Monday, February 29, 2016

Good Morning Diego Garcia Review Tour

When Susan and Charles receive a letter from Cyprus friends, now in Taiwan, they get a chance to help crew a sailboat from Sri Lanka across the Indian Ocean. They have no clue what to expect. Susan reminds Charles she isn't a good swimmer. He tells her a life jacket will do the trick, and convinces her it's the opportunity of a lifetime. A must-do travel adventure. They say goodbye to friends and family in sunny California, fly to New York and on to India, arriving the day the Indian government has issued a state of emergency. And then onto the boat, and into the ocean. In monsoon season. With no charts.

In this true-life travel adventure, Susan keeps a journal and record her bizarre thoughts and telling dreams. A real life thriller, Susan's monsoon-season journey is about discovery and spiritual realization—one dream at a time.

Ch. 3

Disembarking passengers thinned out. All at once, the terminal seemed eerily empty.

Out of a side corridor, three young Indian men appeared, moving toward me.

I quickly straddled the suitcases and sat, legs dangling across them.

Approaching, they asked if I wanted help moving them.

“No, thank you!” I said, firmly. “I'm waiting on my husband.”

“We help you,” one young man said, reaching for a suitcase.

“No,” I shouted, looking around the terminal for help. I noticed a sea of orange robes heading my way. A group of young women chanting and dancing in brightly colored orange saris.

“Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama,” their chant grew louder and their dancing got wilder as they neared.

The three young men backed away and disappeared into a dark passage.

When the dancers reached me, they smiled.

One introduced herself as a devotee of Krishna, and offered to sell me a booklet to benefit the starving children of India. Others continued to chant and sway.

“Where are you from?” I asked.

“New York,” she said. “And you?”

“I'm from LA. Why are you in India?

“We're here to sell our books and spread the word about Krishna Consciousness, and build a temple to honor our Swami, Srila … ”

“There are thousands of starving children in New York,” I said.

“We worship the Hindu god Krishna as the one Supreme God,” another young woman chimed in, ignoring my comment.

“So you're missionaries?” I asked.

“We're evangelists. We believe in reincarnation ...” one follower wanted to explain their beliefs, but another interrupted, while others continued to chant.

“I believe in reincarnation,” I said. “But I don't think I need to sell it to others.”

They kept chanting and dancing around me.

“How many times do you have to chant this?” I asked.

“Sixteen,” a young woman answered.

I shook my head in disbelief. Where the hell is Charles?

February 29: Room With Books
March 7: Writer Wonderland
March 14: Natural Bri
March 21: Our Families Adventure
March 21: The Reading Addict

Author Bio and Links:
Born in Los Angeles California, Susan Joyce spent most of her childhood in Tucson, Arizona and returned to LA as a young working woman. Inspired as a child by postcards from her globe-trotting great aunt, Susan left the United States at age 20 to see the world.

She planned on being gone for a year, but ended up living her 20s and 30s in Europe and the Middle East. As a Jill of all trades, she worked as a secretary, freelance writer, taught computer classes, wrote songs, and became an accomplished artist while writing her first children's book, "Peel, the Extraordinary Elephant."

An award winning author and editor of children's books, Susan's first adult book in her memoir series, "The Lullaby Illusion--A Journey of Awakening" is a travelogue of the politics of Europe, the United States, and Israel during a twelve year 'roller-coaster' period of her life and an adventure of survival through friends and sheer determination.

The Lullaby Illusion was awarded
* Readers' Favorite 5-Stars and the 2014 GOLD Medal Winner, Non-Fiction--Travel in the 2014 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards.
* Honorable Mention Prize Winner--2014 Stargazer Literary Prizes

Her second memoir, "Good Morning Diego Garcia" is about her adventure from India and across the Indian Ocean in monsoon season in 1975.
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Thursday, February 25, 2016

A Wicked Desire Book Blast

Having survived her terrible captivity by a sadistic doctor deep within an ancient mine, Cora returns home ready to move on with her life, but when Mason’s mysterious condition quickly deteriorates, Cora must embark on a quest for the one thing that could save his life.

When she is told Knox will accompany her, she fears she will not return alive. If Knox cannot control her, he might prefer her dead. Trusting him is a gamble she may never win…unless she can find other ways to tame the wild vampire.

Knox relaxed in the driver’s seat as he entered the highway.

She hadn’t asked nicely. She hadn’t asked at all. But then he hadn’t expected her to. Just the thought of being saddled with him as her escort had gotten her back up like he’d never seen. The disdain dripping from that last look before she had stomped upstairs to pack, grated. Why? Hell if he knew. He didn’t give a shit about what she thought of him. But it could have something to do with the fact that earlier she had been scanning him with open interest, with curiosity—maybe even with a little less fear and a little more respect than usual. Not that the former mattered much. Although, if he was going to get her in his bed, it might.

He had risked himself to help her. He should get points for that. Women loved that hero shit. Ate it up like motherfucking cake.

Unfortunately, he didn’t think she was allotting him the credit he deserved. Figures. His first selfless act in ages—well, mostly selfless—and she could only focus on the selfish part of it: that kiss.

He’d realized too late that she had manipulated him with that please-help-me-Knox and I-can-feel-your-fear garbage, and it drove him nuts that it had worked.

She’d scammed him. Got what she wanted without giving him a damn thing in return.

So he took a little something from her.

If she could really break through his blocks and see through the bond she wouldn’t have questioned the kiss…and even now she would be questioning his motives. Didn’t she wonder why he had capitulated so easily to joining her on this wild goose chase? The two of them, alone, for roughly eight days, no one to get in the way…

Author Bio and Links:
Kiersten Fay is the award-winning author of the steamy Shadow Quest series. She writes epic paranormal and sci-fi romance novels which incorporate elements of mythology and Lore. In 2012, Demon Retribution won Favorite Story of the Month via Gravetells, and received a nomination for favorite author in that same year. In 2013, her short story, Racing Hearts, was published in the anthology The Mammoth Book of Futuristic Romance. Her latest series, Creatures of Darkness, is a dark, yet steamy romance set in a future where vampires openly mingle with humans. Before becoming an author, Kiersten worked as graphic designer and now enjoys creating her own book covers.

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Book List:
     •  Demon Possession (Shadow Quest 1)
     •  Demon Slave (Shadow Quest 2)
     •  Demon Retribution (Shadow Quest 3)
     •  Demon Untamed (Shadow Quest 4)
     •  Racing Hearts (Shadow Quest 4.5)
     •  A Wicked Hunger (Creatures of Darkness 1)
     •  A Wicked Night (Creatures of Darkness 2)
     • A Wicked Desire (Creatures of Darkness 3)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Sins of the Father NBtM

As Hannah recovers from emergency brain and heart surgery, memories of the past overtake her dreams with such clarity they cannot be denied. As the last of the painful family secrets come to light it's up to her brother, Doctor Richard Mason, and his unconventional methods to help her confront the ugliness.

"If this doesn't work, she should sue you." Spaulding intoned as he turned on the hall light and advised Mason of the room's layout.  "Ok, look, the room is sort of 'U' shaped, the bed is in the middle of the room, Sister Cynthia built a fire in the hearth at the foot of the bed and there's a chair in a corner that's out of the way."

"Good. You wait until I start to walk in. You come in right behind me and get to the chair. Try not to let her see you."

"Oh, of course," Spaulding said in a mocking tone, "we wouldn't want her to think there was someone there to actually help her."

"Exactly." Mason returned in a deadpan voice. "There never was so why should there be now?"  He fiddled with the tie at his neck, smoothed his hair back one more time before putting the pipe to his lips and lighting it.  He stoked it hard filling the area with thick sweet smoke.  "Show time."

Hannah was in a light doze on the bed when the door opened.
The room was glowing a soft red/orange and she could only see the silhouette of someone standing in the doorway with the hall light behind them.  It looked like a man, he had a cane in one hand and…

A swirl of sweet smoke came from his mouth and drifted toward the ceiling as it wafted into the room.


"What'r you doin', girl?"

Part of her told her that he was dead….buried….long fuckin' gone.  The other part told her she couldn't deny her own eyes and ears.  It reminded her that she hadn't gone to his funeral, hadn't seen his dead body, and watched it lowered into the cold, cold, ground.  Maybe they lied to her. Maybe he was alive and coming into her room.  "Tttt…tired, Daddy."  Hannah pulled the covers all the way up to her chin as she watched him make his way into the room. "I---I—I, don't…feel…well. Sick."

"Lazy's more like it, ain't that right, girl?"

Top 10 Reasons Writing is Like Gardening
By Lisa Beth Darling

1-You have to plan it out. You must look at your yard (or your blank page) and envision what your garden (or book) will contain, how it will look, what fruits it might bear.

2-You have to dig it up. Yes, you get out there (or in there) and break your back with a shovel or a tiller if you're lucky enough to have one. You carefully carve out the edges and then really get in there to dredge it all up.

3-For a while you stand back and look at your hard work continuing to see the end result only in your mind. Perhaps you walk around in the freshly tilled earth barefoot to feel the dirt between your toes.

4-You carefully pick your plants (your characters). You might get them from a gardening center or someplace else where they originated outside of your care or you might plant them from seed. Either way, they are yours and you cultivate them with love and care.

5-You plant them in your new garden. You water them well. You watch them grow. You talk to them. You encourage them and tell them how beautiful they are. You cry when they don't do very well. You rejoice when they grow strong.

6-You weed them. Endlessly. You weed. Every day it seems you're out there under the hot sun, down on your hands and knees digging in the dirt pulling out things that don't belong, things that suck the nutrients from the plants you're trying to hard to grow and, most of all, things you just don't want. 

7-You feed them, you give them all of your time and energy along with a heaping dose of fertilizer to keep them going strong.

8-By midsummer you marvel at the lush greenery with its bright beautiful flowers and its ripening fruits. Perhaps you pick some flowers to bring inside and keep close to you for inspiration.

9-You weed some more.

10-At the end of the season, you carefully harvest your fully ripened plants and indulge yourself in the fruits of your labor holding in your hands a hard won victory that makes you smile. Perhaps you even share them with friends and neighbors who will also enjoy them.

February 3: Rogue's Angels
February 10: Author C.A.Milson
February 10: Lynn Crandall
February 17: Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
February 17: Edgar's Books
February 24: SolaFide Book Club
February 24: Sharing Links and Wisdom
March 2: Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
March 9: Two Ends of the Pen 
March 16: Books Direct
March 23: T's Stuff
March 30: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin' - review only
March 30: A Writer's Life
April 6: Independent Authors
April 13: Straight from the Library
April 20: Long and Short Reviews

Author Bio and Links:
It was in the 4th grade when Lisa Beth Darling discovered she was a naturally gifted writer. For her very first creative writing assignment, the teacher asked the class to pen a story about a baby bird's first flight and read them to the class. Putting pencil to paper, Lisa was instantly whisked away by a force she couldn't explain. When they were finished, all of the children read their happy stories to the class. Not Lisa. She got up and told of how the baby bird flew too high, hit a plane, crashed to the ground and died. She told of how the mama bird and daddy bird cried of how even God was upset sending the rains pouring from the sky. The class was speechless when she finished all they could do was stare at her. The teacher kept her after class told her the story was very good but it was different from the others. She asked Lisa if she'd ever heard of Icarus and had she based her story on him. Lisa had yet to encounter Greek Mythology or hear a whisper of Icarus. As Lisa left the classroom the teacher again told her how good the story was but suggested she might want to write something happier next time. Perplexed,  Lisa turned and asked her teacher: "Why?" The teacher had no answer. Luckily for us, Lisa never took that teacher's advice.

Today she brings us complex multi-layered stories rich with the trials and tribulations that make up the world in which we live. Not one to be pigeonholed into any single genre, Lisa's stories revolve around the intricacies of couples from range the intimacy of lovers, to mothers and sons, and brothers and sisters.

Lisa Beth Darling is 49 years-old, lives in her hometown of New London, CT with her husband of nearly 30 years, Roy.  She is the author of more than fifteen novels along with several short stories and non-fiction books.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

2 Broads Abroad Blurb Blitz

When sisters, Deborah & Nancy, discovered that motherhood was a temp job they decided to run away from home. After packing up that last kid for college, and facing the sad stillness of their suddenly quiet homes, they decided to leave the country. 2 BROADS ABROAD: MOMS FLY THE COOP is a funny, irreverent, occasionally poignant travel tale of their impulsive road trip around Ireland.

In this witty warm-hearted adventure, they experienced some of Ireland’s quirkier history while sharing universally relatable stories of maniacal school coaches, neurotic neighbors, and tiger moms. Having kicked that empty nest into their rearview mirror, the sisters took off careening down the wrong side of the road, making questionable choices, getting trapped in a medieval tower, sneaking Chinese take-out into a famous cooking school, drinking way too much, and gaining a changed perspective on their lives ahead.

When we thought about the phases of our lives at each juncture of change: our own departure from home, our first real job, our marriages, the birth of our children, all of the big phases of change held out something new for us.  This change was shaping up very differently.  This change was loss – complete dissolution of the fundamental family structure forever and that was all.  We had to plan.  We needed to be proactive.  The alternative was to be left standing frozen in time, in a life that had moved on without us, and to become observers and visitors in our kids' lives. Not acceptable. So, we set our imaginations loose.

We considered our location. Now that we knew we were leaving – where could we go? 

“Angkor Wat,”  I said.

“Wat what?” Nancy asked.

“It’s the largest temple in the world, built in 1125.”

“Where is it?”


“Uh, huh. Deborah, I was thinking more along the lines of a bucolic vineyard in Tuscany.  You know, stroll along the hills, sample the fruit of the vine, nectar of the gods?”

“Oh.  Okay, how would you feel about a camel trek in Morocco?”

“Probably sore, smelly, and hot.  And I understand camels are mean and they spit.  They spit, Deborah. What about a civilized boat ride down the Rhine River in Germany?  They have castles and I know how you like castles.”

“I do like castles, but don’t you think we should go more exotic?”

“This is our first trip together.  I’d like to steer clear of nations at war, places we’d need to wear a burka, or can’t speak the language, or ride on an angry animal.  Surely we can agree on somewhere.”

“I’ve always wanted to see where grandma’s family came from.”

“Me, too!”

“With a little research and a rental car we can see the entire island in a couple of weeks.”

“Perfect. Ireland it is!”

Any weird things you do when you’re alone?
When I’m alone I get a good book, a glass of Chardonnay, and read in a hot bath; although I don’t know if that is weird? I think it should be standard operating procedure for moms everywhere.

What is your favorite quote and why?
My favorite quote is from the cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead:  “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever had.”

This quote has always fascinated me because it works for good and evil. How one first reads and understands this quote tells you a great deal about how their brain works. Think about it.

Who is your favorite author and why?
Oh, my, what genre? Such a tough question. All writers are big readers. I suppose I would say currently and certainly not conclusively:
History – Thomas Cahill
Essays – David Foster Wallace
Fiction – Charles Dickens (is there anyone else ever?). I also enjoy Barbara Kingsolver, Ann Patchet, Toni Morrison, Lawrence Durrell, and the list goes on and on…
Biography – Stacy Schiff
Science – P.S. Churchland
Humor – Nora Ephron, Bill Bryson

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
A clear clever engaging voice that reaches out from the page immediately and draws you in, and an ever-growing vocbularly.

Where did you get the idea for this book?

After our kids moved on, my sister and I took this crazy road trip around Ireland.  It was an impulsive trip, which made it so much more colorful than if we’d done our due diligence.  If we’d planned better we might have missed the ghost, the bugs, the wild driving, the pink sheep, the drunken pub crawls, or getting trapped in that medieval tower. Along the way we learned a few things about how to perceive our future and we decided to put our journey to words and share.

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January 11: Writer Wonderland - review
January 12: Room With Books
January 13: Reviews by Crystal
January 14: Buried Under Romance
January 15: Sharing Links and Wisdom
January 18: Deal Sharing Aunt
January 19: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin' - review
January 20: Christine Young
January 21: Our Families Adventure
January 22: The Reading Addict
January 25: Kovescence of the Mind
January 26: T's Stuff
January 27: BooksChatter
January 28: Frances O. Thomas
January 29: books are love
February 1: Author C.A.Milson
February 2: Straight from the Library
February 3: It's Raining Books
February 4: Welcome to My World of Dreams
February 5: Queen of All She Reads - review

Author Bio and Links:
Deborah Serra has been a sought-after screenwriter for twenty-five years having written for NBC, CBS, Sony, Lifetime, Fox, and others. She was a recipient of the 2012 Hawthornden Literary Fellowship. Her first novel was a semi-finalist for the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Award given by the Faulkner Society in New Orleans, LA.

Nancy is a graduate of San Diego State University. She worked in medical sales before stepping away to raise her two children, at which point she became: Team Mom, Snack Mom, PTA member, Assistance League Volunteer, and the list is never-ending. Nancy was the editor and publisher of the Buffalo Hills Echo newsletter with a circulation of 1400. She also designed and managed her community website.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

I'd Rather Wear Pajamas VBT

Everybody has the awesome opportunity to find their own strength and path through life. Some come about their self-discoveries through studying and working hard. Others (Chelsea) spend their time nearly burning down kitchens and driving around the country with a car full of hangers.

Chelsea grew up wanting to be “strong.” She thought arguing her way through childhood and becoming a world-class attorney would get her there. But, through a series of humorous, and only slightly embarrassing events, Chelsea comes to realize that maybe her strength is meant to shine in different ways.

“I tried to contain my excitement when my second grade teacher announced that our school’s Professional Day was coming up and we were all encouraged to dress up as what we wanted to be when we grew up. Now, just try to picture what your local veterinarian looks like and what they might wear on a daily basis to stand out from other occupations. You can’t, right?

Some parents had it easy; I mean how hard is it to make your child look like a firefighter or a member of middle management? My poor mom had a bigger task at hand. That’s why my costume ended up including a white bathrobe which I think was supposed to be a labcoat and an old pair of tortoise-shell sunglasses (lenses removed). In one hand I carried one of my million stuffed animals and in the other, a clipboard. I’m not entirely sure how a clipboard was going to prove that I was a veterinarian, but I was confident that if the clipboard didn’t give it away, the broken sunglasses definitely would. In a low childhood moment for me, not a single person - student or teacher - could guess what I was.

Even with the setback, I still knew I’d be the world’s best vet. My favorite animals by far were cats. To give you an idea of how in love with cats I was, imagine the person or thing that you love more than life itself, and then times that love by 100. I think it’s fair to use the word obsessed.

What is something you’ve lied about?
I have a really bad habit of lying about dumb, meaningless stuff. Like, when I’m on an airplane and the person sitting next to me starts talking, I have a tendency to make personal information up. Sometimes I pretend to be a high school choir teacher, or a colonoscopy doctor. It’s only backfired on me once, when I said I was from Toronto, Canada and the person asked which neighborhood. Turns out, he actually was from Toronto and he totally called me out on it.

Who is the last person you hugged?
My three daughters. I could hug them all day every day. Okay, that’s an over-exaggeration. I could hug them for like three hours a day, and then it’s time for some serious mama space.

What are you reading now?
The Lunar Chronicle Series by Marissa Meyer. I’m not normally a dystopian, sci-fi reader, but I got quickly sucked into Meyer’s books. She does a fantastic job with her character development, her weaving plot lines, and her descriptive writing style. Although, I have to say, my own writing has turned much more armageddon-y since I’ve been reading her books.

How do you come up with the titles to your books?
The name I’d Rather Wear Pajamas was actually the last piece of the book to come to me. I had gone through a handful of working titles, but I knew I hadn’t found “the one” yet. The revelation was literally one of those moments where I woke up at 3am with the line in my head and did everything in my power to not fall back asleep for fear that I might lose it. Luckily, I did remember it in the morning, so the sleep deprivation I felt the next day was not in vain.

Share your dream cast for your book.
Well, of course, Tina Fey would play me. Actually, Tina Fey acting as Liz Lemon (her 30 Rock character) would play me, because I feel like it’s not much of a stretch at all. Plus, she could nail all my punchlines. My husband, Bill, would be played by Bradley Cooper, because why not? My mom would be Meryl Streep because she can seriously do anything, which I feel she has in common with my mom. My sister would have to be Emma Stone because Emma Stone is just adorable, even with her slight edge. She’s for sure my sister. My dog, Milo, would be played by himself.

February 8: 3 Partners in shopping, Nana, Mommy, and Sissy, Too!
February 8: It's Raining Books
February 9: Independent Authors
February 10: Around the World in Books
February 10: Deal Sharing Aunt
February 11: Queen of All She Reads
February 12: BooksChatter
February 12: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin' - review
February 15: Christine Young
February 16: Edgar's Books
February 16: Our Families Adventure
February 17: Writer Wonderland
February 18: T's Stuff
February 18: Room With Books
February 19: books are love
February 22: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
February 22: Sharing Links and Wisdom
February 23: Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
February 24: Author C.A.Milson
February 24: Welcome to My World of Dreams
February 25: Where the Story Comes First
February 26: Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
February 26: Kovescence of the Mind
February 29: Frances O. Thomas
March 1: Please Pass the Books
March 1: Straight from the Library
March 2: Lilac Reviews
March 3: Wake Up Your Wild Side
March 4: Books Direct
March 4: LibriAmoriMiei - review

Author Bio and Links:
Chelsea was once obsessed with cats, longed to live in a big city, didn't think she would ever have children, and aspired to be an attorney. She now lives in Boulder, Colorado as a stay-at-home mom and comedic writer with her husband and three daughters. She has no current plans to own a cat.

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Silver's Captive Book Blast

Determined to finish her studies and restart the search for her missing parents, Tarnee’s life is thrown into chaos when she is kidnapped by a silver eyed stranger. Held captive by the captain of a pirate ship, Tarnee finds herself drawn to him despite her need to get home.

Tor’Arr has been searching the universe for his one and only, the woman who will complete him and knows when their eyes clash across a busy space station that he has found her. He will allow nothing to stand in the way of claiming her as his, not even his crew. Thrust into a dangerous world where she must rely on Tor’Arr to keep her safe Tarnee must decide if she’s prepared to give up her dreams to be with a man who can be anything she desires.

“Hottie at ten o’clock,” Angela said as I walked up to the waitress station.

The restaurant where I worked was already busy. Residents of the space station were stopping in for a meal on their way home from their shifts or others were looking for a bite to eat before heading to one of the entertainment venues.

I turned to look across the crowded expanse of the restaurant, amused by her description, to see a man sitting in my section looking back at me.

“Oh, space dust,” I hissed, as I whipped around.

The man was the same person I’d seen that afternoon as I’d walked my small cousin home from the education centre. He was a man who had stood apart from all the other people in the crowded promenade of the station. Our eyes had met, a fleeting glance causing my breath to catch in my throat, before his eyes had sought mine—silver eyes, a hot blatant stare that had sent my heart racing and my knees weakening. I’d felt trapped by that stare, held captive by it until my cousin had dragged me away.

“What? He’s gorgeous. You should be happy that he’s in your section. Maybe you’ll get lucky for once, Tarnee.”

“Yeah, right.” I wrapped a clean apron around my waist and tied it off.

Author Bio and Links:
Lee-Ann Wallace spends her days dreaming up sexy aliens to fill her stories with and drinking far to much coffee. She lives in a little house in Brisbane, Australia with her family and has set up shop at the dining table where she is surrounded by noise. When she’s not writing you can find her with her nose pressed to her phone reading a steamy romance.

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

AYL Portable Bluetooth Outdoor/Waterproof Speaker Review

I've wanted a speaker I could use in my shower for a while now, so I jumped at the chance to review the AYL Portable Bluetooth Outdoor/Waterproof Speaker. Turns out, I'm not the only one who thought this sounded like an awesome speaker since it turns out my parents bought me the exact same one as a gift. The one in the photos is actually the one my mother bought me, but since I also received a free one to review, I'm just adding that disclaimer as well. Here's more about the speaker and my review:

**AYL Soundfit features 5-watt audio for stronger bass and higher quality sound. Perfect for sports, travel, cycling, climbing, camping, hiking, running, fishing use.

**Quick & easy to pair using Bluetooth V4.0. The wireless speaker’s outdoor & shower range is 33 feet.

**Provide up to 12 hours of endless music. Plus, the speaker can be recharged in just 3 hours with the included Micro USB cable.

** Waterproof level IPX5- Protected against low pressure water stream from any angle. Not submersible, but should withstand accidental drop in water. Guaranteed that it will stay safe in the shower, in the rain, by the pool or on a boat. We build our water-resistant speaker extra tough to ensure that it can be safely carried anywhere life's adventures take you!

My Review:
4 stars

This is a great shower speaker. Even my roommate keeps "borrowing" it when she showers because she loves it so much.

Using the speaker is super easy. All you have to do is turn it on, connect the Bluetooth and you're good to go! The speaker boops when it turns on (plus there is a light that lets you know whether it's on or off), and boops when you connect your device, so you know you are connected.

The sound is great, and the volume is easy to adjust, which I love since I listen to a wide variety of songs and the sound level varies greatly from song to song. So not having to get out of my shower to change the volume is awesome. I also like the fact that I can leave my Kindle in my bedroom, close the door to both my bedroom and my bathroom, and the speaker still works just fine. Plus, if you are using your phone, you can use the speaker to take a call. You can switch from your music to a call and then back with the push of a button.

The only downside to this is that there is no way to skip or go back to a song. With everything else this speaker can do, why it can't do such a simple action is beyond me.

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