Sunday, November 30, 2014

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Close To My Heart Cyber Monday Only 20% off all Cricut Collections

Cyber Monday Only: 20% Off All Cricut® Collections!

For the first time ever, Close To My Heart is offering a Cyber Monday Sale on Monday, December 1, 2014. There has never been a better time to buy Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut® Collections for 20% off the retail price. Whether you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, or creating 3-D projects, our four exclusive Cricut® collections make the perfect addition to any craft room! Sale starts at midnight (MST) on December 1 and ends at 11:59 pm Monday night. 

You  will be able to take advantage of this special deal on my website, Cricut Selection submitted between 12:00 am and 11:59 pm (MST) on Monday, December 1 in order to get the discount on your selected Cricut® collections. Enjoy extra savings on Close To My Heart's exclusive Cricut® collections this Cyber Monday!

This is a great deal if you have been wanting these Cricut Cartridges.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Book Review: Cowboy, It's Cold Outside By Katherine Garbera

Cowboy, It's Cold Outside (Montana Born Christmas, #4)Cowboy, It's Cold Outside by Katherine Garbera
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow this book Cowboy, It's Cold Outside ( Montana Born Christmas, #4)
by Katherine Garbera, doesn't disappoint, it starts are with a "bang".

Lucy DeMarco is in town, she needed to get away, With both her parents gone, she didnt feel like being with other relatives for the Christmas season.

Trey Scott came home and found Lucy at his family's home. Surprise, beautiful woman, stuck in a snow storm and well lets just say it is for mature audiences.

This story came on fast, strong and held out all the way through.

Great read, love the Author, cant wait to read more from Katherine Garbera.

Thanks to Netgalley and Tule Publishing for letting me review this book. I thought it was great.
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What Amazon says the book is about:

Photo journalist Trey Scott comes back to Marietta for Christmas, only to find no one home... except for the enchanting Lucy DeMarco. Although Lucy isn’t crazy about the holidays, Trey does his best to restore her enthusiasm, starting with nestling her snug in his bed. But if he’s only in town until New Year’s... 

About the author:
Katherine Garbera is the USA Today best-selling author of more than 59 books for Harlequin Desire, Harlequin Blaze and Kensington Brava. Her books have been featured in magazines such as REDBOOK (11/98)and have even been featured on the large JumboTron in Times Square, and excerpted in COSMO (7/10). She has been nominated for RT Book Club's career achievement awards in Series Fantasy and Series Adventure.

Her latest release ONE MORE KISS is the first book in a sizzling duo from Harlequin Blaze. A Florida native who grew up to travel the globe, Katherine makes her home in the Midlands of the UK with her husband, two children and a very spoiled miniature Dachshund.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Book Review: Dealy Tasting by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noel Balen

Deadly TastingDeadly Tasting by Jean-Pierre Alaux
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well first, I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

The book Deadly Tasting by Jean-Pierre Alaux, was interesting, but kind of boring to me.

I found the main character Benjamin to be interesting, and same with his wife putting him on a cabbage soup diet. I also thought the wine information was interesting even though I don't drink wine. But I was lost in the middle of the book, there was a lot of WW11 info and about wine. That was of course intersting.

I don't feel the characters were developed as well as they should have been, I kept losing track of who was who. The book did read fast, and was interesting, and the main story line of a murder, with 12 wine glasses is great, I just think there needed to be more to this plot.

I recommend this book to others who like French wine and history. I thought I would have liked the history part but the presentation of it was boring.
I do love the cover on this book.

What Goodreads says the book is about:
A serial killer is on the loose in Bordeaux. A local chief detective calls wine expert Benjamin Cooker to the crime scene of a brutal murder. The killer has left a strange calling card: twelve wine glasses lined up in a semi-circle with the first one filled with wine. Cooker is charged with the task of identifying the fabulous grand cru and is astonished by what he learns. A second victim is found, with two glasses filled. Is the killer intentionally leaving clues about his victims and his motives? Memories are jogged about the complicated history of Bordeaux during Nazi occupation. It was a dark time: weinfuhrers ruled the wine trade, while collaborationists and paramilitary organizations spread terror throughout the region. In present-day wine country, time is running out. Will Cooker and his young assistant Virgile solve the mystery before all twelve glasses are full

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Top Kindle Books Facebook Giveaway

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Book Review: The Ghost By Danielle Steel

The GhostThe Ghost by Danielle Steel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Ghost: By Danielle Steel

As I was sitting here reflecting on what was one of the best books I have ever read, and the book that always comes to my mind is The Ghost by Danielle Steel. It has been a long time since I have read this book, but what I remember most is it got me wanting to do genealogy.

Here is a story of a Man who ended up staying at a remote, exquisite lakeside chateau. Hidden deep in the woods. The home belong to a woman who lived and died there two centuries ago. He, Charles Waterson, feels a presents, he even sees a glimpse of her. He finds her diaries and reads them, he is transformed in time back to her life.

This book was written so well, so exquisite that I still remember the story, 15 years later, it touched my heart, made me want to read diaries of my family. I have not found any diaries but I have found so much history of my family. All because this wonderful story which has nothing to do with genealogy but I was just so interested in the history and that Danielle Steel written this story and helped me want to learn more.

I just wanted to share this about this book, if you ever get a chance to read this one, I recommend it. Great and tragic love story.

What says about the book:

With a wife he loves and an exciting London-based career, architect Charles Waterston's life seems in perfect balance. Nothing in his comfortable existence prepares him for the sudden end to his ten-year marriage—or his unwanted transfer to his firm's New York office. With nothing left to lose, Charlie takes a leave of absence from his job to drive through New England, hoping to make peace with himself.

Christmas is approaching when Charlie leaves New York, heading to Vermont to ski. But a sudden, blinding snowstorm strands him in a small Massachusetts town. There, as if by chance, Charlie meets an elderly widow who offers to rent him her most precious possession: a remote, exquisite lakeside chateau. Hidden deep in the woods, it once belonged to a woman who lived and died there two centuries before. Her name was Sarah Ferguson. And from the moment Charlie sets foot inside the chateau's graceful depths, he feels her presence, and longs to know more about the life she led.

It is Christmas Eve when Charlie first glimpses her, a beautiful young woman with jet black hair. He thinks it is a neighbor playing a joke on him, until he finds her diaries hidden away in an old trunk. As he begins to turn the brittle, dusty pages, Sarah Ferguson comes alive. Intrigued and unafraid, Charlie immerses himself in the diaries, eager to learn more about the woman for whom the house was built. Sarah's first entry is dated 1789, the year she arrived in America. Without self-pity or sentiment, she writes of her harrowing journey from her native England, having fled the brutality of her aristocratic husband. Settling in Massachusetts, Sarah finds an unfamiliar land seething with the turbulence of the Indian wars. Determined to start a new life in the vast new world, Sarah finds freedom—and danger—as she builds her home in the wilderness and meets a man who will transform her life. His name is François de Pellerin, a French nobleman adopted by Indians and drawn into the battle for the growing nation. Their fateful union is a testament to a love so powerful it reaches across the centuries. And for Charlie Waterston, caught between Sarah's world and his own, their story is a gift—one that gives him the courage to let go of his past, and the freedom to grasp a future that is right before his eyes.

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Sunday, November 09, 2014

Book Review: Double-Take Tales by Donna Brown

Double-take TalesDouble-take Tales by Donna  Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wasn't sure if I wanted to read this or not, it is just a short story, with 3 even shorter stories, and WOW I loved it!!!

I was hooked on each word with each story, they were all great:

(In "Poison," a psychologically abused wife discovers that her husband's nut allergy may be the solution to all her problems.)  I am sure many have thought it, but for something to happen like this, awesome job, well written.

(In "Round Trip," a five pound note passes through desperate hands, greedy hands and tired hands before coming full circle… accompanied by a big surprise. )  All I thought about each person in this story, they had some luck, they may not of realized it but they did.

(In "C'est La Vie," the police bungle a murder investigation under the watchful eye of someone uncomfortably close to the killing.) Chilling but intriguing.

I can see all these stories being on a tv show are a movie, the writing is superb!!! I am glad I found this book on I highly recommend this book.

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About the Author:
Donna is a longtime book lover and sometime book reviewer and has devoured books from an early age. She writes short (or long) stories as and when inspiration hits and is married to fantasy author David M. Brown (Fezariu's EpiphanyA World Apart). She was co-contributor to David's book, Man vs Cat, a humorous look at life with six rambunctious rescue cats. She is also the author of Losing Heartand Double-take Tales

Donna has lived in many different areas of the UK over the last 30-something years but has remained in Yorkshire for the past decade. She ardently disputes the misnomer that 'It's grim up north'. You can find Donna on Google+ orTwitter, or visit her and her husband's shared blog: B-Lines and Felines

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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Newsletter for my CTMH Card and Scrapbook site

Diana Mathieson
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Lucky 5!
Celebrate the fifth anniversary of Studio J® with five lucky ways to win!
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November marks the five-year anniversary of Studio J®, and that means it’s your lucky month. Take advantage of five amazing ways to win through Studio J and Close To My Heart social media by creating and ordering your Studio J print layouts at the outstanding price of just $5—then hope for luck to visit! Every fifth print order in Studio J will include one FREE accessory retailing $5 or more. But that’s not all! Five lucky winners will receive a “golden ticket” redeemable for a brand new D-ring album* loaded with 10 Memory Protectors™ hidden in their Studio J print orders! If luck is not your lot, then you can earn your prize through raw talent. Those who post photos or JPEGs of their newly printed layouts on Facebook or Instagram, marked with the hashtag #ctmhlucky5, will enter the contest for layouts featuring the best artistry and creativity. Five winners will be chosen from each site, notified after November 30, and will then receive their own D-ring album with 10 Memory Protectors. The luck is abounding—come and get your fill!

*Offer valid November 1–30, 2014. Pattern and color of new D-ring album to be given to winners will be at Close To My Heart’s discretion based upon availability. No tax or shipping will be charged on the free item(s). Studio J layouts ship in a protected box that can hold 4 to 50 two-page layouts. For additional information about shipping/handling, please visit > Products and Pricing > Shipping Options

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November Stamp of the Month: It’s the Little Things
Do great things with something small.
November Stamp of the Month: It's the Little Things
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Ever noticed how big of an impact the little actions have? It really is the small things joined together that get the biggest results. So it is with the November Stamp of the Month, It’s the Little Things. The petals, leaves, and all the tiny trimmings of the set come together to make a blossoming beauty fit for any project. If you’d like to get this powerful bunch of blooms for yourself, make sure to get it this month. This set is just $5 when you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products throughout the month of November. Spend a little, save a lot!

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Base & Bling Oval Additions
We’ve added more zing to the bling.
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You love your wearable crafts already, but did you know the beautiful Base & Bling line has expanded? We’ve added ovals and rectangles to the collection to really get your style in shape. For looks that speak to who you are, try gracing your creations with circle, square, oval, or rectangle pendants. Additionally, you might try your wrist with a brand new cuff available exclusively in the same attractive oval shape, in both faux antiqued silver and faux antiqued gold. The new style sheets and glass covers to fit the bases will top off all your projects with the perfect layer of protection and shimmer. Are you ready to supplement your sparkle? Do it today with the expanded Base & Bling collection.

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