Monday, September 1, 2014

Jo Noelle Blog Hop

I'm moving my usual Friday spotlight/review post from last week to today. I'm excited to spotlight a triple release by debut author Jo Noelle.

First, about Jo Noelle.

Jo Noelle grew up in Colorado and Utah but also spent time in Idaho and California. She has two adult children and three small kids.

She teaches teachers and students about reading and writing, grows freakishly large tomatoes, enjoys cooking especially for desserts, builds furniture, sews beautiful dresses, and likes to go hiking in the nearby mountains.

Oh, and by the way, she’s two people—Canda Mortensen and Deanna Henderson, a mother/daughter writing team.

Yes! A mother/daughter writing team. How fun is that?

To celebrate, there's a giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Now for the books ...

The housing market is crashing, and Sophie’s life is crashing with it. At twenty-four, her successful real estate career evaporates. She’s broke, can’t find a job, or pay her bills, leaving Sophie wondering how her successful lifestyle became so fragile.

 At the urging of her roommate, Sophie accepts a job in her fallback career—teaching six-year-olds. She hopes it’s temporary. After all, how long can a tanking economy last anyway? The best part of the new job is Liam, another employee at Rio Grande Elementary. The worst part of the new job is, well, teaching.

 Sophie has a surprise real estate closing from a contract she wrote months ago, leading her to a niche in the real estate market and to a new partner, Kevin. Sophie must choose between Liam or Kevin and between a lucrative career or recess duty.

I've had a chance to read Newbie and loved it. Sophie's inner thoughts are a delight. She just makes me smile. Her journey as a newbie teacher is real and touching. If you've ever thought about being a teacher, this book will give you a feel for what it might be like. And I'm totally Team Liam.

Can't wait to read these other two books.

 Lexi Middleton has been socially invisible to her classmates, but starting her junior year, that’s going to change. First, she’s determined to hook a boyfriend, ensuring dates with flowers and possible kisses on the doorstep. Second, she wants to be a writer for the school paper, even though it freaks her out to think of everyone judging her by her punctuation and metaphors. High school is difficult enough—keeping up her grades, dealing with increasing sibling rivalry, and trying to stay out of the way of her personal nemesis, Amberlee—but when Lexi catches the eye of her long-time crush, she also becomes the focus of mean-girl tactics. Caught between who she was and who she wants to be, Lexi must decide how to confront a bully, and choose who to let into her heart.

Cassie is going to heaven—if she can get amnesty from hell in the next twenty days.  Her assignment is to change the eternal destination of a girl in Albuquerque to earn admittance into heaven.

            No sweat.

But when Cassie returns to earth during her three-week, mostly-mortal assignment, her old habits get in the way, (apparently habits don’t die when you do), the partners assigned to help her are anything but helpful, and it turns out the girl she is supposed to help is the only enemy she made on her first day of school.

            Oh, I’m so going to hell.

Things aren’t all bad—it helps to have a hot angel on your side. Mmm-Marc. Even though he’s all about heavenly business, Cassie would like to make it personal.

            Assignment with benefits.

Other Blog Hop Participants

Get the Details
1 winner will receive a $100.00 giftcard.
Blog hop and Rafflecopter registrations Begin 9/1/14 and End 9/7/14 MDT

This drawing is open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Card.  Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Check back on this blog between Sept. 8-10, 2014. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized and sponsored by Canda Mortensen & Deanna Henderson DBA Jo Noelle. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

ETA: The books are now available on Barnes & Noble.


  1. Wow, the ladies are quite busy--best of luck!

    1. They are that, Jeff. And fun writers too.

  2. Can't wait to read these. Are they available through Barnes & Noble as well?

    1. I'm not finding them there yet, Meg. I'll mention it here if that changes.

    2. The books WILL be on B&N, but haven't gone live yet.

  3. Triple, wow, really on a roll. And two as one, sounds like fun.

  4. So happy for you Canda and Deanna. Hope they totally sell out;)

  5. Ha. When you said she was two people, I was like, "What????" LOL! Very cool. And how neat… all of this. Their work looks FANTASTIC. Thanks, Donna for this great post. :)

    1. Isn't that fun mother/daughter bonding experience?

  6. I'm always looking for a new great read! I'm excited to add some new books to my list!

  7. A great spotlight on this writing duo and their books.I like the covers and descriptions.

  8. Thanks, Donna for spotlighting our book. So glad you liked Newbie!

  9. Very cool:) She sounds like a prolific author:)

  10. Wow, what an awesome team! I loved the bio. Hehe These books all sound fantastic. :)

  11. I love that we get to find out Jo Noelle is a duo after reading about what the author does. Each of their novels sound very intriguing. Wishing them the best!

  12. These look really interesting! I'm going to have to take a look at the Jo Noelle dynamic duo. Unfortunately I don't have time tonight to do the hop, though. Maybe tomorrow.

  13. Aww, I love the fact that they're a mother/daughter duo! Congrats to them and best of luck.

  14. Great covers. The books look cute.


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