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The Recipe Hacker Blog Tour

18 Jan, 2015 by in blog tour, cedar fort, cook book, GFCF, gluten free 1 comment

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

The Recipe Hacker Blog Tour

The Recipe Hacker

by Diana Keuilian
Published by Cedar Fort on December 9th 2014
Genres: Adult, Cookbook
Pages: 200
Format: Paperback
four-stars
Source: Cedar Fort
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The Recipe Hacker: Comfort foods without gluten, dairy, soy, grains or cane sugar

Break the recipe code for your favorite foods! Free of grains, gluten, dairy, cane sugar, and soy, The Recipe Hacker is a mouthwatering collection of your favorite comfort foods with a healthy twist. Learn to use easy ingredient substitutions to transform traditional dishes into real, healthy comfort food masterpieces, without sacrificing any flavor! Enjoy healthier, whole-food versions of Key Lime Pie, Crispy Orange Chicken, and Banana Pancakes. Dozens of recipes and delicious flavors will keep you coming back for more. Enjoy all the comfort foods you crave and keep your body (and skinny jeans) happy at the same time!
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Our family ate gluten free dairy free for about 5 years and sugar free for one summer, so we know how challenging it can be to find yummy recipes and cook books. I did an experiment when the Recipe Hacker came in. I let my children sit down with it first and look through the photos. They were excited to try

-green smoothie

-lettuce boats

-beef noodle bowl

-teryaki salmon

-island style fried rice

I was surprised by their enthusiasm and also by the recipes they chose! I myself was looking a the mint chocolate chip ice ream made with coconut milk, key lime pie, frosted watermelon cake and passion fruit sorbet.

This cookbook is all about eliminating gluten, refined sugar and dairy while keeping the appeal of the food. It is well designed and easy to follow. Thumbs up from my family’s hardest to please!

 

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Diana Keuilian is passionate about creating wholesome versions of your favorite foods. She removes the gluten, dairy, soy, grains and cane sugar from traditional comfort food recipes like cake, tacos, cookies, waffles, enchiladas and more. This hobby propelled her to start the popular blog, RealHealthyRecipes.com, where she shares hundreds of delicious recipes and mouthwatering photos. She lives in Southern California with her husband and two young children.

For more recipes, or to contact Diana, visit RealHealthyRecipes.com and www.facebook.com/RealHealthyRecipes.

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Love Unexpected Blog Tour & Review

15 Jan, 2015 by in blog tour, covenant, Jennifer K. Clark, julie daines, melanie jacobson Leave a comment

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Love Unexpected Blog Tour & Review

Love Unexpected: A Storybook Romance

Published by Covenant on January 1, 2015
Genres: Adult, Clean Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 176
Format: Paperback
three-half-stars
Source: Covenant
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They say a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but as mistaken identities abound, three heroines will put this age-old adage to the test! Showcasing a trio of LDS fiction’s finest authors, Love Unexpected: A Storybook Romance is a heartwarming collection of short stories that begs the question: can true love really conquer all?

Storybook Romance by Melanie Jacobson —New York City book editor Ellie Hanover has discovered a groundbreaking manuscript that may be just what she needs to save her job. But when her anonymous correspondence with the author begins to develop into more than a professional relationship, Ellie is left wondering if her real find is actually Mr. Right.

He Loves Me Not by Jennifer K. Clark —When Kenedee spies her boss leaving flowers on her desk, she’s swept into a whirlwind of infatuation. If only he didn’t have a girlfriend . . . Undeterred, the young woman enlists in the scheme her employer’s brother has put in motion for the company’s sake in hopes that she can win over the man of her dreams. But even foolproof plans can go awry.

Fools of Us All by Julie Daines —The course of true love is never smooth, as Jane discovers when a case of mistaken identity results in a date with the man she’s admired from afar for years. But she knows all too well that masquerading as her twin sister can only go on for so long before the truth comes out.
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Review

This is a short collection of three novellas that can easily be read in one day. They are light and clean by well-known LDS fiction authors. The cover is cute for Valentine’s Day.

Melanie Jacobson’s contribution follows the saga of a New York editing professional  who has just lost her boss and does NOT get along with the uppity woman taking his position. She’s relegated to the small, menial tasks of a new worker and basically demoted to a slush pile minion. When a manuscript comes in written by an Afghanistan correspondent with depth and feeling, things get interesting! This was my favorite of the three shorts 🙂

Jennifer K. Clark’s saga is set in Moab between three workers of a river rafting company. I couldn’t quite buy the love triangle or scheming going on and it wrapped up way too neatly. It is a fun setting and circumstance though.

And lastly, Julie Daines addresses two tough subjects, domestic violence and taking care of a terminally ill parent in the book’s final chapters. I loved the doctor and character Mac. There is a bit of drama which I had a hard time stomaching. Nothing too violent, but malevolent circumstance none the less.

I recommend this one for adults. It is written with characters more in adult and new adult roles. Great carpool read where I could read a few pages and pick up like I never left the stories!

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Meet The Seeker Blog Tour and Giveaway

13 Jan, 2015 by in arwen elys dayton, blog tour, rockstar, seeker 3 comments

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Fire and Ice is today’s stop on the official Meet the Seekers Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. We have chracter John Hart highlighted on our site today. Get to know him, and be sure to enter the giveaway!

seeker coverTitle: SEEKER
Author: Arwen Elys Dayton
Pub. Date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages: 448
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

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Summary

For readers of A Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games comes an epic new series.

The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor. As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand for light in a shadowy world. And she’ll be with the boy she loves–who’s also her best friend.

But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes. Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought.

And now it’s too late to walk away.

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 Character Profile~ John Hart

“It’s what we were born to do.” —John

John Hart was raised by his very wealthy grandfather in London and came to the remote estate in Scotland at the age of twelve to begin his training as a Seeker. Now sixteen, he has light brown hair and blue eyes Quin describes as “stormy.”

Though John started his training late, he’s intensely committed to proving himself and taking the oath, though his instructors seem doubtful that he’ll make it. In truth, however, John understands far more about being a Seeker than either of his fellow apprentices, Quin and Shinobu. He alone among those training on the estate realizes what truly awaits them after they take their oaths.

At a young age, John promised his dying mother how he would live his life and what he would become. Now he finds himself bound by this promise, even though he might wish to choose a different path.

His vows to his mother have put him at odds with the others in training. This is particularly painful when it comes to Quin. Because John loves Quin. He wants her to choose to be with him. But will that be possible when the truth about Seekers is revealed?

Meet Shinobu MacBain tomorrow at Nerdophiles!

Excerpt From Seeker

John realized he was looking at her with pity. She was a girl with stars in her eyes, born into the wrong family, and the wrong century. Yes, they were part of something exceptional, something bigger than themselves, but he would describe it in very different words—words such as “ruthless” and “vicious.” . . ..
What would she feel when she discovered the truth? That there may have been noble Seekers once, but nobility was not Briac’s style? That her skills were going to be used for a very different purpose?
Softly he asked her, “What do you think you will be doing tonight when you take your oath?”

Meet Shinobu MacBain tomorrow at Nerdophiles!

About the Authorseeker author

Arwen Elys Dayton spends months doing research for her stories. Her explorations have taken her around the world to places like the Great Pyramid (which she explored by a single fading flashlight when researching Resurrection), Hong Kong and its many islands, and lots of ruined castles in Scotland. She enjoys creating complete worlds inhabited by characters who charm, frustrate or inspire.

Arwen lives with her husband and their three children on the West Coast of the United States. You can follow her @arwenelysdayton on Twitter and Instagram.

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Tour Schedule

1/12/2015- IceyBooks– Character Profile
1/13/2015- Fire and Ice– Character Profile
1/14/2015- Nerdophiles– Character Profile
1/15/2015- Two Chicks on Books– Character Profile
1/16/2015- A Book and a Latte– Character Profile

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Author Interview with Brenda Novak, Holiday Reads Blog Tour & Giveaway

02 Dec, 2014 by in blog tour, brenda novak, harlequin, holiday reads 12 comments

unnamedlittleredgpostFavorite brand and flavor of hot chocolate?

Hmm…nothing too sweet, so probably Starbucks with a hint of mint.

Fictional character you’d most like to be stuck under the mistletoe with.

From one of my books? Or can I choose a movie star? If it’s a movie star, definitely Chris Hemsworth (I guess a lot of people feel that way; I just heard he was chosen as PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive, and I would have to concur). If it’s a fictional hero from someone else’s book, I’d say Susan Elizabeth Phillips’s Bobby Tom Denton. And if it’s a fiction character from one of my own books, I’d say Virgil, from INSIDE, or Dylan, from WHEN SNOW FALLS. I love the wounded alpha hero.

Favorite Christmas tradition and recipe:

My favorite Christmas tradition is getting in a circle with all of my kids and taking turns as we open our presents so that everyone can see what everyone else is getting. It slows the process down and gives us a tremendous amount of vicarious enjoyment.

I have a lot of favorite Christmas recipes, but the one I’m craving most this year is my mint brownies from scratch recipe.

Mint Brownies

2 c. sugar
4 eggs
2 cubes butter (softened)
8 TBS cocoa
1 TBS vanilla
1 TSP salt
1 3/4 cup flour

Cream sugar, eggs and butter. Sift cocoa, vanilla, salt and flour together and add to wet ingredients. Spread in a greased 9″ x 13″ pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes.

Frosting:

3/4 cup butter
2 2/3 cup powdered sugar
2 TBS evaporated milk (up to 1/4 cup)
1 TSP mint extract
Green food coloring

Beat together until you reach the desired consistently and spread on cooled brownies. Then drizzle with real chocolate thinned with Crisco (if you want them to look fancy).

If you could pick one holiday destination as a dream vacation where would it be?
I just got back from New Zealand, which was about the most wonderful place on earth. So I’d love to go back there—or maybe Australia, since I didn’t get to include that in my travel plans.

Best holiday memory:

This would probably be the first Christmas I was married to my husband, Ted. We had VERY little money, and yet he had gone all out. When I walked into the living room on Christmas morning, there was a pyramid of presents that went all the way to the ceiling. My family couldn’t believe it (but having him in my life was the best gift of all).
What things are in your grown-up Christmas list?

The older I get, the less I care about physical things. I’m happy with another year of health and happiness for my family and friends—and another year spent writing, which is doing what I love.
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The Heart of Christmas
by Brenda Novak
mass market paperback
Imprint: MIRA Books
Release date: Tuesday, October 28

Purchase links:

Amazon * B&N * Indie bound

 Eve Harmon has always enjoyed Christmas, but this year it reminds her of everything she doesn’t have. Almost all her friends are married now, and that’s what Eve wants, too. There’s no one in the small town of Whiskey Creek she could even imagine as a husband—until a handsome stranger comes to town.

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Tell us about your characters and setting in a nutshell.

THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS is part of my popular Whiskey Creek series, which is set in a fictional gold-rush town nestled into the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas (similar to Sutter Creek or Jackson not far from where I live). All of these romantic stories feature a backdrop of 1800s architecture, wooden boardwalks and scenic mountains. THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS is Eve Harmon’s story. She owns the Victorian Bed and Breakfast in town (Little Mary’s, named after the resident ghost), and she’s trying to get ready for Whiskey Creek’s annual tradition of Victorian Days. Since almost all of her friends are married, she thinks she’ll be spending this Christmas alone—like every other. But then a mysterious stranger comes to town….

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unnamed (3)Brenda Novak: Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are the proud parents of five children—three girls and two boys. She juggles her writing career with her children’s softball and soccer games, field trips, carpool runs and homework sessions. Readers can find out more about Brenda at her website www.brendanovak.com.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrendaNovakAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/brenda_novak

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To be entered to win an autographed ‘Just Likes Mom’s’ apron from author Brenda Novak, share in the comments section of this post, your favorite holiday dessert (along with the recipe, if you’re so inclined).

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The Harlequin Holiday Reads prize-pack includes:
• One mass market paperback of each of:
o Christmas with the Billionaire by Carole Mortimer, Maisey Yates and Joss Wood
o Maybe this Christmas by Sarah Morgan
o Snow Angel Cove by RaeAnne Thayne
o The Heart of Christmas by Brenda Novak
o The Lodge on Holly Road by Sheila Roberts
• One copy of Her Holiday Man by Shannon Stacey in the digital format of your choice
• One package of ornament charms
• One box of Harlequin-themed gift tags

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Blog Tour Schedule

Week One

12/1/2014   Smexy Books http://smexybooks.com Shannon Stacey (Guest Post)
12/2/2014   Fire & Ice http://www.fireandicereads.com Brenda Novak (Interview)
12/3/2014   Spiced Latte Reads http://spicedlatte.blogspot.com Christmas with a Billionaire, Maisey Yates (Guest Post)
12/4/2014   Wicked Little Pixie http://wickedlilpixie.com Sarah Morgan (Guest Post)
12/5/2014   Bookhounds http://www.bookhounds.net Sheila Roberts (Interview)

 

Week Two

12/8/14   Parajunkee http://www.parajunkee.com Christmas with a Billionaire; Joss Wood (Guest Post)
12/9/2014   That Artsy Reader Girl http://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/ Brenda Novak (Guest Post)
12/10/2014   Fictitious Delicious http://www.fictitiousdelicious.com Shannon Stacey (Interview)
12/11/2014   Curling Up with a Good Book http://curling-up-with-a-good-book.blogspot.com RaeAnne Thayne (Interview)
12/12/2014   Chicks that Read http://www.chicksthatread.com/ Sarah Morgan (Interview)

 

Week Three

12/15/2014   Poisoned Rationality http://www.prationality.com Sarah Morgan (Guest Post)
12/16/2014   Bookish Things & More http://www.bookishthingsandmore.com Christmas with a Billionaire; Carole Mortimer (Guest Post)
12/17/2014   Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf http://melissaseclecticbookshelf.com/ RaeAnne Thayne (Interview)
12/18/2014   The Reading Cafe http://www.thereadingcafe.com/ Sheila Roberts (Guest Post)
12/19/2014   Books a la Mode http://thestephanieloves.blogspot.com/ Brenda Novak (Guest Post)

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Becoming Beauty by Sarah Boucher Blog Tour and Review

25 Nov, 2014 by in blog tour, fairytale retelling, sweetwater books Leave a comment

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

Becoming Beauty by Sarah Boucher Blog Tour and Review

Becoming Beauty

by Sarah Boucher
Published by Sweetwater on November 11, 2014
Genres: Adult, Fairytale
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
three-half-stars
Source: Sweetwater Press
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Claws. Long, filthy, and dangerously sharp.

They’re the first thing Bella sees after what’s been the worst day of her life. If Bella were the quintessential Beauty—gorgeous, kindhearted, and self-sacrificing—she might have a chance at transforming this monster into a man, but she’s never been the toad-kissing kind. Obsessed with landing a wealthy nobleman and escaping her humdrum life, Bella will stop at nothing to achieve her goals. Which is precisely what landed her here, at the mercy of the Beast.

In this imaginative retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Bella's sense of entitlement strains both her family's finances and patience. As punishment for her selfishness, she's sent into the Beast's service where she must choose whether to follow the path she's always dreamed of—or risk it all for something even greater.
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I have really mixed feelings about Becoming Beauty. The book was well written and it’s a great twist in a fairytale we all know. The cover is gorgeous! However, I just couldn’t relate to or fully fall in love with the main characters. There were three of them, and I just kept holding out, hoping I could connect– but it never happened. Belle is incredibly self- centered and selfish for quite a bit of the opening scenes, and then at times she is overly pushy and dramatic. Beast has his control freak, grumpy, “slight” anger managements issues going boiling beneath the surface. And, Jack–well, he seems a bit to self sacrificing and codependent for my liking. I wanted to see more relationship development between Belle and the man she gives her heart to, it seemed rushed. While I didn’t fully connect with any of them, I will say I enjoyed the story.

The author adds plot twists, shows transformation of characters and weaves in a lot of magic with a cursed, or maybe enchanted ruby pendant. There is romantic tension and a great lesson at the end about family. It’s a clean read, and a creative re-working of Beauty and the Beast. Well done and I’m interested in reading any more fairy tale twists Sarah Boucher comes up with! And a request to Sweetwater Books…more covers like this one please!

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Mild-mannered kindergarten teacher by day and self-proclaimed scribbler by night, Sarah’s inner fairytale junkie takes center stage with the release of her premier novel Becoming Beauty.
The discovery of a mystery about pants (penned in the second grade) reveals both her lifelong love of storytelling and cute clothes.  With countless stories about makeovers cluttering up her hard drive and a walk-in closet bursting with sassy high heels and handbags, Sarah’s obsession with dressing up is unmatched.  That, paired with her interest in fairytales, led to the birth of Bella, the heroine of Becoming Beauty.

When she’s not embroiled in either teaching or penning a new tale, cheesy music, movies that cause her to snort while laughing, baking (especially if chocolate is involved), and more British television than anyone this side of the Atlantic has any business watching, keep Sarah entertained.

A native Utahn, Sarah graduated from Snow College and Brigham Young University.  She currently lives and teaches in Ogden, Utah.

Contact Sarah on her website SarahEBoucher.com, or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or Goodreads.

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Deceived by Kathi Oram Peterson ~Blog Tour and Giveaway

18 Nov, 2014 by in adult, blog tour, covenant Leave a comment

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Deceived by Kathi Oram Peterson ~Blog Tour and Giveaway

Deceived

by Kathi Oram Peterson
Published by Covenant on November 2014
Genres: Adult, Fiction
Pages: 245
Format: Paperback
four-stars
Source: Covenant
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A storm rages outside the unassuming Los Angeles house, while within, something sinister lurks. A murderer stalks his victim, unaware of a witness to the horrific crime: awakened from a deep, drug-induced slumber, Tara Kelly hears voices in the next room. Struggling to focus through her sleep medication, the young woman helplessly observes her aunt's murder. Now she's a loose end the killer cannot ignore . . .

A family friend helps Tara as she does the only thing she can: disappear. Fleeing to the security of a remote Idaho ranch, Tara finds herself under the guard of handsome rancher Joseph White Eagle. Her unwitting protector takes his role seriously, going as far as claiming that Tara is his fiancée. But even as their relationship deepens, Joseph struggles to see past Tara's similarities to his late wife. When a series of accidents threatens Tara's life, it becomes clear that her attempt to out run danger has been in vain. The killer will stop at nothing to find her, and Joseph will do anything to protect her even if it means unraveling secrets that will have devastating consequences for them both.
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Suspense is typically not my cup of tea, but I wanted to give Deceived a chance because the author is LDS and I knew it would be clean. This book starts off with a bang! Tara is taking refuge in her aunt’s home and slightly groggy from sleeping medication, she awakens to a horrible scene. A fight,a gun, and no memories of the murder she witnesses. She is whisked off to Idaho for protection. Joseph, a widowed rancher has been given the charge to protect her, but strange things are happening on his land. Soon both Tara and Joseph appear to be in real danger.

With plot twists, suspense, Irish folklore and clean romance, Deceived moves along swiftly. I had a bit of trouble believing and piecing together how everything unfolds, but it’s an enjoyable read! There are some elements of religion and faith discussed, but it’s not overbearing. If you’re a fan of cowboys, mystery and action this one is for you!

Content: murder, moderate gun related violence.

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Peace & Goodwill Blog Tour and Giveway

17 Nov, 2014 by in blog tour, lee strauss, peace and goodwill Leave a comment

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unnamed (1)About PEACE & GOODWILL

Peace & Goodwill is set in The Minstrel Series world, but can be read alone.

Belle gets the best Christmas present ever, a man in uniform! Ian is a soldier home on leave. Neither of them have any idea how good it will feel to fall in love or how hard it will be to say good-bye. Anna is spending the holidays alone again with only her faithful dog Angel to keep her company. She can’t afford to pay the rent and her landlord is threatening to kick her out. At least she’s finished with her chemo treatments. She can be thankful for that. Plus, there’s Rhys, the handsome visitor with kind eyes. One fateful, cold and snowy night a chance encounter changes everything. Love is lost. Love is found. Life will never be the same.

Peace & Goodwill, a Christmas novella in The Minstrel Series, grabs the heartstrings and pulls hard.

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About The Author

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Lee Strauss writes romantic mixed genres set in the past, present and future for YA and adult readers. She also writes light and fun stuff as Elle Strauss. She divides her time between BC, Canada and Dresden, Germany, and enjoys drinking coffee and eating chocolate in both places. Find out more at www.ellestraussbooks.com.

Find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.

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Peace & Goodwill

 

Love is lost  - P&G

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Lee is also giving away an original Christmas song for every preorder. Please tell your readers about this and let them know that if they preorder the novella and fill out this form, they’ll get the song.

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Killing Ruby Rose Blog Tour and Giveaway

13 Nov, 2014 by in blog tour Leave a comment

Today I’m featuring an amazing series from Skyscape/Amazon author, Jessie Humphries. The Ruby Rose series is a young adult thriller/mystery, and has two titles: KILLING RUBY ROSE (May, 2014) and RESISTING RUBY ROSE, which just released on October 28.

About KILLING RUBY ROSE: In sunny southern California, Ruby Rose is known for her killer looks and her killer SAT scores. But ever since her dad, an LAPD SWAT sergeant, died six months ago, she’s also got a few killer secrets.

To cope with her father’s death, Ruby has been trying to stay focused on school (the top spot in her class is on the line) and spending time with friends (her Jimmy Choos and Mahnolo Blahniks are nothing if not loyal), but after months of therapy and more than a few months of pathetic parenting by her mom, District Attorney Jane Rose, Ruby decides to pick up where her dad left off and starts going after the bad guys herself.

But when Ruby ends up killing a murderer in defense of another, she discovers that she’s gone from being the huntress to the hunted. There’s a sick mastermind at play, and he has Ruby in his sights. Ruby must discover who’s using her to implement twisted justice before she ends up changing Valentino red for prison orange.

With a gun named Smith, a talent for martial arts, and a boyfriend with eyes to die for, Ruby is ready to face the worst. And if a girl’s forced to kill, won’t the guilt sit more easily in a pair of Prada peep-toe pumps?

About RESISTING RUBY ROSE: Still reeling from the heartbreaking events that unfolded on Grissom Island, Ruby Rose is trying to come to terms with the fact that she’s gone from a vigilante in killer shoes to a stone-cold killer. Everyone from her therapist to her smoking-hot boyfriend keeps trying to convince her that she hasn’t crossed over to the dark side, but Ruby isn’t so sure. It doesn’t help that her nemesis, Detective “Mastermind” Martinez, is still out there, waiting for another chance to take her down.

When an alleged CIA agent named Skryker shows up and asks for a meeting, Ruby figures it just means more questions about her case. But he has information of an entirely different nature and a job offer: join an elite force of young assassins, including Skryker’s right-hand guy, Quinn Donovan. Quinn is distractingly charming, handsome—and deadly. Ruby resists becoming a killer again, but as she becomes more ensnared in a web of deceit, no one around her is safe.

About Jessie Humphries: Jessie Humphries was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. She received a BA from San Diego State University, where she cultivated her love of the beach, then lived in France, where she cultivated her weakness for shoes, and finally earned a law degree from UNLV, where she cultivated her interest in justice. After practicing law for several years she began writing, and, appropriately, her debut novel Killing Ruby Rose is a thriller about vigilante justice set in sunny southern California with a shoe-obsessed protagonist. Jessie currently writes and practices law in Las Vegas, where she lives with her husband and children.

Find Jessie Online!
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Lady Emma’s Campaign by Jennifer Moore ~ Blog Tour

11 Nov, 2014 by in adult, blog tour, covenant, Heather Gardner Photography, historical fiction, jennifer moore Leave a comment

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Lady Emma’s Campaign by Jennifer Moore ~ Blog Tour

Lady Emma's Campaign

by Jennifer Moore
Published by Covenant on November 1, 2014
Genres: Adult, Clean Romance, Historical Fiction
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback
five-stars
Source: Covenant
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She would follow him through peace and war.

London, 1811

The London Season is ushered in with a thrilling flurry of invitations, gowns, and parties. But despite her status as belle of the ball, lovely socialite Emma Drake simply cannot fathom becoming entangled with any gentleman of her acquaintance. For in truth, since childhood her heart has belonged to Captain Sidney Fletcher, a man of the sea—and her brother’s best friend. Emma knows that Sidney’s directive to free the Spanish city of Cadiz from French occupation will be dangerous, but when word arrives of his capture, she is frantic. Determined to aid her brother in Sidney’s rescue, she hides aboard his ship and sets a course to Spain. But the realities of war are a far cry from the drawing rooms of London, and Emma finds the man she loves a mere shadow of his former self. When a series of events leaves them trapped together behind enemy lines, Emma and Sidney must embark on a journey fraught with danger—from a bloody hunt for Spanish treasure to the battlefields of war-torn Spain, new threats lurk around every turn. As their flight becomes increasingly perilous, Sidney and Emma must trust each other with their lives—but can they trust the other with their heart?
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Author Jennifer Moore is back after her debut, with a companion novel to Becoming Lady Lockwood. And, I must say her writing is even better than ever. I absolutely loved Lady Emma’s Campaign. Set in Spain during the Regency Era Napoleonic Wars, it is the tale of a soldier experiencing PTSD after a grueling number of years on the battlefield, and his best friend’s sister Emma. She is 17 and in her season with plenty of suitors, but her heart is set on Sidney Drake. She is determined to be seen as more than a sister figure or young girl, and to win his heart.

With fascinating descriptions of life in Spain during war time, life on the seas as a sailor, and the dull social preoccupation of London’s scene, I was hooked. As a fan of historical fiction and clean romance, I must recommend you pick up Lady Emma’s Campaign. I am so impressed with all the well-researched facts and the psychological effects of trauma that were built into the story line.

Highly recommend!

Thanks to Covenant Communications for the sneak peek before publication date, and to author Jennifer Moore for allowing me the privilege of taking her author photos.

Content: moderate war related violence, kissing, threat of assault but nothing described.

 About the Author

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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. Becoming Lady Lockwood–July 2014 (Covenant) Lady Emma’s Campaign–November 2014 (Covenant) The Sheik’s Ruby–Winter 2015 (The Wild Rose Press) Miss Burton Unmasks a Prince–February 2015 (Covenant)You can learn more about her at: authorjmoore.com

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My Name is Bryan Blog Tour and Giveaway

07 Nov, 2014 by in blog tour, my name is bryan 2 comments

 

My Name is Bryan

My Name is Bryan
by Stacy Lynn Carroll

If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you jump too? Bryan chose to dive. Moments later, as he lay on the beach, unable to move his arms or legs, two questions ran through his mind: Would he walk again? And would he ever have kids? Based on the incredible true story of life, love, and never giving up.

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Praise for the book
“I plowed through his story, amazed at how he could so easily accept something that would destroy anyone else and just move forward with such a positive attitude. I don’t give many 5 stars, but it’s well-earned. This book really touched me. It’s the kind of story that stays with you for a long time.” -Amazon customer

“I actually love stories like this. Ones that show the power of the human spirit and what love and determination can achieve. I cried multiple times while reading this but they were a happy sort of hopeful tears. If you are looking for something uplifting and motivational read this heart-felt story of love and hope.”-Inspired Kathy 😉

“You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wring your hands in frustration, and you won’t be able to put it down to go to sleep as you keep waiting to read about Bryan’s happily ever after. This is one of those books that stick with you long after you’ve finished reading it.”-Bookmom

“Each chapter begins with an inspirational quote to lead the reader into the goodness, hardship, unconditional love, and humor that is Bryan’s life. The 30 year journey the reader takes runs smoothly page after page. You will cry and you will laugh. You will want to hug Nedra and Bryan when you are finished.” -Kriss A.

 

Excerpt

The sun was scorching now, with the temperature at 100 degrees and steadily climbing. Despite the heat, Bryan’s face grew paler by the hour. His tongue felt swollen and rough, like sandpaper rubbing against the roof of his mouth. It was harder and harder for him to stay awake. His mom remained steadily by his side, waking him each time he began to doze. His friends continued to try and make him smile and laugh, but he didn’t return the smile as easily. The waiting was pure agony. His body tingled occasionally, but it was becoming less and less frequent. He had been trying to get his foot, a finger, anything to move, but he was becoming increasingly tired and the concentration it required was exhausting. He had to stop thinking about his stationary limbs and focus his mind on staying awake.
Carol Jean looked at her watch for probably the millionth time. Glenn left seventeen hours earlier. She stared up at the bright blue sky, squinting into the sunlight, and straining her ears for any sign of hope. All she could hear were the voices of youth all around her and an occasional bird. She couldn’t see even a cloud in the sky and pretend the helicopter was hiding behind them.
One of the EMTs approached her cautiously. “Do you want us to start preparing a raft?”
“I just . . .” She looked to the sky again and found nothing. “No, but yes.”
The EMT nodded. “I’ll have my guys start moving supplies around to make room, just in case.”
Carol Jean waved him away and placed a hand on Bryan’s forehead. His pale, clammy skin had become beet red and cracked in a matter of hours. Her palm seared from his touch. She grabbed her bottle and dripped the last remaining drops onto the crusty sock. Bryan’s lips were cracked and stained with dried blood. He didn’t even react to the sock being placed on his mouth. His eyes were closed, his breathing shallow. They were out of time.

 

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Stacy Lynn CarrollAbout the Author

Stacy Lynn Carroll has always loved telling stories. She started out at Utah State University where she pursued a degree in English. Go Aggies! She then finished her BA at the University of Utah (to be closer to her then boyfriend, now hubby) where she got an emphasis in creative writing. After college she worked as an administrative assistant, where she continued to write stories for the amusement of her co-workers. When her first daughter was born, and with the encouragement of a fortune cookie, she quit her job and became a full-time mommy and writer. It seemed like fate when Matt and Stacy married. She was a writer, and her father-in-law had a story that demanded to be written. She and her husband have three children, two Corgis, and a fish named Don.

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