Thursday, September 18, 2014

E-Cloth Car Cleaning Kit Giveaway


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Joyful Book Review & Giveaway



If you love reading Amish stories, then you will want to read this one called Joyful written by Shelley Shepard Gray.

Synopsis:
A young Amish couple gets a second chance at love in New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s final book in her Return to Sugarcreek series. 
Randall Beiler is doing his best to put his family and the farm’s needs first, even forsaking love. But though he tries, Randall knows he needs help caring for his younger siblings and keeping the house together. 
When his brother offers pretty Elizabeth Nolt a job taking care of the house and cooking for the family, Randall is furious—and guilty about the way he once broke Elizabeth’s heart. But when he learns that Elizabeth and her grandmother are struggling to make ends meet, he knows the offer, no matter how painful, is the right thing for everyone.
Elizabeth wants to refuse—to stay far away from the man who hurt her—but she needs the money. Though she vows to protect her heart, spending time in the Beiler household makes Elizabeth realize that, while she’s older and wiser, her love for Randall still burns strong. 
Randal, too, seems to want something more. But does he want Elizabeth because he truly loves her—or because he needs a housekeeper? If Randall sincerely wants something more, he must find a way to show Elizabeth—or risk losing his chance at love forever.
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This is a really good story about how sometimes love can go very wrong but for the right reasons. Of course, if Randall had explained the real reason to Elizabeth, he might not find himself in this situation.

When his brother gets married and moves out, it's all up to Randall to keep everyone going so he figures he doesn't have time to go courting Elizabeth, so instead he breaks her heart and that is where the trouble begins because he really does need her help with the household chores.

I, myself, don't think I could have been that forgiving, but Elizabeth did and while she's there at his house, she tries very hard to keep her heart from getting broke again.

There is another background story going on also, which is a nice surprise, because I like the stories that I read to have more than just one main focus person. So, you will also get to read about Judith & Ben and how they fit into the storyline.

Happy Reading!

Don't miss Shelley Shepard Gray's newest book in the Return to Sugarcreek series, Joyful. USA Today raved: "A sweet, straightforward story about how love can be tested by family, faith, and personal insecurity. Enjoyable and heartwarming."

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Yakimali's Gift Blog Tour & Giveaway


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Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Yakimali's Gift by Linda Covella. This Young Adult Historical Romance takes us back in time to late 18th Century Mexico and California and a spirited adventure for one young girl.

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It’s 1775 in Mexico, New Spain, and 15-year-old Fernanda Marquina, half Spanish and half Pima Indian, can’t seem to live up to her mother’s expectations or fit into the limited female roles of her culture. A tragic accident sets her on a course for the adventure she longed for but at a greater cost than she could ever have imagined. With her family, Fernanda joins Juan Bautista de Anza’s historic colonization expedition to California. On the arduous four month journey, Fernanda will find not only romance, but she’ll discover truths that will change the way she sees her ancestry, her family, and herself.  
You can buy Yakimali's Gift at these retailers:

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Linda Covella
 
Linda Covella’s varied job experience and education (associate degrees in art, business and mechanical drafting & design, a BS degree in Manufacturing Management) have led her down many paths and enriched her life experiences. But one thing she never strayed from is her love of writing.
 
A writer for over 30 years, her first official publication was a restaurant review column in a local newspaper, and as a freelance writer, she continued to publish numerous articles in a variety of publications. But when she published articles for children’s magazines (“Games and Toys in Ancient Rome” and “Traveling the Tokaido in 17th Century Japan,” in Learning Through History magazine, and “Barry’s Very Grown Up Day” in Zootles magazine), she realized she’d found her niche: writing for children. She wants to share with kids and teens her love of books:  the worlds they open, the things they teach, the feelings they express.
 
Yakimali’s Gift, a historical novel for young adults published by Astraea Press, and middle grade paranormal The Castle Blues Quake published by Beau Coup Publishing are her first novels.
She’s a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
 
No matter what new paths she may travel down, she sees her writing as a lifelong joy and commitment.
 
You can find Linda at these links:

Linda’s Website | FacebookTwitter | Goodreads | Pinterest

Excerpt:
Fernanda noticed a young man and girl who’d been listening to Feliciana, the girl smiling, the man scowling. They rode beautiful horses with strong limbs, shiny coats, and silky manes and sat on skillfully tooled saddles. Then she realized they were the ones she’d seen riding past her home, and the memory of the young man’s look rippled through her body.  
Fernanda thought he might be eighteen or nineteen. Even though he was dressed casually, it was obvious his clothes were of the highest quality. The majority of men, in spite of the heat, wore either jackets or mantles, capes saved for formal occasions or traveling. This man’s scarlet jacket was bundled and tucked into a saddlebag. The finely woven cotton of his blue shirt, free from grime and sweat, settled softly over the breadth of his shoulders and muscled biceps. The collar lay open, exposing small beads of sweat on his broad chest. The material of his breeches wasn’t the thick, practical plush common in Tubac. Instead, though the fabric appeared durable, it was thinner and showed off the thick muscles of his thighs, the same way his stockings clung to his toned calves. 
The girl, close to Luis’s age, was also richly dressed. She wore a white silk rebozo, woven with red flowers and threads of gold and silver. Her skirt, the color of burnished silver, was also silk, and a red ribbon with the same gold and silver embroidery as her shawl decorated the end of her braid. Why were they on this expedition? Certainly poverty hadn’t prompted them to join. Their looks made it clear they were brother and sister. Where were their parents? As Fernanda passed them, the girl shyly waved to her. Both she and her brother had dark eyes, hers open and friendly, his hard and hostile. She remembered his eyes that had held such a mixture of emotion—surprise, sadness…desire?—she hadn’t been able to look away. Now, they held only anger.
 
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No Time To Die Book Review & Giveaway


 
By: Kira Peikoff
Pinnacle Books: August 26, 2014
Cost: $9.99
Pages: 440 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7860-3489-5

I have an awesome high drama/thriller book to share with you called No Time To Die written by Kira Peikoff that I think you will enjoy reading.

Synopsis:
Someone is out for blood—Zoe Kincaid’s blood. She’s a 20-year-old trapped in the body of a 14-year-old girl and her DNA could hold the secret of immortality. Could it be the Columbia University researchers who see her as the key to fame and tenure? The shadowy figure, known only as Galileo, who is kidnapping the world’s best researchers? The Justice Department head who seems a little too intent on getting her alone? Or the maniac who just fed a leading scientist to his chimpanzees?  
Zoe knows that unlocking the secrets of genome could save her beloved grandfather, a retired physician and former Olympian who grows frailer by the day. Can she trust the rogue physician whose secret lair hides discoveries that might just save her grandfather? Heart-pounding twists just keep coming in Kira Peikoff’s stunning biomedical thriller, NO TIME TO DIE (Kensington Publishing; August 26, 2014.)  
Science has barely begun to unlock the secrets written in our DNA. Researchers are relentlessly hunting for the answers to chronic diseases, cancer, rare disorders and the biggest mystery of them all—aging—but at what cost? Bioethicist Peikoff asks the most troubling scientific question of our time in this taut thriller: when does medicine cross the line?
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This is really a quick action medical thriller about a girl who suffers a rare disorder but from that disorder, it has the potential to help people live longer lives by postponing the aging process. Zoe just wants to help her grandfather so he's not in pain anymore and she wants him to be around as a buffer between her and her parents. They are very strict to say the least because of her condition.

Zoe decides to go against her parent's wishes and she sets out for the adventure of a lifetime. Not all of it is pretty but she meets some very good friends along the way and even forms a crush on the son of one of the scientist's who helps her get away from her parents and into the secret compound that is being run by multiple doctors from just about every field of medicine.

There is no foul language or sexual situations so it's appropriate for young adults to read. You will be fascinated by the story and how brave Zoe is when facing all that might happen if something goes wrong and they do have several close calls. It's full of action and you definitely won't find this book boring which means if you are like me, I just had to keep reading so I could find out what happens!

Happy Reading!

Praise for No Time To Die:

“An intelligent, exciting tour d' force; the story is tight, the characters are fascinating, and the twists are terrific and totally unexpected... A crackling good read….Has the magic touch.”New York Times bestselling author Michael Palmer

“Breathless thrills and pace, but real substance too: a perfect mix of nail-biter and thought-provoker, from a writer to watch. Highly recommended.” –#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child

“NO TIME TO DIE takes a terrific, original premise―what if someone literally could not age?―and turns it into a heart-pounding thriller that keeps its surprises coming to the last page. Fans of Michael Crichton will love this.”New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder

“Peikoff spins a fast-paced thriller with sound cutting-edge science to explore the fundamental mysteries of aging--mysteries that, for the first time in history, we are now close to unraveling. NO TIME TO DIE may be fictional, but it vividly evokes the most exciting aspect of my research to date.”Dr. Richard Walker, Editor-in-Chief, Clinical Interventions in Aging

About the Author:

KIRA PEIKOFF is a writer based in New York City. She graduated with high honors from New York University in 2007 with a degree in journalism, after four years of various reporting internships: covering street crime for The Daily News, writing about Capitol Hill for The Orange County Register in Washington, D.C., reporting on business and technology for Newsday, and researching feature stories for New York magazine.

After completing her first book, Living Proof, Peikoff worked for several years in the editorial departments at two New York publishing houses, which gave her an invaluable inside look at the publishing process and the rapidly changing industry. Peikoff is working on her third thriller, freelancing for a variety of major media outlets, and attending Columbia University's Master of Science program in Bioethics.

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Sulan: Episode One, The League Book Review & Giveaway



I have a YA Fantasy/Urban Fantasy book to share with you called Sulan: Episode One, The League written by Camille Picott that I think you will really enjoy reading.

Synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old Sulan Hom can’t remember life before the Default—the day the United States government declared bankruptcy. As a math prodigy, she leads a protected life, kept safe from the hunger and crime plaguing the streets of America. She attends the corporate-sponsored Virtual High School, an academy in Vex (Virtual Experience) for gifted children.  
Beyond the security of Sulan’s high-tech world, the Anti-American League wages a guerrilla war against the United States. Their leader, Imugi, is dedicated to undermining the nation’s reconstruction attempts. He attacks anything considered a national resource, including corporations, food storage facilities—and schools. When Sulan witnesses the public execution of a teenage student and the bombing of a college dorm, she panics. 
Her mother, a retired mercenary, refuses to teach her how to defend herself. Sulan takes matters into her own hands. With the help of her hacker best friend, Hank, Sulan acquires Touch—an illegal Vex technology that allows her to share the physical experience of her avatar. With Touch, Sulan defies her mother and trains herself to fight. 
When Imugi unleashes a new attack on the United States, Sulan finds herself caught in his net. Will her Vex training be enough to help her survive and escape?
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This is a pretty good book for a young adult or even yourself to read if you like YA Fantasy or Urban Fantasy type books. It really doesn't have any really foul language or sexual situations, so it's appropriate for a young adult to read.

This book hits on a subject that we have all been wondering about lately and that is if the U.S. dollar collapses and countries that we owe money to are demanding we pay the loans back to, so it's not as far off as you might expect. The book doesn't really give a time frame but because of some of the technology that they are using, it's a safe bet it's in the future, long after I am gone for sure.

The young people get caught in the middle because it's not safe to go to school anymore, which is a wild idea but seeing as how the government can't pay teachers, I imagine this wouldn't be too far off the grid. So, Sulan and all her friends do their schooling thru computers while sitting safely inside their homes. They appear like avatars while in the "virtual" school room and never see each other personally except for when they meet outside of school hours.

Sulan and her friends are gifted in different ways but Sulan is a genius at match and science, which makes them all targets for governments looking to finally take down the United States. The story is about unfriendly people trying to kidnap Sulan and her friends so that they can build things in the future that would be the downfall once and for all of the United States.

It's a pretty good story and it's filled with action from page one to the very end. Can't wait to read the next installment!

Happy Reading!

About the Author:

Camille Picott is a fifth-generation Chinese American. She writes science fiction and fantasy books with Asian characters and/or Asian settings. Camille grew up reading speculative fiction stories largely devoid of Asian characters and culture. This, coupled with a passion for her heritage, is the reason she strives to bring some aspect of Eastern myth, legend, culture, and ethnicity to all of her writings.

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Meet Your Baker Cover Reveal & Giveaway


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Today we're excited to announce the cover reveal of Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander. This is a cozy mystery that releases December 30th by St. Martin's Press. This is the first in the Bakeshop Mystery series!

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About the Book:

Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the treats are so good that, sometimes, it’s criminal…After graduating from culinary school, Juliet Capshaw returns to her quaint hometown of Ashland, Oregon, to heal a broken heart and help her mom at the family bakery. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is bringing in lots of tourists looking for some crumpets to go with their heroic couplets. But when one of Torte’s customers turns up dead, there’s much ado about murder…

"Sure to satisfy both dedicated foodies and ardent mystery lovers alike."―Jessie Crockett, author of Drizzled with Death

The victim is Nancy Hudson, the festival’s newest board member. A modern-day Lady Macbeth, Nancy has given more than a few actors and artists enough reasons to kill her…but still. The silver lining? Jules’s high school sweetheart, Thomas, is the investigator on the case. His flirtations are as delicious as ever, and Jules can’t help but want to have her cake and eat it too. But will she have her just desserts? Murder might be bad for business, but love is the sweetest treat of all…

"Alexander weaves a tasty tale of deceit, family ties, delicious pastries, and murder.” ―Edith Maxwell, author of A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die


About the Author:

Ellie Alexander is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter to learn more.

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Giveaway:
 
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Stolen Dreams Book Review & Giveaway



Print Release Date: October 15, 2014
Audiobook Release Date: TBA
 
 
 
Well, it's finally here, the last book in the Cassie Scot series called Stolen Dreams! I almost hate to see it end but maybe once her and Evan have children, the author, Christine Amsden might bring it back. You never know, but it could just be wishful thinking!
 
Synopsis:
Edward Scot and Victor Blackwood have hated one another for nearly a quarter of a century, but now their simmering hatred is about to erupt.

When Cassie Scot returns home from her sojourn in Pennsylvania, she finds that her family has taken a hostage. Desperate to end the fighting before someone dies, Cassie seeks help from local seer Abigail Hastings, Evan Blackwood's grandmother. But Abigail has seen her own death, and when it comes at the hand of Cassie's father, Victor Blackwood kills Edward Scot.

But things may not be precisely as they appear.

Evan persuades Cassie to help him learn the truth, teaming them up once again in their darkest hour. New revelations about Evan and his family make it difficult for Cassie to cling to a shield of anger, but can Evan and Cassie stop a feud that has taken on a life of its own? Conclusion to the Cassie Scot series.
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The Cassie Scot Series:  
Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.  
Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective (Cassie Scot #1) 
Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot #2)  
Mind Games (Cassie Scot #3)
If you have read the other books before this one, you pretty much know all the characters involved. And if you haven't read the other books, then please check them out because it's a really good series and a great YA Fantasy/Paranormal story about a woman who loves a man her family hates for various reasons and they are off and on again so many times throughout this story.

Finally, in this last book, they have the chance to be together until a tragedy happens that I was not even expecting to both sides of the families.

Pretty soon it's clear to everyone that someone has used the feud between Cassie's family and Evan's family as a way to cover up what they were ultimately looking for. It's a reason that even I wasn't expecting because no one even knew that this person even existed or how he existed until a well known vampire enters the picture and provides some much needed answers to the right questions.

Will both families finally stop feuding long enough to capture their enemy who is bent on destroying both families?

This book will finally answer a lot of questions for everyone connected to Cassie. You definitely won't be disappointed and will hate seeing it end, just like me.

Happy Reading!

About the Author:

Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations.

Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone. At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams. In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children.
 

The author will be giving away $100 Amazon Gift Card. Open Internationally. 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. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Expecting Book Review & Giveaway



I have a really unusual book to share with you that would definitely turn anyone's world upside down if it had happened to any of us. What happens when a mistake from the wrong sperm donor gets mixed up? The book is called Expecting written by Ann Lewis Hamilton.

Synopsis:
A mom, a dad, a baby...and another dad. 
Laurie and Alan are expecting, again. After two miscarriages, Laurie was afraid they'd never be able to have a child. Now she's cautiously optimistic — the fertility treatment worked, and things seem to be different this time around. But she doesn't yet know how different. 
Jack can't seem to catch a break — his parents are on his case about graduating from college, he's somehow dating two girls at once, and he has to find a way to pay back the money he borrowed from his fraternity's party fund. The only jobs he is qualified for barely pay enough to keep him in beer money, but an ad for the local sperm bank gives Jack an idea. 
Laurie and Alan's joy is shattered when their doctor reveals that Laurie was accidentally impregnated by sperm from a donor rather than her husband. Who is Donor 296. And how will their family change now that Donor 296 is inarguably part of it?
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I would say this was something that would be someone's worst nightmare come true, especially for the father of the baby. It's still the wife's baby but with another man when her doctor accidently uses the wrong sperm!

It is quite a shock because it gets worse. The other donor is from another country so there will definitely be tell tale signs that this baby is not from the father, which makes him very depressed, sad and mad.

Laurie actually becomes friends with Jack because she wants to know all about the man who donated the sperm so she could get pregnant and that upsets Alan even more. He decides to move out and considers having an affair.

Will they all be able to come to terms with what happened? After all, it's not the baby's fault that the mistake was made at the doctor's office. Laurie for sure loves the baby because she is the mother after all, no matter whose sperm they used. But, what will happen with Alan and Jack?

Don't miss out on this amazing story that tells of a journey between three adults and one baby and how they overcome great odds and find happiness.

Happy Reading!
About the Author: 
 
Ann Lewis Hamilton has written for film and television. Her first novel Expecting will be released in July 2014.

Ann Lewis Hamilton's television credits include, among others, Grey's Anatomy, Stephen King's Dead Zone, and thirtysomething. She co-edits a small online literary magazine, Hot Valley Writers, and writes a blog, Book Club for One. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia in a house full of typewriters - her grandfather was the editor of the local newspaper where her father worked as a reporter and her mother wrote for the society page. Ann's goal was to write and draw for MAD magazine, but instead she graduated with a BA from the University of Virginia and an MFA from UCLA. However, she still has a subscription to MAD.

When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time as a amateur astronaut. (Not really, but she has seen Gravity three times and would consider being an astronaut if she got to meet George Clooney.)

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.
 
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The Good Dog Book Review



I have a really amazing children's book to share with you called The Good Dog written by Todd Kessler and illustrated by Jennifer Gray Olson.

Synopsis:
Join Tako on an adventure as he makes a brave choice and proves that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. 
When little Ricky Lee finds a puppy on the side of the road, he takes him home and names him Tako. Ricky's parents say that they will allow Tako to stay only if he is a good dog and follows the rules--or it's off to the pound he goes!  
Tako wants more than anything to be a good dog and stay with Ricky, but when greedy Mr. Prichard hatches a plan to put the Lee family's bakery out of business, Tako has to break the rules to protect his new family.  
Will he be able to spoil Mr. Prichard's plan and be a hero, or will he end up in the pound?
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This is actually a very good book because of the beautiful pictures that are illustrated throughout the book. Even if your child hasn't mastered reading quite yet, the pictures alone tell a story about Tako and Ricky Lee.

It is actually a teaching story also about what to do when approached to do something wrong versus doing the right thing. All children will probably get that message but then the story also has a moral for older children to show them that some people might disguise their bad intentions by offering something that they may want.

Lastly, for much older children, the story will also gets them to thinking about how to handle using your own judgment even if it means breaking some rules. All in all, it's a great book for all ages because there is something there for each age group.

This is what is considered a Picture Novel and here is the concept behind the book:
Philosophy behind the format:  
When Todd Kessler began Blue’s Clues, the prevailing “wisdom” was that children had short attention spans and would never sit still for a continuous half-hour narrative. Instead, he believed that kids would happily engage in a long-form television program if the story and characters were compelling enough to hold their attention. Blues Clues’ international success proved his theory.  
The Good Dog aims to apply the same concept to publishing for young children. The prevailing “wisdom” in that industry is that longer format books will not hold a young child’s attention. Once again Todd believes that we are underestimating the intelligence of our children and their thirst for richer, more challenging stories.
 About the Author:

Todd Kessler is the co-creator and show runner of the highly successful children’s television series “Blue’s Clues”. A signature of Todd’s work is that it has always been developed with the input of actual children (and sometimes dogs and cats too). His artistic and innovative creations have garnered him the prestigious Peabody Award, seven Emmy nominations, two Television Critics Association awards, five Parent’s Choice awards, first place in the children’s division of the Toronto International Film Festival, and a New York Film Festival Cine Golden Eagle. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife.

About the Illustrator:

Jennifer Gray Olson is a children’s book author and illustrator based in Southern California. Her love of creating entertaining characters and the worlds in which they live led her into illustrating. Her work is created through a combination of ink and watercolor. She lives in Corona, Ca with her husband, three children, two cats and one very good dog.

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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 you.