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Weekly Deals!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Express Coupons: 15% Off: Now that finals are finally done, it’s time to get ready for the long summer season! And for many of us, that means updating our wardrobes with the newest fashionable shoe, clothing, and accessory styles! But where should you go to find everything that you so desperately need to keep your wardrobe in style? Express, of course! From the latest and greatest dresses and jumpsuits to gorgeous skirts and tops, you’ll find everything you need and more at a fantastic price! And to top it off, students can save 15% off of their entire order with your student ID and code at Express.com! Valid through 12/31/16.

Banana Republic Promo: 10% Off: No matter what your age and your profession, having a sleek and stylish wardrobe can really help boost your confidence and your performance. Whether you’re working in a professional office or one that’s a little more casual, dressing to impress is of the utmost importance. And thanks to the fabulous selection of men’s and women’s apparel, footwear, and accessories for sale at Banana Republic, you can get everything you need and more all in one place! And if you sign up for the Banana Republic Card and shop with it today, you can save an additional 10% off of any purchase! Offer valid 6/20/16 through 7/7/16.

Starbucks Coupon: 5% Off: For the avid coffee lover, you can never get enough of your favorite brew. Whether it’s a tasty sweet medium roast, a light and airy blonde roast, or a toasty and steamy dark roast, a great cup of your favorite coffee can make your day, any time of the day! Starbucks understands your addiction and is here to help with a fantastic selection of coffees from all over the world in a variety of delicious flavors. If you shop online at Starbucks.com today, you can save 5% off of your entire order as an existing customer by using our exclusive coupon! Offer valid in the US only and online only. Excludes Verisimo Machines and Pods. Ends 8/1/16.

Bailey 44 Coupon Code: 10% Off: For the modern woman, finding fashionable and flattering clothing can be a challenging and expensive task. But thanks to Bailey 44 and their unbeatable selection of eye-catching apparel and accessories, you can finally get your hands on the stylish pieces you’ve been dreaming of and more. With amazing apparel crafted out of luxurious fabrics and in figure accenting styles, you’ll find it difficult to choose what to buy! And with our exclusive coupon code, you can save 10% off of your entire order at Bailey 44 with an I’m in! coupon, giving you the chance to get everything you need at a fabulous price! Ends 3/31/17.

1-800-PetMeds Promo: 5% Off: For many of us, our pets are like our children. We love them and take great care of them, feeding them and playing with them on a daily basis. But what about their medical needs? Finding the flea medicines and prescriptions that they need to stay happy and healthy can be expensive and difficult, but never fear. Thanks to 1-800-PetMeds and their innovative delivery service, you can finally get your hands on the medicines your pets need without the hassle and the expensive price tag. Sign up for their delivery service today and save 5% off of your entire order and get free shipping with our exclusive coupon code! Offer valid through 5/13/17.

Beauty.com Promo Code: $15 Off: Are you on the hunt for the perfect gift to give that special someone in your life and don’t know where to look? Beauty.com has you covered with a fantastic selection of high end beauty products for sale, from luxurious perfumes and colognes to prestige cosmetics to lush bath products and more. Whether you’re searching for something amazing for that lucky lady or a little something for that great guy, you’re bound to find it here. Shop at Beauty.com with our exclusive coupon code and save $15 off of your entire purchase of perfect presents to spoil that special someone rotten! Offer ends 8/27/16.

Charlotte Russe Promos: $15 Off $90: With the new summer season finally in full swing, it’s time to get your wardrobe set and ready for warmer weather! And with the fabulous clothing, accessories, and shoes for sale at Charlotte Russe, you can get everything you need to bring your wardrobe up to date in no time at all. Shop their amazing selection to find the flowy dresses, boho tops and skirts, and stylish shoes you need for the summer and beyond. And with our exclusive coupon code, you can save $15 off of any order of $90 or more at CharlotteRusse.com! Offer valid 5/29/16 through 7/3/16.

Ella Moss Coupon: UP to 30% Off: Are you searching for the perfect clothing, shoes, and accessories to amp up your wardrobe for the summer season? Look no further! Ella Moss has you covered with a fantastic selection of fashionable women’s clothing, shoes, accessories, and more for sale all in one convenient place. No matter what your sense of style or personal taste, you’re bound to find the perfect apparel, footwear, handbags, and jewelry for you! Shop online at EllaMoss.com in their Sale Section and save even more on your purchase of stylish clothing with savings of up to 30% off! Offer ends 12/31/16.

FragranceX Coupons: $10 Off $100: Finding a great gift for that special someone in your life can be an expensive and challenging process. But with the amazing selection of feminine and flirty perfumes and musky and alluring colognes at FragranceX, you’re bound to find the perfect fragrance for any man or woman on your shopping list. And with their unbeatable prices on top brand name fragrances, you might just even be able to get a little something for yourself, too! You can save even more on your purchase, too, by shopping online and using our exclusive coupon code to save $10 off of any purchase of $100 or more! Offer ends 12/31/16.

Isabella Oliver Promo: 50% Off: When you’re expecting, oftentimes what you wear is the very last thing on your mind, unless you’re looking for something comfortable! But what about the fashion-obsessed among us? Where can we find fashionable maternity clothing that looks and feels great? Isabella Oliver is here with a super stylish selection of mommy-to-be clothing for sale, from modern jumpsuits to classic jeans to everyday basics and more. No matter what your sense of style or personal preference, you’re bound to find everything that you’ve been dreaming of and more. Shop their Summer Sale today to save up to 50% off of great clothing from Isabella Oliver Maternity! Offer ends 8/1/16.

Nordstrom Coupon: Free $10 Certificate: For the man or woman with great taste, only the best will suffice. From what you wear to the perfumes and colognes you use to your everyday accessories, you know what looks great on you and where to buy it. And at Nordstrom, you can find everything you need from your favorite high-end designers all in one convenient location. And if you join their Nordstrom Rewards Club by July 10, you can get fantastic savings to use at Nordstrom during their famous annual Anniversary Sale from July 22 to August7. Sign up, and you’ll receive a $10 promotional certificate to use on any purchase during this time!

Jared Promo Code: $100 Off $500: Diamonds truly are a girl’s best friend. And at Jared, they understand this every girl’s dilemma. They offer a beautiful sparkling selection of fashionable jewelry in a variety of modern and classic styles that are perfect for any woman of any age and style. From minimalist necklaces and bracelets to oversized statement collar necklaces to the engagement ring of her dreams, Jared is bound to have it and more in their unbeatable collection. Shop online at Jared.com or in-store and receive $100 in Jared Rewards for every $500 you spend! Offer valid 6/17/16 through 7/4/16.

Wise Food Coupon Code: 20% Off: In our day and age, it pays to be prepared. Whether it’s an unforeseeable natural disaster or an oncoming drought or an all out war, having the right supplies will keep you and your entire family as safe as possible for as long as possible. And at Wise Food, you can get everything you need to keep your family safe and well-fed in case something unthinkable does happen or if you’re out camping and enjoying yourselves in the great outdoors. And if you shop online at WiseFoodStorage.com between 6/20 and 7/11, you can save 20% off of your entire order with our exclusive coupon code!

Dell Promo: $75 Off $499: Whether you’re a student getting ready for a new school year or a family looking to get a great new computer for your home, having the right software and technology can really help you maximize your efficiency and stay on top of everything in your life. And with the unbeatable selection of computers, laptops, software, and more for sale at Dell, you can rest assured that you’ll find exactly what you need and more for a fantastic price point. Shop online at Dell.com today to save $75 off of any PC or server over $499 with our exclusive promo code! Offer ends 7/11.

Lamps Plus Coupons: $10 Off $150: When you stop to think about it, the one thing that every room desperately needs is the right kind of lighting! No matter if you’re looking for an elegant overhead light, a practical floor lamp, a classic wall sconce, or a beautiful table lamp, you’re bound to find it and more at LampsPlus! From chic traditional styles to trendy modern pieces, you’ll find everything that you’ve been dreaming of for your home or office here. And if you shop today at LampsPlus.com, you can save $10 off of any purchase of $150 or more with our exclusive coupon code! Not valid in stores. Offer valid through 9/30.

Life is Good Coupons: 15% Off: When it comes to what we wear, fashion may be in, but comfort is key! No matter what you pick out to wear each day, how comfortable you’ll be in it is always in the back of your mind. And with the amazing collections of apparel for sale at Life is Good, you can get the best of both worlds by shopping a great collection of stylish yet easy to wear clothing! Shop at LifeIsGood.com to save 15% off of any women’s sale hoodies and sweatshirts for sale with our exclusive coupon code! Offer valid through 7/2.

Body Shop Coupons: 10% Off: When it comes to taking care of your body, only the best will suffice. From luxurious lotions to lush body butters to cleansing scrubs, you can find it all and more for sale at the Body Shop! No matter what your personal preference or skincare routine, you’re bound to find everything you need and much, much more in their unbeatable selection of high quality bath and body products. Stock up your bathroom cabinet by joining their Love Your Body Program to save 10% off of most in-store and online purchases at The Body Shop! Offer valid through 1/23/17.

Advance Auto Parts Coupons: 30% Off : Whether you’re working on fixing up an old car or looking for something to keep your current car in tip-top shape, having the right tools and parts is of the utmost importance. Advance Auto Parts understands this fact and is here to help with a fantastic selection of tools, parts, and accessories for sale that are perfect for any casual or hardcore car lover. Better yet, you can save 30% off of any purchase of $50 or more at AdvanceAutoParts.com with our exclusive coupon code! Valid online only. Ends 12/31/16.

Amazon Coupons: From $27.95: What’s the key to a good night’s sleep? A great mattress, of course! But any great mattress can succumb to the elements – whether it’s a spilled drink, a stain, or a tear. But with the innovative Safe Rest Premium Hypoallergenic Mattress Protector, you can rest well and assured that your mattress will stay just as comfortable and new as the day you bought it! And better yet, this vinyl-free mattress cover is available for sale at Amazon from $27.95! But you’d better hurry – this deal won’t be around forever! Offer ends 8/31/16.

Gander Mountain Coupons: $5 Off $50: For the outdoors lovers among us, a day is never wasted that has been spent outside. Whether you’re an avid hiker, a casual camper, or a dedicated off-road biker, Gander Mountain has everything you need and more to fuel your everyday and special occasion outdoor adventuring. From the latest innovative gear and accessories to all-weather clothing and shoes, you’re bound to find everything you’ve been dreaming of. Shop online at GanderMountian.com today to save $5 off of any purchase of $50 or more with our exclusive coupon code! Offer ends 12/21/17.

All The Dragons of Alsace Farm… get loose

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Laurie C. Lewis, what makes you passionate about writing?

Oohh, there I have so many triggers, Anna. Current events, a setting that fascinates me, or an interesting plot, idea can send me off daydreaming and plotting a new chapter or an entirely new book. Meeting an interesting person can do it too. That’s why I love traveling and meeting people. My current book was actually born in a swimming pool one night. I love that scene in the book.

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I can see you in the pool. 🙂 Do you have a writing routine?

During my “Free Men and Dreamers” series days I blocked out the morning and the evening for writing, but that was hard on my family, and I burned out after eight years on that project. As a result, I let things swing the other way. I was only writing when no one else needed me. I missed the steady adrenaline of the creative process, so now, I’m writing, editing, or working on media and marketing for a portion of every day except Sunday. I protect those days.

Me too. What is the title of your book?

My current release is “The Dragons of Alsace Farm.” “Dragons” is the term the main character—a French WWII survivor named Agnes—uses to refer to her fears. It ties back to the Nazis and the war. Agnes has dementia, so when she can’t put her fears into words, she calls them dragons.

That is very interesting. What genre does your book fall under?

It’s Book Club Fiction or General Fiction. I have a list of book club questions in the back of the book, and I’m offering to video chat with books clubs because I’m anxious to hear the discussions they will launch.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

One screen writer has approached me about adapting the book into a screenplay. I don’t think we’re there yet, but it makes this question especially interesting. As I write, I do “cast” my characters. I’d love to cast Elyes Gabel and Katharine McPhee of Scorpion fame as Noah and Tayte, and Faye Dunaway or Blythe Danner as Agnes.

How fun… What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

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Circumstances bring a broken young man and a distrustful young artist together to help an eighty-year-old French farm woman suffering with dementia, who proves that despite all she has lost, she still knows volumes about what matters most—courage and love.

So powerful. Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?

I’m self-publishing “The Dragons of Alsace Farm,” but I contracted with my former Covenant editor, Angela Eschler, and publisher Beth Bentley, to make sure the quality of the book was on par. I hope to attract an agent, but right now, self-publishing allows me to control my writing schedule, and to get this book out more quickly to my readers.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

The first draft was completed in about a year, but I dragged the edits out two more years while I wrote a second novel. I plan to release them in quick succession.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I call it Dear John meets Still Alice. Noah Carter opens his wary heart to three people who each prove to be high risks for the previously abandoned loner. He learns that love leaves us vulnerable, and requires us to accept people as they are, which is a theme in Nicholas Sparks’ novel, Dear John. For Noah, that means dealing with Tayte’s inability to trust, Agnes’s dementia, and Uncle John’s cancer. We also get into Agnes’s point of view as she deals with the dragon chewing away at her memories and cognitive function, much like Alice’s challenge in Still Alice.

Awesome… Who or What inspired you to write this book?

My mother was diagnosed with dementia about six years, ago. We excused her symptoms for years until it was impossible to ignore. She had a farm she adored, so Mom is the inspiration for “Dragons.”

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Two delicious mysteries are subtly woven through the book, and readers say they never saw the resolutions coming. But for me, the greatest value in the book is the insight into Agnes, and recognizing that our loved ones with dementia are still in there.

Where can we find your book? (Please live links work best)

“The Dragons of Alsace Farm” went live as an e-book on July 1st.  Pre-orders are available now.

https://www.amazon.com/Dragons-Alsace-Farm-Laurie-Lewis-ebook/dp/B01HKMU014?ie=UTF8&ref_=pe_2427780_160035660

www.laurielclewis.com
www.laurielclewis.blogspot.com
Author of the Free Men and Dreamers Series
Upcoming release: The Dragons of Alsace Farm”

Loving the book Important Announcement

Saturday, June 25th, 2016
We are sad to inform you that Jess is no longer with our team. Her husband recently graduated from the Police Academy and we are so happy for them. They have now moved and she is spending time focusing on her 3 kiddos, husband, and her new MaryKay business. We’re very excited to see her thrive.
However, we are excited to announce that we have a new team member! Welcome to Corinne Prost – our new Freelance writer. Her responsibilities will include writing fabulous articles about writing, reading, reviewing, and blogging. She’ll be putting together some great tips for all book lovers, and helping up as we build our blogger/review team.
To celebrate her joining us, we are doing a giveaway and showing her some support at the same time! In order to see some of her fantastic articles, sign up for our monthly newsletter.
Also, our other team member, Katie, is opening up her own Facebook page. This will allow us a better reach with our events, and better access for you to join our events. Come support her by befriending her new page below.
And, of course, just helping spread word about our services will also give you entries into our fabulous giveaway!
We love you all and we are grateful for your support!
Introducing our new team member
Corinne is a BA at Hillsdale College, and her declared major is American Studies with a projected minor in Journalism. Although these choices sound informed and thoughtful on Corinne’s part, what really happened is that a really cool, successful senior did the same major and minor and went on to do really cool, successful things. So even though Corinne doesn’t know what she will do with these life choices, she does know one thing: her dream is to become as great as the classical authors.
While growing up, Corinne battled a severe condition that afflicted her for many years: she could not see because her eyes were glued permanently to books. This caused her to be the girl at recess who hid in the shade to read from her pile of library books, and her occasional companion was the library lady. One day, Corinne finally found she could look up, and after the initial shock she realized that her college applications would need to say more than “loves to read”. Her solution: to become involved in as many things as possible.
As a result, Corinne came to the realization that she also enjoys creative writing, drawing or painting, traveling, playing tennis, and spending inappropriate amounts of time thinking about the money it would take to adopt all the unclaimed dogs at the animal shelter. In the near future, she hopes to spend less time thinking about those dogs and more time writing.
Come get to know a bit more about Corinne with an
Interview (Part 2)
6. Now that we’ve gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it’s yours. What’s your story?
Let’s talk about a dinner I had with my professor, Dr. Hart. The first week of finals, my friend’s boyfriend had stopped me after an exam and asked me if I’d like to come along to an auction dinner he’d won. In addition to my friend and her boyfriend, another fraternity brother would be coming along for a homecooked meal at our professor’s house. I accepted, all grins despite nearly two hours of exam-induced cold sweats. I would be able to have a regular conversation with the professor that gave students a hell worth enduring. Without fail, his lectures were peppered with student answers and explanations to the readings, most of which we never fully understand–and it showed. By mid-semester, those of us who hadn’t had the pleasure of being in his class knew the routine. Dr. Hart would pose the tail end of an insanely convoluted statement as a question, usually one bridging political philosophy with history. The two students in charge of discussing for the day would stare past him at the whiteboard or pretend to flip through their book, waiting until the other would answer. Dr. Hart never broke these silences. Eventually, one blurted out half of a sentence, paused. Every student trained their eyes on Dr. Hart from behind the podium. His face would twist and coil in shows of discontent, confusion, or thought. He would stare up at his victim from a tilted head, one fingerless glove on the reader, the other adjusting his glasses. Once his mouth opened, all other students would put down their pencils. If the student was lucky, he would get a simple, “No, that’s wrong” or “Yes, but there’s more”. Most of the time, Dr. Hart would dismantle an answer–while the valiant but clueless student squirmed and chewed at his mouth–before he redirected the question. As a victim of several of these encounters, this invite should have induced anxiety rather than excitement. And yet, there was something about Dr. Hart in his complex and paradox personality that made his presence slightly more intriguing than anything else. Each class, without fail, he dressed the part of a senile retiree who appeared to believe he was both a competitive biker (hence the fingerless gloves) and a gentlemen in the roaring 20s. His appearance played as a heavy distraction from his manner, but his ability to command a room incited respect and awe. What was the explanation for the large discrepancy between the outer shell of this man and his inner wealth of knowledge?
I must tell you, it is the disturbing result of a man who has amassed great knowledge on top of his lack of empathy and caring. His wife, the woman who set the table, took our coats, and waited on us while dinner finished cooking, was the first and ongoing victim of the evening. While she shared the story of how she met her husband, Dr. Hart chewed on in grimaced silence. His ashen face with eyes peeking over lowered glasses was no different than the look he gave to students as they spoke. And just as in class, he interrupted her to trump or correct her details about just how long they spent at a place or why they met. “It felt like we were there forever!” She would gleam in a false-show of a tough time passed in her youth, cut short by his “We only spent two weeks there, at most.” Each time, she would smile wider with his answers. When she had finished, Dr. Hart gave a smile. It didn’t quite reach all of his eyes, only the corners, and he showed no teeth. “The only reason we started dating is because your friend turned me down,” he began. All four of us emitted short, abrupt laughs, and I snuck a look to my friend seated next to me. I didn’t want to appear rude and turn my head, so I only glanced for a second. Her eyes had widened, too. Dr. Hart went on to explain that while his wife’s old college friend was much more attractive, she didn’t reciprocate his advances. So, he settled for talking to his wife. He did not end the story with a sweeter tone. Just as with his students, he left his response cutting and incomplete.
He offered us wine. All four of us shifted uncomfortably, not sure if accepting the gesture would be appropriate since we were underaged. “Do your parents normally let you have a glass with dinner?” He posed a question, and when none of us spoke he made several comments about how we shouldn’t be so modest, us being college students. Three of us obliged, but my friend insisted that she was driving and shouldn’t anyways. “Oh, so good.” He purred, almost sarcastically. Everything he said, no matter what it was, had some trace of sarcasm to it. He even asked what the dinner was for, anyways, and my friend’s boyfriend reminded him it was a part of the auction. Dr. Hart gave no other response than a shrug; he would sip his wine when he didn’t want to continue the subject.
When my friend notified Dr. Hart that her and her boyfriend were dating because of his class, he didn’t bother looking up at her from cutting his steak until she finished. All he said was, “Are you boyfriend and girlfriend too?” He chuckled to himself, brandishing his steak knife at the fraternity brother and I. The brother beat me to a response:  “Actually, no we’re just friends,” and I gave a nervous, close-lipped smile. My friend folded her hands in her lap and tore at the edges of her napkin. On the car ride over, she’d told me how her boyfriend had talked with Dr. Hart about her before they’d even had a conversation. It seemed as if he didn’t remember.
The wine loosened the boys up a bit, and they engaged in politics with Dr. Hart. Most of the conversation went along like this: the professor posed a statement and questions, and the boys would answer and debate. Half an hour after that, both dessert and the topics were finished up. Before the silence passed too long, Dr. Hart’s wife wrapped the dinner up with a pleasant remark on how nice it was to have us over. We shuffled out, half turned to the couple and to the door. With our coats in hand, we gave quick waves at the two and thanked them until we stepped outside. When we reached the car across the street I turned to look at them one last time, but the door was already closed.
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This week’s deals!

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

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Sears Coupons: $10 Off $50: Finding the perfect pair of shoes for yourself can be a challenge, let alone finding a fantastic pair for every single member of your family! But thanks to Sears and their fabulous selection of footwear for sale at amazing prices, you can rest assured that you’ll find exactly what you need and more for everyone in your family without breaking the bank! Shop now online at Sears.com to save $10 off of your purchase of $50 or more on shoes for the whole family with our exclusive coupon code! Offer valid 6/12/16 – 6/25/26.

Shoebuy Coupon Code: 20% Off: Are you on the hunt for the perfect pair of shoes to amp up your already fashionable wardrobe? Look no further. Thanks to the shoe experts at Shoebuy.com, you can find everything you need to keep your feet stylish and comfortable all summer long with a fabulous selection of modern and classic sandals, flats, heels, wedges, and more all in one place. Shop their amazing selection now to save an additional 20% off of your entire purchase of any gorgeous pair of shoes and get free shipping with our exclusive coupon code! Offer valid through 11/1/19.

Sierra Trading Post Coupon: 15% Off: Whether you’re a lifelong outdoors enthusiast or simply have taken a recent shine to spending your free time out in the fresh air, having the right equipment and apparel can really help make a difference in your experience. From camping gear and accessories to outdoors sports clothing and shoes, Sierra Trading Post has everything you need to fuel your next great outdoors adventure all in one convenient place. And if you shop today at SierraTradingPost.com, you can save an amazing extra 15% off of your entire order by using our exclusive I’m in promo code. Offer valid through 7/7/16.

Allposters Promo Code: 25% Off: No matter what your personal taste or sense of style, adding a touch of art to your home or office can really help boost your mood and make your space more inviting and enjoyable. But where can you find the exquisite works of art that you’ve been dying to have without spending a fortune in the process? At AllPosters, of course! Shop their unbeatable selection of posters, art, and photography prints online today to save 25% off of your entire order with our exclusive coupon code! Offer valid through 6/30/16.

WorldMarket Promo: 10% Off: Searching for the perfect unique piece to add to your home? Look no further! World Market has everything you’ve been searching for and more all in one place, from playful decorations and eye-catching art to trendy furniture and accessories to delicious foods and snacks, you can find it all here and more! Whether you’re shopping for the perfect present for someone special or just a little something for yourself, World Market will have it. And now you can save 10% off of your entire purchase at World Market with our exclusive coupon code! Offer valid through 12/31/16.

Fossil Promos: UP to 30% Off: We’ll admit it – trying to find the latest in high-end accessories that are both trendy and affordable can be a challenge, especially if you don’t know where to look. But you can rest assured that you’ll find everything you need for an amazing price at Fossil! From fashionable handbags to modern and classic wallets to playful accessories, Fossil has everything a woman needs to stay on trend yet classically beautiful without even trying! Shop at Fossil.com today to save up to 30% off of all women’s accessories with our exclusive promotion code! Offer ends 8/24/35.

Steve Madden Coupon: 15% OR 20% Off: Looking for the perfect pair of shoes to add to your wardrobe for the upcoming summer season? Head on over to Steve Madden to find exactly what you need and more! With their unbeatable selection of fashion-forward women’s footwear, you can easily get your hands on all of the styles you’ve been dying to have at a fantastic price, too! From wedges to sandals, flats to heels, pumps to clogs, they have everything you’ve been dreaming of and more! Shop at SteveMadden.com to save an additional 15% off of your entire purchase of $75 or 20% off of your purchase of $100 or more and get free shipping with our exclusive coupon code! Offer valid 6/1 through 6/30.

Alloy Coupons: 20% Off: The summer season is officially here, and you know what that means – time to build up your summer wardrobe with trendy new pieces and classic favorites! But how can you get yourself ready for the summer without spending a fortune? Shop at Alloy clothing, of course! With inexpensive pieces that are perfect for any woman’s sense of style and unique shape, you are bound to find everything you need and more in their fabulous selection of clothing, shoes, and accessories. Shop online at Alloy.com any time from 5/19 to 7/19 to save 20% off of your entire order with our exclusive coupon code!

Cookies By Design Coupon Code: 15% Off $50: Finding a fantastic present for someone special can be a difficult process, especially if you have no idea what to get them! But thanks to Cookies by Design, you can finally get your hands on a great gift for anyone on your list without the hassle spending a fortune. From playful gift baskets to themed cookie boxes to tasty gourmet treats and more, you can find everything you need for everyone on your list. And if you shop online at their website today, you can save an amazing 15% off of your entire order of $50 or more with our exclusive promo code! Offer valid through 7/18.

1800 Flowers Promo Code: 15% Off: No matter who you’re shopping for on your gift-giving list, you know that they’ll absolutely love and truly appreciate a gorgeous gift basket or eye-catching floral arrangement from 1-800 Flowers. From a stunning spring bouquet to a thoughtful get-well basket of candies and treats to a simple everyday surprise, you can rest assured that you’ll find everything you need and more in their fantastic selection. Head on over to 1-800 Flowers today to save 15% on any order of same-day flowers or gifts delivery services with our exclusive promo code, now through 7/3/16.

Dr Scholls Promo: 10% Off: No matter what you do during the day, from running errands to walking around the office to chasing after your children, having uncomfortable feet is a truly painful experience. But thanks to Dr. Scholls, you can rest assured that you’ll always travel in comfort! With their unbeatable selection of super soft insoles, cushiony shoes, and more, you can finally find the perfect pair to keep you up and running all day long. If you shop online at drshollsshoes.com today, you can save 10% off of your entire purchase sitewide with our exclusive coupon code! Ends 1/17/17.

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The Superlative Stream…

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

This book relates a Science Fiction tale that takes place in a world richly created by the author. As the best Sci-Fi stories go, this one also has intergalactic flight, space living, interplanetary discoveries, and extra terrestrials, or so they think. It is subtitled the second book of the Darktrench saga, but I see no evidence in this book of the previous tale. In this earth-based civilization, some children are taken from their parents and raised by a priest of A. At a certain age, all of them get a chip implanted in their head. It is set surgically there to make them comply with everything or receive a painful shock if they chose not to. Because of that, both men and women are bald-headed.

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Girls in their sight have no rights. They are a piece of property to the human race and their life is forfeited if they show their faces in public. To make this point more potent, there are hundreds of girls who die in a fire because the robots that are supposed to save them don’t 19t let them come out without their face scarves. It would be a crime in the sight of A. Their world revolves about what the robots say, because they are A 19s (Their God 19s) messengers. The tale is well written and creative. The end of each chapter is left with a well-placed cliffhanger to keep us reading just to see what will happen next. I like the pace of the story and the depth of character developed for the principal female. Reading this book was time well spent. It will be a must have for any young adult or adult library.

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The Neil Marshall Mystery

Monday, June 20th, 2016
 
 
Book 1
If Wishes Were Horses…
” Neil Marshall is a graduate student in the University of Houston’s creative writing program and a promising young poet. However, facing a financially and emotionally draining divorce has him worried about more than paying tuition. So to make ends meet, Neil moonlights as a chef for a high society caterer.  Just when Neil’s life seems bleakest, his oldest friend, racehorse breeder Jason Keys, is murdered. And Neil becomes the prime suspect.  To avenge his friend, clear his name, and rescue a missing championship thoroughbred, Neil infiltrates the dark underworld of horse theft and illegal breeding. Neil’s friends—his attractive writing teacher, his cooking colleagues, and a freckle-faced teenage horsewoman—offer their support. But their cheers quickly turn to gasps when Neil becomes the hunted.”

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A Whisper Of Rage
“Graduate student and part-time chef Neil Marshall only wants to go for an early morning run.  Instead he witnesses the near-fatal shooting of legendary Houston private eye C.J. McDaniels, and he fears the gunmen can identify them. Before long, Neil finds himself in the eye of a hurricane, his quiet academic life ripped apart as he rides a swath of violence that cuts across a mansion in River Oaks to an eerily silent suburban home, from a secret hospital room to the bed of a fascinating woman.  In Houston’s sultry summer heat a deep-rooted rage is building from a whisper to a roar.”
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Tim Hemlin is a graduate of the University
of New Hampshire, having studied with poets Charles Simic and Mekeel McBride.  He has published in poetry
journals, anthologies, and magazines–most notably in Ellery Queen.  Currently he has six published novels, two
short stories and is included in an anthology.
By day he is an educator; however after
teaching ELA for 22 years he decided to put his master’s degree to work and is
now a high school counselor.  In
addition, he is an avid marathoner, fly-fisherman, and outdoorsman.  He lives just outside Houston, Texas with his
wife Valerie, two dogs and a cantankerous cat.
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 The Interview 

Tell us about your writing – What genre do you prefer to write? 

I write a variety of genres, including mystery, young adult urban fantasy, and dystopian science fiction. What drives any genre for me is characterization. The newness of any world and the excitement of any plot will only be as good as the characters they are built around.

What books, stories, other publications that you’ve written are your personal favorites?

In the 1990’s Ballantine Books published my series of culinary mysteries set in Houston, Texas. The Neil Marshall series includes If Wishes Were Horses, A Whisper of Rage (nominated for a Shamus Award), People in Glass Houses, A Catered Christmas (the one I most enjoyed writing), and Dead Man’s Broth. These novels are loosely based on the ten years I worked as a chef for a high-end caterer. It was hard work and the hours were long but I was exposed to a side of society I’d probably not have otherwise seen. I have recently attained the rights of this series from Ballantine and I’m particularly excited that I’m reissuing the books, on the twentieth anniversary of the series initial publication, through La Nouvelle Atlantide out of New Orleans. In fact, revisiting the mysteries triggered some fond memories and inspired me to pen a new Neil Marshall short story, the first in roughly fifteen years.

It’s my passion for the environment that sparked me to write The Wastelanders, a dystopian-clifi published in both e-book and paperback by Reputation Books. I’m represented by Kimberley Cameron of Kimberley Cameron & Associates Literary Agency. By the way, having an agent and a publisher sounds good but I still do my own marketing and function as an indie.

Recently the Muse has kindly allowed me to tap into that creative magic and pen a young adult urban fantasy titled Son of a Kitchen Witch. This is a coming of age story with a good v. evil backdrop. I loved writing this book and I think it shows. It will be out later this summer. Last fall I wrote a related story titled The Darkest Night of the Year. It appeared in the Echoes of Winter anthology, edited by Laurie Starkey.

I have published shorter works, most notably a story in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

Anything new coming up?

I have also come out with a short story, Black Silence, where I introduce a new character, who will appear in the sequel to The Wastelanders. The sequel, which I’m currently working on, is titled Rise of the Time Witch.

What color would you wear if you had only one choice? 

Blue. Think of George Harrison in his denim shirt and blue jeans crossing Abby Road.

Describe your dream writing spot.

A cabin in the country with a bay window looking out over a verdant forest. In fact, one summer I wrote one of my mysteries in the mountains of Colorado in just this setting. Coffee and stories after an early morning trail run sounds like heaven to me.

If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose? What food would you serve?

Bear, my renegade from The Wastelanders, and C. J. McDaniels from my mysteries. We would have oxtail soup and a few tall pints of Black Silence, a particularly potent dark beer brewed on the Houston Rim. Undoubtedly the beer would loosen their tongues so I could spend hours listening to these kindred spirits swap war stories–both literally and figuratively. I can already hear how C. J. would combat the political rule of the heavy-handed oligarchy called The Water Cartel, to which Bear’s response would be, “Marvelous.”

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A Whisper of Rage & If Wishes Were Horses Author Interview (We ask the Questions)

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Author: Tim Hemlin

Release Date: re-release 15 June 2016

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Genre – Mystery

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Synopsis:
Book 1 – If Wishes Were Horses . . .
” Neil Marshall is a graduate student in the University of Houston’s creative writing program and a promising young poet. However, facing a financially and emotionally draining divorce has him worried about more than paying tuition. So to make ends meet, Neil moonlights as a chef for a high society caterer.
Just when Neil’s life seems bleakest, his oldest friend, racehorse breeder Jason Keys, is murdered. And Neil becomes the prime suspect.
To avenge his friend, clear his name, and rescue a missing championship thoroughbred, Neil infiltrates the dark underworld of horse theft and illegal breeding. Neil’s friends—his attractive writing teacher, his cooking colleagues, and a freckle-faced teenage horsewoman—offer their support. But their cheers quickly turn to gasps when Neil becomes the hunted.”

Book 2 – A Whisper of Rage
“Graduate student and part-time chef Neil Marshall only wants to go for an early morning run. Instead he witnesses the near-fatal shooting of legendary Houston private eye C.J. McDaniels, and he fears the gunmen can identify them.

Before long, Neil finds himself in the eye of a hurricane, his quiet academic life ripped apart as he rides a swath of violence that cuts across a mansion in River Oaks to an eerily silent suburban home, from a secret hospital room to the bed of a fascinating woman. In Houston’s sultry summer heat a deep-rooted rage is building from a whisper to a roar.”

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Sunday, June 19th, 2016

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Colin McCool and the Vampire Dwarf

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

4 stars for Colin McCool and the Vampire Dwarf, a  review for readersFavorite.com

The author uses a great beginning to start this outstanding story for older children. It will keep you glued to the pages and you’ll forget to breathe a few times. If you like faery people and where they come from…you are going to love this book. It is full of faery lore and information to delight lovers of this genre to no end.

The story is about Colin, who is a thirteen year old kid who lives in a small town name Farmersville.
For the past few months all has appeared to be fabulous and he can’t believe his luck. After all, the year before he had been made fun of, but now he is the star of his baseball team. His best friend, Jesse, is one of the best players there too. Colin is late for his game and crashes into an old man who doesn’t move and who is holding a stone in his hands. With the crash Colin starts seeing some very interesting things. His town is not as others perceive it. It is dirty, and the people look to be in terrible disarray. Nothing seems like it was before the accident. There are many weird and interesting thing and animals all over he never saw before. Is he in a nightmare? What will Collin have to do to save his town, family and friends?

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You will find magic, leprechauns, spells and regular folks in this entertaining tale that will be enjoyed by pre-teens and young adults alike. Any future books in this series should also be great feasts for the minds of the young and the young at heart. It is a clean and all-around good story.

Link:

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THE STAR AGENCY by R. E. Webber

Monday, June 13th, 2016

The Seven: the first wave of humanity among the stars.

Theopolis James Logan is finally living his long-cherished dream. Whisked away from his mundane life on Earth – along with six other gifted teenagers – by an alliance of peaceful, alien civilisations known as The Affinity, he has forged a life of excitement and wonder on another world. To his friends, he is a technical specialist, adept in the use of super-advanced technology. However, in secret, he is a covert operative for The Star Agency: the Affinity’s secret service, defending the galaxy against the shadowy forces of the Metah Dah, the Affinity’s sworn enemy.

For centuries, the Star Agency has helped maintain a fragile peace, but when a devastatingly powerful secret weapon is lost, presumed stolen, it sets in motion a chain of events, pushing the Affinity towards the brink of war and plunging the seven human friends into a nerve-shredding battle for survival. Can they survive in a universe more dangerous and unpredictable than they can possibly imagine, or will the dark forces of the enemy triumph, tearing the Affinity apart?

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Meanwhile, back on Earth, an old friend is looking for answers.

The Voyages Of The Seven is the second exciting adventure in the Star Agency Chronicles – an Interstellar secret agent adventure series suitable for young and old alike. If you think you know science fiction, think again.

Link:

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Flash Bangs: A sparkling array of hundred-word short stories One Hundred Varieties To Amuse & Inspire

Friday, June 10th, 2016

With a short story in each page of this book, you will find many that you will like. Flash stories are very short tales and this ones are 100 word each. To be able to do this stories you need to be very good. Many authors will never write short stories because they can make them work. It takes a talented person to get them right. The author did a great job in this book. The writing is easy and you feel like you have accomplished a lot of reading in a short time.

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In this potpourri of tales you will find from Si-Fi in one page to a contemporary in the next. Mystery in the right and murder in the left.  Magic in the front YA tale in the back. All guided to be enjoy and a kid to an adult and includes all genres within. With all this fantasy in the mix you will be well entertain you, or you can have a new tale every day for one hundred days. Either way it is a great idea full of fun and imagination. Although necessary in this type of stories, the title gives you an insightful part of the tale.  It is family friendly book that you will be able to share with your younger kids. It teaches in a very succinct form about family values, all kind of addictions, mature conservation, relationships, and life. Overall under supervision of an adult this great collection could be share by the whole family. I would say this is a great work for book clubs and the library.

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The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Cassandra Jones 

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

A Review:

Cassandra Jones is a twelve year old girl who is a bit selfish, much like many girls at that age. She wants to have friends and be liked by other girls her age. She has a normal family that loves her, but gets tired of the drama they don’t need while taking care of her and her siblings.

The series is composed of short stories divided into chapters. The reader walks in Cassandra’s shoes through different situations in her life.

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Cassandra Jones is a twelve year old girl who is a bit selfish, much like many girls at that age. She wants to have friends and be liked by other girls her age, which is also pretty much like girls that age. She has a normal family, mom, dad, that loves her, but gets tired of the drama they don’t need while taking care of her and her siblings. Every day is a new adventure and a new page in her life.

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The series is composed of short books divided into chapters. The reader walks in Cassandra’s shoes through different situations in her life. Is a great reading for girls ten to twelve.

Things like snakebite, school dealings, life at home, birthday, boys, etc. are present on the pages.

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I believe many girls around ten to twelve years old will like this series. They will connect with Cassandra, the main character, and see themselves between the pages of her stories. It will bring many hours of reading and peace to parents during the summer. Great job.

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