Friday, August 31, 2012

Fake it till you make it

"Fake it till you make it" can sometimes seem, well . . . fake. But for me it's helped me in many situations when my confidence disappeared. My formula: I say a silent prayer, force myself to smile, and literally talk myself into being confident. Sometimes the smile and confidence start feeling natural, sometimes they don't, but fake it till you make it has gotten me through many events where I would've gladly hidden in a corner.

Have you ever had to talk yourself into being confident? How did you do it?
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Choosing Charity Book Review




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.

My Review:

I truly enjoyed Choosing Charity. It had some gut-punching twists and was a very touching story (I'll admit it, I cried, more than once). I'm a bit behind and read Choosing Charity first, now I'll have to go back and read Finding Faith and Having Hope. The author did a great job of making the book read like a stand-alone even though it was the end of a trilogy. I didn't feel lost but I did feel like I wanted to go back and get the whole story.
I would definitely recommend Choosing Charity to those who like a heartfelt family drama.  
 
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!
** Giveaway ends September 7th.



Monday, August 27, 2012

Book Giveaway - Autographed copy of Daughters of Jared by Heather B. Moore

About the book: DAUGHTERS OF JARED by H.B. MooreFrom the Book of Ether comes a haunting story of two royal sisters. The elder sister, Ash, will do anything to bring her father, King Jared II, back to the throne. The younger sister, Naiva, only wants to save her family from destruction. The bond of sisterhood becomes precariously fragile when one man . . . named Akish . . . falls in love with the younger sister, Naiva. Yet he chooses to marry the elder sister.

The sisters’ hearts are divided. And when Ash becomes queen, seduced by the promise of power and wealth, Naiva watches her world crumble away. She sees only one way out. But it will require forsaking all that she holds dear.


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Read Chapter 1 of DAUGHTERS OF JARED here

What is the most insane thing you've ever done?
One of the most insane things I've ever done is take my 4 kids by myself over to Israel. But it turned out to be a very good trip, and the kids were probably too awestruck to give me any real trouble.

Heather is an amazing author, and obviously an amazing Mom as well, I don't take my four kids to the grocery store let alone on a trip to Israel.
Heather has graciously agreed to give away an autographed print copy of Daughters of Jared. Please use the rafflecopter form below to enter.
Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Ice Cream Mishap

"The trick is to enjoy life. Don't wish away your days waiting for better ones ahead." Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Today I was doing pretty well enjoying life, took my little guy on a long bike ride. We picked up some ice cream at the store and were just cruising around town when I stopped to check on him. I realized the ice cream was missing. Talk about emergency. We backtracked half a mile and found it sitting next to the sidewalk. What a relief. Salty Caramel Pretzel. Couldn't have left that behind!

Hope you enjoy your weekend,
Cami
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lost Stones by Paul Rimmasch

 
Ammon and John are searching for the glowing stones that guided the brother of Jared across the ocean--but for very different reasons. Joined by John's daughter, Sariah, they get more than they bargained for as they learn they aren't the only ones searching for these precious artifacts. This thrilling adventure will have your whole family racing to the last page.
 
My review:
I was extremly impressed with The Lost Stones. It's a fabulous mix of action, romance, and history. I learned about archeology and Book of Mormon history that I didn't know but the author did a great job of not slowing the pace too much to share the information with the reader. I really loved the hero and heroine. He was tough, capable, and willing to defend her, but she was just as tough and most of the time didn't need his protection! I knew I liked her when she knocked some guy out cold with a bottle. I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you enjoy history.
 
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I'll be giving away a copy of The Lost Stones in October. That sounds like a long time to wait but the time always goes too fast, doesn't it?
 
 
Monday, August 20, 2012

Book Giveaway - Autographed copy of A Sisterhood of Strength

President Monson has repeatedly expressed that even in our busy, bustling lives, “it’s the service that counts.” And no one knows that better than the quiet, humble women of the Relief Society. Working together, faithful women form a sisterhood of service, selflessness, and ultimately strength to share with each other and the entire world.
On each page of this remarkable book, you’ll find words of wisdom and beauty that are sure to encourage and uplift you, whether it’s your turn to serve or be served. Told with heartwarming sincerity, A Sisterhood of Strengthwill have women everywhere rejoicing in the friendship of their own dear, loving sisters.

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I asked Diony what makes her laugh.
What makes me laugh? My wonderful husband. He loves to make a play on words and even though sometimes I think they are a little cheesy I can't help but crack up-it's really fun when he does it at the dinner table. When our children roll their eyes and say, "Daaaaad," as if they are wondering how he could really have said something so incredibly ridiculous. They end up busting up anyway and we all have a good belly laugh together.

I love that, embarrassing my children is one of the joys of motherhood!
And speaking of things I love, I really, truly love this book. To read my review of A Sisterhood of Strength click here.
Diony has graciously agreed to give away an autographed print copy of A Sisterhood of Strength. Please use the rafflecopter form below to enter. Thanks for stopping by!
 
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Friday, August 17, 2012

Schedule

I'm not a scheduled kind of gal. I like to plan things last minute and I love when there is nothing on my calendar (when does that ever happen?). So planning a blog schedule has been tough for me but I finally found one that works for me.
Monday - Book Giveaways
Tuesday - Prize winners from last week announced
Wednesday - Book Reviews
Friday - Quote or thought

I'm stoked about the book giveaways. I've already got some amazing authors who have pledged their books: A Sisterhood of Strength by Diony George, Daughters of Jared by Heather B. Moore, Witch Born by Amber Argyle, Carnival Girl by Sonja Herbert, The Rock of Ivanore by Laurisa White Reyes, and Castles in the Sand by E. M. Tippetts.
If you want me to feature your book and giveaway, email me - camichecketts(at)yahoo(dot)com.

So here's my very inspirational quote for the day:
What are the three words guaranteed to humiliate men everywhere?
'Hold my purse.'
 
This one made me laugh as my husband was in his suit on Sunday wrestling the baby and holding my very stylish diaper bag (sister-in-law bought it for me, if I would've picked it out it would be lame). He got teased by so many men but it just made me love him more. It's a tough man who can look good holding the purse!
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A Sisterhood of Strength

Experience for yourself the pure love that inspires ordinary women to serve and accept service in a truly extraordinary manner. This inspiring collection of true stories from the lives of women just like you is told with heartwarming sincerity. Perfect for sharing, this remarkable book is sure to uplift, encourage, and cheer any woman, whether it’s her turn to serve or be served

President Monson has repeatedly expressed that even in our busy, bustling lives, “it’s the service that counts.” And no one knows that better than the quiet, humble women of the Relief Society. Working together, faithful women form a sisterhood of service, selflessness, and ultimately strength to share with each other and the entire world.
On each page of this remarkable book, you’ll find words of wisdom and beauty that are sure to encourage and uplift you, whether it’s your turn to serve or be served. Told with heartwarming sincerity, A Sisterhood of Strengthwill have women everywhere rejoicing in the friendship of their own dear, loving sisters.


My Review:
I'm so grateful to have this book in my home as it is the type of book you want to read a section from every day. The layout of this book is perfect. There are inspirational quotes alternating with uplifting stories. It would be impossible to pick my favorite but I have to share at least one of the quotes to give you an example:
"The Lord does notice us and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs." President Spencer W. Kimball
The stories that follow the quotes are short and so touching, you'll laugh and cry. I said I'll read the book everyday because it truly inspires me to be more charitable and grateful. I kept thinking as I read it who I would buy a copy for first. I wish Mother's Day was sooner but there's always birthdays, Christmas, and visiting teaching gifts.
I have to also say that I met Diony at the LDS Storymakers Conference and instantly felt like I'd found a wonderful friend. It was no surprise to me that she'd author a book like this as she lives like this everyday but I was shocked to find out she has two grandchildren, I thought she was 30!
I will be giving away a copy of A Sisterhood of Strength on Monday, August 20th, so check back in then to win your own copy.
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Author Bio:
Diony George is a wife, stay-at-home mom of seven, grandmother of two, a motivational speaker, and the author of three books. Through her writing and public speaking she loves helping others draw closer God. An avid reader whose favorite genre is romantic suspense, Diony also loves to travel, sew, and bake—especially pies and homemade bread. Born and raised in Alaska, she currently resides in Salt Lake City with her husband and family. Mrs. George can be reached through her personal website at http://www.dionygeorge.com
Friday, August 10, 2012

Zig Ziglar

"The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now." Zig Ziglar

I always apply this quote to my ice cream addiction. I want to be healthy and not overeat but I want my ice cream right now! But this quote has so many more applications than ice cream consumption. How many times do I make little choices based on my laziness or desire for something easy, and neglect or mess up the more important things that will affect my or my family's future.

I love quotes like this that motivate me to think before I act. Not saying that I won't have another bowl of ice cream tomorrow, but at least I'll stop and think about it first.

Do you have a quote that motivates you to work hard and make good choices?
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Kindling by Braden Bell

Homework? Of course. Crushes? Sure. But who knew seventh grade included superpowers?

Loud shrieks sliced the air, followed by the smell of burning cloth. Conner looked over in time to see Geoffrey jumping up and down, yelling and shrieking. Smoke poured from the seat of his shorts while blue and yellow sparks snap-crackle-and-popped all around the heater.

All thirteen-year-old Connor Dell wants to do is pass pre-algebra, play lacrosse, and possibly kiss Melanie Stephens. He didn’t mean to set anyone’s gym shorts on fire or make school lunches explode. But now that the strange powers inside him have been ignited, Connor’s normal teenage life is about to go up in flames!
This fast-paced novel is non-stop fun for kids and parents alike. With characters you can’t help but root for, a plot that keeps you guessing, and plenty of humor, it’s a guaranteed thrill ride from cover to cover!

My Review:

This book really was a thrill ride from cover to cover! I love fantasy that begins with everyday life and quickly turns into something quite different. The action was great and it was fun to learn about the Magi, their battle with the dark, and our hero and heroines' newfound powers right along with them. Connor, Lexa, and Melanie were great characters. I loved Connor's sense of humor and his "secret" crush on Melanie.
The Kindling is a great novel for middle grade on up. I am thrilled to find a book for my sons that's entertaining and a clean, uplifting read. I'm excited for the sequel.

 

Read about Braden's book: The Kindling
Author site/blog: www.bradenbell.com
Twitter: @bradenbellcom
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For a limited time you can get an autographed copy for only $9.99 (plus s/h). Click here for more details.


Monday, August 6, 2012

Violence Overkill

My honey took me to The Dark Knight Rises for our Saturday night date. It was interesting and intense but I must be getting old because all the violence really got to me. Are the screenwriters just trying to see how many people they have to murder to keep our attention? It may just be that I'm a prudish Momma who wants to protect my children but I really miss good movies (that my husband will want to see, nothing written by Nicholas Sparks) that don't have to overkill on the sci/fi, violence, or special effects. Are they still making movies like that?
Friday, August 3, 2012

Giveaway of Dead Running

Have you heard of Lena Nelson Dooley, author of Mary's Blessing, Maggie's Journey, and Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico? She is such an amazing lady. She writes these wonderful stories and also has a blog dedicated to helping spread the word about other books. She features several authors each week and gives away a copy of their book. It's a great chance to win free books and support authors. She was kind enough to feature Dead Running this week. To win a print or ecopy click here.

The Kindle version of Dead Running is $.99 again. Love cheap books!

The biggest news of the day is my baby turned two! Happy Birthday Phoenix! He said Pwease and men (amen) today so we're ecstatic he's finally progressed past no and Mooom! I wish I could upload an adorable picture but I've successfully broken two cameras now. We're down to pictures on cell phones and I'm too slow to figure out how to upload that to my computer.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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