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Friday, April 25, 2014

Scattered Links by Michelle Weidenbenner Book Review, Tour & Giveaway!

Thirteen-year-old Oksana lives on the streets of Russia with her pregnant mama and abusive aunt—both prostitutes. When Mama swells into labor, Oksana makes a decision to save herself from abandonment, a decision that torments her forever. But her plan fails when her aunt dumps her in an orphanage before she has the chance to say goodbye to her mama or tell her the secret that haunts her.

Scattered Links is a story of family and the consequences that come from never learning how to love. It’s a story of a girl’s inability to bond with her adopted family and the frustrations that follow.

How can a child understand the mechanics of forming a healthy relationship when she never had a mother who answered her cries, held her when she was frightened, fed her when she was hungry, or loved her unconditionally?

Only when the child meets a rescued abused horse, and recognizes the pain in his eyes, does she begin to trust again.

SCATTERED LINKS takes you down the street of nearly any Eastern European town, arm-in-arm with the orphaned. Michelle has captured the beauty and horror millions of children live everyday. The attention to detail is impressive. Having lived in a post-Soviet country for a time, visiting orphaned children, this fictional account rings with truth, from the heart-wrenching pain of abandonment to the realization of self-worth, and the love family and faith brings. Thank you for such an uplifting book, appropriate for the young reader, as well as adult. May your heart be encouraged, as mine was."
- Kim de Blecourt, speaker and award-winning author of "Until We All Come Home: A Harrowing Journey, a Mother's Courage, a Race to Freedom"

 “Scattered Links is a novel that pulls its characters from the gutters and, in the end, celebrates the tenacity of the human spirit.” A reviewer comment.

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About the Author

Michelle grew up in the suburbs of Detroit with five brothers.  She enjoys writing her novels and encouraging writers and readers alike. She is living her dream writing stories of real people searching for their dreams and confronting their fears, showing the passion of the characters' plights, often giving her the ability to show the reader the 'other' side of the story. When she is not writing she enjoys life on the tennis court and is known as “Queen of the Rim Shots.”

Her debut novel, CACHE a PREDATOR, a geocaching mystery. was launched in July, 2013 and has been an Amazon best-seller in the crime/thriller category.  Her other works include: Willow, Scattered Links, Kelly’s Story, Eclair Series, and The Vision in a Kiss.  She has won contests in both The Writer’s Journal and The Writer’s Digest. Love is Just a Word (Scattered Links) was a bronze medalist is the 2010 Frasier Contest, a 2011 semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis Contest, and won the Aspiring Writer’s Contest withe THE READING ROOM, 2013.

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This book was very powerful. The author is so descriptive and deep that I felt like I was in that Russian orphanage. I felt a range of emotions as I read about all of the trials and tribulations that this young girl has to endure. Some things were even hard for me to imagine, simply because I could not imagine being in that much pain.

From a life of poverty and no love in Russia, to a life of both in America. I can understand why the main character would act out. She has no idea what love is, what rules, are, what it is like to have a 'normal' home life.

I absolutely loved this book, it was well written and very powerful. I was so involved with all of the characters and what was going on. I had to know what would happen and I was riveted to every page. Every sentence. I urge you to check this book out. It just may give people some perspective on what they take for granted in their every day lives.

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.



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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Celebrating #TheHappys with a MommyParty!

Disclosure: I received free products in order to host the Cepia, LLC sponsored MommyParty. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Last weekend, before all of the Easter egg hunts and candy fun, I had a little MommyParty! Thanks to the lovely people at MomSelect and Cepia, LLC, the makers of ZhuZhu Pets. We had the most delightful #TheHappys MommyParty! The Happy's are an adorable and fun new line of motorized plush pets!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Continue the fun of Disney's Frozen with these fabulous books! Available now!

Disclosure: I received a free product(s) for the purposes of this review. All opinions are honest and reflect my own experiences with product(s).

My daughter and I loved watching Disney's Frozen. It was such a cute, fun and wonderful movie. She has asked me to watch it again several more times, and we did buy the movie on blu-ray. But now we can further enjoy the film by reading all of the fun new Frozen books.
Like this Step Into Reading Level 2 book (for early readers, ages 4 to 6), A Tale Of Two Sisters. The book is available in many formats such as Kindle and Paperback. It follows the story of Elsa and Anna just as the movie does. And as you can see, my daughter LOVES it. She also loves the Frozen Read-Along Storybook and CD.
We love reading the storybook together but she also loves to sit by herself and pop in the companion CD and read along with it. It plays a fun little noise, letting you know that it is time to turn the page. The CD also has the original movie voices from Frozen and some very thrilling sound effects.

There is also Frozen : The Junior Novelization. This New York Times and USA TODAY best-selling novel retells the whole exciting story and features eight pages of full-color scenes from the movie! This one may be my daughter's favorite, just because it id the longest book, which means a longer bedtime story!
Frozen : A Sister More Like Me, is a jacketed picture book that features an original story that is different than the movie. It also contains illustration by one of the artists that worked on the film.
All of these books are available now and at can found anywhere books are sold. There are also Frozen dolls available and an app, as well. I urge you to check them out. If you loved the movie, you will love the books.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Do You Collect Sports Themed Memorabilia and Collectibles?

True sports fans often collect different types of items that have intangible value. Baseball is known as America's favorite pastime and this sport is associated with a lot of different collectible items. Since the late 19th century, baseball cards have been collected by loyal fans. Throughout the decades, fans have enjoyed getting their hands on cards that eventually became very valuable. For example, rookie cards of hall of fame legends from the MLB are worth a lot of money. The great thing about collecting sports cards is that it's impossible to predict the next generation of great players. When a rookie card is released, it doesn't have much value. Only time can tell how much a baseball card will be worth after players complete their careers.

Official baseballs are also collected by fans of the MLB. Every several years, new editions of authentic licensed baseballs are released. Some people enjoy collecting the different editions of balls that are used in real games throughout the MLB season. Additionally, special edition balls may be released for all star games. Real licensed baseballs may also be used for practice to allow amateur players a feeling for the professional stages of the game.

Fans often bring MLB baseballs to games with the hope of getting autographs from some of the players and coaching staff. An autographed baseball is worth a lot of money that's usually determined through auction bidding. Some baseballs may bear the logos of specific teams that finish in the top of the conferences in the MLB. These balls could be stored in protective case and placed on display at home or in the office. Official MLB baseballs are made of the highest quality materials and craftsmanship that cannot be replicated anywhere else.

Baseball fans can also purchase decals and stickers that may be placed on cars, home windows and walls. Life size stickers of actual players and team logos may be carefully installed in the room of a true baseball fanatic. Official MLB themed license plate frames can also be installed onto vehicles driven by baseball fans.

Office supplies are also available in unique baseball themes. For example, a Caddy style helmet can be used as a pencil holder on a desk or table. The caddy can bear team logos or graphics of players. Bubble head figures that mimic real baseball players of the MLB also make great addition to offices.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Rainbow Braid Rubber Bands - 2400 piece Creativity Loom Refill Set Review.

Disclosure: I received a free product for the purposes of this review. All opinions are honest and reflect my own experiences with the product. 

My daughter and I love to make bracelets together, so we run out of rubber bands for them quite quickly. But now we will not have to worry about that for quite a while, thanks to this huge 2400 piece Creativity Loom Refill set from Rainbow Braid.  We are having so much fun making tons of fun bracelets. We even made some for Easter to share with all of the family and her cousins. With so many fun, colorful, bright and bold rubber bands, we can make any kind and as many bracelets as we want.

The rubber bands are very good quality. We have not yet had one break. There are so many bright, vivid different colors. 12 colors, to be exact. Solid/Neons (Red, Orange, Light Green, Green, Light Blue, Purple, Rose, Pink), Glow in the Dark (Yellow) and Bolds (Black, White). You can make 2 colors bracelets or just use one color. Or you can make bracelets with every color. Like mine...

These latex-free rubber bands are safe for kids. They are all shipped in separate bags for no color bleeding or mixing. They also ship via special airing process in manufacturing & bags designed with airing holes. So there is none of that funky smell that you sometimes associate with rubber bands. 
You can also get the loom as well. But I have actually mastered the skill of making bracelets with just my fingers or using 2 pencils. They also have these rubber bands in a huge 5400 piece set! And they offer a 365 day money-back guarantee! How cool is that!?!?!?
These rubber bands are so cool and my daughter and I are having so much fun making bracelets. But you could also make rubber band rings or necklaces. I urge you to check them out!!

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