Netflix Giveaway – Ends 5/13/16

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Welcome to the Netflix Giveaway! I’m super excited to be a part of this fantastic giveaway with lots of other awesome blogs. I had Netflix several years ago (back in the ages of dial-up internet, yikes!) when you would receive physical discs of movies or TV shows in the mail to watch and then send back. I joined the Netflix streaming program a few years ago and never looked back. Netflix is an amazing way to get several of your favorite TV shows and movies, as well as new original series, streamed right to you anytime, anywhere. It is an incredible value and we use Netflix every day. Do you have Netflix? If so, I’d love to know what you’re streaming! Let me know in the comments.

Now, onto this incredible Netflix Giveaway:

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Violated by Carolyn Arnold – Review

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Violated by Carolyn Arnold – ReviewViolated by Carolyn Arnold
Series: Brandon Fisher FBI Series #5
Published by Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc on April 28, 2016
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Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 272
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Rating: five-stars
Sometimes the past should stay there...

The murder is one of the most heinous FBI agent and profiler Brandon Fisher has ever seen. But that’s not why he and two members of the team are rushing to California. The Bureau is interested because the prime suspect is one of their own, Paige Dawson.

But Paige didn’t go to Valencia to kill anyone. She had set out on “vacation”--her new lover in tow--only to confront the man who raped her friend twenty-some years ago. While the hands of the law are tied, she wants him to face the fact that he destroyed a young woman’s life and know that, as an FBI agent, she’ll be watching his every move. Yet, instead of accomplishing her goal, she wound up in the back of a police cruiser.

Now Paige must face off with a hard-nosed detective determined to stick a murder charge to a fed. But with the trained eyes of the FBI on the case, it’s becoming more and more obvious that the evidence lends itself to a serial killing, not an isolated incident. And as long as the local authorities are focused on Paige, the real murderer is still out there, possibly waiting to strike again...

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Violated by Carolyn Arnold is the 5th book in the Brandon Fisher FBI Series. This is the first book in the series that I’ve read. Even without reading the earlier books, I was able to feel like I understood the characters. The author did a great job of crafting a thriller and mystery book that had me on the edge of my seat, furiously flipping the pages of my Kindle.

Brandon receives a call from fellow agent Paige. She’s out in California and finds herself suspected of murder in the death of a man she knows raped a friend many years ago. Jack, Brandon, and Zach fly out to clear Paige’s name and try to figure out who really killed the rapist. They stumble upon information that reveals a possible serial killer. This was an incredible story that held my interest from the very first page. I started this book once night before I went to bed, and I ended up staying up a bit past my bed time because I was enthralled.

Violated by Carolyn Arnold was a top-notch thriller that left me wanting more. I will be reading the earlier books in this series ASAP! If you enjoy police/FBI procedural mystery-thrillers, this is a series you will like. A note: the book is graphic in detail and is definitely for adults.

Check out the Brandon Fisher FBI Series on Amazon – book 1 is free!

About Carolyn Arnold

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CAROLYN ARNOLD is the bestselling author of the Madison Knight series, the Brandon Fisher series, and the McKinley Mysteries. Her love for writing dates back to her teen years, but her passion was reignited in 2006 when a fellow employee said “tell me a story.” Since then Carolyn has never looked back.

Her writing has since been compared to New York Times Bestsellers such as JD Robb, Mary Higgins Clark, Sue Grafton, Michael Connelly, Tess Gerritsen, and more.

Carolyn was born in 1976 in a rural town of Ontario, Canada, and she currently lives with her husband and two beagles in a city near Toronto.

Rating Report
Plot
5 Stars
Characters
5 Stars
Writing
5 Stars
Pacing
5 Stars
Cover
5 Stars
Overall: 5

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Without a Doubt by Nancy Cole Silverman – Guest Post + Giveaway

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A Carol Childs Mystery

As radio reporter Carol Childs investigates a series of Beverly Hills jewelry heists, she realizes her FBI boyfriend, Eric, is working the same case. Even worse, she may have inadvertently helped the suspect escape. The situation intensifies when the suspect calls the radio station during a live broadcast, baiting Carol deeper into the investigation.

In order for her to uncover the truth, Carol must choose between her job and her personal relationships. What started out as coincidence between Carol and Eric becomes a race for the facts—pitting them against one another—before the thieves can pull off a daring escape, leaving a trail of dead bodies behind, and taking the jewels with them.

Related subjects include: women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), book club recommendations, suspense, noir.

Books in the Carol Childs Mystery Series:

SHADOW OF DOUBT (#1)
BEYOND A DOUBT (#2)
WITHOUT A DOUBT (#3)
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Violated by Carolyn Arnold – Release Day Spotlight

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Violated by Carolyn Arnold – Release Day SpotlightViolated by Carolyn Arnold
Series: Brandon Fisher FBI Series #5
Also in this series: Violated
Published by Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc on April 28, 2016
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Amazon
Barnes & Noble
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Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 272
Format: eARC
Source: Author
Sometimes the past should stay there...

The murder is one of the most heinous FBI agent and profiler Brandon Fisher has ever seen. But that’s not why he and two members of the team are rushing to California. The Bureau is interested because the prime suspect is one of their own, Paige Dawson.

But Paige didn’t go to Valencia to kill anyone. She had set out on “vacation”--her new lover in tow--only to confront the man who raped her friend twenty-some years ago. While the hands of the law are tied, she wants him to face the fact that he destroyed a young woman’s life and know that, as an FBI agent, she’ll be watching his every move. Yet, instead of accomplishing her goal, she wound up in the back of a police cruiser.

Now Paige must face off with a hard-nosed detective determined to stick a murder charge to a fed. But with the trained eyes of the FBI on the case, it’s becoming more and more obvious that the evidence lends itself to a serial killing, not an isolated incident. And as long as the local authorities are focused on Paige, the real murderer is still out there, possibly waiting to strike again...

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Today is release day for Violated by Carolyn Arnold! This is book 5 in the Brandon Fisher FBI Series, but you can jump right in with this one. Pick up your copy today! Be sure to come back tomorrow for my ARC review.

Check out the Brandon Fisher FBI Series on Amazon – book 1 is free!

About Carolyn Arnold

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CAROLYN ARNOLD is the bestselling author of the Madison Knight series, the Brandon Fisher series, and the McKinley Mysteries. Her love for writing dates back to her teen years, but her passion was reignited in 2006 when a fellow employee said “tell me a story.” Since then Carolyn has never looked back.

Her writing has since been compared to New York Times Bestsellers such as JD Robb, Mary Higgins Clark, Sue Grafton, Michael Connelly, Tess Gerritsen, and more.

Carolyn was born in 1976 in a rural town of Ontario, Canada, and she currently lives with her husband and two beagles in a city near Toronto.

#AbundantLiving Deluxe Heirloom Gardening Kit Giveaway – Ends 5/23/16

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How the Duke Was Won by Lenora Bell – Guest Post

I always love reading the posts from Avon with photos of writer’s desks. This one from Christy Carlyle was so sweet! http://avonromance.com/christy-carlyle-desk/ She has this adorable porcelain thimble set that belonged to her grandma. I’m a laptop gal so my desk kind of moves with me all over the house and into the yard. But when I do sit down at a desk this is usually what it looks like.

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Yes. Utter and total chaos. Stacks of dog-eared, post-it noted, and well-loved romance novels. Reference books for all that historical research. My trusty laptop. My trusty Burt’s Bees and Body Butter. And, oh yeah, just for authenticity’s sake, I had to include a glass of wine. Because if it’s after 6PM and I’m fast drafting a novel…there’s gonna be wine. Now on the other hand, if I’m editing? It’s gonna be coffee. And lots of it. But right now I’m drafting Book 3 of the Disgraceful Dukes series so, yeah, wine.

One thing I love about my desk is the old typewriter my husband gave me as a present when I got my first book deal. It was his little joke. Here you go! For writing your novels! Seriously. I can’t believe writers used to have to hand type everything. Those keys are really hard to press down! And quill & ink? Forget about it! I would not be all perky and smiling.

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Thankfully, typing is a lot easier now. And delivering your manuscript to your editor does not involve bundling it up in paper and tying it with twine.

Is your desk as messy as mine?
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Lenora

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The pleasure of your company is requested at Warbury Park. Four lovely ladies will arrive…but only one can become a duchess.

James, the scandalously uncivilized Duke of Harland, requires a bride with a spotless reputation for a strictly business arrangement. Lust is prohibited and love is out of the question.

Four ladies. Three days. What could go wrong?

She is not like the others…

Charlene Beckett, the unacknowledged daughter of an earl and a courtesan, has just been offered a life-altering fortune to pose as her half-sister, Lady Dorothea, and win the duke’s proposal. All she must do is:

* Be the perfect English rose [Ha!]
* Breathe, smile, and curtsy in impossibly tight gowns [blast Lady Dorothea’s sylph-like figure]
* Charm and seduce a wild duke [without appearing to try]
* Keep said duke far, far from her heart [no matter how tempting]

When secrets are revealed and passion overwhelms, James must decide if the last lady he should want is really everything he needs. And Charlene must decide if the promise of a new life is worth risking everything . . . including her heart.

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About the Author

Lenora Bell Author Photo COLOR wwhite backgroundLenora Bell is a third generation Alaskan and her hometown still has no traffic lights or fast food, but the public library is going strong!

An English teacher with an MFA in Creative Writing, Lenora has traveled the globe using music to bring smiles to classrooms. She currently lives in Switzerland with her carpenter husband and two naughty tiger-striped kitties named Dorian Gray and Percy Shelley.

In 2014 she won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award for Best Historical. She’s thrilled to be debuting with Avon Books in 2016!

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5 Must-Read Books if You Love Harry Potter

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5 Must-Read Books for Harry Potter Fans

Harry Potter is one of the most popular book series ever written! My older daughter and I love everything about the Harry Potter series. It is definitely one for the ages. It is hard to imagine what the world would be like without the magical world of Harry Potter. Have you read the Harry Potter series? Its whimsical characters and magical adventures have captured the hearts of millions. If you’re a Potter Maniac, you probably think that no story can compare those of the mystifying Hogwarts and the boy with the lightning bolt scar on his forehead. But have you read these spellbinding masterpieces? I’ve read number 2 on the list, but it was a long time ago.

***Attention Harry Potter Lovers: In honor of J.K. Rowling being named the Top Followed Author on Reader’s Legacy in 2015 we’re holding a 1 week sale on ALL of her books. From April 25th-30th, 2016 any Rowling book is 20% off AND double the LitCoins will be loaded into your account just for purchasing.
Click the link to check out this limited time offer! ReadersLegacy.com/JKRowling***

thechroniclesofnarnia1. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Like Harry Potter, this series comes in 7 installments and features a secret world full of wonders, its magical inhabitants, and the child-heroes who must save it from destruction.

thehobbit2. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
A prequel to the famed “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, this delightful classic takes readers far from reality as it follows a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins on an unexpected and perilous quest to help his friends reclaim their home, which has been taken over by a gold-loving dragon.

thelordoftherings3. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Told in 3 parts, this is the story of Bilbo Baggins’s nephew Frodo who, with the help of some unlikely allies, must travel to the ends of the earth to destroy an ancient ring, before its evil power brings his world to ruin.

alicesadventuresinwonderland4. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
This endearing story tells of an imaginative young girl who falls down a rabbit hole and finds herself in a world full of whimsical (and more-than-slightly backwards) characters, where nothing is practical and anything is possible. Alice and her topsy-turvy friends return in the sequel, Through the Looking Glass.

eragon5. The Inheritance Series (Eragon) by Christopher Paolini
4 fantastic novels tell what happens when a farm boy named Eragon finds a mysterious dragon egg, it hatches, and his life is eternally changed as he becomes the last known Dragon Rider…and the primary target of a rising evil empire.

These are just some of the countless wonderful fantasy novels out there. By expanding your literary horizons you will gain a deeper love of reading, and acquire a tasteful appreciation for other authors/genres – even ones that may not be your favorite. Check out these books, or one of your own finding, and tell us what you think!

As an added perk of Reader’s Legacy’s Rowling celebration, we will be holding a special 20% off sale for each of her novels from April 25th to April 30th – ReadersLegacy.com/JKRowling.

The sale not only celebrates J.K. Rowling, but was also brings attention for a special grant program we have created in order to give away 1 million physical books in support of literacy programs! Spreading a love of books, and ending illiteracy around the world is 100% possible, and with the help of reader’s on the site, we believe will be one step closer to achieving that goal! Get in on this sale HERE.

I am sharing this to show my support for the special grant program. Books change lives…and children who have books in their lives have the ability to travel anywhere even if they aren’t able to leave home.

His Scandalous Kiss by Sophie Barnes – Pre-release blitz + giveaway @BarnesSophie @TastyBookTours

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Secrets at Thorncliff Manor #3
Releasing July 26, 2016
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Thorncliff Manor is the perfect setting for a masquerade ball . . . where the heart’s secret desires are about to be uncovered in this scintillating Regency romance from Sophie Barnes

Richard Heartly has exiled himself from society since the war, plotting his revenge for a terrible betrayal. A masked ball at Thorncliff Manor is intended to be a brief diversion. Instead, he encounters a fascinating young woman as entranced by the music as he is. He can’t reveal his identity to Lady Mary. But her siren song keeps drawing him back, and their clandestine meetings could be hazardous to his plan—and to her virtue . . .

Avoiding an unwanted marriage was easy when Lady Mary was ignored by the ton. Thanks to her dazzling appearance at the masquerade, she’s a wallflower no longer. Eligible suitors abound, yet the only man she wants is the brooding, seductive companion who keeps his face hidden. A man who tempts her to disclose her own shocking secret, one that could divide them forever . . .

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E-hydrate Giveaway – Ends 5/9/16

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#LuLaRoe Review + Giveaway

I received free products to facilitate my #LuLaRoe review. No monetary compensation was received and this review only contains my honest thoughts.

I was recently contacted and asked to review some clothing products from LuLaRoe. What is LuLaRoe? That’s the same question I had. LuLaRoe is a clothing company that sells women’s dresses, skirts, shirts and leggings, as well as leggings for tweens and kids. LuLaRoe is sold at in-home parties and online pop-up boutiques through independent consultants.

Rhiannon has an awesome Facebook Group where she shares all things LuLaRoe. You can check it out HERE. When I was asked to review, Rhiannon asked me about my color preferences, style and height/weight. She then picked out some amazing pieces for me. I received 3 pieces of clothing for review.

I received an Irma shirt, a pair of Tall & Curvy leggings, and a Nicole dress. I wore the Irma shirt and leggings for a night out to celebrate my cousin’s birthday, and I received several compliments throughout the night. The outfit was something I would not normally have picked for myself, but I loved everything Rhiannon selected for me. The shirt fit me very comfortably, even though it was just a large (I normally wear an XL or 2X, depending on the cut of the shirt). The material was amazing. So soft and just felt like it wrapped around me like a hug. I was feeling comfortable but so stylish as well. I was slightly worried about how the leggings would fit. I’m a bigger girl and usually wear around a size 18. I’m also short (almost 5’4″). The Tall & Curvy leggings fit like they were made for me. I received a pair in a solid turquoise color. They are super comfy and soft and I just feel cozy when I wear them. There’s plenty of room for a taller person to wear them, but not so much that they look bunched up on a shorter person like me.

DSC_0571bbMy absolute favorite piece was the Nicole dress. The pattern, the cut, the fit, the style, the comfort…oh, I could go on and on about this beautiful dress. I wore it to work and had several coworkers and library patrons tell me that it looked wonderful on me. I think I would have shied away from the pattern/color combination if I were picking this out for myself. I tend to do that a lot as a plus size girl. But once I actually had it on, I knew it was perfect for me. It felt like it was made to look fantastic on me, and it did! And I’m totally not shying away from any of the awesome designs and colors LuLaRoe has to offer!

One of the best things about LuLaRoe is the quality. The pieces are all made of incredibly soft material that you look good in and feel good wearing. I’m wanting to weed out some of the clothes I don’t wear and replace them with some gorgeous LuLaRoe pieces from Rhiannon. Let me know what you think about the Nicole dress in the comments below.

Are you interested in winning a LuLaRoe Nicole dress of your own?! Rhiannon is generously offering this awesome prize to one lucky Brooke Blogs reader. Winner will receive a Nicole Dress in her size, with the design hand-selected by Rhiannon. For your chance to win, enter using the Giveaway Tools widget below.

Giveaway is valid in the US for entrants ages 18 and older who are legally allowed to enter giveaways. Giveaway will run until 11:59PM EST on May 9, 2015. Winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries. First mandatory entry must be completed before other entries. All entries will be verified. Brooke Blogs is not responsible for prize fulfillment in the #LuLaRoe Review + Giveaway. Giveaway entrants agree to be bound by the terms and conditions outlined.

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