Apr 9, 2020

Willa and the Whale

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WILLA AND THE WHALE
by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown

After losing her mom, Willa is grieving and having a hard time living with her dad and his new family on an island off the coast of Washington State. Her dad tries to cheer her up by taking her whale watching, something Willa's mom used to do.

While all the passengers are on one side of the boat, Willa encounters a humpback whale on the opposite side. Willa feels so lonely that she starts to talk to the whale—and the whale talks back!

The whale, named Meg, quickly becomes a trusted friend and confidante Willa can speak to whenever she's by the ocean.

Meg offers sound advice Willa needs about dealing with a nemesis at school and trying to figure out why her friend Marc is keeping secrets about his family life.

Before the story ends, it will take all of Willa's courage and connections to tackle a problem that's as big as a blue whale!

My Thoughts
This book is so amazing on so many levels. It is a completely fun story and much more. I loved how Willa had friends who could help her in ways that she needed. We all need friends like that. I also loved how the book related to things that people are struggling with and how one girl handled her struggles. Willa can be a great example to all who read this book. I am really impressed with the journal entries found at the beginning of each chapter. I am learning how healing a journal can be. I also loved that in the end, Willa turned to her family. Family is so important. I highly recommend this book! Perfect for the whole family!

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Apr 7, 2020

Where the Stars Meet the Sea

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WHERE THE STARS MEET THE SEA
by Heidi Kimball

Juliet Graham fervently counts the days until her twenty-first birthday, when she can claim the inheritance that will grant her the freedom she has always craved and the guardianship of her younger brother.

Until then, she is trapped under her aunt Agnes’s domineering will. When forced to accompany the family to a house party at Shaldorn Castle, Juliet’s only objective is to keep to herself. That is, until a chance encounter with a boorish stranger stirs up an unexpected whirlwind of emotions in her.

Thrown off-balance, Juliet does the unthinkable: loses her temper and insults the man—who turns out to be her unwilling host, the Duke of Halstead. Fully expecting to be sent away, Juliet is surprised when the brusque and callous duke instead takes an interest in her.

Drawn to the duke in unguarded moments, Juliet finds herself more and more intrigued by the man who shuns Society’s rules as completely as she does, and over the next few weeks, their unlikely friendship deepens into a connection neither expected.

But even as Juliet comes to recognize her true feelings, her scheming aunt issues an ultimatum that threatens the future she was just beginning to hope for. Juliet must choose: either break the promise she made to herself years ago, or lose the man who has captured her heart and soul.

My Thoughts
This book is SO GOOD! I loved every word and every scene! I felt a kinship to Juliet from the very beginning as her plight captured my mind and my heart. I highly recommend this book!

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Apr 6, 2020

His Lady in Hiding

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HIS LADY IN HIDING
by Jen Geigle Johnson

Lady Elizabeth Davenport is desperate. Her hand in marriage has been offered to the highest bidder, a distressing proposition in and of itself but made all the more repulsive when she meets her father's first choice for her hand: Lord Pinweather. When her parents refuse to hear her pleas Liz is forced to take drastic measures—she will impersonate her maid and begin anew in America on her own terms.

Once Liz is on board the ship to America, another passenger, Lord Barton, almost immediately discovers her true status as a noble. After listening to Liz's highly modified version of her life and her plans to begin again, Barton has compassion on her and teaches her how to abandon her noble mannerisms. Upon Disembarking, however, Barton's generous spirit quickly dampens when he discovers Liz has indeed found work—as his own head housekeeper.

Suddenly, the tender feelings they hid from each other on the ship are inescapable, but their difference in station makes romance impossible. As misunderstandings abound and a shocking character from Liz's past looms, she knows she can't hide her true identity forever. But as her deception begins to unravel, will her charade cost her the man she loves?

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Spread the Word Contest

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Announcing a brand new series
by author Tristi Pinkston
- The Millcreek Singles Ward - 
small-town romance meets LDS fiction 


The first book releases June 1st and is available for pre-order- 

Pre-order Link

Spread the Word Contest
Tristi Pinkston is holding a contest to help spread the word - and the prizes are pretty awesome! There will be two winners - one of whom must be local.

Prize #1: The local winner will receive a ticket to the Utah Readers Luncheon being held October 10th, 2020, at the Davis County Convention Center. They will be seated at my table, receive a bag of swag, have the chance to win amazing door prizes, meet fantastic authors, and eat a delicious lunch! (They must provide their own transportation to and from Layton, Utah, to participate.)

Prize #2: The other prize is a collection of six of my paperback novels, signed to the winner: Nothing to Regret, Strength to Endure, Season of Sacrifice, Agent in Old Lace, Be Mine, and Turning Pages. These will be shipped to the winner's home.

Entering is easy! Just post about her book release on social media, include the preorder link (https://amzn.to/2wID7eu) then fill out the Google form.


The contest will run through June 28th, and the winner will be chosen July 1st, 2020. Have fun, and good luck!

Apr 1, 2020

Adoring Abigail

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ADORING ABIGAIL
by Chalon Linton

Captain Robert Wilkins has never aspired to grandeur. So when the returned war hero unexpectedly inherits the vast estate of Cattersley from his great-aunt, he feels woefully inadequate in his new role. Out of place in his lavish surroundings, his first glimmer of hope comes when he happens upon a lovely trespasser in his gardens.

Words have never come easily for Abigail Rutherford, and she prefers the solitude of exploring the gardens at the neighboring country estate to engaging in uncomfortable conversation. But when she unexpectedly encounters Captain Robert Wilkins in her place of solace, she is surprised at the immediate ease she feels in his presence. Soon her brightest moments are those spent with the captain. But even as their friendship grows into something more, outside forces have other plans for the two. Mr. Mead, the handsome vicar, has also taken a liking to the quiet and timid Abigail—and he will stop at nothing to ensure she becomes his wife.

My Thoughts
I absolutely loved this book! What a great story line! I loved the characters and how they all fit together. A fantastic read!

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Mar 30, 2020

Quarantined in the Office

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QUARANTINED IN THE OFFICE
by Lucy McConnell

I can't let the coronavirus get in the way of my big presentation.

But maybe I should have checked my email this morning...

Because now I'm quarantined in the office with my biggest rival--Andrew. If I didn't have to compete against him for every account, I'd probably fall in love with him.

He's that wonderful...

And we're all alone.

Find out what happens in this sweet, romantic, short read about uncertain times and finding the best parts of life when life is upside-down.

Read it today!

NOTE FROM AUTHOR
Dear Reader,
I'm pretty sure love can grow anywhere. It's grown on battlefields, in the trenches, it even re-grows in broken marriages. That's why I wanted to write the Quarantine Romance Short Reads. They are about five sisters, all over the globe, who are caught up in the COVID-19 pandemic.

My Thoughts
The world is crazy strange right now. It will forever be a time to remember. How fun that an author wrote some of what is going on down on paper. I was too intrigued and just had to get the book. Super short, super easy to read, super fun!

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Books 1-3 in the Series

The Milkman's Son

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THE MILKMAN'S SON
by Randy Lindsay

Raised in a family he bore little resemblance to, Randy was jokingly referred to as "the milkman's son." This warm and candid memoir chronicles the unraveling of a family secret, which begins with Randy's dad having dreams about deceased relatives urging him to complete their family tree. Randy agrees to help with the genealogy, but after his searching leads to a dead end, he takes a commercially available DNA test. The results reveal a possible genetic match to a sister, which begins a familial quest that forever changes the author's life.

Featuring a cast of vivid characters richly drawn from two distinct families, The Milkman's Son reveals one man's family tree, pulling back layers of new information as he gets closer to the truth—a biological father, siblings, and family members he never knew about.

This is a story of accepting, forgiving, and reuniting. Most importantly, it's about the bonds that connect us and the unconditional love that makes us feel like we belong.

My Thoughts
I was fascinated with this book! I am a fan of family skeleton's in the closet, so I loved the concept of finding a family secret within a DNA test. Told in such a compelling way, you will want to read to the very end. I highly recommend this book!

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Mar 24, 2020

Where the Stars Meet the Sea Spotlight

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WHERE THE STARS MEET THE SEA
by Heidi Kimball

Juliet Graham fervently counts the days until her twenty-first birthday, when she can claim the inheritance that will grant her the freedom she has always craved and the guardianship of her younger brother. Until then, she is trapped under her aunt Agnes's domineering will. When forced to accompany the family to a house party at Shaldorn Castle, Juliet's only objective is to keep to herself. That is, until a chance encounter with a boorish stranger stirs up an unexpected whirlwind of emotions in her. Thrown off-balance, Juliet does the unthinkable: loses her temple and insults the man—who turns out to be her unwilling host, the Duke of Halstead. Fully expecting to be sent away, Juliet is surprised when the brusque and callous duke instead takes an interest in her.

Drawn to the duke in unguarded moments, Juliet finds herself more and more intrigued by the man who shuns Society's rules as completely as she does, and over the next few weeks, their unlikely friendship deepens into a connection neither expected.

But even as Juliet comes to recognize her true feelings, he scheming aunt issues an ultimatum that threatens the future she was just beginning to hope for. Juliet must choose: either break the promise she made to herself years ago, or lose the man who has captured her heart and soul.

My Thoughts
This title is definitely on my to-be-read list!

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Mar 12, 2020

Royal Heir Spotlight

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ROYAL HEIR
by Traci Hunter Abramson

Within a fairy-tale palace overlooking the azure waters of the Mediterranean, Princess Cassandra of Sereno leads a charmed life—until that life is nearly cut short in an assassination attempt. Desperate to protect his daughter, the king sends the princess to safety in the one place he trusts: the neighboring country of Meridia. There, Cassie's life is places in the hands of a man who possesses the skills to protect her. CIA agent Levi Marin has years of experience pretending to be someone he's not, but posing as the boyfriend of a real-life princess is new, even to him.

With the CIA and Interpol hot on the trail of the assassin, Levi and Cassie do their best to blend in in Meridia and to remain professional amid their charade. Yet despite their best efforts, the charade begins to feel all too real. Their chemistry is undeniable, but forgetting the dangerous reality of their situation could prove a deadly mistake. Cassie's would-be killer is still at large, and her search for answers is leading her ever closer to a shocking revelation that will rock the monarchy of Sereno to its core.

My Thoughts
This book is so on my to-be-read pile, because I read everything Traci Hunter Abramson writes. I love her books! In the meantime I wanted to post so you can get in on the giveaway--

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Mar 5, 2020

The Masked Baron

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THE MASKED BARON
by Anneka Walker

Andalin is accustomed to her father’s frequent travels—and to being left behind. So when he returns home and instructs her to pack her belongings, she is bewildered—but there is no time for questions as she is whisked away on a mysterious journey under the cover of night. When their tense flight leads them into the forbidding Black Forest, the pair quickly finds themselves in great peril. With little hope of escape, father and daughter are spared when rescue appears in the form of the mysterious Dark Rider, a notorious deadly highwayman feared by all he meets. But his assistance does not come without a price: he is taking Andalin with him. Now her fate rests in the hands of the enigmatic masked man whose secrets are inescapably tied to the beautiful young woman now in his charge.

My Thoughts
This book will draw you in from the very first page! I loved the mystery of the mask and the situations that the characters find themselves in-- SO. SO. SO. GOOD! Loved this book! It is amazing!

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Mar 4, 2020

Promised

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PROMISED
by Leah Garriott

Margaret Brinton keeps her promises, and the one she is most determined to keep is the promise to protect her heart.

Fooled by love once before, Margaret vows never to be played the fool again. To keep her vow, she attends a notorious matchmaking party intent on securing the perfect marital match: a union of convenience to someone who could never affect her heart. She discovers a man who exceeds all her hopes in the handsome and obliging rake Mr. Northam.

There's only one problem. His meddling cousin, Lord Williams, won't leave Margaret alone. Condescending and high-handed, Lord Williams lectures and insults her. When she refuses to give heed to his counsel, he single-handedly ruins Margaret's chances for making a good match. With no reason to remain at the party, Margaret returns home to discover her father has promised her hand in marriage—to Lord Williams.

Under no condition will Margaret consent to marrying such an odious man. Yet as Lord Williams inserts himself into her everyday life, Margaret is forced to realize that Lord Williams is exactly the type of man she'd hoped to marry before she'd learned how much love hurt. Margaret is faced with her ultimate choice: keep the promises that protect her or break free of them for one more chance at love. Either way, she fears her heart will lose.

My Thoughts
I am in awe of each of the books in the Proper Romance Series! I loved the turmoil of the heart and the confusion of emotions portrayed in the story. If felt real and entranced me even more into the tale. I highly recommend this one!

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Feb 22, 2020

Heart of Africa - Spotlight

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HEART OF AFRICA
Directed by Tshoper Kabambi
Written by Margaret Blair Young and Tshoper Kabambi
Produced by Bruce Young, Margaret Blair Young, Tshoper Kabambi,
Ephraim Faith Buyikana, and Deborah Basa

A Revolutionary from the Congo and a Farm Boy from Idaho. 
Can they transcend their differences to help create a better world?

Gabriel Ngandu is a young Congolese revolutionary running from the terrible mistakes of his past. His journey of escape leads him to new experiences and even a new religion that challenges long-held beliefs about his destiny and world around him. He find himself torn between the influences and expectations of two very different father figures- Mwabila, his revolutionary leader, and President Kabasubabu, his new religious leader. Called to serve as a missionary, he is sent back to his native village to build an orphanage with Jason Martin, an American who also has a tragic and secret past. Together, they struggle to understand and overcome their histories, cultures, and prejudices to serve the people around them.

Caught between enmity and reconciliation, revenge or forgiveness, intolerance or understanding, they begin to see the potential for a better; more peaceful future for themselves and for the Congo. Worlds finally collide when explosions rock the new orphanage and Kabasubabu is kidnapped by Mwabila’s revolutionaries. Gabriel is faced with choosing between the two different worlds of these father figures… or finding his own path toward a new world inspired by understanding and redemption.

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Feb 18, 2020

A Stranger Watches - Spotlight

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A STRANGER WATCHES
by Kathi Oram Peterson

Something is wrong. Despite the fact that Kyra Fletcher hasn't seen her estranged father in five years, the peculiar birthday card he sends in the mail is our of character—and alarming.

Determined to put her mind at ease and men their relationship in person, Kyra travels to her father's Wyoming lodge. She finds it well kept but vacant, and according to the people in town, her father has been gone for months. Kyra is certain something has happened to him and turns to local Sheriff Shane McQuire for help. As the pair works together to investigate her father's whereabouts, Kyra finds herself becoming more and more comfortable with the town—and its sheriff. But she is unaware of one deadly detail: someone is watching her, and as she draws ever closer to the answers she seeks, that person will do anything to ensure her silence.

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Feb 11, 2020

The Wish and the Peacock

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THE WISH AND THE PEACOCK
by Wendy S. Swore

Be Strong and Wish Big

Paige's favorite family tradition on the farm is the annual bonfire where everyone tosses in a stone and makes a wish. This time, Paige's specific wish is one she's not sure can come ture: Don't let Mom and Grandpa sell the farm.

When Paige's younger brother finds a wounded peacock in the barn, Paige is sure it's a sign that if she can keep the bird safe, she'll keep the farm safe too. Peacocks, after all, are known to be fierce protectors of territory and family.

With determination and hard work, Paige tries to prove she can save the farm on her own, but when a real estate agent stakes a "For Sale" sign at the end of the driveway and threatens everything Paige loves, she calls on her younger brother and her best friends, Mateo and Kimana, to help battle this new menace. They may not have street smarts, but they have plenty of farm smarts, and some city lady who's scared of spiders should be easy enough to drive away.

But even as the peacock gets healthier, the strain of holding all the pieces of Paige's world together gets harder. Faced with a choice between home and family, she risks everything to make her wish come true, including the one thing that scares her the most: letting the farm go.

My Thoughts
What a fun book! I loved that the kids felt empowered enough to take matters into their own hands. A great motivator for anyone who reads this book. Perfect for the whole family.

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Jan 6, 2020

Under the Stars

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UNDER THE STARS
by Carolyn Twede Frank

When the new marshal in town needs volunteers, one of the first to sign up is Miss Rosie Decker. And why wouldn’t she? She’s a sharpshooting, horse-taming tomboy—and she’s out for revenge. Marshal Hank Walker is forming a posse to find the man who killed her sweetheart, and Rosie is determined to help track him down. When the marshal refuses her service on account of her being a woman, Rosie is undeterred. If it’s a man Marshal Walker wants, it’s a man he’ll get.

With his posse assembled, Hank Walker is confident he’ll be able to track down the criminal. His confidence grows as he recognizes the incomparable skill of one young man in his posse—Ross. That is, until the day Ross’s mustache falls off, revealing “his” true identity. Rosie Decker has duped him. Banished back to town, it’s time for Rosie to prove her mettle. Though working alongside the unwilling marshal is complicated, it is the unexpected tenderness she feels for him that proves most problematic. How can she demonstrate her skill while also setting out to win the heart of the man who seems bent on keeping her out of his way?

My Thoughts
I absolutely loved this book! It was SO FUN! So many awesome scenes. So many fantastic conversations. I adored the complicated relationship between Rosie and Hank. A fantastic read!

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