Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cover Reveal for Water So Deep by Nichole Giles & Giveaway

I'm thrilled to feature my good friend, Author Nichole Giles today!!! 
Let me introduce this talented lady before I share with you her brand new cover!

Author Bio:

Nichole Giles, the author of the Descendant trilogy, has lived in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Texas. She loves to spend time with her husband and four children, travel to tropical and exotic destinations, drive in the rain with the convertible top down, and play music at full volume so she can sing along.   

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Now here is a bit about this new book that the brand new cover is for!
Water So Deep Book Blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Emma Harris is drowning on dry land.

No one knows what’s happening to her, and she’d like to keep her evolution from human to mermaid a secret, but the truth is getting harder and harder to hide. From her adoptive family, from her friends, and especially from the irresistible James Phelps.

Her time in the ocean is spent dodging a possessive merman, while her time on land is split between caring for her special-needs brother and squeezing in every last possible moment of human life. She soon realizes falling for James is unavoidable when he constantly comes to Emma’s rescue and somehow manages to see through her carefully constructed icy facade to the vulnerability she lives with every day. Everything about James makes Emma yearn for a life on land she just can't have.

When Emma’s brother disappears on her watch, James is the only person she trusts to help her save him. But even if they can save her brother, nothing can prevent her return to the sea. Whether she likes it or not, Emma is changing—unable to breathe without yielding to the tide—and it's only a matter of time before she's forced to surrender forever.

Guess what?! I've already read this book because Nichole is one of my critique partners and I'm telling you that it is AMAZING! Ready to see her spectacular cover?

Here it is!!!

PRE-ORDER Water So Deep right here:Water So Deep

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Monday, December 15, 2014

RUN, JoLyn Brown's New book, Review

I was privileged to be able to read a new book by JoLyn Brown. RUN is a young adult novel.

JoLyn Brown captures the angst of teenagers well in this book. Morgan is a sixteen-year-old girl who has just discovered a love of running. She has a lot of issues with her over-bearing mother and absentee father. When Morgan is left with her six boy cousins for the summer, it seems like it couldn't be worse, but it ends up changing her life.
The story weaves in an element of mystery and lots of questions which keeps the reader turning pages to find out how Morgan will deal with the answers to her questions. I found that Morgan cries a lot over everything which is semi-typical of emotional teenage girls but got a bit tiresome for my personal preference. Brown does a great job of setting up realistic scenes of various ages of kids interacting together. Terrific job on making the reader feel Morgan's need to run in an emotional and physical sense.
This novel's main character is religious and I appreciated the references to her working out her own faith through prayer and thought. For her debut novel, Brown has made an excellent first run.

Here's the back cover blurb for the book:
When Supermom joins Dad on his latest project, sixteen-year-old Morgan is left at her aunts. Instead of dating the cute boy from the track team, she will now have to spend the summer keeping a sane distance between herself and her aunts six boys.
Morgan plans on the summer being awful. Encountering an army of spiders and getting lost while running should not surprise her. What she never expects is to stumble across an abandoned house her parents own an abandoned house her uncle committed suicide in. Someone ought to have mentioned that before now.
The past haunts Morgans dreams. The more she remembers and learns, the more she realizes even her cousins are not what she thought they were. Worse, she has somehow become a reflection of her uncle and everything her parents are running from. Morgan wants to hold on to the things she loves running, her cousins, the bits of her family still intact but as the summer passes, she starts to wonder if she s going to lose everything instead.
JoLyn Brown was raised alongside a peach orchard where she worked with her family. Some of her favorite memories are of listening to stories told by her relatives. These stories and her own experiences provide inspiration for her writing. Her published works include several short stories and A Circle of Sisters, an anthology of true stories about the Relief Society. JoLyn is currently working on a romantic fantasy novel and several companion novels to Run. She lives in Utah with her husband and two children. When she’s not writing, she sews, scrapbooks, reads, and spends time with her family. Learn more about JoLyn and her books by visiting
I received an e-copy of this book for review. I always share my honest opinions.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Indie and Proud, Cover Reveal for Christine Fonseca New Book

The business of publishing books continues to grow and expand into new realms. Self-publishing is a fast-growing sector and Christine's new book explores that arena. Check out the cover reveal here!

About INDIE AND PROUD: You did it! You achieved your dream of writing and publishing your book. You should be happy. Instead you feel trapped in an ever-changing publishing race, stressed over the never-ending to-do list, and frustrated with yourself for continuing to doubt your talents, despite achieving your goals.
Face it, being a creative is difficult, and achieving some measure of success in the business doesn’t make you immune to your own fears and doubts. If anything, your achievements have added even more pressures. Indie and Proud shines a light on those fears and pressures, providing tools to deal with your frustrations and embrace your passions again.
Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style, the book uses everyday examples and stories from writers and other artists to help artists find and maintain their balance in the exciting world of independent publishing. With specific strategies to address self-doubt, underlying fears, and the truly intense nature of being creative, Indie and Proud is a must read for anyone ready to embrace everything it means to be Indie.

Available: Preorders available 12/10; Book releases 2/2/2015

About Christine Fonseca: Critically acclaimed and award-winning nonfiction and fiction author Christine Fonseca is dedicated to helping children and adults find their unique voice in the world. In nonfiction, she delves into the world of giftedness, resiliency, and temperament, offering children and adults a no-nonsense, how-to approach to facing the world without fear. She has taught parenting classes for more than a decade, works with educators to understand the social and emotional needs of the gifted, and is a frequent presenter statewide conferences on topics related to children and education. Christine works as a school psychologist in the elementary, middle and high school levels. She also coaches children and parents to work through their anxieties and discover their talents.
Christine has written self-help articles for, Johnson & Johnson, Bop/Tiger Beat, and Justine Magazine. She was awarded 2013 Special Achievement Award from the Surrey International Writer’s Conference for her body of work and efforts to give back to the community and was a semifinalist in the Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Book (YA) for her thriller, Transcend. Recent  titles include The Girl Guide, Quiet Kids, and YA suspense novel, Collide.
Christine lives in the San Diego area with her husband and children. When she isn’t crafting new books, she can be found sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at the local coffee house, or exploring the world with her family. For more information about Christine Fonseca or her books, visit her website

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Beam n Read, Personal Light, My Review

 Are you in need of the perfect something for your someone? :) Need a stocking stuffer idea?
Check out the Beam n Read Personal light.
 Beam n Read  

This little device is so much better than others I've seen on the market because of the handy adjustable neck strap and the ability to change the power of the light with filters in red and orange. I like how the light flips up at just the right level for reading or working with projects.
I've always wanted a personal reading light but I've tried the clip-on kind and they don't make me a happy reader! I received a sample of this device to review and I'm excited that it has lived up to the advertising information. 

The cord it comes with is plenty long if you don't want to use batteries. I've mainly used mine with batteries. The light is plenty bright and I tried the red and orange plastic shields to see how they work--would be great if you have sensitive eyes or don't need as bright a light in certain situations. 

I used my Bean N Read while watching a movie with my hubby because I wanted to crochet. This was the perfect solution for those who want a movie theater-like atmosphere because I was still able to crochet without turning on the lights!  
Here's a funny thing that I've used my Beam N Read for--to check on my baby during the night. My eyes don't adjust to the dark very well and so I used my handy little light to help me out! I checked on my baby who was fast asleep and thought I smelled something amiss, but you know the rule: Never wake a sleeping baby! But the other rule is never let them get a diaper rash from sitting in their poop! What to do? I put on my Beam N Read, carefully checked his diaper (which I could do because my hands were free) and found peace of mind. Baby was happy because he could keep sleeping and Mama was happy to go to sleep knowing baby was comfortable and clean. I've also used my Beam N Read for reading and look forward to finding more uses. I'm thinking this would be quite helpful when camping. You could walk through the campground carrying kids and supplies with your hands free light!
I'm very pleased with this product, it's high quality, and various uses.

Purchase your own Beam N Read Reading Light from AMAZON
  Beam N Read Hands Free Travel and Reading Light New edition Beam n Read Hands-Free Light delivers a wide & bright light that lights up 2 book pages and doesn't disturb others. It's a true reading light that works with all printed books, Kindles and other eReaders (whether naked, skinned, or covered), PLUS newspapers, magazines, newsletters, loose documents, and other items that can't support a clip-on light. Worn around the neck, there's no need to shift it when reading paperbacks. Included are two 2 special Relaxation Filters: BNR Orange for a softer, warmer light that blocks energizing blue light (especially useful when reading to relax in bed); BNR Red to block blue light and reduce ambient light for sensitive bed partners. Standard alkaline AA batteries (not included) last an extra long 100 hours, far longer than flashlights and clip-on lights resulting in a lower cost to use (and fewer batteries in the trash). This light is still bright when others have gone dim. Save batteries for when you're on the go with the optional USB/AC Power Kit with 12 ft of cable that lets you plug into the included USB/AC adapter. Or plug into a USB car adapter/charger, or a computer USB port, or a USB adapter/charger for cell phones, etc. In addition to reading, this 3 LED hands-free light is great for crafts, travel, and walking in dim or dark places such as an attic, basement, or around the house during a power outage. Use it for writing journals, working, camping, changing diapers at night, and a lot more.  
Makes a Great Gift! AMAZON
  Testimonials "I've never liked clip-on book lights because they add weight to the book, sometimes fall off, make it awkward to hold the book, and interfere with page turning. The Beam N Read has none of these problems, making them a pleasure to use" - "The red filter is my favorite. My hubby doesn't like when I turn on a bright reading light in the dark...It cuts down ambient light, making everyone happy." - "The Beam N Read is by far the best personal reading light we have ever come across," - Scott Carmichael, Executive Editor,   Features
  • For hands free personal light anywhere; extra bright light is easy on the eyes; doesn’t disturb others
  • Wide light from 3 LEDs in a row lights up 2 book pages; works with ALL Kindles, eReaders
  • BNR Orange Relaxation Filter softens and warms the cool LED light and blocks energizing blue light
  • BNR Red Relaxation Filter blocks blue light, reduces ambient light, & helps maintains night vision
  • Alkaline AA batteries (not incl) last Extra Long 100 hours, 3-10x longer than most clip-on lights
Also Available
Beam N Read USB/AC Power Kit Beam n Read USB Adapter
  Save batteries for when you're on the go or the next power outage with the Beam n Read Accessory USB Power Kit. It works with all Beam n Read LED Hands-Free lights (3 and 6 LED lights). In addition to the adapter's 6 foot BnR to USB cable, this kit includes an additional 6 foot USB extension cord letting you work up to 12 feet from a USB-A socket. Need a longer cable? - just add a standard USB extension cable. Use the included USB/AC adapter or a USB DC car adapter/charger, or a computer's USB port, or the USB adapter/charger for your cell phone, e-reader, etc. You may leave batteries in the Beam n Read or take them out to make a super lightweight light. Please note this kit is for external power adapter and will not recharge batteries.
Purchase your Adapter from Amazon
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November 10th to December 10th

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Holiday Miracle Blog Tour

Today I have a visitor in the form of a brand new Christmas story from award-winner June McCrary Jacobs. I love the holiday season and one of my favorite parts is discovering new heart-warming Christmas stories that fit my mood for the season.This is a novella so it's a perfect length for this busy time of year. I'm looking forward to reading it. Check out more information about the book and June below.

"A classic holiday story filled with faith, service, and a dash of romance."
When her student, six-year-old Mary Noel, survives a car accident over Thanksgiving break, Amber and her new friend, Paul, are determined to cheer her up during the holidays. But Mary Noel’s most painful injury is the loss of her dog. The more withdrawn Mary Noel becomes, the more Amber and Paul need a miracle—a miracle that requires the entire community’s help. "I wanted to portray a wholesome relationship between a man and woman with similar values where their friendship and common goals were the basis for developing a love relationship,” said McCrary Jacobs. “The community of Apple Blossom pulls together to help a family in need and is very successful in their efforts.”

 “A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom” is available in bookstores and on,, and
You can read an excerpt of this story on Amazon, here

About the Author: June McCrary Jacobs spent twenty years as a primary grade educator after graduating from California State University, Hayward, with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a multiple-subject teaching credential. Along with writing fiction, June is a freelance designer of sewing, quilting and crafting projects. “A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom” is June's debut novel, though not her first published work. Since 2007 June's original sewing, quilting and stitchery projects and articles have been published in national and international magazines including Stitch, Sew News, Sewing World, Simply Handmade, Sew Hip, Sewing Savvy, Crafts 'n Things and Create & Decorate. Two of her sewing designs for children will appear in the upcoming “101 One-Yard Little Wonders” book published by Storey Publishing. A Californian since age six, June currently resides in the San Joaquin Valley. Learn more about June's writing endeavors and view some of her original sewing projects by visiting her website at

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Christmas in Snow Valley, New Anthology and Giveaway

Are you looking for a great read this holiday season? I love to read Christmas stories this time of year so I'm looking forward to cozying up with this new set of Christmas romance novellas. Check out the details and enter the giveaway below!

Christmas in Snow Valley is only $.99 until November 8th.

Snow Valley, Montana, is a small community with the tradition of doing Christmas big. Festivities begin with tree lighting in the town square the day after Thanksgiving and continue until the culminating romantic Christmas Ball. From the Polar Express to a Winter Carnival, there’s something for every wonder-filled  child—and every couple who’s in love—or about to be.

An Unexpected Kiss by Cindy Roland Anderson
Lucy Phillips doesn’t want to spend her Christmas vacation dodging her ex-boyfriend, so when he turns up at the airport to give her a ride home, Lucy panics and asks a complete stranger to kiss her. Although the kiss is incredible, Lucy never expects to see the guy again. Is it bad luck or destiny when Lucy comes down with a sore throat and the new doctor in Snow Valley is none other than the guy she kissed at the airport?

Feels Like Love by Jeanette Lewis
Christmas in Snow Valley is the perfect way for April Winston to introduce her city slicker fiancĂ©, Scott Mecham, to life on a farm. If only Wade Hadley, hometown boy and high school sweetheart, will cooperate! But Wade has no intention of letting April go without a fight. This Christmas, Wade is determined to overcome their painful past and show April that she already has what she’s been seeking all along.

Full Court Devotion by Cami Checketts
Kazlyn is too busy with her schooling and future plans to enjoy life, let alone fall in love with a man who has heartbreak written all over him. Tyrese Hamilton, a college basketball star and major heartthrob, is intrigued when Kazlyn doesn't pursue him or even seem interested. Ty's career is in jeopardy, and he needs a miracle and Kazlyn to save him.

The Christmas Eve Kiss by Taylor Hart
When Molly O’Hare gets a prediction that she will kiss her true love on Christmas Eve, she thinks it’s utterly ridiculous. But when she gets teamed up with Kevin Snow, aka her ex-boyfriend, to decorate a Christmas tree, things start to change. Too bad getting over the past is hard and seeing him kiss another girl is even harder. Now Molly is left with a choice—run away from home and heartbreak or let Christmas work out a miracle all of its own.

Risking it all for Love by Award-Winning author, Kimberley Montpetit
Ever since her high school boyfriend's death from a car accident three years earlier, Jessica Mason and her hometown of Snow Valley, Montana with all its awful memories have NOT been compatible. Running away to New Orleans on a ballet scholarship, Jessica cringes when she thinks about confronting Pastor John and the community church--she doesn't want to talk about God, not after He took Michael, the boy she was going to marry ever since third grade.
In the local scene of funky New Orleans, Jessica seeks out Madame LaBlanc, hoping Michael will absolve her of her guilt the night of the car accident in a seance, but the spirit world is silent and she fears the grief will drown her.
Finally succumbing to family pressure, Jessica reluctantly returns for Christmas - and the little town of Snow Valley does Christmas BIG. When she visits Michael’s grave in the church yard, Jessica is shocked to meet handsome James Douglas, Pastor John’s nephew, who’s studying for the ministry. No, she is NOT going to be attracted to someone who wants to be a preacher! Definitely not compatible! But James Douglas is unlike any minister-in-training she's ever met. James can not only dish back Jessica’s finely-tuned sarcasm but understands grief all too well, turning Jessica’s world upside down.
Can Jessica forgive herself for that terrible, fateful night? Can she take another risk on love?

Blue Christmas by Lucy McConnell
As head of Snow Valley hospital's fundraising effort, Paisley Hackett barely has time to organize the craft show, cookie decorating party, and the annual Christmas Ball. What she doesn't have time for is falling in love with Clay Jett, the incredibly handsome bass player who sweeps into town. She's been burned by a tourist romance before and, with everything going on, Paisley will have to work overtime to protect her heart from Clay and his swoon-worthy ballads.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

The No Stress Holiday Organizer, Review and Great Ideas for this season!

Tis the season! I really can't believe it's already that time of year. It feels like this year has gone by so fast. My new baby is already 4 1/2 months old and it's time to get my Christmas shopping finished up. I like to get all my gifts early so that I can spend the rest of the holiday season enjoying the festivities and outings that we plan as a family.
I signed up to be part of the review team for this handy new organizer.

There are tons of clever tips for planning in here and I love checklists so I'm a fan of all the lists they included. Even if I don't do everything mentioned for my particular party, I can check off what I am planning on doing.
There are great instructions included for things like carving a turkey and recipes for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's. I like that there are blank recipe cards printed inside where I can put my favorites. Each of the three holidays also has a section where you can record information about the decorations you have and those you need. This is an excellent feature because we store all of our holiday stuff in a garage loft and often forget what is inside all of those totes!
Another helpful inclusion is a list for the gifts I've purchased and checkmarks for if they are wrapped and ready. I've already started writing down my Christmas To-Do list in this book that fits easily in my purse. If you're looking for a holiday helper, you'll find it in this organizer.
Get organized this holiday season! Make your plans for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's as enjoyable for you as it is for your guests. From calendars and checklists to budget sheets and journal pages, this book saves you the time and money to enjoy family traditions old and new-year after year!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


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