Friday, January 30, 2015

Blog Tour - 52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family


About the book: Arm your children against the fiery darts of the adversary. These small and simple daily devotionals will help them make good decisions and strengthen their testimonies. Designed to get your family studying the scriptures, this book includes a new theme for each week and new scriptures, quotes, and questions for each day so you can discuss the gospel together. Quick and easy, this book will help keep your family close to the Spirit.

My review: This book is a great idea! It's set up with a weekly topic, things such as kindness, charity, happiness, honesty. Then each day there is a thought along with a scripture that can be read. I love how it's set up so that you can expand on the topics for your family home evening lessons too. This is such a great idea. I've been using it along with our morning family prayer before our kids head out the door to school. I really like that the topics are something that our family has been needing help with. This is a great book, make sure to check it out!

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: Nicole Carpenter is an advocate for strong families. She believes in focusing first on strengthening mothers so they can fortify their children. Nicole is a mentor, speaker and founder of MOMentity.com, a blog and online community for mothers, reaching out to moms in over 7 different countries. She is the creator of the Define Your Time™ time-management e-course and the Mothers of Magnitude Academy. Nicole’s parenting column publishes regularly on KSL.com and has been syndicated in several other online news sources. Nicole graduated with a B.A. degree in Public Relations from Weber State University, where she also met her husband, Marty. They reside in Syracuse, Utah and are raising four incredible children, including a set of identical twins. And — to make it all happen — she may or may not rely on Diet Dr Pepper and chocolate-covered toffee hidden in the fridge.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Check out this great new book set and recipe too!

Here's a fun new, romantic anthology. I've read books written by several of these authors, and I'm way excited for it to be released this weekend! You can even pre-order the book right now. Check it out! Don't forget to scroll down for the yummy recipe.


In honor of the angels in Of Love & Magic, Christina Dymock with Hungry Family has created an amazing chocolate angel cake recipe. I can't wait to try it out.


Chocolate Angel Food Cake

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup egg whites (10-12 large eggs)
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup flour
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 ounces milk chocolate, shredded
2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions

Place the egg whites and cream of tartar in a metal mixing bowl. Beat until stiff peaks form and the whites are glossy. Add the vanilla and beat well.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, powdered sugar, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and shredded chocolate. Fold 1/2 cup of the powdered mixture into the egg whites. Repeat until all the flour mixture is incorporated into the eggs.
Pour batter into a non-stick angel food cake or bunt cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 -35 minutes or until cake springs back. Run a knife around the edge of the pan and invert the pan onto a funnel or cup and allow to cool for 2 hours. Remove the cake from the pan and serve with fresh whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Blog Tour - Embark

About the cd: An ideal talk that supports the new 2015 Mutual theme!

In this motivating talk related to the 2015 youth theme, John Bytheway explains what it means to truly embark — to get fully on board in the service of God with all your heart, might, mind, and strength. Using scriptures, powerful stories, and his characteristic humor, John explains that with the Savior's help, we can remain on board and eventually stand blameless before God at the last day.

My review: This is a great talk on the new theme for the youth. I love the way that John Bytheway talks, he is really easy and fun to listen to. He not only has great jokes, but he's able to relate them to the hard things that the youth are going through. I love how he references prior conference talks and also the scriptures. There is a part where he talks about Alma the Younger that was particularly insightful. I loved how he talks to the youth about "staying on the train." This CD is great for youth or really anyone who would like to Embark in the service of our God.

I was sent a copy of this CD in exchange for an honest review.

Product link: Deseret Book, also available as an MP3 download.

About the author: John Bytheway served a mission to the Philippines and later graduated from Brigham Young University. He has a master’s degree in religious education and is a part-time instructor at the BYU Salt Lake Center. John is the author of many bestselling books, audio talks, and DVDs, including How to Be an Extraordinary Teen; Life Rocks; and his first children’s picture book, The Sacrament. He and his wife, Kimberly, have six children.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Timeless Romance Anthology: All Regency Collection

About the book: Amazon #1 Bestselling series in *New Release* for Clean Romance 

Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: All Regency Collection. Readers will love this collection of six regency romance novellas. 

In THE WEDDING GIFT: A PRIDE AND PREJUDICE STORY, an enchanting novella by Anna Elliott, the story opens two weeks before Elizabeth Bennet’s wedding to Mr. Darcy. He has given her the perfect wedding gift, and now she must come up with one for him. But what do you give a man who has everything? Elizabeth soon discovers that the gift of love is more important than any one thing. 

DREAM OF A GLORIOUS SEASON, a sweet novella by Sarah M. Eden, we meet Elizabeth Gillerford who envies her sister only one thing—that she’s been intended for Julian Broadwood since they were children. The trouble is that Elizabeth is hopelessly in love with Julian too. When Julian discovers that Elizabeth has been denied a Season because her older sister is yet unwed, he undertakes his own stealthy measures to introduce her to society, only to find himself falling in love with her himself. 

In THE MENDER, a captivating story by Carla Kelly, Thankful Winnings takes a sea voyage with her cousin on the Ann Alexander, in a last adventure before she settles down to marry one of her beaus. Unexpectedly they come upon the aftermath of a fierce ship battle, and Thankful is commissioned to help in the place of an injured surgeon on one of the Royal Navy ships. Adam Farnsworth, surgeon, has been at sea for years. Tired of war, but devoted to his post, it takes a resourceful lady such as Thankful to give him the hope of love and help heal his own wounds, the ones that show and the ones that don’t. 

In BEGIN AGAIN, a charming novella by Josi S. Kilpack, Regina Weathers gives up on marrying for love the day that Ross Martin walks out of her life. Now, fifteen years later, Ross shows up at a ball and thinks he can woo Regina. But she is set on her lonely path and stitched-up heart, no matter the excuse Ross gives for his years of silence and neglect. When Ross insists he wrote many letters during his military years, Regina discovers a secret long-since buried by her father, and the revelation might be enough to thaw the coldness of her heart. 

In Annette Lyon’s endearing story, THE AFFAIR AT WILDEMOORE, Mrs. Ellen Stanhope escorts her three daughters to a ball. As her oldest flirts with a beau, Ellen is reminded of her courtship and early years of marriage with Anthony, before tragedy struck with the death of their infant son. The marriage has faded and dulled. Not until she sees Anthony dancing with a woman he courted years before does Ellen realize how much she misses him, still loves him, and yearns for him to yet feel the same way for her. 

In the delightful novella, THE DUKE’S BROTHER, by Heather B. Moore, Mr. Gregory Clark is having an awful day, and it only gets worse when he’s ran over by … a woman. Mabel Russell reluctantly visits her sister in London for the Season, even though she’d rather stay in the country cataloging insects and aphids. When she runs into Gregory Clark, quite literally, she’s afraid to show any interest, especially since he’s a member of the dreaded ton. But getting to know Gregory becomes an unexpected delight. 

My review: I think this is my favorite Timeless Romance anthology yet! I loved every one of these regency romances. It's hard to pick favorites, but I'll just talk about a few. I loved how The Wedding Gift was written, it seemed as though it had been written by Jane Austen herself. I thought that Elizabeth Bennett was as well done as the original. I also loved how original the plot was. The Affair at Wildemoore is another one that I'd like to take a minute to talk about, because the romance in this one was something you don't usually see. It is the romance of a husband and wife, they've let life get in the way of their love and need to be able to get back to being the newlywed type love. It was such a great story as well. Josi Kilpack's Begin Again made me super excited to read her full length regency romance that will be coming out this spring, it had great story line, and characters. Check this one out, especially if you love clean regency romances!

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Shadow Throne

About the book:War has come to Carthya. It knocks at every door and window in the land. And when Jaron learns that King Vargan of Avenia has kidnapped Imogen in a plot to bring Carthya to its knees, Jaron knows it is up to him to embark on a daring rescue mission. But everything that can go wrong does.

His friends are flung far and wide across Carthya and its neighbouring lands. In a last-ditch effort to stave off what looks to be a devastating loss for the kingdom, Jaron undertakes what may be his last journey to save everything and everyone he loves. But even with his lightning-quick wit, Jaron cannot forestall the terrible danger that descends on him and his country. Along the way, will he lose what matters most? And in the end, who will sit on Carthya's throne?

Rousing and affecting, Jaron's adventures have thrilled and moved readers in The False Prince and The Runaway King. Journey once again with the Ascendant King of Carthya, as New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen brings his story to a stunning conclusion with The Shadow Throne. 

My review: Wow! I loved this book. I have loved reading about Jaron and all of his adventures in Carthya, he is such a great character. I have loved watching him grow from a naughty boy to a man in this series. I love the way that you see things through his eyes, but Jennifer Nielsen is always able to hide a few surprises from the reader for the ending. This book is full of action and adventure. There is war, pirates, sneaky tricks by King Jaron as well as treachery and cunning. The plot is fast paced and interesting and I loved the ending. This is one you won't want to miss! This is a really great book to have be the end of the series. Make sure to read the other two books first or you will be completely lost. I am so sad to see this series ending, but I know that anything else that she writes will be amazing. 

I was able to borrow this book from my local library.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Blog Tour - Wedding Cake

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Wedding CakeWedding Cake by Josi Kilpack After years of mysteries, murder, and mayhem, the big day has arrived, and Sadie wants nothing more than for her wedding to Pete to be completely uneventful. When she receives a threatening, anonymous text message just days before the ceremony, she's determined not to let it interfere with the celebration she has carefully planned for months. But as the threat escalates from a distant fear to a frightening reality, Sadie realizes just how much she's underestimated the situation. Desperate to put an end to the games, lies, and manipulation that has shadowed her life, Sadie, her fiance, Pete, and her children pull out all the stops. What they don't know, however, is just how far Sadie's nemesis is willing to go to make good on the threat she made to Sadie three years ago. Will the wedding go off without a hitch, or will "'til death do us part" come far too soon? There's no turning back for anyone in the riveting conclusion to this twelve-volume culinary mystery series.


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My review: This book was bitter-sweet for me. I have loved reading Sadie's adventures and her recipes. I've loved "being a part" of her life. But even the best things can't last forever and I knew that eventually Sadie's adventures would end, and now the time has come. I loved everything about this book. I loved that Sadie was Sadie, spunky and determined not to let her and Pete's special day get ruined, even going to the point of putting herself in danger several times. I loved that she worked so hard to figure out just where the threat against her was coming from, but she also knew when to stop and back off to protect those she loved. I loved that all of the characters that I have loved through the series were able to come back one last time to kind of pay tribute to Sadie and Pete as they get married. The plot of this one is great, just like all of the others, you won't want to miss reading any of it, and you won't want to put it down until you get to the very last word. I must warn you though, if you haven't read the others you're going to be really confused, so make sure that you've read them all. 

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

JosiAuthor Josi S. Kilpack 
Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and accredits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and never stopped. Her novel, Sheep’s Clothing won the Whitney Award 2007 for Mystery/Suspense. Lemon Tart, the first book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series was a finalist in 2009. Josi currently lives in Willard Utah with her husband, children and super-cute cat.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Blog Tour - Betrayed Review and Giveaway


About the book: 1851: Niagara Falls, New York

The evidence has been well hidden—the Thayers were confident that it was safe from the clutches of the ruthless Murphy Gang. But is has all been in vain. The lawless group is closing in on the family homestead, and seven-year-old Penny is given only one instruction: Run.
After two long years eagerly anticipating her fiance's return, twenty-year-old Julia Barrett is ready to make a fresh start with Adam Wolcott—even if it means putting her dream of traveling west with the Mormons on hold. But when Adam's return is overshadowed by the unexpected arrival of a young orphan girl in desperate need of help, Julia is drawn into a dangerous mystery that will threaten all she holds dear.

Charged with the protection of little Penny, Julia quickly finds herself relying on the help of Tom Harrison, an endearing young man who has long admired her from afar. Torn between two suitors, Julia soon uncovers a shocking trail of corruption and deceit—a discovery that pulls her inescapably into the race to locate telling evidence that Penny's family gave their lives to protect.

My review: Penny and her family are happily living their lives, when one night their home is invaded. Penny's mother sends her to the woods to hide and the rest of the family is killed, leaving Penny alone in the world, being hunted by some of the very people that should protect her. Meanwhile, Julia has been waiting for her fiance, Adam, to return for two long years, but when he does things feel a bit off for her. It doesn't help that Tom Harrison has arrived in town bringing word of Julia's brother Jame's death. Julia has dreamed of a young girl that she must protect and when Penny arrives at their home she knows that she is the girl. But just who does she need protection from? 

I really enjoyed reading this book. I enjoyed Julia, she is kind of conflicted through the book, she knows that she has intended to marry Adam, but then there's Tom Harrison. Not to mention that her parents are going to be headed West with the Mormon Church and she knows that Adam won't be. I also liked that she and Penny both had dreams about things and those dreams proved to be prophetic, even though they were a woman and a child respectively. I felt really sad for Penny, her whole family murdered, and knowing that the killers are coming for her next. Julia's family was great too, but I had to admit that I didn't trust Adam, it kind of seemed as though he was trying to take Julia away from her family the whole book. I was really not expecting the ending and just who was after Penny and her family, wow, that took me by surprise! This book is full of suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat until you've read the very last word.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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January 19: http://www.iamareader.com/, http://www.blogginboutbooks.com/
January 20: http://ilovetoreadandreviewbooks.blogspot.com/,http://www.charissastastny.com/
January 21: http://mybookaday.blogspot.com/, http://ldsandlovinit.blogspot.com/, and http://katiescleanbookcollection.blogspot.com/
January 22: http://www.bonnieharris.blogspot.com/, http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/ 
January 23: http://minreadsandreviews.blogspot.com/, http://www.ldswomensbookreview.com/wordpress/, and http://www.wishfulendings.com/

January 24: http://gettingyourreadonaimeebrown.blogspot.com/, http://www.rockinbookreviews.com/

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