Thursday, April 07, 2016

First Circle Club by Alex Siegel Review

When Virgil is betrayed and murdered, he thinks his days of catching fugitives as a U.S. Marshal are over. He is condemned to an eternity of filing paperwork in the First Circle of Hell. Then a demon lord gives Virgil an unprecedented assignment. He will return to Earth as part of a team: two souls from Heaven and two from Hell. They must stop another damned soul who escaped and is now murdering teenagers on Earth. The serial killer has supernatural skills and is part of a larger conspiracy which is well prepared for a fight. If he is not careful, Virgil could be murdered a second time.

Alex Siegel
Alex Siegel has written three series, full of hellish scenarios and diabolical plot twists. His latest series is called First Circle Club, with the first book of the same title. The second book, Paradise Hacked, was just published. Alex is a computer programmer by day and a passionate, even obsessive, writer by night. He has published 20 titles with an online fandom clamoring for more. He lives in Chicago with his wife and triplet teenage boys.

You can purchase a copy of this book on Amazon.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review-  So this book is really good in a way that is very bad.  Maybe that does not sound like a good think to write in a review but with the hellish twists and suspense that is a roller coaster of evil mixed with light, I could not think of a better way to go about describing it.  The author presents demons and darkness and killing in this fast paced story.  It was not horror scary but more of a spooky, have you looking around after you put it down book.

Baker's Magic by Diane Zahler Review

Bee is an orphan, alone in a poor, crumbling kingdom. In desperation, she steals a bun from a bakery. To Bees surprise, the baker offers her a place at his shop. As she learns to bake, Bee discovers that she has a magical power. When a new friend desperately needs her help against an evil mage, Bee wonders what a small orphan girl with only a small bit of magic can do. Bees journey to help her friend becomes a journey to save the kingdom, and a discovery of the meaning of family.

You can purchase this book on Amazon.

Diane Zahler
I grew up reading children's books and never wanted to do anything but write them. Now I'm the author of four fairy tale novels, two nonfiction books for older readers, and my new original fantasy, BAKER'S MAGIC. I live in the country with my husband in an old farmhouse in the country, where I bake a lot -- and eat what I bake! Visit my website at

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review-  There is a whole lot of stuff going on in the book, the characters are well written and each of them combined together to form a wonderful read.  I think any age would enjoy this book, but anyone who has a soft spot for light and playful magic along with an adventure should pick up a copy.

Looking East by Jacqueline Dreager Review and Giveaway


In 1912 Guangxi Provence, nine year old Guoshi Mo experienced two life altering events: his pigtail was chopped off and subsequently he was betrothed to a little girl his own age simply named, Sister 13. Guoshi, an exemplary student, was dead set against this type of arrangement and would spend most of his life fighting to right the wrongs of feudalism and corruption. Changing his name from Guoshi Mo to James Mo, he sailed from Shanghai to New York City in 1920 to work for the American Communist Party.

He met and fell in love with Celia Edelson, a Young Pioneer from the communist youth division. Considered an agitator by The New York Times, Comrade James Mo was on the FBI list of suspicious individuals and was spirited out of New York to the Soviet Union, leaving behind his beloved Celia. Within one year she would join him in Moscow to live at the infamous Lux, the hotel that housed German, Russian and Chinese exiles. 

In 1933 Celia became pregnant and was sent back to the United States by the Communist Party while James continued his studies at the Lenin Institute in Moscow. In April 1934 Celia's baby is born in Cleveland Ohio. That same year Celia hears rumblings of James affair with a Ukrainian woman he met in Moscow. Celia, resentful and bitter, cuts off communication with the father of her child. 

Comrade James Mo marries, has a son and is subsequently arrested and imprisoned at two Moscow prisons, Lubianka, prison of death and Butyrka prison for deceiving the Party and lying about being born into a landowning family of intellectuals. One hundred prisoners, including James, were escorted by train to a labor camp in the Siberian tundra where he would remain for eighteen years, felling trees, making bricks and patrolling an oil pipeline. 

Never having met his American daughter, Victoria, he would search for her for a dozen years upon his release from the Siberian Gulag.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Jacqueline Dreager

About the Author
When Jacqueline Dreager began writing a memoir about her nine years as a sculptor in a studio on Los Angeles Skid Row, saving dogs and holding art workshops for homeless men and women, the literary process came as an exciting surprise.

 Born into a family of special effects wizards in Hollywood, she spent most of her life firmly rooted in the visual art world. Armed with a new medium, Dreager was propelled into unexpected territory with a newfound form of creativity wrapping itself around her. 

Jacqueline Dreager lives and works in Los Angeles and maintains a studio at the Brewery Art Colony, former site of the Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery. She is making art and rewriting her memoirs which will include a sizable section on her varied life in and around Los Angeles and the Southern California coast. Dreager is considering a sequel to Looking East.

Cassandra's Review-  The book is long and took quite a bit of time to get through, even being a speed reader did help to shorten the time by that much.  It is over 350 pages of small printed font.  The author then trapped me in it by creating a story that was to good to put down.  So I would recommend clearing a day or three depending on your speed of reading and really take into consideration the power in this work of art.  

kathy ireland® Loved Ones® Leashes Review

kathy ireland® Loved Ones®

Kathy Ireland Loved Ones Fashion 4' Dog Leash - Blue
About the Product

Fashionable design to look good out and about
Shock absorption built into the handle
Accessory ring for keys and waste bag holder
Leash Width: 1 in 6ft Length
For dogs up to 105 lbs

Also a 4ft Leash.

Cassandra's review- Made well and did not break during use.  Each thickness and design is very good and the clasps are made to hold tight to the collar.  It has a good standard handle that was easy to grip and did not hurt my hand when my dogs decided to pull and try to get going in the wrong direction.   

SmartyKat® Toys Review

As seen on Amazon:
Feather Whirl Electronic Motion Toy

The Feather Whirl combines the excitement of a wand toy with the automatic and erratic motion of an electronic cat toy. The weighted base of the Feather Whirl creates a unique wobble motion while the real spinning feathers at the tip of the wand activate your cat's natural instinct to swat and pounce. The whisper-quiet motor turns on with a touch of a button. Feather Whirl is guaranteed to become one of your cat's favorite toys!


The Whistle Wand shakes up some fun with whistle sounds that drive cats batty with every shake! Available at Menards and other fine retailers.

I recevied complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- I think the type of cat you have and play level will change the effectiveness of fun that each toy offers.  They might be amazing for one cat and blah to another.   The feather whirl kind of caught an interest for a few minutes but none of the cats bothered to do more then sit and watch it.  The wand presented a slight bit more fun but I think that the noise bothered my cat and me far more then created fun.   

Petlinks® Toys Review


About from Petsmart site:

Your cat will love chasing this electronic concealed mouse. The toy replicates the movement of hidden prey to entice your cat and encourage play. Let your feline friend engage in a game of cat-and-mouse with this Petlinks Mystery Motion Concealed-Mouse Motion Cat Toy. The thrill of the hunt for the concealed mouse excites your cat and encourages healthy activity. The toy is programmable for 4 different settings with the push of a button.

For cats
Replicates movement of hidden prey to entice cat
Programmable for 4 different speeds
Encourages healthy activity
Locate and open the battery compartment on bottom of the toy with a Phillips screwdriver and insert 3/AA batteries (not included); ensure the batteries are placed in the correct polarity (+/-); replace compartment cover
Insert the mouse toy attachment securely to the male extension on the base; it will fit snugly when aligned
On the top center control, twist and rotate the collar ring counter-clockwise and lift to remove it; place the fabric cover over the base and replace the collar ring; twist ring clockwise to lock and secure
Press button to power on and repeat to select slow, middle, fast and random speeds; the red LED lights indicate the 4 speeds available; press repeatedly to power off
Wipe outside of toy with a clean, moist towel; dry thoroughly; do not immerse in water
Batteries Required: 3/AA (not included)

The Petlinks Plush Player Refillable Catnip Toy is all about excitement - just what your frisky feline craves. The soft-bodied plush squirrel has a fluffy tail to attract attention along with catnip stimulation inside. Refill with the included Petlinks Pure Bliss organic catnip.

Features: Catnip adds to the excitement of this fun plush squirrel toy.
Includes: 1 Plush Player Refillable Catnip Toy (includes catnip)
Intended For: Cats
Activity: Hunt & Stalk, Swat & Pounce
Color: Brown
Size: 5"L

I recevied complimentary product.

Cassandra's review-  So the motion cat toy was super fun for some of my cats while others had no real interest, so it is going to be fun based on your cat's level of play.   It is a little noisy and can get caught on things, but it was easy to set up and can be placed anywhere flat.  

  The squirrel was more interesting to my cats when I filled it with their normal catnip, because the one included just was not going to get anyones attention.   I think that because the toy is so big, it is more suited for a small dog.  If it was a little bit easier for my cats to play with they might have really took to it.  

Hear Doggy! Toy Review

Hear Doggy! Toy
About- from the site:

Any pet lover knows that dogs love the feel and sound of “squeaky” toys, but enduring the high-pitched repetition in the wee hours of the night can drive any pet-parent crazy!   Ultrasonic HEAR DOGGY!® toys are made with a squeaker ONLY your dog can hear!

Hear Doggy! plush toys give your pet the same sensation and enjoyment of traditional squeaky toys without the irritating noise!

The science behind Hear Doggy!: Dogs can hear sounds at a higher frequency (0 to 45 KHz) than humans (0 to 20 KHz).  Tuned to an ultrasonic range in the 24-28 KHz frequency, each Hear Doggy! squeaker is out of human hearing range, but still fun for your four-legged friend.

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- A great concept and the pif is very cute, though I am not sure if my dog really cares about the cuteness, she does love the squeaking and has a lot of fun with this and that is all that matters to me.  

goDog® Toys with Chew Guard Technology™ Review

goDog® Toys with Chew Guard Technology™
Crazy Tugs feature arms and legs that pull through the body for great tugging fun. Made with Chew Guard Technology™ these toys will stand up to tough play! 

These silly characters are made from long pile plush in bright colors and a fun, round shape! Lined with Chew Guard Technology™ they will stand up to tough play! 

I recevied complimentary product.

Cassandra's review-  I like the bold, bright colors and softness of the toys.  The tugz is super fun for my dogs to enjoy and will tire them out.   The fuzzy ball is fun for catch but can get a bit messy, the dogs love it.  

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I recevied complimentary product.