New Release from Melissa Foster + Win $100 Amazon Card {Giveaway}

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Huge Giveaway from NYT & USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Melissa Foster

To help celebrate the release of her newest Romance, bestselling author, Melissa Foster, has created a fun Street Team for readers of her books and lovers of the Romance genre. As part of this launch, she will be giving away lots of prizes—and I mean lots. From chocolate gift baskets to autographed books to super swag, she will be giving away more than 20 prizes, and as many as 520!

If the Street Team reaches 500 members by Monday, December 22, every single member will score an Advance Review Copy of her upcoming novel, Seaside Secrets. That means that you can enjoy the newly released Seaside Sunsets and then immediately read the next installment in the series. Pretty cool, huh?

Not in the mood to join the team? Not a problem! You can still enter the Rafflecopter contest for your chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card and autographed book.

Now that I know you’re excited, read on to learn more about Melissa’s Street Team and her newest release, Seaside Sunsets.

About Melissa’s Street Team

Do you LOVE Melissa Foster’s hunky heroes and smart, sexy heroines? Want to tell others about her books and help spread the word while gaining exclusive peeks at upcoming releases? Join Melissa’s Street Team, and become one of her most trusted fans!

Fab fan benefits:  Personal interaction with Melissa, lively discussions with other super fans and romance junkies, sneak peeks into future publications, exciting challenges with great prizes/swag, and fancy badges for your website, blog, and social media profiles.

Join today:  www.facebook.com/groups/melissafosterfans

About Melissa’s Newest Release

*SEASIDE SUNSETS WAS CHOSEN AS ONE OF AMAZON EDITORS’ BEST ROMANCE BOOKS OF DECEMBER 2014

For the first time since developing the second largest search engine in the world, billionaire Jamie Reed is taking the summer off. He plans to work from the Cape and spend time with his elderly grandmother–and falling in love is not in his plans.

From the moment Jamie and Jessica meet, the attraction is white-hot. Once-overly-focused Jamie can think of little else than sensual, smart, and alluring Jessica, and Jessica discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. But when Jamie’s business encounters trouble and his attorney and best friend intervenes, he proves that the blond beauty is too distracting for Jamie. To make matters worse, it appears that Jessica might not be who she says she is, turning Jamie’s life–and his heart–upside down. In a world where personal information is always one click away, Jamie must decide if he should trust his heart or watch the woman he loves walk away

Recommended for readers aged 18+

Get Seaside Sunsets on AmazonBarnes & NobleiTunesKobo, or Google Play!
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FLASH GIVEAWAY! $50 Paypal or Amazon Gift Card! {Giveaway}

 

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For THREE Days ONLY we are offering this Flash Giveaway!
One lucky reader will receive $50 USD Paypal Cash or Amazon Gift Card!!
This giveaway is for THREE Days Only! Enter Now!
We are making it easy peasy to enter! Just use the form below.
Remember, this giveaway ends at 11:59 pm on Dec. 14, 2014! Tell your friends so they can enter, too!

Good Luck!

 

Disclosure: This giveaway is organized by Giveaway Booster.com. The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. Must be 18+ to enter. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.  My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.

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Shatter Point on Sale + $75 Amazon or B&N Giftcard! {Giveaway}

Shatter Point by Jeff Altabef is on sale from 12/8-12/12 for only $0.99!

Pick up a copy of this spellbinding thriller.

You can also enter the giveaway at the end of this post with no more than a click of the mouse for a chance to win a $75 Amazon or B&N gift card! Extra entry points will be available for anyone who posts a verified review before 1/23/2015!

“A thriller that grabs readers and doesn’t let go, skillfully twisting, turning, and manipulating its plot for maximum impact.” – Donovan, eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

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3D-ShatterPointEvolved Publishing presents a gripping glimpse of the near future, in which a twisted serial killer finds power in a corrupt political culture.

When her 19-year-old son Jack miraculously recovers from a serious head trauma, Maggie is sure her luck has changed. But when she’s abducted by a shadow from her past – a phantom with dangerous sapphire eyes – it’s up to Jack and his younger brother Tom to unravel the mystery and save their mom from a deadly psychological battle.

The brothers seek help from their colorful great aunt, who exposes them to a world of nefarious family secrets, explosive government conspiracies, and a series of horrific murders. Together they must navigate a dark underworld full of political subterfuge and class warfare.

Yet as they search for their mother, Jack changes—raked by skull splitting headaches and weird visions. How exactly did he recover from his coma, and how does this tie into the psychopath who’s abducted their mother?

Will Jack and Tom save Maggie before her abductor reaches his shatter point? Does Jack have enough time left?

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Shatter Point is an exciting novel of suspense, action, drama and even a little bit of horror…. It’s definitely one of the best novels out there right now.” – Next Page Reviews

“When I reached the last 100 pages no one was going to be able to stop me reading until I knew the ending!” – Olivia’s Catastrophe

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Cook with Tyler Florence in Inside the Test Kitchen: 120 New Recipes, Perfected {Book Review}

* Disclaimer: I received Inside the Test Kitchen from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own.

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About Inside the Test Kitchen

Tyler Florence does updated comfort food like no one else, but comfort food’s never been updated like this. Join him as he perfects, simplifies, and totally re-invents your favorite dishes in surprising, spectacular ways.

Have you ever wondered which cheese, exactly, will make the stretchiest, cheesiest mac and cheese? Or if you can make Hollandaise sauce without fear, a double boiler, or even a whisk? Or if, instead of having to choose between onion rings or French fries, you can make onion rings crusted with French fries? Tyler Florence has. These are the kinds of questions he obsesses over when he thinks about how to make cooking both easier and more exciting.

For years, while shuttling between his restaurants and TV shoots, Tyler’s kept a notebook of ideas to push his own recipes out of their comfort zone. Now, for the first time in his career, he’s established a culinary lab where he can dive deep into the hows, whys, and why-nots of his cooking. He brings you Inside the Test Kitchen to see his experiments, the wins and the fails, and of course, the delicious, foolproof, and surprising recipes that come out of it.

Go from tricks to make basics brilliant—like saucing Double-Creamed Spinach with pureed spinach, or using boiling-hot brine to make a Super-Crisp Roast Chicken— to simpler ways to make the classics, like a nearly no-stir Time Saver Risotto and a Three-Minute Hollandaise, to pure reinvention, like Fronion Rings and almost-instant Modern Burger Buns.

Through these 120 recipes, Tyler invites you to question culinary sacred cows, push your skills to the next level, and make food more delicious than they would have thought possible.

My Review

Let me just start by saying that any cookbook who has an entire section devoted to cheese and cheesecake is a winner in my book…but I before I digress into how much I love cheese, let’s get back to the book.

This is a SUPER FUN cookbook that will grab you from the get go – the setup is brilliant from the front cover – it’s like you ran into Tyler Florence’s kitchen and stole his cooking journal!  It’s full of handwritten notes and step-by-step instructions, and frankly, it’s unlike any cookbook I’ve ever seen.  So kudos on the originality and layout of this cookbook.  I review A LOT of cookbooks and I can say that this is the most unique cookbook in my entire collection, so this is a huge plus if you are looking for a cool, unique gift for the chef in your life.

So aside from that – the food.  AWESOME.  I love the recipes – I love even more that they tell you what the goal of their experimentation was.  Case in point – the cheese (I know, I have an addiction.) In Tyler’s Stretchy Mac and Cheese Recipe, Tyler tells you that he wanted a “stretchy” mac and cheese without too much back time.  The recipe is accompanied by a couple awesome photos that show you what your in-process recipe should look like, in case, for example, you don’t know what a golden blond roux should look like!

I really can’t go on enough about how cool this cookbook is.  If you haven’t seen it or checked it out and you are a home chef or love a home chef, this is a must read!

Win a 3 month Subscription to the Gourmet Popcorn Club! {Giveaway}

If you’re looking for a fun and delicious gift, check out the Gourmet Popcorn Club from ClubsGalore! You’ll get 4 quarts or more of gourmet small-batch popcorn in 3 to 4 different varieties each month including flavors like Barbecue, Buffalo Wing, White Cheddar, Ranch, Caramel, Chocolate Mint, Parmesan, Salt & Vinegar, Pesto and many more!

One lucky winner will receive a 3 month subscription (Starting in January) to the Gourmet Popcorn Club! Just Another Mom recently had the opportunity to sample some of the delicious flavors and you can read all about our experience. Speaking from that, Just Another Mom gives the Gourmet Popcorn Club two thumbs up and a must-have gift.

Gourmet Popcorn Club Giveaway

Sponsored by: ClubsGalore

Hosted by: Just Another Mom

Co-Hosted by: Deliciously Savvy, Heartbeats Soulstains

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Begins: 12/10 and Ends: 12/22 at 11:59 PM EST

Send someone a box full of indulgence each month – Made with premium corn kernels and the finest ingredients. Each flavor is packaged separately keeping it fresh until you are ready to partake! This popcorn will create conversation, provide entertainment for your palate, and offer moments of genuine joy.

This giveaway is open to residents of the continental United States only.

Winner must be 18 or older

Winner will be notified within 24 hours of the giveaway ending and will have until 12/27 to reply or a new winner will be chosen.

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Keep Winning with the 12 Days of Christmas! {Giveaway}

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Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway series!

Days Nine through Twelve

Hosted By: Tyrneathem

Co-Hosted By: Peanut Butter and Whine

Thank you to all the wonderful bloggers that helped make this great!

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Santa told us that you have been very good this year, so we got together and decided to give you 12 days of giveaways! A new giveaway begins each day… and the prize value goes up with each passing day… so check back often! We have almost $700 in prizes!

A huge thank you to Santa’s elves: Newman’s Own Organics, Glass Dharma, Old Time Candy, PetBox, Moffett Watches, Zipz Shoes, Aluminyze, Highlights Magazine, Lugz, Maggie Bags, and Therafit!

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On the ninth day of Christmas, my favorite blogger gave to me a photo printed on aluminum! Enter the form below to win an 11 x 17 print from Aluminyze!

fleurdot On the tenth day of Christmas, my favorite blogger gave to me a package the kids will love! Enter the form below to win a 1 year subscription to High Five magazine plus a $35 gift card to Zoey’s Attic!

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On the eleventh day of Christmas, my favorite blogger gave to me stylish shoes for a stylish man! Enter the form below to win a pair of Lugz men’s Empire WR boots in your color choice!

  fleurdot   On the twelfth day of Christmas, my favorite blogger gave to me shoes to keep me in shape this holiday! Enter the form below to win a pair of women’s Therafit Deborah athletic shoes in your color choice!  

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We have even more gifts to give away!

Head over here to enter the first day of surprises!

You’ll find even more goodies to win over here!

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Disclaimer & Rules: We cannot guarantee delivery by Christmas. Open to residents of the Continental US only. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate. If you have won an item from a sponsor within the last six (6) months, you are not eligible for that prize. All entries are optional, but completing more entries will increase your chances of winning a prize. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. Confirmed winners will be contacted by email. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. I have not received any compensation for the post above. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services mentioned. The host may have received compensation or applied affiliate links. Participating bloggers are not responsible for the awarding of the prize. Sponsor and/or host blogger is responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, or any other social media network. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household. Void where prohibited by law. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Set Your Holiday Table with Jay Companies! {Giveaway}

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Sponsored by Jay Companies

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The holidays are upon us. When we think about the parties that we will have, we want to have great items around. Jay Companies is the place to get some great items for your entertaining. They have a wide range of items from dinnerware, to bar ware, to home decor and everything you would need to have a party with. Weather you are entertaining 5 people or 50 people you can expect great things from them.

For over 50 years The Jay Companies has specialized in fine and casual dinnerware, crystal stemware and giftware, table charger plates and decorative accessories. Quality and fashion have been the hallmark of the Jay brand for over half a century.

Founded in the early 1950’s by Paul and Erna Jay, The Company began doing business in Italy, Portugal and Spain. The Jay Companies has since added the Czech Republic and Turkey to its list of European sources as well as product from the Far East.

Their ability to manufacture all items in very large quantities presents us the unique opportunity of bringing designer products to our customers at extraordinary pricing. They are always mindful of ever changing styles. Jay’s design team pays great attention to the latest trends and fashions. The company’s quality control department pays careful attention to both product and packaging, ensuring customer satisfaction.

Jay Companies has graciously offered to give one lucky person this awesome gift package. That one person will receive:
2- 16 piece Dinnerware sets
1 Beverage dispenser
2 Set of 4 Champagne Flutes

Disclaimer: The participating bloggers have not been compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact Sharon@mompoweredmedia.com if you have any additional questions or comments.

Win Tons of Prizes with the 12 Days of Christmas! {Giveaway}

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Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway series!

Days Five through Eight

Hosted By: Tyrneathem

Co-Hosted By: Peanut Butter and Whine

Thank you to all the wonderful bloggers that helped make this great!

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Santa told us that you have been very good this year, so we got together and decided to give you 12 days of giveaways! A new giveaway begins each day… and the prize value goes up with each passing day… so check back often! We have almost $700 in prizes!

A huge thank you to Santa’s elves: Newman’s Own Organics, Glass Dharma, Old Time Candy, PetBox, Moffett Watches, Zipz Shoes, Aluminyze, Highlights Magazine, Lugz, Maggie Bags, and Therafit!

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On the fifth day of Christmas, my favorite blogger gave to me scented watches that can interchange! Enter the form below to win a Starter Kit and two Mix & Match sets from Moffett Watches.

  fleurdot   On the sixth day of Christmas, my favorite blogger gave to me some tasty organic treats! Enter the form below to win a sampler box full of foods and snacks from Newman’s Own Organics.  

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On the seventh day of Christmas, my favorite blogger gave to me handbags made of seatbelt webbing! Enter the form below to win a $50 gift card from Maggie Bags.

  fleurdot   On the eighth day of Christmas, my favorite blogger gave to me some shoes to zip along! Enter the form below to win your choice of available shoes from Zipz!  

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We have even more gifts to give away!

Head over here to enter the first day of surprises!

On December 9th, you’ll find even more goodies to win over here!

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Disclaimer & Rules: We cannot guarantee delivery by Christmas. Open to residents of the Continental US only. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate. If you have won an item from a sponsor within the last six (6) months, you are not eligible for that prize. All entries are optional, but completing more entries will increase your chances of winning a prize. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. Confirmed winners will be contacted by email. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. I have not received any compensation for the post above. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services mentioned. The host may have received compensation or applied affiliate links. Participating bloggers are not responsible for the awarding of the prize. Sponsor and/or host blogger is responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, or any other social media network. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household. Void where prohibited by law. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Devil Music {Book Review}

* I received a free copy of Devil Music in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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About the Book

 Cain Pseudomantis leads a miserable life. Bound to the mortal world by a powerful spell no demon could hope to break, he must obey his human master’s every command or face harsh punishment. He finds solace in the rock music which he listens to when he isn’t running unsavory errands for his master. Then everything changes. While on a mission in a seedy section of 1980s Los Angeles, Cain impulsively buys an electric guitar and discovers an unusual talent for music, a talent that catapults him to hair metal stardom. With three superpowered human band mates and his beautiful girlfriend Michelle by his side, his life starts to look a lot better. But Cain soon finds that even rock stars have troubles. The crusading televangelist Nathaniel Breen—who happens to be Michelle’s father—accuses him of turning the city’s youth to Satan worship. Meanwhile a mysterious killer known only as the Engineer terrorizes the Los Angeles rock scene with a series of brutal murders. When Cain and his friends attempt to unmask the killer, they discover a deadly secret that could cost Cain his hard-won freedom, and possibly his life.Get Devil Music through AmazonBarnes & Noble, or iTunes.

 About the Author

About the author: Carly Orosz lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan with her husband. She graduated from Kalamazoo College and went on to earn an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. Her poetry has been published in Wavelength Journal and SpoutMagazine. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, weaving on a hand loom, and studying the art and cultures of pre-Columbian Mexico.

Connect with Carly on her websiteFacebookTwitter,or GoodReads..

 My Review

The first thing that you need to know about this book is that it is SUPER long.  It will take you a while to read this, even if you are a fast reader.  The beginning of the book does a nice job of character development (especially of Cain, the main character), and this book captured my attention almost immediately.

The philosophical questions posed by this book are very interesting.  Good versus evil is definitely turned on its head in this book.  Cain, although a demon, is kind and very, very likable.   The book is quite thrilling in places and it kept me interested all the way through! I highly recommend it.

And if you need a soundtrack to go along with this rockin’ novel set in the 1980s, here’s a good start!

 

 Prizes!!!

About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards or an autographed copy of Devil Music! Here’s what you need to do…

  1. Enter the Rafflecopter contest
  2. Leave a comment on my blog

That’s it! One random commenter during this tour will win the first gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win–the full list of participating bloggers can be found HERE. The other two prizes will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Devil Music tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!

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Meritropolis {Book Review}

* I was provided a free copy of Meritropolis in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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About Meritropolis

The year is AE3, 3 years after the Event. Within the walls of Meritropolis, 50,000 inhabitants live in fear, ruled by the brutal System that assigns each citizen a merit score that dictates whether they live or die. Those with the highest scores thrive, while those with the lowest are subject to the most unforgiving punishment–to be thrust outside the city gates, thrown to the terrifying hybrid creatures that exist beyond.

But for one High Score, conforming to the System just isn’t an option. Seventeen-year-old Charley has a brother to avenge. And nothing–not even a totalitarian military or dangerous science–is going to stop him.

Where humankind has pushed nature and morals to the extreme, Charley is amongst the chosen few tasked with exploring the boundaries, forcing him to look deep into his very being to discern right from wrong. But as he and his friends learn more about the frightening forces that threaten destruction both without and within the gates, Meritropolis reveals complexities they couldn’t possibly have bargained for…

My Review

If you have wandered into a bookstore in the last couple of years, you will know that dystopian literature is all the rage in the YA section.   As this is a super popular genre, I have read several of them lately – and some are definitely better than others.  While I love this particular genre, I am always suspect of a new author breaking on to the scene.  The question that always enters my mind is “Is this a rehash of something I’ve already read?”

I can say that I was definitely pleasantly surprised by Meritropolis!  While all the elements of a great dystopian book were there, it was unique!  One of the features that I really enjoyed was the artwork in the book, which depicted the creative animal hybrids that exist in the book “Post-Event”.  These are some pretty imaginative creatures and I felt like this added a very unique aspect to this novel.

The main character is  bit different from others that I have encountered in YA dystopian novels – Charley, the main character, definitely has an ax to grind.  As a “High Score”, I did expect him to exhibit some more intelligence traits – so far what I have seen as a reader is that he is quite physically powerful, but not as intelligent as his “score” would imply that he is.  His female love interest definitely seems to have the brains of the relationship!  I am hoping that the author develops this trait in Charley moving forward (see below).

I really enjoyed the parts of the book where we are learning about the world outside the walls of Metropolis. Fairly soon after this, a “war” begins with raiders of unknown origins, which leads to the end of the book.  There is a HUGE cliffhanger at the end of this book, which I am assuming means a sequel is coming.  Otherwise this book has a very “Giver” like quality in that you will be left to decide for yourself what happens to these characters.

I did enjoy the book, but I think the optimal age range for this book is 11-15.  It is certainly quite appropriate for young adults and I have no qualms about handing this one right over to my 13 year old for her to enjoy!

 

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