Thursday, September 22, 2016

Celebrate Lit November Celebration Box!



The November Celebration Box is here! 



This celebration box is a unique, one of a kind box with goodies hand picked by the author just for you! These boxes are special because they are not sold anywhere else. There is a limited supply so be sure to get yours right away!


 The November’s box features Carrie Fancett Pagel’s Tea Shop Folly. Sales for the November box will close on October 10 or while supplies last. The first 12 people to order will receive an ebook copy of the Maggie Award 2016 finalist, The Substitute Bride. The basic box includes: A minimum of 6 items handpicked by the author themed around the book. A themed charm specifically chosen for this book. One lucky box will contain a special teacup and saucer that no one else will receive. The first 12 people to order will receive an ebook copy of the Maggie Award 2016 finalist, The Substitute Bride. Along with the basic box, you can purchase the ebook, paperback or an autographed paperback book. To purchase your box, click here.




**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Friday, September 16, 2016

Reclaiming Treasure with I-Cash!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of the Illinois Treasurer’s I-Cash program. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine. 



A happy Friday morning to you all! Hard to believe we are entering the fall season and getting closer to our holiday times. There is only one problem with that. Money! I do believe every year I spend more on gifts than I did the year before. Some people are very hard to buy for :) Today I want to introduce to you a program that just might help out with the spending funds. I had personally never heard of this program before and was very interested in trying it out. Let me tell you a little about what it is, and then I want to show you what I found.



"Through the I-Cash program, the Illinois Treasurer's Unclaimed Property Division connects people with their unclaimed property. 1-in-4 residents who search for property end up finding something to claim. And the average payout is $2,900." 

Now, don't go getting all excited ahead of time, but I was eager to see how it worked and what I might find by searching my name and any relative's names. I am going to show you exactly what I found as I go!



First, I visited IllinoisTreasurer.gov/ICASHThe website is easily accessible and I loved how uncomplicated it was to follow the steps. As you can see, you just click on the big "Get Started" button and voila! You will enter your name, or a relative's name, as well as the zip code or city. I put in my name, it took just a few seconds, and the page popped up with, no results. Now, I really didn't think there would be anything big for my name. My money and property, little though they may be, are kept pretty close handed. But it sure was fun to dream about finding an old checking account, unknown inheritance, or some long lost piece of property that would have money spilling out of my pockets. You all know how it is :) Money is scarce to come by nowadays, and it is always exciting when there is the possibility of an unclaimed treasure out there.



So, while I didn't come across anything in my searches, I would urge you all to take a minute, follow the link below, and just give it a try. It;s fast, free and confidential can't hurt and it just might result in finding what's yours. Definitely worth it in my opinion!




**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Amish Firefighter #Review



A Beautiful Young Woman Banished from Home 
Abigail Stutzman thought it was bad enough being dropped at the nearest bus station and sent to live several states away with some relatives she'd never heard about, much less met. But now, just a week after her arrival in Jamesport, Missouri, she finds herself at the scene of a barn fire. An intentional barn fire. And all fingers are pointed at her. She's desperate to prove her innocence and protect her reputation, but nobody's making that easy to do. And God certainly doesn't seem willing to help. 
A Brave Firefighter with an Agenda of His Own
Sam Miller is in the process of turning over a new leaf. Determined to atone for the follies of his past, he is a volunteer firefighter, an EMT, and a doctor–in–training. When local barn fires escalate, everyone suspects arson. And since the Miller family are among the victims, no one is more determined to see the perpetrators brought to justice than Sam.

A Kindled Flame Neither One Could Have Anticipated
When their paths first cross, at the site of a barn burning, the emotional intensity rivals the warmth of the flames. Soon, they must decide whether this fire is one they should feed or extinguish. And they'll discover that the truth can prove more dangerous than a blazing inferno.


MY REVIEW- Wowza! Just because the Amish are more of a quiet and plain people sure don't mean they are any less ardent! By the second chapter I had to keep fanning my flaming cheeks because of some of the intense scenes between the two main characters :)

Abigail is a newcomer to the town of Jamesport. And when she is found at the scene of a barn fire shortly after her arrival, many of the townspeople suspect her of helping start it. Including Sammy Miller, the strapping Amish man who also is a volunteer firefighter. The only problem is, every time they are around each other, or even touch the smallest bit, sparks fly! And these aren't as easy to put out as the normal flames he is used to dousing. Needless to say this book is quite a handful and I thoroughly loved it. Plenty of language sprinkled about that you might have issues with understanding but the author gives a glossary of Amish terms that will help a bit with that. Great story to pick up!



**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

The Wedding Shop #Review and #Giveaway @RachelHauck




To purchase your copy, click here.

About the Book


Two women separated by decades. Both set out to help others find their dreams when their own have crumbled.


It’s the early 1930s, but Cora Scott is walking in stride as a career woman after having inherited her great aunt’s wedding shop in Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, where brides come from as far away as Birmingham to experience her famed bridal treatment. Meanwhile, Cora is counting down the days until her own true love returns from the river to make her his bride. But days turn into months and months to years. All the while, Birch Good continues to woo Cora and try to show her that while he is solid and dependable, he can sweep her off her feet.



More than eighty years later, former Air Force Captain Haley Morgan has returned home to Heart’s Bend after finishing her commitment to military service. After the devastating death of her best friend, Tammy, and discovering the truth about the man she loved, Haley is searching for her place in life.

When Haley decides to reopen the romantic but abandoned wedding shop where she and Tammy played and dreamed as children, she begins a journey of courage, mystery, and love.

As Cora’s and Haley’s stories intertwine through time in the shadow of the beloved wedding shop, they both discover the power of their own dreams and the magic of everyday love.


MY REVIEWWow! I cannot even begin to tell you how much I loved this story! Rachel Hauck has written a humdinger winner of a tale, one that drew me in from the start and didn't let go til the end. I do have to warn readers, the storyline goes through about 5 different peoples POV. At times it can be confusing, especially at the beginning. But the book is so worth it! Haley and Cole are the modern day heroine and hero. Cora and Birch Good are the past story. There are so many twists that it will make your head spin, seeing how everything comes together at the end. Personally I loved Haley. Her dreams and the promises she keeps, she is quite the strong woman. And Cole? Don't get me started on him :) Cora I wanted to shake a couple of times. Boy she frustrated me!! But there were so many parts that I just loved, one of which comes closer to the finish. I don't want to give anything away, but it just made me cry, Haley being forced into the wedding gown and the scene that ensues. Rachel pens a story that will have you reading through tears, laughter and much emotional ups and downs. Also, it is part of a series, but is totally possible to read without first reading the others. An excellent job!!


About the Author


Rachel Hauck is a USA Today Bestselling author. Her book, The Wedding Dress, was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Her book Once Upon A Prince was a Christy Award finalist.
Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and two pets and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at rachelhauck.com, Facebook: rachelhauck, and Twitter: @RachelHauck


Guest Post from Rachel Hauck 

Hey everyone! I’m so excited to share The Wedding Shop with you. This book is one of my favorites.
While all books are my “babies,” this one found a special place in my heart.
This standalone novel is part of the Wedding Collection – The Wedding Dress and The Wedding Chapel – and it came to life when I discovered the story of Cora Scott, a 1930s wedding shop owner.

At 30, she’s an old maid, but the best “bride’s maid” in fictional Heart’s Bend, Tennessee. But she’s in love with a charismatic, charming river boat captain.

The contemporary heroine, Haley Morgan, is a retired Air Force captain returning to Heart’s Bend to restart her life. She’s recovering from a broken heart. The handsome, dynamic, charming man she loved was nothing but trouble.

Returning home, Haley is set on keeping a childhood promise she made with her best friend—to open the old wedding shop.

The shop is legend in Heart’s Bend. Haley grew up with stories of Miss Cora and the shop, hearing the town’s mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers reminiscing about their “day in the shop,” walking down the grand staircase in their wedding gown.
But in 2016, the shop is dilapidated, neglected and in need of more money than Haley possesses.
While writing this story, I had to ask a lot of questions. Why reopen the old shop? Why not just open a new one?
Haley was a combat veteran, deployed to Afghanistan twice, why would she want to open a wedding shop?
I also investigate the meaning of the shop to the town? To Cora? To Haley?
As I developed the backstory for the characters, the shop and the town, Cora’s came to life. She fascinated me. I admired this fictional woman. She exuded ingenuity, courage, and deep, deep devotion.
On the other hand, Haley was a bit of a mystery but from the start, she saw value in something no one else did.
What if we all saw value in people or places others wanted to reject?
Isn’t that what Jesus does for us?
The heroes of the book, Birch and Cole, are just stellar guys. Princes among men. I love writing about slightly wounded but strong and tender men.

The theme of family and community populates the story. Also, how misconceptions and preconceived ideas often ruin relationships.

Booklist gave The Wedding Shop a Starred Review and called it, “Spellbinding.”

There’s a lot of fun drama in this book! I hope you enjoy spending time with Cora and Haley, the men they love and the shop they bring to life.

I’d love to hear your thoughts! Connect with me at www.rachelhauck.com.


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Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away her Wedding Collection Series! Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/a366





**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Monday, August 22, 2016

Tips on How to Save With Groupon #Save #Deals #Money

This post has been sponsored by Groupon, but all thoughts are 100% mine and completely unbiased. 

You all remember the company I was telling you about last week that is great to use when you want to save money? Well, I am back to tell you more about the well-known site, Groupon, as well as some of the ways I keep on top of saving with them.



Groupon is an amazing site. Not only do they have coupons, but you can search or browse by type, and they are all in one area. Forget having to go online and search a bunch of different sites for say, restaurant deals. Or bathroom toiletries. That is just part of the reason I love them so much. I can go on, type in what I am looking for, and they pull up tons of deals. And believe me, this is not just a small selection of non-relevant items. I have been on sites like that, and I don't like them. With Groupon Goods, I can find a variety of results that are applicable to what I am trying to find. Now, check out my tips below on how you can find the best deals, and exactly what you are looking for.



First off, you have to sign up! You can't save without being a member. It is absolutely free and you can get specific emails for your area. Those emails definitely come in handy, as sometimes there are deals that are only available to those who received the email. I have had it happen before where a friend got an email with a great deal in it, but because of the area, I didn't get that deal. But, I also want to say, check out the site, even when you don't get an email!! Many times they have a deal go live early in the day but you don't get the email til later. Don't want to miss out by waiting for that message :)



Second, when you search, be sure to use a phrase or word that is not specific. Here is what I am saying. Instead of searching for shampoo, try beauty or spa. It allows their search to pull many results. And sometimes you might find something that you weren't specifically looking for, but will pertain to that item. You can browse the goods, but I prefer to search by a word.

Again, these tips aren't overly major, you can definitely save money any way you use the site, but I have found these to help me find what I need. Be sure to stop by Groupon and check out the deals in your area!




**DISCLOSURE: Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Ace Collins’ ‘Service Tails’ Take-Your-Dog-to-the-Park Pack

Service Tails

Heart-tugging true stories of the courage, faith, and loyalty of remarkable service dogs.
Not all heroic dogs wildly toss themselves into lifesaving situations. Some save lives simply by their incredible commitment to duty and service. Some lead the way to independence for people whose disabilities were supposed to limit their lives.
In Service Tails: More Stories of Man’s Best Hero, prolific author Ace Collins introduces us to leaders whose entire lives are wrapped in the banner of service. Their stories are remarkable snapshots of the value of vision and teamwork, as well as devotion to duty and unconditional love and acceptance–stretching the way we see both canine and human potential. Their training was intense, their loyalty unquestioned and each step of the way they constantly adapt to better serve those they lead. These unforgettable dogs are more than heroes; they are models from which we can learn how to love and serve unconditionally.

MY REVIEW- I have long been a fan of Ace Collins for his ability to not only write a good fiction novel, but also the talent he has in portraying factual accounts. Let me warn you though before diving into this one, you might want tissues handy ;)

Service Tails tells the remarkable stories of our four-legged companion animals. The ones who are there when an emergency happens, the ones who push their charges out of danger and those who make life worth living again. I don't want to give away the tales, but I was tearful and so thankful for my own fur baby who is constantly there for me. It amazed me to see how many of them were not just there for the emergency aspect, but also for the uplifting hope they give their owners. You will not be sorry you read this when you are done!!


THE GIVEAWAY DETAILS!!

Fall in love with these remarkable service dogs and their stories of courage, faith, and loyalty in Ace Collins' new book, Service Tails. Their training was intense, their loyalty unquestioned and each step of the way they constantly adapt to better serve those they lead. These unforgettable dogs are more than heroes; they are models from which we can learn how to love and serve unconditionally.

Celebrate the release of Service Tails with Ace by entering to win the Take-Your-Dog-to-the-Park Pack!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 30. The winner will be announced August 31 on the Litfuse blog.

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**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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Why I Love Saving With Groupon Coupons

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

I am a very thrifty person. If I can save money in any way, I will do it. I mean, who doesn't want to put a little bit of extra money aside, right? And that is the advantage of using a site like Groupon. The money I save by using the coupons through their program, allows me to put some cash away for my cruise fund. So if I can aid you in any way by telling you about this wonderful site, I will give it a try!

Groupon coupons are a fantastic way to purchase items you normally buy anyways, and save money while doing so. But, not only do they have coupons for your everyday products, but also for restaurants, places of entertainment, hotels, spas, etc. Believe me, I have purchased through them many a time and always come away happy.

First off when you go to the Groupon website, you will sign up for an account. By doing so, you sign up for a specific area of the country, mine being Chicago area, and they will send you coupons and deals for that particular spot. Some of the deals are only for a certain area while others are nationwide. One of my favorites I always watch for is Starbucks, as well as Kohl's. I have often bought a $5 Starbucks gift card and then gotten an extra $5 one for free! These deals tend to go very fast though so you have to jump on them right away. The site is great for anyone who wants to be frugal and save some dough. Anyone interested yet? Just follow one of the links and sign up to find out the coupons and deals in your area!





**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Carrie Stuart Parks’ ‘When Death Draws Near’ Undercover Artist Starter Set #Giveaway

When Death Draws Near 

Death has always been part of Gwen Marcey’s job. But when faced with her own mortality, everything takes on a different hue.
Forensic artist Gwen Marcey is between jobs and homes when she accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky. The Eastern Kentucky town, located deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, has been plagued by a serial rapist and a series of unexplained deaths. Before Gwen can develop a composite drawing, the latest witness vanishes, just like all the previous victims.
Turning her attention to sketching the face of an unidentified body, she discovers a link between his death and a Pentecostal serpent-handling church. Serpent-handling is illegal in Kentucky, and the churches have gone underground to avoid the authorities and continue to worship as they believe. Gwen is offered a handsome reward to infiltrate the renegade members, a reward she desperately needs as it seems her breast cancer has returned.
Joined by her digitally-obsessed, Generation Z daughter, Gwen goes undercover to a nineteenth century revival, planning to draw the faces of the snake handlers so they can be identified and arrested. Instead she uncovers a murderous plot and a festering evil.

MY THOUGHTS- Carrie Parks has done it again! She has written a novel that grabs the readers attention, delving into the world of a forensic artist, and threatening to keep you up all night trying to get it finished!

We are plunged once again into the life of Gwen Marcey, a forensic artist, as she tries to aid the police in their capture of a serial rapist. But you know how life doesn't throw one thing at a time? Well, she also gets a report that her cancer is back, and harsh. There are plenty of twists and turns, intriguing characters including some charming snake handlers, and lots of page turning tension. You won't go wrong with picking this one up!


THE GIVEAWAY DETAILS!
Plunge into forensic artist Gwen Marcey's world, full of cold-case murders, shady politics, and a den of venomous suspects. Add Carrie Stuart Parks' new Gwen Marcey novel, When Death Draws Near, to the top of your must-read list. Gwen accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky—a small town facing big-city crime. But before she can finish her first drawing of the serial rapist who is on the loose, the latest witness vanishes. Just like all the others. Can Gwen uncover the truth—and convince anyone to believe her—before she becomes a victim herself?


Join Carrie in celebrating the release of When Death Draws Near by entering to win an Undercover Artist Starter Set.




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One grand prize winner will receive:



  • A copy of When Death Draws Near

  • A $30 Michael's or Hobby Lobby gift card (winner's choice)

  • Colored pencils

  • A sharpener

  • A pencil case

  • An eraser

  • A coloring prayer book

  • A coloring notecard set

  • A lap desk




  • when death draws near - collage 

    Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 22. The winner will be announced August 23 on the Litfuse blog.




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    **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

    Monday, July 18, 2016

    Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh with #Review


    PAPER HEARTS



    Abigail Pressman would never have guessed that love notes penned on paper hearts by an anonymous couple could restore her belief in love. As a business owner in a quaint town at the base of the Rockies, she’s poured everything into dreams of expansion . . . and resisting the matchmaking efforts of the Valentine Volunteers, who gather in her store to continue Loves Park’s tradition of stamping mail with the city’s romantic postmark.

    When Abigail is unwillingly drafted into the Volunteers, she encounters the paper hearts, a distraction that couldn’t come at a worse time. A hard-to-read doctor has become Abigail’s new landlord, and he’s threatening to end her lease to expand his practice.

    As she fights a growing attraction to this handsome man crushing her dreams, Abigail is inspired to string the hearts in her store, sparking a citywide infatuation with the artsy trend. But when a new batch of hearts reaches the Volunteers, it appears something tragic has happened to the couple. Will uncovering their story confirm Abigail’s doubts about love, or could it rescue her dreams . . . and her heart?



    MY THOUGHTS- Courtney Walsh has quickly risen to one of my top ten authors. After reading this one and her newest, Change of Heart, I realized what talent was being brought forth. This story is a whirlwind tale of romance, a gaggle of women who are well meaning busybodies, and a town ready for love. Absolutely loved this deep read and how it brought some things to light in my own life. Definitely an author I would urge you to take a chance on!




    **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

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    **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

    Saturday, July 2, 2016

    Murder Mezzo Forte Blog Tour With #Review

    Murder Mezzo Forte 

    He is a reclusive history professor with musical hallucinations. . . .
    She a headstrong professor of religion, a converted Wiccan. Earlier, they solved a campus murder, but now police say they formed two-thirds of an illicit love triangle with a newly-murdered female colleague and they’re probably guilty of her murder. A leak of the alleged scandal to the college administration threatens their jobs.
    Their desperate attempt to prove themselves innocent of the triangle and the murder plunges them into a tangle of unsavory corporate relationships among college trustees. And it puts their lives in danger from a mysterious criminal organization that seems to have tentacles everywhere.
    Can this ill-matched pair’s stumbling efforts succeed against the entrenched forces of the police, the college’s incompetent administration, and that powerful but unseen criminal organization? If not, they may end up unemployed, in prison, or suffering a fate much worse.

    MY REVIEW- Donn Taylor is a new author to me. I have read many mysteries, and I almost didn't request this one when I saw the part about her being a former Wiccan. I really don't like when references are made to anything like that. But I went ahead and requested it since I do love a good mystery.

    Needless to say my feelings are mixed about this one. The characters were entertaining and the dialogue was fun, but there were times I felt it moved really slow. Sometimes the pace was quite good and things moved along fast, but then it would drag. It wasn't enough to keep me from finishing the book for sure, but it was enough that I felt it needed mention. The mystery aspect was good and while the Wiccan stuff was definitely in the book, it wasn't an overwhelming part. Overall a good book but not a favorite.




    **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

    Thursday, June 30, 2016

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    **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**
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