Monday, April 23, 2018

An Amazing Find: Museum Trees!

Sometimes you come across a product and you vascillate because you aren't sure what you will get or if it will be worth the price. (Which is why actually getting out of my house and going to the store can be a good thing). So I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of a product I received several months ago from a company called Museum Trees.

They have the widest selection of outdoor artificial plants and trees. And yes, they are life-sized. It's stunning what they offer. A couple of my favorites are the Desert Willow and the Japanese Bonsai. They also offer some useful information like How to Maintain Your Office Garden with Minimal Effort... (the picture alone on this one is worth the look)

I was privileged to receive a beautiful custom artificial tree from an affiliate of Museum Trees. And it did not dissappoint. It was super easy to take from the shipping box and arrange the leaves. I set it on the side table in the waiting area at our office. It looks amazing and so natural. When I asked one lady what she thought, she couldn't believe it wasn't real. I'm not a great photographer, but I absolutely love this tree. And the other benefit is that I know it won't die.

*I received this product in exchange for a fair review. (I could gush about this tree because I really do love it!)

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Not an Ordinary Baronet BLOG TOUR!

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One morning, along the wild Dorset coast, Sir Bertie is bewitched by Lady Catherine Redmayne. Smugglers intervene, and soon her life is in danger. Of course, Bertie feels compelled to protect her, but initially, Catherine believes him to be the menace. It doesn't help that she is heartbroken and the subject of a scandal.

First, Bertie must convince Catherine of his innocence, then uncover the real threat. Will she yeild her injured heart to him? Several forces are at work to separate them, and after all, he is only an ordinary baronet and she is a marquess's daughter.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

A Peculiar Courtship plus GIVEAWAY!

Beckett Files Book 2 by Laura Beers

Back of the BookLord Jonathon Beckett's mission is simple: retrieve Lady Hannah and place her under the protection of the Crown. But he isn't prepared for the havoc she inflicts on his world, making him question whether his duty as an agent of the Crown should always come before his heart.

Lady Hannah's father has uncovered evidence exposing a French traitor to the Crown. Willing to do anything to silence him, the traitor's primary target has become Lady Hannah. Keeping her safe means locking her away from Society, but she refuses to stand idly by, letting others put their lives on the line to protect her. Instead, she will stop at nothing to learn to defend herself, even at the risk of losing Lord Jonathon's protection, or his affections.
With a sinister scheme in play to collapse the English government from within, Lord Jonathon must protect Lady Hannah from the French spies intending to use her as a pawn in their game of treachery. But can he protect her from herself?

My Take: (Isn't the cover gorgeous?) W.O.W. I had a hard time walking away from reading A Peculiar Courtship in order to get necessary things done. It was just so good. I liked Saving Shadow as reviewed in my last post, but I LOVED A Peculiar Courtship. I love the fierce heroines and the protective heroes, the playful and serious banter, and the truly evil villians. And of course the happily ever after ending. I recommend reading Saving Shadow before reading A Peculiar Courtship, but it isn't necessary.

I received an advanced reader copy in exchange for a fair review. All opinions are my own and no other compensation was given. 

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Saving Shadow

Saving Shadow by Laura Beers

Back Cover:  

Born with a perfect memory, Lady Elizabeth Beckett has become one of the world’s most notorious spies, despite being the daughter of a duke. She is shielded only by her code name: Shadow. When young ladies of High Society begin disappearing from London, Eliza has no doubt who is orchestrating these crimes; a heinous man she has been investigating for years. Vowing to save them before they are sold to the highest bidder, she must risk everything to stop him.

Lord Sinclair was perfectly content being the second son of a marquess, but when his brother is murdered, he is thrust into a position he has not been prepared for and does not desire. As an agent for the Crown, he is expected to retire now that he is the heir, but he’s been granted special permission for one more mission... to obtain justice for his murdered brother.
Used to keeping secrets, Lady Eliza and Lord Sinclair must learn to open up to each other when they are assigned as partners to bring down the same ruthless man and his brutal empire of abduction and slavery. As Eliza’s tainted past becomes too much for her to bear alone, can she learn to trust her new partner with her secrets, her life, and possibly her heart?

My Take:

It took me a bit to get into this book. I loved Lady Eliza's fearlessness and her ability to manage the situations she was thrown into. Lord Sinclair was entertaining and I thought the secondary characters well developed also. SAVING SHADOW is a fun story and one I recommend. (And it's only $1.99 on Kindle right now!) 

I'm looking forward to reading more by Laura Beers.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tamara Passey Guest Post


I read the news and learned of the Las Vegas mass shooting at 8:20 a.m.  

“No!” I cried out. A mind, heart, and soul—“NO.” 

Random and reckless. Terrifying and too much. I have to remember once again that I live in this world where people can hurt, maim, and kill. I can already see the waves of grief spreading out over the city, and state, the country and the world. It takes all my willpower to resist the fear and refuse the helplessness.

A single thought whispers: Do goodSomething, anything. Do something kind for someone today. It seems pointless or ineffective or thin in the face of such thick evil. Yet the thought persists because of what I know.

You see, my son shares a birthday with his uncle. My brother. The brother that was killed—kicked to death—by three men. This isn’t a fact we dwell on when November rolls around and we sing happy birthday to him. For years after my brother’s death, I wished my son could have been born on a different day. 

But their shared birthday led me to a mental comparison I might not have made otherwise.

My son is also a liver transplant recipient. Some organs you can share without giving your life—like kidneys. While others can only be given when your life ends—like hearts, for example.  So, yes, a child died unexpectedly and his parents agreed to donate his liver to our son who had been on the waiting list almost three months. (The same list that as of today, an average of 20 people die each day waiting.)  Through the next 24 hours of tears and prayers and skilled surgery, he emerged with a healthy liver and a body capable of living. And live he has. For 23 years, our family has known joy. Whole-souled, awe-filled joy because of him. Not just because of the miracle of his life, but because of the miracle that someone we didn’t know was allowed to choose to give him another chance at life. Choosing to do good, even in an hour of pain and grief.

While I have grappled with the heart-sickening actions of others—both mistakes or hateful acts of violence—and how those actions are allowed to wreak havoc in the lives of innocent people, I have gradually come to see what this means for the loving actions of others. Loving actions are allowed to impact us as well. Generous gestures, kind compliments, and heroic rescues can all create waves of comfort and peace. Doctors who dedicate years to study and practice so they can heal, save a life, or relieve a pain. Friends who show up on doorsteps with dinner, neighbors who water your plants and watch the street when you’re out of town. Family members who listen, encourage, and cheer you on—give you a hug (a high-five, a fist-bump—whatever love language you speak.) All of these loving actions can supply happiness and peace, hope and joy. Love can help and heal and give life. And like a wave, it can move through a family, a city, and the world too. 

This is my reality: three men I will never know changed the landscape of my family’s life causing immense grief and pain by ending my brother’s life. While another three people, two parents and a child, were allowed to give the gift of life, also changing my family’s life—bringing infinite happiness and joy. 

It may be impossible to avoid grief on a day like today—where the news headlines are driving pain into my heart and home. I don’t have maxims or mottos or not least of all, answers. 
But I do have a longing swelling up into a soul-filled determination to push back against the wave with one of my own. Do good today—something, anything—good

Tamara Passey

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

What Now? 8 Ways to Deal with Life's Difficulties by Connie E. Sokol

 My good friend, Connie Sokol, has just written a new ebook! (So I had to share it with you).

Having just experienced a tough trial in her life, she is sharing the go-tos learned as she has thrived through it. It hit #1 on Amazon as a preorder! Called "What Now? 8 Ways to Deal with Life's Difficulties" it's a quick jumpstart to deal with what is. No matter your life stress, the simple tips help you move from soul paralysis, indecision, or frustration, to taking a productive step. Get a chance to win a free ebook copy today by sharing this blog post and commenting below. 

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Monday, September 25, 2017

A Promise for Tomorrow by Michele Paige Holmes

Coming November 2017, from Michele Paige Holmes, Amazon’s bestselling historical romance author and Whitney Award Winner, comes the Hearthfire Historical Romance, A PROMISE FOR TOMORROW, sequel to Yesterday's Promise.
Scottish Highlands, 1700s:

Barely two weeks have passed since Laird Collin MacDonald first darkened Katherine Mercer’s doorstep and married her. Marriage has hardly been what she expected, given their grueling and adventurous days of travel to the Scottish Highlands. Along with the discovery that Collin’s twin Ian would like to see her dead, Katie must now face her own clan, whose chief wants to kill Collin and take her to wife himself. All because Katie possesses the Campbell gift of sight, passed down through centuries of her ancestors.

With little more than faith in her grandfather’s vision and her unique bond with Collin to guide her, Katie steps bravely into an unknown future, where the glimpses afforded her may bring more danger than direction. When the misuse of her gift takes Collin from her side, she is left alone and vulnerable. Help arrives in the most unexpected form as Ian MacDonald makes good on his threat to attack the Campbells and Katie learns that the bond between brothers and love knows no bounds.

Other Hearthfire Romances:
YESTERDAY’S PROMISE (Scottish Historical)
A PROMISE FOR TOMORROW (Scottish Historical, coming Fall 2017)

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