Dec 9, 2016

Spiral of Bliss Preview & Giveaway



As the years pass, the medieval history professor and the girl from Jitter Beans will continue, with wild passion and tenderness, to love so very happily ever after.





Flowers, lovebirds, Paris, cupcakes...all embellish the pages of this beautiful coloring book inspired by Nina Lane's bestselling Spiral of Bliss series and hand-drawn by artist Victoria Colotta. This is the book Olivia West creates when she draws pictures of "things that make her happy." A visual expression of hope and love, the Spiral of Bliss coloring book features intricate pen-and-ink illustrations waiting for you to bring them to colorful life.

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Dec 8, 2016

Cat Thursday - Celebrations with cats around the world




Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.

It's official - all the world loves cats!




Every day, two households in Srirangam pack a container of cooked rice mixed with milk, bottle plain milk, and pack a few disposable plastic cups and a box of crunchies. The food is carried to the temple and laid out on banana leaves at various spots. “The minute they see us, they bound towards us, polish off the food and reward us with satisfied purrs and unwavering loyalty,” says G. Santhanalakshmi, who has been feeding over 40 stray cats and kittens within the temple along with K.P. Gopalakrishnan and his wife, G. Lalitha.
Source: The Hindu


Wiccans and pagans have special blessings for their cats. 
Protective Blessing for CatsFrom Everyday Magic: Spells & Rituals for Modern Living by Dorothy Morrison© 2002 Llewellyn Publications
Bast of beauty and of grace,Protectress of the feline race,
Shield (name) from all hurt and harm
And keep him/her always safe and warm.
Watch over (name) from day to day
And guide him/her home, if (s)/he should stray.
And grant him/her much happiness
And a good life free of strife and stress.

Image Source: Cosmetic Candy


Vyshyvanka – traditional embroidered clothes – has always been national symbol, pride and authentic feature of Ukraine. Some people dress their cats in this traditional costume. 



 Muslims are taught to follow Abu Hurayrah and Muhammad's example for showing kindness to animals and it's clear that Imam Mustafa Efe is doing an exemplary job by making his feline guests feel right at home.
We assume that they sense that the mosque is a sacred space and enjoy the ambience of the prayers and the flow of energy in this spiritual place where it's clear that both men and felines can coexist.
Source: Gabworthy


Animals – especially pets – call our attention to two key principles of Buddhism:  happiness in the present (sukha) and compassion towards all living beings (metta or karuna).


 Hanukkah Gift Idea: Yiddish Cat in the Hat ($16.95, Modern Tribe) Di Kats Der Payats


There's even a cat for the non-religious. :) 




Have a great week everyone.
Love 


Dec 6, 2016

Mistletoe at Moonglow - Review & Giveaway



My Review:

Mist has a special kind of magic. The kind that comes from being a good observer, a good listener and a kind friend. In this short novella Mist weaves her special brand of charm through her cooking and art, to bring Christmas joy to the guests at The Timberton Hotel. Mist runs a cafe called Moonglow inside the hotel and she cooks up a feast for the senses. 
This story made me want to start my decorating because of the artistic descriptions and clever ideas.
In addition to the lovely passages about food and fare, Mistletoe at Moonglow reminds us that the holidays can be hard for some people, but hope and happiness can be found in friendship which makes things a little easier. 
I loved the female leads, Mist who runs the cafe and Betty who runs the hotel. There's also a leading man for everyone of us, from bookish Michael, to handy Clive, to caring Bob and the scholarly Professor.
Included in the book are recipes for the cookie exchange. These recipes made me want to get baking with all the yummy suggestions. A lovely story to get you in the holiday mood. 


I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.

Read on for information about the book, the author and a giveaway.

Dec 5, 2016

Guest Book Review - Seaside Whispers



Guest Book Review by Ana Paula Medeiros  

I have been looking forward to going back to the Seaside gang again. This series is such a treat! I have never been to Cape Cod or Province town, but it feels like I am one of the locals there every time I read the Seaside books. Matt Lacroux is a professor at Princeton and he is taking a sabbatical to write a book and sort some things out of his life, including a beautiful single mother named Mira and her adorable son Hagen.

Matt and Mira' romance is powerful and sexy; their connection is so incredible that even they find it hard to believe. She is cautious since she has her son's best interest in mind, but Matt brings all the love and caring he possesses to the table, which takes their love and caring to the next level of hotness. The scenes at Nantucket are unforgettably sexy.

This book is full of beautiful writing and remarkable words that will cause you so much joy! Yet, we get to see the Seaside girls at their best, interfering in every aspect of their relationship with love, of course! As usual Bella has the best line of the book: "We prefer to be called the "Seaside Girls"(...) We're much cooler than the Real Housewives of Anywhere".

You have to read this book!

5 Stars


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Dec 1, 2016

Cat Thursday - December already!




Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.
December means time for our Christmas cats!!




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