Thursday, February 22, 2018

A Practically Romantic Cover Reveal

I have a huge announcement!

I'm thrilled to announce that my NINTH book is being released next week. Ninth. As in, I've written NINE novels. I never would have imagined...

Anyway, I loved writing this book, and I can't wait for it to be released next week! So I wanted to show you the incredible book cover. Isn't it sweet?

The Practically Romantic Groom

When words won’t come easily…

From picnics and horseback riding, small-town florist, Brooke Holt, is all about the romance. A closet musician, she pours her romantic fantasies into writing country music ballads, and she might even share them someday if she weren’t stricken with a severe case of stage fright.

Cobble Creek’s divorce attorney Isaac Murphy is just the opposite. He’s seen enough disappointed hearts and broken marriages to know love takes more than a bouquet of roses and flowery phrases. It pays to be pragmatic when it comes to relationships, especially as support for a niece struggling with selective mutism.

When Brooke’s brother starts dating Isaac’s sister, what starts as a friendly wager between Brooke and Isaac to prove whose way is right brings out their competitive streaks. Falling back into being best friends is easy, but when feelings start to turn into something more, saying something seems too much of a gamble.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

TREK the Movie!

I'm always on the lookout for good and clean books and movies, and this one has piqued my interest, so I thought I would share it with you! I love the quote about it being "Mormon cosplay." That made me laugh! I'm looking forward to seeing this movie!

Scroll down for a synopsis, to watch the trailer, and to enter to win a $50 Deseret Book gift card!

Movie Synopsis: 

Written by Hollywood screenwriter David Howard and Jon Enos, and directed by Alan Peterson, TREK is a family comedy that follows a group of LDS teens as they stumble their way through the sagebrush looking for their pioneer heritage as well as their own testimonies.

Watch as Tom, a young Mormon teenager and his friends try to smuggle in unsanctioned food, battle sibling rivalry, encounter a “special ops” Young Mens leader, ponder doctrinal brain teasers, and match wits with a Twinkie-loving skunk.  Through all of the ups and downs, they are revealed to be “real” LDS youth who are struggling with real challenges—doubts, divorce, relationships.  When they encounter unexpected trouble, their faith is tested much like their pioneer ancestors.

TREK Movie Trailer:

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Review: Lies Jane Austen Told Me by Julie Wright

Book Description:

Lies Jane Austen Told Me [A Proper Romance] by Julie Wright

Ever since Emma read Pride and Prejudice, she's been in love with Mr. Darcy and has regarded Jane Austen as the expert on all things romantic. So naturally when Emma falls for Blake Hampton and he invites her home to meet his parents, she is positive an engagement is in her future. After all, Blake is a single man in possession of a good fortune, and thus must be in want of a wife.

But when it turns out that what Blake actually wants is more of a hook-up than a honeymoon, Emma is hurt, betrayed, and furious. She throws herself deeper into her work as CMO of Kinetics, the fastest growing gym franchise in the nation. She loves her work, and she's good at it, which is why she bristles when her boss brings in a consultant to help her spearhead the new facilities on the East Coast. Her frustration turns to shock when that consultant turns out to be Blake's younger brother, Lucas.

Emma is determined not to fall for Lucas, but as she gets to know him, she realizes that Lucas is nothing like his brother. He is kind and attentive and spends his time and money caring for the less fortunate.

What she can't understand is why Lucas continues to try to push her back into Blake's arms when he so clearly has fallen as hard for her as she has fallen for him.

Realizing that her love life is as complicated as anything Jane Austen could have dreamed up, Emma must find a way to let Blake know that it's time for him to let her go and to let Lucas know it's time for him to love her back.

My Review:

Isn't that cover fun? I liked the concept from the start, but even more so by the time I finished the book. Great choice on the design.

And then...what an absolute joy to read! In fact, if I could give it six stars, I probably would. Not that it was life-changing or anything, but everything about it was so fun. First, the voice of the main character, Emma. She's an intelligent, caring person who tries so hard to see the best in everyone, but beyond that, I loved her spunky, snarky thoughts, yet at the same time, her insecure side she needs to work through. She's relatable.

All the characters are well crafted and interesting--not just carbon copies of Jane Austen characters. Which leads me to another aspect of the book I really liked. I appreciated that it wasn't a strict retelling of just one Jane Austen novel, but that it has bits and pieces of each. And I loved Caroline Hampton's speech about the impact Jane Austen has had on writing and women--love it so much that I dog-eared the page, and I'm not that kind of reader!!

So glad there are authors out there who write clean, fun stories like this!

Lies Jane Austen Told Me

A Proper Romance by Julie Wright

Available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook

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