Friday, June 24, 2016

Book Review: Being a Captain is Hard Work: A Captain No Beard Story by Carole P. Roman



I received free book to review.



Book Description:
Captain No Beard is determined to travel to Dew Rite Volcano. He won't listen when Mongo predicts a storm or Linus indicates they are headed in the wrong direction. He insists Polly cook in the galley even though the seas are getting rough. What's a crew to do with a stubborn, know-it-all captain? Will they convince the captain he is barreling headlong into danger, or will Captain No Beard jeopardize both his safety and the crew’s with his single-minded determination to go where he wants?


My thoughts:
Being A Captain Is Hard Work is the first Captain No Beard story I have read. I read it to my 2 and 4 year old boys and it didn't hold their attention for very long. This book is meant for 5-8 year olds and I can see why. This book teaches children a lesson that no one knows everything and you have to learn to listen to others. It's a little adventure book with very cute pictures. I give this book 3.5 stars.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Review: Bonapiel Strech Marks and Scars Cream





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What I thought about Bonapiel Stretch Marks and Scars Cream:
If you have stretch marks and don't already or have never used a stretch mark cream before I want to tell you that so far I haven't found one that makes the stretch marks completely disappear but I'm not really expecting that anyways. What I do expect is for my stretch marks to look less noticeable and this stretch mark cream does do that. I like the creaminess of this cream and the smell especially. It is a bit pricey though. Other than the price I'm happy. I would give this stretch mark cream 4.5 stars.

I received a free Bonapiel Stretch Marks and Scars Cream to review.


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Release Day Launch with Giveaway: Signs of Life by Selene Castrovilla

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I'm thrilled to take part in the release launch for Selene Castrovilla's SIGNS OF LIFE (Rough Romance #2)! Check out the book's details and teaser, and be sure to enter the giveaway below!

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Signs of Life (Rough Romance #2
Publisher: Last Syllable Books
Publication: June 21, 2016


The tables are turned with a vengeance in this tour de force love story. Nearly a year has gone by and now it’s Dorothy who is fragmented and lost, while Joey keeps the promise he had made her to better himself —even though she’s gone. Joey talks about what is happening in the present while Dorothy describes what happened before— in the moments and hours after the Glock dropped. This time the stakes are even higher, as Joey forces himself to move forward while Dorothy is frozen in place. But when he learns of a devastating decision, Joey races to find her before it is too late. Truth, consequence, repercussion and modern medicine collide as pieces converge in this psychological, thrilling story which begs the question: Can love really conquer all?


Excerpt from Signs of Life

Joey — Now

I get to the church, and low and behold there’s a new message on its sign. The messages outside this church make my soul shudder. I try not to look at it, but then I always do. It’s like an accident on the side of the road. A really bad accident, where there’s nothing you can do to help—and there you are, staring. Helpless.

I think of this sign like an especially bad therapy session. Like it’s a shrink bringing up shit—no, topics—you don’t want to think about. But this sign is even worse, because it’s not just about me. It’s about all of us—and there ain’t a thing I can do about it.

I don’t know what’s up with this church always making people feel bad before they walk in—or maybe they’re trying to guilt you to come in and pray, to try and do something to ease the pain.

Maybe religion’s just another drug.

Tonight the sign says, “No good deed goes unpunished.”

I said that once myself, to Doll. I didn’t even know where it came from, it just blurted out without my even thinking about it. It was like the words were divinely delivered into my throat for me to say. When it was too late to do anything about them.

Typical God.

Makes you wonder what's up with him, causing all this grief. Maybe he’s toying with us.

But I still go to meetings and I still surrender. What else can I do? And anyway, I don’t have the the strength to fight anymore.

Never thought I’d see that day.

I salute ol’ Jesus still nailed up on that cross and head inside. Poor Jesus. If he had no chance, what’s gonna happen to the rest of us?

Dorothy – Then

The more we kissed the dreamier I felt, like that first

time. At the museum, by the Monet

paintings. When we floated among the

water lilies. We just drifted right in with

them. Now we were

floating in the water

below us, going with the

current, carried by the

tide. Nature, we could

trust.

But could we trust human

nature?

We were still holding

hands, he was clutching

me, so tight, but then he

let go of one

hand and

touched

my

hair. It made me feel like when his

dad touched me, and my entire body

shook. I pushed him off of me and

gasped, sucking in huge

breaths and yet still unable to

breathe.

“Doll …” he tried to touch me again and I

recoiled. I fell to my

knees on the

sidewalk, but I felt no physical

pain. It occurred to me to

pray

but the last time I did that I got

screwed.

“What is it?” he asked. He was bent down beside

me, but giving me distance

too.

I couldn’t

answer, but it really didn’t matter because I didn’t

know the answer.

“Do you need me to

get

help?”

My eyes were closed now as I

concentrated on calming

myself. Who needed God

anyway? Joey had been right about

him.

Maybe I was my

own

God, maybe we were each our

own

gods, and that thought made me

laugh. Then I was laughing and

breathing, and I was

okay. Which proved my thesis,

right? I opened my eyes and looked at

Joey, who was not getting the

joke.

“What the hell?”

He looked like he was about to fit

me for a

straight

jacket.

“I guess … I guess I have a little

PTSD. When you touched my

hair, I flashed back to your

dad touching

me …”

“I’m

sorry. Okay, I’ll

keep out of your

hair.” He gave me a crooked

grin.

I smiled

back. “For

now.”

“But … what was so

funny?”

“I surrendered to a higher

power that turned out to be

me.”

He stared at me for a few

beats. Then he said, “Whatever

works for

you.”

Selene Castrovilla
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Selene Castrovilla is the award-winning author of multiple narrative nonfiction picture books and young adult novels. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and a BA in English from New York University. She lives on Long Island with her two sons and too many cats. Visit her website: www.SeleneCastrovilla.com.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Book Review: Family of Distorted Minds: A True Story by Deborah J. Rose



I recieved a free copy of this book for review.

Book Description:
Why had God placed this life in front of me? To start with, the Lord never gives you more than you can handle.

I would be born to parents Joyce and Denny Grant, married at ages seventeen and twenty-three. It was a match made by way of Denny’s maternal aunt, Kitty. In 1956 she was my mother’s roommate in Camarillo, a California insane asylum. This marriage was a slice of ****, giving birth to three children. Joyce would kill her second born, Jimmy, followed by her hanging me as a two-year-old, three years later.

Where does one’s life go from there? What were the reasons for these events—or those that followed, many of which my mind blacked out? What was God’s plan? What would I learn? When would I begin to remember . . .

My thoughts:
Family of Distorted Minds can be tough to read for some because it deals with topics like child abuse, rape, and more. Knowing that this is a true story makes it even more difficult because you know that all these horrible things actually did happen to the author and her family. Even though reading everything Deborah went through broke my heart I loved reading this book. While reading Family of Distorted Minds I could feel Deborahs pain the mental, emotional, and even the physical. I could actually feel her neck pain everytime she would mention it. I think it's a wonderful talent when an author can make you feel all the emotions good and bad. Writing a book like this must have been so hard. Thank you Deborah for sharing your story and choosing not to repeat the cycle of abuse. I give this book 5 stars.

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About the Author:
Deborah Rose is author of the book "Family of Distorted Minds", an open account of her life, shattered both physically and emotionally by her family. She invites you to examine the life God placed in front of her, in which "my dysfunctional family taught me what not to be!" She proceeds with the daily, lifelong lesson to be a part of the solution, versus the problem, allowing the healing assets of Empathy and Forgiveness to develop within. By sharing her story, Deborah's greatest hope is that her fellow humankind walk away realizing, be they old or young, it is never too late to right a wrong and be part of the solution, not the problem, thus enabling the power of atonement. Deborah now resides peacefully in Las Vegas, Nevada, enjoying her new life with kind-minded companions who know "Anger begets more anger, and forgiveness and love lead to more forgiveness and love." (Mahavira) You can contact Deborah at rosezee777@gmail.com.



Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Book Review: Grumpy Old Wizards (Book 1) by John O'Riley



I received this book for free through the Tomoson website.

Grumpy Old Wizards book description:

Fifty years after the Disaster, the world is vastly different from days of old. Wizardry is the norm and magical talent is categorized. Josephine O'Connor, an eighty-four-year-old with a penchant for off-beat antics, is a category six, which means she possesses magical powers as rare as they are unsettling and a talent for psychometry that is so strong and acute that she can read the psychic impressions in a room without touching anything.

With her unique physiology, she’s over eighty years of age and still gets carded at R-rated movies. Most of the time it’s flattering but it can sometimes be a nuisance. For the most part, Josephine spends her days like any other retirement community member. She plays cards with friends, attends get-togethers, and occasionally visits the beach until she is called upon by the police to investigate a crime scene left behind by a suspect with powers equal to her own.

Now the race is on. Can an out-of-practice wizard marshal her abilities and catch a menace before he becomes so powerful even she can’t stop him?

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My Thoughts:
I want to start off by what I really liked about Grumpy Old Wizards. The best thing for me was the MAGIC! The main reason I wanted to read this book was because it had to do with wizards. Grumpy Old Wizards was entertaining enough to keep me reading even though I didn't feel very connected to the characters. The mystery in the case Josephine was helping to solve was so easy to figure out though. Did I feel I wasted my time reading this book? No, I actually enjoyed it and would like to read the rest of the series. I give this book 4 stars.


About the Author:
John O'Riley is an award winning fiction writer. He is the author of the Grumpy Old Wizards series, The Winters Family Psi Chronicles series, and the Wizards of Seattle series. His official author website is at http://johnoriley.webs.com. You can sign up for his newsletter and new book notifications to stay in the loop about new books coming out and special offers.

His most recent accomplishments include the movie feature screenplay, Cursed, which is an Honorable Mention Winner for the 2012 Screenplay Festival and also the screenplays Cursed, Project Pandora, Pinky Swear, Incipio, and Bad Sister which have been listed as Quarter Finalists, Semi Finalists, and Top Finalists in the 2012 Screenplay Festival, 2012 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards, 2012 StoryPros International Awards, 2012 Pulsar Sci Fi Screenplay Contest, and the 2012 Reel Authors International Breakout.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Review: The Glowers by Get Childish - Glow In The Dark Stars

I received these glow in the dark stars for free to review.

Product Description:
  • THE PERFECT GIFT FOR ANY KID: Impress your kids and loved ones with this beautiful high quality gift set of 100 amazing glow in the dark figures. With 50 (3.8cm) stars, 35 (8.5cm) stars, 5 (8cm) moons, 5 (6.8cm) planets, & 5 (7cm) rocket ships you have everything you need to decorate your bedroom and turn it into a beautiful starry night
  • STRONG & LONG LASTING GLOW GUARANTEED: The thing that makes The Glowers better, different & more effective than regular cheap plastic stars is that ours are printed. we cover the glow powder on the surface with clear high quality plastic which helps the stars absorb the light much more effectively & faster & in return makes them glow stronger & for longer periods of time than others.
  • NO NEED FOR ANNOYING STICKY PUTTY: Using sticky putty can sometimes become annoying, especially when you run out of it and want to change your stars to different places. Unlike others the glowers by get Childish are made with high quality glue which makes it extremely easy to remove the stars when ever you feel like changing them to different places with out worrying about sticky putty.
  • DON'T WORRY ABOUT STARS FALLING OFF ANYMORE: Decorate your room ceiling, walls, door, TV, drawer, computer and more without worrying about them falling off and lying in your face or floor. With its high quality glue and light weight design you can be 100% sure that your stars will stay in place forever (ONLY ON FLAT SURFACES).
  • 100% MONEY BACK LIFETIME WARRANTY: You really have nothing to lose, we are very confident that you will be very happy with your new Glowers that we offer a lifetime warranty. If for some reason you are not happy with your new Glowers just contact us here on Amazon.com and we will send you every single penny of your purchase no questions asked. GIVE IT A TRY, its very easy just CLICK THE ADD TO CART BUTTON and get ready to enjoy an amazing starry night experience. EXCLUSIVELY ON AMAZON


My Thoughts:
This glow in the dark set comes with 100 stickers. I thought I would use them all but I only ended up using about half in my room because I realized 100 is a lot so I am saving the rest for later. I was happy with how easy the back paper was to peel and the glue seems pretty strong. I have only had them up a couple days so I'll have to see how long they last. The only thing I feel that was missing from this set is some tiny stars and maybe even a couple shooting stars. Another thing I was a little sad about was that I couldn't use them on my ceiling because it isn't flat. Other than that I am very happy with these glow in the dark stars and I give them 4.5 stars.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Book Blast: Welcome, Reluctant Stranger (Between Two Worlds Book 3) by Evy Journey

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Welcome, Reluctant Stranger (Between Two Worlds Book 3) 
by Evy Journey


Book Description:
Leilani's mother has never set foot in her school until the day she whisks her children out of their Pacific Island country, without their father and without explanation. Eighteen years later, Leilani just wants to leave the past behind, move forward.

She has settled peacefully in California and like her long-lost father, she heals people. But her tranquil existence is disturbed one evening.

A computer nerd and culinary whiz with a biting sense of humor, Justin is brokenhearted from the loss of his girlfriend who has left him after seven years. All he wants is to drown his sorrows. But he finds more trouble than he's looking for when thugs assault him.

On her way home from work, Leilani sees the assault. An ace with a gun, she rescues him.

Weeks later, they meet again and find themselves attracted to each other. Fearing Justin is on the rebound, or has a rescuer complex, Leilani doesn't want to get involved.

But Leilani cannot deny her feelings. As they begin to fall in love, her past comes back to haunt her.

A friend of her father arrives with news which forces her mother to reveal a shocking, shameful secret--the truth about the role Leilani's father played in a deadly political web.

Can Leilani deal with the truth? But hero or villain, he is her father and only she and Justin can rescue him from the island she'd left long ago.

At the core of this women's fiction is an Asian woman-white man interracial romance spun with international political intrigue and a young woman's acceptance of her past. Welcome Reluctant Stranger is Book 3 in a family saga. In three tales of loss, love, second chances, and finding one's way, three strong women cope with issues contemporary women face.


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About the author:
SPR Independent Woman Authors 2015 bronze awardee Evy Journey has always been fascinated with words and seduced by beautiful prose. She loves Jane Austen and invokes her spirit every time she spins tales of love, loss, and finding one's way--stories she interweaves with mystery or intrigue and sets in various locales.

She's lived and traveled in many places, from Asia to Europe. Often she's ended up in Paris, though--her favorite place in the world. She's become something of an observer-wanderer. A flâneuse, as the French would say.

The mind is what fascinates her most. So, armed with a Ph.D., she chose to work in mental health, researching and developing programs. And writing like an academic. Not a good thing if you want to sound like a normal person. So, she's written fiction (happy fiction) as an antidote.