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Sunday, December 4, 2016

SILICONE BAKING BUNDLE


SILICONE BAKING BUNDLE

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BE4YU1K

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***My Personal Review***

I have come to really love silicone baking ware and so this was awesome to receive!  The silicone mats I have never fit the baking sheet so this is perfect because now I have a very nice cookie sheet that will work with this mat and all others.  Love the color, it's a really pretty teal color and the sheet itself is very nice and non-stick coated.  The oven mitt is really cool, it's one I have never tried before but works great!  It's easy to use and not bulky.  The best part though?  The fact that while using the mat you don't have to use spray on the cookie sheet.  Whatever you make just slides right off the silicone and I hardly have anything burn on it.  It cleans up perfectly and you never have to worry about scratching up the cookie sheet.  Very nice set and perfect for a gift!


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Welcome to the Book Blitz for Home by Eleni McKnight!

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Hello Readers! Welcome to the Book Blitz for
Home by Eleni McKnight!
Celebrate this release by entering the giveaway found at the end of the post!
 
Happy Release Week, Eleni!
 
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Knowledge is a dangerous commodity in the Home commune, the last beacon of civilization against the fallen outside world. As Suzannah Commons begins to secretly read forbidden books, she jeopardizes her future for the forbidden love of the boy who supplies her new, dangerous habit, Silas Maars, and his family. Will her new-found knowledge be her destruction?
Suzannah is in training with the rest of the unmarried teenage girls in the Handmaiden House and Home’s laundry to become a bride when she accidentally comes upon a naked boy in one of the family quarters, Silas Maars. To see a naked man before marriage is an unforgivable sin in Home and a challenge to her precious status as a virgin, her only aspect of worth. This compromise to her purity would earn her an automatic exile in the Hard Labor Camp, a death sentence until the commune leader, Parson, sentences her to the punishment of serving Silas and his unusual family as a housekeeper. As she works for the Maars family and is isolated from the rest of the commune’s population, she discovers the frightening, threatening outside world is not as dangerous as she has been led to believe. The Maars family reveals to her that Deacon controls the population of Home by keeping them all ignorant, denying them education and books so he can teach his own twisted, corrupt, self-serving version of religion from the pulpit. As she learns the truth and begins to fall into a star-crossed love with Silas, her fate as a childbride to one of the lecherous Elders or a worker in the hard labor camp is drawing nigh.
Published: WordCrafts Press, LLC. Publication Date: November 22, 2016
Available for Purchase: AMAZON
   
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I sat up and spotted something else. More stars hanging over a large, long desk. Is this more medicine? Did they leave a second package? I pulled the fabric out and beneath it was a light-colored box. It was more medicine. I was sure of it. Feeling proud to have discovered this second package, I decided to open it.
My eyes flew open wide. Instead of medicine there were more of those beautiful heart-shaped cookies. I picked one up. It felt soft and fresh. I broke it apart and popped a piece into my mouth. I literally melted in my mouth, the sweet taste making me feel like I was floating. I moaned softly.
“Suzannah? Where are you?”
“Here,” I answered.
Silas appeared in the empty doorway. “Did you find something?”
“Yes,” I said, holding out the box for him to see.
“And you’re planning on keeping them all for yourself?” Silas asked. I saw him grin in the moonlight.
“Maybe,” I grinned back. “I just ate one.”
“I won’t tell if you won’t,” Silas said, “But you have to give me one.”
“Here,” I reached the box toward him, but he didn’t take it.
“Put it in my mouth for me,” he said. “My hands are dirty.”
“And mine aren’t?”
He opened his mouth and I realized he was serious. This was not like when Morris commanded me to feed him. This was something…different. This was…exciting. I broke off a piece of the pastry, and held it out to him, placing it on his tongue. His lips closed around my fingers. I jumped back and pulled my hand away. It felt like lightning had shot through my fingers, up my arm and straight down into my abdomen, setting my nerves on fire. I tingled from head to toe.
“Silas!” I giggled. “You can’t do that.”
But why can’t he do that? I liked it. I liked the feeling of his lips on my skin. Was this what a kiss felt like? Kissing was forbidden except for married people. I imagined Silas kissing me and a fire exploded in the base of my stomach, an unfamiliar and exciting feeling that made my heart race. I realized I wanted him to kiss me; to kiss me full on the mouth. 

***My Personal Review***

I loved the movie the Handmaiden's Tale and this book kind of reminded me of that because it is about a new settlement where there is a Supreme Being and everyone must be completely pure.  A little twist in there is the zombie apocalypse happening right outside their walls, which was unexpected.  One day Suzannah, the main character, accidentally stumbles upon a naked boy getting out of the shower - a complete mistake as he was not supposed to be there - but it doesn't matter to the Elders.  They punish Suzannah for several days to force her to regain her purity.  Although she repents and feels regret for what happened, she is forgiven by the boy she saw and a few others ... however most people see her as an impure "whore" now like one of the workers.  But the good Dr Maars and his wife Goody Maars are happy to take her in and show her the ropes.  But then Suzannah starts to find out more about the women and what they have been and done in the past.  She begins to see that there just might be more out there than what she has and now has to decide whether to live her life as is or start fighting back.  And how she can get out with the undead scratching at their very walls that protect them.  I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a great read, something that is a new concept and was interesting to see how it all turned out.  Very much recommend this!  Definitely give it 5 stars!
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Eleni McKnight is a Murfreesboro, Tennessee native and graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a degree in Theatre with an emphasis in Literature. This left her with a wild passion for creating costumes and doing make-up in her freetime, along with her intense passion for reading from her childhood. She started writing at age eight when she had read all the Baby-Sitter's Club books she had brought along for a road trip at age nine, and wanted something new to read. It's never quite left her over the years.
These days, you can usually find her working backstage or costuming in local community theatres, reading a book, walking/exercising, at a concert, drinking a craft beer with friends, knitting, embroidering, or taking a dance class.
 
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Greek Mythology: A Concise Guide to Ancient Gods, Heroes, Beliefs and Myths of Greek Mythology


Greek Mythology: A Concise Guide to Ancient Gods, Heroes, Beliefs and Myths of Greek Mythology

https://www.amazon.com/Greek-Mythology-Concise-Ancient-Egyptian-ebook/dp/B01HXN6ZFK/

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***My Personal Review***

Greek Mythology was my minor in college - but that was over 16 years ago so it was nice to finally read a book to refresh my memory. I like how this book starts out with the history and moves onto how myths came about and then of course goes into a lot more detail about the Titans and how they ruled. I had forgotten some of the stories but the Titans and their main children have never left me. Of course Apollo and Artemis are my absolute favorites because Artemis was the virgin goddess and although a hunter also was the guardian of animals. And who can forget Athena and her dominant personality??? The book gives at least one paragraph or more to each of the main Titans and their children. Hermes, Aphrodite, Ares and many more. The most popular stories are in here and it's a GREAT starter book for anyone who is not that familiar with Greek Mythology but is also a great refresher for someone like me. I really enjoyed reading the stories again and remembering how much I really loved them.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for The Breakup Support Group by Cheyanne Young!

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Hello Readers!  Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for
The Breakup Support Group by Cheyanne Young
presented by Swoon Romance!
Don’t miss out on this new release, and be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
 
Happy Book Birthday, Cheyanne!
 
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After four years of first love bliss, Isla Rush just got dumped.
Any hope she has of winning her ex-boyfriend back is shattered when the town rezones her neighborhood, forcing her to spend senior year at a wealthy high school in the next town over.
With a broken heart consuming her soul, Isla can’t focus on anything, except maybe Emory Underwood—a ridiculously hot guy who dates a new girl almost every day. She can’t help but crush on him, even though it’s wrong.
When memories of her ex make her cry in second period, the school counselor sends Isla to a club that meets during lunch. The Break-Up Support Group is a collection of broken-hearted misfits who are all helping each other heal.
Just when Isla’s heart is finally on the mend, Emory shows up, forced to atone for all the broken hearts he’s caused over the years. While hiding her massive crush, she helps him understand the seriousness of breaking a heart.
In turn, Emory offers to help Isla get back on the dating scene by agreeing to be her fake date for the homecoming dance. Isla gladly accepts the ruse, because if anyone can make her into a desirable girlfriend, Emory can! There's just one small problem.
Isla's little crush on Emory might be exactly full blown. And a homecoming fake date with him could push her over the edge to possibly uttering the "L Word!"
Isla can't afford another heartbreak so soon after the last one. She will have to resist his charms, refuse to look into those dreamy eyes, and above all else, not make the mistake of letting him kiss her.
If only she hadn't let her guard down at the end of the night, under the light of her porch in a toe-curling kiss moment of weakness. And now, after months of Break-Up Support Group therapy, and with a heart fully on the mend, Isla has just handed it over to a guy who knows full well just how to break it.
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The Breakup Support Group by Cheyanne Young Publication Date: November 22, 2016 Publisher: Swoon Romance
Available for Purchase: AMAZON
 
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Cheyanne Young is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, and collecting nail polish. After nearly a decade of working in engineering, Cheyanne now writes books for young adults and is the author of the City of Legends Series with Alloy Entertainment and the forthcoming Breakup Support Group with Swoon Romance. She doesn’t miss a cubicle one bit.
Cheyanne lives near the beach with her daughter and husband, one spoiled rotten puppy, and a cat that is most likely plotting to take over the world.
 
 
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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Welcome to the Book Blast for The Surrendered by Case Maynard!

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Hello readers!
Are you looking for your next read?
Well, let us help make things easier for you!
 
Welcome to the Book Blast for
The Surrendered by Case Maynard
presented by Blaze Publishing!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
 
Looking for more books to read? Read on and find a book that’s waiting for you to devour!
 
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After a financial collapse devastates the United States, the new government imposes a tax on the nation’s most valuable resource—the children.
Surrendered at age ten—after her parents could no longer afford her exorbitant fees—Vee Delancourt has spent six hard years at the Mills, alongside her twin, Oliver. With just a year to freedom, they do what they can to stay off the Master’s radar. But when Vee discovers unspeakable things happening to the younger girls in service, she has no choice but to take a stand—a decision that lands her on the run and outside the fence for the first time since the System robbed her of her liberty. Vee knows the Master will stop at nothing to prove he holds ultimate authority over the Surrendered. But when he makes a threat that goes beyond what even she considers possible, she accepts the aid of an unlikely group of allies. Problem is, with opposing factions gunning for the one thing that might save them all, Vee must find a way to turn oppression and desperation into hope and determination—or risk failing all the children and the brother she left behind.
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The Surrendered by Case Maynard Publication Date:  September 20, 2016 Publisher:  Blaze Publishing
 
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:
 
"a story that grabs you by the throat in the first chapter and refuses to let go" - H.E. Edgmon
 
"full of action, a fast read and really hard to put away." - Nadja, Fit & Beautiful Heart Reads
 
"strong heroine, with exceptional supporting characters, add in a non nauseating romance, and this book has it all." - Leah, Leah's Bookish Obsession
 
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With over 20 years’ experience in the legal and medical fields, Case Maynard decided to trade in her briefs and reports to write the stories that have been floating around in her head since childhood. She lives with her two teenagers and husband in South Georgia, while maintaining a long-distance liaison with her oldest daughter and partner in crime in Alaska. When not writing, she enjoys reading as often as possible, binge watching anything good on Netflix, and all things NCAA football (Go Noles!). You can learn more about Case and her stories on her website.
 
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Seventeen-year-old Rose suffers from terrifying, painful nightmares that leave her bruised, exhausted, and questioning her sanity. Desperate to hold on, she makes a choice: Trust her doctor who claims he can cure her, or listen to another patient who swears the asylum will kill them.
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Asleep by Krystal Wade Publication Date: February 16, 2016 Publisher:  Blaze Publishing
 
Because I Love You
 
When Sixteen-year-old Andie Hamilton discovers she’s pregnant, she also learns the truth of her adoption. Overwhelmed, Andie must choose what’s best for the baby, but after hearing the heartbeat for the first time, she doesn’t know how she’ll ever be able let go.
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Because I Love You by Tori Rigby Release Date: May 17, 2016 Publisher: Blaze Publishing
 
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Crescenzo never would’ve thought his father’s figurines were modeled after real people, but when his loved ones start vanishing from his life, he must unite their real life counterparts and seek their aid to save his family.
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The Carver by Jacob Devlin Publication Date: July 19, 2016 Publisher: Blaze Publishing
 
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Welcome to the Book Blitz for Home by Eleni McKnight!

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Hello Readers!  Welcome to the Book Blitz for
Home by Eleni McKnight!
Celebrate this release by entering the giveaway found at the end of the post!
 
Happy Release Week, Eleni!
 
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Knowledge is a dangerous commodity in the Home commune, the last beacon of civilization against the fallen outside world. As Suzannah Commons begins to secretly read forbidden books, she jeopardizes her future for the forbidden love of the boy who supplies her new, dangerous habit, Silas Maars, and his family. Will her new-found knowledge be her destruction?
Suzannah is in training with the rest of the unmarried teenage girls in the Handmaiden House and Home’s laundry to become a bride when she accidentally comes upon a naked boy in one of the family quarters, Silas Maars. To see a naked man before marriage is an unforgivable sin in Home and a challenge to her precious status as a virgin, her only aspect of worth. This compromise to her purity would earn her an automatic exile in the Hard Labor Camp, a death sentence until the commune leader, Parson, sentences her to the punishment of serving Silas and his unusual family as a housekeeper. As she works for the Maars family and is isolated from the rest of the commune’s population, she discovers the frightening, threatening outside world is not as dangerous as she has been led to believe. The Maars family reveals to her that Deacon controls the population of Home by keeping them all ignorant, denying them education and books so he can teach his own twisted, corrupt, self-serving version of religion from the pulpit. As she learns the truth and begins to fall into a star-crossed love with Silas, her fate as a childbride to one of the lecherous Elders or a worker in the hard labor camp is drawing nigh.
Published: WordCrafts Press, LLC. Publication Date: November 22, 2016
Available for Purchase: AMAZON 
   
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The next night after dinner, I went to the Maars’ quarters to clean Silas’s room. “I got it,” Silas said.
“You got what-“ I saw a book in his lap. It was a giant book, covered in pictures. I had seen pictures before, but they were in school. They were rare, we didn’t have the technology to make photographs anymore. The book said LIFE in large white letters. “Silas!” I cried. “What are you doing with that? You know you’ll get in trouble if they find out you have it!”
“No, I won’t,” he said. “They don’t even notice if we keep it hidden.”
“Books are rare!”
“No, they’re not,” he chuckled. “They’ve got a whole room full of books in the Elder’s wing. On shelves and stacked on top of each other in giant piles.”
“A whole room?” I repeated, trying to imagine it. “Is that where you got these?”
“Yeah,” he said, flipping through the book. “There’s thousands of books. Tens of thousands. Maybe even a hundred thousand!”
“You’re making that up,” I said.
“Here.”
He showed me a beautiful printed page. It had yellowed a bit, the edges were dog-eared. I felt a chill; I never was allowed to handle something as precious as a book before. I had learned to read by a chalkboard and it helped when there were directions painted on the walls of the laundry and the directions on the cooking cards. This was special and sacred, and Silas was letting me handle it like the bag of laundry I picked up every night. I looked at the page on the book: in the middle, a picture was in black and white of a group of women dressed in pantsuits, like the mechanics in our commune, standing by some large metal thing. They were grinning, proud, brandishing tools, not ashamed to be forced into wearing pants like the hard labor whores were forced to, their hair under colorful red patterned bandanas.
Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs)
I blinked. “Real women in the militia?” I asked.
“Yeah. They used to have a militia with an entire department where they flew airplanes.”
“Airplanes are made-up.”
“They used to drop bombs on the enemies during wars. They’d blow up entire cities. And shoot each other down in air fights.”
“Men can’t fly,” I snorted.
“I’ve flown.”
“You’re making that up, you have not. It’s impossible!”
They used to know how,” he said. “Papa says that there are people that still know. People go to places to get onto planes called aeroports. And the pilots would drive them across the world. You’ve never read a book, have you?”

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Eleni McKnight is a Murfreesboro, Tennessee native and graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a degree in Theatre with an emphasis in Literature. This left her with a wild passion for creating costumes and doing make-up in her freetime, along with her intense passion for reading from her childhood. She started writing at age eight when she had read all the Baby-Sitter's Club books she had brought along for a road trip at age nine, and wanted something new to read. It's never quite left her over the years.
These days, you can usually find her working backstage or costuming in local community theatres, reading a book, walking/exercising, at a concert, drinking a craft beer with friends, knitting, embroidering, or taking a dance class.
 
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Mens Unusual Quartz Analog Stainless Steel Watch


Mens Unusual Quartz Analog Stainless Steel Watch

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M663X27/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&keywords=Leather+Watch

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***My Personal Review***

Nice analog watch with gold accents that make it classy and ready for dressy or casual or even work.  Black genuine leather band with a tan underside and plenty of holes so that it will fit even the larger hands.  Definitely a nice gift for any man for Christmas!