January 27, 2017

Product Review: Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Dog Food

Product Name: Small Breed Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Adult
Brand Name: Hill’s® Ideal Balance™
Disclaimer: I received this product free from Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ trough +Crowdtap
Description: Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Small Breed Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Adult dog food provides natural ingredients perfectly balanced for small breed dogs.
Key Benefits
Clinically proven nutrition that can transform your pet’s life.
Hill's® Ideal Balance™ Small Breed Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Adult dog food provides natural ingredients perfectly balanced for small breed dogs.
  • Fresh chicken #1 ingredient provides lean protein to help keep slim and trim
  • Brown rice with natural fiber for healthy digestion
  • Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids improve skin and coat, guaranteed or your money back
  • No corn, no wheat & no soy plus no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives





I like the fact that Hill’s Ideal balance is good for a dog health. I believe it worth it. It has healthy solution and ingredients. My dog Icicle ate some from my hand. I am sure she likes the new dog food.

I know she was protective of the bag once we opened it and try it first out of our hands. She does not want our cats eating the food. I like the ingredients being on the front of bag and pictures as well. That is a good thing to have along with the what it balanced for and age for though looking for a product that for their dog.

I believe that this will help any size dog for any dog owner.
Where to buy: Amazon

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January 26, 2017

Book Tour: Westobou Gold by Hawk MacKinney

Book Title: Westobou Gold
Author: Hawk MacKinney
Genres: Mystery, Treasure Hunting, Indians, Crimes, Murder, Thriller
Series: Moccasin Hollow Mystery Book #2
Publisher: Sage Words Publishing
Publish Date: 2016-10-09 (224 pages, Paperback)
Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher for an honest review. I am doing a book tour though +Laura Fabiani iRead Book Tours this book is one of them
Description: The Indian Queen would risk torture and worse to keep her secrets from these barbarians in suits of metal and their search for cities of gold. They never found the gold. Empires rose; empires fell, the centuries passed. Legend became fireside myths, but no treasure was ever found. Yet, among the grey-green drapes of wisteria and wild jasmine along the misty shrouded lowlands of bayous and marshes of the Westo River, the folktales persist.

In the lazed creep of a near-tropical dawn lit the pungent Turkish coffee permeates Moccasin Hollow. Beyond the kitchen door Lucky, Craige Ingram’s German shepherd gnaws a favorite bone. Looted burial mounds seem a world away until plundered mounds on Moccasin Hollow land brings amateur archaeologist PI Craige Ingram into the cross-hairs of kidnapping. Stealthy hideaways are concealed in old colonial brick-lined river grottoes beneath the big house of Ardochy plantation. Sex-tape underage blackmail and thrill killings on federal land spur a medical examiner’s preliminary postmortem to more than a hired cleaner’s quickie cover-up passed off as drug deals gone sour. Greed tangles a witch’s pigswill of illicit affairs and murder-to-hide-murder. Shady investigators and shadier politics stir an unexpected concoction that threatens the lives of those at Moccasin Hollow in a spiteful plot against ex-SEAL Craige Ingram and the woman he loves.
Buy the Book: Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble
Are you looking for an adventurous, thriller fun mystery book? Well, Westobou Gold has just about all of it and more. I was brought into the book though an Indian tribe leader. There more to this story and to all the murders. What are Pervis and his crew up to other than underage porn?

The story is about a man named Craige and his love. Will Craige solve the mysteries of the murders that he is brought in though a former member named Bailey? What could Bailey want or his bosses?

We see what Pervis and his crew and Mort Raymond deal with. Pervis is part of the action mostly. If you want to know who comes out a winner, then you need to read the book. I do suggest that children do not read this book without their parent's consent. There are murders involved and some sex tape scenes. I would say this is a book for children ages 15 and up. This is my opinion.

There is crime throughout the book. What can an Indian Queen be an at of with all this and the murders? Hawk MacKinney gives you an exciting and thriller book. You will want to follow Craige and see if he makes it out or who the top dog. Pervis seem to want Craige Instagram out of the picture. What could they be trying to hide?


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Internationally acclaimed author and public speaker, Hawk MacKinney began writing mysteries for his school newspapers. He served in the US Navy Reserve for over 20 years, and was a tenured faculty member at several state medical facilities, teaching postgraduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem, Israel. Since retiring Hawk has authored several novels that have received national and international recognition. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel, was nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award. The Cairns of Sainctuarie, his science fiction series, includes The Bleikovat Event and The Missing Planets, with a third book in the works. Hawk’s latest project focuses on The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series. Book 1 in the series, Hidden Chamber of Death, was released early 2016.

Connect with the author: Website


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January 20, 2017

Mary's Prayer: Amish in the West, Book 2 by Faye P. Baker

Book Title: Mary's Prayer: Amish in the West, Book 2
Author: Faye P. Baker
Genres: Amish, Fiction, Romance,
Series: Amish in the West #2
Publisher: Faye P. Baker
Publish Date: October 27, 2016, (164 Pages, Kindle)
Disclaimer: I received this book from Tomoson for free and an honest review
Description: Mary Beiler is not ready for change. She wants to hold onto the past as tightly as she can. But new roles and relationships test Mary's boundaries as she learns that she must trust God's plan for her life.

Eli Glick used to be a school-yard crush, but she hasn't let herself dream of a future with him. When their paths begin weaving together, she starts to wonder if the feeling she notices towards him might be more than the memories of her childhood.

From Mary's Prayer:

Not so bad! How was that for a compliment! she thought angrily as she stood and stepped towards the ladder. She turned to move down it, but as she placed her boot on the first rung it slid sideways several inches, and she took her foot off.

“Hang on, I’ll hold it,” he said.

He stood and walked towards her, and knelt near the top of the ladder. He held it in place as she turned again and put her foot on the top rung. This time, with his help, it was perfectly solid.

“See what happens when we work together?” he asked, and she felt a smile peek onto her lips despite her upset.

How does he do that to me? she wondered. She’d just been feeling upset and sorry for herself, and now a crack of lightheartedness found it’s way into her heart. It was as if he was bringing out her smiles --smiles that had been buried such a long time that they almost felt strange on her lips.

As she climbed down, she once again found herself uncomfortably close to the handsome man. Eli grinned at her. He was looking right into her eyes, and this made her blush. She was glad, at least, that he was no longer staring at her scars.

“You sure that we can spend this time together, and you won’t fall in love with me?”he asked in his deep voice.

Mary knew he was teasing her, but she felt her heart skip a beat at the flirtatious sound in his voice. Oh don’t flatter yourself, she thought. He’s only teasing you, just like he acts with all the girls. Besides, he likes Abby Trovey. With his face so close, and his blonde hair and good looks only inches away from her, she swallowed hard.

Will Eli Glick see past Mary's scars and into her heart?

Will Mary learn to trust again?
Mary Prayer is a sweet story about one daughter. It a story about trusting god and overcoming fear. They all learn to need to follow god’s path and he has his only plan for everyone.

Eli Glick, starts to find a kittens in the back of the bakery. Mary need to learn to let change happen but to do that you need to let go of your past and see what god plan is. Mary and Eli are weaved together by god and to learn to relax and enjoy life as it.
Will Mary overcome her past and embrace God plan?





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January 16, 2017

Book Spotlight: Let’s Hug: 15 Hugs for Beginners & The Unusualasaurases


There must be over a millions ways to say "I love you" or "I care about you", but with a single hug, even without words, you can simply feel it. This book is for toddlers, and encourages children and adults alike to try out all possible types of hugs. It's everyone's gain.


It took seconds for the sweet testers who accompanied the writing of this book to adopt these 15 ways of showing love, to give and receive it. And our testers are not alone. Recent studies reveal that Oxitocin, the most fun hormone available, also known as the Love Hormone, is released into our bodies when we hug.

Hugs are proven to have a generally positive healing and relaxing effect, since they increase calm and happiness, reinforce our self esteem, and support our sense of connection to those who are close to us. If you'd like to validate these studies, go ahead and hug.

This book was beautifully illustrated by Yuval Israeli, and it's the second creative collaboration between Yuval Israeli and Efrat Shoham.

Buy the Book: Amazon


Ages and ages ago, many different kinds of dinosaurs roamed our planet. Some were as large as whales, while others were the size of small dogs. Some were plant-eaters, while some ate other animals. Some had very long necks and tails, while others were tiny. Some had horns. Some had wings and could fly.

Despite all of these many variations, they were all part of the dinosaur family. And, as is often the case with family, they shared many common features.

No one has ever never whatsoever seen a live dinosaur or spoken to one of them. So, what if dinosaurs could really talk, or smile, cry, dream, dance, play and joke?

To answer all of these questions, all you have to do is become an Imaginesaurus, and meet the Unusualasauruses.

This book is aimed at children aged 4 to 120. It introduces the readers to different types of personalities, characters, and skills and thus helps us to spot them at a glance.

This book was beautifully illustrated by Lilach Ramati.

Buy the Book:  Amazon


 Win one of two copies of Let’s Hug or one of two copies of The Unusualasaurases (4 winners, open internationally)
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Efrat Shoham is an Israeli writer and independent publisher (The Pink Camel).

Shoham grew up in a small agricultural village in Israel. Her father was a farmer and her mother – a teacher and librarian. She lives with her family in Tel Aviv, on a small street lined with eucalyptus, mulberry and loquat trees, where 3 rabbits from the nearby kindergarten run wild.

She thinks and believes that curiosity, imagination, humor, green fields, fresh mango or avocado and pink camels are some of the keys to a good and happy life.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~ Facebook


About the Illustrator of Let's Hug


Yuval Israeli 


"I grew up in a kibbutz in the north of Israel and for years I live in Tel Aviv with Roy and our cat "tsimuki". I studied design and illustration at "Vital" the school of visual arts, which reunited later with "Shenkar".

I also learned classical painting in the "station studio".

I always paint pop icons and characters which affected me, and I also always paint portraits of friends. Besides, I always enjoyed painting all kinds of creatures from my imagination". 

About the Illustrator of The Unusualasauruses

Lilach Ramati

"I majored in visual communication in Holon Institute of Technology. I studied Interactive, but eventually my final project was an illustrated book. Today I work as a designer in games company".





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January 9, 2017

Product Review: Herbal Essences® Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo & Conditioner (#GotitFree)

The new Herbal Essences’ collection is changing the haircare game. With nine collections each inspired by nature, your hair will feel nourished from the outside in. And on top of those fantastic smelling natural ingredients, the collection is specially formulated with a new blend called bio:renew to make your hair more vibrant and full of life. Bio:renew merges the best of nature and science, combining antioxidants, aloe and sea kelp to remove build up and restore softness and shine to your hair.

Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo

  • Crafted with bio:renew, a signature blend of essential antioxidants, aloe and sea kelp
  • Herbal Essences with bio:renew brings your hair back to life in just 21 days
  • Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo has 0% parabens, gluten and colorants
  • Shampoo that is color safe, nurtures and repairs hair
  • Experience the multi-layered scents of fizzy citrus, exotic spices and creamy vanilla
  • For more stunning hair, use Argan Oil of Morocco Conditioner and Oil-Infused Crème with bio:renew
  • Crafted with bio:renew, a signature blend of essential antioxidants, aloe and sea kelp
  • Herbal Essences with bio:renew brings your hair back to life in just 21 days
  • Argan Oil of Morocco Conditioner has 0% parabens, gluten and colorants
  • Conditioner that is color safe, nurtures and repairs hair
  • Experience the multi-layered scents of fizzy citrus, exotic spices and creamy vanilla
  • For more stunning hair, use Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo and Oil-Infused Crème with bio:renew


Herbal Essences does it with their new product which is Bio:Renew, Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo & Conditioner. It got everything you need for a nice and healthy hair. It can repair your hair that been damaged in 21 days or so. By using products that are quite nice and refreshing.

Are you looking for Natural ingredients or even fresh scented or softer hair feel? Well, Argan Oil of Morocco Repair Shampoo has it all and does make your hair feel nice and soft. I enjoy it and love it. It takes no more a handful of the shampoo that makes it feel so good when washing your hair in the shower. You get a fresh scent of Morocco in your shampoo and love the feel of your hair once you are finished with shampooing. I feel light as well.

Argan Oil of Morocco Repair Conditioner goes right with the shampoo. It works just as well. I just love the feel that this gives off once used. I believe it also shines your hair better than any other conditioner. It may even be a bit better than Whole Blends. Argan Oil does something to help with repair of your damaged hair if you are looking for something like that. I found a brand and product that works great for me and I know it works well in my household.
Here is my Photo of me testing Herbal Essences Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo & Conditioner. This is what my hair looks like after doing both the shampoo and conditioner.

Disclaimer: I received samples from +buzzagent  BzzAgent and +Herbal Essences Arabia Herbal Essences® for free and for testing purposes and an honest review. All reviews are my own opinions and words. #GotitFree


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January 4, 2017

Spotlight Tour: The Ghost In Exile


The Ghost in Exile:
A Korthlundian Kronicle
by Jamie Marchant

Genre: Fantasy

The Ghost is going to hell. Not even the goddess can forgive his sins: assassin, oath-breaker, traitor (an affair with the queen earned him that title). No one can ever learn the princess is his daughter. To keep this secret, he flees to the land that turned him from a simple stable groom into an infamous killer.
His mission now? To find evildoers and take them to hell with him. But when an impulsive act of heroism saddles him with a damsel who refuses to be distressed, her resilience forces him to questions why he really ran from his daughter.
*While The Ghost in Exile is related to the Kronicles of Korthlundia, it is not part of the series and can be read as a standalone!

The Kronicles of Korthlundia





From early childhood, Jamie has been immersed in books. Her mother, an avid reader, read to her, and her older sister filled her head with fairy tales. Taking into consideration her love for literature and the challenges of supporting herself as a writer, she pursued a Ph.D. in American literature, which she received in 1998. She started teaching writing and literature at Auburn University. But in doing so, she put her true passion on the backburner and neglected her muse. Then one day, in the midst of writing a piece of literary criticism, she realized that what she wanted to be doing was writing fantasy novels. Her muse thus revived, she began the book that was to become The Goddess’s Choice. The second volume in the series, The Soul Stone, will be released on June 25, 2015.
She lives in Auburn, Alabama, with her husband, son, and four cats, which (or so she’s been told) officially makes her a cat lady. She still teaches writing and literature at Auburn University. Her short fiction has been published on Short-Story.Me, and my story was chosen for inclusion in their annual anthology. It has also appeared in the anthologies—Urban Fantasy (KY Story, 2013) and Of Dragon and Magic: Tales of the Lost Worlds (Witty Bard Publishing, 2014)—The World of Myth, A Writer’s Haven, and Bards & Sages.





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January 3, 2017

Spotlight Tour: iRead Book Tours - 3rd Anniversary

 

At iRead, we give special attention to every book that tours with us. We are passionate about books and we customize all our tours because no two authors are alike.

We don't just market books. We help our authors get the best exposure with traditional tours consisting mainly of reviews. We work closely with our authors and pride ourselves on our highly individualized customer service.

All our staff are book bloggers and authors, so we understand the process and the hard work involved. We've built a solid relationship with our database of reliable book bloggers who are eager to read your books.

Welcome to the iRead experience!

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I love working with IRead Book Tours. She does a wonderful job with us and is a good friend to me though I only been working with her for at 2 years I believe. Laura is easy to get a hold of and will work with you.

If you have a problem, you can talk to her. I have to keep in touch and they have been there for me. I enjoy the feeling of needed but also found someone to understand. I enjoy it and I even found new book authors I have become my favorite authors. I can even say there are some good authors and books on both IRead Book Tours and Itlay Book Tours.

I have even found some new book bloggers to follow. I would enjoy and get some good books to read and giveaways are the best you can do. I have enjoyed this company and will be with them for a long time.
 
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In 2008, Laura began blogging about books shortly after she published her first book. She started Library of Clean Reads, a book review blog, and discovered the joy of reviewing a variety of genres. Her children have joined her in this venture and they spend many happy hours reading books together. A Special Care Counselor by profession, Laura has co-led and developed programs for seniors with dementia, including Alzheimer's Disease. She has a passion for the topic of neuroscience and wellness.

Throughout the years she has met and worked with wonderful publishers, both traditional and indie, as well as publicists and authors. Best of all, she discovered the world of book bloggers--a community of special people who spend their precious time sharing their love of books and all things related to books.

Taking part in book tours has always made Laura feel more connected to authors and the publishing field. She organized her own virtual tour when her book was published and she learned several things. As an author, it exposed her to actual reader views and social media. As a book blogger and book tour organizer, it taught her the amount of work it entailed. And she loves it!

You can find Laura blogging at Library of Clean Reads and Essentially Italian. She is the owner of iRead Book Tours,  Italy Book Tours, and Je Lis Blog Tours.



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January 1, 2017

My Year in Books - 2016





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