Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Book Cover Reveal of Condemn Me Not by Heather Moore


I am thrilled to announce the 
cover reveal of 
USA Today Bestselling Author 
Heather B. Moore's 
CONDEMN ME NOT.
Yes, I get to show you this absolutely breathtaking cover!

CONDEMN ME NOT releases 
March 14th, 2017!

Preorder links ebook / paperback




Are you ready to see the cover of this book that I can't wait to read?


Here it is!




Want to learn more about Heather's incredible books? Visit her website here: http://hbmoore.com/

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things Available for Free Download

It's only the first week of December, but I wanted to make sure you had time to enjoy your Christmas gift from me this year, so I'm giving it to you early! The first book in my bestselling Wedding Planner Mystery Series is available in ebook for free right now in the Kindle store. You can get Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things free right here until Dec 9th at 10pm MST. Feel free to share this gift with your friends, they can download their very own copy too!

And a special bonus is that the rest of the series is on special too! Veils and Vengeance is on sale for only 99 cents and Proposals and Poison is also on sale now right here!
Grab your copies before this special free download and sale ends!
 
Happy Holidays! May your days be full of great books and happy memory-making!

Friday, December 2, 2016

$300 Holiday Cash Giveaway Just in Time for Christmas Shopping

Are you finished with your Christmas shopping? No? Me either, but I have something that might help you get motivated! How about a $300 Holiday cash giveaway? These are fun and if you've been following me, you'll already have a few entries. Scroll down to thee very bottom of the rafflecopter and you'll see where you can sign up for my newsletter, receive a free book and get an extra entry!
So read the deets and enter to win!

Holiday Cash Giveaway
$300 Holiday Cash Giveaway – December 1st to 21st
Enter for your chance to win a $300 Amazon Gift Code or $300 in Paypal Cash!! Thanks to this awesome group of bloggers and authors who have joined with me to bring you one fabulous prize!!

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  Giveaway Details $300 in Paypal Cash or a $300 Amazon.com eGift Card Ends 12/21/16 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or gift codes via Amazon.com. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.   a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Different Look at WWII in Winter Sky by Chris Stewart

I love reading historical fiction written with strong plot lines that pull me into the story and help me feel how it might have been to live through actual events. I especially love reading about World War II and in his new book, Winter Sky, Chris Stewart has opened a door to shed light on an aspect of WWII that isn't as well-known. The Polish resistance fighters were an incredible facet to a horrible war and I'd never heard about their efforts before this book. This book is a work of fiction, but Stewart knows his stuff and interweaves fact with his fiction to create a compelling setting and storyline.
Rachelle's thoughts on this book:
I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read at only 177 pages but it pulled me in and had me rooting for the main characters. I enjoyed the suspense of the story as Lucas struggled to recover from injuries and make tough choices as well as the connections to family that comes full-circle in this story. If you've read Chris Stewart before then you'll recognize his writing style of moving quickly from different viewpoints and how his scenes sometimes appear as snippets that push the throttle of the book forward. He doesn't dwell too long in one place and you'll likely finish the book hoping for a sequel just like me. If you haven't read Chris Stewart, then this is an excellent place to start and I'd highly recommend the Great and Terrible Series.
For Winter Sky, I would have liked to see some author notes in the back of the book with details about his research and how he chose this story, mostly because I'd never heard of the Polish resistance fighters before this book. If this book is a stand-alone, then an epilogue would have been nice because the ending is abrupt while still providing closure.

More about the book:
In a bombed-out Polish village during World War II, a young resistance fighter finds that he is suddenly alone and trapped between two opposing armies. He is one of Poland’s “Devil’s Rebels” fighting desperately to save his homeland, but an injury has erased his memory and his only possession is a torn photograph of a couple he assumes are his parents. The woman appears to be holding the hand of a young child whose image has been ripped off. Could this be him?

Caught in the crosshairs of the retreating German army and the advancing Russian forces, the village holds nothing but destruction and despair until a mysterious young woman offers a small glimmer of hope that may represent his last chance – news of a refugee train departing from a nearby town, headed for American installations at the border.

But complications arise when the resistance fighter is betrayed by his own countryman and hunted by German SS officers who are determined to kill him before they retreat. Desperately searching for a home and family he can’t remember, he is persuaded to rescue two children who are doomed to die without his help. But as time runs out, the former rebel is faced with an impossible choice. Standing at the crossroads of saving himself or risking his life for strangers, what would motivate a young man at the brink of salvation to make one more sacrifice?

New York Times Best-selling author Chris Stewart has created a powerful, soul-moving story of compassion and hope against all odds, set against the true-life backdrop of Eastern Poland and the courageous efforts of the “Devil’s Rebels” in the waning months of World War II.

I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Fablehaven Book of Imagination by Brandon Mull Just in time for Christmas

Have you read the Fablehaven series? No, okay, we'll pause and take a deep breath while you go check them out NOW! Okay, but seriously, I LOVE this series. My kids LOVE this series. There are 5 books to be devoured and now, just in time for Christmas, Brandon Mull has created an interactive book with all kinds of games, puzzles, even recipes (for slime and such) that will be perfect for the kiddos. The new Fablehaven Book of Imagination  is a hit for boys and girls in my house from ages 5-13 so if you're looking for something unique to add to that pile of presents, check out this new book!


I loved the design of this book made for those little wizards with large font, lots of interactive ways to create and play, and fun illustrations!
Here's a little more about this book:
Learn how to make Wizard Slime, create fairy fashions, and solve the Dreamstone maze in this first-ever interactive book of Fablehaven awesomeness. And that s just the beginning: *Make your own origami model of Raxtus the dragon *Draw a map of your own magical preserve *Practice withstanding a distracter spell *Solve riddles from the sphinx *Learn how to play a game of Shadow Tag *Learn how to draw a dragon *Color detailed coloring pages of Fablehaven creatures *Make an enchanted rain stick *Learn to cook Ogre Stew *And much, much more . .
And within the pages of this book are secret codes that will help readers discover a secret message from Brandon Mull about Dragonwatch, the sequel series to Fablehaven.
This book even has a recipe for wizard slime and here's a cool video

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Book Release Party for Clean Romance with 3 New Books & $75 Giveaway!

It's so fun to be part of the release party for these three fabulous clean romance books. Please enter to win $75 prize money and a gift basket from Suite 716 through the Rafflecopter below.
Happy reading!



When Everly Watson goes on a Hawaiian holiday, she never expects to fall head-over-heels for movie star Christian Ross. But her life is fraught with betrayal and deceit. Will Everly find the courage to love again? Or will her complicated past lead to her undoing?
Buy Love on the Rebound here.

Hyde Metcalf, wide receiver for the Denver Storm, needs a fabulous personal trainer to help him recover from pneumonia. He is more than intrigued by the beautiful Lily Udy, who seems to idolize him … until the media and his competition get involved.  

Buy Pass Interference here.

When billionaire, Nathan Sterling, decides to spend a relaxing week before Christmas in Park City, he never imagined he'd meet a hot ex-Olympian skier and he really never imagined ... she'd be getting married in three days.
Buy The Christmas Groom here. 


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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Thankful for Cash Giveaway $250

Woo hoo! The countdown to Thanksgiving and Christmas is here and I have a giveaway you won't want to miss. While you're making your shopping list, take a minute and enter to win $250 in cash! I'd like to thank you for all the support you've given me over the years. I'm truly grateful for my friends.
Thankful for Cash Giveaway
Thankful for Cash $250 Giveaway
November 15th to December 15th
Enter for your chance to win a $250 Amazon Gift Code or $250 in Paypal Cash!! Thanks to this awesome group of bloggers and authors who have joined with me to bring you one fabulous prize!!
  Sponsor List I Am A Reader Ebooks For Review Aubrey Wynne: Timeless Love Pat Esden Helen Smith The Book Referees Lori's Reading Corner Cynthia Luhrs Author Heather Gray Bookworm Lisa Elizabeth Isaacs Diana's Book Reviews Niki Danforth, author Barefoot by the Sea Caroline Clemmons Glistering: B's Blog Krysten Lindsay Hager Melissa A. Hanson, Author Bookroom Reviews Talia Jager Simple Wyrdings Every Free Chance Books Author Melissa Wright Laurie Here - Cont Fiction and MORE B. Kristin McMichael Author Inger Iversen Rockin' Book Reviews Nicole Tone Everly Frost, YA author Rachelle J. Christensen Cindy C Bennett Book Crazy Scrapbook Mama Melissa Giorgio

  Giveaway Details $250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 Amazon.com eGift Card Ends 12/15/16 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or gift codes via Amazon.com. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.   a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, November 14, 2016

You've Got This! Book Review for Teens

Today I'm happy to be a part of the blog tour for a new book compiled for teens. You've Got This: How to Look Up When Life Has You Down was compiled by Elise Hahl and is filled with stories and anecdotes about all facets of life by a lineup of incredible people. This book was written by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints and I love how each author shares insight into the tough struggles that teens will face as part of growing up and how they really can say, "I've got this!" and be happy.
Youve got this



I was interested in this book because I have 5 kids and my oldest daughter is now a teenager. I love to have resources on hand where someone else besides Mom or Dad can share insight on life. Sometimes hearing it from someone else can make all the difference. Each of the authors contributing to this book provide fresh insight on the challenges that we all face in life. You'll read about the story of Joseph from the Bible and get a couple different perspectives on that. Hank Smith provided a detailed viewpoint of how Joseph might have felt and how his life would have been vastly changed had he not chosen to forgive and continue looking up. I loved that perspective!
This book is a great read for teens and adults because the vignettes are short and easy to read in about five minutes. The lessons contained within aren't overly preachy--it's just great people sharing their own life experiences.
Because we recently made a huge move the second chapter by Whitney Wilcox Laycock really resonated with me and my daughter. It was fantastic to read someone experiencing the very same feelings some of my kids have experienced from the move. Her story was inspiring and I loved the way she shared her simple testimony.
This book would be excellent as a stocking stuffer for your teen or a pick-me-up when they are going through a rough patch. I encourage you to read it too!

Book Blurb:
Life is tough, but so are you! Learn how to work through life's trials with advice from popular youth speakers, including Hank Smith and Al Carraway, who have endured a few challenges of their own. This encouraging book will help you see trials as essential stepping-stones to becoming who you're destined to be.
I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Love Your Life by Hilary Weeks, Top Billboard Christian Artist

I have been a fan of Hilary Weeks music for over twenty years. She has a beautiful voice and incredible talent in sharing uplifting messages that bring us closer to Christ. Her latest album is another success! Pay attention to the lyrics to the title song, Love your life, they are excellent!
Love Your Life
#1 Billboard Christian artist Hilary Weeks returns with her tenth full-length studio album, Love Your Life. Blending elements of contemporary Christian, folk, and piano-driven pop, Hilary’s songs evoke a feeling of love, joy, and hopeful anticipation for the future. Produced by Tyler Castleton, this album features some of Hilary’s very best songs with spine-tingling choruses and her vibrant soul-filling voice.
Track Listings
1. The Beginning
2. Love Your Life
3. Faith In The Middle
4. The Waiting Place
5. Tell Your Heart to Beat Again
6. Win The Day
7. Every Good Thing
8. Blessed Hope & His Love
9. June In December
10. I Give You My Heart
11. This Isn’t Goodbye
12. My Last Song

As usual, you can't go wrong with music by Hilary Weeks. This music is for anyone who would like to listen to inspirational music with a great beat, strong ballads, and lyrics that make you want to live a better life.

Here's Hilary singing her title song from YouTube.
I received a review copy of this CD in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

New Holiday Movie:The Christmas Project & a Giveaway

Looking for a fun family Christmas movie this year? The Christmas Project has everything your kids will love. Humor, inspiration, good-old fashioned fun, bullies, and Christmas.

Each year we hunt around and try to find some new Christmas films to add to our favorite holiday movies. When I heard about this movie, I thought it'd be fun to give it a try. My children range in age from 13-2 and they had a great time watching it. It's definitely right up there with the cheesy holiday movies that my kids love, so be forewarned that they will probably be quoting some goofy lines and hopefully be thinking of how they might go "Elfing" to help others this season.

Here's a little bit about the movie:
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 fun thing about this movie was when I heard the mother call the main character by his full name, Matthew Marion Buckley. I suddenly realized why things sounded familiar! This movie is based off of two middle grade books written by Matthew Buckley. Chickens in the Headlights and Bullies in the Headlights are filled with hilarious stories of the Buckley's and the Hagbart kids.


Christmas is right around the corner, so don't miss this fun movie and think of a family near you that might enjoy it as a fun neighbor gift!

You can enter to win a copy of this movie and $25, so what are you waiting for? Happy Holidays!
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I received a review link to this movie in exchange for my honest opinion.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Spotlight of New book, For Sale by Owner by Marlene Bateman

Today I'm spotlighting a new book by Marlene Bateman, For Sale by Owner. This sweet romance looks like it has everything you'd want in a story. There's a fun excerpt included in the details below.

Book Blurb:
Stressed by a year of intense, ongoing problems, McKenzie Forsberg decides to quit her high-powered job and move back to her hometown. Determined to rebuild her life, Kenzie desperately needs the peace and security she is sure will come from buying the home she grew up in. But when she arrives in town, Kenzie discovers that a handsome widower, Jared Rawlins, has already put an offer on the house.  However, he can only close the deal if he sells his own house by Christmas Eve.  

When Kenzie unexpectedly runs into a couple who are considering buying Jared’s house, she unthinkingly gives them information that changes their mind. Jared, who had been more than a little interested in Kenzie, has second thoughts when he begins to believe Kenzie deliberately tried to sabotage the sale of his home.

Despite his misgivings, and Kenzie’s own concerns, sparks of attraction between Jared and Kenzie grow into something more. Then, Kenzie makes a stunning discovery about her past. In that moment, everything changes. Will the power of love be enough to bring Jared and Kenzie together and allow them to find their happily ever after?

For Sale by Owner is available at Deseret Book and Seagull Book and can also be purchased online at:
Seagull Book; https://goo.gl/yQboNh
GoodReads;  https://goo.gl/ksPihN

Marlene's website: www.marlenebateman.info

Marlene Bateman Sullivan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and grew up in Sandy, Utah.  She graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor's degree in English. She is married to Kelly R. Sullivan and they live in North Salt Lake, Utah with their two dogs and four cats. Marlene has been published extensively in magazines and newspapers and wrote the best-selling romance/suspense novel, Light on Fire Island. She has written three other mysteries; Motive for Murder, A Death in the Family, and Crooked House.

Marlene has also written a number of LDS, non-fiction books:  Latter-day Saint Heroes and Heroines, And There Were Angels Among Them, Visit’s from Beyond the Veil, By the Ministering of Angels, Brigham’s Boys, Heroes of Faith, Gaze into Heaven; Near-death Experiences in Early Church History, and The Magnificent World of Spirits; Eyewitness Accounts of Where We Go When We Die.
Here's an excerpt of For Sale by Owner:
“What made you decide to move to Lake Forest?” Kenzie asked.
“I’ve always loved it here,” Jared said. “It’s a beautiful area, and there’s a special atmosphere here. People are so friendly. I guess part of the reason I came is because I needed to go someplace new and kind of start over, you know?”
Kenzie did know. That was exactly what she was doing now. She’d gotten over Larry, but she needed to go someplace new and reinvent herself and her life.
“Now let me ask you,” Jared said. “What made you decide to come back?”
“A lot of reasons. I need a fresh start too. I’m tired of the hectic pace in Chicago.” Impulsively she added, “Also, I had to get away from my job at Midwest. A guy was causing some real problems for me—” She stopped. Their eyes met and lingered. Jared’s compassion was evident and the expression on his face kind. She felt so comfortable talking with him—as if they were kindred spirits. Something in her heart softened into a spreading pool, and she smiled at him.
Tearing open his packet of Oreo cookies., Jared took one and dunked it in his hot chocolate.
Kenzie frowned. “Figures. You’re a dunker.”
“And I bet you’re a twister.”
Snatching up a cookie, Kenzie twisted it open and took a bite of the creamy middle. “Ummm.”
Jared shuddered. “That’s wrong in so many ways.”
Picking up her mug and warming her fingers, Kenzie sipped her hot chocolate. “This is wonderful!”
“It’s a secret recipe—been in my family for generations.”
“Really?”
“No, but it sounds good, doesn’t it?”

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Review of Sarah Eden's Latest Proper Romance: The Sheriffs of Savage Wells



I love Sarah Eden's books! Her writing is stellar no matter the time period or type she writes in. Her latest proper romance is a slight departure from her Regency style of writing and more reminiscent of the award-winning Longing for Home books (Find my review on that one here). The Sheriffs of Savage Wells was a delightful read full of witty banter, sparkling romance, and a mystery to boot! I loved the characters of Paisley Bell and Cade O'Brien and the way their romance developed amidst gun-slinging, neighborly battles over a chicken, and figuring out how to deal with a ribbon shop inside the town's jail.

As soon as I finished this book, I lent it to my aunt the next day and you'll probably find yourself wanting to share it too. So pick up a copy, do some early Christmas shopping and enjoy another soon-to-be classic from Sarah Eden.

Book blurb: The small town of Savage Wells is barely big enough for the people who call it home; it certainly isn’t big enough for more than one sheriff.
Yet when famed lawman Cade O’Brien rides into town, he finds he’s not the only man ready to take on the job. What’s more, one of his competitors is a woman.
Paisley Bell loves her town and the eccentric people in it. She’s been the job to anyone else. Not only does she love the work, but she also needs the income to take care of her ailing father.
It’s a true battle of the sexes, and sparks fly between the two as Cade and Paisley banter and boast, neither one ready to acknowledge the attraction they have for each other. But when Paisley’s former beau shows up, along with a band of bank robbers, Savage Wells is suddenly faced with the kind of peril that only a sheriff can manage. Who will be man enough—or woman enough—to step up, claim the badge, and save the town?

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher. My opinions are always my own.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Protective One by Cami Checketts and a Book for 99 Cents!

Today Cami Checketts stopped by to tell us all about her new book. I love Cami's writing and this series is everything you want in a book.

Here's what Cami had to say about her new release: "I'm thrilled to release the sixth Billionaire Bride Pact Romance, The Protective OneI had a great time researching this book in the beautiful valley of Crested Butte, Colorado with my mom, dad, and little sister. We also loved doing the cover.

The picture is my oldest son and his adorable prom date. They were such a fun and sweet couple. I had to include a picture of their faces for you too. I know I'm prejudiced, but aren't they adorable? We took picture after picture of their shoes and they patiently posed, even when we'd say, "Hold her closer." Great mom and aunt trying to get the teenagers to snuggle up!"



Blurb for The Protective One:
Betrayed by an FBI agent while in protective custody, MacKenzie Gunthrie escapes a crime lord and is left hiding from the authorities and her enemies. She finds solace in the peaceful mountain town of Crested Butte, Colorado. With help from a longtime girl's camp friend and a new identity, she's starting to feel safe. The only problem is the overconfident and much too good-looking Isaac Turnbow. Protecting identity has become second nature, but Isaac poses a threat to her heart.
Isaac Turnbow has an undeniable need to convince MacKenzie he’s someone she can trust and kiss, but when well-armed men arrive to disturb their budding relationship, he must prove to her and himself that he can protect her.

Here's an excerpt from Cami's brand new book The Protective One:
The only way MacKenzie would be safe to go home again was when she heard that Solomon Squire had been booked into a maximum security prison where he belonged. She sighed, hoping that day would come soon, but forcing herself to acknowledge it might never come.
“You keep pulling that face and it’ll stick that way.” The slow drawl of Haley’s older brother, Isaac, from the open doorway made her stomach smolder, and that ticked her off almost as much as the insult, but at least she didn’t jump in fear at a man’s voice.
“Maybe I like my face this way.” She stood to face him and wished his looks were as off-putting as his sarcastic personality. But no, his face was perfect—olive skin, manly lines, and those green eyes that drew her in. Of course he had to have dark hair with just the right amount of curl and beefy muscles in all the right places.
Isaac reached up and touched the skin next to her mouth. She tingled and tried to back away, but ran into the shelf. His hand dropped to his side.
“You look stressed.”
“Thanks. Such a compliment.”
“I’m sorry.” He shoved a hand through his curls. “Haley would kick me in the pants if she knew you were unhappy. Take a break. I’ll watch the shop for a while.”
MacKenzie’s eyebrows rose. “When did you decide to play nice?”
Isaac scowled. “You still mad at me because I called you one of the gold diggers?”
“Oh, big surprise that I would take offense to that.” They’d met for the second time in over ten years when Haley had brought MacKenzie into the store to train her. The only downside of this escape plan was she’d been so excited to see Isaac again. He was her first—not to mention most amazing—kiss at the very mature age of fourteen. He hadn’t remembered her or the kiss and that alone had about taken her under. His first line to her was, “Oh, another one of Haley’s gold digger friends looking for a billionaire.” What a jerk. A heartbreaking, much-too-good-looking jerk.
“Hey, I’m sorry, all right?” He glanced at the display over her shoulder. “Don’t get all offended.”
“Don’t get all offended?” MacKenzie pushed around him, but unfortunately brushed against his muscular arm. She felt the connection all the way down to her toes and it frustrated her even more.

Find The Protective One Amazon * Goodreads
To celebrate the release, The Feisty One, will be on sale for only $.99 until September 10th. *I absolutely loved this story that has underpinnings in the classic fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Double Take is a Thrilling Suspense Novella That Readers will Love


I'm very excited to introduce another story in the Silver Cascade Suspense series. I enjoy writing mystery/suspense with a dash of romance and this novella has all of those things plus a kidnapping! I first came up with this idea over ten years ago!! I jotted down a first chapter, later made it into a short story, and then let it simmer until the time was right. I need to especially thank my daughter for encouraging me to write this story. She found one of my old manuscript pages in the scrap paper drawer and started reading it and begged me for the rest of the story. And now you have the rest of the story too! I hope you enjoy this one.
Double Take is available on all e-reading platforms currently.

Here's what reviewers are saying:

“For a novella, this had so much story and so much action, it was a fast read with my heart on my sleeve.”
--Vicki Goodwin, Reviewer
“Good, quick read. The author always does a great job with character development and suspense for such short stories.”

--Plantain Hill, Reviewer

Here's more about this novella:
When Mandy’s car is stolen with her two young daughters inside, the police think it’s a car-jacking gone wrong, but she can’t forget the determined look in the man’s eyes as he drove away. Mandy and her husband, Nick, are on the verge of divorce and the kidnapping is a wake-up call. All of their differences and problems can’t stand in the way of a parent’s love. In order to find their children, they’ll have to forgive each other and learn to work together. But they don’t have years or even months to make this happen . . . according to the kidnapper, time is running out. 

The first novella in the Silver Cascade Suspense series, Silver Cascade Secrets, is available as a free eBook when you sign up for Rachelle's VIP news. If you're interested, click here: http://rachellechristensen.com/free-book/ 


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Book Review of I Can Forgive with God by Ganel-Lyn Condie


Today's book is a little different than the usual light-hearted fiction, but it's one that I was eager to read. I Can Forgive with God is a collection of stories of healing from Mormon Women compiled by Ganel-Lyn Condie.
I used to think I understood forgiveness--it's something you give to a person when you do something wrong, right? Yes, it is, but it's so much more than that. What about when you are the person who is innocent? The person who has done absolutely nothing wrong? According to the Bible, we are all required to forgive. In my personal life, I've never had trouble offering and accepting forgiveness when the offense was a two-way street, but I've learned so much about another side of forgiveness that for me, has been a huge challenge. I Can Forgive with God may be a book that can help you find peace if you've struggled to forgive someone in a situation where you were an innocent party. This book encompasses all kinds of scenarios and needs of forgiveness, but this is what spoke to me because it's what I needed to hear right now. I needed to hear the reminder, that no matter what has happened to me, I Can Forgive with God.  Thank you, Ganel-Lyn Condie for producing a beautiful book that helps people draw closer to Christ and utilize the atonement and the amazing power of forgiveness.

Here's more about 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.
I Can Forgive with God is a beautiful and inspirational book because we have all been there before, and we’re all looking for that grace for ourselves and others.”
—Richard Paul Evans
In I Can Forgive with God, Ganel-Lyn Condie shares a treasure trove of stories on forgiveness that will help you learn how to forgive others. The lessons within these pages will transform your life.”
—Seth Adam Smith, blogger/author/featured in the
Sitting on the Bench Mormon Channel video
“This book will bring healing to many as they learn that forgiveness is really a gift we give ourselves.”
—Janice Kapp Perry

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

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen, My Review


Today I'd like to share a new book in the Proper Romance line from Shadow Mountain books and this one is a Steampunk Proper Romance.

When I first started reading Beauty and the Clockwork Beast, it took me a minute to find my footing as I realized that maybe I didn't know steampunk very well. In essence, this book takes place in London, long ago but the steampunk part is that people have access to electricity in Tesla coils and many clockwork mechanisms that provide transportation, robots, and even airships (planes). Also, there are vampires and werewolves. Not what I was expecting at all from a typical proper romance and totally different from Nancy's earlier release, My Fair Gentleman, (which I reviewed here) but this book was just as good. Once I recognized what continent/age I was supposed to be in, then I burned through this book.

The book blurb:
When Lucy Pickett arrives at Blackwell Manor to tend to her ailing cousin, Kate, she finds more than she bargained for. A restless ghost roams the hallways, werewolves have been reported in the area, and vampires lurk across the Scottish border.
Lord Miles himself is clearly hiding a secret. He is brash and inhospitable and does not take kindly to visitors—even one as smart and attractive as Miss Pickett. He is unsettled by the mysterious deaths of his new wife, Clara, and his sister, Marie. Could Miles himself be to blame for the deaths?
Working together, Miles and Lucy attempt to restore peace to Blackwell Manor. But can Lucy solve the mystery of Miles? Can she love the man—beast and all?

My thoughts: This novel had everything I love in a great story. Lucy is an interesting character and a force to be reckoned with. I loved the interactions of her and Lord Miles Blackwell. I also loved the mystery throughout! It was fun to watch the romance unfold even as I paid attention to the clues that Allen left along the way. I liked the otherworldly connections and the drawback to one of my favorite fairy tales--Beauty and the Beast. Allen is an excellent writer and she's created another enchanting story that I highly recommend. If you haven't tried Steampunk before--don't let that scare you. This story has all the same classic underpinnings as a traditional proper romance novel.

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

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Kisses Between the Lines: An Echo Ridge Anthology #2 Now Available with a $25 Giveaway

I'm so excited that the 2nd book in the Echo Ridge Anthology is available. Kisses Between the Lines was so much fun to write and research! We're celebrating the launch with a giveaway for $25 so read on, enter, and enjoy!

Welcome to Echo Ridge, New York where romance finds its way into the hearts and lives of the people who walk the streets of the close-knit community. 
In these five novellas, readers will experience the power a book has to change a life, make dreams come true, and bring two hearts together as the characters work to fill the classic section of the library. Filled with charm, wit, secrets, and hope, each story is a sweet romance with a promise to keep you turning pages into the night. We hope you enjoy this book and the kisses between the lines. 

The Kiss Thief by Rachelle J. Christensen 
As the head librarian of the Echo Ridge Library, Britta Klein thrives on order and categorization. Unfortunately, the old church-turned-library is in desperate need of a renovation. The Harvest Hurrah fundraiser seems to be the answer, but plans keep going awry. With help from Milo Geissler, accomplished musician, piano tuner, and kiss thief, each catastrophe is narrowly avoided. When Milo goes to great lengths to help Britta find a key classic book, she begins to wonder if there is more to life than books and order. Can she allow this man who speaks the language of music to tune her heart to a new song? 

The Lion, The Witch, & The Library by Lucy McConnell 
Jennifer Solomon's birthday wish is for the one thing she's been too shy to go after: Kirke Staples, Echo Ridge’s resident playwright, an avid mountain biker, and her best friend. Friend, as in don’t kiss, don’t covet, and don’t under any circumstances fall in love with the man. But it’s too late—she’s already fallen in love. Hoping for a birthday kiss that will change everything, she arranges an "accidental" meeting with the handsomest man on the library board. Her carefully laid plans are thrown off track when the beautiful Bay Barington sweeps into town and casts a spell over Kirke. In her efforts to win Kirke’s heart, Jennifer is forced to take a look at her inner self and decide what type of woman she wants to be, a lion or witch. 

The Last of the Gentlemen by Cami Checketts 
Despite the hardships she’s faced, Emma Turner, is determined to make a good life for her three children. Working nights and struggling through life doesn’t leave much time for romance, which is just fine as far as Emma is concerned. But when her son's good-looking lacrosse coach takes an interest in her children, Emma has to fight off the smolder in her stomach and banish her daydreams. This school-girl crush needs to end before she embarrasses her son and herself. If only she could tell that to her heart. 


Much Ado About a Kiss by Heather Tullis 
Fay’s life is just fine, thank you. Running the cafĂ© she’d practically been raised in: Check. Her artwork in a gallery: Check. Volunteering on the library board: Check. The one thing she doesn’t need right now is a guy in her life—especially her brother’s irritating best friend from high school, so when the two men announce that they are moving home to start a ski and mountain bike shop in town, she isn’t pleased. If only she could completely forget that one kiss she and Austin shared in high school. Why does he have to upset her just-fine world? Not this time. Not if she can help it. But can she? 

Pride & Persuasion by Connie E. Sokol 
Lindy Marchant has left heartbreak and downtown L.A. to help her cousin kickstart an antique shop in sleepy Echo Ridge. That is, until she's roped into the library fundraiser to become an assistant for Armand D. Beaumont, the French bestselling detective writer. The two have met before, and Lindy hasn't forgotten the disastrous outcome. Now Armand's celebrity quirks threaten to upset her life yet again. Or, is there a deeper reason for his unpredictable choices? While Armand inadvertently assists Lindy with the shop, she uncovers his painful truth and an inconvenient growing attraction. Can Armand let go of his pride and face his fears? And can Lindy be persuaded to take the untried road, even together? 

If you haven't read the first Echo Ridge-- Christmas Kisses, then now's a great time to add that to your holiday to-read list. 


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Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Next Destination Billionaire Romance, Caribbean Rescue by Cami Checketts

Today is another day to celebrate a new book from Gelato Publishing!
My friend, Cami Checketts, has written an adventure full of romance for the Destination Billionaire Romance series featuring an ex-Olympian. Caribbean Rescue is now available by clicking here.

There is also a Rafflecopter giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card! Just think of the fun you could have with $50 bucks! To enter, follow the link below.

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About the Book:

Just in time for the Summer Olympics, bestselling sweet romance author, Cami Checketts, brings you a new Destination Billionaire Romance.
Superstar runner Zack Tyndale was the easy favorite to win gold in the Olympic Games, but a stupid decision shatters his dreams the night before the big race. Unable to face his shame, he escapes to the Caribbean and a life of blissful solitude ... until Madeline Panetto crash lands on his pristine private beach, trying to outrun a gang of pirates with nothing but a fancy evening gown and a flash drive hidden in her bra. Zack finds himself sucked into Maddy's world of mutiny and murder.
Madeline might find refuge from the pirates, but Zach is battling pirates of his own. When sparks fly between them, they're forced to look to their hearts for the answers and that could be more frightening than facing a mutinous crew.
Can these two find refuge from the pirates and with each other?

Excerpt:

A few steps from the French doors he heard the high whine of a motor. Zack whipped around and searched the ocean beyond. There were no lights, but the motor sound was unmistakable. What kind of an idiot would be out on the water with no lights on and in what sounded like a small boat? 
Zack raced past his pool and gardens, and took the steps to the beach two at a time. He could just make out a small boat, hurtling through the water. He didn’t even have time to be angry someone was invading his sanctuary as he saw the angle they were coming at. “No, not that way!” he yelled, though they couldn’t possibly hear him. 
Zack sprinted through the sand and onto his dock. He kept one eye on the boat as he ran the length of the dock, waving his arms and yelling, “Turn! Turn!” Large boulders and a former shipwreck resided just under the water, exactly where that boat was heading. Any other angle into the harbor was deep and safe to take even in his yacht, but this idiot was coming straight for the shallow waters of the dock instead. Why weren’t they slowing even though they were within a hundred feet of the dock?
“Stop!” he screamed. “Turn!”
The sickening crunch was louder than the howling wind and rain. The rear of the boat flung into the air, and the lone passenger flew forward then disappeared into the water. Zack dove off the dock, surfacing quickly, and using strong strokes to cross the distance. Water from the uneven waves splashed into his face, making it hard to see. The person bobbed up out of the water and started swimming his direction. That was a relief. From the hair streaming around her, he assumed it was a woman.
They came within a few feet of each other and Zack slowed and treaded water. “Are you okay?”
“I-I think so.”
“Can you make it to the dock?” His lights reflecting from the beach showed a mop of dark hair and a beautiful face.
In answer, she started slowly swimming that direction, but she hadn’t gone four strokes before she swayed and rolled over onto her back. That’s when Zack noticed the cut on her head. The water turned the blood a watery pink. She’d definitely hit her head on one of the rocks or maybe the old shipwreck. 
“You’re not okay.” 
“I can make it.” She started to kick. A wave rolled over her face and she jerked up, coughing and spluttering, but bravely kept trying to stay afloat, beating at the water with her arms and legs.
She was tough and not a complainer. Nice.
“I’ve got you.” Zack looped his arm under her armpit and over her chest and tugged her back to the dock. She had a small build, but her clothes must’ve been waterlogged because she seemed to weigh a ton. Zack was in shape, but he tired quickly. Finally, they made it to the dock and the woman clung to the edge. Zack grabbed hold and heaved himself out of the water then helped lift her up. She collapsed onto her back and released a loud breath. “Oh, thank you, I thought it was time to reacquaint myself with Saint Peter.”
“Saint Peter?” She’d hit her head hard or she was crazy. He looked over her fancy, waterlogged dress and the diamonds sparkling at her throat. She’d been out in the ocean like that, without a lifejacket? Crazy it might be, or with quite a good story to tell.
“You know—the angel at the pearly gates.”
 Zack let out a surprised laugh. “Glad you put that off for a little while.”
“Me too.” She sat up and touched the small gash in her head. Blood trickled between her fingertips. “Ouch.”
“I bet.” Zack pushed his way to his feet and offered her a hand. The wind whipped his wet t-shirt around him. He was glad he shaved his head and didn’t have hair whipping in his face like she did. “Let’s get you up to the house and cleaned up.”
She placed her hand in his, but wavered as he helped her up. Zack wrapped his other arm around her waist and lifted her onto her feet. She swayed. 
“Can you walk?”
Her eyes filled with stubborn pride. “Of course I can walk.”
She pulled away from him, took one step, teetered off the dock, and splashed back into the water. 
“Oh, boy.” Zack shook his head. He hadn’t smelled alcohol on her breath, but that had to be the explanation. Fancy dress, alone on a boat in the ocean at night. He’d have to help her tonight then load her onto his yacht tomorrow and get her to Belize. If she had any money it was probably sunk with her little boat. He’d get her to where she needed to go and be done with this mess. Oddly enough, he didn’t mind the excitement. It was a good contrast to his normally sedate lifestyle.
She came up to the surface sputtering and flailing. Zack knelt down, put his hands under her armpits, and hefted her back onto the dock. He stood slowly, supporting both of them then swung her off her feet and into his arms. Despite himself, he noticed how nicely she fit against him. It had been a long while since he’d been around an attractive, unrelated woman. “Shall we try this again?”
“Good plan.” Her voice rumbled against his chest and he kind of liked it. “I must’ve thumped my head harder than I thought.”
“Or something,” he muttered.
Her head whipped up. Brown eyes full of fire. “I’m not drunk, if that’s what you’re thinking, I’m…” She quickly looked down again, not meeting his gaze.
“You’re…” he encouraged. He’d like to hear her story and he did believe her that she wasn’t drunk. Her speech was too lucid and her breath smelled too clean. 
“I can’t. I don’t know who to trust.” She grabbed onto his arm. “Oh, holy monkey balls!”
Zack jerked in surprise and almost dropped her as she squirmed in his arms. “What are you doing now? You want to fall in the water again?” They’d reached the end of the dock, but she could still fall in the shallow water. 
“I’ve got to find something. Please. Can you help me look in the water? Back where my boat is?” Her eyes were wide and frantic. 
“Right now?” Zack gestured to the waves building as the storm increased in intensity. “No! You’re hurt. It’s dark. And there’s a storm.” His four-year-old niece had more common sense than this woman, and Chalise hadn’t spoken a word in two years
The woman deflated and burrowed herself into his arms. Zack liked this quite a bit better than her struggling. He tightened his hold on her. Hmm, her shape was really… shapely. 


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