$200 amazon Gift Card giveaway

We have a HUGE author giveaway Here: http://ilovetoreadandreviewbooks.blogspot.com/2014/08/book-lovers-delight-200-amazon-gift.html

To celebrate, we are hosting each participating author and their TOP TEN LIST inspired from their own books.
Give a big hand to our first author Maria Hoagland. Here is what she had to say:


In my latest book, Still Time, the main character, Alyssa Johnston and her husband Mike take turns hiding a unique object in different places, always trying to surprise or even outwit each other, but it’s also their way of saying “I love you.”

Trying to come up with the various places for them to hide the object got me thinking–what are some creative places to leave a love note? I came up with my top ten list, beyond the typical “under the pillow” and “lipstick on the mirror.”

Top Ten Places to Hide a Love Note
by Author Maria Hoagland

1. In the lunchbox. Now this isn’t too different, I know. You’ve probably all done it for your kids at one

point or another, I hope (if not, you better get on that!), but when was the last time you did that for your sweetie?

2. Slipped into the book they are reading. Replace their bookmark with a little note with a short romantic couplet you’ve composed and see if that doesn’t become their most treasured literary work.

3. As a screen saver on their computer. That requires some sneakiness and preparation, but think about how worth it it would be. Seeing their face when they boot up their computer would be priceless. Let’s just hope you have their password. 🙂

4. A sticky note on the steering wheel or dry erase message on the rearview mirror. What a fun way to be reminded throughout the day that someone loves them! Even better if you sneak in while they’re at work and do it. Make sure to grab that extra key!

5. Paper towel roll (or to eliminate the chance that one of the kids gets it–yeah, right, when does a child actually clean up after themselves?–the toilet paper roll in the master bath). Just unroll it a bit and then etch out your note before rolling it back up. Surprise!

6. On the milk carton–or since most of us use gallon jugs, maybe an orange juice carton? Tape a picture of the two of you on the back of the milk carton with a note that says something cheesy like, “Missing your love.”

7. Tucked in their wallet. This means there might be a little delay in your sweetheart finding your note, but you’ll be able to keep track of how often they’re pulling the wallet out and rifling through it!

8. Wrapped around their curling iron or under their electric razor. Now, guys, you might want to be careful with this one! You want to surprise her, but don’t hide it so well that it catches on fire before she notices it. Oh, and make sure it says something sweet about how nice you think your spouse always looks!

9. In the Notes app on their smartphone or tablet. My husband did this for me and I didn’t find it for probably two months! But what a surprise–and a treasure. Besides the beautiful words, I was impressed he could keep a secret that long.

10. In their blood pressure medication/ wrapped around their bicycle handle/ tucked in their running shoes. With a note that says something like, “You get my heart thumping!”

Still Time is available in eBook and Paperback
• Barnes & Noble • iTunes • KoboDon’t forget to add Still Time to your Goodreads bookshelf.



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What are some of the best places you’ve either

hidden or discovered a love note?



Well, we did it! We made an ALS horror movie — the most chilling challenge yet…

And we challenged: Justin, Stephanie C., Carissa, the Okere family, the Lah family, and Bepa and her whole school in Haiti (I’m on PINS AND NEEDLES waiting for that one) — it’s going to be AWESOME!!!

Here’s our video:

Let’s do it everybody. Donate to a good cause today!

Disappointed Ghosts and Other Despondent Scary Things…


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2014-08-04 20.15.55-1So, I’m lying down in my attic room in a house built in 1890. And the lights are flickering and there’s a secret room to my right where a section of the house has been sealed off (with a mysterious window that leads to nowhere might I add). The wind is howling. The rain is pounding against the windows. And I’m feeling all warm and cozy and cheery. I snuggle deeper into my blankets and revel in the mysteriousness of it all.

photoKeeping my jolly outlook in mind, you have to imagine my surprise when I woke up bright and early the next morning to find out that my sister and cousin stayed up until three in the morning shivering under blankets in the living room downstairs. They tried to watch happy movies to keep away the boogie man, but nothing could erase the fear from the night before. It was all because we had brainstormed a psychological thriller (that we’re going to film) and while I demonstrated the jerky way that this ghost-hag thingie was going to crawl through the backyard in a dark silhouette of AWESOMENESS, the lights flickered. Yup. They flickered. And of course, the house is over a hundred years old and we were in the middle of a storm, and it was just too much. Oh, and apparently I have no imagination, which is disturbing because I’m a writer. Ghosts could be knocking me over the head and still leave dejected when I don’t give them a good enough reaction.

I’m sorry! I just can’t help it. My scared switch is broken but my mouth isn’t. It’s the story of my life:

  • I’m walking with a sister in the forest and I see an abandoned jacket on the side of the road and I say in my creepiest voice, “I wonder where the body is?” And then I have to catch up to my sister because she is running.
  • Or I say “I think our dolls are alive.”
  • Or “I wonder if there’s a dead body in that sealed off portion in my room and that’s why they walled that window up.”
  • Or when I was in the Philippines and we came home to our dark apartment that night and realized we didn’t have a key, and I said with a smile: “We’re being watched!”

Well, guess who had to run again? And it’s hard when you don’t have adrenaline. I’d much rather be scared because it would give me that extra oomph. And then I wouldn’t have to wander the halls alone at an abandoned jail because everybody else has to have a buddy because it’s too dark and shadowy in the basement to NOT have one. Sure, maybe it was my idea to film in this dark and spooky place, but that’s because IT WAS PERFECT! And as we walked past the maze of rusty showers looking for just the right setting, of course someone else just needs to hear a noise and then there’s running again!!!

But no worries, people. My older brother gave me a taste of my own medicine last time we sat in a tower at the top of the Rocket Re-Entry ride at Lagoon. We dangled there about 200 feet off the ground, and I felt as calm as anything until he turned to me and said, “What if our seat belts weren’t clicked in? We’d be dead. Dead. I don’t think our seat belts are…”
And then we dropped.

Jerk. Continue reading

Jane and Austen


Hopeless Romantics brand you madeI’ve been so busy writing on my Hopeless Romantics line of sweet and clean romances that I haven’t been writing on my blog, but I have an exciting announcement to make. My ebook Jane and Austen has been released on Amazon and the print version will be available tomorrow. It’s doing great on Amazon, too! Check it out HERE.

Thanks for all of your support!Jane and Austen crunched cover

IF you’re taking my class on html this Saturday :-)

For those who are going to the Indie Author Hub conference on Saturday and would like to learn how to turn that Microsoft Word Document into an epub and mobi, it’s not too late.

Just make sure you come prepared (or you won’t learn a thing).

Please read the following instructions to know what to bring for class. In the following link, you will find 4 free programs and 4 documents that you will need to download for class.

You will find them on my blog here:
Once again, this is a hand’s on class, so here’s a checklist of the items that you will need to bring to class on Saturday for maximum learning:
*laptop (your own)
*microsoft Word (program on your laptop)
*notepad (program on your laptop)

internet explorer (program on your laptop)
AND then please download the following 4 free programs (the links are found on the blog that I’ve provided above):
*kindle Previewer
*Adobe Digital Editions 2.0
*Notepad ++
Finally, download the following 4 documents (these will also be found on my blog and the link is found above)
*Rapunzel, html to practice on
*Rapunzel, html to practice on (what it will look like in notepad)
*INSTRUCTIONS on how to make this into an HTML
*Kindle html commands FOR STEPHANIE

And that’s it. No need to study the material beforehand, we will go over it all in class.

See you there!

Bookmarked Bargains is here!!!


This sale is amazing! Dozens of books for $.99 or free and the chance to win all these fun prizes. Go to Bookmarked Bargains to click on the books you’d like to purchase and to enter to win. 


Here are the other participating authors. Happy reading!

Imperfect Love, Rebecca Talley

Wild Hearts, Heather Tullis

Fallen Angel, Lisa Swinton

The Daisy Chain, Heather Moore

Sweet Confections, Danyelle Ferguson 

A Portrait for Toni, Annette Lyon


My Own Mr. Darcy, Karey White

Home Matters, Julie N. Ford

Silver Linings, Kaylee Baldwin

Third Times the Charm, Heather Moore

Discovering Sophie, Cindy Roland Anderson

The Making of a Queen (Ariana Book 1), Rachel Ann Nunes

Prank Wars, Stephanie Fowers

Mr. Wrong, Alivia Anderson

Intercession, Vicki Budge

Amazon, Sunset, Marie Higgins

Loyalty’s Web, Joyce DiPastena

The Man from Shenandoah, Marsha Ward

Intertwine, Nichole Van

Illuminations of the Heart, Joyce DiPastena

Spinster’s Folly, Marsha Ward


Tell me No Lies, Rachel Branton

Spy Noon (Spy Another Day prequel), Jordan McCollum

A Change of Plans, Donna K. Weaver

Fourth of July, Cami Checketts

Homecoming Identity, Heather Justesen

I, Spy (Spy Another Day #1), Jordan McCollum

To Sleep No More, Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen

The Colony, Cami Checketts

There, Their, They’re: A no-tears guide to grammar from the word nerd, 2nd edition, Annette Lyon   

Homeschool Lifestyles from Homeschool Moms, Valerie Steimle

The 2012 Book Bloggers’ Cookbook, Christy Dorrity

Of One Heart: Being Single in the LDS World, Valerie Steimle

Nourish and Strength, Maria Hoagland

Wall of Faith, J Loyd Morgan

Intercession, Vicki Budge

Family Size, Maria Hoagland

Just Like Elizabeth Taylor, Lu Ann Staheli          

Worth It (an LDS love story), Taryn Taylor

The Princess Sisters, Stacy Lynn Carroll

Frogs and Toads, Stacy Lynn Carroll

Confessions of 16-year-old Virgin-Lips, Cindy Hogan

Samara: A Kilenya Romance, Andrea Pearson

Tides across the Sea, Lu Ann Staheli

Gravediggers, Cindy Hogan

Heroes of the Highest Order (1-3), Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen

The Secret Sisters Club (A Ginnie West Adventure), Monique Bucheger

The Stone of Valhalla, Mikey Brooks

The Key of Kilenya, Andrea Pearson

Simply West of Heaven: A Ginnie West Adventure, Monique bucheger

The Dream Keeper, Mikey Brooks

The Waxing Moon, author J Loyd Morgan

Blue Dragon (Dragonbound Series book one), Rebecca Shelley

Nexus Point, the Fall of the Altairan Empire Book 1, Jaleta Clegg

Soul Windows, Jaleta Clegg

DragonBound IV: Red Dragon, Rebecca Shelley

Inevitable, Tamara Heiner

Twisted Tales Trilogy, Stephanie Fowers

The Roilden Stones of Elf Mountain,  Anna del C.

Awakening: Book One of the Geis, Christy Dorrity

Fateful, Cheri Schmidt

The Silent Warrior Trilogy, Anna del C.


Bookmarked Bargains

Bookmarked Bargains

“We connect readers to writers!”

Join your favorite authors for an amazing online ebook sale

When: Thursday, Friday, Saturday (May22nd to 24th)

Where: http://www.bookmarkedbargains.blogspot.com

*Enter for your chance to win a free Reader’s Party Pack!
*Find your favorite authors and their fantastic ebooks at great discount prices.

Participating authors: Cheri Pugh Schmidt, Andrea Pearson, Cindy Hogan, Ronda Hinrichsen, Monique Bucheger, Mikey Brooks,Jason Lloyd Morgan, Rebecca Shelley, Author Tamara Hart Heiner, Christy Dorrity, Anna Del C. Dye, Jaleta Clegg, Danyelle Bauman Ferguson, Taryn A. Taylor, Cindy Roland Anderson, Rachel Ann Nunes, Marie Higgins, Heather Brown Moore, Cami Coats Checketts,Rebecca Cornish Talley, Donna King Weaver, Maria Beuchat Hoagland, Marsha Ward, Annette Luthy Lyon, Joyce DiPastena, Nichole Van, Valerie Bashein Steimle Foy, Heather Burgess Justesen, Jordan McCollum, Lisa Swinton, Julie Nowland Ford, Kaylee Baldwin.

Easter Ebook Sale

We have another multi-author sale for Kindle readers! All books are priced at 99 cents for Kindle readers. If you find a book you enjoy, we hope you will take time to give the author a nice review and maybe check out their other books. Sale begins Friday, April 18 and ends at midnight on Sunday, April 20th.



Heart of the Ocean by Heather B. Moore

Page count: 314

$0.99 ebook sale

Buy on Kindle

website – Mywriterslair.blogspot.com


USA TODAY Bestseller!  A dark secret . . . a grieving ghost . . . a handsome stranger . . . What more could Eliza Robinson want? Except for maybe her life.


As the Sun Sets (Twisted Tales Series book 3) by Stephanie Fowers

Page count: 411

$0.99 ebook sale

Buy on Kindle

website – stephaniefowersbooks.com

No one bothered to tell Daphne Starr that faerytales were real until she got stuck in a beanstalk with a beast and a pricked finger. Now she only has until the battery runs out of her cell phone before she loses her heart . . . to a beast. 


Poison Me by Cami Checketts

Page count: 268

$0.99 ebook sale

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website – camichecketts.com 

Can they catch a killer that no one believes is real?
Jake Merrill was raised by his grandmother, Ruby, and her hilarious friends. After a suspicious death at the retirement home where Ruby lives, she enlists Jake and Chanel, the beautiful activities director, to help her find the killer.
Secrets Ruby has kept for decades threaten her family and the man she’s always loved, but could never have. Chanel’s unstable ex-boyfriend, a presumably dead relative, and vicious criminals add to the confusion. Time is running out as Jake, Chanel, and Ruby desperately search for clues to solve the murders and fight to save those they love.“Poison Me made me laugh out loud and thoroughly enjoy myself. I wish I had a friend like Ruby! Snappy dialogue, romance, and a strong sense of family made this book well worth reading.”

The Sweetest Kiss by Marie Higgins

Page count: 308

$0.99 ebook sale

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website – mariehiggins84302.blogspot.com

Lord Trey Worthington isn’t about to give his heart to a
woman. He does not want a marriage like his parents. But when his mother brings
a childhood acquaintance into the home to sponsor into society, Trey has to get
Miss Faraday trained properly. The more he gets to know Judith, the more he
yearns for something he doesn’t dare reach for. Judith is after a faithful
husband—something Trey has been convinced most of his life he’ll never become.

Judith Faraday is only after one thing—to marry her Naval
Officer and enjoy a life full of love. She’s doubtful her dream will ever come
true while living as the ward to the dowager duchess. However, the longer
Judith is with the dowager’s son, Trey, an attraction blossoms. Judith now
wonders if God has different plans for her life, because Trey doesn’t believe
in the sanctity of marriage…the very thing Judith cannot do without.

Waiting for You by Marie Higgins

Page count: 229

$0.99 ebook sale

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website – mariehiggins84302.blogspot.com

When a beautiful
woman claiming to be a ghost from 1912 appears in Nick Marshal’s new office and
begs for help in solving her murder, he’s intrigued enough to consider her
plea. A scandal that rocked Hollywood almost destroyed his law practice, so
taking on a client who insists she’s dead seems a good way to refresh his
career. The more history he uncovers, the deeper he falls for the ghost.
Abigail Carlisle believes Nick is her heart’s true desire, but how can happily
ever after happen whwn she’s already dead?


The Gift of Angels by Rachel Ann Nunes

Page count: 128 

FREE  ebook sale (April 18-22)

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website – ranunes.com/

Angela Thornberry is facing the greatest challenge of her life. All around her people talk about miracles happening to them and how God acts in their behalf. Even the scriptures are full of angels and miracles. As she and her family teeter on the brink of losing everything, Angela needs one of those angels now more than ever.

Her faith wavers as everyone around her seems to receive divine help—everyone except her. Doesn’t she too, deserve an angel of mercy? Does the Lord have a plan for her or has her lifetime of faith been misplaced? Then something strange begins to happen, and her entire life changes yet again.


This Very Moment by Rachel Ann Nunes

Page Count 212

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Bill Dubrey is a sought-after plastic surgeon for LA’s prestigious and wealthy, and an equally sought-after bachelor. On the surface it appears he has it all—money, respect, and fame. Yet behind his aloof exterior lurks a tragic past that prevents him from finding lasting happiness.

All that changes on the day Kylee Stewart reenters his life. She alone knows Bill’s secret agony, and she is determined to help him face his past. During the years they’ve been apart, Kylee’s own life has been far from easy, but unlike Bill, she has turned to God in her need, finding a faith to which she desperately clings.

The tentative friendship they begin has Bill rethinking his stark future, yet he keeps his heart in check—afraid to commit, afraid to lose again. During Kylee’s darkest moment, when she needs him most, will he be there for her?


Tomorrow and Always by Rachel Ann Nunes

Page Count: 266

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Anyone would think that Karissa and Malcolm have the perfect life. Young and successful, they’ve built their dream home on beautiful Kodiak Island in Alaska. But behind closed doors it’s a much different story. Unable to have children and inactive in their religion, Karissa and Malcolm’s marriage is beginning to fall apart.

When Jesse and Brionney Hergarter move to Kodiak, Karissa senses a kindred spirit. With Brionney’s friendship and support, Karissa feels a growing desire to return to activity at church. But this means confessing a sin that has haunted her for years—the one sin that could drive Malcolm away forever.