EmmaNOT Looking for Love: Single woman (23) seeks best friend to chat on the phone, shop the clearance racks, watch chick flicks, try out messy cooking projects, and eat Dove dark chocolates.

Emma isn’t so good at the whole life-coaching thing. Her first client ended up with a broken heart and is threatening to relapse in her bad habits. Now Emma has problems of her own to deal with, and all those problems start with one name: Justin.

Justin is her best friend, so it’s hard for Emma not to feel betrayed when she suspects he is falling for her childhood rival. And she knows she’s losing him despite her best efforts. No matter how much she tries, she keeps running up against obstacles. How is she supposed to help other people when she’s drowning in her own failures?

Fans of Jane Austen’s Emma will love this modern retelling of the classic romance novel. Fall in love with Emma’s latter-day tale of redemption, forgiveness, and the quest for true love.

My Review:

A sweet story, well written and fun, Emma will have you smiling cover to cover. I’ve never read Jane Austen’s version of this tale but I am familiar with the premise, and I love that Jamison made Emma an aspiring life coach. Only it doesn’t take long for Emma to learn that meddling in the lives of others based on her own misguided assumptions, not to mention, scant training, can quickly turn disastrous. Questioning her ability to finish any one goal she’s set for herself, much less achieve her dream of coaching individuals toward a better life, Emma stumbles along making one wrong turn after another. But as she discovers through her life coach training, sometimes we have to make a few wrong choices before we can learn how to make the right ones.

This is an LDS Christian fiction and is very Mormony. So if you’re not a fan of this genre don’t download this book, “waste” your time reading it, and then go on Goodreads and trash it . . .

Oh, um, wait. I’m projecting. My bad =D

Anyway, if you ARE a fan of LDS fiction and want a fast-paced story with plenty of twists and turns, and laugh-out-loud moments, plus a romantically happy ending, then this is the fun summer read for you.

Enjoy!

About the Author

Looking for love? Rebecca H. Jamison would love to set you up with that special someone, but you’re better off reading her books. She has a terrible track record as a matchmaker.Jamison

Rebecca grew up in Virginia. She attended Brigham Young University, where she earned a BA and MA in English with an emphasis in creative writing. In between college and graduate school, she served a mission to Portugal and Cape Verde.

Rebecca enjoys running, dancing, reading, and watching detective shows. She and her husband have six children.

You can learn more about her at www.rebeccahjamison.com

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Giveaway: It’s simple. Just leave a comment here to be one of two lucky winners of a free download. 

Read an Excerpt:

It was amazing how much more snow Phil could pick up with his shovel than I could with mine. He cleared three feet of the driveway before I was done with one.

“When we’re done, if you have time, you should come in and meet Harri. I think you two will get along.”

Phil stopped and looked at his watch. “I’m planning to do a couple more driveways before it gets dark.”

“I’ll go get Harri now if you’re in a hurry. She wants to meet you.”

Phil leaned on his shovel. “Harry is a she?”

“Her real name is Harriet. She moved here a couple months ago and she’s hardly met anybody. I think you’ll like her.”

Phil threw his head back, laughed, and started shoveling again. “I thought you were trying to introduce me to your new boyfriend.”

“You think I would be out here shoveling snow while my new boyfriend stays inside?” I grabbed a handful of snow and threw it at him. I didn’t mean to hit him in the face, but that’s where it landed.

Phil wiped the snow off his face and grinned. “I wondered why you were dating such a loser.” I expected him to throw a snowball at me, but he just stood there. “So you don’t have a boyfriend?”

I giggled a little at his awkwardness. “Nope. Harri doesn’t either.”

Phil threw another shovelful of snow away from the driveway. “So you . . . I mean, you and your friend are . . . available?” Phil didn’t open his mouth enough when he talked. That was the one thing about him that always distracted me. I couldn’t help staring at his mouth.

I had to force myself to look into his eyes. “Why is that a shock, Phil? Every woman in that house right now is available. You can take your pick—Harri, me, or Barbara. You’re surrounded by single women.” It was safe to assume Phil wouldn’t pick me. I was at least three inches taller than he was, and it was a rare man who dated a taller woman.

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Conner Dell didn’t meant to blow up the school bus.prenumberas

Or the bathrooms.

In fact, he only wanted to go to sleep and possibly dream about Melanie Stephens.

But explosions had a funny way of happening when Conner and his friends were around.

Conner Dell wants to be good–he really does. But he is terrified that he might be turning into a Darkhand, especially when new powers start to surface. What’s worse, the Stalker is following Conner, but no one else seems to be able to see him. The Magi think he might be hallucinating, the guilt of what happened in the Shadowbox keeps weighing on him, and his relationship with Melanie Stephens is complicating things. Even for a Magi, Conner knows his life is anything but normal.

My Review:

Penumbras: the shadow where the light and dark intersect. The gray area where pressing questions linger. Will the dark finally overtake Conner? And what ugly secret from his past is Dr. Timberis hiding?

I can’t remember the last time I read a sequel, or second installment in a series that I can honestly say is better than the first. Now don’t get me wrong, the Kindling is great, which makes the fact that Penumbras is better all the more exciting. Packed with adventure, this book consists of one heart-thumping battle after another, new powers/abilities revealed and a kiss that literally sends a boy and girl flying =D

In this second installment in the Kindling series, Bell artfully brings readers up to speed without tedious re-telling while providing the perfect balance of plot, romance and action that will keep parents and children alike up reading well after bedtime.

So you’ve been warned. Open this book at your own risk.

Read responsively :)

Braden headshot 2012-2About the Author:

Braden Bell grew up in Farmington, Utah and graduated from Davis High School. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theatre from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in educational theatre from New York University. He and his wife, Meredith live  with their five children on a quiet, wooded lot outside of Nashville, Tennessee, where he teaches theatre and music at a private school. An experienced performer, Braden enjoys singing, acting, reading, gardening, and long walks with the dog.

Visit Braden on Facebook or at BradenBell.com 

To Purchase or Download a copy of Penumbras visit: Amazon or Barnes & Noble

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Mystic GrayEthan and his friends are back in a brand-new adventure! With inherited powers they don’t understand and can’t quite control, they head back to Crater Lake to rescue their friend Jacob, train for an epic battle, and join forces with a powerful ally—the Mystic Gray. Filled with action, adventure, and mystery, this book is a thrilling addition to the Crater Lake series!

 

My Review:

I don’t really know whole lot about the middle-grade fantasy genre, so I’m probably not the best reader to say whether Return of the Mystic Gray was good or not. All I can say is that I genuinely enjoyed reading this book. And that if my girls were still young enough for me to read to, I would have loved reading this story aloud to them.

This book has everything middle-school boys and girls might want. Woven into the action and adventure is a touching story of friendship, loyalty and survival. The characters are vivid and relatable. My favorite is Brady. I love that he is so cocky about his invincibility, that he is willing to run headlong into any and all dangerous situations as long as he can show off his gift, and how he conveniently keeps losing his shirt so everyone can gape as his chiseled physique. Characters who possess a shallow/depth, in my opinion, make the story.

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I’m excited to announce the start of my blog tour for Replacing Gentry! Follow the tour for reviews, interviews, fun posts and giveaways!

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March 8th
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer – Kick Off

March 11th
Literary Time Out – Review

March 13th
My Book A Day - Review

March 15th
Min Reads and Reviews – Review

March 19th
Jinky is Reading – Review

March 21st
My Devotional Thoughts - Review & Guest Post or Tens List

March 26th
New Adult Fiction – Review & Guest Post or Tens List

March 28th
Reader Girls – Review & Guest Post/Tens List

April 1st
Curling up with a Good Book - Review & Guest Post or Tens List

April 3rd
Karey White – Review

April 9th

Book Blast

April 10th
Rachael Renee Anderson – Review
Crafty Zoo with Monkeys - Guest Post or Tens List

April 11th
Vonnie’s Reading Corner - Review
Getting Your Read On - Review
What’s Beyond Forks – Review & Interview

April 12th
Free eBooks Daily – Interview
Maureen’s Musing – Review
Bookworm Lisa – Review

April 13th
White Sky Project - Guest Post or Tens List

April 14th
OMFG!Books – Guest Post or Tens List

April 15th
Books, Books the Magical Fruit – Interview

April 16th
3Ps in a Pod – Guest Post or Tens List
Fire & Ice – Review

April 17th
Indie Author How-to – Interview
Rachelle Christensen

April 18th
Ever and Ever Sight – Review
The Muse Unleashed – Review

April 19th
Books and Needlepoint – Review
Amethyst Daydreams – Review

Why Not? Because I Said So! – Review

April 20th

Laurie’s Thoughts & Reviews - Review & Character Interview

April 23rd

MK McClintock – Review & Guest Post

 

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I’m very excited to be a part of debut author, Jadie Jones, first YA novel, Moonlit, cover reveal.

MoonlitEighteen-year-old Tanzy Hightower knows horses, has grown up with them on Wildwood Farm. She also knows not to venture beyond the trees that line the pasture. Things happen out there that can’t be explained. Or undone. Worse, no one but she and the horses can see what lurks in the shadows of the woods.

When a moonlit ride turns into a terrifying chase, Tanzy is left to question everything, from the freak accident that killed her father to the very blood in her veins. Broken and confused, she turns to Lucas, a scarred, beautiful stranger, and to Vanessa, a charming new friend who has everything Tanzy doesn’t.

But why do they seem to know more about her than she knows herself?

 Jadie

 

Release for this novel is Mid-April. To pre-order today at a reduced price go to Amazon or Widow.

To learn more about  Jadie, visit her Blog, Twitter, Pintrest, Facebook, Goodreads.

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Kennedy Carter has the perfect life. It includes an engagement to an NHL celebrity all-star, a Vera Wang wedding dress, and more money than she could ever spend. But when Kennedy learns that her fiance Todd is cheating on her, she decides to leave the glamour and glitz behind.

She escapes to Orlando, Florida with a plan to rebuild her life while staying hidden from a country obsessed with celebrity scandals. The real world however, is tougher than she expected. Suddenly Kennedy has to deal with cockroaches, creepy alarm salesmen, and waiting tables… along with David, a gorgeous new love interest.

But what happens when the past refuses to stay hidden? When the truth of her background catches up to her, Kennedy must finally decide who she is, what she wants and where she really belongs.

As a past reader and even writer of the chick-lit genre, lately I’ve sort of been slowly moving on to other genres. I haven’t been interested in reading chick-lit—don’t want to write it. When Whitney asked me to read and review her novel I agreed without knowing what kind of books she writes. She emailed me the PDF and it came one evening while I was finishing up preparing supper. My daughter was still out for her run so I decided to download the galley on my iPad and maybe read the first page or two to see if I thought I was going to like the book. Did I like it? Okay, so I ended up reading the entire first chapter while standing in the kitchen. Then I couldn’t wait to get back to the story again later in the evening.

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It’s never too early to start compiling your seasonal reading list. And really, No Holly for Christmas is not just a Christmas book. The story incorporates the entire holiday season from Halloween to Thanksgiving and then on to December 24th.

Synopsis:

Love at first sight quickly turns frigid for ADA, Brian McAlister, and social worker, Holly Winter, when Holly gets pulled into a manhunt for an accused murderer who now has his sights set on her. His case unraveling, Brian finds himself tasked with keeping Holly and her two daughters safe while bringing an assassin and the powerful man who hired him to justice.

A heart-warming story of suspense, healing, giving and receiving, No Holly for Christmas is the perfect addition to everyone’s holiday reading list.

Review from the blogger at The Book Bag:

No Holly for Christmas is not your typical Christmas story. It is a great suspense romance. Both of the main characters start out as people I didn’t like very much and then as I got to know them, I came to understand why they were the way they were.

Then the suspense part of the story took over and kept me up way too late reading, to make sure everything would be okay. Holly and Brian have to rely on each other to make sure they both stay alive. And by being dependent on each other, they learn to open up to each other and see that they really are meant to be together.

I had previously read another of Ford’s books, Count Down to Love, and was so excited to read this one. I was not disappointed! A little Christmas, a little romance and a little suspense, all rolled into one – it doesn’t get any better than that! Thanks Julie, for making my Christmas reading a lot more fun this year!

So get No Holly for Christmas while you still can for .99 from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Buy it before November 1st, email me your confirmation number and you just might win a $25 Barnes & Nobel gift card. Also, enter to win a copy of the book by liking me on Facebook or following me on Twitter.

29th Book Blast Participators: Writer’s Mirror   Views from the Hobbit Hole   Kaidan’s Seduction   2 Kids and Tired Books   Debbie’s Inkspections   He’s So Funny   Eva’s Sanctuary   Why Not? Because I Said So!   The Book Bag   The Musings of a Book Addict   From the TBR File  

Enjoy!

Congratulations to my contest winners!!

$25 Gift Cards go to Braden and Mary

Copy of No Holly for Christmas goes to two of my new Facebook Friends Amanda and Jessica!

Thanks for Entering!

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In a world where elves are only slaves, one boy is determined to make things right. With the elves’ help, Kris decides to begin with the children. But can a pile of gifts on Christmas Eve really change anything? This enchanting story is sure to captivate kids of all ages. An instant holiday classic you’ll want to read again and again!

The Night Before Christmas meets The Help.

Though I read this novel in September, there was a point in the story toward the end when I felt a little chill that was lit with the spirit of Christmas—a welcome taste of the season to come.

I really love Christmas novels and so it was no surprise that I jumped at the opportunity to review this one. Written from the POV of Rebecca, wife to Kris Kringle, this story begins when Rebecca meets, Kris, the cousin of a friend visiting from out of town. In the world Tolley created, elves are second classed citizens hired by the human class as domestics and laborers. And are discriminated against in every way possible. It’s truly heartbreaking. But Kris sees the elves’ unique qualities and fights for their rights, doing so, of course, with a twinkle in his eye. I loved his tenacious assertiveness and the way he refused to back down even though he seemed to be the only human able to see the elves’ true potential. When Kris moves to town permanently, he’s already set his sights on Rebecca, and she quickly learns to see the elves through his eyes.

And the rest is, as they say, “history.”

Kris Kringle’s Magic is a fun and poignant story of tolerance and looking past societal prejudice to see the potential, and magic, in everyone.

This novel is great for both adults and children. Or, for adults to read with their children.

My recommendation: cuddle up with your loved ones next to a roaring fire with a mug of hot chocolate and read this book by the light of the Christmas tree.

Enjoy!

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Today I’m excited to share the book trailer for Tamara Heiner’s new book Altercation!

Synopsis:

In this sequel to Heiner’s debut novel, PERILOUS, the FBI promises Jacinta Rivera and her friends that they are safe. Jaci wants desperately to believe them but weeks of hiding from their kidnapper, alias “The Hand”, have left her wary. Hidden from the public eye in an FBI safe house, Jaci must reconcile both her father’s mysterious disappearance and the murder of her best friend.

A betrayal lands Jaci back in the grasp of The Hand, shattering her ability to trust, and leaving her to wonder if she will ever piece together her broken life.

Sounds pretty exciting, doesn’t it?

So click: Watch Trailer and enjoy!

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Loud shrieks sliced the air, followed by the smell of burning cloth. Conner looked over in time to see Geoffrey jumping up and down, yelling and shrieking. Smoke poured from the seat of his shorts while blue and yellow sparks snap-crackle-and-popped all around the heater.

All thirteen-year-old Connor Dell wants to do is pass pre-algebra, play lacrosse, and possibly kiss Melanie Stephens. He didn’t mean to set anyone’s gym shorts on fire or make school lunches explode. But now that the strange powers inside him have been ignited, Connor’s normal teenage life is about to go up in flames!

This fast-paced novel is non-stop fun for kids and parents alike. With characters you can’t help but root for, a plot that keeps you guessing, and plenty of humor, it’s a guaranteed thrill ride from cover to cover!

I’m not much for reading middle grade literature but this story sounded particularly interesting and fun. And it was! When a brother, sister and best friend discover, much to their surprise, that they have unusual powers, their otherwise ordinary middle school days take a very drastic turn toward the unknown, barreling headlong into a conflict between darkness verses light.

There are two forms of power in the world Bell has invented, light verses darkness/good verses evil. Embracing one or the other will give a person strength and unbelievable power, a choice each child must make for his/herself.

Of course these children chose the light and then must learn to channel that light, and the power that comes next, in his/her own way by focusing on that which makes each child happy. I like this focus on individuality. Too much in our world attempts to place children in a box—on 100% conformity. But in this book, kids learn not only the importance of focusing on the positive, on hope, for power, but also on searching for their own personal strengths.

Thus, the symbolism in this novel is very poignant. Amidst the suspense and dramatic (while not overly graphic) fight scenes, a general theme emerges—embrace the good in this world—the light—and in return, the light will give you power.

Also woven throughout the plot is a message of moving forward, of not allowing the past to get the best of you—to drag you down—and keep you from discovering your potential. Throw in an evil mystical scientist and you get an adventure that is exciting and wildly imaginative.

I also liked that the teachers were the good guys. I get a little tired of seeing authority figures portrayed as stupid and/or maniacal morons out to get every person under the age of eighteen.

This is a well written story that would be great for a teacher to read to his/her class, parents to their children, or to find your kid under the covers with a flashlight, reading long after bedtime.

The author is offering a signed copy of the book at the discounted price of $9.99 (including shipping). Click here to order: Signed Copy

Find more information on this book and the author here: Braden Bell

 

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