Friday, December 9, 2016

"Seven Year Rule" by Alaina Stanford/#RomanticSuspense ON #SALE - Come see it at the blog!



💖 Seven Year Rule 💖 
By Alaina Stanford 
Romance Suspense,
262 pages

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Whitney and Mason's life is perfect. When Beth explained her Seven Year Theory. They scoffed at the idea of the seventh year of marriage being the make it or break it year for most couples. That theory didn't apply to them. They were the perfect couple. Their brand new house overlooked a spacious lake. Their brand new cars were state of the art. Their careers were taking off at an accelerated rate. Their sex life was incredible. Their lives were perfect.

Mason considered himself incredibly lucky to have a wife like Whitney. She was beautiful, sexy, smart, had a professional attitude toward life and she wasn't interested in starting a family. When Whitney's widower brother-in-law was killed leaving his three small children in Whitney and Mason's charge, Mason is exposed to a new side of Whitney. A side he was not prepared for, a side he never thought he'd see.

Suddenly Mason's world was filled with diapers and stains. His perfectly coiffed wife quickly transformed into an unkempt mother of three living in jeans and carrying a diaper bag as a purse.

Mason's needs were no longer being filled. His house was a noisy mess. There was a 6-year-old boy looking to him for fatherly attention. But fatherhood requires a man to live for his children and not himself. Mason was not prepared to do that, but how could he walk away from Whitney in her hour of need?



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Alaina lives a stone's throw from the Mississippi River in Missouri. Her first story was published in the local newspaper at age 6. She hasn't stopped writing since.

Alaina spent the lazy summer nights of her childhood revamping movies, books or TV shows in her mind. She would twist and turn the plots and characters into a happy ending or spin off a further adventure for one of the minor characters that caught her eye.

Suspense and adventure are at the heart of each story. Yet, Alaina always manages to add a touch of romance. Alaina has seven children plus the many characters in her books that have become the foster children of her heart.

The Hypnotic Journey characters are her favorite. They are foolish, daring, resourceful, passionate and dedicated to their friends.

Alaina's love for Science Fiction (she's a confirmed Trekkie) gave birth to the Treborel Series. A paranormal romance featuring a psychotic villain and a multiple-layer of hero's fighting to survive the chaos.

Alaina's stories weave tales about the power of friendship as it carries her characters through situations they might not otherwise survive. You will find her stories exciting, sensual, and warm n' fuzzy.

All honest reviews are welcome and appreciated! If you have any questions, comments or just want to say hello to Alaina, you can visit her website

http://www.AuthorAlainaStanford.com or email her at 11alaina11@gmail.com.



She loves to hear from her readers.




Saturday, December 3, 2016

#StackingtheShelves #60 plus blog updates and week's end for 12-3-16 Come see the #NEW #books!

Thanks to our Sponsor, Tynga's Reviews!

How Stacking the Shelves works! 

Hello everyone! It's that time of week again, that time to do an awesome "SHOW AND TELL" of the books I have been given, from authors, from publishers, I bought, borrowed, or received somehow, the library, a yard sale, or some way this past week! I LOVE showing books off like this! This is one of MY favorite posts to write!!
I also use THIS POST EACH WEEK to do somewhat of a wrap-up AND to post my NEW REVIEWS, NEW GIVEAWAYS, and whatever else I should bring to your attention!
After you are done reading HERE, click on the Sponsor's name up above and see THEIR post for Stacking the Shelves, too! They have a link-up with OVER 100-200 other blogs that also participate!
I'm also finding OTHER PLACES TO LINK UP TO AS WELL! I'm finding these places from other blogs, and they are GREAT ideas! The following NEW one is Talk of the Town where we can add ALL THINGS BOOKISH! Check it out! 

I will also be linking this post AND my reviews to Saturday Situation (WHICH IS NOW HELD AT "PURE IMAGINATION" JUST CLICK ON THE NAME AND IT WILL TAKE YOU THERE) as well from now on, too! That is a place to link ALL THINGS BOOKISH! I'm anxious to start posting there!! Check it out, too!

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Yes, you are right! Last week there was NO POST! For the first time EVER I was unable to write my post! I started to get nauseous Thanksgiving evening. I would NOT allow myself to throw up. How I wish I did! I felt fine the next morning so I went to the gym like usual and did my swim class and swam my laps. THAT DID IT! I was DEAD! I got home and about died! I was in bed until the next Tuesday afternoon when I started to come around again! Finally! A total of four days IN BED! It was awful! On the other hand, it did help SPEED my weight loss journey! LOL! I have now lost a total of 30lbs! HOORAY!!!! I am SO happy! We have swimming at the Y to thank for that, as well as my choice of salads ONLY for dinner, corn flakes for breakfast, and a Fiber One bar in the middle of the day after swimming to get me home when as soon as I step in that door I am RAVENOUS! I dive bomb for that salad! I eat a HUGE salad with a little antibiotic free, free range chicken! Just a little bit for some protein. Swimming takes a LOT out of you! However, I can do in the pool what I can't do on land! I've always LOVED swimming, and this is just WONDERFUL for me! I LOVE it, too!!! This has been the BEST thing that has happened to me since I've gotten this neurological muscle disease, Stiff Person Syndrome!!! I can't say that it is helping with the muscle spasms because NOTHING helps with those, but the weight loss alone has helped me feel so MUCH BETTER! I feel lighter, my clothes are falling off of me, and I have a greater outlook on life! I just feel so much better about myself!!
Yes, my reading HAS SUFFERED! I apologize for that, but I'm trying the BEST I can! My GREATEST CHALLENGE has been finding the time to read because I am SO exhausted! My second challenge has been writing the reviews about the books I have read! I do apologize, I am trying HARD!!! I CAN tell you one thing for SURE!!! I will NEVER gain weight again! It's so HARD to take it off! But oh sooooo easy to put it on!! It sneaks on!!! Nasty HUGE thing!!! NEVER again! It's staying off forever!! I AM SOOOOO HAPPY, though! I will take 30lbs!!! That IS something to celebrate! I would like to take ANOTHER 30lbs off! Yes! In addition to what I have taken off, I could stand to lost another 30. It took me 3 months to lose 30, so that is 10lbs per month, or 2.5lbs per week. If I keep up my pace with the swimming, I should be able to do this!! By the end of February, beginning of March comes around, I should have that additional 30lbs off! Then that will make a total of 60lbs LOST! Wooooo-hooooo!!!! THAT will be time for a HUGE celebration!!! As it is now, I am having great difficulty with keeping my pants UP! LOL! I can't WAIT for another three months to pass by! I will be a happy camper!! Although, I have heard your last leg of your weight loss journey can be the hardest, but I am READY for it! I will swim my butt off it I have to! If I have to extend my time swimming, I WILL! (Honestly, I don't know HOW I could! I am SO exhausted by the time I get home! Some nights I can't even make sense! Ask my family and friends! LOL! Yes! I AM laughing as I write this! I've tried IM'ing people and I get questions like, "What?" LOL! Sorry friends and family! I'm laughing SO hard!) One night my husband asked me how to use the washing machine. I continued on with explaining to him how to use Instant Messaging on kik! LOL! He said, "What?" LOL! I had fallen asleep talking to him! When I am sleeping, I will say ANYTHING! It is SO funny! That is what happened! Anyway, it's working and I'm VERY happy! Let's move on!

NEW REVIEW 
When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz HERE!
NEW RELEASE THIS LAST WEEK - 11-29-16



The following are reviews I am writing and WILL be posted this week:

Chasing Shadows (South Shore #1) by Karen Harper
NEW RELEASE this last week on Tuesday, 11-29-16



The Story People by Heather M Kaufman



At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen (Author of Water for Elephants)



BOOKS I RECEIVED FOR REVIEW THIS WEEK:

Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen - Release Date: 4-11-17




The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick - Release Date: 5-9-17




All the Best People by Sonja Yoerg - Release Date:  5-2-17
Sonja is a DEAR friend of mine who I have known since before she was published! She wrote to me this week asking if I would review this, her NEW novel, Women's Fiction! I was ecstatic!!! Sonja, thank you!!!! I LOVE ya! LOVE your writing, and am flattered you asked me to review this for you! You NEW baby! CONGRATULATIONS!!! 
Everyone, I am not just saying this, but grab Sonja's other books. You will NOT be sorry! She has also written the following:
Housebroken
The Middle of Somewhere
Clever As A Fox, Animal Intelligence and What It Can Teach Us About Ourselves
(Yes, Sonja has a Ph.D! Learn MORE about this author HERE! at Goodreads!)



That is all for this week!
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a GREAT week and a SAFE week as you are celebrating the holidays!! See you back here again next week!
Laurie

Thursday, December 1, 2016

$300 #Holiday #CASH #GIVEAWAY! NOW to Dec 21st! Come #enter for YOUR chance to #win!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

#Book #Review "When All the Girls Have Gone" by Jayne Ann Krentz



Description:
Jayne Ann Krentz, the New York Times bestselling author of Secret Sisters, delivers a thrilling novel of the deceptions we hide behind, the passions we surrender to, and the lengths we’ll go to for the truth...

When Charlotte Sawyer is unable to contact her step-sister, Jocelyn, to tell her that one her closest friends was found dead, she discovers that Jocelyn has vanished.

Beautiful, brilliant—and reckless—Jocelyn has gone off the grid before, but never like this. In a desperate effort to find her, Charlotte joins forces with Max Cutler, a struggling PI who recently moved to Seattle after his previous career as a criminal profiler went down in flames—literally. Burned out, divorced and almost broke, Max needs the job.

After surviving a near-fatal attack, Charlotte and Max turn to Jocelyn’s closest friends, women in a Seattle-based online investment club, for answers. But what they find is chilling…

When her uneasy alliance with Max turns into a full-blown affair, Charlotte has no choice but to trust him with her life. For the shadows of Jocelyn’s past are threatening to consume her—and anyone else who gets in their way...

MY TAKE:
4 STARS!
This was my first Jayne Ann Krentz novel, and I enjoyed it for the most part. It was a little different, refreshing, actually, to have a Private Investigator on the case instead of a police related person investigating what had happened, although the reason there is a PI on this case is because the police have pretty much just blown off the death of Louise Flint as a suicide only based upon this person having had a history of drug use. Somehow Daniel Flint, Louise’s cousin, does not believe her death was a suicide, especially because of the state of her apartment, including the fact that her technology was missing, ie., her computer and phone. Who and why would that have been taken? Daniel contacts Max Cutler, Private Investigator, new to the area ready and willing to start his own PI firm. They are standing in the apartment and it’s clear as day to them someone killed this woman just from the way the apartment looks tossed. This starts the hunt to find out what is going on and why this person was killed.
In the meantime, this person’s friend, Charlotte Sawyer can’t get a hold of her sister, Jocelyn, who was supposed to be at a convent retreat going technology free. Apparently this is the new rage for vacations, but this leaves Charlotte at a loss to be able to tell her sister that her friend had been killed. Charlotte now knew with the disappearance of Jocelyn that this definitely meant she was worried for her own life, thus the disappearance. Something major is going on and Jocelyn knows her own life is in danger, and most likely the lives of her friends.
Charlotte ends up working this case with Max Cutler, the PI, and he finds Charlotte very attractive. A romance between the two happens, but there is not enough heat between them that would make you think a romance would even be likely, but there is one. I would have liked to have seen more of this attraction between the two develop, In order to have romance, in my opinion, you need to have that heat, and the author definitely fell short here. Jocelyn and some of her friends had formed an investment group,  and these friends were the friends who were at danger. There is also something about Jocelyn getting raped and that he could possibly be the killer as she had continued to follow rapes of other girls because they could not catch her rapist and her evidence box disappeared. This story had a lot in it that made for a great yarn. The author lead you in several directions, and you enjoy the ride. The book picks up pace towards the end again with all the twists and turns along with the unexpected events you deserve a good mystery to give you.

I have to say in the beginning with these four friends, a sister, the dead girl, her cousin with the same last name, the PI, I began to get a little over-charactered. It took a while to get used to all of the characters, and at one point I wondered if I would ever catch on to ALL the characters. I did. It was a good one you should enjoy. I don’t know that if this book becomes a series that the author has me dedicated enough to it that I would continue reading it, though. The publisher, Berkley Romance, provided me with a free copy of this book to read and write a review of my own opinion, and I thank them for this.
About the Author:
Jayne Ann Krentz is the author of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers and has sold 40 million novels.  She has written romantic thrillers under that name, as well as futuristic and historical romance novels under the pseudonyms Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick, respectively. Learn more at jayneannkrentz.com and connect with her on facebook.com/JayneAnnKrentz.




ebook: $13.99
print:   $21.98

Monday, November 21, 2016

#StackingtheShelves #59 plus blog updates and week's end for 11-19-16!!


Thanks to our Sponsor, Tynga's Reviews!

How Stacking the Shelves works! 

Hello everyone! It's that time of week again, that time to do an awesome "SHOW AND TELL" of the books I have been given, from authors, from publishers, I bought, borrowed, or received somehow, the library, a yard sale, or some way this past week! I LOVE showing books off like this! This is one of MY favorite posts to write!!
I also use THIS POST EACH WEEK to do somewhat of a wrap-up AND to post my NEW REVIEWS, NEW GIVEAWAYS, and whatever else I should bring to your attention!
After you are done reading HERE, click on the Sponsor's name up above and see THEIR post for Stacking the Shelves, too! They have a link-up with OVER 100-200 other blogs that also participate!
I'm also finding OTHER PLACES TO LINK UP TO AS WELL! I'm finding these places from other blogs, and they are GREAT ideas! The following NEW one is Talk of the Town where we can add ALL THINGS BOOKISH! Check it out! 

I will also be linking this post AND my reviews to Saturday Situation as well from now on, too! That is a place to link ALL THINGS BOOKISH! I'm anxious to start posting there!! Check it out, too!

Welcome Everyone!!
I have to confess I have been focusing on my swimming these last few weeks SO much that I have not been reading AS FAST as I usually do, and I AM behind on my reviews. SO SORRY!!! I WILL catch up! PROMISE!!!!
I just finished reading The Story People by Heather M Kaufman




I WILL be writing a review on that book, too! I still have The Water's Edge to write, too! I AM getting behind, but I would like to report that I have lost close to 30lbs!!! In 2 MONTHS of swimming it has worked!!! At least this week I was able to take class 4 days this week! A FIRST for me!!!! I stay after and swim the lap pool for a while, at least I do what I can!! I LOVEEEEE IT!!!! I have to force myself OUT of the water!!! 
For any of you with health problems, swimming is a GREAT form of exercise!! You should totally try it!
I NEEDED to lose weight!!! All that reading had me sitting WAYYYY too much!! I gained weight, so this was coming! I HAD to do this! So I did!!! I am SO happy because that scale moved after 2 weeks of it doing nothing! Then 2 weeks later I lost another 6lbs!!! Wooooooo!!! I now have a goal of another 45lbs! I have lost 30lbs, so another 45 to go! I CAN DO IT!!!! I feel GREAT!!!!!! WONDERFUL! I really look forward to going as OFTEN as I AM ABLE!!

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May you and your families enjoy a WONDERFUL turkey day, safe travels, and fun time spent together!!! Most importantly, may you SHOP, SHOP, SHOP on Black Friday!!! 

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TWO BOOKS RECEIVED THIS WEEK FOR REVIEW:


Gone Without A Trace by Mary Torjussen - Releases: 4-11-17



Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia - Releases: Jan 3, 2017

HAPPY READING!! TILL NEXT WEEK!!!


Sunday, November 20, 2016

#Thankful for #Cash $250 #Giveaway!!! NOW to December 15th!!! See blog for MORE DETAILS!!

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

#StackingtheShelves #58 Blog updates, week's end for 11-12-16 and books I received for review + #Giveaways!


Thanks to our Sponsor, Tynga's Reviews!

How Stacking the Shelves works! 

Hello everyone! It's that time of week again, that time to do an awesome "SHOW AND TELL" of the books I have been given, from authors, from publishers, I bought, borrowed, or received somehow, the library, a yard sale, or some way this past week! I LOVE showing books off like this! This is one of MY favorite posts to write!!
I also use THIS POST EACH WEEK to do somewhat of a wrap-up AND to post my NEW REVIEWS, NEW GIVEAWAYS, and whatever else I should bring to your attention!
After you are done reading HERE, click on the Sponsor's name up above and see THEIR post for Stacking the Shelves, too! They have a link-up with OVER 100-200 other blogs that also participate!
I'm also finding OTHER PLACES TO LINK UP TO AS WELL! I'm finding these places from other blogs, and they are GREAT ideas! The following NEW one is Talk of the Town where we can add ALL THINGS BOOKISH! Check it out! 

I will also be linking this post AND my reviews to Saturday Situation as well from now on, too! That is a place to link ALL THINGS BOOKISH! I'm anxious to start posting there!! Check it out, too!

Hi Everyone!
Hope you had a great weekend! I did!!! I went out with some friends on Saturday and we went shopping, to one of their homes, then out to eat! I had a LOT of fun!! Hope you did, too! 
Lately I've been SO BUSY working out at the gym, this last month my reading has suffered! I have to get back to reading MORE!! I AM getting more used to the swimming and feeling better after I get home and eat now! I am no longer IN BED DYING from working out!! I am only able to do the three days, as by the time Friday comes along, I am flirting with muscle spasms and really would rather NOT get them! LOL! NO!!!! Those bad boys can stay FAR away!!!! I am LOVING the swimming, though! I am STUCK on the weight loss!! The scale does NOT want to move, but I've been told I'm making heavy muscle but losing inches! Yes, I have definitely been losing inches!! Wow! The clothes that fit NOW that did not last year OR the year before!! I'll take it!!! I NEED to lose that bad stuff! I am and I'm VERY happy!
My timing for the swimming has worked out fabulous with book reviews because I haven't had any that are due now, not really until the end of the month, and most of the books are due to release in the Winter and Spring, giving me plenty of time to workout now! 
Thanks for putting up with me and still supporting me while I do this!!

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Books I received this week:


Ashes, a novel, by Steven Manchester
A novel about two brothers who have cut each other out of their lives, that is until dear old dad dies and leaves both of his sons ONE envelope. The content of the envelope cannot be opened and found out what is in it until the two brothers go on a trip across the country depositing their father's ashes where he tells them to. This brings the two brothers together again, along with their differences while having to travel in the same vehicle.
This is the point that dear old dad has made. He wants his sons to get back together and bury their issues they have with one another, and this is dad's ONLY way of controlling the issue after he has departed. He can HOPE this works out between the brothers, but we'll see.
I am VERY interested in reading this book brought to us from The Story Plant! I have a brother I am at odds with as well, and I only have ONE brother. I am going to read this book and see where it takes me. Will I send this to my father and have him give it to my brother? I don't know? I need to read it first, but it sure could be a GREAT olive branch!! 

That is ALL the books I received this week! I think I do have one more coming from NetGalley, but I need to catch up on my email! I will show it next weekend if I am going to be reviewing it.