Friday, March 27, 2015

Blog Tour - Newbie



?Newbie by Jo Noelle The housing market is crashing, and Sophie’s life is crashing with it. At twenty-four, her successful real estate career evaporates. She’s broke, can’t find a job, or pay her bills, leaving Sophie wondering how her successful lifestyle became so fragile. At the urging of her roommate, Sophie accepts a job in her fallback career—teaching six-year-olds. She hopes it’s temporary. After all, how long can a tanking economy last anyway? The best part of the new job is Liam, another employee at Rio Grande Elementary. The worst part of the new job is, well, teaching. Sophie has a surprise real estate closing from a contract she wrote months ago, leading her to a niche in the real estate market and to a new partner, Kevin. Sophie must choose between Liam or Kevin and between a lucrative career or recess duty.




 


Praise for Newbie Loved this story. I thought it was crisp and funny. Sophie has a great character arch as she goes from the Real Estate world to a classroom of 1st graders. Love Liam. He is a nice breath of fresh air. He and Sophie's interactions kept me laughing and wanting more. I HIGHLY recommend this novel! ~ Author Sherry Gammon 

In recent years I've become addicted to Sophie Kinsella's books. This book reminded me of hers, only cleaner, which I appreciated! It was sweet and witty. Definitely had me laughing out loud. Loved the ending :) ~Goodreads Review 

I loved this book! I especially have a tender spot for books with children in them and this story about Sophie being "forced" to teach when the real estate market does so poorly captured my heart. The characters were warm and lovable, the story was fun and I enjoyed every minute of the book. ~Phyllis 

I loved NEWBIE. Sophie's inner thoughts are a delight. She just makes me smile. Her journey as a newbie teacher is real and touching. ~Donna Weaver

My review: I loved this book! I thought that Sophie was a really great written character, it almost seemed as though she was someone that I could know. She was in real estate, but things just weren't working anymore that way, so she fell back on what she had gone to school for, teaching. Even though being a teacher was almost forced on her and she wasn't sure that she would like it, she made the best of it - falling in love with her sweet first graders almost instantly. I love that Sophie seems to be down to earth, not really caring about all of the worldly things that she used to be able to afford as a real estate agent, but can't as a teacher. I really loved her love interest in this book too, Liam is down to earth and a bit mysterious, perfect for the bubbly Sophie. This book is a cute, clean, contemporary romance that you won't want to put down! I do have to ask though, what happened to Sophie and Liam????

Jo NoelleAuthor Jo Noelle Jo Noelle grew up in Colorado and Utah but also spent time in Idaho and California. She has two adult children and three small kids. She teaches teachers and students about reading and writing, grows freakishly large tomatoes, enjoys cooking especially for desserts, builds furniture, sews beautiful dresses, and likes to go hiking in the nearby mountains. Oh, and by the way, she’s two people— Canda Mortensen and Deanna Henderson, a mother/daughter writing team. They began writing separately several years ago but found the process much more fun when they started collaborating. They are debut authors, with Lexi’s Pathetic Fictional Love Life as their first completed work. Other titles include Newbie and Damnation. Deanna attended college before marrying and starting her family. Canda received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Reading Specialist endorsement, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Her day job focuses on teaching teachers and children about literacy.


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Loving Helen

About the book: From Amazon Top 100 Regency Romance author, Michele Paige Holmes, comes LOVING HELEN, a regency romance from the Hearthfire Romance series. Revisit the characters from SAVING GRACE in this story of Grace’s shy, younger sister. 

Eighteen-year-old Helen Thatcher grew up under the protection of her older siblings, Grace and Christopher. Living in their shadows and keeping to herself suited Helen just fine—until she met widower Samuel Preston. Watching Mr. Preston care for his young daughter and seeing his concern extend to her own family, Helen felt her reserve slipping away, as she learned first to trust him and then realized she had fallen in love with him. But instead of returning—or even noticing her affection—Mr. Preston developed his own tender, and unrequited feelings, for Grace. 

In the midst of each silently nursing their broken hearts, Helen and Samuel are faced with a daunting task—reuniting Grace with her fiancĂ©, Nicholas Sutherland. Now it is Helen who must look out for her sister and sacrifice her own fragile heart, as she and Samuel pretend to be engaged. Helen finds the role surprisingly easy to play, allowing herself to imagine that Samuel’s loving remarks are sincere. As the time for their charade to end draws near Helen must summon her courage and tell Samuel the truth of her feelings, or risk losing him forever.

My review: I really enjoyed this book! I love books written about the Regency Era and this one was really well done. I loved the shy Helen, I thought that her character was especially well done. I felt sad for her as she was trying to catch the attention of Mr Preston, but it didn't really seem to work. I loved that she was able to create a friendship with his sweet daughter, Beth, and the way that the two seemed to light up each other's worlds. 

It was really fun to me how this book kind of tells the other side of the story from Saving Grace. The two books happen during the same time period. It kind of seemed as though this book was the behind the scenes look for that one. I thought the plot was great and I was happy with the ending. Now I just want to know, what happens to the two sisters and most especially with their brother Christopher?

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

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Blog Tour - Summer Campaign



About the book:Miss Onyx Hamilton is about to make what everyone agrees is a perfect marriage—until handsome Major Jack Beresford comes galloping into her life. But with his fortune and connections, Onyx knows he’d never ask for her hand, would he? New and longtime fans alike will relish this delightful romance from Carla Kelly. Charming, sweet, and full of fun, it’s simply impossible to stop reading.

My review: This book was awesome! I loved Onyx, I loved the way that she was a strong woman, full of pluck and courage. She didn't want to marry Andrew Littletree, but knew that she really had no choice. She was an illegitimate baby, brought up by a pastor who had died, left with his widow and her new husband. I didn't like the way that Andrew Littletree treated her, he seemed to look down on her and acted like he was way better than she was. I was glad to see Jack Beresford come into her life in the stormy way that he did. I also thought it was great that he kept his wealth from Onyx at the beginning of their relationship. It left her feeling as though he really could care for her, but it complicated things later. The plot was great, keeping you interested until the very end. I thought the ending was great too, and I was thrilled that it was clean. This is one of those books that you don't want to put down until it's finished. 

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

About the authorCarla Kelly is a veteran of the New York and international publishing world. The author of more than thirty novels and novellas for Donald I. Fine Co., Signet, and Harlequin, Carla is the recipient of two Rita Awards (think Oscars for romance writing) from Romance Writers of America and two Spur Awards (think Oscars for western fiction) from Western Writers of America. She is also a recipient of a Whitney Award for Borrowed Light and My Loving Vigil Keeping.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Eve: In the Beginning

About the book: The first love story on earth... Haunting... Lyrical... Unforgettable...

In a world where everything is perfect, yet the same day after day, Eve must decide if she wants to live forever in the garden with Adam and never know what lies beyond the walls. When she makes a choice with terrible consequences, the pain of mortality is swift. As she and Adam explore their new world, and her body changes, Eve discovers the sweetness of first love with the man who has always been at her side.

My Review: Wow, I have never thought of the story of Adam and Eve in this way before! I loved this book! I loved the way that Adam and Eve are portrayed. This book takes Adam and Eve from their beloved home in the Garden of Eden, through their fall and into the wilderness, cut off from the God they once were on intimate terms with. 

I liked that the book showed some of both Adam's and Eve's views, during and after their time in the Garden. I loved that it made me think more about Adam and Eve and wonder about how they would have spent their time in the Garden and how they would have adapted after they were removed from it. I liked that it showed Eve after their fall, and she felt...powerless really. Adam is injured and she has no idea how to help him or even how to care for herself in the situation. She ends up basically forced to take help from Lucifer, whether she wants to or not. It left me thinking about the strength of this amazing first mother of ours.

The characters were great, I found myself rooting for Adam and Eve as they were learning new skills after their removal from the garden. I thought that H B Moore did a great job with the character of Lucifer as well, he is a bit mysterious, and a bit creepy all at the same time. I can see how Eve was drawn to him, but also repulsed at the same time.

This book has a great plot that will leave you wanting more! H B Moore is really a master at this kind of historical fiction writing, this whole book was amazing. Don't miss it!

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

Monday, March 23, 2015

Blog Tour - House Divided

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House Divided There is a law irrevocably decreed in the state of Alabama that you must choose a team. You're either an Auburn fan or an Alabama Fan. There is no fence sitting or waffling. It’s one or the other. However, it doesn't mean that you can’t fall in love with someone from the opposing side. They even have a name for it ... House Divided. Ellie Eaton and Brady Jackson were just such a couple, but unfortunately they were separated by more than just their loyalty to a university. Against the odds and against the rules, Ellie and Brady dove right into the forbidden current of friendship and then love. Their sweet, innocent romance was one for the storybooks, but old rules and family prejudices ultimately tore them apart, just as they were each ready to depart to their beloved universities, Ellie to Auburn and Brady to Alabama. But years later, when near tragedy strikes, they're brought together again and given a second chance at love, this time with help from some very unlikely sources. House Divided is a sweet romance filled with southern charm, a dash of humor and, for good measure, a pinch of lies and intrigue.

Praise for the Book "House Divided was one of those books that made me want to ignore my children, my to-do list, my need for food, and pretty much anything else that would keep me from reading. Jennifer Peel has a real gift for depicting first love, heartbreak, and hope." "A tender, soft, story that truly is a gem to read." "Ms. Peel has created a story that stands as a tribute to true southern gentility, it's foibles and strengths. Truly a beautiful read that gives heart and meaning to true devotion. She truly knows how to weave a story that has beauty and true southern charm."  

My review: Wow, I really loved this book! I loved both the young Ellie Eaton and the grown up one. Her romance with Brady Jackson, the forbidden young man, was both sweet and fairy-tale like. Even though both her aunt who had raised her as her own child and his parents were not happy about the young couple, but they didn't care. Until his father gets sick and Jackson bows to the will of his family. I loved that they were given a second chance years later when they had both graduated from their respective colleges. Life had changed things for both of them, Ellie, now Elle, is a successful author who refuses to set foot in their little town even to visit her aunt. Brady, whose NFL aspirations were killed with one wild hit in his final game for Alabama, now is working in his family's bank. 

I loved the characters in this book, Ellie or Elle is just trying to do her best and not get sucked back into Brady's life only to be kicked out again. Brady is doing his best to show her that there is no way that that will ever happen, but she just can't trust that. I loved the plot, I loved that there were secrets in this book that I didn't find out until the very end. It certainly kept me guessing. The ending was cute and sweet and left me wishing that it didn't have to end. Jennifer Peel is a master at writing clean romance, I'm definitely going to have to be looking for more books by Jennifer Peel to read really soon!


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Jennifer Peel HeadshotAuthor Jennifer Peel I'm a Colorado native who currently calls Alabama home. I'm the mother of three amazing children who have grown up way too fast. I enjoy the mountains, vacations at the beach, date night with my husband, late night talks with my kiddos, touring model homes, and pink bubblegum ice cream. I grew up on the Western Slope in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. I learned to love the beauty of the outdoors, but not camping--unless staying overnight at the Marriott counts. I met my husband while living in Denver and then several years later we traded the beauty and majesty of the Colorado Rocky Mountains for the art and culture of Chicago, Illinois. My family and I enjoyed living near this world class city, despite the crazy cold winters, but new adventures awaited in Northern Alabama--just six hours away from Orange Beach, Alabama. These three magical places (the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Chicago, and Orange Beach) are the inspired locations used in several of my books.

Jennifer Peel  


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Friday, March 20, 2015

Blog Tour - Maximus

About the book: Maximus has never known peace. In command of one of Rome's finest legions, he and his closest friend, Androcles, have fought side by side to uphold the glory of the empire.

But at the end of a long and bloody campaign, Maximus begins to question his purpose, his past, and the gods he has been taught to believe in.

When word reaches Rome of a man named Jesus who is causing a stir in faraway Judaea, Maximus and Androcles are sent, disguised as Jews, to ascertain the truth of the situation: Is this Jesus merely a radical preacher, or is he instigating a revolution against Rome?

As Maximus immerses himself in Jewish culture, he must confront questions that could change his life: Is it possible this carpenter from Nazareth is the Son of God? Is it possible for a man of war to live a life of peace?

"This is a powerful novel on a grand scale with some of the great Biblical epics of the past. Sweeping motivations and grueling battles, both emotional and physical, fill its pages. It brings into focus the political background surrounding the life of Jesus Christ and introduces the moral dilemma facing those who choose to follow Him."

"Though nothing in this story identifies it as specifically LDS, it follows in well-researched detail the significant events of the last few months before the crucifixion as viewed by humble peasants and powerful leaders. Those studying the New Testament as the Sunday School course of study this year will benefit greatly from reading Maximus. Not only is it a marvelous glimpse of history’s most significant event, but it is a rich and satisfying adventure filled with intrigue and a touch of romance." -Jennie Hansen, Meridian Magazine

My review: I had a bit of a hard time getting into this story at the very beginning, but once I was able to I really loved it. Maximus is a truly complex character. He's a Roman soldier, but he's having a hard time believing all of the traditions and especially the Gods of the Romans. He and his best friend/adopted brother Androcles are asked to go to Jerusalem and discover whether this man that is stirring up the Jewish Sanhedrin is a cause for concern for Rome. They are asked to go as spies, making themselves to look and act as the Jews do. They had planned for this part to be a bit uncomfortable, as Jewish and Roman customs were completely different. They didn't plan for both men to fall in love with Jewish life and most especially not to have their whole lives to change.

This book is full of great characters, and the plot is great as well. It kept my interest and left me wondering about the rest of Maximus' life after he has finished his task for Rome. I didn't feel that the ending really ended a whole lot, for me it left a lot of unanswered question about the lives of the fictional characters. It left me hoping for another volume explaining what happened to them. I enjoyed "seeing" the last week of Jesus' life through Maximus' eyes, it really helped me to visualize the things that the scriptures talk about. This is one book that you won't want to miss!

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

About the author: Richard L. Black is a family man and a devout follower of Jesus Christ. He attended California State University, Long Beach, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in finance and discovered his passion for writing. His professional background ranges from his work as an institutional stock trader to his work with a major software corporation closely associated with the Department of Defense and the intelligence community. Richard grew up in San Diego, California. He and his wife of thirty-nine years, Marian Anne Johnsen Black, are the parents of eight children and grandparents of three. Richard enjoys traveling, swimming in the ocean, playing the guitar, and working on cars with his four sons.

Purchase Link: Amazon

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Courtships of the Prophets Quiz

Covenant has a new book coming out called Courtships of the Prophets, it looks pretty great. Something I think is really cool is that they have a quiz that goes along with it. This quiz was hard, I think there were 11 questions and I only got 4 of them right. Make sure you check it out! 

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"One evening ... I was standing on Thatcher's Main Street, waiting for the jitney bus, when Spencer Kimball came along. He introduced himself and ... we sat together on the bus and discussed Shakespeare and similar highbrow subjects, each hoping to impress the other." —Camilla Kimball
It's an age-old story: boy meets girl, love blossoms, and they live happily ever after. Nowhere is this timeless tale more beautifully depicted than in the lives of the Presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Courtships of the Prophets allows readers a captivating look into some of the most cherished memories of the prophets—the earliest moments of romances that endured a lifetime. From the sweet recollections of first encounters to the tender love letters of youth, this volume portrays the histories of some of our latter-day prophets as never before in a heartwarming collection of reminiscences that truly evokes the magic of happy endings.