August 27, 2010

Review: Color Me Marilyn: Classic Hollywood Moments



Marilyn Monroe captured everyone’s heart in the 1950s with her unforgettable performances, charismatic personality, and well-known signature look. This unique coloring book features classic line drawings of Marilyn in all her glory, both onscreen and off. Captioned images of Hollywood’s most favorite Golden Girl include film premieres, posing with friends and former beaus, singing “Happy Birthday” to President Kennedy, and countless publicity poses and famous film scenes.

Artists, fans, film buffs, and collectors alike can use a splash of color in any medium to bring a timeless Marilyn back to life within this book’s pages. The first of its kind, this volume will instantly become a memorable keepsake for Marilyn enthusiasts.

My husband makes fun of me because I love to color.  Usually, I am coloring with a kid but there have been times when a kid stopped coloring and I just kept on going.  I really like this coloring book because I love Marilyn Monroe. The pictures are absolutely gorgeous, even before color hits the page.  I've almost colored all the pages, so now I need to get another one. 

Running Press Book Publishers
August 3, 2010
128 pages 
$12.95 US





Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for free from Roberson Public Relations, Inc. All opinions expressed are 100% mine. If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.




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Giveaway: Do It All MOM Calendar



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Review: Do It All MOM Calendar



For supermoms who do it all! No other calendar has this many features! Helps families who do it all communicate better, plan better, and find more time to spend together. With everything in one spot, Mom and the whole family can plan birthday parties, school events, games, lessons, family events, and more. Starts in August because Mom's new year begins with the first day of school! Unique features include a magnetic hanger with pen holder and pen, fold-out "wing" so you only have to write family names once for 17 months, and two pockets. The extra-large grid has five rows per week-- one for each family member. Includes 616 stickers. 




It can be extremely difficult to stay organized, especially for mothers.  The Do It All MOM Calendar is probably the best tool for any mom.  As soon as I opened it up and took a look, I knew that this calendar and I would become best friends.





It's gorgeous and fun in appearance and best of all, it makes keeping up with your schedule easy.  The stickers are great decorative reminders.  The magnet allows the calendar to lay flat on the refrigerator and there is a spot for the pen, so you don't have to go searching for one.





Price: $14.99

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Review: The Egypt Code by Robert Bauval



Why did the ancients align their monuments so precisely with the stars? What were the practical and symbolic reasons behind these mysterious configurations? From the author of The Orion Mystery, the best-selling book that introduced the revolutionary star-correlation theory about the Giza pyramids, The Egypt Code reveals an amazing Grand Unified Plan behind the legendary temples of upper Egypt.

Robert Bauval, one of the world’s most prominent and controversial Egyptologists, completes his groundbreaking investigation of astronomy as related to Egyptian monuments and related religious texts. The Egypt Code revisits the Pyramid Age and the Old Kingdom, proposing a vast sky-ground correlation for the Memphite-Heliopolis region, and presenting the possibility of a grand plan spanning three thousand years of Pharaonic civilization and involving pyramids and major temple sites along the Nile.

The central idea of the book is that the cosmic order, which the ancients referred to as "Maat," was comprised of the observable cycles of the sun and stars, in particular the star Sirius, and that the changes that took place due to the precession of the equinoxes and the so-called Sothic Cycle are reflected in the orientation and location of religious sites.

Born in Egypt and having lived there and elsewhere in the Middle East for much of his life, Robert Bauval has published several papers linking the pyramids with astronomy, and his findings have been presented at the British Museum. He has also written three books with best-sellin
g author Graham Hancock (Message of the Sphinx, Talisman, and The Mars Mystery).

I'm always interested in learning new things.  I'm also interested in looking at every possibility before making a decision on what to believe.  Robert's book opened a lot of new questions and some answers.  This is one of the most interesting books I have ever read.

Disinformation Company, The
July 1, 2010
336 pages 
$19.95 US

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Review: Naturalizer Karelia


I don't wear dress shoes all that often and when I do, they have to be comfortable. I am so glad that I got a pair of Naturalizer Karelia shoes from CSN Stores. They are so comfortable that I feel like I'm walking on clouds when I put them on. I love the style and how easy they are to slip on or off.

Features:

* Karelia in Black Leather
* Part of the Karelia collection
* Leather upper
* Manmade sole
* Round toe type
* Cushioning insole
* 1 1/2" heel height
* Available in your choice of:
o Black Leather (31215001)
o Camel Leather (31215251)
o Classic Navy (31215400)
o Venom Leather (31215600)

Disclosure: I received a pair of these shoes for free from CSN Stores. Opinions expressed are 100% mine.



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I'm Scared


While I love a good "scary" movie or TV show, they don't usually scare me.  I don't know if it's because I've seen so much or if it is because I know that it's not real.  Vampires are my favorite "scary" characters, which is why I am obsessed with Vampire Diaries.  The scariest parts of this show for me are when they let the vampires loose and when Stephen starts drinking human blood again. The WB sent me the complete first season and I've really enjoyed watching the dvd's at my own pace.


Disclosure:  I have been hired by Warner Bros WBWord division to raise awareness for The Vampire Diaries: The Complete First Season  – which arrives on Blu-ray/DVD on August 31. Receive free digital extras at http://bit.ly/9LSaVp!



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Remote Access

Have you ever been working on something extremely important on the computer and then, out of nowhere your screen goes black? Wouldn't it be nice to be able to access that computer from another one via the internet? There is a product that does just that. Remote Access from Proxy Networks allows you to change settings without enabling file sharing. You can share your access with other technicians to get problems fixed quickly and easily.  I have spent hours on the phone with tech support and all that does is waste valuable time.  It would be much easier to just make a phone call and then let a professional access your computer and make the necessary adjustments.  My dad knows a lot about computers and whenever I have a problem, I call him and then he comes and fixes it.  It would be a lot easier for both of us if I could just call him and he could fix it from home.  Any corporation or home would be lucky to have this option, especially since you will still have a secure network.  You can take advantage of a free thirty day trial to find out how this works.



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Giveaway: Dracula in Love by Karen Essex





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Review: Dracula in Love by Karen Essex


In this wonderfully transporting novel, award-winning author Karen Essex turns a timeless classic inside out, spinning a haunting, erotic, and suspenseful story of eternal love and possession.

From the shadowy banks of the river Thames to the wild and windswept Yorkshire coast, Dracula’s eternal muse, Mina Murray, vividly recounts the intimate details of what really transpired between her and the Count—the joys and terrors of a passionate affair that has linked them through the centuries, and her rebellion against her own frightening preternatural powers.

Mina’s version of this gothic vampire tale is a visceral journey into Victorian England’s dimly lit bedrooms, mist-filled cemeteries, and asylum chambers, revealing the dark secrets and mysteries locked within. Time falls away as she is swept into a mythical journey far beyond mortal comprehension, where she must finally make the decision she has been avoiding for almost a millennium. 

Bram Stoker’s classic novel offered one side of the story, in which Mina had no past and bore no responsibility for the unfolding events. Now, for the first time, the truth of Mina’s personal voyage, and of vampirism itself, is revealed. What this flesh and blood woman has to say is more sensual, more devious, and more enthralling than the Victorians could have expressed or perhaps even have imagined.


I got chills reading this book.  Karen really knows how to weave a story and keep a reader engaged.  Dracula in Love is an instant hit and will be loved by readers for years to come.

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
9780385528917
August 10, 2010
384 pages
$25.95 US

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Movie quote game

Guest post written by Todd Bowman

For years my family and I have played this game where one of us quotes a line from a movie and the others try to guess. Sometimes we play a more complicated version where if you don’t get it you can pass onto the next person but have to answer to quotes correctly the next time or the same thing happens again.

This sounds pretty complicated, but we’re all big movie watchers and have seen most of the same movies – so it’s pretty fair. At last Christmas, we appropriately sat around the living room during downtime and played the game with Christmas movie quotes. I was having trouble hearing my daughter say one and when I passed it on it I realized it was from “Christmas Vacation,” which I have memorized. She suggested that if I couldn’t tell what that one was that maybe I needed hearing aids so after the holiday I got some hearing tests in Georgia while I was still visiting them and visited Miracle Ear California once I was home again.

I don’t think I’ll be missing any Clark Griswold quotes again anytime soon.

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August 26, 2010

Giveaway: The Devil Wears Plaid by Teresa Medeiros



2 of my readers a copy of this book
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Giveaway: Bad Girls Go Everywhere by Jennifer Scanlon

Today is National Women's Equality Day. To celebrate, Penguin wants to give five of my readers a copy of this book.



5 of my readers a copy of this book
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for free from Penguin Books. All opinions expressed are 100% mine. If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.




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Review: Bad Girls Go Everywhere by Jennifer Scanlon


"Scanlon's shrewed biography reveals a woman of contraditions...a strategically racy cultural pioneer."
-O, The Oprah Magazine


As the author of the revolutionary Sex and the Single Girl and the longtime editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley Brown changed how women thought about sex, money, and their bodies in a way that resonates in our culture today. In Jennifer Scanlon's widely acclaimed biography, the award-winning scholar related Brown's escape from her humble beginnings in the Ozarks to her eyebrow- raising exploits as a young woman in New York, and her late-blooming career as the world's first "lipstick feminist." A mesmerizing look at an often overlooked figure, Bad Girls Go Everywhere will appeal to everyone from Sex and the City aficionados to students of women's studies.


I have been a huge Cosmo fan since I was a teen. I love that it empowers women and shows that women are just as capable of doing something as a man is. Jennifer's portrayal of Helen was light and fun. If you're a woman, I think you will really enjoy this book.

Penguin Group (USA)
9780143118121
August 31, 2010
304 pages
$16.00 US




Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for free from Penguin Books. All opinions expressed are 100% mine. If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.



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Review: The Devil Wears Plaid by Teresa Medeiros


Passion sparks in USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Teresa Medeiros’s irresistibly tempting new romance after a sexy Highlander kidnaps his rival’s spirited English bride Emmaline Marlowe is about to wed the extremely powerful laird of the Hepburn clan to save her father from debtor’s prison when ruffian Jamie Sinclair bursts into the abbey on a magnificent black horse and abducts her in one strong swoop. Though he is Hepburn’s sworn enemy, Emma’s mysterious captor is everything her bridegroom is not—handsome, virile, dangerous . . . and a perilous temptation for her yearning heart.  Jamie expects Emma to be some milksop English miss, not a fiery, defiant beauty whose irresistible charms will tempt him at every turn. But he cannot allow either one of them to forget he is her enemy and she his pawn in the deadly Highland feud between the clans. So why does he still want her so badly for himself? Stealing his enemy’s bride was simple, but can he claim her innocence without losing his heart? 

I have read and enjoyed some Highlander books lately, but this one is by far my favorite. I loved the plot and Teresa's wording. I was drooling over Jamie throughout the entire book. Romance fans everywhere will appreciate The Devil Wears Plaid.

Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
August 24, 2010
432 pages
$7.99 US

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free from Pocket Books.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.




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August 25, 2010

Review: The Smart Swarm: How Understanding Flocks, Schools, and Colonies Can Make Us Better at Communicating, Decision Making, and Getting Things Done






What ants, bees, fish, and smart swarms can teach us about communication, organization, and decision-making

The modern world may be obsessed with speed and productivity, but twenty-first-century humans actually have much to learn from the ancient instincts of swarms. A fascinating new take on the concept of collective intelligence and its colorful manifestations in some of our most complex problems, The Smart Swarm introduces a compelling new understanding of the real experts on solving our own complex problems relating to such topics as business, politics, and technology.

Based on extensive globe-trotting research, this lively tour from National Geographic reporter Peter Miller introduces thriving throngs of ant colonies, which have inspired computer programs for streamlining factory processes, telephone networks, and truck routes; termites, used in recent studies for climate-control solutions; schools of fish, on which the U.S. military modeled a team of robots; and many other examples of the wisdom to be gleaned about the behavior of crowds-among critters and corporations alike.

In the tradition of James Surowiecki's The Wisdom of Crowds and the innovative works of Malcolm Gladwell, The Smart Swarm is an entertaining yet enlightening look at small-scale phenomena with big implications for us all.


I learned so much from reading this book. I'm always interested in finding out the why behind actions, whether it's humans or animals who are responsible. I really liked how Peter worded everything in an easy to understand way that was anything but textbook-like. I really enjoyed it.

Penguin Group (USA)
August 5, 2010
304 pages 
$26.00 US






Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for free from FSB Associates so that I could write an honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% mine. If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.




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Review: High Holiday Stories: Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur Thoughts on Family, Faith and Food



The High Holidays are the most important festivals of the Jewish year, and all Jews have their own memories of thses special days. It's a time to remember, a time to be with families, and a time to tell stories about past generations. And you don't need to be Jewish to appreciate this, because the 21st centruy is a much smaller world, with many different faiths coming together. High Holiday Stories is filled with 101 heartfelt holiday remembrances, from famous people, and some only known in their own circle of family and friends. They recount varied Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur experiences, from observing the holiday in the Colorado Rockies to Army bases in Iraq, even online in L.A. The stories come from people of all ages, all professions, from New York to California, New Zealoand to England.

For me the High Holiday are an opportunity to connect with people I love and a chance to make amends to those I may have hurt, recalls Nancy Rips. It's my busiest time of year!


This was a fun collection that reminded me of different times in my life.  I'm not jewish but that doesn't mean that I don't enjoy learning about others' family, friends and events.  I love Nancy's voice and really enjoyed taking a look at her world.

Frederick Fell Trade
9780883911914
September 1, 2010
192 pages
$16.95 US






Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free from Susannah Greenberg Public Relations.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.




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Review: Finding Frances by Janice M. Van Dyck


Is there such a thing as a good death? Frances Baldwin is dying and instead of fearing the end, she welcomes death as a consequence of her terminal condition. Frances regards any marginally effective medical intervention as interfering with life s natural process. This quality of life discussion is at the heart of author Janice Van Dyck's family drama, Finding Frances. The novel examines the moral and ethical constraints imposed by modern medicine as a family faces end-of-life decisions. Frances asks her son, William, a medical school drop-out, to help her deal with his own lawyer brother Randy, his divorced sister Sugar, and father-in-denial Bill. William is faced with the demanding and complex task of mediating the divergent opinions of each family member and the medical establishment in an attempt to honor his mother s desire to have a peaceful death. Finding Frances brings into focus the larger cultural, ethical, and legal issues confronting everyone today in this age of patients rights versus institutionalized healthcare. Janice Van Dyck confronts these difficult issues with a deft hand in bringing out the subtleties of all of the characters points of view. The story is a tribute to human dignity exemplified by an exceptional and inspirational woman, who in the author s words, "...died as she lived with dignity and occasional flashes of brilliance and hilarity." Finding Frances is a novel based on actual events.

I normally write really, really short reviews, but that is going to be impossible for this book.  Personally, I don't want to live to be a hundred.  I think it's great that medicine and doctor's knowledge has given so many the ability to live a longer life.  At the same time though, I think that the patient should be the one to make the decision to stay alive or leave this world with dignity.  I am in my right mind at this moment and if something happens to me, I don't want to be kept on life support or have a feeding tube for a long period of time.  I would rather just pass on.  I don't want to put my family through that.  The women in my family live forever it seems like and I've watched them lose their mind, forget who we are and they were unable to do anything on their own.  I don't want that for myself.  If I'm not myself or if I can't even go to the bathroom on my own, let me go.  I think that I should have the right to put that wish in writing and doctors should have to abide by it, just like with DNR's.  If I end up not knowing who my family is or even who I am, I would much rather a doctor give me a shot and allow me to have a peaceful death without pain.  That way my family could begin going on with their lives.  The thing I find most ironic is that people will say that they had to "put their dog down" because it was so sick and would be miserable.  Why shouldn't humans have the same option? 

Anyway, about the book...  You will be changed after reading this.  It's emotionally exhausting but with this topic, it has to be.  It's a heavy load and you can't pick this book up and think you're going to be able to get through it without a lot of deep thought.  It's a great book and I'm really glad I read it.

Winston-Higgins Press, LLC
9780982614006
April 2010
296 pages
$25.00 US





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Giveaway: Everything Matters! by Ron Currie Jr.


In infancy, Junior Thibodeaux is encoded with a prophesy: a comet will obliterate life on Earth in thirty-six years. Alone in this knowledge, he comes of age in rural Maine grappling with the question: Does anything I do matter?

Penguin Books USA
978-0-14-311751-3
July 27, 2010
$15.00 US





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Review: The Smurfs Graphic Novel




It all started with these comics! The Smurfs – the beloved cartoon characters, that shot to fame in North America in the '80s, return in this new graphic novel series from Papercutz. The Publisher of the popular BIONICLE, CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED, DISNEY FAIRIES, GERONIMO STILTON, HARDY BOYS, NANCY DREW, and TALES FROM THE CRYPT graphic novels – Papercutz will publish the first two of a new series of SMURF graphic novels in September 2010. A special low-priced $1.00 SMURFS comicbook will be released in July, to promote the graphic novels.

"Not many people realize that the Smurfs originally appeared in comics, specifically in 'La Flute a six SCHTROUMPFS," a Johan et Pirlouit graphic novel series by Peyo in 1958," explains Papercutz Publisher Terry Nantier. They quickly became so popular that after several more guest appearances in Johan et Pirlouit, the Smurfs were awarded their own graphic novel series by Peyo. After an animated movie in 1976, the Smurfs starred in their own Saturday morning TV series on NBC starting in 1981. The series was a blockbuster hit, spawning Smurf-mania and lasting nine seasons. Those shows still run on Cartoon Network's Boomerang channel, and are now available on DVD.

An all-new Smurfs movie, combining live-action and computer-animated Smurfs, is now in production, and set for release in 2011. The Sony/Columbia film stars Neil Patrick Harris, Paul Reubens, Michael Cera, Sofia Vergara, Hank Azaria, Alan Cumming, Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, and George Lopez.

But it was Peyo's wonderful graphic novels that started it all, and Papercutz is bringing these acclaimed comics back into print after much too-long an absence. "I grew up with these comics, they truly are classics. It's a shame that these books, which have been in print forever everywhere else on Earth, have been out-of-print for so long in America," says Nantier.

"Papercutz is dedicated to publishing the very best comics and graphic novels for audiences of all-ages, so we're thrilled to be publishing one of the best-loved series of graphic novels for all-ages ever created," exclaimed Papercutz Editor-in-Chief Jim Salicrup.

In July, a specially priced $1.00 comicbook will be distributed to comic stores to promote the forthcoming SMURFS graphic novels. It features the classic "Smurfnapper" story by Peyo that introduced the Smurfs' arch foe, the villainous sorcerer Gargamel and his cat, Azrael.

6 1/2x10, 24pp., full color, $1

When I was young, I was a Smurf fan and I also loved comic books.  I tried to read this to my nephew but he kept taking it out of my hands to get a better look at the drawings.  I finally gave up and ended up just reading it for myself.  I was taken back to the good-ole-days when my biggest concern was how much ketchup to use.  Needless to say, I enjoyed reading it and remembering what it was like to be a kid.

Disclosure: I received a graphic novel for free from Ascot Media Group, Inc. All opinions expressed are 100% mine. If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.



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