Review: Newisland 4X4X4 Puzzle Speed Cube Sticker Magic Cube

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Newisland 4X4X4 Puzzle Speed Cube Sticker Magic Cube, with Instruction and a Carrying Bag, Super Durable and Smooth Play with Vivid Color

Purchased from Amazon

Details:

  • Superior Combination: Combines high performance designs with good value.
  • Superb Rotation and Smooth Play: Updated structure designed for easy-turning, speed-cubing and tension-adjusting. The improved anti-pop technoplogy supports super fast turning. Highly recommended cube set.
  • High Quality Material: Solid colored stickers for longer used. Eco-friendly plastic product does harmless to human and environment.
  • Intelligence Development: Perfect for both children and adults to play with.
  • In the box: Newisland 4X4X4 Speed Cube comes with a method card, a set of stickers, and a customized cube bag for easier carrying.

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So who doesn’t love these cube games! From my youngest child who is two to my dad who is in his 70s these cubes bring endless hours of fun and competition to any family gathering.

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One of my sons helped me out by playing with this Newisland 4X4X4 Puzzle Speed Cube. It is a well made game cube. It feels similar to ones we already own.

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The stickers on the cube haven’t shown any sign of wear but if they do the company did send an extra page of each color sticker. So if one starts to fray around the edges or even falls off  it’s very easy to replace it. This cube also comes with instructions and a storage pouch.

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My son had a blast playing with this cube. He has yet to put it back the way it was. It is very challenging and he loves it!

This game cube would make a fun gift or stocking stuffer for anyone!

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Review: Gonex Sports Tritan Water Bottle 18oz 600ml, Flip Top Lid, Opens With 1-Click, Eco Friendly BPA-Free Plastic for Gym, Yoga, Running, Outdoors, Cycling, and Camping

Gonex Sports Tritan Water Bottle 18oz 600ml, Flip Top Lid, Opens With 1-Click, Eco Friendly BPA-Free Plastic for Gym, Yoga, Running, Outdoors, Cycling, and Camping

Purchased from: Amazon

Details:

  • Tritan plastic: BPA-free. Our Gonex bottles are made from 100% non-toxic imported Tritan Co-polyester plastic, which is do no harm to our body and it is environmentally friendly. What’s more, its environmental material makes it SAFE even you pour the 100 ℃ hot water in it. Gonex water bottle is the right choice since it is durable, non-toxic and safe.
  • Fashionable design: It is premium quality single wall design that is unlike the other dull, off the shelf water bottle. It looks more practical and functional than any other water bottle. It is ergonomically shaped to make one-handed use a breeze, with a special reflective frosted casing. The Nylon Carry-strap is tough enough to hold the bottle filling with water. Its small and exquisite design is more suitable for women to put in their bags and carry to anywhere.
  • Lightweight: Although it is small, it is 18 ounce, 600ml, which is tough durable and resistant to impact. Its air hold design that places on the lid ensures fast flow of water with effortless drinking. There is a one-handed push of a button on the top of the special spill-proof.
  • Small Bottle Mouth: Consistent with the lip, which avoids being choked by fast drinking. And its top air hold makes the bottle 100% leak-proof and dirt-proof. It is also very easy to open the bottle with just only one-click, slide your hand into the side strap and start drinking. The Gonex bottle is perfect for running, gym, yoga, tennis, hiking, office use or travelling.
  • Guarantee: We want to be the best choice that you have options here, and that’s why we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If our product doesn’t meet your standards for any reason, just send it back for a replacement or a full refund.

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We have been going to the park a lot this summer. Even though it is usually after dinner when we go it is hot and humid out there. We always bring a cooler of bottle water but I hate using those plastic bottles because it is not good for the environment. So I started looking around for reusable bottles and when I came across this one by Gonex I fell in love.

Look at that beautiful purple bottle!

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I ordered it and it arrived in no time at all and was very well packaged. I rinsed it off, filled it with ice water and stuck it in the fridge. I am very happy that the opening is large enough to fit ice cubes in it.

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When we headed out the door I took it with me. It fits perfectly in the cup holders in out van.  The handle on the neck of it is perfect to fit around your wrist when you want to carry it. I love the handle, it is very well made and I don’t think it will ever come off this water bottle!

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I have to say that this is one of the most comfortable water bottles I have ever drank from!

First when you want to take a drink you just unlatch the top and push the little button and then the top opens automatically. After you take a drink it locks right back into place. This bottle does not spill at all! You can easily open it and close it with one hand.

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This water bottle only holds 18 ounce which is nice because that way you are not carrying such a heavy bottle when you are on the go.  This bottle is BPA safe so it is safe for the whole family to use!

I am very pleased with this lovely water bottle and I now use it every time I leave the house!

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Kindle Fire Giveaway: FOOL FOR YOU by Rina Gray

Can she go from BFF TO MRS? Find out in FOOL FOR YOU (Crush on You Book 1) from debut author Rina Gray…

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About FOOL FOR YOU

Sports journalist Melanie Foster has achieved most of her goals: Bomb.com job—check. Tomboy-to-smoking-hottie makeover—check. Convince her best friend, Damien Richards, to slide a ring on her finger and father her two-point-five kids—not so much. When she activates Operation: I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, she never imagines her BFF already has plans to stroll down the wedding aisle with another woman.

Damien is in the middle of crisis mode. The non-profit for young athletes at which he volunteers is in financial trouble. He’ll pull out all the stops to rescue the organization that saved his life after his career-ending injury—even if it means sacrificing his personal happiness.

But when he finally wakes up to love and the very non-friendly feelings he’s long held for Mel, it might just be too late. Damien must convince her that he’s worth the risk and turn the tables to show her he’s the one ready to be a fool for love.

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Excerpt:

She ran her fingers through her hair, exasperated by the turn in conversation. “I was a stupid girl in college. I told you how I felt, and you rejected me, patting me on the head like some little kid and then running off to your date.” She paced toward the kitchen. “Terrance is a lot of things. Back then I didn’t know it nor did you. He saw me crying on the couch and asked me what happened. Then he offered to take care of me.”

Damien watched her with a weird intensity, as if he were observing an unclassified species underneath a magnifying glass.

Despite the awkwardness, she couldn’t look away. Their silent exchange was not peaceful, but painful. A pain that manifested into a poison-tipped arrow and pierced her soul.

The tips of her fingers were numb. She rubbed her thumbs over her fingers and pulled back her shoulders, ready to kill the dead air. “Damien, I … ” Her voice box froze. Each ragged breath hardened into tiny icicles, leaving no room for words to escape. She drew a huge gulp of air and tried again. “I love you.” She licked her dry lips and corralled her courage. “I love you, and I always have. Since I was twelve years old, you’ve owned my heart. I don’t know why I did it. But he treated me like I was good enough. Like a woman.”

“Stop it!” Damien swung his hand into a ceramic vase propped on the small, round coffee table, slamming it to the floor.

“It’s the truth. And as stupid and immature and pathetic as it sounds, he made me feel wanted.”

“Shut. Up. Melanie.” This time Damien’s tone slipped into a menacing, threatening rumble. He was a man on the edge. But like a shaken bottle of soda whose top finally popped, she couldn’t stop the words from bubbling over.

“You have no idea.” She shook her head. “No idea what it feels like to burn for one person, one guy since you were a kid. And every time the guy chooses someone else, a piece of you dies. So,” she whispered, her voice hoarse and broken. “So when the guy you’ve wanted all your life, the guy you wanted to ask you to the dance, but never does, when he rejects you … but another guy, not the guy you want, but he’s nice and attractive and kind, asks you to dance, you take his hand and follow him to the dance floor.”

Her gaze fixed on the window above the kitchen sink. “You close your eyes and pretend the other guy is the one you want. And you convince yourself that it’s better than holding up the wall and staring while your guy, the one you crave, is holding someone else.”
Looking down at her feet, she rotated her ankle in a panicky rhythm. “I know you don’t love me … the way I love you. But I still stand by what I said earlier. If you continue to treat me badly, toss me away like I don’t matter, then I’d rather end it now. So what will it be?”

Her eyes sought Damien, who’d become quiet during her emotional vomit.
His bright, intense eyes swirled with something. Another something new, something she’d never seen before. Clenching his jaw, he looked down, grabbed the back of his neck, and shook his head once. Twice. He lifted his head, eyes meeting hers, and shook his head again, this time with conviction. “No. I don’t want to be your friend anymore.”
Her knees buckled, the pain too great. How she wished she could’ve loved him in silence instead of losing him forever.

She wanted … She needed … She craved …
Damien. Only and always, Damien.
Sniffling, she turned to leave. Nothing more to say. The door mocked her, telling her to make a decision. But this time, the decision wasn’t hers to make.
She twisted the knob to crack it open, but the door wouldn’t budge. Lifting her eyes, she realized the problem. His hands held the door closed above her head.
Does he want to watch me crumble?

Author Bio:

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Rina Gray is one of the newest African American romance writers on the rise. She is also a digital marketing professional who discovered her love of writing in 2012. Writing has always been Rina’s passion, though initially, she tried to deny it. In college she served as the copy editor for the entertainment magazine and newspaper. During her tenure, she had the opportunity to interview various talented entertainers including Chris Rock and the cast from Reno-911.
Rina has always been an avid reader, sneaking to read her mother’s books she had no business reading i.e. Stephen King’s The Stand, It, and Anne Rice’s various vampire series. As a pre-teen, she received a load of romance novels from a family friend and from that point on, she devoured any book related to romance or horror. When she’s not writing, she can be found with her head stuck in a book, kickboxing, or dominating game night with friends and family. Rina resides in Atlanta with her husband.
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Adult Coloring Review: Art Drawing Pencils, Set of 72 Assorted Colors Huhuhero Professional Premium Art Colored Pencils For Artist Sketch / Secret Garden, Recycled Wood Environmentally Friendly Non- Toxic

Art Drawing Pencils, Set of 72 Assorted Colors Huhuhero Professional Premium Art Colored Pencils For Artist Sketch / Secret Garden, Recycled Wood Environmentally Friendly Non- Toxic

Bought from Amazon

Details:

  • Artist-quality colored pencils for writing, drawing and sketching – Common uses have been Adult Coloring Books, Drawing, Sketching, Portraits, as well as advanced techniques such as Layering, Blending, or Burnishing
  • Beautifully crafted with recycled wood, which is environmentally friendly and non- toxic. COLORING PENCILS ARE FROM MARCO COMPANY
  • High print effect, smooth when using them, which is a wonderful drawing pencils to your Secret Garden, Enchanted Forest, and Lost Ocean Coloring Book
  • Artist Colored Pencils are equally capable of producing quick sketches or finely worked drawings
  • Package: 72 colored pencil set . Fast delivery directly from Amazon, conform to Amazon return and refund policies. Please feel free to contact seller for any product or order problem.

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When I was looking around for an affordable set of colored pencils I came across this set. I have heard some good things about this brand and wanted to give them a try. Once I ordered them they arrived very quickly and I was able to start using them right away.

Now I am not an artist, I am just a coloring enthusiast.

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These colored pencils color very similar to my Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils. I was actually shocked at how well they color. The color goes on very smooth and they are so easy to use. The colors are very vibrant and when I used Gamblin Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits, they blended very well. I love the finale look.

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These colored pencils are not marked with the color they are instead they are given numbers. This set has 72 unique colors in it. Print out your free printable color chart template here. It is very helpful when you are organizing your pencils to use.

These are the best, affordable colored pencils I have used and I love working with them.

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The book I used The Colors of Creation – Color and Reflect on God’s Wondrous World Paperback by Faith Passio

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Prize Pack Giveaway: When I Found You By Kate James

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.
Book Tour Grand Finale for
When I Found You
By Kate James
We hope you enjoyed coming along as readers shared about this sweet romance challenged by tense circumstances! If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out now…

Launch – Tour Welcome
When I Found You is the story of San Diego Police Department K-9 unit captain Logan O’Connor, who readers were introduced to in the first two books of the trilogy, and Ariana Atkins, chief of security and loss prevention at San Diego’s international airport. Of course, a K-9 trilogy book has to have a furry, four-legged character, too, and in When I Found You, that character is Logan’s explosives detection dog, Boomer.

Katie’s Clean Book Collection – Review

“The way this story flows is very engaging. The mystery/suspense angle had me on the edge of my seat and guessing until the end. There are enough plot twists to still keep it very intriguing and it makes me wonder how many close calls there are at airports every single day. I have to admire those who sacrifice their time and risk their lives to keep the majority of people safe. I loved the romantic interludes and the way these two show a lot of respect for each other and for their co-workers and friends. I couldn’t get enough of the story and enjoyed every page. I think this one may be the best book of the trilogy!”

Thoughts of a Blonde – Interview

Is there a particular author that you remember being the first that drew you into being a fan of the Romance genre?
 
I have to say that (although not strictly romance) I love Nora Roberts’s books. I just finished The Obsession, and (please refer to the above question about my love of dogs) my favorite character in the book is Tag, the dog. He even has a pivotal role in the conclusion of the book!

Slice of Life – Review

“Kate James did an excellent job of describing airport security and K-9 operations in her riveting novel, which I would recommend to anyone who wants an exciting read along with romance.”

Getting Your Read On – Review

“I am really loving this K-9 series by Kate James. I’ve read every one so far and this book is a fantastic addition. I loved how each book has a different setting- even though all the books are about K-9 handlers in the same police unit. This book is mostly in an airport setting and I really loved it. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book quite like this and it was fun.”

Becky on Books – Review

“I really enjoyed the insight that When I Found You gave into both the behind-the-scenes action in airport security and the work that K-9 bomb sniffing dogs do. Fascinating! The mystery was solid, and though I had a pretty good idea as the book went on who might be behind things and why, it wasn’t obvious. It was especially understandable that the people involved wouldn’t immediately suspect them either. . . . Still, the ending was sweet and satisfying.”
 

Christy’s Cozy Corners – Review

“Her heart was racing, but as he continued to hold her, he sensed the tension easing. It felt just so darn good holding her in his arms. It didn’t matter how strong she was. At that moment she needed comfort and Logan was pleased that she was letting him provide it, especially since they were in a public corridor.”

EskieMama Reads – Excerpt & Review

Suddenly, Boomer rushed by her in a blur and she heard her name called from a distance. Swinging around, she saw Logan sprinting toward her. She felt the floor shudder, and an earsplitting sound reverberated around her. Before she could process what was happening, she was flying through the air.
 
“I loved the book, the characters and how to story developed, would love to read more of her books. . . . Thank you Kate James for a wonderful trip.”

Brooke Blogs – Excerpt

Her heart was racing, but as he continued to hold her, he sensed the tension easing. It felt just so darn good holding her in his arms. It didn’t matter how strong she was. At that moment she needed comfort and Logan was pleased that she was letting him provide it, especially since they were in a public corridor.

Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review

“I Love These K-9 Police + Romance Stories! . . . The story flows steadily from one action-packed chapter to another. The characters feel so real! The scenes are described and portrayed well.”

Wishful Endings – Excerpt

Logan stood in the doorway, dressed in indigo jeans and a pale blue polo shirt. She glanced down quickly to see if Boomer was with him. Not seeing the dog, she shifted her gaze back to Logan. He had one arm causally braced against the jamb, the stance emphasizing the muscles in his arm and torso. His dark hair glistened under the harsh fluorescent lights of the corridor. He had a smile on his lips and in his eyes. And those intense blue eyes mesmerized her.

Mel’s Shelves – Review

“I loved the unique setting of an airport. The breaches that were happening were realistic. I figured part of it out but there were twists and turns along the way to learning the extent of what was happening. I love romantic suspense and this was a fantastic blend of both! I was hooked from the beginning, had a hard time putting it down, and was satisfied at the end! “

23 Review Street – Review

“I loved the whole theme of the story, it was heart-warming yet emotional, a story that touches your heart and your life in more ways than one. . . . When I Found You is not a book to be missed, I loved Kate’s style of writing and how she take a story and makes it so much more than that, she makes it a home away from home.”

deal sharing aunt – Interview

Q: What would you like my readers to know?
 
A: I would them to know how grateful I am to everyone who chooses to spend some of their valuable leisure time reading one of my books. I am also very appreciative when those same people take a moment to send me an e-mail or post a review to let me know how they enjoyed one of my books. Ultimately, that’s what being an author is all about!

Falling Leaves – Review

“When I Found You is a wonderful story with the airport as the main setting. I have been in love with airports across the world since I was small, so this story is totally a must read. And I have to say that it doesn’t disappoint. The story was wonderfully written with the right amount of suspense and action.”

When I Found You (K-9 Trilogy, #3)When I Found You

(K-9 Trilogy #3)
by Kate James
Adult Contemporary Romance

Paperback & ebook, 365 pages

July 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Is she part of the solution…or the problem?

It could be a terrorist threat. Or is it some other sinister plot? An unprecedented rash of security breaches at San Diego’s international airport is putting passengers at risk and bringing the competence of the airport’s chief of security, Ariana Atkins, into question. With explosives the weapon of choice, police K-9 unit captain Logan O’Connor and his bomb detection dog, Boomer, might be Ariana’s best, if not only, line of defense. Logan is certain his belief in Ariana, and his growing love for her, aren’t misplaced…but it wouldn’t be the first time he’s misjudged someone’s intentions.

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Other Books in the Series
 
When the Right One Comes Along (K-9 Trilogy, #1)When the Right One Comes Along
(K-9 Trilogy #1)
by Kate James
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 293 Pages

October 1st 2015 by Harlequin

Brought together by disaster. Kept together by love.

In the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, it’s chaos for trauma surgeon Jessica Hansen. Among the many victims, one patient stands out—San Diego Police K-9 search and rescue officer Cal Palmer.

Cal vows to help Kayla, a child orphaned by the disaster. But he needs Jessica’s help. Will their shared concern for Kayla and for Cal’s canine partner, Scout, allow them to put aside their personal torments and discover the difference love can make?

 

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When Love Matters Most (The K-9 Trilogy, #2)When Love Matters Most
(K-9 Trilogy #2)
by Kate James
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
January 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Keeping her safe at all costs
Could their backgrounds be any more different? Rick Vasquez, a K-9 unit sergeant with the San Diego Police Department, fled drug-related violence in Mexico as a boy. Madison Long, who recently became primary veterinarian to the SDPD’s canines, is the privileged daughter of a judge. Rick has dedicated his life to curtailing cross-border drug trafficking and preventing other young boys from being drawn into the dark world of the cartels.
 
But everything Rick and Madison value, and the growing love between them, is threatened by the dangers of Rick’s job, and the risks he’s determined to take…
 
 
Kate James spent much of her childhood abroad before attending university in Canada. She built a successful business career, but her passion has always been literature. As a result, Kate turned her energy to her love of the written word. Her writing has been recognized with a number of awards, including first place honors for Silver Linings in both the First Coast Romance Writers’ Published Beacon Contest and Ancient City Romance Authors’ Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award. Her November 2014 Harlequin Heartwarming release, A Child’s Christmas, received first-place honors from Southern Magic, the Birmingham Chapter of the Romance Writers of America, for the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, placed second in the Ancient City Romance Authors’ Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award, and was a finalist in RWA’s Desert Rose Chapter’s Golden Quill Award and the Colorado Romance Writers’ Award of Excellence. Finally, her October 2015 release, When the Right One Comes Along, the first book in her K-9 trilogy, has received a Best Book of 2015 award in the contemporary category.
 
She and her husband, Ken, enjoy traveling and the outdoors with their beloved Labrador Retrievers, Harley and Logan.
 
Kate would love to hear from you! You can connect with her by e-mail, through her website, her Facebook page, Twitter, or mail at PO Box 446, Schomberg, ON, L0G 1T0, Canada.
Tour Giveaway
 
 

US/CAN PRIZE PACK: one K-9 trilogy women’s T-shirt, tote bag and a mug, a signed copy of the award-winning first book in the trilogy, When the Right One Comes Along, a signed copy of The Truth About Hope, signed book plates and a bag of Tim Horton’s coffee.

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