7/31/15

Killing Me Softly Book Review


KMS Final I finally had time to read the latest book, Killing Me Softly, from Kathyrn R. Biel!  From the description, I wasn't sure if it going to be a romance--or something a little different.  What is my review of Killing Me Softly?

I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in this review.  All opinions are my own.
 
Quick Summary of Killing Me Softly.  Sadie Perkins has a sixth sense about things—especially people dying. Her clairvoyance has never bothered her until she starts to believe that her visions are causing the deaths of those around her. After her latest relationship ends ... badly ... Sadie swears off love for good. While searching for an uncomplicated life, Sadie finds her hands full not only with a home renovation project but with defending herself against suspicion of murder. There's a fine line between predicting someone's death and causing it. Has Sadie finally crossed that line? Enter contractor Max Schultz, who is not only good at working on houses, but he's good at working on Sadie too. Much to Max's dismay, as he's trying to win Sadie's heart, he finds Sadie's first love, Henry Fitzsimmons, is back in the picture, snooping around. Sadie doesn't know which way to turn or who to trust, including herself. Can Sadie clear her name and open her heart all at the same time?

Killing Me Softly is a unique mixture of themes.   There is a certain bit of romance to this book--but, there is also a slight paranormal twist in Sadie's uncanny premonitions--and a fair bit of mystery involved.  As Sadie maneuvers her way through the mishaps of her life--she does so with a bit of sarcastic humor that makes her easily likeable.  The author does a wonderful job weaving a love triangles and mystery into the pages together without making either seem forced.

Killing Me Softly readers will be hooked to the end.  I will admit, it took me a few chapters to get into the storyline.  Once I began to "get to know" Sadie--and could sympathize with her relationship woes and her dysfunctional family--I needed to follow her story.  As the storyline unfolded, the author even kept readers in the dark at times!  I found myself staying up way too late to finish the book as I had to see exactly how the story would unfold--even after the initial mystery was solved.

Would I recommend Killing Me Softly by Kathryn R. Biel?  I really liked this book--and I can generally find fault with any "love triangle" sort of storyline. There were just enough surprises and twists to keep my interest completely to the end--and I even liked the main character enough that I could read many more books from her perspective.  If you enjoy romantic mysteries--this book is one to add to your reading list. 
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Telling stories of resilient women, Kathryn Biel hails from upstate New York and is a spouse and mother of two wonderful and energetic kids. In between being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage the government and insurance companies to fund her clients' needs, and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Her musings and rants can be found on her personal blog, Biel Blather. She is the author of Good Intentions (2013), Hold Her Down (2014), I'm Still Here (2014), and Jump, Jive, and Wail (2015).
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7/30/15

Sin & Honey: The Touch of Betrayal Review



ToughofBetrayal For fans of Anita Diamant's The Red Tent comes the second novella in the scintillating SIN & HONEY series featuring the Bible's most powerful and seductive women... I am excited to share my thoughts about the novella--and offer a chance to win a copy of the book in the giveaway at the end of this post!

I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in an upcoming blog review.  All opinions are my own.

So Delilah said to Samson, “Tell me the secret of your great strength.”—Judges 16:6 Delilah would do anything to escape her past. Falling for Samson only got in the way.

Taryn Scarlett’s lush reimagining of Samson and Delilah uncovers the hidden truth behind the girl who became the most infamous seductress in history. Delilah has come to the quiet valley of Sorek to start a new life, but when a man blackmails her with a devastating secret, she learns that not all sins can be buried in the past. In a dangerous bargain for her freedom, she agrees to seduce Samson, a notorious killer threatening the region—and if she can’t uncover the secret to his strength, she’ll forfeit her life. But Samson is different than any man she has ever met before: godlike in his strength but guarding a passionate vulnerability that draws Delilah to him. Will she betray the man she has begun to fall for—or will she betray her own heart for freedom?

The Touch of Betrayal offers a very different look at a well-known Biblical story.  I honestly didn't expect to like the story--or to be drawn into the story as quickly and fully as I was. Taryn Scarlett does an excellent job retelling the story of Samson & Delilah--with so much character development that readers may experience a change in perception of the couple and their stories.

Readers will not be short-changed by the novella length.  So often, novellas leave readers feeling let down when the story ends too soon or feeling a little lost when the story's scenes are not fully developed.  This is one of the best novellas I have read in that the author grabs your attention immediately and is quite masterful in creating a very well developed and complete story in her limited space.

Would I recommend Sin & Honey:  The Touch of Betrayal by Taryn Scarlett?  I was surprised by this book.  I wasn't sure how I would feel about a more erotic, retelling of a Biblical story--but, it was very well done and is certainly worthy of a spot on your summer reading list.  Obviously--this may not be everyone's "cup of tea"--it is not a Christian romance novel.  However, if you are open minded and enjoy hearing a fictionalized retelling from a different perspective, this novella is sure to interest.
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Taryn Scarlett holds a B.A. in Theater and English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Her weaknesses are chocolate, floral sundresses, soapy TV dramas, and anything purple. SIN AND HONEY is her first series. You can visit Taryn at www.TarynScarlett.com.
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7/28/15

Sin & Honey: The Touch of Betrayal Book Blast and Giveaway


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ToughofBetrayal For fans of Anita Diamant's The Red Tent comes the second novella in the scintillating SIN & HONEY series featuring the Bible's most powerful and seductive women... I will be reviewing this book a little later in week--but, for now, I am excited to share a little about the book--and offer a chance to win a copy of the book in the giveaway at the end of this post!

I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in an upcoming blog review.  All opinions are my own.

So Delilah said to Samson, “Tell me the secret of your great strength.”—Judges 16:6 Delilah would do anything to escape her past. Falling for Samson only got in the way.

Taryn Scarlett’s lush reimagining of Samson and Delilah uncovers the hidden truth behind the girl who became the most infamous seductress in history. Delilah has come to the quiet valley of Sorek to start a new life, but when a man blackmails her with a devastating secret, she learns that not all sins can be buried in the past. In a dangerous bargain for her freedom, she agrees to seduce Samson, a notorious killer threatening the region—and if she can’t uncover the secret to his strength, she’ll forfeit her life. But Samson is different than any man she has ever met before: godlike in his strength but guarding a passionate vulnerability that draws Delilah to him. Will she betray the man she has begun to fall for—or will she betray her own heart for freedom?
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Get the first book free on Amazon
Taryn Scarlett 

About the author:
Taryn Scarlett holds a B.A. in Theater and English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Her weaknesses are chocolate, floral sundresses, soapy TV dramas, and anything purple. SIN AND HONEY is her first series. You can visit Taryn at www.TarynScarlett.com.
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7/23/15

Family Travel: FatKats Pizzeria Review in Georgetown, Kentucky


We venture off on a lot of road trips from our little corner of the world in Central Ohio.  Sometimes, road trip dining has a way of presenting challenges for families.  One of our girls is a little (okay...extremely) picky about food choices and we try to visit local restaurants rather than chains during our travels.  On a recent trip to Lexington, Kentucky--by way of Louisville from Ohio--we opted to spend the night in Georgetown, Kentucky.  I LOVE the historical homes of Georgetown--so this trip let us wander through the streets lined with old homes and visit an "extra" city en route to our destination.  We arrived in Georgetown just in time for dinner--and the husband had scouted out a local pizza place and had even decided our meal before we arrived.  What was our review of FatKats Pizzeria in Georgetown, Kentucky?

The location of FatKats Pizzeria was convenient and offered easy access.  FatKats Pizzeria was minutes from our Georgetown hotel--and, I will admit, I was amazed by the large parking area.  Sometimes, smaller family-owned restaurants share busy strip mall parking or have on-the-street parking--so it was nice to find the restaurant easily and park with no trouble at all.


FatKats Pizzeria was larger than we expected--and offered a comfortable, small-town feel.  My biggest hesitation in heading out to an unknown "pizza place" is always that I worry about seating.  We did not want to order a carryout pizza to eat on the hotel desk--and I didn't want to "dine-in" if the restaurant was designed for carryout.  Rest assured--this is an actual sit-down, restaurant with a fairly large dining room and ample seating for even a dinner crowd.  Additionally--there were probably more locals than out-of-town-visitors dining during our visit.  That's always a really good sign that we have made a good dinner decision!  Families were talking from table to table, the atmosphere was lively--but, not too loud, the televisions were tuned to sporting events--but, they weren't overpowering.  It was a  casual atmosphere for the family--with fun, brightly colored murals on the wall and a relaxed atmosphere.

How was the service at FatKats Pizzeria in Georgetown, Kentucky?  "Did she call me baby?"  I had to laugh when my husband asked that after one of our server's visits to our table.  Um.  Yes.  She called him baby--more than once--and our drinks never went without refills, she knew the gas stations near our hotel, and she talked to our girls as though they were actually..um..people. 

How was the food at FatKats Pizzeria in Georgetown, Kentucky?  The restaurant had a lot of menu options--but, the husband had chosen to order The Gonzo pizza without hesitation.

The Gonzo 
  
Pepperoni, sausage, onion, green olives, mushrooms, bell peppers, banana peppers & cheese.


Had we not been visiting with the kids--I would have opted for the KY Hot Brown Pizza or the Ballpark Pizaa....or something with spinach...they actually had some unique pizza combinations on the menu!


The girls loved both the pizza sauce AND the crust.  That is a bit of an accomplishment for any pizza served to our girls as one child hates tomatoes (yes...exactly) and both are not crust fans in general.  The toppings and cheese hit near enough to the edges on their pieces (my husband and I took the two bubbled "crusty" slices) that they ate the entire slices of pizza!  The pizza was loaded with toppings--and we demolished a large pizza after a very early lunch/brunch and a full day of activity.

Our final thoughts on FatKats Pizzeria in Georgetown, Kentucky?  Would we recommend FatKats Pizzeria?  It's a laid back, family friendly pizza place with a lot of menu choices, friendly service and good quality food.  It's not an upscale dining experience--but, if you are looking for a little downtime and good pizza--this may be a hit with your family.  It was a hit with our family.  I am trying to figure out how I missed the Bourbon Milkshake--but, I did--so do pay attention when they offer up the grown-up drink menus!

Check out our other Lexington, Kentucky area adventures!
Gumbo Ya Ya Restaurant Review
Lexington, Kentucky Crawfish Festival

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Disclosure:  We were not compensated for this review.  We just had a nice experience and wanted to share it with our readers!  If you have a favorite restaurant that we should review, email us!  We have a lot of travel planned in the Midwest, Atlantic, and Southern U.S. over the next several months!


Floating on Air: Facts About Foam


If you have reclined in a comfortable chair, slept in a plush bed, or placed your head on a soft pillow recently, you were probably enjoying the benefits of modern foam rubber. This amazing material is one of the most useful modern materials, finding uses in thousands of applications. While some version of latex from rubber trees has been used for two thousand or more years, it took today’s chemists to come up with the ability to produce foam rubber. Know technically as foamed polyurethanes, the substance we use in seat cushions, pillows and beds is formed blowing bubbles into a liquid mixture. While the process is, of course, a bit more complicated, it is those bubbles that give the final substance is flexibility and softness.

It was in 1927 that the first processes were developed to produce the earliest versions of aerated latex, and World War II spurred development to create multiple versions and uses. Today, foamed polyurethanes actually make up more than 90 percent of the total market for polyurethanes by weight. Moreover, manufacturers continue to come up with new varieties of foam and new products, ensuring a continuing demand for this affordable marvel.

In fact, stores such as The Foam Factory serve a retail market for the wide variety of end products using foam, serving home and commercial customers. The success of scientists in developing different types of foam make it useful for both indoor and outdoor uses, as well as for products ranging from appliance insulation to shoe heels. The way the end product is to be used determines the manufacturing processes used and the density of the foam. 

As these uses multiply, the investment in research and development is focused on opening up new markets for the varieties of foam. For example, foam rubber is now a popular way to achieve sound absorption and controlling acoustical conditions in vehicles, offices, plants, and even concert halls. Even toys are an increasingly common target for the use of foam, providing both safety and durability advantages. 

The expectations within the market are for new properties and processes to produce ever-more versatile versions of the traditional foam rubber. Semi-rigid foams are already used in furniture and construction. With the ongoing efforts to produce products with dramatically different densities and weights resulting in products even useful in space programs, the real value of foamed polyurethanes is yet to be fully recognized.