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TOS Review: Paperless Home Organization

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Today’s review is for Paperless Home Organization by Mystie Winckler, owner of Simplified Pantry. Mystie has also written two cookbooks, Simplified Dinners and Simplified Dinners Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free. The cookbooks are great, but I was intrigued by the idea of a system that didn’t involve a binder or day planner. I’ve been there and done that, and it just doesn’t work for me.

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2013 WordCount Blogathon

The WordCount Blogathon

Yes, I have gone insane. Thanks for asking. After barely making it through the A-Z Challenge in April, I have decided to take on another blogging challenge in June. The WordCount Blogathon encourages bloggers, authors, and freelance writers to write every day in the month of June. The idea, as with all of these challenges, is to get us writing, and get over the worry that everything we write isn’t perfect. Of course, there is an added bonus, in that when you’re writing on a regular basis, your writing will improve. So, a little closer to the ever-elusive perfection for which we all strive. Continue reading

Book Blast Giveaway: The Hitwoman and the Family Jewels by J.B. Lynn

Summer has officially started and it’s time to get reading!
Win a $25 Amazon or iTune Gift Card 
You could get this summer’s funniest read:
How do you say “no” to a mob boss?
When bumbling hitwoman Maggie Lee is asked by her mob boss employer to kill a cop, she wants to say no.
When her sexy murder mentor, Patrick Mulligan tells her the cop in question is a guy she once dated, she REALLY wants to refuse.
But when her former date, Paul Kowalski tries to kill her, she changes her tune to “Hell, yes!”
Maggie and Patrick grow closer as they scramble to figure out what it is that Kowalski is looking for and what it has to do with her prison escapee father.
Maggie’s search is hampered by the presence of US Marshals hunting her father and her crazier-than-usual family.
Along with her snarky talking lizard, grammatically-challenged Doberman, and a pissy cat, she races to solve the mystery and protect her family. But nothing in Maggie’s life ever goes as planned…. Continue reading

TOS: Scaredy Cat Reading System Level 1 (Pre-school)

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Today’s review is for the Scaredy Cat Reading System from Joyce Herzog, and let me tell you, I had trouble getting away from the kid long enough to write this review. Several times a day, since we received the program, he comes to me and says, “Mama, can we do my reading now?” Lest you think I’m neglecting him, we actually sit down every time and “do reading”. His attention span gets us through 30-45 minutes before he’s ready to move on, but he always wants to do more later.

Joyce Herzog separates the letters into groups according to how the sounds are made, rather than teaching the letters in alphabetical order. For example, B and D are two of the “first name” letters – the sound you hear at the beginning of their “name” is the sound they make. My 4-year-old has been wanting to learn to read for a couple years (he has a big brother he wants to keep up with), but nothing was helping the letters and sounds stick in his head. Part of that was that he just wasn’t ready, and part of it was that I couldn’t find a way to explain it to him so it made sense – to him (it all made perfect sense to me.) Continue reading

Book Blast and Giveaway: Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen by Sally Smith O’Rourke

Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen

Was Mr. Darcy real? Is time travel really possible? For pragmatic Manhattan artist Eliza Knight the answer to both questions is absolutely, Yes! And Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley Farms, Virginia is the reason why!
His tale of love and romance in Regency England leaves Eliza in no doubt that Fitz Darcy is the embodiment of Jane Austen’s legendary hero. And she’s falling in love with him. But can the man who loved the inimitable Jane Austen ever love average, ordinary Eliza Knight?
Eliza’s doubts grow, perhaps out of proportion, when things start to happen in the quiet hamlet of Chawton, England; events that could change everything. Will the beloved author become the wedge that divides Fitz and Eliza or the tie that binds them? Continue reading

Win John D. MacDonald Books in the May There Always Be Books Hop!

This hop is hosted by Literary Addicts and is from May 20 at 12:00am – May 31 @11:59pm EST.

I’ve had a lot of books go out through Paperbackswap, but I still have a large collection, so for this hop, you get to choose from the following John D. MacDonald novels. They are all hardcover, and all are Book Club Editions. You can choose to to take all, or only those you want. There will only be one winner. Continue reading