Friday, April 18, 2014

Rump

When Rump was born, his mother whispered his full name into his ear, but was unable to tell anyone else his full name before she died, so his name became Rump. This is problematic, because everyone who lived on the mountain believed that your name determines your destiny, and poor Rump was destined to always be the butt of someone else's joke. Everyone in the mountain is tasked with finding gold and the amount of gold you find determines the amount of food the greedy miller will give you to eat. Rump has always been unlucky in finding gold, and that never changes, so he and his gran never have enough food. One evening when bringing wood in from the pile Rump discovers his mother's spinning wheel, Gran tries to dissuade him, but Rump insists that he wants it in his room as a part of his mother, and it isn't long before Rump determines that he can spin straw into gold. Rump is sure the greedy miller will give him more food for the gold, but his friend Red convinces him to hide the gold for now. When Gran becomes deathly ill, Rump knows he must have more food and trades the gold anyway, and this causes a chain of events that were destined to happen to Rump leading him from one danger to another, one place in the kingdom to another. But will Rump ever be free of his destiny? And will he ever learn his true name?

This is a cute story, I really enjoyed how there were several fairy tales woven into this one about Rump and how he finds himself and learns that your name is not really your destiny. There were some really fun characters in this book, including some trolls, Red and her grandmother, the miller and his daughter and the crazy gold hungry king. This is a fun middle grade read that you won't want to put down!

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


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Blog Tour - The Fortune Cafe

Fortune Cafe Tour


 
The Fortune Café
a novel in three parts

Fortune CafeMIS-FORTUNE: Emma, a waitress at The Fortune Café will do anything to avoid opening a fortune cookie. Each fortune is rumored to somehow magically come true. Being a girl grounded in reality, she doesn’t have time for that kind of nonsense. But when trying to prevent a food fight at the café, Emma accidently cracks open a fortune cookie: “Look around, love is trying to catch you.” If there is one thing that Harrison, her former best friend in high school is good at, it’s catching her unaware.   

LOVE, NOT LUCK: Lucy has always been lucky.. until her parents meet her fiancé’s parents at a disastrous lunch at The Fortune Café, and she breaks her lucky jade necklace. Even worse, her fortune cookie reveals that “True love is for the brave, not the lucky.” How is she supposed to read that? She’s always considered it lucky how she met her fiancé. But after breaking her necklace, Lucy’s luck takes a dive. And when her fiancé dumps her, the only person she can turn to is Carter, the unluckiest guy she knows.   

TAKEOUT: Stella is content in her new life of taking over her mom’s jewelry shop. No more boyfriend to worry about, and as long as she stays busy, she doesn’t have to dwell on her non-existent love life. When Evan comes into the shop with his young daughter, Stella is charmed. But she is reluctant to complicate her straightforward life, so when she reads her fortune after ordering takeout from The Fortune Café, she completely ignores it. After all, how can a fortune as vague as “Do the thing you fear and love is certain,” apply to her?


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My Review: This book is written by some of the best LDS romance authors and it's pretty amazing! I love how especially in Mis-Fortune the Fortune Cafe itself almost becomes a character, with all of it's fortunes coming true. Each of the characters are well-written and it made me want to see each of them fall in love and have a happy ending. I really liked how Emma had her story and then you see bits of her story from both Lucy's and Stella's perspectives too. I love the whole idea of the fortunes coming true and the magic behind it. I love that you never have to worry about what the books these authors write will contain, they are always clean and fun. I loved this book and I hope that there are more like it to come!


About the Authors 

JulieWJulie Wright started her first book when she was fifteen. She’s written over a dozen books since then, is a Whitney Award winner, and feels she’s finally getting the hang of this writing gig. She enjoys speaking to writing groups, youth groups, and schools. She loves reading, eating writing, hiking, playing on the beach with her kids, and snuggling with her husband to watch movies. Julie’s favorite thing to do is watch her husband make dinner. She hates mayonnaise, but has a healthy respect for ice cream.

 
Melanie Bennett Jacobson is an avid reader, amateur cook, and champion shopper. She consumes astonishing amounts of chocolate, chick flicks, and romance novels. After meeting her husband online, she is now living happily married in Southern California with her growing family and a series of doomed houseplants. Melanie is a former English teacher and a sometime blogger who loves to laugh and make others laugh. In her down time (ha!), she writes romantic comedies and pines after beautiful shoes.
 





 
HeatherM Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author. She writes historical thrillers under the pen name H.B. Moore, her latest is Finding Sheba. Under Heather B. Moore she writes romance and women’s fiction. She’s the co-author of The Newport Ladies Book Club series. Other women’s novels include Heart of the Ocean, The Fortune Café, the Aliso Creek Series, and the Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology Series.




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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blog Tour - The Sacament

About the book: It's understandable that some children appear bored or distracted during sacrament meeting. Many young Latter-day Saints are probably unsure about the true meaning of the sacrament and why we attend. With this in mind, bestselling author John Bytheway has composed a delightful poem (inspired by a short poem by Walter H. Horne) to help Latter-day Saints young and old appreciate the ordinance of the sacrament. In particular, children will learn what they should be thinking about (and not be thinking about) during this sacred time as well as what the sacrament can do for all of us.

Beautifully illustrated by Nathan Pinnock, this thought-provoking story about a young boy and his grandpa is a gentle reminder about the importance of remembering the Lord Jesus Christ, especially during this special meeting meant for Him.

My Review: This book came at a great time for our family. Our schedule has been a bit off and the result is that our kids Sacrament reverence has gone down hill. I was happy to have been able to pull out this beautiful book for our home evening lesson and read the poem, look at the great pictures and read the explanations about why we do what we do during this sacred time of the week. I really enjoyed the explanations, they explain things well enough for even young children to understand. I even learned from them. You don't want to miss this great book! 

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

About the Authors

John Bytheway is an instructor at the Brigham Young University Salt Lake Center. He served his mission in the Philippines and earned a master’s degree in Religious Education at BYU. He has published dozens of books and audio programs and lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Kimberly, and their six children.

Nathan Pinnock studied at Utah State University, the University of Utah, and Atelier LeSueur in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration at Brigham Young University. Between years of school, Nate served a mission in Frankfurt, Germany. He illustrated books and magazines for fifteen years and now spreads his time between his illustration, sculpture, fine art, and teaching. He is a creator. His paintings and books can be found in galleries, businesses, and homes across America. Nate lives in Holladay with his wife, Alison, and kids.

Cover Reveal - Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things

I'm way excited to be able to be part of the cover reveal for Rachelle J Christensen's new book Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things. Rachelle is one of my favorite authors and I'm looking forward to reading this new series. So without further ado, here is the beautiful cover for her new book! 




About DIAMOND RINGS ARE DEADLY THINGS: Adrielle Pyper knows how to plan a wedding, and she is especially good at pleasing bridezillas. But when her biggest client and best friend is murdered just three days before the wedding, Adri’s world falls apart. She moves to the resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho, and starts from scratch. Thanks to Adri’s impeccable taste and unique style, she lands two celebrity clients, and her business seems headed for success--that is, until someone vandalizes the specialty wedding dresses she imported from overseas. The race is on to uncover a secret hidden within the yards of satin and lace before Adri becomes the next victim. With a delightful blend of mystery, toe-curling kisses, humor, and spine-tingling thrills, Diamond Rings are Deadly Things is a romantic suspense novel that will keep you turning pages long into the night.

Purchase Links:  Amazon  - Barnes &Noble

About Rachelle J. Christensen: Rachelle was born and raised in a small farming town in Idaho not far from the setting of her mystery Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology.  She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking, and of course reading., Rachelle has an amazing husband and five cute kids.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blog Tour - Righting a Wrong (Ripple Effect Blog Tour #3)

Righting a wrong


Righting a Wrong by Rachael Anderson Seven years ago, Cambri Blaine fled her small hometown of Bridger, Colorado after her senior year ended in a fiasco. Only Jace Sutton knew the real reason why—that she was a spineless coward. Now, seven years later, her father's been in an accident and needs help, and Cambr has no choice but to return home. So with trepidation, she takes a leave of absence from the landscape architecture firm where she works and boards a plane, hoping against hope that Jace is no longer around and that the past can stay where it belongs—in the past. If only life worked that way. Jace never expected to see Cambri again. After she’d led him on, bruised his heart, and left town without a backward glance, he was forced to pick up the pieces and try not to hate her for it. Eventually, he put it behind him and moved on, creating a life for himself in his beloved hometown. But now that Cambri is back and looking more beautiful and sophisticated than ever, some of those old feelings resurface, and Jake instinctively knows, for the sake of his heart, that he needs to avoid her at all costs. If only it were that easy.



My Review: Jace Sutton has just lost his girlfriend and his house to his best friend. Now, house hunting in his small town, there are only three options and for Jace really only one. Unfortunately, that house was the one that holds memories for Jace, bittersweet ones. Cambri, the only girl that Jace has ever really loved, loved that house, but she went away for college and didn't come back. That's all about to change because Cambri's dad had a heart attack and she'll be coming home to take care of him for awhile, even though he insists that he's fine. Cambri hadn't planned on seeing Jace and she really hadn't planned on all of the old feelings coming back. But it doesn't appear that Jace wants anything to do with being a couple and Cambri wants to go back to North Carolina to her job. Is there any chance for them as a couple?

I was so glad to see that Jace was the main character of this book, I felt kind of bad for him at the end of Silver Linings, because he had basically lost everything. I liked Cambri and her dad was so cantankerous it was funny. I always enjoy books written by Rachael Anderson and this book was no exception, the characters are great, the setting feels real, and the romance is exceptional. I love this new clean romance series and I'll be way sad when it ends!

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


RachaelAuthor Rachael Anderson A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.








Updated Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect Romance Novella Series Enjoy this exciting new series of clean novellas by six critically-acclaimed authors. "Like a pebble tossed into calm water, a simple act can ripple outward and have a far-reaching effect on those we meet, perhaps setting a life on a different course—one filled with excitement, adventure, and sometimes even love." 
Book 1: Home Matters by Julie N. Ford 
Book 2: Silver Linings by Kaylee Baldwin 
Book 3: Righting A Wrong by Rachael Anderson 
Book 4: Lost and Found by Karey White 
Book 5: Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver
Book 6: Immersed by Jennifer Griffith

Tour Giveaway
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My Review: Jace Sutton has just lost his girlfriend and his house to his best friend. Now, house hunting in his small town, there are only three options and for Jace really only one. Unfortunately, that house was the one that holds memories for Jace, bittersweet ones. Cambri, the only girl that Jace has ever really loved, loved that house, but she went away for college and didn't come back. That's all about to change because Cambri's dad had a heart attack and she'll be coming home to take care of him for awhile, even though he insists that he's fine. Cambri hadn't planned on seeing Jace and she really hadn't planned on all of the old feelings coming back. But it doesn't appear that Jace wants anything to do with being a couple and Cambri wants to go back to North Carolina to her job. Is there any chance for them as a couple?

I was so glad to see that Jace was the main character of this book, I felt kind of bad for him at the end of Silver Linings, because he had basically lost everything. I liked Cambri and her dad was so cantankerous it was funny. I always enjoy books written by Rachael Anderson and this book was no exception, the characters are great, the setting feels real, and the romance is exceptional. I love this new clean romance series and I'll be way sad when it ends!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Secrets

Cambry Sinclair hasn't wanted anything to do with her father in years. She knows that he left her and her mom in order to spend more time at work and she's always resented it. For some reason lately, he's been trying to get her to reconcile with him, but she's wanted nothing to do with it. She still doesn't but she got an urgent text from him and she's not sure what else to do. But when she gets to his office building, she finds him bleeding by the stairwell doors. He's still conscious and he hands her a small USB drive with instructions to allow no one to know she has it. It's only when the police arrive that she realizes that he didn't just fall, he's also been shot. For some reason the police decide that though she's had no contact with her father in years, Cambry is the prime suspect in the attempted murder of her father. Cambry would like to clear her name, but that appears to be impossible. Enter Ethan, he's FBI, handsome, and her ex-fiance. Cambry tries to keep him at arm's distance, but he keeps getting past her defenses. In order to stay alive she must put her trust in him, but how?

This was a really great book! I loved the characters, Cambry especially was a very complex and well done character. I liked that you get to see what happens through Cambry, her father, and Ethan's eyes. I liked the plot, it kept me guessing right to the end. There was plenty of action and adventure to keep my mind occupied and wondering just what was going to happen next. Can't wait for the next book by Erin Klingler!

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

Friday, April 11, 2014

Missing Lily Cover Reveal

I'm super excited for this new book from the author of Just Ella, Annette K Larsen. I can't wait to read it! :)

Coming May 15th

missing lily


Missing Lily by Annette K. Larsen “You don’t know who I am,” I whispered. He didn’t move—either away from me, or closer—and after an interminable moment, I stepped back and hurried out of the house. He didn’t follow me as I fled into the night. Lylin was not used to being alone—much less alone, hurt, and lost. So when she is separated from her guard and forced to abandon her horse, she counts herself lucky to stumble upon a manor house. Still frightened by those who chased her into the night, she keeps her identity a secret, calling herself Lily as she accepts the help of kind servants, and the compassion of Lord Fallon. When they fall into an easy friendship, she wonders if her secrecy was too hasty. However, as she gets to know the manor and its residents, Lylin discovers that she’s not the only one hiding secrets, and it may be a very good thing that her host doesn’t know her true identity as a member of the royal family.


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AnnetteAuthor Annette K. Larsen I was born in Utah, part of a crazy, fun family of nine. I grew up in Flagstaff, AZ and St. Louis, MO before striking out on my own college adventure in Virginia. I decided to try my hand at writing novels after I was married and living in Idaho. I write clean romance because it’s my favorite genre, but often difficult to find.
I have Charlotte Brontë to thank for the courage to write novels. After being bombarded with assigned reading about women who justified abandoning either their families or their principles in the name of love, I had the great fortune of reading Jane Eyre. And that was it: finally, a heroine who understood that being moral and making the right choice was hard, and sometimes it hurt, but it was still worth it. After rereading it several years later, I realized that if I wanted more books to exist with the kinds of heroines I admired, then I might as well write a few myself. My books are about women who face hard choices, who face pain and rejection and often have to face the reality of sacrificing what they want for what is right. The consequences are often difficult or unpleasant, but in the end, doing what’s right will always be worth it. I believe there is no substitute for good writing or good chocolate. Fortunately, one often leads to the other.