Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Cover Reveal of Painting Rain by Annette K. Larsen

I read Annette's first book, Just Ella, and loved it! You can see more about that book here. I'm so happy I could be part of the cover reveal for her new book!

Painting Rain
Painting Rain by Annette K. Larsen
How do you heal your heart after tragedy leaves you broken? When the person you loved didn’t deserve it and they can’t earn your forgiveness because they’re already dead? How do you move on, and heal, and love?
If you’re Princess Lorraina, you paint. A year ago Lorraina watched Tobias die, and she still doesn't know how she's supposed to heal—or forgive. How can she when she’s still running away? In an attempt to reinvent herself, she steps outside her comfortable life as princess and seeks the tutelage of a master painter—a man who is not at all impressed by her pedigree, and demands not just talent, but emotional honesty. Struggling to learn what’s being taught, she finds herself drawn to someone who not only knows her secrets, but who she once considered far below her notice. Now she is compelled to seek him out despite knowing their relationship would be forbidden if discovered. Staying away from him doesn’t seem possible when discovering him may be the key to healing her heart and rediscovering herself. add to goodreads pre order on amazon Annette Larsen  
Author Annette K. Larsen I was born in Utah, but grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona and St. Louis, Missouri, the fifth of seven children. I attended Southern Virginia University and Brigham Young University, where I studied English and Theater. I now live in Idaho with my husband and four children. I have Charlotte Brontë to thank for the courage to write novels. After being bombarded with assigned reading about women who justified abandoning either their families or their principles in the name of love, I had the great fortune of reading Jane Eyre. And that was it: finally, a heroine who understood that being moral and making the right choice was hard, and sometimes it hurt, but it was still worth it. After rereading it several years later, I realized that if I wanted more books to exist with the kinds of heroines I admired, then I might as well write a few myself. My books are about women who face hard choices, who face pain and rejection and often have to face the reality of sacrificing what they want for what is right. The consequences are often difficult or unpleasant, but in the end, doing what’s right will always be worth it. I believe there is no substitute for good writing or good chocolate. Fortunately, one often leads to the other.
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Friday, January 29, 2016

Lost King by H.B. Moore, Review

If you're a fan of historical fiction and high-paced suspense then you'll definitely want to read Heather B. Moore's new book, Lost King.

I read and reviewed the first book in this series, Finding Sheba, and loved it. These books are stand-alones with some of the same characters appearing, mainly Omar Zagouri. Omar is an undercover agent who breaks all the rules, could best be described as a loose cannon with a funny sense of humor, but always gets the job done. In Lost King, he's tangled up with the theft of ancient artifacts believed to have been written by the Pharaoh she-king, Queen Hatshepsut.
This book was excellent, especially because its underpinnings are based on the real history of Hatshepsut. Heather shines in writing historical fiction. She has a gift of bringing these ancient characters to life in a way that makes you look at history in a whole new and fascinating light.
I loved the character of Thutmose II and the romance between him and Hatshepsut. Hers was a flawed character, and very well-written.
The modern day part of this story was fast-paced, full of action, and surprises. Heather has written another winner that you won't want to miss.

Here's the back blurb:
Undercover agent Omar Zagouri has been ordered to Giza. A prominent Egyptologist was murdered, and a priceless artifact—the only complete version of the Book of the Dead—is missing. Omar is still reeling from the recent disappearance of his girlfriend, Mia Golding, but he puts his quest to find her on hold to track down the lost piece of history.
Omar’s mission is not just to locate the sacred book; he must also rescue the two archaeologists kidnapped and forced to translate its hieroglyphics under threat of death. Their kidnapper is determined to discover the text’s rumored explosive revelation: that Moses did not receive the Ten Commandments from God but instead copied them from the Egyptians. Though Omar’s need to find Mia grows more urgent, he must focus on finding the enemy who will stop at nothing to ignite a controversy that will change history, and the world, forever.
I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Power of the Matchmaker Series Review & Giveaway

I'm so excited to read all of the novels this year in the Power of the Matchmaker series. I'm sharing my review and there's a cash giveaway too, so keep reading!
Each novel stands alone but incorporates a gifted matchmaker. And all of these books are clean reads! You can pick them up without worrying about content. You can read the novella now or any time between the novels. I highly recommend the novella.

My thoughts on Power of the Matchmaker:
This beautiful novella packed a powerfully moving story in a short form. I was happily surprised at the emotional depth in this story. Heather is a master storyteller! I loved the setting of China moving through the ages that brought this story to life. I'm so impressed at the fine details she incorporates in such a way that immerses the reader in the story.
If the rest of the novels in this series are even close to this good, I know I'll be in for a decadent reading treat!



broken things to mendBroken Things to Mend by Karey White
Celia is in desperate need of a change--a change of scenery, a change of pace, and a complete redo of all relationships. Not knowing what else to do, she opens a map, closes her eyes, and lets fate decide her future. Then she packs her meager belongings and buys a one-way ticket to a little town on the fringes of Oregon's Deschutes National Forest called Sisters. She's wanted a family for years. Will she find one in Sisters? What Celia doesn't plan to find is a strange Chinese woman whose meddling ways keep throwing her in the path of a handsome, but reserved, forest ranger. But no matter how kind or dependable Silas seems to be, there are some things in Celia's past that neither of them can escape, and this time, the damage might be too much to mend.

Rachelle's Review:
I loved this story! The romance was sweet and full of tender moments that made me smile. Celia is a broken character, skittish as a mouse around Silas, and the romantic tension Karey White wove through this story made it a quick read.
It was fun to read about the town of Sisters, Oregon and I loved the multi-faceted characters. Reading about Nancy's quilting shop made my fingers itch to finish my quilt. Following Silas through the Oregon woods made me long for a hike through those majestic forests. And reading about Celia toil away in the garden made me excited for the snows to melt to I can put my own garden in. It's fun to read a story and relate to the characters and what they're doing.
I love how Pearl the matchmaker works in this story and I can't wait to read the next book to see what she does next.
I will make one comment on the nature of the crime committed against Celia and try not to make it a spoiler. *Don't read if you're afraid I'll give something away. I didn't like that Celia didn't report the crime, even though I understand why she didn't. I kind of wish that someone in the book would have talked to Celia about the far-reaching consequences of not reporting a crime. The monster that committed the crime in the book is still free and able to do the same thing to another innocent girl like Celia. That didn't sit well with me because I think Celia would do anything to keep that from happening to someone else.
That just shows what a good job Karey White did in writing this book that I wanted to go after the villain!
I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher. My review is my own honest opinion.

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Karey WhiteAuthor Karey White Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist. She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.
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Friday, January 8, 2016

Last Day to Nominate The Soldier's Bride for Kindle Scout

Today is the last day to nominate my novel, The Soldier's Bride  in the Kindle Scout Contest. If you'd like to get my book for free, nominate it right now, click here . Also today is the last day to enter to win $100 in my giveaway below.

Thank you to all of you who have helped me in this campaign. I'm so grateful for your support because The Soldier's Bride  has stayed on Kindle Scout's "Hot & Trending" section for almost my entire campaign. That means a lot to me! I really hope that Kindle Press will choose my book and that you'll have a chance to read this story--for FREE if you nominated it!


Just visit this link: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/1GTCQDT0A568I and you can nominate The Soldier's Bride. You'll need to be logged into your Amazon account to do so. You can also read the excerpt of the first 6,000 words (about 4 chapters) or even have the excerpt sent to your Kindle to read, or you can just nominate it.

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The Soldier's Bride
A WWII music box holds a secret for his bride

 

Here's a summary of the book:
 

As WWII ration cards and battle scars fill the country, Evelyn’s heart is under fire. It seems even love is rationed out to the war widow.  She finds a message tucked inside a soldier's music box with the power to change her life.
Don't die with me.
Words written out of love, long-lost but never forgotten.
This romance crosses battlefields and time as the music box touches the lives of two soldiers, a broken father, crippled child, struggling farmer, and a woman once called the soldier's bride.

So go and VOTE NOW  for THE SOLDIER'S BRIDE by Rachelle J. Christensen and then come back here and enter for the $100!

Here's how to enter. Easy peasy Rafflecopter 
Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Rachelle's Writing Spot. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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 Remember, if Amazon selects THE SOLDIER'S BRIDE to publish, everyone who has nominated the book will get a FREE copy from Amazon!

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