Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Blog Tour/Review: I Can Choose Joy with God by Ganel-Lyn Condie



I Can Choose Joy with God, by Ganel-Lyn Condie
2019, 160p, Inspirational
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way



When the trials of life seem too much to bear, joy can feel beyond reach. However, with words of encouragement and hope, author Ganel-Lyn Condie reassures readers that joy is not only possible but also well within our grasp as we choose to turn to the Lord with our burdens. The next in the popular With God series, I Can Choose Joy with God is a powerful compilation of essays written by women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that offers a compelling look at the struggles they faced and how they found joy even in their darkest hours. From parental concerns to financial hardships to debilitating anxiety, these personal accounts demonstrate the incomparable strength that can be harnessed through faith in a loving Heavenly Father. Though no one can avoid being tossed by the tempestuous sea of mortality, everyone can find true joy as they hold tight to the lifeline of salvation Jesus Christ provides.

Life can be tough and there are times that are tougher than others. I love the title of her book which is a reminder that we have a choice when times are tough, and we can choose joy at any time during our trials. It might take a while, and it's certainly not easy, but we can get there.

There are five parts to this book: Gifts, Marriage, Health, Family, and Mission, and each part has two stories. The women who share their stories are honest about their feelings and how they handle their trials. They are short so there are lots of details left out, but there is still enough to truly feel what each of them have gone through.

We all have trials and burdens in our lives, and how we handle them defines who we are. I liked this book because these women are wonderful examples of how to handle tough situations. Even though their situations and experiences are vastly different, the answer is the same for each of them. This is an inspiring book that I would recommend to everyone!


Ganel-Lyn is a popular motivational speaker - known for inspiring others with her unique honesty, authenticity and spirit. She is dedicated to her family, faith, and inspiring others. Ganel-Lyn loves teaching others with speaking and writing. She has experienced healing from a major chronic illness and is the mother to two miracle children. After the heart-breaking suicide of her 40 year old sister, Ganel-Lyn is constantly working towards prevention. Ganel-Lyn lives with an open heart and feels passionate about sharing principles that will empower others to live life with more joy. She is a regular television and radio guest. Ganel-Lyn's talks and books have now encouraged thousands of people all over the world. She loves growing older with her cute husband Rob and aims to keep learning and loving.


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*April 10th: http://ldswritermom.blogspot.com/
http://melsshelves.blogspot.com/

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*April 12th: http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com/
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Friday, April 5, 2019

Blog Tour/Review: Waiting for Fitz by Spencer Hyde



Waiting for Fitz, by Spencer Hyde
2019, 256p, Contemporary YA Fiction
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way



Addie loves nothing more than curling up on the couch with her dog, Duck, and watching The Great British Baking Show with her mom. It’s one of the few things that can help her relax when her OCD kicks into overdrive. She counts everything. All the time. She can’t stop. Rituals and rhythms. It’s exhausting.

When Fitz was diagnosed with schizophrenia, he named the voices in his head after famous country singers. The adolescent psychiatric ward at Seattle Regional Hospital isn’t exactly the ideal place to meet your soul mate, but when Addie meets Fitz, they immediately connect over their shared love of words, appreciate each other’s quick wit, and wish they could both make more sense of their lives.

Fitz is haunted by the voices in his head and often doesn't know what is real. But he feels if he can convince Addie to help him escape the psych ward and everything will be okay. If not, he risks falling into a downward spiral that may keep him in the hospital indefinitely.

Waiting for Fitz is a story about life and love, forgiveness and courage, and what’s necessary to let go and learning what is truly worth waiting for.

I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but was intrigued since it dealt with mental illness. The author based this book on his own experiences with severe OCD, and acknowledges that each person's experiences with the same mental illness will vary. It was hard to read in places because their minds are so different than what I experience. I think it would make me tired if my brain didn't shut off or if it took me three hours to leave the house every morning. 

Addie has OCD and Fitz is schizophrenic. I didn't relate to either Addie or Fitz, but was interested to learn about them and how they interacted with others. They were part of a group of eight teenagers that met every day for Group Talk. There were plenty of interesting characters in their group and they formed a bond with each other. 

There were parts of the book that were slow, but overall, I thought it was interesting! I enjoyed the nuggets of wisdom scattered throughout the book. It's definitely given me a lot to think about and is a book that will stick with me for a long time.


Spencer Hyde spent three years of his high school experience visiting Johns Hopkins for severe OCD. He feels particularly suited to write Waiting for Fitz because he’s lived through his protagonists’ obsessions.

Spencer worked at a therapeutic boarding school before earning his MFA in Utah and his PhD in Texas, specializing in fiction. He wrote Waiting for Fitz while working as a Teaching Fellow in Denton, Texas. He is currently an assistant professor of English at Brigham Young University.

Stories have a way of changing lives—Spencer learned that the first time he picked up a Tom Stoppard play and realized that words can nudge the world and build bridges to hope.

Spencer and his wife, Brittany, are the parents of four children. They love to hike, read, watch movies, fly-fish, and bake.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Blog Tour/Review: Miss Adeline's Match by Joanna Barker



Miss Adeline's Match, by Joanna Barker
2019, 263p, Clean Regency Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way



Miss Adeline Hayes is the perfect lady's companion: pleasant, conversational, and unceasingly proper. But when her closest friend, Charity Edgeworth, breaks off her arranged marriage without explanation, even Adeline's superior skills are put to the test. Charity's father banishes the two young women to the country, sending Adeline with a charge to find Charity a husband or suffer dire consequences.

As Adeline takes on the role of reluctant matchmaker, she discovers more than one obstacle in her path. Not only does Charity prefer escaping in books to socializing, but Adeline soon finds her own attentions distracted by the standoffish—and irritatingly handsome—Mr. Evan Whitfield. Amidst an eventful foxhunt and the unexpected arrival of Charity's former betrothed, Adeline simply doesn't have time for a battle of wits with Evan. But the two are continually drawn together until Adeline begins to question her tightly guarded convictions about love and marriage.

However, when secrets are revealed and truths made known, Adeline must face her most fearsome obstacle yet: herself.

I loved the first book by this author and was excited to start reading this one! Adeline, or Addie, is a lady's companion and close friend to Charity. When Charity breaks off her engagement, her father sends them away with strict instructions to Addie to find a match for Charity or there would be serious consequences for her family. Addie finds the perfect match for Charity, but there are complications.

The story is told from Addie's point of view. She is an easy character to like but has some flaws, which made her easier to relate to. She and Evan got off to a rocky start, and I liked how their relationship developed. I also enjoyed her relationship with Charity. She made some mistakes which she was able to learn from.

I thought this book was great and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys reading clean Regency romance! I'm looking forward to reading even more from this author in the future.


Joanna Barker was born and raised in northern California. She discovered her love for historical fiction after visiting England as an eleven-year-old, and subsequently read every Jane Austen book she could get her hands on. After graduating Brigham Young University with a degree in English, she worked as an acquisitions editor before devoting herself full-time to writing. She enjoys music, chocolate, and reading everything from romance to science fiction. She lives in Utah and is just a little crazy about her husband and two wild-but-loveable boys.


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Monday, April 1, 2019

Blog Tour/Review: A Monster Like Me by Wendy S. Swore



A Monster Like Me, by Wendy S. Swore
2019, 304p, Middle-Grade Fiction
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way



Sophie is a monster expert. Thanks to her Big Book of Monsters and her vivid imagination, Sophie can identify the monsters in her school and neighborhood. Clearly, the bullies are trolls and goblins. Her nice neighbor must be a good witch, and Sophie’s new best friend is obviously a fairy. But what about Sophie? She’s convinced she is definitely a monster because of the “monster mark” on her face. At least that’s what she calls it. The doctors call it a blood tumor. Sophie tries to hide it but it covers almost half her face. And if she’s a monster on the outside, then she must be a monster on the inside, too.

Being the new kid at school is hard. Being called a monster is even harder. Sophie knows that it’s only a matter of time before the other kids, the doctors, and even her mom figure it out. And then her mom will probably leave — just like her dad did.

Because who would want to live with a real monster?

Sophie truly believes she's a monster because she has a blood tumor on her face. She carries a monster book around with her which helps her determine what kinds of monsters other people are. She and her mother have just moved so she is the new girl in school, which isn't easy for her. She learns a lot throughout the book about herself and others.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and the message it contains! I lost interest in some of the monster talk, which was in the middle of the book, but then the storyline picked up for me and I enjoyed it until the end. What didn't appeal to me, though, will probably be very appealing to younger readers. There are some things that happen that are tough for a young girl to deal with, and I liked how the author handled those situations. It's a book that would be great to read out loud since it will open up discussions on things like bullying, friendship, heartbreak, sacrifice, monsters (of course!), and more.


Author’s Note

Sophie’s story is dear to my heart because I know how it feels to be bullied because I looked different from everyone else. When I was a child, I had a hemangioma on my forehead that stuck out so far my bangs couldn’t cover it, no matter how hard my mother tried. Because the tumor was made up of blood vessels, I could feel my heart beating inside it when I was playing hard or really upset.

The incident at the grocery store where the hydra lady says, “Hey, look kids! That girl doesn’t need a Halloween costume. She’s already got one!” is an exact quote of what a woman once said to my mother and me. Another woman told a classroom full of kids that I had the mark of the devil. Kids asked if it was a goose bump, or hamburger, or if my brains had leaked out. My dad had to chase away some bullies who had followed me home, called me names, and pushed me into the street. Sometimes, after a bad day of bullying, I wished I could just rip the mark off my face and be like everyone else—but it was a part of me, and wishing didn’t change that.

My parents decided to take an active role in educating the people around me so they would know what a hemangioma was and understand that it wasn’t icky, or gross, or contagious. Whenever we moved to a new place, my dad would go with me to the elementary school and talk to the kids about my mark and let them ask questions. After those talks, kids befriended me and noticed when bullies came around. Like Autumn, my school friends would speak up when they saw someone being mean to me, and sometimes they would stand between me and the bullies until they left me alone. I didn’t let the bullies stop me from doing what I wanted to do. I climbed trees, went swimming, wrote poetry, brought my tarantula and snakes to show-and-tell, and played in the tide pools.

This is my message to anyone who experiences bullying: Don’t let the bullies define you! I’ve been there, I know it hurts to be teased, but don’t let it stop you from doing what you want. Find something you enjoy—a hobby, talent, or challenge—and practice that skill. Know that someone out there, maybe even someone in your same school, needs a friend as much as you do. Be that friend. Stand up for each other. And know that you are not alone.

You can always find me at WendySwore.com, and I would love to hear your stories and what you thought of the book.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Blog Tour/Review: The Five Legends: A Journey to Heal Divided Hearts by the Anasazi Foundation


The Five Legends, by the Anasazi Foundation
2019, 120p, Motivational
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way



Drawing on 30 years of helping families, this profound fable by the Anasazi Foundation illustrates the true anguish of conflict and explains how we can end war within ourselves, within our families, and even between nations.

Created in 1988 by renowned wilderness pioneers Larry D. Olsen and Ezekiel C. Sanchez (a Totonac Indian whose native name is Good Buffalo Eagle), the Anasazi Foundation invites young people, through a primitive living experience, to effect a change of heart. For over thirty years, their teachings have helped families begin anew and walk in harmony in the wilderness of the world.

Inspired by their wisdom, this book tells the story of two brothers whose warring hearts threaten to destroy their lives and their community. Trapped in a canyon, the two brothers are rescued by a mysterious old man who perceives their need for peace. He offers to guide them home -- inviting them to open their hearts toward a New Beginning. When they agree, he teaches them the five legends of peace. And as they walk forward, they learn that we are free to create peace in our own lives--and how to do it. This discovery saves not only the brothers but ultimately their people. This poetic narrative offers us all a hopeful way out of the canyons of war, leaving behind the warring within.

I love it when a book comes around that sounds appealing to me and it turns out to be exactly what I need to read. It's hard to feel peace when our hearts are at war, and this fable gives some simple, yet powerful, life lessons to apply in order to feel peace, and the importance of our relationships with others. I loved the way it was written, and enjoyed reading each of the legends, and how they applied to the brothers and their relationship. 

This book didn't take me long to read, and it is packed with great content, so I will read it over and over again. The lessons are timely and apply to all ages, so I would recommend it to everyone!

[Side Note: Years ago, I read The Anatomy of Peace by The Arbinger Institute and this book reminded me of that. I wasn't surprised to read that the two groups have worked together and support each other. If you liked The Anatomy of Peace, this is a book you will definitely want to read.]



About the Author

Founded in 1988 by renowned wilderness pioneers Larry D. Olsen and Ezekiel C. Sanchez (Good Buffalo Eagle), ANASAZI Foundation gives young people an opportunity for growth through a primitive living experience and a philosophy that invites healing at the hands of nature. Many of Anasazi's teachings were inspired by Sanchez and his wife Pauline Martin Sanchez, a Navajo whose given name is Gentle White Dove. More than 4,000 families have participated in ANASAZI since its inception in 1988. It is estimated that 40,000 students have participated outdoor programs.



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Friday, March 22, 2019

Blog Tour/Review: Seven at Sea by Erik & Emily Orton



Seven at Sea, by Erik & Emily Orton
2019, 352p, Non-Fiction, Memoir
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way



Working the night shift as a temp in a high-rise cubicle, Erik Orton knew something had to change. He felt the responsibility of providing for his wife and their five children—the youngest with Down syndrome—but craved a life that offered more than just surviving.

Watching the sailboats on the Hudson River during his sunset dinner breaks, Erik dared to dream. What would it be like to leave the hustle of the city and instead spend a year on a sailboat, somewhere beautiful, as a family? Despite having no sailing experience, his wife Emily’s phobia of deep water, and already stretching every dollar to pay rent and buy groceries, the family of seven turned their excuses into reasons and their fears into motivation. Sure, they would miss their friends, they could go broke, they could get injured or die. Worst of all, they could humiliate themselves by trying something audacious and failing. But the little time they still had together as a family, before their oldest daughter left for college, was drifting away. The Ortons cast off the life they knew to begin an uncertain journey of 5,000 miles between New York City and the Caribbean, ultimately arriving at a new place within themselves.

A portrait of a captivating and resilient family and a celebration of the courage it takes to head for something over the horizon, this is a deeply compelling story—told alternately by Erik and Emily—for all those who dream of leaving routine in their wake.

I'm fascinated with these types of stories and admire people that are willing to pack up all their belongings and hit the road (or the sea, in this case). Once the Orton's made the decision to spend a year on a sailboat, they were committed. This is an honest memoir of what happened during that time. Yes, it was tough to live in such close quarters with the same people and they got frustrated with each other. Yes, it was lonely at times. Yes, there were scary situations that occurred while they were sailing. They survived, though, and learned a lot about themselves in the process.

They met new friends who were able to give them great advice, they learned how to navigate different ports to get the supplied they needed, they learned how to handle emergencies, and they made lasting memories. I felt their shock and adjustment to "regular" life when they came home. I enjoyed spending time with the Orton's and learned so much from their life lessons and experiences!


ERIK ORTON writes plays, musicals and books. His work won an Emmy Award, Telly Award and CINE Golden Eagle. He has directed and produced events at Radio City Music Hall, Off-Broadway and regionally throughout the U.S. He managed Broadway shows and tours including Wicked, The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Fosse and many others. In 2018 he achieved a lifetime goal of climbing El Capitan in Yosemite. He enjoys rock climbing, sailing, surfing, scuba diving, writing and flying kites. He loves thinking and speaking about living deliberately. He blogs with his wife Emily at Fezywig.com. They live in New York City with their five children. For more information, please visit, ErikOrton.com or find him on Instagram @ErikOrton.

EMILY ORTON is not an adrenaline junkie. She’s just curious. A former English teacher turned homeschool mom, she is an avid journal keeper and blogger. Her writing is featured in "Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream," by Whitney Johnson. Emily speaks and writes about living with purpose. Emily’s curiosity has led her to become a sailor, scuba diver, rock climber, world traveler and most recently surfer. She explores the world, inner and outer, with her husband, Erik, and their five children. They blog together at Fezywig.com and make their home in New York City. For more information, please visit, EmilyOrton.me or find her on Instagram @EmilyOrton2020

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Blog Tour/Review: Catherine's Intrigue by Paige Edwards



Catherine's Intrigue, by Paige Edwards
2019, 320p, LDS Romantic Suspense
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way



To fulfill her mother's last request, twenty-four-year-old historic design specialist Catherine Pressley-Coombes travels to England in order to investigate an elusive family line. Armed with an illegible diary, she is determined to discover the identity of her mysterious ancestress. Distracted by an Elizabethan manor and unused to British country roads, Catherine runs her car into a ditch. Luckily, Nick Davidson, a handsome, hard-working local rides in on his tractor to save the day. As the down-to-earth manager of his family's estate, Nick also happens to be one of England's most eligible aristocrats.

Nick is certainly not the kind of man Catherine would fall for a man dogged by media and rumor. So why does she find the English lord so irresistible? Even though she can't overlook their differing values and beliefs, as she and Nick spend time together, their attraction deepens. While she battles through romantic turmoil, Catherine is beleaguered with far more sinister concerns: a series of unexplainable misfortunes that are not mere accidents. With her heart on the line, Catherine discovers her life is in jeopardy, and she has no idea who the perpetrator is but she has a growing suspicion that the danger might be connected to whatever secrets lie hidden in her ancestor's diary.

Catherine heads to England to stay with her brother Jack while she searches for an ancestor that she only has a first name for, as well as a hard to read diary. When she first arrives, she drives herself and Jack into a ditch, and a handsome man named Nick rescues them. It turns out that there's more to Nick than she originally thought, and they are attracted to each other. There is a major complication, as well as someone after her, so it's anything but smooth sailing.

This book took me a little while to get into, but once I did, I had a hard time putting it down. The author clues us in on the villain early on so the reader knows who to watch out for. We switch back and forth between Catherine, Nick, and the villain so we know what all the characters are thinking and feeling. I don't think that took away from the suspense, and I thought it helped wrap everything up nicely in the end. I liked the way Catherine and Nick's relationship developed and I was rooting for them to find a way to be together. There were some other great characters that I enjoyed getting to know, including her brother, Jack, and her best friend, Gillian.

There is a religious element to the book regarding The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which works well with the storyline and doesn't come off as preachy. I love that this is a clean read and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys romantic suspense! This is the author's debut novel and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future!


Born and raised in Southern California, Paige Edwards is a multi-award-winning author who enjoys clean romances and thrillers. A BYU-I alumna, she went on to graduate summa cum laude from NOVA with a degree in interior design. Her husband’s job transferred their family to the mid-Atlantic states where they have lived ever since. As a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and former chapter registrar, she has spent time researching applicants’ genealogical credentials. When she needs a break from writing, you can find her shooing deer out of her garden, biking battlefields, or kayaking on the lake.

Please join Paige’s newsletter at authorpaigeedwards@gmail.com where you’ll hear about upcoming projects, research trips, fun trivia, and deals on books by other clean and wholesome authors.


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*March 20th: https://rachellechristensen.com/
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Friday, March 15, 2019

DVD Review: Jane and Emma



Jane and Emma, PG, 94 minutes
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy of the DVD, which did not affect my review in any way

Movie Synopsis: JANE & EMMA is based on the life of Sister Jane Manning, one of the first black Mormons. She returns to Nauvoo to find that Joseph Smith, her prophet and friend, has been assassinated. Jane spends a ceaseless night with his widow, Emma Smith, sitting watch over the body of the prophet as a whirlwind of loss and confusion leaves them wondering how either one of them will be able to move forward. Through the long night, Jane wonders if the prophet’s promise to extend the blessings of eternity to her has died along with him. The film explores the possible events of that night, including Jane’s endeavor to remain amongst the Mormon people and Emma’s struggle to cope with her heartbreaking loss. Poignant issues of racism and polygamy threaten to break their bond of friendship. In the end, will Jane and Emma have the courage to follow the path each believes they must take?

This film focuses on the night Joseph Smith's body was brought home to Emma. Jane Manning, a black Mormon, returns to find that Joseph has died and Emma is determined to keep him at home and protect his body. We learn more about the friendship between Joseph, Emma, and Jane through flashbacks.

I wasn't sure what to expect with this film. It's slow and dramatic, which works well for this type of movie. There was a lot that I hadn't really thought of before, and they didn't shy away from difficult topics. I wasn't familiar with Jane Manning at all, and I enjoyed getting to know her. There's an insert that has excerpts from her autobiography which was interesting to read.

This is a movie I would watch again and one that I would recommend to others!



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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Blog Tour/Review: Sanctuary by Traci Hunter Abramson



Sanctuary, by Traci Hunter Abramson
2019, 312p, Clean Contemporary Suspense
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way



Kristi Hartinger has come to terms with her life as a single, thirty-something woman. She was in love . . . once. But following her boyfriend's tragic death, no one else could capture her heart. And nothing else could fill that void, though the serenity of the ocean came close. Two years ago, Kristi left the craziness of her Wall Street career behind and embraced a simpler life on her family's private island off the coast of Maine. As a resident of the small beach community, she anticipates a quiet future—until she comes face-to-face with her past.

Ace Samson is dead, or so the world believes. As a member of a secret organization known as the guardians, he was forced to fake his death years ago, leaving everything behind when he became an agent. So when he is selected to offer a potential new recruit a job with the organization, Ace braces himself: for the first time in more than a decade, he must face the woman he loved—and left.

Kristi's world is rocked by Ace's sudden reappearance, and she's soon drawn into his world of danger and cover-up. But when Kristi herself becomes a target, Ace will do whatever it takes to protect the only woman he has ever loved.

It's been a while since I've read a Traci Hunter Abramson book and this one reminded me why I love them so much! I was hooked from the beginning. Ace Samson has been dead for twenty years, but the secret government agency he works for would like to employ his former girlfriend, Kristi. His coming back into her life is just as dramatic as it sounds--she is elated that he is alive and then angry that he's led her to believe he's been dead for twenty years. Their relationship is complicated and they have plenty to work out.

Kristi lives on an island and there are issues she needs to deal with. Kade and Renee from Safe House come to help them figure out what's going on so she will be free to work with the guardians. It was fun to catch up with them and see what they're up to, and I felt safer when they were around.

This book is full of action and twists and turns. I thought I had things figured out and then realized I didn't, so I had to keep turning pages to find out what would happen next. Even though it's part of a series and there are characters from other books, it works well as a standalone. This is a another fantastic novel by Traci Hunter Abramson and I'm already looking forward to her next one!


Traci Hunter Abramson was born in Arizona, where she lived until moving to Venezuela for a study-abroad program. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for several years, eventually resigning in order to raise her family. She credits the CIA with giving her a wealth of ideas as well as the skills needed to survive her children's teenage years. She has gone on to write more than twenty bestselling novels that have consistently been nominated as Whitney Award finalists and five-time Whitney Award winner. When she’s not writing, Traci enjoys spending time with her husband and five children, preferably on a nice quiet beach somewhere. She also enjoys sports, travel, writing, and coaching high school swimming.


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Monday, March 11, 2019

Romance is in the Air: Showcasing Author Taylor Dean





A Me and You Thing by Taylor Dean

THE DEEPEST HEARTACHE IS THE ONE YOU DON'T SEE COMING.

Golden couple, Sawyer and Quinn Denali, have an amazing love story. A match in every way, their happiness is evident to all who spend time with them. The arrival of twin baby girls completes their picture-perfect family.

When Quinn has the opportunity to help others on a two-week volunteer trip, she reluctantly leaves her family, knowing a short break from the demands of motherhood will be good for her. She doesn't expect the trip to change her life forever. But it does. It changes everything.

Struggling from day to day, the young family moves forward, finding happiness . . . and love.

But fate isn't done mixing things up in their lives. When an unexpected event leaves them all reeling, the unspoken question rings loudly and can't be ignored: "What happens now?"

A Me and You Thing is a novel that explores the strength of enduring love and friendship.





He lightly brushes my lips with his own, and I scoot a little closer. Mmmmmm, five years of marriage and my attraction for this man has never waned. I never knew I could love someone so much. Even better, he feels the same about me. We’re far from perfect, yet we’re a perfect match for each other.

Frankly, that’s as perfect as love gets.

I bury my head in his warm chest, listening to the sound of his strong heartbeat. He hasn’t let himself go since we married. He runs every morning at unspeakable hours and, like a fine bottle of wine, ripens with age.

“Are you sure I should go on my trip? I’m consumed with guilt every time I think about it.”

I love our life together in our shingle-style two-story beach house on 5201 Beachcomber Lane. It’s a decent size home, even if it’s a little on the older side. No matter, I adore it. It might not be directly on the beach, but we have amazing ocean views from the second story. Close enough.

“You’ll be doing something important, Quinn, something that really matters. I love you for wanting to go, for wanting to help. Your passport arrived yesterday. See, it’s a sign. The universe just sent you a telegram.”

A light scoff emerges from me. He runs his hands through my longish blond hair. My brown eyes close while I enjoy his tender touch.

“What was I thinking? I don’t want to leave you or our babies.”

“Hey, it’s only two weeks, sweetheart. In the scheme of things, that’s hardly any time at all . . ."









Author Taylor Dean

Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it's paranormal, contemporary, or suspense--you'll find all sub-genres of clean romance in her line-up.









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