February 26, 2010

Do It Or Age Quickly by JB Berns #review


Aging is going to happen whether we like it or not and we have no control over that. We do, however, have the ability to delay the aging process if we are willing to take a little time out of our day to do a little something extra for our bodies and mind. Do It Or Age Quickly is full of simple tasks to do in only 60 seconds and while it won't stop the fact that we are going to get older, it will help you postpone looking and feeling older.

The 21 techniques mentioned in his book are meant to help both your body and your brain. I learned a lot about natural tooth whiteners that don't harm your teeth and tea that boosts your immune system. The stretches are probably my favorite topic because they are easy to do even after being in a car accident and having other physical problems. Help yourself and check out this book.

Do It Or Age Quickly by JB Berns
JB Berns
9780578043388
Nov. 2009
$19.95 US




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Overnight Mattress Complaints

With every product I purchase I expect quality customer service. I am the type of person that will boycott a store because of rude employees or horrible service. In today's world it is a lot easier to find out what type of company values certain stores have just by the reviews listed on different websites. When searching for bedroom furniture, my husband and I looked up different Overnight Mattress complaints and weren't able to find many at all. There is always going to be one or two people who hate every product available, so my usual suggestion is to try it out yourself. If there are hundreds of complaints, I would steer clear.One of the really great things about this company is that they offer a 120 night risk free trial of memory foam mattresses and then if you have Overnight Mattress complaints, you can get a full refund. They will even cover the cost of shipping the mattress back to their store. If the mattress you return is in good condition, they will donate it to someone in need. The only time you will not receive 100% of your money back because of Overnight Mattress complaints would be if there are stains, hairs, tears, etc. In this case, you would only receive 85% of the purchase price for a refund.

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February 25, 2010

Shadow Blade by Seressia Glass


Kira is a deadly Shadowchaser keeping the evil fallen from reeking havoc on society. She works with the Gilead Commission and sometimes she's not sure who is a bigger pain in her butt, the Fallen or the ones she is working for. Someone wants the dagger that is millions of years old and they won't let anything stand in their way.

Khefar is thousands of years old and the person who holds the a very important dagger. They have to work together to try to take down the tyrant who is terrorizing Atlanta looking for the precious dagger. Will they be able to battle the Shadow victoriously or will they fall victim to the evil quest?

Kira is a bad ass on a mission. This girl doesn't let anything get in her way. I loved her attitude in the book and she is one of the few characters I've read about that come to life in my mind. Two thumbs up!

Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
9781439156797
January 2010
352 pages
$7.99 US


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Check Engine Light

Every time a check engine light goes off and I'm around, I want to get to an auto shop fast. The recalls for different makes and models has me nervous. I love having a car and I love being able to go from point a to point b. If the check engine light is on, I might as well not have a car because there's no way I will drive it.

Lucky for me, my husband loves to drive and he will go where he needs to go as long as he feels it's safe. He has been looking at the Ford F-150 and to be honest, he's been drooling. If he gets his dream truck, I'm sure he won't care what light comes on, he will still be out cruising. We are planning to visit some of my family in California, I already know where we can take our car, San Diego auto repair.

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February 24, 2010

Review & Giveaway: Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova Audio Book


Andrew works as a psychiatrist but his passion is painting. His life is pretty ordinary and he isn't used to making rash decisions or acting "spontaneously". When he faces a patient that had an episode at an art museum, he finds himself drawn to the man in ways beyond his imagination. His patient, Robert, has captured Andrew's imagination and set him on a path to find out what happened in Robert's life that has made him the person that he is. Soon, Andrew finds out more than he bargained for.

Elizabeth is a natural-born storyteller. I was immediately drawn into Andrew's life and felt like I was the one conversing with his patient, Robert. This masterpiece should not be missed by any book lover.

Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova Audio Book
Hachette Audio
9781600247453
1/12/2010
$39.98/$49.98



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February 23, 2010

Free eBook: Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

Kim Harrison is one of my all time favorite authors. If you haven't had a chance to read her Hollows series, check out the first book in the series, Dead Witch Walking here. You can download this eBook from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony and some other retailers. This is only for a limited time so go do it now:)

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Moonlight Falls by Vincent Zandri


Richard (AKA Dick) used to be a detective but now is a P.I. Dick had a failed suicide attempt that left a bit of a bullet near his cerebral cortex. It would be more dangerous for doctors to try to remove the piece, so he is left with the burden of memory lost and the ability to distinguish right from wrong.

When his lover, Scarlet, is killed in what looks like a fit of rage, Dick can't help but wonder if he is the one responsible for her death. What's even more unsettling is that Scarlet is married to Dick's boss.

Moonlight Falls
is a brilliant whodunnit. A thrilling tale with amazing characters who come to life page after page. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to read this book. Mystery/Thriller fans everywhere need to get their hands on a copy.

R J Buckley Publishing
9780981965406
Nov. 2009
326 pages
$19.00 US

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February 22, 2010

How To Find A Woman...Or Not by Gary Morgenstein



For those of you who are new blog followers I must let you know that Gary Morgenstein is one of the authors on my top 10 favorites of all time. His book, Jesse's Girl was so awesome that I have told everyone I know to read it and they all say the same thing, "I loved it!" Anywho, he's done it once again, written a book that has hit a deeper part of me than most authors ever get to.

When you are trying to find a significant other a good way to pass some time or meet some great people is to see the world as a big singles bar. I have met some really great people while walking my dog or shopping at a store. Sometimes it turned into a relationship and sometimes it didn't. But how will you ever meet the right person if you aren't putting yourself out there? Gary's tips are right on point when it comes to a romantic relationship or even just a kindred spirit. Romantic relationships take a lot of time and effort, but so do lasting friendships.

This book was so much fun to read. Gary has a way with words that I can't quite describe in words. If you are single or even just looking to make some new connections, this book might be just the thing your looking for.

CreateSpace
9781450506922
Jan. 2010
202 pages
$17.25 US

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Highly addictive, online dating is like shopping through a catalog with the easy option to return the package.
MORGY ONLINE DATING RULES
1. It’s a numbers game, the romantic equivalent of Operation Shock and Awe
2. You must sign up for as many sites as you can afford/have time for
3. Never get discouraged — odds are astronomical against you
4. Do not check dating site messages at work — unemployment reduces your attractiveness
Like the Yellow Brick Road, it is best to start with the picture.
Yes, we all need witty profiles and a sea of fascinating interests, but the first thing a woman does is look at your picture. If they say feh and feh, you’re toast, guys.
These are bad ideas for profile photos.
1. You waking in the morning with a sinus infection
2. Coming out of anesthesia
3. Going under anesthesia
4. Handcuffed, officially or unofficially
5. Tight jeans
6. Screaming at your kids
7. Hoisting brews with your buds dressed like a Viking
8. Spray-painted in your favorite football team’s colors
9. Showing ANY private parts or parts contiguous to private parts, you know what I’m talking about
10. Wheeling your mother raises questions whether you’re a Momma’s Boy
11. Jokingly kissing another man creates suspicions because you sure don’t look that upset about a guy’s tongue in your ear
12. Kissing another woman underscores all their doubts about a man’s fidelity
13. Never friggin’ frowning — women don’t want a farbissineh (Yiddish for sourpuss)
As with everything else, women look at our pictures differently. I’ve often asked my friend Sid before one of his dates, so what does this woman do for a living and he says, I dunno, I just looked at her picture.
Women don’t operate quite that way. While the instant repulsive factor certainly works as much for them as us, they’re already calculating emotional possibilities based primarily on your picture.
1. Will you be fun?
2. Will you beat them with a strap?
3. Can you be trusted with a joint checking account?
And on and on, like the computers which guide probes to Jupiter. You can try and deceive them, but they’re way ahead of you at every turn. They are trained to be suspicious of us. Which is why I strongly urge you to be honest in your online profile. I can’t control their honesty, but at least I can work on our end.
Photo Tips.
You can’t show up for a date and lay a cardboard cutout on the chair while you hide by the bar, answering remotely. You must be there in the flesh, boys. That means if you have a receding hairline or none at all, don’t show the picture of you in the old ‘fro. If you have gray hair, that shot of you with black locks won’t cut it. And taking a picture of yourself on your tippy toes is dumb. If you’re short, you’re short. Get over it.
1. Take a recent photo. All you need is one, preferably with the date embedded in the corner, showing you look like who you are
2. Not too close, which might show old acne scars
3. Smile. You are happy to meet her. You are looking at each other
4. Show off your best features: smile, hair, clothing, the Maserati, two-level home, boat, beautiful dog, expensive furniture, anything suggesting you’re worth a conversation
5. If you have a kid, post a shot of you together — but ask them as a matter of privacy. They might not want their photos in this setting
6. Post a casually dressed photo and one of you in a suit so she can imagine you on a Saturday night as well as leaving her apartment in the morning heading for work



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Already Hosting

I don't know much about web hosting but I do know a thing or two (or more) about reviews. Whenever I am researching a topic, I always search the web and try to gain as much knowledge as possible before making a purchase or decision. I really like it when I find a site that has done the majority of the work for me. This way I can compare apples to apples and find out which option fits my particular needs. The prices for the top ten are really reasonable. They range from $1.99 ot $6.95.

I still haven't made up my mind about starting a website and keeping my blog or making the switch to a website only. I have checked out some web hosting rankings via alreadyhosting.com and they have done the hard work for me. The top 10 web hosts for this year are placed on the first page and numbered according to their reviews. With so many features to choose from, it's nice to be able to find out what each host offers. There are also several articles, coupons and tools available. One of my favorite features for some of these sites are the free domain name and unlimited bandwidth.

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Willow by Julia Hoban


Willow has to an extremely unsettling tragedy to live with. When her parents were too buzzed on alcohol to drive, Willow was handed the task of getting them home safely. Unfortunately, the only one who survives the drive home is Willow. Now she beats herself up repeatedly for the death of her mom and dad. When the pain gets to be too much to bear, she becomes a cutter. She has to wear long sleeves even when it's hot outside because she is terrified that someone will figure out her secret.

While working in the university library, Willow meets a guy named Guy. He doesn't know how to take all of the "go away" vibes that Willow is sending his way. For a little while, she forgets about mentally abusing herself and actually has an honest conversation with him. Soon though, the torment resurfaces. Guy isn't going to walk away easily, he won't back down. Will Willow deprive herself of a true and genuine person or will she fall victim to his charm and live happily ever after?

I became engrossed in this book after the first couple of pages. As a person who suffers from depression, I found this book to be right on target with personality and mental abuse that can be done to oneself. Julia is a true genius whose book has the power to touch even the hardest heart.

Getting To Know Julia:

When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?

I don’t know that I ever sat down and said “I want to be a writer.” It’s more that the time came when I could no longer avoid making that choice. I’ve been writing since I could hold a crayon, and in fact submitted my first “professional” effort at the age of eight. I entered a poem in a contest --- and came in 39th out of a field of 40. But although I always wrote and always wanted to write, I had several detours on the way to working as a professional. First I went to grad school in physics and philosophy, which although fascinating was not the most direct route towards becoming a writer…. I tell you all this to encourage those among your readers who themselves are considering a writing career, but who haven’t yet made the jump. That’s OK! Not everyone is able to pursue their dreams right away. Sometimes life gets in the way, practical decisions have to be made, or the idea of following an unconventional path seems too daunting. But that doesn’t mean that you won’t ever be able to make that choice, and in fact, sometimes the paths that you take on the way to that choice (in my case physics) will be of greater use to you than you realize.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

Well. I have many inspirations. There are people whose stories have affected me at different times, and for different reasons. I’ve always adored Julia Child, and I simply worship Thomas Jefferson and Isaac Newton. But, when I was working on Willow, the person whose story really kept me going was Madeline L’engle. I don’t know if you ever read A Wrinkle in Time, but you really should, immediately! Here’s a book that went on to become a classic of juvenile literature, yet the book, and its author (L’engle) went through the worst rejection on the path to publication. Willow also was not an easy sell, and during the worst of my setbacks, I often thought of Ms L’engle.

How do you create the characters in your books?  Are they based on people you know?

My characters are certainly an amalgam of my imagination, and people that I know. Many readers have asked me if I’ve ever met anyone as “perfect” as Guy. (Their words, not mine!) And my answer is always “Reader I married him!” Guy is indeed based on my husband, I have to stop saying that though, as every time my husband hears that he gets more and more conceited!

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

There is no one book specifically. Many of my readers ask for recommendations, and I often give several. I think every young woman should read Tess, by Thomas Hardy. I like to see the high school students who get in touch with me read The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams. Few American writers used language or tore at the heart strings the way Williams did. I suggest The Railway Children by Edith Nesbitt to people of all ages, and I don’t know how people get through the day without a good Sherlock Holmes story.

If you weren’t a writer, what be your profession?

Well, as I mentioned before, I went to graduate school in physics and philosophy, and some part of me could see going back to school. Then I remember how much homework was involved and I shudder! I do quite a bit of design one way or another --- my own clothes, and I’ve done some furniture, so I could see doing that more seriously. I’ll tell you though, I don’t know how many of you have seen some of the videos of the baby pandas born at the San Diego zoo in the fall? Now I’m not thinking of being a vet, but if I could be the person who carries the panda into the exam…. They redefine adorable!

If you could trade places with anyone in the world, past or present, real or fiction, who would it be and why?

Hmmm, that’s a hard one, as there are many compelling choices. But just because I mentioned Sherlock Holmes before, I’m going to go with Irene Adler, the one and only woman who bested him! (In the stories, I haven’t seen the new film yet!)

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have 3 things, what would they be?

Sunblock!!!!! That would be the first, something to write with would be the second, so I could record my impressions while I was waiting to be rescued, and a cell phone that worked, so I could be rescued!

What is your favorite movie of all time?

I don’t have one favorite, but I’m mad for old films --- I’m going to go with Sunset Boulevard, Gilda, Casablanca, Wuthering Heights, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and The Scarlet Pimpernel.

What is the one thing that you want all your fans to know?

The one thing I want all my fans to know is how much their truly heartfelt responses to Willow have meant to me. Truly, I never expected my book to elicit that kind of reaction, and I have honestly been humbled by some of the letters that I’ve gotten. I very much hope that sounds sincere because it is. The one thing that I’d like people who haven’t read Willow yet to know is that, while the story itself sounds rather grim, the themes that Willow explores aren’t nearly so dire. Willow is really about hope, about redemption, and above all, about the power of love to heal. Now Willow is not the right book for everyone, no question, but I’d like to assure your readers who are a little … let’s say, frightened by the sound of it, that many, many people have told me that they found it to be a very uplifting book, a very hopeful book, and above all a very romantic book.

If you could invite 5 people to dinner, who would they be and why?

How about the top three? I’d like to have a little luncheon with the following people. The first would be Lincoln. Now, there are many, many reasons to split a sandwich with Lincoln, but the main reason I’d invite him is because, as a writer, I’m in awe of his extraordinary command of the language. For sheer beauty, The Second Inaugural and Gettysburg, rank with John of Gaunt’s deathbed speech from Shakespeare’s Richard II, as some of the greatest prose ever written. Then I think Julia Child should join us, as she was such a bon vivant that she’d make any gathering go. I’d like to go on record here by saying that I’ve always adored the divine Julia, and I’m thrilled by the current interest in her. Of course I’d ask her to make the lunch. This may sound rude to put a guest to work, but I think she’d be happy to oblige. I’m going to guess she’d go with something classic like a roast chicken. I’m picturing a little tarragon sauce on the side, and an incredibly rich dessert, like a chocolate mousse. Of course, as with Lincoln, there are countless reasons to admire Julia Child, but I will always be indebted to her for teaching my husband to make omelets! The third person I’d like to have over would be Isaac Newton. Now Newton was reputed to be something of a curmudgeon, and would probably bring the group down somewhat, although he might brighten up at Julia’s dessert…. But I really feel I owe Isaac a great deal, and it would be rude not to have him over for at least one meal. I went to graduate school in Physics, and while I slept through many lectures, there was one thing I learned that I have never forgotten. Isaac Newton was asked how it was that he was able to achieve such extraordinary things, so far outside the realm of most people. He replied with five words: “By thinking of nothing else.” Few of us will ever have the extraordinary capacity of Newton, but all of us can apply that dictum to whatever work we are engaged in. We must, in fact, apply that dictum. We must have that level of commitment if we are to get the best out of ourselves.

Penguin Young Readers Group
9780142416662
February 23, 2010
336 pages
$8.99 US




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February 21, 2010

Philly Ad Words

Having a website is a lot of fun but it's also a lot of work. I'm able to stay at home and work online but some people don't have that option. I have been fortunate enough to find different ways of monetizing my blog. The best way to get started is to check out other blogs and take some notes about what you like. Then you can tailor your blog how you want it.

Once that is done, it's time to start thinking about how to earn some extra cash. There is a helpful website that talks about Pay Per Click in Philadelphia Google advertising. They also have information on Philadelphia Adwords and SEM in Philadelphia, SEM is Search Engine Marketing.  It takes a lot of research and time finding what will work best for you.

When I first started doing this, it was purely for fun. As I processed more information and got a handle on blogging, I realized that I could make a living doing something that I really care about. That's what enables me to host all of these wonderful giveaways and review products. If I had a full-time job outside the home, I would never be able to do what I am doing right now. Thank you to all of my lovely readers!

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IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ

A few days ago I found out about this website called Please Rob Me. It was created to raise awareness and I thought that I should mention it. Posting your whereabouts on Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, etc. can be dangerous. Find out why here.

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February 20, 2010

Mr. Darcy's Great Escape by Marsha Altman


Mr. Darcy's Great Escape
is a continuation of the beloved classic Pride and Prejudice. Marsha's third book in the Darcys and Bingleys series is as enticing as the previous books, even though some of the events were so far fetched.

It is the year 1812 and Darcy sets out to search for a missing family member. With Dr. Maddox in tow they set off on their mission. Little did they know, they were going to be abducted and held prisoner in Transylvania. When word reaches Pemberley, a search and rescue team is determined to rescue Darcy and Maddox.

Parts of this book were laugh out loud funny. If you like to see where different authors can build a sequel to a classic, then this is probably up your alley.

Mr. Darcy's Great Escape by Marsha Altman
Sourcebooks, Incorporated
9781402224300
February 2010
489 pages
$14.99 US



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February 19, 2010

Dare To Surrender by Lilli Feisty


A curvy woman named Joy is anything but secure with her body. She works with art for a living and has so far, always kept her inner wild child at bay. When she discovers that her job is in jeopardy, she lets her hair down and asks an artist to bring his current work the gallery she works for. He agrees but only after getting something in return. He wants to create a piece of art using her as the model. Joy's life will never be the same again.

This book is full of steamy encounters that leave you breathless. I really enjoyed reading this book. The descriptions were crystal clear and the plot was well developed.

Dare To Surrender by Lilli Feisty
Romance
9780446541930
2/1/2010
$6.99/$8.99
352 pages

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Getting Into Trouble

I can still remember when I was in grade school. We lived in San Diego, California and that's where I spent my first three years of school. One of the most vivid memories from that time in my life was when I looked up and saw my school on fire on the news. Would you like to know who started the fire? A fourth grade gang. Seriously. I'm sure their parents had to find one of Los Angeles Juvenile Crime Defense Lawyers. When I tell this story, so many people are shocked and don't want to believe me. I can't imagine being a parent and finding out that my child could do something so cruel. The truth of the matter is, stuff like this happens everywhere and it doesn't discriminate. It doesn't care if you are in California or Northern Kentucky. While in high school, someone took a shot at our school doors. We received several bomb threats, sometimes multiple bomb threats in the same day. I witnessed riots in downtown Cincinnati. I saw people pick up a parked car and move it with only their hands. Even though some laws were broken, everyone is entitled to a fair trial. The saying "which is worse, sending an innocent man to prison or letting the guilty go free" comes to mind. It's a difficult question and even more difficult to answer.

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Cuss Control by James V. O'Connor


I'm sure most of you have heard me brag about my smart, handsome nephew who is two years old. If not, here's a pic:


Isn't he just the cutest little booger? Anyway, when I stub my toe or drop something on the floor, my first reaction is to, as my mother would say, become a foul-mouthed heathen. I started trying to cut back on the amount of inappropriate baby/kid language before he was born but so far, I haven't quite mastered it.

James is the founder of Cuss Control Academy and he has tips to share about how to stop cursing as much and why we curse in the first place. This book helps people to cut back on the bad words and use other, friendlier words in it's place. I have often wondered why cussing is usually used when frustrated or hurt. If we can't react in a to a situation without stress, it causes us to verbally eliminate the frustration. By thinking happier thoughts and not sweating the little things, you can adjust your normal language into something that is rated PG instead of R.

My favorite part about this book was the exercises. I found them to be insightful and I have already put them in practice. So far I have only dropped the f-bomb once today. Go me!

iUniverse, Incorporated
9780595391479
April 2009
241 pages
$19.95 US


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The Postmistress by Sarah Blake


Frankie is on the radio reporting the Blitz. She finds herself in a bomb shelter and meets a doctor who is desperate to send a letter. Since Frankie's current occupation has her traveling, she gives this doctor her word that she will see the letter delivered.

A postmistress named Iris decided to withhold a letter. Frankie and Iris find that their lives are entangled in ways beyond their imagination.

This is a breathtaking novel that includes love, secrets and the human spirit. I really enjoyed Sarah's writing style and character development. Two thumbs up!

Penguin Group (USA)
9780399156199
February 2010
326 pages
$25.95 US


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Moxie


Death is a part of life and it is something that no one can escape. How do you explain to a child that a loved one has a deadly disease and will probably only live for a short period of time? I cannot imagine what it must feel like to bring this news to a child's attention.

In order for a child to understand, you must speak to them on their level. I found Moxie to be both informative and uplifting. Even though death is not something we can easily understand, friendship and support allow you to grow from the experience.

I think that this book should appear in grade schools all over. My nephew is two and he's already had to attend two different funerals. Dealing with Cancer isn't an easy thing but this book will help whether you are young or just young at heart.

You can purchase a copy of Moxie here for $10. $5 from every book sold will go to Kids Konnected.

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On The Brink by Henry M. Paulson, Jr.


We all need money to survive. Some of us are better at managing it than others. The thing is, even if you do everything right, that doesn't necessarily mean that you will be in good financial standing. The current economy can make you or break you. Many American's have lost their jobs and are barely able to pay their bills.

That is what this book is all about. I've always had an interest when it comes to the money a country can make or spend. I found this book to be insightful but it was a little dry in some areas. Overall, I think this is a good read if you are interested in the stock market, economics, etc.

Business Plus
9780446561938
2/1/2010
496 pages
$28.99/$34.99




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My Move Of The Week #1 – Inspired By 'America's Best Dance

I love to watch shows like this. Seeing people bust a move is so much fun. My favorite group on the show so far is Heavy Impact because they remind me of a boy band. It takes me back to the good ole days.

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February 18, 2010

Review & Giveaway: Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep


Gin's name on the street is Spider because of her keen hearing. She knows when the slightest move is made by man or nature. She likes to fight fair and only uses her powers when other methods prove inefficient.

When her handler is killed, Spider sets out with a vengeance. Donovan, a detective, decides to help Spider take down the killer. The problem is, Donovan also wants Spider dead. When the attraction sparks, they find that love-hate relationship sometimes spawn a passion unlike any other.

I'm addicted to Urban Fantasy books and I couldn't help but fall in love with this one. Gin is a super bad-ass chick with personality and Donovan is smokin' hot, what a great combination! Jennifer has made it onto my favorite authors list.

Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
9781439147979
Jan. 2010
432 pages
7.99 US


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February 17, 2010

The Crimson Rooms by Katharine McMahon


Evelyn has never stopped mourning the death of her only brother, James. When a nurse shows up on her doorstep stating that the child was James's, Evelyn is more then caught off guard. The nurse says that they need somewhere to stay and Evelyn opens her home to the two strangers.

Evelyn is an attorney who happens upon a case that one of her co-workers didn't feel was important. It turns out that this case hits close to home. What really happened to the brother she loved?

Katharine is a natural! I read this book in one afternoon because I could not put it down. I was hanging on her every word for hours. The characters are perfectly developed and the entire book just seems to flow. A winner for any mystery fan!

Penguin Group (USA)
9780399156229
Feb. 2010
384 pages
$25.95 US


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February 16, 2010

Countess of Scandal by Laurel McKee


Children often think that they will keep the same friends all throughout their life. Sometimes, life has different ideas and two are torn apart as they begin to age. This was what happened to Eliza and William. Eliza stayed in Ireland but William was taken to England.

Years later, William returns, an English soldier, who is ordered to eliminate the Irish rebellion. Eliza has joined the Irish cause and William is torn between his duty and his heart.

I love a good, sappy romance story that puts two lovers in a tight spot. Laurel's impeccable writing skills shine all through this book.

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9780446544788
2/1/10
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368 pages

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February 15, 2010

Chilling Tales from the Porcelain Seat


Roto-Rooter and Ghost Hunters got together to write Chilling Tales from the Porcelain Seat. This spooky collection of plumbing stories gone terribly wrong is hilariously horrible. There are 100 pages dedicated to true stories.

This quick read is great for a laugh or scare. I think this would be a perfect book to read during a camping trip or at a teen's sleepover.



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Today's Technology

I'm not quite sure who loves technology more when it comes to my husband and I. When the iPod Touch came out we were like kids in a candy store. The same thing happened with the PlayStation. Our love for electronics is unbelievable. We want to try anything and everything when it comes to New Gadgets. Normally I give in and he gets to test a product first but that's only because I know that I will be able to figure out more than he can on his first try.

We've been talking about having a movie room with a big screen LCD and surround sound speakers. The Aesthetic speaker collection is small but awesome! You can arrange the speakers any way you want and it fits any room perfectly because of it's size. I love how small the speakers are and how great they look on each side of the television. Plus, you can mount them on the wall. When the flat screens first came out, I was nervous about just hanging them on the wall but after a while the anxiety faded and I was able to really appreciate how great it looks up on the wall.

Keeping up with technology can sometimes be mind boggling. There are so many different terms, styles, qualities and prices. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed that I'm not sure what to do or where to turn. Lucky for me, my husband does know because he researches any big purchases that we are planning to make. Is it obvious that I'm itching to buy a new television?

Hopefully, sometime soon that dream will become a reality. I'm picturing a 72-inch but I highly doubt that will happen unless we win the lottery or something. The Aesthetic speakers sound like a nice addition to a new TV.

Giveaway: The Napkin, The Melon and The Monkey by Barbara Burke


Olivia works in a call center and has to deal with abuse from unhappy people every day. One day, she had enough and lashed out. Now she is terrified that she has just cost herself her job.

When she talks to Isabel about her ordeal, she receives the following advice:

SODA (Stop. Observe. Decide. Act)—a sure-fire formula for remaining calm in any situation

Unplugging—a centuries-old practice to reduce anxiety and promote creativity

Aha!s—22 practical insights that become the framework for living a happy life

I have worked in customer service and I know from experience that it is not always easy. I have felt Olivia's frustration and I have had my share of blow ups. I found this to be an insightful book that can help when dealing with someone who frustrates you, in-laws, siblings, co-workers, etc.

Hay House, Inc.
9781401925734
February 2010
144 pages
$19.95 US




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The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer


Siblings Prudence and Robin have master the art of disguise. When they find themselves between a rock and a hard place, they are forced to take on a new persona and flee.

Everything is going fine until they each meet the person that they want to spend forever with. How can they take off the mask and keep the ones they love? If they tell the truth, they may die. If they keep the mask, they may never know what true love is all about.

I found Prudence and Robin to be fascinating characters who I would love to befriend. Georgette is truly an artist with words. She incorporates a little bit of everything: romance, sword fights, comedy and more.

Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Dec. 2009
325 pages
$13.99 US


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Blog Tour Giveaway: The Things That Keep Us Here by Carla Buckley


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How far would you go to protect your family?

Ann Brooks never thought she’d have to answer that question. Then she found her limits tested by a crisis no one could prevent. Now, as her neighborhood descends into panic, she must make tough choices to protect everyone she loves from a threat she cannot even see. In this chillingly urgent novel, Carla Buckley confronts us with the terrifying decisions we are forced to make when ordinary life changes overnight.

A year ago, Ann and Peter Brooks were just another unhappily married couple trying–and failing–to keep their relationship together while they raised two young daughters. Now the world around them is about to be shaken as Peter, a university researcher, comes to a startling realization: A virulent pandemic has made the terrible leap across the ocean to America’s heartland.

And it is killing fifty out of every hundred people it touches.

As their town goes into lockdown, Peter is forced to return home–with his beautiful graduate assistant. But the Brookses’ safe suburban world is no longer the refuge it once was. Food grows scarce, and neighbor turns against neighbor in grocery stores and at gas pumps. And then a winter storm strikes, and the community is left huddling in the dark.

Trapped inside the house she once called home, Ann Brooks must make life-or-death decisions in an environment where opening a door to a neighbor could threaten all the things she holds dear.

Carla Buckley’s poignant debut raises important questions to which there are no easy answers, in an emotionally riveting tale of one family facing unimaginable stress.





Author Guest Post: The Power of Research

    I spent my high school and college years avoiding science classes. I delayed taking biology in high school until my senior year, and ended up at a college with no curriculum requirements. Physics terrifies me, and the closest I’ve ever come to a chemistry lab is hearing my husband talk about the one he’s designing at the university where he works. But here I am, an affirmed non-scientist, writing novels about science. Accordingly, I do a lot of research.
    I start by reading everything I can get my hands on. I plunder the library and bookstores, then go online. Google Scholar is an amazing resource. Because my husband’s a scientist, he has access to scientific journals and papers that I wouldn’t otherwise come across. After I’ve picked my topic, he begins bringing me home all sorts of interesting reading material, most of it on the cutting edge of science.
    Once I’ve built a basic understanding, I begin looking for experts in the field. This is my favorite part of research: talking to those actually doing the work. Their passion for their field of study transcends the written word. There’s nothing better than talking to a scientist on the verge of making a discovery, or facing down something the rest of us would run from. The casual comments they make, or the insights they provide, are like nuggets of gleaming gold in a bed of gray muck.
    For The Things That Keep Us Here, I had to become acquainted with influenza viruses: what they look like, how they behave, how the seasonal variation differs from the one that rages out of control and causes a pandemic. One of the scientists I interviewed spent hours describing the virus, diagramming it, talking about its behavior in the wild. He walked me through his lab, showing me the equipment field researchers use to diagnose virus variants, the precautions they take to stay safe, and how much risk is involved in the work they do.
    At the end of our last session, we sat down and talked about influenza, in particular H5N1, the variant scientists all over the world were closely monitoring. Despite his enthusiasm about his work, the topic was a grim one.
    “You’re the father of two young children,” I said. “How would you keep them safe?”
    He shook his head. “I couldn’t. The virus is airborne. It could get into my home no matter how tightly I closed my windows.”
    I persisted. “What about masks? Wouldn’t they protect you?”
    “My little girl is two years old. It would terrify her to see me wearing a mask, especially if she were feverish. I couldn’t possibly comfort her like that. I’d have to take it off.”
    That was true. When your child is sick, your only thought is consoling them. You don’t think about getting sick yourself. But he was a scientist. He had to know tricks that the rest of us didn’t. “So what could you do?”
    “Nothing.” He shrugged. “I’d get sick, my wife would get sick. We’d just have to wait and see which one of us survived.”
    I stared at him. The question between us remain unvoiced: what if neither one of you survived? What would happen to his children then?
    He folded his arms and looked at me. “You see,” he said, gently. “There is nothing we can do. It’s not a question of if we’re going to have a pandemic. It’s a question of when.”
    That statement, delivered so matter-of-factly and with the power of scientific knowledge behind it, haunted me as I began writing The Things That Keep Us Here. It was one of the nuggets of gold I discovered; it helped me shape my character Peter, a research scientist, and lent gravity to my words.
    This is why I do a lot of research in my work. It’s not only to compensate for all those science classes I’ve avoided in my life. It also helps fill out characters, pluck plot points from thin air, extend a storyline in a direction I never envisioned. And ultimately, it puts me into the right place, mentally and emotionally, to tell the story I’ve undertaken to write.

Carla Buckley is the debut author of The Things That Keep Us Here (Delacorte Press, 2010.) She lives in Ohio with her scientist husband, children, and two curious dogs. Delacorte will release Buckley’s next novel in 2011. You can visit Carla Buckley’s website at http://www.carlabuckley.com/.


Random House Publishing Group
9780440245094
Feb. 2010
416 pages
$25.00 US





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February 14, 2010

Review & Giveaway: What The Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell Audiobook


This is a collection of essays with an enormous amount of insight. Malcolm worked with the New Yorker and this is a collection of some of the articles he wrote. I found this to be extremely thought provoking.

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What The Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell Audiobook
Hachette Audio
9781600249150
Oct. 2009
Unabridged
$39.98 US

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Back In Action

Hello to all my lovely blog friends. I took some much needed time off to grieve for my Granny and spend time with family. I did get a ton of reading done though (reading relaxes me), so I have lots of blog posts to make up for. Thank you so much for your comments, thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. I really appreciate all of you.

February 7, 2010

Possible Delay In Posts

My Granny passed away around 11 last night. She lived a long (95 years) and happy life and even though I knew it was coming, I still feel a little empty on the inside. It is possible that I might need to postpone some of my blog posts. Thanks for understanding.

Ecstacy Unveiled by Larissa Ione


Lore is killer but not by choice. The half demon must do as his master asks whether he wants to or not. He desperately wants freedom and that wish will be granted as soon as he finishes off one last kill for his master.

Idess is an angel and it's her job to protect a human. Not just any human, but the human that Lore has been told to terminate.

Both are dedicated to the task and unwilling to give up. Idess decides to use the art of seduction and before they know it, they are wrapped in each other physically and mentally. They started out as opponents but ended up wanting the same thing. Each other.

When another enemy shows up, Lore and Idess work together with a common goal: staying alive.

I love it when I find a series that lives up to my expectations. The Demonica series has never let me down and I can't wait to read more of Larissa's work. If you like steamy passion, this is a great pick.



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2/1/2010
432 pages
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February 6, 2010

Love in 90 Days by Diana Kirschner Ph.D.



I never really had a problem finding guys. My problem was finding a good guy. Even though I am happily married, I still want to learn all that I can because I want this love to last forever. One thing that was difficult for me was learning to love myself. How can you expect someone to fall in love with you if you don't think that you are worthy of love? Understanding yourself is the key to learning what you want and need out of a relationship. This book is a great guide to loving yourself, your friends and a lover.

The step-by-step instructions are easy to understand but aren't always easy to follow. The heart has different ideas than the brain and one thing you can take away from this book is knowing that the heart and the brain must reach a common ground before a relationship can blossom.

I really liked this book because Diana talks to you like a friend. She doesn't make you feel stupid and she truly understands how important love is in life.

Love in 90 Days by Diana Kirschner Ph.D.
Center Street
9781599951232
2/8/2010
368 pages
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Review: Gutshot Straight by Lou Berney


Charles made some mistakes in life. One of those mistakes, stealing a car, lands him in prison for three years. When he is finally released, he is looking forward to life on the outside. Alexandra used to be his boss in and out of the bedroom. She has just asked him to make a delivery and he has accepted the job.

He finds out a little too late that the package actually a person. Wrestling with the moral dilemma isn't easy but in the end he decides to let the prisoner go. Now they are on the run and doing everything they can to stay alive.

This book reminded me of The Transporter (which I loved, by the way). Even though bits of the story were predictable, I found Lou's writing to be a breath of fresh air. I got an adrenalin rush just reading this book so my advice is to make sure you keep a bottle of water handy!

HarperCollins Publishers
9780061766046
January 2010
294 pages
$24.99 US


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