Book Review - Just Ella

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Just Ella 
  Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen Book Summary: A Proper Romance Ariella was only looking for a distraction, something to break up the monotony of palace life. What she found was a young man willing to overlook her title and show her a new and vibrant way of life. But when her growing feelings for Gavin spiral out of control and clash with the expectations of her station, she will discover that the consequences of her curiosity are far more severe than she’d imagined. I watched in helpless horror as two guards hauled Gavin to his feet and dragged him from the room. My voice was frozen, unable to protest as another guard took hold of my arm, leading me upstairs. From the confines of my room, I stared into the darkness beyond my window, hoping to catch one more glimpse of Gavin. He was gone, and I wondered if he would have been better off if he had never met me. I write clean romance. Why? Because that’s what I love to read, but over the years I’ve discovered it’s quite a challenge to find good clean romance. I believe it’s a genre that many people are looking for and too few authors are writing. My first novel, Just Ella, took me many years to write because I wanted it to be more than just a cutesy love story. I wanted it to have depth, to feel genuine. Hopefully I succeeded, but you’ll have to be the judge.

My Review: This book came highly recommended and I have to say, I'm really glad I read it. Ella is a wonderful heroine--not just a princess, but a girl with dreams and hopes and desires that go far beyond pretty dresses and ruling. Gavin is handsome, good and unselfish. Their friendship/relationship is really lovely.

One of my favorite things about this book is that I really enjoyed it, staying up late to read it and then my daughter, the one who is easily bored by books read it. I checked in on her at about 2 a.m. and her light was on and she tiredly said, "Just let me finish this chapter." That's what she'd said before midnight, too.

Now that's a recommendation.
   
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3.99   annetteAuthor Annette K. Larsen I was born in Utah, but grew up in Flagstaff Arizona and St. Louis Missouri, the fifth of seven children. I attended college at Southern Virginia University and Brigham Young University where I studied English and Theater. I now live in Idaho with my husband and four children. I have Charlotte Bronte to thank for the courage to write novels. After being bombarded with assigned reading about women who justified abandoning either their families or their principles in the name of love, I had the great fortune of reading Jane Eyre. And that was it: finally a heroine who understood that being moral and making the right choice was hard, and sometimes it hurt, but it was still worth it. After rereading it several years later, I realized that if I wanted more books to exist with the kinds of heroines I admired, then I might as well write a few myself. My books are about women who face hard choices, who face pain and rejection and often have to sacrifice what they want for what is right. The consequences are often difficult or unpleasant, but it the end, doing what’s right will always be worth it. I believe there is no substitute for good writing or good chocolate. Fortunately, one often leads to the other.  
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I'm really excited to be participating in this online e-book sale. For three days, My Own Mr. Darcy and books by all these other authors will be reduced. Now's the time to stack up on all the reading you'll want to do while you hibernate this winter.

 

The Bookmarked Bargains sales event is going to be unbelievable! 
Not only can you win a free Kindle you can find free and discounted books
 from some of your favorite authors. Here's a list of who's participating:

Andrea Pearson
Anna del C. Dye
Cami Checketts
Cheri Schmidt
Christine Kersey
Christy Dorrity
Cindy Hogan
Heather Justesen
Ilyan Lavanway
Jaleta Clegg
Jason Morgan
Jordan McCollum
Joyce DiPastena
Julie Bellon
Karey White
Maria Hoagland
Michelle Pennington
Mikey Brooks
Monique Bucheger
Rachael Andersen
Rachel Branton
Rachel Nunes
Rebecca Shelley
Rebecca Talley
Sandra Norton Flynn
Stephanie Fowers
Tamara Heiner
Teyla Branton
 Vickie Hall  

The deals run Wednesday, October 16th through Friday, October 18th. 
Click here to enter the Kindle drawing and find fabulous discounted books. Thanks!

A Junk Drawer Post

Here's the Audible cover.

YESTERDAY I listened to the first fifteen minutes of the in-production audio book of My Own Mr. Darcy. I'm so excited about it. This will be my first audio book. My narrator is Heidi Baker and she's quite talented. Every day or two, I'll be notified that a chapter has been uploaded for my review and I'll get to listen to someone else read my entire book. Fun and scary!

SPEAKING of narrators, wow, was that ever difficult. I'm really happy with my choice, but I had 35 auditions and several more messages from people who wanted to audition. It was fun, but it was also a little awful. These are real people wanting work. And many of them were so talented. In order to sort through the options, it gives you two choices--LIKE and DISLIKE. What? Every time I clicked the dislike, I felt terrible. These were people who had prepared and practiced and offered themselves up and I was supposed to hit dislike? I didn't dislike any of these people. And when we got it narrowed down to the final few, I was having to eliminate people that I LOVED. Maybe I'm being silly, but I found it really hard to reject people like that. I need to write faster and work with all of them.

DISHONESTY is a frustrating thing. My thirteen-year-old son bought a used iphone 4 from a local online ad on Monday. The guy said it was in great condition and had just been refurbished by Apple. Joe was excited and brought it home. He couldn't use it immediately because we had to get a sim card from our phone carrier, so he wasn't able to try it out until the next day. It was then that he discovered that it had several problems--volume buttons that didn't work, a menu button that was unresponsive, a battery life of about five minutes. Joe texted him several times to ask him questions and the man ignored him. I took him to the Apple store and after another monetary investment and nearly two hours of our time, Joe now owns a working phone. My husband texted the man who said something lame about the phone being sold "as is" and that we must have water damaged the phone (hmm, since we hadn't mentioned water damage, that was a little suspicious) and then said, "Don't say I'm dishonest unless you want to say it in person, BIG GUY." What a small man.

Bruce participated in a Chinese competition sponsored by The Confucius Institute. He had to share, in Mandarin, his hopes and dreams. He did awesome and WON!!! Yay!

It snowed this morning. My house is cold. I don't want to turn the heat on yet. Fall has NOT been long enough.

Savannah wrote a song for her sister, Veronica, about her mission to Seattle. It's a lovely song. The last line of the song is, "But all the little raindrops are watering her dreams." Oh my! Is that not the cutest thing ever? That line makes me happy every time I hear it.

Yesterday and today were "clean-the-double-oven" day. It's long overdue. They can't be cleaned at the same time and so it had to be spread over two days. That's four nasty racks that had to be scrubbed with steel wool. I've always thought Playtex gloves were ridiculous, but with both of my hands hurting from all the little steel wool cuts, I'm re-thinking my opinion. Somehow I need to make sure that nothing spills over in the oven so this doesn't have to be done very often. It's hard on my hands and makes my eyes hurt. Hopefully I won't have to do this again for at least a year. I'd prefer two.

The fall colors (before the snow covered them) have been beautiful. They seem especially vibrant this year. They make me wish I could paint.

This weekend is General Conference, which means it's one of my two favorite weekends of the year. I LOVE GENERAL CONFERENCE. I haven't decided whether to take on an organizing project while I watch or color pictures. I know which one would be more valuable, but I also know which one would be more fun. It's a hard choice.

If you're in the Orem, Utah area tomorrow evening, you should come to Barnes and Noble. Tomorrow night is Romance-a-palooza and I've been invited. I'll be signing copies of My Own Mr. Darcy and For What It's Worth. I'd love to see you!

A Fantasy Christmas by A Few of My Friends

What do Witches, Elves, and Greek Gods (Oh My) have in common? They are part of the romantic Christmas anthology, A Fantasy Christmas, written by Cindy C Bennett, Stephanie Fowers, and Sherry Gammon. This exciting collection of fantasy stories will be available on November 1st. Click the link to our blog for a sneak peek at a couple of the individual covers and watch for blog tour info!   http://afantasychristmasthenovel.blogspot.com/


Halfling by Cindy C Bennett
Banished from the South Pole, Kara tries to carve out a new life among the elves of the North. It’s not easy with a secret to protect—a secret she's cursed with by the unusual circumstances of her heritage: half-elf, half-fairy. In the North, she’s assigned to work with Seb on a special project. He's the most gorgeous elf she’s ever seen - and the orneriest. 

As if being banished wasn’t punishment enough. 

Seb introduces her to Trystin, a fairy from the nearby fairy forest. Trystin discerns her secret right away and promises to teach her how to use the powers given to her by the very thing she’s fighting to keep hidden.

Aphrodite by Stephanie Fower

Nothing is simple for Aphrodite’s daughter, especially love. 

Scorned by society in regency England, Affry longs for romance. Upon encountering a dashing nobleman at her aunty's Christmas' ball, Affry gets caught in a lovely intrigue with disastrous results. Worse, she wins the interest of the gods. Now the furies of the underworld and Hades himself are after her. 

When all is fair in war,  Affry must use love as her weapon—but only for the one who’s

Loving Marigold by Sherry Gammon
Young Marigold Yarrow has a secret. She’s also in love with Jack Mahoney. In the middle of her ninth grade year, Jack's family up and moves to Port Fare, New York, leaving the small town of Sugar Maple, West Virginia - and Marigold - far behind.

Nine years later Jack and Marigold meet again. They join forces to weed out the shady Abbott boys. The unscrupulous brothers are illegally selling moonshine near her home on Sugar Maple Ridge. And they'll do anything to get Marigold to leave the ridge. Anything.

But this time it could be magic that tears Jack and Marigold apart.