Apr 232014
 

2013finalistschallengeorigx250Another “Read ‘em All” Challenge has come to an end. Whitney Awards will be handed out this weekend after the LDStorymakers Conference. There are 40 really great books by amazing authors that are awaiting the results of Whitney Academy voting.

I love reading Whitney finalists. Reading is the fun part. Voting, not so much. Each year, the voting becomes more difficult. Most times, my deliberations take days. As tortuous as voting is to me, the struggle to rate each book in a category is a sign that the quality of writing by LDS authors is continuing to improve in marvelous ways.

The “Read ‘em All” 2013 Finalists Challenge has been a lot of fun this year, especially collaborating with Karlene at the New LDS Fiction blog. The random drawings were fun to come up with and give away. We hope that those of you who participated enjoyed the “Read ‘em All” Challenge as well.

What do you think? Should we do it again next year?

Now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

The winners of the Amazon Gift Card Grand Prizes are…

 

$75 Amazon Gift Card – ROBYN MATTHEWS!!!

&

$50 Amazon Gift Card – JORDAN MCCOLLUM!!!

 
Congratulations Robyn and Jordan! We will be in contact with you soon.

Thanks again to all of you who participated. If you’re going to be at the LDStorymakers Conference this year, be sure to say hello if you see me (Shanda), Sheila, or Mindy. We love to chat with our book-loving friends!

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Apr 222014
 

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It’s time to announce the winner of the last “Read ‘em All” 2013 Finalists Challenge random drawing!

ReadEmAllfinaldrawingprizeIn honor of spring, I am giving away this cute flower pen and clipboard. And yes, I bought a set for me too. Just look how fun that little clipboard is! It would be perfect for To Do lists, or phone messages, or shopping lists, or decoration…

The winner also gets a couple of bags of candy because they will need something to supplement them after all the Easter candy is gone. ;)

And the winner is…..

LEXIE HOGAN!!!!

Congratulations, Lexie!

Thank you to everyone who signed up to participate in our “Read ‘em All” 2013 Finalists Challenge. We hope you had as much fun with it as we did.

We still have the two grand prizes to announce, so don’t go anywhere!

Karlene over at New LDS Fiction also gave away one final random prize on her blog today. Go check out what they won!

 

 

 

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Apr 182014
 

 

 

Righting a wrong

 

 

Product Details

 

  • Title: Righting a Wrong
  • Author: Rachael Anderson
  • Series: Ripple Effect Romance
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HEA Publishing (March 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1941363024
  • FTC, FYI: I received a review e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

Book Description for Righting a Wrong 
Seven years ago, Cambri Blaine fled her small hometown of Bridger, Colorado after her senior year ended in a fiasco. Only Jace Sutton knew the real reason why—that she was a spineless coward. Now, seven years later, her father’s been in an accident and needs help, and Cambr has no choice but to return home. So with trepidation, she takes a leave of absence from the landscape architecture firm where she works and boards a plane, hoping against hope that Jace is no longer around and that the past can stay where it belongs—in the past. If only life worked that way. Jace never expected to see Cambri again. After she’d led him on, bruised his heart, and left town without a backward glance, he was forced to pick up the pieces and try not to hate her for it. Eventually, he put it behind him and moved on, creating a life for himself in his beloved hometown. But now that Cambri is back and looking more beautiful and sophisticated than ever, some of those old feelings resurface, and Jake instinctively knows, for the sake of his heart, that he needs to avoid her at all costs. If only it were that easy. 

Excerpt

 

    She rested her hand on his arm, but when he tensed, she pulled it away. “University Park and Charlotte are beautiful cities with so much to offer, but Bridger isn’t without its charms. Coming back here is like entering a different world.”

 

    “An archaic world.”

 

    “That’s not what I’m talking about,” said Cambri. “People here know and care about each other. When you walk down the street, you pass friends instead of strangers. The air is cleaner, the pace slower, and the world calmer. I’m pretty sure the sky is even bluer.”

 

    Jace slung his bag over her shoulder and leveled her a hard look. “Actions speak louder than words, Cambri. Or are you forgetting you left for bluer skies six years ago?”

 

    Her gaze held steady. “Sometimes it takes seeing other skies to know which is bluer.”

 

    One eye brow quirked as he considered her words. “What are you saying? That you’ve had your fill of city life and want to move back?”

 

    Cambri looked away. Was she saying that? No, of course not. That would be crazy. She was happy in Charlotte. “All I’m saying is that I appreciate Bridger a lot more than I used to.”

 

    He let out a low chuckle that didn’t sound even close to humorous. “Like I said, actions speak louder than words.” He started to walk past her, then paused, looking beyond her to the back door. “You talk of passing friends instead of strangers, but in my experience, friends are really just strangers disguised as familiar faces.” His arm brushed against her shoulder as he left, and an uncomfortable, almost palpable, sensation spread down her arm and landed with a thud in her gut.

 

 

My Review:

 

 It’s always a pleasure to read something written by Rachael Anderson. She writes such great characters, even the grumpy Harvey, father of main character Cambri. Once again this story has characters that we have previously met in the Ripple Effect Romance that we read previously. Readers get a glance at Drew and Eden and what’s happening in their life now. 

 

 

I was happy to get to know Jace better in this book. I really liked him in the last book and wanted to see him find his own love after losing Eden to Drew. I like the realistic scenario of how Jace and Cambri reacted to each other after not seeing each other for six years. There were hurt feelings on both sides after Cambri’s hasty departure from Bridger and after a first kiss with Jace. It was fun to see how they rebuilt their friendship and their love. It was also VERY satisfying to see Cambri rebuild her relationship with her estranged father. It took awhile for them to reconnect, but it felt so good when they did. 

 

 

There are so many things to love about Righting a Wrong, the likable characters, the great dialogue, the build up to the romance and the happy ending. I’m realizing that this series of clean romances will be kept in my favorite’s list. I haven’t read one yet that I don’t like. I’m all ready to go back and read them again. If you haven’t read this series yet, go back to the first and read them in the right order. Then you too can see the Ripple Effects that we have in each others lives. Kudos to all of the authors of this series. I can’t wait to read the next three in the series.

 

Rachael 

Meet:Author Rachael Anderson
 A 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.

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The Ripple Effect Romance Novella Series
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Apr 152014
 

 

 

 

 

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Product Details

 

  • Series: A Tangerine Street Romance
  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Mirror Press (March 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1941145140
  • FTC-FYI: Received a review e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

The Fortune Café

 

a novel in three parts

MIS-FORTUNE: Emma, a waitress at The Fortune Café will do anything to avoid opening a fortune cookie. Each fortune is rumored to somehow magically come true. Being a girl grounded in reality, she doesn’t have time for that kind of nonsense. But when trying to prevent a food fight at the café, Emma accidently cracks open a fortune cookie: “Look around, love is trying to catch you.” If there is one thing that Harrison, her former best friend in high school is good at, it’s catching her unaware.   LOVE, NOT LUCK: Lucy has always been lucky . . . until her parents meet her fiancé’s parents at a disastrous lunch at The Fortune Café, and she breaks her lucky jade necklace. Even worse, her fortune cookie reveals that “True love is for the brave, not the lucky.” How is she supposed to read that? She’s always considered it lucky how she met her fiancé. But after breaking her necklace, Lucy’s luck takes a dive. And when her fiancé dumps her, the only person she can turn to is Carter, the unluckiest guy she knows.   TAKEOUT: Stella is content in her new life of taking over her mom’s jewelry shop. No more boyfriend to worry about, and as long as she stays busy, she doesn’t have to dwell on her non-existent love life. When Evan comes into the shop with his young daughter, Stella is charmed. But she is reluctant to complicate her straightforward life, so when she reads her fortune after ordering takeout from The Fortune Café, she completely ignores it. After all, how can a fortune as vague as “Do the thing you fear and love is certain,” apply to her?

 

 

My Review:
As with the other novellas I’ve read, these were just as good. I loved the connection of the cafe throughout the 3 novellas.Each love story held it’s own spark. I really liked how the fortune cookies were supposed to be “magic”. I wish that some of the fortune’s I’ve gotten before would come true! What a fun idea! These particular writers happen to be some of my favorites and I have loved reading other novels written by them. I have to say that they all truly know how to write a great romance! It’s so refreshing to know that when you pick up a book like this it will be clean and well written! There will be no surprises that you’ll have to hide from your teenage daughter. In fact, these stories are one that you’ll like sharing with your teen. 

I couldn’t pick my one favorite out of the three. They were all great stories, with good humor, cute characters, and just the right flavor of romance. Despite making your crave Chinese food, these stories will also make you crave more just the same. Thank goodness another is coming soon called Tangerine Street.

About the Authors: Julie Wright started her first book when she was fifteen.

She’s written over a dozen books since then, is a Whitney Award winner, and feels she’s finally getting the hang of this writing gig. She enjoys speaking to writing groups, youth groups, and schools. She loves reading, eating writing, hiking, playing on the beach with her kids, and snuggling with her husband to watch movies. Julie’s favorite thing to do is watch her husband make dinner. She hates mayonnaise, but has a healthy respect for ice cream.

Melanie Bennett Jacobsonis an avid reader, amateur cook, and champion shopper. She consumes astonishing amounts of chocolate, chick flicks, and romance novels. After meeting her husband online, she is now living happily married in Southern California with her growing family and a series of doomed houseplants. Melanie is a former English teacher and a sometime blogger who loves to laugh and make others laugh. In her down time (ha!), she writes romantic comedies and pines after beautiful shoes.

 

 

 

 

Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author. She writes historical thrillers under Finding Sheba. Under Heather B. Moore she writes romance and women’s fiction. She’s the co-author of The Newport Ladies Book Club series. Other women’s novels include Heart of the Ocean, The Fortune Café, the Aliso Creek Series, and the Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology Series.
the pen name H.B. Moore, her latest is

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Apr 112014
 

 

 

Product Details

  • Title: Sweet Confections
  • Author: Danyelle Ferguson
  • Series: Indulgence Row Book one
  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Wonderstruck Books (March 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615969690
  • FTC, FYI: I received a review pdf in exchange for an honest review. 

 

 

 Book Description

According to Rachel Marconi chocolate heals all wounds. That and throwing darts at pictures of her ex-boyfriend. Burned by yet another bad relationship, Rachel decides to reprioritize her life, putting her dream to compete on a Food Network Challenge on the top of her list and dating at the bottom crossed out in red sharpie. But what’s a girl to do when a certain sexy guy keeps asking her out?Cue in Graydon Green, a former pro hockey player turned restaurant owner. After a lot of persistent and humorous teasing, he finally convinces Rachel to commit to a date. Just when things begin to warm up, threatening notes directed at Rachel arrive. When her bakery is vandalized, Graydon’s protective streak goes on red alert. Is it her obsessive ex-boyfriend stalking her? Or maybe a challenger trying to sabotage the competition?

Either way, Rachel is definitely going to need more chocolate – perhaps drizzled over ice cream and devil’s food cake.

My Review: 
Sweet Confections was full of sweet surprises! This is Danyelle Ferguson’s first published novel. She has published other non-fiction writing, but I was blown away by this novel. It had a great combination of romance, humor and suspense; also we can’t forget the yummy things that main character, Rachel and her friend in the Sweet Confections Bakery made every day. I was hungry the whole time I was reading the book. Also, an added bonus is that Danyelle has recipes for some of the things Rachel made.There were so many things I loved in this story from the sassy Rachel, 28 and single who has just been burned in love, to the good looking and genuine leading man, Graydon who is a former pro-hockey player. I liked how long it took for these two to get together. It made the whole love story more realistic. I also loved the shocking twist at the end of the novel. The best part for me was the Food Competition at the Food Network. I love watching all shows on the Food Network so this was very exciting! I’m so looking forward to more books in this series of Indulgence Row. I was happy to see that more books are in the works. If you enjoy a sweet romance with a taste of suspense and a fast paced storyline, Sweet Confections is the book for you!

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 Meet Author Danyelle FergusonDanyelle Ferguson - 30kB
Danyelle Ferguson discovered her love for the written word in elementary school. Her first article was published when she was in 6th grade. Since then, she’s won several awards and her work has been published world-wide in newspapers, magazines and books.

Danyelle grew up surrounded by Pennsylvania’s beautiful Allegheny Mountains. Then she lived for ten years among the majestic Wasatch Mountains. She is currently experiencing mountain-withdrawal while living in Kansas with her husband and family. She enjoys reading, writing, dancing and singing inthe kitchen, and the occasional long bubble bath to relax from the everyday stress of being “Mommy.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Apr 092014
 

The_SacramentThe Sacrament

Author: John Bytheway

Illustrator: Nathan Pinnock

Publisher: Shadow Mountain

Published: April 7th, 2014

ISBN13: 978-1-60907-790-7

Hardcover: 32 pages

FTC FYI: I received a hardcover copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Reviewed by Mindy

Goodreads Summary

It’s understandable that some children appear bored or distracted during sacrament meeting. Many young Latter-day Saints are probably unsure about the true meaning of the sacrament and why we attend. With this in mind, bestselling author John Bytheway has composed a delightful poem (inspired by a short poem by Walter H. Horne) to help Latter-day Saints young and old appreciate the ordinance of the sacrament. In particular, children will learn what they should be thinking about (and not be thinking about) during this sacred time as well as what the sacrament can do for all of us.

Beautifully illustrated by Nathan Pinnock, this thought-provoking story about a young boy and his grandpa is a gentle reminder about the importance of remembering the Lord Jesus Christ, especially during this special meeting meant for Him.

My Review

I was very excited to review this book to review.  A few days after I received it, there was a lovely Relief Society lesson given by a sister in my ward about the Sacrament.  Sister Reader passed out papers to all the sisters that read, “What did you think of during the sacrament?”  That sentence really made me think.  Usually I read the scriptures during the sacrament, but did I truly think about the Savior and the importance of the sacrament?  The next day at Family Home Evening, I was inspired to give a lesson about the sacrament.  We read this lovely book together as a family and used the lovely experience of the author to better our understanding of the sacrament and the importance of partaking it every week.  Also to encourage my family to be spiritually prepared to take the sacrament, and to be thinking of Jesus Christ, through prayer and the scriptures.

My family and I will cherish this book and I am very grateful that it is in our home.

Purchase Links

Deseret Book / Amazon / Barnes and Noble

About the Author (from Goodreads)

John Bytheway (born October 1962) is an American author and academic, who is well known as a comic motivational speaker for youth within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Born in Salt Lake City, Bytheway attended the University of Utah and Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, receiving a Master’s Degree in Religious Education. He also served as a missionary for the LDS Church in the Philippines.

Bytheway is a religious studies instructor at BYU, currently focusing on the Book of Mormon. He also serves on the Aaronic Priesthood/Young Women Writing Committee for the LDS Church. Bytheway and his wife Kimberly have six children.

Author the Illustrator (from his website)

Portrait painter, illustrator, Teacher of oil painting, drawing, and sculpting + logo design.
Greater Salt Lake Area
Current: Artist at Pinnock Illustration/ Pinnock Fine Art
Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration, Painting, Sculpting at Brigham Young University, University of Utah, Utah State University, Atelier Leseuer

Summary

Professional painter and Sculptor, Illustrator and Private art teacher.

Specialities

Portrait painting, teaching oil painting, drawing, sculpting and painting composition.

Experience

• Artist at Pinnock Illustration/Pinnock Fine Art – January 1992 – Present (20 + years)
• Illustrator – January 1990- 2001
• Portrait painter and Fine Artist 2001- Present (20 + years)
• Private Instructor of painting, Drawing, and Sculpting – 1996 to present

 

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