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The Goddess Legacy Blog Tour + Giveaway

28 Sep, 2012 by in book giveaway 77 comments


Fire and Ice is the final wrapping up stop on the Blog Tour for The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter hosted by Kismet Book Touring. We are honored to be a part of the tour along with some wonderful blogs. Visit them all to read exclusive quotes and highlights of the novellas from Goddess Legacy. Plus, read on for your chance to win both a copy of the book from us by commenting, and a giant Grand Prize you won’t want to miss!

About The Goddess Legacy: For millennia we’ve caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aimée Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows.

Calliope/Hera represented constancy and yet had a husband who never matched her faithfulness….

Ava/Aphrodite was the goddess of love and yet commitment was a totally different deal….

Persephone was urged to marry one man, yet longed for another….

James/Hermes loved to make trouble for others-but never knew true loss before….

Henry/Hades’s solitary existence had grown too wearisome to continue. But meeting Kate Winters gave him a new hope….

Five original novellas of love, loss and longing and the will to survive throughout the ages.

Check Out The Entire Goddess Test Series

The Goddess Test – Book 1 – April 2011
The Goddess Hunt – Book 1.5 – March 2012 (Novella)
Goddess Interrupted – Book 2 – March 2012
The Goddess Legacy – Book 2.5 – July 2012 ( Collection of Novella’s)
The Goddess Inheritance – Book 3 – coming 2013

Our featured novella,  God of Darkness,  is very short and gives a snippet of an important conversation between Calliope and the God of Darkness- Hades. You’ll learn why Hades chose the name Henry, and who gave it to him. Whose namesake in history does he carry?
Henry is still haunted by his marriage to Persephone, he’s loyal to the love he felt towards her. He feels like just a shadow of a man, a shell–incapable of loving anyone. Love and companionship are offered to him in this novella. So what do you think…does he accept the offer? What are the terms? You’ll have to read The Goddess Legacy to find out!
Visit all the stops on the tour
Monday, September 10th – Mundie Moms
Wednesday, September 12th – Harlequin Paranormal Blog
Friday, September 14th – Me, My Shelf and I
Monday, September 17th – Blook Girl
Wednesday, September 19th – Book Shelf Banter
Friday, September 21st – Tynga’s Reviews
Monday, September 24th – YA Bibiliophile
Wednesday, September 26th – Kindle and Me
Friday, September 28th – Fire and Ice
About The Author:  website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads
Aimée Carter was born and raised in Michigan, where she currently resides. She started writing at age eleven and later attended the University of Michigan, graduating with a degree in screen arts and cultures. Currently she spends her time continuing with The Goddess Test series and working on new projects. You can tweet her at @aimee_carter or catch updates on her website.
Contest Info: We have two giveaways to offer!

1) Enter to win a copy of The Goddess Legacy from Fire and Ice plus be placed into the pot to get a grand prize full of “Goddess Goodies”  chosen from among the entries at all of the tour stops! Enter in the rafflecopter form below.

Interview + Giveaway with Paul Gustavson- Author of Running Into the Wind

30 Aug, 2012 by in author interview, book giveaway, Heather Gardner Photography, paul gustavson 6 comments

Paul Gustavson is most well-known for his work with Fortune 500 companies, helping them to reorganize and strategize to excel and improve their performance as a team and as an organization. Perhaps one of his most rewarding assignments came in 2005 when Bronco Mendenhall called on him for help in reigniting the competitive spirit of the BYU football team. Bronco had a tough job as a brand-new head coach of a team that was failing and was looking for a way to rebuild the image, character, and success of the team.
During my face-to-face interview with Gustavson, he shared some of the reasons he went into the field of organizational behavior in the first place. His father was an engineer at AT&T and his mother a nurse in the suburbs of Kansas City when Paul was growing up. He told me “I recognized as a child that whatever happens at work carries over into the home. When things weren’t that great at work, my parents would come home and ask why hadn’t the lawn been mowed or why hadn’t you been good to your brothers and sister? If, on the other hand, my mother had a good day at work, she would come home and bake the best apple pie; same parents, different type of day at work different result at home. In high school, when I saw the guidance counselor one day, I simply said ‘I want to create great places for people to work.’ “

“I attended Ricks College for one year, then served a full-time mission for the LDS church to Brazil. I had played football before serving my mission and had a desire to continue playing upon returning. When the school wanted me to come home early from my mission and restart football training to retain my scholarhsip, I decided instead to serve the full two-year mission and give up my hope of playing football.”
“I had a wonderful and motivational mission president (George A. Oaks) who taught me D&C 82:10 and told me that because of my faithfulness in serving a full mission, that if I had the desire, I would be given that opportunity to play BYU football. So in 1972 I was the first player to walk on to the football team under the new Head Coach LaVell Edwards. I did so at the suggestion of Keith ‘Mad Dog’ Rivera, who encouraged and befriended me and later a great blessing in my life was that he joined the church.”

“As a senior in college I took a class from Dr. Keith Warner in complex organizations and he pointed me toward the Organizational Behavior program at BYU to fulfill my dream of learning how to create great places for people to work. Later I worked with Bill Dyer as a teaching assistant and research assistant and learned about building successful teams and workplaces.

It was this love of both BYU and football that led Paul Gustavson to work with Coach Mendenhall and to capture their experiences together with co author Alyson Von Feldt in the new book “Running Into the Wind.” The book, from Deseret Book, which hit shelves today, is a unique backstage look at Mendenhall — a very rare view into his thoughts and feelings.
Gustavson said “Bronco believes you play football not just for the football, but to increase the exposure of the Church. By playing well, the players become role models. Coach Mendenhall teaches that first comes faith, second family, third friends, fourth education, and that last on the list is the football. Paul taught Mendenhall the principles he has been using in organizational behavior and team-building. As a result, parts of Bronco’s team-building activities have integrated one of Gustavson’s concepts: that ‘strong facilitators of long-term memory include emotional experiences, metaphor, and music.’ ”
In one such metaphorical and emotional experience, Coach Mendenhall took the brand-new team to the Provo River. He had the players take an hour to write down, on large sheets of paper, everything they didn’t like about the current BYU football team. Once they had it all on paper, these lists of past grievances was thrown into a giant bonfire and the team watched them burn. Mendehall then said “that’s the past. Now, what do you want in the future and what are you willing to do to fix it?”
In another act of exceptional leadership, Mendenhall had all the football players run to the top of the Y, painted on a mountaintop overlooking BYU in Provo. Once they got there, Bronco pointed out that “the view is different from the top than it is from the bottom.” Perhaps the one of the most significant emotional experience that Paul and Alyson write about in the book is when Coach Mendenhall took all of his players into LaVell Edwards Stadium, had them lay on the grass and close their eyes. He then played, on the stadium sound system, sound bites from BYU’s most impactful past games. These and other powerful stories — told through the perspectives of Bronco, Paul, the players, and the coaches — are shared in the book’s 11 chapters and its 23 different video clips. Readers get a first-hand visual experience by using a QR scan code. With a phone or other electronic device, they can watch video footages of Paul and Bronco that correspond to the sections they are reading.
While Section 1 of “Running Into the Wind” introduces the reader to Bronco Mendenhall, Section 2 is a reader’s coaching session that “reveals a bit more about the ideas and research behind each of Gustavson’s “smooth stones,” which are metaphors for five sets of principles and practices.
The first smooth stone, discussed in Chapter 13, is that “organizations can craft a sustainable competitive advantage through differentiation. Create competitive advantage by figuring out what is your uniqueness. What is it that makes you special? What do people say you’re really good at and what are you passionate about? We weren’t all made alike so what is your uniqueness.”
The second smooth stone is that “organizations are perfectly designed to get the results that they are currently getting. We have to ask ourselves if we don’t like the results that we are getting — what is it that we’re going to change? Ask ‘what are the choices I am making and how does that drive the results? ‘ “
The third smooth stone is that “organizations are made up of processes, and not all processes are created equal. Not all work is created equal. What is the most important work? Of all the things you do have you focused on, what’s the most important thing?”
The fourth smooth stone is that “knowledge is the purest form of competitive advantage.” It’s about the discovery of new ideas, sharing of new ideas, and tacit versus codifiable knowledge.”
The fifth and last smooth stone is “effective leaders capture hearts and minds; how do we capture hearts and minds?”
Running into the Wind captured my heart and mind as an interactive, spiritual reading experience. Meeting one of the authors, Paul Gustavson, and hearing him explain the five smooth stones through personal stories brought them to life. Thanks so much to Dave Kimball at Deseret Book for facilitating our interview.
Q&A with author Paul Gustavson
What legacy do you think Bronco Mendenhall will leave behind?
A legacy of great leaders he developed who are making a difference as husbands, fathers, in their faith, community and businesses.
If you had to describe him in one word what would it be?
Friend
You teach the use of emotional experiences, metaphor and music in your principles, what music moves you most? Do you have a few favorite hymns or songs?
My favorite performer is “The Boss” Bruce Springsteen and I love music by Enya (Paint the Sky with Stars) and Ray Lynch (creativity inducing)
My favorite Hymns are “Because I have Been Given Much”, “Families Can Be Together Forever” and “How Great Thou Art”
What are the three most influential books you’ve ever read?
The Book of Mormon— especially the story of the 2000 stripling warriors. I see the football team as the sons of Helaman, as role models.
Insight to Impact: Strategies for interpersonal and organizational change by William G Dyer
 
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell.
What has been your most moving experience as an author or working with Bronco that you can share?
As an author taking with Bronco about the title of this book. We were talking about the importance of the title and we had talked about some options and then Bronco said “Running into the Wind” and described how moved he was by President Hinckley’s 60 minutes story where he said having been invited to participate in the program that he could have hunkered down and done nothing or leaned into the stiff wind of opportunity. Bronco felt that he had been running not leaning. It just felt right and that was it.
One week when I was to meet with Bronco, three times I had felt a prompting to ask him a specific question before meeting with him. Once we were about to finish our meeting again the prompting came. I asked what was prompted which had to do with the schedule of the recruiting visit of key recruits and he responded to my question and I then felt prompted to ask about church on Sunday morning for the recruits. He said that they had a list of Church meetings that recruits and their families could attend. I felt prompted to say what about you organizing a Sacrament Meeting for the Recruits and their Families. He pondered what was said for a day or so and emailed me that he felt the counsel was consistent with what he believed even and that he was going to do it. He called me after the Sacrament Meeting and said that it was a wonderful meeting with a strong spirit and that tears flowed down the cheeks of mothers and fathers knowing that their sons would be well taken care of at BYU and by Bronco.
In working with Bronco Mendhenall how do you feel he is an example to his players and what sets him apart as a person/ coach?
He never asks them to do something that he isn’t willing to do. He is a master learner and a master teacher. He is a role model in all of the important areas of how one should live their lives.
Favorite works of fiction?
Dr. Seuss last book “Oh the Places You’ll Go”. With 8 grandkids age 7 and under Dr. Seuss books are a favorite right now
Do you have a mission statement, favorite quote or scripture you live by?
D&C 82:10 “I the Lord am Bound when you do what I say, when you do not what I say you have no promise”.
What do you hope readers take away from this book?
That they can apply these same “five smooth stones” I taught Bronco and captured in “Running into the Wind” in their lives and that the application of these principles will enrich their lives, their families lives and the lives of those they interactive with at work, school, community and their Church.
Bronco’s message is that “doing the right things you can be successful in all the areas that are important to you in your life”.
About The Author:  Paul W. Gustavson is a leading management consultant. He received his master’s degree in organizational behavior from BYU and has served for more than 18 years as a member of the Marriott School of Management’s OBHR Advisory Board. To learn more visit his website at www.organizationdesign.com
The giveaway: Deseret Book has generously donated two copies of Running into the Wind for the readers at Fire and Ice, and we had them signed by author Paul Gustavson. To enter to win a hardback copy of your own, fill out the rafflecopter form below.

An Interview and Giveaway With Author Robert L. Millet

16 Jul, 2012 by in book giveaway, robert l millet 10 comments

I had the rare and amazing opportunity to interview author Robert L. Millet about his newest book Coming to Know Christ in his BYU office last month. In his latest work published July 12, 0212 by Deseret Book, Millet explores what it means to worship.
Tell us what you were hoping to accomplish with Coming to Know Christ and a little about the book:
“As a priesthood leader I saw a lot of anxiety and depression from members of the church who are fixated and focused on right behavior… on the exterior- what shows. Those who worry too much about externals or external measure of righteousness serve a mission, get married and then ask what now? They see these actions as ends instead of means to an end to come to know Christ.  So much more than that we need to come to know God and ask “how’s my character doing? To what extent am I embodying Christlike virtues?” Much of the book deals with these questions: what is worship? Am I coming to know the Lord? It is addressing the Old Testament dilemma found in Matthew 7:23  “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you.”

I’ve thought a lot about the billboard “Jesus is the answer” What are the questions that Jesus is the answer to? There’s a chapter that addresses that as well as the concept of having accomplished a great deal but not having a transformation of the soul.”
Brother Millet left me pondering my own life and character. His book makes reference to several hymns which influence his life. Since his father was a DJ, so a young Millet spent many hours in the studio with him and was exposed to many types of music. One of his favorite hymns is #221 “Dear To The Heart of The Shepard” about those who wander. Interestingly enough, this is the topic of one of his books When a Child Wanders and he’s currently working on a project for what to do when a parent wanders in response to an email he received from one of his readers. Brother Millet often chooses inspiration for future projects by wandering bookstores (which are his favorite place to be) and asking “what is missing?” “What needs to be written?” He also uses past talks which he saves and files away for future use. Among his favorite new books is The Peacegiver: How Christ Offers to Heal Our Hearts and Homes by James E. Ferrell.
This authors advice to those going through the process of getting published is to allow the editors to do their jobs realizing that many things may need to be changed. When he is finished writing a manuscript he completely walks way for a while and then revisits it with a fresh eye. Brother Millet expressed appreciation for a wonderful editor who is not afraid to speak her mind and offer advice about how to better his written work.
Brother Millet’s motto in life is printed and displayed in his office…the quote, “Preach the gospel at all times; when necessary, use words” which is commonly attributed to St. Francis of Assisi. His hero, his father was an exemplary teacher . “He always made everyone about themselves, he had a way with people. More important than the lesson he taught was the way the people being addressed came away feeling.”
I personally came away feeling edified and uplifted after talking to Professor Millet and know he is walking in his Father’s footsteps. I am grateful for opportunity Deseret Book afforded me to meet and interview him. I finished Coming To Know Christ last night. I would recommend it to all as a guidebook with thoughtful chapters about in refining ones character. He teaches us to do more than profess we are followers of Christ in word. Each of us must show we are Christian in our deeds, in who we are at our core. Brother Millet leaves a reader to ask “what about my character?” “Do I know Him?” and most importantly “does He know me?”
Book Summary from Deseretbook.com: Becoming more like our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ—spiritually more attentive, personally more sensitive, more tender, more gracious—ought to be the desire of every Latter-day Saint. But how can we accomplish that?

In this thoughtful volume and with his warm, accessible style, author Robert L. Millet shares poignant stories and fresh scriptural and doctrinal insights to help us feel our Savior’s love and realize that He stands ready to assist us in coming to know Him.

Brother Millet’s heartwarming reflections on what it means to worship Christ and to trust in Him and in His grace renew in us a desire to stay focused on our Savior through all the ups and downs of daily life. Insights into how much Christ loves us and how He can lift us up to where He is strengthen our commitments to Him.

Throughout, Brother Millet conveys his deep witness of the essential truth that eternal life consists of knowing God and His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

Coming to Know Christ invites us to experience what it means to know our Lord—not just know about Him but how to come to know Him, our Savior and our Redeemer.
About the Author: Robert L. Millet is Abraham O. Smoot University Professor and professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. He taught with LDS Seminaries and Institutes before joining the BYU faculty in 1983.
Brother Millet has served in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a bishop, stake president, temple worker, and member of the Church Materials Evaluation Committee. He is a popular speaker and prolific writer whose recent books include talking with God, Men of Valor, Men of Influence, Are We There Yet? and When a Child Wanders. He is a coauthor of the landmark volume LDS Beliefs: A Doctrinal Reference with Camille Fronk Olson, Andrew C. Skinner, and Brent L. Top.
Brother Millet and his wife, Shauna, reside in Orem, Utah. They are the parents of six children and grandparents of ten.
The Giveaway: We have two hardback copies of Coming To Know Christ to giveaway to our U.S. readers courtesy of Deseret Book. To enter to win, simply leave a comment in this post. We will announce the two winners to be randomly drawn from the comments on July 30, 2012.

The Most Important Catch Blog Tour and Giveaway

01 Jun, 2012 by in book giveaway, The Most Important Catch 11 comments

We have an awesome blog tour post today with an author guest post and giveaway for
The Most Important Catch
The Most Important Catch
by Jaclyn M. Hawkes
Paperback, 318 pages
Published by Spirit Dance Books 
March 13th 2010
ISBN 0985164808 
Book source: blog tour
5 stars
Book description:  She knew too much, and she’d seen too much. And the police refused to help. Knowing that she was to be the next scheduled death, Kelly Campbell hid under head to toe black leather and a tinted motorcycle helmet and ran for her life.

When the weather turned cold, she turned south. She ended up in North Carolina, home to one of the most famed and eligible NFL football stars in the whole league; only she didn’t know that. She thought he was a businessman. Not being a huge fan, all she knew was that he was incredibly attractive, kind, generous, and that she was safe with him. Or was she?

His brand of fame proved to be all but deadly, but his fame wasn’t nearly as lethal as his attraction. He kept her safe and protected. All except her heart.
 
Author Guest Post

What I Learned About Success From A Little White Hen Named LaFonduh

I have four chickens. I used to have a lot more, but a raccoon got into the pigeon fly door and committed poultryicide. It was truly awful, let me tell you. So I only four left; but they’re charming chickens. Four very pleasant hens, one white and three red, that greet us every morning, lay lovely eggs and wreak complete havoc on my flower beds.

That last isn’t a plus, by-the-way, but when you grew up in the city, you’re willing to put up with thrashed flowers to be able to have charming chickens clucking around in your yard. Which brings us to the crux of this story.

Three of the chickens are red. And three of the chickens are chicken. Not sure if the color has something to do with bravery, but the intrepid chicken is white. A little smaller than the others, the little white hen is my buddy. (My daughter named her LaFonduh–yes, after Napoleon Dynamite). Now LaFonduh The Gutty Chicken has learned to hang with me when I’m working in the garden. She is positively in the way, in a good way, waiting to pounce on worms and creatures as I dig. It’s pretty funny, actually.

The other chickens watch LaFonduh gulping down her plunder, looking on with abject envy, wishing they were brave enough to get under foot like LaFonduh. But alas, they are chickens. Lafonduh, on the other hand, sometimes has to be literally reached around because she is so in the thick of things that I can’t work. You see, LaFonduh has learned one of the greatest classic life lessons on success. She has learned to go after what she wants. To step out. To try.

I’m telling you, this is so, so, SO IMPORTANT in life. At least it has been in mine.

MAKE THEM TELL YOU NO!

So often we hesitate, for whatever reason. But the statistics prove out that a huge percentage of the time if you simply go for it, you get what you want. While, if you’re timid, a la the red chickens, someone else gets all the juicy bugs! And the juicy bugs are what life is all about, you know.

So . . . The next time you want that promotion, or agent, or flaming red Maserati, go for it. Like LaFonduh. The worst that could happen is that someone could tell you no. But you might end up looking hot in a Maserati!

Live like you believe, Jaclyn

Author bio: Jaclyn M. Hawkes grew up in Utah with 6 sisters, 4 brothers and any number of pets. (It was never boring!) She received a Bachelor’s degree, had a career, and traveled extensively before settling down to her life’s work of being the mother of four magnificent and sometimes challenging children. She loves shellfish, the outdoors, the youth, and hearing her children laugh. She and her fine husband, their family, and their sometimes very large pets, now live in a mountain valley in northern Utah, where it smells like heaven and kids still move sprinkler pipe.
Find Jaclyn on her website/ facebook/ twitter
Visit the rest of the blog tour stops at Lexie Book Bug
The Giveaway: Fire and Ice has one copy of The Most Important Catch to give away to our US and Canada readers. To enter fill out the rafflecopter form below.

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The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty Giveaway

22 May, 2012 by in book giveaway 1 comment

A week ago, Fire and Ice had the pleasure in reviewing and being a part of the blog tour for Laura Moriarty’s soon to be released book, The Chaperone.

The Chaperone will be released on June 5th, 2012. 

Here is what everyone is saying about The Chaperone

It’s impossible not to be completely drawn in by The Chaperone. Laura Moriarty has delivered the richest and realest possible heroine in Cora Carlisle, a Wichita housewife who has her mind and heart blown wide open, and steps – with uncommon courage – into the fullness of her life. What a beautiful book. I loved every page.~ Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife 

What a charming, mesmerizing, transporting novel! The characters are so fully realized that I felt I was right there alongside them. A beautiful clarity marks both the style and structure of The Chaperone.~ Serena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab’s Wife and Adam & Eve

The Chaperone is the best kind of historical fiction, transporting you to another time and place, but even more importantly delivering a poignant story about people so real, you’ll miss and remember them long after you close the book.” ~ Jenna Blum, author of Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers 

The Chaperone is the enthralling story of two women… in this layered and inventive story, Moriarty raises profound questions about family, sexuality, history, and whether it is luck or will – or a combination of the two – that makes for a wonderful life.
~ O, the Oprah Magazine

For more up-to-date info, please check out Laura Moriarty’s Facebook Fan Page!

To enter: Please fill out the rafflecopter. This giveaway will be open until Wednesday, May 30th, 12:01am. Winner will be announced and emailed shortly after… giveaway open to U.S. and Canada only, sorry. 

Thank you for entering and good luck! 
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Cleaning Up Our Site 10 Book Giveaway

27 Apr, 2012 by in book giveaway 29 comments

I have 10 days until my new little baby arrives and am cleaning out our house getting ready for the new arrival. Here’s where it gets lucky for you! I’ve found lots of books I would like to pass on to our loyal Fire and Ice readers.
And I would also love to get some feedback about our site to keep us growing and thriving. Plus I feel like I want to get to know our readers better. So here’s the deal. I have a short survey and for everyone who fills it out you will be entered to win two titles of your choice from this list.Click on the title to see the Goodreads description.  That means there are five winners total.
To enter fill out this form then leave us a comment with what two books you’d like to win. Must be 13 or older and have a US mailing address. Good Luck and thanks again for reading Fire and Ice!
The Giveaway Titles
Advanced Reading Copies
Getting Somewhere by Beth Neff
The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
Mercy by Rebecca Lim
Crush Control by Jennifer Jabaley
The Future of Us by Asher and Mackler
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
Paperback Books
Unbelievable by Sara Shepard
Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Review and Book Giveaway-Twitterpated

19 Mar, 2012 by in book giveaway, melanie jacobson, twitterpated 7 comments

Twitterpated
by Melanie Jacobson
Paperback, 247 pages
Published March 2012
by Covenant Communications
ISBN 139781608610655
Book Source: author
4 stars
Book Summary From Goodreads: Jessie Taylor is furious when her roommate secretly posts her picture on the dating website LDS Lookup — furious, that is, until she spends all night instant messaging Ben Bratton, a man whose wit and warmth just might make Jessie forget the train wreck of her last romantic relationship. Their first date is a smashing success (literally), but Ben’s overall awesomeness can’t save Jessie from having to deal with Craig, her competitive coworker whose baiting behavior sets new standards for obnoxiousness. Determined to beat Craig at his own game, Jessie spends long office hours finishing projects and putting out fires, but while her performance wows her boss, it only makes Ben skittish — after a failed engagement to an up-and-coming lawyer, he’s not about to pair up with someone who’s married to her job. Will Jessie figure out how to be true to herself and take her big chance at love before it’s gone with a click of the mouse?
Heather’s Review: Jessie’s in her mid twenties with a well established career and not much time to spare considering she works 8o hour work weeks.  She believes in doing her best and investing herself in things with measurable results. So, when her roommate Sandy signs her up for an online dating service she is skeptical. Jessie’s love life hasn’t been so hot in the past. With a failed long-term romance and a broken heart under her belt, she’s afraid to take a chance. But Ben Bratton knows just what makes Jessie tick. He is attracted to women with drive. At the same time isn’t willing to commit to someone not committed to carve out the most important hours for him. Can Jessie put aside her over achiever turbo drive and follow her heart and will Ben wait for her to figure out the perfect balance?
Melanie Jacobson once again left me smiling and laughing at the clever dialogue between her characters. I could relate to the storyline since I myself was knee deep in a post degree career and in my late twenties when my mother signed me up for LDS Singles online. On the other end the story was my now husband Todd, whose co-workers signed him up. I had to chuckle at the similarities and am happy to announce ten years later (on the 23rd) I am still happily married to my online set up!
I whole heartedly recommend all of Melanie’s books to readers looking for a light hearted romance. She is so talented at fleshing out real life people and situations that are perfect for our generation. Her first two books The List and Not My Type are currently in the final rounds of the Whitney Awards which means she’s at the top of her game. You will adore getting to know Melanie’s style and following her blog and twitter. She is simpy brilliant!
Content: Clean
Heather
Photo by Heather Zahn Gardner
About the author: Melanie Bennett Jacobson is an avid reader, amateur cook, and champion shopper. She consumes astonishing amounts of chocolate, chick flicks, and romance novels. After meeting her husband online, she is now living happily married in Southern California with her growing family and a series of doomed houseplants. Melanie is a former English teacher and a popular speaker who loves to laugh and make others laugh. In her down time (ha!), she writes romantic comedies for Covenant and maintains her humorous slice-of-life blog. Her second novel, Not My Type, hit shelves in September. Visit Melanie on her website or blog.
The Giveaway: Fire and Ice is giving away one copy of Twitterpated courtesy of author Melanie Jacobson. To enter, choose your own entries in the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway open to US mailing addresses only ends April 2, 2012. Good Luck!

Book Review and Giveaway- Protected

12 Mar, 2012 by in book giveaway, protected 14 comments

Protected
by Cindy M Hogan
Paperback, 350 pages
Expected Publication Date: March 24, 2012
by O’neal Publishing
ISBN: 9780985131807
Book Source: author
5 stars

Book SummaryShe has the guy. The terrorists have been taken care of. She has a shot at becoming popular. 
Life is great! 
Until they find her. 
Now she must run and leave behind everything she knows, including herself.

Cathy’s Review: Christy has returned home to Helena, Montana after her disastrous debate trip to Washington, DC. She had originally thought that kids at her regular school would treat her differently after her trip. They didn’t. They still pick on her just as much as they did before her trip, even though Christy feels so much different about herself, and has proven that she is able to make friends. She’s had an especially bad day one day, when all of a sudden, she spots Alex after school. He walks down the stairs to her, gives her an amazing kiss in front of all the popular kids, and they drive off into the sunset in his rented convertible. Well, that’s how it feels at first. Christy has sworn to give up Alex and choose Rick instead, because she knows that Rick is a better match for her, unfortunately her heart just won’t listen. Alex shows her a wonderful time, even showing up at her house so her parents can question him. Christy knows that there’s now way the terrorists can still be after her, but she starts seeing strange things, cars that don’t belong and disappear quickly, and she still feels as though she’s being watched. She and Alex go on a hike, and they are kidnapped. This is just the beginning of the adventure for Christy, taking her places from being kidnapped, to being dead to her family and in the witness protection program. All of this will change Christy, but will it be for the better. I really enjoyed reading this book! Christy seems like a real person, she thinks and acts how I would. I really liked how she was told to kind of lose herself by one agent, but then another one told her that she needed to be true to herself. I liked the idea of not really losing yourself, even though you may have to do things that kind of take you out of yourself. The book was well written, the characters are amazing! I didn’t want to put it down until the story was over. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. 

Content: Underage drinking, sexual tension

About the Author:  Cindy M Hogan graduated from BYU with a B.A. in education. She is inspired by the unpredictable teenagers she teaches. She loves the outdoors and spending time with her husband and two daughters. Most of all, she loves to laugh.

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Best I’ve Read 2011 Giveaway Winners #BIR2011

22 Dec, 2011 by in book giveaway Leave a comment

Fire and Ice was honored to take place in the Best I’ve Read posts for 2011 and we are ready to announce our giveaway winners. It was a huge success so thanks to Cindy at Books Complete Me, the 11 participating bloggers, authors, publishers and all of you who entered!
HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire- Bonnie Harris
DIE FOR ME by Amy Plum-Danna W.

PRIDE AND POPULARITY by Jenni James

Brooke Anna Roberts
Persephone
Ashley Suzanne
Cheri Chesley
Diony George
POSSESSION by Elana Johnson- Randi Moulton
NOT MY TYPE by Melanie Jacobsen- Gena Robertson
UNCOMMON CRIMINALS by Ally Carter- Chen Chang

UNEARTHLY by Cynthia Hand- Jennifer Thomas

Winners we have your mailing addresses and have forwarded on your information to the authors and publishers. Please do not expect to hear news on the books until after the holidays and New Year. Thanks again! Bonus giveaway packages are still being offered at the Best I’ve Read home site until December 31st so head on over and enter.

Best I’ve Read 2011 Day 6- Uncommon Criminals #BIR2011

16 Dec, 2011 by in book giveaway, uncommon criminlas 20 comments

Today’s pick for Best I’ve Read 2011 is book two in the Heist Society Novels

Uncommon Criminals
by Ally Carter
Hardcover, 298 pages
Published June 21st 2011
by Hyperion Book
ISBN 1423147952
series: Heist Society #2

4.5 stars

Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life: Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who ran the crew that robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners.

There are only three problems. First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long — and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous, and that is . . . the emerald is cursed.

Kat might be in way over her head, but she’s not going down without a fight. After all, she has her best friend — the gorgeous Hale — and the rest of her crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the globe, dodging curses and realizing that the same tricks and cons her family has used for centuries are useless this time.

Which means, this time, Katarina Bishop is making up her own rules.

Ally Carter has once again crafted a fun, quirky twisted tale of a girl raised criminal tuned to rightfully returning stolen items to their original owners. In book two Kat starts out on her own executing risky heists from the ex-KGB in Moscow and planning more jobs solo until Hale catches up to her and makes it very clear he wants “in.” Soon the old crew- Simon, Hamish, Angus, and Gabrielle are together, hired to get back a cursed emerald. But this job may very well be their last. Cleopatra’s Emerald hasn’t been seen for 30 years, it’s forbidden to steal it and after all the crew is “just kids”…up against the biggest con artist they have ever faced. Kat has her work cut out for her as the clock is ticking.

Ally’s writing style is the same as book one with meticulous details of each heist and amazing descriptions of character and setting. This is a series you’ll stay up late in the night to finish. Picture Oceans 11 with teens plus just the right dash of romance.

The love interests, Hale and Nick…how is one to decide? Chemistry is building between Kat and the two young men who wish to capture her attention when her heart is wrapped up in the thrill of the steal. I haven’t had this much fun with a love triangle in a long time! Hale is ever the perfect gentleman and loyal companion, while Nick seems to pop up unexpectedly to stir things up. Overall, Uncommon Criminals is a squeaky clean read I’d highly recommend to all readers ages 12 and up. Ally Carter is a master mind of deceit and twist of plot. Her clever style will capture you instantly, and if you haven’t picked up book one, Heist Society yet, get thee to your nearest store or library to get started today!

We are giving away one copy of Uncommon Criminals to our followers as part of Best I’ve Read 2011. To enter to win click here and fill out the form. Good luck! Be sure to check the BIR home site for today’s additional giveaways!