Saturday, October 18, 2014

Book Spotlight: Jim Reilly

Seaville by Jim Reilly

Publisher: Sayville Books 
Release Date: September 30th 
Buy Links: TBA 
Description: 

When new neighbors, Mike and Ann Wells along with their children CJ and Patricia, move into the southern part of town along the Great South Bay of Long Island, they discover the true identity of their neighbors. Each of their new neighbors hosts a being from an alien race hiding from the cruelty of enslavement. This mysterious race needs the Wells family to help them navigate the complicated human experience while being concealed from a nosy but well-meaning old priest. But most of all, they must help them from being captured by a corrupt individual looking to make a profit off a race hoping to peacefully secure fuel to stay one step ahead of their former masters. As the town of Seaville erupts into chaos, Mike and Ann try to keep their new friends concealed and safe. However, time is running out as their former masters search the universe for their lost property and inch closer to Earth. 


Author Bio: Jim Reilly is a new science fiction / fantasy novelist. He is a married father of four, born and raised in Long Island. After going back to college and finishing with an MBA, some of his professors gave accolades to his writing prowess. With that and encouragement from his wife, he wrote his first novel, Evolution. The success of Evolution has inspired Jim to continue his writing efforts and finish his next science fiction / fantasy novel, Seaville. From an early age, Jim always had a fascination with science, science fiction, and fantasy to a point that it became a passion of his. Now he enjoys putting that passion to paper. He has already penned his next book and is working on another. 

Author Links - 
sayvillebooks.com 
jimreillyscifi.wordpress.com
 https://twitter.com/JimReilly98 
www.linkedin.com/in/jimreilly98 
www.goodreads.com/author/show/6591359.Jim_Reilly

Monday, October 13, 2014

#Inspirational Quote for October 13th, 2014

This quote from Helen Keller says a lot. Smiles from your children, kisses from a loved one, beautiful sunsets - they are all things that can be seen and touched in different ways. But to truly encounter them with emotion, they must be felt with the heart!

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or heard, they must be felt with the heart"
-Helen Keller


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Reads Review and #Giveaway: A Place to Call Home


Synopsis

Every rescue dog has a tale to tell, a story uniquely their own. A Place to Call Home is Toby’s tale. His story takes you on a journey across the country from California to Connecticut and across the spectrum of life’s emotional and spiritual experience.

Born on a small farm in northern California, Toby narrowly escapes the death sentence imposed on him by his breeder. Through a series of events driven by good intentions, he finds himself in a Connecticut suburb where life with his new family soon collapses on him, and his newfound happiness is brutally destroyed.

On his quest to find a place to call home, Toby encounters and endures the best and worst of humanity as he comes face to face with sorrow and joy, fear and courage, and ultimately, with the power of love.



Based on a true story, A Place to Call Home is a young adult novel for dog lovers of all ages.


Author Bio:

Ms. Whitmore’s passion for writing and her love of dogs come together in her series The Rescue Dog Tales. The first book in the series, A Place to Call Home, is based on the true story of Toby, an abused dog she adopted from the Connecticut Humane Society. Ms. Whitmore currently lives in Connecticut with her rescue dog Kadee.

Author Links - 

Website: http://gawhitmore.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorgawhitmore

Twitter: @gawhitmore

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20901939-a-place-to-call-home?from_search=true

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Monday, October 6, 2014

#Inspiration for Today October 6th, 2014

I love this quote from Aristotle Onassis. 
If we focus hard enough, we can see some light in any situation, no matter how dark!

"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light" 
-Aristotle Onassis

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fabulous Fall Tablesetting Finds!

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Fall is here! Woohoo! As my official favorite season, I always get super excited this time of year - the trees become beautiful canvases, the air is crisp and cool - perfect for cozy sweaters - and just think of all the amazing baking! Pies, breads, soups - yum!

And to top it all of I love Fall decor - making beautiful table setting every night becomes so enjoyable when you serve a nice Autumn meal. I just love the look of a nice roasted chicken with veggies next to some hot rolls and apple pie on a beautiful plaid table cloth, surrounde by classic seasonal dishes.

So I've put together a post of some Fall favorites just for you guys - beautiful table setting ideas that you can check out and incorporate yourself. Have fun coming up with your own too!

Plaid Tablecloth and Napkin Set

Fall tablecloth




Plaid is the perfect way to bring out Fall colors when it's done nicely - just like this cozy looking tablecloth and napkin set! Cloth tablecloths wash easily I find and last for years and years - I still have some of my mothers from 20 years ago.

Harvest Shimmer Tartan Set Pumpkin Plaid - $79.99, 10.49 shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace



Table Runner

Fall Autumn Thanksgiving Harvest Embroidered Cutwork Leaf Table Runner


I love this embroidered table runner - it just screams Autumn! Embroidery gives it that extra homey touch.

Fall Autumn Thanksgiving Harvest Embroidered Cutwork Leaf Table Runner - $14.99, 4.81 shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace



Autumn Waves-Pumpkin Dinner Plate


These plates are absolutely gorgeous! WOuldn't they just be perfect with the tablecloth? And with a piece of pumpkin pie on them....

Autumn Waves-Pumpkin Dinner Plate - $23.99, 8.99 shipping - Available at Replacements



Hausenware Dinner Plate Pumpkin


These dishes are cute for everyday use - I love the little Pumpkin and know my kids would too!

Hausenware Dinner Plate Pumpkin - $23.99, 8.99 shipping - Available at Replacements



Apple Dish

Williams-Sonoma Botanical Pumpkin Oval Serving Platter


Apple picking is another great thing about Fall, and this plate makes me think of just that! Would love to use these to serve some hot apple fritters.



Williams-Sonoma Botanical Pumpkin Oval Serving Platter - $139.95, 11.99 shipping - Available at Replacements



Set of 4 Pumpkin Soup Bowls




I flipped when I saw these soup bowls! How cute are those! We eat soup almost everyday so they`re an addition I definitely want to make to our dinnerware.

Set of 4 Pumpkin Soup Bowls - Ceramirupe - $90.00, 10.50 shipping - Available at Neiman Marcus



Orange Bowl

Tabletops Unlimited Pumpkin Bowl


Here`s another nice bowl, perfect for soup or salad. Would also go great with that tablecloth!

Tabletops Unlimited Pumpkin Bowl - $25.99, 8.99 shipping - Available at Replacements



Candle Tree

Light Golden Branches Candleholder




This candle holder would be perfect for any Fall tablesetting. I actually have a Christmas one like this with holly leaves and it always looks amazing n the table.

Mikasa - Mikasa 3 Light Golden Branches Candleholder - $79.99, 7.95 shipping - Available at Mikasa



Flowers

Fall Bouquet


If you`re having a special dinner, flowers always make it perfect! Or setting them on the entryway tale makes a nice, welcoming gesture to your guests.

1-800-Flowers.com - Fall Bouquet - $49.99, -1.00 shipping - Available at 1-800-Flowers.com



Candle Centerpiece

Fall Berry Candle Centerpiece




This candleholder would be lovely for a harvest type table setting. Its berries just make me think of a big, gorgeous cornucopia.

Fall Berry Candle Centerpiece - $40.30, Free shipping - Available at Amazon.com



Wreath

Fall Wreath


This wreath can be really versatile - it could be used as a traditional door wreath, or you could put it under a plate of food, making it look especially plentiful!



International Tableware - Melrose International 18-Inch Fall Wreath with Grape Leaves - $24.99, 6.49 shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace



Hope you enjoyed this post and it inspires you to make your own beautiful tablesetting this Fall!




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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Reads: Joyful by Shelley Shepard Gray

Don't miss Shelley Shepard Gray's newest book in the Return to Sugarcreek series, Joyful. USA Today raved: "A sweet, straightforward story about how love can be tested by family, faith, and personal insecurity. Enjoyable and heartwarming."


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My Review
If you read my blog often enough, you'll know that there's nothing I love more than a great Amish romance, and this book is just that! I hve never read any of Gray's books before, but I am definitely a new fan. 
This is apparently the last book in her 'Return to Sugar Creek' series. The book has followed the same characters, as most Amish series do since the community is so tight-knit and small. 
In Joyful, Gray really captures the spirit of the Amish people while telling a great story of love that is 'ferhoodling' and simple all at the same time - all about when people from the 'simple life' face the same life difficulties we all must face - questioning faith, testing love and wondering why.
Gray's writing is wonderfully descriptive and joy to read. She truly brings you into the story and paints a picture of the characters and surroundings, as well as the spirit of the people.
A highly recommended read!