Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summer Book Trek 2014!

LDS Fiction is doing their Summer Book Trek again! *squee* Basically, you read as many books by LDS authors in the month of July as you can. :) I had so much fun doing this last year (and won some pretty awesome books) and I'm way excited to participate again.

My list might be ambitious, but I'll do the best I can. We're currently under contract on a new home, so we're in the middle of financing the loan and trying to close and packing and moving and that'll last the whole month of July at least. But I am going to give it my best effort! Here's my list of books I want to read this July...

Warrior Everlasting by Wendy Knight
Twist of Luck by Jaclyn Weist
Timeless Romance Anthology: Old West Collection
The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
A Blind Eye by Julie Daines
The Madera Murder by Deanne Blackhurst
Case File 13: Making the Team by J. Scott Savage
Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson

I'll add/subtract to the list as necessary. :)

If you want to participate in the challenge, click here. You already read and love LDS fiction, so why not try out a few new authors this July and try and win some prizes while you're at it? It's loads of fun! I've read quite a few of the books on the sponsor list, and you guys, trust me. You want these books. :)

What books are you planning on reading this July?
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wonhundred Word Wednesdays


Prompt: Reluctantly he handed over the key.

Dane quietly opened his bedroom door, looking up and down the hallway. He crept down the stairs, avoiding the one that creaked.

The party was going to be epic. Lucy would be there. He knew she was into him.

Dane tip-toed through the living room. He lifted the car key off its hook on the wall. Ten minutes and he’d be at Max’s, and they’d be on their way to the party.

The kitchen lights flicked on. Dane flinched.

“Going somewhere?” Dad asked. His arms were folded, his face unhappy.

Dane’s shoulders fell. Silently he handed over the key.

Busted.

See how the others interpreted this prompt!

Wendy Knight, Author: www.wendyknightauthor.blogspot.com
Kelly Martin, Author: www.kellymartinbooks.blogspot.com
Alison Woods (Peering Into. . .): http://alisonmillerwoods.wordpress.com/
Jessica Winn, The Distracted Writer:http://thedistractedwriter.com/
Stephanie Worlton's Kreating Krazy blog: http://stephanieworlton.blogspot.com/
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Book Review: TORN CANVAS by Donna K. Weaver


Back Cover Blurb
book 2 in the Safe Harbor Series
genre: new adult romance
Modern-day pirates took more than Jori Virtanen’s friends; they stole his face. Not only does the twenty-four-year-old former model have to confront months of reconstructive surgery, he discovers his previous life was as superficial as his looks. Jori struggles to make a new life for himself as an artist while evading the press. They expect a hero, but he knows the truth. His beauty masks a beast. 

Olivia Howard’s given up a normal life for her job, and the sacrifices are finally paying off. The twenty-six-year-old talk-show host’s ratings are heading to the top of the charts. Her dream is to make a difference in people’s lives, but the studio wants mind fluff—like interviewing hot model Jori Virtanen. When Olivia learns the guy helped rescue passengers on a cruise excursion from kidnappers, she knows this is the story she needs to make her case. The only problem is the hero was injured, and now he’s disappeared. 

The more Olivia learns about the man behind the scar, the more intrigued she becomes. But Jori is no girl’s happily ever after. Once she finds him, Olivia has to free his heart and help heal the beast.


My Review
5 of 5 stars
Torn Canvas is a companion novel-slash-sequel to A Change of Plans, and boy does it deliver! I really loved book one, but I think I might love book two even more. Torn Canvas overlaps the timeline of A Change of Plans.

I love a broken character who has a fantastic character arc throughout the course of the novel. Jori provided all this and more. Jori has a troubled past, and uses that as an excuse to be less-than-honorable. He is the perfect example of a diamond in the rough, and by the end of the book I loved how he shined (although he still wasn't perfect). His struggle was real and raw.

One of my favorite parts of the story was the romance between Olivia and Jori. It developed slowly, over time, and in a very believable way, but still with plenty of happy-sigh moments. I loved Olivia as a character as well, and I loved how she was feisty.

A big pet peeve of mine is when companion novels repeat too much of the first book. The author balanced this perfectly in my opinion. I loved seeing where Jori's story intersected with Lynn's, but nothing felt like a repeat of old material. It was either mentioned super briefly, or felt new because of Jori's perspective. She also did a great job of telling enough about what had happened in A Change of Plans to be able to follow Torn Canvas, but not giving huge info-dumps that frustrated me because I'd already read book one.

Despite Jori's very sensitive issues, they were handled in a very PG-rated way. This book is a great, clean romance. Add to that an interesting plot and compelling characters, and pretty much all I could do was put on cartoons for the kids and keep reading until I had finished the last page.


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Buy Links
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About the Author
Author of the Safe Harbors series and Second Chances 101, Book 5 in the Ripple Effect series. A wife, mother, grandmother, Harry Potter geek, Army veteran, and karate black belt.


Contact the author: donnakweaver@gmail.com

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wonhundred Word Wednesday


Prompt: My heart pounded wildly.

My heart pounded wildly, keeping time with my feet slapping the wet pavement. I heard the heavy breathing, the sounds of chase.

The monster grew closer.

I stumbled on cracked sidewalk. I wanted to scream for help, but instead gasped for air.

Just a little further. I saw my house, the cheerful yellow front door. I reached out, fumbling with the latch on the front gate.

There was a yip and tiny teeth grabbed onto my pant leg. Another yip as the Chihuahua jumped up, panting. Wanting to lick my face. Cover me in germs.

The monster had caught me.

See what the others had to say!
Wendy Knight, Author: www.wendyknightauthor.blogspot.com
Kelly Martin, Author: www.kellymartinbooks.blogspot.com
Alison Woods (Peering Into. . .): http://alisonmillerwoods.wordpress.com/
Jessica Winn, The Distracted Writer:http://thedistractedwriter.com/
Stephanie Worlton's Kreating Krazy blog: http://stephanieworlton.blogspot.com/
Lindzee Armstrong/Lydia Winters http://lindzeearmstrong.blogspot.com

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wonhundred Wednesdays


Prompt: He hadn't seen anything like it in twenty years of teaching.

He hadn’t seen anything like it in twenty years of teaching. The professor gazed in astonishment at the glowing ball of magic that electrified the air between him and his pupil.

“You think you’re so smart,” Jonas said. He moved his hands, the ball bouncing in the air with the movement. “But I know you’re seeing my mother. Behind my father’s back.”

The professor took a step back. “It’s not what you think.”

Jonas raised an eyebrow. “Isn’t it? This is for Father!” He shoved his hands, pushing the ball. The room exploded in fiery color. Then everything went black.  

See what the others had to say!
Wendy Knight, Author: www.wendyknightauthor.blogspot.com
Kelly Martin, Author: www.kellymartinbooks.blogspot.com
Alison Woods (Peering Into. . .): http://alisonmillerwoods.wordpress.com/
Jessica Winn, The Distracted Writer:http://thedistractedwriter.com/
Stephanie Worlton's Kreating Krazy blog: http://stephanieworlton.blogspot.com/

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Book Review: HOW TO SEDUCE A BAND GEEK by Cassie Mae

Back Cover Blurb
genre: YA contemporary romance
book 2 in the How To series
Sierra Livingston’s got it bad for her sister’s best friend, Levi Mason—the boy who carries his drumsticks in his pocket, marches with the school’s band, and taps his feet to whatever beat runs through his head. Sierra racks her brain for ways to impress the sexy drummer, but the short skirts and bursting cleavage don’t seem to cut it.

When Sierra gets paired with Levi’s sister, Brea, for a mentorship program, they strike a deal. In exchange for Sierra keeping her mouth shut about Brea ditching the program, Brea lets Sierra dig for more info on Levi to help get the guy of her dreams.

But when Sierra discovers Levi no longer plays the drums, his family has moved into a trailer, and he’s traded in his Range Rover for a baby blue moped, Sierra’s not sure if she can go through with violating his privacy. She’ll have to find the courage to ask him straight out—if he’s willing to let her in—and explore other ways to seduce the school’s band geek.

My Review
5 of 5 stars
How to Seduce a Band Geek was another perfect installment in this fun and flirty series. I ripped through this book and savored every word! 

Sierra was a fun and entertaining narrator, and Levi a totally hunky leading man. I liked how Levi especially had some real-life problems, far beyond the realm of typical high school woes. I loved watching their relationship build and grow over the course of the book, and I loved how Sierra stood up for herself when it came to their relationship (and the message that sends to young readers). 

For those who've read book one, there are some serious fun Zak and Zoe moments in this book. While the story is Levi and Sierra's, it's always nice to see some "after the story" moments from one of my favorite couples. 

This book, as well as the series as a whole, has some great messages about being true to yourself and finding people who love you for who you are, and not who they want you to be. I don't want to spoil anything, but I loved the realism of Sierra's relationship with her best friend Sydney, and I thought the resolution was perfect for the story. 

I am curious to know how Levi reacts when he finds out about Brea and Sierra's deal. The story never went there and I would've loved to see that scene played out. 

There is some highly suggestive content in this book. Parents, I encourage you to read it yourselves so you can decide if it's appropriate for your teen readers. 

Another slam dunk by the author! Can't wait for book 3!


About the Author
Amazon multi-category and international bestselling author of HOW TO DATE A NERD, HOW TO SEDUCE A BAND GEEK and HOW TO HOOK A BOOKWORM

Cassie Mae is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. Her angel children and perfect husband fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.

Cassie Mae is an Amazon.com bestselling author of the teen contemporary romance novel REASONS I FELL FOR THE FUNNY FAT FRIEND, which she self-published. In addition to publishing with Swoon Romance, she is published by Random House Flirt.

Social Media Links
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Swoon Romance Links
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HOW TO DATE A NERD buy links
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HOW TO SEDUCE A BAND GEEK buy links
Amazon * Kobo

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wonhundred Word Wednesday


Prompt: In all the years I've lived here, I never once called this place my home

In all the years I’ve lived here, I have never once called this place home. I can't grow attached. I can't forget my mission.

I log onto my husband Dave’s computer, locating and emailing the incriminating files. Some call Dave a revolutionary. The government I work for call him a terrorist. As soon as I get them enough information, they’ll arrest him. Probably execute him.

I log off the computer, leaving no trace. I am reading a book when Dave gets home.

“How was your day?” he asks, kissing me.

I shrug. “Boring.” Just another day spent sealing his fate. 

See what the others have to say!
Wendy Knight, Author: www.wendyknightauthor.blogspot.com
Kelly Martin, Author: www.kellymartinbooks.blogspot.com
Alison Woods (Peering Into. . .): http://alisonmillerwoods.wordpress.com/
Jessica Winn, The Distracted Writer:http://thedistractedwriter.com/
Stephanie Worlton's Kreating Krazy blog: http://stephanieworlton.blogspot.com/
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