About Trek the Movie

Trek: The MovieTrek follows a young Mormon teenager named Tom and his friends on their handcart journey. Along the way, they try to smuggle in unsanctioned food, battle sibling rivalry, encounter a “special ops” Young Men leader, match wits with a Twinkie-loving skunk, and ponder doctrinal brain teasers like, “Do General Authorities go to PG-13 movies?” But, when they encounter unexpected trouble, their faith is tested much like that of their pioneer ancestors. Whether you’ve been on a trek or not, your family will laugh along and ultimately beinspired as you enjoy this delightful film.

Special Features

  • Trek bloopers
  • Meet the Cast
  • Director Commentary

My thoughts about Trek The Movie

I got to watch this one in the theater. I’ve been looking forward to the DVD coming out so that I could see it again!

This movie is way unique in that it’s about a very specific aspect of Mormon culture. Going on a trek is such a special thing for our young people. I know it was something that our older daughter looked forward to going on and now our younger daughter is looking forward to it in a few years as well.

Trek: the Movie is so well done! I didn’t have my own trek experience, but after watching this movie, I almost felt as though I had. 

I loved the characters in it. There’s the kids that don’t want to be there, for various reasons, the leaders, (some of these were quite funny as well), and it even has the kids that keep trying to make out. My favorite was the Twinkie boy. I had to laugh at all of his antics. His trying to sneak all of his favorite treats onto trek when he knew they weren’t allowed was so funny! There was one part with him and his sister and her doll that made me laugh so hard!

There’s also the boy who is only there because his parents have bribed him. I liked the way the audience doesn’t know why he doesn’t want to go at first. It takes quite a lot of the movie before everything with him is pieced completely together and makes sense.

I liked the way this movie is done. There is plenty of humor, fun and laughing. But the movie has serious parts too. There’s a huge problem that needs to be solved and the kids have to solve it on their own. It takes all of them to do it.

My whole family loved this movie. I loved the extras on the DVD. There were tons of deleted scenes that kept our family laughing. There’s a great music video and the commentary. I don’t usually watch all of the commentary. Our daughter had it on and it was a lot of fun to listen to what the directors were saying about Trek: the Movie.

I was sent a copy of this movie in exchange for an honest review.

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Letter from Alan Peterson Director of Trek the Movie 

Trek the MovieIt’s exciting to anticipate the DVD/BluRay release of TREK, the movie. Being with audiences in theaters is the fulfillment of any director’s dream.  But, the reality of independent film is that you can’t get a movie into enough theaters so that everyone who wants to, can see it.  July 3rd is a day that lots of TREK fans have been waiting for.  Now, everyone can enjoy the laughs and lessons of TREK whenever they want.  One of our goals in producing the movie was to create a story that would honor the wonderful tradition of this hands-on experience unique to our faith.  Trek provides a critical chance to connect with our past. Why is this important?  I’ll let Elder Russell M. Ballard explain: 

I have a deep conviction that if we lose our ties to those who have gone before us, including our pioneer forefathers and mothers, we will lose a very precious treasure. I have spoken about “Faith in Every Footstep” in the past and will continue in the future because I know that rising generations must have the same kind of faith that the early Saints had in the Lord Jesus Christ and His restored gospel.” (General Conference, October 2017, The Trek Continues!)

It is too easy to forget what our pioneer ancestors sacrificed for their faith and for our good. I hope families can sit down together and share the movie and talk about how grateful we should be for the men, women and children who marched into the unknown following a prophet of God so long ago. And, I hope they will talk about the challenges they face today as members of the church as we march forward into the unknown.  Do you feel like Tom and wonder where God is?  How do we connect with Him? What do we do when we feel weak and alone? Hopefully, TREK helps us know that our Heavenly Father is there and that He cares. 

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Kiss of the Spindle

About Kiss of the Spindle

kiss of the spindleA steampunk Sleeping Beauty story from the author of Beauty and the Clockwork Beast.

Doctor Isla Cooper is cursed. Literally. Each night, at the stroke of midnight she falls into a death-like sleep from which she cannot be awakened for six hours. To make it worse, the curse has an expiration date–after a year, it becomes permanent. And the year is almost up.

In a desperate attempt to find Malette—the witch who cursed her—Isla blackmails her way onto Daniel Pickett’s private airship bound for the Caribbean, only to discover she’s traveling with three illegal shapeshifters and the despicable Nigel Crowe, a government official determined to hunt down and exterminate every shapeshifter in England. Isla and Daniel must work together to keep the identities of the shapeshifters hidden while coming to terms with their own hidden secrets, and their blossoming attraction to each other.

Filled with suspense, intrigue, and plenty of romance, Kiss of the Spindle is steampunk Sleeping Beauty story. It is a race against the clock as Isla and Daniel try to hunt down the elusive Malette before Isla’s death-like sleep becomes permanent.

My review

I read Beauty and the Clockwork Beast  a couple of years ago and I LOVED it! When I saw that Nancy Campbell Allen had a new Steampunk romance coming out, I was so excited! This book is amazing! I might have to say that it’s my favorite I’ve read this year so far, and I almost never pick favorites!

Kiss of the Spindle  introduces us to Isla. I loved her character. She’s spunky and pretty much does whatever she wants, whether it’s smart or not. Plus she knows how to use all sorts of weapons, they come in handy in her job as a Doctor of Shifter Therapy and Human Relations. That’s a big title, but basically she’s a bounty hunter searching for those shifters, werewolves, that attack humans and leave a mess. Isla has a small problem though, she falls asleep at midnight and is literally as if she is dead until 6 am. That messes with her job. And her friend is concerned that after a year of that, she’ll sleep all the time, never to wake again. 

That’s where Daniel Pickett comes in. He owns Pickett Airships and Isla must take an airplane to Port Lucy to see if she can find the witch who cast a spell on her and get it reversed. I loved the way she used all of her resources to blackmail him into taking her on his private airship. But he’s no fool. He knows that there is something she needs and he won’t stop trying to figure it out. I loved the way he cares for her when he realizes her problem. He stays by her side as she sleeps to protect her. 

There is plenty of danger and action in this book! I loved all of the characters, even the shifters. I loved the way the author includes little nods to Disney’s Sleeping Beauty cartoon. Those were so much fun to watch for!

I really loved the whole book. Like I said before Kiss of the Spindle is currently my favorite book from this year! Make sure to get your own copy and see how much fun Steampunk romance can be!

I was sent a copy of this book as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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Nancy Campbell Allen (N.C. Allen) is the author of twelve published novels, which span genres from contemporary romantic suspense to historical fiction. In 2005 , her work won the Utah Best of State award. She has presented at numerous writing conferences and events since her first book was released in 1999. Nancy received a BS in Elementary Education from Weber State University. She loves to read, write, travel and research, and enjoys spending time laughing with family and friends. She is married and the mother of three children.

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Just a quick note before we get to today’s book review, with tomorrow being the 4th of July, I’m going to take the day off to spend time with my family. Have an amazing day!

About Unforgettable

unforgettableAs teenagers, Celia and Manny planned their future together in the branches of a mango tree. Soon afterward, Manny leaves Fogo Island for college, expecting to marry Celia and take her to America once he graduates. However, during Manny’s schooling, the volcano near Celia’s village erupts, burying her home. 

They lose contact with each other, and Celia comes to believe that Manny has fallen in love with someone else. When their lives intersect again, too much has changed for their plans to ever become a reality, yet the promises they made and the desires of their hearts persist, becoming unforgettable.

My review

I loved the whole vibe of Unforgettable. Celia and Manny grow up on Fogo Island. It’s just a really laid back and beachy type of place. So everyone knows everyone. That’s good and it’s bad. Sometimes it means that people are kinder and sometimes it means that everyone knows too much about everyone else.

Anyway…the book starts out with a volcanic eruption on Fogo Island that displaces everyone. Including Celia and her mom. Manny is going to college elsewhere. The eruption causes Celia and Manny to lose each other. And Celia marries someone else before he can find her again. 

I liked that Manny was willing to go to great lengths to find Celia. Even after he realized she was married to someone else, he cared about her and wanted to help her. Manny is just the ultimate responsible person. He goes out of his way to get his mom and sister to America, even though he had a job he loved where he was. His sister puts Manny and his mom through some crazy things. I liked how he never gave up.

Then there’s Celia. She’s courageous. Her mom goes a little crazy during the volcano eruption. But Celia just keeps going. She works to keep her mom out of the path of the volcano in any way she can. Then when she’s dealing with her abusive husband, she figures out a way out. And by that time she’s in a foreign country. 

Unforgettable has a great story. There’s danger, adventure, and just real life as well. I liked the way I never knew what was coming next. And the ending was really well done!

I was sent an e-copy of Unforgettable in exchange for an honest review.

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Price of JadeAbout The Price of Jade

the price of jadeWith its lush rainforests and awe-inspiring ruins, Guatemala has always played a central role in Matt Miller’s life. The stunning land where he once served as a missionary is now a vital part of his importing business, and after years of anticipating a trip tot he exotic country with his wife, Cathy, and teenage daughter, Melissa, it’s finally happening. But what begins as a dream vacation soon spirals out of control as the Millers face every parent’s worst nightmare: their daughter has disappeared without a trace.

Every second counts as Matt and Cathy throw themselves into the most urgent search of their lives—a search that becomes frantic when a ransom note arrives. As Matt traverses dense jungle and remote villages, relying on the help of an unlikely band of Good Samaritans, it is clear that Melissa’s kidnapping was far from random. There is a network of greed and deceit that runs deep, and no one can be trusted. Desperate to protect his family, each step leads Matt closer to a ruthless killer. And what he discovers points to a greater deception than he could have imagined…

My review

This was one of those books that sucked me in from the very beginning. I didn’t want to stop reading for anything until I figured out what happened to Matt, Cathy and Melissa!

I enjoyed the whole premise of the plot in this one. Cathy and Matt are going on a vacation with their 17 year old daughter Melissa to see the Book of Mormon lands in Guatemala. But Matt is kind of a work-a-holic and ends up not being able to leave when Melissa and Cathy do. Little does he know, that Melissa will be kidnapped the very first day of the tour, leaving Cathy frantic and unsure of what to do. I really related to this part of the plot. Mainly because I have my own 17 year old daughter and I know that I would be going crazy if she was taken by someone and I had no idea where she was or who had her.

I loved that there were many layers of intrigue in this one. There was the obvious, Carlos, the boy who was with Melissa when she leaves. But that’s really only the tip of the iceberg in this one. There is one person involved that you don’t find out until nearly the very end of the book when it’s almost too late. Plus all of the people in the middle.

You see this book from so many points of view. Cathy, Melissa and Matt, of course. But there’s also Raul, the tour guard, several of the men on the tour who go out of their way to help, some of the kidnappers, others who are trying to help and the main bad guy. Seeing what’s happening from so many points of view is a big benefit to the reader. The reader can make their own conclusions and guesses and know what’s happening before the characters do.

I loved this suspenseful book! And I hope this author has more books coming!

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Grilled Cheese Grill CopyCat

If you’ve been thinking that I’ve been a bit quiet this month on my website, you’d be right! Our kids got out of school for the summer at the beginning of the month and we went on an amazing summer vacation. We flew from our home in Salt Lake City to Seattle, then we went back to Victoria Island. We’ve been twice and it’s just a beautiful place. After that we headed back to Seattle and flew down to Portland. We spent a few days on the beautiful coast. Then about a day in Portland itself. That’s where we tried the Grilled Cheese Grill

Grilled Cheese Grill CopycatWhen we travel with our family, we don’t like to eat at places that we have locally. We always try to find fun, family friendly places to eat. The Grilled Cheese Grill was one of those we found and it was so much fun! The Grilled Cheese Grill has a couple of locations. One of them is a stationary food cart. The other is the one we went to. You order at a small Airstream camper trailer and then you eat in a school bus. Who doesn’t love the idea of eating a grilled cheese in a school bus? This was one of our family’s very favorite places to eat on our trip!

I ate the BLTGC when we went. It’s a BLT in a grilled cheese. I added avocado. The other sandwich that I wanted to maybe try when we were there was the Hunter. It’s a bacon, egg and ham grilled cheese. That’s the one that inspired the sandwich I made last week. I’ve actually made a few fun grilled cheeses since we got home, but I only have a picture of one of them.

Grilled Cheese Grill Copycat Sandwich

Grilled Cheese Grill Copycat

2 slices of Grandma Sycamore’s white bread

Chef Shamy Garlic Butter (or you could use regular butter)

Good Foods Tableside Chunky Guacamole

Slice of bacon (I use the pre-cooked kind from Costco) cooked

egg, cooked (I pan fried my egg)

2 slices of Tillamook cheese (I used medium cheddar, but it would be fantastic with whatever kind!)

Butter the bread with the garlic butter. On the inside of the slice, spread the guacamole. Place 1 slice of cheese on top of the guacamole, followed by the bacon (I cut my slice in half or you could use 2) and egg. Place the other slice of cheese on the egg and cover with the other slice of bread with guacamole on the inside and garlic butter on the outside. I used my frying pan to cook it, but I’ve also used a griddle or a waffle iron on the flat side, if you happen to have one. Enjoy!

 

About Princess and the Pea

the princess and the peaWhen Princess Kyra’s coach is overturned by bandits, she is forced to flee for her very life during a raging storm. Thankfully, Kyra discovers a castle and is hopeful that the kingdom might give her the shelter she desperately seeks. However, as she approaches, a guard arrives with the matching horse from her carriage, Kyra is frightened all over again and cautiously presents herself as a commoner named Marie. 

The queen is not convinced Marie is merely a commoner and commands her son, Prince David, to entertain and woo the girl until the truth comes out. There is intrigue afoot in the kingdom, and the queen is bound and determined to see if this mysterious girl had anything to do with it. 

With Prince David gleaning the truth, what could go wrong? No one could have expected him to fall for the bedraggled princess, least of all Kyra! 

My review

I love the way Jenni James writes her books! She writes fairy tales that are just so much fun to read! It’s fun that she stays true to the original fairy tale, but also adds in her own little twist to the book to make it even better. And she adds just the right amount of romance as well!

Princess and the Pea starts with our heroine escaping from robbers overturning her carriage. She’s unsure what to do, but ends up in a city unsure of who she can trust. It’s not surprising that she doesn’t tell the Queen and Prince of the city her true name so as not to be in any extra danger. But makes things a little sticky when she accidentally falls in love with Prince David.

I liked Kyra. She’s a princess who is quick to think on her feet. Her quick thinking saves her several times. I also liked the way she was able to have fun, even while doing menial chores. She’s almost always cheerful and fun loving.

I also liked Prince David. He was there when Kyra needed him the most. And he was willing to work hard and sacrifice comforts to fix things for her. The sweet romance between Kyra and David was perfect in this book.

I loved everything about this book! Can’t wait to read more of these fairy tale retellings like Princess and the Pea by this author!

I borrowed Princess and the Pea from my local library.

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Moon and Stars by Elizabeth Johns

Lady Charlotte Stanton was officially on the shelf. Her first offer to be a chaperone had sealed her fate at the advanced age of eight-and-twenty. Yet, one magical evening a mysterious gentleman took pity on her and danced with her clandestinely under the stars. He refused to tell her who he was—other than unsuitable. It has ruined her peaceful existence as an aging spinster.

Sir David Douglas, known to many as Captain Deuce the infamous smuggler, regardless of having changed his ways and made his fortune away in the Indies. His past was destined to follow him forever. Despite helping bring down a high level smuggling ring, the King wants him to do more to earn his pardon. Reluctantly, he is forced back into the dark trade of smuggling once again.

As Sir David struggles to gain his freedom, Lady Charlotte tries to unravel his mystery and help him. But will she find her happily ever after or will she be caught up in the sins of his past?

 

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“Sometimes I think I have more in common with the moon and the stars than Polite Society,” a deep, baritone voice said from behind her, as if the man had heard her thoughts.
Charlotte managed not to flinch. She was unused to anyone seeking her company in dark places.
“Yes, I was brought up amongst the ton, yet it is not often comfortable,” she replied, still looking at the night sky.
“That is the last word I would use for it,” he said as he came to stand next to her. He was so close she felt warmth radiating from him and smelt his scent of spice and pine. She was afraid to turn and look. She did not wish to ruin the moment with reality, yet the arm of his coat appeared to be well made, and his hands appeared to be strong.
They stood there in silent kinship, listening to the sounds of laughter and dancing coming from the ballroom.
“Would you care to dance?”
Charlotte did not answer. This man must be someone new in Town, someone who knew not who she was, or could not see her clearly in the moonlight. What did it matter? It was only a dance. One dance would change nothing.
She held her hand out to him and finally allowed herself to look up.
“Have we been introduced?” she asked, annoyed at her inanity. She had never before seen this man, of that she was certain.
His light grey eyes twinkled in the moonlight, and they were looking at her—her!—flirtatiously. Crinkles formed at the edges of his eyes, indicating an experience and maturity that made him more handsome when he smiled. It was devilish cruel that men became more striking with age.
“You know very well we have not,” he answered.
He pulled her close—too close—and began to twirl her around. The moment was too intimate for mere words. Charlotte felt light and dainty for the first time ever as this man spun her in his arms. She must be dreaming. It was a heady, delicious feeling as her pulse raced and her insides quivered.
When the music ceased, they stood there still, retaining the position of the dance as their breathing slowed. Charlotte grew self-conscious as the man studied her.
“Am I to know your name?” she whispered.
He took her hand and brought it to his lips, sending shivers through her.
“Some things are better left unspoken, my lady.”

“I loved everything about this story. Every woman needs to meet a man who wants her just the way she is. Despite the struggles and self doubt, despite the familial opposition, despite the outside forces and ever present danger from sinister forces – our dear couple finally triumphs.”

“Elizabeth Johns writes lovely, intricate Regency tales filled with angst, longing, tragedy and triumph. She does not pander with superfluous and gratuitous sex scenes. Yet her stories are romantic and satisfying. I highly recommend this series and all of Johns’ books if you want to be transported and escape this time period to the land of happily ever after. I cannot wait for the next one!”

Author Elizabeth Johns

National bestselling author Elizabeth Johns was first an avid reader, though she was a reluctant convert. It was Jane Austen’s clever wit and unique turn of phrase that hooked Johns when she was “forced” to read Pride and Prejudice for a school assignment. She began writing when she ran out of her favorite author’s books and decided to try her hand at crafting a Regency romance novel. Her journey into publishing began with the release of Surrender the Past, book one of the Loring-Abbott Series. Johns makes no pretensions to Austen’s wit but hopes readers will perhaps laugh and find some enjoyment in her writing.

Johns attributes much of her inspiration to her mother, a retired English teacher. During their last summer together, Johns would sit on the porch swing and read her stories to her mother, who encouraged her to continue writing. Busy with multiple careers, including a professional job in the medical field, author and mother of small children, Johns squeezes in time for reading whenever possible.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rose by Shanna Hatfield

FOUND: Old-fashioned letter in a bottle on the beach…

Now what’s he supposed to do with it?

Tanner Thomas has no interest in contacting the woman who wrote a heartfelt, hopelessly romantic letter his mother found in a bottle on the beach. So why won’t thoughts of her stop tormenting him? Desperate to get her out of his mind once and for all, he makes a surprise trip to meet her, completely unprepared to fall in love with a stranger he meets on the beach.

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To the Man of My Dreams,

A crazy dare from my even crazier friends is the reason you hold this note in your hands. Under normal circumstances, I would not engage in something as undeniably foolish and utterly ridiculous as writing a letter to a man I will likely never meet. In truth, I am not convinced the man of my dreams exists.

You see, I once gave away my heart — my whole heart. The boy I gave it to (for one such as he most assuredly cannot be referred to as a man) tossed it aside one stormy winter day much as one might discard an empty latte cup from Starbucks. After thoughtful speculation, I concluded he was incapable of offering or accepting real love. He owns no respect for love or what it encompasses, what it means.

Love is one of the deepest, most essential human needs — like crisp, clean air to breathe, or cool, refreshing water to drink, or even a piece of rich, decadent chocolate. (Chocolate is a need and if you do not recognize it as such, you may as well tuck this letter back inside the bottle and forget you ever found it.)

In all seriousness, though, every human heart longs to love and be loved.

However, I am far past the desire for a run-of-the-mill sort of love. No, not just any old romance will do. What I seek, what I will wait a lifetime for, is the kind of love that will forever alter my life in a most miraculous, wondrous way. I want the love of a good man to add vibrancy to the colors in my world. His love should be a song my heart eagerly sings. Being with him should be the greatest and best adventure I ever experience. I want a man who perceives the depths of my soul, cherishes my heart, and takes delight in my smile.

I have no use for a man (or boy, because some men remain boys no matter what age they are) who lacks the key traits of loyalty, honesty, and kindness. For that matter, I also have no use for one who possesses a deep-seated fear of the very notion of love.

Therefore, Mister Dream Man, I care not a whit about how much money is in your bank account, what you look like, or the type of vehicle you drive. Your favorite sports teams (go Seahawks), your fashion sense (or lack thereof), and the ability to do such heinous things as burp the letters of the alphabet are of no consequence to me (although that last one is rather revolting. Please tell me you do not do that — at least not with any frequency).

My interest rests in the contents of your heart.

I want to know if you are kind to old women who hold up the line at the grocery store. Do children and dogs like you? Do you have a favorite charity?

By chance, if we do someday meet, I shall do my best never to measure you by anything except your capacity to love with abandon. And maybe your laughter. Laugh lines etched like glorious grooves of joy around your eyes would be an unmistakable sign that you are more than a mere acquaintance with happiness.

I suppose if I expect you to reach out to me upon finding this preposterous missive, you should know something about me beyond the fact I’ve tried falling in love and the experiment failed quite spectacularly.

The world I live in is not complex. Rather, my life is simplistic for the most part. My days are often divine, filled with sweet moments and dear friends. Assuredly, they (the days and my friends) are never, ever dull. I have never had to work at a job (at least by the definition most people attribute to that particular word) as an adult because that which I turn my hand to is something that brings me a heaping abundance of bliss.

After reading this, if you think you may hold an interest in meeting an old-fashioned girl with her share of quirks, one who enjoys sunsets, chocolate (obviously), and treasures from gentler days, please email me at OneVintageRose@…

 


“The chemistry was really great and I loved the beach setting. This was a really sweet, clean romance.” Amazon Reviewer

“Beautifully crafted love story. Makes you believe in the power of love.” Amazon Reviewer

“Charming story. Historical details mixed with romance and ocean sunsets. Just the right amount of humor tossed into the writing to keep the pages turning.” Amazon Reviewer

 

After spending her formative years on a farm in eastern Oregon, hopeless romantic Shanna Hatfield turns her rural experiences into sweet historical and contemporary romances filled with sarcasm, humor, and hunky heroes.

When this USA Today bestselling author isn’t writing or covertly hiding decadent chocolate from the other occupants of her home, Shanna hangs out with her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller.

 

 

 

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My Fair Lacey and A Perfect Fit

My Fair Lacey and A Perfect Fit

Lacey has dreamed of opening a restaurant for years – but first, she needs a loan. When Garrett Halifax, her roommate’s Harvard-educated brother, offers to help her clean up her appearance and manner to impress the bank manager, she jumps at the chance. She makes mistake after mistake, and perhaps the biggest mistake is falling for sexy Garret.
 
This modern retelling of My Fair Lady offers all the humor of the original movie with a splash of romance thrown in.
 
 
Jojo Halifax, Lacey’s roommate, believes that winning Echo Ridge’s float competition is just what her fledgling art career needs. And if that means giving her ex-boyfriend, Anthony, a second chance so she can be a designer on his team, well, she’s willing to make the sacrifice. But when a lost bet leads to a blind date with her brother’s friend, Wyatt, she begins to have second thoughts about second chances. Wyatt is handsome and charming and just might have been paid to make her forget about Anthony. Is falling for his charm worth the risk or should she take Anthony back again?
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Janette Rallison is old. Don’t ask how old, because it isn’t polite. Let’s just say she’s older than she’d like to be and leave it at that.
Janette lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, five children and enough cats to classify her as “an eccentric cat lady.” She did not do this on purpose. (The cats, that is; she had the children on purpose.) Every single one of the felines showed up on its own and refuses to leave. Not even the family’s fearless little Westie dog can drive them off.
Since Janette has five children and deadlines to write books, she doesn’t have much time left over for hobbies. But since this is the internet and you can’t actually check up to see if anything on this site is true, let’s just say she enjoys dancing, scuba diving, horse back riding and long talks with Orlando Bloom. (Well, I never said he answers back.)

 

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I don’t get to reread things very often. I was so excited to get to read My Fair Lacey again! I read it and reviewed it as part of theSilver Screen Kisses booka while back. I enjoyed it at least as much rereading it as I did when I read it the first time!

I loved Lacey. I love the way she’s just real. Her realness is a bit of the problem she has with getting a bank loan. Enter Garrett. He thinks he can teach her how to talk and dress. Then she’ll get the bank loan she needs for her new restaurant. That’s where the bet between Anthony and Garrett starts. 

I love the way Garrett works so hard to make everything work for Lacey. And Lacey falls for him while he works so hard for her. I love that there are tons of funny little things that Lacey says and does. The part where they’re at an art show made me laugh so hard. And the dinner at the end…wow! That scene is just perfect!

This book is even better because it’s two books in one! I love that the second book goes hand in hand with the first one. It’s got many of the same characters and you get to see what happens to Jojo.

I will admit that I didn’t understand what made Garrett not like Anthony in the first book. But in the second one, I could understand why. I didn’t like him by the end of the second book either. 

I loved the plot of the second one as well. I loved the way Garrett goes about getting Jojo to date someone else. And he picked the perfect person for Jojo to date and fall in love with. I loved the lengths that Wyatt went to get her to love him, even though he felt like it was a lost cause. And Jojo is the best! 

And one of my very favorite things was that both of these novellas take place in Echo Ridge. It’s one of my very favorite places to get to read about. All of my favorite characters were still there!

Make sure to read this book! Neither of the stories in it will take very long to read. You’ll love them!

 

Book Excerpt from “A Perfect Fit”
“You want me to seduce your sister?” Wyatt Nelson sat in front of his laptop, staring at the video feed of Garrett, his old roommate. Had Wyatt heard him right? Maybe the internet had glitched and he’d misunderstood the request. Asking Wyatt to go out on a blind date with his sister was one thing; asking for seduction was something completely different.
Garrett winced at the question. He usually looked like the poster child for a Harvard graduate: clean-cut, designer suit, born for high-powered business meetings. Now his tie was loose and his blond hair tousled, as though he’d been raking his fingers through it. “I don’t actually mean seduce seduce her. Not that. I was thinking more along the lines of just luring her away from her idiot boyfriend.”
Wyatt raised an eyebrow. Garrett had to be kidding. He was trying to set him up with someone who was already in a relationship? “So, what you’re saying is you want me to seduce your sister, who happens to be in love with another guy?”
Garrett waved his hand at Wyatt. “Shouldn’t be that hard. You’re a pro at romance. Half the girls at Harvard were in love with you. You must have some method to make them fall for you.”
Incredible. If Wyatt hadn’t already been friends with Garrett, he would have thought the guy was a colossal jerk. But he knew Garrett better than that. He was blunt and sometimes brash, but not completely unfeeling. “Girls like me because I’m a nice guy. The kind that doesn’t blatantly use people—you know, like trying to make them fall in love with me just because their brother doesn’t like their boyfriend.”
Garrett leaned back in his chair. “Hey, use whatever methods work for you. All I want is Jojo to be happily away from the influence of Anthony. ”

 

Author Interview

What writers inspired you to become an author?

I think the author that inspired me most to be a writer was Ellen Conford. She wrote funny young adult books that always made me laugh. I’ve always wished there were more authors like that, so that’s the author I try to be. 

What about you as a person? What do you do to relax? Favorite movies or tv shows? Hobbies? 

I don’t relax much because it seems I’m always behind on a deadline for some project. But I like to research so it seems I’m always watching documentaries about something: World War II or the fashion industry, or what the job of a restaurant owner entails. All sorts of stuff. That’s one of the great things about being an author. I’m always learning stuff. 

My favorite movies are The Princess Bride and Galaxy Quest. My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice. Yes I am one of those women with a Darcy crush. 

What gets your creative juices going? Do you write to a music, and do you want to share your playlist? 

If I ever feel like I have writer’s block, I just look around the house at all of the housework and unfinished projects and then I decide to go write instead. Works every time. I don’t listen to music. I get distracted too easily and I will start listening to the words instead of writing. 

“All writers must have cats, especially if they write fantasy or speculative fiction.” Do you have a stand on this one? Any cute pictures of your kitty or other pet? 

I’ve never heard this quote before, but I hope it’s true. Because that means I am truly a sci-fi and fantasy author. I have four cats. I did not do this on purpose. It turns out that if you have cats that don’t get along so you feed them outside, it is pretty much like putting up a beacon for any stray cats within a 10 mile radius. And that is why I have four cats.  

What organizations do you recommend for those wanting to become writers? Any advice you’d like to share about writing? 

When people tell me that they want to be writers, I always tell them to go to college and get a degree in something else. This may sound counterintuitive, but is actually good advice. And not just because it takes a while to earn enough money as an author to support yourself. If you have a life outside of writing, you’ll have more material to draw on. I have a friend who is a police officer and also a writer. I could never write police drama as well as he does, because I don’t understand how the police force works on an intimate level like he does. The same can be said of lawyer novels, doctor novels, etc.

I also tell writers to learn the craft. There are so many good books on writing that we don’t really have a good excuse for not learning everything we can about point of view, characterization, plot, dialogue, etc. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel; other authors have given us great advice on what to do and not to do. Writing groups and conferences can also be invaluable. Nothing beats that direct feedback. 

If you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit? 

If I could travel in time, I would go back to the Regency Era. This is because that time period was apparently full of hot dukes, viscounts and marquis who were just looking for women to sweep off their feet. I wouldn’t go to the future though, because the future is filled with governments who want to kill you.  

If you could travel anywhere, on earth or off, where would you go? 

I planned a trip to Egypt to do research for the book Son of War, Daughter of Chaos. While I was making plans, the political situation there blew up and I wasn’t able to go. So Egypt is on my bucket list. To research for the book, I had to depend on lots of documentaries and YouTube videos. Thank goodness there are so many tourists that put their vacation videos online.  

Describe your dream writing spot. 

My dream writing spot would be a place with other authors who had nothing else to do with their time than sit around and help me with my novel. When I go to retreats, I hate to admit that I am that annoying author who is always saying stuff like, “Hey, I have my character clenching his jaw too many times. What should I have him do instead?” Sadly, I don’t think there are very many authors who want the job of answering my random questions every time I need help.

 

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Narcissistic Tendencies

“*Warning* Clear all plans before you start this book, because I promise you will NOT want to put it down until the last page has been read!” –Kathy Jo from KJ’s Book Nook ★★★★★

“Waiting for that first kiss was sweet torture but was it worth it? Yumma yes! Nick makes fanning yourself a necessity.” – Aimee from Getting Your Read On ★★★★★

He wants her future. She can’t forget her past. Psychologist Kate Morgan loves her job evaluating clients for the matchmaking service Binary Search. That is, until the one and only Nicholas Wells becomes a client and the new face of the company. Now Kate must take on a new role as his relationship manager to “fix” the actor-turned-writer-and-producer—not to mention egotistical, possibly narcissistic celebrity—and save Binary Search’s reputation.Once upon a time this would have been a dream come true, but older, wiser, and live-within-her-rules Kate knows more than she would like to about narcissists. Annulment is an ugly word and one she can’t or won’t forget. But is Nick the man he says he is on paper or is he the man she sees before her eyes? An adoring father with a generous heart who’s willing to smooth out some of his rough edges for the right woman, making her think who’s fixing who?Can this Hollywood playboy and reluctant matchmaker make the ultimate connection?

Statistically Improbable

“Super delicious read.” – Charissa, Joy in the Moments ★★★★★

“5 Stars isn’t enough….LOVED it!” – Lilac Queen, Romance Blogger★★★★★


Two professional matchmakers. One fake relationship. He’s a playboy. She’s a good girl. What could possibly go wrong?

According to Binary Search’s matchmaking service, Meg and Zander’s odds of ever having a successful relationship are statistically improbable. Meg has run the numbers and knows the probability, but for some reason she can’t quit thinking about her coworker, Zander–the self-proclaimed eternal bachelor.

To make matters more interesting, Zander approaches her with an unusual proposition. He’s in need of a pretend girlfriend. Meg thinks this could be the answer to get him out of her system,and maybe knock the arrogant man down a few notches in the process. But what she doesn’t realize is there is more to this man, something he carefully hides behind his arrogant exterior. And when her feelings begin to be anything but pretend, she knows the odds of getting hurt are more than probable.

Will they let the odds over come them, or will they find that all the reasons they are wrong for each other are exactly what make them a perfect fit?

His Personal Relationship Manager

“One of the best romantic comedies I’ve read in a long time!” – Becky Monson, Bestselling Author of the Spinster Series

“Oh, my gosh. This is THE PERFECT romantic chick lit story.” – Brit Rossie for Readers Favorite


He’s met his match. She just doesn’t know it yet.

After suffering a very public humiliation, Kenadie Marshall realizes that love shouldn’t be left only to personal judgment. Instead of wallowing in her misery, Kenadie creates Binary Search, the perfect balance between a software application and human intuition to help others find true and lasting love, all while personally swearing off relationships for good.


Attractive and loveable Jason Hadley is taken with Kenadie from their first meeting. Determined to prove that love isn’t over for her, he does everything he can think of, even if it means using her firm’s service and dating other women to stay close to her.

Jason quickly gains a rally of supporters, including Kenadie’s over-enthusiastic mother and meddling best friend, but will his ploys help Kenadie find her match, or jeopardize everything she’s created and lead to further humiliations? In an epic battle of wills, this romantic comedy shows that love is patient, love is kind, and love can heal even the most broken of hearts.

Author Jennifer Peel
Jennifer Peel is the award-winning bestselling author of the Dating by Design and Women of Merryton series, as well as several other contemporary romances. Though she lives and breathes writing, her first love is her family. She is the mother of three amazing kiddos and has recently added the title of mother-in-law, with the addition of two terrific sons-in-law. She’s been married to her best friend and partner in crime for a lot longer than seems possible. Some of her favorite things are late night talks, beach vacations, the mountains, pink bubble gum ice cream, tours of model homes, and Southern Living. She can frequently be found with her laptop on, fingers typing away, indulging in chocolate milk, and writing out the stories that are constantly swirling through her head.

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