Summer Reading Gem

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I like Jennifer Moore’s stories. I’ve read several and have posted about them in the past: Becoming Lady Lockwood, Lady Emma’s Campaign, and Miss Burton Unmasks a Prince. These books were set in the 1800’s, but this new one is a contemporary romance. So fun!

The Sheik’s Ruby by Whitney Award Winning Author Jennifer Moore

Shelby wants to break away from the mold of her small town and make a name for herself in the big-city journalism world. While skiing, she meets mysterious stranger Hakim who is actually the prince of the Middle Eastern kingdom of Khali-dar. When his enemies learn of Hakim’s connection to an American girl, they target Shelby. Fleeing to the safety of Khali-dar, Shelby falls deeper in love not only with the prince, but with his country. As she struggles to survive terrorist attacks, withstand the Sheik’s prejudice, and find her place in a world she doesn’t understand, she must choose which life she is willing to sacrifice—the comfortable one she has worked so hard to create, or the one with the man she loves.

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Excerpt
“Does your father know you’re asking me?”
Hakim gazed over her shoulder and took a deep breath. “He knows.”
“But he doesn’t want me to come, right?”
“I will bring a companion of my choice tomorrow.” He locked his gaze onto Shelby’s and leaned toward her. “You are my choice. Will you please come?”
The Sheik apparently doesn’t buy into the whole “guests are gifts from Allah” idea. “Of course, I would love to come.” She smiled, but knew it didn’t appear convincing. She hated feeling like she was the source of their discord.
“You are nervous. Please do not feel uncomfortable.”
“I’m worried I’ll say or do something stupid.” She winced. “I’m not exactly a refined debutante who knows how to act in formal situations. I don’t want to embarrass you, Hakim.”
“I do not want you to be a refined debutante. I have spent enough time with those people to know they are not what I want.”Hakim maneuvered his horse until he faced Shelby and their legs were nearly touching. He leaned closer, his gaze earnest. “What I want is you, Shelby Jo.” He cupped her cheek in his hand.
Shelby felt her heart flutter and her nerve endings tingle as she lost herself in the deep brown pools of his eyes.
His thumb stroked her skin, leaving a trail of heat in its wake. He slid his hand into her hair and drew her closer, his lips covering hers.
When she drew away, Shelby inhaled deeply and grinned. “Hearing you put it that way, how could I possibly refuse?”

My Review

I really enjoyed the settings in this book. The story took me from down-to-earth Colorado to the posh life of a prince in the palace in Khali-dar. It was awesome to see the difference between living the life of a small town cowboy to being treated like royalty. This book had some of everything—romance, heartache, thrill-seeking adventures in the backcountry, dangerous threats from terrorists, and triumph in the end. I loved it.

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Praise for Sheik’s Ruby

“What a fun read! THE SHEIK’S RUBY is a fabulous Cinderella story with both ancient and modern tones you don’t want to miss.”
~Josi Kilpack

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“THE SHEIK’S RUBY is a perfect blend of romance and adventure, set in locales both familiar and exotic. When I finished, I wanted to start over and enjoy it again.
~Nancy Allen

JenniferAuthor Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world that includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that is anything but romantic. She suffers from an unhealthy addiction to 18th and 19th century military history and literature. Jennifer has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family, but most of the time wishes she was on board a frigate during the Age of Sail.

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Also by Jennifer Moore: Becoming Lady Lockwood (2014 Whitney Award Winner), Lady Emma’s Campaign & Miss Burton Unmasks a Prince.

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What the Goose?

2015-05-15 17.14.23Take a gander at what I’ve been up to this summer. Most importantly, I broke my curse by mountain biking on Memorial Day this year on the same trail I broke my arm on last Memorial Day. Yes, I walked more than I did last time, and I bonked super bad because we took a ‘shortcut’ back from Stack Rock that ended up being much longer than the original trail with LOTS of uphill at the end. The good thing was that it was super lush and beautiful and I don’t regret it for a second. I can walk my bike as good as the next person, and being up on a mountain next to a trickling stream and gorgeous plants and trees made me happy (even if my legs were ready to give out). Thankfully, I didn’t need to go to the bathroom or that trickling stream might have been my undoing.

Next, I planted a garden. That was another thing I missed out on last year due to my broken arm. No one else cared if we had tomatoes or zucchini if I didn’t do the work. I’ve kept the weeds at bay so far and not been lazy and let them get out of hand (which sadly, I do. I’m sorry to all you incredible garden people out there who find that sinful (aka–Dad). I haven’t sinned and let the weeds overtake my plants yet, but don’t hold your breath that I won’t…although I promised my husband to do better since he tilled the ground for me)

I lost two peach trees and a cherry tree due to our incredibly weird winter. I still want to cry about that when I think of all the yummy peaches I will miss out on this year. Wah!!!! The cherry tree doesn’t kill me because the birds usually beat me to the fruit on that one anyway. Stupid birds (I’m sorry, Grandpa, but I don’t like cherry-eating birds! They’re mean and greedy and used to leave their cherry pits all over my patio. At least, that’s something I don’t have to clean up this year.).

My kids are growing up too fast. That makes me want to cry some days too; but mostly, I’m just happy because they’re so dang awesome. My oldest won a trip to Chicago for architecture and has a cute new puppy. My 2nd comes home from her mission in Korea in August. Squeal!!! I’m excited to see her–it will have been 19 months since she left. My 3rd one has the audacity to be looking forward to being a senior this year and leaving me next year (that’s worse than losing a peach tree!). And my son annoys me by squeezing my knee every chance he gets (which is where I’m ticklish, and he knows it). Besides the knee-squeezing, he’s pretty fun and hasn’t killed me yet as he’s practiced driving. I appreciate that!

On the writing front, I’m working on my next book which is set on a ranch in Montana. I’m playing around with the program Scrivener and it’s helped me organize my book easier than Word. I’m still a novice and will have to study more and watch lots of tutorials on how to use all the features, but I have hope that I can become a faster writer once I figure this program out and use it fully. It has great potential as a writing tool. My story is starting to make me smile now too because it’s coming together. This book will be written in first person instead of 3rd person like my Bending Willow Trilogy. There are 3 characters again–Liz, Rawson and Bentley (this is also the name of my daughter’s puppy, but I had the name picked out before she ever bought her Bentley, so I told her I was still using it).

Besides those things, we’ve been repainting the house and I’ve been reading like crazy and trying to eat semi-healthy and exercise so I don’t gain any weight back. I’ve lost 24 pounds since the summer of the broken arm to keep Carrie Rubin’s serial killer from her new book Eating Bull coming after me. It hasn’t been released yet, so I might be safe…but I’m taking no chances.

What are you doing this summer? Hopefully, you’re enjoying it fully! If not, then we need to have a little talk. I promise to be nice (but don’t expect any peach pie since…you know…see above).

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Summer Mystery

Picture emailI just finished reading book 5 in the Amelia Moore Detective series. It’s a nice cozy mystery with Amelia and Rick Bonito striking out to find a high powered attorney’s missing love of two decades before Julie marries the gubernatorial candidate that she’s not quite sure about yet. Amelia really gets into this case as she reads old love letters from Julie’s sweetheart back when they were in college. You can’t help wondering what happened to him. Is he alive? Did he get caught up in something dangerous? Is he dead? As Amelia and Rick search for him by interviewing people from his past in Arizona and Utah (Zion National Park), they pick up tails that present a mysterious threat. Are they the mafia? Are they a disgruntled ex-client or someone an ex-client had them follow years ago? Amelia’s made many enemies of the bad guys over the years.

I love the cover on this book. Zion’s one of my favorite places. I’ve read a few other books in this series and Amelia and Rick have a definite attraction, but it gets more serious in this book. That made me happy. So if you’re lost between books, pick this up and give it a try. Linda Clarke writes sweet, cozy romance with a twist of mystery in them to keep you guessing. Hopefully, you’re enjoying summer! Happy reading.

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Playing for Keeps

I just read this Playing for Keeps and had to share it! First off, the cover is amazing! I love the colors and it just shouts, READ ME! when I look at it. So I did. You should too. Here’s why:

1. The heroine is cute, brash and sassy (in the best kind of way). She’s out to get what she wants–the man of her dreams–and takes advice from other girls to grab his attention, when all she needs to do is just be herself. Most heroines are so sweet and shy and hang back and catch attention that way in stories, but Ty is a realist and knows she has to put herself out there in a big way to get Rocket Rogers’ attention.

2. The hero is arrogant, handsome, talented and the ultimate lady’s man. Ick, right? Wrong! Anthony’s outer confidence is a mask for the wounded inner man he lets no one else see. I really liked him. Continue reading

Summer in Snow Valley

#1 Bestselling Authors of Christmas in Snow Valley, have teamed up again with six wonderful summer novellas that are sure to make your summer sweet and sassy! I really enjoyed this collection. Different characters take the stage in each story, with a few side characters and events bouncing around from one story to the next for continuity. I had fun reading each of these clean romances; none of them disappointed me.

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Mine, mine, mine!

I’m super excited to announce the release of Taylor Dean’s new book, Girl of Mine. Taylor’s a super fun author friend of mine. I beta-read this book and LOVED it! She’s a great writer. I’ve read all her books and love the unique stories she creates.

It’s a fast-paced read that switches back and forth between present day and past and between love and heartache. The story starts out with desperate action as Luke kidnaps his ex-fiancée in order to explain choices he made that he sincerely regrets. Jill doesn’t know if she can ever forgive him for breaking her heart…and besides, she’s now engaged to another man, Troy’s best friend. Luke and Troy have been best friends since they were in diapers. A tragedy in their youth changed both of their lives, leaving one bitter and the other filled with guilt. The characters in this romantic saga are well-developed—even the villain will Continue reading

New Biblical Fiction by H.B. Moore

Moses has always felt like an outsider in his powerful Egyptian family, even though his close relationship with Ramses, the prince of Egypt, and their cousin Pentu keeps him entwined in the dealings of royalty. But when their youthful antics get them in trouble, the Pharaoh decides it’s time for all three of them to grow up and own their respective responsibilities. Now betrothed to a woman he cares nothing for, Moses wonders where his life is headed.

Miriam, a Hebrew slave, lives with a secret she cannot share with anyone. And though it has been eighteen years since she saved her baby brother, she is constantly getting in trouble for spying on him. In a desperate attempt to control Miriam, her older brother, Aaron, and her father look to find her a husband, something Miriam has never been interested in—until Caleb, a young, handsome man, confesses his feelings for her and asks her father for her hand in marriage.

When Libya advances on Egypt, Moses and Miriam are suddenly thrown together as the Egyptian royals and soldiers flee. Hebrew slaves are forced to defend the kingdom, and Miriam and Caleb are enlisted under Moses’s direction. Moses quickly sees there is more to this downtrodden people than what he’s been taught. When he witnesses the atrocities enacted against the slaves, he realizes he must leave—he must find out who he really is.

A gripping account of the events that led to Moses’s flight into the wilderness, The Moses Chronicles: Bondage will take you back back to a rich period of history replete with scandal, strife, love, and hope as God prepares a prophet to lead His chosen people.

My Review

I love Heather Moore’s Bible stories. She makes the characters and simple scriptural verses come alive through her storytelling. This is the first installment in Moses’s life, and I found it completely fascinating. The characters described above as well as Moses’ Egyptian mother (the daughter of Pharoah), Bithia, became so real to me and Moore made the few clues from the Bible make sense of possible reasons why Moses would have fled Egypt after killing a taskmaster and what his life might have been like in the royal court before he learned of his Hebrew heritage. I couldn’t put this down…it was extremely good!

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