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Friday, December 15, 2017

Book Review: Beware the Past by Joy Ellis

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook free of charge,from Joffee Books, via Netgalley for blog review purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

A stunning new standalone crime thriller 

from #1 best-selling author Joy Ellis.

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Detective Matt Ballard is haunted by one traumatic case he never solved. In the 1990s three boys were murdered in the same area, the remote and bleak Gibbet Fen. When the main suspect was killed in a hit-and-run, the killings stopped. But Matt was never satisfied that the real murderer had been caught.
 25 years later, Matt gets a photo in an unmarked envelope. It’s of the Gibbet Fen crime scene. Taken before the murder.
More photos arrive, relating to the historic murders, and intimate pictures of Matt’s secret relationship.
Another killing takes place, with some of the hallmarks of the old case. Has the killer returned or is this just a sick copycat determined to ruin Matt’s life and reputation?
 In an absolutely breathtaking conclusion, Matt and his colleagues, race against time to stop a vicious killer who knows no limits.
The setting
Rural fenland is a strange place, with its never-ending fields, winding tracks, and long straight droves that lead to nowhere. The lonely lanes are flanked either side by deep drainage ditches and are, for a good part of the year, filled with tall, whispering reeds. Closer to the Wash, high seabanks form a barrier between river and marsh, and the richly fertile soil of the drained land. But when the mists come down, as they so often do, perspective is destroyed and all sense of direction lost, and then the fens become a rather frightening place of mystery and danger. Somewhere that you do not want to be at night.


Having read other books in Ellis' other series, I was interested to see how Joy would handle  detective ready to retire, and the case that haunted him coming back into play. To say this is a page turner is an understatement! I HAD to read it in one sitting, I literally could NOT put it down.Even though Matt is at the end of his career, you do not need to know about his previous cases, as enough background is given on Matt and his team, and most of the needed info comes up in the story organically, as it relates to the old case, so the reader never feels lost. Is the original killer back, or is it a cunning copycat? The ending will leave you 'gobstruck' as they say in the book, and you may find yourself going back a few chapters and re=reading them, looking for clues, you may have missed. If you want a book for a long reading spell, this is the one!

About the Author:

Joy Ellis grew up in Kent but moved to London when she won an apprenticeship with the prestigious Mayfair flower shop, Constance Spry Ltd. Many years later, having run her own florist shop in Weybridge, Ellis took part in a writers workshop in Greece and was encouraged by her tutor, Sue Townsend to begin writing seriously. She now lives in the Lincolnshire Fens with her partner Jacqueline and their Springer spaniels, Woody and Alfie.

Cookbook Revie: Sweet Revenge: Passive-Aggressive Desserts for Your Exes & Enemies by Heather Kim

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook  free of charge,from Couri Hay Creative PR and Capstone Press via netgalley for blog review purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

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And now for a gift idea that might just make YOU want to grab a copy for yourself too!

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50+ killer cakes, cookies, and candies for your exes and enemies. Dumped by your beefcake boyfriend? BFF steal your one-and-only? Lab partner a more-than-periodic no-show?  Don’t take these battles online. (Seriously, don’t do that, okay?). Get out your heaviest rolling pins, sharpest cleavers, and most blistering torches, and kill your enemies and exes . . . with kindness. That’s right – bake that loser ex a pan of Go Fudge Yourself. Gift your former friend a You’re the Devil Cake. And give that annoying admirer a Donut Call Me Again. Let them taste your over-them happiness and see what comes next . . . Pastry chef and tattoo artist Heather Kim serves up sinfully delicious recipes and bittersweet advice.

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While this cookbook is aimed at the teen crowd, coeds and adults may find this book just as humorous and yummy too! After all, we've ALL had bad break ups! And while we may not as adults Facebook stalk (right, who am I kidding, adults are WORSE than teens), having this cookbook might just curb all that energy into more productive pursuits, like learning to bake and share your goodies with the friends you CAN count on!

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The pictures will make you WANT to run for the kitchen as they are SOOOOOO yummy and enticing, as you can see. I love how Heather takes the 'never before baked' lovelorn and walks them through knowing everything from bowls to use, to ingredients and why to use them, before starting the recipes. Additional info, like typical serving size (above) also helps to let the new baker know HOW many times to make the recipe, based on how much food therapy is needed, LOL! Altogether, it's a pretty decent cookbook, and I would recommend it for ALLL teens, as a great starting baking cookbook.

Add some fun kitchen tools, a funny notebook and pen, to the cookbook, and you've got a cute Christmas, or birthday present for your favorite teen. And while they may not need it right now, they probaby will soon, and then they really will appreciate your generosity! 

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Want to check out a recipe for yourself? 
Head on over to Bookish, and you can check out Heather's World’s Biggest Flake(AKA: Butterfinger Flake Bars)

About the Author

Heather Kim is a pastry chef, painter, and tattoo artist at MPLS Tattoo, an all-female owned and operated parlour. Her deliciously unconventional desserts have been praised by the Star Tribune, Minnesota Monthly, and Eater. She lives in Minneapolis, with the loves of her life—her college sweetheart, Scottie, and their Schnauzers, Max & Nietzsche.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Guest Post: How to Nurse Your Holiday Hangover by Dr. Christopher Calapai's TIps

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this post free of charge,from Couri Hay Creative PR and the author, for blog posting purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

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The Holiday season is here and with it an seemingly endless parade of parties-be they family,, friends, coworkers or hobby related, there is plenty of MERRY to the season for over-indulgence. As this jolly time of the year goes, it goes without saying, most of us will be sipping on spiked eggnog, champagne, among other festive cocktails. In the moment, this may seem like harmless fun, but in excess can take a toll on your body, and some will be left with the holiday hangover blues.

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., a New York City Osteopathic Physician board certified in family and anti-aging medicine, suggests the following natural remedies for getting rid of that pesky morning aftermath hangover, both during the holiday season and for the beginning of the new year!

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1) Drink water and other liquids too! Drink a good amount of water before [going out] — at least 6 to 8 glasses, with a little lemon or orange, which are acidic and balance your pH. If in the case this does not happen, rehydrate and flush the impurities from your system with electrolyte filled drinks. I.e. sports drinks, coconut water, or bouillon soup for salt and potassium restoration the morning after.

2) Ginger is packed with vitamins and minerals making it a great remedy for settling an upset stomach. Add honey, as it contains fructose, which will help the body metabolize and burn off any alcohol still in your system.

3)  Alka-Seltzer - Get a different type of bubbly in your system! Alka-seltzer varieties contain sodium bicarbonate (also known as baking soda), which can help settle an uneasy tummy by neutralizing stomach acid.

4) Go Bananas for Bananas – A lot of potassium is drained from your body when you drink heavenly. Bananas are bursting with potassium and will the you the giddy-up and go your body may be needing!

5) Exercise – Even when you don’t feel like it, it can help to stimulate the release of endorphins, resulting in a better mood and a better state of mind as you recover from your hangover.

6) Multivitamin - Taking a vitamin supplement before drinking and one the next morning with food is a great source of rejuvenating the vitamins lost due to drinking, as alcohol is a natural diuretic.

7) Eat a big meal before! – We all know how it is to get caught up in the celebrations and fun, but it can be a game changer if you can remember to do this. A large meal will coat your stomach lining, helping to better absorb alcohol.

So there you have it!

What other remedies/helps would YOU add to the list???

About the doctor:

Dr. Christopher Calapai,
Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed the "The Stem Cell Guru" by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S. His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer's, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson's. He has worked with Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Gotham's, Donal Logue; and as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers. Connect with him via twitter @drcalapai or at www.drcal.net

Wordless Wednesday: Sneaux Day 2017

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

How to Freak Out Your Kids With the Magic of Video! (review and giveaway)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge,from YourSantagram for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

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Every year we've shared with you different websites that allow you to have Santa come to your kids and speak with them.

But this year, that idea is on a WHOLE new level, thanks to YourSantagram.com!

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YourSantagram.com makes custom videos from Santa Claus, where he speaks directly to the special kids in your life.  He already knows if they've been good or bad - and can quote specific examples - because you have already provided that information to him in advance!  This is NOT some sort of "robo-santa" software - this is a real, live, bearded Santa Claus speaking directly to the kid(s), saying basically whatever it is you'd like him to say!

What if Santa takes it one step further, and congratulates them on having a great score on the Math test?  Or if Santa reminds your son to be nicer to his sister...and can actually give an example of when he wasn't very nice?  The possibilities are endless, as Santa will happily deliver whatever messages need to be delivered to your child as we get closer and closer to Christmas!

Check it out:

Yup- you can even have fun with the adults too! Have Santa tell your coworker to stop making a mess in the breakroom.  Have Santa tell your friend that the football team he loves is awful.  Santa will have a great time delivering a special message just for you, with special GROUP rates available for those that really want to spread the holiday cheer (warning? LOL)! maybe now you can make a believer out of them! LOL

I was really impressed with how the site ran through correct pronunciation of names, asked for special moments, things kids needed to do/have done, and how they went over the basics of be nice/clean/obey. And you can include up to 5 kids in the same video- saving you MONEY! You get the feeling from the order form this is not going to be the same old rehash, but something different! Once you place your order, your YourSantaGram video will arrive in about 5 days. Not only do you get a 2-4 minute video (depending on what you submit). You not only get a PRIVATE Youtube link, but also a downloadable MP4 link as well! 

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I was anxious to see how Miss Grace handled hers, as she has been to see Santa twice this year and asked for the same thing, so she would know if it wasn't 'him'. And as she is on that cusp of not believing anymore, I wanted this last year to be really FUN for her (and boy did God come through with the 'white Christmas' thing, just a couple weeks early, see tomorrow's post!). She was literally dumbfounded while watching her video! Not only did Santa know what she wanted, he knew we homeschooled and what she was having major issues with!  She kept looking at the video, and then back at me, and the magic of the first time Santa sent her a letter was back! YEAH! So while I know this is probably the last year for Santa, I'm thrilled that YourSantagram was able to make it SO special for her! I can't recommend the website, and their videos, enough!

Order A Customized Video For The Children, or children at heart, In Your Life! 
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One BTHM reader will win their own YourSantaGram video
 to share with their kids, family or co-workers!

This giveaway ends FRIDAY, 
so that you have time to have your video BEFORE Christmas!

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