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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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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Grandma's Wedding Quilts: Jesse's Bargain by Kay P. Dawson-Day 3 Book Blitz and Giveaway




I am a stay at home mom, who loves to read and write clean historical romance. I enjoy thinking back to a simpler time, a time when men and women were true heroes. I also believe that a good romance can be told without needing to know all of the details;)

All of my stories will tell of people who find true love, and who find their happy ever after. Sometimes the road might be rocky, but that makes it all worthwhile!


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Cora left England for a new life in America as a mail order bride - only to find the man she’s come to marry has been killed in a gunfight. She has a sister in Kansas, but how can she get there?

Jesse needs this job driving cattle to Kansas so he can marry the woman who’s given him an ultimatum - buy land and settle down, or she’ll marry someone who will.

But, his cook’s been killed in the same gunfight, leaving him without anyone to drive the chuckwagon. His right hand man, an old cowboy with a soft heart, has a solution for both Cora and Jesse - one he might not like.

Dressed as a boy, Cora heads off with a team of cowboys, led by a man who isn’t happy about her being there. Kansas is a long way away…and a lot can happen before they get there.



~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK



Interview With The Author:

1  Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction besides writing?

I love to read, go camping, and basically just spend time with my family. 

2  When did you first realize you were an author?

I never really felt like an author until I had about 3 books out, and people were actually contacting me to say they enjoyed my writing and hoped I’d be writing more.  Then I had actual fans join me in my FB fan group, and they helped me to realize that I was really an author.  It still took me a long time to be able to even say it though when people asked what I do.

3  Have you done anything writing-related, but besides actually writing your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you?

I ran an Oregon Trail contest to launch one of my books, Phoebe’s Promise.  It had an interactive map that took the readers along the Oregon Trail, with points of interest and information about the places we were going.  The contest ran before the book was even released, and everyone had so much fun with it. I got to know a lot of my fans through that contest.


4  What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?

This is an easy one to answer.  Trying to find the time away from the constant every day distractions to write.  Because I have kids in school, I can’t just turn my phone off in case there is an emergency.  So, even if I screen the calls and not answer unless it’s important, things like that still distract from writing.  Between phone calls, emails from people who need something immediately, and other little things throughout the day – I sometimes won’t get a chance to write a word until everyone else has gone to bed.  Then even though I’m exhausted, that’s the only time I might get to write.

5  What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)

I believe a romance can be told without any of the extra details.  To me, a story should be based on the relationship, and the love should be able to be felt between the characters without needing sex to show it.  Anything like that can be kept behind closed doors, while the reader gets to feel the emotion and the other aspects of the story to move it along.

6  What are your thoughts/feelings on ebook vs. print book?

I love my Kindle, but I still love print books too.  There is still something about holding that book in your hands.  I always try to offer both versions for my readers.

7  How many books do you have out?  Are you planning a specific number altogether, either in this series or separately?
I have 10 books—3 series, with 3 books in each, plus the book for the Grandma’s Wedding Quilts series.   I also have a prequel out for a new western time travel series that is in the works, plus a couple other short stories.

8  Are your characters/stories/scenes, etc. based on anything in real life?

I sometimes will model characters after people I know.  My character in Phoebe’s Promise was named after my great aunt who loved my books and was a big supporter of my writing.  She passed away before I finished the book.  The scruffy dog in Maggie’s Gift was based on my own little Maggie who is always sitting at my feet while I write.  I also based the town Bethany after the small little village my grandparents lived in and where I spent a lot of time growing up.

What are your future projects?

At the moment, I am working on a couple multi-author series that will be coming out over the next few weeks.  The first one is a western time travel.  That one has 4 authors each writing 3 books for the series.  It’s all based around a couple of matchmakers in different times who work together to help people find love.  The next series is a contemporary romance series with 4 other authors.  I might be able to squeeze some of my own series in there too J


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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Disney's Beauty and the Beast (2017)-My Movie Review



I just returned from seeing the highly anticipated Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast movie. Altogether the whole experience was amazing! From the very beginning when a red rose appears filling the screen, you realize that this is not going to be the same animated Beauty and the Beast from the 90's. I put everything I'd read and heard from others across the Internet away in a corner and opened my mind and heart to the gloriousness of this new movie.
The early released pictures and trailers don't do justice to the actual movie and the amazing sets, costumes, and music. You are quickly taken in as Belle starts her early morning trek through the provincial French town as you delight in the chorus of "Bonjour!" and the singing of "Belle". This was the moment the chills started and never stopped.



The cast is so enchanting, as they should be in this classic story, and were perfect in each of their roles whether in their human forms or as household objects.Emma Watson was cast perfectly as Belle, and plays her role well as an intelligent, and unassuming bookworm who dreams of "more" in her life. I was very impressed with so many of the cast's rich, singing voices, Josh Gad as LeFou, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere and especially Luke Evans who plays Gaston. I loved hearing the original music with a twist and the fabulous and haunting new songs, "Days in the Sun", "Evermore" and  "How Does a Moment Last Forever" written by award-winning Alan Menken,Tim Rice and the originals with the late Howard Ashman. 

Dan Stevens also gets a nod singing his solo, Evermore, considering he learned to sing for this role. That was a song and performance packed with emotion!  

 Of course, you could nitpick about certain things not being like the animated version, but the CGI is done well enough to keep you immersed in the story unfolding in front of you on the big screen. I especially loved the duo of Cogsworth, played by the classic actor Ian McKellen, and Lumiere who played off of each other so well.

As the time drew nearer for the dance scene in the ballroom, I couldn't help but let the fears creep in that it wouldn't have the same magic felt in the animated version. Happily, I was very wrong and my fears were put to rest as Emma Thompson, Mrs. Potts, starts singing the classic song of "Beauty and the Beast" In fact, as I sat there in the darkened theater watching Belle and Beast dance around the ballroom and realize what is growing between them, I felt the tears start sliding down my cheeks, and unashamedly I didn't wipe them away. Also, her gown is more beautiful on screen, with a silky, satin finish, gold leafs and glitter.
 There was only one glitch for me that threw me out of the story and that was when the Beast shows Belle his library. I was disappointed at her reaction of not being more in awe of the magnificent and immense collection of books. Granted, this opinion is coming from a certified bibliophile who'd have been jumping up and down with excitement at seeing all of those books. Her mouth should have at least been hanging open with more reverence and admiration for what the beast was showing her. I know,nit-picky, but...BOOKS, and lots of them! My daughter did remind me that she reacted after the Beast left her there alone, but not enough for me.


In the last thirty minutes of the movie we see the true nature of each character coming forth, Gaston as the blood thirsty villain, the Beast as the reformed self-sacrificing hero, Belle as the young woman who finds love and looks beyond her own dreams and needs, and LeFou finally being true to himself and not mindlessly following the town bully. Kudos also to Kevin Kline who plays the part of Maurice, Belle's father, as a more dignified, less-looney and loving father. He is an amazing actor!
For those that staunchly love the animated 1991 version of Beauty and the Beast must give this live action version a try. This grand, live version will bring back the fascination of the story and charm it's way into your heart.
***Note: Do yourself a favor and experience the magic a little longer at the end of the film as you listen to the brilliant Celine Dion sing "How Does a Moment Last Forever" as the cast members are shown once more in their human forms. It's a great way to end your time at the theater.
{Me and my kids after the movie.}

Grandma's Wedding Quilts: Kizzie's Kisses by Zina Abbott-Day 2 Book Blitz and Giveaway





Zina Abbott is the pen name used by Robyn Echols for her historical romances. Robyn currently lives with her husband in California, USA, near the “Gateway to Yosemite.” 

She is a member of Women Writing the West, and American Night Writers Association. She enjoys any kind of history including family history. 

When she is not piecing together novel plots, she pieces together quilt blocks.
  


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Running from hostile Indians attacking Salina, Kansas in 1862, feisty Kizzie Atwell, Grandma Mary’s oldest grandchild, runs into freighter Leander Jones traveling the Smoky Hill Trail. He is as interested in her as his stallion is in her mare. The two join forces to prevent the Fort Riley Army captain from requisitioning their beloved horses for the cavalry. Avoiding bushwhackers and fighting off a thieving bullwhacker binds their bargain.

In 1865, at the victory dance held at Fort Riley to celebrate the end of the Civil War, Kizzie is asked to participate in a fund-raiser to aid the Sanitary Commission helping injured and sick soldiers. It involves chaste sweetheart kisses in exchange for tickets purchased by officers and guests. As a contract freighter for the Army, Leander is invited. Much to Leander’s chagrin, before his chance to claim his kiss, Kizzie’s uncle steps in and puts an end to the kissing game.

Is Leander out of luck, or will the bargain Kizzie and Leander made three years earlier to save their horses lead to a more romantic bargain sealed with a kiss?



~ Amazon ~  Amazon UK



    Q&A With The Author:

1.  Describe yourself in 50 words or less.

          Auburn hair (although one motor vehicles clerk listed me as “bald”) and hazel eyes, too heavy, love to sit too much, love to read, write and quilt—while sitting too much.
2. What do you love most in the world?
I love my faith, my church and my family.
3. What do you fear most?
          Not getting everything done in life I should do. I know I won’t get everything done in life I want to do.
4. What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
My largest unfulfilled dream is to be slender. After numerous unsuccessful attempts to achieve this goal, I am working on being satisfied with being healthy and occasionally finding clothes that fit well.
5. What is the hardest thing you've ever done?
          Watch some of my children make mistakes and know I must let them live their own lives.
6. Now that we've gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it's yours. What's your story?
          In my high school senior class play I played the role of the snotty business woman trying to steal the hero from the sweetheart heroine. For my costume, I brought a knit dress from home that was modest enough, but by the time the make-up artist plastered tons of goop on my face and the costume manager stuffed about three rolls of toilet paper in my bra so I would have the right appearance when I walked out on stage under the floodlights, I looked the part on steroids.
          After the play, the cast and crew went to a local pizza parlor to celebrate. Shortly after we sat around a table, about three young men I didn’t know with wide grins on their faces dragged their chairs around our table and began to hit on me. At first I was puzzled. I wasn’t used to drawing that kind of attention. Then I realized we were all still in costume and off-stage and up close, I looked like a hooker.

          I stood up, said good-by to my friends, and I was outta there.     



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Monday, March 27, 2017

Walk of Infamy (Book 6 in the Rhea Jensen Series) By Sheralyn Pratt-Book Review


{Product Details}


  • Title: Walk of Infamy (Book 6 in the Rhea Jensen Series)
  • Author: Sheralyn Pratt
  • File Size: 771 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Wicked Sassy (October 29, 2016)
  • Publication Date: October 29, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M8P9V0



{Book Details}

Rhea always knew she worked for a powerful men, but she didn’t understand the full scope of their influence until she quit her job—or tried to.

The clandestine group that calls themselves The Fours doesn’t accept two-week’s notice from employees. Instead, they’re demanding Rhea perform a final task of their choosing to earn a life free from their demands.

Rhea knows whatever The Fours ask of her will be unlike any challenge she’s ever faced. She’s prepared for the worst, but what she’s about to learn is that groups like The Fours are a secret for a reason.

Because no one gets to walk away from them. Not even Rhea.


{My Review}
Wow! I just finished this book, Walk of Infamy, that took me on a wild ride! It truly gets your adrenaline moving like and you totally ignore everything else around you. It's like watching a movie in book form. There comes a point when all you can do is just read because you are so caught up in whether or not Rhea is going to live or die and that nothing else matters. The writing is intense and most of the book is paced quickly, all except for the beginning where I felt like what was happening kept repeating over and over and I just wanted it to move forward, and once this happened it was like a bullet shooting out of a gun. If you want to read a story about a kick butt woman, this book and series is the one for you!

{Meet the Author}

 About/Contact Sheralyn Pratt


Sheralyn was born at an early age, with 10 fingers and 10 toes. She is proud to report that she currently retains all 20 digits. Described by one reviewer as "the bomb dot com" (url already claimed... bummer), Sheralyn has been a karate instructor, musical theater performer, a beach bum, freelance writer, nomadic traveler, and, yes, a private investigator. At the moment she enjoys working with and training her dog to give the poor thing breaks from sitting and Sheralyn's feet with the unbearable task of watching someone write a book.

Really, and you thought your job was bad!

Sheralyn currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, although as people who know her can attest to, that is subject to change at any time ;)

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Grandma's Wedding Quilts: The Prequel by Kate Cambridge-Book Blitz and Giveaway





Kate Cambridge is an emerging author of Sweet Historical Romance and Sweet Contemporary Romance. She is a hopeless romantic, strong supporter of women's rights, and loves to create stories that inspire, and characters who seem real long after "The End."

Visit KateCambridge.com for more information, or KateCambridge.com/Choice to join the Choice Readers group for special launch-day pricing, contest, and more. Be one of the first to know what happens next...

Kate loves to connect with readers!


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The greatest inspiration is often born of desperation.


One year ago Hannah Quinn scored her dream job, and now the fate of the museum she loves will rise or fall on her next exhibit. But wait... there's a problem. She doesn't have a clue what her next exhibit will be!

When a trunk with two quilts is donated to the museum, Hannah's boss thinks she's wasting her time chasing down the history of the quilts, regardless of their beauty; but Hannah persists. She knows there's something special about these quilts, and a story that demands to be told.

Little does Hannah know, her friend Callum, a researcher and consultant, plays an unexpected a role in her investigation that leads to questions and discoveries that threaten the foundation of all she holds most dear.

Will her desperation to discover the story of the quilts cause her to lose the very thing she loves the most - or will the secrets she uncover lead her to more than she ever dreamed?



~ Amazon ~  Amazon UK




10 top favorite things:


1.     Spending time with my husband
2.      Playing with dogs
3.      Writing, writing!
4.      Sailing
5.      Photography
6.      Hiking: walks in nature
7.      Spending time with family, friends, the people I love
8.      Listening to the ocean waves, & walks on the beach
9.      Reading (just about anywhere, but my fav spot on the planet is British Virgin Gorda)

10.  Meeting new and interesting people



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Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Fall of Lord Drayson by Rachael Anderson-Regency Book Review



The Fall of Lord Drayson{Product Details}
Title: The Fall of Lord Drayson
Author: Rachael Anderson
Series: Tanglewood #1
Genre: Regency Romance Publisher: HEA Publishing Release Date: August 29, 2016
 











{Book Summary}
 Who is he really? A high and mighty lord or a lowly servant?
When Colin Cavendish, the new earl of Drayson, informs Lucy Beresford that she and her mother need to vacate the house they’ve called home for the past two years, Lucy is fit to be tied. They have no money, no relations they can turn to for help, and nowhere to go. How dare the earl break the promise his father had made to the Beresfords without so much as a twinge of conscience?

Fate plays her hand when Lucy discovers the earl unconscious and injured in the middle of the road. When he awakens with no recollection of who he is, Lucy seizes the opportunity to teach the earl a much-needed lesson in humility and tells him that he is nothing more than a mere servant. Her servant, in fact.
And thus begins the charming tale of a pompous lord and an impetuous young woman, caught together in a web so tangled that it begs the question: Will they ever get out?

{My Review}

The Fall of Lord Drayson was a delightful read! To me, it wasn't your typical Regency Romance in that the female in the story was in control of the direction that the relationship went. When you first meet Lord Drayson he's a pompous jerk who Lucy wants to shove out the door and out of her life. Once an injury occurs to the great lord, Lucy finds a way to take control of the situation and the fun ensues. I loved what happened in the story and I'm sharing no details because each reader needs to experience the funny happenings for themselves. 

The Fall of Lord Drayson has such wonderful characters from the leads Lucy and Colin, to the faithful maid Georgy, and Colin's mother and sister Harriett. Each memorable character stands out and lends so much to the overall enjoyment of the story. 

This book is a quick read with an entertaining story line where there is immense character growth and a happy ending to boot. I highly recommend this romance to all readers.

{Excerpt}
He stared at her incredulously, as though she had escaped Bedlam. “Are you in your right mind, woman?”

Lucy leaned forward and planted her palms on his bed so that her eyes were level with his. “My name is Lucy Beresford. I have lived in Askern all my life. I’m the sole daughter of a vicar and a seamstress who lived most happily despite their differences in station. When my father passed away, I came here, to this dower house. So yes, I am in my right mind. It is you who are not.”

The earl’s jaw clenched, and Lucy took some pleasure at the sight. Perhaps he would come down off his high horse and show at least a small amount of kindness or respect.
“I may not know who I am or where I came from,” he finally said, “but at least I do not feel the need to tell tales.”

“Tell tales?” Lucy gaped at him. Was he accusing her of telling untruths? Her, of all people? What untruths? How dare he!

Lord Drayson glanced down at his fingers, frowning when he spotted grime under his nails. He began to scrape it out as he spoke. “Claiming to be the daughter of a vicar and seamstress is all very romantic, but it cannot possibly be the truth.”

“And why not?” she asked.

His gaze returned to hers. “In my experience, the daughter of a vicar would behave with more decorum, would know how to make a palatable broth, and would never allow herself to be alone in a room with a man who is not her relative. If there is one thing I know with absolute certainty, it is that you are no relation of mine.”

Lucy’s jaw clenched as she fought to control the rage building inside her. Ever so slowly, she pushed herself up to standing and glared down at the earl. “You are correct in thinking I am no ordinary vicar’s daughter. I do not love unconditionally. I show decorum only when I wish to. And I despise those who care for no one but themselves. But I do not tell tales.”
He actually chuckled, but it was more of a scoff than a show of humor. “Did you learn those traits from your father?”

“Do not speak of my father.”

“I would prefer to speak of myself, but you do not seem to share that preference, so perhaps we should speak of your father instead. Where is he, by the by? I would very much like to meet him.”

Lucy’s fingers became fists while her conscience became a battleground between all that was good and evil inside her. It was a short battle, with evil making a quick triumph.
Ever so slowly, her body still trembling with anger, she lifted her chin. If he was going to accuse her of telling tales, then tell them she would. “Very well, Collins. If you must know, I am your employer. And though you may not remember me, or this house, or your position in it, or the fact that you are perfectly susceptible to coming off a horse, just like any other human, I still expect some kindness and respect from you.”

“What on earth are you talking about? What position?”

There was not a hint of hesitation in her voice when she answered. “You are a servant in this house.”
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Rachael{Meet Author Rachael Anderson}
A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

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