9/18/14

Book Review: The Blue Effect by Rose Shababy


While I'm not much of a super hero fan in the theater, I do enjoy books about people with unique abilities and talents joining forces for good.  The Blue Effect, the first book in Rose Shababy's The Renegade Heroes Series involves just such a group.  What was my review of The Blue Effect by Rose Shababy?


I received a complimentary copy of this ebook for this Promotional Book Tours tour.  All opinions are my own. 

Quick Summary of The Blue Effect by Rose Shababy.  Blue Brennan is jaded and bitter despite her pinup girl looks and a quick wit. Night after night she scours the Seattle club scene looking for someone or something to fill the emptiness inside.

When she meets the mysterious Kasey, her world stops on its axis… literally. He claims she has the ability to control time and stuns her even further when he reveals his own gifts.

Blue is inexplicably drawn to Kasey and reluctantly enters his world filled with a new breed of humanity, each with amazing powers of their own. They’re misfits like her, blessed or cursed with powerful abilities, struggling to hide their differences while pitting their powers against injustice.
Then the group discovers the existence of a nameless, faceless sociopath with nightmarish powers, and his sights are set on Blue. But Blue and her unique gifts are not only his target, they are also the key to defeating him and saving them all.

Now she must race against the clock to harness her own powers and save her new friends. Can she be more than a renegade? Can she be a hero too?

The Blue Effect has an action packed storyline with unique characters.  While I didn't necessarily like the main character, Blue; I did like the way she evolved with the other characters throughout the book.  The author keeps the page turning action and adventure going once Blue meets Kasey and keeps readers engaged in the story through to the end. 

Would I recommend The Blue Effect?  The dialogue and action are geared toward a young adult audience.  I enjoyed the overall storyline--but, found myself skimming through some of the dialogue at times.  While I wasn't always totally invested in the characters, I did find myself attached enough to add the next book in the series to my reading list.  If you enjoy a superhero story with a unique assortment of super-abilities--this was a good, quick read to begin the series.

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The best debut novel I’ve read in years. Blue is the type of unique, honest, protagonist usually only experienced in Stephen King novels. The Blue Effect was part Fight Club, part X-Men and sucked me in from the very first chapter to the very last word. Powerfully written with a compelling plot and wicked antagonist. Couldn’t ask for anything more – except the sequel! – Robert Dugoni, NY Times Best Selling Author – My Sister’s Grave

About the author:

roseRose Shababy and her family reside in eastern Washington State. Rose grew up in the Northwest but swears she’s going to move to warmer climates someday. She’s claimed this for over 20 years, however, and has yet to move more than 75 miles away from her mother.
Rose has a deep love of all things Star Trek and yearns to travel the heavens, as well as an intense desire to be bitten by a radioactive spider. Unfortunately she sucks at science and math so she hasn’t been able bring her dreams to life, instead living vicariously through books, comics, television and film. She hopes to someday make a million dollars so she can afford to buy her way to the international space station, but she’d settle for being able to fly around the world and leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Rose also loves to cook and worked for years in a gourmet Italian grocery and deli where she learned to hone her skills. She prepares culinary masterpieces for her family, but fervently wishes the dishes would wash themselves. Especially now that her dishwashers/children are nearly grown and only one still lives at home.
Rose likes to use her free time wisely. For instance, she likes to daydream, will often read for hours until she falls asleep on the couch with an electric blanket and a warm tabby cat curled up on her hip, as well as spending cozy weekend days watching Syfy movies like Sharknado and Mega Piranha with her husband.
If Rose were a cartoon animal, she’d prefer to be a wise old owl or a sleek and sexy jaguar, but in reality she’d probably be a myopic mole with coke-bottle glasses.
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9/16/14

Wordless Wednesday Link Up: Bison at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park in Columbus


A visit to Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park just outside Columbus, Ohio, has been on our to-do list for a while. We wanted to take the girls to see the bison--and once we learned that there were baby bison born earlier in the year--we really wanted to make the trip. We generally try to find friendly parks and trails for a weekend hike with Mr. Maxi the dog--so, since Battelle Darby Creek is also very dog friendly with several pet trails, we finally made the trip last weekend. I thought I would share our trip to see the bison at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park as this week's Wordless Wednesday link up!  



We were hoping to see the Bison babies.... 



Bison in the Prairie Pasture? 


They were there (in a group below the arrow above)....we just couldn't see them without binoculars--and we didn't bring any.

Every now and then, we could see brown blobs moving when they ran in the far end of the prairie.

Hmmm. The girls were not impressed by the bison viewing experience.

So--we had to see the bison and one of the babies on Youtube... 

  

But, there was a pretty sky at the park....



...and some (blurry) Monarch caterpillars on milkweed plants 


  ...and pretty wildflowers.. 

 It was a nice afternoon--even if we didn't see exactly as much of the bison as we had expected!


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9/15/14

Seasonal mike's hard pink lemonade creates #MyMikesMoment




I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for mike’s hard lemonade. I received a Circle K gift card to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”
 
The girls keep us pretty busy in our little corner of the world!  Most days, we are on the go from 4 a.m. until I finish most of my to-do list.  When we do get a little downtime on the weekend, we spend a lot of time on the back deck by the pool—or enjoying some football on t.v. now that pool season is over.  While a glass of wine or a craft beer are often our weekend downtime treats—mike’s hard lemonade (or the mike’s harder products) became my go-to drinks when entertaining friends or family over the summer.  For a limited time, we are “drinking pink” with mike’s hard pink lemonade.  We enjoy the special edition pink lemonade which serves to raise awareness for breast cancer research.

Multi-tasking to take #mymikesmoment.  My to-do lists are virtually neverending—but, multi-tasking makes them bearable!  Locally, mike’s hard lemonade is available at my local Circle K store.  Since my nearest Circle K is combined with a gas station that I frequent—I can pick up the weekend’s refreshments while knocking off the weekly trip to the gas station.  This Circle K store is also on the way to school and dance--so it's the perfect stop for a last minute snack or drink too!  The seasonal mike’s hard pink lemonade will be on store shelves while supplies last (through Octoberish) to raise awareness for breast cancer research.


What do we like about mike’s hard lemonade?  I love the taste of most of the mike's hard (and harder) drink selections.  Mike’s uses real lemons in their beverages—giving it a crisp, tart, citrus taste that we enjoy.  The mike’s pink hard lemonade keeps that same refreshing flavor while reminding us of the need for breast cancer research and funding.  I enjoy mike’s hard lemonade as a lighter, fruity alternative to beer or wine and offer it frequently to friends and family who aren't really wine drinkers or beer fans.

Mike’s Hard Lemonade Co. offers seasonal, hard pink lemonade.  Mike’s hard lemonade has released its seasonal pink hard lemonade every year since 2009.  Since that time, the company has donated more than $1 Million to breast cancer research.  If you are planning to treat yourself-- support breast cancer-research funding in the process.  

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month—and the seasonal blend from Mike’s Hard Lemonade Co. is one way to take a break for yourself while raising awareness for breast cancer research. 

About Mike’s Hard Lemonade Co.
Mike’s Hard Lemonade Co., best recognized for its iconic mike’s® hard
lemonade is currently celebrating its 15th anniversary.  They use real, whole lemons—including the juice and zest to give their lemonade its popular flavor.

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