Beat the Winter Blahs Giveaway

To help you beat the winter blahs this January I've got an amazing giveaway list. The books that you could win:
January 2nd - 101 Gourmet Cupcakes by Wendy Paul
January 4th - Where the Wind Blows by Caroline Fyffe
January 6th - Guided By Him…to a Thinner, Not So Stressed-Out You by Julie Morris
January 8th - Chickens in the Headlights by Matthew Buckley
January 9th - Loyalty's Web by Joyce DiPastena
January 11th - Altered Plans by Rebecca Talley
January 13th - My Son, John by Kathi Macias
January 15th - Discipline Me Right by Mary Simmons
January 16th - The Sister Pact by Cami Checketts
January 18th - Counting the Cost by Liz Adair
January 20th - Methods of Madness by Stephanie Black
January 22nd - Altered State by Gregg Luke
January 23rd - A Tapestry of Spells by Lynn Kurland
January 25th - Women of Virtue by Jodi Robinson
January 27th - Torn Apart by Diony George
January 28th - The Pigpen by Kevin Krogh
January 29th - All the Stars in Heaven by Michele Holmes
January 30th - Love Your Body by Brooke Parker
Must be a follower of my blog to enter.
1 entry for sharing how you beat the winter blahs
2 entries for sharing the current giveaway on Twitter or Facebook
4 entries for posting about the current giveaway or the month-long contest on your personal blog or putting it on your sidebar. If you post about the overall contest, please let me know which book you'd like your extra entries put towards.
Please post your entries on the day the book you're interested in is featured. I will leave each giveaway open for two weeks.
Contest open to residents of U.S. and Canada.
Thanks to all the authors who so generously donated their books. We'll start it all off on Saturday, January 2nd with Wendy Paul's delightful cupcake cookbook. She's sharing a recipe with us. It's got loads of chocolate, so don't miss it.
Monday, December 21, 2009

January Giveaways and one more signing

To beat the winter blahs this year I'm hosting a huge January giveaway contest. I'm still scrounging up free books from some of my favorite authors, but when I get it all figured out I'll give you a list of the books I'll be spotlighting each day and how you can win. It should be a lot of fun!
If any of you live in Cache Valley I'll be signing The Sister Pact at The Book Table, Tuesday, Dec. 22nd from 3-5 p.m.
Enjoy your holiday season!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Rating Books?

It's easy for me to decide which movies, television shows, or video games I will let my family watch. I simply look at the rating first and then decide if the show looks interesting.
But what about books? Books don't even have to put a disclaimer on their cover revealing they're full of sex, violence, or language. Sometimes the cover reveals all, but most often the reader is left guessing. I was recently on page 151 of a very clean, very well-written book when suddenly there were several offensive words and the nastiest sex scene I've ever read. I chucked the book across the room and vowed never to read the author again.
What's the solution? Do we need a rating placed on the cover or would a simple disclaimer work? And the big question - how are we going to convince publishers a rating system is in their best interest?
If you feel strongly about this issue, please cast your vote at Helium -
A great blog post about the issue -
Monday, December 14, 2009

The Winner

Janet Kay Jensen (who just happens to be the author of a fabulous book, Don't You Marry the Mormon Boys) won Susan May Warren's, The Great Christmas Bowl.
Congrats Janet! I'll try to get it to you before the holiday season is over!
Thanks to everyone who entered and shared the contest through blogs, Twitter, and Facebook. I'll do another giveaway after Christmas when we hit those winter blahs.
Happy Holidays,
Saturday, December 12, 2009

Last chance to win The Great Christmas Bowl

Okay, friends, it will be all over soon. If you haven't already entered to win your free copy of The Great Christmas Bowl by Susan May Warren, you should do it now! Just leave a comment on this post - I don't get online on Sunday, so you have until Monday morning to declare your intentions to win. Good luck and have a fabulous weekend!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet

"What if your imaginary friend from childhood was your one true love?"
I really enjoyed Sundays at Tiffany's. It had an interesting premise - a wonderful imaginary friend whom the heroine can't forget. The book was well-written - James Patterson, how could it not be well-written? I was touched by the ending and the life-lessons taught in the story. My only complaint about the book was the number of times the Lord's name was taken in vain. As a Christian, I'm extremely sensitive to that.
Have you ever read a book and wished you could remove one element so you could recommend it to everyone you know?
Thursday, December 3, 2009

Love Your Body by Brooke Parker

Brooke Parker's first book, Love Your Body, has just been released. Brooke is an amazing dietitian. I've had the opportunity to listen to her speak. Her positive attitude and real-life approach made me believe I could be healthy and happy.
Here's a little information about her book:
Are you tired of dieting and feeling unsatisfied with your appearance? In this book, registered dietitian Brooke Parker shares secrets for developing a positive body image and creating your own customized eating plan. You'll also learn how to replace negative thoughts about yourself with positive, motivational thoughts.
With the tools you master in Love Your Body, the scale, the media, and your "skinny jeans" will no longer have the power to determine your mood or your life!
Topics include:
-Finding a New Relationsip with Food
-Honoring Your Hunger and Fullness
-Finding Your Own Healthy Balance
-Creating Healthy Expectations
-The Inner Dialogue
-Put an End to Worry
-Your Body is a Gift
-Eliminating the Physical Triggers
-Destructive Thinking Styles
-Pampering Activities
..and many more
Brooke Parker is a registered dietitian. She graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Dietetics. She currently works for USU's Student Health Center providing nutrition support for the entire student body. She specializes in Eating Disorders and has worked with this clientele for 8 years. She is passionate about helping women overcome eating disorders and body-image issues.
Brooke and her husband live in northern Utah with their three young children. She loves being a mother and all that comes with it. She also enjoys gardening, family vacations, reading, golfing, and snow skiing.
Brooke will be signing copies of Love Your Body at The Book Table in Logan, Utah - Friday, December 4th from 6-10 p.m.
Buy link for Love Your Body -
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Sister Pact in the newspaper

I was thrilled yesterday to open The Herald Journal (our local paper) and find an article about me and The Sister Pact on the front page. My husband told me first thing in the morning that I was on the front page. I said, "Stop teasing me, you jerk, that isn't even funny." Amazingly he was a bit put out with me all day!
It was a really nice article. Charles Geraci is a fabulous writer. Here's the link if you'd like to read it -
Hope you all have a marvelous day,

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