Spotlight: PERFECT SCENTS by Virginia Taylor

PERFECT SCENTS
by Virginia Taylor
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pub Date: 9/26/2017
Two unsuspecting lovers stumble upon the blueprint for love . . .
Calliope Allbrook takes a job in lovely, sunny Adelaide, Australia, hoping to lose herself in her work as a balm for her broken heart. And if it weren’t for the handsome hunk renovating the house next door, Calli would never even have looked up from the garden she is designing for her latest client. But rugged Kellen Dee is just the cure the beautiful heiress needs. After all, he has no idea who she is, so he certainly won’t see her as a meal ticket. Then there’s the fact that Kell’s deliciously sexy—and incredibly good with his hands . . .
From the moment Kell takes her in his arms, he knows Calli is more than just a fling. Then the blue collar bachelor learns he’s not sharing his bed with just any woman, but the wealthy daughter of the man who could make Kell’s construction business a success—and Kell the kind of well-heeled man worthy of Calli’s love. But he’ll have to be careful his ambitions don’t trip up his heart . . .
After training at the South Australian School of Art, Virginia worked in an advertising agency. This segued into re-training as a nurse/midwife before meeting the man of her dreams, marrying and producing two children.
Over the years Virginia has been a theatre set painter and designer, but now she fills her days as a full-time writer.
 
 

Spotlight: Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop by Isabella Louise Anderson

We are so excited to announce the tour for Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop by Isabella Louise Anderson! cards-from-khloes-flower-shop

“Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop is perhaps one of the most memorable stories I have ever read. The characters are a huge plus, but the main star was the wisdom hidden within this profound story.”

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“Engaging, heart-warming, and full of romance, this one is bound to please readers.”

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As the owner of a successful florist shop, Khloe Harper trusts her instincts. She has a strong bond with her family and friends, but after being betrayed by her last love, she’s kept herself at arms’ length from romance. When dashing entertainment attorney Derek Thomas walks into her store, Khloe’s interest is piqued. What at first seems like a business relationship quickly turns into romance, and Derek slowly plucks away the petals she’s been hiding behind. Just as Khloe lets down her guard, she discovers that Derek may not be worthy of her love after all. Frumpy Connie Albright has a faux fascination with an imaginary man named Walt, thinking that by sending herself flowers from him she’ll feel less out-of-place with the “mean girls” she works with. When she comes face to face with her possible prince charming and thinking she might have a happy ending, when a truth is revealed, she wonders if she’ll ever have a Cinderella story. A recently widowed senior, Gabby Lewis, isn’t ready to give up on love—which means releasing herself from survivor’s guilt and taking a chance on finding happiness and companionship again. After signing up for an online dating site for senior citizens, much to her surprise, she’s matched with Harry, an energetic and loving man, who quickly eases himself into her heart. Will Gabby take the leap of falling in love again, knowing it’s possible to have two loves of her life? As each woman’s story develops through flowers and cards sent from Khloe’s shop during the Fall months, they begin to learn that love can only truly blossom when you trust your heart.

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“In Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop, author Isabella Louise Anderson weaves a delightful tale that follows three women’s journey of self-discovery and finding an unexpected second chance at love.”

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“Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop is a wonderful novel about finding love and happiness that will leave a smile on your face.”

about the author

Isabella grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She focuses her time on featuring other writers on her blog, Chick Lit Goddess, along with organizing Goddess Book Tours, and is a member of the Romance Writers of America. She lives in Dallas with her husband, enjoys spicy Mexican food, margaritas, gin on the rocks (with a splash of lime). She loves spending time with family and friends and cheering on the Texas Rangers. Not only is Isabella an author, she’s also a Scentsy consultant and hoarder. Isabella is the author of The Right Design and Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop. Her short story, “Meet Me Under the Mistletoe,” was featured in Simon & Fig’s Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright. She’s currently working on another book. BioPic

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My Weekly Bible Journaling #11

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Thank you everyone for the prayers for my son. He had an appendectomy last Sunday afternoon and has been recovering all week. He still has some pain but seems to be more like himself everyday. He our second child to have this surgery. I never knew it could run in families before. Now we are praying we don’t have to go through this again!

While he rested in my room I continued working my way through my Beautiful Word Coloring Bible:

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I started the week out with Numbers 14:18.  It had been a crazy weekend so I ended up using peaceful colors without even realizing it until I was finished. Simple, serene and a wonderful Bible verse to focus on made it perfect to begin the week with.

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This one ended up being more fun to work on than I originally thought it would. I really enjoy water coloring in my Bible and I love how well the pages turn out. I finished up this page after a day of doctor appointment (for me), errands, lunch with my sweet Hubby and a long nap!

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I hate snakes. Which is funny because we seem to have a few living on our land. So when I saw that this was the next page I needed to study/ color I will admit I almost skip the coloring part. But I persevered and here it is…

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Here is this week’s entry for the #colorthecanvasbible #giveaways #TheMessageCanvas

Just go to this website to learn how you can enter to win this Bible: http://themessagecanvas.com/color-to-win/

This week I reviewed this lovely pencil case. If you are in the market for one check it out:

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Review: 160 Slots Pencil Case Pen Bag for Coloured Pencils (Purple)

If you have any questions or suggestions about my Bible Journaling please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know!

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This past week I was featured on Literacy Musing Mondays:

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And one of my pages was on ODBD 9th Anniversary Edition – Customer Card of the Day! I am so excited!
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Supplies I used this week are listed below:

Book Giveaway: The Origins of Benjamin Hackett by Gerald M. O’Connor

 
The Origins of Benjamin Hackett
by Gerald M. O’Connor
Genre: Coming Of Age

All families have secrets. Most go untold…


In the summer of ‘96, Benjamin Hackett has come of age, technically. And in the midst of the celebratory hangover, his world is whipped out from under his feet. His parents have finally shared their lifelong secret with him; he’s adopted.
 
At the age of 18, the boy still has some growing up to do, and with the help of JJ, his loquacious consigliore and bodyguard, he embarks on an adventure that’ll put to bed a lifetime of lies.
 
Over the course of five days, they find themselves caught up in the darker side of Cork. But when they sweep through the misfits blocking their way and finally discover the truth of it…now that’s the greatest shock of all.
 

The Origins of Benjamin Hackett is a tender tale of heartache and displacement told through a wry and courageous voice. Set in Ireland, it’s a timely reminder that the world hasn’t moved on just as fast as we fancy. Now, in this emotionally charged story, Gerald M. O’Connor explores conditioned guilt and its consequences in a country still hiding from the sins of its past.

 
 
O’Connor’s book draws on a time when the Catholic Church in Ireland would quietly take children from mothers in convents and Magdalene Laundries and deposit them into new homes, making it nearly impossible for these kids to find their real parents. Attempts by children to find their birth parents were often blocked by a dark web of secrecy and bureaucracy that, in many ways, still continues to haunt the country today.
 
Brimming with unfathomable escapades, a motley crew of characters and a healthy serving of Irish humor, O’Connor’s book is steeped in Irish culture told in the inimitable Corkman’s brogue. Set in a time before the chaos of modern digital culture, The Origins of Benjamin Hackett takes a step back, allowing space for readers to escape and think about the realities of growing up in a family founded on a lie. In his stylish debut, O’Connor shows an amazing ability to paint heartbreak and longing that will keep readers thinking about The Origins of Benjamin Hackett long after they finish the story.




Advance Praise For
The Origins of Benjamin Hackett
 
“‘The Origins of Benjamin Hackett’ by Gerald O’Connor is a raucous and riotous coming-of-age story that is brutal, tender and hilarious.”
Paul D. Brazill, author of A Case of Noir and Guns of Brixton
“O’Connor doles out killer dialogue that adds oodles of character to this hero’s journey. Told with the lilt and panache of Joseph O’Connor and Dermot Bolger in their novels of the ‘90s, Gerald O’Connor is the new and improved voice we’ve been waiting for.”
Gerard Brennan, author of Undercover and Wee Rockets
“Visceral writing that inherits a long Irish tradition. O’Connor’s narrative contains sharp characterization, and has an assured voice, while dramatizing conditioned guilt with humor and style.”
– Richard Godwin, author of Apostle Rising, Mr. Glamour, One Lost Summer and others

“If you’re expecting the usual coming-of-age tale, you’re in for a big shock. This is a tale big on heart and one which the author, Gerald O’Connor, has hied religiously to the advice of Harry Crews for writers, to ‘leave out the parts readers skip.’ None of those parts remain in these pages. An auspicious debut!”– Les Edgerton, author of The Death of Tarpons, The Bitch, The Genuine, Imitation, Plastic Kidnapping, Bomb and others




GERALD M. O’CONNOR is a native Corkonian, currently living in Dublin with his long-term partner, Rosemarie, along with their three children. He writes character-driven novels of various genres by night and is a dentist by day. When he isn’t glued to the keyboard, he enjoys sci-fi films, spending time with his family and being anywhere in sight of the sea. He is currently working on his second novel, The Tanist.


 
 
 

 

Review: 160 Slots Pencil Case Pen Bag for Coloured Pencils (Purple)

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NIUTOP 160 Slots Pencil Case Pen Bag for Coloured Pencil Pens School Stationery Pencil Organizer Drawing Painting Storage Pouch Pencil Box (Purple)

Purchased from Amazon

Details:

  • UNIQUE 160 SLOTS PENCILS CASE–You can put your 100 120 132 144 160 pieces colored pencils or various size makers in this pencil organizer. Each compartment has two sides of elastic holders, roomy for all your pencils, pens, markers, brushes and erasers and sharpeners.
  • PERFECT ACCESSORY- Ideal for art, office, makeup supplies. It can hold various tool like Prismacolor / Crayola / Marco Raffine colored pencil, watercolor pencil, gel pen, marker, eraser or cosmetic brush in pencil case. Extensive Applicability-Fits for your Prismacolor pencils, Crayola pencils, Raffine Marco Pencils and other watercolor pencils perfectly, could also apply to ordinary pencils.
  • HIGH QUALITY CASE–Case Cover is made of strong polyester oxford fabric. Stylish, lightweight, well-made, convenient to use, easy to carry and clean. Zippers guarantee a long-term usage.
  • Handy Design-Makes it very easy and convenient to carry anywhere, perfect item when you travel with pencils.
  • Note: Pencils or marker pens shown in the picture, are NOT INCLUDED. The case is backed up by our 100% satisfaction guarantee: 100% money back policy.
  • Comes in three colors: Purple, Blue and Rose Red

 

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It came time again for me to get a new pencil holder. Only I needed it for my watercolor pencils and not my colored pencils. So I looked around for a different pencil holder than the ones I have and came across this beautiful case!

 

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Pros:

– It’s Purple!!!

– It holds 160 pencils!

-It is very well made

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Cons:

– When you open and unfold it, well it is longer than my desk area. So I have to get a chair to hold it so I can find the pencils I want to use.

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I really like this pencil case. It is very well made and I should mention I got the lovely purple one because it is my favorite color. The handle is very helpful and it fits perfectly in my shelf.

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When I got it I didn’t realize that I had sooooo many watercolor pencils. I filled this one up and am about to order my second one…

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I am so pleased with this pencil case and I know you will be as well. It holds pencils and gel pens perfectly!