• Mystery Book Review- Z-Train

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    From The Back Of The Book

    Beneath Brooklyn’s wintry streets, seven people are dead, slumped in their seats on an F train. Fast thinking and good fortune prevent the subway car doors from opening, spilling poisonous gas into the station. It’s not long before a frightened metropolis of eight million demands answers: if this was an act of terror, where will these cruel killers strike next? NYPD detective Flo Ott looks closely at the victims. Each of their stories leads to another, one more colorful and complex than the last. A few of these quintessential New Yorkers catch Flo’s attention: a mysterious off-duty FBI agent; the beautiful woman next to him, who may have been his lover. Then there’s a Russian mobster with more than his fair share of enemies. As Flo battles false leads, conflicting witnesses, and meddling politicians, her investigation delves into the dark side of the city that never sleeps. Flo becomes convinced that this wasn’t a random act of violence, and she fears something much worse may be rumbling down the tracks.

    About The Author

    Richard Hilary Weber, a native of Brooklyn and a Columbia University graduate, has taught at the universities of Stockholm and Copenhagen, and has been a scriptwriter for French and Swedish filmmakers. He lives in Provence, France.

    My Thoughts

    Honestly I struggled with this book. Back in the day, I use to love mystery books. They were my all time favorite; any more I just don’t need that edge of my seat, biting my nails, staying up till the early morning terrified because of a book. That being said….. It was really good. My struggles were just that it was not what I was wanting to read.

    It was very well written, the characters were great, it took twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. It had me on the edge of my seat for a good chunk of it. If this is the type of book that you like, then you are going to LOVE it and should immediately add it to you must read list.

    Where to Buy

    Penguin Random House: Penguin Random House
    Amazon:  Amazon
    Barnes and Noble: B&N
    iBooks: iBooks
    Google play: Google Play
    Books a Million: Books a Million
    Goodreads: Goodreads
    Kobo: Kobo

  • The Dilemma.. Tween MakeUp

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    It seems that every year, the age for acceptably wearing makeup is getting younger and younger. I remember a time when it was frowned upon for anyone younger then high school to wear any makeup. And now it seems like girls in elementary school are wearing some form of makeup every day, to school. It seems that the question to be asking would be, “Is it okay for a tween to be wearing makeup and if so where/when is it appropriate to be worn?”.

    Most of our girls are not in beauty pageants (don’t get me started on those and the amount of makeup they have young girls wearing to complete), so there are many reasons to keep young girls from wearing it. In today’s world, it is our job to help keep our kids kids for as long as possible. The media, tv shows, their friends, have such a push to grow up (and wearing makeup is a step in growing up); we as parents should help our girls enjoy being little girls. There is no reason for a tween to be in a full face of makeup, making her look like she is 17. That might be getting her attention that she likes, but it will almost always be the wrong type of attention.

    On the other hand, there are a few over looked perks of letting your tween wear makeup. I consider a tween to be an 11 or 12 year old (anything less makeup should be a bare minimum and only for very very special events). At that age, your daughter still thinks that you are cool enough to know what is going on. They still trust you to let them know when they look good, verses wearing to much. They are still at an age where, while starting to branch out and becoming their own person, they still want to be like you. You can take advantage of this; by showing them how to apply it, when it is appropriate to wear it, and when they have applied to much or it is to dark for their age.

    My daughter Tink, is one of those tweens that is allowed to wear makeup most days. For me, I decided that it would be okay for a few reasons: fist she wanted to wear it. And had for quite awhile. Second, I wanted her to still be close enough to me to trust that I knew what I was talking about. Trust how I was showing her to apply it, would make her look her best and trust that I would never let her leave the house looking like a clown. I wanted to be the show her how, not some random teenage friend who is trying to figure it out themselves.

    So then, what is she allowed to wear and when. Well, my daughter wears makeup just about every day. But before you get on me for letting my 11 year wear makeup all the time, we do online school (I think that if she went to school, in her age appropriate grade level, I would not let her wear it to school) and she is actually in the 8th grade, so when we see friends they are mostly 13 year olds. If it is a typical day (errands, grabbing lunch and seeing a friend), she likes to wear mascara (since her eyelashes are blonde, they are nearly impossible to see), primer (we like Benefits Porefessional, it helps control the redness on her face that she gets from me), and a little lipgloss or a lip crayon. Very natural, very low makeup look, and just focusing on enhancing natural beauty. It’s not a whole lot, but enough to make her feel put together and a little more polished. If we are going out for dinner or charity event, she is allowed to either wear; full eye makeup (shadows, liners, mascara) in any color she likes and a clear lip gloss OR a simple eye (just mascara) and a bold lip (she is a huge fan of red lips). But never both (but many adults can’t seem to pull off both either).

    What about you guys, do you let your tween daughters wear makeup? Do you think it is silly for a tween to be wearing makeup on a daily basis? If you only have sons, what are you thoughts when we see a tween girl out and about wearing it?

  • Summer Means New Sandals


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    It’s summer time, time to show off your piggies!! What better way then with a new pair of sandals. Both Belle and Baby were able to get  some new shoes, and they were so excited.

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    Belle loves how comfortable they are. She said that she could walk to the moon in them. (Hard to think that we painted those toes only two days ago)

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    Baby loves the cute 3-D decals. Plus with everything being velcro she can put them on herself. Being a three year old, you know how important that is.

    A few perks about the Gold Pigeon Shoes

    • Snap Locks- Super easy magnetic locks. Makes it very easy to put on and take off
    • 2 Ways to Wear- they can have a strap around the back of the heel or they can be slip on style
    • Adjustable Straps
    • Water Resistant
    • Lots of Flexibility and Shock Absorbing

    A quick note- they run really big. I bought a size up on my girls, cause otherwise they would out grow them by the end of summer, and it was about 2 sizes to big. As you can see in the photos, they are big. With all the ways to adjust all the straps, they are still snug on their feet and wearable. But a word to the wise, buy the shoe size your kids are in.

    Would you pay the $37.99 for a pair of sandals for your kids? What do you look for in a sandal? What shoes are your favorite for your kids?

  • Merry Monday Link Party #58

    Welcome to the Merry Monday Link Party #58

    Welcome to another great party!!! So sad that this is my last week Co-Hosting. I have LOVED being part of this great party. The bloggers that link up are amazing, you all seriously have some skills and I have loved reading all of your posts. My Co-Hosts are lovely, they not only put together a great party, but they are some pretty rocking bloggers too. Thank you for letting me be a part of this.

    As a side note…… I have some VERY exciting news. Are you ready for it? Can you handle it? My book is being released on Aug 1!! Confessions Of The Perfect Mom: Baby and Toddler Years, is a quick, fun, witty read about motherhood. Everything from being less then polite with other moms on the playground, to temper tantrums, to potty training. And I am looking for bloggers to help me spread the word. Click here for more information.

    Announcements

    • We need more Father’s Day craft tutorials! Link-up to The Spring & Summer Craft Blog Hop 4 and be seen on 12 blogs! This hop will run from May 26th – June 20th. We’re challenging you to create a craft project that reflects a general spring or summer theme, Father’s Day, or Fourth of July.
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  • Choices by J.L. McFadden

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    I LOVED this book. Even without out reading the first one (The Guardian), you get into the story. The author does a great job of getting you right in, and not feeling like you are one step behind.
    From the Back Of Book:
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    This book is written in such away that it can be read as a stand alone or after the first book of the series- The Guardian. After so much more loss Adela finds herself in the middle of a love triangle and the fight for the head of Covens.

    Adela and John both have their fair share of choices to make. Adela must think of her coven, but at the same time she feels a burning desire for her great, great niece’s Guardian John. She is torn because though fate has blessed her great, great niece with a Guardian that is connected to her by Mother Earth to protect her from anything, she keeps rejecting him. John is torn between the woman he is fated to and Adela. He fears that it is Adela’s powers of seduction that is tempting him. He feels a desire to protect Gala, but also feels a yearning for Adela. At the same time Adela must search for the secret journal known as the Guardian journal and protect those she loves from the dangers that lurk in the shadows.

    About The Author:
    J.L McFadden is the Author of the Guardian Series: Guardian, released,Adela,release in September, Chooses, release in May 2014, Adela’s Lost Guardian, March, more to be named at a later date. McFadden spins tragedy and romance into all of his stories with picturesque descriptions that vividly paints and melts the scenes into your pleasure cortex that is a valid and important part of every readers mind. Jamie Lee was born in a mixed Celtic and Slavic family in the river valleys of Pennsylvania, in his earlier years he played in bands in New York and ended up working his way into H.Q of the largest musical retailer in the world Guitar Center; while working at the store level he managed multiple departments at once and handled all the stores merchandising logistics. He has explored the world and became the first American to be excepted into the Interregional Federation of Aikido Aikikai of Crimea & Sevastopol, where he enjoys learning from great masters from around the world, where he has developed his himself. He explains that the people rich and colorfully different people he has met, spawned a lot of his characters.

     

  • Merry Monday Link Party #57

    Welcome to the Merry Monday Link Party #57

    Hi everyone!! Hopefully you all had a great weekend. We certainly did. Not much of anything, which was amazing. Nothing quite like a weekend focused on family. With the majority of my book work (oh see that shameless plug there about a possible upcoming surprise) done, I was able to spend some much needed time recharging my batteries with my girls and husband. We watched lots of movies, and stayed in our PJ’s all weekend long. Can you imagine?

    I am so so so excited to co-hosting this week’s Merry Monday Link Party. It is a party that I have been linking up at since I started blogging and always get such great ideas from all the blogs that link up. You will love this party as much as I do, so pop around. Check out the other Co-Hosts; and if you don’t already follow them then sign up. You won’t regret it.

    Announcements:

    • The Spring & Summer Craft Blog Hop 4 is live! This is the last installment of the four-part spring craft blog hop challenge for 2015! This hop will run from May 26th – June 20th. We’re challenging you to create a craft project that reflects a general spring or summer theme, Father’s Day, or Fourth of July.
    • Please join us in welcoming Kat of Confessions of the Perfect Mom as our Guest Host for the next two weeks! (That’s me… I am bouncing with giddiness)

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    Meet Kat of Confessions of a Perfect Mom, our Co-Host for the next two weeks. Kat is a Stay at Home-Homeschooling Mom who started blogging as a “what is going on behind the behind the perfect mom face” look into our lives. Hence the title of the blog. Confessions of a Perfect Mom is all about ‘mostly makeup and fashion, but there is a mix of other stuff in there as well.’ Please welcome Kat by following her social media and stopping by her blog.

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    Loved loved loved this post. It is so utterly true about being a stay at home mom. I get asked a lot what do I do all day. And never have a real answer, from now on I am going to give them a hand out on this article.

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    How To Clean MakeUp Brushes
    This is a subject that everyone needs to think about. Do you wear makeup brushes? Then they need cleaned. Would you leave paint on your paint brushes and re use them? No you would not. So why leave makeup on your brushes and use them on your face again?

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  • Lover Divine

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    Do you ever read a book, a book that is out of your normal read, that just devours you? This was one for me. Though, to be upfront, I am a sucker for the Greek Gods. I spent a good part of my (brief) college education on them. There is just something about them; their stories, the passion, the revenge, the magic that surrounds them, really everything fascinates me. And it happens that Apollo is one of my favorites.

    From The Back Of The Book-
    “For the fans of the Oracle of Delphi series… and for those who aren’t….

    Born into one of the wealthiest families in Ireland, Siobhan Law has status, privilege and a secret: The Greek gods of Olympus and their kingdom in the clouds are real, and her family acts as one of their agents on Earth.

    When the beautiful immortal celeste Liam Argyros shows up claiming to have come to Earth to deal in the affairs of the divine, Siobhan finds herself unable to resist his charms. New to the game of passion and seduction, she quickly ends up in over her head, sinking deeper with every attempt Liam makes to win her over.

    But Liam’s divine mission is far more complex than she ever imagined and nothing is truly as it seems. Because Liam has a secret of his own: He is Apollo, Olympian god of the Sun, and his mission will never be complete until he has claimed Siobhan’s heart forever.”

    I have not read the Oracle of Delphi series (although now that I have read this one, they will be on my must read list), but that did not interfere with this story line. It stands completely apart. This is one of those rare books, that I am so happy is the start of a series. Once the book was over, I was not ready. The story (while leaves you on a cliff hanger, not dangling over a cliff barely holding on type of cliff hanger) wraps up quite nicely. But I was not ready to be done with the characters. Her portrayal of Apollo is spot on and Siobhan is a girl that you just want to sit down with for a while. Please come out with book 2 very soon!!!

    A little warning, this book not for the weak of heart and certainly only for those over 18. Proceed with caution.

    What are your favorite topics to learn about? Do you like fiction books written about the same topics? Do you like to mix religion and fiction or keep them apart?

  • A Look Inside A Writter’s Office

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    Have you ever wondered what people’s personal offices look like? I know that I do. I get this idea in my head about what a person might be like, in particular authors. Often times the only window into their world is the books they write. You have to put together an image in your head. Are they neat, are they messy (like me), do they have everything all cutesy in color coordinated folders?

    Cynthia Mock Burroughs, author of Remember Della, (be sure to check out my review of her AMAZING book here) was amazing enough to give us a glimpse into her world. Not only that, but she is so awesome, that she even wrote up a post just for us. Check out what she has to say about her office space.

    “I always wonder, do professional writers have neat and clean professional offices? I did not start out to be a writer so my office is multi-purposeful. It is a 10 X 10 space tucked into the corner of our TV/family room upstairs. The side with the “doorway” is made up by the back side of my daughter’s computer desk and unorganized, unaddressed papers. On the opposing wall, tucked under the window, is the desk for “business purposes.” It is lined with electrical supply books and references. Being the bookkeeper for my husband’s electrical business is the number one priority. To the left on the desk, I have my pile of “personal-want-to-keep” stuff. On the right, is my pile of “book-in-progress” items. Somewhere in the middle lie the pens, the calculator, the stapler, and all the yellow sticky notes designed to keep my overloaded brain from forgetting some important “to do” task. If the task does not appear on the little yellow blocks, it is lost in the recesses of a scrambled brain.

    The third wall is obliterated by filing cabinets, my computer, and the two very necessary copy, fax, scan, and print machines. Packed around all of this and stuffed into cubicles above it, are the stacks of blank paper, trips-to-go-on, trips-done-gone-on, college information for daughter, and more stacks of book writing and publishing paraphernalia. I forgot, there is also a place for the personal bills and the business bills. I guess this is what they call an organized mess. But then, my office matches my life – an organized mess. The last wall is obliterated by various licensing documents, phone numbers, and need-to-know-fast information.

    Sometimes, under my feet is a dog who thinks life is all about play. She bumps my arm with her nose so I know I am not attending to her desires. During the days I am not working at my paying job as a nurse anesthetist, I play music while I work in my office. In the evening, my husband sits in his favorite chair and watches TV just outside my “door.” This makes for a very cozy family environment.”

    It is nice to see someone else’s office as an “organized mess” too. What about yours? Do you need to keep everything organized to be productive, or do you like a bit of chaos rolling around? What does your office look like?

  • How Do Business Find Bloggers

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    As bloggers we all want to picked for affiliate posts. We all want that acceptance email, letting us know that we are worthy of getting some free product. Or better yet, that in addition to getting product we will actually be getting paid!! But have you ever thought about how companies FIND the bloggers to pay? Sure we can sign up to all the different affiliate sites, but then so do the brands that are looking for us. Then we have to hope that we have signed up to the same site as the brand. Is there anything else that can be done?

    As a matter of fact there is!!

    There is a new site, from Buzzoole called Finder. You can go straight to the site here. It is a brand new way to connect bloggers to brands. It has a deep web search engine, that allows brands and agencies to search the internet for the exact bloggers they want to work with. WITHOUT the blogger having to sign up for the service. How cool is that, new brands will be able to find your blog, no matter the size, to help them promote.

    It can search via Twitter accounts, FaceBook accounts, blogs, and websites. And if you are big with social media (meaning that you it multiple of those platforms) then your blog will show up as a higher ranking. Meaning that you have more influence.

    Four easy steps, and any brand can find any blogger.

    1. Search: Enter the key word that you are wanting to search “Beauty”, then you can narrow that down by also by language or country.
    2. Preview: You will get a sample of the findings. At this point your can exclude types of influences.
    3. Report: Now you will get an awesome report. When you get this, you can sort this even further. Choosing the followers per platform, add bloggers to your favorite lists, remove bloggers that don’t perfectly fit and have click throughs to their social media.
    4. Filter: Keep on filtering to find those perfect bloggers

    It is that easy for brands to find you now!! Have you guys ever thought about how brands find you? Or how they pick which bloggers to use?

  • Book Review- Insanity

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    This is one for anyone that like’s Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland. All of the main Alice characters are alive and kicking here in Cameron Jace’s Insanity. And for those of you who know the story well, there are plenty of Alice references throughout the story.

    We start off with like any other mad story. Just a girl in an insane asylum, who can’t remember what she did to place her here. Undergoing traditional rounds of shock therapy and where her only friend is the lily in her window.

    Turns out, our main character Alice Wonder, killed all of her classmates and her boyfriend; for no apparent reason. No memory of it or any of her classmates; but would claim that Wonderland is a real place, well until the electric shocks had her forget all about that. Along with everything else. Throughout the story, we meet all the great Alice characters: Alice Wonder, Carter Piller (complete with his hookah-pipe), a pair of guards I swear are Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dumb, the White Queen, the White Rabbit is strongly hinted at. What would any Alice story be without the great Cheshire Cat?

    From the back of the book:

    After accidentally killing everyone in her class, Alice Wonder is now a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum. No one doubts her insanity. Only a hookah-smoking professor believes otherwise; that he can prove her sanity by decoding Lewis Carroll’s paintings, photographs, and find Wonderland’s real whereabouts. Professor Caterpillar persuades the asylum that Alice can save lives and catch the wonderland monsters now reincarnated in modern day criminals. In order to do so, Alice leads a double life: an Oxford university student by day, a mad girl in an asylum by night. The line between sanity and insanity thins when she meets Jack Diamond, an arrogant college student who believes that nonsense is an actual science.

    This is a great murder mystery, where everyone is a bad guy. Cater Piller, the professor who believes her sane, is nicknamed Piller the Killer. The wonderful White Queen wields a sword better then any soldier. Our Cheshire Cat, to no surprise, is up to no good. Even our heroine Alice is not all that innocent, after all she did kill all her classmates.

    So who do you root for when everyone has murder in their closets?

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