Saturday, March 25, 2017

Dropprice $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway


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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Back In The Saddle Book Review & Giveaway


I have a really wonderful western style like love story to share with you called Back In the Saddle written by Ruth Logan Herne that I think all of you would enjoy reading!

Synopsis:
The Prodigal Is Coming Home  
It’s been a long time since Colt Stafford shrugged off his cowboy legacy for shiny Manhattan loafers and a promising career on Wall Street. But when stock market manipulations leave him financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford decides to return to the sprawling Double S ranch in Gray’s Glen, Washington. He’s broke, but not broken, and it’s time to check in with his ailing father, and get his legs back under him by climbing into the saddle again.

He doesn’t expect to come home to a stranger pointing a loaded gun at his chest— a tough yet beautiful woman that Sam hired as the house manager. Colt senses there’s more to Angelina Morales than meets the eye and he’s determined to find out what she’s hiding...and why.

Colt’s return brings new challenges. Younger brother Nick has been Sam’s right-hand man at the ranch for years and isn’t thrilled at having Colt insert himself into Double S affairs. And the ranch’s contentious relationship with the citizens of Gray’s Glen asks all the Stafford men to examine their hearts about what it truly means to be a neighbor.  And as Wall Street recovers, will Colt succumb to the call of the financial district’s wealth and power—or finally the courage to stay in the saddle for good?
Purchase your copy on Amazon 

My Thoughts:

As you guys know, aside from Amish love stories, I think any kind of good, relatable love stories are the next best thing and this one is one of those with a few doses of deep trouble for Angelina and all those around her. She came to the Double S ranch to escape some very bad people and she is going to need all the help she can get from the Stafford's.

Of course, all three brothers are a handful, but what else is new? Guys being guys is what makes this story fun to read and unpredictable. Then adding a very sick father into the mix, and you have a tear jerker along with a love story blooming at the same time.

I think all of you will enjoy reading this truly awesome book and how a family should come together and how forgiveness works, especially when you have a tough but great woman pushing the buttons to get things done! Right, girls??? We really know who is in charge, don't we?

Happy Reading!

About the Author:
Ruth Logan Herne

Best-selling, multi-published author Ruth Logan Herne is the author of over thirty novels and novellas through traditional publishers and her own independent works. She loves God, her family, country, coffee, chocolate and dogs, and wishes possums would leave the cat food on the side porch alone. With over 3/4 million books in print, Ruthy is living her dream of touching hearts and souls by writing the kind of books she likes to read. She is also part of Mighty Finn Creations with her photographer/editor daughter Beth Jamison, and their new series "The Adventures of The Mighty Finn" has just released.

She loves chatting with readers through her website blog and hanging with readers and writers in Seekerville... www.seekerville.blogspot.com where coffee is always hot, fresh and good! She loves playing in the kitchen, too, with a wonderful group of regionally-inspired inspirational authors at the Yankee Belle Café.

Catch up with her on:  Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest |

Here is another great book that I thought you guys might like to read so I will be giving away my own paperback copy of Back in The Saddle! Open in the Continental U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

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Disclosure: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review." All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

An Unbroken Heart Book Review & Giveaway



I recently read this really great Amish book called An Unbroken Heart written by Kathleen Fuller and I think you will love it as much as I did!

Synopsis:
An argument. A crash. In an instant, Joanna’s world is changed forever.

One minute, Joanna Schrock was arguing with her parents, and the next, her parents’ lives were claimed in a hit-and-run buggy accident. Her body is broken, but her heart is in even deeper pain— after all, how do you cope with your parents’ deaths when your last words were spoken in anger?

After an extended stint in a physical rehabilitation center, Joanna re-enters her Amish life. But nothing is the same—not even her feelings for Andrew Beiler.

Joanna has loved Andrew since the age of twelve, and her feelings have not changed throughout the years. She is thrilled when Andrew wants to get married, but she wonders whether it’s love he’s feeling, or pity. As the couple’s wedding date approaches, Joanna isn’t overcome with the deep joy she was hoping to feel; instead, she’s wracked with anxiety and guilt.

Joanna hears God whispering to her, Be strong and courageous, but she’s afraid that courage looks a lot like walking away from her dreams and into the plan of her Heavenly Father.

If Joanna takes the first step toward healing, will it cost her everything she’s ever wanted? Or could God be changing the desires of her heart?
Purchase your copy on Amazon 

My Thoughts:

I am sure that there are quite a bit of other people out and about that love reading Amish love stories because they are some of the what I call "purist love stories", because of their ways and their religion, it's hopefully one of the better role models we can all learn from to make our lives richer.

I really liked this book as it follows the beautiful parts of what true love looks like in this community and hopefully, it can teach our young adults especially, but they can also be guides for other age groups also. With the divorce rate so high these days, especially in Hollywood, I welcome the change of pace that these Amish love stories set.

I truly envy the confidence in which some of these Amish characters are so sure of themselves when the moment arrives and there is no doubt in their minds that they truly love the other person with all their heart and soul. I especially respect the way these are written because with all the books that I have read, they really take it seriously when asking God for guidance. I think we could all use a little more of that in our lives!

Happy Reading!

About the Author:

Kathleen Fuller

I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, and currently live in Geneva, Ohio. I've been married to James for 22 wonderful years (really, they have been wonderful!) We have three terrific children, three dogs, and have raised cattle, pigs, and chickens at various times over the years. We would have gone into the goat business, but I had to draw the line somewhere.

I started writing in 2000, and published my first short story a year later. Since then I have authored several short stories, novellas, novels, and have done a lot of freelance non-fiction work. I have also worked as an editor. I have a Masters degree in Special Education, emphasis on teaching the blind and visually impaired, and a Bachelors in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. I have taught all age groups ranging from age 4 to age 21.

A few of my favorite things: my relationship with Christ, chocolate (of course!), autumn, a satisfying book, good friends, a sense of humor, people who don't take themselves seriously, haunting melodies, NFL football, and did I mention chocolate?

Check out her: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter |

This was such a delight to read that I thought I would pass my paperback copy to one lucky reader! Open in the Continental U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

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Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product from BookLook Bloggers. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Great Meal Suggestions For The Fall



How to Celebrate Fall in Your Kitchen

Fall is the favorite time of year for many people. The cooler weather is a chance to change up the wardrobe and the beautiful colors are a great reason to enjoy time outdoors. There are also many food-related reasons to enjoy fall. Harvest season is full of delicious produce and it's a chance to move from light summer dishes to hearty comfort foods. Fall is also the perfect time to enjoy hot drinks, whether it's a good cup of tea or the seasonal pumpkin drink at your local coffee house.

If you want to celebrate all things fall in your own home, the best place to start is in the kitchen. Change up your normal cooking routine to try new things, and find a way to cook even on nights when your family is busy with school-related activities. You can also enjoy using both apple and pumpkin in a variety of desserts and breakfast pastries. If you're ready to embrace the cold weather and spend some time in your kitchen, here are some suggestions.

Have a Fall Cocktail Party


Whether you want to invite the entire neighborhood, or just celebrate with your family, having a night full of hot drinks and tasty snacks can be a great way to host a relaxing party. You can make hot cider in a crock pot and mull red wine for adult guests. Hot cocoa is another timeless favorite, and you can make several types of finger foods for everyone to enjoy. If a cocktail party isn't your thing, make it a game night instead and have every guest bring a favorite game and plate of snacks.

Try a New Spin on Classics

Fall is a great time to dive back into comforting meals like meatloaf and mashed potatoes, and hearty soups and stews. If you enjoy trying out new recipes, you can take some of those classic flavors and make them in a new way. You could make mini individual meatloaves and change out white potatoes for sweet potatoes. Or skip the hours of preparation required for classic lasagna and make skillet lasagna instead. You can also change up taco night and make chicken tortilla soup instead.

Try a Hot Breakfast

There's nothing like a filling breakfast to start the day, especially when you'll be out in the cold weather. No matter how busy your mornings are, you can find ways to make a hot breakfast for everyone. Break out the slow cooker again and make overnight oats that are ready in the morning. Or spend a few hours assembling and freezing breakfast burritos so your kids can have a grab-and-go breakfast on school mornings. If you love enjoying brunch on the weekend, try your hand at cinnamon rolls that rise overnight and are ready for the oven in the morning.

Pack Your Lunch

Bringing your lunch from home is a great way to stick to a healthy diet and save money. A Thermos lets you bring leftover soup from last night's dinner. You can also try packing scrambled eggs or chili in an insulated container. Sandwiches are always good options, but you don't have to stick with ham and cheese every day. Try an all-vegetarian option or make a cheese melt if your office kitchen has a toaster oven. You can enjoy the seasonal produce by bringing along an apple or pear with your lunch.

Stick to a Healthy Diet

While fall is the perfect time to indulge in comfort foods and the occasional pumpkin treat, it's important to maintain a healthy diet overall. That way you can enjoy the season and the upcoming holidays without dreading the resolution diet in January. Choose Buy as many things fresh as you can and then choose healthy pre-made options like low-cholesterol, egg-free mayo from Hampton Creek.


Try switching to natural sweeteners rather than relying on refined sugar for all your baking projects. Plan meals with a balance of protein, vegetables and carbs so you'll avoid sugar crashes and cravings.
Celebrate fall by hosting a cocktail party or modifying your family's favorite recipes to fall-friendly forms. Take the time to make a hot breakfast and pack your lunch every day. It's also a good idea to practice moderation by making healthy food choices often and indulging in comfort foods and treats occasionally.  

Fall is a wonderful time of year to spend time in your kitchen trying new things and enjoying the produce of the season.

Disclaimer: All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.   

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Eyeshine Book Review


Eyeshine by Cy Wyss
 
on Tour March 1-31, 2016

 
Book Details:
 
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by: Nighttime Dog Press, LLC
Publication Date: November 2015
Number of Pages: 200
ASIN: B017WD3WWU 

Synopsis:
 
PJ Taylor is a reporter with a difference. Each night she turns into a black tabby cat from sundown to sunup.

In this first adventure, follow PJ as she chases thieves, drug dealers, and even a murderer.

Will PJ solve the mysterious drowning death of cantankerous old coot Chip Greene? Or will a local special needs boy end up taking the blame?

Be prepared for twists and turns along the way as PJ applies all her feline senses to this diabolical situation.
 
My Thoughts:
 
I actually loved this story! Yes, it's a little quirky that she turns into a black cat at night and people can only see her during the day as a human, but it was funny, had a hilarious murder plot and was a mystery all rolled into one!
 
Of course, her story about why she couldn't be out at night was a little off balance because I would have thought that her friends and her family would then say, well, we will come see you then so you don't have to leave home. But, no one I guess ever invited themselves over, so no one got suspicious.
 
It's a really fun story to read and even though it does have a murder involved, it was not a mean and vicious murder, just a kind of misunderstanding of what really happened. Otherwise, I would have ranked this a pretty good comedy!
 
It's a refreshing story and gives you a break from all the drama of other murder mysteries plus a side of the supernatural.
 
Happy Reading!

Read an excerpt:

People called Brooke Annabeth Taylor “PJ,” which stood not for pajamas but for Peeping Jane. She’d been a photographer and reporter for as long as the town could remember—at least since grade school—and her reportage was known for the most candid and impossible photos, like Peter Parker’s but from nearer the ground. Her job was made more difficult by her moniker because once people found out what it was, they shied away and wouldn’t tell her the secrets that are a reporter’s stock-in-trade. As she got older, it got harder and harder to convince anyone to give her a story. Now, at thirty, she was no longer “kitten cute” and able to wile her way easily into subjects’ confidence. Still, she managed to find a way.
With her penetrating amber eyes and easy smile, people found her disarming. She loved her relationship as a freelance reporter with the town’s paper, and all the vagaries that life entails, such as being a night owl and an absolute bulldog for the truth. If she could have chosen her own moniker, it would have likely combined these: Owl Dog. It was particularly inappropriate, however, because she turned not into a bird or canine every night, but into a cat.
She had been a black tabby from sundown to sunup since shortly after puberty. She often wondered why other people didn’t morph into alternate beings for the dark hours, but was admonished very early on by a loving mother to never, never, ever speak a word of it to anyone. PJ liked to think that was because her mother had a similar power and had suffered, but it could have been due solely to the woman’s intelligence and sense of practicality.
PJ’s father had died when she was ten. The man was a scientist, an absent-minded chemist, and PJ was of two minds about his awareness. On the one hand, his cleverness meant surely he wouldn’t have been fooled by a mere wife, no matter how adept at deception; on the other hand, his absentmindedness meant sometimes he forgot to wear shoes. So it wasn’t a stretch to think he might have no inkling about the bizarreness of his wife or daughter.
At sixteen, with PJ in limbo between childhood and womanhood, her mother suffered a tragic and debilitating stroke that took her life within months. PJ then moved in with her much older brother and his family. By then, she had become as adept as her mother at hiding her talent, in spite of the fact her brother was an FBI agent by that time, at twenty-nine, and extraordinarily difficult to deceive. It helped that after he witnessed firsthand the transformation from girl to cat, he immediately went into a long-lasting shock that consisted of utter denial. Instead of considering how her unique power could assist him in his life of crime fighting, he grounded her for a month and kept her largely confined to her room, especially after sundown.
PJ forgave Robert for locking her up, only because of her natural optimism and sense of personal grandeur. Honestly, grudges were beneath her, as were most things mere mono-modal humans did. She focused on her schoolwork and got all A’s that semester. Much later she discovered her brother had to take a polygraph test every year he was employed with the all-knowing government agency. PJ realized Robert had so thoroughly put the image of his sister becoming a black tabby cat out of his mind that he had convinced himself it wasn’t even a hallucination—it simply hadn’t existed at all. There’s no need to lie if you’re a true believer, and that was the most effective path for a forced deceiver. So PJ kept her secret, and Robert kept his job.
Fourteen years later, PJ was irrevocably known as Peeping Jane and Robert had traveled the country and come back in his forties to set up a one-man field office in Mayhap, Indiana. One day, PJ was out with her best friends Clara Goodwind and Vicky Donnerweise at the Mayhap Spring Festival when the sun dipped low on the horizon, threatening to bring the stars closer and the day to an end.
“PJ, why do you always leave just when things are getting interesting?” Clara said.
She was a buxom woman with big hazel eyes and bright red hair. Her wardrobe favored items with cats in evidence or implied by pithy sayings, such as “Meow Happens,” which her pink tube top currently sported. The woman was Taft County’s prime cat rescuer, with a warren of dedicated chicken-wire pens covering her backyard and a full-time feeding schedule. When she wasn’t volunteering at the county’s humane shelter, she was ensconced in a network of gossips centered at the Mayhap Memorial Library. Clara was an assistant librarian but party to all the good stories the town could provide. PJ found her an invaluable source. If it happened, or was going to happen, Clara knew about it and would talk.
Vicky stood with arms akimbo and watched PJ inhale an elephant ear. She was a striking woman with hair even blacker than PJ’s and blue eyes where PJ’s were yellow. Vicky was tall and muscular, like a man, but lither and hourglass-shaped inside the bulky kit she wore for law enforcement. She was one of Taft County’s deputies, second in their force only to Sheriff Curtis Denning, whom she happened to be married to.
“Land’s sake, PJ, how do you eat like that? You know I’m active all day, but I can’t eat three of those things without being ten pounds fatter tomorrow. Do you just stay up all night on the treadmill or what?”
A loud cry of enjoyment crescendoed from the fairway before PJ could answer, which was just as well since her mouth was filled with fried dough and she wouldn’t have gotten more than a grunt or two out. She didn’t have the heart to enlighten her friend. Every night, indeed, she ran the treadmill of being feline. She wandered miles in the summertime, searched every nook and cranny of the county, chased rodents and vermin, and napped only fitfully and with one eye open under the shifting moon.
She popped the last of the ear into her mouth and said, “It’s genetics. Some people are luckier than others.”
Vicky and Clara groaned.
Clara adjusted her pink-rimmed glasses and slurped her sno-cone. “At least I managed to keep myself to just one Devil Dog. And sno-cones have no calories after noon—everyone knows that.” Clara was constantly watching her figure, which didn’t seem to keep her from growing more buxom by the year. At the rate she was going, she would be a round octogenarian with a radiant smile in fifty years. PJ thought things could be worse.
“So you two coming two weeks from today or what?” Vicky said.
She was having a cookout, a common occurrence in the warmer months, and the Taylors and Goodwinds were regular fixtures. Everyone knew the cookouts were as much a bid to stuff the people of Taft County with reasons why the Denning clan should hold on to the sheriff-hood for the indefinite future, but everyone came anyway. Vicky’s ribs were legendary, and Curtis’s beer was as tasty and free flowing as anyone’s ever was. Today was Saturday, and two weeks from today was going to be the first big Donnerweise-Denning BBQ of the season.
“Yeah, I’ll be there,” PJ said. “At least until sunset.”
Vicky rolled her eyes. “Because you turn into a pumpkin at sunset, right? We’ll never get to see nighttime you. Isn’t Doc Fred helping you with that?”
Doctor Fred Norton was Mayhap’s most celebrated, and only, psychiatrist. Apparently he was a third cousin twice removed to the iconic Oprah Winfrey and had once listened to her problems with aplomb, inspiring her to go on and listen eternally to others. He was given a brief mention in a book of hers, which was now out-of-print. For Mayhap, that was all it took to secure one’s place in the annals of town history. He even had a special shelf in the library to display his pamphlets on the pluses of positive putation, despite the brochures containing more than their fair share of buzz non-words.
PJ’s cover story for disappearing every evening, no matter the weather or event, was a rare and debilitating overreaction to darkness. Everyone thought she ran home to sit in a bright room under full-spectrum lights so she could make it through the dark hours with her psyche intact, her odd and entrenched phobia notwithstanding. Doc Fred made a perfect corroborator. His acute sense of professional delicacy meant he could never confirm nor deny PJ’s hints that he was treating her without success for her illness. Perhaps he had spent the last decades sketching her case study, which would no doubt be picked up by the professional societies should it ever come to a positive conclusion.
“Sorry,” PJ said to Vicky, “I’m not going to talk about it.”
“Oh, right. Shrink’s privilege and all that.”
“Well, get going,” Clara said. “I don’t want to have to carry around any pumpkins your size after dark, if you turn into one.”
“Alrighty. Toodles, people.”

Author Bio:

Cy WyssI live and write in the Indianapolis area. After earning a PhD in Computer Science in 2002 and teaching and researching for seven years, I’ve returned to the childhood dream of becoming an author. I better do it now because I won’t get a third life.

Behind me, I have a ton of academic experience and have written about twenty extremely boring papers on query languages and such, for example this one in the ACM Transactions on Databases. (That’s a mouthful.)

Now, I write in the mystery/thriller/suspense genres and sometimes science fiction. I know for some people databases would be the more beloved of the options, but for me, I finally realized that my heart wasn’t in it. So I took up a second life, as a self-published fiction author.

Online, I do the Writer Cy cartoon series about the (mis)adventures of researching, writing, and self-publishing in today’s shifting climate. I also love to design and create my own covers using GIMP.

Disclosure: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

In The Mind of Revenge Book Review


 
I have a really eery book called In The Mind of Revenge, The Shamed Book 1 written by Liv Hadden that I wanted to share with all of you.
 
Synopsis:
In the Mind of Revenge, book one of The Shamed Series, takes a deep look at how monsters are born.  
Set in a society that glorifies “normal” and demonizes different, this dark tale takes its readers on an emotionally wild ride of vengeance, murder, pain and desperation. Though the reader is warned by its main character, Shame, not to develop an attachment, the first person narrative combined with Shame’s uninhibited vulnerability makes it nearly impossible not to do so.  
Raw, vivid, honest, fast-paced and beautifully vulgar, In the Mind of Revenge is sure to have you emotionally twisted from beginning to end. Mine is a tale of pain, hate, lies, murder, injustice, vengeance, and love unreturned. It began much like yours; a hopeful innocent born to a world of endless possibilities. But my journey has rarely been paved with opportunities of light. Confronted by those who sought to eclipse what light I had found, the darkness came for me. Wrapped in its intoxicating embrace, I have risen from the dead to reclaim my dignity and the life that was taken from me.  
I have begun my journey into the mind of revenge. Revenge for me. Revenge for those like me. Those who are shamed. This is a story for the shamed, by the shamed. The question is, are you ready for it?
Purchase your copy on Amazon. 
 
My Thoughts:
 
I have to tell you that while this book was very disturbing in the beginning, it was so compelling that I couldn't put it down!
 
Then towards the middle of the book, Shame starts to change, whether he realizes it or not, and the whole concept changes. You begin to see Shame as being redeemed and trying to do good things to counter balance the bad things that he did.
 
I guess I am a sucker for someone down on their luck, because then I tried to figure out ways that he might get out of being in trouble with the law. Yes, he did some disturbing things, but in his defense, some really bad and mind blowing things were done to him first.
 
This story will push you to the limits and make you try to figure out if Shame is redeemable and how does Shame's life go on?
 
I don't want to give too much away or why this happened to Shame or why he changed his name and once you read the story, you will begin to fully understand his actions afterwards. Especially after being in a coma for several years after these horrible things were done to him.
 
I would think anyone capable of the damage that was done to Shame would have to be pure evil and you can only deal with pure evil by becoming pure evil yourself. But, you can't live that way forever and that is what ultimately Shame has to figure out towards the last of this first installment.
 
I can't wait to read the next book!
 
Happy Reading!
 
 
About the Author:
 
Author. Creator. Adventurer. Human. In that order.

Debut novelist Liv Hadden has been writing ever since she was a little girl. But, it wasn't until 5th grade when her teacher said she'd one day write a book that she started taking it seriously.

Her Shamed series began in college, when Hadden employed her writing as an outlet for her feelings during a serious bout of depression. After a brief, yet impactful first night of writing, she dreamt of a shadowy figure, tormented and demonized by their own mind and realized this was the shadow of pain that hurting people everywhere felt.

She woke from her dream feeling more energized that she had in months, picked up her computer and began to write. "I felt if ever there was a story inside me and a character worth taking the leap, it was Shame and this story," says Hadden. "This one in particular is personal in nature, and perhaps the very reason it's so close to my heart."

Hailing from the land of Ben & Jerry's, Hadden has since settled in Austin, TX with her partner and two dogs, Madison and Samuel.
 
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Disclosure: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

An Amish Year Book Review



I have a very special book to share with all of you that is actually 4 different Amish stories all in one easy book called An Amish Year written by Beth Wiseman!

Synopsis:
Spend a year in Amish country with four sweet romances.
Rooted in Love (previously published in An Amish Garden) 
Rosemary Lantz is doing her best to run her family’s household. She excels at all her tasks except one: gardening. Saul Petersheim has pursued Rosemary for years, but Rosemary keeps turning him down. What Saul doesn’t know is that she has good reason—something no one can know—especially not him. 
A Love for Irma Rose 
The year is 1957, and young Irma Rose has a choice to make. Date the man who is “right” for her? Or give Jonas a chance, the wild and reckless suitor who refuses to take no for an answer?  Irma Rose steps onto the path she believes God has planned for her, but when she loses her footing, she is forced to rethink her choice. 

Patchwork Perfect 
Eli Byler has been a widower for two years when he chooses to make a fresh start in Paradise, Pennsylvania. As Eli juggles the admiration of two women, he meets Miriam Fisher—the most unconventional Amish woman he’s ever met. She doesn’t fit the mold for what Eli is looking for, but it isn’t long before Eli realizes that Miriam is everything he wants. But Miriam has no plans to get married—ever.  Will Eli be able to change her mind? 
When Christmas Comes Again (previously published in An Amish Second Christmas) 
Katherine knows the first Christmas without Elias will be hard for her and the children. But when a mysterious Englischer appears with photographs of her late husband, Katherine begins to wonder what other blessings Christmas could have in store. 
My Thoughts:

If you love reading about the Amish, then this book is perfect for you!

It has 4 completely different romance stories that span a wide range of seasons within a year so that you get to experience how they live and cope with all the different weather and/or climate changes.
As for me, I am a sucker for Christmas time and everything that is associated with that holiday, so I was really into When Christmas Comes Again. I would imagine that most people have their favorite season also, which makes this collection of stories so awesome.

It's always fascinating to read about the Amish and how they deal with adversity and change in their lives but still they never lose track of their faith and way of life. Which is something we regular people seem to get wrong when faced with challenges we didn't see coming, or at least I am. So, reading about how to deal with them in a different way, is helpful to me to try and picture my response in a more positive light and learn something from it.

Reading Amish stories is for me a way to try to understand how to see things in a more positive way instead of reacting negatively and hopefully changing the worst outcome and making it a positive and sometimes a more exciting change.

Happy Reading! 
About the Author:

Beth Wiseman is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. Having sold over 1.5 million books, her novels have held spots on the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) Bestseller List and the CBA (Christian Book Association) Bestseller List. She was the recipient of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011 and 2013. She is a three-time winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and an INSPY Award winner. In 2013 she took home the coveted Holt Medallion. Her first book in the Land of Canaan series--Seek Me With All Your Heart--was selected as the 2011 Women of Faith Book of the Year. Beth is contracted with HarperCollins Christian Publishing into the year 2018, and she has published thirteen novels and thirteen novellas to date.

As a former newspaper reporter, Beth was honored by her peers with eleven journalism awards, including first place news writing for The Texas Press Association. She has been a humor columnist for The 1960 Sun in Houston and published articles in various publications. However, writing novels is where her heart is. She left her job as a journalist in 2008 to write novels fulltime.

Beth has a deep affection for the Amish and their simpler way of life, and while she plans to continue writing Amish love stories, she is also branching out into other areas. Her first non-Amish, contemporary--Need You Now--released in April 2012 and landed on the CBA Bestseller List. She enjoyed writing the story based in a town near where she lives, and she chose another small Texas town for her next non-Amish contemporary--The House that Love Built--which is based in Smithville, the same quaint town where movies such as Hope Floats and Tree of Life were filmed. Beth continued to spread her wings when she released The Promise in October 2014. Inspired by actual events, The Promise follows Beth's characters all the way to Pakistan. Beth was involved in the real-life rescue when her friend was held captive in Pakistan. Beth is currently working on book #2 in her new Amish Secrets series, tentatively titled Jacob's Ladder. Book #1--Her Brother's Keeper--recently released and was chosen as a Top Pick by RT Reviews Magazine.

Beth and her husband are empty nesters enjoying the country life in Texas with three dogs and a rooster. When she's not writing, she loves to travel, paint, and enjoy time with friends and family.

Disclosure: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review." All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

Keeper of the Stars Book Review



I have a really great romance novel for all of you that is titled Keeper of the Stars written by Robin Lee Hatcher.

Synopsis:
Forgiveness is the only cure for heartbreak. But can Penny forgive the man she holds responsible for her brother’s death? 
When her mother died from pneumonia, Penny Cartwright was heartbroken. But now, after burying her younger brother just 12 years later, she is devastated. Anger, guilt, and sorrow cloud Penny’s mind, and the last thing she wants is to be reminded of her pain—but that’s exactly what happens when a stranger comes to town. 
Trevor Reynolds has been chasing fame for more than a dozen years, but his musical career can’t get off the ground. While on the road, an accident kills his young drummer, Brad Cartwright. Trevor wasn’t behind the wheel, but he still blames himself . . . and so does Brad’s sister, Penny. Now Trevor finds himself in Kings Meadow, determined to follow through on his final promise to his friend. 
Still feeling the pain of Brad’s death, Penny and Trevor must learn that forgiveness is the only thing that can heal their hearts. And if they do forgive, something beautiful may rise from the ashes of heartbreak. 
My Thoughts:
I think we all love books that somehow give us hope that there is good things waiting for us if we could just get pass the negative things that have happened to us in our lives.
There is nothing better than reading a really good, down to earth romance novel that shows us how to reach for love while we are still grieving for someone we lost.
It's not easy for Penny to do that and at first she refuses to see that Trevor is a good man. She wants to hold onto the bad image because it makes her feel like she isn't betraying her brother who died in an accident while with Trevor.
I have to give Trevor a lot of credit for sticking around and waiting out the time that was needed for Penny to come to grips with the loss of her brother and the new man who happens to move to her hometown after recovering from the same accident.
It's a good feeling book that is perfect for the winter and I love the colors of the book because it almost reminds you of Christmas!
Happy Reading!
About the Author:

Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Winner of the Christy, the RITA, the Carol, the Inspirational Reader's Choice, and many other industry awards, Robin is also a recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from both Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. She is the author of 75+ novels and novellas with over five million copies in print.

Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. Her main hobby (when time allows) is knitting, and she has a special love for making prayer shawls. A mother and grandmother, Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with Poppet, the high-maintenance Papillon, and Princess Pinky, the DC (demon cat).

Robin is active on her Facebook Author Page where she loves to interact with readers.

Disclosure: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review." All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

Elite Serum RX Review


 
I have a new eye extra strength eye serum that I know you will want to know about called Skinpro's new and improved Elite Serum RX!


I know that you have seen me review this product before and some others that are in the same line but they have added 2 more ingredients to this Elite Serum RX to make it work even better for all of us.

Those two ingredients are:
Syn®-Coll is an aqueous based peptide considered ideal for activating Tissue Growth Factor (TGF), which is the key element in the synthesis of collagen, a crucial component of the extra cellular matrix (ECM) of the skin. Degenerative changes in the skin take place without this crucial piece of the cellular puzzle. Syn-Coll compensates for collagen deficits and makes the skin look more youthful.

Inyline is a peptide that works to help constrict muscle contraction, reducing the depth and appearance of expression lines, those pesky lines that we earn from smiling, laughing, frowning and crying.  Expression lines are the hardest to treat.
 
I grin every time I see this because it reminds me of a really big syringe or needle. I used to be terrified of them! I mean really bad that I sometimes would pass out so to now be able to look at something like this and not freak out is very comforting. But, seriously, the whole concept I think is to make it look like you might be getting something like Botox but far from it.

This awesome serum will help plump up the lines around your mouth and eyes and help your skin appear much more smoother and younger. The new reformulated version has the consistency more like a cream instead of a serum.  It is still considered an eye serum, but it’s thicker, much like a cream, but with the benefits of a serum in the way that its not oily; it won’t cause breakouts or greasy skin.


The advanced compound is intended to reduce the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, and the appearance of crow’s feet and fine lines around the eyes. With continued use as directed, Elite Serum can improve tone, skin elasticity, and firmness, which improves the youthful appearance of users of any age by restoring a more youthful eye contour.

I have to tell you that I really love this awesome serum! It has done more for my eyes and the tops of my forehead closest to my eyes than just about anything else that I have tried. I have always been a firm believer in serums and just feel like they soak in better for my skin type. This new and improved serum is lighter and almost looks like clear drops of water when it is dispensed thru the syringe.

You just pump it and at the tip where normally a needle would be if you were having Botox, instead you get the clear serum and it doesn't take much because it glides on so smooth and it will spread so start small and work your way up if you need to.

In addition to the two ingredients that I already told you about, here is another one that is important to this serum:

Eyeliss™is a proprietary combination of three active peptide molecules designed to rapidly, and effectively, reduce puffiness and bag volume under the eyes. This bio-molecular engineered solution was discovered as a result of sensory perception screening tests, which were specifically designed to treat puffiness under the eyes. Eyeliss is composed of three important ingredients:
1. Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone decreases the capillary permeability in the lower eyelid. This molecule primes the delicate skin of this area for lymphatic drainage and toning.
2. Dipeptide Valyl-Tryptophane is a peptide, which increases lymphatic circulation leading to drainage. This peptide is responsible for safely draining the fluid out of the puffy eye bags.
3. Lipopeptide Pal-GQPR improves skin firmness and elasticity, which helps to remove fine lines and wrinkles on the sensitive lower eyelid skin. In addition to aiding firmness and elasticity, this peptide decreases the inflammation commonly caused by other lymphatic drainage agents.
There are a lot more other ingredients that I don't have time to explain all of them so please go and check out the rest of them and what they help do to make this awesome serum work.  I wanted you to know about the ones above because of the puffy eyes and how this serum could help with those in addition to helping with the fine lines and wrinkles.

Here's a little bit about the people behind Skinpro:
We are a science inspired cosmeticeutical company that is focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing novel products and ingredients for skin care, anti-aging, weight management, and other cosmetic applications. 
Our flagship product is Elite Serum, an internally developed, anti-aging topical cosmeceutical. Our staff of specially trained cosmetic pharmacists and scientists developed Elite Serum using our proprietary anti-aging technology, which is based on a unique combination of patented DNA precursor pool peptides. 
In addition to Elite Serum, we have discovered and commercialized other scientific breakthroughs in skin care.  Our Delfogo line of products consist of some of the most advanced and award-winning cosmeceutical innovations in the anti-aging industry. Additionally, our in-house cosmetic engineers have recently designed the Bellapulse Advanced Pulsar Technology device specifically to work in conjunction with our scientifically developed line of skin care treatments. 
Our specially trained cosmetic pharmacists are currently testing two new products that represent breakthroughs in the biopharmaceutical industry.  Tepamine, a dietary supplement for weight loss and anti-aging, is the first of these new products.  This potent formulation is currently in Phase I of development, where it will be extensively evaluated prior to submitting the product for consumer testing.   
Our team has also developed DNA Serum, which breaks new ground using patented peptides derived from Borneo’s Temple Viper snake venom in a powerful topical anti-aging eye treatment.  DNA Serum is currently in the Preliminary Phase of our developmental process.
Connect with Skinpro:

Mailing Address
SkinPro International
1602 Alton Road, 597
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Email:  info@skinpro.com
Phone:  1-800-575-2065

Disclosure: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

Monday, February 29, 2016

PMD Personal Microderm Review



I will start by saying that the PMD Personal Microderm is awesome! My friend and I both used it for almost three weeks and we loved the way our skin felt afterwards. It will make your skin feel baby soft! But, please, please read the directions and follow them to the letter. Do not go over the same area multiple times. My friend did that and ended up with what I call a rug burn the next day. It is meant for a one time sweep across your face. Two at the most, but don't go over that!

 
There are different sizes of the buffers and the big ones are for your body, not your face! We figured that one out real quick, too! Seriously, though, the smaller ones are for the face and the larger discs are for your body, like the hands.


And please, make sure you wash and clean your face and use plenty of moisturizer, especially if you have never had this type of treatment before. We both have had several in office procedures, so our faces were used to it and we really had no problems except for when she tried to go back over the area around her mouth a little too much.


I also got the How To Use video for you so that you can watch and make sure you are using the right way. Oh and by the way, they talked about this very same product on The Doctors awhile back and there is a video on their site if you would like to see what they said about this great product!



Also, it will work better if you gently take your other hand and pull the skin tight while you are sweeping this instrument across your face. It needs to get as close to the skin as possible to give you the maximum benefit. It will also come with a booklet with instructions. So, between the videos and the instructions, you should have no problems with using this product safely and without any trouble.


What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive form of exfoliation and mild skin resurfacing that removes the dead skin cells from the Stratum Corneum, the outer most layer of the skin. The Stratum Corneum is the layer of the skin affected by fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes, acne, and scaring. The concentrated microdermabrasion treatment exfoliates this skin layer to break apart these common imperfections. This then triggers the body’s healing mechanisms, causing the removed dead skin cells to be rapidly replaced with healthy, new ones.

Microdermabrasion provides several important benefits for the skin. The treatment smoothes away dull and rough skin texture, and it softens fine lines, wrinkles, burn scars, and acne scars. The treatment also improves the skin’s tone by fading uneven pigmentation, sun damage, age spots, and skin blemishes. In addition, microdermabrasion, which combines the power of a vacuum suction with exfoliation, reduces the formation of acne. The vacuum achieves this by clearing out clogged pores and releasing trapped dirt and oil. This leaves skin more clear, vibrant, and beautiful.

The benefits of microdermabrasion cause skin to become rejuvenated, while promoting new collagen growth and cell renewal. Also, since the dead skin cells on the Stratum Corneum act as a barrier for the skin, once they are removed through microdermabrasion, skin care products will be more fully absorbed into the skin, maximizing their effectiveness. All these microdermabrasion benefits combine to uncover youthful and radiant skin.
Connect with PMD Personal Microderm several ways:

Mailing Address:
Corporate Office
Age Sciences, Inc.
5280 S Commerce Dr Ste E-100
Murray, UT 84107
Toll Free: 1-888-445-4532 (MST)
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Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.