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Monday, April 20, 2020

$1,000 for Your Thoughts

You've heard the saying "A Penny for Your Thoughts"? Well, how about $1,000 for them instead? If your daily activities have shifting so you're now working from home when you weren't before, here's the chance to earn some cash.

A research company is looking for one person whose working life has been changed by COVID-19. Maybe you are an office worker who is now based at home? Perhaps you are a working parent who is now juggling homeschooling with your work schedule (not to mention keeping housebound children entertained!) or possibly you’re a freelancer that has lost all their clients, they want you to apply.

If selected, you'll have 87 questions to answer. After satisfactory completion, you'll get $1,000, a $100 Netflix gift card, and some swag. You just have to apply before Thursday April 23rd, 2020. Good luck.

The Next Big Think Book Blast and Giveaway

I haven't picked up a self-help book in some time, except perhaps to sell one on eBay. Is now the time to start again? Here's one to take a look at from author Azza Ezzat. Along with the book info you'll find a giveaway for an Amazon gift card. Open worldwide, you have through 5/10 to enter. Good luck.

The Next Big Think! Possibilities 
by Azza Ezzat 
Genre: Self-Help, Non Fiction 

How often do you dream about your future? And I mean dream BIG about your future! 

Do you have a higher, bigger vision for your life? 
Do you want to take your business or career to the next level? 
Could your relationships be deeper, more rewarding, and more meaningful? 
Do you want to have a greater impact on the world, and know you are making a difference? 
Would you like to develop an unshakable confidence in your ability to achieve any goal? 

In The Next Big Think you’ll receive guidance and support to... 
… TRANSITION from where you are to where you want to be. 
… TAKE CONSCIOUS CONTROL of your life and results. Without knowing it you’ve already created everything in your life. 
… CONNECT with your life purpose so everything you do feels meaningful and worthwhile. 
…GENERATE CONCRETE PLANS that carry the power to change your life. 
… FREE YOURSELF from lifelong blocks, crippling emotions and beliefs that hold you back. 
… DEVELOP a new winning mindset that builds your confidence, fuels your growth, and support you in the achievement of your goals. 
… CREATE ACCOUNTABILITY partnerships to stay focused, motivated, and accountable to achieve the things you set out to do. 

You will be amazed how much your life can change! 

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Masami Travel Kit Giveaway

Most people aren't doing much traveling these days, but perhaps by the time the giveaway ends and the winner gets their prize, times might start returning to the new normal. Open to continental US residents only, you have through 5/7 to enter. Good luck.
Masami Travel Kit Giveaway

Welcome to the Masami Travel Kit Giveaway!

1 Winner
This giveaway is part of our Mother's Day Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products. This Masami Hair Care is amazing and makes my hair feel and look better.

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Get Away With Birdie Giveaway

A women's safety item up for grabs here. Open to continental US residents only, you have through 5/6 to enter. Good luck.
Get Away With Birdie Giveaway

Welcome to the Get Away With Birdie Giveaway!

1 Winner
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Binge Watch Billions, Earn $1,000

Stuck at home with nothing to do? Here's the chance to earn $1,000 in the next 30 days. All you have to do is watch 48 HOURS of the show Billions. That's seasons one through four. If selected, not only will you get $1,000, but you'll also get a Showtime gift card and some show swag. Open to US residents only who are 18+. You have through 5pm PT on 5/3 to apply.

El Gringo Book Blast

Here's a first novel from author Edmond Salus. All it is classified as is literary fiction. Read about how a kid grows up in Guadalajara, among other places. Seems more interesting than that. We'll see.

Date Published: January 2018

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Sonny Galas is an only child being raised by his mother-a widow---and the loving help of his grandfather, also widowed. Living in a Santa Monica apartment complex owned by 'Grandpa' all is well and average for this close-knit family until a certain French family come into the picture, in need of a place to rent. They soon show their colors in various ways, topping it off by slapping a suit on their patient, kind landlord. Sonny's family sees no better option than selling their only asset-the apartments-and getting far away from their Lawyer-packing tenants. Far, as in 'leaving the country', and this is where their true adventure begins. South of the border becomes their new home. 

From their journey through third-world narrow roads, small towns where no English is spoken, to long, hot unending desert roads and through humid coastal towns they continue toward their big city destination, Guadalajara, where their life begins and they encounter everything and everyone from kind helpers to con-artists and crazies and from strangers to good friends, both Mexican and American. From young boy to teenager, as the years pass, Sonny sees it all: his family's ups and downs, the country's ups and downs with its own political third-world corruption, and his own transformation from a simple boy in a new country to a growing youth, fully fluent in Spanish; a devilish yet fun-loving teenager now with roots firmly planted and sprouting happily in his new home, his new country. From the adventures and joys of boyhood with his friends and pals to the wild days through grade school, junior high and high school with the opportunities given him as a bi-lingual kid to living through the set-backs that could trouble any family-Mexican or American-even scare of the faint of heart, he takes it all in; after all, now he's Mexican. The fiestas, the friends, the awesome busy modern streets of Guadalajara in the early Seventies to the early Eighties, Guadalajara, the country's capital of Mariachis.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Waxing Kara Haute Mama Gift Set 2 Winner Giveaway

I don't recall doing something with Waxing Kara, but apparently we have. Explore their products then be sure to enter to win a $168 prize pack. Open to continental US residents only, you have through 5/14 to enter. Good luck.

Welcome to the Waxing Kara Haute Mama Gift Set Giveaway!

2 Winners
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Disappear Muscle Pain Giveaway

If your muscles are aching from all that working from home you are doing, here's the chance to win something that might help. Open to continental US residents only, you have through 5/4 to enter. Good luck.

Disappear Muscle Pain Giveaway

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Body Language Book Blast

In the mood for some short stories? Check out this book of literary fiction from author Marylee MacDonald. Great for those short spirts of time when have other things going on.

Literary Fiction, Short Stories
Release Date: April 17, 2020
Publisher: Grand Canyon Press

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Life-changing moments. Impassioned encounters. Twelve stories at the crossroads of heartbreak and desire.

When a long-lost love comes knocking, a loyally wedded rancher is tempted by old passions. A bartender wrestling with sobriety is pushed to the edge by a familiar barfly. After her husband's death, a famous composer struggles to write a single note.

From international flights to hidden grottoes and a nude beach, twelve wayward souls seek to satisfy their deepest hungers and escape their fears.

Body Language explores our often-misguided quest for happiness and connection. If you like vulnerable explorations of carnal cravings, challenging moral quandaries, and transformative self-reflection, then you'll love these heartbreaking and unforgettable portraits of people yearning for the solace of human touch.

Read Body Language to embrace all that binds us today!

Frank Vaughn, Killed By His Mom Book Blast, Excerpt, and Giveaway

With a title like this book, you almost feel sorry for all the Frank Vaughns out there. Read on about the family saga then be sure to enter the giveaway for an Amazon gift card. You can even read an excerpt. Open worldwide through 4/19. Goo luck.

Family Saga
Publisher: DOA Enterprises

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A dark version of "The Wonder Years," Frank Vaughn Killed by his Mom is "The Great Santini" written by Homer, careening through a coarse world of racism, adultery, abandonment, and even the occasional hope.

It’s summer, 1965. School's out and Butch's birthday is in a few weeks. Perfect; three months of freeze tag, hide and seek and riding his bike way past dark. Well, maybe not completely perfect — Frank Vaughn, a classmate, is beaten to death by his crazy mother for leaving a report card at school. On top of that, Dad is touchier than ever and Mom sadder, so best to hide out next door with his best friend Tommy reading X-Men and hoping for that birthday GI Joe.

But in one night, Butch's summer explodes and he’s now riding across a turbulent and changing Dixie in a white Rambler station wagon, at the mercy of a manic depressive and wildly violent Dad. Like a crewman on Ulysses' ship, Butch encounters a one-eyed evil grandfather, a 12-year-old Siren, the lotus-eaters of Alabama…and Frank Vaughn. If Butch ever sees his beloved sister, Cindy, again, it'll be a miracle. If he's alive at the end of the summer, it'll be a bigger one.

Pediped Giveaway

In case you kid's feet grew and you haven't been able to get out and get new shoes, here's the chance to win some instead. Open to residents of the US and Canada, you have thru 5/3 to enter. Good luck.

I know we're all ready for a new adventure. That's why I'm excited to introduce the new Adventure Line of Spring/Summer 2020 shoes from pediped. 

pediped’s Adventure Line of high-quality shoes  are perfect for outdoor activities. They  come in an array of new colors and styles. The Adventure Line offers eco-friendly, low-maintenance, water-safe shoes that are rugged and functional, yet provide the style and comfortable fit that pediped is renowned for.

The Adventure Line is constructed with an eco-friendly, sustainable luxury microfiber that is formulated without any solvents during the manufacturing process. This process results in reduced carbon dioxide emissions, a reduction in water usage and less use of energy. Crafted using water-safe washable material, allowing kids to run, jump and play in all types of outdoor activities, while providing easy shoe cleanup for parents.

Style, comfort and durability go hand-in-hand with the new Adventure Line. This durable footwear includes a natural rubber sole, toe caps and Velcro straps. The natural rubber sole provides ultimate flexibility, and the toe caps protect feet and provide longer wear for active kids. Velcro straps keep the shoe securely in place while making it easy for kids to pull the shoe on and off. Just like all pediped shoes, the Adventure Line is lightweight, comfortable and stylish. 

Keeper of Lost Souls Cover Reveal and Giveaway

If I counted right, author Kristy Centeno is bringing us her 18th novel soon. Check out this young adult urban fantasy title then be sure to enter the giveaway for an Amazon gift card. Open worldwide, you have through 4/19 to enter. Good luck.

Keeper of Lost Souls 
Keeper Witches: Book One 
by Kristy Centeno 
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy 

Bryn has survived high school bullies. 

She’s fought demons and won. 

She’s even learned to coexist with the permanent haunt of one of her arch enemies. 

But she’s never had to contend with a boy she was attracted too. 

Much less one that was dead. 

When Johnny Zhao’s name pops up in her list of charges Bryn doesn’t think much of him. Until their first meeting ends in near disaster. 

It doesn’t take long for her to realize Johnny isn’t a conventional soul in need. He’s much more powerful than any she’s seen before. He’s a coveted target, one that has much to offer demons. 

Protecting him becomes a priority, one she takes very seriously. 

Now if only she could convince him that he needs her help before his adversaries return to claim what they failed to collect the first time around. 

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Abracadabra Book Blast and Giveaway

We have a magical giveaway to go along with this paranormal urban fantasy novel. Two winners, including an Amazon gift card and some swag. Open worldwide, you have thru 5/10 to enter. Good luck.

by K. Stevens 
Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy 

Magic and mayhem are his middle names. Figuratively. Not literally. He's not sure he even has a middle name, let alone two. 

Rod's a trickster by trade, magician by hobby, and thief by night. But when an old friend hunts him down and asks a favor, he can't refuse. Mostly because she'll likely try to kill him before asking again. But also because it presents a very interesting puzzle: to hunt down what a half-elf, magic weapons, and a killer-led cult of shapeshifters have to do with each other. 

Lucky for him, Rod has the ability to be in three places at once. The problem? Even he can't always tell which him is the real him. 

The Transcendence Series Book Blast and Giveaway

Here we have a three book historical fantasy/sci-fi series from author E A Carter. Each book is free for a limited time, though we've missed the first already. Along with the book info is a trailer and a giveaway for Amazon gift cards. Yes, cards. Three winners, $60 in total, with the top prize at $30. Open worldwide through 5/9. Good luck.

The Lost Valor of Love 
The Transcendence Series Book 1 
by E A Carter 
Genre: Historical Fantasy, SciFi 

"Claim me, and your every movement, every breath, every word will be written upon my heart, for eternity. You will be immortal yet."


Growing up during the centuries-long conflict between the empires of Egypt and Hatti, the young princess Istara is taken hostage by the King of Hatti to secure the loyalty of her father, the King of Kadesh to the empire. Soon her new life in Hatti's glittering capital becomes all she knows. Bound in blood before the gods to Hatti's unwilling crown prince, Istara, now Hatti's queen-in-waiting, learns she will never be loved.

But the drums of war beat again, and when the scheming plans of Hatti's king threaten the existence of all civilization, the gods give Istara a choice: to leave behind everything she knows to save mankind, or remain where she is, powerless, a token on the game board of kings. On the brink of one of the most brutal battles in history, she chooses to risk her life to deliver a message to the only man able to prevent the prophecy from becoming a reality—her mortal enemy, the Pharaoh Ramesses II.

Wounded, cold and hungry, she wanders in the battle's horrific aftermath, and aids a powerful commander, who she learns protected her once, and has been bound to her ever since by a prophetic dream of his future. Despite his resistance, and Istara once more becoming a pawn of kings, they must confront an eternal love so powerful, not even kings, the gods, or death can keep them apart.

The Lost Valor of Love is the first book of the Transcendence series. 

**Get it FREE Apr 9 – 13!!** 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

In My Attic Cover Reveal

Here's a cozy mystery that is coming this summer. It is book one of A Magical Misfits Mystery series from author Lina Hansen. Some of those prior careers she's had typically are not seen together on the same page.

A Magical Misfits Mystery, Book 1
(Cozy) Mystery
Date Published: 1 July 2020
Publisher: Literary Wanderlust, Denver, Colorado

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Myrtle’s aunt is dead—murdered—and she has inherited the Witch’s Retreat, a Bed and Breakfast in the idyllic village of Avebury. Filled with outrageous characters, the old house hides a mystery under its eaves. Everybody is a suspect: Alan, the blue-eyed police constable; Chris, the proverbial dark and handsome stranger; Myrtle’s curvy cousin Daisy; and even Tiddles, the flatulent cat. As Myrtle takes on the mantle of amateur sleuth, she bumbles along in search of answers, digging deeper and deeper among the tangled roots of her family’s history. The secrets she uncovers are more shocking than death: a hidden magical relic, a coven of amateur witches eager to gather her into the fold, and modern witch hunters on the prowl.

Esperanza Book Blast and Giveaway

Explore this latest novel from author Sandra C. Lopez. Then, be sure to enter to win the giveaway of an Amazon gift card. Open worldwide, you have through 5/8 to enter. Good luck.

A Latina Story 
by Sandra C. Lopez 
Genre: Teen Fiction 

Fourteen-year old Esperanza Ignacio could only think of a few words to sum up her life: crap, crap, crap! She was born into a poor Latino family living in a small crummy apartment in the barrio side of town, where the graffiti chiseled more the souls and character of the residents than it impacted the exterior looks of the buildings. Her father was a drunken gambler, and wife-beater who, one cold night, got arrested after a violent intrusion. Her entire circle of relatives consisted of nothing but formers- former drug-addicts, former gangsters and gang-bangers, former alcoholics, former everything. Yep, her life was nothing but a huge load of crap. And she hadn't even started high school yet. 

After surviving a scorching summer heat, Esperanza enters the unfamiliar world of high-school with a tight knot in her stomach. On the very first day, she is sucked into a blunder of catastrophic events beginning with accidentally running into the world's BIGGEST bully. Now, she has made herself the prime target for a main course. And, to top it all off, she has to see this girl everyday in P.E! P.E.-the one class Esperanza truly despises the most. Could life be any worse for her? Well, her family could take in a relative hopped up on drugs, a probable shooting can take place right in front of her, and Esperanza could also sit and listen to the crazed ranting of her loud psychotic mother. Oh, wait, all that does happen. To make things even easier, her best friend, Carla, won't stop trying to marry her off to her twin brother, Carlos. And she has these two puny siblings constantly vying for her attention. God, it's a wonder she doesn't strap herself in a straight jacket and pretend to be Elvis. Nonetheless, Esperanza attempts to get through it all. She is a smart and ambitious young kid struggling to survive her life while fighting to make her mark on the world. Her story is filled with pain, strength, and too much loud bickering. It carries a voice enriched with barrio slang and sarcastic humor. Esperanza illustrates what persistent Latino youth can achieve when they get back up after a fall and keep on walking straight into college. 

"Esperanza is an admirable and too real story of many Latino youths lacking role models, who find themselves lost and isolated in the paved jungles of the inner cities and overwhelmed by the dissonance of barrio life. Sandra C. Lopez has created a resilient and likeable character, Esperanza, who seems closer to a naked truth-seeker than to a barrio kid-desperately trying to get out of a crappy world, but not knowing exactly where she was going to. Highly Recommended." 

Andrea Alessandra, University of California, Berkeley 

"Sandra L√≥pez is a fresh and resonant voice from the Hispanic rainbow." 

Ray Michael Baca Author-"Brotherhood of the Light"

Slumberland Book Blast and Giveaway

You're getting sleepy.... Here we have a biography from author Derra Nicole Sabo. Check it out then be sure to enter to win a STARBUCKS gift card. You have through 5/13 to enter. Perk up.

By Derra Nicole Sabo 
Genre: Biography 

How do you dream? Are your dreams in color or black n' white? Do they feel surreal or all too real? 

Well, I'd like to introduce you to my little slice of bittersweet. These subconscious woods hold every fear and my anxieties masked are as wolves. Nightmares that play on a loop for weeks, even months at a time. Symptoms of waking in cold sweats and shaking. The only moments of peace are found in the sporadically studded dreams that happen every now and again. These woods house every past demon as well as certain past versions of who I once was. This place is worse than death, yet it inspires. So... 

...Before my alarm clock goes off, before I take the last train out of here, I take one last glance back, one last glance at all of the Polaroids pinned to every tree branch, polaroids of every dream and nightmare that have stolen my nights since '95... 

These dreams...these woods...this's my upside down... 

This is my Slumberland… 

Defenders of the Texas Frontier Book Blast and Giveaway

On deck is an historical fiction novel from author David R. Gross. Along with book and author information, you'll find a QUICK giveaway for an Amazon gift card. Open worldwide, you have just through 4/16 to enter. Good luck.

Historical Fiction
Publisher: iUniverse
Published: April 2019

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Jack Hays is just 19 years old when he arrives in Nacogdoches, Texas in 1836. Moment later, when a bully is killed, none of the witnesses dispute that Jack acted in self-defense. Despite his young age, Jack is a man who commands both fear and respect.

Although he is too late to enlist in the fight for Texas Independence, he soon joins the ranging company of Deaf Smith and begins a 13-year history of defending Texans from raids by Comanche bands and Mexican bandits. When he is just 23 he is made a captain of the Texas Rangers and gains a reputation as the fearless leader of a group of young men who will follow him anywhere and under any circumstances. He leads a regiment of Texas volunteers in the Mexican/American War defending U.S. supply lines, finds and destroys Mexican guerrillas, and fighting with regular Army units to gain significant successes. In so doing he earns a significant reputation for bravery and success. Jack's journey leads him to love and marriage and a transformative role in Texas history.

Kids Spring CD Music Collection Giveaway

Have the kids listen to the music with this four-pack of CDs you can win. Streaming isn't the only option. Open to US residents only, you have through 5/15 to enter. Good luck.
Sponsored By: Sugar Mountain PR
Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy
Winner Will Receive:
A Spring Music CD Collection!
Includes the following:

Alastair Moock: Be a Pain: An Album for Young (And Old) Leaders
is a joyful, musical rallying cry for young (and old) leaders in these turbulent times. It looks to the heroes of our past (Dr. King, Harvey Milk, Billie Jean King, Pete Seeger, Cesar Chavez, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X) and our present (Malala Yousafzai, the Parkland student protestors, climate change marchers) to inspire our kids to move the ball forward. The album features guest turns from a powerful and diverse group of musicians and change-makers, including Sol y Canto, Alisa Amador, Reggie Harris, Mark Erelli, Melanie DeMore, Kris Delmhorst, Rani Arbo, Crys Matthews, Sean Staples, Heather Mae, Boston City Singers, and GRAMMY-nominated producer Anand Nayak. Buy On Amazon Video: Planting Seeds

Joybees Summer Shoes Giveaway

Lots of giveaways starting these days. This latest one is for some summer shoes. And, if you're stuck around the house, you can even wear them sooner. Open to continental US residents only, you have through 5/5 to enter. Good luck.

Joybees Summer Shoes Giveaway

Welcome to the Joybees Summer Shoes Giveaway!

1 Winner
This giveaway is part of our Mother's Day Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products. Get Joybees Summer Shoes and you will be ready for nice weather.

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Between the Cracks Book Blast, Excerpt, and Giveaway

Have you found yourself with a little extra free time lately? If you've already done your spring cleaning and got a job on the fall, perhaps it might be time to grab a book or two. Here's an historical fiction novel you just might enjoy. Don't miss reading the excerpt and entering the giveaway. Open worldwide, you have through 4/24 to enter. Good luck.

One woman’s journey from Sicily to America
Historical Fiction
Publisher: HenschelHAUS Publishing

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Join Angela Lanza as she  the experiences the tumultuous world of early 20th century Sicily and New York. Orphaned by the earthquake and powerful eruption of Mt. Etna in 1908, Angela is raised in the strict confines of an Italian convent. Through various twists of fate, she is married to a young Italian man whom she barely knows , then together with her spouse, immigrates to the U.S.