Friday, August 29, 2014

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Something About Love by Elana Johnson

Elana Johnson is a fabulous writer, so I'm excited to tell you about her latest novel! Check out all the deets and enter the giveaway too!

About SOMETHING ABOUT LOVE: High school senior Olivia Winging gave up her love of photography when she gave up her boyfriend, Trevor Youngblood, a year and a half ago. She broke things off with Trevor because her mom married his dad, and dating your step-brother? Creepy.

Livvy hasn’t been on good terms with her mother since, and one of her stipulations for staying at the Youngblood’s every other weekend is that Trevor can’t be there. When she gets nominated for the Junior Photography in Excellence award, Trevor insists she enter. She agrees—only if every photo in the portfolio can be of him. Knowing that Livvy can capture a person’s deepest secrets through her lens, Trevor hesitates before accepting the deal.

As Livvy gets behind the lens of her camera again, her love of photography is rekindled. Unfortunately, the time she spends with Trevor also re-ignites the old flame for him she’s kept smothered for so long.

In order for Livvy to finish her portfolio, she’ll have to face her feelings for Trevor as well as deal with the animosity between her and her mother. Livvy’s always been able to capture a person’s soul from behind the camera—but she’s not sure she likes it when the lens is suddenly focused on her. If she can’t find a way to forgive her mother and admit how she feels about Trevor, Livvy may end up losing more than just the photography contest. She could lose her heart. 

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Special Promo: Elevated, Elana’s first verse novel, will be FREE for five days in September as SOMETHING ABOUT LOVE releases! So get your copy of Elevated for free from Monday, September, 15 – Friday, September 19. (Elevated buy link:

Praise for Elana’s first verse novel, Elevated:
“The taut poetry keeps tension high. The plot is deftly paced, as past intrudes on present, like a photograph emerging in developing fluid.” ~San Francisco Book Review

“Every word Johnson writes carries an emotional heft that lifts readers up to the highest happiness and then sends them crashing down to the depths of despair. It is easy to flow from the first word to the last without ever putting down the book. Johnson shows outstanding talent in this form, and her words are beautiful, important and deeply felt.” ~The Deseret News
About Elana Johnson: Elana Johnson’s work, including Possession, Surrender, Abandon, and Regret, published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster), is available now everywhere books are sold. Her popular ebook, From the Query to the Call, is also available for free download, as well as a Possession short story, Resist

Her self-published novels include two YA contemporary novels-in-verse, Elevated and Something About Love, as well as a YA/NA futuristic fantasy series, which includes Elemental Rush, Elemental Hunger, and Elemental Release.

School teacher by day, Query Ninja by night, you can find her online at her personal blog or Twitter. She also co-founded the Query Tracker blog, and contributes to the League of Extraordinary Writers.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Strange Dreams & Why I'm Still Blogging

So lately I haven't been able to give much attention to this blog, because I just had my fifth baby and turned in my fifth book to my publisher! But I also didn't want to give up and wasn't sure how to juggle everything.
Here's a pic of me and that sweet baby boy!

Can you believe that I have been blogging for almost 7 years?! I was surprised when I looked back to see and I definitely don't want to quit now because I've met so many great bloggy friends over the years.
A few days ago, I read this lovely post by J. A. Bennett and felt inspired to just let go and blog for the fun of it again.

Here's the result of that freeing feeling--I'm going to tell you about the crazy dream I had last night. Be ready, it's pretty silly, it made my hubby laugh and shake his head when I told him.

In the dream I was at some sort of parade, sitting next to my husband. I noticed that my publisher, Shadow Mountain, was there and some other book friends. Then I noticed that there were some book reviewers walking along and one in particular had a big poster with her review of my latest book, Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things. She came right up to me and I glanced at the poster and noticed the review was less than glowing. The reviewer started talking to me in kind of a negative way and my husband started arguing with her so I whispered to him, "Don't argue, just listen."
Then the reviewer with her big yellow poster started telling me how she didn't like how I wrote the book in a Sci Fi (Science Fiction) style. *Here is where you note that this is an especially strange dream*
I told the reviewer that my book wasn't Sci Fi, it was a mystery, but she didn't agree and wanted to bash my book. So then I said, "If you think my book is Sci Fi, then I don't want to talk to you. Go and talk to my publisher."
And then my dream moved to the set of "Shark Tank" where I was a spectator listening to some guy talk about how he had a chocolate breakfast shake every morning and Mark Cuban nodded and said, "Yeah, I do that too. I haven't ate breakfast in fifteen years."

See I told you my dream was bizarro!
My analysis with a few chuckles: My new book is definitely on my mind a lot because I hope that people like it and I'm excited to see what they think and I guess a little worried too! My reviews have been great though so I better remind my dream self not to worry so much.
I definitely know how the Shark Tank entered my dreams. My hubby and I recently discovered the show and are hooked! We've been watching reruns a couple nights a week. We watched the episode where Danny presented InvisaRack and Robert Herjavec cried when he talked about his factory worker father. I'm thinking that's why Shark Tank entered my dream land.

See, now that was fun and I'm reminded why I enjoyed blogging at the very beginning when I started almost seven years ago. I'm going to try my best to update this blog every Friday with a more personal post, delving more into my journaling style. On Wednesday, I'll continue to review books and products. I love to share reviews, especially about great books!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The 2 Minute Marriage Project, My Review

I'm happy to share my review of a new book with you that will re-ignite the love and happiness in your marriage. The 2 Minute Marriage Project by Heidi Poelman is an easy read that will give you great tips and simple steps to improve your marriage in just 2 minutes or less!
 This book is a shot in the arm for your marriage. It will help rejuvenate those feelings you had that brought you and your spouse together in the first place. Heidi's writings style is fun to read and her tips are great reminders about what is most important and where our focus should lie. I read a chapter or two each day and then made a conscious effort to utilize the ideas that Heidi provides. I noticed myself smiling more at my amazing husband, noticing the good things about him, feeling more loved by him and all around lucky that I landed such a great guy.

I think this book is for every marriage in every stage because it's easy to forget the little things and those are most important. I think it'd be a great wedding gift too!

Here's a little more info about the book:
The Two-Minute Marriage Project is a book for everyone because it focuses on how little things in relationships make the biggest differences. After all, falling in love is easy; it’s staying in love that takes work.

Supported by expert studies, interviews with happily married couples, and years of personal experience, author Heidi Poelman shares the simple secrets that keep love alive. Key themes from the book include:
  • The importance of perspective
  • The power of loving words
  • Little deeds that make a big difference
  • Learning how to handle conflict


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