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What Would the Founding Fathers Think: A Young American's guide to understanding the mess our country is in and how we get out
Isabelle Webb: Legend of the Jewel
Captive Heart
Cobble Cavern
Caller ID
Promises
Protected,
Summer of Secrets
On Little Wings
We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth
Christ's gifts to women
A Woman's power: threads that bind us to god
Scary School
Hope's journey
Blue
Targets in Ties
Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
Venom
With a Name like Love
Sean Griswold's head


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Friday, January 20, 2017

Daughter of Ishmael: Promised Land, Broken Heart By Diane Stringham Tolley-Blog Tour Review




Product Details

  •  Title: Daughter of Ishmael: Promised Land, Broken Heart
  •  Author: Diane Stringham Tolley
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (January 10, 2017)
  • Genre: Religious/ Historical Fiction
  • ISBN-10: 1462119662
  • FTC, FYI: I received a review paperback copy in exchange for an honest review.



 Book Details:
Growing up around prophets and prophecies, Hannah and her sisters are excited to be betrothed to sons of Lehi and to journey to the promised land.
 
In one statement, Father Lehi and Ishmael had stripped away her gentle, girlish dreams and replaced them with stark reality.  
She was marrying a stranger.

When Hannah learns she will be given in marriage to a son of Lehi, she dreams of raising children in the paths of righteousness with a worthy priesthood holder. Instead, she is met with unimaginable hardship: an arduous journey, a cowardly husband, and possible infertility. Hannah had promised herself long ago that she would follow the Lord and His prophet, but when she thinks her journey is over, she is faced with an impossible choice between faith and family.
 
 Should she follow Nephi again, or stay with her husband, Lemuel, and her son in sin and misery? This compelling novel tells the familiar scripture story from an illuminating new perspective.

My Review:

 This historical fiction book is based on people from The Book of Mormon, a book that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) believe to be scripture. Many of the characters in this story, mainly the women, are not discussed as much in the actual Book of Mormon. This is what I enjoyed greatly in Daughter of Ishmael in that we got to know the strong women behind the men.


The story is told through many years, from the time main character Hannah is a young girl until she is a grown woman. All along you can see that Hannah is a very loyal, brave, and dedicated daughter, sister, wife, and servant of the Lord. The author writes about all of Ishmael's family and how they eventually leave Jerusalem with Father Lehi's family.


This story flows so well from chapter to chapter as it engages the reader into the heart of both families. I had a hard time putting the book down. It is over 300 pages, but I never felt like the story was bogged down with details as the pacing of the book was perfect. The character's relationships with each other take center stage in this novel, as family members decide whether or not Father Lehi and Nephi are Prophets of God. I aways love to see scenes from The Book of Mormon brought to life in a novel where you can see how people are thinking and feeling about what is happening.


The overall message I was left with, is how truly the choices we make not only affect our lives, but also those of our children. I also was greatly touched by how as we keep the commandments of God our lives will be blessed. This beautiful perspective of familiar Book of Mormon stories will be faith promoting to those that read the book. Anyone, LDS or not, could enjoy reading this compelling novel of a strong woman being tested by the trials of life.



You can find a copy of Daughter of Ishmael online or at your local LDS Bookstore.


Meet Author Diane Stringham Tolley:
Trained in journalism and raised by a family of storytellers, Diane Stringam Tolley has spent her life writing. From her first published work, The Scary House, penned in Mrs. Hainsworth's grade six class, to her tenth novel due to be released by Cedar Fort early in 2017, Tolley has dipped into every genre from sci-fi/fantasy to spiritual. Her Christmas book, Carving Angels, has been featured on the "best of" holiday lists for Edmonton Public Libraries since its first release in 2011. And her follow-up novel, Kris Kringle's Magic (2012) is currently a standard for discussions on prejudice and bullying throughout the Black-Gold region. Drawing on her upbringing on one of the last of the great old ranches of Southern Alberta, Tolley's stories are filled with unforgettable characters, warm, family connections, and the strength of faith and love.

Learn more about Diane at these sites:
www.dianestringamtolley.com
www.dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.ca

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Cover Reveal for Sarah M. Eden's Newest Novella: My Dearest Love

From the USA Today Bestselling author, Sarah M. Eden,
 of the Longing for Home series, 
a new romance set in the beloved world of Hope Springs: MY DEAREST LOVE, coming July 2017!

Here is the cover for
the new book...
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Goodreads Blurb:

From the USA Today Bestselling author of the Longing for Home series, MY DEAREST LOVE is a new romance novella set in the beloved world of Hope Springs.

Alone in the world and far from home, Biddy holds out little hope of lasting happiness. Ian, loving her silently from afar, dreams of one day capturing her heart.

Add to your Goodreads list today:


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Condemn Me Not: Accused of Witchcraft by Heather B. Moore-Review









Condemn Me Not: Accused of Witchcraft
by Heather B. Moore 

Release date: Mar 14, 2017
 Amazon pre-order link: http://a.co/1oqFi5L


FTC, FYI: I received a review e-copy in exchange for an honest review.








Book Description:
“This woman was one of the most impudent, scurrilous, wicked creatures of this world; and she did now throughout her whole trial discover herself to be such a one. Yet when she was asked what she had to say for herself, her chief plea was that she had led a most virtuous and holy life.” —Reverend Cotton Mather, 1692

USA Today Bestselling author Heather B. Moore brings the life of her 10th great-grandmother to center stage. Susannah North Martin, accused of witchcraft in 1692, joins five women in the Salem Jail, all sentenced to death for their crimes. Amidst tragedy, Susannah finds hope and compassion as she remembers a well-loved life, and readers discover that love reaches far beyond the grave as Susannah faces the magistrates in Salem


My Review:
I've always been interested in the Salem Witch Trials that took place in the late 1600's in Salem, Massachusetts. I've been looking forward to reading this story that I knew Author Heather B. Moore was writing about her 10th Great-Grandmother, Susannah North Martin. I knew that she'd been doing intensive research in order to write this story. I was amazed at how she brought this story to life from an event in history to the story of a woman who lived, loved, laughed and cried. 

This book is not a cheery book, but full of true angst. You feel a deep depression and lost hope from the women and men that were jailed and accused of witchcraft. The whole book isn't totally sunk in darkness though as you read about when she first met her husband and fell in love. Susannah's story is masterfully told from different viewpoints during her life. One is when she's in jail awaiting her trial and then the story shifts to her looking back at happier times in her life. This was a wonderful way to show just how horrid the townspeople and court were to the accused, as the writing and feel of the story goes from sadness to happiness. I'll say it again, this was a brilliant way to write this story. 

I really loved these quotes from the story that came from Susannah. I feel it shows how the Salem Witch Trials and the hangings of innocent people were allowed to happen.


"They do not have the courage to speak the truth, but rather they'd join in with the other accusers so that they themselves, might be seen as innocent."

"Fear drives men and women to do mad things"

Condemn Me Not is a great addition to other fiction and non-fiction books about the Salem Witch trials. If you don't like reading non-fiction books, this novel will accurately show you the details from that time in Salem, while also weaving a powerful story that will leave you in tears and your heart aching for those who lost their lives to circumstances that were out of their hands.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Book Blitz and Giveaway for: The Missing Heir of Mandralay By Braden Bell




Brandon Gray is the pen name of Braden Bell (Brandon writes YA fiction; Braden writes for middle grades). Braden holds a Ph.D. from New York University. He and his family live on a quiet, wooded lot in Tennessee, where he teaches middle school theatre and music. An experienced performer, Braden enjoys reading, gardening, and long summer afternoons writing in his hammock. His most notable skill is being able to eat a full rack of BBQ ribs with one hand on long drives.



Connect with the Author here: 
Facebook ~ Website ~ 
 ~ Amazon ~ Twitter~Goodreads ~



A heartless monster; an innocent girl. He holds her life in his paws, but she holds his soul in her hands.

Twelve-year old Tallie knows she shouldn’t break Mother Kyraisa’s rule and summon the lights again. But she does it anyway. When Mother Kyraisa catches Tallie, the ancient nun evacuates the orphanage, ordering it burned immediately. She then crams Tallie into a lead-lined coffin and flees into the desert, whipping the horse the whole way.

With no memories, no heart, or even a name, X is a monster. Fiercest of the Bestials, his predator’s instincts are controlled only by powerful spells binding his life to the Regent’s will. When a flash of apostate magic betrays the hiding place of the late Queen’s daughter, the Regent dispatches X to kill the child—her niece and the long-hidden heir to the throne.

Following the child’s magic, X tracks Tallie to her hiding place. He prepares to kill her, until Tallie surprises him with a sincere request for help.

Tallie’s innocence and trust awaken a small spark of humanity inside X, and he tries to help her. But he remains a monster, bound by instinct and unbreakable oaths. Helping Tallie triggers a ferocious battle, as X fights his primal nature for her life—and his only hope of redemption.

Meanwhile, Tallie grapples with the tragedy of her past and her identity as crown princess. As royal heir, Tallie finds access to immense power—enough to destroy her enemies, but possibly her own soul as well, turning her into a monster far worse than X.





Fantasy Casting:
 As Tallie, the main character, I am going to go with the girl who modeled for the cover. she's actually a former student of mine, and the only one I can see playing the role. However, since she's a minor,I'd rather not release her name!

As mother Kyraisa, the warrior nun with a hidden past, there is only one choice: the British actress Helen Mirren.


As the evil regent, Scarlett Johansson.
And as X, the mysterious Bestial, part monster, part man,Gerald Butler.




To view our blog schedule and follow along with this tour visit our Official Event page 



Friday, January 13, 2017

New Covers Reveal for...The Love’s Great Adventure Series by Theresa Troutman


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The Love’s Great Adventure Series by Theresa Troutman
Cover Design by Anne Berkeley

Free to read with Kindle Unlimited!

Follow the journey of Sebastian Irons and Tess Hamilton. Sebastian the wealthy playboy finding love in the most unexpected place with a girl who is definitely not his "type." Tess is the smart, ambitious bookworm who is single minded in achieving her career goal. Sparks fly when these two people from very different backgrounds connect in the most unexpected way.

Experience the ups and downs, love and loss, struggle and triumph as they navigate college, marriage and parenthood.

An epic romance about finding true love, loyalty, friendship and the ties that bind a family together. This series is the ultimate romance with a happy ending! An emotional roller coaster ride proving soul mates do exist.

Genre: Mature YA/NA Romance
(Each book can be read as a stand alone. No cliffhangers!)

Life’s What You Make It
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Unruly. Disobedient. Reckless.
I've heard it all.
And quite frankly, they're right.
Which is why I got shipped overseas to "start over."
And America wasn't all that great.
Until her...
Tess Hamilton.
She's pure, sweet, and everything I'm not.
And I'll try like Hell to be if it means I can have her.
But Tess won't let me in--won't give me anything I want.
Now, I have to figure out a way to take down my conniving mother,
Win Tess' heart,
And make my mark in this place.

Piece of cake.



NOW AVAILABLE IN AUDIO!

Love This Life

ltlCover.png  “All I want is you.”

Tess Hamilton has a ten year plan—every milestone mapped out to reach her educational, career and life goals. Happy to be moving in with her fiancรฉ, Sebastian, she didn’t anticipate a dangerous attraction to another man, a life-changing event, and a terrifying journey of self-discovery. They were definitely not a part of her master plan, and now Tess wonders if any part of her scheme will come to fruition.
Sebastian Irons is getting everything he’s ever wanted out of life. Leaving his playboy image in the past, he’s finally become the better man he longed to be when he left England and came to America. Madly in love with his fiancรฉe and ready to start their life together, everything is seemingly perfect—until a series of unexpected events threatens to tear them apart.
Can Tess and Sebastian survive the curveballs life throws at them? Will their love crash and burn, or will they get their long-awaited happily ever after?


London Loves

“You never know what the future holds.”

Tess Hamilton Irons is excited about her new job prospect overseas. Her husband Sebastian has second thoughts. He acquiesces to his wife so she can have her dream job in his hometown of London, a city brimming with excitement and adventure at every turn—not all of it good.
Lady Lily Irons’ menacing persona looms large as Sebastian vows to protect his family at all costs. With the help of an unexpected ally, Sebastian begins a search for the father he never knew.
In a split second, the life they know is blown to bits and Sebastian is forced to pick up the pieces. Can he reclaim the life he loved or is the inevitable change a good thing?
Friendship, love, lust, tragedy, and triumph combine in the thrilling conclusion to the Love’s Great Adventure series.


US: http://amzn.to/2iXZHXQ

She Will Be Loved

swblcover.jpgThree very different girls searching for love.

Everyone deserves a happy ending, that’s what Penny Stanton thought. Only her ending was anything but happy after her husband died. Her friends had been an amazing support system over the year following Maxwell’s death, but there was a hole in Penny’s heart she felt would never heal. Can an old flame reignite her passion and make her take a second chance on love?

Mattie Irons was rambunctious, charming, and smart. She was the apple of her parents’ eyes until her baby brother was born. Her parents, especially her mother, spent more time cooing over the infant than paying attention to Mattie. Now Mattie is feeling unloved, leaving Sebastian and Tess searching for a way to abate their daughter’s fears.

Kate Hamilton has made the move to England to be with her daughter and son-in-law. Her new upper-crust English life style is a long way from middle class suburbia in America. She volunteers at the local children’s hospital and helps Tess raise the children. Yet Sutton castle is a large building and it, along with its butler, are very intimidating. Can she adapt to this new life as her daughter did and find love again?


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thesesa.jpgTheresa Troutman lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their crazy dog, Niko. She loves reading, theatre and traveling. Her books include: My Secret Summer, A Special Connection and the Love's Great Adventure Series: Life's What You Make It and Love This Life,  London Loves and She Will Be Loved.. Her most recent release is a contemporary second-chance erotic romance called, By My Side.

Feel free to contact her on her:
                                                     Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/+TheresaTroutman/posts


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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Friends ForNever by Melissa Baldwin- Blast and $50 Giveaway

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Friends ForNever by Melissa Baldwin
Erin Taylor is a hard-working journalist with a serious TV addiction and lack of a social life. She’s focused on her career and determined to leave her tiny cubicle behind for a fabulous corner office! But when a new co-worker, a friendship drama, and a hot workplace crush collide, Erin finds it harder and harder to focus. Especially when that crush on the oh-so-yummy Aiden Thomas starts to materialize into what feels like a magical relationship. Erin’s life seems to finally be heading in the right direction…until suddenly friends aren’t such great friends after all, her magical relationship hits a bumpy road, and her career could be derailed by it all. Erin learns a lesson the hard way: Sometimes people aren’t who they seem to be. With her happiness on the line, can Erin rise above her disappointments and create the life she’s always dreamed of or will she be stuck being Friends ForNever?
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Praise for the Book
Friends ForNever is a cleverly written book that will keep you wanting for more until the very end! I highly recommend this book!

Friends for Never is like listening to your best friend tell you about her day at work! And anyone who has worked in an office will totally relate to this book. I was absolutely sucked in. The love story was great!

It was well paced and funny!
The author is really good.

An intriguing look at the demands of family and friendship when personal goals are at risk.
A novel of back stabbing emotions.
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Melissa BAuthor Melissa Baldwin
Melissa graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications; she has always had a love for writing. An avid journal keeper, she took her creativity to the next level by fulfilling her dream with her debut novel, An Event to Remember . . . Or Forget. Since then, she has written and published four more novels, Wedding Haters, See You Soon Broadway, Not Quite Sheer Happiness and Friends ForNever.
Melissa resides in Orlando, Florida, with her husband and young daughter. When she isn’t writing, this multi-tasking master organizer is busy being a mother, wife, chauffeur, PTA President, and Fitness Trainer.
When she has free time, she enjoys traveling, running, fitness, and taking a Disney Cruise every now and then.
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

A Billionaire Bride Pact Romance Novels by Cami Checketts, Jeanette Lewis, and Lucy McConnell-Now available on audio for pre-order

A Billionaire Bride Pact Romance Series 
by Cami Checketts, Jeanette Lewis, and
This series is about twelve friends that made a pact at summer camp to marry only billionaires or they'd have to sing the humiliating Camp Wallakee song at their wedding without telling anyone why. Each book centers on different girls that were at camp and follows their romances. The Daring one and the Disenchanted One are the last two books in the series. If you haven't read them yet, here's your chance to buy them in any format that you want. Check out the links at the bottom of this post and happy reading!


The Daring One is available on Amazon
Summer Anderson has the perfect life--designing toys and traveling the world--until the venture capitalist company, Mumford's Sons, helps her dad sell his toy company to the highest bidder. Summer loses her designs, her job, and her lifestyle, and is forced to work for a friend in Crested Butte, Colorado.
Chance Judd, owner of Mumford's Sons, takes a mountain biking trip to Crested Butte and accidentally runs Summer off a running trail. He asks her out repeatedly, but she always has a sarcastic response ready for him. When he finally convinces her to go to dinner, he realizes that he is partly responsible for her losing her job and designs, and knows she'll hate him if she finds out the truth. He has no choice--he lies.
But how long can a secret this big stay hidden and will Summer ever forgive him when she finds out the truth?


The Disenchanted One is available for only $.99 on Barnes & Noble * Amazon * iTunes * Kobo * Inkterra * Scribd
 
Marissa Yates fell in love with Byron Judd three years ago, but she caught him holding another woman and she ran. She’s built a great life for herself and has kept Byron at arm’s length, only talking to him through phone, email, or text. She knows if she sees him again, he’ll charm his way right back into her heart.
Byron has no clue why Marissa ran from his life, but he does know his only chance to win her back is his brother’s wedding. His brother’s fiancรฉe, Summer, schemes up a Lonely Billionaire Pact to help him be reunited with the only woman who has ever broken his heart. 


Here are the rest of the books in the series... 
The Resilient One - Amazon * Audio * Print * B&N * iTunes * Kobo * Inkterra * Scribd
The Passionate One - Amazon
The Feisty One - Amazon * Audio * Print
The Rebellious One - Amazon
The Independent One - Amazon * Audio * Print
The Adventurous One - Amazon

The Protective One - Amazon * Print
The Faithful One
- Amazon * Audio * Print

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