Friday, September 23, 2016

Stormy Kisses!

What am I reading now? Stormy Kisses (Rebecca Rode and 5 more)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far? This might be the best of the Sweet & Sassy Anthology series so far!

Each of the six novels (That's over 750 pages of falling in love over and over again) is set against some awesome wild weather.


 
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Slave Queen


 What am I reading now? Slave Queen (H.B. Moore)


Annnd . . . what do I think so far? Great story! There are really two stories, one in the 1500s that impacts and intensifies the one in the present day. It's a historically-rich, can't-put-it-down thriller! Loved this more than sleeping :)

Book Blurb:
  Slave Queen by H. B. Moore Special Agent Omar Zagouri’s latest case is his most dangerous—and his most personal yet. The discovery of secret sixteenth-century letters unveils a plot between the sultan Suleyman and his chief wife, Roxelane, to change the course of the Ottoman Empire. A descendent of Roxelane, Zagouri learns he has an enemy whose revenge has been centuries in the making. Targeted by an antiquities collector who’s also descended from a chief rival for the ancient throne, Zagouri soon uncovers a modern-day conspiracy that threatens the lives of his family and the security of a nation. To expose the plot, Zagouri must team up with Naim, the son of his nemesis, who heads an international black-market operation that may have ties to the killings. From ancient Constantinople to the present-day Middle East, Zagouri is on a collision course with history. Time is running out to solve a royal mystery and stop a ruthless killer—one who has Zagouri’s name on his hit list.
Author H. B. Moore H. B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen historical novels and thrillers, written under pen name H.B. Moore. She writes women's fiction, romance and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore. This can all be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom. Heather attended Cairo American College in Egypt, the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Utah.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Confusion over "Clean" Romance

What am I reading now?  The Fall of Lord Drayson (Rachael Anderson)

Annd . . . what do I think so far?  I've enjoyed every one of Anderson's books that I've read. This one included!
And yes, it is a clean read. :)

Blurb:
Who is he really? A high and mighty lord or a lowly servant?

When Colin Cavendish, the new earl of Drayson, informs Lucy Beresford that she and her mother need to vacate the house they've called home for the past two years, Lucy is fit to be tied. They have no money, no relations they can turn to for help, and nowhere to go. How dare the earl break the promise his father had made to the Beresfords without so much as a twinge of conscience?

 Fate plays her hand when Lucy discovers the earl unconscious and injured in the middle of the road. When he awakens with no recollection of who he is, Lucy seizes the opportunity to teach the earl a much-needed lesson in humility and tells him that he is nothing more than a mere servant. Her servant, in fact. And thus begins the charming tale of a pompous lord and an impetuous young woman, caught together in a web so tangled that it begs the question: Will they ever get out?

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What Type of Reader are You?

What am I reading now?  A Sunrise in Rio (Rachel Matthews)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far?  
Book Blurb:
For Hire: Fiancee 
Eric Jansen was aware of the reputation he gained as a cold-hearted playboy. As a widower with a mysterious past marriage, work is his only solace...that is until the company investors threaten to pull out of the deal. With a new luxury hotel in Rio de Janeiro and a housing development for underprivileged families on the line, he needs a way to prove to the investors he is serious. The beautiful new photographer, Jayla Mitchelson, is perfectly outside of the media's eye. Not only will she help the deal, he just may find himself asking her to stay after the job is done.


15 Types of Readers
as told by Cats and Dogs

Here's the first one. Click if you'd like more...by Simon & Schuster on Buzzfeed...I'm definitely all of them at some time!



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Lemony-Blueberry Scones

(recipe below Rafflecopter)
What am I reading now?  Not Quite Sheer Happiness (Melissa Baldwin)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far?
 Book Blurb: Sienna Harris is back and appears to be on top of the world! Her company, Sheer Happiness Events, is booming, but personally she’s a mess. She never imagined that with amazing success would come tremendous pressure. Although her professional life seems in disarray at times, her relationship with the dashing Ace Eckelund is finally progressing.
Friendships are tested and so is her relationship when—once again—the past collides with the present. Sienna begins to question everything in her life and wonders if she should throw out her desire for constant certainty and live life on the edge for once. But, will she be able to change the person she has always been for who she wants to become?
Find out in this captivating third installment of The Event to Remember series.
Lemony-Blueberry Scones
Makes: 9 scones
Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
6 tbsp. sugar
3  tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
zest of 1 large lemon
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, frozen
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 large eggs; 1 for dough & another for egg wash
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4-6 tablespoons of milk
1 cup blueberries

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Adjust baking rack to the middle position. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, whisk 2 cups flour, the sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the lemon zest and whisk again. Set aside.
3. In a small bowl, whisk the cream, egg, and vanilla together. Set aside.
4.  Grate the frozen butter into the flour mixture, stirring occasionally.
5. Drizzle cream mixture over the flour mixture and then toss together with a spatula. If the dough is too dry to hold together (very loosly) add a few tablespoons of milk to moisten. Slowly and gently fold in the blueberries. Don’t over work the dough. It will not be a wet dough but could hold together with a little pressure.
6. With floured hands, work the dough into a ball as best you can and transfer to a floured work surface. Press the dough into a square and cut into squares with a knife. Place the squares onto a parchment covered baking sheet.
7. Brush sides with beaten egg wash.
8. Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly golden and cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. Top with melted butter and serve with lemon curd.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Mysterious First Chapter

What am I reading now?  The Girl Who Heard Demons (Janette Rallison)

Annd . . . what do I think so far?  Shy Adelle Hansen hears demons, but she’s determined to make friends at her new high school by keeping her ability secret.
When she overhears supernatural voices celebrating the impending death of the school quarterback, Levi Anderson, she knows she has to do something to prevent it. However, the demons aren’t the ones plotting; they’re just celebrating the chaos, and Adelle must contend with earthly forces as well if she wants to preserve Levi’s life.
Handsome, popular Levi doesn't appreciate Adelle’s self-appointed role of guardian angel. As Adelle battles to keep him safe, she’ll have to protect her heart, too. Can she do both?

Exactly what goes into the 
the Mysterious First Chapter?

The first few pages will make or break a reader. Lisa Mangum gave a lecture on writing and said (I'm paraphrasing here) that ...
•the job of the first sentence is to make the reader read the second sentence.
•The job of the first paragraph is to make the reader read the second paragraph.
•The job of the first scene is to make the reader read the second scene.
•The job of the first chapter is to make the reader read the second chapter.
and so on!

So what needs to go into that first chapter?

K.M. Weiland has this list. You can find it on her blog at http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/character-arcs-5/
It is part five of a 15-part series that is a MUST READ for writers wanting to improve the structure of their craft!
"The Characteristic Moment has to accomplish several tasks. It has to:

  • Introduce your protagonist.
  • (Probably) reveal your protagonist’s name.
  • Indicate your protagonist’s gender, age, nationality, and possibly his occupation.
  • Indicate important physical characteristics.
  • Indicate his role in the story (i.e., that he is the protagonist).
  • Demonstrate the prevailing aspect of his personality.
  • Hook readers’ sympathy and/or their interest.
  • Show the protagonist’s scene goal.
  • Indicate the protagonist’s story goal.
  • Demonstrate, or at least hint at, the protagonist’s Lie.
  • Influence the plot, preferably directly, but at the very least in a way that foreshadows later events."
Brandon Sanderson said this (paraphrasing from a session taught at LDStorymakers 2016) of the opening chapter:
The opening chapter is a hook, and a hook is a promise. It is a microcosm of the entire story. He went on to say that we should review the opening scene of the Temple of Doom--Indiana Jones considering how it relates to the entire film.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Raspberry Chocolate Freezer Cake

What am I reading now?  Crumpets & Cowpies (Shanna Hatfield)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far? First, he's surprised that his brother has died. Then that he must come to England to claim an inheritance. And finally, that it includes two children. All of those surprises, he could deal with, but the solution to it all--never!

The Book's Blurb:

Detestable! Arrogant! Insufferable!

He'd been called worse...

Rancher Thane Jordan reluctantly travels to England to settle his brother’s estate only to find he’s inherited much more than he could possibly have imagined.
Lady Jemma Bryan has no desire to spend a single minute in Thane Jordan’s intolerable presence much less live under the same roof with the handsome, arrogant American. Forced to choose between poverty or marriage to the man, she travels across an ocean and America to build a future on his ranch in Oregon.
Raspberry Chocolate Freezer Cake

Bake a brownie mix in a spring form pan according to package directions then cool completely.

In a bowl, beat together 1 small package cheesecake instant pudding with 1 cup milk.

Microwave a package of white chocolate chips, 4 Tablespoons butter and 1/4 teaspoon Rum flavoring; 30 seconds, 15 seconds and 10 seconds (if needed to melt chips). Add this to a package of soft cream cheese and blend until smooth.

Add this mixture to the pudding mixture and beat together.

Whip 1 cup of heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Fold into the mixture.

Add 10 oz frozen raspberries and fold to incorporate.

Spread over the brownie and chill for 3 hours.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Paranormal Romance

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A Lot on our Plate

What am I reading now?  The Heir & The Crown (Kiera Cass)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far?  These are book 4 & 5 of The Selection series. Although I enjoyed books 1-3 more because of the freshness of the story and the political backdrop, these books seems less intense, but that's okay. They just have a different tone that I hadn't expected.

Yes, I still recommend reading them.

Here's the blurb for The Heir: In this fourth romantic novel, follow Illéa’s royal family into a whole new Selection—and find out what happens after happily ever after.
Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story...but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.
A new generation of swoon-worthy characters and captivating romance awaits in the fourth book of the Selection series!

A Lot on our Plate

Deanna and I are working on two stories right now. We also have one on the back burner, simmering. the rough draft on that one is finished and we have to let it sit so we can have a fresh perspective when we pick it up again. 

When we first started out we had just a couple of ideas. Now we have file of ideas that bombard us while we are writing something else. It's a good problem to have.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Mother's Day Book Bash

Pick up a few books at special sale prices for Mom for Mother's Day!

The price is right--go ahead and buy one of each!

Also sign up for our $50 Amazon gift card giveaway below.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Z is for Zootopia

Z is for Zootopia (Disney)
Annd . . . what’s the blurb? This is a little young for my usual blog readers (Okay, a lot!, but I'm a little desparate for a title that starts with Z) The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery.

This might be a case where I loved the movie more than the book. :)

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Y is for Years & an Ocean

Y is for Years & an Ocean (Jo Noelle)
Annd . . . what’s the blurb? Going to a séance was supposed to be a harmless diversion in Victorian England, but for Delia Spencer, it was life altering. Since that day, she has been plagued by fainting spells, while her consciousness visits Elle Thomas more than a century in the future. 

In modern-day New York, Elle has kept secret the dream-like memories of Delia’s life. As the visits have become more frequent, Elle is confused about what is her life and what is not. Back in England, Delia’s father is determined to marry her off to any marginally suitable man before her illness becomes known to society. But will Delia consent, now that she’s had a taste of Elle’s independence?   

Part contemporary, part Victorian. Part romance, part tragedy. Part young adult, part new adult. 
This time travel novel is set in London, England and New York City. It is a clean romance packed with suspense and humor, and just enough kissing. Science fiction meets sweet romance in Years & an Ocean.

A Secret About the Author: Jo's favorite authors are Erin Knighley and Susanna Kearsley. Noelle's favorite authors are Simone Eckles and Jennifer E. Smith.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

X is for The Joy of X

X is for The Joy of X (Steven Strogatz)
X is that hot little variable we all had a crush on in junior high algebra!

Annd . . . what’s the blurb? 
 "Delightful . . . easily digestible chapters include plenty of helpful examples and illustrations. You'll never forget the Pythagorean theorem again!"—Scientific American

Many people take math in high school and promptly forget much of it. But math plays a part in all of our lives all of the time, whether we know it or not. In The Joy of x, Steven Strogatz expands on his hit New York Times series to explain the big ideas of math gently and clearly, with wit, insight, and brilliant illustrations.

Whether he is illuminating how often you should flip your mattress to get the maximum lifespan from it, explaining just how Google searches the internet, or determining how many people you should date before settling down, Strogatz shows how math connects to every aspect of life. Discussing pop culture, medicine, law, philosophy, art, and business, Strogatz is the math teacher you wish you’d had. Whether you aced integral calculus or aren’t sure what an integer is, you’ll find profound wisdom and persistent delight in The Joy of x.

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