November 30, 2010

Giveaway: Unforgivable by Laura Griffin



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Review: Unforgivable by Laura Griffin


TRACING KILLERS IS MIA VOSS’S BUSINESS.
AND HER WORK JUST GOT PERSONAL.

At first, Mia Voss thinks it’s just bad luck when her already lousy day ends with a carjacking. But what seems like a random incident is followed by another sinister episode. A DNA expert, Mia has made it her mission to put away vicious criminals. Suddenly, she’s become the target of one. And the only way to protect the people she loves most is to deliberately destroy her reputation and risk letting a killer walk free.

Once, Mia trusted Detective Ric Santos. That was before Ric let his turbulent past ruin his chances with Mia, the sexiest, most intriguing woman he’s ever met. But he can tell when she’s lying—and when she’s scared. The key to catching a sadistic madman lies within a long-buried cold case that has haunted Mia for years. Only she can uncover the truth, but first, Ric will have to get her to entrust him with her secrets . . . and her life.
From Laura's website

I'm a sucker for a good detective story and Laura knows how to keep my interest.  Her books always have the right amount of romance and suspense.  I'm addicted to the Tracers series and Unforgivable is my favorite so far.  I can't wait to see what happens next!  Five stars.

Tracers
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
November 30, 2010
416 pages
$7.99 US

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Review: Wolf Fever by Terry Spear


She may be his destiny, but she's not his first choice...

Hospital nurse and newly turned red werewolf Carol Woods is being pressured by her pack leader to find a mate, but he's the only guy in the pack who remotely attracts her.

Why is he playing so hard to get?

The fate of the pack rests on his shoulders...

Gray pack leader Ryan McKinley doesn't want anything to do with Carol unless she's willing to embrace her wolf nature-no matter how beautiful she is.

But when a virus infects the local lupus garou pack, Ryan realizes just how wrong he's been not to seize the moment with the woman he's come to love. And now, it may be too late...

From Amazon

I love werewolves and I love Terry Spear.  Need I say more?  Her books are always fun and never disappoint.  The plot was intense and the virus had me on the edge of my seat.  Carol and Ryan's characters made the story even better.  Four stars!




Sourcebooks, Incorporated
9781402237522
December 1, 2010
416 pages
$7.99 US

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Review: Halo by Alexandra Adornetto


Three angels are sent down to bring good to the world: Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, a teenage girl who is the least experienced of the trio. But she is the most human, and when she is romantically drawn to a mortal boy, the angels fear she will not be strong enough to save anyone—especially herself—from the Dark Forces.

Is love a great enough power against evil?

From Barnes & Noble

My first thought after finishing this book was, woah! I was captivated at the start and the book just kept getting better and better. I was stunned when I found out that Alexandra was 14-years-old when her first book was published. If you are a fan of the Young Adult genre, you HAVE to read Halo. It's truly a work of art. Five stars!



Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
Feiwel & Friends
9780312656263
August 31, 2010
496 pages
$16.99 US

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


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Energizer Introduces New Inductive Charger





Leads the way with one of the first universal Qi technology products to market

ST. LOUIS (Sept. 2, 2010) – As consumers rely more heavily than ever on devices such as smartphones and cell phones for everything from texting and talking, to working and shopping, their demand for more power and more convenient charging options has skyrocketed. Energizer, a leader in innovative power solutions that make consumers’ lives easier, recognized this growing need and responded with the introduction of their first inductive charger built with Qi technology, the new universal charging standard developed by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC).

Widely anticipated and considered to be one of the most compelling new developments in charging technology, Qi (pronounced chee) will bring consumers the freedom to charge their smartphones, MP3 players, cameras – any device 5 Watts or less – on a single charging station, regardless of manufacturer.

“We believe that a universal standard is the future of charging, and by leading the way with one of the first Qi products – the Energizer® Inductive Charger – we are meeting a clear need for a product that makes charging devices easier by eliminating cords and clutter," said Jim Olsen, Vice President of Marketing for Energizer North America. “This next generation charger is a natural extension of an innovative product portfolio that brings more freedom for people to live and to work using power that’s reliable and convenient.”

According to market research firm iSuppli, Corp., shipments of electronic products with wireless charging capability are anticipated to increase from 3.6 million units in 2010, to 234.9 million units in 2014. An open, standardized system will create a healthier competitive environment and prompt manufacturers to join forces.* The WPC had this very goal of global compatibility in mind when they formed an international group of more than 55 companies to develop this universal standard.

“The WPC and dedicated members like Energizer have been hard at work developing and testing this universal standard, and we are honored to have a brand with the global reach of Energizer as one of the first to market with a Qi inductive charger,” said Menno Treffers, Chairman of the Wireless Power Consortium. “They are helping to establish and educate about Qi and drive adoption, benefiting consumers and the industry as a whole.”

Designed in cooperation with WPC co-founder ConvenientPower, the first generation of the Energizer® Inductive Charger is designed to conveniently charge up to three devices at one time. It features two large inductive charging zones that don’t require locking the device into a precise position, so consumers can simply set down their phone and be sure that it will be charged and ready to go. It also has a USB port so it’s easy to charge an additional device such as a phone, headset, mp3 player, camera or GPS. Two LED charge lights indicate that the device is charging.

The Energizer® Inductive Charger will be introduced with a Qi Sleeve for the iPhone® 3GS/3G and a one-time replacement Qi Door for the BlackBerry® Curve™ 8900, so consumers can enjoy the convenience of Qi right away. Soon, consumers can expect to have Qi built right into many of their devices.

“As one of the first to market with a Qi device, we want to make it easy for consumers to experience how easy and convenient it is to charge their devices using this new universal standard,” added Olsen. “We focused on accessories for popular smartphones, but anticipate that it will not be long before manufacturers roll-out devices with Qi built right in.”

The Energizer® Inductive Charger will be available at retail this October. Suggested retail price is $89. The removable Qi sleeve for the iPhone® 3GS/3G and the Qi door for the BlackBerry® Curve™ 8900 will be sold separately for $34.99 each.

For more information, visit www.energizer.com/inductive




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Make Some Money While Saving The Planet

I try to do my part in helping the planet whenever possible. I know that we can't completely stop destroying it but we can do little things here and there to help. I recycle things like cans, plastic and paper. I also turned off paper statements and just receive my bills online. My favorite way to help the earth is by using reusable shopping bags instead of paper or plastic for my groceries. One thing that a lot of people overlook is recycling their cell phones. I got my first mobile phone when I was 17 and since then, I have probably owned twenty different phones, if not more. Most of them I gave away when I upgraded to a newer model. I am sad to say that others have just ended up in the trash. I recently found out about a program for phones for cash. Instead of throwing away your old cell phone, you can recycle it. By doing that, you are not only saving the planet, you are making a little money. With the holidays right around the corner, I'm sure everyone, including my self, could use a little extra cash.


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Giveaway: Critical Condition: A Novel (Angels of Mercy) by CJ Lyons




2 of my readers will win a copy of this book
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Review: Critical Condition: A Novel (Angels of Mercy) by CJ Lyons



In the middle of a New Year's Eve blizzard, the staff and patients of Angels of Mercy Hospital are held hostage by armed gunmen. Their target is Dr. Gina Freeman, who is holding vigil over her wounded fiancé, Detective Jerry Boyle. Stranded outside the hospital is ER physician Linda Fiore, whose past holds the secret the hitmen are willing to kill for. With the cold-blooded killers in control, no one may live to see the New Year.
From Barnes & Noble

I enjoyed this book so much!  It was like watching an extremely in-depth episode of Grey's Anatomy - which is one of my favorite shows.  I loved CJ's writing and she kept me intrigued from start to finish.  The characters are real and I'm now addicted to this series.  Five stars!

Angels of Mercy Series
Penguin Group (USA)
November 30, 2010
304 pages
$7.99 US

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November 29, 2010

Review: Coming Back (Sharon Mccone Mysteries) by Marcia Muller


In Locked In, San Francisco private eye Sharon McCone was shot in the head and suffered from locked-in syndrome: almost total paralysis but with an alert, conscious mind. Now, as Sharon struggles to regain control over her body, she wants everything to go back to normal, but realizes that it may not be possible to return to her old life. Meanwhile, Sharon's relationships are suffering. Her husband is impatient with her refusal to accept help and some of her colleagues doubt her abilities after the accident.
 

From Marcia's website

Coming Back is the first book of Marcia's that I've read and I'm hooked!  Sharon is a fantastic character and Marcia's writing is addictive.  I've added her to my favorite authors list and now I need to go back and read the rest of this series.  I would give this book five stars. 

Sharon McCone Series #27
Grand Central Publishing
October 28, 2010
288 pages
$24.99 US

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DIY for the holidays

Guest post written by Courtney Black

This is the first holidays that I've been retired, so I'm really going to try and get the most of it by making a lot of my own decorations and put a lot of thought into all of my gift wrapping. I love doing stuff like that, but never really had the time to do that while I worked, so I'm excited to do all of that this year.

I have so much stuff around the house from over the years that I'm going to try and use that stuff to decorate and wrap gifts instead of going out and buying even more stuff. I decided to get some inspiration as to what I could do with that stuff by looking online and when I was doing that, I saw the website www.clearwirelessinternet4g.com. I then read through it some and decided to change our internet service at home to it.

When I was looking for some holiday craft ideas online, I found some really cute printable gift tags that I decided to use to put on gifts. But thatÕs just one of many great ideas I have for this year!



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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Review: A Taste of True Blood: The Fangbanger's Guide


True Blood, Alan Ball’s critically acclaimed television adaptation of Charlaine Harris’ bestselling Southern Vampire mysteries, is HBO’s most-watched show since The Sopranos, averaging over 12 million viewers an episode in its second season. Thanks to its large, dedicated fanbase, it won the People’s Choice “Favorite TV Obsession” award in early 2010.

A Taste of True Blood: The Fangbanger’s Guide gives those fans something to savor between episodes—and whets their appetite for more. Covering the show’s first two seasons and released just in time for the third (with real-time online updates from the book’s contributors throughout season three), the book includes pieces on:

• Vampire Bill’s season 2 slide from hot to not
• Sookie’s mind-reading talents as a critique of our oversharing Facebook culture
• What a Louisiana setting adds to the traditional vampire myth
• Why the television series had to differ from the books (co-written by the Southern Vampire mysteries’ editor Ginjer Buchanan)
• And much more, from shapeshifters to maenads to Merlotte’s

A Taste of True Blood also includes a quick reference guide to the show’s first two seasons.

From Barnes & Noble

I'm a True Blood fanatic and this is a must have for any fan.  I enjoyed reading A Taste of True Blood because it got to the heart and soul of the show.  It made me want to watch the seasons again because all of the things I learned, so I'll probably do that soon.  This would be the perfect gift for your die-hard True Blood pals.

BenBella Books, Inc.
9781935251965
June 29, 2010
224 pages
$14.95 US

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Review: Tassimo T20

TASSIMO is not just another coffee maker. It's a whole new way to prepare a variety of delicious hot drinks perfectly, in the comfort of your own home. And it's so simple.  


Each ingenious TASSIMO T DISC is designed to work exclusively with the TASSIMO system. T DISCs contains a precisely measured amount of coffee, tea, chocolate or concentrated milk creamer. The brewing happens inside the T DISC. Your beverage pours directly from the T DISC into the cup, so you can prepare different drinks one after another. 

When you insert a T DISC, the brewer reads a unique bar code printed on the label. It then automatically calculates the amount of water needed, brewing time, and temperature to prepare the perfect beverage.
From Tassimo's website

Throughout the day, I consume many different types of beverages.  On a daily basis, I drink about five different drinks.  I'll have coffee, tea, water, pop, etc.  I love variety and that's why I am in LOVE with my Tassimo T20!  Making a pot of coffee isn't really a good idea for me because most of it will go to waste.  With my Tassimo machine, I can make each cup as I go.  I can have a regular coffee and then some hot cocoa and then a cup of tea without having to use several different products which makes clean-up a breeze.




  • Finish: White or Black

  • Makes coffee, tea, cappuccino, latte, crema, espresso and hot cocoa

  • Makes drinks in about 1 minute

  • Includes an exclusive flow–through water heater for faster, quieter brewing

  • Space saving design ideal for apartments, dorm rooms and countertops

  • Smart bar code technology allows the brewer to adjust each beverage with the proper temperature pressure and amount of water

  • 7.08 lbs.

  • Brewer dimensions: Length: 11.0 "; Width: 7.9 "; Depth: 11.8 "

  • Imported

  • 1.5 Liter water tank 

  • Price: $129.00






  • A sweet and spicy blend of black tea, honey, creamer and spices. 16 T DISCS per package. $9.99 per package.

    Twinings Chai Tea Latte is so smooth!  I don't normally like hot tea but this drink is in a category all it's own.  I ended up drinking three of them in one day - that's how good it is.




    Full-bodied blend of Latin American and Asia/Pacific coffees, with dark roasted coffee for added depth and sweetness.12 T DISCS per package. $10.99 per package.

    Starbucks Caffe Verona is the perfect coffee to keep on hand at all times.  It's the kind of coffee that anyone can enjoy.  I'm drinking some right now and it's absolutely delicious!

       

    Gevalia Black Iced Coffee features the smooth, robust flavor of Gevalia coffee expertly crafted to be brewed over ice for a refreshing beverage perfect any time of the day. 16 T DISCS per package. $8.99

    Gevalia Black Iced Coffee is pure heaven!  I remember the first time someone mentioned "iced coffee" and I thought, what?!  It just didn't sound like something I would like.  I was wrong.   It's a coffee flavored icee that helps keep you awake.  I like this flavor but I would only recommend it to extreme coffee fans. 

    Expertly crafted to deliver the perfect balance between the smooth, robust sweetened coffee and milk creamer, Gevalia Sweet & Creamy iced coffee delivers a refreshing beverage perfect any time of the day.  $9.99
    Gevalia Sweet & Creamy Iced Coffee is my favorite drink ever!  It's so light and delicious.  Anytime I have a craving for something sweet, I indulge in a cup of this liquid dream!



    Disclosure: I received this product for free.  Opinions expressed are 100% mine.




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    Blog Tour: Q & A With Author Anjuelle Floyd

    1. When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?


    2.  Who has been your biggest inspiration?


    3. How do you create the characters in your books?  Are they based on people you know?


    4. What is the one book you think everyone should read?


    5. If you weren’t a writer, what be your profession?


    6. If you could trade places with anyone in the world, past or present, real or fiction, who would it be and why?


    7 . If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have 3 things, what would they be?


    8. What is your favorite movie of all time?
     

    9. What is the one thing that you want all your fans to know?


    10. If you could invite 5 people to dinner, who would they be and why?


    11. If you could use a time machine, would you go to the past or check out the future?


    Thank you so much Anjuelle!


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    Giveaway: The Gateway by Robert Sidell



    3 of my readers will win a copy of this book
    Open to residents of the US and Canada

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    Giveaway ends: 12/13/2010

    Winners will be notified via email.  The winners will have 48 hours to send me their mailing info or another winner will be chosen.

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