Friday, June 24, 2016

Remembrances By Leah Palm Review

Remembrances A written and illustrated coloring book especially for adults. These short nonfictional stories will bring you a smile or a memory. You will find stories concerning music, cats, dogs, bicycles, ducks, chickens, birds, a grandmother, a father, a mother, and more. In addition, you will find an illustration to be colored that depicts the story.

 Also, the pages of stories and illustrations are perforated so you may separate and frame them. The illustrations are printed on acid free paper for quality finishing. You will be proud to keep them or give them as gifts. All the stories and illustrations need are for you to read and color them.

You can purchase a copy on Amazon.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Author Leah Palm provides readers with fun memories from her own past that many people are able to relate to and coloring pages that go along with each story to keep people of all ages away from depression and engaged in activities.

Palm is an army veteran and retired occupational therapist with 33 years of total patient care experience. Living in an independent living facility, she found remembering the past and participating in coloring activities often helps her and other stay happy and active.

Cassandra's Review- Each page has a short story and a coloring picture to go with it.   I enjoyed not only reading this outloud to my family but being able to watch them color and have fun.

Odds On by Matt Hall Review

Evidence Is the Key to Investment Success

Odds On: The Making of an Evidence-Based Investor isn't just another investment advice book. It's a memoir, a manifesto, and a guide to the way investing should be. Odds On describes author Matt Hall's role in an ongoing revolution in the investment world: the shift from a traditional sales-driven, active-management model to a model that draws on academic evidence to better serve the real interests of investors.
Matt's story begins with his first exposure to Wall Street, where he becomes disillusioned with the traditional investing model due to its inability to truly help clients. He stumbles into the emerging evidence-based investing world, and learns how to help investors reach their goals through methods that reflect the limits of our abilities to predict which investments will deliver the highest returns.

Matt's unique approach to investing is built on a dual foundation of knowledge and purpose: knowledge gained through evidence-based strategies involving research, data, and logic, and purpose gained by personal reflection on what money and success truly mean. In Odds On, Matt's storytelling makes financial topics truly relevant and easy to understand, while his investment philosophy offers readers a chance to move beyond decisions based on anxiety and confusion, and manage wealth in ways that lead to greater success and a richer life.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Matt Hall

Matt Hall is the President and Co-Founder of Hill Investment Group with offices in St. Louis, MO and Houston, TX. He is the lead on all strategic matters — crafting the firm’s vision, establishing its exceptional standards, and managing key relationships. Hall is forever a student of his craft and has attended the highest level of training and education tied to investment theory and practice. What's more, Hall has led many training programs for top advisors, and founded a peer group of hundreds of advisors, called Evidence-Based Advisors, from the U.S., UK, New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, and Canada.

Hall graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. He and his wife, Lisa, have a young daughter who is the star of their lives.

Learn more about Hall at and connect with him on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Odds On is currently available on 800 CEO Read, Amazon and other fine booksellers.

Cassandra's Review-  I am not super familiar with the topic of investing so this book packed a lot of knowledge that kind of made me feel lost for a bit.  The author does write in an easy to read tone that I could learn from without being overwhelmed.  

Legacy Discovered By Kerry Reis Review

When they first met sixteen years ago, Ali was convinced she had found in Ryan a man who grew up like she did: as a foster care orphan. In college on the East Coast, the couple was young and in love so Ali did not think it strange when Ryan demanded that they quickly marry and immediately transfer to a Midwestern university to begin their life as newlyweds. They are now a poster for stable, middle-class marriages. Ryan has an independent law practice; Ali is an ER nurse. The couple has a daughter and a son in high school and middle school, respectively. Yet when Ryan leads a blockbuster case, teaming up with other lawyers to lead a class action suit against a toxic industrial development by billionaire Charles Barnett, all hell breaks loose.

During the case discovery, Ali learns that Ryan is really the sole son and namesake of magnate Charles Barnett. “Ryan” faked his death by disappearing off his sailboat near the Massachusetts coast sixteen years ago. His real name is Charles Barnett Jr. and he faked his death to avoid the pressure of the family legacy and to marry Ali, who came from a lower social status. He took Ryan as his name, assuming the legal identity of a college roommate who died young.

 While shocking to all involved, Ali rises above the situation and uses her love for Ryan as the driving force to reunite the estranged father and son. Bit by bit, the family members put together the missing pieces of their lives. Ali learns how to reconcile her family to their new in-laws and the powerful society in which they live. She points the father and son on a path to a final redemption. This dramatic fiction of love and family is a story in the tradition of the classic 1970s film Love Story.

 Author Kerry Reis was inspired by the movie’s premise of a wealthy scion turning his back on his family and their wealth in order to marry a woman from a poorer background. He even used the names Ryan and Ali in homage to Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw, the lead actors in the original film.

 Though it is a love story, Legacy Discovered steers clear from being a romance novel and instead, delves into the dramatic weight of family secrets and the burdens of love. Ali must grapple with the fact that Ryan is not the same man she married two decades ago, not even his name. Ryan must realize that on some level, he will always be Charles Barnett Jr. and must make peace with a father he often despised.

 It’s a story about how the secrets one man takes on for noble reasons will still come back to haunt him. Yet it also shows how the strength of love will reconnect families and provide redemption from the sins of the father. A searing novel that demonstrates the strength of love and the power of class to haunt our lives, Legacy Discovered is a moving meditation on how to redeem the past.

As Ryan says to his teenage daughter, “Status does not determine character. Character determines status.”

You can purchase a copy of this book on Amazon.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Kerry Reis
Born in Oregon, Kerry Reis grew up in Jacksonville, Fla. He moved to Los Angeles where he earned a bachelor’s degree in motion picture and television arts from UCLA. He went on to work with ABC Television for over 28 years, eventually becoming an associate director of digital broadcast communications with the Disney ABC Television Group.

Cassandra's Review-  This is not a soggy romance.  The author has written in the characters in great detail so that it is easier to follow along with the story.  Very well written and has an easy flow.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hold Me Close Tour and Giveaway

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Louis Lestarjette, a Frenchman, arrives in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1772 without purpose or plans. He encounters a society on the brink of revolution and is forced to make decisions that include finding meaning and direction in his carefree life. Who can he trust in his endeavors to prosper? Will he be able to stay neutral in a battle for independence? When decisive events confront him, will he stay or leave? Running from God and commitment is a constant option.

Elizabeth Elliott, daughter of a prominent British citizen, believes God will hold her close in uncertain and changing times. Faced with making difficult decisions about her loyalties, she finds comfort in close friends, a devout sister, and her music. When the mysterious Frenchman with no commitment to God or Charles Town enters her life, her role in the political battle is challenged. Can she trust her heart in volatile situations?

Set in pre-revolution Charles Town, Hold Me Close takes the reader into the lives of immigrants, ordinary citizens, and prominent historical figures at a time in which decisions are made that will change the world.
About the Author

Marguerite Martin Gray enjoys the study of history, especially when combined with fiction. An avid traveler and reader, she teaches French and has degrees in French, Spanish, and Journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Recently, she received a MA in English from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. She has two grown children and currently lives with her husband and Cleo, her cat, in Abilene, Texas.

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To celebrate her tour, Marguerite is giving away a fun themed prize basket! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Welch's Fruit Snacks Fourth of July Challenge

Cassandra has created this recipe and owns this photo.  Sweet and Cinnamon Fruit Snack Toast

I was challenged by Welch's to create the most patriotic inspired dessert/snack, using some of their delicious, color-themed products: Strawberry Fruit Snacks, Strawberry Fruit 'n Yogurt Snacks and Berries 'n Cherries Fruit Snacks.

I recevied complimentary product.

Mill Creek Entertainment Movie Pack Giveaway

 Presents The Mill Creek Entertainment Movie Pack Giveaway 2 - Winners 
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Coles Perfect Puppy by Frances Crossno Review

Cole's Perfect Puppy is the first in a series of  Christian novels for young readers 7-12. The story revolves around Cole, his younger brother Caleb, and their new-found friend Rachel who teaches the brothers about friendship, sacrifice, and God's perfect love.

If your child enjoys the Puppy Place series by Ellen Miles, they will likely enjoy the Perfect Puppy books.

Synopsis of Cole's Perfect Puppy:

At the mall pet store, Cole falls in love with a red golden retriever puppy named Scarlet. When Scarlet "escapes" the pet store and runs through the mall, Cole Helps capture her.  He asks his Uncle Bobby to get him a puppy for Christmas.

At Christmas he finds a new pet under the tree- but not a puppy.  It is a pot-bellied pig instead.  After Christmas the pet store owner offers Cole a part-time, after-school job taking care of dogs at the store. Cole vows to save up his earnings to buy Scarlet.  

Cole meets Rachel at the mall, where she is doing her homework in the food court. Rachel's mother works at a mall restaurant and they live in a trailer in the parking lot.   Rachel's father was killed in Iraq, and she and her mother were forced out of their house and she had to give up her kitten.  Caleb is a classmate of Rachel, but avoids her because other boys in school tease her for her wrinkled clothes.

          Rachel tells Cole and Caleb that she loves cats.  When the pet store acquires three kittens, Rachel is a regular visitor who takes a liking to one of the kittens, a calico, she names Miss Calico.  Rachel, a Christian, tells Cole about Jesus and His love for the world.  Cole listens and thinks about it.  

          Meanwhile, there are a couple of close calls at the pet store.  A lady wants to buy Scarlet.  Scarlet has other ideas and grabs her purse and takes off through the store.  Cole catches her.  The lady decides the puppy is too rambunctious and buys two of the kittens instead.   Miss Calico, however, is not one of them.  
Cole and Caleb's parents are photographers on assignment in Egypt, where there are demonstrations and street violence.  When they lose contact with them, Cole and Caleb pray for their parents' safety. Cole is moved and accepts Jesus into his heart.  Their prayers are answered. Their parents are safe in Greece and will shortly return home.

Caleb stands up for Rachel when another boy taunts her.  Rachel and her mother will leave shortly for California where she will live with her grandmother.

Cole uses his savings to buy the kitten for Rachel before she leaves, which means he must postpone buying Scarlet.  

Caleb decides to buy the pig from Cole so his brother has enough money to purchase Scarlet. However, they are shocked to learn that the pet store has closed.  He, Caleb and Rachel rush to the store, only to find it empty.  They pray for the safety of the dogs and that they find good homes.  The dogs will go up for auction with the rest of the store's property.  

Cole and Caleb's parents return to the states.  On the way home from the airport, they announce that they must attend an important meeting.  Unknown to Cole and Caleb, the "meeting" is the auction where the pet store's dogs will be auctioned off.  Cole's father is high bidder on Scarlet.  Scarlet gets loose from the auctioneer and races to Cole  - Cole's perfect puppy!

You can purchase this book on Amazon.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- A tearjerker with faith mixed in.   This is for children, but it is not as feel good to me as it is a bunch of bad to worse situations in which putting faith in God would be a great idea.  It actually made my family sad during most of the reading ( I read outloud).  It is well written and the story does flow well.  I just felt more down at the end, I see that this is a book one, but I would not personally read book 2.  In fairness if you like to share stories of this topic with your children it will be a good one.

Sister Eve and the Blue Nun by Lynne Hinton Review


When Sister Eve returns to the monastery, the last thing she expects there is murder.

After solving several mysteries with her father at the Divine Private Detective Agency, Sister Eve finds herself torn between her calling as a nun and the thrill that comes with detecting. She knows she’s been using her father’s health as an excuse to extend her leave of absence from the monastery, but that excuse is running thin. She prays that a return visit to the monastery for a conference on the Blue Nun will help bring clarity to her calling, but when the conference speaker is murdered, Sister Eve’s two worlds collide.

Sister Eve knows the number one suspect, the victim’s brother and monk in residence, couldn’t possibly have committed the crime, and she’s determined to find the real killer. To do so means she must track down some mysterious newly discovered writings from the Blue Nun, said to date from the 17th Century, when the sister bi-located to the New Mexico region from her home in Spain. Could these texts from long ago be the key to today’s mystery? And will they offer any guidance to Sister Eve as she chooses which calling to follow?

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- I need to start by stating that this is a book 3 in the series and I have never read any of the others.  For me I would have had to read this starting with book one so that I might be able to have time to perhaps get used to the characters and maybe enjoy it more.  I did not really enjoy this book as I feel it dragged on for me rather than creating a place of adventures suspense or mystery.  It fell flat on my expectations after reading about it.

NKJV American Womans Bible By Dr. Richard G. Lee Review

Discover how biblical virtues in the powerful words and actions of extraordinary American women past and present have shaped our blessed American way of life. By their examples you can develop the same strength of biblical character in your own life. Whether you are a daughter, a mother or a grandmother, you will find this Bible an encouraging and powerful companion for daily living.

Features include:

New King James Version
Theme articles show how biblical virtues have shaped our nation
Biographies of influential American women highlight key points of their lives
Inspirational quotes by or about great women, famous and not well known
Introductions to each book of the Bible
Essays about biblical virtues embodied in women during key chapters of America's story
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Presentation page for gift-giving

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review-  The book is literally packed with a Bible and dedication to the women of America that make or made a difference.  I would recommend it to women no matter what age from teens up who want to learn and grow stronger in their faith. As a NKJV Bible it is open for all to enjoy as well.

Shadows May Fall 2 winner $25 Amazon GC 3 books GIVEAWAY Automatic

Suspense and mystery book lovers, rejoice! Mell Corcoran’s new book, Shadows May Fall (Book #3 in A Series of Shadows) has just been released and you can win a signed copy!

This giveaway has two fantastic prizes:
* Grand prize will be a $25 Amazon gift card + all 3 books in the series, signed by the author.
* 2nd Place prize will be a signed copy of the new book. 

Thanks to Mell Corcoran and our giveaway co-hosts Your Strong Tower, Lil' Blog and More, MakeUp Fun, Drop the Spotlight, and Utah Explore, for sponsoring this great giveaway! Read on for a sneak peek into the third installment of this thrilling read!

Shadows May Fall 

There is no rest for the weary, as seasoned homicide detective Lou Donovan learns the hard way. Immediately following Lou’s work on a string of complex murders, she finds herself faced with the task of finding a new killer with some seriously twisted methods. An adult film executive becomes the first unwitting victim of a killer just beginning a psychotic spree. As Lou meticulously grazes each new murder scene—scenes that send every other detective ducking for the bathroom—Lou and her new partner must follow their instincts to a dark and deadly place.


Mell Corcoran, a Southern California native, is a writer and animal enthusiast. She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. Though her formal education and professional background is rooted in law, her lifelong passion for literature has become her first love.

The contest runs from June 21st through June 27th, 2016. Enter via the GiveawayTools form below. Open to US residents age 18 and up. Winners will be contacted via email and will have 48 to respond and claim their prize.

 Disclosure: The bloggers involved in this giveaway were not compensated, and are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  This event is sponsored by Mell Corcoran.  Must be 18 years of age or older to enter this giveaway. This giveaway starts June 21st, 2016, and will end on June 27th, 2016 at 11:59 pm. The winner will be emailed, and have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen. Once a winner is drawn and confirmed, the name will be announced on the GiveawayTools form.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Summer To Remember 4 Winners over $759 rv prizes HUGE Giveaway

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

PETER and the WOLF in HOLLYWOOD #PeterandtheWolfApp


 I was super excited to be selected to host a Mommy party and share this app with my family as well as friends.
 My box of goodies arrived along with a 10.00 itunes gift card.   I decided to use my ipad in order to get the app which cost 4.99

Cassandra's Review-   I personally enjoyed everything about the app and extra features.  Alice Cooper was a really cool choice to narrate and his characters come to life.  The younger kids had the most fun and even though I had to clean off my ipad screen (thank goodness for a screen protector) after all the fun was over, it was a real treat to interact and watch their eyes light up as well as hear little giggles.

 The party was great fun and everyone really enjoyed the experience.
                                                 The kids got to have a coloring contest.

I recevied complimentary product and the opinions expressed here are my own.

A new, immersive storybook for iPhone and iPad that both kids and parents will love.
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Searching for the perfect children's gift? Look no further! Give the gift of great music with the Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood app.


Yes, the one & only Alice Cooper! The edgy rockstar lends his voice to every character in the story - from Peter, to the wolf, to Peter’s grandpa, to the myriad talking animals in between. “It was sort of like going back to being 5, 6, 7 years old,” he says.

Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood is brought to you by Giants are Small, a world-famous theatre company known for putting on over-the-top, genre-bending performances.

Lead by visual artist Doug Fitch, producer Edouard Getaz, and multimedia entrepreneur Frederic Gumy, Giants are Small is a fusion of theatre, live filmmaking, puppetry, music, and visual art. Peter & the Wolf in Hollywood is the first kids app they've created, and they can’t wait for you to explore it!

Being Too Fierce By Lisa Cohen Review

Being Too Fierce: One Woman’s Incredible Journey from Foster Child to World Championship Boxer

This is a raw story of the agonizing childhood of a woman who, along with her four older brothers, began life rejected and institutionalized by a troubled birth mother and was repeatedly left clinging to a few belongings stuffed in a garbage bag, standing at the front door of yet another foster family whose qualifications to love and nurture her range wildly from promising to abysmal.

In mastering the brutal sport of boxing, Lisa learns that the controlled violence of boxing provides her with a virtual punching bag with which to vanquish the painful memories and tormentors of her past. She is nourished by this liberating effort, and we watch her rebuild her life with a positive vision of who she is and what she can accomplish.

Author Bio:

Lisa Cohen was born in Washington, DC and placed in the now-defunct Junior Village with her four brothers, who despite having a living parent became wards of the DC foster care system. As a foster child, she underwent thirteen, often shocking and traumatic placements until finally entering the Independent Living system prior to aging out.

She became a professional boxer in 1996 at the age of 28 and fought under the name of Lisa “Too Fierce” Foster. During her career, she won two World Titles. After her retirement from boxing in 2003, she established and ran a boxing and fitness gym in DC.

           In 2005, Lisa started and managed a non-profit called Capitol City Champs which was geared to life coaching, fitness, dressing for success, and etiquette for at-risk children aged 8 – 18. As an offshoot to this enterprise, Ms. Cohen undertook a number of motivational speaking engagements and career days aimed at women, children and young adults, and governmental agencies engaged in foster care.

She continues to speak about foster care to interested groups and is an active member of Rotary Club of Washington DC which has proudly served the community for over a century.

            She graduated from the University of the District of Columbia in 2012 with a BA degree in English at the age of 45.

            She lives in Washington, DC with her second husband, Neil, an attorney. She has a grown son, Gerald Foster and a daughter, Taylor Foster.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review- Whenever a person chooses to open their heart and mind up, and offer it to the public in hopes of helping and raising awareness it is a flood mixed emotions for me.   This author shows her strength not just physically but spiritually, and her words are as strong as her ability to fight.  Thank you Lisa!