Tuesday, September 01, 2015

EverydayHappy Giveaway

EverydayHappy Giveaway Sponsored by EverydayHappy

Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

EverydayHappy Giveaway
Established in 2013, EverydayHappy is the result of an intense collaboration between all of their different talents. They put all of our energy into researching, testing and refining their products, then they did it all over again until they were satisfied. Our kids can’t read labels, so it’s our responsibility to make sure they’re only exposed to safe, natural ingredients.
By living mindfully, they’re making life truly meaningful for our kids. What they’ve built is a promise — to make every day happy for them, and for those who want to join them. See what Emilee from Pea of Sweetness thought of the EverydayHappy Family Care Kit.
Would you like to win the EverydayHappy Family Care Kit? This giveaway runs through 9/13/15 at 11:00pm Eastern Time and is open to US residents ages 18+. Winner is subject to eligibility verification and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. For any questions/concerns please email emilee.roberts (at) peaofsweetness (dot) com (consider adding this email to your “Safe List” as winning email notification will be sent from this email). Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.
  Disclosure: Emilee at Pea of Sweetness received complimentary products to facilitate her review. No additional compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  

Christmas Kisses GIveaway














Christmas Kisses is a collection from five bestselling and award-winning authors. Set in the snowy town of Echo Ridge in upstate New York, these inspirational romances are sure to delight while you sip cocoa by the fire and listen to Christmas carols.
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add to goodreads Win amazing books by each of the authors. Enter below to win - nine different books will be given to nine lucky winners. Christmas Makeover by Cami Checketts Amazon bestselling author Chelsea Jamison has been infatuated with Drew Stirling longer than she's loved playing basketball, high-top sneakers, and the Knicks. Unfortunately, all Drew sees is the kid who kicked his trash in the high school free throw contest and not the girl whose heart breaks into a fast dribble when he's near. Drew makes an unexpected visit home to Echo Ridge and their friendship picks up where they left off as they scheme to make a teenaged boy's Christmas dreams come true. When Chelsea realizes she's fallen for her best friend, she wonders if there is any hope of a relationship with Drew or if she's stuck in buddy-status for life. The Candy Counter Heiress by Lucy McConnell Amazon bestselling & award-winning author Someday Reese Gates will own The Candy Counter at Kenworth's; but someday can't come fast enough when the manager threatens to bring in a national candy provider. Reese secretly takes matters into her own hands hoping to save her parents from additional worry and prove herself capable of running the company. Her deception deepens as she ropes computer guru Andy Edwards into helping her expand the business. Reese wanted to shake things up, but she wasn't planning on her heart getting caught in the mix by Andy's stolen kisses. If she can hold it together until after Christmas, then she can reveal her successful online company and her feelings for Andy. Unfortunately for Reese, even the best laid plans can melt like chocolate. Soda Fountain Christmas by Connie E. Sokol Amazon bestselling author Keira Kenworth has one focus this holiday season: save her father's old-time department store from bankruptcy. She is not focused on Tayton Wells, the tall, dark, and genius marketing guru from downtown New York, hired to make it happen. He is as doubtful that her nostalgic connect-the-town ideas will succeed as she is about his numbers-first plan. However, it's not just their different approaches that cause sparks to fly. Working together on a fast deadline to save the store before Christmas, the unspoken connection between them grows. But will the tough decisions they face drive them back to their separate worlds, or will they lead to the beginning of love? Christmas Makeover by Heather Tullis Amazon bestselling author Jonah Owens thought moving to Echo Ridge to open his art gallery would solve all of his problems. The need to sell his grandma's house adds an unexpected complication. It would be easier if his neighbor didn't have all those farm animals. Kaya Feidler's family has owned their land for nearly a hundred years--long before the neighbors were there. There's no way she's giving up the animal therapy business she's been struggling to make profitable. She gets a temp job helping Jonah in the gallery. Spending time together is a recipe for romance, but can they overcome their own hangups to be more than friends? Hope for Christmas by Rachelle J. Christensen Amazon bestselling & award-winning author Anika Fletcher hates Christmas--its promises of good tidings and hope for the future are as tinseled as the ornaments on Kenworth's Hope Tree. Despite her feelings, Anika wants to maintain her daughter's faith in the magic of the season and gladly accepts a second job working with the handsome Carlos Rodriguez to restore Kenworth's old fashioned soda fountain. Carlos is no stranger to hard times and slowly shares his life of light and joy with Anika as they work together. Just as her fragile soul begins to feel hope again, an ill-timed act of charity changes everything. Anika isn't sure who she can trust or if hope is worth nurturing--especially at Christmas when it's easy to enjoy a kiss and believe love can last longer than the season. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, August 31, 2015

Earth Mama Angel Baby Giveaway

Earth Mama Angel Baby Giveaway

Hosted by: Stylish Momme Co-hosted by: Tales from a Southern Mom & Bubby's Mommy Earth Mama Angel Baby provides organic products for babies and young children. To read more about Earth Mama Angel Baby and to read Stylish Momme's review, click here.

This giveaway is open to Continental US 18+ Residents only. This giveaway will run from August 31st at 1AM CST through September 14th at 11:59PM CST. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or any other social media. Stylish Momme and participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Winner will be notified by e-mail and has 48 hours to respond or automatically forfeits the prize. All entries are optional. Void where prohibited. To enter, leave a separate comment for each. Once winner has claimed their prize by e-mail, their name will be announced on the Giveaway Tools, on the blog, and on our facebook page. If you have any questions or want to work with Stylish Momme on review/giveaway promo, contact me at jessica@stylishmom.me.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Amateur Executioner: Enoch Hale Meets Sherlock Holmes by Dan Andriacco Review



London, 1920: Boston-bred Enoch Hale, working as a reporter for the Central News Syndicate, arrives on the scene shortly after a music hall escape artist is found hanging from the ceiling in his dressing room. What at first appears to be a suicide turns out to be murder . . . the first of several using the same modus operandi. What's the connecting factor among all the victims? Or isn't there one? That's what the dogged journalist Hale aims to find out. Covering the Hangman Murders brings him into contact with a diverse cast of witnesses and interview subjects that include Winston Churchill, William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Alfred Hitchcock, and Ezra Pound. Hale, whose best friend in London is the chain-smoking poet and banker T.S. (Tom) Eliot even makes a pilgrimage to the Sussex Downs to get an opinion on the case from the great detective Sherlock Holmes. The trip is in vain, but he eventually does meet Holmes in a most surprising encounter. Through it all there is another mystery, which perhaps goes to the mystery of the human heart. What is the lovely music hall singer Sadie Briggs concealing from Hale - just her past or also her present?

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Dan Andriacco

A former journalist and reviewer of mystery books, Dr. Dan Andriacco has been a member of The Tankerville Club, a scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars, since 1980. His goal in writing mysteries and critical works about the field (including Sherlock Holmes) is to entertain; he strives to be fun and funny, and reviews indicate that he has accomplished this.

Dan's doctorate degree is in ministry, which is reflected in the subject matter of his first two books. In his day job, Dan has been communications director of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati since 1997. Dan and his wife, Ann Brauer Andriacco, have three grown children and five grandchildren. They enjoy traveling, an endless source of experiences that are reflected in Dan's writing.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- The author has done a magnificent job with this story.  The book is not only written in such a way that I wanted to spend all my time with it, but also had a wonderfully good ending that was worth the read. 




Sherlock Holmes and the Dead Boer at Scotney Castle by Tim Symonds Review



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In 'Sherlock Holmes and The Dead Boer at Scotney Castle' the great consulting detective comes up against the rich and powerful Kipling League. Dr Watson recounts the extraordinary events which took place on a spacious early summer day in the Sussex and Kent countryside in 1904. None of the earlier stories chronicling the adventures of Sherlock Holmes compares to the strange circumstances which determined Watson to take up his pen to relate this extraordinary adventure against Holmes' express wishes.


I received a complimentary copy. 

Cassandra's Review- I had mixed feelings about this book because the characters are written complex and the story itself is intensely worded such that it is a bit hard to get into, but at the same time it does have a good storyline. I think that the  author put to much focus on making the descriptions and words appear vivid but ended up overdoing it a bit. 



The Sign of Fear: The Adventures of Mrs.Watson by Molly Carr



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The adventures of Mrs.Watson with a supporting cast including Sherlock Holmes, Dr.Watson and Moriarty.


About the Author
Retired Biologist who's very keen on all aspects of Sherlock Holmes and his friend Doctor Watson, likes travelling abroad, meeting friends and researching any number of subjects. A film buff, especially keen on Max Ophuls and Fritz Lang.Favourite comics Laurel and Hardy. An avid reader of all genres, member of three societies connected with Holmes, as well as The Friends of Doctor Watson, and not to be confused with someone of the same name who writes books on cholesterol! Have written three books about Holmes, "The Sign of Fear", "A Study in Crimson" and "In Search of Doctor Watson." Work in Progress: "The Noble Spinster."

I received a complimentary copy.  

Cassandra's Review- The book is tough to judge in that it is funny but paints Dr. Watson in a way that will make it seem he is more daft.  It is a good read. 

The Detective and the Woman: A Novel of Sherlock Holmes by Amy Thomas Review



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Irene Adler, American opera singer and the one woman who outsmarted Sherlock Holmes, finds herself a widow at thirty-two, wealthy but emotionally broken. At the same time, Sherlock Holmes finds himself unable to return to England after faking his death at Reichenbach Falls and is drawn into an investigation of two men with designs on a woman they call Miss A, who is none other than Irene Adler herself. The Detective and The Woman throw their lot in together to uncover a dangerous plot with implications that stretch across the Atlantic. In the process, they meet legendary inventor Thomas Edison and experience life in Florida at the turn of the 20th century.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- The book takes a bit of reading into before things become more in focus. The middle is more exciting and I had a good feeling that mystery really was afoot.  


No Police Like Holmes by Dan Andriacco Review



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The Investigating Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes Colloquium and donation of the third largest private collection of Sherlockiana in the world were supposed to produce a weekend of great publicity for tiny St. Benignus college in Erin, Ohio. But when theft and murder come to campus, college public relations director Jeff Cody finds himself knee-deep in Sherlockian suspects, besieged by an aggressive reporter he loves but no longer dates, and competing with his eccentric brother-in-law, Sebastian McCabe, to solve the crimes first. The mess worsens when Jeff and his ex-girlfriend, Lynda Teal, themselves fall under suspicion of murder - and with good reason, for they have something to hide. This satirical romp takes Sherlock Holmes seriously, but not Holmesians. A witty and engaging spoof sure to delight not only the deerstalker set but mystery fans in general.



Cassandra's Review-  A fantastic mystery that is sure to keep you satisfied.  The author did a great job of keeping me up until the very last page. 

Dan Andriacco
A former journalist and reviewer of mystery books, Dr. Dan Andriacco has been a member of The Tankerville Club, a scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars, since 1980. His goal in writing mysteries and critical works about the field (including Sherlock Holmes) is to entertain; he strives to be fun and funny, and reviews indicate that he has accomplished this.

Dan's doctorate degree is in ministry, which is reflected in the subject matter of his first two books. In his day job, Dan has been communications director of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati since 1997. Dan and his wife, Ann Brauer Andriacco, have three grown children and five grandchildren. They enjoy traveling, an endless source of experiences that are reflected in Dan's writing.

I received a complimentary copy.





The Amazing Airship Adventure: The Macdougall Twins with Sherlock Holmes Book 1 by Derrick Belanger Review



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From the bestselling team of Derrick Belanger and Brian Belanger comes a fun filled mystery adventure for kids of all ages. It is London, 1897, and a pleasant dinner with a very special friend, Sherlock Holmes, is shattered by a terrific explosion that plunges 10 year old twin detectives, Emma and Jimmy MacDougall, into an adventure that threatens all they know and love. A mad man, possessing a remarkable airship the size of two circus elephants, threatens not only the famous 221B Baker Street house, but all of England, even the world! The great Sherlock Holmes cannot solve this mystery alone. It is up to the MacDougall twins, to use their wits and amazing detective skills, to find the hidden airship and foil the plans of the Mad Airship Bomber!

Cassandra's Review-  A wonderful short adventure filled with fun.


Derrick Belanger
Derrick Belanger, M.A.T.
Derrick Belanger is an author and educator most noted for his books and lectures on Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Both volumes of his two volume anthology A Study in Terror: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Revolutionary Stories of Fear and the Supernatural were #1 best sellers on the Amazon.com UK Sherlock Holmes book list, and his MacDougall Twins with Sherlock Holmes chapter book, Attack of the Violet Vampire! was also a #1 best selling new release in the UK. Mr. Belanger's academic work has been published in The Colorado Reading Journal and Gifted Child Today. A former instructor at Washington State University, and a current middle school Language Arts teacher at Century Middle School in the Adams 12 School District, Derrick lives in Broomfield, Colorado with his wife Abigail Gosselin and their two daughters, Rhea and Phoebe. Find him at www.belangerbooks.com 


I received a complimentary copy.


Shades of Doon By Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon Review

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After cheating death, Veronica Welling is determined to savor every moment in her idyllic kingdom with both her true love and best friend by her side at last. At the same time, Mackenna Reid is enthusiastically building her new life and a theater with her prince. But just as their dreams of happiness are within reach, the world Vee and Kenna have chosen is ripped away, leaving them to face their most horrific challenge yet—their old lives.

Thrust out of Doon, the best friends are confronted with tormentors from their past and no way to return to their adopted land. When the MacCrae brothers rush to their rescue, the girls' situation turns from nightmare to modern-day fairy tale. But their happiness could be short lived: unbeknownst to them, someone in their closest circle is aiding the witch of Doon in her bid to destroy the kingdom once and for all.

I received a complimentary copy.


Cassandra's Review-  I did not read books one and two and feel that it hurt book 3 for me.  This is not a good standalone and really needs to be read in a series.  The ending is not going to be as exciting and left me feeling a bit let down.  Hopefully for the people who enjoy this series there will be a book 4.  As for me, I have had enough. 

God Bless Our Fall By Hannah Hall Review



Book Description

Little ones will love seeing all of God's blessings of fall!

Parents and children will want to cuddle up together again and again to hear the sweet rhyming story and see the snuggly animal families happy in their fall activities. Pumpkin patches, apple harvests, leaves that change color, hayrides, warm beverages, cozy clothes-God Bless Our Fall highlights all the wonderful things families get to enjoy together when the air turns crisp and cool.

The fifth installment of the bestselling God BlessTM series, God Bless Our Fall features the same talented writer and illustrator combo from God Bless You and Good Night,God Bless Our Easter, and God Bless Our Christmas. This padded board book with a beautiful orange, gold, and crimson color palette will be sure to catch the eye of Mom and Grandma. They'll love using it to introduce fun fall traditions to their little ones and guide them in giving thanks for God's blessings of the season.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  Super cute and fun to read out loud with my family.   The book is perfect to start off the fall season with the kids! The illustrations are really nice as well. 

Invincible: Piercing the Veil, Book 2 by C.A. Gray Review

 
Peter Stewart is a dead ringer for the legendary King Arthur, and because of that, everyone in Carlion believes that he is the Child of the Prophecy, destined to destroy the Shadow Lord. But Peter doesn’t want to be a hero; all he wants to be is left alone. 

Lily Portman also fits the prophecy. Having spent her entire life as an orphan and a misfit, Lily would love nothing more than to be the Child of the Prophecy, so she envies Peter… but she’s also developing a crush on him. And it seems to her that he couldn’t care less. 

Isdemus and the Watchers believe that it is only a matter of time before Peter’s twin brother Kane betrays them all and frees the Shadow Lord.  The winner of the war to come depends on who has the legendary Philosopher's Stone—the only problem is, it has been lost since the days of Arthur.  With the help of a skeptical anthropologist, the Watchers attempt to decode the ancient treasure maps that lead them to the heart of Egypt and the dawn of time. Meanwhile, Lily and Peter discover that Peter holds the real key to the mystery... but will they be too late?


Cassandra' Review- This book can be read as a standalone, but has more of a connection when book one is read as well.  A great fantasy with characters that are sure to have you wanting to pick up book 3.  


C.A. Gray
C.A. Gray is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD), with a primary care practice in Tucson, Arizona. She has always been captivated by the power of a good story, fictional or otherwise, which is probably why she loves holistic medicine: a patient's physical health is invariably intertwined with his or her life story, and she believes that the one can only be understood in context with the other.

Her favorite fictional tales have always been epic battles of good versus evil, with a strong tendency towards parable. An idealist herself, she has always been convinced that these stories have something deeply true to tell us about the human condition, and that is why we love them so much... or at least that's why she does.

She still wants to be everything when she grows up. She moonlights as a college chemistry teacher (she has a degree in biochemistry, with minors in Spanish and Creative Writing), does theater when she gets the chance, sings, plays piano, was once a personal trainer and in coffee shop management. She is blessed with exceptionally supportive family and friends, and thanks God for them every single day.



I received a complimentary copy.


Martha Stewart's Appetizers by Martha Stewart Review



Today’s style of entertaining calls for fuss-free party foods that are easy to make and just as delicious as ever. With more than 200 recipes for tasty pre-dinner bites, substantial small plates, special-occasion finger foods, and quick snacks to enjoy with drinks, Martha Stewart’s Appetizers is the new go-to guide for any type of get-together. 

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- Fancy recipes that are tasty to read about. Although most of the ingredients are never readily available in my home and are rather expensive. The directions are clear and easy to understand. 




Elwood Bigfoot: Wanted: Birdie Friends! by Jill Esbaum Review



Elwood Bigfoot is big, clumsy, LOUD . . . and lonely. He loves birdies, but no matter what he tries – acting like a birdie, throwing them a party, even building them a theme park – making friends with them is impossible.
Or is it?

From the Author 

I’ve always loved to read. Books, magazines, the backs of cereal boxes – you name it. Reading lets me step into someone else’s shoes for a time, meet new friends, even explore worlds very different from my own.

I love writing for many of the same reasons. And it’s fun, but not easy. Like mastering the saxophone or kicking field goals, writing takes practice, practice, and more practice - or as I prefer to think of it, unlimited do-overs!

http://www.jillesbaum.com/elwood.html

I received a complimentary copy. 

Cassandra's Review- I really enjoy the message written in the story, it is perfect for kids going back to school and trying to make friends. 



Monster Trouble! by Lane Fredrickson, Michael Robertson

Monster Trouble!

Nothing frightens Winifred Schnitzel—but she DOES need her sleep, and the neighborhood monsters WON'T let her be! Every night they sneak in, growling and belching and making a ruckus. Winifred constructs clever traps, but nothing stops these crafty creatures. What's a girl to do? (Hint: Monsters HATE kisses!) The delightfully sweet ending will have every kid—and little monster—begging for an encore.

I received a complimentary copy.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/monster-trouble-lane-fredrickson/1121130414?ean=9781454913450

Cassandra's Review- The little girl has a big problem, but kissing is the answer in this very cute, short read. 


Mind Your Monsters by Catherine Bailey, Oriol Vidal Review

Mind Your Monsters

Vampires and werewolves and zombies—oh my! It's a monster invasion, and the stinky-smelling creatures are destroying Wally's peaceful little town. They scare the kids, knock over the lampposts, and make a mess of everything. And no one can stop them—until, fed up, Wally says . . . the magic word, "PLEASE." Learning good manners has never been as monstrously fun!

I received a complimentary copy.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mind-your-monsters-catherine-bailey/1121130427?ean=9781454911036

Cassandra's Review- Who knew monsters were so friendly.  This is a very short and cute book that is perfect for your little monster.  

The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings by Anna Llenas Review

The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings

We teach toddlers to identify colors, numbers, shapes, and letters—but what about their feelings? By illustrating such common emotions as happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and calm, this sensitive book gently encourages young children to open up with parents, teachers, and daycare providers. And kids will LOVE the bright illustrations and amazing 3-D pop-ups on every page!


I received a complimentary copy.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-color-monster-anna-llenas/1121256526?ean=9781454917298

Cassandra's Review- The pop ups are colorful and the kids were thrilled with the color.  The book is a great way to connect and pick up on a very important topic. 


Dining with...Monsters!: A Disgusting Way to Count to 10! by Agnese Baruzzi Review



What do hungry monsters like to eat? 1 spider swallowed whole, 2 leaping frogs, and 3 entire whales for the ogre with gigantic claws and scales! And for Mr. One-Eye, four mice are very nice. Kids will enjoy this fun feast of a counting book, with 10 colorful creatures and their meals of grasshoppers, scorpions, owls, and prickly porcupines. Foldout pages and simple, humorous rhyming text make this a delight to read aloud.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dining-withmonsters-agnese-baruzzi/1121130958?ean=9788854409538

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- This very short foldout book is both colorful and full of fun.  The kids loved reading and rereading this with me and it is great to hear them counting. 

Nichole Nordeman THE UNMAKING Review and Giveaway

 About the new album The Unmaking:
"Before things in our lives can be resurrected and given new life, certain things must die.  Before beauty blooms in spring, roots must do the hard work under the hard frozen soil of winter.  Before you renovate and re-build, you tear down the parts of the structure that are weak or damaged or dangerous.  Before we make, we must unmake."  Nichole Nordeman


Cassandra's Review- Very nice rhythm and this artist has a genuinely unique voice that helps to break up the flow in which the songs would sound like others out today.  The lyrics are heartfelt and easy to bond with.  

About Nichole Nordeman:
Nichole Nordeman is a recording artist and songwriter for Sparrow/EMI CMG, with numerous number-one and top ten singles to her credit and cumulative CD sales of over one million.  A two-time Gospel Music Association winner for Female Vocalist of the Year, she has won a total of nine Dove Awards, including the best-selling album, Music Inspired by The Story.  Her best-known songs include "Holy", "Legacy", "Brave", "This Mystery", "Why", and "What If".  She lives with her family in Tulsa, OK.  


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Hair Warrior Review

If the heat and sun are taking a toll on your hair, then you need to try Hair Warrior. Hair Warrior adds hydration and protection to your hair during physical activity and fitness. Apply it prior to yoga, running, hiking, or working out and Hair Warrior will work with your body heat to smooth, protect and condition each strand – preventing damage and strengthening your hair. Works on ALL hair types! Hair Warrior is cruelty-free, tested only on humans and solar-manufactured in the USA. Comes in a travel size for $4 or 6 ounce tube for $24. Hair Warrior is sold at gyms and yoga studios nationwide and also online at http://hairwarrior.co.

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  Very easy to apply and did not cause my hair to feel weighed down. It works great during a run or even while sitting in the sun. I did not have any problem with rash or breakouts and it absorbs without making a mess.