Friday, July 3, 2015

Blog Tour - What Heaven Feels Like


About the CD: Calee Reed makes her mark as a thoughtful and exciting new voice in spiritual and inspirational music with this beautiful follow-up to her debut album. The folk pop sound on this album has hints of Gospel and forges a new exciting direction for her music. These songs will help you see and enjoy more in life, it’s the perfect album to keep you dancing and singing through the summer.

Track List:

Living Water
I Am Enough
Possible
Miraculous
What Heaven Feels Like
Sunshine
Come Unto Christ

My review: Don't you think the cover of this CD is super beautiful! I love it. The cover matches the songs on this CD perfectly. The songs are beautiful and peaceful. I loved the feeling of the whole CD. The lyrics of the songs were awesome too! I especially liked the message of the song I am Enough. I think that we are really hard on ourselves sometimes and we try so hard to be perfect when that isn't really possible right now. This song reminds each of us that we are enough just how we are, we don't need to stress when we aren't perfect because we just aren't going to be right now. This is such a great CD, I love it!

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

About the artist: A native of San Diego, Calee Reed has been writing and singing songs since she was a little girl. Her latest work shows her at her peak vocally and stylistically. She writes songs that capture raw emotion and vivid imagery, helping the listener tune into their own faith journey and find the peace and joy that she points out from her own experience. As a new mother, she makes poignant observations about the depth and meaning of the human experience, with all of its ups and downs. Her latest album is a heartfelt testimony that reflects the joy she has found in her journey.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

2015 Summer Book Trek


It's here...it's finally here! I love the Summer Book Trek hosted by Newldsfiction.com. I've done this contest the last 3 summers and I always end up finding new great books to read and I have won books all 3 summers. Here's the link where you can find out all the details: http://bit.ly/UGOyvh   Go check it out.

In the meantime, here's the list of books I'm planning to read and claim points for.

Going Home by Robin Peterson
Liberty by Rebecca Belliston
The Kiss that Launched 1000 Gifs by Sheralyn Pratt
A Timeless Romance Anthology: Annette Lyon Collection by Annette Lyon

And many more!

The Other Side of the Wall

About the book: There once were two couples, neighbors in fact, but like most neighbors today, hardly a word was spoken in passing. What they knew of each other mostly consisted of what was inadvertently heard through the wall that divided their townhomes. 

The Langstons and the Russos had more in common than they both knew. Both couples were newly married and terribly unhappy, each for different reasons of course. Scott and Jenna Langston were facing an incurable disease and Ava and Peter Russo were plagued with heartache and betrayal. 

Too often, Scott could hear Ava crying through the wall. He wondered what would make such a beautiful woman so sad, but he had enough of his own problems, he couldn’t worry about what was happening on the other side of the wall. On occasion, Ava could hear Scott’s pleas for his wife to be well. She wanted to offer help and comfort, but she was too physically and emotionally exhausted to reach out across the wall. 

Eventually, Ava’s crying ceased and her name changed. Scott’s pleas went quiet as they went unanswered. Now, instead of two couples, there were two very lonely heartbroken individuals divided by a wall, each trying to deal with the hand they had been dealt.

My review: Um...if you haven't read any of Jennifer Peel's books yet, you'd better go do it! This book is cute, I didn't want to put it down. You see the story through Ava's eyes, and she is a great character. Ava and her husband have divorced, and she knows that her neighbor's wife has died of some kind of illness. She's not sure what, because she's been in her own world dealing with her own problems. But she chooses to be kind and take him dinner. He invites her to share it with him and for some odd reason, they end up kissing. What Ava doesn't know is that Scott and Jenna weren't any happier in their marriage than Ava and Peter had been. 

I loved the premise of this book. I don't think I've ever read a book where the romantic couple had started out married to someone else, living literally right on the other side of the wall from each other. The characters were great as well, I really liked Ava, Scott made me a bit crazy sometimes. I also really liked that the romance wasn't a cut and dried thing. Both Scott and Ava had things that they needed to work through. Sometimes their romance was on, and sometimes it was off...way off. In the end things worked out well for both of them, but it was a winding road to get there, full of healing, change and love. What a great journey! Can't wait to read more of Jennifer Peel's books! 

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

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

After the Wind

About the book: After seeing her young family killed by a propane tanker explosion, the rest of Kristen's life seems more like a life sentence. Trying to escape the memories, she finds herself in a remote Idaho resort town where no one knows her story.

Her co-workers think she's intriguing.

Her neighbors think she's crazy.

She thinks she's hopeless.

Then she meets Joe.

My review: I love to read Jaclyn M Hawkes' books. They are always clean, cute and full of great romance. This book is no different. I truly felt bad for Kristen, she watched her whole family die. And then she was left with the guilt and the post traumatic stress disorder from the whole thing. She decides to move to a small town in Idaho where she can ski during the winter and ride horses during the summer time. Small towns are great, because you can blend in a bit, but they're also not so great because everyone knows everyone else's business. Kristin did a good job keeping a cover on what had happened to her, but the flip side was that the whole town thought she was insane. At least that's the rumors that Joe Faciano heard about his new neighbor. He had no idea that she was the same woman that he had teaching his sons to ski. He hopes that he can get her to go on a date with him, but will he be able to break through the hard shell she keeps around herself?

I really enjoyed this book. I liked Kristin and Joe. I liked Joe's sons too, they were true gentlemen, all of them willing to go out of their way to help Kristin. The plot was cute and romantic. I liked that this was a clean romance that I wouldn't have a problem with our teenage daughter reading. I also liked that there was a touch of mystery and suspense later in the plot. This book really has everything! Check it out!

I was able to get this book for free from Amazon.com

Monday, June 29, 2015

Veils and Vengeance

About the book: When wedding planner, Adrielle Pyper, goes to Hawaii to orchestrate a destination wedding, she isn't prepared for what she finds. 
After the trauma of her previous event, the beautiful isle of Kauai is the perfect place for Adri to unwind and do what she does best – plan. She even lets herself indulge in the attention of the groom’s handsome brother. But just when everything seems to be perfect, an afternoon snorkeling trip turns to murder when Adri discovers the body of a young woman. 
Shaken, but unable to let it go, Adri’s sleuthing leads her into more danger than she could imagine. When a number of “accidents” threaten her own life, it soon becomes apparent that someone will do anything to keep Adri from interfering with their vengeance. 
For great craft tips, visit Adri's website, www.mashedpotatoesandcrafts.com.

My review: I loved this book! Adri is a great character and it's fun to be able to see things from her perspective. She's still trying to recover from dating someone who was actually trying to kill her, so it was interesting to see what she did and how she felt when Jon was interested in her. And then Luke showed up and he was obviously jealous of Jon, that made things fun. I love that this book had a touch of romance in it for Adri, but nothing really serious.

This book has a big mystery of just whose body it was that Adri found, and she spends the whole book trying to figure out who she was and why she was killed. This puts Adri and those around her into many dangerous situations that keep the plot moving right along and the reader more and more interested to see just what will happen next.

And the setting...Hawaii...it's been nearly 100 degrees here the last several days and it probably will be for the next week or more, so Hawaii sounds better and better all the time. I was grateful to be able to escape there at least while I was reading this book!

You probably want to make sure that you've read Diamond Rings are Deadly Things first so that you can know Adri's background. This one could be read alone, but you might be confused if you haven't read that one first. I can't wait for more of these Wedding Planner Mysteries from Rachelle Christensen!

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

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Cokeville Miracle: When Angels Intervene

About the BookOn May 16, 1986, a bomb went off that should have leveled the Cokeville Elementary School in Wyoming, yet only two people lost their lives.

"The Cokeville Miracle: When Angels Intervene" by Hartt Wixom & Judene Wixom is the true story of a dramatic hostage takeover in the small, close-knit community of Cokeville, Wyoming. David Young and his wife, Doris, entered the town's elementary school, taking 154 people hostage and demanding more than 300 million dollars in ransom. When a bomb manufactured by Young accidentally exploded, first responders expected the worst, but in a twist that even bomb experts couldn't explain, only the hostage-takers died that day.

This book chronicles the story of the day when angels intervened to protect the victims and keep them safe. If you've seen the movie, don't miss this companion book that will inspire you with hope of help from above. Now a major motion picture. 

My review: After seeing this movie a month or so ago, I was excited to see this book and be able to read what some of the people who experienced this situation said about it. And I wasn't disappointed. I enjoyed reading this book, there is quite a bit of information here, so I was left really understanding what happened that day. I especially enjoyed reading the appendix accounts of what the survivors actually said, both right after it happened and their recollections later. This really was a situation that if you have the right perspective, you can see the hand of angels and ultimately a loving Heavenly Father working to save the hostages and make sure that all are protected who should be. Don't miss this great book! 

About the AuthorsHartt and Judene Wixom were engaged 58 years ago while working on their college newspaper together. They have since written many books and articles in their lifetimes.

The parents of seven children and one foster child, Hartt and Judene now have twenty-nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, and they both continue to write. Since retiring, they divide their time between Cokeville, Wyoming; and Ivins, Utah.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Goodnight Kiss

About the book: When Chase sees Clare during her brief Christmas visit to their hometown, he knows it's his chance to make things right between them. Considering he all but ignored her while on his mission, it's a tough task. 
After having her heart broken by him before, Clare is wary of a holiday romance. But a long-awaited goodnight kiss might change her mind.

My review:I read my first book by Ranee' S Clark just a couple of weeks ago. I loved it, so I was way excited when this was one of Amazon's freebies just a couple of weeks ago. This book is super cute, it's a quick read, and the characters are fabulous. Did I mention that it's completely clean! I love reading books like these, because you can read them fast and you don't feel like you are stuck in a huge long story. I tend to have small blocks of time for reading and books like these are perfect!

I was able to get this book free from Amazon.com.