Sunday, April 27, 2014

If It Only Takes One to Make a Difference, Imagine What We Can Do Together!

Every 30 minutes a child is born that will develop Mitochondrial disease – but Makenzie and her family are working to change that reality for the better. Through their efforts, the Lawrey family, which lives in Cape Coral, FL, continues to boost awareness and pave the way for a brighter day for kids and families affected by Mito.

With some help from her mom, Brandi, Makenzie’s first children’s book, “Mighty Mito Superhero,” was born and the preteen self-published it via Amazon’s CreateSpace, making Gavin’s heroic story available to families around the world. 

On a mission to save her little brother and others suffering from Mito, Makenzie is a little girl with BIG dreams. She wants the whole world to know what Mito is and the kinds of incredible superheroes kids with Mito are. She believes one day doctors will find a cure – and she’s already well on her way to realizing her goal of raising $1 million! Between sales from her self-published book and donations from others whom Gavin’s story has touched, Makenzie has raised nearly $40,000 for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF), and counting….

I have to admit this was the first time I have ever heard of  Mitochondrial disease and the pain it causes for the individuals affected and their family.  I was lucky enough to be introduced to the book Mighty Mito Superhero" and I hope you take the time to buy the book and support Makenzie with her mission to save her little brother and others suffering from Mito.  I am amazed at what this talented girl has done already for her cause and amazed how brave her little brother is.  

After reading the book I agree fully that The Mighty Gavin is without a doubt a hero at 6 years of age!  Gavin goes through so much on a daily basis that many adults, myself included, have no idea at all.  It really puts things into perspective when one complains about a headache and yet Gavin is unable to have a painless nights sleep, but he still manages to find the time to smile.  Gavin and Makenzie are true inspirations to us all.

To make a donation, purchase a book or find out more about this awesome family here.

All opinions are 100% my own and not influenced in anyway.  I received a book for purpose of review and was not compensated for this post.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Cover Reveal: When Camels Fly by NBL Horton

Publisher: NLBHorton, via Amazon’s White Glove (May 15, 2014)
Agent:  Mary Keeley at Books & Such Literary Management
Category: Contemporary suspense, thread of Romance
Tour Date: May/June, 2014
Available in: Print & ebook, 370 Pages

A mother’s fatal shot. A daughter’s deadly choice.

In Israel, archaeologist Grace Madison shoots her daughter’s abductor. Seconds later, a handsome shepherd drops from the sky to kill a second assassin. Their world changes in two blinks of an eye.

Unbeknownst to them, a fiercely ambitious evil is destroying everything in its path—the unconventional path Grace and Maggie take. They struggle to right a wrong as old as time, and discover time is running out in the race for their lives. Family and friends are swept into their vortex, extinguishing old flames while igniting new loves.

While the scale tips dangerously toward disaster, millions of lives hang in the balance. And the mother-and-daughter team soon realizes nothing is as it seems. Even each other.

Because choosing what’s right is all that’s left.

Advance Praise for When Camels Fly:

"When Camels Fly brings an interesting twist to the typical suspense novels that I read. Usually, some man is the main character, who swoops in to rescue the girl, solve the mystery, and set all things right. Not so with this novel. The main character is a delightful woman named Grace, who is a brilliant archaeologist, but definitely no Indiana Jones. More comfortable digging and researching than getting involved in international “incidents,” Grace is lured (or dragged, she’d admit) into intrigue and danger when she discovers her daughter, Maggie, has been kidnapped. Like a mama grizzly, Grace heads out to find and rescue her daughter, get the bad guys, and make her daughter comply with her demands (essentially, go home and stay out of trouble). But Maggie has uncovered a disastrous plot that could affect the entire Middle East. And only Maggie (and now Grace) can do something to stop the mayhem and evil.
When Camels Fly, of course, has intrigue and suspense, action-packed scenes, some fun humor, and vivid descriptions of Israel and the Middle East that will make you think you’re there in the middle of the action. But its strength really lies in its characters, in particular the mother-daughter relationship with its friendship and tension, which will have you rooting for the dynamic duo. These women are intelligent and strong. No swooning here, readers. And for those readers who still love a bit of romance, this novel provides twists and hints at love blooming. There's married love (the reader watches a “real” marriage between Grace and her husband and how they process the struggles of staying in love after decades), love lost but possibly found (Grace’s son and “the one” he let get away, to his great distress, or did he?), and love begun (Maggie meets a potential “one” or two suitors).
The first in a series, you won’t want to miss When Camels Fly. It’s a fun read—maybe even something you could read with your mom!"Ginger Kolbaba, author of Desperate Pastors Wives and A Matter of Wife and Death

"I picked up When Camels Fly, and I couldn't put it down because the dramatic opening hooked me.
Right off the bat, the relationship between Grace Madison and her grown daughter, Maggie, was committed, funny, and endearing — ideal, actually. They’re smart, adventurous women stranded in Israel, running for their lives, initially unaware that Grace’s husband Mark and son Jeff are in hot pursuit.
Author NLB Horton’s vigorous dialogue moved the story along, and portrayed each character as uniquely intriguing. Her descriptions of Israel and Jordan were an enjoyable way to learn more about that part of the world, and it’s obvious she’s “been there, done that.” I felt as if I were in the markets and atop the camels, participating in the story. One of the most interesting aspects of When Camels Fly is that it’s contemporary suspense from a woman’s viewpoint, set in a part of the world normally filtered through a male lens. And it presents the region in a realistic, approachable way.
I particularly appreciated Horton’s strong portrayal of the squadron of elderly intelligence agents. I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a novel in which senior citizens (and I am one) were crafted with such lively respect.
The Madison family is a refreshing, healthy model in the world of contemporary literature, where dysfunctional or overly simplistic family portrayals reign. When I discovered the end of the novel alluded to the story continuing in the next book in the series, I was delighted. I look forward to continuing the adventure begun in When Camels Fly."- Lillian Bohannon, Reader

About NLB Horton:

After an award-winning detour through journalism and marketing and a graduate degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, NLBHorton returned to writing fiction. She has surveyed Israeli archaeological digs accompanied by artillery rounds from Syria and machine gun fire from Lebanon. Explored Machu Picchu after training with an Incan shaman. And consumed afternoon tea across five continents.

When Camels Fly is her first novel. Her second, The Brothers’ Keepers, will be available November 2014.


I was not compensated in anyway for this post.  Any reviews expressed on this blog are completely my own and received this book for review purposes only. 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Book Review for Hot Chocolate by Dawn Greenfield Ireland


Publisher: Artistic Origins Inc (2011)
Category: Cozy Mystery
Series: Hot Chocolate Series- Book 1
Tour Date: 2011
Available in: ebook, 460 Pages, With Recipes

Immediately when I saw the title Hot Chocolate I asked to review it.  I am an AVID chocolate connoisseur and addict at heart.  I picked up this book with the zeal one would a fresh chocolate bar after a long period without.

Lila Mae and Amelia are a duo of characters that have entertaining bantering.  From the bonding of friends over hot chocolate to the intricate relationships of three sisters.  It was very vividly written where I actually could hear the dialogue in my head. 

I began the book and for the first couple chapters it was difficult as I was easily distracted away from it.  I was not entirely captivated at first and wondered at the slow pace, highly detailed timeline and actual plot lines.  Slowly I became entrenched in this world as the characters evolved.  When the waves of the plots began to ripple it became so exciting I couldn't put it down.  I read late into the night in an effort to figure out the mystery.  I was also simultaneously intrigued by the characters style of drinking hot chocolate (appropriately named book!) that while I wrote this review I tried my first hot chocolate with marshmallow cream.  I am now hooked just like the characters in the book!  What a treat to find other recipes at the back of the book too!

I haven't read many books with heroines who are a bit older than me, but after reading this book my outlook on choosing books to read has changed.  

I look forward to reading the highly anticipated release of Bitter Chocolate on its arrival in July 2014! 

About Dawn Greenfield Ireland:

Dawn Ireland is the author of two independent published award-winning books: The Puppy Baby Book (a fill-in-the-blanks baby book for anyone who adopts a puppy), and Mastering Your Money which she hopes to get into every high school and college across the country, and the Amazon Best Selling wickedly funny cozy mystery novel Hot Chocolate.

She’s been writing stories since attending summer camp around the age of seven. To date she has written five novels (one contemporary mystery and four science fiction), 15 screenplays (comedies, dramas, one horror, action adventure and science fiction) three short scripts and five reality TV concepts.

 Hot Chocolate is her first novel. Her second, Bitter Chocolate, will be available July 2014.


I was not compensated in anyway for this post.  Any reviews expressed on this blog are completely my own and received this book for review purposes only.

Monday, April 7, 2014

PottyCover Has Your Family Covered

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

PottyCover is a disposable toilet seat cover for children that covers the sides and the front of the toilet, to keep away germs at public rest-rooms. It is made of non-woven fabric coated with a layer of plastic, creating a waterproof barrier between the toilet and the child. This product has the largest coverage of all seat covers on the market and for added convenience, each seat cover is individually packaged in a small, easy to open bag that makes it super easy to always keep one or two in a purse or a back pocket. Using a public rest-room with a young child could be very stressful, but with PottyCovers the whole family can feel safe knowing that even at the filthiest bathrooms they will be protected from germs.

We designed this product for kids, but it has become a must-have travel item for many of our adult customers.

When I had my first born we had a hard plastic seat that we would take around with us when we were out as a family.  Having two children now I have even more to carry and I love the fact with the PottyCover how light it is and  convenient to use!  I would throw a couple in whatever bag we were taking out for the day and they were quick and easy to use to cover the toilet!  It definitely helped taking the stress out of taking my children to the bathroom while we were out!

The PottyCover retails for $5.99 and available at many stores.  

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.