RIO 2 ~ Now out on DVD & Blu-ray Combo!

The family was super excited to hear that there was going to be a new Rio movie and even more excited when it arrived on our doorstep the other day! The kids loved the first one and say this one is also AWESOME!
The RIO 2 Blu-ray™ and DVD brings everything you loved from the first Rio, but with even more laughs, excitement and music! Not only will kids get nearly an hour and a half of bonus features on the RIO 2 Blu-ray™, but they’ll also get their groove on with two downloadable bonus songs from the RIO 2 soundtrack: “I Will Survive” and “Poisonous Love,” both performed by Gabi (Kristin Chenoweth) and Nigel (Jemaine Clement). For even more fun, every Blu-ray™ comes with 15 exclusive levels for Angry Birds Rio™ and Music Machine Sing-Along and Dance-Along songs for a whole family party! There’s also Janelle Monáe’s “What is Love” lyric video, a deleted scene, character auditions and much more!
The kids really enjoyed the music, the colour and graphics. They loved traveling to the Amazon with Blue & Jewels and meeting more birds that are alike. They found this movie to be a lot of fun, with lots of funny parts and only a small part that was sad. My daughter loves the music I would say the best. Another great movie for the whole family!

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received a copy of the above movie in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Grace of Flossophy by Ruth J. Hartman ~ Book Review

Book Synopsis: 

What happens when a dental hygienist falls in love with her patient? That's what Grace Hart finds out when she meets Bruce Gardener. The problem? Grace's boss has a strict policy against relationships with patients. Can Bruce and Grace find a way to be together, without her boss finding out?

Purchase a copy on Amazon Kindle. 

About the Author: 

Ruth J. Hartman spends her days herding cats, and her nights spinning sweet romantic tales that make you smile, giggle or laugh out loud. She, her husband, and their three cats, love to spend time curled up in their recliners watching old Cary Grant movies. Well, the cats, Maxwell, Roxy and Remmie, sit in the people's recliners. Not that the cats couldn't get their own furniture. They just choose to shed on someone else's. You know how selfish those little furry creatures can be.
Ruth, a left-handed, cat-herding, Jeep driving, farmhouse-dwelling romance writer uses her goofy sense of humor as she writes tales of lovable, klutzy women and the men who adore them. Ruth's husband and best friend, Garry, reads her manuscripts, rolls his eyes at her weird story ideas, and loves her in spite of her penchant for insisting all of her books have at least one cat in them. Or twelve. But hey, who's counting?


Connect: Blog | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Review: 


Another cute book from Ruth J. Hartman. This one is a romance about a dental hygienist who has a very nasty boss. Grace is a cat lover and have 6 cats! She meets a handsome man named Bruce who comes in for an appointment and ends up getting more dental work then needed as he wants to get to know Grace. Guess what? Bruce is also a cat lover. It really is a match made in heaven. Having to avoid being seen together because of Grace's boss Bruce sets up many appointments to have done in the dental office with Grace so they can spend time together. This is a cute romance and a very quick read. I found it was an easy book to read while the kids have been off school as it isn't a book that you will easily get lost in if you put it down after only reading a few pages. Both Grace and Bruce were really fun characters but Grace's boss on the other hand was a horrible man. 

I give this book a 3.75 out of 5 stars. 

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received the above book for review purpose All opinions are honest and my own.*~

HEXBUG Warriors TRANSFORMERS ~ Review

Now that my son is hooked on HEXBUGS I am sure you will see a few more reviews on Genuine Jenn. This new bug P had the opportunity to check out is one of the new HEXBUG Warrior TRANSFORMERS ~ Galvatron. These little bugs are very neat, there are eight Transformer warriors to collect. The one P received has two little pieces he can change around on his "bug".

They scurry along with realistic bug-like movements. They actually remind me of centipedes, as they move super fast around the house. P set Galvatron on his way around the house and we had more than just the kids playing along with him. The cats were having a blast also! They are very fun to watch as they bump into something and venture in another direction.
Each HEXBUG Warrior TRANSFORMER character is powered by a tiny motor and features the clip-on armour backpacks. They are run on little watch like batteries. You can pick up more batteries where you buy your HEXBUG or on the HEXBUG website. These little guys are recommended for ages 6+ 

For more information check out HEXBUG, "Like" on Facebook and Follow @HEXBUG on Twitter. 


~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received the above product for review purpose. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Author Spotlight Saturday ~ Meet Luke Ahearn + Giveaway!



Please welcome Luke Ahearn to Genuine Jenn! If you are a Zombie fan you will want to read on to learn more about Luke and his book Euphoria-Z!
 
Tell us a little bit about your book. 

Euphoria-Z is a traditional zombie apocalypse novel with plot twists, well-developed characters, and a unique beginning. 

When was your first book published? 

Over ten years ago, I was up at the wee hours of the morning, surfing the web. I have no idea what I was looking for, but the last thing on my mind was getting published or submitting a book proposal. I came across the submissions page for a publisher that was looking for computer game development books. I spent about twenty minutes filling in the submission form, skipping large chunks of it. There were questions like, “why do you think there is a market for a book of this type?” and I would answer, “because you are looking for people to write these types of books.” Then I went to sleep and forgot about it completely. The next day, I did all my usual stuff: coffee, etc., and when I checked my email later in the morning, there was a message from the publisher. The subject line was something like, “Can you call me ASAP?” So it turns out, they had an author who took an advance, blew them off, and never even started working on the book. Worse still, he was lying and telling them all along he was making progress on the book. He was a well-known author of these types of books at the time, so they took his word for it until it was close to the launch date. They asked me if I could write a book in two months, so I said yes. I had a lot of leeway as I wrote the book, since they were desperate to get a book (any book) finished and on the market. I ended up writing a book that sold far better than any of the original author’s work. I was fortunate, blessed, whatever (I hate the term lucky for personal reasons) and after I blew the doors off the joint with that first book, the publishers were coming to me. 

Are you currently working on anything? 

The next book in the Euphoria Z series. I am delighted that people are already asking me when they next one comes out. 

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”? 

Not until recently. I’d been published for well over ten years, but for some reason, never considered myself a writer. I started to question this and realized my definition of a writer was wrong. I read somewhere a long time ago that if you are writing, you are a writer; when you stop writing, you are not. I just accepted that I am writer because I decided to consider myself one. Being a writer is a call no one can make but the individual. 

Who and what inspired you to write? 

My wife. 

When you are writing to you like to listen to music? What is on your playlist? 

I could score this entire book (Euphoria-Z) with ambient sounds. When I write, it feels real to me and I can hear, smell, and feel it all. I struggle to describe what feels so real to me without sounding clichéd or too verbose. I do play music to distract me and drown out the world, but it has nothing to do with what I am writing. I listen to old jazz, mostly from the 50’s and 60’s, because it makes good background noise; pleasant and inert. It has a kind of energetic but relaxed vibe that I need to write. I need the energy to keep going and the relaxed vibe to keep going at a steady pace; it’s not rushed or impatient. 

Who is your favorite character in your books? 

The lead character in my sword and sorcery series Dark Deeds and Black Magics. Xanthus is a city-dwelling scoundrel in his late teens who can go anywhere in society, but fits in nowhere. His family is wealthy, so he is not trusted or even liked by the poor and working class. But his family is nouveau riche, so he is not accepted by the old money, either. He is left alone in a large city to babysit his wealthy father’s home and is incredibly bored, so he dabbles in thievery, debauchery, and rarely a bit of responsibility. He meets a few other oddballs and they generally participate in shenanigans that are sometimes orchestrated by the gods. I love writing him because I love the setting of Kingspoint, the massive maze-streeted city with its magics and dangers. The prequel to the series is available now and contains a sample of the actual series. 

Do you ever take characteristics or nuances from close friends or family when working on character development and if so has that friend or family member noticed and what was their response to it? 

Oh yes and yes. If there is anything recognizable it’s usually an inside joke that the person appreciates. 

What is your favorite book of all time? 

I would say The Hobbit is my favorite book. It’s what really woke up that part of my brain that said, “I want to be a writer.” I know I’ve read it all the way through at least eight times and then chunks of it at various other times. I love the first half of the book in particular. 

Tell us in one sentence why we should read your books. 

I honestly write to give to the reader. I want to give the experience that kept me going as a child. I am getting a lot of great feedback so I am comfortable saying you should read my books because you will enjoy them. It’s hard to find a good read. 

List your books that are available   

Visit Amazon for a full list.

Where can people connect with you


Thanks for taking your time to answer some questions for my readers at Genuine Jenn. 

Thank you for having me on your blog.

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~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Pulo Philippine Cuisine ~ Review

Pulo is an authentic collection of sauces and marinades inspired by the 7000 Islands of the Philippines.

With over 7000 islands, the country is a dynamic mixture of different cultures: Malay, Chinese, Spanish and Indian. These influences have all contributed to the richness of Philippine cooking – the original fusion cuisine.

Pulo Philippine Cuisine is made in Canada. There are no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives and they are vegan!
The Pulo line includes five fabulous flavors! Three marinades which include ~ Guimaras Island Mango Chili, Samal Island Pineapple Tamarind and Cebu Island Lemongrass Atsuete and two cooking sauces ~ Tinaga Island Coconut Adobo and Luzon Island Kare Kare Toasted Peanut.

The name Pulo is Filipino for “Island.” Pulo celebrates the country’s rich food history and deep social connections created when sharing a meal - a celebration that’s at the heart of Philippine life.

Recently we had the chance to try out Pulo Philippine Cuisine and I have to tell you I think I found my go to stir fry sauce! I absolutely love both of the creamy sauces and find it hard to choose which is my favorite. My husband says he favors the coconut one but I love both!
Stir fry, Pulo, Sauce, Food
Luzon Island Kare Kare Toasted Peanut with beef
We tried both of the cooking sauces in stir fry and found both to be very nice, not too spicy but enough heat to be able to say it is spicy. I love the peanut as I am a huge peanut butter fan! Each sauce was thick and coated our veggies very nicely. The coconut sauce was very tasty and creamy. I found this one spicy. I was actually really surprised I liked this one so much as I am not a big on coconut flavors.
Pulo, Food, Sauce, Stir fry
Tinaga Island Coconut Adobo with chicken
The marinades are great! All of them are very distinct and flavorful. We marinaded chicken and pork chops for the BBQ and once I ended up doing chicken in the oven with the Mango Chili. All of the meats ended up tender, juicy and full of flavor. Some spicy but not over powering that I wasn't able to eat it.

Visit Pulo Philippine Cuisine online to find great recipes and more info on all these great flavors! Don't for get to "Like" Pulo Cuisine on Facebook & follow on Twitter 


~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received the above products for review purpose. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Great-Grandma's Gifts by Marianne Jones ~ Children's Book Review

Book Synopsis:


Arlene is a little girl who loves to make things. She begins by making presents for her doll, Maggie. As she grows up, she moves on to creating gifts for her own children and grandchildren. This is a lovely story that is designed to help children see a different side of the elders in their lives and understand that they were once children, too.

Purchase a copy through Split Tree Publishing.

About the Author: Marianne Jones


I’m a wife, mother and grandmother of two darling wee girls. I’m also a retired teacher and children’s choir director, an actor, playwright and director. I’ve written a collection of poetry, called Here, on the Ground, which was a winner in The Word Guild’s 2011 Writing Awards, The Land of Mogan, a fantasy novel for young readers, The Serenity Stone Murder, a  mystery set in Thunder Bay, and Great-Grandma’s Gifts,  my first picture book, which I wrote for my grandchildren about my Mom, who passed away at Easter.  

Connect: Website | FacebookTwitter | LinkedIn | Goodreads | Amazon | 

Also check out my interview with Marianne Jones

Review: 

My daughter and I read this book together. My daughter will be going into grade two this fall and found it a great read for her. She read most of it on her own with some help from myself so it helped challenge her but also help with words she already knows.

My daughter loved the pictures and she thought it was really neat that Grandma was busy making clothes, toys and beautiful quilts for her children and grand children. We both enjoyed the font that were coloured different sizes. Some were also striped or polka dots. A great book to read with kids. I love that after all the years of making wonderful gifts that Grandma decided to take a rest at the lake!

My daughter and I give this book 5 stars!

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received a copy of the above book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Jane's Melody by Rayn Winfield ~ Book Review

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Book Synopsis:

What boundaries would you cross for true love?

That's the question a grieving mother must answer when she takes in a young street musician she believes can shed light on her daughter's death—only to find herself falling for him. A sexy but touching love story that will leave you both tantalized and in tears, Jane's Melody follows a forty-year-old woman on a romantic journey of rediscovery after years of struggling alone.

Sometimes our greatest gifts come from our greatest pain. And now Jane must decide if it's too late for her to start over, or if true love really knows no limits.


Purchase on copy through Simon & Schuster Canada

About the Author: 

Hi, I'm Ryan Winfield. I'm a 39-year-old writer living in Seattle. Author of the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Jane's Melody: A Novel, South of Bixby Bridge, and The Park Service Trilogy. I hope you enjoy my books and I'd love to hear from you here or on Facebook.

Review:

I don't even know where to start with this review. I loved this book! It hooked me from the very start and had me feel many emotions throughout. I can't even imagine the pain Jane would feel after losing her daughter and I hope to never have to feel that pain. Ryan Winfield is a fabulous writer, I really felt like I could envision the book playing in my mind. Each scene was describe just perfectly to feel apart of but not over done, if you know what I mean.

Now I know what people are talking about when they say their "book boyfriend"! I have found mine in Caleb. He is such a mysterious man at first and then we see the loving/caring side along with his hard work ethic. He is the man every woman would want to fall in love with and every man would want to be like. The age thing was a great part of the storyline, the older women that finds a mature younger hot man. The struggles Jane has with the age and the insecurities of not being good enough for Caleb was torture for her. This is a beautiful love story with some very hot spots for sure!

I found myself loving all the characters in this story, even the crusty Mrs. Hawthorne, though at first I wasn't too sure I would like her.

I give this a 5 out of 5 stars, a wonderful story of love, loss and healing. I look forward to reading Jane's Harmony!


~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received the above book for review purpose. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Tainted Waters Book Review




He didn’t commit suicide but who’s going to believe her...
Frustrated at being fired from her latest job and overwhelmed by her consolatory family, Sam decides to move to the family’s cabin at the lake. A place she hasn’t been since her dad committed suicide there, twenty years before. Or did he? Snooping is something she’s good at but someone seems to be taking offense to her looking too closely at what has been happening at the lake. What she discovers is shocking. Now she must uncover what’s real and what’s not. All that she learned growing up, may be false.
Keegan, who has recently moved to the area to finish his latest book, is also trying to find out if his grandfather, who’d passed away ten years before, died of natural causes or was murdered? The descendants of the four families, who own the land around the lagoon, are dying off.
Since Sam and Keegan are the only ones questioning the deaths, they find themselves working together to seek the truth. Are people being murdered? Who would benefit from their deaths? Why would there be barricades and armed guards at the north end of the lake? To stay alive, Sam and Keegan must find the answers and convince others, before more people are killed... including them.

About the author:


Award winning author, Maggie Thom, took the challenge and leapt off, leaving a fulltime, twenty year career in management, to write full time. After publishing her first suspense/thriller book Captured Lies, October 2012, she published her second novel, Tainted Waters, April, 2013. Tainted Waters went on to win 2013 Suspense and Thriller Book of the Year through Turning the Pages Magazine and Captured Lies won book of the Month through LAS Reviews (February 2014). She published her third novel, Deceitful Truths (The Caspian Wine Series - Book 2), March 2014. An avid reader and writer her whole life, she decided to break the monotony of wishing to be an author by making it happen. She is a wholehearted nature lover and likes nothing better than to take a book, hike to a remote spot by a river or waterfalls and read. Married to her best friend, she is learning that humor, love and patience help her navigate her way through her twins’ teen years. Her motto: Escape to read and Read to escape. "Maggie Thom writes a fast paced thriller laced with romance that keeps the reader interested and on edge!" InDtale Magazine

You can follow Maggie on facebooktwitterpinterestgoodreads, her blog, and her website.

You can purchase Tainted Waters on amazonBarnes and Noblesmashwordskobo, and iTunes.

My review:

Maggie writes a terrific suspense story! If you like thrillers you will enjoy this story.

I did find it difficult in the beginning with the abundance of character introductions, however once I figured out who was who, and why they were there, the plot thickened and it was impossible to put down. I really enjoyed this story, it is filled with continued misguidance, and will keep you captivated till the end with the surprisingly conclusion. I would give this book 4 out of 5, great job Maggie.




~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Cheryl. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue Review

If you are looking for something to do with the kids this week, maybe somewhere to go that is air conditioned, check out Disney's newest movie in theatres Planes: Fire & Rescue

We went to see this fantastic film over the weekend and the kids loved it! I am not surprised as I don't think there is a Disney movie that we don't like. I didn't realize it but the theatre we went to offered this movie in 3D! I highly recommend seeing it in 3D as it really is a neat experience to fly with Dusty and his friends on his adventure to become a firefighter. Dusty flies over the water rapids and through the flame engulfed forest to learn how to be a firefighter and even do a couple rescues. 

I as an adult loved the little jokes and cute little things that an adult would pick up on like the nuts and bolts they have a the table in the bar along with the motor oil drinks. It was also a great way to teach the kids about how airplanes really do help with putting out big forest fires around the world.

The kids sat on the edge of the seat waiting to see what would happen to Dusty if he didn't get a new gear box to continue racing. 
 
Of course in the end there is a happy ending that sends everyone home happy that all worked out for Piston Peak and Dusty.

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. This is a sponsored post as part of the Disney Mom Ambassador program. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Mani Monday ~ Painted Paisley {Jr}

For awhile now I have been meaning to try the Jr wraps on my fingers and toes to see how they can fit on adults. I decided that I would try out the Painted Paisley after going through all the Jamberry wraps my daughter has. I did both my toes and fingers but here is the fingers for now. I will post another photo of my toes and the sheet to show how much was used.

They are a bit flashy and maybe for some adults you wouldn't want to choose these but I thought they would be fun for summer while I was on vacation.

Haven't tried Jamberry nail wraps? Send me an email to request a sample if you live in the US or Canada. Watch for a Jamberry giveaway this summer also!


~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Author Spotlight Saturday ~ Meet Emelle Gamble + Giveaway!

Can you believe that we are now half way through July?!? This week I would like everyone to Welcome Emelle Gamble to Author Spotlight Saturday! I recently read and reviewed Emelle's Secret Sister



Tell us a little bit about your book(s) and yourself.

My books are always a little bit off-kilter from their main genre. SECRET SISTER is a solid romance with a huge Paranormal plot set-up. MOLLY HARPER and DUETS are women’s fiction with an extraordinary secret, almost like a mystery. DATING CARY GRANT is a sweet romance with a ghost. There, I said it. And strangely, except for the ghost part, my books are just like me, a little bit off-kilter.

When was your first book published?

1990 by Harlequin Intrigue. They published 7 romantic suspense, then I quit writing for several years because of LIFE and then I started  my huge, astonishingly successful comeback with SECRET SISTER published by SoulMate Publishing. So I’ve been writing for over twenty-five years. And, after writing that sentence,  I feel like I need a glass of wine.

Are you currently working on anything?

HA! Yes, I am currently working on completing a new romantic suspense/women’s fiction novel called KISS ME TWICE about a woman whose mother has early onset Alzheimers’ disease and whose ex-lover might be an imposter. See what I mean about off-kilter story ideas? I also have a noir mystery done, and am working on a series of novellas anchored at a location that disappears from time to time. The craziness continues… 

Why did you decide to become an Author?

I mean, what else could I be with ideas like this?

Who and what inspired you to write?

Daphne DuMaurier. Rosamunde Pilcher. Sue Grafton. P.D.James. Everyone else whose book covers stared at me in libraries and stores…

When you are writing to you like to listen to music? What is on your playlist?

Nope. This mind needs quiet. 

Who is your favorite character in your books?

If I had to choose a favorite in any book I’ve written to date, I’d say Nick Chance. He’s the hero in SECRET SISTER and his love is tested to the extreme, and he comes through. He’s cute, flawed, loyal, confused and I love him.

Do you ever take characteristics or nuances from close friends or family when working on character development and if so has that friend or family member noticed and what was their response to it?

Yes. No. No one ever sees themselves in books. I wrote DATING CARY GRANT based on a dear friend’s stubborn hope she’d find ‘Mr. Perfect’…she loves the book but has never seen that the character is her, her, her. Color me lucky! 

What is your favorite book of all time?

This is an impossible question. This is similar to who is your favorite child. But I’ll give you five…The Great Gatsby. The Password to Larkspur Lane. The Shell Seekers. Gone With the Wind. One fish two fish red fish blue fish.  All are fabulous, memorable, felt original and real. 

Tell us in one sentence why we should read your books.

Because if you do you will be entertained and, according to many readers, will not be able to put the book down. 

List your books that are available 

DATING CARY GRANT book of the month at Long & Short Reviews 
SECRET SISTER RONE finalist for BEST CONTEMPORARY NOVEL of 2013
MOLLY HARPER and DUETS now available in one paperback volume! 
SECRET SISTER by Emelle Gamble on audio!

Where can people connect with you?


Thanks for taking your time to answer some questions for my readers at Genuine Jenn. 

Thanks for having me, Jenn! 

Now readers, why do you want to read one of my books? Tell me below, and you could win a FREE signed copy of one! 


~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Planes: Fire & Rescue in Theatres Today!

Source: Disney
If you are looking for something to do with the family this weekend, why not head out to the theatre and catch the latest Disney film, Planes: Fire & Rescue!! 

"A new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper, heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero."

1hr 24min‎‎ - Rated G‎‎ - Animation/Action/Adventure/Comedy‎‎ - English‎
Director: Bobs Gannaway 

Cast: Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen, Curtis Armstrong, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook, Wes Studi, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Stacy Keach 

Check your theatres local listing for times. If you are near Port Elmsley ON it will be playing at the Dive-In!

Watch the extended trailer of Planes: Fire & Rescue


~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

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