10/24/14

EXTRA EXTRA! Read all about it!

Book two of "The Sentinel Trilogy" is coming soon!


Read my 5+ review of the first book "The Sentinel" - HERE

Get a head start on the series, get your copy of The Sentinel from Amazon - HERE

I can't wait!

10/21/14

Law of Attraction - Darlene Fredette

4 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Lawyer Christina Crawford has a successful career and stable financial future, but is it enough? Her world is disrupted when a routine divorce case means working with a man she never expected—or wanted—to see again. During their first meeting, she can't deny a connection still exists. Her head warns her to run, but her heart yearns to stay.

Steven Mitchell is ruthless in the courtroom, but outside those doors, his easy charm, good looks, and unlimited stream of female companions gives him an unscrupulous reputation. Six years ago, Christina saw beyond his façade, but the emotions she evoked scared him and he pushed her away. Now he wants a second chance and he is determined to get her back...even if he has to play dirty.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
An avid reader since childhood, Darlene loved to put a pencil to paper and plot out stories of her own. Following a path in administration, she excelled in the art of editing and design, which led to a successful career as Director of Administration and Marketing. 
Darlene's writing is a combination of heartwarming romance and plot-driven page-turners. Her favorite things to do with her family (husband, daughter, and Yellow Lab) are BBQs, sitting by the fire-pit on a beautiful summer's night, visits to the Valley, and just hanging out together.
Residing in Nova Scotia, she can usually be found in her home office with the family dog by her side, or in her comfy chair in the living room immersed in a good book...with her dog still by her side.
 
MY REVIEW -
Super cute, quick read. I am a huge fan of TVs "The Good Wife" I love anything that has to do with the court room and lawyers (guess I missed my calling). This book satisfied my need for that courtroom drama and romance! This is not a hard-core, edgy, serious book. It is light and fun. This is the classic story of misunderstandings, but there are a few twists to keep it new and fresh.
Great characters that seem real enough  you feel like you know them.
Definitely a good one to pick up.

Thanks to the author - Darlene Fredette, for giving me this e-book for my honest review!

Get your copy form Amazon - HERE

10/18/14

Its Non-fiction Saturday!


Knockout Knits
New Tricks for scarves, Hats, Jewelry, and other accessories
By Laura Nelkin

 5 Stars!!!!!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
An abundance of knitted luxuries--summery lace shawls, warm and wooly hats, a trio of cool knitted bracelets, and stunning beaded gloves--designed to grow your skills.

Who doesn't love to knit accessories? They're fast, often require only a skein or two of yarn, and make amazingly versatile gifts for friends and family. Small knits are also the perfect way to try something new--an unusual stitch pattern, wild multi-colored yarn, or even a touch of sparkle. Laura Nelkin is well-known for designing these fun-to-knit little projects introducing her students and fans to advanced techniques with her signature "You can do it!" enthusiasm. In her first book, she shares her 3 favorite types of knitting using wrapped stitches, lacework, and beads. Each chapter begins with a quick knitted cuff to lay the foundations, then gradually ramps up to more complicated designs. The result is an all-new collection of wearable, feminine knits with a slightly rustic aesthetic. Give them as gifts, stockpile for a chilly day, or dress up a casual outfit--these are knockout projects to enjoy knitting again and again.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Laura Nelkin, a prolific independent knitwear designer, graduated from Cornell with a degree in Apparel Design. A former design director, Laura sells her knit pattern and kit line to yarn stores worldwide and teaches workshops around the country and online with Craftsy.com. Her patterns have been published through Nelkin Designs, and in The Rhinebeck Sweater, Scarf Style 2, Knitscene, and Knitty. Laura lives near Ithaca, New York.
Visit her at www.nelkindesigns.com.

MY REVIEW -
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Well I was already a fan of Laura (We share the same hometown - Ithaca!), but this book is just plain fantastic! There are so many items I want to make.Everything in this book is good, there are no throwaways. I love this kind of knitting anyway - Lace knitting and cables. And I love knitting the small but more complicated stuff, socks, gloves, scarves, hats. I would rather knit those than sweaters any day.

Her directions are always excellent. The pictures are beautiful (full color and lots of them) and the diagrams and charts are perfect... need I say more?

This is one of my favorites! I can't wait to make this hat -
Thank you "Blogging for Books" for sending me this amazing knitting book for my honest review!

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE

10/17/14

Fun Friday! - Finally!



I know its been a looong time. Moving sure keeps you busy. We are getting settled in and there are fewer boxes. It just seems to be taking forever! And now we have been running into problems getting our PA license and cars registered. Everytime we go - another brick wall. We are going to try again today, I think we have everything covered, so I'll let you know. Then I have to call for insurance and then get them registered. Like I said, everything takes forever!

Prob in another week I will be a little more regular with my blogging. I have cut my reading time way down because I have been so busy. I can't wait to get back to normal.

The weather here has been great! A little rain but also lots of sun and warm weather. I don't ever remember going barefoot in the middle of Oct.!

10/15/14

The Mason Jar - James Russell Lingerfelt

3 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
What if your old college roommate called, raving about a book someone sent her, calling it the most beautiful book she's ever read? "But," she said, "it's about you." The author is your college ex.

In The Mason Jar, Clayton Fincannon is a Tennessee farm boy raised at the feet of his grandfather. He and his grandfather leave letters for each other in a Mason jar on his grandfather's desk---letters of counsel and affirmation. When Clayton attends college in Southern California, he meets and falls in love with a dark debutante from Colorado. However, when an unmentioned past resurrects in her life and she leaves, Clayton is left with unanswered questions.

Clayton goes on to serve as a missionary in Africa, while he and his grandfather continue their tradition of writing letters. When Clayton returns home five years later to bury his grandfather, he searches for answers pertaining to the loss of the young woman he once loved. Little does Clayton know, the answers await him in the broken Mason jar.

A story about a girl who vanished, a former love who wrote a book about her, and a reunion they never imagined.

Written for the bruised and broken, The Mason Jar is an inspirational romance that brings hope to people who have experienced disappointment in life due to separation from loved ones. With a redemptive ending that encourages us to love again and written in the fresh, romantic tones of Nicholas Sparks, The Mason Jar interweaves the imagery of Thoreau with the adventures and climatic family struggles common to Dances with Wolves, A River Runs Through It, and Legends of the Fall.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
James Russell Lingerfelt is the author of The Mason Jar and writes articles for The Huffington Post. James connects with readers at his blog, Love Story from the Male Perspective, and divides his time between Southern California and his family's ranch in Alabama.

Find James online: website, Facebook, Twitter


 MY REVIEW -
This ended up being a nice read for me. I really liked it in the beginning, but then it kinda slowed down - like I was waiting for something to happen. Around the middle of the book it did start picking back up and I ended up liking it. So it redeemed itself!

I liked Eden in this story, but I didn't really care much for Clayton (or Fin). I didn't really find what he did romantic at all - I found it kinda creepy and obsessive. And... this is just a "thing" for me - I don't really care for a love story written by a man, sorry :-( Very few get it right for me. There were some good parts to this book though so ended up a pretty good read.

Thank you Litfuse for sending me an e-book copy of this for my honest review.

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE (not a bad read for $2.48)
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10/13/14

Christmas in Snow Valley - Sneak peek and Pre-order!



Christmas in Snow Valley is available for pre-order.



Snow Valley, Montana, is a small community with the tradition of doing Christmas big. Festivities begin with tree lighting in the town square the day after Thanksgiving and continue until the culminating romantic Christmas Ball. From the Polar Express to a Winter Carnival, there’s something for every wonder-filled  child—and every couple who’s in love—or about to be.

Christmas in Snow Valley is packed with six wonderful Christmas novellas sure to bring romance into your holiday season.

An Unexpected Kiss by Cindy Roland Anderson
Lucy Phillips doesn’t want to spend her Christmas vacation dodging her ex-boyfriend, so when he turns up at the airport to give her a ride home, Lucy panics and asks a complete stranger to kiss her. Although the kiss is incredible, Lucy never expects to see the guy again. Is it bad luck or destiny when Lucy comes down with a sore throat and the new doctor in Snow Valley is none other than the guy she kissed at the airport?

Feels Like Love by Jeanette Lewis
Christmas in Snow Valley is the perfect way for April Winston to introduce her city slicker fiancé, Scott Mecham, to life on a farm. If only Wade Hadley, hometown boy and high school sweetheart, will cooperate! But Wade has no intention of letting April go without a fight. This Christmas, Wade is determined to overcome their painful past and show April that she already has what she’s been seeking all along.

Full Court Devotion by Cami Checketts
Kazlyn is too busy with her schooling and future plans to enjoy life, let alone fall in love with a man who has heartbreak written all over him. Tyrese Hamilton, a college basketball star and major heartthrob, is intrigued when Kazlyn doesn't pursue him or even seem interested. Ty's career is in jeopardy, and he needs a miracle and Kazlyn to save him.

The Christmas Eve Kiss by Taylor Hart
When Molly O’Hare gets a prediction that she will kiss her true love on Christmas Eve, she thinks it’s utterly ridiculous. But when she gets teamed up with Kevin Snow, aka her ex-boyfriend, to decorate a Christmas tree, things start to change. Too bad getting over the past is hard and seeing him kiss another girl is even harder. Now Molly is left with a choice—run away from home and heartbreak or let Christmas work out a miracle all of its own.

Risking it all for Love by Award-Winning author, Kimberley Montpetit
Succumbing to family pressure, Jessica Mason reluctantly comes home for Christmas. Ever since her high school boyfriend's death from a car accident three years earlier, Jessica and religion have not been compatible. So, when she visits Michael’s grave, she's surprised to meet the handsome James Douglas, Pastor John’s nephew, who’s studying for the ministry. James can not only dish back Jessica’s finely-tuned sarcasm but understands grief all too well, turning Jessica’s world upside down. Is she ready to take another risk on love?

Blue Christmas by Lucy McConnell:
As head of Snow Valley hospital's fundraising effort, Paisley Hackett barely has time to organize the craft show, cookie decorating party, and the annual Christmas Ball. What she doesn't have time for is falling in love with Clay Jett, the incredibly handsome bass player who sweeps into town. She's been burned by a tourist romance before and, with everything going on, Paisley will have to work overtime to protect her heart from Clay and his swoon-worthy ballads.
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Be looking for my review of this the first week of Nov.
Oh I am looking so forward to this! It looks and sounds so cute!

10/9/14

Garden Safari Vegetable Soup (Kitchen Club Kids) - Eluka Moore, Larry Puznial, Marianne Welsh, Illustrated by - Kristen Gau

5 Stars!!!!!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Explore numbers, colors and vegetables as you learn how to create a tasty soup in ten easy steps. Join the Kitchen Club Kids as they visit the garden to find fresh vegetables to eat. They search and count. They cut, dice and stir until the meal is complete. This rhymey-good-timey recipe adventure story offers basic cooking lessons and promotes healthy eating. The colorful illustrations and layered learning opportunities on each page will keep your child's interest from beginning to end. Kitchen Club Kids books are also real, hands-on cooking activities that help teach 2-6 year olds how to follow recipes. But, you don't have to be a chef to enjoy these books. Whether you're reading with your child before mealtime or before bedtime, Kitchen Club Kids books turn story time into a culinary, learning adventure. Gold Medal Winner - Mom's Choice Awards 2014 Book of the Year Award - Creative Child Awards - Creative Child Magazine.

MY REVIEW -
Super cute book!!! This book is gorgeous I would love to collect the whole series. It had repetitive text, short simple phrasing, nice big letters, which is all perfect for young kids. It was a perfect combination of numbers, colors and cooking! The pictures are just amazing. I was literally gawking at the bright colorful pictures.
And, the best for last - At the end of the book is the exact recipe of the soup the book is about so you could copy it down for yourself and use the book for your child (or grandchild) as you make it together.


Thanks to the author - Eluka Moore for sending me this beautiful book for my honest review!

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE