Friday, May 22, 2015

Book Review ~ "An Uncertain Choice" by Jody Hedlund

An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Netgalley (To review)
Genre: Historical Romance

Book Description:  Due to her parents' promise at her birth, Lady Rosemarie has been prepared to become a nun on the day she turns eighteen. Then, a month before her birthday, a friend of her father's enters the kingdom and proclaims her parents' will left a second choice. If Rosemarie can marry before the eve of her eighteenth year, she will be exempt from the ancient vow. 

Before long, Rosemarie is presented with the three most handsome and brave knights in the land. But when the competition for her heart seemingly results in a knight playing foul, she begins to wonder if the cloister is the best place after all. If only one of the knights the one who appears the most guilty had not already captured her heart.


My thoughts: I grew up loving medieval stories where the handsome knight fights the bad guys and captures the heart of the fair maiden. This story lived up to my childhood fantasies.

Rosemarie is planning on entering the convent on her 18th birthday. Before her birth, her parents entered into a covenant to have their first born child devote their life in church service. This is a sacred covenant and cannot be broken. There is a catch, if the child falls in love and marries on/before their 18th birthday, they may marry and be excused from church service.

This exception was unknown to Rosemary until one month before her birthday. Her Godfather, the noble knight, comes to give her a choice. He brings three knights with him who have different character and qualities that she may find attractive. He wants her to have a choice and not have regrets later in life. 

The three knights were very different and enjoyable to read about. I found each one entertaining in their own way and could see the difficulty of her choice. Each had attributes that complimented her character, but there could only be one to win her heart.

Someone does not want her to choose. There is an antagonist that the reader is not sure who he is until close to the end. I really wasn't surprised by the revelation, but it was still fun to see the characters figure out who he was.

The book has some violence and references to torture methods.  The second book will be coming out in March 0f 2016.  I look forward to reading it. :)





About the Author (taken from Goodreads):  Jody Hedlund is an award-winning and bestselling author of inspirational historical romances including books for adults and youth. She currently makes her home in central Michigan with her husband and their five busy children.

As a busy mama-writer, she has the wonderful privilege of teaching her crew of 5 children at home. In between grading math papers and giving spelling tests, she occasionally does a load of laundry and washes dishes. When she's not busy being a mama, you can find her in front of her laptop working on another of her page-turning stories.

She loves reading almost as much as she loves writing, especially when it also involves chocolate and coffee. 


Visit her WEBSITE.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Cover Reveal ~ "Jack Templar and the Lord of the Demons" by Jeff Gunhus + giveaway!

With two of the Jerusalem Stones in hand, Jack and his friends must race the clock to find the remaining Stones as Ren Lucre's Creach forces gather strength. With two of their group now with Creach blood flowing in their veins, the team will be tested as never before. They must unite together if they have any hope of surviving their journey to the Underworld and their battle with the vicious Lord of the Demons. The fate of the entire world hangs in the balance.



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jeffAuthor Jeff Gunhus Jeff Gunhus is the author of the Amazon bestselling supernatural thriller, Night Chill, and the Middle Grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book of the series, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His book Reaching Your Reluctant Reader has helped hundreds of parents create avid readers. Killer Within is his second novel for adults. As a father of five, he and his wife Nicole spend most of their time chasing kids and taking advantage of living in the great state of Maryland. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel. If you see him there, sit down and have a cup of coffee with him. You just might end up in his next novel.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Cover Reveal ~ "Veils and Vengeance" by Rachelle J Christensen + giveaway!

 When wedding planner, Adrielle Pyper, goes to Hawaii to orchestrate a destination wedding, she isn't prepared for what she finds. After the trauma of her previous event, the beautiful isle of Kauai is the perfect place for Adri to unwind and do what she does best – plan. She even lets herself indulge in the attention of the groom’s handsome brother. But just when everything seems to be perfect, an afternoon snorkeling trip turns to murder when Adri discovers the body of a young woman. Shaken, but unable to let it go, Adri’s sleuthing leads her into more danger than she could imagine. When a number of “accidents” threaten her own life, it soon becomes apparent that someone will do anything to keep Adri from interfering with their vengeance. 






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rachelle   Author Rachelle J. Christensen Rachelle J. Christensen is a mother of five who writes mystery/suspense and solves the case of the missing shoe on a daily basis. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a minor in music. She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking, and, of course, reading. Rachelle is the award-winning author of six books, including Wrong Number, Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things, and What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know. Her novella, Silver Cascade Secrets, was included in the Rone Award-winning Timeless Romance Anthology, Fall Collection.


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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Book Review ~ "The Legacy Human" by Susan Kaye Quinn

The Legacy Human by Susan Kaye Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Source: Received to Review

Book Description:  When transcending humanity is the prize, winning the Game is all that matters.

Seventeen-year-old Elijah Brighton wants to become an ascender—a post-Singularity human/machine hybrid—after all, they’re smarter, more enlightened, more compassionate, and above all, achingly beautiful. But Eli is a legacy human, preserved and cherished for his unaltered genetic code, just like the rainforest he paints. When a fugue state possesses him and creates great art, Eli miraculously lands a sponsor for the creative Olympics. If he could just master the fugue, he could take the gold and win the right to ascend, bringing everything he’s yearned for within reach… including his beautiful ascender patron. But once Eli arrives at the Games, he finds the ascenders are playing games of their own. Everything he knows about the ascenders and the legacies they keep starts to unravel… until he’s running for his life and wondering who he truly is.


My thoughts: Susan Kaye Quinn is a master at writing books that make you think. I have read a few of her books and have yet to be disappointed. She is able to capture my imagination and pull me into her story.

Eli is an artist who works with acrylics. He is talented, but only does his best work when he is in a trance, or fugue. He goes into a fugue in front of his patron and another. This propels him into competing in an art Olympics. If he wins, he will ascend. He will have the opportunity to become an immortal being and save his mother from her illness and imminent death.

This book is set in a futuristic setting. Men have learned to use technology to take their minds and transplant them into bodies. If the body fails they can move to another body. It's a very interesting concept. It questions the basic knowledge of humanity and what it means to be human. Mere mortals are treated basically like pets. They are given the most basic care to survive, nothing to help them thrive.

The games teach him more than how to tap into his art. They teach him about humanity and the one's who have ascended. There are many different agendas, and Eli has to choose which one he wants to support.

The book is written to a YA reader, but does have innuendo.



About the Author (Taken from Goodreads):  Susan Kaye Quinn grew up in California, where she wrote snippets of stories and passed them to her friends during class. Her teachers pretended not to notice and only confiscated her stories a couple times.

Susan left writing behind to pursue a bunch of engineering degrees, but she was drawn back to writing by an irresistible urge to share her stories with her niece, her kids, and all the wonderful friends she’s met along the way.

She doesn’t have to sneak her notes anymore, which is too bad.

Susan writes from the Chicago suburbs with her three boys, two cats, and one husband. Which, it turns out, is exactly as a much as she can handle.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Book Review ~ "Royal Date" by Sariah Wilson

Royal Date by Sariah Wilson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received from the Author to Review
Genre: Contemporary Fairy Tale Romance

Book Description:  This Cinderella didn’t plan on a prince . . .

Kat MacTaggart is a girl who has a plan for everything—including her holiday ski trip to Monterra with her best friend. Everything is going according to plan until she finds herself careening out of control down a mountainside and being rescued by a guy who looks like Superman’s hotter Italian cousin. 

HRH Prince Nico is intrigued by the woman he saved on the slopes and her refusal to date him. He offers Kat a deal—let him show her his country and he’ll pay her to write articles that will help Monterra’s tourism industry. Kat agrees, but given her past and lingering distrust of men, she has one condition—absolutely no kissing.

Thanks to the claims of a jealous British noblewoman and the schemes of a meddling paparazzo, Kat’s rule doesn’t seem to be a problem at first. But the more Kat gets to know Nico and the people around him, the harder it is to remember her keep-your-distance plan. Should she stick to it or risk everything for a chance at happily ever after?



My thoughts: I read this book in one sitting. I could not put it down! This is the second book that I have read of Sariah Wilson.  I loved them both. She has a wonderful writing style that drew me in and didn't let me go. (Snarky Sarcasm) She is an author that I will watch for in the future.

Kat is with her friend on vacation at a ski resort when she meets and attractive man she shows no interest in, even though she finds him very attractive. The next time she meets him she is careening down the mountain out of control and he saves her. Not only is he attractive, but he is now her rescuer.

Turns out he is a prince. She recovers in his palace! (Most girls childhood fantasy)

While she is recovering her best friend, Lemon comes up with a plan to help the small country with tourism. Kat needs to date the Prince and then write about her experiences. They will use this forum to market tourism. It is a great plan, other than Kat doesn't want to be come involved with any man. She has a plan for her future, romance is not a part of that plan.

I loved the characters in this story. Kat, Prince Nico, Lemon, the Prince's sisters, the rest of the royal family, were all great characters. They took a girl who had a rough upbringing and made her feel accepted and a part of a family.

This story is a rags to riches story. Kat grew up with a mother who was addicted to crystal meth. She didn't have a family life. She worked for everything that she accomplished. Because of this she is a well rounded and admirable woman. She looked at the life of her mother and tried to do the opposite. Prince Nico was able to see beyond the outer layer and see the woman within.

While the book doesn't have sex in it, there is quite a bit of innuendo and teasing about waiting for marriage  I would recommend to the New Adult age group.




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About the Author (taken from Amazon):  Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane, never climbed Mt. Everest, and is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soulmate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters--which is why she writes romance. She has published five happily ever after stories. She grew up in southern California, graduated from Brigham Young University (go Cougars!) with a semi-useless degree in history, and is the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children. She currently lives with the aforementioned soulmate and their four children in Utah, along with three tiger barb fish, a cat named Tiger, and a recently departed hamster that is buried in the backyard (and has nothing at all to do with tigers).


Her website is www.sariahwilson.com.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Book Review ~ "From the Start" by Melissa Tagg

From the Start by Melissa Tagg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Netgalley (to review)
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Book Description:  Kate Walker used to believe in true love and happily ever after. While her own love life may have left her brokenhearted, it hasn't kept her from churning out made-for-TV romance movie screenplays...until a major career slump and a longing to do something meaningful send her running back to her hometown of Maple Valley. 

Permanently sidelined by an injury, former NFL quarterback Colton Greene is temporarily hiding out in a friend's hometown to avoid the media and the reminders of all he's lost. Maple Valley seems like the perfect place to learn how to adjust to normal life. The only trouble is he's never really done normal before.

While Kate plays things safe and Colton is all about big risks and grand gestures, they both get what it's like to desperately need direction in life. An unexpected project gives them both a chance to jumpstart their new lives, but old wounds and new dreams are hard to ignore. Starting over wasn't part of the plan, but could it be the best thing that's ever happened to them?



My thoughtsFrom the Start was very hard for me to put down. I loved the characters and story!

Kate's career as a writer has stalled. She comes home to help out her father when a tornado rips through her small hometown. She is on the verge of changing her direction in life and needs the connection with her family.

Colton's career in the NFL is over. He is also seeking a new direction in his life and takes advantage of the opportunity to help out his friends family in Maple Valley after the tornado.

The two of them never imagined that a town tragedy could help them both find direction and heal from past events in their lives. Their connection happens quickly, but they don't fall instantly in love. Both of them have obstacles to overcome before they can fully let themselves care for another.

I loved the setting of this book. It is a small town where people pitch in and help after a disaster. The residents comes together and pulls everyone into the community and makes them feel at home.

Kate has a loving nature that is the perfect component for helping Colton overcome the tragedies of his childhood. She reaches him and helps him cope and remember events that were pivotal in his life, things he has buried.

There are a few Walker siblings that need a boost to their love lives, it looks like this is the first of a series. I am very excited to read the rest of the Walker family series as it comes available.

This is a clean Christian romance.



Book Review ~ "Lord John's Dilemma" by G.G. Vandagriff

Lord John's Dilemma (Grenville Chronicles Book 2)Lord John's Dilemma by G.G. Vandagriff
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Regency Romance

Book DescriptionWhen Lord John returns from the Battle of Waterloo nursing a serious wound and a case of melancholia, he is hopeful of beginning a happier phase in his life. His sights are set on the lovely Miss Lindsay, his country neighbor’s daughter. But to his mystification, he keeps getting distracted by her family’s governess—a little dab of a thing who is not at all what she seems. 
His determination to solve the mystery of Miss Haverley begins to seriously undermine his interest in Miss Lindsay, who is confident he is about to offer for her. In the face of this, how can he pursue his interest in the family governess? Not only must he solve this dilemma, but he must discover what the petite woman is hiding. 

When Miss Haverley begs him to resist satisfying his curiosity because such a course could bring her harm, his dilemma doubles. He is more determined than ever to rescue her from whatever demons she is trying to escape, for Miss Haverley alone seems to have the power to stir him to passion and hope for a new life. 



My thoughts; Lord John's Dilemma is a sweet regency romance that is great for the times when you want a romance story to get lost in for a little while.

Sir John has recently returned from the Battle of Waterloo. He was injured and decided it was time to settle in the country of the Land he had fought for. He suffers from melancholia and just wants to find some peace in his life. He has his path figured out. He will come home and marry the local girl, Miss Lindsay, who has had a crush on him since she was a young girl.

It doesn't take long for him to realize that his plans and not what he wants. He meets the governess of the Lindsay family and knows that he wants more from life. He wants a happy marriage with a woman he loves and admires.

Delia is hiding from her uncle who wants has promised her to a man who only wants her inheritance. The job of governess protects her identity and is the last place her uncle will think to look for her.

The story is pretty straightforward. A couple who do not want to find each other, but do at a very inconvenient time in their life. The dilemma of falling in love and knowing that you can not have the person of your affections.

The book is very clean and can be read an enjoyed by anyone of any age who enjoys a light regency romance.






Friday, May 15, 2015

"Resurrection of the Phoenix's Grace" by L.R.W. Lee




When Andy landed back home, little did he realize the hunt Abaddon would initiate to capture and punish him for thwarting his plans for eternal life for yet a third time. Meanwhile, when Methuselah unexpectedly extends in Mom's hand while in Texas, something it has never done for him, it triggers more revelations about her past. 


After a frustrating and, at times, terrifying year, Andy returns to Oomaldee and joins Hans' quest to locate the only surviving heir to the throne of Cromlech. In the process, Andy and company discover the Giant's Ring, the center of Cromlech's healing powers, has been destroyed by Abaddon's evil sorcerer. The situation grows dire when Andy finds that the phoenix who rose from that land millennia before has returned to be reborn and the evil mage has trapped her inside the decimated Ring. Without the freedom to collect the materials she needs to build a pyre, she will die. Andy knows failure is not an option for he needs a feather from this phoenix as the next ingredient to break the curse. Will Andy and his friends free the phoenix in time? Will they be able to fix the Ring and restore Cromlech's healing powers? Will Andy collect a phoenix feather?













About the Author:  L. R. W. Lee writes to teach her readers principles that can transform their lives – overcoming frustration, impatience, fear and more. She also shows why responsibility, diligence and dignity are the keys to true success in life. L. R. W. Lee lives in scenic Austin, TX with her husband, daughter and son.