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Proximity by Traci Hunter Abramson
Paperback, 262 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications
ISBN 9781524406 (ISBN13: 9781524406820)
Tia Parker always seems to fall for the wrong guy. But when she meets Evan Spence at a friend's wedding, it seems like she's finally found Mr. Right. Their spark is undeniable, but reality may extinguish any hope for a future: they are separated by thousands of miles. As the couple struggles with the pitfalls of pursuing romance long-distance, Tia is taken off guard by a new arrival in town. Colby Farren is handsome and charming and has made it clear he's interested in Tia. Yet despite his obvious infatuation, Tia can't seem to get Evan out of her mind. Caught between the attention of two very different men, her complicated love life is soon eclipsed by much more sobering concerns. A break-in at her apartment is just the first in a series of bizarre events, each bringing her one step closer to a dangerous liaison. And knowing who to trust could be a matter of life and death.
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
Author, Traci Hunter Abramson, did not disappoint me in yet, another great suspense/thriller!
In this novel, Tia Parker is a young woman who always seems to have a poor judgement of character when it comes to men! This last relationship, she even had a brief marriage to him!
Attractive celebrity Colby Farren is the Best Man at her best friend's wedding. Since she is the maid of Honor, their paths frequently cross. The last thing she needs is to entertain the idea of any type of romance with a celebrity!
While she battles her feeling between the two men occupying her mind, bizarre situations begin to occur which escalates to danger for her.
This is more predictable than many of Traci's books, but us so well written with enough twists and mystery, that it is still a very entertaining tale.
This book is about an Latter Day Saint woman and has religious references.
I offer a Four Stars rating.
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Publisher: Authorhouse (June 12, 2018) Category: Memoir, Inspirational, Spiritual, Grief Tour dates: August & Sept, 2018 ISBN: 978-1-5462-3763-1 Available in PDF, 128 pages Like ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ by Paul Kalanithi and Abraham Verghese, ‘Building Mountains from Dust’, award winning author, Kimberly Young shares her story of survival and inspiration. At fifty, Kimberly’s structured, organized, and driven life is thrown into a tailspin when she is diagnosed with advanced staged lung cancer. Never a smoker, Kimberly makes frank reflections about her decision not to have children, and how she makes peace with her mother, who abandoned her over fifteen years ago. This is a story about heart-wrenching life lessons, forgiveness, and about finding faith, as in a tragic twist of fate; Kimberly survives her cancer when her husband of twenty years suddenly dies.
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Building Mountains From Dust is a very inspiring, well written, story.
This is a very recent event in this impressive and courageous woman's life.
Kimberly Young perceived herself to be a fairly healthy, active woman of
fifty years of age. She had had a few "scares" with her husband's health -
who was twenty years her senior - but, in addition to being in good health,
she looked very young. Therefore, she was shocked to discover she had lung
cancer. Didn't that usually happen to those who smoked?
Kimberly tell of your journey from the initial shock, denial, grief, then willingness
to be treated. With a few individuals, she was close to, encouraging her, she was
determined to conquer this ugly disease.
She was forced to face another devastating challenge, as well.
This was a very touching account of her "trials" which may bring hope to others
struggling with a similar situation. It will also instill greater awareness and
compassion in many people.
This earns a Four Stars rating.
*This book was sent to me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
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Praise Eighth Wonder by Kimberly S. Young“The more I read, the more I couldn't put the book down. As the story unfolded, so did the wonder of life and all of the tricks that it plays on us. This book is a story about life, love, loss, heartbreak, and moving forward. How we sometimes sleepwalk through life focused on superficial goals rather than our hearts desire; and how we sometimes find love and comfort in the most unlikeliest of places. The characters were well developed and the story line was unique. When you finish the very last word on the very last page, you feel as though life has completed its circle.”-Donna McBroom-Theriot, My life One Story At A Time “The Eighth Wonder is an emotional, heart-tugging journey into the lives of two people, Nicole and Tom. Both from different walks of life, it's fate when their lives intersect. It's not a happy journey at first, for either of them. Told through flashbacks in both perspectives, the writing is lyrical, yet poignant. Young has created memorable, realistic characters that really touch an emotional chord on a tiered level. Life is full of choices, and the output of those choices will change not only your life, but others around you. A unique love story with a surprising ending, The Eighth Wonder is an emotionally charged read!”-Minding Spot “A Forbidden love story written with compassion and sincerity.”-Lynelle Clark, Inspire To Read “Kimberly Young has constructed an amazing first novel about unexpected love and the strange chemistry of May-November romances. This is no bodice-ripper or sappy saga of moonstruck entrancement. Her characters are deep, and the reader roots for them.” – John M. Hanchette, Pulitzer Prize-winner and St. Bonaventure University journalism professor
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kimberly Young is a psychologist and world expert on Internet addiction disorder and online behavior. She founded the Center for Internet Addiction in 1995 and was a psychology professor at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford with a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Young is currently a professor of management scientists at St. Bonaventure University. She has published numerous journal articles and books chapters and served as an expert witness regarding her pioneer research including testimony for the Child Protection Online Act Congressional Committee. Young is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, and a founding member of the International Society of Mental Health Online.
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Political Parties by Rachel Magee
Contemporary Sweet Romance } Paperback & ebook, 246 pages
September 25th 2018 by Clean Reads
Planning one amazing party is more complicated than it sounds.
Reece Ryan is known as the best wedding planner in town, but it’s time to take her company to the next level. Getting the contract from a prestigious law firm to plan their upcoming political related events is just the break she needs to prove that she can put together more than just the perfect nuptials. Sure, these events which will receive national coverage might be slightly out of her league, but it’s nothing she can’t handle. Managing the hotshot lawyer the firm has tasked as their liaison for the project is a whole other story.
Griffith Brighton always thought the start of his political career would come from hard work and his brilliant legal mind, not throwing some fancy party. But when the firm’s managing partner asks him to work with the event coordinator to organize a fundraiser dinner for the presidential candidate, he knows it’s the opportunity he’s been waiting for to get in front of some major political players. After years of goal setting and career planning, his future finally seems to be coming together …until two weeks of working with Reece make him reconsider everything he thought to be true about life and falling in love.
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This is a great story. I love a good romance and this story has one, with a lot of other things happening.
I like the way the Griffith finally figured out what is really important in life.
The characters are all awesome. They are all well-developed. . It's so easy to feel their emotions. I could really feel Reece's ups and downs. She has great friends and family too.
The story flows well from chapter to chapter and is easy to follow along.
If you like a good clean romance, this is a good book to read. I highly recommend it.
I give this book a literary rating of 5/5
“I’m sorry. Do we know each other?” Griffith said.
She let out an exasperated sigh, which was probably meant to display her irritation but
only highlighted her cute sweetheart mouth. “You tripped me before the wedding.”
Her tone hinted at the absurdity that he could forget her. At least they could agree on
that. She had a certain unforgettable quality, and for a moment, he stood mesmerized by her.
The light purple fabric of her dress skimmed her slim body to her hips where it flared
out and swirled around her thighs. Her long dark hair bounced cheerfully around the middle of
Until now, he didn’t know hair was capable of bouncing cheerfully, but hers was doing
just that. And her aquamarine eyes lit up as if they were smiling even in the midst of her lecture.
“The girl with the flowers.” A wave of satisfaction rushed through him as recognition
hit. “As I recall, you tripped over me. But again, I offer my apologies.”
She didn’t look impressed that he remembered their meeting. Shifting her weight to the
other foot, she tapped her toe against the marble floor.
“You didn’t even stick around to see if I was okay. Who does that?” Her tone was
accusing which started to annoy him.
“I was in the middle of a call,” he countered, not sure why he needed to explain himself
to…Who was she again?
“Doesn’t seem like a good enough reason to not use your manners.” She pursed her lips.
“It was an important call.”
“Just watch where you’re going before any of the other guests become the collateral
damage of your importance.”
She shot him one final stare before she spun around, grabbed a cloth napkin from the
neighboring table, and wiped her damp skirt in one swift motion. Griffith couldn’t help but watch her walk away.
About the Author
Rachel wrote her first novel when she was twelve and entered it into a contest for young author/illustrators. Unfortunately, the judges weren’t impressed with her stick figures. So she dropped the dream of becoming a world famous illustrator and stuck to spinning stories. When she’s not busy working on her latest book, she loves to travel with her family and friends. By far, her favorite destination is the beach, which tends to work its way into most of her stories. Between vacations, you can find her at home in The Woodlands, TX with her wonderful husband, their two adventurous kids and a couple of spirited pets, all of whom share Rachel’s love of the ocean. Well, except the cat and dog. They’re both afraid of water. Find out more about what Rachel has been up to at rachelmageebooks.com.
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Book Title: The Wisdom of Listening: Pieces of Gold from a Decade of Interviewing and Life by Marilyn R. Wilson
Category: Adult Non-fiction, 220 pages
Genre: Self-Esteem, Motivational, Personal Transformation
Publisher: Real People - Real Lives Press | Release date: May 28, 2018
Tour dates: Sept 24 to Oct 12, 2018 | Content Rating: G
The next time you're out in public, take a moment to look around you. Each and every person you see holds wisdom in their pockets--pieces of gold they've accumulated as they walked their own unique life journey.
Within these pages, Marilyn shares some of the many pieces of gold she has received over her decade-long career. They have been offered to her during interviews, through random encounters and while facing difficult challenges. The most important? We are each unique and exactly who we are meant to be.
Are you ready to dig for gold? All you need to do is be brave, be present in the moment and be open to the possibilities--then start a conversation.
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
In this non-fiction tale, the author offers her insight to the responses she received from various individuals she Interviewed. She, also, strives to reiterate the truth that everyone has a story. There are no individuals on this planet who are not unique in some way.
I liked the fact she pointed this out. Many of us feel we are not anything special. There is no other who has lived your life. We can often relate to other's circumstances or experiences in some ways, but each will be somewhat unique.
I agree that this is a very important topic.
The interviews, plus her memoirs, were interesting, although at times repetitive.
I don't feel the title fits, nor the book cover, although they are both eye-catching.
I offer a Three and a Half Stars rating.
*This book was sent to me with no stipulation for a positive review. This is my honest review.
A Mother's Reading Memories by Marilyn R. Wilson ( www.marilynrwilson.com )
I was an avid reader growing up. I don't remember my parents encouraging me much once I could read on my own. However, of the three of us kids, I was the one driven to get her library card and went there often. I still remember the first time I walked up those daunting stairs from the children's section in the basement to the adult main floor and selected a book. I felt so grown up.
When I became a mother – a whopping three kids arriving in only three and a half years – I was determined they would all love reading too. I read to them often and for long periods of time. My all time favorite kids book was, and still is, Derek the Knitting Dinosaur. It has a wonderful rhyming text, a fun storyline, nice illustrations and it's message is one of self-acceptance.
One Christmas my three kids – age three to six and a half at the time – sat side by side on the hearth and recited this mid-length book from start to finish with no help. I had no idea they had memorized it. Even today, if the subject comes up, most of us can recite at least the first five pages with few mistakes.
Now THAT'S a great children's book. Unfortunately it is now out of print.
I started teaching my oldest how to read before he hit grade one. He was smart, but early on I could sense a possible underlying learning problem. So to give him confidence, we started the basics at home.
The other two, not wanting to be left out, jumped on board. Every week we were at the library picking out new super easy readers to practice with. My two oldest needed no encouragement while they were in elementary school, but my third just wasn't as sold on reading. What to do? In a very inspired moment I offered all three the chance to stay up an extra half hour if they wanted to read. Bingo. That had them reading every night before bed until sports, friends, homework and more began to eat away at their free time.
As they grew older, I missed that time spent with all three cuddled up to me while I read book after book, but I loved making sure they always had great books laying around ready to be picked up. I also lost all perspectives on budget when I took them to the school's book fairs. We would come home with our arms filled.
As adults, I find their reading comes and goes in spurts. They have times they indulge, but not like when they were younger. It's probably normal. Looking at myself in my 20s, 30s and 40s, that's exactly the place I was at. It was only when my kids became independent and I began to have more free time that I dove back into reading.
Now every holiday I load at least 15 e-Books into my vintage Sony Reader before we leave and dive in during any free moments. Most nights when I start to wind down, at least part of that time is spent reading. I hope for all of my kids that as their lives settle, they'll find their way back to ending their day relaxing with a good book.
In the meantime, every once and awhile I find myself reminiscing about those early story times. Many favorite books come to mind, but Derek the Knitting Dinosaur is still tops for me. In fact, I just dug out my 25 plus year old copy the other day. I still love it!
“Millions of years before man or machine, lived Derek the Dinosaur little and green. And all day long in his little stone house, he talked to his friend Montmorency the Mouse. And this is what he said......”
About the Author:
Marilyn R. Wilson is a freelance writer, published author and speaker with a passion for interviewing. Her career as a writer began in an unusual way: by answering a Craigslist ad from a NYC magazine. The world shifted when she conducted her first interview—she had found her passion.
Since 2006, she has interviewed over a hundred and fifty people from around the globe, co-owned a local magazine, wrote freelance for others, worked as an editor, published two books and provided author support for her publisher. Her goal as an author -- to give wings to the stories of others and to pay forward some of the many "pieces of gold" received during interviews - bits of wisdom that have changed her life.
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Love Unscripted by Tiffany Odekirk
Paperback, 333 pages
Published September 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications
ISBN: 1524407879 (ISBN13: 9781524407872)
Evie Jennings doesn't believe in happily ever after—it's been a year since moving home to Los Angeles to gather the pieces of her broken heart after her divorce, but she is only going through the motions. That is, until a chance encounter on her college campus brings about an unexpected turn of events: Evie finds herself face-to-face with the heartthrob whose poster decorated the wall of her teenage bedroom. And he's desperate for her help.
Hollywood sensation Ridge Dashly is facing a career crisis—a bad review threatens his A-list status. Desperate to win back the favor of the media and his fans, Ridge reluctantly agrees to enroll in college, never dreaming he'll meet someone who can see past his fame to his true self.
As their paths continue to cross, Evie's seeming disinterest intrigues Ridge, and the pair form a tentative friendship that slowly grows into something more. But when confronted with the unrelenting paparazzi and the nagging shadows of their pasts, will they follow everyone else's script or fight for their own happy ending?
Can a relationship with a celebrity ever end happily? Probably not.
Does an Latter-Day-Saint woman in her twenties who has been divorced fit-in in any ward?
Evie experienced a very brief marriage, but it broke her heart, and she felt such the "Fool"!
This is a bitter-sweet story of avoiding romance for a second time, of forgiveness, of self-worth, and understanding the Atonement more fully.
This is also, for a child's misconception of how she must choose a profession. It, also, points out the misunderstandings in relationships.
The Book Title and cover are very "fitting".
The characters and scenes were so well portrayed, the reader easily felt he/she was there. The attitudes and emotions of the characters were easily felt by the reader.
The only negative is, the discontent and stigma in the relationship felt slightly dragged out.
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating.
*This book was sent by the publisher with not request for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Tiffany Odekirk believes cooking should take less than thirty minutes, frosting is better than ice cream, and all books should end with happily ever after. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development, Tiffany completed an internship with LDS Family Services in adoption and then went on to work with homeless women and children in the non-profit sector. Married to a Broadway star, Tiffany’s days are filled with music, and her nights are spent writing the types of characters she hopes her children will one day marry.
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I own other Ninja products of which I truly love! I am excited to try the Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker!
This Complete Cookbook for Beginners has a illustration and all the parts compiled in the creation of the Ninja Foodi, and how they work. They do Pressure Cooking, Air Frying, Dehydtrating, + more!
The cookbook offers pages of mouthwatering recipes, conversion and other charts for various usages. Plus, there are a few illustrations of completed recipes I wish there had been more illustrations.
I have an air cooker by another brand name in which I am going to try a few of the recipes. However, I am certain Ninja Foodi would have been a much better choice. My Air cooker does not do anywhere near all the things this Ninja Pressure cooker can do!
I offer a Four Stars rating Stars rating of this Cook Book.
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Book Title: Stolen Obsession by Marlene M. Bell
Category: Adult Fiction; 284 pages
Publisher: Ewephoric Publishing | Release date: March 20, 2018
Genre: Romantic Mystery / Thriller | Tour dates: Sept 10 to 28, 2018
Content Rating: R (Small bit of language and one detailed sex scene)
Antiquities appraiser Annalisse Drury dreams of a quiet life on the family's sheep farm, far away from Manhattan's brownstones, when her closest confidant falls victim to a mugging gone wrong. This had to be a hit--There are echoes from the past--and detectives have no leads. Then at a gallery opening, she sees an artifact on display, an interlocking necklace of horse heads matching her friend's stolen bracelet. Annalisse fears for the curator who owns the piece.
Convinced the jewelry collection is evil and must be destroyed, Annalisse enlists the gallery owner's womanizing son. Alec Zavos has his mother's ear, but dismisses Annalisse's concerns--until a second victim at the opening brings them together in a fight against treachery, a race through exotic lands, and an unimaginable future. If Annalisse can survive...
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
Annakisse, orphaned when she was a girl, holds tender memories of her Aunt and Uncle , sheep farmers, far away from her Manhattan residence.
While supporting her boss in an opening for the gallery, a necklace she feels is cursed, was unexpectedly on display. It must be removed!
The "opening" is halted when a mugging occurred. Then further disaster transpired!
While she originally sought the aid of the gallery owner's womanizing son, she reluctantly had to put herself in his care while the crimes were being solved.
She must protect herself from another devastating relationship.
The author created the characters in a way they felt real and involved the reader in the scenes so he/she felt a part of the story.
This was a great story! I felt it began rather awkward while building the foundation but it improved steadily until the end.
*Reader Beware: There is some profanity, graphic violence and sexual contemplations throughout, plus, an explicit scene.
The Book Title and Cover were very fitting and eye-catching.I offer a five and a Half Stars rating.
**This book was gifted me with no expectation for a positive review.
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SHEEP IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM
Raising lambs on a bottle is a seasonal occurrence on most sheep operations. In fall of 2006, it hit us again when Natalie was born to a first-time mom during freezing temperatures. It was my job to check the ewes who were expected to lamb and this particular night I made my pass through the flock at 1:30 in the morning. A hard frost had fallen and, of course, a first-timer ewe had a little lamb in the frozen dirt. The lamb was so tiny and not moving, so I assumed the lamb had come too early and had expired. Her mother had no milk.
As I closed in with a flashlight, the lamb raised its head and cried. I had to make a hard choice. Leave it outside and bottle feed it, or take it inside the house where it would have a fighting chance in the warmth. The lamb was a fighter and had survived at this point, so she made a reasonable candidate for the bottle. Her size was against her, but if I left her to the elements, dying was a certainty.
While my husband slept, I brought the lamb into our home. I’d never done this before and considered how crazy it was to do this with a lamb that would never grow large enough as a breeder in our flock. The lamb I called Natalie was too small to raise lambs of her own, but I had to make the effort and save her just the same. Filling a huge metal salad bowl with warm water, I carefully submerged her legs and rubbed the coldness out of her bones. Raising her body temperature over the next twenty minutes or so, I was able to get her warm enough to accept a small amount of milk from a bottle.
Under a heat lamp on a bath towel, I let her warm until she was able to stand on her own, all three pounds eight ounces of her. Natalie stayed in our laundry room for eight weeks with an occasional walk to the kitchen sink while I made her bottles, around the clock. Every three hours. Our house cat, Buggs wasn’t sure about the strange creature behind the door, but Natalie flourished and became a part of our family for twelve years. She lived outside but never felt like hanging with other sheep. I honestly believe she considered herself more like us and less like the others with fleece. I plan to bring out her story in a children’s book between writing installments of the Annalisse Series. This is Natalie chasing my husband (and feed) in the Kawasaki Mule 2017. We lost her in April 2018. She is missed every day.
About the Author:
Marlene Bell is an acclaimed artist and photographer as well as a writer. Her sheep and lamb landscapes grace the covers of many publications such as, Sheep!, The Shepherd, Ranch & Rural Living and Sheep Industry News, to name a few. Her mail order venture, Ewephoric, began in 1985 out of the need to find personalized stationery depicting sheep that truly looked like them. She wrote Among the Sheep, nonfiction in 2009, and the Annalisse Series launched in March 2018.
Marlene and her husband, Gregg reside on a wooded ranch in East Texas with their 50 head of spoiled Horned Dorset sheep, a lovable Maremma guard dog named, Tia, and 3 attention-loving cats who rule the household.
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When a deadly virus decimates the majority of Earth's population, 16-year-old Sawyer Bradshaw finds he is both immune and alone in a world that has descended into violent chaos. Armed with only his estranged father's shotgun, and an unrelenting desire to stay alive, Sawyer discovers that he not only has an uncanny knack for cheating death, but also for taking lives. Still, it is not long before he meets his match in a fierce and cunning teenage girl named Sara and by her side Sawyer emerges as more than just a natural-born killer, but also as a leader among men. Nevertheless, as quick as the young survivors fall desperately in love, they find themselves caught up in a series of conspiracies and twisted struggles for power, and they soon realize that more often than not, love, betrayal, and death, tend to walk hand in hand.
Dark Tomorrow by Jeremiah Franklin Publisher: Month9Books Publication Date: September 18, 2018
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Where does the inspiration for your character development come from? How do you decide which is the best fit for this particular story?
I think that, like many authors, much of the inspiration for my characters comes from my experiences in real life, and the people in it. That’s not to say that one can’t find inspiration in books and movies, etc., but most, if not all, of my characters have attributes pulled from real individuals, flaws included, and I like to think that is what makes them so relatable to the reader. When I wrote Dark Tomorrow: Rise of the Crow, I wanted the world to be as realistic as possible, and by drawing on actual living individuals to craft my characters, I think it added to the overall realism of the story. Of course, it’s also important that your characters “fit” your story, and it’s not uncommon to completely cut characters or re-imagine their personalities at some point in your writing. Really, I think if a writer is seeking to create a convincing and engaging world, developing characters based on the real world is always a good choice. People sometimes say you should never upset a writer because they can make you into a villain in their next book--and I can tell you that there is definitely some real truth to that!
ABOUT the AUTHOR!
Jeremiah Franklin is a former private investigator, arm-chair survivalist, and author of the Dark Tomorrow trilogy. When he is not creating thrilling post-apocalyptic worlds, or discussing himself in the third person, the author enjoys reading, staying active, and spending time outdoors with family and friends. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Education, and several other certifications that no one really cares about.
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Creating Your Forever Family: How to Incorporate Family Proclamation Principles in Your Home by Rachel A. Sullivan Paperback, 192 pages | ISBN13 9781524406776
Published 2018 by Covenant Communications
It has been decades since the family proclamation was first presented to members of the Church by President Gordon B. Hinckley. But despite the passage of time, the counsel provided in the family proclamation is ever more vital in these tumultuous last days. Creating Your Forever Family is an indispensable resource, providing practical application of the nine principles outlined in the family proclamation. Featuring counsel from Church leaders and stories of these principles in action, this book offers ways to incorporate these values into everyday life, from interview questions designed to help kids open up to the game night ideas to fun family dinner conversation starters. Families will be strengthened as each member gets involved in the discussions and applications. Now is the time to fortify families and truly embrace the principles of this great proclamation.
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
Although this book is specifically written for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, it is an excellent format for any Christian striving to raise a responsible, Christlike family in today's society. Using the Family Proclamation as a guideline, the author has itemized each step we can take as parents, to ensure our family is spiritually strong and Christlike as possible.
At the end of each chapter, there are questions to ensure the chapter is understood. At the end of the book are appendixes With further Questions and pointers to make sure the book in its entirety, is comprehended and made useful..
As a parent, we often feel overwhelmed with what we are counseled to do to be thorough and effective in our roles, entrusted us by a perfect Heavenly Father. However, we are not perfect. Life often results in illness, financial problems, economical problems in loss of work, etc.
As a young mother I often berated myself and felt hopeless because I was not able to do all the things I was taught in order to live as Christ would have me do.
I feel it is expedient authors realize this in writing. It is important individuals strive to do these things but realize if not all are attained, the important thing is that we keep striving to do our very best, plus more though God's help, then realize we are not perfect and the main point is to keep striving hard and never quit.
The Title is well-chosen and the Book Cover is nice but not very eye-catching to the
I offer a Four Stars rating
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Daniel Cavanaugh has it all—a lucrative career as a lawyer, a gorgeous fiancée, and his future mapped out for him. So why is he feeling increasingly dissatisfied with his life? When the assignment to handle his late grandmother’s estate takes him to the California coast, Daniel welcomes the escape. Staying at the nearby bed-and-breakfast isn’t really his style, but he soon realizes the inn may hold the key to the answers he’s been seeking. Spindrift Cove has few opportunities for a young unmarried woman like Sarah Michaels. Even so, she enjoys her solitude as owner and chef at the Neverland Inn. She thrives on catering to the needs of her guests and treating them to her fantastic cooking. But when Daniel walks through her door, he immediately tests her patience. Though he is handsome and well-bred, she finds him insufferable. Soon, however, the tranquility of the inn works its magic, and Daniel and Sarah forge a sweet and unexpected connection—until the life he left behind in the city demands his return and it seems that a happily ever after may not be on the menu after all.
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
This is a well-written, wonderfully predictable , "feel good" story!
The Neverland Inn was a home which once belonged to Sarah's aunt, one she was raised in part of her life, and now it belonged to her. What better way to honor her aunt's memory than make it into a cozy Bed and Breakfast Inn? She eagerly tried to make all welcome, as her aunt would have, plus, fix the wonderful, mouthwatering recipes her aunt had taught her to make.
When it slowed down, she had her lovable, quirky best friend, Michelle, to add "spice" to her life.
Daniel was morose standing at the burial of his beloved grandmother. How could hid dad be so "cold" at the death of his own mother? Always efficient and businesslike, his mother and father urged him to hurry and get the estate sale and auction matters completed and join them for pressing social events and spend time with his absentee fiance who would be returning to San Francisco any day. A gorgeous, sophisticated fiance of mostly his parents choosing.
Feeling restless and grieving for the one he knew had truly loved him, Daniel decided to stay in the area a few days and explain later. However, hid Five Star hotel room was already booked for the advance days. This forced him to find a different place. He sett;ed on a remote B & B in the area.. When he arrived, nobody answered his supplications. When he went around to the backyard, the owner actually immediately fell for him! ...or should I say on him?!
Sarah, had never had a person so uptight and formal stay at her inn. She was determined to "loose" him up... That is if he stayed more than one night, or two.
This is a relaxing, fun story of two entirely different individuals, yet, deep inside, craved the same things. What Sarah had not realized is Daniel wasn't free, and would soon be married.
There are several twists in Sarah, Daniel's and other 's lives which keeps the reader interested.
The characters are very endearing, the scenes easily visualized, The book Cover and title chosen very well.
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no suggestion for a positive review. This is my honest reveiw.
K.C. Grant loves to write! From bad poetry at the age of seven to not-too-much-later attempts at a novel where the main character was a talkative red-haired girl (yes, that wasn't very creative) she has loved to create stories. In her adult career, she has written for family oriented magazines like BackHome, Parents and Kids, The Washington Family and LDSLiving. She was so excited about the release of her first novel in 2010, "Abish: Daughter of God." A sequel, "Abish: Mother of Faith" continues the story of Abish and focuses on the mothers of the stripling warriors.
K.C. will also get to continue her fascination with the setting of Mexico (this time with a modern twist) when her suspense novel titled "Venom" which came out January 2012.
She also belongs to three writers' groups and various other organizations that keep her very busy.
Browsing an antiques shop in Wiltshire, Alison Bannister stumbles across a delicate old portrait—identified as the doomed Tudor queen, Anne Boleyn. Except Alison knows better. The subject is Mary Seymour, the daughter of Katherine Parr, who was taken to Wolf Hall in 1557 and presumed dead after going missing as a child. And Alison knows this because she, too, lived at Wolf Hall and knew Mary…more than four hundred years ago.
The painting of Mary is more than just a beautiful object for Alison—it holds the key to her past life, the unlocking of the mystery surrounding Mary’s disappearance and how Alison can get back to her own time. To when she and Mary were childhood enemies yet shared a pact that now, finally, must be fulfilled, no matter the cost.
Bestselling author of House of Shadows Nicola Cornick offers a provocative alternate history of rivals, secrets and danger, set in a time when a woman’s destiny was determined by the politics of men and luck of birth. A spellbinding tale for fans of Kate Morton, Philippa Gregory and Barbara Erskine.
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MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
Born in a different time Alison is drawn to a photo which may offer clues to finding her way back home. Little did she realize the complications it could cause.
Mary has her own survival to experience. With her "gifts" she must be very cautious in what she says or reveals. She doesn't want to end up like her father did!
This is a very entertaining heart-wrenching account of two distant cousins who are orphaned and find themselves at the mercy of, yet, another cousin. Although they are forced to share a bedroom, they are very different personalities and do not even like one another... or so it seems.
Before their lives go separate directions, Mary makes a vow to Alison. They may not like each other but they respect one another and are loyal.
The characters are well-defined and are easily "connected " with. The portrayal of the scenes are easily visualized.
The first portion of the book was not engaging and seemed awkward. However, after that, the story progressed smoothly and captured the readers interest. The book progressed iun action and meaning with a very strong ending.
The Book Title and Cover were well-chosen.
**READER BEWARE: There is some profanity and a very intimate sex scene.
I offer a Four Stars rating.
This book was gifted to me with no suggestion for a positive review. This is my honest review.
About Nicola CornickInternational bestselling author Nicola Cornick writes historical romance for HQN Books and time slip romance for MIRA UK. She became fascinated with history when she was a child, and spent hours poring over historical novels and watching costume drama. She studied history at university and wrote her master’s thesis on heroes. Nicola also acts as a historical advisor for television and radio. In her spare time she works as a guide in a 17th century mansion.
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A Cowboy's Pride (Rocky Mountain Cowboys #4)
by Karen Rock
Contemporary Romance | Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
September 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming
Old wounds run deep
Only the truth can heal them…
Rancher Cole Loveland has no interest in dredging up the past, but his ex-fiancée, Katlynn Brennon, has other plans. To save her struggling TV show, she’s come back to Colorado to investigate the infamous Cade-Loveland feud. Trusting Katlynn again isn’t easy—she’s already chosen her career over Cole once. But he’s beginning to realize that true love, like legends, never dies.
My Review: (LAWonder10)
Katlynn had enjoyed her "stardom" but now she was thirty-two, and felt threatened all she sacrificed could soon be "swept away" if she didn't do something to hike her ratings up. There was only one thing she could think of, something she had tried hard for all these years to forget... "back home" and painful memories.
If this is what it takes to save her career and the livelihoods of her staff, then she had no alternative.
Cole was out all the chilly night with a cow who was calving. Early morning , his father joined him. As they observed the struggle of the mother struggling to claim her calf. Cole's Dad dropped a "bombshell" on him. When they arrived home, Cole discovered that was not the only "bombshell" his dad had to drop!
Could Katlynn and could Cole escape without "pouring salt into old wounds"?
Several twists, hidden secrets, adventure, excitement, and emotional conflicts occur within these pages. Unhurried secrets that could set those in present bondage, free!
Will they truly be able to solve this mystery from the past?
The characters are so realistic and the scenes depicted so well, the reader will feel he/she is right there with them!
The Cover and Title are a very good "Fit".
I offer a Five Stars rating.*This book was gifted me with no suggestion of a positive review. This is my honest review.
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Book Title: Sitting at the Kitchen Table with God by Sandi Smith
Category: Adult Fiction, 192 pages | Genre: Literary Fiction, Christian Fiction
Publisher: Mindstir Media | Release date: May 10, 2017
Tour dates: Sept 3 to 28, 2018 | Content Rating: PG-13
MARIANNE HAD PLENTY OF TIME ON HER HANDS TO DO NOTHING, so she decided to clean the placemats that she had collected over the past fifty years. Fifty years of a wonderful life together with her husband and best friend, Andrew. Fifty years that should have turned into sixty, but would not even turn into fifty-one.
Her wonderful Andrew was dead. Andrew…her friend and caretaker of her soul and mind and being. Loneliness, darkness, and guilt extended their hungry fingers out for Marianne, desperately trying to pull her even further into their world…a world with no escape. How could she live without her Andrew? She had been so sure that she would be the first one to die in this relationship. But now there was a stronger component to her loneliness and darkness that was starting to make its presence known to Marianne. Anger.
Anger had been a companion of Marianne’s for a very long time, but usually she had the ability to quiet its demand to be set free. This time, though, Marianne was not sure she would be able to control this anger. It was different somehow…stronger. She was afraid and weak. She had lost her faith in God, and she was so angry with Andrew for leaving her behind. Leaving her all alone in this dark, insane world. A world that was in such a hurry to go nowhere. A world that was in such a hurry to destroy everything in its path. Marianne was in its path, but this time she was alone. Sitting at the kitchen table, Marianne closed her eyes, and then she prayed that, today, she would die.
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About the Author:
Sandi Smith spent her time as a young girl combing the shelves of the public library. She has always enjoyed the magic that books have to offer and was inspired by her high school English teacher, Mr. Coolidge to embrace the arts. The author found her calling as a writer early one morning as her first story came to her in the form of a poem. Since then she has written more than 15 children’s books, with her most popular series about the adventures of an adorable spider in the A.R. Achnid series.
Sandi is happily married to her inspiration and husband of 40 years, John. She continues to write for her two precious grandchildren. When she’s not penning a new story, Sandi and John like to camp, kayak and to enjoy the simple life in their home in Pembroke, NH.
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Book Title: Held Together: A True Story of Love's Victory by Jenny Q
Category: Adult Non-Fiction; 456 pages | Genre: Memoir
Publisher: BookBaby | Release date: June 1, 2018
Tour dates: Sept 10 to 28, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Graphic medical procedures, some bad language)
In January of 2014, Joshua Tree’s beloved village herbalist, Jenny Q. suddenly became seriously ill and rapidly descended into a coma with slender chance of survival. The shock of this news initiated an overwhelming outpouring of love, wit, service, practical magic and sharing of spiritual wisdom between those in her intimate desert community. Indeed it seemed that the entire group became one in their desperate effort and race against the clock to save her life.
While the words of others in the community tell the story in this book, it is Jenny’s own insightful writings that provide a fascinating window into a range of rare experiences. She gives us a unique glimpse into the mysterious worlds encountered while in a coma, the absolute alteration of losing one’s legs, the subtle venom of PTSD, the nightmare of withdrawal from prescription opiates, and the maddening frustration of having to re-learn basic skills previously taken for granted such as the ability to walk.
My Review: (LAWonder10)
Held Together is a Truly incredible story of Jenny Q. and her baffling, excruciating plight after what was a minor surgery.
It is also am awe inspiring book of community support, as well as the support of friends and family.
it is incredible to realize how one individual affected so many lives.
This story is also a testament to how two conflicting groups can unite in one purpose.
There are a couple of statements in her story that I feel especially resolutely about:
#1.) "I believe the power of love is a healing force.I believe that love is an action.You need to show up and take action."
The second was about two thirds through the book when it refers to the will to live can be stronger than the medical world's belief in the impossibility for recovery.
The Book Title and Image was done very cleverly. There was also some interesting photographs.
I found it difficult, at first, to get into the story.
Although I am impressed by the accounts of family and friends, along with Jenny's, I found it slightly disconcerting in trying to adequately follow her tale. I also did not applaud the lack of punctuation throughout the book.
I offer a Three and a Half Stars rating.
*This was a book gifted me, with no requirement for a positive review. This is my honest review.
About the Author:
Jenny Q was born in Southern California to Palestinian immigrants. Her love of herbs began in her teens while on the road following the Grateful Dead. After exploring many heart homes, she set her roots in Joshua Tree, California, where she opened Grateful Desert, the local apothecary. Joyously sharing her life with her tight-knit desert community, Jenny lives with her beloveds~ Yazzy, her daughter and Myshkin, her wife.
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Book Title: No End of Bad by Ginny Fite
Category: Adult Fiction; 280 pages | Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Black Opal Books | Release date: June 2018
Tour dates: Sept 3 to 21, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 (Contains cursing, violence, non-explicit sex but NO adultery, abortion, etc.)
A DC conspiracy novel of grand proportions...
Washington, DC, housewife Margaret Turnbull's world literally blows up after her husband, FBI agent Clay Turnbull, is falsely arrested and killed by agents working for an international drug cartel.
Unbeknownst to Margaret, her enemy's tentacles reach all the way to the White House and control senior personnel. Their powerful enterprise in jeopardy, the assassins will stop at nothing to cover their tracks. With cutting-edge surveillance--CIA, FBI, and NSA technology--there is nowhere to hide, no one to trust. No one is safe--anywhere.
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
This is a very interesting account of corruption at high levels of government - not unlike there is in reality in today's world.
It, also, addresses many other serious, controversial problems in today's society, worldwide, so therefore, the author felt the need to use some strong language, at times, and make reader aware of other real, injustices.
This story open's with a devoted, family man, patriot and FBI agent. His sense of justice and importance of preserving our country's integrity comes at a high price! It is about an admirable, although fictitious, character. Will his life of integrity and wholesomeness be enough?
The charterers are described in a way the reader can easily visualize them and the scenes are sometimes very graphic but portrayed well.
The main problem I had with this story was the lack of smooth "flow" between key individual's chapters. They felt "choppy" and sometimes left the reader somewhat confused for a few minutes. It was not always easy to discern which character was doing what, or where.
Although The Book Cover was an okay "fit" it wasn't one most "browsers" would stop and examine. The Title, however, was clever and "fitting.
Although I do not condone today's crude language used by many, I do feel the subject matter's are ones people should be aware of.
I offer a Three and a half Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no request that I offer a positive review. This is my honest review.
Ginny Fite Guest Blog Post:
The September after my husband died—a month I barely remember—I was looking out of the kitchen window and noticed the scrawny Southern Magnolia tree we planted five years before had two white blobs on it. Magnolias normally bloom in June.
I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Was this some new kind of blight? I really couldn’t take another hit at that moment.
Panicking, I walked back to the tree, taking in the state of all the other trees on the property. They looked normal. As I got closer, the unmistakable sweet lemony scent of Magnolia flowers reached me.
Close up, the white blobs were healthy buds about to open into those magnificent almost alien-looking blooms with their soft leathery petals and yellow pinecone-like center. I didn’t know what to think.
I used to pray over that Magnolia, hand on the wiry trunk, trying to breathe it into health. These trees are supposed to grow at a rate of one to two feet annually. But this one, sick with scale and who knows what infestations, barely grew an inch a year. And yet every June managed to turn itself inside out to produce a cascade of white flowers.
I breathed in the scent of those two September flowers and decided this unexpected offering was nature telling to me, “It’s not over. There’s something more to produce, something wonderful.”
In my stricken state, I took every benediction that came my way. Two months later I had an agent for my first novel. And two months after that, I had a publishing contract. The teacher in a Writer’s Center class I took the following fall said, “You’re just a late bloomer.”
This summer, four years after my husband died, my fourth novel, No End of Bad, was published. That tree and I are still blooming.
Ginny, I can't imagine your pain at the loss of your husband. Mine was just given a possible death sentence by a doctor - his case looks more hopeful now - but I almost totally "fell apart"! He is so loving and helpful, I cannot even comprehend a life without him.
I am amazed and inspired by your tenacity!
About the Author:
The author of the dark mystery thrillers Cromwell's Folly, No Good Deed Left Undone, and Lying, Cheating, and Occasionally Murder, Ginny Fite is an award-winning journalist who has covered crime, politics, government, healthcare, art and all things human. She has been a spokesperson for a governor and a member of Congress, a few colleges and universities, and a robotics R&D company.
She has degrees from Rutgers University and Johns Hopkins University and studied at the School for Women Healers and the Maryland Poetry Therapy Institute.
Ginny has also authored I Should Be Dead by Now, a collection of humorous lamentations about aging, three books of poetry, The Last Thousand Years, The Pearl Fisher, Throwing Caution, and a short story collection, What Goes Around.
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