Friday, December 19, 2014

Blog Tour: Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined by Rachael Anderson $25 Amazon or Paypal Cash giveaway

 








Around the Edges Meets Refined (Meet Your Match #2) by Rachael Anderson

For Noah Mackie, life is finally back on track. He has a great support system, a promised promotion is on its way, and he’s finally getting the hang of this single father thing. But when the job falls through and his neighbor’s matchmaking efforts become more aggressive, Noah is in for yet another unwanted detour. With his career and two spirited daughters to worry about, he doesn’t have time for dating—especially not someone like Cassie Ellis, his girls’ beautiful and sophisticated dance instructor, who is about as open and approachable as a brick wall.
Rough around the Edges Meets Refined is about two people who think they know exactly what they want but who have no idea what they really need. It’s about learning that people aren’t always what they seem and that sometimes life’s detours take you exactly where you need to go.






Author Rachael Anderson
USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.






My review: Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined by Rachael Anderson

4 STARS

I liked it!  Both lead characters have been through death of their mate.  But they had very different marriages. Noah had a happy marriage and has two cute girls.  Cassie had a bad one.  Neither one is looking to try it again.  I have been their.

Noah has been laid off because construction jobs have not been had.  He is a single father with lots of help from his Sister and good neighbors. I really want to know does the vacuum really work on pony tails.

We met Noah's sister, his two adorable daughters Kajsa & Adelynn , & neighbors in and I can't wait till I can read the next book in the series.

Cassie has been isolated from her family for two years. She had a unhappy marriage. She is teaching Irish dancing and working part time. I like her family.

Kajsa  and  Adelynn get given four months of dance lessons from Cassie as a birthday gifts.  Adelynn loves dancing. Kajsa tries but she loves horses.  I really like both girls.

This is a clean read, I loved reading it. I wanted to see more of their lives.  Maybe I will have to go back and  read Prejudice Meets Pride again.
I was given this ebook to read from the author so I could give honest review of it and be part of Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined blog tour.


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Tour Schedule

December 15th
I Am A Reader – Guest Post
Getting Your Read On – Review
Love. Pray. Read. – Review
Julie Coulter Bellon – Review
literary Time Out – Review
Good & Clean Reads – Review
Bunny’s Review – Review
Babs Book Bistro – Review
Cuzinlogic – Spotlight
Gustosa Giveaways – Spotlight
Manga Maniac Cafe – Spotlight
Mythical Books – Spotlight
December 16th
The Bookmark Blog – Review
Books Are Sanity!!! – Review
Canda’s InkBlast – Review
Walking on Bookshelves – Review
StoreyBook Reviews – Review
The NerdHerd Reads – Review
Cherry Mischievous – Spotlight
Claudia Burgoa Author – Spotlight
Romantic Chanteuse – Spotlight
Susan Heim on Writing – Spotlight
Cassandra M’s Place – Spotlight
Tianna Holley – Spotlight
December 17th
LDS and Lovin’ it – Review
A Casual Reader’s Blog – Review
SWAMPBRAT – Review
Rebecca Talley – Review
A Writer’s Dream – Review
Clean Romance Reviews – Spotlight
Kelly’s Lucky You – Spotlight
Oh My Books! – Spotlight
December 18th
little light design collective – Review
Bookish – Review
Every Free Chance Books – Review
Katie’s Clean Book Collection – Review
Ranee the wRiter – Review
Enter Here Canada – Spotlight
Kelly P’s Blog – Spotlight
Sarah Aisling – Spotlight
December 19th
My Book A Day – Review
Christy’s Cozy Corners – Review
Lisa’s Research & Reviews – Review
readalot – Review
My Creatively Random Life – Review
LeahSay’s Views – Spotlight
FLY HIGH! – Spotlight
December 20th
Paulette’s Papers – Spotlight
Books, Books, The Magical Fruit – Spotlight
Victoria Simcox’s Blog – Spotlight
Bibliophile Mystery – Spotlight
December 22nd
Wordpaintings Unlimited – Review
Mel’s Shelves – Review
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – Review
Tifferz & Her Sisterz Book Reviewz – Review
Curling Up With A Good Book – Review
LOVE. WITHOUT YOU – Spotlight
December 26th
Her Book Thoughts – Review
Kindle and Me – Review
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Spotlight
December 29th
Just Thinking – Review
Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review
January 2nd
CBY Book Club – Spotlight
Rockin’ Book Reviews – Spotlight
Lori’s Reading Corner – Spotlight
Aubrey Wynne: Historical Romance – Spotlight
January 6th
Shelf Full of Books – Review
Home Is Where the Wine Is Book Blog – Spotlight
January 7th
Min Reads and Reviews – Review
Bookworm Lisa – Review
Bookish Events – Spotlight
January 9th
I Love to Read and Review Books :) – Review
What’s Beyond Forks? – Review
Beck Valley Books – Spotlight
January 13th
booknerd – Review
A Touch of Book Madness – Review
Wishful Endings – Review
January 14th
A Book Lover’s Retreat – Review
Once Upon a Twilight – Review
Bound 2 Escape – Spotlight
January 15th
Taking Time for Mommy Books and Movies – Review
Bonnie Gets A Say – Review
Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – Spotlight
Coffee Books & Art – Spotlight
January 16th
Wall-to-wall books – Review
Stacy Claflin, Author – Review
 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Orphan of Torundi by J.L. McCreedy


The Orphan of Torundi by J.L. McCreedy
Clean YA Suspense/Romance
205 Pages

To find the truth, she must first uncover the lie ….
Orphaned as an infant, Sam is raised by a pharmaceutical research mission in the rain forests of Torundi. She wields a mean machete, makes soap from candlenuts and is a fairly astute amateur entomologist. You know, the normal stuff. But a month before her seventeenth birthday, she is exiled to an American boarding school in Malaysia.
Armed with little more than her unusual upbringing and church-lady clothes, Sam must contend with her new existence as the world’s most socially unprepared high school senior. Well that’s just fine. Because she is determined to solve the mystery behind her banishment and return home tout de suite.
But when she discovers the unthinkable – that her banishment is tied to an enigmatic corporation with illicit designs on Torundi – she realizes the real mystery she must uncover is … why? Soon, Sam is caught in a whirlwind of intrigue, danger and greed. As she chases this thread of truth to its end, she unravels a plot that threatens her beloved Torundi, her trust in the boy she has grown to love and her own existence.
Blending espionage elements akin to The Bourne Identity with those high-school-awkward-moments (hey, it could happen), THE ORPHAN OF TORUNDI is a quirky, cross-cultural tale of adventure, suspense and romance.

My review:The Orphan of Torundi by J.L. McCreedy

4 stars

I wanted more.  It was a good read. At times I could tell where the book was going and other time I was surprised. I liked the suspense of the story.  I liked the characters. The settings. Lot of action, exciting scenery and some romance.  It is a book that you don't want to put down.  Also a clean YA novel.

Sam is from Torundi. A small island country.  She was raised in a mission.  Her mother died and she has no idea who her father is. But her eyes are light not like all the islanders.

Sam was made to leave the island and go to a boarding school her senior year.  She is not sure why she was rushed away from her home.  Sam gets into some trouble at school and their is always a guy who seems to rescue her.

Gabe is a man of mystery.  Sometimes I like him others I am not to sure about him. He is a lab assistant at the boarding school.  He has lots of secrets.

I hope there will be another book.  I want to see more of these characters. 

I was given this ebook to read and in exchange I agreed to give honest review of it.

Blog tour: ‘Pierced by Love’ by Laura L. Walker





Pierced by Love


by

Laura L. Walker


About the book:

Noelle Jensen doesn’t want to like Pierce Logan. After her boyfriend breaks up with her for her sister, Noelle is done with love. Plus Pierce Logan has commitment issues because of his parents’ divorce and a strained relationship with his dad. But as Pierce and Noelle inadvertently help each other to open up their hearts, they also rediscover the importance of family and love.
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Sweetwater Books (December 9, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1462115217
ISBN-13: 978-1462115211


About the author:

Laura Walker grew up in southern Arizona. She met her husband, Rob, at Northern Arizona University where she earned her bachelor degree in Elementary Education. She and Rob are raising their six children. Her hobbies include water aerobics and sewing. At the end of the day, Laura loves to curl up with a good book or write one of her own. Pierced by Love is her first published novel.


My review:Pierced by Love’ by Laura L. Walker


4 STARS

Boy did I feel a lot while reading Pierced by Love. I was so mad at the characters. Really liked Pierce and was rooting for him.
It would have taken me a lot longer to forgive my sister if I had one. This is full of drama, relationships, forgiveness. Plus it is a clean read. It is a LDS Novel. But is for anyone.

Noelle Jensen is thinking that Chase was getting ready to ask her to marry him. Instead he breaks up with her and gets engaged to her sister. They were sneaking around on her. Blaming Noelle. I was mad at Chase I would not want him to marry one of my daughters especially fast.

Noelle feels really bad. She wants to get over the hurt but it takes time. She feels everyone was keeping secrets from her.

Pierce Logan used to be her home teacher. He lives in the apartment next door. He knows what it feels like to be feeling at odds with your family. He becomes a better friend to her. Pierce never dates one girl for very long. After his parents divorce he is afraid to get close.

Pierce likes Noelle and by being her friend starts to fall for her before she is ready. He is a good friend to her and invites her to go home with him on spring break with his family there.

I would like to read more from Laura L Walker in the future.

I was given this ebook to read so I could give a honest review of it and be part of Pierced by Love blog tour.

Noelle helps Pierce cope with his family and gets along with them.

Pierced by Love” blog tour schedule:

December 13: Katie’s Clean Book Collection • Deal Sharing Aunt • A Creative Addiction
December 14: Read For Your Future • A Casual Reader’s Blog
December 15: I Love to Read and Review Books • Reader Girls Blog • Emmy Mom
Wishful Endings • Is This REALLY My Life? • Inklings and Notions
December 16: Getting Your Read On • The Stubby Pencil
December 17: Chicklit Club • The Phantom Paragrapher
December 18: Readalot • Live to Read
December 19: Place of Reeds
December 20: Kindle and Me
December 21: Jorie Loves a Story
December 22: Christina Dymock • Nancy Lorenz
December 23: Bookworm Lisa
December 24: Crossroad Reviews
December 25:
December 26: Mel’s Shelves • My Book a Day
December 27: I am a Reader • The Things I Love Most

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Blog tour: ‘Sugar-Free Mom’ by Brenda Bennett






About the book:
Sugar-free no longer equals taste-free! Popular food blogger Brenda Bennett uses natural sweeteners like honey and coconut sugar to create delicious and wholesome recipes that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters, such as French Toast Sticks, Crock Pot Pulled Pork, and Chocolate Fudge Tart. You and your family will finally enjoy all the foods you love- without the guilt.
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Front Table Books (December 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462114490
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462114498






  • About the author:
    Brenda Bennett’s passion for cooking began at the age of 5 kneeling on a chair by her grandmother’s side helping roll homemade gnocchi’s on a flour covered butcher block table. Her love affair with cooking was a mere hobby while teaching as a special educator and earning a Masters Degree in Education. After the birth of her second child, she had to give up sugar.  With sear determination and a deep desire to still enjoy chocolate, her love affair with food embarked on a new journey learning to develop recipes free of refined sugars and flours. After discovering peanut ,tree nut and soy allergies in 2 of her 3 children making homemade healthier versions of the treats they loved became a necessity. She transitioned to the position of homeschooling mom of 3, recipe developer, food writer, photographer and blogger. She focuses on wholesome delicious food free of processed flours and sugars to feed her family  and share with friends and fans on www.sugarfreemom.com. She lives in RI with her husband, 3 children and their dog, Ruby. When she isn’t cooking, blogging or writing she can be found at spin class, camping, volunteering  in cub scouts, or in the position of transportation engineer shuttling her children to karate, dance, boy scouts, soccer or softball.
     
     
    My review: Sugar-Free Mom’ by Brenda Bennett
     
    4 stars
     
    I liked how at the beginning Brenda tells really personal stuff about herself and why she eats sugar-free and white flour for herself. Also tells how different likes and allergies of her family makes it easy to add different flavors to all a lot of her recipes.
     
    Also in the front of Sugar-Free Mom she tells what she uses for different recipes and why.  What she found works for different needs. If I had this cookbook I would be using those pages all the time.  She also lets you know what recipes are diabetic and why. That is one thing I need to learn better.
     
    The pictures are a good.  Makes me hungry.  The banana bread is one I want to try or blueberry scones.
    She uses flax seed flower, coconut crystals, pumpkin seeds, chi seeds, but suggests if you are not gluten free you can use whole wheat flour.  She gives lots of tips how to personalize the recipes.
     
    The cauliflower tatter tots looks good. I like how she adds fruits and vegetables to make recipes more healthy.
    I would love to have this cookbook. It would make a good present for someone trying to eat better and cut down on the sugars in their diets.
     
    I was given this ebook to read so I could give a honest review of Sugar-Free Mom and be part of it's blog tour.
     
    Sugar-Free Mom” blog tour schedule:

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    Gut Instinct by Barb Han (The Campbells of Creek Bend #2)

    Description

    Reunited …by a murderer

    FBI agent Luke Campbell has never been more determined to catch the serial killer who's eluded him for two years. Because this time the monster is after Julie, the ex he walked out on when he returned from Iraq, emotionally scarred and burdened by a secret. Now Luke will do anything —even risk his life —to protect Julie and regain her trust.

    But it's a tense race against time. Defying FBI rules, Luke keeps Julie by his side throughout a harrowing chase. Once they're finally at a safe house, it's clear to him that the passion they once shared hasn't cooled. Can Luke redeem himself and keep evil away from the woman he refuses to let go of again?

    My review:Gut Instinct by Barb Han (The Campbells of Creek Bend #2)

    4 STARS

    Good suspense! Lots of good police work. Some good humor, couple of love scenes, violence of serial killer. Deals with some tough subjects, serial killer, divorced couple, PTSD. Good plot. Lots of drama, action , emotional situations. Things seem to calm down and than something else happens.

    FBI Agent Luke Campbell has been working a serial killer case when the next victim is witness and his ex-wife. Luke will do anything to save Julie.

    Julie Campbell walked in on a serial killer. She did not see him. Now he is going to kill her his notes say. The FBI sent her ex-husband to take her statement. She still loves him.

    Can Luke stop the killer before he comes for Julie.

    Luke came back from war with PSTD. He walked out on Julie he could not handle it. Now back with Julie in his life his PTSD is rearing its head again. Luke is afraid to leave Julie alone in a safe house and takes her with him to find the killer.

    This can and does stand alone. But it would be nice to read the whole series together..

    The setting is Texas.

    I did not put the book down till I finished reading it. Fast good read.

    I was given this ebook from Net Galley and Harlequin. In return I agreed to give Gut Instinct a honest review.

    Her Cowboy Hero by Carolyne Aarsen

    Description

    Second-Chance Cowboy

    Montana rodeo star Tanner Fortier is a good man. A man Keira Bannister never stopped loving. But when he shows up at Refuge Ranch looking to have his late brother's saddle repaired in time for the championships, he's the last person Keira wants to see. For years, she's kept hidden the real reason for breaking their engagement —and Tanner's heart. But now, with him at the ranch, she's tempted to reveal the truth— one that could destroy him. But she knows that to have a future with the man of her dreams, she has to settle the past…

    Refuge Ranch: Where a Montana family comes home to love.
    Print Length: 224 pages
    Publisher: Love Inspired (January 1, 2015)
    Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    Language: English
    ASIN: B00LZCTFFS


    My review: Her Cowboy Hero by Carolyne Aarsen

    4 STARS

    Tanner Fortier is a character who is a hero to admire. He has spent the past year for his step-brother to honor him. I like Keira Bannister too. She is full of secrets. They used to be engaged six years ago. Now Tanner and Keira are both staying at her family ranch for a few weeks. Along with Tanner's step-mother and Keira's parents.

    This is full of drama, forgiveness and getting over guilty feelings. It also a clean read. Does mention God, prayer and a scripture.
    Plus second chances at romance.

    Tanner is a mechanic, rancher and rodeo rider. He has gone back to rodeo and he has dedicated the past year riding with his brother's saddle and wants to win the rodeo finals in a few weeks, but he needs to heal and get the saddle repaired.

    Keira has returned home and taken over her fathers business making saddles, and other leather goods. She does not want to work on Tanner's saddle.

    I wanted everything to work out for Tanner and Keira. I also want to know more about Keira's brother and sister.

    The setting for this is a Montana ranch in November with a heavy snow storm.
    I was given this ebook to read from Net Galley and Harlequin. I promised to give a honest review of Her Cowboy hero in return.



    Spell Fire By Ariella Moon (The Teen Wytche Saga #3)

    Spell Fire, The Teen Wytche Saga #3

    By Ariella Moon



    Summary

    New school. New friends. New reputation. High school sophomore Ainslie Avalon-Bennett works hard to hide her Crazy Girl past. But as long as her best friend’s disappearance remains unsolved, she can’t shake the depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder that once landed her in a mental ward.



    Ainslie’s tenuous control over her life shatters when her warring parents ditch her at Christmas. While they take a cruise to “work things out,” Ainslie must spend the holiday in Palm Springs with her aunt and uncle, owners of a struggling Mystery School and occult store. Plunged into the world of fire fortunes, dragons, entity eaters, and an ailing spell book, Ainslie is well beyond her comfort zone. Then she meets a boy who spikes her pulse and calms her OCD. But will she lose him once he discovers her past? Or will his deadly secret, hidden in plain view, be their undoing?



    Author Ariella Moon

    Ariella Moon writes about magic, friendship, secrets, and love in her Young Adult novels, Spell Check, Spell Struck, and Spell Fire, Books 1, 2, & 3 in The Teen Wytche Saga. Ariella spent her childhood searching for a magical wardrobe that would transport her to Narnia. Extreme math anxiety, and taller students who mistook her for a leaning post, marred Ariella’s teen years. Despite these horrors, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Davis. An author and shaman, she now lives a nearly normal life with her extraordinary daughter, shamelessly spoiled dog, and an enormous dragon.





    My review: Spell Fire By Ariella Moon (The Teen Wytche Saga #3)

    4 STARS

    Spell Fire is the third book in The Teen Wytche Saga. It almost seems like a whole different series for most of the book. All new characters except for a chapter or two later in the book. Different high school setting and then it goes to Arizona
    for the rest of story. It also has more of a new age, fantasy angle to the book.

    Spell Fire has a new main Character of Ainslie. Ainslie has had a break down when her best friend disappeared from her foster home. She still has trouble but better. She gets depressed, obsessive compulsive disorder. She is way smart. She is likable and different.

    Ainslie gets sent to her Aunt and Uncle in Arizona for three weeks. They own a Mystery School and occult store. She finds herself in a world of fire fortunes, dragons, demons and she runs into a damaged spell book. She finds some help along the way too.

    I could not wait to find what Ainslie would run into next. She also meets two boys through the store who have different talents.

    The new age stuff, was a little out there for me to understand and believe in. But it made a good story

    Though I liked the fire fortunes part. I liked the ending of the book. Also laughed at Ainslie's Christmas presents from her new friends. I also liked how Ainslie's smarts helped her Aunt and Uncle with marketing ideas. It is also a clean read.

    I can't wait till I read the next book in the series. I will have read all four of the books this week.

    I was given this ebook to read by it's author so that I could give Spell Fire a honest review of it.