Thursday, June 26, 2014

Breaking Fences book tour

Summary from Goodreads:

All Beatriz “Bia” Fernandes wants is to prove herself—to her family and friends—though it’s hard to prove anything with an overbearing father and three famous polo-playing older brothers. After her acceptance into college results in a heated family argument, the Brazilian girl leaves everything behind to find her own American dream.

College life away from home is perfect until the people she believes to be her friends turn on her. With lies and rumors threatening to suffocate her, Bia turns to her only freedom. Riding.


















Review: I realize the book says you don't need to read the first book but I suggest you do. This is the second book in the series and I thought it had a nice change of pace. We also were able to learn more about Bia who was featured some in the first book. I thought it was great how the book stayed in the same style as the first one but had different issues and was still relatable to the young adult reader. Plus, who doesn't love a good book with horses.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Attempting to Coupon

After watching the show Extreme Couponing and being a poor college kid I decided to try my hand at couponing. On campus we receive the newspaper for free and I discovered some coupon sites online to get coupons from. I also read several blogs on understanding the coupon lingo and I will include a couple of the blogs that really helped below. I mainly couponed for beauty type items that are normally fairly expensive and I hate to spend so much money on. Just to give you an idea of my experience I will include some of my deals.


Coupon Sites
Smart Source
Coupons
http://www.redplum.com/


(PS newspapers usually only have coupons in the Sunday paper)


Helpful Coupon blogs
The Krazy Coupon Lady
Deal Seeking Mom


Stuff I have done


$1.02 a piece Almay Lip-gloss
At Walgreens I paired a
$2/1 manufacture coupon Almay makeup
on top of a
$5/2 Almay makeup coupon in store
= $2.04 all together.


Two Garnier Fructis Shampoos $1.00 + tax
2 Coupons (one for each bottle) $2/ 1 Garnier Fructis hair care
Kroger had on sale 2/$5
= $0.50 apiece


These are just two examples of couponing I have done and I always try to do shampoo coupons because I have a lot of hair. The other biggest thing I have learned is to read the terms on the coupon because what is pictured on the coupon is not always what all you can use it on.
Hope this has inspired or helped you, let me know some of your experiences.













Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Accidental Socialite Book Tour






Summary from Goodreads:
Quirky and clumsy twenty-two-year-old Paige Crawford arrives in London on a cold Saturday in January. Just when Paige starts to think that moving thousands of miles away from home with no real plan was a bad idea, Jason Frost appears. Confident and classy, Jason is the complete opposite of Paige and just what she needs in her life, or so she thinks.

But before their romance has time to blossom, Paige trips and falls into the arms of a mysterious man on a drunken night out. She’s snapped by paparazzi, and newspaper headlines the next day suggest that she’s having an affair with a married footballer.

Paige finds herself instantly elevated to tabloid celebrity status which isn’t exactly a picnic, particularly when trying to juggle her new job at Fashionista magazine, a catalog of dating disasters and a nagging doubt that she maybe she can’t conquer London after all.

When a trip back to Canada for Christmas reminds Paige why she left her old life behind, she returns to London with renewed vigor realizing that while jobs, flats and men may come and go, friends in London are forever.


About the Author
Growing up in Edmonton, Canada, a significant amount of Stephanie’s time was spent making up and acting out stories. She was studying to be an actress when she realized there weren’t any parts for women being written. So, Stephanie wrote herself a short screenplay just to be in it and quickly realized that writing was her true passion. She graduated from the University of Alberta with an English and Sociology degree and she also has a Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts from Red Deer College. She moved to New York on a whim after University and has written a variety of TV shows including an environmentally friendly lifestyle series and a tween magazine style show about celebrities. Stephanie moved to London in 2008 and aside from being obsessed with Eggs Benedict, shoes, Fruit Roll Ups and travelling, she also works in Children’s Television. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Beauty review of Studio Gear's Hydrating CC Cream

     I recently had the opportunity to try Studio Gear's Hydrating CC Cream  in the natural shade. I honestly liked using the cream. I evened out my skin tone but it didn't feel heavy like sometimes foundation does. I also ended up wearing it out that night and I have to say my skin looked just as good with just this cream as when I go all out with all with my normally face regime.
    Check out the before and after pictures below and if you want to try some of your own here is a reader discount code for 15% off. Just head over to Studio Gear and use the code word  bloggercc .   


 
Before makeup

After using cream



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Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Romeo Club tour book stop












Summary from Goodreads:
THE ROMEO CLUB is Hitch meets The Secret of My Success.

What happens when you agree to help your brother “de-nerdify” so he can catch the attention of the popular Chloe Anders, and to everyone's surprise, he actually lands her?

And what if his equally geeky friends come running with girl wish lists of their own, offering money for your services?




Well, if you’re sixteen-year-old, Delyla Denson, then you start The Romeo Club. A secret club where she’ll teach these guys how talk, act, and be cool around girls. It’s a win-win situation.



She’ll get enough money for the awesome prom dress she’s had her eye on, and the guys, well, they’ll get dates and maybe learn how to do something other than beat the next level on their video games.




There are only two problems with this plan. One, her quarterback/track star boyfriend is getting jealous of how much time she’s spending away from him and decides to try and figure out what’s going on. And two, Delyla is kind of falling for her brother’s BFF, Trey who she’s been hanging out with a lot more. And who thanks to her help, has caught the attention of the beautiful, perfect, and popular, Portia Rickard. With Portia and Trey heating up, Delyla realizes that maybe the person she’s meant to be with has been in front of her all this time.


But falling for Trey means she’ll have to take drastic measures including sabotage, with a capital S.

About the Author
Rebekah Purdy grew up in Michigan, where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. When not hiding at her computer and getting lost in her stories, she enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games and hanging out with her kids. She loves the unexplainable like Bigfoot, the Dogman, and the Loch Ness Monster (lots of good story material)! She admits to still having all the books she bought throughout her childhood and teen years, and she may or may not have an obsession with anything chocolate…






Review: This was one of those cute reads that I tend to read when I go to the pool. This story has drama, cuteness, and some ahhh moments. Sometimes I felt like the story dragged a little but once I read some more it really picked up. I also enjoyed the self discovery the main character had to go through. I feel like that really brought the story around. I was glad I decided to read it and I think you will be too.








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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Exsanguinate by Killion Slade Book Review/Interview/Giveaway

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.




Today I have the honor of hosting Killion Slade author of the book Exsanguinate. Killion has been amazing and answered some question about her book for all you guys. Also, if you stick around there will be a giveaway at the end of the post.


Exsanguinate (World of Blood, #1)Goodreads Summary
A Halloween scream night theme park adventure for software gaming developer Cheyenne O'Cuinn reveals a hidden supernatural reality she never dreamed existed. Recovering from a vicious attack and her sisters’ abductions, Cheyenne must rescue her sisters from vampiric kidnappers before they’re used to breed warmongering dhampirs.

Betrayal lurks in every corner. Cheyenne must evade attackers by unconventional means through her online role-play game. She must navigate through virtual, tortuous clues and mailed body parts, which cross over from her virtuality into reality. Can a team of dragons, vampires, and werewolves come together to help her? Who can she trust? Will the help from her virtual lover become compromised when he learns of her new immortal existence and crush the fragile love they share?

Amidst an impending vampire apocalypse, Cheyenne finds herself both in conflict for survival and for her heart. Will her immortal self derail any hope of solving the multiplying puzzles before time runs out to save her sisters, herself and her humanity?

Author Interview

 What are some funny or memorable experiences/stories from college or your early twenties?
In the book Exsanguinate, Harris teases Cheyenne about a spider under a toilet seat.  That is a true story of mine!  I tried to spray it with pepper spray and the damn thing jumped at me – I ran out of the bathroom screaming like a lunatic!

What inspired you to write Exsanguinate?
Truthfully, I felt it was time for a modern version of the “what if they exist” story.  I often wondered how supernatural beings would adapt to this modern world.  Gaming and social media fell right into scope, and it was time gamers were portrayed as intelligent society contributing citizens instead of 40 year olds living in their mom’s basement.

The story has online gaming aspects; did you do a lot of real life research?

Yes – quite a bit!  My husband and I met in Second Life and that is where most of the premise comes from for ExsanguiNation, but I also needed to conduct a lot of research on World of Warcraft and other multi-player role games.  I interviewed many gamers and determined to types of ways I could talk about the game without confusing a non-gamer and without boring someone who is a more advanced player.  I wanted to reach out to everyone and find a good technology balance.

I enjoyed how your book was interactive beyond just reading it; would you care to explain it a little more?

Thank you!  Yes, often times when I get done reading a book – I want MORE!  I want to learn more about the characters, their lives, and what makes them who they are.  I truly enjoy the special features on Blu-ray discs and I watch every one after a movie just so I can immerse myself further into their world.  I had so many scenes for Exsanguinate that were a blast to write, but unfortunately didn’t move the story forward so they had to be cut.  I still wanted to share those with people so I came up with the idea of the Second Screen for the book.  The hidden Easter eggs nuggets are there for anyone who wanted to read an extended gaming sequence against the Battle Kroc, or more Screepy happenings inside the Screepy Caverns.  If a person wanted to learn more about the characters, I have dossiers and pictures of the main cast that we created in Second Life.  The “extras” gave me an opportunity to tell more about the story, the cast, and allow readers to have more if they wanted it. J  I plan to do this with each roll-out of my novels.

Not to give anything away but there are some chilling areas to the story; were these hard for you to write?
Truthfully, (blushes) no – horror is one of my first genres and I can push the envelope.  I actually tamed several of the scenes down as to not turn it into a real gore fest!  In the second book however, titled Revenant, I have experienced some of the most difficult writing of my life from pulling in real life horrors and tragedies, and yes, those were incredibly difficult to write.  I was sick for days after revisiting those emotions and getting them down on paper.  I couldn’t look at the chapters for several weeks to begin editing until I was able to move through some grieving exercises.  The whole process was very cathartic, and I’m happy with how the chapters turned out.
My biggest goal is to identify real emotions within myself as to something another person might be able to identify with.  It has to feel real to me even thought this is fiction.  I want everyone to feel Cheyenne’s confusion, betrayal, horror, and fierce determination.  For it I don’t, then I have let down my reader and haven’t kept my promise to take them there, and that is not what I want to do. J
The audiobook version of Exsanguinate is due to publish on Audible in October or November of this year. Revenant, Book 2 – World of Blood series is scheduled to publish either in November or December of this year as well.
Thank you very much for your interview.  I truly enjoyed the thought provoking questions
What I thought (Review): Sometimes I have no clue if I will really like a book by reading the summary and in all honesty I was a little nervous to read this book after reading the synopsis. I am one of those people who cannot go to horror movies because I will have nightmares weeks after (slightly ashamed). However, this book was one of those rare gems that blends some horror with an engaging story and comedic action.

 Even though the story contains lots of supernaturals I could really relate to the modernism of the story and loved the gaming talk without it getting to technical (will admit to being a newb). I thought that it was great how the story was really kind of a main story with different view points. That really added dimension to the story and made the plot really easy to follow along with. Not to mention one of the main characters, Cheyenne, is a hoot. She is by no means perfect but she has that personality that is very entraining without getting annoying like some females leads in other books.
P.S. If you were like me and didn't know what the title meant, it means to bleed to death or drain of blood. That's your word of the day for you GRE takers.
You can find more out about Exsanguinate through these link.
Facebook
Amazon
Goodreads


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Prize  #1 is a $10 Amazon GC
Prize#2 is a signed copy of the book
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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Breaking the Reins by Juliana Haygert Book Review

Raise your hand if you get sick of reading big long reviews. I for one do so for todays book review we are going to a condensed version of pro and cons of the book today. So now for your enjoyment I present my review of Breaking the Reins by Juliana Haygert
*new adult


Breaking the Reins (The Breaking Series, #1)Horses, mansions, tea parties, and lies are twenty-year-old Hannah Taylor’s life. To others, her family and her relationship with Eric is perfect. But she knows the truth. She lives it.

After a fire takes her grandma's life and kills her horse, Hannah's immaculate life spirals out of control. Her father disapproves of her decision to run her grandma’s ranch instead of focusing solely on learning the family business; Animal Control brings her Argus, a mistreated horse that she can't turn away even though she's not ready for another horse; and her boyfriend, Eric Bennett, a world famous polo player, becomes possessive and authoritarian. Despite her best efforts to disguise it, Hannah grows wary of him.

Then, Leonardo Fernandes struts onto the polo scene. A cocky rookie with a messy life of his own, he’s drawn to Hannah and isn’t afraid of showing it, even when Eric makes it clear she is his and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep it that way. Hannah suffers for Eric’s jealousy. The abuse only gets worse when Leo steals the title of best polo player in the world from Eric.

But the title isn’t enough for Leo. He wants Hannah too, and she can’t deny her attraction to him either. Somehow, she must find a way to break free from abusive Eric before he breaks every bone in her body.


Pros: The main character was down to earth and very relatable. Additionally, I like  how all the issues were very realistic to the age group and that no one person was prefect in this story. Plus, who doesn't love reading about horses. The storyline had a nice flow and was very easy to get into. The bilingual aspect of the book was also fascinating and I picked up a few words of Portuguese.


Cons: Being someone who has trained horses there were a couple horse related moments that made me shake my head. I also noticed a couple time where the story seemed to keeping bringing up the same issues but I guess that life for you.