Monday, December 31, 2012

The Broken Path



The Broken Path is for sale on Amazon now. Click here to buy the book or read the first few chapters. If you have Amazon Prime you can download it for free. I love Amazon Prime, it's so great to try out free books and the author still gets compensated so I don't feel bad about it. Print copies will be available soon for those of you who don't want to pay the $1111.00 currently being offered on Amazon. Crazy.

Back cover blurb:

Injured in a debilitating accident at age six, Ethan Searle believes women eye him with a mixture of pity and disdain. He’s tried love before. He won’t again. He meets his match in a precocious two-year old who loves him despite his disability, even while her mother seems bothered by everything about Ethan.

Autumn Reader escaped her abusive marriage with her beautiful daughter and a stack of fear. She can’t make the mistake of trusting a man again. Autumn’s daughter becomes enraptured by Ethan. Despite Autumn’s best intentions, she finds herself following her daughter’s example. When her ex-husband reappears, threatening everyone she loves if she won’t submit to his demands, Autumn has to learn to trust or lose her chance at real love.

“Characters to fall in love with, action to keep you turning pages, and the most adorable little girl ever, The Broken Path is a compelling tale of strength and trust, courage and heart. I truly enjoyed this book.” –Maria Hoagland, Author of Family Size

Thursday, December 27, 2012

A Bid for Love by Rachel Ann Nunes

I just finished reading A Bid for Love by Rachel Ann Nunes. Loved it. Clean romantic suspense at its best. I've been reading Rachel's books since I was a teenager and have yet to find one I don't enjoy.

Cassi is the head buyer for a prestigious art gallery in California. Jared is a buyer for an exclusive New York gallery. Sparks fly as the two come head to head in a bidding war for a hideous but very expensive Indian Buddha from the Kushan period. Each is determined to win the statue, but others also want the Buddha—at any cost. Thugs, art forgers, the FBI, or Jared’s beautiful and alluring boss . . . who will end up with the statue? During a string of hair-raising exploits, Cassi and Jared are forced to develop a tentative friendship that deepens into romance. Will they survive long enough to see it through?

Best-selling author Rachel Ann Nunes has crafted a wonderfully intriguing and romantic drama in this fast-moving novel, bringing two idealistic people together from opposite edges of the continent and allowing them, in their own way, to find an unexpected connection. In the end, their very lives depend on the trust they’ve developed. If you love romance and excitement, you’ll be captivated by A Bid for Love.
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Dead Running and Dying to Run Blog Tour - Win earbuds and armbands from iFrogz and $25 Amazon card

The blog tour for Dead Running and Dying to Run is officially underway! Don't forget to enter to win iFrogz earbuds and armbands or a $25 Amazon gift card on the Rafflecopter form below. Thanks for stopping by!




Dead Running

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.










Dying to Run

Cassidy Christensen wants to run.

Captured by the traffickers who killed her mother, her only hope is Dr. Tattoo, a man she loves but nobody trusts. When she finally gets a chance to run, someone else she cares about is taken. Running might be her only chance at survival, but she won’t allow another family member to be killed in her place.

This must-read sequel to Dead Running will have you laughing, biting your nails, and hoping for more.








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Author Cami Checketts

Cami Checketts is married and the proud mother of four future WWF champions. Sometimes between being a human horse, cleaning up magic potions, and reading Bernstein Bears, she gets the chance to write fiction.

Cami graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Exercise Science. Cami teaches strength training classes at her local rec and shares healthy living tips on her fitness blog: http://fitnessformom.blogspot.com.

Cami and her family live in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah. During the two months of the year it isn't snowing, she enjoys swimming, biking, running, and water-skiing.


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$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash from Author Cami Checketts
3 Sets of iFrogz Earbuds & Armbands


Ends 1/31/13
Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.





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Tour Schedule
December 27th
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer - Tour Kick Off
Blkosiner's Book Blog - Tens List
Pandora Poikilos - Peace from Pieces - Interview
Min Reads and Reviews - Review

December 28th
Bookworm Lisa - Review & Excerpt
The Bunny's Review - Excerpt & Tens List
Reviewing Shelf - Review

December 29th
Musings From An Addicted Reader - Review & Tens List
Mom with a Kindle - Excerpt
Janet Kay Jensen - Interview
A Storybook World - Interview

December 30th
The Book Diva's Reads - Review
Lovely Reads - Guest Post or Tens List
Blooming with Books - Review & Interview

December 31st
Books, Books, the Magical Fruit - Interview
StoreyBook Reviews - Review

January 1st
Happy New Years!

January 2nd
Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews - Character Interview & Excerpt
Rachael Anderson - Review & Exceprt

January 3rd
Book Blast - Multiple Blogs

January 4th
Getting Your Read On - Review & Excerpt
Cuzinlogic - Review & Interview
Gamila's Book Review - Review
Clean Romance Reviews - Spotlight

January 5th
Four Sisters and a Book - Review
icefairy's Treasure Chest - Excerpt
Easy Writer - Excerpt

January 6th
My Devotional Thoughts - Review & Guest Post
Why Not? Because I Said So - Guest Post & Review
Rachel Ann Nunes - Interview

January 7th
Debbie's Inkspection - Review
Charity's Writing Journey - Review

January 8th
Literary Time Out - Review of Dying to Run
Promiscuous Diva - Guest Post or Tens List
Sarah Ballance - Tens List

January 9th
Rachelle's Writing Spot - Guest Post
My Book A Day - Review
We All Make Mistakes in Books - Review

January 10th
Oh the Books You'll Read - Review
Bibliophilia, Please - Guest Post or Tens List
LDS & Lovin' It - Guest Post & Review

January 11th
Kaisy Daisy's Corner - Review
KatrinaDoes - Review
Christian Book Notes - Review

January 12th
Up All Night Reviews - Guest Post & Excerpt
Pieces of Whimsy - Review & Excerpt

January 13th
A Diary of a Book Addict - Review & Guest Post
Jen’s Blog of Random Thoughts - Review
January 14th
I Love to Read and Review Books :) - Review & Tens List
Crazy Four Books - Review
Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf - Review

January 15th
Book Worm Brandy - Review
Sweeping the USA - Excerpt

January 16th
The Book Bug - Review of Dying to Run & Excerpt
Book Broads - Review & Guest Post

January 17th
Hardcover Feedback - Review & Tens List
Fly High - Excerpt
Guerilla Wordfare - Guest Post

January 18th
Beck Valley Books - Excerpt
Charity's Writing Journey - Tens List

January 19th
Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf - Review
Bookhounds - Interview or Guest Post
Book Journey - Review

January 20th
Snifferwalk - Tens List
Book Flame - Guest Post

January 21st
Vonnie's Reading Corner - Review
My Life. One Story at a Time. - Guest Post & Review

January 22nd
Magical Manuscripts - Review
The Book Mark Blog - Review
Scribbler's Sojourn - Guest Post

January 23rd
Seaside Book Nook - Excerpt
I'd Rather Be Reading At The Beach - Guest Post
Taking Time for Mommy - Review

January 24th
Mom Loves 2 Read - Review & Excerpt
LovLivLife Reviews - Guest Post
MK McClintock - Tens List

January 25th
Vampandstuff - Excerpt
Tristi Pinkston - Spotlight
Socrates' Book Review Blog - Guest Post & Review
Libby's Library - Review

Aura by Rebecca Talley




I half-turned to her and shrugged, still processing what I'd seen, or at least what I thought I'd seen, in Ms. Neal's eyes—like they weren't hers. Obviously, they were her eyes, but it looked like she'd plucked them from someone else's head. A dead someone else's head.
Everything in Crystal Scott's life finally seems perfect—until a demon thirsts for her Light.
Vincent Crandall, the human host for a powerful demon, discovers that Crystal possesses the power to disrupt the connection between demons and their hosts.
On prom night, Vincent sends in operatives from his demon army to neutralize Crystal, and she is suddenly thrust into battle.
With help from a mysterious young man, Crystal must learn to control the Light within her before Vincent kills her parents and harnesses her power for himself.
 
My Review:
 
I read YA fantasy to my boys, but rarely choose it for myself. I downloaded Aura because I know Rebecca and think she's amazing. I thought I'd give the book a few pages. It sucked me right in.  The book is intense and well-written. I loved that Crystal is innocent and makes a conscious choice to stay that way in the face of intense pressure. I would recommend Aura to young adults on up.
 
Excerpt:
 
       I looked up from my world history textbook, and when my gaze met Ms. Neal’s, fear slithered up my spine. Her eyes were dull and lifeless. For a moment, she held me captive. I tore my gaze from hers and cast it onto my book. The words jumbled together while I sucked in a jagged breath.
Erin, the closest thing I had to a best friend, nudged me from behind. “What page are we on?”
I half-turned to her and shrugged, still processing what I’d seen, or at least what I thought I’d seen, in Ms. Neal’s eyes—like they weren’t hers. Obviously, they were her eyes, but it looked like she’d plucked them from someone else’s head. A dead someone else’s head.
“The Aztecs believed that sacrifice kept the universe going. They believed that the gods sacrificed for them so they were required to pay the endless debt by sacrificing back to the gods,” Ms. Neal said in her raspy voice. Her arm jerked slightly.
I struggled to calm down, hoping to reel in my famously overactive imagination and convince myself I’d only imagined that look in her eyes. I forced my eyes to focus on the passage in my book.
“I think it’s so disgusting that the Aztecs did human sacrifice,” a girl said from across the room.
“Many ancient cultures, not just the Aztecs, practiced human sacrifice, including sacrificing children,” Ms. Neal said.
 A chorus of groans sounded through the room.
“For your project assignment, I want you to choose one of the civilizations we’ve studied and do a presentation on how sacrifice figured into their religious belief system. You can do an oral presentation, a Power Point, a paper, or something else creative.” She paused. “You may work on this with a partner or in a group.”
 The room turned to commotion as students started talking and moving around. Erin tugged on my shoulder. “Come back here and sit in this empty desk so we can work together.”
I gathered up my things and moved next to Erin. She chomped on her watermelon-scented gum and played with her large, silver hoop earring. “What should we do?” she asked, tapping her neon pink nails on her chin. 
From my peripheral vision, I could see Ms. Neal walking around the classroom. I tried to suppress my overactive imagination about her soulless, zombie eyes—eyes that sent icicles through my veins.
“Crystal?” Erin waved her hand in front of my face. “What’s with you? You look all freaked out or something.”
I didn’t dare tell her that I thought Ms. Neal had corpse eyes. Even saying the words in my head sounded ridiculous. Just my imagination. This is high school, not a horror movie. “I’m fine.”
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Book Giveaways - Heroes of the Highest Order by R.K. Hinrichsen

I am so excited to be doing a giveaway of The Heroes of the Highest Order. My 10yo and I read the first two books in the series and loved them. The brother and sister are fun and love to tease each other. The books reminded me of The Lightning Thief series by Rick Riordan in that they were fast-paced, intriguing, and fun. They are also really quick reads, perfect for a child who might be struggling with reading or for a fun read-aloud with a younger child.
I am giving away autographed copies of the first two books in the series, The Hidden Kingdom and The Prisoner of Shadows. The third book, The Mouth of the Dragon, is now available as an ebook and will be in print soon.  Please enter the Rafflecopter form below to win the first two books.
Also, The Prisoner of Shadows is available free to Amazon Prime members and will be available as a free download to anyone December 26th & 27th.

Blurbs:
Book 1: The dark enemy never rests. But neither do the Heroes of the Highest Order. So when a magical playground whisks Dan and Page into the Hidden Kingdom, a skinny giant quickly registers them for hero training camp. There, they learn they must gain skills and earn powerful treasures by travelling back in time and walking in the footsteps of a real pioneer hero.
Book 2: Dan and Page search the catacombs in Italy, race through the streets of India, and follow in the footsteps of Mother Teresa in order to rescue their grandfather from the Prison of the Shadows.
Book 3: Tadeusz Pankiewicz, a real-life hero, helps Dan and Page rescue two children from the Nazis in World War II Poland.
 
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Blogging for Smarties by Yvonne Wu




The Internet is often the first place that people turn to for information about anything and anyone. Company addresses, information about a person, and reviews about a company are a click away. Potential visitors rely on the Internet to learn about specials, book releases, events, and information. Your website is your storefront and it enables you to reach a global market. Having a website that supplies this information is a necessary component of running a business.
As an author and speaker, the Internet becomes a business channel to network, advertise your products and services, and build a following on a global level. Learn how to create your first blog, effectively market your blog and create passive income opportunities in our new ebook, “Blogging for Smarties: Blogging for Authors and Speakers,” which will walk you through the steps of building an extremely effective website.
In this 43-page guide, you will learn:
  • Blogging Basics for Beginners
  • How to Attract Readers
  • Popular Blogging Platforms
  • How to Setup WordPress
  • Discover How to Use WordPress
  • Useful Plugins for Authors and Speakers
  • Discover Effective Marketing Strategies for Your Website
  • Easy Tips on How to Make Money with Your Blog
  • Learn Effective Podcasting
  • How to Market Your Podcast
My Review:
Blogging for Smarties is an amazing tool for anyone involved in blogging. I have been blogging for years and still learned a lot of tricks from reading this book. I really appreciate that the book got right to the point. As a busy mom and author, I don't want to waste time and the author certainly didn't waste one sentence, but shared vital information throughout the book.
My only complaint is Blogging for Smarties wasn't available when I started blogging, now I have to revamp my plan! I would recommend this book to anyone, but especially to those who are just getting started blogging.

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About the Author
Yvonne Wu, provides services tailored to professional speakers and authors, helping them achieve a greater online presence. Yvonne helps clients reach their potential in their business by promoting their books, creating their websites and increasing social networking opportunities. Yvonne has assisted authors with a wide variety of projects across North America, helping them with publishing and promoting their book. Yvonne has been a guest blogger and has been interviewed on various sites that discuss other aspects of the publishing industry. She is a graduate of the Author Assistant Program, Business Administration Marketing and Speaker Assistant Program.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Making myself crazy

Happy pre-Christmas craziness! We sat down on Sunday night to look at our calendar for the week: Seven parties (two of which I'm hosting), oldest son's birthday, a book deadline (The Broken Path is being re-released soon), dozens of guest posts and interviews to finish up for my blog tour in January, parties and programs at school for younger sons, the list keeps going and I know you can all relate and probably have a longer list. I was complaining to my sister-in-law last night. She actually laughed at me and said, "You do this to yourself."
Do I? Do I somehow crave being crazy? If so, how do I stop that craving? I want to be produtive. I want to spend time serving others. But am I killing much-needed family and downtime by trying to always do to much and never, ever saying no?
It's Christmas. I want to sit by my tree, drinking hot cocoa and reading to my boys, not running from party to party bringing my store-bought goodies because I'm too crazy to even bake my own!
Any ideas? Maybe if I ditch my husband's work party (pretty funny since it's his company) and give up sleep I can get everything accomplished. Please say somebody has a better idea. I'm in definite need of a clear-minded, un-crazy POV!
Thanks,
Cami
Monday, December 17, 2012

Good Gladys, Embrace the Dead by Martin Renaud


News reports that the famous psychic Good Gladys is missing coincide with the brutal stabbing of her business manager. Gladys's daughter Dara asks an old friend, private investigator Byrne Aase (aka Sauce), to help find the murderer. She claims that the man the police have in custody is innocent. In fact, she believes that the accused is her mother, having been transformed into a man during a seance gone awry.

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Excerpt:
 
"Remember that day we left for St. Martin?" interrupted Dara. "I took you home, just before we left, so I could pack a few clothes for the trip. You met mummy and talked with her while you waited for me." Sauce looked at her with raised eyebrows.

"Good," she continued. "Do you remember the first thing you said to her?"

"No, but I hope she took offense."

"It was perfect. Mummy asked you some self-aggrandizing question like, 'how do you like the place?' You looked her in the eye and said, oh I loved it so much it was etched in my memory. You said, 'bankruptcies and broken families from your thievery is all I see.'" Dara paused, waiting for him to smile, which he eventually did, proudly. "You despised what she was doing as much as I did. And like me, you didn't hate her."

"I didn't? You don't know that," challenged Sauce. "I certainly knew enough about her, from the talk shows and celebrity gossip in the news, to hate her. 'Good Gladys, psychic to the stars' they call her. I can predict the future better than her: believe in Gladys's ability to talk with the dead and she will stay in your life until you are out of money. Gladys is the kind of person people either love for the wrong reasons, or hate for the right ones."

"I never said you loved her. No, I agreed with mummy that you are much more useful to us than a fawning admirer or a starched shirt, lawyer for hire, yes man. You understand her." Dara smiled as she said this.

Sauce tried to resist the manipulation. "Here's the best I can do. Leave, and I'll mull it over. I promise I won't say no until I call you tomorrow."

Bio of Martin Renaud:
 
I am a single father of two teenagers living in Maple Ridge British Columbia (near Vancouver). I have degrees in Biology and Psychology (Masters) and abandoned a PhD to start a couple software companies. I stopped working for a couple years to care for my wife until she passed from cancer. Since then I have stayed home to raise my children and spend most of my time shuttling them to various activities and writing. My hobbies include writing songs and playing tennis. Good Gladys is my fifth novel, the first four were a YA SciFi/Romance/Adventure series called Socialite 1.


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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen - $50 Amazon Giveaway


Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen

Was Mr. Darcy real? Is time travel really possible? For pragmatic Manhattan artist Eliza Knight the answer to both questions is absolutely, Yes! And Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley Farms, Virginia is the reason why!

His tale of love and romance in Regency England leaves Eliza in no doubt that Fitz Darcy is the embodiment of Jane Austen’s legendary hero. And she’s falling in love with him. But can the man who loved the inimitable Jane Austen ever love average, ordinary Eliza Knight?

Eliza’s doubts grow, perhaps out of proportion, when things start to happen in the quiet hamlet of Chawton, England; events that could change everything. Will the beloved author become the wedge that divides Fitz and Eliza or the tie that binds them?






Praise for Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen

O’Rourke’s sequel to The Man Who Loved Jane Austen brings the reader a skillfully choreographed romance and smartly old-fashioned love story that is poignant and completely enthralling, while being laden with well-researched details to satisfy any Austen fan.
~Regina Jeffers


Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen is a sweet Austen related romance with a time travel twist.
I felt the author captured Jane Austen's voice very well and I enjoyed reading her thoughts and reactions as the story flowed.
~Naida the Bookworm

Imaginative, fresh and endearing. Well done!
~Ann Channon (Jane Austen House Museum)



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Christmas at Sea Pines Cottage

With its rough gray shingles and weathered slate roof, Sea Pines cottage seems, at first glance, past its prime. But inside this remote fisherman's house, a driftwood fire crackles in the fireplace, brightly colored rugs cover the floor, and cozy cushions dot the worn, welcoming furniture. A young man named Robert has retreated after the war, planning to spend his days writing, tending to the local lighthouse, and nursing his injuries. For company, he adopts a young Golden Retriever puppy named Meteor.

Robert and Meteor spend months in quiet companionship, until the day Robert rescues a young woman from a storm at sea. Strong-willed and intelligent, Laura sees past Robert's injuries to the proud, passionate man beneath, and--with some matchmaking help from Meteor--they begin a new life together at the cottage. But even Meteor's tireless devotion can't protect his cherished family from all of life's unexpected challenges--hurdles that will teach each of them lessons of courage, faith, friendship, and the enduring love that can sustain us through life's coldest seasons. 






Praise for Christmas at Sea Pines Cottage

This story is unashamedly a sweet love story, perfect for a Christmas read, and will bring a tear to the eye of even the most cynical of us!
~Anne

I just knew from the moment I read the forward that this was going to be a very sweet and touching story. And I was right!
~Sophia Rose
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Author Sally Smith O'Rourke

Sally Smith O’Rourke is a surgical scrub nurse at the City of Hope national cancer research hospital in Duarte, California and resides in the near-by Victorian village of Monrovia.

With her late husband, author Michael O’Rourke (aka F.M. O’Rourke) Smith O’Rourke owned and operated a medical advertising company where she used her diverse talents to produce and co-write teaching films and videos. Working not only with major medical and surgical manufacturing companies but also network television. These endeavors ultimately led to a collaboration on two feature films (direct to video) and three published novels.

The wife and husband writing team of Sally Smith and Michael O’Rourke, being long-time fans of Jane Austen, wrote The Man Who Loved Jane Austen released by Kensington Books in 2006. Kensington followed that very successful effort with The Maidenstone Lighthouse in 2007 and Christmas at Sea Pines Cottage in 2009, both also collaborative projects by Smith and O’Rourke. Published after her partner and spouse’s untimely death in 2001, the publisher chose not to use the names Michael O’Rourke and Sally Smith (as the manuscripts were presented), releasing all three books under Sally Smith O’Rourke.

Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen is Sally Smith O’Rourke’s first solo novel.


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$50 Book Blast Giveaway
Ends 12/23/12

Open to anyone who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent's permission. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

For What It's Worth


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For What It's Worth by Karey White


Twenty-four year-old, Abby Benson has dreams of owning her own wedding cake shop. An inheritance from her aunt gives her the ability to make those dreams come true. She hires Dane, a handsome contractor, to help her get the bakery up and running and soon they’re moving toward their own happy ending.

Unsure what to charge for her cakes, Abby has a crazy idea to let the customer decide what they think their cake is worth. This plan has its ups and downs, but the novelty of the idea makes her a local celebrity. When she is interviewed on television about the unusual idea, business booms and Abby has cake adventures she never dreamed possible. But as her fame grows, Abby is swept up in a whirlwind that threatens everything she values. With the challenges that face her, will she be able to determine what is worth the most?

Praise for For What It's Worth


Reading Karey White’s books, like eating chocolate cake, is always satisfying and brings a smile to my face. For What It’s Worth is light, romantic, and delicious. It’s a great pleasure read. Sit down and get lost in the charming world of wedding cakes and love. As an added bonus, each chapter  starts with a recipe, so it’s a novel and cookbook all in one. A fun read!
—Teri Harman, KSL columnist, Studio 5 contributor, and author of Blood Moon, available June 22, 2013

I just loved the book – loved it. Hated putting it down and hated finishing it. Karey White is my new Maeve Binchy, her writing as warm as the bakery her novel is set in. For What It’s Worth surprised me, made me smile, say “no” out loud in a public place. I love when a character feels like my sister. I didn’t want to finish it, so now I may try the recipes that began every chapter.
—Amanda Dickson, author and radio personality

This book oozes charm, romance, and mouth-watering recipes. If you want to escape reality and curl up with a darling story, For What It’s Worth is the perfect fit. Thank you, Karey White!
—Rachael Anderson, author

This is a book worth every penny of the price. In the business of baking wedding cakes, every detail must be perfection, but this story remembers that real life is oh-so-messy. White’s clear and honest writing left me hungry for good food, a close family, and a little romance. A beautiful marriage of food, family, and faith.
—Regina Sirois, author of On Little Wings, 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Excerpt of For What It's Worth

“What are you charging for the cakes?” Evan asked.
I sighed heavily. “I don’t know. I’ve got to come up with prices by Tuesday or I won’t get everything back from the printer in time.”
“Have you looked at what other bakeries charge?” asked Kate.
“Yes, and the prices are all over the place.”
“I’d say it depends,” Evan said. “Do you want to make your cakes for average people or do you want to cater to a high-end market?”
“That’s just it. I don’t even know. Can I even hope to get the high-end business? I’m just starting out.”
“Lower prices might bring in more business,” said Sam.
“Well, for what it’s worth,” Mom said, “I think you could charge whatever you want! Your cakes are fantastic.” Spoken like a true mom.
“But what do you think people will actually pay? I know my cakes are good, but don’t I have to pay my dues first?”
“Well, a product is worth whatever people are willing to pay,” said Dad. “The problem is you don’t know what that is yet.”
At that moment an idea leaped into my mind. It wasn’t a spark, and it didn’t evolve. It landed there as a fully formed idea. I didn’t even have a chance to think about how crazy I might sound before it spilled out of my mouth. “Well, if a product is worth what people are willing to pay, why not let the people decide how much they should pay?”
Everyone laughed. They thought I was joking. Only I wasn’t laughing.

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Author Karey White


Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.

She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.







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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Bah, Humbug by Heather Horrocks

I downloaded Bah, Humbug a few weeks ago and absolutely loved it. Humor, romance, and a touching storyline all combine to make it a perfect Christmas story. I would definitely recommend it. As I went to grab the link from Amazon I noticed Bah Humbug is now free. Wow. Definitely worth clicking on that button. Let me know if you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Eve Hallows Book Blast and $50 Amazon Giveaway


EVE HALLOWS AND THE BOOK OF SHRIEKS (BOOK 1)

For fourteen-year-old Eve Hallows, life can be summed up in one word—horrible.  She has the most horrible friends.  She lives in a horrible old castle.  Even her family is a bunch of horrible monsters.

However, in the monster-inhabited world of Gravesville—a world where messages are sent through Ouija boards, jack-o’-lanterns get facials to suit their moods, and the worst thing Eve has to deal with are those annoying zombie tourists who overrun her favorite graveyard during the Halloween season—horrible means wonderful.  And everything for Eve is perfectly horrible.

But her life is about to go head over heels when a mysterious group known as The Source starts terrorizing Gravesville.  Now she must move to the human world—where everything is opposite ... and for Eve, that's absolutely adorable!


Praise for Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks:

"Move over, Neil Gaiman’s CORALINE and THE GRAVEYARD BOOK … make room, Lemony Snicket’s A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS … you’ve got company and competition for shelf space!" -- THE HORROR FICTION REVIEW

"WOW! What an absolutely horrible book (horrible meaning fantastic!) ... This book was laugh out loud funny.  I loved when Mom accidentally turned people to stone.  Dad's crazy attempts at running a pizza store were just hysterical." -- KIDS 'N' BOOKS

"This is the perfect book to be read aloud, read at night under the covers or simply devoured in one sitting. Robert Gray’s Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks simply shines with all of its fun creepiness, compelling characters and stellar writing. A MUST read for any MG fan!" -- WORD SPELUNKING

 "Eve Hallows is highly imaginative without being too complex for its target audience. Fall in love with Eve, her friends and her family of adorable monsters. Lose yourself in a light read that will remind you of those days when your English teacher just want you to read something, anything. This book is it. The one that you wish you read when you were in grade school." -- JOYOUS READS

"Overall, this book was fantastic. It presents an admirable role model as well as a strong family unit which will benefit young readers. When so many books right now have presented teens in a not-so-flattering light, it is so wonderful to find a book like this one." -- BOOK COVER JUSTICE


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EVE HALLOWS AND THE BOOK OF SHADOWS (BOOK 2)

Ever since encountering The Source and its minions on Halloween, Eve Hallows has found life surprisingly quiet … not to mention adorably boring!  So when Dad receives a Ouija message that she must return to Gravesville, Eve couldn't be happier—at least until she discovers the Director of URNS, also known as the Grim Reaper, has a special job for Eve … one that will lead her to New York City and to the true identity of The Source.


With The Book of Shrieks offering zero help and a new URNS agent driving the school boys—and Eve!—crazy, Eve's beginning to realize this whole saving-the-world nonsense isn't what it's cracked up to be.

All this and she still has to find The Book of Shadows....

Praise for Eve Hallows and the Book of Shadows:

"This book was perfectly horrible! Horrible meaning amazingly awesome, of course. Eve's world once again sucked me in and would not let go until this part of Eve's story was finished" -- LILI LOST IN A BOOK

"This is a perfect combination of YA, Horror, Paranormal and Fun!" -- BOOK LOVERS PARADISE



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Author Robert Gray

Robert Gray is a writer.  If that job description doesn't impress you, how about fantasy writer? Too general? Well, he doesn't get insulted if you call him a horror writer. If horror's not your thing, then scratch out horror and replace it with suspense. And for the kiddies, you can slap on a YA or MG in front of that title.

Gray lives in Bushkill, Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.






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Monday, December 10, 2012

24 Days with the Savior by Connie E. Sokol


24 Days with the Savior 
by Connie E. Sokol

Do you desire a more Christ-centered Christmas?

Spend "24 Days with the Savior." For each day of December you'll find a New Testament scripture excerpt and an inspiring thought about one character trait of Jesus Christ. Simple, thoughtful, focused. Feel the peace and joy of the season by knowing Him more fully.



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Testimonial
"Thank you for taking time to post your thoughtful Christmas messages. With the busyness seasons and working full time plus I sometimes forget how truly blessed I am. I am so thankful for the Savior and his precious gift. Your daily thoughts help keep me focused. I am blessed with so many blessings,especially my family. "  ~J. Fordham


Author Connie Sokol

Connie Sokol is a mother of seven, a national and local presenter, and a regular speaker at Education Week. She is a monthly contributor on KSL TV “Studio 5” and regular blogger for KSL "Motherhood Matters." She is a former TV and radio host for Bonneville Communications, and columnist for Deseret News and Utah Valley Magazine. Mrs. Sokol is the author of several books including the award-nominated romance Caribbean Crossroads, the 8-week Challenge program Faithful, Fit & Fabulous, Life is Too Short for One Hair Color Series, as well as talk CDs and podcasts. Mrs. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

An amazing husband

Last night at my booksigning, one of the staff asked me to sign both of my books to Carie, then explained that Carie's husband used this December booksigning to buy his wife an amazing Christmas present. He orders a signed book or two from each of the authors and then gives his wife one of the books each day in December. Isn't that sweet? What a great husband!
Friday, December 7, 2012

Price Drop - $.99 for Dead Running and Dying to Run

Just in Time for Christmas 
Dead Running - Dying to Run 
Price Drop & $20 Gift Card Giveaway




Dead Running

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.



Dying to Run

Cassidy Christensen wants to run.

Captured by the traffickers who killed her mother, her only hope is Dr. Tattoo, a man she loves but nobody trusts. When she finally gets a chance to run, someone else she cares about is taken. Running might be her only chance at survival, but she won’t allow another family member to be killed in her place.

This must-read sequel to Dead Running will have you laughing, biting your nails, and hoping for more.




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Author Cami Checketts

Cami Checketts is married and the proud mother of four future WWF champions. Sometimes between being a human horse, cleaning up magic potions, and reading Bernstein Bears, she gets the chance to write fiction.

Cami graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Exercise Science. Cami teaches strength training classes at her local rec and shares healthy living tips on her fitness blog: http://fitnessformom.blogspot.com.

Cami and her family live in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah. During the two months of the year it isn't snowing, she enjoys swimming, biking, running, and water-skiing.


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Thursday, December 6, 2012

All I Want - $50 Amazon giveaway and book blast


ALL I WANT

THREE STORIES. THREE COUPLES. ONE HOLIDAY.

Pretty Near Perfect

by Jolene Perry

The last thing Norah needs is to be attracted to anyone – especially in her deceased fiancĂ©'s parents' home. Collin’s starting a new career, and has no business getting involved – especially while staying with his roommate’s family, who very kindly offered to take him in for the holidays. Unfortunately, you just don’t always pick the most convenient time and place to fall for someone.


Six Days of Christmas
by Kaylee Baldwin

When Natalie goes home with her best friend for Christmas, she expects plenty of quiet time to work on a winning ad so she can turn her dream internship into her dream job. Instead, she gets time-consuming Christmas festivities, a house full of children, and Jimmy, her best friend’s brother - someone who makes her question everything she’s always thought she wanted.


Twist of Fate
by Rachael Anderson

When a postcard meant for Kenzie winds up in Ty's mailbox, Ty's faced with a decision. Should he tell her that her fiancĂ© is breaking up with her and let it ruin her favorite holiday, or should he do what he’s wanted to do since he met her - make a move and hope that he can win her over before she discovers there won’t be a wedding after all.





Author Jolene Perry

Jolene Perry is an enigmatic figure. She is most often seen behind her laptop, staring at the words flying onto the screen with reckless abandon.

She survived growing up in rural Alaska, driving like a lunatic, and her husband’s careers in the military, as a perpetual student, and an Alaska State Prosecutor. She also survived as a middle school math teacher using her degree of Political Science and French.

One day Jolene was playing her guitar (probably some-thing juvenile for her kids) when she wondered what it would be like to write a song for a rockstar, and her first book was born. (that book is shelved)

She now lives a very glamorous life as a stay at home mom, elbow deep in dirty dishes and peanut butter sandwiches. She doesn’t even attempt to keep up with the laundry because non-writing time is precious, and her family is sorta awesome.

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Author Rachael Anderson

Rachael Anderson is the author of four contemporary romances: Divinely Designed, Luck of the Draw, Minor Adjustments, and The Reluctant Bachelorette. She's the mother of four, can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.





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Author Kaylee Baldwin

I grew up in Mesa, Arizona, and graduated from Arizona State University

with a degree in English literature.
I currently live in southern Arizona with my husband, Jeremy, and our three children. When I am not writing, I enjoy reading, starting new craft projects, and spending time with my family.




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November 26th to Decmber 21st
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