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Chalice Stratford is in the witness protection program, so she can no longer be herself, accomplished plastic surgeon, now she's started her first day as a docent in a French museum. There's a class of children in an hour before the museum opens when there is a disturbance made by three men. The men order everyone, including Chalice to get on the floor. But the teacher of the class cannot seem to comprehend the situation and she just keeps screaming. This focuses the attention of the men on her, and when it becomes obvious they mean to hurt her in front of her class, Chalice intervenes. This only serves to make her the hostage, a situation eerily similar to her prior life. But what she doesn't know is that one of the robbers is Omar Zagouri, undercover agent, will he allow his thugs to hurt Chalice?

This book is super short, it's a novella, and I was able to read it really quickly. I liked Chalice, but I really wished for more of her story. How can you not like the hand…

Blog Tour - Room Recipes

From exciting entryways to DIY dining rooms, professional interior designer Tonya Olsen has just the right recipes to make every room in your home a showstopper. Room Recipes: A Creative and Stylish Guide to Interior Design is the ultimate resource for homeowners looking to spice things up or decorate a space from scratch. Inside this guide you’ll find:

-eye-catching examples of beautiful, budget-friendly designs
-step-by-step instructions to recreate even the most elaborate rooms
-palettes that break each room into individual patterns, colors, and textures

Create a kitchen or whip up a washroom with these no-fail design formulas and transform your house into your dream home, one room at a time.

This is a really cool book. It's written in a cookbook type style. There are tons of great ideas on how you can update your entryway, kitchen, bedrooms, dining room, and any other room you can think of. I really love the do-it-yourself ideas. There are instructions for making things like kitche…

The House at Rose Creek

Kate Sinclair has built a happy life for herself in Atlanta, but she's cut herself off from her family. Kate's parents died when she was a child and she was raised by her aunt Mary. But as she grew up, work not family became the most important and Kate has missed things that she never should have missed, including her cousin's husband's funeral. But when Aunt Mary dies and Kate knows that she must go home to Rose Creek to honor the woman who raised her as her own, she's nervous. Will she be able to fix her the mistakes that she regrets? As she spends more time in Rose Creek for the reading of the will, and realizes that Aunt Mary has left her the old family home, Kate becomes more and more attached to the slower life of life in Rose Creek. She even meets a man that she is very attracted to, Andrew. Kate begins to clean her new home out and finds a journal of one of her several great-grandfathers and realizes that life is not all about work and that she needs to be …

Blog Tour and Giveaway - A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom

Summary from Cedar Fort
“What’s happened?” Amber asked.
“One of your students was critically injured in an accident.”
Amber let out a squeak. “Who?”

Tragedy brings heartache to the community of Apple Blossom. A car takes the life of 6-year-old Mary Noel Simmons’s best friend—her dog—and nearly destroys Mary Noel’s spirit as well. Now she lies at the hospital, traumatized and silent, while the medical bills are piling up with no way for her parents to pay them.

That is, until Mary Noel’s teacher, Amber Kellen, breaks out of her quiet, lonely life to help.

With the help of her new friend, Paul, Amber sets out to solve the family’s financial problems by involving the entire community. And as the two friends work together, they discover that creating a Christmas miracle may also have some unexpected benefits. Filled with romance and kindness, this story of hope and faith will warm your hearts.

My Review: It's just a normal day for first grade teacher Amber Kellen, she's getting her les…

Mind Games

Sofia (Fia) and her blind sister Annie both have extraordinary talents. Fia has perfect instincts, she always knows just what to do. Annie is able to see the future, mostly Fia's future. They were both recruited by a school for girls with talents like theirs, but what they didn't know was that the school was a training ground to exploit the talents of the girls, not train them. Now both Annie's and Fia's loyalties are kept for the school's good by threatening the life of the other sister. Fia has been sent to kill a man, and she doesn't know why, she does know that Annie will die if she doesn't. When the man shows kindness to a lost puppy, Fia knows that she can't kill the man, Adam, she knows that Annie will die, but only if she can't find a way to fool the man that sent her to kill Adam. She knows that as long as none of the seers can see her plans to save Adam, Annie will be safe. What she can't know however is just who really ordered Adam…

Proceed with Caution

Brooke Clayton knows that she has to escape from her apartment without attracting the notice of the police watching the parking lot. So she takes one last glance at her phone, knowing her mother is going to be worried, and heads out the back way to get lost in the flow of humanity. As soon as her mom, Neely, realizes that she can't reach Brooke, she goes to her brother Major Dane, knowing that if anyone can find her, he and his team of highly trained army men can. They head to Neely's home in Nashville to set up a command center where they can work on finding Brooke before she gets hurt, without even having any idea why she's disappeared in the first place. Dane trusts just one man to protect his niece, Hunter code named Owl because of his amazing eyesight. But when Hunter and Brooke have to run and end up posing as a married couple in a Civil War reenactment sight, the more pressing danger is Brooke falling in love with another man not willing to commit his life to her. 


Blog Tour - Consider the Blessings

About the bookIf you ask people what they love most about President Thomas S. Monson’s teaching style, chances are they’ll say something about the personal experiences he relates. The accounts President Monson shares are always true, taken from his own life or the real lives of other people. Those warm, memorable accounts have truly become a hallmark of his messages.
Who can forget the woman who saved one of the two sticks of gum Elder Monson passed out to youth in postwar Germany? Or the neighbor who returned a box of baseballs to young Tommy as a thank-you for his kindness to her? Or the father who declined to attend a “Mormon” meeting with his family but had his heart softened by a message he heard on a radio that was actually broken?

My Review: Who doesn't love President Monson and the way he is able to teach us life lessons through a simple story? I was really excited to read this book that celebrates President Monson's 50th anniversary of when he was called as a prophet.…

The Frog Prince

Prince Nolan is betrothed to one of those girls, you know the kind - brainless and spineless. At least that's what it seems like from her letters. He decides that he must meet her and get to know her, but he must go in disguise so that she won't know that it's him. He has an old herb woman turn him into the most disgusting creature that he can think of, a frog with warts and all, so that he can see if she's as mindless as she seems to be before he has to go through with the wedding. 

Meanwhile Princess Blythe is just as annoyed with Prince Nolan's letters. The latest one is just as selfish as any of the others, all about his accomplishments, never once asking about her accomplishments, hopes, or dreams. She knows that she can't marry such a selfish man. She throws his letter into the pond. And then, as she's tossing her ball made of crystal, it also falls into the pond. She knows that her mother will kill her if she ruins another beautiful gown, so she despa…

Blog Tour - Written on Our Hearts

About the book: If you have ever found the Old Testament intimidating, you're not alone. The less-familiar history, themes, and language, coupled with the length of the book, make it a difficult read for many. But author Emily Freeman loves the Old Testament, and as she shares some of the wonderful things she has learned in her study of this book of scripture, you will find yourself coming to love it too.
Written on Our Hearts is not a commentary or an intensive doctrinal study. Instead, Emily writes about the stories of the Old Testament, stories of trusting and overcoming and enduring and believing. Within these stories are all kinds of applications for the challenges we face today.
"There will come a moment in your life," the author says, "when you or someone you love will struggle with a challenge so great you will wonder how you will make it through. In that moment you will long to better understand the Savior's role as the Deliverer, and to do that you must …

Eliza: The Life and Faith of Eliza R Snow

Eliza Roxcy Snow is one of the best known LDS woman pioneers. She's known as Zion's Poetess because of her beautiful poetry. One of the most amazing things about her is that she was well educated in a time when women really weren't educated, it was just something that was important to her and to her parents for her to be educated. That allowed her to work as a teacher first in Kirtland, later in Nauvoo and Salt Lake City. This allowed her to be a surrogate mother to many children when she was unable to have children of her own. I'm sure it was a great comfort to her in her childless years to be able to be around and influencing so many youngsters. I have always had a special place in my heart for Eliza, but never more so than after our trip to Nauvoo last summer. Eliza was depicted in the pageant that the LDS Church puts on in Nauvoo very prominently. I love that she's one of the main characters. The young lady who played her last year was just amazing too! She bro…

Blog Tour - Just Ella

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Just Ella by Annette K. LarsenBook Summary: A Proper Romance Ariella was only looking for a distraction, something to break up the monotony of palace life. What she found was a young man willing to overlook her title and show her a new and vibrant way of life. But when her growing feelings for Gavin spiral out of control and clash with the expectations of her station, she will discover that the consequences of her curiosity are far more severe than she’d imagined. I watched in helpless horror as two guards hauled Gavin to his feet and dragged him from the room. My voice was frozen, unable to protest as another guard took hold of my arm, leading me upstairs. From the confines of my room, I stared into the darkness beyond my window, hoping to catch one more glimpse of Gavin. He was gone, and I wondered if he would have been better off if he had never met me. I write clean romance. Why? Because that’s what I love to read, but over the years I’ve discovered it’s quite a c…

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Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality

Lexi is a great girl. She's friends with everyone. But her life isn't as great as it seems to be. Her younger sister Mackenzie or Mac is 7 and constantly in beauty pageants. Her family is broken, her father left and her mom lost it and started entering the beautiful Mac into pageants. Unfortunately, the pageants are taking all of their money and Mackenzie has turned into a brat, even going so far as to tell Lexi that she's ugly. Lexi is not ugly, but rarely has time between pageants, her job and school to do anything at all for herself. She's even overheard her high school crush and good friend telling another boy that she has a "great personality", which of course means that she's not pretty. Lexi is fed up and decides with some persuasion from her friend Benny, that it's time to Glam Up, thinking that will make her life wonderful. But that's not quite what happens and Lexi is able to learn a valuable lesson about the beauty on the inside of peop…

Blog Tour - Carla Kelly Christmas Collection

Summary from Cedar Fort: Come explore Regency London with Carla Kelly! This collection features four stories that will warm your heart with Christmas cheer:

The Christmas Ornament: When the father of his now-deceased best friend hints that he should consider his daughter as a potential wife, Lord James Crandall isn’t sure he can get past the fact that he used to tease her mercilessly when she was just a girl. But once he finds out how brilliant her mind is, he’s not sure he can get past the fact that she’s a woman. Add in the fact that her charms have garnered the attentions of other gentlemen, Lord Crandall is in for quite the roller coaster Christmas.

Make a Joyful Noise: Widower Marquis Peter Chard is grateful for his two children, but not so grateful when his mother gives him the chore of recruiting people for the parish Christmas choir competition. When recently widowed and pregnant Rosie Wheatherby turns up with the voice of an angel and the looks to match, Lord Chard isn’t about …

Blog Tour - Huber Hill and the Golden Staff of Cibola

Huber Hill, his sister Hannah, and best friend Scott are glad to be home after their trip to Spain, but they are returning home with heavy hearts. They return to their empty homes, because the Brotherhood of Coronado have kidnapped their parents. They know they must find them quickly, it could be too late. They head first to Huber's house, hoping against hope that all will be well there and they can find a clue to lead them to their parents, but unfortunately they encounter one of the kings of the Brotherhood of Coronado, and he almost captures them. But thanks to their friend, Eagle Claw, the three friends are able to escape and head to New Mexico to find their new friends Alejandro and Yesenia. There's only one little problem, none of them are supposed to be driving, they're not old enough, so when Scott gets caught by the police the three teenagers make a run for it. They find themselves as hitchhikers aboard the freight train to Santa Fe. Where they will find a long lo…

The Inventor's Secret (Cragbridge Hall #1)

It's the year 2074, and school is very different from what it is today. In gym class, you're going to run up a virtual mountain with your class and a class from halfway around the world. You're also going to study history in a far different way, you'll actually be able to "be" there in a way that no one else has ever experienced. This is what school is like in the most advanced and prestigious school in the world, Cragbridge Hall. Enter Abby and Derick Cragbridge, twins and grandkids of the founder of Cragbridge Hall. They're both excited to begin their educations at this amazing school, but Abby knows that the only reason she got into this school is her grandfather. She actually received a rejection letter before she received an acceptance letter. Most of the kids that are in the school have accomplished amazing things in their short lives, but Abby feels...well, average. This causes lots of the girls to look down on her and feel that their own friends, …

Blog Tour - Mile 21

Abish Miller's last year has been a blur of work, running and hiding from her family. It's no wonder, she was left a widow and had a stillborn baby within 3 weeks of each other, right before Christmas. But now it seems as though everyone is trying to make her move on, her mom, her boss, her friends, Abish isn't ready for all of this change. She's been running a set of married student apartments for her mom for the last year, but her mom is fed up with her not moving on and decides that she needs to kick her out. Abish has no where to go. Her boss who was recently made bishop of one of the Rexburg singles wards, realizing this, tells her that he's happy to help her find an apartment. Abish knows that she must find one, and quick, living on the street is not approved housing for BYU-Idaho singles, so she could get kicked out of school on top of everything else. She takes her boss up on the offer, never realizing or even considering that she would end up in his ward. …

The Pirate's Coin: A 68 Rooms Adventure

Ruthie and Jack are just normal 6th graders by day, but when they go to the Thorne rooms in the museum in Chicago they are able to turn small enough to go into those rooms and explore them. Sometimes, they are even able to explore the outside of those rooms and meet real people who lived in those time periods. One of their assignments in their 6th grade class was a genealogy report. One of their classmates, Kendra, talks about her ancestor who was a slave and was eventually able to gain her freedom and start a successful business, but her name ended up being sullied because someone else claimed that she stole their recipes for her business. She and her descendants have been trying to clear her name ever since. Something about this story reminded Ruthie of a young slave girl they were able to meet in the Thorne rooms, her name was Phoebe. When Ruthie finds the notebook that she had given Phoebe to practice learning to write in the Thorne rooms filled with recipes for lotions she knows …

Blog Tour - The Romney Family Table

About the book:Home is where good things happen--and for the Romney family, the heart of the home is the kitchen. In The Romney Family Table, Ann Romney, wife of former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney, reflects on her many years as a mom, shares family recipes, and describes some of her favorite and not-so-favorite moments of raising a family. Woven together with personal memories and traditions are Romney family favorite recipes such as Peppered Pork Chops with Peach-Vinegar Glaze, Welsh Skillet Cakes, Honey Wheat Bread (which Ann made regularly for five growing sons), and Mimi’s Buttermilk Pancakes, which she and Mitt shared with their Secret Service detail at the end of his presidential campaign.

This unique blend of heartwarming and humorous stories told in Ann’s warm, welcoming style, candid family photos spanning four decades, and more than 125 fabulous recipes will inspire your own traditions and family dinners for years to come.
My Review: This is a…

Blog Tour - Lord Trowbridge's Angel

Lord Trowbridge’s Angel

The very handsome and very bored Lord Trowbridge knows something is missing in his existence. When he is asked by a friend to escort the seemingly quiet Miss Sophie Edwards to her first ball, he has no idea she possesses the key that will unlock him. It is her secret weapon.

Once he sees his own inner workings, life unfolds in a different manner. He will do anything to capture the love of his “angel.” Unfortunately, his old life and the shibboleths of the ton stand in his way. As he wades through these afflictions, Sophie is courted by another man. Who will she choose? How can he possibly show his love for her in a way as original and unique as she is? What are Sophie’s feelings for him?

My Review

Lord Trowbridge is getting bored with all of London's society during the season. He's been asked to escort Sophie Edwards to a ball. What he doesn't realize is just how lovely she is, and how angelic she seems. He also doesn't realize that since she's …

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While our family is quite a way from having a missionary ready to serve this looks like an awesome website and an amazing new resource from Deseret Book. I know I will be checking it out and I hope that you will be too! provides new resources for missionaries and their families Where you serve is not as important as how you serve.
Salt Lake City, UT (September 17, 2013) – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints currently operates over 400 missions with more than 75,000 missionaries serving throughout the world. When the missionary age change was announced in the October 2012 general conference, a new wave of prospective missionaries began preparing for the moment they would receive their call.

After receiving the call, missionaries and families often begin their search for specific information on that mission. Until now, there has not been a centralized site to learn about the culture and people of each mission area.  On October 1st, 2013 Deseret Book Company will …

Cover Reveal - Adrenaline Rush

Here's the cover reveal for the wonderfully talented Cindy Hogan's new book, Adrenaline Rush. I am so excited for this book, I can't wait to read it! Luckily I won't have to wait very long, it will be out by the end of the month. 

About the book: A madman with a mission is kidnapping groups of thrill-seeking high school seniors across the country, and it’s up to Christy to stop him.

To do so, she must take on a fearless alter ego and infiltrate a group of adrenaline junkies bent on pushing life to the limit. Death-defying stunts are only the beginning: two groups fit the profile, and Christy must discover the real target before it’s too late.

If she chooses the wrong group, more people will disappear. But choosing right puts her as the prime target—with no guarantee that she’ll get out alive.

Find it on Goodreads.  Pre-order on Amazon

About the author Cindy Hogan: Cindy M. Hogan graduated with a secondary education teaching degree and enjoys spending time with unpredictab…