Mar 252015
 

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Title: Within a Captain’s Hold
Author: Lisa Olech
Publisher: Lyrical Press

Captain Marcus James has plundered many things since being plucked from the sea and signing on as a pirate, but never a woman—not even one foolish enough to draw a weapon on him.

She was as dangerous as a lit cannon and couldn’t be more bad luck ‘less she had an albatross hangin’ round her neck.

At the end of the 17th Century during the Golden Age of Piracy, rule and law and social restrictions are the standard of the day. Even aboard a Privateer’s ship, the Articles signed by all crew members are the law of the sea. So what if the Captain violates the most steadfast of all rules and hides a woman aboard?

When the Scarlet Night pulls away from her fog-shrouded dock, Captain Marcus James fears nothing. With a Letter of Marque and Reprisal in his pocket, even the King’s noose is no longer a threat. An unknown danger lays in the hold of his ship that jeopardizes everything he’s fought for, including his life. Her name is Annalise.

Lady Annalise Gatherone isn’t your typical pampered aristocrat. She’s intrepid–and desperate. The blaze that took her family lit a fuse that pushes her into a frantic decision to save her life. In London, a murdering, lecherous Duke wants a new wife, and he’ll eliminate anyone who stands between him and Annalise. A Privateer’s ship is her only chance to escape to Port St. Maria and safety. Her plan would have been perfect if the Captain hadn’t changed course–and found her hiding place.

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Within a Captain’s Hold is available at Amazon

About the Author:

Surrounded by men, Lisa considers herself an estrogen island in a sea of testosterone! This makes her queen!! Living in the beauty of New England she spends her free time tending the many gardens that surround her home and breathing fresh lake air.

She loves getting lost in a steamy book, finding the perfect pair of fabulous, sexy shoes and dreaming of her handsome heros.

Her creativity and deep sense of spirituality has filled her life with new and wondrous adventures. She believes in ghosts, silver linings, and happily ever afters!

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Visit Lisa’s website.
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Mar 242015
 

“I received the Hop To The Music pack as a member of the Entertainment New Media Network. No further compensation was received and all opinions are my own. This post may also contain affiliate links.”

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This spring get ready to Hop to the Music with your favorite Disney Music albums! I love listening to Disney music – it really brings back lots of memories.  I received 4 great CD’s in my Hop To the Music Pack they include the following:
Dj Shuffle 2 ~ This is a great CD with over 20 songs from the Disney Junior Shows.  It also has 4 bonus Karaoke instrumentals so you can sing to them.  It includes songs like Get Up! Jump Up!  and Forever Friends.

Frozen the Songs ~ Now what little girl doesn’t know all these songs by heart?  This includes Let It Go and For the First Time in Forever.  This is one of our favorite CD’s.

Into The Woods ~ This is a 2 disc set with all the Original Songs and is over 90 minutes long. We like this soundtrack and it is a good one when you are driving.  Songs included are Magic Beans, The Cow as White as Milk and many more.

Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 ~ This is the one I liked best probably because I know all the songs from when I was younger – it includes Hooked on a Feeling, Escape (The Pina Colada Song) and many more.

All four of theses Hop to the Music titles are great to include in Easter baskets. Any child would love to have them. It is a great way to spend an afternoon listening to some fun music and talking about the great movies they came from.  All the Disney music can be found in their new Disney Music Emporium.

I have the same Hop to the Music giveaway from Disney Music Group for one of my readers.  You must be 18+ US.  Leave a comment on what your favorite CD is from http://www.disneymusicemporium.com/. Extra entry for each way you follow Kaisy Daisy’s Corner.  Giveaway ends Apr 6, 2015.  Enter daily for more chances to win.

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Mar 242015
 

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Mar 242015
 

I always like to read about new books coming out – this might be one that you like. Make sure to enter the giveaway below also for a $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash.
Pride2Pride by Rosie Somers

Seventeen-year-old Gabriella Pierce is used to taking care of herself, but she’s about to become responsible for a whole lot more. When she gets a visit from three men claiming to be defenders of fantastical rings imbued with the powers of THE CARDINAL SINS, her life is changed irrevocably.

Gabby is the steward of PRIDE

To make matters worse, she’s falling hard for fellow steward, Grant Barnett, and he hates her guts. Now Gabby has to learn to protect Pride without letting her feelings for Grant get in the way.

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Praise for the Book:

Iola’s Christian Reads: “Pride is aimed at the YA market, and is the first in a planned series (presumably one for each of the seven deadly sins). It incorporates elements of other well-known YA series such as Harry Potter and Divergent, (an orphan who is the ‘chosen one’ fighting the forces of evil). It has that fast pace and addictive quality which makes it hard to put down.”

“…it was thrilling enough to grab my attention and I can’t wait to continue Gabby’s story in the next installment. Rosie Somers has made it to my Author’s to watch for list!”

 

Excerpt
Copyright © Rosie Somers

Gabby

 

The man didn’t make a sound. He stood stock still for the span of one sharp, inhaled breath, then he crumpled to the floor. After assuring herself there was no one behind him, Gabby flipped her flashlight on and knelt to give the unconscious heap at her feet her full attention. Oh God, she’d killed him. She just knew it.

Save for green streaks coursing through his thick, black hair, and a spot of blood near his temple, there wasn’t any color on him. His clothes were black, his skin winter-pale. Everything about his appearance was smooth, lean, handsome—no feature out of place. Full lips, chiseled jaw, and strikingly thick eyelashes. He was pretty, for a boy. It all fit, even the green hair. And he was still breathing. She wasn’t a murderer.

Suddenly, a strong hand gripped her forearm, and the heavy flashlight was ripped from her grasp. Wrenching free from the iron grip, she tried to turn around as she stood. Instead, she fell backward over Pretty Boy, landing hard on her butt with her legs draped over his torso.

Gabby scrambled to her feet. The moment she was steady, she broke into a run, but only made it as far as the back door before arms like steel bands wrapped around her from behind, pinning her to a rock-solid chest. She couldn’t breathe.

“We’re not here to hurt you, Gabriella,” a deep voice murmured into her ear. As if to prove the honesty of his words, the man relaxed his hold just enough for her to breathe normally.

“Yeah, right.” And her foster dad had only wanted to give her a kiss goodnight—with his tongue. Gabby knew what men were like, and she was not about to be fooled by this one. “How do you know my name?”

“It’s a long story, but we’ve been lookin’ for ya for some time now.” He had an Irish accent.

“Who are you?”

He turned their bodies back toward the unconscious man across the room. Now another guy stood over Pretty Boy. He wasseveral years older, thirty maybe. His pale blond hair was short and, even from across the room, it was clear he was much taller than her.

As Vice Guy half-carried her to the other men, a muffled moan floated up to meet them, and the guy on the floor took great care disentangling lanky limbs to pull himself to a kneeling position. He rubbed the side of his head with one hand while he used the other to brace himself against the wall. The look Pretty Boy raked over Gabby as he got up made her cringe.

The guy still holding her spoke. “If I let ya go, will ya promise not to run? We’re not goin’ to hurt ya. We’re here because we need your help.”

She believed him. Maybe because, even though she’d just clobbered his friend, he hadn’t hurt her. She nodded and was immediately released.

She turned, but the guy behind her wasn’t the giant with superhuman strength she’d imagined. Her captor was probably only a couple of years older than her, with dark auburn hair and a hint of a dimple on his right cheek. Despite the seriousness of the situation, his bright blue eyes sparkled with interest, and the corners of his lips were turned up in an amused smile.

He didn’t take his gaze off her, even when he took several steps away. Instead, he stood arms crossed, feet planted apart. Poised to give chase if she fled. Running had crossed her mind, but something compelled her to stay at least long enough to hear what they had to say.

“Well …?” She prompted with a wave of her hand that clearly said, get on with it.

The blond man cleared his throat. “Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Andrew. This is Lucas.” He motioned toward the man who’d grabbed her, then to the one she’d knocked out. “And Grant.”

Grant’s eyes were narrowed. She shifted under his scrutiny and diverted her gaze.

Andrew whispered something in his ear, and Grant looked down at his feet. Andrew continued, “We need to go.”

They were there to abduct her. At the realization, panic rose in Gabby’s chest, choking her breath into shallow threads. She threw her hands up defensively and backed away with slow, shaky steps. “I’m not going anywhere with you.”

Andrew sighed. “You may not want to now, but you will when you find out why.”

“Then tell me.”

He checked his watch, then squared his shoulders in determination. “Have you ever heard of the seven deadly sins?”

Gabby snorted. “Who hasn’t?”

“I assume you don’t realize how serious they are. We’ve spent our lives protecting humanity from the temptations and you laugh at the mention of them?” Grant’s voice was deep and forceful.

He looked as though he would have continued scolding her, but Lucas uttered a soft “Dude” and shook his head. Grant snapped his mouth shut and raised a hand to rub the back of his neck.

Lucas picked up where Andrew left off. “Do ya know much abou’ the history of the sins?”

She’d only ever heard an Irish brogue on TV. His lilting tone was soothing.

He raised an eyebrow.

Oh, he’d asked a question. What was it? Ah yes, history of the sins. Gabby shook her head.

“In the latter half of the fourth century, a monk fled Constantinople to a small monastery in Egypt. There, he penned a list of eight sins which he referred to as the Temptations of Man: Pride, Avarice, Acedia, Gluttony, Impurity, Anger, Sadness, and Vainglory.”

He took a few steps back and leaned against the wall, then continued, “For two centuries, almost all of those not involved with that particular monastery thought the list of Temptations was nothing more than the opinion of one monk, a suggestion of how to lead a good Christian life. Then, sometime around five-ninety A.D., Pope Gregory the First came across a collection of rings tha’ had been housed by this monastic order in utter secrecy. They considered them so powerful only the handler was permitted near them, just one specific monk who devoted his life to ensurin’ no one else came into contact with the Temptations.”

“Listen guys, much as I appreciate the history lesson, I’ve got work in …”she made a show of checking her non-existent watch, “a few hours, so I really hope you’re getting to a point.” This earned her a leveling glare from Grant.

“Pope Gregory had the rings studied and discovered they were in fact imbued with special properties. It seemed they had the power to influence people toward certain … well … temptations,” Andrew replied.

What asylum had these guys broken out of? Did they actually believe this nonsense they were spouting? “Seriously, jewelry that makes people sin? Right.” Gabby moved to her bag and gathered her clothing, making sure to keep the men in her line of sight.

Lucas reached into his shirt and pulled out a chain. He slipped it free of his neck and dangled it from the tips of two fingers. Swinging like a pendulum at the bottom of that chain was a brilliant, red ring.

“What is that?” She already knew the answer.

Lucas took several slow steps in her direction and extended his arm toward her. She clenched her fists and bit down on her tongue to keep from yelling at the men. How dare they sneak into her makeshift home, intruding into her life, practically scaring her to death. Now, they were feeding her this absurd story about sin-possessed rings and crazy monks.

The closer he got, her anger went from muted seething to barely-contained rage. The more she thought about it, the more she wished she was still in possession of her Maglite so she could hit him with it, and maybe again after that. When Lucas was little more than five feet from her, he winked and reversed direction. With each step he took away from her, the violent feelings receded.

“Anger,” Gabby answered her own question.

“Anger,” Andrew affirmed. “Lucas is the steward. I’m the steward of Pride, Grant of Envy.”

Grant’s eyes narrowed at her, while Andrew pulled a matching chain from beneath his own T-shirt and let the attached orange ring fall to rest against his chest. Something about Andrew’s ring was different though. Sure, power emanated from it, too, but she wasn’t experiencing pride. This power was different. It tingled—almost like static electricity.

After slipping the chain back over his head and tucking it under his neckline, Lucas picked up his story from where he’d left off. “Each of the rings has the ability to influence people toward a particular sin. Pope Gregory discovered which ones led to which temptation and labeled them accordingly. As a result, the original list of temptations was amended. It came to be known as the seven deadly sins.”

That was why the list Lucas spouted earlier didn’t sound right.

“The rings didn’t create the sins, of course. They just have the power to promote that particular feeling or action. Each sin has two rings and two custodians.” Lucas was matter-of-fact.

“What, like a janitor?”

He shook his head, but didn’t otherwise acknowledge her interruption. “The stewards are bound to their particular ring, can sense it, can control its influence over others.”

“How come I’ve never heard of these … stewards?”

“We exist in secret. If the world knew about us and the sins, all hell would break loose. We are not equipped to deal with that,” Grant answered in a tone that clearly said she should already know the answer.

“I still don’t understand what any of this has to do with me.” Were they ever going to get to the point?

Lucas took a tentative step toward her. “You’re the other steward of Pride, Gabriella.”

 

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Author Rosie Somers

Rosie Somers is a YA author who lives in Florida, soaking up the year round sunshine. She can often be found in her favourite spot on her favourite beach, nose-deep in a good book.

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Mar 242015
 

This sounds like it will be a good book – pick up yours today!
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FindingItFalling in love is the ultimate faux pas.

Anything can happen in a year! Unemployed, homeless, and left at the altar, Vivia Perpetua Grant could see her future as a flannel pajama wearing spinster—or worse, a bag lady shuffling around Golden Gate Park. But for a girl obsessed with rock music, Chinese take-out, and the color pink, misfortune is another word for opportunity. Vivia has found her niche as an international travel writer and the long-distance lover of Jean-Luc de Caumont, an über-hot French literature professor and competitive cyclist.

Still, even with so much going right, Vivia can’t help but wonder if something isn’t missing. The long distance thing is taking its toll on a girl who didn’t have that many tokens to begin with. And fate seems to be tempting her at every turn, first with a hunky Scottish helicopter pilot, and then with a British celebrity bad boy…Will Vivia continue to keep it real or will she discover some old habits die hard?

“Leah Marie Brown has a wily way of bringing her stories to life with sharp dialogue and drop-dead sexy characters.” —Cindy Miles, National Bestselling Author

“Prepare to laugh, to sigh, to turn pages fast! I want a one-way ticket to Vivia’s world.” —Kieran Kramer, USA TodayBestselling Author

“A funny, romantic, fast-paced, all-expense-paid pleasure read through France and Tuscany you don’t want to miss.”—Gretchen Galway, Bestselling Author on Faking It

“When it comes to crafting clever, intelligent, wonderful escapist fiction with a heroine every woman wants to know, Leah Marie Brown is a new voice to watch. Prepare to fall in love!” —Renee Ryan, Daphne du Maurier Award-Winning Author

“Audacious, adorable and addictive!” —Catherine Mann, USA Today bestselling author

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Finding It is available at Amazon

Leah Marie Brown Bio:

I am an American writer with a penchant for Paris and all things pink!

Before writing novels, I worked as a print journalist for a Pulitzer prize winning newspaper and served in the United States Air Force as a Radio and Television Broadcaster.

An avid traveler, I have had adventures and mishaps from London to Tokyo, which I write about on my blog, On Life, Love & Accidental Adventures, and in my contemporary romantic series, The It Girls.

I was once a collector of truly useless bric-a-brac and cheesy tee-shirts.  My cheesiest? A tee with a cartoon Jesus riding a surf board and the words, ”And on the eighth day, Jesus went surfing in Greece.”

Today, I prefer to gather friendships and memories as travel souvenirs.

I live in the shadow of Pike’s Peak Mountain, near Colorado Springs, with my family and shamefully pampered poodles.

In my free time, I like to watch movies, read, and snap photographs.  You can view my photography by clicking on the Adventures tab above or by following me on Instagram.

I love to hear from readers, so send me a note! Or connect with me on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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Mar 232015
 

ips I recently was able to try the FIRST chip made with egg white protein. ips chips are packed 6 grams of protein and have half the fat of fried chips AND 25% of the carbs (compared to baked chips). ips are deliciously crunchy snack chips made with corn, egg white, and other all natural ingredients. ips Chips are also gluten-free and contain nothing artificial.

I was pretty surprised how good they taste.  I was unsure of what to expect but I really liked them.  IMG_1081They were crispy, light and had a lot of flavor.  You would never know that they are made out of egg whites. They also come in 4 different flavors including:

  • Aged White Cheddar
  • Barbeque
  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper
  • Cinnamon

“The idea for ips first hatched when Sean Olson was making breakfast for his kids.” Now you can find them in 1100 stores  and on Amazon.com.
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“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Mar 232015
 

scalisi

I recently have been using Scalisi Skincare Cleanser and Exfoliator on my face. This product combines the best of science and beauty, the Cleanser and Exfoliator from Scalisi Skincare thoroughly cleanses the skin without stripping away moisture. This 2-in-1 daily cleanser and exfoliator features tiny micro-beads to gently exfoliate dead skin cells, allowing new cells to surface.  The paraben free Cleanser and Exfoliator is formulated with jojoba, macadamia nut and sunflower oils to moisturize, while time released vitamins A,C, and E nourish skin and help provide antioxidant protection.

What is nice about Scalisi Skincare is that it can be used by all skin types without drying but actually protecting your skin all day long.  I use Scalisi Skincare daily in the morning and in the evening.  It is very gentle,  but you know your skin is clean and exfoliated. It is easy to use – just take a small amount on your fingers and gently message it in circular motions. Then rinse with warm water.  What is left is a clean, soft skin!

If you would like to purchase Scalisi and try it for yourself you can find it HERE.

I also have an extra product to give one of my readers.  You must be 18+ US (48), DC.  Leave a comment on what product you would purchase from Scalisi Skincare.  Extra entry for each way you follow Kaisy Daisy’s Corner.  Giveaway ends Apr 6, 2015.  Enter daily for more chances to win.

Please fill out the form HERE to enter.

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“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

 

Mar 232015
 

IMG_090050 Deliciously Decorative Cookies

Easy-to-Make Cookie Creations

  • St. Martin’s Press
  • St. Martin’s Griffin
  • November 2014
  • Trade Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781250052100
  • ISBN10: 1250052106
  • 8.69 x 8.72 inches, 144 pages
  • Includes over 250 color photographs throughout
  • $ 19.99

About the Book:

These cookies are almost too beautiful to eat! For bakers of all skill levels, this delightful book features 50 projects to try with a wide range of different decorating techniques: elegant cookies piped with royal icing, or fun and funky fondant cookies, or cookies made with amazing colored dough, or built up into awesome 3-D cookie sculptures! The projects are grouped according to the type of icing used, and a neat icon shows roughly how long it takes to make each one. And at the back of the book is a selection of cookie recipes, decorating tips, and a set of templates. With step-by-step instructions and photography, each project features simple, elegant designs that are guaranteed to amaze and delight.

About the Author:

FIONA PEARCE started cake decorating as a hobby in 2009 when she moved to London from Sydney. While completing training in cake decorating, her cake designs became predominantly inspired by the vintage era and she found her passion lies in creating small baked treats such as cookies, cupcakes, and small celebration cakes, and teaching others how to make them. Fiona regularly runs decorating classes in south west London. DCOO_1_011_Prelims_.indd

My Review:

What beautiful cookies.  Each one is prettier than the next!  At first when I looked through the book I thought there is no way I could make something that  looks this good.  After taking a good look at the different decorating techniques I can do a number of them.  I have made and used royal icing and I could do the fondant cookies.  This book gives you such good directions.  It takes things a step at a time and gives wonderful pictures throughout.

I plan on making a couple different ones for Easter.  Frosted cookies always make me think of spring. I hope they turn out as pretty as the ones in this book!

If you would like to purchase your own 50 Deliciously Decorative Cookies Easy-to-Make Cookie Creations you can do so HERE.

I also have 4 copies of this book to giveaway.  You must be 18+ US (48).  Leave a comment on who would you make cookies like this for.  Extra entry for each way you follow Kaisy Daisy’s Corner.  Giveaway ends Apr 6, 2015. Enter daily for more chances to win.

Please fill out the form HERE to enter.

Kaisy1

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Mar 232015
 

IMG_1072 Tote-Ally Amazing Bags

St. Martin’s Press

  • St. Martin’s Griffin
  • October 2014
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9781250052087
  • ISBN10: 1250052084
  • Spiral Bound/Wire-O
  • 9.55 x 8.96 inches, 144 pages
  • Includes over 500 color photographs and illustrations throughout
  • $ 24.99

About the Book:

The tote bag in its humblest form is a simple rectangular bag with two handles, but the possibilities offered by the style are limitless. This colorful book guides the reader through all the possible incarnations of the tote bag, from children’s bags and simple grocery totes to stylish shoulder bags in contemporary fabrics, with patterns ranging from the fun to the functional. With more than 30 projects complete with colorful photos and full-size patterns, this book imparts lots of useful tips to help you achieve a truly professional finish. Techniques cover all the basics of machine sewing and finishing, from straight seams to topstitching, as well as detailed instructions on the specifics of bag construction, handle making, patch and zipped pockets, and interlining. And the styles in this book range from appliqué to stenciled designs using fabric paint, giving you the freedom to design the tote-ally amazing bag of your dreams!

About the Author:

HELEN ANGHARAD HENLEY has been stitching and knitting for as long as she can remember. She has written for Making Gifts, Simply Homemade, Quick & Crafty, and Handmade magazines, and contributes to influential blog Sew, Mama, Sew. Her handmade products have appeared on Sew Hip Magazine, on Cuteable, and on Etsy, and her popular blog, angharadhandmade.blogspot.com, has been recognized as one of Dotcomgiftshop’s list of “101 lovely craft blogs.”

IMG_1073(1)My Review:

I think I mentioned a few weeks ago that I bought a new sewing machine.  I have been looking at patterns and couldn’t find any I really like for tote bags.  Then I remembered I had this amazing book.  Tote-ally Amazing Bags has 30 projects.  It includes the patterns and lots of detail on how to construct the bags. I love all the pictures and tips that are given through out the book and the best thing is they I can personalize the Totes I make.

So far I have only brought the fabric and I started laying out the pattern.  I am hoping to work on my Tote after work the next couple nights and finish it. The step by step instructions are easy to read and seem very easy to follow.

If you would like to get your own Tote-ally Amazing Bags you can find it HERE to purchase.

I have 4 copies of this book to give away.  You must be 18+ US (48).  Leave a comment on who you would make a Tote Bag for.  Extra entry for each way you follow Kaisy Daisy’s Corner.  Giveaway ends Apr 6, 2015. Enter daily for more chances to win.

Please fill in the form HERE to enter.

Kaisy1

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Mar 202015
 

8dbc4950-09cb-47c1-9bdc-bb739b7c866dAbout the book:

How to Catch a Prince (Zondervan, February 2015)

She caught her prince once. Can she catch him again?

American heiress Corina Del Rey’s life was devastated by war. Every thing she loved was lost. But after five years of grief, she’s shed her grave clothes and started over in the sunshine along the Florida coast.

But some things are not so easily forgotten. When a secret from her past confronts her face to face, she realizes she must follow her heart. Even if it cost her everything.

Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom is a former Royal Air Command lieutenant turned star rugby player, trying to make sense of his life after the devastation of war.
When his brother, King Nathaniel, discovers Stephen’s pre war secret, he must deal with an aspect of his life he longed to forget. But how can he do so without exposing the truth and breaching national security?

Yet, true love has a destiny all it’s own. As the cathedral bells peal through Cathedral City, Corina and Stephen must chose to answer the call of love on their hearts.
Or let it be lost forever?

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1BD8DVo
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About the author:

Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as The Wedding Dress, Love Starts with Elle, and Once Upon A Prince. She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, Softly and Tenderly, one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals. She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets.

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My Review:
“How to Catch a Prince” was the third book in the Royal Wedding Series by Rachel Hauck.  I have not read the other two books but I think this book can stand on it’s own.  I liked the story of the Prince Stephen and the heiress Corina Del Rey.  They get married in a secret wedding before Stephen goes off to war. They then end the marriage.
Five hard years go by for both Prince Stephen and Corina but they met again when Stephen come back to have Corina sign the annulment papers – only does she want to?  Is she still in love with Prince Stephen?  What secrets do they both have?
Read ” How to Catch a Prince” to find out what happens.
Kaisy1

I received a Copy of this book from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for the review, and the review is honest and my responsibility.