Thursday, November 19, 2015


 Thanks to Island Fresh I got the opportunity to try their Coconut Oil. I have tried coconut oil before but never realized all of the benefits that it has. Let me tell you a little bit about the product.

     Island Fresh Coconut Oil is one of nature's most precious gifts to culinary gurus, beauty experts and fitness junkies everywhere. Cold-pressed and never heated, we use a traditional method of oil extraction that protects essential nutrients and antioxidants, just the way nature intended.

Replace refined oils and butter for this household must-have - a healthy alternative the whole family can enjoy!

How to Use Island Fresh Coconut Oil

Weight Management:
Use up to 4 tablespoons per day in individual doses to benefit from our coconut oil's high MCT (
medium chain triglycerides) content.

Topical Use: 
Lauric acid is coconut oil's strongest MCT and leaves your skin looking more radiant than ever. Apply coconut oil to skin daily for irritations, dryness and more.
Apply coconut oil to skin as a natural sunscreen, face cream and overnight treatment for everyday skin care. The ultimate food for your skin!
Hair Mask:
Help revive thin and brittle looking hair by placing a small amount of coconut oil in between the palm of your hands to let it melt, and apply to scalp or ends of hair. Allow the nutrients to settle overnight for a conditioning hair treatment.
My Thoughts- 
My husband brough home some Summer Flounder so I decided to cook it in the coconut oil. The oil was solid but liquefied quickly and produced a wonderful aroma. At first I thought that the oil would overcome the delicate taste of the fish but it complimented it and the taste was great. I also sauteed some kale,onions, and mushrooms in the oil and the vegetables had a subtle taste of coconut that was not overwhelming.
 I suffer from cracked dried feet so I applied some of the oil to my feet at night for a couple of days and it made my feet feel softer. So give the product a try!! You will not be disappointed. It is available from Amazon at a fantastic price. You get a 54 ounce jar that will last you months and has so many uses.

Disclaimer: I was given a free jar of the product for my honest review and I was not compensated for my review.



Friday, November 6, 2015

Christmas Kisses $200 Giveaway

Are you on the hunt for that special Christmas book, the one that will get you into the holiday spirit, bring back memories of your own family traditions, and inspire you to revel in this Christmas season like no other? (What about $200 in Christmas cash to go along with it?) Every year, I search for stories that will fill my Christmas reading list--romance is always a fun read, but  I want them to be clean and wholesome too. That's why I'm sharing this spectacular book. Christmas Kisses is not just one story, but five romances, all clean, wholesome, and beautifully written in one anthology now on sale for .99 cents!

Let's show the world that there is a demand for clean and wholesome romances by purchasing this book today. For less than a dollar, you get a delightful read and help send a message that we want more of these kinds of books. Purchase your copy here, or your preferred vendor and then, will you please help spread the word about this book? Feel free to share any part of this post or share or like the Facebook or Twitter post. Oh, and don't forget to enter the giveaway for $200 in Christmas cash!

Christmas Kisses is a collection from five bestselling and award-winning authors.
in the snowy town of Echo Ridge in upstate New York, these
inspirational romances are sure to delight while you sip cocoa by the
fire and listen to Christmas carols.

***$.99 November 3 - 7***
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The Candy Counter Heiress by Lucy McConnell Amazon bestselling & award-winning author
Someday Reese Gates will own The Candy Counter at Kenworth's; but someday can't
come fast enough when the manager threatens to bring in a national
candy provider. Reese secretly takes matters into her own hands hoping
to save her parents from additional worry and prove herself capable of
running the company. Her deception deepens as she ropes computer guru
Andy Edwards into helping her expand the business.  Reese wanted to
shake things up, but she wasn't planning on her heart getting caught in
the mix by Andy's stolen kisses. If she can hold it together until after
Christmas, then she can reveal her successful online company and her
feelings for Andy. Unfortunately for Reese, even the best laid plans can
melt like chocolate.

Christmas Makeover by Cami Checketts Amazon bestselling author
Chelsea Jamison has been infatuated with Drew Stirling longer than she's loved
playing basketball, high-top sneakers, and the Knicks. Unfortunately,
all Drew sees is the kid who kicked his trash in the high school free
throw contest and not the girl whose heart breaks into a fast dribble
when he's near.
Drew makes an unexpected visit home to Echo Ridge and their friendship picks
up where they left off as they scheme to make a teenaged boy's
Christmas dreams come true. When Chelsea realizes she's fallen for her
best friend, she wonders if there is any hope of a relationship with
Drew or if she's stuck in buddy-status for life.

Hope for Christmas by Rachelle J. Christensen Amazon bestselling & award-winning author
Anika Fletcher hates Christmas--its promises of good tidings and hope for the
future are as tinseled as the ornaments on Kenworth's Hope Tree.
Despite her feelings, Anika wants to maintain her daughter's faith in
the magic of the season and gladly accepts a second job working with the
handsome Carlos Rodriguez to restore Kenworth's old fashioned soda
fountain. Carlos is no stranger to hard times and slowly shares his life
of light and joy with Anika as they work together. Just as her fragile
soul begins to feel hope again, an ill-timed act of charity changes
everything. Anika isn't sure who she can trust or if hope is worth
nurturing--especially at Christmas when it's easy to enjoy a kiss and
believe love can last longer than the season. *

Soda Fountain Christmas by Connie E. Sokol Amazon bestselling author
Keira Kenworth has one focus this holiday season: save her father's old-time
department store from bankruptcy. She is not focused on Tayton Wells,
the tall, dark, and genius marketing guru from downtown New York, hired
to make it happen. He is as doubtful that her nostalgic connect-the-town
ideas will succeed as she is about his numbers-first plan. However,
it's not just their different approaches that cause sparks to fly.
Working together on a fast deadline to save the store before Christmas,
the unspoken connection between them grows. But will the tough decisions
they face drive them back to their separate worlds, or will they lead
to the beginning of love?

 One Winter Night by Heather Tullis Amazon bestselling author
Jonah Owens thought moving to Echo Ridge to open his art gallery would solve
all of his problems. The need to sell his grandma's house adds an
unexpected complication. It would be easier if his neighbor didn't have
all those farm animals.
Kaya Feidler's family has owned their land for nearly a hundred years--long
before the neighbors were there. There's no way she's giving up the
animal therapy business she's been struggling to make profitable. She
gets a temp job helping Jonah in the gallery. Spending time together is a
recipe for romance, but can they overcome their own hangups to be more
than friends?


Wednesday, October 14, 2015


 There are so many blogs participating in the Giveaway Hop . You will find some nice book related items being given away. There is a linky at the end of this post.  After you've entered here, hop on over to the next blog on the list and keep going as long as you'd like!  The more you enter, the more likely you are to win. I want to thank the host of the hop I am A Reader Not a Writer. Good luck and have fun!

I am giving away to TWO lucky readers your choice of either A-

$15 gift certificate to buy books. (, Barnes & or any other online retailer of your choice that sells books and has a way for me to send you a $15 online gift certificate USA ONLY).

 If you live Internationally and can't use a US gift certificate. You can purchase a book up to $15.00 at The Book Depository.

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Friday, September 4, 2015


The Villian by May Nicole Abbey

The Villain by May Nicole Abbey

A fall and crash

A violent journey through the doorways of time

A villain or hero in the making

Rosemary Mayfield teeters on the brink of ruin. With the murder of her parents she is left the sole guardian of her younger brother and sister. Once a wealthy socialite in New York City, she now finds herself stranded in the untamed wilderness of the American West. When a wounded man comes crashing through her roof, as rough as the savage land, it is against her better judgment to bring him into her home and her heart. But she soon discovers he holds a secret that shatters everything, and she must make a choice, unaware that often destiny hinges on a single moment.

Fresh from an unsavory past and a violent fall through time, Nicolas Ekkridon awakens to find himself cared for by three orphans ignorant of the role he played in their parents’ untimely death. They accept and embrace him, and a lifetime of hardened barriers begin to crumble. On the precipice between good and evil, only Rosemary and her spirited defiance stands between him and villainy. But time and space are against them. As its weaving tentacles envelop them in an indifferent grasp, they are swept into a shattering series of circumstances that threaten the very makeup of their lives. But when time can be bent, nothing is written in stone.
Praise for The Villain
There are very few words that can describe what they've accomplished in The Villain. Here are a few that come to mind: magnificent, overwhelming, heart-stirring, and a bit frightening at times.
This author team writes some of the best characters I've ever read about and weaves them together in such a fascinating web. Each character has depth and an important role in the storyline (and possibly future storylines). Characters who didn't particularly interest me, at first, became very significant throughout the book. ~Shannon Keith
The Villain is one of those books you pick up and read in one sitting. The kind that surprises you with its powerful and compelling characters and its poignant message. To say that I was surprised at how much the story touched my heart would be an understatement. ~C.J. Anaya
Reading this book reminded me of the television shows I used to watch when I was a kid. “Little House of the prairie” and “Dr Quinn Medicine Woman”. I can confidently say if you enjoyed those shows, you will enjoy this novel. ~Nina Schluntz

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“Have you done… very bad things?” I asked, wishing I didn’t have to ask.

His answer was simple. “Yes.”

“And are you going to go on… doing bad things?”

He lay very still, like if he moved, he would be discovered. The man as big and hard as the mountain had a weakness. “The gods of the ancient world punished men terribly for their sins,” he said in a hollow voice, his accent there again, thicker than I ever heard it. “Tortured them for eternity. There was no point in trying to escape.”

I put my sewing down. “We don’t believe in those gods anymore.”

He laughed in a hard, hateful voice. “And why should you? You were protected and cosseted and kept from every sin. What do you have to fear from them?”

“And you like to imagine yourself some sort of wild, dangerous creature, trapped in a dungeon of your own making. You are too stupid to realize there are no locks on the doors. Does it come as a shock that brute force isn’t always called for? Does it horrify you to find some kindness lurking deep in your heart?”

“Kindness!” he repeated bitterly, “I’ve done no kindness to you, my girl!”

“You have!”

He regarded me steadily. “If you knew the things I’ve done, Miss Mayfield, your blood would boil with hate and you’d throw me out the door this moment. And you should.”

My heart stilled. “What have you done?”

He turned away, and I couldn’t see his face. He was closed off. But I felt a shrinking from him, a retreat from a memory.

I pushed my specs up the bridge of my nose and picked up my sewing again. An image filled my mind of the shoe flying across the room. His incense at Benjamin ignoring me. His artless, diffident effort to make up with Emily. Instinct made me say with some gentleness, “Whatever you did, perhaps it’s not as bad as you think it is.” I was frightened even as I said it, but I did not wish it away.

He scoffed, but he looked at me. I saw something inside that good eye hoping to be convinced. He reminded me, I realized suddenly, of Benjamin.

“There is no doubt you’ve done things you shouldn’t. And sure, you can be a pig sometimes. Mother would have been horrified,” I smiled. “But a real scoundrel would have shown himself long before now. You haven’t hurt us. You’ve even been good to us.”

“Maybe I’m biding my time. I’m weak and injured and still need you to look after my wounds.” His tone was a cold blanket.

“In which case, you’d hardly warn me against you. Instead you’d be trying to put me at ease.” My voice was equally cool.

He snapped and threw up his hands. “Oh, I don’t have time for this! The sooner I get away from you all, the better!”

I gathered up my sewing basket and stood.

“The west is a dangerous place. You’re ripe for the picking out here in the wilderness, just waiting for someone to come along and help himself!” He couldn’t help but say.

“What do you care? You just said it yourself, it isn’t your problem.”

His hand balled into a fist. “Rosemary, you can’t just trust people, all right! It isn’t wise! Don’t just let anyone through your door and nurse him back to health, you got that? Don’t let Emily sidle up to him and cry over him and tell him her stories. And Benjamin tries to be angry, but it’s all bluster. He’s easy prey for anyone who gives him attention and sounds like they have some useful knowledge. Don’t just let anyone through that door!”

“We didn’t let just anyone in, Nicolas,” I said simply. “We let you in. And I’m glad.”

About the Authors

Caroline Gregory and Shawnette Nielson are sisters on a mission. Their goal is to write clean, adventuresome romance stories, full of lovely characters, personal growth, truth, and hope. Although they live miles from each other, and are both busy with the daily needs of their respective families, they carve out time each night to put fingers to keyboard and write. Their goal? Twenty completed books. Set all over the world and throughout time, they thrill at the freedom that writing time travel offers them. From Georgian society, to Ancient Egypt and the Wild Western, the possibilities are limitless.

Book Blast Giveaway

$100 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 9/27/15

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015


I just joined the new Dial Rewards program and I wanted to tell you about it.  Dial has set up a rewards system – just joining gets you 50 points and then you can earn points for watching Dial videos, answering surveys, and sharing with friends.  Coming soon, you’ll also be able to earn points for using Dial product coupons. Points can be redeemed for sweepstake entries and instant win games and there are new rewards every month.
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When you join, be sure to put in this special code in the box at the top of the site: HN00Z.  Not only will you get an additional 500 points, but I will have a chance of winning a $50 Amazon gift card. There is so much to offer so head on over and check it out but remember to use HN00Z to get additional points.


Monday, June 1, 2015


splash into summer cash

Splash Into Summer $250 Cash Giveaway
June 1st to 20th

An Amazing Group of Authors & Bloggers have joined with me to bring you 1 fabulous prize!!

Start your summer with a Splash! We're giving away $250 in Paypal Cash.

Sponsor List
I Am A Reader
Krysten Lindsay Hager, Author
Heather Gray, Author
The Lovely Books
Erin Richards
The Page Unbound
Stacy Claflin, Author
Sylvie Fox
Beth Yarnall
Serena Clarke
LeahSay's Views
The Discerning Reader
Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Raven Haired Girl
Author Deb Atwood
Mel's Shelves
Julie Coulter Bellon
Books R Us
Author Ednah Walters
Aubrey Wynne: Romantasy Through the Ages
Author Pauline Creeden
Bella Street's Time Travel Romance
Bonnie Blythe Pure Romance
Simple Wyrdings
Glistering Bs Blog
Ann Swann Suspense & More
Lise McClendon - Author
Bunny Reviews
Tamara Gill
Diana's Book Reviews
lori's reading corner
Laurisa White Reyes
Kelly's Lucky You
Leisure Reads
Home Is Where the Wine Is Book Blog
Walking on Bookshelves
DS Venetta - MG Garden Adventure Fiction
Chicas Love to Read
Rockin' Book Reviews
Craves the Angst Book Blog
Rachelle J. Christensen
Laurie Here - Book Reviews
The Authors of the Falling in Deep Collection
Start Publishing
Whiskey Creek Press
Author Inger Iversen

Giveaway Details

$250 Paypal Cash

Ends 6/20/15

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Renuzit has always provided products to freshen up the house. The new Renuzit Pearl Scents not only complement any area in the house but they provide a long-lasting scent that is not overwhelming. 

Renuzit Pearls Scents come in some great aromas:
  • Blue Sky Breeze
  • Serenity
  • Sparkling Rain
  • Tranquil
  • Seductive Pineapple
 I placed the Blue Sky Breeze container on my mantle and it made the whole room smell fresh and clean. It is appropriate for any area of the house and each little jar has an odor neutralizer that lasts for 30 days.

What is your favorite scent? Take the Pearlsonality Survey. When I took the survey, it recommended Blue Sky Breeze and that was the sample that they sent me. Overall, I am impressed with the product and my whole family enjoys the fresh scent.

Enter to win a coupon so you can try the Pearl Scents for yourself!

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Disclaimer: The Renuzit brand provided me with a free sample of the product for my honest review and I was not compensated for my review.
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