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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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Monday, May 2, 2016

Spotlight: The Independent One: A Billionaire Bride Pact Romance by Cami Checketts

I am so thrilled to announce the release of The Independent One: A Billionaire Bride Pact Romance by Author Cami Checketts.

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Haley Turnbow escapes to the tropical Isla del Sol for an ideal vacation with her five-year old. She doesn’t plan on the resident ghost stalking her and the island’s fine-looking owner drawing her in with his confident, fun personality.

Cal Johnson is king of his own island, happy and busy. A beautiful mom and her wild little boy flip his world upside down. He falls in love with both of them knowing they’re going to leave at the end of their vacation and he might not recover from the loss.
Can these two independent adults trust their hearts or is it not worth the risk?

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A tall, well-built man swept in before Haley could reach Taz and easily lifted her boy into his arms. “Hey, bud, you’re not supposed to do flips on this staircase, that’s for the diving board.”
Taz laughed and Haley’s heart slowed a few beats. “Taz,” she cried out.
The man turned with her son and she noticed dimples and blue eyes, but she could only focus on her boy. Taz launched himself into her arms. Haley held him close, inhaling the baby lotion he kept claiming he was too old for. She took several long breaths as she tried to reassure herself he was okay. 
Their rescuer turned to the older couple. “Are you both all right?” he asked.
“Oh, sure,” the man said, his arm around his wife’s waist. They were a darling couple, dressed to the nines with her hair perfectly coiffed and his hair missing.
“Is the little boy okay?” the woman asked, patting her hair.
“I think so,” Haley said. “I’m so sorry he hit you.”
“No, dear, I’m just fine.”
Haley nodded, grateful for their graciousness. She checked Taz for injuries. He had some rug burns on his face and elbow, but thankfully only the one on his elbow was bleeding. “Oh, bud, you scared me! Do you hurt anywhere?”
“Nothing ‘cept my endbow.” Taz held up his arm for her to see. “Kiss it?”
Haley laughed shakily and kissed near the ouchy spot. “We’ll find you a Band-aid.”
“A Ninja Turtle one?” Taz’s dark eyes lit up. He covered himself in Ninja Turtle Band-aids quite regularly. 
The man with the dimples turned back to her as the older couple wished them well and headed down the hallway to the shops. He placed a warm hand on her back. “Ma’am, can I take him from you? You’re shaking like a belly dancer.”
Haley laughed, but clung tighter to Taz. This was her little man and she wasn’t about to hand him over to some stranger—she couldn’t resist looking the man over—no matter how intriguing the contrast between his dark hair and skin and his deep blue eyes. “I have specialized belly dancer training so it’s okay.”
His dimples deepened. “Nice.”
“Thank you for your help Mr…”
“Johnson.” He kept his arm on her back and wrapped his other hand around her elbow. His hands were strong and warm and she couldn’t help but notice how nicely he smelled, a great combination of musk and man. “Come up to my office so I can check both of you out.”
Haley bristled. The only men she let tell her what to do were her dad and her brother. Scratch that, the only men who ever tried to tell her what to do, but failed, were her dad and her brother. She shook him off. “Sorry, not going to some strange dude’s office and nobody needs to check me out.”
He laughed. “My apologies, ma’am, but I’ve already checked you out.” He pumped his eyebrows and she was struck by the fact that he was much too attractive and much too friendly. 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Celebrate Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop: May 1st-8th


 I'm excited to participate in...
CELEBRATE Children's Book Week
Giveaway Hop May 1st-8th!

Once again I want to thank Mary at
BookHounds who is hosting this hop.

I love children's books and have read SO
many of them in my life as a child, mom, and as
a teacher. There are so many great books
out there, classics and new books too.

My favorite books growing up were the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. 


My parents gave me the set of books for Christmas when I was 9 years old. I loved them so much!! These books turned me into the voracious reader that I am today.

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to Amazon so they can buy the books they
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Book Blast and $50 GIveaway for The Convergence by Tenille Berezay

Convergence

 THE CONVERGENCE by Tenille Berezay 
Hiding unbelievable physical abilities, seventeen-year-old Desiree Morgan buries herself inside the realities of high school. But when Blake Thomas infiltrates her life, all of Desiree’s secrets begin to unravel. With answers come more questions and soon she is entangled in a world of secret societies, human experimentation, perilous power-struggles, and ultimate sacrifice. To escape, Desiree can’t be simply extraordinary…she must redefine the impossible. THE CONVERGENCE is a story of one girl’s search to understand herself and the realization of what makes her truly great.  
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Praise for Book :
"If you like the action of Divergent, romance of Twilight, and super human powers like X-men, you'll absolutely love this book."

 "I have read a lot of young adult science fiction/romance and this is right up there with the best of them." 

 "I was captured from the beginning by Desiree's story, but even more so by the handsome and charming Blake."  
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Excerpts 
(1) He puts me on edge. The last thing I need is someone trying to read me. I meet his eyes defiantly. Blake observes me a second more, then grins revealing white, even teeth. “Sounds pretty great, but why? Why not do the normal thing? Go to college, get a job, become a responsible adult.” My defensiveness morphs into aggravation. “Guess we just have different definitions of responsible and, most likely, normal.” Sensing my mood, Nichole makes some excuse and leaves. Blake leans across the space between us, the fire reflecting in his eyes. “Our definitions are probably a lot closer than you think, Dez,” he says with an intimacy that makes me twitch. Nobody calls me Dez. I’ve never liked that nickname. “You know, Thomas.” I emphasize my use of his last name—Thomas suits him better anyway. “I don’t think I like you.” Never breaking eye contact, he laughs quietly. “I know,” he says. “But you will.”

 (2) Ten days. Ten days of brutal analysis down and I wake up to the realization I’ve lost. Lost my faith, dignity, reason. After being chipped apart bit by bit, it’s all gone. Maybe it was the memory of the flash flood, or the last Doren-supervised beating. Regardless, somewhere along the way, I lost it all for a father I’ve never met. Knocking on the door, Talbot enters. It’s something he’s done religiously ever since I mentioned how disconcerting his sudden appearances were. “Ready for more analysis?” “Abuse.” The word slides off my tongue. He glances at my tray of uneaten food and his eyes disappear under a hood of regret. “De—” “Talbot, I’m…” My mouth forms around the word. With one word I could forget, could go home. That word braces itself in me, becoming impossible to say, if for no other reason than the fact that I’ve come this far. 

 (3) Following the rescue came the terror. Terror for what I’d done, what I could do. The realization that my abilities extended beyond what I had ever, ever anticipated. I’d been pushing myself, not attempting the impossible. Emotions from that night teem inside of me; so much rage from my date, fright for the injured people, and ultimately dismay for myself. For what I am. After fruitless searching, I thought I accepted it. Gave up on ever understanding. But I didn’t. I stare down at my empty yet terrifyingly powerful hands. Clenching them into fists, I spin and sprint away. Again I internalize the useless emotions, the lingering doubt. Hope. This hope I’ve been given is a dangerous thing. 

(4) “So, Blake. You’ve obviously ridden quite a bit. What exactly is it you’re looking to get out of these lessons?” “Loaded question, loaded answer.” I hear him murmur as we reach the top of the ridge and the vastness of the desert opens before us. Blake rides up beside me. From his taller horse, he looks down on me. “Didn’t I tell you? I want to figure you out.” “Well, let’s speed this torture along then, huh? What is it you want to know?” He touches his hand to his chin. “Right now?” I nod sharply. His hand drops, his facial muscles falling into hard, serious lines. “How to get you to trust me.” [...] His insightful eyes are clear and deep. In an instant, I know why I dislike him. He sees too much. And it’s not him I distrust. It’s me. I don’t trust myself to be able to keep my secret from him. “I trust you,” I say. “Liar.” “No, really. I trust you…” He raises his eyebrows speculatively. I cover my lie with a smile. “I trust you to be the most difficult fifty bucks an hour I’ll ever make.”  
  
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Author Tenille Berezay 
 After living throughout the western U.S., Tenille now claims rural Northern Nevada as her home. If she’s not being consumed by a book—whether her own or another author’s—she’d like to be found horseback riding, backpacking with her high-school sweetheart/husband, or photographing their three beautiful children.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Book Blitz and Giveaway for: My Perfect Mirror by Rosalyn U. Ikpatt




Rosalyn discovered her love for writing as she wrote her final papers in college many years ago. A mother of four amazing young men and women, she is also a daughter, a cousin, a sister, an aunty, a wife and a friend, among many other diverse multicultural connections and experiences. 

 Every aspect of her life has given her various unique perspectives of the power of God.  She identifies herself primarily by her intimacy with God through Christ Jesus and by His Spirit, something she is very grateful for.  She enjoys writing and speaking about God, and about the beauty of the human life and human connections.  She is a vegan and enjoys trying out new and strange recipes. Loves to watch nature documentaries, game shows and PBS Independent Lens.





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"My Perfect Mirror" is every person's reality check. Armed with the power and truth of God's word, it seeks to light up your life and bring clarity to your mind: so much that you would question everything else. You will be pleased to discover that all things have always been available to you in Christ Jesus.


Snippet:
"We must completely understand that we were once only an idea in God's mind, and He created each one of us carefully and specifically for a purpose. Your earthly presence started in the mind of God before you were born, so your destiny depends not on where you were born, on whom you were born to, or any other such circumstances. Your life story- with all the things you've never told anyone, all the shame and so called successes - can find its true manifestation only in Christ, your perfect mirror. You don't need to carry your burdens anymore; your worth is determined not by favorable or unfavorable statistics but by whose you are."


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Monday, April 25, 2016

Book Blast and $50 Gift Card Giveaway for: A Kiss and a Dream by Linda Andrews

Kiss and a dream
A Kiss and a Dream by Linda Andrews 
She escapes with a dead woman's name and finds sanctuary with a widower reeling from his wife's betrayal. Can a love built on lies survive the truth? Gretchen Foltz honors her late father's request and ends up locked in the workhouse by her greedy brother. Dreaming of a home and freedom, she embarks on a dangerous winter journey. She awakes in a stranger's home. Hiding behind a lie, she discovers a man worthy of her trust. Kian Bryne is struggling to feed his four children. The last thing he needs is to rescue a woman stranded on the ice and running from her own demons. With his rich in-laws threatening to take custody his children, he'll make a desperate alliance to keep his family together. When a simple kiss shatters their agreement, he's left yearning for more. Can they untangle the lies before someone separates them forever?  
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 Excerpt: 
In this scene, Gretchen learns that Kian has a secret dream to be a carriage driver on the island. She has a dream of her own and knows the power of them, so she is determined to help him achieve his goal. "It was a stupid dream. I should sell it, ta pay ya." Kian jerked the covering into place and turned away. "Nein. No." She followed him. "Dream is not stupid. Dream is good." She slowed down to hit the correct sound at the end. Just so he understood. He yanked pieces of oak from the pile near the door and dropped them into her pail. "I help you vith your dream." She pulled out the bigger pieces and returned them to the stack before tugging the handle from his grip. Selecting the right size for the cook stove, she filled her bucket. "You see." "Why?" He stared at the wood pile and huddled in his jacket. She didn't want to think too hard about the why. Instead, she clasped the pail to her chest and hustled for the door. He beat her there and pushed back the snow, so she could squeeze through the opening. Before she exited, he stayed her with a hand on her arm. "Why?" "Because I have the dreams, too. And you are helping to make them true." She ducked under his arm and walked into the cold. More than he knew. Maybe more than was safe for her heart.

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Meet Author Linda Andrews:
 Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: “What else would she write? She’s never been normal.” All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion and she’s followed that passion into history, the future, and beyond. Sometimes, she incorporates her science background and other times, she allows the magic of love to take center stage in sweet historicals.
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Friday, April 22, 2016

Love Under Construction {An Indulgence Row Novel Book#2} by Danyelle Ferguson and Kindle & Ebook Bundle Giveaway


 Product Details:



Title: Love Under Construction {An Indulgence Row Novel Book#2}
Author: Danyelle Ferguson

Published: 19th April 2016
Publisher:
Wonderstruck Books
Pages: 260 Format: ebook Genre: Romance
FTC, FYI: I received a review e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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 Enjoy this new sweet romance from award-winning author Danyelle Ferguson and enter to win the Kindle Fire/Sweet Romance Ebook Bundle giveaway!

Book Details:
Charlee was angry . . .

What do you do when your boss makes someone else the lead on a big renovation project that should rightfully be yours? You quit. On second thought, that might not be the best idea, but Charlee Jackson has never been one for second thoughts. Instead, she lands a big contract of her own. She’s jumping into her new life—work boots, tool belt and all. Now she just needs to form a company and hire contractors and buy supplies and get an office . . . and not fall in love with her former boss's son. Yeah. Definitely not that last one.

Peter was torn . . .

You can’t date someone who works for you, but now that his dad let Charlee walk out the door, Peter Elliot is considering his options. Charlee was their top renovation expert, his best friend’s sister, and the only thing that made the drudgery of running a large construction business bearable. But how do you date a competitor, especially one your father is trying to drive out of business? It would be stupid to make your dad angry right before he retires and hands the company over to you. Right?

When Charlee and Peter are scheduled to work on the same Indulgence Row house, their feelings and priorities are put to the test. They need to make a choice, and they better be quick about it, because the whole mixture is curing fast and threatening to crumble to pieces.

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My Review: 
 There were so many reasons that I liked reading Love Under Construction. My first thought as I got into the story was how realistic the characters were. Both of the main characters, Charlee and Peter were portrayed  as real people, not so perfect, but very likable. They had been childhood friends and lately co-workers until Charlee leaves Peter's family business and starts up her own construction company. Things aren't wonderful with Charlee leaving and Peter's father wanting to make Charlee's life miserable for leaving. Peter on the other hand is in love with Charlee, but she doesn't know. One thing I was really happy about, is that the author didn't drag out this part of the story. About 1/3 of the way in, Peter tells Charlee about his feelings towards her. This doesn't mean that things are all amazing from here out, there are still many challenges and stepping stones for them along the way. In fact Peter says something about how they will have to take relationship lessons called, 'How to remodel a friendship into a romantic relationship.' This would also describe much of what happens in the story too.

Another great reason to read this book is that even though it's a romance it is full of humor. I was giggling through many of the funny things that happened and what was said. The dialogue is so much fun and written very well. In one scene Peter is comparing friendship to French fries and relationships to mashed potatoes. Charlee teases him saying she likes mashed potatoes and Peter hushes her telling her not to mock "The Relationship Master". These ideas are actually explained in more detail and make a lot of sense, but Peter's cute personality shines through in the process. Peter is a great lead man who is very appealing to me and I know he will do the same for other female readers. 

Though it seems like many things keep these two apart in the book, it is such a fun ride along the way. This book is also very appealing to those who love watching shows found on HTV where people's homes are remodeled. I enjoyed seeing the changes and improvements that were made on businesses and homes that were described in such wonderful detail. It was also nice to see a confident, determined woman not let things get her down. 

This romance will be enjoyed by adult readers that want a little spice in a romance, but where things are still kept clean. With a great plot, fantastic characters and the right amount of humor and kissing, Love Under Construction is built for one terrific read. 

MEET AUTHOR: Danyelle Ferguson

Danyelle Ferguson discovered her love for the written word in elementary school. Her first article was published when she was in 6th grade. Since then, she’s won several awards and her work has been published world-wide in newspapers, magazines and books.

She grew up surrounded by Pennsylvania’s beautiful Allegheny Mountains, then lived for ten years among the majestic Wasatch Mountains. She is currently experiencing mountain-withdrawal while living in Kansas with her husband and family. She enjoys reading, writing, dancing and singing in the kitchen, and the occasional long bubble bath to relax from the everyday stress of being “Mommy.”

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Welcome to the Love Under Construction Blog Tour. Please enjoy participating in the book reviews, author interviews and spotlights. Don’t forget to enter to win a Kindle Fire & Sweet Romance eBook Bundle.

April 19th:
Australian Romance Readers Association – Book Release Spotlight
Jennifer @ Clean Romance Reviews – Book Spotlight
Maria Hoagland – Book review
Anna del C. Dye – Book Review
Katie’s Clean Book Collection – Book review

April 20th:
Lindzee Armstrong – Book Spotlight
Kathy @ Bookworm Nation – Book review
Lisa @ Queen of Chaos – Book review

April 21st:
Julia @ Book Reviewing Rocks – Book review
Amy @ Lost in a Good Book – Book review

April 22nd:
Sheila @ Why Not? Because I Said So! – Book review
Laurie Lewis – Author interview

April 23rd:
Jo @ A British Bookworm – Book review
Heather Justesen – Book Spotlight

April 25th:
KJ’s Book Nook – Book review
Laura Johnston – Book Spotlight

April 26th:
Rachelle Writes – Book Spotlight
Elana Johnson – Book review
 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Book Blast for Gratitude Journals by MK McClintock-Also, $50 Gift Card Blast Giveaway

Journals 
Gratitude Journals by MK McClintock 
WHAT TALENTS HAVE YOU BEEN blessed with? What challenges have you faced and overcome? Who has impacted your life in a positive way, no matter how large or small the good deed? How did you feel when someone gave you a helping hand? When we focus on the positive things in our lives, we are replacing negative energy with positive affirmations. To put it simply, gratitude means being grateful for everything you have and are, every single day. This journal is a powerful instrument that provides a simple, yet effective foundation for your personal declarations of gratitude and thanksgiving. Discover your voice, your dreams, and the profound moments of your life with daily expressions of appreciation. 100% of all author royalties from the Africa Collection gratitude journals goes to the Africa Heartwood Project. Learn more about them at www.africaheartwoodproject.org. gratitude journals   amazon      
Author MK McClintock 
MK McclintockMK McClintock, an award-winning author and life-long seeker and adventurer, is inspired by the good works of mankind and believes that within every person is a better version of themselves waiting to be discovered. She lives a quiet life in the Rocky Mountains.


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