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Pistols and Pies

Tess Crawford is happy with her new life in the tiny city of Silver Spring, Arizona. She's loving her new bakery, and all of the new business she's been getting. She's on cloud nine when she bakes a giant cake that looks like the new Rec Center for it's opening. Things are going fabulous, there's only a few slices left, and she plans on leaving those for the mayor and the city councilman who oversaw the project. But when she does find him, Tess wishes she wouldn't have. He is dead with a bullet wound in his head, the second body she's found in her time in the small town. Tess vows that after almost getting killed last time, she will stay out of this investigation, but the man's widow comes to her and asks her if she would help prove her son's innocence. This starts a chain of events that will eventually lead Tess to the murderer, but also lead the murderer to Tess, will Tess be able to stay one step ahead of the murderer and keep her life?

I am reall…

Sky Jumpers

Hope is 12, she's lived in White Rock her entire life with her adoptive parents. She's never really felt as though she belongs. Everyone in the town of White Rock loves to invent, and they are really good at it, but Hope has never been able to invent anything that doesn't cause a disaster. She's hoping that her potato peeling invention this year will be the exception to that rule. Hope may not be good at inventing, but she's awesome at risk taking. One of her favorite pastimes is cliff diving into the bomb's breath, during World War III, green bombs were dropped, the bombs left behind a strange gas. The gas will kill anyone who breathes it, countless members of the town of White Rock know someone who didn't survive the bomb's breath. But Hope has figured out just how to cliff dive into it, and survive. White Rock has never had any trouble with invaders, because of the placement of the bomb's breath, but that's all about to change. Invaders come,…

Blog Tour - Warrior's Moon

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Warrior's Moon Medieval Historical Romance by Jaclyn M. Hawkes   Never in all the kingdom has there been a more brave and protective champion. Nor such a loyal and capable maiden. And they loved each other desperately. But is their love strong enough to withstand all their dark age holds—danger, feudalism, disease, and unfair oppression? Yes, they truly loved each other desperately. They loved their kingdom more.  

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Praise for Warrior's Moon
"This book has adventure, memorable characters, and tons of action. There is even romance! I absolutely loved it!!!" ~Laura (Goodreads)

"I loved this book! Great characters, I love a strong female lead. I really enjoy all of Jaclyn Hawkes books, but I must say this in one of my favorites!" ~ KMon (Amazon)

My Review: When she was 3 years old, Chantaya's family was moving in order to get out of a horrible situation for her mother Isabella. But the small family was trying to…

One Chance

Valentina is a beautiful runway model, she's never been able to form any lasting relationships with the right man, because she's constantly running from one job or country to the next. She's been invited to her cousin Sasha's wedding in California and is excited to see her friends, The Five from Aliso Creek. As she's checking in to her hotel, she notices the very handsome man in line in front of her, but she never dreams that it will be Cesar Melendez, a crush from when she was 12 and living in Puerto Rico. She's used to men treating her as if she is a piece of meat, because she's very beautiful, but Cesar treats her much as he did when they were 12. He seems to not care what she looks like and just seems to want to talk and get to know her again. But Cesar is still living in Puerto Rico and Valentina's job is based in New York, is there any way the two of them can make a relationship work?

This is a really cute novella, I like this series, because the c…

Harbor's End

Shanyn Tomlison is a young woman who's come to the small Oregon town of Harbor's End with a secret. She's a world renowned horse woman, but she's come to this small town to die. She's told no one of her diagnosis, and she's come to this small town so that she can be anonymous as she's getting ready to die. Her horse, Magic, is stabled at a stable owned by Keith Ellington's family, and he's unsure just why Shanyn seems familiar to him. Shanyn thinks that he's nice, and it is nice to have a few friends to spend time with, still she's afraid of getting too involved with anyone when she knows that she will end up dying. But with Keith and his friend's friendship, soon Shanyn feels that she will maybe be able to beat the odds and live instead of die. But then the symptoms begin in earnest. Will Shanyn survive to be able to fall in love?

This is a really cute book. It's kind of predictable, but sometimes that's just what you need. The c…

A Trusting Heart

Megan Garrett has come a long way from her high school days as a blond head cheerleader. She's learned to stop taking hair, make up and clothing advice from her mother and simply follow her heart. She's a real estate agent now, not a terribly successful one, but one who really loves homes and finding people who can also love the homes. It's time for her 10 year high school reunion and she doesn't really want to go. She knows that she will have to face her ex-fiance Dylan and his wife, her ex-best friend Taffie, and she really doesn't want to, especially not in her outfit that screams Wal-Mart special. But somehow she ends up at the hotel where the event is to be held. And the first people that she sees are, of course, Dylan and Taffie. And Dylan especially is not nice. But there is someone there to stand up for her this time, Trevor Riley, former seminary president. He surprises her by kissing her in front of everyone, and she surprises him right back by slapping h…

Finished Being Fat

Betsy Schow knew that her weight was out of control when she was so mad at the scale that she was punching it. What she didn't realize was that not only was her weight out of control but her whole life balance was out of control because she was a starter, not a finisher. You know the feeling you get when you start a new project or goal, how wonderful and rosy everything is going to be for that project. But then reality sets in and things get hard. That's when Betsy would stop whatever project it was from organizing a room to working on her weight loss. This is the story of how Betsy went from being a starter to being a finisher and just what lessons she learned on her journey to get there. 

This book was all over the internet when it first came out around the beginning of the year. Everyone was talking about how great it was, Betsy was even on The Today Show. I remember thinking how great that was for her at the time, but not really wanting to read it. And then I met Betsy, she…

Once Enchanted

Alexis O'Brien is trying to make it in the dog eat dog world of LA as a lawyer. She thought that her life would all be easy and happy, what she didn't realize is that sometimes lawyers are scum and she's working for one of those. He is always coming on to her, and making her work way more than her fair share. The final straw for Alexis is when he asks her to go to Wyoming to find the elusive owner of a business and take her suit with the lowest top and the shortest skirt to make him see her bosses way. Alexis is mad when she leaves town, she's uncertain whether or not she even wants to return. But she heads to Wyoming with the requested clothes to find the man. What she doesn't plan on finding is Sean Rockland. Sean helps her out by towing her car to town after she hits a huge moose. He even offers to let her stay with his family, because there isn't a motel anywhere close to the small town. Alexis is uncertain what to think of Sean, he doesn't seem like a …

The Four Doors

Summary from AmazonMore than a decade ago, Richard Paul Evans gave a talk to an auditorium full of students in Dayton, Ohio, about what he wished he had known at their age. The response that day was electric: the students took notes, cried, and, after a standing ovation, rushed up to the author to share with him their feelings and personal epiphanies. Since that initial presentation, he has given that talk hundreds of times and all around the world, in places as diverse as the Harvard Club and Sundance, the Utah State Penitentiary and Opryland—and to all kinds of groups, from recovering drug addicts to recently graduated Ivy League MBAs.

Now, for the first time, the wisdom and insight that Richard Paul Evans has imparted to thousands is available in The Four Doors. This simple yet powerful approach to happiness is based on four essential components of joy and fulfillment: believing in your destiny, escaping internal captivity, leading a magnified life, and choosing a love-centered li…

Witch Song

Brusenna is a young untrained witch living with her mother near a human village. She's tired of always being the joke to the humans. One day, she's accused of stealing and threatened by the merchant to be put into the stocks, but she's saved just in time by a woman she's never met before. Brusenna is uncertain what she should say to the woman, but when the woman knows Brusenna's mother's name and demands to be taken to her mother, Brusenna decides to obey even though she has no idea who the woman is. When the woman talks to her mother, Brusenna decides to eavesdrop and learns that the end of the witches is near, the woman is also a witch and angry that Brusenna has not been trained. Her mother refuses to help the woman and sends her on her way, but as soon as she learns for herself the truth of the matter, she leaves Brusenna alone to go to help with whatever the problem may be. Brusenna doesn't want to be left alone, and tries to avoid town for as long as …

Blog Tour - The Colony

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The Colony by Cami Checketts

To protect her sons from the mistakes of her past, Brinlee Trapper escapes to a secluded mountain home. But there are dangers lurking in the mountains she has never encountered. The little family is saved from injury by Jed, a mysterious hunter. Brinlee is drawn to him, but she worries about his involvement with a peaceful commune hidden deep in the mountains behind her property.

Lance, Brinlee’s attentive neighbor, has his own troubled history. Between his obvious attraction to Brinlee and his developing love for her children, Brinlee finds it more than difficult to guard her heart against this tender intrusion.

While Jed offers a life of excitement and freedom, Lance holds the key to the family Brinlee always wanted. When it comes time to choose, she learns that both men have secrets that could shatter her fledgling trust in men and the wrong decision could leave more than her heart exposed to danger.


“Cami Checketts is a genius! She write…

Elizabeth Smart: My Story

On June 5, 2002 the whole area of Salt Lake City was in shock to have discovered 14 year-old Elizabeth Smart taken from her room that she shared with her younger sister in the middle of the night. What followed was days and weeks of searching the mountains nearby and everywhere else that could be searched for the young girl. As days dragged on into weeks and then into months, it seemed as though there would never be resolution in this case and that there was no possible way that she was still alive. Yet her parents refused to give up hope and worked tirelessly to keep her story in the limelight. That tireless effort finally paid off 9 months later when Elizabeth was spotted by two couples not afraid to call the police. This is the story as told by Elizabeth herself.

I have to say that this was a really hard book for me to read. I knew on some level some of the things that happened to Elizabeth just from the trial and the things that had been said by Elizabeth and her family. Actually r…

The House of Hades

When last we saw Percy and Annabeth they were plummeting into a whole beneath Rome, on their way to who knows what. Now they do know what, but it's not pretty, they are in Tartarus without food, water, or any of their friends. They are constantly being chased by monsters that want to kill them and eat their bodies. They must find the Doors of Death and make sure they are secured from the underworld side before the monsters in Tartarus start escaping. 

Meanwhile, on the decks of the Argus II, their friends Hazel, Frank, Leo, Piper and Jason are not having an easy time either. They must find a way to get across the mountains of Italy and make it to The House of Hades so that they can hopefully get Percy and Annabeth and secure the Doors of Death. Hopefully securing the doors of death will stop Gaea from awakening and ending the world as we know it. But neither of these groups will have an easy time on their quests. There will be angry gods, monsters and many other obstacles in their …

The One Good Thing

Nathan Steen is a good man, he's always going out of his way to help others. He even has his own system to remind him to watch for opportunities to help others. He has six rocks that he keeps in his pockets and as he does a good deed, he removes one rock from his pockets to the other side. Nathan never imagined that doing a good deed could get him killed, but that's just what happened. He was on his way to his son Ty's high school football game when he came across a man having a heart attack on the side of the road. He stopped to help, but was hit by a car and pinned between the car and a concrete barrier. His wife, Halley, got the awful phone call as she was in her flower shop getting ready to make her last round of deliveries before heading to Ty's game. The whole family's world is falling apart, and it gets even worse when Halley finds e-mails on his work laptop from a woman named Madeline Zuckerman referring to "Our little girl." Halley's world is…


Spoiler Alert!: Don't read this if you're still planning on reading Everneath!

It's been two months since Jack was taken to the tunnels in place of Nikki Beckett, and it's starting to seem as though she's losing him to the Everneath. He isn't always lucid when he comes to visit her in her dreams. Nikki knew that this day would come, that Jack would slowly lose himself and his life in the tunnels, but she's not ready for it. She knows that she must find Cole and his band and figure out a way to get to the Everneath and rescue Jack before it's too late. When she finally does find Cole, he refuses to take her to the Everneath, until she blackmails him into going. The Everneath isn't quite what Nikki was thinking it would be, there are dangers she could never have imagined. And there's also a bounty on her head. But with Max, Cole and Ashe, a friend of Cole's, Nikki is ready to take on whatever danger she has to, including the Queen, in the name …


Ross McConnell has been crossed in love, he was devastated after he proposed to the love of his life and she turned him down, but it's been 11 years. And he made a promise to both of his parents that if anything happened to his dad, he would move home to Salt Lake from New York to care for his mother. Only he's never married, and his sisters keep lining him up with women, most of whom he would never choose to date on his own, or even ask out a second time. He meets Natalie Forrester unexpectedly, she's tap dancing in his kitchen when he has a terrible case of food poisoning. He's not sure how she got there, and kicks her out, and feels terrible when he finds out that his regular housekeeper, unable to care for his house because of illness has asked Natalie to clean for him for a while. Natalie is unsure what to think of her grumpy employer when he kicks her out of his house, she's not sure about men. She's had two failed marriages and her second husband has mad…

Blog Tour - Come Alive by Mercy River

On the heels of their hit album Higher, Mercy River is back with mesmerizing harmonies and upbeat vocal arrangements. Their new album features inspirational favorites and original songs that highlight the talents of this singing sisterhood. 

Sing It Out 
Speak Life 
How Deep the Father's Love For Us 
Walk You Through the Night 
Who I Am 
Holy Ground 
Reason For the World 
Walking On Sunshine  

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My Review: I LOVE Mercy River. This CD has been on my list of new CD's to get ever since I saw that it was coming out. I love the tone of the whole CD. There is not a bad song on it. I have been listening to it in the car the last couple of days and it never fails to put a smile on my face. The songs are all catchy, fun and beautiful. And the cover, it's just beautiful! This is one CD that you won't be sorry you bought!

I received a free copy of this CD in exchange for an honest review. 

About Mercy River With 13 children between them, it’s amazing that Whitney Perma…

Blog Tour - Does This Insecurity Make Me Look Fat?

About the book from Deseret Book
• Why do clothing stores hang fun-house mirrors in their dressing rooms?

• The laundry doesn’t cry when it’s not folded, so why should I?

• Can I be confident even if an elevator calls me fat?

Michelle Wilson’s humorous yet poignant insights help women examine the limitations we place on ourselves out of insecurity and self-doubt. We have faith in God, but do we know that He has faith in us?

When we see ourselves with God’s eternal perspective, we can feel confident and whole—even in our imperfection. Just think what we might accomplish if we truly believe that we are more important than we know, stronger than we realize, and extraordinary in every way.

My Review: I really enjoyed reading this book! Michelle has a way of writing that sucks you right into whatever she's writing about. I love how she tells personal stories and humorous anecdotes about herself and her family. She's not afraid to be herself and let everyone get to "know" her …

Lock and Key

Carinna Channing has been hiding her sisters ever since their mother was killed by someone in their mob family. She's getting pretty tired of having to run from danger. She and her sister Bianca are finally settled in Virginia Beach, and trying to move on with their lives. But Carinna was sent a key by her father and she has no idea why she has it or what it goes to. She determines that the best way to find out would be to take her boyfriend, Jay, and go visit her father in prison. Unfortunately, her father is terrified for both of their lives and refuses to tell her, saying only that more information would be coming when she needed it, and that she already has everything she needs to figure it out. But, someone from the family knows where her dad is being kept and they are keeping a watch. Carinna has no idea that her mob family has followed her home to Virginia Beach, again.... She and Jay must figure out a way to keep her and Bianca protected and the key as well, that seems to …

Blog Tour - The Guardian - To Run with the Swift

Book Summary: After Danni McAllister and her family escaped from El Cobra and his kidnapping ring, they thought life would basically return to normal. Little did they know that their peril had just begun.

As secrets from the past begin to unfold, it becomes evident that the motives driving the attacks on the McAllister family go much deeper than money—and they're not going to stop anytime soon. Now, as Danni faces evils even more sinister than before, she has to wonder if even the Guardian will be equal to the dangers ahead.

The whole family will love this page-turning conclusion to the story of Le Gardien, the enchanted pouch that guides, protects, and teaches those who have it in their keeping.

My Review: It's only been a week since Danni, her family and her best friend Rick were kidnapped by a group of kidnappers led by El Cobra. It's finally time for Rick to be released from the hospital and head back to their homes where their lives will hopefully return to normal as qui…

Hadley-Hadley Benson

Jaxon Quayle is just a normal high school kid living in the small town of Burley, Idaho. His world is turned upside down when a family from Nebraska moves in across the street from him. The family has a gorgeous daughter his same age, her name is Maddie, and Maddie's twin brother Hadley. Hadley is autistic and calls himself Hadley-Hadley Benson. He's an amazing piano and organ player and he knows tons about bikes. He also always seems to be around. Jaxon would love to get to know Maddie better, but she and Hadley seem to be a package deal. As time goes on, Jaxon is able to get to know both Maddie and Hadley better, he and Hadley become friends. But Jaxon has other friends and they are getting jealous, one friend in particular, Tanner, seems to be having a really hard time with Jaxon, Maddie and Hadley being friends. It's really awesome for Jaxon when the whole Benson family begins taking the missionary discussions at his home, it's a time for him to learn what he reall…

Just For Fins

Lily Sanderson knew that simply deciding to become the crown princess of her underwater kingdom would not solve all her problems, but she never imagined that it would actually make more problems. After living on land the last few years, things that should come easily to her, simple things like doing royal invitations properly, no longer come so easily and she's frustrated that she has to look to her younger cousin, Doe, for help with such simple things. At least Doe seems willing to help for once. Lily hopes that the plan that she and Tellin, a friend from her youth, made will be able to help his kingdom before it's too late. But what the two young Mer people thought would be a simple meeting turns into kings and queens from other lands telling the two that Tellin's kingdom isn't the only one suffering and leads to infuriating kings and queens and the meeting ending with them storming out. Lily must quickly come up with a new plan of action, and hope that the other kin…

Stolen Kiss and Rebound Kiss

I decided to review these two books together, because they are super short novella's episode two and three of Confessions of a 16 year-old Virgin Lips.

Stolen Kiss: When last we saw Brooklyn, she'd just been on her first date, which was great, except for the part where the boy, Luke, didn't respect her wishes and kissed her instead. Brooklyn is trying to deal with the fact that she no longer has the virgin lips that she'd been wanting so badly to keep. She's also concerned about just what Luke is going to tell everyone about what happened on her date. She knows that she can't deal with the gossip about her, so she decides to try to get Luke to not spread it. But that backfires and blows up in her face. So, she tries to do damage control by being Luke's girlfriend. She's about to discover just how bad pretending to really like someone can hurt the person, you, and the person that you really do like.

Oh my goodness, these books have reminded me why I never …