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Murder in the Spotlight: Chloe Kendrick

Food Truck Mystery #2

‘Dogs on a Roll’ is ready for its fifteen minutes of fame. Maeve, the food truck’s owner, has signed up to compete on a reality television show. With chef, Land, by her side, she thinks they have a pretty good shot of winning, too. Hosted by celebrity chef, Johnny Ruck, multiple food trucks selling varieties of food go head-to-head during challenges. Capital City is buzzing with news of the show.

Initially, Maeve’s only concern was that viewers would mistakenly tag her as Land’s girlfriend. But, it’s soon obvious that there are more sinister motives on the set. At first, a few harmless pranks are committed. Annoying, yes, but hardly illegal. Even though the pranks become meaner, no one expects a murder. That is, until Maeve discovers two dead bodies in the green room. Who wants to win the contest badly enough that they’d kill for it?

I have to say, some of the pranks were pretty funny. I won’t spoil it, but they were certainly unexpected! Chloe Kendrick has done a great job with this second installment. Maeve has become more likable & the chemistry between her & Land works.

My only complaint with this one is the use of vocabulary. I’m all for spicy up descriptions, but, I think there’s an overused thesaurus in this picture. Our author tends to utilize adjectives that no one would in a regular day. It becomes a bit distracting. In fact, there were a large number of editing misses throughout the book.

Regardless, I enjoyed the plot of having them compete on the show. There were enough clues to keep readers guessing a bit as anyone at anytime could have ben the culprit. I’m glad I happened upon the series & will continue. ‘Spotlight’ gets 4 stars.

 

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Blue Eel: Lorne Dixon

SYNOPSIS:Long suspected of guilt in his daughter’s disappearance, Branson Turaco’s life takes an abrupt turn when he learns that a lock of her hair has been found in a child predator’s home. He buys an unlicensed handgun, enlists the help of a disgraced filmmaker and a desperate intern, and heads out onto the open road. Clinging to the faint hope that his daughter might still be alive, Branson follows a twisted path into an unknown world of terror within a post-human drug cult.

MY THOUGHTS:
For the most part, ‘Blue Eel’ starts off nice & ‘normal’ ( for a horror novel). Then, BAM! It becomes very twisted, very quickly. There are simply no heroes in this book. Not in the sense that regular fiction cultivates them. Every single character has a good side & a dark side. You’ll find no filler fluff in this book. Many times, you’ll wonder if you know what you really know ( or something like that). If at any time while reading, you believe you have it all figured out, trust me, you don’t.

I’ve been a fan of The Walking Dead since its pilot episode. ‘Blue Eel’ has more twists & U-turns than it does! Reading the synopsis alone doesn’t give readers enough of a glimpse into the plot to even pinpoint the genre. Some may call it Horror while others could honestly tag it as a Psychological Thriller. Both are spot-on.

Lorne Dixon has found his niche. If you’re looking for a book that will blow your mind, choose ‘Blue Eel’. Not for the faint of heart or anyone looking for those warm fuzzy feelings. If you enjoy being frightened, you’ll be pleased by the plot. It’s disturbing, but no one can take away from the fact that Lorne Dixon is incredibly talented. I’d be quite shocked if someone doesn’t produce this as a screenplay of some kind. Despite the fact that this book will leave you shaking your head & in your boots, it’s so well-written that it can’t be given anything short of a 4 star rating.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

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Santa’s Bag Of Gifts Giveaway

 

This giveaway will be valid in the Continental United States only and entrants must be 18+

years of age to enter.

Start Time/Date: 12:00 AM (EST) 11/30/15 (Updated)

End Time/Date: 12:00 AM (EST) 12/15/15

 

 

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3 – Winners Holiday Contest and Sweeps is pleased to bring the final holiday giveaway with some great prizes. I would like to thank the amazing sponsors shown below that have made this giveaway possible. There will be three winners in this giveaway which is valid in the Continental United States only. Best of luck to each and every on of you and have a great Holiday Season.   Grand Prize Package: 1 – $100 QMT Windchime Gift Certificate 1 – 6 ft Olaf with Candy Cane Christmas Inflatable (From the movie Frozen) 1 – The Popcorn Factory Peek-A-Boo Snowman Tower 1 – Viatek Interactive Freddie The Frog Plush Pal 1 – Country Bob’s Assorted Sauces Gift Box 2 – Meal Pass for a #1 Combo at Krystal Restaurant 4 – Full Meal Vouchers for Ovation Brand Restaurants  2 –  Meal Passes for Church’s Chicken Restaurants 3- $5 Tropical Smoothie Cafe Gift Cards

 

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Mischief in Christmas River: Meg Muldoon

Cinnamon’s Pies has been a staple in Christmas River for as long as folks can remember. Many businesses line the streets of town, but nothing close to the Pie Shop. Christmas River’s scenery is about to change, though.
Pepper Posey has floated right into town & opened up a pastry shop, directly across from Cinnamon’s. Though not exclusively a pie maker, Pepper offers wares previously unseen in the town. Professionally trained, young, stunning- Pepper has it all. competitive juices flow when Cin finds out Pepper will be her major competition at this year’s Gingerbread Junction Gingerbread House Contest. All that will have to take a backseat when mischief begins.
People in Christmas River adore their dogs. They’re family. So, no one takes it lightly when dogs start disappearing. Every owner is on high alert. But, even the police aren’t immune. Shasta, a highly priced, highly trained drug enforcement dog, vanishes from the PD. Daniel & Cinnamon search everywhere for her. Things hit close to home, when the couple’s dogs are the next to be napped. Can the dogs be recovered before something dastardly happens to them? Will Cin be able to defend her pie shop with so much on her mind?
‘Mischief’ is a fun mystery that introduces a wealth of new characters. Here we have multiple storylines going at once & Meg Muldoon does a great job paying attention to all of them. While alert readers will absolutely have the solutions pegged by the middle of the book, with the multiple plots, it won’t detract from the plot as a whole.
Daniel has become a much stronger ‘hero’ character & takes lead, as he should, being the Sheriff. We also see Tobias & Tiana, the pie shop assistants, become more of a mainstay. I like them both, so I was good with that. I really enjoyed this one & hope the series will continue. I give it 4 stars.

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide: H.O.P.E.

“Rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted in prayer.” – Romans 12:12

This verse is the focus of H.O.P.E. Standing for Hang On Pray Everyday, H.O.P.E. is a family-owned Christian business. Established after a series of unfortunate events surrounding their family, Jim & Melissa Beckett have made it their goal to put forth a message of hope through faith & prayer. Drawing from their own experiences, they seek to remind others that God never leaves nor forsakes us.

By buying gifts from H.O.P.E., consumers are also benefitting others. 25% of profits go towards life, marriage, & family ministries. This year, keep Christ in Christmas through reminding your loved ones to have H.O.P.E. in each new day.

Shoppers can choose a recipient specific box (For Dad, Student, etc.) for a number of H.O.P.E. items together or piece together your own collection. My husband is fond of their coffee mugs. He is able to witness to others of the hope our own family has found while enjoying his morning coffee everyday. Best of all, the message on the mug is simple, to the point, & beautifully written.ImageProxy

 

 

 

If you have loved ones in care facilities, I’d recommend one of their fleece blankets. For the techies in your life, they offer accessories for their gadgets.

Remind your teens to drive safely & rely on God today with a keychain or jewelry displaying the message of hope. From clothing items to stationary, there’s something for all those on your Holiday shopping list.

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IONutrition Giveaway!

This giveaway will run from now – 12/8 at 11pm Eastern Time.

It is open to US residents ages 18+

1 winner will receive 5 meals and 2 breakfast entrees (a $97 value)

IONutrition Giveaway Sponsored by IONutrition

Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

IONutrition Giveaway

IONutrition offers 100% natural and organic meals delivered right to your door! With these healthy, easy to prepare meals you can rest assured you’ll receive all the health benefits of their high-quality ingredients without worries about chemicals! IONutrition meals have NO preservatives, additives, dairy, gluten, GMOs, hormones, added sugar or soy. See what Emilee at Pea of Sweetness thought in her IONutrition review.

Would you like to win meals from IONutrition? One winner will receive 5 Meals and 2 Breakfast Entrees ($90 value)! This giveaway runs through 12/8/15 at 11:00pm Eastern Time and is open to US residents ages 18+. Winner is subject to eligibility verification and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. For any questions/concerns please email emilee.roberts (at) peaofsweetness (dot) com (consider adding this email to your “Safe List” as winning email notification will be sent from this email). Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.

 

Disclosure: Emilee at Pea of Sweetness received complimentary products to facilitate her review. No additional compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

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Holiday Full of Prizes Giveaway

Start Time/Date: 12:00 AM (EST) 11/24/15

End  Time/Date: 12:00 AM (EST) 12/11/15

PRIZES:

1 – INFLATABLE TRAIN WITH SANTA w/Internal Fan, Lights,Tethers & Stakes)- (ARV $39.97) Extends 5.8ft long.

2 – ANNIN 3’ X 5’ 1 – MERRY CHRISTMAS & 1 – SANTA HO HO HO FLAG (ARV $29.99 EA)

1 – CORINTHIAN BELLS 36” MIDNIGHT BLUE WINDCHIME (ARV $85.98 EA)

PRIZE TOTAL VALUE – $ 185.98

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Holiday Contest and Sweeps once again is honored to work some great sponsors

to bring you another great Holiday Giveaway. This giveaway will have a great

Air blown Inflatable, just plug it in from Standard Concession Supply, 2 – 3′ x 5′ Holiday
Flags from Annin Flagmakers and a beautiful Windchime from QMT Windchimes. There

will be one winner in this giveaway.

Let’s take a look at the prize package:

Look out…here comes Santa on the North Pole Railway express. Colorful new inflatable that young and old will enjoy. Santa greets everyone Christmas greetings popping outside the window from his conductor’s seat. Inflatable is not animated. This large Santa Train extends out 70″ Ho Ho Ho!

Features:

*Comes with a powerful blower to inflate the Airblown and keep it inflated.

*Internal lights create a glowing night-time display.

*Tough light-weight nylon is weatherproof and fade-resistant.

*Stakes and tethers, Spare bulb & fuse and complete instructions are included

 

 

3′ x 5′ Holiday Flags

Merry Christmas Flag

 Rooftop Santa Flag

Proudly fly at your home or business to show your Holiday Spirit. These 100% nylon flags are simply designed to let everyone know that you are in the Holiday Mood. These special 3 ft. X 5 ft. flags are finished with a strong canvas heading and brass grommets.

nnin is known worldwide as a leader in producing nothing less that the highest quality in flags for all occasions.

 

 

The Corinthian Bells® 36″ T306 wind chime has an outstanding clarity of pitch in a size that fits any location.These beautiful chimes will add a touch of decor in your patio, garden or any other location around your home.They will provide you with a touch of relaxation after a hard days work or to just enjoy their amazing tones all day long.

 

 

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United States only and entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway will

end at 12:00 AM (EST) 12/11/15. This giveaway will only have one winner.

Holiday Contest and Sweeps did not receive any form of compensation for holding

this giveaway. The above sponsors are solely responsible for the awarding, and

shipping of their prizes directly to the winner. Holiday Contest and Sweeps will

not be responsible for replacing any prizes that are not received by the winner.

Prizes are not guaranteed to arrived by 12/25/15.

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Iron Man War Machine Limited Edition Print Giveaway

Giveaway will run from November 22 through December 6 at 11 PM (CST).
Choice Collectibles Iron Man War Machine Nov 22 - Dec 6

Iron Man War Machine Limited Edition Print Giveaway!

Sponsored by: Choice Collectibles

Hosted by: Savory Savings

We have another great holiday gift guide giveaway – this time a limited edition print from Choice Collectibles. This stunning Iron Man War Machine print is handsomely matted and ready to be hung in any room of the house. With just 250 in circulation, this is a rare and wonderful gift for any superhero fans in your life!

Enter with the Giveaway Tool below. If you have won a Choice Collectibles giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway. The giveaway will run from November 22 through December 6, 2015 at 11 PM CST and is open to US residents, ages 18 and older. Entries will be verified. Winners will be notified via email (consider adding gloriouslygreengal@gmail.com to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.

Good Luck!

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Holiday Spectacular Giveaway

Start Time/Date: 12:00 AM (EST) 11/22/15

End Time/Date: 12:00 AM (EST) 12/15/15

This giveaway will be valid in the Continental United States Only and entrants must be

18+ years of age to join. There will be 3 winners in this giveaway with a combined prize package value of $700.00

Holiday Spectacular Giveaway

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3 – Winners

    Holiday Contest and Sweeps is proud to work with a amazing group of sponsors

to bring you a Holiday Giveaway that you will enjoy to enter. There will be three

lucky winners that will win a great gift package as shown below.

Grand Prize Package:

1 – 6 pc Ergo Chef/Michael Simon Knife Set with Bamboo Wall Magnet Strip

1 – Snowflake Snackers Choice Gift Box

1 – Snowman with Birdhouse Christmas Inflatable 

1 – Green & 1 Ruby Splash Corinthian 27″ Windchimes

2 – Vintage Christmas Pillow Cases from Avon

2 – Annin Merry Christmas and Ho Ho Santa 3′ x 5′ Holiday Flags

2 – R2F Telescopic Rod and Reel Fishing Combo w/Tackle 

1 – Fruiti Freeze Machine

1 – Country Bob’s Assorted Sauce Gift Box

Second Place Prize Package: 

1 – Park & Sun Badminton Set

1 – Smart Touch Wine Opener

1 – Snowflake Snack Assortment

1 – Country Bob’s Assorted Sauce Gift Box

1 – Buy American 3′ x 5′ Holiday Flag

Third Place Prize Package:

1 – Snowflake Snack Assortment

1 – Country Bob’s Assorted Sauces Gift Box

A Huge Thank You To All Of These Amazing Sponsors

Ergo Chef Cutlery

Viatek Consumer Products

QMT Windchimes

Standard Concession Supply

The Popcorn Factory

Annin Flagmakers

Country Bob’s

Southbend Sporting Goods

Avon with Julie Tucker

Best Of Luck To Everyone!

This Giveaway is valid in the Continental United States only.Entrants must be

18+ years of age to enter this giveaway. This giveaway is in no way associated,endorsed,

of affiliated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This

giveaway will end at 12:00 AM (EST) 12/15/15.

Holiday Contest and Sweeps did not receive any form of compensation for holding

this giveaway from the above listed sponsors. Each of the above sponsors will be totally

responsible for fullfilling, awarding and the shipping of each prize directly to the winners.

Holiday Contest and Sweeps will not be responsible for replacing any prizes that are not

received from the sponsors. None of the above prize packages are guaranteed to be 

delivered by 12/25/15.    

      

  

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Thanksgiving Resources for Kids from PBS LearningMedia

PBS_LM_logoWith Thanksgiving almost here, PBS LearningMedia has sent along some great resources to enhance learning for the Holiday.

· Crash Course with John Green: Colonizing America

John Green teaches you about the (English) colonies in what is now the United States. He covers the first permanent English colony at Jamestown, Virginia, the various theocracies in Massachusetts, the feudal kingdom in Maryland, and even a bit about the spooky lost colony at Roanoke Island. What were the English doing in America, anyway? Lots of stuff. In Virginia, the colonists were largely there to make money. In Maryland, the idea was to create a colony for Catholics who wanted to be serfs of the Lords Baltimore. In Massachusetts, the Pilgrims and Puritans came to America to find a place where they could freely persecute those who didn’t share their beliefs. But there was a healthy profit motive in Massachusetts as well. Profits were thin at first, and so were the colonists. Trouble growing food and trouble with the natives kept the early colonies from success.

· Thanksgiving Vocabulary Word Search

Learn the vocabulary of Thanksgiving with this fun word search from All About the Holidays

All About the Holidays: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a day for us to remember what we’re thankful for. Uncover the history behind this holiday!

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· Thanksgiving History
Throughout history, people have given thanks – sometimes in joyful celebration, often in solemn, even prayerful, ceremony. The United States, over hundreds of years, has come to observe a national holiday for giving thanks: Thanksgiving. This set of primary resources containing images and documents provides a window into this time period, as well as a Teacher’s Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.

· Federal Holiday: Thanksgiving

In the United States, Thanksgiving is a time for tradition and sharing. People gather with family and friends on the fourth Thursday in November to enjoy a traditional meal and to give thanks for life’s many blessings.

· Activate Turkey Power! | Wild Kratts

Chris, Martin, and the gang check out a wild turkey close up and learn about its special characteristics. Aviva programs a new creature power disk with turkey powers, and the Wild Kratts kids encourage Martin and Chris to activate their new creature powers!

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