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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!


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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.

The Mindset List of the Obscure Review


Today's teens and twentysomethings have never seen a real airplane ticket. To them, point-and-shoot cameras are so last millennium and "Star Wars" is a movie, not a defense strategy. The world views of today's young and old have never been more different.

In this entertaining romp through American culture, the creators of the Beloit College Mindset List explore 75 icons once-famous and now forgotten-from Abbott and Costello to the singing telegram. Packed with entertaining facts, trivia, and photos, this is the perfect gift for college students, their oh-so-outdated parents, and pop culture mavens nostalgic for days gone by.

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

Review

I love history and I love trivia. This book is full of great trivia and gems of information from the past. This book could be a bit of a reference book if you would like, but it can be just a bit of entertainment too. Some of the things I knew just from listening to my mom and dad reference things, and others were new and interesting pieces of information, This book was interesting and fun to read through. It would make a cute gift or be great as a coffee table book,

Friday, September 26, 2014

Tribest Mason Jar Personal Blender Review


Tribestlife is here to provide you with quality products that will energize your life! We believe that everyone should have the right and be empowered to make healthy living decisions. All of the products we carry help to make healthy living easy. We have carefully chosen all of the products that we carry to make sure that you have the latest innovations and best products to help maintain a healthy lifestyle.

I received the Mason Jar Personal Blender at no cost in exchange for my honest review.





My Review

I love to make smoothies and milkshakes, but I hate having to drag out a big blender and make a big mess. I got this fabulous Tribest Mason Jar Personal Blender and could not be more excited. I love the mason jars that come with it. I can make my smoothies quick and easy, and if the kids want something different I can just rinse the cup out and move on. For a small blender this thing has a lot of power and chops and blends easily and quickly. We can chop and blend fruits and veggies for recipes and put them into the mason jars for storing. This takes up very little space in the cabinet and on the counter when in use. My boys love this because we can make milkshakes fast and easy whenever we want. Recently I've been trying to be a little healthier when it comes to breakfasts and snacks. I've been making fruit smoothies for breakfast. The one you see in the picture is so simple.

1 peach
splash of OJ
splash of milk
handful of ice

Blend to your liking and viola! Yummy, sweet and healthy smoothie!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Shoplet/Smead Product Review


Everything you need for your business can be found on Shoplet.com. From hand sanitizers and hand soaps to office chairs and office desks, you'll find it here!

Our specialty stores include, discount Office Supplies, Computer Hardware and Peripherals, Office Furniture, Ink and Toner Supplies, Cleaning and Maintenance Equipment, and Paper. Shoplet offers one of the largest selections of Green office products available online, with over 20,000 environmentally-friendly products and innovative features such as our Green Your Office tool which allows side-by-side comparisons between products in your shopping cart and environmentally-friendly alternatives.

Finding discount office supplies you need is easy with our easy finders and shopping tools. You can shop for file folders, binders, shredders, file cabinets, copy paper, laminating supplies, binding supplies, envelopes, labels, and more! We carry the best products from your favorite brands including Avery, Pentel, Fellowes, Esselte, Energizer, and more.

For this review I received a selection of Smead products at no cost in exchange for my honest opinion.



My Review

I am not the most organized person though I do try mightily to tame the paper piles in my house. I have what I call "house of card" piles of bills and important papers on my side table by my couch. I was excited to get these products and see if they would help me tame the mess. I love these items! I am able to separate my bills and important papers I don't want to misplace. I especially love the folders that have the erasable tabs. I can mark them for what I need now, and when I do a re organization I simply erase and make a new name for the folder. These are heavy weight folders and stand up well for wherever I have them situated. I can fit a lot of papers in these folders also. I finally have some of my stuff organized and I couldn't be happier! The step index organizer is also great for separating important papers and still being able to keep everything together. Check them out at the links below!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sara's Past Book Review


This is no game.

Eighteen months after Sara's terrifying encounter with a demented kidnapper, life has finally returned to normal. Almost. Her memories of the game still haunt her dreams, and every day society appears to go a little bit crazier. Around the world, from London to Rio to Moscow, a small terrorist group known as The Clan creates chaos and unrest. Who are they, and why are all their targets connected?

All Sara wants is to live a safe, quiet life with her children.

On a damp fall morning, however, Detective Emerson Barker shocks Sara with news that's both chilling and unthinkable, plunging her family headlong into another frightening fight for survival..."You're the next target."

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

My Review

I am absolutely hooked on Sara's story. These books are fast paced and packed full of drama and action. Just when Sara thinks she's safe to return to a normal life, another nemesis rears her ugly head. This part of the story has sara helping the FBI to try to catch a domestic terrorist who she knows from her past. Revenge takes Sara and her family on another twisted trip through insanity. The suspense in this series just keeps getting better and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat guessing until the end. Along with Sara there is a return of a few other characters from book 1. The characters become more developed and you find your self feeling like you know them better the more you read. The ending gives you a little bit of a clue in to book 3. I can't wait to find out how this series ends!

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. 

Beauty Care Choices Framesi Color Lover Review & Giveaway



Add curl definition, infuse them with moisture and protect your color with this shampoo and conditioner by Framesi. 100% Vegan, sulfate, gluten, paraben and DEA free. If you love your curls, then this is the product for you.

I received 2 products at no cost from BeautyCareChoices.com in exchange for an honest review.


 I received the


100% Vegan
Sulfate Free
Paraben Free
Gluten Free
DEA Free
Sodium Chloride Free
Thermal/UV Protection
Will not build up

Review

I have a love hate relationship with my hair. When I'm having a good hair day I love it, when I'm not I hate it. I color my hair at least a few times a year when the mood strikes me, and I hate to see that color fade too fast. I also have naturally wavy hair, so I have a lot of hair issues to deal with. I love how these two products make my hair look and feel. This shampoo and conditioner make for some pretty good hair days. My hair is easier to manage, I have less frizz and it looks healthier. The conditioner is amazing, I can brush my hair right out of the shower and not be yanking clumps of hair out. I'm very happy with these products and would continue to buy these!

You can a bottle of each!


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Power Rangers In Space Volume 1 Review

The Power Rangers battle the dreaded villain Divatox at rapid speed in Power Rangers: In Space, Vol. 1, a 3-DVD box set that contains the first 22 episodes of the series. When word reaches the remaining Power Rangers that their founder and mentor Zordon has been captured by a coalition of villains, the remaining Rangers journey into space aboard a NASADA space shuttle in the hopes of rescuing him. Deep in space, they discover the Astro Megaship, the mobile base of operations for Andros, a Power Ranger who grew up on the distant space colony of KO-35. Joining forces, they draw power from their new Astro Morphers to take their fight against evil anywhere necessary and to find Zordon before it’s too late. Fighting a union of all their past villains, led by the monstrous Dark Specter and his trusted captain Astronema, the Rangers are in for the biggest fight the universe has ever seen!

We received a copy of this DVD at no cost in exchange for an honest review.


Review

The Power Rangers are back!!!  We really enjoyed this volume of Power Rangers in Space.  Each episode captured the theme of what The Power Rangers has always stood for.  With classic moves as well as a good story line, this volume is sure to please any little Power Rangers fans.  Watching The Power Rangers in Space with my boys was definitely a treat.  Even though Astronema brings evil to space, you can't help but be intrigued by what is happening and wondering what will happen next.  I must say, this volume did not disappoint my family at all.  This is a great volume for anyone who likes the newer Power Rangers series.  

Available in stores nationwide and on Amazon

Tranformers Rescue Bots Mystery Rescue Review

The small, happy town of Griffin Rock has a mystery on its hands. Make that FIVE mysteries! And it’s up to CHASE, HEATWAVE, BLADES, BOULDER and the Burns family to solve them. Do they have the sleuthing skills for the job? Join the suspense and the fun as Cody and the TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS confront ghosts, search for the legendary Maine Ridge Monster, chase gremlins and more!

Episodes Include:

Countdown
The Haunting Of Griffin Rock
Spellbound
Blame The Gremlins
Feed The Beast

We received a copy of this DVD at no cost in exchange for our honest review.


Review

We really enjoyed this DVD.  All of the episodes were perfect for my younger and older boys and I must say that I even really enjoyed them as well.  The graphics make this DVD very appealing to younger children and that's one thing I like about it.  I also liked the fact that there were subtle life lessons in every episode that made them just a little bit educational in my opinion.  You have to love cartoons that please the whole family as well as teach them something at the same time.  I highly recommend this DVD to anyone with children who are toddler to school age.  They will probably enjoy it.

Available in stores and on Amazon

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hemp Authority Review

Hemp Authority is your leading online source for hemp clothing, accessories, and so much more. From hats to hemp socks, we have you covered from head to toe. Even hemp tee shirts for in between! Check out our apparel section for all sorts of great hemp clothing options. We also carry a full line of hemp bags for all of your accessory needs. From messenger bags to drawstring backpacks, we have you covered. Our drawstring backpacks and totes are proudly made in the U.S.A. as well.

I received the Hemp Sock Sample Pack at no cost in exchange for my honest review

Hemp Authority not only offers a great selection of products made from hemp, but they have a great educational section on the website too!


My Review

I have very sensitive feet and I'm very picky about what socks I can wear. I got the chance to review these socks from Hemp Authority and I was pretty impressed. Hemp isn't the first fabric that comes to mind when I think soft and comfortable, but that's only because I'm not familiar enough with it. These socks are very comfortable. The fabric is really soft and stretches to fit my feet comfortably. I can wear these just around the house when I'm chilly, and when I'm wearing my tennis shoes or boots. They don't scrunch down and bunch up so I don't have to keep fixing them and I don't have sore feet at the end of the day. The socks hold their size and shape through the wash also. I'm pretty impressed with these and the hemp fabric they are made with, and will definitely be purchasing more products made of hemp! 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Beast Quest Book Review and Giveaway


Back to school - and back to the Quest! In a strange new land, Tavania, Wizard Malvel's evil magic has enraged six terrifying new Beasts. Now heroic Tom is once again forced to the sword - and to the Quest to save them all! To restore harmony and bring peace to this lost world, he must face six living horrors and their terrible powers, battling for his life amid lightning-torn skies, frozen wastes and scorching desert sands! Can he prove himself a true hero yet again, and set the Beasts of Tavania free? For Ages 7+.

We received 4 of these books at no cost in paperback format in exchange for an honest review.


The Review

My son loved these books. He is 9 and loves to read. He really got into the different characters and creatures and the adventures in the books, He reads pretty quick so he got through these pretty quick and is already begging for more. These stories are full of fun and action and lots of adventure. He reads these to his younger brother who is just starting to learn to read. Books like this make my 6 year old want to learn to read faster and that thrills me. These are just the right length to engage young readers and keep them wanting to read more in the series. The full series is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!


3 winners will win a random Beast Quest book!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Get Healthy with Cluck'N Moo Burgers!


Cluck 'N Moo™ is the first and only half-chicken (50%), half-beef (50%) burger, made from antibiotic and hormone free, humanely raised chickens and grass-fed cows. Cluck ‘N Moo is unique in that it offers that same beef burger taste we all crave, but without the large amounts of artery-clogging fat. Cluck n’ Moo’s innovative “Smashed Burger” blend offers 52% less fat, 34% less calories and 57% less saturated fat than a regular all beef burger.


If you want to try Cluck'N Moo's blend of chicken and beef in other recipes like meatloaf. lasagna, chili or sloppy joes, they also offer Cluck'N Moo Ground!



Cluck'N Moo Nutrition Facts


If your looking for a yummy alternative to fatty greasy beef check this product out!