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Hello World! Pumpkin Pie anyone?

There are some big changes coming! OK, OK … ANYthing is better than what I have given you over the last year! I have hopefully figured out and mapped out what I need to do in order to keep up with this and not get overwhelmed….I have been creating posts and scheduling them out so you will hopefully see a consistent stream of posts. Nothing crazy, just 2 a week. I am leaving plenty of room to throw out a publicity post if/when asked and I really hope you all enjoy some of the new content!

  
Keep reading to view the pumpkin pie recipe that is made EXACTLY how I LOVE it….thankfully lots of other people love it too!

  
I really do know, and hopefully people are still with me! So what do you have to look forward to? (BTW I so love Bitstrips and Bitmoji! They are so fun! Sorry I don’t have links but we have Apple products so I know they are available 😄)

  • Special Recipes
  • Crafts
  • Random Thoughts – think Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy….lol
  • Book Reviews
  • Audiobook Reviews
  • Product Reviews
  • Game Reviews
  • Advice (both solicited and unsolicited)…seriously! I have a 13 and 5 year olds…. #justsayin
  • Maybe, possibly some of my personal writing….that’s a bit scary to consider putting out there though!

Really I don’t want to leave anything off, but I still want this blog to reflect me. SO Instead of taking on WAAAAAAAAY too many authors that I love and trying to keep them all straight and get the links perfect and get everything out on time….I’m just gonna be me. Which is random, imperfect and biting off way more than I can chew. If we all understand that up front, hopefully you’ll still respect me in the morning. 😳😘😂

  
Now what you’ve all been waiting on pins and needles for: 

PUMPKIN PIE

So, my recipe starts like any other and was actually adapted from the one on the Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Filling can. This recipe makes 2 of the 9 1/2 in deep dish pies. Here we go:

Crust: You are welcome to make your own crust if you prefer, but I have found I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Pillsbury 

Filling

  • 2 regular cans of pumpkin pie filling – NOT spiced
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can evaporated milk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Combine sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs lightly in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Gradually stir in sweetened condensed milk. Pour into pie shell.

Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F.; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. (Do not freeze as this will cause the crust to separate from the filling.)

THANK YOU ALL! I love you!!   

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Question and Temporary Takeover!! Or New Help!

Hello all!! We apologize again for the drop off in communication, but Joe Cool Review is officially a “we”! My name is Kat and I am super excited to be here helping! Fair warning you will find my sense of humor a little more warped than Lisa’s…..;-)

Lisa has been struggling with some medical issues that have kept her away, but she is definitely on the up and up! We are so thankful! She will hopefully be popping into social media and such to help share and retweet posts, but I am going to take over the majority of the reviews for a short time.

Contact will remain the same as we sort through all the emails and new requests so rest assured we are definitely up and ready to hit it again!

I have a question is like to ask, though. Does anyone know of a decent voice to text software that’s not outrageously priced? Lisa’s biggest issue right now is energy and strength so if she could voice her posts we can help her feel more productive! Typing takes a lot more than speaking and then I can fix any funny stuff….unless it’s supposed to be funny LOL!!

Please don’t worry, but we will take prayers for a speedy recovery! She’s doing waaay better than expected and is ridiculously stubborn when it comes to these things. That’s why we love her!

An Apology?!? Oh yes a big one my friends…

First, I want to give a HUGE apology and thank you to those of you that did not give up on me in my absence!
Secondly, for those that have sent in requests (and heard NOTHING) and attempted to contact me (and heard NOTHING) I WILL be getting back to you very soon.

When I started this blog it was my intention for it to be a place that my friend and I could escape and daydream and brag and boast about our favorite authors and books.  I absolutely LOVE discovering a new (or just new to me) author and the amazing things that they are able to put down in writing.  Joe Cool Review has been up and running for a little over a year now and I am so thankful to have a way to share with so many of you!

I have learned a ridiculous amount about how hard it is for them and the unbelievable hurdles they have to jump through to get their books seen by the public.  I have also discovered some authors that are truly just beginning and hope that my feedback has helped them grow as writers.

If I am offered a book that I agree to review, I will review that book honestly.  You may have noticed that pretty much everything you see on my site gets 5 stars from me, yeah? Well, there are actually a good number that you don’t see.  The reason for that is I prefer to send a note to the author and give my honest review privately if I can’t get behind it 100%.  I will absolutely still post reviews on the book’s sites (Amazon, BN, etc.) but I do try to reserve the blog for my absolute favorites.

The hardest part? Catching up!!  I had a library on my NOOK of nearly 1000 books when I began the blog and it was my full intention to go back and really rave about my absolute favorite authors.  The sad thing is, I haven’t really had time (not many of us do these days I don’t think).

So now for the biggest reason behind my lackluster performance as a blogger so far….  I have a wonderful family,  a lot of really great friends, and a REALLY hard time saying no.  So, I have been swept up in a close friend’s complicated life for nearly a year and we have been unable to use the blog as we had hoped.  I finally have had to take a step back and let her know that I can’t continue to be a crutch for her.  I fear I have only been making things worse by giving her an out whenever and wherever.  I am still her friend and I can still be there for her, but my life was getting lost in the process.  She has come so far and has such a good grip on it now that she is ready to stand on her own, I just have to let her. :-)

Ever been there?  Let me tell you how much it makes you appreciate the life you have and the people in it.  I am truly blessed and busy and yet I realized I need this blog.  I need to take the time to dive into my books and share them with all of you!!

“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” ~Paul Boese

I hope that saying is true and those of you that are still with me will believe that I am truly sorry and will do my best not to let it happen again.  I am officially the only one reading the books and posting reviews; so it may take some time, but if I promised it to you, it will be done.

I appreciate each of you that read and respond to my posts in any way and I am making it my goal to return the favor more than I have been doing.  I have read so many awesome books, by really outstanding writers, and I will continue to give you reviews, but on a MUCH more consistent basis!!

Lastly, if for some reason I need to go dark again for any length of time I will send out a message to let you know and I will make sure my previous promises are fulfilled.  However, I think that I need this blog and the outlet it provides me to keep myself grounded.  Grounded in fiction is kind of an oxymoron, I think….but hopefully you know what I mean!

So please feel free to contact me using the contact page on this blog and I will get back to you.  I’m not signing up for any blog tours or anything else like that right now (SORRY AGAIN), but feel free to submit your book info to me and I will get back to you.  I warn you I have a pretty big backlog at the moment, so I’m afraid I won’t get to anything new for a while yet.  I will respond to any requests with a rough estimate of when I think I can have my review posted and you can decide if you would like me to add you to the list.

FUTURE NOTES

I am also working on a page on this blog that will list my favorite authors and quick links to their books and/or websites.  I realize this may be a somewhat large undertaking, because I have a HUGE imagination and can get into almost any book I pick up…LOL

PLEASE VOTE!!! Spellbound in His Arms was nominated for a RONE award!!!

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Booktrope has re-launched Spellbound in His Arms by Angel Sefer, the first book in a romantic mystery series. The stunning novel was just nominated for a RONE award! Please vote for it until the Mystery category here anytime between March 24th and 30th. Also, book 2 in The Greek Isles Series, Deadly Secrets, will be out this Spring.

You can also vote by email!!!!
Send an email to anasmith@indtale.com
Subject line: 2014 RONE Awards vote
In the email put: Mystery – “Spellbound in His Arms” by Angel Sefer

This book was really one of my all time favorites and will keep you on the edge of your seat!!!

 
Blurb
#1 Barnes & Noble Bestseller, a #2 Amazon Bestseller, Recipient of InD’tale Magazine’s Crowned Heart Award for Excellence, and 2014 Rone Award Nominee
 
A mansion full of secrets…
From the moment investigative reporter Jackie Alexander steps foot inside the mansion dominating the Demiris estate on the beautiful Greek island of Corfu, her suspicions are on high alert. This is no ordinary assignment… the life of her beloved cousin, Aphrodite, is in grave danger, as the heirs to the incredible fortune of Greek tycoon Andreas Demiris are dying one after the other, under mysterious circumstances.

A man with secrets of his own…
The only person who can help Jackie is Michael Apostolou, former Special Forces Officer and one of the finest detectives on the Athens police force. Jackie realizes soon enough that despite her simmering desire for him, she can’t really trust him, as the seductive detective seems to be investigating those mysterious deaths for reasons of his own.

Trusting the wrong person can be deadly…
Jackie and Michael are forced to work together, but the suspicions and unanswered questions are devouring them, just like their rising passion for each other. In games like this, the stakes are high and the players are ruthless. When Jackie is kidnapped by the most dangerous player of all, time is running out as Michael is forced to choose between jeopardizing his mission and personal quest for justice, or the life of the gorgeous intruder of his heart…

 
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REVIEW – Fighting for You by January Valentine

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This book is told from Jewelia’s point of view and at first my brain was spinning with the way her mind works! You quickly realize that this is just Jewelia….she’s crazy and erratic and so REAL! You can’t help but fall face first into this story as you get into her mind.

Jewelia and Indigo’s relationship is powerful and turbulent from the moment they first lock eyes in the coffee shop. Jewelia is so out there for you to see (granted it is told from her POV), and Indigo is locked down so tight.

Throughout the story Indigo flashes hot and cold and we can’t begin to decipher what is going on in his big brain. We want so badly for him to open up and show us his pain, but he feels he has to keep that part of himself separate from Jewelia. It is such a struggle to the very end…..

I absolutely loved this book and I am quite sure I will be reading it again, just before the next one comes out! The next book will be told from Indigo’s POV and normally I wouldn’t care to read the same story again……but Indigo is so very damaged and I am dying to see his side of this story. I’m so happy that I will essentially get twice the book as there were many scenes I would have loved to get more of!

Blurb:

Fighting For You is a revised edition of original title: Head Over Wheels New Adult Romance

Jewelia Delarosa isn’t too eager to fight her way through another dead-end relationship. Then her eyes find his. By chance. He’s like wine, rich and intoxicating. One sip rocks her world, and suddenly, she’s drowning in a guy called Indigo. She doesn’t know how to handle her overwhelming emotions. His mood swings. The two women who refuse to let him go. The battle is all uphill. Giving up seems the most sensible thing to do, but once she’s tasted his love, given herself to him body and soul, living without him is not an option. Until she realizes, leaving him seems the only protection from heartbreak.

About to begin his residency at NYU Medical center, Indigo’s plan is to rescue every child who needs him, even if it sucks the life out of him. He doesn’t remember what happiness feels like. His mother haunts him. A wannabe girlfriend stalks him. He doesn’t need another woman in his life. Then a stunning gaze captures his, and while fighting to resist, he sinks deeper into something he never thought could be his. Love has never been in the cards for Indigo. But a girl named Jewelia is as necessary as the blood coursing through his veins.

Don’t wait! Grab this book NOW!!!!


Or find it on BARNES & NOBLE and/or SMASHWORDS!!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
January Valentine is the pen name of Victoria Valentine, New York writer and indie book publisher.

Victoria uses January, her birth month, when writing romance and thrillers. Children’s books and poetry are written under the name Victoria Valentine.

Victoria hosts her radio show, Away With Words every Wednesday @ 7pm EST on blogtalkradio.com, where she interviews writers and poets.

Follow the Author!!

http://www.januaryvalentine.com
http://www.victoriavalentine.net
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/aww1
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I wanted to take a minute to apologize for “ignoring” the submissions for review from my new Google form on the Contact page!  I am so sorry to those that submitted, I had the email notifications turned off (it was my first use of Google forms) and it just occurred to me that it was odd I hadn’t received any.

So, to make a long story short —–  I’M SORRY!!!  I have them now and I have also turned on new notifications so I WILL receive them from now on.  I will be getting back to you all that submitted BEFORE the end of the year!!

Thank you for your patience as I didn’t realize how much I still had to learn….. :-)

REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY ENDS TOMORROW!! HURRY AND ENTER!!! – The Sentinel by Holly Martin

TheSentinelCoverWow what a fantastic story!!  This is my favorite type of series……It is intense and fast-paced, but there is a satisfying conclusion at the end!  It didn’t leave me hanging at the end!! Now it didn’t wrap up the entire story, there is still definitely a lot to resolve, but we are given that satisfied feeling at the end. That is until I read the small blurb for the second book!  WOW is about all I can say!

So for those of you that missed my original post here is the book’s description:

When Eve is rescued from a horrific coach crash by her teachers, she is shocked to discover they possess super strength and speed. But what happens next is even more harrowing.

 In the aftermath of the crash she discovers that everyone in her life from neighbours, doctors, dentists, teachers, shop keepers and even her family and friends are actually super strength Guardians sent to protect her. They all have one thing in common, a single-minded ferocity that she must be kept alive at all costs.

However, she is surrounded by secrets and lies. Those in the know deny all knowledge of what happened that fateful night. Everyone else carries on as normal, seemingly unaware of the new strange world that she has stumbled against.

With the help of Seth, her best friend, Eve discovers the prophecies surrounding her true identity and the super strength she too holds. With her Guardians pledged to protect her, her closest friends ready to die for her, her own hopes and dreams are put on hold whilst she battles to control the amazing powers she has been bestowed with.

But those that seek to destroy her move ever closer. Will the Guardians be enough to protect her when so many are prepared to stop at nothing to see her dead? And will she be strong enough to fulfill her destiny when the time comes?

If you would like to see my original post, click HERE! Also, if you want to read my update on the story you can click HERE!

A little more about this book….

So Eve is 17 years old and just found out she is the supposed “Sentinel” that is going to save the world. No pressure, right? Eve slowly finds out that most people she knows, know who and what she really is. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that people are trying to kill her…..

I seriously hope this book takes off and eventually becomes a movie. The constant adventure and chaos is fascinating. I can vividly picture each character and their surroundings in my mind and that is thanks to Holly Martin’s writing. Plus, she describes the actual actions so clearly I can envision them happening!

WIN OR BUY THIS BOOK!!

Amazon Kindle / Amazon Paperback

Amazon UK Kindle / Amazon UK Paperback

Last, but definitely NOT least is the GIVEAWAY!!!!  This giveaway will be open for TWO WHOLE WEEKS and includes 5 COPIES of The Sentinel!!!  Enter NOW!!

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GIVEAWAY! UPDATE – READ WITH ME – The Sentinel by Holly Martin

TheSentinelCoverOhmygoodness! This book is very good! I literally had to force myself to stop reading so I could give you all an update! So first if you didn’t see my previous post and you want all the info on The Sentinel you can click HERE!

This is one of those books that starts off with a BANG! It begins with a school bus crashing over the edge of a cliff! It’s teetering there when Eve first realizes that everything is not quite what it seems. She sees her teachers do some impossible things…..then SHE keeps all the other kids from dying!

Eve hit her head in the crash, so everyone tries to convince her that she was hallucinating! They ALMOST have her convinced…..until the FIRE! That’s all I’m going to give you for now, but stay tuned! I don’t want to giveaway the story as I go, but trust me, it is riveting!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for your chance to win 1 of 5 copies of The Sentinel!!!

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$0.99 SALE!! Arielle: Immortal Awakening, (Book 1 of the Immortal Rapture Series) by Lilian Roberts

ArielleImmortalAwakeningEDIT:  The sale started early!!

One of my favorites is on sale for 2 days only!!!!  If you don’t remember my review of this one, click HERE to see it again!  The sale is for November 8th and 9th ONLY!  This is the first book in a 5 book series….I have now read books 2, 3 and 4 and I am anxiously awaiting news on book 5!!  My reviews for books 2, 3 and 4 will trickle out here in the next week or two so stay tuned!! :-)

Here is the book’s Amazon description:

A mortal soul…

From the time college co-ed Arielle Lloyd had been young, she had been able to hear the thoughts and feel the pain of certain others, and those she comes to think of as her special group. One friend’s dabbling with spells and magic showed her the power of love that can endure beyond the grave. But another friend’s terrifying encounter with a warlock left Arielle wary of those who claim otherworldly powers. On holiday in the south of France, a chance encounter could change her mind. Or could cost her life.

An Immortal man…

Sebastian Gaulle is the wealthy, handsome owner of an international company. He is also an Immortal. For five centuries he has sought the one soul who can fulfill his dreams of everlasting love. Then he meets Arielle, whose heart calls out to him like no other.

A timeless love…

Sebastian has made his choice clear. But jealous Immortals from his past threaten retaliation. They have vowed to destroy any woman who becomes involved with him. In spite of the powerful protection amulet Sebastian gives Arielle, death stalks their newfound love. Their love may be eternal, but they may be running out of time.

 Pick up your copy today!!!

Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Catch up with Lilian Roberts!!

 Website / Twitter / Facebook

TODAY and TOMORROW ONLY GIVEAWAY!!!! Enter to win a copy of the Rebel Walking Series by Hilary Storm!!

91QC6n-abxL._SL1500_Heaven Sent ebookHello All!!!  Hilary Storm was nice enough to donate an eBook set of her Rebel Walking Series!!  So one winner will take home BOTH “In a Heartbeat” and “Heaven Sent“!!!

Book Descriptions:

Book 1 “In a Heartbeat”:

in a heartbeat teaser 1 Eaven Bennett is a college student with a passion for photography. She has high hopes of completing college and starting a new life as she moves away from her hometown with her best friend, Ivy Adams. Her last boyfriend ruined any chance of her trusting a guy ever again.

Talon Walker is the dark and intriguing drummer for the up and coming band ‘Rebel Walking’. His past has left him empty with no desire for a relationship. That is until he meets Eaven.

One minute your heart is filled with love, the next your entire life comes crashing down. Everything can change in a heartbeat. Can Eaven and Talon overcome the obstacles in their way and find love?

Book 2 “Heaven Sent”:

Heaven Sent Teaser #2The Rebel Walking Series continues with Taron and Ivy’s story, Heaven Sent. The explosive chemistry that these two share ignites a relationship of epic proportions.

 He has been dubbed ‘the panty stealer’, but Taron Walker has his eyes set on the beautiful, full of life, Ivy Adams. Ivy doesn’t usually put up with the player type, yet there is something about Taron that has her intrigued. Taron must leave to go on tour with Rebel Walking and Ivy will be left to face serious struggles on her own. Will she reach out to Taron for help, or will she push him away? Can these two find happiness in each other’s arms, or will they tear each other’s world apart?

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