Monday, October 20, 2014

Yours for Christmas by Susan Mallery (Fool's Gold #15.5)

Description
Step out of the winter chill and into the warmth of Fool's Gold, California, the charming small-town setting for a new holiday novella from New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery

Famous former NFL stars don't date single working moms like Bailey Voss. She'll allow herself to daydream about Kenny Scott's muscles and killer smile, but wanting more would lead to post-holiday regret. Then Kenny volunteers to run a toy drive with Bailey, and she learns that he's not just hothe's also generous, funny, nice. The whole packagetantalizingly out of reach.

The ache of past loss reminds Kenny why he needs to avoid getting too close to anyone. Especially to a gorgeous redhead and her adorable little girl. Mess it up, and he'd lose them both. Yet Kenny can only resist Bailey for so long. And as festive spirit spreads throughout the town, he's all wrapped up in Bailey's sweet, sexy kisses and determined to make this the first of many Christmases together

My review: Yours for Christmas by Susan Mallery (Fool's Gold #15.5)

4 STARS

This is one of my favorite Fool's Gold stories. It has the parts I love and none of the parts I am tired of. I love the town of Fool's Gold. How they help each other, they care about each other and those who need a helping hand. It is a town I would love to live in. Small town in California up the near by mountain is ski lodge.

I have been waiting for Bailey and Kenny's story. You know they were going to wind up together. Kenny is so good with Chloe. Chloe has asked him for help a few times.

Bailey works for Mayor Marsha. She lost her husband two years ago while he was deployed. She has a seven year old.
Kenny works for Score. He was a Pro-football player with his two best friends. He has been hurt in the past and guards his heart.
Chloe is seven and a sweet young girl.

Mayor Marsha asks Kenny to help Bailey feel in for his friend with the Toy drive the seven year old girls want to do. Kenny never agrees but he will help. He is attracted to Bailey but he tells her straight off that he does not date single moms. Bailey likes Kenny but knows she is not skinny like the models he usually dates.

I really like how this is a clean read. That their is not the big break up scene with drinks and male bashing party like most of the books have. I like seeing all the old characters back.

One thing that I did not like was that it was a novella and not long like the other books. Though it does make for a fast short read with a good story.

I was given this ebook to read through Net Galley and Harlequin. In return I agreed to give honest review of Yours for Christmas.

Sophia by Paula Kremser






About the book:

Small-town Sophia Spencer can’t believe her luck when an unexpected inheritance allows her to experience London’s social scene. But her happiness disappears when she is caught napping in a grumpy gentleman’s room—and forced into an engagement to protect her reputation! Personalities collide and love blooms in this stunning debut novel.
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Sweetwater Books (October 14, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1462114822
ISBN-13: 978-1462114825

EXCERPT

From the author: After enduring a ball as a favor to his friends, Alex escapes to his room. What he doesn’t know is that a young lady has also sought refuge from the crowded ballroom. This is his first encounter with Sophia.

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Alex pulled off his boots, then picked up his candle and looked around the room for where he had left his book. That was when he saw her. A young lady—either asleep or dead—was on his sofa! He almost dropped the candle, but quickly steadied it instead and rushed over. Her skin was warm, but it seemed as if she wasn’t breathing. He forced himself to be calm as he checked again and realized that she was breathing, just very slowly and deeply. He sat down hard on the floor and leaned his head back against the sofa. Then he took his own deep breath in an effort to calm his racing heart. She was alive, thank goodness! She was just sleeping.

How strange that a young lady was asleep in his room…his eyes widened and his heart began racing again. He needed to get her out of here. Now!

He quickly turned around and tried to gently speak to her and shake her shoulder. Several increasingly more frantic pleas of “Miss, you need to wake up!” produced no results. So he lifted her up to a sitting position, but still she wouldn’t regain consciousness. He sat down next to her and pulled her arm around his shoulder, ready to stand up, which would hopefully rouse her enough to walk, and that was when he heard a commotion from the hall and then a knock on his door. He barely had time to blurt out, “One moment, please!” before several matronly women barged in.



About the author:

Paula Kremser focused on a career in science for several years after graduating from Brigham Young University. DNA purification and Affinity Chromatography were always interesting, but when she moved to England, Paula seized the opportunity to focus on her love of the Regency Era. The enchantment of the aristocracy and the fascinating stories from every stately home she visits have been both research and inspiration for her first novel. Paula lives with her husband and four children in a charming village nestled in the Chiltern hills in Buckinghamshire.


My review: Sophia by Paula Kremser

5 STARS

I received my copy today in the mail and was going to just read a few chapters and ended up reading till 1:00 am when I finished. I liked Sophia more and more as we got to know her. I also liked the rest of the characters too. Except for one.

The story is a regency romance, that is full of the ton and High Society. It is drama, romance and a clean read. The plot Sophia inherits a sum of money, a house in London by her Grandmother who she has never met. Sophia wants to have a season. Her Aunt agrees to host her. She is caught asleep in a gentleman's couch and is rushed into marriage.

Sophia Spenser is eighteen and raised by her father a Doctor in the small village of Tissington. Sophia loves to ride her horse.

I was drawn right into the story and wanted to see what would happen next to Sophia.

I thought the pace of the book was good.

I loved the ending.

I would love to read another book by Paula Kremser in the future.

I was given this book to read so I could give a honest review of it and be part of Sophia's blog tour.

Sophia” blog tour schedule:

October 8: Kindle and Me
October 9: Getting Your Read On
October 10: Seasons of Humility • Mom Loves 2 Read
October 11: Literary Timeout
October 12: Katie’s Clean Book Connection
October 13: I Love to Read and Review Books • Wondrous Reviews
October 14: Bookworm Lisa
October 15: Inklings and Notions
October 16: Mel’s Shelves • Tressa’s Wishful Endings
October 17: Brooklyn Berry Designs
October 18: Blooming with Books
October 19: Jorie Loves a Story
October 20: Readalot
October 21: The Author’s Hideaway
October 22: Little Light Design Collective • Fire and Ice Reads

Friday, October 17, 2014

Blog tour: ‘More Mormon Origami’by Todd Huisken






About the book:

Make more than President Uchtdorf’s airplanes out of the sacrament programs; now, your kids can fold the gold plates, a pioneer dress, or the Salt Lake Tabernacle! As you develop the unique skill of creating these simple-to-intermediate origami designs, you will find opportunities to use them with all ages for lessons, activities, crafting, and everyday fun!
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing & Media (October 14, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1462115098
ISBN-13: 978-1462115099


My review: More Mormon Origami by Todd Huisken

4 STARS

I was given a pdf copy so I could review and be part of More Mormon Origami blog tour. So I read this book in bed on my lap top, not a good place to make origami. I can't even make a paper plane.

I love the step by step instructions and pictures of each step. I looked at all these designs and marvel that anyone could figure out how to make them let alone fold and make out of paper.

I also liked how they had three levels of difficulty. I will be always stuck on 1 level, but that's okay their are 11 designs for level 1.
there are eight for level 2 and level 3 5 temple designs.
On each page of designs their are trivia about the designs which were all brand new stuff that I did not know. Like city creek was used to power a water wheel to make the organ on Temple Square go before electricity.

I would have to say that this is another book that I would want a real book and not a ebook personally if I had a choice.

I do not see me taking up a Origami as a hobby anytime soon.


About the author:

Todd Huisken is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Counseling Manager at LDS Family Services in Fountain Valley, CA. He attended Brigham Young University and The University of San Diego and has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Todd has served as the Assistant Director of Disaster Mental Health Services for the Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He has worked with victims from the San Diego Fires, Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina, and spent two weeks in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010. He was an early morning seminary teacher for six years. He is the author of The Dating Directory and the founder of Process and Content, a graduate program newsletter at the University of San Diego. The most important thing about Todd is that he has been married to his beautiful wife for 21 years and they have three daughters and a son and they try to make Disneyland their second home.

Rocky Mountain Miracle by Christine Feehan

Description

No Christmas will ever be the same after Cole and Maia meet on a snowy western ranch… Find out why in #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan’s romantic holiday e-novella!

When Cole Steele, a womanizer rumored to have killed his father, meets Maia Armstrong, a veterinarian rumored to practice magic, the sizzling romance could melt all the snow on his Wyoming ranch. And when an injured horse brings them together, Cole can’t help but believe that Maia casts spells on animals—and men. What else could explain the burning passion he feels for her and the thawing of his heart just in time for Christmas?
Publisher: Pocket Star (November 17, 2014)
Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
Language: English
ASIN: B00IWTWG94


My review: Rocky Mountain Miracle by Christine Feehan

3 STARS

This novella was first out in 2004 Shadows of Christmas Past I believe. It still holds up. For a Christmas book it deals a lot of abuse that has left scars physically and mentally. From their father so that Cole hates Christmas so does his brother. Their is a few sex scenes. It would be hard to get over the abuse.

Someone murdered Cole Steele and Jase's father. Rumors are flying around that Cole or Jase did it. That Cole wants to murder Jase and take his share of the money. They each received 32 million dollars plus the ranch together. Cole does not talk about his past.

Maia Armstrong is a veterinarian who can talk to animals. She has a mobile clinic that she goes from place to place covering for other vets. She keeps hidden her talents.

While out at the ranch they are snow in. Their is someone who hurt the horse making Jase and Cole not trust each other fully. While I like Christine Feehan's book If your looking for a cheery romance with a Christmas background this is not the book. It does have a touch of paranormal in that Maia can see the memories of animals and they come to her. It does have some plot twists I liked.
The suspense was good. All the abuse was hard to imagine. I do like the characters.

I will read more from Christine Feehan in the future. I just wish their would be away to edit to a pg rating.

I was given this ebook to read from Net Galley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and Pocket Star. In return I agreed to give Rocky Mountain Miracle a honest review.

Blog tour: ‘Candy Canes and Christmastime’by Linda Hoffman Kimball







Candy Canes and Christmastime: Enhancing the Holidays in the Real World

by

Linda Hoffman Kimball

If the holiday rush has you feeling like you ve been run over by a reindeer, this is the book for you! Linda Hoffman Kimball presents a compilation of heartfelt and humorous stories and ideas that help families refocus on the sacredness of the season. Discover unique traditions, fresh ideas, practical tips, and spiritual insights so that your family can get back on track.
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing & Media (October 14, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1462114636
ISBN-13: 978-1462114634


About the author:

Linda Hoffman Kimball is an author and illustrator based in Illinois and Utah. Candy Canes & Christmastime: Enhancing the Holidays in the Real World is the 5th compilation for Cedar Fort in the “In the Real World” series. This series on topics compelling to Mormon women, features the voices and experiences of a wide array of women “in the trenches” who candidly share what they have learned from the highlights – and even the lowlights – in their efforts to build Zion. She is a blogger with Segullah.org and writes a column for the quarterly journal Exponent II with which she has been affiliated since 1975. Her other books include humorous novels for LDS adults Home to Roost (Hatrack River Press) and The Marketing of Sister B. (Signature Books), an essay compilation Saints Well-Seasoned: Musings on how food nourishes us – body, heart and soul (Deseret Book) and the children’s picture book Come with Me on Halloween (Albert Whitman Co.). Learn more at LindaHoffmanKimball.com.

Linda Hoffman Kimball earned a BA from Wellesley College and an MFA from Boston University. She and her husband Christian have three grown children with marvelous spouses and three delightful grandchildren. She loves to travel, make creative messes, and consume dark chocolate.



My review: Candy Canes and Christmastime: Enhancing the Holidays in the Real World

5 STARS

I enjoyed these short personal memories and traditions other use to make their Christmas specials. It gives me some ideas for Christmas.
I like that look into everyone special Christmas moments. Most of the special memories were not what people received but what they gave.

It is okay to make your own traditions, to not be perfect, but remember what the holiday is for.

This has crafts that some did, recipes that were special, letting kids decorate trees.

With so many of the memories shared are less than a couple of pages it is easy to pick up and read in spurts to savor the different traditions. To see what I want to do to add a special touch to Christmas in my home this year.

I loved reading the different ideas of different ways people showed their love for others and for the birth of Jesus.

I was given the book Candy Canes and Christmastime so that I could give an honest review of it and be apart of it's blog tour.

Candy Canes and Christmastime” blog tour schedule:

October 10:
October 11:
October 12: The Things I Love Most
October 13:
October 14: Mel’s Shelves
October 15:
October 16:
October 17: Readalot • Thoughts in Progress
October 18: Mom Loves 2 Read
October 19: My Book Addiction and More
October 20: Katie’s Clean Book Collection
October 21: The Author’s Hideaway
October 22:I Love to Read and Review Books
October 23: Wishful Endings
October 24: Fire and Ice Reads



Thursday, October 16, 2014

Remake by ILIMA TODD







Blog Tour Announcement:

TOUR DATES: October 13 -24, 2014

TITLE: Remake

AUTHOR: ILIMA TODD

Page Count: 304 pages
Genre: YA Dystopia
Format: Hardcover


RELEASE DATE: October 14, 2014



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There were twenty members of my batch. We were raised androgynously until our seventeenth birthday. That was the day of our Remake. The day I found what the Prime Maker had been hiding from us all along. The day I discovered who I was and, eventually, who I really wanted to be. The day I learned the truth. The day that started me on the path to change everything.

Book Description:
Nine is the ninth female born in her batch of ten females and ten males. By design, her life in Freedom Province is without complications or consequences. However, such freedom comes with a price. The Prime Maker is determined to keep that price a secret from the new batches of citizens that are born, nurtured, and raised androgynously.

But Nine isn’t like every other batcher. She harbors indecision and worries about her upcoming Remake Day—her seventeenth birthday, the age when batchers fly to the Remake facility and have the freedom to choose who and what they’ll be.

When Nine discovers the truth about life outside of Freedom Province, including the secret plan of the Prime Maker, she is pulled between two worlds and two lives. Her decisions will test her courage, her heart, and her beliefs. Who can she trust? Who does she love? And most importantly, who will she decide to be?

My review: Remake by ILIMA TODD

5 stars

I was unsure about reading this book if it would be one that I would love. It was. Do I totally agree with the ending? No, I would have a few more chapters but if I say what I would want to know more of it would be giving away too much. I did like how it ended, the choices Nine makes.

I really like Nine and Theron's characters. I do admit they made me shed a few tears along the way. I cared about them and wanted things to workout for them. There are a lot of other characters that I liked along the way that we meet.

Remake makes you think what would you want to change on yourself. Nine is really having a hard choice with a few of her choices she needs to hurry and decide the biggest one is male or female. What does she want to be when she gets remaked. What name would she want to be called.

Batchers are all raised alike. ten females and ten males in batches. They don't have to deal with hormones till they get remaked. All or shaven bald, dressed alike and live, eat and learn together.

The story draws you into Nines life as she tries to decide what she wants to become. One of her planned things she and Theron want to share apartment together forever. Lots of drama, choices and love.

The setting of the book is Freedom one. Life was over populated on Earth and a virus killed off a lot of life fast. So they rebuilt a safer society they think.

I would read more from Ilima Todd in the future. I would even like to go back and see what happens to Nine and life on Freedom one.

I was given this ebook to read from Net galley and Shadow Mountain. In return I agreed to give honest review and be part of Remake blog tour.

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A Timeless Romance Anthology: Silver Bells review




A Timeless Romance Anthology: Silver Bells

Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: Silver Bells Collection. Readers will love this collection of six historical romance novellas, all centered around the Christmas season.

In NY Times & USA Today’s bestselling author Lucinda Brant’s delightful novella, FAIRY CHRISTMAS, Kitty Aldershot is orphaned and forced to live on others’ charity. Offered a home under the generous roof of her relatives, the Earl of Salt Hendon and his countess, Kitty wants for nothing, not even the affections of Mr. Tom Allenby. But when Kitty stumbles across a letter written by Lady Caroline that reveals how Mr. Allenby would be ruined should he marry the likes of Kitty, she realizes she has been fooling herself all along. Kitty’s world crumbles around her as she recognizes she will forever be alone with no prospects at all.

Sarah M. Eden’s charming romance novella A CHRISTMAS PROMISE, Sean Kirkpatrick is trying to get to his new place of employment, Kilkenny Castle, in order to start as the new stablehand. His only requirement is to drive a team of high-spirited nags from Dublin to Kilkenny in a certain amount of time. Unfortunately he winds up in a muddy field, stuck, lost, and running out of time. He’s about to lose the job before he can prove himself capable of finishing his first assignment. When Maeve Butler arrives on the scene, Sean isn’t sure if she’s intent on rescuing him or bent on torturing him with her fiery wit and lovely dark eyes.

In Heather B. Moore’s enchanting novella, TWELVE MONTHS, Lucien Baxter’s best and most incorrigible friend, Will, dies unexpectedly, leaving behind his new bride and unborn child the week before Christmas. Will’s last request is that Lucien watches over Cora, not just as a benefactor, but as a husband. When Lucien does his duty and proposes to Cora, he’s turned down flat. But over the course of the next few days, Lucien discovers that marrying Cora wouldn’t be any sort of duty after all, but a matter of following his heart.

In Lu Ann Staheli’s sweet romance novella, A FEZZIWIG CHRISTMAS, Dick Wilkins and his best friend Ebenezer Scrooge have been looking forward to the annual Fezziwig Christmas dance for weeks. Ebenezer is practically engaged to Annabelle Fezziwig, and Dick hopes to start courting her younger sister, Pricilla. Once the dance starts, and Pricilla arrives, as pretty and charming as ever, Dick discovers that he’s not the only man vying for her attention. His best friend advises Dick that he has to win Pricilla’s heart, as well as her mother’s favor. Losing his heart has suddenly become very complicated.

A TASTE OF HOME, a captivating romance by Annette Lyon, we meet Claire Jennings, who’s on her way to spend Christmas with her family. As she rides the train with William Rhodes, who grew up across the street, memories of Christmases past flood her mind. He may be twenty-one now, but she can’t forget his torturous teasing from their school years. At the rail station, Claire discovers that her home is under quarantine because her little brother has measles. She’s stuck in town, away from her family, on her favorite holiday. William stays behind with her, and as Christmas Day approaches and her homesickness deepens, she discovers that perhaps he has changed in more ways than one.

Becca Wilhite’s entrancing novella, MY MODERN GIRL, follows Margie, who lands her dream job as a clerk at Macy’s department store in New York City. Margie might be new in town, but she’s determined to succeed and prove to Henry that moving to the city was the right decision. As the Christmas season approaches, Margie realizes that being a “modern girl” might not be all she had dreamed of and Henry might have more to offer than she ever imagined.


My review: A Timeless Romance Anthology: Silver Bells

4 STARS

This is a sweet romantic collection of six novellas. They are all around Christmas. They are different stories set in diverse settings. I have read books by a few of the authors but a couple I have never heard of before. I would read books by any of them in the future.

I can't decide which one was my favorite. The Fairy Christmas has some sweet characters and a couple of romances.
A Taste of Home the setting was Salt Lake City which was a familiar setting to me. The character was stuck not being able to go home after traveling along time by train because her family was under quarantine with measles.
I guess a Christmas Promise I would have to say I enjoyed the most. Lots of teasing bantering between different characters.

Each story was a clean read. Each Christmas was different. I wish they were longer stories. I would like to read more from these authors in the future.

I was given this ebook to read so I could give a honest review of A Timeless Romance Anthology: Silver Bells