03 August, 2015

Planters of the Crown by Patrick Highers Spotlight with Review!

Today it is my pleasure to feature Planters of the Crown by Patrick Highers, a historical novel about the Reformation and Ireland. Mr. Highers has also graciously given me three copies of the 1st book in the series for a giveaway! All you need to do to win is tell me your favorite historical person and why in the comment section below the post. That is it, of course, please leave me a way to get in touch with you should you be lucky enough to win. I am currently reading this book right now, and it is excellent! Thank you for stopping by!

Book Details

  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing (April 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1634499360
  • ISBN-13: 978-1634499361

The Book
Cora came from nothing but experienced everything in a time of piracy, legend, and brutal persecution. Propelled by forces beyond her control, Cora endures the life of a planter in 16th century Ireland only to discover that those she trusted most would betray her. Her story is about powerful women and a man who could change her fate forever. Ireland's story is about the rule of Queen Elizabeth and those that opposed the monarchy. Grit and intensity, turbulent times of high adventure and drama, mire Cora's life with an uncertain fate. Will her every hardship bring an equal or greater blessing? She did not know, but she was ready to fight for all that she had learned to love. It was the Reformation; it was Ireland.

The Author
Patrick Highers has recently completed his first novel, 'Planters Book of Cora' and is working on his second novel in this series, 'Planters Book of Barbarians'. He is a North Carolina native and history enthusiast. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business and currently works in public service.

Purchase Links Available in Paperback, Kindle, Nook.
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Patricks author page at Amazon

The Evolution of Adam by Dan Ford Spotlight

Book Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1500467200
  • ISBN-13: 978-1500467203

The Evolution of Adam: One Mans Journey To Become A Spiritual Warrior is a New Age inspirational thriller, offering some action and intrigue while introducing a new spiritual insight for the mature reader. There is some mild violence as well as complex social and sexual relationship interactions throughout the storyline.

This novel begins with an allegorical tale depicting the origin of humanlike animals that evolve from purely instinctual and reactive creatures, to ones having sentience and an inherent consciousness of individuality. This evolutionary movement is instigated by highly evolved spiritual entities called Zenithians, who are responsible for all the creations within the Earthly Realm.

Subsequent chapters transport the reader to contemporary times and establish the novel’s plot. Because of a mysterious incident, Adam and his friends sense that there are unknown powers that influence their lives. They then meet highly advanced spiritual characters that serve as teachers to assist them in reaching individual spiritual awareness and acquiring various metaphysical capabilities.

The primary antagonist is a wealthy and spiritually powerful woman named Diana, who provides the nucleus that pulls all of the primary characters together in a quest to discover the ruins of Atlantis, somewhere in the Bahamas. She has a dangerous agenda that will serve as the conflict between all characters in the novel, as many of them acquire heightened spiritual powers such as reading the Akashic Record, traveling within the Spiritual Timeline and experiencing Out of the Body movements.

The storyline takes the reader along on a ride that moves at a moderate pace during the first chapters where new characters are being introduced, but begins to speed up when friction between the protagonists and antagonists takes place. Toward the end of this story the novel becomes a thriller as open conflict between Diana and her followers attempt to deter Adam and his friends from reaching their goals.

This novel is an inspirational thriller for mature readers as it contains relatively complex philosophical discussions on the origin and evolutionary progress of individual souls. There are instances of great violence and disturbing activities. The storyline also describes many of the primary character’s personal activities, including those of a sexual and social nature. 

The Evolution of Adam: One Man’s Journey To Become A Spiritual Warrior is available in either paperback printed or Kindle eBook format. 

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 A video book trailer can be viewed on YouTube: 


Dan Ford was born in Hancock New York in November of 1937. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a meteorological observer from 1954 through 1958 and traveled extensively throughout the Far East and South Pacific during that period. In 1960, Pan American World Airways employed him for the next 10 years in the Bahamas, also as a meteorologist, on the U.S. Atlantic Missile Range during the early years of the U.S. Space Program. It was during that time, in 1962 that he met his life partner, Paul and they have been supporting each other's dreams Dan Ford was born in Hancock New York in November of 1937. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a meteorological observer from 1954 through 1958 and traveled extensively throughout the Far East and South Pacific during that period. In 1960, Pan American World Airways employed him for the next 10 years in the Bahamas, also as a meteorologist, on the U.S. Atlantic Missile Range during the early years of the U.S. Space Program. It was during that time, in 1962 that he met his life partner, Paul and they have been supporting each other's dreams since that time. They founded a landscape design and contracting firm in the Bahamas and continued with that endeavor to this day in Vero Beach, Florida.

In early 1960, Dan traveled to Ireland and visited the Blarney Castle. During that visit, two robust, probably drunk Irishmen held Dan by his feet over the top of the Blarney Castle parapet and told him to kiss the Blarney Stone. He did, and soon after that he started talking incessantly and felt the need to put his thoughts on paper. He had been warned about this, but paid no attention, which had always been a particular character flaw and one which is often observed in the Irish American genetic code.

In the ensuing years, Dan wrote a lot and published naught until he reached his twilight years and figured he better get on the stick. He wrote and published Gateways To Your Garden, which is a full color "What To" rather than a "How To" non-fiction book on landscape design and available within Amazon Books. Then he decided to create a fiction novel about exceptionally fine looking people doing interesting and exciting things to and with each other in alluring locales. This inspirational thriller is called The Evolution of Adam and has a spiritually philosophical structure that serves to construct a connection between all aspects of the storyline as well as inspiring and uniting the books characters. This spiritual philosophy represents the sum total of the authors mental acquisitions acquired during his years here on Earth. This novel is also available within the Amazon Books literary empire.

Now that Dan Ford has gotten this novel out of his system, he has decided that he needs to stick around for a while and perhaps squeeze more stories out of his consciousness. But that will depend on the reading tolerances of those who decide to give his books a try.

For those of you who have read this far, thank you for doing so. I apologize for writing about me as though I was not I, but that is what writers do. It is weird though.

Dan Ford

In Velvet by Burt Weissbourd Book Feature!

Today, it is my pleasure to feature In Velvet by author Burt Weissbourd. Burt will be present August 4-5 (all day) at the Canyon General Store

The Yellowstone Park Foundation featured Burt for an interview, you can see the interview here http://www.ypf.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=6737

In Velvet

Available now
"This thrilling novel has a breathless pace that combines science and nature to create nail-biting tension" 
Foreword Reviews

A guest post from Burt!
"I first started visiting Yellowstone Park almost thirty years ago. Before long, my family was coming to fish in Montana and in Yellowstone thirty to fifty days a year. On those trips I fished most days with one or more of my children. Some of my early memories include:

A horse pack trip nine miles up the Lamar River with all three of our children ages four to ten. We had to take a detour because a grizzly had been seen feeding on an elk carcass.

Hiking upstream from Tower Creek on the Yellowstone River with all three of our children to fish for cutthroat trout.

A failed attempt to ford the Yellowstone at Buffalo Ford.

Hiking up the Madison in September to fish streamers for big brown trout.

Wade fishing on the Gallatin with my daughter as two wolves watched us from a snow-covered hillside across the river.

My eleven-year-old son “guiding” me on the Gibbon River in the Gibbon Meadow.

Hiking down to the Gardiner River below the ranger station for wonderful long fishing days with the whole family.

And the list goes on.

Something happened for me in the course of all of those trips, all of those enthralling, never-ending summer days, fishing until dusk.

I’d be hiking out with one or more of my children after a day filled with animal sightings, sunlight breaking through clouds turning portions of the vast meadows a brilliant green, clouds passing in front of the evening sun throwing irregular shadows on a rocky mountainside, a lone bison grazing in the distance where steam was rising from a hot spring pool, rainy days with rainbows so brilliant that it took your breath away. Yes, something wondrous happened. I internalized a sense of well-being, a sense of how splendid life could be, of the promise it held for these lovely children.

Yellowstone Park gave me that, and I hope, in some small way, this book is giving something back to this magical place we call Yellowstone.'

Book Details
  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Rare Bird Books, A Vireo Book; 1St Edition edition (June 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 194020710X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940207100

The Book
The northwest corner of Yellowstone Park is closed for bear management, and Rachel, a bear biologist, is discovering some very startling animal behavior—grizzlies denning in June, swans at their wintering grounds in summer, what appear to be Irish Elk, an extinct species, with huge palmated antlers. There are also horrific mutations in the young—elk calves with no front legs, earless bear cubs, and eaglets without wings. What has gone wrong? Why is this area closed? Who’s covering up these animal abnormalities in the Park?

A non-stop thriller set in some of North America’s wildest country, In Velvet takes you deep into the hearts of a hard case local detective and a Chicago cop as they take on a corrupt sheriff, a pathalogical poacher, and a lethal black ops manager to solve this ghastly mystery and restore the natural order in Yellowstone National Park.

The Author
Burt Weissbourd is a novelist, screenwriter and producer of feature films. He was born in 1949 and graduated cum laude from Yale University, with honors in psychology. During his student years, he volunteered at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris and taught English to college students in Thailand. After he graduated, he wrote, directed, and produced educational films for Gilbert Altschul Productions. He began a finance program at the Northwestern University Graduate School of Business, but left to start his own film production company in Los Angeles. He managed that company from 1977 until 1986, producing films including "Ghost Story" starring Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, John Houseman, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Patricia Neal, and "Raggedy Man" starring Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard, which The New York Times called "a movie of sweet, low-keyed charm." In 1987, he founded an investment business, which he still runs. INSIDE PASSAGE is the first in the Corey Logan trilogy.

Sizzling PR Presents, Girl Code Blog Tour!

Title: Girl Code (an anthology)
Author: Jessica Jayne, Lea Bronsen, Cait Jarrod, and DC Stone

Release Date: July, 31 2015
Genre: Contemporary/ Suspense Romance

Blurb: Four best friends struggle with decisions that affect their lives, their hearts, and their futures. As sisters, they embrace the Girl Code.

Hope by Jessica Jayne: Josephine Joey Lockhart escapes her past, herself and her home town of Pearl, Ohio to Florida after high school. Years later, she meets a man that refuses to let her hide behind her camera lens and encourages her out of her shell. Will he be the one to push her to feel for the first time?

Live by Lea Bronsen: After seven years in drug hell, detoxing Juliette Juls Carrington returns to her hometown Pearl to attend her grandmothers burial. Once more rejected by her family, she has a swim in a pond nearby when a mysterious camper, an ex-drunk, coaxes her to come to his hut in the woods. Together they must fight their inner demons for a chance to loveand live.

Faith by Cait Jarrod: Selena Bodine escaped into the United States Air Force to leave behind a painful past and the one man who she refused to let herself love. Years later, an urgent call from her father brings her back to Pearl, Ohio and face to face with the man she still loves. But will the secret that Cullen is investigating her threaten their second chance?

Persistence by DC Stone: Laydi Michaels has been running away from her past and bad memories for years. Finding herself wasnt an easy task, but shes managed to finally get to a point to where she wants to be. Only to wake up married to her boss.who fired her the night before. Wrapped in a case that puts her life in danger, and dealing with a grave situation back home in Pearl, Laydi figures out she wasnt close to finding herself, and now, shes risked everything.

Author Bios:

Jessica Jayne is a born and raised small town Ohio girl, who moved to the Sunshine State after graduating from college. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in English because she could not imagine doing anything else but reading and writing. In the journey of life, she obtained her law degree (and bar license) and also became a wife and a mother of three children. So, life is always an adventure. 
She loves to read and write... obviously! She’s a huge sports fan, especially college football and The Ohio State Buckeyes!  Go Steelers! Go Rays! Go Lightning! She LOVES to travel... LOVES, LOVES, LOVES to travel. She loves to drink coffee in the morning and tea at night! She loves a good glass of wine, especially if it comes from a bottle made by the FOOLS wine club… yep, she’s a founding member of that crazy group! She loves hanging out with her family and friends! Music makes her happy. She’s a mix between country girl and city chic. She’s a sucker for a cowboy hat!

Lea Bronsen likes her reads fast, hot, and edgy, and strives to give her own stories the same intensity. After venturing into dirty inner-city crime drama with her debut novel Wild Hearted, she divides her writing time between psychological thriller, romantic suspense, and erotic contemporary romance.

 From writing ‘every girls dream heroesto ‘strong, down-to-earth heroines,Cait Jarrod twists ‘cliff hanging plotsand ‘clever, unpredictable sub-plots. She loves diving into a good book as much as she loves writing one. Mother of three gorgeous daughters, shes married to her best friend, hangs out with a great group of women—the WWC, and loves a good glass of wine.

DC Stone has over sixteen years of investigative experience, including working as a criminal investigator in the United States military and a private investigator. Currently, she works as an internal affairs investigator by day and a romantic suspense author by night. She has her Master’s degree in Criminal Justice and is dubbed, “The Investigative Whisperer.” Commonly called upon to act as an expert witness, she also trains with local, state, and federal law enforcement officers. She provides numerous workshops that help authors gain insight into “digging” into a character’s mind to better understand motives, create suspense, and help maintain conflict. 
When she isn’t trying to solve a new puzzle in the world of fraud, she is engulfed with coffee, her laptop, and all those crazy characters in her head. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Hudson Valley Romance Writers, Rom Vets, RWA Kiss of Death, and the Liberty State Fiction Writers. She served as the 2014 Vice President and Conference Chair for NJRW.

Author Links:

Lea Bronsen's Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/wildhearted.author
DC Stone's Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/dc.stone.92
Jessica Jayne's Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/jessica.jayne.900
Cait Jarrod's Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/cait.jarrod

Read an Excerpt, Then Enter Giveaway!

02 August, 2015

Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge #EenyMeeny Review!!

The Book
The "dark, twisted, thought-provoking" (#1 New York Times bestseller Tami Hoag) international bestseller—first in the new series featuring Detective Helen Grace.

Two people are abducted, imprisoned, and left with a gun. As hunger and thirst set in, only one walks away alive.

It’s a game more twisted than any Detective Helen Grace has ever seen. If she hadn’t spoken with the shattered survivors herself, she almost wouldn’t believe them.

Helen is familiar with the dark sides of human nature, including her own, but this case—with its seemingly random victims—has her baffled. But as more people go missing, nothing will be more terrifying than when it all starts making sense....

The Author
M.J. Arlidge has worked in television for the last 15 years, specializing in high-end drama production. Arlidge has produced a number of prime-time crime serials for ITV In the last five years, and is currently working on a major adaptation of The Last of the Mohicans for the BBC.

My Thoughts
"Sam is asleep, I could kill him now. His face is turned from me-It wouldn't be hard. Would he stir if I moved? Try to stop me? Or would he just be glad that this nightmare was over?"

So, did that grab you? It did me too. These first few lines of Eeny Meeny had me thinking, ok, now why would this person say that? Well, as it turns out, this woman and her boyfriend wake up in a covered, empty swimming pool, not sure how they got there. After they wake up, they receive a phone call, on the phone left with them next to a gun. Their instructions are simple, one of you must die. After the deed is done, the person left alive is let go. 

Detective Helen Grace is a flawed individual, lots of baggage from her past keeps her from having any relationships, but in spite of that she is a good cop. As a survivor herself, she can sympathize with the people who come in and tell their bizarre story of their abduction. As time goes by, there are more couples abducted and held prisoner without food or water until one of them kills the other. 

What is the motive behind this, well that is what Helen has to figure out along with her team. Alongside that there is a reporter who hounds Helen for the story, then someone leaks details to the press, details that only the police know. This , of course, leads Helen to believe that someone on the inside is the one leaking the details. It comes down to Helen being suspicious of a close co-worker. Can she figure out who and why these crimes are being committed, it is a race against the killer, before he or she abducts more innocent people.

I love a good crime novel and this one was no exception, believable characters, an interesting plot all make for an edge of your seat thriller. I am glad to see that this is going to be a series because I am curious to see if Helen can conquer her own demons. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and recommended it for the reader who likes a well-told story.

I received this book for review and was not monetarily compensated for my thoughts.

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BYB E-41 Series Clip-on 4 LED Light
BYB E-41 Series Clip-on 4 LED Light
  • ★ BONUS AND UPGRADED. Free AC Adapter, USB cord, Multifunction Clean Cloth Included. Featuring the Rechargeable 1000mAh Lithium Ion built in battery, NO MORE BUYING BATTERIES!
  • ★ MULTIPLE, CLIP-ON OR FREE STANDING. Fully Adjustable and Light Weight, Folds Into an Easy-to-carry Accessory Making Travelling with This Light So Convenient. Perfect for Your Guitar Accessories Kit, Students Dorm Room, Music Rehearsals or for Those Away Trips for Work. Charge Your New LED Light with the USB Charge Cable or the BONUS FREE AC Adaptor
  • ★ HIGH QUALITY AND SUPER BRIGHT 8 LEDs. 2 LEVELS of BRIGHTNESS, Equiped with 2*4 World Class LED Chips, Super Brightness, The Optical Grade Lens Provides Evenly Distributed Light with No Hot Spots

★ LIGHTWEIGHT & COMPACT. Clips to Your Hard Cover Books, Sheet Music Stand, Craft Table, Work Bench, Bed Headboard (maximum 1 inch in thickness) or Laptop. Great for Music Stands, Pianos, Orchestra Pits, Reading, Work Tables, Mixing Tables, Craft Tables etc. It truly is a multi-purpose light for so many things. Can you think of one that you would use it for? Easily Bends to Compact Position for Storage, Extra Strong Clip Grips Almost Anything or Use it Free Standing
  • ★ LIFETIME WARRANTY - 100% Money Back Guarantee - RACK YOUR BRAIN FOR A GIFT ? CHOOSE IT ! You Won't Find Another Better - Get More Than Your Expected !

My Thoughts:
These easy to position and reposition lights are perfect for getting more light where you need it. The nice size of the clip makes it simple to attach to the side of a bowl, a cabinet handle, a book, grill, or just about anywhere that you want. I don't have enough light under my cabinets at night so I found it very helpful to clip this light onto my cutting board while doing prep for dinner the other night. I found the well built clip to be strong and that the lights stayed in the position that I set them at.
Set of 6 1EasyLife Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
Set of 6 1EasyLife Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
  • ★ MAKING A PERFECT DISH WILL NEVER BE A DOWNFALL. Preparing a dish requires following direction and right measurement, Luckily with 1Easylife Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons cooking will be quick and gives you an accurate measure for recipes without the hassle
  • ★ SAY NO TO COOKING NIGHTMARES. Introducing the elegant and stylish measuring spoons, A perfect set of 6 stainless steel, highly satin brushed with best quality, Look amazing and easy to clean plus the weight handle making measuring out dry ingredients easy and accurate measure marking in different spoon sizes. long lasting and durable and used by professionals.
  • ★ WHY IT IS THE BEST CHOICE FOR YOUR KITCHENS. Refine measurement- ensure Perfect food taste every time Accurate balance - round-shaped spoon heads and perfectly weighted handles, high grade satin brushed stainless steel finish for a long life - no to rust! All around measuring tools - measure dry and liquid ingredients! Engrave US metric Measurement

★ YOUR FAVORITE MEASURING INGREDIENTS. The 6-piece 1Easylife Stainless-Steel Measuring Spoon Set is designed with innovative round-shaped spoon heads that reach into narrow spice jars and other small containers. These spoons are conveniently connected by a small ring which helps to keep the spoons together as a set after a full day of baking or cooking. 1Easylife includes 6 measuring sizes: 1/8-tsp, 1/4-tsp, 1/2-tsp, 1-tsp, 1/2-Tbsp. and 1-Tbsp. With each measurement conveniently marked on the handle of each spoon, there's no guesswork when adding spices to your dishes. Dishwasher-safe.
  • ★ NO HASSLE, 100% LIFE TIME WARRANTY. We offer 100% life time warranty to make you happy and satisfied with our product, If for any reason you're not completely satisfied, return your Stainless Steel Measuring Cups for a No Questions Asked full refund.

My Thoughts:
I've have had a set of name brand plastic measuring spoons since I set up house keeping more than twenty years ago. Getting me to part with them wasn't going to be easy, but always willing to try new things I gave these a test drive. I found the 1Easlife measuring spoons to be nicely weighted and with the length of the handles I was able to reach into containers with ease. I really like that they take up much less space than my old set and are much easier to get clean. After comparing the two it may be time to retire my old ones.
Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer by Chef DeTemple
Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer by Chef DeTemple
  • PREVENT OVERCOOKING - Don't ruin an elegant meal or backyard barbecue by serving dry, tough, overcooked meat. If you only use cooking time to determine doneness, you could end up with some pieces being cooked perfectly and others over or underdone - not to mention burnt! You can easily avoid this by using a meat thermometer. When cooked to the proper temperature, meat will stay juicy and tender.
  • PREVENT ILLNESS - Using a food thermometer greatly reduces your risk of foodborne illness associated with bacteria. The harmful bacteria found in contaminated food can only survive up to a certain temperature, and using a food thermometer is the only way to be 100-percent sure that your food is safe to eat.

EASY TO USE - Large LCD display for easy-to-read numbers - No More Squinting! Function buttons include On/Off, Hold and °C/°F conversion. Auto shut-off after 10 minutes saves battery life. Uses (1) AAA battery.
  • MEASURING RANGE AND ACCURACY - Instant read in only 4-7 seconds accurately measuring range of temperatures between -58°F-572°F (-50°C-300°C). Long stainless steel probe to keep your hands safe from heat!
  • MONEY BACK GUARANTEE AND LIFETIME WARRANTY - When you order today, you are protected by our no-questions-asked Money Back Guarantee and World Class Customer Service!

My Thoughts:
My thermometer arrived the day I was making fried green tomatoes so I used it to make sure that my oil was at the proper temperature. If it's to cold the tomatoes get mushy before the breading gets brown and if it's to hot the outside  burns and the tomatoes are hard. I had bragged to my west coast boyfriend how awesome mine were so getting it right was important. My reputation as a southern cook was on the line! I found that this thermometer was easy to use. I just put one AAA battery in it, turned it on, and flipped open the probe. When I placed the tip in the oil I had a reading in seconds and with the nice big readout I didn't need my glasses to see it. I am very happy with this product and would recommend it to anyone with confidence.
Wood Chef Hand-crafted Ripple-cut Gourmet Cheese Slicer
Wood Chef Hand-crafted Ripple-cut Gourmet Cheese Slicer
  • Cutting tool for cheese that gives the cheese a wavy texture
  • Smoothly cuts thick or thin slices
  • Comfortable grip is easy to use
  • Durable and replaceable stainless steel wire with adjustable tension
  • Carefully handmade in the USA from beautiful, natural wood/brass/stainless steel.
  • Adjustable tension, stainless steel wire stays tight to carve neat, enticing, wavy slices every time.
  • Comfortable grip for all ages, hand-held, light-weight, and simple to use.

Thin or thick slices carved, depending on how you angle the slicer into the cheese.
  • Safe for children. No sharp edges.
  • Makes snacking and eating fun!
  • Perfect tool for creating sandwiches, pizza, crackers, snacks, use at parties and picnics. . .
  • Awesome gift at low cost for Christmas presents, birthdays, weddings, office, or any special occasion.
  • Gift Box comes with each one for convenient storage.
  • Durable quality will last for years and won't wear out.
  • Choose from wild cherry wood, black walnut, or try both!

My Thoughts:
With so many of or utensils now having plastic composite handles I hold onto my old ones that have real handles and find myself going back to using them. I just love the feel of wood and have been known to spend a lot of money just to purchase one brand of knife that has a wood handle. So when my cheese slicer arrived I couldn't wait to test it. It works for all types of cheese so I got out some block cheese that I had in the fridge to see how well it worked and felt in my hand.  It worked wonderfully and what fun slices! We often do cheese and fruit for snacks and since it is safe for the little ones to use I can't wait for my grandchildren to come over at use it to make their own fun snacks.
Bitpsy Professional Jumbo Lemon Squeezer
Bitpsy Professional Jumbo Lemon Squeezer
  • HIGH QUALITY STAINLESS STEEL - This Premium Lemon squeezer made out of the strongest material available and WILL NOT BREAK when squeezing. This hand polished Citrus Juicer will not peel or rust.
  • SO EASY TO USE - No matter if you choose to squeeze lemons, limes or blood oranges, this Btipsy Lemon Squeezer will make your job so easy. Fits for both kids and old men, This Squeezer is so convenient to use and with an effortless squeeze you can get every bit of juice out of the fruit.

EASY TO CLEAN - Once finished using the Lemon Juicer, it's very easy to clean it by hand or just placing it inside the dishwasher since this Lemon Squeezer is DISHWASHER SAFE. So feel free to clean it whatever you'd like.
  • RISK FREE - With a 3 YEARS WARRANTY, we are committed to our 100% customer satisfaction so if you find that you are not

My Thoughts:
The all metal construction makes this juicer strong and durable. Plus, since it is made out of stainless steel I get longevity and don't have to worry about it rusting. With a very small kitchen I have very limited drawer space in my home. The hook makes it easy to hang off off one of my many cup hooks that are on every open spot in my kitchen. We eat a lot of fish and salads that we use fresh squeezed lemon and orange for and having it hanging and not hidden in a drawer keeps it handy. I found that the nice big handles were easy to grasp and squeeze so that I could get all the juice out.
Eco Bamboo Cutting Board with Handle
Eco Bamboo Cutting Board with Handle
  • This eco friendly cutting board can handle just about everything in your kitchen, from slicing cheese to carving bone-in beef roasts.
  • Highly durable. Made with premium, hand selected odor-resistant organic bamboo, harder than maple wood
  • Durable stainless steel handle for easy grip

Made from 100% high quality antimicrobial recyclable bamboo with Non-Toxic food grade adhesive - starch from a sweet potato
  • Easy to clean and maintain - Easily wash and clean off bacteria and food particles with some hot water and soap then let it air dry.

My Thoughts:
In the last few years, bamboo has become one of the most popular materials for cutting boards because of it's low maintenance, superior health and sanitation qualities. Not only does it look good but it is a green, renewable and earth friendly material. The hardness of a bamboo cutting board, plus the fact that it very resistant to bacteria makes it a must have in my kitchen. I tested my new board by cutting some yellow squash, zucchini, and cucumbers with a brand new ceramic knife and could not find one mark from doing it. All you have to do is make a habit of never letting it soak and wiping it dry after washing  and with this easy, proper care this board will stay beautiful for years.
VOS Professional Classic 8 Inch Ceramic Chef's Knife
VOS Professional Classic 8 Inch Ceramic Chef's Knife

  • Sharpness - Our ultra-sharp advanced ceramic blade will retain its original sharpness up to 15 times longer than steel blades.
  • Purity - Rust-proof, will never brown foods, impervious to acids and oils, no metallic taste or smell. Advanced ceramic is a pure & healthy alternative.
  • Lightweight - Typically half the weight of metal-based knives, offers total ease of use with the most difficult cutting tasks. Ergonomic handles produce a well-balanced, highly controlled grip.

Easy to Clean - The fact that advanced ceramic does not absorb any food element, allows just a quick rinse and wipe with a kitchen towel.
  • 8 Inch Chef Ceramic knife For slicing fruits, vegetables and boneless meats.

My Thoughts:
This is my first ceramic knife so I wanted to know what some of the advantages of a ceramic knife were. I found out that they include hardness, ceramic is second only to diamonds; weight, it's much lighter than metal; durability, because these knives keep their razor sharp edge and will not wear out like metal; no metal means no rust; and the ability to resist stains and odors. Because each ceramic knife goes through a long manufacturing process which makes it high end you can expect quality and longevity from your knife. I tested my new ceramic knife by cutting some yellow squash, zucchini, and cucumbers. Even with difficulties from injuries with my hands I found the handle was very easy to hold and grip. It sliced the veggies with ease and with very little pressure from me. With my garden producing lots of vegetables this will be my new go to knife for prepping them. 

The Learning Journey Play and Learn Shopping Basket Playset
The Learning Journey Play and Learn Shopping Basket Playset
Kids can enjoy the complete shopping experience with the Play & Learn Shopping Basket! Our kid-sized Shopping Basket is easy to carry with its lightweight plastic construction and big handles. Fun Accessories include a variety of plastic and cardboard food items. Ages 3+ years.

24 plastic and cardboard play food items
  • Large handles for easy carrying
  • Encourages imagination
  • Durable, lightweight plastic construction

My Thoughts:
This is perfect for getting  the little cook in your home playing, imagining, and creating. The basket is made from thick plastic making it strong and durable. The food that comes with it is sure to keep them entertained for hours. I've ordered many imaginary milk shakes and french fries playing drive thru with my grandchildren so I know they are going to love playing grocery with all these fun items. I really like the bright and bold colors. They are very appealing and fun.
Elegant Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinder Set
Elegant Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinder Set
  • HIGH QUALITY GLASS AND STAINLESS STEEL GRINDER SET This glass and stainless steel salt and pepper grinder set features a modern design and is stylish and elegant enough for kitchen-to-table use! Each set contains one salt grinder and one pepper grinder which can hold 3/4 cup of salt, peppercorns or any other spice, in its generously sized glass reservoir. *Salt and pepper not included.
  • BUILT FOR CONVENIENCE AND FUNCTION Unlike other grinder sets, this pair has their grinding mechanism on the top of the grinder, ensuring salt and pepper ends up only on your food -- not all over your table. The ceramic grinder is non-corrosive, won't absorb flavors and is easily adjustable from a fine to coarse grind.
  • EASY REFILLING WITH NO MESSES Don't you hate constantly having to refill your salt and pepper grinders? Standing about 5 1/4 inches tall this set is the perfect size to cut down on constant refills without being bulky. When you do have to refill, the clear glass bodies will let you know when it's time! The stainless steel top easily screws off revealing a wide opening for easy and mess-free refills.

ELEGANT DESIGN With its brushed stainless steel encasing, glass body and ceramic grinder, this unique duo is a professional, sleek addition to any kitchen, with a stainless steel lid that truly "caps" off this beautiful set. No tacky electrical grinders here means no batteries required--only a few effortless twists with your hand to experience that fresh himalayan salt, pepper, or other spice.
  • CUSTOMER GUARANTEE We're confident you'll love our Dual Refillable Salt & Pepper Grinders. However, if you're not completely satisfied, we'll give you a 100% refund within 90 days of purchase--NO QUESTIONS ASKED. We have the best customer service on Amazon, and YOU, the customer, are our top priority. Add a set to your shopping cart today for a risk-free culinary experience!

My Thoughts:
I just ordered this beautiful set two days ago and was so excited to try them. Don't they look amazing? They arrived yesterday and look even better in person! The attention to detail and quality is obvious. The Kitchen Classique Grinders are a nice large size so they will hold a lot more than any of the previous grinders that I have owned. I found it really easy to open each grinder to fill it. Just unscrew the metal part from the glass, fill, and screw it back on. Each grinder has a lid to keep it from spilling accidentally, or for grinding what you need then adding it to your food plus you can adjust the coarseness to your liking. I am very happy with this product and would recommend it to my friends and family with confidence.
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Fury's Kiss by Nicola R. White Spotlight!

Ebook Details

  • Series: New England Furies
  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Two Roads Press (March 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0994093209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0994093202

The Book

Tara Walker dreams of more excitement than slinging plates of seafood for Cape Cod tourists, but as she learns when she is attacked and forced to fight for her life, fate sometimes has a funny way of giving you exactly what you wish for. Faced with strange new powers and embroiled in a murder investigation, Tara must now race to uncover the secrets of the ancient Fury that has woken inside of her – and of the evil that stalks her.

As if Tara’s life hasn’t gotten complicated enough, she is forced to ally herself with Jackson Byrne, witness to her assault and uncle to a pint-sized oracle whose fate is intertwined with hers. Skeptical, stubborn, and oh-so-sexy, Jackson wrestles with demons of his own. He is determined to ignore the attraction rising between them even faster than the body count, but like it or not, he and Tara need each other if they are to unravel the mysteries that surround them.

The Author

Nicola R. White is no stranger to the fantastic. Although there are no Furies in her family tree (that she knows of), she comes from a small city on the east coast of Canada where ghost stories and superstitions abound. She has worked on movie sets, as a bartender, in a lighthouse, and as a lawyer, and though she’s never been an exotic dancer like her character, Alex Hughes, she does know how to pole dance.

She has always been fascinated by the strange and morbid, and often stays up too late reading books that give her nightmares. She believes truth is stranger than fiction, and just a few of her heroes are Buffy, Dana Scully, and Xena.

Nicola is a member of Romance Writers of America and Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada, and is an active member and supporter of the award-winning Romance Divas website and online forum.

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