Thursday, August 30, 2012

Enter to Win a NOOK Color and a $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card! #Giveaway

Welcome to the Nook Color 8GB Giveaway!
BuyDig has teamed up with Kate n' Kaboodle and co-hosts News Wahl and Colleen's Book Nook to bring you this wonderful Back to School giveaway!
This fabulous giveaway includes a 8GB Nook Color and a $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card!

The Barnes & Noble 8GB Nook Color features the 7 inch VividView Touchscreen that displays 16 million colors ultra-bright. This touchscreen is specially designed for remarkable clarity and minimal glare, and is ultra-responsive. The Nook Color is fully customizable so you can make the text bigger, choose your favorite font or read in portrait or landscape.

Books, magazines, newspapers, textbooks, comics ... if you want to read it, the Nook Color can deliver in seconds with its built-in WiFi capabilities! With more than 2.5 million titles available, there is something for everyone. There is an endless list of free books, and you can even save up to 90% on textbooks!

Concerned about storage? Worry no more! With 8GB (up to 5,000 books) of built-in memory and expandable storage up to 32GB with a microSD memory card, there is plenty of room!

Whether you want to watch movies with Netflix, read your favorite book, listen to music, check your Facebook, search the web or enjoy a wide variety of apps, the Nook Color is for you! I own a Nook Color myself, and I absolutely love it. Even my kids use it for reading and to play games! It’s great for the whole family.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Excerpt from "Somewhere Over the Rainbow, I’ve Lost My Damn Mind," by Derek Thompson

From the author: This book fills the void that other bipolar memoirs have left empty as a day-to-day personal account of living with bipolar from a writer in the Millennial Generation. What started as a therapeutic process for dealing with my bipolar disorder I’ve transformed into hopefully a guide for others out there fighting. Somewhere Over the Rainbow is more than an account of coming to terms with a mental health condition; it’s a story of being young and feeling lost, dealing with heartbreak and still finding plenty to laugh about, no matter what happens.

So my blood work came back from the lab this week. You would have known about this if you followed my tweets; you really should, I’m funny sometimes. One irregularity popped out at me. They can’t tell a lick about my BMD [Bipolar Manic Depression] from these tests, but they did find out about my immense fear of scary movies, what I call atroxtheatrophobia. My brothers despise them too, so it’s a family trait.

I’ve only gone to the theater and watched three scary movies in my life:

1.) “The Blair Witch Project” in high school with Cuzin Art (I still make him go down basement steps before me).

2.) “Saw” while I was in the Witt Bubble on a double date (well, Tristan and Boomer went, so I had shades on in the theater and kept my eyes closed through most of it; #truestory#fact#honesty).

3.) “A Nightmare on Elm Street” in A-Town with my girlfriend whose name was so Southern she hyphenated it; she was way out of my league, and she got a kick out of annoying me by getting the entire ticket line to make fun of how nervous I was about the scary movie (good thing she was fine as hell or I wouldn’t have put up with that shit; who am I kidding, yeah, I would).

Ever since I can remember, I’ve had this fear of scary movies and shared it with my brothers. I think Monkey put it best when he described why he hated horror movies: “Let’s see how you do when you’re a seven- or eight-year-old kid and you’re home alone, out in the middle of the country in a remote cornfield, and your older brothers are the only ones around; and they’re scared as hell too. I guarantee you won’t be watching any of that scary movie shit then.”

The last thing my brothers and I were about to do on a dark, cold, weary and eerily calm night in the country was watch “Children of the Corn” (oh, and Crybaby Bridge; not real fond of you either). Instead, my brothers and I could probably be found watching Comedy Central and trying to laugh the fear out of our minds.

So of course when it comes to handing out symptoms of BMD, I get dealt one of my ultimate fears of horror films: psychosis. What can be more terrifying than the complete unknown? Nothing scares me like pure evil. Pure evil has no reason, no cause, and no justification for its ways; how can something without sympathy do anything else? That is what I see in my mania. It comes as it pleases and does as it pleases. The craziness that overcomes my world can be described simply as my own personal horror film come to life. Yet I’ve found pride in living with this. Pride in knowing I am strong enough to overcome my worst fears and then some. And I’m proud to know that I live in what others can only experience in horror movies. Boy, that sounds crazy, which kind of makes sense.

Learn more about Somewhere Over the Rainbow, I’ve Lost My Damn Mind and author Derek Thompson at Follow Derek on Twitter at @e4d01rok.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Sizzling Summer Reads Giveaway Hop: Enter to Win 6 Children’s Books, Plus The Hunger Games DVD & Book Set!

Sizzling Summer Reads

Welcome to the Sizzling Summer Reads hosted by Literary Addicts. This event takes place August 20 through September 2, 2012. Each blog participating will have a book-related giveaway worth at least $10.

The Literary Addicts is also hosting a grand prize -- open internationally!

After entering my awesome giveaway below, be sure to follow the linky and hop around for the chance to win more great prizes!


For my giveaway, one lucky winner will receive all 6 of the following children’s books!

Emma’s American Chinese New Year
Amy Meadows
(Softcover children’s book)

Emma was adopted by her American parents, but every year they celebrate the Chinese New Year in celebration of Emma’s ancestry. They make moon cakes and Chinese lanterns. Emma receives a red envelope with dollar bills. And they visit the local cultural center for festivities that include drummers, dancers, Kung Fu artists, and a dragon! Afterward, they go to a restaurant for traditional Chinese food and fortune cookies. Gung Hay Fat Choy! (Happy New Year!)

The Adventures of Kid America: The Great Puppy Rescue
Jason Holder
(Softcover children’s book ~ autographed)

Kid America may be only 13 years old, but he’s the leader of a team of secret agents code named “The Eagle Watch”! They help Agent Adams (a grown-up) solve mysteries around the world. In this book, they have to find evidence that a bully named Casper is running a puppy mill. With the help of Kid’s sister, Kat, the three secret agents use some high-tech equipment to spy on Casper. Can they save a bunch of puppies from Casper’s yard? This book will help parents open dialogues with their kids about puppy mills and being kind to animals.

Healthy Foods from A to Z
Stephanie Maze (Executive Editor)
(Hardcover children’s book)

This alphabet book features colorful pictures of foods that are good for children to eat! The names of the foods are labeled in both English and Spanish. The end of the book features ideas for making a “Healthy Food Face” and other healthy food projects that kids and parents can do together. For example, it encourages kids to see how many healthy foods at the grocery store start with each letter of the alphabet. A helpful glossary also explains why each of the foods in the book are healthy. This educational book is fun for both adults and children!

Mr. Twizzlepip’s What’s in the Clouds?
Trent B. Dean
(Softcover children’s book)

In this book, Mr. Twizzlepip (a mustachioed man in a bowler and bow tie) encourages kids to look into the clouds and find fun things! Can they figure out what Mr. Twizzlepip is seeing in the clouds? He sees a horse, a fish, a frog and much more! After reading this book, parents and kids can have fun going outdoors and looking for more things in the clouds! This book is a fun way to introduce this game of wonder to children.

Good People Everywhere
Lynea Gillen
(Hardcover children’s book)

All over the world, this book explains, people are doing good things. Carpenters are repairing homes damaged by storms. Doctors and midwives are delivering babies. People are planting seeds, and picking fruits and vegetables that will go to the grocery stores. A teenager helps a young child who is lonely and sad. A first-grader helps a friend with a skinned knee. This lovely book encourages kids and parents to talk about what they can do to help other people and make this world a better place.

Terrance Texter: Adventures in Mobile Phone Land Series
Marie-Antoinette Burrell
(Softcover children’s book)

In Terrance Texter, kids get the message that texting and driving just don’t mix! Miss Toadd is queen of Mobile Phone Land, and she notices that when people like Terrance Texter (a turtle) text and drive, bad things happen! So, she passes a law: No Texting While Driving. She also teaches two other lessons about texting: Be polite when texting, and when you see someone being unsafe while texting, tell a grown-up! The colorful pictures and rhyming text will capture your kids’ attention.

To enter this giveaway, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. There are no mandatory entries. The more items you complete, the more entries you receive! This giveaway is open to US residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on September 2, 2012. After entering this giveaway, don’t forget to hop around to the other participating blogs in the linky posted above!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Giveaway: Three Healthy Recipe Books from Beyond Diet!

Beyond Diet introduces its great selection of recipes that focus on getting you slimmer without sacrificing your taste buds. Enjoy the foods you love with almost 300 delectable soup, salad and dessert recipes created and compiled by Isabel De Los Rios, co-founder of the Beyond Diet program and the Beyond Diet community. Isabel is a certified nutritionist and exercise specialist who has already helped over 250,000 people all over the world lose incredible amounts of weight, regain their health and permanently change their lives.

How to Salad the Beyond Diet Way

Who doesn’t want an all-in-one healthy meal? Salads are light on the waist, heavy on the flavor, and perfect for all summertime meals and festivities. Isabel has compiled a comprehensive illustrated collection of 126 easy-to-prepare super nutritious recipes that are guaranteed to delight your taste buds and help you achieve your weight loss goals! These fresh salads are anything but ordinary. An irresistible combination of the season’s freshest veggies and fruits come together with tangy vinaigrettes and dressings for the perfect warm-weather supper. Retail Cost: $14.95

Beyond Diet’s Super Soups

Soup’s on! Beyond Diet introduces easy-to-prepare soups and stews that make weight loss fun, fast and easier. With over 100 mouth-watering soups, this guide includes tasty and diverse recipes submitted by Beyond Diet members. From exotic soups like the Butternut Squash, Pears & Coconut Milk Soup to soups inspired by international flavors like the Moroccan Vegetable Soup, you’ll be sure to find the right recipe for every season and taste bud. Retail Cost: $14.95

Desserts Done Right

You can have your cake and eat it too! From cookies and cupcakes to brownies and puddings, indulge your sweet tooth -- healthfully -- with these better-for-you desserts from Beyond Diet. With over 50 delicious recipes, sweets and treats aren’t off-limits if you’re aiming for a healthy diet. Retail Cost: $11.95

What is is a revolutionary nutrition resource and weight-loss program offering a comprehensive sustenance curriculum that enables members to enjoy a healthy state of being while achieving an ideal weight. Pioneered by Isabel De Los Rios, Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Exercise Specialist, has evolved into one of today’s largest online health and nutrition programs.

Utilizing extensive strategic training and hands-on client experience, Isabel has developed a nutrition plan for members that can be easily tailored to meet their dietary needs and goals. Members of receive access to healthy recipes, individualized daily meal plans, and support through its online community forum where members can share, learn and explore.

For more information about the Beyond Diet program and founder, Isabel De Los Rios, visit


One lucky winner will receive all three books listed above! Enter through the easy Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway will end on Monday, September 3, 2012 at 11:59 PM ET and is open to U.S. residents only.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Enter to Win the New Contemporary Romance eBook, This Too Shall Pass, from Award-Winning Author Cynthia Roberts! (WW)

I’m pleased to announce that romance author Cynthia Roberts has launched two new books, Captive Heart (which is Book 2 of the historical series that began with Wind Warrior) and This Too Shall Pass, her first contemporary romance. Both books just received a shining Blue Ribbon Review from!

To celebrate, Cynthia Roberts is offering the opportunity for you to win a FREE eBook copy of each book. In the Rafflecopter below, you can enter to win This Too Shall Pass. Then CLICK HERE to enter to win Captive Heart! Plus, receive an immediate coupon for 40% off each book right away through the links provided in each post.

This Too Shall Pass

Rising from the ashes once you hit rock bottom is not easy for a woman alone. Neither is the journey along the road to self-discovery. The end result proves awe-inspiring for Alana Waverly when fate steps in, however, and presents her with the wonderful possibility of not only finding love, but believing in it again.

Review ~ 5 stars ~ Link to Review

This Too Shall Pass, the latest novel by talented author Cynthia Roberts, is a touching, emotion-packed contemporary romance that reminds us not to take life for granted. Each chapter begins with a few words of wisdom about life and living it to the fullest. At times, it will bring a smile to your face. At other times, tears will appear as you find yourself empathizing with Alana and the struggles she goes through. You also cannot help but love Dylan, who sticks with her through thick and thin. Ms. Roberts brings these complex characters to life right before your eyes until it almost seems as if Dylan and Alana are people you know. With creativity, passion and emotion, Ms. Roberts fills her story with life’s hardships and blessings, beautifully clever dialogue, vulnerable characters with realistic problems, a real-life plot, romance and true love, making this moving story one you will want to read and then read again. It will remind you of how truly fortunate you are and how important it is to make the most of the limited time you have here on Earth.

Coupon ~ 40% off retail price of $7.99 ~ Go to ~ Insert discount coupon at checkout DK79K ~ valid until Sept. 15, 2012 and can be shared with friends & family.


One lucky winner will receive a complimentary eBook version of This Too Shall Pass, by Cynthia Roberts! (EBook is available for all of the following formats: online reading from your computer, Kindle, Epub for Apple iPad/IBooks, Nook, Sony Readers, Kobo, Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital, LRF and Palm Doc reading devices.) This contest is open internationally and will end on Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 11:59 PM ET.

Enter to Win the New Historical Romance, Captive Heart, from Award-Winning Author Cynthia Roberts! (WW)

I’m pleased to announce that romance author Cynthia Roberts has launched two new books, Captive Heart (which is Book 2 of the historical series that began with Wind Warrior) and This Too Shall Pass, her first contemporary romance. Both books just received a shining Blue Ribbon Review from!

To celebrate, Cynthia Roberts is offering the opportunity for you to win a FREE eBook copy of each book. On this post, you can enter to win Captive Heart. Then CLICK HERE to enter to win This Too Shall Pass! Plus, receive an immediate coupon for 40% off each book right away through the links provided in each post.

Captive Heart

A Seneca maiden is banished from her tribe and finds herself caught between two worlds ~ remaining who she is, or the woman she secretly wishes to become. Captive Heart is a soulful tale of spiritual rebirth, and a passionate love story that blossoms during an extremely difficult journey of revelation.

Review ~ 4.5 Stars ~ Link to Review

A poignant tale, Captive Heart, the second book in talented author Cynthia Roberts’ Iroquois series, is a warm, passionate historical romance that will transport you back to colonial America. This tale of spiritual rebirth and passionate love gives insight into the Indian people, who are often thought of as savage, but in reality only seek to peacefully coexist with the white man. There are lessons that we could take from them. They live off the land, not depleting it, but honoring it and live close to their God, thanking Him for their blessings and seeking His guidance in their every action. This beautifully written story will touch your heart as it gives a perception into another way of life. By combining love, passion, hatred, danger, spiritual guidance, kidnapping, violence, remorse, Indian customs and legends as well as second chances, Ms. Roberts has penned a story that is unforgettable. Whether you are a fan of colonial and Indian romances or not, you’re sure to enjoy this story. This book can be read as a standalone, but for additional enjoyment, do not miss the first book in this series, Wind Warrior, the tale of Winnokin and White Dove.

Coupon ~ 40% off retail price $7.99 ~ Go to ~ Insert discount coupon at checkout MJ45D ~ valid until Sept. 15, 2012 and can be shared with friends & family.


One lucky winner will receive a complimentary eBook version of Captive Heart, by Cynthia Roberts! (EBook is available for all of the following formats: online reading from your computer, Kindle, Epub for Apple iPad/IBooks, Nook, Sony Readers, Kobo, Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital, LRF and Palm Doc reading devices.) This contest is open internationally and will end on Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 11:59 PM ET.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Bloggers Needed for the Back to School Nook Color Event!

Attention, bloggers! Sign-ups are now open for the Kate n' Kaboodle Back to School Nook Color Event!
This is a free blogger event!

Prize: Barnes & Noble NOOK Color 8GB Memory with Wifi
Dates: Aug. 30 - Sept. 13, 2012
Sign up here!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Literary Love Giveaway Hop: Enter to Win The 39 Clues Boxed Set: Books 1-11 #literarylove

Welcome to the Literary Love Giveaway Hop hosted by Views from the 'Ville and Money Saving Mindy! Every blogger in this hop will be offering a giveaway worth a minimum of $20 that is themed around a favorite book! After entering my giveaway below, be sure to visit the linky after the Rafflecopter form so you can hop around to all of the blogs participating in the Literary Love Giveaway Hop. Now on to my giveaway…

For my giveaway, one lucky winner will receive one of my boys’ favorite book series: The 39 Clues! This brand-new paperback boxed set includes the following books:

Book 1: The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, by Rick Riordan
Book 2: The 39 Clues: One False Note, by Gordon Korman
Book 3: The 39 Clues: The Sword Thief, by Peter Lerangis
Book 4: The 39 Clues: Beyond the Grave, by Jude Watson
Book 5: The 39 Clues: The Black Circle, by Carman
Book 6: The 39 Clues: In Too Deep, by Jude Watson
Book 7: The 39 Clues: The Viper’s Nest, by Peter Lerangis
Book 8: The 39 Clues: The Emperor’s Code, by Gordon Korman
Book 9: The 39 Clues: Storm Warning, by Linda Sue Park
Book 10: The 39 Clues: Into the Gauntlet, by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Book 11: The 39 Clues: Vespers Rising, by Rick Riordan, Peter Lerangis, Gordon Korman, Jude Watson

To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. There are no mandatory entries. The more options you do, the more entries you receive! This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 p.m. EDT on August 21, 2012.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Promotional Book Tours Group Giveaway: $100 Amazon Gift Card! #GroupBookTour$100GIFTCARD

Welcome to Promotional Book Tours Group Tour taking place August 3-24, 2012. We have teamed up with 9 Amazing Authors and several awesome bloggers to bring you a $100 Amazon Gift Card brought to you by these 9 books!

Don’t miss out on these great reads even if you don’t have a Kindle yet. You can download the Kindle app for your phone, desktop, or iPad HERE. All of these books cost less than a Starbucks Coffee!


Incredible Dreams

Incredible Dreams is the story of a modern-day ghost whisperer who travels through time to save the life of a WWII fighter pilot, and ends up jeopardizing her own existence. Izzy Miller prefers to call herself a spiritual therapist because she thinks it makes her sound more professional than plain old ghost-whisperer. She expects her latest project to be quick and easy because exorcising military personnel is pretty routine.

But there's nothing easy or routine about Captain Jack Baker -- he's a rather forgetful spirit and somewhat mischievous. And even though he's intrigued by the US Government's latest attempt to remove him from the only place he can ever remember being, he has no intentions of going anywhere.

Plans to exorcise Jack are quickly sidelined when Izzy discovers a portal into the past inside her dreams and sets out to change his fate. Trouble is, when she gets back there, she can't remember anything but her name. She still sees ghosts, but is far less accepting of her gift. And, to make matters worse, a demonic force pretending to be the forgetful heroine's sister has her own plans -- to steal Izzy's soul. Purchase HERE


50 Parent Commandments: The Essential Guide to Hiring a Good Nanny

50 Parent Commandments is a must-have book by childcare expert, Tosi Ufodike. Parents all over the world struggle with how to hire and retain good nannies to look after their children. In this book, she offers simple, yet effective advice on hiring a good nanny.

This book answers many questions: Should you offer your nanny a bonus? What should you do if the nanny is a flirt? Should you allow the nanny to spank your child? How much should you pay a nanny? Nanny Cams -- should you have one? Tosi Ufodike relied on numerous parent and nanny interviews to write this book.

50 Parent Commandments is the only book that gives parent-tested advice that is not based on theory but practical experience. With humor, insight, and proven experience, Tosi Ufodike breaks down the daunting task of hiring a good nanny. Purchase HERE


Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction

When Tess Tremaine starts a new life in the colorful town of Goose Pimple Junction, she thinks she's moved to a quiet little burg. Curiosity leads her to look into a seventy-five-year-old murder, and suddenly she's learning the foreign language of Southern speak, resisting her attraction to local celebrity Jackson Wright, and dealing with more mayhem than she can handle. Purchase HERE


Bitten Shame

Jill Prescott returned from self-imposed seclusion to help save her best friend Devan’s life. Throwing herself into Devan’s problems and bringing an evil organization to its knees might just be the distraction she needs to keep living without the only man she’s ever loved. Her life changed forever when she was hired to spend a week with Doc Massey.

On the day she became a vampire her youthful innocence ended, but Doc’s love rescued her from being consumed by the darkness. The shadow of that former life continues to loom over her, keeping her from realizing her own self-worth. Running from her past only brings her closer to a destiny that is inextricably connected to what she is trying to escape…

Every gift has both a reward and a price, because all of it fits… Purchase HERE


As Above ~ So Below: A Channeled, Assisted, Unfolding Story

A thought-provoking, journey of fantasy, through the experiences of a new writer who has moved back to the mountains of Upstate New York with his wife. He encounters a spirit who has passed over, and together they touch upon many issues and beliefs of society and the concerns thereof; those that weigh so heavily upon their minds.

Often controversial, at times extremely passionate, and usually very captivating, this work exudes food for thought that "Magickally" keys forth a possible spiritual awakening for those yearning to grow and learn. The opinions and beliefs presented within may or may not be similar to those of the reader, however it will provoke the reader to think about what is said.

The author believes this to be a "channeled" work, as much that is written he believes to have received form the "powers that be." Purchase HERE



When she agrees to allow Ms. Lacusta to help develop her powers, Tasmyn has no idea how deep and dark the journey will become. Trapped between fascination and fear, she moves farther away from friends and family, even her boyfriend Michael. Leading a double life forces Tas into decisions that will threaten her sanity and her future … and the very lives of those she loves. Purchase HERE


The Unsacred Gift

When Sissy was six, she had her first vision of her sister’s (Misty) disappearance. Her mother (Tina) said she had a bad dream, but not long after that Misty vanished before Sissy’s eyes. No one believed her, so Sissy pretend to act like everyone else, like Misty never disappeared and never existed. For the past fifteen years, Misty’s disappearance has haunted Sissy’s dreams. She could hear the ear-piercing screams at night of her sister begging for help. Sissy tries to help her, but never succeeds.

Sicily “Sissy” Monroe attends the University of Washington and is in her senior year majoring in Psychology. She has all the makings of a perfect young lady, ageless skin, flawless long black hair, full kissable lips and eyes that are shaped like almonds. She is almost where she wants to be in life. But lying deep in the pupil of her eyes is something that she cannot get rid of, which interferes with her plans. Purchase HERE

Night Game

The exclusive King's Club resort casino is a glittering playground for gamblers with everything to gain and the hunting ground for a killer with nothing to lose. Until casino owner Jay King hires P.I. Kasey Atwood. Kasey's attraction to King is immediate. As their love affair heats up, she becomes a pawn in a dangerously seductive game of passion and revenge. Purchase HERE



The “Phantom” was a musical phenomenon that Rebecca had always found enchanting. She had no idea that her life was about to mirror the play that was her obsession. When her high school drama club chooses “Phantom” as their annual production, Rebecca finds herself in the middle of an unlikely love triangle and the target of a sadistic stalker who uses the lines from the play as a calling card.

Rebecca lands the lead role of Christine, the opera diva, and like her character, she is torn between her two co-stars -- Tom the surfer and basketball star who plays the lovable hero, and Justyn, the strangely appealing Goth who is more than realistic in the role of the tortured artist.

Almost immediately after casting, strange things start to happen both on and off the stage. Curtains fall. Mirrors are shattered. People are hurt in true phantom style. Read more and purchase HERE

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