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September Monthly News

Welcome to the September edition of the Monthly News. You will notice the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide is open for submissions. It starts in November so watch for it. I completed two more reading challenges too, the Netgalley Reading Challenge and the Nonfiction Reading Challenge 2014. That's 7 I've completed now, and 1 I sorely failed. How are you doing on your reading challenges?

BOOKS: Feral - Holly Schindler (HIGHLY recommend)The Warlord Wants Forever - Kresley Cole (recommend)Night Terror - Jeff Gunhus (recommend)Whatever Doesn't Kill You - Elizabeth WennickSeriously, I'm Kidding - Ellen DeGeneres (recommend)365 Style - Nicky Hilton (recommend)The Forever Song - Julie Kagawa (recommend)While The Gods Were Sleeping - Elizabeth Enslin
MOVIES: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (recommend)
PRODUCTS: Lampe Berger Paris is now in Canada! #Lampeberger(recommend)
Yearly Total:67 Books, 11 Products & 23 Movies

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RECIPES: Shepherd's Pie SoupHarvest Chili

#Giveaway: #67: While The Gods Were Sleeping - Elizabeth Enslin

Love and marriage brought American anthropologist Elizabeth Enslin to a world she never planned to make her own: a life among Brahman in-laws in a remote village in the plains of Nepal. As she faced the challenges of married life, birth, and childrearing in a foreign culture, she discovered as much about human resilience, and the capacity for courage, as she did about herself.

While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal tells a compelling story of a woman transformed in intimate and unexpected ways. Set against the backdrop of increasing political turmoil in Nepal, Enslin’s story takes us deep into the lives of local women as they claim their rightful place in society—and make their voices heard.


Paperback: 312 pagesPublisher: Seal Press (Sept. 18 2014)ISBN: 9781580055444
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AUTHOR BIO: Elizabeth Enslin, author of While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal, grew up in Seattle and went on…

Teaser Tuesdays

Walking past the floor-to-ceiling windows of the arrivals lounge in Barcelona Airport, Ajatashatru thought he had aged overnight. Large dark rings shadowed his eyes like two parentheses that no longer had the strength to stand straight. This trip is slowly eating me alive, he thought. I need a comfortable bed.

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Nestlé Waters Canada is Challenging Canadians

Néstle Waters Canada has a commitment to helping families live healthier lives. They are currently challenging Canadians to swap one sugared beverage for a Néstle Pure Life Sparkling Natural Spring Water. They have some great tasting flavors that are better for you than having a can of pop. These drinks help reduce your sugar intake. If you are like me, a diabetic, that is what you look for in a beverage. 
Did you know, moms consume on average three to four soft drinks a week? With the average soft drink containing more than 10 teaspoons of sugar per drink, whereas orange juice in the same 355ml format only contains 8 teaspoons of sugar. As moms, we should be looking for healthier options. It benefits our bodies and minds.
Staying properly hydrated is important for us to function normally. Sugar is not great for hydration. Water is the best source for getting hydrated. 


LIVE HEALTHY. LIVE BUBBLY.

They have provided me with some great drink recipes to share with you. I can't wait to tr…

Lampe Berger Paris is now in Canada! #Lampeberger

Lampe Berger originated in 1898, bringing fresh scents to homes.  Now serving 56 countries, they have a vast collection of lamps with an incredible variety of designs, styles and materials. 15 new models are created annually, each one requiring 18 months of work. They hold a collection of 100 lamps currently. These lamps not only give a nice scent, they cleanse the air as well.
I was sent a beautiful lamp, the Perle boxed set to be exact. I set straight to the instructions and started to follow. It is easy to do, they even include a funnel for you.
So after you pour it in, 2/3 full, you add the wick, and leave it to set 20 minutes. Then the fun part comes...
You light it on fire. You have to let it burn for 2 minutes. This gets the fragrance going through. It's like magic. Then you blow it out and put the protective cap on. I warn you, do not touch the cap with your bare fingers after putting it on for any reason. You will burn yourself. Though there is no flame it still burns. Use a…

AstraZeneca Website for Advanced Medullary Thyroid Cancer

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. This cause is dear to me. I do not have cancer, but have thyroid issues. I suffer from hyperthyroidism. I was happy to learn about an organization I hadn't heard of before that created a new website dedicated to the resources for thyroid cancer sufferers.
AstraZeneca brings you: aMTCSupport.com Online Support Center for the Rare Disease Community
Did you know that in the United States this year, about 62,900 new thyroid cancer cases were diagnosed? Medullary Thyroid Cancer is a rare form of cancer that is located in the thyroid gland. It is a gland at the base of your throat. This type of cancer only represents about three to four percent of all thyroid cancers. One third of that percentage will be locally advanced or metastatic disease. This website has all the resources you will need, but also helps your loved ones who are affected too. Meet Rob Bohning. He has Advanced Medullary Thyroid Cancer. aMTCSupport is for people just like Rob and…

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 196!

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.





 Julio Sympa, who was six foot six and had climbed Mont Blanc four times, stopping at the top each time to read Why Am I So Cold by Josette Camus before going back down eight hundred and fifty-three pages later, paused in front of the 'American Teenager' bedroom and pointed in several directions before continuing his way.
 Michou Lapaire, who always wished he had been born a woman, wrote down, in a pink notebook, the furniture pointed out by his bombastic boss.










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#66: The Forever Song - Julie Kagawa

Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the ultimate question: is she a human or monster? With the death of her love she has her answer. MONSTER. Embracing her inner darkness, Allie is now determined to hunt and kill Sarren, the psychopath who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren is leading Allie’s dangerous fight to the one place she must protect at any cost – Eden, the last safe-zone on earth. Forced into a battle that it may be impossible to win, Allie is about to face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, she could face surviving forever alone. The thrilling final instalment in The Blood of Eden trilogy.

Paperback: 416 pagesPublisher: Mira InkISBN: 9781848452893

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Author Bio: Born in Sacramento, CA, Julie Kagawa moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things; how to bodyboard, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks, and that writing stories in math class is a great way to kill time. Her…

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may tread me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?  Why are you beset with gloom?  'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I'll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?  Bowed head and lowered eyes?  Shoulders falling down like teardrops. Weakened by my soulful cries.
Does my haughtiness offend you?  Don't you take it awful hard 'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines Diggin' in my own back yard.
You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I'll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?  Does it come as a surprise That I dance like I've got diamonds At the meeting of my thighs? 
Out of the huts of history's shame I rise Up from a past that's rooted in pain I rise I'm a …

#65: 365 Style - Nicky Hilton

From red carpets and runways to front row at Fashion Week, designer and muse Nicky Hilton has earned her reputation as a style icon. Exposed to the top tier of the fashion industry from childhood, in this style guide Hilton reveals tips and tricks of the trade she has learned along the way.  Never having employed a stylist, Hilton has created her own personal style. In this guide she helps you discover yours. Despite her opulent upbringing, Nicky maintains a less-is-more mindset and instructs you how to look like a million—without spending a million.  Her formula for creating your signature style is as easy as 3-6-5. Consider the 3 main aspects of your lifestyle, choose 6 staple items of clothing, and identify 5 essential accessories. This simple plan will allow you to make savvy wardrobe selections that keep you on-trend and out of hoarder status, for good.  Nicky shares her best-kept style secrets:  *The $30 wardrobe item you can't live without  *The one closet accessory that k…

Intros & Teaser Tuesdays

When Julia was very little, she had a splendid meal of sole meunière. And that was that. Julia fell in love with French food. She loved to eat French food. And she especially loved to cook it.


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Cover Reveal: Hunting In Bruges (With #Giveaway)

It's time for a cover reveal!  Feast your eyes on the cover for HUNTING IN BRUGES, the debut novel in the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens.



Keep reading for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!





Hunting in Bruges (Hunters' Guild #1) by E.J. Stevens.



The only thing worse than being a Hunter in the fae-ridden city of Harborsmouth, is hunting vamps in Bruges.



Being shipped off to Belgium sucks. The medieval city of Bruges is
quaint, but the local Hunters' Guild is understaffed, the canals are
choked with dead bodies, and there's no shortage of supernatural
predators as likely suspects.



On second thought, maybe Bruges isn't so bad after all.



With a desire to prove herself, protect the innocent, and advance within
the ranks of the Hunters' Guild, Jenna Lehane hits the cobbled streets
of Bruges with blades at the ready. Someone, or something, is murdering
tourists and dumping their bodies in the city's scenic canals.  With the
help of a…