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.

Buy the Book on Amazon!

Continue for more information, a giveaway and a look at my efforts...

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.

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

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

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!!

Click on pictures to find links to the original posts. 

Nov 30, 2016

Mr Thorne & the Witch - Review & Giveaway

My Review:

I have been drawn to magical books all of my life, and I especially enjoy books about witches. I think the appeal lies in changes in the balance of power between men and women. A magical woman is able to hold her own against the patriarchy, which is precisely why witches, or rather wise women, were feared in the past. 
Well, Diana has certainly drawn me into this story, and she paints a good villain. They made my skin crawl and were all of the things I despise about abuse of power, greed, and corruption. We will not be sorry to see them get their comeuppance, will we? 
Meanwhile, Mr Thorne is delightful. A studious man who is fascinated by his chemistry and the art of pyrotechnics. Fireworks are a relatively recent invention in this region, and he is one of the best at what he does. His kindness and gentle manner were very endearing.
Karene is a strong, female lead and doesn't need rescuing; so their relationship is a real partnership, where the exchange is a very warm one, instead of the clichéd "princess and the knight". She is just as protective towards Malcolm as he is towards her. 
This was a quick read, but a satisfying one. It's summer holidays in Australia now, so this is perfect for your holiday spot reading list. 
This is the second book I have read by Diana Green, and you can read my review of Miss Ridley and the Warlock at this link. I have to confess this was my favourite of the two. 

Now follow through for an excerpt of Mr Thorne and the Witch, the tour links and a giveaway. 
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.


Nov 20, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Movie

We headed off to the cinema on Friday to catch the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I have been hanging out for my Wizarding World fix for a while, and I was not disappointed. This is not Harry Potter, so don't expect it to be, but it certainly has its own charm. 

Nov 1, 2016

NaNoWriMo 2016

If anyone is doing National Novel Writing Month, and wants to be writing buddies, here is my profile:

Oct 15, 2016

My NaNoWriMo piece from 2015 - sneak peak. (Be kind).

I had a cat when I was little. Its name was Millicent. My mum would call it Millie for short, but because I was only two I would say, Mellie. When I got older I would call her Smelly Mellie. I would sing her the Smelly Cat song from Friends, which Phoebe always sings. Luckily, she didn’t understand or she might have had a complex. Like most female cats she was actually really clean. Her white fur parts were so beautifully white, and she was always grooming herself. She would sometimes groom us, too. She would lick my hair and, and my toes, making sure they were clean.
I heard a theory once that cats just think we are big, stupid cats and they have to teach us how to be better cats. That’s why they bring us mice to teach us to hunt. I think Smelly Mellie thought I was her kitten.
She did have kittens once.
The man next door drowned them.
Millicent had been getting a bit fat around the time I was five. She had gotten out a couple of times and mum said she was probably eating at someone else’s house. Dad said to cut down her food a bit and no-one thought much about it.
“Hey Mellie, dad said you can’t eat too much, you are getting fat. ‘’ But, I would give her more cat biscuits anyway. I was five.
One day I couldn’t find her anywhere, I called and called and started singing the Smelly Cat song. My voice was cracking, and I had little tears rolling down my cheeks as I prayed my cat would be found. Finally, Mr Pomphrey showed up and found her (or should I say them?) under the hay rack we used for the chicken nests. Quite a bit of hay had fallen on the ground and it made a lovely bed for Mellie and her kittens.
We had big blocks in those days, so to a little kid, it seemed the hay rack was way down the back of the property near the chicken pen and the compost heap, so I hadn’t looked that far. But Mr Pomphrey had heard them miaowing.
Mr Pomphrey was like my mum’s BFF. He lived on his own and he was different to the other men I knew. He was kind and would talk to kids and not ignore them. He would always have tea with mum and they would laugh and mum would be okay for a few days after. He was really nice. That’s why I couldn’t understand what he did next.
I was so excited by the kittens, imagining I would now have three more Smelly Cats to play with. But Mr Pomphrey, who was so kind, told me to go back to the house, and not to tell my mum that the kittens had been born. I was confused, and I didn’t have any reference for this seemingly stern Mr Pomphrey. He was nice, he didn’t yell. He was our friend.
“I mean it, Philippa!” He said. “Go to the house and make sure your baby sister doesn’t come out either. We need to keep this a secret. Your mum doesn’t need any more stress “
I knew he was serious, he always called me Pip. I was scared and I started to cry, but I ran to the house wondering what he was going to do with the kittens. Maybe he was going to keep them for himself. That was it! He was alone and he was going to steal Mellie’s kittens.
I went and found Epony, who was about three I guess judging by the age I was at the time.
“Can you keep a secret, Ep?” I said. “She nodded her little head, her curls bouncing as she did so. “Mellie has had kittens, and I think Mr Pomphrey is going to steal them. We have to watch where he takes them, so we can tell Dad.“ I said very quickly. She made a kind of O with her mouth then nodded again more importantly. I grabbed Epony’s chubby toddler hand and snuck out the back door. I think mum was having a lie down anyway, she didn’t really know what we were up to most of the time, and so we were free to play on our own.
We went to the back verandah and peered over the low wall that encircled it, trying to be really quiet. I saw Mr Pomphrey shove a kitten into one of the sacks that the chicken feed came in. Then he left through the back gate, I assumed to return to his own house. He was so intent on what he was doing that he didn’t notice us girls. I knew it! He was stealing MY kittens and putting them in a dirty old sack just like a burglar.
“Come on Ep,“ I said to my baby sister, and we went to the spy hole that would allow us to see into Mr P.’s yard.
By the time that we got to the spy hole, which was really just a broken part of the fence from one of Dad’s cricket games with his mates, Mr Pomphrey had reached his own back yard. He had a giant bucket, the kind that caterers use for mayonnaise. I remember in those days he belonged to some sort of club and he would run the canteen. I think it was collecting something, but I don't remember what. Who knows, maybe rocks or stamps, maybe Lego?
Next, he filled the bucket with water and I thought that was too big for a drink for tiny kittens. I wanted to call out but we weren’t supposed to be looking. I supposed that if he was going to steal my kittens, at least he was going to try and look after them properly.

Once all of the kittens were in the bucket, he turned the hose on again, so the bucket was full to the top and the kittens were squirming about, and then he put the lid on.
I gasped and cried out “No, they will drown” and Mr P. looked up and tears were rolling down his cheeks, and tears were rolling down mine, and then he ran. I cried and cried and didn’t know what to think, my kittens were drowning. Next minute, Mr Pomphrey was hugging me and we were both crying and he was comforting me and saying sorry and something about no stress for my mum and we had to keep it a secret and he was like a kind uncle again and I couldn’t understand how he could kill my kittens.
After I calmed down a bit, I looked at Epony, who had just been standing there and watching the whole thing unravel, like she was watching a toothpaste commercial.
“Are you okay, Epony?” Mr P asked. We both looked at her to see if she was crying, to see if she needed a hug.
She shrugged, ”I’m hungry,” she said, and Mr Pomphrey took us inside and microwaved some hotdogs.

Oct 12, 2016

Cat Thursday - Jigglypuff's semi-retirement

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.

Jigglypuff has developed a tumour on her eye. We were hoping it could be drained but it is a solid mass that is growing. Due to its position and her age, it is inoperable. She is developing some other lumps and bumps n her body, too. 
However, for now, she is happy and her coat and teeth are in great condition. She sometimes goes into a room and miaows because she doesn't remember why she went in there (don't we all?) but she is still reasonably well for her age. 
We know the time may come when we say goodbye but for now, she is enjoying her old age. Lucky girl.

I wrote a poem for Jigglypuff.:
Geriatric cat.
You dribble
on your kibble,
then say, "I'm not eating THAT! "

Oct 7, 2016

Hutchins Creek Cache Book Tour & Giveaway


Paige MacKenzie heads to the town of Hutchins Creek, Colorado, to research Old West railroad history for The Manhattan Post, with plans to meet up with her favorite cowboy, Jake Norris.

When a mysterious coin from the 1920’s is discovered behind the Hutchins Creek Railroad Museum, Paige starts digging into four generations of Hutchins family history.

As legends of steam engines and coin mintage mingle, will Paige discover the true origin of the coin or will she find herself dangerously close to more than one long-hidden town secret?

Available to buy from....
Amazon Kindle    Amazon Paperback

"Can't say enough about this book! Wonderful! Deborah Garner is a wonderful writer! She makes you feel like you are right there with Paige and Jake. I loved the setting of Hutchins Creek and the characters were all great. I was on pins and needles and even shed a tear or two. I can't wait for more of this series!"  review from Goodreads

Scroll down or see after the jump break for more information about the author and the giveaway.

Oct 6, 2016

The Fabulous@50 Re-Experience Book Review & Giveaway

My Review:

The Fabulous@50 Re-Experience, from Dianna Bowes, is partly autobiographical, partly a self-help book and partly a led discovery of your own life. It includes many exercises to create your own wellness journal and life planner to make your dreams come true. I'm a big believer in writing things down and planning. It'ss the best way to visualise and make things happen.

Bowes reminds us to let go of our plans we had made or those that didn't work out, and make room for new, better plans. But in order to do this, we need to take many other steps along the way. She leads us through this journey but allows room to make it your own.

One step for me is definitely letting go of false beliefs about self-worth. Dianna addresses this with ideas about how to silence that inner critic. This is so essential if you are to move forward, I believe. Learning to love yourself is hard, but we can learn to be kind to ourselves.

Bowes discusses gratitude, which has been a popular idea lately because it works. But she also talks about how our adversity can make us stronger, and that we need to express gratitude for that as well as the good things. My Nan always used to say that adversity builds character, and this reminded me of that.

Throughout the book are little anecdotes and larger stories by other women, to give these women a voice and the ability to own their own story. It also reminds us, as Dianna points out many times in the book, that we are not alone.

This book leads you through how to dream big and make those dreams come true by learning to think creatively. Unlocking your creativity will ultimately produce startling results in all areas of your life.

In the last couple of years, I have come to accept the maxim about no emotion is a negative one, you are allowed to feel whatever you feel. If you are sad, then you are sad. The problem, of course, is learning to express emotions in a constructive rather than a destructive way. Bowes discusses how to harness emotions like anger and use them in a proactive, not reactive, manner.

Another really important concept addressed is that of honouring our past and those who helped us develop. But also letting go of our past and forgiving. Dianna also tells us to be a bit of a rebel and learn to say no when it's not best for you.

I have written myself a little note here that I really liked Chapter 3 and the test. Now you will need to read it for yourself and find out why.

No wellbeing book is complete without discussing how we reward ourselves for doing well. There are more guided ideas and discussion around this.

When you have finished you can put on your theme song and dance. :)

Scroll down to see the book and author information and a chance to win a signed copy of Dianna's book for four lucky people.

Sep 24, 2016 - Review

 I have been curious for a while about ordering eyeglasses online  so when the lovely people at contacted me to see if I would enjoy a free pair for review I jumped at the chance. See my review after the jump.

Aug 3, 2016

Waleed Aly - The Festival of Disrupted Ideas

On the weekend we were lucky enough to hear this speech by Waleed Aly. I'm not much of a TV person myself, but he is well known for his work on The Project in Australia. The few times I have seen him in the past, he has impressed me, so I am glad that I was able to see him in person.

Jul 26, 2016

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare - Kindle Edition on Sale for .99cents

Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments, has a sale  for the first book in 

The Infernal Devices series. It's just 99 cents on Kindle. 

If you don't own a Kindle, you can use the free Kindle App to read it on your computer or mobile devices. 

You can read an excerpt and purchase through 

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Jul 24, 2016

Book Blast: THE DEEPEST BLACK by Rainy Kaye.

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 Today, we're celebrating the release of THE DEEPEST BLACK by USA Today Bestselling author Rainy Kaye. THE DEEPEST BLACK is 99 cents for a limited time! Check it out, then scroll all the way down to enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card!  


the_deepest_blackEmber has a little problem...fairies want her dead. Ember spends her Friday nights lurking in the bad parts of town, killing fairies. It’s either that, or become a victim to their flesh-eating hunger. Then she meets Remy, a fae who, despite getting on her nerves, isn’t evil. He tells her that a shadow has been consuming his world, changing its inhabitants and letting destructive beasts into his city. He is searching for his brother who went missing during the catastrophe. When a team of mercenaries come for Ember, she has little choice but to join Remy in his quest. Together, they decide to bait a trap. What they find reveals the destruction of the fae world means the end of the human world, too–and it’s Ember’s fault.

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Rainy Kaye writes paranormal novels from her lair somewhere in Phoenix, Arizona. She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA, and her Summoned series was acquired by Bastei Lübbe. In 2014, she reached the USA Today Bestseller list. Today, she's taking care of her small zoo of furry animals and trying to remember where she left her coffee.
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Jul 22, 2016

Book Review - Miss Ridley & the Warlock by Diana Green

Diana Green's story of Miss Ridley and the Warlock delighted me in the way she entwined old world charm with a new alternate world. 

I am always overjoyed with rebels who mix genres. Green has done that with an historical fantasy with a hint of romance, for good measure. 

This story held an exciting pace which kept me keen to discover the answers of the many riddles we are introduced to in the first few chapters. What is the nature of the pact between Allan and Ureleon? Will Romance blossom between Gemma and Allan? What are the strange creatures that circle the grounds at night?

Gemma Ridley is a likeable character with a down-to-earth nature and a sharp mind. You feel empathy for her. Disgraced by her father's legacy and overshadowed by the memory of the mother of her young charges, she holds her head high. 

Allan Kenrik is a dashing, but not pompous, hero who has to face seemingly impossible decisions for the future of those he cares for.  He might just be my new "book boyfriend". 

Delve into this magical world, if you enjoy paranormal fantasy with a twist, and a splash of romance. It's a quick read, but an enjoyable one. I loved the strong female character, and the exciting pace - and I think you will, too. 

I'm looking forward to Green's next book, Mr Thorne & the Witch. 

For information about the author, book tour and a giveaway - please see my previous post. Link here

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

Jul 9, 2016

Miss Ridley & the Warlock by Diana Green

Gemma Ridley’s first encounter with Squire Kenrik proves nothing short of alarming. So much so, she considers fleeing back to the city, despite the fact only poverty and scandal await her there. Could those challenges be worse than staying as governess on a haunted estate and working for a dangerously handsome eccentric?

Little does Gemma realize what dark secrets and wondrous enchantments will transform her life at Rook Hall. Squire Kenrik is more than he seems—more than any man she has known. He may be the source of her undoing, or he may hold the key to her deepest desires. Only time and the guidance of her heart will tell.

***Stories from the Secret Realms are historically-inspired fantasy romance. They share a setting reminiscent of England in the mid-19th century, but their world is rich with magic. 

Each book stands alone, and they can be read in any order.

Check after the jump break for a chance to win an Amazon Gift Card. 

Jul 5, 2016

GLAM - searching for alternate histories.

GLAM is an acronym for Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums. It also incorporates other cultural institutions such as theatres, zoos, botanical gardens, public broadcasters etc. (Wikimedia Outreach)

While tutoring in  Information Science, I realised that I come across many interesting resources that some people may not know about. I will be sharing some of these on a regular basis, to spread the GLAM knowledge.

This week I will share the interesting ideas that are coming from specialised searching for history of minority groups. There have been amazing inroads made into using archives to support the histories of Indigenous people, disability activism, 
LBGQTI activism, and mental health histories.

Jun 23, 2016

New Releases, FREE & BARGAIN Books Linkup! Find your bargains!

Sharing the Love of Books
Enjoy our selection of New Releases / Free & Bargain Books this week

Authors please feel free to add your own books
Readers please free to add your own finds
(any genre except erotica welcome)

This weekly link up is hosted by Beck Valley Books & these awesome book loving blogs...
 Life as Leels | IrishdaisylovesRomance | Book Babble | All Romance Reader
It's My Side of Life | Celticlady's Reviews | First Time Mommy Adventures | Bound 2 Escape
Beck Valley BooksA Library of Reviews | Cinnamon Hollow Reviews
Miki's Hope | Taking Time for Mommy | Nicki's Nook
Ebook Addicts | I Love Romance | A Bit Bookish | Mother Distracted | Colorimetry
Totally Addicted to Reading | 3 Partners in Shopping | Angie's Angle I Creat Purty Thangs | Wishful Endings
Lynchburg Mama | LibriAmoriMieiAli - The Dragon Slayer | Wondermom WannabeMy Bizzy World |  Deal Sharing Aunt 

For Pre-orders post - PRE-ORDER / genre / title /author
For New Releases post - NEW / genre / title / author
For Free Books post - FREE / genre / title / author / end date 
For Bargain Books post - SALE / price / genre / title / author / end date
(Strictly no Erotica please.  Steamy romance is fine but watch those covers people, incase any underage child is viewing it!)

Here is this weeks awesome selection! (After the jump)

Jun 21, 2016

Pre-release - Bad Boys After Dark: Mick by Melissa Foster

Bad Boys After Dark: Mick

Indulge your inner vixen...

You asked for naughtier lovers, with the same fierce loyalty as The Bradens - Meet the Bad Boys... Four sinfully sexy, uber alpha brothers, about to fall head over heels for their leading ladies. .

Everything's naughtier after dark...
Amanda Jenner is done being a boring-man magnet and has finally taken control of her love life. As any smart paralegal would, she’s researched the hell out of how to seduce a man. She’s waxed, primped, and ready to put her newfound skills into action—and a masquerade bar crawl is the perfect venue for her solo coming-out party. 

Entertainment attorney Mick Bad lives by two hard and fast rules. He never mixes business with pleasure, and he doesn’t do relationships, which makes the anonymity of a masquerade bar crawl the perfect place for a onetime hookup.

Amanda thinks she’s hit the jackpot when she bags a tall, dark, and sinfully delicious masked man—until she discovers the man she’s made out with is her off-limits boss. Mick’s already crossed a line he can never uncross, and one taste of sweet and sexy Amanda has only whet his appetite. When Mick offers to give Amanda a lesson in seduction—no strings, no regrets, and for goodness’ sake, come Monday, no quitting—the tables turn, and Mick’s totally unprepared for the lessons this sweet temptress provides.

The Bad Boys are a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

Available to pre-order from ...

May 20, 2016

Waking Up Dead Review

I participated in the book tour for this novel a couple of years ago, so it went onto my TBR pile. I'm so glad I read it. It has likeable characters and some real 'edge of your seat' storylines. I love a good heart-racing moment in my fiction.

May 12, 2016

Cat Thursday - #AmStudying

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.

May 11, 2016

Go Clean, Sexy You by Lisa Consiglio Ryan + Guest Reviewer and Giveaway (US/CA)


by Kate Campbell

Today I welcome two guest posters. Firstly, the gorgeous Lisa Consiglio Ryan, who is the author of the cookbook, Go Clean, Sexy You. She discusses her book and her lifestyle.

I welcome Lisa to my blog, as I know first hand the importance of a holistic approach to your health. This is how I now approach my health. One is treating the symptoms, two is taking care of my mind and three is looking after my body, which includes food, exercise and massage therapy. At least that's my approach. I am glad that someone is approaching the idea of detoxing properly, through your liver! That's the only way your body can detox (not through your feet or any other random treatment). Look after your liver with these great food ideas. I hope Lisa's book will help you. Please remember to talk to your doctor or health professional if you are starting a new regime.

Secondly, I welcome Mae Carr who has kindly done a book review of Lisa's book. I have been so busy with classes, I haven't had much time to read. So I really appreciate her input. You can catch up with Mae on Twitter.

All the goodies after the break:

May 6, 2016

Debbie Macomber Coloring Book


The heartwarming novels of Debbie Macomber are known for their colorful locales, cheerful themes, and inspiring messages, and that spirit of comfort and generosity are on dazzling display throughout this one-of-a-kind collector’s item. Packed with dozens of intricate knitting images, soothing landscapes, and cozy scenes from the long-running Rose Harbor and Blossom Street series, The World of Debbie Macomber is brought to life in black-and-white by acclaimed illustrators. There’s no place like home—and there’s no coloring book quite like this one.


First Published: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780425286074


Apr 28, 2016

Cat Thursday

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.

More pics after the jump...