Monday, February 01, 2016

The Whole Coconut Cookbook Review

This beautiful and inspiring recipe collection helps you incorporate nature’s perfect superfood—the coconut—into your everyday cooking. From tangy coconut yogurt for breakfast to creamy coconut curry for dinner, The Whole Coconut Cookbook showcases infinite ways to enjoy this nutrition-packed fruit.  

With all of their creamy goodness and adaptability, coconuts are an indispensable ingredient in many recipes, from smoothies and curries to cakes and salads. Moreover, they are an incredible superfood, providing essential nutrients and healthy fats in recipes that are naturally gluten-free and dairy-free. In The Whole Coconut Cookbook, this amazing fruit is celebrated in all its glory, from the familiar coconut water, coconut oil, and sugar, to creamy coconut milk and coconut aminos. These ingredients shine in delicious recipes like Coconut, Ginger, and Cilantro Mussels; Coconut Sesame Noodles with Baby Bok Choy and Tamarind Dressing; Spicy Coconut Chips; and Coconut Orange Cookies. With a primer on the different parts of the fruit and a guide for using fresh coconuts at home, this beautiful book is perfect for anyone looking to incorporate this nutritional powerhouse into their everyday home cooking.

You can purchase on Amazon.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  A whole lot of coconut is included, so if you're a lover of the coconut, this is going to be perfect.  Great recipes that are easy to understand.  I do not usually have all of the ingredients needed for most of them in the house, but I am sure they can be found in most local grocery stores.  I did not realize just how many way you can use the coconut to cook.

Sweet Honey In The Rock CD #LoveInEvolution Review and Giveaway

Second Line Blues
GRAMMY®-nominated, Sweet Honey in the Rock gears up for their upcoming album #LoveinEvolution (out January 22nd) via SHE-ROCKS 5, Inc./Appleseed Recordings (distributed by E1 Entertainment). A Capella ensemble releases their second single and music video, “Second Line Blues,” available now on iTunes and Amazon.
Their  24th studio album, #LoveinEvolution, highlights Sweet Honey In The Rock’s signature blend of jazz, blues, soul, gospel, and African chants, containing 14 touching songs produced by Nitanju Bolade Casel. The album features an eclectic mix of new original songs and covers of a few popular classics.

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I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  Soul, love, and blessings are just some of the feelings that I get while groovin to this CD.  It is really beautiful and clean enough to listen with the whole family. Upbeat and earth shaking music.

3 winners are going to get their own copy for free just by entering to win. US only.

Hanging Toiletry Bag for Men and Women #toiletrybag

Hanging toiletry bag
Size: 11" x 7.5" x 3"

Provides plenty of space for full-size and travel-size bottles
Unfolds to give you four storage compartments
Convenient detachable zippered pouch is ideal for taking a few essentials with you on the go
Water-resistant interior for easy cleaning

You can purchase on Amazon.

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  Good material, nice size. Easy zippers that do not pop when in use.  The handles are strong and a good length for hanging.

Spy Pen Camera TRUE VIDEO RESOLUTION 720p HD #spypencamera Review

PROFESSIONAL STEALTH HIDDEN CAMERA EXECUTIVE PEN - PLUG & PLAY into any PC/Mac. Simply record your footage, plug the spy pen into your computer with the included USB cable, and review your footage. That's all it takes! User friendly and a complete no brainer to use. Our spy pen camera is made adhering to the highest manufacturing standards. This superior pen offers the highest resolution of Multifunction 1280x720p video frame rate 30 FPS QUALITY That's better than ANY SPY CAMERA ON THE MARKET!

720P TRUE HD Recorder in 1280×720 HD video resolution & 8 mega pixels, Meticulously engineered to perfection for crystal clear video recording. Just one click on and one click off allows you to start/stop recording video right away. Inbuilt rechargeable Polymer Lithium battery (220mAH) offers class leading recording time. Non-Stop VIDEO Recording mode, or use MOTION DETECTION VIDEO RECORDING MODE allows you to record what matters ensuring you don't miss a thing, while maximising battery life

NO SOFTWARE TO LOAD - This is the best plug and play pen on the market! user-friendly that a child could operate it, this Pen Camera is both PC and Mac Compatible 2.0 USB (with included USB cord). Date stamps can be added as reference points on any recordings or images, so organizing your data is breeze. There is no need to install a driver into the PC. Convenient, compact and fun, it does not get much better than the Amazing Pen Camera. (video Surveillance Cameras, Surveillance DVR, )

BONUS 3 INK FILLS & FREE 8GB SD CARD INCLUDED- Easy plug and play operation with its own full size built-in USB connector or you can use the USB cable to charge the pen camera through the computer. This means you do not have to remember to carry around extra parts. Plug it into the USB port of your smart TV for instant picture and video viewing. Do it at your next family gathering and see the amazed look on everyone's face when they see themselves on TV.

You can purchase on Amazon.

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- I thought this was going to be hard to figure out, but it is not.  The pen comes with very detailed instructions.  My family had so much fun trying this out.   The results are clear and easy to view.  Also having  the pen (ink) actually work is a great feature.

RFID-Blocking Passport Wallet & Neck Pouch #LemurGear

Thin enough to wear inside your shirt, yet roomy enough to hold your phone, credit cards, money & passport. This unique RFID-blocking lanyard wallet uses technology that makes it ultra-secure.

If you've ever juggled a passport, ID, boarding pass and your luggage while traveling (and haven't we all?!), then you know the frustration that frequently happens when you're on the move. Staying organized can help, and that means having all your documentation at the ready.

The Lemur Gear roomy passport wallet keeps everything you need right at your fingertips, with 3 zippered pockets to safely hold your travel documents, cell phone and other necessities. Even more important, though, is the advanced RFID-blocking technology that can help prevent the theft of your credit card numbers - and the ruining of a great vacation.

Simply organize your valuables for easy retrieval, then tuck the wallet inside your shirt, where it will be virtually undetectable. It's so lightweight and comfortable, you'll hardly know it's there, and you'll be confident in the knowledge that your personal data is secure.

• Adjustable lanyard for a customizable fit.
• RFID-blocking material prevents data theft.
• Lightweight, water-resistant nylon protects against spills.
• Holds multiple passports, money, phone, credit card & more.
• Wear around your neck or cross-body style.
• Clear front window lets you view ID, passport & more without removal.

Want to eliminate some frustration and worry when you travel? Buy an RFID-blocking lanyard passport wallet today and pick up a few extra for all the travelers on your gift list.

You can purchase on Amazon.

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- Compact and well made.  You can easily fit a small phone, some money and a few coupons inside, maybe even a comb and of course your passport.

YourCover is a unique personalized gift for Valentine's Day Review

-YourCover is a unique personalized gift for Valentine's Day. 

-Use your own photo to create completely customized magazine covers that show the ones you love just how special they are to you. 

3 easy steps: 

1) Use the online tool to choose a template - Valentine's Day, Love, Blank (to make up your own title) or one of over 80 other choices. 

2) Upload your photo (you can add an optional 2nd photo if you choose)

3) Personalize the default headlines to be all about the special person/couple starring on the cover.
-YourCover can be delivered instantly as a photo file download to print yourself at home (perfect for last minute shoppers) or they can print and frame your magazine cover for you (prints are $19.95 and frames range from $10 - $40). 

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I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- The site is easy to navigate.  I did not need any added instructions in order to create the cover.  There are a lot of excellent selections.  I was very impressed with the results.  This is a great gift for any occasion.   

Sewing Dress-Up 35 cute and easy costumes for kids by Emma Hardy Review

35 simple costumes to make for parties and dress-up games, with pull-out full-size pattern sheets

Children love to dress up, whether it's for parties or just for everyday fun. If you want to add to your dressing-up box without spending a fortune, Emma Hardy has designed 35 magical costumes that will satisfy every child.

Whether you have a little princess or a superhero in your family, or your children favor the traditional roles of cowboy, pirate or nurse, there are ideas here that are easy to make and much more effective than shop-bought outfits. All the favorites are included, such as animals—a lion, a ladybug, a dinosaur—and fairy-tale characters from Red Riding Hood to the Gingerbread Man.

Two pull-out sheets are included with all the full-size patterns you will need, and there's a techniques section so you can brush up on your sewing skills. Your children will love these costume makes, and when the party's over, you can add them to your dress-up cupboard at home for many more hours of fun.

About the Author

Emma Hardy is a keen gardener and an equally keen crafter. Emma’s books for CICO include 'The Winter Garden', 'The Urban Wildlife Gardener', 'Teeny Tiny Gardening' (more than 9,000 copies sold), 'Making Children's Clothes', 'Quilting in No Time', 'Hand-Crafted Cards', and 'Green Crafts for Children'. Married with two daughters, Emma lives in south London, UK.

You can find out more here 

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- 35 really cute costumes.  Depending on your sewing level they can be either really easy or challenging.  Each project is not hard to follow, but you will need to practice a few times if you are just learning to sew.  The author has really great ideas and the kids will love them.

Macrame Jewelry and Accessories 35 gorgeous knotted projects to make and give by Lucy Hopping Review

A fresh and modern take on this ancient craft, here are 35 pretty and colorful macrame accessories to make.

Macrame is back! Adorn yourself with a gorgeous golden collar necklace, beaded bracelets, and boho-inspired earrings. Wrap your lucky stone in bright knots and make it into a pendant on a leather cord, turn your favorite fabric into a quirky macrame belt, or why not whip up sparkling friendship bracelets for all your friends, each one in a different color?

About the Author

Lucy Hopping has created a macrame project for every mood and outfit— there are chic and simple rings, a vivid feather necklace for festivals and carnivals, and delicate pearl and seed-bead bracelets to brighten up a work outfit or for a dinner date—each one will add a unique, hand-made touch to your wardrobe.

All the projects are made with easy-to-learn macrame techniques and many of them use basic materials, such as embroidery floss, yarn, ribbon, and beads. Start with the simplest projects, and as your skill level improves, move on to make complex designs, guided every step of the way by clear step-by-step instructions, illustrations, and useful hints and tips.

Lucy Hopping, an Art and Craft Product Developer in the toy industry, designs and develops kits to teach children various crafts, and regularly attends international trade fairs. She also makes stitched, crocheted and knitted products to sell at local craft fairs and via online craft websites. She is the author of 'Loopy Loom Rubber Band Animals', 'Rubber Band Bracelets’ and ‘Friendship Bracelets’, co-author of ‘Handmade Glamping’ and a contributor to ‘Crafting for Girls’, all published by CICO Books. She lives in Streatham, London, UK.

You can find out more here 

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- This book took me back to my sunday school days and learning just the basics of this craft.  I had no idea how many ways you can macrame.  The book has 35 ideas that range from basic to intricate.  This is a craft that my whole family would enjoy as it is easy to do and does not cost a lot of money.

Garden Mosaics: 25 Step-by-step Projects for Your Outdoor Room by Becky Paton Review

One of the most long-lasting and hard-wearing artforms, mosaic pieces are perfect to make the most of your outdoor space. Suitable for a tiny terrace or a large country expanse, the projects in "Garden Mosaics" show you how to decorate your outdoor space in the most charming, individual and enduring way. The extensive techniques section shows you how to choose and use the right tiles for your environment.

The range of tiles on the market today is better than ever, and the book makes the most of the wealth of new materials available such as spangled tiles or inexpensive but authentic gold-leaf tiles. As you progress, you can develop your own creativity with tips on tile and colour-matching that allow you to adapt the projects to make pieces completely unique to you and your garden.

All suitable for beginners, the 25 projects in the book range from simple decorative pieces, such as the enchanting, simple child's footprints and butterfly stones to practical and sturdy weatherproof pieces, including a trompe l'oeil chequered mosaic tabletop and delightful planters that will add colour to your garden even in winter. Some projects, such as the night light, can be finished in under two hours.

You can learn more or purchase here 

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- The projects are beautiful.  I would enjoy trying them out and would have no problem understanding how to create them.  You do need to be very careful with this craft.  If you have a taste for DIY mosaics this is going to be a great book.

35 Knitted Animals and other creatures by Donna Wilson Review

Meet Donna Wilson’s Knitted Animals—a quirky yet lovable family of 35 of the strangest creatures you’ll ever come across.

There’s Rill Raccoon-Fox, who is fond of toasting caterpillars and worms over the campfire, son of the great raconteur Cyril Squirrel and the delightful Rita Raccoon. Meet Beryl the Bold, a lover of chocolate-chip ice cream and evening walks, and Bunny Blue, who enjoys nothing more than a picnic and a glass of raspberry juice.

Olive Owl is small with a loud voice; she likes to have a tidy home and makes a mean apple pie. Charlie Monkey, who lives on banana milkshakes, always stands out in a crowd, while Ginge the Cat and Mitten Kitten form a formidable feline duo. Use the easy-to-follow knitting patterns to recreate your own collection of knitted animals and other creatures, each with their own unique personality and idiosyncrasies.

I received a complimentary copy.

You can learn more here

Cassandra's Review- Some of the creatures are just creepy.  I am not sure how many people are going to take the time to knit them.  The book is very easy to understand and the projects are fully detailed.

Easy Baby Knits: Clothes & Accessories for 0-3 Year-Olds by Claire Montgomerie Review

A wonderful collection of stylish but practical knits for babies that parents and babies alike will love, created by expert knitter and textile designer Claire Montgomerie. Getting Started tells you everything you need to know to start knitting. Step-by-step photography shows you how to cast on, bind off, get the right gauge, and basic knit and purl stitches.

Essential techniques such as increasing and decreasing are clearly explained, and there are handy tips for fixing mistakes. Baby Clothes for boys and girls range from a simple Baby Scarf or Cotton Bootees (perfect for a new baby) to a smart Double-breasted Knit Coat, colourful Overalls, and a pretty pink Wrap Top. Each pattern introduces new techniques, so you can learn as you knit. Toys and Accessories includes projects for the nursery, from a Bird Mobile to a Rabbit Soft Toy, and beautiful gifts such as a Naming Day Blanket. *With easy-to-follow patterns and imaginative projects, you won't be stuck for ideas for what to knit for your, or someone else's, baby. *An ideal book for complete beginners and experienced knitters. *Includes an invaluable mail-order and suppliers section. *Gorgeous photography by Claire Richardson.

I received a complimentary copy.

You can purchase on Amazon.

Cassandra's Review- Basic and easy to understand instructions. Great ideas and if you are already excellent at knitting this is going to be a great book.

The Simple Art of Japanese Papercrafts by Mari Ono Review

Learn how to create 24 beautiful Japanese paper designs, step by step. The Simple Art of Japanese Papercrafts reveals the best of true Japanese design, focusing on understanding and using paper in a modern and authentic style to make beautiful gifts, decorations and more. Tokyo-born graphic designer Mari Ono reveals the top Japanese techniques - origami and embellishment - in a range of 24 projects, each with clear step-by-step images and easy-to-follow instructions. Also included are over 50 pieces of gorgeous origami paper to make all the projects.

 The projects range from contemporary ideas for greetings cards embellished with Oriental symbols of luck and love to traditional projects, such as folding paper to create a rabbit or a crane, as well as practical items including a handmade bento box. With tips and variations throughout, this is the book that will show you how to create truly authentic Japanese papercrafts using the best of papers and materials from the modern East.

You can purchase on Amazon.

Cassandra's Review-  A simple book that is easy to understand. Although I was a bit overwhelmed with the amount of work it takes to make origami, this book does have great projects and included beautiful paper for you try it yourself.

I Will Follow Jesus Bible Storybook by Judah & Chelsea Smith Review #KidsFollowJesus

What Does It Mean to Follow Jesus?

 . . . to trust Him.

 . . . to love Him.

 . . . to give Him all of your heart.

 . . . to live like Him.

In this beautiful book,bestselling author Judah Smith and his wife, Chelsea, have shared the gospel message simply and in a way that children can fully understand—so they can grow and develop their faith now and be inspired to follow Jesus for the rest of their lives.

Kids will learn about God and about Jesus’ life and purpose on earth through Bible stories from both the Old and New Testaments. The Bible stories are also accompanied by personal stories from Judah and Chelsea that will help children see who Jesus is in their life today, right where they are—and how very much Jesus loves them and wants them to follow Him.

There are no sweeter words than hearing your child say, “I want to follow Jesus!”

Learn more and purchase here

Judah Smith is the lead pastor of The City Church in Seattle, Washington. The City Church is a thriving multi site church noted for its cultural relevance, commitment to biblical integrity and faith, and love for Jesus. Judah is known around the U.S. and the world for his preaching ministry. His fresh, anointed, humorous messages demystify the Bible and make Christianity real. Judah is also the author of his most recent New York Times bestselling book, Jesus Is ___.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  Taking the time to read to my family is always such a blessing.  This storybook is excellent for before bedtime.  It is created so that you can read and discuss each story at your own pace.  Even if you do not have a strong faith or interest in God this book is a good story book for the kids as it is clean and very moving, any age can enjoy it.

Fortify Your Life: Your Guide to Vitamins, Minerals, and More By Dr. Tieraona Low Dog Review

Health-conscious consumers read nutritional labels, but it's nearly impossible to get the nutrients we need with diet alone. To get the USDA-recommended daily quota of vitamin D, for example, you need to eat 15 eggs or 26 sardines; of iron, 414 almonds or 15 cups of broccoli. So we rely on nutritional supplements—vitamins and minerals, probiotics and enzymes—but the variety of pills, products, and elixirs on the market today is overwhelming. And, as we have seen in recent news, some of these products are downright fakes. Trusted natural health physician and bestselling author Tiearaona Low Dog, M.D. provides a personalized approach to using nutritional supplements for your specific health needs, helping you navigate the complex and often confusing landscape of vitamins, minerals, and more.

Dr. Low Dog explains the basics about every essential nutritional supplement and guides the reader in creating a personalized supplement plan, tailored to individual genetics, age, gender, and lifestyle. Low Dog evaluates current research, explains the relationship between food and supplements, describes how medications cause chemical imbalances in the body, and advises on how to judge brands and read labels.

Low Dog engages and encourages readers to take charge of their own health and provides guidance to find the right combination of nutritional supplements to improve mood, strength, energy, and well-being.

You can purchase on Amazon.

I received a complimentary copy.

Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., is a clinician, educator, and internationally recognized expert on dietary supplements and integrative medicine. She served on the White House Commission of Complementary and Alternative Medicine under the Clinton Administration, as well as the scientific advisory council for the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine.

 She has chaired numerous dietary supplement expert panels at the United States Pharmacopeia. Her latest book, Fortify Your Life: Your Guide to Vitamins, Minerals, and More; will be published by National Geographic in February 2016. Dr. Low Dog currently serves as fellowship director for the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, where she leads the nation’s first interprofessional graduate level training program in integrative medicine.

Cassandra's Review- I loved this book, it is packed with really helpful information.  Just about everything you need to know about certain vitamins, minerals and more is included.  If you have an interest in learning how different vitamins interact with one another or what you may be missing in your diet, this is a must read.  My older children found an interest as well and it was great being able to read this outloud.

In Her Own Sweet Time: Egg Freezing and The New Frontiers of Family By Rachel Lehmann-Haupt Review

In the six years that have passed since the first edition of In Her Own Sweet Time was released by Basic Books, a lot has changed.

In 2009, as one of the pioneers of egg freezing, Lehmann-Haupt went on Good Morning America and declared companies need to pay attention to the changes in women’s lives and better support them by covering this technology on their health plans. Today, delaying marriage and childbirth to invest in one’s career has become the norm, as women edge out men as the new majority in the workplace. To attract and retain top talent, major employers like Facebook, Apple and Google have incorporated egg-freezing coverage into their health benefits packages – and the procedure is no longer considered “experimental” by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.

There’s no denying strides have been made. Now, it’s time to reconsider how this generation is faring in the midst of these rapidly shifting social conventions – and what information is readily available to them about their options.

With the mass-market paperback launch of In Her Own Sweet Time’s second edition [Nothing But The Truth Publishing, February 2016], Lehmann-Haupt shares a timely, hopeful, and profoundly honest account of her own efforts to reconcile modern love with modern life.

The new edition of In Her Own Sweet Time has been updated to include the latest in medical, technological, and social science research, and contains new chapters that reveal what happened after Lehmann-Haupt decided to freeze her eggs at thirty-seven. Her daring journey concludes with the birth of her son as a “DIY Mom” – a term the author coined to describe women who choose to have babies on their own.

Told through the lens of Lehmann-Haupt’s personal journey as a thirty-something, In Her Own Sweet Time brings together the voices of multiple women facing the challenge of perfectly orchestrating the timing of their careers, love lives, and that brief, beautiful window wherein their bodies are ready for babies.

With warmth, humor, and a journalist’s eye for the facts, Lehmann-Haupt shines a light on an increasingly common predicament that women in their twenties, thirties, and forties face – and offers a number of solutions to help women free themselves from baby panic, relax, and enjoy their lives.

“The fact that we don’t have control over the duration of our fertility is frightening, but no matter how scary some information is at first, it’s ultimately liberating to understand our body’s reproductive possibilities, as well as impossibilities,” writes Lehmann-Haupt in In Her Own Sweet Time’s new introduction.

“We have more options than ever,” she continues. “Understanding them can empower us – and, perhaps most importantly, turn panic into peace.”

A refreshing, important and game-changing read that will help women everywhere better understand their options – and make the choices that are right for them, In Her Own Sweet Time explores:
The media circus that surrounds “hook-up culture,” the “marriage crunch” and the new “baby panic”
What the data says about shifting family structures and how they really affect the children born into them
The pros – and yes, cons – of post-35 pregnancy and motherhood
Important facts about fertility, egg freezing, and other modern reproductive technologies
The moral and ethical implications of alternatives to making babies “the old-fashioned way”
The rising number of DIY moms, and a new kind of fairytale ending that heralds a profound shift in the way we think about forming our families


Rachel Lehmann-Haupt is one of America’s premier experts on the future of family life, career timing, and the influence of science and technology on fertility and pregnancy, and is widely credited with coining the phrase ‘DIY Mom.’ An in-demand speaker and journalist, her writing appears regularly in theNew York Times Magazine, Vogue, O, Glamour, Wired, Self, and more. She graduated with distinction in English literature from Kenyon College, and has a Masters in Journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley (where she apprenticed under Clay Felker, the founder of New York magazine).

In Her Own Sweet Time: Egg Freezing and The New Frontiers of Family will be available via all major online and brick-and-mortar book retailers in paperback and e-book formats as of February 2016.

Find Rachel Lehmann-Haupt on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Shelfari, Pinterest, and at and

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- The topic is not one that I think about or have ever thought about. The book is very interesting and is just overflowing with little stories.  The author shares her struggle and strength in such a truth that anyone women who has a need or want to learn about this topic should pick up a copy. 

NIV, Big Dreams, Big Prayers Bible For Kids Published by Zondervan Review

The Big Dreams, Big Prayers Bible for Kids, NIV includes the complete New International Version (NIV) of the Bible along with devotions, prayers, and highlighted verses to help kids pray and listen for God’s answers to their prayers. Features include:

Presentation page for personalization and gift giving.
Devotions about people who prayed and listened to God such as Abraham, Hannah, and Job.
The Lord's Prayer explained for kids.
The "hand" prayer model to help kids remember to pray for others and themselves.
Highlighted verses great for memorization and meditation.
Book introductions explain what each book of the Bible is about.
Prayer journaling pages with space to record personal prayers and answers to prayer.
Reading plans.
Complete text of the New International Version (NIV).
Complete text of the New International Version (NIV).

Learn more Here 

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- A book filled with faith and power, it is great for children learning about God.  It is filled with helpful and guiding  prayers and devotions. If you have a spiritual family, this is a must have for the kids.  Very easy to understand and follow and not the old fashion dusty Bible.

Elemental Kingdoms By Lauren & Peter Arvo Review

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Once there were many kingdoms of myth and legend, but six stood apart from the rest. They may have lost their origins, but they still possessed their elemental abilities of creation as well as destruction. Their rule was about to be threatened by an unseen group, who have waited patiently to make their move.

A group of powerful royal blooded teenagers are about to experience the time of their lives, but also have their lives turned upside-down. They will have to go beyond what they thought possible, stretching their skills, friendship, courage, love, and powers to the breaking point.

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About the authors 

At eleven years old, Lauren Arvo started working out the details to a suspenseful fantasy action novel. Three years later, in 2014, and with the assistance of her dad, Peter Arvo, that first manuscript became the basis for Elemental Kingdoms.

Lauren is a homeschooled teenager who loves reading and writing about ancient myths and legends. She also enjoys participating in the online role-playing community and competing in various online gaming events. Lauren lives with her parents, a cat, and a dog in rural Michigan.
Peter is a husband, dad, researcher, and Lauren’s coauthor.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  I first want to thank Lauren for letting me review her work.  It takes a lot of strength and courage to write a book, so high five.   The book is written in a certain way to me, that I can only describe as when you're  reading a play or part of an online role playing dialogue.  The descriptions are wonderful, but I would have focused more on the characters and plots.  Things are jumping around too much and it's a lot of different thoughts on one page. 

 In my opinion the book has a lot of extra wording added that just drags it out a bit more.  From the very first chapter I had a hard time keeping up with the point of it all and the extra narrative made everything very distracting throughout the book.   If this book were to be made into a movie, play, or video game it might make more sense to me.    I would not count this book out on your to be read list, because you might have a completely different view and it deserves to be read more.  

Movie Madness $25 AMC gift card or $15 Fandango gift card Giveaway

Welcome to the Movie Madness Giveaway Event!

It's time for the Movie Madness Giveaway Event! With so many amazing movies out right now - We couldn't pick a better prize! This giveaway will offer 2 great gift card prizes. 

The Giveaway!
The first winner chosen will receive a $25 AMC gift card, and the second winner chosen will receive a $15 Fandango gift card. Entering to win this giveaway is very easy, with the GiveawayTools form, below:

Disclosure: The bloggers involved in this giveaway were not compensated, and are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Your Strong Tower will be sending the prize out. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter this giveaway. This giveaway starts February 1st, 2016, and will end on February 25th, 2016 at 11:59 pm. The winner will be emailed, and have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen. Once a winner is drawn and confirmed, the name will be announced on the GiveawayTools form. Open to US residents only.

Era Organics HoneyBuns Baby Products Bundle Pack Giveaway

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 This February Era Organics & Wife.Mother.Teacher. have teamed up again to bring our US readers an awesome giveaway bundle pack - 3 brand new organic baby products valued at $75! Era Organics creates products that are chemical free, fragrance free, all natural & perfect for sensitive skin - making them perfect for your precious bundle of joy.

 While you're here check out the full review over on Wife.Mother.Teacher.  The giveaway will run for the entire month of February and is open to everyone in the US aged 18+. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Cover Reveal for Avalee and the Dragon by Patricia Hamill 10$ amazon gift card Giveaway

Today is the cover reveal for Avalee and the Dragon by Patricia Hamill. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The cover art is designed by Jack Baker Design. Jack Baker is a fantasy illustrator based in the UK. He has a passion for creating artwork for fantasy books and book covers. Find out more or check out some of Jack’s other artwork at his website Jack Baker Design.

Avalee and the Dragon

Avalee and the Dragon
By Patricia Hamill
Genre: Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: February 14, 2016

Every ten years, a maiden must be sacrificed to the dragon to ensure the safety of the village for the next ten. This year, Avalee has been selected.

But unlike those before her, she has no intention of submitting to her fate. No, she intends to fight, and not just fight, win. If everything goes as planned, the dragon will never trouble her village again.

Then again, things seldom go as planned. . .

You can find Avalee and the Dragon on Goodreads

You can buy Avalee and the Dragon here:
- Amazon
- Amazon UK

Other books by the author:
The Golden Ship
The Freeze
Shadows of Valor (Shadows of Valor #1)
Forgotten Valor (Shadows of Valor #2)
Fight for Valor (Shadows of Valor #3)
The Complete Shadows of Valor Trilogy

Patricia Hamill

About the Author:
Patricia lives in the United States of America with her family. Her favorite pastime is reading, especially epic fantasy. She enjoys bringing elements of fantasy, humor, and modern life together in her stories, though she writes in a range of genres.

In addition to her love of literature, she also enjoys knitting and crocheting, practicing Isshinryu Karate, visiting scenic parks, and canoeing. Her insight into military life comes from a six-year enlistment in the United States Navy.

You can find and contact Patricia Hamill here:
- Blog
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- Amazon

There is a cover reveal wide giveaway for the cover reveal of Avalee and the Dragon. These are the prizes you can win:
- Either a paperback copy of one of Patricia Hamill her books, winner’s choice (US Only) or a 10$ amazon gift card (INT)

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FORGING OF A KNIGHT, THE STOLEN THIEF by Hugo Valentin Negron Blog Tour

Legend calls them the Ruinous Ones: the Dokahlfar and Vartahlfar. They were evil elves and dwarfish minions that controlled an unknown technological magic. Driven to corrupt all things of goodness and light, the evil elves sought power beyond that of tree and root. They warred against their own kin, the high elves, and were defeated, fleeing into the dark, perhaps never to be heard from again.

Honorable and brave knight Qualtan knows little of elves as he sets out on his own quest. His half-orcne friend, Glaive, went missing during a secret assignment from the king, which went awry. Qualtan searches for his lost ally, but in the process he is caught up in the story of the Ruinous Ones and now must uncover the secret of their disappearance—and if they seek to return and claim the power they seek.


Hugo Valentin Negron


Figures in shadow responded to the sharp command. They darted to and fro, staying close to the darkened corners and shady recesses of the many stalwart buildings that comprised the warehouse district. Their footsteps landed softly on the brick-paved streets, halting at crossings where pendants of lit glass betrayed their presence. The evening was late. A pale moon dangled low, veiled by shifting streams of lazy cotton. The smell of the sea was strong; sleeping ships were moored nearby, jostling on gentle waves. More footsteps. Other night-stalkers appeared, huddling to whisper direction and gauge approach. Although there should have been little worry of passersby at this hour, they were wary, for there were others in the night as cautious as they.

“There. Look there!”

An outline barely discernible in the gloom stood atop a flat roof. It bobbed and soon disappeared.
One of the intruders smiled, flashing small fangs. They were right not to have brought more men, he thought. Sentries had been posted throughout, and had they selected strength of arm vs. tenacity of stealth, their plans would have been easily foiled. The avenues zig-zagged through a labyrinth of crowded storage houses and cluttered lots. Another sentry was detected, again high above the streets.

“I can barely see him,” an intruder said, straining his vision to the sky.
“I can’t see him at all. Are you sure?” said a second intruder.
“He’s there. I can see him. Another reason why I’m here with you lot,” the toothsome intruder said. “Keep low and marry the walls.”

Passing by a train of idle wagons, the intruders came across a wandering guard keeping vigil during his evening shift. He barely nodded, continuing on his way, for he knew the spies on the rooftops were keeping silent watch over the area, and had been observing him. He held back any recognition of the intruders; after all, he had been expecting them."

Grace’s Forgiveness Celebration Tour @Molly Jebber #celebratelit Kindle Fire Giveaway

Jan 26 - Feb 9

Grace’s Forgiveness by Molly Jebber is a 320 page novel in the Christian Amish genre.  It  is published by Kinsignton Publishing Corp and was released on Jan 26, 2016. To purchase your copy, click here.

A handsome newcomer with secrets shows a yearning Amish woman a chance at happiness—but their love will need all their courage to keep . . .

Grace Blauch is skilled at midwifery—and crafting quilts that help others pass on messages of enduring family love. But a disfiguring birthmark keeps the young Amish woman from a husband and home of her own—until Mark King arrives from another community. His helpfulness and independent nature earn Grace’s respect. And he finds her outspoken ways and determination to do right irresistibly appealing. Soon Grace is planning a wedding quilt of her very own . . . until her father discovers that Mark’s shunned brother is hiding somewhere in town . . .

 Grace can well understand why Mark took such a risk once she hears his wrenching reasons. But she fears even prayer will not convince her father to restore his blessing on their union. She wills herself to face the end of her dreams, but sudden danger and an impossible act of generosity will show her that abiding hope can inspire the most precious of miracles  . . .

Molly Jebber is an educational, motivational, and Women’s Christian Connection speaker. She was raised in a small town in the Midwest, and insists if you had blinked twice, you would’ve missed it. She loves God, her family and friends, sunshine, swimming and traveling to the Amish communities.  Creating historical Amish characters and throwing them into difficult situations and joyous times has been challenging and fun for her. The greatest reward she’s experienced in becoming an author is meeting wonderful people from all over the world who’ve been encouraging and supportive.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- It is heartbreaking to know that the issues in this book could have been very real at one time.   The author has a way of getting to  my soul with her words.  The book is both interesting with a hint of sadness.  The strength of the characters are inviting and I would recommend this book to any adult who enjoys this genre.


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Not Always Happenstance by Rachael Anderson BookBlast Giveaway $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

  Not Always Happenstance Not Always Happenstance by Rachael Anderson Lani has lived in Hana, Hawaii for five years. She’s learned to surf, fish, dive, and manage her grandmother’s bed and breakfast. She’s also learned to take one day at a time the way it should be taken—relaxed and unrushed, savoring every moment. But, like a large wave on the brink of breaking, her life is about to crash out of control. A proposal of marriage, a conniving grandmother, a cryptic Asian woman, and a handsome guest, and suddenly everything calm begins to churn, everything clear becomes confused, and all that was normal segues into peculiar. As Lani struggles against the current to hold her ground, she realizes that she can either continue to fight and eventually lose, or take a take a leap of faith, hold her breath, and ride the wave wherever it takes her. ***This book is part of the Power of the Matchmaker series that features one recurring character—the match maker—but it is a STAND-ALONE novel.*** amazon get it 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.
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Mill Creek Entertainment Winter Movie Spectacular Giveaway

Mill Creek Entertainment Winter Movie
Spectacular  Giveaway
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Holiday Contest and Sweeps is pleased to begin 2016 by working with Mill CreekEntertainment in providing you all with a great giveaway called the "Mill Creek Entertainment Winter Movie Spectacular Par 1" Giveaway in which one lucky winner will win a 11 DVD Collection of a great DVD Movie Collection worth $179.80.
It’s another great month for DVD and Blu-ray! Mill Creek is starting the New Year off right with DVD sets in nearly every category! From Mystery, Sci-fi, and Horror, to Children’s, Family and Drama, many genres are covered in our January releases. There are exciting new film collections to be released including; Queens of Scream, Divas, The Alien Files, Locked and Loaded and the Mary Higgins Clark collection.
 Let's take a look at this great Movie Collection:
MARY HIGGINS CLARK is one of the most critically acclaimed mystery writers of our time. 'The Queen of Suspense' has sold over 100 million copies of her novels in the U.S. alone. Known for her intriguing, clever and suspenseful writing style, now you can enjoy 5 of her best-selling works adapted to feature films.
 After the sudden loss of their parents, the Salinger children must band together to keep their own lives on track, discovering first loves, last calls, and themselves along the rocky road to growing up. Headlined by a young, sexy cast this highly-rated, long-running series firmly found its place as a pop culture phenomenon for all ages.
Richard Dean Anderson (TV's MacGyver) steps into the irresistible and charming role of Ernest Pratt, a dime-store novelist who is living out the adventures of his fictional character Nicodemus Legend in the Old West. Co-starring John de Lancie (TV's Star Trek: The Next Generation) as Janos Bartok a brilliant scientist, the duo teams up to fight for justice using Legend's celebrity and Bartok's outlandish inventions to make a real legend. March to Freedom
MARCH TO FREEDOM is the chronicle of a struggle 400 years in the making. From the first African slaves in the colonies to today, the rights of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness have been tested throughout the history of America and are examined in this 14-part documentary series. Join the journey through the fabric of our nation that has been sown by the men and women who lived and died in the fight to end slavery and ensure all are equal. With historic reenactments, expert interviews, and first-hand accounts, learn about the people, bloody wars, and undeniable truths that have brought us up from slavery to emancipation road on the MARCH TO FREEDOM.
Enjoy 6 wonderful adaptations of Grimm's fairy tales from beloved children's author and illustrator ERIC CARLE (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) that come to life from an award-winning animation studio. Hosted by HAYLEY MILLS (The Parent Trap, Pollyanna) and featuring the voice talent of JUNE FORAY (voice of Rocky in the Rocky & Bullwinklecartoons) and HANS CONRIED (voice of Captain Hook in Disney’s Peter Pan), this collection makes fantasy and learning go hand-in-hand for a delightful adventure! Alien Files
Demons at the Door director Roy Knyrim draws inspiration from one of the most high-profile UFO sightings ever recorded for this fact-based sci-fi thriller that recreates the infamous "Phoenix Lights" case. On March 13, 1997, community leaders, law enforcement officials, and countless everyday citizens in the southwestern United States witness a phenomenon that simply couldn't be dismissed by even the most hardened of skeptics. Jason Connery, Ashley Peldon, A.J. Cook, and Gwendoline Yeo star in a film that draws on transcripts taken during hypnotherapy sessions to explore precisely what happened to six strangers stranded on a forgotten road during that fateful close encounter.  Queens of Scream
When David (Luke Wilson) and Amy Fox's (Kate Beckinsale) car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, they are forced to spend the night at the only motel around, with only the TV to entertain them - until they discover that the low-budget slasher videos they find in their room were all filmed in the very room in which they're sitting. With hidden cameras now aimed at them - trapping them in rooms, crawlspaces, underground tunnels - and filming their every move, David and Amy must struggle to get out alive before they end up the next victims on tape. Divas

Starring: Madonna, Adriano Giannini, Bruce Greenwood, Jeanne Tripplehorn A spoiled socialite and a handsome fisherman find themselves stranded on a deserted island where matters of material wealth and class disparity are meaningless. Lock and Loaded
Four Action-Packed Rounds!
  ATTACK FORCE (2006) Steven Seagal, Lisa Lovbrand, David Kennedy When Lawson (Seagal) loses his team in a cold-blooded attack, he takes it upon himself to investigate the suspicious circumstances of the brutal killings. THE POINT MEN (2001) Christopher Lambert, Kerry Fox, Vincent Regan Tony Eckhardt (Lambert) is as an Israeli secret service agent assigned to track and assassinate Amar, a terrorist who is threatening the future of the Middle East peace process. HUNT FOR EAGLE ONE (2006) Mark Dacascos, Theresa Randle, Rutger Hauer After a raid to capture terrorists holed up with Philippine rebels, Lt. Daniels (Dascascos) must rescue the crew of a downed helicopter before the bioweapons detonate. WALKING TALL: LONE JUSTICE (2007) Kevin Sorbo, Yvette Nipar, Elizabeth Barondes After cleaning up his hometown, Nick (Sorbo) retires as sheriff and hopes to start a new life, when he is pitted against a ruthless drug lord and his army. 
Are We There Yet? (Blu-Ray)
When Nick (Ice Cube, Barbershop) falls for single mother Suzanne (Nia Long, Big Momma's House), he initially doesn't have to worry about what her kids think of him because she just wants to "be friends." Undeterred by this statement - or his buddies, who dog him for loitering in the stalking-friend zone - Nick keeps hanging around. So when Suzanne finds herself in a jam and needs someone to escort her kids to meet her in Vancouver for New Year's Eve, Nick gladly opens the door of opportunity. It could be the best way to win her heart... or the biggest mistake of his life. With more than one destination on his mind, Nick embarks on a road trip he'll never forget - and neither will you!
Lu is a large lovable panda who is the sixth generation owner of the Tae Kwon Do dojo. What Lu doesn’t know is that buried beneath the dojo is the ancient Amulet of Fury. The mythical amulet gives its owner ultimate power and protection. When the villainous tiger warrior, Kudo, terrorizes the small village in pursuit of the amulet, it s up to Lu and his rag-tag team of martial artists to stop him! This giveaway is in no way associated, affiliated, or endorsed by Facebook,Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Media Site. This giveaway is valid in the Continental United States Only and entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway will at 12:00 Am (EST) 2/21/16. Holiday Contest and Sweeps did not receive any form of compensation for running this giveaway in any form. Mill Creek Entertainment will be soley responsible for the awarding and shipping of the prize package directly to the winner.   
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