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Book Spotlight and Giveaway: Tainted Water by Maggie Thom

Tainted Waters
by Maggie Thom



He didn’t commit suicide but who’s going to believe her...

Frustrated at being fired from her latest job and overwhelmed by her consolatory family, Sam decides to move to the family’s cabin at the lake. A place she hasn’t been since her dad committed suicide there, twenty years before. Or did he? Snooping is something she’s good at but someone seems to be taking offense to her looking too closely at what has been happening at the lake. What she discovers is shocking. Now she must uncover what’s real and what’s not. All that she learned growing up, may be false.

Keegan, who has recently moved to the area to finish his latest book, is also trying to find out if his grandfather, who’d passed away ten years before, died of natural causes or was murdered? The descendants of the four families, who own the land around the lagoon, are dying off.

Since Sam and Keegan are the only ones questioning the deaths, they find themselves working toget…

Book Blitz: Betrayal by Jenna Jaxon

Time Enough to Love Book Two
Jenna Jaxon

Genre: Historical Romance

Tagline: The worst betrayals come from within.

Book Description:

After a night of passion with her betrothed, Sir Geoffrey Longford, Lady Alyse de Courcy is eagerly looking forward to her wedding. But when Geoffrey is forced to marry another, a heartbroken and possibly pregnant Alyse finds herself in her own private hell. She must either gamble with her reputation or marry someone she does not love.

A reputed connoisseur of women, Thomas, Lord Braeton, has dallied with many ladies of King Edward’s court, although he has favored none. However, as Geoffrey’s best friend, Thomas has sworn to serve and protect Alyse, an oath now sorely tested when he agrees to marry her—in name only—to guard her reputation. Yet, as they grow closer, and Thomas discovers Alyse’s sweet but spirited nature, he comes to desire a marriage in truth. Can he overcome her memory of Geoffrey or is Thomas doomed to burn with passion for a w…

Book Spotlight: Virtue by Amy Jarecki


 Amy Jarecki

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Date of Publication: 12/3/13

ISBN: 978-1-62237-234-8 ASIN: B00H343Y1S
Number of pages: 338 Word Count: 88,640
Cover Artist: Kim Jacobs
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Book Description:

Sheltered, raised in rural Utah, Zoe Marshall has never heard of the Mayan Prophecy of the Golden Goddess—but she’s about to.

At the moment she’s thrilled to have landed her dream job dancing on a cruise ship where she meets Belizean Gabriel AhKin. The sizzling bartender stirs her passion.

When the ship docks in Belize, Zoe disappears—spirited into the bowels of a Mayan cult led by a reclusive fanatic. When the madman sees her, he divines Zoe is the Golden Goddess. She is “the one” to fulfill the prophecy. Now Gabriel’s driving obsession is to save the woman who’s captured his heart.

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About the Author:

Before college, …

Tea Week Post #4-Tea Review: Tea for Life

I received  Tea for Life  products for a review. I was blow away by the variety of different teas that I was able to try. Some of which we talked about earlier this week with such wonderful health benefits. So the only thing left to decide is what I was going to try first. I choose the Lemon Drop. I am a fan of lemon teas and this one did not disappoint. The flavor was right on target. The lemon stood out but not in a tart way, and the aroma was to die for.

Next I sampled the Tropical Sorbet and as soon as you open it the you can smell the fruity flavor. This one was great with just 2 sugar cubes. The fruity flavor was sweet without being overpowering.

Tea for Life has green teas, black teas,white teas, oolong teas, fruity teas, wellness teas. Any type of tea that you desire.

My next tea flavor is White Tea with Raspberry. Raspberries in tea are delicious, one of my favorites. The aroma was devine the taste was full and flavorful. This is easily going to be one of my favorites.

The o…

Tea Week Post#3-Tea Sets

We can't have Tea Week without talking about how to throw a good Tea Party. I know for me I love to host a tea party. You get to spend time with your friends and eat great food. Who can beat that.

After you have set a date and invited your guest. It's time to plan your menu. In traditional tea parties they usually have finger sandwiches, quiches, and mini desserts. But you have to make the tea party fit your style. The first tea party I ever thru we had finger sandwiches and mini desserts. It was wonderful, but I have changed it up. We have had soup, salads, quiches, parfait, and pies. I go with what I feel for that day. My goal is for my guest to have fun.

Last year I did a Mother's day tea party. It was the the best I have thrown to date. My Grandmother was able to come, it made my whole day. My Grandmother does not live in my area so it was a real treat.  When everyone can in they had a place card with their name on it and a Mother's day gift that was personalised …

Giveaway: Target $50.00

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Tea Week Post # 2: Author Interview and Book Spotlight and Giveaway with Shannon Mayer

Today I had the pleasure of chatting with Shannon. Her books are wonderful. There is nothing ( maybe except sweets) that goes better with a cup of tea then a book. So since we are doing tea week, I would like to introduce you to an author that's books go great with any teas.

1. What made you want to be a writer?

 I wanted to create worlds that I wanted to live in. It started for me when I read the Chronicles of Narnia, and then Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series. I fell in love with the worlds of fantasy and wanted to make my own.

2. Who is your favorite author?

Jacqueline Carey (at the moment)

3. What is the name of the last book you read

"Flowers in the Attic" My mother forbid me from reading it when I was in my early teens and I'd forgotten about it until I saw all the ads for the new TV Series. Seeing as I'm not 13 anymore, I decided to rebel and read the 'scandalous' book. Not near as bad as I went in thinking it was going to be lo…

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Tea Week Post#1: Types of Tea and there benefits.

There are many benefits that you can gain from tea. Tea host a variety of antioxidants that are great for the body. Tea has been said to protect against heart disease, help fight some types of cancers, and help you maintain overall good health. Today we are going to talk about several different teas and how they can help you to maintain good health.

Green Tea is very popular here is the US, but did you know that Green Tea was first discovered in Asia. The best green tea is said to be Gyokuri which comes from Japan. Green Tea helps reduce free radicals that play a vital part in the aging process and some diseases. Green Tea is said to increase your metabolism. So have a cup of green tea in the morning before you jog.

Next we are to talk about Black Tea. If you are an Iced Tea lover, this is the tea you would use. Black Tea can be compare to some light coffees due to the caffeine factor. The most popular Black Tea is Earl Grey. Black Tea can help with diabetes, high cholesterol, and so…

Book Spotlight and Giveaway: Dangerous Waters by C M Michaels

Dangerous Waters
by C M Michaels



For Emily Waters, a nature-loving, small-town girl with an overprotective father, heading off to Boston University to study conservation biology is a dream come true—until a chance encounter catapults her into a mythical world she’d do anything to escape.

The latest victim in a rash of abductions near campus, Emily is brutally attacked before being rescued by a powerful new friend. She survives the ordeal, only to find herself held captive and presented with an impossible choice. While preparing for the unimaginable life she must now embrace clues soon emerge that Emily may not be entirely human, and her physical transformation awakens goddess-like powers that her new family cannot begin to explain. Dealing with her human first love, the not-so-platonic relationship with her coven “sister,” and her new vampire sort-of-boyfriend further complicates matters, not to mention being secretly hunted by the psychopaths who attacked her. A…

Author Interview: Milly Taiden of A Mate's Bite

Today I am chatting with Milly of A Mate's Bite,

1. What made you want to be a writer?
My love for reading. I would read something and decide I would have the story go a totally different way and then say to myself I should just write my own stories. Which I did and never looked back.
2. Who is your favorite author?
I have a love for different genres so I love all kinds of books and authors. From Stephen King and Thomas Harris, to Mary Higgins Clark, to Julie Garwood and some amazing indies like Rachel Firasek.
3. What is the name of the last book you read?
Drowning by Rachel Firasek
4. Tell us about yourself in 3 words?
 Fun. Fearless. Bossy
5. What is your favorite activity?
Watching scary movies. It’s just fun. I do it with my family and it’s great bonding time for us.
6. If your book could be made into a movie? Which actors would you have play the main two characters?
 Oh this is a tough one. I think Jordyn Sparks could be a great one as well as the sexy Jensen Ackles.
7. Who…

QiPillow Giveaway

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If you would like to win a QiPillow, you can enter with the giveaway tools below.  If you have won a BodyRyzm giveaway anytime fr…

Book Spotlight: Visions of Fire & Ice by Teresa D'Amario

Visions of Fire & Ice
by Teresa D’Amario



Trapped on a planet not their own, the Petiri spend their lives hiding the natural gifts that set them apart from the world.  They live long and unfulfilled lives, unable to find their soul mates on this backward planet known as Earth.  That is until the night Ramose comes face to face with Tamara, a woman whose gifts rival his own.  Determined to find why this human is in possession of an ancient magical Petiri relic, he arranges a meeting.

But Tamara, embittered from past events, is wary despite lifelong dreams of Ramose and a sure knowledge he is her soul mate.  Before long the couple find themselves ensnared in a battle that has raged for millennia in Egypt’s desert.  Set, Egyptian God of Chaos, is determined to take his just due: the throne of Osiris.

The only way to stop him is for Ramose to put his trust in Tamara, but first must gain the same from her.  The ensuing sensual relationship is filled with romance,…

Book Spotlight: Hereafter by Terri Bruce

Hereafter Afterlife
Book One
 Terri Bruce

Genre: Paranormal/Contemporary Fantasy

Publisher: Mictlan Press
Date of Publication: January 20, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-9913036-0-1 ISBN: 978-0-9913036-1-8
Number of pages: 369 Word Count: 111,000
Cover Artist: Shelby Robinson

Book Description:

Thirty-six-year-old Irene Dunphy didn't plan on dying any time soon, but that’s exactly what happens when she makes the mistake of getting behind the wheel after a night bar-hopping with friends. She finds herself stranded on earth as a ghost, where the food has no taste, the alcohol doesn’t get you drunk, and the sex...well, let’s just say “don’t bother.” To make matters worse, the only person who can see her—courtesy of a book he found in his school library—is a fourteen-year-old boy genius obsessed with the afterlife.

Unfortunately, what waits in the Great Beyond isn’t much better. Stuck between the boring life of a ghost in this world and the terrifying prospect of three-headed hell hounds, final jud…

Next Week !!!

Next week we will be hosting Simply Tea Time here on The Simple Things in Life. We are going to talk about:

Benefits of teaDifferent kinds of teasSharing my favorite tea flavorsReviewing different tea productsHosting a Tea PartyHaving a few giveaways
So I hope you all will join me here next week!!!!

Free or not to expensive activities!!!!

Here is a list of free and inexpensive activities happening all across the USA. I hope you and your family can participate and have some {free or inexpensive} fun! Thanks to Lori at at More For Less today for putting a this wonderful information together for us. Visit her blog at Link If you know of any others to share, please let us know! It is always best to call ahead and make sure that your local retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.:: Free Admission to National ParksJanuary 20th Martin Luther King Jr. DayGo to to find participating US National Parks.
:: American Girl Store EventsEvents differ by location and include 2014 Girl of the Year Debut party, Bitty Baby's Story time, and crafts. Many of the American Girl in store events are free however some have a fee and some have age restrictions. Get the details here and find participating stores.
:: Home Depot Workshops {for adults}Saturday, January 18th from 10 AM to 11:30 AM Learn How to Install Crown M…

Book Spotlight: Break (Through) the ice by: Rachell Nichole

Break(Through) The Ice Rachell Nichole

Genre: Contemporary romance

Publisher: Twenty or Less Press

Date of Publication: January 14, 2014

Number of pages: 100 Word Count: 20,000

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Book Description:

When Jasmine Graves is invited to the set of the movie based on her book series, she thinks all her dreams have come true. The Vince Demarco, the man she's based her hero on for the past seven years, will be there and she can't wait to meet him. Little does she know that she'll have to face her worst fears to keep her leading man.

Vince Demarco has never been as intrigued by a character or an author before being introduced to the haunted werewolf he's been cast to play. So when he comes face to face with its creator, Jasmine Graves, he's awestruck. But he fears an author who's a reported recluse will want nothing to do with the paparazzi madness and crazy shooting schedule that comes with dating a movie star.

Neither one can deny the almost animal attractio…

Cover Reveal: Blood Reunited (Blood Vine Series Book 3) by Amber Belldene

Blood Reunited
Blood Vine Series
Book Three
Amber Belldene

Genre: paranormal romance

Publisher: Omnific Publishing

Date of Publication: January 28, 2014


Book Description:

Book Three in the Blood Vine Series.

Brooding vampire halfling and biologist Bel Maras is determined to create a cure for the wasting disease that plagues his vampire family. His work becomes essential as the Hunters intensify their global and bloody campaign. When Bel's cure fails, only his ancient and estranged godmother Uta Ilirije can help. But seeing the ice-cold Uta reveals something shocking--she is his bonded mate.

She may be a dangerous warrior, but Uta feels her failures acutely. She has been unable to protect her kind from Hunters, and vampires are dying out. Worse, she tied Bel to her long ago in an accident of blood, then abandoned him for his own good--a choice he has never forgiven. Many days, she is convinced Bel and the vampires would be better off if she just walked into the …

DIY: Homemade BodyButter

My skin tends to be on the dry side. So I always looking for a good product for my skin. I have tried them all. If it a cold day believe that my skin will be dry by the end of the day. So in researching products that work well in hair I certainly across Shea butter, that works well with skin and hair. So I brought me some from the hair store and whipped me up some body butter.

What you need:
1 cup 100% pure Shea butter ( room temperature) 1/4 cup of any two oils-Any oils ( coconut oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil or olive oil) 10 drops Essential oils(lemon, lavender, or a citrus) Jar with lid
1. Whip up your shea butter.
2. I used coconut oil and olive oil pour in your oils ( melt it in a double boiler system when whipping up your Shea butter).
3. Add you 10 drops of essential oils( I used citrus or orange).
4. Pour in your jar.

*if you see your body butter melting put it in the ridge or a cool area*

You can add as many oil that you like and try different smells like lavender and va…