Review: LolliZ Gel Pens 70 Pen Tray Set – Set of 2

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LolliZ Gel Pens 70 Pen Tray Set – Set of 2

Purchased from Amazon

Details:

  • 2 sets of high quality gel pens – each with 70 exclusive colors: 4 standard, 15 neon, 15 pastel, 19 glitter, and 17 metallic
  • Acid-free and non-toxic
  • Convenient storage trays for easy identification and organization.
  • Ideal for sketches, drawing, coloring, doodling and other creative projects.
  • 100% LolliZ Satisfaction Guarantee

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Do you color and are you looking for a great gift for yourself and a friend? This is the set of gel pens for you! This is 2 sets of 70 gel pens that comes with 4 standard ink, 15 neon ink, 15 pastel ink, 19 glitter ink, and 17 metallic ink. That is 70 unique colors! With the two sets you get a total of 140 gel pens. The best thing (beside the low price) is that these are quality, long lasting gel pens!

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The gel pens work really well and their writing/ coloring is very fluid. I didn’t have problems with smearing as long as I gave it a second to dry. These pens are perfect for this small spaces and detail work I like to do when I color.

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The first book I started coloring the pens in is the Be Still and Know: Inspirational Adult Coloring Book. These pens are so wonderful. They add so much to my page. I love using them and I know you will as well.

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Guest Post: SNAKES & STONES by Lisa Fowler

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SNAKES & STONES by Lisa Fowler

Synopsis:

Twelve-year-old Chestnut Hill’s daddy stole her and the triplets away from their mama. At least, that’s how Chestnut remembers it.
It’s 1921, and after nearly two years on the road with his traveling elixir show, Daddy’s still making no move to go back to Kentucky and buy Mama that house. So Chestnut is forced to come up with her own plan to get home. At night, when Daddy and the triplets are in bed, she draws up flyers with the name of the next town they’ll be traveling to. Before they leave each town and hoping her mama will see them, she nails up the flyers, leaving Mama an easy trail straight to her children.
When that doesn’t work, Chestnut is forced to try something bigger. But when her newest plan lands Daddy in jail and Mama has to come to the rescue, Chestnut discovers that things are not always as they seem. Written with a wonderful mountain hillbilly voice, Snakes and Stones has a mystery at its heart and lovable, strong, and complicated characters.

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Lisa Fowler, SNAKES & STONES

The first question I suppose you might ask is why I wrote this book in the first place.

That’s a pretty easy one to answer really. I wrote Snakes and Stones because Chestnut Hill kept waking me up at night telling me to write her story down on paper. That sounds funny, doesn’t it, that a fictional character would actually wake a writer up and talk to her? But it’s true. You see once you get a character in your head and begin asking her/him questions about their life, the story just begins to flow and there’s nothing left to do but write it down.

How do you know when the story’s complete?

Well, I suppose you could say the story ends when the character has successfully solved his/her problem and no longer wakes you up in the middle of the night. Chestnut had a difficult time solving her problem, so difficult in fact she was the one losing sleep. She wrestled with guilt, her conscience, and with things as she believed them to be, but in the end she did reach a good conclusion. It’s safe to say too that she learned a valuable lesson in the meantime: Things are not always as they seem to be.  

How did you come up with the title Snakes and Stones? I’m scared of snakes, will your book keep me awake at night if I read?
I’m so happy you asked because there are no real snakes in the book… oops, well, there may be one, but only one I promise and it shouldn’t bother your slumber one little bit.

Daddy sold elixir you see; he was what the “old timers” used to call a Snake-Oil salesman, so that’s really where the Snakes part of the title came from. And as for Stones – well, I’m sad to say that the Hill family, especially strong-willed Chestnut, “runs into” more than her fair share of stones.

Where does Snakes and Stones take place?
Another fabulous question!

The Hill family – Daddy and his little nut farm: twelve-year-old Chestnut, and seven year old triplets Hazel, Filbert, and Mac – spends most of their time in an old circus wagon, traveling throughout the south, selling elixir and making music. It’s not until they meet up with daddy’s old friend, Abraham, though that their music and their story really begins to resonate with “the folks.”

Abraham hints to Chestnut that daddy’s clinging to secrets, secrets that Chestnut doesn’t want to believe but may be forced to in order to put her broken family back together.

What is Snakes and Stones all about and who should read?

At its core Snakes and Stones is a story about family and the struggles faced when children are at odds with their parents. Geared for ages seven and beyond, Snakes and Stones is really a must-read for anyone who loves a fast-paced story full of humor, mystery, and love for family.

The main character, twelve-year-old Chestnut Hill learns a valuable lesson when she realizes things are not always as they seem.  

Snakes and Stones would be a great read for middle graders, grandparents who love their grandbabies, parents who love to read to their children, and anyone really who enjoys a great story. Snakes and Stones would make a great Christmas gift too!

Thank you so much for asking about Snakes and Stones. I hope you will read and enjoy Chestnut’s story and then I’d love to hear from you.

Author Bio:

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Lisa Fowler has lived all her life in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, where she fell in love with mountain ways and lingo. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Cover Reveal: Remnants of Yesterday (Broken by the Sea #3) by Ava Wood

Remnants of Yesterday (Broken by the Sea #3)
Genre: YA Romance
Release Date: January 6th 2017
 
Summary:
 
“Saying goodbye is never easy.”
 
Missy Shaw has lived through her fair share of heartache and abuse, mostly at the hands of her own father. After finally taking a stand against her abusers, Missy is faced with a new dilemma when her father unexpectedly falls ill. Longing to take care of the man who’s never really been a father to her, she’s forced to make a difficult decision that could cause a cataclysmic collision with her past and her future.
 
Now that Adam Miller was a major fixture in Missy’s life, making those hard decisions shouldn’t be so difficult, but when Missy heads to Tampa for college and Adam returns to Kansas, she’s left feeling vulnerable and alone. Moving forward is harder than she imagined when the demons from her past continue to haunt her.
 
In this gripping finale to the Broken by the Sea trilogy, find out if Missy is finally able to find her happy ending, or if the demons of her past become the nightmares of her future.


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About the Author

Ava Wood is an insomniac who writes to calm the voices. When the voices get too loud, stories are formed.

Ava was born and raised in Texas but got to Florida as quick as she could, enjoying the fresh sea air and summer storms. She believes there is nothing more beautiful than an evening summer light show.

She’s married to the love of her life whom she shares two beautiful daughters and four sweet fur babies. Their marriage is the perfect “North-meets-South” pairing.

When she’s not writing, Ava can be found chasing her children all over the county, snapping photos of any and everything, visiting one of her local theme parks, or just spending quality time with her family.

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Review: The Holiday Gift (Cowboys of Cold Creek #15) by RaeAnne Thayne

The Holiday Gift

The Holiday Gift (Cowboys of Cold Creek #15) by RaeAnne Thayne

Purchased from Amazon

Published: November 22nd 2016

I rate this book:

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Synopsis:

A COWBOY FOR CHRISTMAS

With two kids and an active life, widow Faith Dustin only wants peace and quiet for Christmas. But her snowy Pine Gulch ranch is nothing but chaotic. All that keeps Faith going is her helpful neighbor, cowboy Chase Brannon. He’s always been “good ol’ Chase,” her faithful friend. Until he kisses her under the mistletoe…

Years ago Chase blew his chance with the woman he’s loved since childhood. Now he’s determined to step out of the friend zone…and into the role of husband. But the scared and stubborn Faith won’t let herself fall. With Christmas just days away, Chase will need all the magic of the season—and the help of her two matchmaking children—to unwrap a second chance at love.

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Faith Dustin and her late husband were Chase Brannon’s best friends as teenagers. What Faith doesn’t know is that Chase has been in love with her ever since then.

While at a horse auction another rancher asks Chase his opinion about asking Faith to be his date to a Christmas party. Chase starts to wonder if he has waited too long to let Faith know how he feels about her. It is time that he took action. Once he kisses her she finds it hard not to think about him but yet she doesn’t want to ruin the friendship that they have shared for all these years…

The Holiday Gift by RaeAnne Thayne is the third of the Nichols sisters’ books within the Cowboys of Cold Creek series. It can be read as a stand alone but I think you’d enjoy it a bit more if you read the previous two books ( The Christmas Ranch and A Cold Creek Christmas Story) or if you have read the entire Cowboys of Cold Creek series. This is a wonderful story to read during this Holiday season.

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  the-charming-life-of-izzy-maloneThe Charming Life of Izzy Malone by Jenny Lundquist

Izzy Malone isn’t your typical sixth grader. She wears camouflage combat boots and tie dye skirts; the Big Dipper and Orion are her two best friends; and she’d rather climb trees or shoot hoops than talk about boys and makeup. And after only a month of middle school she’s already set the record for the most trips to the Principal’s office. The only time Izzy feels at peace is when she’s on the open water, and more than anything else, she wants to become a member of the Dandelion Paddlers, her school’s competitive rowing club. But thanks to those multiple trips to the Principal’s office, Izzy’s parents force her to enroll in Mrs. Whippie’s Charm School, a home-study course in manners and etiquette, or they won’t let her race in Dandelion Hollow’s annual pumpkin regatta—where Izzy hopes to prove to the Dandelion Paddlers she is more than qualified to be on their team. When Mrs. Whippie’s first letter arrives it’s way different from what Izzy was expecting. Tucked inside the letter is a shiny gold bracelet and an envelope charm. Izzy must earn her first charm by writing someone a nice note, and once she does more tasks will be assigned. Izzy manages to complete some of the tasks—and to her surprise, she actually finds herself enjoying the course. But when one of her attempts at doing something good is misinterpreted, she fears her chances at passing the course—and becoming a Paddler—are slipping away. With some unexpected friends there to support her, can Izzy manage to earn her charms and stay true to herself?

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#1 The bracelet and the first charm appeared the day I punched Austin Jackson in the nose. I didn’t mean to slug him. His face just got in my way. It was a bruising end to a disastrous first month in middle school. You know that kid in class that everyone secretly (and not so secretly) thinks is weird? The one people laugh and point at behind their back, the one who gets picked last in gym class, the one you wish you hadn’t gotten stuck with for a science partner? At Dandelion Hollow Middle School, that kid is me, Izzy Don’t-Call-Me-Isabella Malone. Truthfully, my slide into loserdom started in elementary school and was pretty much an established fact by the time sixth grade started last month. It’s partly because my mouth often has a mind of its own. But I think it’s also because there are a bazillion other things I’d rather do than talk about boys, clothes, and makeup, and I refuse to wear strappy sandals and short skirts. (If you ever catch me wearing strappy sandals or a short skirt, you have my permission to kick my butt.) I do like skirts, though. Really long colorful ones I get from Dandelion Thrift. I like to wear them with my camouflage combat boots. I call the look Camohemian.

 

  jenny-lundquistAuthor Jenny Lundquist Jenny Lundquist was born and raised in Huntington Beach, CA, where she spent her time unsuccessfully learning how to surf. When she was younger, she wanted to be either a rock star or a published author. After she taped herself singing and listened to it on playback she decided she’d better opt for the writing route. Jenny is the author of Seeing Cinderella and Plastic Polly as well as the young adult titles The Princess in the Opal Mask and The Opal Crown.

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