Friday, November 24, 2017

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.

This week I received:

2 sample pouches of VetriScience calming chews for dogs.
A pack of trident Gum-Spearmint flavor.

The dog chews don't seem to calm my dog down at all but he eats them so it's a little treat. I've always liked trident gum so a win for me.

Did you get any freebies this week?

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

To my friends here in the US, Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you have lots of good food today. 

My dad, stepmother, daughter and grandson will be here celebrating with Ken and I today. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Favorite Picture of the Week

Ken got 4 new legs for the couch and they were taller by about 3 inches so our couch isn't so low to the ground anymore. So while he was putting them on, Falcor kept busy trying to help. When Falcor first saw the new legs sitting on the table he started barking at them until Ken put them on the floor for him to inspect. lol 

And this is what my couch looks like now. smh
Yeah it's higher which is easier to get up from my it now looks like someone had no idea what they were doing when they put legs on this thing. LOL Ken doesn't read my blog so I can say that. Heh. Oh and my daughter and grandson came over for dinner the other night and Falcor sat there looking at Logan's plate while Logan didn't look too thrilled with dinner. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Review: Married To The Cyborg by Cara Bristol

Book Description

Glitz. Glamour. Kidnapping.

Anyone who is anyone attends the annual Association of Planets gala, the largest, fanciest soiree in the galaxy.

Escorted by her husband Brock, Penelope “Pia” Aaron attends the event to mix and mingle with the galaxy’s power elite to further her career as an AOP ambassador.

Brock Mann isn’t there to serve as his wife’s plus-one.

A cyborg and a field agent with the covert force Cyber Operations, Brock knows the glitzy, glamorous evening isn’t going to end happily for one individual. An intercepted partial communique has revealed that one gala attendee will kidnapped. Who the intended victim is, why the person is being taken and by whom—that’s what Cy-Ops must find out to stop the abduction

And then Pia is taken.

Without knowing who or why she was targeted, Brock must race against the clock to find his wife before she’s killed.

Saving the girl and the galaxy just got personal.

Married to the Cyborg is an exclusive Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance, available only to subscribers of Cara Bristol's author newsletter. To subscribe, visit the author's website:

My Review 

I read a couple of this authors books and liked them so I subscribed to her newsletter and I received this book for free. That was a nice surprise. 

This book is about two characters in one of this authors series and since I hadn't read that series I wasn't familiar with them but this is a stand alone novella and I didn't need to be familiar with them in order to enjoy this book or understand what's happening. 

Pia is mingling at a gala when her husband, Brock tells her to be careful. Something is up but he's not allowed to tell her what. Someone is going to be kidnapped but the cyborg's don't know who until it's too late. 

When Pia is kidnapped and they find out who the kidnapper is, they are shocked. There's a lot happening in this short novella but it was a good story. Good story line and a great twist thrown in. 

I give this book 3 out of 4 stars.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Happy Raturday!

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"Snacks are life and nommy"

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"Ok cat, I'll share my noms with you."

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Apartment Life #2

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. 

This week I thought I would show you some apartment maintenance. Or at least how my apartment complex takes care of apartment maintenance. 

It rained one night and the next morning the overhang in front of a couple of apartments had detached and was ready to fall down. Instead of bringing the whole things down they decided to take wood and prop it up until the next day when maintenance got here and fixed it. It was quite dangerous and could have fallen on someone.

These are just a couple of cracks in the over hangs over the walk ways and instead of fixing it, they had someone come out and put in staples and paint over it. 

They got paint all over the walk ways when they did it.

Sometimes when an apartment is vacant, they will take the air conditioners out and put them in other apartments if the AC goes out. Instead of putting a board over the huge hole, they left it open for weeks and we let the manager know that homeless people were crawling into the apartments through the holes and spending the weekends there. 

This might be one of the reasons that the overhangs gets soaked through and fall down. They hadn't cleaned the gutters for 3 years. That's pine needles from the pine tree's. 

We only have someone come by once a week and pick up trash from the complex so this shopping cart and other trash ends up staying where kids and people throw it until the grounds people come and remove it.

These pictures are taken right out my bedroom window. This black sludge is raw sewage leaking right out of the sewer pipe that the plumbers use to snake out our apartment building's pipes when they back up.

I had the smell of raw sewage coming in through my bedroom window even with it closed, for the entire weekend because the apartment manager wouldn't answer her emergency phone or door on the weekends. She says she has the weekends off and unless the place is burning down, don't bother her. She wouldn't even answer the phone.

So Monday morning Ken told her and the maintenance man about the problem and she called the plumber but she had no intentions of cleaning up the raw sewage that had already leaked out under my window, so Ken was out there with a shovel and bucket and was shoveling it up.

The bad thing was it's not even the only time it happened. The sewer pipes for this entire complex are really old and they back up all the time. If you look closely at the bottom right hand side of this picture you can see the black pipe that had a broken cap on it that the sewage leaked out from. This happened several times before they got a cap that fit this pipe. Then last year the bigger pipe in the alley overflowed with so much sewage that someone called the news and they came out and interviewed people here about it because it went on all weekend again before the plumber was called out to fix it. 

So that's all for this week. Come back next week for more Apartment Hell  Life!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Favorite Video of the Week

I've seen a few of these but this one is funny. At some point the kid has to be thinking something is up, I know I would.

Friday, November 17, 2017

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.

This week I received:

2 Gillette Treo razors
Several Promise Cards
A $5 Amazon gift card from Crowdtap
A prize pack of a signed copy of Pets in Space 2, book mark, toy robot, sticker and tote bag from Author Veronica Scott from a contest she held on FB.

I haven't read the book yet because I'm getting my pace ready for Thanksgiving and it's a huge book, over 800 pages. So I'll need a couple of days to read it.

That's a lot of reading.

Did you receive any freebies this week?

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Review: Beautiful Prick by Sophia Kenzie

Book Description

I’m a production assistant for a major movie studio, and I happen to be damn good at my job. So how the hell did I end up as his personal assistant?

Johnny Braylock—even his name makes him sound like a total prick.

He thinks his chiseled abs, massively broad shoulders, rock-hard biceps, and movie star smile can get him whatever he wants…and rumor has it, the tool he’s packing in his pants gets him any girl he wants.

I used to have the biggest crush on him. It was an embarrassing crush. It was one of those crushes where I had a giant poster of him in my bedroom, and I used to tell my mother that one day I would marry him…

That’s before I actually met the 6’1’’ two-hundred pound Welsh God face to face. That’s before he opened his mouth and revealed his true "alpha male", cocky, asshole self. Apparently, because he’s an ex-marine, a gorgeous movie star, and an MMA fighter means I’m supposed to worship the ground he walks on.

Despite being my teenage movie star crush, the man drives me absolutely, positively nuts. I hate him. It’s quite possible that I hate him more than I’ve hated anyone in my entire life. I hate him twenty-three hours of the day. 

It’s that freaking twenty-fourth hour that gets me every time. Why the hell is he so beautiful? Why is his accent so sexy? Why do his insults simultaneously sting and make my body react in unspeakable ways?

And why the hell do I keep coming back…and back…and back for more.

Beautiful Prick is a full-length contemporary new adult romance novel. It’s intended for mature readers, contains harsh language and adult content, no cliff hanger.

My Review

Caroline meets up with her teenage crush, Johnny Braylock while she's a production assistant. She's excited to have met him until she's informed she's now his personal assistant and he immediately starts treating her differently. I hated this guy right from the very beginning. I almost put this book down and stopped reading it when he tricked her into going out to a bar with him and then proceeded to watch her get drunk while unbeknownst to her, he wasn't drinking alcohol at all. She ends up getting herself mugged because of this and I totally blamed him for that. I didn't like him but I was hoping that somehow if I kept reading this book, my feelings would change but they didn't and I ended up not liking this book all that much because of him. 

In order to cope with what happened to her, she asks Johnny to help her learn to fight so she'll be able to protect herself if anything like that ever happens again. Since he's an MMA fighter he teaches her how to fight like that and after a few lessons she thinks she knows enough to fight other people and maybe even confront the 5 guys who mugged her. This story line just bothered me because it didn't make sense. Who thinks like this? Caroline didn't really seem like an idiot, she's smart. Smart enough to be a production assistant and now personal assistant but her street smarts aren't smart at all and that was part of the problem in this story for me. 

Johnny and Caroline are sexually attracted to each other but I felt no emotional connection between these two at all. He's hot and he knows it and his personality is that of a big good looking jerk. I know you've probably seen or met a few of those and his personality just totally threw this book in the trash can for me. The other thing that bothered me about this story is that Caroline talks about his Welsh accent quite a few times, but is the dialogue of the book you can't tell he has an accent at all. 

In most books where one of the characters has an accent, you can read it in the dialogue. For instance a man with a Scottish accent may say things like, "Aye, Lass." or "Ach, dinna fash yerself." And other characters with accents would say other things and maybe even say some words in their native language. But I didn't see anything that would lead me to believe that Johnny had an accent other than the fact that Caroline kept saying he did and his sister did. I only finished it because I was hoping it would get better but for me the story just made no sense and I didn't care for it. It had potential but fell short for me.

I give this book 2 out of 5 stars. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Favorite Picture of the Week

Last month Ken found this little stink bug sitting in the chair with him. At first he thought it was a piece of food but when he tried to pick it up, the thing moved back out of his fingers. 

That's when he called me in the room to get the bug and set it free outside. If you aren't familiar with stink bugs, they are called that because if you squish them they release a really bad odor. So if you see one, it's better to just put their stinky butts outside. They don't bite and they don't seem to move very fast, at least this one didn't. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Review: Shiftr Swipe Left For Love :Dina: book 1 by Ariana Hawkes

Book Description

* * * Can be read as a standalone book. * * *

What if your fated mate was just an app swipe away?

Curvy Dina Taylor hates the idea of online dating. It's something kids do, not 36-year old women, whose boyfriends have left them for the office intern. But her best friend Lauren has a secret she's bursting to share: there are men out there who absolutely love voluptuous girls like her. All Dina has to do is tap Shiftr, the cute little paw-print app that Lauren has just installed on her phone.

In the time it takes Dina to get over her shock that there are guys who can shift into animals, she's hit up by Logan - a dark-eyed bear-guy with a torso like sculpted marble and eyes like pools of lust. He tells her that he feels a magnetic connection to her, but before she can tell him that the feeling's mutual, her clumsy thumb swipes the wrong way, and he's gone.

Dina is distraught, but Tamika, the creator of Shiftr has a cunning plan that may just bring them together again. Will Dina find the sexy Logan in the midst of the eccentric matchmaker's beautiful, opulent summer garden party? And will they discover that they're fated to be together?

This is a standalone, short, sweet, steamy read, perfect for a lunch break, bath time, or a little dose of me-time, wherever you are. HEA and no cliffhanger!

Note: This book and all other books in the Hope Valley Dating App series are standalone and can be read completely independently.

My Review

When I found this book it was free and it might still be if this sounds like a book that you'd like. 

Dina hasn't dated since she broke up with her boyfriend but her best friend wants to show her a new APP and wants her to date again. This APP is different, all the men are shifters and are looking for mates. So Lauren tells Dina all about the APP and the shifters and Dina can hardly believe they are real but when she is looking over the men on the site, she falls hard for one guy in particular. Only problem is Dina isn't tech savvy and swipes the wrong way and her dream guy disappears. Thankfully Lauren has a solution, there's a party happening where most of the shifter men will be attending and her mystery man might very well be there. 

Logan was excited to find what he thought was his perfect mate on the dating APP and then she disappeared, so he was really hoping she would be at the garden party so he could see if she would give him a second chance. 

I loved how sweet and attentive Logan was. He's truly a big cuddly bear and I really liked his personality. My only problem with this book was how fast Dina believed in shifters and how easily she got over her shock of it all. The instalove is another things that bothered me but I can see how it went with the story line for this book.

I enjoyed the book, it was a sweet, quick read and both of the main characters were very likable. It's just too bad I couldn't find this APP in the APP store when I looked. *wink*

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Happy Raturday!

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"I'm listening to you. Just one more story, then I sleep."

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Apartment Life #1

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 and people keep telling me I should write a book. But instead of a book, I've decided to share the crazy things that happen in and around my apartment complex here in a weekly blog post. 

This week I'm going to share a little back history and some of you that have been reading my blog for a long time might recognize a few of these pictures. 

We've lived in this apartment complex for 20 years and we've had 8 apartment managers in that time. When we first moved in we were paying $375 a month for this 600 sq foot 1 bdrm apartment. In the past 20 years the rent has only gone up $200 and that's one of the main reasons that we're still here. The neighborhood has gone to shit but people come and go pretty quickly and we have new neighbors all the time.

When we first moved in 20 years ago it was a quiet neighborhood but as time has gone we've seen more and more drug dealers moving into the neighborhood. More police, fire engines, news people and more scammers around here. 

A few years ago we had a murder across the street. Some guy busted down an apartment door and shot both people in the apartment, killing one of the people. 

The police, news, CSI and coroner showed up. But that wasn't the only murder around here. There have been 3 murders on my street and behind the store parking lot on the other side of my apartment complex. 

The police seem to be on my street quite often and I usually take a picture of the cars from my bedroom window to document how often they come here. 

I never know what I'm going to see when I look out my bedroom window. One time there was a food truck sitting there and people from all the apartment complexes started walking over to it. They did good business that day. lol 

For the most part we've gotten along with most of our neighbors but sometimes the drug dealers have people knocking on their bedroom windows at 3am and they get the wrong apartment *Mine* and then Ken gets mad after it happens 3 or 4 times and makes a sign so the idiots know what window to knock on. 

And then there was the neighbor who lived right next door to us that set up chairs and planted some flowers in pots right in front of my door and directly behind my bbq. She even took a small dog house and put it behind the chairs for her small daughter to play in but her daughter wanted nothing to do with it. This person got evicted within a couple of months and the manager threw all of this stuff in the trash. 

Someone gave us their bbq when they moved out and then the manager decided that she didn't want anything outside, not even bbq's unless you were using them. So we gave this to someone else. Our place is small and this was a big bbq, we just didn't have room to store it inside.

So that's all for this week but I'll share more about Apartment Hell  Life next week!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Favorite Video of the Week

I've seen a couple of videos for this shark attack prank but if you haven't seen it this is a funny one.

Friday, November 10, 2017

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.

This week I received:

A sample box of Seventh Generation Tampons and Pads.

A $5 Amazon gift card from Crowdtap.

Did you receive any samples or freebies this week?

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Review: DegustaBox- November

DegustaBox is a monthly subscription box filled with food and drink products. The price for the box is $19.99 a month.  

You do not get to pick any of the products you get, it's a surprise each month. But they say each box contains 10-15 items and each box is worth at least $30. I like trying boxes like this because they usually contain products that I've never tried or haven't seen before. 

What was in the box?

The Lovely Candy Company Chocolate swirl caramels
Walkers Shortbread Cookies
 Bauducco Mini Panettone Bread
Country Archer Jerky Co. Turkey Jerky
 Bell's Seasoning for poultry, fish ect. 
Goya Flour Tortillas
 Aneto Natural Chicken Broth
Goya Pica De Gallo salsa
Rufus Teague bbq sauce
Oreo Chocolate Candy Bar
Cafe Bustelo Cafe Con Leche instant coffee

For us, this was probably the best DegustaBox I've received so far. We've tried and liked everything in the box. Those caramels were gone within an hour of opening this box. Ken has a powerful sweet tooth and he loved those. I ate one of them and they were good.

I've had the shortbread, panettone, Cafe Bustelo, Turkey jerky, and flour tortillas before and we like all of those products.

The new to us products that we tried and liked were the chicken broth, Oreo candy bar and Pico De Gallo salsa. All of those were so good. I use the chicken broth when making white rice to give rice a nice flavor when done. It works really well.

The poultry seasoning tastes just like the other poultry seasoning I have and I can tell it's mostly sage which is fine, I like sage.

That bbq sauce was kind of a miss for me but Ken liked it. It just wasn't as good as some others I've tried.

If you don't live in the US, they now have a Great Britain Website. Now here's a treat for you. If this box looks like something you'd like, you can use code MARYK-ACB and get your first box half off. That's a big box of food for only $10! and you can cancel anytime. So if you're interested, go to the DegustaBox site and sign up and don't forget to use my code to get your first box for just $10.

Have you tried any of these products?

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Favorite Picture of the Week

Last month right before Halloween there was a thing called Trunk or Treat at my daughter's work. The people that worked there decorated the trunks of their cars and handed out candy. This is a picture of my grandson and his parents that night. He looks pretty excited about it. lol 

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Review: Feral Sins by Suzanne Wright

Book Description

When female wolf shifter Taryn Warner first encounters Trey Coleman, an alpha male wolf shifter with a dangerous reputation, she’s determined to resist his charms. After all, Trey—who was only fourteen when he defeated his own father in a duel, winning the right to be alpha of his pack—can’t have anything to offer the talented healer besides trouble, or so she thinks. Taryn finds herself drawn in by Trey’s forceful demeanor and arctic-blue eyes, and she eventually agrees to enter an uneasy alliance with him. If the two succeed in convincing their respective packs that they’ve chosen each other as mates, Trey will win valuable political allies, while Taryn will escape an odious arranged mating.

But there are a lot of potential pitfalls to this plan—including the very real possibility that the wolf shifters, overwhelmed by their growing attraction to each other, will be unable to maintain the clear heads needed to pull off the deception.

My Review

Taryn wakes up in a cave that was decked out to be quite livable but not knowing how she got there. She finds herself face to face with Trey, an alpha who wants to speak with her. Taryn is an alpha in her own right so when she comes face to face with Trey, who she's heard is a psycho and has a wolf that is feral, she doesn't act scared like he thinks she will. No, she's pissed off and rightly so but Trey is surprised and excited not to find fear in her stare when she looks at him. 

Taryn is a healer and a latent, meaning she couldn't fully shift into her wolf but she could partially shift. Her father and alpha of her pack wanted her to be mated to another alpha so he'd have an alliance with that pack but she wanted nothing to do with the male that her father had picked for her. 

While Taryn has problems, Trey has a few problems of his own. His alpha uncle wants his pack and Treys pack to be united and the uncle wants to be alpha over both of them. Trey doesn't want this to happen to he says he'll help Taryn with her problem if she's willing to help him with his. She agrees and they start spending time together, getting closer and finding out that they have the hots for one another. But that's ok at first because it helps make their mating seem real even though it's only temporary, or so they think. The longer they stay together and the more they get to know each other the closer they become. 

There are wolf pack fights that are down right bloody, betrayal, secrets, and twists that I never saw coming. This was one of the best books I've read in a while. Once I started reading, I didn't stop until I was finished because the story just kept getting better. I highly recommend this book. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

Monday, November 06, 2017

Happy Raturday!

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Dude, move your butt over, you're sitting on my tail."

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"Really? Again with the flashy thing? Can't you see I'm trying to sleep here?"

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Review:Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha

Book Description

Book 1 (of 9) in the bestelling, multi-award winning BEYOND series. 

All Noelle Cunningham has ever wanted is a life beyond-beyond the walls of Eden, where only the righteous are allowed to remain, and beyond her stiflingly restrictive existence as a councilman's daughter. But only ruins lie outside the City, remnants of a society destroyed by solar storms decades earlier.

The sectors surrounding Eden house the corrupt, the criminal-men like Jasper McCray, bootlegger and cage fighter. Jas clawed his way up from nothing to stand at the right hand of Sector Four's ruthless leader, and he'll defend the O'Kane gang with his life. But no fight ever prepared him for the exiled City girl who falls at his feet.

Her innocence is undeniable, but so is their intense sexual attraction, and soon they're crossing every boundary Noelle barely knew she had. But if she wants to belong to Jas, first she'll have to open herself to a dangerous world of sex, lust and violence. A world where passion is power, and freedom is found in submission.

My Review

Noelle finds herself exiled on the wrong side of the wall. She grew up privileged in Eden but now she's in a sector where she was going to have to work in order to stay safe with the O'Kane gang. She had been drugged and passed out on one of the gang members who took pity on her and brought her back to where they lived. Noelle is surprised to find them nicer and more helpful than she was led to believe that the people who lived in this place would be. 

Jas is attracted to Noelle right from the beginning and like that her new best friend, Lex is helping her settle in and show her the ropes. Lex takes a liking to her and gets her a job waiting tables and lets her know that she doesn't ever have to do anything she doesn't want to. I really liked Lex. 

Now let me tell you about the world this book is set in...there's sex parties, sex orgies, sex in front of other people. cage fighting and a lot of violence. There was more sex and kink in this book than the last 10 books that I read combined. But it fit, this place was built around that type of atmosphere it seemed and I could see how this would happen. On one side of the wall you have very strict rules, no sex and people who break the rules are sent to the other side of the wall where there are hardly any rules and lots of sex. 

Sometimes when you have a society where the males are in charge and sex is freely given, the woman get the low end of the deal and you start to feel like it's degrading for the women in the story but I didn't get that feeling from this story at all. The women have power and the men know it. They have jobs, they help out, they are held in high regard as members of this gang, at least in this sector in this gang. Some of the other gangs and sectors might be run differently but this book showed how the O'Kane gang treated all of their members right. 

This is the first book in a series and it's unlike anything I've ever read before. There are some talk of the solar storms that took place a long time ago and got them living the way they do now but the book isn't about the solar storms and not much information is given about what happened. We see how people are living now in Eden as well on the other side of the wall from Eden and it's not all good. I read a couple of reviews on other blogs for this first book and I wasn't sure I would like it but this book was free on Amazon when I got it so I took a chance on it and I'm glad I did. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Favorite Video of the Week

I think this band has been around for a little while but I heard them for the first time this week and I really like them. Have you heard them before?

Friday, November 03, 2017

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.

This week I received:

It was another slow week but I did manage to get a sample of Nexxus shampoo and conditioner.

And a $5 Amazon gift card from Crowdtap.

Did you get any freebies this week?

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Review: The Wolf Within by Cynthia Eden

Book Description

FBI Special Agent Duncan McGuire spends his days—and his nights—tracking real-life monsters. Most humans aren’t aware of the vampires and werewolves that walk among them. They don’t realize the danger that they face, but Duncan knows about the horror that waits in the darkness. He hunts the monsters, and he protects the innocent. Duncan just never expects to become a monster. But after a brutal werewolf attack, Duncan begins to change…and soon he will be one of the very beasts that he has hunted.

Dr. Holly Young is supposed to help Duncan during his transition. It’s her job to keep him sane so that Duncan can continue working with the FBI’s Para Unit. But as Duncan’s beast grows stronger, the passion that she and Duncan have held carefully in check pushes to the surface. The desire that is raging between them could be a very dangerous thing…because Holly isn’t exactly human, not any longer. 

As the monsters circle in, determined to take out all of the agents working at the Para Unit, Holly and Duncan will have to use their own supernatural strengths in order to survive. But as they give up more of their humanity and embrace the beasts within them both, they realize that the passion between them isn’t safe, it isn’t controllable, and their dark need may just be an obsession that could destroy them both. 

My Review

Duncan is part of an elite team that tracks down and captures paranormals that have gone bad or break the law.  He was very good at his job but one day he and his partner are outnumbered and he gets bitten and turned into a werewolf. He's taken back to the base and Dr. Holly treats him but with his enhanced abilities including smell, her scent drives him crazy but that might be because she's not as human as she pretends to be. 

There are great secondary characters in this story including Pate who is the unit commander. It's rather obvious early on that he's very manipulative and uses those around him in any way he can. I really didn't like his character but the choices he made really moved this story in ways that kept things interesting. 

There are so many secrets and twists in this book, some of them become obvious fast while others are hard to guess until they are thrown right in your face. It's fun to read and for a story line to take you to a place you didn't see coming. 

One thing is for sure from the very first few pages, Duncan and his wolf see Holly as their mate and they will stop at nothing to claim her. 

This book was free on Amazon when I got it and it might still be. So go check it out if this sounds like something you'd like. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.