Thursday, May 25, 2017

Carve Me a Melody by Rachelle J. Christensen & a Giveaway

Happy book birthday to Rachelle Christensen! I'm so excited to celebrate the release of her 19th book! If you are fascinated with the challenges of the WWII time period, then you will love Carve Me a Melody!

He hesitated only half a second before lowering his head. There was something there, behind his eyes, in his soul. Something that seemed familiar to Sophie. She didn’t know Leland, but she recognized that haunted look in his eyes. He had lost someone. He had weathered the storm and still manned his ship, sailing forward through life.

  Carve Me a Melody Back cover blurb:

World War II has ended but the scars of the war have carved deep grooves in Sophie Wright’s heart. Now a widow with two young children, she returns home to Aspen Falls and meets Leland Halverson, a handsome carpenter who appears interested in her, but afraid of a relationship. 

Leland wishes he was worthy of the beautiful Sophie, and he adores her two children, but his past still haunts him. Sophie knows that Leland fell apart after his little girl died and his wife left him, but she doesn’t know the real reason why.

Meanwhile, David Alexander, a decorated bomber pilot has returned to Aspen Falls, and Sophie catches his eye. Confused by the two vastly different choices of men, Sophie searches for answers from a heart that has betrayed her before.

When Sophie discovers a message inside a music box that Leland once owned, the pieces start to fit together. The enchanting melody urges her to share the secrets of her heart so that she can understand his. Leland knows the tune from the music box well and if he can find the courage, he’ll carve a melody for Sophie from the solid wood surrounding his heart.

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About the Author
Rachelle is a mother of five who writes mystery/suspense, nonfiction, and women’s fiction. She solves the case of the missing shoe on a daily basis. She enjoys raising chickens and laughing with her husband. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a minor in music.

Rachelle is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including The Soldier’s Bride (a Kindle Scout Selection & Whitney Award Finalist), Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things, Veils and Vengeance, Proposals and Poison, Hawaiian Masquerade, What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know, and Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology. Her novella, “Silver Cascade Secrets,” was included in the Rone Award–winning Timeless Romance Anthology, Fall Collection.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Shatter by Nikki Trionfo



I am so excited about Nikki Trionfo's new book, Shatter! If you love YA and an intriguing mystery, then this book is totally for you! Keep reading for the back cover blurb, a short excerpt, and even a fun giveaway! Happy reading - Danyelle




Blurb:

“We never knew there could be people in the orchard. Dangerous people.”

When a mysterious explosion kills her sister, Salem becomes convinced the death was no accident--it was a conspiracy. But no one else at her high school believes her, and all she has so far are theories and clues. With Carrie's killers still out there, Salem's not sure who she can trust. If she can't she prove she’s right before it’s too late, the conspiracy might take another life—hers.




 

Author Q and A

Doesn't Shatter sound awesome? I'm here with author Nikki Trionfo, talking about her newly released YA murder mystery.

Q: Thank you for coming onto my blog today. What was your favorite part of writing Shatter?

A: To be honest, learning about my own prejudices was my favorite part. I won’t give away too much to avoid spoilers, but I will say one of the characters was originally supposed to be a villain. About a quarter of the way into the book, I ached for him the way I had ached for my trouble students as a teacher. I felt like I understood why he made so many bad choices. I realized that as author I had written a plot that didn’t allow him to ever make positive changes in his life. I believe in positive change. So I tweaked the premise of the book and rewrote a lot. A lot. But it was worth it. I hope real teens know they have a chance to change if they fight for it.

Q: Okay, be honest. Every author wants their book to be a movie. What actress who you pick to play Salem?
 A: It's so true! If I could go back in time, I'd pick a young Kristen Bell! She played Veronica in Veronica Mars, which inspired Shatter. These days, maybe Sabrina Carpenter. My 10-year-old loves her.

Q: Before you go, can you give us an excerpt of Shatter?

A: But of course! And thanks for having me!  

 

 

Excerpt

The class is dead silent. Mr. White’s lips tighten. He swallows. There’s something dangerous about the new guy. The teacher leans over Addy Day’s desk and spins her packet so he can read the list of partnerships.

 “Fine. We’ll break up the threesome. You’ll pair with . . . Salem Jefferson.”

At the sound of my name, I turn to look at my new partner. The guy near the door is tall. He has the kind of incredible good looks that invite stares, but that’s not the only reason he’s getting them now. The cursive lettering of a tattoo rises from the opening of the guy’s worn flannel shirt. Two gold chains hang from his brown neck. A guy accessorized in gang paraphernalia, not caked with it. His only completely visible marking is an upside down V inked onto his right cheekbone, black and distinct. The tattoo calls my attention for some reason, even though I’m sure I’ve never seen a symbol like that before.

An upside down V . . . it seems so familiar.

His expressionless, dark eyes dart to meet my gaze from under a stiff, backward-facing ball cap. My classmates watch him stare at me.

“Salem Jefferson,” he says slowly, putting a slight emphasis on my last name. He waits for my response.

 I realize he knows exactly who Salem Jefferson is. Exactly who I am. I’m Carrie’s sister. Terrified, I whirl back around to face forward. Gang members targeted Carrie, made her frightened. Was he one of them? The skin between my shoulder blades tightens.

Why were gang guys after Carrie?

 

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Dating Experiment & a Guest Post from Elodia Strain

You guys, I'm so excited about Elodia Strain's new novel! I absolutely loved her previous books & this one promises to be just as fun to dive into. And seriously, look at that gorgeous cover!!! It just makes me want to click for more right now!

After losing her job, her house, and her long-term boyfriend, Gabby’s roommate signs her up to be in a dating experiment. Little does she know, however, that her ex is in the experiment too! In an attempt to escape the chaos of her life, Gabby visits home and accidentally reunites with her childhood friend (and secret crush), Ian O’Connell. As she participates in the study and its hilariously awkward dates, Gabby finds her heart torn between the man she’s comfortable with and the man who’s had her heart from the beginning.
 Find it on Amazon here.

 

 A fun note from Elodia:


 In my new book, Gabby plays Two Truths and One Lie on one of her experiment dates. So, I thought in honor of St. Patrick's Day, I myself would play Two Truths and One Lie, the Luck Version:

1. My first day of Kindergarten, the teachers told us they were going to check if we were right handed or left handed or both, which they said was called being ambidextrous. They gave us mini chalkboards and asked us to write a letter on the chalkboard with each of our hands. I remember trying SO HARD to write perfectly with both hands, so I could be ambidextrous. But I wasn't so lucky--I was clearly right handed no matter how hard I tried.

2. I was in Girl Scouts from age 5-12 and remember going horseback riding for the first time ever with my troop when I was about ten. I have loved riding ever since! I do it as much as I can with my niece (who is a total natural) when I'm at my in-laws house in Texas. Lucky for me, they have two of the most beautiful horses I've ever seen.

3. I played the flute in high school and wanted to join the marching band. But I was so stressed out by the idea of ruining my high school's reputation by my inevitable trip/tumble/wrong turn on the field that I used my experience playing piano to join the percussion pit. I ended up learning how to play the marimba, xylophone, bells, etc. Definitely a lucky decision!


The Lie: I'm a terrible horseback rider and have been since I was a kid. Horses can clearly sense I'm terrified of falling off. But my niece IS a total natural. Must be that Irish luck from my father-in-law!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Stu Stories: The Adventures Dirt Clod and His Sidekick, Bird Bones

If you've been following my Facebook page, then you'll know my family has been cycling through the flu and bronchitis since Christmas. Seriously, there was no break. Each week, another member of the family as down for the count. It was a very stressful time for Mama (especially when it was her turn to be sick!).

At the Ferguson home, if you're sick, you stay in your room. No interactions with the other natives in hopes that the illness will end. We load the kids up with Netflix and Kindle books. My lucky duck kids had the opportunity to read Stu Stories: The Adventures of Dirt Clod and His Sidekick, Bird Bones by Patrick Hueller. There were gobs of laughing/hacking coughs coming from my 12 year old son's room - a few times, I listened outside his door to make sure he was going to survive the latest laughing/coughing fit.

Now, my 10 year old daughter is on a huge Diary of a Wimpy Kid kick right now. She keeps requesting the books at the school library and as soon as she has one in her hands, she disappears for days until it's thoroughly devoured. Well, she did the same thing with Stu Stories. She loved the adventure and super funny situations the characters got into.

So, if you're looking for a great read for your munchkins, check out Stu's Stories. Your kids will thank you!  =)  Check it out on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  For more about the author, visit his website.

Happy reading!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Book Birthday: On the Corner of Heartache & Love by Lisa Swinton PLUS a Giveaway!

On the Corner of Heartache & Love is here! 

My review: I absolutely LOVED this book! I had the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader's Copy and it was fabulous. I loved the weddings and funerals Maren attends for her job. The conversations between her co-workers, BFF, and Mr. Guy On The Corner go between being hilarious and totally down-to-earth. If you love chick lit, On the Corner of Heartache and Love needs to be on your Must-Read list!
 
What's it about? Maren's stuck at the intersection of heartache and love, but happily ever after might be just around the corner. After three years, Maren Summers is elated to finally have her dream wedding to her dream man, Kevin Bryant. In her sights is the promotion to Weddings she’s worked so hard for at the newspaper. Happily ever after is within her grasp… Until Kevin jilts her at the altar, elopes with another woman, and becomes her boss. Devastated by the twisted turn of events Maren moves in with her best friend and notices the not-so-homeless guy on the corner, Zane Whitfield. As his heart-wrenching tale unfolds—his vow to wait a year on the corner for his lost love—Maren sees his compassionate human-interest story as her ticket away from Kevin, weddings, and her heartache. But as the New Year approaches, is Maren headed for heartache again if Zane's lost love returns or has time changed more than one heart?  

Where can you get it?  Amazon  

SALE! All of Lisa Swinton’s previous books are on sale for $0.99! Such a deal! Amazon  

About the Author:
Lisa Swinton caught the romance bug early by way of fairy tales and hasn’t been able to cure it since. Instead, she feeds her addiction with romance novels and films. In between being a doctor’s wife and mother of two, she occasionally puts her B.A. in Musical Theater to good use via community theater and church choir. In her elusive spare time, she enjoys researching her family tree and baking (especially with chocolate). She loves traveling, Jane Austen, and all things Italian. In her next life, she plans to be a professional organizer.

You can visit her at:
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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7796962.Lisa_Swinton  

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Until Summer Ends by Elana Johnson & a Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway!

I love loading up my Kindle with books for my daughter and I - and Elana Johnson's novels are always high on our Must Read list! Keep reading to find out more about her newest book, Until Summer Ends.


Sophie Newton is determined to prove herself to her father, who insists she could never run a successful business. She opens a beachside taco stand called The Sandy Tortilla and plans to make her own way, one burrito at a time.

When she loses her summer help, Sophie rushes to find somebody to help take orders. She finds that somebody in Montgomery Winters, a struggling actor from LA. Mont takes the job; the money's useful, though he finds that his curvy boss is what really keeps him around.

As Sophie and Mont work together, they discover an intense attraction between them. But when Mont's agent calls him about a career-making audition, he decides he must pursue the opportunity, even though he can't get Sophie out of his head. Now, Sophie must choose between chasing after the man she's falling in love with and the business she's fought so hard to build.

 Until Summer Ends is out as an ebook now. The paperback comes out in May 2017.


Giveaway! Enter to win a Kindle Paperwhite!

 

 

About the Author



Elana's work includes the young adult dystopian romance seriesPossession, Surrender, Abandon, and Regret, published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster). Her popular ebook, From the Query to the Call, is also available, as well as a young adult dystopian short story in the Possession world, Resist.
  
Her newest release is the beginning of a new adult fantasy series. ECHOES OF SILENCE came out with Amazon Publishing on May 3, 2016. See all of her books here.
  
Elana also writes inspirational western romances under the pen name Liz Isaacson. Check out all 5 books in the Amazon #1 Bestselling Three Rivers Ranch Romance series, and get ready for the rest of the series by the end of 2016.

Her newest release is UNTIL SUMMER ENDS, a contemporary romance novel from Cleis Press/Start Media.  


 

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Monday, June 20, 2016

COVER REVEAL! On the Corner of Heartache & Love by Lisa Swinton

On the Corner of Heartache & Love
Cover Reveal!

Coming September 2016!

About the Book

After three years, Maren Summers is elated to finally have her dream wedding to her dream man, Kevin Bryant. In her sights is the promotion to Weddings she’s worked so hard for at the newspaper. Happily ever after is within her grasp… 

Until Kevin jilts her at the altar, elopes with another woman, and becomes her boss. Devastated by the twisted turn of events Maren moves in with her best friend and notices the not-so-homeless guy on the corner, Zane Whitfield. As his heart-wrenching tale unfolds—his vow to wait a year on the corner for his lost love—Maren sees his compassionate human-interest story as her ticket away from 
Kevin, weddings, and her heartache.

But as the New Year approaches, is Maren headed for heartache again when Zane's lost love returns or has time changed more than one heart?

About the Author

Lisa Swinton caught the romance buy early by way of fairy tales and hasn’t been able to cure it yet. She feeds her addiction with romance novels, films, and chocolate. A doctor’s wife and busy mom of two, she enjoys putting her musical theater degree to use at church and in community theater. She enjoys researching her family tree, painting her house, and baking. She loves to travel and all things Jane Austen. In her next life she’d like to be a professional organizer.
You can visit her at:
Review Disclaimer: Sometimes a book I review has been sent to me for free by a publisher or an author. This in no way effects my review, which is my own opinion about whether the book was a good read for me, fit my tastes, and if I would recommend it to others. Other than possibly a free book, I am not compensated in any way for posting a review.