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March Monthly News

Welcome to the March edition of monthly news!
It looks like I didn't read much, but I did. Just some are not reviewed until April.

BOOKS: Talon - Julie Kagawa (HIGHLY recommend)Station Eleven - Emily St. John MandelThe James Beard Cookbook (recommend)Empress of the Night - Eva StachniakHard Knocks - Lori Foster (recommend)All Is Bright - Sarah Pekkanen (recommend)
PRODUCTS: Namefully Gothic Initial Necklace in Acrylic
MOVIES: Cake (recommend)Exodus: Gods and Kings (recommend)
Yearly Total: 23 Books, 3 Products & 5 Movies
Book of the Month:

Book of the Year:

BLOGGER/MONEY-MAKING RESOURCES:
1. SwagBucks (earn gift cards)
2. GiftHulk (earn gift cards & paypal cash)
3.

Teaser Tuesdays

Saturday morning. The girls will be home from Wisconsin tomorrow. Before they arrive, I'll hide everything again in the hatbox, then I'll return it to the hall closet. Between now and then, I wonder, can these artifacts carry the story? They say a picture paints a thousand words; do you need so many more words than that?
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#Win The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies

Are you brave like Bilbo Baggins
Take the quiz to find out if you are brave enough for Middle Earth, and enter to win a bluray copy of The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies.




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Contest is open to US & Canada.

To enter, take the quiz and comment with your answer. 
Extra points for those who tweet their answer with the hashtag #TheHobbit


Good luck!


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#23: All Is Bright - Sarah Pekkanen

Thirty-year-old Elise Andrews couldn’t bring herself to marry Griffin, her childhood friend turned sweetheart, so she let him walk away. Eight months after their breakup, she arrives in her hometown of Chicago on Christmas Eve and hears a voice from the past calling her name in the grocery store. It’s Griffin’s mother, Janice, who invites Elise over for a neighborhood gathering of eggnog and carols. 

Walking into Janice’s house sends Elise tumbling headlong into memories of her relationship with Griffin—and with Janice, who exudes the kind of warmth Elise ached for after her own mom passed away when she was six. But Griffin has moved on, and suddenly Elise doubts her decision to give him up and lose her chance at being folded into his wonderful family. Confused and reeling, she goes in search of an answer to a universal question: How do we say good-bye to people we’ve loved without losing everything they’ve meant to us? 

Heartwarming and witty, All Is Bright is a charming story about co…

#22: Hard Knocks - Lori Foster

In the stunning prequel novella to her new mixed martial arts series, New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster brings together an elite fighter and the woman he's determined to win. Power. Brute strength. Unforgettable moves. It's no wonder Harper Gates hasn't been able to get her fling with Gage "Savage" Ringer out of her head. Months have passed since she laid eyes—or any other body parts—on him. Months without a word of contact…until, sidelined by injury, he comes back to town. Staying focused on his training seemed like a smart move to Gage, even if he thought about Harper every day. Seeing her again only makes it clear how much is at stake. He's got one night to earn back her trust. One night to show her that behind his breathtaking skill and ripped body is a man who'll give her everything she needs.
                                      File Size: 213 KB                                      Print Length: 61 pages                                   …

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings)

Welcome to Week 220!


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)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. 
*It's that simple.




It's not always wise to assume that just because the surface of the world appears undisturbed, life is where you left it.

ONLY FRIDAY 56 PARTICIPANTS MAY USE THE LINKY










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Blasting About: Pride (With #Giveaway)

Freda's Voice is happy to be part of the book blast tour for, Pride. Be sure to read on to the end for a great giveaway! Good luck!





Pride by Rosie Somers

Seventeen-year-old Gabriella Pierce is used to taking care of herself, but she’s about to become responsible for a whole lot more. When she gets a visit from three men claiming to be defenders of fantastical rings imbued with the powers of THE CARDINAL SINS, her life is changed irrevocably.

Gabby is the steward of PRIDE

To make matters worse, she’s falling hard for fellow steward, Grant Barnett, and he hates her guts. Now Gabby has to learn to protect Pride without letting her feelings for Grant get in the way.

Amazon * Barnes & Noble * Smashwords * iTunes







Praise for the Book:
Iola’s Christian Reads: “Pride is aimed at the YA market, and is the first in a planned series (presumably one for each of the seven deadly sins). It incorporates elements of other well-known YA series such as Harry Potter and Divergent, (an orphan who is…

Teaser Tuesdays

The next month is a blur. We both had previous lives continuing.

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#Recipe Mini Chicken Pot Pies

Every time we eat Swiss Chalet, the hubby gets Chicken Pot Pie. I don't care for savory pies though so it's not something I order. Then I had an idea to use biscuits instead of pie dough. OMG, delicious! These savory buns got devoured!

INGREDIENTS

2 packages of Pillsbury Country Biscuit refrigerated dough.1 cup cut up cooked chicken breast1 cup of mixed veggies1 egg1 can of cream of chicken condensed soup1/8 cup milk1/2 tsp salt1/4 tsp pepperMETHOD
Preheat oven to 425F. In a bowl, combine all ingredients listed except the dough. Set aside. Using a muffin pan, take the portion of biscuit dough, and form it gently with your fingers in each hole. Make sure to make them deep enough so you get enough mixture in them.  Once you have them ready, fill them to the top but not overflowing with the mixture. Then place them in the over for 20 minutes or so, until they are golden brown. Don't worry, they come apart very easy, but let stand for 1-2 minutes when you bring them out of the oven. 

Help Protect Texas’ Babies Through Vaccination

Vaccinations.
A hot and somewhat sensitive subject right now with Ebola, Measles and other diseases circulating around the world. Do you believe in vaccinating? I do. Infectious diseases are scary! They are not only dangerous if contracted, they are contagious and even sometimes deadly too. Most of us contract diseases like Chicken Pox when we are kids, but if you contract that same disease as a baby or even as a senior citizen, you are at more risk due to poorer immune systems. Babies have not developed enough yet, and sadly as we get older, it gets harder to keep a build-up of immunity to fight of even simple colds and flu.

Did you know that many infants and children in the state of Texas have not received all of the CDC-recommended vaccines? The CDC, Center for Disease Control and Protection, recommends which vaccines to get to help protect our children from all of the diseases I have listed, as well as many others. Even children who are under-insured, have no insurance, or are Medic…

#21: Empress of the Night by Eva Stachniak

The follow-up to the #1 bestseller The Winter Palace--perfect for the readers of Hilary Mantel and Alison Weir.
Catherine the Great, the Romanov monarch reflects on her astonishing ascension to the throne, her leadership over the world's greatest power, and the lives sacrificed to make her the most feared woman in the world--lives including her own...
     Catherine the Great muses on her life, her relentless battle between love and power, the country she brought into the glorious new century, and the bodies left in her wake. By the end of her life, she had accomplished more than virtually any other woman in history. She built and grew the Romanov empire, amassed a vast fortune of art and land, and controlled an unruly and conniving court. Now, in a voice both indelible and intimate, she reflects on the decisions that gained her the world and brought her enemies to their knees. And before her last breath, shadowed by the bloody French Revolution, she sets up the end game for her las…

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 219!


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)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. 
*It's that simple.




Perhaps that is what everyone does, she thought. We pass our discomfort to someone else so as not to carry so much of it ourselves.

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#Win Link by D.A. Karr (With Excerpt)

D.A. Karr has been writing books and screenplays for the last ten years. Her experience and employment includes firefighting in the U.S. Forest Service, law enforcement, IT engineering, and several years with the Space andNaval Warfare Systems Center San Diego (SSC San Diego). She has a Master’s in software engineering.
D.A. Karr enjoys writing in a variety of genres including sci-fi, thriller-mystery, historical fiction, and screenplays.  She is the author of several books including LINK, The Legend of Pendyne, and The Racehorse with Magic Shoes.

To learn more, go to http://www.racehorsewithmagicshoes.com/ Connect with D.A. Karr on Twitter
LINK, by D.A. Karr, is a sci-fi mystery thriller. It is set in the year 2800, in a future apocalyptic world where time jumping becomes a means to control the human race.
LINK is suspenseful, intriguing, and action filled,” says D. A. Karr. “Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler fans will enjoy reading this book.” Space Time, 2800, Earth
As the Earth shifts on …