Thursday, October 28, 2010

CSN Stores Giveaway!


I am lucky enough to be part of CSN Stores Preferred Blogger Program. Because of this I am able to have this giveaway for my readers!

The winner will receive a $50 promotional code to use at CSN Stores.

This giveaway is open to US and Canada ONLY
There may be shipping charges or in the case of Canadian readers, international fees, for certain products.

Mandatory entry:
Leave a comment letting me know what you might buy from CSN Stores

Extra entry:

+1 New follower in GFC
+2 Old follower in GFC

(Please leave your Google Friend Connect name in the comment)

Giveaway ends November 4 at 11:59 pm EST

*Thanks to CSN Stores for the opportunity to do this giveaway*

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday #17

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Demonglass (Hex Hall, Book 2) by Rachel Hawkins
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (February 22, 2011)
Amazon Description:

Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch.

That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.

Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers.

But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Acher to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?

Preggers by Therafirm review


From the Company's site:

Maternity Trouser Socks
10-15mmHg* Gradient Compression

True gradient compression delivers a controlled amount of pressure
greatest at the ankle and gradually decreases towards the top of the
stocking to promote better blood flow.

Soft comfort band is non-restrictive while staying in place all day.

Super soft material is breathable and provides support to energize legs.

Comfort heel and toe.

Micro-Cool® process creates a wicking effect so moisture evaporates
from the skin quickly providing a comfortable coolness.

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Although this product is geared towards pregnant and post-pregnant women, any woman (like myself) with achy legs can benefit from wearing these compression socks. My legs get very achy and I have considered trying compression socks before but I was a little skeptical about how much they would actually help. In the stores I have only been able to find ugly nude color socks that cost a fortune, until I found Preggers by Therafirm. Their trouser socks come in black and cocoa either in ribbed or diamond pattern at a cost of $14.95 which is a really great price. When I tried the socks on I immediately felt some relief and as the day went on my pain pretty much disappeared. At the end of the day is when I really realized how great the socks worked because when the socks came off after a while the discomfort in my legs set back in. Now on the days when my legs are really bothering me I wear the trouser socks from Preggers by Therafirm. One thing you should keep in mind when ordering the socks is don't go by shoe size to figure out which size to get. Actually take the measurements and compare them to the chart they have so you definitely get the right ones.



Product review & giveaway disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Monday, October 25, 2010

CSN Stores

CSN Stores has 200+ stores with just about any product you can think of, including dining chairs. I really like the dining chair pictured above, it is from Paula Deen's line. The prices are great and a lot of their items actually have free shipping. The customer service is excellent and the shipping is prompt.
I am fortunate enough to be a CSN Stores Preferred Blogger, so be on the lookout soon for a giveaway.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Book Review: Ecstasy in Darkness by Gena Showalter

Ecstasy in Darkness (Alien Huntress, Book 5) by Gena Showalter
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star; Original edition (October 26, 2010)
Goodreads Description:

New York Times bestselling sensation Gena Showalter enthralls with a dark, tantalizing world of humans, otherworlders, powers beyond imagining, and a seductive vampire undone by his insatiable hunger for one woman. . . .Growing up poor on New Chicago’s meanest streets, Ava Sans had two options: be the predator or be the prey. No contest. Now, working for Alien Investigation and Removal, she’s been ordered to capture the biggest, baddest warrior of all—a vampire too beautiful to be real, with the ability to manipulate time. Once the leader of the entire vampire army, McKell has been deemed savage and unstable, spurned even by his own kind.To McKell, humans should be nothing more than sustenance. Yet the petite, golden-skinned Ava is a fascinating contradiction—vicious yet witty, strong yet vulnerable, lethal but fiercely loyal. Against his better judgment, McKell craves that loyalty, and much more. When the chase leads to seduction, McKell and Ava will race to discover the truth about his past. But the answers will come at a price, even for a woman who thought she had nothing left to lose. .
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First I must say that this book has one smokin hot cover. Besides that, as I expected this book was amazing. Gena Showalter knows how to deliver a story packed with conflict and sex appeal. The love scenes were written to perfection with just the right amount of heat without going overboard. Another thing I loved about this book is the humor, especially Ava and Noelle's banter. They have a unique friendship where they can basically verbally bash each other and not get mad...it is pretty hilarious at times. McKell played a pretty big part in a previous book in the series and I thought it was pretty interesting that he became a main character. He is an Alpha male with a huge ego and an interesting power and background. Initially I thought I would have a hard time liking him but it turned out it was a lot easier than I thought. If you have not read the previous books in the series I don't think it would be a problem to just pick this one up and read it but I always recommend a series should be read in order so you don't miss out on some of the background info that rounds out the story. The gist of the story is an alien queen is infecting people (through sex) and it turns them into raging cannibals. The New Chicago Police Department's Alien Investigation and Removal Agency is fighting to save the infected and get rid of the alien queen and her minions. Ava and Noelle are trainees and are sent to bring McKell in. After that is when the book starts to get really good (and that is really early on).

5/5

I received this book from the publisher for review. Any opinions expressed are my own.

CymLowell

Friday, October 22, 2010

Book Review: Blood Trinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love

Blood Trinity (Belador, Book1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love
  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket; Original edition (October 19, 2010)
Amazon Description:

Supernatural warriors bound by an extraordinary code of honor face an ultimate test of loyalty in the exciting new paranormal thriller from New York Times bestselling authors Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love.Atlanta has become the battlefield between human and demon. All her life, Evalle Kincaid has walked the line between the two. Her origins unknown, she’s on a quest to learn more about her past . . . and her future.When a demon claims a young woman in a terrifying attack and there’s no one else to blame, Evalle comes under suspicion. Now she’s on a deadly quest for her own survival. Through the sordid underground of an alternate Atlanta where nothing is as it seems to the front lines of the city, where her former allies have joined forces to hunt her, Evalle must prove her innocence or pay the ultimate price.But saving herself is the least of her problems if she doesn’t stop the coming apocalypse. The clock is ticking and Atlanta is about to catch fire. . . .
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Blood Trinity is the first book in a great new urban fantasy series by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love. This is such an amazing read. The main character, Evalle, is an Alterant and a member of the Belador race. Alterants are considered dangerous and no better than wild animals so Evalle faces a lot of hostility and disrespect from others. Despite that she stands by her race and does everything she can to protect her people. The conflict in the book is very interesting but what I most liked about it is that it was a way to introduce the different races and creatures and pique my interest into looking forward to the next book in hopes that I get to learn more about them. I think that anyone who enjoys urban fantasy will love this book...I certainly did.

5/5

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday #16

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

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Vesper: A Deviants Novel by Jeff Sampson
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (January 25, 2011)
Goodreads Description:

Emily Webb is a geek. And she’s happy that way. Content hiding under hoodies and curling up to watch old horror flicks, she’s never been the kind of girl who sneaks out for midnight parties. And she’s definitely not the kind of girl who starts fights or flirts with other girls’ boyfriends. Until one night Emily finds herself doing exactly that . . . the same night one of her classmates—also named Emily—is found mysteriously murdered.

The thing is, Emily doesn’t know why she’s doing any of this. By day, she’s the same old boring Emily, but by night, she turns into a thrill seeker. With every nightfall, Emily gets wilder until it’s no longer just her personality that changes. Her body can do things it never could before: Emily is now strong, fast, and utterly fearless. And soon Emily realizes that she’s not just coming out of her shell . . . there’s something much bigger going on. Is she bewitched by the soul of the other, murdered Emily? Or is Emily Webb becoming something else entirely—something not human?

As Emily hunts for answers, she finds out that she’s not the only one this is happening to—some of her classmates are changing as well. Who is turning these teens into monsters—and how many people will they kill to get what they want?

I am back!

Sorry for the lack of posting these past couple of week...my computer was messed up and I had very limited internet access. Thankfully I have an awesome friend (Thanks Stew!) who fixed my computer so now I am back! I will have some reviews and other stuff posted tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Every Day's A Holiday: Year-Round Crafting with Kids by Heidi Kenney

Every Day's A Holiday: Year-Round Crafting with Kids by Heidi Kenney
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 8, 2010)
Kids love making crafts, and no one knows that better than Heidi Kenney, creator of the popular blog My Paper Crane. In this festive how-to book, Heidi shares a year’s worth of classic and not-so-classic projects that the whole family will enjoy, from the National Bird Day embroidered handmade book to the St. Patrick’s Day mini leprechaun pin. Fifty fully photographed projects are geared to all age levels and abilities. Some—like the New Year’s Day newspaper hats—are simple enough for small kids to make themselves with minimum assistance, while more complicated projects require a little extra help from mom or dad. With so many fun projects to bring the family together, Every Day’s a Holiday proves that every day really is a holiday.

Heidi Kenney created her blog (www.mypapercrane.com) as a venue to showcase her handmade art projects. Her work has been featured in many galleries and she sells her creations to a number of select shops. She lives with her family in Pennsylvania.

France Ruffenach is a San Francisco-based photographer specializing in food and crafting.

Purchase from Amazon HERE

I have not gotten this book yet but I know I will love all the crafts inside. I have been reading Heidi's blog for about 2 years now. She is such an amazing person and she creates the cutest things imaginable.

Check out her site HERE
and her shop HERE

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Book Trailer: His Darkest Embrace by Juliana Stone

Releases Oct. 26