Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Scattered Links Book Tour and Giveaway


Thirteen-year-old Oksana lives on the streets of Russia with her pregnant mama and abusive aunt—both prostitutes. When Mama swells into labor, Oksana makes a decision to save herself from abandonment, a decision that torments her forever. But her plan fails when her aunt dumps her in an orphanage before she has the chance to say goodbye to her mama or tell her the secret that haunts her.

Scattered Links is a story of family and the consequences that come from never learning how to love. It’s a story of a girl’s inability to bond with her adopted family and the frustrations that follow.

How can a child understand the mechanics of forming a healthy relationship when she never had a mother who answered her cries, held her when she was frightened, fed her when she was hungry, or loved her unconditionally?

Only when the child meets a rescued abused horse, and recognizes the pain in his eyes, does she begin to trust again.

"CAPTIVATING! SCATTERED LINKS takes you down the street of nearly any Eastern European town, arm-in-arm with the orphaned. Michelle has captured the beauty and horror millions of children live everyday. The attention to detail is impressive. Having lived in a post-Soviet country for a time, visiting orphaned children, this fictional account rings with truth, from the heart-wrenching pain of abandonment to the realization of self-worth, and the love family and faith brings. Thank you for such an uplifting book, appropriate for the young reader, as well as adult. May your heart be encouraged, as mine was." - Kim de Blecourt, speaker and award-winning author of "Until We All Come Home: A Harrowing Journey, a Mother's Courage, a Race to Freedom"
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 “Scattered Links is a novel that pulls its characters from the gutters and, in the end, celebrates the tenacity of the human spirit.” A reviewer comment.

My thoughts:

This book is definitely not in my standard genre, but if they're all like Scattered Links I'll be changing my reading habits! The beginning of the book could almost be set anytime in the past several hundred years... a family living in poverty in a broken down area of Russia. A drunk mother who's pregnant with another child that the family can't afford to feed, and an abusive aunt who dumps the kids in an orphanage when things get to hard.

Oksana was raised in the kind of poverty most of us can't even imagine, squatting in abandoned buildings and stealing from vendors to feed her family. After she delivers her baby sister (alone) her aunt dumps her and her sister in orphanages, where Oksana's sister is adopted by a family from the US, who accept Oksana into their home.

Transition to living in the US, attending school and being expected to be part of a traditional family are very difficult for Oksana, and her and her adoptive parents struggle to find a balance in their life.

Scattered Links brought the cultural and financial differences between countries and families to the forefront of my mind. It shows how many problems children can have when their lives are drastically changed, especially if they were raised in an orphanage without love or basic compassion. It reminded me that everyone deserves to be loved and deserves a chance at a decent life. And it showed me how disorienting it can be to be given the life that children deserve if they've never had it before.

It's a wonderful story that reminds me that no matter who we are or where we're from...we're all human.

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About the Author
Michelle grew up in the suburbs of Detroit with five brothers.  She enjoys writing her novels and encouraging writers and readers alike. She is living her dream writing stories of real people searching for their dreams and confronting their fears, showing the passion of the characters' plights, often giving her the ability to show the reader the 'other' side of the story. When she is not writing she enjoys life on the tennis court and is known as “Queen of the Rim Shots.”

Her debut novel, CACHE a PREDATOR, a geocaching mystery. was launched in July, 2013 and has been an Amazon best-seller in the crime/thriller category.  Her other works include: Willow, Scattered Links, Kelly’s Story, Eclair Series, and The Vision in a Kiss.  She has won contests in both The Writer’s Journal and The Writer’s Digest. Love is Just a Word (Scattered Links) was a bronze medalist is the 2010 Frasier Contest, a 2011 semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis Contest, and won the Aspiring Writer’s Contest withe THE READING ROOM, 2013.

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.



NOW FOR THE AUTHOR'S GIVEAWAY

 

ONE LUCKY WINNER will win a $50 Amazon Giftcard
Open Worldwide
Ending on Sunday 4th May at 11.59pm EST


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Womb to Walking Giveaway


Welcome to the Womb to Walking Giveaway Event
This is an amazing set of prizes that you can win for whatever stage you're in!



co-hosted by Addicted 2 Savings 4 U

Spring is in the air, everything is blooming... It's definitely baby shower season!  What better way to bring in Spring than with a giveaway??  We've brought together some of the top baby products that you would need from womb to walking - the best for baby's first year - into a great product guide and now we're giving those items away!

Prizes include:
Combi Coccoro convertible carseat - ARV $200
BABYBJĂ–RN Baby Carrier One - ARV $170
Ju-Ju-Be - Better Be Diaper Bag - ARV $120
$100 Gift Certificate to Mimi and Maggie - ARV $100
One month supply of Luvs Diapers - ARV $30
Classic Alphabet blocks from Uncle Goose - ARV $35
Evenflo Feeding Bottle Set - ARV $20
Baby's First Book Set - ARV $25

For a grand total of over $700 worth of baby gear!

To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below.  All entries are optional, but the more you complete, the better your chance of winning!

Giveaway will run from April 14th until April 28th. Giveaway is open to US only. You must be 18 or over to enter.  Winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. Winner will be notified by email at the end of the Giveaway and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.  Momma Without a Clue and the other participating blogs are not responsible for prize shipment or fulfillment

Good luck!


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Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Muck Boot Company Giveaway


Welcome to the Breezy Ballet Cool Giveaway, hosted by Thrifty Nifty Mommy & Viva Veltoro and sponsored by The Muck Boot Company.

Spring has officially sprung! Whether you are working in the garden, playing with the kids in the yard, or taking the dog for a walk, you need shoes that will leave your feet feeling comfortable, dry, AND looking stylish! That's why we're so excited to tell you all about the new Breezy Ballet Cool flats from The Muck Boot Company! Details of the Breezy Ballet Cool flats:
  • Unique XpressCool™ lining will pull moisture away from your feet and spread it across the shoe to keep you cool and dry while you're inside or out.
  • With a wide variety of colors and patterns to choose from, you are sure to find one that not only fits great but looks great too!
  • 2mm NEOPRENE provides maximum comfort
  • 100% waterproof
  • EVA Midsole
  • Flexible, lightweight, rubber outsole
Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy recently had the opportunity to review these new shoes and they had great things to say about them! Click here to read Viva Veltoro's review and here to read Thrifty Nifty Mommy's review.

We think every woman needs a pair of these stylish ballet flats for their spring wardrobe, so we want to give you lots of chances to win them, starting with a blog giveaway where 3 lucky readers will win a pair of Breezy Ballet Cool flats in the color/print and size of their choice!
This is a FLASH GIVEAWAY which will end at 1pm EDT on Wednesday, April 9th 2014. This giveaway is open to residents of the US who are 18 years or older. Enter using Giveaway Tools entry form below. Good luck!


But WAIT! That's not all! We have MORE chances for you to win Breezy Ballet Cool flats! Starting April 9th at 1pm EDT, The Original Muck Boots Company will be giving you the chance to win another 5 pairs of flats. Contest will run until April 11th at 5pm EDT via a tab on their Facebook page. Click HERE to head over to The Original Muck Boots Company's Facebook page now. Good luck!

Disclosures: The Muck Boots Company is responsible for prize fulfilment. Please contact thriftyniftymommy{at}yahoo.com with questions about this giveaway.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Combi Catalyst Stroller Giveaway

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Welcome to the Combi Catalyst Stroller Giveaway
Hosted by Miss Frugal Mommy & Sponsored by Combi
A special thanks to the fabulous co hosts:

“The Combi Catalyst is a versatile, modular stroller that can easily converts from a travel system to bassinet stroller or toddler stroller. With multiple seating configurations the Catalyst is adaptable to every travel need. The universal infant car seat adapter, is included, and compatible with the Combi Shuttle infant car seat, and other major brands, to create a travel system. 

The seating unit converts to a bassinet* that lays flat to provide a cozy sleeping area for infants starting at birth. In bassinet mode the seat quickly configures to a large, cushioned toddler seat that can be used for older infants and toddlers and provides three seating positions with an adjustable recline. The reversible, multi-function seat has a weight capacity of 50 lbs. and also features an adjustable, 5-point harness system and removable shoulder and buckle comfort pads. 

All-wheel suspension with front-lock swivel wheels absorb bumps and provide for a smooth ride. A single step brake pedal locks and unlocks both rear wheels. Parents will further appreciate the one-hand telescoping, comfort-grip handle, the over-sized canopy with ventilation window, and the extra-large storage basket that is easily accessible.”

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You can read Miss Frugal Mommy’s review to discover more in depth details about this amazingly convenient stroller!

Now for the exciting part! One lucky fan is going to win a Combi Catalyst Stroller in their choice of color (ARV $379.99) Winner may choose the stroller in either red, black or graphite. This giveaway is open to US residents 18 and older.

Enter to win in the rafflecopter below, all entries will be verified, one entrant per household or you will immediately be disqualified. Winner will be contacted via email and has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Good Luck!!!
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

On the Inside Book Tour and Giveaway


On the InsideWhen Kristen is sentenced to seventeen years for committing a white collar crime, she’s forced to leave her husband and two sons behind.

Life in prison is a shock. She discovers that people aren’t always what they seem, love wears many faces, and friendship can make life worth living.

But as she struggles to survive on the inside, Kristen must face something even more frightening than her fellow inmates. . . herself.

On the Inside is based on true events, written from the authors own family tragedy.

Review for On The Inside.....
This book will hook you from the very first paragraph, as you meet Lakeisha, a mail scanner for a women’s prison. She reads the prisoner’s correspondence, checks it for drugs and dangerous devices, and delivers the mail. Lakeisha is drawn into the correspondence Kristen has with her husband. And in this way, the reader is also drawn into the story about life inside a correctional facility for women.  Kristen is the main character. She’s in jail for bilking her employer out of a huge sum of money. In the process, she lost the trust of her husband and children and virtually bankrupted them. They are bitter and wary of her, but she continues to send letters to her husband telling him how sorry she is. The only family member to write back is her sister-in-law, Olivia, who extends a lifeline to her with family pictures and events. We also meet a panoply of colorful characters from the flashy inmate, Lupe, to the prison psychiatrist, Megan, the warden, Laura, Kristen’s antagonist, Jess, and many others. Each person has their story, their trials, and triumphs, and you’ll find yourself rooting for all of them.

Ms. Cano expertly weaves in multiple points of view to make you understand and empathize with all of these people. Each has his or her own pain and sorrow as well as aspirations for a better future. Necessarily, some of the stories end tragically whereas others move on as best they can. But Kristen and the others learn to take happiness in small places and to accept what can’t be changed.

The story is uplifting and poignant. You won’t want to miss this. I read this in a single evening because I not just wanted to find out what happened to the characters, but I felt for them and laughed and cried and wished so much for them to be victorious in their lives.

Everything was resolved and there were no loose ends. Even though there was sadness leavened into the book, the overall message is joyful and shows the power of love, devotion, and forgiveness. You won’t be disappointed with this wonderful story. ~ Clare Chu

My Thoughts:

This book is a wonderful reminder that the women who live and work in prison are real people. It follows the lives of several main characters, both inmates and staff, through births, marriages, deaths, violence and heartbreak. 

I teared up when I lived with Kristen through not seeing her sons for most of their childhood, laughed at the strange happenings within prison walls, and cried at several different points.

I watched friendships form through insurmountable odds, and hurt when some of them didn't last. This story was amazing, heartfelt, and a very quick read (I really wanted it to be longer, because I was so attached to the characters!) I definitely recommend this book to women everywhere!

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About the Author
Kim Cano debut novel was A Widow Redefined, which tells the story of a young woman's journey through grief and the transformational power of friendship

Kim has also written two animal books: For Animal Lovers, a short story collection for kids ages 9 to 12 (also appeals to adult readers who are young at heart) 10% of the sale price is donated to the ASPCA® to help homeless pets.

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

NOW FOR THE AUTHOR'S GIVEAWAY


2 LUCKY WINNERS !!

1 Winner will receive $20 Amazon Giftcard - Open Worldwide 
1 Winner will receive a Signed Book from the author - Open US/CA
Ending on Thursday 3rd April at 11.59pm EST

Enter Below and Good Luck !!
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Sunday, February 23, 2014

You know you have too much on your plate when...

You get the time wrong for the Girl Scout cookie booth sale (and you're the troop leader AND you have all the cookies!)

We had a sale scheduled at 12 today and I thought it was at 3. I was still in my pajamas when my troop called at 12:15! I threw some clothes on, loaded up the van and rushed over.

I know it's not an excuse, but it's been a very very long week.

Saturday Scooter was sick with a cold and fever. Sunday was worse and I was worried about the flu (even though we all got flu shots it's scary this year). After a call to the doctor's office we went off to Urgent Care (since their office was closed Monday also). Double ear infections and laryngitis later and we were at home. But with a negative flu test!

Monday and Tuesday she would play for awhile and then be a lump for awhile... you all know what the lump stage is with sick kids! And the lump only wanted to lay on Mommy. By Wednesday hubby and I were sick too and Scooter was a lump all day. And her fever wouldn't quit.

The doctor had us come back in (to double check for flu and check for pneumonia). Luckily she was clear of both, but he thinks we have an adenovirus (of course one with a 10-12 day course of nastiness). By Thursday we were all sick.

By Thursday night I was so miserable that I gave myself 1 goal each day (get a load of laundry done, load the dishwasher, etc). Seriously that was all I could manage in any given day. Yesterday I was still a lump, then this morning I got to sleep in (finally) and was starting to feel a bit better.

Except I forgot what time our sale was scheduled...

What have you messed up recently? Please tell me you've done something so that I don't feel so lame!

Thinking of a happier place!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Bonefish Grill Giveaway

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Valentine's Day is right around the corner and to celebrate Bonefish Grill has a new Prix Fixe (fixed price) menu for you and your significant other to enjoy.

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Available Tuesday, February 11 through Monday, February 17, dinner for two is available for $29.90 per person and includes the delectable favorite Steak and Lobster Duet as well as a House or Caesar salad per guest and one brownie dessert to share. 

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There are so many fantastic items you can choose from with Bonefish Grill! What Delicious dish will you enjoy?
From their famous Bang Bang Shrimp that will add an explosion of delicious flavor to your mouth

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to their Delicious Sunday Brunch

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These all look so scrumptious!
To find out more about the delicious dishes and selections you can get at Bonefish Grill Head over to Conservamom's Review!
One lucky winner will get a $50 Gift card to enjoy at their local Bonefish Grill.
Will you take advantage of their Valentine's day Special or Their Delicious Brunch?
So head down below and enter to win!
Giveaway ends on 2/8/14 and is open to US residents only.
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Disclosure: This blog is not responsible for the fullfilment of prize, Conservamom was compensated either by free product or payment. I have not been compensated for this post. This giveaway is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network.All opinions and experiences are my own. Open to the US, must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of the giveaway. Sponsor will be responsible for prize fulfillment. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions you can contact Elia At Conservamom