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Giveaway: Outdoor Fire Pit

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Book Blast and Giveaway: Circle of Dishonor by Carla Swafford

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Carla will award one copy of CIRCLE OF DISHONOR at every stop to a randomly drawn commenter, and a $25 Amazon/BN GC to one randomly chosen winner via Rafflecopter during the tour. Please click the banner to see the other stops on this tour.

John “Ice” Takahashi’s final job for The Circle has an unexpected hitch in it; he’s fallen for an innocent civilian and his enemies know it. With his mission in a shambles, he’ll do anything to protect her, including kill. So how can a man without honor prove he’s worthy of her love?

Lena Matthews feels like she’s playing with fire by dating the mysterious Master J. He’s exotic, dangerous, and exactly what she needs in her boring life. With the bad guys bearing down on them, she discovers a whole new world of sensuality that binds her heart to his forever.

Now enjoy an excerpt:

Lena Matthews felt like a perverted voyeur.

Sitting in a coffee shop across the courtyard f…

Anxiety: know the signs

Have you every over thought a situation, made sure you checked the locks 3 times, worried about everything you say and do. You may be suffering from Anxiety. It can manifest in different ways. According to ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) Anxiety effects over 40 million people in US. There are several types of Anxiety. First, let's talk about the signs and symptoms. (Remember to always consult your doctor).

Constantly worriedCannot relaxTrouble sleeping, mind racing On edgeCan't concentrate on a taskNegative thinking
There are several other signs. Some of the sign are everyday happenings, but if you have them in access it may be time to talk to your doctor. Click the link  to take a Anxiety Assessment from Anxiety and Depression Association of America.  Link for Assessment
Under the Anxiety Disorder falls the Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic disorder or attacks, and social anxiety disorder. There are several more but we will talk about the common ones. 

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Givaway: Nerdblock Jr (Your choice Girl and Boy)

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TAKE care of SELF

As mothers we often forget that we have to make sure we are taking care to be at our best to take care of others. We get so wrapped up in daily life that we do not take any time for ourselves. Sometimes we make excuses or feel guilty about doing things for self. But we need to remember to take a few minutes out of our day to please self.

It does not have to be over the top. It could be stopping on the way home to get $1.00 ice cream cone from McDonald's, or picking up your favorite book, or taking the extra 10 minutes in the bathroom to read it (Do not act like you have never done it lol).

Taking time for self is necessary to maintain mental and physical health.

What activities do you do for self?

Author Interview and Book Spotlight with Sherri Lackey of The Darkness Below

1. What made you want to be a writer?

I have always enjoyed writing. I think it is something I was born to do. I recently spoke to a friend who was commenting on the fact that many teachers today don’t teach phonics and spelling because they are afraid it might cause a student to not want to write. I laughed at that. I still remember how my teachers used to make us write and re-write and re-write until I wanted to scream and run away. However, it never caused me to not want to write ever again. No amount of phonics drills, grammar homework, or having to write misspelled words ten times ever changed that. Writing is what I do.

2. Who is your favorite author?

Dean Koontz is my go-to guy for contemporary fiction. I can usually count on him to keep me happily reading. I started reading his stuff back when I was pregnant with my twin sons; they are twenty-one now. So, it’s safe to say he’s my favorite.

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

The last book I read was Scarlet, the YA…

Free E-book: Stones of Power (YA)

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Out to Dinner: Applebee's Gift Card Giveaway

Welcome to the Applebees Seasons Best Giveaway Hosted byMy Best of Both Worlds Disclosure: Applebees invited My Best of Both Worlds to be their guest and experience their new Season’s Best Flavors menu items. The food was provided compliments of Applebees in order to facilitate a review. No other compensation was provided in exchange for this publication. All opinions expressed are true and my family’s own. If your family is anything like ours you enjoy going out to dinner and that’s what this giveaway is all about. Discovering Applebees new Season’s Best Flavors.

 You can read all about our review of Applebees' new dishes containing fresh and fabulous ingredients in Applebees is our go-to neighborhood restaurant. Applebee's offers a vareity of menu options for adults and children to choose from.
One lucky reader will win an Applebees $60 gift card to experience these delightful dishes. This giveaway is open to US residents 18 year and older. The giveaway ends on 6/25/14 at 1…

Book Spotlight: Ever Mine by Eden Ashe

Ever Mine

Eden Ashe

Genre: urban fantasy romance

Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc

Date of Publication: June 2, 2014

Number of pages:

Word Count: 33000

Cover Artist: Renee Rocco

Book Description:

Can a kidnapped fairy and a human find love despite all odds?

Nathan Alexander’s batty aunt has done it again. This time she’s sent him a rare plant he doesn’t want. Imagine his surprise when he finds a kidnapped fairy hidden within its leaves. As a man who heads a non-profit organization for abused women and children, Nathan makes it his mission to help her find her way home.

All her life Katenia was warned about the evilness of humans. Never was that proved more true than when she was kidnapped from her quiet valley home. Thrust into the human world, Katenia must fight her very instincts to trust Nathan if she ever hopes to return to her rightful place…and to her normal thumb-sized fairy form.

But with their lives in danger, finding home…and love…will be a journey worthy of a fairy tale.

Tour …

Kindle Fire HDX Giveaway

Enter to win 1 of 2 great prizes. Winner’s choice of a Kindle Fire HDX or $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 Paypal Cash! The first prize is available via the rafflecopter below. The 2nd is available only to bloggers who post about this giveaway. You can find info on how to enter the 2nd giveaway in the rafflecopter.
Win a Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash ($229 value)
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June Book Release

There are plenty of new upcoming book release to read at the beach. Here is a list of a few, feel free to add your own in the comments:


Publication Date: June 17, 2014
Catch a professional assassin: top priority. Find a failure-to-appear and collect big bucks: top score. How she’ll pull it all off: top secret. Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures. So Stephanie is going to have to do something she really doesn’t want to do: protect former hospital security guard and general pain in her behind Randy Briggs. Briggs was…

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day

Father Day Gift Ideas #2014

Sometimes it is hard to pick the right gift. It may feel like you have gotten everything possible for your dad or husband on Father's day. Well it's time to think outside the box. Technology has opened the way for some really cool Father's Day gift. Below there will be a few with purchase links.

1 Bluetooth Speaker: Amazon Link

2. Football tickets the season is coming up and that would be a great way to start the season: Link to buy tickets
3. Football gear:: Link to buy
4. Fishing Gear if you have a fisher at home like me this is a good choice: Link to buy
5. Don't forget the BBQ grill and Accessories :Link to buy
Although these are links to buy items sometimes the best gift is just spending time and remembering to say that you care. And that does not have to be in the way of a material gift. It can come in the form of a hug, a call, or stopping by to say hi.

Family Fun in the Sun #2014 Post Series

Some say that summer is the best time of the year. You can get out in the sun, open the windows for fresh air, and inhale all the sweet smelling flowers. Although I love Christmastime, the summer is my favorite time of the year. There are great activities to do without spending a bunch of money. I am going list a few, please check your state online pages or local post for more activities.

Fishing (check your local DNREC page, on price)Local Beach (we have one 10 min from the house we can sit and play all day) Art Museums (some have children summer programs) (Museums in your area)Local Library (most have reading programs) (Libraries in your area)Camps (Camp can be expensive check to see if they offer scholarships)Picnic at the park  Movie and Popcorn nightSpa day (do nails, do mani and pedi)Start a indoor/outdoor garden 
These are just a few things that we do, what are some of the activities that you do during the summer.

Book Spotlight: Léopold’s Wicked Embrace by Kym Grosso

Léopold’s Wicked Embrace
Immortals of New Orleans
Book 5
Kym Grosso

Genre:  Erotic Paranormal Romance
Publisher:  Independent – MT Carvin Publishing, LLC
Date of Publication:  April 5, 2014

Number of pages:  412 print
Word Count:  100,045
Cover Artist:  Cora Graphics

Book Description:

An erotic paranormal romance...

Seductive and lethal vampire, Léopold Devereoux, returns to the Big Easy to find a killer.  His search leads him to a beautiful and mysterious woman, who awakens desires and emotions that he’s long fought to keep buried.  After centuries of self-imposed solitude, the billionaire philanthropist struggles to restrain his growing thirst for the intriguing, lovely female who’s captured his attention.

Laryssa Theriot, an antiques proprietor in the Vieux Carré, agrees to help the commanding yet debonair stranger, who seeks her assistance.  She withholds her secret abilities, afraid to trust the man who threatens to unleash her darkest fantasies.  All the while, Léopold consumes…