Monday, July 25, 2016

The Last Woman Standing by Thelma Adams

Title:  The Last Woman Standing
Author: Thelma Adams
Publisher:  Lake Union Publishing
Release Date:  July 19, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance

Two decades after the Civil War, Josephine Marcus, the teenage daughter of Jewish immigrants, is lured west with the promise of marriage to Johnny Behan, one of Arizona’s famous lawmen. She leaves her San Francisco home to join Behan in Tombstone, Arizona, a magnet for miners (and outlaws) attracted by the silver boom. Though united by the glint of metal, Tombstone is plagued by divided loyalties: between Confederates and Unionists, Lincoln Republicans and Democrats.
But when the silver-tongued Behan proves unreliable, it is legendary frontiersman Wyatt Earp who emerges as Josephine’s match. As the couple’s romance sparks, Behan’s jealousy ignites a rivalry destined for the history books…
At once an epic account of an improbable romance and a retelling of an iconic American tale, The Last Woman Standing recalls the famed gunfight at the O.K. Corral through the eyes of a spunky heroine who sought her happy ending in a lawless outpost—with a fierce will and an unflagging spirit.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

COTT: Summer's Sizzling' - Vote for your Fave in this July's Clash of the Titles!

Summer's Sizzlin'

Vote for your Fave!

Scroll through these THREE new reads and vote below 
for which you'd pick up first to read while sippin' iced tea.
It'll be a tough choice! But somebody's gotta do it. May as well be you!

Almost Like Being in Love by Beth K. Vogt

She’s won an all-expenses-paid, luxurious wedding — all she needs now is the groom! Winning a destination wedding would be a dream come true … if Caron Hollister and her boyfriend, Alex were already engaged — and if her ex-boyfriend, Kade, wasn’t back in her life, causing her to wonder “what if?” when she thought she was ready to say “I do” to someone else.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson + Giveaway

Title:  A Beauty Refined
Series: Sapphire Brides, Book 2
Author: Tracie Peterson
Publisher:  Bethany House
Release Date:  July 5, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction

What does it take to reveal the true beauty of a hidden gem?

Phoebe Von Bergen, the daughter of a German count, is excited to visit America for the first time while her father purchases sapphires in Helena, Montana. Little does she know, however, that her father's intentions---both for her and the gemstones---are not what she thinks.

Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the dignified young woman staying at the Broadwater Hotel more than a little intriguing. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie---a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.

Meeting Ian has changed everything for Phoebe, and she begins to consider staying in America, regardless of her father's plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger that results when her family's deception begins to unravel.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Missing (The Nikki Boyd Files, Book 2) by Lisa Harris

Title:  Missing
Series: The Nikki Boyd Files, Book 2
Author: Lisa Harris
Publisher:  Revell
Release Date:  July 5, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Suspense

Nikki Boyd isn't usually called in on homicides; her forte is missing persons. But when a case with two murdered and two missing pops up on a quiet suburban street, she's ready to start the investigation and find missing homeowners Mac and Lucy Hudson. When the first clues lead her to the boat of her friend Tyler Grant--and another dead body--Nikki must untangle what ties Tyler to the Hudsons. The clues pull her into a deadly maze of counterfeit drugs and a killer who will stop at nothing to silence anyone who threatens his business--including Nikki.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

All Things Bright and Beautiful + Giveaway

Title:  All Things Bright and Beautiful
Author: Cecil Frances Alexander
Artist: Katy Hudson
Publisher:  Worthy Kids
Release Date:  February 9, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Children Picture Book
Ages: 4-7

First published by Cecil Frances Alexander in 1848, this favorite hymn has become a mainstay of churches and Sunday school classes everywhere. Here artist Katy Hudson brings new joy to the words with her fresh and bright watercolor style. Readers can join in the fun as they follow two little girls and their brother on a day filled with the discovery of “all things bright and beautiful.”

Litjoy Crate June 2016 Unboxing Reveal + Reviews

I'm late, yes. It's already late July, and I'm just posting my June boxes! However, this have nothing to do with favoritism, but really my schedule's just been crazy!  Now, I'm looking forward to the July box, which should be coming soon. First, let's check out the June box.

A little about LitJoy Crate from their website.
LitJoy Crate is a monthly book box subscription for readers of all ages! Each box is thoughtfully curated with new release books and 2-3 quality book-themed items. Select from our children's board book crate (ages 0-2), children's picture book crate (ages 3-7), or our young adult book crate (ages 14+). 
- Monthly plans start at $29.99 (plus shipping), and with prepay plans of 3, 6 or 12 months increment, you'll save a bit per box. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Nerdy Post Harry Potter June 2016 Unboxing Reveal & Review

I love the lettering artwork done by Alexis Lampley of Nerdy Post. So when I saw that the month of June's theme was Harry Potter, I had to add it to my HP collection.  So I was excited to see what that entails!

What is Nerdy Post, you ask? Nerdy Post is a monthly subscription service of fandom awesomeness. It includes many lettering artwork by Alexis, and other stationary items with a monthly theme.  This subscription, currently is on a month by month basis only for $21, which includes shipping. For stationary fans, this is one subscription you'll just LOVE.

Now, lets check out what's included in the June HP themed package!

How awesome, you must be thinking, so read on for my thoughts on each item!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Valley by Helen Bryan + Giveaway

Title:  The Valley
Series: The Valley Trilogy, Book 1
Author: Helen Bryan
Publisher:  Lake Union Publishing
Release Date:  July 19, 2016
Genre: Historical Fiction

Left suddenly penniless, the Honorable Sophia Grafton, a viscount’s orphaned daughter, sails to the New World to claim the only property left to her name: a tobacco plantation in the remote wilds of colonial Virginia. Enlisting the reluctant assistance of a handsome young French spy—at gunpoint—she gathers an unlikely group of escaped slaves and indentured servants, each seeking their own safe haven in the untamed New World.

What follows will test her courage and that of her companions as they struggle to survive a journey deep into a hostile wilderness and eventually forge a community of homesteads and deep bonds that will unite them for generations.

The first installment in an epic historical trilogy by Helen Bryan, the bestselling author of War Brides and The SisterhoodThe Valleyis a sweeping, unforgettable tale of hardship, tenacity, love, and heartache.

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Mind Gut Connection by Dr. Emeran Mayer

Title:  The Mind Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health
Author: Emeran Mayer, M.D.
Publisher:  Harper Wave
Release Date:  July 5, 2016
Genre: Health & Nutrition

Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with the latest discoveries on the human microbiome, a practical guide in the tradition of The Second Brain, and The Good Gut that conclusively demonstrates the inextricable, biological link between mind and the digestive system. We have all experienced the connection between our mind and our gut—the decision we made because it “felt right”; the butterflies in our stomach before a big meeting; the anxious stomach rumbling we get when we’re stressed out. While the dialogue between the gut and the brain has been recognized by ancient healing traditions, including Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, Western medicine has  by and large failed to appreciate the complexity of how the brain, gut, and more recently, the gut microbiota—the microorganisms that live inside our digestive tract—communicate with one another. In The Mind-Gut Connection, Dr. Emeran Mayer, professor of medicine and executive director of the UCLA Center for Neurobiology of Stress, offers a revolutionary and provocative look at this developing science, teaching us how to harness the power of the mind-gut connection to take charge of our health and listen to the innate wisdom of our bodies. 

The Mind-Gut Connection describes: 
• Why consuming a predominantly plant-based diet is key for gut and brain health 
• The importance of early childhood in gut-brain development, and what parents can do to help their children  thrive 
• The role of excessive stress and anxiety in GI ailments and cognitive disorders 
• How to “listen to your gut” and pay attention to the signals your body is sending you 
• and much more.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper + Giveaway

Title:  Sticks & Stones
Author: Abby Cooper
Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Release Date:  July 12, 2016
Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary Fiction / Fantasy
Age: 10-12 years

Ever since she was a baby, the words people use to describe Elyse have instantly appeared on her arms and legs. At first it was just "cute" and "adorable," but as she's gotten older and kids have gotten meaner, words like "loser" and "pathetic" appear, and those words bubble up and itch. And then there are words like "interesting," which she's not really sure how to feel about. Now, at age twelve, she's starting middle school, and just when her friends who used to accept and protect her are drifting away, she receives an anonymous note saying "I know who you are, and I know what you're dealing with. I want to help." As Elyse works to solve the mystery of who is sending her these notes, she also finds new ways to accept who she is and to become her best self.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Below: The Broken Sky Chronicles, Book 1 by Jason Chabot

Title:  Below
Series: The Broken Sky Chronicles, Book 1
Author: Jason Chabot
Publisher:  Turner Publishing
Release Date:  August 16, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian / Science-Fiction

The first volume in this thrilling trilogy opens on the barren plains of Below, where Hokk and his fox sidekick, Nym, live in exile amid the remnants of our modern age.
Overhead, on the floating islands of Above, Elia is trapped in a life of endless toil and drudgery as a laundress for the Mirrored Palace. To Elia, the islands’ edges are borders that no one dares cross until the ancient ritual that delivers the dead to Below. But a series of natural disasters rumbling through Above sends Elia’s world crashing into Hokk’s―and she falls Below.
Their journey together will propel them across endless plains and through shattered cities in a centuries-old battle for the very earth and sky around them . . .

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano

"A Scottish Romance Brimming with Heart and Heat" (back cover)

Title:  Five Days in Skye
Series: The MacDonald Family Trilogy, Book 1
Author: Carla Laureano
Publisher: David C. Cook
Release Date: June 10, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Inspirational Fiction

Hospitality consultant Andrea Sullivan has one last chance to snag a high-profile client or she'll have to kiss her dreams of promotion good-bye. When she's sent to meet Scottish celebrity chef James MacDonald on the Isle of Skye, she just wants to finish her work as efficiently as possible. Yet her client is not the opportunistic womanizer he portrays himself to be, and her attraction to him soon dredges up memories she'd rather leave buried. For James, renovating the family hotel is a fulfillment of his late father's dreams. When his hired consultant turns out to be beautiful, intelligent, and completely unimpressed by his public persona, he makes it his mission to win her over. He just never expects to fall under her spell.

Soon, both Andrea and James must face the reality that God may have a far different purpose for their lives—and that five days in Skye will forever change their outlook on life and love.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

Title:  Breathe, Annie, Breathe
Series: Hundred Oaks, Book 5
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date:  April 7, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary 

Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.