Saturday, August 29, 2015

Christmas Kisses- 5 Stories for just $.99!


Christmas Kisses is a collection from five bestselling and award-winning authors.
Set in the snowy town of Echo Ridge in upstate New York, these inspirational romances are sure to delight while you sip cocoa by the fire and listen to Christmas carols.

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Christmas Makeover by Cami Checketts Amazon bestselling author
Chelsea Jamison has been infatuated with Drew Stirling longer than she's loved playing basketball, high-top sneakers, and the Knicks. Unfortunately, all Drew sees is the kid who kicked his trash in the high school free throw contest and not the girl whose heart breaks into a fast dribble when he's near.
Drew makes an unexpected visit home to Echo Ridge and their friendship picks up where they left off as they scheme to make a teenaged boy's Christmas dreams come true. When Chelsea realizes she's fallen for her best friend, she wonders if there is any hope of a relationship with Drew or if she's stuck in buddy-status for life.
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The Candy Counter Heiress by Lucy McConnell Amazon bestselling & award-winning author
Someday Reese Gates will own The Candy Counter at Kenworth's; but someday can't come fast enough when the manager threatens to bring in a national candy provider. Reese secretly takes matters into her own hands hoping to save her parents from additional worry and prove herself capable of running the company. Her deception deepens as she ropes computer guru Andy Edwards into helping her expand the business.  Reese wanted to shake things up, but she wasn't planning on her heart getting caught in the mix by Andy's stolen kisses. If she can hold it together until after Christmas, then she can reveal her successful online company and her feelings for Andy. Unfortunately for Reese, even the best laid plans can melt like chocolate.
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Soda Fountain Christmas by Connie E. Sokol Amazon bestselling author
Keira Kenworth has one focus this holiday season: save her father's old-time department store from bankruptcy. She is not focused on Tayton Wells, the tall, dark, and genius marketing guru from downtown New York, hired to make it happen. He is as doubtful that her nostalgic connect-the-town ideas will succeed as she is about his numbers-first plan. However, it's not just their different approaches that cause sparks to fly. Working together on a fast deadline to save the store before Christmas, the unspoken connection between them grows. But will the tough decisions they face drive them back to their separate worlds, or will they lead to the beginning of love?
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Christmas Makeover by Heather Tullis Amazon bestselling author
Jonah Owens thought moving to Echo Ridge to open his art gallery would solve all of his problems. The need to sell his grandma's house adds an unexpected complication. It would be easier if his neighbor didn't have all those farm animals.
Kaya Feidler's family has owned their land for nearly a hundred years--long before the neighbors were there. There's no way she's giving up the animal therapy business she's been struggling to make profitable. She gets a temp job helping Jonah in the gallery. Spending time together is a recipe for romance, but can they overcome their own hangups to be more than friends?
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Hope for Christmas by Rachelle J. Christensen Amazon bestselling & award-winning author
Anika Fletcher hates Christmas--its promises of good tidings and hope for the future are as tinseled as the ornaments on Kenworth's Hope Tree. Despite her feelings, Anika wants to maintain her daughter's faith in the magic of the season and gladly accepts a second job working with the handsome Carlos Rodriguez to restore Kenworth's old fashioned soda fountain. Carlos is no stranger to hard times and slowly shares his life of light and joy with Anika as they work together. Just as her fragile soul begins to feel hope again, an ill-timed act of charity changes everything. Anika isn't sure who she can trust or if hope is worth nurturing--especially at Christmas when it's easy to enjoy a kiss and believe love can last longer than the season.
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Friday, August 28, 2015

Love at the Apple Blossom Inn (A Rose Arbor Novella) by Kristy Tate

A small town girl.
A rock star living a lie.
Their paths cross and lead them down a road neither of them expected to find: love at the Apple Blossom Inn.
Janey knows that life doesn’t come with a happy-ending guarantee. She needs to keep her feet securely on the ground working two jobs, going to school, and caring for her little brother. She has no time or room for romance.
After an accident leaves his charmed life in ruins, Derrick abandons his Hollywood lifestyle and checks into rehab. The world believes that Derrick Cordell the rock star is dead. And despite his beating heart and breathing lungs, that’s exactly how he feels until, disguised and living incognito in the tiny town of Rose Arbor, Washington, he meets Janey, who loves him as plain old Eric Roudell, the wanna-be music teacher.
But secrets have a way of unraveling. When Janey discovers the truth about Eric/Derrick, how can she love someone she doesn’t even know? Especially since love is not on her to-do list?

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First off, the cover of this book is so cute, I think.  I like it.  :)

This is a novella, over way too fast in my opinion.  This is a story that could easily be stretched out a bit and made into a full length novel with more depth and time for growth.  I really enjoyed the characters and the setting.  Both were believable and real.  I could picture the scenes playing out in my head like a movie which is always a great thing.  The relationship between Janey and Derrick just happened so fast.  It went from a couple interactions, to an afternoon together with her brother to declarations of love after a separation.  It was hard to believe in the love there.  The other thing that I felt lacked some depth was Janey's relationship with her mother and Derrick's road to recovery.  The foundations of this book just weren't there for me.

But, having said that, here are some things that I did love.  I loved the sense of community in this story.  A town that rallies together when tragedy hits always makes for warm fuzzy feelings.  As I said before, I loved the B & B setting and the characters.  I felt like I had a good handle on personalities by the end of this book.

I haven't read the other books in this series but I see that they are full length novels- much longer than this one.  It looks like each book can stand alone but perhaps I am missing some valuable background on Laney by not reading the other books first.  I am going to check out the other books in this series because I enjoyed the author's writing style and I'm curious!  :)

As of today, this novella is FREE on Amazon!  If you haven't read anything by Kristy Tate, this is a good opportunity to check out a new author.  Pick it up and let me know how you liked it.

Content:  Some references to alcohol abuse and a wild lifestyle.  Some mild innuendo.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

An Unexpected Kiss (Treasured Dreams, #2) by Susan Hatler


Holly is beyond excited about her first date with Dave. They share a love for her beloved small mountain resort town, plus she’s never felt such sparks for a guy before. But when her mom warns her to proceed with caution so she won’t get disappointed, Holly pulls back—until an unexpected surprise entices her to risk her heart completely.

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Do you have 20 minutes to read?  Anywhere in your day or night?  Do you love romance?  If you answered yes, I have just the book for you.  ;)

An Unexpected Kiss will take you 20 minutes to read.  If that.  It's super short and super sweet.  I love Susan Hatler.  She really has a knack for writing sweet romance and you won't believe what she accomplishes in the 24 pages here.  That's right, 24 pages.   This book is the beginning of a fantastic relationship between Holly and Dave.  It's their first date and you will experience all those anxious thoughts and butterflies in your stomach right along with them.  

I opened this book on a plane ride to Hawaii.  I knew this was a short story but I didn't realize just how short it really was until I reached the end and wanted so much more.  Sigh.  I really wanted more.  Susan Hatler has so many great books and if you haven't read anything by her yet, you really should.  She is the queen of short and sweet romance novellas.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Legacy Human (Singularity #1) by Susan Kaye Quinn + Excerpt and $25 Giveaway

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What would you give to live forever? Seventeen-year-old Elijah Brighton wants to become an ascender—a post-Singularity human/machine hybrid—after all, they’re smarter, more enlightened, more compassionate, and above all, achingly beautiful. But Eli is a legacy human, preserved and cherished for his unaltered genetic code, just like the rainforest he paints. When a fugue state possesses him and creates great art, Eli miraculously lands a sponsor for the creative Olympics. If he could just master the fugue, he could take the gold and win the right to ascend, bringing everything he’s yearned for within reach… including his beautiful ascender patron. But once Eli arrives at the Games, he finds the ascenders are playing games of their own. Everything he knows about the ascenders and the legacies they keep starts to unravel… until he’s running for his life and wondering who he truly is. The Legacy Human is the first in Susan Kaye Quinn’s new young adult science fiction series that explores the intersection of mind, body, and soul in a post-Singularity world… and how technology will challenge us to remember what it means to be human.


Susan Quinn is an author that I'm always interested in.  Her Mindjack series was amazing and that is where I first fell in love with her writing.  I also loved her steampunk fantasy romance series, The Dharian Affairs.  Susan has a way of making people and places come alive in her books.  

This new series is more science fiction.  I will admit that science fiction is one of my least favorite genres, but when an author you love gives it a whirl, you do too.  :)

The Legacy Human started off really slow for me.  I felt like I was sort of stuck in one place and the forward movement inched along while the foundation was set up.  Thankfully things began to pick up.  

Eli is an interesting character.  One of the things I love best about him is his fierce determination to save his mother.  His love and devotion to her and her well being is one of Eli's most attractive characteristics.  Eli is also a bit naive, and I liked that as well.  Others around him are far more informed and experienced with dabbling in things illegal and on the down low.  Eli is constantly grappling with new ideas and information being thrown at him, trying to catch up with what everyone else already knows.

By the last third of the book was I was finally in a place where I felt like I had to keep reading to find out what happened next.  I was personally invested in Eli, it just took me a while to get there.  I have the next book, The Duality Bridge, and I'm looking forward to starting that here soon.  This book leaves off in a place that has me anxious to know what comes next for Eli.

Excerpt: 
 “I will buy it from you.”
“Um…” I’ve missed something, but I’m not sure what. “You already own it.”
“You would not be looking to sell it, if you didn’t need the money.” Her voice is soft with compassion. “And I can’t bear to part with any of your works. It seems a fair exchange. Do you agree?”
Embarrassment flames my face, but I can’t afford to say no. “Yes.”
She rewards me with a dazzling smile that sweeps away my embarrassment. “Good! I’ve already transferred the untraceable chits to your account.”
Untraceable. She’s already figured out the money’s going toward something illegal. And yet she’s breaking the law, no questions asked, all because it’s what I need and she wants to keep my art. She’s always been generous, always given me exactly what I need, effortlessly and with grace, but this… I don’t have words for this thing she’s doing for me. I don’t believe in angels, but if I did, Lenora would have to qualify.
I am so hopelessly lost when it comes to her.

       Duality Bridge
What does it mean to be human? Elijah Brighton is the face of the Human Resistance Movement. He’s the Olympic-level painter who refused an offer of immortality from the ascenders—the human/machine hybrids who run the world—in solidarity with the legacy humans who will never get a chance to live forever. Too bad it’s all a complicated web of lies. Worse, Eli’s not even entirely human. Few know about the ascenders’ genetic experiments that left him… different. Fewer know about the unearthly fugue state that creates his transcendent art—as well as a bridge that lets him speak to the dead. But the Resistance is the one place he can hide from the ascender who knows everything the fugue can do. Because if Marcus finds him, he’ll either use Eli for his own nefarious purposes… or destroy him once and for all. The Duality Bridge is the second book in the Singularity series and the sequel to The Legacy Human. This thrilling new young adult science fiction series explores the intersection of mind, body, and soul in a post-Singularity world.

Excerpt:

Delphina is watching me from outside the holo matrix… along with Kamali, whose wide brown eyes hold silent judgment for the things she thinks I’ve done. Forbidden things, like being a love toy for my ex-patron and current-rebel-ascender, Lenora. Who happens to be standing right next to her. While Kamali’s graceful dancer body is hidden under the black military garb of the resistance, Lenora’s perfect bodyform is barely covered in scintillating ascender-tech fabric. The thing is, I’ve never so much as kissed Lenora. Except in my dreams, which really shouldn’t count against me. Any seventeen-year-old guy would have those kinds of thoughts. But the truth is Kamali’s not wrong to judge me.
My feelings for Lenora have always been… complicated.


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Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the Singularity Series, the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy, and the Debt Collector serial, as well as other speculative fiction novels and short stories. Her work has appeared in the Synchronic anthology, the Telepath Chronicles, the AI Chronicles, and has been optioned for Virtual Reality by Immersive Entertainment. Former rocket scientist, now she invents mind powers, dabbles in steampunk, and dreams of the Singularity. Mostly she sits around in her PJs in awe that she gets to write full time.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Portrait of Lies by Clair M. Poulson + $25 and Book Giveaway


It was a robbery gone bad, or so they said. For Detective Trey Shotwell, the murder of his mother, a prominent artist, was the catalyst for setting aside his own artistic aspirations to pursue a career in law enforcement—despite the opposition of his father, also a famous painter. When he agrees to attend an art auction featuring his father's work, the cruise ship locale provides the relaxation that Trey needs—and when he meets stunning fellow passenger Ariah Stanton, the undeniable chemistry they share is an unexpected bonus.

But the tranquil voyage quickly turns into a nightmare at sea. The Shotwell paintings have disappeared, and amidst the chaotic hunt for the thief, a murderer is free to roam the halls of the ship. Ariah finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, and miraculously escapes the murderer—for now. But another victim is not so lucky...

The crime is eerily reminiscent of the death of Trey's mother so many years before. But this time, the young detective has the resources he needs to track the killer. As the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together, they paint the chilling picture of a sinister plot years in the making. In a manhunt that takes him from the high seas of the Pacific to the wilderness of Australia, Trey will stop at nothing to solve the crime and protect the woman he loves.


Portrait of Lies is suspense just like I like it- just enough to keep you interested and on the edge of your seat but not too scary.  Clair Poulsen is one of my favorite authors in the LDS suspense genre.  His books are clean and have a great flow to them.  I really enjoyed this one!

This book is primary set on a cruise ship and revolves around some paintings.  There is a whole cast of characters and I suspected them all.  Even though there were so many characters in this book I never felt as though I didn't know who was who.  I had a clear picture of each character in my head and they all came into the story in a way that was easy to remember.  That is always a huge thing in a book like this.

Trey is a character that is easy to root for.  He is strong yet kind.  He knows what he wants and works hard to get it.  Ariah is less of a standout in this book, more needy than anything but a good contrast to Trey.

This book is an LDS suspense.  The characters mention their religion and the book will say they talked about religious things but nothing is detailed or specific.  There are some violent things, murders and such things that are usually found in suspense novels.  Other than that, this book is squeaky clean- no swearing or sexual content.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Reawakened by Colleen Houck

When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.

And she really can't imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.

But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world.

From New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck comes an epic adventure about two star-crossed teens who must battle mythical forces and ancient curses on a journey with more twists and turns than the Nile itself.

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Squeeeeeeeeee!  I cannot tell you how excited I was to get my hands on a review copy of this book.  Colleen Houck and the Tiger's Curse series are right at the top of my favorite list and when you see the beginning of a new series coming out by an author you love it's like Christmas day.  Yay!  I'll admit I did the happy dance for this book.

When you love an author and a series so much, it's equal parts excitement and trepidation starting a new series.  Will you love it as much?  Will it live up to all you are hoping for?  There are so many expectations.

I'm happy to say that I did really enjoy this book.  Was it better than Tiger's Curse?  I don't think so, but this is only the beginning of the series and I would expect that by the end, I will probably love it just as much.  It is definitely off to a grand start.

How would it be to discover a mummy coming back to life?  Freaky and creepy, I tell you.  That's what it would be.  I think Lily would agree.  At least at first.  Amon will grow on you though.  His quest will become your quest and you will have no choice but to be sucked into the world of good vs. evil in Egypt.  There is a scary cast of evil characters but an awesome cast of good guys as well.  It was so easy to be swept up in this finely crafted story.  And of course, true to Colleen Houck form, the ending leaves you pulling your hair out in frustration knowing you have to wait at least a year for the next installment.

So, this was an action packed, pushing you forward kind of book.  I could barely catch my breath.  It was awesome because I love being sucked into a book, not wanting to put it down because I just have to know what is going to happen next.  How will they get out of this mess?  My mind was filled with all sorts of magical and mystical things.  And best of all?  It was clean.  No swearing or sexual content to make me squirm.  

My thanks to the publisher, Delacorte Press, for allowing me to read and review this book.  I sure feel like a lucky girl.  Reawakened releases on August 11th!  

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Love on a Deadline (A Year of Weddings Novella) by Kathryn Springer

Meet the people who make it all happen—the planners, the photographers, the musicians who have helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples—as they find their own happy endings in the second Year of Weddings novella collection.

MacKenzie “Mac” Davis left her hometown of Red Leaf, Wisconsin, to pursue a degree in journalism. But when her dad, the town’s beloved Coach Davis, suffers a mild heart attack, Mac returns home to help out. She takes a job at the weekly newspaper but instead of covering serious topics, her editor wants her to write about social events—like the garden club’s flower show and the historical society’s afternoon tea. Mac knows it’s no way to earn her father’s respect—or the attention of one of the newspapers she hopes will hire her when she leaves Red Leaf.

When Hollis Channing, Mac’s high school nemesis, returns to Red Leaf to marry her celebrity fiancĂ©, the editor asks Mac to cover the big event—and all the festivities leading up to—for the newspaper.

The last thing Mac wants to do is reconnect with the person who made her life miserable when she was a teenager . . . unless it’s spending time with Ethan Channing, the bride’s older brother—and Mac’s first crush.

Mac is no longer the awkward girl who wore the school mascot costume to the Homecoming dance but she realizes something hasn’t changed. Her feelings for Ethan.

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This book is part of the Year of Weddings Novella Collection.  I picked it up on NetGalley because I've always enjoyed reading these kind of books.  Each month a new novella is released based on a common theme.  This series involves people who make weddings happen- the planners, photographers, musicians etc..  These books are stand alone and do not depend on any of the others.

MacKenzie was such an easy character to like.  I loved her sense of loyalty and devotion to her dad.  She leaves the life she has created post college and the future she had planned to move home and watch over her dad.  It's not necessarily what she wanted but she is determined to make the best of it.  She takes on the less than stellar job at the local newspaper but longs for more.  MacKenzie really wants to make it big in the world of journalism.

For me, Mackenzie stole the show but the other characters in this book brought depth and color.  I really liked Ethan and his devotion to his family.  He works hard to stand by them and make them happy.  He is an easy going guy and he is very interested in MacKenzie- all grown up and looking good.

I really liked the idea that people can change and you should be careful about judging situations and people by only what you can see.  Chances are if you really knew them, and their story, you would feel differently.  Mac learns this throughout the book and it was very satisfying.

Overall, a great book and I really enjoyed reading it.  It is clean- no swearing or sexual situations.  Light Christian Fiction.