Monthly Archives: April 2014

GIVEAWAY!! PLEASE HELP ME CHOOSE — AppleTV or Amazon FIRE??

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*Taken from http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2455874,00.asp

I know this is very different from my usual posts, but I could really use some help….

We have been trying to get away from cable (TV but we will keep Internet) for quite some time. Now, I am most familiar with Apple and Amazon and I am an Amazon Prime member so I am definitely intrigued with the new FIRE. Deep down I am an Apple lover though….

Quite frankly I’m not worried about storage or processors; mainly because I know Apple doesn’t take much of a processor to be fast, so I consider them pretty equal.

What I really want is to be able to:

1. Watch any and ALL DISNEY
2. NETFLIX
3. Kiddo friendly
4. Would LIKE Amazon Instant Video (I can get this on my iPhone, maybe TV?)
5. Games would be fun
6. Multiple rooms – here’s the rub (I think), are these mostly just 1 room systems?

What I desperately need is for people who have/had one or both to tell me what they are like in real life.

We are finally out of contract and I keep thinking I will be able to get my iPad A LOT faster if we get out from under the $200 cable/internet/phone bill every month!

So if you have an opinion (surely you do, right?) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE weigh in on my dilemma. I don’t care if it is via Facebook, Blog, or Twitter; all i know is that I would greatly appreciate any and all information.

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THANK YOU EVERYONE!!

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REVIEW – Wild About Her Wingman by Robin Bielman

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Playing it safe never felt so risky.

Erin Watters is her small town’s resident wild child—she doesn’t do boring, and after having her heart annihilated, she definitely doesn’t do relationships. Her friends have other ideas, though, and when they throw down a matchmaking challenge, impulsive Erin can’t ignore it. Even when the annoyingly hot Troy Strieber accepts the matchmaker role…

As a rescue paramedic, Troy’s used to watching out for people. Never mind the bet he made with his buddy to play Erin’s wingman. But the more time he spends with the sexy, charismatic woman, the more he discovers a side of her she doesn’t let many see. Soon what started as an innocent game of matchmaking has them both thinking about the person right under their nose. But Troy’s a play-it-safe guy, and he won’t let a woman who lives for risk ever steal his heart.

My Thoughts

The bet spun out of control so quickly.  Erin is sitting around having beers with friends and before she knows it, she has her very own wingman!  No problem, right?  Maybe she will get lucky and Troy will find her a great guy?  And thankfully, her and Troy would never work so she doesn’t have to worry about that.  After all, what would Mr. Safety want with a daredevil?

The problem?  The chemistry between the two is off the charts!  Each is determined to keep a distance from the other, but some things are undeniable… and unavoidable! 

Do not miss the awesome connection between Erin and Troy.  It was a truly wonderful story to fall into! 

Buy Links

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REVIEW – Fiancee by Fate by Jennifer Shirk

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Their fake relationship is a twist of fate.

Sabrina Cassidy believes in fate. So when her fiancé breaks off their engagement, she’s convinced they’ll get back together eventually. But fate was not on her side when it brought Jack Brenner into her life—and work. Frustrating, gorgeous, and cocky, Jack has an offer that Sabrina can’t refuse. Not if it means getting the life she’s always imagined.

Despite being one of the town’s most eligible bachelors, Jack has a reputation that’s working against him. He has to convince his father—and his company’s board—that he’s ready to settle down if he wants a promotion. But convincing Sabrina to be his fake girlfriend turns out to be the easiest part. What he didn’t count on was their intense attraction and how easily their lie would escalate. Sabrina’s still hung up on her ex, and Jack will never settle down. But fate has other ideas…

My Thoughts

This was such a sweet story that is definitely based on fate.  Sabrina is superstitious and definitely thinks fate dropped her fiancée into her life.  When he “temporarily” calls off the engagement she believes whole heartedly that he will come back to her.  After 3 years together and all the coincidences there is no other alternative, is there?

Enter Jack…

Jack is too good looking for his own good and Sabrina is definitely NOT looking.  In fact her and Jack can’t stop sniping at each other.  However, Jack’s father believes he needs to settle down and realize there is more to life than work.  Jack can’t see too far past eventually running the company and is willing to do just about anything to gain the board’s approval.

It is so fun to watch Jack and Sabrina come together.  I especially love that Jack does learn that there is more to life than work…..but is it too late?  Don’t miss this story!!  You will fall in love with all the characters!!

BUY LINKS

Amazon US / Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo / Google / AllRomance / Amazon CA / Amazon UK

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REVIEW – Resisting the Rancher by Roxanne Snopek

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She’s his best friend’s sister, but he’s ready to break all the rules…

Country veterinarian Celia Gamble is in trouble. A misunderstanding from her past is rearing its ugly head and the only person she can turn to is Jonah Clarke—her family’s lawyer and, as it turns out, her brother Zach’s best friend and her childhood crush. She always wanted Jonah to see her as a bona fide woman, but as a woman who’s being wrongfully blackmailed for seducing a married man? Not on her life.

Jonah is happy to help little CeeCee Gamble, if only she’d come clean about why she’s being blackmailed. But with Zach’s wedding on the horizon and Zach’s fashionista fiancée Desiree giving CeeCee a makeover, the little duckling Jonah remembers is turning into a definite swan.

And the unwritten law on sisters is clear—hands off. 

Jonah must resist Celia or lose the only true family he’s ever known. 

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this story!  It had that big-brothers-best-friend-crush, a mystery, a whacko, and a woman with the best intentions that just can’t seem to come out on top.  That doesn’t even cover the all-grown-up version of her crush!

CeeCee is a girl that just wanted to fit in with the big boys and prove herself.  Now that she has grown up and made a HUGE mistake she just want to start over in her hometown.  Jonah has always seen CeeCee, but never considered anything like a relationship since he is Zach’s best friend. He swore to help watch out for her growing up. 

However, as Des makes CeeCee over piece by piece, he can no longer deny that she is all woman! The back and forth between the two is real, and hard, and different.  They both have very valid reasons that makes them think they can’t be together.

This story was very sweet and had so many characters that just came alive. This was not the first book in the series, but it is a stand alone story. You can bet that I will be after the rest of the books now!

BUY LINKS

Amazon US / Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo / Google / AllRomance / Amazon CA / Amazon UK

 

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REVIEW – The Heart Knows What The Heart Wants by Lori L. Clark

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Blurb

Estelle “Star” Falconé, a thirty-year-old tattooed bartender, was once a free-spirited dreamer who dabbled in astrology for fun and secretly dreamed of
becoming a rock-star some day.

Twenty-one-year-old Shane Harper was once the star of his high school basketball team. With a full ride scholarship, his dream was to play college
basketball and study astronomy. When a tragic car accident permanently sidelines his basketball career, college is out of the question.

Sparks fly when their two worlds collide.

Can a relationship survive between a thirty-year-old starry-eyed woman who’s on the run from an extremely dangerous man, and a twenty-one-year-old science
guy who’s hell-bent on protecting her at all cost?

***Caution*** This book is not suitable for young readers. It is intended for mature adults only (18+) containing adult situations, non-consensual sex, and
violence. This is a full-length, standalone novel.

My Thoughts

WOW this book was crazy and scary and wonderful all at once! I did not put this book down once I started reading it. I loved the strength that Star pulls
out of herself. I can’t imagine being in that situation, but for her to get out with zero support was AMAZING!

I wasn’t sure what to think of Shane at first. I’m glad I wasn’t left wondering about him for long. Yes he was a good chunk younger than Star, but that boy
created disaster and emerged an amazing human being!

What I loved about this book was that all the things that make us sort of squeamish when looking at a nontraditional relationship were completely
obliterated by the end. What I mean is that while I would think I would have the same fears Star does about a younger man, we get to see them both overcome
each and every one of those issues. So by the end of the book there is no other alternative. If fact if they had not ended up together I would have
probably gone a little nuts….LOL

You need to pick up this book; it does contain some abuse so you need to be able to handle that as well. I guarantee you will not be sorry you did!!

Buy this book!!!

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About the Author Lori L. Clark (taken from Story Cartel)

Lori L. Clark was born in Iowa, where she spent the first forty-six years of her life. In 2007, she loaded up a moving van and relocated to Missouri, where
she currently resides. Lori’s only child is a very spoiled Min Pin named Barkley. When not writing, she reads and runs. She completed her first half
marathon at the age of fifty.

Lori is a member of Savvy Authors, the St. Louis Writers Guild, and Romance Writers of America.

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COVER REVEAL – Secret Exchange by T. Renee Fike!!!

 

Release Date: April 21, 2014

Synopsis

Will Devyn be able to find her true happiness or will her best friends destroy everything she’s looked so hard to find? Devyn a strong willed school teacher wants to fall in love and settle down. She wants what most women want, while her best friend Dezi wants the complete opposite. Dezi loves the single life and tries to help Devyn through a rough time.  What better way to get over a man than to get with another!

When Devyn meets the sexy Maverick, he gives her a weekend that she’ll never forget. When she tries to move forward she can’t help but think of the sexy gray eyed man.  Fate takes it course and Devyn runs into Maverick again, except he’s not at all who she was expecting to see.

How can she forget this sexy man and move past him if he’s now a part of her world? When the two run into each other, fireworks happen, but at what and whose expense?

 

About the Author

Me… what can I say…I love to read books!!!

I hang out with friends and love my sports!! NFL Football is my favorite… GO EAGLES!!

I have my bachelor’s degree in Business/Human Resources Management and currently working towards my Masters in Management!

A friend encouraged me to write a book and I can say it’s exhilarating and I can’t even begin to form words on how I feel right now.

 

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7350300.T_Renee_Fike

 

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REVIEW – HEiRESS, P.i. by Amanda Mahan

heiresspiIf you read the blurb for this book, I can guarantee you will get all that and MORE!  Lucy is happier playing in the dirt than glamming it up, but she will do anything to help Holden.  Yes, some of the issues stars deal with Lucy falls face first into, but the way they come about will have you rolling on the floor. 

Blurb:

Meet Lucy Hansen. She’s the richest teenager in the world – and possibly the shyest. She doesn’t flash her business to the paparazzi as she’s getting out of limos or send selfies while smoking salvia. No, Lucy hides behind her frizzy bangs, environmental causes and organic hemp-blend sweats. Her one true friend (and secret crush) Holden is the poorest kid in Beverly Hills – and probably the scrappiest. He interns for a famous private investigator, and when he asks Lucy to help him crack a case, her life turns from tame to tabloid, from glum to glam, from private to private eye. And when the trail leads directly to her hotel magnate father, it’s up to Lucy to solve the case by infiltrating Hollywood’s most elite and unwelcoming club: Celebutantes. Teens who are famous for, well… being famous.

Along the way, “LuHan” endures wardrobe malfunctions, fake romances, compromising videos-turned-YouTube hits, unflattering mug shots and – worst of all – a makeover. Now Lucy has to save her father, dodge the paparazzi, and keep her IRL ID on the DL – all while maybe, almost, possibly having her first real kiss.

If you’ve ever read the tabloids and wondered, “What was she thinking?” then HEIRESS, P.I. offers one possible answer.

Lucy is bold and fearless once she puts her mind to something.  When she makes a name for herself she goes ALL OUT!  The wardrobe malfunction that happens to Lucy had tears running down my face….from laughter!  Everything that Lucy does she does with gusto. 

I absolutely loved this story and would love to read more about Lucy!  You cannot help but love her and what she stands for.  You’ll love how Holden bribes her to do some investigating for him! This book is sweet, funny, and intense.  Some of the situations Lucy gets herself into get pretty hairy. 

Don’t miss this book!

Buy this book!

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About Amanda Mahan

Amanda Mahan is the author of Heiress, P.I. — think “Veronica Mars meets Gossip Girl” — which tells the story of the richest girl in the world getting made over and going undercover to solve a mystery.

Amanda is the People’s Choice Award winning Green Mommy blogger and worked on two NBC sitcoms. Both of these influences can be seen in Heiress, P.I. which features an environmentally-friendly protagonist and humorous dialogue.

Known for her love of trashy tabloids, her hopelessness with her own hair, and her addictive red velvet cupcakes, Amanda lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two small (but surprisingly loud) children.

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