Saturday, July 21, 2018

Review: Finding Master Right by Sparrow Beckett


Book Description

Dominant, crop-wielding men are all Kate dreams about, but how far is she willing to go? 

Kate wants a man who will take charge—she just needs to find the right guy. Fortunately, her friend is throwing a kinky Halloween party with a guest list loaded with sexy, available men. That’s where she meets Banner.

Dark and intense, Banner’s not just a Dominant, he’s a Master looking for a slave. Kate isn’t interested in something that extreme, but when he offers to help her find the perfect Dom, while training her to be a flawless submissive, she’s glad to have a matchmaker and protector.

Banner knows they’re not compatible, yet something about Kate is impossible to resist. Once he finds her the right Dom, will he be able let her go?


My Review

Kate finds herself at a party and having a good time until a Dom comes on a little too hard. That's when she meets Banner who is also a Dom. Kate wants to experience what it's like to be a submissive but she's also very independent and has a hard time giving up control.  

Banner wants a slave not just a submissive but he has specific thoughts about what his submissive would be like. He isn't interested in having Kate as his sub since she's new to all of this and he wants someone more experienced that will be his 24/7 whenever he wants her. After talking with her a little he agree's to help find her a Dom and look out for her so she doesn't get taken advantage of since she's a newbie. 

Banner mentions he's a sadist and that she might find his tastes to be disturbing but he never really comes right out and tells the reader what it is exactly that he wants in a sub. I found this to be very irritating. I wanted to know why he thought she would never be right for him. Maybe he really didn't know what he wanted as much as he thought he did and that's why we as readers didn't know. But I'm just guessing. 

I really liked Banner. He's a genuinely nice guy. He's great to his friends and family. He has a funny side and he wanted to look out for Kate as soon as he met her. But Kate was challenging and not at all meek or sub like at first so when Banner introduced her to one of his friends, it didn't go well. Banner finally agrees to train her himself but he's fighting an attraction he feels for her. When these two do come together, they are smokin' hot. Just wow. 

Just when things are looking interesting for these two and her training is coming along, Banner wimps out and confuses Kate by giving her to one of his Dom friends to continue her training. She finds this guy attractive and she doesn't mind being with him, but the sparks just aren't flying like they do with Banner. If these two had just communicated a bit better about what they wanted and how they felt, a lot of heartache could have been avoided. 

I read this book in one sitting because I was so engaged and wanted to know what would happen next with these characters. I'm looking forward to the next book. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Friday, July 20, 2018

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 Makeup Eraser sample.
Coola Sport Sunscreen.

The makeup eraser is a small piece of pink fuzzy cloth. *About the size of my hand* I really didn't expect it to work the way they said it would. You just wet it with warm water and use the cloth to take off your makeup. No makeup remover, cold cream ect.. needs to be used. So I used it that night and could not believe how well it worked. I'm actually shocked and speechless. It even took off my mascara! I've used it 3 more times and it's worked each time. I'm telling you, as soon as the jar of cold cream I have is empty, I'm buying myself a full size Makeup Eraser. Not even kidding.

The Coola sunscreen works well and in this Las Vegas sun I need all the sunscreen I can get.

Did you receive any freebies this week?

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Review: DegustaBox - July


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 this month's box?

Lee Kum Kee Plum Sauce
Loacker Wafers - 2
Aiya Matcha Tea
Sir Kensington's Chipotle Mayonnaise
Goetze's Candy Co. Chocolate Caramel Cream candy
Chomps Turkey stick
Wise Cheese Doodles -4
Uncle Dougie's bbq sauce

My daughter was at my apartment when I got the box and I gave her the Matcha tea right away. I don't like Matcha at all and she does so that worked out well. 

The Turkey stick had a strange taste to it and all 3 of us tried it. None of us liked it. 

Ken was so happy to see the Chipotle mayo because he used the whole jar of the last chipotle mayo we got and he loves this stuff. And Ken loves those chocolate caramels because they taste like Cow Tails. The cheese doodles taste good. I would buy those again. 

I haven't used the plum sauce or the bbq sauce yet. For the most part we both really liked this box. 

If you don't live in the US, they have a Great Britain Website.

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, July 18, 2018

Book Discussion: Cliffhangers















I've been wanting to start a discussion about cliffhangers for a while but so many readers don't seem to have as much of a problem with them as I do, or maybe I'm mistaken. A couple of weeks ago I became so mad at some of the 'freebie' ebooks I had read from Amazon that I deleted all but 3 ebooks from my Kindle and decided to start over with no freebies because too many times they end with a cliffhanger and to me, that's just unacceptable.

It seems like the reasoning behind the cliffhanger is to entice the reader into buying the next book in the series because you just have to know what happens next! But that's not what happens with me. Nope, I just get mad and put that author on my 'never read again' list. I think most of us readers and bloggers have a list like that.

Seeing so many cliffhanger endings lately in books has me wondering what authors are thinking? Aren't they aware that we readers hate that? Are they aware that some readers will completely write them off if they leave their book in a cliffhanger and never read their books again? I mean, they do want to sell books, right?

Let's get one thing straight though. I'm not talking about a background story arc for the entire series that doesn't get solved until the last book. That I can understand as long as the main story in each book in the series is resolved and no huge gaps are left open. A book should have a beginning, middle and real ending that closes all the gaps and leaves no questions open about the main story. When I pay for a book, I want a full book with a complete story, not something that is left wide open so I feel like I just read half a book. If I invest hours of reading into a book and it abruptly ends with a cliffhanger, that will be the last book by that author that I ever read. To me that is so incredibly sleezy, so selfish and I am so tired of it. Authors need to hear that we don't like it and it's going to cause them to lose readers if they keep it up.

I do realize that a continuing story arc is different than a full out cliffhanger and I'm fine with that. There is a way to keep readers interested and coming back for the next book without frustrating the hell out of them and pissing them off. All of the loose ends with the main plot need to be tied up so we get a full, complete story. If you plan on leaving a "To Be Continued" at the end of your book, just don't.

Cliffhangers make me feel like the author is trying to force me into buying the next book to see an ending that should have been in the first book. If you are going to have a cliffhanger ending then you should be required to put that right on the cover.

So what about you? How do you feel about cliffhangers?


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Review: The Big Alpha In Town by Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden & Kate Baxter


Book Description

Three hot stories about three sexy shifters from a trio of today's hottest paranormal romance authors, headlined by bestselling authors Eve Langlais and Milly Taiden!

Bearing His Name
Meeting his mate should have been cause for celebration. There’s just one teeny tiny problem. Jade thinks Ark might have impregnated her sister. He didn’t, but convincing Jade is going to take a bit of honey.

Owned by the Lion
Keir’s been told to stop playing the field and settle down―difficult advice for a hard and hot man with a lion’s heart to follow. But his sights have always been set on Ally. She’s his mate, plain and simple. With her sweet and delicious curves, she’s nothing but sugar and trouble all rolled into one. But he’s known her and sparred with her for years. She’s his best friend’s little sister, and it’s going to take a whole new level of convincing that he’s the mate for her.

No Need Fur Love
Moving with his pack to the tiny town of Stanley, Idaho has Owen Courtney a little on edge. With literally no women in sight, Owen will be lucky to find a date, let alone his true mate. But you know the saying about a werewolf walking into a bar…
Gorgeous wood nymph Mia Oliver is on a mission: Find a suitable male to get her good ‘n pregnant and provide her with an heir. But when Mia decides to pick up a gorgeous and oh-so willing werewolf at the bar, she realizes she might be in over her head. …


My Review

Since this is a 3 story anthology I'm going to do a mini review for each one. 

Bearing His Name

Some of Ark's male family members were sent a card that pretty much accused them of getting a woman pregnant and then disappearing. Ark decided to track down the woman and find out who the father was. Jade sent the cards out to find out who knocked up her sister. When one of the men, Ark showed up to her door though, she and her sister were more than a little shocked. Now they just needed to figure out which of his cousins was the father of her sister's baby. Of course the pregnant sister also has a crazy ex who is stalking her and doesn't know how to take no for an answer. There's a great twist to the pregnant sister's story. I was really happy that both Jade and her sister had a completion to their stories.

Owned By The Lion

One of Ally's friends runs a shifter dating site and they convince her to sign up because she needs the money she'll get for the cancer treatments her mom needs. Keir is known for dating a new woman each day but never settling down but he knows instantly that Ally is his mate when he meets her. The only problem is that she doesn't like him much. So when they are matched on the dating site, he feels this would give her time to get to know the real him. I really liked him and their interaction, they fall in lust pretty fast but it was a fun read. 

No Need Fur Love

Owen and his pack moved to Idaho to expand their territory. He was on the look out for a one night stand but didn't expect to find forever. Mia on the other hand just wanted to find a willing male to give her a baby. He's a werewolf and she's a wood nymph, not exactly what the other thought their forever mate would turn out to be. Mia needed an heir to secure her birthright or her father was going to marry her off to someone not of her choosing. Things don't go exactly as Mia planned but they couldn't have turned out better. I really hated her jerk of a father but she got even with him and he never saw it coming.

This anthology was great. I enjoyed all 3 of these stories. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Happy Raturday!

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"Look at the ears on that rat! I think I'm in love."

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Apartment Life #36


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.


Back in 2016 we had a neighbor who lived right next door to me. We didn't get along because she was hooked on heroine and did some really stupid things. She played her music really loudly and would pass out in her apartment and leave the stereo up really loudly for hours. 

So she wanted to put out chairs and tables and a garden in front of her door but since her door was right next to mine, we shared the space in front of our doors. She asked me on more than one occasion if I would remove my bbq because it was in the way of what she wanted to do with the space in front of our two doors. I refused and said she could have half the space same as me. My bbq in that picture sat directly in front of my door. All that space on the left hand side all the way over to the bush was hers. But she had to invade my space. Big mistake.

She filled both of our spaces with chairs, a dog house, a table, and so many potted plants that there was no room at all in our space for anything else. She put some of her plants so close to the back of my bbq that you can see in this picture that they got burned when I lit my bbq. I hardly ever used the bbq but she pissed me off so badly that I bought two huge bags of briquettes and bbq's every single day for 2 weeks. It burned all of the plants that were directly touching my bbq and scorched the wood table she put on the right side of my bbq. She also couldn't keep her door open for the 3-6 hours that I was bbqing each day because all the smoke would blow into her apartment. I slow cooked a couple of roasts in the bbq for 5-6 hours a couple of days and she was really mad that she couldn't sit in her chairs out there. 

If she had just stuck to her side like I told her too, I wouldn't have had to go to bitch mode but she had no one to blame but herself. She ended up being evicted when she didn't pay her rent for 2 months. Spent too much on heroine I guess.

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

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Instagram, Kindles and Technology


For many years now I've had 1 Kindle that I read my ebooks on, it's the Kindle Keyboard on the right. You cannot download apps or easily go online with this. It's mainly for reading ebooks. You can go online with it but in order to do that you have to click on "Experimental" in the menu and it takes forever to actually load. I know because I tried going on Twitter with is a few times and it would drop the site several times. It took forever to do something like that. 

The left side is a Kindle Fire that we've had for a while. I had a kindle that I read ebooks on and I have my laptop for everything else and Ken has an Ipad that he uses. So it never occurred to me to use the Kindle Fire to get on sites like Instagram. I don't have a smart phone so the most I've done with my Instagram account is follow people. My daughter helped me download the app and now I can use Instagram. I'm RatLadyMary on there if you want to follow me too. I will figure out what to do on there but for now I've posted a few pictures of Falcor and it helped get me more points on survey sites like Smiley360. 

Now I can live Tweet on the Kindle while watching a show without having to take the laptop over to the couch. The thing about the Kindle Fire is I can only have one window open at a time when I'm used to having 12-15 windows open on my laptop all the time. I'm still getting used to it and I keep asking Ken how to do things since he's used his a lot. 

I'm still getting used to the Kindle Fire but who knows what else I'll find. It's the little things that make us happy and I'm happy I realized this. 

Friday, July 13, 2018

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 PinchMe box containing...
2 samples of Starbucks coffee.
2 nexcare bandages.
Vagisil Cleanser and a Vagisil Wipe.
Power Beets drink mix.

A Greenies Party Pack from Ripple Street.
In the box was frisbee's
Greenies dog treat samples for guests
Plastic treat bags for guests
Coupons
A full size bag of Greenies for me *falcor*

I also cashed out my points on e-Rewards to get a $25 Macy's gift card.



At Macy's I bought 3 makeup products Concealer, Finishing Spray and Makeup Primer. And I spent less than $4 for it all with that gift card.

Did you receive any freebies this week?

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Review: Fighting Destiny by Amelia Hutchins


Book Description

Have you ever heard of the old Celtic legends of the Fae - beautiful, magical, deadly and a love of messing with humans just for kicks and giggles?

Welcome to my world.

What started out as a strange assignment, leads to one of the most gruesome murder mysteries of our times and my friends and I are set and determined to find out who is killing off Fae and Witches alike.

Couple of problems in the way – I hate the Fae and the Prince of the Dark Fae is bound and determined that I work for him. He’s a rude, overbearing egotistical ass with a compulsive need to possess, dominate and control me. Oh – did I mention that he is absolutely sex-on-a-stick gorgeous and he makes me feel things that I never ever wanted to feel for a Fae…every time he touches me or looks at me with those golden eyes seems to pull me further in under his spell, despite my better judgment.

My friends and I can’t trust anyone and nothing is as it seems on the surface – not even me.

Warning: Mature content and language not intended for anyone under the age of eighteen.

This book is not intended for anyone under the age of 18, or anyone who doesn't like lip biting, throw your ass on the bed, tear your clothes off and leave you panting dominant alpha male characters. This is a dark, dangerous, intense, gritty and raw read. Scenes are dark, disturbing, and scorching HOT. This book is a soul crushing, tear jerking, and leave you hanging on the edge of your seat fast paced book. 

Side Effects may include, but are not limited to: Drooling, lip biting, wet panties, crying, and screaming at the author. If any of these things happen, do not seek medical attention—get the next book in the series and enjoy the ride!


My Review

Synthia worked as an enforcer for an organization of witches that kept otherworld creatures on the right track and out of the newspapers. More than 30 years ago the otherworlders made themselves know to humans and the Fae came out to let humans know that they were superior to them. Now the governments were run with the help of the otherworlders. So the enforcers enforced the laws and kept the humans safe from the otherworlders. 

It was surprising to me that the Fae were awful creatures. They could feed from human emotions and even take a part of the soul as they fed. The Fae were also known for torturing anyone that crossed them and having no mercy while doing it. They were not the nice guys in this story. So when Syn was sent to their headquarters to steal something and she was caught, I had a bad feeling that she was going to be tortured and it wasn't gonna be pretty. The Dark Prince might be drop dead sexy but he was also a Fae. Then the first twist hits this story and things change rapidly. The twist I never saw coming and damn but I loved it. It really set up the rest of this story. 

Ryder is the Dark prince and he's an ass. He does a lot of things that just piss me off. He makes Synthia do things that she doesn't want to do and he can make her do them just by thinking it. Like I said, I didn't like him at all. But Ryder and Synthia work together to try and find a serial killer. One twist after another is thrown at us as we're reading and a lot of times I can see a twist coming but I didn't see any of these coming. They just came out of nowhere and changed the course of the story which was interesting. Then right when I think I know where this story is heading, they throw in another twist. This story had me all over the place. I was mad at him, felt sorry for her and then was fanning myself because these two together are hot as hell. I was loving this book and then it ended on a huge cliffhanger. 

A cliffhanger. I couldn't believe I put in so much time in this book and was loving it for it all to come crashing down from a cliffhanger. Unbelievable. That cliffhanger completely ruined this book for me.

I give this story 2 out of 5 stars.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Review: Hawkyn: A Demonica Underworld Novella by Larissa Ione


Book Description

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Larissa Ione comes a new story in her Demonica Underworld series… 

As a special class of earthbound guardian angel called Memitim, Hawkyn is charged with protecting those whose lives are woven into the fabric of the future. His success is legendary, so when he’s given a serial killer to watch over, he sees no reason for that to change. But Hawkyn’s own future is jeopardized after he breaks the rules and rescues a beautiful woman from the killer’s clutches, setting off an explosive, demonic game of cat and mouse that pits brother against brother and that won’t end until someone dies.

Aurora Mercer is the half-wytch lone survivor of a psychopath who gets off on the sadistic torture of his victims. A psychopath whose obsessive psyche won’t let him move on until he kills her. Now she’s marked for death, her fate tied to that of a murderer…and to a sexy angel who makes her blood burn with desire…

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**


MyReview

Hawkyn is all alpha male and his priority to his duty is paramount in his mind...that is until he breaks the rules by saving a woman that was about to be killed. 

Aurora is a Wytch (offspring of a succubus and human male witch) so she has some powers but hasn't honed her skills. But her powers weren't going to help save her from a serial killer and Hawkyn can't stand by and do nothing even though he's the guardian angel for a serial killer, which is crazy.

And if you've been reading this series like I have then you'll be happy to hear that Azagoth makes an appearance and I'm sure we'll be hearing more from him. All of the Memitim who are born and later become guardian angels are Azagoth's offspring, he's never cared about them before but now he does and things get scary when he's mad. He is a demon after all. 

Aurora got away from the serial killer but he's not giving up that easy, so Hawkyn has to keep her safe by keeping her some place that the sicko can't find her. Only his family isn't making that easy for him to do. He's finding doors slammed in his face at every turn and if he breaks the rules, he gets 'punished' which is just barbaric. And then there are a couple of fabulous twists and you know how much I love a good twist. If you been a fan of this series, this book will not let you down. 

This was a crazy story but dang it, I loved it so much.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Review: Bring The Heat by G.A. Aiken


Book Description

HE SAYS . . .

I, Aidan the Divine, am, well divine. My name was given to me by the Dragon Queen herself! I’m a delight! Cheerful. Charming. And a mighty warrior who is extremely handsome with a very large and well-hidden hoard of gold. I am also royal born, despite the fact that most in my family are horrendous beings that don’t deserve to live. And yet, Branwen the Awful—a low-born, no less—either tells me to shut up or, worse, ignores me completely.

SHE SAYS . . .

I’ll admit, I ignore Aidan the Divine because it annoys him. A lot. But, we have so much to do right now, I can’t worry about why he keeps staring at me, or why he always sits so close, or why he keeps looking at me like he’s thinking about kissing me. We have our nations to save and no time for such bloody foolishness . . . no matter how good Aidan looks or how long his spiked tail is. Because if we’re going to win this war before it destroys everything we love, we’ll have to face our enemies together, side by side and without distractions. But if we make it out alive, who knows what the future will hold . . .


My Review

It's been a while since I've read a book in this series but I usually like the books so I went ahead and picked up another one. The one thing I know for sure is that these books usually make me laugh at times and this one was no different. There's always great banter between the characters, Aidan and Branwen are fun together. The banter between these two had me laughing at times and she is really funny because she knows how to really get under his skin. 

Branwen and Aidan get sent on a mission together but neither are happy about it. Both are dragon shifters that have human looking forms as well. 

While I liked the battle scenes and seeing past characters, I would have liked to have seen a lot more of the main characters and their romance. Yes, they get together and have some sexy times but it didn't feel like a romance to me. It felt more like a book about the war and battles with some sex thrown in for good measure. 

The battle scenes are graphic and brutal but added to this story. A lot of past characters showed up in this book so if you haven't read the series up to this book which is book 9 then you might feel a little lost if you started with this one. There was a lot going on in this book and even though it wraps up nicely, it didn't feel complete if that makes sense. 

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. 

Monday, July 09, 2018

Happy Raturday!

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"Did you guys get the email too?"


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"Just 5 more minutes on the internet, please?"


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"I don't understand this. Do you understand this?"


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"We're learning how to internet. I think I broke my laptop."


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"I already uploaded a picture. Now how do I get likes on it?"

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Apartment Life #35


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 last year I was out taking Falcor for a walk and spotted this car. Most of the windows were smashed, the tires were flat and at one point someone had thrown a grocery cart right through the windshield but I didn't get a picture of that. 


So I called the non-emergency police number and reported a suspected stolen car that had been dumped. There was glass all over the ground around this car.


The police came and put that yellow sticker on it. My daughter took this picture from her car when she came over the next day. 


My daughter took this picture of the windshield too. The car stayed there for 3 days before it was finally towed away and the police were there checking the inside before the tow truck took it away. 

This is the first time I've seen a dumped car on my block. I've seen a few cars with smashed windows because someone stole something out of the car but this was a first and I was a little surprised it took 3 days for it to get towed away after I called to report it. 

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

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Favorite Video of the Week



I saw this and I couldn't stop laughing. The person who added the music to this video is a genius.

Friday, July 06, 2018

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 of Dunkin Donuts cold brew coffee.
A sample of Whole Blends shampoo and Conditioner.
A hard water test strip from the water district.

And a Smiley kit from Smiley360 that contained samples of Advil PM.

Did you receive any freebies this week?

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Review: Leopard's Blood by Christine Feehan

Book Description

Though he was born into a leopard’s lair in the bayou, Joshua Tregre’s fighting skills were honed in the rain forests of Borneo. Sleek and deadly, he’s the perfect man to take over a crime syndicate back home in Louisiana’s lush swamplands. His razor-sharp instincts give him an edge in the violent underworld he knows so well, but even the watchful leopard inside him isn’t prepared for the threat that comes from the girl next door...

She is a woman who can create beauty out of thin air—and out of the ruins of her own life. The games that dangerous men play have taken their toll on her, but she is bent, not broken. And it’s her fierce spirit that’s like a lure to Joshua, a temptation he can’t resist—even if it means bringing his true nature into the light...


My Review

Sonia has had a hard life and now she's living in the swamp where she feels relatively safe. We meet her at the beginning of this book when she's trying to make it to the middle of her swamp land so she can shift and let her cat (leopard) out. A cat who's in heat but she wants to make sure they are away from any men because she doesn't trust her cat or herself. Unfortunately for her a male leopard hears her cat's mating calls and comes running. The cat's mate and then she runs off, shifts and finds herself face to face with what she thinks is a wild leopard, only he's a shifter too and they both shift and since she feels the same as her leopard who is in heat, she mates with the man she just met in the swamp. 

Holy moly, there's so much sex in this book...so much! But I liked the story that went along with these two. Joshua is an alpha male and makes no secret of it. He finds out that she restores old houses when she disappears after her heat is over and he can't find her. So he hires her to restore his house and she's shocked when she finds out who she'll be working for. 

He knows how the shifter world works, how they think and the rules. So he finds it incredulous that she doesn't and didn't even know she was a shifter until she was older and her leopard came forward when she was in trouble and needed to be saved. He just can't wrap his head around those circumstances at first but after she explains her life to him then the spots falls in to place. 

There are so many secrets and twists in this book but they all added to the story. I do love a good twist and this had several that I really liked. When she finds herself in trouble again, I thought that it didn't make a lot of sense for her to do the things she did. But I liked the way it all worked out. 

The only thing that bothered me was the fact that Joshua called her, baby all the time. That got on my nerves a lot. There was a lot of sex but they are shifters, animals so I can over look that because they are different from humans.

Bastien and Molly need their own story as well. These two are so sweet together. Bastien is a cop and Molly is hiding from her past but he knows that there's more to her than she's letting on. The secondary characters in this book are really good and they really added to the story. 

The danger, sex and story line made this a really exciting book. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Favorite Picture of the Week

This is long the path where I usually walk Falcor and he doesn't usually walk up there because it's a couple of feet above where the side walk is. But he ran right up there this day and sniffed around.

He found a flat rock and just stood there like he wanted me to take his picture so I did. 

And then he went back to sniffing along the sound wall and the fence. 

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Review: Wolf's Mate by Katie Reus and Savannah Stuart


Book Description

She wasn’t supposed to fall for him.

Erica’s time away from her pack was just supposed to be fun. Then she met Hudson. Instead of the no-strings attached fling, she ended up falling for him. But they’d promised each other that they’d keep things casual. Instead of risking her heart, she ran. Now she’s pregnant—and he’s determined to claim her. But the last thing she wants is to be an obligation to him.

Now she’s pregnant.

Erica could never be a duty to Hudson, but for some reason that’s what she thinks she is. He tried to go slow, to give her space—so he wouldn’t scare her off. Now he realizes that was a mistake. It’s time for this wolf to claim his mate. Unfortunately a neighboring pack is stirring up trouble for his pack, and his she-wolf is determined to keep walls between them. Walls he intends to bring down once and for all. 

Length: novella

Author note: all titles in the series can easily be read as stand-alones. There are no cliffhangers and each story has a HEA.


My Review

Hudson is second in command of his pack. He and Erica both wanted a no strings attached fling but she fell for him in the month they were together, fell hard. Hudson asked her to stay a little while longer but she figured if she stayed longer her heart would be even more broken than it already was going to be when she left. So she went back to her own pack after having taken some time for herself. Then she figures out that she's pregnant after getting sick. She panics a little because she doesn't think that Hudson wants anything more than a good time but once he finds out, he claims he wants more but it's hard for her to believe that he really wants her and not just because she's pregnant. 

These two could have cleared up so many misunderstandings if they had just been open and honest with each other but that seems to be a problem with a lot of couples. 

While Erica and Hudson are trying to get to know each other more and get used to the fact that they're going to be parents, a neighboring pack of wolves were causing problems for Hudson's pack. Hudson's brother is the alpha and they're both trying to figure out why this other pack is causing problems for them. 

This was a short sweet PNR novella. Just the right length for me one day when I had a little time to spare. I have a soft spot for shifters and this was a great story. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

Discloure: I was given this ebook free from NetGalley but all opinions are my own. 

Monday, July 02, 2018

Happy Raturday!

*Picture courtesy of Jin Wicked*


*Picture courtesy of Jin Wicked*


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Sunday, July 01, 2018

Apartment Life #34


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.


A couple of months ago I started taking video of the kids in my courtyard when they would come up to my door and tease my dog. They will bark at my dog, stand directly in front of my door and bang on my metal security door or just stand there making faces at me or talk to my dog so that he starts barking. 

I've asked the parents to keep their kids away from my door but they just don't care enough to even watch their kids when they are outside, let alone stop them from doing something. So I just keep videotaping everything for my own documentation of what I'm having to deal with. Just a few minutes before I took this, the kid was banging on my door trying to make Falcor bark. When I complained to the manager she said there was nothing she could do, that if they bothered me too much I could always call the police. 

This is an everyday occurrence now if I leave my inner door open on nice days. Every. Single. Day. I hardly ever even keep my door open because of the kids. This video was taken a couple of months ago and now that's it's so hot outside the kids don't come out as much but when they are out, they still do the same thing.

One more bit of info.

The maintenance man for my apartment complex came to my door Tuesday morning and told Ken that he got fired. The apartment manager had been out of town last week but her adult son lives with her. The office has an inside door that goes right to the manager's apartment so while she was gone, the maintenance man used that inside door in the office to get in her apartment and steal some of her food. The son noticed the food missing and called corporate to report the maintenance man who was fired on Tuesday. What an idiot. He and Ken are friends, that's why he came to tell him what happened. 


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

Friday, June 29, 2018

How I Get Free Stuff and Make Money Online



*I thought I would share this post again for those of you that didn't see it the last time I posted this. I've updated my list and added a few more links to the end of the post that have sent me free stuff to try or that I've received gift cards from.*

I tell my friends and family all the time how I get free things coming to me and some of them have tried it and they don't have the same results that I have. So I am going to tell you the websites that I belong to in order to get free stuff and maybe you'll be able to get free stuff too.

Swagbucks Sign up here and search like you would on Google or yahoo to earn swagbucks periodically. Turn in those swagbucks for Amazon.com gift cards or other merchandise.

Inbox dollars sign up with Inbox Dollars and click on the emails they send you and shop with them for points that you can turn into real money. This one takes more time to do but in the past 3 years I have gotten $120.00 from them.

American Consumer Opinion Sign up with them and when they send you surveys that you qualify for, you get money that you can cash out after you have accumulated $5.00

Smiley 360 Here's another place you can sign up and earn smiley points and qualify for free products that you test at home. I've tested more than a dozen free products at home so far.

Hey it's Free This is one of the best place to find free samples online. I used to use a lot of sites but this is one of the best ones I've found for free samples that actually come. And they have a fb page where members post other freebies they've found.

She Speaks- Sign up for an account and sign up for free samples and full size products to test. Sometimes they just send you an email asking you to fill out a form to see if you qualify for the product testing they are doing. I've had good luck with testing products with them.

Ripple Street- Sign up to host a Ripple Street party "Formerly known as House Party" and if you get picked they send you all sorts of freebies, coupons, and free products to test and share with your Ripple Street guests.

BzzzAgent- Sign up for an account and they will send you emails letting you know which products they want you to product test. I've had a lot of success with this. They have sent several full size products for me to test.

Freebie Shark- This is another really great place to find links to free samples. I use this site a lot for signing up for free samples and they have a fb page where other members can post freebies they find.

e-Rewards Opinion Panel- Now the reason I am adding this site is because I wanted you to know that if you ever get an invitation from this site that they are indeed legitimate. They are a by invitation only site but once you get in..you can make enough reward points to get really good rewards like Starbucks gift cards and other things like subscriptions to magazines. Most people don't know about this site because you have to wait for them to invite you and they find you when you become a member of one of their affiliate sites but they don't tell you which ones. lol But if you ever get an invitation...accept it.

Influenster- A site where you sign up for an account, fill out some surveys and do small tasks to improve your score. Then they send you free products to try out at home. I have only been a member of this site for a couple of weeks and have filled out a few of the surveys and done a few tasks and was just approved for my first Voxbox (home testing product). If you want to get free products at home to test, this is a good site to sign up for.

Pampers Rewards- If you have a baby and use Pampers products there are codes on the inside of the packages that you can add up to get free kids toys and products. Even if you don't have a child, you can find the free codes on the freebie sites I've listed here like Hey It's Free, and add your points up to get things for yourself like giftcards, post cards from Shutterfly and free samples. The rewards change all the time and I've gotten free samples, disposable razors and gift cards.

Kelloggs Rewards- Did you know that on the inside of all Kelloggs cereal boxes there's a code that you can enter at this site and accumulate points for things like books, coupons, housewares, kitchenware, electronics, toys and gift cards? So if you eat a lot of cold cereal this is a great site for you.

Paid Viewpoint- This is a survey site where you get money for each survey to complete and when you reach $15 you can cash out. You do need to sign up with a smart phone number though in order to cash out because you have to verify your account with a text.

Crowdtap- Is a site where you interact with brands by answering questions, tweeting, posting pictures,  posting to fb and taking polls. You can apply for sampling parties and get free products to review and samples to share. Everything you do gets you points and at the end of the month you get a chance to win gift cards based on how many points you have.

My Points- It's a site where you answer surveys, and complete tasks in order to get points that you can exchange for gift cards.

Simple Solutions - This site is all about Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. They send out free samples or full size boxes of it for you to try and have you fill out some surveys.

Generation Good - This is the Seventh Generation site about their products. They've sent me several free Seventh Generation samples and products to try and review.

PinchMe - You sign up for an account and once a month they give out samples of products. You have to write short reviews for the products on their site in order to get more and you don't qualify every month but they send out quite a few when you do get them.

Snuggle Bear Den Community - This is the site for Snuggle Fabric Softener. You sign up for an account and fill out a few surveys and they might send you free samples to try out. So far I've received a free Snuggle stuffed bear that I gave to my grandson and a free full size bottle of Snuggle Fabric Softener to try.

Mills Advisory Panel - Sign up for an account with them and they will send you surveys that you get points for. You can cash out your points for gift cards to places like Amazon.

Social Nature - Sign up for an account and pick products that you'd like to try. They'll email you if you get picked to try the product for free.

The Upside - Sign up for an account and you might qualify for free products. You just have to take surveys, answer questions about the products you get and post on social media about the products.

Loacker Insider Program - Sign up for an account and take surveys, share on social media to get points. Use points in exchange for Loacker merchandise including a box of Loacker Snacks.

It's All Free Online - A website that finds free samples, unique testing panel opportunities and other free product opportunities that I haven't seen on other freebie pages.

Amazon Giveaways - Did you know that Amazon has giveaways? They have hundreds of giveaways and new ones are added everyday. I check and enter a bunch of them every day. I see people online talking about what they've won. I have yet to win one but I'm still entering everyday. Maybe you'll have better luck. If I do win one, I'll be sure to let you know.

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:

I was sent an artificial indoor tree for free this week. You might have seen the review I wrote for it on Saturday.

I also received a free bottle of Lysol Daily Cleanser from Crowdtap.

I love my new tree, it's cute and small enough that it fits in my living room. The Lysol Daily Cleanser works really well. I've used this brand before and think it's a really good one.

Did you receive any freebies this week. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Review: Beauty and the Beast by Skye Warren


Book Description

FALL IN LOVE with this modern day fairy tale...

Erin cleans Mr. Morris's house twice a week, soaking up every moment with the reclusive ex-soldier she secretly loves.

Blake Morris knows he's scarred both inside and out and is no good for the beautiful young woman who cleans his house to pay for college. But when Erin walks in on Blake touching himself and moaning her name, all bets are off.

Blake receives an offer to return to his alma mater as an associate professor. This is his chance to reenter the world-and to be worthy of the woman he loves. But when they both enter the classroom on the first day, everything is on the line-his career, her future, and a love greater than they knew possible.

Can beauty save the beast?

Find out in this steamy contemporary fairy tale retelling!

WARNING: This full-length novel contains a scarred military hero, a young college student working as a maid in his house, and a happily ever after!


My Review

I picked this up when it was a freebie on Amazon. 

Blake Morris has been hiding out in his house since he got out of the military where he was injured. He's scarred on the outside as well as the inside. He has some serious emotional baggage that he hasn't worked though. 

Erin cleans Blake's house a couple times a week and has feelings for the guy. She's using the money she makes to help put her through college. 

First off, I would have liked a lot more back story on Blake, his military service, how long he's been out...ect. We really don't get a lot of back story on this guy and a lot is left up to our imaginations. The second thing that bothered me was the instant sex in this story. Sure, they both have feelings for one another but to jump right into sex without giving time to get used to the characters with very little back story was disconcerting. 

Blake falls for Erin fast and hard but she also has strong feelings for him. They're in a relationship and he takes a teaching job at the college that she goes to. That wasn't awkward at all but they seem to pull it off until someone from his past makes trouble for them. They have a few hurdles to jump over during their time together but I think they made good choices for the most part. There is an abundance of of sex in this book and Blake comes off quite needy and clingy but given the circumstances of what he's been through, I forgive him. But if a lot of sex throws you off, then I wouldn't pick this book up. 

I actually like both Blake and Erin and like where this story was going and how it ended. I just think it could have been a bit more engaging, a bit more of a slow build up to a relationship so that the reader is kept wanting more. 

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.