Monday, September 30, 2013

Rocky Road Review

 
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Rocky RoadRocky Road It was supposed to be a girls’ weekend in scenic St. George, Utah that would include shopping, trying out the local cuisine, and participating in a breast cancer fundraiser. The fact that one of the organizers of the fundraising event, a local doctor, disappeared two months ago was not supposed to be Sadie’s problem. In fact, she refuses to participate in the grassroots investigation her friend Caro, and Caro’s cousin, Tess, have put together prior to her arrival. But then she meets the ex-wife of the missing doctor. How could she not ask a few questions . . . that lead to a few more questions . . . that lead to a small town and yet even more questions. Before she knows it, Sadie is in the middle of yet another murder investigation and trying to piece together a convoluted trail of good intentions, hidden motivations, and philanthropy turned big business.



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My Review:
5 out of 5 stars!

Rocky Road is a thrill ride of unexpected twists, revelations and mouth-watering adventure! Sadie's latest mystery is a little different from her previous escapades. For one, there isn't an actual body. Well, at least not at first. But when a local doctor goes missing, and Sadie and her friends uncover some disturbing clues, they can't help but follow the tantalizing trail. Sadie soon finds herself faced with many new dilemmas as things come to light that show there is more to this case than she originally guessed. Can she help the police fit together all the pieces before things spiral out of control?

I stayed up all night reading the stunning conclusion to Josi Kilpack's latest culinary mystery. Sadie is as spunky and delightfully human as always. It was great to get to know Caro a little more after their previous adventure. I wasn't thrilled about Tess's character, but at least she made good fudge. Despite some rather annoying, and shallow characters, I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent mystery. This novel is packed so full of shifts and turns, everything I guessed proved to be absolutely wrong by the end. The whodunit, motive and real crime left me stunned. I never saw it coming. So grab a plate of your favorite Rocky Road dessert and settle in for an amazing tale that will leave you guessing until the last page.

Enjoy!


 
Author Josi S. Kilpack Born and raised in Salt Lake City Utah, I met my husband in high-school--well, he wasn't my husband then, just the cute guy in weight training with the permed mullet--and we married in 1993. I wrote my first book while on bed rest with my third child and have gone on to publish 20 novels, the most recent being part of The Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series. I currently live in Willard, Utah with my husband, children, and cat.  
 








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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Janitors: Curse of the Broomstaff Review





Janitors, Book 3: Curse of the Broomstaff

A secret society of Janitors with wizard-like powers continue their battle, and now, the stakes are even higher. The Bureau of Educational Maintenance is after Alan Zumbro and this time they mean business, deadly business. Spencer, Daisy, and their little team of rebels must find the source of all magical Glop and destroy it before it can destroy the world as we know it. No small task with the BEM and their monster toxites at their heels. It s a wild and dangerous ride as they follow the trail of clues all the way to the hiding place of the mysterious aurans: guardians of a secret landfill. What they discover there will change the way Spencer sees himself, not to mention the fate of the rebels.





My Review:
 5 out of 5 stars

Warning: This is a very trashy book. If garbage speak, odorous language, or messiness offends you, read no further.

The best Janitors book yet! I loved all the trash references. Whitesides brilliant creations and uses of all thing janitorial continues to surprise and delight. Spencer and Daisy continue their adventures in the ongoing battle against the BEM forces that wish to destroy education as we know it. This time they are joined by a quirky garbologist (someone who reads trash), the warlock Walter, Spencer's recently rescued father, and an unexpected old friend. Together, they race to beat the BEM to the map to the Aurans' hidden landfill, and hopefully the source of all Glop. The book starts with a wild ride that doesn't end until the last page. Filled with betrayal, danger, giant Toxites, new magic, and trashy monsters this book is sure to keep you up way past your bedtime.

This series is kid approved as certified by an eleven-year-old boy. My brother gives it two thumbs up and has demanded I let him read the latest book as soon as my review is posted. I better dot my I's and cross my T's before he goes on the warpath.

Enjoy! 


About the Author

Tyler Whitesides worked as a janitor at an elementary school to put himself through college. He graduated from Utah State University with a degree in music. In addition to writing novels, Tyler is an avid composer and arranger of instrumental music. He and his wife, Connie, who teaches third grade, live in northern Utah.
 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Blackmoore Review





 Kate Worthington knows her heart and she knows she will never marry. Her plan is to travel to India instead—if only to find peace for her restless spirit and to escape the family she abhors. But Kate’s meddlesome mother has other plans. She makes a bargain with Kate: India, yes, but only after Kate has secured—and rejected—three marriage proposals.

Kate journeys to the stately manor of Blackmoore determined to fulfill her end of the bargain and enlists the help of her dearest childhood friend, Henry Delafield. But when it comes to matters of love, bargains are meaningless and plans are changeable. There on the wild lands of Blackmoore, Kate must face the truth that has kept her heart captive. Will the proposal she is determined to reject actually be the one thing that will set her heart free?

Set in Northern England in 1820, Blackmoore is a Regency romance that tells the story of a young woman struggling to learn how to follow her heart. It is Wuthering Heights meets Little Women with a delicious must-read twist.


My Review:

5 out of 5 stars

I loved Edenbrooke, and am super excited to have a chance to review Blackmoore. This book proved even better than Donaldson's first. It is full of romance, creepy old manors, ghost stories and villains who would stop a young lady from achieving her dreams. 

Kate has been friends with Henry and Sylvia Delafield since they were all children. Every year she envied the time when they would disappear to the mysterious Blackmoore estate that rested between the wild moors and the ocean she desperately wished to see. Now, at long last, Kate has been granted the ability to visit. She thrills in the freedom she's sure to find at this place of haunted wings and secret passages. But her arrival soon shatters all her childhood illusions. The moors are ugly, Henry is prepared to propose to the lovely Miss St. Claire, and his mother is as awful as always. Kate soon realizes she has merely traded the cage of her mother and sister's shameful behavior and her father's derision for an equally stifling cage of broken friendships, bargains with the devil, and lost love. The only thing that keeps her from going mad is the seemingly impossible dream of fleeing to India with her beloved aunt. But how can she fly free when her heart is still tied to Blackmoore?

The love story between Henry and Kate is sweet and full of heartache, dangerous secrets and vindictive mothers who threaten to separate them forever. Their story is shown through present day interactions, and flashbacks to their shared childhood. Donaldson handled the flashbacks in a way that enhanced the story, and made the transitions smooth and seamless to avoid reader confusion. I personally don't mind flashbacks, and found the episodes offered great insight into Kate's and Henry's characters, and her refusal to get married. It also allowed the reader to experience key moments in the past, rather than just be told about them. Very well done, in my opinion. 

What I didn't like. I found Oliver's presence in the beginning very confusing. Kate claimed this young boy was her brother, but he seemed more like a servant. He slept in the kitchen and was raised by the cook. I wanted to know a bit more about Oliver and why he didn't live or interact with the rest of the family, except Kate. But that is just my curious nature being overactive again. Overall, a great love story about a girl who must learn to make her own happiness and freedom despite the cages others would attempt to construct around her. 

 About Julianne Donaldson
Julianne Donaldson grew up as the daughter of a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot. She learned how to ski in the Italian Alps, visited East Berlin before the wall came down, and spent three years living next to a 500-year-old castle. After earning a degree in English, she turned her attention to writing about distant times and places. She lives in Utah with her husband and four children.








Special pricing for ebooks on Amazon.

Edenbrooke: $1.99
Blackmoore: $7.99

Monday, September 16, 2013

Free ebook



The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Renee Anderson

Unknowingly cast as the bachelorette for her town’s charity event, Taycee Emerson wants out. Especially when she discovers her old teenage crush, Luke Carney, is one of the bachelors and it’s up to the viewers–not her–to decide which bachelors stay or go.

Coerced into participating, Taycee does what any self-preserving girl would do. She launches a subtle attack on Luke’s good name with the hope of getting him voted off the show. Unfortunately, Luke’s an eye-for-an-eye kind of guy, and when he discovers what she’s up to, it means revenge.

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PDF Season 2 Finale-"Fitness Challenge"

Oh my gosh, funniest video I've seen in a long time! I had horrible flashbacks of my attempts to do P90X workouts, tears and all, but minus the epic music. I loved the finish, and rooted for Nora and everyone else as they fought to face the challenge. Great finale to an awesome series!









Thanks for all those who support this great series, and clean, fun humor. You guys all deserve an awesome gift, and that's what you'll get. This weeks episode is sponsored by . . .drum roll please. . .

The Power of Starting Something Stupid by Richie Norton

Book Description
What if the smartest people in the world understand something that the rest of us don't? (They do.)
What if they know that in order to achieve success, they will sometimes have to do things that others may initially perceive as stupid? The fact of the matter is that the smartest people in the world don't run from stupid, they lean into it (in a smart way).
In The Power of Starting Something Stupid, Richie Norton redefines stupid as we know it, demonstrating that life-changing ideas are often tragically mislabeled stupid. What if the key to success, creativity, and fulfillment in your life lies in the potential of those stupid ideas?

It sounds like an awesome book. I'm all for doing bold, new things to reach my dreams.

No extreme challenge needed to enter to win. Just drop me a comment, including your email for easy winner notification, telling me about a time you did something others saw as stupid, but helped you grow. 

I'm off to enjoy some delicious chocolate and watch the hilarious video again.

Good luck!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Spy for a Spy Cover Reveal

 I loved I, Spy and Mr. Nice Spy! I'm so excited to announce the upcoming release of Jordan McCollum's newest spy novel, Spy for a Spy. Enjoy the awesome new cover below.

Spy for a Spy, the sequel to I, Spy, will be released November 12, 2013 (11-12-13!)
Already know you want to read it? Add Spy for a Spy on Goodreads.
Today, we’re especially excited to reveal the cover! But first, a little more about the book.

About the Book

Canada is probably the last place you’d expect to find an American spy. And it was the last place CIA operative Talia Reynolds expected to run into fellow operative Brand Copley. AKA her new boss. AKA her ex-boyfriend.
Just the guy every woman wants to face in the middle of planning her wedding. Once again, Talia’s lying to the man she loves, but this time, to protect his heart.
After Brand takes over Talia’s latest case and steals her newest agent, he assigns her to spy on her old boss—who’s suddenly giving her every reason not to trust him. With only weeks until the big day, planning falls by the wayside as she goes into damage control mode. But when Talia discovers Brand’s real motives, fighting him is the only option, no matter what the personal and professional cost.

And now for the cover!

Advance praise

Spy for a Spy is the perfect followup to McCollum’s exciting debut, I, Spy. With more tension, more romance and higher stakes than ever, Talia’s story won’t let you go until you’ve come to the heart-stopping, surprising conclusion. Such a fun read!
Emily Gray Clawson, author of A Way Back to You

Jordan McCollum’s talent for first person present tense narrative puts the reader in the driver’s seat for heart-pounding action in Spy for a Spy. . . . Talia is back along with her fiancĂ© Danny, and many of the same great characters from I, Spy. We also meet a man from Talia’s past, a high ranking CIA operative with secrets that threaten the U.S. . . . This novel is a perfect blend of danger, intrigue, romance and even a little of the LDS religon. It is a great read the whole way through.
— Becki Clayson

Spy for a Spy is a story threaded with an unforgettable main character, high stakes espionage, and a case of wedding jitters that would try the patience of any groom. McCollum deftly keeps us on a tightrope of page-turning suspense balanced with witty romance that will not let you down. A great follow-up to I, Spy, and one you don't want to miss!

About the author


An award-winning author, Jordan McCollum can’t resist a story where good defeats evil and true love conquers all. In her day job, she coerces people to do things they don’t want to, elicits information and generally manipulates the people she loves most—she’s a mom.
Jordan holds a degree in American Studies and Linguistics from Brigham Young University. When she catches a spare minute, her hobbies include reading, knitting and music. She lives with her husband and four children in Utah.
Follow Jordan on Twitter, like Jordan on Facebook and add Spy for a Spy on Goodreads today!


Check out Jordan’s blog to find out how to get a sneak preview!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Indie Life-Sacrifice HER Cover Reveal




 Because being Indie doesn't have to mean going it alone.

This month I'm featuring a new Indie author whose debut novel will be out December of this year. A great big shout out to Sheena-kay Graham. You might recongnize her from her dedication to comments in the blog world. She is such a great support to fellow writers, and I'm excited to participate in her cover reveal.

Check it out.


Title: Sacrifice HER by Sheena-kay Graham
Goodreads: Sacrifice HER
 Release Date: December 2013

Summary: When a city is at stake is the life of one sixteen-year old girl worth risking thousands? Deidra Moore goes on the run after escaping from a group of human sacrifices for Bane: God of War. She doesn't believe he exists and sees uncertainty in the scorching desert as a better alternative. But Faux City isn't finished with her and their leader Lord Brinn is ordered by Bane - through one of his maiden worshipers- to bring her back or face dire consequences. In the desert Deidra meets a wanderer named Kane and as feelings spark can they find a safe place to lead a new life before Lord Brinn and his soldiers catch up with them? Yet the question remains. Does Bane really exist and if he does what will happen if either side succeeds or fails? Told in alternating perspectives of both the runaway servant girl and the blonde strong willed leader.

Author Bio: Sheena-kay Graham was never meant for a traditional job behind a desk. Her childhood career plans included becoming a ballerina, actress or someone who helped people. So naturally she decided to be a writer who writes from her bed. Yes, no desk for this Jamaican book lover. No matter if it’s reading, writing or using the computer....you get the gist. The love of the written word has always been with her leading to stories, novels, poetry and way too much fan fiction. This Christian woman can be found trolling Amazon online, in local book bookstores, watching movies on the big screen, or in her bed, or reading/writing/on the laptop...again in her bed. Mainly writes YA fiction and is ready to unleash her creativity to wow the masses.
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Cover Design: 
Image of woman with flowing hair (purchased): © Transfuchsian | Dreamstime.com
Cover Designer:  Langao @ http://fiverr.com/langao
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Monday, September 9, 2013

PDF-Basket Case

An awesome new video from Pretty Darn Funny features a little friendly competition between moms. Very funny, and so true how we judge ourselves compared to others.

Enjoy!




This weeks giveaway is the inspiring new CD from artist Hilary Weeks, Say Love! Leave a comment below to be entered to win.


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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

IWSG-Being a Writer



Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

What writing means for me.




 Most days writing feels like this.































Some days feel like this.




Everyday I feel like this.




Monday, September 2, 2013

PDF Episode 3-"Budget Cuts"


Definitely my favorite of the episodes so far! Reminds me off my family growing up.

Enjoy!



Today I'm also featuring a giveaway offered by the people who sponsored Pretty Darn Funny, Deseret Book. Just leave a comment below with your email and the winner will be notified Friday.

 Rocky Road by Josi Kilpack

 About the Book
It was supposed to be a girls’ weekend in scenic St. George, Utah that would include shopping, trying out the local cuisine, and participating in a breast cancer fundraiser. The fact that one of the organizers of the fundraising event, a local doctor, disappeared two months ago was not supposed to be Sadie’s problem. In fact, she refuses to participate in the grassroots investigation her friend Caro, and Caro’s cousin, Tess, have put together prior to her arrival. But then she meets the ex-wife of the missing doctor. How could she not ask a few questions . . . that lead to a few more questions . . . that lead to a small town and yet even more questions. Before she knows it, Sadie is in the middle of yet another murder investigation and trying to piece together a convoluted trail of good intentions, hidden motivations, and philanthropy turned big business.