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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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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Where the Stars Meet the Sea (A Regency Romance) By Heidi Kimball: Blog Tour Review and Book Giveaway







Product Details

  • Title: Where the Stars Meet the Sea (A Regency Romance)
  • Author: Heidi Kimball
  • File Size: 1058 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Covenant Communications (March 2, 2020)
  • Publication Date: March 2, 2020
  • Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B083LG9DS9
***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own*** 

Book Synopsis

A broken man. A fiery young woman. Neither one's heart will come away unscathed.
Juliet Graham fervently counts the days until her twenty-first birthday, when she can claim the inheritance that will grant her the freedom she has always craved and the guardianship of her younger brother. Until then, she is trapped under her aunt Agnes’s domineering will. When forced to accompany the family to a house party at Shaldorn Castle, Juliet’s only objective is to keep to herself. That is, until a chance encounter with a boorish stranger stirs up an unexpected whirlwind of emotions in her. Thrown off-balance, Juliet does the unthinkable: loses her temper and insults the man—who turns out to be her unwilling host, the Duke of Halstead. Fully expecting to be sent away, Juliet is surprised when the brusque and callous duke instead takes an interest in her.

Drawn to the duke in unguarded moments, Juliet finds herself more and more intrigued by the man who shuns Society’s rules as completely as she does, and over the next few weeks, their unlikely friendship deepens into a connection neither expected.

But even as Juliet comes to recognize her true feelings, her scheming aunt issues an ultimatum that threatens the future she was just beginning to hope for. Juliet must choose: either break the promise she made to herself years ago, or lose the man who has captured her heart and soul.


My Review 
Where do I start telling you about this wonderful book? How about the cover? It is gorgeous and I could look at it for a long time. Next, I need to pass along a warning. I was told not to start this book unless you had time to finish it once you started. Well, I picked it up in the evening and ended it in the wee early hours of the morning. For a romance, it is very compelling because of the powerful and charismatic characters. I loved the main character, Juliet, from the start. Even though she is feisty, she's had to bow down to her Aunt Agnes's will. Her aunt is her guardian along with her 11-year-old brother. To add to her problems, her cousin Robert is in love with her, but Juliet doesn't return his feelings. I loved Juliet and her loyalty to her younger brother and the memories of her deceased parents. There was nothing I disliked about Juliet.

The thing I really loved the most about this novel is how many great characters there are. The handsome, brooding,  male character, Halstead. Every interaction between Juliet and Halstead, the Duke, was fantastic. I loved to see the sparks flying between them. Talk about an emotional journey; Halstead's really made an impact on me. Side characters of Juliet's cousin Hugh, and Halstead's sister, Ellen, were delightful and some of my favorite. There was also obnoxious Aunt Agnes and Halstead and Ellen's mother. I tired of them quickly so I know they were written well. As for Halstead's domineering grandmother, she still was very likable and full of wisdom. 

Lovers of Regency Romance will consume this novel of romance, deception, tragedy, and healing. Buy this one today! 

Meet Author: Heidi Kimball


At a young age, Heidi perfected the art of hiding out so she could read instead of doing chores. One husband and four children later, not much has changed. She has an abiding love for peanut butter M&Ms, all things fall, and any book that can make her forget she is supposed to be keeping her children alive.

Heidi currently lives just north of Boston, in a charming old town in southern New Hampshire.

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

What the Wind Knows By Amy Harmon: Book Review



Product Details

  • File Size: 4050 KB
  • Print Length: 411 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B07X46S4QM
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (March 1, 2019)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2019
  • Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07DHMNY7H


Book Summary
A woman’s impossible journey through the ages could change everything…
Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfather’s stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes. There, overcome with memories of the man she adored and consumed by a history she never knew, she is pulled into another time.

The Ireland of 1921, teetering on the edge of war, is a dangerous place in which to awaken. But there Anne finds herself, hurt, disoriented, and under the care of Dr. Thomas Smith, guardian to a young boy who is oddly familiar. Mistaken for the boy’s long-missing mother, Anne adopts her identity, convinced the woman’s disappearance is connected to her own.

As tensions rise, Thomas joins the struggle for Ireland’s independence and Anne is drawn into the conflict beside him. Caught between history and her heart, she must decide whether she’s willing to let go of the life she knew for a love she never thought she’d find. But in the end, is the choice actually hers to make?
  




My Review 
 This book is beautiful, inside and out. The cover draws you in and the words captivate you page after page. What the Wind Knows is a historical romance, topped off with believable time travel. I know that sounds so odd, but once you read this book you'll truly understand.
Everything written by Amy Harmon is so unique. In this book, the story is told from the main character, Anne's POV, but we also see Dr. Thomas Smith's POV through his journal entries. Anne Gallagher is a famous writer from 2001. Her Irish grandfather who raised her passes away. His last wish is to have his ashes spread in Ireland where he grew up. Anne goes there and while on the lough in her rented red boat, she is swept away to the past. She ends up in Ireland in 1921, where she finds love and her beloved grandfather as a young boy. Dr.Thomas Smith saves her in more ways than one. I loved this love story between Anne and Thomas! 




The tumultuous times of Ireland before it's Civil War is the story that Anne lands in. She also meets the infamous Irish leader Michael Collins who is a friend of Dr. Smith. This story takes you on such a huge emotional journey that it often leaves you breathless. Many things are going on that I will leave for you to find out. Just know, that it is the perfect blend of history, romance, family ties, finding yourself, and of course finding love.
What the Wind Knows is a haunting novel that will leave you with so many feelings and wanting to turn around and reading it again soon. I just know these words will stay in my mind reminding me of this fascinating and appealing story.

”Don’t go near the water, love. Stay away from strand or sea. You cannot walk on water, love; The lough will take you far from me.”

This book is for all adults that love a time-traveling, historical romance. This is a 5-star winner for me.

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 Meet Author: Amy Harmon


Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in eighteen languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

Amy Harmon has written fourteen novels including the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as The Law of Moses, Infinity + One and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her fantasy novel, The Bird and the Sword, was a Goodreads Book of the Year finalist. Her newest release, What the Wind Knows, is an
Amazon charts bestseller. For updates on upcoming book releases, author posts and more, join Amy at www.authoramyharmon.com.


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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Royal Heir (Book 4 of The Royals) By Traci Hunter Abramson- Blog Tour review

Product Details

  • Title: Royal Heir (Book 4)
  • Series: The Royals
  • Author: Traci Hunter Abramson
  • File Size: 699 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Covenant Communications (March 2, 2020)
  • Genre: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
  • Publication Date: March 2, 2020
  • Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B082K8SHSF
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*** I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher.
All opinions are my own.***

Book Summary
Within a fairy-tale palace overlooking the azure waters of the Mediterranean, Princess Cassandra of Sereno leads a charmed life—until that life is nearly cut short in an assassination attempt. Desperate to protect his daughter, the king sends the princess to safety in the one place he trusts: the neighboring country of Meridia. There, Cassie’s life is placed in the hands of a man who possesses the skills to protect her. CIA agent Levi Marin has years of experience pretending to be someone he’s not, but posing as the boyfriend of a real-life princess is new, even to him.
With the CIA and Interpol hot on the trail of the assassin, Levi and Cassie do their best to blend in in Meridia and to remain professional amid their charade. Yet despite their best efforts, the charade begins to feel all too real. Their chemistry is undeniable, but forgetting the dangerous reality of their situation could prove a deadly mistake. Cassie’s would-be killer is still at large, and her search for answers is leading her ever closer to a shocking revelation that will rock the monarchy of Sereno to its core.

My Review
I literally love everything Traci Hunter Abramson has written. She has written many different series and Royal Heir is book 4 in "The Royals". It's been a few years since book 3 was released, so I was very thrilled when I knew this book was coming out. 

I love reading books about royalty and this series is about contemporary royalty. What little girl doesn't dream at one time or another of being a princess? In Royal Heir, the story revolves around Princess Cassandra of Sereno. Someday she will be the Queen of her country, but after an assassination attempt, her father King Alejandro sends her away to a neighboring country for protection. There Cassandra meets  CIA agent Levi Marin. 

I really loved how Cassandra, or Cassie as Levi calls her, pretended to be Levi's girlfriend as she hides out in Meridia. Levi's goal is to try and find out who wants Cassie dead while trying to protect his own heart. Cassie tries to pretend but soon sees that she's falling in love with Levi, a commoner. Even though the reader can see the writing on the wall, it's fun to see how Cassie and Levi navigate these dangerous waters and work hard at keeping Cassie and her family safe. 

I love how the beautiful Mediterranean is detailed so breathtakingly. You feel like you are there walking the sandy beaches and smelling the salty ocean water. The one thing that isn't totally clear is why the unrest in Serano is happening and how it will all fall out. Royal Heir is truly a mix of intense action, forbidden romance, and an exciting culmination that you might not see coming. This clean romantic suspense will make a good read for upper teens and adults. It can be read as a stand-alone, but as always I recommend you read books 1-3 in the series first.

Meet Author: Traci Hunter Abramson
Traci Hunter Abramson was born in Arizona, where she lived until moving to Venezuela for a study-abroad program. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for several years, eventually resigning in order to raise her family. She credits the CIA with giving her a wealth of ideas for suspense novels as well as the skills needed to survive her children's teenage years. 

She has gone on to write a number of bestselling suspense novels that have consistently been nominated as Whitney Award finalists. She considers shoes an optional accessory which became evident when she won her first three Whitney Awards in 2013 (Code Word), 2014 (Deep Cover), and 2016 (Failsafe.) Safe House won Whitney Awards for both the mystery/suspense category as well as 2017 Adult Novel of the Year. 

She currently lives in Virginia with her family where she enjoys sports, travel, writing, and coaching high school swimming. 


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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Out By Night-A Frank Sawyer Novel By Brett Cain: Book Review

Product Details

  • Title: Out By Night-A Frank Sawyer Novel
  • Author: Brett Cain
  • File Size: 808 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Covenant Communications (January 1, 2020)
  • Genre: LDS/Christian Mystery Suspense
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2020
  • Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B082QSQCBF
***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own*** 

Book Summary:
Frank Sawyer is a wanderer, thriving on the adventure of hitchhiking with no thought for where he’ll end up. His untethered ways have landed him in some perilous situations, and after his recent involvement in solving a deadly mystery, he’s ready to hit the open road to visit his former mission companions on a whim. When he arrives in a small California town, Sawyer finds himself in the midst of what seems to be a rash of runaway teenagers. But with his outsider’s perspective, he senses something sinister in the disappearances of these small-town girls.
Unable to resist helping, Sawyer spends his time getting to know the townspeople and becoming acquainted with local law enforcement—namely, the lovely Deputy Melanie Clark. Together, Sawyer and Melanie follow a baffling trail of clues that lead to a disturbing conclusion: the girls didn’t run away. They were taken. With no distractions and nothing to lose, Sawyer will stop at nothing to find the missing girls and see justice done. But his enemies will do anything to end his involvement in the investigation.

My Review
I was so impressed with Brett Cain's first book, Whiteout, I knew I had to read his next book, Out By Night. It has the same main character who I really like. He is an adventurer, a good samaritan, and a man of God. Frank, though he is a good man, always seems to find trouble in his wanderings. 

This time he winds up in some very nasty business of helping the local authorities hunt down some missing teens that may have been kidnapped. At times. Frank seems larger than life until he gets knocked down really well. This book does discuss God and Frank's religion being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Any Christian would understand his beliefs and feelings. There is plenty of action and stirring heart-thumping scenes to balance everything out in this novel. Frank reminds me of an action hero that saves the day, but always at his own cost. I enjoyed this novel, its twists and turns, the bad guys, and of course his blooming friendship with Deputy Melanie Clark. It's nice to have that thrown in too. I'm glad to see this is a series and I look forward to reading the next installment about Frank and his adventures. 

Meet Author: Brett Cain

"The pen is mightier than the sword". That couldn't be truer for Brett Cain, who, incidentally, has trained with world-class swordsmen, championship MMA fighters, and earned a silver medal as a Golden Gloves boxer. As much as he loves to fight, he would rather write. Most of all he loves telling stories to his daughter. 

He has worked as a Court Interpreter, a paraeducator, a flagger, a fiscal analyst, and a swim coach. He has experienced much of what he writes and hopes his readers find their own sense of adventure. 

His debut novel, Whiteout, has been reviewed by Meridian Magazine and Deseret News. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, daughter, poodle named Cassidy, and rabbit named Moose. 

You can write to him at brettcainbooks@gmail.com


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Heaven Heals by Author Kristin Landgren: Audio Book Tour and Giveaway



Heaven Heals (By Understanding Abraham’s Covenant) is the first book of the Heaven Heals series. 
It is the story of Sarah & Abraham, the covenant God made with them, and how their covenant benefits every one of us. It describes the promises He guaranteed them and guarantees everyone who commits to walk with him. It is valuable in introducing Christ's gospel of love for all, the reality of the everlasting family, and the hope and healing that comes from the knowledge gained in understanding Sarah & Abraham's covenant with God.  Also, the book explains the universality of all religions united in their goals to serve and love each of God’s children.  
The second book in the series is, Heaven Heals (Finding Hope in the Reunion with Your Lost Loved One.)  It is due to release in late 2020.






Kristy Landgren was born in Rockford, Illinois, where she began her piano education at age 4.  She won the” best poet” award in first grade and has “run with it” ever since.   She took part in school and garage bands, sang and provided accompaniments for A Capella choir, participated in musicals, community Corrales, and began playing the organ in church at age 16.  

Through music, performance and writing, she affirms the ideals of hope and optimism, faith and love, and incorporates her lessons learned among the wild rides of life.  Importantly, she is a dedicated student of the Bible and finds comfort and peace in the study of the scriptures.

Kristy graduated from Chicago’s Loyola University – School of Dentistry/Dental Hygiene Program and is licensed to practice Dental Hygiene in California, Illinois, and Arizona.  In 1995, she was appointed by then-Governor, Pete Wilson, to serve on the California State Dental Board’s Committee on Dental Auxiliaries.  She served the citizens of California for nine years, completing two terms of service and a grace year, in 2004.  She enjoys juggling the world of science, art and religion, practicing dental hygiene by day, moonlighting as a musician by night, and attending study or worship sessions amidst the free time, in pursuit of the latest enlightenment that will inspire a blog, poem, lyric, song or book.



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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Roman and Jules By Stephanie Fowers: Official Book Tour-Spotlight and Giveaway




When Jules meets Roman Verona at an exclusive Vegas party, she doesn’t suspect the bad blood that runs so deep between Roman and her boyfriend, Ty, until the two men have it out in front of her. Even worse, Jules finds out that Ty has never loved her. She storms away, only to have her ex’s sworn enemy offer her a ride into town... as well as a shocking proposal.

A nice girl wouldn’t even consider making her


 ex jealous with a sham marriage, so why 

does she chance it with Roman?

Acting the role of devoted husband, Roman soon becomes fascinated with more than Jules’s sweet smile and poetic soul. As her band’s fame grows in Vegas so do his feelings for her and what started out as revenge against his miserable cousin turns into something deeper.

But bad boys don’t settle down. So why does Roman risk everything to win Jules’ heart?

All bets are off in this modern and sleek tale of star-crossed love!






Stephanie Fowers loves bringing stories to life, and depending on her latest madcap ideas will do it through written word, song, and/ or film.

She absolutely adores Bollywood and bonnet movies; i.e., Jane Austen. 

Presently, she lives in Salt Lake where she's living the life of the starving artist.







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Top Ten random facts about Stephanie (in no particular order)

1--I was voted "Most Dramatic" in my high school yearbook

2--I play the guitar and I've been in many bands. One was called, "We the Peeps."

3--I love hiking and have been checking off all the hikes in the Big and Little Cottonwood canyons

4--Halloween is my favorite holiday--I probably dress up at least 3 different times each October.

5--I lived in the Philippines for a year in and a half for a church mission and I speak Tagalog (though I'm kind of a caveman in it right now)

6--I come from a family of ten kids. I have 60+ nieces and nephews (and great-nieces and nephews)

7--I walk two big labradors for my friend and they've recently forced me to jog and trail run.

8--My favorite cookies are no bakes--it's pure sugar pumped into my veins.

9--I starred as Lady Macbeth in my brother's movie... and I actually produced tears to cry on camera (I used onions, of course)

10--One year I got to go for free to ComicCon in Hawaii and I painted faces there to pay for my keep!


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Roman wanted to stop what Jules was about to say. He knew it wasn’t good by the way she tilted her head to the side and bit her lip. That same lip that had been so soft on his. He just got caught up in her. It was hard to tell when that had happened—between the laughter, the dancing, the singing… the kissing.
“I’m not sure… we’re a good idea,” she whispered. She twisted her skirt with clenched fists. The rainwater from it dripped over her already soaked legs. She seemed even more of a water sprite than before. “This is going too fast. And what if… what if Tyson…? I don’t want to make things more confusing.”
He belatedly realized what she was saying. It sounded like she was going to let Tyson back into her life—and after what he’d done? Disappointment flooded through him and rubbed into his gut. Suddenly Roman knew how Tyson could goad him into a fight that would lose him his inheritance. Roman had to get a grip on himself and shrug off this girl’s power over him before he completely lost his mind. “What happened to forgetting about him?” he asked.
She shrugged, looking away. Her eyes were on that tawdry Chapel del Frate across the street. The florescent lights flickered brokenly. “You don’t understand.” Her lowered voice turned soft and sultry with that Southern accent. “We were talking marriage. I just want to be sure about everything. And I can’t just go with the first guy that makes me feel…” She circled back to him. “I’m sorry, Roman.” Hearing his name come out of her mouth made his heart flutter for a split second. She attempted a trembling smile. “See that Chapel del Frate over there?”
“The one advertising Friar Lawrence’s sale on rings?” Roman couldn’t keep back the hard edge from his voice.
“Pretty pathetic right?” Her cobalt blue eyes were bright with sadness. “I teased Ty about swinging by after the party. You should’ve seen his face—it looked like yours right now. He said that we’d get diseases just stepping inside.”
Jules shouldn’t have compared Roman to his cousin—now Roman would do anything to show that he was nothing like him. She had no idea who she was dealing with. “Is that so?” Roman asked. “How about we find out?”
He caught her hand and headed for the Chapel del Frate. She picked up her skirt to keep up, her boots thudding against the watery ground. “What are you doing? We can’t just walk in there.”
“We can’t? Why? The diseases?”
She let out a nervous laugh.
Roman was starting to get that Jules loved a good joke, and maybe she’d think this was funny. An idea was forming in his head. A crazy one that had no business being in there, maybe because his lips were still burning with the memory of her and it was making him do insane things. Or maybe because he now knew how his cousin could get to him, and he had to find a way to get him back first.
He shoved his shoulder against the heavy metal door and walked in like a cowboy swaggering into a saloon. The chapel was a reception room with whitewashed walls, barred windows, and a scuffed tiled floor. A chandelier with plastic crystals dangled from the ceiling and an archway of fake flowers separated an aisle of metal folding chairs done up with fake silk roses in an attempt to look classy. It failed miserably. There was a fine layer of dust over everything.
Jules’s hand tightened over his. “Okay,” she said. “We saw it. Let’s go.”
She switched directions and almost ran into the officiator who had edged behind them like a shadow. He was a heavyset man with broad shoulders and a full set of thick, black hair. He held himself up with an exaggerated air of self-importance. “You’re clearly in love,” he intoned dully. “We got ourselves a sale tonight. Eighty bucks for the ceremony, but if you want a bouquet, it’ll be a hundred bucks, and I’ll throw in a veil to sweeten the deal.”






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Guinevere, The Legend By Cheryl Carpinello: Official Cover Reveal and Giveaway




I’m a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers set in these worlds—Ancient Egypt, Medieval Wales, and coming soon, a hair-raising adventure through ancient worlds in search of 5 rare Phoenix Feathers.

All of my books come with Free study guides and/or extensive Back-of-the-Book materials.

My husband and I love to travel. In 2008, we spent three weeks in Egypt traveling by local train from one end of the country to the other; in 2014, we spent three weeks in the UK driving over 1700 miles through England, Wales, and Scotland; and in 2016, we spent a week in Iceland. We’ve also traveled to Mexico, Jamaica, and Aruba. Our next big adventure will be to Greece and Italy.


When I’m not writing or traveling, our 4 grandkids keep us busy.


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Their friendship put him in harm's way. Will it be enough to save him?

Across the dark water to the land of ancient Gaul, renegades take Cedwyn and the littl'uns farther from home and rescue.

Led by her heart rather than her head and without any thought for her safety, fifteen-year-old Guinevere sets out alone to save Cedwyn. And if she fails…?

Eleven-year-old Cedwyn's trust in Guinevere is absolute. But will his sacrifice to save her and protect the littl'uns end with the loss of his own life?


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