Flames and Thorns

My good friend, Gina Barlean, has done it again. She’s released a new book, the sequel to Thorns of Rosewood. This latest story is called Flames of Rosewood, and the suspenseful mystery sucked me right in from page one. She’s good at doing that in her books. Her writing is sharp and witty…and she can weave an intense mystery with her words and amazing characters. In fact, she’s so good that she’ll weave you right into the plot as well so you can’t escape the problems of the main character.

Gloria is our heroine in this one. I loved her in Book 1, but I loved her even more in this one. She’s strong, feisty, curious, and honest. There’s even a hint of romance that made me cheer…just a hint, but it added to the story a lot. This book deals with Naomi’s death (the wicked witch of the west who happens to be Gloria’s birth mom and is an ultra-evil woman—even as an old lady). Continue reading

Castles, Witches and Iron Kings

Eleanor and the Iron King Banner I just finished Eleanor and the Iron King and loved it. This is a medieval romance about an English girl matched up to marry a Welsh king to bring peace to her people. This romance has castles, dungeons, knights and sword fights, and a scary witch who keeps popping up to make you feel just enough creeped out in the castle with Eleanor that you’ll be glad you live in present day. Continue reading

Holes in the Highway

file2431291017257My latest story I’m working on has to do with a ranch, a highway, and hope. It’s been fun to write, even though I know it will have to be reworked here and there after I get it back from my first-readers. As an author, I get super close to my story and I’ll admit, I get trapped into certain ideas and can’t see beyond what I write at times. That’s when it’s nice to have others read it and give me their honest feedback to help me climb out of certain holes where my story catches and makes readers fall.

Readers describe those writing ‘holes’ in different ways. Continue reading

Worth Waiting For

I’ve read some great books this summer that I’ve received from Covenant Publishing. The latest story was an LDS contemporary romance about Sophie and Luke. Sophie’s a unique BYU student—she’s 19 and has already been married and divorced. You don’t run into that kind of character at BYU every day. Now she’s dating Luke James and can’t seem to get beyond her divorce to trust and love again. She cares for Luke deeply and knows in her mind that he’s nothing like her lame ex, but can her heart ever take a chance on love again after it’s been hurt so bad?

When Luke leaves for a semester abroad in Europe, Sophie will have to decide what to do, because when he comes home, he’s more serious than ever and doesn’t like being compared to Travis, her ex. This book has great characters, a clean romance, just enough tension Continue reading

Magic, Fantasy, Romance & Mystery

Isian blogHere’s a shout-out for an upcoming author, Serena Clarke. I’ve read her first 2 books and am excited for her 3rd story in this series that will be released some time later this summer. Fantasy has become one of the most popular genres because you’re taken into a completely new world… a world of magic and mystery… where almost anything can happen. In this series, there is an enchanting kingdom and mystical creatures that reside in the forests.

The Treasure of Isian is the first book in The Isian Series. Prince Garin is a brave, proud, adventure-seeking prince. Elani is his most trusted servant and she would do anything for him. Their quest to find the mystical Treasure of Isian is immediately interrupted and they find themselves confronted Continue reading

Backpacking & Quasimodo

DSC03197We went backpacking with our friends this 4th of July weekend. We hiked 5 miles into Jenny Lake, which is about 30 miles outside Idaho City. I haven’t backpacked for a number of years due to many awesome reasons (i.e., we have a 3 man tent and 4 people; my hip hurt; it sounded painful, etc). But this year, after losing weight and doing physical therapy to get my hip and knee working better, I decided to go for it. And like the American women in the World Cup, I went for it with gusto. Go USA! Continue reading

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 Continue reading