Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A Gentleman in Mosow

More than 750,000 readers have fallen in love with the New York Times bestseller A Gentleman in Moscow

“How delightful that in an era as crude as ours this finely composed novel stretches out with old-World elegance.” —The Washington Post
“‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Eloise’ meets all the Bond villains.” —TheSkimm

“Irresistible . . . [an] elegant period piece . . . as lavishly filigreed as a FabergĂ© egg.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility—a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel.

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

“And the intrigue! . . . [A Gentleman in Moscow] is laced with sparkling threads (they will tie up) and tokens (they will matter): special keys, secret compartments, gold coins, vials of coveted liquid, old-fashioned pistols, duels and scars, hidden assignations (discreet and smoky), stolen passports, a ruby necklace, mysterious letters on elegant hotel stationery . . . a luscious stage set, backdrop for a downright Casablanca-like drama.” —The San Francisco Chronicle


A Gentleman in Moscow is an excellent read.  I found myself captivated by the Metropol and all of the activities that took place inside the walls.  Excellent!!!! Excellent!!! Read!!!!  

Saturday, October 21, 2017

BullyMake Box

If you have a POWER CHEWER 
BullyMake Box is for you.

BullyMake Box ~ Diesel is a POWER CHEWER. He can shred a regular dog toy faster than I can get the packaging into the garbage can.
 14 day longevity guarantee!
The BullyMake Box is a monthly subscription box dedicated to power chewers.  
Each box contains approx. 5 - 6 toys and treats.  
You can sign up monthly/quarterly/half year or yearly. The more months you sign up the lower the box cost.


MouthWatchers is a totally new form of toothbrush. You will be amazed at how your teeth feel after just one brushing. 

The Antimicrobial bristles are infused with silver technology that eliminates 99% of bacteria that grows on bristles between use.  The Floating bristles are a dual layered structure which provide a better cleaning. The 1 micrometer thin tips of the bristles are great for reaching deep into the grooves - getting out difficult food particles that are stuck between your teeth.
After just one use of the WouthWatcher Toothbrush my teeth feel amazing! 
Right away when you use the toothbrush you will know that it is a totally new concept. The bristles feel like no other toothbrush on the market. You will be totally amazed at how clean and fresh your teeth feel.
The Mouth Watchers Manual Toothbrush offers a breakthrough in oral care by providing the optimal cleaning experience. The revolutionary antimicrobial* dual layer flossing bristles, reach into areas untouched by prior toothbrushes, leaving teeth and gums feeling just as clean as after a professional dental cleaning.
  • Eliminates 99.9% of bacteria that builds up on bristles in 6 hours due to our proprietary silver bristle technology.*
  • Revolutionary Flossing Bristles™ - long, soft bristles with 1 micrometer diameter tips reach areas missed by other toothbrushes. Our bristles reach deep into teeth grooves and the periodontal pockets (area between tooth and gum) for superior cleaning, while harder inner bristles ensure complete cleaning of the outer surfaces and massage the gums.
  • Comfort grip handle
  • High quality construction
  • PBT Bristle material outlasts traditional nylon used in competitive brushes
The travel MouthWatchers are perfect for easy tooth care while traveling. The attached case is perfect to ensure my brush stays clean.   
MouthWatchers are available at stores near you 
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.

A departure for the bestselling thriller writer, this historical epic—a twelfth-century tale of the building of a mighty Gothic cathedral—stunned readers and critics alike with its ambitious scope and gripping humanity

I love to read and I can not begin to determine how many books I have read in my lifetime.

The Pillars of the Earth I think is probably the best book I have ever read.

Ken Follett did an excellent job of taking me into each word.  I walked the streets - saw the castles and witnessed the wars. Never in a million years would I think cathedrals and monks would fascinate me and keep me wanting more ~ Ken Follett made me want more.  While reading The Pillars of the Earth the book was ALWAYS in my mind. I thought about it all the time. I did not want to stop reading. I would wake up in the middle of the night just to read a few more words.

I give this book 500 STARS!!!!  EXCELLENT READ!!!  Now to start on Book II of the Kingsbridge Series.  
I want to thank my friend Sue for recommending the book. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Full Service Blonde by Megan Edwards

A working girl is found dead in the desert. Can a calendar girl uncover the truth? 

In this prequel to GETTING OFF ON FRANK SINATRA, it’s Christmastime in Sin City. Aspiring journalist Copper Black meets Victoria McKimber, an outspoken prostitute at one of Nevada’s legal brothels. She’s offered Copper the exclusive right to tell her story. Not only will the Las Vegas Light’s “calendar girl” get a byline, but she can also impress her boyfriend and parents when they arrive for the holidays.

Copper is busy with work, Christmas shopping, and fantasizing about a whole week with her long-distance boyfriend. She’s also helping her brother, a civic-minded pastor who is spearheading plans for a new center to serve the homeless. Things are hectic but under control when shocking news breaks. Victoria McKimber has turned up dead.

As she investigates the violent death, Copper evades enemies, juggles boyfriend, work, and family, and races against time to save her brother from a sinister plot. Unless she can expose the truth about Victoria McKimber, somebody just might get away with murder.

If you like a murder mystery this is a great read. The author did an excellent job making me want MORE!
A must have for the reader on your holiday list!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Proggy Menagerie by Hayley Smith

Learn the basics of the Proggy technique with step-by-step photo guides, then set your creativity free with the easy-to-follow patterns. In Proggy Menagerie, designer and author Hayley Smith provides a collection of adorable three-dimensional rag-rug projects that can be adapted for use as children’s toys, pet toys, or home accessories. The technique is easy to master―simply cut your fabric into strips and push it through the holes in some Hessian backing―and has been a traditional way of creating mats for centuries. This technique, known as “progging” in northeast England, is familiar the world over. Proggy Menagerie puts a refreshing modern twist on the technique, moving it beyond the usual two-dimensional rug format, with instructions for making twenty fun and funky three-dimensional stuffed animals. With a few adaptations to the backing, filling, and eye materials, the projects can be safely used as soft toys for children, chew toys for pets, or be used as doorstops and draft blockers around your home. 

Designs include.................

Woodland creatures

Farmyard favorites

Perfect pets
Feathered friends
Water babies

As many of you know I am a crafter. I am always trying a new projects.  With being a crafter/sewer I have tons of scraps that I plan to use one day.  Proggy Menagerie is a excellent book to help me make use of my scrapes.  I am super excited to get started on making the LAMB.  Very fitting considering my last name is LAMB,  I want to make it for my granddaughter - I am positive she will love it. 

HALEY SMITH creates all the products, designs, and patterns for her successful craft business, CRAFT YOURSELF SILLY. Her Proggy Kits, supplies, and tools are stocked by retailers throughout the United States. Haley lives by the sea in northeast England. 

If you do not have lots of scrapes - you can purchase Proggy Kits at JoAnn Fabrics. I would definitely check your local craft store ~ they may also sell Proggy Kits and supplies.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

NEW VIEWS by Alastair Bonnett

A unique and beautiful collection of fifty maps in which our physical, political and cultural world is visualised, measured and mapped like never before. 

From charting energy networks to revealing new and emerging lands, measuring human migration to assessing the planet’s ant populations – and including the phenomena we have little control over such as lightning strikes or asteroid impact – each map asks you to question, wonder and look again at our rapidly changing and often surprising world. 

Divided into three thematic sections: Land, Air and Sea; Human and Animal, and Globalisation, New Views offers a fresh and truly global portrait of our intricately fascinating planet.

I was very impressed with this book and so was my 14 year old granddaughter. In fact she asked if she could please take the book to school with her on Monday. The book offers meaningful topics that are of concern. We were amazing at the topics and the facts. 
Air Pollution 
Solar Energy 
Fertility Rate 
Fast Food Franchises 
Precipitation Change 
Sea Level Variations and so much more

This is a excellent book for all ages. I plan to keep the book as a coffee table book. It is a great conversation starter.

This is definitely a great gift for the holidays for anyone on your holiday list. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Legacy Letters by Carew Papritz

An Award Winning Timeless and Inspirational Love Story about Life.

Rediscovered private letters from a dying father to his children--and his wife--uncover a passionate and powerful guidebook to life.

The letters reveal to us the stories, memories, and music of the father, which ultimately becomes the practical, moral, and spiritual gift and guidebook for his children he'd never live to see, and for his wife, his redemptive story of love.

By combining the best elements of such inspirational books as Tuesdays with MorrieThe Last Lecture, and Chicken Soup for the Soul, author Carew Papritz, has created an intense and thought-provoking book, filled with  life instructions that The Huffington Post calls: "A Must-Read Book of Wisdom for Life... exquisite, intimate, passionate, humorous and genuine..."

Who Reads This "Everybody Book?"  Romantic and pragmatic, old-fashioned and new-fashioned, life- questioning and life-altering, The Legacy Letters is an "everybody book."  It appeals to new parents and parents-to-be for its detailed life instructions.  Parents are reading it to and with their children.  Teenagers are rediscovering timeless values and ideas still relevant for a new time.   Grandparents read it for the nostalgia of an earlier time and to read to their grandchildren.  

The Legacy Letters Makes Publishing History-- The Legacy Letters and its author, Carew Papritz, recently achieved publishing history by becoming the first book ever to win awards as both a nonfiction book and a fiction book!  Because of its universal appeal, The Legacy Letters is a wonderful book for almost anyone in your life,--a true "everybody" gift book that is universal gift for all.

The Legacy Letters makes The Perfect Gift for All Life Occasions:

Needing gift ideas for birthdays?  Trying to track down that perfect holiday gift?  Look no further.  The Legacy Letters has something for everyone.

Perfect Gift for Mom--As the winner of the Mom's Choice award, The Legacy Letters makes a perfect gift for mom on her birthday or even as a Mothers Day gift. It truly is a love story about life.

Great Gift for Dad-- For that someone who probably has everything--it's a great gift for dad--as a Fathers Day gift, for his birthday, or anytime.  He'll love the down to earth cowboy wisdom mixed with inspirational words of what it means to leave behind a legacy for his own children. 

Perfect Book for Expecting Parents--The Legacy Letters was written as life guide from a father to children, which makes it an inspiring gift for expecting parents or as the perfect gift for new parents and their newborn!

Graduation Gift Book--The Legacy Letters is great for someone who's starting out in life and needs a little advice to help them on their way! Whether graduating from high school or college, have your graduate read the letter, "When You're Eighteen, Don't Read This!"

A Memorable Gift for Grandparents. Grandparents who enjoy a stroll down memory lane and also want to share an old-fashioned, back to basics book with their grandchildren will find The Legacy Lettersa gift that gives both ways. 

Gift ideas for Christmas? The Legacy Letters makes a wonderful holiday gift and stocking stuffer.  It's a small and beautiful book that's filled with words of wisdom and inspiring quotes about life, love, and everything inbetween. 

Book Lover Ideas? Running out of books to give your favorite book lover? Just read what the Top 50 Amazon Reviewer, Grady Harp, wrote about The Legacy Letters: "Books of this nature and this quality are rare, Keep it in your library and share it with everyone you love."

If your search for life's meaning encompasses inspirational books or spiritual booksmotivational books, or self-help books, then look no further.  The Legacy Letters has life lessons to live by for every age and generation, a timeless book that reviewers have called, "A nightstand essential."

This is a excellent book ~ it will bring tears to your eye in joy and sorrow.  A perfect holiday gift for the book reader on your list.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown

To switch up book reviews. I asked the publisher if I could have two different ladies review the book at the same time. Two  ladies at very different times in their lives. The only common denominator is that these ladies both belong to a small Book Club located in their community.

Review by Debbie L.:
Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown is a book based on the life of their daughter.  The book is a perfect example of how fast our life can change. The authors did a excellent job of portraying the good and the bad of being a 12 years old girl. So often as a adult we forget when we were 12 and how difficult life could be. 

The book is a very easy read that kept my interest.  This book is excellent for my 13 year old granddaughter to read. I feel Isabella will be able to relate to the story and also help her to understand that what we think about a person is in fact not correct. I feel that Isabella will also be able to identify with Maddie and how to make positive changes in others lives.  So often it is not the big stuff that makes the change - but the small stuff done with only caring in mind. 

The authors did an excellent job expressing the characters emotions and also the traits of being a young teen.  I think the age 12 is a very difficult age.  So much is happening in their life. At 12 a child has so little info to use to determine the good and the bad of situations. I thought how the author described Maddie's issues were excellent. Made me think back when I was 12 and what I would of thought about my situation if it was like Maddie's.

Review by Pamela K.:
MUSTACHES FOR MADDIE was an excellent read, especially how it was written from the eyes of a 12 year old. So many of the current social issues for a 12 year old were addressed in the story.  Such a friendship that excludes others, being embarrassed easily, the attraction between sexes as the hormones begin to surface and the imagination of a talented young adolescent.

I loved the story line of how Maddie displayed such a feeling for others, even though at times she would not act on those feelings, very typical for a 12 year old. The serious of Maddie's brain tumor was presented, but also how she was able to handle such a tragic health condition with a vivid imagination and descriptive story. Her stories were such a great part of her personality which held her together during such a tragic and frightening experience.

This book was very special to me with the story line as how a 12 year old dealt with a serious health condition. My sister Jill has the same exact brain tumor at the age of 19, 42 years ago.  It's amazing how the medical field has advanced so much now in dealing with that type of brain tumor. Also my brother was hit by a car at the age of 11 and became paralyzed on the left side of his body. How the total family was affected by Maddie's condition is something I can relate to and lived through. I was 10 years old at the time. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who might be dealing with a serious health issue of any age. It is very well written and has a humor to go along with the sadness and challenges of an illness.   

You can find Mustaches for Maggie in the Juvenile Fiction/Social Themes section  Available October 2017

About the Authors:
Chad Morris and Shelly Brown are the proud parents of five children - four sons and one daughter, Maddie.  When Maddie was nice years old, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and her experience provided the basis for this novel.

Chad grew up wanting to become a professional basketball player or a rock star. Neither of those plans quite panned out, so he wrote and performed sketch comedy while going to college.  He graduated from Brigham Young University and because a teacher and a writer.

Shelly has always loved children and books so when she started writing, it seemed natural to write books for children,.  In her spare time, she loves the theater and traveling. In additional to her five children, she has three chickens and sixty four Pez dispensers.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Mackensie Goes Adventuring by J.L. Baumann

To Go A-Snooking...
“Snookton was a happy town, full of Snookies, snooking all around. There were Snookie shops full of Snookie toys for all the Snookie girls and boys.” But was this enough for Mackenzie who one day decided that after being let out of school she would not take her usual path home? After convincing another friend to adventure with her through the enchanted woods they soon find out why the teacher had told them “to stay on the right path.” From the dangers of the Snarfling Snarfle to the delights of the Snookberry jelly roll at the Snookie Exchange, they encounter a whole new world out there, but, even after having met a whole new set of friends and learned the value of paying attention, they still had to find their way home.

Excellent story for children ~ FUN and Entertaining. Davey really enjoyed reading the story out loud to us. In fact he read it three times in one day.  Making reading FUN is key to having children read. J.L. Baumann did a excellent job making reading FUN!

The book has excellent illistrations - fun pics with vibrant colors that added to Davey's enjoyment.

I definitely recommend this book - perfect holiday gift for the young reader on your list. The book is also a good bedtime story that can be read multiple days.