10/19/17

Bear's Shadow Book Tour & Giveaway


This morning, we are featuring a paranormal romance in our book spotlight!  Check out the book and enter for a chance to win a copy in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!

Bear's Shadow
Vendetta Series Book 2
by Desiree L. Scott
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Nikki Calhoun is on the run, fueled by terror of the shadowy world she had married into. Desperate to survive and nowhere to hide, Nikki turns to the wolf shifter pack of her childhood but it’s hard for her to trust anyone, even the people closest to her.



Enforcer and bear-shifter Bret Axel receives a call from his cousin who manages his Portland nightclub about suspicious activity. After obtaining the approval of his Alpha, he travels to Portland. Two nights later, screams of a woman shatter the silence of the dock and with the help of his cousin, they save her from being killed.

A twisted tale of hunter and prey, two worlds collide as Bret falls for the human and then struggles to convince her that they are meant to be together. It’s up to him and the Crescent Ice Pack to get to the bottom of the brutal acts of one man. Will Nikki survive the wrath of her estranged husband or will the murky world of Edward Calhoun destroy her and any who try to help?




I have been writing since I was sixteen years old and love to write both horror and romantic suspense. I think there have been many influences within my life that has set me on the path that I can not help but walk. A few of those names consist of Karen Rose, Lisa Gardener, Nora Roberts, Cynthia Eden, Catherine Anderson, Laura Griffin, Andrea Kane, and Lisa Jackson, just to name a few. This list by no means defines by own writing but they have indeed influenced my desire to live outside of my own world and to create the thrill of my dreams. I live on 40 + acres in the SHOW ME state with my six year old daughter, with the wonderful addition of four dogs and a handful of chickens. The weather is unpredictable, but the surrounding beauty of the country helps my creativity as I sit on my top deck with my laptop and coffee close by.


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Daddy Defender Book Tour & Giveaway


This morning, I am featuring a romantic suspense novel in our book spotlight.  Check out Daddy Defender and enter for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!

Daddy Defender
Omega Sector: Under Siege- Book 1
by Janie Crouch
Genre: Romantic Suspense 

He was a man on a mission, one that included a beautiful woman and a little girl he'd die defending… 


What a serious case of mistaken identity. Ashton Fitzgerald is no unassuming handyman but a highly trained sharpshooter intent on protecting Summer Worrall and her baby daughter. The Omega SWAT member has a debt to pay and he isn't about to let Summer out of his sights. 

For someone else has set their own sights on the lovely widow. Her unexpected relationship with Ashton has put Summer and her child straight into a madman's line of fire. Suddenly a mission to make amends becomes Ashton's quest to defend this little family with his very life. 





USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Janie Crouch writes what she loves to read: romantic suspense, heavy on the romance. 

Janie recently relocated with her husband and their four teenagers to Germany (due to her husband's job as support for the U.S. Military), after living in Virginia for nearly 20 years. When she's not listening to the voices in her head (and even when she is), she enjoys traveling, long-distance running, and movies of all kinds. 

Her favorite quote: "Life is a daring adventure or nothing." - Helen Keller. 



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10/18/17

You’ve Got Your Health Down, Now What About Theirs?



We all want to be healthy. Even when we’re not that consistent at looking after ourselves, it’s something that we all aspire to. So, we find ourselves trialing different diets and exercise routines, de-stressing tactics and mind-calming ideas until we find the perfect fit. And that’s always a journey in itself. But, when you do find a healthy routine that works for you, you may feel like your work is done. However, in some ways, it’s only just begun. Because now that you’re got your health on point, you’re then going to want to work on doing the same for the rest of your family.

Active Kids

Above all else, even your own health, it’s highly like that you want your kids to be as happy and healthy as they can be. But to make that happen, you need to make sure that they’re active. It’s easy to think that actually, they get enough exercise because they’re so full of energy, but that may not be the case. So if you really want to ensure that they are active, sign them up for sports. Whether it’s soccer or dance, or even judo or figure skating, just do it. By encouraging them to be active in sports, you will know that they’re keeping their heart healthy.

Growing Kids

But at the same time, it’s important to recognize that your kids are also growing too. And growing kids need to eat well. So, you should definitely focus on packing as many must-eat nutrients into their meals as possible. Even if you have picky eaters, you’re going to want to use some super cool kid recipes to ensure that they’re eating a balanced diet and growing healthily.

Healthy Husband

From here, you may also want to start thinking about your husband too. Because he deserves to have incredible health levels, just like you. Now, some people will say that they can look after ourselves, but if you care, you should be looking to encourage them where you can. Because keeping your husband healthy can be hard when they love beer and ribs! But, if you want to be able to live long and healthy lives together, it’s essential that you do work together on this too.

Cared For Parents

After your husband, there’s also your parents to think about. And now that they’re starting to get old, this is definitely going to be your responsibility. Whether you need to look into respite care for elderly pensioners or a care facility, now’s the time to do your research. You may find that you need to action it sooner than you first thought.

Happy Pets

And how could we talk about focusing on the health of your favorite people and not include your pets! Because they’re a part of the family too. So, you’re going to want to make sure that you include your pets on your active exercise plan, and keep them on a strict nutritious diet that doesn’t involve too many treats!

Everyone covered? 

The Haves And The Have Nots: What Exactly Does A Newborn Need?


All new moms will tell you the exact same thing: planning is super critical when you are pregnant. Once the baby is here, you won’t have a lot of spare time on your hands, and simply popping out to the shop to pick up some items might not always be possible. Sure, you could try ordering things online, but are you sure you can wait a couple of days for it to be delivered? Probably not! So, your pregnancy is the best time to head out to the shops for all your baby’s essentials.

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But are you clear on what exactly is essential and what you and your baby will need in their first few months? It can be difficult to tell what is an essential these days as everything is marketed as such. But don’t worry - here is my complete guide to the things that you and your baby will almost certainly need once you get home from the hospital.

Sheet SaversSome parents think that they can get away without using any sheet savers. Generally speaking, though, it is important to buy this important piece of bedding as they can help your baby’s mattress and sheets last longer. If you don’t know what sheet savers are, they are basically a waterproof sheet that goes in between the fitted sheet and the mattress. If your baby ever has an accident in their crib and their diaper leaks, you don’t have to worry about the moisture soaking into the mattress.
 
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Breast Pump. Most mothers want their babies to get the best possible nutrition, and the best way to do that is to breastfeed them. Unfortunately, life always seems to get in the way of the best plans, and you might find it almost impossible to breast feed to your baby’s demands, especially once you start back at work. This is where a breast pump comes in. You can pump your breast to extract your own milk and fill sterilized bottles with this. You can then keep this in the fridge until you need to use it. This is a great solution to those times you are at work or head out for the day and your partner has to look after the baby. It also means you don’t need to rely on formula milk if you don’t want to.

Baby Moisturizer.  Do you think that moisturizers are only for adult use? Think again! In fact, it’s good practice to keep your baby’s face hydrated with some baby face cream as it can really protect the skin. It can greatly reduce the risk of certain skin conditions and rashes from developing. It also helps your baby’s skin to stay beautifully soft! When you are looking for baby moisturizer, try and look out for ones that are made from natural ingredients, such as Jojoba oil and sunflower oil.
 
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Plenty Of Books.  You will no doubt buy lots of toys and teddy bears for your newborn baby, but have you also thought about getting plenty of books for them? Even though they won’t be able to read for a few years, it’s still a good idea to get them books so that you can read them a bedtime story every night. This is even important for babies that don’t yet fully understand English just yet. Lots of scientific studies show that reading to young babies helps them to develop their listening skills. It also helps to speed up their speech development as they become used to sounds and pronunciations much quicker. 
 
Video Monitor.  These days, parents don’t have to just settle for a simple baby monitor that functions much like a walkie talkie. Instead, you can now buy a video monitor that lets you look in on your child even when you aren’t in its bedroom. You might be wondering what the point is of this extra piece of kit. Well, it’s simple really - better peace of mind! The video lets you hear your baby as well watch, so you can be absolutely sure that your small baby is doing fine. You can also check whenever you hear them make a noise. That way, you don’t have to trek upstairs for no reason!
 
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Co-Sleeper.  If you are nursing your baby, you will know that waking up multiple times through the night is one of the main reasons you feel so drained through the day. But a co-sleeper can really help you improve your sleep patterns even if you need to wake repeatedly to feed your baby. This is a small crib that attached to the bottom of your bed. It’s much safer for your baby than sleeping in your bed with you, as this could lead to some injuries. Once you have the co-sleeper at the bottom of your bed, you won’t need to waste time traveling to the nursery and back.

Swaddle Blanket.  You might think that just any old blanket will do for your newborn but, in actual fact, a swaddle blanket is the best that you can buy. As a new mom, you might find it incredibly difficult to get the technique of swaddling with a regular blanket just right, so investing in a proper swaddling blanket can save you a lot of time, effort, and stress! This blanket will come with velcro straps and flaps so you know exactly which pieces of fabric to fold over and where they should go. 
 
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Humidifier.  You might not think about buying a humidifier while you are pregnant but, trust me, this will be a complete godsend for you once the baby is here! Babies and young toddlers are very prone to catching colds, but having a humidifier can half the infant’s chances of falling ill. That’s because the humidifier purifies the air and takes away any nasty germs that might be floating about. It can also make it easier for your baby to breathe when they do fall ill. When you buy a humidifier, make sure that it has a filter, as this will make it much easier to clean. It’s also worth dropping in a few drops of essential oils when your baby is ill, as this can open up their airways.
 
Baby Car Seat.  One of the most important items you will need is a car seat for your baby. It is now illegal for any babies and toddlers to travel in a car without a proper seat that fits them correctly. So, you will need to get your seat before your baby is here, especially if you plan to bring them home from the hospital in your family car. It’s super crucial that you get a seat that will correctly fit the child. As you can’t measure your baby while you are pregnant, you should simply buy a seat that is made for newborns. Your child will grow very quickly once they are born, so you should expect to buy a couple of different seats to accommodate them during their first few years. 
 
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A Changing Table.  One thing is for sure, changing your baby’s diaper is definitely a messy job! To make sure that the mess doesn’t get spread all over by your baby rolling over, for instance, you should change them on a table. When you are looking at different changing tables, make sure that you find one that has plenty of space for all your diaper creams and lotions. After all, you don’t want to keep bending down to pick things up from the floor!
 
So, looks like it’s time for you to go shopping!

The Soul Guide Series Book Tour Spotlight & Giveaway


Today, we have a urban fantasy series in our book spotlight!  Check out the books of The Soul Guide series and enter for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!

Secrets and Souls
Prequel to The Soul Guide
by Kelly Stock
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Set forty years before The Soul Guide, this is a story of Bertram and Mellissa… 


"You think I don't know that you’re keeping secrets from me? I am not the only liar here..."

The last thing Bertram expected after his grandfather’s death was to find himself the owner of Clayhill Manor, a decrepit mansion with little going for it other than musty rooms filled with moth-eaten furniture and mice. But at least he gets to maintain the solitary life he’s used to. That is, until red-headed beauty, Mellissa, walks into his home and changes his life forever. 

With one touch of her hand, Bertram finds himself part of world he never knew existed. Where he is the Caretaker, and Mellissa the Soul Guide. Where doors appear out of nowhere and he’s the only one who can see them. 

Together they must face a strange new world hidden just beneath the surface. A world which contains the pure of soul and malevolent creatures that lurk in the dark. 

But Mellissa holds secrets within her, secrets that hurt her heart. With a past that she’s unwilling to share with a man who is falling in love with her, can they put their feelings aside and fulfil their roles or will her secrets tear them apart? 

Apart they are weak, together they are stronger, and the Mephisto are always watching.


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The Soul Guide
The Soul Guide Series Book 1

When university student Sybil is stung by a bee in the middle of a winter snowstorm, she finds herself chosen as the latest Soul Guide. With only a few days to reach the Veil; the place of souls, and complete the Passing Over ceremony, she begins to question everything she ever believed to be true. But dark forces will stop at nothing to prevent Sybil from fulfilling her destiny. Struggling with such a huge responsibility, and afraid for her life, Sybil has no choice but to put her trust in two complete strangers. 


Meet Bertram, the Caretaker. Despite his anguish at losing the love of his life, he has a job to do. Sybil is his responsibility now. He must guide her to the Veil - no matter the cost.

Then there’s Alec, who’s drawn to Sybil the moment he lays eyes on her. Overcome by the sudden need to protect her, Alec will risk his life to ensure her safety. Or does he have darker designs...?

Can the reluctant Soul Guide, the grieving Caretaker, and the obsessive stranger work together? Only one thing is certain: the future of both Earth and the Veil hang in the balance, and the dark are rising.





Reviews:

I've just finished the soul guide and I'm feeling very impatient for book 2! This is a great fantasy read, intriguing, with characters you really want to know more about! It's hard to believe this is the author’s first novel, there's so much detail and depth to the characters and story. Well worth a read.”

Wow! I could not put this book down. The way Kelly writes encaptures you and takes you to another place. Her vivid imagination and the way she describes every detail enables you to picture in your mind being there with Sybil on this spiritual journey. It only took me two days to read and I can't wait for the next instalment to see what happens next.”

This book, well written and with a great story line, had me hooked from the start and I can't wait for the next one in the series.”

The Soul Guide is a unique, fast-paced, beautifully-written book. Immediately it sucked me in, and it was hard to put down. Kelly Stock has woven together a story with interesting characters and a truly imaginative plot. In a way, reading this felt like gazing upon beautiful artwork. Every chapter revealed a new layer of the story, intriguing me further and making me even more curious about what was to come. What a treat this book was to read!”



Tortured Souls
The Soul Guide Series Book 2


Still reeling from the secrets revealed within the Veil, Sybil finds herself getting more than she'd ever bargained for. Having to manage her new gifts is hard enough let alone having to cope with the barrage of memories that aren't even her own. 

Could becoming the Soul Guide be the biggest mistake of Sybil's life or her bravest decision yet? She couldn't tell you, to busy dealing with the responsibility that her new role brings and avoiding the growing residents of Clayhill to find out. 

And yet, hiding away isn't an option. 

With the arrival of terrified young Estelle, Sybil is forced to face reality and become the warrior she was destined to be. There are far worst things happening beyond the safety of Clayhill and she doesn't have the option of turning a blind eye, especially when the 'worst things' involve her own beloved dad. 

With Estelle's revelations, action must be taken. Can the unlikely group work together to save the children locked away in the depths of the Masters home or will the Mephisto succeed in tearing them apart? Read book two of The Soul Guide series to find out.

In Tortured Souls, alliances are made, friendships are forged, hearts are broken and the battle of light versus dark has truly begun.



Born and bred in London, UK, Kelly is a 38 year-old multitasking mum, wife, colleague, friend, daughter, sister and lastly, but by no means least, writer. 
Her love of writing started when she began her Creative Writing degree at North London University in 1999. She hasn’t always wanted to be a writer, her first job of choice was a Vet, but that dream died when she realized she was allergic to most, small, furry animals. But, she has always loved to read, and that’s where her passion for writing began. 
After finishing her degree in 2002, she didn’t put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, until thirteen years later. Life, in all its wonderful glory got in the way. Then when her youngest went to school full-time she had precious time on her hands. It was during this time that Bertram, Sybil, and Alec were conceived and her first novel, The Soul Guide was born.
In her spare time you can find Kelly, reading, bringing up her kids the best way she knows how, and trying desperately not to make a fool of herself on social media. 



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