What the Cat Knew Book 1 of 3 in the Reg Rawlins, Psychic Detective Series by P.D. Workman

 

What the Cat Knew

 

What the Cat Knew Book 1 of 3 in the Reg Rawlins, Psychic Detective Series by P.D. Workman

 

If you’re familiar with P.D. Workman’s other books, you might remember Reg Rawlins as the foster sister of Erin Price in the Auntie Clem’s Bakery Book series. She made a couple of appearances in those stories before setting out on her own in this new series, where she relocates to Florida to find a new place to live and some new victims, er, clients to swindle, er, give readings to. See, Reg isn’t really a clairvoyant, she just wants people to think she is, so she can make a few bucks. But when she sees her dead client alive, suddenly it starts to look like she has some talent after all. But will it be the death of her?

 

What the Cat Knew Book 1 of 3 in the Reg Rawlins, Psychic Detective Series by P.D. Workman can be found online here:

What the Cat Knew by PD Workman

 

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I was given a promotional copy of this book at no cost for the purpose of review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the book. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the author in any way.

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Other Bodies by Joel Ohman

Other Bodies

Other Bodies by Joel Ohman

In a futuristic, dystopian Philadelphia, Hattie Martin lives on her own. Barely surviving since the loss of her grandfather, she is excited when she is given the chance at a new job. But her morals take a serious hit when she finds out what goes on behind closed doors. And, left by the boy she thought loved her, she finds herself questioning her morals once again. Can she live with herself if she becomes another of the patients at MM? Once she decides to go through with an abortion, she finds that things aren’t as straight forward as they seem.

Hattie quickly gained access to many of the labs and offices due to her job title. Then a new friend at the clinic who knew what she was going through helps her have more access. Because of a good relationship with her superior, she was allowed more access than other employees have. Once she learned of the inner workings of MM, she gained access to the highly controlled lab from a handsome young man who quickly offered to help Hattie in exchange for a date. She begins to feel like maybe she could have a chance at making things work out once again. . Is it possible to change things and go back? How far would you go to undo something you did that you regretted? And what would the consequences be?

This book was well thought out, fast paced, and full of details. The characters were believable and I was impressed with the imagery, especially the TEDs. This book thoughtfully debated the idea of abortion and teenage pregnancy in a very well done manner. I was comfortable recommending it to my teen granddaughter. The idea such a place as MM and the workings inside of it are easily possible and believable in the not so distant future. That is what made this not only a riveting book, but a darn scary one at that!

 

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I was given a promotional copy of this book at no cost for the purpose of review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the book. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the author in any way.

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Gotham Steel Set of 2 Nonstick Grill & Baking Mats

 

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Along with the warmer weather comes the barbeque season. We barbeque year round, but we really start amping it up come Spring.  We love to barbeque burgers, steaks, chicken, salmon, even pizza! And dessert isn’t safe either! Fruit becomes even better when grilled- especially served alongside a scoop of luscious, cool vanilla ice cream!

The only thing we don’t like about barbequing is the clean up. If you can relate,  I’ve got the perfect solution for that! I got a pair of Gotham Steel Nonstick Grill & Baking Mats. These mats measure out to 17 x 24 each and come 2 to a pack. The instructions are simple; wash with soapy warm water before the first use, then set down on grill or pan before laying food on top. They cook chicken evenly and will retain its juiciness plus you can slop on all of the barbeque sauce you want without worrying about flare ups. And burgers are juicy as well. Since using mats, we’ve enjoyed some of the best barbeque we’ve had in years! And these not only work for the barbeque- they’re also awesome for use on baking sheets as well! Think messy, sticky cookie recipes. Then imagine no messy cleanup afterwards. I know, mind blowing, huh?

I really like these mats. We had chicken one night, then burgers another. Then I realized my hubby hadn’t cleaned the grill before using them, so the bottom was nasty dirty. literally rinsed the nastiness off in under 2 minutes with no scrubbing. Then I flipped it over and cleaned off the side that he had cooked on. I was lightly scrubbing it with a scrubbing brush and couldn’t believe how easily it was coming off! I actually grabbed my camera because I didn’t think anyone would believe that it was that easy. I totally recommend these mats and look forward to getting more so that I can have a set for baking as well!

 

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I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

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White Bechamel Texture Frosting

White bechamel frosting

This frosting has a taste similar to the filling of an Oreo and makes enough to frost a 3 layer cake.

In a saucepan, whisk together the flour and milk and cook over medium heat until the mixture thickens to the consistency of a thick roux, about 4-5 minutes. Whisk continuously so clumps don’t form. Set milk mixture aside to cool completely.

In a medium bowl, beat together the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and beat for 1 minute. Add the cooled milk mixture and beat on high for 3-5 minutes. If the mixture looks like it is separating, just keep beating.

Once it is smooth and the consistency is thick and creamy, stop beating and assemble cake. Use about 1/2 cup of icing to fill between each layer. When all of the layers are stacked, set aside 1/2 cup of icing and use rest to frost the outside.

A Year of Extraordinary Moments (A Magnolia Grove Novel) by Bette Lee Crosby

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A Year of Extraordinary Moments is the second installment in the Magnolia Grove series. In the first book, The Summer of New Beginnings, we meet the Briggs family. Meghan is the steadfast, dependable sister that has a heart for her family and whatever makes them happy. Tracy is the fun loving sister that grew up too fast and fell in love with the wrong boy. Back home with a baby in tow, Tracy is happy to be surrounded by family as she is dealing with a young child that’s hearing impaired. In this book, we meet Alice, The baby’s paternal grandmother, who discovers that Dominic has had a child and abandoned Tracy and her son. Anxious to meet her grandbaby and to do right by him, Alice tries to talk some sense into Dominic. But he’s not buying into the whole fatherhood idea just yet. He’s still trying to figure out how to make a buck without having to work for it.

This is the second book in the series and could be read alone, however, it’s got so much tied into the first book that I would really recommend that you read the first book before reading this one. Then I would suggest you put both books somewhere that you can find them again because you’ll want to go back and reread them again. They’re that good!

 

A Year of Extraordinary Moments can be found online here:

A Year of Extraordinary Moments

 

 

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I was given a promotional copy of this book at no cost for the purpose of review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the book. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the author in any way.

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Ryan Kaine: The Assessment by Kerry J Donovan

I had read Ryan Kaine: On the Run a few months back and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was given the opportunity to read and review an advance copy of Ryan Kaine: The Assessment and I wanted to read it since the other book was so good. I wasn’t disappointed. The book takes place in a training facility in the desert, where Corporal Jenkinson has been invited to a weekend assessment to see if he would be a good fit for an upcoming job. He arrives late, where the other applicants have already begun the first of their trials. He meets the team and the man in charge, Captain Ryan Kaine, whom he has heard many things about. The diminutive man surprises him and he is underwhelmed but quickly finds himself thinking twice when he sees the man in action. As the story progresses, each character is fleshed out and the plot is nicely filled in. I liked how this story referred to the other book and yet it completely stood on its own, so it can be read alone if need be. I enjoyed this book and intend to read the next book as well.

 

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I was given a promotional copy of this book at no cost for the purpose of review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the book. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the author in any way.

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Good Man, Dalton by Karen McQuestion

Good Man, Dalton

Good Man, Dalton by Karen McQuestion

 

Dalton Bishop has decided that life has more to offer than what he’s seen so far. Disillusioned by the lifestyle he and his friends live, he decides to go incognito and live as a homeless person to see what it is like to walk in the shoes of someone who has nothing but the clothes on his back. He quickly meets a homeless man who shares his story, one that intrigues Dalton, and he tries to follow the man to learn more from him, but loses him.

Greta Hansen  is a good girl who lives a quiet life in a Midwestern town. She is given the chance to go to New York to spend the summer working for her cousin Cece, who is a huge pop star and someone Greta has always idolized. Greta can’t believe her good fortune. But when she gets to New York, she learns that life with Cece isn’t as easy as she thought it would be. Cece’s parents leave town, leaving Cece’s managers in charge. Then she wakes up to find that they have left in the night, leaving her responsible for Cece and all of her scheduling and details. Somehow Greta has to make things work or face the wrath of her aunt.

I’ve never read anything by this author before, but her writing was a delight to read. The storyline flowed and was very interesting. I enjoyed the characters and found them to be believable. I would recommend this story and I will be on the lookout for another story by this author.

You can find this book on Amazon here:

Good Man, Dalton

 

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I was given a promotional copy of this book at no cost for the purpose of review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the book. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the author in any way.

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Crazy Cups K Cups Variety Box

 

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Recently, I received an assortment of K cups from Crazy Cups to try out. I have been enjoying them and I wanted to share the results with you. Crazy Cups are a great selection of perfectly selected K cups in a variety of flavors and sizes meant to satisfy every coffee fanatic out there. Crazy Cups Single serve cups are recyclable and they’re compatible with both the 1.0 and 2.0 Keurig k cup brewers.

They contain an average of 35% more coffee in each cup- 13 grams compared to 8 to 11 grams on average of the other brands. Crazy Cups coffees are made from premium Artisan Roasted Flavored Specialty Coffee. It uses Natural and Artificial Flavorings with no sugar, no gluten or lactose, and they are prepared Vegan, Kosher and Pareve.

 

 

The flavors in the box I received were Oatmeal Cookie, Salted Caramel, Pumpkin Vanilla, Cinnamon Churro, Caramel Sundae, and Bananas Foster. There are tons more flavors to choose from on their Amazon pages by categories, such as: Dessert Lovers, Chocolate Lovers, Flavor Lovers, and even Crazy Cups Custom Variety Pack, which has coffees from other brands in a mix of favorites.

 

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Although I enjoyed all of the flavors in the box, I especially loved the Pumpkin Vanilla . The smooth flavor of the vanilla combined with the rich flavor of the pumpkin combined to make this a rich and satisfying experience. And I never get tired of pumpkin! My hubby loved the Oatmeal Cookie. He loves cookies and thought it tasted a lot like my famous oatmeal cookies. And we both loved the Cinnamon Churro flavor- warm cinnamon with that churro flavor underneath? Mmmm! Who could go wrong with that?

Imagine enjoying a guilt free dessert with one of these delectable coffee flavors, like Bananas Foster Flambe, Chocolate Coconut Dream, Death by Chocolate, Pumpkin Vanilla Crème, the list goes on. And no calories, unless you add your own sweetener or creamer.  I personally like my coffee with creamer in it but I use 2% milk so it’s not so bad. Hubby tends to use flavored creamers but he didn’t need them because these coffees had all the flavor he needed. Woohoo, no more yucky creamer!

Crazy Cups are made for use with the Keurig K cups brewers. Keurig, and K Cups are registered trademarks of Green Mountain coffee and Keurig, Crazy Cups has no affiliation with Keurig or Green Mountain coffee.

 

Crazy Cups has offered to extend a 10% discount to my readers from now until March 31, 2019. Just use the code JEANINEC10 when ordering and the site will take 10% off of your order.

Crazy Cups can be found on Amazon here:

Crazy Cups

 

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I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

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Simon Fayter and the Titan’s Groan by Austin J. Bailey

Simon Fayter and the Titan's Groan

Simon Fayter and the Titan’s Groan by Austin J. Bailey

I’ve read a few of Mr. Bailey’s books but this is the first in this particular series that I’ve read. It’s actually Book 5 in this series. Not having read the preceding books had me at a disadvantage as there were references throughout this book to previous characters and storylines that I was unfamiliar with, however, I still thoroughly enjoyed the story and would still recommend it to anyone looking for a book with a great plot and colorful imagery, plus well fleshed out characters. The author is well read and scatters references to other books and authors at the beginning of each chapter. I found it fun to read each reference and ponder why he had inserted that particular reference. Some made perfect sense, others had subtle innuendo, and still others I didn’t catch the meaning but they showed a well rounded author with respect for other authors both in the past and in the present who had something that had resonated with him.

Simon Fayter has been time traveling with a turncoat loaded with switches that each have some kind of power. The only problem is, most of them have no label and Simon has no idea what will happen when he turns them. In this story, he has landed in a new land while leaving Drake, Tike, and his other friends behind in a dangerous situation. He feels guilty but he knows he had to continue on in order to make the situation work for the better for all.

His travels now land him in Tarinea. Everything is strange to him and he feels out of place. He ventures out to find out if he can make sense of where he is and he is captured along with an old man, a woman, and Tav, who is strangely familiar and someone he had seen on the side of a hill right before he was captured. They are given the choice of dying by torture forever or life beyond pain, but no guarantee how long that might be. He and Tav both opt for life beyond pain. They are immediately taken to a tall cylindrical pit, where it is quickly apparent that they are to fight for their lives. This is only the first of a number of exciting adventures as Simon and his new mate Tav try to figure out how to make it out of their predicament and Simon tries to rescue his friends. I look forward to reading more of these stories and now I want to go back to the beginning to see what I missed. I give this book a thumbs up and suggest that it be read by anyone looking for a great adventure with lots of imagination! Well Done!

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Simon Fayter and the Titan’s Groan  can be found online here:

Simon Fayter and the Titan’s Groan

 

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I was given a promotional copy of this book at no cost for the purpose of review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the book. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the author in any way.

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L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Honey Products Review

 

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I was given the opportunity to try out a few of the products from the L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Line, courtesy of Influenster.  I’ve been using these products for about a month now, so I am ready to tell you about my experience with them.

 

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First, I tried the L’oreal Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Honey Day Cream. At first I was a bit put off by the thickness of this cream. It is quite a bit thicker than any of the creams I have used in the past. However, I continued to use it and found that if I used it on damp skin I was able to get it to spread easier and absorb more evenly than if my skin was dry. I like the scent of this cream- it is a very light scent reminiscent of honey and something else. I couldn’t quite place my finger on it, but it’s quite nice. I love that it is a very light scent so I can use it with my favorite perfume or cologne and it won’t clash. The texture of this cream is very thick and slightly oily. It keeps my skin feeling hydrated all day. I’m not sure that I would like it during warmer weather however, due to the oily feeling.  I will see what I think once Summer rolls around.

 

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Next, I tried the L’oreal Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Honey Eye Gel. This product was a joy to use! It isn’t a magic oil so it doesn’t just go poof and make all the lines and dark circles disappear, but it feels really good to massage on under your eyes. The applicator has 3 little metal balls slightly larger than bb’s.  The balls rotate when they comes into contact with your skin. I noticed that I had to watch which direction the balls were facing in the applicator or they would pinch as they rolled across the skin. Other than that, it felt cool and soothing each time I used it. I find this to be an enjoyable part of my daily routine. I don’t notice any fragrance to this product at all. The texture of the product is a gel, so it absorbs nicely into the skin. I usually use my knuckle to swipe back and forth across the under eye area a few times to spread it out evenly, then it’s good to go. I have noticed that my skin looks healthier and the dark sunken look is much better now. The puffiness is much better now as well. I will continue to use this product and I definitely recommend it to others.

 

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Finally, I used the L’oreal Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Honey Night Cream. I don’t always use cream at night so it was a challenge for me to remember to use the Night Cream on a regular basis. I did forget to use it now and then but I did use it for the most part. This cream is very heavy, like its counterpart. It goes on best if my skin is damp rather than dry. As a matter of fact, if my skin dries before I get the cream on, I have to go back and wet my fingertips down to proceed or else I have to add lots of cream in order to get it to apply to my face. It tends to have a slightly greasy feel to it in my opinion, but it lasts for hours and it really makes my skin feel soft and smooth. I love that it is a very light scent so I can wear it at night and not be bothered by it while I’m sleeping. This cream makes my skin feel hydrated and pampered- I would recommend it to anyone wanting a little extra moisture in their skin. Just remember- less is more.

These products were above average in quality while being very reasonable in pricing, making them a good buy in my opinion.

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I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

 

 

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