Friday, August 28, 2015

Blog Tour - The Throne of David



About the book: When a secret letter is delivered 32 years after it is written, it throws the ascendancy of the British throne into question and sets in motion an alliance that will do anything to suppress the truth. The search for the rightful heir uncovers the existence of a sacred stone, lost for centuries, and destined to reveal the true king. This high-stakes thriller leads readers on a deadly chase around the world, following clues through ancient history and eventually exposes the truth about the Throne of David. A mind-blowing mystery with an ending you have to read to believe!

My review: This book caught my attention from the very beginning and I didn't want to put it down until I had read every last word. It begins with three school boys who want to open a locker. What they find is amazing, a mailbag missing for more than thirty years. One of the letters, when delivered, sets in motion danger, and adventure for American David Lord. He is called by a friend to find out just who could be the heir for the British throne, and that friend is killed before he's able to reveal anything to David. David must unlock the mystery of the letter on his own, and some of it from a different continent. Danger lurks around every corner for him and anyone that he has had contact with. Will he be able to figure out this mystery before he is killed?

The plot of this book is so great! I love the way the author went about it. It's great how David has to figure out a way to investigate women in American while he himself is in England. I love that there were almost two parallel story lines running as David went about investigating the stone in the British Isles and his employee went about investigating in America. 

I love that there was a touch of romance to this one, but that's not what the whole book is about. It's a clean book, filled with mystery and suspense. The ending was amazing. I didn't see it coming at all. And neither did any of the characters. So great! Make sure you pick up a copy of this great book!

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

About the author: I have always been a voracious reader and sometime writer even while raising a large family of 10 children.  In fact, reading allowed me to escape for a few minutes (or longer) during the day while staying connected to the needs of our family.

Our youngest is now ten and the stories that have been stewing inside my head as I washed dishes, cooked dinner and helped with homework these last 25 years are bubbling up and out of my fingertips. My favorite books to read are Da Vinci Code, Pride and Prejudice, the scriptures, any of the Harry Potter books and of course, Good Night Moon.

It is said that about 80% of us feel we have a book we’d like to write. If I can do it, anyone can. That is the truth!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Love at the Apple Blossom Inn

About the book: A small town girl. 
A rock star living a lie. 
Their paths cross and lead them down a road neither of them expected to find: love at the Apple Blossom Inn. 
Janey knows that life doesn’t come with a happy-ending guarantee. She needs to keep her feet securely on the ground working two jobs, going to school, and caring for her little brother. She has no time or room for romance. 
After an accident leaves his charmed life in ruins, Derrick abandons his Hollywood lifestyle and checks into rehab. The world believes that Derrick Cordell the rock star is dead. And despite his beating heart and breathing lungs, that’s exactly how he feels until, disguised and living incognito in the tiny town of Rose Arbor, Washington, he meets Janey, who loves him as plain old Eric Roudell, the wanna-be music teacher. 
But secrets have a way of unraveling. When Janey discovers the truth about Eric/Derrick, how can she love someone she doesn’t even know? Especially since love is not on her to-do list?

My review: This book is a quick to read romance that is great if your looking for a fast, fun read. I thought that it was cute,  but I didn't feel as though I got to really know or care about the characters. It is fast-paced, but at some points it left me confused. And I didn't feel that the ending tied the story up for me. I think I would have been less confused if I had read the other novellas in this series first. And maybe one of the other novellas will help with the ending too. I did like that it was clean and quick to read.

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

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Deadly Alliance

About the book: When Peter Eddy and his commando team inadvertently upset the Soviets during their most recent mission, they never imagined the diplomatic nightmares that would ensue. They have one chance to redeem themselves: tasked with destroying a bridge in Nazi-occupied Bosnia, Peter and his war-weary team reluctantly agree to drop behind enemy lines. The assignment should be a simple one—were it not for the fact that they are being deployed on a suicide mission.

Genevieve Olivier is devastated by the news of Peter’s disappearance. After all they’ve endured in this war, the determined OSS worker is unwilling to simply let go of the man she hopes to spend her life with. Desperate for information, her work as a courier soon escalates into a counterintelligence duel with a Fascist assassin—and Genevieve is his newest target . . .  

My review: I love reading these books written by A.L. Sowards. She does an awesome job with the characters, you feel as though you know them. I loved both Peter and Genevieve, both of their points of view were great. I loved that they both had moments near the end of the book where they had to choose, either they would live or someone else would, but someone was most likely going to die. Both of these characters were at one point or another willing to be the person who was going to die, and they were both at peace with that.

I love that she sets these during the WWII and that she's able to explain what's going on in a way that is not at all confusing. I feel like I learned quite a lot about what was happening in this time period and I have a grasp of battles that I don't think I had ever heard about before. 

I love that this book kept me on the edge of my seat wondering just what was going to happen both to the characters as well as in the battle. Plus there is a sweet love story, this book really does have it all! 

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

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Jeannie Out of the Bottle

About the bookA magical, heartwarming memoir from one of Hollywood’s most beloved icons

Over the past four decades, the landmark NBC hit television series I Dream of Jeannie has delighted generations of audiences and inspired untold numbers of teenage crushes on its beautiful blond star, Barbara Eden. Part pristine Hollywood princess and part classic bombshell, with innocence, strength, and comedic talent to spare, Barbara finally lets Jeannie out of her bottle to tell her whole story.

Jeannie Out of the Bottle takes us behind the scenes of I Dream of Jeannie as well as Barbara’s dozens of other stage, movie, television, and live concert performances. We follow her from the hungry years when she was a struggling studio contract player at 20th Century Fox through difficult weeks trying to survive as a chorus girl at Ciro’s Sunset Strip supper club, from a stint as Johnny Carson’s sidekick on live TV to tangling on-screen and off with some of Hollywood’s most desirable leading men, including Elvis Presley, Clint Eastwood, Paul Newman, and Warren Beatty. From the ups and downs of her relationship with her Jeannie co-star Larry Hagman to a touching meeting with an exquisite and vulnerable Marilyn Monroe at the twilight of her career, readers join Barbara on a thrilling journey through her five decades in Hollywood.

But Barbara’s story is also an intimate and honest memoir of personal tragedy: a stillborn child with her first husband, Michael Ansara; a verbally abusive, drug-addicted second husband; the loss of her beloved mother; and the accidental heroin-induced death of her adult son, just months before his wedding. With candor and poignancy, Barbara reflects on the challenges she has faced, as well as the joys she has experienced and how she has maintained her humor, optimism, and inimitable Jeannie magic throughout the roller-coaster ride of a truly memorable life. 

Illustrated with sixteen pages of photographs, including candid family pictures and rare publicity stills, Jeannie Out of the Bottle is a must-have for every fan, old and new.

My review: I loved watching re-runs of I Dream of Jeannie as a girl, so I was thrilled when I saw this book on the website of my local library. And even more thrilled that they had e-copy's available. (I'm not sure why it's so hard for me to get to read a hardbound book right now, but it is!) I'm never quite sure what I'm going to get when I read a book off one of the national lists and not one of the local ones, but I was pleasantly surprised with this one. There really wasn't any sex talk or too much swearing in this one.

I enjoyed reading about Barbara Eden's life, her career and I Dream of Jeannie. She didn't have a picture perfect life by any means (are there any of us that really do?) but she has done her best to rise above anything that has come her way. I love that she is a family person and cares for her family, both her personal family and her extended family. I was truly saddened when she talked about her son and the tragedy his death was for her personally, I'm sure that part was extremely hard to write. If you have some time, I'm sure you'll enjoy reading this book, I laughed, I cried and I really enjoyed it!

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

Monday, August 24, 2015

Blog Tour - Baptisms and Boomerangs


About the book: Baptism brings us soaring back—just like a boomerang—into the arms of our loving Heavenly Father! With colorful artwork, a fun story, and insightful analogies, this book helps parents and children discuss the importance of our first crucial covenant in God’s plan of happiness. Entertaining and uplifting, it makes a great gift for all your favorite eight-year-olds.

My review: This book is so cute! I love the illustrations, they are so well done and just fun! I loved the story, I love Amara and her questions, I know that she is concerned with a lot of the same questions that other eight-year-olds getting baptized are concerned with. And the way that her grandfather teachers her about baptism by using a boomerang is just adorable and just right for this story. This book is perfect for kids getting ready to get baptized, they will love every bit of it!

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

About the author: Sherrie Gavin was born and raised in upstate New York, USA. Always looking for romance, adventure, and with a love of writing, she traveled to Australia and fell in love with a true Aussie bloke named Bruce. ‘Sruth! They married and began adventuring together, joined by two beautiful daughters who are the loves of their lives. Sherrie has been lucky enough to have contributed to Linda Hoffman Kimball’s Relief Society anthologies and The Exponent II. She also thinks that everyone should try throwing a boomerang at least once.

About the illustrator: Tatiana Lawton was born in Brisbane, Australia, but was raised up north on the sunny beaches of the Sunshine Coast. She was born with a love for life, art, and storytelling, and her pursuit to study a degree of film and animation came as no surprise to family and friends. Moving back to Brisbane, Tatiana completed her four-year degree. Since finishing her degree, she has been freelancing as an artist, contributing to short films as a concept artist, character designer, and storyboard artist. Tatiana has drawn her inspiration for this book from her Australian heritage and her appreciation for eternal families.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Blog Tour - Flim Flam and Other Such Gobbledygook



 About the book: It’s party time in the barnyard! But some of the animals don’t want to invite everyone. This adorable rhyming children’s book reminds us that little differences don’t matter and that we can be friends with everyone, even if we don’t all look the same. Contains fun words to read and has colorful illustrations. It’s a perfect bedtime book to enjoy again and again!

My review: This book is so cute! I love the illustrations. There are several that were so funny that I had to giggle. I love the words, they are perfect and well written. They all rhyme. I loved that as they're invited to the party each of the animals can think of a reason just why they can't attend the party if so and so attends. The wise rooster refuses to buy their arguments and instead teaches them a lesson that they all need to learn about kindness and getting along. What a timely lesson that we can all learn something from. I can't wait to read this book to our kids and talk about the cute lesson with them!

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

About the author: If she’s not sitting at the computer writing, Melica Hudgens can usually be found out in the garden pulling weeds or finding a place to plant something new. Melica also enjoys riding bicycles with her husband, taking walks, and enjoying the gifts of nature with her grandchildren.

About the illustrator: Jay Fontano is a drawer. Not the kind in your dresser. The kind who draws. And that’s the fun kind.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Daring Hearts

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