Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Holding our Breath

What am I reading now? Forsaken Dreams (MaryLu Tysdall Escape to Paradise #1)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far? This may be the first Civil War Historical Romance I've ever read. It takes place near the beginning of the Reconstruction period from a Southern perspective. I really enjoyed this clean read. It has a little more description than I usually like and skipped parts because of that, but I never skipped because of the plot--it's full of surprises.

After witnessing the death and destruction caused by the Civil War, Colonel Blake Wallace is eager to leave his once precious Southern homeland for the pristine shores of Brazil and the prospect of a new utopian community. Widow Eliza Crawford seeks passage on Wallace’s ship harboring a dirty secret—and a blossoming hope for a fresh start. But once the voyage begins, troubles abound. Dangers at sea and enemies from within threaten to keep Blake and Eliza from the new life—and love—they long for.

Deanna and I have been doing the "holding our breath" part this past month. Although our books published in the fall, it wasn't until this month that we sent one of them out for review. We were hoping other people like them too.

We've received some very positive reviews so far on Amazon and Goodreads--YAY! It's a little easier to breath now.
Never doubt how much your reviews mean to the author!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Wishing on Baby Dust

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genre: LDS Women's Fiction Infertility stinks.

No one knows that better than Megan. After six years of insanity-inducing hormone drugs and desperate prayers, all she has to show for her efforts are enough negative pregnancy tests to fill a bassinet. All around her women are accidentally getting pregnant—like her star piano student—while Megan remains hopelessly barren. Megan’s never felt so alone.

goodreads-badge-add-plus-fad3b68d35050280ea55d50f17c654b5buy4._V192207739_But she’s not the only one struggling. Christina has just entered the world of infertility, made worse by the fact her husband isn’t ready to be a father. Their marriage, already hanging in the balance, is being torn apart.

Then there’s Kyra, the mother of a precocious three-year-old. She’s shocked to be struggling with secondary infertility. A baby is priceless, but sometimes Kyra feels like she’s being forced to choose which commandment to keep: stay out of debt, or multiply and replenish the earth.

 When Megan and Christina are assigned as Kyra’s visiting teachers, they all realize that what you see isn’t necessarily what’s beneath the surface. Some secrets aren’t worth the cost of keeping them.  

lindzeee & Neil's wedding 294 (2)Author Lydia Winters decided in first grade that she’d grow up to be three things—a mom, a teacher, and a writer. She’s lucky enough to have accomplished all three tasks. Lydia received her bachelor’s in history education from Utah Valley University. Soon after leaving her teaching career behind, she became a mother to adorable twin boys, who guarantee her life is never dull. Lydia is married to the most supportive man in the world. He regularly takes care of the twins and cooks dinner so she can escape with her laptop to chase her dream of being a writer. When she has time for hobbies, Lydia is a reality TV junkie, loves to cross-stitch, and sometimes even finds time to play the piano. She eats way too much chocolate and wishes she liked things like running or yoga.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Christmas Crack Recipe

What am I reading now?  Flirting with Fortune (Erin Knighley)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far?  Can I just say I LOVE all the books by this author! I only have one more (so sad), and I haven't had even one disappointment. The covers are sometimes a little racy but the stories aren't. There is great sexual tension but no scenes that have to be skipped. (I know it's petty, but I hate having to skip scenes--it's like I paid for something I don't get.)

Here's a teaser...
Sir Colin Tate has never imagined marrying for money. But debts left by his artist father have put his siblings’ futures in danger. To wed an eligible heiress, this independent-minded Scot must play by restrictive rules—until an irresistible lady dares to pursue her passion for art…and him.

Christmas Crack Recipe
Crack--As in this is a highly addictive substance
There's really no reason to wait for Christmas either

9 ounces of Puff Corn (This is not Corn Puffs. It actually looks kind of like packaging peanuts)
2 cubes butter (1/2 cup)
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
2/3 cup Karo light corn syrup
1 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Cook butter, syrup and sugar on medium until melted. Add soda (This will make it foamy.)
Pour over Puff Corn and mix to coat. 
Spread onto a cookie sheet and place in over for 45 minutes.
Dump onto wax paper or a stone countertop and break apart to cool.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Does Size Matter?

What am I reading now? Straight and True: A Regency Novella (Justice Joy)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far?
I haven't finished this yet, but I'm at the sweetest moment! My heart is melting (falling for the hero) and breaking (how can the heroine be so dumb?)

*SIGH* I'm enjoying this story very much!

Isabella Reed has loved Nathan Trammell since she was eleven. Unfortunately, he does not return her affections. When she is invited to a house party at his family's estate, she makes plans to win his heart. 

Alexander Brent, her childhood nemesis, has been in love with her for most of his life, but he could never hold a candle to his cousin, Nathan. Now, fresh from a tour of the continent and changed from the ungainly youth he once was, Alex is determined to foil Isabella's plans. 

He offers to help her so he could secretly thwart her...but in doing so, he just might end up ensuring her success. 

Does size matter?
I like to read. So no. It doesn't matter if I'm reading short stories, long ones, novels or novellas--I'll read them all. But in case you were wondering about the size of each kind of book, here's a key:

This isn't a hard and fast word count or page number, just an approximation to give you an idea what you can expect to read in each category.