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I Don't Want to Kill You

John Cleaver is just a normal kid, well...not really. He's the son of a mortician, and he helps out with bodies sometimes. He's also kind of a sociopath so he understands quite a lot about serial killers, just because it would be so easy for him to become one. He's already taken down two of them in his small town in the last year, and there's another one headed his way. He knows because he called her. So he's not at all surprised when the first few victims are killed. He knows that it's up to him to figure out just who the killer is and why they are killing and he really needs to stop the killer so that the town and all the people living in it will be protected. But even with serial killers, things aren't always what they seem and John will need to be especially vigilant in order to catch the serial killer. I read the first book in this series, I Am Not a Serial Killer and didn't love it, I didn't read the second book and really had no desire to rea…

More Than Miracles

This little book was a fun read. It's author TC Christensen is a filmmaker and he made a movie called 17 Miracles, it's about the Willie and Martin handcart companies. The movie was amazing. I loved the characters and the way the tragic story was portrayed. I was really excited to see this book which pretty much answers questions that people have written to TC Christensen and asked him about the movie and the handcart companies in general. I loved the way it was written with TC Christensen answering questions and then Jolene Allphin, historical consultant person, also answering the same question. This book is a great book to read to find out more about both 17 Miracles and the two handcart companies.

The Lost Gate

Danny North is a young boy growing up in a family of mages. He knows that as he grows up his own abilities will start to appear, but as he ages and his cousins start to be able to show off their abilities and nothing seems to work for him, he knows that he is a drowther, non-magical, even though both of his parents are very strong mages. So Danny starts to run, he runs to get away from his family, his status and his home, but he tries very hard not to run the same way twice, because if the adults of the North family find out he's leaving the family farm, he will be in big trouble. Soon Danny realizes that his running is really creating gates that only he can go through, so he's not really a drowther, he's a gate mage. Not that that's really any better. The last gate mage was a trickster and sealed up all of the gates in the whole world, so the magical families have all sworn to kill any gate mages that are born into their family lines. Danny tries to keep his being a g…

Emerald City

Olivia is a waitress in Seattle. She lives in an apartment on her own. Her mother is dead and her father left when she was young. One rainy day, she goes to work just like she always does and just like always, it seemed as though she was invisible. Even the guys sitting in her section didn't want her to wait on them, but instead asked for the other waitress on duty right then. And then, to top things off they and the other waitress were making fun of her. That was pretty much the last straw for Olivia. She heads home in the middle of her shift and collapses in her bed. When she wakes up from yet another nightmare about her mother's death, she realizes that she has a headache, she heads for the medicine cabinet and that's when she realizes that she has a full bottle of Valium in there. Seemingly without her own approval her hand picks up the whole pile of them and shoves them into her mouth. As she lies in her bed, just waiting to die, focusing on the crack in her ceiling, …

Fires of Jerusalem

Jeremiah and his cousin Baruch are teenagers in Jerusalem, they both know that Jerusalem is getting more and more wicked. As they work translating and copying scriptures in the Temple Archives this becomes more and more apparent to both of them. And when Baruch's goat is missing and they find it with a group of Temple guards that try to kill both boys it becomes apparent to Jeremiah's parents that they must get out of the wicked Jerusalem or something very bad will happen. Even with moving their family to Anathoth, that doesn't mean that young Jeremiah will be protected from the evil running rampant in Jerusalem. Jeremiah goes back to visit with Baruch for a festival and they see something they shouldn't, the murder of a young girl for sport, and the murderers have seen them as well. Baruch must be hidden from them, because their after him as well. But hiding won't work as well for Jeremiah, because he knows that the Lord has a work for him to do, even at a young a…

Shifting

Maggie May is a senior in high school, she's been in the foster care system since her aunt and cousin were killed when she was 5 years old. She's getting pretty sick of bouncing between houses. She can't seem to stay in one place very long, she's had abusive foster parents as well as good ones, but the issue is that she keeps getting picked up by the police for indecent exposure. Maggie's uncertain why, but for some reason ever since she was 16 years old on  nights with full moons she turns into a cat, which ends up tearing her clothes. Then she runs around as a cat and when she turns back into a girl, she has no clothes, thus the indecent exposure charges. Her case worker has just one more home for her to try in the very small town of Silver City, New Mexico with an older lady named Mrs. Carpenter. Maggie knows that Mrs. Carpenter will be different from the start, but she's still unsure whether or not to tell her her deep dark secret. Can Mrs. Carpenter be tru…

Royal Secrets

Alora DeSanto is making a life for herself with her two young sons, she had gone to the doctor Christmas Eve 3 years ago. Her youngest son had strep throat and needed a prescription, while she was waiting in line at the pharmacy she got a call from her husband Carlo that cut off in the middle. Then almost immediately she got a call from a neighbor saying that her home had blown up. She rushed home and found...nothing left of her house, her husband, parents and in-laws, because it was Christmas everyone was visiting her home. Her husband Carlo's CIA status had been revealed and made him a target for some terrorists. Now 3 years later, the life insurance money that she's been living on is about gone, and her best friend, Janessa Rogers, needs an assistant to help her plan her wedding to Prince Garrett of Meridia. Alora moves to the royal chateau in Bellamo just after someone had attempted to assassinate Prince Stefano, so he's also there recovering from that attempt. Alora a…

Venom

Samantha Evans is a young woman. She works at an advertising agency, but she's new to the company so she doesn't really have any sort of office or prestige. She lives with a crazy roommate who likes to party both at clubs and at home, but Sam is an LDS girl who is pretty quiet and avoids that kind of thing. When she opens her latest credit card statement expecting to see a couple hundred dollars and sees nearly a thousand all spent at places that the thrifty girl she is would never go, she knows that her ID has been stolen, except her card's still there. Mystified, Sam sets out to make the charges right and fix her ID. When the chance comes to go to Mexico as a personal assistant to the creative director of her company, she sees the opportunity to use her Spanish from her mission, and maybe even work her way up in the company to get a little more money. But at the last minute there is a switch as to which executive from the company will be going and Sam knows that Katrina …

The 2012 Book Blogger's Cookbook

The 2012 Book Blogger's Cookbook is a community project from some of the blogosphere's best book bloggers in a simple, easy to read format.  The cookbook combines a love of reading and dining to help you find books you'll devour and recipes you can't put down.


You’ll love The Book Blogger’s Cookbook because…


The Book Blogger’s Cookbook has 50 different book reviewers from every corner of the blogosphere.  It bridges the gap between author and reader—putting you in touch with book reviewers who can separate the 5 star books from the mediocre.


The Book Blogger’s Cookbook showcases great reads and provides an interactive experience with links to author and book reviewer websites. The cookbook is created for those who like to experience what they read long after they’ve closed the book.


The Book Blogger’s Cookbook tells why each recipe complements its companion book.  Recipes and books combine to make the reading experience satisfying and entertaining.


Book launch and Contest
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LDS Authors Giveaway Hop

Here it is, the LDS Authors Giveaway Hop. I will be giving away 3 copies of Jason F Wright's The Wednesday Letters to 3 lucky winners. It's simple to enter, all you need to do is become a follower (if you aren't already!) and then just leave me a comment on this post telling me you are a follower. And if you are already one of my fabulous followers, simply leave me a comment telling me so. Don't forget to leave me a way to contact you also! I will choose 3 people using random.org on May 18th to be our winners. Good luck and Happy Reading!



Of Grace and Chocolate

Jillian Parrish, Jill, has had a hard life, so that's probably why she works so hard to keep her life as normal as possible. She works for a publishing company and dabbles with writing. She's been working on cleaning out her desk and happens upon a rough draft of the book that she's been working on, which inadvertently ends up going to a meeting with her. Her boss sees it and since it's a book about an LDS woman, knows immediately that it would be in the new Religious category that the publisher is setting up, and she wants to read it. Jill practically has to rip it out of her hands, but reluctantly promises to get her a copy that isn't a rough draft. But when she gets back to her desk she finds that both her cell phone and her keys are missing. On the ring with her keys is her flash drive that she needs. Right. Now. As she's looking for her phone and her keys she hears a strange sound, a cell phone's ringing, but it's not hers. Jill finally finds the p…

Invaluable

16 year old Eliza has things pretty good. She has a great family that loves her, an amazing best friend Jill, and almost boyfriend Jason who leaves her really sweet love notes in her locker almost everyday. The thing is: life is really hard when you're in high school! Jill has a new boyfriend that takes up almost every minute and Eliza's younger sister Courtney is beginning to be very distant, Eliza's not sure quite when that even happened. Just when Eliza needs help the most her great-grandmother, also named Eliza, starts visiting her in her dreams, unfolding the deeper meanings of the Young Women values for Eliza and showing her some pretty incredible women, examples of those values, and what they had to go through in their lives. Eliza treasures this time with her long dead great-grandmother, even as she knows that it will soon come to an end, but what she doesn't realize is just how fast these lessons will become necessary to help Eliza, Jill and even Courtney. I L…

Slayers

Tori's just a senator's daughter. She has always wanted to go to Dragon Camp, because of her love for them, but until now has been unable to convince her wealthy parents that she should go there, they've always wanted her to attend things like finishing school instead. Finally this year, she was able to convince them because there was a class included that she could get college credit for. But Dragon Camp seems a bit strange, instead of checking in where all of the regular campers do, she's led straight to the camp director, Dr Bartholomew who assigns her to a cabin. That cabin seems to be far away from camp, you have to drive a golf cart to get there and back. And the other campers seem just a little strange to her. Soon she learns that she and all the other campers that she's with are Slayers. This select group of kids were all in their pregnant mother's stomachs when their mothers were exposed to a dragon's egg, this changed the DNA of the children to gi…

Free One Day Only: Sykosa

FREE One Day Only: Sykosa, Part I: Junior Year by Justin Ordoñez "Sykosa makes for some compelling reading. Older teens and adults alike will enjoy Ordoñez 's tale for its humor, realism and relatable protagonist." -- Kirkus Indie Review




Sykosa (that’s “sy”-as-in-“my” ko-sa) is a junior in high school. She belongs to an exclusive clique of girls called the “Queens.” The leader is her best friend Niko. Their friendship has been strained lately because Tom—Sykosa's first boyfriend—has gotten all serious about making her his pretty Prom princess. That is if he ever gets around to asking her. Before Prom, there’s a party at Niko’s cottage where parental supervision will be nil. He wants to have sex. She doesn’t. He sometimes acts like that doesn’t matter.
It matters.
Sykosa has a secret she has never told anyone about. Although, some people—Tom included—know anyway. It happened last year and it was big and she’ll cry if she talks about it so she’s done talking about it, okay…

Daughter of Helaman

Keturah is one of four children, the rest are boys. They are Ammonites living in the Nephite lands. They know that the Lamanites are wanting to start a war with the Nephites, but all of their parents have taken oaths that they would never fight again. So they are raising an army, one of all the young men who were just children when their parents took that oath. In the midst of all of this preparing, Keturah is unsure of her place, she would like to fight with her brothers, but her mother keeps making noises about seeing her betrothed and married to her next door neighbor and best friend Zeke. Keturah and Ezekiel  have been best friends ever since they were little children, but she's not sure that she's ready to think about being married to anyone. She just wants to fight and be a good addition to the army. She is eventually able to get her brother Kenai to help train her to fight, but he just thinks that he's training her to protect herself. Soon Keturah will need to be te…