Monday, October 20, 2014

Blog Tour- Painting Kisses


About the book: Lia Carswell is good at what she does—even if it isn't as glamorous as her old artist life in Manhattan. The popular waitress works hard in a small Salt Lake City diner, with the goal of easing her sister's financial strain. And with her witty personality and good looks, she's something of an enigma to the male customers who vie for her attention. Ever the professional, Lia keeps her distance—with one exception. Aidan is a breakfast regular, and his gentle, clever teasing draws Lia's attention and builds an easy rapport between them, though Lia would never let their relationship get serious—especially since he's not the only one trying to catch her eye. Her handsome neighbor Griff has been hinting that he wants more than a neighborly relationship.

Then her old New York artist life comes knocking, and an offer is made for a series of commissioned paintings. Lia knows it would ensure financial security for her family, but she doesn't know if she wants that life anymore. When she undertakes on final project, she reawakens her heart and soul. And as she finds herself falling in love and needing an outlet more and more, she realizes her paintings might be her saving grace.

My review: Melanie Jacobson is one of the best LDS contemporary romance authors out there. Her books are fresh, fun and usually humorous. This book is just as great as her other books that I've read. The characters are amazing, I really loved Lia. She's had plenty of heart ache, but she's working way hard to help out her sister and her young daughter Chloe. I love that you can tell just how much Lia loves Chloe, she's always trying to do something to better her life. I love how she works hard as a waitress, even though she's been an amazing artist and can basically charge anything she wants for her paintings. It was really neat to see Lia overcome the heart aches that she had been facing by starting to paint again, even though she felt that she would lose herself completely in her painting. I love how she banters with Aidan, a regular customer of the diner, so fun! I also really liked the unassuming neighbor Griff. This book is full of great characters, sweet romance and some humor. I highly recommend this and any of Melanie Jacobson's books if you want to read a sweet, clean, fun romance!

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

Check out the other stops on this blog tour:

Painting Kisses Blog Tour: 
October  20th-25th:
*20th: http://mybookaday.blogspot.com/, http://www.iamareader.com/
*21st: http://ilovetoreadandreviewbooks.blogspot.com,  http://www.rockinbookreviews.com/
*22nd: http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/, http://www.minreadsandreviews.blogspot.com/
*23nd: http://fireandicereads.com/, http://www.blogginboutbooks.com/
*24rd: http://littlelightdesigncollective.com/, http://www.charissastastny.com/
*25th: http://www.wishfulendings.com/

You can buy your own copy at Deseret Book, online and in stores

About the author: Melanie Bennett Jacobson is an avid reader, amateur cook, and champion shopper. She consumes astonishing amounts of chocolate, chick flicks, and books. After meeting her own husband on the Internet, she is now living happily married in Southern California with her growing family and a series of doomed potted herbs.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Blog Tour - It's Better To Look Up

About the book: We all love to be taught with stories. The Savior shared many in his ministry, and His prophets and other Church leaders have often emulated that great example. Gospel lessons come alive when they are presented in this way.

It Is Better to Look Up gathers more than fifty of the most memorable personal experiences shared in general conference over the years and pairs them with stunning photographic images. The result is an irresistible volume filled with remarkable true accounts of God's hand in our lives.

You'll love browsing through such gems as "In Harm's Way," by President Thomas S. Monson; "Man Down!" by President Henry B. Eyring; "Lift Where You Stand," by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf; "You Stupid Cow!" by Elder Mervyn B. Arnold; "Worldly Promises," by Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson; and dozens more. These short pieces are perfect for a quick moment of inspiration in a class, a home evening, or personal devotional time. Each one is presented with a scripture to complement the gospel message.

Featuring stories from every member of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve, plus many additional leaders past and present, this beautifully illustrated book will soon become a family favorite and a precious keepsake.

My Review: This is a really beautiful book filled with amazing pictures and great stories from many General Conferences. I loved how many of these stories were familiar. This will be an amazing thing to be able to use for Family Home Evenings. Not only is there a picture and story, but there's also a scripture for each of them. So if you have forgotten that it's FHE night and didn't plan anything, grab this beautiful book and you're all set!

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

You can buy your own copy at Deseret Book, online and in stores

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Saints and Soldiers: The Void Giveaway


Available on DVD October 14th

About the DVD: Germany, May 1945, the twilight of World War II. On a final mission deep in the Harz mountains, a U.S. tank crew discovers a platoon of Germans, including three infamous Panzer tanks, preparing to ambush allied supply trucks.

Before the war, private Jesse Owens was a product of segregation and racial discrimination, forced by law to ride in the back of the bus and disenfranchised from the political process. As the Germans bear down on the Americans, Owens fights the Axis powers for a freedom he and his fellow African American soldiers have never felt.

With a deadly game of cat and mouse quickly unfolding, Owens and his predominantly white tank crew find themselves out-gunned and out-manned by the German Panzer tanks. Several in Owens's crew are reluctant to put their faith in a black tank driver despite their dire circumstances. With tension and fear beginning to manifest, Owens knows they must put aside their differences to stop the enemy from achieving their deadly plan. Knowing that a victory over the Nazis means a victory for racial justice, Owens and his men find a way to work together to save hundreds of lives in a desperate battle against the greatest odds they have ever faced.

Special Features

Audio Commentary
Danny Boy Music Video by Alex Boye
Roundtable Discussion with the Filmmakers and Actors
Exclusive World of Tanks Content

Links: Website - Twitter - Instagram - Facebook

Buy your copy at Deseret Book, online and in stores

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Blog Tour - Cinder and Ella




About the book: It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder. 
… 
Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancĂ©e—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.

Purchase Link: Amazon

My review: There are several things I really liked about this book. I really liked the story line, I could tell from the first chapter that this story was going to be amazing and it really was. I really liked the characters, especially Ella. I loved how she seemed real to me, I found myself getting pretty annoyed at the way her step-sisters had everyone at school treating her. I really liked Cinder too, you can tell that Brian is supposed to be a pretty good guy, he's just caught up in the Hollywood lifestyle. I will say that there were many parts when I was reading in Brian's view that I was really uncomfortable with the language. There weren't any that made me stop reading, but I was pretty close, if I hadn't wanted to know how the story ended so bad I probably would have stopped. I think that Kelly Oram is a super talented author, I would read more books by her, I would just make sure I know what kind of language is included first.

About the author: Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen—a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat named Mr. Darcy.

Find out more about Kelly Oram





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Monday, October 13, 2014

Blog Tour - How Do I Know if I Know?

About the book: "Recently I read John Bytheway’s newest book, How Do I Know If I Know? I enjoyed it immensely; it is excellent—inspiring and extremely informative. As I read the last page my first thought was that I wanted to buy several copies for my children and grandchildren. It is a solid and substantive treatment of how to gain and retain a testimony. In a day when many of our brothers and sisters are wrestling with matters of faith and conviction, I am grateful to Brother Bytheway for writing this book. I predict that it will bless many, many lives, young and old."

-Robert L. Millet

It's spiritual gut-check time! The mission age has been lowered, and now more than ever, young people are asking themselves important questions:
How do I know if I really have a testimony?
Am I ready to serve a mission?
What does the Spirit feel like?
John Bytheway suggests that we "F.E.E.L." the truthfulness of the gospel through our feelings, our experiences, the many evidences we encounter, and our logical conclusions about how a loving God interacts with His children on the earth. Like gradually turning up a dimmer switch, understanding all the ways we F.E.E.L. our testimony will help it grow brighter.

As you read, you may discover that your testimony is stronger than you thought, and you'll also become more excited and motivated to let your light shine!

My review: I read this book last night in about an hour. I didn't want to put it down. I'm not teenager, the obvious target audience of this book, but I was able to learn an awful lot about my own testimony from this book. I LOVE the way John Bytheway rights, his style is easily readable with lots of quotes, and even a few jokes thrown in. I also really like how at the end of each chapter there are QR codes to talks that will shed more light on the subjects, such a great idea in this techie world. This is a great book for teenagers. My husband and I have been talking about how much more teenagers now need a strong testimony than we did when we were teens and this book will be a great help. I can't wait to pass it on to our own teenage daughter!

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.

Friday, October 10, 2014

In Plain Sight

About the book: Donte Noble has the life he's always dreamed of: a beautiful fiancee and a bright future as a doctor. But in a shattering turn of events, his future is ripped away. He is the number-one suspect in a murder case—and for everyone involved, including his fiancee, Donte is guilty until proven innocent. He's been framed. With the very real threat of conviction, he is left with no choice: he runs.

Living as a nomad, Donte crisscrosses the country, his new persona allowing him to hide in plain sight as he searches for an answer to his plight. That answer comes in the form of bestselling mystery writer Clive Granger, a man who believes the unbelievable—and as farfetched as Donte's story sounds, Clive is irrevocably drawn into the young man's quest to clear his name. As the ambitious duo embarks on their investigation, they begin to uncover a shocking trail of secrets, leading them to a killer who will stop at nothing to hide the truth...

My review: Clair Poulson is one of my very favorite mystery writers. His books are amazing. I love his characters, plot, and there is always an awesome twist at the end. This book is another great one. Donte is a really great character to be in the mind of. You can really sense his desperation to remain hidden so that he can't be arrested for a murder that he didn't commit. His sister Sara is great too, I love how hard she's had to work to help keep Donte hidden. Then there's Clive, a genuinely nice guy who happened to be able to help a man who appears to be down on his luck, and he's also a mystery novel writer and aspiring PI. I loved this book! The mystery was really well done, and I have to say I was really surprised at the end to find who the real murderer was. Oh and I forgot to mention there is also a touch of a sweet romance story thrown in to keep things interesting. And as always, this book is super clean. Make sure to check it out!

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

About the author: Clair M. Poulson retired after twenty years in law enforcement. During his career he served in the U.S. Military Police Corps, the Utah Highway Patrol, and the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Department, where he was first a deputy and the the county sheriff. He currently serves as a justice court judge for Duchesne County, a position he has held for nineteen years. His nearly forty-year career working in the criminal justice system has provided a wealth of material from which he draws in writing his books.

Clair has served on numerous boards and committees over the years. Among them are the Utah Judicial Council, and FBI advisory board, the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, the Utah Justice Court Board of Directors, and the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice.

Other interests include activity in the LDS Church, assisting his oldest son in operating their grocery store, ranching with his oldest son and other family members, and raising registered Missouri Fox Trotter horses.

Clair and his wife, Ruth, live in Duchesne and are the parents of five married children. They have twenty-two grandchildren.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bible Bands

About the book: Create fun, fashionable rubber band jewelry while strengthening and sharing your faith. Each design is associated with a Bible verse or story, such as 

A blue and white pattern to symbolize Christ's baptism 
Circles of color to link families through geneaology 
A heart design to remind you of God's love 
Letters that spell CTR to remind you to choose the right 
A multi-colored weave to match Joseph's coat of many colors 

Fun to make and wear, these bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings are a perfect project for your whole family to enjoy together. Wear them yourself or give them as gifts!

My review: I don't know about you, but our kids are really loving their rainbow loom! They make bracelets, necklaces, headbands, rings, little charms to put on their blinds, pretty much anything you can think of. Enter Bible Bands. I really think this is a fun book. It has all kinds of patterns for them to try, but they are all linked in some way to the Bible. I liked that each of the patterns explains some thing from the Bible, has a coordinating scripture and color photographs of exactly how to make the project. Each project also has a little something extra that you can make to match, so fun! Can't wait to see what our daughters do with this fun book!

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