Friday, May 31, 2013

Lumberjack Cover Reveal

Today I get to participate in the cover reveal for Sara V. Olds new book, Lumberjack.

Are you ready to see the cover?

I'm ready!

Are you for sure ready? Got your popcorn and everything?

Okay, now I'm revealing the cover for real...


Okay, I kind of basically love this cover. I think it's fantastic! This book is so going on my wish list. Want to hear what the book is about?

Book Blurb
Good-looking rangers, fresh mountain air and an avalanche of crazy adventures await unsuspecting Mercedes “Benz” Bennion in her summer job with the US Forest Service.

Buy Links
Amazon * B&N 

Author Bio
Sara V. Olds has been telling stories for as long as she can remember. One of her favorite memories is of unfolding a tale for friends while they were all bundled in sleeping bags watching a comet shower in the Uintah Mountains.
Mother of three: Large, Medium and Small, she welcomes her newest role, that of mother-in-law.

Life has taken her from thither to yon and back again—she's moved 22 times during her marriage. She breathes to travel. Longs to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning a horse. Is an addictive reader. Enjoys swimming, skiing, violin and movies. Wonders if she'll ever get to SCUBA dive again. And has found a calling that fulfills her in ways she never could have imagined—teaching history to—wait for it—8th Graders.

Her stories consume her. There's nothing she'd rather do than spend all day, all night and the next day conversing with her latest set of characters. History, adventure, action, romance, humor. Adults, YA and kids. Yep, she does it all. Looking for something to enjoy on a quiet rainy afternoon? Or wanting a pulse-pounding, stay up all night turning pages adventure? Or a you've-GOT-to-be-kidding romp? You'll find them in her pages.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Book Review: Waiting Fate by W.B. Kinnette

W.B. Kinnette is a dear friend of mine, and I'm so excited to give a review of her new book, Waiting Fate.

Back Cover Blurb

Sometimes Fate hides in plain sight while you stumble through darkness.

Ivy escapes from an abusive husband, finding peace with her daughter in her childhood home. She’s determined to keep her past a secret to protect those she loves.

Archer has been in love with the same girl since seventh grade. When Ivy comes back into his life—bruised, broken, and haunted by secrets—he knows he can’t lose her again.

But Ivy made a promise to her daughter. No one would hurt them again. She’s afraid to trust, afraid to be wrong again, and afraid that the one man she’s loved forever will break her heart.

Fate might take its time, but it won’t wait forever.

You can buy Waiting Fate here for Amazon kindle!

As he walked her to her door, she slid her small fingers into his, and he ran his thumb across the back of her hand. The night was cool. At the door she turned, smiling up at him. “Thank you Archer. It was… fun.” 

He couldn’t see clearly, but he could swear she was smirking. Yeah, you blew your chance. Way to go. So he hugged her, wrapping his arms around her waist, like he’d done a hundred other times before. They were a huggy group. 

He was surprised when she rose on her toes and slid her arms around his neck, holding tight like he was a lifeline. He pulled back, just a bit, hoping but afraid to hope as he searched her eyes. They sparkled, just a bit, and then she leaned forward, closing the gap between them and brushing her lips against his.

Time stopped. The world stopped and he froze in shock. It took him several seconds to realize what was happening, and then he kissed her back, holding her tight against him. He could feel her heart racing, matching his. When she relinquished his lips, he sucked in a breath, struggling to breathe. “I’ve wanted to do that since high school,” he muttered, almost without realizing it. 

My Review
I absolutely loved this book. I blasted through it in just two days, devising all sorts of creative ways to distract and entertain my kids so I could grab enough time to read another chapter.

The chilling tale of abuse in this story ripped at my heart. However, I liked the hopeful note to the story. Despite the heavy topic, I read the last page and felt uplifted. While the abuse is a big part of the story, for me what this book was really about was the healing power of love. I loved watching Archer and Ivy's characters change and grow as they fell in love.

I think what compelled me the most about this book was the obvious emotion. The characters were so real and the emotions they felt so authentic. I loved Ivy's group of friends, especially Gunner. And Archer--he was the perfect hero. Protective, attractive, yet flawed. And Ivy was a great lead. She had so much strength of character, so much bravery. I think her courage is such a great example to other women struggling with abuse. And Desee was adorable!

I also thought the narrative voice in this book was great. There were some laugh-out-loud one-liners and truly hilarious bits, which I was not expecting given the subject manner. I've always been a fan of this author's work, but this story exceeded all my expectations.

Author Bio

W.B. Kinnette was born and raised in Utah, the baby of the family and spoiled rotten. She lived briefly in Texas and Alaska before coming back to raise her family only a few miles from her childhood home. She’s loved writing since she was small, because daydreams demand to be written down. She believes that dreams must be chased, if only so she can tell her children honestly that dreams do come true if you work hard enough – and never give up! 

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Twitter: @wbkinnette