Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Timeless Romance Anthology: European Collection

Beautifully woven and artfully crafted, I couldn't put them down. In each of the novellas, I found myself freezing in Finland, in the thick of battle with Anna and Pete, and hoping that they would tell each other that they still love each other before it’s too late. 

~Escaping a forced engagement in England as Melissa and Thomas elope. When Melissa finds out he married her for her money, she's not sure she wants to be Lady Melissa Burroughs, Countess of Oaksey. Does he even love her? 
~Feeling the devastating loss and great joy as Ethan loses his beloved Mary while giving birth to their beautiful daughter. Can he possibly love anyone again or is he cursed and will some tragedy befall Amelia as well? 
~Dreading the thought that the excitement she felt during their courtship may have been short lived, as Lucy enlists the help of her family to help Reed remember that it must continue after the "I do". Will their plans work?
~Daring to venture in Bordeaux as Gina dreams of finding someone as wonderful and mysterious as the strangers she reads about in her romance novels. Could it be the tall dark figure on the balcony that will sweep her into his arms? Would her father approve?
 ~Hoping that fairy tales do come true in Venice for Evangeline. Treated as an outcast in her family and considered a spinster she finds solace in her painting. A chance encounter will change all of that and bring her stepfather's true nature to light.

WAR OF HEARTS by Annette Lyon
GIFT OF LOVE by Michele Paige Holmes
A LESSON IN LOVE by Sarah M. Eden
AN OCEAN AWAY by Heather B. Moore
WHEN IN VENICE by Nancy Campbell Allen

Monday, January 6, 2014

Daisy (The Newport Ladies Book Club) by Josi S. Kilpack

Daisy (The Newport Ladies Book Club)Daisy by Josi S. Kilpack

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

None of us are immune from trial and adversity in our lives. God allows each of us-no matter our skin color, our religion, our marital status, or our age-to experience difficult things in life. Fortunately he puts people in our lives to support us and help us get through those difficult times. Daisy has always done things on her own, but she now realizes that she doesn't have to go through life alone. She relies on new-found friendships to help her face this new experience in her life. She gains new insight to her past and finds hope in her new future. This is a great read and Josie Kilpack has a writing style that you'll thoroughly enjoy!

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Paige (The Newport Ladies Book Club) by Annette Lyon

Paige (The Newport Ladies Book Club)Paige by Annette Lyon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When change is needed in her life, Paige and her two little boys move to California to start their life without her unfaithful ex-husband. She needs to know who she is as a woman and if she can give her boys what they need on her own? She decides to join a book club in hopes of making new friends—ones who wouldn’t judge her. The ladies in the book club become a much needed support as she tries to do so. She meets a wonderful man who treats her like a queen and helps her realize how amazing she is. Through the books they read as a group, she finds the answers that will help her stay true to her beliefs. Her new friends are there to give support and help increase her confidence as she moves forward. I love the way she describes what she thinks of her new friends…”we were definitely an interesting tapestry of personalities, one I’d come to treasure.” Paige is a wonderful read! I thoroughly enjoyed every word!

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The Dream Keeper by Mikey Brooks

The Dream KeeperThe Dream Keeper by Mikey Brooks

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Dream Keeper is full of adventure, danger and newfound friendships. Mikey Brooks weaves a magical spell that immerses you in every page.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Beginnings

Saying hello to a new year also means saying goodbye to the previous one. There are many wonderful things that happened in 2013. Going to the LDS Storymakers Conference, meeting new friends, learning new things, forgetting more than I'd like, high school graduation, celebrating another wonderful year married to my husband, moving, sending a missionary into the field, being in a music video with Alex Boye, having a story published in A Circle of Sisters, creating, writing, a Christmas full of surprises, growing older. Well a couple of those things weren't the most wonderful but I'm grateful for the things I've learned from them.
In the coming year my quest will be much the same as the last few years. To enjoy the small and simple things. To be more, to do better - in all areas of my life. I think the most helpful tool will be consistency. Doing the things that need to be done when they need to be done. More writing, more loving, more hiking, camping and fishing. Finding a balance with all that I'd like to accomplish. Dusting off some old talents and completing the projects that are overdue.
Here's to the new year 2014! May you consistently work to make your dreams come true. Below are a few of my favorite goal setting and motivational quotes:

Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are still masters of our fate.
We are still captains of our souls.
Winston Churchill

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.

If you don't know where you are going,
you'll end up someplace else.
Yogi Berra

Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than before. Polybius

  • "It's in the doing, not just the thinking, that we accomplish our goals." President Thomas S. Monson
  • "We can become the masters of our own destinies by practicing self-discipline and by setting worthy goals that will lead to higher ground so that we can become what our Heavenly Father wants us to become." Elder M. Russell Ballard, May 2003 New Era
  • You must avoid blindness of mind by setting goals. ... I have long contended that the person who sets goals and who strives to attain such is the master of his own fate." Elder Carlos E. Asay, May 1985 New Era
  • "When it came to setting goals, my father had three rules. First, we had to have worthwhile goals. Second, we could change our goals at any time. But third, whatever goal we chose, we had to work diligently toward it." Elder Gene R. Cook, April 2008 Liahona
  • "Set short-term goals that you can reach. Set goals that are well balanced, not too many nor too few, and not too high nor too low. Write down your attainable goals, and work on them according to their importance. Pray for divine guidance in your goal setting." Elder M. Russell Ballard, May 1987 Ensign
  • "I believe in goals, but I believe that the individual should set his own. Goal setting should cause us to stretch as we make our way." President Spencer W. Kimball quoted by Elder Marvin J. Ashton, November 1983 Ensign
  • "May I invite you to rise to the great potential within you. But don’t reach beyond your capacity. Don’t set goals beyond your capacity to achieve. Don’t feel guilty or dwell on thoughts of failure. Don’t compare yourself with others. Do the best you can, and the Lord will provide the rest. Have faith and confidence in Him, and you will see miracles happen in your life and the lives of your loved ones." President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, September 2009 Liahona

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