Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Review: Lost then Found by Heather Moore

Welcome to the Aliso Creek Novella series

Liz, Gemma, Arie, Jess, and Drew have been best friends since creating “the Five” at Aliso Creek High School. But that was over ten years ago, and each is still trying to find that perfect someone... if perfect is even possible.

Arie, at the top of her career as VP of an established real estate company, discovers that her success has led to a less-than-successful dating life. But she may have just met the ideal man in work-a-holic film producer, Dustin Jacobs. Seeing each other once a week, or even once a month, is no big deal since they are both ambitious… until Arie realizes she wants much, much more.

Heather B. Moore's Aliso Creek Novella series is perfect when you want to read, but only have a little bit of time. I love to read for a little while when I go to bed. The other night I didn't have any other books pressing, so I grabbed Lost then Found. I didn't plan on reading the whole book in one sitting, but it was easy to do. It was an engaging story.

Arie and Dustin were great characters, and I think their story is a bit Cinderella-ish. Dustin isn't a prince, but he is a popular, successful person, and just meeting him is a bit of a big deal, not to mention having a relationship with him.

You don't learn much about the rest of "the five" in Lost then Found, but Arie and Dustin's story is sweet. I also loved that it was clean!

The Aliso Creek Novella books are available as eBooks for just $1.99 each on Amazon.

*I received an eCopy of Lost Then Found in exchange for a review.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Blog Tour: Life Is Too Short Collection by Connie E. Sokol


Life is Too Short Collection

Are you looking for a fabulous life boost today? The Life is Too Short series is just what you need. Written by Connie Sokol—mother of seven, author, speaker, and amazing matching sock finder—these humorous self-development columns give you just the right amount of fun and functional. Originally written for a major newspaper and magazines, you can now enjoy the entire collection in one book. Put your feet up and laugh as you relate to time-tested tips on being a woman, wife, and mother. You'll learn the cozy stuff of how to adjust expectations, have faith in your dreams, and lighten up in motherhood. And, you'll learn a few life skills such as easy spring cleaning, simplifying the holidays, and creating successful goals. It's the perfect gift for any woman! Short, funny, insightful, these quick power columns are ideal anytime, anywhere, to rejuvenate your mind and soul.


Connie E. Sokol's Life Is Too Short Collection has something for every woman. I found myself being happy when I couldn't relate to some of the aspects she addressed, but there were other sections that I definitely connected with. I liked that each section was fairly short and to the point, and written in a straightforward way.

Most of the topics/ideas presented weren't new to me, but were good reminders. It helps every now and then to step back and look at where we have our focus-because often it is stuck on things that aren't the most important.

Out of all of the ideas I highlighted, I thought this was one of the best reminders:

"Remember that the most joyful and beautiful moments often come in the thick of stress."


  Review from I Love to Read & Review Books:
For some laughter therapy read this book! I LOVED the funny stories in each chapter followed by a LIFE TIP to help you put into practice the things you just learned...and as an added bonus...there is a BOOK PICK to further your enlightenment on the subject.

Author Connie Sokol

Connie Sokol is a mother of seven, a national and local presenter, and a regular speaker at Education Week. She is a monthly contributor on KSL TV “Studio 5,” and regular blogger for KSL "Motherhood Matters." She is a former TV and radio host for Bonneville Communications, and columnist for Deseret News and Utah Valley Magazine. Mrs. Sokol is the author of several books including the award-nominated romance Caribbean Crossroads, the 8-week Challenge program of Faithful, Fit & Fabulous, Life is Too Short for One Hair Color Series, as well as talk CDs and podcasts. Mrs. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Young Adult Categories - 2012 Whitney Awards

In two weeks the winners of the 2012 Whitney Awards will be announced. Having 40 finalists in the running this year, I didn't have time to read all of them prior to the voting deadline, but I did get to read (or listen to) 32 of the finalists. I'm happy to report that there are a lot of very well written books among the finalists, and definitely something for everyone.

The Young Adult categories offer a good variety for a YA fan.

Young Adult General

After Hello Finding June The Space Between Us The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back V is for Virgin
Lisa Mangum Shannen Crane Camp Jessica Martinez Sariah Wilson Kelly Oram

The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back really stood out to me in the Young Adult General categoryIt is hilarious! There are some emotional parts, but the overall feel is pretty upbeat. It's a quick, clean read, and perfect if you just want to "get away" for awhile. You can read my review here and my author interview here.

The rest of the YA General finalists are more serious reads, but aren't overly heavy with the issues they address. It was hard not to get emotionally attached to the sisters in The Space Between Us, and Sara and Sam in After Hello. Finding June is a fun story (although I couldn't help but be bothered by an age difference). V is for Virgin is one that I was hesitant to read. Some of the content made me a little uncomfortable, but it has a good message about abstinence.

Young Adult Speculative

Demons Destined Endlessly Everneath Feedback
Heather Frost Aprilynne Pike Kiersten White Brodi Ashton* Robison Wells

All of the YA Speculative finalists are parts of series. This pieces aspect has me particularly interested in seeing which book wins this category.

Everneath is the first book in its series, and I was lucky to have read the prior books in the rest of the finalists' series, except for Endlessly.

Even though Demons is the second book in its series, I found that it could stand on its own feet (although I do recommend reading Seers). It was a very enjoyable read that left me eagerly anticipating the next book.

Fantasy hasn't been calling to me lately, but if you enjoy stories with faeries, consider the Wings series (Destined is book 4) and the Paranormalcy series (Endlessly is book 3). If mythology interests you, consider Everneath (especially if you want to read a book similar to the Hourglass Door trilogy). Feedback is the sequel to Variant (which was amazing), but sadly isn't quite as amazing. If you like action though, this book is packed with it.

I hope to be able to read more of the 2012 Whitney Award finalists in the coming months, and am very excited to see which books win on May 11th.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Blog Tour: Mattie by M. Ann Rohrer


Mattie was a really interesting read. It's a novel, but is based on a true story (which I didn't realize until I saw footnotes). This made for a unique style, but Mattie's life is quite fascinating. A novel about my life would be so boring, so once I learned that the events depicted actually happened, I found the story to be even more compelling.

I won't go into details and spoil the story, but there is adventure, romance, and love and loss, surrounded by some great historical details from the early 1900's. I appreciated the Facts section at the end of the book that separates fact from fiction, and if you are looking for a book for book club, there are even discussion questions at the end.

About the Book

For nine years after the death of her father, Mattie has kept her vow to never pray. But as she places her trust, and heart, in the hands of a dangerous man, Mattie’s determination to remain detached from God is threatened. With her life hanging in the balance, Mattie discovers that though she left God, He never left her. This realization lifts Mattie from her abyss of dark despair to a new hope.
With Mattie’s opportunity for a new life comes the chance of new love. Faced with the choice between two men, Mattie must sift through the remains of her broken heart and decipher its depths. Will she choose Alonzo, her tall, good-natured, childhood sweetheart, or Enos, the rough, gun-packing nemesis of her youth? Relying on her rediscovered faith, Mattie learns that trusting God is not without heartbreak, especially when the hardships of the Mexican Revolution threaten her fragile faith and wedded bliss.

Author Interview

*Tell us about your relation to Mattie, and how you decided to write a novel about her life.

Mattie (Martha Ann Sevey) is my grandmother. I am named for her. When I was fifteen, she gave me a silver medallion necklace with a gold M inset that was made for her by one of her children. The year I went to high school in Colonia Juarez, I ate lunch often at grandma’s house. Her home was the gathering place for our big summer reunions. Famous for her cooking, breakfast being my favorite, she made pancakes so large they barely fit on our plates. At Grandma’s house I experienced the outhouse, chamber pots, the wood-cooking stove, the wringer washer, green apples, large gardens, irrigation ditches, canning produce, milk buckets, churning butter, and gathering eggs. Grandma had a great sense of humor and a matter-of-fact approach to life. She and I share a similar experience from our courting days. Grandma was not a journal keeper. I wanted to tell her story.

*How did you go about collecting information about Mattie's life?

I grew up listening to grandma and grandpa tell their stories. With each telling, the details shifted a little. Each cousin has their own version. Haha. The fiction in the novel is the emotion my grandparents might have experienced beyond, “I’ve never been more frightened in my life.” What is fact and what is fiction is footnoted.

*Is there a message in Mattie that you want readers to come away with?

When we meet with disappointment, heartache, or tragedy, we tend to blame God, shake our fist a little and ask why. The message in Mattie is that trial and tribulation come by virtue of living in this world, or sometimes a result of our own choices. Life happens. God’s role is to make us equal to the challenge, helping us through it, not saving us from it. By so doing we become stronger individuals, cultivate more compassion, develop deeper insight, and in some cases are led to better opportunities.

*What are your hopes/goals as an author, and what other projects do you have in mind?

My odyssey as a writer began after my children were grown. It was more of an adventure, not sure where it might lead. I saw myself as a Robert Fulghum, Dave Berry humorist. Being a novelist took me by surprise. Presently, I am working on a second novel—not a sequel, although a sequel is not out of the question. Undergoing a final revision, the second book should be ready to submit for publication in a few months. Who knows, I might even try to publish a collection of my essays.

*Do you have any unusual habits while you write?

Hahaha. I had to ask my husband about this one. He says I talk to myself when I write, and I sit crooked. Instead of working at a desk, I prefer a recliner and a laptop. Once into my work, it takes a two by four to get my attention, unless you’re offering chocolate.

*What do you like to do when you're not writing?

Read! Hahaha. With great discipline I make time for life.

*What is your favorite book, and why?

This is a hard question. I have many favorites. I don’t often read a book more than once, but I have read most of Jane Austen three or four times. Of her works, Pride and Prejudice tops the list. I enjoy her humor and satire. I admire how she develops sexual tension without even a kiss beyond a hand being “pressed to the lips.”

About the Author

Martha Ann Robinson Rohrer was born in Colonia Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. At age nine, she moved with her family to Toquepala, Peru, South America, where they lived for ten years. After attending Juarez Stake Academy in Mexico her sophomore year, she returned to Peru and finished her junior and senior years through correspondence. In 1965, the family returned to the United States, settling in Tucson, Arizona. Ann served a two-year mission to Mexico Mexico City Mission. She is married to John Rohrer and they live in Pasco, Washington. They have five boys, one daughter, and at present, thirteen grandchildren.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

General Category Finalists - 2012 Whitney Awards

The General category for the 2012 Whitney Awards is an interesting one. In a way, it's hard to compare these finalists against each other because they are so different. Looking for a commonality among them, I came to the conclusion that they are emotional, heavy reads. Some much more than others, but each of the books dealt with difficult circumstances, be it poverty, illness, divorce, death, mental disabilities, etc.

Dancing on Broken Glass Paige The 13th Day of Christmas A Night on Moon Hill The Rent Collector
Ka Hancock* Annette Lyon Jason F. Wright Tanya Parker Mills Camron Wright

While I enjoyed most of these stories, The Rent Collector by Camron Wright really stood out to me. It is enlightening and inspiring. Even through all the difficulties endured by those who live in this dump in Cambodia, there is hope. Knowing that it is based on real people makes it all the more touching. There are a few swear words, and the people of Stung Meanchey live in very harsh and violent conditions, but the positives of this story outweighed the negatives, and I'm really glad I read it.

If you prefer a lighter read, I would recommend Paige followed by The 13th Day of Christmas. Both are clean, and fairly quick reads with good messages of hope. The heaviness in them isn't overwhelming, and is more relatable than the other three finalists. Both stories show how good friends can help us, especially during hard times.

A Night on Moon Hill was a really unique story. I thought it was well written, although it was more of a downer than I prefer. There are a lot of issues in this story, and I was really bothered by the suicide-probably more so because of the emotional detachment of the main character (not that she could help it). Although the ending was pretty happy, most of the book was too down for me.

Dancing on Broken Glass was one that I actually decided not to finish. The story was interesting, but the swearing and intimate descriptions bothered me, not to mention that it just had an overwhelming depressing feel with the mental illness and physical illness included. My sister read it, so I called her to find out how it ended. I suppose one could say this book ends happily, but this just isn't my kind of book.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Review: Esther the Queen by H.B. Moore

She is a beautiful young Jewess, content in her life of anonymity.

He is the most powerful king in the world.

When chance brings the two together, the course of history is forever altered.

The glittering court of the Persian Empire serves as the backdrop for one of the most poignant tales of courage in the Bible, brought vividly to life in the pages of bestselling author H.B. Moore’s sweeping saga. And it begins on a dusty road in the Jewish Quarter.

An unexpected meeting between Esther and King Xerxes results in an immediate and unmistakable connection. When Esther is summoned to enter the king’s harem—the first step toward becoming his wife—Esther is torn between her desire to be with Xerxes and the knowledge that they will forever be divided by the secret of her Jewish heritage. Encouraged by her family to do what she must to help her people, she deftly navigates her new position in the palace, quickly becoming beloved by all—including Xerxes.

But when a treacherous plan threatens to engulf the kingdom in violence, Esther must choose between love and duty. Is she prepared to sacrifice all that she holds dear in order to save her people from certain annihilation?

I have been a fan of H.B. Moore's historical fiction for several years, so I jumped at the opportunity to review her latest novel, Esther the Queen.

Moore has a talent for bringing scriptural characters to life. I wasn't as familiar with Esther's story as I have been with the other scriptural figures Moore has written about, but I'm so glad that didn't deter me from reading this story.

Esther is portrayed as such a good, kind person. I was a little at odds with her decision to hide that she was Jewish (can you imagine your spouse not knowing what your religious beliefs are-especially when those beliefs are such a huge part of your day-to-day life?), but following the instruction from Mordecai ended up being a huge blessing for her people.

Reading Esther's story really made me appreciate the freedoms I have. I am so grateful I was able to choose my own husband, and that I don't have to share him. Moore touched on how Esther might have felt knowing her husband had concubines and many children from other women. I can't even imagine how that would feel, but I liked Moore's portrayal. Having King Xerxes seem committed to Esther after their marriage made for a sweet love story (even if it is unlikely that it happened that way).

When I finished reading Esther the Queen I immediately wanted to read the actual account in the Old Testament. I was really impressed at how closely Moore's story followed the Book of Esther. And any historical fiction that intrigues me enough to go to the source to learn more (especially when it's a scriptural source) is a great book!

*I received a copy of Esther the Queen in exchange for a review.

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About the Author

Heather B. Moore is the award-winning author of nine historical novels. Her historical fiction is published under the pen name H.B. Moore; first series is called Out of Jerusalem. Her second series includes Abinadi (2008 Whitney Winner for Best Historical & 2009 Best of State in Literary Arts); its sequel, Alma (2009 Whitney Award Finalist); followed by Alma the Younger (2011 Best of State in Literary Arts & 2010 Whitney Finalist), and Ammon (2011 LUW Gold Award of Excellence). Her newest romantic thriller is Daughters of Jared (2012 LUW Gold Award of Excellence & 2012 LUW Best Book Trailer).

Heather is the co-author of The Newport Ladies Book Club Series (with Josi S. Kilpack, Annette Lyon & Julie Wright). Under the name of Heather B. Moore she's published Athena (The Newport Ladies Book Club), the novella collection A Timeless Romance Anthology, Third Time's the Charm (Aliso Creek Novella series), the historical romance Heart of the Ocean, the non-fiction work Christ's Gifts to Women (co-authored by Angela Eschler), and Women of the Book of Mormon.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Cover Reveal: Love in Darkness by E.M. Tippetts

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Title: Love in Darkness
Author: E.M. Tippetts
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Cover Designer: Okay Creations
Expected release date: May 21, 2013
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours

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Alex had everything when he was with Madison. But the darkness within him wouldn't go away. After two years apart, he returns to Pelican Bluffs and to the girl he never wanted to leave. 

Madison wants to give their love another chance, but Alex can't fight fate. He is what he is. Ruined. Crazy like his mother. And Madison deserves so much more. When his secrets spill out into their small town, Alex has a choice to make. Hide away in the darkness forever, or let love in.      

About the Author 

Emily Mah Tippetts writes romance under the name E.M. Tippetts and science fiction and fantasy under the name Emily Mah. Originally from New Mexico, she now lives in London with her family. Before she was a published author, she was an attorney who specialized in real estate, contracts, and estate planning, especially literary estate planning.  

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Launch: Daynight by Megan Thomason

On Tour with Prism Book Tours...

It's time to leave Earth and cross over to the other side... it's not as far away as you think!!

Megan Thomason
Megan Thomason lives in paradise aka San Diego, CA with her husband and five children. A former software manager, Megan vastly prefers writing twisted tales to business, product, and marketing plans. When she isn't typing away on her laptop, she's reading books on her phone—over 600 in the last year—or attending to the needs of her family. Megan’s fluent in sarcasm, could potentially benefit from a 12-step program for road rage, struggles with a Hot Tamales addiction, loves world travel & fast cars and hates paperwork & being an insomniac. Daynight is Megan's first published novel, but fourth written one.

Welcome to the "Second Chances" daynight blog tour! Over the next few day/nights I am really excited to share with you:

- Over $300 of daynight-related prizes as a giant THANK YOU to the thousands ofdaynight early adopters and those who have yet to enter the twisted world of The Second Chance Institute and Thera. Want to prepare for Exile? Or an overday date with Ethan? Have breakfast for dinner? Glam it up in Garden City? There are *12* prize packages to be won! We'll introduce a new package every day of the tour so you'll have a second, third & so forth chance to win.

- The launch of clean slate complex (a daynight story)... For those who have read daynight you can learn more about what the SCI is up to on Earth (surely nothing good). For those who haven't read daynight this is a great way to get your feet wet...test the waters so to speak. I warn you though...the SCI's like Jaws Jr and the giant school of barracuda I encountered on my recent vacation--pretty from a distance, but up close they've got a lot of bite ;).

- Posters, teasers and guest posts about the themes of daynight and clean slate complex... Plus, I'm fully prepared to sneak in some nuggets about what to expect in the daynight sequel, arbitrate.

Thanks again for joining us on the tour and for your support of daynight. I'm grateful for all of you and humbled by your support.

- Megan Thomason
author of daynight

* The Tour *

Become an SCI Recruit
The Second Chance Institute (daynight's Dystopia)
April   22 - Launch!
                - My Seryniti - Review
                - Little Library Muse
           23 - Tressa's Wishful Endings
                - Buckeye Girl Reads - Teaser
                - Marked by Books - Review
                - Red Headed Bookworm
Welcome to Thera!
Building Thera
           24 - Coffee Books and Me
                  Stressed Rach
                  Snuggling on the Sofa - Review
           25 - Christy's Cozy Corner - Teaser
                - All Fantasy Words - Review
Kira * Blake * Ethan
Character Backgrounds & Posters
           26 - Susie Q-Pons and Giveaways - Review
                - My Passion for Books - Review; Ethan
                - Paranormal opinion - Blake
                - The Cozy Reading Corner - Kira
                - Book, Books, the Magical Fruit - Teaser
                - Bookaroo-JuTeaser
           27 - Bookworm Lisa - The Characters
                - Getting Your Read On - Review
daynight's Controversy of "Cleaving"
           28 - Fantastical World of Wonders - Review
                - Pause Time
                - A Backwards Story
                - Beck Valley Books
           29 - I Am a Reader, Not a Writer - Teaser
                - Books Mystify - Review
                - Mel's Shelves - Review
Vacation on Earth!
           30 - The Broke Book Bank - Review
                - Letters to the Cosmos - Review
                - Arriane Cruz 
                - Candace's Book Blog
May      1 - Life of a YA Girl - Review
                - Fuonlyknew - Teaser
                - Jack's Junk Drawer - Review
Risking Exile
Dystopian Survival 101
             2 - A Tiffyfit's Reading Corner - Review
                - Lovin' Los Libros - Review
                - Paulette's Papers
                - Becky's Barmy Book Blog 
             3 - Backing Books - Teaser
                - Book Snob - Review
             4 - Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks - Recipe
                - Living a Goddess Life - Review; Recipe
Clean Slate Complex
             5 - Mortality Bites
                - Sab, The Book Eater
                - Deco My Heart - Review
             6 - Passion and Life - Teaser
                - The Reading Diaries - Review
             7 - Grand Finale Blast!!

by Megan Thomason
Paperback, 324 pages
Published November 26th 2012 by Creatspace

Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance™. Reality: the SCI subjects Second Chancers to strict controls and politically motivated science experiments like Cleaving—forced lifetime union between two people who have sex. Punishment for disobeying SCI edicts? Immediate Exile or death.

Meet Kira Donovan. Fiercely loyal, overly optimistic, and ensnared by the promise of a full-ride college scholarship, Kira signs the SCI Recruit contract to escape memories of a tragedy that left her boyfriend and friends dead.

Meet Blake Sundry. Bitter about being raised in Exile and his mother’s death, Blake’s been trained to infiltrate and destroy the SCI. Current barrier to success? His Recruit partner—Miss Goody Two Shoes Kira Donovan.

Meet Ethan Darcton. Born with a defective heart and resulting inferiority complex, Ethan’s forced to do his SCI elite family’s bidding. Cleave-worthy Kira Donovan catches his eye, but the presiding powers give defect-free Blake Sundry first dibs.

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clean slate complex
by Megan Thomason

Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Worldwide non-profit and do-gooder organization. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Life(TM). Reality: hidden behind every kind act is a dark agenda designed to gain control and force societal and moral extremes. Currently, the SCI’s pushing Project Liberate, a program to woo the poor and downtrodden into their Clean Slate Complexes—where “everything is provided” from jobs to food, shelter, clothing, and education. Unfortunately, as with all things that sound too good to be true, there’s a catch…

Meet Alexa Knight. Feisty, tough and currently homeless in Los Angeles, Alexa agrees to help the SCI in return for medical care for her sick mother. When she starts to suspect there’s more to the SCI than meets the eye will she believe Adam—the boy who saved her life and the SCI’s biggest champion, or Joshua—the attractive enigma who sings about conspiracy theories and pretends to be someone he’s not?

Full of action, humor, romance, twists and turns, clean slate complex is a companion story to the highly-praised dystopian novel, daynight. It can be enjoyed before or after readingdaynight.

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daynight Second Chances Giveaway:

Choose what you enter to win wisely. Your stay on Thera may be extended indefinitely.

Highlighting a different giveaway every daynight of the Tour... International Winners will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Certificate and US Winners may choose $25 GC in lieu of Prize Package.

US only. International winners will receive $25 Amazon gift certificate. US winners can opt to receive $25 Amazon gift certificate in lieu of any prize package.Open only to those who can legally enter. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced on Rafflecopter and Grand Finale posts as well as emailed and the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Burgandy Ice @ Colorimetry and Prism Book Tours and sponsored by Megan Thomason. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Cover Reveal: Castles on the Sand by E.M. Tippets

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Title: Castles on the Sand
Author: E.M. Tippetts
Released: August 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Young Adult
Cover Re-designed by: Okay Creations
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours

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If there’s one thing Madison Lukas understands, it’s pain. The pain she feels when her mother ignores her completely. The pain her best friend endures as her parents starve her as punishment. The pain of a dangerous boy whose mother has to be carried away by law enforcement on a regular basis.

She gets it. She feels the pain of others as if it were her own.

But when a mysterious man claiming to be her long lost brother appears with promises of relieving her suffering, trusting him could reveal more truths than Madison is ready for. Because the truth can hurt, too.

"A fast-paced blend of high-stakes drama and average teenage concerns (sex, appearance, friends), capped with a welcome message of hope." - Kirkus Review of Castles on the Sand    

About the Author 

Emily Mah Tippetts writes romance under the name E.M. Tippetts and science fiction and fantasy under the name Emily Mah. Originally from New Mexico, she now lives in London with her family. Before she was a published author, she was an attorney who specialized in real estate, contracts, and estate planning, especially literary estate planning.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Blog Tour: How to Have Peace When You're Falling to Pieces by Rebecca Rode

Blog Tour

When I first heard about How to Have Peace When You're Falling to Pieces, I immediately related to a quote that was shared about a (frazzled) mom needing some peace. Motherhood has been a great joy in my life, but there are definitely ups and downs, and it's nice to know that I'm not alone in feeling a need for some peace.

Reading How to Have Peace When You're Falling to Pieces was almost like having a good vent session with a friend. Author Rebecca Rode shared some of her faults and frustrations (some very relateable), and it was a positive experience with quotes, scripture verses, and ideas that buoy a mother up.

I particularly enjoyed the reminder about having a judgment free zone. Our kids need to feel comfortable and confident in their own homes! The chapter on "Control Baskets" went right along with the judgment. We can only control ourselves.

Some of the biggest issues that arise in my home come from disorder. The "House of Order" chapter and the idea of having everyone help was great. Although I don't like doing most of the housework, I've really struggled to let go because I want things done my way (and the bar is pretty high). It's good to have reminders about teaching your children while they're young to work together as a family. I need to let go of the fact that if I want help, it probably won't be done as well as I like, but there's never a chance for that if I don't teach them and let go a little. It was also nice to be reminded that "the relationship is more important than the task."

One of Rode's suggestions for peace that struck me was about being content:

"Peace lies in being content with what we have, not in crossing over to the neighbor's greener grass. I love the saying, 'The grass isn't greener on the other side. The grass is greener where you water it!

"Let's find a bucket and go to work."

How to Have Peace When You're Falling to Pieces is a great reminder of a mother's divine role. We all have our shortcomings, but we are not alone in this great work.

*I received a copy of How to Have Peace When You're Falling to Pieces from the publisher in exchange for a review.

About the Book

What’s the hardest part about being a mother? Almost every woman will say the same thing: juggling the demands of motherhood and still finding the time to feel calm and collected. How to Have Peace When You’re Falling to Pieces answers the specific question, “How can I have inner peace as a mother when I feel so scattered?”

With humor, wit, and helpful insights, Rebecca Rode brings a fresh perspective on the demands of everyday moms. Filled with uplifting stories, poems, quotes, and scriptures, This book explores seven aspects of motherhood and teaches you how to find peace in the turmoil. The quick-fix wisdom in this helpful mother’s guide will have even the busiest moms feeling peaceful in no time.
About the Author

Rebecca Rode caught the writing bug early in life, writing and illustrating stories in small journals her mother gave her at age nine. Her first published work was a personal essay about Romanian orphans, printed in Brigham young University’s literary publication, Inscape. She received her bachelor’s degree from BYU in child development with a minor in english. Rebecca began writing for Schooled magazine in 2006. In 2011, she became a contributor for, a Utah broadcasting network website, and the Deseret News in Salt Lake City. How to Have Peace When You’re Falling to Pieces is her first book. Rebecca enjoys traveling, eating authentic Italian gelatos, and indulging her husband’s chocolate-banana shakes. Her greatest loves are her husband, Francis, their three children, and writing— in that order.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Review: Rebirth: An Eden Prequel by Keary Taylor

I've had Rebirth: An Eden Prequel on my to-read list for awhile now. With the recent re-release (and re-naming) of Eden to The Bane (now a trilogy), I decided that now would be a good time to read Rebirth (which I just discovered has been renamed The Ashes).

Rebirth is short, but very good. I read Eden back in 2011, and although the details were a little faded, I did remember that the main character was a girl. So, I initially thought the main character in Rebirth was female. I should have clued in right off because the cell neighbor was male.

There's some violence and a bit of gore from the violence, but not too descriptive. I appreciated the clean language, and am excited to read The Bane to see if I can tell what changed from when it was Eden.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Review: Jennifer by Dee Henderson

It's a summer of change for Jennifer O'Malley. The busy physician has a pediatrics practice in Dallas, and meeting Tom Peterson, and falling in love, is adding a rich layer to her life. She's sorting out how to introduce him to her family--she's the youngest of seven--and thinking about marriage.

She's falling in love with Jesus too, and knows God is good. But that faith is about to be tested in a way she didn't expect, and the results will soon transform her entire family.

I read the rest of Dee Henderson's O'Malley Series back in 2008. Time has faded the details of the series, but from what I recalled they were clean and exciting stories with likable characters, so I jumped on the chance to read Jennifer through NetGalley.

Jennifer is a quick read with a touching story and very likable characters. It doesn't have the intensity that I remember the rest of the O'Malley Series having. Instead of action and suspense there is a very strong religious aspect. I wasn't expecting the story to end when it did, and it was a bit disappointing to not have any interaction with Jennifer's siblings. However, Jennifer and Tom were not only interesting characters, but great people, and I am definitely interested in reading the continuation of their story when it's available.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Feed Your Reader Launch and Giveaway

Inspired Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer has launched a new site aimed at bringing you the best Kindle Ebook Deals and Steals.

Each day on you'll find a new list of available ebook deals (most for under $3).

And of course there will be lots of  Featured Freebies too!

To celebrate the launch of the new site she is giving away a Kindle Fire, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash.

Win a 7" Kindle Fire (US only)

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Book Blast: Replacing Gentry by Julie N. Ford

Replacing Gentry

When Marlie agrees to attend a cadaver ball at Vanderbilt Medical School, she did not expect to actually see any cadavers. Or, that a strange apparition would issue her a chilling message.

Despite the cadaver's warning, Marlie is married a year later to Tennessee State Senator, Daniel Cannon, and living in a plantation-style mansion with two step sons. Add to the mix her growing suspicion that something is amiss with the death of Daniel’s first wife, Gentry; and newlywed Marlie is definitely in over her pretty Yankee head.

What begins as an innocent inquiry into her new husband’s clouded past, ends with Marlie in the midst of a dangerous conspiracy.

A modern twist on the classic Gothic romance novels of Rebecca and Jane Eyre, Replacing Gentry follows Marlie’s precarious journey as she learns the truth about the man she married.

Author Julie N. Ford

Julie N. Ford graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Political Science and a minor in English Literature. In addition, she has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama. Professionally, she has worked in teaching and as a Marriage & Family Counselor. She is the author of two women’s fiction novels, The Woman He Married and No Holly for Christmas, published in 2011. In addition, she wrote a romance/chick-lit novel, Count Down to Love, also published in 2011. Count Down to Love was a 2011 Whitney Award finalist. Her next novel, Replacing Gentry, is due for release April 9th, 2013.

Currently, she lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, two daughters and one hedgehog.

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