8/16/16

Book Relaunch~ The Legend of Shark Island



Isola di Squalo is getting a new look!

And just in time for both Princess Terra, and author, Heidi's birthdays!

Let's take a look and then make sure to pop by and pick up our copies as a way to congratulate and wish

Heidi the happiest of birthdays!





Series: The Book of Delmar
Genre: New Adult
Pages: 371
Author: Heidi Peltier


 The Royal Delmar family is bound by an oath to protect the people and the island of Isola di Squalo.  A legendary beast ensures they do.
Dylan Murphy only came to the Mediterranean to study sharks, but an early-run in with Princess Terra Delmar destroys his plans and entangles him in her family's mystery. A simple swim off the island's coast puts him face to face with a giant shark and changes his destiny.  The return of the beast means trouble for the Delmars. How far will Dylan go to help them?






8/1/16

Review~ Salt and Pepper Grinder Set


Today I'm reviewing the MYS Homeware Salt and Pepper Grinder Set.


This set includes two stainless steel/glass grinders, a peeler, a small silicone funnel, and a cleaning brush. I've already reviewed a nearly identical peeler, so I'm not going to do it again.

The grinders themselves are a nice glass and stainless steel, they're adjustable to be course-fine. They're a generous size and attractive. Not much else to say there! They do the job they're meant to do!

I love the little funnel, it's perfect for adding salt and pepper to your grinders, and folds nearly flat for storage.

Lastly, the cleaning brush. It has stiff bristles, perfect for getting into all the tough to clean places.




7/30/16

Book Review~ Second Chance for Love





Title: Second Chance for Love
Genre: Cleanish* Romance Anthology
Length: 258 Pages
Purchase: Amazon


Who says love doesn’t come around again? 
Seven stories of single parents finding love for the second time. 

I'll be reviewing each story individually and then giving an overall review at the end!
Each story's synopsis is in bold, followed by my review in normal font. 

*I say cleanish because while there are no "pink parts" there is some minor cursing, fade to black, and innuendo. I know that's not clean by some standards. 


The Ticket to her Heart by D. G. Driver 
Dalton Jones is a traffic cop who feels guilty about giving a speeding ticket to a beautiful single mom. With his teenage daughter’s help, he finds a way to meet the woman again, and they fall for each other. Only, he’s neglected to tell her who he really is. 


This was a cute one. I like the general premise and story line, but Dalton's relationship with his daughter isn't clearly defined and a few times I had to remind myself she was his daughter and not an adult friend. It was hard to tell if they were close and had a good relationship or not. At times it felt like they did, but at other times it felt like he didn't know her well at all and they were a little disconnected. 

One thing I really liked was that it was told solely from the male perspective, which is refreshing. That's not something you see often in romance, it was a nice change. Overall I thought it was a nice, sweet story with a well thought out plot, even for as short as it was. It was a nice way to spend a summer afternoon.




The Perfect Beginning by Nancy Pennick 
Tracy DeMarco hasn’t been on a date with a man in five years. She has a child to raise and a job she likes. Her daughter says she needs to get a life. Tracy thought hers was fine until a vampire shows up on her doorstep one Halloween night. 

I really enjoyed this one. I grew up with a single mom, so I know how that mother/daughter line gets blurred sometimes and you're more like friends with your mom. I felt that reality was portrayed well here. One criticism I have though is that there are several instances where large chunks of background are just kind of spewed at the reader in an unnatural and forced way from the characters. I get that a lot of background is difficult to fit into such a short story, but is awkward to have them recount the marriage/divorce like they hadn't lived it. It was just odd and awkward. The parts where Tracy herself reflects on her marriage work well, but the ones with her and Emma are just too much. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this story.



A Love for Michelle by Tara Fox Hall 
Left by her boyfriend on the same night she lost her job, Michelle isn't looking for love when she runs into Max and his two children while sledding. In a few short months, the new couple is inseparable. Then Michelle realizes she's pregnant with her ex's child. Will Max love her enough to accept a baby that isn't his? 

I wasn't a fan of this one. At. All. There was very little dialogue, and far too much telling. There really wasn't much relationship building, or anything to make you feel invested in the characters at all. I hate to be so negative, but I'm having a tough time finding anything I really liked about this one, and I'm sorry for that. But, the author never gives us a real feel for any of the characters, I was never able to connect to them. It was all very glossed over, not well executed at all.




The Price of Silence by Katie Stephens 
Even though Maggie and Rob are divorced, neither can deny the love they still have for each other. As they wonder why their marriage failed, Maggie's artistic agent is determined to have her. Grant befriends her children in a bid to make her his wife, but will Rob stand aside and allow another man to take his children ... and his soulmate? 

I love this one! My only issue is I felt the beginning was a little choppily pieced together, otherwise this is my favorite so far. It's very well developed for a short story. I cried, laughed, worried, and bonded with the characters. It was just so well written, not much else to say really!




Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now by Caroline Andrus 
Celebrity photographer Rebecca thought her life was perfect, until she walked in on her husband and the nanny—in bed. A drunk phone call later, she’s managed to snag the most sought after male nanny in Los Angeles. Months later, at her best friend’s urging, she dives back into the dating pool, but will she end up with Mr. Right Now, or will she realize Mr. Right is already at home with her kids? 

This one starts out with Rebecca and her best friend, Jessica coming across as real snobs that want little to do with their children. As the story progresses we see that Rebecca does care about her kids and want to be involved with them, but setting it up the way she did made it hard to like Rebecca. It was a cute story overall, but there was a lot of skipping around and glossing over important details. I didn't hate this one, but I wasn't really over the moon for it either. 



For the Love of a Horse by Daisy White 
Single mum Ali has done everything she can to forget the past, but when a new love is threatened by a freak horse riding accident, she is forced to face her memories. Can she find the courage to take her second chance for love? 

This one is cute, but hard to follow in the beginning, I felt. Once it got going thought, I really enjoyed it and thought it was super sweet and wonderfully adorable in every way!


Unexpected Match Maker by JT Adeline 
Peyton Geoffrey never thought she needed another dad, until her mom’s past boyfriend, Tate Langston, entered her life. Will Peyton be able to get this surly man to understand how important he is to others, and get him and her mom together again? 

Using Peyton's perspective in this story was absolutely brilliant and a refreshing breath of fresh air. It brought an element to the story that we rarely get to see. It was sweet and adorable. This is tying with The Price of Silence as my favorite! So, so cute. No complaints here, I just adore this one!


Overall I loved this collection and highly recommend it!




*I received and ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

**All Amazon links are affiliate links.











7/27/16

Review~ Drool Pads and Bib Set for Baby Carriers


I was sent a set of bib and drool pads for baby carriers, though given to me in exchange for my opinion, which is completely mine.


I loved the pattern on these when I opened them, they're so simple and classy. I just love them! I was a little worried because they were designed for an Ergo 360, which I don't have.



I was pleased to discover though that they fit most of my carriers! For my Ergo (the original style) I used the hood straps to attach the bib to the hood straps, and the drool pads fit well. For my mei tai and onbu (and if the top of my pod were more narrow) I just slipped the straps through the holes and it worked like a charm!



These are great for protecting carriers from teething tots. I love everything about these. They're so functional and adorable to boot!


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Cover Reveal~Kisses, Kids, and Bundles of Joy: 7 Christian Romances

Kisses, Kids and Bundles of Joy: 7 Christian Winter Romances 
 
Snuggle up with seven brand new, never before published Christian winter romances from bestselling and award-winning authors. Kids and babies abound in this collection of novellas that will warm your heart all winter long. 
 
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One Winter Kiss - Lindi Peterson - Deena Ross travels to Ohio to try and sway her grandfather from making a big mistake, a mistake his neighbor Andrew has been encouraging. When a winter storm hits, and Deena is forced to stay with Andrew and his young son, Evan, Deena's vision of love is tested and she might lose her heart in one winter kiss. 
Childish Ways - Jenn Faulk - Kevin Peterson, a teacher at a small town elementary school, is unexpectedly reunited with Lisa Walker, a girl who spent most of their childhood tormenting and bullying him, when she comes back to town where she helps organize a winter carnival to benefit her niece's school. Lisa has no idea who he is, though, and as they work alongside one another and Kevin sees how much she has changed, he begins to question whether or not he can really trust her and let her into his life. 
The Baby & the Bachelor - Cindy K. Green - Playboy bachelor, Alec, discovers a baby on his doorstep only days away from being appointed to a political office, prompting him to appeal his assistant, Jane, for help. Misunderstandings and accusations from the press abound, leading Alec to wonder, even if he were prepared for a ready-made family, could sweet, church-going Jane ever find it in her heart to marry a sinner like him? 
For Tracy - Trisha Grace - One phone call led to Sarah Carter becoming the guardian of her favorite student, Tracy, while waiting for Tracy’s Uncle Keith to show up. But Sarah has no idea Uncle Keith was Keith Sutton, Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor, and doesn’t realize how much trouble she is heading for. 
Tropical Kiss Or Miss - Liwen Y. Ho - Therapist Olivia Chan can’t wait to escape it all—a failed marriage, a struggling practice, and her son’s recent health scare. The Hawaiian getaway she planned, however, gets rained on—quite literally—by a tropical storm and the unexpected arrival of her estranged husband Matthew, who’s determined to win her back. 
To Gain a Mommy - Tanya Eavenson - When Hope Michaels decides to face her past, she unknowingly purchases the house across the street from her former fiancĂ©—the man her twin sister married, then widowed. Fire Captain Carl McGuire can put out any flame, except for the one Hope sparks within him—some things never change. 
Foolish Heart - Cindy Flores Martinez- Judy and Graham have feelings for each other, but they won’t admit it. After all, she lives in America and he lives in Scotland with his daughter, Mairi, who he could never leave to be with the woman he loves. 
Author Bios 
ImageLindi Peterson, USA Today featured author, lives in north Georgia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with her husband and a lively array of cats, dogs and birds. She loves sharing life with her family and friends. Her passion for reading led her to writing, and then God spoke words of love into her heart and changed her life forever. Website | Facebook | Twitter 
 
 
 
ImageJenn Faulk is a native Texan who enjoys reading and writing chick lit. She's a pastor's wife, a stay-at-home mom, and a marathon enthusiast who loves talking about Jesus and what a difference He's made in her life. She has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and a MA in Missiology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Website | Facebook | Twitter 
 
ImageCindy K. Green has worked as a middle school history & English teacher, a frozen yogurt server and a golf magazine employee. Today she's a multi-published, award winning author, a mother, a wife, and a homeschooler too. This native Californian now resides in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and their two cats Chloe & Kassey. Website | Facebook | Twitter 
 
ImageTrisha Grace graduated from Bradford University with an Accounting and Finance degree. She has always been an avid reader and has a passion for writing. After being a tutor for over six years, she finally sat down and penned her own novels. Website | Facebook | Twitter 
 
 
 
ImageLiwen Y. Ho works as a chauffeur and referee by day (AKA being a stay at home mom) and a writer by night. She penned her first children's picture book, "A Rainbow of Nine Colors" in high school (now available at Meegenius.com) and has since published four romance books for grown-ups (with more on the way!). She also enjoys writing about real-life matters, such as marriage, parenting and faith because truth can be as strange and entertaining as fiction. Her work has appeared in various online publications, including LiteraryMama.com and MomLifeToday.com, and she is a contributor at StartMarriageRight.com. In her pre-author life, she received a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary, and she loves makeovers of all kinds, especially those of the heart and mind. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her techie husband and their two children, and blogs about her adventures as a recovering perfectionist at www.2square2behip.com. Website | Facebook | Twitter 
ImageTanya Eavenson is an inspirational romance author of the series Unending Love. She has also written several Bible studies that have been translated and published into different languages with Christ to the World Ministries. Tanya and her husband have been involved in ministry for seventeen years, teaching youth and adults. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children. Tanya is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Word Weavers International. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee, eating chocolate, and reading a good book. Website | Facebook| Twitter 
 
ImageCindy Flores Martinez is an Amazon bestselling Spanish romance author. She writes sweet romantic comedy and Christian romance. She has an MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Screenwriting. Her debut novel, Mail-Order Groom, started out as a screenplay and movie project, which she shopped around Hollywood, New York, and other parts of the world. 
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