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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Shrapnel in the San Fernando Valley Book Blast, Excerpt, and Giveaway

We have that rare non-fiction book featured here. Read an excerpt than be sure to enter in the giveaway to win a copy of the book. You have through 4/28 to enter.


Non-Fiction / Memoir
Publisher: Desert Dog Books
Published Date: April 6, 2019

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Shrapnel in the San Fernando Valley is a guided tour through a Tilt-A-Whirl life that takes so many turns that you may find yourself looking up from the pages and wondering how the hell one person managed to fit them all into 40-odd years. And many of them are odd years indeed. From a rootless, abusive childhood and mental illness through serious and successful careers in music and art, much of which were achieved while being involved in a notoriously destructive mind-control cult. Carol Es presents her story straight up. No padding, no parachute, no dancing around the hard stuff. Through the darkness, she somehow finds a glimmer of light by looking the big bad wolf straight in the eye, and it is liberating. When you dare to deal with truth, you are free. Free to find the humor that is just underneath everything and the joy that comes with taking the bumpy ride.

Illustrated with original sketches throughout, Shrapnel in the San Fernando Valley is not just another survivor's tale, it's a creative ride where raw and intimate revelations are laid bare. As an artist and a woman finding self-worth, it's a truly courageous, relatable story that will keep you engaged to the end.


Excerpt

1.   Chewing on Bullets
  

The year I turned forty, I got a birthday card from my parents. On the inside my mom wrote, “This is going to be your year!” She couldn’t have known a cold blast of death and sh*t storms were headed straight for us, or how I’d become an abominable wreck and make my way back to the shackles of the R.J. Reynolds’s killing campaign, a.k.a. smoking. I hadn’t smoked a cigarette in over ten years. It felt longer, but who’s counting? I was!

A few years before I reached for the smokes again, I’d been estranged from my older brother, Mike. My life was more or less calm. I’d been fed up with his soapbox lectures about how I’d be going to Hell for being a Jew unless I recognized who my savior was. At this particular moment, we were stuck at a hospice facility in Las Vegas with our dying father. My only savior was a pack of Camels, because Mike and I were fighting about every aspect of our dad’s care.

Three weeks we stayed there. My dad hung on while Mike nearly drove me into a nut house. Two weeks into our stay, I frayed. I took off in my car one afternoon, screeching down Las Vegas Boulevard in rush-hour traffic like a lunatic jonesing for a special kind of crack.

The combination of losing my dad while being trapped in a room with my feral family members pushed me to a breaking point. Only my brother could drive me into levels of such nicotine rage. All those years of breathing clean and clear were for nada. Wasted and meaningless.

I turned my steering wheel to the right, pulling three lanes over from the left, and into the lot of a 7-Eleven. I parked and sat there for a moment to make certain I knew what I was doing. I didn’t.

Mike, who’d been ringing the crap out of my cell phone, was about to get an earful of angry little sister. He wanted to know where the hell I’d run off to.

“Fu** this sh*t!” I exploded through giant tears. “I am so ready to go back to L.A. Though my windows were closed, I’d managed to frighten a lady just outside my car. I watched her quickly skedaddle into the store.

Mike had experienced my outbursts before, but this one seemed to come from the underworld, blasting up out of the ground, like somebody stepped on an IED or something—the blast taking place in my Honda CRV.

I’d been holding it together and keeping my cool, but now I was certifiably losing my mind. He was the older one, yet for most of our lives I’d been the responsible one. Not that it could’ve, or would’ve, ever mattered. He was the goda*ned Golden Boy. My mother always kissed his sh*ts before they went bye-bye.

Several blocks away from the 7-Eleven stood Alliance Hospice Care, where we’d both been staying with my dad while he lay dying. Once the doctors gave Dad seventy-two hours to live, Mike went completely into denial. To him, the place was the Play-doh Murder factory. His plan was to nurse Dad back to health by shoveling gobs of tapioca pudding down his throat.

“Eat, Dad, eat. We gotta get you out of this prison!”

But the place wasn’t bad. It was bright and clean with a big tropical fish tank in the lobby where you could stare at the fish and think about death. The patients’ rooms circled around a pretty courtyard with nice-ish patio furniture, though some of the upholstery was ripped and faded, beaten by the Vegas sun. The staff, too, were super friendly and qualified. All of this was paid for by Medicare, by the way. No way could you find anything like it in Los Angeles.

He had a private room, palatial and homey. As if we were staying in a little cottage in a Thomas Kinkade painting. There were two extra beds, sort of: a daybed too short for Mike’s boney six-foot frame, and a trundle bed underneath. I slept in the trundle bed like a sweater in a drawer, but I spent most of my time in a chair next to Dad’s bed, working on a hand-sewn doll of myself (or a version of me anyway)—an autobiographical character I often use in my paintings and drawings, a thing I call Moppet. She’s a straggly little ragdoll. She looks disheveled and as if she’s about ready to collapse like a push puppet. Moppet usually wears a simple dress, something I’d never do. The dress has a kind of clown collar. “She” is genderless and shaped like a gingerbread cookie with rounded arms and legs, an oval-shaped head and eyes with pupils nearly filled black, like those sad, velvet puppy-dog paintings. She neither smiles nor frowns; her mouth, a straight black line, a lot like me: indifferent. Also like me, she is an awkward child. I suppose she represents my vulnerabilities, my fragility, and what I think of myself, which isn’t much. In fact, she used to wear a dunce cap, but after ten years of therapy it’s been removed.


About the Author

Los Angeles writer, musician, and self-taught artist Carol Es writes for the Huffington Post, Whitehot Magazine, and Coagula Art Journal. She’s been published with Bottle of Smoke Press, Islands Fold, Chance Press, and her Artist’s books are featured in the Getty Research Library, Brooklyn Museum, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She is a two-time recipient of the Durfee Foundation’s ARC Grant, a Pollock-Krasner Fellow, and won the Wynn Newhouse Award in 2015.

Awarded grants in writing from the National Arts and Disability Center, Asylum Arts in Brooklyn, NY, Carol won the Bruce Geller Memorial Award WORD Grant for 2019.


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The Umbrella Men Book Blast and Giveaway

We have here a pice of contemporary fiction by author Keith Carter. Read up about the book and author, then be there to enter the Amazon gift card giveaway. Ends 5/4. Open WW.

The Umbrella Men
by Keith Carter
Genre: Contemporary Fiction


A witty and acerbic novel for our times about corporate greed, the hubris of bankers, contradictions of the clean energy economy and their unintended consequences on everyday people.
Finance, environmentalism, rare-earth mining and human frailties collide in a complex of flawed motives. We follow Peter Mount, the self-made Chief Executive of a London-based rare-earth mining company as he and his business are buffeted by crisis-torn Royal Bank of Scotland and by his own actions, real and imagined. Meanwhile in Oregon, Amy Tate and her group of local environmental activists do their contradictory part to undermine a component of the green economy, unwittingly super-charged by the Chinese state. The repercussions of events in pristine Oregon are felt in the corporate and financial corridors of New York and London with drastic consequences. This is a deeply involving novel about the current workings of capitalism, miscommunication, causes and unexpected effects, love and survival.

Thorough Virtual Reality Gambling Guide

Virtual reality gambling has changed the game. Because of it, people are now able to ‘go to the casino without going there.' Yes, it’s possible now. This experience is quite exciting for most people. Of course, there are quite a number of questions and features that come with virtual reality, and in this article, we’ll try to answer them all. We will tell you what virtual reality is and how it goes together with gambling.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Taine McKenna Adventures Book Blast and Giveaway

We have here the Taine McKenna Adventures sci-fi/thriller series, the initial trilogy. Interesting covers. Don't miss the $30 Amazon gift card giveaway after the featured books. Open worldwide through 4/30.

Into the Mist
Taine McKenna Adventures Book 1
by Lee Murray
Genre: SciFi Action, Thriller

When NZDF Sergeant Taine McKenna and his squad are tasked with escorting a bunch of civilian contractors into Te Urewera National Park, it seems a strange job for the army.


Militant Tūhoe separatists are active in the area, and with its cloying mist and steep ravines, the forest is a treacherous place in winter.

Yet nothing has prepared Taine for the true danger that awaits them. Death incarnate.

They backtrack toward civilisation, stalked by a prehistoric creature intent on picking them off one by one. With their weapons ineffective, the babysitting job has become a race for survival.

Desperate to bring his charges out alive, Taine draws on ancient tribal wisdom. Will it be enough to stop the nightmare? And when the mist clears, will anyone be left?

Why Applying for a Reverse Mortgage May Be a Good Decision

If you are facing a financial crunch during retirement, you may need to access the equity in your home to help cover your living experience. Doing so using a traditional home loan may provide temporary relief, but it only adds to the bills you have to pay. It also leaves your home susceptible to seizure, if you miss a payment. Applying for a reverse mortgage may be a good decision if you want to avoid such problems.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

April $50 Amazon/PayPal Giveaway

Here's a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash. Open worldwide, you have through 5/1 to enter. Good luck.

Enter the April $50 Amazon/PayPal Giveaway. Ends 5/1/19

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Prize: $50 PayPal Cash or Amazon Gift Card

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Rules: Use the Giveaway Tools form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 05/01 and is open worldwide. Entrants must be 18 years old to enter. Winner will be notified via email.

The Killing Girl Book Blast

Summertime thriller here from best selling author Summer Prescott. She's authored over 100 books. Enjoy the book highlights below.



Thriller
Published: March 2019
Publisher: S. Prescott Thrillers

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‘Til death do us part…

Obsession can be a dangerous thing.

Susannah dabbles in darkness, finding sadistic solace in the death of those who deserve it. But now she wants something more. Or, more to the point…someone.

She’s on a manhunt. She will possess him, one way or another, whether in life, or death. She hasn’t made up her mind yet.

He’s the only one who ever accepted her. Who even maybe loved her, in his own strange way. And then, he left her, which could turn out to be a deadly mistake.

Her husband Tim, a mild-mannered mortician, has packed his bags and fled, a fugitive from his homicidal wife. She wants him, and what Susannah wants, she gets.

Will Tim continue to elude his murderous mate? If he doesn’t, will he survive her peculiar form of love?

This journey through the mind of a stone-cold killer will leave you on the edge of your seat. Close the doors, lock the windows, and get ready for a bloodcurdling ride.

DeskCycle2 Exercise Machine Giveaway

Welcome to the DeskCycle2 Exercise Machine Giveaway. Rosey from Reviews And More By Rosey is hosting a giveaway for a DeskCycle2, an indoor under desk exercise bike and pedal exerciser. No more will you be able to blame the lack of exercise on your needing to stay at your desk all day to finish a project on deadline. Get those miles in while your attending those online meetings. Just think of how many calories you can burn while pedaling your whole day when at your desk.

Anomaly Book Blast and Giveaway

I'm trying to think of the last biography genre book that I've read and nothing comes to mind. Do you like biographies? This book might be for you. Then, enter to win the Starbucks gift card. I believe giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 4/29. Good luck.

Anomaly
by Derra Nicole Sabo
Genre: Biography

It's 3am...While most minds are in a blissful state of slumber, mine is wide awake conjuring and pondering endless thoughts. Eyes are fixated on the dark popcorn ceiling above and ears are soaking in blue tunes as my autopilot mind becomes overwhelmed with the past, future and every cherry topped dream in between.

These thoughts range from warm and fuzzy to dark and slightly crippling. Sometimes I wish that my mind had an off switch so that I could power down at night. No such luck. So, wakie wakie! Grab yourself a coffee and a snack because it's 3am and I have so many thoughts to share with you.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

PureGuardian Large Room Hi-Performance Tower Console Air Purifier Giveaway

Air purifiers don't have to be just small machines you place in your kid's bedroom. Here's a chance to win a high performance unit. Open to US residents only, you have through 4/19 to enter. Good luck.
Spring is well on it's way and I couldn't be happier to see things warming up a bit! Spring IS my favorite time of year, but with all of those wonderful April showers, comes along moss and mold growth too! (Ickies!) Moss and mold triggers allergy symptoms for the nearly 50 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies. What's worse is there's nowhere to hide either! The fresh air outside is full of pollen and allergens, while the air inside is full of a myriad of indoor pollutions. What can we do?

Ragnarok Book Blast and Giveaway

You might recognize the name Ragnarok from a Marvel Thor movie, but, if you didn't know already, it comes from Norse mythology. This is author Michael Smorenburg's first book in the Worlds Collide series, introducing elements of fantasy and romantic/suspense into the book. Don't miss the $25 Amazon gift card giveaway that goes along with the book info. Open worldwide, you have through 4/27 to enter. Good luck.

Ragnarok
Worlds Collide Book 1
by Michael Smorenburg
Genre: Fantasy, Romantic Suspense

A secret NASA experiment gone wrong, the chaos that erupts, and one reporter seeking the truth who chases leads where she shouldn't.


On a flight from Paris to Los Angeles Tegan Mulholland is intrigued & charmed by Pete, the mysterious stranger sitting beside her. But when their plane almost falls from the sky and other jets in her vicinity wink from the radar, the official explanations that follow reek to Tegan's retired investigative journalist mind of cover up.

What is not declared:
A secret NASA experiment has warped a column of time instead of space, plucking with it the planes out of our era, and a band of Norse warriors from the Vinland colony millennia ago into our epoch.
Rowing eastward and back to Iceland, the contrail of Tegan's plane appearing after the strange aurora and moving westward high above, the Norsemen conclude are Odin's order to return to Vinland and unknowingly toward the modern day Canadian coast, where, just days--yet a thousand years before--the skraeling Indians had driven them out.

As news reports flood Tegan's living room of bloodshed and massacre, speculating about which gang of roughly dressed bearded marauders are responsible for mass-murder around the quiet Canadian coast, Tegan develops a hunch that there is more to the story than it seems. She quits her Hollywood Exec job and embarks on an odyssey that leads inexorably ever closer toward the Norsemen's hidden lair.

Only Pete, the Lockheed consultant she had steadily fallen in love with during the harrowing flight and since, has any hope of saving her.

If you enjoy intrigue, conspiracy and romantic suspense, Ragnarok will grip your imagination and not let go.

Fit-Nation Flex Core 8 Tighten & Tone Giveaway

Are you keeping to your New Year's resolution to exercise more? Yeah, me neither. Here's a chance to win some more exercise equipment that will just collect dust. Hope you win and use it, but best to set realistic expentations. Open to US residents only, you have through 4/21 to enter. Good luck.

Fit-Nation Flex Core 8 Tighten & Tone Giveaway (1 Winner) Ends 4/21! @SMGurusNetwork @Viatek

Welcome to The Fit-Nation Flex Core 8 Tighten & Tone Giveaway!

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

iCaddy Giveaway, Inventor Interview, and April's Rain Rain Go Away Giveaway Hop

It isn't frequent that an invention starts from the thoughts of a seven-year-old child. Sick and tired of propping her tablet up against the kitchen fruit bowl – only to have it constantly fall down! – inventor Katrina did what any aspiring entrepreneur would do. She glued together three toilet paper rolls and Voila! iCaddy was born. The iCaddy is a mobile device multi-tool that serves as a stand and charging station. Plus, it includes ear buds and a hidden storage compartment. The solution folds up neatly for a backpack or travel bag. And, here's your chance to win one. The iCaddy giveaway is part of the April's Rain Rain Go Away Giveaway Hop, too, so be sure to visit the other sites on the hop listed below the giveaway form for the iCaddy.

Ultimate Goliath Games Easter Basket Giveaway

Who says you can only put candy in an Easter basket... Here's a bunch of games you can include, too. Open to US residents only, you have through 4/14 to enter. Good luck.
Sponsored By: Goliath Games
Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy
Winner Will Receive - 
The Ultimate Easter Basket Prize Pack from Goliath Games!
Goliath is one of the few global family-owned toy companies in the industry and continues to be one of the fastest growing companies in the world!
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Hunt of the Gods Book Blast and Giveaway

Author Amy Braun's second book in the Areios Brothers series is coming out in June and here's the first showing of the cover for this urban fantasy book. Check it out before ending to win an Amazon gift card. Open worldwide. Ends in just three days, Friday at midnight.

Hunt of the Gods
Areios Brothers #2
by Amy Braun
Genres: Adult,Urban Fantasy


Publication date: June 4th 2019



Two months have passed since Derek Areios—war-scion and heir of Ares—and the band of rogue scions he’s aligned with recovered both the Thunderbolt of Zeus and the Heart of the Devourer and returned them to the Gods. During the battle, Derek discovered he could control not only the element of fire, as all war-scions can, but also the dark element “aether,” making him the only scion alive to wield two types of elemental magic.

Commanded by Zeus to retrieve the Trinity Weapons and the Shards of Cronus, Derek and the rogue scions are thwarted in their goal by a gang of water-scions with a grudge against one of the rogues—Thea, heir of Poseidon. Both groups travel to an uninhabited island to recover one of the Shards––the Eye that belonged to Cronus, King of the Titans. But what they encounter will lead them down a path of brutal betrayals, hard truths, painful memories, and desperate actions.

With angry and impatient gods breathing down his neck, a curse that allows Ares to control him, a prophecy he’s desperate to avoid, a magic spear corrupting his thoughts, and two forms of elemental magic, Derek has a lot of baggage—and a lot of power. Will the price of using that power to satisfy the Gods be too much for him to pay?

Mythological monsters, explosive magic, and devastating truths take center stage in the second novel of the action-packed AREIOS BROTHERS series from Amy Braun.

The Child of Happiness Book Blast and Giveaway

Author S. V. Cobets brings us a book of poetry. The giveaway related to the book is for a $25 Amazon gift card and three copies of the ebook. Open worldwide, you have through 4/27 to enter. Good luck.

The Child of Happiness
by S.V. Cobets
Genre: Poetry

Edited version

This collection of poetry is a summary of my selected poems that I wrote for many years. I hope that you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them. In this collection of poetry are collected all of my feelings that I want to share with you through verse.

"The Child of Happiness, by S.V. Cobets, is a beautiful poetry collection that reaches deep into the soul. Though the author’s native language is Croatian and not English, the emotional depth of each poem comes across clearly and will be relatable across cultures. Sensual and light with themes of nature & love, yet also tinged with feelings of sadness and darker themes of heartache, pain, loss, & the casualties of war - there were many poems that spoke to my heart."
​-Amazon Reviewer

The Outbreak of a Monstrous Infection Book Blast and Giveaway

Are you fond of books with really long titles? Here's a crime thriller from author Dr. Afshan N. Hasmi. You'll also find a giveaway for an Amazon gift card below. Open worldwide through 5/25. Good luck.


Terrorism Thrillers, International Mystery & Espionage, Crime Thriller
Published Date Jan 31, 2019

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A monstrous infection is spreading worldwide. Is this a simple infection or a deliberate attempt to ruin the human population, or bio-terrorism? What is this global infection and who is spreading this? To know that, read this suspense-filled book by an Amazon best-selling and hot #1 new-release author of a previous book called The Modern Mughal Mentality: New Strategies to Succeed in India and the Global Marketplace. In the author's second book, a sizzling science-fiction story, a crime is investigated by the FBI in collaboration with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of India.

Poetry Dead to Society Book Blast and Excerpt

We seem to have a run on poetry books with this latest from author Cee Jay Spring. Check out the book then read the excerpt. Enjoy.

Poetry
Date Published:  October 2018
Publisher: Page Publishing

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All types of poetry; love, romance, life's journey, religion, heartbreak, and even hatred and anger that will amaze and stun readers. It's guaranteed to open your mind's eye.

Poetry Dead to Society written to awaken the life of poetry within our society.

Jessie Buckley – 72nd British Academy Film Awards

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“What’s your name? It’s Anne Egerma!” – A Little Night Music


Her name is Jessie Buckley, and she is the Anne Egerma that we know from Stephen Sondheim’s movie. A multi-award winner, she boasts her AIMS Best Actress award for portraying Julie Jordan in Carousel. But what do we know about the girl that goes by the name Jessie Buckley?


She was born on the 28th of December, 1989 in Killarney. Her mother was already a vocal coach at the Ursuline Secondary School. She grew to be inspired by her mother’s profession. Buckley joined the Royal Irish Academy to learn harp, clarinet, and piano. While she attended the Association of Irish Musical Societies, she was recognized for her acting skills. Following that, her parents encouraged her to joined Drama School in London. It was just before she auditioned for BBC’s talent competition, I’d Do Anything. Jessie revealed that her participation on the talent show was partly because two drama schools rejected her.

Monday, April 1, 2019

#LOrealxTarget Giveaway

Savings.com partnered with L'Oreal to give away FIVE $50 Target e-gift cards in support of their #LOrealxTarget campaign! Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Target page on Savings.com and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page. Open to US residents only, you have through 4/5 to enter. Good luck.

Auroras. Petroglyps. and Pagans Book Blast and Excerpt

We have a bit of a mouthful with the title for this latest book by author Jeff Ransom. Along with the book info, you'll find an excerpt for you to sample. Enjoy.

Science, Archaeology, History
Date Published: March 2018
Publisher: Kronos Press

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More than 100 Years ago, researchers demonstrated that ancient myths and pagan religions are similar throughout the world. Other researchers have known for years that ancient petroglyph images are similar throughout the world. What was not known until near the end of the twentieth century was that scientists could reproduce the petroglyph images in the plasma laboratory.

The laboratory plasma that produced petroglyph images was the type of plasma that creates the Earth’s auroras. That suggests that under certain conditions those images that were drawn in petroglyphs could have appeared in the auroras during ancient times.  Numerous areas throughout the world could have seen similar images in the sky during the same time-frames. Those images combined with their motions and the actions of comets and meteors could have led to the creation of similar myths. The myths led to pagan religions.  No space aliens or supernatural activities were required.

Information in this book includes why some pagan religions thought that heaven was close to Earth, the gods lived at the top of an exceptionally high mountain, there was a pathway between heaven and Earth, there was a trinity of major gods, and the gods had significant events occur on mountain tops.

Details are also included about numerous initial surprises found by space probes and the concepts prevalent in 1950 that led to those surprises. Those concepts also initially hindered the recognition that there was an association between mythology and the ancient sky and the association of auroras, petroglyphs and pagan religions.

Anyone with an interest in myths, ancient religions, petroglyphs, astronomy, geology or the interdisciplinary synthesis of those subjects would find something of interest in this book.

Aerobie Prize Pack Giveaway

Time to try to win some toys again. This one is open through 4/10 to US residents only. Good luck.
Aerobie Pro Ring
Win a Aerobie Prize Pack!
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Hosted By: Mommy’s Playbook

Once a week we get together with other families for dinner and fellowship. Our kids love this because they get to slip outside to play with thirty+ other kids in the dark! Do you remember how much fun that was to you as a kid? I still remember looking forward to neighborhood gatherings when I was a child just so we could play tag or hide-and-go-seek games! Those were some of the BEST times growing up! Even with so many electronic games and toys out there for kids to play with, when you gather kids as a group and tell them to play outside in the dark, even the crankiest teen in the bunch is going to have a great time!

Disney’s Kim Possible DVD Giveaway

Any fans of Kim Possible in your household? If so, you've come to the right place to win a giveaway related to the show. Open to US residents only, ends 4/21.
Kim Possible DVD Giveaway. Ends 4/21

Welcome to the Disney’s Kim Possible DVD Giveaway!

1 winner

Host that put together this giveaway is SaraLee’s Deals Steals and Giveaways

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