Oct 31, 2016

3-Book Giveaway from Melanie Mason


Have you read any of Melanie Mason's books??? 
She is doing a 3-book Giveaway

1st Prize: 
A signed paperback copy of CROSSING LINES by Melanie Mason

2nd Prize: 
A paperback copy of VAN GOGH GONE by Robin Author Robin King

3rd Prize: 
A paperback copy of THE ACCIDENTAL GOODBYE by Marilyn Brown.

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Fun Top Ten List for Melanie
Book: Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast
Color: Red
Clothes: Yoga pants and a long sleeved t-shirt
Place: Beach
Season: Fall
Time of Day: Late morning
Actor I’d like to Kiss: Chris Evans (I seriously want his muscles hugging me.)
Dessert: Homemade raspberry cheesecake (I have the recipe for anyone who wants it.)
Food: Italian
Flower: Iris

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Oct 29, 2016

Veils and Vengeance eBook Giveaway


Rachelle J. Christensen is celebrating with a giveaway because her book #2 in the Wedding Planner Mystery Series, Veils and Vengeance, was given the prestigious Crowned Heart 5 star review by InD'Tale Magazine!

And MY review is one the front cover -- LOVED this book!!!

Here's a snippet from the InD'Tale Magazine review: "Any reader who loves mysteries with a dose of romance, or romance with a dose of mystery, should not miss this book! The author seamlessly combines both elements into a sweet, exciting story, excellently written from start to finish."

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From Book 1: Adrielle Pyper knows how to plan a wedding, and she's especially good at pleasing bridezillas. But when her biggest client and best friend is murdered just three days before the wedding, Adri's world falls apart. She moves to the resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho, and starts from scratch. Thanks to Adri's impeccable taste and unique style, she lands two celebrity clients, and her business seems headed for success—until someone vandalizes the specialty wedding dresses she imported from overseas. Adri must race to uncover the secret hidden within the yards of satin and lace before she becomes the next victim.
With a delightful blend of mystery, toe-curling kisses, humor, and spine-tingling thrills, Diamond Rings are Deadly Things will keep you turning pages long into the night.

From Book 2: When wedding planner Adrielle Pyper orchestrates a destination ceremony in Hawaii, she’s prepared for anything—except murder. After the trauma of her last event, the beautiful isle of Kauai is the perfect place for Adri to unwind and do what she does best – plan. She even lets herself indulge in the attention of the groom’s handsome brother. But just when everything seems to be perfect, an afternoon snorkeling trip turns deadly when Adri discovers the body of a young woman.
Shaken, but unable to let go, Adri’s sleuthing leads her into more danger than she bargained for. When a number of “accidents” threaten her own life, it soon becomes apparent that someone will do anything to keep Adri from interfering with their vengeance.

From Book 3: Love can be a very dangerous thing.
At least it seems that way to Adri Pyper, the premier wedding planner in Sun Valley, Idaho. When one of her clients dies mysteriously, Adri takes the advice of the local detective and swears she will stay out of the investigation . . . this time. Luke Stetson's involvement in the case, along with the possibility of a kiss between the two, should be enough incentive to keep Adri out of trouble. But when a dog-themed wedding is almost ruined by a suspect, Adri and her assistant, Lorea, are thrust into private eye mode. When poison enters the picture, even a reluctant sleuth can’t steer clear of danger.


Oct 28, 2016

The Zion Trail

by Marsha Ward

I cannot even imagine the fortitude of the early Saints. 
Joining a religion that they felt a passion for only to be ostracized by friends and neighbors. Families being torn apart. Driven from homes and farms to travel across an entire country on foot or by wagon. 
Yet, through it all the Lord sends his blessings. 

Your heart will be touched with this tender telling of one young man who presses forward--no matter the cost.

On a hot summer day, young Elijah Marshall stops plowing to give a drink of water to two strangers and invite them to lunch with his family. His neighborly act sets in motion events that will drastically change his future.

The strangers share a new religion, which the family embraces. But the neighbors want no part of Mormons. Multiple acts of unkindness and starvation drive the Marshall family to flee to the Mormon city on the banks of the Mississippi River, Nauvoo.

Then the path of Elijah's life takes perilous detours, with twists and turns he never expected to make.

In a 19th century coming-of-age story ranging from Pennsylvania to the Great Salt Lake Valley, Elijah plunges into harrowing adventures filled with sorrow, danger, and romance.

Oct 26, 2016

The Christmas Project

A review copy was provided

Actors: Jacob Buster, Anson Bagley, Grace Hallows, Gabe White, Alison Akin Clark
Director: Michael Buster
This movie will have you giggling and laughing one minute and then feeling the Christmas spirit the next-- Fun antics of a family full of boys, rival enemies, and a Christmas tradition all come together to show you that sometimes being a hero means you let go of the need to be right! This movie will definitely be a family favorite! 

Even with Christmas around the corner, for the Buckley boys, payback almost always wins out over brotherly love. That is until the four brothers join forces against a common adversary—the Hagbarts—the meanest bullies at their middle school.

But now Mom has decided that the Buckley family is going to Elve the Hagbarts this year for Christmas.

Eleven-year-old Matthew can hardly stand it. By day the Hagbarts torture the Buckley brothers into submission, and by night the Buckleys secretly deliver Christmas treats and gifts to their sworn enemies.

Soon the war of wits escalates to an incredible scheme designed to get the ultimate revenge on the Hagbarts.

But now that Matthew has been learning that he's supposed to do good to those who hate him, what will he do when a little push becomes a great big shove?

The Christmas Project is a heartwarming comedy the whole family will love.

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Defenders of the Family

A review copy was provided

by Benjamin Hyrum White
illustrated by Jay Fontano

The family is SO IMPORTANT and it is being attacked.
Learn how to FIGHT BACK with this WONDERFUL book! 
Fun illustrations keep even the youngest child engaged.
Will you stand up and become a defender of the family?
It's easy with the help of this book--
Every family needs a copy :)

Defenders of the Family, assemble! God’s magnificent plan for us rests upon the strength of the family. In this engaging children’s book, discover the roles and teachings needed to unite your family, from devoted parents to extended members, all centered on the power of the gospel. Help your children see their families as they can be: incredible, empowered, eternal followers of Jesus.

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Oct 25, 2016

Miracles from Heaven

Actors: Jennifer Garner, Martin Henderson, 
John Carroll Lynch, Kylie Rogers, Eugenio Derbez
Directors: Patricia Riggen

WOW! This movie is AMAZING!
I cannot even imagine all this family has gone through--
I am so grateful they have shared their story with us! 
A great reminder that even in the midst of the trail, 
miracles are all around us-- 

“Miracles From Heaven” is based on the incredible true story of the Beam family. When Christy (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident, an extraordinary miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored, and their community inspired.

Oct 21, 2016

Kept Secrets w $25 Amazon Gift Card + Book Giveaway

A review copy was provided
Available FREE with Bookshelf Plus

by Traci Hunter Abramson

I really believe that authors are stepping it up this year!
This book is SO GOOD! And so well written!
Just when you think you have it all figured out a twist is thrown at you--making you read even faster to figure out if you've really figured it out. 
LOVED this one! Loved the beginning, the middle, and the end! This is one you are going to want to read and read and read. You won't put it down until the last page is turned--and then you will want even more! 
I highly recommend this book!

Unexpectedly reunited after six years, high school sweethearts Devin Shanahan and Grace Harrington cross paths and have a whirlwind wedding. A lot can change in six years, however, and they must figure out how to make their two independent lives mesh. Unable to disclose his CIA job to his new wife, when Devin is assigned a top-secret mission to Hong Kong, he tells Grace part of the truth: that he is going to work abroad for six months in finance. But when the mission turns deadly and Devin doesn’t know whom to trust, he must make the most difficult decision of his life in an effort to keep Grace safe.

Will the seeds of deception prove destructive to their newly formed marriage? And will the love that brought them together be the very thing their enemies use to tear them apart?

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Oct 20, 2016

Blissfully Married

by Victorine E. Lieske

I adore sweet, fun romances like this one! 
Cute story line of bringing the past and the present together in an awkward way--so like true life. Oh, the things we do for love and pride. Sidney and Blake will quickly find a way into your heart. You will be anxious for each encounter they have together--such great writing! I have read every book in this series and have absolutely loved each one. 

From NYT's best selling author of NOT WHAT SHE SEEMS.

Sidney’s matchmaking business is suffering. When her best friend convinces her to put on a fake engagement ring to boost customer confidence in her, she reluctantly agrees. Couldn’t hurt to try, right? And when her childhood crush comes walking in, she’s glad to have her fake engagement as an excuse not to get involved with him. He shattered her heart ten years ago, and she can’t take another painful Blake incident.

Blake can’t believe it when he sees Sidney, all grown up. She looks amazing. But she’s also off limits, or so he thinks. When he finds out she’s not really engaged, he’s confused as to why Sidney would lie to him. He makes it his goal to coax the truth out of her, even if he has to go to great lengths to do it.

Blissfully Married is a sweet romance, with no graphic content. This can be read as a stand-alone novel.

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Oct 18, 2016

Penguin Problems

by Jory John
illustrated by Lane Smith

This book had me giggling out loud- 
Amazing creativity! Darling pictures!
You think you have problems--
Wait until you read about a penguin's problems!
Every kid needs a copy of this--even us big kids :)

A penguin levels with human readers about what penguin life is really like—and it isn’t all fun and games.

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Have you ever considered running away to Antarctica? Of course you have! Because it’s a land free of worries and responsibilities! All of your problems will surely be blown away by the icy winds of that lawless paradise! . . . Won’t they?

Think again, my friend. This penguin has come to tell you that his life down there is no more a picnic than yours is here. For starters, it is FREEZING. Also, penguins have a ton of natural predators. Plus, can you imagine trying to find your mom in a big ol’ crowd of identical penguins? No, thank you.

Yes, it seems there is no escaping the drudgery of your daily grind, whatever it might be. Or perhaps we’ve just learned that grumps are everywhere. . . .

Oct 17, 2016

The Perfect Gift

A review copy was provided

by contributing authors~ 
A. L. Sowards, Anita Stansfield, 
Breanna Olaveson, Ellen Fay Belnap, 
Ganel-Lyn Condie, Jennifer Moore, 
Krista Lynne Jensen, Meg Johnson, 
Melanie Jacobson, Pamela Carrington Reid, 
Sandra Grey, Sian Ann Bessey

I love the idea of reading one story from this book each day on the twelve days leading up to Christmas. These stories are WONDERFUL and will fill your heart with the Christmas spirit. Each story is unique and true--things I really love! I have read many of the books these authors have written and was thrilled to read this Christmas collection from them. This would make a GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT for anyone on your list--including yourself! Don't miss out on these tender stories!

Celebrate the twelve days of Christmas with a collection of twelve stories from some of your favorite authors! Filled with a dozen heartwarming true stories of faith, family, and the joys of giving, this book really is the perfect gift for anyone hoping to feel the magic and delight of Christmas.

Come rejoice in the season as each family struggles to remember the true meaning of Christmas will they be swept up in the holiday rush, or will they find comfort in Christ and learn to put others needs above their own?

Oct 15, 2016

For This We Are Soldiers

A review copy was provided

by Carla Kelly

This book is WONDERFUL! War stories like you have never read before-- These tales are not of the battlefield, but are behind the scenes of the war, and yet they are oh. so. powerful. You will read of officers' wives, hospital personnel, children being left with a charge to watch over their families, soldiers helping soldiers, and much more. And even as each are living in the most difficult of circumstances-- the heart is still a tender thing and life has a way of just going on. 

“As I stood there peeking in the window, I had the most wonderful feeling of being surrounded by love, all kinds of love, and I wanted the moment to last forever.”

This collection of frontier tales will take you behind typical army lines and into the hearts of ordinary men and women who love deeply, suffer greatly, and fight bravely. 

Follow the stories of selfless women, courageous children, and humble and brave mean as they each discover how to learn about love and compassion while living in difficult army conditions.

I Can Forgive With God

A review copy was provided

by Ganel-Lyn Condie

This book needs to be read by everyone! The stories are so tender-- It is amazing how life gives us challenges, but through those challenges we have a chance to grow. These women not only grew, but they forgave-- such a great gift. Forgiveness and healing are possible-- but only with God's help. These women will show you how. My heart goes out to each and every one of them. They are such great examples to me. If they can forgive then you and I can too. I highly recommend this book!

Are unresolved feelings of anger, resentment, and guilt keeping you from living your best life? It’s time to let go of the pain and make the life-changing decision to forgive.

A stirring new work from best-selling author Ganel-Lyn Condie, I Can Forgive with God features the personal accounts of an incredible group of women who have harnessed the power of forgiveness after enduring the furnace of affliction. From divorce and death to addiction and abuse, these sisters’ experiences are linked by one common truth: the power of absolution is available to all through hard work and faithful reliance on our loving Heavenly Father.

The women spotlighted in these stories have come face-to-face with devastating tragedies and trials, ultimately learning to forgive those who have hurt them—including themselves. With the help of this book, you too can find strength in the Lord—the giver of grace—to see your mistakes and others’ through the lens of forgiveness.

Oct 11, 2016

The Governess w/ $25 Amazon Gift Card + Book Giveaway

A review copy was provided

by Kristen McKendry

You are so going to love this one! You will adore Kate and you will definitely be entranced by Alonzo! A delightful tale from the very first page--with a unique life-style twist that is fantastic! This is one you are going to want to have in your personal library.

Independent young Kate Porter envisions a future far greater than the middle-class existence she’s always lived, and her work as a governess is simply a means to an end. The glittering world of a society wife calls, and her new position as a private tutor for the children of Mr. Alonzo Colaco is a step in the right direction. She merrily imagines the grand house awaiting her—but when her new employer meets her at the train station driving a gaily painted gypsy wagon, Kate suspects her new job as a children’s tutor will not be all she dreamed. Instead of the mansion she anticipated, Kate finds herself living in the woods in a refitted train car as she teaches the charming children of Alonzo, a tinker by trade.

After trying in vain to secure another job, Kate is left with little choice. She must simply bide her time until a better position presents itself. Before long, however, she abandons her petticoats and preconceptions in favor of the joys of a simple life—and the possibility of true love. But when opportunity knocks, will Kate really be ready to walk away from all she’s come to care for to pursue her high-society dreams?

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Oct 7, 2016

The Mismatched Nativity

by Merrilee Boyack
illustrated by Shawna J.C. Tenney

I know it isn't even Halloween yet, but as a book reviewer I feel it is my job to read books early so you know what to get in time for Christmas--and this is one you are going to want to get!
A tender story that will fill your heart with the Christmas spirit.
This story will definitely become a family favorite!

When a young boy moves cross-country to a new home just before Christmas, he feels lonely and homesick for his old friends. But his Primary teacher has an idea to help him feel loved and accepted. The other children in the class will take turns bringing different pieces of a nativity set to their new classmate and will offer their friendship by doing something to show how much they care. With delightful illustrations by Shawna J. C. Tenney, this charming story will inspire families to start their own Christmas tradition of a mismatched nativity.

A parents' guide at the end of the book provides suggestions for activities that can be done individually or in Family Home Evening lessons to help children learn more about the participants in the first Christmas.

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