Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Holiday Bliss Book 2 Review and Giveaway



Holiday Bliss is book 2 in the Bliss series-- It comprises three romantic novellas by three different authors--set in different era's, in one home on the water called, Bliss.

Tending Her Heart by Kathleen Shoop 
Julie Peters' plans to modernize Waterside Hospital's labor and delivery protocols are thwarted by old school doctors and brown-nosing colleagues. But a handsome doctor who understands her point-of-view has a fine bedside manner and a way of Tending Her Heart that has forever-after attached to it. Can a Thanksgiving stay in the regal home called Bliss give her the space she needs to right her future and fall in love? 

The Christmas Miracle by Marcy Waldenville 
Brenan Brown has a terrible secret. One his beautiful wife doesn't know about. One that could destroy his happiness and his family. One he'd thought he buried along with his former identity in a grave in Ireland. But shady characters--terrorists really--from his past come to the stately mansion with blackmail and kidnapping on their minds. And with his family's after at risk, his future in peril, all Brenan can hope for is The Christmas Miracle. 

Holiday Wish by JD Wylde 
Vaughn Jennings has one rule he refuses to break. Not even for Chelsea Chathford, the curvaceous master carpenter he employs. With just reason. But with every day that goes by, it gets harder and harder to follow his rule. Can he follow his heart? Or forever wish he had? Because Christmas comes but once a year. And with it, the only chance to have his Holiday Wish come true.

My thoughts:

While I've read anthologies many times before, I've never seen them tied together quite so well! This is a wonderful trio of stories that center around a historic home (Bliss) and the people who live in it and their loved ones.

Each story is set in a different time, and in each there are struggles to overcome in order for the couple to find love. It was an excellent way to watch the story grow through time, with ties between them (gifts given to a homeowner in one story are introduced in another).

My personal favorite of the trio was Tending Her Heart, which included a great career struggle and showed me a history if childbirth that I wasn't aware existed!

I also love that they were all set in the holidays, which is a magical time for storytelling. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who wants a quick and romantic holiday read!

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"Each story is vivid in historical and modern details and will certainly have you wanting to visit Bliss yourself. The characters come to life, making you fall in love with each and every couple, rooting for them to make it. I highly recommend this wonderful novel by five talented authors." 
- Kristine McCaffrey - Amazon Reader Review on Bliss Series Book 1

"Loved the book! It's my first anthology and I couldn't wait to get to the next story for the continuation. Can't wait to read these authors' next books." 
- review from Amazon on Bliss Series Book 1

Meet the Authors
Kathleen Shoop

Bestselling author Kathleen Shoop holds a PhD in reading education and has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom.  

Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. She lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

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Marcy Waldenville


Marcy Waldenville knew she wanted to write at an early age. A firm believer in anything-is-possible, she is happy to be following that dream. Born and raised in a small town in Western Pennsylvania. She lives in Southern Butler County with her husband, Ken.

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JD Wylde
A misplaced mountain child, J.D. lives in the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania with her husband of more than thiry years (and yes, she was a kindergarten bride). Their sons and one beautiful daughter-in-law live nearby. Ozzie, their neurotic dog lives a lot closer. And yes, she still roams wild and free, whatever mountains are currently in her path.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Toys R Us Gift Card Giveaway


Welcome to the TRU Holiday Gift Pack giveaway, hosted by Housewife on a Mission and sponsored by P&G!

Planning ahead for Christmas has saved our day on more than one occasion! I make a point to have all sorts of batteries on hand for Christmas Day, so that our kids can play with their new toys immediately.


Housewife on a Mission had the opportunity to review the FurReal Friends® Get Up and Go Go My Walkin’ Pup and the TRANSFORMERS Stomp & Chomp GRIMLOCK from Hasbro. To read her full review, go here.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Pregknowsis $150 Amazon Giveaway

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Welcome to A Season to be Thankful For! $150 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway.
Sponsored by Pregknowsis and Hosted by Bonkers4coupons

  Pregknowsis.com is an informative based website about trying to conceive, pregnancy advice and early parenthood. It all started when pregnant women (now moms) were seeking answers to their many questions about conception and pregnancy. They wanted a website that was different and unique from the ones that were currently available. I believe with Pregknowsis, they found it! What makes their website unique is the ability for users to reach out in this community, develop, post, answer poll questions and even blog about your favorite topics. The answers and data that you and others provide will be analyzed which will make it meaningful for everyone to relate.
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So you ask, how does the Pregknowsis website work? By visiting www.Pregknowsis.com, the initial individual experience is to create and register for a free profile. As soon as you answer a few simple questions about your lifestyle and demographics you will be on your way! Setting up your profile is quick and easy.Honestly it took me about 3 minutes to complete. Once you have completed the registration, then users can begin asking or answering questions about pre pregnancy, conception or related to early parenthood. Your answers can be viewed instantly by using community answers in a statistical format. Once enough users have answered that particular question then the answers become significant. More of a reliable and trusted source. Your answers can also be advanced further, so you can customize them by eight different categories that are submitted into profiles. Users also have the ability to change their lifestyle factors including a change in their fertility, social habits and BMI.  
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On the website of Pregknowsis.com, you also can take advantage of answering daily and category polls such as Pregnancy Symptoms, Relationship, Miscarriage and More! I actually find it refreshing to offer my opinion and advice to those who are experiencing some of the same things that I have gone through myself. I would definitely check out the "Hot" Polls for latest top question topics. You can also search on the Pregknowsis website for poll questions that might be available only in their archives. This feature is great specially when you need to look up multiple questions or answers. Overall, Pregknowsis.com is an inviting website where you can reach out to your community and moms alike, for great tips, answers and support. It's a great way for new moms to mingle with many experienced parents. I believe the advice given is honest and I feel that when they answer your questions it's from their own past experiences. It's an excellent source and a wonderful way to communicate your concerns. pregknowsis logo 2
There is only one thing that is left for you to do, Register on the Pregknowsis.com website for your FREE Profile! Feel free to stay connected with Pregknowsis on Facebook and Twitter.  

One Very Lucky Reader has a chance to win a $150 Amazon Gift Card!

Giveaway is open to US and Canadian Residents only. Must be 18+ to enter. Giveaway will close on November 30th at 11:59pm est.

You may enter this giveaway through the Giveaway Tools Platform below. Good Luck!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cache a Predator Book Review and Giveaway


Cache a Predator is a geocaching thriller about a father’s love, justice, and the unhinged game of hide-the-cache.

Officer Brett Reed will do anything to gain custody of his five-year-old daughter, Quinn. But when a judge grants Brett's drug-addicted ex-wife custody and slaps him with a protective order for losing his temper, he fears for Quinn's safety. Who will protect her now?

When Quinn is found abandoned on the streets, she's placed in a temporary foster home until Child Protective Services can complete an assessment. It should only take a few days.

But a lot can happen in a few days.

Especially when there's a deranged psychopath on the loose, someone who's attacking pedophiles, someone who wants to protect children like Quinn, and someone who's planting body parts in geocaching sites.

This book is hidden in cache sites all over the US and Canada with the goal for it to travel to all 50 states. It’s mission is to spread awareness of child abuse and how it harms victims, families, and communities.

My thoughts:

Cache a Predator is a wonderfully dark mystery, with characters so real you'd believe they had lived alongside you their whole lives. It is an excellent whodunit mystery with a very real reminder that child abuse exists in our lives, even where you least expect it.

Because of it's focus on child abuse and custody situations, it hits very close to home for many many people. For that reason it can be very difficult to read, yet it's nearly impossible to put down. I read it almost entirely in one sitting, because I couldn't stand to walk away before I found out what happened to Quinn and Brett.

The addition of geocaching is a neat touch, as it's a new idea to so many people. This is a phenomenal book that should definitely become a series! I'd love to continue to follow in Quinn, Brett and Sarah's lives as they do what they can to help others.

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"The author has developed her innate talent to frame events with a clarity and color that keeps the reader anxious to turn the page to get to the next level of interest."

""This book is like watching Criminal Minds or Law and Order." 


Midwest Review said, "Any who look for deep psychological elements in their mysteries will find this a satisfying read, moving beyond the usual one-dimensional focus on mystery to reach out and tweak the reader's heart." - D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer 




About the Author
Michelle grew up in the suburbs of Detroit with five brothers. She enjoys writing her novels and encouraging writers and readers alike. She is living her dream writing stories of real people searching for their dreams and confronting their fears, showing the passion of the characters' plights, often giving her the ability to show the reader the 'other' side of the story. When she is not writing she enjoys life on the tennis court and is known as “Queen of the Rim Shots.”

Her debut novel, CACHE a PREDATOR, a geocaching mystery. was launched in July, 2013 and has been an Amazon best-seller in the crime/thriller category.  Her other works include: Willow, Scattered Links, Kelly’s Story, Eclair Series, and The Vision in a Kiss.  She has won contests in both The Writer’s Journal and The Writer’s Digest. Love is Just a Word (Scattered Links) was a bronze medalist is the 2010 Frasier Contest, a 2011 semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis Contest, and won the Aspiring Writer’s Contest withe THE READING ROOM, 2013.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

The Fallen Body Review and Giveaway

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Small-town lawyer Taylour Dixxon meets Sarah Cockrell Baines, a New Jersey socialite and millionairess, and their budding friendship begins with promise. However, soon after they meet, Sarah is arrested for the murder of her husband. When Taylour volunteers to defend Sarah, she has no idea that her struggling solo law practice in the sleepy, fictional, small town of Marlinsville, Texas, will be turned upside down.

From a lovable, adolescent nephew who moves in with her, to a hired assassin who is determined to hide the truth, and a handsome Texas Ranger who becomes the object of affection in a love triangle between the two friends, Taylour’s life will never be the same.

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Taylor Stonely

I have a day job working for a financial services company. I received a BS degree from Brigham Young in 1991 and an MBA degree from the University of Phoenix in 2002. I currently reside in north Texas with my wife and four children. I am a frequent blogger on my website, www.taylorsbookpub.com, and "The Fallen Body" is my debut mystery/suspense novel.

My thoughts:

This book grabbed me from the get-go and held on tight! Taylour Dixxon is a small town lawyer living a small town life until Sarah Cockrell Baines drops into her life, and then Taylour's life is turned completely upside down. While trying to help Sarah, Taylour is thrown into a world she doesn't understand, where none of them is safe.

I love the mystery element! I was pretty sure I knew who did it all along, but I couldn't figure out how. There was a touch of romance and a dash of family drama, which all fleshed out the story and made me want to keep reading.

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The Book Stalker ~ November 3, 2014
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I Love to Read & Review Books ~ November 7, 2014 - Q&A
Sanity is for Those Without Children ~ November 8, 2014
A Gluten Free Journey ~ November 10, 2014 - Interview
Book Worm & More ~ November 12, 2014
Manic Mama of 3 ~ November 14, 2014

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Trouble in Paradise Book Review and Giveaway


Welcome to the Florida Keys! Get ready to go on vacation and lose yourself in this action packed read.

What is big news in small town Tarpon Cove? An accidental drowning or perhaps a ruthless murder? When a dead fisherman rolls up on shore, Madison cannot resist jumping into her new role as Private Investigator. But she soon discovers the people in The Cove who normally gossip about everybody's business are unusually tight-lipped.

The bad tenant radar still not working, the cottages continue to be full of riffraff. Madison gets arrested, shot at, and outsmarted. She teams up with her best friend – the Glock carrying Fabiana. Together they take on cases no other investigators would ever touch!

Trouble in Paradise, is the third novel in Deborah Brown's Paradise series, can be read as a stand alone book. 


"'Trouble' is captivating from the first paragraph.  The stories are a true adventure!" - review from Amazon

"This book continues the drama as it can only occur in South Florida, with a host of truly fun, unique characters." - Author Kim Cano

My thoughts:

Although I haven't read any of the other books in the Paradise series, I truly adored this book! It was a quick and easy read (I'd love a couple of hours on the beach or in a hammock to read it.) It was a fun whodunit mystery, with some truly hilarious characters!

Since I hadn't read the first two books I was a bit confused at first, since there were so many characters that I didn't know. It's even harder to keep them straight since they're all a fun and zany bunch, always getting into trouble (and making friends with the mortuary staff!)

I love the fact that the women are so kick-butt, even though they do stumble sometimes. This book makes me want to take a vacation and read the rest of the series!

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About the Author
The Paradise series, are Florida Keys mysteries, "great as stand-alone reads, but they're like chips...you won't be able to devour just one!"

I've been writing, in one way or another for as long as I can remember; writing poetry, short stories, a romance novel secretly stashed under the bed and sappy love letters. Fiction should be fun. I wanted to create the perfect beach book, to make the reader laugh, cry and cheer... and then run out and tell their friends about it.

My love of reading began when I was seven, the day I opened the cover of my first Mrs. Piggle Wiggle book. Mrs. P gave lessons to other children in how to behave and to me I learned to love the written word. I live with my family and demon children aka rescue cats in South Florida.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Greed Manifesto Book Review and Giveaway


NEW RELEASE.....
Everyone needs a guardian angel, especially children of this world who are tossed aside like yesterday's trash. But what if that angel is cloaked in vengeance, immune to human qualities of remorse or compassion, seemingly carrying a torch for justice, yet driven by a tenacious indignation.

Set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of San Francisco and all of its fleeting secrets, Michael attempts to re-boot his life, only to see death drop inches from his feet. Awakened from a seemingly catatonic state, and emboldened by a spirited friendship from his past, the former journalist is compelled to chase down the truth behind a murder--and the natural beauty connected to it.

But what he finds isn't what it appears.

Can a price tag be associated with life? What about death…on a global scale? Robbed of his memory, beaten to an inch of his life, yet unwavering in his quest to cease an act of terror, Michael races against time to pursue an enemy bound by an unspeakable cause--or so it seems.

The fourth book in the Greed series, GREED MANIFESTO, spins a tale so wickedly conceived, you won't believe what you read. Until you do.

My thoughts:

Imagine waking up to a life you don't remember with someone trying to kill you. You don't know who your friends are or why someone is after you.

Greed Manifesto starts with Michael waking up in an unknown city, with no knowledge of who he is or how he got there. Unfortunately for him, the people who are after him still know who they are!

This is an action-packed, fast paced book that will keep you guessing! There were lots of plot twists and a great deal of history from the previous books (although it can easily be read as a stand alone book, as I did).

Unfortunately for me, some of the plot twists and escapes were over the top. I kept figuring that at some point the situation had to go bad, because Michael was having too much luck. That's the only thing that kept it from a 5 star for me.

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Also in the Greed Series
FATAL GREED - Greed Series #1
Behind every corporate takeover executives pull levers this way and that, squeezing the last profitable nickel out of the deal. But no one knows the true intent of every so-called merger. No one knows the secret bonds that exist. An Indian technology giant swallows up another private company that has deep roots in North Texas. For one unassuming man the thought of layoffs, of losing his own job to a bunch of arrogant assholes feels like a kick to the jewels. Until the day Michael's life changes forever. Perverse alliances. A gruesome murder. An affair of the heart. A spiraling string of events thrusts Michael into a life-or-death fight to save a tortured soul and hunt down a brutal killer...one who lurks closer than he ever imagined.


LETHAL GREED - Greed Series #2
How often do start-up companies promise untold riches? How many of those firms are drug cartels?

Seduced by an insatiable urge to escape reality, North Texas teens are falling prey to the one weakness parents fear most about their kids—taking illicit drugs. More than a thousand miles away, two contemptible hooligans plot their path to the top of an emerging start-up company. But what will it cost them?

With his city under siege by a series of drug deaths and a kidnapping, Michael and those closest to him are sucked into a twister so toxic and destructive, no one will be the same in its wake.

From the jagged mountains and alluring beaches of Mexico to the suburban concrete jungle in North Texas, Michael defends an entire drug-ravaged generation against ruthless killers who attack on every front possible. And just when you think the dragon has been sleighed, a vile act of cruelty threatens to shred his family.

WICKED GREED - Greed Series #3
Torture disfigures and maims, traumatizing a person’s psyche. It also torments the lives they…touch. A sick, twisted email lands at journalism outlets across the south, referencing innocent little animals and primal urges, Hollywood movie stars and women of a certain ilk, tearing flesh from bone. The haunting note tests Michael’s over-protective nature, and he questions if it’s just a prank from a sheltered computer geek, or a prophetic sign of a future heinous act, A shadow of death swallows up one beautiful young lady after another…and no one can stop it. But what force is behind this string of sadistic killings, pulling the strings, toying with pretty girls who want nothing more than to meet Mr. Right? As Michael and his band of brothers (and sister) track a series of bizarre murders in southern college towns—slowly piecing together what the FBI can’t—a ruthless monster strikes close to home. When blood pours from the soul you love, the pain isn't of this world. In the end, lives will be forever changed. And one will not survive.

About the Author
A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.

John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters.

When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.

John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.

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