Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Romancing My Love Tour and Giveaway

Book #9 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #18

After months of caring for her terminally ill mother, Rebecca Rivera is left all alone in a world she doesn’t trust—but she’s determined not to let her mother’s death define her. Losing her job, having to pummel some jerk for being too handsy, and living in her car are just temporary setbacks to an otherwise solid plan in finding her footing. Full of pride and used to being in control of her life, she’s certain she can make it on her own. The last thing Rebecca needs is a man to fix her troubles—even if that man is strikingly handsome, wealthy, and charismatic Pierce Braden.

Pierce is a powerful real estate investor on the verge of a major acquisition. As the eldest of six siblings raised by a single mother, he’s spent his life protecting those he loves. He’s used to being in charge and making things right, and although he’d give his life for his family, he treats the women he dates as expendable—until he meets sexy and stubborn Rebecca Rivera, a woman who is as strong as she is vulnerable.

Passion ignites between them, and the two share their most intimate thoughts and desires. It doesn’t take long for Pierce to realize that Rebecca is as determined not to be saved as he is to find a way into her heart. As their love grows, Rebecca must face fears she didn’t even realize she had—and Pierce must learn the hard truth that sometimes less really is more. Is the power of true love enough for Rebecca and Pierce to learn to give up control and allow their hearts to take over?

THE BRADEN COUSINS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series, this is the third of six books. 

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Pierce Braden is the picture of success, being the owner of numerous properties, including casinos and resorts. He can have any woman he desires, and frequently does. That is, until he happens upon Rebecca Rivera. With a body that catches his eye, Rebecca has nothing to do with Pierce. He found her to be the total opposite of what he is used to, and is intrigued enough to not give up. Especially when he discovers that she has business savvy that can match him. She doesn't know how rich and powerful he is, and doesn’t care. What Pierce doesn’t know is that Rebecca has hit bottom, and is living in her car. What happens when opposites attract? Yep, they fall fast and hard.

I love each character that Melissa Foster adds to her books. They are just the perfect personalities for each story. Usually my favorite is a side character, but this time I have to go with Pierce. He is perfection magnified. I loved Rebecca too, but got bored with her hang-up of Pierce knowing she was homeless. I would love to see their story go on to include them helping out Henry and Daphne, and Mr. Fralin. In an honorable way, that is.

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If you would like to read my review on Fated for Love, another of Melissa Foster's Braden Cousins Series, go HERE.

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult romance, LGBT romance, contemporary women's fiction, romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Some say her romance novels are lovingly erotic, she deems them simply loving and real. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written for Calgary's Child Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest or her personal website.

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Books 1 - 3 Snow Sisters, Love in Bloom Series #1 - 3

Books 1 - 6 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #4 - 9

Books 1 - 5 The Remingtons, Love in Bloom Series #10 - 14 



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Valentia Even Glow Serum Review

Even Glow Serum is a fairly new product offered by Valentia Skin Care.  This company has put in time, research, and resources to make it their best product offering. It is available for purchase through Amazon. I received this product in exchange for my honest opinion.


I received my full size bottle of Even Glow Serum about a month ago, and started immediately using it morning and night. Since I’m not used to a daily beauty routine, there were a few days here and there that I missed applying it. Even so, I saw great results.

The serum has a light citrus smell that I like. It comes with a dropper that helps to use the right amount of product. I used three drops on my face and two on my neck each morning and night. It goes on smooth and is not sticky. It dries quickly and can be used under makeup.

I began with sagging skin, uneven skin tone, crow’s feet, and laugh lines, but no more than the usual for my age group of upper 50's. 

Before using Even Glow Serum

After 2 weeks, I could see some results. The redness in my skin tone wasn't as noticeable, as well as the fine lines around my eyes. After 4 weeks, my skin tone has evened out, and my sagging jowls have firmed some. I can even see a difference in the lines in my neck. To me, this is a huge result.

Results after four weeks of use. 

I love that it is all-natural, and can attest to their claims. This is the first time I have used a skin serum so I can’t compare it to another. I only know that I am very satisfied with my results, and with continued use, I hope to see even more.

Here is a list of the all-natural ingredients, chosen for their anti-aging properties:

    • Organic Rosehip Oil, Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil
    • Green Tea Extract
    • Botanical Hyaluronic Acid
    • Resistem (Plant Stem Cells)
And a list of their claims:

    • Evens Skin Tone
    • Increases Glow & Radiance
    • Luxurious Smell 
    • Reduces Wrinkles & Fine Lines
    • Boosts Collagen Production

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***I received this product for review but all opinions are my own.

Taste of Poison Book Review

Taste of Poison (The Piri Aji Series Book 1)

By Terry don Foley 

The author penned Taste of Poison – Book One of the Piri Aji Series – from a prison cell. This monumental adult action thriller is a rollercoaster ride of emotional experience – horrific violence, raw sex, true love, and the realization of dreams. 
Breathtakingly beautiful and darkly menacing, the atmosphere pulses with desire and danger. This epic tale introduces you to a world few know, the powerful drug cartels of Central and South America – the wealthy owners and their families. 
Beginning with the discovery Piri Aji, an ancient drug, in the heart of the jungle, you will travel with these exciting characters as they attempt to develop and market the newly discovered drug to a world that may not be ready for it.  

 Austin Adair lives his life in the jungles of Central America as security services and outfitting guide. He has met and befriended an assortment of characters along the way. One such person is Leonardo Lomez, who Austin believes he knows very well. Unknown to Austin though, is the fact that Leonardo is head of one of the biggest drug cartels around. In fact, no one knows this except for Leonardo’s family.

This book delves deep into the workings of drug cartels, and how each family member has a role. There was some political information included that made me really think deeply about my awareness of the war on drugs. I liked the development of each of the characters along the way. Austin was a very good storyteller, and apparently so is the author. I felt like I was fully involved in what was happening. It was so emotional at times. I am curious as to how this story will continue.

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Terry don Foley
His life could be described in many ways, but none of those descriptions would include the word 'normal'. Terry don Foley loves to write fiction and always has a story to tell, but the story of his life - his journey to sound mental health - is an interesting one, as well as entertaining. Mr. Foley lives in West Texas. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Winsley Walker Book Review

Winsley Walker and Other Flying Objects

By Nancy Cadle Craddock

Twelve-year-old Winsley Walker lives next door to her grandparents. Although this may sound like fun to most kids, to Winsley it means regularly having to choose between being a partner-in-crime with her wacky grandfather and mischievous younger brother Billy, or doing what she knows is right. But on the day Gramps decides to build the world’s smallest passenger plane, Winsley has no choice. Unless she can prevent the unthinkable, lives are at stake. Maybe even her own.

Winsley Walker is just an ordinary middle school student. She tries to mind her own business and stay out of trouble, but she has two obstacles; her Gramps, and her eight-year-old brother Billy. Billy is known as the terror of the county, but Gramps is even worse. Being a do-it-yourselfer, his wild and wacky shenanigans always causes trouble for the neighborhood. Poor Winsley feels like it is her responsibility to keep both of them out of trouble. However, she always seems to get drawn into whatever trouble they have brewing. Now Gramps’ latest venture is to build an airplane, to fly himself around in. After seeing how unsafe his rickety creation is, and being unable to deter him, Winsley figures she had better help rather than hinder him. Before it’s over though, she’ll end up doing more than that.

This was a very entertaining story. I know if I liked it so much, there’s no problem with young readers enjoying it. It reminded me of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. With sayings like heathens, hesh up, and swanny, it took me back to my childhood, especially mentioning the book mobile. I loved the illustrations of Winsley’s worry notebook and all the eye twitching was hilarious.

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Just like twelve-year-old Winsley in "Winsley Walker and Other Flying Objects", Nancy Cadle Craddock grew up in Cross Lanes, West Virginia next door to her grandparents. Like Winsley, she often worried about what kind of shenanigans her grandfather and younger brother would come up with next. Many of their escapades are the basis for events in this, her first book. Even so, Nancy reports that her growing up years were magical years where children played outside from morning to night and no one had to check-in or call home because the entire community watched out for all the kids in the neighborhood. It was, she states, a divine time and small town living at its best.

Friday, October 17, 2014

PALS: Women & Grenades Review

PALS: Women & Grenades

By J. Angelo Greco III, MD 

A man's journey to reconcile his staunch personal philosophies regarding friendship, success and love.

Joe Luca seemingly had it all. The looks, the charm, the intelligence, the drive and a friends for life in David Stern—equal to the task of every man's goal of conquering the world. Dr. Luca, a successful plastic surgeon and Mr. Stern, a self-proclaimed omniscient entrepreneur, had partnered since childhood to live the American Dream, believing at their core that fortune and fame held the meaning of a happy life. When the master-plan is abruptly thrown askew by evemts that spiral like a vortex of doom that has the entrancing love of a beautiful woman at its center, the two men are forced to re-evaluate everything they hold sacred and the nature of their very existence.

...Our course was laid down and exact for each of these encounters. But, something went wrong in Paris, with the girl named Alexis, the one with the Fairy inked in color on the small of her back that stared at me and offered up temptation no man could resist...Her skin looked invitingly soft and I could see myself touching it, nesting in it and thanking the stars of the universe for her, like other men had preceded me surely had done.

Yes boys and girls. I was in trouble... 

Joe Luca and David Stern have been best friends since the sixth grade. During their college years they went their separate ways but stayed tight. They both had a common dream of owning a state-of-the-art, innovative, one-of-a-kind nightclub. David would draw in the investors. Joe would wine and dine the investors’ daughters in order to sway them to invest in the nightclub. He would then become too busy for a social life and all love interests would go the wayside. This went well until Joe meets his match in Alexis. Then to further complicate matters, Alexis is brutally murdered and Joe is the suspect.

I liked the writing style of this author. As the story unfolds, the back-story is told at precisely when it is needed. Even though Joe and David were playboys, they were very likeable. I was actually rooting for Joe and Alexis to be together, and felt and understood Joe’s anguish upon finding out she was dead. Once everything is said and done, I would really like to read further of Joe and David.

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