Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Samantha Clark Mysteries Review and Giveaway


"The Resurrection of Hannah is the story of a woman whose path is forever altered, her first tentative step leading to an astonishing life journey. As the story develops, Samantha is torn between the polarities of everyday existence ―between present and past, love and fear, hope and despair—finding herself unable to exist in two very different worlds, she must go full circle to find her way home. The Resurrection of Hannah was inspired by true events, the first in what I believe is a unique series full of gripping plots, memorable characters and unanticipated bends in the road. The sequel to this book," - Kathryne Arnold, author 

Samantha Clark meets with a monthly group to delve into subjects of interest. They dabble in meditation, dream work, and hypnosis — just friends having fun. But lately Sammi is feeling off-kilter and plagued with poor sleep. Searching for a natural solution, she discovers a bitter herb known to induce slumber, whips up a concoction to sweeten the herb, and imbibes. Unbeknownst to her, these areas of experimentation are whirling together to form the perfect storm, one that will blow open an entrance in Sammi’s mind that leads to another world, a door that can never again be closed.

She becomes enmeshed with two friends in a tug of war between life and death: Melissa is dealing with a complicated pregnancy and Julie is wrestling with cancer. Adding to this turmoil is Sammi’s disconnect with her career as a psychotherapist; her life doesn’t seem to fit any longer. Into the drama walks Todd, a handsome, laid-back guy who lightens up her days. Trouble is, Sammi is having a hard time getting close, and a nagging sense of doubt and fear. Like so many times in the past …

But the topper to all this is the dreams. They begin innocuously…but quickly morph into mind-blowing spiritual adventures. The crazy nocturnal activity appears to be related to a soulful character trying to make himself known. In a quest to uncover the truth, Sammi researches clues discovered during her nighttime romps. What she finds is another facet of herself…all wrapped up in post-colonial 18th-century clothes. Sammi flies off to New England, and with the aid of the Rev. Clark, her skeptical father, she embarks on an adventure, revealing a tragic, centuries-old mystery. One only Sammi can solve.

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed the story of Sammi and all her friends and loved ones. Kathryne meshed their lives together well and made an extremely interesting story out of what could be typical life.  While I knew this book dealt with the supernatural, I was definitely not prepared for how much of the storyline was about past lives and the metaphysical. It was a bit over the top for me, which is my only real complaint about the book.

Overall it was a quick and fun read, and I definitely was interested in continuing their story in the next book.

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"As the book progresses the author does a great job getting you hooked.  A great suspenseful read that I'm sure you will enjoy" - Beck Valley Books

"This book carries the reader along and is difficult to put down. The suspense continues to the very end and this debut novelist has set the tone for a series readers will love." -Janice Phelps Williams, founder of Lucky Press, LLC


"The Fear of Things to Come, is considered a page-turner, a suspense/thriller/mystery that takes the protagonist on another grand adventure. Both novels present Samantha as she is confronted with diverse and surprising life occurrences, each tale presenting a labyrinth she must feel her way through, mirroring the shifting sands on which she stands. Samantha is an engaging lead character, full of human imperfection and spirit and strength, one whose infectious energy binds to the loved ones caught up in a her ever-changing life stories." - Kathryne Arnold, author


The DSM. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. A voluminous, invaluable tool used by psychotherapists the world over to diagnose individuals with mental illness. Referenced by Samantha Clark countless times throughout her career, never suspecting that one day it would save her life.

Samantha receives a seemingly innocent but anonymous letter, and overnight her world changes forever. She becomes a victim in a frightening game of cat-and-mouse, a nightmare that begins when her boyfriend, Todd, fails to return to the wellness retreat they own in the woods of Florida. Working closely with police, Samantha and two trusted friends discover that Todd’s disappearance is linked to a series of murders occurring in a nearby county. They soon find themselves prey to a mentally ill patient from Samantha’s past, bent on revenge. With time bearing down, they must weave together the clues found in a succession of ominous letters and the DSM to save Todd. Their mission to unravel the mystery behind the kidnapping plunges them into a terrifying maze of danger, deception, and madness.

My thoughts:

This book is the continuation of Sammi's story, along with the stories of her loved ones. They're finally at good places in their lives and are moving along smoothly. Suddenly their whole world is turned upside down, in a very graphic and horrible way. Sammi and her friends try to save Todd while searching through their histories to discover the reason behind the attack.

This book is confusing at first, since it's written from several different perspectives and has a lot of background at the beginning. As the book progresses I got extremely involved in the storyline and didn't put the book down until I found out how it ended.

Please beware that this book contains a lot of violence and foul language, so if that's a deal breaker for you stick with the first book. But if you're looking for a suspenseful thriller, this is the book for you!

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"An excellent psychological thriller written in a simplistic language and a plot that is well thought out and easy to follow." - Beck Valley Books"

"Well-written convoluted plot that stirs the heartbeat and sends chills down the spine." - review from Amazon

About the Author
I was raised in the northeastern United States, in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, and resided in a half-dozen homes or towns throughout my growing up years. My father was a reverend with a flourishing career, moving the family to various parishes as his calling dictated, which I view in a positive light as I was exposed to different communities and lifestyles. After graduating from high school at the age of seventeen, I moved with my father to Massachusetts.

Thrilled to begin college in New England, I jumped in with both feet and managed to excel in biological and psychological studies upon which I secured my very first "real" job as a Senior Psychiatric Counselor at a group home for adults with mental illness. Wanting to further my learning, I attended Suffolk University in Beacon Hill in Boston, and graduated two years later, obtaining a Masters degree in Counseling and Human Relations.   Over the next twenty years I concentrated further on my work in counseling and social services and became a licensed practitioner.

Several years ago, due to a deep longing to express my feelings in an alternative manner, I literally sat down one day and began writing my first novel. The resultant book, The Resurrection of Hannah, had been born out of a series of powerful dreams, along with compelling and coexisting experiences that inspired me to create a story that would capture the strength of my emotions. I had a yearning to shape a tale based around individuals in my life that I believed would make engaging characters. I had a strong desire to experience a higher level of creativity, to literally produce something out of nothing- a fascinating and challenging endeavor I could not ignore. It was during this time that I became a clinical hypnotherapist and a nationally certified counselor, as well as starting a private practice as a psychotherapist.   I also decided to move back to friends and family in Florida and worked again at the local Hospice, then more recently in community mental health. Once bitten by the writing bug, I could not help but pen my second work of fiction, The Fear of Things to Come. I am now in the process of writing another novel in what I consider a unique collection of adventure stories, the third in the Samantha Clark Mystery Series.

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pocket Sous Chef & Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Friday, September 12, 2014

$250 Hipoglos Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Welcome to the Hipoglos Amazon $250 Gift Card Event
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For more than 60 (sixty) years, babies in Latin America have enjoyed the delight of this premium diaper rash cream, Hipoglos. Trusted by millions, Hipoglos is one of the most amazing diaper rash ointments available! Hipoglos helps prevent and treat diaper rash and skin irritation. It also helps protect chafed skin while helping to seal out wetness. Hipoglos goes on smoothly and wipes off easily, giving your baby relief from the very first use. Hipoglos ointment provides extra gentle care for your baby’s bottom, leaving your baby happy. Hipoglos is NOW AVAILABLE at Sedanos, Navarro and Walgreens! Or you can purchase it online at Amazon!

Hipoglos looks like such a great product! I'd love to try it (if we decided to have more munchkins!)


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One lucky winner will win a $250 Amazon gift card to get their little one Hipoglos and something special for themselves! So head below for your chance to win! Giveaway ends on 9/26 at 11:59pm and is open to US and CA.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

My Dream Man Book Tour and Amazon Giveaway



When Samantha, a home health nurse, has her first orgasm after waking from an erotic dream about Greg, a scientist and son of her newest patient, she’s both captivated and confused.

Greg’s the opposite of her type, but Samantha feels compelled to get to know the eccentric workaholic, and she soon discovers it’s futile to fight chemistry.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**


"After reading this book I’ll never be able to look at a nerdy guy without blushing. My Dream Man by Marie Solka sizzles.” ~ author Deborah Brown

"I've always thought smart guys were hot. This book proves it. I also loved the relationship advice Sam's elderly patient gave her. She was a riot. My Dream Man is definitely a fun read." - review from Amazon

My thoughts:

I personally have always enjoyed a geeky man, and Marie Solka understands why! Not only that, she writes very well fleshed-out characters, including the epic Mrs. Myszkowski! This story is about Samantha, a home nurse who loves her job, and meets her dream man when checking in on a diabetic patient. This story follows their friendship and relationship, the bumps and the spectacular orgasms, all rolled into a fun, quick read that you won't be able to put down.

Samantha learns so much from her patients, while she's working to help them and keep them healthy. Mrs. Myszkowski, a chain smoking patient with emphysema, gives Samantha relationship advice throughout the book, which makes for some truly hilarious points!

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a wonderful story about family and relationships, with just enough tastefully sexy fun!

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Marie Solka is the pen name of women’s fiction author Kim Cano. While Kim writes emotionally-charged book club reads that often bring readers to tears, Marie pens steamy romance. My Dream Man is Marie’s debut novel. Marie lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and cat.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Nexus of Entertainment Sweepstakes


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  Are you a fan of Budget Earth? We are! For years, they have been giving their readers not just amazing giveaways, but recipes, health articles, and some of the most detailed product reviews. They are proud to be a blog that you can trust, and to celebrate their reaching over 32,000 Facebook fans and nearly 20,000 Twitter follows, they want to give something back to their readers.

As a thank you, they are giving away a brand new Nexus 7 tablet! Since Susan from Budget Earth is paying for this tablet itself, it will be shipped as soon as there is a verified winner, meaning you might be starting fall sitting back and enjoying a pumpkin latté at the end of this month with your new tablet! Ready to enter? Make sure to read all the rules below before you enter the Rafflecopter. All entries will be checked and verified, so no cheating everyone (don't worry, we know most of you are honest). Good luck!  

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Little Tikes Tree House Swing Set Giveaway

Welcome to the Little Tikes Tree House Swing Set Giveaway Event!

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We have come together with our hosts Everything Mommyhood and Mom To Bed by 8 to offer our readers a Tree House Swing Set giveaway from Little Tikes. Special thanks to our co-hosts Budget Earth and Bayou City Mamas. This is such an adorable playset! My kids would love it! A backyard “tree” house with swing set that includes a climbing wall, sliding board and more! Kids can climb to the platform two different ways, the climbing wall or by climbing the tree trunk then they can slide down and do it again and again! Your kids will get years of enjoyment from this fun and durable swing set. Perfect for children ages 3-8 years old.  
 
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Features Lookout tree with steering wheel Climbing wall Kids can climb the tree trunk Grab handles molded into the tree trunk Fun slide Swingset extension Maximum number of kids on climber: 4 Maximum child per swing: 1 Weight limit up to 81lbs. per child The Tree House Swing Set must be anchored Accessories included: Anchor kit and 2 Swings Assembly Required You can check out Everything Mommyhood's more in depth review with more pictures here - Little Tikes Tree House Swing Set Review.  

Now for the giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a Little Tikes Tree House Swing Set, retail $499.99. Open to US Residents, 18 and up only. One entry per household/IP Address. Void where prohibited. Winner will be chosen randomly via the Giveaway Tools entry form and will be emailed. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize before a new winner is chosen. Giveaway ends 9/21/14 at 11:59pm Eastern.

 
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