Three Silver Doves Review & 25$ Giveaway

Posted by A Gluten Free Mom on July 1, 2015 in Giveaway |

My Two Cents: Paige MacKenzie seems to have a dream job. She is a reporter for a huge newspaper and gets to travel to awesome places to write news articles. Her latest assignment takes her to New Mexico and healing mineral springs. Paige is a natural reporter, or you know your basic nosey nelly.

This is the third book in the series. I have not read any of the prior novels and there were a few spots that I could have used a little background information, but it was not relevant to the mystery Paige finds herself wrapped up in.

Deborah Garner has a smooth writing style. I really appreciate when I read a book that feels like an old friend. Since we are a couple of weeks into summer break, I don’t have a much time to read as I do during the regular work year. Ironic, I know, and I can’t figure out why… but anyway, Garner’s writing style enabled me to read a chapter, chase after the kids, pick it back up again and fall head first right back in.


When New York reporter Paige MacKenzie heads to Tres Palomas, New Mexico, the resort of Agua Encantada seems a perfect destination to combine work with pleasure. A quick article on the healing mineral springs and a few leisurely soaking sessions in the resort’s soothing waters promises well-deserved rest and relaxation.

Paige is immediately intrigued with a local artist’s one-of-a-kind jewelry designs, as well as weekly gatherings to hear legends from an elderly storyteller. But when identical jewelry shows up on another guest and the storyteller goes missing, Paige’s R&R is soon redefined as restlessness and risk. Curious and persistent by nature, Paige is convinced there’s a connection. Enlisting the help of a flirtatious resort worker seems like a good idea until it begins to test her loyalty to her favorite cowboy, Jake Norris. Will an unexpected overnight trip to Tierra Roja Casino lead her to the answers she seeks, or are darker secrets lurking along the way?

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About the author
Deborah Garner is an accomplished travel writer with a passion for back roads and secret hideaways. Born and raised in California, she studied in France before returning to the U.S. to attend UCLA. After stints in graduate school and teaching, she attempted to clone herself for decades by founding and running a dance and performing arts center, designing and manufacturing clothing and accessories, and tackling both spreadsheets and display racks for corporate retail management. Her passions include photography, hiking and animal rescue. She speaks five languages, some substantially better than others. She now divides her time between California and Wyoming, dragging one human and two canines along whenever possible.

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Bronze Fox Review and Giveaway ($10 Amazon Gift Card)

Posted by A Gluten Free Mom on June 26, 2015 in Uncategorized |

My Two Cents: This was a lovely change of pace! I’ve been reading mostly romance lately. Bronze Fox was just what I needed right now. I get into a reading rut every now and then. Along comes the perfect fantasy book: Shape shifters, magic wielding women, and the fight for the greater good.

Every time I pick up a good fantasy novel (like this one) I remember how much I love reading this genre. It brings me back to high school, where all I read was fantasy. Diana Green has masterfully created a world that I want to return to over and over again. I am eagerly looking forward to book 2 in this series (hopefully it comes out soon!).


Tobias is a fox-shifter, stolen in childhood from his home-world. Now he works as an agent for the secretive and powerful sentinels, trying to bring an end to the interworld slave trade.

Etty is a street-smart spitfire from the wrong side of the tracks. She harbors untrained magical abilities and a deep longing for a better life. Can she channel these into working as Tobias’ assistant?

Will they survive a life-changing mission where love and danger are only a heartbeat away, and the fate of rift worlds hangs in the balance?

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“The way Ms. Green weaves romance into this fascinating situation of rift travel and the amazing settings along the way, is delightful. I appreciate how the various story aspects are artfully combined to make my introduction to “rifting” purely satisfying. I’m SO ready for the next one.” – review from Amazon

“Yet another good book by Diana Green. I love how you went a little Sci-fi with the portals and alternate worlds mixed in.” – review from Amazon

“The plot moves at a steady pace and grabs you in right from the start.” – review from Goodreads

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About the Author

Since her childhood, growing up in New Zealand, Diana has been an avid storyteller. For years she enjoyed teaching art and special education, while continuing to write as a hobby. After she developed an auto-immune disorder, a career change was necessary, but happily this led her to become a professional author.

Diana’s books are mostly paranormal romance, in the fantasy and science fiction sub-genres. She has been a finalist for the CRW Award of Excellence and the Aspen Gold Published Novel Contest. At present, she self-publishes and writes for the Wild Rose Press.

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Inside Out: A Summer Blockbuster

Posted by A Gluten Free Mom on June 19, 2015 in Review |

Finding Joy in Sadness is something that many kids (and adults) struggle with on a daily basis. Pixar is setting out to help kids realize that there is always a silver lining in every situation, even those that seem most dire.

This is one of those movies that will require a box of tissues (or a handful of snack bar napkins) for sure! Not only did my kids both get fully immersed into the story, but I did as well. That is not something that often happens for me and cartoon movies. A good kids movie will have plenty of hidden adult moments that keep both easily amused kids and cynical adults happy. This (by that definition) is an awesome kids movie.

I’ve got to say, going into this movie, I didn’t expect much. Revealing the thoughts inside a child’s head is not something I thought would make a good movie…but I was dead wrong. Which, if you ask my husband is not something I will admit too on a regular basis.

We’ve hit that time of the year in Las Vegas where inside activities are the only thing to do, after all, when it is 109 in the shade even the water park has lost its luster. The movies are the best in the summer for us. Nice cool weather, someone else makes the snacks (and cleans up the popcorn that inevitably misses their mouths), and no one is hitting anyone.

We received 3 movie tickets in exchange for a honest review.
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