Sunday, January 31, 2016

Falcon Song by Kristin Cross Book Blast Giveaway $100 Amazon Gift Card or $100 in Paypal Cash

Falcon Song Falcon Song by Kristin Cross Kate can handle that Jason Falcon is gorgeous. And she can handle that he is fantastically talented, and competent, and funny, and sweet, and . . . . well, all of the things he is. What she isn’t sure she can handle is that he and his country band have suddenly become wildly famous. Even though she has always known that he near worships her, with millions of girls now throwing themselves at him, Kate is afraid that Jason will find he no longer loves Kate best. Then, when she discovers something completely earth shattering, it only makes her more unsure. Realizing that she can never settle for less than absolute devotion, as she is struggling to find what her place will be in Jason’s new top of the charts world, Kate wonders how you can ever truly know that things will work out. Does True Love Always Lead To Happily Ever After? amazon get it Praise for Falcon Song “So much emotion came through the words of this story. I felt it all—regret, forgiveness, redemption, and a powerful love that wrapped it all together. I had a hard time putting it down. This story really touched me!” DL “I loved this story! Jason is one of my favorite heroes ever. I felt like I was right there with them through it all.” JM add to goodreads Excerpt Kate found Jason asleep on the porch swing again. Her drive had left her drained, without answers and somewhat resigned. As she looked down at him sleeping, still, the only thing she really knew was that she loved him. Loved him dearly. In spite of everything. When it came right down to it, that was what made her happy. She wished there was a way to separate this crushing heartache from the sweet peace she felt when she was with him. Who knows, maybe she could get really good at ignoring the parts of his life she didn’t understand. She sat down on the edge of the swing and touched his beautiful hair. His eyes opened slowly and this time there wasn’t a smile, but there was a sweet, sincere tenderness as he quietly watched her for a few seconds. She stroked his cheek and then ran a finger over his sensuous bottom lip. Even if he wasn’t perfectly trustworthy, he was definitely beautiful. She kissed the tip of her finger and put it back there on his lip and said softly, “Wake up, sleepy head. You’re gonna get a million ‘squito bites out here.” He sat up and reached out to touch her cheek. “I’ll live. How was Texas?” She sat down beside him. “Still big.” He smiled sadly, “I told Cody you’d driven to Texas to talk to God. He said he didn’t even realize God lived there. He’s decided that’s why Texans are egotistical.” She laughed. “That’s exactly what I needed just now. Laughing feels good. I thought I didn’t get to see you until tomorrow? What brings you tonight?” He groaned and made a sound of disgust. “Ah, I Googled myself. It was awful.” She pushed the porch swing with her foot. “I know.” “I’m not really as bad as it looks. I swear.” “I know.”   Kristin CrossAuthor Kristin Cross Kristin Cross was a mostly obedient child—unless her mom wanted her to put her book down. She grew up in the Rockies and traveled with her family enough to want to travel more and have adventures in all those exotic looking places on the map that she hasn’t been to—yet. Now, as an adult, she also loves relaxing at home in the mountains and coming up with stories about those places. Motherhood has been her best time yet, and she wishes she’d had more than just four marvelous children. She loves a good storm, a beautiful sunset, the wind in her face, puppies, and fresh mangos with her shrimp. And her husband, DJ. She truly adores DJ.
  100_Amazon_Paypal   Book Blast Giveaway – $100 Amazon Gift Card or $100 in Paypal Cash Ends 2/12/16 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the participating authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Revive Microdermabrasion Scrub & Mask Giveaway

revive cover This February Wife.Mother.Teacher. has teamed up with Era Organics to bring you a fantastic giveaway - one lucky US reader will receive a jar of Revive Microdermabrasion Scrub & Mask - a $30 value! scrub inside To read the full review over on Wife.Mother.Teacher. click here, but in short Era Organics is an all natural product line bringing you the best in skin care. With ingredients like Manuka Honey & Walnut they're offering the very best in organic skin care. Revive can be used as a scrub or a mask for anti aging, blackhead removal & dark spot corrector benefits.  enter the Rafflecopter below while you're here for your chance to win. The giveaway will run for the entire month of February. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Simply Saline™ by Arm & Hammer Review

Simply Saline™ Baby Nasal ReliefSimply Saline™ Baby Swabs

When your baby has a cold, you would do anything to make him/her feel better instantly and safely. Simply Saline Baby Nasal Relief and Simply Saline Baby Swabs gently clean, moisturize and relieve nasal dryness associated with colds, allergies, dust, dry air or other irritants.

 It’s safe for babies 0 and up, it’s drug-free and clears those tender nasal passages from congestion.

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  Gentle and easy to use, if handled properly the products can really help.  Any age can benefit, even my older teen will use this and it does not irritate the nose or cause nosebleeds.  Of course the baby will get a bit fussy with the swab, but I do not think anyone wants something willingly placed in the nose.  The simple and very quick procedure is worth making everyone feel better.    I do not like the taste of it as some does go back into the throat and you have to be careful to follow the directions so that no one gets hurt.  

Teleflora Love Note Concierge $100 Gift Certificate Giveaway

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The Fall of Lord Drayson Cover Reveal Giveaway $25 Amazon Gift Code or Paypal Cash

Coming soon from USA Today Bestselling Author Rachael Anderson

The Fall of Lord Drayson

Who is he really? A high and mighty Lord, or a lowly servant? When Colin Cavendish, the new earl of Drayson, informs Lucy Beresford that she and her mother have two months to vacate the house they've called home for the past two years, Lucy is fit to be tied.They have no money, no relations they can turn to for help, and nowhere to go. How dare the earl break the promise his father had made to the Beresfords without so much as a twinge of conscience? Mere hours later, Lucy discovers the earl unconscious and injured in the middle of the road. Grudgingly, she takes him into her home to tend to his wounds, but when he awakens with no recollection of who he is, Lucy seizes the opportunity to teach a much-needed lesson in humility. Pushing her own twinge of conscience aside, she informs the earl of Drayson that he is nothing more than a mere servant. Her servant, in fact. And thus begins the charming tale of a pompous lord and an impetuous young woman, caught together in a web so tangled that it begs the question: Will they ever get out? The Fall of Lord Drayson
Coming late-summer 2016
add to goodreads RachaelAuthor Rachael Anderson A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
Cover Reveal Giveaway $25 Amazon Gift Code or Paypal Cash Ends 2/17/16 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Just Kin Celebration Tour and Giveaway

Just Kin by Caryl McAdoo is a 322 page novel in the Christian historical fiction genre.  It is self-published and was released on January 2, 2016.  To purchase your copy, click here.

About the Book

Love covers a multitude of sin. A stolen kiss ignites a fire that burns all the way from Texas to New York City. Torn apart by war, rejection, and a letter with news she never wanted, Lacey Rose takes her shredded heart and runs.

Charley figures out something isn’t right, but is duty-bound to the Confederacy until a deathbed order sets in motion a series of events that tests his love, honor, and commitment to the breaking point. Can the two lifelong friends see past the pain to finally realize God’s plan for them to be more than just kin?

About the Author

Caryl, praying her story gives God glory, loves writing for Christian genres–historical and contemporary romance, Biblical fiction, and mid-grade especially. In 2014, Simon and Schuster debuted VOW UNBROKEN, a historical Christian romance set in 1832 Texas, and Caryl followed with three additional novels.

 In April, LADY LUCK’S A LOSER (contemporary, mature, inspirational romance); September’s debut, HEARTS STOLEN (set in 1839-1844), book two of her historical Christian Texas Romances–a #1 Amazon Best-seller; and in November, A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS, volume one of her new Biblical fiction series, The Generations–also an Amazon #1 Best-seller.   In 2008, her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved her to the woods of Red River County.

 Caryl counts four children and sixteen grand sugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Praying her story gives God glory, she hopes each one ministers His love, mercy, and grace to its readers. She and Ron live in Clarksville, Texas with two grandsons, Christian and Benjamin.

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At Water’s Edge by S. McPherson Blog Tour





At Water’s Edge by S. McPherson

Genre: YA fantasy/romance

Published November 10th, 2015

Published by S McPherson Books

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26219743-at-water-s-edge

When 17-year-old, Dezaray Storm  stumbles across a portal one night, her downtrodden life begins to change, mainly because she starts living someone else’s life.

Accidently trading places with the most powerful sorceress of the realm, Coldivor, Dezaray finds herself assuming the identity of her magical lookalike, having to convince everyone in the realm that she is the real deal.

Aside from a few minor hiccups along the way, like the fact that she is not magical nor does she know even the simplest cards trick; Dezaray soon finds herself settling in. Particularly in the arms of Milo; a blue-eyed jokester with the ability to teleport.

However, it doesn’t take long for Dezaray to realise that life on the other side is far from glitz and glamour and that creatures unimaginable are hunting her. A war is brewing between the seven empires of Coldivor and those that long to take over. Dezaray’s enchanted double is their only hope; their secret weapon, set to be unleashed on her eighteenth birthday when she is bequeathed with the powers of her forefathers.

But for the enchantress to return, Dezaray has to leave, and the thought of going back to Islon fills Dezaray with dread, for more reasons than one. Torn between a reality she can’t stand and a fantasy she can’t keep, Dezaray is struggling to see how any choice she makes will lead to a happy ending.


About the Author:
S. McPhersonS. McPherson is a young British expat living in Dubai and working as a kindergarten teacher. When she is not at work immersed in a world of imagination and fantasy created by the children, she is immersed in her own worlds of imagination and fantasy at home, dreaming up tales and writing them down. At Water’s Edge is S. McPherson’s d├ębut novel and the first in the romantic, fantasy series, The Water Rushes.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale Review

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When all else fails, turn to the divine taste of hummingbird cake.

In the South you always say “yes, ma’am” and “no, ma’am.” You know everybody’s business. Football is a lifestyle not a pastime. Food—especially dessert— is almost a religious experience. And you protect your friends as fiercely as you protect your family— even if the threat is something you cannot see.

In this spot-on Southern novel brimming with wit and authenticity, you’ll laugh alongside lifelong friends, navigate the sometimes rocky path of marriage, and roll through the outrageous curveballs that life sometimes throws . . . from devastating pain to absolute joy. And if you’re lucky, you just may discover the secret to hummingbird cake along the way.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  This book is sure to tug at your heartstrings. It is mixed with emotions so much so that you can easily have a stack of tissues right next to you for both the ups and downs.  The author does a great job of mixing in the deep south with the bonding of friendships and the strength of the women created is both powerful and inspiring.  I would recommend grabbing a cup of sweet tea and settling in for a real treat.

THE DIRT CURE Growing Healthy Kids with Food Straight from Soil by Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD Review



In the tradition of Michael Pollan, Mark Hyman, and Andrew Weil, pioneering integrative pediatric neurologist Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD, reveals the shocking contents of children’s food, how it’s seriously harming their bodies and brains, and what we can do about it. And she presents the first nutritional plan for getting and keeping children healthy—a plan that any family can follow.

New alarming studies show the dramatic rise of chronic disease in children—from allergies and ADHD to mental illnesses and obesity. A traditionally trained pediatric neurologist and a parent herself, Dr. Maya encountered the limits of conventional medicine when her son suffered a severe episode of asthma on his first birthday and began a backward slide in his development. Treatments failed to reverse his condition, so Dr. Maya embarked on a scientific investigation, discovering that food was at the root of her son’s illness, affecting his digestive system, immune system, and brain. The solution was shockingly simple: Heal the food, heal the gut, heal the brain…and heal the child.

Recent changes in growing and processing food harm kids’ gut microbiomes, immune systems, and brains, contributing to chronic disease. Dr. Maya’s plan started with the soil, using fresh foods and nature to heal her son from the inside out and the outside in. Since then, she’s successfully helped chronically ill patients from around the world. Revealing the profound connections between food, nature, and children’s health, Dr. Maya explains how food is constantly changing kids’ bodies, brains, and even genes—for better or for worse. She also shares success stories from her practice and tips as a working mother of three on stocking healing foods (from veggies to chocolate!), reading labels, and getting even picky eaters into the new menu. This paradigm-shifting book empowers you to transform your child’s health through food and ensure the long-term wellbeing of your kids and the entire family.

About the Author

Maya Shetreat-Klein, M.D., is an integrative pediatric neurologist with a medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she was awarded the Edward Padow Award for Excellence in Pediatrics and graduated with a Special Distinction in Research in Child Neurology for her original work on autism. Dr. Shetreat-Klein completed the University of Arizona's two-year Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, founded by Andrew Weil, M.D., and is now a member of the faculty. She teaches integrative neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York Medical College, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

She lectures nationally and internationally at conferences for both physicians and laypeople on topics such as children’s health, autism, integrative medicine and nutrition, toxins and neurological health. Additionally, Dr. Shetreat-Klein sits on expert advisory boards, including chef Bill Telepan’s Wellness in the Schools and Documenting Hope.

She has been interviewed and quoted on Dr.Oz, NPR Marketplace, The New York Times Magazine, WCBS-TV News, and WABC-TV News and has partnered with Sen. Charles Schumer in promoting legislation for reducing toxic exposures in childhood.  Perhaps her most valued work is seeing patients at her own integrative practice in New York City, where she also lives with her family, dog, and eight chickens.

http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Dirt-Cure/Maya-Shetreat-Klein/9781476796970

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  I found the information can be useful for adults as well as children.  There are so many people forcing their kids to take medications that are very harmful, just so that they can cope with them.  It is so sad that society chooses to do this and sometimes a doctor will try to force a child to take a medication, when they may be misdiagnosing them at the same time.

As a mom with special needs kids in my family, I felt like this book was perfect as it filled with great knowledge on the topic.  Being able to have many alternatives to help my family is so important and I thank the author for opening more options to people who may not know about them.


YourNovel $50 Gift Card Valentine's Day Giveaway

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This is the  2nd collection of 10 romantic, personalized short stories selected as winners in YourNovel.com's 2nd Personalized Romance Writing Contest held to celebrate our 20th year of business.

As with Celebrating Romance (still available), Celebrating Romance 2 has something for any starring couple:

• "Piece of Paradise" by Jamie Loafman of Garner, NC;
• "Greco Romance" by Marilee Smith of Grand Island, NE;
• "On a Rainy Night" by Yonnie Groza from Beacon, NY;
• "Halloween Delights" by Eren Deniz of Morehead City, NC;
• "Infectious Love" by Emily Dommershausen of Bedford, MA;
• "Island Forecast: Danger" by Jayne Grey of Springfield, MO;
• "Remote Control" by Lee Malcom of Calgary, Canada;
• "The Grape Escape" by Sunshine Morrison, Portland, OR;
• "An Aloha Scavenger Hunt" by Diane Vann of Honolulu, HI;
• "Mayan Riviera: Unexpected Encounter" by Lisa West of Toronto, Canada.

Celebrating Romance 2, with 10 different stories, offers 10 times the fun and romance.

I received a complimentary copy.

It would be great if you took the time to connect with the sponsor:

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Cassandra's Review-- I have had the honor of working with YourNovel in the past and the books are very high quality.  I enjoy being able to personalize them to fit my needs.  The process is very simple, actually the hardest part for me was trying to select which excellent story, I wanted. 

 I would really like to see this site expand to children and teen selections or family friendly options, as I feel not everyone has a lot of hot romance laying around the house.    Even the mild selection can make you blush so not at all for anyone but adults but it does make a great gift. 


Valentine's Winners Choice #TeaMoments @LibreTea Glasses Giveaway






From the site

When you don't have time to wait for the leaves to steep, you can take brewing your favorite loose leaf on the road with the Libre 10 oz. Travel Tea Mug Infuser. The easy-to-grip handled travel mug is outfitted with removable stainless steel filter, which gives you the freedom to place tea leaves on top or inside of the mug (view our how to video). When the tea is the perfect strength, you can enjoy every sip without a taste or feel of fine tea particulates.

The Libre 10 oz. Travel Tea Mug Infuser has a hi-temperature glass interior that will not alter the taste of your favorite teas and in fact is great fro all your drinks ‘on the go’. Just one wash and all the flavor is gone and ready for a new taste treat.

The clear BPA-free Tritan exterior makes the mug highly resistant to wear and tear, so you can use it for your daily commutes or for more fun, its really practical for camping and hiking. The mug holds 10 ounces of tea, and can also be used without the filter. The Libre tea glass keeps hot brewed tea HOT!! and cold drinks COLD!!  Use it for sun teas, iced teas, and fruit’n herb waters too.

And it fits into your grip easily - the mug measures 6 inches in height by 3 inches in diameter. The handle extends 1 inch from the side of the mug.





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I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- The thick, durable glass is well made and the handle was the perfect size for my hands.  When placed on and used correctly there are no leaks.  This is not hard to clean or dry and will become a well used mug for me.


The winner of this giveaway can choose one of the following

One of the Libre Classic collections: Large (420ml/14oz),  Original (260ml/9oz) or Mug with handle (290ml/10oz)

Or one of the Libre Life collections: 14oz Lively Leaves, the 14oz Starburst, the 14oz Garden Pink, the 9oz Garden Pink,  or the 14oz Black Brush


Osaka Cafetiere 6 Cup, French Press Review #osakacoffee



Double-walled Borosilicate glass will keep your coffee/tea hot for longer than standard presses.
The glass is also resistant to thermal shock, and will not absorb any odors or residue.
The beautifully designed hardwood cover will surely stand out, and is made of quality materials that will last you a long time.
Durable stainless steel mesh filter will ensure no grounds get mixed into your coffee, but will let the essential oils though leaving a fresher better tasting coffee.
Makes 6 (4.5 oz) cups of coffee. It is also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.


Get the perfect brew with
Osaka.
Brewing coffee is an art form, and it can be pretty challenging. We at Osaka would like to help you up your coffee game. If you follow our instructions and tips, and with some practice, you should be brewing the perfect cup of coffee in no time. Impress yourself and your guests with an awesome tasting coffee every time.

Zenrin-Ji is our double-walled Cafetiere with a beautiful wood lid that will impress.

Carafe
The Carafe is made of hand-blown Borosilicate glass that will resist thermal shock, so it wont break when it goes from cold to hot or vice-versa. Another great benefit of Borosilicate is that it will not absorb any residue, or odors giving you a fresh tasting coffee every time you use it. It is also double-walled so it will keep your coffee or tea hot for longer.
Filter
The stainless steel filter will ensure no grounds get mixed into your coffee, but will let the essential oils though leaving a fresher better tasting coffee.
Capacity
The carafe holds up to 6 (4.5 oz)cups of coffee.

The carafe is also dishwasher safe.

"Osaka"what does it mean?
Osaka, is a large city on the Japanese island of Honshu, and is known for its modern architecture, boisterous nightlife and delicious coffee shops. We were inspired by their coffee brewing techniques, and from that "Osaka Coffee"
 was born. We carefully design each of our products to produce the best tasting coffee and not sacrificing on style. Every one of our products will look good enough to display, and will perform better than anything else. If you are not yet in love with the process of coffee-making, be prepared to be infatuated.



I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- Unfortunately the first press arrived in shattered pieces (was shipped by Amazon), but the brand quickly resent a new one and it arrived in perfect condition.  It is easy to use and clean.  Very classy design and simple instructions.   



Leader Accessories White Kayak Paddle #leaderaccessoriespaddle



1. The paddle total length is 87'' (220 cm)
2. Blade length* width: 18.5'' * 7.5''
3. Durable lightweight introductory kayak paddle
4. 2 piece take-apart construction
5. Can be feathered 60 degree for right or left hand control
6. Enforced push-button connection
7. Three locking positions
8. Engineered curved paddle blade

You can purchase this on Amazon.

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- Lightweight and easy to use.  The blade is durable and shaped perfectly.  An appropriate sized handle that is simple to take apart.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

21' Twist-n-Lock Telescoping Snow Shovel Roof Rake Review #SnoShoveRooRake



Twist -Lock telescoping pole quickly adjusts to your desired heights (Maximum:21').
Blade rake head measures 6-Inch wide by 25-Inch long for maximum clearing power.
Extra lightweight ((only 4.6 lbs!)) and durable aluminum pole for repetitive use with minimal fatigue.
Ideal for removing snow, Effectively prevent damage due to the heavy snow loads piled onto your roof. A handy, easy-to-use and affordable roof rake that quickly lets you remove snow, wet leaves and other debris from your roof while standing safely on solid ground.t leaves and debris from roofs without climbing.

I received complimentary product.

You can purchase this on Amazon. 

Cassandra's Review-  This is really long and kind of hard to store anywhere, but it super simple to put together even without instructions (none are provided)  A hard durable scoop  and the handle fit in well.

The Sixth Domicile By Courtney Ruggle Book Tour

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Title: The Sixth Domicile

Author: Courtney Ruggle

Genre: New Adult Dystopian

In a future ravaged by greed and war, The Domicile has emerged. A new civilization governed by clandestine Elders where citizens are united by white masks and uniform identities. To remove one’s mask, to go outside the Domicile, to show defiance, means being sent to the Meurtre, a horrifying death sentence.

Q437B doesn’t follow the rules. She craves sunlight, dares to love her childhood friend B116A, and – the most forbidden of all – has seen the true face of her beloved beneath the mask.
But when Q becomes an Adulte, The Domicile threatens to take away everything that makes her happy. She is forced to marry an abusive soldier who demands she conform. Whispers spread about the unconventional lessons she teaches her new students.

And when Q openly disobeys the Elders, the people become restless, questioning the truth of the world in the wake of such defiance.
Rumblings of discontent stir as others begin to follow the path toward their freedom. The Revolution has begun, and Q is the spark that ignited the flames.

Excerpt-

The stars twinkled with their utmost brightness tonight, as if attempting to show us their beauty tenfold. I smiled at them, thanking them for their show. B’s arms wrapped around my shoulders, our hips touching as we sat in the grass. B was more silent and reserved.
“Do you feel it, Q?” he asked after some time in silence. I turned away from admiring the glimmering stars. 

“Feel what?” I asked. I laid my head on his shoulder, attempting to put as much of my body on his.
“It’s different. Something is different.” I did feel it, an alien something, a nagging in the air. But I couldn’t figure out what it meant. Everyone in the Domicile was behaving the same way as always. Nothing appeared to be different on the surface; more like boiling underneath it. Like the small, almost invisible heat waves I could see on the heated days B and I snuck from the Domicile. So small and subtle, but if you looked from the right angle, you could see them boiling and rolling under the air currents. 

I lifted my head off his shoulder, watching his mask contort with the expression he wore underneath it.

My fingertips glided down the side of his mask, trailing from his brow down over his unpainted cheek to his chin. The stark black of the fabric covering my finger contrasted with the pallid color of his mask. I hated the way his mask was only a reminder of what I couldn’t have—the real him that lay underneath. And of the society that was designed to keep us apart. I needed him. And it terrified me.

B reached up, his hand catching mine, and I could feel the desperation in his grip. He took in a deep inhale, his chest rising with the extra breath, and I felt my own chest tighten. 

“Q, you’re the spark.”

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Courtney’s love for writing started pretty much when she learned to read, which her mother would tell you was a feat in itself back when she was in the first grade. Once she aced those flashcards with vocabulary words, Courtney’s writing took off. And her love with it. In school, she was always writing short stories on a word processor (What?? Word processor with floppy disks?). Oh yes, she literally had a card filing case full of floppy disks.

Now getting her Doctorate in social work, she’s used this education to help her writing some of the gritty issues entwined in her stories. When Courtney isn’t writing her next book while drinking coffee, you can find her doing homework (drag) with chocolate chip flavored coffee, reading series of books (because school books are only so interesting) while drinking pumpkin flavored coffee, playing with her little boy, or daydreaming of future beach houses while drinking some other scrumptious flavor of coffee.

Amazon US: Amazon US

Amazon UK: Amazon UK

Website: www.courtneyruggles@yahoo.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCourtneyRuggles

Twitter: @AuthorCRuggles

Monday, January 25, 2016

Got Me Tipsy funny saying mug and wine glass Review


Morning Medicine Funny Glass Coffee Mug 13 oz - Cool Birthday Present Idea for Coffee Lovers, Men & Women, Him or Her - Unique Valentines Day Gifts for a Mom, Dad, Husband, Wife, Boyfriend, Girlfriend

Imagine the look on their face when they open the gift box and find their new favorite coffee mug. They'll know you put in the extra effort to find something WAY better than a typical cheap ceramic mug. A perfect gift for both men and women.

HIGH QUALITY - This perfectly sized 13 oz glass mug is made in the USA. It's microwave and dishwasher safe, with text printed on both sides. The custom imprinted text is guaranteed to last. The unique & funny text is bright white and can be seen from afar. This mug is nicely oversized.

Cassandra's Review - Very strong and clear class, the phrase is funny and it makes a wonderful gift or just something special for yourself. The handle is a nice size and easy to hold.



Mommy Medicine Funny Wine Glass 13 Oz 

Your new wine glass will ship directly from Amazon and is packaged with a durable gift box and extra bubble wrap. It's guaranteed to arrive safely and on time. Amazon Prime members get free 2 day shipping!

FOR EVERY WINE LOVER - A cool gift for any wine enthusiast. This Mommy Medicine wine glass makes a perfect gift for your mom, or any mommy you know! Buy one for a great mother who is also your girlfriend, wife, sister, aunt, grandma, daughter, teacher, coworker, boss, client, nurse, doctor, best friend, or mother-in-law.

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Cassandra's Review- Beautiful and classy design, with a great phrase sure to please.  The glass is great for any drink if you do not prefer wine and this also makes a great gift.

iPhone 6s Plus Case iPhone 6 Plus Case Collen Brushed Aluminium Metal Back Combined with Flexible Rubber Edge Hard Case with Kickstand Extreme Protection for iPhone 6s Plus iPhone 6 Plus B05 Review #ads1



Keep your iPhone 6s Plus iPhone 6 Plus safe and protected in this hybrid ultra protective case from Collen.
Hybrid design made of durable TPE material, hard protective plastic and aluminium.
Built in stand allows prop your smartphone horizontally for hands-free viewing.
Unique design allows easy access to all buttons, controls and ports without having to remove the case.
Anti-slip edges and a rugged design to maximise your grip and help you avoid damage to your device.

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Cassandra's Review-  It fits well and did not mark up my device, the kickstand holds strong. Very easy to use and remove when no longer wanted.

I Am 40 Reasons to Trust God By Diane Stortz Review

9780529120663, I Am : Bible Stories, Devotions, and Prayers About the Names of God, Diane Stortz

Creator, Comforter, Healer, Friend

God’s names tell us who He is, what He is like, and what He does. This beautiful book covers 40 of the Bible’s many names and descriptive titles for God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

Jehovah Jireh

The Lord My Shepherd

Immanuel

Rabbi

I Am

Through Bible stories, short devotions, and prayers, children discover the meaning of each name and how it relates to their lives. As they develop understanding of God’s character and His love for them, children will grow to know, love, and trust the great I Am more and more.

Those who know your name put their trust in you. —Psalm 9:10



Diane Stortz is an author and former editorial director whose heart’s desire is to “tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord” (Psalm 78:4). Diane’s books include Words to Dream On, The Sweetest Story Bible,and A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year. Diane and her husband reside in Cincinnati, Ohio, and have two married daughters. Diane enjoys walking, gardening, and visiting her four young grandsons.


I received a complimentary copy.


Cassandra's Review-  A great book to help teach your child.  If you enjoy faith and have a love for God, this book will really be a great gift for your little one.  With a beautiful cover and amazing illustrations, this will be a real treat to read outloud or before bed. It is packed with spiritual goodness.

Fast Food Maniac by Jon Hein Review


The beloved personality from The Howard Stern Show celebrates American fast food, exploring the history and secret menu items of both national and regional chains, ranking everything from burgers and fries to ice and mascots, and offering his own expert tips on where to go and what to order.

Jon Hein is the ultimate fast food maniac, and in this book he draws on his extensive knowledge of, and love for, both nationwide chains and regional gems, from McDonald’s and KFC to In-N-Out Burger and Carvel. He digs into their origin stories; reveals secret menu items; includes best lists for everything from fried chicken and shakes to connoisseur concerns such as straws and biscuits; takes a nostalgic look back at the best giveaways, slogans, and uniforms; and even provides a battle-tested drive-thru strategy. With behind-the-counter looks at places like the Dunkin' Donuts headquarters and Nathan's original hot dog stand, Fast Food Maniac is the definitive, cross-country guide to some of America's best-loved guilty pleasures.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  So, I was super excited to find out about the secret menu items, I thought the author was going to give out recipes.  Well that is not the case, but atleast I got to read about all of the fast food facts and see great old photos.



Back to the Roots Garden in a Can @NikhilArora @VelezAlejandro @BacktotheRoots

Garden-in-a-Can Set (4-pack)

From the Site

Ready to grow cans make it fun and easy to harvest organic herbs right from your windowsill—just plant, water & grow!

4-pack includes:

(1) basil, (1) cilantro, (1) sage, (1) dill can
organic seeds
nutrient rich soil
biochar technology that helps your herbs grow for months with:
No messy drainage holes
No chemicals
No transplanting
What's Biochar?

Biochar is pretty incredible – it’s the charred remnants of organic agricultural waste (pyrolysis) – a technique mastered by Amazonian tribes centuries ago. It's highly moisture retentive capacity helps avoid over-watering issues, aerates the soil for quick root growth, and increases nutrient absorption and microbial activity in the soil.



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Mushroom Farm
Grow gourmet, organic oyster mushrooms right out of the box in just 10 days! Just open the box, mist with water, and harvest 10 days later. The Mushroom Farm lasts for months in the box unopened, making a great gift item for kids, families, foodies & chefs! Includes:

organic plant-based soil (can grow multiple crops!)
oyster mushroom spawn
spray mister
BONUS: organic heirloom tomato seeds to grow with your composted mushroom kit

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I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's review- A really cool way to have a little special treat growing right in your home.  My family is so excited to start growing our own harvest.  The instructions are super simple.  Now all I have to do is find a good place away from my furbabies. The products will be a great gift either new or already grown.


Sometimes blog tour #sometimes @canter_press @prbythebook



Andres and Clara's lives are about to change. Will their determination be powerful enough to help them through what lies ahead? Will they discover that their hopes are only illusions or will they find that dreams really do come true....sometimes. Grades 4-8 / Middle School picture book

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http://www.amazon.com/Sometimes-Hugo-Ibarra/dp/0692598227





Hugo Ibarra currently serves as an elementary school principal in the Bryan/College Station area in Texas. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Tyler in the Educational Leadership Department. He attended the Universidad Iberoamericana in Puebla, Mexico and received his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in 2001.

In 2003, he moved to Tyler, Texas and started his teaching career as a bilingual teacher in second grade prior to becoming an assistant principal at the elementary level.He attended the University of Texas at Tyler, and received his Master of Education Degree in 2007.

Hugo Ibarra has also served as an assistant principal at the middle school and high school level. He received his Doctor of Education degree in May of 2011 from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

In the Spring of 2015, Hugo Ibarra started a graduate program at Texas A&M University in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture, where he continues to attend courses. He enjoys reading, getting to know people, and serving the communities where he works.






First Look blog tour for Divine Collision by Jim Gash @Worthypub @Jim_Gash #DivineCollision


Los Angeles lawyer and law professor, Jim Gash, tells the amazing true story of how, after a series of God-orchestrated events, he finds himself in the heart of Africa defending a courageous Ugandan boy languishing in prison and wrongfully accused of two separate murders. Ultimately, their unlikely friendship and unrelenting persistence reforms Uganda's criminal justice system, leaving a lasting impact on hundreds of thousands of lives and unearthing a friendship that supersedes circumstance, culture and the walls we often hide behind.

There is no greater love than laying down your life for a friend. This profound love seeps through every page of Jim and Henry's story, like a healing balm. Over the last several years I have had the great privilege of witnessing Jim's passion for Ugandan people and his willingness to lay down his own life for others. Divine Collision will remind you once again how one small gesture of love can make a monumental impact on a person for eternity.

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Jim Gash lives in Malibu, California and is a Professor of Law and Director of Pepperdine's Global Justice Program. He serves as Specialist Advisor to the Ugandan High Court and assists the Ugandan government in a variety of capacities on projects relating to improving Uganda's judicial process. In March of 2013, Professor Gash became the first American ever to argue a case in the Ugandan Court of Appeals. In recognition of his ongoing work in Uganda, he received the 2013 Warren Christopher Award, which is presented to California's International Lawyer of the Year.

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I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- A powerful read.  The author kept my attention and heart all through the story.  I would highly recommend this book to older youth and adults.   So much happens all over the world and this story is very touching.  People should also do more in the USA as well because right in our own backyards the worst is happening.   While I would never compare my country to another, I am simply stating that by fixing our own and making it stronger we will be able to really help others.