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Monday, September 30

Release Day Blitz - Broken Dolls


Broken Dolls
BR Kingsolver
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Suspense
ISBN: 9781301813568 (ePub)
Number of pages: 235
Word Count: 79,600
Cover Artist: Mia Darien

Book Description:

Private investigator RB Kendrick makes her living nailing cheating spouses, digging up other dirt to help in a divorce, finding long-lost relatives, and occasionally sniffing out criminal activity and fraud.

When she takes a job to find a missing girl, she has no idea she is headed for the most dangerous case of her career. Usually, her ability to read minds gives her an edge. But when the people she’s hunting are also telepaths, that advantage is limited.

The search takes her into the dark underbelly of telepathic society, where anything, and anyone, is for sale. She discovers that telepathic women and girls are being trafficked as the ultimate sex slaves.

With people trying to kill her, she’s on the run, not knowing who she can trust. Will she find the missing girl, or become a victim herself?

Short Excerpt: 

DVD Review - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ultimate Showdown

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ultimate Showdown
Voice Cast: Jason Biggs, Rob Paulsen, Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Mae Whitman, Hoon Lee
Studio: Nickelodeon
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Retail: $19.99
ASIN: B00DTRR3XS
Running Time: 312 minutes
Rating: Not Rated

Review:

Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be premiering its second season next month, but now it is your chance to get caught up with season one's third volume titled Ultimate Showdown featuring twelve episodes, including the two-part season finale Showdown! Specials features include 4 Shorts: "The Mutation of a Scene," and the Animated Comic Books: Tales From the Lair, Parts Three - Six. There is also an exclusive Lego TMNT mini comic book inside the DVD case.

The second-half of season one debuted in January featuring the debut (or the return of a fan favorite for fans of the 1980s' TMNT) of the Rat King, though technically we have already met Dr. Victor Falco earlier in the season. Karai investigates the turtles' enemy, the Kraang, and learns why they are interested in capturing the young April O'Neil.

Donatello creates the Shellraiser out of Leatherhead's subway car. The turtles befriend a teenager who dresses up in a costume and calls himself "The Pulverizer", a they battle Baxter Stockman, Fishface, and the Purple Dragons.

As Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo are coming closer to rescuing April's father, they stumble upon the Kraang's plan on opening a portal to Dimension X and invading Earth with the Technodrome. Meanwhile, Karai and the Footclan kidnap April, leading Splinter to confront his old nemesis, Shredder, who reveals a startling revelation.

 The twelve episodes on the 2-disc set are:

Sunday, September 29

Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters - Predacons Rising Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack Giveaway


Hasbro Studios’ Emmy® Award-winning series Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters comes to an exciting to conclusion with the original feature-length movie, Transformers Prime: Beast Hunter - Predacons Rising, which will premiere on the Hub Network on October 4th and will arrive on Blu-ray & DVD on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 from Shout! Factory! This exciting 66-minute movie will serve as a epilogue, officially wrapping up the series and setting up for a future spinoff.


Giveaway:

Saturday, September 28

Blu-ray + DVD Review - The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition

The Little Mermaid
Directors: Ron Clements & John Musker
Voice Cast: Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin, Kenneth Mars, Buddy Hacket, Ben Wright, Paddi Edwards, Rene Auberjonois
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Retail: $44.99
ASIN: B00C7607BC
Running Time: 83 minutes
Rating: G



Review:

The 1989 classic animation blockbuster The Little Mermaid is being released from the Disney Vault this Tuesday, October 1, 2013 as part of the Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy with an all-new state-of-the-art digital restoration for a new generation. Bonus features include Carly Ra Jepsen's music video "Part Of Your World," Disney Intermissions - press pause and see what happens, Crab-E-OKE - sing along, never-before-seen deleted character - Harold the Mermaid, Part of Her World: Jodi Benson's Voyage to New Fantasyland, @DisneyAnimation - go behind the scenes with today's top Disney animators, Howard's Lecture, Under the Scenes, and much more!

The Little Mermaid is based on the classic Danish tale by Hans Christian Andersen and is about a sixteen-year-old mermaid named Ariel, who dreams of being human. Along with her best-friend Flounder, she collects human artifacts that she finds on the ocean floor, as she is curious about the world above the sea. Her father King Triton and his adviser Sebastian have told her dozens of times that it is illegal for mermaids and humans to make contact.

Despite King Triton's objections, Ariel, Flounder, and an unwilling Sebastian, get close to a sailing ship to watch the birthday celebrations of Prince Eric, which Ariel develops a crush on the human prince. Suddenly, a deadly storm causes chaos and Prince Eric is thrown into the water. Arial rushes to rescue him from drowning. The only thing Eric remembers about his rescuer was her beautiful voice.


Friday, September 27

Review - The Howling Heart


The Howling Heart
By April Bostic
Publisher: Eternal Press
Pub Date: August 1, 2013
ISBN: 978-1629290201
ASIN: B00EDTXEXY
Pages: 244
Buy Links: Amazon
Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18191033-the-howling-heart?ac=1 

Review:

Shortly after graduating college, Paige Donovan lands a dream job at a fashion magazine in New York City! After her father suddenly dies, she inherits his old cabin. She travels to the Colorado Rockies in search of why her father left her a cabin that she hasn't seen since she was a young child.

Upon arriving in Black Creek, Paige is haunted by past memories of the cabin which involved a white wolf. She quickly befriends Riley and his twin sister, Quinn, leading to events which will help Paige unravel a startling revelation about the community of Black Creek. The residents are descendents from the 13th century Scandinavia wolves that were blessed by the Norse gods, so they would have the ability to shift into human form. 

Paige planned on returning to her life in New York as soon as possible, but she wasn't expecting to fall in love with Riley Gray, who happens to the one of the werewolves.

Book Blogger Hop: Sept. 27th - Oct. 3rd

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 submitted by Elizabeth!


What weekly memes do you follow on a regular basis?


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 don't have time for memes anymore (besides hosting this one), though I do occasionally participate in the Friday 56.

Linky List:

Thursday, September 26

DVD Review - Leverage: The Final Season

Leverage: The Final Season
Starring: Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Aldis Hodge, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release Date September 17, 2013
ASIN: B00DI013EG
Running Time: 635 minutes
Rating: Not Rated

Review:

Last week, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment released the 5th and final season of TNT's Leverage starring Timothy Hutton as "The Mastermind" Nathan "Nate" Ford, Gina Bellman as "The Grifter" Sophie Devereaux, Aldis Hodge as "The Hacker" Alec Hardison, Christian Kane as "The Hitter" Eliot Spencer, and Beth Riesgraf as Parker "The Thief" on DVD.

The premise of Leverage involves ex-insurance investigator Nate Ford and his team of ex-criminals helping  innocent people who have been wronged by the rich and powerful. Throughout each episode the team runs a con on a company or an individual and steals money from them or set them up for a crime.
 
The episodes and special features on the four-disc set are:

Wednesday, September 25

Review - Fired Up by Mary Connealy

Fired Up
Trouble in Texas, Book 2
By Mary Connealy
Publisher: Bethany House
Pub. Date: September 15, 2013
ISBN: 978-0764209154
Pages: 336
Buy Link: http://ow.ly/oOqGx
Blog Tour: http://litfusegroup.com/author/mconnealy
 
Review:

Author Mary Connealy is back in the second installment of the Trouble in Texas series. Fired Up focuses on the mail-ordered bride, Glynna Greer, when her abusive husband, Flint, was murdered by the Regulators. Now it is up to her to raise her two children in a town full of men. To do so, she plans on opening up a diner, but the problem is that she is not very good at cooking.

Her cooking sends a few of the men to the town doctor, Dare Riker, after they become sick. Dare was one of the Regulators that helped saved Glynna and her children from Flint. Dare cares deeply for her, but Glynna isn't looking for love.

Situations occur, and Dare believes someone from his past wants him dead. Could it have something to do with the Civil War traitors? Or could it have something to do with Flint Greer? No matter where he goes, there is danger around every corner.

Can Dare survive the shadowy figure with a knife? Can Dare when Glynna's heart?

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Shopping at a GMC Accessories Store and Other Car Stores

While most people will buy the most basic form of vehicle, since this will often be the most cost-effective option, this does not mean that you should not consider adding accessories to your car, no matter the model or age. Accessories are not only there for comfort and style, but they can also bring a variety of different uses to your vehicle and they can help in different situations. Many accessories can also be extremely cheap, being able to provide the help that you need at a price that you can afford. No matter whether you go to your local GMC accessories store in Kansas City, or visit an accessories store online, you will be able to find the parts and equipment that can make your vehicle truly stand out. Here is a quick look at some of the basics of shopping at these stores.

Your Needs

It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of a vehicle accessories store, which will usually end up with you buying something that looks fancy, but that is ultimately worthless for your own individual needs. Thus, before you begin shopping, you should determine what you actually need for your vehicle. For example, if you are often using your truck to go off on rough roads, you might want to consider getting a winch, which can help you and others to get out of sticky situations.

Tuesday, September 24

Total Nutrition Review


I've been keeping an open mind this year and I've been trying out different healthy products. Last week, I received a sample of Total Nutrition super food formula from Immortal Herbs, www.immortalherbs.com.

What is Total Nutrition?

Total Nutrition is full of antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, nutrients, vitamins, and phytonutrient. It contains all nine essential amino acids and it has no added sugars. Total Nutrition is completely organic, raw, 100% pure, GMO-Free, vegan super food. It is dried at low temperatures to preserve every bit of its natural ingredients.

Ingredients include: Barley Grass, Wheat Grass, Spirulina, Spinach, Alfalfa Leaf, Kelp, Dulse Leaf, Barley Grass Juice, Orange Peel, Beet Root, Dandelion Leaf, Lemon Peel, Gingko Leaf, Wheat Grass Juice, Maca Root, Cacao, Ashwagandha, Sacha Inchi, Manuka Honey, Bee Pollen, Reishi Mushroom, Blueberry, Black Currant, Wild Bilberry, Wild Lingonberry, Aronia, Pomegranate, Concord Grape, Red Raspberry, Sour Cherry, Wild Elderberry, Wild Cranberry, Black Raspberry, Goji Berries, and Schizandra Berries.

Monday, September 23

Monday Morning Madness #28: And The Co-Bloggers Are...

I know! I know! My Monday Morning Madness isn't exactly being posted in the morning hours, but instead I'm writing this at nearly midnight, so, yes, I"m waiting to the last minute to write the post, mostly due to me being a little busy today!

I have some good news and bad news.

Let me start with the good news.

There will be three co-bloggers starting in November.

The Co-bloggers are:

Emma from Words and Peace

Brenda from Daily Mayo

Camelle from Home of a Book Lover

Review - Deadly Heat by Richard Castle

Deadly Heat
By Richard Castle
Published By: Hyperion
Pub Date: Sept. 17, 2013
ISBN: 978-1401324803
ASIN: B00C0ZP49U
Pages:304

Review:

The fifth installment of the Nikki Heat series by Richard Castle (aka a fictional character on ABC's Castle) was released last week, somewhat tying in with tonight's sixth season premiere of Castle. All the characters in the books are inspired by characters from the series, like Jameson Rook is fictional character of Richard Castle and Detective Nikki Heat is loosely based on Detective Kate Beckett. The basic plot also resembles the series with journalist Jameson Rock shadowing Detective Nikki Heat on her murder cases, so he can get inspiration for his next Pulitzer Prize-winning article.

Deadly Heat opens up with a corpse in a pizza restaurant's oven (taken from the episode "Slice of Death"), in which Detective Heat, Rook, and her Twentieth Precinct team of investigators (Detective Ochoa - based on Castle's Detective Esposito, Detective Raley based on Castle's Detective Ryan, and medical examiner Lauren Parry based on Castle's Dr. Lanie Parish) are determined to track down a serial killer, but Heat has other things on her mind besides the case.

Another plot ripped from the television show is the mystery behind Nikki's mother's death, which turns out her mother was an ex-spy. Nikki is still hunting down the former CIA station chief who gave the order to murder her mother. With the help of Rook (who is now her lover), she goes on a quest to track down a rogue spy, who will hopefully give her answers, so she can  finally put her past to rest, but the spy may have bigger plans Nikki.

Blu-ray Review - Hannibal: Season One

Hannibal: Season One
Starring: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park, Laurence Fishburne
Studio: Lionsgate
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Retail $39.97
ASIN: B00CWIMY3O
Running Time: Approx. 561 minutes
Rating: Not Rated

Review:

After the 2007 lackluster prequel Hannibal Rising, fans of Thomas Harris's Hannibal Lecter thought the franchise was officially dead. That is until NBC aired the first season of Hannibal this year, featuring High Dancy as FBI Agent Will Graham, Laurence Fishburne as Special Agent Jack Crawford and Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Liongsgate will release the series on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD Ultraviolet tomorrow, September 24, 2013. The Blu-ray will feature many special features, such as audio commentaries with cast and crew, Hannibal Reborn, A Taste for Killing, The FX of Murder, A Symphony for the Slaughter, gag reel, deleted scenes, pilot episode storyboards, and unrated episodes.

Hannibal is created by Bryan Fuller and is loosely based on the first few pages of Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. After several college girls go missing, Special Agent Jack Crawford (played by Laurence Fishburne) asks FBI Special Investigator Will Graham (played b Hugh Dancy) to get into the mind of the serial killer, but Graham cannot do this alone, as he must get the help of psychiatrist turned cannibalistic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter.

Graham investigates sick and twisted cases, and keeps using Dr. Lecter to help him solve each one, but it comes with a price. Graham must bring down his own mental borders to get Dr. Lecter's profile on the killer, leaving room for Dr. Lecter to get inside his mind.

Friday, September 20

Book Blogger Hop: September 20th - 26th

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 submitted by Elizabeth!


What is your favorite genre? List two of your favorite books in that genre.


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 like a variety of genres; I don't think I have a favorite. My favorite authors are Stephen King, Beverly Lewis, R.L. Stine, James Patterson and Charlaine Harris.

Linky List:

Caffeine - Everything You Need To Know

coffee beans and cupCaffeine has been used by humans for many years. It is thought that the Chinese were consuming tea for the benefits of caffeine as far back as 2700 BC, and now we have offices offering real fresh coffee from bean to cup coffee machines. However, there are various opinions on caffeine consumption, some praising the health benefits and others advising that it is best avoided, but what are the pro's and cons?

Sources of caffeine
The most common source of caffeine is coffee, but it is also found to a lesser extent in tea, cocoa and soft drinks (as well as a flavour within foods). Despite the name, decaffeinated coffee still contains an amount of caffeine too - so one to be aware of!

Caffeine is also found in energy drinks and certain medications.

Thursday, September 19

Book Spotlight - Gathering Storm by Victoria Danann



Gathering Storm
The Order of the Black Swan, book 5
by Victoria Danann
Publisher: 7th House
Pub. Date: September 15, 2013
ISBN/ASIN:978-1-933320-93-9/B00FAA18QK
Pages: 364
Buy Links: Paperback, Kindle

 
Blurb: The fifth installment in the Black Swan serial saga. READING IN ORDER STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. That’s why we have a try-before-you-buy-program. The first book in the saga, My Familiar Stranger, is PermacFREE everywhere.

THE NEWSLETTER: Z Team, a.k.a Zed Company, is transferred to Jefferson Unit, which is being temporarily retired as an active hunter facility and converted to a research / training institution. Sol takes his first vacation – ever – leaving Glen in charge with Storm supervising. Rosie is proving to be an extraordinary little girl and Deliverance is in BIG trouble with her mother.

THE SURPRISES: Storm is really not himself. Former members of B Team must reunite to preserve his image and reputation. No one could have prepared for the surprises Rosie delivers, least of all Glen.

THE ADVENTURE: The Ralengclan send a second wave assassination team to Jefferson Unit at the worst possible time, when it’s been left defended by only Z Team, Glen, the Lady Laiken and the trainees.


Sneak Peak:

Talk Like a Pirate with Under the Black Ensign

Today is the official International Talk Like A Pirate Day (yep, there really is such a thing.) When people think of pirates, they probably think of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. Personally, I think of my elementary and high school years, as the schools' logo was Pirates!

Earlier this year, I reviewed the swashbuckling adventure tale Under the Black Ensign by L. Ron Hubbard. It was originally published in the August 1935 issue of Five Novel Monthly, but Galaxy Press has brought the short story out on paperback and an audiobook.

To celebrate the pirate holiday, I thought I would share a snippet of my review.

Wednesday, September 18

Renting Equipment You Need for Your Home

When you look around your property, no matter whether it is in your home or yard, you more than likely will find several different things that you would like to change or improve. The main problem with staying in a single home for a long period of time is that your circumstances and needs will often change, but the house will remain mostly the same. For this reason, you more than likely will have several different things that you want to change. The only problem is that you might not have the necessary equipment for all of these different projects. Unless you want to waste a great deal of time and energy, you are going to need some specialized equipment for anything that you do on your property. Buying this equipment can be expensive, which is why you might want to consider renting local AA Power equipment. Here is a quick look at some of the basics of renting the equipment you need for your home.

Advantages and Disadvantages

There are a variety of different advantages and disadvantages that are associated with renting the equipment that is necessary for any sort of project. The main advantage of renting equipment is that you often will be able to save a large amount of money. This can make it so that you can get multiple pieces of equipment for all of the projects you want to tackle. The main disadvantage of rentals is that a time limit will be imposed, which means that you may have to rush your project, which can be stressful.

Art Crawl Sydney

The Sydney art scene has its heavyweights and flyweights but, until very recently, wasn’t much known for punching above weight. There’s a lot of inherent pressure for alpha cities to stay ahead of the culture curve and, for the most part, that pressure is welcome and deserved. But for the capital of New South Wales the spotlight can be especially intense.

Upstart Melbourne is always nipping at Sydney’s heels, for one, and the metropolis of close to 5 million people is not just the face of a country but a continent - and, in some respects, an entire hemisphere.

The good news for Sydneysiders keen to showcase their city’s accomplishments is that there’s been little to be ashamed of on the culture front, and particularly the contemporary art scene, of late. Gallery crawls are a thriving sector of the erudite tourism sector and while not quite on the same level as gastro crawls - food is the ultimate unifier, it seems, with Sydney no exception - the city’s art scene has more and more people plugging “5 star hotels Sydney” into their search engines.

Online Textbook Services Offer the Best Value for Both Sellers and Buyers


The traditional college bookstore with long lines and high prices is quickly becoming a thing of the past. As with nearly everything else, there is a push to bring these archaic businesses into the digital age. Technology savvy students have looked to the internet for solutions to enduring the experience of buying textbooks on campus. Internet entrepreneurs and companies have answered this call, with a number of different types of services and apps established within the last few years that offer lower prices and more convenient shopping for students all across the United States. Three of the more popular online textbook services are ValoreBooks, Campus Book Rentals, and BigWords.com. Each one of these is different from the next, but all provide textbooks at dramatically reduced costs when compared to brick and mortar bookstores. Each also has a loyal following among customers, both students who are buying and selling books.

ValoreBooks

This website guarantees the lowest prices online for over eighteen million used and new textbooks. While that boast alone is impressive enough to garner the attention of cash-strapped book buyers, the company goes even further by offering selling and rental services as well.

When you're ready to sell a textbook, ValoreBooks offers a unique marketplace that connects sellers with buyers, ensuring that both get the best deal possible. Unlike college bookstores, there isn't any profit motive to exploit students by offering less than market value for their books. Instead, ValoreBooks simply takes a small percentage of each sale, which means that you get the most money possible.

Fitness Made Easy With These Easy Tips

Inground Pools in Houston If you're like many people, fitness is not something that will come easy to you. It is hard to begin a regimen when you are unsure of how to proceed. You need information and get some guidance. The following advice will help you can start down the fitness path today.

The best fitness routines target your body but also include exercises designed to increase flexibility. Search for classes in your surrounding area.

Simple pushups can do wonders to tone triceps. This move will tone up your triceps more effectively than other types of exercises.

Begin with smaller weights when you start weight lifting. Smaller muscles tire faster than large ones, so you'll want to start with barbells before you move onto the larger machines.

Try various types of exercise classes to keep yourself excited and motivated. Try taking yoga or dance class to spice things up. Even if you try each class only once, it is a workout that will contribute to your overall health and fitness.

Your pace should stay between 80 and 110 rpm.This pace allows you will be able to ride for a longer distances at greater speeds without straining your knees. This is the ideal rpm is what you should strive for.

Tuesday, September 17

Review - Eventide

Eventide
The Days of Redemption, Book 3
By Shelley Shepard Gray
Publisher: Avon Inspire
Pub. Date: September 3, 2013
ISBN: 978-0062204448
Pages: 288
Buy Link: http://ow.ly/oBHhP
Blog Tour: http://litfusegroup.com/author/sgray
 
Review:

The final book in The Days of Redemption series focuses on Elsie Keim, the twin sister of Viola and younger sister to Roman, who have both found love in the two previous novels, Daybreak & Ray of Light. Elsie has had bad eyesight for the past ten years and she is starting to go blind caused by keratoconus, forcing her to live in her family home where she is treated like a child. 

Soon, she meets the new handsome neighbor, Landon Troyer, and sparks fly between the two. She doesn't want to scare him away, so she avoids telling him about her condition, but her brother, Roman, spills the beans about her blindness.

Landon is shocked by the revelation and questions his future with Elsie. Due to his current job, he sometimes spends days away from home, which would be a problem if he would to marry a blind woman.

Monday, September 16

How Can Authors Sell Their Books in Bulk?

Self-published authors now have access to the same or similar resources as traditionally published authors. Even though self-published authors have to do a lot more of their own marketing and distribution, it’s entirely possible for them to sell their work to Fortune 500 companies and other large corporations by selling their books in bulk.

Self-Made

Depending on the genre of your book, it’s entire possible for it to wind up in the hands of the customers and employees of the companies who buy your self-published book. Should your book end up in a bookstore like a traditionally published book, that bookstore might send back any copies of your book that went unsold. When companies and corporations buy bulk books, the sale is final. You don’t have to live in fear of getting a phone call from a company requesting to ship your unsold book copies back. In some cases, self-published authors only have to get a single company to buy their book in bulk in order for authors to get the recognition they’re looking for. 

Why Businesses Buy Bulk Books

One of the reasons for self-published authors to focus on large companies is because companies often offer books as an incentive for individuals to purchase a particular product, much like how you can get an MP3 player or tablet whenever you open a checking account with a bank. Companies might also purchase books in bulk as thank you gift for their customers. You also never know when a company might feel that your book is the perfect inspirational tool for their employees. You also never know how many other people those employees might tell about your book. Again, all it takes is one good sale and you might wind up on a bestseller list. Other reasons that a company or business might want to buy your book include yearly company sales meetings and to give to new home buyers.

DVD Review - Nashville: The Complete First Season

Nashville: The Complete First Season
Starring: Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere
Studio: ABC Studios
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Retail: $45.99
ASIN: B009M7R2LM
Running Time: 903 minutes
Rating: TV-PG

Review:

ABC Studios will be releasing Nashville: The Complete First Season on DVD tomorrow, September 17, 2013, which is just over a week before the season premiere on September 25th. Along with the 21 season one episodes, the DVD is jammed pack with extras; such as  Nashville Comes to Nashville - meet the city that's the vibrant home and heart of the country music industry, On the Record: B-Side - discover some of the remarkable talent behind the show's music and learn the story of two of its heartfelt ballads, Stellas Go On "Tour" - tag along for a tour of the Nashville set with the exuberant and talented young Stella sisters, bloopers, and deleted scenes. 

Fresh from her performance on American Horror Story, Connie Britton returned to television last fall as a 40-year-old country music singer Rayna Jaymes, who is now a mother to two girls, Maddie and Daphine (played by real life sisters, Lennon and Maisy Stella), and the wife to the next-mayor of Nashville, Teddy Conrad (played by Eric Close). Despite all her responsibilities, Rayna wants to continue as the Queen of Country, but her recent album and tour has undersold. Meanwhile, the former teen country singer, Juliette Barnes (played by Hayden Panettiere) wants to take Rayna's spot in country music.

Aspiring songwriter, Scarlett O'Connor (played by Clare Bowmen), is wanting to break into the country music business, that is when she's not working as a waitress at the Bluebird Cafe or fighting with her singer boyfriend, Avery Barkley (played by Jonathan Jackson). Her life takes an unexpected turn when meets an aspiring singer, Gunnar Scott.

DVD Review - Adventure Time: Jake the Dad

Adventure Time: Jake the Dad
Voice Cast:  Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Hynden Walch, Niki Yang, Tom Kenny, Olivia Olson, Martin Olson, Dee Bradley Baker, Pendleton Ward, Polly Lou Livingston, Jessica DiCicco, Maria Bamford
Studio: Cartoon Network
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Retail: $24.98
ASIN: B00DDZDYT8
Running Time: 176 minutes
Rating: TV-PG

Review:

Cartoon Network, along with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, will be releasing the all-new compilation DVD release titled Adventure Time: Jake the Dad, PLUS a nifty Jake hat is included as an on-pack bundle, tomorrow, September 17, 2013! The DVD includes sixteen (eleven-minutes each) of the most popular episodes from seasons four and five with a special feature called "Little Did You Know."

After premiering in 2010, Adventure Time has become a hit with children and a cult classic with adults. The series follows a human boy, Finn, and his best friend/adopted brother, Jake - a dog who can change shape, grow, and shrink. They live in a post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, which typically they go on quests to help their friends.


Friday, September 13

The Croods Blu-ray+ DVD Combo Giveaway



Available on Digital HD September 15 and Blu-ray & DVD October 1

The relationship between a father and his daughter is a very precious thing. Some of the most touching scenes from movie history are the loving moments between dads and daughters. In The Croods, we watched as Eep and Grug slowly come to realize how much they truly love each other. Take a look at five of the most memorable dad and daughter moments in movie history.

Join the Croods on the journey of a lifetime in the epic comedy-adventure that "has the magical wonder of How To Train Your Dragon" - Jake Hamilton (Fox-TV). When their cave is destroyed, the Croods set out to explore a spectacular landscape filled with fantastic creatures, strange surprises…and a whole new world of adventure!

Eep and Grug - The Croods


Teenagers always go through that phase of life where they feel that they are being smothered by their parents. Eep is definitely feeling these emotions when her over-protective dad keeps her under tight boundaries. But it turned out that Eep and Grug were more alike than they realized. Eep’s heart is broken when she thinks she lost her opportunity to tell her dad how much she loves him. In a very memorable moment, Eep and Grug are reunited and our hearts melt as we watch them embrace in a great big word that rhymes with Grug… a hug!

Book Blogger Hop - Sept. 13th -19th

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 submitted by Elizabeth!


Are you in a book club? How does your book club choose books? How far in advance do you choose?


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 never been involved in a book club, other than Doubleday Book Clubs, which really doesn't count. I'm not even for sure how to get started in one in my area, not unless it is an online group.

Linky List:

The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition Giveaway


Walt Disney is once again opening up their vault to release the animated classic The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD/HD Digital Combo Pack on October 1, 2013 for a whole new generation to watch over and over again.


Venture under the sea where Ariel, a free-spirited mermaid princess, longs to be part of the human world. After bravely striking a bargain with Ursula, a sneaky sea witch, Ariel embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. With Flounder and Sebastian at her side, Ariel will need all of her courage and determination to make things right in both her worlds. Learn more at http://movies.disney.com/the-little-mermaid

Giveaway Details:

Book Excerpt - Highlander's Hope by Collette Cameron



Title: Highlander's Hope 

Author: Collette Cameron 
Genre: Historical Romance 
Number of Pages: 286 
Publisher: Soulmate Publishing 
Buy Links: Amazon

Highlander's Hope Excerpt-London Inn Scene

Ewan jolted awake. “Merde.”

He had fallen asleep with Yvette in his arms. Shooting a worried glance at the window, he recognized the first golden blush of daybreak sweeping across the hazy sky.

Sucking in a strangled breath, he grasped the inexperienced hand fondling him. Blast it. The towel had come loose while he slept.

“Yvette,” he whispered as she showered kisses across his bare chest and neck. Grasping her roaming hands, he ensnared her in his embrace, and raised his voice. “Yvette, wake up.”

He gave her a gentle shake. Dark lashes trembled, rising to reveal drowsy eyes. A smile lit her face when her gaze met his. She lifted her hand, caressing his face, her fingers lingering on his scar before she raised herself, then kissed the mark. Caught in the powerful spell, he almost forgot himself. He fought the urge to throw reason to the wind and kiss her with the desire he was holding in check. “Yvette . . .”

Ewan knew the moment she came fully awake. He felt her stiffen in his arms and heard her small cry of shocked dismay. She pressed at his chest with both hands. He released her and watched her scramble across the bed. She stopped in the middle, facing him. Her hair swirled around her, settling in shimmering waves about her hips.

Dawn’s glow lit the room. He could see her expressions. Shock, followed by confusion, then complete horror as she realized the full scope of her situation.

Using A Blood Test To Uncover Your Testosterone Levels

Are you wondering if you are someone you love is in need of a test to see how much testosterone they have in their bodies? Is your child not developing or your husband losing interest in the bedroom? Testosterone plays a key role in our lives and is essential for healthy growth, muscle building, and a host of other things. If you decide to talk to your doctor and take a testosterone levels test and you discover that you or your loved one has low T don't worry there are lost of options for you to help increase testosterone options like taking zinc, vitamin D, or adaptogens that release testostereone bound in globulin proteins (often referred to as a testosterone booster). You can lose weight or decrease stress, or reduce your cortisol levels. There are a host of things that you can do to help get you testosterone levels back to normal.

Understanding Testosterone Level Tests


Performing a blood test can reveal a person's testosterone levels. This type of test is given to young boys who are suffering from delayed puberty or puberty is progressing slower than it should. In general, boys who have not started puberty by the time they reach the age of 10 are tested to determine what their testosterone levels are at that time.

Thursday, September 12

Famous People with Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects your movement. This disease doesn’t discriminate; there are many famous faces that are suffering from Parkinson’s around the world and in some cases it has helped raised awareness for this disease.

If you have risk factors that might increase your chances of developing this disease, you must seek medical help, especially if these symptoms manifest. Here are a few famous faces of people suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
  • Michael J Fox: This actor, most famous for starring in the Back to the Future movies, was diagnosed with PD in 1991 at the age of 30. He went public with diagnoses in 1998 and later founded the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Wednesday, September 11

The Witch on Twisted Oak Character Biography


I’ve been asked to write a biography of one of my characters from The Witch on Twisted Oak. This was harder than you might think. Not because I don’t know their history; I know the deep, dark secrets of all my characters.

The problem is picking only one. I love all my characters. It’s like asking me to pick my favorite child. So I decided to go with the one who gave me the most trouble.

A good story depends on two things: a good plot and strong characters. Many writers spend time and effort developing their hero and heroine, but they forget another character who is just as important. A hero can only be as strong as his opponent. The antagonist doesn’t have to be human. Many excellent novels use animals, or nature as the opposing force. Even human villains don’t have to be inherently evil. They just need to want a different outcome than the hero and try to prevail over him.

But no matter who or what the author uses as the antagonist, deep character development is a must. The villain can’t be bad, “just because.” There must be a logical reason behind his or her actions. I forgot this rule for a brief time while writing The Witch on Twisted Oak. Oh, I knew who the villain was and what he was going to do. I just hadn’t spent enough time thinking about why he was doing it.

About one third of the way through the book, I hit a brick wall. After pulling my hair and pacing the floor it dawned on me: I didn’t know my villain well enough.

First I had to figure him out, then I had to go back and do some major rewriting. After much deliberation, these are some things I learned about my villain.

Like so many people, good and bad and in-between, much of who he is now was shaped by his childhood. Through most of the book he’s called El Jefe, which means boss because that’s the way he likes to be addressed. “Can I get something for you, Boss?” “Where to, Boss?” He felt powerless as a child and now needs to be reassured of his importance by those around him.

Review - Ultimate Cross Stitch Projects

Ultimate Cross Stitch Projects
By Maria Diaz
Publisher: Design Originals
Pub. Date: September 1, 2013
ISBN: 978-1574214444
Pages: 128

Review:

Many of my readers probably don't know that one of my hobbies is cross stitching. Yes, I'm a guy, who knows how to thread a needle, though my own stitching projects have taken a slight pause this year, I still enjoy making gifts for my family and friends. It seems there are many quilt and sewing books released every year, but not very many focus on cross stitching. Luckily, Design Originals released the Ultimate Cross Stitch Projects featuring twenty-seven beautiful cross stitch patterns by designer Maria Diaz.

Feathered Friends
Some of people think cross stitchers only make "Welcome Home" stitches, but die-hard stitchers love making portraits, which the Ultimate Cross Stitch contains some of the greatest patterns I have never seen; with a variety of different projects, such as adorable animals, country landscapes, spring flowers, nursery accessories, and famous paintings.

I think everybody has at least one animal lover in the family and there are eight cute projects that they would love to have. The projects are: "Petals and Purrs," "Holly & Whiskers," "River Birds," "Chirpy Visitors,"  "Feathered Friends," "Two Little Pigs," "Crisp Winter Morning," and "Autumn Gatherer."

The five landscapes projects would make a great addition to anybody's living room or bedroom. The projects are: "Remembrance Fields," "Spring Lambs," "Sunset Trail," "Bluebell Wood" and "Wisteria Cottage."

First Impressions with Embroidered Shirts

Being stylish is important for any man or woman. Your style is something that will be judged by every person you meet. First impressions are very important when trying to build relationships. Relationships are the most important things in life. Your time spent enjoying the company of other people is what you will remember when you are lying on your deathbed contemplating the life you have led. A person’s first look at you can determine whether or not they consider being friendly. You want to make that first impression count. Build your style up from the ground. The shoes you walk on will be noticed by the people you meet. Women are especially crazy about shoes. Keep a pair of shoes ready and clean for any situation. If you’re a man, wear dress shoes with jeans and slacks and have some sneakers ready to go for more sporty occasions. If you’re a woman, you can never have enough shoes.

How to Look Confident and Approachable

Embroidered shirts are all the rage right now for both men and women. They’re not too flashy and not too trendy, and you can wear them for any occasion. Next, make sure to keep your hairstyle up to date. Use the same hairdresser and keep your locks trim and tidy. Some men have great facial hair and some just lack the ability to grow a great beard. If you’re a man, you know which category into which you fall. If you have a great beard, by all means grow it out and be proud. Make sure to buy clippers so you can keep your mountain man style from getting too scraggly and unkempt.

Monday, September 9

Monday Morning Madness #27: Birthday & A New Blog Look

As you can see, Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writers has a new cleaner design, but it isn't fully finished yet. My blog designer still has to make the new buttons, signatures and rating system. I hope everyone likes the new coffee look. There will be two co-bloggers starting in November along a new meme, Top 5 Best Book Covers, and a new monthly event, Writing Tips Wednesdays.

My 32nd birthday came and went quickly, I don't feel any older, though I did eat too much cake, which happened to be a Duck Dynasty cake (yes, they'll put their logo on anything). I didn't care for the pink icing, but I do like the series.

DVD Review - Castle: The Complete Fifth Season

Castle: The Complete Fifth Season
Starring: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Tamala Jones
Studio: ABC Studios
Release Date: September 10, 2013
ASIN: B009RX7IX8
Retail: $45.99
Running Time: 1,032 minutes
Rating: TV-PG

Review:

Tomorrow, ABC Studios will be releasing Castle: The Complete Fifth Season on DVD starring Nathan Fillion (Firefly) as novelist Richard Castle and Stana Katic as Detective Kate Beckett, with many bonus features, such as Martha's Master Class - Castle's mom presents a whole new way to experience the 100th episode; Your Home Is Your Castle - interior design star Vern Yip gives you an exclusive access to Castle's penthouse & Beckett's loft in all-net TV design special; Lot Cops - Jon Huretas and Seamus Dever bring fans along on a tactical training course to ensure authenticity in the series; deleted scenes; bloopers; and audio commentaries. As an extra bonus, there is a pack of Castle trading cards.

Castle hit the airwaves as a mid-season replacement on ABC in 2009 airing on Monday nights and has become a ratings hit, as well as a fan favorite series. The first episode "After The Storm" picks up where the season 4 finale ended with Castle and Beckett finally admitting their feelings for each other and leading Beckett to meet face-to-face with her mother's murderer. The Caskett couple's romance doesn't stay a secret for very long, as Castle can't keep anything from his daughter, Alexa (played by Molly Quinn), and his mother, Martha (played by Susan Sullivan), but telling their co-workers, Det. Javier Esposito (played by Jon Huertas) and Det. Kevin Ryan (played by Seamus Dever), and Captain Victoria Gates (played by Penny Johnson Jerald) will take a bit longer.


The episodes on the 5-disc set are:

Saturday, September 7

Review - Canvas Bound

Canvas Bound
Captive Art, Book 1
By Laura M. Kolar
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Pub. Date: July 3, 2013
ISBN: 978-1940215150
ASIN: B00EV1XPI8
Pages: 230
Buy Links: Amazon, B&N, Kobo
Author/Book Links: Goodreads, Canvas Bound on RAP, Laura's page on RAP

Review:

Here it is on my 32nd birthday today and I'm posting my review on a young adult paranormal novel. You would think I would be tired of the genre by now, but the new supernatural stories have matured passed the typical human/vampire star-crossed love plot, therefore keeping me interested in reading them.

Canvas Bound is the debut novel from Laura M. Kolar and the first book in the Captive Art series. There are no werewolves, elves, vampires, or fairies in this tale. Sixteen-year-old Libby Tanner is a gifted painter and is attending Aldridge Art Academy in England. While she isn't painting, she is dreaming about the love of her life, Dean James; the only problem is Dean already has a girlfriend.

Despite being in love with someone else, Libby begins dating Brent Henderson, a performing art student at the Academy.

Lily's projects are not your typical paintings, as she creates her own magical world on the canvas. Inside her paintings, the leaves on the trees move and she even sees a mysterious boy moving around.

Has her imagination gone wild? Or are her paintings becoming real?

Friday, September 6

Book Blogger Hop: Sept. 6th - 12th

Welcome to the new Book Blogger Hop!


Grab the Button!

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 submitted by Judy.


What got you started as a blogger? Everyone has a story/reason, what's yours?


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 kinda fell into being a blogger. I had a small online book group until MSN got rid of all their groups. I needed somewhere to talk about my recent reads, therefore I started blogging briefly on wordpress, then I switched over to blogger.

Linky List:

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Get $50 off the HTC One SV For a Limited Time Only Get $90 off the HTC EVO Design 4G 

The above promos can be found on this boost mobile deals website. We all love discounts on everything we buy. What I love about these promos if you buy the phone using those promotional link you would get FREE ground shipping, activation and 30 Day Money Back Guarantee. It's a win-win situation if you want to get a quality phone on a bargain without risk if boost mobile don't work with your area. But I'm sure it would work because they uses Sprint Nextel network w/c is everywhere.

Happy Shopping!