Monday, November 30, 2015

Seaside Christmas Book Blast



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Seaside Christmas by Stacy Claflin

He can’t stand her. She thinks he’s crazy. Will their feelings stay etched in permanent ink?

Cruz Hunter has always stuck out in his small hometown. Now that he’s covered in tattoos, the residents peg him as even more of an outcast. It seems like the whole world is against his dream of opening a local tattoo parlor.

When he finally finds the perfect place for his new business, Cruz discovers a pastor and his daughter have already bought it. The only thing more irritating than the change in his plan is Talia, a beautiful and feisty argument in a dress. Cruz would like nothing more than to have her out of his life and his mind, but for some reason, she’s the only thing he can think about.

If Cruz and Talia can stop arguing long enough, opposites may do much more than attract.

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Meet the Hunter brothers of Kittle Falls…

The Seaside Hunters novels are a series of contemporary sweet romances. They’re set in the beach town of Kittle Falls, following the Hunter brothers as they make their way back to their hometown and find the loves they couldn’t elsewhere. Each book is a standalone.

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Author Stacy Claflin

I don’t stick to a single genre in my writing, reading, or viewing. My favorite shows include Supernatural, The Walking Dead, Pretty Little Liars, Lost Girl, Vampire Diaries, and Once Upon a Time.

I've been writing and telling stories for as long as I can remember. As a kid, my story telling would get me into trouble because I would try to convince others that my stories were real.

When I'm not busy writing, I like spending time with my family and friends. I also educate my kids from home.


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Friday, November 27, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things: November 27, 2015



Celebrate the Small Things is hosted by Lexa Cain along with wonderful co- hosts Writing Off The Edge and The Cyborg Mom.

This week was a rough week for me, my boss of over 9 years passed away.  I find it hard to find anything to celebrate this week, except for the fact that I got to know this wonderful man over the years.



My thoughts and prayers are with his family as they go through the process of grieving for their husband and father.  Life is short and may we all remember to look for the small things to celebrate.



Saturday, November 21, 2015

Roman's Holiday Book Blast



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Roman's Holiday by Susan Aylworth

Four years after Roman Kincaid was catapulted into stardom as a country-western singer and A-list movie star, he is burned out: exhausted by a grueling schedule, drained by the ceaseless demands of producers and managers, weary of meeting the needs of others at the expense of his own. Leaving a sold-out show in Phoenix, he rents a car and drives north and east, landing in the Painted Desert town of Rainbow Rock.

Nearly three years after leaving her old life behind, Lottie Beale is feeding people and baking pies, managing the Kachina Café and tending secrets of her own. When circumstances conspire to give two attractive people some time alone together amid the world-class vistas of the Four Corners, they discover more than either had bargained for.



Excerpt

“Ro-man! Ro-man!” A capacity crowd in the Ak-Chin Pavilion chanted his name under the starry desert sky, but Roman Kincaid barely heard it. He stood in the stage wings, gearing up for an encore and wondering when his dream had become a nightmare.

“Okay, guys,” he said to his back-up band via their ear buds. “One encore only. Let’s do ‘Gamble.’ Start with the chorus.” He took two steps toward the stage entrance, swinging his guitar into playing position.

Sam, his manager, caught his elbow. “Are you sure about this? That crowd adores you. You could probably play three encores, sell more CDs—”

“No.” Roman left no room for argument. “One and done. And no backstage stuff, either. I’m outta here.” He took a deep breath, pasted on the same fake, crowd-pleasing smile he’d used in the last half-dozen shows, and jogged back onto the stage to the roar of twenty thousand excited voices. He strummed the intro and launched into the chorus of his first number-one hit:

“Love is such a gamble.
You break a new deck every time.
Sometimes you’re dealt the aces;
Others you draw to nines.
But when I met you, I knew it was true.
A winning hand you seemed.
Now I have the rush of a royal flush.
You are the gamble of my dreams.”

The crowd cheered wildly as he played his way through the music he now sang in his sleep. In fact, he realized as he watched fans taking up the beat and clapping along, that was pretty much what he was doing now. He struggled to suppress a yawn during the guitar interlude as he turned to acknowledge his band.

I spent my early life dreaming of a crowd like this. When did performing start to feel like a chore? He put the thought away. Lately he’d been thinking of times when he’d heard of some celebrity being hospitalized for exhaustion and assumed it was a euphemism for drug rehab. Now he wondered. When was the last time I felt truly rested? The question was an imponderable. Months, at least.
He hit the last chord and took a deep bow, then shouted, “Thank you, Phoenix!” and dashed off-stage.

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Author Susan Aylworth

Susan Aylworth started her first book when she was nine. "It was called Buff, The Proud Stallion. I wrote eight whole pages." For her fifth grade career day, she stated her ambition to become "a rich and famous author." Decades later, she is pleased to have achieved the 'author' part of that goal. A former university professor, she enjoys researching backgrounds and careers for her novels. "It's one way to live many lives at once." She lives in northern California with her husband of 45 years and two spoiled cats.



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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Treasure Blog Tour Review



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Treasure by S. Smith

It’s 2077. There’s no apocalypse, but some things are different. Things like the weather, the internet, and food. In twelve-year-old Clare’s world, blueberry is just a flavor and apples are found only in fairy tales.

One day Clare meets Ana, who teaches her about seeds and real food, despite suspicions that such actions are illegal.

When the authorities discover the children’s forbidden tomato plant and arrest their mother, Clare and her brother flee. Clare has heard of a place called "The Garden State," and with their bikes, a little money, and backpacks, the children begin a lonely cross-country journey that tests them both physically and spiritually.

Will they succeed in their quest to find a place of food freedom? And can they, only children, help change the world?
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Excerpt

Clare walked faster, clutching the tiny packet to her chest. The sound of the footsteps behind kept pace. She darted down an alley she knew well—turning right, then left, then right again. Standing still, her back against the wall, she listened. The footsteps had not followed her; she had lost them.

Twenty minutes later and safe in the apartment, she met with her co-conspirators: Dante, her seven-year-old brother, and Lily, her best friend.

“I have something to show you, but you have to promise not to tell.”

“We promise.”

Holding out her closed fist, she whispered, “What I have here will change the world.”

Dante’s eyes widened. “It’s so small.”

“It may be small now,” she told him, “but what I have in my hand will get bigger. It will grow and make more.”

“What is it?” Lily asked.

“Is it magic?” asked Dante.

She opened her hand.

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Review:

This was such a refreshing book, children surviving on their own...adults trusting them to do so.  Fantastic! It felt like reading 1984 again, only made for children and with a happy ending.

I look foreword to reading the rest of the books in this series.

Praise for Seed Savers

“I haven't been this in love with an individual young adult book since Lois Lowry's The Giver... 221 pages of exciting young adult goodness! I devoured it, and it was delicious." -Anakalian Whims Book Blog

“Here's a great piece of "juvenile" literature that doesn't lose sight of one key fact: kids can think.”- Lit Prof, Amazon Reviewer

“I highly recommend this book for tweens and teens who enjoy reading the dystopian genre and who are looking for a non-violent and thought-provoking story.” - Renee at Mother Daughter Book Reviews



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Author S. Smith

S. Smith grew up on a farm with a tremendously large garden. She maintains that if you can’t taste the soil on a carrot, it’s not fresh enough.

As an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, Ms. Smith has enjoyed teaching students from around the world.

Smith is a member ALLi (The Alliance of Independent Authors) and saves seeds for her local seed bank.

She gardens and writes at her home in the beautiful and green Pacific Northwest where she lives with her husband, two children, and two cats.




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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Fast Five Friday: Phone Apps


This blog hop is the brainchild of Dani and Jax over at Cover Girls and it's quickly become one of my favourites.  It's fast, in list format and I can participate as much or as little as I want. Which is cool, because sometimes life gets busy.

So I am just taking topics all willy nilly now as I got so far behind.  C'est la vie!

The topic for today's post is phone apps, and boy do I have a few of those.  My five favourites were pretty hard to pick but I narrowed it down for you:

1) Pact


Put your money up against doing healthy activities and make money if you complete your pact.  (because sometimes I need the push)

2) Checkout 51


Collect money back on stuff you are buying anyway, I LOVE, LOVE this app.

3) Duolingo


My kids are both in French Immersion now and can talk circles around me but I am catching up thanks to Duolingo.

4) Audible


I used to hate audio books, now I am so addicted to Audible, great for long walks and distance trips. Also great for at the gym.

5) Photo Repost


Because sometimes you just have to share that awesome thing that you saw on Instagram.

FAST FIVE FRIDAY TOPICS:

AUGUST

Aug. 28: 5 websites/blogs you visit the most

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 4: 5 books that had you bawling or near tears
Sept. 11: 5 things you're looking forward to in the fall
Sept. 18: 5 books you’d like to see turned into movies/TV shows
Sept. 25: 5 most anticipated books


OCTOBER

Oct. 2: 5 classic literature novels you adore
Oct. 9: 5 Halloween costumes you think are awesome
Oct. 16: 5 things that drive you bat-shit-crazy
Oct. 23: 5 top Halloween-isk movies you always watch

Oct. 30: No FFF this week. Spooktoberfest is happening!

Don't forget to go by Cover Girls Fast Five Friday post and link up if you decide to participate.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things: November 13, 2015



Celebrate the Small Things is hosted by Lexa Cain along with wonderful co- hosts Writing Off The Edge and The Cyborg Mom.

This week I am celebrating living so close to work as I have worked all the hours and if I traveled on top of that the exhaustion would be beyond ridiculous.

I am also celebrating that we finally seem to be getting into the swing of things in our new home, I was beginning to think that things would be crazy and hectic forever.

What are you celebrating this week?

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Monster Jam Party Giveaway

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Do you and your family love Monster Jam? Well Birthday Express and Monster Jam have good news for you! From now until November 23rd, you can enter to win a Monster Jam themed party for ten (10) people hosted at a Monster Jam event in the United States occurring between January 1, 2016 and April 30, 2016. Read all the details and enterhere

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Lest We Forget

This morning as we got ready for school I reminded Cat and Ace of the importance of reflection and respect during their Remembrance Day ceremony at school.  As it usually does, the conversation evolved into a discussion of what they have learned about school regarding war, soldiers and why it is important to honor those who serve or have serve in our military.  

I know what they learn at home, we have lots of family and friends who have served and some that are serving.  The key word to me there is serve, they are doing this for their country as a whole, which means they are fighting for us.  So that we can sleep at night not in the constant terror that exists in some parts of the world.

Today at the assembly my son's class is singing Blowin In The Wind, I had a struggle with that when he was practicing.  When I was his age we had already been asked to memorize In Flanders Fields and that and Oh Canada were the school's contribution to this occasion.  As it should be.

I still have it memorized and it still makes me cry every time:

In Flanders Fields
By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

Composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915 
during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium

When you take your moment of silence today at 11:00 AM think about what your freedom means to you and remember all those who sacrificed their lives to ensure it.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Cricut Explore Air

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Want to be able to easily make pretty décor, personalized gifts, and fun cards for upcoming holidays? Then you need to treat yourself to a Cricut Explore Air™ — Cricut's very popular electronic cutting machine. It's the best DIY crafting tool to be developed since the sewing machine! 

The Cricut Explore Air is versatile, easy to use, and allows for very precise cuts. It's also incredibly affordable, especially since Cricut generously discounted the cost by up to $200 on the machine and bundles — just in time for the holiday crafting season! 

With the Cricut Explore Air™, you can cut over 60 different types of material, including paper, fabric, plastic and vinyl to name a few. The Explore Air also features Cut Smart™ technology, which allows you to cut a wide range of shapes and sizes with exceptional precision, from ¼" tall up to 11½" wide x 23½" tall. 

This Cricut Explore machine is called the Air because it has built-in Bluetooth® capability. This means you can use Cricut’s free iPad app and design anything you want from your iPad, just like you would on your home computer, but with the convenience of being able to take your projects with you anywhere. Then, you can just wirelessly send your project from your iPad to your Explore Air to bring it to life.

While the Cricut Explore Air is impressive on its own, purchasing it with one of Cricut's bundle offerings makes it even more valuable. Each bundle comes with different accessories that allow you to expand your creativity and make your crafting projects even more simple and fun to create. Plus, by purchasing your Explore Air with a bundle, you're able to save a bundle in the process! 

Go to Cricut.com and check out the savings Cricut is offering on their Cricut Explore Air™ and bundles today so you can get your very own in time to make this holiday season your most creative one yet!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Express Yourself: Body Switching


The Express Yourself Weekly Meme is hosted Bouquet Of Books and Entertaining Interests.  This week's topic is: If you could switch bodies with someone for 24 hours (like in Freaky Friday) who would you switch with and why?

If I could switch bodies with anybody for a day it would be my son, he gets bullied a lot at school and is too afraid to stand up for himself. I would like to stand up to his bullies just once. No violence just a little pointing out that how they behave is not cool.

Also, I would tell the teacher what's going on because if he did that I wouldn't have to spend so much time on the phone explaining why he doesn't do that.



Saturday, November 7, 2015

Twenty Questions

I love a good round of questions!  I borrowed these ones from Dani at Entertaining Interests.

Start the Week Out with 20 Questions!

1) How tall are you?

     5' 8", not short by any means but sometimes it feels that way.

2) Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?

     No, all my talent or lack there of is very out in the world.

3) What is your biggest blog-related pet peeve?
   
Hard to find comment boxes, drives me insane.

4) What is your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?

Rude people, drives me insane when people can't drop their drama enough to be at least polite to the people around them.

5) What's your favorite song?

Nothing Else Matters by Metallica



6) What is your favorite ETSY shop?

My favourite Etsy store at the moment is Sheba Nail Products as I am researching making my own nail polish. 

7) What's your favorite way to spend your free time when you're alone?

Reading or doing crafts or working on Cosplay work. 

8) What's your favorite junk food?

Miss Vickie's Balsamic Vinegar and Sea Salt chips.  OMG, they are fantastic.

9) Do you have pets?

We have a cat named Bailey she can be seen below napping with the other Cat. 




10) What are your favorite fiction and non-fiction books?

Non - Biographies.

Fiction – Everything and anything but mostly Sci-Fi and Fantasy.

11) What is your favorite beauty product?

Mascara, I have to have mascara.  I own so much of it, each for a different purpose.  My absolute favourite is Youngique 3D Fiberlash.

12) When were you last embarrassed?

The last time I was at the doctor, it wasn't my regular doctor and I was there for a personal matter so it was sooo embarrassing. 

13) If you could drink one beverage for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Coffee, all the coffee.

14) What's your favorite movie?

So hard to decide...I will say Gone With The Wind as that is my go to favourite but I really love so many.

15) What were you in high school? Prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, etc?

The weird goth girl who was super friendly.

16) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Someplace where it is neither too cold, nor too hot. You find it, I’ll move there.

17) PC or Mac?

PC.

18) Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boyfriend/girlfriend?

I got breakfast in bed before work from my fiance. 

19) Favorite celeb?

Heath Ledger, Anne Hathaway, Chris Evans, and Chris Pratt.

20) Which blogger do you secretly want to be best friends with?

I absolutely adore Cait from Click's Clan, she is on the top of my list.  

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Currently: November 4, 2015

Currently....

{I read Jamie Morrow's Currently every week and I always want to hop on board because it seems like such a fun way to keep you guys updated on the stuff going on in my life so here I am.}

Loving...

The walk with the kids to school in the morning, it's a great way to start the day.

Reading...


Finishing off War and Peace FINALLY.

Watching...

This season of Doctor Who (finally Clara get interesting!) for the most part.  Jane the Virgin here and there and movies from my childhood on Shomi.  I have discovered that my kids either really love or really hate old movies.

Listening To...

All of the radio because I have been living at work this week, and when this happens I discover that I am not fond of today's music.  Except this song:


Despite how much the video depresses me I love this song.

Thinking About...

How little time there is before Christmas, when I have guests coming to stay and I STILL haven't finished unpacking from the move.  Boxes are like decor right?

Anticipating...

Taking the kids to the Royal Agricultural Fair next weekend, I really love looking at the cows.

Wishing... 

For more time not at work so that I can unpack those last boxes.

Making Me Happy...

Fall leaves everywhere!  It's so beautiful out now with all the tress in full fall foliage.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Twenty Questions

Sometimes we find really fantastic stuff on the internet, things that could keep you amused for hours if not days.

Twenty Questions is that website for me today.  I beat the site on my first try but not so well after that.

How did you do?