Oct 302014
 

IMG_0791I love to pamper myself and so I was delighted to try the Spa Sonic Skin Care System. It is like a spa in your own home.   It comes with a variety of brushes including:

  • Small Brush ~ This is great to use on your face. It  helps exfoliate and I also use it to apply my facial cleanser.  It has soft bristles
  • Large Brush ~ This one I don’t use very often but need to.  It is for use on the entire body.  It can be used to help apply shower gel or soap and also helps exfoliate your skin.
  • Facial Sponge ~ This attachment helps gently massage your skin which helps to improve your skin’s elasticity.  Also great for helping apply your skin care products.
  • Pumice ~ I love this one.  I use it on my heels and bottom of my feet all the time. I think it works best when taking a bath. It helps exfoliate rough dry skin and reduces calluses.

All of these come in a box so easy to store and easy to find when you need them.  My Spa Sonic Skin Care System came in white. It is available in 6 stylish colors, white, pink, lavender, orchid, tangerine and optic yellow. Each 7 piece includes, 1 body polishing unit, 2 small facial brushes, 1 large body brush, 1 facial buffer, 1 pumice stone and 1 battery four pack.

Here are my favorite things about the Spa Sonic Care System:IMG_0793(1)

  • Exfoliates my skin
  • Can be used with my favorite cleansers
  • It is waterproof so can be used in the shower or bath
  • Batteries included
  • Nice variety of attachements
  • Makes my skin glow

I think this would be a super present for either you or someone on your Christmas List.  You can purchase your own on the link below at Amazon.com.


Kaisy1

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Oct 302014
 

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SweetLeaf.com

About the book

The newly published cookbook was written by the Wisdom Natural Brands® team, in consultation with registered dietitian Maya E. Nahra. Most recipes feature SweetLeaf Stevia® Sweetener or Liquid Stevia Sweet Drops, which have no calories or carbohydrates as well as no glycemic response. In addition, other recipes use SugarLeaf, which is a low-calorie blend of SweetLeaf Stevia and cane sugar. SugarLeaf is the perfect product for sweetening, cooking and baking.

Cooking with SweetLeaf Stevia is a recipe book allowing everyone to indulge without regret. With every SweetLeaf product used throughout the cookbook, each recipe is uniquely sweet and flavorful, making them ideal for every day as well as holidays, gatherings, kids’ parties, family meals and more. In the cookbook, readers will find many possibilities for delicious entrees, sides, beverages and desserts.

This sounds like a great book for anyone who is watching their sugar intake.  My mom has diabetes and these recipes and SweetLeaf Stevia would be ideal for her.  I was back in Wisconsin last weekend and there was no shortage of sugar. This would have come in handy then.  You can visit www.SweetLeaf.com to find  recipes and more information.

The cookbook is launching in Fall 2014 and will be available for $14.95 on www.ShopSweetLeaf.com.

Kaisy1

Oct 302014
 

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By Kids Academy Co apps: Preschool & Kindergarten Learning Kids Games, Educational Books, Free Songs

I spent a lot of time this weekend with my great nieces and nephews. It was amazing how much they like to play games on the phone or computer. This would have been a great educational app for my great nephew – he is just learning his colors, numbers and letters. I can see he would spend hours playing with this app. You can can download it HERE it is on iTunes.

 

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This would be a great educational app for someone who is just learning to read. I love all the different fun things that they have to do to help someone learn to read. There are rhymes and mazes that will keep any child who is learning to read entertained for a long time. You can download it HERE it is on iTunes.

 

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Here is another educational app. This one has lots of fun songs like B-I-N-G-O. I like all the characters and the colors are so bright your child will want to sing along with them. What’s great a bout this app is your child will learn and have fun at the same time. You can download it HERE it is on iTunes.

 

Kaisy1This is a sponsored post on behalf of Kids Academy. All opinions are 100% my own and I was not influenced in any way. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, and any other social media are not affiliated with this posting or giveaway. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Oct 292014
 

9781402296321-PRThe Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour

By John Schlimm

ISBN: 9781402296321

August 5, 2014

Sourcebooks; Trade Paper; $14.99

 

The ultimate party-in-a-book from the award-winning author of The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook

 

The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour will take you to a whole new level of tipsy gratification by bringing some of the best bar snacks and beer cocktails straight into your kitchen. This hip new cookbook features over 325 irresistible recipes for delicious bar bites—from Sizzling Sriracha Peanuts to Taproom Tacos to Blitzed Bean Soup—and beer cocktails, chuggers, shots, shooters, chasers, punches, floats, and shakes, with nearly 1,000 related pairing suggestions using today’s most popular craft and seasonal beer styles. Whether you’re looking to host the next bash or simply create your own happy hour at home, this all-in-one entertaining guide will help you turn every bite into party night!

John Schlimm is a member of one of the oldest brewing families in the United States, Straub Brewery, beginning with his great-great-grandfather Peter Straub. A writer, educator, and artist, Schlimm is the author of several books, including The Straub Beer Cookbook, The Cheesy Vegan, and The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook (awarded “Best Beer Book in the U.S.” and “Best Beer Book in the World” by Gourmand International). His website is www.johnschlimm.com.

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John wants to share a couple of his great recipes.

 

Hippie Cayenne Sourdough Pretzels

From The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour by John Schlimm

Worcestershire sauce, garlic and onion powders, molasses, and Frank’s RedHot leave nothing to the imagination when it comes to these seasoned sourdough pretzels. Perfect for any occasion, from happy hour to a campfire, these fiery pretzels pair nicely with a lighter Pale Lager or Pilsner, or even a heavier Oktoberfest.

Pair with:

Oktoberfest, Pale Lager, Pilsner

1 cup (2 sticks) margarine (use recipe below or store-bought margarine)

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (use recipe below or store-bought Worcestershire sauce)

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon dry mustard, such as Colman’s, or to taste

2 teaspoon mace

Freshly squeezed juice of 1 lime

1 (1-ounce) packet dry vegetable soup mix

2 dashes Frank’s RedHot Cayenne Pepper Sauce or Tabasco sauce, or more to taste

1 teaspoon molasses

8 droplets liquid smoke, or to taste (search Colgin.com for plant-based liquid smoke flavors)

20 ounces sourdough pretzels

 

Preheat 250°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Melt the margarine in a medium-size saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, dry mustard, mace, lime juice, vegetable soup mix, hot sauce, molasses, and liquid smoke. Heat until just bubbly.

Using tongs, dip the pretzels in the mixture, one at a time, coating them completely, and place them on the baking sheet. Let the pretzels rest for 15 minutes, then bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Turn off the oven, and let the pretzels cool there thoroughly, for 90 minutes or so. Serve the pretzels or store them in an airtight container lined with paper towels for up to a week.

Yields about 4 cups

 

DIY Margarine

16 ounces coconut oil

1 ½ cups canola or sunflower oil

1 cup full-fat coconut milk

2 tablespoons smooth Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon ground turmeric

2 teaspoons salt, or to taste

Attach a candy thermometer to the side of a sturdy, medium-size saucepan. Prepare an ice water bath in a vessel large enough to hold the saucepan.

Add the coconut oil, canola oil, coconut milk, mustard, turmeric, and salt to the saucepan, stirring well. Bring the mixture to 125°F over medium heat, then transfer the pan to the ice water bath, and continue to stir until the mixture firms up. Transfer the mixture to a container with a screw-on lid. Cover and refrigerate the mixture. The margarine will keep for about 2 weeks.

Yields about 4 cups

 

DIY Worcestershire Sauce

Traditional Worcestershire sauce is made using anchovies, and therefore not used by those following a plant-based lifestyle. One go-to source for plant-based Worcestershire sauce is the Annie’s Naturals brand of organic Worcestershire sauce (Annies.com).

Also, here is an easy homemade version:

2 cups cider vinegar

½ cup soy sauce

¼ cup light brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Combine all the ingredients in a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook and reduce the mixture by half, about 20 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve, and let cool completely before using. The sauce will keep in a tightly covered container, refrigerated, for 2 to 3 months.

Yields about 1 cup

 

Ultimate Beer Lover’s Oktoberfest Prize Pack items:

·         1 signed copy of The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour by John Schlimm

·         2 Humane Society of the US T-shirts (1 male M, 1 female M)

·         Lucky Brand Jeans Gift card for 1 free pair of jeans

·         6 Straub Brewery Pilsner Glasses

·         Coleman soft cooler with hard liner (red)

·         Weber Barbecue Apron, black

·         1 OXO Steel Bottle Opener

·         Set of 2 wooden snack bowls

·         Set of 4 wooden coasters

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Kaisy1

Oct 282014
 
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DUMPLINGS ALL DAY WONG
A Cookbook of Asian Delights from a Top Chef
by Lee Anne Wong/ August 2014
$22.99 US; Paperback
ISBN: 9-781-62414-059-4
Ebook also available.

One of my favorite things to do is go out for Dim Sum.  I love sampling all the different little treats.  I have never been very good at making Chinese food and have not tried to make any of the Dumplings before I received Dumplings All Day Wong by Lee Anne Wong. I found that the recipes are really easy to follow and there are lots of pictures.   Lee Ann helps you choose the right dough and shows you different folding techniques. She also focuses on delicacies such as Shumai, Har Gow, Wontons, Soups and Baos. Some of the savory original recipes include:

  • Sweet Corn Tamale Dumplings with Sesame-Avocado Sauce
  • Chicken Pad Thai Wontons with Spicy Peanut Sauce
  • Edamame and Sweet Pea Gyoza with Wasabi Cream
  • Pork and Chive Dumplings with Soy Ginger Dipping Sauce

I have tried the Pork and Chive Dumplings and they tasted delicious.  I couldn’t believe how easy they were to make while following the recipe from Lee Ann.

About the Author
Lee Anne Wong is a celebrity chef with a passion for Asian cuisine. She was one of the top four contestants on Bravo’s Top Chef. She was also a judge on Chopped as well as a guest on Unique Eats, The Wendy Williams Show, Iron Chef America and Unwrapped. Most recently, Lee Anne hosted a one-hour special called Food Crawl with Lee Anne Wong, on the Cooking Channel, where she searched New York for the best dumplings and noodles. She resides in Hawaii.

 

Here is the recipe for the Pork and Chive Dumplings I made.

Pork and Chive Dumplings with Soy Ginger Dipping Sauce
This classic recipe is a winner every time
1 1/2 lb (680 g) ground pork
1 1/2 lb (75 g) garlic/Chinese chives, chopped 1/4″ (3 mm) thick
1/4 cup (55 g) ground fatback
1/4 cup (60 ml) low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup (60 ml) shao xing rice wine
2 tbsp (28 g) ginger, finely grated or minced
2 tsp (10 g) sugar
1 tsp (5g) salt
60 round dumpling skins
Chopped scallions for garnish
Soy Ginger Dipping Sauce:
1/4 cup (60 ml) soy sauce
1/4 cup (60 ml) rice, black, or chinese red vinegar
1/2 cup (120 ml) water
1 tbsp (15 g) granulated sugar
2 tbsp (28 g) ginger root, finely julienned
In a large mixing bowl, combine the pork, garlic chives, fatback, soy sauce, shao xing, ginger, sugar, salt and white pepper. Mix the ingredients until the filling is well combined.
Fill and form each dumpling with a 1/2 tablespoon of pork filling. Choose your cooking method:
Boiled: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Cook the dumplings in small batches for 2-3 minutes. Drain, serve immediately with soy ginger dipping sauce.
Steamed: Steam on greased parchment paper over a boiling water bath until the filling and dumpling skins are cooked through, about 4 minutes.
Pan-fried: In a small container, mix 2 cups/475 milliliters of water and 2 tablespoons/12 grams of flour until the flour has dissolved into the water and the mixture is cloudy. Heat a small nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add a tablespoon/15 milliliters of vegetable oil to the pan and place the dumplings in the pan, lined up next to each other and cook until the bottoms turn golden brown, about 1-2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup/25 grams of flour/water mix to the pan; it will react with the hot pan and steam and splatter a bit so as soon as you add the flour/water mixture, cover the pan with a tight-fitted lid. Cook the dumplings covered until almost all of the water has evaporated and a thin golden crust begins to form in the bottom of the pan. Remove the lid and cook until all water has evaporated. Carefully removed the dumplings from the pan, serve immediately.
Deep Fried: Preheat a large pot of deep fry oil to 350°F/175°C. Carefully drop the dumplings one by one into the hot oil, frying in small batches being sure not to overcrowd the oil. Cook the dumplings for 2 minutes, until the filling is cooked and the exterior is golden brown. Drain to a paper towel. Repeat with remaining dumplings until all are cooked, making sure the oil temperature returns to 350°F/176°C before frying the next batch. Serve immediately with dipping sauce.
To make the dipping sauce, mix all the ingredients until the sugar dissolves. Refrigerate and allow to macerate for at least one hour.

 

*Recipe provided and shared with permission from Page Street Publishing  and Lee Ann Wong . Recipe can be found in Dumplings All Day Wong.

If you would like to purchase this fun cookbook Dumplings All Day Wong by Lee Ann Wong you can do so on the link below from Amazon.com.

 

Kaisy1
I received a Copy of this book from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for the review, and the review is honest and my responsibility.

Oct 282014
 

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EASY GOURMET
Awesome Recipes Anyone Can Cook
by Stephanie Le
Page Street Publishing / September 2014
$21.99 US; Paperback
ISBN: 9-781-62414-062-4
Ebook also available.
I love to try new recipes.  One of my favorite things to do is watch cooking shows.  One I really like is Master Chef – I am a pretty good cook but a lot of their recipes are pretty intimidating.  I would not have any clue on how to do some of the complicated plates they make.
I think that is why I was excited to get this book Easy Gourmet by Stephanie Le.  She is a  food blogger and guides home cooks through even the most complex culinary techniques and makes them easy to understand and follow. Her must-have recipes cover every meal and everything in-between, all paired with her signature stunning photography.
Her book includes a wide variety of food from Asian to Classic.  Here are a few recipes that are included:
  • Peaches and Cream French Toast
  • Chicken & Waffles
  • Pea and Bacon Risotto
  • Sesame Noodle Salad
  • Octopus Chips
  • Tofu Fries
  • Fish Tacos
  • Roasted Jalapeño Chili
  • Bone Marrow Pasta
  • Mixed Paella
  • Beef and Guinness Stew
  • Pork Belly
  • Buttermilk Fried Chicken
  • Maple-Glazed Duck
  • Curry Croquettes
  • Double Almond Cookies
  • Lemon Meringue S’mores

Don’t they sound good?  I have tried the Pea and Bacon Risotto and it turned out really good. It was not as hard as I thought it would be.

About the Author
Stephanie Le runs I am a Food BlogSaveur Magazine’s 2014 Blog of the Year and Editors’ Choice Best Cooking Blog. With a focus on delicious foods that we all want to be cooking and eating, I am a Food Blog is where to go when you ask yourself, “what’s for dinner tonight?” Stephanie’s food is enticing and accessible – she makes us excited to get into the kitchen again. She has been featured on saveur.com, foodandwine.com, TheKitchen.com, BuzzFeed.com and Food52.

 

Here is a great sounding recipe to try – Seafood Pappardelle.

Seafood Pappardelle
Scallops, Shrimp & Pasta in Spicy Tomato-Cream Sauce
Serves 4
The first time I tried rose sauce at a restaurant, I was obsessed. I had never heard of it before, but one taste of that silky, creamy, tomatoey sauce, and I was hooked. I asked the waiter if he knew how the kitchen made it and he said it was basically just tomato sauce and cream. This is a spicy, extra-creamy version of a basic rose. The grilled seafood takes this pasta dish over the top, but if you like, you can always substitute in grilled chicken or vegetables instead
INGREDIENTS
1 tbsp (15 ml) oil
1 tbsp (15 g) butter
1 lb (450 g) scallops
1 lb (450 g) shrimp, peeled & deveined
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ tsp crushed red pepper
1 ½ cups (360 ml) tomato sauce
¼ cup (60 ml) heavy cream
8 oz (225 g) pappardelle
Chopped flat-leaf parsley to taste
METHOD
In a large skillet, heat up the oil and butter over medium to medium-high heat. Sear the scallops and shrimp, about 1 minute per side. Remove from the pan and set aside. Turn the heat to medium and add the garlic and
pepper flakes. Cook until soft, but not brown. Add the tomato sauce and cream. Return the scallops and shrimp to the pan and simmer gently on low while the pasta is cooking.
Cook the pappardelle according to the package. Drain and toss with the sauce and seafood. Enjoy immediately with a sprinkling of flat-leaf parsley.

*Recipe provided and shared with permission from Page Street Publishing  and Stephanie Le. Recipe can be found in Easy Gourmet.

If you would like to purchase Easy Gourmet by Stephanie Le you can on the link below from Amazon.com.

Kaisy1

I received a Copy of this book from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for the review, and the review is honest and my responsibility.

Oct 282014
 

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Now my first post today took care of my stomach now I want to take care of my skin.  As I get older I have noticed my skin gets dry and more wrinkled so I have been looking for something to make my skin appear younger and what better than to take something that goes directly into my blood stream w here it can heal
and repair your skin from the inside out. So I think Yalmeh Phytoceramides-Premium Quality Plant Based Supplement.

What are  phytoceramides? Phytoceramides boost your skin’s natural levels of moisture, reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and increase your body’s natural collagen production. Phytoceramides also help to improve the structural integrity of the skin. They have been used in Japan for centuries, and the FDA has recently approved the use of phytoceramide oral supplements.

By using Yalmeh Phytoceramides you will be helping protect your skin from further signs of again and from sun damage.  It helps strengthen, nourish and restore collagen which help reduce wrinkles and fine line.

Here are some of the benefits I have noticed since I started taking these supplements:

  • Increased hydration
  • Firmer and more toned skin
  • Reduction in wrinkles and fine lines
  • Clearer and more radiant skin
  • Easy to take

I know with continued use my skin will look better every day.  If you would like to purchase Yalmeh Phytoceramides-Premium Quality Plant Based Supplement you can use the link below from Amazaon.com.


Kaisy1
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Oct 282014
 

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MightySupp’s Premium Plus Probiotic, is designed to provide premium quality ingredients for maximum daily support. The optimum blend of four highly effective bacteria will help keep your digestive system in prime condition, putting a smile back on your face. Replenishes good bacteria, Helps maintain your immune system, Assists with weight loss, Reduces bloating and gas, Improves energy use, Reduces yeast infections,Helps improve memory and promote mental balance.

I have noticed in the past that some days I have a problem with my stomach makes some weird noises. It kind of made a gurgling noise. It would happen at all the wrong times like in meetings at work.  So I decided I would try MightSupp’s Premium Plus Probiotic.   What are Probiotics?  They are microorganisms that provide health benefits when consumed.

What I have noticed since taking MightySupp’s Premium Plus Probiotic is that the grumbling and gurgling in my stomach has stopped and that I do not feel as bloated as I have in the past.  I have a bit more energy.  I have been losing a bit of weight so I like to think that Mighty Supp’s are helping with that too.  I think with continued use I will notice the improved memory.

If you would like to purchase MightySupp’s Premium Plus Probiotic you can go to the link before and order from Amazon.com.


Kaisy1

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Oct 282014
 

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The Heart of Christmas

by Brenda Novak

BLURB:

Just call her Christmas Eve…

Eve Harmon has always enjoyed Christmas, but this year it reminds her of everything she doesn’t have. Almost all her friends are married now, and that’s what Eve wants, too. Love. A husband and kids of her own. But the B-and-B she manages and even Whiskey Creek, the small Gold Country town where she was born and raised, suddenly seem…confining.

As Eve turns thirty-five, she’s worried that her future will simply be a reflection of her past. She’s dated all the eligible men in the area. There’s no one she could even imagine as a husband—until a handsome stranger comes to town. Eve’s definitely attracted to him, and he seems to have the same reaction to her. But his darkly mysterious past could ruin Eve’s happily ever after—just when it finally seems within reach. Just when she’s counting on the best Christmas of her life!

 

Excerpt:

Moving slowly to compensate for her hangover, she managed to prop herself against the headboard and, once there, frowned at her bedmate.

Who the heck was he?

She had no idea, but she was relieved to see that he was no bum off the street. He wasn’t even one of those “he looked a lot more attractive last night” kind of pickups everyone joked about. This guy was so far above average that she began to wonder why he wasn’t already taken. Heaven forbid that was the case! She didn’t see a ring on his left hand, which rested on the pillow above his head. But he had to have some story. If he looked this good sleep-tousled, she could only imagine what he’d be like once he had a chance to clean up.

It was his bone structure, she decided. Those pronounced cheekbones. The narrow bridge across his nicely shaped nose. The distinct ridge of his upper eye sockets. He also had a strong chin and a manly jaw, which certainly didn’t detract.

So maybe she couldn’t point to just one or two features. With his long, sandy-colored hair spread across his pillow, he resembled a fallen angel—and his body further enhanced that image. Although bedding covered his lower half—thank goodness—she could see his torso. He was built like a greyhound or panther, lean and sinewy and ideally proportioned with very little body hair. What body hair he did have was golden and downy, as appealing as his tanned skin.

He’d make a nice subject for a painter, she mused, someone looking for refined masculine beauty—a man who could even be called elegant.

But not everything about him was elegant. When she looked closer, she could see that he had some very unusual scars….

What types of injuries could’ve caused those? she wondered. It seemed to her that he’d been shot, and more than once. Several round, bullet-size marks dotted his chest. Then there was a long, jagged scar on his side that must’ve come from something else….

Out of nowhere—he didn’t open his eyes first, so she had no warning—he grabbed her wrists in a crushing grip and slammed her onto her back.

Eve gasped as she stared up at him. Gone was the image of an angel, fallen or otherwise. Shocked at being so easily and unexpectedly overpowered, she couldn’t even scream. His fierce expression, as if he was intent on causing her bodily harm, made it worse.

Had she brought home a homicidal maniac? Was he about to kill her?

The terror that surged up must’ve shown on her face because he suddenly came to his senses. He gave his head a shake. His expression cleared and, letting go, he eased off her and slid back onto his side of the bed.

“Sorry about that. I thought…” His words trailed off, and he covered his eyes with one arm as if he needed a moment to pull himself together.

Her heart was now pounding in unison with her head. But once she could speak somewhat normally, she prompted him to finish his sentence. “Thought what?”

His lips turned down. “Never mind. I was dreaming.”

She pressed a hand to her chest as though she could slow her galloping pulse. “It couldn’t have been a pleasant dream.”

“They never are,” he muttered.

Author PicAUTHOR Bio and Links:

New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak is the author of more than fifty books. A four-time Rita nominee, she has won many awards, including the National Reader’s Choice, the Bookseller’s Best, the Book Buyer’s Best, the Daphne, and the Holt Medallion. She also runs an annual on-line auction for diabetes research every May at www.brendanovak.com (her youngest son has this disease). To date, she’s raised over $2 million. For more about Brenda, please visitwww.brendanovak.com.

links:

www.brendanovak.com

https://www.facebook.com/BrendaNovakAuthor

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Christmas-Whiskey-Creek-ebook/dp/B00K9ZWHK2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1407782784&sr=1-1&keywords=Brenda+Novak

BarnesandNoble.com: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-heart-of-christmas-brenda-novak/1119221344?ean=9780778316398

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-heart-of-christmas/id877463296?mt=11

 

My Review:

This was the first book I have read by Brenda Novak ~ and I loved it!  I will be going back and reading some of the others, I liked this one so much.

Eve is one of the only one of her friends not married and is having hard time being by herself.  On her 35th Birthday everyone was busy so she went out by herself.  The only thing was she didn’t end up alone the next morning.  Eve found herself with a hot guy in her bed.  That was not something she did.   When Jared got up he agreed with Eve this was just a one time thing.  She manages one of the local B & B’s and finds out one of the guest is Jared – she is not happy and tells him to move on.  The only thing is she couldn’t forget him and he felt the same way.  The only thing is Jared or is Brent or Rex is running from something and he doesn’t want to hurt Eve.  He can not get involved, but Eve is what he is looking for.  You will need to read The Heart of Christmas to find out what happens.

If you’re interested in reading more Whiskey Creek, the first two books are currently on sale in digital for only $1.99 (for a limited time). That would be WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES and WHEN SNOW FALLS.

The 12 Days of Christmas Contest:

http://www.brendanovak.com/monthlycontests/rafflecopterbloggercontest

 

Kaisy1I received a Copy of this book from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for the review, and the review is honest and my responsibility.