Friday, June 9, 2017

New Book from Sarah Eden, Romancing Daphne with giveaway!

Summertime and books are synonymous for me. If I could, I would sneak away and read all day--that's what my kids, especially the teenagers like to do!
I'm lucky enough to be part of the blog tour for Sarah M. Eden's latest book, Romancing Daphne.

Rachelle's Thoughts: This is an excellent read, as expected for any of Sarah Eden's novels. I absolutely loved reading more about the Lancaster family in this sister novel to the many English sisters named after Greek Myth characters. This is the story of Daphne Lancaster, the timid, quiet sister who has so much more going on her beautiful mind than others suspect. Her character is one of contrasts from the expected or perceived and the reality and James Tilburn's character is the same, although in a very different point of conflict. There are definitely villains in this book, very well written and easy to dislike, which makes it all the more enjoyable to root for Daphne and James! One of my favorite things about Eden's writing style is the wit and charm that she effortlessly weaves into a compelling romantic tale that is wholesome and clean. I laughed out loud in several places as I read and read every second I could grab to reach the satisfying conclusion. I love happy endings!

More about the book:
As her first London Season looms before her, the thought of the impending social whirl fills Daphne Lancaster's timid heart with dread. She hasn't her sisters' beauty nor their talent for conversing easily. Even her family's enviable connections may not be enough to prevent disaster.
But Daphne's misery turns to surprised delight when the first even of her Season brings an unexpected visitor to her door—James Tilburn, whose tender kindness stole her heart in her youth. When the handsome young gentleman expresses his desire to court her, Daphne is elated. Their feelings for each other quickly grow, and it appears that, much to Daphne's disbelief, her happily ever after is within reach.
Yet nothing is as it seems. The couple finds themselves caught in a tangled web of greed and deceit, leaving James and Daphne to determine whether they are willing to risk everything for true love.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Sequel to The Soldier's Bride is Here! Read Carve Me a Melody by Rachelle J. Christensen

Today is my book birthday and this is a very special day indeed! I am thrilled to introduce you to my 19th book baby, Carve Me a Melody.

I absolutely adore this cover capturing the essence of this novel. This book continues Leland's story from The Soldier's Bride. I had so many readers say that they wanted to know more about Leland and I'm so pleased to deliver this story!
Carve Me a Melody is available on all digital platforms, here's a universal link:
It's also available in a special edition hardcover here.
I have a special launch giveaway too! You can enter to win one of three ebook copies of the first book in the series, The Soldier's Bride. Check out the rafflecopter giveaway below, but first, here's more about Carve Me a Melody.

From the award-winning author of the bestselling novel The Soldier’s Bride read the story of a carpenter who gave a music box to a young polio victim, but held the magic of the melody inside his heart.

He hesitated only half a second before lowering his head. There was something there, behind his eyes, in his soul. Something that seemed familiar to Sophie. She didn’t know Leland, but she recognized that haunted look in his eyes. He had lost someone. He had weathered the storm and still manned his ship, sailing forward through life.
Book blurb:
World War II has ended but the scars of the war have carved deep grooves in Sophie Wright’s heart. Now a widow with two young children, she returns home to Aspen Falls and meets Leland Halverson, a handsome carpenter who appears interested in her, but afraid of a relationship. 
Leland wishes he was worthy of the beautiful Sophie, and he adores her two children, but his past still haunts him. Sophie knows that Leland fell apart after his little girl died and his wife left him, but she doesn’t know the real reason why.
Meanwhile, David Alexander, a decorated bomber pilot has returned to Aspen Falls, and Sophie catches his eye. Confused by the two vastly different choices of men, Sophie searches for answers from a heart that has betrayed her before.
When Sophie discovers a message inside a music box that Leland once owned, the pieces start to fit together. The enchanting melody urges her to share the secrets of her heart so that she can understand his. Leland knows the tune from the music box well and if he can find the courage, he’ll carve a melody for Sophie from the solid wood surrounding his heart.

About the Author
Rachelle is a mother of five who writes mystery/suspense, nonfiction, and women’s fiction. She solves the case of the missing shoe on a daily basis. She enjoys raising chickens and laughing with her husband. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a minor in music.
Rachelle is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including The Soldier’s Bride (a Kindle Scout Selection & Whitney Award Finalist), Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things, Veils and Vengeance, Proposals and Poison, Hawaiian Masquerade, What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know, and Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology. Her novella, “Silver Cascade Secrets,” was included in the Rone Award–winning Timeless Romance Anthology, Fall Collection.
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Need a Great Rom Com for Summer? Read Wrong for You by Jenny Proctor

If you are gearing up for summer and counting down the days until carpool/school/schedules ends, then I'm with ya! And those times call for an upbeat clean romance with a dash of humor AKA Wrong for You. I absolutely loved reading this new book by Jenny Proctor!
Wrong for You by [Proctor, Jenny]
Rachelle's Thoughts: This was the first book that I've ever read by Jenny Proctor and I was so impressed that I immediately bought another one to read next, which I will tell you about! I loved the witty voice of Lane and her relationship with her Grandma in this book. The scene where we first meet the Hamilton brothers is all kinds of fun and had me immediately invested in the story. This book is fun, light, clean, and humorous, yet it has depth at the same time--a hard feat to pull off in a rom com. I admired Lane's qualities and those of the Hamilton brothers as well. Which one of the brothers was my favorite? You'll have to read the book to see who Lane chooses because I agree with her heart!
About the book:
Lane Bishop is a hardworking, intelligent, beautiful young woman. And with her recent move to Chapel Hill, she is determined to leave behind the drama and effort of keeping up with the dating scene. Even so, Lane somehow manages to get dragged out by a gaggle of girls to go watch boys play soccer. Just watching is not Lane’s forte, so she joins in the fun and leads her team to victory.
Rather than feeling intimidated by the vivacious beauty on the opposing team, Jamie Hamilton is intrigued. Risking his “untouchable” dating status, he decides to pursue Lane—with a little help from his older brother Simon. With Simon’s behind-the-scenes assistance, Jamie proves irresistible, even to a disillusioned dater like Lane. But as she gets to know both brothers, Lane can’t help but wonder—beneath the grand gestures and romantic words, is she falling for the wrong guy? 

Monday, May 1, 2017

New Proper Romance, The Vicar's Daughter by Josi Kilpack

I'm so excited to take part in the blog tour of a new proper romance novel!
New from Best-selling author Josi S. Kilpack and the Proper Romance Line, The Vicar’s Daughter is a delightful twist on the classic tale of Cyrano De Bergerac. Follow the complicated courtship process in Regency England as sisters Cassie and Lenora both vie for the attention of the same man.

Rachelle's thoughts: I LOVED this book! I loved the character of Cassie--her vibrant personality that got her into so much trouble when she was only trying to help her very shy sister Lenora to find a husband in Evan. The twist right at the beginning of the story is that Cassie starts to fall in love with Evan. I love Evan's character as well and it was fun to read from his perspective as he tried to figure out the stark differences between "Lenora's letters" and her real temperament in person.
I read this book quickly because I couldn't wait to get to the happy ending. I really enjoyed the setting of this book in the countryside away from London. It's still Regency England but the courtship process was slightly more relaxed. I also enjoyed the family that Kilpack created with Cassie having five sisters and Evan having two sisters as well. I hope there are more stories to be told from this little village! I think this is one of my favorite from the proper romance line. If you decide to read it, beware, you might fall in love with the characters too!
Cassie, the youngest of six daughters in the Wilton family, is bold, bright, and ready to enter society. There’s only one problem: her older sister Lenora, whose extreme shyness prevents her from attending many social events. Lenora is now entering her third season, and since their father has decreed that only one Wilton girl can be out at a time, Cassie has no choice except to wait her turn.
Evan Glenside, a soft-spoken, East London clerk, has just been named his great-uncle’s heir and, though he is eager to learn all that will be required of him, he struggles to feel accepted in a new town and in his new position.
A chance meeting between Evan and Lenora promises to change everything, but when Lenora proves too shy to pursue the relationship, Cassie begins to write Mr. Glenside letters in the name of her sister. Her good intentions lead to disaster when Cassie realizes she is falling in love with Evan. But then Evan begins to court Lenora, thinking she is the author of the letters.
As secrets are revealed, the hearts of Cassie, Evan, and Lenora are tested. Will the final letter sent by the vicar’s daughter be able to reunite the sisters as well as unite Evan with his true love?

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

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:

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.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Dating Experiment by Elodia Strain, My Review of this Delightful Rom Com

I just finished reading an absolutely delightful romantic comedy by Elodia Strain. I have been sort of stressed and working my head off lately and this book was exactly what I needed! The Dating Experiment is brand new and you definitely want to read this so you can laugh, snort, giggle, sigh, maybe tear up a little, and just feel really great from a good read!

Something else that made reading this book super fun was that my 13 year-old daughter snagged it as soon as I opened the mailbox. She proceeded to read it in 2 1/2 days and then it was my turn. I started reading and smiling right from the get-go. My daughter told me, "Tell me when you get to the part where she dates Roarke."
Well, I knew I had found the part because I was laughing my head off! It was so fun to talk to my daughter when she got home from school about the book and we both laughed together. I love that The Dating Experiment is a book that both a mother and daughter can read and enjoy without worrying about objectionable content.
The voice in this book was brilliant. I feel like Gabby is one of my best friends and if I could find her, I'd give her a bottle of my favorite shampoo. You'll have to read the book to find out why.
The Dating Experiment by [Strain, Elodia]
Here's a little more about the book:
After losing her job, her house, and her long-term boyfriend, Gabby’s roommate signs her up to be in a dating experiment. Little does she know, however, that her ex is in the experiment too! In an attempt to escape the chaos of her life, Gabby visits home and accidentally reunites with her childhood friend (and secret crush), Ian O’Connell. As she participates in the study and its hilariously awkward dates, Gabby finds her heart torn between the man she’s comfortable with and the man who’s had her heart from the beginning.

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

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Cover Reveal for Carve Me a Melody, New Music Box Romance Novel & a Giveaway

I have been so excited for this day! It's the day I get to reveal the brand new cover of my next book!

Last year, The Soldier's Bride won the Kindle Scout Publishing Award and that set me on the path to continue the Music Box Romance Series with characters that I fell in love with years ago.
Now The Soldier's Bride is a Whitney Award Finalist and on a special sale for $1--so all this celebration means that the next book didn't want to be left out.

Carve Me a Melody is now available for preorder and here is the absolutely gorgeous cover designed by the ultra-talented, Kelli Ann Morgan.

I can't wait to get the hardcopy, how about you?!
Here's a little about this story:

World War II has ended but the scars of the war have carved deep grooves in Sophie Wright’s heart. Now a widow with two young children, she returns home to Aspen Falls and meets Leland Halverson, a handsome carpenter who appears interested in her, but afraid of a relationship. 
Leland wishes he was worthy of the beautiful Sophie, and he adores her two children, but his past still haunts him. Sophie knows that Leland fell apart after his little girl died and his wife left him, but she doesn’t know the real reason why.
Meanwhile, David Alexander, a decorated bomber pilot has returned to Aspen Falls, and Sophie catches his eye. Confused by the two vastly different choices of men, Sophie searches for answers from a heart that has betrayed her before.

When Sophie discovers a message inside a music box that Leland once owned, the pieces start to fit together. The enchanting melody urges her to share the secrets of her heart so that she can understand his. Leland knows the tune from the music box well and if he can find the courage, he’ll carve a melody for Sophie from the solid wood surrounding his heart.

Carve Me a Melody will be released on May 23, 2017 and you can preorder your copy today, right here.
To celebrate, I'm hosting a giveaway for a $25 Amazon or Paypal Gift card. All you have to do for entries is join the party! Please join me in sharing the good news. Thank you for your support!
Be sure to add this book to your Goodreads Want to Read list.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A Fine Gentleman by Sarah M. Eden, Review & Giveaway

I am a huge fan of Sarah Eden's books and if you love regency romance, then you should definitely pick up her books. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Eden's books because her writing is impeccable, her wit makes me laugh out loud, and the love stories are inspiring and swoon-worthy. What's not to love?
I was very pleased to have a chance to read A Fine Gentleman and from the first pages found myself smiling, chuckling, and rooting for the dear Mariposa Thornton and poor Jason Jonquil. I loved the depth of Mariposa's character--her abilities were much more profound than I would have guessed at the first meeting. And Jason also held a side that was wonderful to discover. I like how Eden went back and forth between the two characters viewpoint, weaving a tale that was pure enjoyment to read. The historical setting with the aftermath of the war and Napoleon's shadow on this time of the world was interesting. I liked seeing a character from Spain and learning about what people might have gone through during that era of history.
I've come to love the Jonquil family and you'll note that several of Eden's books tell the stories of these adventurous brothers.
A Fine Gentleman by [Eden, Sarah M.]
Here's more about the book:
London barrister Jason Jonquil has spent his entire life working to establish his identity as a gentleman, a man of refinement like his father and brothers. But when fiery Spanish beauty Mariposa Thornton walks into his office, he finds himself losing his grasp on his dignified character. The woman is infuriating, pushing him to the limit of his legendary patience. However, her case seems simple enough—a small matter of inheritance. Or so he believes.Once a well-born lady, Mariposa fought to survive the brutalities of Napoleon’s war on Spain. She braved horrific perils and undertook dangerous missions on behalf of those fighting against the invading French army. But her greatest battle still lies ahead: after being separated from her family, Mariposa sets in motion a plan to reunite with her loved ones in England. To avoid drawing the attention of the French, Mariposa dons a carefully crafted persona to conceal her true purpose. As Jason and Mariposa are drawn together by the case, they come to know the people beneath the masks they both wear. When the truth of Mariposa’s quest is revealed, the couple is pulled into a mystery that will test the limits of their courage—and expose the true desire of their hearts.

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I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review which I have given.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Be Happy by Hank Smith, My Review & Giveaway

Today I'm excited to introduce you to a new book, Be Happy by Hank Smith, PhD.
I love the study of optimism, happiness, and the psychology of our choices vs. our body in the happiness battle. So this book was right in line with what I love to study.
When the book arrived, it promptly disappeared because my husband, the guy who loves to tease me by saying, "I read 100 books a year--100 picture books to the kids. What? Those count!"--yes, that guy, took my book and started reading it. He loved it and reached the halfway point before I told him that I needed it back so I could read it.
Then my teenage daughter found the book and she was intrigued as well. I guess this book has something magnetic about it. Here's the cover, what do you think?

Be Happy by [Smith, Hank]
Hank Smith is a popular teacher, speaker, and author. I've listened to several of his audio presentations and the man is hilarious! He teaches with wit, humor, and skill because he's able to bring important points to attention without feeling like you're being preached to.
I once had the opportunity of doing a book signing with Hank and he was just as cheerful in real life as on the page or the audio CD. In short, I'm a fan of Hank because he's real and an excellent teacher. It's so refreshing as a parent when you can find someone else to say all of those great things you need to say to your kid because, let's face it, sometimes kids hear things better from someone else. I'd like to be able to choose that someone else and Hank Smith is one of many great influencers in my home.

Be Happy is an excellent book because Hank delves into happiness in a way that most of don't think about. Happiness is in our DNA, but that's only half of the equation. Happiness is also a choice that we make every day, despite our circumstances. I love the study he referred to about people who won the lottery and people who became paraplegic. A year later, they both reported the same level of happiness! Isn't that amazing? If it does sound amazing, then you'll probably like this book. It is geared to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, or Mormons, but I truly think these gems shouldn't be missed by anyone. Happy reading!

More about the book:
You can be happy—solidly, genuinely happy—no matter what’s going on around you, no matter what happens to you, no matter what storm comes along to batter and bruise you. Keep reading, and I’ll show you how . . . Face it: it’s not always easy to feel happy. With all of the worries and trials of day-to-day life, the cares of the world can seem overwhelming. But as popular speaker and author Hank Smith demonstrates, no matter your circumstances, you can be happy—the kind of happy that illuminates you from the inside out, a joy that does not depend on what happens to you, but what you do with what happens. With his characteristic humor, Hank offers readers a fresh perspective on finding joy in the journey with a collection of tools and strategies designed to inspire genuine happiness, such as: Learning to develop an optimistic outlook Understanding how to deal with feelings of depression Mastering ten simple tricks to jump-start your joy each day Featuring an inspiring collection of real-life examples, enlightening doctrinal direction, and motivating goals, Be Happy is the guide you need to start living a happier life, today!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Kindles & Kisses Giveaway for the Love and Romance Boxed Set

Since February is the month of love, we thought it was the
perfect time to release our Love and Romance Boxed set.

This set, featuring 15 sweet contemporary romance novels, is on pre-sale now for just 99¢ on Amazon B&N, Kobo, and iBooks. To celebrate, we're giving away a Kindle Fire Tablet. But hurry quick, this giveaway ends Feb 9th!

*Note: Winners outside of US will win a $40 Amazon gift card in place of the Kindle Fire (which is the value of the tablet).

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And if you haven't pre-ordered your copy of Love and Romance, here's a list of the authors and books included. Good luck on the giveaway!

Dangerous Lies by Christine Kersey
A handsome stranger moves next door to Amethyst Fox, but as she begins to fall for him she discovers he's not all that he seems.

The Masquerading Groom by Taylor Hart
When Sterling Pennington, movie star and billionaire, gets stuck with a paid date at a masquerade party, he’s not happy. But Sayla Jones might be exactly who he needs to remove his masks.

Feels Like Love by Jeanette Lewis
April Winston brings her new fiancé home for Christmas, but her childhood sweetheart, Wade Hardley, isn't ready to let her go.

His Personal Relationship Manager by Jennifer Peel
After suffering a public humiliation, Kenadie Marshall realizes that love shouldn't be left to personal judgement. But Jason Hadley is determined to prove that love isn't over for this relationship guru, even if it means joining her computer dating service to get closer to her.

The Academic Bride by Lucy McConnell
Janel Fendrick's dream excavation is within reach—until the funding is pulled . A surprise employment opportunity comes with a proposal...and a groom!

The Resilient One by Cami Checketts
Alyssa Armsworth escapes to Maui and finds herself spending days on the ocean with Beckham Taylor, a handsome ex-NHL star. Alyssa must redeem her past to have a chance at a future with Beck.

Candlelight Kisses by Jennifer Youngblood & Sandra Poole
Gracie Andrews led an ordinary life—right up until the day she died and became an angel ... err ... almost an angel. She’s given the task of helping others find love and quite possibly find love along the way.

Meet Me in Myrtle Beach by Brooke St. James
Paige Spears accepts an unexpected job offer, hoping for one last summer adventure before joining the work force. She had no idea the trip would change her life forever.

Under a Georgia Moon by Cindy Roland Anderson
Addie Heywood wants to avoid her aunt’s matchmaking schemes and Chase Nichols wants to avoid his ex-girlfriend. They team up to fool the world by pretending to date. What neither of them counts on is actually falling in love.

Rough Edges by Kimberly Krey
When divorced mother, Allie Emerson, seeks employment with her old high school flame, Braden Fox, sparks fly. But will resentment from the past prevent them from sharing a future?

Blissfully Married by Victorine E. Lieske
Sidney wears a fake engagement ring to ward off Blake, her childhood crush that broke her heart. When Blake finds out the beautiful Sidney's lying, he makes it his goal to get her to tell him the truth.

The Neighbor's Secret by Kimberley Montpetit
Allie Strickland returns home to Heartland Cove after being left at the altar. When an intruder breaks into her house, Allie has to figure out what secrets Ethan Smith is hiding. Is the man friend or foe—enemy or lover?

Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things by Rachelle J. Christensen
With the unwanted help of a divorce lawyer who's too good looking to ignore and a detective who has an eye for murder, Adrielle Pyper must race to uncover a secret hidden within the yards of satin and lace before she becomes the next victim.

House Without Lies by Rachel Branton
Lily fills her tiny apartment with endangered teens who don’t have everything they need, but together they have enough. Or so she thinks—until she meets Jameson. But will he be one more thing Lily has to give up to protect the girls?

Before the Leap by Liz Isaacson
Scorned by his ex-fiancé, Jace Lovell isn't ready for a new relationship with someone as fiery and beautiful as Belle Edmunds. Can she employ her patience while he figures out how to forgive so they can find their happily-ever-after?

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Review Time: Love Me True by Jason Whiting

Today's review is on a new nonfiction book that all couples would benefit from reading no matter what stage of the game they're in. I'm excited to share my thoughts about Jason Whiting's new book.

Love Me True: Overcoming the Surprising Ways We Deceive in Relationships

I graduated in psychology so the study of people's behavior and how their mind works continues to intrigue me. This title grabbed me because I was also interested to see how Whiting would go about teaching this tricky topic. I'm so glad I took a chance on this book because within just the first few chapters, I gained insight into my own marriage and things that I could do to improve my relationship with my husband. I've been married for 18 years and to me, that's a long time to build neural pathways of coping with the idiosyncrasies of married life. I like how Whiting teaches from his own experience and citing research that we can correct and change these habits that are often damaging our relationships without us really being aware of the effects.

I love how Whiting gave specific anecdotes from his experience in counseling with marriage and family therapy with the real grit of what can occur when two people who love each other come together and then lies start to break them apart. I especially liked this line: "There is an old saying that it is better to be trusted than to be loved."

That resonates with me on a deep level. This book is helping me and my marriage already because it has helped me understand why I react to certain behaviors in a way that might not always be helpful and has given me tools to use for a better result.

In my own opinion, relationships and marriage are tough. They require a lot of hard work and sacrifice to achieve success. You can't just get married and then say, "We lived happily ever after." Although that would be really nice! Getting married is a step in the right direction, but you're far from done. To find true happiness and that happy every after, I think that we need to keep working and studying on how to improve and strengthen our marriages and relationships. That's why I recommend this book. Love Me True is a gold mine of information, presented in a way that is easy to read, implement, and also feel encouraged about your future as a couple. Whiting ends each chapter with a summary of main points and discussion questions that make you think and help you pull out the nuggets he teaches and apply them to your own life.

I've highlighted several sections of this book and look forward to studying them in more depth with my husband.

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher and I have included my honest review.

More about the book:
Even though love should be beautiful and fun, it can also cause emotional ups and downs. In Love Me True, marriage and family therapist Dr. Jason B. Whiting uses engaging, relatable stories to show that deception is often at the root of relationship breakdown and teach how couples can use truth to strengthen their relationships. 

•Understand your own tendencies to lie.
•Avoid playing the victim.
•Use body language to communicate more effectively.
•Be present with your partner.

Use Whiting’s counsel to overcome dishonesty and build a more open and trusting partnership.

Love Me True will transform couples' negativity into a sweet and secure connection. It will help partners stop spirals of anger, blame, and defensiveness and instead embrace intimate connection and become each other's tonic for the toxicities of life. ---- Laura M. Brotherson, LMFT, CST, CFLE, author of Knowing HER Intimately: 12 Keys for Creating a Sextraordinary Marriage

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Debut YA Novel from Erin Summerill, Ever The Hunted

Do you ever buy yourself a Christmas present? Well, occasionally I give Santa a little help. When I saw that my friend, Erin Summerill's book would be released right after Christmas, I ordered myself a beautiful copy and now I get to tell you about this excellent new book.

Ever the Hunted is a young adult novel set in a new world that Summerill created. The main characters, Britta and Cohen, are strong and vibrant. The writing in the story is beautiful, yet powerful and you'll be ensnared in this cunning plot with no way out but to turn the pages.
Britta is resourceful and smart and I love her "strong girl" attitude. The romance building between Britta and Cohen is uncertain and keeps the tension rising as they struggle to solve a mystery together. The plot behind a brewing war and a young king's life is tumultuous and riddled with deception. Every time I thought I could anticipate what would happen, there was another twist in this story.
I enjoyed the mystery in this story, and I especially enjoyed that this book is clean--no sex or graphic violence. I'm comfortable having my teens read the book. My teen is incredibly picky with books, and often complains that they drag in the middle, so I can't wait to have her read this book next!
I loved the ending because it was satisfying, yet left a definite promise for more and I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

About the book:
Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, a legendary bounty hunter—that is, until her father is murdered. The alleged killer is none other than Cohen Mackay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart.  
     She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a force to be reckoned with.  

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Friday, January 13, 2017

My Review of Lady of the Lakes by Josi Kilpack

I am a huge fan of Josi Kilpack and her new line of Historical Proper Romance novels are absolutely wonderful! I'm thrilled to share my thoughts on her newest release, The Lady of the Lakes, the love story of Sir Walter Scott.

Rachelle's thoughts: I love a good historical romance and because this one is based on actual lives in history, it made it all the more intriguing to me. Walter Scott lived a humble life and fell in love with someone far above his station. I think it's interesting to note that later in his life, he was knighted and became Sir Walter Scott. The love story unfolds as Walter and Mina are very young, as they grow, Mina begins to question if she is truly in love with Walter. The character of Walter is written as a man who felt things deeply and experienced life's hardships, failures, and successes with the viewpoint of a writer. When Walter meets Charlotte, it is a completely different feeling from the young Mina which brings more confusion. What is the right love, the true love for his heart?

I love Charlotte's no-nonsense character and immediately thought of her as someone I'd like to be friends with. She also had a hard life and rose above her circumstances to do great things. During a point of history where scandal and history taint innocent children, Charlotte believes she will most likely not marry. It was with great anticipation that I read this novel to find out the story that actually took place in Walter Scott's life.

If you like historical romance that is well-written, clean, and enthralling, read the Lady of the Lakes. Kilpack has proven that her novels won't ever collect dust on the nightstand because they're too good to put down!

About the novel:
One is his first love.
The other is his best love.
Which will be Walter’s true love?
Walter Scott has three passions: Scotland, poetry, and Mina Stuart. Though she is young and they are from different stations in society, Walter is certain their love is meant to be. For years, he has courted her through love letters. She is the sunshine of his soul. Though Mina shares Walter’s love of literature and romantic temperament, it’s hard for her to know if she truly loves him or if she has only been dazzled by his flattery. When she meets the handsome and charming William Forbes, her heart is challenged. Who will she choose? But as every poet knows, “the course of true love never did run smooth,” and on a windy morning in the lake country, Walter meets Charlotte. At twenty-six, Charlotte Carpenter believes she will never find love. After all, she is a Catholic-born Frenchwoman living in London with a family history shadowed by scandal. Though quiet, practical, and determined to live a life of independence, her heart longs for someone to love her and a place to call home. Passion and promises collide as Walter, Mina, and Charlotte must each decide the course for their futures. What are they each willing to risk to find love and be loved in return?

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

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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