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Blog Tour - The Emerald Ring

One seemingly normal day, 12 year old Sara is searching through her grandma's attic when she comes across a beautiful ring. Thinking it would be fun to try it on, Sara tries and it immediately becomes stuck on her finger. No amount of prying will break it free. What Sara doesn't know is that the Emerald Ring is a magical ring, and since she tried it on, it's chosen her. As soon as it becomes stuck on her finger, Sara begins having strange dreams that seem to be set in the desert of Egypt. Wondering what on earth is going on, Sara starts some research about Cleopatra and soon discovers that the beautiful emerald was one of several in Cleopatra's necklace that she had worn near the end of her life, but that all the stones had disappeared around the time that she died and no one knows where any of the stones are now. Sara and her family are in danger and they don't even know it. There has been a series of burglaries in their small Ohio town, even one at Sara's bes…

Lady Outlaw

Jennie Jones has just been trying to hold her small family of her younger brother Will and grandmother together and stay on their ranch at the same time. Unfortunately life is getting in the way. The ranch is not completely paid for and Mr Dixon, the banker that holds the note is insisting that it be paid off, right away, and Jennie has no way of earning the money. She's headed home on the stage, when she realizes that she's riding home with a couple of thieves that robbed the last stage. She figures that there's no way anyone would miss $500 dollars of the money they stole and she can turn the thieves in as soon as she steals from them. Her plan goes off without a hitch and she's able to put a small dent in the bank loan. But it will take a lot more stealing to pay off the loan. 7 months later, Jennie is stealing from thieves yet again, this time she's not getting away from them so easily. Enter Caleb Johnson, he has no idea why these rough men are chasing the bea…

21 Principles - Review and Giveaway

Book summary from Deseretbook.com: "As you seek spiritual knowledge, search for principles," counsels Elder Richard G. Scott. "Principles are concentrated truth, packaged for application to a wide variety of circumstances."

In this exciting book, Elder Scott offers 21 principles distilled from his life experiences. These "concentrated truths" will help you understand more fully how to be guided by the Spirit. Elder Scott's brief explanations open the way for your own discovery and exploration.

"I bear witness that Jesus Christ knows you personally," Elder Scott writes. "He will provide answers to every difficult problem in your life as you trust Him and do all you can to understand and apply His doctrine and strive to live by the Spirit." 21 Principles will be a valuable tool in that quest.

I know that for me, when I am living right and have the Spirit in my life, things go better. I'm not as stressed, and I have an easier time be…

Blog Tour - Day of Defense

Summary from Goodreads: There comes a point for each of us who are Latter-day Saints when we are face-to-face with those who have contrary views to ours. Oftentimes, we find ourselves feeling attacked and wish we knew just the right thing to say and how to say it.

Day of Defense: Positive Talking Points for the Latter Days transforms misconceptions and stigmas associated with the LDS Church into opportunities to effectively share the truth.

Discussion is divided into specific topics that place seemingly peculiar LDS beliefs into patterns seen in the Bible and early Christian history. Misunderstandings discussed include:

The Great Apostasy
Plural Marriage
Heaven and Hell
Man’s Potential and the Nature of God
The Book of Mormon
The Restoration

The Bible comparisons of these tough topics will give you the confidence to stand strong in the day of your defense.

I really enjoyed reading this book. There are a variety of topics that are well covered. I've been a member of the Church of Jesus Chris…

Blog Tour - Siren's Secret

Julia has had a long boring summer at home with her father in New York, she wasn't even allowed to talk to her best friend Sierra. But now it's almost time to go back for her second year of school at Lockham Castle and Julia can't wait. She'll have a bit more freedom and hopefully get to spend some extra time with her boyfriend Terrence. But things are about to get a lot more crazy for Julia. First there's the exploding package that locks down her home even more than before and then Julia sees a Siren the very first time her dad lets her go to town for a date with Terrence. Things are not looking good. Julia's father decides that they must go to Lockham Castle now, even before they were planning on going. But even within it's safe confines strange things are happening to Julia. She's not changing into her werecat as fast as she was last year, and her appearance is starting to change. These are things that Julia must keep secret, and when things get too …

Wednesdays in the Tower (Castle Glower #2)

It's a Wednesday in Castle Glower, Celie's not expecting anything to happen, the castle only adds rooms on Tuesdays, you know. But the castle has been acting strangely lately, and Celie is unable to find the schoolroom. Not for lack of looking, mind you, it's just not where it normally is. In it's place, a long spiral staircase. When Celie emerges, it's into a roofless space, and inside it she finds a large orange egg, the egg is hot to the touch. Whatever kind of egg could it be, Celie is uncertain, but sure that someone else will know. But whenever Celie tries to show anyone else the special room, the stairs leading to it disappear and they all end up in the schoolroom. It's obvious the castle wants Celie to keep the egg a secret, but why? Celie, her family, and their beloved Castle Glower are back in this fun sequel to the popular Tuesdays in the Castle. 

I love this series! I really love the idea of a castle that can add rooms whenever needed, or just becaus…

Blog Tour - All that was Promised and Journey of Promise

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All That Was Promised
In 1847 Wales Methodist Minister Richard Kenyon converts to Mormonism. Richard’s newfound faith is put to the test when he faces the anger of his former congregation, his wife’s indecisiveness, his brother’s betrayal, and the murderous intentions of misinformed villagers.   

My Review 
Richard Kenyon is a Methodist minister in Wales. He's happy with his life, though it's not perfect. He and his wife Leah have been unable to have children. They are also looked down upon by his brother and wife, and they also see their beloved niece, Amelia, not being treated very well by her parents. These things cause their hearts to ache for change, but they know there's really no way for them to change things themselves. One day Richard comes across a mob, beating a man. Richard knows this is not right and acts to protect the man. He brings him home for Leah to tend to and also because he …

One Drop at a Time

From the jacket cover: Do you sometimes wonder if your little efforts could possibly make any difference at all? Consider a simple example from nature.

Honey is “one of the foods that includes all the substances— enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water—necessary to sustain life,” writes Elder M. Russell Ballard. And yet, “Over its short lifetime of just a few weeks to four months, a single honeybee’s contribution of honey to its hive is a mere one-twelfth of one teaspoon. Though seemingly insignificant when compared to the total, each bee’s one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey is vital to the life of the hive.”

Your simple, daily acts of service matter, and this charmingly illustrated little book will lift your heart as it demonstrates the power of many righteous people working together to fill the world, one drop at a time, with the sweet truths of the gospel.

This little book is based on a talk that Elder M. Russell Ballard gave in Conference a couple of years ago. I love the message of t…

Rescuing Rosalind

Fanny "Rosalind" Edwards is a young lady having her very first season, she would love to be an actress, but that would be very frowned upon. She finds society all a bore and is going out of her way to try to make herself very outlandish. She's on the verge of losing her reputation.  Enter Captain Buckingham Kernow-Smith, Buck, he's just returned from fighting the French and doesn't have much use for society either. Between the two of them, Rosalind's reputation is very tattered. When Rosalind pushes things too far by trying to become an actress at Covent Garden, her guardians hear of it and whisk her away from town. Buck has never considered himself the marrying kind, so he's not sure what to think when he realizes that he has feelings for Rosalind. He knows that he loves her, that he doesn't want her reputation to be in shreds, but she's been whisked away by her guardians, will he be able to find her before it's too late.

This was a fun story.…

Esther the Queen

Esther is a young Jew living in the Persian kingdom of King Xerxes. She lives with her cousin Mordecai's family. She's had to care for Mordecai and Leah's children a lot lately, because Leah has just had a baby and she hasn't been up to caring for them. But Mordecai has just told Esther that it's time to betroth her to a Jewish man, and to make matters better, he is willing to allow her some say in the matter, something that wasn't normally done in this period of time. Esther is ecstatic and goes to the festival to tell her best friend Johanna the news. Johanna is happy to help her friend find just the perfect man. Leah stays home with the children, praying for Esther to see the man she should marry and know that he is the right man. Only Esther doesn't see any man that can hold her attention at the festival. Johanna and Esther are on their way home when a handsome stranger asks for help getting water from a well, but this stranger isn't just any man, i…

Rumplestiltskin

Prince Frederico Baldrich Layton is just 5 years old when his life is changed forever. He's just run from his nurse in order to find the beautiful rocks that she made him leave behind the day before. He no sooner finds the rocks than a mysterious woman steps from a bush and places a spell on Frederico. Then for some reason he no longer can run or walk the way he's been able to for his whole life. He runs to his nurse for comfort and is completely surprised when she gets a look of fear on her face and goes the other way.  Poor Frederico is banished by his parents and put into the care of a maid named Tilly. Tilly loves her Rumplestiltskin as any other mother would and is devastated when she dies years later. By this time Rumple takes care of the castle and is treated as a servant that no one cares to see. One day things change for him though. It's the anniversary of the "death of Prince Frederico" when all the people of the land are required to come and pay respec…

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Blog Tour - The Beginning of Better Days

From the back of the book: How important are women in the restored Church of Jesus Christ? We learn something about the answer to that question from a simple historical fact: In 1842, the Prophet Joseph Smith took time to attend several meetings of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo and give personal instruction to the women there. He did this at a time of great personal turmoil, when persecutions were raging and his responsibilities were heavy. He did it at a time when society barely acknowledged women as having any kind of status at all. On six separate occasions, he taught the women personally about their privileges, their opportunities, their obligations, and the blessings the Lord had in store for them in His kingdom. 
The Beginning of Better Days includes Joseph Smith's six timeless sermons to the women of Nauvoo, along with personal essays from Sheri Dew and Virginia H Pearce that help us better understand the sermons and their relevance for Latter-day Saint women today &qu…

The Epic Tales of a Misfit Hero

Andrew's now a deacon and the biggest problems he's had to worry about so far are "Deacon's Collar" and passing the Sacrament with his fly down. But the annual Deacon's camp-out is coming up. Andrew knows that something bad happened last year, but he's not quite sure what. When the Bishop mentions in Sacrament meeting to be sure to pray for the Deacons on their camp-out, Andrew knows it must have been bad. Things don't even start out good for the boys. One of them trips and face-plants in the parking lot before they've even left, in front of the Beehive class too! And the rain just won't end, even with their prayers to have it do so. This group of Deacons just can't catch a break! But when real tragedy strikes will the boys be able to remember what they've been taught and put those lessons into practice?

This was a really cute story. I liked the humor in it, and the way the boys were portrayed. I really liked the way the boys were calm …

Cover Reveal and Giveaway - Working it Out

Author Rachael Renee Anderson

Rachael Anderson is the author of four books: Divinely Designed, Luck of the Draw, Minor Adjustments, and The Reluctant Bachelorette. She's 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.

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Working It Out
A chance encounter . . . 
Grace Warren's life is safe and predictable—exactly the way she likes it. But when she gets roped into going to an auction to help out a friend, everything changes. She meets Seth Tuttle—a guy who unexpectedly kisses her then disappears, leaving her flustered and upset. If she never sees him again, it will be too soon.

A chance for love . . .  
Weeks later, when Seth limps into Grace's rehab clinic post surgery, she immediately recognizes him. Unfortunately, he…

Blog Tour - Parenting with Spiritual Power

Have you ever wished that your kids came with an instruction manual? I know that I have. This book has helped me to see that the kids themselves didn't come with an instruction manual, but I do have a manual that I have been given to help me to be a better parent to our kids. Julie K Nelson's book talks about the power of parenting examples in the scriptures. She gives examples of good parenting in the Book of Mormon and in the Bible, including our greatest example, the Savior Himself.

I don't always love to read non-fiction books, usually they take me way longer to read than fiction books and I get tired of them before I've finished. Not so with this book. I loved the way that Julie teaches how to find the Spiritual Power in the scriptures. She uses a mix of scripture references, stories from the scriptures and personal stories. I was able to read this book quite quickly, I was way interested in it. I plan to use it as a reference later on for Family Home Evenings. And…