Save 50% on a Colorado Skiing Vacation

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{Review} Death Drops by Chrystle Fiedler

deathdropsDeath Drops
Chrystle Fiedler


Even naturopathic doctors need a little stress relief–that’s why Willow McQuade, ND, takes a break to visit her Aunt Clair, owner of Nature’s Way Market and Cafe, on Long Island’s North Fork. But Willow’s serenity is shattered when she finds her aunt’s lifeless body on the market floor, a bottle of Mimulus lying nearby. Taken to calm one’s fear of misfortune, the flower essence clearly failed Aunt Claire . . . for her death was no accident.

But who would want to kill her? The police soon zero in on Willow herself, who stands to inherit Claire’s business and the rights to a breakthrough anti-aging cream. Desperate to prove her innocence, Willow turns to former police officer Jackson Spade for help. Together they unearth a slew of suspects, each with something to gain by Claire’s unnatural demise. But as Willow gets closer to the truth, a killer waits to administer one final dose of death.

Death Drops by Chrystle Fiedler is the first in a new naturopathic cozy mystery series. In this book, we are introduced to Willow McQuade, a naturopathic doctor, who discovers her aunt dead and sets out to solve the mystery. Along the way, we are given natural remedies at the beginning of each chapter, which I liked. I didn’t find it too distracting to read natural remedies throughout the book either, as I felt they had their place. While the book could have been a little better, I did like the story. I think the mystery was enough to keep my interest piqued. I also enjoyed the characters, including Jackson Spade, a detective off of work on disability, who agrees to help Willow work on the case. I liked the inclusion of Aunt Claire’s cats, Gingko and Ginger, and a stray dog Willow adopts and names Qigong. If you’re looking to start a new cozy series, check this one out. I liked that it was unique with its natural remedies angle.

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Valley of Glamorgan by Julie Wall

Book coverValley Of Glamorgan
Valley Of Glamorgan trilogy book 1
Julie Wall
Genre: paranormal romance
Number of pages: 122
Word Count: 49,580

Cover Artist: Zack Eads

Valley of Glamorgan by Julie Wall will be FREE on Amazon on April 8th and April 11th!

As if assisting in burying two bodies wasn’t enough! Carmina learns that her life is anything but ordinary, and it is too late to turn back. She is forced to leave everything she has ever known behind and follow a stranger on an unforgettable journey to a world that is just too surreal! She learns of a life she didn’t even know that she had and meets people who would give their lives for her that she doesn’t even remember!

As she is thrown into this new life she learns that her destiny is much greater than she had ever thought it to be, as if she could focus on her new life or destiny when she meets a handsome charming blue-eyed distraction who quickly turns her life upside down even more than it already was!

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I’d like to welcome Julie Wall to Brooke Blogs today. Thank you so much for stopping by with a guest post!

Love animal shape shifters?

Valley Of Glamorgan takes shifters and renews how the world sees them! One of the things I love the most about the Valley Of Glamorgan is that it takes the animal shifters we all love in books and turns them into new and exciting characters!

Why we love shifters?

I personally love shifters because they bring out such an animalistic part in all of us. I mean can you imagine how it would feel to be able to shift into a bird when you feel like you just need to get away but can’t? Or shift into a lion or bear when you are faced with someone or something wanting to harm you or your loved ones? Shape shifters appeal to us because they are so mysterious and yet have some many human traits that we can still identify with them. Shifters have been a theme for paranormal books for quite some time. Although some would argue on what animal they would be, I think we all can agree the appeal of shifters in books will always be there.

-That is why I chose to use them in my new book, and I hope that everyone will enjoy the way I capture the character’s unique shifting abilities.

julieJulie lives in Bloomington Indiana; she is twenty one years old, and recently has attended Ivy Tech community College. When she is not listening to music or getting lost in reading, or writing. She is spending time with her family, or cuddled up watching a movie with her fiancé. Julie is an avid book lover, and enjoys reading every day; she reads anything from paranormal romance to biographies.

She loves to go against the grain and to be different. Julie is also an animal lover, and when she is not reading or spending quality time with her family, she is spending time with her cat lily. She is hoping one day to become a full time writer, and is currently working on her next great book!

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Tanger Taste & Style Experience – Fashion, Food & Fun!


04/13/2013 to 04/14/2013

It’s a fabulous weekend of great style, good tastes and flavorful deals that gives new meaning to the term FASHION PLATE! Celebrate the season’s best new FASHION, FOOD & FUN! I am really looking forward to having an awesome time shopping, eating and checking out beautiful new spring fashion pieces. I can’t wait to check out all the great deals at Tanger!

Gourmet Food Trucks, April 13 & 14th from 12noon – 5pm

All weekend, tantalizing treats will excite our shoppers as they choose from a variety of the best, unique, and totally cool local gourmet food trucks including:

  • BRGR: gourmet hamburgers and handcrafted milkshakes
  • Dozen Dessert Truck: pastries, cupcakes, ice cream (and ice cream sandwiches)
  • Oh My Grill: gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches
  • Alternative: chicken wings, pulled pork, loaded fries, burgers, hot dogs
  • Bella Christie & Lil’Z’s Sweet Boutique: gourmet apples, cheesecake, whoopie pies
  • The Steer and Wheel: all-natural gourmet hamburger combinations and fries
  • Pittsburgh Pierogi Truck: homemade varieties of pierogi’s, haluski, stuffed cabbage
  • Moore’s Hot Dogs: loaded/gourmet hot dogs with unique toppings
  • Penn Brewery: Pork sliders and beer sampling (Sunday only)

Wine Tastings, Saturday & Sunday, 12 noon- 5 pm

Greenhouse Winery and J and D Wine Cellars

Pittsburgh Pirates Pierogi Mascot Appearance – Saturday, 3 – 4 pm
All 4 of our favorites will join the festivities – Oliver Onion, Cheese Chester, Jalapeno Hannah, and Sauerkraut Saul

Kids Kitchen Kreations Korner – Saturday & Sunday, 1 – 3 pm
Fun for the kids with our ‘Kids Kitchen Kreations Korner’ hosted by popular family-fun website/ e-newsletter, Macaroni Kids.

Artisan Marketplace – Saturday & Sunday, 12noon – 5 pm
“I Made It Market” marketplace with offer a wide-variety of local artisans selling their handcrafted merchandise such as flameworked glass wine stoppers, handmade gourmet dog treats, exotic wood wine butlers and cutting boards, unique ceramic housewares with modern aesthetics hand-thrown and fired, soy candles, as well as individual one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry. Plus, various gourmet specialty treats such as flavorful biscottis, macaroons, pizzelles, carmel/chocolate covered pretzels and marshmallows, and more!

Spring “FASHION PLATE” Looks – Fashion Shows – 1:30pm & 4pm (Saturday)
Check-out the latest looks this season from your favorite stores at Tanger Outlets. Stylish looks with the hottest color palettes and accessories from head-to-toe.

Browse a variety of books showcasing our local flavors in Pittsburgh and Western PA, and some other “foodie” favorites.

A little something for everyone! Rain or shine.


Tanger Taste & Style Gift and Getaway

04/01/2013 to 04/28/2013

A Taste & Style Experience Gift. Great Style, Good Taste & Great Deals! Free Gift with Purchase from Curtis Stone & Tanger Outlets! Beginning April 1st ‘Made to Measure’ Melamine Spoons. Chef Curtis Stone has specially selected a culinary gift for you, and it’s FREE with store receipts totaling $125 of Tanger Outlet purchases. While supplies last. Simply bring your receipts to the Tanger Shopper Services Center to claim your gift.


A Taste & Style Experience Getaway. Enter to Win our Foodies’ Dream Trip & Dine with Chef Curtis Stone April 1-28, 2013! You could win a chance to dine with Curtis Stone just for experiencing the best Tanger Outlets has to offer this spring! Enter to win a 3-day and 2-night trip for 2 to Los Angeles, California and sit at the chef’s table and dine with Curtis Stone on May 20th, 2013, PLUS a $1,000 Tanger Shopping Spree.*

*No purchase necessary to win. Register at any Tanger Outlet Center. Look for registration boxes or visit Shopper Services upon arrival. Winner must be able to travel from May 19-21, 2013. See official rules at Shopper Services or

Disclosure: I will be provided with a VIP package for my help in promoting the Tanger Taste & Style Experience – Fashion, Food & Fun! event. All opinions are my own.

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Gargoyle Book Blitz

Gargoyle by Lorraine Beaumont Gargoyle
Lorraine Beaumont
Published: 8/31/2012
cover by PhatPuppy Art

Briar Cliff Township – New England’s best kept secret…turns out is has a few secrets of its own.

For much of the year Briar Cliff is exactly the same as any other small town snugly nestled into the forests of the New England coast. But once a year when the winds change… old stirrings arise from long kept secrets, forgotten misdeeds and a thirst for vengeance.

And so the Gathering begins…Something Wicked this way comes…


Author Bio:

I am the author of the Ravenhurst Series -a time-travel paranormal romance, written with an ensemble cast of characters -Forgotten Time, Shadows of Yesterday, Time to Remember are all available now and the fourth installment Dreams of Tomorrow will be coming this year 2013.

I also write YA/contemporary urban fantasy with a kick-The Gathering Series about Gargoyles. Elyograg, Gargoyle and The Gathering Series Vol. 1 are now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Author Links:

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Free Ebook! To Be, Or Not Book Blitz and Excerpt

_6410894To Be, Or Not
Margo Hoornstra
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: December 8, 2011

Barry Carlson had it all, a successful career in professional baseball and the adoration of any woman he wanted. Except one. Forced to retire in his prime, Barry returns to his hometown of Summerville, New York to coach the Minor League Hornets.

Twenty years ago, Barry broke through Amanda Marsh’s trust issues. He melted her ice, won her love, then walked away without a backward glance to survey the wreckage. Now Amanda is the head of public relations for the Hornets and happily single—until Barry slides back into her life.

Still reluctant to trust, Amanda gives Barry another chance. But the announcement of their twenty-fifth high school reunion leads to an asinine bet between Barry and his old buddies, and threatens to ruin their new-found relationship. As scandals of the past and present converge, can Barry and Amanda get beyond their differences to find their second chance at love?

To Be Or Not is FREE Exclusively on Amazon April 2, 2013!! Click below to get your copy:

_801298My personal history in a nutshell is pretty simple. I’m a wife to one; mother to four—seven if you count in-law children which I do—and grandmother to four so far.

My work experience includes public relations specialist, magazine editor, television producer, and script and speech writer. I’m also a founding member of Mid-Michigan Romance Writers of America.

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“I don’t think he was lying about this, because I was there too. Back at Doogan’s when you and your group of old buds came up with that—that—bet.”

As his memory completed a fast rewind of the specific event, the warmth in his heart turned to ice.

“I’m not sure what you’re talking about,” he hedged as his mind reeled with ways to talk himself out of the deep, dark pit he was about to fall into.

“Don’t you, Barry?” She gestured with a head toss over one shoulder. “According to him, the wager was your idea.”

He felt the pit begin to close in on top of him. “It’s not as bad as it sounds.”

When her gaze returned to take a vise grip on his, he saw only contempt. “So you admit to setting me up to win a bet with your pals.”

“What? Oh, God. No, Amanda.” Hearing the tears in her voice, a chill ran down his limbs. “It was nothing like that.” At the devastation in her eyes,
his gut twisted into knots and he could swear his heart stop beating. “Aaron Goodwin is an unmitigated ass. A jerk of the highest order. He
doesn’t have one cell in his body that isn’t selfish and self involved. In short, he’s a total and complete ass.”

The look of raw pain on her face was the same one that had haunted him for so many years. “It appears he has some competition in you.”

Disclosure: Brooke Blogs received no compensation for posting Free Ebook! To Be, Or Not Book Blitz and Excerpt.

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Head Case by Jennifer Oko

headcase-coverMeet Olivia Zack, neuroscientist, pharmaceutical consultant—and murder victim.

A humorous mystery from an author whose work has been called “simply riveting” by The New York Times and “sharp and fast-paced” by Publisher’s Weekly—it’s Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones meets Carl Hiaasen’s Nature Girl (with a dash of Janet Evanovich’s One for the Money) as Olivia embarks on a postmortem quest to deconstruct the events that lead up to her mind-altering death.

A comic satire of the influence of the psychopharmaceutical industry on American life, HEAD CASE takes Olivia and her estranged friend and roommate Polly Warner on a collision course involving ethically challenged executives, spotlight-hungry celebrities, third-rate mobsters, and drug-dealing babushkas. A smart and savvy page-turner, HEAD CASE explores the meaning of personal relationships, emotional intelligence, and mental health while taking the reader on a synapse-stirring, neurotransmitting rollicking ride.

468869Jennifer Oko’s first book, Lying Together: My Russian Affair (written under her maiden name, Jennifer Beth Cohen), was published in 2004 and received numerous positive reviews. The New York Times Book Review called Lying Together “riveting” and twice named it an Editors’ Choice. The San Francisco Chronicle raved, saying it was “a heady cocktail” and “a quick, juicy read.”

Her second book, a satirical novel about morning television news entitled Gloss, was a Marie Claire “pick of the month” in 2007 and chosen as a “hot summer read” by USA Today.

Currently working as a freelance writer and media consultant, Jennifer is a “recovering” journalist and award-winning television news producer. A graduate of Columbia University’s Journalism School, her career has taken her across the country and around the world. She now lives with her husband and two young children in Washington, DC.


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Put it on Paper Giveaway

Welcome to the Put It On Paper Printable Organization Giveaway!

I am a huge fan of printables! I have a binder for my blog that I keep stocked with printables to keep me on schedule, keep track of my social media posts, blog ideas, passwords and more. I use printables to keep up with cleaning, household finances, and my work at home ventures. There really is something about being able to write it down and have a physical copy of important information. Do you use any printables? Leave me a comment and let me know. Then check out this awesome giveaway!

This giveaway is sponsored by Put It On Paper
Hosted by the Put It On Paper blog!

Put It On Paper is an Etsy shop with tons of printable organization to keep your life, home, family, business, and even your blog organized.

Sarah from Put It On Paper is giving away each of her 8 organizational kits to one lucky winner.

These kits have over 40 documents and are worth over $60!

Winner gets to choose color scheme for their kits. Kits are available in vivid and opaque color schemes, examples of both can be seen in the Etsy shop.

Giveaway is open worldwide,
but printables are only available in English. 🙂

Giveaway ends 11/10/12.

1. The Cleaning Checklist Kit
2. The Home Business Kit
3. The Family Finances Kit
4. The Health & Fitness Kit
5. The Blogger’s Kit
6. The Home Maintenance & Inventory Kit
7. The Planner & Calendar Kit
8. The Meal Planner Kit

To Enter to Win:
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Ebook: 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life by Crystal Paine

Crystal Pain, the mom extraordinaire behind MoneySavingMom.Com, has written a wonderful ebook titled “21 Days to a More Disciplined Life”.  Here is a little info about the ebook’s content:

Do you have ideas, hopes, and dreams for what you want to accomplish in your life, but you feel like you’re being held back by a lack of personal discipline?

Are you easily overwhelmed by your big ideas or projects, and you just don’t know where to start and how to make REAL progress?

Do you find yourself making ‘all-or-nothing’ plans for transforming your life, and then three days later you ‘crash-and-burn’ under the weight of your plan?

These are questions I find myself asking all of the time!  To celebrate the launch of the ebook, you can purchase it at the special introductory price of just 99 cents!!  This price is only good through the rest of the day, Thursday, October 25th.  On October 26th, the price goes up to its regular price of $4.99.  Click the picture below to purchase your ebook today!

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