Archive for April, 2016

Finding Mrs. Right

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

About the book:

Tired of being alone but fed up with being set up by his friends, Gabe decides to take a break from dating when Rose enters his life. Could she be the one he’s been waiting for? But after a heavy blow to Gabe’s ego, he meets Veronica in the park and something about her resonates with him. And then there is Sally, Gabe’s loyal assistant. Gabe never saw her as a romantic partner until…51S+uOH61vL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_
Rose is beautiful, smart and climbing the career ladder. Having a permanent relationship may not be in the cards for her. Veronica has a secret she’s been carrying for a while and when she decides to let Gabe in on it, it may hurt their chances of a relationship. Sally’s life is complicated and Gabe could complicate it even more.

Author Debbie White

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Debbie currently resides in beautiful Sonoma County, California, where the jagged Pacific coastline meets the rolling hills cascading with vineyards. She writes romance novellas that feature strong, independent women, who when faced with adversity, or tragedy, fine strength and overcome the perils that stand in their way. She’s an avid supporter of animal rescue, and happily donates a portion of sales from her books to rescue organizations. She has two adult children, and two granddaughters. In her spare time, she loves to garden, travel; enjoy family, and her beloved rescue dogs, Dash and Briar. Her real passion of course is writing, and she uses her 20+ years as a military wife as inspiration for her stories. The Salty Dog takes places in Bodega, a small fishing community she has the pleasure of visiting often. The project she is currently working on involves travel to exotic and foreign places, another area she has experience.

My review:

This book has a beautiful cover and is written in Gabe’s, the main male character’s, point of view. It follows his life as a single multi-millionaire living with his butler who is his close friend. It takes the reader through Gabe’s desires to find a woman with whom to share all he has. It goes from OK dates to disastrous ones and sometimes feels a bit rushed.
As with all romances, it does have an abrupt, happy ending. You can’t help but love Gabe’s positive outlook and Cooper, his talented and bright British butler. They are a funny and close pair, enjoying their lives, each other and their jobs.
The story feels at times a bit disjointed and at others contradictory. Things like “we will take it slow and see where it goes” and in the next phrase they are all over each other on their second date. Still, it is an OK story. I would recommend it to adults only. There are a couple of unnecessary swear words and adult situations.

Book Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Right-Romantic-Destinations-Volume/dp/1530770386?ie

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Ideal High–can that be possible?

Monday, April 25th, 2016
Valerie, tell us where you were born and where do you live now.
Born in Richland, Washington/live in Mesa, AZ
What makes you passionate about writing?
I love a good story–I love reading one, and I love creating one that I hope others will love
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How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
8 years actually, but that was just working on it in bits and pieces
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Two things: a story in the newspaper about a bus accident killing students returning from a school trip and remembering a girl from high school that no one ever talked to or seemed to care about. I felt bad that I had never tried to say anything nice to her. That got me wondering what would happen if there was a tragedy involving a bunch of high school kids and how would that affect the rest of the student body. Would everyone treat each other better?

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Day’s Journey–Girl from the stars book 4

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

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Book blurb:

When Liora’s brother is kidnapped as thinly-veiled trap, she follows with the intent of springing it on her own terms. But her plans fall away when she finds that the danger has a greater reach than she could have imagined. Waylaid and nearly dead, Liora finds herself fighting for not only her life, but for mortalkind. If she succeeds, she could thwart the paramount threat to the Macrocosm and those she loves; if she fails, mortalkind will fall at her side. Yet the price of survival may be far greater than Liora is willing to pay.

“How far will you go to protect your human? How many lives will you take to save the one you love?”

Liora spoke the truth she saw in the Cherum’s gaze. “All of them.”

Author’s Bio

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Cheree Alsop has published 31 books, including two series through Stonehouse Ink. She is the mother of a beautiful, talented daughter and amazing twin sons who fill every day with joy and laughter. She is married to her best friend, Michael, the light of her life and her soulmate who shares her dreams and inspires her by reading the first drafts and giving much appreciated critiques. Cheree works as a fulltime author and mother, which is more play than work! She enjoys reading, traveling to tropical beaches, spending time with her twin boys, and going on family adventures while planning her next book. Cheree and Michael live in Utah where they rock out, enjoy the outdoors, plan great quests, and never stop dreaming.You can find Cheree’s other books at www.chereealsop.com

 

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Diamonds are a deadly thing

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Diamonds are a deadly thing by Rachelle J. Christiansen a wedding planner mystery #1

Author bio:

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Rachelle is a mother of five who writes mystery/ suspense, nonfiction, and women’s fiction. She solves the case of the missing shoe on a daily basis. She enjoys raising chickens and laughing with her husband. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a minor in music. Rachelle is the award-winning author of ten books, including The Soldier’s Bride (a Kindle Scout Selection), Wrong Number, Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things, What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know, and Christmas

Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology. Her novella, “Silver Cascade Secrets,” was included in the Rone Award– winning Timeless Romance Anthology, Fall Collection. Join Rachelle’s VIP mailing list to learn more about upcoming books & get your free book at www.rachellechristensen.com

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My review: 5 stars

What an exciting thing can result from mixing a wedding planner and mysteries. In Diamond Rings are Deadly Things you will find a tale with interesting twists and some kisses. I like the pace of the story and enjoy the clean “who done it” feeling throughout the tale. The plot was simple, the delivery perfect and the romance warm. It provides a great combination for those who like murder mysteries and weddings. The ending will surprise you, even when you try to guess it.

Adri is starting her Wedding Planner business with her friend Lorea. All seems to be great as they have two very wealthy couples’ weddings that will give their new business the push they need to start on the right foot. That is until bridezila’s wedding dress is robbed from their store and now they face bankruptcy. Adri, without knowing it, gets stuck between a smugglers racket and a crazy stocker, without even mentioning her best friend’s killer.

Readers will be pleased with the tale and enjoy some free tips for party favors or decorations. All in all, Diamond Rings are Deadly Things is a wonderful story.

The link:

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Love under Construction

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

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What do you do when your boss makes someone else the lead on a big renovation project that should rightfully be yours? You quit. On second thought, that might not be the best idea, but Charlee Jackson has never been one for second thoughts. Instead, she lands a big contract of her own. She’s jumping into her new life—work boots, tool belt and all. Now she just needs to form a company and hire contractors and buy supplies and get an office and not fall in love with her former boss’s son. Yeah. Definitely not that last one.

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You can’t date someone who works for you, but now that his dad let Charlee walk out the door, Peter Elliot is considering his options. Charlee was their top renovation expert, his best friend’s sister, and the only thing that made the drudgery of running a large construction business bearable. But how do you date a competitor, especially one your father is trying to drive out of business? It would be stupid to make your dad angry right before he retires and hands the company over to you. Right?

When Charlee and Peter are scheduled to work on the same Indulgence Row house, their feelings and priorities are put to the test. They need to make a choice, and they better be quick about it, because the whole mixture is curing fast and threatening to crumble to pieces.

My Review: 5 stars

Love Under Construction by Danyelle Ferguson is a delightful clean romance that will help you escape your life for a few hours. It is the kind of book that you want to read on a lazy day with a cool drink in the summer or a hot cocoa in the winter. Either way you will find it a great escape from your everyday life. The ending will make you say “Ohhhhhhhhh” and sigh.

Love Under Construction is a great story about two normal people that need to sort out their feelings for each other and their personal ghosts. It is fun to see how Charlee, the main character grows and the different things she learns and the progress she had during the telling. Peter also has some growing to do, and they need to learn how to relate to each other.

Being her own boss means a lot of pressure falls on Charlee’s shoulders. This is a pressure that heightens when she discovers that Peter, her brother’s best friend, may have feelings for her. However, the problem only arises when Peter’s father comes between them, out of revenge, and pandemonium breaks loose.

Love Under Construction is a clean book even for YA, but it is intended for adults. Enjoy…

Purchase Links

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iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1097266622

About the Author

Danyelle Ferguson discovered her love for the written word in elementary school. Her first article was published when she was in 6th grade. Since then, she’s won several awards and her work has been published world-wide in newspapers, magazines and books.

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Danyelle grew up surrounded by Pennsylvania’s beautiful Allegheny Mountains. Then she lived for ten years among the majestic Wasatch Mountains. She is currently experiencing mountain-withdrawal while living in Kansas with her husband and family. She enjoys reading, writing, dancing and singing in

the kitchen, and the occasional long bubble bath to relax from the everyday stress of being “Mommy.”

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The FBI once put a gun in Ren’s face

Monday, April 18th, 2016

The League of Elder: Sygillis of Metatron by Author Ren Garcia

About the book:

For ages League mothers have told their children terrifying stories about the Black Hats: a sect of murderous women eager to slay anyone who falls into their grasp, always searching for their next victim.

Only Sisterhood of Light have been able to counter their evil. When a Black Hat is taken prisoner aboard Captain Davage’s ship, the Sisters have every intention of executing her, but they are astounded when the captain refuses to allow it.

 

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Tarragon: Key Keeper a YA story or a Spice?

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Tarragon: Key Keeper by Author Karlie Lucas 

The Blurb:

For hundreds of years, the gates of Tarragon have been sealed from the outside. Prophecy speaks of the day the last Key Keeper will return and wake the dragons from their spell-cast slumber, returning them to their rightful home.

Seeking to fulfill her father’s dying wish, Anwen Porter travels to the Drakonii Mountains where she meets Tyler, a mysterious local with a secret. With his help, she learns more about her clouded past and her own abilities. But when Courtney, a lovesick mage, tries to insert herself into their plans, things begin to go horribly wrong. (more…)

If you believe… A Doorway to Forever will open before you

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

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The Blurb:

Best friends share everything, right? Unless it’s a secret that could cost them their lives.Robyn and Kit are born with forbidden magic-sense, the power to see and hear beyond Earthly sight and sound. It’s a curse that haunts them, but the girls are strangely drawn to it—could there be more to this power than they’ve been told?
When they spill their secret, it opens a doorway back to Forever—a beautiful realm where magic-sense began. They learn the truth: they have been given a noble gift. It connects them to the Skyborn royalty of this new world. They’ve been summoned back by the forces for good to preserve the kingdom and revive the power where it once flourished—on Earth. It can thrive again, if Robyn and Kit are brave enough to follow

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However, the doorway awakens more than magical fairy-tales. A dark force is unleashed—one that has battled the Skyborn since time began, and it wants the girls dead, the Earth destroyed.

Beyond the doorway is where the adventure begins—trickery, kidnapping, a prison break, rescue teams, sword fights, magical gold-dust, holographic medallions, and singing orbs—but only for those who have the courage to believe.

My Review: 4 stars

What a great read A Doorway Back to Forever was. This is a middle grade story that is full of magic, soldiers, kings, dark forces and Pegasus. It will keep middle school kids glued to its pages, especially if they like magic and magic kingdoms.

The earth is a world that once had magic and when it was used wrong, banished it.  This is where Kit and her friend Robin live with their families. The problem is that kids still are born with magic and are left to their own devices, hiding from their parents and the police to survive. This is Kit and Robin’s fate for a long time until they find each other and Mr. Fischer.

Believing is the only key to all the beautiful things that await Kit and Robin in the magical world that exists on par with their own. To keep it free they will have to work hard and be brave enough to do what they need to do. That is a tall order for two girls that have barely discovered their magic and now have to use it to save the magic kingdom and earth.

Now, when they return to their own world, if they want to survive all the darkness that is unleashed upon them they must keep the orb safe and keep on believing, if not all is lost.

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What to do when a specter targets you younger sister

Friday, April 15th, 2016

A wife, mother, grandmother, Harry Potter geek, Army veteran, karate black belt, and online gamer. Author of the Safe Harbors series; Second Chances 101, Book 5 in the Ripple Effect series; and A Savage Ghost.

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Lia Savage reluctantly puts her dream of opening a dessert boutique on hold to help her dad remodel a castle he’s inherited in Washington State. Soon, a specter targets her younger sister.

Lia enlists the help of strapping Coop Montgomery, the head gardener and her former crush. As they search together for a way to rid the castle of its ghost, the romance she used to dream about with Coop kindles. But Lia’s gentle giant means to stay in Washington while she’s determined to return to California. She must find the courage to face both the ghost and her future.

With Coop. Or without him.

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Q&A with the Author!!!
 When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author?

I’ve had stories running through my head since I was a little girl. I played

around with writing short stories in college but no never anything

seriously. Then, in 2010, I decided to see if I could even write a

full-length novel. Did my own NaNoWriMo in January and wrote 80,000

words. And I was hooked.

Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it?

I’m working on a novella right now for the Sweet & Sassy anthology.

I’ve been enjoying getting to know the characters and having fun

figuring out how I want them to get to the end I have in mind. I’ve also

got the first drafts written for three novels (the 3rd book in the Safe

Harbors series and a YA portal fantasy duology). Very different from

each other.
 
My top favorite (nonreligious) things:
  1. Family
  2. Friends
  3. Books
  4. League of Legends
  5. Books
  6. Traveling
  7. Books
  8. Movies
  9. Books
  10. Books
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Save the Last Dance for Me…

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

A graduate of the University of Michigan with a major in history, Cora is the 2014 winner of the Royal Ascot contest for best unpublished Regency romance. She went on a twelve year expedition through the blackboard jungle as a high school math teacher before publishing Save the Last Dance for Me, the first book in the Maitland Maidens series. When she’s not walking Rotten Row at the fashionable hour or attending the entertainments of the Season, you might find her participating in Historical Novel Society events, wading through her towering TBR pile, or eagerly awaiting the next Marvel movie release. If you’d like to find out more about Cora or her books you can visit her website, sign up for her newsletter, or connect with her on Facebook or Goodreads.

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Mr. Benedict Grey is the only heir to a long-standing title, and he knows his duty: find a suitable girl, get married, secure the succession beyond himself. But if a gentleman could be called a wallflower, Benedict would fit the description perfectly. And for the past six years, he’s been out of Society more than he’s been in it. How will he find a woman to wed and bed when he can barely converse with the ladies of the ton?

Lady Honoria Maitland has promised her dying father that, before he breathes his last, she would find a husband to take care of her. But she wants a gentleman that loves her, not her dowry or her name. When she reunites with her old friend Benedict, she proposes a plan that will help them both: a faux courtship and betrothal. She can teach him how to woo a woman and simultaneously ease her father’s last days. But Honoria’s clever plan failed to account for Benedict’s heart…or her own. Is she strong enough to bear the loss of her father and her friend?

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Snippet #2
She turned his free hand
palm-up and placed hers in it. “There are other positions in which to waltz,
but this is the one I like best. It feels the most natural.”
“It’s like an embrace.
You’ve really danced like this with other gentlemen?”
She tilted her head back and
laughed a little. “Yes, though not too many times. And—fortunately—never with
someone I wasn’t fond of. Are you ready?”
He adjusted his hand on her
back, fitting it snugly against the curve of her body. “I think so.”
“Step off with your right
foot, just like before, and use your hands to turn me. Think of this”—she
squeezed his left hand—“as the prow of a ship. You lead with that. This”—her other
hand slid down his arm —“is like a rudder. A little pressure one way or the
other on my back, and I’ll know which way to turn.”
He nodded. He could do this,
if he could just concentrate on the steps rather than the woman so unexpectedly
close to him. “Got it.”
She replaced her hand on his
shoulder. “We’re ready, Aunt.”

The music began and Benedict stood still for a few moments, trying to
get a feeling for the mechanics of the steps in this new position. Honoria’s
expression and body were relaxed as she waited in the half-circle of his arm,
as if she was perfectly comfortable being there.

Ready for some Author Q&A?

When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author?

I didn’t start writing seriously until a handful of years ago when on

medical leave from teaching. I was having severe asthma problems and

couldn’t walk the length of my (tiny) apartment without stopping to

rest, so I did a lot of reading. The reading eventually led to writing,

which I hadn’t done in several years at that point. I fell in love with

it all over again, and I’ve been writing ever since!

 

Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it?

I’m working on the second novella in the Maitland Maidens series called Back In My Arms Again. It features Lady Cecilia Maitland (the aunt of Honoria in Save the Last Dance for Me) and the James Fitzsimmons, who was Cecilia’s beau when they were young.

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Scattering Stars could change the planet

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
Wendy C. Jorgensen grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and
began writing in second grade, furiously recording her hopes and dreams in a
denim-covered diary. Besides hanging out at the library, she loved soaking up
the rays—while reading a book, of course. During her sophomore year of high
school, Wendy’s family moved to Carson City, Nevada, and she thought her life
had ended. The desert, sagebrush, and cowboys were a far cry from the ocean,
palm trees, and surfers of Florida. Fortunately within six months, the family
relocated to Lake Tahoe, and her outlook improved dramatically.
Wendy started college at the University of Colorado in
Boulder, followed by a year at the University of Nevada in Reno and two years
at Brigham Young University, where she worked as a reporter and copy editor for
The Daily Universe. A decision to take a short break from school turned into a
twelve-year hiatus in Lake Tahoe. After a two-year stint in the civil
engineering program at California State University in Sacramento, Wendy
returned to Colorado and graduated from CU with a degree in English Writing. It
was a long, but valuable, educational journey.

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Whistleblower at the pharmaceutical company

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

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Top Ten List

  1. I’ve climbed to the top of the Sydney Australia Bridge.
  2. Been to James Bond Island, real name Khao Phing Kan in Phang Nga Bay in Thailand. Could not find any secret base.
  3. I like in investigate ancient ruins, but not quite as adventurous as Lara Croft.
  4. In Jr. High I started writing my own Hardy Boys books but none of my family or friends knew.
  5. Besides writing I also oil and love sports and the outdoors. My husband said my qualification for marriage was that I could skin a deer, clean a sage grouse and clean a fish.
  6. Though I spend a large part of my day on the computer, I am computer illiterate.
  7. I was the one who took my son deer hunting when he shot his first deer.
  8. On my immediate want to write list is 16 book ideas. That is not my ‘to write sometime list’, it has another 20 plus book ideas on it. That’s the ones I really, really want to start writing now. There is a story in everything.
  9. One of my friends tagged me as a renaissance woman. I like that or a pioneer woman. I’m not afraid to try much and I do what is needed.
  10. Most of my books come from dreams. I have really great dreams.

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To sell the homes of elderly, terminally ill people

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Jenny Hudson

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Top Ten List

  1. I was an art teacher and have been an exhibiting artist
  2. I have a giant Labradoodle named Mr. Darcy
  3. I am addicted to saag paneer and yoga
  4. My first job out of college was designing fashion ads for a Federated Department Store
  5. I love jazz if it’s not too whacked out
  6. I have a gorgeous rag doll cat with bright blue eyes
  7. My favorite city is Barcelona
  8. My 2nd favorite city is San Miguel Allende
  9. I love photographing New England
  10. I am getting married at the end of the month

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The Witch’s Reward…

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Liz McCraine is an outdoor enthusiast, military spouse, and mother. She loves to ride horses and go hiking with her family. When she isn’t writing or corralling children, Liz enjoys relaxing with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate. Her motto is: If it doesn’t have a happy ending, I don’t want to read it.

 

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Fairy tales are not a thing of the past.

In the kingdom of Aggadorn, seventeen-year-old Larra Stoneworth of the village of Farr discovers she has a strange magical power. But the law for humans having such magic is simple: death. When word of Larra’s gift reaches the palace, the king’s son is sent to capture her and bring her to trial. During their journey from Larra’s small village to the city, Larra faces dangers unlike any she has ever imagined. Though Larra’s magic may seem a threat to some, another far more sinister threat emerges that endangers the life of everyone—even the king himself.

An innocent girl with powers she didn’t know she had. A noble prince sent to imprison her. A powerful counselor gone mad with jealousy. An evil plot. A death sentence. And above all, the strength of one young woman to do what is right, no matter the consequences.

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“Wait, please!” she screamed, desperation finally giving her the voice she needed. “Christoff, don’t do this!”
She watched as the prince jerked to a stop and turned around. He raised a fist in the air and immediately the two guards dragging her away stopped. He approached, striding unhesitatingly across the courtyard until he was within inches of her. Larra could smell the familiar scent of leather and horses that clung to his skin, and something else that was uniquely his. She inhaled deeply, knowing she might never get this close again. She searched his eyes, hoping to find a crack in the brutal armor he had secured around his mind and his heart.
“Christoff, please…”
He held up a hand to silence her. Leaning forward, he lowered his face to hers until they were practically nose to nose. In a deep, frighteningly quiet voice, he spoke only a few words.
“Do not call me by that name. You do not have the right… witch.” He glanced over her in disgust before turning on his heel and stalking away.
Larra felt like someone had shot an arrow into the center of her heart. It stopped beating and a searing pain spread throughout her body with such intensity that she couldn’t breathe. Her vision grew fuzzy and dark, and she was only vaguely aware of being dragged through the door and into the night.
She didn’t feel the unevenness of the stone path beneath her feet as she was taken away. Nor did she feel the bruising fingers pressing into her arms or see the glow of the torch that signaled the entrance to the dungeon. She didn’t hear the slam of a steel door shutting behind her as she was caged for the final time. She didn’t hear anything. Didn’t see anything. She simply… withdrew.

And let’s look at some Q&A’s with Liz!

5.      When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author? I didn’t really start writing until after the birth of my second son. My husband and I had just moved across the country so he could attend medical school. He needed the car every day, and I was left at home with two young children and no means of transportation. There weren’t even sidewalks where we lived! To exercise, I would go next door to the cemetery and push the double stroller between the rows of tombstones. This continued for four years. Being home all the time, I needed an outlet for my energy and frustrations. Writing was that outlet, and I’ve been doing it ever since.
6.      Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it? One of my favorite characters in The Witch’s Reward is an impulsive girl named Kiera. I am currently working on her story, Beyond the Sands. In it, Kiera’s father is killed by man-like creatures called carnies. Hot-headed Kiera is determined to have her revenge, but to do so she must cross the Great Bavarri Desert—something no one has done before. There are heaps of danger, adventure and romance. For all her flaws, Kiera is a strong, courageous heroine, and a fun character to write.

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The Secret Life of Daydreams

Friday, April 8th, 2016
The Secret Life of Daydreams by Lucinda Whitney
“Sometimes the dream you never planned for is the one you can’t live without. Six years after a painful divorce, Josh Conrad is happy traveling the world as a photographer. When he arrives in Portugal, he plans to complete the assignment as quickly as possible. What he doesn’t plan for is Sofia, the girl he baptized eleven years earlier on an LDS mission, and soon he’s making excuses to prolong his trip. Sofia Monteiro leads a structured life in Braga, Portugal, teaching high school by day and caring for her mother by night. After she reconnects with Josh through mutual friends, the memory of a failed relationship and her new graduate program are enough reasons to stay away from him. As they collaborate on a project, Josh is wary of repeating his old mistakes and Sofia hesitates to spend time with an American who’s only passing through. Can two people with wounded hearts bring themselves to trust their dreams to each other? “
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 My review:

What a great read this has been for me. I found myself wanting to keep going to see what will happen next. The main character was a great example of how Jesus Christ atonement works in real life. It also shows and how being good does make a difference in our lives. Faith also plays a great part on this story. The plus to me was that I have been in Portugal before and saw many of the things describe about the people and their culture first hand. It was fun to re-live the memories.

Sofia is a faithful LDS teacher of a high school and takes care of her mother who mental capacity is going fast. She has lots of things going on in her life but seen Josh after eleven years is not what she needs right now. He was the missionary who baptized her and whom she had a big crush then. To add her pain he had left the church and wants nothing to do with it. She will stand on her values even if that will leave her alone forever.

An uplifting tale that will keep you entertain for a long time.

A citizen girl someone’s trying to kill

Thursday, April 7th, 2016
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Numbers Game by Rebecca Rode
“A citizen girl someone’s trying to kill. A hot military slave with a mysterious past. A dangerous game that changes everything. In futuristic America, everyone wears a number. Treena’s as ready for Rating Day as anyone can be—she’s a top contender in Level Three school and has a highly-rated boyfriend. But when her number is announced, it shocks everyone. To get her life and boyfriend back, Treena must go undercover and expose a military spy. Doesn’t sound too hard, except that someone wants her dead.
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And then there’s Vance, the mysterious soldier with a haunted past and gorgeous brown eyes. Together, they discover a dark numbers conspiracy, one that shatters the nation’s future. Treena must join up with Vance if she is to survive the dangerous game of numbers—and the terrible war that rages within her heart.

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Window of death a paranormal or Mystery?

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

My review: 5 stars

I enjoyed this exhilarating tale of CIA and FBI agents written by D. J. Effort. Window of Dead, has a large array of characters that fight for the good and some for the bad. It is a fast paced book with twist at every turn and some awesome main characters with special powers.

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Lucy James is a CIA agent and she is the best. However, she has had nightmares from age six months until now; twenty-nine years old. Finally, her friends, all agents, help her figure out what happened to her mother who was killed in her presence. That should heal her, but the problem is that all clues point to her father killing her mother. Besides that, she is plagued by people following her and trying to kill her at every turn. Terrorism is rampart, and coyotes bringing illegals into the USA along with drugs is too. What is she to do and in whom is she to confide?

This is a great tale for those who like spies, and all readers in general who want to escape everyday humdrums. This book is clean and I like it even more for that. I received a copy for an honest review.

The link:

http://www.amazon.com/Window-Death-Time-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B01DOE9KTK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1459888370&sr=1-1&keywords=Window+of+death

The {Re}Model Marriage… Really???

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016
 

Title: The {Re}Model Marriage
Series: Romance Renovations
Author: Maria Hoagland
Publisher: Red Leaves Press
Genre(s): Sweet Romance, Family Life, Women’s Fiction, Clean Gentle Read
Vendors: Will be available in paperback and all ebook platforms.
Release Date: March 29, 2016

Book Description:

From the outside, Kirk and Jamie appear to have a beautiful home and the perfect marriage. Inside, the aging Craftsman is falling apart, their marriage is crumbling from neglect, and Jamie Royce wants out! Kirk, on the other hand, isn’t ready to give up on either the house or their relationship.

With their divorce scheduled for the day after their daughter’s high school graduation, Jamie and Kirk have to fix the home’s problems to lift their selling price out of the basement. Working to renovate the home together, they discover secrets—in the home, in their marriage, and in the fertility clinic that helped give them their daughter—and find themselves questioning what true love really is.

About Maria Hoagland:

When Maria Hoagland is not working at her computer, she can be found combing used furniture stores, remodeling houses with her husband, or sitting on the sideline of a son’s soccer game. She loves crunching leaves in the fall, stealing cookie dough from the mixing bowl, and listening to musicals on her iPod. While she appreciates the home office she shares with her husband, Maria’s favorite writing places are outdoors where there is sunlight and no internet. She and her husband and their children have lived in Idaho, Missouri, Ohio, Utah, and in six Texas cities.
Maria Hoagland has several published works including The {Re}Model Marriage, Home for the Holidays, Nourish & Strengthen, Family Size, and Whitney Award finalist, Still Time. Her prize-winning poems and short stories have been published in small magazines. Maria Hoagland earned a degree in English at Brigham Young University.

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Connect with Maria Hoagland:
To learn more about The {Re}Model Marriage and author Maria Hoagland, find her at the following places:
Website: mariahoagland.com
Mailing List (with free ebook): mariahoagland.com
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Pinterest: Maria Hoagland–The {Re}Model Marriage Inspiration Board
Renovation Blog: RomanceRenovations.blogspot.com

Can the Heart change???

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

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Micah leaned his hip against the cabinet, tucking his thumbs into his pockets. “Why don’t you have a boyfriend?”

Heat filled my face at his assumption. I opened the freezer compartment and looked inside. “What makes you think I don’t?” Two empty ice trays sat on a small shelf. I grabbed them so I could hide my embarrassment. I felt unworthy of love. Being dumped by David had been hard on my ego.

“It doesn’t really make sense because you’re so pretty, but if you’d had one, he would be here helping you instead of me.”

Even his compliment couldn’t cool the heat of the blush in my face. I twisted the cold-water faucet open, holding the tray beneath the stream, and listened to the clanking and groaning the pipes produced along with the water. “Why don’t I have a boyfriend? (more…)