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A Timeless Romance Anthology: Autumn Collection

Summary from Goodreads: Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: Autumn Collection. Readers will love this collection of six romantic suspense novellas, all with one thing in common: Romance.

In Heather Horrocks’ charming story, A Hound Dog Named Elvis, interior designer, Kaitlin Hartley returns to her hometown of Aspen Grove, California, to the job of her dreams after a year of specialized training in New York. During the town’s Autumn Festival, she enters her dachshund, Elvis, into the Running of the Hallowieners race. Joshua Moore, the man who hadn’t wanted her to leave Aspen Grove, but hadn’t waited for her either, enters Elvis’s sister, Priscilla. When Kaitlin gets home afterward, she realizes Elvis has left the building—with Joshua. She has the wrong dog! Can she get her dog—and the man she’s never stopped loving—back?


Eye for an Eye, Stephanie Black’s thrilling novella, follows Mallory as she is just getting her life back together, l…

Running Home

Cassidy is on her first humanitarian mission after learning about her father and Jesse's missions. She loves the children, most of all she loves working with Jesse, Sham and her best friend, Tasha. She knows that she never wants to see anything bad happen to any of the sweet children that she's met. Her enjoyment of the humanitarian mission quickly changes to horror as "Muscle Man" and some other hired thugs show up where she's working, blow up a truck, and maybe Jesse, Sham and Tasha, and start cleaning the whole village out. They are planning to sell the villagers as slaves and prostitutes. When Muscle Man spots Cassidy she knows that she must hide and fast, but what will happen to all of the other innocent villagers and what has happened to her friends? 

I really enjoyed this novella, I was kind of sad that it was so short! I think that it could have easily been a full length novel like some of her other ones, in some places the story line felt really rushed. T…

Blog Tour - Finding Sheba

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Finding Sheba by H.B. Moore An ancient legend is reborn . . . One that might prove the Bible false. For centuries, historians have theorized the Queen of Sheba as only a seductive legend, and scholars have debated over the legitimacy of King David or King Solomon. When undercover Israeli agent, Omar Zagouri, stumbles onto a tomb in Northern Jerusalem he unknowingly finds the final clue that threatens to overthrow government claim to the Holy Land, pits wealthy collectors against one another, and sends ruthless archaeologists scrambling to find the queen’s secret burial place. An assassination attempt on the Coptic Pope, His Holiness, Patriarch Stephanus II, is only the first in the chain of lethal crimes. Omar must find a way to prevent the greatest discovery of the century from becoming the most deadly.


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My Review Dr Richard Lyon knows that with the stroke of a mouse he could be signing his own death warrant. He's made a recent disc…

Pride and Precipitation

Breezy Jones is the meteorologist on the local television station in Aspen Grove, California. She is very passionate about the weather, it's all she's ever wanted to do. She's even won awards for the accuracy of her forecasts. So when the station is sold she's not at all concerned about her job, she's excited to be able to make some changes. Unfortunately, the new station manager, Noah Drake, has earned the nickname of One Man Firing Squad, which he tends to live up to. There are only a few changes he's planning on making at this station and Breezy is one of them. She ends up demoted to a position that barely uses her degrees in meteorology in favor of a diva who doesn't dress at all modestly, mainly because of her wholesome Pollyanna image. She also gives Noah a nickname of her own, Drake the Snake. But when her mom insists that she be kind to Noah and even invites him to Sunday dinner, Breezy realizes that if the situation were different she could fall in…

It Happened at the Fair

Cullen McNamara is a farmer living in North Carolina with his father. He's never planned on leaving the farm, even though he's allergic to most of the plants. His father is so proud of his invention of an automatic sprinkler system, that he takes $300 (a lot of money at the time) and buys him a booth at the Chicago World's Fair to showcase his invention. Cullen knows that the money is non-refundable, so he goes, leaving behind his fiance Wanda and his whole life. Cullen is having a problem hearing, he's been slowly losing hearing in one ear, and the noise in the Machinery building at the world's fair isn't helping him. One man suggests having a teacher of the deaf children teach him to lip-read the way they teach the children. Knowing he really doesn't have any choice if he wants to sell some sprinkler systems, he hires Della Wentworth. He doesn't plan on falling in love, but what will he ever tell Wanda?

This is a really cute book! I love the story, I l…

Chasing the Prophecy (Beyonders #3)

Jason and Rachel both know that more fighting is soon to come for them in Lyrian, but they're both enjoying the peaceful winter spent in learning more Edomic for Rachel and watching white gibbons fight for Jason. Both know just where they will be going to fulfill their own parts of the prophecy by the Oracle. Rachel will be going with Galloran back to Trensicourt to rally the country for the final fight with Maldor. Jason on the other hand is headed to Windbreak Island to the Celestine Library. His group needs to find out the final location of Darian the Pyromancer, hopefully he holds the key for the final defeat of Maldor. Both groups know that their actual chances of defeating Maldor are slim, but they both know that they must try in order for Lyrians everywhere to be able to live free lives. These journeys will take both groups through danger, fighting, and traitors, but will they also take the groups to a victory over Maldor?

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Blog Tour - Working it Out

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Working It OutA 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's every bit as frustrating and annoying as she remembered. Yet there's something about him that makes her second-guess her carefully placed boundaries even though he's everything she's sure she doesn't want in a man. But maybe Seth is exactly what Grace has needed all along—assuming she's willing to risk safe and predictable for a chance at love.
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My Review Grace Warren likes her life just as it is, she's not l…

The Bewitching of Amoretta Ipswich

Amoretta Ipswich has just moved to the west with her family from Boston. Amoretta is having a hard time "blooming where she's been planted." But little does she know things are about to change. She's had a hard time giving up Boston because of the young man that she felt like she loved. But as soon as she lays eyes on the handsome, half-undressed Brake McClendon, she knows that he is the man for her and forgets all about her Bostonian love. But she must be careful of just who she tells she's in love with Brake, she doesn't want him to find out, and she most certainly doesn't want any of the girls from town to find out either. She knows that everyone of them would love to have Brake for their own as well,and she can't have them getting jealous of her. Brake noticed Amoretta first thing and knows too that she is to be his, but first he's got to get past her father the judge and his secret that hides in the woods.

This book was cute, I love the love s…

The Runaway King

It's only been a few weeks since Prince Jaron (aka Sage) has taken over his murdered father's throne. It's the day of his family's funerals and Jaron is feeling sad and lonely and not really in the mood for the pomp and circumstance of a royal funeral, so he decides to go late and spend some time in the garden. He's happily climbing the castle when he spots someone dressed in black entering his private garden. Planning to surprise the person, he drops down on top of them, only to find the one assassin he had thought was in the garden was actually two. The second being Roden, who not only wants to kill him for being the king, he's also been sent to deliver a message to Jaron from the pirates. Jaron is to turn himself over to the pirates or there will be a bloody battle for the land of Carthya such as no one has ever seen before. Prince Jaren has no plans to do such a thing. He must convince the regents that there will be a war very soon if something is not done,…

Trouble's on the Menu: A Tippy Canoe Romp - With Recipes

Hallie Stone's estranged husband has died and he never updated his will, so everything he owned is now hers. Hallie must travel to the small town of Tippy Canoe, Montana to take care of his store, home and who knows what else. Hallie is an artist from Malibu, completely unaccustomed to driving in the snow, and as she makes her way to her hotel in the blizzard she knows that she's hit something, but hopefully not someone. Unfortunately, she's run over a woman riding a scooter. And that's just the start of her crazy journey to take care of her husband's estate and find out more about herself. Hallie soon realizes that life in a small Montana town can be just a bit silly. Things like autistic twins living in her basement, and renters paying with hay or milkshakes seem to just come with the territory. All Hallie wants to do is wrap up her business and get back to her art in Malibu, but things are never that easy. Hallie stumbles upon a mystery in Tippy Canoe and also u…

Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind

Sir Anthony is not at all happy to be asked to escort his grandmother's niece to her home in the country. He remembers Ginny from former years, all skinny and full of annoying opinions. Yet, his grandmother is firm, Sir Anthony must escort Ginny to her country home to check on her roses. Ginny and Sir Anthony start out, but all kinds of annoying things happen. First Ginny's maid becomes increasingly sick, so they stop to care for her at an inn along the way, the inn happens to be the most disgusting one there is between Grandmama's city home and her country home. At this inn, Ginny is first accosted by and then their carriage is stolen by two greasy looking men. It's comical how many bad things happen to Ginny and Sir Anthony on the way to the country, and it doesn't stop there! Ginny and Sir Anthony end up quarantined in the home of one of Grandmama's most annoying neighbor's, whose daughter, Lucinda, only wants scandal and romance. It's a recipe for d…

Blog Tour - Longing for Home Review and Giveaway

Katie was a young girl during Ireland's potato famine. She still feels responsible for her father losing his farm and also for the death of her younger sister. Katie is on her way to Wyoming to be a housekeeper for an older gentleman, Mr Archer, that she's never met. She's finally almost to her destination when she meets handsome Tavish O'Connor. Katie wants nothing to do with him and treats him accordingly. Unfortunately, the older gentleman that she thought she was going to be working for is nowhere to be found. Mr. Archer is a young widower with two young girls that he expects his housekeeper to care for. Still feeling guilty for her younger sister's death, Katie doesn't trust herself to care for young children and avoids them as much as she can. Because of Katie's feelings about children, as well as the war between the Irish of the town and the non-Irish, Mr Archer doesn't feel that he can honor his deal with Katie and allow her to work for him. Kat…

Blog Tour - Heroes of Faith

Book summary from CedarFort.comHeroes aren’t born. They’re created.

Every culture, every country, and every person has a story to tell about heroes—people who rose above difficulties and impossible odds to emerge triumphant. Heroes of Faith: True Stories of Courage and Strength is a collection of 24 remarkable stories of stalwart men and women who stood firm and valiant in the gospel despite dangerous mobs, flying bullets, physical handicaps, extreme hardships, and dictatorial regimes.

Through this book you will discover that the simple—yet glorifying—courage that creates heroes is something you already have in your life. As you read, you will realize the potential of your own testimony to help you become a hero.

My Review: This book is really awesome! I love the stories that Marlene Bateman Sullivan shares of people who had faith in the Lord. Some of them had their faith rewarded with their lives being spared, and some of them had their faith rewarded by being able to return to live w…

Take a Bow

Emme, Sophie, Carter, and Ethan all are trying out for a performing arts school. Some of them are used to being the big fish in the small pond, while some of them are used to being overlooked for that big fish. This is the story of their journey from trying out for the school to their senior year. There will be triumphs, and heartbreaks for all of these kids. But they will always know that they are there for one another, no matter what. Emme is an amazing songwriter, but that's the only thing she sees, and she doesn't think her songs are even that good, but that Sophie singing them is what makes them good. Emme has other talents that she just can't see. Sophie is Emme's best friend and she feels she has a right to any song that Emme is writing and that Emme will come running whenever she calls. Carter is Sophie's boyfriend. He was a child actor, but no one really knows what's underneath that. Ethan secretly has a thing for Emme, but throws himself at other girl…

First Kiss (Confessions of a 16 Year-Old Virgin Lips)

Brooklyn Hill is about to have the best, most amazing birthday in a good LDS girl's life. She's about to turn 16. She's a VL (Virgin Lips) planning to stay that way for a good long time, but at the same time she wants to date the most good looking guys that she can. She'll start with Luke on her 16th birthday, he's a good friend from swim team, so she knows that she'll have a great time. But things get confusing when several of the other girls from school and swim team start telling her that she needs to be careful with Luke. It seems there are many, many girls that had a really bad experience on their first dates with him. But nothing bad can happen...right? They're going in a group, on a hike it should be fine. Brooklyn can't dismiss the bad feeling she keeps getting about the date, but chooses to go anyway. Will she regret that choice?

I love Cindy Hogan! She is able to get right into the minds and hearts of teenagers. I loved the feel of this book, y…

The Orchard

Alisen Embry was just a girl of 13 when her mom died. Although such a young girl, she recognized the love that her mom had for her cherry orchard and because of her mom's love for it, she also developed a love for the orchard. She begged her father to allow her to continue to care for it. He was only too happy to not have to have Alisen around during that time, because she looked so much like her dead mother, so he agreed. 10 years later, Alisen knows that her family needs to rent out their family home, her father has spent way too much money and the only way that they can afford to keep their home is to rent it out for a while, but convincing her dad will be the hardest. When they find a renter, Alisen realizes that they are related to her former fiance Derick, who her father convinced her not to marry. Alisen has regretted not marrying Derick ever since, but she is prideful and refuses to contact him, or to allow him to be contacted by others. But when she is thrown into situati…

Blog Tour - Emma: A Latterday Tale, Review, Giveaway, and Guest Post

23 year old Emma has just sent her best friend, Aunt Tanya, off on her honeymoon after playing matchmaker for her and her new husband. The thrill of being a matchmaker has Emma looking around for her next victim. She finds it in the form of Harriet, an 18 year-old nanny from Utah living in their ward. Harri has black hair and always wears baggy clothes, she definitely needs a make over and a boyfriend. And Emma has the perfect candidate for her boyfriend too, Phil Elton, he's just got to be looking for a girlfriend. With a plan all set, Emma's off to talk to Harri and get started. But things don't go quite as she had planned, and soon both Harri and Emma are discouraged and Emma feels as though her life is spinning out of control. With the help of friends Justin, and Jenna, and her father and Tanya, Emma is eventually able to get herself and her life back on track and moving forward again. But she's learned a valuable lesson about being overly pushy in the lives of oth…

Second Chances

Fed up with not only Hollywood's version of The Bachelor, but also the dating scene of the Huntington Beach single's ward, Louisa has decided to make her own Bachelor show, the Mormon Bachelor. It will run on the internet and hopefully make her new advertising business money and also get more business. The only problem is that the bachelor that she handpicked has just gotten himself into a relationship. It's days before filming and Louisa needs to find herself a Mormon man, hopefully handsome, likable and very free for the next few weeks. But where is she going to find him? Luckily her best friend and business partner, Molly has already done what she felt needed to be done. She's e-mailed Louisa's ex-boyfriend Nick, a handsome actor, and asked him to call Louisa. Louisa is furious, but knows she doesn't have any other choice. She must make Nick want to be The Mormon Bachelor and date 21 pretty girls, which she is able to do. But Louisa doesn't count on the …

Betsy and the Great World and Betsy's Wedding

Betsy and the Great World: Betsy has been at college for a couple of years now, but it's just so hard for her to want to continue. It doesn't help that Joe has moved from Minneapolis to Boston and that most of Betsy's friends are nearly done with college. Betsy and her father get together and determine that Betsy will be a better author if she is able to travel and see the "Great World." So a ticket is booked for Betsy on a ship bound for Europe, and the adventure of a lifetime. But will Betsy be able to deal with her homesickness? Will she miss her ex-boyfriend Joe, or will she be able to move on with someone else that she meets on her journeyings? 

Betsy's Wedding Betsy is coming home to America, because of the war in Europe. She's happy because she got a message from Joe asking her to come home. She can't wait to see him and get off the over crowded ship that she was lucky enough to be able to get passage home on. Joe meets her and first thing asks …

Winona's Pony Cart

Winona of Deep Valley is just about to have her eighth birthday and she knows just what she wants, a little printing press, no, a doll as big as a baby, no, a PONY (yes)! But her mother thinks that Winona is already in need of behaving in a more dignified manner and a pony will definitely not help with that. Maybe if she's really good and does the things she's supposed to, she can still get a pony. Winona's mother is getting everything ready for her birthday party, invitations sent to children of her parents and others her mother decides on, a cake and ice cream of course. Winona has certain ideas on which children she wants invited to her party and issues invitations to them without ever informing her family. She's not sure if she ought to have said something or not. But what will happen when all of the guests she has invited come to the party along with the ones her mother has invited?

This was a really cute book. I love that it talks about Winona as a young girl. You…

The Guy Next Door

29 year old Eva's life is just about perfect. She loves teaching Kindergarten in small town Ephraim, Utah. She loves that she can live close to her sister's family, all the family she has left since her parents died. And she really loves that she is engaged to Sean Langley. What's not to love?? Just the little things, things like Sean picking out her clothes, their wedding china without her, and his creepy friend Neil. Still things are good for Eva, she even gets a new niece, Melody. But when a tragic accident takes both Eva's sister and her husband, leaving Melody with Eva, things take a turn for the worse. Eva knows without a doubt she needs to be Melody's mother, but Sean refuses to have anything to do with the baby, leaving Eva uncertain where they stand and if they are even ever going to get married. Eva takes the chance to lean on her kind, caring next-door neighbor Peter and knows she could have feelings for him, but there's a great deal of mystery about…

Blog Tour - The Reluctant Blogger

Todd Landry thinks that blogging is stupid, he's only even tried because his therapist, Dr Schenk, insisted that if he didn't their therapy sessions were through. When he overcomes the idea of blogging being stupid, Todd realizes that it's actually a really good outlet for his feelings of depression that he's experienced since his wife died. Todd has to learn to navigate the world of being a single parent with the help of his parents, and some miscellaneous friends. But that's not enough, he's also thrust back into the single adult dating and activities scene that he hasn't ventured into in the last 15 years. His mom is extremely supportive, but his dad seems to be trying to force him into getting married, something that Todd doesn't feel that he's ready for, and it's more than obvious that his oldest daughter isn't ready for this radical change either. But when he meets Emily, a single adult who is beautiful and has a listening ear, Todd is…