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Book Feature: TORN CANVAS by Donna K Weaver June 17, 2014

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Today I am featuring the book TORN CANVAS, by Donna K. Weaver. 




Title: TORN CANVAS(Safe Harbors, #2)

Author: Donna K. Weaver

Release Date: May 28, 2014

Pages: 376

Genre: Fiction | Adventure | Contemporary Romance

Modern-day pirates took more than Jori Virtanen’s friends; they stole his face. Not only does the twenty- four-year-old former model have to confront months of reconstructive surgery, he discovers his previous life was as superficial as his looks. Jori struggles to make a new life for himself as an artist while evading the press. They expect a hero, but he knows the truth. His beauty masks a beast.

Olivia Howard’s given up a normal life for her job, and the sacrifices are finally paying off. The twenty-six-year-old talk-show host’s ratings are heading to the top of the charts. Her dream is to make a difference in people’s lives, but the studio wants mind fluff—like interviewing hot model Jori Virtanen. When Olivia learns the guy helped rescue passengers on a cruise excursion from kidnappers, she knows this is the story she needs to make her case. The only problem is the hero was injured, and now he’s disappeared.

The more Olivia learns about the man behind the scar, the more intrigued she becomes. But Jori is no girl’s happily ever after. Once she finds him, Olivia has to free his heart and heal the beast.

My Thoughts on the book: 

I loved the first book in this series, A CHANGE OF PLANS, and Jori was one of my favorite supporting characters.

He had lived a very shallow life (mostly to deal with horrible things from his childhood). Through the events in the first book he becomes as scarred on the outside as he was on the inside. TORN CANVAS picks up with Jori’s story.

I loved his journey. To see the lives that touch his for good and to see the difference he makes for them is wonderful. ‘Grandma Anna’ is a great example of one of these people. She was really feisty and a favorite character for me.

This book also gives us a better look at Olivia and the person she is. She was so cool. She had overcome a horrible life-situation and was a genuine and caring person. (And a gamer, which made her Awesome!!)

This book was a great view of the pathways the characters chose, or even the ones that were thrust upon them, and what they did with them to make the most of their lives. And bonus: it has swoon-worthy clean romance. *sigh* 😀

I can’t wait for the next book in the series!


Donna K. Weaver is a Navy brat who joined the Army and has lived in Asia and

Europe. Because she sailed the Pacific three times as a child, she loves cruising and

wishes she could accrue enough vacation time to do more of it with her husband.


Donna and her husband have six children and eight grandchildren who live all over the world.


At fifty, Donna decided to study karate and earned her black belt in Shorei Kempo.  


After recording city council minutes for twenty years, Donna decided to write something a little

longer and with a lot more emotion–and kissing.

You can find Donna here: 

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Book Feature: Princess and the Prom Queen by Jaclyn Weist May 5, 2014

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Today I am featuring a new young adult fantasy book: The Princess and the Prom Queen, by Jaclyn Weist.









First, the back cover blurb for the book: 

Jenny’s had it with her life. Six siblings in an overstuffed house are enough to drive anyone crazy, and sometimes she dreams of escaping to some fantasy world. When she suddenly wakes up to find herself being kissed by a strange—but very handsome—prince, Jenny knows her life just got a lot more exciting. Now stuck in a medieval land of castles and royalty, when Jenny learns that the queen has agreed to marry her off to the prince, it’s time to take matters into her own hands. She goes on a quest to find out who dragged her to this time while trying to keep from falling in love with either of the boys vying for her attention.

Princess Genevieve has only known life under her mother’s rule. She wants to do more than go to battle or deal with suitors. She wakes to find herself in a new world filled with gadgets, electricity, and moving carriages. She finally has the freedom to be who she wants to be with a family who cares deeply for her and a boy worth any sacrifice. It’s more than everything she always wanted.

As Jenny and Genevieve settle into their new lives, they face an unknown evil which threatens everything they care about and makes them face tough questions—like who they are and what they really want their lives to become.

So I have to admit, I am a sucker for a fairy tale retelling. Especially when it is twisted into something original. This is a really fun version involving Sleeping Beauty. I enjoyed seeing the two girls adapt (and grow) in their new settings. I loved that they took charge of their own destiny and didn’t wait for things to happen to them. I loved that Jenny came from a functional (yet crazy) family and that both girls had a support system within their family. It was also a cause of angst for me as the story progressed, but (no spoilers) it was resolved nicely.  

The bad guy is sneaky and scary. I ended up staying up way too late reading this book because I just had to know ‘what happens next.’ And the cute guys and the kissing were a nice bonus :). 

If you love fairy tales, magic, cool girls that can wield swords and adventure, this is a book for you: you can find it here –



Jaclyn Weist



Jaclyn Weist is an Idaho farm girl who grew up loving to read. She developed a love for writing as a senior in high school, when her dad jokingly said she was the next Dr. Seuss (not even close, but very sweet). She met her husband, Steve, at Brigham Young University, and they have six happy, crazy children who encourage her writing. After owning a bookstore and running away to have adventures in Australia, they settled back down in their home in Utah. Jaclyn now spends her days herding her kids to various activities and trying to remember what she was supposed to do next. You can visit her online at



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