Tuesday, August 31, 2010

August Monthly News


BOOKS:
1. The Mommy Files - Jen Klein
2. Disaster Status - Candace Calvert
3. Animal Life (recommend)
4. Animals Up Close - Igor Siwanowicz
5. Everyday Easy Cheap Eats (cookbook) (recommend)
6. Wicked Intentions - Elizabeth Hoyt (recommend)
7. Burning Up - Angela Knight, Nalini Singh, Virginia Kantra, & Meljean Brook ( recommend)
8. How to Lose a Client - Becky A. Bartness (recommend)
9. With Friends Like These - Sally Koslow (recommend)
10. BIO: Albert Einstein - Frieda Wishinsky
11. Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington - Tricia Goyer & Ocieanna Fleiss (recommend)
12. Still Missing - Chevy Stevens (HIGHLY recommend)
13. A Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi" - Chloe Rhodes
14. Dark Days and Wicked Nights (Paranormal Sampler)
15. Bermuda Shorts - James J. Patterson


PRODUCTS:
1. got2b Smooth Operator Lustre Lotion (recommend)
2. Make Your Dog Smile ID Tags (recommend)
3. Cuisinart 7-Speed Hand Mixer (recommend)
4. UNDERway™
5. Rag And Bone Binery (recommend)


DVDS:
1. Lego The Adventures of Clutch Powers (recommend)


YEARLY TOTAL: 188 Books, 6 Products, 1 CD & 4 DVDS


FAVORITE BOOK OF AUGUST:



AWARDS:
Received the Great Blog Neighbor Award from Vicki @ Reading At The Beach
(She gave me this award twice. So she must love me. I feel extremely special and very neighborly. Thanks Vicki!)

Who I awarded is HERE.
Received the Strange Men in Pinstriped Suits Award from Velvet @ vvb32 Reads

This is an award that could offend so I didn't re-award, I did make a post though.
I also received A Blog With Substance Award from Froggy! Thank you very much!!!

I re-awarded people HERE.

Giveaway: Dracula In Love - Karen Essex



Synopsis:
In this wonderfully transporting novel, award-winning author Karen Essex turns a timeless classic inside out, spinning a haunting, erotic, and suspenseful story of eternal love and possession.
From the shadowy banks of the river Thames to the wild and windswept Yorkshire coast, Dracula’s eternal muse, Mina Murray, vividly recounts the intimate details of what really transpired between her and the Count—the joys and terrors of a passionate affair that has linked them through the centuries, and her rebellion against her own frightening preternatural powers.
Mina’s version of this gothic vampire tale is a visceral journey into Victorian England’s dimly lit bedrooms, mist-filled cemeteries, and asylum chambers, revealing the dark secrets and mysteries locked within. Time falls away as she is swept into a mythical journey far beyond mortal comprehension, where she must finally make the decision she has been avoiding for almost a millennium.
Bram Stoker’s classic novel offered one side of the story, in which Mina had no past and bore no responsibility for the unfolding events. Now, for the first time, the truth of Mina’s personal voyage, and of vampirism itself, is revealed. What this flesh and blood woman has to say is more sensual, more devious, and more enthralling than the Victorians could have expressed or perhaps even have imagined.



Thank you to Judy & DoubleDay for the giveaway! I have 2 copies up for grabs! Here is what you need to do to enter:

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Teaser



* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
* You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given.
* Please avoid spoilers!


My Teaser:

It wasn't until I read the last few pages that I read the words I longed to see. Here Thomas had written a simple guide for slowing or killing these kind.

~ Page 288, Immanuel's Veins - Ted Dekker

Rag And Bone Day Planner


About Product:
MADE BY HANDS.
Located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Rag & Bone Bindery creates Photo Albums, Journals, Guest Books, Baby Books, and other fine bindings distinguished by their craftsmanship and enduring beauty. We've been creating handbound books since 1991 in our Rhode Island based Bookbinding Studios.
Skilled artisans handle every aspect of the production process from start to finish, resulting in quality, archival, well constructed books. Our Books, Albums & Journals can be found in fine Gift Shops, Stationery Stores, Photo Studios and Galleries across America.
We produce:
• Albums
• Baby Books
• Guestbooks
• Journals
• Binders
• Brag Books
• And more...
Read more on our Press Pages.


©2010


My Opinion:
This is one of the most useful things I own at the moment besides my hand mixer. This day planner has taken all my appointments, and is clearing a mass amount of notepads off my desk. I really love the design and weight, and what it has to offer. I think it is a great product anyone would love!

5/5

My Day Planner:

The cover is beautiful. I love yellow and flowers so a great match.

The guts of the day planner are so useful. It is clearing a lot of clutter from notepads on my desk.





~I won my dayplanner. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Sunday, August 29, 2010

UNDERway™


About Product:
Introducing UNDERway™, the first true appetite suppressant supplement drink available in 3 delicious and nutritious flavors. UNDERway™ not only suppresses your appetite naturally and quenches your thirst, but is filled with HeroFiber™ (a super fiber) and vitamins. Invented by Dr. Sass, one bottle of UNDERway™ appetite suppressant supplement drink delivers the equivalent of 9 grams of fiber nutrition which is nearly a third of your daily recommended requirement of fiber content, in only 20 calories.



©2010


My Opinion:
When I received the box of samples I was surprised at how many different products there were to try. Everything from cereal, drinks, cupcakes and soup. I had fun trying them, even if I didn't really like them all.
The drinks are a hit! They have great flavor, and I can see getting them once in a while. The others I wasn't so fond of. The cereal was bran, not my thing at all, even with fruit pieces. The cookies, cupcakes and snacks all had a chalky flavor, and the soup just was blech. Not what I liked at all.
I guess it's a good thing I don't need to lose weight, and have to eat these things. I can tell they would be great, because starving people do slim down. With that said, these products are not something I would recommend to my dieting friends. They'd be better sticking with Lean Cuisine and Raisin Bran.

1.5/5


~I received products to sample from MomCentral. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Friday 56


Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find a teaser sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Story Time With Tonya.


Immanuel's Veins - Ted Dekker

Page 56:

His eyes widened, then dropped to his hands gripping Lucine's slim shoulders.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Bermuda Shorts - James J. Patterson


Synopsis:
In clothing, Bermuda Shorts are a kind of casual formal wear – and in this collection of essays, Bermuda Shorts is the perfect metaphor for James J. Patterson’s fundamentally serious but playful literary style. Patterson writes like the love child of Henry Miller and Mary Karr, with all the contradictions that implies — a philosopher who thinks best over a glass of fine wine; an ex-Catholic still haunted by the image of the Crucifixion; an irreverent political satirist whose patriotism flies the flag of another iconoclast, Thomas Paine. Patterson grew up with a foot planted in each of two worlds — one in Washington DC, the Capital of the Empire as he calls it, where the wheels of power spin, and one in rural Ontario, where his Canadian mother insisted the family spend their summers. His father, one of the wizards of twentieth century newspaper publishing, introduced him to the city’s wheels of money and power, which he would later navigate as an entrepreneur, starting his first business at 20. But those Canadian summers introduced him to a different world – one where a cedar strip boat was better than any car, and where the ghosts of those who'd previously inhabited the family’s island house floated out over the water of Lovesick Lake. It is those two worlds that blend in this collection, in reflections both serious and playful, on what it means to be a man, an artist, an iconoclast, a patriot, a lover, as the 20th century rolls over into the 21st.


Author Bio:

A life long student of history, philosophy and politics, Patterson has managed country bands, delivered newspapers, adapted Sherlock Holmes short stories for radio plays, and published a highly regarded sports magazine. As a singer-songwriter, Patterson was half of the political satire folk music duo, The Pheromones, one of the first acts to be featured on MTV. With the Pheromones, he toured the US for over fifteen years.


©2010


My Opinion:
There were parts I really liked, and others I found redundant. Let's start with redundant things and get the ugliness out of the way. There were three times in the book where it was not a short story, but only a title. While I enjoyed reading a clear headline, I was disappointed to turn the page and find another headline. There could have been something, anything.
For the good parts, there were two clear moments in the book I connected with enough to really absorb. They were That Was Then, This Is The Pheromones and The Myth Of The Casual Fan. I really must say, being a "Die-Hard" Hockey fan, the latter of the two really hit home for me. It was a great short, and one I am to share with other "Die-Hards" such as myself.
Not for everyone, you really have to be a short story fan to appreciate the work.

2.5/5


~I received a copy from LibraryThing. I was not compensated for my opinion.~


Dark Days and Wicked Nights (Sampler)


Synopsis:
A paranormal sampler with six views into the latest from these authors; Allyson James, Yasmine Galenorn, Devyn Quinn, Marie Traenor, Laura Wright and Meljean Brook.




©2010


My Opinion:
There are six stories to be sampled in this book. Out of the six, half disinterest me, the other half I'm keen on reading.
After reading Burning Up earlier this month, I was a new fan of Meljean Brook. She is one of the authors in the sampler. Ironically with the book next in line in the series that I read in Burning Up. So I was pleasantly surprised.
Let me break down the six for you, real quick:
1. Stormwalker - Allyson James; Wasn't a fan of what I read.
2. Night Myst - Yasmine Galenorn; This is everything I could hope for in a paranormal story! Can't wait to read it!
3. Siren's Call - Devyn Quinn; I liked the premise, but wasn't sold on the story.
4. Blood on Silk - Marie Traenor; I wanted so much more from this, though the steam factor is a ten! Not a favorite though.
5. The Iron Duke - Meljean Brook; I previously mentioned my love of finding this here so you know I was keen to read even a sample. It didn't disappoint either. I will add, surprisingly not my #1 out of these six.
6. Eternal Hunger - Laura Wright; I think they saved the best for last. Was my favorite pick out of the sampler.
So there you have it. The bold ones I liked and want to read. But all-in-all was a nice sample of paranormal activity!

3.5/5


~I received my copy as part of a gift I won. I was not compensated for my opinion.~



Monday, August 23, 2010

Giveaway: Sin Undone - Larissa Ione


Synopsis:
As the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she'll die before she'll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin's innate ability to kill her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that sparks a firestorm of panic and violence.
Half-werewolf, half-vampire Conall Dearghul is charged with bringing in Sin to face punishment for the plague. And she's no stranger: He's bound to her by blood, and the one sexual encounter they shared has left him hungering for her raw sensuality. Worse, Sin is the underworld's most wanted and Con soon learns he's the only one who can help her . . . and that saving her life might mean sacrificing his own.


Thank you to Anna & Hachette Book Group for the giveaway! I have 5 copies up for grabs! Here is what you need to do to enter:

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Teaser


Host

* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
* You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given.
* Please avoid spoilers!


My Teaser:

I had run upstairs, where the adults were having cocktails, several times, saying, "You need to come down and see this, I think what happening is really special," to which they smiled and sent me on my way, maybe coming down one at a time, drinks tinkling in their hands, to see what I was up to. Oh, a football game, how cute.

~ Page 96, Bermuda Shorts - James J. Patterson



A Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi" - Chloe Rhodes


Synopsis:
Carpe Diem and Become a Word Connoisseur!
English is filled with a smorgasbord of foreign words and phrases that have entered our language from many sources -- some from as far back as the Celts. A Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi," which tells the story of how many of these expressions came to be commonly used in English, will both amaze and amuse language lovers everywhere. You'll be fascinated to learn, for instance, that . . .
* ketchup began life as a spicy pickled fish sauce called koechiap in seventeenth-century China?
* honcho came from the Japanese word hancho, which means squad chief? The word was brought to the United States sometime during the 1940s by soldiers who had served in Japan.
* dungarees comes from the Hindi word dungri, the thick cotton cloth used for sails and tents in India?
Organized alphabetically for easy reference, A Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi" tells the little-known origin of some of these thousands of foreign words and phrases -- from aficionado to zeitgeist. Inside, you'll find translations, definitions, origins, and lively descriptions of each item's evolution into our everyday discourse. With this whimsical little book, you'll be ready to throw out a foreign word or phrase at your next party, lending your conversation with, well, a certain je ne sais quoi.


©2010


My Opinion:
I loved everything about this book. I love language books, especially books that study the origin of words, so this book for me was a treat!
A lot of the words inside I was familiar with, and even some of their origins, but there were a few new words to me too. I know that I am going to try to use these words in my extended vocabulary now.
This is a really great book for English lovers, language lovers, or people with general curiosity. Though I don't think a book for everyone, I do think everyone could benefit from it.

3/5


~I received a copy from FSB Associates. I was not compensated for my opinion.~



Saturday, August 21, 2010

Still Missing - Chevy Stevens


Synopsis:
On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old realtor, had three goals—sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she's about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.
Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent as the captive of a psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist, is a second narrative recounting events following her escape—her struggle to piece her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.
Still Missing is that rare debut find--a shocking, visceral, brutal and beautifully crafted debut novel.


©2010


My Opinion:
Wow!
For a debut author, Chevy knocked my socks off!
I really loved this book, and absorbed every word of it. The entire story had me on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what happened next, and who did it. Oh my gosh, the ending... was amazing! Totally not a thing in my wildest dreams, but exactly what happened. I love this book. I really do.
I hope this isn't the last I read from Chevy. She has a gift.
For sure the one to beat for August!

5/5


~I received a copy from LibraryThing. I was not compensated for my opinion.~


Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington - Tricia Goyer & Ocieanna Fleiss (TOUR & TWITTER CONTEST)


Synopsis:
The war has stolen Rosalie’s fiancĂ©, Vic, from her forever. But rather than wallow, Rosalie distracts herself by cramming her days full of activity—mainly by shooting rivets into the B-17 bombers that will destroy the enemy.
When a reporter dubs her “Seattle's Own Rosie the Riveter,” even more responsibility piles up. Her strong arms bear all this, but when intense feelings surface for Kenny, the handsome, kind-hearted, and spiritually unwavering reporter, the fear of losing another love propels Rosalie to leave.
It’s only when Rosalie realizes that God has brought her to this place—and this person—for a reason, the sparkling grace of God compels her to let go of her own strength and lean on His, as well as open her heart to love.


Author Bios:

Tricia Goyer is the author of twenty-four books including Songbird Under a German Moon, The Swiss Courier, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like MomSense and Thriving Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife. For more on Tricia visit www.triciagoyer.com

Ocieanna Fleiss is a published writer and has edited six of Tricia Goyer’s historical novels. She lives with her husband and their four children in the Seattle area. For more about Ocieanna visit her blog.




©2010


Other Tour Stops Today:
My Reading Room
A Few More Pages
New Horizon Reviews
The IE Mommy


CONTEST INFO:

TWITTER ONLY NOT FOR HERE
Tricia is giving away 5 Victory Prize packs during the blog tour. This contest is open to both you and your blog readers so please share it in your blog post too. That info can be found on this blog post (which will be live on August 14th). http://triciagoyer.blogspot.com/2010/08/win-victory-prize-pack.html


My Opinion:
Tricia Goyer is one of my favorite Christian authors, so when I had the opportunity to read another book from her, I jumped at it. I was not disappointed either.
This book was fantastic!
I really loved this collaboration between Tricia and Oceanna, to come up with some lovable characters that you find yourself attached to. I couldn't wait to get the book in my hands and read on about Rosie the Riveter and the reporter, Kenny. They were a match made in heaven, truly!
This is one of the best historical christian romances I have read yet! Definitely worthy of a recommendation!!

(5/5)


~I received a copy from LitFuse. I was not compensated for my opinion.~


Friday, August 20, 2010

BIO: Albert Einstein - Frieda Wishinsky


Synopsis:
Albert Einstein struck many of his teachers as insolent and lazy, but his mind was always at work. As a young patent clerk, Albert loved to think about light, space, and time. Other scientists thought his ideas were crazy, but Albert didn’t care. His imagination and natural gift for physics helped him develop ideas that would shake the world — and make him one of the most famous thinkers of our time.
In this groundbreaking biography series, DK brings together fresh voices and DK design values to give readers the most information-packed, visually exciting biographies on the market today. Full-color photographs of people, places, and artifacts, definitions of key words, and sidebars on related subjects add dimension and relevance to stories of famous lives that students will love to read.



©2005


My Opinion:
This was an amazing biography on an even more amazing person of our history. Albert Einstein is a well-known scientist and great thinker, but after reading the book and learning what a family man and unsocial man he was, you learn how real he really was and you admire him more. This was a very well put together book, and Albert would be proud of this as a bio on him.
Surely a great book if studying in school, but also if you have an interest.
(5/5)


~I received a copy from DK Canada. I was not compensated for my opinion.~



It's 2010, You Really Need to Be on Facebook

By Fauzia Burke, President of FSB Associates

According to eMarketer, Facebook users have reached 350 million worldwide. Together they are creating a community of savvy consumers, connecting with friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances to share advice, information and yes, recommendations.

I wonder then why so many publishers and authors are still not on Facebook?

Social media sites began forming in the late 1990s, and since then the medium has evolved greatly. That means social media has been around for over 10 years, and is now well established as a method for networking, communicating and marketing.

From a marketing standpoint it seems logical to be a part of this culture shift. Social media will continue to grow in importance over the next two years. In fact, it will be the most important method of communicating and marketing. It will blur the lines between personal and professional and it will distance us from email. Obama understands the importance of social media -- his official Facebook fan page "Barack Obama" has 7,161,672 fans. I feel the value of those fans will be even greater in the next election.

A word to the wise, before you need the Facebook community to buy your book, help spread the word about a video or help you find a job, get on Facebook and build up some karma points by being social and helping others. Sooner or later, all of us need help from our social and professional communities, and they will be a lot more inclined to help if you have already built a relationship with them. Post helpful status updates with tips in your expertise, share something interesting you have read or just talk about your life (we actually want to know).

I have heard many reasons for not being on Facebook: "I don't have time," "I don't want my high school friends finding me again," or "I don't want to share my life with others." To all those excuses, I'd like to say: I find that the more time I spend on Facebook the less I email, so really I am not spending more time, I'm just spending it differently. As for sharing, this is the age of being authentic so go ahead and share away.

I was not an early adopter either; I waited until I was sure it was worth the time and effort. However, today I am on Facebook daily and enjoy it very much. I have a better relationship with my clients, enjoy knowing more about my friends, and have acquired clients after they saw our results in real time on Facebook and Twitter. I use Facebook and LinkedIn as my contact database and hardly ever enter contact information on my computer. I like having all my contacts in one place updated automatically.

To all those hold-outs out there, I'd like to say social media is not the future, it is the present. Go ahead and join in, your career may depend on it. If you are in the media, your next promotion should depend on it, and your future success will most certainly depend on it.

© 2010 Fauzia Burke

Author Bio:
Fauzia Burke is the Founder and President of FSB Associates, a web publicity and social media firm specializing in creating awareness for books and authors. Founded in 1995, FSB's mission is to give authors an opportunity to promote their work to an eager, targeted audience online. FSB is based in the NYC area. For web publicity and social media news, follow Fauzia on a new Twitter feed: @WebSnapshot, Facebook and The Huffington Post.

For more information please visit fsbassociates.com.


The Friday 56


Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find a teaser sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Story Time With Tonya.


Still Missing - Chevy Stevens

Page 56, Line 5:

Shit.



Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Giveaway: Ravens - George Dawes Green


Synopsis:
The Boatwrights just won 318 million dollars in the Georgia State lottery. It's going to be the worst day of their lives.
When Shaw McBride and Romeo Zderko pull up at a convenience store off I-95 in Georgia, their only thought is to fix a leaky tire and be on their way again to Florida-away from their dull Ohio tech-support jobs. But this happens to be the store from which a 318,000,000 million dollar Jackpot ticket has just been sold -- and when a pretty clerk accidentally reveals to Shaw the identity of the winning family, he hatches a ferociously audacious scheme: He and Romeo will squeeze the family for half their prize.
That night, he visits the Boatwright home and takes the family hostage, while Romeo patrols the streets nearby, prepared to murder the Boatwrights' loved ones at any sign of resistance. At first, the family offers none. But Shaw's plot depends on maintaining constant fear-merciless, unfaltering terror-and soon, under the pressure, everyone's sanity begins to unravel . . .
At once frightening, comic, and suspenseful, RAVENS is a wholly original and utterly compelling novel from one of our most talented writers.


Thank you to Valerie & Hachette Book Group for the giveaway! I have 3 copies up for grabs! Here is what you need to do to enter:

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NO P.O BOXES


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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Teaser




* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
* You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given.
* Please avoid spoilers!


My Teaser:

He still wasn't showing much expression, but he was looking intently into my eyes. The best liars stick close to the truth.

~ Page 60, Still Missing - Chevy Stevens


With Friends Like These - Sally Koslow (TOUR)


Synopsis:
When Quincy, Jules, Talia, and Chloe become New York City roommates in the early nineties, they become fast friends despite their drastically different personalities. Now, nearly twenty years later, their lives have diverged as much as they possibly can within one city: Quincy is mourning a miscarriage and lusting for the perfect Manhattan apartment; Jules, a woman with an outsize personality, is facing forty alone; Talia, married and the mother of a four-year-old, is her family’s reluctant breadwinner; and Chloe faces pressure from her hedge fund manager husband to be more ambitious. As these women grapple with the challenges of marriage, motherhood, careers, and real estate, they can’t help but assess their positions in life in comparison to each other–leading them to envy and disillusionment. Honest and entertaining, and written in Sally Koslow’s trademark wry, vivid prose, With Friends Like These asks serious questions about what makes female friendship endure, and to whom a woman’s loyalty most belongs.


Author Bio:

Sally Koslow is the author of The Late, Lamented Molly Marx and Little Pink Slips. Her essays have been published in More, The New York Observer, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among other publications. She was the editor in chief of both McCall’s and Lifetime, was an editor at Mademoiselle and Woman’s Day, and has taught creative writing at the Writing Institute of Sarah Lawrence College. The mother of two sons, she lives in New York City with her husband. You can visit Sally Koslow’s website at http://www.sallykoslow.com/






©2010


My Opinion:
My lasting impression is it's just like Sex and the city, without so much Sex. The four women in the book are definitely characters for women, and I'm sure every woman I know would love this book!
The story was well written, though I wish it didn't flip every chapter between the friends. It could have been a few chapters in between, and still told a great story. At times I was confused in the beginning, as to who was who. But by the end of the book you could clearly define each woman. So it was worth it!
A great read for a lazy afternoon.
(4/5)


~I received a copy from Pump Up Your Book. I was not compensated for my opinion.~


Monday, August 16, 2010

Giveaway: New Tricks - David Rosenfelt


Synopsis:
Attorney Andy Carpenter is about to represent an adorable Bernese mountain dog puppy, whose owner was brutally murdered, in a custody fight. Few can rival Andy's affection for dogs, and he's determined to keep Waggy from falling into the wrong hands. But this playful pup possesses a valuable secret that some people will resort to violence to obtain. It will take more than Andy's usual courtroom theatrics to save Waggy, including help from the lawyer's golden retriever, Tara. Andy soon discovers that everyone around him is in danger, including his longtime girlfriend, Laurie--and only some high-risk new tricks will save those he cherishes most.


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Friday, August 13, 2010

The Friday 56


Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find a teaser sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Story Time With Tonya.


Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington - Tricia Goyer & Ocieanna Fleiss

Page 56, Line 5:

The other women followed, circling them again.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

How to Lose A Client - Becky A. Bartness


Synopsis:
Kate Williams, Esq., has just started her own criminal defense law firm in Phoenix, Arizona, when Katherine Paar aka Tangerine, a new client, walks in and proposes a lucrative deal to bring Kate on as her attorney. Things get complicated and events unfold quickly when the body of Tangerine's ex-lawyer is discovered and Tangerine disappears. Kate, aided by MJ, her tattooed, pierced, and fashion-challenged paralegal and Sam, her sometimes cross-dressing investigator, along with a cast of characters straight out of a John Waters movie, try to unravel the bizarre mystery and save Tangerine's life. The action is fast and fantastically funny, and Ms. Bartness proves once again that you can laugh at death.


Author Bio:
Becky A. Bartness is an attorney who has been practicing law in Phoenix, Arizona, for thirty-plus years. She has published several poems and two previous Kate Williams mysteries, How to Ruin a Vacation and How to Lose a Job. Ms. Bartness is married and has two children and three dogs.


©2009


My Opinion:
What a terrific mystery, and here I sit feeling good about the surprise twist. Sometimes in a mystery the twist can go really wrong, but this one worked for me. And the whole time reading you really had no idea what was about to happen. That, for me, is really good writing. Plus a dash of creativity.
Definitely going to be giving kudos to the author on this installment of A Kate Williams Mystery. There is 2 other books available though unsure of the order.
A really day done reading.

(5/5)


~I received a copy from the author. I was not compensated for my opinion.~



Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Cuisinart 7-Speed Hand Mixer from CSN Stores



About Product:
Cuisinart Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer flawlessly and easily mixes even the heaviest ingredients. From dense cookie dough to whipped cream, the powerful motor with automatic feedback can perform any mixing task. And the precision touchpad with digital display shifts speeds with just one touch!
Features:
* 220 watts of power with automatic feedback
* Chrome-plated Cuisinart logo band
* SmoothStart feature with 3 low mixing speeds eliminating splattering
* One-step power switch with 7-speed LED display
* Easy-to-use speed control and beater eject lever
* Swivel cord for right-handed or left-handed use
* Extra-long self cleaning beaters with no center posts
* Professional chef’s whisk and spatula
Specifications:
* Instruction and recipe book included
* Limited 3-year warranty
* Overall Dimensions: 6"H x 4.25"W x 9"D


©2010


My Opinion:
So I had been wanting a hand mixer for some time, but financially it was a luxury I couldn't quite go for, until I won a great contest for a $60 credit at CSN Stores. They have so many products to choose from, that frankly, I wasn't sure which to get. Then I saw this shiny, white, 7-speed mixer and knew it was the one.
The day I got it, I was flipping through the instruction booklet like a good new owner, and saw recipes. Well, you know I had it out of the bag immediately so I could make some salad dressing! It was and still is delicious!
Then later that evening I made cupcakes. Yup, I went on a mixing frenzy!!
All I can tell you is I am 100% satisfied with the choice I made. It is easy to use, lightweight, and so pretty. Clean up is a snap, and it comes with 2 extra utensils that are useful.
Definitely a product I will brag about for years to come!

(5/5)

The Cuisinart is action:

End product, yes you can drool...





~I won a gift certificate, and purchased product. I was not compensated for my opinion.~


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