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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Today's Kindle Freebies: Janurary 4th

Always remember to double check the price on Amazon as the prices can change at any time.
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Parallel (Travelers Series - Book #1) by Claudia Lefeve



Destiny has a way of catching up... 

Saddled with powers she doesn't understand, Etta Fleming's world is turned upside-down the day she meets Cooper Everett, the man who transports her to an alternate reality. A reality she was meant to be a part of. 

One minute, she's an orphan living at Dominion House for Girls, an institution for delinquent foster kids, then finds herself attending the exclusive Dominion Hall Academy. 

Plucked from the only world she's ever known, Etta now has to deal with an aunt she never knew, a boyfriend she doesn't know, and a best friend who can't know. 

Amazon
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Shadowlove-Stalkers (Shadow Vampire series) by Claudy Conn



What do you do when your father wants to turn you into a vampire and the man who offers you protection has his own, dark agenda? 


Shawna Rawley has no choice but to run. Pentim Rawley, one of the most evil vampires who has ever lived, has just discovered that she is his daughter. Now he’s obsessed with finding and turning her. She doesn’t want Pentim to find the people she loves and use them to get to her. She doesn’t want him to find and turn her. She has only one ace up her sleeve. The human in her may be at risk, but in addition to being half vamp, Shawna is also a white witch! 

Chad MacFare has an offer for Shawna he thinks she can’t afford to refuse: he’ll protect her from Pentim and his minions. But Shawna doesn’t trust the sexy immortal. She knows he has his own agenda—he wants to kill her father, and he wants to set her up as bait… 

Amazon


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Fire & Ice (Icefire Trilogy) by Patty Jansen



Deep under the City of Glass in the frozen southern land, an age-old machine called the Heart of the City radiates a power which locals call icefire. Most citizens are immune to it, but a few, always born with physical disabilities, can bend it to their will. For fifty years, the ruling Eagle Knights, who fly on the back of giant birds, have killed these Imperfects, fearing the return of the old royal family, who used icefire to cut out people's hearts, turning them into ghostly servitors. 

The old king's grandson Tandor only sees the good things icefire brought: power and technology now forgotten while the people of the south live in dire poverty. He's had enough of seeing his fellow kinsfolk slaughtered by ignorant Knights, of Imperfect babies being abandoned on the ice floes to be eaten by wild animals. His grandfather's diary tells him how to increase the beat of the Heart the first step to making the land glorious once more. Arrogant as he is, he sets the machine in motion. All he needs is an army of Imperfect servitors to control the resulting power.

Isandor is Imperfect, an ex-Knight apprentice, betrayed by his best friend and running for his life. 

The queen Jevaithi is Imperfect, living like a prisoner amidst leering Knights, surviving only because the common people would rebel if their beloved queen were harmed. 

Both are young and desperate and should be grateful that Tandor wants to rescue them from their hopeless situations. Or so he thinks. The youngsters, however, have no inclination to become heartless ghosts, but while they defy Tandor, the Heart beats, and he alone cannot control its power.

Amazon

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The Puzzle Keeper by Megan Nafke


The announcement that the plague has left some survivors with paranormal side-effects, has left the world reeling. You'd think solving murders would be easy for Claire, a telepath, and Colin, who can turn into a spirit wolf, but you'd be dead wrong. Not everyone is willing to talk to Survivors so it is a good thing you can't tell who's normal and who isn't.

Amazon

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Picnic at the Iron Curtain: A Memoir.  From the fall of the Berlin Wall to Ukraine's Orange Revolution by Susan Viets




Welcome to the world of collapsing Communism. It is the eve of the fall of the Berlin Wall when people are still willing to risk all to cross the Iron Curtain to the West. In this adventure-packed memoir Susan Viets, a student turned journalist, arrives in Communist Hungary in 1988 and begins reporting for the Guardian, not at all prepared for what lies ahead. She helps East Germans escape to the West at a picnic, moves to the Soviet Union where she battles authorities for accreditation as the first foreign journalist in Ukraine and then watches, amazed, as the entire political system collapses. Lured by new travel opportunities, Viets shops her way across Central Asia, stumbling into a tank attack in Tajikistan and the start of the Tajik civil war. 


"Picnic at the Iron Curtain" shows every day people at the centre of dramatic events from Budapest to Bishkek and Chernobyl to Chechnya. It is a memoir that spans a period of momentous historical change from 1988-1998, following through with an eyewitness account of Ukraine’s Orange Revolution in 2004.

Amazon


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Ghost Hand (The PSS CHronicles) by Ripley Pattron


Seventeen-year-old Olivia Black has a rare birth defect known as Psyche Sans Soma, or PSS. Instead of a right hand made of flesh and blood, she was born with a hand made of ethereal energy.

How does Olivia handle being the girl with the ghost hand? Well, she's a little bit morbid and a whole lot snarky. 

Her mother thinks her obsession with death, black clothing, and the local cemetery is a bid for attention. But when Marcus, the new guy in Olivia's calculus class, stares at her like she's a freak, Olivia doesn't like it. And when her hand goes rogue, doing things she never imagined possible, Olivia finds herself running for her life with Marcus from a group of men bent on taking the power of her hand for their own nefarious purposes. 

Amazon

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A Pious Killing (A Sean Colquhoun Adventure) by Mick Hare


Assault on the Vatican – a sinister and dangerous intrigue. This novel is played out amidst the backdrop of many of the twentieth century's greatest conflicts. Sean is a troubled man with a number of secrets. His involvement in the Irish uprising and a personal tragedy leading to the disintegration of his marriage to Martha, prompt him to leave Ireland for England. During World War 2 he is enlisted by British Intelligence and charged to carry out an audacious and dangerous plan. His mission takes him to Germany, accompanied by another agent, Lily, and there they encounter the horror of the Nazis' "Final Solution". Several twists and turns of the plot result in the completion of their assignment, but things are never straightforward in Sean's world. A picaresque novel with a sweeping sense of adventure

Amazon


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Bosom Bodies (Mina's Adventures) by Maria Grazia Swan



Italian-born Mina Calvi has a way of finding trouble, but when she offers to help a friend by moonlighting at Bosom Bodies restaurant, it’s trouble that finds her. The body of the restaurant manager is discovered on the beach, a hit and run victim, and Mina’s VW Bug is impounded as the vehicle used in the crime. Stunned beyond belief, Mina is suddenly up to her ears in assault, betrayal, smuggling and murder. Now the police are watching her. The mob is targeting her. And who comes riding to her rescue on a metal steed—none other than the cook at Bosom Bodies, the mysterious Diego. Is he more than a bad cook and a good lover? Is he protecting her, or setting her up? Scared, clueless and on her own, Mina struggles to reclaim her life and stay two steps ahead of those stalking her, but it’s a treacherous path and she’s losing ground fast.


Amazon

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The Dark Citadel (Book #1) by Michael Wallace




A slave boy named Darik falls in with a pair of spies as the great city of Balsalom comes under siege by the armies of a dark wizard. They flee west to enlist the aid of griffin riders, an order of wizards, and a band of ascetic knights to come to the city's defense.


Meanwhile, a young queen named Kallia leads a heroic struggle to keep both her city and body free from the dark wizard's cruel embrace. After a treacherous attack opens Balsalom to the armies of the enemy, Kallia assembles an unlikely alliance of palace servants, barbarians, and jealous merchants to retake her city before its people are led away in chains.

Amazon

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Happy Reading!

Book Review: The Rocker That Holds Her by Terri Anne Browning

The Rocker That Holds Her (The Rocker - Book #5)
by Terri Anne Browning
Kindle Edition, 213 pages
ASIN: B00GOJ9K2U
Source: Ebook - Owned

Goodreads | Amazon

I had big dreams of how I wanted my life. Becoming a rock star was all I wanted. It would solve so many of my problems. With the money that I would make I was going to take care of my mom, get her out of the hell hole we had been living in all my life. Having your dreams come true isn’t something that many
people get to accomplish in life. I did, and I loved it.

For about a minute…

It’s funny how when you think you have everything you could possible every want, your dreams change. Mine did without my even realizing it. Then I opened my eyes and saw that everything I ever wanted was standing in front of me.

From the first day I set eyes on Emmie she became a part of me. The guys and I spent years watching over her, caring for her… Loving her. Then without my realizing it my love for her changed. I found myself aching for her, wanting her in a way that a guy like me had no right to want her. My love and need for Emmie became an all-consuming ache that I was helpless to fight against.

Would she ever open those big green eyes and see me as anything but a friend?

Mature Content! Not Suitable For Readers Under 17

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Book #5 is Emmie & Nik's story as told more from Nik's POV.  It starts back at the beginning with Emmie at the age of 5 meeting the guys and following them through to Emmie & Nik's wedding.

It shows some of the things we missed in Book #1 with seeing more of Emmie's side of the relationship.  We see more of Nik's struggle with the attraction he has to Emmie from the age of 17 through to now.  Nik struggling to not give in to the feelings of attraction to her because it could ruin their friendship and she only seeing him as a big brother and protector.  We also see Emmie struggling  with the same issues.  Her being attracted to Nik in a way that is different from everyone else.  Emmie being afraid to act of those feelings because she could lose Nik forever.  And she could lose everyone she loves with him if it goes really wrong.

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If you read the 1st book in the series you will know that Emmie is pregnant with Nik's baby.  Even though Nik had no idea they had sex.  Nik thought he was dreaming when he made love to Emmie 2 months ago.  Nik has been dreaming of this over and over again.  He has stopped sleeping with other woman and just dreamed of making love to Emmie.  Nik had no idea that the one night he was wasted and the dream was so vivid that it was reality and not a dream.  Emmie feels as though she RAPED Nik and feels ashamed, embarrassed and a little humiliated.  She has to tell him the truth that he is the father of her baby.  That she took advantage of him.  All Nik can see is rage as he hears that his beautiful Emmie is pregnant.  Nik is about to rip someone apart for touching his Emmie.

Emmie tells him the truth that the baby is his and he has to take a step back.  He knows exactly which night she is talking about.  He can not believe that it was real.  Now with having to face the music Nik & Emmie set out to figure out their relationship.  With this new added information they must come clean with their feelings for one another and open their hearts to possibilities of a future together.

They are part of each others lives since the beginning of time and now with a baby in the picture they will always be there for one another.  They just have to figure out if they are just friends or something more.

Book #5 then follows their relationship through to the arrival of Layla, Lana & Lucy, Baby Mia is born, Jessie & Layla fall for each other, Lana crushes on Drake, Drake marries Lana, Jessie marries Layla and now it is Nik & Emmie's turn down the aisle.  Do they make it down the aisle is the question you have after Book #4.  They leave it with them engaged.  So you anticipate this moment & hope to see the wedding.

Another good story.  I thought I might get bored knowing most of what happened but I did not get bored at any point.  It was still gripping me & making me stay up past my bed time to read on & see what happens next.

Terri Anne Browning's author page announces that she will have more books with characters from the series.  There will be a Rocker Babies series following the little ones into adult hood and another one focusing on Axton & hopefully with Dallas which we saw him working towards in Book #4 & struggling with in Book #5.


Rating: 4 Stars

Happy Reading!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Book Review: Enchanted by Nikki Jefford

Enchantment (Spellbound - Book #3) 
by Nikki Jefford
Kindle Edition, 325 pages
ASIN: B00C845USI
Source: Ebook - Owned

Goodreads | Amazon

Graylee Perez returned from the dead, took on a duplicate, and now faces her biggest adventure yet. 

Barcelona. 
Summer escape. 

Or so Gray thought until her old adversary, Adrian Montez, brings his magic show to Spain.

Gray seeks out a Spanish wizard to help banish Adrian from her life once and for all. Instead, she tumbles headfirst into a love spell with the arrogant warlock.

When old enemies close in on them, Gray must face her true feelings and decide if Adrian's worth fighting for and, more importantly, whether he's worthy of her heart.


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Book #3 in the Spellbound series

I think out of all of the books this one was my favorite.

**SPOILER ALERT - please do not read if you have not read book #1 & 2**

I like that this story was focused on the duplicate Grey which is still going by Grey. I feel that she is more the real Greylee since Lee has changed so much.  Lee had to change being that she is in Stacey's world & body.

As we focus on Grey she has traveled to Spain and enrolled herself into a camp of sorts.  It is to take a break from magic for 3 months and just enjoy Spain & life.  Grey wanted a fresh start and thought without powers for a bit she could focus on the new start.  Grey has made some good friends and met a boy, he helped take her mind off of Raj.  She is still mending her broken heart over Raj.  Now the new boy in her life has screwed up and left Grey to think about all the heartache again.  Her friends make her come out of her room after avoiding them for weeks and they take her to see a magic show.  Adrian is the main act and one of the reasons that Grey ran to Spain.

Grey runs into some unexpected complications while trying to rid her life of Adrian for good.  She falls under a love spell.  And the love spell is with Adrian.  The one man she is trying to avoid.  Now Grey & Adrian must find out who has cast this spell on Grey in order for Adrian to really win her heart, the old fashioned way.  Adrian is not under a spell but has loved Grey for quite some time.

Adrian feels guilty kissing or touching Grey in any way even though she wants him too.  He feels as though he is taking advantage of her.  He tries to keep her close to protect her and keep his distance in the love department.  It is not easy being Adrian right now.

Charlene pops back up on the grid with a shocking new body.  And the most shocking part of all is she loves it.  Grey finds out that Charlene while completely different is still the same selfish sister she has always known.

She ends up following Charlene to Paris before their fight and tracks Adrian down.  Ryan is looking for Charlene and trying to correct the spell to put Charlene back in her real body.  But Charlene does not want to go back to her body and Grey is using the body so she can not let Ryan win this fight.  Adrian keeps a close eye on Grey to make sure Ryan stays far away but is dreading finding the LOVE SPELL CURE.  Adrian wants Grey to love him, but he wants that to be the case without the spell and knows that once the spell is lifted Grey will leave him and never look back.

Will Grey have a change of heart and still love Adrian after the LOVE SPELL is broken?  Will Adrian be able to keep Grey safe when Ryan comes for her and Charlene?  And who put the spell on Grey in the first place, was this a cruel joke?  Will Charlene & Grey be able to get past Charlene's selfish ways and have a relationship?

Enchantment will answer those questions and more.  Loved it.

Rating: 4 STARS

Happy Reading!


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Book Review: The Rocker That Loves Me by Terri Anne Browning

The Rocker That Loves Me (The Rocker - Book #4)
by Terri Anne Browning
Kindle Edition, 199 pages
ASIN: B00FIOQXFY
Soutce: Ebook - Own

Goodreads | Amazon


The Rocker….  I was the fun loving, easy going, different girl—okay, different girls every night—Demon. One look into a pair of violet eyes and all of that changed. She doesn’t even realize how beautiful she is and that makes me want her even more. Realizing that she is just as damaged as I am breaks my heart. Harper is a part of me, my other half. If only she would open her incredible eyes and see how I feel… 

The Beauty… I knew that I wasn’t Shane Stevenson’s type. Hot rockers don’t go for plain girls like me. Years of my mother telling me just how unbeautiful I am has assured me of that. I have nothing to offer a guy that is so used to hot girls drooling over him. So why is he always there when I turn around? And why does it feel like little needles piercing my heart at the mere thought of him with someone else?


MATURE CONTENT! NOT FOR READERS UNDER 17! 

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Another great story by Terri Anne Browning...........

This is Shane & Harper's story.

Shane has demons that he ignores in order to enjoy his life. But in Book #3 he has to start facing them when his brother Drake has to face some of the same demons that is their childhood. In order for Drake to get better, escape his past, heal on the inside, & show Lana that he can be trusted; Shane must also support Drake by coming to terms with some past experiences.

Shane meets Harper & instantly wants her. Shane knows she is different from most girls because Lana has told him so. Shane knows that Harper has limited experience with sex & boys but when he finds out just how limited he freaks out & runs the other way. And this is after the 1st kiss that Shane now can not stop thinking about.

Harper has major self esteem issues thanks to her model step-sister and mother. She knows she is not beautiful or pretty and that Shane is a total player. Harper knows not to fall for the rock star that must be blind if he thinks she is beautiful. But after spending some time with Shane she is doing just that falling for the rocker. When Shane freaks out after the first amazing kiss of her life and runs from her with no word in 2 weeks she assumes he changed his mind about her.

Seeing her again after 2 weeks makes Shane see that he can not just ignore the feelings he has for Harper even if they scare the crap out of him. Shane tells Harper the truth about why he was freaked out and asks for a second chance.

***SPOILER ALERT***

Harper is scared to trust him but gives Shane a 2nd chance because her feelings are too strong to deny for the rocker.  It does not matter how many times that Shane calls Harper beautiful she will never think that she is. Shane forces Harper to face her mother & step-sister and tries to make her see that they are wrong but Harper gets hurt and he loses some of her trust. Now he has to make it up to her and make sure he does not lose her so he tells her everything of his past, even things that Drake does not know and with Harper's help Shane begins to finely heal those emotional wounds that are still haunting him. Shane helps Harper believe in herself everyday by proving to her how beautiful she is even if that means making love to her everyday all day for her to believe it. The sacrifices men make.... LOL

I like Harper's character and the fact that she is willing to allow Shane to show her the world of sex & all it has to offer her. Anticipation as always for the next great book to come in this series.





Rating: 5 STARS

Happy Reading!

Freebie - The Dangerous Truth About Mad Catwomen

The Dangerous Truth About Mad Catwomen by J.M. Salisbury


The Author is offereing this book for free from January 2nd - 6th



We all know a mad cat woman don’t we? A single lady, living alone with her cat, a little bit eccentric, may be a figure of fun or scorn. But be careful who you under-estimate. Take Winciette Jenkins for example, ice-cream lady, cat-lover, cake-baker, spy and trained assassin. She lives in Widegate Bay, a genteel town on the South Coast of England, and takes her ice-cream van, and her little cat Belle, to the promenade every day. But Winciette is in disguise, hiding in plain sight from a past she would like to forget. Unfortunately for Winciette, her past is coming to find her, and, like a cat, she must decide whether to leap to safety, or to turn and fight, teeth & claws bared, to protect her warm spot by the fire. It is a page-turning thriller, but with as much emphasis on characterisation as there is on plot and the main characters, Winciette, Ted Hicks, Danny Wade and Pannonica Bishop, take the reader through the full range of emotions.

Because you know, The Dangerous Truth about Mad Catwomen is, that like the cats with whom they share their homes, they are wild, independent and free. At the crash of a cat-flap they can turn from pet to predator without breaking stride.


Amazon Link

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Memory Wire Bracelet - Jasper Lentils


Ths is a memory wire bracelet. What is really nice about these types of bracelets is that they fit a range of wrist sizes (7-9+) comfortably. 

For this wrap bracelet I used a combination of 2 different sizes of Jasper Lentils & paired them with White Glass 6mm Round beads. To finish I curled the Silver Plated memory wire at the ends. 

It is easy to put on and remove, but will stay in place for normal activities. (Not intended for intense physical activity, such as sporting events.) All jewelry contains small parts. Parental discretion is advised.

Etsy





Book Reveiw: The Rocker That Needs Me by Terri Anne Browning

The Rocker That Needs Me (The Rocker #3)
by Terri Anne Browning
Kindle Edition, 225 pages
ASIN: B00DSDPTTI
Source - Ebook - Owned

Goodreads | Amazon


The Demon…

I’ve been fighting my own demons for most of my life. The alcohol seems to numb the pain, but it never makes the nightmares go away. All I want in life is a little peace. When I met my angel it felt like I found it, but there is so much standing between us. Why does she have to be so young…?

The Demon’s Angel…

Meeting Drake was the best thing to ever happen to me. I found my friend, my soul mate. But he lets my age stand between us. There is something that haunts him, and I selfishly want to be the one that helps him conquer his ghosts. If he would just let me in, let me closer, I think I could help him…


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3rd book in The Rocker series. This is the one I was most looking forward too. 

Drake & Lana's story........

Drake's past has left him with guilt, self loathing, alcoholism, and nightmares that leave him with night sweats and make him throw up in the morning. All of the band members suspect what happened, his brother Shane & Emmie knows exactly what happened, but can Drake overcome his past in order to have a future with Lana.

Lana is 17 years old when she meets Drake. She falls for the rocker very fast. They both insist they are just friends, mainly because Drake is 31 and refuses to touch Lana in any way that would be looked upon as inappropriate even if she is willing. 

Drake struggles with the past & is fighting with his deep feelings for Lana. Trying to escape he drinks more and more. The only time he drinks less is when Lana is around, he feels like he can breathe with her next to him.

***SPOILER ALERT*** (Do not read further if you have not finished this book)

One night Drake drinks way to much & Lana tries to comfort him. Things get pretty intense between the 2 of them and the next morning Drake remembers none of it. Lana lies to him to spare him the pain of not remembering their first kiss and tells him nothing happened.

The next day while in Vegas Lana is upset to hear Drake on the other side of the wall having sex with some groupie. She tries to drown out the sounds of the man she loves giving another woman pleasure. This becomes too much for Lana and she makes a very hard and dramatic decision. She must leave Drake. Her 2 college choices give her a way to stay next to him and a way to run from him and give her space. Lana needs space.

Now Drake is left asking why..... Why would you go so far from me my Angel? When she tells him it is too much for her to deny her feelings for him and watch him whore around with other woman he realizes that he has messed up again and now may lose his Angel forever.

While in college Lana has been able to avoid Drake. She has not spoken to him since the day she told him about her feelings and reasons for leaving having to do with the sounds from the other room. Drake tries to get his crap together so that he can be the man that deserves a girl like Lana and checks into REHAB. Shane keeps her updated on Drake and his progress with rehab. 

Drakes road to recovery and sobriety is a rough road. This particular path also makes him confront his past. With the support of Shane they try to do that together. Shane and Drake become closer and this is good for their relationship.

Lana makes some new friends and is very happy. She only thinks of Drake about every 5 minutes. As Lana struggles with her emotions, Drake & Shane move to the city for a T.V. show. Now Lana must face Drake head on. The confrontation is not horrible and she realizes she will always love this man. 

Drake does his best to win Lana back and then he messes up again but as soon as he learns the truth of the night of their first kiss he is destroyed by the pain he has caused Lana. Lana becomes hospitalized and is in critical condition after this confrontation. Drake will not leave her bedside.

Of course in the end it will all work out for the best we just don't know if the best is for them to be together or apart.

Another great installment from Terri Anne Browning. I read that there will be 2 more in this series the next to come will be Shane's story followed by Axton's story. Looking forward to them.


 
Rating: 3 Stars

Happy Reading!











Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Introduction to Essential Oils



A lot of people along my path have asked me questions about essential oils.  I use them to make homemade bath salts, body lotions, shower gels, body scrubs, lip gloss, and I have even made some remedies for healing, headaches & numbness of the extremities. I made these for myself mainly and some family & friends along the way as well.  

I first was introduced to essential oils by accident or luck.  In this case I will go with luck of stumbling upon it.  I was at a bookstore with my best friend Monica.  We were both still in high school I think so I must have been between 16 - 18 years old.  While at the bookstore they were having a presentation/introduction to essential oils.  I heard someone mention migraines and being someone who has had them I started listening in on the discussion.  I was hearing about Lavender oil being a good headache cure for a lot of people.  This lead me to where I am today & all of the wonderful things that I can make.



Here is my final product for the bath salts I made.  This was for my boss who suffers with migraines.  She has a very stressful & time consuming job so when she has time to herself I thought she might like a nice relaxing bath. 

This blend of lavender and eucalyptus oil is perfect for her.  Both these oils help with mood balancing, headache relief, stress relief, healing, and the little aches and pains of everyday living.  I added grape seed oil & vitamin E oil which are both very good for your skin.

If you would like my recipe for the salt mixture please comment & I will give you the recipe.


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INTRODUCTION TO ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential Oil Basics

Essential oils are the highly concentrated, volatile, aromatic essences of plants. Essential oils contain hundreds of organic constituents, including hormones, vitamins and other natural elements that work on many levels. They are 75 to 100 times more concentrated than the oils in dried herbs.
All the countries of the world provide essential oils, making aromatherapy a truly global therapy. 


Not all Oils are Created Equal

Some plants, like rose and jasmine, contain very little essential oil. Their important aromatic properties are extracted using a chemical solvent. The end product, known as an absolute, contains essential oil along with other plant constituents. Though not a true essential oil, absolutes are commonly used for fragrancing cosmetic products like fine perfumes.

Aromatherapy practitioners need pure essential oils of the highest quality. Important criteria to consider when selecting essential oils include the following: 100% pure and natural, country of origin, growing season, extraction method (e.g., distillation, expression), plant part used and the reputation of the company providing the oils.


Gems of Nature

Pure essential oils, like precious jewelry or fine wine, are gems of nature -- the quintessential life force of aromatic plants, sometimes called the "soul" of the plant. People who truly appreciate the qualities of pure essential oils consider each drop a precious jewel to be savored, enjoyed and protected.
Essential oils absorb into the fluid surrounding the cells beneath the skin's surface for a variety of effects including deep cleansing, nourishing, rejuvenating and balancing. Essential oils also diffuse into the air to provide olfactory benefits.



Extraction of Essential Oils

To extract essential oils in the most effective manner while preserving their therapeutic benefits, they are either distilled or expressed. The two methods are briefly explained below.


Distillation

Pure essential oils are most commonly extracted from plants through the process of steam distillation. In this process, steam is introduced into a distillation chamber which contains the plant material. The steam breaks down the plant tissue, causing it to release its essential oil in a vaporized form. The vaporized essences, along with the steam and other substances, pass into a pipe through cooling tanks. The vapors return to liquid form and are separated from the water and captured as pure essential plant oil.


Expression

Expression, also known as cold pressing, is done exclusively with citrus oils. In this method, the oil-containing outer layer of the fruit is pressed and filtered to yield pure essential oil It takes 50 pounds of eucalyptus, 150 pounds of lavender, 500 pounds of rosemary, 1,000 pounds of jasmine and over 2,000 pounds of rose to make a single pound of essential oil! The price of each essential oil is directly related to the amount of plant material needed for distillation.


Here are a couple links to help you along the way find the perfect home remedies for what you maybe looking for:





















You can find essential oils for sale through Amazon, your local vitamin store, and Whole Foods has a large selection to choose from.  Just remember to do your research to stay safe when dealing with essential oils.  A lot of these oils can cause skin irritation if used alone and applied directly to the skin.  You need to learn about carrier oils & which oils are safe alone.  There are several more website to find information on essential oils and there uses.  There are also several home recipes for anything you could want to make.

Have Fun and Be Safe.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Today's Kindle Freebie's - Dec 30th

Always remember to double check the price on Amazon as the prices can change at any time.
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BirthRight (La Patron Book #1) by Sydney Addae

When you’re the top wolf on the continent with the backing of the Goddess, how does an enemy topple your kingdom? By challenging you to a fight? No. By changing the rules.

After three hundred years of fighting and service to the Goddess, Silas Knight is the Patron, Alpha to the Alphas on the North American continent. As the top wolf, he fears little and has seen most things. But when he discovers someone or something has been quietly disturbing the natural order of things, he’s surprised. Certain human women have the ability to birth fully functioning wolves, and that’s a major problem.

Jasmine Bennett has no idea her deceased husband was a wolf shifter or that her twin sons are shifters. Her life changes when she rushes to her son’s bedside after he’s wounded in Afghanistan and returned stateside. Now her life’s in danger because of her ability to give birth to a breed of beings she never knew existed.


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2020: Season 1 (The Thrilling Post-Apocalyptic Series) by Paul Moxham

Who thought that January 1, 2020 would be the start of the end? 

Not Logan Pollock. He only had one thought on his mind on that fateful morning, and that involved his bride to be, but in one instant, in one second, all that changed as he, along with everyone else, witnessed something so horrific and terrifying that life would never be the same ever again.


This collection comprises every single episode in Season 1 in this thrilling, action packed saga about the apocalypse has all the requirements to make it a slam bang action read. 

Follow Logan and Kenneth as they meet new friends, encounter dangerous enemies, help folks in need, learn new abilities and, most importantly, try to work out what the heck just happened.


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Mommy Had a Little Flask (The Tales of Imperfection ) by A.K. Turner


In the hilarious sequel to the bestselling "momoir" This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store, A.K. Turner returns with the mayhem of motherhood. From preschoolers blurting obscenities in public places to living with her in-laws in Mexico, Mommy Had a Little Flask delivers a delightfully raw and honest account of family life in Turner's latest laugh-out-loud confessional. Praise for A.K. Turner "It's rare for a writer to actually make me laugh out loud, but A.K. Turner does just that." -Robin O'Bryant, author of Ketchup is a Vegetable & Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves "I laughed out loud at Mommy Had a Little Flask, but make no mistake, this book is equally heartfelt and humorous as A.K. Turner delves into all the wonders, challenges and horrifying playground moments of parenting--the most extreme sport there is." -Cameron Morfit, Sports Illustrated "Empty bladder before reading." -Laurie Notaro, New York Times bestselling author of The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club. "Witty, honest and funny as hell. Fans of This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store are guaranteed to have another great time." -Holand Peterson, author of the Eville series This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store "candidly reveals and revels in the flaws and dysfunctions of the author and her family. Turner is not afraid to voice her private thoughts and never takes herself too seriously... refreshingly honest." -Publishers Weekly "Did Erma Bombeck ever guzzle vodka? If she did, she might have come close to the ribald domestic humor in Turner's "momoir" This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store." -The Quivering Pen "The perfect cross between Nora Ephron, David Sedaris, and Chelsea Handler." -Elaine Ambrose, Menopause Sucks. "If laughing at ourselves is the best medicine, then reading A.K. Turner will ensure you live long enough to drive your own kids crazy." -Stacy Dymalski, comedienne and author of Confessions of a Band Geek Mom.

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She's Gotta Be Mine (Cottonmounth - Book #1) by Jennifer Skully & Jasmine Haynes

Dumped? For her husband’s high school sweetheart he hasn’t seen in twenty years? Roberta Jones Spivey isn’t going to lay down for that, no way. Instead, she decides to reinvent herself. The new Bobbie Jones—new haircut, new name, new attitude—will follow her soon-to-be ex to the small Northern California town of Cottonmouth. And there she’ll show him—and his sweetheart—what a big mistake he made.

What better way to show him what he’s missing in the brand new Bobbie Jones than taking up with the town’s local bad boy—who’s also reputed to be a serial killer. Nick Angel is devilishly handsome and sexy as all get-out. In a word, perfect.

It’s all going exactly according to plan...until a real murder rocks the little town of Cottonmouth. Of course, Nick didn’t do it...did he?


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Christmas Healing by Morris Ferris

He's a vampire who has been locked away for a thousand years in a coffin, finally freed. But the world has changed drastically during that time, and there are so many things that he's not ready for. He hated being a vampire when it first happened, and he hates it now. 

She's barely 18, a young girl with terminal cancer, once the height of popularity. Chosen by another vampire clan to keep them "updated" in the world, her blood infected and not tempting to them, she is brought into his household to teach him, page by page, the modern world and how to live despite her inevitable death. With the Christmas season approaching, she teaches him that there is more to life than just living. There's generosity and goodwill. 

Although she has a boyfriend back home and he has no interest in living, slowly, a love and understanding blossoms between them that no one else can penetrate. A secret pact enfolds as her life force begins to fade. 

Will he be able to grant her the greatest gift of all? 


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Water (Akasha - Book #1) by Terra Harmony

Elemental powers in the palm of her hand...and it won't be enough to save her. When Kaitlyn Alder is involuntarily introduced to a life of magic, she becomes part of an organization hell-bent on saving the Earth. Just as her new-found life holds promises of purpose, romance, and friendship, the organization divides and a rogue member holds Kaitlyn hostage. Now one of the most terrifying men the human race has to offer stands between her and Earth's survival.

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Lost and Found Groom (A Place Called home - Book #1) by Patricia McLinn


Once and only once, hardheaded Kendra Jenner let down her defenses with a perfect stranger. In a foreign land, in a deadly storm, they shared life's most intimate act and created a baby. But Kendra's beloved stranger vanished into the night, and Kendra retreated to her family home in Wyoming to raise her son.

Then, three years later, their lives collided once again when daring, breathtaking pilot Daniel Delligatti descended upon Kendra's ranch, wanting to claim his son and to claim Kendra as his wife. How could Kendra risk her heart and her child's future on this beloved lost-then-found groom?

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Covet (Vampire Erotic Theatre - Book #1) by Felicity Heaton

Enter the dark, sinful and seductive world of the vampire owners of London's premier vampire erotic theatre, Vampirerotique, and discover how these powerful vampires are brought to their knees by the women who claim their hearts.

They've burned for each other for two years, the forbidden attraction between them growing each night. Now resisting the sinful desires of their hearts is becoming impossible.

Javier knows better than to succumb to his hunger for Lilah. The mortal female belongs to a powerful aristocrat patron of Vampirerotique, the theatre he runs with three other vampires. A single touch is all it would take to break the sacred law of his kind, sentencing himself to death, but his passion for her has become too fierce to ignore and he will risk everything to make Lilah his.

Lilah has fought her desire for Javier since arriving at his theatre as a servant but each glance he has stolen, his eyes promising pleasure that will satisfy her longing for him, has chipped away at her defences and she can no longer deny her need and her forbidden feelings for the powerful vampire male.

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Hopeless (Hopeless - Book #1) by Collen Hoover

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

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The Nightlife: Las Vegas (Nightlife - Book #2) by Travis Luedke

Vampires, Aaron Pilan and his master Michelle, live by one rule - no bloodslaves. EVER. Aaron breaks that rule when he meets Anastasia. All Anastasia wants is to be loved and cherished, but the predatory men she’s attracted to bring her only pain and abuse. Escaping one train-wreck relationship for another, she finds happiness with Aaron and Michelle as a bloodslave, a 'pet'.

When Aaron uses his telepathy to win thousands at the gambling tables, he attracts the deadly attention of the Colombian Cartel and Aaron and Michelle are 'disappeared'. Addicted to the bite of her vampire lovers, Ana is desperate to find them. But, Las Vegas isn't ready for vampires mixing heroin, sex and vengeance. Ana is trapped in the spiraling chaos.

Find out what happens in the second novel of the Nightlife Series


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