Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Return to Gray Harbor Blurb Blitz

Michael Malone has everything a man could want: money, success, looks, even an apartment in New York City. He had never planned on going back to Gray Harbor, but his mother needed him. And there was no way he would ever stay in Maine. At least that’s how he felt before Beth Adams. The talented chef is nothing like what he thought he needed, but now she’s all he can think about.

Then trouble at work pulls him back to the city and back into the life he worked so hard to build. And while it no longer seems to be everything Michael wants anymore, he can’t simply leave everything he knows behind. Or can he?

“Time really flies when I’m with you,” he said. “It’s already eleven thirty. I need to head back and go visit my father at the hospital.”

He looked serious for a moment and then his face brightened. “This has been really nice. I’m really looking forward to Sunday. Dress casual. We aren’t going anywhere fancy for our lunch but I think you’ll like it.”

He offered her his hand so she could get up, too. She took it and they both climbed the boulders together. When they reached the top, Beth stumbled and Michael caught her, and then he did a very unprofessional thing. He looked in her eyes and kissed her on the lips.

His lips were soft and his arms strong around her. She forgot her surroundings.

“Goodbye, see you Sunday!” And with that he ran off.

Beth just stood there dumfounded as he ran off. What just happened? Did he really just kiss her? She began jogging back to the Warren Inn with a stupid smile on her face. Even though she was feeling really cautious about this whole thing, maybe she shouldn’t. Maybe she should just live in the moment and enjoy Michael while he was here. It wasn’t often she met a man with whom she shared such mutual attraction, intense chemistry, and great conversations. Maybe she should just go for it?

Although she had no problem taking risks with her cuisine, with her business, or even at times with her own personal fashion, she had always guarded herself when it came to men.

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October 6: Unabridged Andra's
October 7: Sharing Links and Wisdom
October 8: We Love Kink
October 9: Queen of the Night Reviews
October 12: Long and Short Reviews
October 13: Jen's Reading Obsession
October 14: Room With Books
October 15: The Reading Addict
October 16: LibriAmoriMiei - review

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After spending years working in the fast-paced business world, author J.J. Bryant is happy to be living her dream of writing romance. She has her MBA and you may see her bring a little of that experience into the lives of her characters. J.J. Bryant grew up in New England and loves hiking and biking with her family and her miniature schnauzer puppy.

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Wellness Wednesday - No Time For Stretch Marks Lotion Review

If you saw this two days ago (or just got the email with the draft version), I'm so sorry, but this post ended up going live before I actually finished it. So, this is the completed version. If you didn't see that first draft, then just pretend you didn't read this at all and continue to the next paragraph. 

So here we are at another Wellness Wednesday. Now I know I haven't talked in-depth about my weight in the past. You know that I want to lose weight and get healthier, but it's a deeper issue than that. You see, I gained a drastic amount of weight from my junior year of high school into college. A lot of this was due to stress and my habit of emotional eating. I've since made changes in my life, and I'm doing a lot better now than when I was 18. 

However, one of the side results of gaining so much weight in such a short amount of time was stretch marks. I've gotten to a point now in my life where I am comfortable in my skin. However, I've always wanted to try and do something about my stretch marks that didn't require drastic measures. So when I was given the chance to review Mom Of 11 Kids' No Time For Stretch Marks lotion, I was all for it, especially once I learned more about it. 

No Time for Stretch Marks is formulated with seven all-natural butters and oils to nourish damaged skin and help regenerate skin cells. Our patented technology quickly repairs and diminishes the appearance of even the most stubborn stretch marks.

- Triple action formula firms, reduces, and repairs skin
- Helps promote healthy skin cells
- Hypo-allergenic and dermatologist tested
- For use on belly, arms, thighs, sides, breasts - you name it!
- No unnecessary chemicals, alcohol, parabens, steroids, phthalates, artificial fragrance, artificial dyes, mineral oil, petrolatum, soy, gluten, dairy, or potentially harmful preservatives

My Review:
4 stars

I loved using this! After using this for a month, I noticed my stretch marks diminishing. And not only did it help my stretch marks decrease, but it also smells good and makes my skin feel great. I haven't noticed an enormous difference yet, but I will definitely keep using this, as this is one of the only products I've ever tried that actually made a big difference in decreasing my stretch marks. I know the price seems a bit much, but truthfully, you don't need to use a huge amount to make this work, so it's worth it. If you're trying to diminish your stretch marks, I highly recommend giving this a try.

*I received this product in exchange for an honest review.*

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Blind Redemption Tour

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A woman is missing, paths are misleading. Can Psychic Detective Jackie Vaughn see through the veil of lies to find her?

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Kidnapped and sold into the Chinese slave trade the survival of Annette Freder, the wife of University Chancellor, Charles Freder, depends on struggling psychic detective, Jackie Vaughn.

Crippled by grief over the unexpected death of her wife, Jackie deals with her anguish through pills and booze. While these coping mechanisms numb her pain, the growing addiction hampers her abilities, and places her health and livelihood in jeopardy. The missing person’s case of Annette Freder shifts Jackie’s focus, challenging her psychic abilities.

While on the job in China, Jackie finds herself with limited access to medication, resulting in bouts of withdrawal and depression. But that is just one of the many hurdles hindering Jackie in her quest to find Annette and return her to safety. Will corrupt police, maxed out credit cards, an ousted Greek intelligence officer assassin, and a revelation from an unexpected source prove too much for her?

Entangled deceit and unravelling lies Blind Redemption captures the essence of the human spirit and the power of redemption.

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About the Authors:
DENISE DEARTH is a novelist and songwriter. Blind Redemption is the first novel in the compelling Jackie Vaughn detective series. She is a member of Broadcast Music Incorporated, a music performing right organization, and the National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981. When’s she’s not writing she may be seen riding a two-toned, sky blue and white Victory Vegas Steel horse into the Midwestern sunset.

AMY GILLEN is a co-creator of the Jackie Vaughn detective series. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Indiana University. She is a poet, photographer, and entrepreneur with a passion for kayaking and travel.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Stranded Anthology - Reviewed by Trix


Stranded contains thirteen stories from a range of sub-genres. We have dystopian futures, historicals, contemporary romances, sci-fi and paranormal. We have angels, time travelers, and Vikings. We have it all! Our contributing authors in order of appearance: Alina Popescu, Michael P. Thomas, Kim Fielding, Asta Idonea, Rob Colton, Nephylim, Lily G. Blunt, Eric Gober, Nikka Michaels, Louise Lyons, kirifox, Sarah Hayes, & jn olsen.

- (of a boat, sailor, or sea creature) left aground on a shore.
"a stranded whale"
- left without the means to move from somewhere.
"he offers a lift to a stranded commuter"


The boys in this collection of short stories have most definitely been left STRANDED!

They’ve been shipwrecked and abandoned.

Marooned and cast away.

And left helpless and high and dry.

But you should never underestimate the tenacity of the human heart…

Craving Stains by Alina Popescu
Say Cheese by Michael P. Thomas
Standby by Kim Fielding
The Raider by Asta Idonea
The Buckle by Rob Colton
Ari by Nephylim
Opposites Attract by Lily G. Blunt
Out of Order by Eric Gober
Dating for Deafies by Nikka Michaels
One Snowy Night by Louise Lyons
The Climb by kirifox
Did You Leave Any For Me by Sarah Hayes
Sweetness and Strength by J.N. Olsen

Trix’s Review:

4 stars

I enjoyed the creative license that the authors took with the "stranded" concept. While there are plenty of scenarios involving airline delays and the like, just as often characters are stranded between societal expectations or mental perceptions. Those who get annoyed with m/m's tendency to feature stereotypical heroes will appreciate this book as well: there are some trans* and intersex romantic leads, as well as differently abled ones. 

By far, the opening story was the least successful for me: Alina Popescu's "Craving Stains" is an uneasy blend of dystopian science fiction, family drama, and romantic comedy. The individual elements could work (and there are signs of intriguing world-building), but the short length means that they don't combine well here. (To complicate things, I'm still unsure if its ending is happy or sad, if the hero is alive, or which elements of the story may have been in his imagination only.) Luckily, STRANDED gets much more cohesive afterward. 

Kim Fielding's "Standby" manages to be playful yet emotionally affecting with its fallen angel trope (I admit, I shed a few happy tears at the end). Eric Gober's "Out of Order" uses the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake to depict a very specific time in the San Francisco Bay Area AIDS crisis. Since I have strong personal memories of the earthquake, I found the story (and its charming leads) very evocative. (The details were believable, though I can almost hear my Berkeley-grad mother yelling "No one calls the Campanile 'Berkeley's clock tower'!" now.) "Dating For Deafies" is a compelling portrait of a deaf man's search for romance, blending serious, sweet, and comic elements to great effect. Some people may find the jumps between hard-hitting issues and frothy romcoms to be too jarring, but there truly is something for everyone in STRANDED.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Oleavine Neem Oil Review

Neem oil has been used for thousands of years for its wide range of applications. Neem has become popular in cosmetics and in DIY skincare and hair care products for its skin nourishing and soothing properties. Being particularly rich in Omega 6 & 9 fatty acids makes neem oil particularly suited for soothing skin and hair care. Neem oil has a very strong earthy smell that is an acquired smell for many, but is commonly mixed with other oils or added to skincare or hair care products, which help mask the smell while still providing the desired benefits.

- Carefully processed to retain active ingredients, not extracted with chemicals, and every batch tested for quality.

- Helps protect, nourish and moisturize dry, sensitive skin. Is also commonly used for skin irritation.

- Adds shine, tame & condition rough or frizzy hair & supporting scalp health.

- Commonly Used as a Natural Bug and Mosquito Repellent or to add to Pet Care Shampoo. Used in Organic Farming.

My Review:
4.5 stars

I had never heard of neem oil prior to reviewing this, so I was excited to try it. This neem oil is actually a blend of two different types of neem oils, one from younger neem trees and the other from older trees. I liked this aspect of mixing the two, since then you get added benefits from both.

The only downside is the smell, but that’s apparently common for neem oil. The smell isn’t as bad when mixed in with other ingredients, such as adding this to other ingredients when making soap, so it’s manageable. I used this in combination with my lotion, which helped decrease the smell while also leaving my skin feeling soft and moisturized. You only need to use a small amount of this, which is another bonus as it lasts longer.

I’ve also started using this to help keep with my frizzy hair. I haven’t noticed a huge difference yet, but I’m going to keep using this and will update if necessary. All in all though, I thought this made a great addition to my beauty routine, and would recommend giving this a try as well if you deal with dry skin.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Stargazing Book Blast

Bethany Waterbury left Hollywood and the shadow of her mother's death to give herself a fresh start. Her main intention—to connect with the family she’d never really had the chance to know.

Author Kent Black is enjoying his chart topping success and living freely wherever his travels take him. But when he meets the illustrious Bethany Waterbury his wanderlust subsides and the thought of a steady future begins to take over.

Kent believes in happily ever after, but the burden of Bethany’s past might be too much for him to embrace —unless true love is more powerful than a Hollywood tragedy.

Coffee houses once were a source of inspiration. They had a vibe and a feel to them. Now, Kent thought, they were more like bars.

The same people walked in and out of the door every day. They ordered the same addictive concoction and either carried it out or sat for hours and chatted with others.

He missed the days where he could pull up to a table and no one bothered him for hours. Since he was traveling it was one of his only options. Sure, he could hold up in his hotel room, but that wasn’t very inspirational either. Even though he’d rather be alone, he needed to surround himself with people for inspiration—he just wished they weren’t so noisy.

The door opened again. It had become habit to look up and study the person. This one had him sitting up, removing his fingers from the keyboard of his laptop, and following her with his eyes.

Long red curls bounced over her shoulders, which were bare in a sundress with yellow flowers. She was lean and toned and absolutely radiant. She walked to the end of the line and Kent turned in his chair to follow her with his gaze.

Smiling at the boy behind the counter, Kent noted that the young man flushed at her simple gesture. That said something.

She continued on to pay for her drink. He heard the woman ringing up her order offer a pastry to which the redhead waved off with her hand and a laugh. Obviously she’d avoid that, he knew just by looking at her. Her drink was probably low fat blah too.

When she turned the beauty of her hit Kent right in the chest. He’d never seen such a beautiful specimen.

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Author Bio and Links:
Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011, along with her other series and single title books. The married mother of five sons promises Happily Ever After always…and says she can write it, because she lives it.

When not writing, Bernadette Marie is shuffling her sons to their many events—mostly hockey—and enjoying the beautiful views of the Colorado Rocky Mountains from her front step. She is also an accomplished martial artist with a second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do.

A chronic entrepreneur, Bernadette Marie opened her own publishing house in 2011, 5 Prince Publishing, so that she could publish the books she liked to write and help make the dreams of other aspiring authors come true too. Bernadette Marie is also the CEO of Illumination Author Events.

Where you can find Bernadette Marie:
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Hard Day's Night Review Tour

High school senior Kalin (Lennon) Macready knows several facts for certain: John Lennon is his hero. Beaumont Finley Danforth II (Fin) is his best friend. And—this is the complicated one—he feels more for Fin than mere friendship.

For weeks, Lennon pesters Fin, who like Lennon admits to questioning his sexual orientation, for a commitment to spend twenty-four hours together exploring “the gay side of life.” Fin reluctantly agrees. Each boy will seek to answer the daunting question, Am I gay? Lennon pre-plans the day, filling the hours with what he assumes “gay life” is all about: shopping for fashionable clothing, indulging in lavish dessert crepes, boogying to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off”, and yes, listening to show tunes.

However, Lennon quickly realizes that in creating his plan he has succumbed to the most common and distorted of gay stereotypes. Can he be gay and not fit them? And more importantly, is it possible that spending one very hard day and night together will help Fin accept that he’s gay, too? If so, maybe Lennon has a shot at winning the heart of the boy of his dreams.

“A Hard Day’s Night” is an amusing young adult contemporary romance about two boys who seek to discover if they must fulfill stereotypes to be together.

In the end, maybe all you need is love.

“Okay, ladies... and, um, dudes... let’s take it from the top!”

I’m not sure how much Fin and I really like that Boom Boom Pow, but we’re quick learners and we know how to “jack the style” of the fifteen middle-aged Moms at the On Stage Dance Academy’s Super Saturday Zumba Fitness Class.

Here’s a brief rundown of how we ended up shaking our booties at a com- petition dance school’s Saturday afternoon Zumba class:

Warning—it ain’t perty.

Everybody knows the song “Dancing Queen” by ABBA. It is arguably the number one song representing the queer man’s love of grooving. Now, rock ‘n roll, and I will venture to label ABBA’s hit as such, has long been all about the way the political breezes are blowing, and since the song’s release in 1976, the gay community has embraced it. Though purely unintentionally on ABBA’s part, “Dancing Queen” has become more of a political statement regarding busting out of the closet than a mere song about dancing with your prom date. And so, I thought I’d take Fin dancing in my effort to explore our gay pride.

See where I’m going with this?

Problem: We are barely eighteen years old. We do not own fake IDs. Even if my Jeep could handle the two-and-a-half hour trek to Boston, we would get laughed out of any dance club at which we dared to we show our boyish faces.

What to do? What to do?

I knew that as part of our gay exploration it was critical that we dance and jive and feel the beat from the tambourine. But where could Fin and I do this both locally, and legally?

It hit me like a sledge hammer—Zumba Fitness Class!

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Author Bio and Links:
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty-two years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young people and their relationships, and she believes that physical intimacy has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink Press, CoolDudes Publishing, and CreateSpace for providing her with alternate places to stash her stories.

Mia is a social liberal and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of human rights, especially marital equality. Now marital equality is the law of the land!! WOOT!! Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

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