The Forgotten Carols by Michael McLean

19 Nov, 2018 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

The Forgotten Carols stage performance tells the story of Connie Lou, a nurse whose empty life is changed when Uncle John, a new patient she is attending, recounts the story of Christ’s birth as told by little known characters in the nativity story. The accounts from the Innkeeper, the Shepherd and others help the nurse discover what the world has forgotten about Christmas, ultimately encouraging her to open her heart to the joy of this special season.

A Message From Michael

After the Forgotten Carols tour last year Lynne and I took our annual recoup vacation where it’s sunny and warm and there’s lots of beach. However, while there, I wasn’t having a good time. I felt awful, and said to Lynne one morning after a rough night’s sleep, “I think I’m dying!” She gets me and she’s sort of right about me and the drama thing. But, then it turns out I wouldn’t up in the hospital and stayed longer than I expected to, and we discovered that had I not arrived when I did, someone else would be playing Uncle John tonight and you all would be singing “Together Forever Someday to ME! I share this for the obvious reasons: to get your sympathy and to possibly get this response, “Well, for a dying guy, he did pretty well tonight.”

The whole health scare after our last tour has now changed the way I have rehearsed this part that I’ve been doing for 27 years. I’ve been wondering how someone like John, who’s lived for over two thousand years and never faced his own death, feels about those of us who do face it. And, of course, I’ve been thinking how lucky I am to be with you tonight, for this evening’s show that will be ours alone. I love theater because it’s something we share, in the moment, and it will never be duplicated. It’s the gift of our connection through this story, and these characters, and these “forgotten carols,” that reminds us why Christmas, at its purest, brings such tidings for great joy. And through these songs from all the different people who experienced Jesus and His message in different ways, we get to see ourselves and feel a connection that goes beyond being in the theatre tonight; we get to feel, deep down, that we are absolutely not alone. At least, that’s my hope.

Merry Christmas,
Michael McLean

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Twice the Dream Spotlight and $50 Giveaway

06 Nov, 2018 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Twice the Dream
Q&A with the director

1. How was it to write and direct your first feature film, Twice the Dream?
A: It sincerely was a dream come true, in every sense. The cast and crew were all so incredible and really put on their “A” game. At the end, we all felt like family! Some of us of course, literally being family. ;P Haha and by that I mean, my husband was one of the producers, and was also the director of photography. My mom is amazing at art and making props, so she was in charge of the art and prop department. A lot of my lifelong friends helped as well, and my brother. So it truly was a dream come true making the movie I love, with the people I love. It was nothing short of magic!

2. What were some high points during the creative process?
A: There were so many high points, everything from writing the screenplay, to setting up that perfect shot. When writing the script, there seemed to be something so special about being so into the story, and so sucked into that world. But, as soon as we got on set, it was incredible to see those characters and scenes come to life. I would say that was a high point- seeing these characters come to life, living, breathing, and interact with each other. It was really fun working with the actors as well, and collaborating with them. The cast truly understood their characters- just as much as I do. Sometimes, maybe even more. A few of the actors would come to me with some ideas, or thoughts on scenes, and their character’s journey, and sometimes would suggest certain lines of dialogue. 9 times out of 10, we were always on the same page, and I let them go for it. It was soooo cool seeing this!

3. What was your favorite scene on set?
A: Every scene! Haha jk. Although I did enjoy filming every scene on set, the concert scenes were the most fun to film. Everyone was dancing, laughing, singing along. Those were my favorite scenes to film… and we had three concert scenes! 🙂

4. Any learning moments you want to share?
A: Making this film has been a long journey, and throughout that journey, I have learned so much. Ultimately, I think that one of the most important things that I have learned would have to be to just trust myself and the stories that you want to tell. Along the way, a lot of people will try to discourage you- and that’s just life. Just because someone else doesn’t particularly get your vision, doesn’t mean that it’s not good. If you have a story that you want to tell, then you need to tell it. Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.

5. What inspired you to tell this story?
A: Growing up, I realized that there weren’t a lot of inspiring, feel-good coming of age movies. Movies that I really wanted to see at that age, stories that I could relate to. It was always such an underserved market. (For the record, these types of moves aren’t only limited to that age group, because I still want to see these kind of movies. They are for the young at heart.
So, at the tender age of 14, I started writing my story, “Twice The Dream”. Something about this particular story had set my soul on fire. The characters had absolutely consumed me, but in the best possible way. I knew it was my mission to get this story told through film. I could hardly think of anything else!

6. How is it being a female in the film business?
A: Being a female in the film industry is definitely tough. At times, it really seems that all of the “suits” in Hollywood making the decisions are men. I sat in many meetings like that. They would be interested in my story, but they would insist on making certain changes- changes that would change the very heart of the story. Although these offers were sometimes tempting, I would resist, remaining stubborn. I’ve even been called a “B” word because of this. But you know what? I think it’s necessary. As women in this industry, we have to stick up for ourselves. Luckily, I think this is changing. Slowly, but at least we are getting somewhere. People are starting to realize that half of the population are women. And as such, I think it’s safe to say that we know what a large portion of the population can relate to in film. Together, we are changing this.

7. What advice would you give to aspiring filmmakers?
My number one piece of advice is to stick to the story that you want to tell. Don’t let any “suit”, or colleague, teacher, or even a family member try to convince you otherwise. You’re set on the story you want to tell? Great! That’s the one you need to go with. Because as we all know, making a movie is hard work. So you have to love your story so much, that you would be willing to go on this journey with it. And another thing… never give up.

8. Do you think your experience as an actress helped in directing other actors? Why?
A: I absolutely think it helped. Truthfully, I believe my experiences as an actress have helped me as a writer as well. Since I’m familiar with the actors process, and the way actors think, I found it fairly easy to convey direction to the cast. And they always took that direction so well, and would totally understand where I was coming from. We were always on the same page!

9. What is your next step with Twice the Dream?
A: We are knee deep in post production right now, finalizing the sound mix, original score, color grading, etc. It’s been a fun but long process in itself, but I feel like I’ve learned a lot. We are currently exploring different distribution options. Looking for the right partner! Our goal is to release it theatrically first. (Even if it’s a limited release) Following our theatrical run, we plan to release it on various VOD platforms such as Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, etc.

10. Do you have any other projects on the horizon?
A: Oh, most definitely. Since I’m crazy, I’m currently writing two different scripts- both female driven like Twice The Dream, but very different genres. One is a thriller and the other is a fantasy. I also am still working on my YA fantasy novel series and re-launching that.

11. How did you finally get to make your movie?
A: I know the reason that I was able to achieve this dream is because I have been so fortunate to have such amazing support from my family and friends. They always have kept me going, and amazingly enough, they were the same people that saw my dream to the very end.
Dreams are important, but I know it’s hard. There are days, sometimes months when you feel like your dream might be impossible. At times, it can feel like the whole world is against you. During the pursuit of my dream, there were times when it felt like I was going nowhere. Sometimes, it was very painful. Blood, sweat, tears, and many other losses went into this pursuit. I would then ask myself, “Is this pain really worth it?” There were many times when I felt like I had absolutely hit rock bottom, and that my dream may never come true. BUT…. Yes, that’s a “but.” Here is the important part:I refused to give up. No matter how long it took, or how hard it was. This dream was too important to me. And I remembered why I had been holding on for so long.Moral of the story is: NEVER, EVER, EVER GIVE UP. Period. Dreams come true, even if it takes over a decade.

Movie Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV2vSZwCQ1s
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TwiceTheDreamMovie/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/twicethedreammovie/

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The Other Side of Heaven 2 Spotlight and Giveaway

25 Oct, 2018 by in disney 1 comment


Sequel to the acclaimed Disney-distributed film of 2001, The Other Side of Heaven 2 continues the inspiring true saga of Elder John H. Groberg as he returns to the islands with his wife and five young daughters to serve as president of the Tonga-Fiji mission.

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY
Mitch Davis

PRODUCED BY
Mitch Davis & Steven Lee

CAST
Christopher Gorham, Natalie Medlock, Ben Baker, Alex Tarrant, Nicole Whippy, Russell Dixon, Joe Folau and Miriama Smith

FILM SYNOPSIS:

THE OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN 2: FIRE OF FAITH continues the epic true saga of Elder John H. Groberg’s missionary adventures in Tonga as depicted in the eponymous Disney-distributed hit film of 2001. Whereas the original movie detailed Elder Groberg’s first mission to Tonga in the 1950’s as a 19 year-old bachelor, the sequel tells the inspiring true story of his return to Tonga in the 1960’s with his wife and five young daughters to serve as President of the Tonga-Fiji Mission.

Shortly after arriving in Tonga, John’s wife, Jean, becomes pregnant with their sixth child, a boy who is born with a serious illness that threatens to end his tiny young life. In fact, the boy is born too weak to be evacuated to another country with medical care sufficient to properly diagnose and treat him.

With their child’s life on the line, John and Jean face the ultimate trial of their faith only to find themselves enfolded in the love and prayers of thousands of Tongans of various religions who unite in a nationwide fast for the health of their little boy. Barriers of inter-religious strife are broken down as all unite in hopes of a miracle that will save the Groberg baby boy’s life, as well as that of the son of a non-Mormon Tongan minister who has been beaten within inches of death for religious reasons.

Director’s message:
When I made the first “Other Side of Heaven” movie 17 years ago, I never imagined it would spawn an Academy Award winning actor’s career, nor that it would be distributed in DVD by Walt Disney Home Entertainment. Neither did I imagine that, all these years later, it would spawn an ambitious sequel.

Like the original film, this new movie tells the true story of Elder John H. Groberg’s missionary adventures in Tonga, only this time he is returning with his wife, Jean, and their five young daughters. His second mission proves just as dramatic and transformative as his first, as does the second film depicting that mission. Thanks in advance for watching!

 

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TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pjj33lIZgUY

WEBSITE: www.othersideofheavenmovie.com 

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A Christmas Courting Tour & Giveaway

24 Oct, 2018 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment



A Christmas Courting
Paperback
Published by Covenant
October 1, 2018
by Jennifer Moore, Chalon Linton, Jen Geigle Johnson, Heidi Kimball
Amazon

This holiday season fall in love, with heartwarming tales of Christmases past in A Christmas Courting, an enchanting collection of Regency romances.

Love and Joy Come to You by Jennifer Moore
Lord Covington has planned a quiet holiday with his grieving mother but finds his plans rudely disrupted when lovely Cassie Weatherby and her young siblings are invited for Christmas. Despite his reservations, however, he begins to recognize in Cassie a kindred spirit.
A Christmas Courting by Chalon Linton
When obligations keep her in London, Keturah Hensley sadly anticipates missing the festivity of Christmas at her family’s country home and the company of her best friend, Christopher Shepherd. When she learns that Christopher will be joining her family in London for Christmas, she is delighted–but her elation is short-lived. Christopher is coming to Town to court the woman of his dreams, and Keturah fears she may have lost the chance to win his love.
Mistletoe Memories by Jen Geigle Johnson
From childhood, Patrick, Duke of Montrose, knew he’d found his perfect match in Lady Alice Tarrington. When he’s sent on a grand tour, Patrick is confident he’ll marry his sweetheart upon his return. But when he receives word that Alice is to marry another, will he be too late to claim her heart?
Second-Chance Christmas by Heidi Kimball
Francie and Gerard have been friends since childhood, but their friendship ended when she declined his heartfelt proposal of marriage. However, when her interactions with Gerard’s holiday houseguests provoke in Francie unexpected jealousy, she realizes she must fight for Gerard’s affections or risk losing him forever.

This book left a huge smile on my face. I am drawn every year to Christmas novellas and this one has a gorgeous cover. Each story was just the right length. Clean, regency romance with tales of childhood friendship, yule logs, mistletoe and redemption. Some of the authors I had never read, which is why I love collections that give you a small sampling. Highly recommend!

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Schedule:
*Oct. 22nd: http://mybookaday.com/, https://brightlystreet.com/, https://www.rockinbookreviews.com/, http://bonnieharris.blogspot.com/, http://www.kindleandme.com/
*Oct. 23rd: https://www.wishfulendings.com/, https://www.lovebugsandpostcards.com/, http://empowermoms.net/, http://thethingsilovemost.com/
*Oct. 24th: http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com/, http://ldswritermom.blogspot.com/, http://lifeiswhatitscalled.blogspot.com/, http://fireandicereads.com/
*Oct. 25th: https://www.singinglibrarianbooks.com/, http://katiescleanbookcollection.blogspot.com/, https://ldsandlovinit.blogspot.com/, http://gettingyourreadonaimeebrown.blogspot.com/
*Oct. 26th: https://whynotbecauseisaidso.blogspot.com/, http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/, http://heidi-reads.blogspot.com/, http://booksaresanity.blogspot.com/, http://www.blogginboutbooks.com/
*Oct. 29th: http://www.iamareader.com/

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Copycat Cooking with Six Sisters’ Stuff: 100+ Restaurant Meals You Can Make at Home

03 Oct, 2018 by in Six Sister's Stuff Leave a comment

Copycat Cooking with Six Sisters’ Stuff: 100+ Restaurant Meals You Can Make at Home
by Six Sisters’ Stuff
208 pages
Published by Shadow Mountain
September 4, 2018
Amazon

The popular Six Sisters’ Stuff bloggers come to the rescue with a new collection of more than 100 easy-to-make recipes of popular restaurant dishes and takeout favorites for busy families. Make meal planning a breeze as you mix-and-match side dishes from one restaurant with main courses from another and finish it off with a dessert from a third. Save money while spending more time with your family. Change dining-out to dining-in for a memorable experience your whole family will enjoy.

 

Selected Contents
Appetizer/Side Dish:
PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Texas Roadhouse Rolls with Cinnamon Honey Butter
Olive Garden Spinach Artichoke Dip
Famous Dave’s Cornbread Muffins

Main Dish:
Mimi’s Cafe French Pot Roast
IKEAS Swedish Meatballs
Red Robin Bleu Ribbon Burger
Disneyland s Monte Cristo Sandwich
Panera Asian Sesame Chicken Salad
Panda Express Orange Chicken
Red Lobster Shrimp Linguini
Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp

Dessert:
Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls
Chili s Molten Hot Lava Cake
Cheesecake Factory White Chocolate Truffle Raspberry Cheesecake
Sprinkles Red Velvet Cupcakes

Drinks:
Disneyland Dole Whip Float
Universal Studios Butterbeer
Jamba Juice Mango-a-go-go
Disneyland Mint Julep

YUM! This cookbook is gorgeous with glossy pages and full color photos. We use Six Sister’s Stuff recipes all the time. Which recipe should we try first? Disneyland Dole Whip Float or Texas Roadhouse Rolls with Cinnamon Honey Butter?

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Little Women Movie Review

27 Sep, 2018 by in little women 1 comment

ABOUT THE FILM

Sisters—and dreams—are unique in their ability to inspire, encourage and change the world. For 150 years, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women has motivated women of all ages to dream together and celebrate family. Coming to theaters for the first time, a modern retelling of LITTLE WOMEN brings a new generation together with their mothers, sisters and friends.

From girls playing in the attic to women living with purpose, the March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—are committed to always supporting each other. Yet, growing up sometimes means growing apart. An aspiring writer, Jo leaves for New York determined to publish a novel. In the wake of rejected draft upon draft, her editor challenges Jo to write about something more interesting—her family. When tragedy brings the sisters back home, sticking together takes on new meaning. As Jo comforts her sick sister, Beth asks for one thing: a story. Jo knows the perfect one … by heart.

Title: LITTLE WOMEN
Campaign focus: theatrical release
Genre: drama
Rating: PG-13
Release date: 9/28/18
Studio: Pinnacle Peak
Talent: Lea Thompson (BACK TO THE FUTURE), Sarah Davenport, Lucas Grabeel (HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL), Ian Bohen, Bart Johnson (HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL)
Themes
Family
Friendship
Love
Purpose
Identity

Review

This movie made me feel all the feels! Haven’t cried over a show in a long time. The March sisters have a beautiful bond as homeschooled sisters with their father away in the military. They must navigate popularity, disappointments, sickness and coming of age. The beginning was a bit slow, but once the sisters began interacting with their neighbor Laurie, things picked up. He and Jo have a wonderful friendship. I love how everyone looks out for each other. Beth teaches the value in being a grounded and loving sister. Meg navigates the popular, rebellious teen scene before she settles on her future. Raw emotion and plenty of drama with Jo. So many life lessons all rolled up into a message about the importance of family, friendship and following your own unique life path.

Content: It is rated PG-13 for a reason. I would pre-screen Little Women before sitting down as a family to watch. Parental info: underage drinking, mild blood, heavy kissing scene.

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Website/Trailer: https://www.littlewomenthemovie.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/littlewomenfilm
Twitter: @littlewomenfilm

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Love Unscripted Tour and Giveaway

25 Sep, 2018 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Love Unscripted

by Tiffany Odekirk
Paperback
Published Septmber 1, 2018
by Covenant Communications
Amazon

Evie Jennings doesn’t believe in happily ever after—it’s been a year since moving home to Los Angeles to gather the pieces of her broken heart after her divorce, but she is only going through the motions. That is, until a chance encounter on her college campus brings about an unexpected turn of events: Evie finds herself face-to-face with the heartthrob whose poster decorated the wall of her teenage bedroom. And he’s desperate for her help.

Hollywood sensation Ridge Dashly is facing a career crisis—a bad review threatens his A-list status. Desperate to win back the favor of the media and his fans, Ridge reluctantly agrees to enroll in college, never dreaming he’ll meet someone who can see past his fame to his true self.

As their paths continue to cross, Evie’s seeming disinterest intrigues Ridge, and the pair form a tentative friendship that slowly grows into something more. But when confronted with the unrelenting paparazzi and the nagging shadows of their pasts, will they follow everyone else’s script or fight for their own happy ending?

Review
What a wonderful story about the redemptive quality of forgiveness, overcoming trials to come out a stronger person and trusting in a force bigger than your own. Evie and Ridge are fully fleshed real characters with real life problems and obstacles to face before they can have a happily ever after of their own. Hollywood favorite meets college student in a tale of healing and strength. There are themes of working through anxiety, addiction, heart break and moving past the masks of perfection and fame. If you haven’t read Love on Pointe, this is a follow up which can be read as a standalone. There are laugh out loud and tender moments which provoke thought. Highly recommend as a clean romance for adults.

Content: mention of, working through prescription drug abuse, premarital relations, pornography addiction. Clean language. No violence, mild kissing.

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Sept. 24th: http://mybookaday.com/

Sept. 25th: http://fireandicereads.com/, https://brightlystreet.com/, https://www.rockinbookreviews.com/, http://www.blogginboutbooks.com/, http://gettingyourreadonaimeebrown.blogspot.com/

Sept. 26th: http://thoroughlyhere.blogspot.com/, http://ldswritermom.blogspot.com/, http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com/, http://lifeiswhatitscalled.blogspot.com/

Sept. 27th: http://katiescleanbookcollection.blogspot.com/, https://www.wishfulendings.com/, https://www.singinglibrarianbooks.com/

Sept. 28th: https://whynotbecauseisaidso.blogspot.com/, http://booksaresanity.blogspot.com/, http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/

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Creating Your Forever Family Tour and Giveaway

17 Sep, 2018 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment


Creating Your Forever Family
by Rachel A. Sullivan
Paperback, 192 pages
Published by Covenant Communications, Inc.
September 1, 2018
Amazon

Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. — The Family: A Proclamation to the World.

It has been decades since the family proclamation was first presented to members of the Church by President Gordon B. Hinckley. But despite the passage of time, the counsel provided in the family proclamation is ever more vital in these tumultuous last days. Creating Your Forever Family is an indispensable resource, providing practical application of the nine principles outlined in the family proclamation. Featuring counsel from Church leaders and stories of these principles in action, this book offers ways to incorporate these values into everyday life, from interview questions designed to help kids open up to game night ideas to fun family dinner conversation starters. Families will be strengthened as each member gets involved in the discussions and applications. Now is the time to fortify families and truly embrace the principles of this great proclamation.

 

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Sept. 17th: http://fireandicereads.com/, https://www.rockinbookreviews.com/
Sept. 18th : https://brightlystreet.com/, http://empowermoms.net/
Sept. 19th: http://ldswritermom.blogspot.com/, https://joyinthemoments.wordpress.com/
Sept. 20th: https://www.singinglibrarianbooks.com/, http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com/, https://ldsandlovinit.blogspot.com/
Sept. 21st: http://heidi-reads.blogspot.com/, http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/

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The Neverland Inn by K. C. Grant Tour and Giveaway

12 Sep, 2018 by in Uncategorized 1 comment



The Neverland Inn
by K.C. Grant
192 pages
Published by Covenant Communications
September 1, 2018
Amazon * Goodreads

Daniel Cavanaugh has it all—a lucrative career as a lawyer, a gorgeous fiancée, and his future mapped out for him. So why is he feeling increasingly dissatisfied with his life? When the assignment to handle his late grandmother’s estate takes him to the California coast, Daniel welcomes the escape. Staying at the nearby bed-and-breakfast isn’t really his style, but he soon realizes the inn may hold the key to the answers he’s been seeking. Spindrift Cove has few opportunities for a young unmarried woman like Sarah Michaels. Even so, she enjoys her solitude as owner and chef at the Neverland Inn. She thrives on catering to the needs of her guests and treating them to her fantastic cooking. But when Daniel walks through her door, he immediately tests her patience. Though he is handsome and well-bred, she finds him insufferable. Soon, however, the tranquility of the inn works its magic, and Daniel and Sarah forge a sweet and unexpected connection—until the life he left behind in the city demands his return and it seems that a happily ever after may not be on the menu after all.

About the Author

K.C. Grant loves to write! From bad poetry at the age of seven to not-too-much-later attempts at a novel where the main character was a talkative red-haired girl (yes, that wasn’t very creative) she has loved to create stories. In her adult career, she has written for family oriented magazines like BackHome, Parents and Kids, The Washington Family and LDSLiving. She was so excited about the release of her first novel in 2010, “Abish: Daughter of God.” A sequel, “Abish: Mother of Faith” continues the story of Abish and focuses on the mothers of the stripling warriors.

K.C. will also get to continue her fascination with the setting of Mexico (this time with a modern twist) when her suspense novel titled “Venom” which came out January 2012.

She also belongs to three writers’ groups and various other organizations that keep her very busy.

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Sept. 10th: http://mybookaday.com/, https://www.rockinbookreviews.com/, https://brightlystreet.com/
Sept. 11th: http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com/, http://empowermoms.net/, http://bonnieharris.blogspot.com/
Sept. 12th: http://ldswritermom.blogspot.com/, http://fireandicereads.com/, https://www.lovebugsandpostcards.com/, http://www.kindleandme.com/
Sept. 13th: http://katiescleanbookcollection.blogspot.com/, http://thoroughlyhere.blogspot.com/, http://heidi-reads.blogspot.com/, https://ldsandlovinit.blogspot.com/
Sept. 14th: http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/, http://minreadsandreviews.blogspot.com/, https://www.wishfulendings.com/, http://booksaresanity.blogspot.com/, https://whynotbecauseisaidso.blogspot.com/

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The Shipbuilder’s Wife Blog Tour and Giveaway

05 Sep, 2018 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

I received this book for free from Covenant in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Shipbuilder’s Wife Blog Tour and Giveaway

The Shipbuilder's Wife

by Jennifer Moore
Published by Covenant on September 1, 2018
Genres: Adult, Historical Fiction
Pages: 272
Format: Paperback
Source: Covenant
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The day of her parents' garden party dawns bright as Lydia Prescott eagerly anticipates a marriage proposal from a handsome and wealthy plantation owner. The lovely debutante plans to steal a moment away with her beau, but her plans go terribly awry. Instead of her intended, she is joined by a stranger the largest man she's ever laid eyes on. And it is clear Jacob Steele is there for reasons far more sober than the party. With British raids erupting all around them, it is his job to reassure plantation owners of their safety. In reality, however, Jacob is an espionage agent, and the truth is dire: America is on the verge of invasion by the British.

Blissfully unaware of the danger surrounding her, Lydia basks in the glow of her recent engagement. But her joy is short-lived—a surprise British attack results in a devastating wound, and her plans for the future are shattered. Lost in her devastation, Lydia could never dream that Jacob, that giant of a man she met so briefly, would prove to be her saving grace. And with a war raging around them, she may be called upon to save him too.

What an enjoyment! I grew up on the Chesapeake in Maryland, close to the nation’s capitol, so the sights and scenes of the Shipbuilder’s Wife held significance for me. Jennifer Moore does a wonderful job of capturing life during time of war and in the shipyard. She adds historical context and enough detail to make the story come alive. Talk of privateers, plantation owners, slaves, and a fledgling nation trying to make its way against the English redcoats will captivate historical fiction readers. Lydia and Jacob have a long way to go in their relationship and I certainly hope there are making for a companion book or sequel. Side character, Alden was a delight with his funny asides and spunky personality. A good book should make you want to learn more, and this did just that.

Biography

Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world that includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that is anything but romantic. Jennifer has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family, but most of the time wishes she was aboard a British frigate during the age of sail.

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