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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Hoppin’ Halloween Giveaway Hop


This Hoppin’ Halloween Giveaway Hop is hosted by MamaNYC and is from October 24-31, 2014!
I am giving away a 2 books and some halloween decor. 
Winner can pick 2 books from this list:
1. Related by Chance, Family by Choice by Deb DeArmond
2. Past Medical History by Donald B. Stewart, M.D.
3. The Amazing Crystal by Gerald Lizee
4. Shelter by Patricia H. Aust

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The Gateway Trilogy by Christina Garner Book Blitz and Giveaway







Release Date: 06/2014

Summary from Goodreads:
Ember has always known she doesn’t belong in this world. But when she tries to correct the mistake, she wakes to find herself in a mental institution.

She’s soon drawn to Taren, the mysterious boy with hazel eyes. He’s not what he seems, but what is he?

When chaos erupts, they are forced to flee the institution together, and the secret that Taren has been keeping brings Ember closer to understanding her own. And leads her to… the Gateway.



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Release Date: August 2014

Summary from Goodreads:

**Description Contains Book 1 Spoilers** 


Two months have passed since Ember Lyons nearly died killing the powerful Root Demon threatening the Los Angeles Gateway. Physically healed, images of the day still haunt her and she can no longer access the power she once wielded. She can't talk about it with anyone at The Institute--not even her handsome, demon-hunting boyfriend, Taren. Besides there are bigger things to worry about: Gateways around the world are weakening, Keepers' Marks are fading, escaped lesser demons are populating Los Angeles, and it looks like the Root Demon wasn't alone.

When the Institute sends Ember and a team to Europe, she hopes to find answers and security on the journey, but another attempt on her life reminds her she's never really safe.

Then she's thrust together with the mysterious Alexander. Ember can't be sure if this charismatic man is her most formidable enemy or greatest ally. Either way, she needs him, because he's the only one who can bring her to... the Chasm.
 
 
Excerpt;
 

From Book One:

Did she hurt you?" Taren asked. "Your head hit the tile pretty hard.” That explained the spinning, and the pain that was starting to seep through the cracks of my shock.

I reached up to touch the back of my head. 

Ow! Yeah, I guess she got me pretty good. What was that about, anyway?  What's her problem with me?”

Before he could answer, one of the nurses approached. “We'll get you checked out now, dear.”

I was just going to get her some ice,” Taren said, his hand on the small of my back, steering me away from the nurse.

Don't be silly,” the nurse said. “She could have a concussion. We need to take her to the E.R.” 

While she went to confer with an orderly, I stifled a laugh. I had been wanting to get out of there. Maybe if my mother knew I was just as likely to lose my life inside the mental hospital as out, she'd spring me that much sooner.

Wait.” Taren leaned close, his breath in my ear. My pulse went back to racing. “Do you have any…birthmarks?” 

His question was so bizarre that I was heedless of the pain and snapped my head to face him.

What?” 

His eyes were only inches away, boring into mine. He grabbed my wrist and pushed up the sleeve of my hoodie, searching. I tried to pull away, but his grip was too strong.

Do you?” he asked again, checking the other arm.

N-no,” I stammered. 

Intensity didn't usually unnerve me, but at that moment, his definitely did. 

Taren, enough!” the nurse said, hurrying back to us. “What on earth are you doing?”

She pried his hands from my arm, causing Taren to come back to himself. 

Nothing, sorry.” He dropped his gaze. “Sorry, I hope you feel better.” 

He turned abruptly and strode away.



 
 

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Tether (The Gateway Trilogy Book 3)
Release Date: 09/23/14

Summary from Goodreads:
**Description Contains Book 2 Spoilers**

Ember was only trying to keep a promise when she jumped into the demon world. But instead of saving Cole and his people, she found herself just as trapped as they are. She lives and learns with the Daemon survivors while the demon threat grows every day.

Meanwhile Taren struggles with his guilt for not stopping Ember. He’s desperate to know she’s alive, but there's been no sign of her except in his own vivid dreams.

As they struggle to reconnect, the Gateways around the world weaken, and the demons begin to amass for war. The end is near and Ember must face her fears if she has any hope of saving the world – or herself.

With everything falling apart, her only hope is to find...her Tether.


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About the Author
Christina Garner began writing stories at the age of six. Her first–about a young girl who busted up a nefarious ring of furniture thieves–was a huge hit with her mother. At eighteen, her aspirations as an actor had her loading up her Buick and setting off for Hollywood. Since then, she has written and directed 10 short films, including Rewind and Reminder, both of which received acclaim on the festival circuit. In 2006, she began writing screenplays. A year later, she even got paid for one. In May of 2011, her debut novel, Gateway, became an Amazon Bestseller. Chasm, Book 2 in The Gateway Trilogy, did the same.

When she’s not writing novels, Christina spends her time working in the movie business, traveling, watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer reruns, and playing with her dog, Griffin.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Ringling Bros. And The Greatest Show on Earth Barnum & Bailey Circus Review & Giveaway



Here we are at the CIRCUS!!!  This was right before in the  room that we were invited to before the show. The wonderful people at the Circus gave us Sissy and Bobo's , favorites chicken strips and pigs in a blanket. Then we had vegetables, cookies, popcorn, soda and cotton candy.  The kids were surprised with these hats.

  Hard hats.                                                                         









This is in the room before the Circus.












They even gave them hard hats to decorate and then the performers signed them.  Sissy loved the dancers and told them all about her dancing lessons.




This is the room and Sissy fooling around with Aunt Icky, (Deal Sharing Aunt).


 

These were on the tables and the kids got them signed.  The whole time we were there the performers walked around. They were absolutely fantastic!

Here is one of the nicest people we ever met, the kids loved her. She told the kids a lot about the animals.

  This are 2 of the clowns.



The show begins.














Sissy and I held our breath when  the acrobat went up side down.

Here she is again.
Sissy and I sat across from Mommy, Bobo, Aunt Icky and Uncle Mike. They are hard to see in this picture.







Here are the beautiful elephants.







The tigers took our breath away.






The are some of the tight rope walkers.




We did not want it to end. The kids , Mommy and I have never been to the circus. We need to thank, The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, The Greatest Show on Earth for all that you see. They gave us tickets, food, and a night we will never forget. We also would like to thank The Webster Bank Arena for having the show. We have never been to the Webster Bank Arena and it was a great  experience, parking, helpful people and more. We were given this opportunity for this review and all opinions are our own.


We had such a great time that we have decided to giveaway a coloring book to a lucky reader! We are also giving away a clown nose and a bracelet!
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Their name is Today by Johann Christoph Arnold Book Review













The Book



There's hope for childhood. Despite a perfect storm of hostile forces that are robbing children of a healthy childhood, courageous parents and teachers who know what's best for children are turning the tide.

Johann Christoph Arnold, whose books on education, parenting, and relationships have helped more than a million readers through life's challenges, draws on the stories and voices of parents and educators on the ground, and a wealth of personal experience. He surveys the drastic changes in the lives of children, but also the groundswell of grassroots advocacy and action that he believes will lead to the triumph of common sense and time-tested wisdom.

Their Name Is Today takes on technology, standardized testing, overstimulation, academic pressure, marketing to children, over-diagnosis and much more, calling on everyone who loves children to combat these threats to childhood and find creative ways to help children flourish. Every parent, teacher, and childcare provider has the power to make a difference, by giving children time to play, access to nature, and personal attention, and most of all, by defending their right to remain children.
                         

My review;
I was so excited to be able to read Their Name Is Today and I cannot begin to tell you how much I agreed with the author, Johann Christoph Arnold. I have always believed that children need to be allowed to be just that, children. I also think that parents have to get more involved in their child's education more than they are. I am so happy that this book has been written and everyone involved with children should read it. I give this book a 5/5. I got this book for the purpose of a review and all opinions are my own.

Madness or Love by Selina Blog Tour and Giveaway

Madness or Love banner This is my stop during the book blitz for Madness or Love by Selina Bodur. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 24 till 28 October, you can view the complete blitz schedule on the website of Lola's Blog Tours. Madness or Love coverMadness or Love (Be With Me #1) By Selina Bodur Genre: Romance Age category: New Adult, Adult
Blurb: Victoria is the young woman every girl wants to be bright, driven, confident, and compassionate. She knows what she wants and how to get it. She never gives up on her dreams. But her personal life is a bit dull. At least, until she met him. Ian Young is Hollywood's rising star. His impossibly-deep blue eyes are the talk of every magazine. His masculine body and chiseled face are in every girl's dreams. Fate brings them together one night in London, and they click perfectly. Against all logic, the strange connection between them deepens. But will their friendship withstand the distance? Will the ocean between them tear them apart, or will love get in the way?
You can find Madness or Love on Goodreads You can buy Madness or Love here: - Amazon - Amazon UK Selina author pictureAbout the Author: Selina Bodur was born and raised in Bulgaria, but currently she lives in the UK. Over thirty, dark-haired, and a little overweight ordinary woman, that is her. She was constantly in the search of who she wants to be - learning to play an accordion, singing, and painting. But becoming a writer was always a childhood dream of hers. Even when she was very young her imagination had been running wild. Selina preferred to create worlds instead to live in the real one. As a teenager she ventured into poetry, and published few of her poems and couple of short stories. She loved to pour her heart out on the pages, covered in tears. She had to grow up and pushed her writing dream in the deepest and dustiest corner of her mind. After years spent in searching for the right carrier and blindly jumping from hotel management to waiting on tables she ended up in the Car Valet and Cleaning Business, 3000 kilometers away from her home country Bulgaria. On the bright side, one thing had been born from the lack of social life, the homesickness, and the many hours spent in front of the computer began writing again. In 2013 she released her debut novella  Fighting the Impossible, followed by the poetry collection The Death of the Rose. Be With M series is her next project, and the first installment Madness or Loveâ€� will be out in October 2014. She still dreams of becoming a full time writer. You can find and contact Selina here: - Website - Facebook - Twitter - Goodreads There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Madness or Love. These are the prizes you can win: - amazon gift card $5 - 10 e-copies (mobi) of Madness or Love For a chance to win, enter the giveaway below: a Rafflecopter giveaway Lola's Blog Tours

Crane by Stacey Rourke The Legend Saga Series Book #1 Blog Tour and Giveaway


 
 
 
Book Info -

Title: Crane

Series: Legends Saga # 1

Author: Stacey Rourke

Genre: NA paranormal 

Date Published: May 26, 2014








Blurb-

The Horseman is unending,

his presence shan’t lessen.

If you break the curse,

you become the legend.

 

Washington Irving and Rip Van Winkle had no choice but to cover up the deadly truth behind Ichabod Crane’s disappearance. Centuries later, a Crane returns to Sleepy Hollow awakening macabre secrets once believed to be buried deep.

 

What if the monster that spawned the legend lived within you?

 

Now, Ireland Crane, reeling from a break-up and seeking a fresh start, must rely on the newly awakened Rip Van Winkle to discover the key to channeling the darkness swirling within her. Bodies are piling high and Ireland is the only one that can save Sleepy Hollow by embracing her own damning curse.

 

But is anyone truly safe when the Horseman rides?



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Tonight was meant to be the Harvest Ball,” Katrina said as she slid between the folds of her crimson and taupe gown. “Now the town is meeting, trying to concoct a plan to stop a being that death itself couldn’t tame.”

Ichabod sat on the edge of the bed with his back, respectfully, to Katrina while she changed. His loaded musket lay across his lap. In the reflection of the window in front of him he could see the soft curve of her hips as they tapered into her narrow waist. He cleared his throat and shifted his gaze to the floor. His chin tipped to the side, ever so slightly, to ask, “Are you secure in our plan?”

I am to attend the summit on the arm of Brom Van Brunt,” she reaffirmed as she pulled her long, blonde locks out from the back of her gown and began tightening the laces of her bodice. “Then speak with as many people as I can, searching for anyone that may have motives leading to the Horseman.”

Ichabod nodded. Mostly to himself, he muttered the remaining details they were depending upon, “Rip will be inside as well. That man can finesse a crowd with a skill that truly baffles. If there are secrets to be found, he will uncover them. Irv will be outside with me, primarily because the Horseman isn’t the only one in this town that would like to see his head on a spike. We will be on horseback, patrolling the grounds with a few other men that have volunteered. You will have nothing to fear.”

Her elegant gown in place, Katrina turned to Ichabod wearing an expression equal parts timidity and fear. “What of Brom?”

The bed squeaked as Ichabod shifted his weight to face her. “Boorish as his ways may be, he cares for you. If you adopt the guise that you have interest in him, he will do all he can to protect you inside the gathering, while I provide you the same service outside.”

And,” her long lashes brushed the tops of her cheeks as she cast her gaze to the floor, “you aren’t bothered by me being on his arm?”

In the midst of the plotting and planning, Ichabod had slipped into the role he knew well of military strategist. He had detached himself from the emotional aspects—until that very moment. The reality of his request sank in like a heavy stone. He had asked her to take another man’s arm, asserting her place beside him. The implications of that dug into his gut like a dull blade, churning and twisting deep.

The mere idea of that makes me ache,” he stated, forcing the words through his suddenly parched throat. “Yet I would endure this hardship, and countless others, to keep you safe.”

She moistened her lips with a flick of her tongue, seemingly wrestling with words that gave her pause. “Ichabod, when this is over … w-would you call yourself mine?”

Ichabod closed his eyes. The euphoria of that question washed over him, cleansing him of all his sins with the promise of tomorrow. Rising to his feet, he took her velvet soft hand in his. A love he hadn’t known possible illuminated her striking face. “From the moment I saw you, my heart belonged to you alone. If by some miracle you were to give me your love in return, I would need nothing else to sustain me the rest of my days.”

Katrina’s palm tenderly brushed his cheek. “You have already claimed that.”



Allowing no further hesitation, Ichabod gathered her in his arms. Katrina tipped her head back, the soft curves of her body molding to his. Full lips parted in an alluring invitation it would take a stronger man than him to resist.

Title: Raven

Series: Legends Saga # 2

Author: Stacey Rourke

Audience: NA Paranormal

Genre: Thriller/Suspense

Formats: E-book and Paperback

Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing

Cover by: Najla Qamber Designs

Editor: Melissa Ringsted

Date Published: Sept 22, 2014



Blurb-

An infamous love, destined nevermore,

For death could not claim, the enchanting Lenore.



Cursed by the malevolent spirit of the Headless Horseman, Ireland Crane ventures to Manhattan in search of a way to break her soul crushing bond. Instead, she discovers the lines between fact and fiction are blurring once more. Croaking ravens. Telltale hearts. Could the works of Poe be coming to pass with handsome Wall Street Midas Ridley Peolte as their unwilling target?



She walks the Earth, a plague on mankind,

searching for he, her rotted heart doth pine.



Together, the two unknowingly release a dark force death itself could not tame. Surrounded by the unrelenting violence and mayhem they’ve unleashed, Ireland feels her control over the Horseman slipping. Before the beast within consumes her, she and her crew must follow the clues of the dead to right a centuries’ old wrong. Will it be enough to sate the Horseman’s appetite?



Hell hath no fury like a ghoul scorned.



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Clamping her eyes on the wash of tears that threatened, Ireland ignored the wailing of her heart … and laid a palm to each of their cheeks. One lone tear snuck between her lashes at the cascade of tingles seeping up her arms.

You can’t blame them for not understanding,” a familiar voice drawled behind her.

She spun as he neared, leaving Rip and Noah wheezing for breath—or, more likely, completion of her task.

Techno-colored flowers bloomed in a colorless world each time the sole of Ridley’s shoes met the earth. The crisp cut of his white, tailored suit was accented by a burst of color from the button-down shirt beneath that changed in hue to match the species of flowers that sprung to life. Hydrangeas blue. Orchid purple. Lily fuchsia. Rose coral. As he neared, Ireland noticed his eyes morphed to match as well. The result hypnotic.

His haggard and troubled façade was a thing of the past. The man before her exuded confidence and a zest for life from every pore. The draw of which was so magnetic Ireland had to fight to keep her feet planted while her body insisted she close the distance between them.

To them this is a thrill, a game of chicken against the Reaper himself.” Ridley paused beside her, his shoulder skimming hers. Even then he didn’t grace her with a glance, his attention fixed on Rip and Noah. Tipping his head toward her, the warmth of his breath teased over her breast bone. “For us, it’s destiny.”

The moment he stepped away from her, the chill of solitude lashed at Ireland’s soul and cut deep. Bending eye-level with her withering subjects, Ridley pursed his rose petal lips to blow a soft, healing breath over both of them. Wan complexions of the dying were ripened to plump apricot. Both men blinked away their disappointment before dipping in a low bow—foreheads to the ground in a show of respect.

No need for that, boys.” Ridley smoothed the front of his suit coat, a self-depreciating chuckle playing over his lips.

Neither humbled servant budged.

You’re like me?” Pacing in a slow circle around him, Ireland’s eye narrowed.

He matched her steps, leading them in an intimate waltz normally reserved for predators—or lovers.

Like you?” He tsked. “Oh no, my darling flower. There is no other like you. Our only similarity is being pawns in a game that began centuries before either of our fathers got an amorous gleam in their eyes.”

Ireland’s gaze lingered over the soft curve of his mouth, wondering if his lips could possibly taste as delectable as they looked. “How do we play?”

Curling one finger into a ruffled tuft of her skirt, Ridley pulled her to him. Bowing his head, he brushed his cheek over the delicate curve of her collarbone. “The game is already in motion,” he murmured. “The rule sheet not meant for our eyes. All we can do now is stay alive.” 

Ireland weaved her fingers into his hair, yanking his head back with a passion driven force that bordered on violent. “I’ve taken lives. I’m a monster,” she snarled against his lips, tormenting them both with the agonizing veil of energy that denied their touch.

His hand snaked up her arm to find her fingers and loosen her grasp. Palm to palm. Fingers entwined with fingers. “Does granting it make me any better?”

Ridley didn’t give her time to answer. With one hand pressed to the small of her back he crushed her to him.  Their lips met with a desperate urgency that caused Heaven and Earth to quake in nervous anticipation of what was coming …  








About The Author-





The Gryphon Series is written by Stacey Rourke. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, drooly dogs. Stacey loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of this series as well as other literary projects. The Gryphon Series is available wherever fine books are sold.





Contact Info: Visit the author at www.staceyrourke.com


Twitter @Rourkewrites



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