April 30, 2016

Spring Reads (& Giveaway): One Pink Rose by Julie Garwood




Many older books are being released to ebook formats, which happens to be the case for the One Pink Rose by Julie Garwood, book one in the The Clayborne Bride series. The novella was originally published back in 1997, but now it's being released as an ebook by Pocket Star EBooks on May 9, 2016. It will be available to purchase on S&S, BAM, IBOOKSTORE, KINDLE, NOOK and GOOGLE PLAY.

Set in Montana in 1880, One Pink Rose centers on Travis, the youngest of the Clayborne brothers, who gets talked into escorting a young woman, Emily Finnegan, to Golden Crest, Montana.

Emily is a mail-order bride, who plans on starting a new life in Montana; though she doesn't plan on falling in love with a stranger. Unfortunately, this is a love story, so you can pretty much guess what happens between her and Travis.

Final Thoughts: I have seen the author's titles in bookstores, but this is the first time I have read one of her works. While the main plot is a little cliched, One Pink Rose still is a decent read. All the characters are likeable and the blossoming romance feels believable. Overall, One Pink Rose is a cute, fast-paced read that should entertain all romance readers.

Make sure to keep an eye out for the other Clayborne Bride novellas from Pocket Star EBooks. One White Rose will be released on June 13th. One Red Rose will be released on July 11th!


*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions are my own.


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Popcorn & Coffee: Power Rangers Dino Charge: Resurgence


Not Rated; 92 minutes; $14.98; Amazon
I'm sure Power Rangers fans (young & old) are excited about the reboot feature film that just started filming this month. Unfortunately, you'll have to wait until next year to see it in theaters. However, the good news is that you can now buy Power Rangers Dino Charge: Resurgence, which just landed on DVD earlier this month. The single-disc set features four exciting episodes from twenty-second season. There are no special features or bonus extras, though the DVD does come with a digital Ultraviolet code.

Borrowing footage, props and costumes from the Japanese Super Sentai Series Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, Power Ranger Dino Charge centers on a new team of heroes - Brennan, the red ranger (played by Tyler Navarro); Shelby, the pink ranger (played by Camille Hyde); Koda, the blue ranger (played by Yoshi Sudarso), Riley, the green ranger (played by Michael Taber); and Chase, the black ranger (played by James Davies). Mentored by archaeologist Kendall Morgan (played by Claire Blackwelder) and the alien called "Keeper," the rangers must battle the deadly alien bounty hunter Sledge and his minions, as well as search and retrieve the missing Energems before Sledge finds them first.

This DVD features the episodes 5 thru 8.

"Breaking Black" -  Sledge's newest monster, Spellbinder, puts a spell on Chase.

"The Tooth Hurts" - Riley and Chase clash on how to handle Sledge's monster, Cavity
April 29, 2016

Book Blogger Hop: April 29th - May 5th


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!

Do you read and review books mainly for publishers or authors?

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: 

  Normally, I receive review copies directly from the publisher; though occasionally I will receive a copy from a author's agent or directly from the author.


Linky List:

April 28, 2016

Thursday Rereads: Rotten School: Calling All Birdbrains


128 pages; Amazon
If you haven't already noticed there hasn't been a Thursday ReReads posts for the last few weeks. I've been busy with other things, so I skipped decided to skip those weeks. My plan was to have the review for Rotten School: Calling All Birdbrains written and posted on Thursday morning, but I was actually under the weather for the past few days and I just didn't feel like it. Plus, I was really ticked for reasons I won't go into details on here.

Now on with the review.

Rotten School is set at a boarding school called (Yep! You guessed it!) Rotten School. All the books are centered on a 4th-grader named Bernie Bridges, who has a bad of habit of trying to scam his fellow classmates out of money.

Book 15, titled Calling All Birdbrains, is the weirdest book in the series. It starts out with Bernie's pet parrot, Libby, ruining the all-night UNO tournament in the back room of the Student Center. Typically, Libby is always a good luck charm for Bernie, but not anymore.

After several accidents, all of which Libby was the cause of, Bernie believes his beloved parrot is bad luck. With the school's annual I. B. Rotten Outdoor Game Competition right around the corner, Bernie doesn't want any bad luck, so he does the only thing he can think of - he gives Libby to his nemesis, Sherman Oaks.

Unfortunately, the unthinkable happens - Sherman has a series of good luck, all thanks to Bernie. Now Bernie is desperate to get Libby back for the games begin.

Book Blast: The Dawning of Scarlett





The Dawning of Scarlett
by Jennifer Osborn
Publisher: Indescribable Publishing
Pub. Date: April 26, 2016 (Kindle)
Pages: 328
ASIN: B01EV8J8M2
Retail: $3.99 (Kindle); $12.99 (paperback)
Buy Links: Kindle, Paperback

Blurb: As a pale revenant—the vampire faction believing all life is sacred—sixteen-year-old Scarlett Ellis has learned to hide in the human world. She goes to night-school, works at a coffee shop, and her uncle Chasem trains her in martial arts. No matter what, she has to be prepared, because when she turns seventeen, she’ll be of Dawning age—and her biological father Apollo vows to see her dead first.

Expecting her Dawning to be impossible, she accepts the fact that she will become a rogue, forever hunted by revenant renegades and outcast by her own people. Scarlett thinks she’s prepared for this—until the curly-haired Nicholas Lightener walks into her life and asks her out on a date.

Torn between her feelings for Nick and the danger of the revenant world, Scarlett’s strange life is turned inside-out when she’s kidnapped and forced to do the one thing she swore she’d never do. Plus, she has no idea whose memories keep appearing in her dreams, or if they can even help her. Determined to free herself from a death sentence, Scarlett must fight to become who she was born to be.

Excerpt: His lips freeze in surprise for a moment, warm and tasting like salt, but they quickly yield to mine. Before I know it, his surprise melts into participation, and he kisses me back. It’s all pleasantly confusing, and I feel dizzy. My blood pounds wildly in my veins and I’m worried my eyes are going to change out of excitement. But before I can pull back, he does first, and his breath is hot on my cheek.

 I keep my eyes down, for fear of what they might show. I glance up at the artery in his neck, veiled by the paper-thin skin of a human. The blood moves in thick shots and I hear his heart pounding. I feel the urge to let my canines drop and lean over to bite him. I've learned to control myself so much around humans that I’m able to push the desire down. But he gives off the most intoxicating smell. I find myself wondering what his blood would taste like. It’s odd to even think about, because I don’t even need blood right now, but he’s somehow attracting me in a way I don’t understand. It’s a strange desire to bite—not to hurt, not even to drink, but to bite. I can’t make sense of it.
April 27, 2016

Popcorn & Coffee: Disney Goldie & Bear: Best Fairytale Friends



TV-Y; 168 minutes; $19.99; Amazon


Now available to purchase on DVD from Disney Home Entertainment is Goldie & Bear: Best Fairytale Friends, featuring 7 episodes from the hit Disney Junior series. There are no special features or bonus extras on the single disc; however, it does come with a free Playtime Fun Set.

Goldie & Bear debuted this past December on Disney Junior. The series picks up shortly after the classic fairytale "Goldilocks and the Three Bears"ended, where Goldie (voiced by Natalie Lander) and her new friend Jack (Baby) Bear (voiced by Georgie Kidder) have fun, exciting adventures in a forest far far away.

There are 7 episodes on the DVD, with each episode containing two adventures.



The episodes are:

The Birthday Chair / Big Bear

Fee Fi Fo Shoe / Little Gold Riding Hood

Bear's Red Shoes / Goose Sitters

Moon Jump / The Big Good Wolf

Pinocchio-itis / The Clubhouse That Jack Built

The Egg / Golden Kickball

Thumbelina's Wild Ride / Big Bad Houseguest
April 24, 2016

Popcorn & Coffee: Veep: The Complete Fourth Season


TV-MA; 281 minutes; $26.95; Amazon

The big anticipated premiere of the sixth season of Game of Thrones debuts tonight on HBO, but don't forget there are two other season premieres afterward -Silicon Valley and Veep.

HBO Home Entertainment released Veep: The Complete Fourth Season to DVD last week, featuring all 10 episodes from the award-winning season. The only bonus feature on the two-disc set is the "Hilarious Deleted Scenes."

Created by y Armando Iannucci, Veep debuted on HBO in 2012 and quickly became a critical hit. In the beginning, the series centered on Selina Meyer (played by Emmy-winner Julia Louis-Dreylus) a former Senator who is now the first female Vice-President of the United States. Towards the end of season 3, the President stepped down to take care of his ailing wife, leaving Selina to become the first female President.

The fourth season is set around the upcoming election, which is Selina's first campaign for President. Her campaign encounters several setbacks including the resignation of her campaign-manager Amy Brookheimer (played by Anna Chlumsky) and the firing of Deputy Director of Communications Dan Egan (played by Reid Scott). Then of course her staff has to deal with other issues, including a missing painting and the search for a new VP.

Fitness & Coffee Sundays: Does Asian Ginseng Improve Athletic Endurance?



I believe I might have mentioned before that I like taking Ginseng supplements.

Typically, Ginseng is grown in Korea, Northern China or Eastern Siberia. However, it has can be found in some parts of the United States, in which the supplement version is called American Ginseng. It doesn't matter where the Ginseng is grown at as all the supplements generally have the same benefits.

Earlier this month, I was sent a bottle of Vita G Premium Korean Red Panax Ginseng to test out and review. Each bottle has 90 veggie capsules (45 servings) with 1000mg of Panax Ginseng (Root).

Ginseng has been known to improve athletic endurance, promotes sexual heath in both men and women, and supports overall mental health.


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