Showing posts from February, 2014

New Book Releases for March

I don't know about you but there are some books coming out in March that I am totally excited to read. Below will be a book cover, book blurb, and link to buy from Amazon. At the end of each month I will send out a list of 5 new releases, feel free to add your cant wait till March releases in the comments. Now on to the books:

Book Description

Publication Date: March 25, 2014

Book Two of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy

Shadow Spell

With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken…

A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape—by a long-awaited kiss.

Meara Quinn is Branna’s best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush count…

Author Interview: Amy Jarecki of Captured by the Pirate Laird

Today we have the pleasure of chatting with Amy author if Captured by the Pirate Laird:

1. What made you want to be a writer?

Pencils. You see, I think I was in the first grade when they had that thick-lined paper where you had to write perfect letters. Once I got that down, I wrote every chance I could get…sometimes I would write a lot, and then I would go for years without writing anything. Now all I do is write—pretty much.

2. Who is your favorite author?

You mean I have to pick only one favorite? I guess I’d have to say Monica McCarty. Her Highland Guard Series is amazing. In the 80’s and 90’s, I read everything I could find by Wilbur Smith.

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

Entwined by Kristen Callihan

4. Tell us about yourself in 3 words?

Focused, loveable hermit.

5. What is your favorite activity?

Writing. Oh…did you mean aside from writing? *grins* Do I really have to pick a favorite? *drums fingers* I guess it would be dancing.

6. If your book could be made into…

Book Spotlight and Giveaway:The Price of Sanctuary by Gaylon Greer

The Price of Sanctuary by Gaylon Greer


Accustomed to a life of privilege, Shelby Cervosier new finds herself running for her life. Accused of killing an American Immigration agent, Shelby has undertaken a mission on behalf of a secretive American espionage agency in exchange for a promise of legal amnesty and political asylum in America. Now, however, the agent who coerced her into accepting the assignment wants her dead to cover up the bungled mission. Two hit men compete for the bounty that has been placed on her head.

Shelby and her younger sister flee into America’s heartland in search of a safe haven. They find only fear and danger, however, when they are captured by one of the assassins, Hank.

Prepared to do whatever it takes to keep her sister safe, Shelby cooperates with her capturer. Deciding that his feelings for them are more important than bounty money, Hank takes the sisters under his wing and secrets then away to his hideout: a farm in a remote corn…

Book Spotlight and Giveaway: Blood Vine Series 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 …

10 Ways to spend to spend your taxes!!!!

It's tax season, how do you plan to spend your money. Below I am going to list 10 ways to put your tax money to good use. Hopefully they can help you elevate some stress this year. Prices keep rises and it does look like they are dropping any time soon. So here we go:

Pay off any debts you have (ex: pay off your credit card)Pay extra on you monthly bills (ex: electric, cell phone)Book a vacation ( pay it in full)Stock up on groceries ( you can never have to many groceries)Stock up on household items ( ex: toilet paper, tissues)Pay off large expense if possible( ex: car)Save money in addition to regular savingsAdd money to IRAGet maintainance done you car(ex: oil change, breaks fixed)By yourself and your family something nice

Each year I get something the 5 of us and my parents and my mother-in-law something. It feel good to give them a little surprise. Whatever you go make it count.

Book Spotlight and Giveaway: Blind Mercy by Violetta Rand

Blind Mercy by Violetta Rand


The Sigurdsson family legacy continues…

A woman who prayed for a hero…

Orphaned at a young age, Rachelle Fiennes prayed for a hero to rescue her from her tragic life in England. When her only kinsman goes missing after the Battle of Stamford Bridge, Rachelle braves the aftermath of the battlefield to find him.

A man who lost everything…

Damned by the gods for surviving the bloodiest defeat in Norse history, Jarl Tyr Sigurdsson is still determined to get home. Hiding until nightfall so he can escape to his ship, his dangerous endeavor is disrupted when he’s accidently discovered by a beautiful Saxon.

Brought together by war, Rachelle and Tyr face many obstacles. Can sworn enemies find peace through love, or will fate be cruel?

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Rachelle tried to wiggle out of her bonds. He didn’t try to stop her. Why did Prince E…

Giveaway: Deluxe 2-in-1 Cozy Roadster

Get ready to hit the road with the Little Tikes Deluxe 2-in-1 Cozy Roadster! With the help of mom and dad, kids can zoom around in this fun character car!
Product Features Shade canopy provides a shade with two cup holdersReal working hornQuiet tires are durable for outdoor surfaces and gentle for indoor floorsFriendly character faceAdjustable handle can be attached to front and back of vehicleHandle can be used for both pushing and pullingFor ages 1-4 years old One lucky winner will receive a Deluxe 2-in-1 Cozy Roadster. Organized by: Iowa Mom. Giveaway ends March 2nd at 11:59pm, open to US residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck

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Giveaway: Healthy Solutions Spice Blends

Healthy Solutions Spice Blends Giveaway Hosted by: Queen of Savings, The Parent Spot, Dividing by Zero, Mama C's Secrets 2 Saving & Just Plane and Simple Healthy Solutions Spice Blends™, LLC is located in Milford, New Hampshire and produces a branded line of All Natural, high quality, recipe ready spice blends that create healthy gourmet meals in minutes. Healthy Solutions Spice Blends are blended together using only the highest quality spices and are available in 16 distinctive blends for easy preparation with fish, beef, pork or poultry.
Prize: Winners choice of 4 Spice Blends from Dates: 2/15-3/1 Open to: US Residents 18+ Enter to win using the Giveaway Tools Widget below. Good luck!
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Giveaway: Gumdrop or HardCandy Case

GumDrop or HardCandy Case Giveaway Hosted by: Queen of Savings, The Parent Spot, Dividing by Zero, Mama C's Secrets 2 Saving & Just Plane and Smple Gumdrop and Hard Candy Cases were established with one main goal: To bring device protection to the masses in a stylish way. As soon as the latest and greatest tech device hits the streets, Gumdrop is always on top of the game, and is the first to deliver the hippest, most rugged and protective device accessories around. They strive to bring device protection to the masses, one case at a time.
Prize: Winners choice of case from or Dates: 2/15-3/1 Open to: US Residents 18+ Enter to win using the Giveaway Tools Widget below. Good luck

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Happy Valentine's Day

Enjoy your day xoxoxo

Giveway: QuickSnippers

QuickSnippers Giveaway   QuickSnippers Giveaway!! QuickSnippers are honestly my favorite tool for doing any kind of crafts, scrapbooking or simply cutting paper to use in a project. I love that the Quick Snippers replaces 6 fancy scissors and let's me only carry one pair of scissors with designs on them. This help me tremendously when it comes to days that my extended family and I get together to scrapbook. I love that the Quick Snippers easily lift out of the case and snap right back down into place when you are ready for a new pair. They even have a straight edge pair of scissors which makes them even better in my opinion!! The 6 designs are Victoria, Zig Zag, Lightening bolt, Scallop, Corkscrew, and the straight edge.    
Be sure to check out the Quick Snippers video below! Lisa Avery of LIMIRI LLC, Product Developer of Quick Snippers® ~ a decorative scissors tool. The Quick Snippers are perfect for scrapbookers, card makers, art students and the list goes on and on. Onc…

Book Spotlight: Freakin Cougar by Eve Langlais


Forget taming their cougar. These young studs want her as is, even if she scratches. Someone's killing shifters in prison, and Patricia needs help catching the culprit. The cougar enlists the help of Stu and Ricky, a techno geek and a reformed criminal, a mismatched pair, who turn out to also be her mates. But Patricia's already loved and lost one man. Does she dare allow herself to care again? Older isn't just wiser, it's sexier, or at least that's what a socially challenged wolf and a bad boy panther think. Forced to work together to catch a killer, Stu and Ricky soon find out they'll have to learn to do more than tolerate each other when they realize a hot, almost forty cougar is their mate. Can they find a way to work together and make their cougar purr?

Author Bio:

Hello, my name is Eve. I’m a stay at home mom who writes full time in between juggling my three kids, hubby, and housework, I write really raunchy stuff–usually with werewolves lol.I w…

Lovefest: Paperback Release of Connected & Torn


Book Spotlight and Giveaway:Banished Love by Ramona Flightner

Banished Love
by Ramona Flightner




Clarissa Sullivan dreams for more from life than sipping tepid tea in stifling parlors in Victorian Boston. She defies her family’s wishes, continuing to teach poor immigrant children in Boston’s West End, finding a much-needed purpose to her life.


As a suffragette, Clarissa is considered a firebrand radical no man would desire. For why should women want the vote when men have sheltered women from the distasteful aspects of politics and law?


When love blossoms between Clarissa and Gabriel McLeod, a struggling cabinetmaker, her family objects. Clarissa’s love and determination will be tested as she faces class prejudices, manipulative family members and social convention in order to live the life she desires with the man she loves.

Will she succeed? Or will she yield to expectations?

BANISHED LOVE follows Clarissa Sullivan on her journey of self-discovery as she learns what she cannot live witho…

Giveaway: Cupid's Arrow Target Card

Welcome to the Cupid's Arrow Target Gift Card Giveaway sponsored by Dictated and Segment and hosted by The Parenting Patch!

 February 14 is approaching fast. Valentine's Day will be here and gone before you know. In celebration of the holiday love, how would you like to win $50 straight from Cupid's arrow to spend at Target? Two (2) lucky readers of The Parenting Patch, Dictated, Segment, and The Simple Things in Life  will each win one (1) $50 gift card to Target. To enter for your chance to win the Cupid's Arrow Target Gift Card Giveaway, simply use the following Rafflecopter form. Good luck! Happy Valentine's Day!

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The Cupid's Arrow Target Gift Card Giveaway is open worldwide. An international winner will receive $50 via PayPal in lieu of the specified prize. The Cupid's Arrow Target Gift Card Giveaway ends at midnight CST on February 19, 2014. Two winners will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winners will be sent an ema…

Author Interview and Giveaway: Through the Oracles Mist by Aedan Byrnes

Today I had the pleasure of chatting with Aedan,

What made you want to be a writer?

 Nothing that I can pinpoint, I think I always have been a writer. I think I’m better than I used to be, but I’ve written as long as I can remember. Seems to me like they go hand in hand, reader and writer, and I thoroughly enjoy both.

Who is your favorite author?

 All of them. Writing is the act of pouring out a piece of your soul onto paper and putting it out for people to love or loathe. I don’t have the first idea how to say any are a favorite over the others…those who embrace the challenge of writing and speaking through stories have my undying respect forever.

What is the name of the last book you read?

That’s a large list as I’m always reading something. I did recently read/finish Amber Scott’s Enchanted Moon as a beta for her. It was a magickal tale.

Tell us about yourself in 3 words?

 Thrifty. Grounded. Blessed.

What is your favorite activity?

Anything outdoors. Not sports per se, but outd…

Valentine's Giveaway (Ends 2/14/14)

Welcome to the You Deserve It Valentine’s Giveaway! Hosted by: Savory Savings & Gloriously Green Gal Sponsored by: Maggie Bags, Moody Sisters, Slim 45 and Artisan Scents Co-hosted by: Monica’s Rants, Raves & Reviews, Dividing by Zero, Lisa – Queen of Random, and The World of ContestPatti
Hey ladies!  Valentine's Day is right around the corner and sometimes, we have to stop the "dropping hints" act with our significant others and just take care of ourselves!  That is right - with this giveaway event, we want you to realize that YOU DESERVE IT!  So we are bringing you so fabulous and fun prizes to win!  (Men, if you are reading this - take note, these are fabulous gift ideas for your special someone if you need some hints!)
Prizes include (links will take you to the reviews that Krista from Savory Savings and Gloriously Green Gal shared!):

Campus Tote from Maggie Bags - this fun and functional purse made from upcycled seat belts can work for day to day, or be d…

Book Spotlight and Giveaway: The Complete Amish Wedfing Series by Becca Fisher

The Complete Amish Wedding Series This boxed set features all six books in the Amish Wedding series including:

Amish Wedding Rebecca Lapp has her life back together after a tough break up. She's found a new man and is finally happy once again. But when her ex comes back into town wanting her back, Rebecca will be forced to make a decision that will change her life forever.

An Amish Widower's Heart Two years after Henry King loses his wife in a freak accident, he's still trying to cobble his life back together. But he knows that if he doesn't stop lingering on the past, he'll have no future. But can he love again? And just how far is the journey back to happiness?

The Amish Late Bloomer Almost all of Elizabeth Stoltz's friends are married with kids. Elizabeth meanwhile finds herself back on the dating scene again after a crushing heartbreak. And she quickly finds out that being single at twenty-one year old leaves few options for finding the perfect guy. But Eliza…

Giveaway: Kids Headphones ( Ends 2/12/14)

Hosted by: Queen of Savings, The Parent Spot, Dividing by Zero & Pocket of Savings
Do your kids need a new pair of headphones.This is the giveaway for you.These headphones feature sound isolation that helps clarify audio, a ferrite magnet that reinforces sound, and large, full-range drivers that deliver powerful audio, along with a built-in volume limiter to protect children's hearing.
Prize: Kids Volume Limiting Headphones (Winners Choice of Hello Kitty, My Little Pony or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) Dates: 2/1-2/12 Open to: US Residents 18+ Enter to win using the Giveaway Tools Widget below. Good luck!
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