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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Monday, March 02, 2015

Jeremy's Promise Book Review and GIVEAWAY

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Jeremy's Promise

Jeremy's Promise by A.R. Talley 

The trip that was meant to save Annie and Jeremy’s marriage brought it to near ruin. Now Annie has returned home, frightened and confused. Jeremy, too, is frightened—and angry. What will it take to save their marriage? It’s clear. Jeremy needs to forgive—Annie needs to forget. A promise is made. A tragedy occurs. A second honeymoon is disrupted. A chance encounter brings David Andrews back into Annie’s life. Annie is determined to remain faithful. She’s made a promise she intends to keep—Jeremy’s Promise.




Praise for Jeremy's Promise 

A.R. Talley, gives you a believable look at the struggle of one couple to reconnect and heal their marriage, with dialog which sweeps you into the moment as if you were there with them, experiencing both their pain and recovery. Kudos to the author who has once again produced a book I couldn't put down, as well as one I felt compelled to read multiple times. ~Donna Dech 

Jeremy's Promise second book in a trilogy by A.R. Talley is an awesome, emotional, romantic, highly recommended, well written story with captivating and engaging characters. ~Debbie Ballard 

This is not a book I would have picked by myself! I loved it from start to finish! Eagerly waiting for the third book in the trilogy to come out!! I highly recommend this book! ~Goodreads 


My review

I will admit, I had a hard time with this book. It deals with 2 subjects I, personally, have a hard time reading or watching about: Adultery and Grief. So for me, this book wasn't a great match. However, it is very well-written. You need to read book 1 in the series, David's Song, to understand what is going on. I went through a whole range of emotions while reading this book. Confusing emotions because my heart broke for Jeremy. His heart was breaking. I've gone thru adultery before (**not with my husband now!!) and it's a feeling I never wish on anyone. So it just sucked reading about it and actually understanding the pain he was going thru. And then my heart broke Annie as the story progressed. A.R. Talley does a great job of describing the emotional roller coaster Jeremy and Annie found themselves on for those who, (thankfully), don't have personal experiences to rely on. Jeremy's Song is a heart-wrenching story with captivating characters that will suck you in from start to finish.



April


Author A.R. Talley  

A. R. Talley lives in Ohio with her husband Doug and the last of her seven children (the rest have flown the coup.) She loves to cook, read, write, watch movies, play piano, and laugh. Her second favorite vacation involves the British Isles and a small café in Scotland.


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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Rules in Rome Book Blast GIVEAWAY

Rules of Rome

I love the World War II era and especially love historical fiction romances based during that time. That's why I can't wait to read:

The Rules in Rome 

 With Hitler’s forces firmly entrenched in Europe, countless heroes seek to end the madman’s reign. Bastien Ley is one of the best. Working in Italy for the Office of Strategic Services, he’s been tasked with sabotaging German convoys. When his team kills an officer headed for Rome, the man’s similarity to Bastien is undeniable, and seeing an opportunity to turn the tide of the war, Bastien makes a bold decision: he will assume the dead officer’s identity. He becomes Dietrich, an Iron Cross–wearing German officer—an ideal position from which to infiltrate the Nazi ranks in Rome. To help with his stressful assignment, his superiors send him a reinforcement in the form of the lovely Gracie Begni, an intelligent and eager radio operator with absolutely no undercover experience. With a gulf of resentment between them, these two agents must find a way to portray a couple in love. Soon their reluctant alliance becomes much more as Bastien and Gracie find themselves getting lost in their feelings for each other. But as they engage in battle against the deadliest foe the world has ever known, the pair quickly realizes their love may be doomed. As the Rome Gestapo threatens to destroy all they’ve worked for, will Bastien and Gracie survive their charade? 

Excerpt

Gracie slammed a new clip into the P 38 pistol, pinching a bit of skin in the process. She shook her fingers, trying to fling the pain away. Captain Ley reached for her hand and examined it, then turned it over and studied her fingernails.
“You know, sometimes Gestapo guards like to rip out a prisoner’s fingernails during interrogation.” Ley released her hand. “It hasn’t happened to me yet, but I hear it’s quite painful.”
“I’m sure it is.” Gracie took the pistol in her right hand and aimed for the bull’s-eye on the target strapped to a tree. They’d been at their makeshift firing range for an hour. Ley had insisted she dismantle, reassemble, load, and fire half a dozen rifles, machine pistols, and light machine guns. He scrutinized each move she made as if hoping she’d mess up. She hadn’t hit the center of the target on each shot, but she was close enough that he hadn’t yet criticized her marksmanship.
“The Lord gave you two hands and two eyes, Miss Begni. Use all of them to aim your pistol.”
Gracie gripped the pistol with both hands and fired a few shots at the target.
“Of course,” Ley continued, “the Gestapo has been known to blind its prisoners.” He brushed a finger across her cheek, under her eye. “How would you like to go through the rest of your life blind, Gracie? Or should I start calling you Concetta?”
Gracie smacked his hand away. She didn’t like her new alias, and she didn’t like the confusion his fingers and lips both seemed to stir up whenever they came in contact with her skin. I know what you’re trying to do, Captain Ley, and it won’t work. I have a healthy fear of the Gestapo—I’d be a fool not to. But despite that fear, I’m going to Italy. If you’d rather stay behind, so be it. You aren’t the only agent in Rome who needs me.”



  Praise for The Rules in Rome  

Readers who hunger for a great espionage thriller with an extra helping of romance will devour The Rules in Rome. A.L. Sowards is at the top of her craft with this terrific WWII suspense novel. It is definitely a book not to be missed!  
- Gregg Luke, author of Bloodborne and Deadly Undertakings    

The Rules in Rome has it all. Romance, adventure, and epic themes illustrating the unconquerable human spirit. From the moment Gracie met Bastien, I knew I would love this book. He’s the perfect hero, Gracie is his match. I fell in love with these characters over and over again. Thank you, Sowards, for another fabulous read! 
- Stephanie Fowers, author of the Twisted Tales Trilogy and Jane and Austen

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Author A.L. Sowards 

A.L. Sowards has always been fascinated by the 1940s, but she's grateful she didn't live back then. She doesn't think she could have written a novel on a typewriter, and no one would be able to read her handwriting if she wrote her books out longhand. She does, however, think they had the right idea when they rationed nylon and women went barelegged. Sowards grew up in Moses Lake, Washington. She graduated from BYU and ended up staying in Utah, where she enjoys spending time with her husband and children or with her laptop. She does not own a typewriter. She does own several pairs of nylons.


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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Passing through Perfect Book GIVEAWAY

Passing Through Perfect

Passing through Perfect by Bette Lee Crosby
Lately I have been reading books about love during World War II. I have several on my Goodreads "to read" list and books waiting for me at the library. So I am more than excited to participate in this book blast and giveaway!! The book is based during 1946- after WWII- when millions of American soldiers are coming home from war. Benjamin Church is one of them. After being away for four years he thought things in Alabama would have changed, but they haven’t. Grinder’s Corner is as it’s always been—a hardscrabble burp in the road. It’s not much, but it’s home. When Benjamin attends a harvest festival in Twin Pines, he catches sight of Delia. Before their first dance ends, he knows for certain she’s the one. They fall madly in love; happily, impatiently, imprudently, in love. It doesn’t matter that her daddy is staunchly opposed to the thought of his daughter marrying a cotton farmer, never mind a poor one. It’s true Benjamin has little to offer; he’s a sharecropper who will spend his whole life sweating and slaving to do little more than put food on the table. But that’s how things are in Alabama. Benjamin is better off than most; he has a wife, a boy he adores, and a house that doesn’t leak rain. Yes, Benjamin considers himself a lucky man until the fateful night that changes everything.

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Passing Through Perfect is not the kind of novel that excels in pat answers, simple characters, and calm progressive events - and this is evident from the first paragraph, which opens with a punch and keeps on emotionally slugging… Southern fiction writing at its best: spiritually infused, warm, and family-oriented...” Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan’s Shelf

A heartwarming tale that shows both the good and bad found in mankind… Highly Recommended to those who enjoy historical fiction.” Inspired Kathy, I am a Reader

"Author Bette Lee Crosby’s characters take on heartbreak and oppression with dignity, courage, and a shaken but strong faith in a better tomorrow" Indie Reader An uplifting story of family, love, kindness and hope, despite some people’s less than commendable behavior and attitudes.” Between the Lines


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"When the heart of a man gets pulled loose he starts dying. I started dying a year ago, and I’m still working on it. I ain’t going all at once; I’m going piece by piece." "The sheriff recognized Benjamin. He’d done work for Missus Haledon, and he’d done a good job. He painted their back fence and repaired a broken window in the storage shed. He was blacker than most but known for being polite, unlike the smart-mouthed coloreds who lived on the far side of Bakerstown." "As he sat at the kitchen table and drank a glass of sweet tea with his daddy, her ghost slid in alongside of them. It was a sadness neither of them wanted to speak of."

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Author Bette Lee Crosby
Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby shares the storytelling charm of her Southern Mama in tales that are both heartrending and heartwarming. She is best known for her creation of characters that readers find unforgettable. Passing through Perfect is Crosby’s tenth novel and the third book in the Wyattsville Series that began with the USA Today Bestseller Spare Change. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. Since then, she has gone on to win another twenty literary awards, including the Royal Palm Literary Award, the Reviewer’s Choice Award, the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal and the 2014 Reader’s Favorite Gold Medal.

 
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