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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
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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
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Friday, October 25, 2013

Friends and Traitors (Slayers #2) by C.J. Hill – Blog Tour and Book Giveaway








Product Description:
Title: Friends and Traitors (Slayers #2) 
Author: C. J. Hill
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Published Date: October 15, 2013
Hardcover: 400 pages
Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy
ISBN# 978-1-250-02461-9
FTC FYI: I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review



Book Summary: 
In C.J. Hill's action-packed sequel to Slayers, the group of teens known as Slayers have been betrayed—but they won’t give up without a fight.

Tori’s got a problem. She thought she’d have one more summer to train as a dragon Slayer, but time has run out. When Tori hears the horrifying sound of dragon eggs hatching, she knows the Slayers are in trouble. In less than a year, the dragons will be fully grown and completely lethal. The Slayers are well-prepared, but their group is still not complete, and Tori is determined to track down Ryker—the mysterious missing Slayer.

What Tori doesn’t bargain for, however, is the surprising truth about her powers. She isn’t just a Slayer, she’s part Dragon Lord, too. How can Tori fight to save her friends when half of her is programmed to protect dragons? And with a possible traitor in their midst, the Slayers will be divided in more ways than they ever imagined.



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Excerpt:

Overdrake didn’t tell her it would be all right. He didn’t know if it
would be. The memory of the last labor still clung to the edges of his
mind. With a sigh, he sat beside her and took her hand in his. “If we
land at BWI, the eggs’ signals will reach all the people at the airport,
all the people sitting in planes. Some of them are bound to be descen-
dants of the Slayer knights.” Back when those knights had ruled the
Middle Ages, they’d spread their genes far and wide. Conquerors al-
ways did.

“Yes, but how many of those descendants will be pregnant?” she
asked. “There can’t be that many.”

“How many Slayers does it take to kill a dragon?” Overdrake meant
to counter her argument, but instead found the sentence comforting.
Even if the eggs’ signals did activate genes in a few unborn babies, giv-
ing them powers later on— it didn’t mean those children would be able
to grow up and kill the dragons.

Over the generations the Slayer knights’ powers splintered apart.
Descendants no longer inherited all of the abilities their ancestors had, just a few. And what could a handful of half- equipped Slayers do against
his dragons?

Bianca shifted in her seat, gripping the armrests again. Another con-
traction was coming. “We’ve got to land. We don’t have another choice
and waiting will only put our son’s life in danger.” Her eyes seared with
pain. “Who are you more concerned about— Slayer babies that might not
even exist or your own baby who needs your help right now?”

She was right. Overdrake put his hand over hers, giving her what
comfort he could. “I’ll tell the pilot to land at BWI.”

 My Review:
I was a big fan of the first book in the series. I love any story that has dragons as key characters. I liked how this book was set in a contemporary storyline. This second book in the series was a great addition. The story picked up where the first ended. You have the bad guy, Overdrake the Dragon Lord,raising dragons to cause mayhem and take over the government. Then you have a group of teenagers with superpowers. These powers are used to fight the dragons. Along with a teen love triangle, many secrets being kept, and traitors amongst friends you know that there will be a lot of action taking place.

Also with the action we get to know the characters on a deeper level. There is more depth here as relationships develop further. Female character Tori also has one of the biggest dilemma's in the book when she finds out some harsh truths behind her superpowers. I was surprised by this twist, but it made for a good story. It was also good to finally have Ryker in the story. His parents fight hard to keep him out of the mix but fail. 

Readers who will love this book:  
Anyone who loves book about dragons, teen love triangles, humor, a sky full of action and Urban Fantasy. There is violence involved (After all this is a story about fighting dragons), but nothing too graphic,no sex or terrible language. As I always recommend, read the first book in the series before this second book. You will be totally lost AND you will have missed out on reading a very good book! This author has become one of my favorite because she has always written such great characters. With this series she has mastered the great plot and action scenes. Don't miss out on Slayers #2: Friends and Traitors. I know my tween and teen at home are fighting to see who gets to read it next. 

Slayers #1 Giveaway...

I have one paperback copy of Slayers to give away to one USA reader. I'm making this very easy. All you need to do is tell me in the comment section if you like or dislike dragons and why. Please leave an e-mail address and this contest will last two weeks.

Meet Author CJ Hill:

CJ Hill PhotoCJ Hill is a pen name for a YA author who is best known for writing romantic comedies. (Slayers will be her 18th published book.) Her writing has shifted away from the romantic comedy genre, so her editor thought a pen name would be a good idea. (New books will include: dangerous dragons, time travel to dystopian worlds, and flesh-eating beetles.)
Since the publisher refused to let her have the pseudonym : The Artist Formerly Referred to as Princess, she chose a name to honor her mother. CJ Hill was her mother’s pen name, or at least it would have been if her mother had published. Her mother wrote a few children’s books and a middle grade novel but was taken by cancer before she had fully learned the craft.
(Most writers’ first novels aren’t publishable. CJ Junior’s first novel wasn’t, but somehow was published anyway. Now, even though it is out of print, it remains forever available on Amazon, where it taunts her with its badness. This was another good reason to use a pen name.)
CJ Hill has five children, three of whom like her on any given day depending on who is in trouble. She has lived in Arizona for the last half of her life, but is still in desert denial and hopes that one day her garden will grow silver bells and cockle shells or maybe just tomatoes.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Book Blast and $50 Giveaway for A Light in Dark Places by Jennifer Graves and Emily Clawson

light in dark
  A Light in Dark Places  
In December, 2009, Susan Cox Powell was reported missing from her home in West Valley City, Utah. As law enforcement tried to piece together what had happened to Susan, her husband, Josh Powell, became the only person of interest in the case. For Jennifer Graves, Josh’s sister, the nightmare started long before Susan’s disappearance. From her experiences growing up in the Powell family to the terrifying moment when she first started to believe her brother was a killer, she relied on her faith to stay strong. She devoted herself to the safety of Susan’s boys, Charlie and Braden, whom she hoped to be able to raise as her own. When the boys were murdered by their father in February, 2012, Jennifer was more than devastated, but she had to believe there was a reason for it all—including the deaths of her beloved nephews. In A Light In Dark Places, Jennifer shares her struggles and her triumphs. In coming to terms with such tragedy she finally was able to embrace the truth that we all have the power to choose our own path—and there is always hope, no matter how dark things may seem.


Praise for A Light in Dark Places I just finished reading "A Light in Dark Places" By Jennifer Graves and Emily Gray Clawson. I was impressed with how well written the book was. The descriptions are such that I felt I was part of the story. I was grateful that the message was one of hope and peace in tragedy. The book does tell the tale of Susan Powell, her boys and their demise but doesn't dwell on it. It was nice to see inside the life experiences of someone so close to them and to see things from Jennifer's perspective rather than what you see on the media. I highly recommend this book. It doesn't disappoint! – T. Hyde

 I love true accounts of people overcoming challenges and helping others with the lessons learned from them. This story of Jennifer's experiences throughout her abusive childhood, and later the disappearance of Susan and the murder of her two sweet nephews is just that. She shares how she felt God's hand in her life, guiding her to make better choices than the rest of her family did. Though the book had so many sad details, it ended with hope, courage and love. ~D. Raymond 

I had followed the story of Susan Powell very closely so I wasn't sure if the book was going to tell me something I didn't already know...but it sure did. Jennifer was very brave in writing this book and all she had done in support for Susan. I highly recommend the book it sheds a light on the whole situation that helps make things more clear. ~ Carolyn 

This was a very informative read. I lived in Utah at the time of Susan's disappearance and followed the news every day. This book answered many questions that the news did not. Although it was very sad and I already knew the outcome it was a good read. I admire Jennifer for her part in the whole story and I am glad she had the fortitude to write this book to honor her sister in law. ~Katie O. 

 To finally read about details that were never shared brought closure for me about this insidious crime. While the book was an easy read, the message shared about breaking the cycle of abusive relationships is invaluable. It truly does take someone removing themselves from their abusive family's presence to stop the cycle. Praises to the author for sharing her perspectives. ~Arlene   add to goodreads   JenandEmAuthorphoto1Jennifer Graves is the mother of 5 beautiful children, 2 girls and 3 boys. She and her husband have been happily married for 19 years and together have been active in their community and church. Jennifer is the sister of Josh Powell who killed his 2 sons, Charlie and Braden, as well as himself in February of 2012, and is also believed to have killed his wife, Susan Cox Powell, in December of 2009. She is the recipient of the 2013 ChainBreaker of the year Award, given for breaking the chain of abuse and violence in her family. She enjoys homeschooling their children and mentoring in classes for the commonwealth school they attend. She also loves reading, playing card and board games, and learning new things. Most of all she loves to spend time with her husband and children. They currently reside in West Jordan, UT.
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Emily Clawson is an author, a mother and a mentor. She traditionally writes inspirational fiction. This book has been a life changing experience for her and she is grateful to have been a part of telling this story. She resides in Taylorsville with her husband and four children where they run their leadership mentoring programs for youth.
 
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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen -- Blog Tour Review and $25 Giveaway





Product Details:
Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen

Publisher: Hidden Falls Publishing

Published: August 13th, 2013

Genre: Romance

ebook: 300 pages

FTC FYI: I received an ePub copy in exchange for an honest review.







Book Description:

A Proper Romance
Ariella was only looking for a distraction, something to break up the monotony of palace life. What she found was a young man willing to overlook her title and show her a new and vibrant way of life. But when her growing feelings for Gavin spiral out of control and clash with the expectations of her station, she will discover that the consequences of her curiosity are far more severe than she’d imagined.
"I watched in helpless horror as two guards hauled Gavin to his feet and dragged him from the room. My voice was frozen, unable to protest as another guard took hold of my arm, leading me upstairs. From the confines of my room, I stared into the darkness beyond my window, hoping to catch one more glimpse of Gavin. He was gone, and I wondered if he would have been better off if he had never met me."

My Review:
I was so pleasantly surprised  by this book. This is 

one of those books that slowly wraps you up in it's 

story never freeing you until the last word. The 

characters in this story are varied, but so 

memorable. I especially loved Princess Ariella or as 

she likes to call herself, Ella. She is not like her six 

sisters who love being royalty. Ella is bored with her 

life and in the process makes friends with a gardener
 

by the name of Gavin. Their friendship grows into, 

as Ella says, "The most precious thing I've ever had 

the pleasure of owning." It was quite funny as Gavin 

teaches her to do things like pull a weed and Ella 

finds it just fascinating.


 This story takes place over a 2-3 year time period. 

Ella goes through many changes in her life and 

emotionally she grows and matures into a 

courageous woman who is not afraid to chase after 

her dreams. I love what a strong woman she 

becomes. Her relationships with 

her parents and of course Gavin, go through many 

transitions too. Even though this is 

an adaptation of a fairytale re-telling with a twist, 

the feelings and situations are very realistic.  


This story is a clean read with some nice kissing. 

You will fall in love with this story like so many 

already have. I could best describe it as being 

"Enchanted" by Ella and her story. This book is 

coming highly recommended for teen and adult 

readers who want to finish reading a book and come 

away with a smile on their face. This will be a book 

that I will revisit again and again because I liked it 

that much.

 **Excerpt**

I changed behind a couple of close-growing trees at the base of the hill, then squeezed the water from my hair and tried to restore it to some semblance of order. I wrung out my clothes before wrapping them in a shawl and putting them in my bag. I decided against putting on my shoes, instead walking barefoot back to the maze, enjoying the feel of the earth under my feet. A lightness filled me; whether from knowing the secret of the waterfall or from abandoning propriety and tromping around barefoot, it didn’t really matter. New life had been breathed into me. The looks thrown my way while entering the palace with bare feet and disheveled hair made me smile. I couldn’t find it in myself to be ashamed.
I bounded up the stairs to my room with no poise at all, and had to suppress a grin when I hurried past Lorraina, who stopped suddenly upon seeing me and didn’t recover before I passed her by. I slipped into my room and shut the door firmly, unable to keep a broad smile from my face as I considered my excursion. It was liberating.


Praise for Just Ella:

"I fell in love with this book. Treat yourself to something wonderful. You can't go wrong with Just Ella!" ~Inspired Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

"By far one of the best romance novels I've ever read. Pulls you in with great, likable characters and keeps you going with a sweet and exciting love story--plus a good plot to give it even more substance. Full of those tender moments you want to go back and read again, plus exciting moments, clever humor, and some suspense as well." ~Jana Miller

"Annette Larsen writes a love story that takes time, is complicated, and yet still sweeps you up in the romance (without the cheese, thank you). It's compelling and emotional and sweet and you will love every page." ~Kimi
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Grab your copy of Just Ella for just $4.99!



Meet: Author Annette K. Larsen:
annette
I was born in Utah, but grew up in Flagstaff Arizona and St. Louis Missouri, the fifth of seven children. I attended college at Southern Virginia University and Brigham Young University where I studied English and Theater. I now live in Idaho with my husband and four children.
I have Charlotte Bronte to thank for the courage to write novels. After being bombarded with assigned reading about women who justified abandoning either their families or their principles in the name of love, I had the great fortune of reading Jane Eyre. And that was it: finally a heroine who understood that being moral and making the right choice was hard, and sometimes it hurt, but it was still worth it. After rereading it several years later, I realized that if I wanted more books to exist with the kinds of heroines I admired, then I might as well write a few myself. My books are about women who face hard choices, who face pain and rejection and often have to sacrifice what they want for what is right. The consequences are often difficult or unpleasant, but it the end, doing what’s right will always be worth it.

I believe there is no substitute for good writing or good chocolate. Fortunately, one often leads to the other.  I write clean romance. Why? Because that’s what I love to read, but over the years I’ve discovered it’s quite a challenge to find good clean romance. I believe it’s a genre that many people are looking for and too few authors are writing. My first novel, Just Ella, took me many years to write because I wanted it to be more than just a cutesy love story. I wanted it to have depth, to feel genuine. Hopefully I succeeded, but you’ll have to be the judge.
Blog Tour Giveaway:

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 11/5/13
Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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Monday, October 14, 2013

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop: October 15th-31st

Welcome to the Biggest Giveaway Hop of the Year!
This hop is just Spooktacular!
for hosting this hop.

So what is up for grabs this time around...
One winner will get to choose one of the following. 
Insomnia by JR Johansson(One of my favorite books
I've read this year!)
Kindle or paperback
 

Allegiant (Divergent Trilogy) [Kindle Edition](Pre-order)

Dreams of Gods & Monsters [Kindle Edition]Conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy. (Pre-order)

 

The Raven Boys 


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Friday, October 11, 2013

Blog This by Cami Checketts-Blog Tour Review and Giveaway

















 Book Description:
Will protecting children throughout the world cost Natasha her own family?
Devastated by the loss of her brother, Natasha Senecot works to expose the dangers of Matthew Chrysler’s violent video games, succeeding in bankrupting and humiliating him.
Chrysler retaliates and sends a hit man after her. Natasha is forced to fake her own death to protect her children, but after witnessing another tragedy, Natasha won’t hide any longer.
In a race against time, can Natasha expose Matthew Chrysler before his assassin murders her family and shatters her world?


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Excerpt from Blog This:

His gaze locked on hers. His eyes were so cold. A chill wind swept over her, but the branches on the trees didn’t move.

“Can I help you?” She clutched her gloved fingers to stop the trembling.

His eyes darkened. His lips stayed in a tight line.

“Did you, um, get lost?” Natasha forced an unsteady laugh and arched her eyebrows. “Easy to do in a town of less than three thousand people.” He didn’t crack a smile so she released her own, pointed toward the front yard, and stiffly recited driving directions. “Highway 89 is less than a mile east of here. The fastest route is to drive straight out of the neighborhood and then take two-hundred s-s…”

His right arm rose—a black pistol molded to his palm. Heart thudding, Natasha’s voice sputtered and died. She raised her hands and backed up a few steps. Her gaze darted to Jace and Lily.

“Mom!” Jace pulled Lily against his side.

Natasha felt colder than the snow clinging to her boots. The only lucid thought she had was the overwhelming need to protect Jace and Lily. I have to say something, do something. “Please, please don’t hurt us.”

The lines in his face hardened, anger seeping from his dark gaze. The hand holding the gun remained steady.

Natasha’s mind raced, trying to comprehend a man pointing a gun at her with Jace and Lily feet away. Was there any way to keep them safe?

“Look,” she began, her voice trembling on each word, “I-I’ve got some cash in the house. I can give you my credit card and the pin numbers for my debit card. The credit card has a hundred-thousand dollar limit.” It was a lie, but might buy her children’s safety.

He shook his head. “I’m not after your money.” His voice was barely above a rough whisper.

Then why are you here? She cast a nervous glance at her children. Jace clung to Lily, watching his mother bargain for their lives. What else could she do to protect them? Why was this guy pointing a gun at her?

Suddenly, the latest e-mail threats played through her mind.

Stop your blog or I will send someone to stop it.

Is any cause worth dying for?

The corner of the man’s lip quivered. His voice dropped. “I am sorry.”

Blinking to clear her vision, Natasha wondered if she’d heard him correctly. “Sorry?”

No. She shook her head. Oh, no. Realization came like a moldy dishrag snapped in her face. He was here to fulfill the threats. His apology. That brief flicker of regret in his eyes. This man had been sent by Matthew Chrysler to kill her.

“I’ll stop the blog."

He shook his head once. “It’s too late.”


 My Review:
Blog This doesn't mess around when it comes to the action from the get-go. I wasn't quite expecting that, but what a way to start with a bang...literally! When single Mom, Natasha Senecot, is playing with her two children, her fun afternoon is interrupted by an assassin. With her strong views about violent video games on her blog, she has made a ruthless enemy of a video game maker tycoon. Now he wants Natasha stopped. You actually feel the same level of panic as Natasha does while she is being stalked in her own home by Alex, the assassin.There are so many creepy things that happen, that it's better to read this book during the day than at night.

I could relate so well to the feelings of Natasha, as a mother who would do anything to protect her children. Poor Natasha is also dealing with her feelings for her handsome ex-husband and the rugged and charming detective investigating the case.

Blog This is so suspenseful that you will be questioning every person who comes in contact with Natasha, except her kids and her father. You will go back and forth throughout the book until the end. This has to be one of my favorite books that Cami Checketts has ever written. You will want to put this one down on your to-read list today. 

Go check out the great price on Blog This for your Kindle that you can get right now at Amazon. Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway down below.


Praise for Blog This:
From the very first chapter, Blog This grabs your gut and your heart with surprising action and touching moments. Cami Checketts blends suspense, humor, and good clean romance into a story that will stick with you.
Daniel Coleman, Author of Gifts and Consequences

Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. Have read all of Cami’s books but Blog This is on the top of my list. Read it twice and enjoyed it just as much the second time. Just when you think you know what is going to happen you’re led into a different direction. Had a hard time putting the book down and was anxious to see how it was going to end.
Elsa Akinason



Blog This will be $2.99 during the blog tour - September 30th - October 16th. Click here to purchase or read the first few chapters.





About the author
Cami is a part-time author, part-time exercise consultant, part-time housekeeper, full-time wife, and overtime mother of four adorable boys. Sleep and relaxation are fond memories. She’s never been happier.
Please refer to her website – http://www.camichecketts.com for more information about her books. 


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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Book Blast and $100 Gift Card Giveaway for Blog This by Cami Checketts

Blog This New Cover
Blog This by Cami Checketts Will protecting children throughout the world cost Natasha her own family? Devastated by the loss of her brother, Natasha Senecot works to expose the dangers of Matthew Chrysler’s violent video games, succeeding in bankrupting and humiliating him. Chrysler retaliates and sends a hit man after her. Natasha is forced to fake her own death to protect her children. But after witnessing another tragedy, Natasha must come out of hiding. In a race against time, Natasha must expose Matthew Chrysler before his assassin shatters her world and those she loves.  

Praise for Blog This "From the very first chapter, Blog This grabs your gut and your heart with surprising action and touching moments. Cami Checketts blends suspense, humor, and good clean romance into a story that will stick with you." ~Daniel Coleman, Author of Gifts and Consequences "LOVED it. LOVED it. LOVED it. Have read all of Cami’s books but Blog This is on the top of my list. Read it twice and enjoyed it just as much as the first time I read it. Just when you think you know what is going to happen you’re led into a different direction. Had a hard time putting the book down and was anxious to see how it was going to end." ~Elsa Akinason    

Excerpt 
 Natasha sighed. “You don’t need to stay until Detective Bentley comes.” His eyebrows rose. “You want to be alone with the detective?” Natasha grabbed a glass from the cupboard and filled it with water from the door of the fridge. “I just don’t want Jace and Lily to wait too long.” She turned to face him, taking a sip of the cold water. Tony held her gaze with his warm stare and edged a step closer. “I wanted to make sure that you’re okay.” “I’m fine.” Natasha clutched the glass in her palm. “I can take care of myself.” Why was she lying to him? She tried to shoo him away, when she really wanted to beg him to stay until Alex was apprehended and maybe even after that. Tony set the water bottles on the counter. “Oh, I don’t doubt you can take care of yourself, but maybe it’s time to let someone else help.” He took two more steps toward her. She could smell his PS cologne. She’d given him a bottle the first year they were married and told him it was her favorite scent. The fragrance brought back tender memories she wanted to displace and plugging her nose right now might be a little awkward. Natasha raised the glass to her lips to try to block the tempting aroma and create some distance between them. Why was Tony still wearing the same brand? “What if I want to take care of you?” Tony asked. Sounds wonderful. She took a long drink, but it didn’t quench the heat in her face. Tony took the glass from her fingers and set it on the counter. “What if I want to take care of you?” he repeated quietly. He gently took hold of her palm and studied her face for the correct answer. “I think you’re too late,” Natasha whispered, studying his pressed cotton shirt to avoid his handsome face. Her hand tingled. How could he still affect her like this? Tony tilted her chin up with his free hand. “Look in my eyes and say that again.”  
 
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Author Cami Checketts Cami Checketts is married and the proud mother of four future WWF champions. Sometimes between being a human horse, cleaning up magic potions, and reading Bernstein Bears, she gets the chance to write fiction. Cami graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Exercise Science. Cami teaches strength training classes at her local rec and shares healthy living tips on her fitness blog: http://fitnessformom.blogspot.com. Cami and her family live in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah. During the two months of the year it isn’t snowing, she enjoys swimming, biking, running, and water-skiing.  
  BookBlast Giveaway $100 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 10/31/13 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, October 7, 2013

LDS Authors Giveaway Hop...Enter Today!



Welcome to the 2nd Annual 
LDS Authors Giveaway Hop
Featuring Books Written by LDS Authors
Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and

 American Night Writers Association
October 8th to 15th

There are so many LDS (Mormon) authors that
have made a huge impact on the literary world.
I'm offering one book written by an LDS author
to one lucky follower of my blog. 
You can choose from...
The Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Mistborn: The Final Empire (Book 1) 
by Brandon Sanderson
The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George
Matched (Book one in the Matched Trilogy)
by Ally Condie
Enter on the Rafflecopter Form
and then visit the other blogs for
more chances to win other great books.
Thanks for visiting my blog!



Saturday, October 5, 2013

Book Blast and $50 Amazon Giveaway for Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen

Just Ella Tour
Just Ella  
Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen Book Summary:
 A Proper Romance Ariella was only looking for a distraction, something to break up the monotony of palace life. What she found was a young man willing to overlook her title and show her a new and vibrant way of life. But when her growing feelings for Gavin spiral out of control and clash with the expectations of her station, she will discover that the consequences of her curiosity are far more severe than she’d imagined. I watched in helpless horror as two guards hauled Gavin to his feet and dragged him from the room. My voice was frozen, unable to protest as another guard took hold of my arm, leading me upstairs. From the confines of my room, I stared into the darkness beyond my window, hoping to catch one more glimpse of Gavin. He was gone, and I wondered if he would have been better off if he had never met me. I write clean romance. Why? Because that’s what I love to read, but over the years I’ve discovered it’s quite a challenge to find good clean romance. I believe it’s a genre that many people are looking for and too few authors are writing. My first novel, Just Ella, took me many years to write because I wanted it to be more than just a cutesy love story. I wanted it to have depth, to feel genuine. Hopefully I succeeded, but you’ll have to be the judge.

Praise for Just Ella
"I fell in love with this book. Treat yourself to something wonderful. You can't go wrong with Just Ella!" ~Inspired Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer "By far one of the best romance novels I've ever read. Pulls you in with great, likable characters and keeps you going with a sweet and exciting love story--plus a good plot to give it even more substance. Full of those tender moments you want to go back and read again, plus exciting moments, clever humor, and some suspense as well." ~Jana Miller "Annette Larsen writes a love story that takes time, is complicated, and yet still sweeps you up in the romance (without the cheese, thank you). It's compelling and emotional and sweet and you will love every page." ~Kimi  

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Excerpt “Now, wait just a minute. You can’t just plunge into a pool of water.” “Why not?” I should have said something cleverer, but I felt a bit scatterbrained, all thoughts having fled when Gavin’s arm went around me. He made a noise of exasperation. “Why not, she asks. Because, Princess, what’s going to happen when you show up for your lessons completely drenched? Or, what happens when we both show up on the palace grounds completely drenched? I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to have to explain that to anybody.” Unfortunately, he had a point. “Don’t call me Princess.” He had been so relaxed today, so willing to be himself and let me be myself. I hated that he felt the need to remind me of my rank. I was tempted to be angry and walk away but I also wanted to see how long he would keep his arms around me. Simply out of curiosity, of course.    



annetteAuthor Annette K. Larsen I was born in Utah, but grew up in Flagstaff Arizona and St. Louis Missouri, the fifth of seven children. I attended college at Southern Virginia University and Brigham Young University where I studied English and Theater. I now live in Idaho with my husband and four children. I have Charlotte Bronte to thank for the courage to write novels. After being bombarded with assigned reading about women who justified abandoning either their families or their principles in the name of love, I had the great fortune of reading Jane Eyre. And that was it: finally a heroine who understood that being moral and making the right choice was hard, and sometimes it hurt, but it was still worth it. After rereading it several years later, I realized that if I wanted more books to exist with the kinds of heroines I admired, then I might as well write a few myself. My books are about women who face hard choices, who face pain and rejection and often have to sacrifice what they want for what is right. The consequences are often difficult or unpleasant, but it the end, doing what’s right will always be worth it. I believe there is no substitute for good writing or good chocolate. Fortunately, one often leads to the other.  
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