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Saturday, July 27, 2013

COTT's Hot New Releases from June!

SUMMER, SUMMER, SUMMER! What a fabulous season for taking a break and enjoying some good books! Is your TBR (To Be Read) pile getting low? Is it towering high but you are ALWAYS excited for a new book to add?

The novels below all released in the last month! Which one is most likely to make your summer reading pile? Cast your vote now. And don't forget to send some love and encouragement to our authors via the comments section. =)

Happy Voting!

Five Days in Skye

An American businesswoman falls for her celebrity chef client while on a business trip to Scotland. Will she find the courage to take another chance on love?

A Heart Deceived

Miri Brayden must keep her brother's descent into lunacy a secret, or he’ll be committed to an asylum—and she’ll be sent to the poor house. When Ethan Goodwin, an opium addict on the run, shows up on her doorstep, her balancing act falls to pieces.

Grace's Pictures

Grace McCaffery must trust a handsome policeman for help when her new Brownie camera gets her in trouble with a gang who thinks it containsthe first and only photos of their elusive leader. But her experience with the police back in Ireland makes that difficult, and she must decide if God has sent her help in an unlikely disguise.

A Melody for James

Melody Mason and James Montgomery lead separate lives of discord until an unexpected meeting brings them to a sinister realization: unbeknownst to them, dark forces have directed their lives from the shadows, orchestrating movements, keeping them singing solo. Fire, loss, and bloodshed can't shake their faith in God to see them through as they face a percussive climax that leaves hearts forever changed.

Blowing On Dandelions

In Miralee Ferrell’s captivating historical romance Blowing on Dandelions, Katherine Galloway struggles to overcome family dysfunction when her controlling mother moves in. Will Frances threaten Katherine’s budding relationship with Micah Jacobs, the new blacksmith, or is there hope that love can still break through?

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Personality Quiz

Well, that really narrows it down! LOL

So I took this quiz last night for funsies and had to giggle at the results. I can't say they're wrong. In fact I can see myself in a lot of what was stated. But still...kinda funny the broad strokes that came out.

Certificate: Test results
Which temperament are you?
For 30 % you are: You're the phlegmatic temperament! (derived from the Ancient Greek term of phlegm.) Calm, cool, and collected, and possibly meek, it's like impossible to ever lose control, huh? Heck, you're usually the peaceful, mediator guy that calms down everyone else, willingly, in fact! And, being your shy, mild-mannered self, the last thing you want to do is hurt someone. Don't be scared to give people a piece of your mind. You also usually just go along even if you don't want to. And hype up every now and then! Be more enthusiastic about things! You roughly represent the water element, by the way. And one more thing: I'm this temperament, too!
51.6889 % of 17141 Quiz participants had this profile!

You could also get this result:
For 30 % you are: You're the melancholic (also known as melancholy.) temperament! (derived from the Ancient Greek term of *black bile*, which doesn't really exist..) Deep, analytical, and sensitive, you have the ability to see flaws very quickly. There's also a chance that you're artistic or musical. You enjoy your own company, but usually hold grudges and are a pessimist, plus self-deprecating, due to having really high standards. Chances are that you're a perfectionist. Let some of the bad times go, and look on the bright side sometimes! Oh, stop thinking it's an 'all or nothing' thing. Don't have to have everything perfected ALL the time! (but at heart, I really get that... I got perfectionist issues too..) You roughly represent the earth element.

Or even this one:
For 30 % you are: You're the choleric temperament! (derived from the Ancient Greek term of *yellow bile*, not that that type of bile actually exists; they understood science in a pretty off point of view back then, thinking that personality relates to specific types of liquids.) A leader, you can't help but strive to be superior, one way or another. You also have the guts to take charge if everyone was just standing around doing nothing. In friendship terms, likely, you're very reliable. You wouldn't break a promise for a trillion bucks. (or more?) You could be pretty possessive of your friends or significant other... No, you're not evil. But sometimes you value being superior more than more essential things. You're also impatient, quick-tempered, bossy, and even proud and unsympathetic. Be a little more emotional at times. Also, if you're wrong, don't deny it. You roughly represent the fire element.

Or even this one:
For 10 % you are: You're the sanguine temperament! (derived from the Ancient Greek term of blood.) Life-of-the-party, you're outgoing and friendly. There's a chance that you might be popular, too! Ooh, and you've got a really unique ability to raise the spirits in others; you're pretty influential.(due to your great people skills and all that.) Yup, it's about having fun and being wild, but it's also about calming down once in a while. The reason I'm saying this is because you're crazy, hyper, random, etc. Being an optimist, make sure you're not blindly optimistic. Sometimes your happy-go-lucky theme can irritate others. It's likely because of this that you are naive. (not necessarily, though.) But look on the bright side! Your talkative, cheerful personality sure can brighten up someones day! (influence is different from bringing others back to happiness in case you're confused.) You roughly represent the air element.
Take this quiz: Which temperament are you?

Saturday, July 6, 2013

May New Release Clash Winner

We had some amazing stories come out this past month. Each one poised to captivate your imagination, from overcoming great odds together, to chance meetings with a dashing earl, switchboard encounters of the handsome kind, a mysterious vanishing, and a prince's choice.

Thank you to Joselyn Vaughn author of Climbing Heartbreak Hill, Vanessa Riley author of Madeline's Protector, Lorna Seilstad author of When Love Calls, and Deborah Raney author of The Face of the Earth for participating in our clash.

And Now, Clash of the Titles presents the May New Release Winner...
Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck!

Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by bestselling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale.

Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess---just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn’t going according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life.

The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simon’s Island is the queen of his heart. A prince has duties, and his family’s tense political situation has chosen his bride for him. When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susanna’s aid under the fabled Lover’s Oak, he is blindsided by love.

Their lives are worlds apart. He’s a royal prince. She’s a ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel’s coronation.

From the Clash of the Titles Commenters
Once Upon a Prince has all the ingredients needed to make for a wonderful summer read!

Loved loved loved Once Upon A Prince! gave it 5 stars on Goodreads!

Rachel, I couldn't stop reading this one! Wonderful love story! Love the cover!

What Reviewers Are Saying
Hauck spins a surprisingly believable royal-meets-commoner love story. This is modern and engaging tale with well-developed secondary characters that are entertaining and add a quirky touch. Hauck fans will find a gem of a tale.  – Starred Review Publisher’s Weekly

Readers Love It
Recently finished "Once Upon a Prince." Absolutely LOVED it! A perfect summer (or fall or winter or spring, for that matter) read. It was the best book I have read in a l-o-n-g time! You have set the bar high, Rachel!

Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as RITA nominated The Wedding Dress and RITA nominated Love Starts with Elle, part of the Lowcountry series. She penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Their novel Softly and Tenderly, was one of Booklists 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals.

A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, she worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in uncomfortable chair to write full time in 2004.

Rachel serves on the Executive Board of American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship at their annual conference. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference

Here next book, Princess Ever After, releases in February 2014.

Visit her web site at http://www.rachelhauck.com