Book review: Secondhand Sapphire By Nicole Tillman

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

* 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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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.

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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.

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Have you entered 5-hour energy®shot’s “yummification contest” and my giveaway?

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 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 and follow the instructions to complete the entry form or “Like” the 5-hour ENERGY® page on Facebook at and follow the instructions to click the contest tab

· For official rules, visit

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

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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.

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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

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.

Book Review: Bittersweet Deceit By Blakely Bennett

My Review:
Mrs Blakley Bennett has outdone herself. I was hooked on Blakely’s books from the moment I read Stuck in between, which was the first book in the Bound by your love series. Bittersweet Deceit is the second book in the series and believe it or not it is even hotter than the first book.

Bitterweet Deceit offers us a view into the heart of a thirty year old Lainie, who is in love with a man who cant give her everything she needs because he is married . While Mason can offer her passion and excitement, it is the lonely nights and moments after he leaves that make it hard for Lainie. Lainie vows to not utter the words ” I love you” to Mason until Mason leaves his wife but can and will Mason leave his wife?

Lainie has a great set of friends and among those friends is Stay who has always liked Lainie. He has tried to pursue Lainie but Lainie’s attention is elsewhere. Stay finds out why Lainie hasn’t paid much attention to him and he decides to show Lainie what she is missing out on. Can someone tell their heart what to feel? How do you know who you are meant to be with?

Bittersweet definitely made me feel some emotions I had locked away with a lock and key. How do you know if the person you love is the one meant for you? After reading Bittersweet I can easily tell 🙂

Here are the links to order this book today.


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