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No Nice Girls Swears Blog Tour and Giveaway

14 Apr, 2020 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment



I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the NO NICE GIRL SWEARS by Alice-Leone Moats Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About The Book:
Title: NO NICE GIRL SWEARS: Notes on High Society, Social Graces, and Keeping Your Wits from a Jazz-Age Debutante
Author: Alice-Leone Moats foreword by Stellene Volandes
Pub. Date: April 7, 2020
Publisher: Apollo Publishers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 184

No Nice Girl Swears is the original, trailblazing guide to the “new etiquette,” brimming with timeless advice on style, romance, and grace, and finally back in print 90 years after its original release. Forewords by today’s editor in chief of Town & Country and the editor in chief of Vogue from 1914–1952.

Heralded as the go-to guide for soon-to-be debutantes and ladies who’d recently made their debut, No Nice Girl Swears ushered in a “new etiquette” on its release in 1933, much to the shock—and delight—of the high-society crowd of jazz-age America. Today it is equal parts time capsule (how to dress for dinner on your transatlantic voyage) and timeless missive (how to ditch a date who’s had a few too many).

Worldly-wise socialite Alice-Leone Moats advises on everything from style and dating to travel and party throwing, and weeds through the dos and don’ts of weddings, weekend trips, and the workplace. Her wisdom, though steeped in the charm of her time, endures: treat others—and yourself—with respect, always put your best foot forward, and don’t throw a party without champagne. It’s just good manners.

This keepsake volume includes a new foreword from Stellene Volandes, the editor in chief of Town & Country, the original foreword from Edna Woolman Chase, Vogue’s editor in chief from 1914–1952, and a contextualizing preface. It encourages consideration of what etiquette rules we’d like instilled today, and shows how Moats helped usher in a world where women could speak—and act—freely.

“A book of modern etiquette for the modern debutante and sub deb, with an eye on her mother. Definitely keyed to the city and suburban communities, rather than the small town. Humor and commonsense combined in due proportion in answering such questions as: Shall I ask him in? May I call you up some time? What is the technique of being picked up? What should be done if my escort passes out on me? And so on. In addition, the author gives the latest usage in the matter of debutante parties, chaperonage (you’d be surprised!), engagements, weddings, clothes, week-end parties, and other contingencies. In good taste, and yet distinctly smart. The book itself is another experiment in colored stock—yellow this time—but since the books are to be sealed with cellophane wrappers, the prospective buyer wont know what she is getting until the purchase is made.”
Kirkus Review

“In spite of such reminiscent titles of ‘Shall She Ask Him In?’ and ‘Never Speak To Strangers Unless They Speak to You,’ these chapters contain serious advice—the pragmatism of it all cloaked in a flippant and humor-flecked style.”
Review: This book was a fun diversion and trip into the past rules of society in urban New York. I enjoyed reading the advice the writer gives women trying to navigate their season of dating. Fun, yet practical, some of it is still applicable today.
New York Times

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About Alice:

Alice-Leone Moats (1908–1989) was an American journalist and author who was born in Mexico to wealthy and socially prominent American parents. She attended convent schools in Mexico City, Rome and Paris, as well as the Brearley School in Manhattan and the Fermata School for Girls in Aiken, South Carolina.











Publisher Info:

Giveaway Details:
One lucky winner will receive a $10 Amazon GC, International.



Tour Schedule:
Week One:
3/30/2020
Excerpt
3/31/2020
Excerpt
4/1/2020
Excerpt
4/2/2020
Excerpt
4/3/2020
Review

Week Two:
4/6/2020
Review
4/7/2020
Excerpt
4/8/2020
Review
4/9/2020
Review
4/10/2020
Review

Week Three:
4/13/2020
Review
4/14/2020
Review
4/15/2020
Excerpt
4/16/2020
Excerpt
4/17/2020
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BEYOND THE SHORE AND SHADOWS by Chantal Gadoury Cover Reveal

11 Apr, 2020 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment



About Chantal:
Today Chantal Gadoury, The Parliament House, and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for BEYOND THE SHORE AND SHADOWS, the second book in her YA Little Mermaid Retelling Series, which releases May 2021! Check out the awesome cover and enter to win a $10 Amazon GC!

On to the reveal!


About The Book:
Title: BEYOND THE SHORE AND SHADOWS (Lena #2)
Author: Chantal Gadoury
Pub. Date: May 2021
Publisher: The Parliament House
Formats: Paperback, eBook
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Find it: Goodreads

A Merrow with a Choice
A Man Who Loved Her
And an Evil that could destroy them both
The Sea Is Calling. . .

Lena is a merrow in possession of the Magick Skal, the shell once owned by the Queen of the merrows. And now, Lord Jarl knows her secret and wants it for himself.

After running away from the Lundby-Wyatt Inn, leaving behind everything she was familiar with, Lena finds herself in the company of the warm and kind Soren Emil.

When the villagers turn against her and Soren, they’re forced to leave the burning Bror Boghandel behind and escape to a forgotten cottage on the edge of the shore, where no one will find them. Lena knows she must get the shell back to the sea and destroy it, before it falls into the hands of Lord Jarl, or worse, his apprentice, Jace Wyatt.

With the help of some unruly pirates, Lena and Soren journey to the sea, a place Lena never thought she’d return to. There, she will have to face not only the Sea King’s army, the Fosse-Søfolk, but the impossible choice to sacrifice her own life, or the life of the man she loves.

What will Lena choose?

About Book 1:
Title: BETWEEN THE SEA AND STARS (Lena #1)
Author: Chantal Gadoury
Pub. Date: June 19, 2018
Publisher: The Parliament House
Formats: Paperback, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 268

A Legend, 
A Magical Shell 
A Girl Who Dreamed Of Something More… 

Lena, a Merrow girl, lives in the Skagerrak sea with her father, Carrick and her brother, Javelin who tells her of the legend of the Merrow Queen murdered by her human lover when greed takes over. But what’s worth spilling the queen’s blood? Gifted from Poseidon, himself, a magic shell gives any human the ability to control both land and sea. 

When Javelin is called to join a clan of Merrow soldiers bent on protecting their waters from human invasion, Lena resists Merrow law and ventures to the shore with no choice but to swim to land. 

With newfound legs, Lena is whisked away on a new adventure with new friends and new trouble. Everyone seems to want something from her as intrigue lurks around every corner. 

Trying her best to hide who she is and remain safe from the dangers of the human world, will Lena finally find where she belongs, or will she be swept into a strong and stormy current by lust, greed, and jealousy?




Excerpt from BETWEEN THE SEA AND STARS (Lena #1):

“Tell me the legend of the Skagerrak queen.”

Javelin lifted a brow. “It’s hardly a legend, Lena,” he said. “It’s barely been a decade.” His voice was easy, unbothered by the possibility of being overheard. They were alone in this place. There was no need to whisper or scold or shush. Still, he groaned. “I’ve told that one a thousand times. You should know it by heart. Aren’t you tired of it yet?”

“Come on,” Lena urged him. “It’s my favorite. Tell me again.”

He rolled his eyes, but his mouth curved into a grin. “Fine.” His scooped a clam shell out of the sand and began sliding the sharp side of a rock against its grain. “The queen fell in love with a human man,” he began, his strong fingers holding the clam firmly in place. “Every full moon, she used her magic to travel ashore to see him.”

About the Author

Chantal Gadoury is an Amazon Best Selling Author who is originally from the countryside of Muncy, PA. Chantal likes anything Disney, plays a mean game of Disney trivia, enjoys painting and has a interest in British History. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues that love of writing today. As a recent college graduate from Susquehanna University, with a degree in Creative Writing, writing novels is a dream come true.

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Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive a $10 Amazon GC, International.

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The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith Review

06 Apr, 2020 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Other Side Of Heaven: 2 Fire Of Faith

Actors: Christopher Gorham

Studio: Excel Entertainment

DVD Release Date: October 4, 2019

Missionary John H. Groberg returns to Tonga in the 1960s with his wife and their five young daughters. When their sixth child is born with a serious illness, the Grobergs face their ultimate test of faith, only to find themselves surrounded by the love andprayers of thousands of Tongans. Barriers of inter-religious strife are soon broken down as all unite in hopes of a miracle that will save the baby’s life, as well as the life of a Tongan minister’s son.

Yesterday, we watched The Other Side of Heaven 2 as a family. It is a high action film with moderate violence, so you may want to pre-screen or have the remote ready to fast forward. Elder Groberg is in Idaho Falls, Idaho with his young family when he is called to be a mission president to Tonga and surrounding islands. Back to the place where he served as a young man, now with hundreds in his care. We cried many times and marveled at the hardships they endured, as well as the faith they showed with prayer. Highly recommend for youth and adults.

Content: domestic violence, gang violence. High tension.

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Free Homsechooling and Family Activity Ideas

16 Mar, 2020 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

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We have been homeschooling for over five years and are happy to help any families start on this journey. Leave your questions in the comments. Here are some free resources available during the quarentine due to Coronavirus, COVID-19.

Family School Free until June

Living Scriptures Streaming Free for One Month (ad)

The Good and the Beautiful

Libraries of Hope

ABC Mouse

Scholastic Learn From Home

We use Pinterest for ideas and have several homeschool boards. This week is a good time to study Ireland, St Patrick’s Day. Listen to Celtic music, eat Irish soda bread, make Colcannon.

What are you using for curriculum this week? What are you doing as a family to pass the time?

Worth the Wait Blog Tour and Giveaway

12 Mar, 2020 by in Uncategorized 1 comment

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

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.


I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the WORTH THE WAIT by Traci Douglass Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About The Book:
Title: WORTH THE WAIT
Author: Traci Douglass

Pub. Date: March 8, 2020
Publisher: Entangled: Bliss
Formats:  Paperback, eBook
Pages: 200
Find it: Goodreads, AmazonKindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo

Mandy Reynolds needs a reset on life in so many ways. Her acting career isn’t exactly where she’d hoped it to be. She can’t even get a job as a germ for a commercial. When she inherits half a house she sees it as a sign and heads home to Heavenly Falls, Illinois. She’ll sell the house, and use the money to take her career to the next level in Los Angeles. That is if she can convince her hard-headed––and stupidly gorgeous–– ex-stepbrother, Alex Noonan, to sell fast.

The last time Alex saw Mandy, she was a gangly teen, who followed him around like a sad puppy. But she’s grown into a smart and funny woman, who is as frustrating as she is beautiful. The fact that they have to live in the house––together––while they fix it up, is one temptation he doesn’t need. And while he’s having fun spending time with her, she’s moving on soon, and he needs time to heal.


Plus, she has no idea he’s got a secret that could put a monkey wrench in all of her plans…





Review Worth the Wait was a fun romance and look into the effects of PTSD and anxiety in a relationship. The main characters both have to navigate how to handle moving through their grief, lost relationships and career changes. Alex goes through some major adjustments to finally land where he needs to be. I enjoyed their support for one another and the sub plot of renovating a Victorian home. Content: adult.
About Traci:

Fresh, Flirty, Fun. Sweet, Sexy Romance.

I’m a USA Today Bestselling Author whose stories feature sizzling heroes with humor, quick wits and troubled pasts and heroines who are smart, tenacious, and always give as good as they get. I hold an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and I love cute animals, chocolate, coffee, hot UK actors, and sarcasm—not necessarily in that order.

My books are published with Harlequin/Mills & Boon, Entangled Publishing, and Tule Publishing.

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Giveaway Details:
One lucky winner will receive a $15 Amazon Gift Card, International.



Tour Schedule:
3/9/2020
Guest Post
3/9/2020
Excerpt
3/10/2020
Excerpt
3/10/2020
Interview
3/10/2020
Excerpt
3/11/2020
Guest Post
3/11/2020
Review
3/11/2020
Review
3/12/2020
Review
3/12/2020
Review
3/12/2020
Guest Post
3/13/2020
Interview
3/13/2020
Review
3/13/2020
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Live All In Concert Tour

10 Mar, 2020 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Brighten March with the Live All In Concert Tour! Hilary Week is doing a concert tour.

Below are the dates and cities she will be in and links to purchase tickets! You can also visit HilaryWeeks.com for tickets.

Thursday, March 12th, 7:30 pm

Gilbert, AZ

Higley Center for the Arts

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Saturday, March 14th, 7:30 pm

Orem, UT

Mountain View High School Auditorium

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Thursday, March 19th, 7:30 pm

Idaho Falls, ID

Civic Auditorium

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Saturday, March 21st, 7:30 pm

Boise, ID

Centennial High School Auditorium

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Friday, March 27th, 7:30 pm

Ogden, UT

Ogden High School Auditorium

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Saturday, March 28th, 7:30 pm

Cedar City, UT

Heritage Center Theater

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I Am Awesome Blog Tour

04 Mar, 2020 by in Uncategorized 1 comment

New Children’s Book I Am Awesome! Teaches the Power of Embracing Our God-Given Confidence

A recent study by University of Washington researchers shows that by age five children have a sense of self-esteem comparable in strength to that of adults. That’s a significant finding given that self-esteem then tends to remain relatively stable throughout a person’s life.

Ryan Maule, motivational speaker and host of the popular Expect Awesome Podcast, is taking that seriously. He wants to make sure that all children get the positive self-esteem they need early so they can be the type of adults that live up to their God-given potential.

Explains Ryan, “I was brought up in churches where confidence was seen as a prideful thing that needed to be discarded and exchanged for humility. I don’t think that’s what God intended at all. We were created by an awesome God who created an ever-evolving awesome creation that needs to live up to the potential that God intended for us. How can we fully believe in God’s awesome power if we can’t believe in ourselves while living according to his power?”

After helping his own daughter overcome issues of poor self-esteem, Ryan wanted to create a way to improve children’s self-esteem in a format that is understandable and relatable to them. The result is his new children’s book, I Am Awesome! (ISBN: 978-1-9736-8105-2), which helps kids build confidence by teaching them just how awesome they truly are.

I Am Awesome!  tells the story of two robots named Grace and Zeal who live in Goodland, a land created by an Inventor where everyone and everything is Good. When Grace and Zeal meet a new invention who claims to be Awesome and not just Good they set off for the Inventor’s workshop to get some answers. There they discover the truth – that they are worth more than they ever realized. 

“I want kids of all ages to live with a God-powered self-worth and confidence,” says Ryan. “I want to impact lives and inspire both kids and parents to achieve and go for more.”

“Ultimately with I Am Awesome! I want to teach children that it’s not just a good thing to have confidence, it’s what God wants!” adds Ryan. “He wants you to live an awesome life with Him by your side through it all.”

Guest Post

3 Secrets to Teaching Your Kids to Choose Confidence Over Fear

By Ryan Maule, author of the children’s book I Am Awesome!

Being a parent of a child in grade school means constantly sitting on the edge of your seat. Changes are happening all the time that affect the way your child reacts and responds to everyday life situations. This makes parenting overwhelming, feeling like you’re just sitting around waiting to come up with answers to issues you didn’t realize would come up in the first place. 

One of those changes seen regularly is a loss in self-esteem or confidence. Many parents face the dilemma of seeing confidence deplete with little to no understanding of what’s going on or how it happened. Most of the time we don’t even notice until the confidence has dropped so far that we wonder how it will ever recover!

So, what happened? If you’re like me, it’s easy to remember the moments where your child looked like they were absolutely unstoppable. I’ve seen my daughter take on roller coasters that made me nauseas, introduce herself to a group of strangers where I hoped to just blend in and get ignored, and perform, sing, and dance in front of crowds that make even the most confident of parents wonder “where did this kid come from?!” For a while it seemed like the only thing that scared her was Santa Claus. 

But then, without notice or warning, she doesn’t have that confidence anymore. She doesn’t want to perform, she’s withdrawn, she doesn’t want to go on even simple child rides, or stand out at school or in small groups. 

Where did the confidence go?

The reality is that these depletions in confidence are normal and common throughout not only the growing up process, but throughout your child’s entire life. These life tests never go away. The trick is to be able to recognize and label the problem that is always getting in the way. It can be called many things and summed up into one word: fear.

Fear is the main reason your children lose some or most of their self-confidence. It can be discovering the fear of death, the fear of judgement, the fear of disapproval, the fear of disappointment, the fear of embarrassment, or even the fear of simply failing. They could even just be scared in general. Fear is always present and will never fully go away. Fear is the amplifier of all the negative outcomes in every situation that we hold in the back of our mind. 

The secret is to teach our children how to react to fear in order to maintain and build their confidence. To do this, I have three easy secrets to help your kids choose confidence over fear.

1. Teach Your Children to Recognize and Admit Their Fears

Most situations where confidence is attacked are never recognized because we allow ourselves to get away with lying to each other. Instead of properly saying “I’m afraid of” or “I’m scared to,” we allow bad excuses and “I just don’t want to’s” to be acceptable answers. Teaching your kids to identify the thoughts and feelings that are fear-related helps them to create the potential for a stronger, more confident response. 

2. Make A Rule of No Hypotheticals

This secret is one that all families should use and applies to both adults and children. Hypotheticals are imaginary negative outcomes and more commonly, fantasy worst-case scenarios. It’s so easy to think up disasters and failures and play them out like a movie in your mind. The answer is to not allow them. No hypotheticals means basing your decision on only the things that are facts and that you already know. By not allowing your worst-case scenario to impact your decision, you create opportunities where positive outcomes are truly possible.

3. Discuss Past Successes! 

When you’re in the moment, it’s hard to remember past experience. Sometimes all you need is a little reminder of great moments of past confidence to inspire more instances of future confidence! 

“Do you remember that time you did this same thing and it went perfectly?!” 

“Mom and I were so proud of you the last time you handled a situation like this!” 

“You are awesome at this!” 

“This is nothing for you!” 

“You could do this in your sleep!” 

By drawing on past successes, your children will start to see beyond the fear and see themselves conquering the world!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

RYAN MAULE is a nationally recognized and highly sought-after motivational speaker, host of the popular Expect Awesome Podcast, and the president of Integrity Doctors, the world’s largest chiropractic business organization. Over the last 15 years Ryan has traveled the world spreading the message of expecting awesome and building a stronger self-image in order to gain a God-powered confidence. Ryan is happily married to his awesome wife Amber and they live in Florida with their two awesome kids, Summer Grace and Nolan Zeal.

Learn more about Ryan and I Am Awesome! at www.ryankmaule.comand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

I Am Awesome! is available on Amazon.

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Hilary Weeks 2020 Tour

27 Feb, 2020 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

I am so excited that Hilary Weeks is playing a concert in Ogden as part of her 6-city tour this March.  We have our tickets; are you coming?

Come see Hilary Weeks perform live with her killer band in Ogden on March 14 and hear some of the music from the 2019 Live All In subscription songs plus many of her fan favorites!  You can see the whole tour schedule and get your tickets at HilaryWeeks.com.