Author Spotlight Saturday ~ Meet Michael W. Garza

Please welcome Michael W. Garza to Author Spotlight this week! Michael is the author of a  creepy zombie book about a parents love for their child called The Hand That Feeds. Welcome to Genuine Jenn!


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

I’m a part time writer who’s had a few good breaks and I’m a full time husband and father of three from Orange County California. I write Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction and have had the good fortune to have my first book, That Hand That Feeds published by Severed Press. I’ve recently signed a four book contract with Permuted Press to publish my first YA Fantasy series and a standalone Science Fiction novel.

When was your first book published?

The Hand That Feeds was published by Severed Press in August of 2013

Are you currently working on anything?

I recently signed a three book deal with Permuted Press for The Last Shadow Gate series. The first book is done and turned in and I’m neck deep in writing the second book in the series. This is my first YA series and it’s been a great experience. I really think I’m getting my best work down on paper.

Why did you decide to become an Author?

It’s really just a hobby for me. I’ve written stories since I was a teenager but only recently considered trying to publish. I enjoy sharing my work, but if it all ended tomorrow, I’d be fine with that too.

Who and what inspired you to write?

My love of reading. I assume that’s why most authors get the bug. I’ve been a reader since I was old enough to pick up books and I’ve always drifted towards fantasy and science fiction. I added horror a little later in life.

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

I have a wide range but it never strays far from, Led Zepplin, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and the Beatles.

Who is your favorite character in your books?

Angela from The Hand That Feeds. She’s two shades of crazy and the principle driver of the story. I’ve never written a character quite like her. There’s something about taking an emotion like a mother’s love for a child and pushing far beyond the limits of acceptable behavior. There’s times when I read her dialog and I actually squirm because it makes me feel uncomfortable. To me, that’s a good character.

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?

I used my oldest son and daughter as the primary inspiration for my upcoming YA Fantasy series, The Last Shadow Gate. My daughter gets the biggest kick out of it. She’s a big reader and the book is right in her wheel house. When I told her it got picked up to be published she was so excited. My son took it in stride. He’s more interested in football.

What is your favorite book of all time?

The Lord of the Rings, although it’s close between that and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

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

Uniquely written with characters you’ll love or love to hate.

List your books that are available

The Hand That Feeds
The Elder Unearthed

Where can people connect with you?

Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Website

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


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

Where Bluebirds Fly (Synesthesia-Shift #1) by Brynn Chapman ~ Audio Book Review


This review was originally posted on AudioBookReviewer.com
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Book Synopsis: 

Verity Montague is a servant in 1692 Salem. Her flaming red hair and mismatched eyes make her a prime target for accusation of witchcraft. Orphaned during the Indian raids, she and her brother with Asperger's Syndrome come to live with the key historical figures of the trials-The Putnams. They keep their synesthesia secret- that days, months and years appear as color in Verity's mind, and for John, that symphonies play in a Fantasia-style performance of colors and geometric patterns.

Truman Johnstone 's ability to discern people's expressions, and decipher if they were lying- made him an outspoken child. Being different kept him from being adopted till he was fourteen. He now runs an orphanage for problem youths, and is a feeding therapist in his desire to help children deal with their peculiarities. To give them the childhood he never had.

The harvest festival corn maze Truman creates every year has an unwelcome visitor. Children hear disembodied voices skipping through the corn maze amid the backdrop of eerie orchestral music. In every year of the calendar, intermittent doors of time swing open and closed, so long as the cornfield stands.

In societies set on sameness-all are outsiders.

They learn the traits that make us outcasts, may be the very ones that make us great, and that true love may heal all, and even transcend time.


Purchase a copy on Audible or Amazon

About the Author:

Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism.

Connect: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads |

Review:

This is my very first time listening to an audio book, well okay I know I listened to some when I was a child. This is the first adult book. I was super excited to get a chance to review Where Bluebirds Fly for a couple reasons. First I love reading about the Salem witch trials and witchcraft type stories. Second I work with people with Autism and my son has some Asperger's type habits or traits. I was interested to see how well the author would portray these subjects. 

After I was half way through this book I checked out the authors website and realized she has a background in pediatric therapy and has hands on experience with individuals with Asperger's syndrome. The author also did a great job of researching the times in Salem during the witch trials.

Chapman did a wonderful job of moving back and forth between characters and time making the story flow together nicely even when switching within the same chapter. I did find this book to be a bit more scientific or I guess you one could say medical/technical. I didn't have a hard time following it through as I already have a good understanding on Asperger's. I did learn more about Synesthesia, which the author explained through the characters. Truman and Verity both were strong characters and I really enjoyed them. It was like a match made in heaven but between different times. I found both to be very technical in personality which reminds me of my own son. I am not sure how one without a knowledge of Autism would do understanding this story, it may be a bit too much for some.

For this being the first audio book I have listened to, I found the narrator to be good at changing her voice for each character. At first I was lost with the accents for Truman and his co-worker, Rom at the orphanage but once I kept listening it became very easy to know who was who. I found myself at the beginning needing to pay close attention to the narrator to learn each characters accent and which place the story was talking about but it did become easier as the story went on. My attention was held well with the narrator, she has a soothing voice. The storyline hooked me right from the beginning so I wanted to know more and find out how this story would end. One of my favorite parts is when Verity and Truman communicate through Truman's journal. I was very happy that this book wasn't left with a huge cliffhanger. I look forward to book 2 and see what is in store for Verity and Truman within the cornfield portal. 

Rating ~ Story - 4, Performance - 4 , Production Quality - 4, Attention Holding - 4, 

Overall rating 4 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this series to anyone who has interest in Autism and the Salem Witch trials.


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

Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder ~ Review

Kiss Me Organics recently reached out to me to see if I would be interested in trying out their Matcha Green Tea Powder. I will admit I am a sucker for anything that may help with sleep or giving me extra energy during the day. I used to use Green Tea tablets before it was really even popular and if you use them as directed, workout and watch what you eat they really do help with weightloss/management. When I used the green tea tablets regularly I felt fantastic, I had more energy and just felt overall more active and alert.

When Kiss Me Organics sent me the Matcha Green Tea Powder recently I wondered how I would like the taste and if it would give me a better and longer boost then Green Tea tablets.

Here is a bit of information on Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder:
  • ALL DAY ENERGY & FOCUS: Lift your vitality and concentration with the slow release natural energy from Organic Matcha
  • CALORIE BURNING BOOSTER: Support your weight loss goals with an all-natural way to increase your body's metabolism
  • LATTES | SMOOTHIES | BAKING: Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder arrives in an easy-to-use airtight health grade packaging allowing for as much or as little use as you need for any occasion. Enjoy a relaxing latte in the morning, bake a dozen cupcakes or simply add a small boost to your morning smoothie
  • 137x ANTIOXIDANTS OF BREWED GREEN TEA: Matcha Green Tea can only be used in a powdered form because, unlike brewed green tea, it contains the entire tea leaf which dramatically increases the nutritional content.
I really like how once you place an order on Amazon for a bag of Matcha Green Tea powder Kiss Me Organics will send you a recipe booklet with 50+ recipes to use the power in. The recipes are for all kinds of great meals, drinks and baked goods.
I haven't used this product daily but I have used it a lot over the last couple weeks and can say I do find I have a good energy boost each time I use it. I find I am more alert and not sluggish. I really like my morning coffee but I find when I am heading for that second coffee I will make a smoothie with some berries, banana, yogurt and a 1/2 tsp of Matcha Green Tea powder or a cold bottle of water and a 1/2 tsp of the powder and I am good to go. I like the taste of green tea but I know some people don't so I would suggest using it in a smoothie or other drink to hide the taste or do it in little bits water down to get used to it. I love the bag this product comes in as it is a resealable bag and is really easy to open, grab your 1/2 to 1 tsp and close it back up.

For more information please visit Kiss Me Organics website. You can purchase a bag on Amazon Canada.

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

Mayim's Vegan Table ~ Cookbook Review

While she's an actress with a PhD in neuroscience, at the end of the day Mayim Bialik is a mom, one who knows what it's like to be a busy parent with little time to spend in the kitchen. She shares the concerns of parents everywhere: when it comes to nutrition and feeding your family, you want healthy meals, but also food that everyone—kids and parents—can enjoy, and a balanced lifestyle that's inexpensive and fuss-free. Not only does Mayim's Vegan Table share more than 100 easy plant-based recipes for dishes that are as good to eat as they are good for you, but Mayim has also teamed up with pediatrician Jay Gordon to offer:
  • Basic nutritional information about a plant-based diet
  • The real deal on raising kids on a plant-based diet (myths and misperceptions, debunked)
  • Vegan family essentials (including a list of what to always keep in the pantry)
  • Tips and strategies for easy meal planning and healthy eating out
And, of course, the food: you'll find recipes for Mayim's favorite breakfasts, snacks, lunches, dinners, and desserts, including kid-approved meals like build-your-own tacos and mac n cheez, Mediterranean and Asian-inspired salads that parents will love, comfort-food classics like kugel and matzoh ball soup, and many more.

Purchase on Amazon.

About the Authors

Mayim Bialik, PhD, CLEC, is an Emmy-nominated actress, trained neuroscientist, author, and the
mother of two sons who have been raised entirely vegan. Currently starring on CBS’s The Big Bang
Theory,
Mayim is a contributing editor at Kveller.com. Mayim's Website & Twitter @missmayim

Jay Gordon, MD, FAAP, is a prominent pediatrician practicing in Santa Monica, California, and the
author of numerous books and magazine columns. he is a long-time member of the attending staff of
UCLA’s Medical School. Website | Twitter @drjaygordonmdfaap

Review

This is a great book for vegetarians and people who would like to become a vegetarian or just add extra veggies to your diet. I love that this cookbook has easy to make recipes along with most ingredients that can be found easily in your grocery store. No need to head to a specialty shop to make most of these. I found I had a lot of the ingredients in my house already and I am not a vegetarian. I also love that Mayim shares her Jewish roots in this cookbook with some fabulous Jewish recipes. I work in a Jewish group home and cook most of the meals so this will come in handy for sure and I can hardly wait to share all these great recipes with my family. The book also has a nice beginning with nutrition and info on the basics. I love the kitchen tip at the end of the recipes. There was one recipe I was wondering what an ingredient was and it was in the kitchen tip. 

Want to learn how to make cheese from nuts? It is in this book! I am excited to try a couple tofu recipes with my family even though hubby said "let me know how it goes" when I told him about the recipe. I also love that this book isn't all about tofu. There are more recipes with veggies, beans and nuts.

I reviewed the Kindle version of this cookbook and find it really hard to enjoy it as much as I know I would if it was a paperback. I think I will get the paperback edition to add to my cookbook collection and it will make it easier to drool over the recipes. 

I give this recipe book a 5 out of 5 stars! I highly recommend it. 



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

Panic by Ryan Ringbloom ~ Book Review

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Book Synopsis:

Robin fell in love with Kent, the boy next door, a long time ago. Once their romance is rekindled, getting married and starting a family seems like the obvious next step. But fate throws a wrench in that plan. Now Robin is tempted to walk away from their relationship rather than settle for anything less than perfect with the man she loves. Bailey is certainly not the boy next door, yet Shayna fell for his well-played act. But real love only exists in the movies. When a chance encounter binds them together, Shayna finds herself relying on Bailey more than she could ever have expected. And while their resources are slim and their circumstances are far from perfect, she and Bailey slowly discover that they do have something special to give…. When things don’t go exactly as planned, it’s hard not to PANIC. MATURE CONTENT Strong Language/Sexual situations

Buy on Amazon | Amazon UK 

About the Author

Ryan Ringbloom lives for anything Romance. The passion, love, angst, awkwardness... she loves all of it. When Ryan needs a break from reality she sneaks off to read a romantic story or write one of her own. Drinking coffee, reading Tweets and hugs from her five year old are the best part of her day. You can follow her on Twitter: @RyanRingbloom or visit her website at www.RyanRingbloom.com. You can also find her on Goodreads and Facebook Feel free to contact her, she would love it!

Review:

This is the first story I have read by this Author. While I was little confused in the beginning with the back and forth, and maybe reading the other books in the series would have helped me, it was still an interesting read that didn’t disappoint on raw emotions. Robin and Kent get a little annoying with the back and forth where you just want to scream at them to make up their mind!!

Once the author introduces Bailey and Shayna things take a slightly different direction, this second half of the book was a bit easier to read, and I found the story flowed a lot nicer, and was easier to follow. Still heartbreaking in it’s own way, partially because I can relate with the characters somewhat.

Over all a good read, which isn’t my typical go to story line, but it was nice for a change. I give this book and 3 ½ star, the Happy ending is what saved it for me.
 

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

Camping with Coleman Youth InstaClip Screen House ~ Review

Last week our family spent a full week on holidays together. This is a huge thing for us as usually hubby can only get a few days off at a time and sometimes that is even hard to get. This year we had a whole seven days together with the kids and we packed those days full!

We started our vacation with the kids soccer tournament. The kids did a fantastic job and it was a beautiful day for the tournament. Coleman had us covered for our seats and our beverages from 8:30 am to 2pm. The kids played back to back games all day!

We spent some time camping at Murphy's Point Provincial park at the beginning of the week. Coleman had us covered with their coolers, seats and this lovely Youth InstaClip Sceen house the kids set up under to read and play while we were at the campsite. We spent a lot of the time at the beach in the sun the first day.

This screen house was super easy to put up. Hubby and I put it up fairly quickly for a first time and the kids had their chairs and camp table under before we even had the pegs in the bottom. They were more than ecstatic to have a lil place of their own. My daughter was especially happy to keep the bugs away from her. 

Of course I thought I would have plenty of time to get a photo of the kids under their screen house but I waited for day two of camping and it rained. Here is a picture of it put up on our lawn. It went up a lot faster the second time around. 
Here is some information on the screen house.
·         6 ft. x 5 ft. footprint to maintain a well shaded area on a sunny day
·         5 ft. centre height for youth to stand and move
·         Insta-Clip™ technology for easy assembly  
·         No-See-Um mesh keeps tiny insects outside  
·         Roof air vents keeps shelter cool in hot weather
·         Polyester material with water-resistant coating shields from rain
·         Centre hub strengthens shelter for windy conditions  
·         Pocket organizer holds personal items for easy access  
·         Available at Wal-Mart, MSRP:  $46.88

We had a great camping trip but hope that next year our trips will not have us rained out each time. Thank you Coleman for helping us with our camping fun! 

For more information on Coleman products visit Coleman Canada website, "Like" Coleman on Facebook or Tweet them @ColemanCanada 


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

Tomorrow Wendell by R.M. Ridley ~ Book Review



When predictions tell Wendell Courtney he’s going to die, he turns to the one man he hopes can help. Jonathan Alvey’s no stranger to the strange. But, unlike the private investigator’s run-of-the-mill zombie cases, he can find no trace of magic around Wendell, and no hint of an adversary. Alvey certainly has magic and wits enough to solve the mystery, but is his offering to the insatiable dragon black sufficient? Or is Wendell truly destined to die?



R. M. Ridley lives with his wife on a small homestead in Canada, raising chickens and sheep. He has been writing stories, both long and short, for three decades, the themes of which range from the gruesome to the fantastical. As an individual who suffers from severe Bi-polar disorder, R. M. Ridley is a strong believer in being open about mental health issues and uses his writing to escape, when his thoughts become too wild.



You can follow R.M on goodreads.

You can buy Tomorrow Wendall on AmazonBarnes & Noble.


My review:

I really enjoyed reading this twist of the typical 'paranormal' novel.

Jonathan Alvery is a practitioner (sorcerer) who spends his days working as a private detective. He's a chain smoking, bourbon drinking, magic addict. One day he has a very somber individual named Wendall Courtney enter his office.Wendall needs Jonathan's help, he keeps getting eerie messages. He's going to die. What he doesn't understand is why, or by who. Is someone threatening him? Is it a spirit haunting him? Try as he might Jonathon tries to figure out where and why Wendall continues to get these haunting messages. 
This book was very well written, the details and character developments were very well done. The only thing I was disappointed with was the ending, I kept swiping the pages on my ereader hoping it would produce more! I only hope that it means more can be found in the second story of the White Dragon Black series. 







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

Virgin by Radhika Sanghani ~ Book Review

Book Synopsis:

Okay, I admit it…I didn’t do it.

Yet.

This is normal, right?  I mean, just because everyone I know has talked like they’ve already done it doesn’t mean that they’re telling the truth…right?

It’s not like I’m asking for that much. I don’t need the perfect guy. I don’t need candlelight or roses. Honestly, I don’t even need a real bed.

The guys I know complain that girls are always looking for Mr. Right—do I have to wear a sign that says I’m only looking for Mr. Right Now?

Sooooo…anyone out there want sex? Anyone? Hello? Just for fun?

I am not going to die a virgin. One way or another I am going to make this happen.

Hey, what have I got to lose? Besides the obvious.


Purchase a copy on Amazon.

About the Author:


Radhika Sanghani is a journalist for the Daily Telegraph, where she specializes in writing about women and women’s issues. She has an MA in newspaper journalism from City University London, a BA in English literature from University College London, and recently came in second in GQ’s Norman Mailer writing competition. Virgin is her debut novel.

Connect: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Google + | Twitter |

Review:

As debut novel from Radhika Sanghani I am really impressed. It was well written story with the characters being well developed. With all that said I really wasn't able to 100% like the main character, Ellie. I found her immature and self-centered, it was all about her and her life problems. Ellie's biggest problem was being a virgin at the age of twenty-one. Is that really the end of the world? Maybe when you are twenty-one it is a big deal but I don't think it really should consume that much of your thoughts and actions.

This novel was a light and funny. I did laugh out loud a lot throughout this book. It is a very fast read and before you know it the story is over and ended a lot differently then I thought it was heading. This story follows Ellie around while she is discovering herself and losing her virginity or her v-plates.

I am sure there are some people who are lost in this subject and they may totally relate to Ellie. I didn't really relate to her while I was growing up but I did enjoy following Ellie on her journey. I look forward to reading more from Radhika Sanghani in the future as this book had a lot of humour and wit throughout! I would recommend it to Young Adults to read as it does have a lot of advice for young women. Sanghani touches this subject with little fear and has fun all the while. It is nice to see about book about what some young woman may fear when is college.

I give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars.  

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

Mani Monday ~ Soccer Time Fun!

My kids had their soccer tournament last Saturday August 9th and "A" decided she would like to wear Soccer balls for the day. The picture above is after a week and a half on an almost 7 year old girl."A" really wanted to be the Mani Monday this week!


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

Author Spotlight Saturday ~ Meet Rebecca Rohman & a Giveaway!

This week I would like to Welcome Rebecca Rohman to Genuine Jenn! I was introduced to Rebecca through a book tour I did in the past for Love, Lies & the D.A (read my review). We are happy to have you here today! 

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

I am a wife and designer currently living in the Northeastern United States. I was a former Sales Manager for a tourist magazine, and for many years prior, I first did Marketing for a jewelry company, and later a fine wine distributor. About fifteen years ago, I started writing my first romance novel, Uncorked just to purely entertain myself. I realize then I thoroughly enjoyed the process. I now write contemporary romance novels with elements of suspense. 

When was your first book published? 

Uncorked. The story was published in February of 2013. My second novel Love, Lies & The D.A. was released on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. 

Are you currently working on anything? 

I just started work on my new book. It’s too early to share any details ;) 

Why did you decide to become an Author? 

When I decided to complete my first novel under the guidance of an editor, I realized that I enjoy the process of writing, from thinking of creative ways to use words, to doing the necessary research to make those words come alive. This process made me mostly discover something about myself. I enjoy creating stories that take me into a different place, a world other my own— A world I hope others will enjoy as well. 

Who and what inspired you to write? 

I don’t know that anyone inspires me write it’s a process I enjoy, and that’s why it do it. As for what inspires me, I sometimes I think for hours or days then I’ll get an idea. Sometimes it helps when I brainstorm with my hubby, something he says might trigger an idea in my mind then I work from there. 

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

I love most genres of music but these are the artists I listen to the most when writing. Bond Yanni Adele Bruno Mars 

Who is your favorite character in your books? 

Jada from Love, Lies & The D.A. She’s an independent, feisty no-nonsense-type of gal. Despite that, she knows how to ask for, or accept help when she needs it. In addition, she’s strong and goes all out for the ones she loves. 

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? 

Definitely, the relationship between Jada and her brother Bobby was mimicked after a pair of siblings that I know, and no, they have not noticed or said a thing. Of course, I never told them that they were my inspiration. :) 

List your books that are available 

Love, Lies & The D.A. 
Uncorked 

Where can people connect with you?

Website | Facebook Page |  Love, Lies & The D.A. Facebook Page | Goodreads | Twitter | YouTubeGoogle Plus | Pinterest |  

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

Thank you Jenn for inviting me on this interview. It was wonderful sharing my thoughts with you and your readers. Thank you for featuring me, and my novel Love, Lies & The D.A. I greatly appreciate your support. 

Rebecca would love to giveaway 1 e-book of Love, Lies & The D.A. & 1 bookmark to one lucky Genuine Jenn reader. This giveaway is open Internationally! All you have to do is answer Why you would like to read Rebecca's novel Love, Lies & The D.A in the comments below! Good luck! This giveaway will close on August 30th,2014. 


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

Disney Mom: Five Ways To Have Fun In The Sun With Baby & Giveaway!




FIVE WAYS TO HAVE FUN IN THE SUN WITH BABY

With the exception of this rainy cold week, we've had a wonderful summer in terms of weather! This month Disney Baby is talking about ideas on what we can do with our little one's this summer.

Since my son Caleb is well on the move and doing his very best to keep up with his big sister we've really been enjoying the city splash pads, we've been able to check out four this year, and every one has been as fun and exciting as the last!

My three year old loves her picnics. During the weekend we pack a lunch basket and pack the kids up in the bike trailer, and my husband and i have been enjoying finding new parks on our bikes. We've had a lot of fun this year discovering the many bike trails our community has to offer.

In the summertime when the weather is fine, the best place to be is always outside! As long as you’re careful to protect your baby from the sun, there are plenty of fun outdoor activities that you can enjoy together. Here are some ideas from Disney Baby on how to make the most of your summer with baby.

1)                  Throw a picnic

Picnics are an easy and inexpensive way to fill a summer day with fun. Pack some snacks in reusable snack bags, and put together a picnic kit, including a comfy blanket, some toys and a disposable diaper bag. Then head to your favourite park and relax! Your baby can nap, play or just cuddle for hours!

2)                  Hit the beach

Introduce your baby to the surf and sand! A trip to the beach offers endless entertainment: take baby for a careful splash in the warm water or let him/her play with the cool, wet sand. But remember to plan ahead – bring a Waterproof Bag for bathing suits, some waterproof beach toys, and a towel for baby to sit on or snuggle up in.

3)                  Purchase a paddling pool

If you can’t make it to the beach, why not create one at home? Set up a paddling pool in your garden and have fun bathing baby outside! Play with toys and have a little splash – just don’t stay in too long or your baby may get cold.

4)                  Go for a walk

A walk is a great way for you and baby to get some fresh air together. In a hooded stroller, like this great Minnie Mouse one, your baby can take in the sights while remaining protected from the sun. Try attaching some stroller toys to keep baby entertained while you’re on the move.

5)                  Play in the park

Parks offer you and baby plenty of free fun. Take your little one to a local sandbox or paddling pool, where she can meet and play with other babies. If your baby can sit and has stable head control, you can try swinging her gently in a baby swing too! 

This month Disney Baby is giving away a clothing set. Please take note they're ONLY available in size 0-3months. Since my son has long outgrown the size i will be offering the Mickey set in addition the the Minnie set. Please comment on the blog post about which set you would like, and enter the rafflecopter below! 




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

Into the Abyss (The Beautiful-Ugly #2) by James Snyder ~ Book Review

Book Synopsis:

Her parents are dead. Her only sibling, her brother Eric, has been taken from her. And after her first experience with a foster family goes horribly wrong, nine-year-old Connelly Pierce doesn’t know who, if anyone, she can trust. Her caseworker, a ditzy ex-actress named Lillian, tries her best to help. But an ever-wiser Connelly sees that Lillian can barely take care of herself, let alone help her with her ever-worsening situation.

Then, a chance encounter with her brother at a San Francisco emergency room changes everything. Eric tells her that his own foster parents have divorced, kicking him back into “the system” just like her. When she later learns that Eric has disappeared, running away to New York City, now fourteen-year-old Connelly knows what she has to do. She’s going to run away as well. She’s going to New York to find Eric. And then, together, the both of them will have the family that the system could never provide. But what she doesn’t know, but begins to understand the deeper she descends into her darkening journey, is that quests of this magnitude, often come with consequences to match. 


Purchase a copy on Amazon.

About the Author:

James Snyder was born in Memphis, Tennessee and fell in love with the cadence and sound of storytelling as a child, listening to the meandering tales of his Southern grandmothers and great aunts. While still a child, his family moved to Napa Valley, California where he attended middle and high school, and began taking writing classes at the local college. He left after a year to join the military, and was a soldier with a tactical mobile operations unit in Germany. It was there, while pulling a Harz mountaintop guard duty one night during a snowstorm, he had the chance encounter with another soldier that ultimately became the genesis for his debut military thriller AMERICAN WARRIOR.

He is also the author of the suspense thriller DESOLATION RUN, the young-adult/new-adult BEAUTIFUL-UGLY TRILOGY, the short story collection TALES OF THE LATE TWENTIETH CENTURY, and other literary works.


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Review: 
  
Sometimes I wonder why I read these kinds of stories but they just rope me in. The sad part about all of it is that this is stuff that really does happen to children in the system. I would like to think it doesn't happen at all or to one in a million but I think it may be more than we really want to believe. 

This is book two in The Beautiful-Ugly Trilogy by James Snyder and it picks up where book one left off, following Connelly through her life moving from one orphanage or foster family to another or eventually out in the streets. This book Connelly finds a great family to live with or at least it looked like it was going to be a wonderful family until all the horrible things I don't even what to think about happens to her. The foster dad introduces Connelly to getting high with weed and then harder stuff. He also uses Connelly for pleasure while his wife is off doing someone else. Connelly is in a great school for the arts but everything goes quickly downhill for Connelly and she knows it is time to get out of there. This time she is older and doesn't wait for child protective services to come and take her away she takes off on her own and tries to find Eric her brother. 

After everything that happens to Connelly I was really surprised to see her so trusting and naive. This book was an emotional read but also an eye opener to the abuse and life that some children in our world live through. This book started off a bit slow but picked up and flowed really well after all the way to the end. I look forward to reading book three and finding out how this trilogy will end. I was really sad to see how Eric had turned out and how the author wrote the brief scenes with the siblings. The again if they had found each other and it was happy ever after then we wouldn't have a book three. 

I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.   


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

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