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Blog Tour - Fetch

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Fetch by Adam Glendon Sidwell

Book Summary: A story for anyone who s ever been loved by a dog or given one a home.

At least nine sunsets away, there is a place where dogs can do what they want. But they are not all the same, and when a special one has the courage to fly, he finds something unexpected beyond the tenth horizon.

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My Review: This book is truly beautiful. I loved the pictures they are engaging, fun and unexpected. The simple story that went with it was really cute as well. I'm sure that this picture book will inspire many young kids to love their dogs and to teach them to "Fetch." I can't wait to read this one to our youngest!
Author Adam Glendon Sidwell:

In between books, Adam Glendon Sidwell uses the power of computers to make monsters, robots and zombies come to life for blockbuster movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, King Kong, Pacific Rim, Transformers and Tron. After spending countless hours i…

Blog Tour - Girls Who Choose God

About the book: From Eve to Esther, from the Samaritan woman at the well to the widow with her two mites, many women in the Bible have made courageous choices. All through the ages, women have chosen to help, to solve problems, to stand up for others, to strengthen families, and to follow God no matter what.

Girls Who Choose God invites young readers (and those who love them) to make important choices of their own, following the examples of great women in the scriptures. With breathtaking illustrations, beautifully told stories, and insightful discussion questions, this delightful book is perfect for sharing, reading aloud, and drawing children into the scriptures.

My Review: This book is really great! I enjoyed reading it myself, and I know that I will enjoy using it for Family Home Evening with our kids even more. I liked the stories about each of the women from the Bible. I liked how each woman was shown having a choice to make. I also like that there is a thought provoking question …

Still Time

About the book: Thrust into the chaos of her mother-in-law’s hoarding and forgetfulness, LDS church member Alyssa Johnston wishes she could retreat to a simpler time when her kids were small and almost anything could be fixed with a hug. But reassurance and a quick distraction no longer erase the pain of a missionary son who is struggling, a young teen who is bullied, or a daughter who is distant. As Aly’s own life and relationship with her husband plunge out of control, she wonders if her faith will be enough to keep her family—or herself—from falling apart.

Still Time is a deeply moving story about a woman’s faithful journey into the next phase of her life. You will laugh with Aly, feel her sorrow, and see yourself in Maria Hoagland’s realistic, heartfelt portrayal of a woman’s struggle to keep her family safe and hold back time as long as she can.

My Review: I want to start by saying I really loved the titles of the chapters in this book, each a phrase about time, so clever! I love t…

Blog tour - Bonds of Loyalty

About the book: "It shall be the son, the firstborn in the new monarchy, who shall quiet the fears and unite the nation again."

The infamous prophecy declaring that the firstborn would be a boy is the last thing Sarah wants to deal with. As if being newly engaged isn’t difficult enough, she’s still coming to terms with the fact that the first eighteen years of her life were a farce. The prophecy—the reason she had been secreted away from her family and her royal heritage to begin with—wasn’t supposed to disrupt her life any more than it previously had. But when unexpected events force her to leave her fiancĂ©, Prince Alexander, Sarah must return to her home country of Kyrnidan to face her destiny. 

Reunited with her royal family, Sarah is thrust into the political turmoil that surrounds her ancestral home. To make things worse, her arrival has upturned the long-held prophecy. 
As the voices of distension mount against her, Sarah turns to her bodyguard, Luther, for protection. Bu…

Drowning (Revitalizing Jane #1)

About the book: Revitalizing Jane, Part One Drowning-the brutally honest journey of a divorced mom

It’s only been a year since her divorce so why would Jane Adamson do something as stupid as attempt to date again? Wasn’t her marriage scarring enough? The answer was simple. Her kids. They worried about her and wanted to see her happy again. 

She needed to be happy, she needed to learn to trust again and feel pretty again and feel human again. 

As a mom of five it was too easy to hide herself away and focus just on her kids. Who needs men anyway? 

Join Jane on part one of this six part journey of self-discovery, conquering the past, understanding love, and most importantly… healing—as she finds the woman she once was. 

The full healing series:

Revitalizing Jane
Part One: Drowning
Part Two: Swimming
Part Three: Crawling
Part Four: Walking
Part Five: Running
Part Six: Soaring

My Review: This book is really an amazing one. I found myself really upset with the ex-husband of the book, because I know that…

Saints and Soldiers: The Void

I haven't had a chance to see this one yet, but I'm a big fan of clean movies and entertainment. Go check it out if you get a chance! 

SAINTS & SOLDIERS: THE VOIDHOLDS ALL THEATRES AND EXPANDS ON AUGUST 29

Salt Lake City – Go Films announced today that due to the success of SAINTS & SOLDIERS: THE VOID’s opening weekend, the film will remain in all its opening weekend theatres and open in additional theatres on Friday, August 29. The film is currently playing in all Megaplex theatres throughout Utah and southern Nevada. On August 29, the film will expand to markets all across the country. Some of the new markets include Denver, Los Angeles, Houston, and Dallas.


Written and directed by Ryan Little (SAINTS & SOLDIERS, FOREVER STRONG), the film depicts a U.S. tank crew in the twilight of WWII. On a final mission deep in the Harz Mountains, the crew discovers a platoon of Germans, including three infamous Panzer tanks, preparing to ambush allied supply trucks.

Before the wa…

Blog Tour - Willow Springs

About the book: Crissa Engleson, an immigrant from Sweden, fled Boston hoping to start a new life, unknown and unencumbered, in the West. The quiet Pony Express town of Willow Springs in the Utah desert seemed the perfect spot until the intrigue of her past and rivalries of the town’s leading families envelope her. She falls in love with an Express rider, Drake Adams, but their courtship is thwarted by blackmail and treachery. Crissa must decide which is stronger: her desire for Drake, her own safety, or her love for the two young children left in her charge.

Willow Springs is written for anyone who enjoys Westerns, History, Romance or Intrigue. Men and women alike have expressed great interest in this story.

My Review: This book takes you to the small town of Willow Springs, UT for a wild west type adventure. I really liked the character of Crissa, I thought it was kind of crazy how bad luck seemed to follow her. I liked that she was trying to live an honest life, yet still keep her pr…

Blog Tour - One Dirty Bowl

About the book: Quick desserts and even quicker clean up mean more time with your family and friends, and less time in the kitchen. With One Dirty Bowl, whip up show-stopping desserts like Hazelnut Puffs, Peanut Butter Truffle Bars, and White Chocolate and Strawberry Cupcakes, all while dirtying just one bowl. Grab your bowl and get ready to bake!

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My Review: I really have enjoyed this cookbook! I like the whole premise of having a great treat with only one bowl that you need to clean, it seems like so often when you made a dessert you are left with tons of dishes to wash afterward. This book has several different sections for things like cookies, quick breads, brownies and bars, cakes, cupcakes and almost any kind of treat you can think of. I was able to try a brownie recipe that I took to a BBQ and let me tell you, it was really great and I had people asking for the recipe. This is a great cookbook, I can't wait to try more recipes from it!

I was sent a copy…

Elemental

About the book: Sixteen-year-old Thomas has always been an outsider. The first child born without the power of an Element—earth, water, wind or fire—he has little to offer his tiny, remote Outer Banks colony. Or so the Guardians would have him believe.

In the wake of an unforeseen storm, desperate pirates kidnap the Guardians, intent on claiming the island as their own. Caught between the plague-ridden mainland and the advancing pirates, Thomas and his friends fight for survival in the battered remains of a mysterious abandoned settlement. But the secrets they unearth will turn Thomas’ world upside-down, and bring to light not only a treacherous past but also a future more dangerous than he can possibly imagine.

My Review: I really enjoyed this book, I liked how it kind of seemed straight forward at the beginning but the more I read and learned about the characters and their island and way of life, the more I realized that there were secrets that just about every one of the characters w…

Blog Tour - How Much Do You Love Me

About the book: Lovers James and Keiko marry quickly before James goes to World War II and Keiko to an internment camp. Sixty years later their daughter Kazuko, born in the camps, uncovers a secret that could overwhelm the family. Discover the very definition of human love and self-sacrifice in this saga of war, mystery, and romance.

My Review: Keiko Armstrong was a beautiful young Japanese woman living in Oregon when life changed for her forever, the exact day it changed was December 7, 1941, the day Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese. The Japanese living in America, and especially along the west coast, were seen as potential traitors working for the Japanese. Because of this, they were rounded up and sent to internment camps. Keiko and James decided to marry quickly before James headed for his service in the war and Keiko headed with her family to an internment camp. 

This is the second book I've read this year about this period in history. I am amazed at the terrible conditi…

Blog Tour - Shadows in the Curtain

Every stage actress wants fans, but what happens when one goes too far?
Emmy has the perfect life— a house on the beach, a successful career headlining the local theater, and love. But when a brutal murder brings unimaginable grief, Emmy’s world comes crashing down. As she tries to pick up the pieces, she can’t seem to avoid Josh, the new fireman in town.
Emmy does her best to fight the sizzle in her chest when Josh is near. But with the stalker still out there, terrorizing her and those she cares about, she can’t fall for anyone—especially Josh, a suspect in the murder investigation.
If Emmy allows a man to get close, it’s not just her heart she puts at risk, it’s her life.

“Cami Checketts can spin a tale like no other. Love, suspense, thrills, she has it all, and Shadows in the Curtain is no exception. What a thrill ride! I highly recommend this book. 10 stars!!”
Sherry Gammon, author of the Port Fare Series

“I’m a sucker for the exciting parts, and this book has scenes that had my eyes r…

Blog Tour - Uncovering Cobbogoth

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Uncovering Cobbogoth by Hannah L. Clark Norah Lukens needs to uncover the truth about the fabled lost city of Cobbogoth. After her archaeologist uncle’s murder, Norah is asked to translate his old research journal for evidence and discovers that his murder was a cover-up for something far more sinister. When she turns to neighbor and only friend James Riley for help, she realizes that not only is their bitter-sweet past haunting her every step, but James is keeping dangerous secrets. Can Norah discover what they are before its too late to share her own.


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Praise for Uncovering Cobbogoth "With a fascinating protagonist in Norah Lukens, a fully realized, never before seen fantasy world, and a fast paced, compelling story, Uncovering Cobbogoth establishes Hannah L. Clark as a major new voice in American fiction. The richness of the story and the scope of the world she's created screams for a film adaptation. This is a fantasy novel for ev…

Blog Tour - Sense and Sensibility

About the book: Which is the key to love—passion or sensibility? Sensible Elly and romantic Maren are sisters trying to hold their family together in the wake of their father’s bankruptcy and death. As each unexpectedly encounters the madness and misadventures of love, will they ever find the true happiness they dream of? This modern reimagination of the Jane Austen favorite will capture your heart all over again.

My Review: Elly is just trying to hold life together for her family after her dad died and they lost their family's business. One day, while filling their order from the Bishop's storehouse, Elly meets the handsome Ethan Ferrero. She knows that there is no way he could ever like her, she was the one after all that spilled perfume all over the inside of his sister's car when his sister and Elly's ex-fiance decided to get married. But he does give her a lead on a job, even though it's at her ex-fiance's business. Life has a way of working out in funny wa…

For Joey

About the book: He didn’t mean to mislead her. 
She didn’t mean to fall in love with him. 
Joey Rockland is the only sister among 6 brothers on the sprawling Rockland Ranch. Leggy, beautiful, and the best darn exotic sports car mechanic in the whole valley, Joey has lots of male admirers, but no one who actually makes her feel emotional fireworks—until an intriguing and hunky Easterner shows up. 
Burnt out with high society, lonely, and mourning his father’s recent death, when New York banking tycoon Michael Morgan accepts a friend’s offer to use his remote ranch house in Wyoming, he has no idea what he’s getting himself into. 
Thinking he will lick his wounds alone and unknown out west, Michael is surprised when even though he doesn’t tell anyone who or what he is, he’s cheerfully swallowed up into the huge Rockland family. Their world of brown eggs, homemade bread, anonymous acts of service, and unlocked doors is like a foreign country to him sometimes. Still, their slightly boisterous,…