Friday, January 29, 2016

Legendary Worlds: Adult Coloring Book (Kickstarter Project)

Legendary Worlds
by: Carrie & Witek Radomski


Genre: Adult Coloring Book
Age Level: All Ages
Print Length: 96 Pages
Publishers: Colorworth Publishing
Publication Date: April 15, 2016

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Legendary Worlds is a revolutionary adult coloring book that will take you on an amazing journey to castles in the sky, crystal caves, underwater realms and even into outer-space.


Legendary Worlds is being created by a group of seven artists including Witek Radomski, Carrie Wong, Kamala Melzack, Matthew Dorad, Al Sayers, Nony Dar Sagol, and Anonymous Goat.

-Courtesy of Kickstarter page. 



 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Holiday Kisses and Valentine Wishes by Linda West

Holiday Kisses and Valentine Wishes
 by Linda West

Series: Love on Kissing Bridge Mountain (Book #2)
Genre: Holiday, Romance, Christian, Humor
Age Level: Any
Print Length: 135 pages
Publishers: Morningmayan.com
Publication Date: January 5, 2016

”Heartwarming and delightful! A truly wonderful feel good book! I was such a fan of 'Christmas Kisses and Cookies' that I couldn't wait for this follow up book. I was delighted to read more about Summer and Brad and loved the backdrop of another fun bake off to win your Valentine date. A super wonderful feel good book! 5****
O. Dayton - Kindle Good Books

Purchase Today for only $.99 via AMAZON


You can find out more about Christmas Kisses and Cookies (Book #1) HERE

"Summer and Brad are finally reunited and planning a life together in their hometown and all is well with the Landers' cookie legacy! Christmas was magical but wait till you see what happens when the Valentine Ball rolls around! The town's single girls are up to their arms in dough and drama as they compete for their beau's via baked goods. When a young widow recently jilted arrives in town it begins a whole new dynamic that no one was ready for. Another delightful charming tale of the sweet inhabitants of the holiday crazy town of Kissing Bridge Mountain." - Courtesy of Amazon



Monday, January 25, 2016

My New Business: Bevil Virtual Assisting


Hey pals!  I wanted to take some time to tell you all about my new business endeavor-

In October of last year, I decided to find something that I could do from home.  It wasn't really about the money (though extra $$$ is always nice).  I was simply beginning to feel like I needed something to do for myself.  I love being a wife & mother but for someone who has worked since they were fifteen years old, I missed having an occupational purpose.  So I did what most people do these days... I took to Facebook.  


The friend who I tagged, Lily, just happens to be one of the ladies behind a wonderful website design business, SYTbiz.com.  Her, her sister, & their graphic designer design Wordpress websites that are pretty impressive.  If I do say so myself.  Anyways~ it just happened that around the time that I posted this status update, they were in need of a Virtual Assistant.  Lily messaged me the next day and we started talking about me possibly filling this position.

Now, let me stop right here for a moment.  I'm sure a great number of you are sitting there thinking, "What exactly is a Virtual Assistant?"  Well, according to Google:


My personal definition: An awesome job that I can do from home.  One that just happens to allow me to help others while doing things that I honestly enjoy doing.

Now that you know what a virtual assistant (VA) does, let me continue.  Not long after I had talked with Lily, I was officially their new VA.  By taking on various tasks, I freed some of their time so that they could focus more on their clients and their personal needs.  Taking this position also started the gears to turning in my mind.  Why not help others like I was helping Lily and her sister?  Why not start my own VA business?  And just like that... starting Bevil Virtual Assisting was set into motion.

As part of my payment, SYTbiz put my wonderful website together and took it live for me.  It's still in the "baby stage" but I'm finally getting things together.  For once in a very long time I finally feel content.  And another awesome thing about my new business: it allows me to continue learning new things as well.  All the time!  

What services do I offer?  As of right now, I offer many different services.  It really comes down to what you need from me.  A few examples are:
  • Email Management
  • Data Entry
  • Lead Discovery
  • Form Creation
  • Social Media Management
  • Brainstorming sessions
    & much, much more. 

    If you're currently looking for help on an upcoming project or would just like a little added help where reaching more people where social media is concerned, I'm your gal.  Are there tasks that you keep putting off because you just find them so mind numbing?  Get in touch for your free consult today --->  Just fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page.


Friday, January 22, 2016

Not Black and White: From the Very Windy City to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue by G.A. Beller


Not Black and White: From the Very Windy City to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
by: G.A. Beller


Genre: Political Thriller
Publisher: G. Anton Publishing/Chicago
Publication Date: November 2015
Print length: 400 pages


Purchase Today:





"Chicago-style politics is front and center. When a sitting president has his roots in this sullied political heritage, it makes for news and leads to speculation. NOT BLACK AND WHITE is a fictional account of many of the events that led to the meteoric rise of a local charismatic street politician to become America's first African-American President, and the downfall and imprisonment of two consecutive governors of the State of Illinois, along with several of their most trusted advisors and cohorts. This story puts the reader inside the campaign offices and smoke-filled back rooms where political deals are made. It depicts the rise and fall of a Syrian immigrant who made millions by pretending he had billions, while charming his way into the highest halls of wealth and power. The perspective of a local attorney/businessman who found himself in a front row seat to politics-as-usual in The City That Works is reflected throughout the story. The cast of characters may appear familiar to anyone who ever read a headline or watched cable news and talk shows across the country. In 1994, a freak traffic accident occurred, killing a family of six young children when their van burst into flames after being struck by a semi-trailer truck driven by a man unqualified to drive such a vehicle. The truck driver, a victim himself, had bribed an employee of the Illinois secretary of state's office in order to procure his commercial driver's license. The tragic accident and resulting exposé of corruption and scandal that followed changed forever the course of American History. Inspired by true events, NOT BLACK AND WHITE leaves it to the reader to interpret fact from fiction."
-Courtesy of Amazon.com

 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Christmas Kisses and Cookies by Linda West

Christmas Kisses and Cookies
by Linda West

Series: Book #1 in the Holiday series
Genre(s):
Romance, Feel good, Cozy, Christian, Clean, Humor
Age Level: Any Age
Print Length: 200 pages
Publishers:
Morningmayan Publishing

Take a seat in your comfy chair, in front of a crackling fire (if you can), & enjoy with a plate of cookies and a mug of hot cocoa.

 
 
 


      "This is a hilarious light hearted and charming romance about a delightfully funny family and their determination to win the prestigious Christmas cookie competition against all odds. It's sure to bring a smile to your face and uplift your heart and make it a truly magical blue ribbon Christmas! Los Angeles super model, Summer Landers, finds herself stuck going home for Christmas after ten years of avoiding the heartbreak she left there. After a snowstorm hits closing most of the airports, she is forced to fly back to Christmas-obsessed Kissing Bridge Mountain where people take their holidays, and cookies seriously. Upon arrival Summer finds her family legacy in shambles. Despite the Landers winning the blue ribbon every year for decades at the Christmas Fair Cookie Competition, somehow they had been unthroned by their neighbor Mrs. Beaverton! The Landers women, with their family curse and strange and unique talents, now must struggle to find a way to best their competition who has secretly employed the help of the Evil-Martha Stewart. Besides dealing with the crazy antics of the town people,Summer must also avoid her ex boyfriend Brad, who has returned home for the Christmas holidays as well. Now she is confronted with her feelings and the truth about that fateful night under the mistletoe so long ago.. Mistletoe kisses and cookies are too much to deal with, and try as she might it looks like Summer is destined to relive the worst nightmare of her life. Luckily, Christmas brings miracles and Kissing Bridge is full of them so anything can happen...
-Courtesy of Amazon.com 
 
 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

How to Live in the Present Moment, version 2.0 by Matt Morris

How To Live In The Present Moment, 2.0 
by Matt Morris




Genre: Self Help, Mindfulness
Age Level: Any
Print Length:155 pages



Purchase today!





You are about to be taken on a journey through the beautiful land of the PRESENT MOMENT so that you can set your body, heart, and mind free. This is a place where you'll find peace, joy, and perpetual happiness. You will be guided through a step-by-step process to overcome any personal barriers you have, and you'll be shown exactly how to overcome them by letting go of the past, not worrying so much about the future, and enjoying what is here NOW - in the present moment. (On Back Cover) Past events haunt all of us and the future weighs heavy. Our what ifs, maybes, and not good enoughs paralyze us and prevent us from enjoying what we have right in front of us – the beauty of a sunset, accolades for a successful project, the smell of freshly baked bread, a good friend. We accept our past as who we are, and yet, we would all like to break out of that mold and truly enjoy life for what it is.

How To Live In The Present Moment, Version 2.0 will gently guide you through breaking the shackles of your debilitating thought patterns of the past and future and give you the tools to live in the Present Moment. 

The methods I describe will lead you through the unknown jungle of self-doubt and I will show you how you can forgive yourself and those around you so that you can move on to become who you truly are NOW, not who you were yesterday. I discuss how you can meaningfully plan for your future without getting bogged down in trying to predict what might happen.

So take my hand and let’s stroll down the path of self-discovery and celebrate the true and happy new you – the you who has been waiting patiently in the wings for you to discover how to live in the Present Moment and thus discover true happiness.

It is time to break out of your self-imposed jail sentence to experience freedom of your body and mind using the power of the Present Moment! 



 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

5 Bookish Pages to Follow on Pinterest

Hello my fellow book nerds!  

It has been quite an eventful week for me.  I have finally launched my new Virtual Assisting business & I couldn't be happier with the way things are currently going.  As part of my social media management, I've been going through & setting up new accounts for the business.  One of those being a new Pinterest account.

As I was going through, trying to add a few helpful boards, I came up with an idea to share some of the more book focused pages with y'all.  There are so many out there but to begin with, I have decided to narrow it down to 5 of my favorites.  If you find these interesting enough, I may add to the list at a later date!

So, without further ado - here are 5 Book related Pinterest pages that are sure to suck you in.  Please proceed with caution though.  These pages just may suck you in.  Be prepared for hours of bookish bliss!  And no worries~ you can thank me later!



Do you have a Pinterest page where you share your favorite book related finds?  Is there a particular page that you follow that others should know about?  If so, please comment below.  Inquiring minds want to know.  I want to know!  

 


Penguin Books USA- With 70+ boards, you are sure to find more than enough to keep you busy for a while.  Their board topics range from 'Staff Picks from Penguin!" to "Read with you Little Penguin."  Interested in a particular author or book series?  They just may have something you'll find worthy of pinning.


Bookish Magpie- If you're looking for an organized version of "everything but the kitchen sink" on Pinterest, then Bookish Magpie is the one to follow.  Heck!  You may even be able to find a few things about your kitchen sink, too.  Many of the boards are either book or writing related.  Enjoy!



Harlequin Books- I'm sure you could have guessed but Harlequin offers 70+ boards of bookish things.  Here, you'll find recommendations by category, giveaways, events, & much, much more.  They even have a board that focuses on inspirational women.  Definitely worth a visit & most likely a follow.



Library Lovers- This is probably one of the best bookish pinners that I have come across since I've been on Pinterest.  And that has been for quite a while.  You will find books by category, poetry, & even a board for book trailers.  If you visit no other pinner today, please at least check this one out!



Book Riot- As their description states, Book Riot is "Always book, never boring."  This goes for everything about Book Riot... especially their Pinterest page.  I mean, how can things be boring when you have 50+ boards of nothing but book related pins?  You very well can't...  So swing by today & give them a follow.  You will not regret it!






Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Cover Reveal: Debauched by Jennifer Dawson





Debauched (Undone #3)
by Jennifer Dawson

Release Date: April 26, 2016




One night in a moment of sheer madness I confessed my secrets to him. 
All my life I’ve been pretending. Pretending to be the woman I thought I should be instead of the woman I really am.  I’ve been faking it and I am good.  No one has ever guessed.  Except him. 
He just looked at me and knew. 

Chad Fellows is not the man I want, but he’s fast becoming the man I need. 

One night in a moment of sheer madness I held her in my arms and let her cry. 
I did the right thing, letting her walk away, no matter how much she calls to the part of me that wants to rescue her.  We are nothing alike, and she’s a mess of complications in a life I’m trying to keep simple. But then I touched her and made her tremble and now I can’t turn away.  

Ruby Stiles is not the woman I want, but she’s fast becoming the woman I need.





Crave (Undone #1)  

Sinful (Undone #2)

Unraveled (Undone #2.5) Releases January 19, 2016 




Jennifer Dawson is the author of the popular Something New series; spicy, small town romance released with Kensington, and pens the dark and edgy contemporary romance series Undone.    Jennifer grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from DePaul University with a degree in psychology. She met her husband at the public library while they were studying. To this day, she still maintains she was NOT checking him out. Now, over twenty years later, they are married and living in a suburb right outside of Chicago with two awesome kids and a crazy dog. These days Jennifer can be found sitting behind her computer, writing her next novel, chasing after her kids, keeping an ever-watchful eye on her ever-growing to-do list, and NOT checking out her husband. Jennifer loves connecting with her readers and invites you to check out her website, Facebook page, and join Dawson’s Darlings, her private Facebook Fan group. Sign up for her monthly Newsletter for exclusive insider peeks, new release information and more.



International Winner will receive e-books of Crave, Sinful and Unraveled in preferred format!!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Alpha Tauri Strain by JT Alblood

Alpha Tauri Strain 
by JT Alblood


Genre: Dark Speculative Sci fi
Age Level: 18+
Print Length: 20,240
Publishers: Smashwords
Publication Date: Oct. 09, 2015 


Purchase: It's FREE!!



"First, build a spaceship. Then, kill God.

1920 Vienna, Wilhelm Reich is a medical student, working as a night nurse at a mental hospital when he meets and falls in love with Maria Orsic, a stunningly beautiful young woman who just happens to be diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. ‘Fly me to the Hell ’. He helps her escape, only to lose her the next morning. Years later, he is a respected psychiatrist working in Berlin when he meets her for the second time. And she needs his help again — with a message she’s received from the aliens.

Each end has a story. This anamorphous trilogy is a complex one and includes mystics; Nazis, occult societies, the thousands-year-long invasion of aliens into the human genome, retro-chronal causality, secret codes within DNA, the number Pi, the Holy book and so much more.
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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Favorite Books of 2015


Happy New Year, everyone!!  I don't know about you but I can not believe that it's already 2016... It seems like just yesterday, it was the beginning of 2015.  Time should definitely slow down a bit.  Don't you agree??

I wanted to take some time to share, with y'all, a handful of my favorite reads from 2015.  Since I didn't launch this blog until later in the year, I don't have a review for all of the books I'm about to mention.  However, I still believe you need to know about all of my top favorites.  So, in no particular order, here are my top 5 Reads of 2015:


1. The "Blood & Roses" series by Callie Hart: I'm sharing this entire series because I sped through it in it's entirety. I enjoyed each and every book. This year, I plan on moving on to Callie Hart's "Dead Man's Ink" series.

Series synopsis: "Zeth Mayfair's never been troubled by morals before. As one of Seattle's most dangerous, feared men, he's always carried out the jobs he's sent on without a second thought. Drugs? Guns? Dirty money? They're all fair game. But girls? Girls are another matter entirely. When Zeth's employer decides buying and selling kidnapped women is a lucrative sideline, Zeth's usually uncomplicated life suddenly becomes very complicated indeed. And his biggest complication goes by the name of Sloane Romera. As a trauma doctor at St. Peter's Hospital, Sloane's finger is hardly on the pulse of Seattle's underground crime scene. Her sister is missing and she needs to find her, yet all doors leading into the seedy world of human trafficking are firmly closed in Sloane's face. She needs information. What she really needs is help...and help presents itself in the most unlikely of forms. Zeth Mayfair is terrifying, scandalously hot, and comes fully loaded with a terrible attitude and wicked smile. He also looks like he's Sloane's only hope. Can she work with the guy without getting herself killed, losing her job, or falling head over heels in love? What happens in the dark never stays in the dark." -Courtesy of Amazon



2. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor: I went into this one not knowing what to expect. However, I knew from the beginning that I was going to enjoy it. I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy in 2016.

Synopsis: "Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.


And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.


Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?" -Courtesy of Amazon


3. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis: This was the first Dystopian that I had ever read. It was such a great read. Take some time to check out my review & you will see just how much I love this book! I've added the companion novel, In a Handful of Dust to my 2016 TBR list.


Synopsis: "Fans of classic frontier survival stories, as well as readers of dystopian literature, will enjoy this futuristic story where water is worth more than gold. New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant says Not a Drop to Drink is a debut "not to be missed." With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl's journey in a frontierlike world not so different from our own.

Teenage Lynn has been taught to defend her pond against every threat: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and most important, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty—or doesn't leave at all. Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. But when strangers appear, the mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won't stop until they get it...." - Courtesy of Amazon
 


4. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh: This book is the first that I ever reviewed. However, I plan on doing a new review sometime this year because I feel that my original doesn't do it enough justice. I'll probably re-read it & write a new review once the next book (The Rose and the Dagger) is released in May of this year.


Synopsis:Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all."
-Courtesy of Amazon




5. Crave & Sinful by Jennifer Dawson: These are the first two books in the "Undone" series by Jennifer Dawson. I absolutely loved them both. There's a third book coming out later this year & I'm so excited! It's release date can not get here fast enough.

Synopsis:
Crave
I vow. I crave. I give in.

I used to be a nice, normal girl. I had dreams. Good, happy dreams of a white picket fence, 2.5 kids, and a fairytale love that lasts forever. Nobody ever warned me that sometimes, the prince dies three weeks before the wedding.

Like any addict, I swear this time is the last….

Now, I go through my days, a shadow of my former self. I pretend I’m okay, and the people in my life pretend to believe me. But, sometimes, when I can no longer stand the craving, I roam an underground sex club looking for my next hit. It’s dirty and wrong, but I can’t stop, and my only line of defense between them and me, are the rules I’ve designed to keep me safe. Men always abide by my rules. Until I meet him.

And, like any addict, I’m wrong.

I don’t question the instincts that tell me to run. One look at him, standing there, power radiating off him in waves, tells me all I need to know. He will make me crave those happy dreams I’ve left behind. And that is not an option.
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Sinful 
"I’ve wanted my brother’s best friend, Leo Santoro, for too many years to count.
No matter what I do, he won’t confront the attraction that burns between us.
It’s time to put him behind me once and for all.
I have no choice but to call his bluff.
And then I will walk away.

The last woman I should want is my best friend’s baby sister, Jillian Banks.
No matter what I do, she won’t ignore the attraction that burns between us.
It’s time she learns the real me.
The only promise I can make is that her fantasies are no match for reality.
And then I’ll watch her walk away.
"