Monday, April 30, 2012

Parenting with Love & Logic by Foster Cline, MD and Jim Fay

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress Publishing; Rev Upd edition (April 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576839540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576839546

Genre: Parenting

Synopsis: Psychiatrist Cline and educator Fay's "Love and Logic" parenting method advocates raising responsible children through practice. "Helicopter" parents hover around their children while "drill sergeant" parents give orders to theirs, they claim. Neither of these styles permits children to learn how to make choices and learn from the consequences. The result is that as early as adolescence these children too often make bad decisions. In the context of a healthy, loving relationship, "Love and Logic" parents teach their children responsibility and the logic of life by solving their own problems, providing skills for coping in the real world. After laying out the principles of "Love and Logic," the authors provide "parenting pearls," which are strategies for applying the method to actual situations such as back-seat battles in the car, homework, and keeping bedrooms clean. The narration, performed by Tim Kenney and Bert Gurule, is clear and energetic. This is an upbeat and sensible approach to child rearing that will be popular in public libraries.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The 5,000 Year Leap By W. Cleon Skousen

This guest post is by Heidi Angell, author of Creative Exercises to Inspire and Royal Prince Vince. For more on Heidi, visit her website at

 Genre: Nonfiction, History, Politics

Synopsis: The 5,000 year Leap reviews the constitution of the the United States, the principles upon which it was based, how those principles allowed the world to make more progress in the last 200 odd years than humanity had made in the previous 5,000 year, and how if we do not continue to cling to those precepts, our society will backslide. The author has a wealth of quotes not only from the Founding Fathers and Americans, but also from great historical figures such as Charles de Montesquieu, John Locke (not the mystery writer, the political writer who composed the Questions Concerning the Laws of Nature) Aristotle, and other great philosophers and political writers of their times.

Review: The book is a very fascinating and in-depth review of the constitution, the influences of the time that helped to shape the Founding Father's thoughts as they wrote it, and quotes from the Founding Fathers to clarify, confirm, and warn Americans of their belief in the importance of maintaining the basic principles of the Constitution. The author rides a very fine line of guiding Americans in their implied responsibilities with the constitution, warning of the dangers of our not remaining vigilant in protecting the rights established for us through the constitution. It is, as one review on Amazon pointed out, "an incredible book that should be read by all Americans." (S. Peek, But I would take it one step further, and say that this is a book that should be read by anyone who believes in freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and wishes to protect their own freedoms in the countries in which they live. It is also a book which I feel is important to re-read as often as necessary to keep these precepts fresh in our minds. I do not know if I agree with everything the author says, but as a whole, this book is brilliant and really hit home for me!

As we enter yet another election year, I feel that it is more important than ever for people to read (or re-read, as the case may be) this book and consider these principles and take a close look at who we are voting for. We need to take our duties seriously, if we wish to maintain our freedoms. An educated people is a happy people, and sadly as Americans we have let our political education slip, not studying our candidates and their policies before we elect them. I am not promoting one candidate or another, and neither does this book. That is what I love about it. The point is not "who is right, the Republicans or the Democrats?" The point is that we as a people need to be vigilant in protecting our rights to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness!"

Author: (Information obtained from W. Cleon Skousen's page on and from wikipedia) W. Cleon Skousen (January 20, 1913 – January 9, 2006) was a popular author, speaker and teacher who lectured in every state and province in North America, and in more than 60 countries world-wide. He was a student of history and a scholar of law, specializing in the principles of Freedom, the U.S. Constitution, economics, and ancient history and scriptures.

He was invited to write a new constitution for Canada and the proposed United States of Latin America, and he published a model constitution that could be adopted by nations everywhere. He was a prolific writer and produced three national best sellers, The Naked Communist, The Naked Capitalist, and The Five Thousand Year Leap. Eight of his books were used as college texts, and several were translated and published in other countries.

Dr. Skousen was born in Canada, and returned to the U.S. with his family at age ten. He spent two years in Mexico, two years in England, graduated from San Bernardino College in California, and received his juris doctor degree from George Washington University Law School.
 He believed knowledge and understanding were key to maintaining a free country, and spent his entire adult life opening up complex issues for deeper understanding by students and audiences all around the world.

Mr. Skousen and his wife, Jewel Pitcher, are the parents of eight children, 50 grandchildren, and more than 120 great-grandchildren.

Rating **** Four out of Five Stars

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Espionage by A.L. Sowards

Title: Espionage
Author: A.L. Sowards
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Date Released: March 2012
Genre: LDS Historical Fiction

Author's Book Description: France, 1944: Nobody expects Peter Eddy to survive his first commando mission—to retrieve a code book stolen by the Nazis—so when he does come back alive, his success is rewarded with an even more daunting assignment. Partnered with French Resistance leader Jacques Olivier, Eddy must identify which of three Allied contacts in Calais is a double agent and use the traitor to help implement a strategic Allied diversion that might win the war. Eddy and Olivier secretly cross the English Channel to confront their suspects one at a time, but what appears to be a clean assignment soon turns disastrous, and a shocking betrayal leaves Eddy in the grip of the Gestapo. With the courageous aid of Olivier and his sister, Genevieve, Eddy evades his captors with a dangerous escape plan. But as the Allied invasion approaches, treachery in the least likely places leads to fresh graves in the bloodied European soil—and only the power of loyalty and love can transform tragic endings into new beginnings.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Taste Reveal!!!

This book goes on sale today and after reading all of the information on it, I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy myself!! Who wants to play a game? Somewhere in my post is a link that will lead you to an extra excerpt that goes live today. Where could it be? Well, that's the fun of it! You get to find it!! Good luck! Let me know if you do and if you think you'll be reading Taste!! =o)

At Barinkoff Academy, there's only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans.

When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn’t realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

This guest post is by Heidi Angell, author of Creative Exercises to Inspire and Royal Prince Vince. For more on Heidi, visit her website at

Genre: American Classical Fiction/ Coming of Age

Synopsis: Little Women follows the lives of the March sisters, Meg, Joe, Beth and Amy, as they grow into women. The story starts out with them being raised alone by their mother while their father is off fighting in the Civil War. There is a development of a close attachment each of the girls form with a neighbor boy, Laurie, who falls in love with Joe. Some heart wrenching love scenes which are clean all the same. It ends seeing them each off into marriage. The whole story consists of sharing silly stories, emotional stories, moral lessons each young woman has learned and ending with each of them married and "all grown up" with a less contrived "Happily Ever After" than Disney typically gives us!

Review: This is not the first time I have read Little Women, in fact I tried many times in my teens to read the story, but I always so loathed it because I couldn't help thinking how backwards these women were. Joe was scandalous for not being a proper lady (and sadly she was the one I related to the most). Each time I was left feeling bleh about the thing and wondering what was wrong with me for not enjoying such a classic. At about sixteen I had decided that it wasn't me who had the problem, it was that I could not relate to the story because I was a modern woman and let it go at that, vowing never to read the stupid thing again.

Then I got a Nook and found myself with very little money and a load of free books and went to town. Suddenly all I had left was Little Women. I figured what the heck, it was better than nothing, I was fairly sure. I was surprised how differently I felt about it this time. Now, having children, I can see the way I have tried to use some of Mrs. March's subtle techniques. Knowing other mothers, wanting a little girl, I found myself suddenly entrenched with their lives and wondering if I would have a Joe like me, or what would I do if I had an Amy! The things that seemed antiquated in my youth, now seemed nostalgic and charming. It is amazing how books change as we change! If you have read it before and weren't sure you cared for it, perhaps you should try it again!

 Author: Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American author who also supported the abolitionist movement, the suffragettes movement, and never married or had children. Her first book, Hospital Sketches reflected her experiences as a hospital nurse during the Civil War. She is most notably famous for Little Women, which was loosely based on her experiences as a child. Little Women was followed up by Little Men and Joe's Boys.

Rating *** Three stars

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Book Launch - The Most Important Catch

Today is the official launch of Jaclyn Hawkes' latest release
The Most Important Catch
An LDS fiction romance

Buy it and support a great cause!

Jaclyn will be launching The Most Important Catch on April 3rd. Both she and her publisher are going to donate 50% of the proceeds of all sales of this book from for that day—both e-books and paperbacks, to an account for Porter Hancock, her neighbor who was paralyzed from the neck down last October in a high school football game. You can read more about Porter at or on Jacyln's blog at

Please help spread the word by posting about this on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, or other social networking sites.

And join us during the month of May for the book tour which will include several chances to win the book! (Click here for more details about the tour.)

About the Book

Run or die!

She knew too much, and she’d seen too much!

And the police refused to help.

Knowing that she was to be the next scheduled death, Kelly Campbell hid under head to toe black leather and a tinted motorcycle helmet and ran for her life.

When the weather turned cold, she turned south.

She ended up in North Carolina, home to one of the most famed and eligible NFL football stars in the whole league; only she didn’t know that. She thought he was a businessman.

Not being a huge fan, all she knew was that he was incredibly attractive, kind, generous, and that she was safe with him.

Or was she?

His brand of fame proved to be all but deadly, but his fame wasn’t nearly as lethal as his attraction. He kept her safe and protected. Except for her heart.

Click link below to purchase your own copy (hover for details)

e-book: The Most Important Catch

Paperback: The Most Important Catch (Volume 1)

I will be reviewing this book later but I wanted to get the news out so money can be raised for Porter Hancock sooner. :) I look forward to reading this book later!!! =o)