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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Book Review - The Girl in Black Pajamas by Chris Birdy plus $25 Amazon/Paypal Giveaway


Book Review
The Girl in Black Pajamas 
by Chris Birdy

Book Description
R&B Investigations is under attack. Their employee is shot in the back as he enters the building, and a hacker is trying to compromise their secure network. While the Boston police investigate the shooting, Bogie McGruder needs to find the culprit who is trying to put them out of business.

Bogie and his partner Rose Jones can’t disclose their internet problems to the cops since Bogie is a hacker himself.

Bogie McGruder returns to Boston with his four- year-old daughter Isabella. He joins up with Rose Jones’ uncle Walter who is fresh for Lompoc Prison. Bogie and Walter strengthen their firewalls while they try to determine who is behind the invasion. As the R&B team hones in on the culprit, they uncover several murders and discover a plot to wipe out the financial institutions in Boston.

While Bogie is in Boston, his extended family in Palm Beach becomes enmeshed in a sex scandal that threatens to ruin lives and careers in the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office.

Feeling like a wishbone about to snap, Bogie tries to handle problems in both cities while Isabella continues her quest for someone to teach her the Five-Point-Palm-Exploding-Heart technique as seen in Kill Bill Volume 2.

This tale of murder, revenge and greed takes the reader on a whirlwind trip from Boston to Palm Beach and back. Buckle your seatbelt!

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Our Book Review
Another excellent novel, which continues on from The Girl in White Pajamas, following our hero and heroine as they try to build there lives together.

The truly remarkable thing about the author script is the descriptive style of writing she uses that brings the characters to life and you can actually envisage them in your mind. Along side the descriptive notations is the traits and characteristics that are inside of everyone and with this humanization it makes for a enthralling read.

 As one of Bogies employers is shot he is drawn to find out why and by whom. As the investigation takes him away from home his real battle begins in keeping his family together and close on his tail is someone who wants him dead.

In parts there is scenes of a sexual nature which are essential to the story line of one of the characters asking the question to what means would you go to survive.

Bogie's portrayal of his loyalty to his family and friends is the real story line and if you stand by your convictions and stay true to your ethos, those around you will come round to your way of thinking.and will make the bond stronger.

Another great page turner of a story which is full of twists and turns and suspense right to the end.  It will make you think about your relationships with your close friends and family.  Once you pick this book you you will not want to put it down,  you will be disappointed when you finish it because it will leave you wanting more.

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The Girl in White Pajamas
When Officer Bud the PR face of the Boston Police Department is gunned down, his brother, Bogie McGruder, returns from Palm Beach for the funeral. Since the BPD is investigating the death of one of their own, Bogie believes his trip to Boston will be a short condolence visit and a chance to meet his secret love child.

But interacting with a family fueled by alcohol and mired in scandals, Bogie is reminded why he does investigations for his Boston based company from a computer in Florida. Although Bogie wants to contact his ex-lover, Bailey Hampfield, he’s reluctant to do so since Bailey dumped him four years earlier. Knowing that Bailey had his child after she cut him loose, Bogie ponders how he can establish a relationship with the three year old daughter he’s never met. While he thinks about it, Bailey gets in touch with him and asks for protection. Someone is trying to kill her.

By the time Bogie meets Isabella, it’s apparent that he still loves the mother and adores the child. Bogie tells himself that he’s not interested in the BPD investigation into Bud’s death, but he continues to be drawn into it while trying to discover who is attempting to kill Bailey. The investigations seem to parallel each other, then intersect and become intertwined. As the story develops, Isabella, a precocious child obsessed with martial arts, slowly becomes the focus.

The underlying theme of this mystery is lies. Everyone seems to be running on lies and half truths. The only pure and true character is The Girl in White Pajamas.

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About the Author
Chris Birdy was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school, she did a four year stint in the Middle East. When she returned to the States, Chris settled down in the Boston area and became a true Bostonian by collecting college degrees while raising a family.

For more than twenty years, Chris has been a member of the legal community performing investigative work for Boston law firms conducting business in rough housing projects and crack house neighborhoods.  Several years ago, while sitting in a courtroom with a client, Chris watched as a police officer was lambasted by an attorney. The attorney was defending a young woman who crashed her car into two other vehicles before she passed out drunk behind the wheel. The occupants of the other cars were seriously hurt and the cop, a former EMT, tried to assist the injured while waiting for ambulances to arrive. The attorney questioned the cop's every move, shredded his testimony and made him seem inept. Embarrassed, the cop returned to his seat beside me and muttered, "Everybody lies. The judges lie, the lawyers lie, the witnesses lie.."  Chris wanted to tell him not to worry that in about five years he'd be just as good a liar as they were. The seeds for The Girl in White Pajamas were planted in that courtroom.

Chris lives outside of Boston and in Palm Beach, Florida with her husband.

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NOW FOR THE AUTHOR'S GIVEAWAY

1 Lucky Winners will win $25 Amazon GC or Paypal Cash 
(winners choice)
Ending on Sunday 26th October at 11.59pm EST
Open Worldwide 

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Guest Review for Valentia Even Glow Serum

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'"Wonderful Stuff" reviews Afrikan Girl Answers

Afrikan Girl Answers had the chance of reviewing the Valentia Even Glow Serum for a number of weeks.  After using it they were really pleased how their skin felt so smooth and how it shone. The serum was quickly absorbed into the skin when using leaving no residue.

With 98% Natural Ingredients the Even Glow Serum is designed to repair, refresh, and renew your skin; restoring evenness to your complexion.

Each of the natural ingredients used was chosen to support and enhance the 20% Vitamin C base efficacy on the skin, leading to more well-rounded serum to add to your daily skin care ritual.

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INGREDIENTS USED

Vitamin C
Organic Rosehip Seed Oil & Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil
Resistem (Plant Stem Cells)
Hyaluronic Acid (Botanical)
Green Tea Extract

INGREDIENTS IN MORE DETAIL
Key ingredients chosen specifically to enhance Vitamin C efficiancy on the skin

Vitamin C: With a 20% concentration does more than boost the body’s immune system; it also provides many benefits to keep the skin tight, smooth and looking ageless. Vitamin C has been scientifically proven to reduces the effects of sun exposure on the skin, including sunburn, sun spots, redness and wrinkles.

In addition to helping reduce the signs of aging, Vitamin C is essential for everyday maintenance to strengthen and smooth out the skin, as well as neutralizing free radicals before they can damage the skin.

ORGANIC ROSEHIP SEED OIL & ORGANIC SEA BUCKTHORN OIL - These oils promote skin hydration and lock in moisture to protect your skin from signs of aging and improve its beauty and youthfulness. Rosehip Oil specifically has been used in medical communities around the world for those with serious skin ailments and only recently has North America learned to embrace natural solutions from our ancestors. These two organic oils are full of antioxidants and therefore act as the perfect supporting cast for our best friend - Vitamin C

RESISTEM (Plant Stem Cells) - This provides the perfect mix of protection from stress-related aging and promotes skin detoxification. Resistem will help your skin regenerate faster while protecting it from environmental stressors.

HYALURONIC ACID(Botanical) - Holding up to 1000 times its weight in water and drawing moisture out of the environment and onto the surface of your skin ,there is not a more effective moisturizing agent on the market today. Penetrates deeply, and actives collagen production for a fresher, younger, firmer, and brighter complexion

GREEN TEA EXTRACT- The catechins in green tea are a potent antioxidant which also contribute to the overall anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant benefits of this ancient health and beauty secret.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Seaside Hearts by Melissa Foster, Book #2 Seaside Summers, Love in Bloom Series #22 Book Tour Giveaway


NEW RELEASE SEASIDE SUMMERS BOOK 2.....
The newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series, featuring a group of fun, sexy, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re funny, flawed, and will have you begging to enter their circle of friends. You met them in READ, WRITE, LOVE, (The Remingtons, Book 5), follow these friends on their search for forever love in the Seaside Summers series.

SEASIDE HEARTS
Jenna Ward is vivacious, spontaneous, and confident—except when she’s around the man who stole her heart years earlier, strikingly handsome, quiet, and reliable Pete Lacroux. After years of trying to get his attention and overwhelmed from dealing with her mother’s new cougar lifestyle, Jenna’s giving up on Peter—and is ready to explore other men.

As the eldest of five siblings, with an alcoholic father to care for, boat craftsman Pete Lacroux always does the right thing and has no time for a real relationship. He’s looking forward to seeing his friend Jenna, a welcome distraction who’s so damn sexy and so painfully shy that she equally entertains and confuses him.

When Jenna picks up a hard-bodied construction worker, jealousy ignites Pete’s true feelings, and he’s powerless to ignore the desires for Jenna he never realized he had. But Pete’s not the quiet guy he appears to be, and his life is anything but conducive to a relationship. Can Jenna handle the real Pete Lacroux—the sexiest, most passionate alpha male she’s ever seen—or will she crack under pressure? And can Pete reclaim the life he once had without tearing apart his family?

SEASIDE SUMMERS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series
**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of a number of International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written for Calgary's Child Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest or her personal website.

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

ALSO AVAILABLE 
Books 1 - 3 Snow Sisters, Love in Bloom Series #1 - 3

Books 1 - 6 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #4 - 9

Books 1 - 5 The Remingtons, Love in Bloom Series #10 - 14 


Books 7 - 12 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #15 - 20


Books 1 - 4 Seaside Summers, Love in Bloom Series #21 - 24


NOW FOR THE AUTHOR'S GIVEAWAY !!
Five lucky winners will each win the first two ebooks in the Love in Bloom Series, 
Sisters in Love & Sisters in Bloom
Ending on Sunday 23rd November at 11.59pm EST
Open Worldwide

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Enter for a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 with the BuyDig.com Giveaway !!!

BuyDig Giveaway 
  Enter for a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4!!! 
What an amazing early Christmas Present !!
This giveaway is sponsored by BuyDig.com and hosted by Bay Area Mommy. 
Meet the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Black 16GB 10.1" Tablet - 1.2 GHz Quad Core, Android 4.4, Kit Kat -- an affordable tablet designed to be everything to everyone. Endless entertainment options, new multi-user mode and a brand new design will make this tablet hard for anyone to put down.
  • Brilliant 10.1" widescreen HD display delivers clear text & bright colors
  • Perfect for the family to enjoy games, movies, books, magazines & more
  • Sleek, light design with expandable memory, Multi-User mode, and Multi Window capability
SPECIFICATIONS: - Android 4.4, Kit Kat - Processor: 1.2 GHz Quad Core - Memory: 1.5GB RAM & 16GB on-board memory - microSD Card Slot (Up to 64GB) - Display Screen: 10.1" - Display Resolution: WXGA (1280x800) - Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band (2.4GHz + 5GHz) - Camera 3MP rear + 1.3 MP front - GPS with GLONASS - Bluetooth 4.0 - Supports USB 2.0 Connectivity - WatchON, Multi Window, Multi-User Mode, Netflix Preloaded
Check out Bay Area Mommy's review here
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Must be at least 18 years old to be eligible.
Giveaway ends on November 4, 2014 at 11:59pm EST. 
To enter, use the Rafflecopter form below. 
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Disclosure & Disclaimer: Bay Area Mommy received the product for purposes of evaluation. Other participating bloggers were not compensated for this post and are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Prize will be sent directly to the winner by BuyDig.com. Winner will be chosen randomly using Rafflecopter, will be notified via email and has 48 hours to respond before another winner is selected. Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter are neither endorsing nor are they liable for this giveaway. Void where prohibited by law. No Purchase Necessary.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Trying out the Extra Plush Mattress Protector, the quality surprised me!


We've always used waterproof mattress protectors, the mean reason being that we always take drinks to bed and more often than not their is always a spillage especially with two dogs trying to squeeze in.  Before this mattress cover arrived I knew by the description 'extra plush' that it would be quite a lot more quilted than we would normally buy but the quality surprised me as soon as I opened it.  The cushioned quilted pockets were well above my expectations, it was like holding a lovely cuddly pillow (although a lot bigger !!).


As you can see from the photograph above, underneath the plush side you have the moisture protection and all around it the soft elasticated sides,

Our bed mattress is quite deep as it continues down past the wooden base, so we have to take particular care when choosing bedding.  The elasticated sides of the mattress protector generously covered each side of the mattress with no problem at all and even had enough to fit it correctly underneath too, no having to keep pulling it tight to make it fit like previous cheaper buys.


My husband suffers from Eczema so it's always important for him not to make the bedding any warmer than necessary.  One of the reasons I preferred this one in particular was that even though it is 'extra plush' it has been filled with cooling and hypo-allergenic material which will hopefully be a great help.  Another great bonus is this can be machined washed and tumble dried on a low setting.

 

I wanted to take a photo to show you just how deeply filled the vast amount of quilted pockets really are.  So soft to the touch, total luxury.  Lying down on this is like have a brand new bed mattress, our mattress isn't that old but this has given it a new lease of life. 


So, as always, I always like to test the products we are reviewing and as it has a moisture barrier I wanted to know just how well it would work.  See our testing below.

The Extra Plush Mattress Pad with Moisture Barrier is available from Amazon.co.uk
or here for our overseas followers

Product information from Amazon

  • Perfect For Restoring Older Mattresses, Softening Firm Mattresses, or Cooling Hot Mattresses
  • Generously filled with COOLING advanced hypo-allergenic cluster down fiber
  • Feel of Authentic Goose & Duck Down without the feathers, poking, and allergies
  • 200 Thread Count 100% Cotton Cover - Stain and Moisture Resistant - Machine Washable
  • MADE IN THE USA by Veteran Owned eLuxury Supply Co.

Dimensions Available:
  • Twin: 99 x 190.5 cm
  • Twin XL: 99 x 203.2 cm
  • Full: 137.2 x 190.5 cm
  • Queen: 152.4 x 203.2 cm
  • King: 193 x 203.2 cm
  • Cal King: 182.9 x 213.4 cm


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    Winners of An Average Joe's Pursuit for Financial Freedom Giveaway are....


    THE LUCKY WINNERS ARE

    AMY H
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    CONGRATULATIONS !!


    Special thanks to author Michael Warren Munsey for this great giveaway xx


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    An Average Joe’s Pursuit for Financial Freedom offers a different perspective on money than what is traditionally taught by our parents and in our school systems. The reason there is such a discrepancy between the wealthy and the poor is due to the difference in the way money is perceived. We are not born with the ability to maintain wealth: it is something that is learned. The knowledge of knowing how to make money work to generate passive income is something that anyone can learn as long as they are disciplined. An Average Joe’s Pursuit for Financial Freedom is based on practical concepts and discusses the problems that the majority of us face with our personal ļ¬nance. The concepts in this book are based on theory by an author that practices what he writes about.

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    Sunday, October 19, 2014

    Authors Submissions Now Open for our Christmas Advent 2014 !!

    To Celebrate the Christmas Season this year our blog will have it's own unique Advent Calendar full of book ideas for Christmas Gifts.

    Securing your spot on the Advent Calendar will also see your book featured on a blog for that day too and as always, promoted through social media networks.

    The Advent Calendar will be published throughout the holiday season ensuring maximum exposure authors so deserve.

    Take a look at our sample here...



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