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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, September 30, 2015

The Beeswax Shop and Longbourn Farm


My niece, Alli Windley Kelley has always been a pretty impressive person. Now as an adult she is blowing me away with what she is accomplishing in her life. She is married and has a little boy who will be one-years-old soon. She studied animal science for her bachelors degree and animal nutrition for her master's degree.Wanting to be a stay at home mom, she came up with a some ideas/company so she could work from home raising her son and living on her farm.I wanted to introduce you to both of them and hope you will go check them out.


  • Welcome to The Beeswax Shop! They make quality, handmade beeswax based products.All of the beeswax is local from Cache Valley.
     
  •  How The Beeswax Shop Started: Alli said...
    "My father keeps bees and makes some of my favorite lotions and salves with beeswax from his hives. They were always my go-to for my dry, cracked hands and lips. When I had my baby, my friend Misha gave me some beeswax-based diaper rash cream. It was a miracle worker! I asked Misha for her recipe and along with that, we decided to become business partners in this venture.

    We wanted to extend our favorite beeswax-based products to everyone and decided to open up a shop. All our products are made with local beeswax, hopefully one day it can be made with our own! All of our products are handmade by us. After all, everyone knows there is nothing better than homegrown and handmade. We are careful and clean when we make our products, both of us have extensive experience working in laboratories and we apply those skills and cautions when making our products.

    If there is a product you are interested in, let us know and we will do our best to get it in the shop!"
  • Products:
    ***Hand Salve: 
    This healing hand salve is sure to soothe and moisturize any skin type. From a daily moisturizer to healing dry and cracked skin, this salve does the trick. Lavendar scented or unscented option.

    2 oz

    Ingredients: Coconut oil, beeswax, avocado oil, almond oil, grape seed oil, vitamin E oil, scented essential oils (only in scented versions)
     
    ***Diaper Rash Cream:
    Keep diaper rash away with our healing and soothing baby diaper rash cream. Works quickly and effectively. A little bit goes a long way so this jar will last!

    4 oz.

    Recommended shelf life is 3 months from the time of your order. If care is taken not to apply to baby's bottom and then stick fingers back in the jar, shelf life can be extended. Do not use past 6 months.

    Ingredients: Shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, bentonite clay, baby powder essential oil


    To read a review of these products go to this blog:

  • Website:
     
     
    Longbourn Farm:



    Alli's website Longbourn Farm is aimed at providing useful information to people interested in starting a hobby farm or raising livestock animals. Here is what she has to say about it:

     "Longbourn Farm is our little piece of farmland. We believe that the best things in life are homegrown and handmade - and we are always making something. Come along with us for all of our adventures as we rehab our old property and give tips and tricks for proper but easy animal care and feeding. You'll learn something, we promise!"


    You will find information about Animal Husbandry, growing food, recipes and many other things about life on a farm and living on homemade products. Alli is a wonderful cook and baker. You will want to check out her recipes. I promise you won't be disappointed.


     Homemade Meatballs

     
     Oatmeal Cookies
     
     
    Meet Alli Kelley:
We are the Kelley’s. Just a little family with a little farm living a blessed little life. I am Alli and write the blog – I don’t think Andy will ever write anything but he will occasionally pose for a photo and is always my right hand man when it comes to projects. He is seriously the best. We have the cutest little boy Abe and he is teaching us a lot about being parents. Who knew you could love someone so much?! We also have a whole bunch of animals that keep us on our toes. We love homemade meals, homegrown food, and believe that life is what you make it – happiness is also homemade.

I studied animal science for my bachelors degree and animal nutrition for my master’s degree so I am very passionate about all things animal! I started this blog to document our life and progress with our little run-down farm and to also help others trying to do the same thing. If you have questions about animal husbandry or specific animal nutrition questions, send me an email here. I also know a few things about feeds and pasture management if you need help with that. I would love to hear from you!




***Let me know what you think about her products in the comments below. If you have any questions you can also leave them here and Alli will be able to answer them. Have you ever wanted to live on a farm? What animals would you want to raise? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks for reading! ****

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Played for a Fool by Stephanie Black-Blog Tour Review and Giveaway

Product Details

  • Title: Played for a fool
  • Author: Stephanie Black
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Covenant Communications Inc.; Pap/Com edition (September 5, 2015)
  • Genre: Mystery/Suspense
  • ISBN-10: 1680476505
  • FTC, FYI: I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.  
Book Description:
Three years ago, the small town of Britteridge was rocked by the senseless murder of Gail Ludlum. Now the people most affected by the tragedy have returned to the place where it all began, and the scene is set for the perfect revenge . . .
Megan O’Connor’s life was shattered when she was unwittingly drawn into a kidnapping plot that ultimately led to the murder of an innocent woman. Though the road to redemption has been long, she’s finally found happiness with her recent engagement to a wonderful man, a pillar of the community. But amid the chaos of wedding planning, the return of Gail Ludlum’s son to Britteridge sets in motion a disturbing sequence of events. Soon Megan finds herself the victim of a series of cruel deceptions that indicate one thing: her past mistakes have not been forgiven or forgotten. As the mischief escalates to dangerous levels, it becomes clear that someone is determined to avenge Gail’s death. And he won’t rest until he’s taken a life for a life.


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My Review: 
Just like every other mystery/suspense book I've read by this author, I should realize I can't just pick up the book, read for awhile and walk away. No, I make this mistake every time. I pick up the book read, then read some more, realize it's midnight and I have to teach the next day, but I still can't put the book down, and keep reading until I pass out. It was pure torture to work all day and have to wait until I came home to finish the book. 

Played for a Fool is one of those books where you know exactly who is behind all of the crazy things happening to the main character, but you just don't know how or when the next thing is going to happen. You worry and panic for main character Megan O' Connor whose life is finally settling down after tragedies that had happened three years before. Just when Megan thinks maybe she can have a normal life with her twin sister in jail for murder and kidnapping, the past has come back to start wrecking havoc in her life by making it look like Megan is as bad as her sister. It's really frustrating when even Megan's finance Trevor starts thinking that Megan is behind the strange things happening; after all it was his kid sister that was kidnapped by Megan's sister and almost killed and Megan was duped into helping with the kidnapping. There is a lot of action and much deception in this novel. Just when you think things are starting to settle down, guess what? It's time for more crazy action that will keep you strapped to this novel. As I said earlier, be prepared to set aside a day to read this book, because it's very hard to put down. The interesting characters and the schemes going on all around, will keep this book in your hands and your mind whirling, way after you have read the last page. Another winner for author Stephanie Black!

Meet the Author: Stephanie Black


STEPHANIE BLACK has loved books since she was old enough to grab the pages, and has enjoyed creating make-believe adventures since she and her sisters were inventing long Barbie games filled with intrigue and danger or running around pretending to be detectives. She is a three-time Whitney Award winner for Best Mystery/Suspense, most recently for Cold as Ice (2010). Stephanie was born in Utah and has lived in various places, including Arizona, Massachusetts, New York, and Limerick, Ireland. She currently lives in northern California and enjoys spending time with her husband Brian and their five children. She is a fan of chocolate, cheesecake, and her husband’s homemade bread.


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Friday, September 25, 2015

Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to the Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop!
This Giveaway Hop is being hosted by Mary at BookHounds and Kathy at I Am a Reader.
Thanks ladies for all that you do!

What is Banned Books Week? 
 Banned Books Week, is an annual celebration of the freedom to read since 1982, and is observed the last week of September. Each year, librarians, booksellers, teachers and countless others take this opportunity to highlight the importance of intellectual freedom and remind us not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.

 I have a list of Banned Books that you will be able to choose from
if you are the winner here at my blog. These books are some of my favorite controversial books that have been banned before.


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

You can't stop the future. You can't rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret. . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen doesn't want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her.

Then Hannah's voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes-- and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death.

All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his small town. . .

. . .and what he discovers changes his life forever.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee Harper
 
 Your choice of any Harry Potter book: One of the most banned books of all time! 
AND............
If my GFC followers get to 2000, I will choose a 2nd winner too. That's only 34 new followers to my blog! So send your friends my way to boost me up to 2000! Then I can choose two winners instead of one.
Rafflecopter entry form is down below. Make sure to visit the other blogs participating in the hop! 
AND the 2 winners are...
Darcus and Nikki!
Thanks for boosting me up over the 2000 followers mark!
Enjoy your books!  

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Mysteries of Cove: Fires of Invention by J. Scott Savage -- Blog Tour Review


Product Description:
Title:Mysteries of Cove: Fires of Invention
Author: J. Scott Savage
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Publish date: Sept. 29, 2015
ISBN13: 9781629720920
Hardcover: 370 pages
FTC, FYI: I was given a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Book Description:

Trenton Colman is a creative thirteen-year-old boy with a knack for all things mechanical. But his talents are viewed with suspicion in Cove, a steam-powered city built inside a mountain. In Cove, creativity is a crime and “invention” is a curse word.

Kallista Babbage is a repair technician and daughter of the notorious Leo Babbage, whose father died in an explosion—an event the leaders of Cove point to as an example of the danger of creativity.
 
Working together, Trenton and Kallista learn that Leo Babbage was developing a secret project before he perished. Following clues he left behind, they begin to assemble a strange machine that is unlike anything they’ve ever seen before. They soon discover that what they are building may threaten every truth their city is founded on—and quite possibly their very lives.
My Review
When I first heard J. Scott Savage telling me and my kids about a new book he was writing, we were all excited. The words Steampunk and Dragons stuck in my mind, but the thought that being creative was considered a crime was the thing that blew me away. In this society found in Fires of Invention, the first Mysteries of Cove book, all inventing has been outlawed and considered bad and staying within the norms was the safe and right thing to do. As a teacher I felt stifled by this idea. I love when my students are creative and come up with wild ideas. This is why I immediately fell in love with main character Trenton Colman. He doesn't fit in with the "average" kids at Cove because he has many ideas running through his head and he can't leave them alone. He knows he shouldn't consider building anything, and when he does this is where the fun starts. Along the way he meets a fellow inventor, Kallista Babbage, and their friendship starts off quite rocky with some kicks and punches. I laughed at the tension felt by these early teens and how they eventually get together to do something very important. I will be giving away no spoilers here because it is too much fun finding out what happens on your own!
 
J.Scott Savage is such a wonderful story teller that this story came to life so easily in my mind. I know that this book's main audience is the Middle school/teen crowd, but honestly, as an adult I loved it! This book won't let you down, because it hooks you at the beginning and has a wonderful end that made me laugh and cry. It has a fabulous starting point for book two. I recommend this book for solo readers, teachers to read to their class, and for parents to read with their kids. You know you are always in for a great entertaining read when J. Scott Savage is the author. Well Done!!
                                                                     

 Here is the author J. Scott Savage with my kids,the day we first heard about this new book coming soon that combined Steampunk and Dragons!


How did J.Scott Savage come up with this awesome idea? Here is what he had to say about that:
Author Note:

"Like many of my books, the inspiration for my new series Fires of Invention came from the collision of two ideas. The first time the story occurred to me was while I was watching the musical Wicked with my wife. The moment I walked into the theater and saw the huge mechanical dragon above the stage, I thought, Wow! I have to write a story about that! A few weeks later, I was talking with my nephew, who is probably the most creative kid I know, but whose inventiveness often gets him into trouble, and I thought, What if a kid who had the talents of my nephew lived in a world where creativity was against the law? What if the kids were building . . . a steam-powered dragon? Bam! I had my story.

Powered by great feedback from my agent, Michael Bourret, my good friend and author James Dashner, my publisher, Chris Schoebinger, and the song “Warriors” by Imagine Dragons, I wrote the entire first draft of the first volume in the series, Mysteries of Cove in four weeks. This book is unlike anything I have ever written. There are elements of City of Ember, Dragon Riders, and Hugo in it all mashed up together in a world I fell in love with from the moment I started writing.

I think what’s most exciting to me about this book is that it’s about giving yourself the freedom to imagine. To take chances. Too often we limit ourselves by only trying things we’re confident we can succeed at when what we need to do is give ourselves permission to fail. Often it is when we attempt things with no idea of how we can possibly pull them off that we achieve our greatest successes."
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 Meet the Author: J. Scott Savage

Author Bio:

J. Scott Savage is the author of the Farworld middle grade fantasy series and the Case File 13 middle grade monster series. He has been writing and publishing books for over ten years. He has visited over 400 elementary schools, dozens of writers conferences, and taught many writing classes. He has four children and lives with his wife Jennifer and their Border Collie, Pepper, in a windy valley of the Rocky Mountains.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Power of the Matchmaker Series: 12 Novels by 12 Bestselling Authors!

To say I was excited when I first heard about this series would be an understatement! So many of my favorite authors wrote a book for this series, so I know it will be amazing! There will be a book released each month throughout 2016. I'm currently reading the prequel novella to the series, written by Heather B. Moore. Here is what the prequel is all about!

A prequel novella to the POWER OF THE MATCHMAKER Series

Mystical . . . Beautiful . . . Romantic . . .
12 novels by 12 bestselling authors
Released once a month in 2016
Read the matchmaker’s story to find out where it all starts . . .

Mae Li has been in love with Chen Zhu for years, and he with her. But when the matchmaker arrives at the Zhu family home, she recommends another village girl for Chen.

Heartbroken, Mae Li watches as Chen does his duty by marrying another. Mae flees her village with the clothes on her back and her only possession—a pearl embedded comb, given to her as a goodbye gift from Chen Zhu.

Upon Mae’s arrival in Shanghai, she quickly learns that she’ll starve within days unless she sells her prized comb or joins a courtesan house. She goes to the Huangpu River and promises the River God that she’ll always be selfless if he will save her from becoming a prostitute . . . Her wish is granted when Ms. Tan, the matchmaker of Shanghai, finds Mae. But Mae must completely change her future and her name if she is to become the next matchmaker.



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Friday, September 18, 2015

Janitors:Heroes of the Dustbin (Book 5) by Tyler Whitesides-Blog Tour Review and Giveaway

Product Description:
Title: Heroes of the Dustbin (Janitors #5)
Author: Tyler Whitesides
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Published Date:  September 8, 2015
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Hardcover: 416 pages
ISBN# 978-1-62972-065-4
FTC,FYI: I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.



Book Description:
Spencer knew that from the moment the Founding Witches had returned, the Rebel Janitors had begun disappearing. So many schools were defenseless now, the students’ minds rotting from Toxite breath while the janitors vanished without a trace. Then it became personal.

Although their enemies are powerful, their allies few, Spencer and his team of Rebels are not giving up! But what chance do a handful of kids and one rescued janitor have against the combined evil of the Founding Witches and the Sweepers? Can the Rebels close the source of all Glop and stop the Toxites once and for all-or is the world doomed to fall under the control of the sinister Bureau of Educational Maintenance? This explosive series finale is a gripping ride through conflicted loyalties and daring escapes, unexpected alliances and betrayals, and an ending you will never forget!
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My Review:
I remember reading the first book thinking how creative the idea was behind the Janitors book. As a teacher, I was amused by the thought of there really being something behind my students that are always daydreaming and dozing off in the middle of class. The premise behind this series is that Toxites have infiltrated schools and inhibit learning in a variety of ways. They are usually invisible to students, and janitors have been fighting them and the corrupt Bureau of Educational Maintenance, to help students continue to learn. With the help of magical properties, cleaning tools and supplies are used as weapons against the growing threat to education. I wish I had the time to list out how many different cleaning products/tools have been used in this series. It's amazing how they are used and what they do. Kids really love this part of Janitors! You will honestly never look at a spray bottle of Windex or a mop the same way again.

Our reluctant heroes in the series have been Spencer and Daisy, two friends that find themselves caught up in the middle of a great war between the BEM and Rebel Janitors. There have been many good guys that have turned bad, and some bad that have turned out to be good, and the reader is always kept on their toes trying to figure it all out.

This series is perfect for kids ages 8-14 and any teen and adult who likes a great fantasy in this world. The fifth book has found Spencer and Daisy in a sticky situation where they are some of the only people left, along with the bully from their school, Dez, to save the imprisoned Rebel Janitors, defeat the Founding witches, Belzora, Ninfa and Holga, and destroy the source of the Toxites, which just happens to be at their school. You can see the growth of the sixth graders and how they really have to rely on each other and their strengths, which turn out to be bravery, loyalty and selflessness. There are some great surprises here and it does end with that bang that you were hoping for. I recommend that this series be read in the correct order(Books 1-5) because the story line builds upon each book until the climactic end. You will be glad that you jumped into the world of Janitors.

      Remember to enter the $25 giveaway down below!


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TylerMeet Author Tyler Whitesides:
TYLER WHITESIDES worked as a janitor at a middle school while attending college. It was there he discovered the many secrets and mysteries that can be hidden in a dusty school. Tyler graduated from Utah State University with a degree in music. He enjoys fly fishing in the mountains, cooking, and vacuuming. Tyler and his wife, Connie, live in beautiful northern Utah.


Blog Tour Schedule
September 1st
I Am A Reader – Spotlight
A Writer’s Bookshelf – Review
Min Reads and Reviews – Spotlight
Cuzinlogic – Spotlight
SolaFide Self-Publishing and Book Blog – Spotlight
Julie Antonovich Reece – Spotlight
September 2nd
Girl of 1000 Wonders – Spotlight
Highlighted Author – Spotlight
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – Spotlight
Mythical Books – Spotlight
September 4th
My Book A Day – Review
Little Red Reads – Spotlight
The Cheshire Cat’s Looking Glass – Spotlight
Gustosa Giveaways – Spotlight
September 7th
Julie Coulter Bellon – Review
Coffee Books & Art – Spotlight
deal sharing aunt – Spotlight
Bargnhtress – Spotlight
September 8th
Katie’s Clean Book Collection – Spotlight
LeahSay’s Views – Spotlight
Cassandra M’s Place – Spotlight
The Loopy Librarian – Spotlight
September 10th
Bonnie Gets A Say – Review
Maureen’s Musings – Spotlight
Domestic Chanteuse – Spotlight
September 11th
I Love to Read and Review Books :) – Review
Lori’s Reading Corner – Spotlight
Susan Heim on Parenting – Spotlight
Taffy’s Writings – Spotlight
September 12th
Wishful Endings – Spotlight
September 14th
Mel’s Shelves – Review
Lisa’s Research & Reviews – Spotlight
Writer’s Alley – Spotlight
Paranormal Sisters – Spotlight
September 15th
readalot – Review
Here We Go Again… Ready? – Spotlight
CBY Book Club – Spotlight
September 18th
Why Not? Because I Said So! – Review
Bound 2 Escape – Spotlight
Bookhounds YA – Spotlight
Diana’s Book Reviews – Spotlight
ContestPatti – Spotlight


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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Simply Anna: A Regency Romance by Jennifer Moore-Blog Tour Review and $25 Giveaway

Product Description:
Title: Simply Anna
Author: Jennifer Moore
Published: September 2015
ISBN13: 978-1-68047-364-3
Paperback: 210 pages
Genre: Regency Romance
FTC FYI: Received a paperback copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 
Book Description: 
Suffering from a cruel heartbreak, Lord Philip Hamilton has been driven to seek refuge from the painful memories haunting London, and his father’s Jamaican sugar cane plantation provides just the escape he needs. Philip finds solace in his hard work and takes comfort in the fact that his distance from society ensures that his heart will be protected from future entanglements. Protected, that is, until the unexpected appearance of a mysterious woman with no memory of her past. The only clue to her identity is a necklace inscribed with a name: Anna. In a matter of weeks, this gentle, intelligent, and impossibly beautiful stranger turns Philip’s world upside down. But as the bond between the pair grows, the threat of Philip losing his heart once more is only the beginning of the dangers that await. Island renegades and a ruthless band of pirates clash in a swashbuckling battle, and it soon becomes clear that these villains may be the key to unlocking Anna’s past.
My Review:
There is something wonderful about reading a sweet, clean romance; especially from this author, Jennifer Moore. I have loved the previous books written by her. In fact, one of my favorites from last year was her book, Becoming Lady Lockwood. Simply Anna is from the same "world" as the characters found in that book and the second book, Lady Emma's Campaign. Anna is a women of gentle birth, orphaned, who is now a lady's maid. She is accidentally thrown overboard a ship. Once found by the dashing Lord Philip Hamilton, Anna can't remember anything about herself or her accident. This is where the book took off for me. 

There are so many great characters in this book. I love how Philip and Anna bring out the best in each other. Though they have never met before, they are destined to become best friends or more. The romance builds slowly, but it feels so right. Little things happen along the way where Philip sees the kindness and caring that Makes Anna who she is. Then Anna sees what a noble man Philip is when he cares more about the lives of his slaves, than the crops he grows and the money it will bring to him.  Some of the best secondary characters can be found in the young slave boy, Ezekiel whose smile and eagerness is described so well you can picture it perfectly in your mind. Then I loved Betty, one of the Black woman slaves at the plantation that fiercely protects Ezekiel, not her blood son, who also learns to love and trust master Philip and the ever kind Anna. Even the tough and fearsome slave, Malachi grows on you as he learns to trust Philip and Anna. I enjoyed the band of Pirates they meet up with and what happens because of their acquaintance. The bad guy,Horace Braithwaite, the cruel and evil former overseer of the plantation, is written well because you hate him from the minute you meet him. The final 25 pages in the book are exciting and keep you bouncing out of your seat wondering about the outcome.

This Regency Romance, is perfect for a quick read and a rainy afternoon. The closing scene between Philip and Anna actually made me cry, that's how sweet and romantic it was. This love story was thoughtfully written and will be one I will return to again in the future.

  ******Make sure that you enter the giveaway down below for a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy 
of Simply Anna!*****

Meet Author: Jennifer Moore    
Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world, which includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. Jennifer has a BA in linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family.



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Monday, September 14, 2015

Book Blast and $100 Giveaway for Rogue(Book 3) by Karen Lynch

Rogue
  Rogue by Karen Lynch 
 Sara Grey is done hiding and done being afraid. The Master thinks he has her running scared, but she’s taking matters into her own hands and taking her life back. With the help of her friends, she sets out to find the one person who can answer her questions about her past, and who may be able to lead them to the Master. On her journey, Sara faces new challenges and dangers, and learns that the world of good and evil is not as clear cut as she had believed. She makes new friends, unexpected allies, and reconnects with people from her past. As her powers continue to change and grow, she transforms from a struggling girl into a strong young warrior. But at what cost? How much is Sara willing to sacrifice in her need for independence and her quest for the truth? And will her newfound strength be enough to save her and the people she loves when she finally comes face-to-face with her powerful nemesis? Nothing could have prepared her for what is to come, and it will take everything in her to survive the final test of courage and love.
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Karen Lynch 




Author Karen Lynch  
Karen Lynch grew up in Newfoundland, Canada - a place rich in colorful people and folklore to which she attributes her love of the supernatural and her vivid imagination. She moved to Charlotte, North Carolina years ago and was immediately charmed by the southern people but she says she will always be a newfie. Though she loves supernatural fiction, she has a soft spot for Charlotte Brontë and Jane Austin. She is a fan of classic rock, country and classical music but her favorite music is the sound of a good thunderstorm or a howling blizzard. Two of her favorite past times are baking artisan breads for her friends and spending quality time with her two German Shepherds.
   

Rogue by Karen Lynch
Praise for the Book 
"This is by far my favorite book this year. Amazing, likable and relatable characters, engaging plot and wonderful love story. This is Lynch's third novel of her career and she is incredibly talented." ~ Quinn Loftis (USA Today Bestselling author of the Grey Wolves series) 

Karen does it again with Rogue. The unstoppable heroine, the smoking hot warrior hero, their sweet and undeniable love, and action-packed scenes leaps from the pages and stays with you after the book ends. ~ Ednah Walters (USA Today bestselling author of the Runes series)

 "A must-read, thrilling conclusion to Sara Grey's epic journey!" ~ Melissa Haag (author of the Judgement of the Six series)     


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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Book Blast and $50 Giveaway for Mending Hearts by Kimberly Krey

mending hearts
Mending Hearts by Kimberly Krey 
Logan and Candice, on the verge of divorce, decide to give their marriage one last try. But will they be able to get past the issues holding them back? Candice is through with married life and all it entailed: infertility, an adoption gone wrong, and the death of her husband’s twin brother. Now that they’ve been separated for nearly a year, Candice is finally ready to set Logan free. But when he steps back into her life, Candice begins to have second thoughts. Even though she hasn’t fully healed from the heartache she endured over their married years, she can't fathom the thought of losing him a second time. Can Candice let go of past hurts and give Logan a second chance, or will her fears keep them apart? Logan has spent the months of separation giving Candice the space she needed. But when he discovers that Candice is about to file for a divorce, he decides he better take action quick. He didn’t spend the best years of his life with this woman, only to let her slip away. Yet just when the opportunity comes again – his chance to finally make things right – an entirely new force threatens to tear them apart. Will opposition keep the heart-broken couple from getting back together or will they have the strength to break through the barriers, no matter what their future might bring?

Read an Excerpt from Mending Hearts:
Breaking her own rule now, Candice wandered slightly beyond the light, listening for his footsteps. They came in the soft, squeaking sound of crunching snow. She froze in place, unwilling to make a sound as he neared her. She heard his breathing next, constant and evenly paced, each measure bringing him closer. She turned her back to him, shrunk her neck into her shoulders, and giggled in anticipation, feeling like one of her students at recess.
Just as the breaths and footfalls neared, Logan’s strong hands gripped around her waist. The feel of them sending an involuntary thrill to rush through her. Candice ducked her head to one side, tossed the snow over her shoulder, and laughed when she heard him groan.
“Aw, man, right in the face.” She could hear the smile in his voice. Couldn’t fight back a grin of her own at the confirmation that she’d gotten him. Logan brought his mouth to her ear, speaking in a throaty whisper. “You’re going to get it.”
A mass of goosebumps spread over her arms and legs, the effects of his warm breath and teasing threat making her limbs go weak.
He brought her down gently, cradling her as they fell to the snow. And then he was above her, shouldering his weight as their laughter fused into one, glorious sound. A familiar one that made her recall good times spent with Logan.
Candice’s mind raced. She didn’t have time to dissect what was happening. Not even a moment to slow things down. His cold fingers found her neck, teased her skin as he brought his mouth close to hers. Bells were going off somewhere in her head. Warning bells. This is not what she’d been working toward all these months. She’d been planning to let go of Logan Emerson forever. But the thought only made her want him more.
He leaned in, causing a wild spell of euphoria to spill over her body.
So close. So good. She licked her lips, desperate to drown out the distant warning at last. Dying to satisfy the need building within her.
Logan ran his parted lips along her ear lobe. More goosebumps.
Come on, Logan. Just kiss me before I get ahold of myself.

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Kimberly Krey  
Author Kimberly Krey 
Writing Romance That's Clean Without Losing the Steam! I'm a reader of good, clean romance, a lover of family time and Diet Coke, and the ultimate hater of laundry. I'm not patient enough to enjoy yoga, or tall enough to be great at basketball, but I do love to run - anywhere but on a treadmill. I love the sound of a rainstorm when I have no place to go, the feel of Soft Lips chap Stick on my lips, and the first peek of blue water as we round the mountains toward our favorite getaway in Bear Lake.
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