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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
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
Targets in Ties
Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
With a Name like Love
Sean Griswold's head

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2017 Reading Challenge

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Friday, August 18, 2017

The World's Greatest Adventure Machine By Frank L. Cole-Blog Tour Review and $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

{Product Details}
Title:The World's Greatest Adventure Machine
Author: Frank L. Cole$25 Ama
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: August 8th, 2017
ISBN13: 9780399552823
Hardcover: 320 pages

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
FTC FYI: I received a review ARC in exchange for an honest review.

{Book Summary}

An adventure novel about four lucky kids and a mysterious, but thrilling ride for fans of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Jurassic Park!

CastleCorp and the famous Castleton brothers are unveiling the World's Greatest Adventure Machine! The roller coaster is an experience like no other, and four lucky kids have won the chance to be the first to ride it. 

There's Trevor, whose latest stunt got him in trouble at school again. There's Devin, whose father is pushing him to be the next Internet sensation. Nika's wealthy grandfather isn't too pleased about her participation. And Cameron, he'll be the first to tell you, is a certified genius. 

The whole world is watching. But as the kids set off on their journey, they begin to realize that there is perhaps more to their fellow contest winners than meets the eye. And the Adventure Machine? It might just have a mind of its own.

Join the contestants on their wild ride if you dare. Your adventure starts now! 

{My Review}
I'm a huge fan of Author Frank Cole, especially of his Hashbrown Winters series. The World's Greatest Adventure Machine is another Middle Grade book written for the 8-13 year old crowd. I teach 2nd graders and know the kind of humor they enjoy and Frank Cole has this humor down pat in his writing. My classes in the past have loved his other books and I can't wait to read this one to my new class starting next week.

Some of the things I liked the most about this book was the diversity of the kids that were "chosen" to ride the Adventure machine for the first time. Trevor, Devin, Nika, and Cameron all have secrets about themselves and you soon find out what's going on with them. The kids once on their ride learn that they have to work together and trust each other in order to "survive" their virtual reality adventure. This fast paced book is a non-stop ride for the kids and you the reader. I have a feeling kids won't want to quit reading this book and it will be the "One more chapter...Please" syndrome happening. 

As in all stories, there are good guys and bad guys and part of the fun and mystery is figuring out who belongs in which camp. You'll also be wondering what is real and what is Virtual Reality as they weave along on their roller coaster ride. Each child learns some amazing things about themselves which has some good messages for kids. Frank Cole has such a wild imagination, so this story is one fun time for readers of all ages. This book will be a great one for families to read together.
{Meet Author: Frank L. Cole}
Frank L. Cole was born into a family of southern storytellers and wrote his first book at age eight. Highly superstitious and gullible to a fault, Frank will believe in any creepy story you tell him, especially ones involving ghosts and Big Foot. Currently, along with his wife and three children, he resides in the shadow of a majestic western mountain range, which is most likely haunted. The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine is Frank’s 9th published book.
I’m an active promoter of reading and using imagination and have been to more than 150 schools presenting to kids

Purchase linksAmazon - Deseret Book - Barnes and Noble

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Search: A Novel of Suspense By Clair M. Poulson-Blog Tour Review and $25 & Free Book Giveaway

{Product Details}

  • Title: The Search
  • Author: Clair M. Poulson
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc. (August 1, 2017)
  • Genre: LDS Mystery/Romantic Suspense
  • ISBN-10: 1524403008
  • FTC, FYI: I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

{Book Synopsis}
Young private investigator Jayden Spaulding has cracked his share of tough cases, but nothing like this. When stunning professional basketball player Nadia Fairchild walks through his door, her story seems simple enough: two days ago, her mother disappeared along with a member of the women’s college basketball team she coached. Jayden and Nadia delve into a baffling maze of motive and opportunity with a lengthy list of possible suspects. As they work together amid their growing attraction to one another, the unlikely duo seems no closer to discovering the truth. Then the threats begin. Soon, the pair begins to suspect that this case is much more complicated than a simple disappearance—they have unwittingly stumbled on a conspiracy of corruption, greed, and murder far more deadly than they ever imagined. Others are also searching for the missing women, and they will eliminate anyone who stands in their way . . .

{My Review}
This is another great book by author Clair M. Poulson. It immediately hooks you in during the prologue with a huge scene of a death caused by a mob hit-man and the girlfriend of the victim on the run. You don't hear much more about this girl until a little later in the story. Instead, we meet pro ladies basketball player Nadia Fairchild whose mother a college basketball coach, and one of her players, have disappeared. Nadia hires PI Jayden Spaulding who is one of the best in town to help Nadia find her mom. Jayden and Nadia hit it off right from the beginning and a relationship starts developing. I really like both characters but I REALLy liked Jayden's partner his German Shepherd, Bullet. His dog is trained to protect Jayden and follows commands very well. He actually has a great personality for a dog. There are also some awesome side characters I enjoyed like Nadia's grandfather Marley, parole officer Booker, and police chief Owens. They all contributed a lot to the story and in helping solve the case.

I like the way that Poulson develops the story leaving great clues without making it too easy to solve. You are steered in one direction to only be turned another in the next chapter. This keeps it interesting and keeps you guessing. The romance is developed quickly but everything is kept clean. The main characters are LDS so they occasionally talk about their religion but nothing along the lines of being preachy.There is some violence as there are attacks on people by the bad guys and then Bullet taking care of those same bad guys. There is nothing there though that I wouldn't let me teen read. 

If you like mysteries, a budding romance, and plenty of suspense...and a truly loyal and amazing German Shepherd, then you'll enjoy reading The Search.  

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{Meet Author: Clair M. Poulson}

Clair M. Poulson retired after twenty years in law enforcement. During his career he served in the U.S. Military Police Corps, the Utah Highway Patrol, and the Duchesne County Sheriff's Department, where he was first a deputy and then the county sheriff. He currently serves as a justice court judge for Duchesne County, a position he has held for nineteen years. His nearly forty-year career working in the criminal justice system has provided a wealth of material from which he draws in writing his books. Clair and his wife, Ruth, live in Duchesne and are the parents of five married children. They have twenty-one grandchildren.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mentralysis: The House of Bloodstein By Ren Gercia-Book Blitz and Review

Ren Garcia is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons. He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood, he also has a passion for caving, urban archeology and architecture. His highly imaginative "League of Elder" book series is published by Loconeal Publishing

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They thought the episode with their cousin to the east, Lady Bloodstein, was over. They thought it was something to laugh about at the grand table in fond nostalgia.

But they were wrong. They were so wrong.
And Castle Blanchefort has fallen!

Lord Kabyl has lost everything: his wife, his kin, his family fortune, and his home. Castle Blanchefort, once a safe haven, is overrun with enemies seeking his blood.

In what follows, he must join forces with ancient enemies and with people who do not exist. He must treat with sinister, possibly untrustworthy gods and barter away his soul for urgently needed arcane help or face certain death at the hands of forgotten tyrants and their machinations from a bygone age.

And, how can a strange science known as Mentralysis, practiced in secret in the hidden places of the League, hold the key to ultimate victory?

What should have been obvious to Lord Kabyl from the start at last becomes crystal clear: Foolish is he who dares possess the Ultimate Object, for misery shall be his only reward.

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Moments later the robot was there, gleaming, sliding on its rail, blades turning. Flying as fast as she could, Thomasina soared down the hallway with Phillip in her arms. The robot came after them and was quickly gaining. Panels opened, more arms came out and more deadly blades whirled.

Casually, Clara, forgotten and unnoticed by the robot, came striding out of the chamber moments later. She held the cage containing King over her head.
"Betrayed!" King said from his cage. "You have been betrayed!"

Clara was jubilant. "You’re all mine now, baby doll," she said to King. "Sorry, suckers! Looks like I’m not heading back to the crappy cell in your crappy village, am I, you bunch of Rumble-Pumps! Have fun with the Vith Stickin’ robot!" She turned and fled in the opposite direction.    

--Clara Wunderluck to Phillip and Lady Thomasina of Blanchefort. 

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Shattered Worlds Boxed Set: On Sale 99 cents-Only Until Sunday Night!

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Each book within this collection is exclusive to the set and can't be found anywhere else!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Havencross By Julie Daines-Blog Tour Review and Giveaway

{Product Details}

  • Title: HavenCross
  • Author: Julie Daines
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc. (August 1, 2017)
  • Genre: Regency Romance/Suspense
  • ISBN-10: 1524403326
  • FTC, FYI: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

{Book Synopsis}
When a shocking scandal involving her father spreads through London society, Elaine Cardinham and her parents are forced to retreat to their country home in Cornwall for refuge. But Havencross is no sanctuary for Elaine. She is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of her brother and the heartbreak she left in her wake all those years ago.
It has been five long years since Gareth Kemp last saw Elaine when she rejected his marriage proposal. Her reappearance convinces him of one thing: he has never stopped loving her. To put his feelings for her aside, he focuses his attention on the dangerous smuggling plaguing the Cornish coast. As Elaine attempts to run from her past, she ventures ever closer to a dangerous truth and Gareth may be the only one who can save her from a deadly finish.

{My Review}
On the front cover it says that Havencross is a Regency Romance. What you don't realize, is that you are getting a whole lot more in the form of a murder mystery, vicious smugglers, and deception around every corner. 

Elaine is a well-bred lady who must leave London in shame because of her father's indiscretions. The family returns to their country home, Havencross, in Cornwall. Elaine isn't happy about returning because of many ghosts in her past such as her brother's disappearance in which she blames herself, the man, Garth Kemp, whom she loved and whose marriage proposal she turned down. Once there she realizes that her life will never be the same until the great Lord Chiverton, her beau she left behind in London comes calling for her hand in marriage. The mystery begins here as things start happening that bring Garth and Elaine back together in ways she'd never would have imagined. Elaine is a very likable character as is Garth. I also truly loved Elaine's Aunt Rose. 

This story is full of rich settings that take you to the shores of Cornwall with it's rocky cliffs, where you can almost smell the sea water and hear the seagulls as they fly by. I don't think I've ever wanted to visit somewhere so much after reading about it in a book until now. The authors descriptions help bring to life this novel full of the mysteries of Arthurian legends, deaths, disappearances, dangerous smugglers, and never knowing who is behind everything that is happening. I wasn't surprised at all at who the bad guy turned out to be but the last 1/4 of the book was SO intense {Edge of your seat!} I couldn't read fast enough to see how the hero and heroine managed to come out in one piece. The small parts of romance are sweet in the book but the mysteries in this novel are what made it amazing to me. This book would be enjoyed by lovers of romance and mystery novels alike. 

{Meet Author: Julie Daines}

Julie Daines was born in Concord, Massachusetts, and was raised in Utah. She spent eighteen months living in London, where she studied and fell in love with English literature, sticky toffee pudding, and the mysterious guy who ran the kebab store around the corner.
She loves reading, writing, and watching movies—anything that transports her to another world. She picks Captain Wentworth over Mr. Darcy, firmly believes in second breakfast, and never leaves home without her verveine.
Julie is an award-winning and best-selling author, and her novel, Unraveled, was a contender for the ALA’s Schneider Family Book Award.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Beyond: By Catina Haverlock and Angela Larkin-Blog Tour Review & Excerpt


{Product Details}

  • Title: Beyond
  • Authors: Catina Haverlock and Angela Larkin
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (June 13, 2017)
  • Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462120261
  • FTC, FYI: I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

{Book Blurb}

Dangerous. Wrong. She could be so close to finding out who I really am, and I don’t want to think about how badly that could damage her. If I have any conscience, I’ll turn and run. But I can’t let her go.”      

    Presley Hale has no idea the guy she just told off in the school parking lot died in a drowning accident four months ago. Why would she? It’s not like she knows she can see the dead.
Stunned by Presley’s sixth sense, Landon Blackwood rethinks his planned departure and begins tracking her to find answers to their mysterious connection. When their complicated relationship turns dangerous, they learn that tampering with the boundaries of death comes with consequences.
Can Landon save Presley from the insidious spirits who have marked her for death, or was their love doomed from the beginning?


{Excerpt from Beyond:}

He looked over my shoulder toward the spectral horde and studied them suspiciously.
“Your death was unexpected. By the time I sensed it, and arrived at the river to support you, they were only seconds behind me.”
His words overpowered me. Before this moment, I thought James was the only person keeping tabs on me.
“It’s a race, Landon. It always is when the death is unforeseen. As your guide, I immediately knew when your death was imminent. That’s my right.
“The Vigilum sensed it as well,” he continued. “They hunt it like a shark would pursue the scent of blood. The careless behavior you exhibited the night of your death was like a siren call to them.”
A pang of regret. I had been careless. A cold fact I wished I could change every day since my death. The amount of “if only’s” were heaping. But what a bunch of freaky dead guys wanted with me or why they cared that I died in a reckless way was beyond me. James said it was a race. But a race for what?
{My Review}
I read one review where this story was described as one of "Star-Crossed Lovers" and in a way it is but so much more. 

I've read a lot of stories lately about ghosts or people coming back after they've died. I was really hoping for a unique twist somehow and it was definitely there. The main characters in this novel, Presley, the new girl in town, and Landon, who died in an accident months before, are written by both authors (about 90% of the time I was told from one of the authors) and the story is told in shifting POV's. Both of them are very strong characters who I liked a lot from the start. Presley meets Landon {who's had a hard time leaving Earth and especially his twin sister Veronica} and soon finds out that only she can see him not realizing the whole time that no one else could.I really liked that as readers we don't find out why Presley has this unique gift, this sixth sense, until well into the story. We do become involved in the grief that is present with everyone that knew and loved the popular athlete Landon. I felt this was also written with great authenticity showing people going through the grieving process.

Another wonderful aspect of this story is Presley's brother Chase. He is Autistic and written very well and authentic. As a teacher,I've worked with many students on the Autistic Spectrum and have a child of my own on the spectrum, and I knew one of the authors had to have been around someone Autistic to get this character written correctly. Sure enough, Catina Haverlock co-founded an Autism school in Las Vegas. Presley takes care of her brother a lot because of her single mom working full time. They share a special relationship but again there were times that Presley became weary of her responsibility of taking care of her younger brother. I think it was good to show this in the story and not sugarcoat what it's like living with a child with Autism and what it's like in a single parent home. I'm a single parent and it's a tough gig. There is also a reveal near the end of the story about Presley's parents that is so shocking but again is realistic. 

This small town setting showed how hard it is to find friends at first and fit in. Some of the students bullied Presley until Landon's sister and Blackwood cousin, Reese, took her under their wings. This story does have some scary aspects in it. We meet the Vigilum who are seeking passage into the next life and will do anything to steal it from others trying to pass over. They are creepy and threaten both Landon and Presley. 

It's so hard wanting the two main characters to somehow get together (I loved their tender romance) even though you know there is no way it can happen...or is there? You'll have to read this wonderful novel to find out what happens. The ending was kind of weird and mind-blowing, I'll be honest, and I wished that the epilogue had been a little different. I was appeased though when I found out there would be a sequel. I can't wait to read more of Presley and Landon's story. I really loved reading Beyond!

-This is a clean read, though there is talk of underage drinking and description of Landon's accident and death that may be a trigger for some people.

{Beyond: The Sequel}


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Amazon / Barnes and Noble  / Seagull Book / Deseret Book

{Meet the Authors}
• Catina Haverlock graduated number four in her class at the University ofNevada, Las Vegas with a BA in broadcast and print journalism. She spent seven years writing professionally (all marketing, public relations, press releases, professional proposals, and biographies) for a "Big 4" public counting firm. She has appeared on several radio and television programs to discuss autism, and co-founded an autism school in Las Vegas.
• Angela Larkin wrote pointed opinion pieces for her university newspaper. She currently writes for Disney Interactive sharing her experiences as a mother to a child with health challenges. In addition, she has reached tens of thousands of readers through her contributions to Kiki and Company, a popular lifestyle blog.

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