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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Aquaseal 2019 Sweepstakes

Last day to enter the Aquaseal 2019 Sweepstakes for a chance to win $1000 to Lumber Liquidators! If I were to win, I'm not sure what I would get right now. Perhaps maybe some wood floor pieces to patch up a hole... in the floor. Thankfully, the puppy seems to have stopped eating it. Giveaway is for US residents only who are 18+. And, again, last day is June 29th to enter. You have through midnigth eastern time.

Returned and Reborn Book Blast

Here we have an interesting historical fiction novel from author Therese Park. As the subtitle says... A Tale of a Korean Orphan Boy. The author seems to like writing stories about Korean life.


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A Tale of a Korean Orphan Boy
Historical Fiction
Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers
Published: March 2019

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More than 200,000 South Korean infants and toddlers left their motherlands in the arms of strangers from the postwar era. "Returned and Reborn: a Tale of A Korean Orphan Boy" is the first novel about such an orphan--a boy fathered by a missionary priest who established the first Catholic Adult Institute in South Korea. This fiction is based on a true story, mixed with Korea's modern history--Vietnam War in which 300,000 South Korean troops fought (5001 were killed); the unintentional harm the American military caused to the Korean people by disposing millions of gallons of toxic chemicals called "Agent Orange" in the Korean water ways and soil; and the Korean society's contempt against children of mixed blood, children born of unwed mothers, and those born with birth defects. It's the story of a young man's journey of self discovery from an aimless American with no knowledge of himself or his roots who returns to his birth country, reunite with his Korean birth mother dying from cancer caused by consuming toxic water over time, but unexpected accident separate them permanently. Yet, through her and his deceased father's former co-workers, he learns of his father's greatness as well as his weakness, as an ambitious American Jesuit who fulfilled his big dreams but caused his birth and troublesome journey as an orphan forced to leave his mother who couldn't raise him. Still, in a mysterious way, he finds his own path--the path to a mission trip to North Korea.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Mars Space Station from PLAYMOBIL Review

I received this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions states are my own and may differ from yours.
The latest Space series from Playmobil has evolved considerly since their early days of Native Americans, construction workers, and knights. While those came out in the 1970s when moon landings were just happening, this latest series brings the imagination of Mars colonization to life.

What You Did Book Blast and Giveaway

Okay, here's a book author of over 60 titles, this latest being a thriller. Read up on the best summer mystery then be sure to enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card. Open worldwide, you have through 7/23 to enter. Good luck.

What You Did
Eva Rae Thomas Mystery Book 2
by Willow Rose
Genre: Thriller, Suspense

Former FBI-profiler, Eva Rae Thomas, faces the most personal case in her career, as bestselling author Willow Rose’s new hit series continues.

Three girls disappear on prom night at the local high school. One of them is the prom queen.
FBI profiler Eva Rae Thomas is chasing her long-lost sister when detective—and boyfriend—Matt Miller asks her to join the investigation of the three girls’ disappearance. They were last seen walking home together after the dance.
When the body of a young girl shows up in her backyard, Eva Rae knows she can no longer watch from the sidelines, and soon she realizes not only is she involved in this investigation, she’s also this killer’s target.
WHAT YOU DID is the second book in the Eva Rae Thomas Mystery Series and can be read as a standalone.

Dog Still Knows Best Book Blast

Having just recently lost our pooch, this book sounds like a great one to check out. Its even the second book in what you might call a series. Could there be a third?

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Two Angels Guide Their Human Through Grief, Learning & Love
Non-Fiction, Pets, Dogs, Grief, Spiritual Growth
Publisher: Annibury Publishing
Published: April 2019

"Truly heartwarming and inspirational! Dogs Still Know Best is a story of love, loss, the long road to healing, and the anti-fragility of the human spirit" ~ Jedediah McClure, Best Selling Author, Myths of Christianity: A Five Thousand Year Journey To Find The Son Of God

A must-read for dog lovers and anyone who has loved - and lost - a beloved dog! In this touching sequel to Dogs Know Best: Two Dogs’ Training Guide For Humans, follow one woman's very personal account of how two German Shorthaired Pointers sparked her spiritual journey, one that allowed her to open her heart, open her mind and in the process, receive amazing gifts, the biggest one of all being her new love, a sweet little Pointer puppy named Minnie. Along the way, there has been a lot of grief, a lot of learning and an infinite amount of love.

The result is a dramatic shift in perspective about life, grief and embracing a new way of thinking. And with all three of her beloved Pointers by her side, every step of the journey is filled with love and support. In fact, there’s a whole cheering section along for the ride!

On the other side, love is everything.

A Readers' Favorite 5-Star review recipient.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

The Bedlam Series Book Blast and Giveaway

A pair of Amazon gift card winners in this series of action-adventure books from author Randall Krzak. Check out their highlights then be sure to enter the giveaway, open through 7/25 worldwide. Good luck.

The Kurdish Connection
The Bedlam Series Book 1
by Randall Krzak
Genre: Action, Adventure Thriller

KURDISH SCAVENGERS UNCOVER A CACHE OF NERVE GAS IN IRAQ AND OFFER THEM TO KURDISH FIGHTERS IN TURKEY. THE SPECIAL OPERATIONS BEDLAM ALPHA TEAM MUST SECURE THE WEAPONS BEFORE THEY CAN BE USED.

In their daily struggle for survival, Iraqi Kurdish scavengers uncover a cache of chemical weapons. They offer the weapons to Kurdish rebels in Turkey and Syria to assist in their quest to free an imprisoned leader and create a unified homeland. After receiving a tip from an unlikely source, the newly formed Special Operations Bedlam team is called to arms. Can the team recover the weapons before it’s too late?

The Kurdish Connection—a compelling read. A story of friendship, danger and intrigue.”—Ann Everett, Amazon Best Selling Author.

... Randall's authentic voice adds a powerful push to keep a reader turning the pages.” —Janet Taylor-Perry, author of The Raiford Chronicles, The Legend of Draconis Saga, and April Chastain Intrigues.

Topical - Engaging - Intriguing – Powerful ... A real page turner.”—Rikon Gaites, author of Mummy's Little Soldier and Darius Odenkirk.

... Randall Krzak brings his wealth of experience living in this troubled part of the world and his military knowledge to bear in this exciting story...”—John L. DeBoer, author of When the Reaper Comes.

"... a journey full of history, suspense, intrigue, and action...a MUST READ for all!”—Les Stahl, Retired NSA Executive.

... Readers need to fasten their seatbelts for a fast-paced tale made believable by a writer who knows what he’s writing about.”—Preston Holtry, author of the Morgan Westphal mystery series and the Arrius trilogy (forthcoming).

A behind the scenes story, ripped from today’s headlines deepening the reader’s understanding of an ancient strife ... filled with the sights and smells of the market place and secret meetings, the reader is admitted to the secret heart, the desperate longings of those that must fight and win, or see continued subjugation by their masters...”—Oliver F. Chase, author of Camelot Games, Levant Mirage, Blind Marsh, and Marsh Island.


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court Book Blast and Giveaway

Did you know King Arthur had a sister? Well, read on to learn of her story in this time travel fantasy then enter to win a giveaway for an Amazon gift card. Open worldwide, you have through just 6/30 to enter. Good luck.

King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court
by Kim Iverson Headlee
Genre: SciFi Time Travel Fantasy

How sick are you of US politics? How doomed is the world because of who has claimed the Oval Office throne—er, chair?


Refresh your spirit by laughing along with what Mark Twain might have written about today’s political falderal.

Solidly entertaining.” —Publishers Weekly

WINNER 2016 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal for Science Fiction & Fantasy.

Morgan le Fay, sixth-century Queen of Gore and the only major character not killed off by Mark Twain in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, vows revenge upon the Yankee Hank Morgan. She casts a spell to take her to 1879 Connecticut so she may waylay Sir Boss before he can travel back in time to destroy her world. But the spell misses by 300 miles and 200 years, landing her in the Washington, D.C., of 2079, replete with flying limousines, hovering office buildings, virtual-reality television, and sundry other technological marvels.

Whatever is a time-displaced queen of magic and minions to do? Why, rebuild her kingdom, of course—two kingdoms, in fact: as Campaign Boss for the reelection of American President Malory Beckham Hinton, and as owner of the London Knights world-champion baseball franchise.

Written as though by the old master himself, King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court by Mark Twain as channeled by Kim Iverson Headlee offers laughs, love, and a candid look at American society, popular culture, politics, baseball… and the human heart.

Mark Twain began work on A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court in 1879—the same year the Yankee Hank Morgan departed for his sojourn in sixth-century Britain. The first edition was published in 1889 and features more than 200 illustrations by the man who later would become founder of the Boy Scouts of America, Daniel Carter Beard. These illustrations are now in the public domain, and a handful have been incorporated into King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court as an artistic homage to this classic edition of the first time travel story in all literature.

Moving Past the Electronic Entertainment Expo

For any individual that enjoys videogames, the Electronic Entertainment Expo used to be the space for everything video games. Companies such as Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft would reveal new consoles, games, and complementary services to the praise of thousands of fans. Before these events, fans would do anything to attain insider information before the presentations took place. Since gaming consoles are relatively expensive, many young adults pledge themselves to one of the three companies above and look at these shows as a means of validating purchases. This year, the Electronic Entertainment Expo seemingly came and went since Microsoft was the only console developer that decided to participate this year. After acquiring Nokia and the Nokia theatre, they still plan on showing up for years to come. Entertainment personalities like David Guillod are seeking different alternatives to capturing the attention of the consumer of today.

80% Off Discount on Stainless Steel Tong Spatula

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When you're grilling, do you alternate between tongs and a spatula based upon what your current needs are? Here's the chance to get a single product that does both at 80% off. The regular price of $8.99 is good, but with the discount code, the cost is only $1.80
I got to try out the product recently and it worked great when dealing with a quesadilla. Was able to lift the one end up to fold with just the spatula, then pick up to flip or at end with the tongs. Can't beat the price.

The Poet of the Heart Book Blast and Giveaway

How about a nice book of poetry? One winner for the giveaway that goes along with the book info. In addition to an Amazon gift card, the winner also gets a swag pack. Open to US residents only, you have through 7/21 to enter. Good luck.

The Poet of the Heart
by LaNona Walker
Genre: Poetry

People can fade away, rose petals can be crushed and things can be lost, but at least you’ll remember how it was. The Poet of The Heart is a poetry collection that touches everything the heart can feel, hope for, cherish, and even regret. In a collection of poems ranging from romantic to heart-wrenching, LaNona Walker dives into her passions and writes from the heart. Fragmented pieces of dreams and losses combine to bring you a touching series of stories that have deeper meanings in their rhymes and lyrics.

Writer Get Noticed Book Blast and Giveaway

Non-fiction book here for the writer in you. Check out the book info then enter to win a signed copy. Open to US residents only, you have through 8/11 to enter. Good luck.

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Non-fiction
Publisher: Midchannel Press
Date Published: March 20, 2019

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Stop feeling invisible and start attracting the attention you deserve.

Have you been writing for years, but feel like no one notices? Have you published your stories, only to gain a handful of readers? Do your marketing efforts feel like shouting into a void?

Veteran writer and motivational coach Colleen M. Story helps you break the spell of invisibility to reveal the author platform that will finally draw readers your way.

There are more books out there than ever before, and readers have many other things vying for their attention. A writer can feel like a needle in a haystack, and throwing money at the problem rarely helps. What does work is creating a platform that stands out, but in a sea of a million platforms, how is one to do that?

Writer Get Noticed! takes a new approach, dispelling the notion that fixing your writing flaws and expanding your social media reach will get you the readers you deserve. Instead, discover a myriad of strengths you didn’t know you had, then use them to find your author theme, power up your platform, and create a new author business blueprint, all while gaining insight into what sets you apart as a writer and creative artist.

Writers need readers to achieve their highest potential. Find your way to stand out, and let it lead you to the writing career that fulfills all your expectations and more.

In this motivational and inspiring book, you’ll learn:
  • Why improving your writing skills isn’t enough.
  • Why it’s critical you discover your strengths...and how to do so.
  • What’s stopping you from finding the readers who love your work.
  • What you really want from writing and why that matters.
  • Easy methods to help you build a more successful author platform.
  • What truly motivates you and how to use that to succeed.
  • The author theme that unites your creative work and fits your style.
  • How imposter syndrome can stall your progress, and how to overcome it.
  • How to make better decisions about your writing career as a whole.

Sundae Flavored Coffee Giveaway

Okay, what's the big deal about ice cream flavored coffee? Is it like ice cream flavored toothpaste, where you might not like the flavor regularly but if they mask it in enough flavoring.... Well, here's you chance to win some. Open to US residents only, you have through 7/15 to enter. Good luck.
Sundae Flavored Coffee Giveaway ~ Ends 7/15 @tworiversco #MySillyLittleGang

Welcome to the Sundae Flavored Coffee Giveaway!

Sponsored By:

Hosted By:

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Co-Hosted By:

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Sundae Flavored Coffee Giveaway ~ Ends 7/15 @tworiversco #MySillyLittleGang
1 Lucky Winner Will receive a 48 Coffee Pods Count Box of Sundae ice cream flavored coffee!
Sundae Flavored Coffee Giveaway ~ Ends 7/15 @tworiversco #MySillyLittleGang

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Once Upon a Death Book Blast and Giveaway

Here's an interesting cover for a mystery novel. As long as the book is flat and not just showing it from the side/spine, I'm sure it will get your attention on the bookshelf. Six winners in the giveaway here, all open worldwide. One gets an Amazon gift card and the others get a copy of the book. Ends 7/6. Good luck.

Once Upon a Death
Days of Death Series Book 1
by Dzintra Sullivan
Genre: Cozy Mystery 

I never chose death—death chose me.
Now I choose change.

Kaah Maah had been the reaper for over a millennia. The mundane repetition of collecting souls night after night from an ever-increasing population was beginning to grind on him. Kaah had witnessed an ocean of unique faces, all confronted with their final moments on earth. Though different in appearance they all showed one final emotion—fear.

Kaah wanted a change. He craved quiet serenity, where he could perfect his yoga poses while listening to his favorite singer Michael Bublè. Kaah wanted nothing more than to retire and become a ‘no one special’ in a ‘nowhere special’ town.

When strange things began happening in Deadend, Ohio, the question had to be asked.

You might be able to take the reaper away from death, but can you ever actually take death away from the reaper?

The Witchkin Murders Book Blast and Giveaway

Check out the latest new urban fantasy series from author Diana Pharaoh Francis. Then, enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Open worldwide, you have through 7/20 to enter. Good luck.

The Witchkin Murders
Magicfall Book 1
by Diana Pharaoh Francis
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance 

Four years ago, my world—the world—exploded with wild magic. The cherry on top of that crap cake? The supernatural world declared war on humans, and my life went straight to hell.
I used to be a detective, and a damned good one. Then Magicfall happened, and I changed along with the world. I’m witchkin now—something more than human or not quite human, depending on your perspective. To survive, I’ve become a scavenger, searching abandoned houses and stores for the everyday luxuries in short supply—tampons and peanut butter. Oh, how the mighty have fallen, but anything’s better than risking my secret.
Except, old habits die hard. When I discover a murder scene screaming with signs of black magic ritual, I know my days of hiding are over. Any chance I had of escaping my past with my secret intact is gone. Solving the witchkin murders is going to be the hardest case of my life, and not just because every second will torture me with reminders of how much I miss my old life and my partner, who hates my guts for abandoning the department.
But it’s time to suck it up, because if I screw this up, Portland will be wiped out, and I’m not going to let that happen. Hold on to your butts, Portland. Justice is coming, and I don’t take prisoners.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Dominion Cove Book Blast

What in the world is pickleball? Whatever it is, the author seems to like it. That, and writing, fantasy novel here, too. Enjoy your pickleball quest.


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Fantasy
Date Published: June 20, 2019
Publisher: Elite Online Publishing

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Bennet lives a charmed life. He’s attending Princeton, has a loving girlfriend, and a supportive mother. He has the world at his fingertips, but something is missing. On a quest to discover his true self, and where he really fits in, he finds himself in the idyllic town of Haven Brooke visiting his cousin James. Yes, Haven Brooke is the perfect place for Bennet to relax and plan his future, but not all is as it seems. The town is concealing a dark secret, and when Bennet stumbles upon it he is transported to Dominion Cove, a land where darkness is waiting to strike. Bennet learns that he may be the only one who can stop the darkness and return balance to Dominion. But will he venture into Dominion to find the darkness? Will he rise up as the chosen one, or will he leave it all behind to return to the comforts of his former life?

Summer in Scotland Book Blast and Giveaway

If the book's heading didn't give the genre away.... we have an historical fiction title for you.  Do you know what a saltire bookmark is? Well, that's the giveaway you get along with the book info. Open to US residents only, you have through 7/20 to enter. Good luck.


Mary Queen of the Scots: The Forgotten Reign
The Legendary Women of World History Book 3
by Laurel A. Rockefeller
Genre: Historical Fiction

Queen Mary Stuart was one of the most beloved and controversial women in Scottish history. The granddaughter of King James IV and his wife Margaret Tudor, Queen Mary's status as heiress-apparent to Queen Elizabeth's throne in England paired with the violence of the Scottish Reformation set the stage for one of the most dramatic and poorly understood lives of the 16th century.


Mary Queen of the Scots tells Mary's true story, focusing primarily on her reign as queen of Scotland, celebrating her life more than her death and showing us all why she was truly a woman ahead of her time.

Features a detailed timeline, a list of Latin prayers with their English translations, and the lyrics to all four featured period songs performed in the book.


**Available in 6 languages!**

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Active Hands, Active Minds Giveaway

Here's what looks to be a fun giveaway, especially for those who want to keep enforcing STEM principles over the summer. Open to residents of the US and Canada, you have through 7/14 to enter. Good luck.
Active Hands, Active Minds Giveaway

Welcome to the Active Hands, Active Minds Giveaway!

Tinkering gives kids experience working in this zone: open-ended projects, goal-directed but unscripted, that require active hands and active minds.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

1 Winner

2019 SMGN Back To School Gift Guide

Here's our latest gift guide. Don't miss the giveaways associated with many of the items throughout the summer. Should be some great items available for you to win, or just read the reviews for the items listed here.

2019 Back To School Gift Guide