Friday, December 06, 2019

Freebie Friday!

Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too. Someone asked me why I do a "Freebie Friday" each week, so I'll tell you.

A while back I listed all the free samples and wins that I had received that previous year and so many people didn't believe that I could have gotten so many free things. So I decided to prove it by taking a picture every week and sharing the sites that I found the links to the freebies at. So now you too can get great free samples coming to your mailbox each week.

  You can find links to great samples at Hey It's Free and Freebie Shark.

What did I get this week?

From Generation Good I received the diapers and baby wipes.
I also received a sample of Perfect Smooth shampoo and condition.

I gave the diapers and wipes to the lady in my courtyard with the baby.

The shampoo and conditioner was actually really good. First time that I've tried this one too.

Did you receive any freebies this week?

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Favorite Picture of the Week

Last week on November 28th, I took this picture. The snow was coming down in the mountains and you could barely see most of the mountains that day. It rained most of the day where I was.

The very next day I took this picture of that mountain range and quite a bit of snow had fallen. It was still cloudy but the rain was gone.

There's snow on the mountains. I just thought it was pretty. 

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Review: Mastered By Her Mates by Grace Goodwin

Book Description

Amanda Bryant has been a spy for five long years, but when aliens suddenly appear claiming a deadly enemy threatens Earth's very survival, Amanda is asked by her superiors to accept the most dangerous mission of her life...volunteer to be an alien's bride, to share the strange warrior's bed and then betray him.

Accepting the assignment, Amanda is processed as the first Interstellar Bride and transported halfway across the galaxy to her new mate's battleship where she awakens to discover she has been matched to not just one huge Prillon warrior, but two.

Shocked by her craving for the touch of two dominant alpha males, Amanda attempts to hide her body's immediate reaction to Commander Grigg and his second, Rav. Resistance is futile as her new mates expect to control every aspect of her life, and her pleasure, and neither will hesitate to deliver a thorough and embarrassing spanking should she disobey their sensual commands, or resist a complex and deeply arousing series of medical exams designed to ensure her sexual readiness for their claiming.

Seduced and cherished by two alpha alien warriors who hide nothing from her, Amanda quickly comes to realize that the threat to Earth is very real. When she witnesses a battle with the enemy and the resulting death of a highly respected warrior, she knows she must tell her mates the truth and hope they can forgive her for her duplicity before it's too late.

Loyalties will be tested as Amanda fights the most important battle of her life. How can she protect the warriors she has grown to love and save the people of Earth from making a terrible mistake? Will her human contacts believe her when, with every touch, every look, they will see just how thoroughly she has been mastered by her mates?

Publisher's Note: Mastered by Her Mates is a stand-alone prequel novel set in the same world as Assigned a Mate, Mated to the Warriors, Claimed by Her Mates, Taken by Her Mates, and Mated to the Beast. It is an erotic romance novel that includes sexual scenes, spankings and more and is intended for an adult audience. If such material offends you, please do not buy this book. 

My Review

Amanda volunteers for the Interstellar Bride Program after aliens come to Earth and pretty much take over, saying that they are here to keep us safe. She's a spy and her mission is to gather as much intelligence as possible for a couple of years and then leave her 'mate' and come back to Earth to fill in her superiors. But she's 'mated' with two Prillon warriors who make her feel like their relationship could work. 

Amanda's superiors back on Earth are also sending some soldier's who are spies as well because her superiors don't believe the coalition about the big bad aliens that are out to kill people of Earth and other planets. The Hive are the big bad and when they are described it made me think of The Borg on the Star Trek series. They kidnap people and implant them with biosynthetic machines that turn them into fighters for The Hive, much like The Borg did. 

When Amanda can see for herself that The Hive is real and not just something the coalition made up to take over Earth, she knows that she was lied to by her superiors. But this is first and foremost a love story. Rav and Grigg fall head over hills in love with her and want nothing more than to keep her with them. Their culture is a little different from that of Earth but they made it work as she got to know them. I won't downplay the amount of sex in this book because there is a lot but I think it really fit with the story. What didn't fit for me was that she was supposed to be a spy. I don't really think she came off as a spy, it just didn't fit how she acted or what she did at all. 

This is the 6th book in the Interstellar Brides series but it's the first book that I've read. I didn't feel like I was missing a lot of information or confused at all because I read this out of order. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Monday, December 02, 2019

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Sunday, December 01, 2019

Apartment Life #109

This is a new weekly blog post that I'm calling Apartment Hell  Life. I've mentioned a few times some of the crazy things that go on in and around my apartment complex in the past 20 years that we've lived here and people keep telling me I should write a book. But instead of a book, I've decided to share the crazy things that have happened in and around my apartment complex in the last 20 years here in a weekly blog post.

So it was quiet around my place this week so here's something that happened a couple of years ago. This was 3 managers 

Once again my pictures a bit blurry but you can definitely see the police cars on my street. 

A fight broke out in my complex by the manager's office when one guy confronted another guy because his dog was off leash and was running around and ran up to this other guys small dog. The dog that was off leash was a big boxer type dog and he kept barking and growling at the guy and the little dog so he took his little dog inside and came back out to tell the guy his dog needed to be on a leash. 

The guy with the boxer type dog didn't like being told what to do and the argument came to blows with these two guys hitting each other. The manager saw what was happening and called the police and when they got here she handed the guy with the boxer a $50 fine for not having his dog on a leash which set him off again. He started yelling at her in front of the cops and didn't think it was right that his dog had to be on a leash. The police informed him that there is a leash law here and all dogs have to be on a leash when they are outside. Both of the guys were arrested for fighting. 

So that's it for this week's Apartment Hell  Life! Be sure to come back next week for more.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Review: Target Beauty Box- November

Each month Target releases a new Target Beauty Box but supplies are limited and it's first come first serve until they run out. These boxes go fast so I try to grab one as soon as I see it being talked about on Twitter or fb. They are $7 a piece and usually well worth the price.

What was in the box?

Love Beauty Planet body wash. 
Olly beauty multivitamin gummies. 
Sunny Isle eyelash and eyebrow growth serum. 
Garnier Fructis in shower styler. 
Pantene hydrating butter creme. 
Pantene leave on detangling milk. 

I've always liked the beauty gummies. They have a good taste to them. I'm not sure they do anything but at least they don't taste bad. 

I've always liked trying new hair care products and all of these were a hit with me. I have long hair, right now it's long enough for me to sit on. Time for a trim soon. 

The eyebrow and eyelash serum did nothing for me. I'm not sure this type of product ever really works. I used it for over a week and saw no difference at all. 

For the price it was nice to try a few new to me products.

Did you get this box?

Friday, November 29, 2019

Freebie Friday!

Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too. Someone asked me why I do a "Freebie Friday" each week, so I'll tell you.

A while back I listed all the free samples and wins that I had received that previous year and so many people didn't believe that I could have gotten so many free things. So I decided to prove it by taking a picture every week and sharing the sites that I found the links to the freebies at. So now you too can get great free samples coming to your mailbox each week.

  You can find links to great samples at Hey It's Free and Freebie Shark.

What did I get this week?

Kabrita Goat Milk Porridge and puffs for toddlers.
5 samples of Pipette baby products.
Carefree liners.
Replens feminine moisturizer.
Rephresh feminine spray.
Persil detergent.

I gave all the baby products to a new neighbor who just moved in with what looked like to me to be a close to newborn baby.

Did you get any freebies this week?

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Review: Keeping His Siren by Kiersten Fay

Book Description

From USA Today bestselling author Kiersten Fay comes this deliciously sexy story of a powerful vampire who has been burned by love and a bewitching siren who consumes him body and soul, bound by a passion they cannot resist.

Naia DeVoe never mixes business with pleasure, but when she winds up in bed with the vampire she’s been hired to spy on, that rule gets tossed out the window. But she knows Cortez is not a man to be trifled with; aside from being the head of his clan, he’s rich, powerful, and the hottest club owner in town. From their first combustible night together it’s obvious Naia is in way over her head...

As the leader of his clan, Cortez must be careful who to trust. No one gets too close to one, that is, until Naia. He can’t help but be drawn to the beautiful seductress who all but demands his attention. Is she the one he’s been searching for, or just another woman destined to betray him?

My Review

Naia has a beautiful voice thanks to being descendant from Sirens. She and her brother both work in a club and what little money they make is going to pay off the gambling debts her brother accrued from the mobsters. Neither of them seem to be able to make more money because everyone was hurting because of the human/vampire wars that wiped out a lot of people and made it hard to live or make ends meet these days. So Dante, her boss at the club makes a deal with her. He wants her to get hired at another club owned by a vampire and report back anything weird that goes on over there. She's hired as a spy and Dante says he'll pay her good money to keep the mob bosses off her brother's back and hopefully from breaking his fingers for not paying off his debt. 

Naia tries to get a job at Cortez's club but he's so taken with her that he decides he wants to date her instead and he doesn't date anyone who works for him so getting a job is out the window even though she keeps trying to get one. Their romance and budding relationship is sweet, hot, sexy and carnal because he's a vampire and very much alpha.

Cortez is the owner of the other club that Naia is hired to spy on but he's nice, sexy and intriguing so when they get to know another better and he's very much interested in her, she knows she can't keep the truth from him but when he finds out she was sent there as a spy, he turns on her. All hell breaks loose pretty much after he finds out why she's really there and all sorts of other things happen right after that. I don't want to say more because that would give too much away but there are several heart stopping scenes. 

This book was everything I could have wanted between a vampire and a siren. The danger of having the mob after the brother because he owed them money as well as Naia's sleazy boss threatening her to spy on Cortez was just the tip of the iceberg when it came to danger in this story. The twists, turns and crazy circumstances all came together to make one hell of an intriguing book. I read this in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. This was my first book from this author but it definitely won't be my last. 

I give this 5 out of 5 stars. 

Disclosure: I was given an ARC of this book via NetGalley but all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Review: The Goddess Gets Her Guy by Ashlyn Chase

Book Description

What happens when the goddess meets Mr. Right...but she absolutely can't tell him who she really is?

After leaving his job as a cardiac surgeon, Dr. Aaron Samuels needs a new purpose in his life. Wanting to help his patients even if he can't operate, he heads to the Puerto Rican rainforest to find a cure for heart disease. He never imagined he'd meet a beautiful, mysterious woman, especially not one talking to a frog in the middle of the jungle...

Gaia—a.k.a. Mother Nature—has had it with paranormals breaking her number one rule: Never reveal your supernatural powers to humans, not even your mate. Fed up, she transports to the rainforest, happy to converse with amphibians who don't talk back. But Dr. Samuels is a much better conversationalist, and Gaia can't wait to help him mend all those broken hearts he told her about.

When her attempts to help only complicate things between them, Gaia begins to wonder what would happen if she opened her heart and was honest with Aaron...and herself. Maybe her number one rule has been wrong all along...

My Review

Gaia aka Mother Nature is old as dirt and a bit grumpy. She's been yelling and talking down to so many of the paranormals that her sisters Fate and Karma decide that she needs a date. So they set up a dating profile for Gaia on a dating app. Gaia has one rule and that's for paranormals never to show their powers to humans and she's beyond sick and tired of them breaking her rules. 

The dating does not go well because the men her sisters are fixing her up with are just not her type. She did find a man on her own to be friends with but there's a misunderstanding soon after they start to talk, more and feelings are hurt. Aaron is a retired doctor who has two grown daughters, one of which moves back home after breaking up with her boyfriend. 

Aaron and Gaia didn't get to really know each other until more than halfway through the book. There relationship was a very slow building one and while I like a slow building romance, I also want it to advance a little more quickly than it did in this book. Between that and the fact that there were so many other storylines going on as well as a lot of secondary characters showing up in this book that it felt bogged down a bit with too much information. I think the romance in this book suffered because there was just too many other things going on.

If you've been reading the series up to this point though, you will probably enjoy this book. 

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclosure: I was given an ARC of this book via NetGalley but all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Review: Treasured Find by Nancy Corrigan

Book Description

A determined shifter. A protective mother. And love…if they can survive long enough to claim their forever.

After five centuries, Rafe Alexander knows what to expect from life - boredom, broken by the occasional call from Shifter Affairs. He always accepts their plea for help. As a Royal feline shifter, he's the strongest of his kind. And he knows firsthand the dangers of the shifter world. If there's a chance he can save an innocent, he'll take whatever risk is necessary.

But the task that leads him to West Virginia changes everything. A father is dead. A shifter child is missing. And the human female connected to both tragedies is hiding a secret.

Rafe's interest in Jasmine goes far beyond the case. She's his true mate, but because of the horrors she's seen, she doesn't trust shifters. That won't stop him from winning her love. He'll soothe her fears. The killer targeting her family won't prevent him from claiming Jasmine either. Rafe will risk everything - including his life - to be the man she needs. Nothing keeps a shifter from his fated mate.

My Review

Rafe is sent to find a shifter child after her adoptive father dies. He finds that she's living with another relative and seems to be safe and healthy. But when Rafe runs into Jasmine in a bar, he's attracted to her in a way he hasn't been before. He can scent two other shifters on her but doesn't realize that they are that of her kids. These two start off really attracted to each other and acting on it really fast. She has a huge secret but then so does he. Rafe is a royal feline shifter, meaning he has 3 animals he can shift into while most other shifters only have one animal. But he doesn't tell Jazz what he is before they start seeing each other and that causes some problems. 

Female shifters have been going missing for years and ending up in experimental facilities where they are tortured and experimented on. Rafe's sister has been missing for years but he's holding out hope that she's still alive somewhere. Rafe and his brothers had something awful happen in their past and an evil shifter betrayed them. That shifter is now back and out to destroy them and the kids they are now looking after. When the bad shifter finds out that Rafe is seeing Jazz, he also comes after her so she's also in danger. 

There were a lot of twists and secrets in this book that made the story really interesting. The action was great and the fight scenes were brutal. The only thing that irritated me a little was the fact that it took Jazz so long to tell Rafe how she came to adopt her boys and the facts surrounding how it came about. I think that should have come out sooner. 

This book introduced a lot of different characters that I'm sure will get their own stories or will pop up in subsequent books. I had a good time with this book and look forward to reading more of this series. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.