Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Falling for Her Billionaire Best Friend Available for Preorder!

I'm excited to announce my next book is officially available for preorder!

Part of the Billionaire Bachelor Cove series, Falling for Her Billionaire Best Friend is my second book in the series, but there's a whole lot of fun going on! Come by and check it out.



Preorder now and receive your ebook as soon as it becomes available on July 9!


Kissing your best friend is a gamble. One amazing lip-lock could destroy the friendship or be the start of true love—but you won’t know unless you try it...


WELCOME TO THE COVE


With heavy iron gates, two security stations, and a groundskeeper's cottage, The Cove has everything a billionaire could ask for in a home. Dubbed Billionaire Bachelor Cove because of the residents' single status and income portfolios, The Cove is the perfect place to hide away from the world. But, as the residents soon find out, they can't hide from love.

♥♥  FALLING FOR HER BILLIONAIRE BEST FRIEND  ♥♥


Billionaire next-door neighbors Mary Alice Howe and Ryland Neilson’s mothers are lifelong best friends. But throwing their children together for everything from Camelot Cruise birthday parties to cotillion classes has ensured a close friendship, not the hoped-for romance.

Excited to take over his father’s company as the newest CEO of Dihedral Aeronautics, Ryland takes a risk that just might ruin the company. Taking a chance on a relationship with his best friend Mary Alice, however, seems even more foolish. Sure, he’s had a slight crush on her for a while now, but they can’t seem to get their timing right to give a real relationship a shot.

Already unsure what she wants to do with her career and her relationship with pro soccer player Camden Sharpe, adding new and thrilling feelings for her best friend causes Mary Alice’s world to spin upside-down. One thing she does know is that she wants a fairy-tale romance. Ryland may look like the handsome prince—tall, dark, and gorgeous—but can a woman be swept off her feet by someone she shared orthodontist appointments with?

When a personal ad brings the two together, they realize that maybe they don’t actually know everything about each other. Discovering new sides to their personalities adds a surprising new layer to their relationship. Yet when old expectations arise, they’ll have to decide if it’s better to stay in the safety of the friend-zone or jump down the rabbit hole of the unknown and risk everything for love.

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Inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, this full-length sweet/clean contemporary billionaire romance is similar to your favorite Hallmark movie and will bring a smile to your day!

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In case you missed the first book, Her App, a Match, and the Billionaire, a Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice-inspired contemporary romance is already out! Catch up on your reading before Falling for her Billionaire Best Friend is released!

Friday, June 7, 2019

Review: "The Trial of Porter Rockwell" DVD


The Trial of Porter Rockwell (DVD)


Description:

Based on the True Story
When former Missouri Governor Lilburn Boggs is shot by an unknown assailant, rumors quickly spread that the Mormons are responsible for the attempted assassination of the controversial politician. Never a friend of the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Boggs had four years earlier issued the infamous extermination order that pronounced, "Mormons must be treated as enemies, and must be exterminated or driven from the State."
Rumors gain new momentum when recently excommunicated member John C. Bennett implicates the Prophet Joseph Smith and Porter Rockwell in the crime. Though these accusations are vehemently denied by Joseph and his supporters, arrest warrants are issued for the Prophet and his protector. Joseph's warrant is dismissed; however, Porter Rockwell, not yet thirty, is arrested. After spending nine months in jail, Porter is finally brought to court for a grand—jury hearing to determine if there is sufficient evidence to indict him—a hurdle the state of Missouri must clear to proceed with a full criminal trial. This taut courtroom drama brings to life the friendship of Joseph and Porter and the original story behind the larger-than-life, legendary Porter Rockwell.

My Review:

A few thoughts on the DVD from someone who didn't know a whole lot about Porter Rockwell other than his name. I know a fair bit about Church history from the early days of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, yet I always love learning more. In this DVD, the cinematography and acting were spectacular. The costumes, the characters, the situation--all were fascinating to me and appeared well done. The movie was almost over (I had no idea it was going to be this short) when I realized we weren't going to get any more to the story than the trail, really. Other than a couple of minutes at the beginning and the end, the entire script was the trail. That made it very difficult for me to connect to the character. I actually felt more for the attorney than I did the defendant. I would have loved to learn more about Porter Rockwell's background, more about the situation surrounding the attempted murder of the former Govenor Boggs, and especially a resolution to the crime. While well done and enjoyable, it felt too short, missing context and leaving me wanting more. Is that okay? Certainly; maybe I'll go research more about Porter Rockwell. Was it worth my time watching it? Yes, absolutely. Would I have been happy if I bought it? Perhaps, if I realized that the reason it is cheaper than most DVDs is because it is shorter. I received a complimentary copy of the DVD from the producer and have given my honest opinion.


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Friday, May 31, 2019

Review: Living the Parables by Hank Smith and Kathryn Jenkins


Book Description:

Living the Parables

Applying Christ's Teachings to our Lives

by Hank Smith with Kathryn Jenkins



As the world’s greatest teacher, Jesus Christ used His skills as a storyteller to teach and inspire His followers. The parables of Christ contain a wealth of guidance, but the deeper meaning of His words can sometimes be difficult to decipher. Now, best-selling authors Hank Smith and Kathryn Jenkins—known and loved for their ability to approach gospel topics in a clear, light, and understandable way—take a careful look at the finer points of the Savior’s stories. They uncover the profound spiritual lessons hidden within and illustrate practical and accessible application for our day. In Living the Parables: Applying Christ’s Teachings to Our Lives, readers are presented with commentary from generations of Church leaders and religious scholars, as well as modern-day interpretations of the underlying significance of each account. This volume will inspire followers of Christ to draw on the power of His Atonement by embracing a deeper understanding of His parables.

My Review:

I love listening to Hank Smith teach in person; he's so inspiring and has great insight and humor. I wondered what the experience would be reading one of his books. I was not disappointed. I could hear his voice in his humor, but more than that, I could feel the Spirit teaching me through him. It is apparent he's done a lot of research, and yet he makes the information accessible and interesting. I loved learning the background on the authors of each of the Gospels, and after reading a couple of the parables, I just had to go share what I learned with my husband. The fact that this sparked our conversation makes it worth it. I look forward to using it as a companion with the Bible as my husband and I focus on learning about the Savior this year.

Living the Parables

by Hank Smith

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Review: Josi Kilpack's "Daisies & Devotion



Book Description:

Daisies and Devotion

[A Proper Romance Mayfield Family Romance] by Josi Kilpack


Timothy Mayfield is ready to marry for love, but since his personal finances are thinner than he’d like, he knows he’ll also need a wife with wealth. After receiving an unexpected inheritance, Timothy’s circumstances change, and he is free to pursue his “perfect woman”—one with blonde hair, blue eyes, a light laugh, arched eyebrows, elegant fingers, and a dazzling smile, among nearly twenty other characteristics.

Maryann Morrington doesn’t match anything on Timothy’s list—except for wealth. An heiress in her own right, she is tired of men pursuing her only for her money. But at nearly twenty-two years old, and not a particularly stunning beauty, she can’t be as picky as her friend Timothy is.
The two friends end up playing matchmaker for each other. Timothy will find a decent gentleman for Maryann, and Maryann will prove to Timothy that his “perfect woman” doesn’t exist.
Until Miss Shaw comes to London.
Now, with Timothy’s heart captivated by the blonde, blue-eyed beauty, Maryann must decide if she should risk her heart and reveal her true feelings for her friend, or if she should settle for someone else. It’s an up-and-down game of “he loves me, he loves me not,” with both hearts and friendships on the line.

My Review:

I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to read and review an advance copy and happily give my honest feedback. I so enjoyed the previous book in the series, and looked forward to this one. I have to say, I loved this book even more! I liked that it felt different than many regency-era books I've read. I enjoyed the friendship between the main characters. Their relationship is complex and so perfectly real: they are comfortable with each other, they banter and tease, nit-pick and uplift. The dance scene at the end? Ahhh! Gives me goosebumps to think about now, even days later. And the symbolism of the daisies and the "he loves me, he loves me not" were perfect! Read this book. I hope you enjoy as much as I did!

Daisies and Devotion

A Proper Romance by Josi Kilpack

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Review: Ilima Todd's "A Song for the Stars"



Book Description:

A Song for the Stars

[A Proper Romance] by Ilima Todd


Inspired by a true story
 
Hawaiian Islands, 1779
 
As the second daughter of a royal chief, Maile will be permitted to marry for love. Her fiancé is the best navigator in Hawaii, and he taught her everything he knows how to feel the ocean, observe the winds, read the stars, and how to love.
 
But when sailors from a strange place called England arrive on her island, a misunderstanding ends in battle, and Maile is suddenly widowed before she is wed.

Finding herself in the middle of the battle and fearing for her life, Maile takes John Harbottle, the wounded man who killed her fiancé, prisoner, and though originally intending to let him die, she reluctantly heals him. And in the process, she discovers the man she thought was her enemy might be her ally instead.
 
John has been Captain James Cook's translator for three voyages across the Pacific. He is kind and clearly fascinated with her homeland and her people and Maile herself. But guilt continues to drive a wedge between them: John's guilt over the death he caused, and Maile's guilt over the truth about what triggered the deadly battle a secret she's kept hidden from everyone on the island.
 
When Maile is tasked with teaching John how to navigate using the stars so he can sail back to England, they must also navigate the challenges of being from very different cultures. In doing so, they might also find the peace that comes when two hearts become one.

My Review:



I love the Proper Romance series--historical and contemporary--and was thrilled a slightly different culture and time period were being added to the series. I think this book is a perfect addition and fits right in. The cover is gorgeous and the setting described, lovely. The history was fun, and I enjoyed being transported to this new setting, time, and culture. When I finished the book today, I did so, content that I'd read the book. That said, it took me a really long time to read from start to finish, and I think the biggest reason was that I never did get used to the first-person present-tense point of view. I don't read a lot of books with that POV, and I found it distracting. Besides that, however, I loved Ilima Todd's use of language. Her descriptions are beautiful, the emotion raw and real, and the themes poignant. This book is an important read. A great balance of culture, lesson, and romance. Knowing it was based on a true story about the author's ancestors made the story itself more intriguing. I'm glad I read it and look forward to more from this author.

A Song for the Stars

A Proper Romance by Ilima Todd

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