Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"The Practical Prepper" Blog Tour by Kylene and Jonathan Jones

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The Practical Prepper by Kylene and Jones
Rating: 4 of 5 starts
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Non-fiction

Book Description:

My thoughts:  I live in an area (Utah) that has been expecting a large earthquake anytime.  It can happen now or a couple hundred years from now.  We are overdue.  I remember earthquake drills from Elementary School.

I considered myself pretty knowledgable about emergency preparation.  My neighborhood has drills where we pretend that an emergency has taken place.  We put cards in our windows letting others know if help is needed.  Families are given scenarios for emergencies.  As a block captain, I've had to go knock on doors to find out what the (pretend) status of the home is and report the need for help.  I even have an amateur radio license, K7LKF.

So, yes I thought I was prepared-ish.  There are more things that can go wrong than we realize.  This book takes a look at many different circumstances that we need to prepare for.  It isn't written in a way that causes panic, the reader doesn't feel the need to rush out and start buying things that they can't afford just in case.  It takes a practical look at emergencies and a common sense approach to preparing for them.

The author's have a formula at the beginning of the book.  RISK = PROBABILITY x CONSEQUENCE.
Different areas have different probability and different levels of consequence.  It's a great idea to individually evaluate needs using the formula.

I am not as prepared as I thought. But, I do have a start.  This book is great at guiding the reader from their own level of preparedness and nudging them in the right direction.

About the Author's: Jonathan is a licensed civil engineer and an avid enthusiast of alternative energy sources, especially solar and wind power. He has served as vice president and advisory board member of The American Civil Defense Association (TACDA), as secretary/treasurer for a local chapter of Civil Defense Volunteers, and as an emergency preparedness and communications specialist. As a city councilperson, has been tasked with developing the city emergency plan in his own community. He has coauthored numerous articles with his wife on emergency preparedness topics and published them in The Journal of Civil Defense. He is the owner of Your Family Ark, LLC, an education and consulting business designated to assist individuals and families in preparing for an uncertain future ( 
Kylene has an educational background in business management and family studies. She has also served on the advisory board and on the board of directors for TACDA and is currently the editor for The Journal of Civil Defense. She has a passion for researching and experimenting, which adds a sense of real life to her writing and teaching. A firm believer in hands-on learning, she involves her family in emergency training for everything from fire drills to living off food storage and garden produce to turning off the power in the dead of winter just to see if they can survive it. She’s learned many powerful lessons from these experiences, the best one being that we are tougher than any challenge. We will not only survive but will emerge better, stronger people as a result of the adventure.
Jonathan and Kylene make a dynamic combination. Together they have presented in a wide variety events, including community education courses, educational seminars, preparedness fairs, employee education programs, and community classes. With Jonathan’s extensive knowledge and Kylene’s high-energy personality, they have a unique talent for taking a relatively boring topic and turning it into an exciting quest, motivating audiences to join the ranks of provident preppers.

Blog Tour ~ "Second on the Right" by Elizabeth Los ~ Learn How to Make Your Own Treasure Map + giveaway!

Second on the Right by Elizabeth Los
A themed book tour through Prism Book Tours.

Second on the RightSecond on the Right
by Elizabeth Los
Adult Fantasy
Paperback, 506 Pages
May 9 2014

Spawned from an ancient promise, treachery and intrigue follow the protagonists through our world and one lost to the waves. Bound by an invisible bond, they are thrust into a fantastical world of pirates and demons.

James Benedict is a just man haunted by evil. Pushed to the edge, everything stripped from him, a new man arises . . . a man whose name strikes fear into the hearts of all who hear it: "Captain Hook".

Eileen Davis was a timid woman. Through a fateful cruise she finds herself in the company of the Captain of the Mistral Thief. With his guidance, and the meddling of the local barista, she eventually finds her inner strength.

Will the two of them unite through time to fulfill the promise of their ancestors or will tempers ignite leading all to failure?

True love's magic is not to avoid changes,
But to navigate them successfully.

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1) Think about what you want on the map. Lucky for James Benedict, his photographic memory came in handy when it came time to recall the directions to the island called Neverland.

2) Choose a piece of paper, white is fine, and any size you’d prefer. Begin to draw your map, but make sure to use compass points, notes, labels, etc. Maps with few labels are useless.

3) Tear around the edges of the map, making each of the sides jagged and uneven.

4) When your map is complete and the edges are torn to your liking, it’s time to dye it. The best method is to use tea, or a tea bag, in order to stain the paper. Taking the damp tea bag, “paint” the map. You can allow it to dry and return to “paint” again, darkening the color as much as you’d like. Personally, I prefer a darker brown.

5) Now to create wear. You can crumple up the map now, or wait until the map has dried. Either way, roll it up into a ball and then reverse the process to see how it looks. Remember, this is your map, so it’s up to you as to how many wrinkled you’d like.

6) Once the map has dried, I’ve found that to create an even further weathered look, spot it with oil. Remove the excess oil and let the map dry.

That’s all there is to it! Once your map is complete and dried, you can display it alongside a copy of Second on the Right. And, if you’re lucky to have won the Scottish Dirk, your piratey centerpiece will be complete!


About Elizabeth Los

I began writing fan fiction short stories in 2010 as means of escape. Every night, after ten hours of work and once the children were finally tucked in bed, for the fifth time, I would sit at my laptop and let my imagination flow through my fingers. Typing over eighty words per minute, my stories quickly began to form from novellas into full length novels. I used writing as my therapy, my release for stress.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blog Tour ~ "The Dreamosphere" by Laura Stoddard

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The DreamosphereThe Dreamosphere by Laura Stoddard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Book Description: What if dreams don’t disappear when we wake up? Haunted by her younger sister’s death, and her unwitting role in the incident, 11-year-old Gwenevere Stoker takes solace in the Dreamosphere—a dimension where all dreams still exist. But when someone begins destroying her dreams, Gwen must find the culprit—or risk losing all her happiness forever. Bask in the mystery and imagination of dreams in this touching, funny, mind-bending children’s tale that encompasses themes of grief, friendship, family, healing, and grand adventure!

My thoughts: Gwen is a young girl who is suffering after the death of her younger sister. A few years have passed, and she has retreated into herself. Her personality is completely altered from her natural friendly and fun loving self.

Gwen is a dreamer. She has vivid dreams that she remembers the next morning. She keeps a dream journal that she records the events in. It is something that keeps her together. She begins to notice that she isn't dreaming every night, this is strange for her. She begins to have memory lapses.

She finds out that this is happening because someone is destroying her dreams. Each dream is stored on a dream web in orbs. She and her dream friend, Tabitha, must stop the destruction of the dreams. Kids in school are also having their dreams changed. It is a mystery that must be solved before it is too late.

I liked the concept that Gwen's dreams are connected to her reality. As she begins to explore her dreams, she becomes a better person. In fact, I would say that it is saving her and her quality of life. There are some powerful themes found in this book. Gwen is going through grief and she and her family try to find a way to cope with the tragedy that has struck them. Many of the kids bully Gwen. They say she is crazy or that she killed her sister. There is a lack of empathy. I also enjoyed that we see the a little of the psychology behind the bully. It's a great lesson for kids to learn why people can be mean. Maybe they are hurting too. Again an empathy lesson.

This is a book that can capture a child's imagination. The dreams are strange at times. Laura Stoddard has illustrated her own imagination in the creativity of the dreams.


"What do you think happens to your dreams after you wake up?"
Gwen shrugged distractedly, too disoriented by her sudden arrival in the remarkable setting to focus. "I dunno. They disappear?"
The unblinking gray eyes of her young companion flashed as she leaned forward. "Incorrect. Every dream you've ever had still exists. All of them. They reside in a dimension called the Dreamosphere. It's where we are right now, as a matter of fact. Each dream basically exists as its own world, or dream-orb. There are thousands and thousands of them, connected like drops of dew on a gigantic spider web. Every dream you've ever had, Gwen. They're all up here. And you can visit them any time you want."
Tabitha, the enigmatic child who shares this information, has some even more shocking news. Gwen’s dreamosphere is in danger. Someone has been hacking into it—destroying her dream orbs, erasing pieces of her past, and affecting Gwen in more ways than she realizes. Together, Gwen and Tabitha travel through the outlandish landscape of Gwen’s dream worlds to find the person responsible. What will happen to Gwen when all her dreams are gone? What critical clues lie within the pages of her dream journal? And what does Edgar Allan Poe have to do with it all?



About the Author:  Laura Stoddard was born in Idaho and spent her formative years running amok in the great outdoors. She received her bachelors degree in English Literature from Arizona State University. After being rejected from the masters program for creative writing she decided that she didn't need a masters degree to tell her she could write, so she started really dedicating her time to finishing the story she'd started months earlier, with the goal of writing a complete novel, and getting it published. The result is her debut novel, The Dreamosphere, for which her own vivid, bizarre, and incomprehensible dreams provided the inspiration.  Laura is an adrenaline junkie and will try anything once--or twice--or maybe three times. She can already check whitewater rafting, going down in a shark cage, and skydiving (three times) off of her list. Oh, and getting Lasik. It was five minutes of terror. She enjoys hiking, rowing, reading classic literature, embarking on new adventures and hobbies, volunteering regularly, and spending time with family. She currently resides in Phoenix, Ariz.

Book Blast ~ "Son of War, Daughter of Chaos" by Janette Rallison + giveaway

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Son of War Son of War, Daughter of Chaos ~  Aislynn is accustomed to watching for the enemy. Her parents instructed her from the time she was young to look for the signs: people with greater than normal strength, eyes that can glow green, and have the ability to jump long distances. Over the years, Aislynn has come to view her parents’ fears as quirks—things that get in the way of having a normal high school life. When Aislynn’s mother dies under suspicious conditions, her father doubles his restrictions. But all his precautions can’t stop the boy with glowing green eyes from finding Aislynn. She realizes too late she’s been drafted into an ancient Egyptian war, whether she’s prepared or not.  

Janette RallisonAuthor Janette Rallison Janette Rallison is old. Don’t ask how old, because it isn’t polite. Let’s just say she’s older than she’d like to be and leave it at that. Janette lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, five children and enough cats to classify her as “an eccentric cat lady.” She did not do this on purpose. (The cats, that is; she had the children on purpose.) Every single one of the felines showed up on its own and refuses to leave. Not even the family’s fearless little Westie dog can drive them off. Since Janette has five children and deadlines to write books, she doesn’t have much time left over for hobbies. But since this is the internet and you can’t actually check up to see if anything on this site is true, let’s just say she enjoys dancing, scuba diving, horse back riding and long talks with Orlando Bloom. (Well, I never said he answers back.)

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Christmas in July Hop (INT)

Thanks to I am a Reader and Laurie Here for hosting a hop!

I am going to offer as the prize on my stop either a gift code to Amazon or a book from the Book Depository.  The amount is $15 USD.

While you are here, enter the Western Roundup Hop.  It's also International and ends on 7/31!

Enter using the rafflecopter form.  Terms and conditions are to the right.  You must be 18 or older to enter.

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Blog Tour ~ "Becoming Lady Lockwood" by Jennifer Moore + giveaway

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Becoming Lady LockwoodBecoming Lady Lockwood by Jennifer Moore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Regency Romance

Book Description:  Amelia Beckett is delighted to be a widow. Married by proxy to a man she'd never met, Amelia recognizes that a fortuitous entry into widowhood frees her from meddlesome chaperones and matchmakers. Heiress to her mother's sugar plantation in Jamaica, she happily anticipates working in a man's world, with the additional credibility of her new title: Lady Lockwood. But with the arrival of Captain Sir William Drake, her plans quickly go awry . . . William has traversed the Atlantic with one purpose. If he cannot prove that Amelia's marriage to his brother was a fraud, she will be entitled to a sizeable portion of his family's estate. He is determined to return this duplicitous Lady to London for an official hearing, and he carries with him a letter that will ensure her cooperation . . . Left with no choice, Amelia joins the captain on his return voyage to England, and the two quickly find that ship life does not allow for evasion. Amelia and William are ceaselessly thrown together, and amidst fierce storms and ocean battles, what began as antipathy seems to be evolving quite unexpectedly. But as they draw ever closer to their destination, will the impossibility of their circumstances shatter any hope of a future together?

My thoughts: This book is set in the Regency Era. It is one of my favorite time periods for romance. There is something about gentlemen actually acting like gentlemen and the history in the pages of the book.

This book is set in the Regency Era, but mostly on a ship. Amelia Beckett is unwillingly on her way to London. She signed papers to marry by proxy, but never met her husband before he died. His younger brother became the Earl at his brother's passing and thinks the marriage is a sham, He undertakes legal proceedings to prove his point.

The nice thing about having the bulk of the story on a ship is that Amelia doesn't follow propriety. She is a strong willed person who does not want to be waited on, she wants to help. She endears herself to the crew and becomes their friend.

The attraction between Amelia and William is undeniable. He is her brother-in-law. Soon he realizes that he misjudged her character. Now he must dissolve the marriage so that she is not considered his sister, giving him the opportunity to pursue a relationship with her.

The story is paced well. I didn't find anytime where I was skipping words or skimming to get to the interesting part. The story alternates between the point of view of Amelia and William. I loved knowing what each was thinking. As a reader, I knew more about their feelings than other characters did. It was fun to be in on the secret. I knew that William loved Amelia, but she was left guessing at times.

This is a clean romance book. The ship at one point is in French waters and attacked. At that point there is violence.

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He finally stopped and pulled his chair closer to her, raising her chin. “Amelia. I cannot begin to thank you for what you did. It was brave and brilliant, and it terrifies me to think that you put your life at risk for—”
“For my shipmates, Captain.” She kept her eyes lowered.
“I would never have forgiven myself if anything had happened to you.” He wiped the tears from her cheeks with his thumb.
“I would never have forgiven myself if I had not tried. These men, this ship, it has become . . . I care for them, William, for all of you.”
He raised her chin even higher, so that she was forced to lift her gaze his face. He stared at her for a moment. Then his eyes dropped to her lips, and Amelia’s pulse began to race. Would he kiss her again? They sat, frozen for a heartbeat, and then William stood, stealing with him all of the warmth in the room.


Praise for Becoming Lady Lockwood
"Moore does a lovely job of showcasing sizzle in this must-read for fans of regency and historical romance." ~ Foreword Reviews

Jenny MooreAuthor Jennifer Moore Jennifer Moore is a Passionate reader and writer of all things romance, helping her find balance with the rest of her world, which includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. Jennifer has a BA in linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family. You can learn more about her at The author's first book, Becoming Lady Lockwood, is a regency romance centered on the British navy during the Napoleonic Wars of the early 1800s.
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Launching~ "Reese's Cowboy Kiss" by Kimberly Krey + giveaway

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The Sweet Montana Bride Series by Kimberly Krey is complete at last! Reese’s Cowboy Kiss is available now on kindle or paperback, and to celebrate we’re throwing a BOOK TOUR! Oh, and did we mention the giveaway? $100 Amazon gift card goes to the lucky winner!

Come along for the ride!

July 21 - Launch

Reese's Cowboy Kiss (Sweet Montana Bride Series #1)
Reese's Cowboy Kiss
(Sweet Montana Bride #1)
by Kimberly Krey

Adult Romance
Paperback, 307 Pages
May 13th 2014 by Candle House Publishing

Texan pageant winner, Reese Taylor, has a former classmate who wants her dead. Now she must leave her friends and family to enter a protection program on Emerson Ranch. A group of good-looking cowboys awaits her, but Reese has her eye on Blake Emerson, the one man too busy with the ranch to give her a chance.

Blake Emerson has no time to go lookin’ for love. He’s got a ranch to run, positions to fill, and an ache in his heart from love gone wrong. So when he agrees to harbor a witness to help on the ranch, Blake assumes his first two problems are solved. But he never dreamed his new guest would be a woman. One he was destined to lose his heart to.

With sparks burning hot and danger around the bend, one question lingers in his mind: Has he only added to his list of troubles, or has Blake just found the woman of his dreams?

*While this book is considered clean romance, it contains passionate kissing and a few mild curse words.*

Other Books in the Sweet Montana Bride Series:
Jade's Cowboy Crush (Sweet Montana Bride Series #2) Cassie's Cowboy Crave (Sweet Montana Bride, #1)
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More About the Sweet Montana Bride Series

The Emerson Brothers 

Some of you have already read Cassie and Shane’s love story. Some have read Jade and Gavin’s tale too. Now for the first and final book of the series. That’s right – first chronologically, and final in order of release. In Reese’s Cowboy Kiss you’ll find out just how Reese and Blake’s romance begins. From that first, tender kiss to the conflict that threatens to tear them apart, their story is filled with passion, romance, and action too.

Book Number One?

You might notice that this book is marked as the first in the series. Yep; I decided to put things in their proper order once and for all. A huge thanks goes to those of you who have been with me from the beginning; for not minding the quirky order of things. Thank heavens for you! Good luck in the giveaway, my friends. And Happy romance reading to you all!

About Kimberly Krey

Image of Kimberly KreyI'm a writer of contemporary clean romance, a lover of home, family, & friends, & the ultimate hater of laundry.

A few of my favorite things: Diet Coke, Cafe Rio, and novels by Marcia Lynn McClure.

I do not go anywhere without: SoftLips Chapstick and Altoids Smalls.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Western Roundup Giveaway Hop (INT)

Read any good Western Themed books lately?  I have read a few and I am excited to share them and give one to one person from this giveaway!  It wasn't on purpose that I chose books from the same author, I guess I have come to enjoy her books. :)  The titles under the pictures are linked to goodreads where you can find the book description.

Full Steam Ahead
Short-Straw Bride
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