12/14/17

Fairy Wishes 1-2-3 Children's Book Spotlight & Giveaway


This morning, we have a fantasy picture book for children in our book spotlight! Check out Fairy Wishes 1-2-3, learn about the author and enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!

Fairy Wishes 1-2-3
by Michele Barrow-Belisle
Genre: Children's Fantasy Picture Book 

A tale of two little fairies of different ethnicities, backgrounds and environments, who are envious of the things the other gets to do…from catching shooting stars to playing the guitar. 


They decide to trade places, but soon realize that being someone else isn't as much fun as they thought. The girls quickly discover the importance of just being themselves. 


**.99 on Amazon!!




A dreamer at heart, Michele Barrow-Belisle has always lived with one foot in this reality and one foot in another, one of her own imagining. So it follows that she would grow up to write about and sculpt the characters from those enchanting worlds she knows and loves so well. As a fan of everything romantic, her young adult novels are populated with witches and vampires and faeries. Michele resides in southern Canada with her hubby and son who indulge her passions for writing, reading, lattes, and most of all chocolate. 


She also loves shoes. 

Did we mention the chocolate?





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Haunted Book Tour & Giveaway




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

Haunted
Shari Nichols
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: 11/27-2017
Number of pages: 234

About the Book
When medium Karly Matthews agrees to move into a haunted inn, she’s not sure what’s more dangerous, the ghost or the sexy innkeeper she tries to resist. She’s can’t deny the intense rush of desire she feels every time he’s near. When she agrees to embark on a no-strings-attached relationship, she finds herself thrust into a world of mind blowing pleasures. Now she must face the aching truths of her past.

Hotel heir Thayne Harper has a laser-like focus on success that doesn’t include the help of his family. He’s always been the black sheep, living in the shadow of his dead brother. His dreams are put to the test when a supernatural entity threatens to ruin everything. The one bright spot is the woman who intrigues his mind and heats his blood.

If only he can convince her that, despite his bad boy ways, he can change for the good. Her love becomes his only salvation. Passion burns white-hot as a dark threat looms. The ghost doesn’t want them to be together and sets her sights on Thayne, luring him to a place that goes beyond death. Will Karly be able to save him before it’s too late?

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All Karly wanted to do was fill the dark, empty place inside of her with lightness and passion, but what would it cost her in the end? She pushed the nagging thought aside because right now she wanted him so much, she ached. “Make love to me, Thayne. I need you inside of me.”
His eyes filled with desire. “Are you sure that’s what you want?” She became aware of the heat from his body and the quick throb of her pulse.
She’d deal with consequences in the morning. She needed to get lost—to forget, even for a little while. “Touch me.” She placed his hand under her robe, on top of her breast. He kneaded her flesh and her nipple peaked under his caress. His lips sealed over hers, stealing her breath. When his tongue tangled with hers, she moaned into his mouth. He tasted sweet like brandy and she couldn’t get enough.
Her fingers dug into his back as he slid open her robe and rubbed his cock against her bare sex. He trailed open mouthed kisses down her throat and sucked on her shoulder. Heat pulsed through her body. His tongue was burning hot as it closed over her nipple, making her gasp.
“You’re mine,” he murmured and continued his assault on her other nipple, flicking his tongue over and over again until she thought she’d come apart from the sensation alone. She didn’t want to think too much into his words, guessing they were probably said in the heat of the moment, but still. Her heart leapt and she couldn’t deny the intense thrill pulsing through her veins.
His lips found hers again and he plundered her mouth. When she pulled away to catch her breath, their eyes met. She was expecting to see desire and was taken aback by the raw emotion that he wasn’t even trying to hide. He lifted her and carried her to the bed, pressing her into the mattress. “I want to make you come for me, baby.” 
“I can’t wait anymore.” He crawled down her body, his lips trailing fire along her skin. He licked her belly button and stopped to blow on her inner thigh. His hair brushing against her flesh was its own provocation, heightening her desire. 
By the time he glided his tongue over her cleft, she was desperate for his mouth on her throbbing clit. She moved her hips, compelled to rock into him. “Please.” Did he want her to beg?
 “I want to make you writhe with anticipation.” He dipped his nose into her sex and inhaled. “I love your scent.” His tongue plunged into her, circling her clit over and over again, his mind blowing oral skills driving her insane. When she didn’t think she could take anymore, his thumb glided across her folds, creating a delicious friction. The excitement that had been building was like a live wire, making her shiver. Her body tightened and then she came apart, vibrating from pleasure. 
“I think you enjoyed that.” He moved up her body and kissed her again, a sensual assault, a claiming of her body and soul. She tasted herself on his lips and it was wildly erotic. 
By the time he pulled a condom from the box on the nightstand, slipping it over his rigid cock with agonizing slowness, she was shaking with anticipation. “Thayne.”
“You’re so ready for me.” His cock brushed against her entrance, teasing her clit. His low moan reverberated through every cell in her body.
When she lifted her hips in invitation, he plunged inside of her. “You feel so good.” His voice was throaty, surrounding them like a velvet cloak.
Pleasure clawed at her and Karly was ready to be consumed. Thayne plunged his cock in and out of her with wild thrusts. He hit her vulva and her clit from every angle. She’d never felt so completely possessed; mentally, physically. 
He glided his tongue inside of her mouth, mimicking the movement of his cock. Thayne was pushing deeper inside of her to a wild, untouched place she kept hidden. With every languid kiss and thrust of his cock, he loosened the tight rein of control she kept over her body as well as her heart.  

Meet the Author

Shari Nichols grew up in a small town in Connecticut where haunted houses, ghosts and Ouija boards were common place, spurring her fascination with all things paranormal. Ever since she read her first Barbara Cartland novel, her life-long dream has been to write sexy, romantic stories. Shari has been married to her own alpha hero for twenty-five years. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, going to the gym, or hanging out with family and friends.

She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two teenagers, and her adoring golden retriever. She’s thrilled to spend her days in sweats, eating chocolate while pounding on her keyboard to create her next novel. Shari’s a member of Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, Liberty States Fiction Writers and Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers.







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12/13/17

Give Your Home A Unique Look From The Inside Out


Giving your home a unique look from the inside out is a great way to add value, and make it a more enjoyable space for you and your guests to spend time. Let’s get straight into it and talk about how you can give your home a unique look:

Inside Your Home

Include Plenty Of Leafy, Fluffy Greenery
Something that can add a lot of life to your home is adding lots of leafy, fluffy greenery. You can add it wherever you see fit, from your bedroom to your bathroom!

Have Fun With Eclectic Styles
There are all kinds of styles out there, so have fun with some that you like. You can avoid making your home look too mismatched overall by repeating certain elements (such as patterns) in different rooms.



Work In Antique Pieces
Antique pieces are unique and valuable, so they can add some personality to your home. Don’t be afraid to splash out if you really love something.

Know How To Mix Colors And Patterns
Mixing up colors and patterns can give your home a lovely look, but you need to do it right. For example, when it comes to patterns, three is a great number to aim for. You should go for the 10/30/60 rule to make them work best.

Texture, Texture, And More TextureTexture is a must. It adds interest to your interior and makes it feel far more cosy. Make sure you use layers, rugs, throws, and even mirrors to do this properly.

                                                                  Outside Your Home

Paint Your Front Door A Bright Color
Painting your front door a bright color is a quick and easy way to make your home stand out and add an element of fun. Why not paint it a vibrant version of your favorite color?


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Select The Right Siding
Siding can make a big difference to the value of your home, and of course, how valuable it is. It can affect the durability and strength of a home, so the type you select can depend on where you are in the world. There are different styles and types to be aware of before you select one, so start by reading this tuckpointing description to help. The more you know before you make a decision, the better.

Easy To Maintain Flower Boxes And Plants
Having easy to maintain flower boxes and plants outside of your home will make it look far more attractive all year round. Don’t add plants that take too much upkeep if you haven’t got the time.

Winding Driveways
Winding driveways look amazing, but if you haven’t got the space for that, consider adding some greenery to your driveway instead.


Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting is important for safety reasons, but it can seriously up the aesthetic of your home too. Adding freestanding lighting can look great and add an element of luxury to the outside of your home.

How will you make your home look unique from the inside out? Leave your own ideas and thoughts below.

Holiday Down Time: Tips for your Next Family Holiday Movie Night


I was just texting the mom of one of my daughter's best friends--and during the conversation--we both admitted that the end of the 2nd nine week school grading period ending 5 days before Christmas is just a little overwhelming.  As we try to enjoy as much holiday cheer as possible--we also need to stay on top of last minute assignments, exams and end of the quarter projects.  Tonight (after dance class and color guard rehearsal and a couple of hours of school project work)--we are going to be settling in for some down time with a family holiday movie night.  On a Wednesday.  Because we need a little holiday cheer break.  We need a little family time.  What are our tips for you to use on your next family holiday movie night?

Choose the Right Holiday Movie for your Family--and Choose the Movie by "Drawing" From a Santa Hat or a Gift Bag to Make it Fun.  For us, this week, we need an old cartoon or a family friendly movie that we have seen hundreds of times.  Nothing that requires a lot of focus--or needs to end with a deep, heavy-duty, family discussion about the messages of the movies.  Nothing depressing and nothing too long or drawn out.  What movie options are going into our Santa Hat on slips of paper tonight?  Maybe next week, we will choose some old black and white movies or modern Christmas stories--but, this week--it's cartoons and memories. As a plus--cartoons are shorter than feature films and we could watch two or three of these movies tonight!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas



A Charlie Brown Christmas
Frosty the Snowman
  

Mickey's Christmas Carol


Choose a cozy setting for the movie night.  While the family room is fine for movie watching--we will probably move our holiday movie night to my bedroom.  The kids, me, the husband (and probably a dog and a few cats) will head for pajamas, pile onto the bed or bean bag chairs on the floor and take a break from the usual!  Sometimes we move a tv out by the living room fireplace--and build a fire.   Since we have never had a "permanent" television in that room--it is always a fun break for the kids from the same old-same old.

Plan dinner and snacks.   Popcorn is a must--along with hot chocolate and lots of marshmallows for movie night.  We have also been known to order Chinese food and eat dinner in front of the t.v. while watching our movies.  Tonight, I see us breaking out some t.v. trays, eating Chinese noodles or Sweet & Sour Chicken and enjoying a bowl of buttered popcorn and hot cocoa.  Plan ahead and order food or make dinner in advance so that everything is ready at the start of the movie(s) and Mom (or Dad) isn't spending movie night in the kitchen!

Unplug and Turn off the Holiday To-Do List. I am not going to address Christmas cards or make a garland for the birds or wrap presents tonight.  No multi-tasking.  My attention is going to be devoted to the family and a couple of hours of holiday down time.  The cell phones are going into a bowl on the dining room table--and we are all going to unplug and turn off the holiday to-do lists and the demands of work and school.

Keep your Family Holiday Movie Night Simple.  Watch a movie, laugh with the kids--and turn off the outside demands for this one night.  Order takeout.  Skip the Snapchat, Facebook and the calendar.  All of your to-do lists will be there in the morning--and you will be just a little more refreshed to tackle those lists! And.  We skipped recommending fun crafts and activities and coloring sheets and special desserts and creative popcorn packages.  Because.  It's more than okay to take some holiday downtime. 

Enjoy your holiday down time and your family time.  Both are priceless.


Cathadeus Book Spotlight & Giveaway


This morning, I am featuring a new fantasy novel in our book spotlight. This is the first book in The Walking Gates series by Jeff J. Peters--and is on our reading list for review in the upcoming weeks.  Check out the book, learn about the author and enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!


Book Title: Cathadeus (Book One of the Walking Gates)
Author: Jeff J. Peters
Category: YA Fiction, 344 pages
Genre: Fantasy

About the Book

It has been six hundred years since the Alchemists fused together men and beasts to form strong, mindless slaves. Now, their most vicious creations have attacked the mystical Walking Gates, slaughtering their Keepers and isolating their cities. Wounded in the brutal attack, Braxton Prinn’s mother is on the verge of death and he makes a desperate journey to find the reclusive elven master who can save her. But when he discovers an ancient magic, Brax is caught up in an even greater struggle and soon finds himself hunted for his power. Drawn into the chaos of an impending war and pursued by enemies on all sides, Brax must fight to save his mother and her race from slipping into darkness. Though his untamed magic may be the greatest threat of all . . .

What Readers are Saying about Cathadeus:

“Jeff J. Peters’ strong cinematic writing style allowed me to easily visualize the story and feel that I was right there alongside the characters.”
- Alison W.

“Jeff J. Peters’ writing is so smooth and easy to read – I can’t tell you how much of a pleasure it was…and how quickly you end up being drawn into the story because of it.”
- Amanda R.

“Cathadeus is the best kind of fantasy story - you get to learn along with a flawed main character while you get lost in a richly designed world. You can’t help but keep reading. A cleanly written pairing of characters you wish you could spend more time with and an enthralling world built around them. Cathadeus is the kind of story that plays perfectly off of your imagination, with characters grounded in reality to make it feel like you could really be there.”
- Ryan N.

“Jeff J. Peters definitely has storytelling skills...The story stayed on my mind when I wasn’t reading it. Young readers will be drawn in this imaginative story, while they relate to Braxton’s struggles with temper, insecurity, and young love. Cathadeus is dramatic, with an anxious tone—at times bleak, as the story keeps you wondering until the final battle if good will prevail.”
- Elizabeth C.


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JEFF J. PETERS was born in South Africa and immigrated to the United States as a teenager, where he fell in love with all things fantasy. He obtained degrees in digital electronics and computer science and worked as an IT professional for more than twenty years. In 2014, he left his corporate position to focus full-time on writing. Cathadeus is his debut novel. He is currently working on the sequel.

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