$20 Amazon GC-1 Winner-My Dream Man-Marie Solka-WW-Ends 9/28

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

There is nothing like a happy ending to make tears come to my eyes. Yup--my tissue box is right next to me. Talk about love at first sight. Have you ever dreamed about a guy you met but barely even talked to--me either--but when Samantha, a home health nurse, meets Gregg, her clients son-that is exactly what happens. Now Gregg is a total nerd and His Dad, when he notices that Samantha is interested decides to do a little match making. It takes a bit but Gregg finally is able to get out of his scientific head and notices! Of course things don't always go right and there were several problems to overcome-I did get worried there for a bit.

There are a couple of other characters in this novel that you will love. A client of Samantha who has emphysema and is constantly asking for a pack of cigarettes actually coaches Samantha on how to snag her Dream Man. Samantha's family is typical and lovable. I especially loved her little sister.

What might make you laugh is who the ring bearer ends up being at their wedding--and their flower girl! This is so definitely a 5 rating but it does have adult content which is probably not too good for teens!

When Samantha, a home health nurse, has her first orgasm after waking from an erotic dream about Greg, a scientist and son of her newest patient, she’s both captivated and confused.

Greg’s the opposite of her type, but Samantha feels compelled to get to know the eccentric workaholic, and she soon discovers it’s futile to fight chemistry.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

"After reading this book I’ll never be able to look at a nerdy guy without blushing. My Dream Man by Marie Solka sizzles.” ~ author Deborah Brown

"I've always thought smart guys were hot. This book proves it. I also loved the relationship advice Sam's elderly patient gave her. She was a riot. My Dream Man is definitely a fun read." - review from Amazon

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Marie Solka is the pen name of women’s fiction author Kim Cano. While Kim writes emotionally-charged book club reads that often bring readers to tears, Marie pens steamy romance. My Dream Man is Marie’s debut novel.

Marie lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and cat.

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Book Review-Prescription for Murder-E.E. Smith

Monday, September 1, 2014

This is the third book I've read by E.E. Smith. The second was Russian Roulette- you can read my review of that book here. The first was Death by Misadventure-my review is here All these books can be read as a stand alone but it is always fun to read a series in order. I read them in order and it did help at times.

Just as Alexis J. Smith, an American private investigator and Detective Inspector Harry Hawkins of Scotland Yard decide to tie the knot while on vacation in Majorca- something stops them (even though an announcement of their marriage has hit the local paper). Alexis receives a letter from her sister that their Mother is deathly ill. Hum, let's see--she does not get along with her sister at all and their Mom has been dead for many years. Alexis needs to solve this and back she runs to the States to figure it all out, before actually marrying Harry!

All kinds of mayhem occur. Alexis' sister is kidnapped and people are dying all over the place. Will Alexis be able to solve these murders? Will she be able to save her sister? Will she live long enough to actually marry Harry? And I have a question for E.E. Smith--is this the ending of this series or will there be (hopefully) more?

About the Book (from Amazon)

It was announced that Alexis J. Smith, an American private investigator, had married Detective Inspector Harry Hawkins of Scotland Yard that morning on the island of Majorca. But, in fact, a mysterious telegram addressed to Lexie and allegedly signed by her sister Mary, had arrived saying that their mother was ill and needed her desperately. Trouble is, their mother had been dead for three years. So who sent the wire, and why? Someone needed her, that much was clear, and Lexie feels she must fly home and find out who it is. Of course, the wedding is off.

Back home in Sacramento, she learns that a U.S. congressman from that district has been poisoned, and one of her friends is about to be charged with the crime. A second murder, of the druggist who dispensed the lethal prescription to the congressman, now points to the Irish Mafia. In the meantime, Mary is kidnapped by the Mob and held prisoner while Lexie is sent to Ireland to find, and bring back, a young woman who had fled the country to escape the attentions of one of the Mob bosses. Her sister's life depends on a successful mission, but Lexie has double-crossed powerful organizations before, and may have to do it again.
In the meantime, Harry Hawkins will bend every rule of Scotland Yard to help her, but will it be enough? Is this the end, or merely the closing of the circle?

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About the Author: (from Psychology Today)

Playwright E. E. Smith has written numerous plays including Playtime in London; Boardinghouse Stew; Wartime Recipes; The Temperate Zone (based on Edith Wharton's short story); Ghost Writers (based on two stories by Wharton and Henry James), among many others. Her plays have been performed throughout the country. A New Edition of her first novel, Boardinghouse Stew, along with the sequel, Times LikeThese, was published in the fall of 2011 by Phoenix International, Inc. A memoir, In Love and War, followed in 2012. A new series of murder mysteries debuted in 2013. The first is titled Death by Misadventure. Russian Roulette is the second!

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Sunday Stroll Giveaway Linky-8/31-9/7

Saturday, August 30, 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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Is it really Labor Day weekend already? Where is this year flying? It seems like it was just yesterday that the summer began--now it is almost over. I'm trying not to remember how old I will be turning in September--those numbers are really getting up there!!
At least I don't have to worry about back to school or worry about updated fashion wear for the new season--I LOVE being semi retired!! I hope you all have a great time this weekend!!

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9 Reasons to Stop Burning Wood Inside Your Home

If you have a wood-burning fireplace it is probably the centerpiece of your home. This is where the family can gather on a cold winter day to warm up after a morning of tobogganing. However, an increasing number of people have made the decision to stop burning wood. Here are a few reasons why:

1. Respiratory Infections - Wood smoke hinders lung development in babies and children. Plus, it increases the risk of bronchitis, pneumonia, and other lower respiratory infections.

2. Depressed Immune System - Wood smoke damages cells in the lungs that are responsible for cleaning and protecting the airways, thereby depressing the immune system.

3. Cancer - Carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, formaldehyde, and fine particles and other gases contain carcinogens that contribute to cancer.

4. Irritation - Toxic air pollutants in smoke can cause headaches, coughs, sore throat, and eye irritation.

5. Asthma Attacks - Hospital emergency rooms see a surge of traffic on the first few cold nights of the year because wood smoke commonly triggers asthma attacks.

6. Heart Attacks and Strokes - Individuals exposed to wood smoke regularly have a higher risk of heart attack and stroke.

7. Bad for the Environment - It is proven that wood smoke has an adverse effect on health, so you can just imagine what it does to the environment. Some cities in the country no longer allow wood-burning fireplaces. Denver, Colorado is a good example.

8. Carbon Monoxide - Wood fires are the most dangerous carbon monoxide producers. This colorless and odorless gas kills more than 400 people in America every year. Your fireplace basically becomes a carbon monoxide factory the moment the flames die and coal embers start creating that red glow.

9. Fire - The last thing in the world that you want to think about is being the victim of a house fire. Unfortunately, even if you take every safety precaution, you can't always prevent them. A blocked chimney or cracked masonry can easily contribute to a fire.

Convert the Space

You do not have to say goodbye to your fireplace for good. There are ethanol fireplace burners available that you can buy to place right inside your fireplace. They burn biofuel, which is a clean-burning fuel source that produces a smoke-free, safe, and odorless fire. You can find a nice selection of them from stores like EthanolFireplacePros.com. It's definitely nice not maintaining a dirt wood pile.

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$50 Amazon Gift Card-TollFree-US, CAN-Ends 9/12

Friday, August 29, 2014

Back when I had my bookkeeping service I missed more important calls then I like to remember. Most times I would be on the road driving to/from one client or another and I wouldn't and still won't answer my cell when driving! I had my business phone in my apartment where messages could be left--but then there were always emergencies! It would have helped if I could have had all those calls forwarded to my cell for free. I would have been able to get to my clients that much quicker. I'm sure there are a lot of small businesses like mine was out there now who really can't afford an expensive service. TollFreeForwarding is the answer to our problem. This company will soon have a new a different website in addition to TollFreeForwarding.com. It is called Communicate.com and will help you communicate through various social media!

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