Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How to be Manly Book Tour @PromoBookTours and $15 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

HowtobemanlybabberAre you a fan of self helps?  Ever turned to one for life lessons?  Fatty Matty Sullivan does just that in How to be Manly  Today we are sharing a fun book blast from Promotional Book tours where you can learn all about this new book by Maureen O'Leary Wanket..

  How To Be ManlyWhen Fatty Matty Sullivan finds a self-help book by former football great Tad Manly at a yard sale, he secretly starts following the old pro’s advice to get in shape and get the girl. Summer goals: lose the milkshake weight, join the football team, and turn himself into the kind of guy super hot Cassie Bale will love. But between taking care of his grandfather, trying to pass remedial Algebra, and getting caught up in his friend Jester’s half-baked weed-dealing schemes, Matty’s summer isn’t quite the game-changer he’d planned. When on top of it all his dad moves back in with his own plans to get rich quick, Matty suddenly has much bigger things to worry about than football and whether or not Cassie’s going to call him back. And it turns out that there might be more to being manly than he thought. Maureen O’Leary Wanket’s debut is a sharp, comic novel about trying to do the right thing… even when you’re not sure what that is.

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Put How To Be Manly on your TBR list  

Meet the Author:

MOW author pic_cr suzanne swansonMaureen O’Leary Wanket is a writer and teacher living in Sacramento, California with her husband and two daughters. How To Be Manly is inspired by the humor and courage of the students she’s met in her classrooms over the past twenty years. She loves high school football, but only when she happens to teach at least half of the players on the field. Her short stories have appeared in Esopus, Xenith, Fiction at Work, Blood and Thunder, Musings on the Art of Medicine and Prick of the Spindle. Maureen writes articles about issues in education for local and national publications. She also muses about inspirations for a writer’s life in Friday Free Topic at How To Be Manly is her first novel. Find Maureen on: Twitter | Blog | Goodreads

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Echo has Joined the Family! #AdoptEcho #EchoInsiders

"We received an Adopt an Echo and other fun Echo goodies from Fox Home Entertainment Insiders." 

Have you watched the movie Earth to Echo yet?  Earth to Echo is a fun family movie that reminds me of a modern day ET.   After receiving signals on their phones a trio of friends meet Echo a energetic alien trying to find his way home.  The little and I very much enjoyed watching the fun antics of Echo and the gang.  That's why I knew he'd be very excited to learn about adopting Echo for our home.

It all began with a surprise in a box. My guy was very excited to see what was inside.  When he opened it he found this guy ... His name Echo.

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How does one make Echo part of the family?  Well you include him .  Echo has done errands, been a helper and just hung out with the family.  He's quickly becoming a part of the gang.  Echo loves learning our day to day routines.

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Echo's favorite was making ghost class room treats. 
5 tips to make Echo feel like part of the family.

  1. Show Him Around
  2. Listen to HIm
  3. Play with him
  4. Rid him bedtime stories.
  5. Tuck him in at night. 
After spending some fun time with Echo we also discovered the Call Him Echo App. Available on iOS, watch Echo fly out of any Earth to Echo poster art or the Blu-ray/DVD cover through the power of augmented reality technology. It's a fun app that lets the kids take Echo anywhere they go!  You can engage with Echo as he travels, give him a tap to say "hello", and wave "goodbye" as he flies to his ship. 

How it works

1. Download the free app from the App store on any iOS system -

2. Point your device's camera at any Earth to Echo key art 
3. Make sure you are in a well-lit room and enjoy Echo zooming around 
4. Take a picture with Echo wherever you go on your adventure!

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This wonderful journey, “full of adventure, bravery, excitement, and friendship…has something for audiences of all ages” (Claudia Puig, USA Today). The “lively and likable” (Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times) tale is told through the eyes of Tuck, Munch and Alex, a trio of pals who make an out-of-this-world discovery. After receiving signals on their phones, they meet Echo, a small, but amazingly energetic, alien trying to make his way back to his home planet. As they race to help their new friend, the boys will discover that little Echo has touched their hearts in unexpected ways and changed their lives forever.

Head on over and enter to win Earth to Echo on Blu-Ray DVD.  Contest closes on November 16, 2014.

" As a Fox Home Entertainment Insider I receive movies like the one above for reviewing .  All opinions are my own . No other compensation was received. "

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eLuxurySupply Sampler Pack Giveaway

I love to get new goods for my house. Specially new towels or new bedding.  It is such a treat. At least I think so.  I don't do it often but when I do I love it even more when I find a place that has the items I am looking for at a great price.  Today we're excited to be sharing a giveaway from eLuxurySupply with a sampler of goodies for your home.  Check out the goods below and don't forget to Enter! 

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Corruption Book Blast @PromoBookTours & $25 Amazon Gift Card Prize


Today we are sharing a new book from John O'Riley.   Corruption is being added to my to read list I love finding new books and authors don't you.  I haven't read this one yet but you can find out more about it below. Sounds good. If you read come back and share your thoughts I'd love to hear them.  Don't forget to enter to win the gift card prize below. Good Luck!

Cover for Corruption2As a category six wizard in her eighties, Josephine O’Connor has always enjoyed a youthful body due to extremely slow aging but when she discovers she’s become immortal, she must return to the workforce. Soon after starting her investigative work for the police, Josephine discovers a secret organization called the Valituras that has amassed ancient magic and power with single-minded determination. Her new assignment of defeating this agency may prove to be an impossible feat as their members have infiltrated all levels of the government including law enforcement and their advanced wizardry rivals her own. Josephine realizes she may be in over her head when the Valituras end up casting an immortality curse on her best friend, Helen, by mistake. To further complicate matters, her grandson’s eighteen-year-old friend starts hitting on her. Fortunately, Helen isn’t too broken up by the curse. Who wouldn’t want to live forever in a young, perfect body? Of course, everyone knows that dark magic always comes at a cost.

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About the Author:

John for NPWAJohn O'Riley has been writing as far back as he can remember. He is an award winning fiction writer and the author of the Grumpy Old Wizards series, The Winters Family Psi Chronicles series, and the Wizards of Seattle series. His movie feature screenplay, Cursed, is an Honorable Mention Winner for the 2012 Screenplay Festival. His most recent accomplishments include the screenplays New Earth, Pinky Swear, and Mutant Wizards in the 2014 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards which made it to Quarter-Finalist status. Other recognition includes the screenplays Cursed, Project Pandora, Pinky Swear, Incipio, and Bad Sister which have been listed as Quarter Finalists, Semi Finalists, and Top Finalists in the 2013 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards, 2012 Screenplay Festival, 2012 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards, 2012 StoryPros International Awards, 2012 Pulsar Sci Fi Screenplay Contest, and the 2012 Reel Authors International Breakout. John was raised in Washington state. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and French and worked in a variety of bookstores including Borders and was the manager for one of the bookstores in Florida owned by Goodwill. He loves reading fantasy, science fiction, and humorous fiction. Some of his favorite authors include Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, S.J. Viehl, Kat Richardson, J.K. Rowling, Angie Sage, Jayne Krentz, and Kevin Emerson. He currently resides in Washington state and owns a parakeet named Amy who sings like a canary to help encourage and inspire him.  

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Enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card from the author during the Corruption Book Blast a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pre-Order Romancing Redemption by Bonnie Paulson


Alright book fans we have a new deal for you.  If you like Bonnie Paulson (we do ) you'll want to take me up on it.  Get ready to pre-order the latest and greatest Romancing Redemption.  Love the title so many possibilities.

October 31, 2014
Facing a life of prostitution or homelessness, Rosie Scott must make a choice centered on keeping her and her sister safe in the wilds of an unforgiving Montana land. With their background, the two girls need a fresh start.In Colby, Montana opportunities are as thick as needles on a pine tree. Savvy and independent, Rosie decides to take a chance and start a business, earning her the respect of many town residents. She catches the eye of two men. One interested in exploiting her past and one interested in redeeming her heart. But Rosie’s secrets and who she really is shadow her hopes for happiness. Can a man love her most when her past refuses to leave?
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Bonnie R. Paulson mixes her science and medical background with reality and possibilities to make even myths seem likely and give every romance the genetic strength to survive. Bonnie has discovered a dark and twisty turn in her writing that she hopes you enjoy as much as she has enjoyed uncovering it. Dirt biking with her family in the Northwest keeps her sane. Follow on: Facebook / Blog / Twitter / Goodreads / Newsletter / Literary Addicts / Amazon

Friday, October 24, 2014

Ancient Greece Mr.Peabody & Sherman Party #PeabodyAncientGreece #PeabodyInsiders

 photo unnamed-3.pngThis family loves a chance to get together with friends and party.  One of our favorite movies right now is Mr.Peabody and Sherman there is so much adventure and lots to learn along the way.  We decided to have an Ancient Greece Peabody party.  To begin with we printed out some invitations and shared them with our guest.  After the party was set it was time to head to Michael's for some craft supplies. I could spend hours picking out craft supplies in there they have everything my crafty heart desires and probably more.  For our party I decided to try to make a Trojan horse craft and worry beads.  Both of these crafts are fairly simple making it easy for the girls to do most of the work with a little instruction on their own.

First, we played a little game called Trojan War Trivia.  There were a lot of fun facts to be learned. Did You Know...?

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Printable Here

Then we did this thing that is always a favorite called eating .  Um Yes we did. We had our favorite party fair which was pizzas (they are just to easy when you have a bunch of kids. ) If you wanted to be more creative than that you could try these Peabody Party Snack Recipes.  They would definitely be yummy to.

After our bellies were nice and full we decided to get our crafty on.

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After we finished making Trojan Horses and Worry Beads we move on to games. To make our Trojan Horse Paper Crafts I used the printable template found at DLTK Kids . After I printed the template I cut out the horses shapes out. The girls then uses tape and glue to assemble them. They were allowed to decorate their horses anyway they chose. We had paint, sequins, markers and no craft project is complete without glitter.

 photo trojanhorse.jpg Next, we tried our hands at worry beads. We picked up some cording and beads at Michael's.  We found a great worry bead tutorial at Marie's Pastiche Exploring World Cultures with Kids Blog. We learned that worry beads have several reasons for use in Greek Culture

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  • relaxation , general use and passing the time
  • an amulet to guard against bad luck
  • as a mark of power and social prestige
We learned that worry beads are usually in odd numbers. They usually have a tassel on the end . They can be made of any kind of bead but amber is the preferred . 

  Pin the Bowtie on Mr.Peabody was the perfect game before winding things down . Then we grabbed our treat cups of popcorn  and grabbed a spot to watch Mr.Peabody and Sherman on DVD.

 photo peabodypopcorn.jpg Afterwards we sent guest home with treat bags filled with bookmarks, coloring sheets, candy of course, and lip gloss.

You might want to try your hand and make Trojan Armor Masks and Trojan Togas.   We had a great time at our Mr.Peabody Ancient Greece Party.  If you have not yet watched Mr.Peabody we give it a
 photo thumbs_up_bciy-2-5.jpg.  You can learn about Ancient Greece and many other fantastic places .  We're giving a Mr.Peabody & Sherman Blu-Ray DVD away.  Check out our Mr.Peabody & Sherman Giveaway and get your entries.  Don't miss some of our other great giveaways like Earth to Echo and Rio2 Sing a long DVD's. You'll find them listed on our giveaway page.

"As a Fox Home Entertainment Insider we received a complimentary Mr.Peabody & Sherman party kit with all items needed to host a party and share the #MrPeabodyFun!  No other compensation was received.  All opinions here  are completely my own shared from my experience." 

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Win a Signed Set of the Gwen Sparks Series by Stephanie Nelson

Needing to add to your reading library?  Stephanie Nelson is a favorite author of mine.  She has not written anything I didn't like.  You can find some of my reviews of past books by Stephanie Nelson on Good Reads.  Or just take the plunge and check out the newest work of art Hexed.

Hexed Everything and everyone has an expiration date, including Gwen Sparks. When Dorian, the Angel of Death, saved her, he did more than bend the rules: he shattered them.

When Gwen’s memories are stolen, the balance of life and death shifts, and magic goes on the fritz. Dorian realizes that even the angel of Death must face consequences for his mistakes. Everything and everyone has an expiration date, and time is running out for Gwen. If they don’t find a solution, Gwen’s borrowed time will come to an end, and Dorian will lose the woman he risked everything for.

Both will have to make a life-changing decision. Dorian’s choice will result in either altering his very existence or losing Gwen forever. Gwen will risk everything to right Dorian’s wrong, and her decision may just result in her death.

This book includes an Aiden Blake short story. You've heard Gwen's side. Now hear his.

Reading Order
Craved - Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Only $.99 ebook Audio book - Audible Deceived - Amazon /Barnes & Noble /Audio book - Audible
Coveted - Amazon / Barnes & Noble /Audio book : Audible
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Due to sexual content and language, this book is intended for readers 18+ Stephanie Nelson is giving away a signed set of her series to one lucky winner. Open to US residents ends Nov 7 @ 11:59 PM EST a Rafflecopter giveaway

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