Isis, Vampires and Ghosts - Oh My! by Janis Hill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Disclosure: I received this book on Netgalley as an ARC.
Stephanie Anders the responsible sister is heading to the funeral of her hellion of a sister Estella. Or at least that is what they lead her to believe, when in all reality her sister is technically still kinda alive. As a priestess of Isis, Estella got herself possessed by an eighteeth vampire Lord of the Aegean, Branwyre. The mission is then bestowed upon Stephanie to clean up one last mess for her sister and banish Branwyre. With the reluctant help of a ghost of the Buddhist monk with a potty mouth Stephanie is opened to a new world that was hidden right before her eyes.
Overall, I would say it is a very well written novel. Relatively speaking as I have read over 300 this year I can say the editing and the wording is very well put together. The overall story is unique the incorporation of both colorful insults and character description lends to create a different world than most vampire novels. It doesn't romanticize vampire in any way and actually builds a good foundation to a whole bunch of follow up novels that chronicle the life of the heroine Stephanie Anders.
I would say this book is a good read for anyone who isn't looking for something in the Twilight realm of vampires.
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Disclosure: I received a pack of these free for the review no other compensation was received.
When you are at a party how many times do you look around at bottles of water and wonder if that is really yours? I say bottle of water, but could easily insert any bottle shaped drink. For wine drinkers people add charms on the wine stems and other things to give a symbol, but until recently you could only either get a good old-fashioned sharpe marker and write your name or tear a bit of the label to identify it as your beverage. With the Drink Duets, these inexpensive options a host can provide them with a marker and tada everyone can mark their own tag and be sure to keep their germs to themselves.
Drink Duets come in packs of 12 assorted colors and at only 4.50 a pack give that extra little bit to party decoration that shows your guests that they are special. They give either the host the opportunity to get creative and decorate them ahead of time or the guests an easy craft. I am excited to use the ones we received for review at a kids party so that the sharing of beverages is reduced. Kids tend to lose their drinks and with the tags it will be easy to identify who's is who's.
If you're interested in trying out some Drink Duet's for yourself head over towww.DrinkDuets.com and grab a pack. At about the price of a case of water it's a great option to get the most out of that case.
Note: One thing I forgot to mention, these are reusable, not single use so the cost can be only once and then you can be sure to have everyone labeled up.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
Safety by Viola Rivard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Disclosure: I got this book as an ARC.
Safety is the fourth installment of Running with the Alphas and a continuation of the story line of Hade and Alder with their mate Taylor. With the time they have spent together increase Taylor begins to get comfortable only, to have biology throw a wrench in her life plans. Or at least the new life plans she is trying to make with Alder. Or wait is does she want a life with Hale? The eternal battle is only escalated by the both internal and external battles raging in Hale and Alder's relationship. The overall theme is one of a messy love affair.
I am a fan that was eagerly awaiting this installment and definitely wasn't let down. I am looking forward to the next story with equal amounts of eagerness. I have read most of her other works and as an author Viola Rivard can definitely get the shifter romance blood boiling!
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Disclosure: I got two Firefly toothbrushes to review and include in a holiday themed post if I felt it fit, no compensation was received and I was not obligated to do so. My opinions are 100% my own.
I WANT CANDY!! okay so the little kid that lives inside of me is craving candy due to the season. I have been environmentally conditioned for thirty one years to associate October with candy, massive amounts of it. I am not complaining in the slightest as I feel like it's completely justified to have sweets in your life I mean seriously, we may only live once. However, the cavities that can accompany the Holiday season of rich decadent sweets over indulgence is not conditioned in. The cavities themselves are not caused by the sugar, but the more you consume the better you need to brush and I know I wasn't always as consistent as I needed to be.
However, as a mother I need to make sure my kiddos really learn good habits so I have to make an effort to teach them proper oral care. I have been quite fortunately to have an added aide in my battles the Firefly Ready Go Brush toothbrushes. I have had the fortunate opportunity to review a Hello Kitty version which Lily utterly loves, Star Wars versions that Luke loves, and now the solid color versions which I gifted to my nieces to try out.
The Ready Go Brushes from Firefly are really one of the best additions to a parents arsenal for getting their kids teeth clean and know they are going to be taking the needed amount of time on each row of teeth. The internal timers are beyond great. I recommend these to any parent, who has a child between the ages of 3-12.
Disclosure: I received one of each of these toothbrushes to do the review, no other compensation was received and opinions are 100% honest and my own.
In a bathroom far far away, the two epic forces of good and evil face off for the right to clean your child's teeth! Okay, so yeah it's not really that dramatic, but I can definitely attest there was a minor battle in my house over which to choose Darth Vader or Yoda. In the end Firefly Star Wars Ready Go Darth Vader Brush won out in our bathroom to be Luke's favorite of the two, but I think that may only be because at 3 he hasn't seen the movies.
Firefly offers a variety of these new Ready Go Brushes for children 3-12, but honestly when it comes to the nerd in me there really isn't anything quite as cool as Star Wars. Plus, the mom in me loves the toothbrush timing lights, you hit the button and then it does green, yellow, then red. The lights are really useful as a parent trying to teach my kids how to properly care for their teeth. The on brush 60 second each row timer is the key to why these are so awesome.
If you are interested in picking up a couple of these for your little Star Wars fan head over to Walmart or CVS locally!
If your little one is more of a Hello Kitty fan check out the Hello Kitty Ready Go Brush!