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.
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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Dimorphic Book Review

Dimorpic by Cy Wyss

on Tour Jan 25, 2016 - Feb 29, 2016

Book Details:

Genre: Thriller, Mystery
 Published by: Nighttime Dog Press, LLC
 Publication Date: November 4th 2015
 Number of Pages: 338
 ISBN: 0996546510 (ISBN13: 9780996546515)
   Note: Dimorphic contains Strong Language

DimorphicIt's easy to become a superhero. First, discover a superpower.

It might take a while to get used to, though --- especially if it's something as weird as being your twin brother half the time.

Second, recruit a sidekick.

Or, two. It'd be nice if they weren't a pyromaniacal sycophant and a foul-mouthed midget, but you get what you get.

Third, and most important, hire a mentor --- preferably not a vicious mobster with a God complex, however, this may, realistically, be your only choice.

Finally: go forth and fight crime. Try not to get shot, beaten, tortured, or apprehended in the process. Good luck!

My Thoughts:

This was a very complicated storyline to wrap my head around because even for a fantasy, I questioned a lot of the concepts.

First, dead bodies (in this case, one that was clinically brain dead and machines were keeping him alive) don't hold up well after being taken off of life support. Dead bodies tend to decompose and so I had a hard time understanding how her brother could just be laying on a bed without any life support other than the times her mind took over the body.

And why would no one really question the fact and investigate when
she gave everyone the story that they were telepathic and when he was sleeping, she was awake in her own body and then when she was sleeping, he took over and was able to roam around playing hero.

I guess if you don't look too hard into the 100% facts, I guess it's possible. After all, it is a fantasy type book. But, I would have liked for it to be a little bit more plausible. The story itself was awesome.

She got to be a man at night and during the day she was a woman. Although, I would have found that really creepy! They even had a pretend funeral for her brother, which to me, doesn't make sense because someone somewhere down the line is going to see him one day and wonder why? How can a dead body not decompose because when she was walking around during the day, the body of her brother was just basically laying on a bed with nothing working.

But, again, like I said, it did make the story interesting and kind of fun reading of how she kept up this storyline and she even had her best friend thinking he was a vampire and that was why he wasn't out during the day! So, like I said, it's very complicated!!

But it had it's humorous moments and I decided to just view the book for it's crazy fun moments and totally unrealistic views of all things mythical. It's a book you should read knowing it's going to be full of half cooked/half baked ideas and just take it for what it's worth.

Happy Reading!

Read an excerpt:

It would be unfair to blame that crazy year on Batman. Yet who can say how much my love for the Dark Knight was responsible for the whole murderous mess? At the very least, I blame DC Comics for my lifelong hero complex and fanatic ability to take random violence personally. “Why is it,” I would ask, “people are so freaked out by the news, but no one does anything about it?” My twin brother, Ethan, would answer, “We are doing something about it. We live our lives and make sure those stories aren’t written about us.” He grew up into a wiry beast of a man, while I grew up into a buxom klutz of a woman. How fair is that? Throughout our youth, Ethan gallivanted around Atlanta, branding its towering facades with fantastic graffiti. He was a wisp of smoke dissipating in the night air, leaving behind a spray of hieroglyphic taunts. I, on the other hand, spent life in a tent in our backyard nibbling cheese puffs and devouring the Justice League’s latest escapades by an upended flashlight. By twenty-three Ethan was big in the XGames and had scored a lucrative sponsorship for professional daredevilry. I, on the other hand, had dropped out of law school a week before graduating to join the police academy, from which I was ejected a mere two weeks later due to irreconcilable clumsiness and an unfortunate inability to defer to authority. It didn’t matter. If I couldn’t be a police officer, then I’d be a bounty hunter. Or a private detective. Or a fireman. I would be something heroic, even if it killed me—reality be damned. But reality had other ideas. I like to believe the forces of the universe give as much as they take. Unfortunately they also take as much as they give, so if you are going to receive a vast and powerful boon, you have to suffer in equal measure first. Like Batman, whose parents were gunned down before his eyes. October descended, and the worst happened. In global events, $500 million of U.S. sky supremacy suddenly and rudely vanished over Afghanistan; in regional events, Atlanta underwent a freak drought, which was promptly declared apocalyptic; and, in personal events, my beloved twin died a prosaic death. It wasn’t a hero’s demise. He simply miscalculated on his motocross. By the time they airlifted him to Brennan Memorial’s trauma center, his cerebral cortex was lifeless. A day later, on October 31 at exactly 17:33, Ethan was declared brain-dead by the presiding neurologist. I was there. I sat in an armchair next to Ethan’s bed and stared at his spiritless body. It didn’t seem real. I watched his stomach rise and fall as artificial breath filled his muscular chest. Inside, his organs hummed right along, unaware they no longer constituted life. * * * I coughed and choked, struggling to sit up. I only managed to hang my head off the side of the bed. It wasn’t [my] bed. Where am I? I wondered. The flashing red light was back. I squinted at it. It was a respirator, warning me of some kind of connection problem. Below me, the face mask sat in a puddle of sour-smelling bile on the floor. I could see how that might constitute a connection problem. I looked around. I was in a hospital room, at night. Rain splattered against the windows. I wiped my mouth with the back of my hand and panic twisted in my chest. It wasn’t my hand. It was too broad, and there was hair on it. I clapped those foreign hands to my face. Someone else’s stubbly jaw pulsed under my touch. I rolled out of the bed onto unfamiliar legs. In front of me was a sink in a small alcove, illuminated with a dim night-light. Water. I would wake up if I got water. I staggered toward the sink. I whacked my knee on an armchair and stumbled over big feet. Nothing seemed to be where it was supposed to be. When I made it to the sink, I slammed my forehead into the squat mirror above the faucet on my way down to the running water. I drank voraciously, right from the tap. I shoved my head into the sink and let the water run over me. Some water got up my nose, and I sneezed and had to back off, sputtering and rubbing my face. When my hands parted, I saw the face staring back at me from the mirror. It was my face. Or, at least, as close as possible—for someone of the opposite sex. A more prominent brow, a more angular chin beneath the shadow, darker shades of blue eyes and brown hair. . . I was Ethan. My eyes rolled back in my head and my knees buckled as I fainted.

Author Bio:

Cy Wyss I 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. 
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Welcome to the Leap Into Books Giveaway Hop!

Thanks so much for stopping by Mary's Cup of Tea! I have four paperback books that I thought would make a great selection for you to read. These are all romantic stories and I hope you will enjoy reading them as much as I did.

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1.)  After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

2.)  The Inn at Oceans Edge by Colleen Coble

3.)  A Refuge at Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

4.)  The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Zombie Game Book Review

The Zombie Game by Glenn Shepard

on Tour Jan 18 - Feb 28

The Zombie Game by Glenn ShepardThe Zombie Game Details:

 Genre: Thriller, Action & Adventure 
Published by: Mystery House
 Publication Date: January 2016
 Number of Pages: 336
 ISBN: 978-0-9905893-0-3 // 978-0-9905893-6-5
 Series: The Dr. Scott James Thriller Series Book 2 (each can be read individually)

The real Zombies of Haiti come alive in this story of a plastic surgeon, a man who "fixes people's faces," racing to stop a plot to kill the Pope during his Papal visit to America.

Follow Dr. Scott James as he falls into an incredible world of psychotropic drugs, exotic ceremonies, and murder.


Jacques Jacobo, “Jakjak,” is the Haitian Finance Minister’s personal bodyguard.

He’s just taken two bullets in the chest trying to stop an assassination attempt on his boss.


Dr. Scott James is a volunteer surgeon on a hospital ship anchored off the coast of earthquake-ravaged Haiti. He’s got his share of personal demons.


Omar Farok wants to rule ISIS, and the world. He’s just taken over the hospital ship and converted it into a launch platform for a nuclear strike on Miami.


Sanfia is the most powerful Vodoun priestess in Haiti. Omar Farok will pay her big money to turn Dr. James into a zombie.


Beautiful Elizabeth is one of the most notorious freelance operatives in the world. She’s come to Haiti to defuse the bomb. They’re all about to play The Zombie Game.

My Thoughts:

This was a very strange book, but in a good way. It's not even close to what the book title implies, so don't think this is Walking Dead.

Elizabeth's brother has an accident and is clinically dead but on life support and she has to make a decision to let him go or to keep him alive by using the machines.

What happens next was something I never expected because I was in that zombie mode and thought things would become hairy. They actually do, but in a totally supernatural way that I have no way to explain to you.

You will have to read the book to understand what I mean. If I explain anymore, then I will ruin the surprise to this book and it is best for you to be totally in the dark until the unexpected happens.

Elizabeth goes on a wild ride from this point on that she never thought was possible, which leads to a double life that can sometimes make her reckless with her life and those around her. I am not sure I would have taken her path, but it's a book and it's meant to entertain you and that is exactly what it does!

Happy Reading!

Read an excerpt

Chapter 1 of The Zombie Game:
The Streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti June, 2014 10:01 p.m. JAKJAK, THE CHAUFFEUR, PEERED through the windshield of the black Mercedes sedan, looking for danger. Haiti could be a bad place after dark. Killings, kidnappings, and armed robbery were common. Police protection was almost nonexistent in Port-au-Prince. Not only was Jakjak a driver, but he was also his employer’s bodyguard. It had been more than four years since the terrible earthquake had destroyed the country, but massive piles of rubble remained. Jakjak dodged broken stones that had spilled onto the road from the high rows of demolished cement blocks lining the streets, and then suddenly a black cat jumped out in front of the Mercedes. Jakjak stomped on the brakes but heard the thump of the animal striking the bottom of the car. Slamming to a halt, he looked back to see the dead cat lying in the middle of the road. His heart beat faster and he began to sweat. His mother had warned him of this. She was a Mambo, a Vodoun priestess with strong powers. According to Jakjak’s religion—Petro Vodou—the spirit embodied in black cats, Iwa, grew angry and vindictive to those who brought him harm. Jakjak felt through his black suit coat to reassure himself that his .45 was in the holster strapped to his chest. He was a young thirty-eight, muscular from his daily workouts with heavy weights, and imposing at six-foot-two and 220 pounds. But killing the cat had made his large hands shake. Jakjak turned to the three men in the back seat. “Mal se nan lé a. Evil is in the air. We must turn back.” Julien Duran answered, “No, Jakjak. Drive on.” “Please, sir. Listen to me. No good will come of tonight’s meeting. I feel the spirit of the cat on me. We have angered him.” Duran cleared his throat. At forty-eight, Duran was tall and thin, with prematurely gray hair. He wore a white suit, white tie with a diamond stickpin, and a heavily starched white shirt with gold cuff links and mother-of-pearl inlays. Jakjak had worked for him for twenty years, since Duran had returned from his economics studies at Yale, and law school at the University of Virginia. After only two years in a prestigious law firm in Port-au-Prince, Duran had been offered a government job as Assistant Minister of Finance, where his work gained him frequent promotions. In 2010, after the quake, he reached the top. He was made Minister of Finance. Duran, sitting in the back of the Mercedes between his two assistant ministers, leaned toward his driver and said, “Jakjak, I respect your beliefs, but regardless of what your intuition tells you, I must go to this meeting. Charles Roche is a billionaire. I can’t keep him waiting.” “Men lé a. But the hour ... Hooligans now rule the streets at night. The spirits say we are in danger.” Duran folded his arms as he sat back. “Tonight, Roche is choosing between giving financial aid to Haiti or Chile for earthquake damages. I don’t want Chile to be the one to take his money.” A few minutes later, the Mercedes cruised past the once opulent building of the Ministry of Finance. The white columns and mahogany doors had all been bulldozed after the great building had stood for months as an uninhabited ghost structure. The marble and white cement that was once a palace now lay in ruins. Jakjak continued a short way and then parked in front of the temporary housing units that were still used from time to time as offices for the Ministry. Piles of debris covered most of the parking spaces, so Jakjak was forced to park the Mercedes a good distance away. In the aftermath of the quake, the Minister and his two assistants were used to this kind of thing. Jakjak got out, briskly opened the car doors for his passengers, and then he escorted Duran and his two assistants to the office. The visiting group consisted of three officials and two bodyguards. They were waiting at the door of the main temporary building. Jakjak unlocked it and ushered them in. One of the bodyguards saw Jakjak’s .45 bulging against his coat and stopped him at the door. “No guns.” Jakjak placed his hand over his gun. “Non, Mesye. I won’t give up my gun.” “Then no meeting.” Duran went to Jakjak’s side. “Check these men for weapons and then wait outside.” The five visitors raised their hands as Jakjak patted them down. Jakjak turned to Duran. “I cannot leave you.” “I’ll be fine. Stay in the car. I’ll be out shortly.” As the other men made their way to the conference room, Jakjak returned to the Mercedes. But his hands began to shake. He closed his eyes. He saw the cat’s eyes; they were in the face of the devil. The introductions were brief. The central figure was a lawyer Duran had known for years, Virgil Baccus. Baccus was the attorney for billionaire Charles Roche. He was a portly man who practiced law in St. John and often worked with foreign clients. After shaking Duran’s hand, Baccus took his seat. Duran’s heart beat fast as he thought about Baccus. He had a reputation for representing men who created their wealth by embezzling corporate funds. To Baccus’ right was a six-foot, muscular man dressed in black; to his left was another tall, muscular man, also dressed in a black suit. The two bodyguards stood by the door. Duran recognized all the men as being from St. John and St. Croix. Baccus spoke up immediately. “Well, I have good news. Mr. Roche has already decided to give his money to your country. I bring a check from him for five hundred million dollars.” Baccus removed a check from an envelope and handed it to Duran. Duran looked at the check and smiled. At the conference table were his assistants, Antoine Gabriel and Hugon Cheval. Both were small and thin. Gabriel wore wire-rimmed eyeglasses. Both men were dressed in black suits and black ties. Duran showed the check to Gabriel and Cheval. Both smiled and nodded their heads in appreciation. Duran turned to Baccus. “Please extend my sincere thanks to Mr. Roche. This will be incredibly helpful in rebuilding Haiti.” “Indeed.” As they stood and shook hands, Baccus said, “Mr. Roche would appreciate the check being deposited right away so we can begin to allot money for building projects here on your island.” Duran withdrew his hand. “We?” “Yes. My client of course expects to have a say in the distribution of his generous gift.” Baccus handed a ten-page contract to Duran. Duran put on reading glasses and spread the papers in front of his men. His smile turned to a frown. Cheval pointed to an item on page one and shook his head. Gabriel pointed to two lines and then a third. Duran put his finger on a paragraph on another page. The three men raised their heads and locked eyes with Baccus. Duran, looking over his glasses, asked, “Is this some sort of joke? You’re proposing we have your client serve on the board, my board, and have veto powers over everything, including my authority?” “That seems only fair. My client has good insights into the needs of your country. He pledges to restore Haiti to an even better state than it was before the quake. But he must be in charge of the relief effort.” “We’ll gladly accept his money, but I’ll never agree to turning over control of the funds to outsiders,” Duran said. “You have twenty-four hours to sign these papers, or else we will withdraw all our funds.” “We don’t need more time. My associates and I are in agreement. The answer is no. This meeting is over.” The two bodyguards moved quickly from the door, just as Baccus broke open his briefcase. Passing by, single file, the guards reached in and removed two, tiny, .22-caliber pistols, each fitted with a silencer as hefty as a beer can. Baccus spoke. “That is unfortunate. However, there is still time to change your vote to our favor.” He looked coldly at Duran’s assistants. “Mr. Gabriel?” Gabriel trembled as one of the guards raised his custom-fitted gun to the terrified man’s head. But Gabriel’s answer was firm. “No.”
Author Bio:

Glenn Shepard - authorGlenn Shepard’s first novel, Surge, was written while he was still a surgical resident at Vanderbilt.

In the following years he wrote The Hart Virus, a one-thousand-page epic about the AIDS crisis, as well as three other novels.

In 2012, he created “Dr. Scott James,” his Fugitive-like action-hero, and began publishing a series.

The first volume of the Dr. Scott James series was The Missile Game, followed shortly afterward by The Zombie Game.

The third of the series, The Ebola Game, is due out in December, 2015. Though the books contain many of the same characters, they don’t have to be read in order. Each can be read as a stand-alone.

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The Average Girl Book Review

Title: The Average Girl
Author: Angelina Goode
Publisher: Beach Blanket Publishing
Pages: 228
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Being average can lead to wonderful things…  
Olivia Fowler, helper of the star-struck, runs a successful business helping average people meet celebrities in everyday ways. Flawless at what she does, the celebrities don’t have a clue they’re part of a pre-planned meeting. Business is booming and Olivia knows everything there is to know about Hollywood’s famous and their behavior. Her clients trust her because she is just like them, not famous. 
But when Olivia accidentally meets the super-famous Alexander Young at the grocery store, her world is flipped upside-down. She can’t possibly resist those charming eyes and sexy arms. As their romance blossoms, Olivia learns she may not know as much as she thought she did about celebrities and their ways. 
Then Olivia’s most important and loyal client requests to meet Alexander. Suddenly, Olivia is forced to choose between her love and her business. 
Will Olivia be able to keep her booming business a secret from her soon-to-be boyfriend? Will her clients still trust her if she is no longer the average girl? 
My Thoughts:
This is one bid mess for Olivia but then again, she has a really unusual type of job! I don't know if this is really a "real" job, but if it is, what a job to have!
I personally would have told him right up front what I did for a living once I knew it was going beyond a 2nd date. Why would you wait longer?
By then you both have more invested in the new relationship and to avoid a trust issue later on, is just too much stress to be worth it and why would you want to worry every single day when the shoe was going to drop?
Gosh,there is so much stuff to sort through and worry about with new relationships that I just don't get why you wouldn't say what is important to know right away. If it is a deal breaker, it's better to know right away then to have a broken heart later on?
Away, it's a really good story because of Olivia's job and how it reeks some havoc on her love life. It's a nice cozy romantic story that you can actually enjoy without any hidden plots that sometimes authors try to insert into romantic books like murders or other drama.
Happy Reading!
About the Author:
Angelina Goode began writing as a teenager. Though her first works were poems about love-struck teenagers, she grew her craft while earning her degree in Journalism and Creative Writing. A former grade school teacher that loved teaching children to write, she enjoys finding creative ways to present everyday events.

Now she primarily writes light-hearted contemporary women’s fiction. She lives in Los Angeles where she enjoys the occasional celebrity sighting and year-round sun.

Angelina started gaining first-hand fan and celebrity experience as a devoted follower of her generation’s boy band. Her experience shifted in college when she interned in the promotions department for a Los Angeles based radio station and for the public relations department of a network television station.

There she was able to learn about the ins and outs of promoting celebrities and all the backstage activities that are rarely seen by the public eye. She was also able to observe fans’ behavior from an objective perspective, seeing what it looks like to an outside observer.

Now she combines her experience as a loyal fan attending numerous concerts and meet and greets every year, her brief but educational stint in the entertainment industry, and a highly active imagination to create fiction for celebrity lovers of all ages.
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

He Can See Heaven Book Review

I have a very compelling book to share with you called He Can See Heaven written by J.B. Keats that I think you will enjoy reading!
He Can See Heaven is the fast tale of Ellen Shea, an intrepid doctoral candidate on a dangerous search, first for a cache of ancient scrolls, and then for her lost faith. Along the way Ellen learns that the real history of early Christians and their literature has been hiding in plain sight and that like the New Testament, it's been much altered by time and human nature. 
She interacts with a parade of intriguing characters including two alluring men, sharing their spiritual perspectives while trying to resist their corporal charms. 
There are tales within the tale, one of the scrolls' hazard-filled journey from their creation in Asia Minor, through the Roman, medieval, and modern worlds, and another of the young Hierophant's emergence into the present, culminating in the realization of his startling prophecy. 
My Thoughts:
This book will get you to thinking about things that I am sure you have thought of in the past, but this story will have you thinking about God and Heaven in a whole new light, if you follow the book religiously. I started out just half reading it because religion and the way that the Bible is written, I lose track of what it really means.
Thankfully, this book made those teaching's more understandable and it got me to thinking and I guess that is a good thing, because it's good to question things and get them straight in your mind and heart. You definitely want to know the difference in some of the teachings.
This story deals with a woman named Ellen and her bodyguard, Mateo to go to Grenada, Spain in search of answers and Ellen got a lot more than she bargained for in this quest. She is befriended by someone who pretends to be her friend. What he really wants is the same thing that Ellen is searching for.
One thing is for sure, it will open up a debate among your family and friends and in the end that is all that is required to seek and find the truth, no matter what it ends up being!
Happy Reading!   
About the Author: 
Joel Benner (J.B.) Keats is a retired medical school professor whose lifelong academic interests merge in his new novel, He Can See Heaven. A Catholic altar boy steeped in evangelism as a teen, his extensive exposure to Eastern, Native American, Muslim, and Jewish traditions infuses his exhilarating and provocative historical novels with a kaleidoscope of characters and perspectives.
In addition to He Can See Heaven, Keats is the author of the forthcoming Dixie Traveler and a new work of non-fiction, The Habit of Habits.
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Room for Hope Book Review

ISBN: 9780307731371
Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Release: February 16, 2016
Publisher: WaterBrook Press 
I have another fantastic book from Kim Vogel Sawyer I would love to share with you called Room for Hope.
In a desperate time, can Neva find forgiveness for a grievous wrong—and make room for hope?  
Neva Shilling has a heavy load of responsibility while her husband travels to neighboring communities and sells items from his wagon. In his absence, she faithfully runs the Shilling Mercantile, working to keep their business strong as the Depression takes its toll, and caring for their twins.

When a wagon pulls up after supper, Neva and her children rush out—and into the presence of the deputy driving a wagon carrying three young children. The deputy shocks her with the news that Warren and his wife have died, insisting it was their last request that the three children go live with “Aunt Neva.”

Neva’s heart is shattered as she realizes that Warren’s month-long travels were excuses for visits with his secret family. She wants nothing more than to forget Warren, but can she abandon these innocent children to an orphanage? Yet if she takes them in, will she ever be able to see them as more than evidence of her husband’s betrayal and love them the way God does? 
My Thoughts:
I have to admit when I read that Neva has been duped all this time thinking she was married and she already had twins by this man!
Add to that is the fact this happens during the Depression and then she is suddenly faced with the prospect of not only raising twins, but three additional children by Warren, who is not her husband after all!
And what is really messed up is that his real wife, Violet, must have known about Neva and the twins because she asked that if anything ever happened to them that she wanted Aunt Neva to raise them???
I think I would have went all crazy, but Neva is a kind and very generous woman who believes in doing the right thing and after all, these three children are her twins step-siblings and sending them to the orphanage would probably come back to haunt her later in life when the children find out, so after much soul searching and praying to God, she makes the best choice for all of them.
This story is really a good book with lots of lesson learnings from the Bible and how we should approach problems and solve them. Amidst all the crime drama books, horror books and other bone chilling books, it's refreshing to read a book that makes you feel good!
Besides, who doesn't love reading a story from Kim Vogel Sawyer?
Happy Reading!

About the Author:

Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling award author with more than one million copies of her books currently in print. Awards include the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.
Sawyer lives in central Kansas, where she and her retired military husband, Don, run a bed-and-breakfast inn with the help of their feline companions. She savors time with her daughters and grandchildren.
The author and the publisher want to give 2 winners the chance to read this awesome book! This is for a paperback book. Open in the U.S. and Canada only. Good Luck Everyone!

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Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed this book. 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. "I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah for this review."

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Keep Calm & Hop On Giveaway Hop**Closed**

Welcome to Mary's Cup of Tea & The Keep Calm & Hop On Giveaway Hop!

Hosted by The Kids Did It & The Mommy Island

Thanks so much for stopping by and entering all the giveaways listed on the Linky List that will be below. The more you enter, the better your chances are of hopefully, winning more than one blogger's prize.

Below is a list with the prizes I am giving away for this hop. I do have one sponsor who will be providing one prize but the rest will come from me. I have left a link back to my Libre Large Tea Glass so that you can read about it and if you would like to leave a comment on the review, you can get extra bonus entries for doing so. This is not mandatory.

1.) Libre Tea's Garden Dance Pink Large Glass valued at $26.95

2.) Lady in Blue Antique Bracelet valued at $15.00

3.) Bag of Assorted Tea Bags & Loose Leaf Teas valued at $15.00

4.) Devonshire Scream Paperback Book (ARC) written by Laura Childs valued at $17.99

Total Value of Prize Package is $75.00

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. Hosts & participating hop bloggers are not responsible for sponsors or self-sponsoring bloggers that do not fulfill prize obligations.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Libre Tea's Garden Pink Large Tea Glass Review

Libre Tea recently expanded on the designs of some of their glasses and I was very fortunate to get one of the new Garden Pink Large Tea Glasses that is 14.3 oz's and you can take it with you wherever you go!

Details on Libre Garden Dance Pink:
  • Volume: each Libre Large is 420mL or 14 ounces
  • Each Libre comes individually boxed
  • Pack Size: 8.6” x 3.0" x 3.0"” LWH
  • Pack Weight  2.2 lbs
  • Shipped from  Los Angeles, USA.
  • 100% BPA Free on the exterior thermal bottle
  • Removable filter
  • Hand wash only
  • Glass interior
  • Can be used for hot or cold drinks!
  • Do not use in the microwave
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I have to say that this is not the first Libre Tea glass that I have reviewed, but it sure is the prettiest of them all! I have always loved my Libre Tea glasses and mugs, but having this really cute and girl power Libre Glass has me smiling extra big these days. Pink has always been my favorite color and now I have it in my favorite way to make my tea, whether it's loose leaf, in a bag, you can even use it to make your Matcha tea or shake it to make your favorite protein shake!

There are 3 sizes of Libre Tea Glasses and one is the 14 oz. you see here but they also have a smaller glass that is 9 oz (which was the original size that they started with) and they have a 10 oz. mug.

I don't know about you guys, but I pretty much have been in love with drinking tea my whole life. I can remember living with my grandmother while in the 1st and some of the 2nd grade and she always made me a cup of hot tea with my breakfast. We lived up north and had to walk to school so she wanted me to be warm for as long as possible, so I started pretty young drinking tea.

I never did try anything different other than regular black tea until I was in my 20's I think I started sampling different kinds like Chamomile and a few others. Boy, have things changed dramatically since then! Now, there are so many different types of tea along with a whole slew of flavors to choose from.

Quote from the owner of Libre Tea:

Our company started in 1999 and began enjoying tea moments with Libre in 2008. We are proud to be a 100% wholly owned Canadian company and so appreciate this opportunity to share the convenient and beautiful Libre tea glasses with you and your customers. 
Keep up with Libre Tea several ways:

Mailing Address:
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My good friend's at Libre Tea will be giving the winner of the Keep Calm and Hop On Giveaway Hop that starts on February 16th and ends on March 1st, their very own Large Glass! I am not sure which color it will be since they are currently out of the pink ones, but hopefully if that is what you want the most, it will be back in stock soon. Open in the Continental U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

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.

Friday, February 5, 2016

XOXO Giveaway Hop**Closed**

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Hosted By: Life in a House of Testosterone
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Kinderfeets Classic Push Bike Giveaway! 1 Lucky Winner! ($109 RV) Ends 3/03 ***Part of The XOXO Giveaway Hop***

Welcome to the XOXO Giveaway Hop! We've come together with a bunch of other blogs to bring you all a bunch of fun and cool giveaways.... This is a great way to find lots of giveaways to enter all in ONE place! Each blog will have their own giveaways with prizes ranging from $15 on up. Hop all around and enter to win as many giveaways as you choose.... lots of fun.
Deliciously Savvy is Hosting a Giveaway for 1 Lucky Winner to Receive a Classic Kinderfeets Push Bike: It is the Award Winning Wooden Pushbike with Chalkboard Finish in a Variety of Colors! You Can Write Personalized Messages On It and The Kiddies Can Draw Away! $109 Retail Value! 1 Lucky Winner will a Kinderfeets Classic Balance Bike In The Color Of Their Choice! $109 RV! Make sure you Check Out The LINKY Below Loaded with Amazing Giveaways and
Fabulous Prizes! Good Luck To All!Enter Today & Good Luck!

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PLUS a Big Thank You to all of the Wonderful Blogs Helping To Promote This Giveaway to all of Their Fabulous Readers! I Can Never Do It Without You! Good Luck To All!

And Now The Giveaway!!!

Giveaway Dates ~ 02/05 11:59PM EST until 03/03 11:59PM EST
Entrants must be 18 years old to enter and giveaway is open to US residents only.
Any Questions Email Me At mcushing7 (at) hotmail (dot) com.
This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This giveaway is valid only in the United States. Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway will end at 11:59PM (EST) on 03/03/2016.
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Deliciously Savvy did not receive any form of compensation for this giveaway. Once winner is selected via the Rafflecopter process, the product will be shipped. Winner has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. No other blog associated with this giveaway is responsible for the product shipment. Kinderfeets will be providing the prize above to the winner. Thank You for stopping by!
Any Questions or Concerns email me at mcushing7 (at) hotmail (dot) com.
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Disclosure For The HOP Creators: Deliciously Savvy, Heartbeats~ Soul Stains & Life in a House of Testosterone and all the other blogs participating in the XOXO Giveaway are not responsible for the fulfillment of prizes. Each blog will list the sponsor/blog responsible for each individual giveaway on their giveaway form/post. Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc. are not affiliated with these giveaways.

Welcome to Mary's Cup of Tea and the XOXO Giveaway!
I have listed below the prizes that will be in my package and each prize name is a link back to the original review so you can read about it if you wish.
I also am doing this so that you can leave comments on the review post to earn extra bonus points. Some of the items are from me, so there won't be a review but a few of the products are coming from companies. This is not mandatory, just a way for you to earn extra bonus points if you wish.
Good Luck Everyone! My prize package can only be shipped in the Continental U.S. only. Be sure to follow the Linky List below to enter more giveaways!
1.) YumEarth Valentine's Day Gift Package valued at $25.00
2.) Kiss Safe Fresh Breath/Oral Antiseptic Spray valued at $9.00
3.) Nude Skincare Combo, Cleansing Oil for Face & Eyes and a Daily Moisturizer (from me) valued at $84.00
4.) HBL Texture & Styling Cream for hair (from me) valued at $46.00
5.) Rimmel Just Let It Go Eye Makeup Remover (from me) valued at $4.00
6.) Mystery Cosmetic Bag filled with goodies (from me) valued at $30.00
6.) 2 Romance filled novella's to warm your heart valued at $19.00 (from me)
7.) NeoCell Keratin Hair Volumizer (from me) valued at $15.00
8.) Pair of Earrings (from me) valued at $15.00
Total Value of Mary's Cup of Tea Product Package: $247.00

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