Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Breakfast At My House

Sometimes on your birthday, you get breakfast in bed.

I can be kind sometimes thoughtful. (yes I realize I typed it that way :)






Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Apple iPhone 6 #Giveaway

What are your thoughts on the smartphone?

Do you already own one?

I want one that use a good couponing source, so that I can get to saving like y'all. I totally despise the cutting of coupons. But I think the kids love the cutting, and just a bit too much :)

What's a good coupon app anyway?

But you can win an Apple iPhone 6 from LogicGoat.

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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Forgotten Pharoah #BookBlast + Swag #Giveaway

I think I want to venture into audio books. Maybe I"ll be able to read more books that way right?

Come hop around in The Forgotten Pharoah #BookBlast + Swag #Giveaway

TheForgottenPharoahBookBlastPharaohCoverJulie Gerber isn't thrilled to be pulled out of school her senior year to follow her parents halfway around the world to unearth a lost pyramid. However, when the cute British guy and the mysterious financier of their project both fight for her attention, things start to get interesting. The pharaoh known as Djedefre was cursed for the murder of his eldest brother. The work of the archaeologists brings new secrets to light, ones that prove the fallen god-king wasn't the villain history had painted him to be. Can they prove his innocence? As the team digs deeper into the mystery, members of the party vanish or end up dead. Someone is determined to keep the truth hidden at all costs, even 4,500 years later.

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Read the Reviews -
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About the author:

laura delucaLaura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children. She loves writing in the young adult genre because it keeps her young at heart. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the editor of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years. Her current works include Destiny, Destiny Unveiled, Phantom, Morrigan, Player, and Demon.
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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Monday, September 29, 2014

That's How American Soldiers Sing! - #Music

I"m so glad today is a freebie. My chain is stretched to think too much on a theme right now.

It's been a long week.  And my Sundays that used to be quite has not become a full blown Monday! I have no idea how it all happened. I would not willingly plan it so. But alas it's all good things, and it will change sometime.

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I saw this video earlier this week and was blessed by it and want to share.

Have a blessed week. I'll visit y'all as soon as possible. Between today and tomorrow.
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Welcome to today's music.  I hope Monday find you with a smile and music to begin your week with light steps. 
I'm always coming to visit everyone on the linky so don't worry if I'm a bit late! 

CONGRATULATIONS to this week's spotlight dancer!
Don't forget to visit the spotlight dancer in the #1 spot. Soon it might be your turn. 
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Thank you for visiting and I'll visit you soon! 

Hosts: 
Colette @JamericanSpice
Marie @XmasDolly
And welcoming our New Co-host Becca! Yay!

Honorary Co-host: Thank you Becca and Welcome Danielle - Royalegacy

Steps:
1. Visit YouTube (or other) and get your music for the theme of the week
2. Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button (above) 
3. Add your post to the linky - follow the hosts and grab our buttons. Leave a note so we can follow you back
4. Visit each other and leave a comment or whatever you want to do to let them know you were there. See if they have the same music style as you. Enjoy the music! 



Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Fall Into Books Literary Addicts Event + $50 Amazon Gift Card

I've decided that I'm a snail when it comes to reading. Not because I want to be, but because I only get to grab time here and there whenever I can. That is why I"m always walking around with my book!

I can imagine the book field I'd cover if I was a fast reader like that guy on criminal minds. Hahaha, yes I know it's not real, but hey, there are some pretty fast readers out there for sure!

Come stock up for winter reads and enjoy the Fall Into Books Literary Addicts Event + $50 Amazon Gift Card

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Welcome to Literary Addicts Fall Into Books Brought to you by the All About Books Video Chat show and the following authors.
imperfectionAt the center of a war brewing between two packs: her son Meara Falk always followed her parents' rules, until one night in March when the temptation to let loose changed her life forever. Nine months later, disowned and with a baby on her hip, she discovers werewolves exist after being on the wrong end of some teeth and claws. During her first change, werewolves attack, stealing her son and driving her out of her home. Now she’s looking for the man who kidnapped her baby and turned her life upside down. Meara's son is in the middle of a threatened war between two powerful packs. Getting him back will jeopardize the lives of everyone she loves. Buy on Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Smashwords / Kobo           Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00032] ***NA Contemporary Romance with some steamier scenes*** Companion novel to the bestselling book The Harder I Fall

Chad Langer was always running. Running from his past, afraid of letting himself be happy and free. College was going to be his new start. New city, new school, new people.
Scarlett would be his undoing. He knew it the moment he saw her. Something in her eyes called to him. She was just as broken as he was.
Sometimes the past doesn’t stay in the past. Will they be able to overcome the obstacles set in their path? Buy on Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Kobo         Sunset-662x1024 Return to Annie Crow Knoll. . . a place where people come to restore their spirits, heal their pain and reclaim their lives.

Nate Bidwell blamed his mother Annie for his parents' divorce. Buried hurts and resentments between mother and son make Nate reluctant to risk his heart when his childhood friend Beth Ann offers him her own. Instead, he allows himself to fall in love with the fragile and dependent June, and Annie's opposition to their marriage reignites years of unresolved conflict with her only child. Nate swears that he will never return to Annie Crow Knoll, his family home on the Chesapeake Bay. Instead, he opens his dream restaurant in Manhattan and tirelessly works to build his career as a chef.

When near-tragedy strikes their lives, though, Nate is forced to return to the one place he hopes may save his wife: Annie Crow Knoll. There, surrounded by the love and support of his mother, their friend Packard and Beth Ann, Nate and June face their doubts and fears about themselves, their marriage and their future. In the beauty of this Chesapeake community, they find hope and healing. Buy on Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Kobo / Smashwords toughloveWhen someone is destroying your life, the toughest part of love is learning to let go.
Janessa knows she should run in the other direction when Brendan enters her life. Her squeaky-clean upbringing is in direct opposition to his piercings, a myriad of tattoos and the rumors that surround him. But she doesn’t run.
Love, betrayal and lies become the foundation of their lives, but one heartbreaking confession makes Janessa question everything. After a devastating diagnosis, Janessa’s world crumbles around her. When she can no longer ignore the reality of who Brendan really is, she must choose between those who love her and the only one she has ever loved.
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Zoe Masterson always felt like an outsider. She’s different from everyone else in her rural West Virginia town: destruction and mayhem follow her around like a rabid dog. After a mysterious fire leads to a death, Zoe ends up in what looks like a mental hospital—but is it?

At Weston State Hospital, she discovers that the world as she knows it is an illusion. So much more exists beneath the surface of life: races of people, Guardians, Assassins. . .and the one person she is destined to love forever, all caught up in a battle for control of this hidden world that could cost her the people she loves most. Buy on Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Smashwords         rogue_alliance_250x375 While still a child in Redding, California, Shyla Ericson killed her father to end years of abuse. She’d left town shortly thereafter, changed her name, and started a new life, eventually becoming a highly decorated DEA agent.

But some history doesn’t stay buried.
When Shyla goes undercover to bring down drug kingpin Victor Champlain, the case takes her back to a town that hasn't forgotten her, and to a past she thought she’d left behind.

Then, she meets Brennan Miles, a genetically altered kidnap victim, who has been turned into a weaponized super-human. Victor helped Brennan escape from a hidden genetics research facility known only as The Institute, where he'd been held and experimented on for years. In return for his freedom, Brennan now works for Victor as his bodyguard.

Shyla is drawn to Brennan's strength, and to his humanity. Even after she discovers his secret — he must have human blood to survive. Shyla knows she can’t take down Champlain by going through Brennan — he’s too strong — and he’s loyal to Victor. Buy on Amazon / Barnes and Noble Raven_ebookPromo   This is the complete Steampunk Fantasy novel - all four parts of the serial in one volume! Also includes bonus features not found in the episodes ~

Human life has value. The poor living in the gutter are as valuable as the rich living in a manor. The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint. Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed.

Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in. Pre-order for only $.99 on Amazon front cover PIM
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I killed my first victim at thirteen years old – my age, not his. He was going to rape me, him and a couple of his friends. And so, I killed him. And then… I killed again. And again. At seventeen, I’m killing four to six times a year – maybe more. Don’t stress out. I only go after the pedophiles and rapists. There are more out there than I could cover in a lifetime. Saying I did this on my own would be selfish. Enforcing justice holds a glory all its own. But now, my lifelong friend and backup, Deegan, has been arrested. I have to decide if I want to give myself up and take his place or leave him with all the damning evidence. I don’t want to stop killing. But if I let him take the fall, I can’t kill anymore. And I need to keep doing that. But the worst part of it all? I love him. Buy on Amazon / Barnes and Noble / iBooks / Audio / Kobo   TheLastOne Meghan Hawthorne is restless. The last year has been a roller coaster: her widowed mother just married a long-time family friend. Her younger brother unexpectedly became a father and a husband. Everyone’s life is changing. . .except for hers. As she begins her final summer of college, Meghan’s looking for excitement and maybe a little romance. Nothing serious; this girl just wants to have fun.

But the only man for Meghan turns out to be the last one she expects.

Sam Reynolds doesn’t need excitement, and he doesn’t want romance. Fun is out of the question. He’s been the steady, responsible one since his parents were killed, and serious is his way of life.

When Sam rescues Meghan alongside a dark Georgia backroad, she falls hard for his deep brown eyes and slow drawl. But making him see her as more than just a party girl won’t be easy. Sam’s tempted by the fiery young artist, even as he realizes that giving into his feelings will mean radical change. . .maybe more than he can handle.

Nobody ever said love was simple. Buy it Amazon/iBooks/Barnes and Noble/Kobo/Smashwords DK S1 3D Box Set 2The Sea of Dreams spat me out with no memories, no idea of who I was or what my purpose might be. When Captain Bo, dream killer extraordinaire, arrived, I took a chance to explore.

On the road of discovery, I tripped upon dreamplanes floating dead in a graveyard, scared children attempting to survive their dreams turned nightmare, strange guardians, rogue Dreamlanders, and ships with hearts of silver. I learned more about Dreamland than I ever thought possible.
But people are dying. They're disappearing. Dreamland is twisting, shifting, ripping. I don't know how best to help, how to save those I've met, who have wormed their way into my heart. If only I knew who I was, what I'd been born to do.

Then I found out. I know who I am.

I wish I didn't.

Dream Killers is geared for fans of Once Upon a Time. The first season consists of 3 novellas called episodes. It follows River as he discovers who he is and his role in Dreamland. Dream Killers is to Dreamland Stories what Agents of Shield is to the Marvel movies. Dreamland is an intense, rich, fascinating world with lots going on. If you like fairy tales, are looking for something new,try this one. Buy on Amazon / Barnes and Noble    

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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Last One - Nobody Ever Said Love Was Simple

I have to put one of Tawdra's books on my to read list. I've been hearing very good things. Who knows. I might fall in love :)

Are you stocking up for your winter read?

Enjoy the The Last One - Nobody Ever Said Love Was Simple.

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The anticipated spin-off series of THE POSSE is finally here!

Meghan Hawthorne is restless. The last year has been a roller coaster: her widowed mother just married a long-time family friend. Her younger brother unexpectedly became a father and a husband. Everyone's life is changing. . .except for hers. As she begins her final summer of college, Meghan's looking for excitement and maybe a little romance. Nothing serious; this girl just wants to have fun.

But the only man for Meghan turns out to be the last one she expects.

Sam Reynolds doesn't need excitement, and he doesn't want romance. Fun is out of the question. He's been the steady, responsible one since his parents were killed, and serious is his way of life.

When Sam rescues Meghan alongside a dark Georgia backroad, she falls hard for his deep brown eyes and slow drawl. But making him see her as more than just a party girl won't be easy. Sam's tempted by the fiery young artist, even as he realizes that giving into his feelings will mean radical change. . .maybe more than he can handle.

Nobody ever said love was simple.

"As an almost strictly paranormal romance reader, it takes a certain type of author to convince me to dive into straight romance. Tawdra Kandle is one of the few authors I will make an exception for. Her writing style is so easy and relaxing that I have to really keep an eye on the time or I’ll stay up all night to finish one of her books." Carrie Williams, Goodreads Reviewer "Wow. Talk about romance with an edge. From the beginning the characters were so real that I was completely invested in them. The sexual tension woven into the story added so much value to the relationships. I will be reading this book many times just so I can spend more time with Meghan and Sam." Cheryl Garrett, Goodreads Reviewer "I'm in love with this book!!" Leah Fennick, Goodreads Reviewer

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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Circle Of Love - Adoption

As a child and into adulthood, I held this dream / hope in my heart to be an adoptive parent. I remember how I wished and prayed to find a family who would love me and accept me as one of their own. It never happened for me and I knew I wanted to give a child or two this enclosure of a loving family to be there for them as they grew up.

I'm an adult now, married with two of my own and what once burned hot in my heart is like a little ember. Not because I don't want to anymore, but because of the trampling of life on my heart, dreams, marriage, family.

How I pictured it would go, did not happen.

I saw me married with two young children, and then adopting two young children to grow up with our children and become dear siblings. I feel it's easier when they grow together. OF course that is never a hindrance to adopting.

My children are older now...
They still want siblings :) The boy wants a brother and the girl wants a sister :) Ahh the wishes of life.

The years have passed and my hope is not gone, but more on reserve.

I had thought my husband would be delighted by this desire of mine. He said it's okay but there is no passion as I have and I honestly don't know how deeply he feels for it.  And then again, I haven't had a deep discussion with him about it and ask if he would want to begin a process etc.

When the problems hit our marriage, I figure why would I want to bring a hurt child into our broken family?

When I started to doubt myself as a good mother, I thought: Why would I want to subject a hurt child to my shortcomings?

I thought...
I thought...

And as life darts hits, my hope and desire for adoption has faded from it's fervor.

I just prayed again about it after seeing this video. Not my will Lord, but thine.

Have you been adopted?
Would you consider adoption?
Have you already adopted?

Love is never out of time.



I know for sure if this was me, my knees would give out. I'd bawl until I was puffy too.  What a most precious thing to find love, family, God.




Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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