September 4, 2015

Book Blogger Hop: September 4th - 10th

Book Blogger Hop

Welcome to the new Book Blogger Hop!

If you want schedule next week's post, click here to find the next prompt question. To submit a question, fill out this form.

What to do:

1. Post on your blog answering this question:

  This week's question is submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews!

How many years have you been blogging, and is there a story behind your blog's name?

2. Enter the link to your post in the linky list below (enter your Blog Name and the direct link to your post answering this week’s question. Failure to do so will result in removal of your link).

3. Visit other blogs in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading other posts and possible become a new follower.  The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

My Answer: 

   I've been blogging since 2009. My blog's title sums up who I am, especially the coffee part.
Linky List:

September 3, 2015

Silicone Counter Gap Covers Review

I'm sure almost everyone wants a tidy kitchen, especially with the holidays just around the corner. Though you might have your kitchen cleaned top to bottom, the one thing that you probably forgot about is cleaning the sides of your stove, which isn't an easy task if it's surround by cabinets.

Despite the fact that I try to keep everything around the stove clean as it can be, somehow I end up spilling something down the sides of the stove. There is a small gap on both sides between the stove and cabinets, so cleaning it can be a big hassle.

About a month ago, I was sent the Silicone Counter Cap Covers (2 pack) to test out and review. The gap covers are 21 inches long and 5 inches wide and can easily be cut to fit between a stove & kitchen cabinets or between a washer and dryer. The 2 pack can currently be purchased on Amazon for $16.95.

September 2, 2015

3 Reasons You Need a Writing Coach

Have you ever thought about getting a writing coach? A writing coach is a person who can help you find your place in the writing world and coach you toward becoming your best writing self. A coach acts similarly to a critique group, but with more purpose. Depending on how involved you and your coach are, using one can dramatically increase your chances of getting published.

Here are three reasons why you might want to find a writing coach:

A Writing Coach Can Show You the Ropes

Your writing coach should be a person who is already published, ideally in a similar genre/field as you want to be in. The writing coach can help share the process she went through toward getting published in that industry. She will share tips about what editors are looking for, inconsistencies in your writing, trends in the industry, and much more.

A Writing Coach Can Help You Improve

You probably don’t think your work is the best thing ever, but sometimes an outside prospective is exactly what you need to get past any blocks in your writing. A third party can see issues with your writing and stories that you cannot and help you find a better way to say what you are trying to say. Some coaches may even help edit your work, depending on how much you are willing to pay them.

A Writing Coach Can Help Get Your Work in Front of the Right People

A person who has been published is an invaluable resource. This person knows how to get something published and who needs to see your work before it can start its way onto the publishing process. A writing coach can help you find an agent, publisher, editor, and even a PR team, when you are finally able to become published.

If you plan on becoming a published writer one day, a writing coach will be your best friend. 
Brenda is a fellow book-lover and coffee-addict. She is a freelance writer, punctuation nerd, and grammar enthusiast. Her favorite book genres are Science Fiction, Fantasy with a Twist, and Dystopian. Brenda blogs about books, writing and more at Daily Mayo. Find her here on CaW for Writing Tips Wednesdays the first Wednesday of every month.

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September 1, 2015

DanceCrazy Ultra Stretch Strap Review

Though I'm not the most flexible person in the world, I've been adding a bit of yoga mixed in with my regular workout routine a few days a week.

Yoga is great for body and mind. Actually, it's great for your back and legs. I have strains in both my back and legs, so it was no-brainier why I wanted to start doing yoga. Like I said, I'm not the most flexible person in the world, so some of the moves are a challenge for me.

About a month ago, I was sent the DanceCrazy Ultra Stretch Strap to test out and review. You might recall me reviewing a few of the company's dancing videos earlier this year.

Now I already own a yoga strap, but plastic buckle doesn't hold the strap very well, causing it to pop out while I try to use it. That being said, I was looking forward to trying out the Ultra Stretch Strap.

Summer Reads: The Captive Condition

The Captive Condition
by Kevin P. Keating
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Pub. Date: July 7, 2015
ISBN: 978-0804169288
Pages: 288
Buy Link: Amazon


Have you ever run across an old Gothic novel from the late 60s or early 70s that had an eerie cover of a young woman running from something? Well, that's exactly what I pictured when I started reading the mystery thriller The Captive Condition by Keven P. Keating last month.

Set in a Midwestern college town, the novel centers on Edmund Campion, a young man takes on odd jobs while attempting to get his master's degree. The one thing that he never expected is to get caught up in a murder mystery, but that is what happens when Emily Ryan, who was having an affair with Professor Kingsley, is found dead in a pool.

Edumund enters a dark world of betrayal as he becomes obsessed with the murder, leaving him to learn about all the town's dark dirty secrets.
August 30, 2015

DVD Review: Jurassic Adventures: 4-Movie Collection

Jurassic Adventures: 4-Movie Collection
Directors: T.J. Scott, Marco Brambilla, Timothy Bond
Starring: John Rhys-Davies, Wentworth Miller, Ricky Schroder
Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Retail: $9.98
ASIN: B00VX21V34
Running Time: 7 hours 58 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Buy Link:

If you're not already aware, Jurassic World is the biggest film of the year with over $1.6 billion in box-office sales so far. The previous three films have played on cable channels dozens of times over the summer to tie-in with the new movie and there have been a slew of ripoffs that were released to DVD, including Mill Creek Entertainment's Jurassic Adventures: 4-Movie Collection, which includes The Lost World, Return to the Lost World, Adventures in Dinotopia and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Now I wouldn't exactly call this a remake as two of the films featured here were released a year before the original Jurassic Park arrived in theaters in 1993. Plus, these four titles are loosely based on books.

Directed by Timothy Bond, The Lost World centers on Professor George Edward Challenger (played by John Rhys-Davies) who leads a scientific team to the strange lands deep in the African jungle where dinosaurs are believed to still exist. While the journey is fascinating, it is also extremely dangerous for them.

Released the same year (1992) is the direct-to-video sequel Return to the Lost World. With the same director and cast, the sequel centers on Professor Challenger and his team returning to the lost world to protect it from evil men that have ventured there to drill for oil.

August 29, 2015

Hammer Films Collection Review

Hammer Films Collection
Directors: Terence Fisher, Seth Holt, Val Guest, Michael Carreras
Starring: Paul Massie, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing,
Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
Release Date: August 18, 2015
Retail: $14.98
Running Time: 7 hours 24 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Buy Link: Amazon


Every diehard horror fan knows the name "Hammer Films," the British production company released a slew of Gothic horror flicks throughout the mid 1950s until the 1970s. Now available town on DVD from Mill Creek Entertainment is the two-disc Hammer Films Collection, featuring five frightening movies - The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll, Scream of Fear!, The Gorgon, Stop Me Before I Kill!, and The Curse Of The Mummy's Tomb.

Also known as the House of Fright and Jekyll's Inferno, The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960) was directed by Terence Fisher and starred Paul Massie as Henry Jekyll, a man whom is heartbroken when he learns that his wife, Kitty has cheated on him with Paul Allen (played by Christopher Lee). Out of his mind, he creates a potion that turns him into a crazed killer.

Scream of Fear (original titled Taste of Fear) was directed by Seth Holt and was released to theaters in 1961. It centers on a paralyzed woman (played by Susan Strasberg) returns to her family home to unravel the mystery behind her father's disappearance. Christopher Lee is also featured in this tale.

The late Christopher Lee also starred in the 1964's The Gorgon. Directed by Terence Fisher, the film was set in 1910 in rural village of Germany and centered on the aftermath of seven murders that occurred during the span of five years. Each victim was turned into stone! Peter Rushing also co-stars in this Greek mythology inspired film.

Summer Reads: Goosebumps Most Wanted: Special Editon #3 - Trick Or Trap

Goosebumps Most Wanted: Special Editon 3 - Trick Or Trap
by R.L. Stine
Publisher: Scholastic
Pub. Date: July 28, 2015
ISBN: 978-0545627788
Pages: 192
Buy Link: Amazon

It's almost hard to believe that the first Goosebumps title by R.L. Stine was published in 1992. I was nearly twelve-years-old when I stumbled upon "Welcome to Dead House" in the book section at a Walmart and I've been a fan of the series ever since. This is a big year for Goosebumps fans as the first feature film will released in October with Jack Black playing a fictional version of R.L. Stine. Until then, fans can entertain themselves with the newest book - Goosebumps Most Wanted: Special Edition #3 - Trick Or Trap!

This installment centers on Scott Harmon, a twelve-year-old that is afraid of almost anything, especially his little sister, Rita, who is always playing tricks on him and his best friend, Amanda Gold. Rita isn't the only one that likes to bother them as the school bullies, Morty and Mickey, are always trying to scare them, which they always succeed in doing.

To prove that he isn't a scaredy cat and that he has the guts to standup to the bullies, he talks Amanda in going with him to the old abandoned house near the cemetery that everyone thinks is haunted! The plan is to have Amanda take a picture of Scott inside the house, but things don't exactly go as planned.


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