Saturday, January 30, 2010

Book Giveaway - Love Your Body by Brooke Parker

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.
Win your autographed copy of Love Your Body by Brooke Parker
Must be a follower of the blog to enter.
1 entry for sharing what you love about your body (It's sometimes hard for me to focus on the positive parts, like my healthy lungs and heart instead of my thighs rubbing together!)
2 entries for sharing the current giveaway on Twitter or Facebook (please provide a link)
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 provide a link)
Please include an e-mail address or other contact info.
Contest closes February 15th.
Contest open to residents of U.S. and Canada.
This is the last giveaway for our "Beat the Winter Blahs Contest." Thanks so much for being a part of it. I've been so busy I haven't gotten the usual January depression. I've got some exciting reviews and giveaways coming in February. Hope to see you then,
Cami

Book Giveaway - All the Stars in Heaven by Michele Holmes

Ever since the woman he once adored told Jay Kendrich he was a chivalrous hero, he has tried to live up to the praise. But when things don't work out with Jane, moving on and dating other girls proves to be a chore. That is until he meets fellow Harvard student Sarah Morgan. Although Sarah is a freshman studying music and Jay is in his third year of law school, he discovers they have much in common. He has also discovered that getting to know the shy pianist is painful. The last thing Jay expected from his friendly advances was to be assaulted by a brawny stranger. It is abundantly clear that someone wants him to stay away from Sarah. If only he could.
As long as she can remember, Sarah has lived under a watchful eye. While her father insists it's for her own protections, Sarah feels imprisoned. As she begins to believe that those she has trusted most don't have her best interest at heart, she is driven further from her respected father and closer to Jay. But their love will come at a high price as the pair edges closer toward to a truth that is darker than either of them could have imagined.
The car started forward, and from the corner of his eye Grant studied Sarah’s reflection in the glass. Fresh tears rolled down her cheeks, though she didn’t make so much as a whimper. Her hair was in need of a good brushing, and it hung long and wispy half-way down her back. He thought perhaps tomorrow he would take her to get it cut short; it would certainly be easier to care for. But then he thought of Rachel and reconsidered. Sarah’s golden hair, when washed and brushed, would no doubt be as beautiful as her mother’s had been. It was comforting to know there was something in her to remind him of Rachel.
Sarah shifted on the seat, tugged her dress down again, then removed the handkerchief from her chin and placed it carefully across a four-inch tear down the front of her dress. She wiped a dirty hand across her cheeks, drying the last of her tears, and turned to her father with a positively mutinous expression.
Grant nearly smiled. “Yes?”
“I’m hungry, and I want my kitty.”
“I’ll feed you shortly, but there will be no kittens at my house.”
“Kitty—isn’t real.” Her eyes were hopeful.
“Hmm.”
“I can’t sleep without her.”
“Too bad.” Grant stopped at a light and caught the driver in the car beside them looking at him.
Unnerved once more, Grant eased the car into the intersection when the light turned green. The car in the other lane moved ahead and turned three streets later. Grant headed toward the Boston University Bridge, thick now with rush hour traffic leaving the city.
“Kitty is at Mommy’s house,” Sarah said.
Grant heard the desperation in her voice. “We can’t ever go back there,” he said with a note of finality.
“Why not?” Sarah demanded. “That’s where I live.”
“Not anymore it isn’t.”
“I don’t want to live with you,” she said.
“Yeah? Well I don’t particularly want to live with you either,” Grant lied. He’d wanted nothing more for the past two years than to have his wife and daughter back in his life. Every time he and Rachel had tried to patch things up their differences became more apparent, but he’d never stopped loving her.
And now she was dead.
“Then take me home.” Sarah’s voice was quieter.
He glanced across the seat and saw her blue eyes filling with tears again. He suddenly felt helpless. “Listen, Sarah. We can’t go back there because the police won’t let us. They have to look at everything in the house and see if they can find out why Mommy died. How about you tell me what your kitten looked like, and we’ll see if we can find you another one.”
“No.” Sarah shook her head and turned away from him. Her shoulders lifted up and down in a dramatic sigh.
Grant thought he saw her lip quiver again, but she remained silent. His daughter had his wife’s coloring and features, but she wasn’t schooled in how to use them to her advantage. And she never will be, he vowed. Sarah need never know how beautiful she was—and would certainly be when she grew older. She would never learn what could happen to a man when she tossed that halo of hair over her shoulder and looked up at him with those baby blues filled with tears.
He would keep her away from men. He’d raise her to be strong and sensible.
What am I thinking? The safest, most practical thing would be to ship her off to a secure boarding school—as far away from him as possible. As he drove, he mulled this over—the pros heavily outweighing the cons—and made up his mind to do just that. For the remainder of the drive he ignored her, thinking instead about his recent job change to the small police department in Summerfield. It was his chance to start over. To keep things honest, simple.
Pulling into the driveway, he cut the engine and looked over at Sarah. Her eyes were closed, and she was curled up in a ball on the seat. Grant got out of the car, made a point of slamming his door, and walked to the box at the curb to retrieve his mail. He shuffled through the envelopes as he came back up the drive, then rapped his knuckles against the car window. Sarah didn’t stir.
So much for not being able to sleep without Kitty.
He stuck the mail in his coat pocket, opened the door, and carefully lifted Sarah in his arms. She stirred for a second, turning her face into his chest.
He froze, a sudden deja vu overtaking his senses. She weighed next to nothing and still had that same little girl smell he remembered. It seemed just yesterday he’d cradled her like this when she was a baby.
Walking toward the house, his lips were set in a stern line. He opened the front door, kicked it shut behind him, and carried her to the couch. He placed a pillow beneath her head and covered her with a blanket, tucking her slender arms inside.
Stepping back, he watched as her tiny chest rose in a shuddering breath. Her lips puckered for a brief moment, and Grant wondered if she was having a bad dream. Something much more than pity stirred deep inside, causing his throat to constrict. Leaning forward, he placed a gentle kiss on her forehead.
“It’ll be all right, Sarah,” he whispered, praying it would because he suddenly knew he couldn’t send her away—just as he knew he already loved his little girl even more than he had once loved her mother.
Michele graduated from BYU with a degree in elementary education--something that has come in handy with her five children, all of whom require food, transportation, or Band-Aids the moment she sits down at her computer to write.
Michele's first published novel, Counting Stars, won the 2007 Whitney Award for best romance. All the Stars in Heaven continues the story of one of the characters from the first novel.
Win your autographed copy of All the Stars in Heaven by Michele Paige Holmes
Must be a follower of the blog to enter.
1 entry for sharing why you love romance.
2 entries for sharing the current giveaway on Twitter or Facebook (please provide a link)
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 provide a link)
Please include an e-mail address or other contact info.
Contest closes February 15th.
Contest open to residents of U.S. and Canada.
Tomorrow will be our last January giveaway - Love Your Body by Brooke Parker. Many of the contests are still open, so please feel free to keep entering.

Book Giveaway - The Pigpen by Kevin Krogh

Fourteen-year-old Curtis Horner and his father, sister, and grandmother move during the summer of 1966 from the city to a small valley in northern Utah. They rent a house next to a dairy farm owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Pedersen and their several children. Adjusting to his new rural environment proves to be more than Curtis expected as he quickly makes new friends—and enemies. Curtis and his father’s pigpen project sparks a series of extraordinary events that teach young Curtis far more about himself and about life than he bargained for.
Curtis was just about to ask how it was Lloyd knew so much about Evelyn’s folks when Mr. Giles’s voice interrupted their conversation.
“You kids get to the back now,” he called out as the tractor reached the point where the road began its quick descent, and he shifted down a gear. The small jolt that resulted from the pin shifting an inch from the front to the back of the hole in the hitch combined with Eric’s foot—or both feet—pushing against the front bale as he scampered to the back to send that same bale—the one on which Ellen was kneeling as she turned at Mr. Giles’s command—tumbling off the front of the load. Bryce had at that moment reached for her hand to help her, but touched only her outstretched fingers as she followed the bale, plunging backward onto and then over the left rear wheel of the tractor. The corner of the bale struck Mr. Giles, and his foot slipped off the brake. By the time he’d recovered and found it again, the tractor had rolled down the hill another two or three yards. The front wheels of the wagon (this wagon had two axels) were now over the edge of the hill. The sudden jolting stop sent nine or ten more bales off the front.
Curtis and Lloyd had seen it all from the back of the load. Seconds after Ellen disappeared over the front of the wheel, they both jumped off the straw, hitting the ground in unison. Curtis was first to see the results. Ellen was wedged between the tractor’s large rear wheel and the dirt road. Mr. Giles was pushing the brake with his right foot and the clutch with his left with all his strength. His hat had been knocked off and he was shaking. His leathered face was pale as paste, and his eyes were full of fear.
Win your autographed copy of The Pigpen by Kevin Krogh
Must be a follower of the blog to enter.
1 entry for sharing your thoughts on pigs (I personally can't handle the smell, but my boys adore our neighbor's pigs so we visit more often than I would like)
2 entries for sharing the current giveaway on Twitter or Facebook (please provide a link)
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 provide a link)
Please include an e-mail address or other contact info.
Contest closes February 12th.
Contest open to residents of U.S. and Canada.
Tomorrow I'll be giving away, All the Stars in Heaven by Michele Holmes.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Book Giveaway - Torn Apart by Diony George

ALLYSON THINKS HER LIFE is perfect. It’s hectic and tiring, of course, but no more so than any other wife and mother of four boys. But with her husband becoming increasingly distant, Alyson wonders if there is something she is doing wrong. Little does she know that the actions of someone she loves dearly are about to change her life forever.
ALYSON NEVER IMAGINED it could happen to her, and when it did she realized it could happen to anyone...
Diony George, wife and mother of seven, addresses a very important topic in her first fiction novel, Torn Apart, based on a true story. Religious beliefs and practices do not make one immune to worldly influences and her book addresses in a compelling way the devastating effects pornography is having on marriages and families today. It has received positive feedback from readers and publishers alike because the issue is relevant, and real. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband Daryl, and their children.
A signed copy of her book, Torn Apart is available for purchase on line on her personal website http://tornapartbyporn.com or her blog, http://diony-george.blogspot.com, It can also be found at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Deseret Book and Seagull Book and Tape.
Win an autographed copy of Torn Apart
Must be a follower of the blog to enter.
1 entry for sharing your thoughts on how you protect yourself and/or your family from pornography.
2 entries for sharing the current giveaway on Twitter or Facebook (please provide a link)
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 provide a link)
Please include an e-mail address or other contact info.
Contest closes February 11th.
Contest open to residents of U.S. and Canada.
Tomorrow we'll be giving away The Pigpen by Kevin Krogh. See you then!

Book Giveaway - Women of Virtue by Jodi Robinson

We talk about Virtue. We even think we know what it's all about. But do we? How does Virtue tie into beauty and self-esteem? There is such a thing as the beauty of virtue and it is the secret to feeling good about ourselves, both in how we look and who we are. In a world that has convinced women that they must look like supermodels to be considered beautiful, self-esteems and self-worth are suffering greatly. Jodi Robinson's book, Women of Virtue teaches correct principles based on LDS Church doctrine that connects virtue with beauty. There is beauty in virtue. And it is the kind of beauty that is felt with the heart not seen with the eyes. It's far more powerful than anything the magazines are selling. Women of Virtue is perfect for women of all ages. Jodi' presentation has been given more than 30 times since January 2009 to groups in Utah, California, and Idaho. To invite her speak, email her at jodirobinson2182@hotmail.com or visit her blog at www.jodimarierobinson.blogspot.com.
What readers are saying:
"Dear Jodi:
When I read your book, I have to tell you how much it helped me to have a better self-image. I was so uplifting and helped me remember my true potential as a daughter of God. I bought copies for my sisters and daughters, and even sent one to my daughter on a mission in Paraguay to read with her companion. I love to have it as a reference, because it is so easy to open and read a chapter, and it is all such a great reminder that I don't have to sit and read the whole thing again. Thanks for making in a difference in so many lives. Love, Kathy, Utah"
"Dear Jodi:
First of all, I would like to apologize for not having written sooner. You spoke at at my Young Women's in Excellence'. Your book is a gift to all women, so I hope you keep writing. Your book really touched my heart, and I just want to, again, thank you so, so much. Sincerely, Elizabeth, California"
"Dear Jodi:
I had a great conversation with my wife and daughter after attending your workshop. I think I understand better what they're going through. As a father and husband, I thank you. Sincerely, David, father of four daughters"
Women of Virtue is available at Deseret Book, www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com. Request it at Seagull Book.
Win an autographed copy of Women of Virtue
Must be a follower of the blog to enter.
1 entry for sharing your thoughts on virtue
2 entries for sharing the current giveaway on Twitter or Facebook (please provide a link)
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 provide a link)
Please include an e-mail address or other contact info.
Contest closes February 9th.
Contest open to residents of U.S. and Canada.
Join us on Wednesday. I'll be giving away, Torn Apart, by Diony George.
Saturday, January 23, 2010

Winner - Guided by Him to a Thinner, Not-So Stressed Out You

Congrats to Heidi! She won Guided by Him to a Thinner, Not-So Stressed Out You! by Julie Morris
Please remember friends that you can enter each and every contest this month. I'm closing out Chickens in the Headlights by Matthew Buckley tomorrow so don't forget to enter to win that hilarious book.

Book Giveaway - A Tapestry of Spells by Lynn Kurland

Sarah’s brother has embraced the dark arts, vowing to destroy the Nine Kingdoms, and she doesn’t have the power to stop him. Now she must risk everything to thwart his plans, even though she fears the quest will reveal the secret she’s kept all her life.
After seeing his entire family slain by magic, Ruithneadh swore never to use his power again. But when Sarah pleads for his help, he’s thrust back into a life of enchantments and peril, and a quest capable of unraveling the entire fabric of the Nine Kingdoms.
Lynn Kurland is an amazing writer and truly lovely person. I met her at the Utah RWA Writer's Conference last fall, bought her book, With Every Breath, and have been a fan since. She writes PG-rated romance. Isn't that wonderful?
Win your free copy of A Tapestry of Spells by Lynn Kurland.
Must be a follower of the blog to enter.
1 entry for sharing why you love fantasy.
2 entries for sharing the current giveaway on Twitter or Facebook (please provide a link)
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 provide a link)
Please include an e-mail address or other contact info.
Contest closes February 8th.
Contest open to residents of U.S. and Canada.
Monday we'll be giving away A Woman of Virtue by Jodi Robinson. See you then!
Friday, January 22, 2010

Book Giveaway - Altered State by Gregg Luke

Homer and Morgan Winegar believe they may have finally found happiness in the quiet college town in which they have settled. Perhaps now in their new life together with Morgan’s nine-year-old son, they can each leave a troubled past behind.
But when Morgan’s psychology students begin exhibiting bizarre behavior, the couple quickly becomes entangled in an experiment headed for catastrophe. Someone is illegally administering a mind-altering drug to unwitting students. With the potential for millions of dollars in profits on the line, the pharmaceutical designers are more than willing to set aside morals to test the limits of the subconscious and mind control.
As the growing ranks of test subjects fulfill increasingly disturbing commands, Homer and Morgan race to discover who’s pulling the strings—and how they are doing it. But as the final stages of research point to a deadly calamity, events from the past threaten to shatter the couple’s fragile trust—just as they need it most. Will they be able to overcome the forces that threaten to pull them apart and find a way to stop the impending tragedy?
REVIEWS
Altered State is a masterpiece of pharmaceutical knowledge, diabolical ambition, and well-developed characters. Fast paced and skillfully written, the story moves rapidly through a terrifyingly believable plot to a satisfying conclusion.” –Betsy Brannon Green, Author of the Haggerty Mystery Series and the Duty Series
“Another stimulating read from Gregg Luke. Altered State is inescapably compelling, medically accurate, and disturbingly plausible. Yet amongst the rich science speaks a wonderful message that human trust is perhaps the most cherished gift we can give one another.” –Aaron Jones, MD, FAAFP
Gregg Luke has done it again! What a fantastic read. I don't hand out those 5's too often, but this was definitely deserved! He has a gift of being able to make you love characters, give you a dynamic and interesting plot, AND give you an intense suspense- no way is it predictable or ordinary! Love it!!! -Hillary, LDS Women's Book Review
AUTHOR’S NOTES
This book was a lot of fun to research. 99% of the medical, chemical, and psychological references are accurate. Where I wandered into pseudo-fiction is with the creation of SPAAM. If you don't know what that is, read the book! My purpose in writing this novel was to show ability of addiction to alter thoughts, perceptions, and actions. All addiction is chemical in nature, even those addictions where no habit-forming substance is taken; i.e. shopping, gambling, pornography, etc. I believe if you know how something is affecting you, you might have a better chance of beating it. The original title for this novel was Whisperings of Darkness, in reference to Zachary's identifying Scandia's evil subliminal commands as "whispers." My editors thought Altered State was creepier. I like both. I set it at Utah State University because, living in Cache Valley, it was easy to reference. Plus, it's a great school! Go Aggies!
Win your free copy of Altered State by Gregg Luke
Must be a follower of the blog to enter.
1 entry for sharing an addiction you've overcome (or tried to). You all know I'm addicted to chocolate. Still fighting that battle!
2 entries for sharing the current giveaway on Twitter or Facebook (please provide a link)
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 provide a link)
Please include an e-mail address or other contact info.
Contest closes February 6th.
Contest open to residents of U.S. and Canada.
Join us tomorrow. We'll be giving away A Tapestry of Spells by Lynn Kurland.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

One Lovely Blog Award

A sweet friend, Laura Fabiani, has awarded this blog the honor of, One Lovely Blog Award.
Laura is an amazing writer, book reviewer, and the founder of NouveauWriter, a resource for aspiring authors.
I love that her blog, Library of Clean Reads, discloses the sex, violence, and profanity level of each book she reviews.
I now have the honor of passing on this award to others in accordance with the following rules:
Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link. Pass the award to up to 15 other blogs that you enjoy. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
And so, I pass this award on to these truly deserving blogs. I hope you will check each one of them out.

Book Giveaway - Methods of Madness by Stephanie Black

It’s been three years since the terrible night Emily Ramsey suffered a double tragedy—the death of her sister and the disappearance of her fiancé. She deserves another chance at happiness, and gentle, adorable Zach Sullivan is the perfect man to mend her shattered heart. But from the moment Emily opens the hand-carved box holding a glittering diamond solitaire, she’s seized by an unshakeable fear: she’s going to lose Zach.
That’s exactly what Monica, Zach’s ex-girlfriend, is banking on. Bitter with envy, Monica will stop at nothing to sabotage Zach and Emily’s romance. Troubling notes show up in Emily’s mailbox, fanning the flames of suspicion. A bloody photograph sends her reeling. But when someone is brutally murdered, will Emily be able to escape suspicion and the possibility that she might be next?
Whitney Award–winning author Stephanie Black treats readers to another of her brilliantly thrilling stories that will leave the reader no choice but to keep reading well past the stroke of midnight.
Fear struck Emily Ramsey with such force that she couldn’t move. Her body was stone, as cold and hard as the diamond that glittered against the velvet lining of the wooden ring box.
She was going to lose him.
Zachary Sullivan smiled at her, his cinnamon-brown hair blasted by the wind so it stood straight up from his forehead. “I know it’s not exactly the Hope Diamond, but hey—you know all about schoolteachers’ salaries.”
Willing herself to relax, Emily dug her toes into the sand and drew a deep breath of briny air. “I wouldn’t want the Hope Diamond. It’s cursed. And this is gorgeous.”
“You don’t sound too sure.” The teasing note in Zach’s voice disappeared with his next words. “Or are you having second thoughts about taking me along with the ring?”
“No second thoughts.” She rotated the box and studied the delicate wooden inlays forming a daisy on the lid. “The box is as beautiful as the ring. How long did it take you to make this?”
He smiled and shrugged. “I thought you could use one more thing for your daisy collection.”
Emily smiled back. She’d never told him that every daisy-themed item in her apartment had been a gift from Tricia. Daisies had been Tricia’s trademark.
She reached to take the diamond solitaire from the box, but her fingers trembled. She lowered her hand rather than risk dropping the ring into the sand.
“You’re shaking.” Zach took the ring box and set it on top of the picnic hamper. “You okay, Em?”
Stephanie Black has loved books since she was old enough to grab the pages, and has enjoyed creating make-believe adventures since she and her sisters were inventing long Barbie games filled with intrigue and danger. Her first novel, a futuristic thriller called The Believer, was published by Covenant Communications in 2005. Her contemporary suspense novel, Fool Me Twice, was a 2008 Whitney Award winner for Best Mystery/Suspense. Methods of Madness is her third book. Her fourth novel, Cold As Ice, will be released in August 2010.
Win your free copy of Methods of Madness by Stephanie Black.
Must be a follower of the blog to enter.
1 entry for sharing why you love being terrified by a good suspense novel.
2 entries for sharing the current giveaway on Twitter or Facebook (please provide a link)
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 provide a link)
Please include an e-mail address or other contact info.
Contest closes February 4th.
Contest open to residents of U.S. and Canada.
Friday we'll be giving away Altered State by Gregg Luke. See you then!
Monday, January 18, 2010

Book Giveaway - Counting the Cost by Liz Adair

Set in Depression-era southwest, award-winning novel Counting the Cost is about Heck Benham, a handsome, hard-riding cowboy, who sees his life turned upside down when Mrs. Ruth Reynolds moves from back east into Heck’s homeland. Ruth and Heck challenge the social rules of provincial New Mexico as they fall in love. That love is challenged as she faces the reality of living as a cowboy’s wife and he finds he must choose between her and the life he loves. This riveting story of choices, consequences, and the cost of redemption rings true because it’s based on the lives of Liz Adair’s ancestors. In fact, the pictures on the cover are of the people whose lives are shadowed in the book.
www.sezlizadair.blogspot.com
www.lizadair.net
Win your free copy of Counting the Cost by Liz Adair.
Must be a follower of the blog to enter.
1 entry for sharing why you do or don't enjoy researching genealogy (I keep telling myself I need to do it but never find or make the time)
2 entries for sharing the current giveaway on Twitter or Facebook (please provide a link)
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 provide a link)
Please include an e-mail address or other contact info.
Contest closes February 2nd.
Contest open to residents of U.S. and Canada.
Wednesday we'll be giving away, Methods of Madness, by Stephanie Black.
Saturday, January 16, 2010

Book Giveaway - The Sister Pact by Cami Checketts

Savannah Compton is devastated when her sister and best friend, Allison, falls into a coma after a tragic accident. Or was it an accident? Even with a charming and handsome detective at her side, it seems Savannah may never discover the truth. But if she doesn’t her family could be in even more danger. And Savannah’s past holds its own secrets that could change everything.
Now she must prove her innocence to the one person who is beginning to matter most. Join Savannah as she struggles to summon faith and rely on hope, even in the darkest of circumstances, and learn how the bond between sisters can overcome anything.
Chapter One
Wesley Richins dimmed the lights, inching to a stop across the street from his target’s two-story house. The Hummer was loud. Too loud. He cut the motor and peered out his windshield. Light radiated from the interior of the house, spilling onto the porch and yard. He couldn’t see the woman. He waited.
Minutes later he received his reward, a glimpse of her at the kitchen window. She filled a glass with water and handed it to her baby.
Wes licked his lips. His eyes devoured her: Dark hair, olive skin, sparkling brown eyes. His heartbeat increased. Three weeks. His fingers tapped a staccato on the steering wheel. Three weeks of watching and waiting. He wrapped his palm around the wheel. Tonight was the payoff.
She walked from the kitchen and moments later passed the panes of glass adorning her front door. A glance at the clock confirmed his wait was almost over—nine p.m., bedtime for her son. He rubbed his hands together. He’d give her some time to relax and then make his appearance.
How would she react? He tilted the rearview mirror and grinned at his reflection. What a dumb question. How did every woman react to him?
She’d melt.
Win your free copy of The Sister Pact
Must be a follower of the blog to enter
1 Entry for sharing why you love your sister (and sister can mean s-i-l, best friend, cousin, etc.)
2 Entries for sharing the contest on Twitter or Facebook
4 Entries for sharing the contest on your personal blog or placing it on your sidebar
Please let me know a link if you shared the contest.
Please include your name and an e-mail address or other way I can contact you.
Contest closes February 1, 2010.
Contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada.
On Monday, January 18th, I'll be spotlighting and giving away Counting the Cost by Liz Adair. See you then,
Cami
Friday, January 15, 2010

Win Discipline Me Right by Mary Simmons

When Mary Simmons polled her high school classes to find out what they thought was the most important commandment of parenting, the evidence was overwhelming-children (even teenagers) crave appropriate, consistent discipline. As a parent and a teacher, Mary brings her expertise to a book from which all parents can glean.
Learn to:
  • Increase Respect
  • Build Trust
  • Set and Enforce Rules
  • Use Appropriate Rewards and Privileges
  • Deal with Temper Tantrums
Chapter 1, "You Don't Have to be Perfect" page 5
"What is Fair?
The word 'fair' can be interpreted in many ways. One person's idea of fairness will be another's oppression. For example, you may think it fair that your newly-licensed, sixteen-year-old son is allowed to drive within a twenty mile radius from home. But when his favorite band is performing sixty miles away, and all of his friends want him to drive to the concert, he thinks your rule is unfair. What you decide in this situation will depend on your assessment of several things, including your child's maturity, driving ability, and the behavior of his friends. What you decide may very well displease him. That's okay.
You can't always be fair in your child's eyes, but you can always look and sound fair. This is a skill. According to Bert, you look and sound fair in the following ways:
- The rules of the house must be known, so that everyone has parameters. Who is in charge? (You are.) What are the house rules?
- Remember the Parent Creed: 'I cannot allow you to do anything that is not in your best interest - or mine.' The prospect of your young, inexperienced driver traveling sixty miles on unfamiliar roads with rowdy friends in the car to a venue with older teens appears like an unsafe option: In your opinion, it is not in his best interest. You also know that, if you let him go, you'll be up worrying, and that is not in your best interest.
- Look Fair: Face your child and make eye contact, but don't necessarily smile. Nod and agree when you can. Show your concern. If compromise is an option (such as you driving instead), that can be discussed. Do not argue.
- Sound Fair: Use the word 'choice.' Tell your child, 'You have a choice. If you continue to argue with me, you won't be driving the car at all. I am concerned about your safety, and my decision stands.' End of conversation.
According to Bert, the parent needs to know the discussion is over at this point. The child - if there is a history of trust and consistency in the relationship - will abide by the parent's decision without a lot of fuss. He may complain (to himself) momentarily, but that is to save face, and he will settle into the caring adult's decision, like it or not. If the child acts out, the parent must be committed to standing by what he said, 'If you continue to argue with me, you won't be driving the car at all.' The child's privilege of driving the car is suspended until the parent decides otherwise."
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Tomorrow I'll be spotlighting and giving away, The Sister Pact, by yours truly. Have a wonderful weekend,
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Giveaway - My Son, John by Kathi Macias

Murder. Could there be a more chilling word? When Liz Peterson’s elderly mother is found viciously beaten to death in her home, Liz and her husband, Charles, along with their grown son, John, and teenage daughter, Sarah, struggle to make sense of a senseless act. And then a second blow—more devastating, if possible, than the first—rocks them to their core. John is arrested for his grandmother’s murder. As what’s left of the Peterson family begins to crumble under the weight of loss and accusation, the Petersons’ longstanding Christian faith is put to the test in a way they could never have imagined, and unconditional love is stretched to its limits. Can God’s grace reach even to the deepest agony of the soul and bring healing to a family torn apart by a brutal crime?
Prologue
“I was in prison and you came to Me…” (Matthew 25:36).
Tick, damn it, tick! I cried silently, oblivious to the fact that I had just thought a word I would never say out loud. I glared through bloodshot eyes at the large, round, schoolroom-type clock that was the sole decoration on the cold gray wall behind the metal chair where John sat, dressed in an orange jumpsuit and holding a phone to his ear, while gazing at me through a glass partition, no doubt knowing that I was avoiding eye contact because the pain was just too great.
Still staring at the offensive timepiece on the wall, I demanded silently, Do you think just because you don’t make any noise that I don’t know what you’re doing, that I don’t realize that with every sweeping circle you’re stealing more and more of my son’s life?
Oh, God, if only there were a window in here! If I could just reach through this glass and touch him…!
The tears came then, and there was nothing I could do to stop them. I pulled my vision from the clock and caught a glimpse of John’s anguished, sweat-beaded face before squeezing my eyes shut in a vain attempt to block out the swell of emotions that threatened to drown me. I had to stop this denial and refocus my efforts and energy on my son. He would never survive this nightmare if I didn’t; none of us would.
I forced my eyelids open, wiping the tears from my cheeks and wishing I had been allowed to bring my purse in with me. But, of course, everything personal had been left behind before I had been admitted to the visiting area. You’d think those in charge would realize a mother’s need for a tissue in such a situation.
Slowly, I cracked my lips into what I was sure was a wooden smile. “You look good,” I lied, knowing he knew better but hoping to convince myself. “Are they treating you all right…feeding you, and—”
Trembling but quite obviously trying hard not to show it, he pressed the palm of his free hand against the glass in what was doubtless an attempt to cut off my pointless questions. “I’m fine, Mom. Honest. I told you that last time. And…please, you don’t have to come here. I don’t want you to come here. Can’t you understand that?”
How could I understand that my son didn’t want me to visit him and support him when he’d been accused of something so horrific it was beyond comprehension? How could I understand anything anymore? Not only had John been falsely imprisoned, but he was losing weight and I could see he wasn’t well. He needed me….
“I want to come,” I answered. “I have to. I’ve never abandoned you before. Why would you think I would now—especially now?”
The pain and fear in his dark blue eyes flickered before fading to dull. He pressed his lips together and shook his head. “I have to go, Mom. Time’s about up anyway. I…hate talking to you like this…seeing you this way.”
I watched his Adam’s apple bob slightly as he swallowed and then said, “I love you, Mom. You know that. Dad and Sarah, too.” Then, after only a brief hesitation, he removed his palm from the glass, hung up the phone, and stood to his feet. Immediately a corrections officer was at his side, escorting him from the room.
Still pressing the receiver to my ear, I whispered, “You didn’t even say goodbye, John. You didn’t say goodbye….”
At the thick metal door, just below and to the right of the silent wall clock, John stopped, turning slightly as his armed escort unlocked the heavy barrier. Glancing backward, his lips spread ever-so-slightly in that frightened, little-boy smile he’d had since he was a little boy, the one he’d worn when he walked on skinny, shaky legs into his kindergarten room on the first day of school, assuring me that he was all right. As I had that day when I stood in the hallway outside his classroom, I now did my best to return his smile. Then he turned his back to me and shuffled on shackled ankles through the passageway.
So little had changed in the eighteen years since that first day of school—and yet the world my husband and I had known since our oldest child was born twenty-three years earlier had exploded and vanished, washed away in tears…and in blood. Nothing would ever be the same again.
John’s kindergarten smile had been his signal to me that he could handle things and I should leave. With legs of lead and a heart even heavier, I forced myself to honor his wishes.

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Kathi Macias is an amazing writer. I was blessed to win her book, Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today. That book has truly touched my life. I can't wait to read My Son, John.

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Contest closes January 28th.

Contest open to residents of U.S. and Canada.

Thanks for entering and spreading the word about the contest, my friends. All the contests posted this month are still open, so feel free to enter them all. Please join us on Friday when I'll be spotlighting and giving away Discipline Me Right by Mary Simmons. My three-year old and I really need that book!

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Altared Plans by Rebecca Talley

The perfect day. The perfect marriage. The perfect groom. WHAT COULD GO WRONG?
Caitlyn has been preparing for her perfect wedding all her life. But when her fiancé abandons her at the altar, Caitlyn vows she’ll never love again.
Going to BYU doesn’t make that easy, however, and avoiding all social contact can only last so long. When her bishop calls her to be the “mom” of her family home evening group, Caitlyn is suddenly thrust into surprising circumstances that leave her flustered with the attention of two unwanted suitors.
Travis, the FHE “dad,” has plans to woo Caitlyn by using his cowboy charms, while Chase has his own ideas for dating her. Will Travis or Chase change her mind about love? Or will it be déjà vu?
Follow Caitlyn through all the flirtatious looks, dates, ex-girlfriends, and unexpected surprises. Altared Plans is a light-hearted romance that is sure to please.
Rebecca lives in rural Colorado with cats, a dog, a spoiled horse, goats, and a llama named Tina. She and her husband, Del, are the proud parents of 10 multi-talented and wildly creative children.
She is the author of a children's picture book, Grasshopper Pie (WindRiver 2003), and two LDS novels, Heaven Scent (Cedar Fort 2008) and Altared Plans (Cedar Fort 2009). She has also authored numerous stories and articles for children's magazines.
Besides writing, she enjoys dating her husband, playing with her kids, swimming in the ocean, and dancing to disco music while she cleans the house.
You can find her online on Facebook, Twitter, www.cedarfortauthors.blogspot.com, www.rebeccatalleywrites.blogspot.com, and www.rebeccatalley.com.
You can read the first chapters of both of her novels at www.rebeccatalley.com.
I really want to read this book. I love the cover and the video trailer is amazing. I think it sounds like a wonderful story.
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Contest closes January 26th.
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Join me on Wednesday when I'll spotlight and giveaway My Son, John by Kathi Macias.
Have a wonderful Monday,
Cami
Saturday, January 9, 2010

Win Loyalty's Web by Joyce DiPastena

In twelfth century France, King Henry II of England has just finished quashing a rebellion by his power-hungry sons and now seeks to tame the lawless barons who supported them in this corner of his "Angevin empire." To this end, the king has sent the Earl of Gunthar as his royal representative to ensure that Prince Richard and his former cohorts faithfully adhere to the terms of the peace treaty.
Far from being welcomed with open arms, Gunthar no sooner steps foot in the county of Poitou than he is greeted by a series of assassination attempts. All appear to be linked to the former rebellious prince through the agents of the family and friends of young Heléne de Laurant. A clever, intrepid young woman, she realizes that the only way to prove her loved ones’ innocence is by exposing the true assassin. Heléne races against time—and dark secrets of the past—to unmask the killer before the kingdom plunges back into war.
Fierce determination gives way to mutual attraction as Heléne and Gunthar spar over the identity of the traitor. But their blinding magnetism almost causes them to overlook an even deadlier threat from an entirely unexpected direction.
Excerpt:
“Eat.”
It was not a request, and he caught her hand as she tried to snatch the bit from his fingers. An angry blush stole up into her cheeks.
“I don’t want--”
“I did not ask you if you wanted it. I told you to eat it.”
She closed her lips and glared at him.
“There has been enough of this nonsense, my lady. Everyone is staring, and above all things I abominate a scene. The meat is your own selection. Now open your mouth and eat.”
Perhaps it was his commanding stare. Perhaps it was her mother’s warning gaze, brimming with a promise of punishment for her daughter’s intractable attitude all evening. Or perhaps it was merely embarrassment at all the shocked eyes viewing her defiance of Gunthar. In any event, she opened her mouth and he popped the morsel inside. Glorying in his first victory of the night, he followed it with another and another, until the slice of venison was gone, and so was his currant tart. Her silvery eyes glared daggers at him, but she obediently swallowed each mouthful and he finally judged her ready for some wine to wash it down.
The cup was almost empty. He signaled Julian to refill it. This time he succeeded in doing no more than pressing it under her nose, for she refused to obey him further and obstinately kept her mouth shut.
Gunthar let her go and sat back in his chair, satisfied just the same. She would not dare to ignore him again. He would allow her to sulk a little, and when the meal was ended he would have the tables cleared away for dancing. She would be required to accept his hand. He would request something quick and complicated, involving lifts, that he might have license to span her waist with his hands. And perhaps while he held her in the air, he would grow clumsy and allow his grasp on her to slip. She would then slide down into his arms, and he would feel her slender body close to his...
His blood coursed at the thought and he reached again for the cup, this time to slake his own thirst.
A sharp slap dashed it out of his hand. The wine splashed across the table, staining the tablecloth and drenching a platter of food. Gunthar turned his startled gaze in the direction of the blow and saw Heléne on her feet, staring after the tumbled cup with wide, frightened eyes. Her hand still hovered in the air and she was shaking like a leaf.
“My lady--?”
“Cowbane,” she whispered. “Poison.”
Joyce enjoys hearing from her readers and may be contacted at jdipastena@yahoo.com. You can also visit her on her website at www.joyce-dipastena.com and her JDP NEWS blog at http://jdp-news.blogspot.com
This summer I reviewed the sequel to Loyalty's Web, Illuminations of the Heart. I loved that book and can't wait to read this one. If you enjoy a fast-paced romance, you will adore Joyce's books.
Win your free copy of Loyalty's Web by Joyce DiPastena
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Contest closes January 25th.
Contest open to residents of U.S. and Canada.
This contest is now closed.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone. On Monday, I will be spotlighting and giving away Altered Plans by Rebecca Talley. You're all just going to love me when you read these books. I really wish I could enter the contest!
Friday, January 8, 2010

Win Chickens in the Headlights by Matthew Buckley

What are a mother and father to do with SEVEN rambunctious boys under the age of eleven? For the Buckleys, the days are filled with running, yelling, food, wrestling, and burping—even through family home evening. Every night culminates in an epic bedtime battle. When the school year ends, however, Mom and Dad decide to harness some of their boys’ apparently inexhaustible energy and buy some goats and chickens for them to take care of. While they are initially thrilled with the “responsibility,” the boys soon learn that it’s far tougher—and far funnier for the reader—than it appears. If you’ve ever spent any time around boys, this hilarious and occasionally touching story will have you laughing ’til it hurts and fondly remembering some of your own childhood adventures.
My boys and I adore Chickens in the Headlights. When my son, Denver, won the choice of a new book for the school library he immediately requested Chickens in the Headlights. It's one of the few chapter books that we have read numerous times. I would highly recommend it to anyone, especially if you've been blessed with boys.
Win your free copy of Chickens in the Headlights.
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Contest closes January 23rd.
Contest open to residents of U.S. and Canada.
This contest is now closed.
Join us tomorrow for the giveaway of Loyalty's Web by Joyce DiPastena.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Book Giveaway - Guided by Him to a Thinner, Not so Stressed out You

Introduction
Guided By Him…to a Thinner, Not So Stressed-Out You!
Welcome to Guided By Him! This program will start you on the exciting journey to a thinner, healthier you. You will not only lose extra pounds, but you will lose other things that have been stressing you out and weighing you down. Fattening things like bad habits and living in the same old rut. In the next 12 weeks, you will learn how to let Jesus guide you and fill you with his delicious fruit of the Spirit, love, joy, peace….and self-control.
Let us introduce ourselves.
Julie says, Even though I was an R. N. and I knew how important it was for me to lose weight, I couldn’t make myself stop overeating. My blood pressure was out of control and I was miserable. All I could think about was how fat I felt and how hungry I was on the awful diets I kept trying. I prayed and read the Bible, but I still couldn’t lose weight. But over 25 years ago I had a real breakthrough. I began finding exciting ways to let God guide me toward health and wholeness as I took the Christian 12 Steps. Before long I lost my extra pounds…and I’ve kept them off!
Ten years later I started the Step Forward weight-loss program (www.stepforwarddiet.com). There are Step Forward groups scattered over the country. I get wonderful letters from people who are in Step Forward --shrinking outside while their spirit is growing inside.
Guided By Him is a book that contains many life-changing Step Forward ideas, but it’s lighter and easier.
Sarah is my daughter. I know you’ll enjoy getting to know her too.
Sarah says, I am a wife, new mother and Licensed Professional Counselor. I have counseled people from 2 to 92. Whatever the age, I love teaching people new ways to deal with stress, facts about healthy living and simple things they can do to help them become more like the people they want to be. I speak from experience because I have overcome many overwhelming health problems by putting these ideas into practice. I can’t wait to tell you all about it!
Guided By Him is different from other weight-loss programs.
Guided By Him is flexible. You can do it alone or in a group.
It’s inexpensive. You don’t need to buy costly videos, kits or workbooks. Everything you need is in this book!
Guided By Him helps you get to the emotional roots of your food cravings so you can deal with your unwanted pounds once and for all. People who only focus on losing weight are as successful as gardeners who clip weeds off at the surface.
In Guided By Him, you’ll learn how to let God guide you through your problems so you don’t eat over them.
You won’t be taught how to produce more will power. Instead, you’ll learn how to draw closer to God so you can experience his power.
You won’t be told what you should be able to do with God’s help. You will learn how to accept his love for you--the way you are--and let him guide you toward a better way.
In Guided By Him, you have freedom. You can choose which foods you want to eat and which of the suggestions you want to use.
Available now! $14.99
Order at www.guidedbyhim.com
I really love the concepts in Guided By Him. As I've dealt with my own food addictions I've realized all over again that the Lord does care about us in every aspect of our lives.
Win your free copy of Guided by Him to a Thinner, Not so Stressed Out You.
Must be a follower of my blog to enter.
1 entry for sharing your favorite way to de-stress.
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Please include an e-mail address or other contact info.
Contest closes January 21st.
Contest open to residents of U.S. and Canada.
Thanks for entering, my friends. On Friday, January 8th, I'll be spotlighting and giving away the hilarious, Chickens in the Headlights by Matthew Buckley. Don't forget, each contest is open for two weeks so if you're just joining us you can enter the previous contests as well.
Monday, January 4, 2010

Book Giveaway - Where the Wind Blows

Two hearts meant to be together;
One secret bound to rip them apart.
Chase Logan liked being a loner, a drifter, free and clear as a mountain stream. But one look into Jessie Strong's sky blue eyes and in the span of a heartbeat, he found himself agreeing to be her husband-and a father!
Jessie Strong knew it was all pretend. And only temporary. Just until the adoption went through for three-year-old Sarah. But the longer Chase stayed, the less she could imagine a long, lonely Wyoming winter without him. Times may be tough-supplies short and danger just outside the doorstep-but with the strength of the pioneer spirit and the warm glow of love in their hearts, Chase and Jessie are determined to have a true family at last, no matter WHERE THE WIND BLOWS.
A COWBOY'S PROPOSAL
The silence stretched between them.
Jessie stepped over to the bed and pulled up the covers. She patted and fluffed until Chase cleared his throat.
"I've been circling this thing for hours. All night, in fact," Chase said with a sigh.
"I can't believe this is happening now after you were so good to come back to help me. For nothing. For nothing at all. This is what you get in return for your kindness."
With a glance, Chase interrupted her. "I couldn't help hearing your conversation with Mrs. Hollyhock. You don't really like being forced into this sham, any more than I do. But I don't want to see you lose Sarah, either. And even more, I don't want Sarah to lose you. I've become fond of her, and the thought of her being motherless after just being reunited. It's not something I want haunting me."
"Chase, I can't let you do this," Jessie said. "I'll work it out myself, somehow."
"Let me finish." Again Chase was struck by how young she was, and by all the hardships she'd already faced alone. "I think I have an answer that can work for both of us." He paused to think the idea through his head one more time. "We'll get married today."
Where The Wind Blows
*Golden Heart Winner
Dorchester Publishing
http://carolinefyffe.com/
http://www.amazon.com/Where-Winds-Leisure-Historical-Romance/dp/0843962844/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262621335&sr=1-1
I met Caroline Fyffe last year at the Utah RWA fall conference where she won first prize in not one but two categories. She is a lovely person and an amazing writer. It's been so fun to watch her writing career skyrocket with a Golden Heart win and many other recognitions of how fabulous she writes.
Enter to win your free copy of Where the Wind Blows.
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Contest closes January 19th.
Contest open to residents of U.S. and Canada.
This contest is now closed.
Best of luck friends. On Wednesday, January 6th, I'll be spotlighting and giving away, Guided by Him to a Thinner Not So Stressed-Out You! by Julie Morris.
Saturday, January 2, 2010

101 Gourmet Cupcakes Giveaway

101 Gourmet Cupcakes in 10 Minutes
by Wendy Paul
Small cakes with big ideas!
Everyone loves a cupcake. But not many people have the time or know-how to create gourmet masterpieces. Now even the most novice baker can make delicious cupcakes with the ease and convenience of using a cake mix! With step-by-step recipes and numerous tips for success, baking gourmet cupcakes has never been faster or easier.
Each mouth watering, full-color photograph showcases the artfully decorated treats, such as Strawberry Cheesecake and Chocolate Caramel Surprise. Whether it's for a birthday party, a holiday, or just because there is a cupcake recipe for every occasion.
Wendy Paul, veteran baker and author of the popular cookbook, Good As Gold, now shares her secrets of success so that everyone can enjoy baking as much as she does. With 101 Gourmet Cupcakes in 10 Minutes, it won't be long before you are wowing your friends and family with elaborate, delectable creations worthy of any bakery!
Double Fudge
1 box chocolate cake mix
3 eggs
1 cup half and half or heavy cream
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Mix together cake mix, eggs, and cream. Fold in melted chocolate chips and regular chocolate chips.
Pour batter into paper lined cups and bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until cupcakes spring back when lightly touched. Place on a rack and cool completely. Frost when cooled.
Frosting Suggestions: Chocolate Buttercream & Chocolate Ganache
Wendy's website (lots of fun recipes) - http://www.wendypaulcreations.com/
I met Wendy Paul at a book signing last month. She is a delightful, beautiful lady. I bought 101 Gourmet Cupcakes and gave it to my sister-in-law for Christmas. I wish I would've kept it for myself! I'll just have to go buy another copy. The cookbook is available at Barnes & Noble, Borders, Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Costco, Deseret Book, and Seagull.
Enter to win your free copy of 101 Gourmet Cupcakes.
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Contest closes January 17th.
Contest open to residents of U.S. and Canada.
This contest is now closed.
Best of luck, my friends. On Monday, the 4th, we'll be spotlighting and giving away Where the Wind Blows, an amazing inspirational historical romance by Caroline Fyffe. See you then.

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