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The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 22 with me!


Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky.

It's that simple.


The Priests Graveyard - Ted Dekker(TOURS April 11)

Page 56:

His antics made me laugh.

March Monthly News

#51: The Poison Eaters and Other Stories - Holly Black

Synopsis & Book Info:
Poisonous girls whose kisses will kill. A fateful eating contest with the devil. Faeries who return to Ironside, searching for love. A junior prom turned bacchanalia. In twelve short stories, eerie and brimming with suspense and unexpected humor, Holly Black twists the fantastical creatures you thought you knew in ways you’ll never expect.


Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
ISBN: 9781442412323
Purchase at Amazon


Author Bio:
Holly Black is the bestselling author of the Spiderwick series. Her first book, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, was an ALA Top Ten Book for Teens, received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, and has been translated into twelve languages. Her second teen novel, Valiant, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a Locus Magazine Recommended Read, and a recipient of the Andre Norton Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Her third teen novel, Ironside, the sequel to Tithe, was a New Yo…

#50: An Apple A Day - Caroline Taggart

Synopsis & Book Info:
Discover why proverbs have stood the test of time.
Proverbs -- those colorful time-honored truths -- have become part of our everyday language. But how often do we think about their origins or meanings?
This unique collection of words to live by reveals the source of these timeworm expressions, which are as relevant today as they were when first coined generations ago.
An Apple a Day provides the fun facts behind 200 proverbs, including . . .
* The darkest hour is before the dawn.
* You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
* In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
* The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
* When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
But enough said. Sit back and enjoy the read -- there's no time like the present!


Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Reader's Digest Association
ISBN: 9781606521915
Purchase at Amazon


Author Bio:
Caroline Taggart has been an editor of non-fiction books for nearly 30 years and has covered nearly …

#49: Letters From Wheatfield - Patrick Shannon (With Interview)

Synopsis & Book Info:
What do you do for fun if you live in a small rural town, dauntingly far from the nearest city's plentiful amusements? Upon what resources do you draw to spice up your existence? Letters from Wheatfield provides the answer - and it isn't always pretty.
The fictitious town of Wheatfield is a tiny island in a vast sea of wheat fields and cattle ranges.
Its nearest neighboring towns, similarly small, are well over the horizon. But its isolation has no effect on its inhabitants. Theirs is a society of mirthful, blithe, spritely wags - a condition abetted by the presence of not a few eccentric individuals.
In Letters from Wheatfield, two transplants from Manhattan write to a cousin back home about the remarkable community that has assimilated and transmuted them - much to their amazement and great pleasure.


Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 9781432757052
Purchase at Amazon


Author Bio:

Patrick Shannon, author of the young reader's boo…

#48: The Sweetest Thing - Jill Shalvis (WITH WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT)

Synopsis & Book Info:
Two Men Are One Too Many . . .
Tara has a thousand good reasons not to return to the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington. Yet with her life doing a major crash-and-burn, anywhere away from her unfulfilled dreams and sexy ex-husband will do. As Tara helps her two sisters get their newly renovated inn up and running, she finally has a chance to get things under control and come up with a new plan for her life.
But a certain tanned, green-eyed sailor has his own ideas, such as keeping Tara hot, bothered . . . and in his bed. And when her ex wants Tara back, three is a crowd she can't control-especially when her deepest secret reappears out of the blue. Now Tara must confront her past and discover what she really wants. If she's lucky, she might just find that everything her heart desires is right here in Lucky Harbor.

Read an Excerpt HERE

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Forever
ISBN: 9780446571623
Purchase at Amazon


*Jill is coming out with a…

Neoteric Diabetic Skin Care

Product Info:
Have you recently been diagnosed with Diabetes? Or have you been living with this disease for quite some time? Either way, you’ve probably experienced dry and slow healing skin. Neoteric Cosmetics, a subsidiary of Scott’s Liquid Gold, has created a Diabetic Advanced Healing Cream to improve the quality of life for those living with Diabetes. This cream is an exceptional intensive treatment for chronic dry, cracked, damaged, slow healing skin. Containing TriOxygenC®, Neoteric Diabetic Oxygenated Advanced Healing Cream is clinically proven to increase circulation and speed skin's healing by strengthening its own natural defenses.


Facebook Page
Follow their Twitter @diabetichealing


©2011


My Opinion:
Being a diabetic, I love that there is a cream that targets our skin that is prone to longer heal times and dryness. I started using the cream right away, and I notice a vast difference in my skin. The dry, lizard look is gone and my skin is soft. I used to get the worse dryne…

Teaser Tuesday

* 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:

All of this done by one man at the controls of our space age trash truck.
But there were problems.

~ Page 55, Letters From Wheatfield - Patrick Shannon

Candy Land Game Keychain

Product Info:
Now the classic "sweet" game of Candyland comes on a keychain! The Candy Land key chain features a game box that opens to reveal a mini magnetic game surface, two gingerbread game pieces and 8 playing cards. Just draw a card and land on that colored square on the path. This mini Candyland game keychain is self-contained to take anywhere.
-WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD-Small parts. Not intended for children under 3 years.
-Contains magnetic components or magnet

Wholesale Keychain Website


©2011



My Opinion:
Candy Land was one of my favorite games as a child, so when the opportunity arose to review this game keychain, I jumped at it.
When it got here, I opened it up and was amazed at how realistic and true to the original game it is.
The one thing I didn't like about the design, was the words on the board are so small you can't begin to read them. You need a magnifying glass to read them.
Also you really have to bend the board back, without breaking it, to get it …

#47: The Best Laid Plans - Sarah Mayberry

Synopsis & Book Info:
Boundaries. The key to how corporate lawyer Alexandra Knight manages her busy life. However, lately all her precisely drawn lines are getting blurred. Blame it on her out-of-control biological clock that is ignoring her single status…and on Ethan Stone.
Because her sexy, no-strings colleague has posed an outrageous solution to her dilemma—he'll be her baby daddy. This from the guy who avoids all commitment? Okay, so they're attracted to each other. Really, really attracted. But crossing the line from coworker to co-parent with Ethan could ruin Alex for all other men. After all, when you've had the best…


Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 9780373716692
Purchase at Amazon


©2010


My Opinion:
This was a perfect little story, with just the right amount of chemistry between the characters.
It isn't like it's a story that hasn't been told before, it is just the authors way of relating it that makes it interesting. Well rounded char…

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 21 with me!


Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky.

It's that simple.


The Sweetest Thing - Jill Shalvis

Page 56:

"Never mess up an apology with an excuse." ~ Chloe Traeger

#46: The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady - Elizabeth Stuckey-French (Review & Giveaway)

Synopsis & Book Info:
In this dark comedy wrapped inside a wacky family drama, a vengeful old lady is hell bent on murdering an even older man…who has lost his mind.
Seventy-seven year old Marylou Ahearn is going to kill Dr. Wilson Spriggs come hell or high water. In 1953, he gave her a radioactive cocktail without her consent as part of a secret government study that had horrible consequences.
Marylou has been plotting her revenge for fifty years when she accidentally discovers his whereabouts in Florida and her plans finally snap into action. She high-tails it to hot and humid Tallahassee, moves in down the block from where a now senile Spriggs lives with his daughter’s family, and begins the tricky work of insinuating herself into their lives. But she has no idea what a nest of yellow jackets she is stumbling into.
Before the novel is through, someone will be kidnapped, an unlikely couple will get engaged, someone will nearly die from eating a pineapple upside-down cake laced …

Park Ave Shirt Company (Review & Giveaway)

Park Ave Shirt Company was created in 2005. Their primary location is online, but are also located in Rochester, NY. They have recently added a location at Rochester's International Airport. They specialize in funny tshirts, vintage thsirts, movie tshirts, and novelty tshirts for kids and adults. Remember to check the daily deals, or specials on more than one tee!




©2011



My Opinion:
I love my new tshirt!!!!
The best part about it besides how soft it is, is the babydoll sleeves. They are my favorite design on a women's tee. And already today I have had many great comments and compliments on my tshirt. I posted it on Facebook, and had someone ask where I got the shirt. So I told them.
Park Ave Shirt Company is fabulous!!!! Check it out if you need, want or have to have a new cool funny t shirts.

My Tweet to Pauly D


Here I am, wearing my new "Peace, Back By Popular Demand" shirt.


5/5


Recommend?Most definitely!!!


~I received a shirt from Park Ave Shirt Company. I was not com…

Teaser Tuesday

* 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:

She cackled and slapped down her empty shot glass. "Oh, he's interested."

~ Page 112, The Sweetest Thing - Jill Shalvis

Aquafina Plus+ Vitamins 10 CAL

Product Info:
Low in Calories. High in Delicious.
Aquafina Plus+ Vitamins 10 Cal™ is a vitamin enhanced water with only 10 calories per bottle. It offers consumers a nutritious, low-calorie refreshment, as a part of an exciting, fun and celebratory approach to life. Complete with antioxidant vitamins C and E and a source of B vitamins to maintain good health – Aquafina Plus+ Vitamins 10 Cal™ contains PureVia™ Reb A, a naturally sweet pure extract that comes from the leaves of the Stevia plant. It comes in 5 unique flavours including: Strawberry Lemonade, Black and Blue Berry, Fuji Apple Pear, Acai Fruit Punch and Yumberry Pomegranate. It’s the perfect way for people on the go to get their vitamins, hydrate and replenish.


Aquafina Website
Aquafina Canada Facebook






©2011


My Opinion:
I'm a fan of flavored water, but am very picky when it comes to flavor. When I received the 3 different kinds for review, my son, the hubster and I tried each one. The hubster liked the Black and Blue Berr…

#45: The Breath of God - Jeffrey Small

Synopsis & Book Info:
A murder at the Taj Mahal. A kidnapping in a sacred city. A desperate chase through a cliffside monastery. All in the pursuit of a legend that could link the world's great religious faiths.
In 1887, a Russian journalist made an explosive discovery in a remote Himalayan monastery only to be condemned and silenced for the heresy he proposed. His discovery vanished shortly thereafter.
Now, graduate student Grant Matthews journeys to the Himalayas in search of this ancient mystery. But Matthews couldn't have anticipated the conspiracy of zealots who would go to any lengths to prevent him from bringing this secret public. Soon he is in a race to expose a truth that will change the world's understanding of religion. A truth that his university colleagues believe is mere myth. A truth that will change his life forever—if he survives.

Paperback: 414 pages
Publisher: West Hills Press
ISBN: 9781933512860
Purchase at Amazon






Author Bio:

Jeffrey Small, Jr. is t…

Tina's Tips for Looking Fabulous at Any Age

By Tina Sloan,
Author of Changing Shoes: Getting Older -Not Old- with Style, Humor, and Grace

Find a Hairdresser Who Likes You. You want to go to someone who genuinely wants you to be beautiful. A good hairdresser will keep you up-to-date, but knows you well enough not to give you a Duck's Ass or some other cut that doesn't suit your personality.

Avoid Snow White Syndrome. Women who keep coloring their hair dark tend to look ridiculous after a certain age. Your skin tone changes and lightens as you get older, and suddenly your former hair color becomes too harsh for your complexion. Recognize that if you have always been a brunette, you likely need to go lighter now, or at least get some highlights to frame your face (like Diane Keaton's in Something's Gotta Give).

ALWAYS Wear Makeup. Remember the story about bumping into an old boyfriend and trying to hide in the cantaloupes. Lauren Hutton makes wonderful beauty products for aging women; they are available online…

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 20 with me!


Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky.

It's that simple.


Cake Boss - Buddy Valastro

PAGE 56:

One night, the family prepared an enormous feast for us; the centerpiece was capreto (baby goat), which Freddy's father, Mario, procured from the family farm, slaughtered, and cooked on a spit in a wood-burning oven.

#44: Welcome to Last Chance - Hope Ramsay (WITH WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT)

Synopsis & Book Info:
Dear Reader,

Yes, our town is way off the beaten path, but strange, wonderful miracles happen a lot around here.

I've owned the Cut 'n' Curl beauty shop for years, and I've seen folks come for a visit, then stay for a lifetime. Take Jane-that pretty firecracker of a girl who just arrived in town. I would swear she's running from something. She came with only five dollars in her pocket but she's worked real hard to make a fresh start. She's turned my son Clay's life upside down without even realizing it.

And thank goodness for that! Ever since Clay left his country western band, he's played everything too safe. He needs to take a chance on Jane. Besides, the more he tries to keep his distance, the more he'll realize that he and Jane are singing the same tune.

But I should quit ramblin' and go check on Millie's permanent wave. Next time you're in Last Chance, be sure to swing by. We've got hot rollers, fre…

#43: Confucius Jade - Frederick Fisher

Synopsis & Book Info:
A Japanese pearl magnate, an Arabian oil sheik and an American media mogul find their destinies intertwined with the descendants of Confucius in this adventure story of loyalty and treachery, generosity and greed, deception and love. Narrated by Kong Wan Yi, descendant of the great sage Confucius and jade carver of her generation, Confucius Jade reveals the origins of a fantastic jade carving of Shou-Xing Lao, Chinese God of Longevity and tells how the carving, with its mystical properties, guides the Kong family to a high-stakes bidding war among three billionaires, each of whom jealously covets the priceless jade for its promise of long life and redemption.

Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dudley Court Press
ISBN-13: 978-0981929132
Purchase at Amazon


Author Bio:
A Certified Gemologist and Registered Jeweler with the American Gem Society for many years, Frederick Fisher and his late wife, Eileen, shared a passion for travel and 'treasure-hunting' fine …

Giveaway: The Sweetest Thing - -Jill Shalvis

Synopsis:
Two Men Are One Too Many . . .
Tara has a thousand good reasons not to return to the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington. Yet with her life doing a major crash-and-burn, anywhere away from her unfulfilled dreams and sexy ex-husband will do. As Tara helps her two sisters get their newly renovated inn up and running, she finally has a chance to get things under control and come up with a new plan for her life.
But a certain tanned, green-eyed sailor has his own ideas, such as keeping Tara hot, bothered . . . and in his bed. And when her ex wants Tara back, three is a crowd she can't control-especially when her deepest secret reappears out of the blue. Now Tara must confront her past and discover what she really wants. If she's lucky, she might just find that everything her heart desires is right here in Lucky Harbor.


Thanks to Brianne and Hachette Book Group, I have 3 copies up for grabs!


Only residents of the U.S. or Canada, No P.O. Boxes, please.
One copy per h…

Teaser Tuesday

* 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:

Clay turned and collected his pants from the floor. He stepped into them and zipped the fly just as Billy Bennett swaggered up the stairs and started reading him his rights.

~Page 274, Welcome to Last Chance - Hope Ramsay