Friday, April 14, 2017

Want to read a great hunting romantic supsense? Check out The Woman With No Name by Kelly Nelson

You know I'm a sucker for a great romantic suspense, so I had to tell you about Kelly Nelson's novel, The Woman With No Name.

The Woman with No Name by [Nelson, Kelly]Losing her memory might lead to finding happily ever after.

Rachelle's Review: This is an excellent clean read that was fast-paced and set in an interesting area of Utah. I like the way the book started out with tension increasing throughout each chapter. Reading through both the viewpoints of Skye and Colton add to the romantic tension in the story. About midpoint, the story lagged a little bit when Skye and Colton figure out who she really is. I think this was mostly because I was completely impatient with her horribly self-absorbed fiance and I wanted to get back to the heart of the story. There is a ton of hunting detail so if you're a fan of hunting, this story will resonate with you. Overall, a fun, light read that will leave you smiling with the perfect conclusion.

More about the book:
Sworn bachelor Colton Murdock gets more than he bargained for on the elk hunt when he finds an injured woman in Utah’s high country. She must have a history, but she wakes up to towering pines and the clap of a thunderstorm with no recollection of her name or how she came to be there. Colt brings her to the safety of his camp, trying to ignore the first stirrings of his heart since the tragic death of his fiancée six years ago.

The young woman can’t help falling for her ruggedly handsome rescuer, who calls her Skye for her blue eyes. But her life goes into a tailspin when she is recognized as Lily Vanasche, fiancée of a popular TV news anchorman, and Colt is arrested for a series of crimes—including her abduction. After the real kidnapper leaves a death threat in Lily’s ransacked house, the clock starts ticking. Can she remember her past before it catches up with her?

This exciting romantic-suspense novel will appeal to readers who enjoy inspirational Christian fiction.

*I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion which I've shared.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Watch the Video Trailer for Dragonwatch, Brandon Mull's latest Fablehaven Novel

Today I'm thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for Brandon Mull's brand new book, Dragonwatch.


At the Christensen home, we're huge fans of Brandon Mull and his Fablehaven series. I'm currently reading the Fablehaven series to my eight-year-old son and this will mark the third time I've read it. I read the entire series once myself, then part of it to my daughters, and now to the next kid in line. He absolutely loves the books and is so excited to be able to take AR tests at school on the "big books" we're reading.
Dragons were a very exciting part of Fablehaven so when we discovered that Mull was writing a sequel to the Fablehaven series featuring Dragons, there was all kinds of excitement!
Mull's writing style is excellent because his characters are well-developed and the descriptions of the many different creatures, including dragons, in the book create a picture in the mind like a movie. Mull also uses tons of vocabulary or BIG words that challenge the readers to expand their word lists. I've enjoyed reading to my kids because they'll often ask what a word means and then we can explain it. Other times, I know that they've learned a new word just from the context of the sentence.
The storyline is often intense and the kids never want me to stop reading.
If you're looking for a great book and an excellent series to dive into with your family or just for your own reading pleasure, you won't want to miss Dragonwatch and the entire Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull.


Here's more about the book:
In the long-awaited sequel to Fablehaven, the dragons who have been kept at the dragon sanctuaries no longer consider them safe havens, but prisons and they want their freedom. The dragons are no longer our allies....
In the hidden dragon sanctuary of Wyrmroost, Celebrant the Just, King of the Dragons, plots his revenge. He has long seen the sanctuaries as prisons, and he wants nothing more than to overthrow his captors and return the world to the Age of Dragons, when he and his kind ruled and reigned without borders. The time has come to break free and reclaim his power.
No one person is capable of stopping Celebrant and his dragon horde. It will take the ancient order of Dragonwatch to gather again if there is any chance of saving the world from destruction. In ancient times, Dragonwatch was a group of wizards, enchantresses, dragon slayers, and others who originally confined the majority of dragons into sanctuaries. But nearly all of the original Dragonwatch members are gone, and so the wizard Agad reaches out to Grandpa Sorenson for help.
As Kendra and Seth confront this new danger, they must draw upon all their skills, talents, and knowledge as only they have the ability to function together as a powerful dragon tamer. Together they must battle against forces with superior supernatural powers and breathtaking magical abilities.
How will the epic dragon showdown end? Will dragons overthrow humans and change the world as we know it?

There's an amazing new video trailer too. Watch it here:


Pay tribute to your favorite dragons! Send us a photo on social media and Brandon Mull may pick YOU as the fan most “Decked Out for Dragonwatch”!

If you love dragons, gather together your best dragon gear and unleash your imagination by creating a space in your home, classroom, library, or local bookstore that pays tribute to all your favorite dragons from Fablehaven and anywhere else in the universe.

Take a picture of your “Decked Out for Dragonwatch” space and send it to us via social media. Brandon Mull will choose the best, most creative spaces from submitted entries, and we’ll send those lucky fans and autographed copy of Dragonwatch plus a copy of The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven and Fablehaven Book of Imagination.

See the website for the five ways to enter and the official rules: http://brandonmull.com/decked/

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Deadly Inheritance, a New Book Spotlight by Clair M. Poulson

I've been reading Clair Poulson novels for over ten years. He writes great mysteries, often with characters who are members of the LDS or Mormon church. His novels are clean, gripping, and entertaining.

His latest novel Deadly Inheritance looks interesting...take a peek.
Deadly Inheritance by [Poulson, Clair M.]

Andi Buckner and her twin brother, Bolden, have had enough of the rough streets of Detroit. When they can no longer bear the drugs and abuse within their home, the twins make their escape: Bolden to the military, and Andy to wherever the wind takes her. With few belongings and no specific destination, Andi eventually finds herself across the table from a kind old man in a quaint café in Spring Hollow, Montana. Louis “Gramps” Granger, a retired cop, takes Andi under his wing. Andi soon finds a peace she’s never known as she roots herself in the small town, working at the café and living in a cabin on Gramp’s property. But her peace is short-lived. . . When an enemy from Gramp’s past murders the old man, Andi’s need to see justice served draws her into an investigation far beyond her own abilities. But hundreds of miles away, her twin brother senses her despair and heeds her silent plea for help. Andi is soon reunited with her brother as well as with Bolden’s friend, private investigator Mason Crowther. Together, the trio delves into a mystery and soon discovers that the murderer’s motive goes far deeper than any of them imagined. With the truth almost within reach, they find themselves directly in the path of a killer who will stop at nothing to finish what they’ve started. . . .

To see more of Clair's books, visit this page here.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Want to Change Your Eating for the Better? Check out the Recipe Hacker Confidential

I have loved cooking ever since I was a little girl. At the time, I remember my mom saying that she hated cooking and I couldn't imagine it. She said, "Wait, until you have a family and you'll understand."
I understand now. As a mother of five little kids, it feels like all I do is fix stuff to eat, which then makes a mess, we clean up, and then start over. Luckily, my amazing husband likes to do dishes, or else I would've given up a long time ago. But I digress, I'm here to share a new cookbook with you today called The Recipe Hacker Confidential by Diana Keuilian.

I reviewed Diana's first Recipe Hacker cookbook here and I learned a lot from it. My family is dairy-free and some of us are also gluten-free so I treasure cookbooks like these which have taught me how to adapt pretty much any recipe I'd like to make for my family.
In her new book, Diana delves even deeper into how to prepare healthy recipes. I love Diana's insight and creative tips, such as the Lazy Man's Double Broiler--genius!
I'm lucky enough now to have a daughter who loves to cook, so one of the first recipes she tried was the vanilla pudding. That's something we never have because of dairy, so my kids thought it was a real treat! And I can share that these recipes are easy enough that an eleven-year-old can have success on the first try.
My cookbook is marked up with all the recipes we want to make and I'm feeling very encouraged about the positive approach to food that Diana teaches. This cookbook is a must for anyone with food allergies and for those who'd like to eat healthier and lose weight.
I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Here's more about this delicious cookbook:

The Recipe Hacker Confidential: Break the Code to Cooking Mouthwatering & Good-For-You Meals without Grains, Gluten, Dairy, Soy, or Cane Sugar

In today’s era of rampant food allergies, gluten-free popularity, and the rise of paleo eating, putting together a meal that will satisfy everyone at your table is easier said than done. With Diana Keuilian’s unique approach for “hacking” recipes, however, you’ll learn how to easily recreate beloved, traditional comfort foods without the grains, gluten, dairy, soy, or cane sugar.

The long-awaited follow-up to The Recipe HackerThe Recipe Hacker Confidential is bursting with more than 100 new recipes and stunning photos that will tantalize your taste buds while trimming your waist, with lighter versions of your favorite recipes such as:

- Breakfast Pizza, Sweet Potato Mini Muffins
- Butternut Squash Spaghetti
- Easy Teriyaki Chicken, Maple Bacon-Wrapped Salmon
- Real Healthy Snickers Bars
- Cookie Dough Bonbons

Keuilian spills all her secrets on how to hack these recipes—and many more—while preserving the flavor, presentation, and enjoyability of each sumptuous dish. She also shares stories and musings throughout the book that will inspire, encourage, motivate, and propel you toward weight loss, better health, and culinary happiness.

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