Friday, May 20, 2016

Cover Reveal: Finding Libbie by Deanna Lynn Sletten

Hi all,

I'm so very excited to share with you the beautiful cover of my upcoming novel Finding Libbie. Without further ado - here it is!

Book Description:

Poring over a dusty hatbox of photographs in her grandmother’s closet, Emily Prentice is shocked to discover her father was married to his high school sweetheart before meeting her mother.

In the summer of 1968, Jack and Libbie fall in love under the spell of their small town, untouched by the chaos of the late sixties. Though Libbie’s well-to-do parents disapprove of Jack’s humble family and his aspiration to become a mechanic, she marries Jack a year after they graduate high school. But soon their happiness crumbles as Libbie’s mental state unravels and she is drawn to alcohol and drugs. Despite his efforts to help her, Jack loses the woman he loves and is forced to move on with his life.

Now that Emily’s mother has passed away, Jack is alone again, and Emily grows obsessed with the beautiful woman who had given her father such joy. Determined to find Libbie, Emily pieces together the couple’s fragmented past. But is it too late for happy endings?

Finding Libbie is a powerful story of a love so strong that decades cannot tear it apart.
If you loved Sara's Promise or Memories - you will love this novel!
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Lake Union Publication
Pre-order now on Amazon!
I'd like to thank my editor, Danielle Marshall, and the entire team at Lake Union Publishing for their patience and hard work on Finding Libbie. They have been amazing to work with.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Giveaway! Walking Sam Signed Paperback

Hi all,

It's Time for a Giveaway!
The Prizes:

Walking Sam Signed Paperback
to 5 lucky winners!
Dates of Giveaway:
May 19th - June 3, 2016
Who can enter?
Anyone in the U.S. or Canada
How to Enter?
Use the Raffelcopter below.
The more items you do - the more likely you are to win!
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Book Review: The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman

Hi all,

The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman first caught my eye because of the beautiful cover. And from there – it only got better. I enjoyed this heartwarming story of three generations of women in the same family. So here is more about his novel and my five-star review.

The Charm Bracelet

Viola Shipman
Book Description:

Through an heirloom charm bracelet, three women will rediscover the importance of family and a passion for living as each charm changes their lives.

On her birthday each year, Lolly’s mother gave her a charm, along with the advice that there is nothing more important than keeping family memories alive, and so Lolly’s charm bracelet would be a constant reminder of that love.

Now seventy and starting to forget things, Lolly knows time is running out to reconnect with a daughter and granddaughter whose lives have become too busy for Lolly or her family stories.

But when Arden, Lolly’s daughter, receives an unexpected phone call about her mother, she and granddaughter Lauren rush home. Over the course of their visit, Lolly reveals the story behind each charm on her bracelet, and one by one the family stories help Lolly, Arden, and Lauren reconnect in a way that brings each woman closer to finding joy, love, and faith.

A compelling story of three women and a beautiful reminder of the preciousness of family, Viola Shipman's The Charm Bracelet is a keepsake you’ll cherish long after the final page.

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My Five Star Review:

Lolly is a happy-go-lucky, show-stopping kind of gal who loves being the center of attention and putting on a show. But at the age of seventy, she is becoming forgetful and her no-nonsense daughter, Arden, fears she is in need of help. With the aid of her college-age daughter, Lauren, Arden heads home to check on her mother. As the three spend time together, memories of the past rise up, all spurred by the charms of Lolly’s beloved charm bracelet.

The Charm Bracelet is a lovely story of family ties, reconnecting, and accepting the past in order to move on in the future. These three very different women spend time together, each learning to accept the other for who they are, and accept their own flaws and traits that make each of them unique. It’s an endearing story that readers are sure to relate to and cherish.


(I received a copy of The Charm Bracelet from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)


About the Author:

THE CHARM BRACELET is a tribute to my beloved grandmothers - as well as all our elders - whose stories and lessons helped shape us and make us the people we are.

It was through the charms on my grandmothers' bracelets that I got to know my grandmothers not just as my grandmas but as incredible women who lived extraordinary lives filled beauty, hope and tragedy. They taught me that the simplest things in life - family, friends, faith, fun, love and a passion for life and what you do - are truly the grandest gifts.

VIOLA SHIPMAN is a pen name for Wade Rouse, a popular, award-winning memoirist. Rouse chose his grandmother's name to honor the woman whose charm bracelet and family stories inspired him to write his debut novel, which is a tribute to all of our elders. Rouse lives in Michigan and writes regularly for People and Coastal Living, among other places, and is a contributor to All Things Considered. To date, The Charm Bracelet has been translated into nine languages. He is at work on his second "heirloom novel," which will be published in 2017.

This is a definite summer beach must-read!


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Book Review: Leaving Blythe River by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Hi all,

I’m already a big fan of Catherine Ryan Hyde and this novel solidified it. Here we go…

Leaving Blythe River
Catherine Ryan Hyde


Book Description:

Seventeen-year-old Ethan Underwood is totally unprepared to search for his father in the Blythe River National Wilderness. Not only is he small, scrawny, and skittish but he’s barely speaking to the man after a traumatic betrayal. Yet when his father vanishes from their remote cabin and rangers abandon the rescue mission, suddenly it’s up to Ethan to keep looking. Angry or not, he’s his father’s only hope.

With the help of three locals—a fearless seventy-year-old widow, a pack guide, and a former actor with limited outdoor skills—he heads into the wild. The days that follow transform Ethan’s world. Hail, punishing sun, swollen rapids, and exhausting pain leave him wondering if he’s been fooled yet again: Is his father out here at all? As the situation grows increasingly dire, Ethan realizes this quest has become about more than finding his dad.

From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes a story of nature revealing human nature—the trickiest terrain. Navigating an unforgiving landscape, Ethan searches himself for the ability to forgive his father—if he finds him alive.


Publish Date: May 24, 2016

Lake Union Publishing

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My Five Star Review:

Leaving Blythe River is the third book I’ve read by author Catherine Ryan Hyde, and I have to say, I enjoyed it as much as I have her others. She writes strong stories that delve into the hearts and minds of her realistic characters. These characters aren’t perfect people—as none of us are—and that makes her stories even more intriguing.

Seventeen-year-old Ethan is not a smooth-talking, overly confident teen. Unlike his good looking, athletic father, Ethan is small in stature and not very brave. The night he discovers his father’s betrayal, he has an incident that causes him to become even more timid. But when his mother, now separated from his father, needs Ethan to stay with his father for the summer in the wilderness—far from the city life Ethan is used to—Ethan is even more anxious. He doesn’t want to spend time alone with his father or be anywhere near the bear-infested wilderness. And then his dad disappears.

Ethan musters all his courage to go into the mountains with three very colorful characters and search for his father. Along the way, he finds that he is braver and stronger than he thought.

Leaving Blythe River is an unforgettable story of courage, strength, and mending broken relationships. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I believe that readers of compelling women’s fiction will love it, too. If you aren’t already of fan of Catherine Ryan Hyde’s novels, then this book will make you one.

(I received a complimentary copy of this novel from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)


About the Author:

Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of thirty published and forthcoming books. Her bestselling 1999 novel Pay It Forward, adapted into a major Warner Bros. motion picture starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt, made the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults list and was translated into more than two dozen languages for distribution in more than thirty countries. Her novels Becoming Chloe and Jumpstart the World were included on the ALA’s Rainbow List; Jumpstart the World was also a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards and won Rainbow Awards in two categories. More than fifty of her short stories have been published in many journals, including the Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and the Sun, and in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories and California Shorts and the bestselling anthology Dog Is My Co-Pilot. Her short fiction received honorable mention in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, a second-place win for the Tobias Wolff Award, and nominations for Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have also been cited in Best American Short Stories.

Ryan Hyde is also founder and former president of the Pay It Forward Foundation. As a professional public speaker, she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with AmeriCorps members at the White House, and shared a dais with Bill Clinton.


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