Thursday, November 29, 2012
Feeling neglected by her workaholic husband, forty-something gift basket maker Claire Hanover joins an aerobics class. In a moment of weakness, Claire agrees to let charming aerobics instructor Enrique come to her house to give her a massage. She realizes she has made a deadly mistake when Enrique is shot and killed in her bedroom and her husband Roger is arrested for the murder.
Determined to clear Roger's name and save her marriage, Claire sets out to find the real killer, encountering drug dealers, jealous ex-girlfriends, and angry cops along the way.
I won a copy of this book from a facebook group. I was not required to do a review.
A Real Basket Case by Beth Groundwater
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Thanks to Beth Groundwater, I won this really cozy mystery! I enjoyed reading about Claire Hanover's fight for justice when her husband is accused of a crime she knows he could not commit. Claire is an empty nester who runs her own basket making business in her spare time. Her husband is so caught up in his job that he doesn't notice that Claire is feeling a bit neglected.
Claire's friend Ellen convinces her that she needs a little fun and gets her to join an aerobics class. Unbeknownst to Claire, Ellen also thinks Claire needs a little "extra-curricular" excitement in her life. She sets up a massage appointment for Claire with the hot aerobics instructor, and everything goes downhill from there. (Don't play with fire!) Shots ring out and the instructor ends up dead in Claire's bedroom. Her husband is accused of his murder, and it is up to Clarie to clear his name since the police are convinced he is the killer.
A Real Basket Case is a book filled with plot twists and humor. Claire has several humorous run-ins with drug-dealers and the police in this fast-paced novel.
There were a couple of times when I really thought I knew who the killer was, but though I was close, I was surprised in the end. I'm looking forward to reading more of Beth's novels and seeing what else Claire gets into.
Disclaimer: This is PG-13ish in some spots.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Xbox Holiday Bundle Giveaway Event
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Vanessa Morgan is the author of two supernatural suspense novels, Drowned Sorrow and The Strangers Outside.
Scott Nicholson, author of They Hunger and The Farm has this to say about Vanessa. "Vanessa Morgan has the gift of pacing and spookiness."
GPS with Benefits is a short film script and is the story of Theo, a womanizer who buys a GPS not knowing "she" has a mind of her own!
LOVE the premise of this! Can you imagine your GPS bossing you around and telling you how to drive? My worst experience with GPS was in Vegas when the GPS kept telling us to make a U-Turn because we were not going on the road it told us to go on...which by the way, did not even exist! Maybe if ours had had a mind of its own, it would have known no road existed there!
Here is what a reviewer over at Minding Spot had to say:
"Morgan has a gift with words because GPS With Benefits comes together beautifully and very vividly in my mind. I can't wait to see it as a short film. It's quite humorous and I really enjoyed how it was set in a screenplay. The stage is set and the dialogue is what makes it come to life. I really enjoyed it!"
Be sure to check out GPS with Benefits as well as Vanessa's novels, Drowned Sorrow and The Strangers Outside.
"What if history didn't happen that way ... the first time?"
Garison Fitch was one of the most revered scientists in the Soviet Americas until he left fame behind to work on a secret project in his log cabin in the mountains of Marx.
But something went wrong. Instead of traveling interdimentionally, Garison has traveled through time ... twice.
Now, he's in something called "The United States of America" and a woman he's never met before is calling herself his wife. It it a hoax? Or, has he somehow changed history?
If so, can he return the world to what he believes is "normal", or must he live in this strange world he created?
"Sam continues to weave his magic as a storyteller. I always find myself anxious to find out what will happen next and what kind of twist will befall the adventurers. It helps to be familiar with the places that the heroines go, which adds to the story."
"I've had a few very unproductive but enjoyable days thanks to Samuel Ben White. If you haven't read Sam's books you have been missing a treat. These were funny, suspenseful, spiritual and kept you turning the pages."
"Just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed your books. I have a Kindle and I have purchased all of the Garison Fitch novels. I am in Saudi Arabia and your books have really helped take me away from here."
Also Part of the Series:
Two years ago Garison Fitch traveled through time and rewrote history. An accident in the eighteenth century created a whole new world, and even gave Garison a wife he had never met before. Now, he’s got a daughter and he’s coming to enjoy this world he created. Until he’s attacked by men masquerading as Indians, and a funeral procession from out of the past enlists his help, and a tree grows from sappling to full-grown in a matter of minutes, threatening his daughter’s very life. Time itself is unraveling and Garison’s trips through time seem to be the cause. Garison must go back in time once again and keep himself from making the original trip that started the problem. But he can’t use his time machine to go back. How does one sew up a rip in time?
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
With so many worthy causes, it is difficult to know where the gift can best be used. Gifts to the WorldVision Gift Catalog Maximum Impact Fund are used where resources are most desperately needed, to help children and families in struggling communities around the world. With a financial contribution, the gift giver can select one of 36 Maximum Impact items (a few are listed below) that can be given to a loved one and at the same time help a person in need.
Please consider the unique, life-changing items from World Vision’s Gift Catalog as you start, continue or even complete of your holiday shopping. Here are a few suggestions we would like to offer you:
- Artisan Beaded Necklace: This glass-bead necklace is handmade in Thailand and can be worn several different ways — even as a multi-strand bracelet.
- Eco Cold Cup: This popular 16 oz. BPA-free tumbler comes in handy when on the run. Every sip is a reminder of those who’ve been helped.
- Veggie Tales "Incredible Vegetables" DVD: Heroic adventures and veggie fun for the family movie night! This newest Veggie Tale DVD is an action adventure that teaches kids how to conquer fear through a faith-based message.
- Plush toys - Gertie Goat, Chuma Chick and Pallu Pig: Gertie, Chuma and Pallu are available exclusively through World Vision and represent farm animals that are donated to children and families around the world and provide a steady supply of nutritious food and the surplus can be sold for extra income.
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
They serve close to 100 million people in nearly 100 countries around the world. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.
Eight lucky readers will receive one of the following: Artisan Beaded Necklace, Eco Cold Cups, Veggie Tales Incredible Vegetables DVD or a set of plush toys (Gertie Goat, Chuma Chick and Pallu Pig)!
Monday, November 26, 2012
I know that I would love a Kindle Fire! Having all of my favorite books with me would be awesome!Delightfully has teamed up with Happy Mothering and Green Moms Media to bring you a giveaway of a Kindle Fire and $40 Amazon Gift Card to spread the word about their new virtual gift-wrap service! Think about how many gifts are given online now, between music, gift cards, subscriptions, e-books… I’m sure you’ve sent at least one online gift – and likely will again before Christmas. Delightfully is a new service that allows you to hand-wrap your online gift! With Delightfully, you can create the perfect ‘unwrapping’ moment for any gift occasion. Say goodbye to wasteful paper and tape and say hello to this eco-friendly gift-wrap alternative! here. At only $3, it’s a very nice way to personalize the otherwise impersonal online gift!
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Sunday, November 25, 2012
Happy Home and Family has teamed up with a group of the most amazing bloggers around to bring you this great giveaway to help you out with your holiday expenses!!
One lucky reader will be winning a $100 Amazon Gift Card!
If you win the $100 Amazon GC, what would you buy?
I would buy books and more books! Or put it toward a Kindle Fire! Dream BIG! Enter today!
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- The giveaway will run from November 25- December 15
Saturday, November 24, 2012
In the 1890 thriving coastal town of Holliston, Maine, the leading lumber baron's son, Warren Brentwood, III, returns from his years away at college and traveling to take up his position as heir apparent to his father's business empire.Esperanza Estrada, daughter of a Portuguese immigrant fisherman and a local woman, Espy lives on the wrong side of the tracks, surrounded by a brood of brothers and sisters and a careworn mother. She is unable to pretend she is anything but "one of those Estradas." When she overhears of a position to clean house at a local high school teacher's home on Elm Street, she jumps at the opportunity-to be able to run into Warren Brentwood now and again, but also to imbibe of the culture and intellectual atmosphere of the Stocktons.When rumors about Espy and a respected, married gentleman of the community begin to circulate, the entire church congregation and then the community pronounce judgment on her behavior. The man Espy is in love with, Warren, believes the lie and his loss of faith in her causes Espy to give up without a fight. She leaves her family and hometown for the nearest city with little money and no acquaintances and is forced to spend the night on the street. A man who heads a mission for the homeless finds Espy and offers her shelter. Espy finds the true love of God while working at the mission. Will she be able to forgive the townspeople and return home?
Friday, November 23, 2012
From Goodreads:Super sleuth Ivy Malone's inquisitiveness has gotten her into plenty of trouble, including murder, mayhem, and a place on a mini-Mafia hit list. Still on the run from the mob, Ivy ends up in a small town in the Pacific Northwest with a broken-down motor home, a young traveling companion running from a violent husband, and a stray cat. With no way to fix their vehicle, Ivy and her companion are invited to stay in an old Victorian house by a compassionate young woman attorney. But when Ivy discovers that the former resident was murdered and that the prime suspect happens to be Ivy's kind benefactor, she's on the case-digging up clues and getting into plenty of trouble along the way.
My Review:Stranded by Lorena McCourtney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Another cute read in the Ivy Malone mystery series, Stranded takes us to the tiny town of Hello where local residents are blaming the murder of a prominent townsman on his niece. Of course she is one of the first people Ivy meets, and in true Ivy character, she gets involved in solving this murder.
Abilene is still with Ivy in this book as is Koop, the anti-smoking cat. Ivy and Abilene become stranded in Hello when their motor home breaks down and an engine is beyond their meager means. They settle down in none other than the house where the murder has taken place and begin a new adventure.
Abilene finds a job at the vet's office, while Ivy begins working in the Historical Society library. Of course, this leads Ivy right to the clues she needs to solve the mystery of the murder.
Twists and turns, musical reviews, movie star chickens, UFOs, quirky characters, carousel horses and a cozy setting make this another book worth reading!
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
iPad Mini Giveaway Event
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Welcome to the Hidden Treasure Giveaway!
Not only do these candles smell amazing, but they all contain a gift! EVERY 500 CANDLES CONTAINS 1 GRAND PRIZE A chance at an iPad 3; A chance at a Le Vian Necklace Valued at $1000; or a chance at a Tiffany & Co. Pendant worth $5000! Your chances are great! 5 of you will win 2 candles! That makes your chances even better! Good luck to all my awesome blog followers!
- Five Winners will received TWO Hidden Treasure Candles Each! Like always, winner chooses their candles, so head on over to Hidden Treasure Candles and check out their fabulous scents.
- Event runs from 11/20/2012 at 12:01am EST until 12/20/2012 at 11:59pm EST
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- Giveaway is open to US
Monday, November 19, 2012
Chapter by Chapter Blogoversary Giveaway Head on over to this link to enter to win some amazing prizes!!
Coachlicious Giveaway Event hosted by Mom Powered Media
Prize: Coach Madison Op Art Sateen Handbag
Event dates: 12/17 - 12/31
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Xbox Holiday Bundle Giveaway Event
Prize Package includes: Xbox 360 S Console, 250GB Hard Drive, Kinect Sensor, Wireless Controller, 3 month Xbox Live Gold Membership, Kinect Adventures and Carnival Games: Monkey See Monkey Do
Event dates: 11/28 - 12/19
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FREE Blogger Opp!Delightfully has teamed up with Happy Mothering and Green Moms Media to give away a
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Event will run November 26 to December 17.
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Vera Bradley Mandy Handbag
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Sunday, November 18, 2012
From Goodreads:Super senior sleuth Ivy Malone is spunkier than Miss Marple, with a curiosity that just won't quit. That inquisitiveness has gotten her into plenty of trouble, including murder, mayhem, and a place on a mini-Mafia hit list. Now Ivy's headed across the country with a stray cat and God as her only companions. But just when she thinks she's safe, two dead bodies turn up-discovered by Ivy, of course. A flock of emus, a survivalist outpost, and paintball are just a few of the strange things Ivy has to deal with in order to solve this latest crime. But will anyone believe the truth? On the Run, the third book in the Ivy Malone mysteries, is a mix of great fun and great suspense. Readers will love Ivy's latest lively adventure.
My Review:On the Run by Lorena McCourtney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
On the Run is the third book in the Ivy Malone mystery series. I think it is my favorite so far. Ivy is such a fun LOL (little old lady).
This time around Ivy is traveling in an RV still running from those Braxtons! She's got Koop the cat with her to keep her company. She also picks up Abilene, a woman on the run from her husband. They both end up as caretakers at an Emu ranch where a homicide/suicide makes Ivy suspicious that things are not as they seem. Of course, good old Ivy solves the crime once again and leaves us wanting another book! Thankfully there is a fourth, but final, book in the series that I will be reading next.
I really love the addition of Abilene in this book. I'm glad Ivy has someone to keep her company. Mac makes a short appearance in this book as well. The emus were entertaining and some funny paintball scenes were included.
This is definitely the series for you if you love clean, cozy, Christian mysteries.
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How cute is this Pilgrim Boy? There is also a template for making a Pilgrim Girl!
Paper Plate Pilgrim Craft
Great idea for reusing those toilet paper rolls!
Toilet Paper Roll Turkey Craft
Use your child's little foot and hands for this cute turkey!
Thanksgiving Handprint Turkey
We make a variation of this using tissue paper crumbled up instead of the dried beans.
Dried Bean Indian Corn Craft
Finger paints anyone?
Fingerprint Turkey Place Card
Learn shapes with this cute turkey!
Shape Turkey Craft
Who doesn't love puppets?
Turkey Hand Puppets Craft
Teach history with this cute Mayflower.
Let me know if you tried any of these! All Kids Network also has some really cute coloring pages here Coloring Pages if you don't have the time to do the crafts!