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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