Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Mary Did You Know?

I can't listen to this without being touched!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas!

"Every Christmas, we celebrate the first gift of that holiday. That gift did not come from the shepherds, the Wise Men, or the innkeeper. The first gift of Christmas came from Heavenly Father, who gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to the world. Heavenly Father gave this gift to us because He loves us and desires our happiness. Watch and share an inspiring message about the first gift of Christmas. "

Merry Christmas!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

3 Giveaways!

What am I reading now? Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined (Rachael Anderson)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far? I've enjoyed this book and will definitely be looking up the author to see what else she's written!

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.


#1
Be sure to sign up for the $25 Giveaway for this book at the very bottom of this post!

BUT WAIT--THERE'S MORE!


It's the end of 2014 and you know what that means? 
I'm giving away one of the favorite books that I've read this year! 

#2
This year I've chosen an author, Jennifer A. Nielsen, and am offering one ebook of one of her books. The Shadow Throne, the third book, was published this year, but if you are the winner and you haven't read the pervious books, you could choose book 1, The False Prince, or book 2, The Runaway King.

#3 
We're also giving away one of each of our books--they were published in 2014 too!

For a chance to WIN one of Jennifer Nielsen's books 
or one of ours: 

  • Click on the tab at the top that says "Our Books" and read the blurbs.
  • Everyone who leaves a comment on this blog post will be entered to win one of Jennifer's books. To also enter to win one of ours, list your title preference.
  • Be sure to enter your contact email address, in case you win. I'll contact you to get your choice of which book you'd like.
THE WINNERS FOR GIVEAWAY #2 & #3 HAVE BEEN CHOSEN 
AND HAVE RECEIVED THEIR BOOKS.
THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!



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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

What Makes a Romance?

What am I reading now?  Demon's Heart
(Emily H. Bates)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far? 

Young ruffian Rustav is determined to escape his abusive uncle and hated homeland, even if it means braving the demon-infested forest. His escape is halted, however, when a race of legendary beings reveal him to be the country's fabled heir. As the people rally around him, Rustav teeters precariously between raising his people from the dust or destroying them from the inside.

When I first read a request to feature this book on my blog, I thought it might have a romantic element (main plot or subplot). It doesn't, yet--maybe it will in future books. 

But I read everything and still enjoyed this fantasy story.


What makes a book a "Romance"?

•The main plot focusses on the romantic relationships between the main characters. If the book has a romantic sub-plot, the remaining elements in this list are there although it isn't called a romance novel.

•One or both of the main characters have blocks to being able to commit to relationships.

•The characters' personalities clash but opposites attract, and they are drawn to each other.

•It all starts off with a Cute Meet; it could be a memorable, awkward, stressful, or accidental first meeting.

•The thoughts shared with the reader reveal the changing attitudes toward the other person and the relationship possibilities. This one is HUGE! The character helps the reader fall in love with the other person by revealing their own experience of falling in love! 

•The relationship is earned in a step-by-step progression of emotional and physical relationship building.

•The book answers the question--Will they be a couple? Before I ever read the first word of a romance, I know the answer to this question is YES--so this is not the most important element to make something a romance. Instead, the most important part of the romance is the emotion being transferred to the reader through the characters' experiences of falling in love.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Hallelujah

What am I reading now? My Life with the Walter Boys (Ali Novak)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far? YAY! This is not an "issues" book. I have to admit I was worried it might be when it started off with Jackie's parents being dead (not a spoiler--it's first chapter stuff), but it really is just a YA romance. It's a mostly clean read, but there is some swearing and awkward situations you would have if you live in the same house--also very funny. I enjoyed this read.

Here's the blurb:
Sixteen-year old Jackie Howard knows nothing about her new guardian Katherine Walter when she moves from New York to Colorado. After discovering that Katherine has twelve boys, Jackie fears that living in the Walter house isn't going to be easy. It's just icing on the cake that the boys look like Abercrombie models...

Cloverton Hallelujah
Now that we're kicking off the holiday season, I thought I'd share a favorite Christmas song on my blog today to set the mood. **Sorry, the grinches have removed this video from YouTube