Thursday, April 10, 2014

Motivational Speaking by E.DOT Review

Motivational Speaking
by E.DOT
Uplifting, high energy filled music. This album will have you out of your seat from beginning to end. A positive roller coaster ride for all ages.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Spiritual Rap
Release Date: 2009

Born and raised in Detroit, MI. Now residing in Atlanta, GA, E.DOT has been producing for over 8 years and writing/performing/rapping for over 12 years. He has developed his style over the years by working with various producers and artists who bring numerous amounts of flavors to the music world. has recently crossed over from the rap/hip-hop Genre to the Christian Rap genre. Once he received the calling of the lord on his life, E.Dot has not looked back. He is excited to present his first album entitled "Motivational Speaking". E.DOT has had the opportunity to land production credits with MTV and has shared the stage with huge acts such as New Edition, Lil Wayne, Rock City, One Chance, and Lil Mo. Some artists E.DOT has produced for and worked with include; T-baby, Dollah Jones, The Clergymen, O&O, Imagry, Look Alive, Ms. Melody, T.C.P, L.P.T, Yung Miles, T-REP the Young Prayzr, Blessed, Mista Kleen, and a host of other artists. His influences are Canton Jones, Kirk Franklin, Timbaland, Dr.Dre, Bryan Cox, Neptunes, Kanye West, and JUst Blaze. If asked to explain his style, he would simply state: "The sound of the Future"!!! E.Dot's Plan is to lead the youth in a positive way towards the truth of GOD and his purpose for us while we are here on earth. E.Dot sets an example by using witty hooks and beats to express his self, letting the world know;

Cassandra's Review- The beats and flow will fill your home and heart. My family had so much fun listening to this CD.  If you like this genre but cringe and run for the radio when certain songs come on for fear the kids will learn or ask way more then needed then CD will be a great for you. The lyrics are raw and bring truth for all those who need it. The CD will be stay in my home collection for a very long time. 

I received a complimentary CD thanks to Shazzy Fitness.

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Ooka Island Giveaway Ooka Island is a fun Pre-K (starting as young as age 3) to 2nd Grade learn-to-read program for PC and Mac. It features a Home Edition, School Edition, and Homeschool Edition. It is a fun way for kids to learn phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Their goal is to teach children to learn to read fluently and well through online instruction that is fun and interesting. Emilee from Pea of Sweetness had a chance to review Ooka Island last summer and was so impressed with how much her kids enjoyed it and how well they were doing with it. She was excited for the chance to review it again and was so excited at the progress their preschooler has been making in particular! Check out their latest Ooka Island Review! Do you have young children in mind that you know would love to learn on Ooka Island? One winner will receive a 6-month subscription to Ooka Island (ARV $59.70). This giveaway begins on 4/10 at 7pm and ends on 4/24 at 11:00pm (times are Central) and is open worldwide ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.
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Mighty Leaf Tea Review + Giveaway + Sweepstakes 2 ways to win

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
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Mighty Leaf Tea was born for the sole purpose of infusing life into an ancient indulgence by creating tea products that reach new heights of quality and innovation.

The genesis of Mighty Leaf Tea came in 1996 as a result of a shared passion and dream envisioned by husband-and-wife team Gary Shinner and Jill Portman when they founded their teahouse on Fillmore St. in San Francisco.

Their passion is for creating the most incredible handcrafted tea blends found anywhere, globally sourcing the finest ingredients available. Paralleling the highest standards of quality at Mighty Leaf Tea is ongoing creative innovation.

Our specially created handcrafted Tea Pouches are designed to unleash the essence of the quality that is Mighty Leaf Tea. Supporting our quality and innovation is our promise to deliver the highest level of customer service excellence in serving you the finest tea products available.

Here is a little Q&A

What is your tea pouch made of?
Our tea pouches are made from polylactic acid (PLA), which is derived entirely from renewable resources, such as corn.

Are the tea pouches compostable?
Mighty Leaf Tea Pouches are crafted from polylatic acid (PLA), which is dervied entirely from renewable resource, such as corn. Our pouches compost in a commercial composting facility. Please check to make sure facilities are available in your area. The string and tag are also compostable and do not need to be removed before discarding.

Where are your teas from?

Our tea are sourced from primarily from China, Japan, India, Sri Lanka, Africa, and Taiwan.

Are all your teas organic?
No, only the teas that actually have the name Organic are organic.

Are your teas Kosher Certified?
Many of our teas are Kosher Certified. Please contact us for more information.

Are your teas gluten-free?
None of our blends contain wheat, rye, barley, or oats, so the tea itself is gluten-free. However, our teas may be processed in a facility that also processes gluten products, opening up the risk for cross contamination.

Do your teas contain any dairy?
The only teas that contain dairy are our Truffle Teas, some of which contain chocolate. Otherwise, our teas are dairy-free.

What is the shelf life of your teas?
Approximately 1 ½ to 2 years.

How much tea is in one tea pouch?
Each pouch contains 2.5 grams (0.08oz)

How much water should I use for one tea pouch?
We recommend you use a 12 oz cup of water per pouch.

What is the difference between cello wrap & foil wrap?
Most of the pouches in our 15 count retail boxes are packaged in clear cello over wraps, made from biodegradable and compostable wood pulp, which allows you to see the tea pouches inside. The information about the teas is on the box. The tea pouches in our 100 count boxes are wrapped in foil and are shipped in a plain brown box. The foil packaging is photography based and also contains some information about that blend and our company on this wrap.

How should I store my tea?
Keep in a dry and cool place. Keep away from the stove and do not store in the refrigerator or freezer. Also, keep away from other strong smell items. Oxygen, moisture, and foreign aromas are all enemies to the delicate subtleness of tea. It is important to store tea in an airtight container to protect them from exposure to light, humidity, and high temperatures.

How many cups of tea does a 4oz bag of loose yield?
Black tea yields approximately 35 – 40 cups (NOTE: 1 tsp per 12 oz cup)
Oolong tea yields approximately 25 – 30 cups (NOTE: 1 tbsp per 12 oz cup)
Herbal tea yields approximately 25 – 30 cups (NOTE: 1 tbsp per 12 oz cup)
Green tea yields approximately 25 – 30 cups (NOTE: 1 tbsp per 12 oz cup)

What is the difference between MLT and ML (Example: Green Tea Tropical & Green Tea Passion – are they the same?)
They have similar flavor profiles. As we expanded in the wholesale market, we developed ML Tea, a line of fine dining teas, to cater to high-end restaurants and hotels.
The most popular taste profiles are available in both the ML and Mighty Leaf Tea lines. However, there are some blends exclusive to each line.
Although we developed ML for high-end, 5 Star restaurants and hotels, we wanted to make it available to consumers to purchase as well as the retail line.

What decaffeination process does Mighty Leaf use to decaffeinate its decaf teas?
We use a CO2 based process to decaffeinate our Earl Grey Decaf (sold both in tea pouches and loose leaf) and our Acai Pomegranate Black Decaf and Mango Green Decaf (sold only in loose leaf). Two of the major advantages of the CO2 process are that it does not leave a chemical residue and has minimal effect on the flavor and beneficial compounds inherent in the tea.

Is it safe to brew tea in the sun or to make what is often referred to as 'sun tea'?
Mighty Leaf does not recommend nor endorse the practice of making 'sun tea'. Steeping tea bags in a container of water in the sun can cause a higher risk than brewing tea at higher temperatures as it creates an environment where bacteria are more likely to survive and multiply. Tea and tea products must be heated at a high enough temperature to help in controlling any natural bacteria activity that can occur in the process of making tea.

You can find out more by going to the Mighty Leaf Tea Site.

I loved the size of the packages and the travel mug that came with my shipment.

Ginger Twist herbal tea is a harmonious mix of lemongrass, tropical fruits, and mint fueled with a touch of ginger and ginseng. A lush and magical infusion, Ginger Twist helps promote calm, focus and good health. Filled with herbal loose tea, these silken tea pouches, our twist on the gourmet tea bag, will infuse the senses.

IngredientsLemongrass, mint, lemon, orange, licorice, apple, papaya, ginger, ginseng, natural flavors.

Herbs and Fruit
Lemongrass slivers, dried mint, fruit pieces

Cool mint and spicy citrus nose

Pale golden-yellow liquor

Smooth, light body with notes of citrus, mint and spicy hints of ginger and ginseng

France, Morocco

A sumptuous caffeine-free drink that pairs well with spicy foods, including seafood and vegetable dishes.

Preparing the perfect cup of tea is a process to be savored. Watch how the traditional elements harmoniously come together to make the perfect cup and enjoy the liberation of pure tea goodness.

This is what we call the Mighty Leaf signature multi-sensory ("sensory melange") tea experience. Come share with us and learn how to get infused.

The quality of tea is affected by the quality of water used to prepare it. Using filtered or bottled water is best. If possible, avoid brewing tea with tap, distilled or mineral water. Never over-boil water, as it results in flat-tasting tea.

1) Heat filtered or bottled water to a rolling boil or to 205 F. 2) While the water is heating pour hot water into your teapot and cups, let sit and then drain completely. A warm teapot will maintain the requisite temperature for superior tasting tea.

Whole Leaf Tea
Slowly open up our specially created, sensually handcrafted tea pouch and enjoy the aroma of fresh herbs and fruit. Use one Mighty Leaf tea pouch per cup.

Infusion Time
Pour water over tea pouch. Time steeping carefully and infuse for 5 - 7 minutes. Watch how the herbs and fruit within the pouch have room to gracefully expand in your cup, creating a rich and flavorful infusion and a superior tasting tea.

Savor the Leaf
Sip your cup and rediscover the pleasure of the way tea was naturally meant to be. This is the magic of Mighty Leaf.

Cassandra's Review- If brewed the right way this tea is incredibly tasty and I enjoyed relaxing and sipping this product. I am an avid tea drinker so this was a complete treat. I love how the bags are so delicate and yet of the highest quality allowing the flavor to mingle with my water and create a yummy delight for my taste buds. I would love to try all of the flavors that this company creates. You can tell just by smelling the bag that the ingredients are pure and enticing. 

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

Belitae Organics FRESH-C Vitamin C Serum

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Belitae's FRESH-C Vitamin C Serum is formulated with the proven highly active form of Vit C called "STAY C-50". This Vitamin C goes to work deep in the layers of your skin where it is converted to Ascorbic Acid by your cells providing the added benefit of remaining fresh in the bottle until absorbed by your skin

Our Vitamin C is proven to stimulate collagen production restoring your skin to a more youthful appearance. Vitamin C is known for it's ability to protect your skin from daily UV damage and will gradually fade sun spots and brighten skin

Made in the USA in our advanced FDA certified facility
98% natural and 72% organic ingredients - cruelty free, phalate free, paraben free, gluten free

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

OvenArt Bakeware Silicone Muffin Pan Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Get ready for stress-free baking and scrub-free cleaning with this wonderful silicone muffin pan by OvenArt Bakeware.

A Bit About OvenArt Bakeware
OvenArt Bakeware is crafted from the highest quality materials and used by bakers who value time, energy, and the simple joys of baking.

All of our silicone baking products are made of premium silicone and contain zero filler material. By taking no compromises in design and construction, we've created bakeware that is nonstick, easy to clean, and will help you create enough delicious goods for a lifetime.

A Note About Floppiness
Silicone bakeware products vary in their sturdiness from one manufacturer to the next. OvenArt Bakeware products are very flexible, maybe even "floppy", compared to silicone bakeware you'll find in stores because we opt for a silicone that is free of cheaper, plastic filler material -- sturdiness in a silicone pan almost always comes from the addition of plastic fibres!

Manufacturers like to use plastic filler to lower costs and consumers may initially think a sturdy silicone pan is good. However, over time, the plastic fibres can produce odours and will compromise nonstick performance.

This is why we opt for the highest quality silicone that is free of any filler materials and recommend the simple solution of placing the pan on a cookie sheet before filling with batter for easier oven transfer. We only want the best baking experience for our customers. We have a 100% customer satisfaction priority at OvenArt Bakeware and stand behind our products with a full refund policy.

General Tips for Baking With Your Silicone Muffin Pan

- Place the bakeware on a cookie sheet before filling the cups for easy oven transfer. For thick batters like corn bread, you may not need the help of a cookie sheet.
- Lightly grease the cups of the muffin pan using oil, butter, or baking spray.
- Wipe away any excess batter from the top of the muffin pan for easier cleanup
- Place the cookie sheet on the middle oven rack and bake according to the recipe. Check for doneness using a toothpick.
- If needed, feel free to add a couple of minutes to baking times until desired browning is reached
- The silicone cools quickly and will be cool to touch within a couple of minutes of removing from the oven. Pop out your baked goods with your fingers by pushing up from the bottom of the cups. 

Cassandra's Review- As it was my first time trying a product like this I was a little nervous about it catching on fire or melting. I also thought it would be impossible to get the muffin out when finished and also that the product would seep some kind of chemical into my food.  I am pleased that I had no fire or accidents and it did not melt. Of course I did not stick it on direct flame or heat it in the broiler. That is not what this product is for.  The muffins do not stick and I did not taste anything funny or silicone in my food. You do use a baking pan underneath this and cooking times will vary. It is so floppy which makes it easier to bend out the muffin and you must not use anything sharp or dig at the product. 

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

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Becoming Monsters, YA Fantasy Novel Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Experience the heart pounding sequel to "Finding Monsters"

It's been a year and a half and Missy, now close to seventeen years old finds herself returning to the human realm she left behind in hot pursuit of Anukhan, the thief that stole her blue light and almost left her dead. Sensing it when he uses her abilities, she along with Charlie, and Saal race to find this ruthless killer of men and monsters. But they realize almost too late that there is a physical connection between Missy and Anukhan and now stopping him with deadly force will prove fatal for Missy as well.

Undeterred, Missy prepares herself for a difficult fight, one that could cost more lives than she's willing to sacrifice. Unlike her quests in the monster realm, another silent killer returns. One she's fought against her entire life and this time, it could win.

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"My imagination created a new realm... and it's my happy place."

Liss Thomas currently travels with her husband across the country. She is currently working on several books in the Guardians of Esurack series which started as a group of short stories before blossoming into a young adult fantasy series.
Cassandra's  Review- I would have loved to have read book one as I always find myself starting at another book of a series. As a standalone this book is really good. I love mystery and myth so this book gave me both and I really enjoyed it. The characters are believable as well.

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

The Secret of Jewish Coaching (Motivational, Inspirational & Personal Growth) (Based on Kabbalah and Jewish Wisdom) Review and GIVEAWAY

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

The book "The Secret of Jewish Coaching" is an original model of Jewish coaching, which is based on Kabbalah and ancient Jewish wisdom. Yet, this method is not just for observant Jews.

This book walks you through the entire process of life coaching, uncovering the fears and joys, the plunges to terrible depths and the climbs to unforeseen heights. It goes through the stitches of various aspects of life, including revealing family life, professional life, persona as a parent and a child, childhood and dreams. All this is revealed under the bright light of the search for truth and meaning.

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Benny Gal was born in 1944, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and arrived in Israel when he was three years old, together with his father and brother. Benny grew up on Kibbutz Beit Oren, on Mt. Carmel. He served in the Israel Defense Forces as a combat soldier and as a paratrooper instructor. After completing his military service, Benny worked in various temporary jobs, while simultaneously studying marketing and business management. He established an advertising agency, which today is considered one of the leading firms in the religious market. In 1974, Benny traveled to Germany to study cinema. Before leaving for Germany, Benny had a chance meeting with Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook, a meeting which changed the course of Benny's life. After spending three months in Germany, Benny returned to Israel. His unending search for meaning in his life led him once again to Rabbi Kook's home. Benny continued to advance in the world of advertising, married Sarah'leh, and managed advertising campaigns like, "Let My people go," on behalf of Soviet Jewry.

In 1992, Benny discovered life coaching. Over the years, Benny developed the original model of Jewish life-coaching. This model is based on Jewish sources, including Kabbalah and Chassidic philosophy. Benny established the School for Training BSD Coaches, of which Benny is the professional director.

Thousands have already studied the method of Jewish coaching and acquired the tools to help them realize their goals in every area of their lives. The Jewish coaching model is recognized by the Israel Coaching Association and by the IKA. Tens of organizations have had their members undergo Jewish coaching training sessions. Those who have attended our seminars include senior military officers, members of Knesset, and government ministers.

Today, Benny Gal heads a staff of coaches who are leading the way towards internal and social change, by imparting Jewish coaching in the midst of corporations, companies, decision makers, and private clients.

Benny lives in Jerusalem, is the married father of six children and grandfather of 19 grandchildren .

Cassandra's Review- I was not familiar with the topic this book entails. I enjoyed every minute of learning and the great facts and details included. This is a must read because the author is easy to understand and makes life just that much more interesting. 

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

Cover Reveal for Moments of Julian by Keary Taylor, designed by Indie Cover Designs

Moments of Julian by Keary Taylor
Publication date: May 6th 2014
Genres: Adult, Romance

It was just a work party, filled with kissing the well-dressed rear ends of clients and fake smiles. Until my boss accused me of something I didn’t do. Until I got pissed and then there was this guy who was hot and flirting with me, and then there were his hands and the backseat of my car and a night of everything but you know what.

I never expected to see him again. But suddenly Julian Dohring is everywhere. And I can’t get over the endless tattoos that cover his arms, how he’s apparently a recovering video game addict, and dresses like he’s ready to walk down the red carpet at any moment.

Ten years ago I made a pledge to stay away from alcohol and sex, and to never get too personal with anyone. It’s gotten me this far. I’m twenty-seven, I have a career I’ve worked my heart and soul into, and more money than I could ever blow on shoes and the finer things in life. My attitude and pride have always been enough to keep any man from getting too interested. Until Julian…who claims I can’t dance, and has the nerve to call me a “peach.”

I’m Sage McCain, and needless to say, Julian has my attention.


Keary Taylor grew up along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she started creating imaginary worlds and daring characters who always fell in love. She now resides on a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their two young children. She continues to have an overactive imagination that frequently keeps her up at night. She is the author of THE EDEN TRILOGY, the FALL OF ANGELS trilogy, and WHAT I DIDN'T SAY. To learn more about Keary and her writing process, please visit

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Gift of the Phoenix Blog Tour Giveaway $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

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Gift of the PhoenixGift of the Phoenix When three strangers are brought together by the discovery of a common enemy, they must fight to keep the magic of the Phoenix out of dangerous hands before their world is destroyed forever. The Three must learn to unite in spite of what separates them, and unlock the magic of three stones that seem to harm as much as they help. But uniting will not be easy for Nicolai, the simple peasant with a powerful secret; Marcellus, the warrior prince who’s no longer heir to the throne; and Corren, a gifted wizard whose ambitions threaten to ruin them all. Full of magic, mystery, and a touch of romance, Gift of the Phoenix is an epic fantasy that takes the reader deep into the heart of a wondrous world and the three men destined to defend it.
  Praise for Gift of the Phoenix “An incredibly impressive book that grips you from the very start. There is plenty of action in the story, some wonderful characters and magical, atmospheric settings. Donna has created a fascinating realm in this story which, even if you don’t consider yourself a fantasy fan, you’ll definitely enjoy.” – Excerpt of Stephanie Dagg’s review at Books Are Cool. “As an avid reader of fantasy, I often encounter boring or overused plotlines—this was neither! With a fresh new take on fantasy adventure, Cook constructs an enchanting world of magic, kingdoms, rebirth, and death.” – Excerpt a review by Artemis at Fantasy Book Lovers Unite “Gift of the Phoenix reminds me of a mix of Paolin’s Eragon and Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, but stands on its own as a unique fantasy-adventure. Cook creates a magic system that is intricate and unique, which can be hard to do in a genre littered with magic. The story is very complex, and yet very easy to follow… layers upon layers of intertwined plots that all culminate to a fantastic ending. I would recommend this book to anyone of any age.” – Excerpt of a review by Will Wortner at Zero2Fiction Awards Gift of the Phoenix has won several awards, including Semifinalist in the Kindle Book Review Book of the Year Awards, and Notable Read in the Shelf Unbound/Half Price Books Indie Book of the Year competition
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DonnaAuthor Donna Cook Donna Cook is an Arizona native transplanted to Boise, Idaho, where she is delighting in the change of scenery. When she’s not writing she spends her time chasing the kids, exploring delicious eateries downtown, and dancing with her talented husband. Her fantasy adventure, Gift of the Phoenix has won several awards, including Semifinalist in the Kindle Book Review Book of the Year Awards, and Notable Read in the Shelf Unbound/Half Price Books Indie Book of the Year competition. It was also nominated for the Whitney Award, which recognizes LDS writers. She’s currently working on the sequel to Gift of the Phoenix.
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Cover Reveal for Carrier by Anne Tibbets

Carrier by Anne Tibbets
Publication date: June 16th 2014
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult
Twenty-two -year-old Naya has spent nearly half her life as a sex slave in a government institution called The Line. When she’s kicked out after getting pregnant with twins, she’s got no way to earn a living and a horrifying choice to make: find someone to replace her, or have her babies taken in her stead.

A doctor with a history of aiding ex-Line girls, Ric Bennett, wants to help. He runs a team of rebels that can delete Naya’s records and free her forever. But when The Line sniffs out his plan, things get bloody, fast. Naya means more to them than just a chance at fresh faces—her twins are part of the government’s larger plan.

As they hide from government search parties, Ric comes to admire Naya’s quiet strength. And Naya realizes Ric might be a man she can trust. If they make it off the grid, they could build a new life. But first they’ll have to survive the long, vicious reach of The Line.

Anne Tibbets is an SCBWI award-winning and Best Selling author. After writing for Children’s television, Anne found her way to young/new adult fiction by following what she loves: books, strong female characters, twisted family dynamics, magic, sword fights, quick moving plots, and ferocious and cuddly animals.

Along with CARRIER, Anne is also the author of the young adult fantasy novella, THE BEAST CALL and the young adult contemporary, SHUT UP.

Anne divides her time between writing, her family, and three furry creatures that she secretly believes are plotting her assassination.

Find her on Facebook at or on Twitter @WriteforCoffee. To contact Anne, visit and click the ‘CONTACT’ tab.

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Hawthorne by Sarah Ballance After a terrifying encounter with the unexplained, it takes ten years and the news of her grandmother’s passing for Emma Grace Hawthorne to return to her childhood home. She seeks peace in saying a proper goodbye, but what she finds is an old love, a sordid family history, and a wrong only she can right. Living in the shadow of Hawthorne Manor, Noah Garrett has never forgotten about Emma Grace. In a house full of secrets, his search for missing documents reveals a truth that can cost him everything. What he finds gave Emma the freedom to walk away from the mansion, her heart free and clear, but at what price to Noah?   Praise for Hawthorne "This is a marvelous ghost story. The mystery, the suspense, the eeriness - all collaborate to weave a spell-binding tale . . . The story seamlessly flows to a shocking ending that is utterly brilliant." -- Coffee Time Romance "When I finished it, honestly, all I could do was sit there - a little awestruck." -- Kick Back & Review
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Excerpt from Hawthorne
Noah closed in on the convertible, giving the nearby grounds a cursory look. The lawn was meticulous, the beds overflowing with sprays of purple garden phlox which trailed around the bend in the road and disappeared. A riot of white and rust-red irises backed the smaller purple flowers, their leaves deep green and glossy. Overhead, Spanish moss swayed only occasionally atop a maze of live oak, more likely a result of a passing swarm of insects than an actual air current. The land was still. If there were tourists snapping photos of the historic plantation — or doing anything else — he didn't see them. But someone had been there. The car was certainly real, even if that too-familiar scream had been a figment of his imagination. Wasn’t it always? Resigned to another night alone with his memories, Noah pivoted. And found himself nose to nose with Emma Grace. Astounded, he opened his mouth, then closed it. He wanted to reach for her, but his arms refused the notion; they hung uselessly by his sides, the effort futile. His mouth wasn't much on cooperation, either. Finally, he found his tongue. "Em—" Her expression cut him off. Green eyes wide, skin pale, her small frame shaking, she spoke. "I saw her, Noah. She's back." The words, nearly soundless, seemed to catch in the thick air. Lingering. Threatening. And ripping the heart from his chest.
sarahAuthor Sarah Ballance Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids). When not buried under piles of laundry, she may be found adrift in the Atlantic (preferably on a boat) or seeking that ever-elusive perfect writing spot where not even the kids can find her. She loves creating unforgettable stories while putting her characters through an unkind amount of torture—a hobby that has nothing to do with living with six children. (Really.) Though she adores nail-biting mystery and edge-of-your-seat thrillers, Sarah writes in many genres including contemporary and ghostly paranormal romance.
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The Viatek Color Changing Sprinkler uses 30% less water than other sprinklers. Water running through the sprinkler creates hydraulic power, activating the lights that shine through the misty spray, creating a brilliant, colorful nighttime fountain that sprays 6.5 feet in the air. Also gentle on plants.
Color Changing Sprinkler Features:
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• Fits any standard garden hose

• Mist drizzles softly and gently, won't damage delicate plants

• Hydraulic power turns on the light that changes through a spectrum of colors

Growing beautiful plants is easier than ever before with the Ultimate Hanging Flower Basket! Get "360 degrees of gorgeous" with this design that allows you to plant out the sides of the basket. Remove the lattice work gates to plant your established (up to 4" tall) flowers, herbs, greenery, and more, then simply snap them back to secure the plant in place . No more waiting for your hanging baskets to get that full, lush look! Save time and money by creating your own custom arrangements at home in baskets that can be planted season after season for years to come. Comes complete with hook and chain for easy hanging and a 1" built-in water reservoir for optimal water retention.

 • 10" Flower basket 
 • 12 Side openings

 • Holds up to 17 plants

 • Includes hook and chain

 • 1" Water reservoir

As Seen on TV~Solar Butterfly

The FlutterBy requires sunlight to work, therefore it must be positioned in a location where the solar panel receives sunlight. The solar panel will convert this sunlight into electricity which powers the motor and makes the butterfly “flutter” around the pole. The FlutterBy can also be used indoors provided it receives good sunlight. To get the most from your FlutterBy, you may want to position the unit in a place that gives the butterfly on top a 360 degree range of motion.

Goes all day long under the sun!

  · Solar Powered, no batteries needed
  · Realistic fluttering butterfly effect
  · Works anywhere there is direct sunlight
  · Quick and easy, install in seconds
  · Adds a fun visual to any garden or yard

These Butterflies will be the talk of your neighborhood!

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