Thursday, July 23, 2015

Spotlight on Calee Reed and The Way Back to Heaven, S. Michael Wilcox

Today I'm spotlighting two new products from Shadow Mountain and Deseret Book.
The first is a new album by Calee Reed filled with light, wholesome music that would be great for any age group.
CD: What Heaven Feels Like
Calee Reed makes her mark as a thoughtful and exciting new voice in spiritual and inspirational music with this beautiful follow-up to her debut album. Her folk pop sound is the perfect backdrop to gorgeous vocals and soaring melody lines. The title track, “What Heaven Feels Like,” stands out with a tender description of the lasting relationships we forge in this life that remain through the life to come. In the song “Possible,” Calee writes from an authentic place of joy as she reflects on God’s ability to extend our eorts beyond what we thought was possible. The song “Charity” is a celebration of love, and “In His Eyes” helps us see ourselves with love, acceptance, and peace. This album will help you see and enjoy more in life. It’s the perfect album to keep you dancing and singing through the summer.


The Way Back to Heaven
Is it possible to climb our way to heaven? Genesis 11 recounts the story of builders in Babel who attempted to build a city and a tower with steps that would reach to heaven. In contrast to those “stairs of man,” Jacob dreamed of a ladder sent from God, reaching down to earth with rungs that ascended back to heaven. In this insightful look at a journey with eternal implications, popular author S. Michael Wilcox helps us discern the “stairs of man” from the “stairs of God.” Using the metaphor of a beautiful crystal stairway—perhaps similar to the “sea of glass like unto crystal” (Rev. 4:6) that the apostle John saw lying before the throne of the Father—the author discusses some of the unexpected yet essential stairs each of us will encounter on our journey back to heaven.

Our earliest scripture tells the story of those who thought they could build a structure high enough to get to heaven, and of the consequences of that mistaken belief. In contrast, the prophet Jacob dreamed of a ladder sent down from heaven by God, with rungs—steps—that we could ascend to return to Him. In The Way Back to Heaven: The Parable of the Crystal Stairs, award-winning author S. Michael Wilcox helps us discern the "stairs of man" from the "stairs of God." Using the metaphor of a beautiful crystal stairway, he shows us the difference between a focus on "being and becoming" and "believing and doing" in our life's journey. While we may think we know the steps we'll need to take, the author suggests some unexpected—even counterintuitive—yet essential stairs each of us will encounter as we make our way back to our Father in Heaven. 
  I received review copies of these items.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Veils and Vengeance Book Blast & Giveaway Release Party

Today is the big day! I've been waiting for this for sooo long, so let's party!
Veils and Vengeance, book #2 in the Wedding Planner Mystery Series is officially available today with an ebook sale price of only $2.99! The paperback version is on sale for only $12.99!
Veils and Vengeance (Wedding Planner Mysteries Book 2)
“Author Rachelle J. Christensen has created likable and realistic characters. She blends the drama of a mystery with the allure of weddings mixing in a good dose of humor, suspense, and of course, a touch of romance.” –Mason Canyon, reviewer

Veils and Vengeance  
 Here's a blurb about the book. Be sure to enter the giveaway and the goodreads giveaway below!


Veils and Vengeance by Rachelle J. Christensen 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.   add to goodreads Enter the Goodreads Giveaway here: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/139545-veils-and-vengeance     

What's that? You haven't read book #1 yet? Never fear, check it out here Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things: A Wedding Planner Mystery (Wedding Planner Mysteries) !



Praise for Rachelle J. Christensen

“A fun walk-down-the-aisle cozy mystery!” – Shauna Wheelwright, reviewer

"Fans of award-winning author Rachelle Christensen will be standing in line for her latest release. With tension, action, danger, and definite hints of romance, this book represents everything we love to read."  - Tristi Pinkston, author of the Secret Sisters Mysteries

“Author Rachelle J. Christensen has created likable and realistic characters. She blends the drama of a mystery with the allure of weddings mixing in a good dose of humor, suspense, and of course, a touch of romance.” –Mason Canyon, reviewer


"Here's the exact way to turn an improbable plot into a rollicking suspense novel, full of surprises and twists, and wonderful characterizations."-- Jeff Needle prominent book reviewer from AML

"Don’t expect to get a lot of sleep . . . . If the thrills of the chase don’t get you, the thrills of the heart will."
-- Jeffrey S Savage, author of the Shandra Covington mystery series and the Mysteries of Cove series

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Photo by Erin Summerill

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.


$50 Book Blast Giveaway $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 7/21/15 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 and sponsored by Rachelle Christensen. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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Monday, July 6, 2015

Lazy Days of Summer $250 Cash Giveaway & Tomorrow Veils and Vengeance is Here!

Tomorrow is the big day! So let's celebrate in every way! Here's a huge giveaway you can enter easily to win $250 cash and tomorrow I'm kicking off another giveaway to celebrate the release of my
new book Veils and Vengeance, book #2 in the Wedding Planner Mystery Series from award-winning & bestselling author Rachelle J. Christensen--that's me!
Available July 7th with an ebook sale price of only $2.99!Pre-order yours now!
Veils and Vengeance (Wedding Planner Mysteries Book 2)
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 Lazy Days of Summer $250 Cash Giveaway July 6th to 26th
An Amazing Group of Authors & Bloggers have joined to bring you 1 fabulous prize!!
We’re giving away $250 in Paypal Cash.   Sponsor List I Am A Reader Unshelfish The Discerning Reader Raven Haired Girl Author Camelia Miron Skiba TMBA Corbett Rachelle J. Christensen Krysten Lindsay Hager, author Heather Boyd Author Dorothy Dreyer Free Bookster Rae Lori The Late Bloomer's Book Blog Laurie Treacy, author Kindle and Me Glistering Bs Blog FaeBooks Jennifer Faye, Romance Author Bookworm Lisa Simple Wyrdings B. Kristin McMichael Tim Hemlin Literary Winner Diana's Book Reviews Magical Cool Cat Mysteries LeahSay's Views Author Inger Iversen J.C. Whyte Heather Gray
 Giveaway Details $250 in Paypal Cash (alternately the winner can choose a $250 Amazon.com Gift Code) Ends 7/26/15 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal. 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 Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.   a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Love is a Choice, My Review of this Must-Read by Lynn G. Robbins


Today I'm reviewing the new book, Love is a Choice, by Lynn G. Robbins. This book started out great and continued on to WOW me with the incredible insight Robbins teaches. There were ideas that I hadn't thought about before that really connected with me and I feel has helped me over the past few weeks as I've been reading this book to improve the interaction with my family.
I love the chapter on Agency and Responsibility--that is 100% responsibility. Robbins nixes the prevailing attitude that naturally occurs when we sidestep our full responsibility for our own actions. He explains how idioms like "He made me mad." are totally incorrect and why. That sounds really simple but the way Robbins taught this concept created a shift in my paradigm. It has helped me when I've been disciplining my kids and they are doing the kid thing-- whining, no sir, but, But, BUT! I've said, "Please just accept responsibility for what you did. Say that you're sorry and let's see how we can fix this."

The other part I really love is how Robbins teaches about the love of Christ and our Heavenly Father, it is so pure in everything that they do--especially discipline. He explained that the root word of discipline is disciple and if we think of that--Christ's disciples it turns everything on its end when we think of how we want to discipline our children. This helped dispel the myths of old which still prevail among my parents and grandparents that you need to be physical or harsh to teach your child how to behave. Christ never taught in this way, so why do we think we need to treat our children in a manner less than Christ would have.
This book is really amazing. I mean it. I have marked so many passages and sections and I've told lots of people about it because I feel like it has helped me so much. This would be a perfect book for ANYONE, and excellent wedding gift, a book for any occasion. You should read this book. I hope you do and that you find nuggets of wisdom to improve the way you live your life with the motto that LOVE really is a CHOICE.

What is love? Do we just fall in—or out of—love? Or do our daily choices and actions actually play a much larger role in love, forgiveness, patience, kindness, and other attributes that strengthen marriages and families? With inspirational insights and practical helps, Elder Robbins’s authoritative voice will help us learn how to make choices that lead to stronger marriages and stronger families.

From the Deseret Book Website:
We all know that actions speak louder than words. We may say “I love you,” but do our actions back up that claim? Elder Lynn G. Robbins teaches us that love is more than a feeling — it is a commitment, a promise to be responsible, respectful, and responsive to the needs and experiences of other. And like any other action we undertake, perfecting the act of love requires a lifetime of practice and good choices.
As Elder Robbins teaches, the daily choices we make in our marriages and families are what shape lasting love. He helps us to recognize the role that our agency plays in developing forgiveness, patience, kindness, responsibility, and other virtuous traits. We come to see that as we actively try to do things differently, Christ helps us to be the people He wants us to be — people like Him.
Whether you're engaged to be married, a newlywed, or someone with decades of marriage under your belt, this counsel from an inspired leader will help you develop more Christlike love for those around you. As you draw closer to the Savior through your daily choices and actions, His love will fill your home.


Lynn G. Robbins

Lynn G. Robbins was sustained to the Presidency of the Seventy on April 5, 2014. He became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy on april 1, 2000. Prior to that, he was a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy for three years. Elder Robbins served a full-time mission in Argentina and later served as president of the Uruguay Montevideo Mission.
Elder Robbins received his bachelor's degree from Utah State University and an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management. He was one of the founders of Franklin Quest (later Franklin Covey). Elder Robbins and his wife, Jan, are the parents of seven children and eighteen grandchildren.

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