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November Monthly News

Welcome to the November edition of monthly news! Not much exciting happened in my world, what about you?


BOOKS: Crewel - Gennifer Albin (recommend)Fairy Tale Christmas - Michael McLean & Scott McLean (recommend)Hunting In Bruges - E.J. Stevens (recommend)The Toothache Man - Sal Conte (recommend)Singing To A Bulldog - Anson Williams (recommend)The Warhol Gang - Peter DarbyshireThe Gurkha's Daughter - Prajwal ParajulyThe Swallow - Charis Cotter (recommend)The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe - Romain Puértolas (HIGHLY recommend)
MOVIES: Xmen Days of Future Past (recommend)
PRODUCTS: Beautiful YouThe ManAntidote Skin Care Company IncBolse Car Charger, & 2 Frieq stereo cablesPosterjack.ca
Yearly Total: 85 Books, 19 Products & 25 Movies
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#85: The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe - Romain Puértolas

Meet Ajatashatru Oghash Rathod. One day a fakir leaves his small village in India and lands in Paris. A professional con artist, the fakir is on a pilgrimage to IKEA, where he intends to obtain an object he covets above all others: a brand-new bed of nails. Without adequate euros in the pockets of his silk trousers, the fakir is all the same confident that his counterfeit 100-Euro note (printed on one side only) and his usual bag of tricks will suffice. But when a swindled cab driver seeks his murderous revenge, the fakir accidentally embarks on a European tour, fatefully beginning in the wardrobe of the iconic Swedish retailer.
     As his journey progresses in the most unpredictable of ways, the fakir finds unlikely friends in even unlikelier places. To his surprise--and to a Bollywood beat--the stirrings of love well up in the heart of our turbaned hero, even as his adventures lead to profound and moving questions of the perils of emigration and the universal desire to seek a better…

#84: The Swallow - Charis Cotter

In 1960s Toronto, two girls retreat to their attics to escape the loneliness and isolation of their lives. Polly lives in a house bursting at the seams with people, while Rose is often left alone by her busy parents. Polly is a down-to-earth dreamer with a wild imagination and an obsession with ghosts; Rose is a quiet, ethereal waif with a sharp tongue. Despite their differences, both girls spend their days feeling invisible and seek solace in books and the cozy confines of their respective attics. But soon they discover they aren't alone--they're actually neighbors, sharing a wall. They develop an unlikely friendship, and Polly is ecstatic to learn that Rose can actually see and talk to ghosts. Maybe she will finally see one too! But is there more to Rose than it seems? Why does no one ever talk to her? And why does she look so... ghostly? When the girls find a tombstone with Rose's name on it in the cemetery and encounter an angry spirit in her house who seems intent on …

#Giveaway: Deadly Odds - Allen Wyler

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 startup 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 …

#83: The Gurkha's Daughter - Prajwal Parajuly

A disfigured servant girl plans to flee Nepal; a Kalimpong shopkeeper faces an impossible dilemma; a Hindu religious festival in Darjeeling brings with it a sacrifice; a Nepali-Bhutanese refugee pins her hopes on the West; a Gurkha's daughter tries to comprehend her father's complaints; two young Nepali-speaking immigrants meet in Manhattan. 

These are just some of the stories describing and dramatizing the experiences of the Nepalese people and the Nepalese diaspora - the people whose culture and language is Nepalese but who are dispersed to India, Bhutan and beyond. 

PaperbackPublisher: Quercus Publishing Plc (January 2, 2014)ISBN: 9781780872964

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REVIEW:
Full of culture!
I have to admit, it was the cover that initially pulled me in. I imagined a story of immigration. At the end of this story I got what I expected.
Up to that point was a collection of stories. These stories were about various people in India, Nepal and Bhutan. They were rich …

#Giveaway: Posterjack.ca (With Review) #HolidayGiftGuide2014

Posterjack.ca is an Canadian online photo printing company, serving the entire Canadian population from their Toronto location. They also have stores online for the US, UK, Austria, France, Netherlands, Poland, and Switzerland. (See the bottom of the homepage to be redirected.)

I love Posterjack!
They take memories, and bring them to life. The best part is, these memories will be upfront and with you every day instead of just here and there when it passes through your mind. 
Twice now Posterjack has done this for me.

The first time, I wanted to give my in-laws a gift that they could cherish forever.We had a moment together, that was captured by me, and I knew it was perfect.
A day we enjoyed as a family, which we have many, but my mother-in-law celebrated her 65th birthday on this day. 
They loved the gallery box. It hangs in the family room, where they spend the majority of their time.

This year I knew I could do it again and make someone else happy with a life-long memory. 
My hubby is the …

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for the Tech #HolidayGiftGuide2014

Bolse offers the most innovative new products  to tech savvy consumers. They always stay a step ahead of the changing marketplace no matter how quickly technology changes. Bolse can help you stay ahead.

Bolse sent me a couple of items to try out, and I think they would be great stocking stuffers. Everyone who has an iphone and a car can benefit from the first item, and anyone with an iphone can benefit from the last two. Let's check them out.
This is the Bolse® [Apple MFi Certified] 3-Port (25W / 5A) High Output USB Car Chargers, Build-in 2-in-1 Lightning & Micro USB Cable With SmartIC Technology Charging Station for iPhone 6, 5; Samsung Galaxy; iPad Air; Motorola and HTC; Tablet; GPS. It is a handy item to have in your car when you travel anywhere. 


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I love the design of it, and was thoroughly impressed it can charge both my Samsung and my hubby's iPhone. It has a great hideaway Micro USB port, and its' cord is just the right length between the charger and…

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings)

Welcome to Week 204!

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.
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Katherine Zook fell into step with two Englisch women who were crossing the parking lot toward the Bird-in-Hand market. Normally, she would avoid the chatty tourists, but the tall man with the shoulder-length, salt-and-pepper hair and a limp was following her again.

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Worst Cooks in America

Food Network TV has some of the coolest shows on television. Back for its' sixth season is Worst Cooks in America. If you haven't seen this show before, let me tell you about it.
Worst Cooks in America is a competition series where celebrity chefs turn disastrous cooks into skilled culinary cooks. Chef Anne Burrell returns to go against first-time opponent, Chef Tyler Florence.
Each week these great chefs lead two teams of kitchen-challenged recruits in a gruelling culinary boot camp. This is designed to give them skills they need to cook good food.
A $25,000 grand prize is awarded to the contestant that makes the most impressive culinary transformation. Plus they will deliver bragging rights to their celebrity chef team leader.
Get your first glimpse of all the contestants. All of these brave men and women will be showing their stuff off in the kitchen competitions.

“Welcoming a new roster of Worst Cooks is an annual tradition, and our viewers love watching their comical kitchen m…

#Giveaway: Lampe Berger Paris #HolidayGiftGuide2014

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.
Remember a little while back I did a review for a beautiful smoky colored lamp? Well, the fabulous people at Lampe Berger Paris are offering one reader a kit like I received with a lamp and fragrance! Now you can try it and see how amazing it smells and how it purifies the air. This would be an amazing hostess gift during the holiday season!
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Xmen Days of Future Past

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.


Rated PG 131 minutes
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REVIEW: Fantastic movie! I love how this story meshed the past and the present, original characters with new ones. A couple have changed and some remained the same. Of course, Wolverine is still my favorite and the start of the show once again. I didn't mind though.  Tons of action, things getting blown up, and mounds of fighting scenes. There were a couple of boring moments, or where it got a little sappy for me, but thankfully those moments didn't last long. Not a movie for the whole family, unless your youngest kids are pre-teens. Them and up will definitely enjoy it! Probably my favorite movie in the series franchise now, just so you know.
4.5/5

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Blasting About: Cranberry Bluff (With #Giveaway)

Freda's Voice is happy to be part of the blast for Cranberry Bluff. Please read to the end and enter the great giveaway! Good luck!




Cranberry Bluff by Deborah Garner

Molly Elliott's quiet life in Tallahassee, Florida, is disrupted when routine errands land her in the wrong place at the wrong time: the middle of a bank robbery. Accused and cleared of the crime, she flees both media attention and mysterious, threatening notes, to move across the country to Cranberry Cove, where she has inherited her Aunt Maggie's bed and breakfast on the Northern California coast. Her new beginning is peaceful - that is, until five guests show up at the inn for a weekend, each with a hidden agenda.

Mix together one blushing honeymoon couple, one flamboyant boutique owner, a deadpan traveling salesman, and a charmingly handsome novelist, and there’s more than scones cooking at Cranberry Cottage Bed and Breakfast. As true motives become apparent, will Molly's past come back to haunt her or …