Saturday, April 25, 2015

Today's Earworm

I blame James Corden for this one.

If you haven't heard Andy Grammer's Honey I'm Good, you really are missing out on some fun pop music.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour: Diary Of A Gutsy Teen


SECRETS, DIARY OF A GUTSY TEEN
by Barbara Becker Holstein

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Following in the footsteps of The Truth, Secrets: Diary of a Gutsy Teen begins as the thirteen-year-old protagonist makes a move with her family to a new town. She has grown up a lot over the past year—and has made a list of everything that’s important to her now that she doesn’t want to forget when she gets older. But now, as she enters her early teen years, she begins to write down the secrets she wants to keep—and the ones she has no one to tell about. From new school experiences to a new baby in the family to a new crush, this new teen finally feels empowered on making her own decisions with confidence and keeping those secrets she holds dearest for herself.

In a positive and supportive diary-entry format, Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein encourages tween and early teen girls to carry the most precious parts of themselves into adulthood. A great book for mothers and daughters to read together, Secrets is aimed to improve communication, understanding, and self-esteem for young girls as they enter the rocky road of teenager-dom.

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EXCERPT: 

Date: December 2
Dear Diary,

I have a secret and it’s been eating me up inside, so I have to tell you. I lied to Angela. I told her I had a terrible sore throat and couldn’t come for the weekend. She said she was sorry and that she would invite me again.

I felt terrible, and then my throat really began to hurt. But I just couldn’t go to Springport for a whole weekend_even though I miss being around Angela.

Now that I have best friends here, I don’t feel the same way I used to about going back to visit. And I didn’t know how to tell Angela that. I could tell when we talked on the phone that she really wanted me to come. And she sent me a new selfie, holding a sign that reads I Miss You! She even told me that she doesn’t have a new best friend since I left. She really misses me. She also told me that Paul is in lots of her classes and he asks if she’s talked to me. How could I tell her I’m in love with Rob and don’t care about Paul anymore? How could I tell her that I have new best friends and want to stay here with them?

I did go to Sally’s instead, and we had the best time. Her mother ordered pizza for us and we drank Coke. We watched television and made popcorn and did each other’s hair with all of Sally’s older sister’s hair products we found in the bathroom. I look silly with curly hair. We kept laughing and falling on the floor and giggling, and we played this fun game that Jackie learned in camp last summer. We all lay down on the floor and we each put our head on someone else’s belly. Someone says, “Ha-ha,” and then the next person says, “Haha-ha,” until everyone is laughing. Then you can’t stop laughing because the belly you are on is bouncing all around under your head.

Sally’s mom got really angry at all the noise we were making, and we had to turn off the lights and pretend to go to sleep. I hardly slept a wink, though. I was so excited and having so much fun with my new friends. I was tired the next morning and really did have a sore throat when I went home, but I didn’t care. It was worth it to have so much fun.



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GUEST POST: 

The Girl writes in her diary:
"I thought of another poem:
Love, it comes and goes
But the fire still burns
Deep inside me, it never cools.
How hot will the winds blow
Before I have peace of mind?
I think maybe I’ll be a poet when I grow up. Poems just seem to keep coming out of me from somewhere. I don’t know where. It’s weird."

The girl in Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen is surprised to discover that she has the capacity to create poems. I find that a lot of us have talents that can surprise us at one time or another.  In fact, I remember as a teenager waking up in the middle of the night with a poem flowing through my head.  I actually had to find a pen and paper and jot it down.  I was totally amazed.  And my parents were also the next day.

One of the great things about growing up is coming in touch with our talents.  Sometimes they try to tell us they are there and we ignore them.  That is a shame because you never know how a talent can come in handy.  I certainly think my writing ability has behind it a variety of talents, including spontaneous thoughts in the middle of the night that sometimes rhyme!

So stay alert to your talents and those of your kids.  Who knows what great potential lurks in the corners of our brains! 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I have been a positive psychologist in private practice for the past thirty years. In the course of working with my clients, I originated the idea of THE ENCHANTED SELF(R), a positive psychology therapy where I teach people how to recognize and utilize their strengths, talents, skills and even lost potential. I have developed a number of methods, including using our memories to rediscover what is right about ourselves and our lives, rather than what went wrong, helping people to overcome adversity, experience positive emotions and live the good life!

Since developing this concept, I've been able to use many tools to bring the Enchanted Self to everyone, particularly women and girls. I've written many books, starting with THE ENCHANTED SELF, A Positive Therapy, and then Recipes for Enchantment, The Secret Ingredient is YOU!  My books for girls are very popular, as they are great fictional reads and also help deal with many of the questions that trouble kids as they move into the tween and teen years.  The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween and Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen are the first two books in this series.

I really love to teach and educate about happiness and how to benefit from positive psychology in ways that let us lead lives of meaning and happiness. You can find me all over the place on the web.








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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Goddess Fish Promotions Book Blast: The Reluctant Prince



NOTE: This book is on sale for $0.99 until April 30!

BLURB:

Seventeen year old Ryleigh Donnovan is certain her life is cursed. Nothing ever goes smoothly, and her first job interview is no exception. An earthquake rocks the building, sending Ryleigh on a frantic search for her younger sister, a search which lands her in the hospital. Terrified they’ll push her for answers she can’t afford to give, Ryleigh flees with a mysterious stranger.

Jackson Maynard is about to be ordained as a Death Dealer, a warrior for the Kingdom of Cymmera, but first he must pass one more test. When he fails to acquire the human girl the prophet has chosen, he’s forced to stand trial for treason. Banished from his realm, he seeks out the girl from the vision, Ryleigh Donnovan, and together they embark on a journey to save his dying kingdom.

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Excerpt: 

Ryleigh stood. This couldn’t be happening. With only a few months left until graduation, she didn’t want to be forced to drop out, but what else could she do? “Look, Mr. Jacobs, can’t you just—” Vertigo assailed her. The room rocked, and she grabbed the desk.

Mr. Jacobs grabbed the back of his chair. His eyes mirrored her panic. Books flew from the shelves. Glass shattered.

She had to get to Mia.

She turned to run. The building bucked, and she toppled, slamming her knee into the hard wood floor. Pain shot up her leg. She grabbed the chair to pull herself up, but the next wave threw her back down. She tried to regain her footing, but someone yanked her to the ground.

“Stay down.” Mr. Jacobs shoved her forward. He crawled beside her, half pushing, half dragging her toward the door.

Debris pelted her back, shoulders, and head. How could she have left Mia? Tears blurred her vision.

“If it’s an earthquake, it should stop any minute. Just keep crawling toward the door.”

Desperately wishing she could cover her ears to block the screaming, she clawed forward. Her knee dragged behind her, pain pulsing with each movement. Falling apart wouldn’t help matters. She had to get to Mia.

Ryleigh crawled through the doorway, into utter chaos. People trying to push through the mess, others huddled in corners shielding their heads. An injured woman cried as she rocked back and forth clutching her arm. A man crouched over her.

Fear and disorientation held Ryleigh immobile.




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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Dani-Lyn Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping—especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include; Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She’s an incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Single Review: Freddie Atlas - Wicked Game

Artist: Freddie Atlas
Single: Wicked Game
Reviewer: Andrea Guy

Flash back to 1990. One of the most overplayed videos on Mtv was a song by Chris Isaak called “Wicked Game.” The video was black and white and featured the stunning and scantily clad, Helena Christensen. Flash forward twenty five years and Freddie Atlas is delivering his version of this iconic tune to the masses.

This song epitomizes romance. It is hard to imagine anyone covering it, but Freddie Atlas has, and he has in fact made it better.  This song is one that you either love or hate, depending on how many times you heard it on the radio, and how well you liked Isaak’s Roy Orbison styled vocals. Atlas tones the warbling down quite a bit and really lets the piano steal the show.

The piano brings a new level of sensuality to this song, as well as adding to the atmosphere. It takes away the slightly countrified tone of the original,

Atlas’ voice is guaranteed to make the listener weak in the knees. His vocals can soar and whisper, all while making most women wish he was singing this song to them.

When it comes to covers sometimes you want to change it up and other times you want to follow the original format of the song, imitation being the sincerest form of flattery and all that. Most covers of this song haven’t tried to make any changes to the arrangement, and Freddie hasn’t either. So what you’re getting here is another voice singing a fabulous song the way it was meant to be sung, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Freddie sings “Wicked Game” so well, that you might forget any of the versions that came before it, including Isaak’s original.

If you are looking for a song to get your special someone in the mood or if you want to make a romantic mix cd, this song should make the cut.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars




Thursday, April 16, 2015

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Nut Bread

My mother watches The Chew most days and she saw Michael Symon's recipe for chocolate peanut butter banana bread.

I love The Six Sister's Blog and I follow it frequently for quick recipes that are delicious.

Well I've been a huge fan of their 3 ingredient banana bread, that I turned into 4 and sometimes 5 ingredient bread, so I thought, why not try it this way.

It was freaking fabulous.

Here's how you do it.

3-4 over ripe bananas mashed
2 eggs
1 package of Devil's Food cake (or your favorite chocolate cake mix)
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup of peanut butter

Pour into two prepared loaf pans. (Spray with Baker's Joy or something similar)
Bake at 350 for 45 - 50 minutes.

Enjoy!

The regular banana nut bread is made with yellow cake mix. (I recommend Golden Butter by Duncan Hines) And you omit the peanut butter.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Goddess Fish Book Tours Book Blast: Bittersweet



BITTERSWEET

by Michele Barrow-Belilse

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To save the Faery world and her mother’s life, seventeen year old Lorelei sacrificed everything,

and the dangerous bargains she made in Nevermore had lasting repercussions. Now safely

back in her own world, Lorelei seems the same to her high school friends and her supernatural

boyfriend, despite the dark magic growing within her. Love across dimensions is complicated,

especially when an invisible veil between the two worlds is sealing, threatening to separate

Determined to find a solution, Lorelei resorts to exploring her new found powers. But when her

friends fall ill, and her healing touch only makes things worse, Lorelei can’t help but wonder if

Nightmares from the Nevermore tighten their icy hold when someone arrives determined to

destroy Lorelei’s world, starting with those closest to her. Once again she’s forced to choose

between her family... her friends... and a love that was ill-fated from the start.

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EXCERPT:

“Stay. Just.... Stay.” The second I said it I felt awful. What was I asking? I knew he couldn’t stay,

that he needed to return to his world to stay alive in mind.

Since the night of the dance we’d carefully stayed away from discussing our little predicament.

We were still at a standoff. He couldn’t live in my world without magical aids to keep him alive,

because of the toxic nature of our polluted air, and I couldn’t go back to his world, because of

a bunch of angry beings trying to kill me. That left us here. He would have to return to his world

and refuel, to come back to mine. How long the potions lasted depended upon how much stress

he was under. Physical exertion, extreme emotions all used up the reserve more quickly. Then

there was the issue of his still being tied to Venus, the daughter of the ice witch I killed. A curse

had caused his forced fealty to her. Killing the witch was not only supposed to save Mythlandria

from her destructive wrath, it was also supposed to free Adrius of the curse that bound him to

the ice witch’s commands. Who knew there was a daughter who would take over the bonds,

and that she was also his ex-girlfriend.

Now she wants me dead in payment for killing her mother, and as a bonus, I’d be out of the

way so she could get Adrius back in her life. That he could come here at all means the curse is

weakening. I want his freedom, but at which price? Was I willing to kill for it? I’d have to end her

life as well if I was going to destroy the bonds. And I wasn’t a killer. Even Octăhvia’s death was

more of an accident than intended. I had no idea what awakening the magic would do, or how

to wield it. This arrangement seemed like our only option, for now. And while I hated to see him

leave, there was something comforting in being able to pretend that my life was normal again.

As normal as it ever was. I could enjoy being back home with friends and back at school which

surprisingly enough, I’d missed. It’s amazing how coming to the edge of your life multiple times

will make even the most mundane routines a welcomed change.

“Think about what you’re asking me,” he said. “You know why I have to leave.”

He watched me suck in a breath of regret, as I wished I could take back my self-serving plea.

Pain creased his eyes. “Sleep soundly, Lorelei,” was all he said. He kissed the top of my head

The tense set of his jaw revealed the effort it took to leave. I watched him walk away, biting

down on my lower lip until he reached the driveway.

“How am I supposed to sleep?” My voice was almost too quiet to be heard over the howling

wind. But his hearing surpassed most mortal’s.

“Warm milk with honey works well,” he answered my whisper, his back still facing me. “It helps

with the night terrors too,” he added.

“You know that’s not what I meant.” I moved closer, descending one step at a time until my bare

Adrius froze. Electric pulses crackled between us.

“I was talking about sleeping without you. Here.”

“You’ve managed to do it before,” he said cautiously, the strain of his resolve vibrating in his

This was wrong. It was selfish. How could I ask him to stay, when I know that leaving is what

would keep him alive to return to me?

“I’m sorry. I’m being silly. It’s just I can’t—“

With whipcrack intensity, his resolve burned away and he rushed toward me and pulled me into

his arms. His touch burned though my shirt as his hands splayed against my back, pressing us

closer. He kissed me, hungrily at first, then it quickly deepened to ravenous. Matching his fervor,

I tangled my fingers in his hair. Every inch of me was on fire. He gasped, his lips slowing against

mine. By the time we separated, we were both breathless. He leaned his forehead against mine

for a few rapid heartbeats, then pulled back. Our eyes remained locked in a palpitating stretch of

silence that spoke volumes. My head swirled, and all I wanted was more of where we’d left off.

But he read my intentions. The corners of his lips quirked and he shook his head. Warm hands

slid down my arms with one last caress, before he disappeared. Gone so quickly I didn’t actually

see him leave. Swallowed by the darkness of the night and the forest that held the secret


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A dreamer at heart, Michele Barrow-Belisle has always lived with one foot in this reality and

one foot in another, one of her own imagining. So it follows that she would grow up to write

about the characters from those enchanting worlds she knows and loves so well. A fan of all

things romantic, her young adult novels are populated with scintillating witches, vampires and

fey. Her bestselling debut book series Fire and Ice (Faerie Song Trilogy) was optioned for a

major motion picture this year. Michele resides in southern Canada with her hubby and son who

indulge her never-ending obsession with reading, writing and most importantly... chocolate.

Website: www.michelebarrowbelisle.com (join my mailing list)

Blog: www.michelebelisle.blogspot.ca 

Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/authormichele

Facebook Street Team page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/396189297153826/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3059577.Michele_Barrow_Belisle 

Twitter: www.twitter.com/MicheleBelisle 

Pintrest: www.pinterest.com/micheley26 

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/micheley26

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110546512991850441753/posts/p/pub 

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Michele-Barrow-Belisle/e/B00BVRJADY

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GIVEAWAY 

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Goddess Fish Book Promotions Book Blast: The Billionaire's Suite Dreams







THE BILLIONAIRE'S SUITE DREAMS
by Lori Ryan

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Her Secrets Are All About to Come Out

Pop star PJ Cantrell's life and career are threatened when an angry blackmailer uncovers the truth about her hidden past. PJ knows it has to be someone close, someone she trusts. She turns to long-time friend Gabe Sawyer for help, but finds more than she bargained for. As she quickly discovers she wants more from him than friendship and support, she has to wonder what he'll think of her when he finally learns the truth.

Gabe Sawyer built a successful chain of luxury hotels by focusing on one thing and one thing only - his work. And, he's now discovering, that just isn't enough in life. He's loved PJ from afar, but he's never felt the time was right for a deeper relationship. When he discovers a blackmailer is threatening her life, everything changes as he struggles to keep her safe and end the threat to her life and to the career she loves.
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Excerpt:

“What happened, Gabe?” she asked, but it came out more as an accusation. “What aren’t you telling me?”

He tried a halfhearted ‘it’s nothing’ kind of response, but she put her hands on her hips and waited him out.

He picked up the envelope and handed her the sheets of paper. “These came to me by courier while you were sleeping,” he said as she read the sheaf of papers. It’s almost time, Pretty Pru. It’s almost time, Pretty Pru. It’s almost time, Pretty Pru.

She looked up at Gabe and Zach. “He knows where I am.”

Gabe’s face was grave as he nodded. “Yes, he knows.”

She looked at him and knew he wasn’t telling her everything. “What are you hiding? What haven’t you told me?”

“This came, too,” he said quietly. She knew what it was the minute she saw it. Matthew’s baby picture. The one she’d carried with her until it was lost a month ago. The photo of him the day he was born.

PJ didn’t hesitate. She dropped the photo back on the counter as though it had bit her, and ran to her room and began haphazardly shoving her things into her bag. She needed to get to Matthew. Gabe and Zach followed her. She felt Gabe’s arms come around her, stilling her hands and stopping her frantic packing.

Zach came around in front of her. “PJ, I’ve got guys headed that way now. They’ll have Matthew and his family whisked away within the hour, and they’ll get them to a safe place. Somewhere we can control.”

And Gabe kept talking to her, his breath warm and reassuring as her heart raced in her chest. “They’ll get to them, Pru. I promise. We’ll keep Matthew safe. I’ll keep you both safe.” But PJ didn’t care about her own safety anymore. In a heartbeat, she’d give herself to whoever it was that was doing all of this in exchange for Matthew’s safety.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Lori Ryan is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes contemporary romance with a twist of suspense. Her books range from sweetheart to steamy in heat level (for sweeter, read the Evers, TX series.)

She lives with an extremely understanding husband, two wonderful children (with another on the way!), two mostly well-behaved dogs, and a lone little cat in Austin, Texas. It's a bit of a zoo, but she wouldn't change a thing.

Lori published her first novel in April of 2013 and has fallen in love with writing. She is the author of the Sutton Capital Series, the Evers, Texas Series, and will be putting out several novellas with baseball player heroes in Bella Andre's Kindle World, Game For Love, in late 2014. She loves to connect with her readers. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or subscribe to her blog.

Twitter: @loriryanauthor


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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Mississppi Roast

I think anyone that's looked at a cooking website has found this roast recipe.

My mom loves roast and I thought, why the hell not. It's only 5 simple ingredients, that you layer in the crock pot.

1 chuck roast
1 pack of ranch dressing mix
1 pack of McCormick or any other brand of au jus mix
1 stick of butter
5 pepperocinis

There's no water in this recipe. I know that sounds odd, since it is a slow cooker meal, but trust me, the butter does all the work.

This was one of the best chuck roasts that I've ever made. Even my nephew, who hates roast ate this one with relish.

There were no leftovers!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Goddess Fish Promotions Book Review: Harvest Of Blessings





HARVEST OF BLESSINGS
by Charlotte Hubbard

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The tranquil little town of Willow Ridge is facing a startling challenge. Wealthy Nora Glick Landwehr is determined to make it her home again—and put her past to rest. Cast out by her own family, Nora can’t reconcile with Old Amish ways or her strict father. But she’ll do anything to help her community embrace the future . . . and make amends to the daughter she had to give up. She certainly has no time for her reckless new neighbor Luke Hooley. They disagree about almost everything. And how can she trust him if he always seems to believe the worst about her? Somehow, though, his unexpected support and passionate heart are helping her find her own way in faith. And Nora will discover that even in the face of insidious lies and unyielding judgment, God creates unexpected chances for forgiveness—and love.

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Excerpt :

Nora’s hand found the inside of Luke’s elbow. His skin felt smooth and warm beneath the short sleeve of his tan cotton shirt. His eyes were the deep green of the shaded cedar trees along the road, and the intensity of his gaze unnerved her. “Um, maybe before we get to Willow Ridge, we could . . .”

“Shall I pull over?”

Nora’s breath escaped her as she nodded. She felt like a nervous girl on her first date. Her heart hammered as Luke brought his horse to a halt on the side of the road. He just kept looking at her, waiting for her to make the first move. Nora was once again impressed by Luke’s control, because even as desire danced in his eyes, his hands remained on his lap.

When she reached for him, Luke pulled her close and kissed her for several long, lovely moments. His soft sighs mingled with hers as he explored her mouth. When she eased away, Nora knew she’d followed a path from which there was no retreat. No turning back.

“Wow,” Luke murmured as he caught his breath. “Wow.”

“You got that right,” she murmured. “This is the first time I’ve ever been kissed in a buggy—which sounds odd, considering the reason Dat sent me away. But before Borntreger took what he wanted, I’d led a very sheltered, good-girl life.”

“Maybe I can re-introduce you to Plain dating,” Luke replied as he took the lines in his hands again. “The basics between a man and a woman don’t require a car or cell phones or electricity, after all.”

Nora grinned, for it seemed they had generated their own type of electricity—and it was very different from what she’d known with Tanner Landwehr.

“Will you need a ride to pick up your painted van?”

“No, the Stutzman brothers offered to deliver it, to be sure everything drives the way it should after they’ve checked it over,” she replied. “Poor planning on my part, eh?”

Luke wrapped his hand around hers as the horse clip-clopped along the blacktop again. “The best parts about getting to know someone usually don’t follow a plan. Although I’ll confess that I accomplished everything on my agenda today. And I liked it. A lot.”

Nora smiled. Who could’ve imagined that cool, self-assured Luke Hooley would admit such a thing in a way that seemed so guileless? So sweet and open.

When the mill came into view, Luke kissed her once more, gently guiding her chin with his finger. He drove her to the front door of her house, and as Nora got out of the buggy she felt so giddy she wasn’t sure what she said to him. When she entered her front room, the fabric hangings stacked on her couch reminded her that she had a million things to do to get ready for her store’s opening, but she went straight upstairs. She changed into a cape dress and pulled her hair into a bun with a kapp over it. In the bathroom, she washed off her makeup.

Grabbing the wardrobe boxes she’d used for her move to Willow Ridge, she went to her closet and quickly took out every pencil skirt, silk blouse, and pair of tailored slacks, plus all the sundresses and suits and high-dollar shoes and purses that went with them. She bagged her jewelry and colorful scarves, and yanked her tee shirts, jeans, and shorts from her dresser drawers. Waves of emotion rolled through her as she recalled the occasions when she’d worn some of this stylish clothing, but before she lost her resolve, Nora sealed the boxes shut with packing tape. She would haul this stuff to the thrift store in Morning Star as soon as her van arrived.

She felt purged. Clean. Her English wardrobe represented a life she felt good about leaving behind, even though she’d known some shining moments and had gained a world of experience that would never leave her. But it was time to move forward, even if that meant stepping back in time to the simpler life she’d known as a girl.

Nora looked in the mirror and smiled. The woman gazing back at her belonged in Willow Ridge. No matter what her father thought of her, she had come home. To stay.
  

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Review:  Harvest of Blessings is the fifth book in the Seasons Of The Heart series by Charlotte Hubbard. 

If you love Amish romance with a little bit of a soap opera touch, you'll love this book. I absolutely loved this book and it was very much like a soap opera.

Nora gave up her child when she was sixteen, her father turning his back on her and keeping her from her family.  Sixteen years later, she comes home and wants to reconnect.

You learn more about who the father of her baby is and a bit about her pregnancy. It is much easier to connect to her. I liked that she wasn't willing to come back to the Old Order just to please her family.

Then there's Luke, who definitely has a thing for her, and his brother, Ira,  has a thing for her daughter.

See what I mean? Soap Opera-y!

I love it.

Oh and Hiriam is up to his old tricks. He's really a great villain in this series. He is really a nasty guy that enjoys stirring up trouble. 

There are lots of twists and turns, but that's what makes this such a great read! I love this series!

Rating: 5 stars

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Drawing upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi, longtime Missourian Charlotte Hubbard writes of simpler times and a faith-based lifestyle in her Seasons of the Heart series. Like her heroine, Miriam Lantz Hooley, Charlotte considers it her personal mission to feed people. Faith and family, farming and food preservation are hallmarks of her lifestyle. She’s a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and when she’s not writing, she loves to try new recipes, crochet, and sew. Charlotte now lives in Minnesota with her husband and their border collie.

Seasons of the Heart, Book 5
Zebra (February 24, 2015)
ISBN-13: 9781420133097 •• ISBN-10: 1420133098
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Monday, March 30, 2015

New Mika

I love when my favorite artists have new music.

Talk About You is Mika's latest single, and is hopefully part of a new album, that we will hopefully be getting later this year.

I love shiny happy pop music, and this song is just that. It is the type of song that you can't help but smile while you are listening to it.

The only other song that makes me want to get up and dance as much as this one, is Walk The Moon's Shut Up And Dance.


 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Goddess Fish Promotions Virtual Tour Book Review: Contract To Wed





Contract to Wed
by Holly Bush

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1891 . . . Jolene Crawford Crenshaw, heiress and Boston socialite, went from her family home directly to Landonmore upon her marriage, the mansion she shared with her handsome and charismatic husband. She’d never in her life worried in the slightest over anything as crass as the dollars required to maintain that home or the lifestyle she’d been born to. Her extensive yearly wardrobe, the stables and the prime horseflesh within it, even the solid silver forks and knifes that graced her table, were expected and required to maintain the social standing that she’d cultivated over the years. But suddenly she was a widow with little money and just her pride and her secrets to keep her upright.

Max Shelby made his fortune in oil wells and cattle, but lost the love of his life the day his wife died. Now, his happy, carefree daughter needs instruction and guidance as she grows into a young lady and his dream of becoming a Senator from his adopted state of Texas seems out of reach with few political or social connections. The right wife would solve both problems. As it happens, his sister knows of a woman, a recent widow, charming, beautiful and socially astute, but in reduced circumstances, who may want to begin again. Max signed the wedding contract sight unseen.

Will Jolene be able to shed her sorrows, anger and fears to begin anew away from the censure and hidden tragedy that marred her life? Is her new husband, confident, strong and capable Max Shelby, the man, the only man, to see past her masks to find the woman beneath?

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Excerpt:

“Thank you for coming to see me this morning, Jolene,” Calvin Billings said as he assisted her into the red leather chair across from his desk.

“The reading of the will, I understand, is not until Wednesday morning,” Jolene replied and straightened the folds of her black silk skirt. “I’m curious to hear what prompted this meeting.”

“I’m not sure I should have asked you here to tell you what I’m going to tell you,” Calvin said as he shook his head. “Turner’s will was very specific.”

Jolene shrugged. “Don’t put yourself out for me, Calvin.”

The attorney was silent a long moment and then leaned forward. “I wanted to talk to you about some of the details of Turner’s will before Wednesday’s meeting so that you can process it privately, rather than in a room full of people.”

“What details?”

Billings sorted through papers laid out before him on his massive gleaming desktop. He settled on one and looked at Jolene over the tops of his glasses. “The bulk of Turner’s estate will be settled on one, Jillian Crawford Shelling currently residing with your sister in South Dakota.”

“I don’t understand,” Jolene said.

“A little over fifty million dollars will be set aside in an estate for Miss Shelling, overseen by myself and her step-father, Jake Shelling, as executers. Various charities will receive an amount totaling nearly one million dollars. Family members, including Turner’s mother, brother, nephews, and your sister Jennifer, have been gifted annual annuities. In addition, his mother’s home expenses will be taken care of for as long as she lives. A few servants and his secretary have been given lump sums ranging from fifty to one hundred thousand dollars.”

Jolene stared at her gloved hands lying in her lap. She picked at a stray thread in the crocheting and thought she’d have to correct Alice for handing these particular gloves to her to wear. But perhaps she’d best let Alice alone on this error. Perhaps she’d best contemplate what Calvin had just said. She looked up at him.

“He has gifted our fortune, my fortune as well, to Jillian? Did he not understand that he would have still been a clerk in my father’s bank had he not married me? Did he forget what I did for him? He would have been nothing without me. I made him!”



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Review:  I'm a sucker for a good historical romance. Usually my setting of preference is Regency England, but I do love stories that involve marriages of convenience/mail order brides.

Jolene isn't a mail order bride, but her second marriage is a sort of arranged one. She's also not a character that you really like from the get go. She's stuck up and snobby and a little bit unpleasant. As the story progresses you see her change and grow.

Max is a widower with a daughter that needs refining and he has political aspirations. There really couldn't be a more perfect hero for a story like this.

The growth of their relationship will bring you smiles and maybe a few tears. Ok, a lot of tears near the end.

The focus of the book is on Jolene. There are a lot of issue with her and her family, as well as her first husband and his family. She inspires a lot of emotions from the reader, pity, anger and finally pride in the way she's changed. Considering the way she was treated by her family, it is amazing that she was able to change as much as she did.

This book is the second in the Crawford family series, and I can't wait to go back and read the first book.

Rating:  5 stars

AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Holly Bush writes historical romance set on the American Prairie, in Victorian England, and recently released her first Women’s Fiction title. Her books are described as emotional, with heartfelt, sexy romance. She makes her home with her husband in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  Connect with Holly at www.hollybushbooks.com and on Twitter @hollybushbooks and on Facebook at Holly Bush.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Coach Is Coming Back

First there was news that The X Files were coming back. (The sci-fi geek that I am, squeed in delight at that one)

Today we learned that Craig T. Nelson is going to reprise his role as Coach for NBC.

I'm amused but kind of bummed that its looking like other cast members won't be returning, particularly Shelly Fabares, who played his wife.


Granted, it would be nice of the writers in Hollywood would come up with something new, I'm not going to complain when we get to see actors that are good, returning to a role that they wee really good at playing

Here's hoping the new version of Coach lives up to expectations.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Goddess Fish Promotions Book Promo & Review: New York Minute



New York Minute
by Melinda Dozier

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BLURB:

Shy accountant Veronica Bass is determined to live it up a little before settling down with a perfectly respectable man to live a perfectly respectable life, just the way her mother wants.

So when rock star Diego Diaz flashes his bedroom eyes at her during a wedding reception, Veronica swallows her shyness and leads him to the nearest hotel room. Now this total sex god keeps popping up in her life, and she finds herself telling some not-so-little white lies to keep him interested.

Diego’s world evolves around music, women throwing themselves at him, and having fun. His lifestyle hasn’t allowed him to find the right girl to settle down with until now, but his own secret stands in the way of forming a lasting relationship with Veronica.

Is their love destined to last for only a New York minute?
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Excerpt :

He removed the key out of his pocket. “Room 707.”

She stopped in her tracks and blinked at him. “Really? It’s a palindrome.”

“What’s that?”

“When numbers read the same forward and backward.” She grabbed his hand and dragged him across the gold, diamond-patterned carpet to the door. “Want to know something else?”

He supported his shoulder against the door jam and smiled at her. He liked that she became talkative about random things—not his career, his life or the other crap women tried to get out of him. “Of course.”

“I kind of have a fascination with the number seven. It follows me everywhere.”

“Lucky sign?”

She inserted his key into the slot and opened the hotel room door. “Come in and find out.” She walked in backward, pulling him in by the tie. A thoughtful smile curved her mouth, those damn red lips taunting him. He still hadn’t even kissed this woman.

The door slowly closed behind them and he walked her toward the huge king-size bed behind them until she perched on the edge of the mattress. For a second, anxiety crossed her face, her gaze avoiding him.

Okay, he’d take it slow. “Let’s find some drinks.”

He pulled out three mini-bottles of hard liquor from the mini-fridge and held them up. “You won’t believe what I found.”

She lifted a sexy eyebrow in response.

“Jack Daniels … Old Number 7.”

“See what I mean? Number seven and I are old friends.” Before he could open the bottles, Vero was in front of him, her long, dark hair out of the ponytail, curled around her shoulders.

She pushed him against the armoire, opened his jacket, and her hands roamed over his dress shirt. Her long fingers trembled, and it reassured him that she didn’t always do this. Her words said one thing, but her actions conveyed another. She was a novice at seduction. He loved her hesitant yet obvious desire to lure him in.

He bent down the few inches to touch her lips with his. A lightning bolt of energy shot through his body. Her body was like heaven, her lips soft, pliable, accepting and eager. His heart beat faster and he hardened even more than he thought possible. Damn, it’d been too long.

He grabbed her waist, the curve of her hips under his fingers, and pushed her against the desk next to them. When her lips opened, he delved deeper with his tongue. She still tasted of whiskey and a whole other unique flavor. It turned him on more to know she had a taste that was all hers—and his for the night.

Her voice quavered when he pulled back. “I hope I’m doing this right.”

“Keep doing what you’re doing. It’s perfect.” Again, her uncertainty was a clear indication of who she truly was. She didn’t seduce him to get in the limelight. She wanted him for him, just as badly as he wanted her.


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Review:  This is a short review, because this this is  a short sweet and spicy book.  Veronica and Diego are quite a couple. They start as one night stand and then meet again at a speed dating thingie.

Diego is a rock star and Veronica is anything but. I think that's what makes this such a wonderful story. I mean who doesn't dream of hooking up and then falling for a rock star? Granted Diego isn't my type. I don't usually go for the tattooed type, but you can't help but love him. He's a hot hot Latin lover.

This book reminds us to be ourselves, because Veronica wasn't and that caused a few glitches between her and her Latin Hottie! I actually felt a little bit sorry for her, because she felt she had to be someone else to get Diego to like her, even though that wasn't the case.

Oh and this book gets props for have the best date scene ever, at FAO Schwarz! If that scene doesn't tug at your heart strings, I don't know what will!

This is a great afternoon read!

Rating: 5 stars


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Author Bio:
Melinda Dozier is a multi-published contemporary romance author represented by Blue Ridge Literary Agency. After hectic days of teaching English to middle school students, Melinda finds time to write and read in the evenings.  She lives in Guatemala, Central America with her husband/college sweetheart who brings "mucho amor" to her life. Melinda enjoys being the queen of her household and dreams of being pampered fully by her three boys once they are grown. Melinda's guilty pleasures include reality TV, traveling, blogging and playing Zynga games.

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