Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pre-order Your Copy Now! Annie Crow Knoll: Sunset @PromoBookTours



Return to Annie Crow Knoll. . . a place where people come to restore their spirits, heal their pain and reclaim their lives.

Nate Bidwell blamed his mother Annie for his parents' divorce. Buried hurts and resentments between mother and son make Nate reluctant to risk his heart when his childhood friend Beth Ann offers him her own. Instead, he allows himself to fall in love with the fragile and dependent June, and Annie's opposition to their marriage reignites years of unresolved conflict with her only child. Nate swears that he will never return to Annie Crow Knoll, his family home on the Chesapeake Bay. Instead, he opens his dream restaurant in Manhattan and tirelessly works to build his career as a chef.

When near-tragedy strikes their lives, though, Nate is forced to return to the one place he hopes may save his wife: Anne Crow Knoll. There, surrounded by the love and support of his mother, their friend Packard and Beth Ann, Nate and June face their doubts and fears about themselves, their marriage and their future. In the beauty of this Chesapeake community, they find hope and healing.  

Annie Crow Knoll: Sunset will be released on September 14th. . .


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Gail Priest lives in New Jersey and summers in Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay with her husband and their cockatiel. In addition to writing novels, plays and screenplays, she loves theater, reading, birding and being out in nature.
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Chronicles of Steele Raven by Pauline Creeden Free August 27th

Need a new book for the kindle?  Today on Amazon you can get Episode 1 Chronicles of Steele Raven by Pauline Creeden.  Check it out friends.

Chronicles1bannerHuman life has value. The poor living in the gutter is as valuable as the rich living in a manor. The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint. Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed. Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in. The Chronicles of Steele: Raven is a steampunk-inspired fantasy set in an alternate universe.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pirate Playground Fernandina Beach , Florida { #TuesdaysTravels}

What do you look for in a playground?  One of my favorite parts of Tuesdays Travels is finding and sharing new playgrounds we have spent some time exploring.  This week I'm talking about Pirate Playground in Fernandina Beach , Florida.   I honestly loved this playground so much it is hard to know where to begin.  Pirate Playground just opened May 2014 and it not your run of the mill playground. This playground was designed with special needs and sensory disorders in mind.  Everything is accessible for children with physical disabilities.

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Accessible to children with physical disabilities, lots of sensory play structures "Pirate Playground"

Location: The park is located between the Atlantic Recreation Center and the Egan's Park Greenway.  (2500 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island Florida)

Sharing some of the area's special history and ambiance the park is a nautical theme hence the name Pirate Playground.  The park is completely fenced in and small enough you can sit anywhere through out and observe your children playing without any problem.  It is also nicely shaded (thank you park designers.)  There are also easily accessible bathrooms.  These are just the necessities. There are so  many fun things at this park. A merry go round that even Mom can get on, comfy swings with backs on them , a cool climbing web, a musical instruments section, a pretend section with little buildings/shops and even a pirate ship.  Our favorite the sand water sensory area. 
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Sand and Water Area of Pirate Playground is our favorite 

The sand area has colanders hanging up on a bar for sifting.  I thought this was a great addition the kids all seemed to really like them and how easy would that be to add to your own sand area at home.

Just a jog across the parking lot and you will find a huge pool and also a kids splash pool area. Admission into this part of the park is $5. There is also an ice cream concession area where you will find cool treats ranging in price from around .50 to $2. each.   Right outside of this area to the right is also another large playground area (also fenced but separate from the Project Pirate area)  .

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Swimming area /$5 Admission

In July 2014 Texas Road House made a large donation of over $22,000 to Pirate Playground. Enabling them to soon add the Sway fun accessible glider.

Thank you Texas Road House that is super super AWESOME!! 

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Monday, August 25, 2014

I'm Still Here by Kathryn R. Biel Book Tour + Giveaway @PromoBookTours


What have you been reading this summer?  I have to admit I did not pick up as many books as I hoped this summer I did read a couple of good ones. If you are wondering what I like to read head over to Good Reads for a look around what I've reviewed.  Today we're bringing you a book tour for the book I'm Still Here by Kathryn R .Biel.  Check out some of the reviews on the tour and see if you might like to add this to your to be read list and while you are here enter the giveaway .

im still hereIt started out as an ordinary day for Esther Comely-Cox, if you consider simultaneously totaling your car, smashing a Ho Ho in your face and meeting a handsome doctor ordinary. Estranged from her family over her sister's mental illness and death, Esther can't help but feel alone. And when Esther hears the voice of her twin sister who committed suicide seven years ago, she begins to question her own sanity, leading her to wonder if anything is what it seems. Searching for answers, Esther must confront her past while looking towards a new future—one in which she is finally accepted. Through humor and heartbreak, Esther learns that blood does not mean family, that absence does not make the heart grow fonder and that silence can speak volumes. Put I'm Still Here on your TBR list! Buy on Amazon / B&N / Kobo

About the author:

biel-8490 - Copy (533x800) (2)croppedTelling stories of resilient women, Kathryn Biel hails from upstate New York and is a spouse and mother of two wonderful and energetic kids. In between being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage the government and insurance companies to fund her clients' needs, and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Her musings and rants can be found on her personal blog, Biel Blather ( She is the author of Good Intentions (2013) and Hold Her Down (2014). Please feel free to follow on Twitter (@KRBiel) or on Facebook (Kathryn R. Biel: Author)

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I was provided $25 by our sponsor Ebates to purchase a backpack and school supplies. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. #givingbackpack #ebates

We have been back to school for about two weeks here.  One thing as a teacher and a parent that I hate to see is a child starting the year without things that they need.  Something as simple as a new backpack and school supplies really does help children get off to the right start . I have been fortunate enough to be a part of some great bloggers who pay it forward by giving a child in need a backpack each year. This has taught me so much about giving back and community.  It really feels awesome to help a child in need.

This year I wanted to help both a boy and girl in lower elementary school.  As I was shopping for my own child's school supplies I really tried to pay attention to back to school savings and grab the most for my money.  Now, we live in a very small town so there are not as many shopping options available.  I have found myself doing more and more online shopping with the price of gas it is cheaper than going out of town to find items that we do not have locally.  My son wanted a Jake and The Never land Back pack and lunch box for kindergarten. (my baby started kindergarten).  There was not one to be found locally , but  I found a really cute one on Disney online and used my Ebates to purchase it.  I received 3% cash back . Thank you Ebates.  The entire process was really simple and an Ebates account is Free.  I will definitely be trying to use Ebates more often now.

Ebates provided me with $25 to help a child.  I helped two . This is what I bought :
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Backpack 1:

  • 2 boxes of Crayola Crayons (24 count) $1.00
  • 6 glue sticks $1.00
  • 1 pair of Fiskar scissors $ .50
  • 1 pack of 20 #2 pencils $.98
  • 1 pack of washable markers $.75
  • 2 wide ruled spiral notebooks $.40
  • 1 Elmer's liquid glue $.75
  • 2 water color paints $2.00
  • 1 pencil box $.50
  • 1 pack of copy paper $2.50 (our supply list requested this item)
  • 1 back pack $3.50 (scored this deal at Beall's Outlet)

Total:  $13.88

Backpack 2 :

  • Backpack (Free someone donated it to our cause) $0
  • 2 boxes of crayola crayons $1
  • 2 packs of colored pencils $1
  • 3 folders .30
  • 1 frozen folder $1
  • 1 puppy folder $1
  • Dry Erase Markers $5
  •  2 composition books $2
  • 2 wide packs of paper $1
  • High lighters .50
  • erasers .25
Total $13.05

Grand Total:  spent  $26.93 so I went over by $1.93 which I was fine with putting in myself. 

I asked a teacher friend could she help  me locate a family or families who could really use the help.  She told me of one family who had a son who would be beginning kindergarten and a daughter who would be beginning first grade.  Perfect for my quest .  We filled both bags and dropped them off for the kids to have prior to the first day of school.  I left them with each child's new teachers,  so I did not see the reactions .  I was told that they were really happy with them though and I have to say it feels great to do this.  It was not very long ago when I needed the extra help myself.  Luckily, I have a great family who did more than help us through hard times.  Everyone can use a helping hand at some point and time.  

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Lieutenant Henry Gallant Book Blast + $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway @promobooktours


What's on your bookshelves these days?  If you said nothing or I'm looking for something new to read then we're sharing a book blast for H.Peter Alesso's Lieutenant Henry Gallant today. You might want to snag it and add it to your future reading list.  Find out more about Lieutenant Henry Gallant below and learn how to enter to win a $50 amazon gift card.

LT Henry GallantIn an era of genetic engineering, Lieutenant Henry Gallant is the only Natural (non-genetically enhanced) officer left in the fleet. Many of his superiors, including rival Anton Neumann, have expressed concern he is not up to the challenge. However, his unique mental abilities have proven essential to the defense of the United Planets in its fight against the Titan invaders. Serving on the first FTL prototype, the Intrepid, on its maiden voyage to Tau Ceti, Gallant finds a lost colony on the planet Elysium. Cyrus Wolfe and his son, manipulate planet politics against the democratic opposition led by James Hepburn and his granddaughter Alaina. Wolfe has allied himself with an ancient Artificial Intelligence which had lain dormant on the planet for millennia, but is now willing to protect the colonists against the Titans. With Alaina’s help, Gallant discovers the ancient AI has a sinister ulterior motive and he matches his unique and exceptional mind against the complexity of machine intelligence to escape the ultimate trap and prevent the extermination of humanity. In Lieutenant Henry Gallant, one man pits the naked human mind against the perspicacity of machine intelligence.

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Book 1 available on Amazon :

Midshipman Henry Gallant

Book Reviews for Volume 1: Past Reviews of the first volume: Midshipman Henry Gallant @2013 "The author has created a wonderful piece of work with his first novel in the Henry Gallant Saga. Between Henry Gallant beginning his new life on the United Planets' battle cruiser Repulse and trying to save the world the author has came up with it all. Henry Gallant is an admirable character with many wonderful features such as courage, intelligence, humility, kindness and special powers. ... the odds stacked against him pretty high. But maybe through it all, Kelsey will see the remarkable things about him." Ashley Patts, Teenage Rush "This story moves along at a swift pace, with interesting character development and plot surprises. The characters are complete and engaging. This could develop into a good series." Rae "Its style and flavor reminded me of The Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell." - JJH "Space Opera at its finest. Rousing read, introverted young man against impossible odds, a girl to win or lose, an enemy or is he? Way too much fun...can't wait for the next one." - vrzepka


pete2As a scientist and author specializing in technology innovation, H. Peter Alesso has over twenty years research experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). As Engineering Group Leader at LLNL he led a team of computer scientists and engineers in innovative applications across a wide range of supercomputers, workstations and networks. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. and served in the U.S. Navy on nuclear submarines before completing an M.S. and an advanced Engineering Degree at M.I.T. He has published several software titles and numerous scientific journal and conference articles, and he is the author/co-author of seven books.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

MPM Back To School Transportation Sweepstakes

Do you have a student heading to college this fall? I do I do!  Yes, I am super proud and excited to be a Gator Mom.  Here is an idea or question for you University Moms. What is the ideal campus transportation?  Today we are sharing a back to school transportation sweepstakes where you could win a $500 Southwest Gift Card.

Welcome to the MPM BTS Transportation Sweepstakes photo southwest.jpg Organized by: Mom to Bed by 8 - Special thank you to our supporting co-host bloggers: A Medic's World, My So Called Balanced Life, Life with 5 monkies, Reviews 411, Monica's Rants, Raves & Reviews, Michigan Saving and More and Plum Crazy About Coupons.

One winner will receive a $500 Southwest Gift Card.

Giveaway ends September 19th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!
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