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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Shadow of a Girl by Shannon Greenland Blog Tour with Guest Post and Giveaway!
Shadow of a Girl by Shannon Greenland
Publication Date: September 19, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Use cash and keep moving.

After I ran away from home, these were the two rules that dictated my life. Scoring a job as a roadie fit perfectly for what I needed. Traveling, cash, and life out of the spotlight. But when my path collides with West, the lead singer of Bus Stop, I can’t seem to stay out of his spotlight—especially since we’ll be touring together for an entire year.

West is determined to break down my walls. He won’t give up. And little by little they come crumbling. But if he knew what lurked behind them, he wouldn’t be so eager to get rid of them.

The more time we spend together, the more the lines of our friendship become blurred. He makes me dream of things I never thought possible. But while our friendship has been evolving into a romance, my secrets have been closing in. And just when I’ve decided to reveal my past to West, I’m confronted by it. The cost of my freedom could ruin the life of the guy I love…

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My lifeline, is gone. It’s all me now. The rest of
this is up to me. I look at myself in the mirror. I look scared,
yes, but elated, too. And it’s the elated that bolsters me for
the rest. Taking the scissors, I hold out a long clump of my
Your hair’s so pretty. So long. Never cut it.
Clenching my jaw, I put the scissors all the way at my
chin and whack it right off. With it, a harsh laugh escapes me.
I hold the long blond chunk out in front of me, and a tiny
smile creases my lips. If this is what rebelliousness feels like,
no wonder Gideon is so afraid of it.
I cut the rest of my hair all the way up to my chin and
tear into the red dye. I stay in the handicap stall for thirty
minutes. Someone comes in to use the one beside me, and
then leaves. I spend my time staying as still as possible, like
even if I move somehow Gideon will know it. Finally it’s time
to rinse the dye out, and as I do I hear the announcement for
my bus to Boston.
I shove everything in the garbage, and I wedge a baseball
hat over my wet head, grab my duffel and guitar, and hurry
across the brightly lit station and out into the loading bay.
I don’t think I breathe the whole time. And I don’t lift my
head, but from under my cap my eyes flick back and forth
across the area. Scanning. Scanning.
“I.D. and ticket,” the driver says.
With clammy, shaky fingers I hold out both, and he
takes them. If he notices my unsteady hands, he doesn’t
mention them. Then he’s waving me on, and I’m boarding.
I’m boarding!
I find a seat half way and tuck in, lowering my cap even
farther and surreptitiously staring out the windows. One-by-one
people continue to board and I don’t make eye contact
with any of them. An elderly gentleman sits down beside me
and proceeds to fall asleep.
Eventually, boarding is done. The driver takes his seat.
And slowly, we pull away. As we do, I take what feels like
the first breath I’ve had.
My new name is Eve, and as of this
moment, I’m officially a runaway.


Shannon Greenland is the award winning author of the teen spy series, The Specialists, and the YA romance, The Summer My Life Began. She also writers thrillers under S. E. Green. Shannon grew up in Tennessee where she dreaded all things reading and writing. She didn’t even read her first book for enjoyment until she was twenty-five. After that she was hooked! When she’s not writing, she works as an adjunct math professor and lives on the coast in Florida with her very grouchy dog. Find her online everywhere @segreenauthor.

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  • 3 Winners will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Micro USB Cable, EveShine [4-Pack]

Micro USB Cable, EveShine [4-Pack]


***My Personal Review***

Who doesn't need extra cables around their home?  I know I go through them like crazy because I have a smartphone and a tablet and my daughter has a tablet so we are constantly charging all 3 of them - plus I also have several other USB things that I use.  So for me I need both long and short cables and it's great to have extras on hand.  The best part of this pack for me is the different lengths - you get 1.6 ft, 3.3 ft and 6.6 ft.  I like the shorter cables for stuff on my desk and my daughter uses the longer cables for charging her tablet while using it.  So for me this 4 pack is a nice item and I think most people could use it.  The cables are rubber and they are pretty thick and strong - I noticed they don't kink if folded which is great.  This comes in a nice little box that would be easy to wrap up or use as a stocking stuffer.

Pokemon Go PokeBall Keychain Plush Toy

Pokemon Go PokeBall Keychain Plush Toy


***My Personal Review***

If you have a Pokemon lover in your house then they will love this - it's just a simple felt PokeBall that looks just like the ball in the Pokemon Go game.  It's red and white felt with a black strip around the middle and the black and white eye in the middle.  It comes with a chain attached at the top so you can carry it with you or hang it in your car - whatever.  A lot of people enjoy this game and this would make a great stocking stuffer.

Scratch-Off Interactive World Map by Info-Globes

Scratch-Off Interactive World Map by Info-Globes


***My Personal Review***

This is possibly one of the coolest products I have ever received.  So it looks like a regular map - it has everything on it including the legend, continents and oceans.  But the best part is that it is a scratch off map - yes as in scratching off a lottery ticket.  It comes on a heavy piece of glossy paper and you can hang it anywhere.  The background is black and the scratch off areas are a yellow-orange color.  You just grab the scratching tool that comes with the set and carefully scratch off whichever area you want.  The top part that you scratch off is just plain and has the name of the country or continent and then maybe a few other details.  When you scratch it off it reveals a cute picture pertaining to wherever it is.  Like in Antarctica I scratched off a bit and it revealed an iceberg.  The Galapagos Island part revealed all of the small islands underneath.  This also comes with a really cute gold metal compass that opens and closes.  This is perfect for any kid who loves to learn about the world and is also great for adults.  Everything can be scratched off including most of the legend at the bottom.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway :)

The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy
Publication Date: June 15, 2016
Publisher: Rebelight Publishing

Art is Gabrielle's passion, but her parents have other plans for her future-marriage to a man three times her age who holds nothing but disdain for art. Gabrielle is determined to escape life as the baron's trophy wife and the confinement of traditional roles. She flees her privileged home in the French countryside for Paris and the grandmother who understands her passion. When she cannot locate her grandmother, Gabrielle is left on her own in the City of Lights. The art world of Paris, 1900, brims with excitement, opportunity, and risk. Should Gabrielle trust her new friends, or will they take advantage of her hopes and dreams?

***My Personal Review***

For those who love the Victorian style of writing and a tiny bit of Steampunk thrown in the mix then this book is for you.  Gabrielle has travelled to Paris to find her grandmother after running away from everything she has known - going from her small country life straight into the bustling city.  She meets some new and intriguing people along the way including the scheming Babette, who offers to help her in exchange for taking all her money, leaving Gabrielle with next to nothing in a city she doesn't know.  Gabrielle cannot find her grandmother, she seems to have just disappeared into thin air.  So her hunt continues as she meets more new people on the way - but always questioning their motives as well.  I think Paris is a great setting for this novel because it is set during a time of passion and coming-of-age for art in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  It's mysterious and beautiful but with a neverending current of danger.

The characters of Babette, Henri and Alphonse seem very simple on the surface but the more you read the more you realize how complex they really are.  Babette especially being an artist like Gabrielle but yet is intense and always looking for a good time.  Even though I want to hate her it's hard because I feel like deep down she really does care for people.  And then there is Philippe, the handsome dashing stranger that piques Gabrielle's attention immediately upon meeting him.  He seems to be amazing but is he really?  Or is he going to turn out to be a villain? 

Throughout the novel Gabrielle encounters a lot of problems in her search for not only her grandmother but also herself - but her ties to the artistic world are always there bubbling in the back of her mind.  Her dreams of visiting the Louvre come true and so much more.  I really enjoyed reading this, I think it's a great novel and definitely recommend it :)


Brenda Joyce Leahy has travelled to France five times but finds there’s always more
explorations awaiting her. She loves historical fiction and thinks she was born a century too late but can’t imagine her life without computers or cell phones. So, perhaps, she arrived in the world at just the right moment to tell this story.

She grew up on a farm near Taber, Alberta but now lives with her family near the Rocky Mountains in Calgary, Alberta. After over 20 years practising law, she has returned to her first love of writing fiction. She is a member of several writing organizations, including the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI): her profile there is The Art of Rebellion is also profiled on the Humber School of Writers’ website at Brenda is also a member of the Historical Novel Society:, and leads a YA/MG writers’ critique group in Calgary.

The Art of Rebellion is her first Young Adult novel, published by Rebelight Publishing, spring 2016.

Giveaway Information: Contest ends September 30, 2016

  • Two (2) winners will received a physical copy of The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy (US/Canada)
  • Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy (INT)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for Sacrifice (Serpentine #2) by Cindy Pon!

Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for
Sacrifice (Serpentine #2) by Cindy Pon
presented by Month9Books!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
Happy Book Birthday, Cindy!
Sacrifice, the sequel to Serpentine, plunges Skybright into the terrifying underworld where demons are bred and whisks her up to the magnificent Mountain of Heavenly Peace where the gods dwell.
Stone is stripped of his immortal status and told to close hell's breach, which mysteriously remains open, threatening mortals.
Zhen Ni, Skybright's former mistress and friend, has been wed to the strange and brutish Master Bei, and finds herself trapped in an opulent but empty manor. When she discovers half-eaten corpses beneath the estate, she realizes that Master Bei is not all that he seems.
As Skybright works to free Zhen Ni with the aid of Kai Sen and Stone, they begin to understand that what is at risk is more far-reaching then they could ever have fathomed.
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Sacrifice (Serpentine #2) by Cindy Pon Publication Date: September 27, 2016 Publisher: Month9Books
SERPENTINE is a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology.
Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell.
When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.
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Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist, and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. Her most recent novel, Serpentine (Month9Books, 2015), is a Junior Library Guild Selection and received starred reviews from School Library Journal and VOYA. The sequel, Sacrifice, releases this September. WANT, a near-future thriller set in Taipei, will be published by Simon Pulse in summer 2017. She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade. Learn more about her books and art at
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Kidkraft Transportation Station Train Set

Kidkraft Transportation Station Train Set


***My Personal Review***

Really super nice wooden train set with all kinds of goodies for the kids to play with.  It even comes with a felt mat that is big enough to assemble the entire set on.  This comes with a crane, helicopter and a 3 piece train that rolls along the tracks but doesn't require batteries or electricity.  Most of the pieces are made of wood and the accessories are made from plastic.  This is a great set that goes together easily because the wooden pieces are made like puzzle pieces and fit together nicely.  Then you just add the accessories and you are ready to play!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Marvel Avengers Captain America" Civil War" Boys Large Backpack


***My Personal Review***

This came at just the right time - my daughter had ripped her old backpack and we replaced it with Captain America. This is a full-sized backpack with just the large zippered pocket. The image on the front is awesome and smooth, it has the A for Avengers and Captain America and Iron Man fighting. Perfect for any comics fan. The rest of the backpack is blue and red - it's very cool. The bag itself is large enough for most any school aged kid and they would be pretty excited with it.

Essential Oils & Aromatherapy - eBook


***My Personal Review***

I have recently started delving into essential oils and trying to see what works for me and what doesn't.  My daughter suffers from anxiety and ADHD and I suffer with terrible anxiety.  So hearing that essential oils have worked for a lot of people made me think about it.  This book is a handbook for essential oils and it helps you choose what oils might be right for your ailments.  It starts with an overview of essential oils and then moves onto the benefits and a how-to for using oils together.  I found it pretty good and helped me learn about some oils I had never even heard of.  Overall a great reference!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for My Junior Year of Loathing by Jennifer DiGiovanni

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
My Junior Year of Loathing by Jennifer DiGiovanni
Be on the look out for this upcoming release from Swoon Romance!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
Junior year is supposed to be tough. Exams, term papers, homework, college tours, and participation in extra-curricular activities can all add up to non-stop stress. But Melinda Banner has goals to achieve and dreams to make real. This year, she’ll be unstoppable. But even over achievers need a break.
While walking in the woods to take a break from the stress of it all, Melinda meets a boy named Connor. After a few more run-ins, the two settle into an uneasy friendship, if you can even call it that.
But Connor's closed and mysterious. Whenever Melinda asks too many questions, he suddenly has to go or is no longer interested in talking. When they’re together, she’s torn between wanting him to open up and running away as fast as she can. Still she can't seem to shake her budding interest in him.
Connor has his own way of looking at the world, and his views often conflict with Melinda’s practical nature. Can you like someone and loathe them at the same time? Is he even worth the emotional tug on her heartstrings or distraction from all things Junior year?
And, as if she needs another project right now, Melinda starts to obsess over the abandoned estate she passes on the way to school each day. Between Connor and the old estate, Melinda's beginning to think she's taking on too much.
But Melinda's smart. She finds a way to indulge her interest in the estate and fulfill her obligations. She will uncover the truth behind the aging edifice for an epic article in the school newspaper.
But when her investigation reveals a connection between Connor and a tragedy long-since forgotten, Melinda has a choice: put off her junior year achievements to save a local landmark and a boy who constantly pushes her away or put them both out of her mind for good and focus on making the grade.
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My Junior Year of Loathing by Jennifer DiGiovanni Publication Date:  October 25, 2016 Publisher:  Swoon Romance
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Jennifer DiGiovanni
Jennifer DiGiovanni is the author of the School Dayz Series. When she’s not writing or reading, she likes to try new sports and activities from archery to ballroom dancing, with varying degrees of success.
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