Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Chocolate Roses Blog Tour with Prizes!

Love Chocolate?
Jane Eyre?
Then you're going to love the blog tour (July
26-August 6)
Janie Rose Whitaker's world revolved around her chocolate shop until Roger Wentworth and his young daughter moved into the apartment across from Janie's. Anyone would think Roger fit the mold of the "perfect" guy, but soon Janie discovers secrets that could keep them apart forever. Though she resists getting involved in Roger's complicated life, they are drawn further into a bittersweet relationship.
You will laugh, cry, and crave chocolate as you read this LDS parody of the
classic novel.
We have two great prizes up for grabs!
Win either a copy of the
book (2 winners) or this fabulous apron created by Joan!

All you have to do is leave a comment (along with your email address if it isn't on
your blog profile) and answer the following question.

What's your favorite type of
chocolate: white, dark, or milk?
The more blogs you comment on the
more entries you'll receive.
All comments must be left by midnight MST on August 8 to be

July 26
Nichole Giles--Random-ish by

Joyce DiPastena--JDP News

July 27
Deanne Blackhurst--Annie Speaks
Her Mind

Tristi Pinkston--*Tristi

July 28
Taffy Lovell--Taffy's Candy
Alison Palmer--Tangled Words
and Dreams

July 29
Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen--The
Write Blocks

C.S. Bezas--For the Love of the
Written Word

July 30
Sheila Stayley--Why Not?
Because I Said So!

LDSWomen's Book Review

August 2
Kerry Blair--Now &

Marsha Ward--Writer in the

August 3
Kaylee Baldwin--Kaylee

Amy Orton--Amesbury Reads

August 4
Anna del C.--Anna del C. Dye's Blog
Laurie Lewis--A View from
the Other Side

August 5
Valerie Ipson--Of Writerly

Anna Arnett--Insights and Ramblings
from Anna Arnett

August 6
Lynn Parsons
Danyelle Ferguson--Queen of the Clan

Chocolate Roses can be purchased
from Deseret Book, Amazon, and of
course your local LDS bookstore.

Chocolate Roses by Joan Sowards

Good, clean LDS romance with intrigue, humor and chocolate.

Janie and her sister own and run a high end chocolate store. Every Tuesday, a very handsome and mysterious man enters the shop and orders a chocolate rose to be delivered. Janie has a crush (obsession) on the man. Events take an interesting turn when he and his daughter moves in next door to Janie. Add the mystery of who the rose goes to, quirky characters and a crime and you have the mixture of a good story.
The only problem I had was in my own head. I kept trying to compare it to Jane Eyre and that aspect of the book didn't work for me. The similarities were: reclusive older man with daughter; the main character is older; a crazy wife and fire.
I did like the Jane Eyre quotes at the beginning of each chapter. I didn't recognize quite a few of them so now I really want to reread Jane Eyre.
This story is a quick, witty read.

Rating: PG
L: None
S: None
V: Kidnapping scene

Monday, July 26, 2010

Writing Dreams

Some days this is what chasing my writing dreams feels like...
Other days I feel like the goat and know I can make it!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

More Contests! Wanna Win?

Annette Lyons has been running her blog for four years now and is giving away TONS of prizes! Check her and her blog out here.

Let the Words Flow is giving away an ARC of PARANORMALCY.

Also, Let the Words Flow is giving away THE FORETELLING by Alice Hoffman here.

Anne Bradshaw is giving away HOMETOWN GIRL by Michelle Ashman Bell. Read her interview and enter to win here.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Book Review- THE IRON KING

Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she discovers why. When her half brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she never imagined--the world of Faery, where anything you see may try to eat you, and Meghan is the daughter of the summer faery king. Now she will journey into the depths of Faery to face an unknown enemy . . . and beg the help of a winter prince who might as soon kill her as let her touch his icy heart. The Iron King is the first book in the Iron Fey series.

Honestly, people! I'm getting tired of trilogies! I just want to read a good book, set it down and not have to wait for the next book!
Now that I've had my rant, I'll continue with my review...
This book was action packed from beginning to end. Meghan is of two worlds, mortal and fey. She doesn't realize her heritage until she recognizes that the strange things happening around her are not of her world. Even her BFF isn't of the mortal world.
Not until her four-year old brother is kidnapped does she come to grips with an unseen world and an adventure/quest that will take her to the depths of despair where she will find her true powers.
Of course, every good book has a love triangle, right? And of course, Meghan has to fall for the wrong guy. But he is a cute and princely guy.
There were a few errors that took me out of the story. I had to reread a few sentences and paragraphs to find the right meaning.
There is a lot of swearing in the book. I gave it three stars on goodreads because I think it takes more creativity to find a way around using expletives and get the same effect.
THE IRON KING ends well, meaning no major cliff hanger but enough to wet my appetite for the next book. Please tell me it will be good! Sometimes the second book in a trilogy is just a bridge or info dumping for the third book...

Rating: PG 13 (only because of the swearing)
V: Yes. Fighting, blood, death
L: Yes.
S: No.

For the page 69 test, read my review here.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Win BOOKS and more!

Win a signed copy of TELL ME A SECRET on Searching For A Good Read, and on Christine Fonseca's site.

Win a copy of THE ETERNAL ONES here.

Enter to win one of SIX titles coming out in the fall @ A Good Addiction

Here is a contest to win COMPROMISED or FREEZE FRAME.

Fire And Ice is having a few contests: City of Angels signed book, flower child necklace, cute doll, photo print, Pietersite ring, yummy Sandalwood cleansing grains, bookmarks, and a wolf pendant. PHEW!

Over on Babbling Flow is a contest for 7 ARCs! runs from July 20-Aug 6. Check it here.
And then mouse on over here where you can win 7 more ARCs!

The sequel for INCARCERON is up for grabs in the Dark Fantasy Contest! (Somehow, I loved that book!) Wait. No they are not. Do Not Go Over to that blog. I'm watching you, always watching...

Constant Revision is giving away awesome books like the 2010 WRITER'S MARKET book.

P.S. I haven't read any of these books so I can't guarantee they will be books that are good and / or clean...

Still Editing

Even though I don't normally like editing (who does?), I've been enjoying myself.
I really am!
I've been taking my WIP and line by line working on taking my characters from 2-D to 3-D.
My critique group finds my grammar errors and straightens me out, which I am truly grateful.
While editing, I decided I'd better give my MC a convenient weakness. She has to go inside underground tunnels to rescue her boyfriend so I think she gets to be claustrophobic. Now I have to go back and put in a few lines here and there with her phobia popping up.
Which makes me go back to editing!
Just when I thought I could see the light at the end of the tunnel!
Oh well.
I keep reminding myself that I'm learning.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

TRAPPED by Ronda Gibb Hinrichson

A forged letter, a golden vial, an ancient curse...

Her expression remained somber, but excitement crept into her voice. You are the Firstborn She...You must go to them. You want me to act as bait? Not bait, Emi. A spy. Our Trojan horse.

When Emi Warrin wakes one night to find a thief in her mother's house, she has no idea the intruder has planted a trap - a mysterious letter that will change her life forever. Lured to the Austrian Alps with Daniel, the man she loves, Emi is thrown into a perilous, mafia-like world of feuding families and a devastating curse that spans generations. As the Firstborn She - the only firstborn female in hundreds of years - only Emi can free her family from the curse that will soon afflict her as well. But for Emi to break the curse, she must delve into evil designs. As Emi struggles to understand her destiny as the Firstborn She, she learns that everything isn't as it seems and that all choices have consequences. Can Emi break the curse before it's too late?

I received this book to review. I started reading and felt like I was in a dream. I somehow or some time have read this book. It was me :)
Ronda's newest book is a mystery/paranormal/romance story. Emi, the main character, is the first female born in years into her family and they are all anxious for her to break the curse placed on them generations ago.
I had a hard time getting into the book because of so much detail, I guess. It was interesting but a little slow. I'm also critical and guessed the bad guy from the beginning. BUT! There are many twists and turns that Ronda takes her readers on and the ending is good.
And like any good mystery or suspense story, I wondered if the good guys were the bad guys etc.
The story of the curse is in and of itself an interesting story. Ronda could probably write a whole book just on the curse.
The romance didn't click with me but Rhonda does introduce beautiful people :)
This is a good, clean read for any age.

V: Kidnapping, fights
L: None
S: None

Page 69 Test:
"We just arrived. But so far, yes," Daniel answered.
She smiled, glancing at me and then at Daniel again. "I hope I am not bothering you, but I heard you speak of Traugott. I am a tour guide. Would you like me to take you there?"
I stared. "Yes!"
The woman grinned back.
Taking hold of my arm, Daniel asked, "Is it far?"
"Two hours."
I looked back at the sausage cart. Hans's mother kept glancing at us as she served the two men who had stood in line with the young woman.
"I have a car," the young woman added. "I will give you a good price." She wrote the amount on a piece of paper and handed it to Daniel.
"When can we go?" I asked."I think my father might be there."
"Yes. Maybe you've heard of him. His name is Alexander Tillman."
Hans's mother stared at me then, her black eyes as wide as Hans's had been when he learned we were Americans.
The young woman's face remained expressionless. "No. I do not know him. But we can go tomorrow, okay?"
"Yes, that would be great."
Daniel took his small notebook from his back pocket. "What time should we meet you?"
"Don't worry about writing it down, I told him. "I'll remember."
He ignored me.
The young woman smiled again. "We can go anytime you want. Maybe 10:00?"
"Could we start earlier?" I asked. "How about 8:00?"

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Go With The Flow-Feel The Vibe From Here To Asia

I feel like summer is finally here!

My family is all home for at least two weeks and we can have some sort of informal schedule. June was spent in three scout camps, getting ready for said scout camps, youth conference, getting ready for girls camp, girls camp, hubby traveling, Drama Teen getting a job, and washing all the clothes to be repacked again.
But today!
Today I was in a routine again.
I haven't really been writing this summer because, I guess you could say, I've been busy. I've made sure I had my chapters ready for critique and I scheduled blog posts.
But I haven't felt like I could take the time to sit and write. I like to have more than 30 minutes to be creative.
But the last two or three days I've had two whole, uninterrupted hours together and I found myself grinning and centering and relaxing and enjoying my writing (even if it was just editing).
This morning, a nasty little thought crept into my brain. I'll repeat it here but only quietly because I REALLY do LOVE summer and having the kids home: I-wish-school-would-start-soon.
I know! Rudeness.
My wish came from the creative side that woke up after a nearly two month hiatus.
I soothed her with promises to find a couple of hours today to let her do her thing. She bowed and nodded and went back to humming in the background.
I'll have to find time between my youth meeting, swim lesson and I really should buy food so we don't have to eat cold cereal for three meals again.
A promise is a promise.

What is your summer schedule like?
Do you feel you've had to let creativity take a back seat?

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Book Trailer in A Theater Near You

Okay! Here is something cool and wacky and amazing and wow! Talk about marketing!
Bree Despain has a book trailer for DARK DIVINE before the Eclipse movie.
Did you catch that? A book trailer in movie theaters!
How cool is that??
Here's the trailer:


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Failure Is Not Negative

Failure is not negative. It is a teacher. It molds, refines, and polishes you so that one day your light will shine for all to see.

It isn't the failure you experience that will determine your destiny, but your next step and then your next, that will tell the story of your life.

Blog Awards

I've won a couple of contests recently. I don't usually post them here but I really should! And I should add links back to the blogs that give me prizes, like today! I won $25 GC to for winning Rashelle's First Sentence Contest.
Here is my entry:
"He glanced around, careful not to move his head too quickly, and saw the newest victim."

Then I received two blog awards from Melanie over on Meanderings of Melanie Sherman.
She gave me the Versatile Blogger Award AND One Lovely Blog Award!

First, the Versatile Blogger Award:
1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass the award to all the bloggers* who
you have recently discovered and who think you are fantastic for whatever reason! (In no particular order...)
4. Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award.

7 things about me, Taffy:
1. I rarely get taffy candy for birthdays or Christmas and I've only made the stuff ONCE.
2. My husband's mascot is a rabbit. Are you scared? We decided it was the one from Monty Python and the Holy Grail...
3. I like it when my neighbor bakes too many desserts and has to give them to me.
4. The first sentence from the contest is from a YA sci-fi I'm finishing.
5. I talk my kids into going to the pool at least three times a week then blame them for the time I waste reading by the pool.
6. I love dark chocolate, tootsie pops and starfruit juice.
7. There are seriously not this many intersting thing about me.

On to the next blog award:
One Lovely Blog Award
Thanks again, Melanie!

1.Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and her/his blog.
2. Pass the award to 8 other blogs* that you've newly discovered.
3. Contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

I'm giving both awards to the following bloggers:

A No. 2 Pencil Stat!: I like to read Rashelle's post and enter her contests!
Cindy Beck: She always has fun thoughts, quotes and stories. The best stories are about her pets...
Joyce DiPastena: Joyce has awesome summer contests!
InkSplasher: Karlene is finishing up a fun virtual road trip to and from Forks. She also has many side internet businesses like perfume (many inspired by Twilight).
Sarah M. Eden: Funnnnny girl! Check out her 'I Need Friends Friday.' (Now if she would only answer the interview questions I sent her...)
Notes From the Writing Chair: Angie is one of the nicest people you'll meet!
Shannon Whitney Messenger: Her blog is lively and fun and funny and she gives away cool stuff.
Myth-Takes: Danyelle has some witty posts on this blog!

*I think the original rules were to give away to 15 bloggers or 8, so I choose eight because I've got to get packed for Girls Camp!

Have any suggestions on blogs you LOVE?
Leave them in the comments so we can all share!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Imprisonment vs. Freedom Diamonte Poem



Cold, harsh

Confining, dimming, binding

Lonely, empty-Truth, cherish

Learning, reveling, chasing

Joy, tears


Friday, July 2, 2010

Queen In Exile by Donna Hatch

Queen In Exile by Donna Hatch

Rumors of war hang over Princess Jeniah'speaceful country of Arden, a land that shuns both magic and warfare. Following a lifelong dream, Jeniah forms a telpathic bond with a revered creature called a chayim, who is prophesied to save her kingdom. But when aDarborian knight comes upon Jeniah with herchayim, he sees only a vicious monster about to devour a maiden, and he slays the beast.

Devastated by the loss of her chayim, and fearing that her own magic is evil, Jeniah doubts her destiny. When an enemy invades Arden City, they slaughter the people, storm the castle, and execute the entire royal family except the princess. Rescued by the knight who slew herchayim, Jeniah is now heir to the throne of Arden and the only hope for freeing her people from tyranny.

On the run and hunted by enemy soldiers, Jeniah must place her life and the fate of her kingdom in the hands of this trained killer. Torn between embracing her destiny as queen of Arden, and her love for a mere knight, she must ultimately rely on her magic to save herself and her people from death and tyranny.

Jeniah is a pampered Princess (which ones aren't?) who must learn to trust her magic and relearn to trust those around her. She wasn't allowed to participate in kingdom affairs because a woman doesn't have the smarts. No one believed she was capable, not even Jeniah.
Kai, a handsome and skillful warrior vows to become her protector, must learn to reopen his heart. Together they must save
Jeniah'skingdom and trust their emotions and each other.
And fall in love. Of course, they are wrong for each other.
Jeniah is royalty and Kai a commoner.
I enjoyed watching
Jeniah and Kai growing throughout the story. I really, really wanted them to find a way to be together by the end of story.
I was a tad disappointed that
Jeniah's magic didn't grow with her. I understand the reasoning behind making her go through hardships to become stronger, but still! I wanted to see her bust a few bad guys.

I didn't get hooked from the start probably because the place is magical and I was introduced to the world later in the story. But this story is character driven so I didn't notice as much.
This story is a good, clean, romance with a strong female character, handsome, strong warrior and intrigue.

Rating PG
S: None
L: None
V: war

A few of my favorite things I'm doing

I'm reading: Fiction: The Light After the War by Anita Abriel  It is 1946 when Vera Frankel and her best friend Edith Ban ...