Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Blitz: Some Girls Do by Clodagh Murphy

Claire Kennedy, aka internet sensation NiceGirl, is the anonymous author of a steamy sex blog. Little do her fans know that bookish Claire isn't quite as experienced in the bedroom as her online persona. But everyone makes stuff up on the internet, right?

Except that NiceGirl attracts the attention of London publisher Mark Bell. Handsome, charming and successful, Mark is soon offering Claire the life she's always dreamed of - a steady relationship, the literary world of London and a hot book deal.

But when Claire enlists the help of brooding artist Luca to brush up on her sex skills before Mark discovers she's a fraud, things begin to get complicated ...

Title: Some Girls Do
Author: Clodagh Murphy
 Release Date: June 24, 2015

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Clodagh Murphy lives in Dublin, Ireland. She is a compulsive writer, an inveterate dreamer, a devoted aunt, an enthusiastic traveller and an expert procrastinator. She loves writing funny, sexy, romantic stories with lots of kissing. Her writing heroine is Joan Wilder from Romancing the Stone.

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Tour: Protector For Hire by Tawna Fensk

Haunted by his time in Iraq, former soldier Schwartz Patton goes off the grid, retreating deep into Montana’s untamed wilderness. Now, ten years into his self-imposed solitude, his brother tracks him down and asks for a favor. A woman is in danger, and she needs help...and Schwartz is the only one who can protect her.

Designer-loving city girls like Janelle Keebler don't belong in the wilderness. Unless, of course, they're witnesses to a murder by their psycho drug-trafficking ex-husbands. Still, Janelle can't help the immediate physical response she has to her sexy-as-sin protector that leaves her wanting more than she could have ever imagined. Even if he does make terrible coffee...

Every word, every touch, every kiss ignites a need Schwartz thought he’d lost forever. He can't stop the desperate attraction simmering between him and Janelle, even if he wanted to. Even if it means it could get them both killed.

Protector for Hire
Front and Center #4
By: Tawna Fenske
Releasing June 30, 2015
Entangled: Lovestruck

“You were gone a long time,” she said. “Did you have trouble finding something?”
He frowned, not wanting to admit he’d been pacing around the damn store avoiding the inevitable moment he’d have to go back and face her and accept the fact that he’d probably never touch her again. “Not everything,” he said, poking the meat loaf with his fork but not taking a bite. “I got the milk.”
“No cond—coffee filters?”
“They were all out of cond—coffee filters.”
“All out?” She frowned. “I swear I saw a box when we were there the other day. They were right up by the register.”
He shifted on the bench, not wanting to admit he’d stared at the same damn box of condoms and thought about having her again.
Maybe just one more time before she walked out of his life forever. Instead, he’d forced himself to walk away. “The box was damaged. Can’t risk having holes in coffee filters.”
Across the table, Gordy wiped his chin with a napkin.
“You like the kind with the pointy tip, or the big wide ones?”
Schwartz blinked. “Uh— ”
Laverne beamed. “Oooh, I like the new ones they’re making now with the flavor-enhancing micro-perforations.”
Schwartz dared a glance at Janelle and saw that her face had gone from pink to bright red. She opened her mouth to say something, but Laverne cut her off.
“You know, I just love the ones with the extra-large base. The box says it makes for a deeper, bolder experience.”
Janelle choked on her drink, and Schwartz turned to see her sputtering into a glass that looked suspiciously full of moonshine.
“How much of that have you had?” he asked.

“Not enough,” she said.

Tawna Fenske is a romantic comedy author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. Her offbeat brand of romance has been praised by Booklist as “A tame Carl Hiaasen on cupid juice,” and RT Book Reviews nominated her debut novel for contemporary romance of the year. Tawna is a fourth generation Oregonian who can peel a banana with her toes and who loses an average of 20 pairs of eyeglasses per year. She lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband, step kids, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets.

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Review: Capturing the Moment by Sarah Wilkerson

The premier online community for female photographers, Clickin Moms presents a photography guide featuring big, bold images coupled with short, focused, prescriptive tips for translating everyday life into stunning works of art.

Clickin Moms is the photography industry's largest social network of female photographers, boasting a booming members-only community of more than 16,000 professional photographers, aspiring professionals, and women passionate about capturing their families' everyday lives. This guide captures the spirit of the community by featuring a compilation of stunning member-contributed images paired with photography tips progressing from elementary to advanced, leaving no skill level unserved. By letting the images dominate and keeping the teaching points short and direct, the book builds on the highly visual appeal that has made the online community so popular. Covering all the bases, including equipment, composition, posing, low light, natural light, black and white, still life, and lifestyle photography, the example shots feature plenty of inspiration for photographing children as well as other beautiful everyday moments. Assignments for experimenting with lighting and shooting locations round out the chapters, providing every photographer with both the inspiration and skills she needs to capture life's beautiful moments as frame-worthy photographic art.

I'm a photography student and I love reading books like this one to learn new practical techniques, tips and improve my photography. Natural light, composition, black and white and story-telling photography are some of the topics in this book. Each chapter is different, has photography tips  (which are applicable across a wide range of situations, not only kids and families) and has gorgeous photos along with the photographer's name and information about the camera settings, such as shutter speed, lens aperture and ISO.

This book is dedicated to capturing moments in all kinds of situations, is very easy to read and I think many people would enjoy it since we all take photos. I found it informative even though I already knew most of the info. 

*I received this book free of charge from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

SARAH WILKERSON is CEO of Clickin Moms, which was founded by professional photographer Kendra Okolita in March 2008 and has grown to become the photography industry’s largest female-photographer social network. Wilkerson, a graduate of Duke University and the University of Texas School of Law, lives with her husband, three sons, and a daughter. Wilkerson teaches advanced courses on photography composition and creativity.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sale Blitz: The Honeymoon Prize by Melissa McClone

He needs a wife…

Single bodyguard Nick Calhoun has been given an ultimatum by his boss—find a wife or lose his cushy, high-paying job. Clients’ wives are hitting on him and putting Nick, and his boss, in hot water. But monogamy? He’s never been a white picket fence kind of guy, and he’s not about to embrace the happily married lifestyle now. He needs a wife who doesn’t care about his steamy, extra-curricular love life…and he knows just the woman to fit the bill.

She needs a home…

Adalaide Sinclair spent years caring for her ill grandmother. Upon Grammy’s death, she’s stunned to find herself evicted from the only home she’s ever known and labeled a thief by her inheritance-hungry family. Addie needs to find a place to live and a job—fast. So when her childhood friend, Nick, proposes a no-sex marriage of convenience, she puts her dreams of true love and happily-ever-after on hold. Finding Prince Charming can wait a little longer, right?

But will their friendship survive the honeymoon?

When Nick and Addie unexpectedly win a dream honeymoon, they decide to go their separate ways during the ten-day vacation. Too bad a camera crew is waiting for them at the tropical paradise. Acting like a head-over-heels bride and groom for reality TV wreaks havoc on their no-sex agreement…and blurs the line between fantasy and reality. Will Nick and Addie remain married in name only, or will a romantic honeymoon for show turn them into true newlyweds?

Title: The Honeymoon Prize
Series: The Honeymoon Series #3
Author: Melissa McClone
 Release Date: July 1, 2014


Thanks to a philandering father, ad exec Emily Rodgers knows happily ever after doesn’t exist. Relying on a man only leads to heartache. She takes care of herself, and work defines her life. But Emily soon finds herself in the hands of a real-life prince who defines the words charming and sexy. Not to mention reckless. If Prince Lucas doesn’t find a royal bride, Emily’s dream of being named a partner at the advertising firm will die.

Luc’s fun-loving ways have made him a magnet for scandal. His father gives Luc an ultimatum—find a wife on a reality TV show or be disowned. Rules require him to marry nobility, but after he meets the uptight American sent to find him find a princess bride, his search for Cinderella might be over. Too bad Emily wants nothing to do with him. Perhaps he can show her that fairytale endings can happen in real life…

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Melissa McClone has published over thirty novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group. She has also been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Review: PetGiftBox - June 2015

The PetGiftBox Story

One summer day, my friends and I were sitting around talking about our pets. How much we love them. The tricks we’ve taught them. How silly they are when playing with their favorite toys. What they like to eat. Their can’t-resist treats. You know, pet lovers’ talk.

We all agreed that it’s far too expensive to try out the latest and greatest pet products, treats and toys. And, even though we look for the highest quality premium products, we were all frustrated because it’s so hard to find them in retail stores and even online.

The boxes are available for both dogs and cats and start as low as $27.99 per month. But, you can get one here 25% off using the code "lila"

What's inside the PetGiftBox?
 First Look

Information Cards

This month was Jurassic Bark (World) themed! 

IRBWMD isn’t just a clothing company, but a life style for people who truly feel that dogs posses the greatest qualities in this world, and we choose to spend our time with them because time is precious. We also donate 10% of our sales to a different rescue a month, and we know for a fact that our contribution has saved many animals lives. You can read all about it in the “How We Save Lives” section of the site!
These are supposed to help improve the dog’s digestion and are the perfect size for my dogs. They actually  love them! 

Beastie Bars are individually wrapped, protein based dog treats made here in America. Each snack is formulated for easy digestion with either chickenturkey, or beef and includes our blend of strategic fruits and veggies to complement a healthy diet. Designed for on-the-go healthy snacking, Beastie Bars fit perfectly in your pocket, bag or car. Say goodbye to crumbs and grease and hello to happy, healthy dogs!

This individually wrapped beef dog treat is gluten and hormone free.and is made of natural ingredients. My fur babies haven't gotten to try this yet but I may end up sharing it with my brother's big dog!

 Dino Tracks - D.O.G. Bakery Treats

The D.O.G. Bakery offers over 20 different flavors of healthy treats such as Apple Jacks made with delicious apples and cinnamon, Thin Mints made with mint, parsley and carob (they help with bad breath) and Organic Whitefish and Sweet Potato treats which are certified organic by the USDA.
Check them out at www.dogbakeryonline.com and save 10% on your first order with the coupon code 
PETGIFTBOX515. (Offer expires 12-31-15)

Aren't these all-natural cookies the cutest? I loved them and couldn't help but take pics of them! They smelled great and the dogs got to try them today.

Venison Joe's Gourmet Beef bones and Venison Snacks give your dog the variety that they crave!
Our innovative smoking process not only completely (and naturally) preserves the meat and bone, but it also enhances the flavor of our bones naturally by using different types of smoking woods. Each wood has a distinct flavor and aroma that seasons the meat and bone without adding any artificial ingredients.

One of my dogs smelled this right away and couldn't be more excited. He quickly got busy with it!

OMG how cute are this?  I want to keep them to myself! They have squeakers and my dogs had the best time playing with this two yesterday.


The value of the June 2015 PetGiftBox is $34.96.  I think the theme was amazing and so do my dogs!

What do you think about it?  If you want to order one for your pet, you can check out all their subscription options and order one on their website.  Use the coupon code "lila" to get 25% off your box.

*This box was sent for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.