Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Rachelle J. Christensen

Rachelle J. Chistensen is another author from the Echo Ridge Anthology (available here for just 99 cents!). I just loved Rachelle from the first moment we met. We were signing together at Borders in Logan (does anyone else miss Borders?) and she was expecting and not feeling well, but it didn't matter. She still looked beautiful and had a smile that just made me want to be her friend. Since then I've become a huge fan of not just Rachelle but her amazing books, they are just my style - funny, romantic, and very suspenseful.

Award-winning and Bestselling Author Rachelle J. Christensen.

1rachelleweb Rachelle J. Christensen is a mother of five who writes romance and mystery/suspense and solves the case of the missing shoe on a daily basis. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University (Go Aggies!) 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, as well as the Rone Award-winning novella Silver Cascade Secrets. She and her family just moved to a farm in Idaho. Like--just barely. They are still unpacking and in the middle of all that she's writing and marketing and managing a career. If ever there was a superwoman... You can learn about Rachelle's upcoming releases at www.rachellechristensen.com or catch up with here here http://www.facebook.com/rachellechristensenauthor here http://twitter.com/#!/rachellewrites and here http://rachellewrites.blogspot.com/. If you'd like to sign up for her newsletter, click here: http://eepurl.com/eFD3o

On the lighter side

I asked Rachelle to share five random facts about herself or her story and this is what she said:
  1. Rachelle loves multi-colored Christmas lights on the tree and as a child used to love getting under the tree and looking up through the branches at the lights and ornaments. (Me too! We should have hung out! or under as the case may be.)
  2. Her first visit to New York state was when she was seven months pregnant with her fourth child and attending a writing conference in Chautauqua. She also visited Niagara Falls. (See Superwoman!!)
  3. She met her husband on Halloween at Utah State University.
  4. Rachelle loves chickens and cats and they get along well together on her little farm in Idaho.
  5. She is brainstorming the next novella for Echo Ridge and is super excited to tell the next love story from New York.


I'm so excited to share this snippet from Rachelle's Hope for Christmas: “Stupid Christmas tree,” she muttered. If it weren’t for Megan, she’d skip Christmas altogether. The holiday was a slap in the face to someone like Anika— a divorced, single mom with a deadbeat ex. She hadn’t been able to locate Jimmy after he’d been released from jail the last time, but she was tired of hiding from him. When she moved to Echo Ridge a year ago, she decided a fresh start would be the best solution to her problems. The sleepy little New York town had been full of promises and hope, but after losing her job two months ago when Megan was hospitalized with pneumonia, everything had changed. Although the state had helped pay for Megan’s treatment, Anika had fallen farther and farther behind. Her chest tightened when she thought about what was around the next corner. This job was temporary, and Anika had run out of options. If she didn’t find something soon, she’d be evicted from her one bedroom apartment. She pulled the tree trunk upright and began putting together the sections of the tree. It took much longer than it should have with bits of the white flock crumbling and sticking to her clothes. One of the branches refused to straighten, the end was all twisted and it took her nearly ten minutes to smooth out the kinks. Anika grumbled to herself about the fake tree and its apparent mission to annoy her by not snapping together correctly. She fiddled with the pre-lit strands that had to be connected in several places. There were three different cords to test the lights, but she couldn’t get them all to work together. The box said the lights were supposed to twinkle, but Anika couldn’t even get more than one strand to turn on at a time. She grumbled and stepped back— on Megan’s dolls. Anika’s foot turned, she gasped, and fell forward into the tree with a shriek. Before she could react to the fake evergreen needles poking her in the face, strong hands pulled her back from the mass of lights and cords. “Are you hurt?” Anika blinked and looked up at the man who had spoken. Her mouth opened and closed, and she shook her head. If Enrique Iglesias had come to her rescue then she was definitely going to thank the blasted Christmas tree. She rubbed a hand over her face and saw that he wasn’t Enrique, but with the shadow of scruff along his chin and his slightly mussed black hair against caramel skin, he could be Enrique’s younger brother. Anika shook her head. She was gawking, and hadn’t answered his question. “I’m not sure,” she said. “Let’s get you away from this tree. I don’t think it likes you.” He cupped his hand under her forearm, carefully lifting her off the ground. Anika winced when she put weight on her foot. “Ouch. I kind of twisted my ankle.” “Sit down right here and I can take a look at it.” His dark hair matched his chocolate brown eyes and Anika found herself wondering again if Enrique did have a younger brother. He helped her sit, leaning next to the wood paneling of her checkout station. He crouched down and held out his hand. “I’m Carlos Rodriguez. I’m a volunteer fireman, so I have some medical training. Mind if I take a look?” He had a Spanish accent, not heavy, but alluring, and Anika listened to him appreciatively. “Oh, it’s just my ankle. I’m sure it’ll be fine in a few minutes.” Anika winced again when she moved her toes. “My name’s Anika Fletcher.” She held out her hand and Carlos shook it, his grip firm, yet gentle at the same time. Anika tore her eyes away from him and reached down to examine her ankle. It didn’t appear to be swelling, but every tendon around the bone ached. Maybe she should have him look at it. “Ugh, this is just what I didn’t need tonight.” She leaned over and massaged the tender side of her ankle. It wouldn’t cost her anything to have him look at it. “Okay, maybe I’d better have you look.” She moved back so that Carlos could see her ankle. He leaned over and gently pulled her pant leg up. His fingers were warm, and he pressed lightly around her ankle. Anika’s heart sped up— it was hard to ignore the flutter in her stomach as he carefully examined her foot. He looked over at her and smiled. “There might be a little swelling later, but it’s a good sign that it’s not turning colors. You need to ice it and wrap it to stabilize the area.” Anika let out the breath she’d been holding when he released her foot. “Okay, thanks for your help. I was trying to get that dang tree figured out. It definitely doesn’t like me and the feeling is mutual.” Carlos walked over to the tree, now standing almost ten feet tall, and shifted a few branches. Then he crouched down by the electrical outlet. “You know, this could be considered a fire hazard.”

Multi-author sale

It's time for another HUGE multi-author promotion! We've gathered a robust collection of books for you to choose from, all of which are rated PG13 and below. There's something here for everyone--we even have some non-fiction! Enjoy!

Dead Running

Cami Checketts

Original Price: $4.49
Sale Price: $0.99
Movie Rating: PG for mild violence
Genre: Clean Romantic Suspense

Available on Kindle

Cassidy Christensen is running.
Running from the mercenaries who killed her parents.
Running from a scheming redhead intent on making her life miserable.
Running from painful memories that sabotage her dreams of happiness.
With two very tempting men competing for her attention, she hopes she’ll finally have someone to run to, but can she trust either of them?

A light-hearted and clean romantic suspense, by #1 Bestselling Christian author, Cami Checketts, Dead Running will have you lacing up your running shoes and racing for the sequel, Dying to Run.

Andrea Pearson

Original Price: $3.99
Sale Price: FREE
Movie Rating: PG - PG13 for fantasy violence
Genre: YA Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

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As an FYI: Praxis, Perceive, and Observe, books two-four of this series, are available for $0.99 for the week of this promotion only (down from $4.99).

Nicole Williams is an Arete—a fourth child with magical abilities—yet no matter how hard she tries, she can’t Channel her power. In fact, she seems to be the only student at Katon University who fails at magic.

This doesn’t stop her from competing to be included on a university-led expedition to Arches National Park. She is determined to show everyone, but mostly herself, that she does belong. Yet, to qualify for the trip, she must produce at least a speck of Wind magic, and that appears to be impossible.

Nicole turns to her best friend, Lizzie, for help, along with fellow student Austin Young, who is considered by all a magical rarity. He also happens to be the hottest guy on campus and just might be interested in her.

As the competition progresses, Nicole wonders if she’s making the right choice—especially when she learns that the strange fossils they’ll be studying in Arches might not be as dead as everyone thinks.


Adrienne Monson

Original Price: $8.99
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Movie Rating: PG13 for violence, two swear words, and sexual innuendo
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Leisha used to be a loving mother with a perfect family, but that was more than 2,000 years ago. Though she holds the memory of that time dear to her heart, she must now focus on trying to escape the eternal and bloody war between her kind—the Vampires—and the Immortals, an undying race sworn to destroy her people. Leisha soon finds herself captured by the government, only to be saved by a young and mysterious human girl. What follows is the beginning of a long and tortuous journey as Leisha and her newfound friend run for their lives while searching for the one thing that can bring an end to the conflict—the prophecy child.

Blood Crown

Ali Cross

Original Price: $4.99
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Movie Rating: PG13 for violence and sensuality
Genre: Science Fiction

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Androids have claimed power over what remains of the human race. They rule without remorse. They are the Mind and humans exist only to serve them. But it wasn't always so. Before the android uprising, select droids, called Servants, were pivotal in engineering a new human race with nanotechnology enhanced DNA. The Blood Crown theorem was to be humanity's crowning glory and the key to their survival in deep space. But Serantha, Daughter of the West, was the last female to receive Gifts from her Servant and when the Mind mutinied, she was hidden away, and presumed dead. Without Serantha there is no hope of the Blood Crown being realized so Nicolai, Son of the East, abandons his crown to join the rebel forces. He might not provide the future for his people he had once dreamed of, but he will not go down without a fight. When Nicolai discovers Sera among a small compliment of kitchen staff, everything changes--but Sera's Gifts were never completed and she is ill-equipped to face a legion of androids determined to wipe her, and every other human, out of existence. Their only hope is the Blood Crown--but even if Serantha and Nicolai can realize their potential it may be too late to save mankind.

What If It's Love?

Alix Nichols

Original Price: $3.99
Sale Price: FREE
Movie Rating: PG13 for sensuality
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Available on Kindle, Kindle UK

What If It's Love? is Book One in the Bistro La Bohème series. Book Two, Falling for Emma, is on sale on Kindle for $0.99 (regularly priced $3.99) October 14-20.

When the hottest man in Paris - Rob Dumont - shows interest in geeky, introverted heiress Lena, she suspects something fishy.

And so she should.

A New Beginning

Amelia C. Adams

Original Price: $2.99
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Movie Rating: PG for light kissing and mild violence
Genre: Western Romance

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Handsome young heir Adam Brody sees nothing but possibilities in the sprawling old building he's just purchased. With a little hard work, he will transform it into a hotel to meet the needs of those traveling by railroad. Aunt Caroline believes he's lost his mind, but she agrees to help him give it a try.

Left a widow with a small daughter, Elizabeth Caldwell must find work. When she sees an advertisement in the newspaper inquiring about cheerful young women to work in a hotel, she decides to apply. However, the hotel owner specifically requested single ladies, so she must hide her former marital status, and her child, if she wishes to get the job.

With cloudy pasts to overcome, both Adam and Elizabeth want to believe in a bright future. Will they find the strength they need in each other, or will their differences keep them apart?

Return to Moon Lake

Amy Gamet

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Movie Rating: PG13 for behind closed doors sex
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Lisa Addario is struggling to make peace with her family and her own bad decisions, while ex-soldier Greg Mora is desperate to carve a new life for himself after war. Can two broken people heal the wounds from their past, or will their demons destroy their chance at happiness forever?

Books in the Love on the Lake series (each can be read as a stand-alone story):

Treasure on Moon Lake (Tori and Jed)
Fortune on Moon Lake (Melanie and Rafael)
Return to Moon Lake (Lisa and Greg)

The Superstitious Romance

Anastasia Alexander

Original Price: $3.99
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Movie Rating: PG
Genre: Sweet Romance

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Friday the 13th has always been unlucky for history professor Camille Britain, and this one doesn't seem any different. In an effort to escape her failed marriage, Camille is renting a cabin in beautiful Island Park, Idaho, where she meets wildlife photographer Jackson Armstrong, who scoffs at her superstitious ways and infuriates her with his offers of help.

Camille doesn't need another man—not even one as compelling and attractive as Jackson. Especially when he seems hung up on another woman. And yet Camille can’t deny the passion between them or the way Jackson makes her feel.

This Friday the 13th upsets both their worlds by forcing Camille and Jackson to see things about themselves, their families, and each other that might—with a little help—change them forever. Maybe this time superstition is on their side.

The Superstitious Romance is a "sweet romance" about a strong woman who feels weak, a man who doubts himself, and a powerful love that changes everything.


Andreas Christensen

Original Price: $3.99
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Movie Rating: PG13 for mild profanity and violence. No sex
Genre: Science Fiction

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When mankind faces extinction, how can anyone survive?

In 2072, Earth faces the ultimate extinction event. In an America turned authoritarian, a race against time begins. To send a starship to a distant planet, where the remains of humanity can survive. Only a small number will be chosen for this final endeavor to save mankind from extinction, and among the contenders only the most resourceful will have a chance.

But while the government wants to choose loyal subjects in order to create another version of the society they have engineered, there are those who secretly conspire to let the starfarers choose their own destiny, free from the bonds of their mother world.

As mankind on Earth faces its final blow, the selected few set course for Aurora, more than 40 light years away!

Follow Tina Hammer, scramjet pilot and officer, Kenneth Taylor, Harvard professor and alienated by the nation he once held so dear, Maria Solis, daughter to one of the richest men in the world, a girl who would never have been chosen, except for her dad's money, on their various paths toward the greatest adventure in human history.

The Captain of Her Heart, Vol I of the Buchanan Saga

Anita Stansfield

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Movie Rating: PG13 for mature content, mild language, and mild sexual implications
Genre: Historical Romance

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The year is 1777. As the brooding mists of war settle over a stark American battlefield, Captain Ritcherd Buchanan yearns for his native England—and for Kyrah Payne, the woman he loves. Wounded and disheartened, he eventually returns home, only to have Kyrah torn cruelly away from him and deported for a crime she didn’t commit. Desperate to bring her home, he joins a band of privateers and finds himself embracing the American patriot cause—a cause he’d once sworn to defeat.

All alone in a country at war, Kyrah becomes a victim of the breach between her own impoverished circumstances and the aristocratic upbringing of the man she loves. They had been best friends and confidants for more than half her life, but now she wonders if Ritcherd will ever be able to find her—or if he’ll even try. And she fears that the chasm between their worlds can never be bridged.

A powerful and deeply moving saga, its intricate plot expertly woven and guaranteed to keep any reader turning its pages. The only disappointment is that the book ends!


Ann Hunter

Original Price: $2.99
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Movie Rating: PG13 for mild violence and romance
Genre: YA Fantasy

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"My most beloved brothers, and father,
I feel as though I have failed you. With Mother's death and the threat of Ciatlllait's dark powers looming, I am not sure I am strong enough to save you. But I will try.
War is coming. I am just one girl. I feel so small, but I will draw strength from Mother's final words: You are never alone."

One vow. One curse. One thousand moons.

While Princess Aowyn's six brothers are favored by their father, Aowyn is the jewel in her mother's crown. When the Queen dies, Aowyn takes a vow to protect her brothers and father from the hungry eyes of the queen's handmaiden, Ciatlllait - who is more than she seems.

In order to save her family, Aowyn risks a dangerous deal with the dark creature Sylas Mortas. But magic comes with a price: and Aowyn soon realizes the one she has paid is too steep.

Only true love can reverse the spell...but it will take one thousand moons. Can she keep to her word with war and romance on the horizon?

Set in a Celtic world, "Moonlight" is the story of faith and true love woven through a breathtaking coming of age retelling of the classic fairy tale "The Swan Princess"

Dead Running

Cami Checketts

Original Price: $4.49
Sale Price: $0.99
Movie Rating: PG for mild violence
Genre: Clean Romantic Suspense

Available on Kindle

Cassidy Christensen is running.
Running from the mercenaries who killed her parents.
Running from a scheming redhead intent on making her life miserable.
Running from painful memories that sabotage her dreams of happiness.
With two very tempting men competing for her attention, she hopes she’ll finally have someone to run to, but can she trust either of them?

A light-hearted and clean romantic suspense, by #1 Bestselling Christian author, Cami Checketts, Dead Running will have you lacing up your running shoes and racing for the sequel, Dying to Run.


Dhayaa Anbajagane

Original Price: $3.99
Sale Price: FREE
Movie Rating: G
Genre: Science Fiction

Available on Kindle

An ordinary man would fear the realm of the unknown.
An extraordinary boy would conquer it.
Enemies can come from a different country, different continent or even a different planet, but what if they came from a different Universe? When a freak space phenomenon threatens to tear open the ancient seals of the Universe, teenage rookie Q and his crew are told to head out and gather vital data on the situation.
What they weren't told is they wouldn't be coming back.
Thrilling, adventurous and action-packed, ConQuest promises to be a page turning read that'll always keep you guessing.

New World Orders

Edward G. Talbot

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Movie Rating: PG13 for action violence and some profanity
Genre: Political (Action) Thriller

Available on Kindle

Killing Kennedy was only the beginning. . .

In the nineteen-sixties, a group of wealthy men concludes that it's already too late to stop global warming from destroying the planet. But they have a plan to save themselves.

Twenty years later, Jack Crowley and Jim Patterson stumble onto the conspiracy, and every answer they find is accompanied by more questions - and more deaths.

Jack is a former idealist, turned cynical by his years working as a New York tabloid editor. But his enthusiasm returns as he looks into the work of a NASA scientist who tells Jack about cover-ups at the space agency. Jim is a detective with little patience for conspiracy nuts. But he hates loose ends, and is unable to let go of the inconsistencies in another suspicious NASA death. Soon, his investigation leads him to Jack, and they join forces.

As Jack and Jim dig deeper, they are targeted by the type of killers that don't usually miss. From Washington to Las Vegas to the Middle East, they manage to stay one step ahead of their pursuers in a race to expose the truth, and maybe, just maybe, save the world.

With No Regrets

Julie N. Ford

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Movie Rating: PG13 for mature themes, mild innuendo, farmer swearing, and a couple of passionate kisses
Genre: Women's Fiction/Romance

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Living With No Regrets Is Harder Than It Seems

Finley isn’t exactly sure when her life began to feel unfamiliar. She suspects the transformation started long before she caught her husband and fellow garden club member doing the white-trash-two-step on her new Bernhardt sofa. Now free from the shackles of a loveless marriage, and with her children off to college, she’s finally able to go searching for the missing pieces of her heart.

Finley’s best friend, Cathyanne, is already working hard to ensure that Finley finds true love this time around. But when Finley is unwittingly tossed into the arms of two men—their sexy trainer and her neighbor, a popular country star—Cathyanne fears finding the right guy will be more complicated than she ever could have imagined.

For Finley, building a new life feels as impossible as flying a paper airplane to the moon. But maybe, just maybe, with the right help, she will find her whole heart—even if it’s in the very last place she thinks to look.

To Swallow the Earth

Karl Beckstrand and Ransom Wilcox

Original Price: $3.75
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Movie Rating: PG for violence
Genre: Western Suspense

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108 years in the making! What if you came home after a journey and your family was no longer there? What if someone else was living in your house, running what you used to manage—and trying to kill you?
Wade Forester must stay in the shadows because, it seems, everyone has reason to shoot him. His father has disappeared, and his sister won’t speak a word to anyone. Beautiful Patricia Laughlin is searching for her family as well. Few people gain her trust or approval, though powerful landowner Bridger Calhoun just might be the man to do it.
After a clash throws them to opposite sides, Wade must decide if risking his life to help Patricia is worth the trouble. Bridger must win Patricia’s heart, and Patricia must learn which killer to trust with her life.
Set in Nevada’s historic silver rush, and reminiscent of Crichton, Grey, and L’Amour, the writing comes from intimate knowledge of the era and area. Having lived off the land, Wilcox depended on his wit, grit, and strength—and that of his animals—for survival, just as these characters do. Wilcox and Beckstrand weave authentic detail and care for the terrain and its creatures into a mystery that will make your heart pound and fill your lungs with the “rarefied air” of the old Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Comes with additional short story.

Cold River

Liz Adair

Original Price: $2.99
Sale Price: FREE until the 17th, then $0.99
Movie Rating: PG for some mild adult themes
Genre: Romantic Suspense

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Mandy Steenburg thinks her doctorate in education has prepared her to run any school district - until she tangles with the moonshine-making, coon-dog-owning denizens of a tiny district in Pacific Northwest timber country. She's determined to make a difference, but the local populace still looks to the former superintendent for leadership. When Mandy lands in the middle of an old feud and someone keeps trying to kill her, instinct tells her to run. And though she has to literally swim through perilous waters, she finds a reason to stay and chance the odds.

Finding Success in Failure

Lucas Carlson

Original Price: $6.49
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Movie Rating: G
Genre: Non-fiction Business Advice

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Want to make millions (or even billions) as an entrepreneur in just 18 months? 

So did I. And I used to read anything that promised it. 

It was a constant disappointment. Time after time I would read these books feeling like I couldn't apply or reproduce their efforts. 

But after 10 years of struggling, something finally clicked. I signed up over 100,000 users for what started out as just a side project, raised almost $10 million, and ended up having my company acquired. 

So what did I do differently? 

The real question you should be asking is what I DIDN'T do to find success in failure.

In every field, from chess to gymnastics, we can make bigger gains by reducing mistakes than by making winning moves. This is especially true in business. We study the greats, trying to extract valuable lessons, when avoiding a few key blunders would be more valuable. 

Fortunately, advice on what not to do is universally applicable. The ways to fall down the mountain are shared by all climbers, no matter which path they've chosen. 

This book is here to teach you how NOT to fall down the mountain. 

How can you be an entrepreneur that beats the odds? How do you build a successful business that not only changes the world for the better, but creates generational wealth for you and your family? You simply need to avoid mistakes -- and this book will show you how.

You Belong with Me

Melissa Storm

Original Price: $2.99
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Movie Rating: PG13
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Available on Kindle

Would you let your dog choose your boyfriend?

Maybe Charlie Rockwell should have thought a little harder before adopting the large, out-of-control rescue dog she saw featured on the local news—but, then again, her life has always been best with no waiting, no attachments, nobody to hold her back.

Will Porter lives a life of order and routine, so, of course, he's miffed when a savage Rottweiler picks a fight with his golden retriever at the dog park. His anger quickly vanishes when he looks into the tearful eyes of the dog's owner—eyes that look strikingly similar to his ex's. Even though he'd like nothing more than to run in the other direction, he's unable to ignore the beautiful stranger's request for help in taming her new dog.

Can Will get past her resemblance to his ex and finally learn to love—and trust—again? And can Charlie find the fun in a simpler existence? Who knows, maybe opposites really do attract.

Paladin: Pawn

Michael Young

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Movie Rating: PG for some scary elements
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

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When nerdy eighth-grader Rich Witz unwittingly becomes a paladin, a white knight in training, he is thrust into a world where flunking a test can change the course of history, and a mysterious bully is playing for keeps with his life.

Rich’s grandmother leaves him one thing before disappearing for good—a white chess pawn with his initials engraved on it. The pawn marks him as the next in an ancient line of white knights. He must prove himself in a life-or-death contest against his nemesis, a dark knight in training. With the ghost of an ancestor for his guide, he has seven days to complete four tasks of valor before his nemesis does, or join his guide in the realm of the dead. 

Paradise Lot

R.E. Vance

Original Price: $2.99
Sale Price: FREE Oct 12th and 13th, then $0.99 until the 17th
Movie Rating: PG13
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Available on Kindle

The gods are gone. All of them.

Their last message to humanity was: "Thank you for believing in us, but it is not enough. We're leaving. Good luck." At first no one took them seriously. Until, that is, all the denizens of all the heavens and hells started showing up on people's doorsteps.

Creatures that were once thought of as myth are now refugees striving to adapt to life on earth. Trouble is, after eons of living forever, they're not very good at being mortal.

Caught in the middle is Jean-Luc, a struggling hotelier who (reluctantly) promised to help these wayward 'Others' live in this new GoneGod world. But taking care of his guests, keeping his hotel afloat and dealing with the constant drama of the Others' lives is figuratively killing him. And now that an unusually strange Other is in town, his figurative demise might soon become more literal.

Paradise Lot is a new urban fantasy series by R.E. Vance that chronicles the adventures of the humans and 'Others' alike, as they struggle to navigate this strange, new post apocalyptic godless world.

The January Cove Series: Books 1-5

Rachel Hanna

Original Price: $6.99
Sale Price: $2.99
Movie Rating: PG13 for fade-to-black sex scenes
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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The first 5 books of the January Cove series!

Welcome to January Cove, a quaint beach town on the coast of Georgia where true love always wins and happy endings are the catch of the day.

In the first 5 books of the January Cove series, you'll meet the Parker family. There are 4 brothers (Kyle, Aaron, Jackson and Brad) and one sister (Addison). Books 1-5 follow each of the siblings through the trials of falling in love, and you'll also meet their mother, Adele, who raised her five children alone after becoming a widow at a young age.

These books will make you swoon and leave you wanting more. Don't start reading them before bed or you may not get a wink of sleep!

The January Cove series books are the perfect beach reads. If you love small town romance set in a beach town with rich characters and amazing love stories, this series will be a new favorite!

Numbers Game

Rebecca Rode

Original Price: $2.99
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Movie Rating: PG13 for some violence and heavy themes
Genre: Dystopian (Science Fiction)

Available on Kindle

Treena isn't sure she wants to be Rated anymore. Sure, she's prepared for Rating Day her entire life. Sure, she's one of the top contenders in Level Three school. But this number will brand her forever—a valuable citizen, or a pathetic waste of space. And then there's the the issue of being within 100 points of her top-rated boyfriend if they'll attend the academy together.

But Rating Day comes and her number is announced--and it shocks everyone.

To get her life and boyfriend back, Treena must go undercover and expose a military spy. Doesn’t sound too hard, except that someone wants her dead. And then there’s Vance, the mysterious soldier with a haunted past and gorgeous brown eyes. Together, they discover a dark numbers conspiracy, one that shatters the nation’s future. Treena must join up with Vance if she is to survive the dangerous game of numbers—and the terrible war that rages within her heart.

The Change

Teyla Branton

Original Price: $4.99
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Movie Rating: PG13 for violence
Genre: Urban Fantasy

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Death, Life, or Love—Unbounded Always Play for Keeps

There are only two ways to kill Unbounded, and fire isn’t one of them—as law school dropout Erin Radkey learns the hard way. By fluke of a recessive gene, she has become Unbounded, a nearly immortal being with paranormal abilities.

Erin’s Change separates her from her loved ones and alters everything she believes to be true. A week earlier she was considering a marriage proposal; now she contemplates the best way to stay alive. Caught in a battle between two Unbounded groups, the Emporium and the Renegades, she is also hunted by a secret mortal society sworn to eradicate the Unbounded gene.

As Erin plunges into this dangerous new life, she must carve out her own place in the madness, protect her mortal family, and decide which group she should join. Her unique ability is vital to both groups in the race to secure an identification software that spells death for all Unbounded—or enslavement for the entire mortal world. Some will stop at nothing to use Erin as one more pawn in a battle that has spanned centuries. Erin’s undeniable attraction to Ritter Langton, whose family was massacred by opposing Unbounded two hundred and forty years ago, complicates her choices. There are no second chances. Death, life, or love—Unbounded always play for keeps.

Non-stop action, terrifying consequences, and powerful romance make The Change an exciting addition to the world of romantic urban fantasy.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Connie Sokol

The Echo Ridge Christmas Anthology (available here for the introductory price of 99 cents!) has been a wonderful project and experience. I've absolutely loved getting to know this four amazing authors and honestly they've become some of my closest friends. Authors live in their own little worlds and it's really nice to chat with people who know how it feels to have your head in the clouds with your characters but still try to live in real life with your family and friends (who have no clue why you're half-nuts).
Because I adore these ladies so much, I wanted to give you all a chance to get to know them better too. I've put together a spotlight of each woman and I'm going to post them over the next couple of weeks.
Today, I'm sharing a little bit about my friend, Connie Sokol. I have to say that when we first started collaborating with Echo Ridge I had no idea that we had a celebrity in our midst. Rachelle Christensen mentioned that Connie could head up the marketing and I jumped right in to say that I'd be happy to help out as I did a lot of the marketing for Christmas in Snow Valley. When I researched Connie and saw that she was famous, and knew a hundred times more about marketing than I did, I was a little embarrassed. She was so sweet about it and kept claiming she was nobody special. Read on to see how special she is.

Bestselling Author Connie Sokol.

thelivingroom_083 Connie Sokol is a mother of seven, (that alone should win her an award!!) and a favorite local and national speaker for over fifteen years. She is a TV core contributor “Studio 5 with Brooke Walker” and a national blogger for www.ksl.com. She is one of seven female hosts of The Living Room, an online value-based radio show where they dish on life, loving, and learning (www.fromthelivingroom.com). (AKA total celebrity!) Mrs. Sokol is a bestselling author who has written 14 books, including her fiction: Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology, and Caribbean Crossroads; and her nonfiction: What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know, Faithful, Fit & Fabulous, Simplify & Savor the Season, Create a Powerful Life Plan, and 40 Days with the Savior. (See what I mean about talent!) Mrs. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats. For her TV segments, blog, podcasts and more, visit www.conniesokol.com. You can connect with Connie at the following links: www.fromthelivingroom.com--Downloads Website, Twitter, Facebook

On the lighter side

I asked Connie to tell me five random thoughts about herself or her Echo Ridge story and this is what she said:
  1. The idea was born at a writing conference speaker's table with Rachelle, Christina, and myself
  2. My husband is from upstate New York, where the story is based
  3. Although I've penned 13 other books, this is my first novella
  4. I write in between raising seven kids -- I have to add that I am impressed she can find an between in there!! :)
  5. I'm originally from Scotland and this year traveled back to Europe for two fabulous weeks! (This one surprised me!)


Sharing a brief sample of Connie's writing from Soda Fountain Christmas is always a treat. Here you go, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
“Bravo,” Cecilia glanced at her file folder. “Beautiful speech. I can’t imagine how many times you ran through it but it’s not going to happen. I’ve already called in the heavy artillery.”
“The what? Who?” Not another “sure-bet” one-time hire.
“A marketing genius, graduated summa cum laude from Yale, and works in a marketing agency in my old downtown.”
“As in New York?”
“Yes, that downtown. He knows how to make the numbers really crunch and that’s what we need this Christmas, Miss Kenworth. Or the store, you, and every employee here is done.” She leaned closer, taking off her reading glasses. “No touchy-feely Hallmark campaign is going to save this sinking ship or get the numbers we need. And certainly not a Kenworth’s poster-child-turned-marketing assistant. Do I make myself clear? Tayton Wells is the answer to our problems, with a fat bonus waiting at the end of the rainbow to ensure success.”
Before Keira could respond to the rudeness, Cecilia looked past her shoulder to the reception area and smiled. “Ah, there’s Tayton now. My noon appointment,” she emphasized clearly. Keira turned to the three people waiting in the sofa and table area. A dark-haired broad-shouldered man sat in semi-profile to her, texting on a phone. His briefcase lay on the coffee table in front of him. Keira pressed her lips together. Rich, “downtown”, and ready to glam-up her father’s beloved store right out of memory. Not this time. Keira spun on her heels and marched over to him though his head remained down.
“Mr. Wells, Keira Kenworth. Excuse me for being frank but I have to be absolutely clear up front. I’m sure our little hick city of Echo Ridge can’t compare with the savoir faire of say, 5th Avenue, but there’s one thing you should know.” She glanced back at Cecilia, who stood in a rare moment of open mouth and no sound. So what if she was fired. She’d think about that later.
The man looked up from his phone and glanced around the room as if to be sure she spoke to him. Keira glanced at Cecilia but plowed on.
“That’s right, I’m talking to you. No Neiman-Marcus suit ideas will make a bigger impact on our store than the old-fashioned strategy of creating a family-friendly place to shop. A place that connects people. A worthy cause that fills their hearts, not just their gift lists. I can guarantee”—okay, that was stretching it, but in for a penny…--“that not one of your bottom-line glitzy concepts are going to fly in this town. Not long term. It doesn’t work that way here.” Her voice rose. “And I will work night and day to prove that the heart of Christmas is the real secret to saving this store.” Pause. Shirley smacked her gum. “Oh, sugar, that’s a whopper speech right there.” Keira’s chest heaved slightly while standing her ground.
The man smiled—or was it a smirk? Then he stood up, all six foot six tall of him. He smiled openly as he appraised her. “For the record, I’m not—”
Another man suddenly stood next to Keira. “Are you looking for me?” A deep baritone voice. Like warm rushing water. Keira turned to her right. A well-built dark-haired man in a nice-fitting burgundy jersey and snug jeans stood with a hint of a smile. “I’m Tayton Wells.”
“You? But I—” Keira willed her face to remain neutral but could feel the tinge of red spreading from her cheeks to her earlobes.
Glancing back at the original man, he stuck out his hand. “Drew Stirling. Remember me?”
“Wait, Drew? As in our Echo Ridge basketball legend? I didn’t recognize you in a suit. I mean, not wearing sweats.” Articulate, Keira.
Tayton stepped slightly in front of Drew, necessitating their handshake to break. Though tall, Tayton only rose to his shoulders. “I apologize for the confusion between people. As for business attire, the driver ran late so we didn’t have time to stop at the resort first. Are we meeting with Ms. Grange right now?”
“Not we. Just you.” Cecilia had walked over to them. “Drew, I’ll be with you soon, touch base with accounting. Tayton, in here. Keira, go make yourself useful.” With that she turned on her red heels and entered her office.
Dismissed. The redness in Keira’s face burned. Drew grabbed his briefcase and with a nod and smile headed toward the open office door. Tayton feigned gentlemanly interest in his duffel bag while Keira shook off the embarrassment, holding her work folder close to her chest.
He stood. “Sounds like we’ll meet later then.”
“Apparently.” She shrugged. “Possibly.” Turning to go, she looked back, surprised to find him watching her. “I meant what I said, Mr. Wells. If we have to go toe to toe, I’m in the ring.” He watched her for a moment longer than he should have then nodded with the start of a smile. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.” Not knowing what to do with that, Keira walked through the open door and into the nearest restroom to calm down. She forced herself not to beat her hands on the door. What an utter failure of a morning.
Thursday, October 8, 2015

My Home Can Be a Holy Place

Lily is a young girl who is helping to make her home a holy place.
Through Lily's story, told by Kristen M. Oaks and illustrated by award-winning Latter-day Saint artist Dan Burr, we are invited into Lily's home to share time with her family.
Children will love seeing how Lily and the other children contribute to the spiritual environment of their home through their everyday activities. We seem them praying, working together, eating dinner as a family, reading the scriptures, counseling together to make good decisions, participating in family home evening, sharing the gospel with friends and family, and learning to love one another. They love the Lord and feel His Spirit in their home.
This delightful book shows readers of every age how homes can becomes holy places in which children grow up in the Lord.
The website www.HomeCanBeAHolyPlace.com is designed to be a living document. It develops the themes introduced in the book and is enriched by contributions from reader to reinforce teachings, expand ideas, and inspire children and parents to make their home a holy place.
My Review:
I loved this sweet book. It made me want to try harder to make my home a holy place for my boys. I've met the author, Kristen M. Oaks, and she is so lovely and full of the spirit. The book definitely has her voice - kind and filled with the light of Christ. I'm so happy to have this book on my living room table and be able to share it with my boys as we try to make our home a holy place.
I couldn't resist pasting in a couple of pages from the book. I especially love the entire family on Mom and Dad's bed reading the scriptures. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Cokeville Miracle - DVD Giveaway and Review

On May 9, 1986, in the small, ranching community of Cokeville,
Wyoming, David and Doris Young took an elementary school
hostage for several hours before detonating a bomb inside a
classroom that held every teacher and student in the school.
In the wake of the madness, Ron Hartley, whose children were
inside the classroom, must fight his skepticism and unbelief
as he hears eyewitness accounts from the students about
miraculous, heavenly intervention during the crisis. When
tragedy strikes . . . what do you see?

Buy The Cokeville Miracle
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My Review:
I loved this movie. I was afraid that it would be hard for me to watch the little children be threatened. It ripped my heart out, but it was very tastefully done. I cried, a lot, but I also laughed, and most of all I was inspired. If you haven't seen it, watch it! If you have seen it, what did you think?
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Book Deadlines

I've been going nuts trying to write two Christmas books, prepare for a marathon, start a new lacrosse season, and just the natural craziness of raising four boys. Sometimes I feel like I'm in an alternate reality keeping straight the characters in my book with real life. Kind of awkward when you call your son or husband the wrong name :)
Both my Christmas books are due in the next few days then hopefully while I run the St. George Marathon I'll get the plotting done for Spring in Snow Valley which I'm supposed to have a first draft done on October 10th. Hmm, going to be late on that one.
How's everything going for you? Is fall insanely busy for you or has the school schedule and being home a little more made life more manageable? Hope you all have a fabulous day.
Thursday, September 17, 2015

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Win one of two print copies through a fun Goodreads giveaway. Click below to enter. You can also pre-order the ebook for only $.99. Yay for awesome, cheap books.

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Christmas Kisses by Cami Checketts

Christmas Kisses

by Cami Checketts

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