Monday, December 16, 2013
I have found a new love in these wonderful novellas! They are the perfect romance tales with strong characters and clean plot lines. Splendidly written, each story fully satisfies just like a full-length novel.
In the newest series, A European Collection, six fabulous authors have teamed up to produce a superb collection of stories. I think you should read all of the anthologies, and not just because my story was featured in the Autumn Collection.
Each of the time periods in these novellas vary which I found interesting and I loved "visiting" different parts of Europe with each character. I loved how Annette Lyon drew in history from Finland during the war. G.G. Vandagriff took me back to an era of carriages and ball gowns. Michelle Paige Holmes brings an element of mystery and suspense with her tale of romance. Sarah Eden delights with her usual wit and charm that make me wish I could meet all of her lovely characters. Heather Moore spun a beautiful tale in France with perhaps my favorite heroine of the series. And Nancy Campbell Allen draws an intriguing love story in Venice surrounded by the beauty and mystery of art.
These stories are sure to satisfy your craving for a good read!
You can learn more about these anthologies and upcoming books here http://timelessromanceanthologies.blogspot.com/
Amazon #1 Bestselling series in *New Release* for Clean Romance
"This collection... escorts readers through historic Europe’s romantic settings in search of the perfect love story." --DESERET NEWS, Melissa DeMoux
Here's a short blurb about each of these stories:
In War of Hearts, Annette Lyon’s exciting novella, 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.
In G.G. Vandagriff’s enchanting novella, The Earl of Oaksey Takes a Wife, Melissa Burroughs is the new Countess of Oaksey. Her whirlwind romance and subsequent elopement was worth every divine moment, even if her parents did disapprove. When Melissa learns about her new husband’s apparently empty pockets, she wonders if the intimacy they’ve shared is only the ruse of a fortune-hunter. Melissa is devastated and determines to live a separate life from her new husband. But the Earl has other plans, which do not include staying away from his wife.
In Michele Paige Holmes’ charming story, Gift of Love, Ethan Mooreleigh knows he’ll never love another woman after the loss of his beloved wife. Yet he needs a male heir to inherit his vast fortune. Ethan’s best friend, Stuart, has an idea and retrieves his sister, Amelia, who has been living in a convent since the tragic death of her parents. Amelia only agrees to enter into the contract marriage because there’s a child involved, Ethan’s neglected three-year-old daughter. When Amelia meets Ethan for the first time at the altar, she realizes that the last thing she wants her marriage to be is loveless. But winning a man whose heart is still broken may be impossible.
A Lesson in Love, a delightful novella by Sarah M. Eden, captures the uncertainties of newlywed life. Lucy Stanthorpe arrives for the London Season, planning to attend every ball and musicale with her new husband, Reed, only to discover he has no intention of taking part in the social whirl. Spurred on by their family and friends, Lucy and Reed each formulate increasingly outlandish plans to teach the other a lesson in appreciation. Their battle of wills threatens to pull the young couple apart unless they can both soften their stubborn hearts.
In An Ocean Away, Heather B. Moore’s captivating story, Gina Graydon knows the last thing she’ll attract on her holiday in France is an eligible bachelor. Tall, outspoken, and with a weakness for laughing at the wrong moment, not to mention being much too occupied with reading gothic romances, Gina decides she’d rather live in her fictional world. Besides, the only man who pays attention to her at the resort hotel happens to be her father’s worst enemy. And that is far from romantic. Reading in a secluded garden, and dreaming about the perfect kiss, all keep Gina much too busy to consider Mr. Edmund Donaldson any sort of hero.
Nancy Campbell Allen’s entrancing novella, What Happens in Venice, follows Evangeline Stuart as she determines to enjoy her vacation in Venice—her first and likely her last since she lives under the strict confines of her step-father’s control. When she meets the mysterious and romantic Conte Bellini, who happens to be Italy’s most eligible bachelor, she decides he is all part of the dream of visiting Venice. It’s impossible for her to believe that his interest in her is anything more than kindness to a foreign visitor. But when he discovers the true betrayal of her step-father, Evangeline learns the Conte may be the one person with the power to restore her happiness.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
I went on a special diet and learned a ton about gluten-free cooking. I don't know if I'll always have to be gluten-free but let me tell you, if you're just eating pre-made GF mixes from the store and other pre-made GF crap and you recognize that it is crap and also a diabetic nightmare, this is the cookbook for you! Jillayne Clements is my new hero! The Secrets of Gluten-Free Baking is the best cookbook I've seen for Gluten-Free eating. Jillayne shows how to simply and easily sprout rice and beans to make your own healthful, fresh, and tasty flours. Don't let the word "sprout" scare you, it really is 5 minutes a day and to prove it, I have pictures.
I received this cookbook to review on Friday and I've already made Black Bean Brownies, Chicken & Dumpling Soup, and this morning--absolutely scrumptious Sourdough Pancakes--and all of it was gluten-free!
Here's a couple pictures of the batter for my pancakes this morning
Here's the blurb from the book:
Gluten-free, healthy and delicious? Yes, it is possible! Use Jillayne Clements unique whole foods approach to baking to create Buttermilk Biscuits, Honey Oat Bread, Potato Rolls, German Chocolate Cake, and more! This book blends taste and satisfying nutrition into mouthwatering gluten-free recipes your whole family will enjoy. Bake your way to better health today!
If you'd like to see more about this book, check out my companion website, www.mashedpotatoesandcrafts.com for a special post with more pictures and instructions.
Visit Jillayne's author website here http://www.jillayneclements.com/
and her blog here http://jillayneclements.blogspot.com/
Purchase at Amazon Deseret Book http://beta.deseretbook.com/Secrets-Gluten-Free-Baking-Cookbook-Jillayne-Clements/i/5117610, and anywhere great books are sold!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Christmas is a time for celebrating the birth of Christ and a time for giving. In the middle of this busy season, it is easy to forget the very reason why we celebrate. The first Christmas began with gifts of light and gold. This Christmas ask: What gifts can I give to Him?
In 12 Gifts for Christ, author Merrilee Boyack suggests ways we can give to the Savior, including having gratitude, sharing through service, and loving others. With examples of these gifts shared through personal stories, scriptures, activities, and family home evening lessons, she suggests presenting those gifts to Christ in letters placed in stockings or brightly wrapped boxes. Following the ideas of this book will truly add joy to the spirit in our hearts and homes during Christmas!
Rachelle's Thoughts: I know I'm not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I have a soft spot for James Christensen's artwork--lovely! I also have a soft spot for Merrilee Boyack's wonderfully inspiring writing style. This book is another winner with its simple format that teaches and ignites a desire to bring the meaning of Christmas closer with the ability to celebrate year-round the true meaning of the season: Jesus Christ. If you're looking for the perfect family gift this year, pick this book up. Merrilee has included personal stories as well as creative lessons and ideas to utilize each of 12 different gifts we can give to Christ.
I'm excited that I could receive a review copy of this book to read and share with you and now I get to offer a fun Christmas Giveaway for a copy of 12 Gifts for Christ by Merrilee Boyack for one of you, my wonderful readers!
About the Author
Merrilee Boyack is a crazed woman who loves eating out and taking naps when she can. She is an estate-planning attorney who conducts her law practice from home. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in business management—finance, and from University of Santa Clara Law School. Merrilee is also a professional lecturer, featured for many years at BYU Education Week, and a published author. Her interests include reading, camping, talking, eating, and helping children in Africa. She’s now a pesco-vegetarian and is having to relearn how to cook!
She 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; and her most recent, In Trying Times, Just Keep Trying. Merrilee and her husband, Steve, reside in Poway, California, and have four sons, one grandson, and a granddaughter on the way!
Available at Deseret Book http://beta.deseretbook.com/12-Gifts-Christ-Merrilee-Browne-Boyack/i/5107236
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