Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Choosing Charity by Terri Ferran

When Kit learns that her biological mother wants to meet her, it seems her perfect life is about to come tumbling down. With a new job, a husband she adores, and friends all around her, can Kit possibly be expected to risk everything for a woman who left her in a dumpster to die?

Of course, love comes in many forms. Now Kit's about to learn that when faith and hope aren't enough, charity can make things right.
I'm excited to be a part of Terri Ferran's blog tour for the third book in her Faith, Hope, and Charity trilogy. If you leave a comment on this or any of the other participating blog you can win the entire trilogy.
Giveaway Info:

As part of the tour, Terri is generously offering a grand prize giveaway of the Faith, Hope, and Charity trilogy, including hard copies of Finding Faith, Having Hope, and Choosing Charity. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post or any of the other stops on the tour. (Visit http://thebookbug-hogan.blogspot.com/p/choosing-charity-blog-tour.htmlthe tour page for the full tour schedule.) The more stops you comment on, the more entries you have into the contest!

Launch Party Info:

The official launch party for Choosing Charity will be held on August 11th from 3-7 PM at Seagull Book in The District in South Jordan. Terri will be joined by three other authors: Diony George, Carla Kelly, and Wendy Paul. Prizes and refreshments will be offered so come join the fun!
Terri Ferran grew up in a small Colorado town that offered little in the way of entertainment. She escaped through reading (and later on a Continental Trailways bus), and although the town didn't have a library, she eagerly anticipated the coming of the Bookmobile and would check out stacks of books at a time.

She moved to Utah as a high school senior where she joined the LDS Church and met her husband, Tod. She dreamed of being a writer but took the safe route of becoming a CPA. She finally got brave enough to quit working in the world of numbers to pursue her dream of writing and also to spend more time with herchildren. Her first book, Finding Faith was published in 2007 and she is excited to be living her dream of writing in real life.

Terri still loves to read, but she can usually be found writing, doing laundry, dishes, running errands, napping, eating chocolate, or exercising (not necessarily in that order).

Someone Else's Fairytale

Someone Else's Fairytale: Jason Vanderholt is Hollywood's hottest actor. Chloe Winters is a college student who hasn't bothered to see most of his movies. When they meet by chance, she is underwhelmed but he is smitten. Chloe becomes the woman every other woman in America is dying to be, but it just isn't her fairytale.

My Review:
I stayed up late two nights in a row to finish Someone Else's Fairytale. Missing sleep when I know I have to get up early to exercise and then love four little boys means the book was really, really good! I loved the characters in this novel: they were very real, had a lot of depth, and had morals (hooray!). I am ecstatic that I stumbled on E.M. Tippetts on Amazon and can't wait to read her other stories.

Click here to read an excerpt from Someone Else's Fairytale and E.M.'s other books.
Monday, July 30, 2012

Harry saves the drive

We had a fabulous vacation to southern California, except for the twenty-four hours spent in the minivan with one-year old throwing up on the way down and six-year old on the way home. Truthfully the boys did pretty well on the drive and we had so much fun at the beach (my big boys taught me how to boogie board, loved it). Harry Potter saved us on the drive home. We read over 400 pages of Harry (books 4 & 5). It even seemed to soothe the baby, though my husband was a bit disturbed about Dementor's sucking out souls and Malfoy being such a prat (he's never read the series).
What do you do to entertain your family in the car?
Friday, July 20, 2012

Where to Pee on a Pirate Ship by L.L. Muir

Thirteen year old Cameron Casey has always been nobody special, and he kind of likes it that way. But the day he is invited to the coolest party of the century, everything starts to change.

Cameron is about to learn that having everyone's attention can be a pretty awesome thing...or a nightmare than might ruin his life forever. The only thing that might spare him, is a miracle save from a real hero.

My Review:

I loved this story. L.L. Muir has a fabulous sense of humor that comes through perfectly in her character's thoughts, descriptions, dialogue, and actions. I was sad my boys were out of town and couldn't read the book before I posted the review because I would've loved to share their thoughts. I'm sure they'll laugh their guts out.

I was also impressed with the brother in the book who has Down Syndrome and the way the author portrayed him so realistically. My niece has Down Syndrome and is star of our family as this young man was for his family. We all love my niece so much and it was fun to see a character with Down Syndrome save the day.

I would absolutely recommend this book to middle grade on up.

Buy Where to Pee on a Pirate Ship
L.L. Muir's Website (she also writes fabulous PG romance)
Monday, July 16, 2012

Lipstick on my teeth

I had a fabulous signing at The Book Table with Daniel Coleman, Michelle L. King, Bretton Hadfield, and William Jensen. Loved interacting with the other authors and meeting lots of wonderful people. There was only one drawback. When I got back into my car after the signing I looked in the mirror and saw my Covergirl Superstay (ha!) lipstick smeared all over my teeth. Lovely. So all those nice people who bought my book probably did it out of sympathy and walked away with a good chuckle - Did you see that poor girl who was smiling so big with pink teeth?
What's a girl to do? No lipstick or switch to Maybelline?
Friday, July 13, 2012

Winners and a Book Signing

Maegan Morin is the winner of Dead Running through the Summer Reads Giveaway Hop.
Lexie Hogan and Robyn Lee each win a set of What to Expect When You're Expecting books.
Congrats to the winners and thanks to everyone who entered!
I will be signing books at The Book Table in Logan tomorrow from ten to noon with Daniel Coleman, author of Gifts and Consequences, Bretton Hadfield, author of Max the Mouse Goes to the MoonWilliam Jensen, author of Adder in the Path, and Michelle L. King author of Mr. Percy’s Mysterious Glasses and Barrett’s Unusual Ice Cream Party. It's always so fun to meet authors and find new favorite books. If you're in Cache Valley we'd love to see you!
Wednesday, July 11, 2012

400+ Followers

I just noticed I'm over 400 followers! How cool is that? Thanks for following, it really means a lot.
To celebrate 400 followers Dead Running I've dropped the price of Dead Running to only $.99 on Kindle.

Also, if you haven't already entered, today is the last day to win a full set of What to Expect While You're Expecting. Click here to enter.
I am also giving away an autographed copy of Dead Running here. There are 178 blogs giving away books or other prizes so it's great fun to sign up for others on the list.
Dead Running is also finally available on Nook and a bunch of other versions here.
Thanks again for the follows!
Thursday, July 5, 2012

Summer Reads Giveaway Hop

I love these giveawy hops with I am a Reader, Not a Writer. Thanks for stopping by my blog to enter! I will be giving away an autographed copy of Dead Running. If you are not a resident of the United States and would like to enter, I can offer an ecopy through Kindle, Smashwords, or Nook. Dead Running is on sale for only $.99 until the end of this giveaway hop on Kindle.
Please enter through Rafflecopter below. Thanks!

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? When secrets from her past threaten her family, Cassidy decides to stop running and fight for her future.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

The Jade Rabbit by Mark Matthews

A female infant is abandoned by her birth-mother in a small Chinese village and spends her first ten months in an orphanage. She is adopted and raised in the United States where she becomes a social worker in order to help children in a desolate Detroit neighborhood.

Her nickname is The Jade Rabbit and this is her story.

As director of a shelter for runaway and neglected youth, Janice Zhu Woodward gets pulled into the lives of the lost children of the Detroit streets. Fueled by angry parents, stories of ghosts who haunt the shelter's basement, and her own history of being left by a birth-mother who may have long forgotten her, Janice emulates her adoptive mother and becomes an avid, nearly obsessed marathoner. Training injuries, failed goals, and unexpected trauma test her will and take her near her breaking point. When a mysterious girl with dreadlocks is abandoned at the shelter's front door, Janice becomes her surrogate mother and risks everything to save her. Only a miraculous, unforgettable run through the streets of Detroit can save them both.
My Review:

I realized quickly that Janice is a serious runner. Her goal is to run the Detroit Marathon in under three hours. That is serious! It was very intriguing to me to be inside Janice's head. I loved the way she was so connected to things (especially her adoptive mother) through her running. I loved how caring she was. She is the type of person who doesn't talk about helping but gets out there and does it. The Jade Rabbit is a very touching story. I cheered for Janice the entire way and felt such relief and happiness at the end. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, runner or not.

Mark Matthews Website
Buy Jade Rabbit

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