Book review: Secondhand Sapphire By Nicole Tillman

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Sapphire has come to grips with the fact that she's a failure as a wife and an even bigger failure as a mother. Resigning herself to a life of simple detachment, she lives by one rule- No men.
That is, until she meets Collin. He is able to see past her inked skin, her pierced features, and her hardened heart. He is determined to worm his way into her life, even if she pushes him away at every turn.
But once her defenses are lowered, she remembers exactly why she erected them in the first place. She fears loss. She knows that the world is a dark, unforgiving place and doesn't need another reason to be angry.
Can she open herself up and take a chance on someone who could eventually leave? Or will she run from from her fear of inevitable failure?
As she is tested time and time again, she realizes that she does have a sliver of control over the things that happen in her life. Not everything is predestined and doomed to fail. Or so she hopes...
At the precipice of a most important decision she wonders if she has the courage to step back into the roles she once failed to fill. She is tired of living with only rubble and destruction to keep her company and is faced with only two options.
She can fall, relinquishing her fate to the control of someone else.
Or she can jump.

My Review: Sapphire has gone through some awful times in her life. She suffered the loss of her baby and went through a divorce. Sapphire has learned how to move on from the bad things in her life by cutting of men. Every year on the anniversary of her divorce, Sapphire and her friends go out and have fun and celebrate. This time it’s time it’s a little different, at the insistence of her friends Sapphire goes and talk to a guy she sees at the bar. Sapphire tells the guy that she is not interested in him and just came over to get her girlfriends off her back. Collin ( the guy Sapphire meets) teases Sapphire and ends up chatting a little with her and wants to get to know her better. Can and will Collin be able to heal Sapphire’s heart ?

As a person who went through an awful relationship before, I immediately understood where Sapphire was coming from. From the first few pages Nicole Tillman had my attention. This story felt very real to me because I could clearly understand how Sapphire was feeling. Although there were some moments where I felt that Sapphire could have handled the situation better, and I literally said WTF in my head .. it made for better reading. This book is not only a story of survival but also of hope and love and second chances. I am glad I had the opportunity to read this book and look forward to reading more books by Nicole Tillman

* I was given this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review*





Book review : No In Between by Lisa Renee Jones

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Inside out series book #4

Gallery Books
August 19, 2014
E-book
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The fourth in the Inside Out erotic romance series by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, this steamy novel resolves Chris and Sara's relationship and leads into Mark's story.

"Chris and I have faced our demons and bared our souls to one another in Paris. Now that we are back home in San Francisco, I want to believe that nothing can tear us apart. Not Ava’s accusations against me to the police, or Chris's fear that he will destroy me as he feels he did Amber. And not Mark, who was once too intimately a part of our lives, and who I can see crumbling inside out. He believes he is invincible, just as I want to believe Chris and I are invincible. We have to be invincible. We need each other too much for any other ending."

* I was provided an ARC through netgalley for review purposes*

My Review: Like the synopsis says this is the 4th installment in the inside out series. There are other novella’s in between that help you understand the storyline better but aren’t necessary if you just want to read the full length books. No In Between starts off by Chris and Sara getting back to San Francisco from Paris. Sara needs to be questioned again since Ava has retracted her confession of killing Rebecca. Ava now claims that it was Sara and Mark who killed Rebecca.

Sara now knows just how bad Chris past demons can haunt him and she now knows more than ever that she needs to be Chris rock in his time of need just as much as he is hers. They both must face any adversity together and also help out Mark who seems to be lost or ready to lose it all.

Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse Bam!!! you are hit with a twist you weren’t expecting. Lisa Renee Jones keeps this series very interesting and I cannot wait until the next part of the series comes out. If you are interested in this book here is the order of this series :

If I Were You, Rebecca’s Lost Journals (a bundle pack which provides insight as Mark’s story develops but can be omitted without impacting enjoyment of the series), Being Me, Revealing Us, His Secrets (a novella providing the only contribution of Chris’ point of view), The Master Undone (novella in Mark’s POV; also available in the Rebecca’s Lost Journals e-book bundle), My Hunger (novella in Mark’s POV), No In Between, My Control (novella in Mark’s POV), I Belong to You, All of Me

My Control (novella in Mark’s POV), I Belong to You, All of Me are set to release at a later date.





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A child’s safety is every parent’s number one concern. Whether you are in the house or on your way to the store. I know when I was pregnant with my first child I spent hours checking reviews on different car seats. I wanted to make sure I got the best car seat I could find. Here is your chance to win a car seat for that precious cargo of yours.
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Pure Natural Raspberry Ketones capsules by Summit Nutritions

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I have been fluffy for quite some time and I have tried all kinds of fad diets and weight loss pills only to realize that they either don’t work for me or make me feel sick or jittery. Trying for the past couple of months to lose weight and hardly seeing any change can bring a person down. When I was offered the opportunity to try out the Pure Natural Raspberry Ketone capsules by Summit Nutritions, I said sure what could it hurt to try something new. The first thing I noticed on the first day I took the Pure Natural Raspberry Ketones was that I didn’t feel as hungry as I normally would. Color me shocked when it was close to lunch time and I had not noticed. I am normally the first one out the door to go get something to eat. I noticed while taking the Pure natural raspberry ketones that I didn’t feel the hunger pangs and stomach growling that I normally experience.

I noticed within days that I didn’t feel as bloated as I normally do and my shorts fit a little better than they had the week before. I noticed my energy level was a bit higher than it has been in a while and that is something I am always in dire need of. I need constant energy to be able to run after my kids!!

One thing I liked about these pills is the smell and taste. I tend to be picky about tastes or aftertaste of pills and these pills don’t leave a yucky taste in my mouth. I really like that The Pure Natural Raspberry Ketones pills contain No Additives, No Binders, No Fillers or Artificial Ingredients. The Pure Natural Raspberry Ketones are vegetarian capsules so they are perfectly safe to take if you are a vegan or a vegetarian and that can be important to some people who are considering taking them.

In case you haven’t heard about Raspberry Ketones they became poular for weight loss after it was mentioned on Dr. Oz’s television show. The famous TV doctor called it a miracle in a bottle to burn your fat. Basically the way these Raspberry ketones work is they increases the Fatty Acid Oxidation; stimulate Adiponectin, which is a protein involved in regulating Glucose Level and Fatty Acid Oxidation. It burns the Body Fat and Converts it into Energy when Body needs it and that is how it helps Body to Control Appetite; as a result it is Appetite Suppressant.
I was quite happy seeing results so quickly. I really didn’t expect to notice a difference as soon as I did. I must say that I like knowing these capsules contain natural ingredients which in turn makes me more confident in continuing to use them to help me reach my desired weight. I still have a long ways to go but seeing a difference sure has inspired me to keep on going in my quest to be less fluffy.

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.





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Save money on Purex Detergent at Target using #Cartwheel Coupon

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I am all about saving money ( when you have 6 kids, you need all the money saving tips you can get) if there is a deal or some coupon that will help me save money, I am right on it. I clip coupons when I can and look for deals at all the stores around me.

One of my favorite stores to shop at is Target. Target offers many products I like and with their cartwheel app I find myself saving money here and there. I recently found out that Purex has joined up with Target to offer you some savings and I am passing on the information to you.

Now through the end of August, get 10% off any Purex detergent at Target stores with a #Cartwheel coupon! Click the link below to download the coupon
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Have you entered 5-hour energy®shot’s “yummification contest” and my giveaway?

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Disclosure:“The 5-hour ENERGY® samples, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by the makers of 5-hour ENERGY®.”

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There are days like yesterday and today, where I have been up since early in the morning and want to crash out early, but can’t because I have a lot of things to get done. I would love to be able to stop and take a nap but with such a busy schedule I cannot. You do not know how grateful I am to have had 5-hour energy® drinks to help me with energy or at least alertness to get me through the day. In case you haven’t heard about 5-hour energy drinks® here is a little bit of info for you.

Information about 5-hour ENERGY® shots:

· 5-hour ENERGY® shots are dietary supplements that provide hours of energy and alertness

· Contain a blend of B-vitamins, amino acids, and essential nutrients

· Helps people feel alert and energized for hours

· Zero sugar, zero carbs, zero herbal stimulants and 4 calories!

· Caffeine in a 5-hour ENERGY® shot is comparable to a cup of the leading premium coffee

· May consume up to 2 bottles of 5-hour ENERGY®, spaced several hours apart. For moderate energy, drink ½ bottle of 5-hour ENERGY®

Who would have thought that being offered the opportunity to try out different flavors of 5-hour energy® drinks would come in handy so soon. Now here is a little bit of inside information about me that I really don’t like to tell folks, but you guys are my friends so it’s cool, I am picky about drinks with strong tastes. You might be asking yourself how can she drink the 5-hour energy drinks if they have a strong taste? Well let me tell you how… I came up with a combination that I call “The Pinklemongo”

The maker’s of the 5-hour energy drink® must have realized that I am not the only one who might be put off by the strong taste so they have come up with the “Yummification” Contest. What is the Yummification contest you ask?

Information about the “Yummification” Contest:
•The makers of 5-hour ENERGY® announced the launch of the “Yummification” video contest, where entrants can win a share of $100,000 for creating a video of their favorite way to mix a 5-hour ENERGY® shot with an everyday beverage. The contest will be judged on the creativity of the video and the taste of the creation

· Drink creations must follow the approved/non-approved ingredients guidelines (i.e. no caffeinated beverages or alcohol)

· To enter the contest, visit www.5houryummification.com and follow the instructions to complete the entry form; “Like” 5-hour ENERGY® on Facebook, then create and submit a video that is no longer than 60 seconds showing an original combination being made, tasted, and named (creativity counts!)

· One grand prize winner will receive $50,000, and the following prizes will also be awarded:

o Second Prize (1): Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000)

o Third Prize (1): Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000)

o Fourth Prizes (10): One Thousand Dollars ($1,000)
•Entries must be received by August 19, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EDT to be eligible. No purchase necessary. US residents only. 18 years and up
•To enter, visit www.5houryummification.com and follow the instructions to complete the entry form or “Like” the 5-hour ENERGY® page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/5HourEnergyShot and follow the instructions to click the contest tab

· For official rules, visit 5houryummification.com

Don’t forget to check out 5-hour energy drink updates on twitter too.

5-hour ENERGY® Twitter: https://twitter.com/5HourEnergy

To All My Readers, I encourage you to make your own combination and submit it to the Yummification contest for a chance to win one of the awesome money prizes.

I AM ALSO GOING TO GIVEAWAY TO ONE LUCKY READER : ONE 5-hour ENERGY® variety pack and $25 Visa gift card. Enter below

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Great contact was made at Contact in the Desert

Did you guys miss me? I went rouge for a bit to go enjoy some contact in the desert. I spent four days there listening to the lectures and the panel of people that I usually see on the show Ancient Aliens. I took some pictures and as soon as I get them off my camera I will post them. I will leave the picture I took with my cellphone right here
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The event was held at the Joshua tree retreat center and what a treat it was. I got to enjoy the scenery when I wasn’t busy volunteering or listening the amazing speakers. I got to enjoy seeing weird activity in the sky with night vision goggles. I even saw some meteors from the perseid meteor shower. I also got to see the beautiful supermoon from the desert. Let me tell you what a difference being away from the city lights makes.

I had a great time being out there before getting into the hustle and bustle of the kids going back to school. If I forget, please remind me to post the pictures that I took while I was out there.





GIVEAWAY: A+ Interactive Math Giveaway

My oldest daughter started being homeschooled last year.I also have quite a bit of friends who homeschool their children too. When I heard about this giveaway, I thought how neat it would be if one or some of you won some of these awesome prizes.

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It’s an exciting time of the year! It’s that time when homeschool moms and families everywhere are gathering curriculum, making plans, and stocking up on Back to HOMEschool  supplies. With that in mind – we’ve put together a Facebook party to celebrate with FREEBIES, books, and curriculum you are sure to love.

Welcome! 

You will have the chance to enter to win a Laptop Computer with lots of curriculum. You’ll also have the chance to enter many individual giveaways all together worth thousands of dollars. We are so glad you are here. The giveaways will stay open through Monday. Check the A+ Facebook page and your email for winners.

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One family will win products from all of the following companies as well as a laptop from A+ Interactive Math  . . . AND math curriculum for the entire family with access to ALL grade levels.

Fantastic homeschool companies participating in the Back to HOMEschool MEGA Giveaway:

Enter the MEGA Giveaway with 1 entry – or use them all for more chances to win BIG!!

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Take advantage of our Back to HOMEschool Special – The only math program your family needs with access to ALL grade levels. Get 1 – 10 student packages for $67.50 – $135 with the link below.

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Head back to the A+ Interactive Math Facebook Page to join the party and enter MORE giveaways! We have tons of individual giveaways – each with a different winner. GO HERE





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