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Review & #Giveaway - Lemon Curd by Homa Pouragari

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ABOUT THE BOOK:
Lemon Curd is a love story between the righteous and opinionated Anna Lisa Gibson and her arrogant British officemate, Neil Scott Whittaker. He can have any woman he desires but Anna Lisa's honesty and down to earth personality makes him fall in love with her. Except that he doesn't want to give up his fiancée and she doesn't want to have an affair with a soon to be married man. Yet romance is only part of this story. From the streets of Los Angeles to the streets of London, Lemon Curd depicts the millennium lifestyle - Women's position in the business world, the workaholic and multitasking attitude of our society and the difficulty of balancing family and work life while trying to make a difference in the lives of the people around us.





MY THOUGHTS:
When I first picked up Lemon Curd by Homa Pouragari, I had some trouble getting into the flow of the book. I kept noticing my mind wandering and I had to force myself to keep reading. Once I was about halfw…

Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway - Hope Ramsay & Bella Riley

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Gracious me, my daughter Rocky sure could use my help. I always knew she wasn’t much interested in the local boys—but who’d have thought she’d come home with English royalty. Trouble is, Hugh wants to buy some of our folks’ land. We don’t want to sell, but Rocky’s job depends on her closing the deal. And though Hugh’s obviously smitten, I’m not sure he’s right for my Rocky. After forty years with my Elbert, all I want is to see my little girl find the same. Well, always nice talking to you, and remember: the Cut ‘n’ Curl’s got hot rollers, free coffee, and the best gossip in town.

MY THOUGHTS: 

I had so much fun reading Last Chance Beauty Queen.  It made a great escape from everyday life and I enjoyed following along with the life of these instantly likable characters.  Hope Ramsay knows how to weave an irresistible romance while making it completely believable.  Romance lovers everywhere will rejoice for Last Chance Beauty Queen.
Hope Ramsay Q & A:
How has writing cha…

Review - Superman's Cape by Brian Sprangler

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ABOUT THE BOOK:
When Sara Connely is asked what life is like today, she answers with the simple words, ‘life goes on.’ The life she and her boys enjoyed the last dozen years is gone. Coping with the death of her husband is difficult. Doing so with two young boys, and no money, is almost too much to ask.

Life does go on, but when Sara’s oldest boy becomes lost in Croatan National Forest, life comes to a stop.

Twelve year old Kyle Connely doesn’t know the woods. He doesn’t know the wildlife. He doesn’t know how to get home. Lost in the wilderness, he faces dangers the likes of which he has never seen. Kyle’s time is running out. A hurricane is looming, and in its path is the coastal forest he is trying to survive.

Jacob Hanson has a gift. An intuition. An insightfulness. And it has helped him find success. But his gift turns into a curse as he becomes an unwilling participant in Kyle's plight. What Jacob Hanson doesn't know is he also holds the key to Sara’s past an…

Review & #Giveaway - So Damn Lucky by Deborah Coonts

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ABOUT THE BOOK:
Lucky O'Toole -- Head of Customer Relations at The Babylon, premier mega-resort on the Vegas Strip -- thinks it's just another night in Las Vegas. But then a magician pulls a disappearing act, right under Lucky's nose. Is it a stunt? Or something worse?

While Lucky chases leads, someone is trying to put her off the scent. As if this wasn't enough to ruin her day, Lucky's relationship with The Big Boss is coming to a head - - past hurts can no longer be denied. Of course, she is already on shaky emotional ground: Teddie, her live-in, has been touring with a young and lovely pop star. Paxton Dane, former coworker and would-be suitor, is still circling, hoping to find a chink in the armor of Lucky's resolve. And then, there's this French chef, who is proving to be too hot to handle . . .

Las Vegas expert Deborah Coonts thrills again with this third installment in her dazzling series focused on casino "fixer" Lucky O'Toole.

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Review - Losing Clementine by Ashley Ream

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ABOUT THE BOOK:
In thirty days Clementine Pritchard will be finished with her last painting and her life.

World-renowned artist and sharp-tongued wit Clementine Pritchard has decided that she's done. After flushing away a medicine cabinet full of prescriptions, she gives herself thirty days to tie up loose ends—finish one last painting, make nice with her ex-husband, and find a home for her cat. Clementine plans to spend the month she has left in a swirl of art-world parties, manic work sessions, and outrageous acts—but what she doesn't expect is to uncover secrets surrounding the tragedy that befell her mother and sister. In an ending no one sees coming, will we lose Clementine or will we find her?

A bold debut from an exciting new voice, Losing Clementine is a wonderfully entertaining and poignant novel about unanticipated self-discovery that features one of the most irresistible, if deeply flawed, characters to grace contemporary fiction in years.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book is a…

Review & #Giveaway - Pam: Life Beyond Death; Joy Beyond Grief by Christy Lowry

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ABOUT THE BOOK:
An anxious voice accosts a young mother as she picks up the phone. An elementary school secretary notifies her that her daughter Pam may have been in a serious accident. But why this call when Pam, a middle schooler, rides a public, not a school bus, home? Yet because this secretary takes the time to phone her, this mother responds to her suggestion to immediately call 911.

Was the dispatcher awaiting her call?! His disconcertingly accurate questions, punctuated with progressively detailed and accurate information only she could know, lends credence to that impression. Initial relief that the victim, first described as someone far younger, dissipates before a parent's worst fear: has the unthinkable truly happened? To them?

In PAM, a family miracle unfolds, unveiling a God Who actively and directly redeems--even uses--their loss for good. In the process, healing and restoration powerfully emerge to transform hopeless grief into inspired conviction that there …

Watch Me

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Do you ever find yourself lost in a book wondering what time it is? I do this all the time. I will sit down with the current novel I am digesting and before I know it, I have finished the book. This wouldn't be a big deal but when it happens a couple of times a week and household responsibilities aren't receiving the attention they need, it becomes a problem. I'm truly blessed to have a husband who understands my reading addiction and has never once tried to change it. I'm sure it drives him nuts at times but thankfully this is something that I shared with him from the beginning so it comes as no surprise. I do not think I will ever lose my love for reading and for that I am grateful. He has mentioned several times that he thinks I need something like one of Citizen Eco drive watches that might help me realize the time even if I'm engrossed in a book.  While it may not serve the purpose he is going for, it would look pretty good on my wrist, don't you t…

FREE READS - Mystery Dance: Three Novels by Scott Nicholson

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MYSTERY DANCE: An omnibus edition containing more than 200,000 words.

Features the complete text of the #1 bestselling mystery and suspense novel Disintegration, The Skull Ring, Crime Beat, a short story, a bonus deleted chapter from Disintegration, and an essay about the novels.

DISINTEGRATION-- Two brothers view for a family empire built on deceit, dark secrets, and blood, and one woman stands between them while another waits in the shadows. Jacob's life falls apart when his brother Joshua returns to town after a tragic fire and they return to the twisted roles of their childhood.

THE SKULL RING-- Julia Stone pieces together her shattered childhood memories, but then the past comes closing in when she finds a mysterious silver ring. Three men want to help her, but choosing the wrong ally can cost not only her heart but her soul.

CRIME BEAT-- Crime doesn't pay...but neither does journalism. When a new reporter moves to a small town, a crime spree escalates into serial killin…

Review: Auldicia Rises by R.L. Sloan

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Revenge is sweet, payback is personal, and Karma is a Mother…

Making good on her promise to punish those responsible for her life's tragic turn, Solis Burkes and her vampire mate Nacio Puente, find their happiness is short lived. After Bose betrays them and ultimately pays the price for his deceit, all Hell breaks loose and finds its way to their door.

Unknown to all, Auldicia, Mother of the generations, comes to reclaim her reign on earth--- satisfying her thirst for blood. Auldicia sets out to destroy Solis by calling forth her evil abandoned offspring and descendants to plague this realm and the next. Childress Treemount craves power, and joins her evil ancestor, as lust fills the hearts of those claiming Nacio as their object of desire. Auldicia's thirst is spawning a new generation of vampires, waiting to do her bidding.

Solis journeys around the globe, determined to fight the fires of Hell to battle the Treemounts and not lose herself in the war of hearts…

Review & #Giveaway - Recovering The Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing

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ABOUT THE BOOK:
Recovering The Self is a quarterly journal which explores the themes of recovery and healing through poetry, memoir, essays, fiction, humor, media reviews and psycho-education. Areas of concern include aging, disabilities, health, abuse recovery, trauma/PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Contributors come from around the world to provide a mirror of the experience of peoples of all cultures and beliefs.

Eating disorder recovery Psychological First Aid Enlightened parenting Ethnicity and culture Personal growth Abuse recovery Heart disease Life choices Stress Management Living with ADHD AIDS Orphans - how you can help Book and Film Reviews and much more!
MY THOUGHTS:
I don't normally talk about this but I was in an abusive relationship.  I was lucky and left while he was serving out a jail sentence.  He had not laid his hands on me yet but I know that would have come next.  I kept wondering how this could possibly happen to me and for a long time, I was ashamed to admit it, even to t…

Ripper by Stefan Petrucha Book Trailer

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Review & #Giveaway - The Kama Sutra

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ABOUT THE BOOK:
A gorgeous deluxe edition of the world's most celebrated guide to life, love, relationships and pleasure.

Little is known about Vatsyayana, who is reputed to have composed the Kama Sutra "while observing a celibate's life in full meditation." In Sanskrit the word "kama" means desire, especially for sensual pleasure, and its proper pursuit was considered an essential part of a young, urbane gentleman's well-rounded education.

Untold numbers of readers are curious about the Kama Sutra but put off by its clichéd image as an erotic Oriental curiosity. This elegant edition offers a compelling modern translation of a classic Indian masterpiece-and a wry and entertaining account of human desire and foibles.

MY THOUGHTS: The Kama Sutra is a widely popular book of love.  I had heard numerous things about the book but had never actually sat down and read it before.  I received a review copy right around Valentine's Day and decided it was the per…

Review - Hana-Lani by Christine Sunderland

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ABOUT THE BOOK:
Old Nani-lei lives in Hana-lani, her family home in rural Hawaii. She looks after her grandson Henry, 52, and his daughter Lucy, 6, who have returned to Maui from Berkeley after the death of Maria, Henry's wife. Henry and Maria, both professors, had been working on A History of Ethics, and now the grieving Henry struggles to finish it.

City girl Meredith Campbell, 36, fast-paced, self-centered, and beautiful, believes her body will ensure her happiness. After losing her job and finding her lover unfaithful, she flies to Maui, sure he will follow... but her plane crashes near Hana-lani.

As their worlds collide in a natural world both beautiful and dangerous, Henry will be forced to act on his words, and Meredith will come face-to-face with her own life choices.

MY THOUGHTS:
Hana-Lani is a beautiful story that captivates the reader instantly.  I was immediately drawn into the plot and could not wait to find out what would happen next.  When lives are thrown together …

#Giveaway - The Blood Sugar Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman

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In THE BLOOD SUGAR SOLUTION, Dr. Mark Hyman reveals that the secret solution to losing weight and preventing not just diabetes but also heart disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer is balanced insulin levels. Dr. Hyman describes the seven keys to achieving wellness-nutrition, hormones, inflammation, digestion, detoxification, energy metabolism, and a calm mind-and explains his revolutionary six-week healthy-living program. With advice on diet, green living, supplements and medication, exercise, and personalizing the plan for optimal results, the book also teaches readers how to maintain lifelong health. Groundbreaking and timely, THE BLOOD SUGAR SOLUTION is the fastest way to lose weight, prevent disease, and feel better than ever.
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Mark Hyman, MD, was co-medical director of Canyon Ranch for ten years, and is now the chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine and founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center. He is the New York Times bestse…

Review & #Giveaway - Julia's Child by Sarah Pinneo

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SYNOPSIS:

A delectable comedy for every woman who's ever wondered if buying that six-dollar box of organic crackers makes her a hero or a sucker.
Julia Bailey is a mompreneur with too many principles and too little time. Her fledgling company, Julia's Child, makes organic toddler meals like Gentle Lentil and Give Peas a Chance. But turning a profit while saving the world proves tricky as Julia must face a ninety-two-pound TV diva, an ill-timed protest rally, and a room full of one hundred lactating breasts. Will she get her big break before her family reaches the breaking point? In the end, it is a story about motherhood's choices: organic versus local, paper versus plastic, staying at home versus risking it all.
A cookbook author's hilarious fiction debut, Julia's Child will have foodies and all-natural mamas alike laughing, cheering, and asking for more.
MY THOUGHTS:

Julia's Child includes two of my favorite things - food and reading!  When I picked up this book a…

Excerpt & #Giveaway - The Darlings by Cristina Alger

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ABOUT THE BOOK:
A sophisticated page-turner about a wealthy New York family embroiled in a financial scandal with cataclysmic consequences.

Now that he’s married to Merrill Darling, daughter of billionaire financier Carter Darling, attorney Paul Ross has grown accustomed to New York society and all of its luxuries: a Park Avenue apartment, weekends in the Hamptons, bespoke suits. When Paul loses his job, Carter offers him the chance to head the legal team at his hedge fund. Thrilled with his good fortune in the midst of the worst financial downturn since the Great Depression, Paul accepts the position.

But Paul’s luck is about to shift: a tragic event catapults the Darling family into the media spotlight, a regulatory investigation, and a red-hot scandal with enormous implications for everyone involved. Suddenly, Paul must decide where his loyalties lie—will he save himself while betraying his wife and in-laws or protect the family business at all costs?

Cristina Alger’s glittering de…