Thursday, June 04, 2015

Summer in Snow Valley Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY


Summer in Snow Valley

Summer in Snow Valley  
#1 Bestselling Amazon Authors of Christmas in Snow Valley, have teamed up again with six wonderful summer novellas that are sure to make your summer sweet and sassy!  

Catching Caytie by Amazon Top Seller Cindy Roland Anderson
On the night Caytie Holbrook intends to break up with her cheating boyfriend, he blindsides her by announcing their engagement at a dinner party. When Caytie discovers her father is in on the scheme, she runs away from her home in Beverly Hills to hide out at her uncle’s ranch in Snow Valley, Montana. While Snow Valley is a beautiful place, Caytie only plans to stay until her twenty-fifth birthday when she’ll inherit a trust fund her grandmother left her, allowing her to pursue her dream to move to Italy. That is until she meets Jace McAllister, an incredibly sexy—although somewhat grumpy—cowboy who threatens to disrupt her plans.  

Tin Foil Tiaras by Amazon Top Seller Jeanette Lewis
Cameron Elliott has come to Snow Valley to coach Annalisa Drake in the Miss Snow Valley pageant, and prove to her demanding boss that she deserves a place at the prestigious Westbrooke Agency. But Annalisa’s handsome and protective big brother, Kyle, is determined to keep his sister from becoming a reluctant beauty queen. As Cameron tries to win Kyle over, Kyle insists some things are more valuable than a title and as crazy as it sounds, Cameron might just believe him.  

A Touch of Love by Amazon Top Seller Cami Checketts
 Annie Stirland has endured a lifetime of teasing, embarrassment, and isolation due to her speech impediment. When irresistible cowboy, Luke Wilson, seems to be falling for her, she’s certain he’s too good to be true. A tragedy involving his ex-girlfriend proves she’s right. What man can resist sheltering someone they once loved? Annie knows she should walk away, but Luke isn’t ready to give her up.  

First Love; Love First by Amazon Top Seller Taylor Hart
Janet Snow doesn’t expect to get caught in a full-blown make out session at her brother’s wedding. Especially not with Michael Hamilton, the boy she’d written off ten years ago. Even though they both agree to no complications, Janet's not sure they can stick to it given their past. After a trip to the hot springs, a helicopter ride, and a proposal, even the most cautious single mother would start to wonder if true love really is just about the timing. Now Janet has to make a choice—play it safe or trust that her first love could also be her last.

Romancing Rebecca by Amazon Top Seller, Kimberley Montpetit
Rebecca Dash loved spending her teen summers swooning over Jane Austin and helping her aunt at the Starry Skies Bed & Breakfast in Snow Valley. But as a recent college grad, she’d rather write sappy romance novels than go out with guys that make her a nervous wreck. When a team of fire-fighters set up camp on the lawns of the B&B and Captain Wade catches her eye, Becca soon learns that there’s more to a happily-ever-after than a flirty fireman with muscles the size of the Montana hills.  

Love in Light and Shadow by Amazon Top Seller Lucy McConnell
Mercedes O'Shay has sworn off gorgeous men because they have a tendency to break her heart. When she meets her new neighbor, Chet Bauer, she immediately puts him in the Do Not Date category based on his well-defined muscles and stunning blue eyes. But the more Mercedes learns about the cowboy who reads classics and forges iron, the more she realizes the heart doesn't see in black and white; it sees light and shadows.

My Personal Review
This group of stories was just SO FUN!! I don't have a favorite, but I enjoyed my time in Snow Valley. All 6 authors brought something different to the table. I had only read  Anderson before this set and now I have 5 new authors I would like to read more by. The small town feel of Snow Valley had me wishing I could live there. The characters were all likeable and I wanted to be their friend. Summer in Snow Valley is a great, relaxing escape from reality.


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Monday, June 01, 2015

The Trouble in Loveland Book Blast and GIVEAWAY!!

Trouble in Loveland peel Trouble in Loveland by Jennifer Peel 

What teenage girl hasn't gone to great lengths to get noticed by her crush? Charlee Jensen is no exception. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately in the end, Ryan her much older neighbor and unrequited love has no idea she exists during her teenage years, at least not the way she wants him to. That all changes, though, when Charlee returns home, after eight years, to work for her estranged father and Ryan ... her teen crush. This time, Ryan has no problem noticing her. His only problem is that he isn't quite sure what to do with this woman who is suddenly all grown up, beautiful and annoyingly charming. Throw in a cute three year old, and an ex-wife that's not quite ready to let go, and you have a whole lot of trouble in Loveland. Trouble in Loveland is a clean, heartfelt romance filled with humor and tenderness.





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Praise for the Book  
"Jennifer Peel's writing captures you from the start and pulls you in. Trouble in Loveland is a fantastic book and was the perfect escape that I look for when I read. It has it all! Drama, humor, and romance. Highly recommend!"
"I have a new favorite author! I am so glad that Jennifer Peel started writing because she writes exactly the kinds of books that I love and Trouble in Loveland is no exception--it's good, clean, romantic fun!"
"Funny and heartfelt! Jennifer Peel creates characters that are so relatable! This story made me both laugh and cry. A must read!"  


Sneak Peek Inside
Ryan’s eyes seared into mine. “I was hoping I would get to dance with you tonight.” “You were?” “Yes, but you’ve been quite popular.” He pulled back a tad and looked down at my dress. “You look very …” “Please don’t say grown up.” He smiled and shook his head. “I wasn’t going to say that, I was going to say …” he tried to think of something. “You were going to say it, weren’t you?” He sighed. “Charlee, you really know how to make a guy feel inadequate don’t you.” “I’m sorry.” “Don’t be. I find I like it.” “You do?” He nodded his head. “I also find you to be very …” he hesitated. “Very what?” “Beautiful and annoyingly charming.” “How can somebody be annoying and charming at the same time?” “See what I mean?” He winked. In my heels, we were practically eye level, and our faces were mere inches apart. I could smell the sweet smell of honey on his breath; I wanted more than anything to taste it, and the way he was looking at me at that moment, I thought maybe he felt the same way. His eyes quickly turned to confusion though before he pulled me a little closer. I rested my head against his and swayed against him. It was even better than I imagined. I wanted the dance to last forever. “By the way,” I whispered in his ear. “I find you very beautiful too.”    

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Author Jennifer Peel 
I'm a Colorado native who currently calls Alabama home. I'm the mother of three amazing children who have grown up way too fast. I enjoy the mountains, vacations at the beach, date night with my husband, late night talks with my kiddos, touring model homes, and pink bubblegum ice cream. I grew up on the Western Slope in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. I learned to love the beauty of the outdoors, but not camping--unless staying overnight at the Marriott counts. I met my husband while living in Denver and then several years later we traded the beauty and majesty of the Colorado Rocky Mountains for the art and culture of Chicago, Illinois. My family and I enjoyed living near this world class city, despite the crazy cold winters, but new adventures awaited in Northern Alabama--just six hours away from Orange Beach, Alabama. These three magical places (the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Chicago, and Orange Beach) are the inspired locations used in several of my books.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Girl of Mine book blast GIVEAWAY!!!

Taylor Dean's newest book is now available!
GIRL OF MINE

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The song that inspired me while writing GIRL OF MINE:
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A interesting tidbit about GIRL OF MINE from the author:
My dad always worried about the cost of the electricity bill. If he walked past my bedroom and noticed that my light had been left on, he would turn it off and holler,
"That's okay, Taylor, I got your light."
It became a bit of a joke in our household. My siblings and I loved to try and catch my dad leaving on a light, just so we could say,
"That's okay, Dad, I got your light."
Now that I'm an adult with my own family, the term takes on new meaning.
The message behind it has worked its way into my new novel, Girl of Mine.
My father brought me into this world, he cared for me, and he taught me well. He gave me my "light," my life.
He nourished my "light" and helped me become the person I am today.
So, Dad, thanks for getting my light.
I'll always be grateful.

About the author:
Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it's paranormal, contemporary, or suspense--you'll find all sub-genres of clean romance in her line-up.




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Tuesday, May 19, 2015



Moon Mail and Star Kisses
  Moon Mail and Star Kisses by Amanda Salisbury
 In Moon Mail and Star Kisses, a loving adult and child must be separated for a little while. The adult promises the child to send greetings and kisses through the night sky, shared no matter the distance of place or time apart. The moon, the stars, and a person’s love are bright and constant even when they cannot be seen.
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My Review
This was such a sweet book, perfect to give a loved one that you can't be with at the time. I LOVED the illustrations- so vibrant!! They gave the book so much life. Loved them. The rhyme was simple and the idea of being under the same moon no matter how far apart was beautiful. :) My 9 year old loved it too.
 
 Author Amanda Salisbury 
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 Amanda Salisbury lives on the red planet of Oklahoma. All her best stories are sifted through the screens of her education and experience in history, law, finance, and mothering. She lives with her husband and boys in a lair, a classroom, or a castle, depending on the moment.
 
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Sunday, May 17, 2015

My birthday week rocked!

So my birthday was Monday, May 11. I've basically been celebrating since my trip to Utah. The awesomeness just kept on coming!
On the 7th I was able to go to the Dallas theatre and see "Sense and Sensibility." Not only that- my friend, Chesney, and I had front row seats! The play was so fun. The actors were great!! I couldn't take pics during the show, but I did snap these before and after.


 For Mother's Day- the day before my birthday- I got some pretty cool things. This gift from Taj made me cry. It requires a little explanation. Last year I was reading The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay. Taj was sitting by me when I gasped and burst into tears saying, "Oh, he BUILT HER A CHAIR!!!"  Taj, used to my crying fits while reading, was like "What the heck?" I tried to explain the significance of the chair. He totally cared...not. Well, for Mom's day he handed me this and said, "Mom, I built you a chair."
 I was so touched. I mean, how cool is that??
Livie filled up a jar with reasons she loves me. They included things like "You're not gross." "Kind." "Not mean." "Clean." ;) She also made me a memory book. It was all very heartfelt. Isabel wrote me a sweet letter about how much she loves me and what I mean to her. Sooo sweet.


Then for my birthday.... Alec received his mission call!!! He had been waiting 5 weeks for it to arrive. On average they arrive about 3 weeks after submitting their paperwork. Lots of friends came over from school and church. Half his basketball team was their. It was really cool. He was so cute opening it.
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Yes! He was called to the California, Anaheim American Sign Language mission!! He reports to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Sept. 23. He was pretty stoked to have the opportunity to teach in ASL. He's taken it 3 years in high school. Pretty awesome.


To be continued...

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Best Weekend EVER (that didn't involve my husband or kids...)

This past weekend was just so super, so of course I'm coming out of blog-hiding to post about it. That way I can look back and remember just how cool it really was!!
I've mentioned my favorite author, Marcia Lynn McClure, several times on my blog. She is a fun author who writes clean romances, mostly historical, which are my favorites. You can see a list of her books here on her website. She's far and away my most read author... beating all others by about 30 books. Anyway, a couple months ago she mentioned on Facebook that she was setting up some meet & greet events in Utah. I was so bummed since I'm here in Texas. But then my wonderfully fabulous husband began insisting I buy a ticket to the event and fly up to see her. He said it would be my Mother's Day/Birthday gift (even though my ticket to the NKOTB concert in May was suppose to be that. I am spoiled!) So I finally gave in and bought my airplane tickets.

My fellow Marcia-fan here in Texas, Chesney, wasn't able to go. But Stacey lives in Utah and I had introduced her to Marcia, so I knew she'd come in clutch and go with me. She was game! Then I found out my niece was graduating from BYU that weekend, so I would be there for it! And then (yes, there's more!!) to top it all off, I found another fave author of mine, Sarah M. Eden, was doing a book signing at Deseret Book the very same day as Marcia's event!! She was doing the signing with Josi S. Kilpack, an author I had on my "to-read" list on Goodreads, but I haven't read any yet. So this weekend was just turning into straight up AMAZINGNESS in the eyes of this bookworm!! Woot!

I flew up on Thursday and was in heaven with 3 hours of airplane and a 3 hour lay over I actually was able to read The Object of His Affection, a new novella by Marcia Lynn McClure, and Porcelain Keys by Sarah Beard. They were both awesome books. I was also able to watch all my favorite parts on Austenland...again. Alone time can be so refreshing!! THEN when I went to pick up my rental car, it was a friggin' BLACK CADILLAC. I was high rollin' and feeling extremely cool all weekend!! That night Stacey and I were able to meet up for dinner and a movie. We saw The Longest Ride. It was my 2nd time to see it and oh.my.word. Thanks to Marcia I already have a thing for cowboys. Well, Scott Eastwood IS Ryder Maddox, Tom Evans, Rebel Lee Mitchell, Lobo McCoy, Stover Steele, Slater Evans, Stoney Wrenn, Brake McClendon... (Those are all heroes in Marcia's books.)

So after a night of ridiculous lusting and giddyness, I went back to my hotel to stay up late talking to my sister-in-law. The next day was the longest commencement ceremony I've ever been to. I wanted to bite my wrists. BUT my niece is now a Brigham Young University graduate. I was also able to see family from Seiuli's side I don't get to see often. That night my SIL, niece, and SIL's mother-in-law went to see The Age of Adaline. That's another great movie. No cowboys, but it did have Harrison Ford. ;)

Saturday morning I picked up Stacey and met up with Suzanne. We headed to lunch before going to Deseret Book for the book signing with Sarah Eden and Josi Kilpack. I love these girls!! I hadn't seen them since last summer, yet it was like no time had passed. :)  We also went to Thanksgiving Point to walk around and window shop and feed goats. haha

I wasn't kidding about feeding goats... haha


After lunch we headed to Deseret Book to meet Sarah and Josi. Oh my word, I was actually NERVOUS!! haha But it was super cool. I bought the one Eden book I was missing, and 2 of Kilpack's. They were so sweet and talked to us and made me feel less like a dork. Although when Josi was telling me about her new book, A Heart Revealed, my text message notification went off. It was Dean Winchester saying "I mean come on, we hunt monsters. What the hell?" Awkward. lol

Sarah M. Eden, me, Josi S. Kilpack
The night finally came and it was time for the Marcia Lynn McClure Event!!! Can I just say my cheeks were literally sore from laughing and smiling for 5 hours straight?!?!!? Marcia took time to sit at each table and chat. She signed all 7 of my books. Kevin, her husband, sat and laughed with us. We talked about setting his and Marcia's son, Trent, up with my sister, Ali. How cool would that be?? Nate Childs, the model on The Bewitching of Amoretta Ipswich and The Touch of Sage, hung out with us too. I didn't realize it was his wife on The Touch of Sage until after the event. It all clicked in the hotel room. The Crimson Knight and Monet from A Crimson Knight made an appearance as well.

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Stacey, "Brake McClendon" or "Rebel Lee Mitchell", Me



Stacey, Marcia McClure, Me
Stacey, The Crimson Knight, Me
The Crimson Knight letting me try on his gear





One of the funniest parts of the night was when each table was assigned a section of a story to write. My table was assigned the "kissing scene." Oh my goodness we were laughing and blushing and swooning as we wrote. It was hilarious. 


Our rough draft

Then when it was time to read them outloud we found out Kevin and Marcia would be acting them out. I was crying I was laughing so hard!!



I won a tshirt for traveling the furthest to the event and Stacey won a door prize too. They had yummy treats and I brought home a few posters. Kevin authgraphed my book and The Prairie Prince poster. It was just seriously SO FUN.
Stacey and I had a slumber party at my hotel that night, and then met Kayelyn for breakfast. It was so good to catch up with her!! I forgot to get a pic. :( Then I said goodbye and took my Caddy back to the airport. :(
My flight to Denver was a little bumpy, but I was able to read With a Dreamboat in a Hammock, Marcia's newest novella that I picked up at her event. The hero was named Jensen, as in Ackles, as in Dean Winchester, as in Supernatural, as in MY FAVORITE SHOW. And the novella was so sweet. I loved it.


The flight to Denver to Dallas was ridiculous. We left late, then we had to circle around OKC for an hour because of tornadoes and lightning near Dallas. Then they decided we would go on to Dallas, and y'all, I nearly died. Ok, not really. But it was the bumpiest plane ride I've ever been on. Like if I hadn't had on a seatbelt my head would have hit the ceiling from bumping so hard. We flew like that for half an hour. People were freakin' out. I wasn't. I was so calm I scared myself. haha I figured if we were going down, freaking out wasn't going to help any. So I just concentrated on keeping my head from slamming against the window. We finally landed after literally flying through lightning all over the place. Once we landed the passengers clapped. Then we were told the airport ramps were closed. We didn't care because we were alive. ;) I finally got home around 2:45am Monday.
This weekend will be one I remember forever. It really was like a once in a lifetime thing for me, most likely... unless my sister marries Marcia's son. ;)
I'm so glad Seiuli insisted I go and do something for me. He took care of the kids, the hedgehog, our chickens... and I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR HIM!!!!

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Boxford Stories Book Blast and GIVEAWAY!!!

Boxford Stories
The Boxford Stories by Kristen Carson 
Welcome to the world of the Runyons and the Feldsteds, two Mormon families in 1970s Maryland. Far from their Western American roots, they cling to each other like exiles clutching a precious box of topsoil from the old country. In The Boxford Stories you will meet Ada Runyon who always turns to Ruthalin Feldsted when she needs an ear—sharing her deepest confidences, her everyday musings, and her bits of horrified gossip. Yet Ada dies inside whenever Ruthalin’s country-cousin manners poke out in public. Latham Runyon, a history professor, and Erval Feldsted, a hospital engineer, bond every Sunday night over gooey desserts and vigorous religious discussion, a game their children call Stump the Rabbi. Underneath their balding heads and graying temples, each man desperately seeks a sign that God would choose him as a buddy. The Feldsted and Runyon children, running breathlessly through each other’s houses and backyards, have long considered each other substitute cousins. However, Ginni Runyon plots to change herself from the girl next door to the girl Marc Feldsted can’t live without. And when Boxford’s Mormons mix with the rest of the town, everybody could use a field guide to the other species. "Laugh, cry, and shake your head with the Runyons and Feldsteds as they make their way through the decade that brought us leisure suits and urban decay.

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Excerpt: 
  Now Latham stood before the steam-clouded mirror. He squirted shaving cream into his hand and swabbed it over his face. It was not the best face, to be sure. He imagined how it would look to those sitting beside him in conference tomorrow. There he'd be, his arms folded as he sat on a hard metal chair way at the back of the gym, looking for all the world like Joe Mormon, with the standard white shirt, the standard wing tips, the standard bald spot, and the standard case of scriptures with a sagging, broken spine. The young fathers nearby would look at him and think, I hope I don't become that in twenty years. Their young wives would study his pocked cheeks and try to imagine just how bad the teenage acne had been. And teenage girls would decide that he was, no doubt, ten times cornier than their own dads. . . . Then, when his name echoed forth from the pulpit, and he stood up, his seat-neighbors would look up from their chairs, surprised. They would kick themselves mentally for not taking note of him sooner, for not recognizing his eminence. His children would look up. Our dad? God wants our dad? His wife would bow her head humbly and compose a few eloquent remarks, in case they summoned wives to speak. And as he walked up to take his new place, people would look up from their seats, squinting at him. And when he reached the stand, Elder Sperry would smile, remembering: Oh, yes, him. The one that likes Great Biographies, just like me. Elder Sperry would shake his hand, motion him towards his very own theatre-style seat, a far cry from the metal chairs at the back. Elder Sperry would make him say a few words at the pulpit, where Latham could look down on all those surprised people, who were still taking it in that Latham Runyon was their new stake president.    

Praise for the book: 
 "Standouts include “Gypsy Holiday,” in which Ada’s anxiety over family friends not coming to Thanksgiving devolves into a stark admission of her loneliness and inability to connect with outsiders; “A Little Five-Minute Thrown-Together Something,” which lays bare the squirming insecurities of teenage crushes; and “Flirting Lessons,” which sees Ada’s teenage daughter, Ginni, taking a cross-country road trip with two friends that leads to panic when one goes missing. These stories are unexpected in their subtlety as they explore the reality of what it means to be Mormon—and human." --Kirkus Reviews 

 “In an almost Faulknerian way, Carson finds the pulse of ambition and uses that tick to reveal the inner voices that can haunt us all, if allowed. We should be looking to the eternities, of course, but in the meantime, we have so many other things to worry us onward into the night, or at least until the next priesthood interview." -- Association for Mormon Letters on "'Atta Boy" in The Boxford Stories  

 Boxford author 
Author Kristen Carson 
 Kristen Carson was born in Idaho, the caboose baby in a family of six girls. She studied at Brigham Young University. Hearing tales of how green the grass was elsewhere, she pledged to move east of the 100th Meridian. Even though she’s never lived in the #1 place on her list (Lexington, Kentucky--have you seen those beautiful bluegrass hills?!), she enjoyed her years in Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania. She currently lives in Indiana. "Kristen’s stories and articles have appeared in The Indianapolis Star, Chicago Parent, Indianapolis Monthly, Dialogue: a Journal of Mormon Thought and Irreantum. "She and her husband are the parents of four adult children. "She loves her two cats for their affection, their paranoia and their sense of entitlement. She takes long walks wherever she goes, because she thinks the best way to see the world is at 3 miles an hour. She loves cooking. All the chopping, stirring and inhaling lend the perfect capstone to her day. "Kristen is also an avid reader. No doubt she won’t live long enough to finish all the books on her list. Her favorite authors are Herman Wouk, Diana Gabaldon and Tom Wolfe. Check out her blog, where she writes about whatever she’s reading and cooking. 


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Friday, April 10, 2015

What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know GIVEAWAY!!

10 secrets to connect

I'm a mom of 5 and step-mom to 2. 4 of those 7 are girls, and they are definitely different than boys! Right now my youngest is 9 years old...going on 16. She seems to be faced with a lot more at this age than my older girls (all 16 now!) were, with all the new "mature" things so readily available in the media. It can be overwhelming and I will take all the help I can get!! That's why I have added the book What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know: 10 Secrets to Connect Moms & Daughters to my "to-read" list on Goodreads!


What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know
by Connie Sokol & Rachelle Christensen
Is your daughter asking questions about friends, peer pressure, school, and even her weight? As a mom, are you wondering how to answer them? Welcome to the club. But you can relax. Because we’ve asked real sixth-grade girls to dish on their top secret questions. And, we’ve provided time-tested real-life answers that work. Add to that an enjoyable format. The “Just for Girls” section speaks right to your daughter in words and ways she understands. The “Just for Moms” section talks straight to moms, giving you information, resources, and easy-to-share answers. We include tips for how to start, handle, and enjoy the conversations no matter the situation. Create connected conversations with your daughter as you explore these life questions together. Get plain facts and jumpstart questions. Discuss the provided scenarios so she can practice responses to use in real-time. Download decorative cards with positive statements and fun fill-in sentences. Use What Every Girl Needs to Know About 6th Grade to make it happen. Together, answer questions and create connection. You got this.

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Praise for What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know 10 Secrets to Connect Moms & Daughters
"At a time when so many barriers are straining mother/daughter relationships, and our daughter's esteem is being attacked from every side, “What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know” gives mothers the tools they need to communicate (even about the tough stuff). It gives daughters the confidence to know that they have what it takes to survive the unique transitional years. Whether your relationship with your daughter is strained, or you want to strengthen what is already strong, use this smart and savvy information. You and your girl(s) will learn how to thrive through the teen years.” --Heather
Ann Johnson M.S. Adjunct Faculty, BYU, Mother to 5 girls “

With conflicting messages today, it's easy for moms and daughters to get confused and overwhelmed. This book bestows all the wisdom you want to pour into your daughter's heart and mind in a fun, non-threatening way. Dread turns into confidence as you realize you have the tools to face those teenage years TOGETHER and have a ball doing it.” --Rachel Skinner, Mother of nine, Social Worker

This book provided a wonderful bonding experience for me and my daughter. As parents we always think we know how our child is doing. Then we get into a deep conversation and realize that compared to what we thought, they are doing either so much better or are suffering so much more. But they hold those feelings back to protect us. Sometimes they fear that talking about it means more pain, but this books shows that talking is healing, especially when we know how.” —Karrie Glazner, Mother of Three Wonderful Kids

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Author Connie E. Sokol
Connie E. Sokol is a mother of seven and a favorite local and national speaker for over fifteen years. She is a core contributor on KSL TV's “Studio 5 with Brooke Walker” and a national blogger for "Motherhood Matters" at www.ksl.com. She is a former TV and radio host for Bonneville Communications and newspaper and magazine columnist. Mrs. Sokol is the author of twelve books including Faithful, Fit & Fabulous; Create a Powerful Life Plan; The Life is Too Short Collection; 40 Days with the Savior; and Caribbean Crossroads. Mrs. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats.
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Author Rachelle J. Christensen
Rachelle J. Christensen is a mother of five who loves connecting with her children and wrote this book in answer to questions from her two daughters. She also has an amazing husband, three cats, and five chickens. An award-winning author, she has written several mystery/suspense novels, and she solves the mystery of the missing shoe on a daily basis. Rachelle graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a music minor. She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking, and, of course, reading.

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Monday, March 09, 2015

The Wife Maker Book Review and Giveaway!!

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Wife Maker

The Wife Maker by Karey White 

 Charlotte has spent years as the husband maker, sending every guy she dates off to enjoy marital bliss with the next girl he dates. But things have now changed, and she's determined to use her husband-maker abilities one last time--on herself. And she finally knows exactly who she wants. Angus has loved Charlotte since they were teenagers, but he's tired of waiting for her to realize how good they could be. She's broken his heart one too many times, and it's time to move on with his life. Maybe a position halfway across the country will be just what he needs to get over her. But when Charlotte won't let him go without a fight, Angus has to decide if he's willing to let her in again or if she's too late.
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My Review

 The first 2 books in this series are wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed them in the "couldn't put them down" sense.  I fell in love with all the characters Karey White introduced to us. Every book was so intricately woven with intriguing characters, and I loved knowing throughout the entire series how each character was doing. The Wife Maker is a perfect final book for this series. There were twists and turns I didn't expect.
Angus is such a good guy, a good friend who you grow to love starting in The Husband Maker and then again in The Matchmaker. Charlotte is sweet, and compassionate. I liked their characters throughout the entire series. I enjoyed catching up on ALL the characters introduced to me throughout the series. Flynn, Kyle, Mia, Will... everyone. This book was a great ending. It wasn't too long (I finished it in just a few hours.) It was fun to read and I finished feeling closure and happy. You can't ask much more from a book. :)

Author Karey White 

Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist. She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.
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