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The Tsar’s Guard Parade Blog Tour and ARC Giveaway

29 Mar, 2016 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

 

About the Book

Title: THE CROWN’S GAME
Author: Evelyn Skye
Release Date: May 17th, 2016
Pages: 416
Publisher: Balzer+Bray
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

 

About the Author

 Evelyn Skye was once offered a job by the C.I.A., she not-so-secretly wishes she was on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. When she isn’t writing, Evelyn can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch, immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies. THE CROWN’S GAME is her first novel. Evelyn can be found online at www.evelynskye.com and on Twitter @EvelynSkyeYA.

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The Giveaway

1 winner will receive an ARC of THE CROWN’S GAME. International.

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By The Stars Blog Tour

25 Mar, 2016 by in Uncategorized 1 comment

About the Book

When Cal finally gets a chance with Kate, the girl he’s loved since grade school, their easy friendship quickly blossoms into a meaningful romance. But the WWII draft calls him to the war in the Pacific, and with his small chance of return, Cal prepares to part from Kate for good. Inspired by a true story, “By the Stars” shows that love, faith, and perseverance can overcome any obstacle.

About the Author

As a Communication graduate from the University of Utah, Lindsay Ferguson worked as a PR and marketing writer for a computer software company for several years before resigning to focus on raising her family. As a contributor to Deseret Digital Media, she has had lifestyle articles published byksl.com, Deseret News, and FamilyShare.com. She lives in a suburb of Salt Lake City with her husband and four children. By the Stars is her first novel.

Blog Tour Schedule

March 8: My Book a Day | Write Writing Written | New LDS Fiction
March 9: Robyn Echols | Rambling Reviews
March 10: Bookworm Lisa | Totally Obsessed
March 11:
March 12: Novel-ties | Books R Us
March 13: Read Between the Bindings | This Mormon Life
March 14: Marianne Sciucco | Clean Romance Reviews
March 15: LDS & Lovin’ It | Emmy Mom
March 16: I Am a Reader
March 17: Getting Your Read On
March 18: Mel’s Shelves | The Things I Love Most | From Eeka’s Eyes
March 19: Singing Librarian Books | Inklings and Notions
March 20: Ashley Ziegler | Jorie Loves a Story
March 21: Katie’s Clean Book Collection | My Little Sunshines
March 22: Aubrey Zaruba | Making Life a Bliss Complete | The Random Book Blogger
Books Are Sanity | Fire and Ice
March 23: Becky’s Book Reviews | Rockin’ Book Reviews
March 24: My Reading Spot
March 25: September Fawkes
March 26: Wanna Be Balanced Mom
March 27: Compass Book Ratings | Wishful Endings
March 28: Blooming with Books
March 29: Jorie Loves a Story
March 30: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books
March 31: The Real Housewives of Riverton

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Abby’s Crossing Blog Tour and Giveaway

27 Jan, 2016 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

 Fall 1862 — Following her husband’s tragic death, young widow Abby Butterfield Browett’s first responsibility is to her son. Her desire to provide a secure future for her child has led her to accept a proposal of marriage from Isaac, a man twice her age. In her heart, she knows that Isaac lacks the fire and zest for life that defines Abby, but her son will be cared for. Can she be happy with only that?
Despite her reservations, Abby joins her fiancé on the journey to the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, unprepared for the challenges that begin soon after they embark. When their trouble turns dangerous, it is a group of rough frontiersmen that come to their aid. The incident provides Abby the excuse she needs to turn back and postpone the wedding—and in truth, she simply can’t forget the connection she felt with Scooter, the leader of their rescuers. But as hostilities arise between the local Indians and the white frontiersmen, Abby’s focus turns again to the safety of her son. When the young boy disappears following an attack, Abby disregards propriety and turns not to her fiancé for help, but to Scooter. In the face of unimaginable odds, the pair embarks on a quest to find Abby’s son, a journey that will test their courage and faith as never before . . .

About the Author

Darryl Harris has been a magazine publisher for more than thirty years. He currently serves as a bishop at BYU- Idaho, and previously presided over the Korea Seoul Mission. He lives in Idaho Falls, ID.

 

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Burn by Elissa Sussman- Blog Tour, Guest Post and Giveaway

19 Jan, 2016 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Fire and Ice is happy to have author Elissa Sussman on site today for an exclusive guest post about fairy tale re-tellings that influenced her newest book Burn. Also, be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of her post!
Title: BURN
Author: Elissa Sussman
Release Date: January 19th, 2016
Pages: 272
Publisher: Greenwillow
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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After helping to rescue Princess Aislynn, Elanor has finally rejoined the rebel camp she calls home. Stolen from her parents at a young age and forced into service by the Wicked Queen, Elanor now wants nothing more than to see the queen removed from power. But Elanor has secrets, mistakes she’s spent years trying to forget, and the closer the rebels get to the throne, the harder it is for Elanor to keep her past hidden away.

With fellow rebels on her side—including Princess Aislynn, Thackery, and the handsome and mysterious Matthias—it is time for Elanor to make a decision. Will she protect her secrets? Or risk everything to save the people she loves?

The thrilling companion to Elissa Sussman’s masterful and original fairy tale, Stray, that will appeal to readers of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and fans of Wicked, Into the Woods, and the Disney princess movies.

 

About the Book
Title: STRAY
Author: Elissa Sussman
Release Date: October 7th, 2014
Pages: 384
Publisher: Greenwillow
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, audiobook

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 I am grateful for my father, who keeps me good and sweet. I am grateful for my mother, who keeps her own heart guarded and safe. I am grateful for my adviser, who keeps me protected. I am grateful for the Path, which keeps me pure. Ever after.

Princess Aislynn has long dreamed about attending her Introduction Ball, about dancing with the handsome suitors her adviser has chosen for her, about meeting her true love and starting her happily ever after.

When the night of the ball finally arrives and Nerine Academy is awash with roses and royalty, Aislynn wants nothing more than to dance the night away, dutifully following the Path that has been laid out for her. She does not intend to stray.

But try as she might, Aislynn has never quite managed to control the magic that burns within her-magic brought on by wicked, terrible desires that threaten the Path she has vowed to take.

After all, it is wrong to want what you do not need. Isn’t it?

 

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAUmtw45Mgg

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When Disney Movies and Musicals Collide: Creating The World of The Four Sisters Books
by Elissa Sussman

Anyone who follows me on social media knows that I am a huge nerd. I am in particular a huge nerd about 1. musical theatre and 2. Disney movies. Lately I’ve been grooving to HAMILTON and singing the praises of A GOOFY MOVIE, but bring up INTO THE WOODS and any of the Disney princess movies and I’m yours for about four days.
It’s not hard to see how INTO THE WOODS shaped the world of STRAY and BURN. The Sondheim musical mixes a bunch of familiar fairy tales (Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and others) to create its own story, one that gets darker and darker as the musical goes on. In fact, the concept of The Path, the strict doctrine that rules Aislynn’s life in STRAY, was shaped by the lyrics Little Red Riding Hood sings in the first act: “the prettier the flower, the further from the path”.
The influence of Disney movies, as well, is all over Aislynn and Elanor’s stories. While re-watching CINDERELLA for a college paper (again, big nerd), I was inspired by the appearance of the fairy godmother. Here she is, someone with extraordinary powers, yet she shows up to help Cinderella and then disappears. I couldn’t help asking: what’s her deal? Who is she? And so the concept of a book with a fairy godmother at the center became the inspiration for Aislynn’s story.
Though STRAY and BURN are both original fairy tales, I was influenced by some pretty common stories. There are fairy tale tropes and imagery woven throughout the world, from the language (“thorns” as a swear word) to the Academy’s version of corporal punishment (being pricked by a spindle). Play “find the fairy tale” and you’ll discover over a dozen different references.
Each book however, has two fairy tales that provided the most inspiration. STRAY is a very (VERY) loose retelling of Cinderella, with elements of Little Red Riding Hood (especially in regards to The Path) mixed in. BURN, on the other hand, draws a lot from Snow White (from the role of Wicked Queen to Elanor’s physical description) with a sprinkling of Sleeping Beauty.
Take all those elements, mix in some feminism and some tasty recipes, and you’ll have the world of The Four Sisters – original fairy tales with a familiar foundation. Enjoy!

about_ the_author

Elissa Sussman is a writer, a reader and a pumpkin pie eater.

She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and in a previous life managed animators and organized spreadsheets at some of the best animation studios in the world, including Nickelodeon, Disney, Dreamworks and Sony Imageworks. You can see her name in the credits of THE CROODS, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG and TANGLED.

She currently lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and their rescue mutt, Basil.

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The Giveaway

1 winner will receive a signed paperback of STRAY and buttons. US Only.

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Tour Schedule

Week One:

1/11/2016- Dazzled by Books– Interview

1/12/2016- Seeing Double In Neverland– Review

1/13/2016- The Eater of Books!– Guest Post

1/14/2016- RhiReading– Review

1/15/2016- Two Chicks on Books– Interview

 

Week Two:

1/18/2016- Stories & Sweeties– Review

1/19/2016- Fire and Ice– Guest Post

1/20/2016- Owl Always Be Reading– Review

1/21/2016- Dark Faerie Tales– Interview

1/22/2016- Night Owl Book Café– Review

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Roman’s Holiday Blog Tour

22 Dec, 2015 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Roman's Holiday

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Roman’s Holiday by Susan Aylworth

Four years after Roman Kincaid was catapulted into stardom as a country-western singer and A-list movie star, he is burned out: exhausted by a grueling schedule, drained by the ceaseless demands of producers and managers, weary of meeting the needs of others at the expense of his own. Leaving a sold-out show in Phoenix, he rents a car and drives north and east, landing in the Painted Desert town of Rainbow Rock.
Nearly three years after leaving her old life behind, Lottie Beale is feeding people and baking pies, managing the Kachina Café and tending secrets of her own. When circumstances conspire to give two attractive people some time alone together amid the world-class vistas of the Four Corners, they discover more than either had bargained for.
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Susan AAuthor Susan Aylworth

Susan Aylworth started her first book when she was nine. “It was called Buff, The Proud Stallion. I wrote eight whole pages.” For her fifth grade career day, she stated her ambition to become “a rich and famous author.” Decades later, she is pleased to have achieved the ‘author’ part of that goal. A former university professor, she enjoys researching backgrounds and careers for her novels. “It’s one way to live many lives at once.” She lives in northern California with her husband of 45 years and two spoiled cats.

Excerpt

In the kitchen with the door swinging closed between them, she took a moment to gather herself, planning to be at her sunniest when she went back to the dining room. He’s leaving and I’m not going with him. At least I can send him away with a smile. She cut into her “Roman’s Holiday” pie and plated two slices, each on a swirl of chocolate sauce. Then she added another swirl and a dollop of whipped cream to the top. Picking up two forks, she took a deep breath, pretended a smile, and went to serve the man she loved. “Here it is, the new pie sensation of the century.”
“I can hardly wait.”
She set a slice in front of him. “Before you take a bite, I want you to know I made it to taste like you. No, that’s not what I mean! Not to taste like you taste—” She stopped herself. Then she grinned. “If I knew how to make that, every woman in the country would buy it.”
Roman acknowledged the compliment with a nod.
She tried again. “I wanted it to taste like who you are. Ugh, I’m botching this something awful. Just taste it and tell me what you think.” She waited while he cut a bite of the pie and lifted it to his mouth.
“Oh Lottie.” He closed his eyes, savoring the flavor. “It’s marvelous.”
“Really? You’re not just saying that?”
“It’s mar-ve-lous!”
“I thought it was a winner. Glad you like it.”
“Like it? I love it! Tastes like me, huh?”
“Well, like who you are, like what this time together has meant… to me.”

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Ends 1/21/16

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Books Read and DNF’s for 2015

18 Dec, 2015 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Happy to announce I met my Goodreads goal of 85 books this year and am still reading. Thus far, 88 books in 2015.

Here’s the breakdown…

READ

Joyfully Yours
Lamont, Amy

More Than the Tattooed Mormon
Carraway, Al Fox

Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses
Hale, Jenny

Bud’s Christmas Wish
Nemer, Ashley

The Billionaire’s First Christmas (Winters Love #1)
Rayner, Holly

Operation White Christmas: An Escape to the Country Novella
Edwards, Nicki

The Match of the Century (Marrying the Duke, #1)
Maxwell, Cathy

Fall Apples: Crisp and Juicy
Rustad, Martha E.H.

Fall Pumpkins: Orange and Plump
Rustad, Martha E.H.

Fall Harvests: Bringing in Food
Rustad, Martha E.H.

The Woodland Folk Meet the Gnomes
Wolf, Tony

Amelia Bedelia Talks Turkey
Parish, Herman

Christmas at the Vicarage
Boxall, Rebecca

From Paris With Love This Christmas
Wake, Jules

I Need a Hero
Bennet, Emma

Mountains Between Us
Proctor, Jenny

Better Latte Than Never
Clark, Catherine

Secret Santa
James, Sabrina

Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology
Checketts, Cami

North for Christmas
Dymock, Christina

A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft (An Amish Brides of Pinecraft Christmas, #4)
Gray, Shelley Shepard

The Great Christmas Knit-Off
Brown, Alexandra

A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1)
L’Engle, Madeleine

Always Will
Jacobson, Melanie

Samuel Eaton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy
Waters, Kate

Archeology
McIntosh, Jane

I Want to Read
Wright, Betty Ren

The Grouchy Ladybug
Carle, Eric

Georgie (Georgie The Ghost, #1)
Bright, Robert

Marshmallow
Newberry, Clare Turlay

The Power of Determination: The Story of Ronald Reagan

Rasmussen, Della Mae

Now It’s Fall (Seasons, #2)
Lenski, Lois

Wheedle on the Needle
Cosgrove, Stephen

My First Golden Dictionary
Reed, Mary

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
Kipling, Rudyard

The Berenstain Bears’ Nature Guide
Berenstain, Stan

Mr. Grumble
Hargreaves, Roger

Mr. Cheerful
Hargreaves, Roger

Little Miss Chatterbox
Hargreaves, Roger

Fires of Invention (Mysteries of Cove, #1)
Savage, J. Scott

Out of the Ashes
Buck, Alicia

Ignite (Defy, #2)
Larson, Sara B.

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between
Smith, Jennifer E.

Westly: A Spider’s Tale
Beus, Bryan

Heart’s Journey
McKendry, Kristen

Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #1)
Carson, Rae

Shades of Doon (Doon, #3)
Corp, Carey

Misty of Chincoteague (Misty, #1)
Henry, Marguerite

Everything, Everything
Yoon, Nicola

Simply Anna
Moore, Jennifer

Happy Bento!: Lunches on the Go
Adden, Anna

Red Scarf Girl
Jiang, Ji-li

The Secrets of Attraction
Constantine, Robin

A Timeless Romance Anthology: Annette Lyon Collection
Lyon, Annette

Love on a Whim
Mace, Aubrey

The Blueprint of Christ’s Church
Callister, Tad R.

Drive Me Crazy
McVoy, Terra Elan

Missionary: Possible: Preparation Tips from New Testament Heroes
Rigby, Eric

Emmy & Oliver
Benway, Robin

Lord Fenton’s Folly
Kilpack, Josi S.

Autumn’s Kiss (Autumn Falls, #2)
Thorne, Bella

The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Ralph S. Mouse, #1)
Cleary, Beverly

Maine Squeeze
Clark, Catherine

On the Fence
West, Kasie

Book Scavenger

Bertman, Jennifer Chambliss

The Prince and the Pauper
Twain, Mark

A Man for All Seasons
Bolt, Robert

The Fill-In Boyfriend
West, Kasie

Playing For Keeps
Clark, Ranee S.

Mighty Miracles
Olaveson, Breanna

Bondage (Moses Chronicles #1)
Moore, H.B.

The Power of Attitude: The Story of George Washington
Metten, Patricia

Enslaved to Saved: The Metaphor of Christ as Our Master
Litchfield, W. Reid

City Love (City Love, #1)
Colasanti, Susane

Model Misfit (Geek Girl, #2)
Smale, Holly

Wrong About the Guy
LaZebnik, Claire

A Heart Revealed

Kilpack, Josi S. 

Forgive My Fins (Fins, #1)
Childs, Tera Lynn

Silence
Lytton, Deborah

Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold (Broken Hearts & Revenge, #2)
Finn, Katie

Rebel Mechanics (Rebel Mechanics, #1)
Swendson, Shanna

The Recipe Hacker: Comfort Foods without Soy, Dairy, Cane Sugar, Gluten, and Grain
Keuilian, Diana

Love Unexpected: A Storybook Romance
Jacobson, Melanie

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
Perkins, Stephanie

Meet Your Baker (A Bakeshop Mystery, #1)
Alexander, Ellie

 

The Testing (The Testing, #1)
Charbonneau, Joelle

Ash & Bramble
Prineas, Sarah

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Verne, Jules

Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #1)
Carson, Rae

Secrets of Selkie Bay
Thomas, Shelley Moore

The Maloneys’ Magical Weatherbox
Quinlan, Nigel

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids
Ockler, Sarah

Clariel (Abhorsen, #4)
Nix, Garth

Falling into Place
Zhang, Amy

Extraordinary Means
Schneider, Robyn

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)
Kaufman, Amie

 

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Seaside Christmas Book Blast and $50 Giveaway

01 Dec, 2015 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

 

seaside christmasSeaside Christmas by Stacy Claflin

He can’t stand her. She thinks he’s crazy. Will their feelings stay etched in permanent ink?

Cruz Hunter has always stuck out in his small hometown. Now that he’s covered in tattoos, the residents peg him as even more of an outcast. It seems like the whole world is against his dream of opening a local tattoo parlor.

When he finally finds the perfect place for his new business, Cruz discovers a pastor and his daughter have already bought it. The only thing more irritating than the change in his plan is Talia, a beautiful and feisty argument in a dress. Cruz would like nothing more than to have her out of his life and his mind, but for some reason, she’s the only thing he can think about.

If Cruz and Talia can stop arguing long enough, opposites may do much more than attract.

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Meet the Hunter brothers of Kittle Falls…

The Seaside Hunters novels are a series of contemporary sweet romances. They’re set in the beach town of Kittle Falls, following the Hunter brothers as they make their way back to their hometown and find the loves they couldn’t elsewhere. Each book is a standalone.

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StacyAuthor Stacy Claflin

I don’t stick to a single genre in my writing, reading, or viewing. My favorite shows include Supernatural, The Walking Dead, Pretty Little Liars, Lost Girl, Vampire Diaries, and Once Upon a Time.

I’ve been writing and telling stories for as long as I can remember. As a kid, my story telling would get me into trouble because I would try to convince others that my stories were real.

When I’m not busy writing, I like spending time with my family and friends. I also educate my kids from home.

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Sweets and Treats with Six Sisters’ Stuff Blog Tour & Review

30 Nov, 2015 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

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

Sweets and Treats with Six Sisters’ Stuff

by Six SIsters' Stuff
Published by Shadow Mountain on September 29, 2015
Genres: Adult, Cookbook
Pages: 169
Format: Paperback
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After growing up in a close-knit family in Utah, the sisters scattered across the country when they went off to college, got married, and had kids. To keep in touch, they started the Six Sis­ters’ Stuff blog, which (much to their surprise!) attracted a massive following. Today, SixSis­tersStuff.com is an Internet sensation filled with recipes, meal planners, DIY projects, and more!

At the core of the Six Sisters’ brand are home-grown values: a devotion to family, love, and togetherness. And delicious, lovingly prepared food, of course!
SWEETS & TREATS is a treasure trove of ideas for the fun parent. Whether it’s for a special occasion or a festive after school snack, kids will be dazzled by Homemade Twix Bars, Circus Animal Truffles, Samoa Cupcakes, or Churro Chex Mix! Rock the school bake sales with spins on the classics —from Reese’s Brownies to Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies. And the recipes are so easy that kids can even bake along!

For party time, after dinner, or even just some well-deserved self-indulgence , SWEETS & TREATS is filled to the brim with cakes, pies, and other swoon-worthy delights like Brownie Caramel Cheesecake, Mini Pumpkin Pies, Berries and Cream Trifle, or perfect raspberry sorbet. This book features classic recipes derived from the Six Sisters’ family heritage (like their Fresh Peach Pie!) alongside innovative creations (Peanut Butter Brownie Buckeye Cupcakes, any­one?), that will give you options for easy entertaining.

Also included are these magnificent delights:
Hot Fudge Sundae Ice Cream Cake
Microwave Caramels
Frozen Grasshopper Cookie Pie
Rocky Road Fudge
Brownie Caramel Cheesecake

Every recipe is accompanied by a colorful photo and there are lots of whimsical sidebars throughout the book that offer great family activities, tricks for parties, crafts, and even ideas for cute, easy date nights. The Sisters know first-hand what it’s like to juggle a hectic life, and they’ve designed everything so that you can concentrate on putting a smile on your family’s faces.
The proof is in the pudding (and also the cakes, brownies, and cookies!): With the Six Sisters you can put dessert first!

Review

I do believe there were actual squeals when this cook book arrived in our mailbox. My oldest daughter is quite the chef and she went right to work cooking up a recipe from Sweets and treats with Six Sisters’ Stuff. We’ve enjoyed various brownies over the past few weeks. She loves the presentation, the photos and the glossy pages. We also enjoyed the fun ideas for families like a neighborhood cookie walk, decorative ways to package treats, and new holiday traditions. I can not wait for the frozen grasshopper cookie pie or microwave caramels! Six Sisters’ Stuff cookbooks are among our very favorites and they are a must have for anyone who loves comfort food and family togetherness.

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Operation White Christmas: An Escape to the Country Novella

18 Nov, 2015 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment


Operation White Christmas: An Escape to the Country Novella
Escape to the Country #2.5
by Nicki Edwards
Kindle Edition, 153 pages
Expected publication: December 17th 2015
by Pan Macmillan AU
Source: Netgalley

Hollie Douglas has dreamed of a White Christmas ever since she was a child, but her dream implodes when her fiancé breaks her heart two months before their big day. Convinced by her best friend to go ahead with her planned honeymoon anyway, Hollie doesn’t expect to find herself stuck in a snowstorm in rural Canada two days before Christmas.

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Review

Love, love, loved this book! Often I pick up a novella and am not satisfied because there just aren’t enough pages to being the story line to a full arc or truly enjoy the characters. Not so with Operation White Christmas. The first chapter was a little rough, but after that it was smooth sailing and a dream to read.

Hollie and Jim are wonderful, the setting makes for a quaint, quirky white Christmas and the romance was slow and sweet. This is one I would buy and read again. Short but packed with goodness. I love that the main man was a photographer who owned alpacas and that the main female had never seen snow being from Australia. A great go to for a short Holiday romance.

About the Author

Nicki Edwards is a city girl with a country heart. Growing up on a small family acreage on the outskirts of Geelong, she spent her formative years riding horses and pretending the neighbour’s farm was her own.

After spending three years in a regional city in New South Wales, her love of small country towns was further developed. One day she plans to escape to the country with her husband Tim and live on land, surrounded by horses, dogs, cows and sheep. Until then she lives vicariously through the lives of the characters in the rural romance novels she loves to read.

In 2006, when Nicki’s youngest child started school, she returned to university, juggling full time study, part time work and raising four small children, to achieve her dream of becoming a nurse. Always a voracious reader, Nicki’s other dream was to be an author.
Nicki writes medical rural romance for Momentum and when she isn’t reading, writing or dreaming about rural life and medical emergencies, she can be found working as a Critical Care Nurse in a busy Intensive Care Unit, where many of her stories and characters are imagined.

Nicki and Tim reside in Geelong, Victoria with their four teenage/young adult children. Life is busy, fun and at times exhausting, but Nicki wouldn’t change it for anything.

Her debut novel, “Intensive Care” was released in January 2015 with Momentum, the digital imprint of Pan Macmillan Australia. Her second novel, “Emergency Response” comes out in October 2015. The third and fourth books in the ‘Escape to the Country’ series, “Life Support” and “Critical Condition” will be released in 2016.

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