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Wednesday, December 31

Coosh Bluetooth 4.0 Extended Range Headphones Review


It's no secret that I have been a music lover since I was kid. Now as an adult, I have a huge collection of music CDs (Yep, they still make those), so you can imagin that I have owned many different headphones during my 33 years of life. From a Walkman to portable CD players to a MP3 player, I have owned about every music playing device imaginable.

With iTunes and other digital music player being so popular today, it is no a no-brainer why Bluetooth is an essential in newer headphones because of its cordless abilities. I guess I have finally entered into a new generation as I now have own a pair of Bluetooth headphones.

A few weeks ago, I received the Coosh Bluetooth 4.0 Extended Range Headphones to review, which will be released to the public in early 2015. You might be wondering what you can use these type of Bluetooth headphones with. Well, you can use them with any device with Bluetooth capability, like your cell phone, iTunes player or Blu-ray player.

The Coosh Bluetooth 4.0 Extended Range Headphones features:

Kinetiks Knee Pain Relief Support Brace Review




Lets face the facts - everyone should be doing some form of exercising each and every day, but injuries, joint fatigue, strains and arthritis can set you back.

Personally, for the last two year I have attempted to start up a daily workout routine at the beginning of the year, but have failed because of a stubborn knee. I have used a slip-on compression wrap, but it didn't do well for me. I have checked into other braces, but I didn't want to waste my money on something that didn't work; therefore, the easiest thing for me was to quit exercising.

However, I have restarted a daily workout routine, mostly low-impact workouts, and I thought I would try out the Kinetiks Knee Pain Relief Support Brace.

This durable brace measures 12 to 18 inches at knee circumference, which the adjustable brace should fit most people. It features 3 straps and 5 Velcro tabs. It also has an aligning padded gel ring over knee cap.


Tuesday, December 30

Ultra Youth Eye Gel Review


2015 is only days away, which means if you have any resolutions, then you better start planning them right now. Of course exercising is one of the biggest New Year's Resolution, but there are other ways to give yourself a new and improved you.

Many of us suffer from dark circles around our eyes as well as puffiness and wrinkles, which can make us look a lot older. Luckily, there are cosmetic eye creams that you can use to help make you look younger.

I have been trying out a few different eye gels/creams and most recently I have been trying the Ultra Youth Eye Gel (l.7 oz), which is a professional eye and face treatment. The ingredients have been 98% naturally derived and is 75% organic. It contains Plant Stem Cells, Matrixyl 3000, Peptide Complex, Hyaluronic Acid, Amino Acid Complex and Vitamin E.


The complete ingredients list is:

Monday, December 29

Calling All Coffee Lovers - 50% OFF of One Bag of WAVE 3 Whole Bean Coffee!

As most of my blog readers already know, I kinda like my daily cups of coffee. I thought I would share this coupon code that gives you 50% OFF of one bag of WAVE 3 Whole Bean Coffee.

All you have to do is hop on over to Amazon.com, add the WAVE 3 Whole Bean Coffee to your Amazon shopping cart and enter the promo code WAVE3SAV at checkout.

The coupon is valid for the next 30 days!




Monday Morning Madness #48: Recovering From The Christmas Mayhem


I hope everyone has recovered from the Christmas mayhem. I'm definitely ready to put the holidays behind me and start preparing for 2015!

Now before I get to my 2015 plans, I would like to list (well, brag) all my Christmas Gifts I recieved this year.

I'll start first with the books - Private India: City On Fire by James Patterson & Ashwin Sanghi, Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead, Prince Lestat by Anne Rice, Killing Patton by Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard and Revival by Stephen King. I also recieved all of the Outlander books by Diana Gabalodon - Outlander, Dragonfly In Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo In The Bone & Written in My Heart's Own Blood.

The DVDs include: The Expendables 3, Operation Petticoat, Penny Dreadful: The Complete First Season, True Blood: The Complete Seventh Season, The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Fifth Season, The White Queen, Arrow: The Complete Second Season, The Strain: The Complete First Season, 9, World War Z and I, Frankenstein. The Blu-rays include Godzilla and X-Men: Days Of Future Past!

Sunday, December 28

Short Review - Doctor Who: The Blood Cell


Doctor Who: The Blood Cell
by James Goss
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pub. Date: September 9, 2014
ISBN: 978-0804140928
Pages: 256
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

I've been a Doctor Who fan ever since I saw the first episodes of the first series (season) of the current incarnation back when it aired on the Scfi Channel (now known as Syfy). Though I have been well aware of all the novelization out there, I only started reading a few of the Doctor Who books this year.

 Doctor Who: The Blood Cell centers on the Doctor being stuck on an asteroid prison where he is known as Prisoner 428. The book primarly focuses on the warden - the Governor. The prison is cut off from civilians, so the Governor is a bit shocked when a young woman shows up pleading for Prisoner 428's release. Of course this woman is the Doctor's current companion, Clara.

While I have enjoyed reading the other recently released Doctor Who books, this one is a little bit of a disappointment. Don't get me wrong, there are a few entertaining parts here and there, but as a whole it was quite boring.


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


About the Author:

AMES GOSS has written three Torchwood novels, a Doctor Who novel, and two radio plays, and is the co-author, with Steve Tribe of The Dalek Handbook and Doctor Who: A History of the Universe in 100 Objects. His books Dead of Winter and First Born were both nominated for the 2012 British Fantasy Society Awards.  

Review - Doctor Who: The Crawling Terror


Doctor Who: The Crawling Terror
by Mike Tucker
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pub. Date: September 9, 2014
ISBN: 9780804140904
Pages: 256
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

Doctor Who fans have a lot of time to waste waiting for the 9th series (season) to begin, but luckily we have a few Doctor Who novels to keep us busy, including Doctor Who: The Crawling Terror by Mike Tucker.

Set during the 12th Doctor's time-line, the book centers on the Doctor and his companion, Clara, arriving in the small village of Ringstone, which is being overruled by alien bugs! With the UNIT preoccupied with something else, the British Army decides to take matters into their own hands by cutting off the village from the outside world, followed by a possible airstrike.

Of course the Doctor isn't going to standby and let innocent people get killed. Besides from being angry at the British Army, things get even more complicated when the Doctor gets separated from Clara.

Review - Star Wars: A New Dawn


 
Star Wars: A New Dawn
by John Jackson Miller
Publisher: LucasBooks
Pub. Date: September 2, 2014
ISBN: 978-0553392869
Pages: 400
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

While there are countless tie-in novels set in the Star Wars' universe, I have only read a handful of them. With next year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens hitting theaters (which is less than a year away), I have become re-interested in the franchise. I have even caught a few episodes of the new Disney XD animated series, Star Wars: Rebels.

One of the newest books in the franchise is Star Wars: A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller. It is set between episodes III and IV and serves as a prequel to Star Wars: Rebels. The novel centers on a bunch of misfit characters, Kanan, Hera, Skelly, and Zaluna, whom are trying to stop the Empire from taking over the galaxy.

Saturday, December 27

Brilliant HD - Deluxe Teeth Whitening Kit Review



As many of my blog readers already know, I am a heavy coffee drinker and while there is nothing wrong with drinking coffee, the habit does come at a price - stained teeth.

Luckily for me, I tried out a teeth whitening kit last month. I am now determined to keep a bright smile for 2015, so I applied to review the Brilliant HD - Deluxe Teeth Whitening Kit and I was one of the lucky bloggers picked to review it.

The kit features:

2 10ML Syringes of Whitening Gel (Carbamide Peroxide)
1 Remineralization Gel Syringe
2 Mouth Trays
Tray Case

Enter These Giveaways!


I have a few giveways going on this blog that don't have any entries. These giveaways have between 4 to 6 days.

The Givaways are:





I also just posted a giveaway for the Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream!




Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream Review & Giveaway!


 


Being a male, I have never cared much for face scrubs and moisturizing creams that is until I turned 30 and I started noticing my skin aging a bit.

For the last few weeks I have been trying out the Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream, which is meant to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It is meant to be a healthier alternative to dermal fillers and Botox.

Ingredients included in each 1.7 fl oz container are:

Aqua
Cetearyl Alcohol
Glyceryl Stearate (and) PEG-100 Stearate
Stearic Acid
Acetyl Hexapeptide-3
Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 (Matrixyl) Dimethicone
Sodium Hyaluronate

Friday, December 26

Book Blogger Hop: Dec. 26th - Jan. 1st

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!

Do you have a book with a location that you just HAD to visit after reading the book?

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: 

No. I don't think I would want to visit a location that was featured in a book, as when I'm reading I have created a specific picture of the location in my mind and I'm afraid I'll be disappointed when I see it in person.


Linky List:

Thursday, December 25

2014’s Unseen Cinematic Gems

As 2014 comes to a close and award nominations begin to roll in, critics are taking the time to look back at the cinematic year that was. Of course, big box office winners and assorted critically acclaimed films always get the most press, but what about those hidden gems lurking beneath the noise? As often happens these days, a great film will be shoved to the side by one with a larger marketing budget, bigger stars, and wider distribution. So, in an effort to expand your cinematic palate, dive into this list of lesser-known film hits from 2014.

The Immigrant


Despite the fact that this film was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, it opened in the US in May with little fanfare or attention. Starring Academy Award winning actress Marion Cotillard alongside Academy Award nominated costars Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner, the film tells the story of Ewa (Cotillard) and her sister Magda (Angela Sarafyan) as they arrive in Ellis Island in 1921. Ewa has fled their native Poland after it was ravaged in World War I. After a kind man named Bruno (Phoenix) bribes an immigration officer to let her into the country, the two become romantically involved. From there the film documents the struggles facing strangers in a new (and not so welcoming) land. It reveals the gritty reality so many of our ancestors faced when they first arrived on American shores, and how elusive the American dream can be.




Perhaps it was Enemy’s surrealist plot, or its lack of proper distribution or promotion, that caused this psychological thriller by Denis Villeneuve to be overlooked by both audiences and critics. Either way, this is a film for those seeking bold, confrontational cinema that leaves you gripping the edge of your seat.

The subject of the twisted plot is Adam Bell (played by Jake Gyllenhaal), a college history professor pursuing a generally uneventful life. That is, until he discovers a man who looks exactly like him in a movie he rents. Immediately Bell goes on a search to find the man, who he discovers is a struggling actor named Daniel St. Claire (born Anthony Claire). Bell sets out to find this man, ultimately stalking him and developing an obsession that becomes increasingly troubling to his pregnant girlfriend Mary (Mélanie Laurent). He soon discovers this man is his “double” - essentially an exact clone of him. Or is it the other way around? From here the intrigue is just getting started.


Wednesday, December 24

DVD Review - A Princess For Christmas

A Princess For Christmas
Starring: Katie McGarth, Sam Heughan, Roger Moore
Studio: LionsGate
Release Date: October 16, 2012
Retail: $14.98
ASIN: B008U1ANHG
Running Time: 90 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

If you have been channel surfing this month, then you have probably noticed the overload of Christmas movies, especially on the Hallmark Channel. I tend to ignore these movies as they are normally extremely cheesy with bad acting. However, I found myself flipping through channels late one night a few weeks ago and stumbled upon a movie with what looked like an older Roger Moore in it. After a quick "Google" search, I learned that film was called A Princess For Christmas and it indeed had Roger Moore, aka James Bond, in it.

Originally titled, Christmas At Castlebury Hall, the film centers on a young woman, Jules Daly (played by Katie McGrath), who has been raising her nephew, Milo (played by Travis Turner), and her niece, Maddie (played by Leilah de Meza), ever since the death of her sister and brother-in-law. Jules has had a serious a bad luck with Milo getting caught stealing, the kids' nanny quitting and the little fact that Jules lost her job.

Suddenly, the butler of Duke Edwards, who happens to the be the kids' father's father, shows up at their doorsteps with invitation for them to visit Castlebury Hall. Jules declines the offer at first as she knows that the Duke had disowned the kids' father when he married her sister. She later changes her mind as she thinks it would be a good experience for Milo and Maddie.


Tuesday, December 23

Review - A New Season by Al & Lisa Robertson


A New Season
by Al & Lisa Robertson
with Beth Clark
Publisher: Howard Books
Pub. Date: January 6th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1476773209
Pages: 272
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

I believe by now almost every American has probably heard of the A&E reality series Duck Dynasty starring the Robertson family, especially when the family's patriarch, Phil Robertson, became the center of a media controversy after last year's interview in GQMagazine. Whether you're a fan of the series or not, the Robertson family has become a household name.

Arriving in bookstores on January 6th is A New Season by Al & Lisa Robertson, aka the eldest Robertson son and his wife of over 30 years. Al is also known as the beardless brother who was a Senior Pastor until rejoining the Duck Commander business in 2012. The book is co-written by author Beth Clark, who also co-wrote this year's Women of Duck Commander and Live Original.

A New Season chronicles Al (Alan) and Lisa (Gibson) from their early childhood to their courtship and their marriage. Just because they're Christians doesn't mean they don't have problems as their marriage encountered several demons over the years including deceit, infidelity, distrust and shame. While most couples in their situation would most likely get a divorce, they some how beat the odds and saved their marriage through their strong faith in the Lord.

Monday, December 22

GreenForce Labs NO2 Pre-Workout Review


With Christmas only a few days away, a few of you may already be thinking about your New Year's Resolution, which the #1 resolution is losing weight. It doesn't matter whatever workouts you are planning on starting, the right dietary supplements can hep boost your performance and results.

Recently, I have trying out the GreenForce Labs NO2 Pre-Workout dietary supplement. This type of supplement is meant to increase energy and focus, increase your endurance and boost your overall workout performance.

It isn't easy keeping yourself motivated to exercise daily. The NO2 Pre-Workout is meant to you give you that extra energy to finish a tough workout, such as lifting weights.

The ingredients in each bottle are:

Poppy Austin Eye Cream Review

 

Being a male, I have never been a cosmetic person. I've been just fine with my shaving cream, face wash and deodorant, well, until I passed the age 30 and I started taking an interests in other products, such as the Poppy Austin Eye Cream!

Eye creams are meant to reduce the darkness around your eyes as well as sagging, bagging, fine lines, crows feet and wrinkles. Personally, I wanted to try out the product to get rid of the darkness and heaviness around my eyes. Of course, I'm well aware that that there is no such thing as a "magic cure" over night fix. Eye creams are meant to be used daily or twice a day over several weeks before you will see any results.

The Poppy Austin Revitalizing Eye Cream is has a concentrated blend of naturally derived and organic ingredients. It is meant to restore a youthful glow around the eye area. It can be used not just around your eyes, but on your entire face.


Ingredients include:

Franklin's Gourmet Popcorn Review


Who doesn't like popcorn?

Occasionally, I like to pop a bag of popcorn when I'm watching a movie late at night, but it seems most brands no longer make microwave popcorn like they use to as most of the popcorn ends up burning. The same goes for popcorn at the movie theaters, except it is lathered with too much butter and it is sickening to eat.

I very seldom buy a plain bag of popcorn as my old air-popcorn maker has seen its last days. However, I can always make popcorn using an old fashioned metal pan and lid, so when I saw there was an opportunity to review Franklin's  Gourmet Popcorn, I eagerly signed up. Luckily, I was one of the few bloggers who got a chance to review the popcorn.

What a treat it was to receive a box by UPS last Thursday filled with 8 oz - 24 packs of Franklin's Gourmet Popcorn. Each pack contains 100% whole grain organic popcorn kernels, coconut oil and salt. The bag is being sold on Amazon for $39.95, which may seem a little pricey, but once you think about it, it is only around $1.67 per pack.


Sunday, December 21

Review - A Matter Of Heart


A Matter Of Heart
Lone Star Brides, book 3
by Tracie Peterson
Publisher: Bethany House
Pub. Date: October 7, 2014
ISBN: 978-0764210600
Pages: 320
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

I read Christian romance novels on a regular basis, while I do try out new authors, I mostly read only my favorite ones, which one of them happens to be author Tracie Peterson. The first books I read by her were the Heirs of Montana series. I received the third installment of Lone Star Brides awhile back from Bethany House in exchange for my honest thoughts.

A Matter Of Heart is set in Texas in the late 1800s centers on Jessica Atherton, a wealthy young woman who has had her heart practically stomped on by the man she had planned on marrying. (You need to read the first two books to understand what I'm referring to.) She is a spoiled brat and one of the most selfish characters, but here she is taking center stage for the final book of the series.

This is a romance novel, so of course there is a suitor for Jessica, well, actually there are two suitors for her - Harrison Gable and Austin Todd. Harrison a successful lawyer that showers Jessica with gifts.

Saturday, December 20

Learn to Swing - Beginners Vol. 2 Review & Giveaway


Learn to Swing - Beginners Vol. 2
Studio: Dance Crazy.com
Release Date: February 23, 2007
Retail: $39.95
ASIN: B000NA2P9Q
Running Time: 54 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

Yes, here I am again writing a review on another how-to-dance DVD. DanceCrazy.com, the company who creates these DVDs, was orignally created in 1996 as SalsaCrazy.com and later DancyCrazy.com was born. The company was created to help anyone learn how to dance. As one of their first instructors said, "It will change your life."

I'll start out by mentioning the little fact that I have always had two left feet and had no desire to learn how to dance until I started looking into low-intensity workouts. These types of DVDs from DancyCrazy.com is exactly what I was looking for as the instructors give you a step-by-step process for each dance.

Learn to Swing - Beginners Vol. 2 picks up directly where Vol. 1 leaves off, which features a male (Eldon) and a female (Alison) instructor giving you information on technique, style and teaches you the importance of connection with your dance partner. You'll learn how to dance the single and triple count East Coast Swing.

Review - Gathering Shadows


Gathering Shadows
Finding Sanctuary, book 1
by Nancy Mehl
Publisher: Nancy Mehl
Pub. Date: May 6, 2014
ISBN: 978-0764211577
Pages: 320
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

I've been trying to catch up on a few books that have been piled up on my desk collecting dust for several months. One of these books happens to be Gathering Shadows by Nancy Mehl, an author that I instantly liked ever since I read the first book in the Road to Kingdom series. Plus, I do enjoy the fact that author lives in my home state of Missouri.

Gathering Shadows centers on a St. Louis reporter, Wynter Evans, who stumbles upon a photo of a boy that resembles her brother, Ryan, who went missing at nine-years-old. Being a reporter, she has a few detective skills up her sleeves and with a little research she is able to find out that the picture was taken in the small Mennonite community of Sanctuary, Missouri.

Upon arriving in Sanctuary, Wynter teams up the town's young mayor, Rueben King, in the pursuit of identifying the young boy in the photo. She never imagined that she would unravel a dark family mystery that was meant to stay buried.


Friday, December 19

Book Blogger Hop: Dec. 19th - 25th

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 Samantha!

Do you write a review for every book you read or only review copies from publishers?

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: 

Sadly, I don't have much time to read an non-requested book reviews; let alone write a review for them.


Linky List:

Start 2015 Off Right With The Jabra From Best Buy


While I'm sure most of us are trying to get your last-minute Christmas shopping finished, there is also no time like the present to start planning your New Year's Resolution. With all the holiday meals and sweets we have been eating, it is no surprise that the #1 resolution is losing weight.

If this is your resolution, then you might be considering getting a gym membership or buying a treadmill, but those can be kinda costly. And lets face the facts, most of us end up quiting within a few months, which isn't good considering you've wasted all that money for buying exercise equipment that will sit in the corner collecting dust.

The most cheapest and easiest way to lose weight is by walking, jogging or running. All you need is a good pair of running shoes, a jogging suit (if you want one) and a water bottle. It is also nice to have an iPod or a MP3 Player to listen to music while your exercising. Or you can just use your cell phone. No matter what device you use to listen to tunes with, you're going to need a good pair of headphones, like the Jarba on Bestbuy.com.

The Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless is the ultimate wireless earbud headphones that will help boost your training to to the next level with its Military grade durability. This all-in-one headphones has an in-ear biometric heart rate monitor, immersive Dolby® Digital sound and a real-time voice coaching. As an added bonus, it has a built-in intelligent app called Jabra Sport Life, which can help runners, cyclisst and any exercisers to plan, track and evaluate your workouts. The app can also help you set your goals based on distance, time and calories burned. This is a great way to adjust your heart rate zone levels to optimize training.

Thursday, December 18

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Graystone (The Darkwoods Series, book 3)




Graystone
The Darkwood Series, book 3
by Marta Stahlfeld
Publisher: Book Publisher Network
Pub. Date: November 20, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1940598529
Pages: 269
Buy Link: Amazon
Description:

Book 3 of the Darkwoods Series! Treachery and Betrayal! Barely had the hard-fought battle against the Foxes of Darkwoods finished when a new evil began to grow-- an evil that would stretch from the royal Wraith Mouse city of Arashna all the way to the tiny village of Graystone. Dangerous river otter warriors kidnap two young mice and will only release them if Graystone gives up a mysterious wounded mouse sheltering behind their walls. When the mice at Graystone refuse and instead attack in a desperate attempt to free the hostages, the renegades flee north to collect the promised bounty for the wounded mouse, and to sell the Graystone mice and their sea otter allies into slavery. Hope for rescue depends on three young creatures who race against all odds to save their family and friends from the clutches of a new king -- a king who has turned against his own family in his greed to rule and grasp power. Shy and bookish, Miamuran Princess Nurida must overcome her fears and brave unknown dangers in the wild if she is to save her older sister. Nathan el of the Cliff Mice searches not only for his kidnapped sister and her friend, but also for his vanished mother, who may have stumbled across information for which powerful creatures would kill. Conch, the son of a sea otter and an infamous river otter, struggles to decide who he can trust to stand with his friends against the approaching onslaught. Stahlfeld s riveting third installment of her Darkwoods series vibrantly brings to life young creatures willing to place themselves in danger to save others. As they find help in unexpected places and discover their own strengths, they become the new leaders in the ongoing fight for freedom.


Billy's Thoughts:

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Family Tree Maker 2014





Family Tree Maker 2014
by Ancestry.com, Inc
 Retail: $39.99 
Sale Price: $29.99
Buy Link. www.ancestry.com

Description:

With dozens of exciting new features and enhancements to simplify your tasks, Family Tree Maker version 2014 makes building and sharing your family tree easier than ever. Enjoy new Family View™ for a broader view of your tree and explore new enhanced charts and reports, including more print options. And the more robust and reliable TreeSync™ lets you sync your tree from your computer, tablet or smartphone, so you always know you’re accessing and sharing the very latest.



Billy's Thoughts:

Wednesday, December 17

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Power Rangers Super Megaforce: Earth Fights Back



Power Rangers Super Megaforce: Earth Fights Back
Cast: Andrew M. Gray, John Mark Loudermilk, Azim Rizk
Studio: LionsGate / Saban Brands
Release Date: December 9, 2014
Retail: $14.98
ASIN: B00O2QWG28
Running Time: 92 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Buy Link: Amazon

Description:

The Rangers transform into Legendary Rangers from the past to battle Earth's Ultimate threat!



Billy's Thoughts:

While the Power Rangers franchise is in-between series (seasons), fans young and old can grab their hands on the recently released Power Rangers Super Megaforce: Earth Fights Back, the first volume of this year's season, which just ended last month.

The DVD features four episodes:

Super Megaforce - The Armada has finally invaded and Earth and the only way the Megaforce Rangers can fight back is to upgrade their powers to access all the Legendary Power Rangers.

Earth Fights Back - As the Rangers help to rebuild the Angel Grove, Troy (the Red Ranger) must try to stop Cybax and the X Borgs before the Armada fires missiles onto all the major cities on Earth.

Blue Saber Saga - Noah (the Blue Ranger) must train himself to be a master swordsman in order to defeat Skatana.

A Lion's Alliance - The Megaforce Rangers hop aboard the Sky Ship on a race against time to find the Red Lion Wild Zord.


Super Megaforce picks up exactly where the final episode of Power Ranger Megaforce left off, where the alien Armada has finally arrived on Earth. Robot Knight has disappeared and the Megaforce Rangers are outnumbered. Luckily, Gosei gives the Megaforce Rangers access to all the Legendary Ranger Keys, which means they can morph into any past Ranger, which doesn't make a bit of sense as the majority of the former Power Rangers powers were destroy in past series, but I guess this a fantasy shows for kids, so all logic is tossed out the window. While both Megaforce series (seasons) received mixed feedback from fans, the Super Megaforce season is still fun watch.

Similar to other LionsGates' releases from the franchise, there are only 4 episodes on this DVD. I know that there will be complaints from older fans that there isn't a full season release, but you have to remember that the series is aimed towards children and not adults and buying a $10 DVD is cheaper than buying a season set.

While I had mixed feeling about the first series (season), I enjoyed the Super Megaforce season as it was more of a throwback to the original series and you get to see some of the old Ranger costumes again. Overall, Power Rangers Super Megaforce: Earth Fights Back features four action-packed episodes that the entire family can enjoy. It would make a great stocking stuffer this Christmas for any fan.


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

Review - Miracle In A Dry Season


Miracle in a Dry Season
by Sarah Loudin Thomas
Publisher: Bethany House
Pub. Date: August 5, 2014
ISBN: 978-0764212253
Pages: 304
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

I'm trying my best to get caught up with writing reviews before Christmas Eve. I received Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas a few months back and I'm just now getting around to writing the review for it.

The novel centers on Perla Long, along with her daughter Sadie, settling in the small town of Wise, West Virginia in 1954. She hopes they can keep their haunting past behind them and restart their lives without the two residents asking too many questions about them. The sleepy town is suffering from a long drought and the farmers are praying for rain, well, they're praying for a miracle. 

Perla never planned on falling in love again, but that is exactly what happened when she met Casewell Phillips. Once she confessed her past to him, he practically shuns her; judging her for her past sins. Despite being adjusted to his life as bachelor, he does care deeply for Perla and her daughter. It will take faith in the Lord to help guide Phillip to understand what Perla has been through.

Review - Stuck Together


Stuck Together
Trouble In Texas, Book 3
by Mary Connealy
Publisher: Bethany House
Pub. Date: June 3, 2014
ISBN: 978-0764209161
Pages: 320
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

Several years back I had joined a book club where I was sent a new Christian romance once a month. This is when I was exposed to several new authors, including Mary Connealy. So as you can probably imagined I was excited to sign up to review the third installment in the Trouble In Texas series earlier this year. Though I did read the book, a few things came up and I haven't gotten around to writing this review until today.

Stuck Together centers on a Tina Cahill, a young woman who is determined to shut down the saloon in Broken Wheel at any cost, but her picketing outside the saloon hasn't gotten anybody's attention. Well, Vince Yates has noticed her protest, but he would rather not get involved in her self stuck pursuit.

Vince has enough trouble on his shoulders when his parents and sister that he never knew shows up in town looking of his help. His father is a schemer, his mother's health is failing and his sister is love struck with one of his best pals. Of course the one thing he doesn't need right now is to fall in love with Tina!

Bachata Dance Mastery System Review & Giveaway!


Bachata Dance Mastery System
Studio: DancyCrazy.com
Release Date: April 24, 2007
Retail: $97.00
ASIN: B000P2XNK2
Running Time: 274 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

As someone with two left feet, I have never heard of the dance called Bachata. After doing a quick Google search, I learned that it originated in the Dominican Republic and now the dance is used all over the world. Dancing has never been my thing, but I was looking for some low-impact exercises and became interested in learning how to dance.

For the last few days, I have been trying out the Bachata Dance Mastery System from DancyCrazy.com. This set features 3 different discs - Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced. There is a male and female instructors, whom give step-by-step instructions on how to Bachata, so if you don't know anything about dancing, like me, then you're good to go.