Friday, April 29, 2011

Depth of Deceit BOOK REVIEW

So I had the chance of reviewing Depth of Deceit by Betty Briggs. To be honest, at first it didn't catch my attention. You see there were horses in it. And the main character, Stephanie, LOVED to ride horses. I haven't been around horses all my life. I mean horses are pretty and all but I haven't ridden a horse, I kinda just like to see horses from afar. So I picked up the book, read the first quarter of the book, put it down, and read something else.
Hey, I'm being honest here.
  I picked up the book to give it another chance. And hey, the whole situation intrigued me. Stephanie is pregnant and her boyfriend asks her to marry her...and he really is quite perfect or so it seems....

Anyway, I'm not going to ruin the book for you. No sirree.
Here is paragraph that is on the back of the book.

Blonde and beautiful, fledging attorney Stephanie Saunders vows to protect the innocent even though as indigent defense attorney her clients rarely are.  Does that include Josh Durrant who seems to be following her? Stephanie is dismayed when her peers begin calling her “Prom Queen” as her boyfriend, Todd Saxton, often does. Desperately trying to prove her worth, she falls prey to those who steal her innocence.  Although she plans to forgive Todd for his ultimate betrayal, she is never given the chance. Her boss, Attorney Charles Connelly, offers solace, but is Stephanie’s welfare, or his own, top priority? The only thing that keeps Stephanie sane in her insane world are the horses she loves but does not own, especially the abused mare, Riskie Business, whose example helps Stephanie make the most difficult decision of her life. Relying on wit and courage, Stephanie must save herself and another during the final showdown where she proves a loyalty of which she never knew herself capable. 

So it's not that bad. Really. I liked the book. now if I could just find the book again...I have seem to have misplaced the book in the past week....UGH. I did manage to finish the book though.
If you like horses and love, and terribly intense situations, you'll like this book I promise.

And this book is probably NOT for your teenager. There is a lot of adult themes....

Just read it okay?

You'll like it. Tell me what you think okay?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Once Upon a Surrogate--The Stork's Helpers ( A book review)

YAY! I'm FINALLY posting the review of "The Stork's Helpers"....


AND you lucky people get to see another VIDEO of my promoting a much wonderful children's book. You are so lucky...

Thanks Jill for writing this book again. (And for asking me to do the synopsis!) That made me feel GREAT!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Video Book Review Defensive Tactics By Steve Westover

So I've been doing some reading lately...And YES, I know this review is a bit late but I have had TONS of things going on in my life, namely, jobs, resumes, kids, potty-training, hubby working out of town...*sigh* But no time is good like the present for a book review right? Click play on my very FIRST video REVIEW! (I am so excited!) If this works out, I might do more video reviews...Sometimes it is easier to talk about a book that you read then to write about it, ya know?

Great suspense book and a REAL page turner! Thanks Steve for writing such a GREAT book! :)

Monday, July 5, 2010

Leaning into the Curves--A book review

I recently had the opportunity to read a book entitled: Leaning into the Curves.
I was impressed with the humor in the book at the very beginning because let's face it when life throws you lemons, it is WAY better to laugh then to cry. ;)

Basically the book starts out when Molly's husband Hank, retires. He didn't really have any plans for retirement besides to just relax and explore his town and varying towns around him.
  Molly has plans of her own though. While she is trying to adjust to Hank being at home, he buys a motorcycle! You will laugh and cry when you read this book! This book is all about retirement and the unexpected twists life can throw at you and how Molly handles the sudden curves and twists in her life.

Don't take my word for it though!
Here's the blurb on the back of the book:

"Molly is happy with her life the way it is, taking the classes she loves and performing with the Fiddling Finleys. But everything changes when her husband, Hank, retires. She's still trying to adjust to this new phase of life when he brings home a Honda Gold Wing--even though he knows she hates motorcycles! Things go from bad to worse when he joins the Temple Riders Association, a "mormon motorcycle gang" that combines road trips with temple work.
  Faced with the prospect of being left behind when Hank rides with his new friends, Molly starts making some changes of her own."
  "Leaning into the Curves offers a delightful view of a little known group of faithful Latter Day Saints. Full of appealing characters and unexpected turns it gives a new twist to what life can be like after a "certain age"!"

There you have it my friends! I think this is a very delightful read for the summer!
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Thursday, April 29, 2010

My Worst First Date!

This is based upon my memory of an experience. The basic gist of the memory is right. Whether I got all the facts straight still remains a mystery. And yes, Marshall was definitely stuck up. And Yes, I wrote in third person because I'm a dork. It was somewhat easier. Ok? Not sure if Marshall was the guy's name or not. But he definitely came from the expensive side of town and he was driving a sports car. :))

     Back in the day, before Facebook and Twitter, there was a local chat program called "Chat City" and "Gaso-line." There was a lovely young girl named Alexes, who with her friend Sarah, decided to chat and flirt online with guys their own ages. It was all shameless flirting and batting of eyelashes. Sometimes they exchanged phone numbers with the boys, sometimes they didn't. Alexes spotted a guy online that was really pretty cute. His name was Marshall Fields.*  Alexes and Marshall chatted for a while and then one evening, Marshall typed at her: "You wanna go out sometime?"
Alexes quickly typed back her heart thumping wildly. "Sure. Where do you want to go?"
"Movies sound good. And then maybe something to eat. So we can, ya know, talk about the movie."
"Okay. Sounds great. When are you picking me up?"
"Friday night. 7 o' clock."
"Talk to you later then. Marshall."
Alexes giggled. She had already seen a picture of Marshall online. He looked incredible. She was so excited.
Friday night came quickly. Alexes dressed in her favorite jeans and top and opened the front door when the doorbell rang.
"Hi there. I'm Marshall."
After the nervous greetings were out in the open, they walked outside to his car.
"Freak. You have a red sports car?"
"Yeah, that's my ride. Sweet isn't it?"
    Alexes got inside the leather interior. The car smelled so nice. Like the new car smell scent. It smelled very nice. And so did Marshall. He managed to wear her favorite cologne--Polo, and he drove Okay.

    The thing that Marshall did the entire night, that bugged Alexes a TON, was talk about himself. Alexes asked all the questions, and Marshall was content to answer them and expound on them. As long as he was talking about his beloved sports car, he was just fine. After the movie and the dinner, Marshall drove Alexes home in silence. She has run out of questions to ask him and quite frankly was starting to feel uncomfortable.
When they arrived at Alexes' house, he asked her if he could see her again.
   Alexes nodded and replied, "Whatever. I'll call you."
And she never did. Who wants to be stuck on another date with a guy who is so stuck on himself?
Not Alexes. :)))

*Marshall may or may not be his name. I'm not sure. But the name sounds conceited to me so that's the name I gave him. :) The picture is just for eye candy. Picture obtained through Google images. Thanks Google!
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What books did I get at the Writer's conference?

Just a little video I made while waiting to leave for one of the days at the conference!
Happy writing!!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I Am NOT a Serial Killer--A review.

  This review is the same review I posted on Good Reads.

Wow. Simply put, Wow.
If you like suspense, if you like horror in any way, you will LOVE this book! This book kept me guessing the whole time.

First off, we have our main character, John Wayne Cleaver, a 15 year old boy, fighting off serial killer urges. He has a therapist, Dr. Neblin that he sees, to talk out his thoughts. John also has a set of rules that he follows, trying to fight off the killing urges.

But it is hard. His mother is a mortician. She prepares dead bodies all the time. At first, John helped, but not anymore. Mom forbade him to come in.

John shovels snow across the street for his neighbors. Nobody could have guessed. Not even me. Not in my wildest dreams.

I am going to leave you with a quote from the book. (The book is told in first person by John himself.

"Still, speculation was common and the theories grew wilder with time: maybe it was a drifter or a thrill killer;maybe it was a hit man harvesting organs for the black market; maybe it was a devilish cult that used the victims in unspeakable rituals. People wanted the explanation to be as big and flashy as the killings themselves, but the truth was far more terrifying: true terror doesn't come from giant monsters but from small, innocent-looking people. People like Mr. Crowley. People like me. You'll never see us coming."

If that doesn't want make you want to rush out and get the book, I don't know what will. Except it is very very good. All of the sudden, I am glad I don't live in Orem UT, anywhere near the author. Does Dan have a demon that he battles inside himself? Oooh. Crazy. I can't WAIT to get my hands on his second book. Oh, yes, I said it, this book is BOOK one in a trilogy. YES! YES! YES!!!!

Nobody is safe now.

Bwa! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!

Added note:  Dan Wells also won an award at the Whitney awards that I attended. I also got to talk to his wife and sister-in-law, Erin.  Every one should ignore their dishes in the sink like I did, and go ahead and read this book. Now if you will excuse me, I have some dishes to wash now. :)
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