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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Book Tour: Archangel, echo of Her Presence by Alaina Standord

We are so excited to spotlight book 3 of the Archangel series today! Let's take a look at this great book.
Ariel has proven her prowess on the battlefield. Still since the Great War she has maintained a low profile allowing her fellow archangels to take a leading role. Just as she finally strikes out on her own she meets a stubborn Texas cattle rancher named Orson Anderson. His steely blue eyes and bold Texan attitude immediately set her on the defense. Yet it's her job to save Texas from a wicked drought, but it's not going to be that easy. While gently urging nature to move moisture into Texas, she discovers demons at work in the oil fields.

Her small task quickly escalates. Suddenly the entire nation is at risk and it's up to her to save it.

Author Bio
I have one of those brains that won't turn off at night. Many nights I would distract my intellect by revamping a movie, book or TV show in my mind. I would twist and turn the plots and characters to achieve the ending I preferred. That developed into side stories about my favorite minor characters. Each night I fell asleep in the middle of a grand adventure. It wasn't long before I began to create stories of my own and put pen to paper.

I love a good adventure. I love a good romance. As the mother of seven children, I also learned to love to play video games. One day it occurred to me to write an adventure that flowed like a video game and I added a touch of romance. Thus, Hypnotic Journey was born. The HJ characters are like a family to me. They are foolish, daring, resourceful, passionate and dedicated to their friends.
My love for Science Fiction gave birth to the Treborel Series. It’s a paranormal Sci-Fi romance featuring a psychotic villain and a multiple layer
of hero's fighting to survive the chaos.
I write about how friendship and love can carry you through situations that you might not otherwise survive. You will find my stories exciting and steamy, but I am not an erotic writer. My stories fade to dark when the steam begins to rise, but take it from me, the steam does rise and emotions do soar.
Top 10 list for Alaina Stanford
  • Agood exciting scifi/fantasy book
  • The Hobbit movies
  • A dozen roses on a special occasion
  • Drive-in theater- why or why are they disappearing!
  • Anything pink
  • Kind people
  • Sitting on a beach with a good book
  • The mountains
  • My dog Jack- when he's not barking
  • My family
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Friday, January 30, 2015

Book Review: Falling for Hope by Anne Conley

 About the author:
Anne has written her entire life and has the boxes of angst-filled journals and poetry to prove it. She's been writing for public consumption for the last four years. Currently she is writing two romance series. In Stories of Serendipity, she explores real people living real lives in small town Texas in a contemporary romance setting. In The Four Winds, she chronicles God's four closest archangels, Uriel, Gabriel, Raphael, and Michael, falling in love and becoming human. She lives in rural East Texas with her husband and children in her own private oasis, where she prides herself in her complete lack of social skills, choosing instead to live with the people inside her head.



 Hope is an eccentric librarian who lives with her five cats and loves to spend her time fantasizing about living in a world of shape-shifters, vampires, and fairies. Although the existence of a paranormal world is far from Hope's reality, she can't help but sense there's something different about the mysterious man lurking in her library.
Gabriel is God's Strength, the Messenger, who's been tasked with delivering the Word for millennia. His most recent assignment will be his last, to fall in love and become human. But he can't quite figure out what he's done to displease the Boss. Gabriel's latest assignment might be the hardest, but this gorgeous rubenesque quirk of a woman definitely has him intrigued.


This is the third book in the Four Winds Series. I had high expectations for this one after reading the first two books and this did not disappoint. The book starts out in a library setting with Gabe (The Archangel Gabriel) scouting the focal point of his assignment Hope. She was not the typical woman (physically or personality) compared to the other two women Heaven and Grace. This made the story more interesting to me. I loved seeing a dynamic where the female character wasn't some perfect, petite, overly fit looking woman that needed a man to rescue her from something. Hope was the one pursuing Gabe while dealing with the struggles of her own life. I loved the story and how the characters interacted from each other, and even more that Gabe's brothers were brought back to tie in the previous books.
This was a quick read and aside from a few spelling errors, this book was amazing from beginning to end. It can easily be read from a stand alone book or as the continuation from the series.

Make sure to grab your copy of Falling for Hope, and check out the other books in the Four Winds Series.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Book Review: Falling for Grace by Anne Conley

Four Winds Series:

About the Author:

Anne has written her entire life and has the boxes of angst-filled journals and poetry to prove it. She's been writing for public consumption for the last four years. Currently she is writing two romance series. In Stories of Serendipity, she explores real people living real lives in small town Texas in a contemporary romance setting. In The Four Winds, she chronicles God's four closest archangels, Uriel, Gabriel, Raphael, and Michael, falling in love and becoming human. She lives in rural East Texas with her husband and children in her own private oasis, where she prides herself in her complete lack of social skills, choosing instead to live with the people inside her head.


Rafael is one of God’s Four Winds, the Archangel of Healing. He has answered the countless prayers for healing of loved ones, wondering what it was about the emotion that made humans willing to sacrifice so much.

Grace is a lifeguard who has been on Rafe’s radar since she lost a little boy three years ago. What she doesn’t realize is the green haze that comes over her during a rescue is actually a divine presence who’s about to give up his celestial body to become a very real entity in her life.

While Grace is trying to overcome her own demon, Rafe is discovering his own sexuality, but there’s a darker presence making himself known. The Deceiver wants what Rafe is getting, and he’ll do whatever it takes to have her.


 This is the second book in the Four Winds Series. Although the books can stand alone by themselves, this one had a slight integration from the first book (not giving away any spoilers). I thought this book was intense and well thought out. The plot from this book made more sense to me than the previous as it was more plausible to have someone become roommates and fall for one another. I thought the imagery was great and had me picturing everything from the first pages at the beach and continued throughout the entire story. The only things keeping me from giving it a 5 star rating were the few typos I noticed and felt it carried on a bit too long. With that being said, Falling for Grace was another standout book from Ms. Conley and a book you won't want to put down.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Cover Reveal: The Crosstown Kid by Richard Weir


The Crosstown Kid
Richard Weir

About The Crosstown Kid:

In the low-income part of a Florida town, kids get flushed into the gangland sewer every day. So when beat cop Rob spots a kid training on a track—trying, in other words, to actually be something—he’s intrigued.

Against the advice of his partner, he investigates the Kid and his family. What he uncovers unnerves him: the Kid’s father was a cop himself, gunned down by friendly fire. Before he knows it, Rob has uncovered a tale of police corruption and clandestine gang activity that may cost even more officers their lives.

Will helping the Kid mean exposing his own family to the corrupt cops?

Sometimes, extending your hand in help will only drag you down.

Book Details:

Title: The Crosstown Kid

Author Name: Richard Weir

Genre(s): Thriller, Police, Crime

ISBN: 978-1-68009-057-4

Release Date: 02/06/2015

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Blog Tour: Gabriel's Daughters By Janet Jensen

About the Author
Janet Jensen leads a quiet life in a college town nestled in the foothills of the northern edge of the Wasatch Mountains. She and her husband Miles, an attorney, met as members of Utah State University’s Intercollegiate Debate Team and are parents of three grown sons: a soccer enthusiast/physician in Salt Lake City, Utah; an exercise physiologist/football coach/graduate student in Jyvaskyla, Finland; and a skydiver/embedded systems engineer in Berkeley, California. The Jensens have happily become grandparents of four.
Janet is co-author of a literature-based cookbook, The Book Lover’s Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Great Works of Literature and the Passages that Feature Them (Wenger & Jensen, Ballantine, 2003), and an award-winning novel, Don’t You Marry the Mormon Boys (Bonneville Books, 2007), which won a gold medal for Cultural Fiction in the Readers Favorite  International Book Awards Contest.
Her work also appears in Parables for Today (Cedar Fort, 2012) and Gruff Variations (Writing for Charity, 2012). Baking Day, a personal essay, placed second in the 2011 national essay/memoir contest sponsored by The Writer Magazine and Gotham Writers Workshops.
Janet holds degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Utah State University and Northwestern University and worked in educational settings for more than twenty years.
A retired soccer mom, Cub Scout leader and PTA president, she is a now a full-time writer and a literacy tutor who feels genuine panic when she is stranded without something to read.

Book Descriptions:
An impressive work of literary fiction that accurately explores the struggles of being raised in a polygamous community. Jensen’s novel explores the unique strengths and weaknesses of the bonds in a polygamous family.
Gabriel's Daughters wrestles with issues of polygamy, homosexuality, and modernity through the lives of the large, loving, and polygamous Martin family. The story is told primarily through the eyes of Zina Martin, a young girl who, upon discovering she is impregnated by her "sterile" teacher—and will soon be married off to a man three times her age— escapes the enclosed polygamous town of Gabriel's Landing, Utah.
Zina then embarks on a journey full of self-discovery, yet she can never completely escape the longing she has for her family and even the controversial and outdated lifestyle she once lived. Through both tears and triumph, Jensen has crafted a moving story that not only acts as insightful social commentary but also prompts readers to reevaluate their lives.

Snippet #3
            Youre absolutely right, he said. That would be discrimination against left-handers, and the law doesnt allow it. He picked a dandelion and twirled the stem between his fingers. Whats your name.
            She hesitated.
            Its all right, he said. Im a teacher here.
            Zina. Zina Martin.
            Im Mr. Stratton. Mark. Ive only been here a month. I teach biology and chemistry. This is fabulous country. I really came here to bike, hike, and ski. Teaching will support my hobbies if I watch my budget. And, he added, with a glance at the girls who were doing their warm-ups as directed by the team captain, I coach girls soccer. Do you play any school sports?
            She shook her head. Oh, no. Sports arent appropriate for girls. I mean . . . we, uh
 . . . we go straight home after school. But our regular bus got a flat tire today and theyre waiting for another one to come. Its such a nice day, I just wanted to stretch out in the sun by myself.
            He stood. Well, then, I should leave you to your solitude.
            Im sorry. I didnt mean it that way. Its just that—”
            He sat down again. Let me guess. I dont know too much about Gabriels Landing yet, but I suspect that all day youre in a crowded school with hundreds of other students, and when you get home to your big family, you probably dont have much time or space thats just for you.
  Excerpted from GABRIEL’S DAUGHTERS by JANET KAY JENSEN. Copyright © 2015 by JANET KAY JENSEN. Excerpted by permission of JOLLY FISH PRESS, LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

The Interview:

Tell me a little about your book, Gabriel’s Daughters
If sixteen-year-old Zina Martin doesn't escape from Gabriel's Landing, Utah, she'll become the bride of her father's oldest friend, a prolific polygamist. She's also a little bit pregnant, and the baby’s father is her sterile high school teacher. Follow Zina Martin’s journey of self-discovery in Gabriel’s Daughters, as she becomes her own person; only then can she come full circle and reconcile with the family she loves.

Who has been your greatest writing inspiration?
I love to read the classics. Contemporary author Sandra Dallas has been a great inspiration. She writes with honesty and clarity and creates memorable characters.

Now a little more about you: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you bring (excluding family, laptop, or writing utensils)?
Plenty of batteries and an ipod so I could listen to great music and books. And sunscreen. And Gus, my BorderBeagle.

We find out the world is going to end tomorrow. How do you live your last day?
 Asking forgiveness and expressing my love to the most important people in my life.

If we were to make a movie of your life. Who would play the part of you?
That’s a hard one. I don’t think I’ve seen that actress yet. Meryl Streep?

Tell us 5 random things about yourself.
 1. I had never seen snow until I was 12
2. My university students voted me The Queen of Tact
3. My partner and I took state in high school Debate
4. I met my husband when we were members of a university debate team
5. My parents met at a debate tournament.

What are the three places you have always wanted to visit but have not yet?
I’ve visited England and Scotland briefly, but I’d love to return to the British Isles and travel in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Then I’d stay in Europe for a while longer and spend some time in Romania, Austria, Germany, Norway, and Sweden.
Okay, crystal ball time. Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
With 5-10 published novels to my name, good health, my good husband by my side, and more grandchildren. Still living in my adopted hometown of Logan, Utah and cheering for the Aggies.

Janet welcomes correspondence with readers. She can be reached at and on Facebook at She maintains a website at her website at, and an author page at GoodReads. She tweets as JanetKJensen and blogs at
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