Friday, November 21, 2014

Blog Tour - Amazing Hairstyles




About the book: Tired of bad hair days? Popular hairstyle blogger Rebecca Porter teaches you the basics of braids, buns, and twists, and helps you combine them to create amazing hairstyles for any occasion. Go from drab to fab at any age with the easy, step=by-step tutorials in this essential guide.
My review: I'm always looking for new ways to do our daughter's hair. This book is a really great resource to have. I loved that she talks in the very beginning about the tools that you should have and she gives some explanation of some of the terms she's going to use when telling you how to do the styles. Very helpful. One of the best parts about this book is the way that each and every style has multiple color pictures so that you can see exactly what's happening. This is a must have book for every girl and her mother!

About the authorBecky Porter is the hands behind the hairstyles. Since starting her blog, BabesInHairland.com in 2008, she has been making the world a prettier place, one head of hair at a time. Besides having a passion for doing hair and teaching hair classes, she loves music, baking, and spending time with her family. She lives in Utah with her three amazing daughter’s and one patient husband.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Twist of Fate

About the book: **This story was first published in the All I Want holiday romance anthology** 

When a postcard meant for Kenzie winds up in Ty's mailbox, Ty's faced with a decision. Should he tell her that her fiancé is breaking up with her and let it ruin her favorite holiday, or should he do what he's wanted to do since he met her - make a move and hope that he can win her over before she discovers there won't be a wedding after all?

My Review: It's not very often that I get a chance to re-read a book, but this is one I was completely happy to re-read. I love the premise, Tyler McKenzie and McKenzie Tyler live in the same building one floor apart. Their mailman is constantly getting their mail confused, with good reason. I love the way that Ty tries to save Kenzie's Christmas by not letting her know that her fiancee is not going to be coming home to marry her. What a sweetie, I love how he sees that it's his chance to finally win her for his very own. But as she's falling more and more in love with Ty, Kenzie feels terrible, knowing she's already planning to marry someone else. This book is such a sweet, cute romance. I love the characters, I love the plot. Make sure you read this book, it's super cute, and it's a quick read too!

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

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blog Tour - Decieved


About the book: A storm rages outside the unassuming Los Angeles house, while within, something sinister lurks. A murderer stalks his victim, unaware of a witness to the horrific crime: awakened from a deep, drug-induced slumber, Tara Kelly hears voices in the next room. Struggling to focus through her sleep medication, the young woman helplessly observes her aunt's murder. Now she's a look end the killer cannot ignore ...  A family friend helps Tara as she does the only thing she can: disappear. Fleeing to the security of a remote Idaho ranch, Tara finds herself under the guard of handsome rancher Joseph White Eagle. Her unwitting protector takes his role seriously, going as far as claiming that Tara is his fiancee. But even as their relationship deepens, Joseph struggles to see past Tara's similarities to his late wife. When a series of accidents threatens Tara's life, it becomes clear that her attempt to outrun danger has been in vain. The killer will stop at nothing to find her, and Joseph will do anything to protect her—even if it means unraveling secrets that will have devastating consequences for them both.

My review: I really loved this book. The characters in this book are amazing, I loved the charming Tara. It was interesting to me the way that she seemed so confused about what had happened to her aunt. I also really loved Joseph, he was so loyal and caring of his family, but also willing to be the same to Tara to protect her in any way he can, even to the point of alienating his family and friends when he announces her as his fiance. The plot line of this one will leave you guessing to the very end. I loved the way that the murderer is revealed little by little until you know and the character has no idea. It's fun to be on the edge of your seat and want to yell, "No don't trust them!" Kathi Oram Peterson is able to write suspense at it's best. Make sure to check out this great book!

Purchase Link: Amazon 

About the author:  Kathi Oram Peterson loves to write edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense and young adult time travel. The constant thread she sews in both genres is faith in a higher power. She works hard to entertain her readers with clean, uplifting stories. Her path to publication took a detour as she raised three children. During those years, Kathi read all the how-to books on writing that she could find. When her last child graduated high school, she went back to college and earned her BA in English. She was fortunate to do an internship for the University of Utah’s Continuum magazine, where she learned to edit and write articles in the “real” world. Shortly after graduation, she was hired by a curriculum publisher to write and edit concept and biography books for children. She worked shoulder to shoulder with artists and computer programmers as she watched her children’s stories come to life. But the desire to write full-length novels called to her. Leaving the workforce, she devoted herself to writing fiction. You can contact Kathi through her website, www.kathiorampeterson.com, and her blog, www.kathiswritingnook.com.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Saving Grace

About the book: From Whitney Award Winning Author, Michele Paige Holmes, comes SAVING GRACE, a regency romance from the Hearthfire Romance series: 

After the death of her grandfather, the Duke of Salisbury, Grace Thatcher wants nothing more than to live quietly in the country with her younger siblings. Her father’s debts thwart those plans, and to protect her sister, Helen, Grace must marry a man of her father’s choosing. 

As each suitor proves less than desirable, Grace comes up with clever schemes, causing each to reject her. While staying at the mysterious Sutherland Hall, a middle-of-the-night mishap sends Grace into the arms of a stranger, Nicholas Sutherland—and provides inspiration for her grandest plan yet—one that will leave her reputation in tatters yet free both her and Helen from all possibility of marriage. 

Too late Grace regrets her rash actions when her father’s last choice, Mr. Samuel Preston, proves to be a gentleman and a friend. But Samuel is the sworn enemy of Nicholas Sutherland, the man responsible for her “ruin.” Now instead of being free, Grace is caught between two men—each with his own agenda.

My review: I'm glad that I didn't have to live in the Regency time period. I've always thought that it seemed romantic, but after reading this one I realized that in that time period that fathers could basically sell their daughters to suitors for money. Crazy! I really loved the character of Grace and I thought she showed a lot of spunky personality. It takes a lot of spunk to make each man reject you just to save your younger sister from being sold to an even worse husband by their own father. And to make matters worse, she ruins her own reputation and has her own servants gossip about her. I didn't particularly like Nicholas at the beginning, but he did grow on me as he kind of woke up and learned to love and care for Grace. But Grace is determined that she will be the mistress of her own destiny and is constantly pushing him away. The plot at first was kind of slow moving for me, but by the end I didn't want to put it down until I found out just what would happen to Grace and Nicholas. Don't miss this great book by a great author!

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

Monday, November 17, 2014

Blog Tour - Becoming Beauty




Welcome to Becoming Beauty's Blog Tour! Learn all about Sarah E. Boucher and her exciting new Young Adult novel based on the classic fairy tale Beauty & The Beast.

Becoming Beauty


Self-centered Bella focuses her attention on beautiful dresses and fabulous balls rather than helping her family earn a living.  And her siblings have had enough! To pay off their father’s debt, they send Bella to a far-off manor where the owner is more like a beast than a man.

As their personalities clash, Bella comes to realize there’s more to the Beast than she could ever have dreamed—if only she can look beneath the surface. And then there’s Jack, the kind servant who helps Bella adjust to her new life, someone Bella could easily fall in love with. But pursuing love may cost Bella her dreams of wealth and beauty. And that’s a price she’s not willing to pay.



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My Review: The beginning of this book reminded me a bit of the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast. There are a few differences, Bella has 2 siblings, she isn't an only child. And she's utterly selfish, unlike Belle in the movie. I like the way that Bella is thrust into life at the Beast's; her siblings, fed up with her selfishness, pack her up and send her in their sick father's place. I like that Bella is given a chance to grow out of her selfishness and later even given a chance to prove that she has. Bella is a great character, one who was forced to grow to become more than she ever would have intended for herself. I thought that both the Beast and Jack were well written characters too. I like the way that we see them at the beginning through Bella's eyes, but later we're able to determine just why they are the way they are. I liked the plot too, and the ending was satisfying. I liked that there was a touch of romance in this book too, but it's perfectly clean so I didn't have to worry about our daughter reading it too. If you love fairy-tale re-tellings you won't want to miss this great book!

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

Author Spotlight


Sarah E. Boucher spends her days instilling young children with the same love of literature she has known since childhood. After hours, she pens her own stories and nurses an unhealthy obsession for handbags, high heels, baking, and British television. Sarah is a graduate of Brigham Young University, who currently lives and teaches in Ogden, Utah. Becoming Beauty is her first novel.



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Friday, November 14, 2014

Blog Tour - Peace and Goodwill


About the book: Belle gets the best Christmas present ever, a man in uniform! Ian is a soldier home on leave. Neither of them have any idea how good it will feel to fall in love or how hard it will be to say good-bye. Anna is spending the holidays alone again with only her faithful dog Angel to keep her company. She can’t afford to pay the rent and her landlord is threatening to kick her out. At least she’s finished with her chemo treatments. She can be thankful for that. Plus, there’s Rhys, the handsome visitor with kind eyes. One fateful, cold and snowy night a chance encounter changes everything. Love is lost. Love is found. Life will never be the same.

Peace & Goodwill, a Christmas novella in The Minstrel Series, grabs the heartstrings and pulls hard.

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My review: I really enjoyed reading this book. I was really intrigued with both of the characters Anna and Belle. They were both really well written and I felt that they both seemed like real people. I really liked the way the book goes back and forth between the two at Christmas time. I loved the element of love story in both of the story lines. This is part of the Minstrel Series, but it's the first book that I personally have read of the series and I had no problem understanding what was happening. The ending was amazing, I have to say it blew my mind. This is a sweet clean romance that doesn't take very long to read. It will leave you longing for more of the story!

Purchase at: Amazon

About Lee Strauss: Lee Strauss writes romantic mixed genres set in the past, present and future for YA and adult readers. She also writes light and fun stuff as Elle Strauss. She divides her time between BC, Canada and Dresden, Germany, and enjoys drinking coffee and eating chocolate in both places. 




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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Blog Tour - My Name is Bryan

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My Name is Bryan
Follow the Blog Tour hosted by I Am A Reader October 29th to November 14th



My Name is Bryan by Stacy Lynn Carroll

If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you jump too? Bryan chose to dive. Moments later, as he lay on the beach, unable to move his arms or legs, two questions ran through his mind: Would he walk again? And would he ever have kids? Based on the incredible true story of life, love, and never giving up.
 

Praise for the book: "I plowed through his story, amazed at how he could so easily accept something that would destroy anyone else and just move forward with such a positive attitude. I don't give many 5 stars, but it's well-earned. This book really touched me. It's the kind of story that stays with you for a long time." --Amazon customer "I actually love stories like this. Ones that show the power of the human spirit and what love and determination can achieve. I cried multiple times while reading this but they were a happy sort of hopeful tears. If you are looking for something uplifting and motivational read this heart-felt story of love and hope." --Inspired Kathy ;) "You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wring your hands in frustration, and you won't be able to put it down to go to sleep as you keep waiting to read about Bryan's happily ever after. This is one of those books that stick with you long after you've finished reading it." --Bookmom "Each chapter begins with an inspirational quote to lead the reader into the goodness, hardship, unconditional love, and humor that is Bryan's life. The 30 year journey the reader takes runs smoothly page after page. You will cry and you will laugh. You will want to hug Nedra and Bryan when you are finished." --Kriss A.


My review: I was amazed by this story! With every page I turned in this book, I decided that he was even more amazing. The way this book is written, it seems as though it's a novel, even though it all really happened to Bryan and his family. I can't even imagine being Bryan, you've had such a bad accident, you know that something is terribly wrong with you because you can't move anything: and yet, you're still positive, happy, joking, making those around you feel better. And he never stopped. I'm sure it would be easy to get discouraged, but the Bryan in this book never seems to. Even with all of the ups and downs he went through to get where he is today. Such an amazing person, such an amazing story. Read this one to be inspired!

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

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Stacy Lynn CarrollAuthor Stacy Lynn Carroll Stacy Lynn Carroll has always loved telling stories. She started out at Utah State University where she pursued a degree in English. Go Aggies! She then finished her BA at the University of Utah (to be closer to her then boyfriend, now hubby) where she got an emphasis in creative writing. After college she worked as an administrative assistant, where she continued to write stories for the amusement of her co-workers. When her first daughter was born, and with the encouragement of a fortune cookie, she quit her job and became a full-time mommy and writer. It seemed like fate when Matt and Stacy married. She was a writer, and her father-in-law had a story that demanded to be written. She and her husband have three children, two Corgis, and a fish named Don.


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