Dec 7, 2019

Christmas Grace

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Dec 5, 2019

Four Amazing Books Coming This Spring

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GET A SNEAK PEEK INTO
FOUR AMAZING BOOKS
COMING THIS SPRING

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.

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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.

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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.

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The Masked Baron by Anneka R. 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.

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Christmas in Bliss

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CHRISTMAS IN BLISS
by Michele Ashman Bell

It's Christmas Eve, and Nikki Michaels is on the last leg of her drive to celebrate the holidays at home. Though Christmas doesn't quite hold the same magic it did when she was younger, Nikki's idea of a merry Christmas is sharing in the festivities with her family in Salt Lake City—so when blizzard conditions force her off the snowpacked freeway in a middle-of-nowhere Idaho town called Bliss, she finds her situation anything but blissful.

Snowed in at a rest stop with a small band of strangers, Nikki finds kinship in a fellow traveler who helps her find the magic of Christmas again and spread the spirit of the season to other stranded travelers. Christmas in Bliss is a heartwarming holiday tale that is sure to inspire readers with the hope and happiness found in the true meaning of Christmas.

My Thoughts
What a delightful tale of strangers stranded at a rest stop as the roads are closed... It is Christmas Eve and all feel the loneliness as they are kept from family and friends. But... Nikki and Brian have the means to play Santa Claus to the stranded children. It will be a Christmas they never forget and a story you will remember for years to come.

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Dec 4, 2019

Christmas Jars DVD

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Based on the New York Times best- selling novel by Jason F. Wright

Hope is an aspiring reporter who has had her fair share of tragedy in life. Abandoned at birth, she's grieving the recent death of her adopted mother when her apartment is burglarized of all her possessions.

While reporting the burglary to the police, Hope discovers a jar full of money, labeled "Christmas Jar." Shocked and grateful for this act of kindness, Hope discovers that people all over her hometown of Columbus, Ohio, have been receiving Christmas Jars for years during times of need. The jars are always anonymous and always contain different amounts.

In this heartwarming Christmas classic, Hope goes undercover to discover the secret behind the Christmas jars, putting into motion a series of events that will change her life, and her community, forever.

DVD Extras
Interview with the Author
Cast Interviews

Movie Trailer
My Thoughts
WOW! I loved the book, but to see the story come alive in this movie is incredible. So well cast, you will feel the emotions being portrayed. Such an amazing story-- everyone needs to watch this. Perfect movie for the whole family! Perfect movie for the season!

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Dec 3, 2019

Live All In

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Description of Live All In
As a member of LIVE ALL IN, you'll receive a brand new Hilary Weeks song every month. You will also have access to a song study that includes scriptures, quotes and questions to help you study the message of the song that month! Every month, you'll receive the sheet music and instrumental track for that song. Plus you'll get the beautifully designed lyrics, coloring page and two 5x7 printables that you can frame for your home or use as lesson handouts.

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You can purchase a 2020 Live All In Annual Membership for early bird price of $49 (reg. $59) and if you use the coupon SALE15, you get another 15% off! Only $42!! You and your family can also enjoy an entire year's worth of gorgeous, monthly music, sheet music, coloring pages, printables for your home, song studies, and lyrics for under $4 a month!


"Quiet reflective moments are powerful moments." 
Yet, do we take them?

Hilary Weeks asks in her video, how many of these things stop you from taking moments of 'stillness?'
  • l'm too tired.
  • I can't meet all the other expectations.
  • I don't feel like I'm worth it.
  • I have a hard time being consistent.
  • I'm not even sure where to start.
  • I feel selfish is I take time for me.
  • I have low self-worth.
  • Health issues make it challenging.
  • I don't know how to set realistic goals.
  • I'm afraid I'll fail.
Her new LIVE ALL IN journey "has the power to overcome everyone of those struggles."

Each month you will receive a Musical Toolkit. Each kit gives specific prompts to help you "pause and deliberately take a step to becoming the best version of yourself." 
My Thoughts
I adore Hilary Weeks and I love her music! So much peace can be felt by listening to, and singing, her songs. I am absolutely thrilled with the "song study" which includes thoughts, scriptures, quotes and lots of space to journal. Taking the time to color helps calm my mind and focus on the message. And to have the sheet music, lyrics and memes... WOW!  I started this journey two months ago and am excited to continue on. I highly recommend LIVE ALL IN!

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Dec 2, 2019

Witness for His Names

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WITNESS FOR HIS NAMES
by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

When Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was first called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, he quickly learned that "among the most important responsibilities [he] had was to be one of the 'special witness of the name of Christ in all the world'" (Doctrine and Covenants 107:23). This understanding prompted a habit in his scripture study of "jotting down or otherwise noting the references to Jesus's various names: in the standard works. With study, "the name of Christ was growing and swelling, expanding and emerging into the names of Christ."

In this beautiful book, Elder Holland shares his notes and insights about the many names of Christ he has studied in his twenty-five plus years as an Apostle. He promises that "as we study these titles to learn more about who He was and is, we will find ourselves learning more about who we are and what we may become." In so doing, we will gain a greater understanding of our covenants and how each of us can more fully bear witness of Christ's holy name.





My Thoughts
This is a perfect book to read at this most special times of the year. May studying the many names of the Lord bring peace to your mind and love to your heart.

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Nov 19, 2019

To Die, To Sleep

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TO DIE, TO SLEEP
by Stephanie Black

After surviving a difficult year, Natalie Marsh is heading for Ellsberg Keep, an exclusive mountain resort that promises to provide the tranquility she desperately needs. She's eager to relax and to reconnect with her estranged cousin Lily, who works as the Keep's nurse—a reunion that begins abruptly when an accident on the winding mountain roads lands Natalie in the infirmary in the care of her cousin. They have little time to bond over childhood memories, however. Everything is thrown into chaos when the owner of the Keep is rushed to the medical wing, wildly delusional and raving about a murder plot.

Despite Lily's care, the owner dies. Is his death simply an accident, or are his frenzied suspicions true? Determined to help Lily cope with the loss of her patient—and the accusations that she's to blame for his death—Natalie searches for answers and is swept into a mystery that grows more puzzling as frightening hallucinations torment the dead man's son. When a staff member who asks too many questions disappears, it is clear that this idyllic resort harbors someone with deadly intent—and Natalie may not survive to uncover the truth.

My Thoughts
This book is AMAZING with one twist after another! I cannot even imagine going on a vacation like this...oh, but how fun it was to read about! Open these pages and welcome yourself to Ellsberg Keep. I highly recommend this book!

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About the Author
I’ve enjoyed making up stories since I was a child, when my sisters and I would play long Barbie games full of intrigue and danger, or write and direct plays for ourselves and our younger siblings. I took a creative writing class in high school, but my stories stunk, since I hadn’t yet figured out that a story needs a plot. An encouraging comment from the teacher got me rolling in the right direction (thank you, Mrs. Owen!) and my final story for that class eventually developed--after many years, much studying of fictional technique, and countless hours of writing and rewriting--into my first published novel: The Believer, a dystopian thriller, was published in 2005 by Covenant Communications.

Four of my contemporary mysteries are Whitney Award winners for Best Mystery/Suspense, and my second dystopian novel was a Whitney Award Finalist for Best Speculative Novel. My novella “An Eye for an Eye” was part of the RONE Award-winning anthology Timeless Romance: Autumn Suspense collection.

My husband Brian and I have five children, two children-in-law (with one more on deck), and a rather majestic cat. I love spending time with my family, enjoy homemade pizza and anything chocolate, and have recently developed a fondness for LEGO projects. I play the violin in a community symphony (but never practice enough), and always have unmatched socks, post-laundry. At the center of everything that matters most is my love for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Fun Note
I was privileged to be a presenter with Stephanie Black at the 2014 Whitney Award for Best/Mystery Suspense.I am on the left, Stephanie is on the right.



 

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