Jul 30, 2015

On Vacation

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I am on vacation
with NO internet access~

I do have my books with me
So watch for more reviews when I get back :)


Will My Child Be Ready?

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WILL MY CHILD BE READY?
by Emily Freeman and Merrilee Boyack

Mothers have an immeasurable influence and a significant responsibility in raising up young men and women who are prepared to further the work of the Lord.

A missionary's training does not begin when he or she enters the doors of the MTC. Well before that, each missionary's mother can begin laying the ground work that will prepare her child to diligently and wholeheartedly serve the Lord and His children.

This unique resource includes 12 training chapters for moms of prospective missionaries, all written by mothers who have sent children on missions (and some by mothers who have also served as mission presidents wives). 

Whether you have young children and are hoping to begin the mission training process early or you have less than a year to pull all the pieces together, here is the good news: the path of preparing a child for a mission begins wherever you are. 

Chapters on topics such as...

*fostering good daily habits
*developing relationship skills
*being resilient
*and recognizing the Spirit 

...shed light on what future missionaries need to know, what they need to do, and what they need to be.

Excerpt
You are about to immerse yourself in a book focused on training up a missionary for the Lord. But before we jump in, it is important to pause and consider one of the most important factors in that training--you.

Your efforts will be combined with the efforts of bishops, youth leaders, seminary teachers, family, and friends. However, next to the Spirit, you and your spouse will play one of the most crucial roles.

Because of that, this introduction is dedicated to you. Your influence is immeasurable. Your errand is divine, Your responsibility is significant...

...One thing is certain--in order to raise Stripling Warriors we must become Stripling Mothers.

We must live by the spiritual habits, behaviors, and principles we want our children to live by. Every day. That way, when our children encounter moments of doubt, which they surely will, they will be able to look to us as mothers and remember what we know to be true.

My Favorite Quote:

"If we were never uncomfortable there would be no need for a Comforter.
We must take a step into the dark, make ourselves uncomfortable in the Lord's work, and we will feel the Spirit and the Holy Ghost will support us."

My Review
I LOVE books like these! This one is subtitled "missionary prep for moms."

And that is exactly what it is! Giving you information... to use a little or use a lot... in teaching your child to be ready to serve a mission.

Want to help you child know how and why we need to be obedient? It's in here..
Want to help your child know about self-mastery and sacrifice? It's in here...

And so is goal setting, and finding a balance in your daily activities, and learning to serve, and how to develop Christlike attributes, and preparing to attend the temple, and so much more!

Amazing thoughts, scriptures, suggestions, stories and examples!

I SO LOVE the "what they need to know" and "what they need to do" and "what they need to be" sections at the end of each chapter.

This book is PERFECT for helping a missionary gather the emotional, social, physical, and mental tools they will need...even prospective Senior missionaries could benefit from this book!

It is also a PERFECT book to study if you simply want to become a more effective disciple of our Lord.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!

About the Authors/Editors
EMILY BELLE FREEMAN is a coach's wife, a mother to four children and a few others who have found refuge in her home, author of several bestselling books, and sought-after inspirational speaker. Her days are spent watching over teenagers, her flock of pampered chickens, and a rabbit that she adores. She finds great joy in studying the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Her deep love of the scriptures comes from a desire to find their application in everyday life. For a few minutes every day Emily forgets about the laundry, leaves the dishes in the sink, and writes. She coauthors a blog that is a stopping place for hearts seeking all that is good: www. multiplygoodness.com.

MERRILEE BOYACK loves life and loves every season of life—especially this one! She enjoys hanging out with her hubby, four sons, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren. She is an estate-planning attorney in Utah and California and is the author of several books and talks, including The Parenting Breakthrough; Strangling Your Husband Is Not an Option; Toss the Guilt and Catch the Joy; In Trying Times, Just Keep Trying; and 12 Gifts for Christ. Merrilee and her husband, Steve, reside in Lehi, Utah, and are helping their grandkids prepare to serve missions.

Other Contributing Authors
Deanne Flynn
Wendy Ulrich
Rosemary Lind
Leslie Oswald

Jul 28, 2015

Love on a Whim w/ $25 Amazon + Book Giveaway

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LOVE ON A WHIM
by Aubrey Mace

Six months out of law school, Rachel Pearce is completely disillusioned by her job hunt. Despite pounding the pavement with her Ivy League degree in hand, her job prospects are no brighter than the day she graduated. Then in a chance meeting with a former acquaintance, eccentric young millionaire Henry Walker, Rachel finds an unexpected opportunity: Henry is looking for a personal secretary. Swallowing her pride, Rachel sets aside her law firm aspirations for what she envisions as secretarial work—mountains of paperwork and filing. But when she finds her most demanding duty to be daily cookie runs for her new boss, she’s baffled by her unconventional job responsibilities.

As she’s pulled into Henry’s delightful whims, caught in a whirlwind of private jets and fancy dinners, Rachel finds herself inexplicably drawn to this handsome and charismatic man. But reality always has a way of intruding, and logic tells her that this adventure can’t last. When real life inevitably comes calling, Rachel must decide if she’s willing to trade in her dream of success in the courtroom for a chance at love.

My Review
WOW! WHAT A FUN BOOK! I SO ADORED EVERY SCENE!

I loved the theme of if the going gets tough you hold out..and if not...you swallow your pride and accept whatever will keep you going.

I also loved the twist on Henry's character!

Oh and the cat and the mouse and the office chair race--this book is so full of surprises!

Grab a copy today and start reading! Then leave me a message of what you thought!

This book is a true DELIGHT!

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About the Author
Aubrey Mace lives in Sandy, Utah. She attended LDS Business College and Utah State University. When she is not writing, she enjoys cooking, traveling, gardening, playing the cello (badly), and spending time with her family and psychotic cat.

Aubrey has four published novels: SPARE CHANGE, which won the 2008 Whitney Award for Best Romance, MY FAIRY GRANDMOTHER, SANTA MAYBE, and BEFORE THE CLOCK STRIKES THIRTY. She also has a novella, "The Science of Sentiment", included in the Timeless Romance Anthology Spring Collection.

You can visit Aubrey at her website, www.aubreymace.com.



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Jul 27, 2015

Willa the Wolf Has Show and Tell

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WILLA THE WOLF 
HAS SHOW AND TELL
by Leela Hope

Do your kids have a favorite toy?
Do they understand the value of family?


Willa the wolf is having trouble deciding what she should bring into her class for show and tell.
She lines up all her toys and tries to pick out the thing that means the most to her.

She asks her mother, father, and brother for help.

While she is trying to pick a toy that means something to her she realizes that there are more important things than toys in her life.

A great read for the whole family.

Told through gorgeous illustrations and flowing verse it is perfect for kids 0-5.

My review
I LOVE Leela Hope's books!

Bold colors, fun rhymes, entertaining, and a lesson to be learned; all wrapped up in a delightful story!

Wait until you see what she brings and why--

Such a GREAT BOOK!

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.

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.

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A Timeless Romance Anthology: Annette Lyon Collection

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Annette Lyon Collection 
(A Timeless Romance Anthology Book 12)

The ANNETTE LYON COLLECTION contains brand new contemporary romance novella OUR SONG, as well five hand-picked readers’ and reviewers’ favorites of Annette’s popular Timeless Romance Anthology novellas. Readers will love this selection of three contemporary and three historical romance novellas.

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In OUR SONG, a charming romance novella, Cassie and Matt have been dating in the Yellowstone area for two years, and things are, well, average. When Cassie meets up with two college friends who are visiting, their love lives like sound like fairy tales: rose petals, chocolates, candles on the beach… Cassie goes home feeling like she’s missing out. After all, repeatedly watching Old Faithful erupt and walking through sulfur-smelling gases at Fountain Paint Pot don’t exactly say “romance.” Maybe things with Matt aren’t going anywhere, and it’s time to move on. Then she discovers that perception and reality are completely different things. Now she can only hope it isn’t too late to show Matt how much she really cares. I cannot even begin to tell you have amazingly wonderful this story is! Filled with love and envy, confusion and hope...this story reminds you to look for the good that is in your life instead of always comparing what others have. Sweet, sweet ending! I SO LOVED this one!

In the sweet novella GOLDEN SUNRISE, Natalie takes time out of her crazy schedule to fly to Vegas for her best friend’s wedding. Sierra and Jason, high-school sweethearts, are finally getting married. Fortunately for Natalie, her old high-school flame, Adam, has a work commitment and can’t be there as best man. But when she arrives at the wedding rehearsal—late and ragged—Adam is there. When Adam makes a wild suggestion, Natalie just may take him up on it, even though she knows he’s moved on. A single choice may mean Natalie is taking a shot at reclaiming the past—or that she's putting her heart in harm’s way a second time. I absolutely LOVED this one! Loved that it was set at a wedding! What a great story to have the high school 4-some come together after all these years. LOVED the wild suggestion that Adam comes up with--I won't give it away :) A WONDERFUL read!

FIRSTS AND LASTS, an enchanting novella, begins with Dani’s last week in New York. She’s failed in her dreams to catch a break as an actress and is now ready to return home and dust herself off. As she visits the places on her final to-see list, she meets Mark, another New York City transplant with big dreams. Except Mark hasn’t given up on his. As they spend the day together, Dani realizes that even though she hasn’t hit the “big time” she might be living her dream after all. Only problem: she has a one-way ticket back home. Another FANTASTIC story! I LOVED how quickly these two found companionship with each other and the scene where they are busking in the park--I so wish I had been there to witness that :) Isn't it amazing what a good partner can help you achieve or endure! LOVE THIS ONE! I so need to visit New York one day!

In the compelling novella WAR OF HEARTS, Anna, a journalist, is desperate to escape the magazine where Pete, her now-former boyfriend, also works. Heartbroken and still in love with him, Anna snags an assignment to cover the Winter War in Finland. She arrives at a snowy Finnish battlefront only to discover that Pete is already there—as her photographer. She’s determined to be professional about the situation until a battle breaks out in camp, putting her and Pete in harm’s way and putting their love to the test. WOW! What a tale! This one will keep you spellbound as the characters must once again work together after a breakup--a difficult task in any circumstance--but to also be in a war zone--wow! You won't be able to put this one down! Gripping, enthralling, so good!

The captivating novella BETWEEN THE LINES follows Jane Martin, who is intelligent but extremely shy, especially around men. When the Aid and Cultural Society proposes a letter-writing program, Jane signs up, hoping she can find true friendship. The program doesn’t run as smoothly as expected, and unknown to Jane, one of the men in her city becomes her writing friend. Thomas Allred has always known shy and quiet Jane, but reading her letters written to his secret persona, opens his eyes to what an amazing woman she is. The only trouble is, Jane doesn’t know that the man who she is falling in love with through letters is also Thomas, the man who is falling in love with her in person. Every story in this book is FANTASTIC! I think this one is my favorite! I have been know to "romanticize" things by dreaming about them in a "better than life way" and I feel that I am a close kindred spirit to Jane and Thomas :) LOVED the letter writing! A sweet, sweet read! You won't be able to put this one down!

In the charming novella A TASTE OF HOME, we meet Claire Jennings, who’s on her way to spend Christmas with her family. As she rides the train with William Rhodes, who grew up across the street, memories of Christmases past flood her mind. He may be twenty-one now, but she can’t forget his torturous teasing from their school years. At the rail station, Claire discovers that her home is under quarantine because her little brother has measles. She's stuck in town, away from her family, on her favorite holiday. William stays behind with her, and as Christmas Day approaches and her homesickness deepens, she discovers that perhaps he has changed in more ways than one. Any story with a Christmas theme is a favorite story of mine! One of the greatest things about Christmas is going home and being with family so my heart aches to know that a quarantine kept Claire from her family at this special time of year. But just like a romantic knight-in-shining-armor William steps in to make this Christmas a most cherished one. What a FUN story! SO. LOVED. IT!

My Over-All Review
I LOVE books like this!
Short, sweet stories--giving you a chance to read quickly--or longly as the case may be :) Take a few minutes to relax and leave your world behind and look into the thoughts and feelings of the characters. Read one chapter at a time or skip around or read from cover to cover. This is your book to discover the feelings of fun love. But I warn you--you will not want to put it down! What a great tribute to Annette Lyon's writing!
A MUST-READ!

About the Author
Annette Lyon has been writing ever since second grade, when she piled pillows on a chair to reach her mother's typewriter.

She is a Whitney Award winner, a two-time recipient of Utah's Best of State medal for fiction and the author of nine novels, a cookbook, and a grammar guide as well as over a hundred magazine articles.

She's a senior editor at Precision Editing Group and a cum laude graduate from BYU with a degree in English.

When she’s not mothering, writing, editing, knitting, or eating chocolate, she can be found ignoring the spots on the kitchen floor.


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The Knights Before Christmas

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THE KNIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS
by Joan Holub
illustrator - Scott Magoon

'Twas December 24th, and three brave knights were just settling in for the night when out on the drawbridge, there arose such a clatter! The knights try everything to get rid of this unknown invader (Santa Claus!), a red and white knight with a fleet of dragons . . .

But nothing would stop
their white-whiskered foe.
No matter their efforts,
he just would not go!

This parody of Clement Clarke Moore's well-known poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas is kid-friendly, clever, and just plain silly--sure to become a holiday classic of a different kind.

My Recommendation
I LOVE EVERYTHING JOAN HOLAB WRITES!
FUN! WITTY! FABULOUS!
Anxiously waiting to read this one!

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Jul 25, 2015

Heroes of the Dustbin (Janitors 5)

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HEROES OF THE DUSTBIN
by Tyler Whitesides

Although their enemies are powerful, their allies few, Spencer and his team of Rebels are not giving up!

But what chance do a handful of kids and one rescued janitor have against the combined evil of the Founding Witches and the Sweepers? 

Can the Rebels close the source of all Glop and stop the Toxites once and for all-or is the world doomed to fall under the control of the sinister Bureau of Educational Maintenance? 

This explosive series finale is a gripping ride through conflicted loyalties and daring escapes, unexpected alliances and betrayals, and an ending you will never forget!

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Jul 24, 2015

Beauty for Ashes

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BEAUTY FOR ASHES
by Scott Livingston

Of the many tests that make up mortality, how we respond to the ones that occur in our human interactions and relationships will largely determine our happiness in the life to come.

Daily oppositions are unavoidable and can be a painful test of our determination to rise above hurt or offense.

But learning to love our enemies—to do good to those who hate us or despitefully use us—is easier said than done. It takes a change of heart and a reliance on the Savior’s perfect example of love and forgiveness. 

With incredible insight and warmth, author Scott Livingston guides readers down the path of healing as they learn to transform the “ashes” of negative interactions into something beautiful. 

Replete with scriptural references, prophetic counsel, and poignant stories, Beauty for Ashes provides readers with incomparable guidance through the journey of Christlike forgiveness.

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Played For a Fool

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PLAYED FOR A FOOL
by Stephanie Black

Three years ago, the small town of Britteridge was rocked by the senseless murder of Gail Ludlum. Now the people most affected by the tragedy have returned to the place where it all began, and the scene is set for the perfect revenge . . .

Megan O’Connor’s life was shattered when she was unwittingly drawn into a kidnapping plot that ultimately led to the murder of an innocent woman. Though the road to redemption has been long, she’s finally found happiness with her recent engagement to a wonderful man, a pillar of the community. But amid the chaos of wedding planning, the return of Gail Ludlum’s son to Britteridge sets in motion a disturbing sequence of events. Soon Megan finds herself the victim of a series of cruel deceptions that indicate one thing: her past mistakes have not been forgiven or forgotten. As the mischief escalates to dangerous levels, it becomes clear that someone is determined to avenge Gail’s death. And he won’t rest until he’s taken a life for a life.

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Jul 23, 2015

Are you a Bushel or a Candlestick? (Audio CD)

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Are you a Bushel or a Candlestick?
by Eric D. Richards

Is there something you've always wanted to do but have been afraid to try? Everyone has unique talents and abilities, and the Lord can use each one, no matter how random it may be.

In this inspiring talk, Eric D. Richards shares a message that will motivate listeners to develop their talents so they can bless the lives of others. He says, “The Lord wants us to light the flame of our talent and place it on a candle and then invite the Lord to put it on a candlestick so it can give light to another person s life. As others look at us and see our good works, they will want to give glory to their Heavenly Father.” 

With stories from the lives of outstanding Latter-day Saints who have “let their lights shine,” Brother Richards illustrates this message: “Your ability is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to God. You may feel invisible or inferior, but you are invaluable to Him. 

Discover your gifts, let them shine, and watch how the Lord uses your talents to bless others around you.”

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The Holy Ghost Can Help: Just Ask Sage McKenna Lyrica Joy

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The Holy Ghost Can Help: 
Just Ask Sage McKenna Lyrica Joy
by Kristen McKendry and Becky Fawson

Sage McKenna Lyrica Joy has such a hard time making decisions that she can't even decide which of her names to go by.

But soon she finds out that when you don't make decisions, others make them for you, and that's not always a good thing.

More importantly, she begins to wonder how a person is supposed to know how to choose the right-until her mom teaches her the Holy Ghost can help her decide.

Children and parents will delight in this charming story about making choices, especially the important ones.

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In the Wilds of Devon

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IN THE WILDS OF DEVON
by Wanda Luce

Lord Rupert Carrington, heir apparent to the Marquess of Lansdowne and former captain in His Majesty's Royal Navy, cannot forget the girl he loved in his youth, who died after he left to fight in the war against Napoleon.

Guilt-ridden, Rupert buries his regret by helping the London detectives of Bow Street take down criminals. But when Rupert ferrets out a ring of smugglers and is marked for death, the prince regent banishes him to a remote corner of England to live among the locals and be known only by his title of captain. Thus, Rupert will remain safe until the villains are arrested and brought to court, where he will offer testimony critical to their conviction. 

On the first day of Rupert's exile to the wilds of Devon, he meets Alexandra Dancy, a beautiful country miss whose complex character and extraordinary courage stir in him a degree of affection and admiration he has not yet felt for any lady. 

As fate or Providence would have it, Alexandra and her family, whose property backs his on the other side of a canal, have been hired to provide Rupert's meals and to care for his house and stables. When Ruper's friendship and warm attentions awaken Alexandra's heart, she suffers the torment of loving a man she believes is of a higher social class than he pretends, and therefore beyond her reach. 

The impoverished Dancys hide their own aristocratic origins to protect a dark secret known to only one man Cecil Bedford, a blackguard of the first order, who wields a cruel power over Alexandra and her family. 

Can Rupert save her from Bedford's clutches and topple the seemingly insurmountable barriers to winning her love and her hand?

My Review
I LOVE the regency romances coming out right now!
And this one has a FANTASTIC twist!

Instead of being set in high society, this story is set in quite the opposite-- hidden away to hide away "in the wilds of Devon" :)

But there is still the social class status, with lots of rules, and a smattering of bantering, and tight-kept secrets, and a controlling villain, and a mystery to be solved, and oh. the. romance.

A strong female character and a debonair gentleman--each with something to conceal--each finding friendship with the other--each afraid to act on their love.

Such a GREAT story!
LOVED it from the very first page to the very last word!
So want to read more from this author!

Do not miss out on this one!
A PERFECT anytime read!

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About the Author
Wanda Luce is quite certain she was born with a book in her hand. Her mother made reading and library visits an important part of her life as a child. All through school, Wanda read book after book and had a bookcase full of the ones she had completed. As a girl, she fell in love with Mr. Darcy in Jane Austen's' "Pride and Prejudice", David Balfour in Robert Louis Stevenso's "Kidnapped", and David Copperfield in, of course, Charles Dicken's "David Copperfield". This is where Wanda's passion for British literature began.

Wanda has been married to her sweetheart for almost thirty years. They are the proud parents of two adorable, handsome young men. She was raised in Carson and Reno, Nevada, where her mother, sister, and brothers still live. Wanda graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in German literature, and she currently teaches German at two Utah high schools. She also plays the violin, worships sunshine and nature, and makes a mean pie crust.

She wold enjoy hearing from her readers and may be contacted at lucewandarings@gmail.com. Please visit Wanda's website, http://wandaluce.blogspot.com.

Jul 21, 2015

Science Fictioned

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SCIENCE FICTIONED
by Lee Falin, PhD

What do goblins, zombie viruses, inept magicians, and alien-invasion survivors have in common? They all make wonderful story elements for teaching about real science.

Science Fictioned takes ideas from cutting-edge, scientific research papers and turns them into science fiction and fantasy stories.

Learning science has never been this fun.

Author's Note
I was reading over the details of yet another extremely dull paper one day, trying to keep my colleagues from noticing the drool on my chin, when I realized that there was a better way -- what if every research paper was accompanied by a thrilling story?

I knew at once that this idea was nothing short of pure genius. Scientists would get their research out there, the public would have a better understanding of cutting-edge research, and scientific journals would sell like hotcakes. Everybody wins.

And thus, Science Fictioned was born: an entertaining collection of science fiction and fantasy short stories based on ideas from cutting-edge, peer-reviewed, scientific research articles.

Excerpt
Mice, Bacteria, and Golins
The Science--
Bacteria are a lot smarter than most people give them credit for. Granted, they do spend most of their short lifespans moving around aimlessly in search of good things to eat, responding to chemical signals from other members of their species, and occasionally ganging up on weaker creatures they encounter. Humans are obviously way more advanced than that.

It's common to think of bacteria as those nasty little buggers that make us sick when we accidentally forget to wash our hands before eating. However, many strains of bacteria floating around in the world don't make you sick at all. In fact, some of them can be quite beneficial to humans.

Bacteria that cause illness an disease are called "pathogenic" [path-OH-jinn-ick] bacteria...and they detect if there are enough of them around to survive (an) attack.

The Fiction--
Grog smiled to himself as he glanced up at the crescent moon. It was the perfect night for a hunt. There was just enough moonlight for a goblin to see by. They'd definitely have the advantage over the human scum this night. A light breeze rustled the corn stalks that surrounded him on all sides.

He couldn't see the farmhouse from here, not with so many stalks of corn, but he knew it wasn't far. If all went well, by this time tomorrow he and his clan would be dining on fresh-- a loud snap behind caused Grog to spin around.

He was just in time to see Smurg scramble to his feet, looking embarrassed.

"Quiet!" Grog hissed, glancing in the direction of the farmhouse. It was unlikely anyone had heard them at this distance, but you couldn't be too careful. Some humans were clever.

"It's not may fault," Smurg muttered as he squeezed noisily through two stalks of corn to join Grog. "It's dark and this ground is uneven."

Grog rolled his eyes. "Dark," he muttered. "What kind of goblin hunter can't see in the dark? That's what I want to know." Not for the first time, Grog wondered which of the seven cursed spirits was responsible for giving him the clumsiest goblin in the clan for a brother...

...Now be quiet so we don't miss the signal.

My Review
I received this book as part of The Summer Reading Trek 2015 from NewLDSFiction.com.

I had multiple books to choose from, yet this one captured my attention--I was intrigued with the idea of using fiction to explain science--I also noted a bit of humor from the author--

I was not disappointed! In fact I LOVED this book!

There are two parts to each section: The Science and then The Fiction

First you get a fun, fact-based run-down on the scientific explanation--so well written that even a child can understand and so entertaining that it sticks with you.

Then you get an intriguingly entertaining fiction story that further examples that specific scientific effect in action in everyday life.

WHAT A FUN READ!
Science has never been so entertaining :)

I am highly impressed with this concept and hope that the author continues the series!

About the Author
Lee first fell in love with science while watching old Star Trek episodes with his mother. After eventually completing a PhD in genetics, bioinformatics, and computational biology, he discovered that real science wasn't at all like Star Trek. One day he realized that he enjoyed the fiction part of science fiction quite a bit more than the science part.

His favorite books include any good science fiction or fantasy story he wouldn't be embarrassed to let his grandmother read, and anything written by Jane Austen. Lee's claims to fame include having served as the host for the Everyday Einstein podcast, making it to the final round of the Wheel of Fortune Teen Week tryouts, being a beekeeper, and winning the heart of the most amazing woman in the world.

Lee met his amazing wife while serving as a missionary in Brazil. They have five awesome children, and their family loves to travel around listening to great audio books. Lee's current goal is to one day learn how to load the dishwasher with competence. You can find out more about Lee on his website: http://LeeFalin.com

Jul 20, 2015

Another Time for Love w/ $25 Amazon + Book Giveaway

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ANOTHER TIME FOR LOVE
by Lynne Larson

Salt Lake County, Present Day
Sam Carroll is living life in the fast lane--sleek cars, nice clothes, and lovely ladies have replaced the gospel values he grew up with, and he's going nowhere fast. But when a serious car accident brings his fun to a screeching halt, Sam is left comatose, aware only of his older brother reading aloud from the hundred-year-old journal of an LDS bishop, Moroni Chadester. As Sam drifts in and out of consciousness, the words begin to take root in his mind...

Alpine, Utah, 1915
Standing on a dusty mountain road, Sam is bewildered. The cars are different. The clothes are different. Where and when is he? The answer comes from an impossible source: Bishop Moroni Chadester. Hurtled back in time by forces he can't understand, Sam finds his memories of modern existence quickly fading as he becomes immersed in a new life and a romance with the town beauty, Laney Williams. But as the pair becomes entangled in a murder mystery, the thrill of courtship is replaced by terror as fate conspires to bring the couple into the path of a killer. Little do they realize that the clock is ticking on more than their lives Sam can't stay in the past forever. As danger looms ever closer, Sam must fight to save Laney. But can their love stand the test of time?

My Review
What an INCREDIBLE story line concept!
Fascinating! Intriguing! SO. LOVED IT!

Sam is in a coma from the car accident, but he can hear everything and understand most things. One day his brother comes in to read to him from a journal he is studying for his job.

But as the story in the journal progresses Sam finds himself not just listening to it, but living it...gone back in time without cell phones or electronic gadgets nor medical advances.

A murder has been committed and Sam is asked to help solve it...without modern detective tools.

How can Sam even start to begin to explain where he has come from and what he knows and what is in store for these people's descendants.

Talk about living a double life :)

LOVED. LOVED. LOVED. how this all came together!
Such GREAT writing!
An absolutely riveting read!
I will definitely read more from this author!

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Lynne Larson is a much-published author of stories and articles related to religion, history, and literature. The pioneer Church and especially its women is a theme of special interest. A retired teacher, she devotes her time to promoting education in the humanities, as well as a love of Western history, at every opportunity. She is a graduate of Brigham Young University and hols a master's degree in English from Idaho State University in Pocatello. She and her husband, Kent, are the parents of three grown children.



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Cover Reveal for The Diamond Looking Glass

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THE DIAMOND LOOKING GLASS
by Dorine White

Beauty and the Beast.

The world knows it as a cartoon with dancing teacups and broomsticks. To twelve year old Claire La Fleur, it is family history, and the power behind Belle’s mirror is real. Every ten years her family gathers to see if the mirror will awaken, and for the last two hundred years it has slept.

This time, Claire’s touch awakens the magic within the diamond looking glass, a direct portal to the past and a way to communicate with Cleopatra, the last pharaoh of Egypt. The lure of power brings with it many perils, and a betrayal close to home thrusts Claire into a treacherous underworld. To protect the mirror, she travels into the Louvre museum in the dark of night, searches abandoned subway tunnels, and walks the catacombs of the dead.

Welcome to Paris, France- where danger follows in every step.

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Jul 18, 2015

Cover Reveal for Finding Sleeping Beauty

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FINDING SLEEPING BEAUTY
by Tarrah Montgomery


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The Princess Chronicles ~ I'M NOT CINDERELLA

Chancing a closer look, I placed one foot on a packed-dirt floor of the kitchen. My other foot followed. I looked back at Cinderella - I mean Gabriella - who watched from the other side of the miraculous door. Behind her, I could still see the stacks of boxes in my grandmother's attic. Gazing into reality while standing in a fantasy was a pretty weird sensation.

Then, without warning, the door began to close. I scrambled to grab it, but something seemed to force it shut. Perhaps Gabriella, the supposedly sweet angel, had closed the door herself.

"Gabriella! Help me!"

Seventeen-year-old Brinlee is a modern girl living in Idaho. When she discovers a secret portal in her attic bedroom, she accidentally swaps places with the main character from her favorite fairy tale, cinderella. Lost in Cinderella's world, Brinlee threatens to ruin one of the world's greatest love stories. New mysteries surround the characters of the beloved tale, and Brinlee is determined to uncover the secrets. Once she entangles herself in the affairs of Cinderella's family and meets not one but two dashing men, can she keep this celebrated romance on track?

You'll love this fun reinvention of the classic Cinderella story.

A Gateway to Hope w/ Giveaway

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Twenty-one-year-old Neka is a bit of an introvert, she also happens to be stunningly beautiful.

When she discovers her friend James is about to be dumped, she sees the perfect opportunity to escape from her quiet life. Can she summon the courage to leave it all behind?

James Copley comes from a ruthless family. It’s rubbed off. Years ago, he disengaged from his brother’s smear campaign, but now his father has offered him an ultimatum, “Get married or lose your seat at the table.” Plotting to stamp his design on the family business, he proposes to a woman, even though he doesn’t love her. But his carefully laid plans start to unravel when she leaves him on the day she’s due to meet his family. Could years of planning his comeback vanish with her departure?

A possible solution comes in an unexpected form: Neka. She’s not only a friend, but the daughter of his benefactor. And she’s right there, offering to support him. But will her support stretch to marriage? He attempts to win her over to his plan but collides with her powerful father who wants to leverage the situation for his own gain.

In their fight for survival and love, they are forced to face some uncomfortable truths.

Can they overcome thwarted dreams and missed chances to find true love, or does forcing destiny’s hand only lead to misery?


E. C. Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play Pajama Party. For three and a half years, she published the Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to writing tracts and devotionals. Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church for eleven years led naturally to her current endeavor, writing inspirational romance novels. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through fiction.


Enjoy The Author Top Ten

Favorite book: Pride and Prejudice
Favorite soda: ginger ale
Favorite ice cream: French vanilla
Favorite cake: yellow cake with chocolate icing
Favorite candy: milk chocolate
Favorite flower: tiger lily
Favorite season: summer
Favorite musical: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Favorite television channel: HGTV
Favorite characters: Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple

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Jul 17, 2015

Legally and Lawfully Yours

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LEGALLY AND LAWFULLY YOURS
by Anita Stansfield

Following the revelation of her fiancĂ©’s philandering ways, high-powered New York attorney Shannon Turney s wedding is off . At a time like this, the last thing she can handle is family drama. But when she learns how far her brother’s and sister-in-law’s lives have spiraled out of control, the only thought in her mind is the safety of her young niece and nephew. After Shannon is granted custody, she and the children are eager to run long and far from their problems.

The end of the road is Sugar City, a place as delightful as its name implies. In the tiny town, Shannon gets much more of a change than she bargained for. Welcomed with open arms by the townspeople, including the handsome local veterinarian, Shannon and the children slowly begin to heal. But when their idyllic existence is threatened by the return of the children s mother, Shannon has no choice but to return to the courtroom she left behind. She has one last legal battle to fight, and the outcome may mean losing everything she loves.

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Cover Reveal for Simply Anna

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SIMPLY ANNA
by Jennifer Moore

Suffering from a cruel heartbreak, Lord Philip Hamilton has been driven to seek refuge from the painful memories haunting London, and his father’s Jamaican sugar cane plantation provides just the escape he needs. Philip finds solace in his hard work and takes comfort in the fact that his distance from society ensures that his heart will be protected from future entanglements. Protected, that is, until the unexpected appearance of a mysterious woman with no memory of her past. The only clue to her identity is a necklace inscribed with a name: Anna.

In a matter of weeks, this gentle, intelligent, and impossibly beautiful stranger turns Philip’s world upside down. But as the bond between the pair grows, the threat of Philip losing his heart once more is only the beginning of the dangers that await. Island renegades and a ruthless band of pirates clash in a swashbuckling battle, and it soon becomes clear that these villains may be the key to unlocking Anna’s past . . .

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Stick in the Mud Meets Spontaneity

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STICK IN THE MUD MEETS SPONTANEITY 
by Rachael Anderson

Stick in the Mud meets spontaneity
Home from college for the summer, Samantha Kinsey steps into her role as nanny for her two favorite little charges.

But when she finds herself playing chauffeur more than playmate, her summer outlook quickly turns from fun to bleak.

That is, until she drives the girls to a family-owned ranch and meets Colten McCoy—a genuine, hard-working cowboy, who's as set in his ways as he is handsome.

Although he claims he doesn't need any fun in his life, Sam’s determined to help him find it.

But she'll soon discover that cowboys are about as easy to train as wild mustangs.

 Stick in the Mud Meets Spontaneity is about an adaptable girl and a not so adaptable guy.

It’s about learning to accept people for who they are and realizing that sometimes who they are is exactly who they should be.

My Review
I so adore this series and how the author takes two completely opposite people and pulls them together in sweet romance.

The author also notes:

"I hope this story took you out of reality for awhile and into a world of escape and rejuvenation because everyone deserves that once in awhile."

This book truly does just that! I love that stories like this can whisk us away and help us see something different for a few moments each time we pick up the book.

I loved how the characters struggled to come together, but once they did they made the most of every moment...living in the moment and pushing the future aside for the time being.

I loved that the girl didn't give up on her dreams just to be with the guy...the hardest choices are between two good things...but I see how if she had stayed she would have always wondered and maybe even started to resent that she didn't try.

But I also love that the guy stood by her...once he got over his pride...

And wait until you read about what he does in the end...such a great scene on so many levels!

You will absolutely LOVE this book!
Make it a MUST-READ for your summer list!

I have read all three of the books in this series and highly recommend all of them!
Such great writing!
Such great stories!

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RachaelAbout the Author
USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

 

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