Wednesday, October 1, 2014

AMI Clubwear Review and Gift Card Giveaway


Every girl desires to stand out from the crowd. Whether you are at a party, hitting the club or out for a night in the city, we carry some of the hottest, sexiest and most unique club wear available. Look no further than AMI Club Wear for all of your club wear needs! We also carry party dresses, Halloween costumes for women and many other items that will leave everyone else breathless with envy.


I received a dress from AMI Clubwear at no cost in exchange for my honest review.


(hubby can't take pics like I do lol)

My Review

I live in Florida and we don't really have a winter here, at least not like we did when I lived in PA. I get to wear stuff like this cute dress from AMI all year round. The heat and humidity are crazy here in the spring and summer, and the last thing I want is layers or heavy clothing making it worse. This dress is made from thin and light polyester so it flows nice and loose and doesn't stick and make me feel worse in hot weather. The sizing is great on this. I tend to lose and gain a few pounds throughout the year and this is stretchy so it works even if I go up or down a size. The design is adorable and works for a day at the beach, or dinner out with my husband. The dress is very versatile in style and fabric.  AMI has a huge variety of dresses for every occasion and for any weather. I love this strapless dress I got from them and will definitely be shopping with them in the future! 

They also carry costumes for men and women! Halloween is coming so this gift card could come in handy for you!

Win a $50 Gift Card to AMI Clubwear! 

Homeowner With A Gun Book Review


It's the middle of the night. You’re awakened by a noise. Someone is in your house. What do you do?

When it happens at 148 Maple Drive, homeowner Jeff Shaw gets his gun and goes downstairs to investigate while his wife calls 9-1-1. It’s their home, after all. Jeff has to protect it. He finds two men in the kitchen and shoots them both. Dead.

The incident puts great strain on Jeff and his family. He wants to believe they just need to get on with their lives and everything will return to normal. But it’s not that easy. The dead intruders belonged to a gang, ANG, “Ain’t No Game,” that now wants revenge. And one of the gang, an ex-con who goes by the name I-Man, knows more about the break-in than he’s letting on.

It starts with a threatening phone call. Then it gets worse. The police, unable to protect the Shaws, suggest they move away for a while. What should Jeff do? Homeowner With a Gun takes the reader on a suspense-filled thrill ride as this everyman fights to save himself and his family, while something a detective said plays in the back of his mind: Maybe the intruders broke into the wrong house. Happens all the time. You wouldn't believe how often...

I received a copy of this book free in exchange for my honest review.

My Review

This was a story that really hits home for readers right now. There have been several stories in the news that make you stop and wonder "what would I do?". What would you do to protect your family? The main character, the homeowner, Jeff wakes up to find 2 people in his house in the middle of the night. What would you do? He winds up shooting and killing the intruders. What happens after is a lot of heartache for his family. The gang family of the intruders wants retribution, and there is the question of why they went after Jeff's house in the first place. There are many twists and turns in this tale and it moves at a very fast pace and keeps you on the edge of your seat beginning to end. This is a very good "ripped from the headlines" story and I highly recommend this book!

About the Author

SAMUEL HAWLEY taught English in East Asia for many years before becoming a full-time writer. His books include the novel Bad Elephant Far Stream and the nonfiction works Speed Duel: The Inside Story of the Land Speed Record in the Sixties; I Just Ran: Percy Williams, World’s Fastest Human; and The Imjin War: Japan’s Sixteenth-Century Invasion of Korea and Attempt to Conquer China. He lives in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Darkrose Studios Treadwater Review


Darkrose Studios is an independent publishing company and digital studio that specializes in creating and producing original Sci Fi and Fantasy Content.

At Darkrose Studios, our sole focus is creating content that will impact and inspire fans of the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres. The content seen here is 100% original, created by founder Morgan Rosenblum.

Both the genres of Sci-Fi and Fantasy carry with them an intense and dedicated fan base that know good work when they see it - these fans seek out complex and thought-provoking stories and share them with their friends.

One of those stories is Treadwater.

Treadwater (TRDWTR) is our Sci-Fi baby - In the wake of a global economic meltdown, chaos erupts and the world’s safety is jeopardized by a new wave of crime and terror. A privately funded team of hi-tech special operatives is assembled, known as TREADWATER, the only force standing between hope and anarchy.

As Germany forms its aggressive stance behind a true military German patriot, General Kirklau, it becomes more than evident that the balance of global powers is all but obsolete. Governments and worldwide organizations have their hands tied, as one wrong move by any of them could launch an all-out world war. Treadwater is the only organization taking a proactive stance to keep the world afloat, while others helplessly do just that – tread water. 

I received an advance copy of the graphic novel and their studio pitch book in exchange for this post.


 


Our Thoughts

My husband and my boys are huge fans of anything to do with superheros, and love graphic novels with that theme. They were ecstatic to see this package arrive. This is a new take on the theme of a global economic crisis. This is a great blend of sci fi and fantasy, with enough realism thrown in to make it a little scary. The story is engaging and keeps the action and thrills coming for the reader. The graphics are pretty amazing and draw the reader in and make the story that much more real. I would put an reader age on this at middle grade or teen, but that can vary depending on the reader. Adult fans of superheros and action graphic novels will really enjoy this new series.

Volume One of the graphic novel releases September 30, 2014 with a live action series following in early 2015!


Microsoft Office 365 Home Review and Giveaway

It Back to School time again! With the school scene comes the need for the right products and services on your computer to make school assignments and projects easy!


(click the link to check them out!)

We were given a year subscription to Office 365 Home in exchange for a review. You can win one too at the bottom of this post!

Office 365 Home includes: 

 The latest and most complete set of Office applications – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access and Publisher

 1TB of online storage

 60 free Skype world calling minutes per month to call mobile phones, land lines or PCs around the world.

 Future upgrades, so you always use the latest time-saving technology.

You can check out this 30 second peek at a Microsoft webinar to see Office 365 Home 



My Review


I love the Office 365 Home suite of products. I have so many uses for these programs and I like to have them ready at my finger tips when I need them. This program was very easy to install, and has great tutorials and FAQ's so you can get the most out of all the different programs. I haven't had any issues using these products. I especially love having my Word program. I can create business letters, resumes or just activity pages for the kids. Excel helps with keeping track of my blogger business and also helps with household budget and appointments. This is a very useful set of products. I really couldn't live without these on my computer!



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Monday, September 29, 2014

Sara's Fear Book Review



Bolstered by a newfound fortune, Sara Winthrop is finally able to escape the horrific nature of her past. She's moved her family three thousand miles, from the bustling city of Portland to the rolling Appalachians of southwest Virginia. Life is calm, the children are thriving, and she's protected inside her rural fortress.

Or so she thinks. She soon discovers that the answers are never so easy. The illusion of security doesn't stand a chance against two dangerous enemies with money, motivation, and an unquenchable desire for revenge.

Aided by the help of new friends and forced to the edge of extremes, Sara must find a way to win at all costs, or die trying.

I received a copy of this book at no cost in exchange for my honest review.


My Review

I could not wait to read this, the final installment of the Sara series! Knowing this was the final book I knew there was going to be a great wrap up to the story. In Sara's Fear we meet 2 new characters who become an integral part of the story, Randall and Mary. They are initially strangers who then become heroes. As with the previous two books, book 3 moves quickly and the thrills and drama are a mile a minute. There are plenty of twists and turns, and just as you think you've got it all figured out another wrench gets thrown in the works. I read all three books in the series very quickly because I couldn't put them down. I enjoy this authors writing style and the imagination that he infuses into his stories. Sara's Fear get a 5/5 and I can't wait to read more from Ernie Lindsey!

About the Author


USA Today bestselling author Ernie Lindsey grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia, working on the family farm and reading, and has spent his life telling stories to anyone that will listen. He currently works as a freelance writer and is the author of ten Mystery & Suspense novels and numerous short stories. When he's not writing, you can find him chasing a toddler, feeding a toddler, or cleaning up after a toddler. He remembers non-toddler things, but they're flimsy, gauzy mysteries. 
Ernie and his family live in Oregon, along with a multi-fingered Hemingway cat named Luna. 

National Coffee Day


Just as the European Cafes attract a diverse crowd that shares a love for the arts and philosophy, Caffe Bene provides a unique environment for New Yorkers looking for a similar experience. We offer quality blends, such as the Premium Single Origin Coffee, as well as authentic Belgian Waffles and Italian gelato. At Caffe Bene, we make every detail count in order to serve our customers with premium ingredients and delectable items. We are a brand that provides nourishment to both the body and spirit, and let our European interior designs inspire you. We are deeply rooted in applying socially responsible business practices, and our promise is proven through the scholarships, fair trade products and sponsorships that we offer.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Coloring Animal Mandalas Review



From the Sanskrit word for “circle,” mandalas have been used for meditation and healing for thousands of years. Coloring Animal Mandalas adds the beauty of the animal kingdom—including butterflies, tigers, swans, snakes, lions, and even dragons—into these intricate designs for page after page of coloring book bliss.
With roots in Hinduism and Buddhism, mandalas are spiritual symbols that represent the universe. Coloring these hypnotically beautiful, mystical shapes is a meditative and enjoyable way to relax. A fun way to achieve a state of mindfulness, Coloring Animal Mandalas adds fosters creativity, reduces stress, and allows you to embrace your inner child by focusing on the simple but engaging task of coloring in the detailed designs.

I received a copy of  Coloring Animal Mandalas at no cost in exchange for my honest review.



My Review

I have a pretty hectic life with my family, kids, my job and my health issues. Coloring is something I've always loved because it's a very calming activity for me. The pictures in this book are so beautiful and intricate and require a lot of concentration. Sitting and working on these is a great way to help your mind relax and just do a quiet and engaging activity. As you can see I haven't completed one yet, I get this out when I've had a long day and spend a bit just working on some of the designs, I love seeing how the picture comes together as I add the different colors in to the design. The designs are very fine and intricate so you will need some good quality colored pencils. My 9 year old has been helping me do some of these also and he loves the whimsical animal designs. This is a really nice book and would make a great gift or just a treat for yourself. 

Check out this awesome time lapse video of one of the designs being colored!



Prison Noir Review


This anthology presents an absolutely new perspective on prison literature. Some prisoners are encouraged to write, but few are encouraged to write crime fiction set behind bars (in some institutions, that subject matter is prohibited). Joyce Carol Oates has done an outstanding job of curating a top-notch collection of stories that bring the reader truly behind the "scenes" of prison life. Features brand-new stories by: Christopher M. Stephen, Sin Soracco, Scott Gutches, Eric Boyd, Ali F. Sareini, Stephen Geez, B.M. Dolarman, Zeke Caligiuri, Marco Verdoni, Kenneth R. Brydon, Linda Michelle Marquardt, Andre White, Timothy Pauley, Bryan K. Palmer, and William Van Poyck.

I received a copy of this book in paperback format from the publisher at no cost in exchange for my honest review.

My Review

This is quite an interesting collection of short stories. The perspective that these stories come from, prisoners and former prisoners, makes this book very original. Each story has it's own writing style and the individuals voice comes through. The stories are interesting, intriguing and sometimes sad and violent. This collection has a bit of a dark feel to it that will appeal to readers of a wide variety. This is a collection of stories that you will want to take your time with, savor, and probably re read a few times. Prison Noir will be on my bookshelf for a long time. Check it out at the link below and see if it belongs on yours too! 

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Story 2 Sleep Kickstarter


This awesome sleeping bag includes removable books with exciting adventures, imaginative characters, and unpredictable turn of events.

Created by a young child who loves to read, Story 2 Sleep is a sleeping bag with a book attached! Children can take their favorite stories wherever they go! The bag with special book pocket combination makes it easy for children to enjoy a favorite bedtime adventure anywhere. Story 2 Sleep books can help develop your child’s interest in books, foster literacy skills, build the imagination, and open the window into an amazing dream world.

Story to sleep makes it easy for your children to climb into their sleeping bag with a double sided zipper

Product Description

Books attach to the sleeping bag via Velcro attached to the back of the book and the top of the sleeping bag

Attached pillow to make sleepy time more comfortable

The sleeping bag zips up on both sides, for easy accessibility to the sleeping bag for children of all ages

Product Details and Dimensions

Age range: 3-8 years old

Sleeping bag dimensions - 62" L x 26" W

Book size - 21"Lx25"W

The Fall of Our Secrets Review


Laura and Nicole, childhood friends separated by mysterious circumstances, meet again quite by accident and renew their friendship. 

Laura is a devoted single mom. She’s stuck in a going nowhere relationship, but doesn't realize it until she meets Adam, her newly dubbed Airport Hottie, on the flight home after spending a whirlwind weekend with Nicole. Nicole is now married to the man of her dreams, but she carries deep wounds from a childhood filled with secrets, constantly afraid to trust any true happiness she encounters. 

Together these two best friends work toward uncovering the long buried secrets of Nicole's horrific past, ultimately freeing her to believe in and embrace the new life she’s worked so hard to create. The friendship nurtures both women and Laura finds her own self confidence and the revelation that what she needs is within reach, hers for the taking.

I received a paperback copy of this book at no cost in exchange for my honest review.

Review

There are few words to describe the emotions that this books evokes in the reader. There are so many emotions packed into these pages. There is a murder mystery, a friendship spanning decades and a love story all wrapped up in this book. This is one of those books that makes you want to curl up with the book and some hot tea or a nice cup of coffee in front of a fireplace. The interactions between the characters is touching and both the characters and the setting are very well developed. As the reader you feel attached to these characters and what they are going through. This would also make a great book club read because there are so many things that happen in the story that can be discussed and shared. I have recommended this book to quite a few friends. I give this book a 5/5!

About the Author

Tracy Gardner Beno is a Metro Detroit native who has lived in and around small, rural communities like those described in The Fall of Our Secrets. Her stories draw readers in with recognizable characters and real emotion, seasoned with intrigue and a dash of humor. She loves spending time with her husband and two children, reading, writing, and catching her favorite bands in concert as often as possible. She works as a Registered Nurse in her day job and when she’s not writing novels she contributes short stories and articles to Verite Magazine where she's a staff writer. Authors Website Facebook and Twitter.