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What Would the Founding Fathers Think: A Young American's guide to understanding the mess our country is in and how we get out
Isabelle Webb: Legend of the Jewel
Captive Heart
Cobble Cavern
Caller ID
Promises
Protected,
Summer of Secrets
On Little Wings
We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth
Christ's gifts to women
A Woman's power: threads that bind us to god
Scary School
Hope's journey
Blue
Targets in Ties
Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
Venom
With a Name like Love
Sean Griswold's head


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Wondrous World of Violet Barnaby By Jenny Lundquist-Book Blast and $100 Gift Card Giveaway

 


{The Wondrous World of Violet Barnaby} 
 Violet Barnaby searches for the joy in life after losing her mother in this sweet and funny follow-up to The Charming Life of Izzy Malone. Violet Barnaby is a having a blue Christmas. She’s still grieving the loss of her mother, and to make things worse, her dad has just married Melanie Harmer, a.k.a. the meanest teacher at Dandelion Hollow Middle School. But on the day Violet and her dad are packing up and moving into the new house they’ll share with Melanie and Melanie’s two children, Violet finds a letter her mother wrote to her before she died, asking Violet to enjoy Christmas, along with a Christmas Wish List—things her mom wants her to do during the holiday season. On the list are exactly the kinds of things Violet doesn’t want to do this year, like Be Someone’s Secret Santa; Give Someone the Gift of Your Time: Volunteer; and Bake Christmas Cookies. Violet shows the letter to her friend Izzy’s Aunt Mildred, who calls a meeting of the Charm Girls, a club Izzy and Violet belong to along with their friends, Daisy and Sophia. Aunt Mildred decides she will give them each a charm to put on their bracelet if they do all of the tasks on the Christmas Wish List, which Violet is not too happy about. She’d rather forget about the list completely, but feels compelled to honor her mother’s wishes. And when Izzy’s crush confides a big secret to Violet, Violet feels like she is stuck between her best friend and the boy who she just might have a crush on, too…  

  Praise for The Wondrous World of Violet Barnaby 
 "[an] emotionally perceptive novel of grief and recovery." - Kirkus 

 You'll fall in love with Violet and love every minute of living in her wondrous world! - Stephanie Faris


  {Author Jenny Lundquist}
 Jenny Lundquist was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California, where she spent her time unsuccessfully learning how to surf. When she was younger, she wanted to be either a rock star or a published author. After she taped herself singing and listened to it on playback she decided she'd better opt for the writing route. Jenny is the author of multiple YA and Middle Grade titles including Seeing Cinderella, The Charming Life of Izzy Malone, The Wondrous World of Violet Barnaby and the forthcoming The Carnival of Wishes and Dreams (2019).
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Cover Reveal for Drowning Sandy By Sarah Daley and Giveaway





 
Sarah Daley lives in Arizona with her best friend and husband, Chris, their adorable monster child, and neurotic dog.
At the age of six, she became a reading machine. Devouring everything she could possibly get her hands on. In high school she almost failed English three times because of her detest for writing book reports. Today, Sarah writes whatever stories haunt her dreams, and struggles to focus on one idea at a time. When she isn’t enjoying time with her family, or writing, you will find her nose stuck in a book, or out walking and enjoying the sunshine.
Drowning Sandy is her debut novella!

  

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  The water is calling...

and Sandy can no longer resist the urge to unleash her mermaid form. But a simple swim in Lake Ontario ends when she discovers the truth of her own banishment. When long time crush, Alardo, seems to shift in a direction she never dreamed possible, Sandy must make a choice — mermaid or human? Once she chooses, she can never go back.




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Friday, September 15, 2017

Love Remains (Hope Springs #3) by Sarah M. Eden -- Book Tour Review and Book Giveaway

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{Product Details}

  • Title: Love Remains
  • Author: Sarah M. Eden
  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Mirror Press (September 5, 2017)
  • Genre: Historical Romance
  • ISBN-10: 1947152025
  • FTC, FYI: I received a review e-copy in exchange for an honest review



{Book Synopsis}
From Sarah M. Eden, the USA Today Bestselling author of the Longing for Home series, LOVE REMAINS is a new romance novel set in the beloved world of Hope Springs.

For nearly a year, Tavish O’Connor has carried the crushing weight of his family’s future on his shoulders. He has taken on the care of his youngest brother, Finbarr, who lost his eyesight in a terrible accident. But the lad needs more than Tavish can provide. Finbarr needs hope.

Cecily Attwater specializes in hope. As a tutor to the newly blind, she has dedicated her life to helping others overcome the obstacles she herself has conquered. Her new assignment in a remote corner of Wyoming proves trickier than usual: Finbarr refuses to learn. To make matters worse, his family—and the other Irish townspeople—are less than thrilled to discover an Englishwoman in their haven.

Cecily’s only hope lies in securing the cooperation of her pupil’s brother Tavish, who happens to be her harshest critic and quite possibly the most frustrating man she’s ever known.

For Finbarr’s sake, Tavish and Cecily forge an uneasy alliance that, as the weeks pass, tiptoes toward something deeper than either dares admit or face, and toward a future they know to be impossible. There can be no hope of a happy outcome for an Irishman and an English woman amongst a people reeling from violence and centuries of hatred between their two homelands.




{My Review}

What a beautiful story! This novel has so many wonderful characters that I've met before and it truly was like coming home. I also loved the new character of Cecily who not only showed amazing strength in her life but also how it's OK to be vulnerable and let others in. Tavish is my favorite character in this whole series. I was thrilled to know that this story was about him and how he hopefully would be getting his happy ending. 

There are so many wonderful messages in Love Remains. There is the hope and courage that Cecily gives young Finbarr in his life, now almost blind after his accident. Cecily changes so many lives in the town of Hope Springs including her own. I also loved how grief was handled in the story. The main characters learned how finally allowing grief to happen also allows healing to begin. This story will bring you to tears as well as make you laugh out loud. Of course the witty dialogue that Sarah Eden is known for is a huge part of this book. 

The love story of Tavish and Cecily is amazing. They start as almost enemies, and it's beautiful how their relationship unfolds slowly, in a delicate and funny way where you can't help but cheer on this couple. This story wouldn't be complete if dear Granny Claire hadn't been there. She was a pillar of strength and wisdom that both Tavish and Cecily needed. I've loved all of the books in this series but Love Remains is now my favorite. I read this enchanting book in a few hours as it weaved it's magic over me. Love Remains could be a stand alone book but I highly recommend you reading the series of books in the order they were written. This is another 5 star book for author Sarah Eden.

{The Hope Springs Series}

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Other Books by Sarah M. Eden

Regency Romances:
The Kiss of a Stranger
Glimmer of Hope
An Unlikely Match
For Elise
All Regency Collection
British Isles Collection

The Jonquil Brothers series:
Friends and Foes
Drops of Gold
As You Are
A Fine Gentleman

The Lancaster Family series:
Seeking Persephone
Courting Miss Lancaster
Romancing Daphne

{Meet Author: Sarah M. Eden}

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Sarah M. Eden is the author of multiple historical romances, including the 2-time Whitney Award Winner Longing for Home and Whitney Award finalist Seeking Persephone and Courting Miss Lancaster.  Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances.  She has twice served as the Master of Ceremonies for the LDStorymakers Writing Conference and acted as the Writer in Residence at the Northwest Writers Retreat.  Sarah is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg at D4EO Literary Agency.
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Cover Reveal for Human Connection by Arthur F. Coombs III and Giveaway




During the past twenty-five years, Art has worked in leadership positions with a number of global firms and their call/BPO centers worldwide. Currently president and CEO of KomBea Corporation, Art has served for more than a dozen years developing and marketing tools that blend human intelligence and automation to improve call center phone interactions. Find out more about Art’s company, KomBea,  HERE>

Art has also served as executive vice president of business development and strategic initiatives for First-Source; CEO and founder of Echopass Corporation (the world’s premier contact center hosting environment, which was acquired by Genesys for about $110 million); CEO of Sento Corporation; and managing director and VP of European business development for Sykes Enterprises.

Art is a widely published author of methodologies for BPO/contact centers, outsourcing, and technical support, and has served in leadership positions at Hewlett-Packard, VLSI Research, a nd RasterOps.

What started more than twenty years ago with a presentation in Paris has positioned Art as a charismatic, innovative, and sought-after speaker across the globe. His authentic style of delivery, solid content, and practical applications leave his audiences ready to make a difference in their own spheres of influence.
Without a doubt, Art’s heartfelt and humorous insights captivate and inspire all who hear him. Now, with his number one bestselling book Don’t Just Manage—LEAD!, everyone can experience Art’s inspiring storytelling!

Connect with the Author here: 

Sixth U.S. President John Quincy Adams, a man who knew a lot about effective leadership, maintained that the most successful people were those whose actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more. These people were the ones who entered the fray, who left the sidelines, who threw themselves into life. They were the ones who forged a nation and achieved the impossible. They were the ones who truly connected to life, to others, and to themselves.

Today, the world needs human connection more than ever. It needs people who strive for the deepest relationships, not just surface recognition, who come at life with the enthusiasm, energy, and excitement that bind people together. These people have a powerful impact on all around them.

Art combines fresh perspectives, profound experience, engaging information, and unforgettable stories into a simple formula that will result in rich connections as you live, laugh, learn, love, and lead those who mean the most to you. Begin today to live the authentic, abundant life that’s out there for you, as you build and shape the connections that will change everything.

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Mind Games By Stephanie Black-Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: $25 Amazon Gift Card and a Free Copy of ’Mind Games'
















{Product Details}

  • Title: Mind Games
  • Author: Stephanie Black
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc. (September 1, 2017)
  • Genre: Mystery/Suspense
  • ISBN-10: 1524404373
  • FTC, FYI: I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

{Book Synopsis}
Psychologist Natalie Marsh's dream is now reality: her mental health services clinic has opened and is housed in an elegant, newly renovated nineteenth-century building. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy with the clinic's presence, including Heather Osbourne, a troubled young woman who wholly objects to the occupation of the building. Heather has spent years wandering the halls of the abandoned structure, convinced she's communing with her ancestor's ghost. When Natalie thwarts Heather's attempt to leap from a window, the shaken psychologist soon realizes Heather's failed jump is merely one piece of a disturbing puzzle. Greed and deceit are weaving a web around Natalie, and someone will stop at nothing—not even murder—to get what they want. Stretched to her breaking point, Natalie struggles to learn the truth, but only one thing is clear: nothing is as it seems.

{My Review}
I read this book in one day; actually just a few hours. Yes, it's one of those novels that once you pick it up, just plan on not being able to put it down. The title 'Mind Games' is so appropriate because this novel truly messes with your mind. The things that were happening to main character Natalie Marsh truly was mind boggling. There were so many people that were sneaky and suspicious I had a hard time figuring out who really was the ultimate bad guy. I'm happy to say I finally did figure it out before the big reveal at the end of the book. 

This novel deals with mental illness and the author does a great job of showing people and treatment plans realistically and with compassion.The writing was very well done but this author always hits it out of the park when it comes to mystery, suspense, and edge of your seat tension in her novels. I really liked 'Mind Games' and the fun I had trying to weave through the maze of clues and red herrings left for the reader. It seemed like all of the characters had motive for murder and mayhem. This novel is one that you must add to your collection. 


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{Meet the Author: Stephanie Black}

Stephanie Black has loved books since she was old enough to grab the pages, and has enjoyed creating make-believe adventures since she and her sisters were inventing long Barbie games filled with intrigue and danger or running around pretending to be detectives. She is a three-time Whitney Award winner for Best Mystery/Suspense, most recently for Cold as Ice (2010). Stephanie was born in Utah and has lived in various places, including Arizona, Massachusetts, New York, and Limerick, Ireland. She currently lives in northern California and enjoys spending time with her husband Brian and their five children. She is a fan of chocolate, cheesecake, and her husband’s homemade bread.



{In her words...}
"After many years of learning technique, writing, rewriting, more rewriting, submitting, and then—when I thought I was finished—major rewriting, my first novel, a futuristic thriller called The Believer, was published by Covenant Communications in January 2005. I switched to writing contemporary suspense, and Fool Me Twice was released in 2008, followed by Methods of Madness(2009), Cold as Ice (2010), Rearview Mirror (2011), and Shadowed(2012). In 2013, a long-awaited dream came true for me with the publication of The Witnesses, the sequel to my first book, The Believer. In 2014, Traci Hunter Abramson, Gregg Luke, and I each contributed a novella to the suspense compilation Twisted Fate. Played for a Fool, a sequel to Fool Me Twice, followed in 2015, Not a Word (the first book in the Natalie Marsh seriesin 2016, and Mind Games (Natalie Marsh #2) in 2017. 

Four of my mysteries are Whitney Award winners for Best Mystery/Suspense, and The Witnesses was a Whitney Award Finalist for Best Speculative Novel."


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