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The 13th Day of Christmas

9 year-old Charlee is getting used to her new reality. Her family no longer has a home of their own, they now live in a trailer in a much smaller town than they lived in before. She has no friends and her older brother Zach just wants to play video games. Then Charlee meets Miss Marva. Miss Marva is a widow living by herself in the only home in the small trailer park where Charlee's family lives. Charlee and Miss Marva become BFF's despite their large age difference. They are almost inseparable. Miss Marva knows that times are hard for Charlee's family and she wants to help them have a nice Thanksgiving, so she invites the whole family. The day is beautiful and they all have such a great time, but dinner's not even over before Charlee ends up collapsed on the kitchen floor unconscious. After hours of waiting in the hospital waiting room, they are given the bad news, Charlee has a large brain tumor that must be removed at once. Things look really bleak for the family af…

The Unlikely Gift of Treasure Blume

Treasure Blume has a "gift," but it's kind of a strange one. This gift is that she "triggers fear and dislike in all she meets." This doesn't sound like much of a gift, but Treasure is able to use it to weed people out of her life that don't tell her the truth. It also makes her life kind of hard, from the moment Grammy Blume told Treasure and her dad about the gift, her parents have been protecting her from others. Including her mother making sure that she had a student teaching job, and even offering to get her a full time teaching job. But Treasure really wants to make it on her own, so she moves to Las Vegas, where anyone with a teaching certificate can get a job, gets a job at a school where there's no chance that anyone will ever like her, and begins living her life. There's plenty of bad blind dates, crazy sweaters, and polyester, but pretty soon Treasure learns to love her life in Las Vegas and all of the kids that don't necessarily …

Stealing Magic: A Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure

Jack and Ruthie thought that their lives would go back to normal after all of the media attention the received for writing their school report on the Thorne rooms. Unfortunately, they were wrong. Ruthie starts having vivid dreams about the rooms. The first being a clue about the Bento box that they left in the Japanese room. When Ruthie goes back to find it, it's quickly apparent that someone else has been there first. There's a note written at the bottom of the note they left in the box, which could be dangerous, because Jack and Ruthie had their names on the note. Then things get weirder when they notice that some of the miniatures are disappearing from the rooms they belong in. Some of those rooms no longer seem to be "animated" which means you can't use those rooms to access the time periods of those rooms anymore. To top it all off, there's an art thief on the loose! Jack and Ruthie must figure out who's taking the artifacts from the Thorne rooms, an…

Finding the Baby Jesus Blog Tour - Review and Tens List

I'm happy that my blog is today's stop for Finding the Baby Jesus. I have a review and also a top ten list from author Kimball Fisher. Check out the Tour Schedule.



Finding the Baby Jesus by Kimball Fisher

After being forced to wear lederhosen for the annual holiday card picture, twelve-year-old Chris thinks that the least his parents can do is get him the Tony Hawk skateboard he wants for Christmas. But when he recovers the hand-carved Baby Jesus that everyone thought had been destroyed in a fire the year his Grandma died, Chris realizes that some gifts are even more important than skateboards.

When the author had to discontinue a cherished tradition of reading Christmas stories out loud with his family and holiday guests each week in December, he wrote Finding the Baby Jesus. He had been unable to locate enough meaningful stories that could be read in a single sitting with wiggly children.



Praise for Finding the Baby Jesus:

“Tender and true, this warm Christmas tale brought tears …

Journey to the Fringe

War is threatening in the kingdom of Lyria, the Southern realm is trying to take over Lyria. Things look especially dark when Princess Ivy, the most beloved to the Lyrians is abducted. None of the Lyrians are sure just what to do, so it takes a while, but eventually a small number of them set out to save her from the Fringe, a far distant and dangerous place for them to go. Our heroes for this adventure are Simon, he's a fool, Gilda, she's a witch who's just had her witches trade stone revoked because she's never actually done magic, Burr, a small boy who steals away into the ship the heroes are on and Merrick, captain of the vessel they are to sail on. These heroes, along with Princess Ivy will go to far off places, fight the evil with in their midst and most importantly learn valuable lessons about themselves and others, in their quest to get back to Lyria and help in the coming battle before it's too late.

I LOVED this book! I've had it on hold at the library…

Demons

Kate's life has just gotten back to "normal." But for her "normal" includes being able to read people's emotions through their aura's, having a boyfriend who is really, really old (we're talking hundreds of years here!) and being hunted by a demon. She knows that she's a target for the demon because she's a seer. What she doesn't know is just who else is hunting her. Kate knows that she must keep her family consisting of her grandparents and twin younger sisters safe from the Demon Lord. She's counting on her boyfriend and guardian, Patrick, to help her do that. Throw in her semi-crazy best friend Lee, and you've got a colorful and fun cast of characters. The plot will keep you guessing just what will happen next. 

I loved this book! The only hard thing for me was that it was a second book in a series and I hadn't read the first one. I loved the characters, Kate and Patrick work well together. I loved the crazy Lee and her rai…

Guest Post and Review- Once Upon a Baby

My blog is today's stop in the blog tour of Once Upon a Baby. Today we'll have a guest post by author Shari Guess and a review of picture book Once Upon a Baby. You can check out the other stops on the tour here.

All Coming Back To Me

Writing a children’s book has made me wax nostalgic-thinking back to seeing a book through the eyes of a child, and to the many books that were my favorites. I’m proud to say that many of those books are now on my son’s bookshelf and they still bring a smile to my lips and a warm-fuzzy to my heart when I read them yet again.
Some of the earliest books I recall loving were just plain, great stories. Classic books such as Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel , Where the Wild Things Are and maybe a few you have never heard of: Land of the Lost Buttons, Harvey’s Hideout, Miss Twiggly’s Tree, How Fletcher Was Hatched, The Cookie Tree and The Monkey’s Whiskers.
I also liked books that were a little quirky, being enamored by James and the Giant Peach, The Chr…

Blog Tour - Secrets of the Red Box

Secrets of the Red Box Blog Tour




Secrets of the Red Box
Bonnie has secrets to keep - secrets with the potential to destroy lives, including her own. Running from her destructive and pain filled past, she recreates herself, believing she has escaped the damning evidence hidden in the red box. When her former life is revealed by a cruel twist of fate, Bonnie faces losing everything, including Glen, the only man she’s ever loved. But is Bonnie the woman he thinks she is? Set against the backdrop of the 1940s, Secrets of the Red Box is filled with intrigue and suspense - sure to keep you guessing to the very end!

Purchase Link: Amazon



Author Vickie Hall

Vickie is a native of Utah, but growing up, lived in the states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, and Nebraska. When she's not writing, she's composing music, or shopping with her sister. She loves animals of all kinds and camping with her family. Her favorite pastime is watching old movies on TCM, and unashamedly has a crush on Cary Grant.

Blog Tour - Texting Through Time: John Taylor and the Mystery Puzzle

Micah and Alicia are tired of the heat one summer's day. They decide the best way to get out of the heat is to use their dad's special phone and travel back in time to the England of John Taylor's day. Micah and Alicia have used their dad's special phone previously to learn about Brigham Young's time, but this time they are not going alone, this time their dad is going to go with them. Or is he? When they arrive in England their dad is not there. Unsure of just what happened, they are able to meet John Taylor and get to know him through key events in his life. They also gain a greater testimony of living prophets. Their dad made several changes to the phone since the last time they were able to use it, and one of those changes was to add a puzzle. Micah and Alicia must complete the puzzle on the phone to get back home. But the phone battery runs out when they are still in France,Website Micah and Alicia must find all the faith they possess to figure out a solution …

A Winter Dream

Joseph Jacobson loves everything about his life. He has amazing parents, 12 brothers and sisters, and a great job at the family advertising company. He's also obviously the favorite child of his very successful father. Little does he know that that's all about to change! One day, his brothers call him into a meeting, they've planned this meeting for when their parents are out of town. They tell Joseph that his little brother, Benjamin, has been embezzling from the company and that unless Joseph gives into their demands they will prosecute Benjamin and he will be going to jail. The demands: Joseph will leave the very next day for Chicago, he will not contact their parents, and he will leave the jacket that his father had given him. Joseph doesn't want to go, but he doesn't want Benjamin to go to jail either. So he packs his bags and is on the flight that his brothers graciously booked for him. They also got him a job and an apartment in Chicago, but Joseph knows no …

Cover Reveal - Heart of the Ocean

Here's an extra post for you today. The cover for Heather B. Brown's upcoming book Heart of the Ocean, which I'll be reviewing in January is ready! I am way excited to read this one and to share the cover of it with you! I think the cover's beautiful! What do the rest of you think?



Heart of the Ocean
by Heather B. Moore

A dark secret . . . a grieving ghost  . . . a handsome stranger  . . .
What more could Eliza Robinson want?
Except for maybe her life.

In Heather B. Moore’s enthralling 1840’s historical romance, Heart of the Ocean, Eliza Robinson has turned down the very pretentious Mr. Thomas Beesley’s marriage proposal. As a business partner of Eliza’s father, Thomas quickly discredits the family and brings disgrace to the Robinson name.

While her father scrambles to restore his good name in New York City, Eliza flees to the remote Puritan town of Maybrook to stay with her Aunt Maeve. Although relieved to be away from all- things-male and unforgiving gossip columns, odd thi…

Blog Tour - Jeremy's Christmas Journey

Jeremy is a young boy, who just wants to be "normal" and be able to run and play with the other kids. Jeremy was in a car accident when he was a small child and he became paralyzed and wheelchair bound. Jeremy barely remembers being able to run and play. His parents are just grateful that he's survived, and believe that one day he will be healed and able to walk again. Jeremy has found it to painful to continue to hope for something that will never be, so he's given up his hope that he could ever be healed and is starting to wonder if there really is a caring God. On Christmas Eve he goes to sleep trying to understand and has an amazing dream, he has no idea that this dream will change his outlook on life and his whole life in general.

This book was really cute! I enjoyed Jeremy's story. I really enjoyed his dream. The really fun thing about this book is the music that goes with it. It kind of reminded me of The Forgotten Carols, because when you buy this book you…

A Mutiny in Time: Infinity Ring #1

Summary from Goodreads:  Scholastic's next multi-platform mega-event begins here! History is broken, and three kids must travel back in time to set it right! 

When best friends Dak Smyth and Sera Froste stumble upon the secret of time travel -- a hand-held device known as the Infinity Ring -- they're swept up in a centuries-long secret war for the fate of mankind. Recruited by the Hystorians, a secret society that dates back to Aristotle, the kids learn that history has gone disastrously off course.Now it's up to Dak, Sera, and teenage Hystorian-in-training Riq to travel back in time to fix the Great Breaks . . . and to save Dak's missing parents while they're at it. First stop: Spain, 1492, where a sailor named Christopher Columbus is about to be thrown overboard in a deadly mutiny!

I have normally liked the books I've read by James Dashner, but I have to confess that I wasn't able to finish this one. I thought that the two friends Dak and Sera worked, along…

Blog Tour - Open Fire: J Golden Kimball Takes on the South

Summary from Goodreads: In this fast paced story filled with holy hi-jinx and missionary mayhem, Golden squares off with his characteristic cowboy sense of humor against everything from spiteful preachers to the threat of death at the hands of the terrible Ku Klux Klan. Join Golden as he takes on the South with these unbelievable, true stories.

J Golden Kimball is a bit of a legendary character to those of the LDS (Mormon) faith. He's well known for his colorful language and character. The myths about this character abound. In this fun book, author Scott M Hurst, introduces us to J Golden Kimball from his very beginnings. One of the many sons of pioneer Heber C Kimball, Golden had not intention of serving a mission. He was far happier ranching. One day when he was nearing 30, his beloved mother secures a promise from him to at least ask if a mission would be an option for him. He asks and when he never hears back from the Church, he knows that a mission isn't for him and he rea…