Win These Books! September 2015

September 1, 2015 | 0 Comments


We’re giving away six awesome books!

It’s easy to enter to win.

Scroll down to the Rafflecopter form at the bottom of this post to find out how.


Echoes of Summer by Laura D. Bastian

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When her former boyfriend shows up eight years later, Madison isn’t sure if she’s more relieved or angry he doesn’t recognize her. Especially since she’s forced to work with him for a few months and he has no clue she kept such a huge secret from him.

When Stephen finally realizes Madison is the same girl he knew as Bea from his grandparents’ town, he’s excited to catch up and reminisce about those summers — but she seems cold and wants nothing to do with him.

The truth comes out and he learns he’s the father of a seven-year-old son, throwing him into completely unfamiliar territory as he tries to develop a relationship with his child and attempts to rekindle the romance he’d once shared with Bea.

Can they each overcome their sense of betrayal and learn to be united for the sake of their son, and perhaps find love again?
Bastian_LauraLaura D. Bastian grew up in a small town in central Utah and now lives in another small town in northern Utah. She always loved stargazing and imagining life outside her own little world. Though they grew up only thirty miles apart, she didn’t meet her husband until they went to college. A graduate of Utah State University with a degree in Elementary and Special Education, Laura has been using that training as she raises her children and writes make believe worlds. You can usually find her on her laptop either typing away, or on social media interacting with friends. Visit Laura at

Falcon in the Barn by Trish Mercer

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Forest at the Edge (Book 4)*

The problem with Shem, Mahrree–with everyone, Perrin concluded–was that they couldn’t see what he did.

Shem said his mind was confusing him. Mahrree said it was nightmares. His children said nothing. But he knew the truth: he was surrounded by Guarders, masquerading as cats.

Perrin is right: the Guarders are closing in. But on the edges of the forests another army is assembling, wearing green and brown mottled clothing.

Because they have plans of their own for the wounded falcon in the barn.

*Haven’t read the first three books? No problem. Trish will award your choice of any book in this series.
Mercer_TrishTrish Mercer has been teaching writing, or editing graduate papers, or revising web content, or changing diapers since the early 1990’s. She earned a BA in English from Brigham Young University and an MA in Composition Theory and Rhetoric from Utah State University. She and her husband David have nine children (and now one grandchild) and have raised them in Utah, Idaho, Maryland, Virginia, and South Carolina. Currently they live in the rural west and dream of the day they will be old enough to be campground managers in Yellowstone National Park. Visit Trish at

One of Many by B.M.J. Gatt

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Driven from his house and land in Jamaica by greedy relatives, Clifford Webb hears the mother country desperately needs workers. Promising to send for his family he goes to England but soon find it is not the land of milk and honey he had been led to believe.

“White people no want us in dem country.”

As racial attacks intensify against coloureds, Clifford is forced to fight for his life in the first West Indian defence carried out in Britain−the Notting Hill Riots of 1958.
B.M.J. Gatt was born in Jamaica and immigrated to England with her parents as a child. She now lives in Canada with her husband, children and grandchildren. She enjoys reading historical novels as well as historical books for background to get a glimpse of culture and speech. She likes books that show that the author is not just writing a book, but weighs words carefully to fit time frame and place. Visit her on Facebook.

Shadow in the Sea by Sheila A. Nielson

ShadowInSea_200spPrize Format: eBook

When sixteen-year-old Sadelyn Hanson washes up on the shores of Windwaithe Island, her beauty and the strange marks on her wrist make superstitious locals suspect she is a mermaid. Feigning amnesia, Sade hides a far worse secret: she was sailing to her own murder trial when she was thrown overboard by the real killer, the cunning and cruel Captain Westwood.

Sade’s quiet effort to rebuild her life on the island is threatened when she meets an actual young merman. Unable to speak his language, Sade still longs for the warm companionship he offers, despite the locals’ dire legends about merfolk and their dark magic. But her confused feelings for the impossible boy become the least of her problems when Captain Westwood’s ship docks at Windwaithe. With nowhere to escape, Sade must trust in the one person who doesn’t fear the merfolk. A woman who had dealings with them herself—years ago.

Nielson_Sheila_sqSheila A. Nielson never did figure out what she wanted to be when she grew up. She graduated from college with a BFA in illustration, has worked as a children’s librarian for over eighteen years, and would eventually like to be a full-time author. Why pick one career when you can have many? Sheila lives with her two pets, a goffin cockatoo and a tiny toy poodle. She was born and raised in California but has come to also love her adopted home in Utah where she currently resides. Visit her at

The Shadow Prison by K.A. Parkinson

ShadowPrison_200spPrize Format: eBook

The Ninth Chosen (Book 1)

Sixteen-year-old Macy is not your average teenager—she’s a member of the Chosen, an elite group of gifted and magically talented children responsible for protecting humans from the monsters of the Hidden. Macy’s world is shaken when the shard of the Ninth Chosen arrives at her Watcher’s door with the deadly Shadow Wraiths in hot pursuit.

The Ninth is to lead the Final Battle against the evil forces of the Dark. But when the Ninth turns out to be Tolen Parks, a clueless seventeen-year-old who has no idea he’s anything other than a freak, she figures the world is a goner.

The two of them are swept down a dangerous path that tests everything Macy is… and brings out everything Tolen can be. Amidst monsters and Radia Warriors, the pair must discover who they really are and face the heart of darkness in order to find victory—and their destinies.
Parkinson_KA_sqK.A. Parkinson is the mother of two incredible boys and has been married to her high school sweetheart for nineteen years. Writing and making up stories is something she has enjoyed doing for as long as she can remember. As a child, she spent summers borrowing books from the Book Mobile, and hiding under her bed with a bag of cookies and a flashlight to enjoy great literary adventures. As an adult, she spends her days chauffeuring her boys between work, art and music lessons, running a household, and reading and writing every chance she gets. Visit her at

Why Can’t Every Day Be Halloween? by Jaclyn Kruzie

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When one night of fun turns into six,

And there is nothing to do but eat treats and play tricks,


Take a healthy suggestion,

Or you may find a monster in your reflection…

Who doesn’t want holiday fun to last a little longer? One boy sure does! He wishes Halloween would last forever, but he forgets Halloween is more than treats. It is also the night monsters roam, and they show up in the most unexpected places.

In this delightful children’s picture book, a little boy learns a valuable lesson when he tries to make Halloween last forever.

Kruzie_Jaclyn_sqJaclyn Kruzie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Utah and enjoys sharing messages of health to young readers through silly stories that engage the imagination. She currently resides in Texas with her husband and 5 children. (A fun tidbit: the illustrator, Curt Cryer, is an LDS illustrator and Jaclyn’s cousin. He has a Master’s in Education and teaches elementary age students in Texas.) Visit Jaclyn at


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