Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Blog Tour - Girls Who Choose God

About the book: From Eve to Esther, from the Samaritan woman at the well to the widow with her two mites, many women in the Bible have made courageous choices. All through the ages, women have chosen to help, to solve problems, to stand up for others, to strengthen families, and to follow God no matter what.

Girls Who Choose God invites young readers (and those who love them) to make important choices of their own, following the examples of great women in the scriptures. With breathtaking illustrations, beautifully told stories, and insightful discussion questions, this delightful book is perfect for sharing, reading aloud, and drawing children into the scriptures.

My Review: This book is really great! I enjoyed reading it myself, and I know that I will enjoy using it for Family Home Evening with our kids even more. I liked the stories about each of the women from the Bible. I liked how each woman was shown having a choice to make. I also like that there is a thought provoking question after each of the stories, making it even easier to use for Family Home Evening. This is a great book, that shows just how women throughout ancient history were important and able to make good choices in their own lives.

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

Purchase Link: Deseret Book, also in stores

About the authors: MCARTHUR KRISHNA inherited her grit from her Utah pioneer great-grandmothers. With a master’s degree in communications from BYU, she co-owned Free Range, an award-winning marketing business focused on telling social justice stories. In 2011, she moved to the Magic Land of India and started writing books. More of her stories can be found at mcarthurkrishna.com

BETHANY BRADY SPALDING likes to stir things up in the kitchen and in the community. She has founded programs to promote health and nutrition in the USA, South Africa, and India. Bethany currently leads a regional coalition in Richmond, Virginia, to create a healthier food environment for at-risk children. She loves to cook and climb mountains with her husband, Andy, and their three adventurous girls.

KATHLEEN PETERSON has illustrated twenty books, mostly for young people, on topics ranging from world religions to Hawaiian legends. Her art can be found in galleries throughout the West and at www.kathleenpetersonart.com. She and her husband, Steve, live on a farm in Spring City, Utah.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Still Time

About the book: Thrust into the chaos of her mother-in-law’s hoarding and forgetfulness, LDS church member Alyssa Johnston wishes she could retreat to a simpler time when her kids were small and almost anything could be fixed with a hug. But reassurance and a quick distraction no longer erase the pain of a missionary son who is struggling, a young teen who is bullied, or a daughter who is distant. As Aly’s own life and relationship with her husband plunge out of control, she wonders if her faith will be enough to keep her family—or herself—from falling apart.

Still Time is a deeply moving story about a woman’s faithful journey into the next phase of her life. You will laugh with Aly, feel her sorrow, and see yourself in Maria Hoagland’s realistic, heartfelt portrayal of a woman’s struggle to keep her family safe and hold back time as long as she can.

My Review: I want to start by saying I really loved the titles of the chapters in this book, each a phrase about time, so clever! I love the characters in this book, Alyssa, or Aly, is really an amazing woman, willing to do what she knows that she needs to do for the woman who raised her son and she herself had called mom for many years. I really enjoyed the peeks into Ruth's mind as well, even though she was confused about the people and world around her. I can't imagine having to do what Aly had to, give up her whole life and move into Ruth's home to care for her day after day. All the worry and all the rejection when Ruth doesn't recognize her or her kids. There's also Aly's concern for her children one barely on a mission, one uprooted in her difficult high school years, and one as a junior high boy. I loved each of her children and rooted for them in the good times and bad. Maria Hoagland is a master at crafting characters that you care about in situations that feel real. This is a fun book that you won't want to miss!

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

Purchase Links: Amazon - Barnes and Noble

About the author: When Maria Hoagland is not working at her computer, she can be found walking barefoot in soft grass, remodeling houses with her husband, or enjoying campfires with their three children. She loves crunching leaves in the fall, stealing cookie dough from the mixing bowl, and listening to musicals on her iPod. Maria earned her degree at Brigham Young University, and although she adores mountain resorts near her Idaho home, she is no longer a fan of ice skating.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Blog tour - Bonds of Loyalty



About the book: "It shall be the son, the firstborn in the new monarchy, who shall quiet the fears and unite the nation again."

The infamous prophecy declaring that the firstborn would be a boy is the last thing Sarah wants to deal with. As if being newly engaged isn’t difficult enough, she’s still coming to terms with the fact that the first eighteen years of her life were a farce. The prophecy—the reason she had been secreted away from her family and her royal heritage to begin with—wasn’t supposed to disrupt her life any more than it previously had. But when unexpected events force her to leave her fiancĂ©, Prince Alexander, Sarah must return to her home country of Kyrnidan to face her destiny. 

Reunited with her royal family, Sarah is thrust into the political turmoil that surrounds her ancestral home. To make things worse, her arrival has upturned the long-held prophecy. 
As the voices of distension mount against her, Sarah turns to her bodyguard, Luther, for protection. But Luther’s protection comes with a price. Propelled into a plot that threatens her life and the welfare of the entire kingdom, Sarah must determine where her love and loyalty truly lie. Torn between two men, she will now have to face her fears and undertake a journey of self-discovery that will change the fate of a nation….

My Review: I was way excited to be able to read this sequel to Mark of Royalty, which I loved. This book was great too. I loved Sarah, she is an amazing character, it was great to be in her head. I loved how I was just as confused as she was about just who was out to get her and if her prince, Alex, was really still in love with her or if he was ready to move on. I loved the plot, Sarah must return to her original kingdom, the one she's never lived in, to visit her sick mother and try not to make it seem as though she is trying to take anything away from her brother's princely authority, even when she's asked for her personal take on things. This is a great book, filled with great characters. I enjoyed getting lost in it! 

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

Purchase Links: Deseret Book - Amazon

About the authors: JENNIFER K. CLARK grew up in the small mountain town of Monticello Utah where she is proud to say that she passed all of her English classes, and with fairly good grades too. At the time her writing aspirations didn’t go much beyond turning in her next essay on time, however, she did have a passion for fictional tales and inherited her father’s love of storytelling. Convincing neighborhood kids that their backyards lay over ancient ruins and stories to back it all up was part of daily routine. Made up languages, haunted houses, and tales of jungle adventures were also widely known among her friends. After graduating college, her interest in writing was sparked when she shared one of her made up stories with her sister, Stephonie Williams. Together they wrote their first novel, Mark of Royalty. Since then, Jennifer has fallen in love with the art of writing and has set out to learn the craft of combining the written word with storytelling. With veneration for the Renaissance time period, Jennifer loves to study history and attends festivals depicting that particular era whenever she can. She also finds the study of war strategies irresistible and enjoys reading about the great battles that have shaped history, using them as inspiration in creating the battle scenes in her own books. In her spare time she spends a lot of time with the animals on her farm and still takes time to spin yarns with her kids and other youth in her community.

Blog Tour Links

August 18: www.literarytimeout.blogspot.com
August 19: www.bookgeekreviews.com, www.fireandicereads.com
August 20: www.charissastastny.com, www.minreadsandreviews.blogspot.com
August 21: www.iamareader.com, www.lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com
August 22: www.ilovetoreadandreviewbooks.blogspot.com, www.wishfulendings.com
August 23: www.mybookaday.blogspot.com

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Drowning (Revitalizing Jane #1)

About the book: Revitalizing Jane, Part One Drowning-the brutally honest journey of a divorced mom

It’s only been a year since her divorce so why would Jane Adamson do something as stupid as attempt to date again? Wasn’t her marriage scarring enough? The answer was simple. Her kids. They worried about her and wanted to see her happy again. 

She needed to be happy, she needed to learn to trust again and feel pretty again and feel human again. 

As a mom of five it was too easy to hide herself away and focus just on her kids. Who needs men anyway? 

Join Jane on part one of this six part journey of self-discovery, conquering the past, understanding love, and most importantly… healing—as she finds the woman she once was. 

The full healing series:

Revitalizing Jane
Part One: Drowning
Part Two: Swimming
Part Three: Crawling
Part Four: Walking
Part Five: Running
Part Six: Soaring

My Review: This book is really an amazing one. I found myself really upset with the ex-husband of the book, because I know that though the details of the book may not all be accurate, this book is the story of Jenni's life. The heroine of the story, Jane, starts out the book not believing in her own beauty or even her own worth as a person. But through her counseling session and her dates with Pierce, she comes to know that she is of worth and is beautiful just because she is a person. This is a great message, one that every woman, and man for that matter, needs to know. Thanks to Jenni for putting her life out there so that we can all learn this very important lesson. Can't wait to read the rest of the story!

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

About the author: Jenni James is a bestselling author with thirteen published books, including The Jane Austen Diaries (Pride & Popularity, Northanger Alibi, Emmalee, and Persuaded) as well as The Jenni James Faerie Tale Collection (Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, The Frog Prince, and many more...) 

Jenni has wowed fans around the world with her unique voice in children and teen literature today, always keeping her books clean and wildly addicting.  When she isn't writing, she can be found chasing her seven rambunctious kids around the house.  She lives with her family in Utah and secretly dreams of becoming a ninja or pirate one day.  

Jenni has written Andy & Annie: A Ghost Story and Mansfield Ranch for Trifecta Books.   

You can learn more about Jenni at her website.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Saints and Soldiers: The Void

I haven't had a chance to see this one yet, but I'm a big fan of clean movies and entertainment. Go check it out if you get a chance! 

SAINTS & SOLDIERS: THE VOID
HOLDS ALL THEATRES AND EXPANDS ON AUGUST 29


Salt Lake City – Go Films announced today that due to the success of SAINTS & SOLDIERS: THE VOID’s opening weekend, the film will remain in all its opening weekend theatres and open in additional theatres on Friday, August 29. The film is currently playing in all Megaplex theatres throughout Utah and southern Nevada. On August 29, the film will expand to markets all across the country. Some of the new markets include Denver, Los Angeles, Houston, and Dallas.


Written and directed by Ryan Little (SAINTS & SOLDIERS, FOREVER STRONG), the film depicts a U.S. tank crew in the twilight of WWII. On a final mission deep in the Harz Mountains, the crew discovers a platoon of Germans, including three infamous Panzer tanks, preparing to ambush allied supply trucks.

Before the war, Sergeant Jesse Owens (Danor Gerald) 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’ 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 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.

"We are pleased with the opening weekend’s box office success," said Ryan Little. "Beyond the box office success, we are thrilled with the responses we’ve received from people who have seen the film.”

People of all ages are enjoying the film,  the meaningful message, and highly recommending it to others. 

“The thing I love about the Saints and Soldiers movies are, no matter what our skin color, what we do, or where we come from there is one thing that makes us American. That is the belief that freedom is worth the fight,” said Tara Starling.

About Go Films: Since its creation in 2002, Go Films has been the driving force behind the award-winning films SAINTS & SOLDIERS, OUTLAW TRAIL and FOREVER STRONG. Co-founders Adam Abel and Ryan Little strive to create engaging entertainment. Based out of Utah, their projects benefit from the diverse scenery and the reputation their productions have established.

The original SAINTS & SOLDIERS won “Best Picture” at more than 14 film festivals around the world, including Grand Prize at the Heartland Film Festival and was nominated for two “Independent Spirit Awards” in 2005.

For more information visit www.saintsandsoldiers3.com.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Blog Tour - Willow Springs


About the book: Crissa Engleson, an immigrant from Sweden, fled Boston hoping to start a new life, unknown and unencumbered, in the West. The quiet Pony Express town of Willow Springs in the Utah desert seemed the perfect spot until the intrigue of her past and rivalries of the town’s leading families envelope her. She falls in love with an Express rider, Drake Adams, but their courtship is thwarted by blackmail and treachery. Crissa must decide which is stronger: her desire for Drake, her own safety, or her love for the two young children left in her charge.

Willow Springs is written for anyone who enjoys Westerns, History, Romance or Intrigue. Men and women alike have expressed great interest in this story.

My Review: This book takes you to the small town of Willow Springs, UT for a wild west type adventure. I really liked the character of Crissa, I thought it was kind of crazy how bad luck seemed to follow her. I liked that she was trying to live an honest life, yet still keep her prior life in Boston a secret. I liked that she was willing to take care of Molly's two young children, Amy and Will, as though they were her own when their mom died. I liked the love story, and that the story took lots of twists and turns in order to actually turn out. The ending was satisfying. This is a really good story that you won't want to put down before your finished. 

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


About the author: Born and raised in Utah, Carolyn Steele was introduced to western novels at a very young age by her grandfather, the son of a gold miner. She has been writing technical and marketing communications for most of her adult life. Her nonfiction articles have appeared in numerous national magazines. She earned her undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Utah. Married and living in Salt Lake City, Utah, Carolyn loves researching obscure history then weaving it into stories. She also enjoys family dinners with her children and grandchildren, photography, travel, golf, reading, and all forms of needlework.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Blog Tour - One Dirty Bowl


About the book: Quick desserts and even quicker clean up mean more time with your family and friends, and less time in the kitchen. With One Dirty Bowl, whip up show-stopping desserts like Hazelnut Puffs, Peanut Butter Truffle Bars, and White Chocolate and Strawberry Cupcakes, all while dirtying just one bowl. Grab your bowl and get ready to bake!

Buy your copy at Amazon.

My Review: I really have enjoyed this cookbook! I like the whole premise of having a great treat with only one bowl that you need to clean, it seems like so often when you made a dessert you are left with tons of dishes to wash afterward. This book has several different sections for things like cookies, quick breads, brownies and bars, cakes, cupcakes and almost any kind of treat you can think of. I was able to try a brownie recipe that I took to a BBQ and let me tell you, it was really great and I had people asking for the recipe. This is a great cookbook, I can't wait to try more recipes from it!

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

About the author: Christina Dymock graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Public Relations. She has been published in Woman’s World Magazine and several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and she is the author of 101 Things to do With Popcorn. She resides in Central Utah with her husband and four children. You can follow their cooking adventures at teachingyoungchefs.blogspot.com.

You can find out more about author Christina Dymock: Blog - Facebook