Thursday, July 2, 2015

Proud to be an American July 4th Giveaway ~ July 2-6th

We are so excited to host this summer giveaway for our readers! We have much to be thankful for living in the good ol' USA and as Sisterz we are so grateful for the amazing authors & fellow bloggers we are blessed to associate with so that we can bring you information and reviews for some amazing books. 

Please check out the info and links for our participating authors and their books - and don't forget to enter to win one of the amazing prizes!

2 winners - signed paperback copies of Thrown to the Wolves and My Wolf's Bane (1 book per winner)

Veronica Blade lives in Southern California with her husband and children. By day she runs the family business, but each night she slips away to spin her tales. She writes stories about young adults to relive her own childhood and to live vicariously through her characters. Except her heroes and heroines lead far more interesting lives--and they are always way hotter.

List of books/links:
A Bite's Tale: A Furry Fable
Blind Date, Checkmate
From Fame to Shame
Something Witch This Way Comes

Shapes of Autumn Series:
Thrown to the Wolves: The Legend of Hannah & Eli (prequel)
My Wolf's Bane
Wolves at the Door

Single Girls (micro trilogy):

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3-winners--one copy of Fort Gibson Officer's eBook, their choice.

1--winner--one ecopy of the Officers Boxed set  Box Set

1--winner--one copy of ALL THREE Officers books in paperback--US only

Rose Gordon
USA Today Bestselling and Award Winning Author of more than a dozen unusually unusual historical romances that have been known to include scarred heroes, feisty heroines, marriage-producing scandals, far too much scheming, naughty literature and always a sweet happily-ever-after.

When not escaping to another world via reading or writing a book, she spends her time chasing two young boys around the house, being hunted by wild animals, or sitting on the swing in the backyard where she has to use her arms as shields to deflect projectiles AKA: balls, water balloons, sticks, pinecones, and anything else one of them picks up to hurl at his brother who just happens to be hiding behind her.

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2 winners - ebooks (to be gifted via Amazon) of my newest release, Date and Dash

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Susan Hatler is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, who writes humorous and emotional contemporary romance and young adult novels. Many of Susan's books have been translated into German, Spanish, French, and Italian. A natural optimist, she believes life is amazing, people are fascinating, and imagination is endless. She loves spending time with her characters and hopes you do, too.

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1 ebook winner for each book in the Eagle Elite Series (7 in all)

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers! 

Want to be kept up to date on new releases? Text MAFIA to 66866!

You can connect with her on Facebook  or join her fan group Rachel's New Rockin Readers. Her website is 

2 winners - 1 for each of the first two e-books in the “GreenFord Waters Series” (What the Duke Wants and To Tempt An Earl”)
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Kristin Vayden
Kristin’s inspiration for the romance she writes comes from her tall, dark and handsome husband with killer blue eyes. With five children to chase, she is never at a loss for someone to kiss, something to cook or some mess to clean but she loves every moment of it! She loves to make soap, sauerkraut, sourdough bread and gluten free muffins. Life is full of blessings and she praises God for the blessed and abundant life He’s given her.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Spotlight ~ Proverbial Beauty

Title:  Proverbial Beauty:  Secrets for success and happiness from the wisdom of the ages
244 pages, paperback, inspirational/personal growth, June 2015 release, Timewise Press

We live in a world of endless contradictions. Work vs. family. Money vs. fulfillment. Desires vs. obligations. The body vs. the spirit. We rely on conventional wisdom to point us forward. But conventional wisdom gets it wrong more often than we imagine.

Open this book and celebrate the marriage between the greatest collection of verbal images in history — King Solomon’s Book of Proverbs — and the most famous visual image in the world — Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

· Find tranquility in the midst of conflict
· Develop attitudes that deepen relationships
· Gain clarity through times of darkness and confusion
· Decrease cynicism and find joy in the daily miracles that fill our lives.

Take a guided tour beneath the surface of the world we live in through the lens of news stories, historical vignettes, folktales, the wonders of nature, and the discoveries of science -- all woven together in a lyrical and surprising medley of the human experience.

Researchers have no explanation why people, when blindfolded, can’t walk a straight line; but what is it about human nature that makes us wander in circles? What does former NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to ease Manhattan traffic with “congestion pricing” reveal about the way we make decisions? What can fig harvesting, migraine headaches, and two Miss America titleholders teach us about the underpinnings of emotional well-being?

The answers to 3000 years’ of questions are here, revealed for every seeker of truth and self-awareness in the language of our modern era. Guided by the wisdom of Solomon and the mysteries of the Mona Lisa, learn how to find tranquility in the midst of chaos, how to savor the moments of everyday life, and how to resolve the paradoxes of the human heart.

Author Bio -- Yonason Goldson

Try to imagine a marriage between King Solomon and the Mona Lisa.  Now try to imagine that Malcolm Gladwell had written Chicken Soup for the Soul.  If you succeed, you’ll have some insight into the imagination of Yonason Goldson.

The former hitchhiker, circumnavigator, and newspaper columnist took the long road to the rabbinate, visiting 20 countries and 30 states before settling in Israel for nine years to study the intricacies of the Talmud and Jewish philosophy.  He now lives with his wife in St. Louis, where he teaches, writes, and lectures to a variety of audiences on contemporary issues, current events, education, childraising, history, and spiritual growth.

Graduating from the University of California with a degree in English and no plan for the future, Yonason took off on a hitchhiking adventure across the United States.  He ended up in Key West, working for a company that transported boats seized by the Coast Guard for drug trafficking to the customs docks in northern Florida.

His travels eventually led him to the other side of the Atlantic to backpack across Europe before making his way to Israel, where he rediscovered the ancient wisdom of his Jewish heritage.  Since receiving his rabbinic ordination, he taught high school first  in Budapest, Hungary, then in Atlanta, Georgia, and currently in St. Louis, Missouri.

Yonason began his writing career as an irregular columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, then branched out to a variety of Jewish and secular journals.  He has published hundreds of articles and three books, with his fourth due out in July, 2015 --  Proverbial Beauty:  Secrets for success and happiness from the wisdom of the ages.  Midwest Book Review says that, “Real definitions of love and happiness are provided in a blend of proverbs and analysis that will delight those thinkers who want a lively discourse of possibilities and alternative visions.”

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From the author:

I’ve always been fascinated by contradictions:  good and evil, life and death, the body and the spirit.  Maybe that’s what drew me in college to a course of study as impractical as English Literature.  It’s certainly what drew me into the study of the Talmud, and it’s definitely what has shaped my style as a writer.

But nothing good comes easy.  To write anything worth reading one needs either deep insight or extensive experience… preferably both.  That’s why I set off on the road -- not in search of adventure but in search of education, the kind I didn’t get in college.  In never imagined what I would see and learn.

I saw how mothers in India maimed their children so they would become better beggars transposed against the fairy-tale beauty of the Taj Mahal; I met a poor tea plantation worker in Sri Lanka giddy with pleasure at having a guest in his hovel; I saw children living in a Manila tenement so filled with infectious joy that I didn’t want to leave.  And, while hitchhiking, I heard endless narratives from lonely drivers complaining about their wives, their children, and their jobs.  It struck me that the people with every reason to be unhappy were often much happier than the rest of us.  After all that, it took a long time before the psychological and emotional dust began to settle.

Eventually, I found that many of the solutions to life’s problems have been accessible for thousands of years.  And they have been largely ignored for just as long.

My newest book, Proverbial Beauty, examines the paradoxes of the human heart and mind, blending the eternal wisdom of King Solomon’s Book of Proverbs with the timeless symbolism of the Mona Lisa, and incorporating a variety of folktales, news stories, and historical vignettes to produce a medley of insights and observations into the secrets of happiness and success.

My earlier books include two anthologies of essays:  A Crucible for Silver offers musings on how to help our children by adopting healthy outlooks as parents; and Celestial Navigation investigates the deeper meaning of the Jewish holidays.  My major opus to date is Dawn to Destiny, and overview of Jewish history and philosophy from Creation through the era of the Talmud, published by Judaica Press.

A free PDF file of the first four chapters of Proverbial Beauty is available on request.  Contact me through my website

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Review ~ Get to Me by Lara Van Hulzen

Book Two of the Men of Honor Series

Aimee can identify a killer.

Dane can keep her safe.

But is he willing to face his past to do it?

When Aimee Jansenn stumbles upon a drug deal gone bad she comes face to face with a killer. As the only witness to a crime, she falls into a deadly situation and is in need of police protection.

Dane Scott has sworn off women. Until a fireball named Aimee enters his world. Telling himself they’re just friends, he vows to protect her. Can his heart follow suit or will she change his mind about love for good?

Jewelz Review~
Get to Me by Lara Van Hulzen is the fabulous second installment in the Men of Honor Series.

Dane Scott is a cowboy at heart, but works as a detective in San Diego. Despite his southern gentlemanly manners, rugged good looks, and amazing Texan drawl, he's carrying deep wounds from the past. He'll admit he's broken - so much so that he's built a wall around his heart and hasn't allowed any woman to even begin to chip away at it.

Aimee Jansenn is a photographer and a sketch artist. While she is a bit of a free spirit and loves a good adventure - she knows her limits and won't intentionally do anything reckless or that might put herself or those she loves in harms way.

When Dane & Aimee meet - she does more than turn his head, she manages to begin to chip away at that wall he carefully erected around his heart. He can't stop thinking about her and when she not only witnesses a crime, but also ends up in the criminal's crosshairs, Dane finds he not only wants to, but needs to protect her.

I absolutely loved reading this book! It's full of little twists and turns; their relationship is like a West Coast Swing - he pulls her in, then pushes her away only to pull her back again. The frequent references to music whether it be The Doobie Brothers, Patsy Cline, or any of the other songs and artists mentioned only enhance that feeling of a dance.

Another win by Lara Van Hulzen - a perfect marriage of suspense, romance, and faith.

Honest Disclosure ~ I received an ebook copy in exchange for an honest review

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sense & Sensibility ~ A Latter-day Tale

As if it wasn’t bad enough to be getting food from Church welfare, I had to meet one of the Ferreros—and a good-looking Ferrero, at that. 

Elly Goodwin, a brilliant programmer, is so desperate for a job that she takes one from her ex-boyfriend—the same man who put her family out of business. Then she meets Ethan Ferrero, who seems too good to be true. But Elly is far too sensible to unexpectedly fall in love—especially with her ex’s brother-in-law. 

But when Elly’s sister, Maren, dates the wrong guy, Elly must intercede before Maren’s passion clouds her common sense. Together, Elly and Maren must learn that a mixture of sense and sensibility is the perfect recipe for love. 

Fans of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility will love this modern retelling of the classic romance novel.

Chelz Review~
I picked up Sense & Sensibility by Rebecca H. Jamison on a whim.  This is a fun read and I could not wait to see how it ended.  The story flips back and forth between Maren and Elly's point of view, which I enjoyed.  The happily every after is perfect and I am looking forward to picking up more of Ms. Jamison's books.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Making Ends Meet by Anna Clifton

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From Anna Clifton comes a sweet, emotional, beautiful romance about a man whose life has been derailed and the unexpected woman who can help him get it back on track.

‘It’s for other reasons that I won’t need a nanny beyond a month.'

Twenty-three year old nanny Somer Sullivan has never had a job quite like this one: fix the messed-up, out-of-control life of high-profile artist and thirty-something dad Harry Halligan. But Somer is organised, efficient and not afraid of a challenge. She will do everything Harry needs her to do, including bringing his ex-wife home for good.

‘One month, Harry, and I’ll be out of here.'

Harry Halligan doesn’t want a nanny, but he needs one—he needs Somer. She’s the only one who can reach his troubled daughter, who can bring some measure of peace to his home. But as Somer advances her mission to fix his life, a few things become clear: his ex-wife might not be the answer, and Somer just might be. But Somer is running like hell from something in her own life and hiding in his.

Only one thing is for sure. Harry now has less than a month to make the hardest decision he’ll ever have to make—a decision that will change all of their lives forever.

~Author Bio~

Anna Clifton is a lawyer by trade and a mother to several children and a couple of cats. Her passion is writing warm, family oriented contemporary romance novels with a special focus on legal eagles. Making Ends Meet is her fourth novel.

~Paragraph from author about the book~

Are you mad? You want to write a love story about a marriage breakdown, with children involved and the ex still on the scene?

They were the thoughts that ran through my head as I jotted down early plot notes for Making Ends Meet. Perhaps I was mad, but I’m also a romantic at heart. Marriage breakdown, particularly where one party has little to no control over the decision to end it, has touched the lives of many people I care about. Incredibly, their heartbreaking journeys have brought home to me, like nothing else, the healing power of love and forgiveness, the miracle of optimism and second chances, and the truth that the end of a marriage does not have to spell 'the end of love' – far from it. I hope you enjoy Harry and Somer’s story.


‘Ask my ex-wife out!’ Harry spluttered. ‘What do you mean, on a date?’
‘Yes.’ Somer looked genuinely mystified at his reaction.
‘What for?’
‘Harry!’ she lobbed back at him, disgust heavy in her voice. ‘Have you no clue about women? Where were you planning on meeting her to talk about reconciliation?’
‘I don’t know,’ Harry admitted, flummoxed by her questions as he ran a hand through his hair. ‘My place. Hers. A coffee shop …’
‘A coffee shop!’ Somer nearly exploded. ‘Do you want her back or not?’
‘What do you suggest?’
‘Dinner, of course—somewhere special!’
Harry shook his head.
‘What?’ Somer challenged, leaning her elbows on the table again.
‘Won’t that scare her off?’
‘You’ve both been through a lot. You need to show her that you want a fresh start. You’ll never convince her of that in a coffee shop. Which brings me to my next concern.’
Harry pressed the heels of his hands against his eyes before dropping them into his lap again. ‘I should have known that a Sullivan woman would have a ‘next concern’.
Somer shrugged.
‘Okay, let me have it.’
‘Your appearance.’
‘What’s wrong with my appearance?’
‘You look like an unmade bed.’
‘Guy told me that women find that attractive,’ Harry countered with checkmate smugness.
‘What would Zegna-Man know about unmade beds?’
‘Are you saying I’m unattractive, Somer Sullivan?’
‘Are you fishing for compliments, Harry Halligan?’
She smiled impishly and Harry dropped his gaze from her face to steady his thoughts, and his pulse rate. For God help him, she was so mind-blowingly, breathtakingly wonderful. She was dropping her guard with him, as though knowing that he wanted Freya back had wiped out all the tension she was carrying around him. The effect was unintentionally cataclysmic, and not in a way that could ever be good for either of them…

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Book Blast ~ Children of Darkness by David Litwack

  Children of Darkness 
  The Children of Darkness, book one of the dystopian trilogy, The Seekers by David Litwack

"But what are we without dreams?" A thousand years ago the Darkness came--a time of violence and social collapse when technology ran rampant. But the vicars of the Temple of Light brought peace, ushering in an era of blessed simplicity. For ten centuries they have kept the madness at bay with "temple magic," eliminating forever the rush of progress that nearly caused the destruction of everything. Childhood friends, Orah and Nathaniel, have always lived in the tiny village of Little Pond, longing for more from life but unwilling to challenge the rigid status quo. When their friend Thomas returns from the Temple after his "teaching"—the secret coming-of-age ritual that binds the young to the Light—they barely recognize the broken and brooding man the boy has become. Then when Orah is summoned as well, Nathaniel follows in a foolhardy attempt to save her. In the prisons of Temple City, they discover a terrible secret that launches the three on a journey to find the forbidden keep, placing their lives in jeopardy. For hidden in the keep awaits a truth from the past that threatens the foundation of the Temple. If they reveal that truth, they might release the long-suppressed potential of their people, but they would also incur the Temple’s wrath as it is written: "If there comes among you a dreamer of dreams saying 'Let us return to the darkness,' you shall stone him, because he has sought to thrust you away from the light."

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  Praise for The Children of Darkness “A must-read page turner.” Kirkus Review “Litwack’s storytelling painted a world of both light and darkness–and the truth that would mix the two.” Fiction Fervor “The Children of Darkness is a dystopian novel that will stay with you long after you finish reading it.” C.P. Bialois “A fresh perspective on our own society...[an] enjoyable read that will make you wonder just how society will judge us in the future.” Lexie  

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Author David Litwack 

The urge to write first struck when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter's editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic. Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned. After publishing two award winning novels, Along the Watchtower and The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky, he’s hard at work on the dystopian trilogy, The Seekers. David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Official Book Tour: A Secret To Keep

Keeping secrets is a horrible way to live. Sloane Davis should know.
She's kept her son a secret from his father for almost a year.

Now, her worst nightmare is coming true. Her ex is re-entering her professional life in the midst of the biggest project of her career. She's about to come face to face with the only man she's ever loved - her son's father.

Gates McCall is a brash man. He hasn't always been this way, but when Sloane walked out on him, something inside him broke. When his company's newest acquisition brings the two of them together once more, little does he know seeing her will bring back a flood of memories, feelings, and an unexpected surprise.
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Railyn Stone hails from the Tar Heel State and is a romantic at heart. She believes you can find romance in the simplest aspects of life and enjoys letting her imagination run wild. Trying new restaurants, listening to music, playing golf and writing over the top stories about ordinary people are the hobbies she cherishes most.

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        “Hey, come back to the here and now. Sloane come on, we have to focus. Are you going to be able to do this?” Liyah snapped her fingers in front of Sloane to get her attention. “Sloane? Sloane?” 
“Oh, Liyah, I’m sorry. What were you saying?” Just as Liyah was about to answer her, she quieted and Sloane followed her gaze toward the door where her unbelievably handsome ex-fiancĂ© stood.
“Santo cielo.” Liyah breathed and stood straighter, adjusting her jacket.
“He’s just a man in a suit,” Sloane said, trying to convince herself more than Liyah that he was just a man in a suit. She busied herself by stacking and reorganizing an already organized stack of papers. She could feel one single bead of sweat slowly meander its way down her back. But Gates’ magnetic pull soon had her staring at his deep-set hazel orbs. She tried to look away, but there was something about this man who was able to suck her in like cake flour through a sieve.
“He is so not just a man in a suit.” Liyah swallowed hard, shaking her head at Sloane’s dismissal of him. “I’m beginning to understand why you’re so nervous about this. Wow. You know, I didn’t realize how much Brayden looks like him.”
“Shh, keep your voice down.” Sloane tried to move, to blink, to do anything, but her body betrayed her wishes and she could only stare as Gates mingled through the room before he stopped near the two of them. She felt the individual hairs on her neck called to attention as his deep voice rumbled over her.
“Liyah, hello. It’s been a while. Sloane.” Finally regaining her faculties Sloane pulled herself up to her full height of 5 feet 6 inches and smiled. The unmistakable maleness of him filled her senses as she looked into those familiar eyes. Prickly chills scampered up her spine as she stood face to face with the father of her baby boy.
“Hi, Gates.” Liyah interjected, trying to break the obvious awkwardness.
“Gates, it’s good to see you again.” Sloane stammered while inwardly cowering under his intense gaze.
“Is it really?” Smirking, Gates continued past her to meet and shake hands with a few of the representatives from the various companies with bids on the table. 
“Okay, so that went well.” Both ladies turned to watch him weave through the crowd of people as he headed towards the front of the room before Liyah turned to Sloane. “You up for this?”
“I don’t have much choice, do I? I guess he really does hate me.” Sloane swallowed the big lump of nerves in her throat and tried to pull herself together for what she knew was going to be the fight of her life. She and Liyah took their seats as the meeting got underway and she was never so glad to sit down. Her legs felt weak and her stomach was queasy. If it weren’t for the fact she hadn’t been with anyone since Gates, she would have sworn she was experiencing morning sickness all over again. 
“Maybe not so much hate, as maybe severe dislike.”

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