December 31, 2009

Giveaway: 7th Heaven by James Patterson



Description (taken from here):

A terrible fire in a wealthy suburban home leaves a married couple dead and Detective Lindsay Boxer and her partner Rich Conklin searching for clues. And after California's golden boy, Michael Campion has been missing for a month, there finally seems to be a lead in his case--a very devastating lead.

As fire after fire consume couples in wealthy, comfortable homes, Lindsay and the Murder Club must race to find the arsonists responsible and get to the bottom of Michael Campion's disappearance. But suddenly the fires are raging too close to home.

Frightened for her life and torn between two men, Lindsay must find a way to solve the most daunting dilemmas she's ever faced--at work and at home.


Reading Group Guide

1. Arson is a very curious crime to commit. Why do you think someone would be drawn to this crime? Do you believe in Freud’s theory as stated in the book?

2. In your opinion, would Junie’s occupation affect her credibility in the courtroom? Should it? For example, is a lawyer or doctor a more credible defendant/witness than a garbage collector?

3. In trying Junie Moon, Yuki tried to use public sympathy for Michael Campion to turn the jury against the defendant. What do you think of that type of tactic in a trial setting?

4. Conklin suspects Chuck Hanni, the arson investigator, for actually committing the arson crimes in the book. Why do you think serial murderers would choose professions close to their crimes?

5. Junie Moon’s intelligence and self esteem are brought up by the defense as reasons why she could have given a false confession. Do you think everyone who confesses is guilty? Do you believe interrogations should be taped?

6. In Junie Moon’s trial, much of the prosecution’s case is based on spoken testimony. What is your opinion on convicting someone for murder without physical evidence, but compelling testimony?

7. The Moluccan cockatoo Peaches, formerly known as Horndog, was described as depressed when it was living in the pet store. Do you think it is possible for animals to get depressed or have psychological problems like people?

8. Joe voices his worry that Lindsay’s relationship with Rich has become more intimate than the typical office relationship. Do you think Lindsay’s relationship with Rich could lead to something inadvertently? Should she request a change of partner out of respect for her relationship with Joe? Who do you think is better suited to Lindsay?

9. Connor Campion was very controlling of Michael because he feared for his son’s life. How can modern parents set appropriate boundaries with their children in an age where kids have access to cell phones, computers and other devices that allow them to live lives fairly independent of their parents?

10. As prosecutor it is Yuki’s right to believe the Junie is guilty and her duty to try her as such. There is a moral dilemma if a prosecutor feels that a defendant could be innocent or if a defense lawyer feels their client may be guilty. How do you think defense lawyers and prosecutors reconcile these conflicts?

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7th Heaven by James Patterson

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Valerie over at Hachette has given me permission to give away 5 copies of this book
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Review: Obstacles Welcome by Ralph De La Vega



Whoever thought that life is easy, obliviously has heard Ralph De La Vega's story. He came over to the US from Cuba in the early sixties, all alone. He was ten years old and separated from his parents. This same man went on to become the president and CEO of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets.

Ralph wants to share his secrets to success with anyone willing to pick up his book. If you are interested in dramatically changing your life, you are going to have to work for it. This book can guide you on that journey.

In this easy to read, easy to understand book, Ralph shares his story in the hopes that he will encourage people to overcome whatever obstacles they face and change their life for the better.

Book Information:
Obstacles Welcome by Ralph De La Vega
Thomas Nelson
9781595552648
September 2009
272 pages
$24.99 US



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

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WANTED: The Sculptor by Gregory Funaro



Product Description (taken from here):

Killing Is An Art

In life, they were flawed. In death, they are perfect works of art--killed, preserved, and carefully molded into replicas of Michelangelo's most celebrated creations. Only The Sculptor can bring forth their true beauty and teach the world to appreciate his gift.

He Is The Master

FBI Special Agent Sam Markham has a reputation for tracking serial killers, but this artful adversary is meticulous, disciplined, and more ruthless than any he's encountered. The only clue is a note dedicating the latest "statue" to Cathy Hildebrant, an art historian who shares Sam's fear that the killing has just begun.

And She Is The Perfect Subject

In a quiet Rhode Island town, The Sculptor shapes his latest macabre creation, waiting for Cathy to draw nearer so that his message can be understood at last. And the only way to save her is for Sam to unlock a psychopath's twisted mind before his final, terrifying masterpiece is revealed. . .

"Funaro provides clever plotting and plenty of suspense." --John Lutz, New York Times bestselling author

"Fast-paced, exciting. . .Funaro delivers gasp-out-loud terror and relentless suspense. A genuine page-turner!" --Kevin O'Brien, New York Times bestselling author

"It reminded me of why I loved Silence of the Lambs so much." --Gregg Olsen

"A stone cold thrill ride! Unique and unexpected twists make this one a keeper!" --Lisa Jackson, New York Times bestselling author


Book Information:
The Sculptor by Gregory Funaro
Kensington Publishing Corporation
9780786022120
January 2010
352 pages
$6.99 US




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In The Bedroom

I'm in desperate need of new bedroom furniture. It has been years since I purchased anything new and I think it's about time to change all that. I'll more than likely purchase some modern bedroom furniture in either black or cherry wood. The only problem I have with black furniture is that it gets dusty so fast. Cherry wood is really pretty and durable, so maybe we'll go with that. I really like sleigh beds, so that's one idea. I also want an armoire because I think they are gorgeous. A night stand is a must have for me because I always read before I go to sleep and then lay my book on it. Plus, I will need a place to put a reading lamp.

I could use some new bedding too. After my husband and I got married, I bought a bed-in-a-bag set but when Reese was a puppy, she put a couple of holes in it. I sewed them back up but it doesn't look very pretty. We want to get another puppy though, so I might hold off on a new comforter until after we get Reese's brother or sister trained. If I find a good deal, I may just go for it. I guess we'll have to wait and see.


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Wanted: The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris



Product Description (taken from here):

He was going to lose the house and everything in it.


The rare pleasure of a bath, the copper pots hanging above the kitchen island, his family-again he would

lose his family. He stood inside the house and took stock. Everything in it had been taken for granted. How had that happened again? He had promised himself not to take anything for granted and now he couldn't recall the moment that promise had given way to the everyday.


Tim Farnsworth is a handsome, healthy man, aging with the grace of a matinee idol. His wife Jane still loves him, and for all its quiet trials, their marriage is still stronger than most. Despite long hours at the office, he remains passionate about his work, and his partnership at a prestigious Manhattan law firm means that the work he does is important. And, even as his daughter Becka retreats behind her guitar, her dreadlocks and her puppy fat, he offers her every one of a father's honest lies about her being the most beautiful girl in the world.

He loves his wife, his family, his work, his home. He loves his kitchen. And then one day he stands up and walks out. And keeps walking.

THE UNNAMED is a dazzling novel about a marriage and a family and the unseen forces of nature and desire that seem to threaten them both. It is the heartbreaking story of a life taken for granted and what happens when that life is abruptly and irrevocably taken a
way.

Book Information:
The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris
Little, Brown & Company
9780316034012
January 18, 2010
313 pages
$24.99 US



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Under The Sea

I love the ocean. I'm a fan of how it makes me feel, how pretty it is, and most of all, how many beautiful creatures live under the sea. Dolphins are one of the most beautiful, pure creatures I have ever seen. We went to Sea World when I was four or five and I can still remember how it felt to watch the dolphins swim. Then, when I was seventeen, I went on a vacation with my friends family and I was able to see them from the pier. I felt an overwhelming calm and for that brief moment, everything seemed right in the world. It's amazing the effect some animals can have on you.

I really want to check out cruisers activities in Cozumel and swim with dolphins. I love the way they look and how the jump out of the water and then dive back in. They are so gorgeous and I would love the chance to see one face to face. I'm definitely going to have to do this on our next vacation. The only problem is, I'll probably want to stay and live in the water with them. I'll just have to make sure I stay away from jellyfish and sharks.


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WANTED: Divine Misdemeanors by Laurell K. Hamilton



Product Description (taken from here):

You may know me best as Meredith Nic Essus, princess of faerie. Or perhaps as Merry Gentry, Los Angeles private eye. In the fey and mortal realms alike, my life is the stuff of royal intrigue and celebrity drama. Among my own, I have confronted horrendous enemies, endured my noble kin’s treachery and malevolence, and honored my duty to conceive a royal heir—all for the right to claim the throne. But I turned my back on court and crown, choosing exile in the human world—and in the arms of my beloved Frost and Darkness.

While I may have rejected the monarchy, I cannot abandon my people. Someone is killing the fey, which has left the LAPD baffled and my guardsmen and me deeply disturbed. My kind are not easily captured or killed. At least not by mortals. I must get to the bottom of these horrendous murders, even if that means going up against Gilda, the Fairy Godmother, my rival for fey loyalties in Los Angeles.

But even stranger things are happening. Mortals I once healed with magic are suddenly performing miracles, a shocking phenomenon wreaking havoc on human/faerie relations. Though I am innocent, dark suspicions of banned magical activities swirl around me.

I thought I’d left the blood and politics behind in my own turbulent realm. I had dreamed of an idyllic life in sunny L.A. with my beloved ones beside me. But it becomes time to wake up and realize that evil knows no borders, and that nobody lives forever—even if they’re magical.


Book Information:
Divine Misdemeanors by Laurell K. Hamilton
Meredith Gentry Series
Random House Publishing Group
9780345495969
Dec. 2009
384 pages
$26.00 US



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Save! Save! Save!

I'm addicted to saving money. I love coupons and sales. Anytime that I am looking for a particular product, I do a lot of research and try to find the best overall deal. Sometimes, that works out to be the cheaper product but sometimes it's actually cheaper to purchase name brands. I take a lot of different things into account. Price is important, of course, but so is convenience. From huge purchases, like a car, to small purchases, such as toilet paper, you can find great deals.

You can even order sold out event tickets online and save some cash. Just think about all the money you could save by only buying products that you have a coupon for. Even if it's just fifty cents here and two dollars here, every little bit can add up pretty quickly. Taking a few extra minutes out of your day and visiting an online coupon website will pay off in the end, I'm sure of it. Then, you can take the money you saved and buy yourself a little something pretty or save it for a much needed vacation. One other really great idea is to put it in a college fund for your child. Just think about how much you could save over the next eighteen years...


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Wanted: The Red Door by Charles Todd



Product Description (taken from here):
New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd brings back Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge in another riveting mystery set in post–World War I England Lancashire, England, June 1920. In a house with a red door lies the body of a woman who has been bludgeoned to death. Rumor has it that two years earlier, she'd painted that door to welcome her husband back from the Front. Only he never came home.

Meanwhile, in London, a man suffering from a mysterious illness first goes missing and then just as suddenly reappears. He is unable to explain his recovery. His family, supposedly searching for him, give conflicting accounts of where they were and why. What is the secret that nearly drove one man mad and turned his brothers and sister against one another with such unexpected savagery?

Inspector Ian Rutledge, drawn into both cases and facing a wall of silence, must solve two mysteries before he can bring a ruthless killer to justice: Who was the woman who lived and died behind the red door? Who was the man who never came home from the Great War, for the simple reason that he might never have gone? And what have they to do with a man who cannot break the seal of his own guilt without damning those he loves most?


Book Information:
The Red Door by Charles Todd
Inspector Ian Rutledge Series
HarperCollins Publisher
9780061726163
Dec. 29, 2009
352 pages
$24.99 US



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Review: Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy by Abigail Reynolds



Most of the people that I know who are obsessed with historical romance novels, adore Jane Austen. Yes, I am one of these people. This book answers the question that has plagued myself and readers like me. What could-have-been between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy if she had not refused his proposal?

This was an amazing read that explores the romantic possibilities between two unforgettable characters. I found it thought-provoking and extremely sensual.

Book Information:
Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy by Abigail Reynolds
Sourcebooks, Inc.
9781402229473
Jan. 2010
288 pages
$14.99 US

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


Lounging On A Hammock

Relaxing outside is a gift. Breathing the fresh air, looking up at the bright blue sky, is a great way to spend a few hours. The only thing that could make it better is watching Reese run around the yard and lounge on an outdoor hammocks with a good book. Soaking up some rays and swinging back and forth turning page after page is like a vacation but not having to pack or deal with traffic to get there.

One year, my family and our friends family took a trip to Gatlinburg and stayed in a chalet. It was great because not only did we get to spend some quality time with our parents, we also got to spend time with our best friends. Sitting in the jacuzzi at night while our parents were cooking was a fond memory that I will hold in my heart forever. I remember one day, we went outside and my dad decided that he was going to use one of the rope hammocks. He went to lay down and fell flat on his face in the grass. His second attempt was the same as the first. After the third try, he gave up. Now every time I see a hammock, I think about that wonderful vacation and the laugh we all shared at my dad's expense. I think every great family trip needs at least one moment that was "fall off your seat" funny. That's how you know it was a good getaway.

The first time I fell in love with hammocks was as a kid. I was always terrified that I would end up with my face in the dirt, like dad but I think that added a certain thrill to it. I'm thinking that the the hammock chairs might actually be a better idea for myself and my dad. It might be a little safer and I really like to have different options when I go outdoors. Sometimes I'm in the mood to sit and chat and other times, I want to curl up and just enjoy the day all by myself. I would like to have a choice as to how to spend my time, sitting or laying.

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Review: Organic Cotton





If you ask me, there is a huge difference between cotton and organic cotton. Not only do I think it's softer, I also think that it is more durable. I use cotton balls to clean Reese's ear and the old cotton balls that I was using would come apart and I'd end up having to use six or seven of them in each ear. The Organic Cotton balls that I received from Tropical Traditions were amazing! They didn't try to pull apart and I didn't end up sticking my finger straight through them. This made cleaning her ears a lot easier and faster than normal.



Cotton rounds are great for removing makeup and using toner. Again, I found that the organic cotton was a lot softer and more durable than the old cotton balls I used to use.



I use q-tips after every shower and to spice up my eye makeup. My husband even noticed that the swabs were softer than the ones we normally use.

Disclosure: I received products from this company so that I could write an honest review.

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December 30, 2009

Giveaway: Hollywood Moon by Joseph Wambaugh Audio Book





Full Description (taken from here):
There's a saying at Hollywood station that the full moon brings out the beast--rather than the best--in the precinct's citizens. One moonlit night, LAPD veteran Dana Vaughn and "Hollywood" Nate Weiss, a struggling-actor-turned cop, get a call about a young man who's been attacking women. Meanwhile, two surfer cops known as Flotsam and Jetsam keep bumping into an odd, suspicious duo--a smooth-talking player in dreads and a crazy-eyed, tattooed biker. No one suspects that all three dubious characters might be involved in something bigger, more high-tech, and much more illegal. After a dizzying series of twists, turns, and chases, the cops will find they've stumbled upon a complex web of crime where even the criminals can't be sure who's conning whom.

Wambaugh once again masterfully gets inside the hearts and minds of the cops whose jobs have them constantly on the brink of danger. By turns heart-wrenching, exhilarating, and laugh-out-loud funny, Hollywood Moon is his most thrilling and deeply affecting ride yet through the singular streets of LA.


Audio Book Info:
Hollywood Moon by Joseph Wambaugh Audio Book
Hachette Audio
9781600247743
11/24/2009
$39.98/$49.98



Anna over at Hachette has given me permission to give away 3 copies of this audio book
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December 29, 2009

Under My Umbrella

I love the outdoors. I love the fresh air, a gentle breeze and watching my dog run around the yard acting like a happy child. As I've said before, I love to grill out and spend time with friends in the yard when the weather is nice. One of the "must haves" for me is a patio umbrella. I'm a huge believer in sunscreen and protecting your skin in every possible way. Plus, I don't like when the sun beats down on me if the humidity is high. I don't want to have to go inside either. I want to be able to lounge around outside and enjoy the company of my family and friends.

Patio umbrellas make a nice accent piece on our patio table and they serve a purpose. I have the umbrella up every time we spend some time outdoors. I can't enjoy food with the sun beating down on me and it's really hard to have a conversation with someone when the sun is hitting you directly in the eye. Sunglasses don't always do the trick, but the umbrella does! I really like being able to tilt an umbrella so that I can block out as much sun as possible. I really don't want to end up with skin cancer or leathery looking skin. Plus, I've had a few bad sunburns and I do not want to go through that again. When I was young, I would forget to ask someone to put sunscreen on my back and I'd end up in an enormous amount of pain. Needless to say, I don't make that mistake anymore.

When Reese is outside playing, I feel like a proud mother. There really isn't that much difference between the way a child acts and how a puppy acts. My nephew and Reese play together every chance they get. Sometimes I'm not sure who is having more fun, Damien or Reese? Either way, it's great to watch them run around the yard with a carefree look in their eyes. The outdoor patio umbrella makes it possible for me to stay out there as long as the kiddies are having fun.

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Review: My Soul To Save by Rachel Vincent



Kaylee is a screamer. When she screams, it means that someone has met death. When Eden, a young idol, dies onstage and she doesn't scream, she finds out that she doesn't always have a warning when someone's life is about to end. She doesn't get clued in when the person dying is soulless.

Kaylee has the weight of the world on her shoulders. So many of her peers are trading their souls but have no idea what is in store for them down the line. She is determined to help these confused teens and in the process, save as many souls as she can, even if it puts her own life in danger.

I have one very important thing to say about Kaylee: she kicks some major ass! She's my hero.

Book Information:
My Soul To Save by Rachel Vincent
Harlequin
9780373210046
12/2009
288 pages
$9.99 US

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


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Troubled Sight

As a book lover, I know how important sight can be to your daily life. Reading is one of my favorite things to do and if that was taken away from me, I would be devastated. I am so thankful that there are eyeglasses available to help people who have trouble seeing. Sometimes while reading a small paperback, I have trouble reading the words because the font is like a 5. I'm exaggerating a little, but that's how it seems when I'm reading.

If it weren't for prescription glasses, I would probably go insane. I'm the type of person that brings a book with me everywhere I go, almost like a security blanket. I don't know why, but it calms me to know that a good book is ready to be read, should the need arise. If I couldn't pick up a book and read whenever the mood struck, I would panic.

Glasses are a lifesaver to most of the people I know. The world is a beautiful place and I wish that everyone could enjoy it. Plus, you can find super-cute eyeglass frames that compliment your face. Who wouldn't want a sophisticated accessory that helps you see?

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December 28, 2009

Giveaway: The Imperial Cruise by James Bradley Audio Book



Full Description (taken from here):
In 1905 President Teddy Roosevelt dispatched Secretary of War William Taft, his gun-toting daughter Alice and a gaggle of congressmen on a mission to Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea. There, they would quietly forge a series of agreements that divided up Asia. At the time, Roosevelt was bully-confident about America's future on the continent. But these secret pacts lit the fuse that would-decades later-result in a number of devastating wars: WWII, the Korean War, the communist revolution in China.
One hundred years later, James Bradley retraces that epic voyage and discovers the remarkable truth about America's vast imperial past-and its world-shaking consequences. Full of fascinating characters and brilliantly told, THE IMPERIAL CRUISE will forever reshape the way we understand U.S. history


Book Information:
The Imperial Cruise by James Bradley Audio Book
Hachette Audio
9781600243950
11/24/2009
$39.98/$49.98



Anna over at Hachette has given me permission to give away 3 copies of this audio book
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Giveaway: The Imperial Cruise by James Bradley Audio Book



Full Description (taken from here):
In 1905 President Teddy Roosevelt dispatched Secretary of War William Taft, his gun-toting daughter Alice and a gaggle of congressmen on a mission to Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea. There, they would quietly forge a series of agreements that divided up Asia. At the time, Roosevelt was bully-confident about America's future on the continent. But these secret pacts lit the fuse that would-decades later-result in a number of devastating wars: WWII, the Korean War, the communist revolution in China.
One hundred years later, James Bradley retraces that epic voyage and discovers the remarkable truth about America's vast imperial past-and its world-shaking consequences. Full of fascinating characters and brilliantly told, THE IMPERIAL CRUISE will forever reshape the way we understand U.S. history


Book Information:
The Imperial Cruise by James Bradley Audio Book
Hachette Audio
9781600243950
11/24/2009
$39.98/$49.98



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

ENTRIES:

Leave all entries in one comment or separate comments:
+1 for commenting
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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
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Review: Fugitive by Cheryl Brooks



Manx has strong sexual powers thanks to a feline gene. The Nedwuts want him dead and have forced him to live in hiding as a fugitive. He meets Drusilla and the sparks start flying. This wasn't exactly the love of wildlife she thought she would find. He wants nothing more than to make her his lover. With assassins on their heels, they're having to fight to make it out alive, all while trying to dowse the flames burning from within.

Talk about hot, animal lovin'! This book got so hot I had to rinse off my hands with some cold water! Every now and then I crave a steamy book that will take me to another world, and this is that kind of book.

Book Information:
Fugitive by Cheryl Brooks
Cat Star Chronicles Series
Sourcebooks, Incorporated
9781402229404
Jan. 2010
384 pages
$6.99 US

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December 27, 2009

Review & Giveaway: I, Alex Cross by James Patterson Audiobook



Alex Cross's niece is murdered. When Alex investigates, he finds out that his niece has been running with the wrong crowd and she is not the only one who has been killed. Can Alex track down the killer before anyone else ends up dead?

I'm a huge fan of the Alex Cross series and this book does not disappoint!

Audio Book Info:
I, Alex Cross by James Patterson Audio book
Alex Cross Series
Hachette Audio
9781600247682
Nov. 2009
$39.98 US



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December 26, 2009

Review: Twilight Scene It Deluxe Edition



Description (taken from here):

The dazzling Twilight trivia game with heart stopping movie clips! This game features clips, questions and puzzlers from the highly successful Twilight franchise and includes content from the upcoming film New Moon!

From the Twilight-themed puzzles to the customized mini-games and bonus activities, Scene It? Twilight Edition will immerse players in the Twilight saga and is sure to resonate with fans of all ages.

For ages 13 and up.


This game is frickin' awesome! I'm a ginormous Twilight fan and this is a must have for those who wish to show off their Twilight knowledge.

Game Info:
Twilight Scene-It Deluxe Edition
UPC: 876284001947
Manufacturer: Screenlife



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Review & Giveaway: Leadership Secrets of Attila The Hun by Wess Roberts, PhD Audio book



I've always had respect for people in history who have had the ability to bring people together. Attila The Hun was popular with the people and effectively changed the whole meaning of the word leader.

Book Information:
eadership Secrets of Attila The Hun by Wess Roberts, PhD Audio book
Hachette Audio
9781600248931
Oct. 2009
Unabridged
$19.98 US

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Please Pass The Gravy

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


Have you heard of Club House Gravy products? Did you know that you can add roast drippings to the Club House mix and enjoy some tasty gravy? We always cook a lot of food on Christmas day and one of the necessary items is gravy. We put it on our mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls and turkey. In other words, we like to smother most of our food with gravy. If your family likes gravy like mine does, you should check out the gravy tips video. There is an easier way to add great tasting additions to your meal without the trouble. I like to do things the easy way but I also want my food to taste good, now I can have both.

Fill out the newsletter sign-up and contest entry to enter to win a Club House Gravy Gift Pack filled with Club House Gravy products. Wouldn't that make a great holiday gift? It's amazing what you can do to add a little spice to your meals. A little spice can go a long way. One of the most important aspects of the holiday, to me, is food. Everyone is in a good mood and the food always turn out perfectly. This is making me want to go heat up some leftovers.

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Review & Giveaway: Girl On Top by Nicole Williams



Every woman should read this book. It is full of great insights that will help you in your everyday life. Nicole teaches readers how to work what they have to get what they want. It's an incredible book with lots of great tips that I'm sure you'll find useful.

Book Information:
Girl On Top by Nicole Williams
Center Street
9781599951928
10/2009
208 pages
$19.99 US/$24.99 CAN

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+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.

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