It has been so long

Since I have been posting.  Things have been a bit crazy around the house.  I still have not finished my NANOWRIMO novel, though I did complete well over 50,000 words for the month of November.  I started crocheting again this winter and am having a blast making all sorts of items.  I am planning on opening an etsy shop here very soon (I have to come up with a name anyone got any suggestions?)  I have some of my pieces over on facebook on display.  I am still trying to decide what best to make that people would be interested in buy.  I also plan to do some smaller cross stitch works for the store as well.

As for book reviews, I do have to sadly admit that I have picked up very few books since last October.  The mood just has not been there.  Which means I am so incredibly behind on all my favorite authors it hurts.  But, as soon as the bug to read, instead of write, comes back again, I will be back posting away at reviews.

And speaking of writing, the contract is signed and a book I helped co-author, shall be on the shelves (YEAH ME).  It is called Same Journey, Different Paths, stories of Auditory Processing Disorder.  A group of mothers with kids with APD (and a few grown kids with APD) all got together to write about our journeys with the disorder.  It should be an incredible book and there are not many like it out there.  Most of the APD stories are written from a clinical perspective and not the perspective of the person or families living with it.

 

 

 

Sabrina is DONE

Well okay not completely as I have a single Crystal Treasure bead that I have to order  to be completely finished.  But otherwise she is done, washed, pressed.

And despite pre-washing my hand dyed waterlillies thread, I still had a bit of bleeding, but thankful it is not horribly noticeable.

So without further delay….

PICTURES

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Finished cross stitch

Finished cross stitch

My cvs haul for deals 11/18-11/21

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So my haul includes 1 36 count playtex tampons, 118 ct box of playtex tampons, 1 box of Nips, travel size Children’s advil, 1 large roll of charmin toliet paper, Dove for Men body wash, 1.25 liter of diet coke, 1 bottle of poweade, and a glade plug in warmer.

Transaction #1

Playtex 36 count and Playtex 18 count.  36 count is on sale for $7.99 (regularly $8.99)  with $4 in EB’s back, the 18 ct was $5.49.  In addition I had 2 coupons.  $3.00 from CVS and a Buy 1 36 count get 1 18 ct for free.

Total for the transaction was $5.68 ($4.99 + .69 in tax) with $4.00 in EB’s back, total savings $9.49, savings of about 63%

Transaction $2

Nips (reg. $1.27) $0.88 with $0.88 back in ebs, powerade (reg 1.49) $1 with $1 back in EBs, 1.25 L of Coke $0.99 with $0.99 back in EBs, childrens advil 1oz, (reg $2.67) $2.37, plus $1.250 off and $2.37 back in EBs, carmx (reg $1.67) $1.00 plus $0.30 off coupon and  $1 ebs, charmin basic roll (reg $1.49) $0.99 plu s $0.99 back in EBs, glade oil plug in (reg 2.49) $1.25 with $1.25 in ebs.
And I used the $4 eb from the previous transaction

Total was $3.18 ($2.68 +$.05 in tax) with $8.48 back in EBs, total savings$9.39, savings of about 75%

Last transaction was the dove mens wash (reg $6.29) on sale for $4.59.  This was a replacement buy as the 64oz Lipton Ice Tea was sold out and I needed to spend another $3.81 to reach my $20 spending before Thanksgiving for $5.00 back from Savings Star.  I used the $0.88, $0.99, and 2 $1.00 EBs to pay for it, leaving a total of $0.93 due ($0.63+$0.3 in tax)

Total savings of $5.66  and savings of about  86%.
I still have left over $4.61 in EBs, which I could have used to buy several more items that were free after EB’s, but I did not need those items so bypassed.  My CVS did not carry the command hook that was on sale (which I had a $1.00 coupon making it free with a $1.00 eb back).

So I paid  $9.25, saved $23.63 (total product $32.88) savings of  72%, gained $5.00 from savings star and an additional $4.61 ebs to use in a future transaction. My deals would have been better if my toner had yet arrived to print off a couple more coupons.

 

Looking forward to the black friday ad!

Review – The Way to the Duke’s Heart by Caroline Linden

The Way to a Duke's Heart (The Truth About the Duke, #3)The Way to a Duke’s Heart by Caroline Linden

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Charles de Lacey, Lord Gresham, is running out of time, running from his responsibilities, and running from love.

Destined to be a duke, Charles de Lacey has led a life of decadent pleasure, free of any care for propriety or responsibility. It comes as a terrible shock to learn that he might be stripped of everything, thanks to his father’s scandalous past. He has no choice but to find the blackmailer who would ruin him—and his only link to the villain is a woman who may be part of the plot…

To save his fortune and title, he vows he’ll stop at nothing—in fact, he’s all too eager to unravel the beautiful, tart-tongued Tessa Neville. She intrigues him and tempts him like no other lady ever has. With only his heart to guide him, and keenly aware that his entire future is at stake, Charles must decide: is she the woman of his dreams, or an enemy in disguise?

A charming and touching end to a The Truth about the Duke series with witty and fun characters you have come to expect. Caroline Linden has created another set of characters that are easy to relate to and have you cheering them through out the entire book.

Charles de Lacey is an unforgiven rake and scoundrel. He has spent the last eleven years proving to his family just how worthless he could be. Now with the issue of his inheritance and title, unceremoniously dumped into his lap, he must solve the problem all on his own, something he isn’t sure he can do.

Tessa Neville spends each day making up for a rash incident in her past. While she wishes she handled the situation differently, she has no regrets over the outcome. She is the last woman to be taken in by a charming scoundrel and is rightly suspicious of Charlie’s attention to her. Her forthright and confident demure is refreshing despite her seeing it as an enormous flaw.

Like the previous novels, Charlie and Tessa teach each other how their perceived weaknesses make them the person each loves. In this series, each heroine and hero and to overcome weakness/flaw within themselves in order find their happily ever after and this couple was no different. But, for Tessa and Charlie, their journey was longer and much harder/emotional. It is hard enough to ask forgiveness of others, but almost impossible to forgive yourself. But it is the journey of discovering that they are more than their past and that they are able to move on that allows them to embrace their future. Ms. Linden does this with emotional and moving scenes, especially with Charlie’s self discovery.

As for Charlie and Tessa together, who ever knew that writing a letter and getting a cup of coffee could be so erotic.

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Erin’s Review:

Book CoverThe Rogue Countess by Amy Sandas
Historial romance released by Samhain Publishing on July 24, 2012

A passion neither of them wanted…and neither can deny.

Anna Locke was once young, naïve and infatuated with the handsome Jude Sinclair. Until the charismatic “gentleman” showed his true colors by abandoning her on their wedding day.

In the years since, she has transformed herself into a confident, successful woman, independent of her errant husband’s aristocratic family in every way but name. When Jude unexpectedly returns demanding a divorce, she quashes the butterflies he still elicits, and resolves to show him she won’t be so easily cast aside.

Jude has come home to assume the responsibilities left to him upon his father’s death, and to finally end the marriage into which he was tricked. To his surprise, Anna is no longer an awkward, skinny girl with a furtive gaze. She has become…

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