Thursday, April 30, 2015

Colorful Composting w/ CompoKeeper 2 Winner Giveaway

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Nobody's Goddess by Amy McNulty blog tour and Giveaway

 Title: Nobody's Goddess (The Never Veil #1)
Publication date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author:  Amy McNulty

In a village of masked men, magic compels each man to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. And a man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.

Seventeen-year-old Noll isn't in the mood to celebrate. Her childhood friends have paired off and her closest companion, Jurij, found his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever chosen her.

Thus begins a dangerous game between the choice of woman versus the magic of man. And the stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither is willing to lose.
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Amy McNulty is a freelance writer and editor from Wisconsin with an honors degree in English. She was first published in a national scholarly journal (The Concord Review) while in high school and currently spends her days alternatively writing on business and marketing topics and primarily crafting stories with dastardly villains and antiheroes set in fantastical medieval settings.

Connect with the Author: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

 Winner will be drawn May 22, 2015
·         Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Nobody's Goddess (The Never Veil #1) by Amy McNulty (INT)

M9B Two for Thursday Book Blitz - Dead Jed: Adventures of A Middle School Zombie and Dead Jed 2: Dawn of the Jed by Scott Craven with Giveaway #T4T

Hello and welcome to this week’s Two for Thursday Book Blitz #T4T
presented by Month9books/Tantrum Books!
Today, we will be showcasing two titles that may tickle your fancy,
and we’ll share what readers have to say about these titles!
You just might find your next read!
This week, #T4T presents to you the Dead Jed series by Scott Craven:
Dead Jed: Adventures of A Middle School Zombie
Dead Jed 2: Dawn of the Jed!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

Dead Jed is Shaun of the Dead meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Jed’s not your typical junior high geek. He is, to use the politically-correct term, cardiovascularly-challenged. And while his parents have attempted to shield him from the implications of being ‘different’ for as long as they could (Jed was 8 and at a friend’s sister’s birthday party when he blew his lips off onto the cake in front of everyone, finally prompting the “Big Talk” from his parents and an emergency SuperGlue repair by his dad), 7th grade at Pine Hollow Middle School as a target of Robbie the supreme school bully and his pack of moronic toadies is rapidly becoming unbearable.
From being stuffed in a filled trash can as “dead meat” and into a trophy case as the bully’s “prize,” to literally having his hand pulled off in the boys’ room (Jed’s always losing body parts. Luckily, a good stapler and some duct tape and he’s back in the action) and a cigarette put in it and try to frame him for the recent reports of smoking in the school, Jed’s had enough and is ready to plan his revenge. Besides, it’s awesome what you can do when you’re already dead!
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DEAD JED is amazing. It takes true talent to write a book that’s witty and has such clever humor. That’s exactly what DEAD JED has.” – Courtney, Author

 ” I’m entirely convinced this series is going to be as big and popular as the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, if not more. It might be aimed at middle grade readers, but I will highly and happily recommend it to readers aged 9 to 99!” –Angie, Books4Tomorrow

“Middle Grade humor at its finest.” – S.A. Larsen, Author

The first part of seventh grade was rough on Jed, but things are looking up now that Christmas is almost here. As with past Christmases, Jed asks for the one thing he’s always wanted–a dog–and again, his parents tell him they’re not ready. But fate has a different plan when Jed sees a dog get run over by a car. Then, it happens. Jed suddenly has a pet, Tread, a zombie dog bearing his namesake–a tire tread down his back. Jed may have gained a dog, but he loses his best friend Luke, who fears the way Jed created his undead pet.
When Jed returns to school, he finds a mysterious group called the No Zombies Now Network spreading rumors of the dangers the undead pose to normal people. Forced to disprove Hollywood stereotypes, Jed has his work cut out for him as stories of a zombie dog begin to circulate. Jed could be expelled if he can’t expose the NZN Network as a fraud. Jed needs help from his kind of girlfriend Anna, especially after he discovers Luke has joined the shadowy group.
Once again navigating the treacherous waters of middle school, Jed does his best to stay in one piece. Only this time he’ll need even more duct tape and staples than usual.
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“Like its predecessor Dead Jed, Dead Jed 2: Dawn of the Jed is an incredibly cute and fun read!” – Angie, Books4Tomorrow

“This is a fun story, which was written very well for the age group. I can imagine the series being a huge hit, especially with zombies being so popular at the moment.” – Bri, Natural Bri – Pursuits of Life

“…just read it, you will love it and it sooooo funny” – Michelle, Because Reading


Scott Craven
Proud graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, have one son who will turn 18 in March 2013, now a features writer for The Arizona Republic.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter 

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Giveaway Information: – Winner will be drawn May 7, 2015

  • Two (2) winners will receive a digital copy of Dead Jed 1 and Dead Jed 2 by Scott Craven (INT)



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Love Inspired Box Set Giveaway

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Are you looking for some inspirational romance to take you away from the everyday? Read the Joy Makin' Mamas Review and then enter to win a set of your own!

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Hugaboo Baby Seat Review

 Hugaboo infant support seat - Pink Snow Leopard

 Hugaboo infant support seat - Pink Snow Leopard Hugaboo infant support seat - Pink Snow Leopard

As on Site:
Disclaimer: Floor Use Only, Adult Supervision Required, Do not allow infant to sleep in product, Infant must be able to support their own head before using, Do not leave infant in seat for extended periods of time.

 The Hugaboo is Mom invented!

Part of the Linea Di Moda line which includes premium plush fabric.

Mom invented, the Hugaboo gives your baby the freedom to comfortably observe their surroundings, and spend quality time with the family

The Hugaboo Baby Floor Seat can be used for babies as soon as they can support their own head. Who are between the ages of 3 to 10 months. It's made from 100% polyester fabric with polyester fiberfill, and a spot washable cover for easy clean up

 Additional use and care instructions:

If required unsnap bottom cover to help you more easily remove your infant. The Hugaboo infant seat can be placed by itself in a front loading washer machine. Machine wash cold water, delicate cycle. Thoroughly dry Hugaboo infant seat at normal setting in dryer.

Hugaboo infant support seat - Pink Snow LeopardNote: They do not make any medical claims about this product. Please read product use instructions and warning labels. This product is for floor use only with adult supervision. Do not allow infant to sleep in product.

**Due to demand, shipping is taking approx 7 - 10 business days in the United States.  For orders outside the USA, Hugaboo is not responsible for shipments held by your country's Customs office.  When this happens, you are expected to assume responsibility to follow-up and adhere to duty according to its laws.**
Refunds only if deemed to be defective.  Sorry, Hugaboo will not pay for return shipping.

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  My baby not only looks cute but loves this seat.  It is a cozy warm hug that is so soft yet firm enough to cradle.  The pink snow leopard is just adorable.  I had no problem washing and drying this and it did not shrink, fall apart or become rough.  

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Jana Kelley's Side by Side Blog Tour

Side by Side (New Hope Publishers, April 2015)

In the dusty, Islamic country of Sudan, Mia’s life collides with that of another young woman.

A young Christian American mother, Mia finds more than one dark secret on the streets of Khartoum. She finds Halimah, a young, upper-class Arab student with a bright future in her family’s business whose risky and secretive decision has put her life in danger. What happens when the path of a young mother intersects with that of a spunky Sudanese student? God transforms them both . . . forever.

Part of New Hope® Publishers’ contemporary missional fiction line, Side by Side opens the reader’s eyes to the life of Muslims in Sudan as well as some of the struggles that Christians face when living under Islamic law. The reader will be inspired to pray for those who are persecuted for their faith as well as pray for the salvation of those who persecute.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Jana’s website.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Cassandra's review- The book impacted my emotions on so many levels because the stories are true to life and the meaning is so powerful.  The characters are painted in my mind and it was very easy to connect with the different women who were not all that different. 

Jana Kelley is a Texan who hardly ever lives in Texas. Raised in Southeast Asia, Jana developed a love for cross-cultural living early in life. Her love for writing came soon after. Jana returned to Texas to attend college. She and her husband married a month after she graduated and by their second anniversary, they were living in a remote African town. Together with her husband and three boys, Jana enjoys travel and overseas living. After thirteen years in Africa and the Middle East, Jana and her family moved to Southeast Asia where they currently live.

Find out more about Jana at

A Heart’s Obsession By Colleen Coble, Blog Tour, and Author Chat Party with Colleen Coble, Kindle Giveaway

A Heart’s Obsession (Thomas Nelson, April 2015)

Will Sarah’s journey west lead her back into the arms of the one man she can trust?

When her father succumbs to a long illness, Sarah Montgomery is freed from duty to family. At last she can be with the love of her life, Rand Campbell, who has gone out west to Fort Laramie, Wyoming. Sarah and her younger brother Joel make the arduous journey filled with hope.

But at Fort Laramie, the reception Sarah meets isn’t what she had hoped for. Her friend Amelia is thrilled to have her, but Rand seems to be in the clutches of Jessica DuBois, the scheming daughter of the post commander.

Sarah resolves to remain at Fort Laramie and try to win Rand back. But things will get tougher before they get easier . . . especially when her ex-fiancé Ben Croftner arrives in Wyoming, obsessed with having her back in his arms.

Learn more and purchase a copy at the Thomas Nelson website.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Cassandra's Review-  The book can be read as a stand alone, but if you want the full impact of the story you will have to read the series in order.  The characters are created to bring you closer and feel the heart tears and strengths.  I would recommend this book more so for older adults as they would connect more. 

USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including “Tidewater Inn,” “Rosemary Cottage,” and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series.

Find out more about Colleen at

Can a woman held captive by her family make it back to the one man she knows she can trust? Find out in book two, A Heart's Obsession, of Colleen Coble's Journey of the Heart series. When Sarah Montgomery’s father succumbs to his long illness, Sarah is faced with a life-altering choice: submit to her brother’s will and marry the deceptive Ben Croftner . . . or escape through the dangerous American West to reclaim the heart of her beloved Rand Campbell at Fort Laramie, Wyoming.

Celebrate book two in Colleen's A Journey of the Heart series by entering to win a Kindle Fire and RSVPing to her May 5th author chat party!


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • A copy of A Heart's Disguise
  • A copy of A Heart's Obsession
  • A copy of The Inn at Ocean's Edge (blog tour coming in mid-April)
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 7th. Winner will be announced May 8th on Colleen's website. Plus be sure to clear your calendar on the evening of May 5th because Colleen is hosting an author chat party on Facebook to celebrate her A Journey of the Heart series and the release of The Inn at Ocean's Edge! RSVP here!


RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on May 5th!

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Tamera Alexander’s To Win Her Favor Blog Tour and Kindle Giveaway

To Win Her Favor
To Win Her Favor (Zondervan, May 2015)

A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who could help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing forever.

An Irishman far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous life in England because of a horse racing scandal that nearly ruined him. He’s come to Nashville for a fresh start, hoping to buy land and begin farming, all while determined to stay as far away from thoroughbred racing as possible. But starting over proves harder than he’d wagered, especially when Maggie Linden’s father makes him an offer he shouldn’t accept yet cannot possibly refuse.

Maggie is certain that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the inaugural Peyton Stakes, the richest race ever run in America. Maggie only needs the chance to prove it. To give her that chance—and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder—Maggie’s father, aging, yet wily as ever, makes a barter. His agreement includes one tiny, troublesome detail—Maggie must marry a man she’s never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Tamera’s site.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Cassandra's Review- Two uniquely written characters make this book a love story to remember.  Add a horse and lots of drama and this is a must read that is sure to excite the heart. 

Tamera Alexander is a best-selling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose resonate with readers. Having lived in Colorado for seventeen years, she and her husband now make their home in Nashville Tennessee, along with their two adult children who live near by. And don’t forget Jack, their precious–and precocious–silky terrier.
Can Maggie prove that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the inaugural Peyton Stakes, the richest race ever run in America? Find out in Tamera Alexander's To Win Her Favor. To give her that chance—and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder—Maggie must marry a man she's never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.

Celebrate the release of To Win Her Favor with a Kindle Fire and book giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HD 6
  • A copy of To Win Her Favor
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 10th. Winner will be announced May 11th on Tamera's blog. Plus stay tuned for more opportunities to win after May 11 with a special Pinterest contest—more details coming soon!

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Naturepedic Pillow Giveaway

*DISCLOSURE: I received a product for this review. My views are simply that of my own.*I received the Organic Cotton/PLA Toddler Pillow from Naturepedic to try. This pillow is made with a 300 thread count Organic cotton. The filling is made of 100% potato starch plant-based PLA batting. And is soooo ever comfortable (makes me want one myself) This pillow can be used for children at least 1 year of age (my grandson is almost 2 years old).   naturepedic As you can tell Dante sleeps comfortably on his new pillow. And we all know babies can be messy ESPECIALLY boys so whats great about this little pillow is that is machine washable! So whenever Dante has made his pillow look like a mess grandma can just pop it into the washing machine and once washed we are back into baby sleeping action. naturepedic toddler pillow I have had this pillow for a while now and it is still going strong! Still cushy and comfortable (just is now in a big boy Race car bed and not a crib) it has not gotten flat like so many pillows do! I am seriously thinking about getting a couple for my bed! Do you want to try one for your self...well your babies self..but you get my point :) well then here you go. I get to give one away to one lucky reader!!! So just enter below and GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE! Ends May 31st!  

The Joy Of Mom Celebrating a Mother’s Love by: Vicki Reece Review and Giveaway

The Joy of Mom is a celebration of motherhood. 

In this poignant, touching book, author Vicki Reece shares heartwarming, original photos and her favorite words of inspiration about the joy, honor, and privilege of being a mom.

Vicki has been collecting, curating, and crafting quotes for as long as she can remember and also helps moms share their experiences through Joy of Mom, a website community dedicated to connecting and empowering women.

This book is the culmination of Vicki’s lifelong dream and journey. As she says, “All their firsts not only take our breath away, they leave our hearts right there with them.”
Whether given on Mother’s Day, a birthday, or any day, The Joy of Mom is a gift that the most important woman in your life will treasure forever.

Vicki Reece is the founder of, a website designed to connect women all over the world with inspirational, genuine stories and advice. Vicki has been featured on The View, CNN, Fox & Friends, spotlighted in network interviews on ABC, NBC, CBS, WGN, CLTV, and showcased in articles in more than a hundred newspapers and seventy-five magazines including Vanity Fair and The Wall Street Journal.
The mom of three children and three furry babies, Vicki is a former ad executive who left it all behind to make positive multimedia products for children and families. When her children were small, Vicki became upset by the violent and negative toys and messages marketed to children.
Not one to sit on the sidelines, she began producing children’s music, videos, and games that were positive and sent love-filled messages. Her first children’s computer software game, Jack’s House, was warmly received and was followed by Jack’s Attic.
Today, Vicki’s inspirational words reach and touch millions of moms and women around the world daily on Joy of Mom—the culmination of Vicki’s lifelong dream and journey.
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I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Cassandra's Review- A great book for inspiring and feel good quotes, photos and strengths.  The book will make an excellent gift as it is filled with truths that will bless and fill your heart.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Ally-saurus & the First Day of School by Richard Torrey Review

Ally-saurus & the First Day of School
ISBN-13: 9781454911791
Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
Publication date: 5/5/2015
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 686,502
Age range: 3 - 6 Years

You can call her Ally-SAURUS! When Ally roars off to her first day at school, she hopes she'll meet lots of other dinosaur-mad kids in class. Instead, she's the only one chomping her food with fierce dino teeth and drawing dinosaurs on her nameplate. Even worse, a group of would-be "princesses" snubs her! Will Ally ever make new friends? With its humorous art, appealing heroine, and surprise ending, this fun picture book celebrates children's boundless imagination.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Cassandra's Review- A great childrens book.  The illustrations are fun to look at and the story is great for young minds. The author does a beautiful job of painting the story in my mind, the characters are fun to spend time with and my children can let their imaginations grow. 

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Richard Torrey is an author, artist, and editorial cartoonist. as well as the creator of a top-selling line of greeting cards for Recycled Paper Greetings Inc.
He has written and illustrated 14 books, including his latest, ALLY-SAURUS AND THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL (Sterling), as well as the three book series: ALMOST, WHY?, and BECAUSE, for HarperCollins Publishers. He has also illustrated dozens of books for Simon & Schuster, Golden Books, McGraw-Hill, and Scholastic.
The son of Hockey Hall-of-Famer, Bill Torrey, Richard lives in Long Island, New York, with his wife and two children.
Learn more about Richard at

How Penguin Says Please! and How Tiger Says Thank You! Little Traveler Series by Abigail Samoun Review

How Penguin Says Please!
Product Details
ISBN-13: 9781454914969
Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
Publication date: 5/5/2015
Series: Little Traveler Series
Pages: 24
Sales rank: 521,432
Age range: 2 - 4 Years
Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

How Penguin Says Please!

Por favor, s'il vous plaît, ching: this adorable board book teaches preschoolers how to say “please” in seven languages! Join Penguin as she enjoys pastries in France, explores the Hermitage in Russia, sees Mount Fuji in Japan and the Pyramids in Egypt, buys fish in China, sips chai in India, visits relatives in Argentina—and remembers her manners everywhere she goes! Each “please” word is translated and has a pronunciation guide, and an illustrated map follows Penguin's travels round the world.

How Tiger Says Thank You!
How Tiger Says Thank You!

Spasibo, arigato, shukran, merci! Tiger's taking a trip—and everywhere she goes, from the market in Moscow to a boat on Egypt's Nile River, she says "thank you" to the friendly people she meets. And, as they follow her round the world, children will learn to how to say thanks in seven different languages, too: French, Russian, Arabic, Hindi, Mandarin, Japanese, and Spanish. Each “please” word is translated and has a pronunciation guide, and an illustrated map follows Tiger's travels.

Meet the Author

Abigail Samoun has edited books that received the CCBC Charlotte Zolotow award, SCBWI Golden Kite award, Pura Belpre Honor, Smithsonian Notable, and NYPL Ezra Jack Keats award. She also edited the middle-grade series Edgar & Ellen, which sold over a half million copies worldwide in 12 languages and inspired a cartoon series on Nickelodeon. In 2011, she co founded Red Fox Literary, a children's book agency representing authors and illustrators, with agent extraordinaire Karen Grencik. Her novelty book What's in Your Purse?, illustrated by Nathalie Dion, was published in spring 2014 by Chronicle. Abigail lives in Sonoma, CA, with her husband and son.

I received complimentary copies of both books.

Cassandra's Review- The books are wonderful. The perfect size for smaller children and a great way to learn different languages.   I love hearing my family try to pronounce and practice right along with me while we read them out loud together.  

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Call of the Wild Werewolf By Jack London and Carl Waters Review

Book Title: The Call of the Wild Werewolf
Author: Jack London and Carl Waters
Pages:  178
Release: May 1, 2015

Deciding to leave his easy life in Santa Clara Valley, Buck Miller, the son of a wealthy judge and raisin farmer, pursues gold riches in the Klondike. Before he reaches his destination, Buck is kidnapped by vampires, turned into a werewolf, and forced to work as the vampire's sled dog. Now, in an unfamiliar place and in an unfamiliar body, Buck must learn to survive more than just the brutal weather. With attacks from vicious animals and abuse from his masters, will Buck be able to regain his humanity or will he spend the rest of his days living as a wolf?

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Cassandra's Review-  A recreation. I am not a huge fan of the book.  It offers too much in the way of a tale and has so much going on that it takes from the book.  It is like taking a lot of different worst case scenarios that could happen to a character in that setting and placing it into chapters for the readers to sort and deal with.   When a vampire and werewolf etc are smashed into one book, for me it was just a bit too much.  Now would I recommend reading this? Yes, because every book deserves the right to be read and some people will fall in love with the roller coaster of emotions and plots. 

Carl Waters
Carl Waters, born and raised in Miami, Florida, grew up reading comic books and dreamed of being a new kind of superhero. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Miami and moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he now lives with his wife and daughter.

Waters never forgot his childhood dreams, which over the years transformed into a desire to create new heroes, particularly African-American male heroes, through writing. His debut offering is Burning Uncle Tom's Cabin, the first book in a four-part series that reimagines Harriet Beecher Stowe's classic novel, featuring strong characters who break out of the old stereotypes.

Carl Water’s Website: