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Blog Tour - Ella's Will

About the book: Will Hawkins is just a simple stable boy. How can he hope to woo Ella, his once-wealthy childhood friend who is stubbornly independent, especially when his competition is the prince? Without any magic or fairy godmothers, Will must show Ella that he is her true prince charming in this perspective twist of the Cinderella story.

My review: I had a great time reading this book! I loved that this book is the same story as Jessilyn Peaslee's Ella, just told from Will's perspective. That brought a whole new level of awesomeness for me. It's so much fun to kind of get the he said, she said thing going on.

I still liked Will, I loved all of the things that he selflessly did for Ella, that she really had no idea he had even done, so they were missing from her side of the story. I loved that he had been working so hard to be able to ask her to marry him so that he could remove her from the terrible life she was leading, yet, as soon as she had a legitimate chance for a…

To Mothers

About the book: "In this great, eternal work, mothers have carried the torch of faith and family from the beginning. The need for that torch to burn brightly and dispel darkness has never been greater," writes Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. In this thoughtful book for mothers, Elder and Sister Holland reflect on the crucial role of motherhood in fulfilling the purposes of eternity, as well as the challenges that all mothers experience. Filled with hope and encouragement, their message will resonate mothers in all of life’s stages. Concludes Elder Holland, "To all mothers in every circumstance, including those who struggle, I say, 'God bless you. You are doing better than you think you are.'"

My review: This is a great little book. I enjoyed reading every bit of it.

This book has one talk about mothers by Elder Jeffrey R Holland. I loved it when he gave it and just as much when I reread it as part of this book. 

Then there is a s…

Blog Tour - Second Season

About the book: Caroline is not looking forward to this year’s Season in London. Her mother already has schemes for her marriage prospects—and none of them include love, it seems. But when a dashing young duke begins to pursue her, Caroline has second thoughts. Caught between ambition and desire, Caroline may gamble her heart away without even realizing it.

My review: This book is a cute, clean, regency romance. Something I really liked about this book is that it isn't your normal Duke gets the girl story. This one has a plot line that is different from all of the other regency romance books I've read and that's a good thing!

This book has almost 2 plots in it, it kind of flashes back to Caroline's mom and dad's love story and I loved the way that one gets resolved in the end. I also liked that their stories mirror each other a little bit and they're able to learn from each other's situations.

I liked Caroline, she's the strong younger daughter of Lord and…

Blog Tour - The Sheriffs of Savage Wells

About the book: The small town of Savage Wells is barely big enough for the people who call it home; it certainly isn’t big enough for more than one sheriff.

Yet when famed lawman Cade O’Brien rides into town, he finds he’s not the only man ready to take on the job. What’s more, one of his competitors is a woman.

Paisley Bell loves her town and the eccentric people in it. She’s been the acting sheriff for months and isn’t too keen on relinquishing the job to anyone else. Not only does she love the work, but she also needs the income to take care of her ailing father.

It’s a true battle of the sexes, and sparks fly between the two as Cade and Paisley banter and boast, neither one ready to acknowledge the attraction they have for each other. But when Paisley’s former beau shows up, along with a band of bank robbers, Savage Wells is suddenly faced with the kind of peril that only a sheriff can manage. Who will be man enough—or woman enough—to step up, claim the badge, and save the town?

My r…

The Pursuit

About the book: Let the chase begin . . . 

Six years ago, with the financial collapse of her country and the death of her parents, Carrie Ashworth swore to protect her siblings. She has fought to build a life for them in her illegal clan. Now home and recovering from a government-spread virus, she's ready to pursue a little happiness of her own. With Greg.

Greg Pierce has no plan to join the growing rebellion or their "Live free or die" mentality. Even after compulsory military service deepened his hatred of President Rigsby's regime, he wants nothing more than to leave it all behind and start a quiet life with Carrie in Logan Pond. But when word reaches them that Oliver, their patrolman friend and protector, is missing, Carrie and Greg are thrown into a race for survival. Chief Jamansky has discovered Oliver's little secret and now he wants revenge, forcing their clan to consider abandoning Logan Pond forever.

In this battle for siblings and friends, for homes lost…

Caribbean Rescue

About the book: Just in time for the Summer Olympics, bestselling sweet romance author Cami Checketts brings you a new Destination Billionaire Romance.

Zack Tyndale was destined to win gold in the 2012 Olympics, but he tripped and shattered his own dreams. Running from his controlling father and the compassion in everyone’s eyes, he buys an island in the Caribbean where he can live blissfully alone. 

Madeline Panetto’s graduation present is a trip sailing around the Caribbean on her father’s yacht. Unfortunately, her father is a pirate, and when there is an uprising on his ship, she escapes and crash-lands on Zack’s island. 

Can these two find refuge from the pirates and with each other? 

My review: This book starts out with a bang! Maddie is on her father's yacht sailing in the Caribbean. But her father...he's a pirate! A real one. And his ship is full of them as well, with him as the big boss. Those men are about to overcome him and he knows that Maddie is in danger. He sends he…

King of the Friend Zone

About the book: From the Power of the Matchmaker series:

Esme Taylor has an amazing fiancé, a lifelong best friend, and a problem. 

The problem stems from the fact that her best friend is named Hunter and, well. . .he’s kind of (totally) hot. It’s hate at first sight when her fiancé, Jon, and Hunter meet. Jon’s convinced that Hunter is in love with Esme, and that Hunter must be out of the picture if their upcoming marriage is to succeed.

Esme thinks Jon is paranoid.

The truth is, Jon’s not that far off. Hunter is in love with his best friend and always has been. What Jon has wrong, however, is that Hunter never had any plans of ruining Esme’s happily ever after. Hunter wants what’s best for Esme, even if that’s not him.

When Jon pushes hard to end Esme and Hunter’s friendship, opposition comes from the most unlikely of places. It’s an eccentric lady with a cookie cart who suggests a different solution to Esme’s problem: Hunter and Esme should give each other a chance.

They’ve both thought o…

Blog Tour - Last Messenger of Zitol

About the book: When Rishi is kidnapped and taken to Zitól, she faces an unthinkable future: she is to be sacrificed to appease the gods. To survive in this place, where greed, lust, and fear eclipse compassion, Rishi befriends the selfish and ignorant king, only to discover that he may not have the power to save her after all.

My review: This book is amazing! I loved reading every bit of it. I loved the characters, the plot, the setting. Every bit of it really sucked me in and made me want to continue reading until the very end...but I'm getting ahead of myself.

I loved the way that at the beginning of the book, it's narrated by a character that we haven't met yet, so we don't know who it is. I haven't seen a book done quite this way before this one and it made it super fun.

I liked all of the villagers on Rishi's island. I love the way that they care for their young women and teach them about virtue and just how much their virtue is worth. I loved seeing Rishi&#…

Dinner Made Easy with Six Sisters Stuff

About the book: For busy moms, perhaps no question is more dreaded than "What's for dinner?" The Six Sisters are here to help! The Six Sisters' Stuff blog is a favorite of seven million readers every month.

With a variety of entrees, their latest cookbook features more than a hundred quick-and-easy, tried-and-true recipes that make this your go-to resource for family-favorite, delicious dinners using your oven, stove top, or slow cooker.

The Sisters have already done all the organization, created the kid-approved recipes, and tested the cooking hacks ideas that can help make your dinnertime stress-free.

So spend less time in the kitchen making dinner and more time making memories with your family.

30 Minutes or Less
4 Ingredients or Less
Pantry Favorites
Slow Cooker Meals
Freezer Meals
One Pan, One Pot Meals
Casseroles

My review: I love to cook and I love to read cookbooks, and Six Sisters Stuff is one of my favorites, both to read online and to read their cookbooks. I liked th…

Blog Tour - Infected

About the bookMother Nature: the world's most innovative killer.


Deep in the jungles of Venezuela, mycologist Dr. Julia Fatheringham is engrossed in her study of native fungi. But what begins as a standard research trip quickly spirals into chaos when her associate's erratic behavior results in his horrifying death. Soon, Julia makes a startling discover: her partner was contaminated by an organism found only in insects. It alters the victim's mind in alarming ways, with an invariably deadly outcome. Julia is baffled by her discovery—this organism has never appeared in humans. It shouldn't be possible. There is only one terrifying conclusion: The infection has jumped species.

Now, in this remote corner of the world, a contagion of unparalleled horror rests in Julia's hands. But even as she works to contain the organism that could spell devastation of apocalyptic proportions, there are others with a different agenda. They've learned of her discovery and will go …

Blog Tour - LDS Children's Books

Today I'm going to talk about a couple of the newest LDS Children's books to be out for your reading enjoyment. Let's start with Blessing the Nephite Children.

About the book: Snuggle up with your kids and learn about Jesus’s visit to the Nephites. This colorful board book is perfectly designed for little fingers and small attention spans. Experience the beauty of Christ’s personal love in the Book of Mormon with your little ones and come to see the ways the Savior reaches out to them today.
My review: I really enjoyed reading this book to our 2 year-old! I loved the way that the words were easy to understand, even for someone that young. The pictures are adorable and I loved that the final message of the book is just how much Jesus loves the children and especially the child that you're reading the book to. My little one seemed to love the book as much as I did, even getting a little upset when I removed it from his room. That's got to be one of my favorite things a…

Movie Review - The Last Descent

Today I have a departure from my normally book driven schedule to tell you about a great movie opening in theaters near you tomorrow. This movie is The Last Descent.

About the movie: When John Edward Jones climbed down into Nutty Putty Cave in November of 2009 he wasn’t prepared for the adventure ahead of him. As he explored a
lesser-known area of the cave, he slid down into a narrow impasse 10 inches high
and 18 inches wide. Stuck upside down for over 28 hours, John was left with few
options but to call for help. The unique topography and geological makeup of
Nutty Putty cave created intense difficulties for the rescue team that risked
everything to save John’s life. Over 150 feet below the surface and the end of
over a thousand feet of tunnels, a unique friendship is formed as John and his
rescuers share their lives, loves, losses and dreams. As the rescue attempt
proceeds John unfolds the turns in his life that show what is most important, and
he tells the story of a love worth risking every…

Blog Tour - Three

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Three by Tia Perkins
"Three!" is a funny little rhyming book about what it's like to spend a day with a preschooler - from getting themselves dressed to making a big mess! With beautiful illustrations (complete with dinosaurs, trains and superheroes) and a catchy story that both parents and kids can enjoy again and again, this is a must-have for your children's book collection.



Praise for the Book "Tia has done it again. Great fun reading this and talking it through with little ones. The art is fun just to look at, the words are fun to read and even more fun to read aloud. If you like reading to or teaching reading to little ones, this is a great addition to any collection." "If you have raised a three-year-old or spent any amount of time with one, you'll be nodding your head in recognition as you turn the pages of this on-the-spot book by Tia Perkin. The youngster in this book is a dynamo with no let up from sun up to sun dow…

Blog Tour - Her Fateful Debut Review and Giveaway

About the book: Classic Regency romance with a dash of suspense . . . 

Beautiful Miss Penelope Swinton wants to live out her life as a spinster in her beloved Northamptonshire, but with an ailing father and an entailed estate, she must come to London and enter the Marriage Mart. And if she must marry, she is determined to marry for love. 

In a brief respite from the social whirl of the season, she retreats from the restrictions of the ton to sketch in the park and stumbles over a French spy. When Penelope finds her life in danger, Viscount Beau Wellingham steps up to protect her, however he has secrets of his own. Wellingham leads a clandestine life as an agent for the Foreign Office trapping spies. In defending her life, he unwittingly puts her reputation at risk. 

In order to save Penelope from society’s scorn, Beau presses for a betrothal. Though she resists, he insists. Soon Beau is unable to deny the attraction he feels towards her. Before he can act on his feelings, danger rises ag…

Blog Tour - Southern Charmed Review and Giveaway

About the book: Lila Mae Guidry is a Southern girl through and through. As a fourth-generation Latter-day Saint in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she's proud of her heritage as both a Southerner and a Saint—and she doesn't take kindly to people who disparage either. Ten years ago, Max Archer was just that kind of jerk. As the mission president's son, Max spent his entire three years mocking the South...and teenage Lila. After Max's family moved away, Lila forgot about her sworn enemy. Almost.

When a new job brings a grown-up Max back to Baton Rouge, Lila is less than thrilled with his reappearance, especially since everyone seems intent on throwing her together with this old adversary. Yet fight as she may, Lila soon realizes resistance is futile—their connection is undeniable. Max embodies everything she wants in a man—except perhaps the most important thing—her life is rooted in the city she loves, but his dreams are bigger than Baton Rouge. With such mismatched visions of t…

Blog Tour - Slave Queen

About the book: Special Agent Omar Zagouri’s latest case is his most dangerous—and his most personal yet. The discovery of secret sixteenth-century letters unveils a plot between the sultan Suleyman and his chief wife, Roxelane, to change the course of the Ottoman Empire. A descendent of Roxelane, Zagouri learns he has an enemy whose revenge has been centuries in the making.

Targeted by an antiquities collector who’s also descended from a chief rival for the ancient throne, Zagouri soon uncovers a modern-day conspiracy that threatens the lives of his family and the security of a nation.

To expose the plot, Zagouri must team up with Naim, the son of his nemesis, who heads an international black-market operation that may have ties to the killings. From ancient Constantinople to the present-day Middle East, Zagouri is on a collision course with history. Time is running out to solve a royal mystery and stop a ruthless killer—one who has Zagouri’s name on his hit list.

My review: I love these…