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What Would the Founding Fathers Think: A Young American's guide to understanding the mess our country is in and how we get out
Isabelle Webb: Legend of the Jewel
Captive Heart
Cobble Cavern
Caller ID
Promises
Protected,
Summer of Secrets
On Little Wings
We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth
Christ's gifts to women
A Woman's power: threads that bind us to god
Scary School
Hope's journey
Blue
Targets in Ties
Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
Venom
With a Name like Love
Sean Griswold's head


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Monday, September 26, 2022

Delicious Gatherings: Recipes to Celebrate Together By Tara Teaspoon-Cookbook Book Review

 



Delicious Gatherings: Recipes to Celebrate Together

by Tara Teaspoon

Publication Date: 9/6/22

Hardcover

ISBN: 9781639930456

Retail Price: $34.99

Page Count: 272

Cookbook

Cover photos: © Ty Mecham Photography

Book design: © Shadow Mountain

Art Direction: Richard Erickson

Design: Heather G. Ward



Book Summary

“I am so passionate about the power of food and cooking, and how it can bring people together, allow us to explore our creativity, and nourish our bodies and souls.”—Tara Bench (aka Tara Teaspoon)

Here is your invitation to step into the kitchen and create a meal worth remembering! Tara Teaspoon helps you impress guests and gather friends around your table with recipes for elevated everyday meals and special holidays, plus helpful tips and how-tos. This cookbook aims to bring joy, flair, and amazing taste to all your get-togethers.

From Sunday suppers and weeknight family meals to elaborate buffets for bigger crowds and holiday celebrations, Tara’s recipes include delicious showstoppers and unique takes on comforting classics. You can gather together around savory recipes, including Spicy Maple Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Pepitas or the Ultimate Chili con Queso. Then bring on dessert with Chocolate Peanut Butter Puddle Cookies or Maple Hazelnut Pie.

Tara brings her comforting-but-elevated approach to recipes that cover “Main Events,” “Serious Sides,” “Breakfast and Brunch,” and “Baking and Sweets.” The book opens with “Gather-Around Dinners,” which takes the stress out of meal planning with full-course menus for memorable gatherings.

My Review  



*****Meet Author Tara Teaspoon*****

Tara Bench has been in the food publishing industry for more than twenty years and is also the author of Live Life Deliciously: Recipes for Busy Weekdays and Leisurely Weekends. As a recipe developer and professional food stylist, she creates food content for brands, books, television, and advertising, as well as shares her expertise on her blog, TaraTeaspoon.com.She was the food and entertaining director of Ladies’ Home Journal magazine and a food editor at Martha Stewart Living, Kids, and Weddings magazines. She frequently shares her expertise on TV, and has appeared on the Martha Stewart show, The Today Show, and the Food Network as a contestant and show judge. Tara encourages confidence in the kitchen with her attainable recipes for entertaining and everyday meals.




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Sunday, September 25, 2022

The Connecting Door: Saddles & Scoundrels Novella By Josi S. Kilpack- Book Review


 

Product Details

    Title: The Connecting Door (Saddles & Scoundrels Novella)
    Author: Josi S. Kilpack
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B8QB7GDD
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Carpe Vitam Press (September 15, 2022)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 15, 2022
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 955 KB
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***

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Book Summary
Norman has spent years building an enviable stable that is known and respected throughout England. In fact, everything in his life is exactly how he would like it to be ... except for his marriage. Twenty-nine years, five children, and demanding responsibilities have led Norman and Martha to live separate lives.
When Norman realizes how little time they have together, he tries to change things only to find that the desire for closeness is not enough to make lasting change. Through the course of his attempts, he realizes how little he has invested in the relationship that matters most and how much he has to give if he can make the time to show his interest.

My Review
The Connecting Door is the story of a mature couple married for 29 years. Their busy lives had led to them living separate lives under the same roof. I loved this novella that showed Norman realizing what had happened to him and Martha. He wakes up and tries to find ways to win her back. This realistic look at married life is a refreshing change from Newlyweds so in love. It truly shows how you have to make your partner your biggest priority. 

There was ready humor along the way as many of Norman's attempts at reconciliation were blocked. He was dumbfounded at his bad luck. The last chapter of the book was the sweetest, as Martha revealed something to Norman that would have helped their marriage stay strong through the years. This is an enjoyable, quick read. 

*****Meet Author Josi S. Kilpack*****

Josi S. Kilpack has written more than thirty novels, a cookbook, and several novellas. She is a four-time Whitney award winner, including Best Novel in 2015 and 2019, and has been a Utah Best of State winner for Fiction. Josi loves to bake, sleep, eat, read, travel, and watch TV--none of which she gets to do as much as she would like. She writes contemporary fiction under the pen name Jessica Pack.

Josi has four children and lives in Northern Utah. For more information about Josi, you can visit her website at www.josiskilpack.com or her blog at www.josikilpack.blogspot.com




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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Wandfasted (The Black Witch Chronicles Prequel) by Laurie Forest-YA Fantasy Book Review


 

Product Details

  • Title: Wandfasted-A Novella Prequel
  • Author: Laurie Forest
  • Series: The Black Witch Chronicles
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01N00Y9X9
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harlequin Teen (July 1, 2017)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 1, 2017
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3601 KB
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 291 pages

Book Summary

Magic, romance and adventure collide in Wandfasted, the irresistible ebook prequel to The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

When they painted Heretics on our barn and set fire to it, I thought that was the worst it could get.

Until they sent the dragons.

But they didn't count on us having dragons of our own. And they certainly didn't count on Her. Our Great Mage. The Bringer of Fire. The Storm of Death. The Crow Sorceress. Our Deliverance.

The Black Witch.


My Review
This "novella" (250 pages long like a regular novel) was a great look at the history of the Gardnerian people. I enjoyed seeing how Elloren's parents became wandfasted. I also was able to see where her bravery and determination come from, her mother Tessla. The backstory of both Vale, Tessla, and her Grandmother, The First Black Witch, added so much to the overall feel of the series. I've already read the first two books and the prequel filled in many holes and answered questions I had about Elloren's family. I love this world and the magic system. It mirrors so much of what is happening in our world as it displays prejudice, unjust class distinctions, and cultures trying to blend but doing a poor job of it but also many trying to be loving and inclusive. Overall, this prequel is a love story and eye-opening to readers about the hows and whys of the happenings in the first book. 

*****Meet Author Laurie Forest*****
Laurie Forest is a New York Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Author who lives deep in the backwoods of Vermont where she sits in front of a wood stove drinking strong tea and dreaming up tales full of dryads, dragons, and wands. She is the author of THE BLACK WITCH (Book 1.0, The Black Witch Chronicles), THE IRON FLOWER (Book 2.0), WANDFASTED (Book 0.5 - a full-length novel prequel), and LIGHT MAGE (Book 1.5 - a full-length novel prequel) - both WANDFASTED & LIGHT MAGE are available in the print compilation - THE REBEL MAGES (her favorite book in the series), THE SHADOW WAND (Book 3.0 - a Publisher's Weekly Bestseller) and The Demon Tide (Book 4.0 - a USA Today Bestseller). Visit her realm at laurieannforest.com for links to Twitter/Facebook/etc. (where she posts most updates). The last book in the series, THE BATTLE FOR ERTHIA (tentative title of Book 0.5) is planned for 2023. 

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Secrets of the Looking Glass: The Lost Wonderland Diaries #2 BY J. Scott Savage-Middle Grade Fantasy Book Review




 

Product Details

   Title: Secrets of the Looking Glass
    Author: J. Scott Savage
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Shadow Mountain (September 13, 2022)
  • Series: The Lost Wonderland Diaries #2 
  • Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1639930442
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***


Book Summery
After returning from Wonderland, Celia and Tyrus journey to the Looking-Glass World to reclaim their mirror images and stop a war between two powerful queens.

When the Bandersnatch steals one of Lewis Carroll’s lost diaries, Celia and Tyrus try to get it back, only to tumble through a magic mirror into the Looking-Glass World, a place where everything―themselves included―is divided in two. Celia’s logic and Tyrus’s imagination now belong to their mirror images, Lia and Ty.

Left without their greatest problem-solving skills, Celia and Tyrus must rely on each other as they play a massive game of chess to try to catch their mirror images. Along the way, they engage in a rhyming battle with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, seek advice from Humpty and Dumpty, and learn how to believe in the impossible from the White Queen, who remembers the future as if it were the past.

As the final battle draws near, Celia and Tyrus form an uneasy alliance with Lia and Ty to find the legendary vorpal sword―the only weapon powerful enough to stop the war. If they fail, not only will two kingdoms be destroyed, but Celia and Tyrus might never regain their stolen talents and could be trapped in the Looking-Glass World forever.

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My Review

What a fun adventure being back in the world of Wonderland. This time Celia and Tyrus set off for the Looking Glass World to retrieve one of Lewis Carroll's lost diaries that the Bandersnatch stole. They're also searching for their mirror images that have gone off to fight in the Red Queen's army. How fun that this book is so much like the original second Alice in Wonderland book, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There.

The poem, The Jabberwocky, has a huge role in this second book. I've always loved the poem because my dad loved it since he'd memorized it in elementary school. They follow the clues in the poem throughout the whole novel. I have to admit that I was thinking pretty hard at times to figure things out. I'm sure kids would figure it out sooner! Ha Ha! 

Also, Hatta, Humpty-Dumpty and Tweedle Dee, and Tweedle Dum add to the humor in the novel. One of my favorite parts was when Tyrus and Celia had a Rhyming Battle with the Tweedle Twins. I read that part out loud to my family. I also had to read all of the jokes that twins Humpty and Dumpty told. This actually caused my family to stop what we were doing and start telling jokes to each other. 

Overall, I loved the messages that Celia and Tyrus learned in the Looking Glass World. Even though they lost most of the "battles" of wit and humor, they realized it wasn't about winning, but instead it was all about learning. They learned to be the very best they can be. They also needed to love all parts of themselves and improve on all of their talents. Secrets of the Looking Glass, book #2 in The Lost Wonderland Diaries was a hit for me. I'm truly hoping that there is more to come. This book is a must Read-Aloud for families and in classrooms. You do not have to be a Middle-Grade reader to enjoy it. 


*****Meet Author J. Scott Savage*****



J Scott Savage is the author of 19 novels including the Mysteries of Cove series, the Farworld series, the Case File 13 series, and the Lost Wonderland Diaries. His books have received various recognitions including Junior Library Selection, Starred reviews from PW and Kirkus, Amazon Book of the Month, Barnes and Noble Select book, and several state award nominations.

He has visited over 2500 schools, dozens of writers conferences, and taught many writing classes. He has four children and seven grandchildren. He lives with his wife Jennifer in a windy valley of the Rocky Mountains.

He loves hearing from his readers at info@jscottsavage.com





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Sunday, September 18, 2022

The Iron Flower ( The Black Witch Chronicles (#2) By Laurie Forest-YA Fantasy Book Review


 

Product Details

    Title: The Iron Flower 
    Author: Laurie Forest
    Genre: YA Fantasy
    Series:  The Black Witch Chronicles (#2
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Inkyard Press; First Time Trade edition (September 3, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 672 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 133599582X
  • Listened to it on Audible.

  • Book Synopsis:
  • Elloren Gardner and her friends were only seeking to right a few wrongs, but their actions have propelled them straight into the ranks of the realm-wide Resistance against Gardnerian encroachment. As the Resistance struggles against the harsh rulings of High Priest Marcus Vogel and the Mage Council, Elloren begins to realize that none of the people she cares about will be safe if Gardneria seizes control of the Western Realm.

    With tensions heating up in Verpacia, more and more Gardnerian soldiers continue to descend upon the university…led by none other than Lukas Grey, now commander of the newly rebuilt Fourth Division base. Though Elloren tries to keep him at arm’s length, Lukas is determined to wandfast to her, convinced that she has inherited her grandmother’s magic—the prophesied power of the Black Witch. As his very nearness seems to awaken a destructive power inside her, Elloren finds it more and more difficult to believe that she’s truly powerless, as her uncle always claimed.

    Caught between her growing feelings for the rebellious Yvan Guriel and the seductive power offered by Lukas Grey, Elloren must find a way to stay true to what she knows is right and protect everyone she loves…even if that means protecting them from herself.






My Review
The Black Witch Chronicles is quickly becoming one of my favorite series. I really liked the first book and this second book did not disappoint. It had everything and more than I hoped would happen in this novel. 

Elloren is more confident and bold in this book. I truly wanted to see this. She also has her eyes open in many ways to the true world she grew up in. I also really loved how her relationships became deeper with many of the characters from the first book. All of the characters grow and develop and of course, readers become even more invested in them. 

I have to applaud the world-building that was concise and compelling. The more I learned about the various people and their magic and powers, the more I wanted to read. 

I also liked everything that was happening between Elloren and Yvan Guriel. The last several chapters of the book were full of surprising twists that really turned this novel and the series on its head. One thing I guessed correctly and the second threw me for a loop. 

I've already started listening to the next book. If you've been waiting like me to start this series, wait no longer. I was impressed with this second book and also love the narrator of the Audible book Julia Whelan. She does such an amazing job with all of the characters and delightfully brings this story to life for listeners and readers. 


*****Meet Author Laurie Forest*****
Laurie Forest lives deep in the backwoods of Vermont, where she sits in front of a wood stove drinking strong tea and dreaming up tales full of dryads, dragons, and wands. She is the author of The Black Witch Chronicles, including The Black Witch, The Iron Flower, The Shadow Wand, and the prequel e-novellas Wandfasted and Light Mage, which are also available in print as The Rebel Mages anthology. 
Enter her realm online at www.laurieannforest.com.



All Books in the Series

The Rebel Mages by Laurie Forest
The Black Witch by Laurie ForestThe Iron Flower by Laurie ForestThe Shadow Want by Laurie ForestThe Demon Tide by Laurie Forest The Black Witch series Book 0.5Book 1Book 2Book 3Book 4



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Friday, September 16, 2022

Sinister Secrets: Three Suspense Novellas by Traci Hunter Abramson, Clair M. Poulson, and Paige Edwards-Blog Tour Review and Giveaway






 Book Details
   Title: Sinister Secrets: Three Suspense Novellas
  • Authors: Traci Hunter Abramson, Clair M. Poulson, and Paige Edwards
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Covenant Communications (September 1, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1524422134
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***




Book Summary
Prepare for heart-pounding danger in Sinister Secrets, featuring short stories of suspense from three of your favorite writers: Traci Hunter Abramson, Paige Edwards, and Clair M. Poulson. With all the thrills and chills you’ve come to expect from these best-selling authors, this must-have compilation will keep you at the edge of your seat until the very last page.

Traci Hunter Abramson: Secrets of St. Augustine

FBI Special Agent Doug Valdez is in France looking for money launderers. The last thing he expects is to find a young girl fleeing for her life or the deadly game of cat and mouse that ensues.

Paige Edwards: In Plain Sight

Jaclyn Girard was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and now she’s caught in the middle of a deadly investigation. With danger mounting, she must work alongside FBI operative Cody Ackert if she hopes to survive.

Clair M. Poulson: Hounded

Recently retired Army Ranger Renn Huitt has found the perfect job. Working for Bob, a private investigator nearing retirement, should be easy. But Bob has put a lot of people behind bars—people who hold a grudge. And now they are coming for him.


My Review
Having read many books by these three authors, I knew that I was in for some heart-pounding, and jaw dropping suspense stories. 

Each of the novellas has a story that draws you in quickly and hooks you until the last page. It's amazing how each of these stories felt like you were reading a full-length novel. Also, all three are so well written and very different from each other. The stories vary from kidnappings, and money laundering, to old-fashioned gun and knife fights. It was hard to pick a favorite because all of them had characters I liked and plots that were full of action. This book is fantastic for those that want to read but don't always have the time. I read the novellas over three nights, one per evening. 

Mystery-Suspense lovers will want to read Sinister Secrets. Each unique story will keep you entertained and enthralled page after page. 



*****Meet The Authors*****
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 added two additional awards in 2019 (Mistaken Reality - best mystery/suspense and Sanctuary - 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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Clair M. Poulson

Clair M. Poulson was born and raised in Duchesne, Utah. His father was a rancher and farmer, his mother a librarian. Clair has always been an avid reader, having found his love for books as a very young boy.

He has served for forty years in the criminal justice system. Twenty years were spent in law enforcement, ending his police career with eight years as the Duchesne County Sheriff. For the past twenty years Clair has worked as a justice court judge for Duchesne County. Clair is also a veteran of the US Army where he was a military policeman. He has served on various boards and councils during his professional career, including the Justice Court Board of Judges, Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, Utah Judicial Council, Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, an FBI advisory board and others.

In addition to his criminal justice work, Clair has farmed and ranched all of his life. He has raised many kinds of animals, but his greatest interest is horses.

Clair has served in many capacities in the LDS church, including fulltime missionary (California Mission) bishop, counselor to bishop, young men president, high councilor, stake mission president, scoutmaster, High Priest group leader, etc. He currently serves as a Sunday School teacher.

Clair is married to Ruth, and together, they have five children, all of whom are married: Alan (Vicena) Poulson, Kelly Ann (Wade) Hatch, Amanda (Ben) Semadeni, Wade (Brooke) Poulson, and Mary (Tyler) Hicken. Between them they have twenty-three children. Clair and Ruth met while both were students at Snow College and were married in the Manti temple.

Clair has always loved telling his children, and later his grandchildren, make-up stories. His vast experience in life and his love of literature has always contributed to both his telling stories to children and his writing of adventure and suspense novels.
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Paige Edwards
Paige Edwards is an award-winning author of contemporary regencies with a side-order of suspense. She holds a degree in interior design and has worked professionally in that field. Due to her strong British roots, Paige's books are often set in the UK, and she hops the pond whenever she gets the chance. She is styled the Lady Paige Edwards when in Scotland, but her favorite title is Grandma. When she needs a break from writing, she serves as president of the Interfaith Community Council, is fond of digging in the dirt (what some might call gardening), biking battlefields, and kayaking on the lake. 

 You can follow Paige on BookBub, AMAZON, and Goodreads. Or, you can learn more about her and her books by visiting her website @authorpaigeedwards.com



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