Dec 202012
 

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Coach Legacy

Coach Legacy Signature Duffle Handbag in Silver {RV$298}

The beloved 1973 Duffle Sac is updated with a slimmer profile, decorative tassels and an adjustable crossbody strap. Crafted in our iconic signature jacquard, and richly trimmed with glove-tanned leather, it has the look and feel of classic Coach.
  • Signature fabric with leather trim
  • Inside zip, cell phone and multifunction pockets
  • Outside zip pocket
  • Zip-top closure, fabric lining
  • Strap with 18 3/4″ drop for crossbody wear converts to double strap for shoulder wear
  • 9 3/4″ (L) x 13″ (H) x 5 1/2″ (W)
Coach Legacy Wallet

Coach Legacy Signature Zippy Wallet in Silver {RV$98}

Tonal and textured in iconic signature jacquard, our popular, soft-sided design is framed with hand-finished leather trim and updated with an elegant enameled Legacy plaque.
  • Signature fabric with leather trim
  • Credit card and multifunction pockets
  • Full-length billfold compartments
  • Zip-top closure
  • Wrist strap attached
  • 7 3/4″ (L) x 4 1/4″ (H) x 3/4″ (W)
  • A coach.com exclusive
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Dec 192012
 
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Dec 192012
 
Ready for a little Texas Heat!

Katie Lane’s TROUBLE IN TEXAS blog tour!
bout TROUBLE IN TEXAS:

THERE’S A FOX IN THE HENHOUSE

Inheriting the most notorious house of ill repute in Texas can spell trouble for a girl’s reputation . . . especially when she’s Elizabeth Murphy, Bramble’s prim and proper librarian. Yet when she discovers a buck-naked cowboy handcuffed to a four-poster bed, she forgets all about the town gossips. Elizabeth has sworn off men, but the stranger’s kisses melt her resolve faster than ice cream on a hot summer day.

Waking up in Miss Hattie’s Henhouse isn’t how Brant Cates reckoned on getting to the bottom of his great-granddaddy’s murder. The plan was to solve the centuries-old crime, then get the heck out of Dodge. But after meeting Elizabeth and discovering that the buttoned-up beauty is a sexy siren in disguise, he just can’t pull himself away.

Now Brant needs Elizabeth to finally put his past to rest, but is she willing to risk her future on Bramble’s newest bad boy?

About Katie Lane:

Katie Lane’s interest in romance was sparked in high school in the backseat of a ’65 Mustang-okay, so maybe it wasn’t romance as much as raging teenage hormones. Still, coupled with a wild imagination, those make-out sessions inspired many a steamy storyline along with a strong belief that true love does prevail. Katie lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with the owner of that Mustang and would love to hear from her readers.
You can learn more at:
KatieLaneBooks.com
Twitter @ktlane3
Facebook.com/katielanebooks

Trouble in Texas:

  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Price: $7.99 US/$7.99 CAN
  • Pages: 352
  • ISBN-13: 9781455515707
  • On Sale Date: 12/18/2012

My Review:
I loved this book  – Once I started reading it I didn’t want to put it down.  I liked how well the characters were described.   Some of them are quite funny!
Brant Cates is on the way to his brothers wedding when he stops at Miss Hattie’s Henhouse.  He wanted to do a bit of investigating as to how his great granddaddy was murdered.  When he arrived at the Henhouse he thought maybe no one was there, but then one of the three old ladies who lived there shot at him.  The first went over his head but the second one hit his arm.  It was not bad really only grazed his arm, but he was going to call the sheriff.  Since this was the second time Minnie had shot someone she didn’t want him calling the sheriff she would be in trouble for sure.  So she decided to drug Brant and handcuff him to the bed upstairs.  
Elizabeth was the town librarian and the old maid in town.  She was also related to the three old woman at the Miss Hattie’s Henhouse and the owner of it.  She was trying to get the ladies to move elsewhere but was having trouble convincing them to move. She was visiting them and thought it was odd that they kept looking upstairs.  So when she left she decided to sneak upstairs to see what could be up there. She found herself in bed with Brant and he was still under the influnce of the drugs he was given so thought Elizabeth was Miss Hattie and ended up giving Elizabeth a few hot kisses.  
You will have to read the book to find out what happens next.  Does Elizabeth and Brant end up dating? Do she end up getting the ladies to move?  I think you will enjoy this book with a bit of Texas heat!!
Giveaway:
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Dec 192012
 
 
I found a great place to do some last minute shopping.  EdenFantasys.com has some great gifts.  While EdenFantasys.com http://www.edenfantasys.com  are an adult retailer, they have  lots to offer in addition to adult products.  
Some of my favorites are in there Bath and Body line. I really like to try different shower and bath gels and so I ordered this one 

I loved the thick luscious bubbles and it left my skin soft and moisturized.  It also smelled great too!  They also have some great Sugared body polish That is a great exfoliate for your skin.  It contains surgare and crushed cranberry seeds to help make your skin smooth and    soft after you use it.

EdenFantasys.com also have a lot of different bath and shower products, hair products, body moisturizers, makeup, lingerie, and holiday themed items.  If you have problems deciding on a gift you can also get a gift certificate.  That way the special someone you are buying for can pick the perfect gift for themselves.  There is also free shipping on orders over $25.

Giveaway:
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Must be 18+ US
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Ends Dec 28, 2012.

 

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Dec 182012
 
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Finding the Baby Jesus by Kimball Fisher

After being forced to wear lederhosen for the annual holiday card picture, twelve-year-old Chris thinks that the least his parents can do is get him the Tony Hawk skateboard he wants for Christmas. But when he recovers the hand-carved Baby Jesus that everyone thought had been destroyed in a fire the year his Grandma died, Chris realizes that some gifts are even more important than skateboards.

When the author had to discontinue a cherished tradition of reading Christmas stories out loud with his family and holiday guests each week in December, he wrote Finding the Baby Jesus. He had been unable to locate enough meaningful stories that could be read in a single sitting with wiggly children.

Praise for Finding the Baby Jesus:

“Tender and true, this warm Christmas tale brought tears to my eyes.”

–Heather Vogel Frederick, author of the much-beloved Mother-Daughter Book Club series and Oregon Book Award winner for The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed

“A touching story that speaks to the importance of family, giving, and the true spirit of Christmas.”

–Matthew Kirby, author of Icefall, winner of the Edgar Allen Poe and the Pen Center USA Literary Awards for Children’s Literature

“Deeply moving. Poignant.”

–Deborah Halverson, former editor at Harcourt Children’s Books and author of Honk If You Hate Me, a Gayle McCandliss Literary Award Winner

“The perfect little book to tuck away with your Christmas things and bring out year after year to read with family. As mother to three boys, I can’t imagine a better protagonist than Chris. His typical teenage attitude followed by the softening of his heart towards a friend teaches a poignant and very relatable lesson on the true meaning of Christmas.”
–Amazon review

“After I read this short story I felt like I had read a novel–every sentence is packed with action and imagery. I was emotionally connected to the characters, and the story is touching. I didn’t see the plot twist at the end coming! A great story to read every Christmas.”
–Amazon review

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Author Kimball Fisher

Kimball Fisher writes novels for young readers. He is also a best-selling business author, professional speaker, and management consultant. Some of his past jobs include: sailboat builder, ghost writer (not as scary as it sounds), illustrator, and factory manager (more scary than it sounds). For fun he builds furniture, stained-glass windows, and writing pens.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities (with minors in English, Asian Studies, and Japanese), and a Master of Organizational Behavior degree from Brigham Young University. He and his amazing wife Reenie live in Portland, Oregon, where they have seen pheasants, coyotes, and a bobcat in their own backyard.

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My Book Review:
I really liked this story.    After everything that happened this week it was nice to read something that makes you feel good when you are done.
Chris really wants a Tony Hawk skateboard for Christmas.  He begs his parents for it and says that is all he really wants, but his father is out of work so they can’t give him the skateboard this year.  
The family is spending the evening with Chris Grandpa.  His Grandma died three years ago and is missed by all.  The strudel is not as good as what Grandma made and it just doesn’t seem the same.  Chris does get a big surprise from Grandpa though  – he gets the skateboard he wanted so bad.  He has never been happier!
When some carolers show up at the house Grandpa lets them in and Chris recognizes one of the boys from school.   When he ask his schoolmate what he would like for Christmas he says a coat that fits.  Chris feels bad because he is lucky enough to have a family.  He gives his friend his coat 
You will need  to read what else happens.  I am sure you will cry a few tears like I did when you finish the book. 

Tour Giveaway:
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Ends 12/26/12

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Dec 172012
 

Welcome to the12 Pearls of Christmas blog series!

Merry Christmas from Pearl Girls™! We hope you enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from the authors who were so kind to donate their time and talents! If you miss a few posts, you’ll be able go back through and read them on this blog throughout the next few days.

We’re giving away a pearl necklace in celebration of the holidays, as well as some items (books, a gift pack, music CDs) from the contributors! Enter now on Facebook or at the Pearl Girls blog. The winner will announced on January 2, 2013 at the Pearl Girls blog.

If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info and see what we’re all about. In short, we exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around the globe. Consider purchasing a copy of Mother of Pearl, Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace or one of the Pearl Girls products (all GREAT gifts!) to help support Pearl Girls.

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A Mistletoe Medley
By Margaret McSweeney

“You have breast cancer.” Those four words my doctor said the week of Mother’s Day 2012 have forever changed my life. Mere months after my fiftieth birthday, I encountered this unexpected “lump in the road” and ventured through a major detour after reaching my half-century mark.

Through this “grit,” God has covered me with His amazing grace! At the same time of my diagnosis, two books released: Mother of Pearl: Luminous Lessons and Iridescent Faith along with Aftermath: Growing in Grace Through Grief. During this Christmas season, I rejoice that my cancer was caught and treated at an early stage. After six weeks of “daily radiance” (AKA radiation therapy), I started my daily dose of Tamoxifen to help battle any potential cells that might cause a recurrence. Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers.

While writing Aftermath and sharing my journey of grief as an adult orphan, I experienced several “hugs from heaven” as I discovered family letters, journals, and even a video in which my mother shares her faith. This is a mistletoe medley from my mother’s heart:

Each Christmas season my father used to go down into the woods behind our home and bring us back some mistletoe. It was a present that my sister and I loved. We’d tie it with bright ribbons and would hang it over several doorways in the house.

It was always fun of course for a Christmas party, but it came to mean more than that to us. It seemed to become a symbol of the meaning of Christmas: Love, God’s love for the world that prompted Him to send Christ to become our Savior. Somehow it seemed to enhance our love for each other as a family. And we found ourselves stepping under the mistletoe to give someone a hug or to plant a kiss on someone’s cheek and say, “I love you.”

I thought of these mistletoe Christmases during my mother’s losing battle with cancer. I penned my thoughts like this:

Illness, you ugly parasite!

Like mistletoe, you’ve entrenched yourself upon my body!

As you bloom and grow, you feed upon my strength.

I shall fight!

Battalions stand by to help!

My doctor’s scalpel will sever you.

Modern medicine will shrivel you.

You shall fall to the ground,

And I shall stand again strong and well.

But what if I cannot conquer you?

If you are with me still

As my constant, inevitable companion,

I pray that God will help me

Learn to live with you in peace

And somehow discover how you, my enemy—

Like mistletoe at Christmas—

Can serve some useful purpose.

There are times when we cannot rid our lives of things that hurt such as pain or grief, loss, illness, sorrow. Sometimes they’re with us as our inevitable companions and we must learn to make peace with them.

Those are the times when we can ask God through Christ to help us transform the loneliness, the pain, the grief, the loss-symbolically into something that can serve a useful purpose in our lives.

May you feel an extra “hug from heaven” this Christmas season from the loving arms of our Heavenly Father. God is present, and He knows your name!
*Text quoted from Aftermath (New Hope, 2012) by Margaret McSweeney, pp 114-115

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Margaret McSweeny is a well-published author and freelance writer for the 411 Voices and the Daily Herald, the largest suburban Chicago newspaper. She is the author of Aftermath, A Mother’s Heart Knows and Go Back and Be Happy. She is also the founder of Pearl Girls™ and the general editor of the Pearl Girls™ books; Mother of Pearl and Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace. All proceeds from the sales of the Pearl Girls™ books go to charity. For the past five years, she has served on the board of directors for WINGS, an organization that helps abused women and their children get a new start in life. Margaret would love to meet you too. Follow her on twitter or friend her on facebook. You can also keep up with Margaret atKitchen Chat or the Pearl Girls blog. Margaret lives with her husband and two daughters in the Chicago suburbs.

Dec 172012
 
Tour Schedule

ALL I WANT

THREE STORIES. THREE COUPLES. ONE HOLIDAY.

Pretty Near Perfect
by Jolene Perry

The last thing Norah needs is to be attracted to anyone – especially in her deceased fiancé’s parents’ home. Collin’s starting a new career, and has no business getting involved – especially while staying with his roommate’s family, who very kindly offered to take him in for the holidays. Unfortunately, you just don’t always pick the most convenient time and place to fall for someone.

Six Days of Christmas

by Kaylee Baldwin

When Natalie goes home with her best friend for Christmas, she expects plenty of quiet time to work on a winning ad so she can turn her dream internship into her dream job. Instead, she gets time-consuming Christmas festivities, a house full of children, and Jimmy, her best friend’s brother – someone who makes her question everything she’s always thought she wanted.

Twist of Fate
by Rachael Anderson

When a postcard meant for Kenzie winds up in Ty’s mailbox, Ty’s faced with a decision. Should he tell her that her fiancé is breaking up with her and let it ruin her favorite holiday, or should he do what he’s wanted to do since he met her – make a move and hope that he can win her over before she discovers there won’t be a wedding after all.

Author Jolene Perry

Jolene Perry is an enigmatic figure. She is most often seen behind her laptop, staring at the words flying onto the screen with reckless abandon.

She survived growing up in rural Alaska, driving like a lunatic, and her husband’s careers in the military, as a perpetual student, and an Alaska State Prosecutor. She also survived as a middle school math teacher using her degree of Political Science and French.

One day Jolene was playing her guitar (probably some-thing juvenile for her kids) when she wondered what it would be like to write a song for a rockstar, and her first book was born. (that book is shelved)

She now lives a very glamorous life as a stay at home mom, elbow deep in dirty dishes and peanut butter sandwiches. She doesn’t even attempt to keep up with the laundry because non-writing time is precious, and her family is sorta awesome.

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Author Rachael Anderson

Rachael Anderson is the author of four contemporary romances: Divinely Designed, Luck of the Draw, Minor Adjustments, and The Reluctant Bachelorette. She’s the mother of four, can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

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Author Kaylee Baldwin

I grew up in Mesa, Arizona, and graduated from Arizona State University

with a degree in English literature.
I currently live in southern Arizona with my husband, Jeremy, and our three children. When I am not writing, I enjoy reading, starting new craft projects, and spending time with my family.

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My Review:

I really love Christmas stories so I was very excited to read All I Want.  This book contains  three romantic Christmas stories.

The first story Pretty Prefect was very good. Last Christmas Norah was so happy she was newly engaged and spending Christmas with her in-laws.  Then a few months everything changes, her fiancé’s dies.  She decides to spend this Christmas with his family.  She had loved spending time with them in the past.  How will this year be?  

The second book Six Days of Christmas is also very good.  Natalie decided to spend Christmas with her friends family.  She had never really did much for the holidays so this was a new experience.  How will Natalie enjoy the holiday’s this year?

The third book Twist of fate is also very good.  Kenzie favorite time of the year is Christmas.  Does this holiday get ruined for her?  

You will love these three quick to read Romantic Christmas stories.  Make sure you pick up your own copy to read.




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Ends 12/24/12

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Dec 172012
 

Dark Passing (The Ella Reynolds Series)

Mary Nelson’s murder shocked the small town of Jackson. The vibrant, young college student disappeared on her way home. A week later her body was found in the trunk of a burning car. No suspects. No evidence. No case. Ella Reynolds’ life had finally turned around. With a new book released, the past safely tucked away, and a burgeoning romance, she begins to live again. Then a plea from a woman whose daughter’s murder remains unsolved ignites Ella’s curiosity—and drags her back into the dark world she fought so desperately to escape. Curiosity turns to obsession as Ella inches closer to the truth—and the murderer begins to claim new victims.

My Review:
Dark Passing was a good book.  I don’t normally like paranormal books and would not have picked up this book, but someone had told me they had read another book by Liz Schulte and loved it.  So I decided I should read Dark Passing.  I was not disappointed.

When a girl disappears and is found a week later in a burned up car.  Ella decides to help investigate what happened. This is were I could not put down the book, it was thrilling and kept me up till I finished. 

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