Friday, November 28, 2014

Book Spotlight - Drowning - Jassy De Jong

Four Fatal Flaws of a Romantic Hero by Jassy De Jong
My first introduction to romance novels were the piles of old Mills & Boons which could be found in every bookshelf in our house (I have three older sisters). This was in the early 1980s, when romantic heroes were very different from what they are today. As an impressionable pre-teen, my role models were the flashing-eyed, self-obsessed, controlling and jealous archetypes that populated those pages. No wonder I started off dating all the wrong guys… it took me decades to overcome this conditioning.
So, in the spirit of public service, here are four “don’ts” to avoid in a romantic hero, whether real life or fictional. I’ve included made-up 80s excerpts to illustrate.
Jealous 80s excerpt:
Roger’s eyes blazed. “Don’t let me see you speaking to that man again… ever!” he exclaimed. “You are mine… all mine and only mine. I’ll have no stranger devouring you with his lustful gaze!”
“B-but Roger,” I stammered, “that man is my brother Tom!”
Jealousy… definitely one of the least likeable and most destructive traits a romantic hero can possess. A heroine who ends up with a jealous man can expect to be alienated from her friends, estranged from her family, and have her choices criticised and controlled. Which brings me to the second flaw…
Controlling 80s excerpt:
“What will it be, Monsieur?” the waitron asked, as I admired the sumptuous decor of this three-Michelin-starred restaurant.
Roger’s powerful jaw tightened decisively. “We’ll have a bottle of the Chianti, the caviar starters, and the lobster mains, Luigi.”
By all means choose Mr Controlling as your romantic hero if it’s the last choice you ever want to make. He’ll decide everything for his heroine, from what she wears to what she eats and where she travels. She’ll never get another look at a wine list, and if she’s on a diet and he fancies dessert – well, let her eat cake.
Violent 80s excerpt:
“We’re leaving now!” Eyes flashing, Roger grasped my arm in his own powerful, muscular grip, holding me so tightly with his sculpted fingers that I cried out in pain.
If the alarm bells aren’t ringing so loudly for this romantic heroine they sound like a fire truck, she must be deaf. The only time your hero should grasp your arm tightly enough to cause pain is when he’s pulling you out of the path of a runaway train, or a charging elephant.

Patronizing 80s excerpt:
“What’s that” I asked, looking at the small clockwork gadget with interest.
“Oh, it’s an invention I put together in between writing my PhD and winning my Olympic gold fencing medal,” Roger told me dismissively, adjusting the collar of his starched Armani shirt. “I’d explain how it works, but it’s rather complicated and you wouldn’t understand.”
The subtext here, of course, is that you need to be the owner of a penis to understand this. Really, why would a romantic heroine want to trouble her frail, feminine mind with its workings… or with any knowledge at all beyond how to remove her lacy underwear on command? In future, she must do the sensible thing and leave these weighty issues to the menfolk… or, of course, she could make the really smart choice, and look for a different hero!
Jassy de Jong was inspired to write her first novel, Random Violence, after getting hijacked at gunpoint in her own driveway.  She has written several other thrillers including Stolen Lives and The Place for Fallen Horses, and edits a hair and beauty magazine.  She lives in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg with her partner Dion, two horses and two cats. Her new novel, Drowning, is an exotic romance set in South Africa.
Drowning, by Jassy de Jong now available in print and ebook
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving - 
Enjoy time with your loved ones today and give thanks for all you have.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Book Spotlight - A Touch of Nerves - D C Hampton

Title:  Touch of Nerves

Author:  Dennis Hampton

Captain Ben Hawkins is finishing up a routine Army inspection at the Tupelo Chemical Research Facility when he discovers that several pounds of the nerve toxin VX-212 slated for destruction can’t be accounted for. 

Soon an FBI team is on the trail of Mahmoud, who can’t forget his father’s fate in the Iraq-Iran war, and Saman, whose parents were on Iran Flight 655, shot down by the American cruiser, the USS Vincennes. Their hatred of the country they blame for their losses leads them to the United States for revenge. 

Colonel Kashani, a senior Iranian intelligence officer, stumbles upon the plan and he understands the dangers of enraging the American dragon. His challenge is to stop a terrorist plot without being ensnared by the FBI. And when the FBI investigation reaches a dead end, Hawkins must decide whether to risk his career—and possible arrest—to stop the attack, even if it means working with a foreign agent. 

D.C. Hampton’s debut novel, A Touch of Nerves, may be set on the battlefield of America’s “War on Terror,” but the book is a far cry from your typical action narrative. Inspired by his two sons who served in Iraq and the Persian Gulf during the Iraq War and his own time serving in the U.S. Army, Hampton brings depth and humanity to characters that might otherwise be painted in the two-dimensional “hero” or “villain” archetypes. With Hampton’s passion for history and global affairs, A Touch of Nerves brings a fresh perspective to the long history of tension between the United States and Iran.

Praise for Dennis Hampton’s Book:
 “The story includes a wealth of details as Hampton weaves a complex plot.  A conceivable threat and suspense-filled plot keep readers engaged until the end.  Hampton eschews the genre’s typical plot holes and vague facts and (his) handle on international relations gives the terrorists credible motivations.”  - Kirkus Review

“Highly Entertaining and Realistic!   I really enjoyed reading this book as it grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't let go. The author clearly did a lot of research; the book's scenes are filled with vivid descriptions as it takes you to multiple locations all around the globe. What's more is the fact that the story itself is eerily realistic! I have been a military/suspense/fiction fanatic for quite some time now, and this book definitely tops my list. A must read, for sure.” – Amazon Reviewer
D.C. Hampton
About the Author
D. C. Hampton, a clinical audiologist, has written about health care issues for more than 25 years, and more than 200,000 people read his articles regularly. He lives in Connecticut with his wife Linda. Both of his sons served in the U.S. military during the Iraq War, one on the aircraft carrier George Washington and the other with the 10th Mountain Division.      

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Product Review - ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer in Green

Product:  ELF  Mineral Infused Face Primer

Review:  I saw this at Target and I have a red tinged face from all the anti-aging products I use - not all the time is my face red just some days - so I decided to try the green tone correcting toner - I have oily skin and can shine through my make-up in a few hours - but with this I can go almost all day without a problem - it smooths on easy and fast and then I put on my make-up and BOOM I have a great looking face that lasts for hours and hours without the normal shine through.

I am now on my 2nd bottle and still love it - the bottle is small about 1/2 ounce so it doesn't last long but at about 6 dollars it is a great deal that I love and love and love.

Descriptions:  Transform your face into a flawless and smooth canvas with the Mineral Infused Face Primer. Developed to combat against excess oil, flaky dryness, enlarged pores and fine lines. This clear multipurpose skin primer will prepare your skin so makeup goes on evenly for a long lasting satin finish.

Features a new and improved air pump! For best results, you may need to pump the component several times before product dispenses.

Recommended uses:
Tone Adjusting Green is ideal for minimizing redness and correcting blotchy skin.
Brightening Lavender is ideal for uneven skin tones and to brighten dull or yellow tones.
Radiant Glow is ideal for creating a luminizing effect on dark spots and uneven skin tones.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Book Review - Abigail and the Sahara Adventure -

Title: Abigail and the Sahara Adventure

Author: Tali Carmi

Review:  A cute short story for kids to read to themselves or for parents to read with them.  Abigail is off on another adventure with her magic bike - this one seems shorter than the last one - she reads in the book where she wants to go and off she goes - this time she helps a tribe in the desert find water - she meets a girl getting water from a well that has driven.

Sweet story of an adventure where Abigail helps another girl get what her family needs with the help of her magical bike.

Published: 20140
Pages: E book
Quick Review:  4 stars out of 4
Why I Read this Title:  Sent by the publisher for an honest review

Summary:  Want your kids to be familiar with exotic locations?

Want them to meet cultures and widen their horizons?
This is a wonderful book about a girl named Abigail.

Abigail found a magical bicycle in her grandparents' old house, and this bicycle takes her to the magnificent Sahara Desert.

Who will she meet there? What will she discover?

This beginner reader’s eBook will inspire your kids to be open to new cultures, and be more curious and enthusiastic about exploring various places.

Your kids will enjoy full-color illustrations of Abigail and the desert life.

Your kids will be inspired to be:

1. Open to new people & cultures

2. More curious

3. Enthusiastic about exploring new things

Abigail and the Sahara Adventure is a sweet children's book written especially for you and your ages 2- 8 children.

With simple text and 13 colorful illustrations.

The story is suitable as a read aloud book for preschoolers or a self-read book for beginner readers.
Tali Carmi
Author Information:  Tali Carmi spent her childhood in a small town in the desert.
She memorized and knew by heart many books that her parents read to her when she was very little. She played with words and rhymes and wrote her first book of songs at the age of ten.
After many years of turning to other hobbies and maintaining a successful career, she now writes again for young children.

Tali is the CEO and founder of a software company and a business coach focused on the fast growth and success of small businesses.

She holds a B.Sc. in Food Science and Biotechnology, and she is a graduate of a Team Management and Leadership program.

Tali Carmi is happily married and a mom of three children.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Disclaimer for all reviews sent by the publisher, publicist or author for review.