Sep 102015
 

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LOVE IN THE VINEYARD
Tavonesi #7
Pamela Aares
Releasing Sept 10th, 2015

 

From USA Today bestselling author Pamela Aares comes Love in the Vineyard, the seventh book in the Tavonesi family series featuring passion, mystery, and well-won love!

A one-night stand brought Natasha Raley the greatest gift of her life—her son. She wants to give him a better life than she had, but a gambling bet lands both of them in a homeless shelter. When the shelter director gives her a ticket to a masquerade ball, Natasha finds herself dancing with the most intriguing and mysterious man she’s ever met.

Adrian Tavonesi is creating a paradise on earth in Sonoma California, determined to be worthy of his vast fortune by making the world a better place. Convinced women only like him for his money and his status, he invents an anonymous relationship with the beautiful Natasha to create a dream world for both of them.

As passion flares into an all-consuming affair, the lies Adrian and Natasha have told each other threaten to ruin everything. Adrian is kind, generous, and sincere—Natasha knows he would be the ideal father for her son. But will her past and the devastating gamble she once made destroy her new world? Or will betting on the truth this time lead to the perfect, ever-lasting love?

Excerpt

WHAT THE HELL HAD SHE BEEN THINKING? Natasha’s thoughts hammered hard the next morning as she walked the six blocks from Inspire to the Rock Wren Café. Petals from cherry blossoms, blown loose by a gentle breeze, swirled on the sidewalk and danced in the sunlight, but she barely registered the gorgeous April morning.

What had possessed her to say yes? To agree to meet Dumas—or whatever his name was—at a café? To go to a botanical garden God only knew where?

She ordered a black coffee and chose a seat outside in the dappled sunlight. The Rock Wren Café had darned fine coffee. A cup of coffee she could afford. Pastries, no. Not yet. But she’d eyed the croissants as she’d stood at the counter and wished for the day when her choices wouldn’t be so difficult.

She’d said no right off when he’d called. Very clearly. Told him she was busy for weeks.

He’d laughed and said that life required that we make space in our schedules for spring. Otherwise the powers that went to immense bother to conjure up such beauty would be vexed.

She’d had no answer to that.

And then he’d again asked her to go with him to the Asian Botanical Garden. A walk, he’d said. Just a walk.

And she heard herself say yes.

She sipped the coffee, and it burned a trail of heat down her throat. Each time a car pulled up in the parking spaces near the café, Natasha watched as doors opened and drivers stepped out.

What had he looked like? She hadn’t seen much of his face, but she’d recognize his eyes if he were close enough.

And she’d know his smile.

She’d seen his smile in her dreams. She hadn’t had the old dream last night—the dream where her mother insisted that number seventeen would lead to her destiny, the dream that lit a fuse of shame every time she awakened and remembered her foolish gamble. But the sensual, almost magical dream that had replaced it had shaken her to her core.

Her coffee cooled as she sat waiting. Twice she started to get up and leave. Both times she talked her fear down. What harm could there be in taking a walk in a public garden?

A silver sports car pulled up halfway down the block. The door opened. The driver stepped out and ran a hand through his hair.

Even though he wore mirrored sunglasses, she recognized his dark curly hair and broad shoulders. And his height. Not many men were six foot three or so. He ran his hand through his hair again. Maybe he was nervous too.

He looked down the street, saw her, then he smiled and raised a hand in a friendly salute.

Her hormones did a tap dance in her belly, tattooing their glee through her veins. She’d have to have a word with the rascals when she returned home.

He covered the distance between his car and the café in strong, confident strides. Maybe he wasn’t nervous after all. That thought made Natasha’s own nerves spike. No wonder teenagers melted down during their dating years; meeting up with another person was serious business. But this wasn’t a date. It was just a walk. In a botanical garden.

Right.

“Forgive me for being late. I was…” He appeared to be searching for a word. His Italian accent made him sound like someone out of a movie. She tipped her head to study him. So maybe she wasn’t the only one who sometimes couldn’t marshal words to her beck and call.

“I was detained,” he finally said and held out his hand. “Adrian.” He grinned. “The impostor musketeer formerly known as Dumas.”

A simple grin shouldn’t shoot heat straight to her belly, so of course it did. She was way out of practice in the realm that involved men. Heck, she’d never been in practice. She’d had relationships with exactly three guys. Well, Eddie didn’t count as a relationship, even though she’d had sex with him. Sex that she’d regretted five minutes after he’d slid off her with a menacing look in his eyes. Eddie had put her off men for years, planted fear when he’d planted his fists. And her two other failed experiences hadn’t done anything to heal those fears.

She battled back her maudlin memories and shook his hand.

He placed his other hand over hers. “Tasha.” His velvet-smooth voice could charm a cobra. “Is it Tasha?”

No. No. No. No. She was not feeling heat charge through her body just from the touch of his hands. She was not melting at a simple touch and the purr of a smooth voice.

“Yes.”

Her pulse hammered. And her mouth went dry. He wasn’t Eddie, and she’d be okay. Her pulse hammered faster. Anxiety ripped through her. She wouldn’t be okay. Maybe she should run. She hadn’t counted on being afraid. Maybe she should tell him she’d changed her mind. Maybe—

 

 
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Pamela Aares is a USA Today Bestselling, award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance novels. Her contemporary series, The Tavonesi Series, explores the lives, loves, friendships and sizzling romances of the Tavonesi family.

Her popularity as a romance writer continues to grow with each new book release, so much so, that the Bay area author has drawn comparisons by reviewers to Nora Roberts.

Pamela Aares writes romance books that she loves reading, particularly those that entertain, transport and inspire dreams while captivating and tugging at the heart. She takes her readers on a journey with complex characters in both contemporary and historical settings who are thrown in situations that tempt love, adventure and self-discovery.

Before becoming a romance author, Aares wrote and produced award-winning films including Your Water, Your Life, featuring actress Susan Sarandon and NPR series New Voices, The Powers of the Universe and The Earth’s Imagination.

If not behind her computer, you can probably find her reading a romance novel, hiking the beach or savoring life with friends. You can visit Pamela on the web at http://www.PamelaAares.com.

 
 
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Sep 102015
 

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BLURB:

In the late spring of 1991, a flood and fire of historic proportions tore through the pretty resort town of Obergrande, New York, in the central region of the Adirondack mountains.

The twin disasters destroyed a large part of the east side of the town that bordered the Hudson River and Lake Obergrande.

In the aftermath, a new dam was built, and that damaged part of the town “drowned,” covered by the new, larger lake.

During that terrible flood, five kindergarten girls were trapped in their drowning school, huddled together as the water rose higher, rescued just in the nick of time. The nightmare bonded them, and three others like them, to each other for life.

These are their stories.

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At more or less the same moment, about seven-hundred-fifty miles south of the same destination, another man who, by coincidence, used to ride a motorcycle was, also by coincidence, eyeing directions to the same place.

His hands shaking.

Behind him, a woman was loading up the car, an old Mustang.

She put the last of their bags in, making sure the snacks were in reach of both of the front seats, then shut the car door.

She came up behind him, wrapped her arms around his waist, and put her chin on his shoulder.

“You ready?”

The man swallowed dryly. “I’ll never be ready.”

“Well, are you ready enough?”

He sighed. “Yeah.”

The woman released him and turned him around. She put her forefinger and thumb under his chin and lifted it until he was looking at her, his eyes bloodshot and nervous.

“We don’t have to do this, ya know.”

He sighed again. “I know.”

The woman eyed him for a long moment. Then she gently brought her hand around behind his neck, pulled his head down and kissed him.

“You can do this. We can do this.”

A third sigh. “Yeah.”

“Well, then, let’s go,” the woman said decisively. “It’s eleven hours total, but we’re gonna stop at that place in Scranton—the one you liked—”

“Let’s go,” he said decisively. “You wanna drive first or second?”

“I’ll start out,” she said, catching the keys as he lobbed them gently to her and heading for the driver’s side. “You sleep—you don’t look like you did last night. You were tossin’ and turnin’ the whole time.”

“Can’t imagine why.”

“Well, fortunately I’m used to your nightmares, so I slept real well. I’ll wake you when we stop for lunch in Frederick, then you can drive to Scranton. Tomorrow the ride’s only, like, four hours—”

“Let’s go,” he said irritably, climbing into the car and pulling the door shut.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Polly Becks has been making her living writing for more than twenty years, as well as working as an editor, curriculum developer, and teaching secondary-school Spanish. She has more than 350 books to her credit, mostly educational materials, as well as professionally published fiction in both the adult and YA market in a variety of genres, plus more than 30 Children’s books. She is excited about exploring the digital literature frontier and is honored to be the launch series for GMLTJoseph, LLC. – See more at: http://www.pollybecks.com/author/#sthash.pEZ6f3xO.dpuf

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Kaisy1

Sep 092015
 


resize_762000e53b5ab4bd2ed084db5b799635ff363f35fc32aca7f2c41c669f91157777679211256256Rex loves tools and knifes so he was very excited when this Ombir Pro Multitool by Vodiy  #Vodiy arrived in the mail.  He couldn’t wait to see what it could all do.  It is so versatile and very solid.  He already has the Ombir Pro Multitool in his back pack ready to go on his next outing.  This group of guys he hangs out with go do lots of things together like disc golf, rafting, paint balling and camping.  So I know it will get plenty of use on his outings.

The Vodiy Ombir Pro Multi-Tool features:

• Needle-nose Pliers
• Wire Cutter
• Wire Stripper
• Straight Long Blade
• Phillips Screwdriver
• Flathead Screwdriver
• Bottle Opener
• Can Opener
• Saw
• Awl
• Double Sided File
• 11 Separate Attachable Bits:

• 3 Philips Screwdriver Bits
• 3 Flathead Screwdriver Bits
• 5 Hex Key Bits

I am not even sure what it all does but I am sure Rex does.  I checked it out a bit and it is easy to open and close.  It looks very durable and the blades are sharp.  The size is perfect for carrying in a pocket or bag – it is 4 1/4 inches when folded and only weighs 9 ounces. It comes in a nylon bag to help protect it.

This tool is perfect for camping, fishing, making a quick fix on the car, opening a bottle and lots of uses around the house.  If you want to purchase your own Vodiy Ombir Pro Multi-Tool you can do so on the link below from 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.”

Sep 092015
 


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Have you ever been riding your bike and your tire go flat?  That happened to me a while ago – I was happy I wasn’t far from home but it would have been a bummer if I had been miles from my home or car.  That is why I am excited to tell you about this Portable Mini Bike Pump by Life On Rides #LifeOnRidesMiniBikePump.   You will never be stranded again on your bike.  The bike pump comes with a mounting kit so you can attach it to your bike. That way you always know where it is.

The Portable Mini Bike Pump by Life On Rides is great! It is very powerful and easy to use. It only takes about a minute to fill up a flat tie.  It’s lightweight and comes assembled.  It also comes with ball needles you can use to inflate soccer balls, basketballs & more!  I am hoping it works on the air mattress we use for camping.

If you are looking for a powerful bike pump this is the one for you.  You can purchase it on the link below from 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.”

Sep 082015
 

Here is another great book to read, there is also a $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash giveaway to enter.
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Mending Hearts by Kimberly Krey

Logan & Candice, on the verge of divorce, decide to give their marriage one last try.
But will they be able to get past the issues holding them back?

Candice is through with married life and all it entailed: infertility, an adoption gone wrong, and the death of
her husband’s twin brother. Now that they’ve been separated for nearly a year, Candice is finally ready
to set Logan free. But when he steps back into her life, Candice begins to have second thoughts. Even though she hasn’t fully healed from the heartache she endured over their married years, she can’t fathom the thought of losing him a second time. Can Candice let go of past hurts and give Logan a second chance, or will her fears keep them apart?

Logan has spent the months of separation giving Candice the space she needed. But when he
discovers that Candice is about to file for a divorce, he decides he better take action quick. He didn’t spend
the best years of his life with this woman, only to let her slip away. Yet just when the opportunity comes
again – his chance to finally make things right – an entirely new force threatens to tear them apart.
Will opposition keep the heart-broken couple from getting back together or will they have the strength
to break through the barriers, no matter what their future might bring?

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Writing Romance That’s Clean Without Losing the Steam!
I’m a reader of good, clean romance, a lover of family time and Diet Coke, and the ultimate hater of laundry.
I’m not patient enough to enjoy yoga, or tall enough to be great at basketball, but I do love to run – anywhere but on a treadmill. I love the sound of a rainstorm when I have no place to go, the feel of Soft Lips chap Stick on my lips, and the first peek of blue water as we round the mountains toward our favorite getaway in Bear Lake.

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Sep 082015
 

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GONE BUT KNOT FOTGOTTEN

Gone But Knot Forgotten
(Quilting Mysteries)

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Kensington (August 25, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0758292094
E-Book ASIN: B00QDYVA38
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Synopsis

Sorting through the estate of a wealthy recluse may sound like a fascinating task, but when the skeletons in the closets turn out to be real, Martha and her quilting pals wish they’d stuck to basting and batting. . .

Martha Rose is stunned when she hears that her best friend from high school has passed away. Her shock doubles when she learns that Harriet Oliver made her the executor of her estate. But when investigators determine that Harriet was murdered, Martha recruits her fellow quilters to help find the culprit. She’s mastered the art of piecing together blocks to create intricate quilts, but piecing together her friend’s murder will prove far more challenging.

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About the Author

Born and raised in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, Mary Marks earned a B.A. in Anthropology from UCLA and an M.A. in Public Administration from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. In 2004 she enrolled in the UCLA Extension Writers Program. Her first novel, Forget Me Knot, was a finalist in a national writing competition in 2011. She is currently a reviewer of cozy mysteries for The New York Journal of Books at www.nyjournalofbooks.com

 

 

My Review:

I love cozy mysteries and Gone but Knot Forgotten did not disappoint me. It was very good and I loved the characters. Martha Rose and her two best friends Lucy and Birdie quilt together and get in trouble together. Martha is executor of her high school friends estate ~ Harriet Oliver. Even though they have not seen each other for years. Harriet died but was not found for 10 months as she had no family and just a few friends. Martha thought that the death was suspicious and her and her two friends start to investigate it. There are a number of twist and turns that kept me reading till the end!

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Kaisy1I received a Copy of this book from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for the review.

Sep 072015
 

resize_b9c45e4507300e403ee89f2167c782814218040de4789fe91b072704b7c3637713225c72256256Rex and his friends go on a couple camping trips a year.  This year he was looking for a lantern to use in his tent.  He was happy when I found this LED Lantern by Galactic Lighting #GalacticLighting. This lantern was perfect. It is compact and easy to put in a back pack and carry.  It is 0.4 Lb and very small (6″ height, 3″ width and depth), you can carry more than one in a backpack.  It is easy to operate and great in an emergency.

Here are some of the feature:

* 4 ultra bright LEDs (total of 2 Watts)
* Full 360 degree emitting light
* Easy to carry (robust handle)
* Portable at less than half a pound in weight
* Store away or carry many only 6 inches high
* Easy to power, uses only 3 x AA batteries (not included)
* Easy to use with a single dial to switch on and control brightness
* Guaranteed 100,000 hours LED lifetime

I think that LED Lantern by Galactic Lightin would be great for camping, hiking, power failure or any outdoor activity.  Rex hung his in the center of his tent that way at night he could just reach up and turn it on when he needed to.

If you are looking for a small, compact, light lantern this would be the perfect choice.  You can order it on the link below from 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.”

Sep 072015
 

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I hate when I get into my car and notice that I forgot to charge my phone.  That is why I was happy to review this Sirefly 4.2A Dual USB port cell phone charger #sirefly.  It is compatible with mobile devices including Apple iPhone 6 Plus/6/5S/5/4S/4, iPad, iPod, Samsung Galaxy S6/S5/S4/S3, LG, HTC, Tablets.

It is so fast that I can get a full charge on my way to work. The Intelligent IC chip that recognizes a full battery and will automatically switch to saver mode to protect the device’s battery from being over-charged. Blue LED power light indicates charging status.  I am not the only one who likes the charger in the car.  Rex often charges his phone and iPod.  He was telling one of his friends about how fast it charged that he ordered the same charger.

It’s nice not having to worry about my phone dying half way through my day.  I also don’t have to lug my charger with me when we go to the coast or on a drive. I simply use the one in the car while we drive.  It’s great having it handy all the time.

If you would like to purchase your own Sirefly car charger you can order it HERE from 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.”

 

Sep 072015
 

IMG_1255It is time to get ready to go back to school and college.  One of my friends has two girls going off to college.  The other day when I was there the girls where going through the make up they were bringing.  I noticed that they had a lot more make than I do, but they did have some products from Palladio Beauty.

I recently received some great products from Palladio Beauty.  The first item that I use every day is the Lash Obsessed Amped-Up Length & Volume Herbal Mascara. The brush has molded spheres to power through and evenly coat lashes creating lavish length and fullness for an eye-look that’s obsessive!

* Extreme definition
* Amplified volume and fullness
* Luscious length

Botanical & Vitamin Infused

I love how it makes my lashes look ~ the mascara does not make my lashes look clumped just long and good looking. ($10.00 SRP)C

 

IMG_1253Another product that I like from Palladio Beauty is the Definer: Contour & Highlight Duo. This is a two-sided, super-soft contouring jumbo crayon. The perfect tool for defining, refining and highlighting facial features, this unique crayon includes a highlighting shade to illuminate and soften, and a darker contour shade to accentuate and define features.

One of the things I really like about this product is  that the back of the box gives you tips on how to thin a round face or soften a square jaw.  It’s always nice when a product comes with tips! ($8.00 SRP)

IMG_1258The last product I have from Palladio Beauty is the LOL, Line Out Loud Intense Shimmer Liners ($7.00 SRP): Full-on shimmering shades with an ultra-precise brush that allows for super thin wisps of color to thicker, dramatic ”notice me” lines, perfect for creating any look!  Intense pigments combined with micro-pearls create bold, shimmering colors to enhance the eyes for high voltage defining color with a super shimmering metallic finish! A special fine brush tip enables fine application to create a variety of looks from classic super thin lines to vivid streaks and geometric shapes.

What I like about this LOL is that it is long lasting – you apply it in the morning and it last through out the day.

If you are getting ready to go back to school, college or are like me and just going to work every day you should take a look at the great products from Palladio Beauty.  I noticed on their website they have lots of great tips and tricks.  They also have instructions on how to get the Look you want. They have a wide range of products that are good quality and available at a good price.  You can find them all HERE.

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.”

Sep 072015
 

IMG_1329I love getting surprises in the mail and that is what I get with Starlook monthly subscription box.  I just received a Resort Edition box.   Look how pretty the box is. Makes me feel like I am at the beach! IMG_1330

The first item in the box is Aqua, satin-finish, water eye shadow. It is such a pretty shade.

The second product is a two tone powder blush.  It comes in Ritz and Tropic.  The Ritz is a golden highlighter and is to be used on the brow bone and cheek bone.  The Tropic is to be applied to the cheeks just below the cheek bone.  What a nice summer combo.

The finial product is Jet-Set gloss finished lipstick.  It is also a great color and you can customize the color depth by layering.

All of these products work together to give you that sun glow look after spending the day in the sun. I would use these products all summer long! Using these products will make you feel like the summer stretches on forever.

You can order the monthly subscriptions boxes or the special Resort Edition from Starlook.com HERE.

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.”