Thursday, January 16, 2014

Hope's Watch Book Blitz

Elle Reinhardt loves people and has a gift for turning groups of strangers into friends. When she talks her best friend Lyn into taking a month-long Pacific cruise, Elle is in her element, gathering fellow passengers to her. But things go horribly wrong when a ship excursion ends in death and disaster at the hands of modern-day pirates.

Filled with her own emotional wounds from the experience, Elle tries desperately to buoy up the grieving loved ones as they wait for news on those lost at sea. Malcolm Armstrong, friend of one of the missing men, arrives to act as family spokesman. Elle knows it’s unreasonable, but she resents his presence. When Mal offers the strength she so desperately needs, will she be able to let go of her animosity and accept his support?

This ebook-exclusive short story includes special excerpts from both A Change of Plans and Torn Canvas.

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Getting to know the author:

Me: Do you prefer the country or the city, Donna?

Donna: I love the country but I like my city amenities. If the former is close, I can be happy with the latter.

Donna is a Navy brat who joined the Army and has lived in Asia and Europe. Because she sailed the Pacific three times as a child, she loves cruising and wishes she could accrue enough vacation time to do more of it with her husband. At age fifty, she decided to study karate and earned her black belt in Shorei Kempo.

After doing city council minutes for twenty years, she decided to write something a little longer and with a lot more emotion--and kissing. She is the author of A CHANGE OF PLANS and the forthcoming TORN CANVAS.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Witch Fall Blog Tour

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Witch Fall by Amber Argyle
(Witch Song #3 (Prequel))
Publication date: October 24th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

All things fall.

Even Witches.

Supreme in their dominion over seasons, storms, and sea, the Witches have forgotten the unmatched destructiveness of mankind. And among the weapons men seek are the magical songs of the Witches.

Lilette is one of the few who see the decadence and decay weakening the Witches. As an outsider amid her own kind, can she help them survive the coming war?

My Thoughts:

4 out of 5 stars

Witch Fall is a treat from the stunning cover to the exquisite story woven within! Amber Argyle’s world of Witch Song and Witch Born is shown to greater depths in the last book of the trilogy. Technically, Witch Fall is a prequel, but it is meant to be read either before or after Brusenna’s story. Argyle weaves many aspects from the previous books into Lilette’s story, while creating a unique tale of the struggle for power in a world that feels threatened by the magic of the witches and their song. I don’t typically like prequels, but this is one I would definitely recommend to all fans of the Witch Song Trilogy. The ending will both break your heart and give you hope for new beginnings.

Lilette has lost the power of her song after her parents’ deaths. The kind man who took her in warned her that something awful would happen if she ever did sing again. When his life hangs in the balance, she makes a desperate gamble—and loses. Now, coveted and lusted after for the power she can bring to the leader of her village, she searches for a way to escape. Things go from bad to worse, though, when an old enemy shows up and takes away the one chance of freedom she had. Dragged back to the land of those who destroyed her family, she faces unexpected perils from the most unlikely sources. Those she thought were her allies may be her greatest foes, and one of her enemies might provide her greatest happiness. Either way, Lilette soon realizes that she can’t escape what the fates have decreed must be. No one can.

Set in a time when the majesty of the imperial city is at its peak, and when witches are the most powerful force in the world, Argyle’s latest book shows what happens when absolute power falls. I enjoyed seeing what events and corruption led to the condition of the witches in her previous books. Her world once again was given in such vivid detail, with plenty of action and unexpected twists thrown in, that I was instantly absorbed. Lilette’s strength and stubbornness made me root for her, even when those traits appeared to only make things worse for her and others. Argyle doesn’t pull any punches when making her characters go through hell and back to win their own happiness, and Lilette’s story is no different. It wrung my heart with each new trial she faced. Han and Jolin were a great supporting cast as their different character strengths and weakness helped Lilette come into her own power as she works to save a world that either covets or despises her. After reading this tale, I had to read the whole trilogy again. A great end—or beginning.




Amber Argyle is the author of Witch Song and Fairy Queen trilogies. She grew up with three brothers on a cattle ranch in the Rocky Mountains. She spent hours riding horses, roaming the mountains, and playing in her family’s creepy barn. This environment fueled her imagination for writing high fantasy. She has worked as a short order cook, janitor, and staff member in a mental institution. All of which has given her great insight into the human condition and has made for some unique characters. She received her bachelor’s degree in English and Physical Education from Utah State University. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and three small children.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Does this insecurity make me look fat? Blog Tour

Title: “Does This Insecurity Make Me Look Fat?”

Author: Michelle Wilson
Page Count:  168

·    Why do clothing stores hang fun-house mirrors in their dressing rooms?
·         The laundry doesn’t cry when it’s not folded, so why should I?
·         Can I be confident even if an elevator calls me fat?

Michelle Wilson’s humorous yet poignant insights help women examine the limitations we place on ourselves out of insecurity and self-doubt. We have faith in God, but do we know that He has faith in us?
When we see ourselves with God’s eternal perspective, we can feel confident and whole—even in our imperfection. Just think what we might accomplish if we truly believe that we are more important than we know, stronger than we realize, and extraordinary in every way.

My Review: 
5 out 5 Stars

An amazing book that touches to the very heart of the struggles women in today's world face. Rather than the typical self-help style, this book felt more like encouragement from a friend with a big kick in the pants thrown in to get you motivated. With touching personal moments of embarrassments, success, failure, and humor given for each of the points she talks about, you can't help feeling you are not alone in whatever issues you face, or have faced.  Michelle Wilson isn't afraid to dig deep into her own life as she encourages women to reevaluate their current viewpoints on life, and offers scriptural and personal inspiration to help them realign their viewpoint with God's Perspective of them as his beloved daughters. 

I loved this book. It was full of references from ancient and modern prophets and apostles who testified of the divine truths, Wilson reminded me of. She offers realistic ways to overcome some of our less than perfect views of ourselves as women in God's plan. With her section on recognizing the Enemies of Perspective, you get a fresh new look at things that may be holding you back from reaching your true potential that you never realized were affecting you. She isn't ashamed to admit she too has been a victim of some of these things, and offers a helping hand and smile as she shows ways to overcome our skewed perspective about ourselves and life. I face the new year with a renewed sense of purpose and joy after reading her inspiring, and often humorous, book.