freedom, and choices.




Shannon McDermott is a Christian author of speculative fiction, as well as a humorous detective series called "The Adventures of Christian Holmes". She has written both fantasy and science fiction, and has yet to decide on which one to like better.

She was born to Wisconsin, expatriates in California, grew up on the East Coast, and now lives in the Midwest. Her principal hobbies are politics, history, novels, and coffee.
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TEN FUN THINGS TO KNOW 
ABOUT SHANNON

(1) I was born in California but grew up on the East Coast.

(2) I have seven little sisters.

(3) I like sweet potatoes baked or boiled, with butter or with sugar, made into fries and made into pies. But I cannot stand them canned.

(4) I collect dolls and books.

(5) I have sectoral heterochromia, which means that one of my eyes is, in fact, two different colors.

(6) I have voted in two presidential elections. And both my candidates lost. I am confident, however, that they would have lost even without my support.

(7) My mother and I have the same middle name. (Talk about coincidences!)

(8) When I was eight, my favorite book was Green Eggs and Ham.

(9) Though my name is very Irish, the majority of my ancestry is German.

(10) I write the first draft of my novels in longhand.

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- INT Grand Prize: $25 Amazon gift card and ebooks of The Valley of Decision and The Sunrise Windows
- 2 print copies of The Valley of Decision (US only)

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