Sunday Stroll Giveaway Linky 11/23 - 11/30

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Mommie..Again has agreed to co-host Sunday Strolls with me!! AND so has Christy's Cozy Corners. So now you can enter on here or on Mommie..Again or on Christy's Cozy Corners and the links will appear on all three! Please feel free to link up all your wonderful giveaways here!! Link directly to the giveaway. Those linked to websites or main blog pages will be removed. Please use blog name, giveaway title and end date when posting. Post some, Enter Some, Win Some!

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Here is a list of all the book reviews to date (some with on-going giveaways) for "Free Average Joe" @FreeAverageJoe




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RLJ Entertainment Brings You #TheThreeDogateers DVD Giveaway-US-Ends 11/26

This looks to be such a cute new movie I could not resist when asked to do a give away! If you don't want to wait (and who could blame you if you don't) you can pick up a copy at Walmarts or click here to order it right away! This movie is Dove “Family-Approved”! Now let's see how these 3 dogs save Christmas!!!

About The Three Dogateers

Three pampered pooches left to guard the house on Christmas Eve become fearless DOGATEERS when thieves break in and steal every present, every ornament—even the yuletide tree! Vowing to save Christmas, the three canines set out in search of Santa, the only one who can help them on their quest.

First-watch this cute trailer!

Scroll down to look at some of the scenes--these dogs are sooo adorable-your children will love them and so will you!!!

Now on to the giveaway--One lucky winner can win this DVD at Miki's Hope. They must reside in the US and be 18 years of age or older to enter. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter. i will email the winner who must then QUICKLY reply to my email with their full name and address. The winners information will then be submitted to the sponsor who will mail out the prize.
I have to have that information in by 12/1/14. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please.

Each household is only eligible to win One (1) The Three Dogateers DVD via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Book Review-The Handfasting-David Burnett

Friday, November 21, 2014

This is one of those books that I saw the cover and I read a chapter and I just had to read the rest of it. So, I bought it! I just love that yellow rose-don't you? This is the story of 2 people who meet in Europe and keep meeting. When they get to Scotland they decide to handfast and then after 10 years Steven promises to find Katherine.

This is 1977 and believe me when I say things were different back then. Girls remained virgins until they were married-but times they were changing. There was a nemesis in Katie's life in the form of a boy she went to high school with-but never actually dated. This was a small town and it was very easy to start rumors which would spread like wildfire. It would not be pleasant.

Something happens to Katie which I can't tell you about or it will spoil the book. Let's just say I was very happy at the ending when true love prevails!

About the Book (from Amazon)

Handfasting: A Celtic ceremony of engagement or betrothal.

Katherine had joined hands with Steven in the ruins of the old abbey church. Standing before the high altar, they were handfasted in the Celtic custom, engaged to be married. Katherine was going to college, going to med school. Steven was studying art in Italy for the next year. She could not marry Steven, then. A rose bush had bloomed beside the ruined altar. Steven had reached out to caress one of the flowers.
“I’ll find you,” he had said. “In ten years, when we have finished school, when we are able to marry, I’ll find you. Until then, whenever you see a yellow rose, remember me. Remember I love you.”

Ten years after the handfasting, Steven fulfills his promise to find Katie, they fall in love again, and plan to marry.

Steven, though, is not Katherine’s only suitor. Bill Wilson –arrogant, selfish, sexist, abusive- has known Katherine since they were in high school, and he has long planned to wed her. When Steven appears, he realizes that he must finally stake his claim. The conflict that follows takes an unexpected, violent twist.

Will Steven fight for their love?

Will Katie see Bill’s abuse for what it is, or is she doomed to a tortured life as his wife?
The Handfasting is a story of love renewed, a suitor spurned, a vicious attack, and a struggle for healing.

It is a story of love that survives.

Read a chapter or two here

Purchase the Book here

About the Author (from Amazon)

David lives in Columbia South Carolina, with his wife and their blue-eyed cat, Bonnie. The Reunion, his first novel, is set in nearby Charleston. The Handfasting, his second book, was published in June.

He enjoys traveling, photography, baking bread, and the Carolina beaches.
David has photographed subjects as varied as prehistoric ruins on the islands of Scotland, star trails, sea gulls, and a Native American powwow. He and his wife have traveled widely in the United States and the United Kingdom. During one trip to Scotland, they visited Crathes Castle, the ancestral home of the Burnett family near Aberdeen. In The Reunion, Michael's journey through England and Scotland allows him to sketch many places they have visited.

David spent years in school(!), and he has graduate degrees in psychology and education. He and his wife have two daughters.

Author's Website

All opinions expressed are my own honest opinions. For more information please check my Disclosure Statement. Our giveaways are in no way sponsored or promoted by Facebook.

Book Review-The Garbage Sifter-Barry Jones

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I honestly had no idea what this book was going to be about by just reading the title. Little did I know it was going to be a fast paced international espionage novel that would hold my attention from beginning to end. Expect "The enemy of my enemy is my friend" scenarios as two countries try to shut down murderous drug cartels and a drug trade that is ultimately ruining both countries. Of course, politics being what it is--at first these two countries were at odds with each other and trying to out smart each other. I definitely give this book a 5 star rating and hope to be reading more of Barry Jones novels! Maybe there will be a sequel to this one--the way it ended there just might be.

About the Book: (from Amazon)

This fast-paced thriller ensnares intelligence agents, drug cartel overlords and politicians in a twisted web of deceit and deception.

Camila Sanchez, an Argentinian garbage sifter, finds a partially shredded confidential CIA document among her overnight collection of refuse. This document describes a program to hack into the Argentine Intelligence agencies’ databases, including e-mails, and to glean details of their relationship with the powerful Mexican Gulf cartel.

Camila considers this find as treasure and sells the information to the Argentine Intelligence Secretariat. Armed with this knowledge, the Argentines begin to feed misinformation to the CIA. Crusading anti-drug activists are falsely portrayed as being secretly in the pay of the cartel leading to numerous arrest warrants. Information and misinformation flows freely on the corrupted e-mail system but one Gulf Cartel directive surprises both the Argentine and the Americans—ACTIVATE ROSARIO 5.

Rosario 5 proves to be a highly effective sex stimulant that threatens to overwhelm the youth of America and Argentina. “Paradise Parties” mimicking the San Francisco sexual orgies of the past, become commonplace and pervasive. Both societies are deeply threatened. A cooperative effort between the two countries to eradicate the curse ensues.

Read a chapter or two here

Purchase the book here

About the Author: (from Amazon)

(Photo from Author's website)

Barry Jones is a retired scientist who has turned his focus toward storytelling. He belongs to the Explorastory group in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and has told his stories at numerous public venues, including the Tennessee State Museum, Historic Rock Castle, Middle Tennessee libraries, and at Hope Lodge, a Nashville hostel for cancer patients and their families. The Garbage Sifter is his fourth book.

Among Jones’s credentials are his being named Industrial Scientist of the Year for 1998 by the Tennessee Academy of Science, a United States Soccer Federation “A” license, and a 2003 induction into the Tennessee State Soccer Hall of Fame for his professional coaching efforts at the adult and youth levels.

Jones is married with two grown sons and lives with his wife in Hendersonville. They are avid travelers and enjoy photographing wildlife.

Author's Website

I received a paperback edition of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own honest opinions. For more information please check my Disclosure Statement. Our giveaways are in no way sponsored or promoted by Facebook.

Review-Wellness Cat Food

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

My cat is finicky and spoiled. She much prefers treats to food--but it is a requirement that I feed her wet food twice a day and always have dry food at the ready for her. Of course I always try to buy small portions of the wet food since she invariably leaves some over but then insists that new food be placed in her bowl at the correct time. She doesn't much care about nutrition-if she does not like the taste of something-well she will just walk away disgruntled. I however do worry about nutrition-after all I want to have her with me for many, many more years.

I have seen Wellness Pet Foods where I shop for her needs (Petsmart)and have seen it advertised on the internet so I decided to try it. One of Baby's favorite flavors of wet cat food is Beef/Chicken Liver. She does not like fish flavors (I told you she was picky!).

According to the Wellness website:

"A breakthrough in the world of natural wet cat food, Wellness® Divine Duos™ combines two tasty layers in one cup! With a layer of savory pâté topped with a second layer of tender cuts in gravy, Divine Duos elevates the experience of everyday meals. Delicious poultry, seafood and meat combinations are paired with hearty veggies for each of the six tasty varieties. Let your cat indulge in Divine Duos today!"

The ingredients to all 6 varieties and their guaranteed analysis and feeding instructions can be found here

As I mentioned before Baby's day is not complete without lots of treats--seriously! Wellness brand also has them covered.

I have not tried them yet but from what they are saying I really am going to purchase a bag--and they are low calorie!

"Your carnivorous cat will be delighted with these moist, meaty tasty treats.

As a healthy alternative at treat time, we make these jerky bits with premium, deboned protein sources and just a few all-natural ingredients to keep them tender.

On top of being healthy, real meat is irresistible to your natural carnivore! We guarantee that these moist jerky bits will bring pure delight into your cat's or kitten's life."

For all the pertinent information on these cat treats click here

The Wellness brand can not be purchased at their website but here is the link for the stores where the Wellness Brand can be located

This review was brought to you by and Wellness Pet Food.

All opinions expressed are my own honest opinions. For more information please check my Disclosure Statement. Our giveaways are in no way sponsored or promoted by Facebook.

Book Review-The Wachuga Project-Douglas E. Wolfert

One thing I promise-you will NEVER and I mean Never guess the ending to this fast paced book!! Addictions to drugs can be physical and/or psychological, that is a known fact. Greed plays on desperation and the culmination is heart rendering.

There is one chapter in this book that seemed out of place-like where did that come from? Keep reading--it all does come chillingly together.

Read about the book from Amazon (below)-I can't tell you anymore except that you really should read this one- I would give it away and you really do not want me to do that!!

About the Book: (From Amazon)

Jeremy Barnard appears to be a normal kid. He's good looking, well-mannered, from an affluent family, has even earned valedictorian of his class. A perfect recipe for success. Then why is his life one, big, epic fail? Because every time he tries to speak, a complete and utter mess comes out. School life is hell, with Jeremy's Neanderthal peers mocking him at every turn. To make matters worse, his father affords him little relief at home. Francis cringes with disgust every time his son '', cursing the powers above for burdening him with such a defective little boy.

Jeremy longs for a normal life. He'd give anything for the ability to socialize at a party, or tell his high school crush, Samantha, that she's beautiful... give everything to earn his father's respect and no longer be a laughing stock. But is Jeremy willing to give his soul?

Little does Jeremy know, his salvation lies in Calvin Ortiz, a hot-headed, maniacal thug who stumbles upon something extraordinary while hiking with his brother in the jungles of Costa Rica - a plant... a beautiful, vibrant green plant teeming with delicate, fuzzy flowers that look good enough to eat. And that's exactly what Calvin does. His knees buckle from the God-like metamorphosis that overtakes him. This is better than any drug he's ever tried, and Calvin's gold tooth glints in the sun as visions of dollar signs dance in his head. But this stuff's too good to sling on his local street corner. Nah, the black market won't do. The Wachuga, as he names it, deserves more respect than that. In a moment of stoned clarity, Calvin contacts the one person he knows with enough connections to turn his discovery into some serious bank.

And with that one phone call, The Wachuga Project is born, and Jeremy's life, for good or ill, will never be the same. Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for...

Read a chapter or two here

Purchase the book here

About the Author: (from Amazon)

Douglas E. Wolfert lives in Connecticut with his wife and family. A graduate of the University of Texas with a duel major in Economics, he attended the honors liberal arts Plan II intensive writing program. While commuting by train to New York City to his day job in finance, he wrote this book. To relax, he enjoys wine and is a jazz pianist.


I received a paperback edition of this book for review purpose. All opinions expressed are my own honest opinions. For more information please check my Disclosure Statement. Our giveaways are in no way sponsored or promoted by Facebook.
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