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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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

W is for Window of Time

W is for Window of Time (Debra Erfert, pen name DJ Erfert)
Annd . . . what’s the blurb? CIA courier Lucy James never gets used to seeing innocent people killed, but she copes with it—every day. Cursed with the ability to glimpse into the future when a death is about to happen, she has a short window of time to interfere—risking her life in order to change it. No one knows about her curse, until she saves a handsome Los Angeles firefighter trapped between her and foreign operatives hell-bent on intercepting her current assignment. 

LA firefighter Johnny Cartwright’s life changes the moment he meets Lucy. His uncomplicated days flip to dangerously unpredictable after he’s drawn deeper into her secretive world of premonitions. His attraction to Lucy grows as he helps her stop a terroristic plot against the U.S., putting his life between her and certain death.

A Secret About the Author: I can remember an unfamiliar house from when I was 6 months old. I write about this house in detail in Window of Time.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

V is for Vocal Crush

V is for Vocal Crush (Lisa Swinton)
Annd . . . what’s the blurb? Can you ever out run a broken heart?

Lexi Court spent seven years traveling the world, living the nomadic Broadway life, in an attempt to outrun the broken heart Nick Rivers gave her. Now, there’s nowhere left to go. 

When she accepted a position as a high school drama teacher in Las Vegas, Lexi hoped to get over Nick, find a nice guy, and settle down. But what should be a quiet summer gets turned upside down when Lexi's best friend, Taffy, drafts her to be an emergency replacement coach on a televised vocal competition. 

Feeling out of her league among the other three celebrity coaches, Lexi fights for the most promising contestants to be on her team. One note from a single voice shatters her summer. Nick unexpectedly auditions and joins Lexi's team. With her vocal crush on him raging as strong as ever, she has nowhere to run from Nick’s dreamy looks or siren voice. 
Lexi has no doubt that Nick can win the competition. The question is does he want to win her heart as well or will he damage it beyond repair? 

Think television reality show The Voice meets Jane Austen’s Persuasion.

A Secret About the Author: I've dyed my hair every natural shade...and a few unnatural ones. ;)

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Monday, April 25, 2016

U is for An Unexpected Proposal

U is for An Unexpected Proposal (Annette Lyon)
Annd . . . what’s the blurb? AN UNEXPECTED PROPOSAL as part of the Timeless Romance Anthology: Winter Collection: 
**Amazon #1 Bestselling *New Release* in Clean Romance 
**Amazon Top 10 in Regency Romance 
**Amazon Top 5 in Victorian Romance 

“Top Pick!” “This anthology is what holiday romance is all about. I can't remember the last book I found so delightful and enjoyable.” –NIGHT OWL REVIEWS 

“These six romantic shorts are deliciously crafted… Each short takes the reader on a mini Christmas vacation to the past, its mystical beauty and imaginative romance.” –IND’TALE MAGAZINE, Erin Murdock 

“I readily recommend this smorgasbord of treats that are suitable for all ages.” –ROMANCE REVIEWS TODAY 

“There is just something magical about cuddling up with a good love story on a winter afternoon… they are charming glimpses into romantic moments of days long past.” –DESERET NEWS, Melissa Demoux

While working at a wood camp in the Logan canyon during the winter of 1880, Caroline Simpson is forced to thwart the aggressive advances of Mr. Butch Larson, and in the process discovers that her long-time friend James has genuine affection for her. But as stubborn as Caroline is, she minimizes the emotions James has awakened in her, and it takes almost losing him to admit her true feelings. 

An Unexpected Proposal was introduced in WINTER COLLECTION, the first volume of the bestselling and RONE Award-winning Timeless Romance Anthology series, and is now available as a standalone short.

A Secret About the Author: I'm a total history geek, which in part means that I adore wandering through cemeteries, which apparently most people think is creepy.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Tomorrow is Release Day!

April 25th is the release day 
Sweet & Sassy Anthology: 
Sand and Kisses

Five new clean romance novellas from 
Sweet & Sassy Anthologies. 
Open for Love by Elana Johnson 
Sabrina Arnold loves running her family's Bed & Breakfast in sunny New Orleans. What she doesn't love is the new establishment going up right next door. While Bri's snooping around the place to see how it compares to hers, she's caught by tall, dark, and handsome Carter Hammond. 
What she doesn't know is that Carter owns the property where she's trespassing, though he claims he doesn't. He's in New Orleans to start his first business venture, get out from underneath his father's thumb, and learn about the mother he's never known. As he and Bri spend more time together, he knows it's only a matter of time before she finds out that he owns the building she hates. Can their fledgling, summer love survive against the odds? 
Secrets in the Sand by Cindy M. Hogan 
Sometimes staying hidden, even for a spy, is nearly impossible. 

Christy Hadden, spy extraordinaire, thinks she’s created the perfect getaway in beautiful South Beach, Florida. A place where she and her handler, Jeremy, can give their forbidden romance a chance - in secret. 

But when they hear cries of alarm in an alley nearby, they can’t resist the pull to help, even if it exposes them. And when Christy becomes a person of interest in a murder committed in that same alley, they must hunt down the real killers and clear 
Christy's name. 

In this game of hide and seek, it seems their secret is sure to be found out. Christy may have to choose between the love of her life and her life's purpose - and the stakes are higher than she ever bargained for. 
Life’s a Beach by Jo Noelle 
Jenna Brennan doesn’t believe in love. She doesn’t believe in marriage, and she’s learned to only count on herself. At her Uncle Walter’s insistence, and a little emotional blackmail, she returns to Misty Harbor Cottages to help him for one last summer in a place that's really the only home she’s ever known. 
Cole Zamora has worked at Misty Harbor for more than half of his twenty-three years, and imagined someday owning the place. He met Jenna when they were ten-years-old, and his young heart fell hard for her, relishing every summer she came back. That is, until two years ago, when she broke his heart and never returned. 
Uncle Walter proposes a challenge between the two, with the winner becoming the new owner of Misty Harbor. Now, there’s a real chance Cole could lose his heart and his home. Jenna isn’t sure which worries her more—a summer of rivalry or romance? 
The Upgrade by Candice Toone 
Moving on after college can be tough. Especially when former sorority president and dance team captain, Amanda Ford, takes a job at her alma mater. Her big plans to help host a study abroad tour to Peru and to launch a dance fitness program back on campus nearly come undone when she meets Spencer Elliott, an adorable undergrad who’d love to date the girl she used to be. She gives in to a final hurrah date, but regrets that choice when Spencer shows up at the study abroad orientation. Customs regulations, professional insecurities and social unrest combine to challenge Amanda’s developing professional prowess, often leaving her pitifully vulnerable to the unfortunate combination of an emerging sense of self, a handsome near-stranger, and a beautiful Peruvian beach. 
Surfboards and Star Trek by Donea Lee Weaver 
When Anna meets Derek while on vacation at the beach, it’s not exactly love at first sight. How could a handsome surfer be interested in a divorcee like her? When she finds their age difference is nominal and that she and Derek share a love for all things Star Trek, she hopes love might blossom. But, long-distance relationships are tough. And when a waitress mistakes her for Derek’s mom, she starts to doubt the budding romance. Can a California surf-connoisseur and an older woman who sucks at all things water-sports find enough common ground to make a relationship work? 

It's already getting some great reviews. See them here:

Saturday, April 23, 2016

T is for Torn Canvas

T is for Torn Canvas (Donna K. Weaver)
Annd . . . what’s the blurb? Winner of the prestigious 2015 RONE award for best New Adult Fiction.

Modern-day pirates took more than Jori Virtanen’s friends; they stole his face. Not only does the twenty-four-year-old former model have to confront months of reconstructive surgery, he discovers his previous life was as superficial as his looks. 

Up-and-coming talk show host Olivia Howard wants an interview. She, like the rest of the press, expects a hero, but Jori knows the truth. 

His beauty masks a beast. In seclusion and evading the press, Jori struggles to make a new life as an artist. But he can’t hide from himself; more than his face is damaged. How can Jori possibly make amends for all that he’s broken? When Olivia finally tracks him down, he must decide if he can trust her. Could this unlikely woman be a key to freeing his heart and healing the beast?

A Secret About the Author: Navy brat, Army veteran, black belt, online gamer girl, grandma

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Friday, April 22, 2016

S is for Skinniness is Next to Goddessness Lacey's Story

S is for Skinniness is Next to Goddessness Lacey's Story (Julia Keanini)
Annd . . . what’s the blurb? Lacey Steele knows all of life's hardships, her mother's disapproval, her classmates' disdain, and her own lack of self-esteem would be fixed if only she were thinner.

With her friend Ashley, they create the Future Goddess Girls Club. All it will take to lose the future? Drop the extra pounds plaguing them. As the number on Lacey's scale decreases, the more she feels empowered and the faster she wants results. Extreme calorie cutting may be a bit much, but at least it isn't a real eating disorder.

Lacey and Ashley's shortcut seems to good to be true, outfits they only dreamed of wearing now fit perfectly and boys they'd longed for, now can't help but turn their heads.
But just as life seems to become exactly what they want, the shortcut reveals its price, one much too high to pay.

Skinniness is Next to Goddessness? Lacey's Story takes on a dark subject in a brighter manner combining the difficulties of body image and eating disorders with hope, love, and eventual acceptance.

A Secret About the Author: I've lived in Hawaii almost my whole life and I've never learned to surf or play the ukulele.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

R is for Royal Chase

R is for Royal Chase (Sariah Wilson)
Annd . . . what’s the blurb? Booking her client, Prince Dante of Monterra, on reality show Marry Me is a royal coup for PR agent Lemon Beauchamp. But thanks to a last-minute glitch, Lemon must pretend to be one of the contestants vying to win the playboy prince’s love and then live happily ever after—at least until the publicity tour ends.
Prince Dante agreed to go on the show to find a wife, even though he already has the perfect candidate in mind. She’s smart, funny, sexy, and completely uninterested in wealth and fame. She’s also absolutely determined to keep him at arm’s length.
Even if Lemon weren’t already engaged, she can’t trust a notorious flirt like Dante. So she ignores the lingering looks. Those subtle, thrilling touches. That pulse-quickening kiss. Until suddenly, Lemon isn’t playing for the cameras. She’s lovestruck for real, and just maybe, the man behind the title is the one who’s always been in her heart…

A Secret About the Author: I skipped first grade.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Q is for Quiet Book

Q is for Quiet Book 

This info is taken from Jocelyn T's blog about how to make quiet books

Annd . . . what’s the blurb? These wonderful little books keep little minds and hands busy so little mouths are quiet in church. The books themselves are made of soft fabrics--so they are quiet too!

A Secret About the Author:  I'm a science-loving, book-reading, craft-making, adventure-taking homemaker.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

P is for Proposals and Poison

P is for Proposals and Poison (Rachelle J. Christensen)

Annd . . . what’s the blurb? Love can be a very dangerous thing. 
At least it seems that way to Adri Pyper, the premier wedding planner in Sun Valley, Idaho. When one of her clients dies mysteriously, Adri takes the advice of the local detective and swears she will stay out of the investigation . . . this time. 

Luke Stetson's involvement in the case, along with the possibility of a kiss between the two, should be enough incentive to keep Adri out of trouble. But when a dog-themed wedding is almost ruined by a suspect, Adri and her assistant, Lorea, are thrust into private eye mode. When poison enters the picture, even a reluctant sleuth can’t steer clear of danger. 

A Secret About the Author: Rachelle loves music and she play the piano and sings. Rachelle recently won the Kindle Scout Competition for her book, The Soldier's Bride which features an original song written by Rachelle.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

O is for Olivia

O is for Olivia (Kate Palmer)
Annd . . . what’s the blurb? An exceptional horse trainer reins in more than one mystery when she agrees to run her father’s ranch. 

Olivia Nielson, a well-respected horse trainer, is engaged to ambitious, luxury real estate agent Shane Chapman. Together they are building the prestigious Sterling Shoes Stables. 

When Olivia moves home for six months to run her parents’ Riverbend Ranch, she learns her father has partnered with Cedar Creek’s new veterinarian and most eligible bachelor Adam Hunsaker. 

Now, with her fiancé keeping secrets, investors for Sterling Shoes Stables backing out, her father’s business partner constantly disappearing, and two unidentified men following her, Olivia must protect her career and her heart. 

Olivia is the third book in the Western Hearts Series. 

A Secret About the Author: I love to run.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

N is for Numbers Game

N is for Numbers Game ( Rebecca Rode )
Annd . . . what’s the blurb? 
A citizen girl someone’s trying to kill. A hot military slave with a mysterious past. A dangerous game that changes everything. 

In futuristic America, everyone wears a number. Treena's as ready for Rating Day as anyone can be—she's a top contender in Level Three school and has a highly-rated boyfriend. But when her number is announced, it shocks everyone. To get her life and boyfriend back, Treena must go undercover and expose a military spy. Doesn’t sound too hard, except that someone wants her dead. And then there’s Vance, the mysterious soldier with a haunted past and gorgeous brown eyes. 

Together, they discover a dark numbers conspiracy, one that shatters the nation’s future. Treena must join up with Vance if she is to survive the dangerous game of numbers—and the terrible war that rages within her heart. 

If you love futuristic thrillers and dystopian sci-fi adventures, you'll love this action-packed mystery with a dash of romance for fans of Suzanne Collins,Veronica Roth, and Ally Condie. This is the first book of the #1 Bestselling Numbers Game Saga.

A Secret About the Author: I joined the swim team in high school because 1) I wanted to exercise without actually having to talk to people; and 2) I wanted to learn how to swim without plugging my nose. One of these things worked out great. 

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