Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cranberry Bluff by Deborah Garner $50 Book Blast

Cranberry Bluff $50 Book Blast:
Cranberry Bluff by Deborah Garner
Molly Elliott's quiet life in Tallahassee, Florida, is disrupted when routine errands land her in the wrong place at the wrong time: the middle of a bank robbery. Accused and cleared of the crime, she flees both media attention and mysterious, threatening notes, to move across the country to Cranberry Cove, where she has inherited her Aunt Maggie's bed and breakfast on the Northern California coast. Her new beginning is peaceful - that is, until five guests show up at the inn for a weekend, each with a hidden agenda. Mix together one blushing honeymoon couple, one flamboyant boutique owner, a deadpan traveling salesman, and a charmingly handsome novelist, and there’s more than scones cooking at Cranberry Cottage Bed and Breakfast. As true motives become apparent, will Molly's past come back to haunt her or will she finally be able to leave it behind? 


Author Deborah Garner
Deborah Garner is an accomplished travel writer with a passion for back roads and secret hideaways. Born and raised in California, she studied in France before returning to the U.S. to attend UCLA. After stints in graduate school and teaching, she attempted to clone herself for decades by founding and running a dance and performing arts center, designing and manufacturing clothing and accessories, and tackling both spreadsheets and display racks for corporate retail management. Her passions include photography, hiking and animal rescue. She speaks five languages, some substantially better than others. She now divides her time between California and Wyoming, dragging one human and two canines along whenever possible.


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Monday, November 24, 2014

COYER Winter Challenge {My Goals}

COYER (Clean out your E-reads Challenge) is hosted by Berls @ Fantasy is more fun and Michelle @ Because Reading is better than real life
 
I did a reading challenge a few months ago and found it to be 
really helpful in getting my list down a little. I wasn't quite
as prepared as I would've liked to be, so I'm glad to
have another chance to cut my pile down.
 
  • Read Your E-Reads! Every book you read must be in an electronic format – meaning E-Book or Audiobook. It’s okay to start a book before December 20th, but for it to count you must finish & review it during COYER.
  • The books must be FREE or NEARLY FREE!This includes library books, review books, tour books, NetGalley, Edelweiss, etc. What’s nearly free? Since it was brought to our attention that books cost different depending on your market, here’s the maximum price in the main markets. Also, since audiobooks are considerably expensive generally, we’re looking at the average price for an audiobook purchased with an Audible Credit.
  • - See more at: http://www.becausereading.com/begins-sign-coyer-challenge/#sthash.yV6aYmX6.dpuf
    The Rules:
  • Read Your E-Reads! Every book you read must be in an electronic format – meaning E-Book or Audiobook. It’s okay to start a book before December 20th, but for it to count you must finish & review it during COYER. 
  • The books must be FREE or NEARLY FREE! This includes library books, review books, tour books, NetGalley, Edelweiss, etc. What’s nearly free? Since it was brought to our attention that books cost different depending on your market, here’s the maximum price in the main markets. Also, since audiobooks are considerably expensive generally, we’re looking at the average price for an audiobook purchased with an Audible Credit.
  • Review & Link Reviews! Your review may be on your blog, Goodreads, Shelfari, Booklikes, etc. Link the review to the Review Linky (we will share this December 20th). We will randomly pick TWO review links to win a $10 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. All links must be entered by March 6, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • Visit Each Other, Chat & Have Fun!

  • My Goals:
    • Participate in at least one challenge
    • Visit at least 5 participating blogs a week
    • Read at least 8 books that aren't for review or on tour  
     
    If you want to join in, 
    go here to sign up!
  • Read Your E-Reads! Every book you read must be in an electronic format – meaning E-Book or Audiobook. It’s okay to start a book before December 20th, but for it to count you must finish & review it during COYER.
  • The books must be FREE or NEARLY FREE!This includes library books, review books, tour books, NetGalley, Edelweiss, etc. What’s nearly free? Since it was brought to our attention that books cost different depending on your market, here’s the maximum price in the main markets. Also, since audiobooks are considerably expensive generally, we’re looking at the average price for an audiobook purchased with an Audible Credit.
  • Maximum E-Book Prices
    US dollar $2.99
    Canadian dollar $3.26
    British pound £1.78
    European euro €2.68
    Australian dollar $3.20
    Japanese yen ¥ 306
    Maximum Audiobook Price
    US dollar $16.00
    Canadian dollar $18.00
    British pound £10.00
    European euro €12.89
    Australian dollar $18.50
    Japanese yen ¥1837
    Note: If you buy from these markets regularly and feel we’re way off, let us know! We did our best, but could be off!
  • Review & Link Reviews! Your review may be on your blog, Goodreads, Shelfari, Booklikes, etc. Link the review to the Review Linky (we will share this December 20th). We will randomly pick TWO review links to win a $10 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. All links must be entered by March 6, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • Visit Each Other, Chat & Have Fun!
  • - See more at: http://www.becausereading.com/begins-sign-coyer-challenge/#sthash.yV6aYmX6.dpuf
  • Read Your E-Reads! Every book you read must be in an electronic format – meaning E-Book or Audiobook. It’s okay to start a book before December 20th, but for it to count you must finish & review it during COYER.
  • The books must be FREE or NEARLY FREE!This includes library books, review books, tour books, NetGalley, Edelweiss, etc. What’s nearly free? Since it was brought to our attention that books cost different depending on your market, here’s the maximum price in the main markets. Also, since audiobooks are considerably expensive generally, we’re looking at the average price for an audiobook purchased with an Audible Credit.
  • Maximum E-Book Prices
    US dollar $2.99
    Canadian dollar $3.26
    British pound £1.78
    European euro €2.68
    Australian dollar $3.20
    Japanese yen ¥ 306
    Maximum Audiobook Price
    US dollar $16.00
    Canadian dollar $18.00
    British pound £10.00
    European euro €12.89
    Australian dollar $18.50
    Japanese yen ¥1837
    Note: If you buy from these markets regularly and feel we’re way off, let us know! We did our best, but could be off!
  • Review & Link Reviews! Your review may be on your blog, Goodreads, Shelfari, Booklikes, etc. Link the review to the Review Linky (we will share this December 20th). We will randomly pick TWO review links to win a $10 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. All links must be entered by March 6, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • Visit Each Other, Chat & Have Fun!
  • - See more at: http://www.becausereading.com/begins-sign-coyer-challenge/#sthash.yV6aYmX6.dpuf

    Christmas, Actually {Grand Finale}

    A themed tour through Prism Book Tours.

    It's the MISTLETOE KISSES TOUR Grand Finale for
    Christmas, Actually
    By Anna Adams, Anna J. Stewart, and Melinda Curtis
    Three Harlequin Heartwarming novellas, where a sweet kiss takes place under the mistletoe.

    Did you miss any of the excerpts, guest post, or reviews on the tour?
    Feel free to go back and check out all the stops now!

    Launch - Intro to the Collection
    Christmas, Actually – three holiday stories about three siblings living in Christmas Town, Maine, where tradition has it that a kiss on Christmas Eve in the town square gazebo will lead to wedding bells in the new year!

    Christy's Cozy Corners - An Interview with Anna Adams
    How was it decided that the story would take place in Christmas Town, Maine?
    We were looking for a setting that spoke of the holidays, and I’d lived in Maine in a town that decorated the green for Christmas. I described it, and someone suggested Christmas Town as a name for our fictional village.

    Coffee Books & Art - Excerpt
    Snowflakes hit the windshield and splayed into star shapes while Bing Crosby crooned his dreams of a white Christmas. Sophie Palmer tried to sing along, but her mind was already racing up the icy interstate to Christmas Town, Maine, where the father of her unborn child now lived. 

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    The Book Lovers' Lounge - Christmas Town by Anna Adams
    And I imagined my own broken hero, Jack Banning, watching from the sidewalk, there in the town, but watching from the boundaries because he doesn’t belong any more.

    Getting Your Read On - Review
    "Yeah, I really loved my time in Christmas Town with the Banning family.  Each story was unique and romantic.  I loved all the characters.  They were real and identifiable.  It is the perfect book to curl up with as the days get colder and we get closer to Christmas."

    Colorimetry - The Power of a First Kiss by Anna Adams
    Hes at her house, killing time because he cant go home and face his brothers happiness when another friend calls to offer him an investment opportunity. Mary is leaning against George, also listening on the phone, when finally, he admits to his feelings. He takes her in his arms for a kiss he clearly doesnt want even as he desires nothing in the whole wide world more than the hometown love of his life. 

    Southern Chelle - Review
    "I don’t think I’ve read anything by any of these authors before, but these novellas have me falling hard for their work! I used to receive the Harlequin Heartwarming books monthly, but I didn’t have room for anymore paperback books in my house and had to give it up. I’m so glad they’ve continued these offerings!"

    Kelly P's Blog - An Interview with Anna J. Stewart
    5. What do you hope readers will take with them after reading your story?
    There's nothing better than a happily ever after--that's why I write (and read) romance, but that's kind of the easy answer. I think at its core, the story is about learning how to be open with others, to tell them how you're really feeling about situations that are emotionally damaging them.  Dean, Callie and Eliza all have to do this at some point during the story and once they do, the happily ever after is possible.

    My Love for Reading Keeps Growing - Excerpt
         “Is this a bad time?” The combination of sympathy and amusement shining in green eyes, along with the tamed Irish lilt, called to mind fields of clover dotting rolling hills. She’d spent many a night and more than a few days dreaming of traveling to the Emerald Isle. Now it seemed as if Ireland had come to her.
         Shoulder-length, golden-streaked hair brushed the worn leather of the bomber jacket he wore over snug jeans, the hint of a plain white T-shirt peeking from under the collar.

    Dean Inspired PhotoThe Wonderings Of One Person - Dream Cast for The Christmas Wish
    There are some actors who just “hit” from the second I lay eyes on them. When looking for images of my Dean, I did not have to look much further than Chris Hemsworth.
    Callie Inspired Photo
    Casting my heroines has always been problematic for me. Typically, I use another medium for inspiration (I’m a doll collector), but when I saw this picture of Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries), I knew that was Callie.

    "The Christmas Date: The instant I started reading this story, I knew I was going to love it. There's just something about those You've Got Mail-esque stories that I love. Nick and Gina are both so likeable, and their chemistry lept off the page. This was easily my favorite of the three stories!"

    Bookworm Lisa - Review
         "Each of the author's did a great job in telling their story. I liked the descriptions and the characters.
         This book is a fun way to get into the holiday season and find a little clean Christmas romance."

    fundinmental - My Top Ten Christmas Traditions by Anna J. Stewart
    I LOVE Christmas time. Truly, from about Halloween on, I’m all about the tinsel, the trees and the music (why do they have to stop the Xmas carols on the 26th?!). For years now it’s just been my mom and me during the holiday season, but we’ve got our traditions…and they start early…even before we carve the Thanksgiving turkey.

    Beck Valley Books - An Interview with Malinda Curtis
    What’s your favorite aspect of the story?
    One of my favorite aspects is Gina's parents. They've tried for years to do what they thought was right and it strained their character and their relationship. This year, they rejoin the pageant and the town's festivities in a very public way. It's a small part of the story, but a set of vignettes that I love.

    Mel's Shelves - Review
    "I loved seeing the siblings in each other's stories and enjoyed getting to know them. These stories are quick, easy reads which are perfect to get you in the mood for Christmas. I love that they're all clean so I can recommend it to everyone! Christmas Town was a fun place to visit!"

    Painted Words - Review
    "But what I truly loved about this book was that it didn't feel at all repetitive which can be a big hindrance to books like this especially if written by multiple authors. It was an absolutely beautiful story, one that I look forward to reading again next year at this time and it was the perfect way to start off the season." 

    jellominisI Am A Reader - Melinda Curtis’s Favorite Treat at Christmas Time (with recipe)
    My mom is a fan of Jell-o salad.  At Christmas, she’d serve us a slice of Jello salad on a leaf of lettuce with a dollop of mayonnaise on top.  The first time Mr. Curtis had this dish, he happily took a big bite, expecting it to be whipped cream on top.  Kudos to him for keeping his disappointment to himself. 

    Deal Sharing Aunt - Excerpt
    In the wee hours of Christmas Eve morning, Gina stood at the edge of the town square and traced the deep, jagged scar that ran from her left temple to her jawline with the tip of a gloved finger, as if her touch could erase the past. The small ball of worry, the one that hadn’t let her sleep last night, expanded like bread dough in her chest, pressing against her lungs.
    I should have told him.

    Wishful Endings - Excerpt (4-star review here)
    “Are you kidding? You’re beautiful. Why would he do that?
    “You have to say that. You’re standing in my kitchen.” With me practically in your arms. Nevertheless, she hugged his words to her heart. No one had ever called her beautiful before.

    JoJo's Corner - 10 Gifts Ideas for Your Teen/Young Adult & Review
    I'm a little bit anal about the holidays.  I have a basic list I work from that my kids will enjoy or find useful.  They're all in college now, but that doesn't mean they want a package of socks for Christmas.  Here's a list of 10 suggested gift giving categories for your teen/young adult...

    Review: "Christmas, Actually is the perfect collection of stories to cuddle up and enjoy on a cold wintry night!"

    "Three stories in one book, a great way to start the Christmas season off! Anna Adams takes you on three separate journeys in the life of Jack, Callie, and Gina as each tells their own story. The plot is good in each one."
    Katie's Clean Book Collection - Review
    What a fun story! The reader is taken on a journey through Christmas Town, Maine and we get to see snippets of what makes this town special through the eyes of three different characters. 

    Christmas, Actually
    Christmas, Actually
    by Anna Adams, Anna J. Stewart, & Melinda Curtis
    Clean Contemporary Romance
    Paperback & Ebook, 202 pages
    November 1st 2014 by Harlequin Heartwarming

    Discover the magic of Christmas Town, Maine!

    Three lonely strangers come to Christmas Town, Maine, and find love with three Banning siblings in the town that celebrates the holidays by decorating its square with lights and ribbons and a holiday pageant on Christmas Eve. Tradition has it that a kiss beneath the mistletoe that night means marriage for the couple in the new year.

    The Christmas Gift by Anna Adams:
    Jack Banning promised to support the mother of his unborn child… But she doesn't need money, she only needs him.

    The Christmas Wish by Anna J. Stewart:
    Callie Banning's student has declared war on Christmas, so it's up to her to help the little girl—and her widowed father—believe again.

    The Christmas Date by Melinda Curtis:
    Gina Vernay is about to meet her online mystery date…and she's in for the surprise of a lifetime!


    About the Authors

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    Anna Adams wrote her first romance in wet sand. The Atlantic Ocean washed it away, but Anna kept going. Her stories are of love, like the proverbial stone in a lake, making ripples that spread and contract and involve. From Iceland to Hawaii, and points in between, Anna and her own hero share with children and family and friends who’ve become family. All this living and loving gives Anna plenty of fodder for stories of love set in real life. Come along and live them with her!


    Anna J. Stewart can't remember a time she didn't have a book in her hand or a story in her head and credits her mother never saying no to a book for turning her into a writer. Anna lives in Northern California with an overly attentive cat named Snickers and is happiest when setting her heroes and heroines on their road to happily ever after amidst family, fun and laughter.


    Melinda Curtis
    Melinda Curtis grew up on an isolated sheep ranch, where mountain lions had been seen and yet she roamed unaccompanied. Being a rather optimistic, clueless of danger, sort she took to playing "what if" games that led her to become an author. She spends days trying to figure out new ways to say "He made her heart pound." That might sound boring, but the challenge keeps her mentally ahead of her 3 kids and college sweetheart husband.




    Tour-Wide Giveaway

    - Gift Card Prize Pack: $20 Amazon gift card and ebook of Christmas, Actually (open internationally)
    - US Prize Pack: Paperback of Christmas, Actually and three Christmas ornaments (US only)
    - 3 ebooks of Christmas, Actually (open internationally)
    Ends November 30th

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    Friday, November 21, 2014

    Christmas, Actually Review/Giveaway

    A themed tour through Prism Book Tours.

    Christmas, Actually
    Christmas, Actually
    by Anna Adams, Anna J. Stewart, & Melinda Curtis
    Clean Contemporary Romance
    Paperback & Ebook, 202 pages
    November 1st 2014 by Harlequin Heartwarming

    Discover the magic of Christmas Town, Maine!

    Three lonely strangers come to Christmas Town, Maine, and find love with three Banning siblings in the town that celebrates the holidays by decorating its square with lights and ribbons and a holiday pageant on Christmas Eve. Tradition has it that a kiss beneath the mistletoe that night means marriage for the couple in the new year.

    The Christmas Gift by Anna Adams:
    Jack Banning promised to support the mother of his unborn child. But she doesn't need money, she only needs him.

    The Christmas Wish by Anna J. Stewart:
    Callie Banning's student has declared war on Christmas, so it's up to her to help the little girl and her widowed father believe again.

    The Christmas Date by Melinda Curtis:
    Gina Vernay is about to meet her online mystery date and she's in for the surprise of a lifetime!

    Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Harlequin - iTunes

    My Review: What a fun story! The reader is taken on a journey through Christmas Town, Maine and we get to see snippets of what makes this town special through the eyes of three different characters. 

    In The Christmas Gift, Dr. Jack Banning is struggling with some issues, but being a very good Dr and surgeon isn't among them. When he found out he was going to be a father, he ran and wants nothing to do with his unborn baby. Jack is such a strong character and it's hard to imagine him not taking a challenge head on, but, as we find out, he has his reasons. I love Sophie, the mother-to-be. Her patience is amazing, as is her genuine care for those around her. I would have liked to see Jack ease into his feelings, instead of being so hot and cold.

    The Christmas Wish is about Jack's sister, Callie, a school teacher. She has a troubled student who is up to mischief at every turn, since this young girl hates Christmas and anything associated with it. Eliza doesn't know how to express herself and Callie is determined to understand why. Meeting with Eliza's father, Dean, proves to be a battle, since there's an attraction. Callie is very creative in her dealings with Eliza and such a sweet woman. Dean does the best he can as a father and is willing to make changes to make things even better. I loved the way the story came together.

    Nick Banning is the resident handyman and the brother of Jack and Callie in The Christmas Date. He's working hard to help Gina, a shop owner, make repairs to her store, as well as to her self esteem. Gina has met a man online and just can't quite let her heart follow Nick without giving Football20 a chance. Gina had some pretty big insecurities to deal with. I could understand why she felt that way, yet I wanted her to let it go. I enjoyed watching her blossom. Nick is a man who can do everything, yet he's very humble. I love the way he would build up those around him.

    These were fun, clean holiday stories. I only wish the  main characters from the other books would have shown up more in other stories. 

    Content: no language; no violence; clean kissing. Clean!


    About the Authors

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    Anna Adams wrote her first romance in wet sand. The Atlantic Ocean washed it away, but Anna kept going. Her stories are of love, like the proverbial stone in a lake, making ripples that spread and contract and involve. From Iceland to Hawaii, and points in between, Anna and her own hero share with children and family and friends who?ve become family. All this living and loving gives Anna plenty of fodder for stories of love set in real life. Come along and live them with her!


    Anna J. Stewart can't remember a time she didn't have a book in her hand or a story in her head and credits her mother never saying no to a book for turning her into a writer. Anna lives in Northern California with an overly attentive cat named Snickers and is happiest when setting her heroes and heroines on their road to happily ever after amidst family, fun and laughter.


    Melinda Curtis
    Melinda Curtis grew up on an isolated sheep ranch, where mountain lions had been seen and yet she roamed unaccompanied. Being a rather optimistic, clueless of danger, sort she took to playing "what if" games that led her to become an author. She spends days trying to figure out new ways to say "He made her heart pound." That might sound boring, but the challenge keeps her mentally ahead of her 3 kids and college sweetheart husband.




    Tour-Wide Giveaway

    - Gift Card Prize Pack: $20 Amazon gift card and ebook of Christmas, Actually (open internationally)
    - US Prize Pack: Paperback of Christmas, Actually and three Christmas ornaments (US only)
    - 3 ebooks of Christmas, Actually (open internationally)
    Ends November 30th

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    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    Review: Painting Kisses by Melanie Jacobson


    Painting Kisses 

    Painting Kisses by Melanie Jacobson
    Kindle Edition, 240 pages
    Published October 2nd 2014 by Covenant Communications

    Description: Lia Carswell is good at what she does, even if it isn't as glamorous as her old artist life in Manhattan. The popular waitress works hard in a small Salt Lake City diner, with the goal of easing her sister's financial strain. And with her witty personality and good looks, she's something of an enigma to the male customers who vie for her attention. Ever the professional, Lia keeps her distance, with one exception. Aidan is a breakfast regular, and his gentle, clever teasing draws Lia's attention and builds an easy rapport between them, though Lia would never let their relationship get serious, especially since he's not the only one trying to catch her eye. Her handsome neighbor Griff has been hinting that he wants more than a neighborly relationship.

    Then her old New York artist life comes knocking, and an offer is made for a series of commissioned paintings. Lia knows it would ensure financial security for her family, but she doesn't know if she wants that life anymore. When she undertakes one final project, she reawakens her heart and soul. And as she finds herself falling in love and needing an outlet more and more, she realizes her paintings might be her saving grace.


    My Review: Lia is a snarky waitress at a roadside diner in Utah. She has walls built up around herself and it's for a good reason. She is very gruff, yet consistent, with the customers in the diner and they come to rely on her for that stability.Her sister and niece live with her and they work hard to make ends meet. Lia likes her job and is good at it--she's also good at avoiding the teasing and advances of the men who frequent the diner. She doesn't want to give out any personal information about herself, yet as time goes by, she starts to build a friendship with Aidan, who comes in often. But then there's Griff...her handsome and quiet neighbor. I loved the way Aidan was able to chip away at the walls and the banter that ensued between them. I also enjoyed the relationship that Lia had with her sister. 


    I was completely captivated by Lia's art. The imagery used to describe her work and how she worked was amazing. In fact, I found myself going around trying to figure out what pumpkins sound like, what the sky tastes like, and what a feather sounds like. 

    Ms. Jacobson's books are often light-hearted and hilarious, but this one was different. Yes, the humor was there at moments, but the storyline was a little more serious. Lia's secret past came out, little by little, which really pulled the reader into the story. As I mentioned earlier, there was a mini-love triangle going on, and I honestly felt torn between who I wanted her to choose.



    Even though this one is different, I found it to still be very good and well-written. I did not see the ending coming!

    Content: no language or violence; mild kissing. Clean!
     
    Amazon  *  B&N

    About the Author:
    Melanie JacobsonMelanie Bennett Jacobson is an avid reader, amateur cook, and champion shopper. She consumes astonishing amounts of chocolate, chick flicks, and romance novels. After meeting her husband online, she is now living happily married in Southern California with her growing family and a series of doomed houseplants. Melanie is a former English teacher and a popular speaker who loves to laugh and make others laugh. In her down time (ha!), she writes romantic comedies for Covenant and maintains her humorous slice-of-life blog. 

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    Review: Loving Lucianna by Joyce DiPastena w/Giveaway

    Loving Lucianna 
    Loving Lucianna: A Hearts in Autumn Romance by Joyce DiPastena
    Paperback, 220 pages
    Published October 11th 2014 by Sable Tyger Books 
    My Source: I received a copy from the tour host in exchange for an honest review
    Description: Sir Balduin de Soler gave up long ago on love. He never had the means to support a wife until an unexpected advancement in his fifties allows him to reassess his future just as the lovely Lucianna enters his life.

    Lucianna Fabio harbors a secret, painful memory from her past that has kept her unwed, as well. Now in her forties, she thought herself too old to marry until she meets Sir Balduin. Now suddenly their lonely autumn lives feel very much like spring again . . . until Lucianna’s brother appears without warning and threatens to revive the secret that will destroy Lucianna’s second chance at love.


     
    My Review: I really enjoyed the setting, as well as the story of two people, who assume they are past the age for marrying, finding one another and falling in love. The story was slow for me and it took me while to get into it, but once I did, I really enjoyed it.
    The story has some humor, as well as a mystery. The reader will learn that Sir Baluin isn't a poet, by any means. When everything came out, Lucianna's reluctance made sense. She has a secret that she doesn't want shared, but when her brother shows up, she knows that nothing good can come of it.

    Sir Balduin was very persistent and knew exactly what he wanted, while Lucianna was more hesitant. She was a little frustrating at times, because she seemed content with what was going on and they would suddenly look for little reasons to doubt her choice. She didn't seem to handle things in a very mature way, despite her physical age.  Of course, I thought the villain was perfect for the part.
    A major theme that came through for me was the importance of family and relationships. I loved the emphasis placed on honoring ones word, too.

    Content: Clean.

     
    (3.5)
    Buy Links:

    About the Author:
    Joyce DiPastena 
    Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also where she completed her first full-length novel…set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his “Angevin Empire” in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, Loyalty’s Web (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist).

    Joyce is a multi-published, multi-award winning author who specializes in sweet medieval romances heavily spiced with mystery and adventure. She lives with her two cats, Clio and Glinka Rimsky-Korsokov, in Mesa, Arizona.

    Connect with Joyce:  Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter

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    Review: Amazing Hairstyles by Becky Porter

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    Amazing Hairstyles: From Easy to Elegant 

    Amazing Hairstyles from Easy to Elegant by Becky Porter
    My Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

    Description: Tired of bad hair days? Popular hairstyle blogger Rebecca Porter teaches you the basics of braids, buns, and twists, and helps you combine them to create amazing hairstyles for any occasion. Go from drab to fab at any age with the easy, step-by-step tutorials in this essential guide.

    My Review: I have two daughters and neither one of them has that perfect hair. One of them is a teen now and does her own hair and it's always so cute, but the other one...it's a battle. The biggest problem is that I have no clue what I'm doing!

    I was excited to get this book and to look through it to see all the different styles. There are casual styles and fancy styles; easy styles and styles that are a little more work.The book starts out with a list of basic hair items. Hello? Where have I been? I never knew that a topsy tail took existed and think of how easy some of these styles will be with this tool--I need one! There are also some basic terms described, which was helpful to someone as clueless as I am.

    Now for the fun stuff--each style had multiple pictures and step-by-step instructions, which made every style seem doable. I haven't tried all of them out yet, but the ones I have are fun. I honestly had no clue that do do a twist, you have to twist each piece of hair one way and then twist them together the opposite way. I think my twists will stay put now--what a relief!

    This is a great book for beginners or really for anyway looking for fairly easy ways to jazz up their hair.

    About the author:
    Becky Porter is the hands behind the hairstyles. Since starting her blog, BabesInHairland.com in 2008, she has been making the world a prettier place, one head of hair at a time. Besides having a passion for doing hair and teaching hair classes, she loves music, baking, and spending time with her family. She lives in Utah with her three amazing daughter’s and one patient husband.