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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, January 29, 2020

The Iron Daughter(The Iron Fey Series) by Julie Kagawa: Mini-Book Review

The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey, #2)The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Summary
Half Summer faery princess, half-human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.

Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.
 


This was actually a pretty good 2nd book in a series. I enjoyed seeing the characters grow closer together. I truly love the side characters too. Puck is for sure one of my favorite. I hope that in the next book we get to know Ash more. I still feel like he is an anomaly from other male lead characters in this type of novel. This series is also a great one to listen to on Audible. That's how I'm getting books read on my "To-Read" list from years ago. I will definitely be reading/listening to the next book in the series.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

The Wish and the Peacock By Wendy S. Swore: Book Review

Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain (February 4, 2020)
  • Genre: Middle-Grade Contemporary
    • ISBN: 9781629726083
    • Retail Price: $16.99 Page Count: 304
    • Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes
    • Book Design: © Shadow Mountain
    • Cover Illustration: Brandon Dorman
    • Art Direction: Richard Erickson Design: Sheryl Dickert Smith
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  • ISBN-10: 1629726087
***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own*** 

Book Summary
 Paige’s favorite family tradition on the farm is the annual bonfire where everyone tosses in a stone and makes a wish. This time, Paige’s specific wish is one she’s not sure can come true: Don’t let Mom and Grandpa sell the farm.

When Paige’s younger brother finds a wounded peacock in the barn, Paige is sure it’s a sign that if she can keep the bird safe, she’ll keep the farm safe too. Peacocks, after all, are known to be fierce protectors of territory and family.

With determination and hard work, Paige tries to prove she can save the farm on her own, but when a real estate agent stakes a “For Sale” sign at the end of the driveway and threatens everything Paige loves, she calls on her younger brother and her best friends, Mateo and Kimana, to help battle this new menace. They may not have street smarts, but they have plenty of farm smarts and some city lady who’s scared of spiders should be easy enough to drive away.

But even as the peacock gets healthier, the strain of holding all the pieces of Paige’s world together gets harder. Faced with a choice between home and family, she risks everything to make her wish come true, including the one thing that scares her the most: letting the farm go.


My Review
Author Wendy Swore's new book is a Middle-Grade novel written for kids aged 8-12 but this story is for people of all ages. I loved the characters, the setting (it's where I grew up!!), and the life lessons learned in this novel. 

Paige is a twelve-year-old going on twenty-one. She was her dad's favorite helper and he taught her everything about running their South-Eastern Idaho farm. Sadly, her father died in an accident and now the family farm faces foreclosure. This novel is a mixture of sadness, humor, intrigue, and heartwarming moments. Honestly, there were moments I couldn't stop laughing as Paige and her younger brother, Scotty, tried many ways to sabotage potential buyers of their farm. I loved how each person in Paige's life helped her learn and grow in a different way. Her two best friends Mateo and Kimana, are there for her during the hard times but also give her a little tough love when Paige is having a hard time facing reality.

The supporting cast of characters is large and wonderful! Paige's grandfather, the mysterious reporter Mr. Ferro, and of course Royal the Peacock were quick favorites of mine. This novel is another book that would make a great family read-aloud with your kids or grandkids. I can't wait to see what else Author Wendy Swore writes next. Her two first books have been classical winners!


Purchase The Wish and the Peacock HERE: https://amzn.to/2GjHjmn


Meet Author Wendy S. Swore

Wendy S. Swore farms on the Sho-Ban reservation where her corn maze and pumpkin patch is home to her five kids, two dogs, two geese, seven peacocks, eleven ducks, nineteen cats, and two hundred thirty seven chickens. She farms in the summers, writes in the winters, and would rather chew her leg off than eat something spicy.
Learn more about Wendy and her books HERE:
https://wendyswore.com/ 



Advance Praise/Endorsements:


The Wish and the Peacock is a thoughtful novel about love, loss, and the hope of a new beginning.”
-Foreword Reviews

“Heartfelt and funny, the story captures the lives of often underrepresented farming families. An impressive tale carrying universal themes of grief, change, and letting go.”
-Kirkus

Friday, January 17, 2020

Rules are Made to Be Broken By Mylissa Demeyere: Book Review


Product Details

  • Title: Rules are Made to Be Broken
  • Author: Mylissa Demeyere
  • Series: Love Under Wraps (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published (December 1, 2019)
  • Genre: Contemporary Romance
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1703753739
Book Summary 
I’ve loved Will Henderson from the first day I laid eyes on him. But I made a solemn promise that same day. I would never, ever date Will Henderson.
For almost a decade, Charlotte Dubois has loved Will Henderson from afar, squelching her heart's silent yearnings. But no way could she date her best friend Kelsey’s brother. Their whole friendship is based on one rule: No friend of Kelsey can ever date Will. Instead, Charlotte has watched him date and break more hearts than should be legal.


Will Henderson never got over that stolen kiss he shared with Charlotte years ago—though he's tried valiantly to rid his system of his sister's best friend.
When circumstances bring the two into each other’s arms again, Will wants to convince Charlotte to break the rules and take a chance on him. But to do so, they will have to hide their relationship from the ones they love most. Can true love triumph, or will they both end up losing?


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My Review
This novel was a very sweet and heart-wrenching story at times. Two people meet, the attraction is there but they can only be friends. Charlotte becomes friends with Will's sister first, therefore, she can't be anything more to him. Kelsey makes Charlotte promise that she'll never date her brother. Ten years later the attraction between them is still there but Charlotte still feels she needs to keep her promise to her best friend. I was so sad for Charlotte and Will that they both were so afraid that Kelsey would never forgive them if they dated, that they almost didn't give their relationship a chance.

Mylissa has a wonderful way of writing these two main characters. You could feel the attraction they have for each other jump right off the page. Swoon-worthy romance anyone? Yes, the sparks were flying in this novel and I loved every flicker that was produced.

I have to add that I loved Charlotte's grandmother, Mamie. She is sweet, witty, and gives great advice. She's one of the best-supporting characters that I've read in a book in a long while. I loved every chapter she was in.

If you love a sweet, contemporary romance, with just a little angst, Rules are Made to be Broken, will be a delightful read for you just as it was for me.




Meet Author Mylissa Demeyere


Mylissa Demeyere was born in Belgium, and resides in the beautiful city of Ghent. She lives in a somewhat organized home with her four beautiful children and the love of her life. If she isn’t working, she’s writing, exercising, reading, or enjoying time with her kids, who are growing up way too fast.

Connect with Mylissa online:



-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mylissademeyere/


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Best of 2019 Giveaway Hop: January 15-31, 2020


Welcome to the
Best of 2019 Giveaway Hop! 

2019 had some great books that came out and I
wish I'd had the time to read them all. You can go
to this post to read about my favorite reads in 2019.
https://whynotbecauseisaidso.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-reads-for-2019-not-so-short.html

Here are some of my top books I really enjoyed.

-Kit and Elizabeth By Karen Tuft
  

-Dragonwatch #3: Master of the Phantom Isle By Brandon Mull


 

-Mistaken Reality By Traci Hunter Abramson




-When Life Gets You Down, Rise Up By Kasey McCallister
-To Die, To Sleep By Stephanie Black
 

 There were many books published in 2019 and I want to know which books were your favorite. What books would you recommend to me? Please let me know in the comments.
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Saturday, January 11, 2020

The Seeking Serum (Potion Masters #3) by Frank L. Cole: Blog Tour Review

Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 9
  • Series: Potion Masters (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain (January 7, 2020)
  • Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
  • ISBN-10: 1629726060
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***
Book Summary 
Mezzarix has stolen the Vessel, the source of power for all potion masters, and is preparing to launch his final attack on the potion-making community—which includes his own family.

Gordy and his family have gone into hiding, but when his mom uncovers some new information, she takes Gordy into the underground network known as the Swigs, a haven for renegade potion masters and black-market potions, to secure support in the fight against Mezzarix. But when Scourges, rebel potion makers acting on orders from Mezzarix, attack the Swigs, Gordy barely escapes with his life and is forced to leave his family behind.

As the fight intensifies between B.R.E.W. and the Scourges, it falls to Gordy and his friends—Max, Sasha, and Adilene—to locate Mezzarix's hidden headquarters, retrieve the Vessel, save the world, and unite the potion-making community.

The world of Potion Masters is full of fantasy and adventure as Gordy and his friends learn the power of friendship and loyalty, and to trust in their own individual talents.
 


My Review
 The Potion Masters series has been great since the first book. You really need to read the first two books before this third book. You need to know these characters and be fully involved in order to understand the stakes involved here. 

Gordy is back, older and more experienced as an Elixirist and fledgling Potion Master. His grandfather Mezzarix is at war with potion masters and wants to expose them all to the world. The action in The Seeking Serum is almost non-stop. The potions made, and used throughout the book are bigger and better than before. I loved that not only does Gordy go through huge character development but so do his friends Max, Sasha, and Adilene. The humor is good like only Frank Cole can deliver. This series has been a wonderful mix of magic, adventure, friendship, loyalty, and of course potion-making. This book is ideal for kids 8-12 but this adult has loved reading this book and the others in the series. I highly recommend The Potion Masters series to families and those that love a good fantasy full of magic and excitement.


 Purchase  The Seeking Serum (Potion Masters #3) HERE:https://amzn.to/35Iqpbt

Meet Author Frank L. Cole


Frank L. Cole has lived in such exotic places as the Philippines and Kentucky and currently lives with his wife and three children out west. While he strived for years to earn his publishing credits, Frank considers sharing his message of “Exercising Your Imagination” to over 100,000 kids across the country as his greatest accomplishment. Potion Masters - The Seeking Serum is Frank's 12th published book. You can learn more about his writing at frankcolewrites.com

Friday, January 10, 2020

Under the Stars (Book #3 Craig Colorado Series) by Carolyn Twede Frank: Blog Tour Review & Giveaway


Product Details

  • Title: Under the Stars (Book #3 Craig Colorado Series)
  • Author: Carolyn Twede Frank 
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc. (January 1, 2020)
  • Genre: Western -Historical Romance
  • ISBN-10: 1524411973
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own*** 

Book Summary
When the new marshal in town needs volunteers, one of the first to sign up is Miss Rosie Decker. And why wouldn’t she? She’s a sharpshooting, horse-taming tomboy—and she’s out for revenge. Marshal Hank Walker is forming a posse to find the man who killed her sweetheart, and Rosie is determined to help track him down. When the marshal refuses her service on account of her being a woman, Rosie is undeterred. If it’s a man Marshal Walker wants, it’s a man he’ll get.

With his posse assembled, Hank Walker is confident he’ll be able to track down the criminal. His confidence grows as he recognizes the incomparable skill of one young man in his posse—Ross. That is, until the day Ross’s mustache falls off, revealing “his” true identity. Rosie Decker has duped him. Banished back to town, it’s time for Rosie to prove her mettle. Though working alongside the unwilling marshal is complicated, it is the unexpected tenderness she feels for him that proves most problematic. How can she demonstrate her skill while also setting out to win the heart of the man who seems bent on keeping her out of his way?


My Review
 Under the Stars is the third book in the Craig Colorado Series. This installment is full of humor. It had me laughing so much. 

Main character Rosie Decker is a tomboy, gun-slinging, horse taming female in a world where females should wear frilly clothes and wait for a man to save them. Rosie is out to prove herself and take part in the posse hunting down the killer of her former beau.  

Marshal Hank Walker wants nothing to do with a female joining his posse even if they are the best "man" that has signed up. Some of my favorite moments in the book were when Rosie, known as Ross, deals with trying to keep the charade up pretending to be a man; finding a place to take care of daily needs in private and dealing with the itchy mustache hanging onto her lip with honey. The two men work well together but deep inside Rosie is falling for Hank. The charade is up when the mustache falls off and Rosie is sent back to town. Things heat up between the two later as Rosie is resentful but still proves helpful to Hank. I also loved it when several of the characters from the first two novels show up in this novel. It's one of those feelings of coming home. I also enjoyed some of the new characters, especially the two brother thieves that Rosie brings in on her own. They are clumsy, and backward and have some funny things to say. 

This book overall has a cute, clean romance, filled with humor, that radiates with the spirit of the wild, wild west. I have loved this series and I hope that there will be more stories coming from the small town of Craig, Colorado.  

Purchase Under the Stars HERE: https://amzn.to/307wcWR


Other Book in the Series
Independent-minded women are considered highly unsuitable in Kate Donahue’s wealthy Long Island society. Yes, Kate would lead a proper life should she marry, but her dream of practicing medicine would surely be thwarted by her domineering fiancé. To follow her dream, she must take dramatic measures. So when she reads a newspaper ad seeking a qualified small-town physician, Kate embarks on a new life in the Wild West.
Upon her arrival in the rugged settlement of Craig, Colorado, Kate is disappointed to discover that even in the West, no one wants a woman doctor. As she struggles to establish her practice, she is kept busy fending off the unwanted attentions of a local rancher, a man unnervingly reminiscent of the ex-fiancé she left behind in New York. Romantic entanglements are the last thing on Kate’s mind. That is, until she meets Lucas McCurdy, an Irish immigrant with whom she feels an undeniable connection. But when their relationship inflames a dangerous land battle, Kate and Lucas find themselves defenseless in a lawless town—a perilous position that may cost them everything.


In the still of a cool Colorado evening, the Circle J Ranch house burns to the ground, leaving Susannah Jones and her two brothers orphaned and homeless. Embittered by the tragedy, Susannah’s older brother grows increasingly cruel, leading Susannah to make the difficult choice to leave the last of her family behind to forge a new life for herself. It is the kindness of Dr. Kate, the woman physician in town, as well as a chance meeting with a rugged homesteader that give Susannah the strength she needs to escape.
When Joseph Iverson encounters the harassed young woman on his land one day, he has no thought but to provide the assistance she so clearly needs. Overcoming his shyness, he takes Susannah under his wing and agrees to a marriage of convenience to liberate her from her brother. As the pair works side by side, their mutual admiration deepens. But their happy existence is threatened all too soon by a series of “accidents” on the farm. With danger looming ever closer, Susannah and Joseph must discover who is bent on their destruction before the life and marriage they’ve built together goes up in flames.



Meet Author: Carolyn Twede Frank

I grew up in Payson, Utah. Ever since elementary school I have loved to write. In junior high and high school I was on the newspaper staff. My senior year, I even had my own column: Carolyn’s Corner. While attending USU as a freshman, my journalism teacher, in an effort to “prepare me for the real world of writing," tore down my work to the point that I gave up, dropped my minor of journalism, and concentrated on my other love—biology. I graduated with a BS in Horticulture and an MS in Botany and went on to start my own business in a totally unrelated field: manufacturing puppets. In 2006, after having raised my five kids and growing my business to a point of being viable to sell, I rediscovered my love of writing. I have since sold my manufacturing business and I spend a good portion of my time writing, or helping my grandkids and my garden grow. I now live in Kaysville, Utah.
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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Master of Malice Box Set By Cas Peace: Offical Book Tour Spotlight and Giveaway




Cas lives in the lovely county of Hampshire, southern UK, where she was born. On leaving school she trained for two years before qualifying as horse-riding instructor. During this time she also learned to carriage-drive. She spent thirteen years in the British Civil Service before moving to Rome, Italy, where she and her husband, Dave, lived for three years. They enjoy returning whenever they can. Cas supports many animal charities and owns two rescue dogs. She has a large collection of cacti and loves gardening. She is also a folk singer/songwriter and is currently writing and recording nine folk-style songs to accompany each of her fantasy books. You can listen to and download all the songs from her website: www.caspeace.com 

See the video of her performing live at the King’s Envoy book launch here: http://www.caspeace.com/cas-peace/the-wheel-will-turn



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Pure evil rises once again in Albia…

Three years have passed since Baron Reen’s trial. A terrible accident on the island of his exile has transformed him into a nightmarish scarecrow creature with dark, mysterious powers. Staging his own suicide, Reen breaks free of his prison and, with the help of the former queen Sofira, embarks on a ruthless quest for vengeance against his worst enemy, the woman responsible for the overthrow of his schemes and his own ruination: Brynne Sullyan.

Sullyan is tasked with investigating Reen’s suicide. The missing body and a series of disasters in Port Loxton—a vicious murder, a brutal ambush, and a devastating fire—raise suspicions in her mind. She probes deeper, determined to uncover the truth, unsuspecting of the evil that’s about to be unleashed…


Reviews for this series:
Cas Peace's Artesans of Albia series immediately sweeps you away to a
world so deftly written. These nesting novels are evocative, hauntingly
real. Smart. Powerful. Compelling.

Janet E Morris: Bestselling sci-fi and fantasy author of: Thieves World,
The Sacred Band of Stepsons series; the Dream Dancer series; I, the Sun;
Outpassage; The Silistra Quartet; and editor of the Bangsian In Hell
series.


"A thoroughly believable and hauntingly evocative tale portraying one of
the best magical systems ever devised. What are you waiting for? Step
through the veil and immerse yourselves in the worlds of the Artesan
series."

Andrew P. Weston Author of the internationally bestselling "IX Series"

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    Trilogy 1         Trilogy 2          Trilogy 3

                         






Top Ten List
1) Anything to do with animals, especially dogs and horses. My favorite horse breed is the Friesian, which is why I put one in my novels. I also own two rescue dogs and support many animal charities.
2) Singing, especially folk-style songs. I also sing in my local church choir.
3) Chocolate!!
4) Dragons and (I have to admit!) unicorns. I have collected figurines and statues of dragons and unicorns since I was small and have a vast collection, some of which live outdoors. But I don’t like “twee”, only ones that look like they could be real.
5) Reading, especially fantasy and sci-fi.
6) Country walks.
7)All wildlife, especially butterflies. I used to breed and release UK varieties, and belong to the Butterfly Conservation Society.
8) Did I mention chocolate?
9) Spending time with family members.
10) Playing my bodhran (Irish drum). I can’t read music so decided to take up drumming instead! It’s fun and very therapeutic.


Excerpt #5

The Gateway
As they penetrated deeper into Lerrics palace, Sullyan grew more and more uneasy. A strange feeling she could not name gnawed at her senses. Partly it was fury, for this was where her lifemate had breathed his last under unspeakable torture, and somewhere in this deadly place lurked the monster who had devoured his soul. Her heart clamored for vengeance; her spirit cried for mercy.
Yet she could not locate her enemy, and this gave rise to frustration. Shielded as she was, still she sent forth probes; slim, delicate slivers of power, just enough to touch a wary mind, just enough to give her that edge. Failing continually, her fury grew.
She also felt dread, fear, reluctance. The more empty rooms they searched, the fewer remained. Their quarry was running to ground, and soon they would unearth him. Except he wasnt running and they were the quarry.
This aspect of her growing unease affected her the most. The palace was a trap and she had entered it willingly. She was dancing to anothers tune, and her choices were limited. Nevertheless, she advanced, caught in this masters game, compelled by love and justice. Her wounded soul bled with every step she took.
They remained unchallenged and unhindered throughout the length of their search. Nothing moved to dismay them, nothing sounded to alert them. The rooms were all silent, the hallways deserted, no signs of life even in the private rooms Elias had so recently visited. The men of Sullyans company strode at her back, eyes alert, swords at the ready, muscles tensed for action. Action they were denied until, at the very last, they came to a large iron-bound door proudly displaying the hunting dog emblem of client-king Lerric.
Limp standards hung on either side of the door, luxurious fabrics worked with gold thread suspended from poles of silver. A horn rested in a niche in the wall, just waiting for the herald to sound it. But the herald was absent and the standards hung still, cold air whispering about them.
Lerrics throne room. Eliass body quivered with tension. He had caught Sullyans frustration and the futility of their search so far was jangling his overstretched nerves. Anteroom first and then the main hall. Its large, even by Loxton standards.
Sullyan didnt reply and the King cast her a glance, unwilling to intrude on her thoughts. Her men stood behind her in silence.
Finally, she spoke, her voice sounding distant and ragged. They await us in the anteroom.
Eliass head came up eagerly, like a hound scenting prey. The Baron?
She shook her head, her expression fixed and grim. She brought up her sword. His guard. She turned to Elias and spoke curtly. Stay by me. Remember your oath.
It was an unmistakable order and he nodded before turning his attention back to the door. The others shifted behind him, eager for action; anything to end this uncertainty. Those carrying torches left them in sconces or extinguished them. The hallway faded around them.
Wil came abreast of Sullyan and laid one hand on the door, weapon held ready in the other. Sullyan took a deep breath, held it, let it out. On the next inhalation, she nodded to Wil, who took hold of the latch and pushed open the door.
The anteroom was large, as large as Eliass dining hall. Like the rest of the palace, it was in darkness, but torchlight from the hallway flickered faintly on steel deep within the room. The stirring of feet could be heard, the intake of breath. But no one came to challenge them, no one came to fight. Sullyan let her fury build. It would seem she would have to carry the fighting to them.
So be it.
Gentlemen. Let us make an end.







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