Tuesday, August 19, 2014

No Devices Week

We made it through our week without devices, though I caught my husband doing some Clash of Clan battle and the boys caught me answering a few emails.
The boys were not thrilled with the idea when we presented it Sunday night, but they did remarkably well. We had a lot of fun together and I absolutely loved the way they used their imaginations to build rafts in the swimming pool, come up with numerous versions of Risk, and wrestle and play fun games with their younger brothers. I was also thrilled with all the work we got done. Sometimes they complain that we work too hard, but I assure them that boys were born to work hard, and then I make them cookies so we're still friends.
It was a great week, I just wish we could have extended it for a few years or so.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Back to the '80s

The boys and I are officially going offline for the next week. I have to admit I'm nervous. Are they going to survive without their devices? Am I going to survive without being able to write a new scene or check emails? Is that completely pathetic that I'm worried about it?
We're going to have a fabulous time, I'm sure of it. It'll be like the '80s. No video games or handheld devices. I'm going to be completely focused on my boys. We'll play outside and go on bike rides to get shaved ice. I may even cook dinner.
I'll let you know how it all turns out next week. Cheer me on. We might need it :)

Son of War, Daughter of Chaos

  SonOfWarEBookSon of War, Daughter of Chaos Aislynn is accustomed to watching for the enemy. Her parents instructed her from the time she was young to look for the signs: people with greater than normal strength, eyes that can glow green, and have the ability to jump long distances. Over the years, Aislynn has come to view her parents’ fears as quirks—things that get in the way of having a normal high school life. When Aislynn’s mother dies under suspicious conditions, her father doubles his restrictions. But all his precautions can’t stop the boy with glowing green eyes from finding Aislynn. She realizes too late she’s been drafted into an ancient Egyptian war, whether she’s prepared or not.  

Excerpt:
I was on my feet and running down the path before I could fully process what was happening. The dark swarm flew toward me. Their wings sounded like the dull hum of an incoming storm. I didn’t have to see them to know they were scarabs—the flesh-eating kind. The Horusians had pinpointed our location and flown in beetles to kill us. How they found us, I didn’t know.
As I fled down the slope, I slipped. My feet jerked out in front of me. I hit the ground, hard, skidding and then flipped over. I tumbled down the slope, clawing at the ice, trying to get a handhold. White flashes of snow jumbled together in my vision. Finally, I hit a flat spot. I managed to stop, pick myself up, and run again. Panic wrapped around me. I couldn’t make it off the ridge before the scarabs reached me, and even if I could, I had nowhere to hide from the beetles on this open stretch of land. Still, I ran. I wouldn’t stand still for death.

Janette Rallison is old. Don’t ask how old, because it isn’t polite. Let’s just say she’s older than she’d like to be and leave it at that. Janette lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, five children and enough cats to classify her as “an eccentric cat lady.” She did not do this on purpose. (The cats, that is; she had the children on purpose.) Every single one of the felines showed up on its own and refuses to leave. Not even the family’s fearless little Westie dog can drive them off. Since Janette has five children and deadlines to write books, she doesn’t have much time left over for hobbies. But since this is the internet and you can’t actually check up to see if anything on this site is true, let’s just say she enjoys dancing, scuba diving, horse back riding and long talks with Orlando Bloom. (Well, I never said he answers back.)
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Monday, August 4, 2014

Shadows in the Curtain Blog Tour and Giveaway



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, 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.

“Cami Checketts can spin a tale like no other. Love, suspense, thrills, she has it all, and Shadows in the Curtain is no exception. What a thrill ride! I highly recommend this book. 10 stars!!”
Sherry Gammon, author of the Port Fare Series
“I’m a sucker for the exciting parts, and this book has scenes that had my eyes racing my heart to the end of each page!”
 Amanda Tru, author of the Yesterday Series

Shadows in the Curtain - Clean romantic suspense for only $2.99 at the following retailers:
Buy it in print here for only $8.63

Cami Checketts' books Poison Me and The Colony are only $.99 for the length of the Shadows in the Curtain blog tour - August 4th - 9th.

Poison Me 
Jake Merrill was raised by his grandmother, Ruby, and her hilarious friends. After a suspicious death at the retirement home where Ruby lives, she enlists Jake and Chanel, the beautiful activities director, to help her find the killer.
But secrets Ruby has kept for decades threaten her family and the man she’s always loved but could never have. Chanel’s unstable ex-boyfriend, a presumably dead relative, and vicious criminals add to the confusion. Time is running out as Jake, Chanel, and Ruby desperately search for clues to solve the murders and fight to save those they love.
The Colony
To protect her sons from the mistakes of her past, Brinlee Trapper escapes to a secluded mountain home. But there are dangers lurking in the mountains she has never encountered. The little family is saved from injury by Jed, a mysterious hunter. Brinlee is drawn to him, but she worries about his involvement with a peaceful commune hidden deep in the mountains behind her property.
Lance, Brinlee's attentive neighbor, has his own troubled history. Between his obvious attraction to Brinlee and his developing love for her children, Brinlee finds it more than difficult to guard her heart against this tender intrusion.
While Jed offers a life of excitement and freedom, Lance holds the key to the family Brinlee always wanted. When it comes time to choose, she learns that both men have secrets that could shatter her fledgling trust in men and the wrong decision could leave more than her heart exposed to danger.


Excerpt from Shadows in the Curtain

Timothy stuck to her side while people surged passed with compliments, hand squeezes, and the occasional hug. Emmy searched every eye, but only saw excitement from a fun performance or weariness from sitting too long. If anyone had murder in mind, he was as good at putting on a fake face as she was. 
No one piqued her curiosity. Until he came. She had no clue what his name was, but the past few weeks she’d seen him almost every morning at the gym. He was much too good-looking, with his rippling muscles and deep blue eyes. She always avoided looking directly at him, though she knew that was as obvious an indicator of her attraction as staring would be. She couldn’t avoid him now. 
The wide entryway, which featured plush, faded carpet and wood-planked walls, shrank as he drew nearer. The babble of the crowd faded. He reached for her hand, staring deep into her eyes. Her hand fitted itself into his like he was a magnet. Her entire body leaned toward him. 
“You were amazing. So passionate.” He smiled and the room swayed.
Emmy was quite sure the passion she experienced right now had nothing to do with singing or acting. She should draw away but couldn’t force herself to. “Thank you,” she managed, embarrassed by the huskiness of her voice as she tried to catch a breath.
The crowd pressed forward, and he was forced to release her hand and move to the side. His blonde date gushed over Emmy for a second, and then they were gone. 
Emmy continued greeting other patrons but couldn’t forget the allure of his blue eyes. He didn’t seem like the creepy stalker type, but she had to wonder. Could he be the one sending the notes?

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Young Women Camp

I was lucky enough to be the assistant camp director for girl's camp this week. It rained on us the entire three days but we had the best time! The funniest part was when I actually scored the winning point in sand volleyball (I am horrible at volleyball) and three of the girls tackled me in the sand. I laughed so hard I couldn't breathe. The girls were absolutely hilarious and angelic at the same time. I love them all and would happily steal any of them.
Have you had any fun camping experiences this summer?
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Becoming Lady Lockwood

Becoming Lady LockwoodBecoming Lady Lockwood Amelia Beckett is delighted to be a widow. Married by proxy to a man she'd never met, Amelia recognizes that a fortuitous entry into widowhood frees her from meddlesome chaperones and matchmakers. Heiress to her mother's sugar plantation in Jamaica, she happily anticipates working in a man's world, with the additional credibility of her new title: Lady Lockwood. But with the arrival of Captain Sir William Drake, her plans quickly go awry . . . William has traversed the Atlantic with one purpose. If he cannot prove that Amelia's marriage to his brother was a fraud, she will be entitled to a sizeable portion of his family's estate. He is determined to return this duplicitous Lady to London for an official hearing, and he carries with him a letter that will ensure her cooperation . . . Left with no choice, Amelia joins the captain on his return voyage to England, and the two quickly find that ship life does not allow for evasion. Amelia and William are ceaselessly thrown together, and amidst fierce storms and ocean battles, what began as antipathy seems to be evolving quite unexpectedly. But as they draw ever closer to their destination, will the impossibility of their circumstances shatter any hope of a future together?
Praise for Becoming Lady Lockwood
"Moore does a lovely job of showcasing sizzle in this must-read for fans of regency and historical romance." ~ Foreword Reviews

My Thoughts
I really liked the mix of danger, romance, intrigue, and even a bit of humor in this book. I would definitely read something else by Jennifer Moore. I had a few believability issues, but they were little enough that I still completely enjoyed the book and the characters.

Excerpt

William placed his right hand on the small of her back and pulled gently with his left hand, leading her in a simple series of steps, which she quickly mastered. She focused her eyes on the captain’s shoulder where her hand rested tentatively. He moved lightly, but her movements were stiff. She was afraid of relaxing when he was practically holding her in his arms.
After a few turns around the room, Amelia felt her tension ease. The music was beautiful, and Captain Drake had a way of drawing her across the floor as if she was floating. When she finally braved a glance at his face, she met his eyes, and her nervousness returned.
“And is your punishment so dreadful, Miss Becket?” he asked. “I have yet to see you smile.”
Amelia allowed herself a small smile. “It is a very nice punishment indeed, sir. Is it one you utilize regularly?”
“Perhaps I shall, if you believe it will keep the men in line.”
Amelia laughed. “I do not know what they would think if you waltzed with each sailor who failed in his duty.”
“I imagine it should be quite effective at discouraging rule breaking, don’t you?” William looked thoughtful, as if considering the idea.
“Perhaps. Until some of the men develop a taste for waltzing. You might begin to worry when the same men continually require discipline.”

William laughed. Amelia had only heard his laugh a very few times and found she quite liked it. Especially knowing she was the one who had inspired it. She also realized that the sound had caused her heart to trip ever so slightly, and to her dismay, she found that she quite liked that as well. She lowered her eyes, suddenly finding the gold buttons on the captain’s coat fascinating. She was extremely aware of the captain’s arm, the way it wrapped around her, and his hand resting on her lower back. The hand that held hers was strong, and she felt each movement of his fingers and the subtle tightening around her own hand. And had he always had such a pleasant smell?

Author Jennifer Moore Jennifer Moore is a Passionate reader and writer of all things romance, helping her find balance with the rest of her world, which includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. Jennifer has a BA in linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family. You can learn more about her at authorjmoore.com. The author's first book, Becoming Lady Lockwood, is a regency romance centered on the British navy during the Napoleonic Wars of the early 1800s.  


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Audiobooks for $1.99

Love audiobooks?  Hate paying $20 for them?
Here’s a simple way to get bestselling audiobooks from Audible for a steal.
Have you heard of Whispersync yet? It lets you keep track of your reading progress on your audio device and your Kindle and switch back and forth without having to spend 20 minutes scrolling to find your place. Well, here’s the kicker–if you own an ebook (through Amazon/Kindle) the audiobook is only $1.99.

Here’s how it works in a handy list:
  1. Pick up an ebook (hopefully paying less than you would for any other format.)
  2. Grab the audio and own it forever in TWO non-paper formats.
  3. Everyone wins! Especially the trees!
(Disclaimer — the audiobook has to be Whispersync capable, which can take up to 3 months after publication.)

Dead Running just became available for Whispersync and they're working on Blog This.


My good friend, Daniel Coleman's book Gifts and Consequences just became eligible for Whispersync. GIFTS AND CONSEQUENCES - ebook $2.99
Gifts and Consequences Audiobook


The Broken Path – ebook $3.99
The Broken Path Audiobook by Cami  Checketts


Want some more ideas?  Here are some Authors I know who are happy to offer a plethora of Whispersyncable bargains:
 
Cindy M. Hogan
Watched - ebook Free!
Watched Cover





Karey White
My Own Mr. Darcy – ebook $3.99
My Own Mr. Darcy Audiobookby Karey White





Heather Justesen
Brownies and Betrayal   - ebook $4.99
Brownies and Betrayal Audiobook





Mikey Brooks
The Dream Keeper - ebook $4.99
The Dream Keeper by Mikey Brooks Audiobook


 

Donna K. Weaver 
A Change of Plans – $3.99
Change of Plans Audiobook Donna K. Weaver



Larry Correia 
Monster Hunter International – ebook $6.33

Monster Hunter International Audiobook Larry Correia

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