Memorial Day

5/26/2014 House of Geekiness 0 Comments

Today, I remember the service of those who sacrificed their lives in the service of our country. Thankfully, my father and grandfathers returned home safely after their service. There are many who did not.

Each year, my husband and I try to take our children to the cemetery. We search for the grave markers of those who served, explain what they did, why our freedom is never free, and the kids place a flag at the grave. My children have come to see the cemetery as a reverent, peaceful place, where we remember and honor our ancestors.

My grandfathers both served in World War II, one in the army infantry, the other as a B-17 bomber. He flew over a dozen missions over Germany, and was part of the Berlin Airlift. I see part of my mischievous side in him, he was nearly court-martialed for “mis-delivering” several crates of whiskey belonging to General McNarney.

My dad served in the army, in Saigon, Vietnam. Once a year, he stands in our church and tells everyone about his experience, especially how grateful he is to live in our country and how blessed we are to have so much freedom. Living several hundred miles away from my parents, I rarely get to be there to hear this anymore, I wish I could!

We are all so incredibly blessed to have so many men and women sacrifice so much to preserve our freedom. Please remember to honor them today and all year round.


Rare Pre-Release Opportunity!

5/26/2014 House of Geekiness 1 Comments

I met Author Jaclyn Weist a few months ago at a book release. I'd never been to a book release like was a St. Patrick's Day themed party! I'd brought my kids along, and I'm so glad that I did, they still talk about it! (Sorry the picture is so blurry, my son took it!)

Jaclyn Weist is an amazing author who writes family friendly fantasy. I can't wait to read her latest and go to her upcoming event here in Provo, UT!

Here's a short message and pre-release opportunity by Jaclyn Weist:

Hello everyone!

I am so excited for the paperback copies of The Princess and the Prom Queen! And I’m excited to offer YOU the chance to preorder a copy! If you’ve been wanting to read the book, but only like print copies (I admit, I love to hold the book in my hands), now is your chance!

This means that you can have a copy BEFORE it’s available on in stores or on Amazon! Isn’t that awesome???

All you need to do is email me at and let me know how many copies you’d like (and of which book, The Princess and the Prom Queen $14.99, Best of Luck $13.00) and your address. Then I will send you an invoice and you can pay me through paypal. Or if you live nearby, you can pay me in person when you pick up the books. It’s that easy!

Also, I’ll be at a family activity signing on June 2nd signing books, as well as June 21st in Provo for the Trifecta book launch.

Find out about the family activity here.

And check out the launch info here.

The blurbs for the books:

The Princess and the Prom Queen
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.

You can find The Princess and The Prom Queen Ebook here.

And Best of Luck:
Megan has had it with leprechauns. They want nothing more than to take over her luck—something she’s not willing to give up. After finding herself locked in a dungeon on Christmas morning, she vows to take O’Malley down.

Between trying to have a normal life in high school, and fighting various fairy tale creatures thrown in her way, Megan barely has time to breathe. But when a mysterious darkness begins to snatch the fairies and leprechauns that have protected Megan and her family, she must learn the history of her luck and defeat the bad guys once and for all.

This book releases June 1st so I don't have a purchase link for the ebook yet.


Jaclyn Weist
Author of Stolen Luck, Twist of Luck, and Best of Luck
Author of The Princess and the Prom Queen



Red Shirt Creations Giveaway!

5/24/2014 House of Geekiness 0 Comments

Red Shirt Creations is giving away a wristlet wallet of your choice to one lucky House of Geekiness reader!

Choose from any of the wristlets in the shop, small or large!

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Book Review: The Princess Sisters

5/02/2014 House of Geekiness 0 Comments

I really enjoyed the concept of this book! Five cousins who are as close as sisters, all named after fairytale princesses, and all struggle with ironic issues related to their namesakes. Belle has dyslexia and hates to read, Ariel is afraid of water, Aurora has insomnia, Snow White hates apples, and Cinderella refuses to wear anything but tight-laced boots that can't slip off her feet!

The story was cute, although a little dramatic, and deals with issues commonly faced by teens (bullying, crushes, friendship, betrayal, self-esteem, popularity, etc.) I especially loved how they ended up dealing with their biggest problem!

Parental Advisory: While no profanity is used, at times, the language is not appropriate for young readers. I started out listening to this audiobook with my (almost) 8 year old daughter but had to finish it without her.

Stacy Lynn Carroll has always loved telling stories. She started out at Utah State University where she pursued a degree in English, learned how to western swing, and watched as many of her fellow students became 'True Aggies'. She then finished her BA at the University of Utah where she got an emphasis in creative writing. After college she worked as an administrative assistant, where she continued to write stories for the amusement of her co-workers. When her first daughter was born, and with the encouragement of a fortune cookie, she quit her job and became a full-time mommy and writer. She and her husband have three children, two Corgis, and a fish named Don.


Free Comic Book Day is Coming!

5/01/2014 House of Geekiness 0 Comments

This Saturday is Free Comic Book Day! That means that all around the world there are comic book stores giving away free comic books and having fun events for geeks like us! It's been a family tradition of ours to go, the past few years. Our local shops around here in Provo, UT are great. They bring in local artists to show off their art for us, and they even give away free sketches!

For click here more information, or to see which comic book stores near you are participating, click here.

Here are some pictures from our last Free Comic Book Day.