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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Trials of the Heart by Chandra Trulove Fry Official Book Tour with Giveaway!

Some would say the heart can only take so much. Some would say that the heart can endure many things. Still others might say that the right heart is strong enough for anything. 

Follow Devon's journey as she faces life. Will her heart endure the trials set before her? Only time will tell.

I am a bibliophile book dragon who lives with her tech wizard husband and two youngest minions. I am a mother of three, however, and have one amazing grandson. We all reside in the beautiful Redding, California.

I am first and foremost a reader and an eclectic one at that. I own books in many various genres and will continue to hunt for more! I became a published author in 2017. My debut novella "Trials of the Heart" released in September of 2017. Since then, I have taken on many various projects. Writing is no longer just a hobby but is now a career.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

AncordWorks Premium Bluetooth Speaker Review

AncordWorks Premium Bluetooth Speaker Review

This little product is pretty cool!  I was surprised when I started it up, there are a few surprises I was not expecting.  I chose this one because I love the orange edging, I think it's very trendy.  The speaker itself is actually pretty heavy, if you hit yourself with it you will have a mark LOL.  So yeah don't do that :)  The product comes with the speaker, an aux cord, USB cable and a wristband as well as 2 extra replacement black dots.  The little black part on the top peels back and that is where you plug in the 2 cables.  So when I got mine it was charged, not sure how much but it does come with some charge.  I have really never used bluetooth much at all and always had issues with it so I was expecting some - but honestly this was SUPER easy to use.  I held the power button for a few seconds until it turned green, then turned on my device (I used a tablet since I was recording the video review on my phone).  I went to settings, chose bluetooth and as long as the speaker is on it should show up as AW20 in your devices and you click it and it automatically sets it for use.  So then I opened my music and turned on a song and hit the play button above the power button and it instantly started playing out of the speaker :)  The sound was clear and crisp, no interference at all.  Worked like a charm for me.  So you can check out my video review, I am posting the link below, it's pretty awesome!  I would give this a 5 star review because I had absolutely NO problems getting it going or working with it.  

 I am getting ready to move to a new place and it will be quite a bit bigger than my place now and since my computer is basically in the middle of the apartment right now I really had no need for a speaker.  But now I will be able to use this outside or wherever in my new place :)  This would be awesome for patio parties where you want some music - if I had to choose one thing that could be better it would be if it was more loud.  But I didn't try turning my tablet sound all the way up, so that might help.

So do you want to know what the cool surprise is????  Well ... when I turned on the speaker it gave me quite a start because it talks to you!!!  It says "powering on" or "powering off" and even tells you "paired" when your device is working with it.  And the power button will also turn from green to blue when it's paired.  So you can use this as a wireless bluetooth speaker or you can plug in the aux cable and use it that way.  And it's easy to charge as it uses a mini-USB cable to plug in.  I would recommend this to anyone looking for a nice bluetooth speaker - however if you are looking for a very compact speaker then this one might not be for you.  But it does work great.  Check it out on Amazon using the link above!

I received a free product to test - all opinions are honest and my own from personal experience with product.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Amelleon 6 Piece Set Large Capacity Packing Cubes Review

Amelleon 6 Piece Set Large Capacity Packing Cubes

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Different colors, a few different sizes but a LOT of packing space, these bags are great for many purposes including travel, storage and more.  This set comes with 3 large packing cubes, a drawstring bag that is perfect for taking to the beach or using for toiletries when traveling.  I actually am using the smaller cube for all of my cables and plugs, I hang it right above my desk and I know where to go to find what I need :)  Works great!  These would also be great for packing a small diaper bag and having it ready to go when you go out the door.  Check it out :)

I wanted to try this product because I am not a very organized person, but I WANT to be.  I have an 11 year old daughter and it is very difficult to keep things straight.  Like with her Shopkins that she gets and doesn't play with, but I am keeping to make a wall mural for her - I plan on using one of these cubes to store all of them!  I can keep them up and away from her little hands which is even better :)

I honestly would recommend these to anyone, they are nice and sturdy but not heavy - plus they are collapsible so if you don't need them you can store them in a teeny space.  I think this will solve a lot of my problems and I actually used the drawstring bag last weekend when I took an overnight trip - I put all my toiletries in there and then I knew nothing would leak onto my clothes when they were in my bag.  Worked like a charm!

I didn't have any dislikes about this product - they are easy to store, easy to use and made of a nice sturdy but lightweight fabric - and all but 2 of the cubes have a mesh top so air can get through to whatever you have in the cube and keep it from getting moldy.  So these could be used for picnics or other foods or things you don't want to have airtight.  I would buy more of these, they are really great and I am going to use most of them in my closets to hold things - and then to add something you can just unzip a little bit and close it back up.  One thought I had was to use the hanger hack that I saw where you can take the cubes, hang them on hangers and then attach them together so that one was just overlapping the other.  Great way to save even more space.  Lots of ways you can use these and if you can think of more ideas please let me know in the comments!!!

You can check out pics of the cubes below:

Sunday, June 3, 2018

FREEWISE Personal Fan in Pink Review

FREEWISE Personal Fan Battery Operated Small 4 Inch hand held Portable USB Rechargeable 3 to 10 Hours Play Time 3 speed (Pink) Campaign

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***My Personal Review***

I am loving this fan.  I wasn't sure when I ordered it because I have used those ones you buy at the store and they never worked very well.  I was very surprised when I received it and it was nice and heavy and very well made.  It comes with a stand for sitting on a table or desk and the fan itself which has a nice handle for holding, and you also get a USB cord to plug into the fan.  So you can power it up and take it with you, or you can sit it on the desk and keep it plugged in.  Most smaller fans don't put out a lot of air but this one does!  It has 3 speeds and even on the lowest speed you still get a lot of air, so it's very nice to cool down.  This is not leaving my desk!!!  

I actually am going to add something ... I took this fan with me on a travel trip over the last weekend and I was SO happy with it!  I was sweating and wanted to lay down in the hotel and take a nap, I turned this little fan on next to the bed and it kept me cool!  I am very happy with it :)  It's going everywhere with me now, even in the car!

**I received a complimentary item in exchange for my honest review**

Saturday, May 5, 2018

The Code by Alison Clifford Official Book Tour!

NCIS Special Agent Ryan Gilmour finds himself back at the New London submarine base, the result of a posting swap with a friend. He settles in to wait for a chance to lead an investigation and for a woman who can capture his fickle heart.

When a vandal carves a Morse code message onto a building on the base, Ryan crosses paths with librarian Alex Ware. Her ability to avoid answering his questions leaves Ryan convinced she is hiding something. Determined to find out what it is he seeks her out, but his persistence only leads to conflict and frustration.

As a second act of vandalism rapidly follows, and then a third, Ryan is given the lead in the investigation. The attacks become sinister, the trail of Morse code messages with each act taunting Ryan and his team, daring them to break the code before it’s too late. And at every turn is the elusive Alex Ware.

Will Ryan and his team find the key to solving the case? Will Alex let down her guard and tell Ryan her secret?

Can they uncover who is behind The Code?

Alison is the author of the White Rose series and the New London books, and is a member of the Australian Crime Writers Association. 

She has served in both the Australian Army Reserve and the Royal Australian Air Force, and now lives in Tasmania with her family. 

Alison is a self-confessed stationery junkie, loves forests, and drinks too much tea.

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What are you doing?”
Alex spun around to Ryan, standing close behind her.
Look.” She pointed to the damage on the tree. “It’s the same with all three. Some,” she gritted her teeth against the swear word she wanted to say, “…idiot…has killed the trees.”
Alex watched as Ryan went from tree to tree, circling each one as she had done, before returning to her.
I wonder,” he muttered. He left her again, walking a wide perimeter around the trees, looking at walls, the ground, everywhere. It took Alex a moment to realise what he searched for and she joined in the hunt.
There,” Ryan said and strode over to a patch of grass by the building. He held his hand out as she followed. “Stay back.”
Alex stopped as Ryan crept close to the square of grass, crouching and tilting his head as he moved. She moved to the side and saw what had caught Ryan’s gaze. Shiny objects were embedded in the grass, reflecting the morning sunshine.
Is it…?”
What does it say?”
He stood up and turned to look at her. “You don’t need to know.”
I found the trees!”
Yes, you did, but this is a whole different thing.” He came over to her. “Alex, please leave me to deal with this. I’ll come and see you later, okay?”
He didn’t wait for her answer, walking back towards the glimmering message and pulling out his cell phone. Alex glared at his back, but he ignored her as he talked into the phone. She glanced around and then crept across behind Ryan, squinting at the patch of grass, trying to make out the whole message.
Ryan spun around, catching her mid crouch.
Oh, okay,” she grumbled and stalked away towards the library. She didn’t glance back, didn’t stop until she reached the staff door and let herself in. Inside and with the door closed, she leaned back against it and shut her eyes to picture gleaming items in the grass; a pattern spelling out a word.
Twenty-six,” she whispered.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Lords of the Greenwood by Chris Thorndycroft Blog Tour and Giveaway :)

Lords of the Greenwood by Chris Thorndycroft

Publication Date: January 16, 2018
eBook; 469 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Medieval

Nottinghamshire, 1264. England is on the brink of civil war. The barons are in revolt against King Henry III. Such times suit Roger Godberd, sergeant in the garrison at Nottingham Castle. After throwing in their lot with the barons who embark on a bloody campaign for control of England, Roger and his companions are betrayed and seek refuge in Sherwood Forest. There they begin their new lives as outlaws evading their old enemy, the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire. Yorkshire, 1320. Wrongfully accused of murder, young Robert Hood of Wakefield finds himself outlawed with only his bitter enemy Will Shacklock for company. Taking to the woods of Barnsdale, Robert and Will agree on an uneasy truce and begin recruiting a band of robbers fleeing the chaos of the Earl of Lancaster’s rebellion against King Edward II. Eventually drawing the attention of the king himself, Robert and his band are given a choice; be hanged as common criminals or enter the king’s service as agents of the crown… Blending real history with medieval ballads this is the entwined saga of two men, separated by a generation, united by legend, who inspired the tales of England’s famous hooded outlaw.

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***My Personal Review***

About the Author

Chris Thorndycroft is a British writer of historical fiction, horror and fantasy. His early short stories appeared in magazines and anthologies such as Dark Moon Digest and American Nightmare. His first novel under his own name was A Brother's Oath; the first book in the Hengest and Horsa Trilogy. He also writes under the pseudonym P. J. Thorndyke. For more information, please visit Chris Thorndycroft's website. You can also find him on Twitter and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Friday, March 30 Excerpt at Let Them Read Books Saturday, March 31 Feature at Passages to the Past Monday, April 2 Guest Post at What Cathy Read Next Tuesday, April 3 Review at 100 Pages a Day Wednesday, April 4 Review at Pursuing Stacie Friday, April 6 Guest Post at Katie's Book Cave Monday, April 9 Excerpt at What Is That Book About Wednesday, April 11 Interview at Donna's Book Blog Friday, April 13 Excerpt at Teaser Addicts Book Blog Monday, April 16 Review at Katie's Book Cave Wednesday, April 18 Review at WS Momma Readers Nook Friday, April 20 Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit


During the Blog Tour we will be giving away two eBooks of Lords of the Greenwood! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on April 20th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. Lords of the Greenwood