Friday, April 16, 2010

Contests and Giveaways

So, have you seen the contests that our authors are sponsoring? If you want to win free books and prizes keep reading to find out how.

Want a copy of Redemption? Susan Dayley has instruction on her blog on how to win not only a copy of Redemption, but even better an autographed copy!

Laurie Lewis is sponsoring all sort of giveaways introducing us to characters from her latest novel, Awakening Avery. Each week's prize is different so make sure to become a follower of her blog so that you don't miss out!

Have food storage and love to cook? Now is the prefect time to buy I Can't Believe It's Food Storage by Crystal Godfrey from Amazon.com because you'll get an autographed copy!

Lastly, you can enter to win a copy of Awakening Avery, Queen in Exile and Chocolate Roses on Goodreads. And while you're on Goodreads don't forget to look for Walnut Springs and become our friend.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Chocolate Roses by Joan Sowards


Joan Soward's newest novel has the most delicious title--Chocolate Roses and as Kerry Blair says "It's is every bit as scrumptious as the title implies."

A modern LDS parody of Jane Eyre set in a chocolate shop, Chocolate Roses is rich read. You'll find yourself wanting to curl up in your favorite chair with the book in one hand and a supply of chocolate in the other.

She’s in love . . .
He’s out of reach . . .
Is there any hope?

Janie Rose Whitaker’s world revolved around her chocolate shop until Roger Wentworth and his young daughter moved into the apartment across from Janie’s. Anyone would think Roger fit the mold of the “perfect” guy, but soon Janie discovers secrets that could keep them apart forever. Though she resists getting involved in Roger’s complicated life, they are drawn further into a bittersweet relationship.

You will laugh, cry, and crave chocolate as you read this LDS parody of the classic novel Jane Eyre.


“I’m a big fan of Joan Sowards, so I picked up Chocolate Roses with great expectations. It’s every bit as scrumptious as the title implies. Once again, this creative, funny writer will leave you wanting more, more, more!”
—Kerry Blair, best-selling LDS author

Chocolate Roses is a fresh and modern retelling of the classic novel, Jane Eyre. Peppered with loveable characters and countless moments of humor, you’ll find yourself drawn into Janie’s life and her plight with the unattainable Roger Wentworth. Grab a box of chocolates and settle down for one delectable story.
—Amesbury Reads

Chocolate Roses can be purchased from Amazon, Deseret Book, and your local LDS bookstore.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Awakening Avery

Laurie Lewis' latest novel, Awakening Avery, is a story of self-discovery and second chances.

To celebrate the release of Awakening Avery, Laurie is hosting a number of giveaways on her blog--who doesn't like a giveaway?

Even more exciting is that THIS IS THE PLACE BOOKSTORE in DC (10335 Kensington Parkway, Kensington Maryland) is hosting a book launch for Awakening Avery, Saturday April 10, from 10am-5pm. With fabulous prizes every hour, this book launch will be the place to be!


“You’re depressed,” the doctor declared.

“Ya think?” is author Avery Elkins Thompson’s sarcastic response to the astute diagnosis for the malaise that set in following her husband’s untimely death. Avery’s carefully controlled world is imploding, and her adult children fear they are losing her too.

“You’re just a shadow of the person you used to be . . . We’d gladly give you up for a while if it meant getting you back.”

Avery can’t write, and questions about their father’s death leave the family mired in pain. “We need a healing place,” her oldest son tells her, suggesting she find it on Anna Maria Island, Florida, a former family vacation spot.

When Avery returns to Baltimore to sell the family’s waterfront condo, she meets rodeo-ers-turned-real-estate-brokers Teddie and Rider Davis, and Avery’s quiet life will never be the same again.

The Davises help arrange a short-term house swap with widower Gabriel Carson from Anna Maria, whose overprotective parenting has resulted in two self-centered, twenty-something daughters. Avery and Gabriel are in for the summer of their lives as they step into one another’s messy, complicated worlds.

Still, venturing out on her own again is challenging for Avery, whose experiences at the Ringling’s magnificent Cá d’Zan mansion, and with the quirky characters she meets there, eventually awaken her to truths she has long forgotten—that as crazy as life can be, it is possible to laugh and love again.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Queen in Exile

With spring is almost around the corner it's time to break out the lawn chair and stacks of new novels. Our newest novel, Queen in Exile by Donna Hatch, is one that you'll want to add to that pile.

As Amesbury Reads says "Queen in Exile weaves a glorious tale of romance and mystery with an exiled princess, a dark hero, and magic. Princess Jeniah is strong-willed and kind and Kai, the Darborian knight, is the type of hero that every girl secretly wishes they could have--incredibly handsome, loyal to a fault, and one that will always protect you. Queen in Exile is a spellbinding read."

Rumors of war hang over Princess Jeniah’s peaceful country of Arden, a land that shuns both magic and warfare. Following a lifelong dream, Jeniah forms a telepathic bond with a revered creature called a chayim, who is prophesied to save her kingdom. But when a Darborian knight comes upon Jeniah with her chayim, he sees only a vicious monster about to devour a maiden, and he slays the beast.

Devastated by the loss of her chayim, and fearing that her own magic is evil, Jeniah doubts her destiny. When an enemy invades Arden City, they slaughter the people, storm the castle, and execute the entire royal family except the princess. Rescued by the knight who slew her chayim,
Jeniah is now heir to the throne of Arden and the only hope for freeing her people from tyranny.

On the run and hunted by enemy soldiers, Jeniah must place her life and the fate of her kingdom in the hands of this trained killer. Torn between embracing her destiny as queen
of Arden, and her love for a mere knight, she must ultimately rely on her magic to save herself and her people from death and tyranny.

Rachel Anderson also says "Donna Hatch is a skillful author that draws the reader into her fantasy world filled with duocorns and wrywolves. . . .[Donna Hatch] is a proven regency romance writer. I'd say she stepped it up a notch by moving into the fantasy genre."

Want to read the first chapter? Read it on Donna's blog here.