Christmas in July

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These are really quick cards. You can just create the tag and use on a gift or add to a card.

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I used this paper pack. I have had this paper forever and never used it. I am sure I got it on sale and put it up and forgot about it.
I cut the tags with the cricut cartridge Bags, Tags and Boxes.
I added stickles and ribbon…easy and quick!

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A Wedding In Provence by Ellen Sussman

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Overview

Ellen Sussman, nationally bestselling author of French Lessons, delivers a feast for the senses in A Wedding in Provence—a moving novel of love, forgiveness, and trust, set among the beaches and vineyards of southern France.

When Olivia and Brody drive up to their friend’s idyllic inn—nestled in a valley in the Mediterranean town of Cassis—they know they’ve chosen the perfect spot for their wedding. The ceremony will be held in the lush garden, and the reception will be a small party of only their closest family and friends. But when Olivia and Brody’s guests check in, their peaceful wedding weekend is quickly thrown off balance.

The first to arrive is Nell, Olivia’s oldest daughter from her first marriage. Impulsive and reckless, she invites a complete stranger—an enigmatic man who is both alluring and a bit dangerous—to be her guest at the wedding. The next is Carly, Olivia’s youngest daughter, the responsible and pragmatic one. Away from her demanding job and a strained relationship, she feels an urgent need to cut loose—and for once do something brash and unpredictable. Then there is Jake, Brody’s playboy best man, and Fanny, Brody’s mother, who is coping with the fallout of her own marriage. And in the middle of it all is Olivia, navigating the dramas, joys, and pitfalls of planning a wedding and starting a new life.

A delicious, compelling, and utterly enchanting novel, A Wedding in Provence captures the complex and enduring bonds of family, and our boundless faith in love.

Review

I have been reading some heavy stuff lately and I needed a good smooth read. This book hit the mark. The setting is fabulous! How could you go wrong in the South of France.

Olivia and Brody are a perfect fit, even when Olivia’s daughters cause trouble. The worry and concern caused by Carly and Nell make this story move swiftly. Their bad choices keep the reader entertained. And to tell you the truth, if either one had been near me….I probably would’ve clocked them one!!!

4 out of 5 stars

I received this book through Netgalley for an honest review.

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Birth of an Assassin by Rik Stone

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Overview

Set against the backdrop of Soviet, post-war Russia, Birth of an Assassin follows the transformation of Jez Kornfeld from wide-eyed recruit to avenging outlaw. Amidst a murky underworld of flesh-trafficking, prostitution and institutionalized corruption, the elite Jewish soldier is thrown into a world where nothing is what it seems, nobody can be trusted, and everything can be violently torn from him.
Given the order to disperse and arrest a crowd of Jewish demonstrators in Red Square, Jez breaks up the rally but discovers his sisters in their ranks. Rushed for a solution, he sneaks the girls from under the noses of secret police and hides them in downtown Moscow. But he knows they will no longer be safe in Russia. He has to find them a safe route out.
The journey begins, but he is unaware that his every move is being observed and that he has set in motion a chain of events that will plunge his life into a headlong battle to stay alive.

Review

This is a historical thriller set in Cold War Russia. This story is filled with military action and the workings of communism. There are some problems in the dialogue and the story starts a little slow but builds to an intriguing, intense read.

A very well researched tale involving human trafficking, corruption and crime. Jez is a moral assassin…if that is even possible. He keeps his wits and his honor as he travels through his transformation.

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Author’s Bio

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Do children born into poverty become impoverished adults? It happens; pitfalls and roadblocks to advancement are everywhere. Rik Stone grew up poor amidst the slum-lands of fifties North East England, and left school at 15 without any academic qualifications.
He worked in the shipyards on a local river and later went into the merchant navy. Further down the line, he worked quarries in Essex in South East England.
But life was without horizons until, contrary to what his teachers had told him, he found he was capable of studying and completed a BSc degree in mathematics and computing.
Life got lucky for him when he took company pension at 50 and began writing. And now, here he is offering up his debut novel Birth of an Assassin, the first in a series.

Links :
Amazon UK. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Birth-of-an-Assassin-ebook/dp/B00DIFVC3S/

B&N. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/birth-of-an-assassin-rik-stone/1115953870?ean=9781783010998

Kobo. http://store.kobobooks.com/en-gb/books/birth-of-an-assassin/-ykZ9LomEEqWVVtGlJrG-A

Waterstones. http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/rik+stone/birth+of+an+assassin+28ebook29/9960214/

Amazon US. http://www.amazon.com/Birth-Assassin-Rik-Stone-ebook/dp/B00DIFVC3S/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1389210245&sr=8-1
Website: http://rik-stone.simdif.com
Twitter: @stone_rik

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Fast Track by Julie Garwood

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Overview

Cordelia Kane has always been a daddy’s girl—her father raised her alone after her mother died in a car crash when Cordelia was just two years old. So when he has a serious heart attack, Cordelia is devastated, and the emotion is only intensified by the confusion she feels when he reveals the shocking truth about her mother.

Cordelia can’t suppress her curiosity about the woman who gave birth to her, and when she discovers the answers to her questions lie in Sydney, Australia, she travels there to get them.

Hotel magnate Aiden Madison is Cordelia’s best friend’s older brother. He’s oblivious to the fact that she’s had a crush on him for years. When he gets railroaded into taking her along to Sydney on his company jet, he’s unwittingly drawn into a volatile family drama.

Aiden wants to help Cordelia get answers about her mother, but threats from her wealthy, high-powered family are quickly becoming dangerous. Sparks are flying between Cordelia and Aiden, but after multiple attempts are made on Cordelia’s life, Aiden realizes he must put a stop to the madness before he loses the thing he values most.

Review

Julie Garwood is a staple to anyone’s library!! She is a must read. I started reading her novels when she wrote historical romances and I followed her when she changed to romantic suspense. Romantic suspense is one of my guilty pleasures and Julie Garwood does it the best.

Her characters always have the best chemistry. Cordelia and Aiden are no exception. They are so great together. They are good looking and rich…what can go wrong with that!

This story is predictable in places but then there is a twist. The twist puts Cordelia’s life in danger. But don’t worry, Aiden is there to protect and keep her safe. And he does it soooo well!

This is a fast paced, hot romantic story. You will fall in love with Aiden as he and Cordelia deal with family challenges.

4 out of 5 stars

I received this book through Netgalley for an honest review.

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BABY SHOWER!!

I have a guest post this week. A good friend of mine created some great baby shower items and I wanted to show them off.

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These balloons she learned how to do from a you tube video. You can create these yourselves from this video

These are just adorable!!

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She used her Lacey Lace Cricut cartridge to create these wonderful favors for everyone.

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She used this idea from Pinterest! Isn’t Pinterest just the BOMB!!

Great job JOY MAUNEY!! Just AWESOME!!!

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Adventures With Ragweed by Linda Lou Crosby

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Overview

Adventures with Ragweed is a collection of humorous short stories filled with adventure and family themes. Ragweed is a tribute to the whimsical part of each of us. Follow this young teen and her best friend, Marney as they travel to Mexico for a fishing trip where the family is to shoot a pilot for a television show instead find themselves in an unexpected sea storm. Laugh out loud as Ragweed takes on the tennis elite at the country club or attempts to rearrange their perfectly cut lawns. Always one to learn new things, this young freckled face gal with the unruly blonde hair builds a float, rides a horse and grows a garden. Each task done with her own unique vies of the world. These stories are meant to entertain. It’s difficult to narrow it down to one specific genre as the book is a collection of short stories suitable for young adults as well as for an older crowd with a sense of humor. Family Relationships, Friendships, Essays and Humor are categories all presented within the pages of this book. May you enjoy each tale as much as Ragweed enjoyed living the adventures.

Review

An adorably cute quick read. Ragweed reminds me of Ramona from the Beverly Cleary books. Always jumping from one adventure to the next. Ragweed is very curious and extremely resourceful. Her resourcefulness leads to many humorous encounters and situations.

The book is listed for young adults. I think a younger age would enjoy it even more. Every short story has a situation that is comical and educational. This creativity keeps the adults entertained as well.

Authors Bio

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Linda Lou Crosby is a video producer, storyteller and former professional athlete. Like Ragweed, she has a unique approach to life. Ragweed is a part of herself she wanted to share with others. Linda Lou has a great sense of humor and likes to laugh and make others laugh too.

She currently lives with her husband in Montana and California where on clear days you can find her fishing, hunting or hiking.

Links:
Website: http://ragweedadventures.com/
Paperback: http://amzn.to/1iDHpDS
Kindle http://amzn.to/1iDGX8L

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SMACK!!!

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I used the cricut artiste cartridge to cut the black paper. I used scrap paper from my never ending stash. I have no idea where the lip stamp came from. I embossed that and added other embellishments.

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