Her famous star remains her rock while life takes her on a little detour…
Who says that the road towards true love is straight and even? Sophie is certainly discovering that it is anything but.
So she has finally found the man of her dreams! Well… she knows who he is, even though she hasn’t actually quite met him yet. But she misses her opportunity, and then her life goes crazy. Rock star and ex-fiancé, Dan, keeps getting in the way of her new romance—even if he is just trying to be helpful. A fire, an impromptu mini-trip with Dan, and a dreaded wedding later, Sophie is still struggling to meet the love of her life. Then, just as she is getting it together with her perfect man, best friend Rachel commits an act of unspeakable betrayal.
Sophie has had enough. Confused and distraught, she decides that it is time for radical change. Surprising herself and shocking her friends, she embarks on a secret journey eventually gets her life back on track.
Rock On! Nicky Wells writes fun and glamorous contemporary romance featuring a rock star and the girl
next door. She recently signed her work with U.S. publisher, Sapphire Star Publishing. Nicky loves rock
music, dancing, and eating lobsters. When she’s not writing, Nicky is a wife, mother, and occasional
Originally born in Germany, Nicky moved to the United Kingdom in 1993, and currently lives in Lincoln
with her husband and their two boys. In a previous professional life, Nicky worked as a researcher and
project manager for an international Human Resources research firm based in London and Washington,
Visit Nicky on her blog where you can find articles, interviews, radio interviews and, of course, an
ongoing update on her work in progress, the second and third parts of the Rock Star Romance Trilogy.
You can also follow Nicky on Twitter and find her on Facebook. Nicky is a featured author on the
innovative reader/author project, loveahappyending.com and has joined the Romantic Novelists’
Association. Nicky also has author pages at Sapphire Star Publishing and, of course, Goodreads.
I really liked Sophie’s Run. It had a couple twist that I did not expect. I am glad there is another book coming out in the Trilogy.
Poor Sophie on her 30th birthday she was having a party at her flat when the worse thing that could happen happened. Her flat caught on fire! Her flat would take a number of weeks to rebuild. So she moved in with her ex-boyfriend rock star until the repairs were done. After all that happens to Sophie – she decides to go away for awhile. Everyone was pretty surprised but she needed some times. Sofie always dreamed of dating a rock star and she did – Dan. The next thing she dreamed was to be a rock star herself. Does she find her true love? You will need to read the story to find out what happens next. I am sure you will enjoy Sophie’s Run as much as I did.
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I love bath products. I don’t know why people think I am hard to buy a gift for. I would love any bath and body product. I recently tried some products from Tree Hut and found a couple new favorites.
The first thing I tried was a sugar scrub in the Hawaiian Kukui scent. I have never smelled the Kukui scent and it had a pleasant smell. What I liked best about the sugar scrub is the consistency. It wasn’t to hard it wasn’t to running, and it was easy to easy. It is very import to to take care of every part of your body when exfoliating in the shower. You probably already use a face cleanser with exfoliating agent in it but what about the rest of your body? Using a sugar scrub is a great way to rid the body of dead skin cells on hands, feet, shoulders, back, arm and knees. With a little bit of pressure, use a wash cloth or your hand to massage the sugar scrub into your skin along your entire body so that it cleanses and exfoliates the skin to perfect glow.
Then after using the sugar scrub I used a Coconut Lime Body Butter. It was rich and creamy and soaked right into my skin with out much rubbing. It did not leave my skin feeling or looking oily. The extra thick body butter, infused with certified organic Shea butter, Cocoa butter, Coconut extracts and Safflower Seed oil, was designed to seal in moisture, giving a deep moisturization and extra special attention to those problem area.
Tree Hut started from humble beginnings in Farmers Branch, Texas. We made our first body butter with a simple goal: create an amazing product that does what it says. To follow it up, we made sure that each product was amazing by asking our customers what they thought before we ever sold it. And as it turns out, our customers know best, allowing us to make amazing products for over 10 years. Today you can find Tree Hut at many local stores including Walmart and Target. You can also purchase it online at Amazon.
I think you will find that you like Tree Hut as much as I did. I can’t wait to use more of their products.
Disclaimer: Kay Swederski reviewed this products. I did not receive any money for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and they may differ from yours.
I have a pair of OOFOS Original Thongs and I love them. They feel like you are walking on a pillow. They are so soft and cushy! OOFOS footwear is created for recovery and recharge. OOfoam compound absorbs 37% more
impact to help relieve stress and fatigue from the body. They come in a variety of colors and a few different styles.
Here is my pair of OOFOS – don’t they look comfortable? I know they will be a favorite of mine. I also want to get a pair of the clogs that they have. I could not believe how great these felt as I was wearing them. It was a great experience. The initial try on and rejuvenating experience you have when you slip into our shoes is called Feel the OO. I have not experienced anything else like the feel of wearing OOFOS.
OOFOS was formed by a passionate group of colleagues and shoe experts experienced in designing, developing and sourcing in the footwear industry. They created the revolutionary OOFOS brand experience powered by an innovative, visionary material called OOfoam. The patented foot-bed design delivers an unprecedented experience because of its unique energy absorption capabilities.
OOFOS carry both clog and sandal style shoes for men and women in a variety of colors. They can be purchased online at http://store.oofos.com/ and also in retail stores nationwide.
OOFOS has offered one of my readers the opportunity to try a pair of OOFOS themselves. In order to win you must be 13+ and have a US shipping address. You should follow OOFOS on Facebook. Extra entries for leaving a comment on what pair of OOFOS you would like to try and for each way you follow Kaisy Daisy’s Corner. Giveaway ends Mar 12, 2013.
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Disclaimer: Kay Swederski reviewed this products. I did not receive any money for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and they may differ from yours.
I am so excited my food has arrived from Nutrisystem and I started yesterday on my way to losing weight. The food arrived in two different boxes. The first one was the pantry items.
The food is packaged so it is easy to figure out what is what for each meal. The blue labels are breakfast, the orange is lunch, the purple are snacks/desserts and the red are dinners. When they come in the box they are all separated out so they are easy to find and to put away. The pantry items included enough for 18 days of meals.
Also with the pantry shipment you get a daily planner which makes it easy for you to record what you are eating. Each page is separated into sections with the same coloring as the packaging so it again easy to figure out what to eat.
The frozen items came a few days later and were in a Styrofoam container with dry ice. Everything was frozen and it included food for 10 days. Some of the desserts look so good – there was ice cream sandwiches, a brownie sundae, and even an orange cream bar.
There is so much variety that you can have something different every day. I am sure everyone would find something they like.
Yesterday was my first day on the Nutrisystem food and I was not hungry at all and what I ate was good. Here is what I ate.
Breakfast was Maple Flavored Breakfast Patty which I ate on a piece of whole grain bread which is a Smart Carb (next week I will talk about the other things you eat along with the Nutrisystem food). I also had a vanilla protein drink. Both tasted great!
Morning Snack – I had a container of low-fat yogurt.
Lunch was Spicy Kung Pao Noodles and I added some chicken to mine to get my Power Fuel in. I really liked the noodles they had a bit of a kick and great flavor. Along with the noodles I had a salad with lettuce, onions and cucumbers. I used some low-fat yogurt dressing.
Afternoon snack – I still had a Power Fuel to use from Lunch so had a piece of turkey wrapped up with lettuce and cucumbers, and for my Smart Carb I had a Cutie (small orange).
Dinner was Roast Beef & Gravy With Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Along with that I had sauteed some zucchini, onions, and mushrooms with garlic. It was a great dinner.
Dessert was some Nutrisystem popcorn while I watched TV.
All and all my first day on program was great! I am looking forward to try all the different food and finding some new vegetable sides to have with them.
Next week I will talk about the Power Fuel and Smart Carbs that you eat along side your meals. I will also provide some pictures so you can see how great everything looks. I am looking forward to a great successful week!
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Phantom Summer by Amy Sparling
Seventeen-year-old Taylor Gray moves to Sterling Island to get over her dead boyfriend. Mom’s cool with letting her crash on the couch, but Taylor needs to get a job before the lights are cut off again.
When the tall, dark and crazy Raine Tsunami offers her a position at his thriving ghost tour business, she figures it’s an easy way to make some cash. Taylor isn’t afraid of ghosts–that crap is as fake as her mom’s boob job. She loves their adventures on the historic island, especially the secret places he shows her when the crowds go home. So what if all the ghost stories are just legends?
When Taylor comes face to face with a ghost and Raine crosses the line between friend and boyfriend–Taylor’s new life collides with her haunted past. If murdered people end up as ghosts, then that someone she was trying to forget is probably trying to find her.
“I was wonderfully surprised by Phantom Summer!!! I couldn’t put it down. Loved everything about it.”
~Amazon Reviewer Angelmusic
“The emotions are so well written… I would definitely recommend reading this.”
~Goodreads Reviewer Lauren
Author Amy Sparling
Amy Sparling is a Texas native with a passion for young adult literature. In her free time she participates in an unhealthy amount of Xbox playing, attends nerd conventions and reads books with her daughter. She’s studying to become a high school teacher and lives near the beach with her daughter and two cats. Amy Sparling is a pen name.
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I found these great and easy to use coffee flavors from Inbru. Inbru is the sugar-free, fat-free, calorie-free, carb-free way to flavor your favorite coffee right in the brew basket. All you do is select 1 of 16 flavors, place ground coffee into your coffee filter add inbru and brew as directed. It’s so easy to use and taste great.
I have a Keurig brewer – so I just used my own coffee and then sprinkled the inbru on the top of my coffee grounds. The nice thing is that the inbru comes with a little scoop so you can add as little or as much flavoring as you like. I like just a little flavoring and it turns out great in my brewer.
Inbru has some great flavors – something for everyone. I tried the Vanilla Bean and the Irish Cream and like both of them. They have flavors like Danish Pastry, Cinnamon Stick, and Raspberry Tart so there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Following my path of looking for things that are good for you and the environment inbru fits with my thinking. Inbru Coffee Flavors are made from Natural California Rice Hulls, the tough parchment surrounding and protecting each grain of rice as it grows and develops. When hulls are removed from rice during milling, the product is familiar pure brown rice. The hulls, however, are generally discarded. Rice hulls are an excellent natural flavor carrier. In fact, rice hulls are often used by home beer brewers as a filter medium because the material is absolutely taste-neutral, natural, and will not dissolve when exposed to high temperatures, moisture and pressure.
Adding Inbru to the ground coffee in your brew basket is all it takes to flavor a cup or a pot of delicious coffee at home or work. The hot water and gentle agitation of the brew process release the Inbru flavors as the coffee is extracted. Inbru doesn’t dissolve in the coffee – it remains in the filter with the coffee grounds. Inbru is brewed flavor.
Like coffee grounds, Inbru Coffee Flavors are 100 percent compostable and biodegradable. The PET plastic container, scoop and lid are completely recyclable.
Inbru is a dry, aromatic product that maintains its flavor for a year or more. Like any spice or herb, keeping your Inbru sealed when not in use will help maintain its essential aromas and flavors.
Inbru is non-allergenic and contains:
- no calories
- no carbs
- no sugar
- no fat
- no wheat
- no soy
- no dairy
- no gluten
- no peanuts
- no tree nuts
You can purchase Inbru coffee flavorings here online for your home or business. Inbru has also offered one of my readers the opportunity to try Inbru for yourself. You can pick any 2 flavors. You must be 13+ and have a US shipping address. You need to like Inbru on Facebook. Extra entries for leaving a comment on your favorite flavor, and for each way you follow Kaisy Daisy’s Corner. Giveaway ends Mar 11, 2013.
Please fill out the form HERE to enter.
Disclaimer: Kay Swederski reviewed this products. I did not receive any money for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and they may differ from yours
I recently found this company called graze.com It is a company that sends you delicious and healthy snacks by mail. The graze box comes with a 4 different snacks in each delivery. They have over 90 different snacks that your could get.
Here is what mine looked like the top package has Cranberry Honey Granola, the next one Toffee and Apples, the bottom row Mississippi BBQ Pistachios and then Honey comb Crunch. The great thing about graze is you can go on the website and read about each option and rate it. You can rate the snacks before they come, you can pick Trash, Try, Like, or Love. Then when your graze box is made up they will put in items you want to try. I don’t really care for raisins so I trashed that one. I found that I did like Korean Chili Rice Crackers so I put love on that and it will appear in one of my up coming graze boxes. The boxes come weekly or you can have set them up to come every two weeks.
They also have two different types of boxes to get – the Nibble box has over 90 varieties of snacks. They also have the Light Box with all the nibbles being from 50- 150 calories per container. The price is great on these boxes – it is $5.00 per week which includes shipping. I think for $1.25 a snack that this is a great value. I get to try a variety of good an healthy snacks. I like that the items in each boxes are picked just for me.
Right now the only way to get graze.com is by invite only so that they can concentrate on making sure every box is perfect.
Twenty-eight-year old Annabel Green is about to tie the knot with her college love, an aspiring author Jeremy Blake, but her plans for an ideal wedding are rudely interrupted when she catches Jeremy kissing his gorgeous book agent.
Shell-shocked by Jeremy’s betrayal, Annabel retreats into the quiet routine of TV dinners and solitary evenings. It is then that Annabel’s best friend, fashion designer Lilly Clayton, sets herself on a mission to draw Annabel out of her shell. In an attempt to persuade Annabel to keep an open mind on dating, Lilly takes Annabel for a stunning makeover, but after Annabel passes on a date with a dashing entrepreneur, Lilly decides that more drastic measures are needed. Lilly invites Annabel to see a palm reader who gives Annabel a lucky charm that is supposed to help her find true love.
A few weeks later, Annabel meets a new love interest, and as the two embark on a whirlwind romance, she starts to believe in the power of the talisman the palm reader has given her. But what Annabel doesn’t know is that Lilly is hiding a secret that could unravel her faith in her newly found luck in love.
With Lilly gone, Annabel waited for another cab, but none seemed to be in sight, and she started walking along Third Avenue, hoping to catch one on the way. Finally, ten minutes later she was in luck, and a cab pulled over to the curb.
She was just about to climb inside, when she heard a male voice behind her say, “Excuse me, miss, would you mind sharing a cab?”
She turned around and saw a handsome-looking guy a few steps away from her. He was wearing a pair of jeans and a fitted leather jacket that showcased his muscular physique. His perfectly coiffed hair made him look like a modern day Jimmy Dean.
Could it be that Madam Aurora’s charm was working its magic already? Annabel wondered. Relax, she thought, the poor guy just wants to share a cab.
“Sure,” she said. “Where are you headed?”
“Just one moment, please. I don’t quite remember the address.” The James Dean look-alike reached into the back pocket of his jeans and produced a crumpled up piece of paper. “Eightieth and Second.”
“That works. I’m going up to Seventieth.”
“I’m Frank, by the way,” said the handsome stranger once they were seated inside the cab.
“I’m Annabel. Is this your first time in New York?” she asked, grasping for straws to start a conversation. It had been so long since she had flirted with a guy.
“Yeah.” Frank nodded. “I’m from Park City, Utah. It’s way more my speed over there, if you get my meaning. I’m here visiting an old buddy of mine. We grew up together, but I’m not sure if coming out here was such a good idea after all.”
“How come?” Annabel asked, too curious to stop herself.
“Well, we used to be real close, but he’s a different person now. He works for some big-name financial firm. I was hoping he might help me get financing for a business that I want to start, but it doesn’t look like it. I’ve been here almost a week, and he’s been so busy working that we haven’t even hung out together. I pretty much ended up roaming the streets of Manhattan on my own.”
“Well, if you’d like, I could show you around the City tomorrow,” Annabel blurted out before she could catch herself. Normally, she would never do something so spur of the moment as asking a total stranger out, but apparently, Madam Aurora’s charm had given her new boldness.
Frank shifted in his seat uneasily. “Thank you and all, but I’ve got a girlfriend back home, and I know that she wouldn’t like that.” He shrugged apologetically.
“No, no, it’s fine. I wouldn’t want your girlfriend to be jealous.” Now this was a sucker punch. She had opened her mind to new possibilities, as Madam Aurora had instructed her to do, and immediately got shot down. Thankfully, they were nearing Seventieth Street, and Annabel asked the cab driver to pull over.
“I’m sorry,” Frank apologized. “Please, don’t think me rude, but I’ve never been good at beating around the bush. If you don’t mind me saying, I think you’re real pretty, and if I didn’t have a girlfriend, I’d jump at the chance to go out with you.”
Actually, I do mind, Annabel thought. She did not need his apology or pity. She just wanted to get the hell out of that cab.
“Well, have a great stay in New York,” she called over her shoulder as she climbed out of the cab.
Standing on the pavement, Annabel watched the cab pull away, feeling like she could fall straight through the ground from embarrassment. What’s wrong with you? she thought. Get a hold of yourself. It’s just some random guy you’ll never see again. Who cares? But, of course, that was not the reason why she felt sideswiped, still gasping for breath from the impact of the blow. No, it was because despite her instincts telling her otherwise, she had decided to take a chance and failed. If this was the work of Madam Aurora’s talisman, she did not need it.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Marie Astor is the author of contemporary romance novels This Tangled Thing Called Love, Lucky Charm, On the Rim of Love, romantic suspense, To Catch a Bad Guy, and a short story collection, A Dress in a Window. Marie is also the author of young adult fantasy adventure novel, Over the Mountain and Back.
If you would like to learn more about Marie’s writing, please stop by her website: www.marieastor.com or visit her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marieastorcollection
Books by Marie Astor:
This Tangled Thing Called Love – a contemporary romance about overcoming one’s inhibitions, learning to tango, and finding one’s true love match.
Lucky Charm – a humorous contemporary romance about love, luck and friendship.
On the Rim of Love – a contemporary romance about the unexpected power of love.
A Dress in a Window – a collection of short stories about love, coincidences, and fate.
Over the Mountain and Back – young adult fantasy adventure novel about a boy who takes his snowboard for a ride and finds himself in a magical, hidden world he never knew existed.
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