Thursday, June 28, 2012

New Book Review: Caribbean Crossroads by Connie Sokol

I first met Connie attending one of her classes at BYU Education Week in Provo, Utah. I immediately felt a connection, we have been friends ever since. She is a gifted motivational speaker as well as a talented author. She's written several books, including, Motherhood Matters, and Faithful, Fit & Fabulous. Both titles describe Connie herself. Her newest release, Caribbean Crossroads is simply a FUN read, perfect for summer:

New college grad, Megan McCormick just got dumped. Hard.

Swearing off men and relationships, Megan is coaxed into performing on a cruise ship where she meets the star performer, Bryant Johnson. Handsome and charismatic, he looks like trouble, but she can't deny the intense attraction between them.

Urged to find a wife and run the family lumber business, Bryant is torn bewtween his family's ecpectations for his life and his own. However, when he meets spunky, but love-skittish Megan McCormick, settling down doesn't looks so bad.

Just when Megan begins to trust again, and Bryant makes some big decisions regarding his future, her former fiance returns with a malicious surprise, taking Megan and Bryant to their own CARIBBEAN CROSSROADS.

CARIBBEAN CROSSROADS is available on Amazon as an ebook and in paperback. To learn more about Connie, her other books and get inspired to become your best you, visit her website at

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Even though Joanna was a happily married wife, the mother of six children, fulfilled as a woman, and active in her church she had been suffering with severe headaches and depression for so long, with no relief in sight she was planning on committing suicide. 

Joanna writes:

"I didn't make any requests for help that night. I was certain I was beyond help. I explained to God that He knew and I knew that I had given my fight everything I had. I told God that I was done and that I had nothing more to give. I apologized for not being able to do better. I thanked Him for the good things He had blessed me with. Then. I told Him that I could not endure the pain any longer and that if He chose to send me to hell that would be okay-I knew with certainty that hell could not be worse than what I was currently suffering. I explained that I would be ending my life the following day and from there what happened to me would be in His hand. I then crawled back into bed and cried myself to sleep..." click to read more 

"I woke with a silent scream on my lips. My sister's words from the night before came flooding back all at once, bringing a new wave of revulsion. Had it been a dream? A terrible dream that had encompassed my worst nightmare? I sat up, keeping the covers pulled to my chin as I looked around my room. Everything appeared the same, unlike the tempest I had expected. When my world caved in, shouldn't the physical things around me be destroyed as well?"

Naiva, the second daughter of Jared II, has just been asked by her older sister, Asherah, the favored one, to do the unthinkable. Naiva knows if she gives in, she will be sacrificing her own soul.

Creating a web of deceit and evil, Asherah will stop at nothing to return their father to the throne and eventually become queen. Naiva's struggle to find enough strength to stand against what she knows is wrong and the courage to embrace her budding beliefs in the true God, may cost her everything...including her life.

H.B. Moore has written an engaging page-turning thriller based on the book of Ether. Just like her Out of Jerusalem series and other novels about people in the Book of Mormon, her expert skills as a writer bring the scriptures alive with greater impact and understanding. I loved this book!

To watch the trailer or get your own copy today,  click here
To learn more visit her blog at or her website at

This is Jaclyn M. Hawkes 3rd novel and the 1st one of hers I've read. I was pleasantly suprised!

The main character, Kelly Campbell, is a nurse in her early twenties. Something illegal is going on in the hospital where she works and when she is caught looking at some files she inadvertently stumbled upon, she ends up staging her own death in order to stay alive. Leaving everything behind, she flees Chicago on the back of a borrowed motorcycle, dressed completely in leather, her bright auburn hair tucked securely under a helmet. 

From the back cover:

"When the weather turned cold, she turned south. She ended up in North Carolina, home to one of the most famed and eligible NFL football stars in the whole league; only Kelly didn't know that. She thought he was a businessman. Not being a huge fan all she knew was that he was incredibly attractive, kind, generous, and that she was safe with him. Or was she?

His brand of fame proved to be all but deadly; but his fame wasn't nearly as lethal as his attraction. He kept her safe and protected. All except her heart."

The Most Important Catch, was enjoyable, well-written, suspenseful, romantic, and a clean read. My kind of book!

Jaclyn grew up in Utah with 6 sisters, 4 brothers and any number of pets.  (It was never boring!)  She received a Bachelor’s degree, had a career, and traveled extensively before settling down to her life’s work of being the mother of four magnificent and sometimes challenging children.  She loves shellfish, the outdoors, the youth, and hearing her children laugh. She and her fine husband, their family, and their sometimes very large pets, now live in a mountain valley in northern Utah, where it smells like heaven and kids still move sprinkler pipe.

To learn more about Jaclyn and her other books visit her website at

Rachelle has done it again!

The author of Wrong Number, a novel of suspense I couldn't put down, has released Caller I.D. another action-filled story that keeps you guessing featuring FBI Agent Jason Edwards.

I loved Rachelle's first book, and was excited to read this one which is quite a bit longer.

Courtney Beckham is 23, and the privileged daughter of a highly successful land developer. When her parents go away for a long weekend together she sets off on Saturday morning like usual to go for a horseback ride on her horse, Tika.

The pleasant sunny day rapidly darkens when unwittingly, Courtney stumbles onto a large clearing full of tall, thick plants almost ready to harvest. With rising alarm she realizes what they are but before she can leave the area, she's spotted and taken prisoner at gunpoint.

Things rapidly worsen when Courtney overhears her captors discussing the ten million dollar ransom they've placed on her head and when she catches a glimpse of the name on the caller ID inside the kidnapper's home, she's frozen with shock. Even if she can escape, something more dangerous lies ahead.

Published by Sweetwater Books (CFI National Imprint)
ISBN: 978-1-59955-990-2
List Price $15.99

Available at your bookstore and Caller ID

Kindle- coming soon

Watch the book trailer on youtube here

To celebrate the release of Caller ID, Rachelle is hosting a contest for a new Ultra Flip Video Camera (4 GM memory, Records 120 minutes Value $149.99) and other great prizes. Visit her blog for more details.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Christ's Gift to Women, by Heather B. Moore and Angela Eschler

This is an elegant hardbound book, the kind you would want to display on your coffee table in the middle of the living room. The illustrated artwork inside is beautiful and inspiring and so is the message.

As women today, it's easy to get caught up in the way the world downplays our inherent worth as choice daughters of God and our roles as nurturer to our families and others. In Angela and Heather's book, the 5 gifts Christ has given to women are discussed with insight and detail, and these gifts—mercy, experience, wholeness, nurturing, and seeing—are related to the women in Biblical times who faced and conquered challenges and relate to us, as women in the present-day.

This is a book to be pondered over and re-read, and would make a wonderful gift for any woman. There are many quotes and scriptures throughout the book that help one re-gain an eternal perspective quickly during times of loss, discouragement, loneliness or heartache. Here’s a few of my favorites:

“The future is as bright as your faith.”

“The Savior has power to heal us all in each and every aspect of our lives, if we but reach out to him.”

“As we focus on other concerns in our lives, we may miss seeing the Savior standing right beside us.”

“For with God nothing shall be impossible”-Luke 1:37

Get your own copy today!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

If I Should Die, By Jennie Hansen

A great mystery with a surprise ending!

One morning on a routine jog, Kallene’s running partner, Linda, confides that she’s filing for divorce. The next morning, she’s gone without a trace, leaving behind her frightened young daughter. Since Linda’s enraged husband refuses to notify the police, Kallene steps in to initiate a missing person search, not knowing it would soon become a murder investigation—or that she’d soon fall for the charming lead detective.

With Linda’s handsome brother also on her mind, Kallene must navigate the rapids of a double romance as well as the deepening suspicion in her upscale Utah neighborhood. Intrigue turns to danger as Kallene faces the consequences of hasty judgments. And when startling new evidence casts Linda’s murder as the work of a determined killer, Kallene needs the intervention of unlikely heroes to avoid being the next victim.