November 30, 2009

A Blast From The Past: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury



Synopsis (taken from here):

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires...

The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning...along with the houses in which they were hidden.

Guy Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames...never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

Then he met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think...and Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do!

My Thoughts:
This is one of my favorite books of all time!

Book Information:
Fahrenheit 451
Random House Publishing
9780345342966
August 1987
179 pages
$6.99 US



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Going Out

Sometimes I'm completely happy with vegging out and watching a movie and popping my own popcorn. Every now and then, I want to get out and do something new and different. Sometimes I would like nothing better than to have a night out with some RICHARD ROGERS THEATRE TICKETS. I always had a great time when we would visit the theater when I was younger.

Purchasing AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER TICKETS is another great way to get out for a night. This isn't a place that I get to visit very often, so it's great to have a night unlike any other.

I'm crossing my fingers in hopes of receiving Taylor Swift tickets. I love her voice and I'm sure she puts on a fantastic show. I haven't been to a concert in a while but I absolutely love the atmosphere. I get all hyped up and feel like a teen again.

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November 27, 2009

Blog Tour: Dust by Susan Berliner



When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?
I've loved writing since I was a child. In elementary school, I wrote plays—at least I started to write them. (I never finished any.) As an adult, I thought I wanted to be a teacher. When that didn't work out too well (I only taught for a year), I became a newspaper reporter, and I've been working as a writer ever since.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?
I have a good friend who has a degenerative back condition and has had six major surgeries in the last few years, leaving her in a wheelchair with little mobility and an enormous amount of pain. But she's the strongest person I know, always willing herself to persevere. When I get depressed over some small, insignificant problem, I think of my friend's courage.

How do you create the characters in your books? Are they based on people you know?
Most of my characters, especially the main ones, come directly from my imagination. Some of my minor characters are combinations of friends, relatives, neighbors, or former co-workers.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?
The Bible. Aside from the religious aspect, it's full of wonderful stories. In college, I took an English course called, "The Bible as Literature," which was fascinating. The Apocrypha, sometimes omitted, is great reading too.

If you weren’t a writer, what would be your profession?
I know I wouldn't be a waitress (very tough job!) or a doctor or nurse (I might write about gore, but I hate seeing it in real life). I'd probably be in sales or customer service since I enjoy dealing with people, or maybe I'd be a realtor because I'm nosy and like seeing other people's homes.

If you could trade places with anyone in the world, past or present, real or fiction, who would it be and why?
Mary Poppins (the movie version). I love the way she's able to open her umbrella and fly to any place she wants to visit. As Julie Andrews portrayed her, I also like Mary's demeanor—very business-like, but fun loving, and clever. Also, it helps that she can sing and dance—two things I've always admired in others since I don't do either well. I wouldn't like the nanny part, but then again, she doesn't do much nannying—the kids just follow her lead.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have 3 things, what would they be?
First, I'd want food. Without it, I couldn't do much else. Then I'd like a large supply of legal pads and a package of pens. With paper and pens, I'd be able to write books and create puzzles and word games, which would keep me occupied until I was rescued. (Would it be cheating to ask for a fully-staffed boat to stop by the island and pick me up?)

What is your favorite movie of all time?
Gone With the Wind. I love the book too. As an American history buff, I've always been fascinated by the Civil War era and Scarlett O'Hara is one of the most interesting fictional characters of all time. I also enjoy watching how Rhett Butler, unlike Scarlett, changes. My runner-up favorite movies are Tootsie and The Sting.

What is the one thing that you want all your fans to know?
I appreciate them taking a chance on an unknown author and buying my first novel. I hope everyone who reads and enjoys DUST will contact me. I respond to all my emails from readers.

If you could invite 5 people to dinner, who would they be and why?
My five dinner guests would be Ben Franklin, Joe Namath, Stephen King, Leonardo da Vinci, and Robin Williams. Notice I didn't invite any other women so that I can be the only female at the table. Here are my reasons for inviting this eclectic group:
Ben Franklin: He's my favorite historical person, a Renaissance man who could do just about anything: He was a writer, inventor, diplomat, politician, and, from what I've read, he was also a charming conversationalist, very attentive to women. Sounds like a perfect dinner party guest!
Joe Namath: I'm a huge New York Jets fan and Joe is our hero, the quarterback who won our only Superbowl. He's also a glib speaker—someone who's not afraid to say what he thinks. He'd get the other guests involved.
Stephen King: He's an obvious choice—one of my favorite authors, a best-selling novelist who writes in my genre. I'd pick his brain and try to glean some writing tips that could help me.
Leonardo da Vinci: He's the prototype for the Renaissance man, an artist who was also a scientist, inventor, engineer, writer, and more. He would be another fascinating guest and maybe he'd tell us the story behind Mona Lisa's smile—and whether any of the theories behind "The Last Supper" are valid.
Robin Williams: He's the funniest comedian I know, someone who's a brilliant ad libber. Every dinner party needs a person who can make the guests laugh—and Robin Williams would do just that.

Book Information:
Dust by Susan Berliner
iUniverse, Incorporated
9781440126598
216 pages
$15.95 US

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November 26, 2009

Must See: Daybreaker



In the year 2019, a plague has transformed most every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind. (Taken from here.)




Release Date: January 8, 2010

I love vampires so this is a must see for me:)

End of the Year Sweepstakes

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November 25, 2009

Review: Love In Translation by Wendy Tokuaga



Celeste never got a chance to know her father. When an opportunity presents itself, she goes in search of the family she wasn't able to meet. Following the clues of a phone call and a box full of items, she finds herself in Japan searching for an explanation.

This world is completely new to Celeste and she isn't sure what's real and what's not. When she starts having gushy feelings about one of her relatives, she is presented with a life changing question. Will finding out about family she never knew help her discover who she really is or has she made a mistake in finding out about her heritage?

This was a wonderful book! A must read for book lovers everywhere!




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Blog Tour: Secret of the Sacred Scarab by Fiona Ingram



Justin and Adam are both extremely excited about their upcoming visit to Egypt. They are both gearing up for the trip of a lifetime and cannot wait for the adventure to begin. They are captivated by the story of the Scarab King and they will not be swayed into believing the king is merely a myth.

Little did they know that their fascination would lead to their kidnapping. Lucky for them, they are smart and resourceful. These two brave boys are determined to come out on top.

I've loved to read for as long as I can remember. I love a great adventure story that reminds me of the daydreams I had as a child. Leaving the world and entering a magical realm of the mind has always been my favorite way to escape. I can't get enough of this book!

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FINDING TIME TO SHARE THE JOY OF READING WITH YOUR CHILD

Reading with your child, or sharing activities that involve reading is a wonderful pastime with so many benefits. Not only does this special ‘together time’ strengthen the bond between you and your child, but it enables you to monitor your child’s progress. You’ll see the growth of your child’s vocabulary, awareness of the world, social behavior skills, listening skills, confidence, and many other developmental aspects. However, in a busy day filled with work, chores, ferrying to and from school, where does the frazzled parent find time to capture those few precious moments called ‘free time?’ Here are a few ideas on how to incorporate reading together for the family with not much time to spare.
• Reading doesn’t always have to involve books. Our world is full of text. Use it! A busy parent can create a fun game in the car where the child reads road signs, billboards, helps with a road map, or spots registration number plates and creates words with the letters.
• Shopping? The supermarket is a great place for looking for labels, reading labels, helping with the shopping list, and checking the listed ingredients on a tin or packet.
• Meals are also a fun way to incorporate reading. If you’re busy, have your child read something to you while you’re preparing dinner. This time it can be a book they are currently enjoying, something from the newspaper or their choice of magazine. Encourage your child to express an opinion about what they are reading to you. This will draw your child closer to you because your interest will cement the bond between you. Children love being the focus of their parents’ attention, and especially when they are doing something special with the parent.
• Kids love baking! Make cookies and candy even more fun by getting your child to read the recipe to you first while you collect all the ingredients required. Then they can continue reading the instructions while you perform the task. Later (while the family is eating the cookies) you can say how much help they were. Praise is vital to your child’s performance. It boosts their confidence and makes them want to do this again.
• Dining out? Your child can have fun reading the menu and deciding what they want to eat. Having friends over for dinner? Ask your child to create a beautiful illustrated menu to show your guests. Most kids love the opportunity to get out those crayons and coloring pencils.
• Audio books are a wonderful way of helping your child concentrate and develop listening skills while you’re driving. After a few minutes, stop the tape and ask your child questions about what they just heard. Make it interesting by asking what they think will happen next, or what they would do in a certain situation. This will help your child engage in the literary process in a fun way.
• Find time in tiny bites. Don’t think that reading to or with your child involves 60-minute marathons. Just before bed is a special time between parent and child. Just 10-15 minutes every evening is possible, and will reap marvellous rewards.
Whatever you do and however much time you manage to squeeze out of your day for reading with your child will all be beneficial. It’s not the daily amount of time that is so important; it’s the quality of your word time together that counts. Don’t forget to have fun!

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Review: How To Be Famous by Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt



How To Be Famous teaches ordinary people how to act like a celebrity. You can learn how to show your hatred of others, become more evil, become vain and act like an idiot. If any of this sounds appealing, you should read this book.

I actually enjoyed this read because Heidi and Spencer don't sugar coat stardom. To get to the top, you have to become what the media wants and that isn't always pretty. I could never make it in show biz and this book just confirmed that.

Book Information:
How To Be Famous by Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt
Grand Central Publishing
9780446555913
November 2009
128 pages
$19.99 US/

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TV

Did you know that Direct TV has over 150 HD channels? Right now there is are some really great Direct TV Packages to choose from. One of them is the 150+ all digital channels choice package which costs $29.99 per month until 2011. Plus you can enjoy three months of Showtime and Starz for free. I'm a huge fan of watching TV and movies in HD. The picture is so much clearer.

With the holidays right around the corner, there is a holiday special and you can receive a free $100 prepaid Visa. These are awesome Direct TV Deals. If you've been thinking about switching to Direct TV Service, now is the time to do it. $100 extra dollars would come in handy for Christmas, don't you agree?

Review: Fearless by Max Lucado





I think that everyone has questioned "why are we here?"  This question causes some of us to be afraid.  What if there is no reason?  What if I live my life and end up disappointing God and end up in hell?  I've questioned that several times and sometimes a panic sets in.  This book presents a way to look at everything differently.  What if your first reaction was reaffirmation of faith rather than fear?

Book Information:
Fearless by Max Lucado
Thomas Nelson
9780849921391
Sept. 2009
224 pages
$24.99 US

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Moving

Lately I've been thinking a lot about moving. I've checked out some Columbia SC Homes For Sale and I would love to move there. I went there a few years ago with a friend of mine and the people were so nice. Plus, I would be a lot closer to the ocean than I am now.

November 22, 2009

Review & Giveaway: Cheating Death Audio Book



Everyday miraculous things happen. People who have defied the odds and survived the unthinkable. Everyday a chance is given, a chance to save a life and it's happening more and more. I'm always hearing a story about how someone had this disease and one day, it just disappeared. This book contains many stories that will make you believe in the power of healing.

Book Information:
Cheating Death by Sanjay Gupta, MD Audio book
Hachette Audio
9781600247958
$34.98 US



Anna over at Hachette has given me permission to give away 3 copies of this audiobook
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DVD Ranger

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Have you heard about the new dvd-ranger? This software allows you to backup your DVD's and even change the format. You can copy DVD's to BluRay, cell phone, iPod, Zune, PSP or to your PS3. Right now you can download a 3 day trial for free to find out if this is something you would like to take advantage of. Copying DVD's to BluRay sounds like a great idea, especially for action movies. You can fit up to 10 video DVD's on on BluRay disc. This software is compatible with Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows XP. You can purchase the full version of DVD-Ranger for $59.95/$29.95 and receive full updates for one whole year. I just emailed my dad about this software because I know that it's something he would enjoy using. He is a bit obsessed with technology and he's always trying to learn how to do new things. In the past, he has mentioned wanting to transfer his regular DVD's to BluRay quality. This would make a great Christmas gift! I'm excited to find out how this software will work because I'm sure between my dad and my hubby, I'm going to get to use this personally.

November 21, 2009

Review: Natura World


I have received so many wonderful items to review but I've got to share my absolute favorite! Natura World sent me two different pillows (this worked out so great because my hubby and I would have had to alternate if I hadn't received two.) I have arthritis in my spine and it's really hard for me to get comfortable when I'm laying down. When I first laid my head on the pillow, I swear I started singing Hallelujah and then James (my hubby) yanked it from underneath my head and laid on it himself. He was like "Oh my God! Wow!" and then he was speechless which never happens. Then we looked in the box and saw another pillow. Both of us tested it out and we were giddy like a couple of teenagers.

* Non-removable, Unbleached, 100% cotton percale cover
* Temperature-regulating Natura Wool fill
* Firmer, supportive feel
* Available in cloud or cloud plus with double the fill
* Regulates temperature next to skin for healthy, comfortable sleep
* Wicks away moisture for a fresh, clean, allergen free sleep
* Eliminates damp clammy feeling caused by excess humidity
* Promotes relaxing tension free sleep



We were surprised to find yet another pillow that would be perfect for traveling. Upon closer inspection we discovered that the pillow is also a blanket! You can unfold it and use it to keep your body warm. There's even a foot pocket that keeps your feet warm! I'm in love with this!

Features:
* Decorative pillow and cozy comforter in one
* Unbleached, 100% cotton percale cover
* 6 oz / yd2 of NaturaWool™ fill
* Comforter folds into a decorative 15"x15' pillow
* Cozy foot pocket protects feet from cold and drafts



As if that weren't enough, I also received a bottle of the Aromatherapy Spray. This is so heavenly I don't even know where to begin. I knew that Aloe had soothing properties but dang it, I never knew it could force you to sleep peacefully. Every night before we go to bed I spray a little in our bedroom. One tiny squirt is enough. Oh, how I love it!

Features:
* Purely water based
* Scented with natural aloe and green tea leaf extracts
* Use on linens, as a room or body spray
* Infuses a sense of well-being and harmony



I have so much respect for this company. When I was looking around on their website, I couldn't help but tear up - in a good way. If you don't already know, my husband was in the Army and he had to go to Afghanistan. (He's home now, thank God!) I think our soldiers are the most under appreciated people in our country. I may not always agree with the war that's going on but I'm always going to stand behind the men and women who are fighting so that I don't have to. Anyway, back to this company and one of the best programs I've seen in a while. NaturaWorld wants to make sure the soldiers of Canada receive at least a little bit of comfort with their Pillows for Troops program.

I have one thing to say. If you live in the US or Canada and you do not enter this giveaway, you are a dill hole. OK, I've said my piece:)

Enter the giveaway here.

November 20, 2009

Review: 100 Places In Italy Every Woman Should Go by Susan Van Allen



The one place that I want to see before I die, is Italy. I've always been fascinated with the beauty of Italy. It's such a gorgeous place and I adore Italian food. I know for a fact that the first place I would visit would have to be Rome. I want to see the Pieta at Saint Peter's Basilica. Then I would move on to Florence to see the Costume Gallery. Of course I would have to visit Florence.

After reading this book, I want to go more than I ever imagined possible. The details included brought Italy to life for me. I hope I get to take a trip soon.

Book Information:
100 Places In Italy Every Woman Should Go by Susan Van Allen
Travelers' Tales Guides, Inc.
9781932361650
Nov. 2009
352 pages
$8.95 US



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Tofurky & Gravy Soda

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Jones Soda. All opinions are 100% mine.


I received Tofurky and Gravy Jones Soda in the mail today. I must admit that I was a little scared to try this. It doesn't sound like something that would be mouthwatering but I thought it would be a good idea to give it a try. You never know until you give something a chance, right? I have been surprised before, so I try to make a point of trying different foods and drinks before making a decision. This drink wasn't horrible but it wasn't great either. I guess it tasted just like I expected it to. My husband tried a sip and immediately spit it in the sink and asked "why in the world would someone drink this?" So neither of us were thrilled with this drink. However, we pretty much fought over who would get to wear the turkey hat on Thanksgiving. We ended up reaching a mutual agreement and we are going to share the hat and take turns wearing it. It immediately reminded me of that episode of Friends when Joey gets the turkey stuck on his head. We're having Thanksgiving at Krista's house this year and she is a die hard Friends fan. I'm sure she'll appreciate the get up.

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Review: New Moon



Synopsis:
For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning. . . .
Legions of readers entranced by the New York Times bestseller Twilight are hungry for the continuing story of star-crossed lovers Bella and Edward. In New Moon, Stephenie Meyer delivers another irresistible combination of romance and suspense with a supernatural spin. Passionate, riveting, and full of surprising twists and turns, this vampire love saga is well on its way to literary immortality.

I know I'm late in the game with posting my review. I saw New Moon at 12:01 last night and I loved it more than I thought possible! I know that some people are "Team Edward" and "Team Jacob", but I'm team "I'll take them all". Normally, I'm disappointed at movies that are based on books. I must say that this has not been the case with the Twilight Saga. If you haven't read the books or seen either of the movies, shame on you. LOL. This is a must see for Twilight fans everywhere.




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It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

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What plans do you have for this Christmas? Are you interested in enjoying an Ozark Mountain Christmas with your loved ones? From now through Dec. 23rd, you can enjoy the It's a Wonderful Life package at the Hiltons of Branson for ony $329 per night. You can enjoy a shopping spree, a relaxing treatment at the Aspire Medical Spa or check out the entertainment available at Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing. If that doesn't strike your fancy, you can enjoy the Santa's CComing To Town package for $189 per night. This includes Story Time with Mrs. Claus in the lobby of the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel. Santa himself will be delivering presents and enjoying mild and cookies!

Bronson has several attractions that are sure to interest you and your family. There are over 100 live shows to enjoy. If the theater isn't your cup of tea, there are theme parks, museums, lakes and so much more to see. There are over 350 different restaurants, so your meal time will definitely be an adventure. There are even craft shows and car shows that you can check out. The Silver Dollar City has all kinds of neat events to take part in. It will surely be a holiday like no other.

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November 19, 2009

Blog Tour: Dark Stranger by Susan Sizemore



Zoe has found herself the heir to the throne. She is determined to protect her people and ends up in a POW camp. Her status in the world makes her a threat to the rest of the inmates.

She meets Doc who runs the camp from the inside. Doc is a vampire and he wants nothing more than to make Zoe his own. Does he care enough to break her out of this prison hell and in turn save her life or will his powerful feelings keep him from letting her go?

Hot, hot, hot! This is a spicy romance with unforgettable characters.

Book Information:
Dark Stranger by Susan Sizemore
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
9781416562139
October 2009
384 pages
$7.99 US

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Holiday Gift Ideas

One of my favorite things to give is gift cards. That way I know that the person will be able to get whatever it is that they have been wanting. Now there is a way to customize a gift card with your very own design. You pick the photo, image or logo that will appear on the VISA gift card so you're guaranteed to give a unique gift this holiday season. Check out the press release for GiftCardLab.com here. This gift idea was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine. Using the promo code "pumpkin" will get you a $2 discount now through Nov. 25th.

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November 18, 2009

New Moon Madness

I am so excited! I will be attending the 12:01 showing of New Moon with my favorite girls tomorrow night!




















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Insurance

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Popstation

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I'm a huge music lover! I'm not very good at singing but I do think it's really fun. PopStation is this really cool site that can give me or you the break of a lifetime! You can sing songs and have a chance to make it to the top of the charts. You could even receive a record deal! Songs are released as follows:

Monday is Hip Hop and R & B
Tuesday is Country
Wednesday is Pop
Thursday is Rock

These songs will play for two weeks in practice rooms.


. Songs are entered into a contest according to votes made by people like you and me, not celebrities or panels.

A #1 Artist will be awarded "The BIG Dream Deal" and "The Artist Formerly Known As You" once every three months. You will get to bring a friend and take an all expenses paid trip to New York City for three nights. You will ride around in a luxury car and spend two days in a professional recording studio making your very own album. Your album will then be released for the world to see once all of the finishing touches are added.

Winning "The BIG Deal" will give you tips and pointers about how to promote your music, as well as yourself.

Blog Tour: The Magic Warble by Victoria Simcox



Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Kristina considers herself to be an outcast at school. She's at the awkward age of twelve and she has no idea how to get her peers to look at her as a human being. When Christmastime comes, Kristina receives the gift of a lifetime. She travels to a magical land that includes fairies, dwarfs and talking animals.

It is Kristina's destiny to save this magical land from an evil queen. In order to do this, she must put the "Magic Warble" in its rightful place. She soon discovers that this will be far from an easy task. Luckily, she makes some friends along the way to help guide her. Will she be able to fulfill her life's purpose?

This is an enchanting book that pushes fantasy to the limit. As a child, I always fell in love with the magical realm and the kid in me couldn't put this book down.



Website: www.themagicwarble.com
Blog: victoriasimcox.blogspot.com
Facebook: Victoria Simcox






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Family

I don't believe that blood is thicker than water. Don't get me wrong, I love my family but I am blood related to people that I have never met. How can I care about them more than someone I've known for the majority of my life? That being said, I choose to love both of my parents with all of my heart. We may not be perfect but there isn't anything we wouldn't do for each other. I honestly had a perfect childhood. I had two parents who love me and who did everything possible to make sure I had everything I needed and some of what I wanted.

When the time comes that I have to start looking into Senior Citizens Housing, I want to be sure that I make the right decision. I've always wanted the best for my parents and if someday I have to put them in an Assisted living facility, I want it to be top notch. I want for them to have the same care that they provided for me as a child. My preference would be to hire in Home healthcare so that I could stay in their own home or move into mine but I guess that will depend on their conditions.

Blog Tour: Dust by Susan Berliner



When Karen sees some different colored dust, she notices that its following her into her home. The dust picks up a porcelain ballerina doll and smashes it onto the floor. As if that wasn't weird enough, the next day Karen hears her neighbors dog barking nonstop. When she goes to find out if something is wrong, she finds her neighbor laying at the bottom of the steps. When Karen looks up, she notices the same dust. After these incidents, she tries to figure out how to stop sadistic dust from wreaking more havoc.

This is an entertaining book that is not your typical supernatural book. Susan is a talented story-teller who has a very unique style that is unlike anything I've ever read before.

Book Information:
Dust by Susan Berliner
iUniverse, Incorporated
9781440126598
216 pages
$15.95 US

Visit Susan's website and blog.



Disclosure: I received a copy of this book so that I could write an honest review.




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For My Canadian Readers

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This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Dr. Oetker. All opinions are 100% mine.


If you are a resident of Canada, you really should enter the Dr. Oetker Kitchen Makeover Contest. How interested are you in winning a $20,000 kitchen makeover? If I won this contest, I would purchase all new stainless steel appliances. I want to have a refrigerator that has the ice maker and water in the front. I'd love to have a separate deep freeze so that I could stock up on some frozen food. I've always wanted an island with bar stools too. What would you do to your kitchen if you were chosen as the winner?

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This contest is only available to residents of Canada. The giveaway ends Jan. 4, 2010. Make sure you enter this giveaway, you just might be the winner!

November 17, 2009

Review & Giveaway: Nine Dragons Audio Book


When a liquor store owner is murdered, Detective Harry Bosch promises the family some closure. John Li's family is devastated and Harry is determined to find the monster who did this.

He brings in a translator, a fellow detective from the Asian Gang Unit, and together they are able to piece parts of the puzzle together. It seems that there is a link between the victim and the Hong Kong Triad.

This suspense-filled book is a must have for those addicted to books about solving crimes. This detective puts everything on the line to fight the bad guys and you can't help but cheer him on.

Book Information:
Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly Audio book
Hachette Audio
Harry Bosch Series
9781600247439
$39.98 US

Find out more:
Author website
Facebook
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Anna over at Hachette has given me permission to give away 3 copies of this audiobook
Open to residents of the US and Canada
Cannot mail to a P.O. Box
The books will be mailed out by the publisher

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Leave all entries in one comment or separate comments:
+1 for commenting
+1 for following this blog
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+5 for sharing this contest -make sure you leave the link in your comments (on your blog, -sidebar counts, Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) THIS CAN BE DONE ONCE A DAY
+5 for following my other blog freebies4meandu.
+5 for faving me on Technorati (right sidebar)
+1 for friending me on Myspace here.
+1 for friending me on Facebook here.
+1 for connecting with me via Networked Blogs (right sidebar)
+1 for friending me on GoodReads here.
+1 for friending me on Book Blogs here.
+1 for grabbing my button and placing it on your sidebar - leave link or your this entry does not count.
+2 for every meaningful comment you leave on any of my posts - excluding giveaway posts - make sure you come back and leave a comment on the giveaway post you would like to add your entries to
+10 for following my girl Krista's blog
+10 for clicking on my Social Vibe icon (left sidebar) and filling out the information These entries can be used in any of my giveaways (both blogs). Email me or leave a comment somewhere on my blog letting me know how you want to use your entries.
+25 for voting for my nephew here
+100 Make a purchase using the icon below, email me the receipt at bjhopper(at)me(dot)com and receive 100 extra entries (per item) into the giveaway of your choice. This goes for both of my blogs.

+100 entries for each item purchased from my Amazon aStore (at the top of my blog). You can use those entries in any of my giveaways (both blogs). All you need to do is email me at bjhopper(at)me(dot)com your receipt and let me know how you want to use your entries.

*Current friends/followers receive the extra points as well - just make sure you remind me in the comments*

**Must leave an email address in comment or must be visible in blogger profile**

Winners will be chosen Nov. 25th and notified via email.

Disclosure: I received this audiobook so that I could write an honest review.

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Dirt Devil

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Hoover and Dirt Devil. All opinions are 100% mine.


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Have you started on your holiday shopping yet? Are you looking for ideas but don't know where to start? If you are anything like me, you would rather give than receive. Back when I was young and didn't have all kinds of bills, I would start my Christmas shopping in September and I was always able to find a gift that I knew was perfect for the people in my life. I took a look at the Dirt Devil Holiday Gift Guide and I found so many great ideas! There are so many different things that would really help the people I know in their daily lives. The Broom Vac, for example, is available in 11 different colors. Wouldn't it be awesome to walk around with a plum colored brush? Or are you more of a seabreeze kind of person? I found the perfect gift for my dad! He's in love with technology and he takes very good care of his "toys". Dirt Devil has a product called KWIK and it is a desktop vac made just for electronics! Plus, you save lots of money with free shipping. Are you interested in finding out different ways that you can save by shopping online? I know I am!

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Blog Tour: The Secret of Joy by Melissa Senate



Rebecca's father couldn't have picked a more inappropriate time to tell his daughter about an affair that happened between him and another woman when Rebecca was really young. He wrote several letters to the daughter he had with the other woman and now he wants Rebecca to deliver them to a sister that she never knew existed.

This is a very touching novel. I can't imagine finding out that my father had a whole other life that I knew absolutely nothing about. I found this book to be extremely intriguing.

Book Information:
The Secret of Joy by Melissa Senate
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
9781439107171
Nov. 2009
352 pages
$15.00 US

Visit Melissa's website, blog, Facebook and follow her on Twitter.



Sarah over at Pocket Books has given me permission to give away 2 copies of this book
Open to residents of the US
The books will be mailed out by the publisher

ENTRIES:

Leave all entries in one comment or separate comments:
+1 for commenting
+1 for following this blog
+1 for following me on twitter
+5 for sharing this contest -make sure you leave the link in your comments (on your blog, -sidebar counts, Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) THIS CAN BE DONE ONCE A DAY
+5 for following my other blog freebies4meandu.
+5 for faving me on Technorati (right sidebar)
+1 for friending me on Myspace here.
+1 for friending me on Facebook here.
+1 for connecting with me via Networked Blogs (right sidebar)
+1 for friending me on GoodReads here.
+1 for friending me on Book Blogs here.
+1 for grabbing my button and placing it on your sidebar - leave link or your this entry does not count.
+2 for every meaningful comment you leave on any of my posts - excluding giveaway posts - make sure you come back and leave a comment on the giveaway post you would like to add your entries to
+10 for clicking on my Social Vibe icon (left sidebar) and filling out the information These entries can be used in any of my giveaways (both blogs). Email me or leave a comment somewhere on my blog letting me know how you want to use your entries
+100 Make a purchase using the icon below, email me the receipt at bjhopper(at)me(dot)com and receive 100 extra entries (per item) into the giveaway of your choice. This goes for both of my blogs.

+100 entries for each item purchased from my Amazon aStore (at the top of my blog). You can use those entries in any of my giveaways (both blogs). All you need to do is email me at bjhopper(at)me(dot)com your receipt and let me know how you want to use your entries.

*Current friends/followers receive the extra points as well - just make sure you remind me in the comments*

**Must leave an email address in comment or must be visible in blogger profile**

Winners will be chosen Nov. 27th and notified via email.

Make a purchase using the icon below, email me the receipt at bjhopper(at)me(dot)com and receive 100 extra entries (per item) into the giveaway of your choice.



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