The Hungry Family

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Unercover Engagement

Undercover Engagement front cover

Alyssa Eastman is engaged to the man of her dreams. Jason is intelligent, attractive, and he makes her laugh. When the couple is attacked by a group of men who call Jason by the wrong name, shoot holes in his beautiful car, and try to run them off the road, Alyssa learns her perfect fiancé is also the perfect spy. With his cover blown, the only way to bring down an international terrorist group is for Alyssa to steal the information. She agrees to help, putting her life on the line; but, putting her heart on the line and marrying a man who lied to her about his identity (albeit for national security – but still!!) is a much harder decision.

My latest release – Undercover Engagement – was a lot of fun to write. One day, I wondered how a woman could accidentally get married – without being drunk – and the rest of the story clicked into place. Because Jason is a spy, there were cool gadgets and an awesome car that made their way into the book. The shack that is his secret hideout actually exists. In fact, it kind of creeped me out.  

Oh the car! (Sigh) I think I fell in love with the car. A Dodge Viper is the type of vehicle that turns heads, well, I should say the Viper turns every head. Men, women, children …  the Amish – no one can help but watch this baby slide by and appreciate its curves. Of course, even the most amazing vehicle on the planet needs to be adjusted for a spy’s life. So, I spent some time talking to my neighbor, who works as a police officer, about bullet-proof glass and armor plating. He referred me to different training videos and online sales sites. That part of the research was ultra cool.

All in all, I spent a lot of time smiling as I wrote. In fact, I had such a good time with Alyssa, I might just write a sequel. She’s book smart and has awesome life skills; she’s daring, resourceful, and loves with all her heart. Characters like her, the ones you wish were real so they could be your best friend, don’t come along everyday.

 

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One Dirty Bowl Blog Tour

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I’m busy. You’re busy. These days, everyone is busy. That’s why I wanted to share some of my tried and true, quick but beautiful dessert recipes. The new book is called One Dirty Bowl and it is chock full of dessert recipes you can make in just one bowl. Think of it – only one bowl to wash! Inside, you’ll find everything from White Chocolate and Strawberry Cupcakes to Chocolate Graham Cracker Cookies.

To celebrate the release of One Dirty Bowl, I’m hosting a blog tour with some amazing bloggers, home chefs, and book reviewers. You can check out their websites and find out what they think about One Dirty Bowl. You can also pick up a copy of the book at your local book store or on Amazon. Thanks for stopping by!

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Coffee for the Brain

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Seasons of Humility

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Deal Sharing Aunt

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Saving for   My Family

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Cami Checketts

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Author Cindy C. Bennett

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Eat Cake For Dinner

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Cindy M. Hogan

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Kimberley Griffiths Little

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Little Light Design Collective

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A Book A Day

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Bookworm Lisa

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For What It’s Worth

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So Simply Sara

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Thoughts in Progress

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Wishful Endings

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Emmy Mom

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Danyelle Ferguson

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My Life One Story At A Time

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Min Reads and Reviews

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LDS Women’s Book Reviews

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  1. L. Sowards

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Diony George

 

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Confessions   of Me: One Crazy Mom

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Readalot

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Nada Mas   Que Amor

 


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End of School Teacher Gift

ImageWith the end of another school year fast approaching, I tremble with fear and a whole lot more excitement. I love having my children home. They are each others best friends and truly creative in their play.

But, they have also had fantastic teachers this year and we wanted to give them a little something that let them know we appreciated their efforts. So this is what we came up with.

 

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I’m not sure if you can read the note. It says, “Thanks for a joyous year! We love you to pieces!”

Then we bought a bag of Almond Joy Pieces, punched a couple holes in the top, and tied it all up with ribbons. This one was minimal because it was coming from Mr. 7 and he didn’t want it to look too girlie. 🙂

I hope you have a fantastic summer. I can’t wait for it to begin.


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Mother’s Day Gift Idea

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Usually I have it highlighted and circled in bright pink on the family calendar. This year, I’ve been so busy, I almost forgot. In fact, it wasn’t until we were sitting in church yesterday and the speaker mentioned that Mother’s Day was this coming Sunday that I realized the deadline. Not that I have much to do except find a way to remind Hubby. That usually happens with the calendar, but I had to resort to a higher level of memory trigger this year so I went to Ms. 5. 

“Hey,” I whispered so the family in front of us wouldn’t hear the conversation or think I was hunting for gifts. I’m really just thinking of the kids and how bad they would feel if they missed Mother’s Day. Mr. 7 is especially tender about these things and likes ample time to make a heart-felt card. 

“What?”

“You need to tell Daddy that Mother’s Day is next week.”

“Okay.”

** Later that day **

“Daddy?”

“Yes, Ms. 5.”

“Mommy says I need to tell you Mudder’s Day is next week.”

Hubby raises an eyebrow in my direction while I pretend not to hear what’s happening three feet away. Hey, I didn’t tell them what to get me…

If I had, I would mention the new book by Heather B. Moore and S. Kent Brown.

 

It’s full of wonderful incites on a woman’s divine roll and potential. 

“But an angel comes to the mother of Samson twice, indicating that the Lord sees her for who she really is…”

I found this to be one of the most powerful thoughts in Divinity of Women. As Samson’s mother is persecuted for her inability to carry a child, she may have begun to believe that she was cursed, that she was unworthy, or that she just wasn’t good enough. Despite the constant negative feedback from her neighbors, the Lord knew what kind of a woman she really was and he honored her, loved her, and looked to bring her comfort. How is this different from our day? We are constantly barraged with negative thoughts about our bodies, our abilities, our worthiness in the eyes of the world; and yet, the Lord sees us for who we really are and He loves us because of what we are at out core.

Divinity of Women is full of these little treasures that can help inspire us and teach us about the true relationship women have with their Father in Heaven. If you’re looking for a way to tell the woman/women in your life Happy Mother’s Day, this is a great way to do it.


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Get It While You Can

 

Fourth of July Release Party – Monday, April 14th

Win a great prize and get the book for $.99 today only.

 

When eight parade floats explode during the annual Fourth of July celebrations, Agent Chris Harmer must find who planted the bombs before the terrorists strike again.

His troubles aren’t isolated to terrorism. Chris falls in love with the FBI’s feisty psychiatrist, Alexis Osborne. She won’t commit to someone who doesn’t share her religious values, and Chris has no desire to convert.

There are two great giveaways to celebrate the release of Fourth of July. The purse and scarf pictured below (bought from the fabulous Sugar ‘n Spice) will be given away through the Rafflecopter form.

Also, the first twenty people to buy Fourth of July at one of the following retailers, share the special $.99 price to any social media site, and email Cami (camichecketts@yahoo.com) will receive their choice of Dead Running audio book or The Colony as a kindle gift.

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Fractured Truth Blog Tour

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Book Summary:

Llona is determined to end the fight with the Vykens once and for all. All she needs is to find and destroy the Shadow—the ultimate source of dark power. But when she makes a startling discovery about someone she loves, Llona has to fight the toughest battle yet in this exciting conclusion to the Fractured Light series.

I was ecstatic to review this book. I have followed the series since it began way back in 2012 and waited, not so patiently at times, for the third book. Now that all three are out, you can just read straight through.

Rachel McClellan has a wonderful story telling style. Because of her descriptions, I easily see rooms, buildings, people, and landscapes with amazing detail. She truly brought the world to life.

The plots for all three books are woven together in a way that is engaging and multileveled. You’ll learn things in this book that explain events in book one; yet book one can stand alone.

I would recommend the series as a clean read. The language is clean and there aren’t any explicit scenes.

 


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A New Erica Coleman Mystery!!!

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Book Summary:

In her debut mystery, Motive for Murder, gutsy private investigator Erica Coleman proved that when it comes to sleuthing, she takes the cake. Now, the fast-talking, food-loving heroine is back, and she’s sure her next assignment will be as easy as pie . . . Erica and her family happily anticipate Grandma Blanche’s eighty-first birthday celebration in the picturesque town of Florence, Oregon. But when the feisty matriarch, a savvy businesswoman, enlists Erica’s help in an investigation of her company, things quickly get sticky. Before the investigation can begin, Blanche’s unexpected death leaves Erica with more questions than answers—and it soon becomes clear that Grandma’s passing was anything but natural: she was murdered. When Aunt Martha, Blanche’s reclusive sister, becomes the next victim of someone with a taste for homicide, Erica uses her flair for cooking to butter up local law enforcement and gather clues. As she narrowly escapes becoming the third victim, Erica is more determined than ever to solve the case—before she bites off more than she can chew.

Where to Get It:

You can pick up a copy at your local book store, or click on one of the links below to purchase the book.

 

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Death-Family-Erica-Coleman-Mystery/dp/1621085732/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1393108321&sr=1-1&keywords=a+death+in+the+family+by+marlene+bateman

 

Deseret Book: http://deseretbook.com/Death-Family-Marlene-Bateman/i/5120025

 

Seagull Book: http://www.seagullbook.com/lds-products-823999.html

 

Find the Author: 

You can find Marlene Bateman on Facebook or on her website: www.marlenebateman.info.