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Campus Book Rentals – Save College Students Money!

May 20, 2013

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Now that the semesters are nearly over for most students, it is time to think about the next semester. The costs are skyrocketing! Tuition is one thing but a big expense facing college students is the price of the required textbooks. Many years ago when I was attending college classes, I always chose the used books. I liked the used books because sometimes I would find useful notes or highlights inside. One drawback, there are only so many used books available at the school stores.

There is another way to get the textbooks at incredible savings. Introducing CampusBookRentals.com !

Students get:

- 40-90% off of bookstore prices
-free shipping both ways
-can highlight in the textbooks
-flexible renting periods

The rental process is easy. Start your search for the textbooks you need. They have thousands of textbooks. Searching can be done by ISBN, Author, Title or keyword. The rental term can be for the entire semester, quarter, summer or set the return date you need for flexibility! Once you find the textbook you need, place the order. Shipping is free! The books will arrive in 7 to 14 days. Use the books for your entire term of rental then return. Even the return shipping is no charge to you! Talk about convenience not to mention the savings.

CampusBookRentals understands that class plans can change – so they offer a 30 day Guarantee. Any book can be returned within the first 30 days (of the order date) for a full 100% refund.

Make Money! To help out students even more – they now offer a Rent Back program. RentBack.com lets you rent your books to other students!  Every time your book gets rented, you get paid!!!! The rental process is simple, look up your books on RentBack.com then ship the books to them. They become available to students searching for that title. When they are done with the book, it goes back to RentBack.com to be rented again and again!

 

CampusBookRentals is making a difference by helping support Operation Smile . Every book rented donates a portion of the proceeds to Operation Smile! Operation Smile offers surgery to families in need when a child is born with cleft lip. Way to give back!

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Save where you can! By using CampusBookRentals.com and the new RentBack.com programs, your student gets the textbooks and savings they need!

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Morrigan Cover Reveal Giveaway Event (ends 9/28)

August 11, 2012

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Welcome to the Morrigan Cover Reveal Giveaway, sponsored by Author Laura DeLuca, Mom to Bed by 8, The Sisters Elemental, The Whimsical Pixie, Crones Magical Crafts / Moonwise Creationz, and New Age Mama! This is a giveaway filled with magic and we’re sure you will enjoy walking through the land of Tír Na nÓg with our heroine and all her supporters.  To start off the fun, lets share a little about the YA novel, Morrigan, which is due to be released by Pagan Writers Press on October 31st, 2012!
Morrigan Blurb
Shuffled from place to place in the foster system, Morrigan doesn’t know the meaning of home. Plus, she is different. She has power over fire, the ability to move objects with her mind, and glimpse into the future. Just when she believes her life can’t get any stranger, she discovers her true identity.
Filtiarn, a knight with a dark past and a surprising secret, has been tasked with guiding the heir of Tír Na NÓg through countless perils to be returned to her family. Once Morrigan has been reunited with her mother and grandmother, their triad can save the forgotten land of magic from being devoured by an ancient evil.
Morrigan Excerpt
      Morrigan took out a white candle and a stick of dragon blood incense, and set them up in the corner of the room. She sat cross-legged, and leaned forward to light them. No matches were necessary.  No lighter either. She simply touched her finger to the end of the wick, and with an iridescent spark, the candle flickered to life.  It shone at first with a bright blue flame that gradually settled into a more normal orange. It was the same with the incense—another reason why she preferred not to have an audience.
     She stared into the candle for a moment, and took a few deep breaths to clear her mind of all thoughts but those of the magic she intended to perform. Danu and Dagda sat on either side of her, instantly falling into silence, as though they knew she needed her complete concentration. Their energy beside her only seemed to add to the every growing sense of power that charged the room.
     Morrigan closed her eyes and began to shuffle the cards. As she did, she allowed her breathing to become more even. A silence filled the room as the rest of the mortal world fell away. Soon the only sound she heard was the light thump of her own heartbeat, echoed by the quicker, fast paced beat of the cats’ hearts. She wasn’t sure how much time passed as the cards slipped through her fingers. It might have been minutes. It might have been hours. When she allowed herself to fall into a trace, time became insubstantial, irrelevant. 
     The tarot cards were so old; the designs on the back were almost completely worn away. She had to shuffle gently to keep them from crumbling to pieces in her hands. Yet they held a power that she knew no newer cards could ever offer. As she shuffled them, she focused her energy into them, silently requesting to be given the answers she was seeking.  She allowed the image of her mother to fill her mind. When she finally felt the cards had fallen into the order they were meant to be in, she placed the deck face down on the floor, and cut them with her right hand. Then, taking one last, calming breath, she lifted the top card from the pile. With a trembling hand, she laid it down and read it.
     “Wheel of Fortune,” she said aloud.
      In the center of card was a wheel. As she stared at the picture, that wheel seemed to start turning clockwise. The movements made her feel slightly dizzy. The bedroom around her became more and more surreal.  The scene on the card became her reality. The figure of the sphinx that sat on top of the turning wheel looked so very real. It might have turned its head to look at her. Its lips may or may not have moved. But Morrigan swore she heard a deep, resonating voice whispering the meaning of the card into her ear. Destiny approaching. An unexpected and sudden change was coming—change that could lead to good fortune.
       It was the card of fate and karma returned. It meant that she needed to be prepared—to expect the unexpected. Morrigan knew the cards were telling her something was going to happen—and soon. Her destiny, whatever it was, was about to be realized. Even if it did bring with it fortune of some kind, it still scared her to death. So much so, she considered packing up the cards right then and there. Her rational mind had every intention of doing just that. The problem was, her hands didn’t get the message her brain was sending them. Before she knew what she was doing, she had already flipped over the second card.
     “The Empress,” she whispered. She exhaled deeply. “My mother.”
       It was the only interpretation imaginable. Even as she said it, the pregnant woman, crowned with stars and adorned in a gown decorated with pomegranates, turned to her and smiled. No longer the vague featureless stranger that was there just a moment ago, but the same woman she had sketched earlier that day—a face that mirrored her own. It was an older version of herself, which she saw in the reflection in the nearby full length mirror, had turned chalk white.
     The Empress was a symbol of maternal power—of a strong feminine influence. But could it mean…did she even dare to hope that her mother was returning? She had never allowed herself to consider such a possibility. To dwell on something so unlikely would have been too painful.  But now, with just the flip of a card, she found herself daring to dream it might be so. There was only one way to find out for sure. She had to keep going with the reading.
     “Six of Cups.”
      The third card in the spread represented her past, and even her immediate present. The six of cups specifically symbolized childhood, and she was, technically, still a child. But she had a feeling that her childhood was about to end quite abruptly. The cups in the picture were lined up across a high, stone wall, each cup holding the memories of her past.
     Her past. It was nothing but a childhood filled with longing—longings which were perhaps about to be fulfilled.  She visualized herself taking each cup down from the wall, and pouring the troubling memories away. It was time to start fresh. A new world was about to open up for her. She had known it as soon as she had seen the image of her mother’s face. But what would that world be like? What was waiting for her in the future?
     Morrigan turned over the fourth card.
     “The Knight of Wands.”
      The man on the horse carrying the staff had her baffled. Not because she didn’t know its normal meaning, but because as she stared at the card, it began to take on the physical attributes of the knight in her drawings.  He had the same long dreadlocks, the same bewitching stare, even the same cocky smile. It was not at all the blank face that was nearly worn away from time that should been staring back at her. Yet, the familiarity did not cancel out the meaning of the card. The knight of wands was representative of a dark man filled with a kind of honey-tongued charm. He was also fiery and arrogant, a man with a definite possibility of a dark side. If the knight of wands was coming into her life, she knew she needed to proceed with caution.
      She thought she was done with the fourth card, and was preparing to move on to the next, when once again, she found she had lost control of her own body. This time, her hands refused to move, while her eyes forced their way back to the knight in the card. She watched as the longhaired stranger began to move forward—wondering over various landscapes—some high mountains, some meadows and fields ripe for the harvest. He kept looking back over his shoulder, as though he were speaking to someone. He was on a journey, and he wasn’t alone. Morrigan didn’t need to see his companion to know who it must be.
     So, her journey would soon begin, and she wouldn’t be traveling alone. She would have a guide. Whether or not that would be a good thing was another question best left to the cards to answer. However, the next card told her nothing she didn’t already know.
      “The Moon,” she said. “Caution.”
      It was a scary card. It warned of tricks and illusions. The two howling wolves that stood under the moon looked back at her menacingly, growling, showing their pointed fangs in a snarl.  For the first time since she began the reading, Danu and Dagda made their presence known by lifting their heads and hissing threateningly in the direction of the beasts.
      Even the cats sensed it. The journey she was about to embark on wouldn’t be all fun and family reunions. There would be obstacles and deceit, most likely from people she though could be trusted. The moon was a sign that danger was certainly awaiting her. In was an ominous omen.
      “Shhhh.”
     She hushed the still hissing cats, and gave them each a gentle stroke to try to settle them down, though she was far from settled herself. Again she felt the urge to stop the spread. Her instincts were telling her that no good was going to come out of this reading. That she was only going to scare herself. She should never have done it in the first place. When would she learn that sometimes it was best to just let life play out without interference or prophetic warnings? Then again, she knew that to be forewarned might be her only advantage. So with more bravery than she felt, Morrigan flipped over the final card.
      “No…” she gasped when she looked down at the terrible, skeletal face.  “Oh no…”
     She should have known. She thought perhaps a part of her did know even before she glanced down at the gruesome scene—a skeleton with a scythe in a field of body parts. With the divination going in the direction it was, what else could be the final outcome?
     “Death,” she whispered. “Death.”
     She knew that in most cases, the death card was more a symbol of personal transformation than literal death. But a deeper sense of understanding told her that this time the card was meant to be taken literally. She saw only glimpses and shadows in her mind. Brief flashes of faces, some familiar, like her mother and the knight—some still strangers, like a beautiful, almost angelic blonde woman in a flowing white gown. But around them all, including herself, she saw the shadows of death. Someone would die. That was certain. Whether that person was Morrigan or someone else, neither the cards nor her sixth sense was willing to reveal.
         Morrigan felt decidedly shaky as she gathered up her tarot cards. She placed them securely in the bottom of her bag just as she heard the door downstairs slam shut. The reading hadn’t made everything as crystal clear as she had hoped, but one thing was certain. She would soon be leaving on a journey—a journey that would undoubtedly end in death.
About the Author
Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children. She loves writing in the young adult genre because it keeps her young at heart.  In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the sole author of a  review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years
Other Books By Laura DeLuca

Available  for $3.99 in e-book format or currently $15.73 for print copies on Amazon.

The “Phantom” was a musical phenomenon that Rebecca had always found enchanting. She had no idea that her life was about to mirror the play that was her obsession. When her high school drama club chooses “Phantom” as their annual production, Rebecca finds herself in the middle of an unlikely love triangle and the target of a sadistic stalker who uses the lines from the play as their calling card.

Rebecca lands the lead role of Christine, the opera diva, and like her character, she is torn between her two co-stars—Tom the surfer and basketball star who plays the lovable hero, and Justyn, the strangely appealing Goth who is more than realistic in the role of the tortured artist.

Almost immediately after casting, strange things start to happen both on and off the stage. Curtains fall. Mirrors are shattered. People are hurt in true phantom style. They all seem like accidents until Rebecca receives notes and phone calls that hint at something more sinister. Is Justyn bringing to life the twisted character of the phantom? Or in real life are the roles of the hero and the villain reversed? Rebecca doesn’t know who to trust, but she knows she’s running out of time as she gets closer and closer to opening night. Only when the mask is stripped away, will the twenty first century phantom finally be revealed.

Destiny
Available for only $.99 in e-book format or $14.95 for print version on Amazon.

Gabriella is a witch. The problem is, she doesn’t remember. She repressed the memories of her powers years ago when her mother was murdered. Now, the warlock who was responsible for her mother’s death has set his sights on Gabriella. He is determined to use her fear to turn her to the dark side of magick…even if it kills her. Her mother’s spirit is reaching out to warn her, but even that she pushes away. Desperate to save her daughter, the spirit finds a male witch–one that just happens to be in love with Gabriella. Darron is more than willing to help but the two young witches will have way more to battle than just an evil warlock. There are overbearing jocks and petty rich girls who get tempers flaring and often set Gabrielle and Darron at odds.

There is more to the story than Gabrielle and Darron could even imagine. There are terrible secrets to be revealed, battles to be waged, and lives will be lost. Only after Gabrielle and Darron both come to terms with who they really are, and open themselves up to the true meaning of magick, can they have any hope of fulfilling their destiny.

Destiny Unveiled
Available for only $3.99 for e-book version or $14.89 for print version on Amazon.

Gabriella and Darron thought their magickal battle was over when they defeated the evil warlock, Richard. When her Aunt Donna seeks Gabriella’s help in rescuing her catatonic daughter from the Dark Coven, Gabriella discovers that her cousin holds a power within her that would be catastrophic in the hands of the evil witches. Gabriella’s coven sets out on a journey that may be their last. Along the way, they meet new allies, face devastating treachery, and battle not only the Dark Coven, but the darkness within themselves. When Gabriella finally comes face to face with the cousin she never knew existed, her true destiny is unveiled, and the fate of the mortal world is in her hands.

THE GIVEAWAY
And now for the exciting part! Three fabulous Etsy shops have created original works of art to go along with the Morrigan cover! Below you fill find the prizes they are sponsoring, as well as links to their shops in case you would like to order any of their wonderful products for yourselves.
The Whimsical Pixie offers an array of unique hand crafted items for the altar, home and garden for practicing pagans and the whimsical at heart. New for Spring, The Whimsical Pixie has Sabbat kits, ritual kits and more to enhance your celebrations.
Paula from the Whimsical Pixie has created a beautiful wood burned tarot card box emblazoned with the Celtic symbol featured in the title of Morrigan. The box has special significance to the story. If you read the excerpt above, you will see that Morrigan is quite gifted with Tarot cards.   The box measures 5.25″Lx3.25″Wx2″H; retail value $26.99; tarot cards not included.
The Sisters Elemental offer natural luxury bath salts, cold process soaps, hand and body lotions, and other spiritual & inspirational tools to help you connect to the Universe. They hope you enjoy them as much as they enjoy creating them! Much love and light to you and yours, ~*Earth*~, ~*Fire*~, and ~*Water*~
Commissioned by Laura DeLuca to make something that will pull you in to the world of Morrigan, the main character of her to-be-released book Morrigan, we think that this combination will bring you to her world. A mixture of Dragon’s Blood, Cypress, and Sweet Orange essential oils with an accent of Hibiscus petals will leave you feeling blessed by the goddess and wrapped in magick. Created by ~*Fire*~
Using seashells from the beautiful beaches in Florida, I hand painted the Elder Futhark rune symbols on each shell. Used like regular runes, they give guidance for almost anything imaginable. The most amazing part about these is the connection to the ocean. They are infused with the sea, and loving thoughts of peace and love from me, as I painted them. I believe you’ll find these an amazing addition to your divination tools. And maybe even feel a little more connected to the ocean and it’s life!
Mother Earth handmade cold process soap ~ very outdoors and earthy; made with cypress, cedarwood, fir needle, wintergreen, and patchouli essential oils and lightly colored with green zeolite clay. Get in touch with Mother Nature herself! ~*Earth*~ Creation: All my soaps are infused with positive energy, love, and made with 100% natural vegan ingredients right in my own kitchen. Approximately 4.5 oz bar.

Moonwise Creationz / Crones Magical Crafts

Moonwise Creationz/Crones Magical Crafts offers Jewelry Design and Fine Crafts ! Inspired by Mother Moon and the divine feminine. Goddess Jewellery, priestess crowns, ritual tools. altar sets, charm bracelets. Pentacles,and sacred symbols, amulets and all things magical!

Commissioned exculsivly for Author Laura Deluca in celebration of her latest novel Morrigan.
This one of a kind jewellry set features bold and striking colors of Baby and periwinkle blues accented with pastel greens. Made with gemstones of sodalite crystals,and Tiara crystal beads and glass pearls accented with delicate silver filigree and celtic knot beads.The focal Of the necklace is a striking sodalite cabochon with a detailed silver celtic triquetra knot ,set on a filigree cameo frame.
The set comes with a matching charm bracelet, and earrings.
Retail Value of 70.00$
Compliments Of Crones Magical Crafts & Moonwise Creationz
Denise Reid * Jewelry Artist
Author Laura DeLuca is also offering a signed copy of her debut novel, Destiny, a rose quartz pendant, three packs of incense, three crystal points, a clear crystal pendant, and a geode.  ARV: $50.
And finally, our two sponsoring mommy bloggers are each tossing in a $25 Gift Certificate to Amazon for a total of $50 . The total value of the complete prize package is well over $300! One lucky winner is going to walk away with all this fantastic swag!  To enter, just fill out the rafflecopter form below. Giveaway is open to the US & Canada, but please note the prize in is US dollars. The giveaway will end at 12:01 est on 9/28/12.  Winner will be selected at random and will have 48 hours to reply to the winning notification before another winner is selected.

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A super huge thank you goes out to all the wonderful sponsors as well as the bloggers and authors who helped make this giveaway possible!  We would also like to thank Paragraphic Designs for designing the beautiful cover for Morrigan!

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Puzzles for Spring Break – Book Giveaway (closed)

April 2, 2012

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Spring Break is here or almost here. How about keeping your brain active with puzzles! Are you good at puzzles? How about Logic Puzzles? Those brain teasers that challenge kids and adults alike. Stephen P. Ryder, aka “The Puzzle Baron,” founder and editor of the Puzzle Baron network of websites (PuzzleBaron.com), has created Logic Puzzles Volume 2. This book contains 200 never before released grid-based puzzles!

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What is a Logic Puzzle? The type of puzzle in Logic Puzzles is the logic grid. In each puzzle you are given a series of categories, and an equal number of options within each category. Each option is used once and only once. Your goal is to figure out which options are linked together based on a series of given clues. Each puzzle has only one unique solution, and each can be solved using simple logical processes (i.e. educated guesses are not required).

Maybe logic puzzles have you stumped – Try your hand at the brain teasing number game Sudoku. I actually find this numbers game fun and challenging. I sure go through a lot of pencil erasers. Puzzle Baron’s Sudoku book contains 400 puzzles from easy to difficult. It can keep you seeing numbers for hours.

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I am more of a visual learner, my brain likes to look at pretty pictures. Here is a fun book everyone can enjoy – The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Picture Puzzles Volume 2. Inside is a treasure trove of full color photo fun. Find the differences featuring more than 100 puzzles. Unscramble puzzles to find which one is different. If you get stuck you can check the answer key to get a hint. You need sharp eyes to find the differences in these gorgeous photos. Grab a cool drink and play awhile.

picture puzzles

Look for these three fun brain challenging books at your favorite book seller.

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Pie it Forward Day – Wild Blueberry Pie Recipe from #pieitforward Cookbook

March 14, 2012

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Today 3/14 is Pie it Forward day at Abrams Books. A fabulous new cookbook featuring pies, tarts, tortes and more titled Pie it Forward redefines pie!

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Gesine Bullock-Prado – the author of Sugar Baby releases this sweet treat of a cookbook. Inside the recipes include a new frontier of pies sweet and savory! Attempting to make a pie can be intimidating. Gesine provides her many tips to make pie life easier. Even more tips can be found on pieitforwardcookbook.com. Any pie eater and baker will tell you the crust is the key. In the basics are many different recipes for the perfect crust with amazing full color instructional photos.

What is your favorite type of pie? Are you a fruit pie or a cream pie devotee? My personal favorite pie is blueberry. For Pie it Forward day, Gesine is sharing her  Wild Blueberry Pie recipe. You can download a copy of the recipe as well as watch her make pie magic in her video demonstration.

The recipes are delectable! Try your pie making skills with German Apple Custard Tart or Sticky Toffee Pudding Tart. Savory pies such as Pork Pies, Cornish Pastries and Chicken Pot Pies sure to make hungry family members love pie for dinner! Once you master the scrumptious pie recipes, it is time to Pie it Forward. Take the skills you used in the early chapters then create masterpeices of stacked pastries and signature creations! It is a treat for the eyes as well as a pure edible delight!

I am loving the Wild Blueberry Pie recipe with at least a dozen others I would love to make. Sugar Cream Pie is requested by my hubby!

Look for Pie it Forward by Gesine Bullock-Prado coming soon in April.

Pie It Forward

Pies, Tarts, Tortes, Galettes, and Other…

By Gesine Bullock-Prado; illustrated by Tina Rupp

EAN: 9781584799634

Price: 29.95

Many thanks to Abrams Books for providing the review copy.

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Holiday Gift Idea: Robert Rose Cookbooks – Giveaway (Closed)

December 17, 2011

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One of my favorite gifts to give is a cookbook! My sister loves cooking and baking so finding cookbooks for her is simple. A few years back she went on a quest to make a different recipe every day for an entire year without any repeats. It was a fabulous year! Between the two of us, we have enough cookbooks to do that for probably 10 years or more.

One can never have enough cookbooks!

Robert Rose publishes a wide variety of cookbooks. I love their cookbooks! The topics have something for everyone. Here are a few titles perfect for holiday gift giving:

750 appetizers750 Best Appetizers -  Does someone you know host a lot of parties? With this book, they will never run out of Appetizer ideas. 16 chapters covering everything from dips and spreads to cheese, seafood, wraps and rolls plus countless finger foods. The recipes will make your party the event to be at! A sample of recipes – Pancetta Wrapped Scallops, Goat Cheese and Sun Dried Tomato Crostini, and Walnut Dusted Cheese Balls. Delicious ideas for the best party food ever! Over 600 pages! $24.95 ISBN 9780778802723. 750 Best Appetizers on Amazon

potato recipes300 Best Potato Recipes – A Complete Cook’s Guide to everything potato. Did you know there are over 4000 edible varieties of potatoes? With this gem of a cookbook, any potato love will find inspiration for cooking with your favorite spud! Think outside the potato skin and make something other than a baked potato or fries. Inside you will find recipes like – Sweet Potato Pancakes with Maple Butter, Dark Chocolate & Orange Potato Cheesecake, Green Curry Chile with New Potatoes and many more. Appetizers, Soups, main courses desserts all can be made with potatoes. $24.95 ISBN 9780778802785 300 Best Potato Recipes on Amazon

rice cooker recipes300 Best Rice Cooker Recipes – I have only been using my rice cooker for rice, imagine that! With this cookbook you will find it can be used for making a wide variety of meals. Of course there are many rice recipes, but there are more like Moroccan Bean Dip, Tuscan Wheat Berry Soup, Bombay Turkey and Rocky Road Polenta Pudding. Besides rice, what else can you make in a rice cooker? $24.95 ISBN 9780778802808 300 Best Rice Cooker Recipes on Amazon

gluten free bakingThe Gluten Free Baking Book – For those needing to watch the Gluten in foods, here is a wonderful cookbook with 250 Small Batch recipes. From brownies to cheesecakes, biscuits, scones, pizza and more favorites! A few recipes include: Classic Banana Bread, Hazelnut Chocolate Brownies, Peach Sponge Pudding and Florentine Pizza. $24.95 ISBN 9780778802747 The Gluten Free Baking Book on Amazon

tagine150 Best Tagine Recipes – Here is an exotic cookbook. Tagines are names after the Moroccan Dish and the pot used for preparation. It is a slow simmer of meats and vegetables with a mixture of exotic spices. Try something new! Dips, salads, street food, and sweets with an exotic flare are inside. Recipes include: Beef tagine with Squash and Beets, Fruits de Mer Tagine, Lentin and Almond Tagine. Be adventurous! $24.95 ISBN 9780778802792  150 Best Tagine Recipes on Amazon

Look for these cookbook titles plus many more at Robert Rose.

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Three lucky readers will each win one of these three cookbooks (randomly chosen title)

150 Best Tagine Recipes

300 Best Rice Cooker Recipes

Gluten Free Baking Book

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• Tell me in a comment which of the cookbooks mentioned you are most interested in.

Additional optional entries: Eligible after completing mandatory entry above: You can do any or all of the following for one entry each unless stated otherwise. Please leave a separate comment for each that you have done.

• Visit Robert Rose and tell me any other cookbook you would love to have.

• Like One 2 Try on Facebook.

• Tweet about this giveaway and leave a link to your tweet (Can tweet once daily, tweet button above).

Giveaway ends on December 30th, 2011 at 11:59 PM Pacific time. ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD and IP address. Open to Continental US and Canada addresses only. No PO Boxes. Must be 18 years of age and over. Winner will be chosen randomly using “And the Winner is plugin” and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. To be fair to everyone, comments not meeting requirements will be deleted. Rules.

Many thanks to Robert Rose for providing the review and giveaway product.

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Holiday Gift Idea: The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes–Giveaway (Closed)

December 12, 2011

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With all the hustle and bustle of getting ready for the holidays, I find myself setting up my slow cooker to do all the work getting dinner ready. There is something comforting about walking in the door to the fragrant enticing aroma of a home cooked meal simmering away in the slow cooker. Dinner is done with very little effort.

150 Slow Cooker recipes

Today’s busy lifestyles can really benefit from a good reliable slow cooker. The many different recipes to make are sure to please all your hungry tummies. I am loving a great cookbook from Robert Rose  – The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes – Second Edition by Judith Finlayson. You can make a lot more than just tossing together a stew.

In the appetizer section – how about trying Zest Crab Spread for a party, or the Kid’s Favorite Fondue for a rainy afternoon? There is a very tempting recipe for Hot Roasted Nuts. Wow nuts made in the slow cooker. Imagine the happy faces munching on these at a dinner party.

Soups – Delicious ideas from vegetable soups to Caribbean Pepper Pot Soup plus Mom’s Chicken Noodle Soup.

Beef – I can wait to make my hubby the Down Home Smothered Steak or the Tailgaters Favorite Stew. He loves anything made with beef.

Chicken – I am leaning towards trying the Spicy Chinese Chicken or the Chicken in Onion Buttermilk Gravy. Yum!

Something I have never used my slow cooker for is to make desserts. I wonder why? There are more than 20 scrumptious desserts recipes to make in The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes. I think I need to get another slow cooker just for dessert making.

These chapters and more can be found in The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes. There are lots of tips for using the slow cooker as well as choosing the right one for the recipe.

Let your slow cooker do the cooking for you. Toss in a few ingredients and your done. How easy is that! Books make great holiday gifts! They are easy to wrap and very useful. Just a thought – if you are giving someone a slow cooker, get this book to go with it!

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Many thanks to Robert Rose for providing the review and giveaway product.

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The Black Shard: Sequel to The Magic Warble – Now Available!

December 3, 2011

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I read a variety of books. Mystery, fiction, non-fiction, fantasy and many more. It is a rare treat that a book makes such an impression I want to be part of the story. The writing brings me right into the action. One such book is The Magic Warble.

 

Magic Warble

I had the pleasure of reading The Magic Warble by Victoria Simcox last year. It is a fantasy adventure in the land of Bernovem. A young girl finds herself transported to this magical land where she encounters fairies, gnomes, and of course an evil Queen. You can read my review of The Magic Warble here.

I am so excited to tell you there is a sequel to The Magic Warble recently released! The fantastic adventure of Kristina continues in Bernovem in The Black Shard. This time she is unwillingly accompanied by her schoolmates in a thrilling and often dangerous escapade.

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Kristina’s stay at summer horse camp is horrible to say the least, and it’s all because Hester and Davina are there as well, making her life miserable. When Hester’s cruel prank goes terribly wrong, it’s actually what sends the three girls back to the magical land of Bernovem. In Bernovem, Kristina is very excited to see her former friend, Prince Werrien. When he invites her to sail with him on his ship to his homeland Tezerel, putting it simply, Kristina can’t refuse.

Reunited with her gnome, dwarf, animal, fairy friends … and best of all, Werrien, things seem like they couldn’t get any better for Kristina. But when Werrien becomes fascinated with an unusual seeing stone, the “Black Shard”, Kristina is haunted by a ghostlike old hag. Struggling against suspicion, guilt, illness, and ultimately the one who wants to possess her soul, Kristina will see it’s in her weakest moment that she will encounter more strength than she has ever known.

I have only begun reading this amazing sequel. I am just as much drawn into the story as the first book. The genre is considered young adult and it has been a favorite of many teens. I found the writing entertaining for adults. The descriptions of the fabulous places and the interaction with the well written characters, is a joy to read. The story is imaginative but written with such reality – you swear there is a fairy sitting with you, turning the pages!

I suggest you read The Magic Warble before starting The Black Shard. Then you will understand the characters and the magical place of Bernovem. I can’t wait to find out how the story ends!

Purchase The Black Shard from Amazon or from My Book Orders.com. If you or your young adults have read The Magic Warble, The Black Shard will be a welcome Holiday Gift!

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Five Star Publications – Book of Choice Giveaway (ends 11/29)

November 17, 2011

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I am always on the lookout for new cookbooks. I enjoy reading them. I have a collection of cookbooks dating back to the 1880’s. It is very interesting to me to read about the preparation methods and the ingredients. It is like a time capsule.

Five Star Publications understands the importance of books. Started in 1985, Linda Radke became a self publisher. Over the years her company grew to include book publishing, marketing, consulting and production. Her dedication to books and the field of publishing has developed book titles everyone can enjoy.

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Five Star Publications was so kind to indulge my cookbook obsession with Legends in the Kitchen: Celebrity Recipes for a Cause. This amazing compilation of recipes from some of the most talented celebrities around is a delight to browse. You can cook with the stars! A portion of the proceeds from each sale of Legends in the Kitchen Cookbook, benefits the Motion Picture & Television Fund which helps with services and programs such as health services, charitable services, and children’s services.

The recipes are exciting!

Just a few of my favorites:

Cheese Enchiladas by Debbie Reynolds

Beef Stew with Walnuts by Betty Ford

Cajun Corn Chowder by Dick Clark

Great Guac by Beau Bridges

Cheese Nut Loaf by Dennis Weaver

and many more.

Main dishes, Vegetables and Soups, Desserts, Dips and Breads are included in this easy to read cookbook. Take a trip down memory lane with the celebrities. Legends in the Kitchen would make a great gift for star struck fans and cooks alike! Look for Legends in the Kitchen at your favorite book seller or order online.

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Five star Publications is offering a sale for members who join their Five Star Book Nook Club.  There is no fee to join! By joining you will receive a 25 percent discount on books purchased online from Five Star directly as long as you agree to buy 12 in one year’s time. The book selection covers something for everyone! You will love the prices too! it really is cheaper by the dozen! Buy one book at a time or all 12 at once! Books make excellent, practical, holiday gifts plus they are easy to wrap! Shop Now Online!

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Love Books?

Here is your chance to win!

ONE lucky reader will win their choice of any book from the Five Star Book Nook Catalog.

Thanks very much Five Star Publications!


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Holiday Gift Idea – Linda Evans: Recipes for Life – Book Review

November 16, 2011

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Linda Evans is one of the most glamorous beauties I have ever seen. Her work over the many years in well known television productions brought her grace and style to many homes. Who can forget her portrayal of Krystle Carrington on Dynasty? She has won five People’s Choice awards and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Her adventures in front of and behind the cameras, has been a reflection of everything she loves. During her adventures she developed a love for food and sharing this passion with her friends. In Recipes for Life: My Memories – she shares her memories of her life plus acting career intertwined with fond food memories including many recipes. She has always been happy in the kitchen.

I enjoyed the trip down memory lane with Linda. Her warmth comes through in the stories she tells. Her love of good foods gives us very interesting recipes from her family and good friends she has met along the journey. Bringing together friends for a home cooked meal is one of Linda’s passions.

The photos are a trip back in time. There are several photos included with the stories. I enjoyed reading about her childhood and her mom’s Hotdog Stew recipe is included. Her friends were a big part in the collection of recipes. She shared her meetings with John Wayne and his wife plus the Duke’s recipes of Crab Dip Omelet and Green Chile and Cheese Casserole are included. There are many more recipes from friends.

Here is one of Linda’s Recipes:

Linda’s Famed Artichoke Dip
By Linda Evans,
Author of Recipes For Life: My Memories

I’ve been making my artichoke dip for years. Practically everyone who has ever tasted it has asked me for the recipe. It’s perfect for large parties or for smaller, intimate gatherings. Or when your husband’s ex-wife comes to dinner! The secret here is to use the artichoke bottoms, not the hearts. Artichoke hearts may be easier to find, they don’t produce the same results. The recipe easily doubles or triples for large gatherings. You can also replace the artichokes with 7 ounces of lump crab meat for a delicious variation.

MAKES 6 SERVINGS

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
½ cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Tabasco (or more, to taste)
1½ tablespoons thinly sliced scallions (white part only)
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese (I prefer Parmigiano-Reggiano)
1 (13¾ ounce) can artichoke bottoms (not hearts), drained and finely diced

Preheat oven to 350°F.

With an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese with the mayonnaise. One by one, blend in the Tabasco sauce, scallions, and Parmesan.

Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, fold in the artichokes (don’t use the mixer for this).

Spoon the mixture into a 3-cup baking dish and bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm with crackers.

The above is an excerpt from the book Recipes For Life: My Memories by Linda Evans. The above excerpt is a digitally scanned reproduction of text from print. Although this excerpt has been proofread, occasional errors may appear due to the scanning process. Please refer to the finished book for accuracy.

Copyright © 2011 Linda Evans, author of Recipes For Life: My Memories

Recipes for Life: My Memories is more than and cookbook. It is a visit through highs and lows of life. It is an experience of the many facets of love. It is an emotional connection to the adventures of a dream come true. Reading Recipes for Life is a joy.

Look for Linda Evans – Recipes for Life: My Memories at booksellers. For anyone in your family who loves the glamour of the arts, or a home chef, it makes a wonderful holiday gift!

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RECIPES FOR LIFE: My Memories

By Linda Evans with Sean Catherine Derek

Vanguard Press; October 2011; $25.99

ISBN: 978-1-59315-648-0

 

Many thanks to FSB Associates for providing the review copy.

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Shout: Unplugged Play– Book Giveaway (ends 10/12)

September 28, 2011

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Did you take your family out for the Unplug and Play weekend? 276438_114050028628480_691006822_n

The SC Johnson’s Shout team wanted us to take a break from technology and get outside to play. Enjoy the outdoors without the digital technology we are so overly connected to. Unplug & Play Weekend was this past weekend.

 

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My family went camping. We loaded up the RV and headed to Lake Casitas for a relaxing few days of campfires and fishing. The weather was fantastic. It was not too hot and the breeze was lovely. The lake is huge. We had other family members drive up to spend the day with us fishing. Well we caught one fish that day. It was fun to have everyone together. Even though the fish were no biting, we did not have any TV, phones, computers to interrupt the outdoors fun of fishing.

The next day I went fishing again and caught a big catfish. OMG it was huge. My hubby was helping reel it in and we could see it coming closer to the shore. It was as big as my arm. Boy was it putting up a fight. We were doing our best to hold onto it. Then all of a sudden – SNAP. It broke my line. Off the fish went swimming away. So sad. It really was okay because I would have put it back in the water anyway. My cheap little fishing pole could not handle the catfish beast. I am getting a new pole!

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We had a great time sitting around the campfires in the evenings. The night was a little chilly but it was so toasty around the fire. Our dogs even loved sitting by the fire. Of course we made s’mores and roasted hot link sausages over the open fire. So delicious.

I am glad to have Shout to help me with the cleanup. Being in nature can get pretty dirty sometimes and we sure got a little muddy. My laundry needed to be done pronto when I got home. Our Unplug and Play Weekend was fantastic. How was yours? You can post a photo on the Unplug & Play page.

Why stop at just a weekend? Make unplugged days a regular event with your family. There is a wonderful book to help with all sorts of activities. Unplugged Play by Bobbi Conner. No batteries, no plugs just pure fun. Bring back the innocence of childhood fun with the over 700 ideas. You will find ideas for ages 1 to 10 for plenty of family interactive fun! The format is easy to read. There are craft, music, games and more to choose from. One of my favorite simple ideas is Bouncing Bazooka Bull’s Eye. Using laundry baskets, unbreakable bowls and ping pong balls, set up a distance from a wall and bounce the balls off the wall into the baskets. Set up a scoring system and play. For a rainy day how about making salt dough Rainbow necklaces. With all the fun ideas, you will have endless hours of activities.

bookcoverLook for Unplugged Play at your favorite book seller or order online at Amazon.

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Here is your chance to win!

ONE lucky reader will win an autographed copy of Unplugged Play by Bobbi Conner.

Thanks very much Shout!

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• Tell me in a comment your favorite Unplugged Family Activity.

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Giveaway ends on October 12th, 2011 at 11:59 PM Pacific time. ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD and IP address. Open to Continental US addresses only. No PO Boxes. Must be 18 years of age and over. Winner will be chosen randomly using “And the Winner is plugin” and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. To be fair to everyone, comments not meeting requirements will be deleted. Rules.

Many thanks to SC Johnson Shout for providing the review and giveaway product.

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