Thursday, May 5, 2016

DESTINATION BILLIONAIRES ROMANCE SERIES BOOK THREE: "ALMOST EVERYTHING," by Taylor Hart

Each of these first three novels has launched with great success on Amazon. I'm at work on mine for a March 2017 release, but in the meantime, I'm pleased to introduce you to. . .

Almost Everything

 book three in the "Destination Billionaire Series"by Bestselling Author 

Taylor Hart



Billionaire Montana Crew, country music superstar, thought he’d put the cheating best friend and ex-fiancĂ© in the past. When the ex appears backstage bearing the news of his friend’s death and thrusting an envelope in his hands, he’s shocked and a little annoyed. 

Lily Ray Gold, L.R. Gold to her associates at the law firm, doesn’t want to deliver the envelope with her best friend’s last wishes. Nothing could have convinced her to look the ‘King of Country’ in the eye again…except Jason. She’d do it and she wouldn’t lie, telling Montana she was finally done with him would feel awesome! 

When Montana shows up at Lily’s law firm and extorts her into helping him figure out what Jason wants him to do, neither of them would have expected getting caught up doing their high school bucket list by surfing in Hawaii, riding in a hot air balloon, and climbing Devil’s Tower. 

They both agree to finish the list for their friend, but when Montana proposes, Lily has to make a choice—tell the truth or never have almost everything she’s ever truly wanted. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Book Nook Review: MAGNIFICENT WORLD OF SPIRITS

Magnificent World of Spirits: 
Eyewitness Accounts of Where We Go When We Die

by

Marlene  Bateman Sullivan 



 BUY ON AMAZONSome books entertain us. Some books teach us. Some books change us. Marlene Bateman Sullivan’s Magnificent World of Spirits: Eyewitness Accounts of Where We Go When We Die, does all three.

Bateman has written extensively on the Spirit World and angelic visitations as recorded in the journals of early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In Magnificent World of Spirits, she offers carefully researched accounts of Latter-day Saints who visited the Spirit World through dreams and visions. These accounts are almost identical to the experiences of people who actually crossed the veil, visited the Spirit World, and returned, which she chronicled in her first book on the subject, Gaze Into Heaven; Near-death Experiences in Early Church History. Both books remind us where we came from, why we’re here on earth, what really matters, and why we want to make it Home.

The Magnificent World of Spirits: Eyewitness Accounts of Where We Go When We Die is a well-documented, fascinating read that’s hard to put down. Sullivan’s research has earned her accolades from other respected LDS scholars. The book opens with an acknowledgment by Lee Nelson (Beyond the Veil Series.) The extensive foreword was written by Duane S. Crowther, the prolific and highly respected author of over fifty LDS titles.

Adding to the veracity of these accounts is the era in which they were give. Before our media-driven days, these stories were personally recorded in private journals, and initially shared with family and ecclesiastical leaders to strengthen and teach, Sullivan supports the context of the accounts by interspersing correlating scriptural content and passages from modern revelation, adding further substance until the overall effect is powerful, convincing, and educational.

She explained that while researching the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for another book, LDS Heroes and Heroines, she came across touching accounts of people who had visited the Spirit World. After completing that book, she returned to the LDS libraries to search for similar accounts and found scores of them. 

Though each experience shared is unique to the individual, the personal accounts contain many similarities—concourses of people dressed primarily in brilliant white, feelings of love, a sense of familiarity, a longing to stay in Heaven, the sense of freedom from the burden of the body, acute awareness of the separation between the co-existing worlds of spirits and mortals.

Most touching to me was the reminder that mortality is a time to prepare for eternity where what matters most are our relationships—to God, and to others—further reminding us that matters most in heaven should be the primary subject of our concern here on earth.

Though the accounts are from members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the messages are universal. There is peace in these pages. The Magnificent World of Spirits:Eyewitness Accounts of Where We Go When We Die is a comfort to those who have lost someone, to those suffering through illness, and to anyone who wonders whether Heavenly Father and Jesus are real. 

As a family reference book, it would be a source of easy devotionals, scriptural dessert before bed, a gift for peace for those providing bedside comfort to the ailing, and a source of beautiful stories to support favorite scriptural passages. 

For me, it provides a challenge to keep eternity close, like a ruler by which we measure the way we use this precious time. I can highly recommend any of Marlene Bateman Sullivan’s books, but The Magnificent World of Spirits: Eyewitness Accounts of Where We Go When We Die is a resource every family would return to many times.

Marlene is offering a free, personalized copy to one of my readers. Please leave a comment below to enter the giveaway. The winner will be chosen May 6th. In the meantime, please visit other stops on the Magnificent World of Spirits blog tour, available by visiting www.marlenebateman.info


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Book Two in the Destinations Billionaires Romance Series: "Shadows in the Curtains," by Cami Checketts

Last month, the multi-author collaborative romance project, "DESTINATION BILLIONAIRES ROMANCE SERIES," (DBR), launched with Lucy McConnell's The Reclusive Billionaire, to great reviews and success on Amazon. If you haven't read it, pick a copy up. Honestly, the reviews are sweet!

My contribution to the series won't launch until March of 2017, but I'm so very pleased to announce that the second book in the series is now available!

Shadows in the Curtains
by  
Cami Checketts

Here's the blurb:,

Every stage actress wants fans, but what happens when one goes too far? 

Emmy has the perfect life— a house on the beach, a successful career headlining the local theater, more money than she cares to spend, and love. But when a brutal murder brings unimaginable grief, Emmy’s world comes crashing down. As she tries to pick up the pieces, she can’t seem to avoid Josh, the new fireman in town. 

Emmy does her best to fight the sizzle in her chest when Josh is near. But with the stalker still out there, terrorizing her and those she cares about, she can’t fall for anyone—especially Josh, a suspect in the murder investigation. 

If Emmy allows a man to get close, it’s not just her heart she puts at risk, it’s her life.

 Nice sizzle, right? But there's more! A Rafflecopter Giveaway!

Get the book here, and spice up the read with some fun promotions. Cami Checketts is giving away 25 PRINT copies  of her previous book, Dead Running, in a Rafflecopter giveaway.  Those are great odds for winning another great Cami Checketts' novel. 

Additionally, if you sign up for the DBR series' official newsletter, you will also receive a free copy of Lucy McConnell's The Busy Woman's Guide to Getting it All Done!

Friday, April 22, 2016

BLOG TOUR STOP with DANYELLE FERGUSON

Interview with Rone awarding-winning author

Danyelle Ferguson

on life, and her newest release,

"Love Under Construction"


I met the effervescent, indefatigable Danyelle Ferguson several years ago while we were both attending the LDStorymakers' writing conference. At that time, she was co-authoring "dis-Abilities and the Gospel,"--a book on a subject near and dear to her heart, written to teach those who work with, and love, children with autism.

Danyelle is an amazing person who leads with her heart in whatever she does. She and author/husband John are a real love match, and their family is their treasure. Her hopeful attitude and life and people in reflected in her romance novels, like her RONE Award-winning, Sweet Confections." I'm delighted to share this interview Danyelle and I cooked up to introduce readers to her new series, Indulgence Row. The first book in the series, Love Under Construction, has just been released. 


1. Danyelle, I love the concept behind the Indulgence Row series. How did you come up with that?

Every writer has a file of story ideas they brainstormed, then set aside as they worked on other projects. While I was working on my nonfiction projects about ten years ago, I brainstormed several fiction book plots I just loved. One involved a baker (Rachel & Graydon in Sweet Confections). Others included a hair stylist, a bookshop owner, a photographer, a dancer and more. But it wasn't until I came up with Charlee's story a little over three years ago that I realized I could connect several of the stories through her passion for renovation. I distinctly remember driving from Kansas City to Indianapolis with my daughter in car with me (we were driving to Pennsylvania for my sister's baby shower). Charlee's character popped into my head and as I developed her character, the idea of a street of older homes being renovated into a charming women's shopping district was born. I still have those original voice recordings and think it's fun to listen to how excited I was as plotted out Indulgence Row and the women's lives who would be weaved into it.

2. There’s a lot of construction info in your book. Was super awesome hubby John your technical advisor?

While my hubby is fabulous with a computer, the construction in LUC actually came from a mix of experiences and sources - growing up with a single-parent mom who took care of our home repairs, projects I've made or fixed up over the past two years, consulting with a home-builder, and a little internet research. Some of my real-life experiences even became the background story on a few projects. One in particular is a hutch mentioned early in LUC. Peter asks Charlee how she got such a great deal on it and she tells him about stopping at a garage sale, discovering the owner was deaf and using her rusty ASL skills to negotiate the sale. That actually happened! Only I had learned ASL recently, rather than in high school like Charlee. The owner was so excited to have someone he didn't need to write messages to or use his son as his interpreter, that he gave me a screaming deal on the hutch. Of course, it helped that it formerly belonged to his mother-in-law and he wanted it out of his garage where it was taking up space. I'm not sure if it was the ASL or the MIL connection that sealed the deal.  =)




3. Congratulations on your RONE award last year. Tell readers about that wonderful experience.

Oh my goodness, it was truly amazing! The voting rounds were intense . . . or at least the waiting for the results was! When the finalists were announced, well, let's just say there were a few tears and yummilicious Chocolate Lava Sundaes to celebrate. The actual awards gala was incredible. Beautiful women in fancy dresses and sexy men in tuxes (an I'm not just talking about the cover models - my hubby was smokin' hot!). Receiving the gorgeous crystal RONE Award for Best Contemporary Sweet Romance from the talented Anne Perry was truly an honor. But sharing the weekend with my hubby, having him by my side, that was simply the best part of all.


4. What’s the title and premise behind the next Indulgence Row novel?

Falling Stars and Stolen Kisses is the next book in the Indulgence Row series. In Love Under Construction, you meet Charlee's best friend Mari, who left Kansas for the beaches of California and the opportunity to become a successful model. But life isn't perfect and some tragic events leave Mari heartbroken and on a journey to rediscover herself. Falling Stars and Stolen Kisses is Mari's story of returning to her hometown and confronting the final phase of her journey--including the man she left behind to pursue her dream of becoming a star.

5. Is there a writer you admire and emulate in your writing? 

I adore author Kristan Higgins. Her books are funny, sassy, and with a touch of spice - my favorite relax-from-the-day treat. If there's anyone I hope readers will one day compare me to, it's Kristan.

6. What inspires and motivates you to write?

Music! I get so many story ideas from songs. Sometimes it's a character, other times it's a scene or tidbits of dialogue. These bursts of inspiration keep my inner-writer happy and reaching for my laptop. Plus my readers are amazing! I love their feedback when I post brainstorming questions for my books on social media. When I'm doubting my abilities, my readers messages give me that boost I need to keep charging through my rough draft or umpteenth round of edits.

7. Location and life experience can sprinkle their influence in my writing. Has that been true for you?

This is so true! I always fun real-life experiences into my books. In Love Under Construction, there's a scene where Charlee tells a little girl about the time she cut off her hair because she hated all the girl pageants her mom put her in. While the reason Charlee chopped off her hair is her own, the excuses she tells her parents and the hairdresser who fixes her hair are straight from my own experience with one of my daughters. The things I add are small, but they add so much depth to the story - at least for me. =)

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Danyelle Ferguson's "LOVE UNDER CONSTRUCTION"



Blog Tour Stop for

"LOVE UNDER CONSTRUCTION"

by RONE Award-winning author

Danyelle Ferguson


I'm delighted to join in the Blog Tour for Danyelle Ferguson's newest release, book one in her "INDULGENCE ROW," series titled, "Love Under Construction." It's my current bedtime romance. My official stop on the blog tour is set for tomorrow with a personal interview with the irrepressible Danyelle Ferguson, but here's a sneak peek at "Love Under Construction," and the wonderful prizes Danyelle is giving away during her launch. 




Enjoy this new sweet romance from award-winning author Danyelle Ferguson and enter to win the Kindle Fire/Sweet Romance Ebook Bundle giveaway!


Charlee was angry . . .

What do you do when your boss makes someone else the lead on a big renovation project that should rightfully be yours? You quit. On second thought, that might not be the best idea, but Charlee Jackson has never been one for second thoughts. Instead, she lands a big contract of her own. She’s jumping into her new life—work boots, tool belt and all. Now she just needs to form a company and hire contractors and buy supplies and get an office . . . and not fall in love with her former boss's son. Yeah. Definitely not that last one.

Peter was torn . . .

You can’t date someone who works for you, but now that his dad let Charlee walk out the door, Peter Elliot is considering his options. Charlee was their top renovation expert, his best friend’s sister, and the only thing that made the drudgery of running a large construction business bearable. But how do you date a competitor, especially one your father is trying to drive out of business? It would be stupid to make your dad angry right before he retires and hands the company over to you. Right?

When Charlee and Peter are scheduled to work on the same Indulgence Row house, their feelings and priorities are put to the test. They need to make a choice, and they better be quick about it, because the whole mixture is curing fast and threatening to crumble to pieces.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

She grew up surrounded by Pennsylvania’s beautiful Allegheny Mountains, then 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 in the kitchen, and the occasional long bubble bath to relax from the everyday stress of being “Mommy.”

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Monday, April 11, 2016

"Big in Japan"

While decisions are being made about the publication path for The Dragons of Alsace Farm, I'll continue to introduce you to some of my friends great books.

Jennifer Stewart Griffin's clever charmer, "Big in Japan," is a unique read that delivers fun and suspense. Griffin is making this crowd pleasing novel available at 70% off retail until April 15th. Visit this link, choose the ebook version you prefer, and use promo code sumo199 at checkout! Voila! Sumo-sized fun for $1.99!!!


BIG IN JAPAN

by Jennifer Griffith

“Quick and highly entertaining. With both a great sense of humor and insight into those moments that make life so unpredictable, Jennifer writes with a style that is as rare as it is endearing. Sure to be a hit!” —Chris Stewart, NYT bestselling author of The Miracle of Freedom

Buck Cooper is Texan, obese, and invisible to his colleagues. And to the voluptuous Allison Turner, the girl of his dreams, he is way below par. Buck's entire life is about fitting in, a feat he's been struggling to achieve but has never succeeded. Until serendipity lands him in Japan. Right in the middle of a sumo match.
As his life takes a new turn in a country where being big can mean fame and fortune, Buck must embark on the most dangerous, yet adventurous, ride of his life—to find the ultimate meaning of love and acceptance. Even if it means risking his life and giving up everything he has.











REVIEWS

“In Big In Japan, Griffith weaves a delightfully entertaining tale of change, bravery and true love in the life of a lonely young man trying to overcome an austere and challenging environment.” —Deseret News

“Griffith gives us a different picture of Japan than most of us have previously seen. This is not the cherry blossoms and tea houses version, but the crowded shops, strange food, political maneuvering, and grunginess of that country's national sport. Murder, blackmail, and danger create an intense plot that will keep many readers on the edge of their chairs or burning the lights far into the night.” —Meridian Magazine

“Quick and highly entertaining. With both a great sense of humor and insight into those moments that make life so unpredictable, Jennifer writes with a style that is as rare as it is endearing. Sure to be a hit!” —Chris Stewart, U.S. Congressman and NYT bestselling author of The Miracle of Freedom

Thursday, April 7, 2016

THE "DESTINATION BILLIONAIRES ROMANCE" SERIES DEBUTS!

The "Destination Billionaire Romance Series," which I've been invited to collaborate on, launched April 6. A group of talented authors will each produce a volume in the series--one new, romantic volume featuring billionaire romances will be released every month for a year. How fun is that?

I'm  excited about my manuscript. It's something a little different for me. Think Portland, Oregon; Africa; trapezes; life, death, and love in under 200 pages. A quick romantic escape. I'm scheduled for March 2017.


I am excited to share the first book in this new series with you.

Book one, The Reclusive Billionaire, is written by the bestselling author of the Billionaire Marriage Broker’s series, Lucy McConnell. It's smart, romantic fiction.

Lucas Scott, a world-renowned microbiologist, is desperate to find a cure for the butterfly flu before it spreads. Hounded by the media, he escapes to his houseboat in Santa Barbara where he meets a vivacious veterinarian with a penchant for taking in strays. While he searches for the key to unlocking the butterfly flu, Becca somehow unlocks his analytical heart. 

Becca Lee isn't impressed with her new neighbor. His clothes are constantly wrinkled and he's grumpier than a cat with digestive problems. However, Luke isn't easy to brush off. He's always around, has a magnificent mind, and is full of surprises. But, what she can't figure out is why her instincts tell her to trust this rouge billionaire. It doesn't take long to realize he is the only one alive who can save the world and Becca has to make a choice--open her heart or watch Luke sail off into the sunset.

To purchase your copy, click here. To download a sample, click here.



To kick off this new series, Lucy McConnell is offering a free book to readers. The Busy Woman’s Guide to Getting It All Done is only available here. Find out how Lucy, a wife, mother of four, author, and business owner, accomplishes her daily tasks as well as those big projects in life while still having fun.