Thursday, May 31, 2012

May Monthly News

Welcome to the May Edition of Monthly News!
I started a new blog, Galoots of Giveaways, dedicated to spreading the word of Canadian-friendly giveaways.That doesn't mean other people can't enter, like US or otherwise, I'm just sticking to making sure other Canadians can get some stuff too.


BOOKS:
1. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins (HIGHLY recommend)
2. The Book of Tomorrow - Cecelia Ahern (recommend)
3. Backseat Saints - Joshilyn Jackson (recommend)
4. Winter's Passage - Julie Kagawa (recommend)
5. Dog Days - Elsa Watson (recommend)
6. The Iron Daughter - Julie Kagawa (recommend)
7. Star Wars: Mysteries of the Jedi (recommend)
8. Shadow Sight - E.J. Stevens (recommend)
9. NIV Once-A-Day 31 Days of Wisdom - Zondervan
10. Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover - Ally Carter


PAGE COUNT:
15842


PRODUCTS:
1. Dove Beauty Bar 
2. Neutrogena All Naturals 
3. Pirate Costume
4. Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light


MOVIES:
1. The Hunger Games


Yearly Total: 59 Books, 11 Products, 1 Movie


FREDA'S FAVE FIVE (In No Particular Order):


BOOK OF THE MONTH:


#59: Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover - Ally Carter

When Cammie Morgan visits her roommate Macey in Boston, she thinks she’s in for an exciting end to her summer. After all, she’s there to watch Macey’s father accept the nomination for vice president. But when you go to the world’s best school (for spies), “exciting” and “deadly” are never far apart. Soon the girls find themselves trapped in a kidnappers’ plot, with only their espionage skills to save them.
 
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; Reprint edition (May 18, 2010)
  • ISBN: 9781423116608

My Opinion:
The narrator in the audiocopy  has a nice voice and speaks well. 
I wasn't sure I was into the idea of teenage girls being in "spy school", but as the story progressed it became more interesting to me and not so far fetched.
It didn't always keep my attention at first, then I'd hear a word like, covert, and I'd start listening again.
I had no idea this was a third in a series, it can be read as a stand alone easily without feeling like you missed anything.
It is definitely geared for teenage girls though. Lots of references to boys and how the author described them, totally teenage girls. Don't get me wrong, mom's won't mind it either. The plot comes through enough.


3/5


Recommend? To girls 12+.


DISCLAIMER: I won my copy. I was not compensated for my opinion or this post.

#58: NIV Once-A-Day 31 Days of Wisdom - Zondervan

This 31-day reading from the book of Proverbs from the New International Version of the Bible will speak to your deepest needs as you engage with God's Word. Practical and insightful, these devotions---written by the staff at trusted ministry Walk Thru the Bible---will fill each day with wisdom and understanding about who God is and what he has intended for the lives of his people. NIV 2011. The New International Version (NIV) translation of the Bible is the world's most popular modern-English Bible---easy to understand, yet rich with thedetail found in the original languages.
  • Kindle: 221 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Special edition (January 10, 2012)
  • ASIN: B004PYDL7Q
My Opinion:
I read this book everyday in May. It was refreshing reading and learning the lessons in each Proverb. I felt a sense of goodness flow within me while learning the lessons God intended us to know. I know it sounds cliché but, it really does lift my spirits and soul each morning.
I definitely recommend you reading and learning the teachings as well.


5/5


Recommend? Yes.


DISCLAIMER: I acquired an ecopy. I was not compensated for my opinion or this post.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Get to Know Author Allen Wyler

Good afternoon readers!
We have author, Allen Wyler, joining us today to answer a few questions and talk about his book, Dead End Deal.

So, Allen, please tell us about your book.

It’s a blitz-pace thriller about a neurosurgeon who, while in Korea, is framed for a murder. While hunted by police he must evade a professional hit man while trying to find a way back to the United States. I figure it’s Three Days of The Condor meets Michael Crichton. 

 
Who or what inspires your writing?
Wish I could say that someone or something inspires me, but for me writing is hard work that comes from wanting to achieve one goal: create a thrilling read. 

 
When did you know you would be a writer?
It was something I’d always dreamed of. One day I came home from making rounds at the hospital and sat down at the computer to write a book. Life has never been the same. 

 
How long did it take you to write your first novel?
It’s hard to know because I worked on it off and on whenever I had spare time. I still have the manuscript. When I look at it I can see why it never got published. It was awful.

 
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Coming up with fresh characters. Plots seem easy. Good characters are tough.

 
Do you have any writing rituals?
I’m highly disciplined and put in at least one hour a day writing. I might not accomplish much in that hour, but I spend it working on my writing. 

 
Have you written any thing else?
I have two prior books, DEADLY ERRORS and DEAD HEAD. Both are medical thrillers, the first dealing with preventable medical errors, the other about keeping a detached head alive for the information contained in the brain. 

 
Any advice to aspiring writers?
Have faith in yourself. Write for yourself, not for your critics. 

 
Who are your favorite Authors?
John Sanford, Michael Connelly, Don Winslow, Thomas Perry. 

 
What are your favorite books, or which book has impacted you the most?
Marathon Man was the book that attracted me to the thriller genre. I read in on the flight to where I took my oral boards. Stayed up all night to finish it. 

 
What are you currently reading?
Presently reading MANHUNT, the story of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden

 
How do readers find out more about you?
Please visit www.allenwyler.com

Author Bio:
Allen Wyler is a renowned neurosurgeon who earned an international reputation for pioneering surgical techniques to record brain activity.  He has served on the faculties of both the University of Washington and the University of Tennessee, and in 1992 was recruited by the prestigious Swedish Medical Center to develop a neuroscience institute.
In 2002, he left active practice to become Medical Director for a start-up med-tech company (that went public in 2006) and he now chairs the Institutional Review Board of a major medical center in the Pacific Northwest.
Leveraging a love for thrillers since the early 70’s, Wyler devoted himself to fiction writing in earnest, eventually serving as Vice President of the International Thriller Writers organization for several years. After publishing his first two medical thrillers Deadly Errors (2005) and Dead Head (2007), he officially retired from medicine to devote himself to writing full time.
He and his wife, Lily, divide their time between Seattle and the San Juan Islands.

 


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Top Ten Must-Reads Before You Retire

Retirement is a scary step for many seniors, in many different ways. Here are ten books that explore the many ways retirement can be challenging, and help you find practical solutions to each problem. 


1. What’s Next: Follow Your Passion and Find Your Dream Job (Kerry Hannon)

Hannon has traveled the country to interview a variety of people who have made a successful midlife career transition, and have been happier as a result. Read this book years before you retire, so you can make the most out of a positive change in your life.

2.
How To Retire Happy: The 12 Most Important Decisions You Must Make Before You Retire (Stan Hinden)
Hinden does a great job of thoroughly covering everything from Medicare to estate planning, so you understand the most important decisions you must make before entering retirement. This book helps an upcoming retiree to focus on the decisions that will impact their retirement the most.

3.
Stop The Retirement Rip-Off: How To Avoid Hidden Fees and Keep More of Your Money (David Loeper)

Many seniors are at an extreme disadvantage because they do not fully understand their retirement benefits, and the fees associated with them. Loeper shows you how to figure out the fees and actually do something about them, so more of your money stays in your pocket.

4.
What Color Is Your Parachute? For Retirement: Planning Now For The Life You Want (John Nelson, Richard Bolles)

This book does not just focus on the financial aspect of retirement. The authors encourage you to think about what will fulfill you in your retired years, and how you will plan for your overall happiness. There are exercises and resources that help you plan each step of your retirement. 

5. Recession-Proof Your Retirement Years (Steve Vernon)
Vernon describes ten steps to retirement security, including maximizing your Social Security benefits, protecting against a catastrophe, and re-thinking your living expenses.

6.
The New Frugality (Chris Farrell)

Farrell believes that the recession spurred our country to adopt better financial habits, such as downsizing and using energy efficient appliances. Read this book to understand how to maximize your money, especially when your money is limited after retirement.

7.
The 7 Most Important Equations For Your Retirement: The Fascinating People and Ideas Behind Planning Your Retirement Income (Moshe Milevsky)
Milevsky takes a close look at seven people who shaped the equations we still use to figure out our retirement. This is an interesting and entertaining look at the mathematical equations, and the people behind them, that are shaping your retirement, whether you realize it or not.

8.
How To Retire Happy, Wild And Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won’t Get From Your Financial Advisor (Ernie J. Zelinski)

This book will help you look at retirement in a whole new light. It’s not about money; it’s about your life. You can begin to make changes now to retire happy, wild, and free.

9.
Shock Of Gray (Ted C. Fishman)

An insightful look into how our economy is changing due to an aging population. If this is something you have never considered, this is the place to start, as Fishman gives a very interesting explanation to how our country will look as more citizens hit retirement age.

10.
You’re Only Old Once! A Book For Obsolete Children (Dr. Seuss)

Dr. Seuss is no longer for your grandchildren! This book chronicles the endless doctor’s visits when you are getting older. Anyone age fifty or over should read this.

By starting on this list now, regardless of your current age, you can start planning and making smarter choices for retirement. Retirement is coming…so prepare yourself. 


Jenny Winston loves reading. spending time with her children (and grandchildren!) and getting fresh flowers from flowerdelivery.net

Teaser Tuesday



Thud... crunch. Grunt.... thud.
My head shot up at the sounds coming from outside.
Cole? No other sound came.
I sighed. I guess it was just the wind.


Monday, May 28, 2012

Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light

For many women, achieving lightweight hair means compromising on conditioning. Yet, by avoiding conditioners hair misses out on conditioning nourishment.

To help women get their ‘bounce’ and conditioning back, Pantene Pro-V launched Aqua Light, a collection of hair products made for women that desire lightweight hair that’s full of body and natural movement.

The Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light collection includes:

- a silicone-free shampoo that cleanses the hair and rids it of heavy residues, and rinses out in seconds;

- a weightless conditioner that moisturizes the hair, leaving it soft and easy to comb through;

- a weightless conditioning shake, which is a no-rinse formula that protects your strands from the heat of hair styling tools, such as the blow dryer or hair straightener.

Together, these products condition your tresses from root to tip, leaving them weightless and full of body.



My Opinion:
I received the new line from iDivine, and started using it the next day instead of my usual Tresemme. I wasn't holding high hopes for the Pantene  about it giving my hair the look and feel I desired, but was quickly shown to be wrong in doubting it. My hair feels luxuriously soft, and even the ends that are always drier feel softer and look healthier. Plus the added bonus is how great it smells! It is a refreshing scent that is clearly different from the rest. I am going to continue to use this shampoo and conditioner and am now switching from my old brand!




5/5




Recommend? Definitely!




DISCLAIMER: I received products for review. I was not compensated for this post or my opinion.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

#57: Shadow Sight - E.J. Stevens (With Giveaway and Excerpt)

Some things are best left unseen...
Ivy Granger's second sight is finally giving her life purpose. Ivy and her best friend Jinx may not be raking in the dough, but their psychic detective agency pays the bills--most of the time. Their only worry is the boredom of a slow day and the occasional crazy client--until a demon walks through their door.
Demons are never a good sign...
A demon attorney representing the water fae? Stranger things have happened. And things are about to get very, very strange as a bloodthirsty nightmare hunts the city of Harborsmouth.
There's blood in the water...
Kelpies have a reputation for eating humans. Unfortunately, Kelpies are the clients. When an Unseelie faerie this evil stalks the waterways of your city, you have to make hard choices.
The lesser of two evils...

Sacred Oaks Press
July 24, 2012
 ISBN: 9780984247585


Excerpt: 
 Welcome to Harborsmouth, where monsters walk the streets unseen by humans…except those with second sight.
     Whether visiting our modern business district or exploring the cobblestone lanes of the Old Port quarter, please enjoy your stay.  When you return home, do tell your friends about our wonderful city—just leave out any supernatural details. 
     Don’t worry—most of our guests never experience anything unusual.  Otherworlders, such as faeries, vampires, and ghouls, are quite adept at hiding within the shadows.  Many are also skilled at erasing memories.  You may wake in the night screaming, but you won’t recall why.  Be glad that you don’t remember—you are one of the fortunate ones.
     If you do encounter something unnatural, we recommend the services of Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective.  Co-founder of Private Eye detective agency, Ivy Granger is a relatively new member of our small business community.  Her offices can be found on Water Street, in the heart of the Old Port. 
     Miss Granger has a remarkable ability to receive visions by the act of touching an object.  This skill is useful in her detective work, especially when locating lost items.  Whether you are looking for a lost brooch or missing persons, no job is too small for Ivy Granger—and she could certainly use the business.
     We can also provide, upon request, a list of highly skilled undertakers.  If you are in need of their services, then we also kindly direct you to Harborsmouth Cemetery Realty.  It’s never too early to contact them, since we have a booming “housing” market.  Demand is quite high for a local plot—there are always people dying for a place to stay.

My Opinion:
There were moments of the story I really liked and other parts I wasn't so fond of. I thought Ivy was cool, and her personality was pretty laid back for all she has to deal with. I couldn't imagine what it would be like if people actually experienced this stuff.... those far out there things were what I liked. I turned my nose to having so many creatures, and even ones I was sure I was pronouncing properly in my head. I know that sounds crazy, but I had creature overload. Lame reason to exit a story, and I didn't, which is how I ended up enjoying it and being glad for each creature. Maybe it was just too much going on at once instead. I don't know, but something didn't sit well with me in that area.....
But one man's meh is another's man's awesome, so I encourage you to check it out!


3/5


Recommend? Yes. It was action-packed.


DISCLAIMER: I received an ecopy for review. I was not compensated for this post or my opinion.

AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY.... 
This is a cool prize pack, (Thanks E,J!)
A winner will receive an ecopy of this book, a sticker and a signed postcard from the author.
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 76 with me!  
Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple. 

 
"It did rain pretty hard all night. That could have washed them away." the captain pointed out.
"Yeah, but deep grooves?" Mitch speculated. "Rain alone wouldn't wash that away."


#56: Star Wars: Mysteries of the Jedi - Dowsett & Last

Mysteries of the Jedi is a dynamic visual guide that brings the Star Wars galaxy to life for a new generation of Star Wars fans. In it, younger readers will meet all the Jedi heroes from Anakin to Yoda, understand what it takes to become a Jedi, find out how to wield a lightsaber, discover the secrets of the Force, examine the tools of the Jedi trade, and more!
Lively test and bold, kid-friendly design provide a new approach to the much-loved characters and themes of the Classic and Prequel Trilogies. Mysteries of the Jedi uncovers the mysteries of the Jedi Order, the Force, and the dark powers that threaten them, for children aged 7 and up.
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (February 21, 2011)
  • ISBN: 9780756671976
  • Purchase at Amazon.ca

My Opinion:
I think this is one of the best books that has references to all of the movies made in a series. It covers the newest and the oldest, and puts it in a format that makes more sense than if you watched the movies in sequence.
The best  part is, being a Star Wars fan, you actually learn information you may not have known previously. An example, I have seen all the films, but had no idea what a valuable, strong and important character Mace, (Samuel L. Jackson), was. Then I read this book, and it tells you all about his powers, and why he is so very important. Things you just don't catch or even get told in the movies.
So believe when I say, it may be a book geared for kids, but it's the adult who watched the original over 20 years ago that will really love this one!


5/5


Recommend? Yes, all ages!

DISCLAIMER: I received a copy for review. I was not compensated for this post or my opinion.

Kindle Freebie Alert

'Hearts Restored' by Prue Phillipson is now available as a free download
in the Kindle store from today until Sunday.

 What can a young man of fifteen do when he is told by his mother that  the three cousins he is about to meet all want to marry him? Daniel  Wilson Horden has arrived in London with his parents from their home in Northumberland on the very day of King Charles II's triumphant return to his capital. Receiving his own personal wave from the king, Daniel longs only to serve him, but first he must keep at bay the threat of marriage. His two French cousins are adamant in their pursuit of him, but Daniel  is intrigued by his English cousin, Eunice, whose Puritan father snatches her away from the reunion celebrations. Unaware that his gallant attempt to save her has endeared him to her, Daniel only just  escapes the marriage trap which his younger French cousin lays for him  and is sent off to study at Cambridge University. Once she returns to  her father's home, Eunice is condemned to a life of austerity. Heart-sick, she is assured by her grandmother that Daniel will come for her when he graduates from university. But, unaware of his cousin's feelings for him, Daniel goes off to join the navy only to find that fighting in the king's service is not as glorious as he had imagined. While the navy suffers at sea, London passes through plague and fire. Will Eunice survive the hardship? And will Daniel return to fulfill the promise in his eyes on that fateful day in London?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Pirate Costume Review

Anytime Costumes is a great online site for all your costume needs. There are a variety of styles to choose from, as well as a vast selection of themes. They even have a plus size section and can equip you with all the accessories you need to make your costume amazing!
Where else can you go to get you and your pet a new costume?

My Opinion:
I was sent the pirate costume of my choice.... I went wench style....
I got the standard size and it fit well. I don't really have the boobs for it, but I still pulled it off! I like how it felt and flowed when I walked too. I look forward to wearing it on Halloween this year and even Talk like a Pirate day.... well, why not?! I look like a swashbuckling sea-wench, all I need is my parrot and peg leg!
I definitely think this is a great source for costumes, and will be back to get some more.... I got my eye on a few!


5/5


Recommend? YES!!!! They're awesome and affordable!

And F.Y.I..... they are having a contest right now. Like Wholesale Costume Club on Facebook, and then get your friends to like them as well to gain entries. It's for a prize of a $25 gift certificate. You can get nice stuff for less than that... like what I reviewed. Just sayin'.... and Good luck!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

#55: Crazy Dangerous - Andrew Klavan (With Giveaway)

Sam Hopkins is a good kid who has fallen in with a bad crowd. Hanging around with car thieves and thugs, Sam knows it's only a matter of time before he makes one bad decision too many and gets into real trouble.
But one day, Sam sees them harassing an eccentric schoolmate of his named Jennifer. When Sam finds the courage to face the bullies down, he loses a bad set of friends and acquires a very strange new one.
Because Jennifer is not just eccentric. To Sam, she seems downright crazy. She has terrifying hallucinations involving demons and the devil and death. And here's the really crazy part: Sam is beginning to suspect that these visions may actually be prophecies--prophecies of something terrible that's going to happen very soon. Unless he can stop it.
With no one to believe him, with no one to help him, Sam is now all alone in a race against time. Finding the truth before disaster strikes is going to be both crazy and very, very dangerous.






  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 1, 2012)
  • ISBN: 9781595547934
Author Bio:
 Andrew Klavan was hailed by Stephen King as "the most original novelist of crime and suspense since Cornell Woolrich." He is the recipient of two Edgar Awards and the author of such bestsellers as True Crime and Don't Say a Word.
His books and screenplays have been turned into films directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Michael Douglas, Ed Burns, Michael Caine among others.

 For the Full Blog Tour Schedule go HERE


My Opinion:
I couldn't keep my hands off this book! I'd put it down and have to pick it back up again. I had to get to the end and find out what all happened.
I really can't decide if I like Sam or Jennifer more. Both characters, different in their own ways, were both delightful, wholesome, loving characters. They had personalities that were personable and made you want to get to know them.
The morals that came across in this story, like love, trust and acceptance, were told solidly. It will continue to resonate through me for some time.
I think lots of people will enjoy this book. Even Stephen King fans. It has a pretty groovy, scary element and suspenseful feel throughout that horror and thriller fans will greatly appreciate.


5/5


Recommend? Most definitely!


DISCLAIMER: I received a copy for review. I was not compensated for this post or my opinion.


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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

#54: The Iron Daughter - Julie Kagawa

Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen; Original edition (August 1, 2010)
  • ISBN: 9780373210138

Author Bio:
 Julie Kagawa worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, until she sold her first book and stopped training to write full-time.

My Review of Book 1, The Iron King, is HERE.

My Review of Novella 1.5, Winter's Passage, is HERE.


My Opinion:
So much action and adventure packed into a few hundred pages.... really, though it seems I took some time to finish it, which was due to a family weekend, I actually had a hard time putting it down. True, some of the secondary characters stood out in this one for me, but I still have a lot of love for Puck!
This series is pretty cool. Now I'm going in sequence, I really am anxious to get the next book. I suggest you start reading it too!


5/5


Recommend? Yes, but read the series in order.


DISCLAIMER: I acquired my own copy. I was not compensated for this post or my opinion.

Teaser Tuesdays



The woman stared at me over the gold rim of her glasses, lips pursed in a disdainful expression. She wore a black business suit that clung to her body, and her hair pulled into a tight yet elegant bun, giving her a stern demeanor. Her makeup was perfect, and towering black heels made her seem taller and even more imposing.

#53: Dog Days - Elsa Watson (With Giveaway)

In Elsa Watson's Dog Days, struggling café owner Jessica Sheldon volunteered to be the chairperson of Woofinstock, Madrona’s annual dog festival, to overcome her reputation as “number one dog hater” in her dog crazy Northwestern town. Determined to prove her dog-loving credentials, Jessica rescues Zoe, a stray white German shepherd— and in the process the two are struck by lightning.
Jessica wakes to discover paws where her feet should be, and watches in horror as her body staggers around the town square…. Zoe and Jessica have switched bodies. Learning to live as a dog is difficult enough, but Jessica’s real worry is saving her café from financial ruin. To complicate matters, she’s falling hard for Max, the town veterinarian.
It’s clear that Zoe is thrilled to live life on “human terms,” thoroughly relishing all of the fun and food Woofinstock has to offer. But Zoe is also anxious to use her new human skills to find her missing family—who may not want her back. And Jessica needs to confront a complicated figure from her past before she can move on with her life.
Jessica and Zoe will need to learn from each other to set things right, and possibly find acceptance and love in the bargain.

 
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (May 22, 2012)
  • ISBN: 9780765368089
Author Bio:
 Pacific Northwest native Elsa Watson has always loved animals. After raising chickens and inoculating goats in the Peace Corps in West Africa, she and her husband moved to an island near Seattle where they've filled their lives with dogs, more chickens, and the cat they brought home from their travels. She currently works at the West Sound Wildlife Shelter, a wildlife hospital and education center. Elsa is the author of MAID MARIAN (Crown, 2004; Three Rivers Press, 2005), a re-telling of the Robin Hood legend. Her novel DOG DAYS will be published by Tor-Forge in May 2012, followed by THE LOVE DOG in February 2013 and two e-novellas: A CHRISTMAS TAIL in October 2012 and THE PUPPY TRAP in January 2013. To learn more, visit www.elsawatson.net

My Opinion:
If you have seen the movie Freaky Friday, then you have basically read this book, with a slight canine difference. It was still fun, and being the dog lover that I am, I appreciated  the dog's viewpoint in the story. What pet owner hasn't wondered what they think, and this book is a fun play on that.
I don't think it will break shelf records, but it will be a delight for those who read it.

3/5

Recommend? Yes, to contemporary romance fans.


DISCLAIMER: I received a copy for review. I was no compensated for this post or my opinion.


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Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 75 with me!  
Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.

"That sounds uncomfortably close to a threat, Erlking."



Wednesday, May 16, 2012

#52: Winter's Passage - Julie Kagawa

Meghan Chase used to be an ordinary girl...until she discovered that she is really a faery princess. After escaping from the clutches of the deadly Iron fey, Meghan must follow through on her promise to return to the equally dangerous Winter Court with her forbidden love, Prince Ash. But first, Meghan has one request: that they visit Puck--Meghan's best friend and servant of her father, King Oberon--who was gravely injured defending Meghan from the Iron Fey.
Yet Meghan and Ash's detour does not go unnoticed. They have caught the attention of an ancient, powerful hunter--a foe that even Ash may not be able to defeat....
 
  • Kindle: 211 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen (June 1, 2010)
  • ASIN: B003N2QUZG

My review of Book 1, The Iron King

My Opinion:
This was a great little short story taking us through the Winter territory. The story picks up exactly where The Iron King leaves off, so you really feel like you haven't missed a thing. You do get a sense of the imminent danger, but you also know somehow it will make for a great story and can't stop reading.
I will be starting The Iron Daughter later today!


5/5


Recommend? Only if you have read The Iron King.


DISCLAIMER: I acquired my copy. I was not compensated for this post or my opinion.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays



As evening fell, Ash pulled several food items from the horse’s pack and gave them to me; bread and
dried meat and cheese, ordinary human food. Apparently, he remembered my last experiment with eating faery food, which hadn’t turned out so well. I nibbled the dry bread, gnawed on the jerky and hoped he wouldn’t mention the Summerpod incident and the embarrassment that followed.

Get to Know Author Kersten Kelly

Good evening readers!
Today I have a treat for you. Author Kersten Kelly is joining us to talk about her book, Economics: A Simple Twist on Normalcy, and answering a few questions for us.
First let's learn about the book.
The book is a unique compilation of examples of pop culture, history, social media, business, sports, and education all explained through an economic lens. It uses current market trends and examples that can be applicable and enjoyable for anyone. It is written in a narrative non-fiction format so it flows easily and does not read similarly to a textbook. Economics is part of daily life, and this book challenges readers to question how and why people make decisions by adding a simple twist on normalcy.

 
Who or what inspires your writing?
I am inspired everyday by the people around me. It seems like I learn so much each day, and I try to apply those things to my written work. It is absolutely critical to continue to think outside the box and analyze daily activities through a different lens. This is how I am inspired.

 
When did you know you would be a writer?
I love economics, and I majored in it during my undergraduate work at Indiana University. As a student, many of the examples in my textbooks were irrelevant and made the subject one that many students did not enjoy. I wanted to change the negative connotations associated with the topic. I wanted to make it something that people understood and relished learning about.

How long did it take you to write your first novel?
It took me 6 months to write my first novel.

 
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part of writing is organizing my thought process in a comprehensive manner so that other people can understand my message. There is usually so much that I want to say, and it is difficult for me to actually focus on how to map out the format of the book. Even though something makes sense to me, it might not make sense to my readers. It is always difficult to make sure it does.

 
Do you have any writing rituals?
The only writing ritual (or rule) that I apply is that if I have something else on my mind or another thing to do, I stop writing. I always try to be inspired and willing to write. If I force myself to do so, my writing style and ability is definitely suppressed.

 
Have you written anything else?
I have not written anything else that has been this extensive or published. I have written a lot of journals and memoir-type works, but I have never shared them publicly. 

 
Any advice to aspiring writers?
1. Edit, edit, and edit again.
2. Interview a published author and pick their brain.
3. Never give up.


Who are your favorite Authors?
Some of my favorite authors are James Frey and Steven Levitt.

 
What are your favorite books, or which book has impacted you the most?
My favorite book is Freakonomics. I really like the way the book is written and the extensive research that went into the creation of the book. The authors really choose great topics to discuss that most people would not consider or think about if they were not analyzed in the book. 

 
What are you currently reading?
I just finished The Hunger Games trilogy. It was absolutely fantastic. I usually don’t read that genre of books, but they came highly recommended from my sister. Since I trust her judgment on literary works, I was glad that she encouraged me to read them.

 
How do readers find out more about you?
Book Website
Twitter: @KerstenLKelly
BIO:
Kersten L. Kelly is a self-published author of narrative non-fiction and semi-fiction books. She grew up in Munster, Indiana, and currently works in a sales role based out of Chicago, Illinois. She started writing at an early age and graduated from Indiana University with a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Communication & Culture. She then went on to earn a Master’s in Business Administration from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She has a passion for learning, teaching, and writing as well as international travel in her spare time. This book is her first piece of published work.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Neutrogena All Naturals

Neutrogena is a member of the Johnson & Johnson company line. They are the #1 dermatologist-recommended skin care brand. Their products are manufactured and sold in more than 70 countries.

Neutrogena Naturals is a new skin care line for the more sensitive skins.

My Opinion: 
I received a few products of their new Naturals line for review from Klout. It was a perk I received. I'm so glad I did too. I am always on the hunt for a good product for cleaning my skin and making it feel soft all throughout the day. At my age, 35, I thought acne and problem skin would be gone, but it isn't. I didn't have much until later in life and always try to take care of my skin. I find this Neutrogena line helps do exactly what I look for, it cleans, and you notice it, and it leaves my skin so soft. And not just for a minute, for most of the day actually.
I definitely am going to stick with Neutrogena for now. It is the best I have used so far.

5/5


Recommend? Yes!


DISCLAIMER: I received products from Klout as perks. I was not compensated for this post or my opinion.


Friday, May 11, 2012

Giveaway: An Unexpected Guest - Anne Korkeakivi

Clare Moorhouse, the American wife of a high-ranking diplomat in Paris, is arranging an official dinner crucial to her husband's career. As she shops for fresh stalks of asparagus and works out the menu and seating arrangements, her day is complicated by the unexpected arrival of her son and a random encounter with a Turkish man, whom she discovers is a suspected terrorist. More unnerving is a recurring face in the crowd, one that belonged to another, darker era of her life. One she never expected to see again. But it can't be him--he's been dead for 20 years....
Like Virginia Woolf did in Mrs. Dalloway, Anne Korkeakivi brilliantly weaves the complexities of an age into an act as deceptively simple as hosting a dinner party.


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Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 74 with me!  
Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple. 


 
I woke up on the ground, my muscles cramping with pain.Everything about me felt pummeled and crushed, like I'd been squashed by a stampeding cow.



#51: Backseat Saints - Joshilyn Jackson


Rose Mae Lolley is a fierce and dirty girl, long-suppressed under flowery skirts and bow-trimmed ballet flats. As "Mrs. Ro Grandee" she's trapped in a marriage that's thick with love and sick with abuse. Her true self has been bound in the chains of marital bliss in rural Texas, letting "Ro" make eggs, iron shirts, and take her punches. She seems doomed to spend the rest of her life battered outside by her husband and inside by her former self, until fate throws her in the path of an airport gypsy---one who shares her past and knows her future. The tarot cards foretell that Rose's beautiful, abusive husband is going to kill her. Unless she kills him first.
Hot-blooded Rose Mae escapes from under Ro's perky compliance and emerges with a gun and a plan to beat the hand she's been dealt. Following messages that her long-missing mother has left hidden for her in graffiti and behind paintings, Rose and her dog Gretel set out from Amarillo, TX back to her hometown of Fruiton, AL, and then on to California, unearthing a host of family secrets as she goes. Running for her life, she realizes that she must face her past in order to overcome her fate---death by marriage---and become a girl who is strong enough to save herself from the one who loves her best.
BACKSEAT SAINTS will dazzle listeners with a fresh and heartwrenching portrayal of the lengths a mother will go to right the wrongs she's created, and how far a daughter will go to escape the demands of forgiveness. With the seed of a minor character from her popular best-seller, GODS IN ALABAMA, Jackson has built a whole new story full of her trademark sly wit, endearingly off-kilter characters, and utterly riveting plot twists.


  • Publisher: Hachette Audio; Unabridged edition (June 8, 2010)
  • ISBN: 9781607882220
  • 11 CD'S
Author Bio:
 Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times Bestselling author of three novels:
GODS IN ALABAMA, BETWEEN,GEORGIA, and THE GIRL WHO STOPPED SWIMMING.
She lives in a small town west of Atlanta with her husband, their two kids, a hound dog, 2 legally separated beta fish, a scurrilous kitten and a morbidly obese Main Coone cat named Franz Schubert.
Her fourth novel, BACKSEAT SAINTS, is forthcoming from Grand Central in spring of 2010.

My Opinion:
The author is the narrator on the audiobook, which I really liked. She has a southern twang in her voice that is amusing and yet, easy to listen to.
At times I laughed out loud while listening to the phrasing the author used to describe things. I really loved the Cheerleader Sex reference... but you'd have to read or listen to the book to know what I'm talking about there.
And yet on a very serious note, I had to take time during the domestic violence parts of the story, since they hit so close to home for me. I really hated Tom, and with good reason.
I did feel a little taken aback by the close-mindedness in regards to religion. To state that Presbyterians do not understand penance is a bold statement, even for a story. I was mildly offended by it.
I didn't let it take away from most of the story though. It was really quite enjoyable, and one I would recommend to chick-lit fans.


3.5/5


Recommend? Yes, to chick-lit fans.


DISCLAIMER: I received an audio copy for review. I was not compensated for this post or my opinion.  

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Book to Movie: The Hunger Games

READ MY REVIEW OF THE BOOK HERE

Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match. 

Duration: 2 Hours 7 Mins
Rated: PG-13
Action, Drama, Sci-Fi




My Opinion:
This movie was really good, and for the most, part lived up to the image I had in my head.
After reading the book, I was hoping that certain areas in the movie adaption would be left alone, and I was happy to see that those elements are what they enhanced in it.
There were a couple of missing moments, but that's to be expected if you compact all that action into a couple of hours.
Still it was good. 
Now I have to tell you, the hubby didn't read the book and was still entertained by the film. Yes, it is manly enough the other half won't complain about it being a chick-flick. You may even see him get right into it!
So I recommend this even if you haven't read the book. Though I reiterate how silly that would be and you really should get the series!
I hope they make Mockingjay and Catching Fire into movies too... but if that's the case, I best get reading!


5/5


Recommend?? Of course!!!


DISCLAIMER: I saw the film on my own. I was not compensated for this post or my opinion.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

#50: The Book of Tomorrow Cecelia Ahern

Born into the lap of luxury and comfortable in the here and now, spoiled, tempestuous Tamara Goodwin has never had to look to the future—until the abrupt death of her father leaves her and her mother a mountain of debt and forces them to move in with Tamara's peculiar aunt and uncle in a tiny countryside village.
Tamara is lonely and bored, with a traveling library as her only diversion. There she finds a large leather-bound book with a gold clasp and padlock, but no author name or title. Intrigued, she pries open the lock, and what she finds inside takes her breath away.
Tamara sees entries written in her own handwriting, and dated for the following day. When the next day unfolds exactly as recorded, Tamara realizes she may have found a solution to her problems. But in her quest to find answers, Tamara soon learns that some pages are better left unturned and that, try as she may, she mustn't interfere with fate.
 
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (July 24, 2012)
  • ISBN: 9780061706318
AUTHOR BIO:
Cecelia Ahern is the author of the international bestsellers P.S. I Love You; Love, Rosie; If You Could See Me Now; There's No Place Like Here; and The Gift. The daughter of Ireland's former prime minister, she lives in Dublin. 


MY OPINION:
 For the first half of this story, I often wondered where it was going to go. Then little things starting happening. The little things that build up the plot and pace of the story, and before I knew it, I was rapt. 
This book is emotional rollercoaster that takes you on one helluva ride.  Don't worry though, it has what I call a "Disney ending". Everything works out fine.
A lot of people would enjoy this book. I find it reminiscent of some of V.C. Andrews stories. 


3/5


RECOMMEND: Yes.


DISCLAIMER: I received  this copy from a blogger buddy. I was not compensated for this post or my opinion.

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