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Tuesday, May 31

Spring Reads: Dawn at Emberwilde


Thomas Nelson; 352 pages; Buy Link; Blog Tour
It seems the days have been creeping up on me as I thought had a few more days before the Dawn at Emberwilde book tour started, but as it turns out,  today was the my scheduled day to post my review for the title. Since I hadn't read the book yet, I sat down this afternoon with a cup of coffee and read the entire novel in one sitting.

Dawn at Emberwilde (book two in the Treasures of Surrey series) centers on Isabel Creston, a young woman who has been taking care of her sister, Lizzie, ever since the death of their father. Isabel had attended the Fellsworth School since she was seven-years-old, and she is now a teacher there.

Out of nowhere, Edmund Bradford arrives at the school to inform Isabel that relatives of her mother has been looking for them. The relatives has also offered to Isabel and Lizzie into their home at Emberwilde.

While hesitant at first, Isabel agrees to visit Emberwilde and meet her family, where she is thrown into a strange new world that requires her to wear fancy dresses and socialize with strangers (and possible suitors).

Monday, May 30

Product Review: L-Arginine Complete




I believe I might have mentioned a time or two on here about my love for the supplement L-Arginine. It is used by many athletes, bodybuilders, and other health conscious individuals over recent years due to it's ability to boost nitric oxide levels in the human body, which helps with muscle growth.

Earlier this month, I was sent a bottle of L-Arginine Complete by Natures Nectar to test out and review. It retails for $24.95, but is currently on sale on Amazon for $10.95!

Benefits from taking the supplement are: increased energy, increased performance, increased strength, and muscle gains.

Each 90 capsules bottle (30 servings) contains:

L-Arginine - 2000mg
L-Omithine  - 50mg
L-Glutamine - 50mg
L-Arginine (ketoisocaproate) - 25mg

Sunday, May 29

Product Review: Blood Builder: Iron Supplement





Getting the right amount of iron into your daily diet can be difficult for some people, especially if your body already has iron deficiency. Taking a simple iron supplement can help a person out, though it's always wise to make a trip to your doctor if you have a lot of health problems.

I make sure to take a multivitamin every single day, which helps me make sure I get the correct amount of nutrients into my body; though the multivitamin that I'm currently taken doesn't contain iron in it. 

Earlier this month, I was sent a bottle of Blood Builder: Iron Supplement from Natures Nectar. The 60 capsule bottle (60 servings) retails for $29.95, but it is currently priced on Amazon for $19.95.


The supplement contains: 

Vitamin C - 100mg
Folic Acid - 400mcg
Vitamin B-12 - 400mcg
Iron - 25 mg

The supplement can help aid fatigue, shortness of breath, weakness, dizziness, headaches, and difficulty concentrating.



Fitness & Coffee Sundays: TestRX Review



It's no secret that I like to review supplements on here, especially those that will appeal to men. I started reviewing these types of supplements because I kept seeing way too many female bloggers and Amazon reviewers posting reviews on testosterone boosters, which are made for men.

For this post, I'm reviewing the TestRX male enhancement formula, which can be purchased for $18.95 on Amazon.com.

One bottle contains 90 capsules (45 servings). The main ingredients includes Tongkat Ali (400mg), Maca (50mg), L-Arginine (250mg) and a Ginseng Blend (125mg). It also has a Proprietary Formula (745mg), which contains a variety of different herbs, such as Nettle and Oyster Extract.

According to the label, the supplement is supposed to give you a boost of strength, help build muscle and increases energy. Besides from exercising benefits, it will increase your libido and your overall sexual health.

Friday, May 27

Book Blogger Hop: May 27th - June 2nd


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!

Have you ever started a meme that became popular and is still in existence?

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: 

 Started a meme? No! Continued a meme? Yes! I've continued the Book Blogger Hop and the Top 5 Best Book Covers; though the latter isn't that popular.


Linky List:

Spring Reads: The Girl From Summer Hill


Ballantine Books; 384 pages; $27; Amazon
Growing up as an only child in a small town in the late 80s and throughout the 90s, there wasn't too much to do; which was probably one of the reasons why books appealed to me. While I had a decent size collection of books, I had read each one several times. Eventually, my eyes wandered from my bookshelves over to the one that had all the books my mother had read, which mostly consisted of romance titles. Many of the books were written by Jude Deveraux. At the time, I picked up a few of the books and glanced at the chapters, I might have even read a little bit of them, but romances never appealed to me back then.

Fast-forward to 2003 or 2004, I stumbled upon a hardback of Wild Orchids by Jude Deveraux on clearance at a Barnes & Noble. I purchased the book with the intent of giving it to my mother for Christmas, but before I could do that, I ended up reading and liking the book. Since then, I've read a few of the author's past books and several of her most recent ones.

Now available in bookstores from Ballantine Books is Jude Deveraux's newest romance, titled "The Girl from Summer Hill," which is a new spin of the classic Pride and Prejudice story.

The book centers on a former Washington D.C. Chef, Casey Reddick, a woman starting a new life in the small town of Summer Hill, Virginia, where she is living in the small cottage behind the recently restored grand house on the Tattwell plantation. She gets the shock of her life when she looks out her window early one morning (still wearing her pajamas) and finds a naked man taking a shower on her porch. After staring a little too long, she realizes that the man is the famous actor, Tatton "Tate" Landers!

Tate's sister had been begging him for months to visit Summer Hill and see the restoration that was done on his family's plantation, which was overseen by his cousin Kit Montgomery. Coming along with him for the mini-vacation is his pal and fellow actor Jack Worth. All Tate wanted to do was to take a break from his chaotic life, but instead he encounters a stranger in the guesthouse, who happens to see him in the buff.

Thursday, May 26

Thursday Rereads: 99 Fear Street: The House Of Evil: The Second Horror


Pocket Books; 150 pages; Amazon
If you didn't notice, I skipped posting last week's Thursday ReReads as I just didn't have time to squeeze in another book. However, since then I have had time to read 99 Fear Street: The House Of Evil: The Second Horror by R.L. Stine.

The sequel picks up several months after the shocking ending of the first book with a brand new family, the McCloys, moving into the 99 Fear Street house. The family had lived on a island for several years until their son Brandt had a "death" experience, so they thought it would be best to start anew by moving to Shadyside, Ohio. Sadly, they weren't aware that their new house is haunted!

Actually, the entire Fear Street is haunted. It's named after the late Simon Fier, who was apart of a cult that sacrificed many innocent lives during the 19th century right there on what is now called Fear Street. 30 years prior to the McCloys moving into the house on Fear Street, the original owners were murdered within minutes of entering the house.

Brandit McCloy instantly knows that there is something wrong with his new home, especially after a strange accident kills his beloved cat. He starts hearing strange sounds at night and has visions/nightmares of a teenager girl who might have died right there in his bedroom. Then he stumbles upon a diary that belonged to the late Cally Fraiser and the horror hidden within 99 Fear Street is unleashed.

Crossfit / Weight Lifting Gloves Review


 

Wearing gloves are probably the last thing on your mind when you are getting ready to exercise, but in reality wearing a pair can protect your hands from injuries. Plus, wearing the gloves can help you get in the right mood for a good workout session.

Several weeks ago, I received a pair of Leather Crossfit Weight Lifting Gloves to test out and review. The #slimgymgloves retail for $19.79 on Amazon, but are currently on sale for $16.79.

Wearing a pair of gloves during your workouts can help prevent painful calluses and blisters. The gloves are available in medium, large and x-large sizes.


Wednesday, May 25

Book Blast: Take Me To The Willow



Take Me To the Willow
by Shelly Brimley
Publisher: Bales Cove Publishing
Pub. Date: January 29, 2016
ASIN: B01B8STHDI
Pages: 289
Buy Links: Amazon 

Description: In defending his life-long friendship with Charlie, Will may have inadvertently had a hand in the growing chaos that leads to the horrifying night when his familiar world is shattered.

 When Will Wright, the eighteen year old son of a small-town Arkansas sheep herder in 1905, begins reading his mother’s journal, he is inspired by its startling content to start putting his own experiences to paper for posterity. An unsophisticated but principled young man, Will is becoming increasingly aware of the hatred that exists in the world. When he begins his own journal, Will can’t know what events are to take place in the next five years – from his mother’s battle with a life threatening illness, to his embarrassments of learning how to be in love for the first time, to witnessing Charlie’s fate at the hands of the bigoted townspeople. While part of him wishes the pain in those pages didn’t exist, he knows that the original purpose for keeping the journal has been realized - to show his kin how he became the man he is. He will probably never go back through and read again the pages he’s written, but someday, someone will, and they will see that along with the hurt, Will’s life had been one that knew true joy, absolute love, and undying friendship.

Excerpt: "Stop playin’ games, Maryanne!" I shouted.

Maryanne startled, and she got a real serious look on her face. A few people inside must have heard me yell, and watched us through the window for a minute or two.

"So you called me out here to yell at me?" Maryanne said with a face as pouty as an old dried up raisin. "I never took you for such a bully, Will!"

"You are unbelievable!" I shouted. "You trick me into bringin’ Hannah here by tellin’ me that you’ve got good intentions—then you send me away so you can tell her lies about me. And for what? What did you think was gonna happen, Maryanne?—that Hannah would leave me because of it, and I’d come runnin’ to you? Well let me tell you that you are…"

"I’m what?" yelled Maryanne.

Spring Reads: A Daughter's Dream


Avon Inspire; 272 pages; $12.99; Buy Link; Blog Tour
It's probably no surprise to anyone that knows me or for those who follow my blog, to find me reviewing an Amish romance title. I grew up reading horror novels, but I stumbled upon a Beverly Lewis title around fourteen or fifteen years ago and I've been reading the Amish fiction genre ever since.

Now available in bookstores is A Daughter's Dream by New York Times and USA Today's Bestselling Author Shelly Shepard Gray.

Book Two in The Charmed Amish Life series centers on Rebecca Kinsinger, a young Amish woman who just started working as a teacher at the Charm Amish School. She had always dreamed about being a teacher, but teaching is a lot harder than what she imagined it would be. No matter what she tries, the students walks all over her, well, that is until a thirteen-year-old student, Lilly Yonder, joins the school, and then everything starts to change for the better.

Lilly had lost both her parents in an accident. She is now staying with her sold guardian, Jacob Yonder. Rebecca feels like it is her propose to help Lilly grieve and move on with her life. As for Jacob (who had left Florida to come back to Ohio to help his niece), he is more than happy that Rebecca has taken an interest in helping Lilly. Of course this is a love story, so you can probably guess what happens next - sparks fly between Jacob and Rebecca.


Books to Help Your Decide Before Buying Your Family's First Home

Buying a home for the first time will be the biggest thrill as well as the hardest, most frightening, long-term commitment you will probably make. Announcing it will bring out the advice columnist in all of your friends, your family, and even people you just met. Well, that’s how real estate work, everybody has advice about what you should do.

The thing is, purchasing a home is your own family’s business, so it’s your responsibility to research and ask advice from people who could really help you. Here are some books to help you make sense of what to expect and to understand the groundwork for what lies in your home hunting journey and subsequent ownership.


Home Buying for Dummies
Author: Eric Tyson

The Dummies series is notorious for showing people who know nothing about a particular stuff to be somewhat an expert after reading the book. To find the perfect house, this packed with invaluable advice in an objective, down-to-earth style fashion. It has tips and tricks on things you should do after sealing the deal as well as things you ought to understand about real estate investing. It also includes advice on how to sell your house (if you ever decide in the future), as well as a sample buying contact and a comprehensive inspection report.


Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home
Author: Ilona Bray J.D.

This book shows first time homebuyers what they need to know straight from the experts. It has everything about home buying from mortgages to inspections, agents and more. You’ll also find tips on exploring your local market for the best value, qualifying for and lining up financing and getting the right insurance and inspections. What’s great about this book is the checklist that helps you track your progress.

Tuesday, May 24

Popcorn & Coffee: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Sport-Y-Thon


TV-Y; 132 minutes; $19.99; Amazon
Arriving today on DVD from Disney Home Entertainment is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Sport-Y-Thon, featuring 6 episodes from the hit Disney Junior series. There are no special features or extras, but each DVD comes with one Golden Mickey Medal.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is a computer-animated series for preschoolers. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald the Duck, Pluto and the Mouseketool called "Toodles" (a mechanical assistant) go on kid-friendly adventures, where the audience gets to interact and help make the decisions that are made in each episode.

The series debuted on the preschool block of programming that aired on the Disney Channel in 2006, but eventually moved to the Disney Junior when the channel debuted in 2011. While Disney Junior occasionally airs a "special" episode, the rumor has it that the series has ceased production. A spin-off, Mickey and the Roadster Racers, will debut sometime next year.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Sport-Y-Thon is a sports-themed DVD, featuring the following episodes:

Mickey's Sport-Y-Thon (30 minutes) - Mickey and the gang have invited the Martian versions of Mickey, Minnie and Donald to participate in a Sports-Y-Thon event.


Mickey's Mousekeball
(24 minutes) - Mickey and the gang play a new game called Floatin' Fun-Time Mousekeball.

Spring Reads: Jacky Ha-Ha by James Patterson


Jimmy Patterson Books; 384; $13.99; Amazon
With many schools taking a hiatus for summer vacation, kids now have plenty of time to crack open a book. One of the most popular middle-grade and YA author is James Patterson.

Yes, I said that right - James Patterson, the New York Times Bestselling author of the crime thriller series Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club, and many other titles. Mr. Patterson has written (and co-written) several different series for younger readers, such as the Maximum Ride books, the Middle School novels, the I Funny novels, the Treasure Hunters novels, the House of Robots Novels, and the Daniel X novels.

Now available from Jimmy Patterson Books (part of Little Brown and Company), is Jacky Ha-Ha by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein (co-writers of the Middle School and I Funny books).

Jack Ha-Ha is written in point-of-view of Jacky, an actress who is about to receive an Oscar, but before she heads off to the Academy Awards, she writes down a story for her daughters, Tina & Grace, to read. The story is set in 1990 and centers around Jacky Hart when she just a kid. Her mother was in Marine Corps and was sent to Iraq, leaving her father, a lifeguard, to take care of Jacky and her six sisters.

Why is she called Jacky Ha-Ha?

Monday, May 23

Spring Reads: Sister Eve and the Blue Nun



Thomas Nelson; 326 pages; $15.99; Buy Link; Blog Tour
Now available to purchase in bookstores is the third installment in the "A Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery" series, titled "Sister Eve and the Blue Nun" by New York Times Best-Selling author Lynne Hinton.

Sister Eve and the Blue Nun centers on Sister Evangeline, a motorcycling-riding nun who has a habit of solving mysteries. As of lately, she has been questioning her faith after learning the archbishop made the decision that priests and nuns cannot live in the same building; leading her to consider leaving what she has called home and joining her family's detective agency.

Of course it seems some of sort of supernatural force is always throwing a mystery her way and that is exactly what happens when Brother Anthony suddenly vanishes during the night; his disappearance may or may not have something to do with Dr. Kelly Middlesworth, a professor who arrived at Sister Maria de Jesus de Agreda to give a presentation.

Coincidence?

Sunday, May 22

Popcorn & Coffee: Airwolf: The Complete Series


Not Rated; 3811 minutes; $44.98; Amazon; Mill Creek Ent.
Now available this month for the first-time in the United States from Mill Creek Entertainment. is Airwolf: The Complete Series, featuring all 79 episodes from the 1984-1987 series. There are no special features or extras or on the 14-disc set. The complete series is also available on Blu-ray. The first season was also released on a two-disc DVD set.

Created by Donald P. Bellisario, the original 97-minute pilot centers on Airwolf, a high-tech helicopter developed by The Firm, a division of the CIA), being stolen its designer,  Dr. Charles Henry Moffet. The Firm's point man, Archangel (played by Alex Cord), makes a deal with Stringfellow Hawke (played by Jan-Michael Vincent) - String will steal back Airwolf in exchange the government's help in locating his brother whom went MIA during Vietnam War. 

Along with his friend Dominic Santini (played by the late Ernest Borgnine), String travels to Libya to retrieve Airwolf. After the mission is a success, String refuses to return Airwolf to The Firm, hiding it in a cave in the "Valley of the Gods," until The Firm locates his brother.

After the pilot, Seasons 1-3 focused String and Dominic using Airwolf to go on missions that were funded by The Firm. To boost ratings, season two added Jean Bruce Scott as pilot Caitlin O'Shannessy. Sadly, this move didn't help much as the series was canceled by CBS after three seasons, but that wasn't the end of the series as a fourth season was ordered by USA Network.

Friday, May 20

Book Blogger Hop: May 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 is submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews!

Do you keep a Blog Roll List?

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 keep a blog roll list anywhere on my blog as it takes up too much room in the sidebar.


Linky List:

Thursday, May 19

Popcorn & Coffee: Knight Rider: Season 1 & Season 2


Not Rated; 1070 minutes; $14.98; Mill Creek Ent.; Amazon
Television in the 1980s was full of action-adventures, and one of the most popular series was the Knight Rider. Created by Glen A. Larson, the series debuted on NBC in 1982 and aired for four seasons. It started David Hasselhoff as Michael Long , a cop who was injured in an undercover operation. He was saved by Wilton Knight, the founder of the Foundation for Law and Government (FLAG), who gives Michael a new face and identity - Michael Knight.

After Wilton died, Michael is recruited to be the field officer of FLAG, where he would team up with Knight Industries Two Thousand (KITT), an armored Pontiac Firebird Trans Am with an artificial intelligence computer that happens to talk (voiced by William Daniels). Michael and KITT travels around the country helping those in need, as well as going on missions assigned by FLAG's leader, Devon Miles (played by Edward Mulhare). 

Universal Studios Home Entertainment released all fours seasons on DVD several years, and now this month Mill Creek Entertainment is releasing with the first two seasons on DVD with new cover jackets. There are no special features or extras on either season sets.

Knight Rider: Season 1 contains all 22-episodes, including the 97-minute pilot, Knight of the Phoenix. The episodes are spread across 4 discs. This season also contains the fan-favorite episode, Trust Doesn't Rust, which introduced the evil prototype KARR (Knight Automated Roving Robot) (Voiced by Peter Cullen).

Wednesday, May 18

Spring Reads: The Beautiful Pretender


Thomas Nelson; 320 pages; $15.99; Buy Link; Blog Tour
I believe almost everyone has read at least one fairy tale story or has watched one of those classic Disney cartoons during their lifetime. Though many fairy tales are aimed for a female audience, for some reason these stories happens to be one my guilty pleasures.

Released this week to bookstores is the medieval fairy story The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson.

Set in 1363, the novel centers on ten noble born young women being invited to spend two weeks at the Thornbeck Castle, where the girls would be tested to see who would be the best bride-to-be for the Margrave of Thornbeck.

This is where Avelina comes into the picture, a maidservant who is instructed by Earl of Plimmwald to go to Thornbeck Castle and stand in for his daughter, Dorothea. Sounds easy enough at first, but Avelina must keep her true identity a secret from everyone and make sure she doesn't get picked as the bride-to-be.

Tuesday, May 17

Spring Reads: Through the Shadows


Abingdon Press; 320 pages; $14.99; Blog Tour; Buy Link
Book 3 of The Golden Gate Chronicles by Karen Barnett is now available to purchase in bookstores, titled Through the Shadow. You might recall me reviewing book 1, Out of the Ruins on here a year or two ago; though I don't believe I have read the second entry. Nevertheless, I went ahead and read the third installment earlier this month.

Set in 1908 (two years after the big earthquake hit San Francisco), Through the Shadows centers on a young woman named Elizabeth King who is spending her days helping young women escape the brothels in Chinatown, an area of San Francisco where corruption and illegal activities occur.

Elizabeth thought she was the only one that wanted to cleanup the city, well, that is until she meets Charles McKinley, a young attorney who shares the same passion as her. This is a love story, so you can pretty much guess that there are sparks between the two. Sadly, Elizabeth has a few skeletons in her closet that slowly seeps out and jeopardizes her future.


Spring Reads: Risen: The Novelization of the Major Motion Picture


Bethany House; 320 pages; $15.99; Amazon
For the rest of the month, I'm going to try to play a little catch up with some books that have been read, but I had never gotten around to writing the actual reviews for them. I had received a review copy of Risen: The Novelization of the Major Motion Picture by Angela Hunt at the beginning of the year, a few weeks before the film was released to theaters. I never gotten around to seeing the movie while it was in theaters. However, I might watch it on DVD/Blu-ray, which is being released later this month; so I thought I would go ahead and review the novelization.


Based on the screenplay by Kevin Reynolds and Paul Aiello (who also wrote the story), retells the Resurrection of Christ, but with a slight twist as it's told through the eyes of a Roman soldier, Clavius (played by Joseph Fiennes). Pilate assigns him investigate the disappearance of the recently executed Yeshiva’s (Jesus of Nazareth) body.


On his quest, he travels to the halls of Herod Antipas and to the Garden of Gethsemane, where he encounters believers and non-believers; leaving him to quest his own beliefs.

Monday, May 16

Spring Reads: The Drafter by Kim Harrison


Pocket Books; 560 pages; $7.99; Amazon
I'm going to try to play catch up today starting with my review for The Drafter by the #1 New York Bestselling author, Kim Harrison. The hardcover was released last fall, and the paperback arrived in bookstores last month.

The Drafter is book one in The Peri Reed Chronicles. Set in Detroit in 2030, the novel centers on Peri Reed, a woman with an unique ability to travel back in time briefly. She works for the government as a "Drafter" to alter time/ history; though she typically forgets what she has changed in the past.

Peri's life seems to be going just fine, well, until she learns that her name is on a list of corrupt operatives and that she has been set up by her own agency. The last three years of her life has been erased from her memory. Now she must go on the run, and use her "Drafter" abilities to set things right.

The paperback features a 65-page prequel called "Sideswiped."

Spring Reads: Star Trek: Manifest Destiny


IDW Publishing; 136 pages; $19.98; Pre-Order
You might know this yet, but there is a new Star Trek film coming out in theaters this July called "Star Trek Beyond." The trailer for the film is supposed to debut at the Star Trek fan event on May 20th!

Arriving in stores on June 28th is the newest comic tie-in Star Trek: Manifest Destiny by Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrott, which is set into between Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond.

The 136-page comic kicks off with a huge Klingon fleet lead by Commander Sho'Tokh invading a planet and they claim it in the name of the Klingon Empire.

A month later the U.S.S. Enterprise receives a strange beacon from a class-M planet, so Captain Kirk sends down an away team to investigate. Of course there is danger on the planet that puts the team in jeopardy. Meanwhile, a Klingon D7 attacks the Enterprise.