Friday, November 28, 2014

Book Review & Giveaway: Miss Spelled by Sarah Belle #50bookpledge

About the Book:

Magic realism mixes with romantic comedy in this new novel from Sarah Belle about the dangers of internet shopping – and using magic to solve real world problems.
Lou’s life is perfect. She loves her job, her renovated house, and most of all, her gorgeous fiancé, Aidan. But when her old flame and Aidan’s school yard nemesis turn out to be the same person, Hunter Wincott, Lou’s life is blown apart. She must divulge her secret past, or have Hunter give it away. Either way, she runs the real risk of losing Aidan.
In desperation, she turns to Google. A quick search turns up Majique, the Internet Witch, and a spell that will delete herself from Hunter’s memory. But something goes wrong in the casting process, and Lou deletes much more than just a memory. She deletes herself from her life completely.
Luckily, there’s a one-week window for Lou to get back to the life she loved. One week to win back Aidan, before he walks down the aisle with the wrong woman, and damns everyone to a lifetime of misery. It would be easy, if only Aidan had any idea who Lou actually is.

About the Author:

Sarah Belle started her professional life in the hospitality industry, working in some of the 
roughest hotels in Melbourne in the late Eighties, surrounded by drug dealers, prostitutes,
 pimps, and undercover police. Tiring of the inherent dangers of her working environment, Sarah 
completed a business degree and went on to work in the recruitment industry and the Department 
of Defence, where she met and married the man of her dreams: a dashing, Army Blackhawk pilot. 
They have four young sons and live on the beautiful Queensland coast, where Sarah's days are 
spent being a frazzled mum, writer, Bikram Yoga devotee and the only woman in a house of five males. 
Sarah is a proud member of the Romance Writers of Australia and the Australian Romance Readers Association. She is also an RWA volunteer and writes the Author Spotlight for the RWA Blog.


Looking for a fun and enjoyable read?  Then look no further!!  Miss Spelled was an entertaining read and takes the reader on a journey through Lou's ups and downs of her life.  There is also a friendly reminder it is always better to face yor past then try to run and hide from it.  However, I was happy that Lou did not know this as I enjoyed reading about her journey.  The writing in the story flows well and there is a steady flow from start to finish.  I did not find that there were any weak spots of the book.  Sarah without a doubt is a very talented writer and I look forward to reading future works!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Views expressed are those of Two Children and a Migraine and not influenced in anyway.  A book was supplied for review purposes only and no compensation was received for this post.

Book Review: I Stand Corrected by Patricia Asedegbega

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1077 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Balou is taken away from his mother at a very tender age and sold to a pet shop where he waits impatiently for someone to pay for his freedom and take him home, just when he is about to give up all hope of it ever happening, he meets young and troubled Rosario who is really not looking for a pet. A strange and endearing alliance is forged between them but he soon discovers that something is horribly wrong in her household. 
Will he be able to save her? 

The first in the mystery series of Rosario and Balou.

About the Author:

 Patricia Asedegbega is the author of Bienvenidos a gatos anónimos, Pasarse cuatro Pueblos and Sesenta segundos dan para mucho, Patricia Asedegbega Nieto was born to a Spanish mother and a Nigerian father in Madrid. As a child, she relocated with her family to Nigeria and later returned to Spain, where she acquired her BSc and master´s degree. She is currently living near Madrid with her family and her very stubborn cat, Merlin Mojito.

My Review:  As I cracked the spine of this book and began to read it seemed like a really light and funny read.  I loved hearing things from the cats perspective! Until the all too real drama began.  I felt like part of the story and when the pain and hiding started it was like I was a voyeur in someones life.  I did like the switching between Rosario and Balou perspective as Rosarios' alone could have been a very dark (but real) book...Balou's unique perspective on humans helped lighten the moods and kept me reading.  A few passages from the book really stuck out for me. "Cats just sit and watch you without wavering, like they can see your most secret intentions - Javier" This is not only true in my experience with cats but also with dogs.  When a human bonds with an animal, love transcends the boundary of species.  I really enjoyed this read and give it a 5 out of 5 for an outstanding job capturing cats thoughts and also for bringing to light the real truth behind domestic violence in such a well written way!  I want to close my review with an excerpt from this book: "We all urge the victims of domestic abuse to leave and go to the police, but words are only too easy to utter for those who are not going through what you are.   It is an extremely complicated situation where a lot of feelings and personal circumstances play a very important part in making the wrong decision of allowing someone to break them down. -Rosario" 

Views expressed are those of Two Children and a Migraine and have not been influenced in anyway.  A book was supplied for review purposes only and no compensation was received for this post.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Book Review: Chicken Soup for the Soul: Touched By an Angel

About the Book:

In this book of 101 inspirational stories, contributors share their personal angel experiences of faith, miracles, and answered prayers, which will amaze and inspire you.

Celestial, otherworldly, heavenly. Whatever the term, sometimes there is no earthly explanation for what we experience, and a higher power is clearly at work. You will be awed and inspired by these true personal stories from people, religious and non-religious, about hope, healing, and help from angels.


This is another inspirational read for those who think there is more out there then what us humans can explain!  I honesty can not say anything bad about this book, but I do most definitely recommend everyone to get yourself a copy and have a hot chocolate and put your feet up and enjoy this fantastic read!  No matter if you are a believer or not this book will not disappoint!

Twitter: @ChickenSoupSoul (
Instagram: @chickensoupsoul (

Views expressed are those of Two Children and a Migraine and have not been influenced in anyway.  A book was supplied for review purposes and no compensation was received for this post!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Book Review & Giveaway: The Shadows Series by Marni Mann #50BookPledge

Reader's Beware: This is not your mother's romance, nor is there a rich, playboy millionaire seducing an innocent virgin. Charlie leads a passionate, controversial, and thought-provoking life - the sex scenes will make you blush, the twists will make you gasp in disbelief and the characters' angst and pain will make your heart ache. Prepare to dive into a highly sensual, unique storyline with substance and a touch of darkness - as well as explicit language and descriptive sexual content. After all, real life is lived in the shadows, and Marni will take you there. But love can linger in the darkness....


Seductive Shadows (Book One)

Charlie is a sensually-inspired art student, desperately seeking an escape from the abusive past that haunts her and a tragic accident that emptied her heart. Scarred and unable to love, her yearning for physical pleasure leads her into a tantalizing, dangerous world of power and seduction. The anonymity of the deal offers security; the money brings financial freedom and the madam is the mother figure she longs for.

But the thrill of the mansion and its arousing dominance quickly fades when she meets renowned-yet-mysterious Cameron Hardy, whose intense baby blue eyes send a nervous flutter through her core. Cameron is sexy, and not in a subtle way. He stimulates Charlie's art, her intellect and her desires. Just as he begins to break through her emotional boundaries, she discovers a devastating connection between her past and her scandalous work at the mansion, shattering everything she thought to be true.

Provocative, intoxicating and erotic, Seductive Shadows is the unforgettable tale of a young woman's self-discovery as she learns to forgive, to love and be loved, and to find redemption amidst a remarkable journey that will captivate your mind and stimulate your soul.

Seductive Secrecy (Book Two)

"We were two broken souls who had found each other in a world of shadows. We were held together by a connection of secrets, dark and fearful and reluctant to leave. Their depth was seductive and overwhelming, an endless ocean of black that threatened to cover the brilliance we kept reaching for with each other."

With her art career flourishing and the mansion predators no longer a threat, Charlie is creating a new life. Her desires have changed, and she has a chance at a healthy, loving relationship with Cameron--if they can bury the memories and doubts that plague them.

Can they overcome the destruction of their clouded pasts, or will the revelation of more painful, shocking secrets pull them back into the shadows?

These books are for mature audiences. They contain explicit language and sexual content.

Author Bio:
Best-selling author Marni Mann, knew she was going to be a writer
since middle school. While other girls her age were daydreaming about
teenage pop stars, Mann was fantasizing about penning her first novel.
She crafts sexy, titillating stories that weave together her love of
darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotion. A New Englander at
heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida with her husband and their
two dogs who subsequently have been characters in her books. When
she's not nose deep in her laptop working on her next novel, she's
scouring for chocolate, sipping wine, traveling to new locations, and
 devouring fabulous books.


If your looking for an enjoyable mature read then look no further.   I was happy that these two books were available at the same time as I get frustrated when I start a book , enjoy it and then I have to wait for the next (which always makes it seem like forever),  Yes I might be a little impatient, but can you fault me when it comes to a good book?? ;-)  The writing in the books is well done and entertaining.  I have read some books where they were described for mature audiences et when I start reading it I find the author fails at bringing the maturity and quality writing to the book.  This was not the case with The Shadows Series.  I do have to say that I really did feel sorry for Charlie and the life she was living.  I enjoyed following her through her journey as she grew and learned about herself as a whole vs the way she lived prior filled with pockets of emptiness.  Curl up with a blanket and get ready to escape into the shadows with Marni Mann!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Book Review: Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life

About the Book:

We all fall into ruts at times, with our jobs, our relationships, our lives. But these 101 inspiring personal stories of change will motivate and encourage you to find your own new path to happiness.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life will inspire, invigorate, and empower you to break out of your rut. With its powerful stories of taking chances, positive life changes, and finding new paths to happiness, you will be inspired to find the courage to reboot your own life!


We all get into ruts and need the strength and guidance to get us through and out of it!  Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life is one of the many resources that one can use when you need that extra push.  This book was truly inspirational and came through at a very trying time in my life where I needed that reminder myself.  This is a book that will be a permanent staple on my book shelf and one that I think each and everyone of us should own!

Views expressed are those of Two Children and a Migraine and have not been influenced in anyway.  A book was supplied for review purposes only and no compensation was received for this post.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Spotlight: Petit Four

About the Book:

Cake is often a major part of life’s celebrations, both big and small. From birthdays to wedding days, cake, in all its delectable concoctions, marks joyous occasions with a sweetness that can’t be beat. But even better is the love that is shared when two people connect over a sweet confection. Maybe it’s a cute new guy wreaking havoc on a broken heart, or a beautiful woman testing the limits of love, or an old beau stirring up long lost desires. Whatever the circumstances, cake can always be relied upon to save the day when it comes to affairs of the heart. In this collection of short stories, cake is the delicious center around which each tale unfolds and romance blooms.
When single mom and journalist, Olivia, sets out to find romance in Cindy Arora’s “Cake Therapy,” she gets a little help from her friends and more than a few slices of cake to coax her off the couch and into the arms of a truly great love. Lucie Simone’s “Aprez Vous” finds success-driven Tara in Paris reminiscing of her long lost love, Jean Marc, and her niece bound and determined to reunite them. In “The Heart-Shaped Secret of Raspberry Jam” by Sue Watson, cake enthusiast, Milly, meets her match in the kitchen, and other places, when new owners take over the tea rooms where she works and her talents and her heart are put to the test. And Scott, mayor of a small seaside community, flirts with political suicide in Joel Zlotnik’s “Her Charms” when he falls for new-in-town Nicole, an entrepreneur with a passion for cupcakes, and whose latest venture proves a little too sexy for the sleepy beach town.
From San Francisco to Paris, from small towns to tea rooms, this anthology tempts readers with humor, style, romance, and the powerful aphrodisiac that is cake. 
 Petit Four is four stories, frosted with love. 

Petit Four Author Bios:

Lucie Simone has a passion for travel, romance and all things chick lit. She also has a degree in Journalism and a Master of Fine Arts in Television Production. She is the author of novels, Hollywood Ending and Picture Perfect, both offering an insider’s take on life in the City of Angels. Her love of comedy (and living under the delusion that she might one day be an actress) resulted in a stint studying improvisation, which, ironically enough, taught her to be a better writer. She lives in Los Angeles (and loves it), but considers New York City her imaginary second home and visits the Big Apple as often as her bank account will allow. For more information on Lucie, please visit her website at

Cindy Arora was a staff writer at The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, The Orange County Register and Sacramento Magazine. She’s been published in Saveur, Tasting Table, Orange Coast Magazine and Fodor’s. She’s also mama to an adorable little boy, a feminist, a whiskey enthusiast, and proud to call herself a Chick Lit author. She is the author of Heartbreak Cake, a delicious debut novel, and a contributor to the anthology, Merry & Bright, with her story, “Christmas at Mulberry Inn.” To learn more about Cindy, please visit

Sue Watson is a former BBC TV Producer who woke up one morning to the realisation that there was no such thing as 'having it all.' Marriage, motherhood and a full-time career were taking over her life and what she really wanted to do was stay home all day, bake and eat cake, watch reality TV and write... in that order. So she quit the day job, baked a year’s supply of cupcakes and chased the dream. What followed was a lot of cake and many hours in the company of ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey,’  ‘The Biggest Loser,’ and ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians.’ During this, time Sue also managed to write a few books too:  Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes; Younger, Thinner, Blonder; Love, Lies and Lemon Cake; and her latest cake offering, Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake. Learn more about Sue by visiting

Joel Zlotnik is a former Southern California journalist who was lucky enough to find a second career on the other side of the notepad, answering questions instead of asking them. He recently cancelled his cable so he would write more and quickly discovered online binge watching. You can find him living at the beach in South Orange County, where he listens to records, reads and watches the waves. Find some of his essays and short fiction at

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Book Review: The Girl Who Came Back to Life: A Fairytale by Craig Staufenberg

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 16, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1497532736
  • ISBN-13: 978-1497532731

A book about love and loss, and how to live in a world filled with both... When you die, your spirit wakes in the north, in the City of the Dead. There, you wander the cold until one of your living loved ones finds you, says "Goodbye," and Sends you to the next world. After her parents die, 12-year-old Sophie refuses to release their spirits. Instead, she resolves to travel to the City of the Dead to bring her mother and father’s spirits back home with her. Taking the long pilgrimage north with her gruff & distant grandmother—by train, by foot, by boat; over ruined mountains and plains and oceans—Sophie struggles to return what death stole from her. Yet the journey offers her many hard, unexpected lessons—what to hold on to, when to let go, and who she must truly bring back to life.

About the author: Craig Staufenberg

Craig Staufenberg is a writer & filmmaker living in NYC.

My review:  I went into this book thinking "fairy tale" but came out of it thinking WOW.  I was brought into this magnificent world where the spirits wait for loved ones to send them on.  I loved how strong headed Sophie is from the start and how determined she is to bring her parents spirits home with her.  Though through her many trials on her journey she slowly learns many difficult, but necessary lessons that ultimately guide her decisions in the end.  This books descriptive words reminded me of a sleepy hollow type book to begin with, but as the story progresses its more than just a typical book.  This book was thought provoking as no one is immune to losing loved ones in this world and we all must accept death.  This book highlights the different ways people might deal with such loss.  I give this book a 5 out of 5 for the constant adventure and smooth writing style.  I look forward to reading more from Craig.
Views expressed are those of Two Children and a Migraine and not influenced in anyway.  A book was supplied for review purposes only and no compensation was received for this post. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Book Review: Quilted by Christmas by Jodie Bailey

About the book: 

A grandmother's last wish is to communicate God's love through an Irish chain quilt.
Taryn McKenna believes she's easy to forget. Abandoned by her parents and left behind when her high school sweetheart joined the army, she vows to never love again and throws herself into her love for the outdoors and the pursuit of a college degree---something no one else in her family has ever accomplished. Her goal, as a young teacher in the hills of North Carolina, is to leave a legacy in the lives of the middle-schoolers she teaches.
When Taryn's grandmother Jemma, the only other person who ever held her close, has a heart attack that reveals a fatal medical condition, Taryn is corralled into helping Grandma work on a final project---an Irish chain quilt that tells the story of her history and the love Jemma knows is out there for Taryn. As the pieces of the quilt come together, Taryn begins to see her value. Can she learn to believe that God will never leave her behind even though others have?

About Quilts of Love:  

Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family histories. A new book releases each month and features contemporary and historical romances as well as women's fiction and the occasional light mystery. You will be drawn into the endearing characters of this series and be touched by their stories.

About the Author: 

Jodie Bailey is Tarheel born and bred. After 15 years as a military spouse, she settled with her family back in North Carolina. She is the author of the military suspense novel Freefall and is a contributor to a devotional for military families, Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home. While not working on her next novel, she teaches middle-schoolers to love writing as much as she does.

Connect with Jodie: website, Facebook, Twitter
 I have said it before and it still remains to be true, I really do love the Quilts of Love series and the latest one  Quilted by Christmas really is no exception.  This festive book was a great read and I do have to say I was a bit emotional in parts thinking back about the time I had my grandmother here and how truly precious that time was.  Jodie Bailey reminds us through Taryn that our actions really do impact those around us and positive  actions really do bring out positive results in people! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway: Living by Ear by Mary Rowen

About the Book

What happens when the world you love doesn’t press pause when you do? Singer-songwriter Christine Daley hit the streets of Boston and became a minor celebrity—with a local radio hit—in the 90s, but a "short" career break to marry and have kids changed everything. Now, sixteen years later, she’s a frustrated suburban housewife, struggling to find her place in life. 

After filing for divorce, she learns that her attempts to reestablish her own rhythms—both in music and in love—are more complicated than she'd anticipated. Her two teenagers are desperate for their mom, and her soon-to-be-ex-husband is throwing every obstacle he can in her way. Adding to the stress is the progress in technology, which has not only changed the music industry, but also the dating world. Is there room in the mix for Chris?

About the Author:
Mary Rowen loves music and is a Boston area mom to teenagers. All of her novels focus on women of various ages growing up, or at least becoming comfortable with themselves. Her essays have been anthologized and/or published on multiple blogs. Mary grew up in the Massachusetts Merrimack Valley, is a graduate of Providence College, and has worked as a teacher, writer, salesperson, and political canvasser. She firmly believes that all of those jobs provide good preparation for an aspiring writer.

Buy the Book:


I was pleasantly surprised when reading Living by Ear and definitely recommend this book as a book to pick up and read this fall!  I have never read a book by Mary Rowen before and enjoy her character development and storyline.  The Author was able to keep me entertained from start to finish!  I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Views expressed are those of Two Children and a Migraine and have not been influenced in anyway.  A book was supplied for review purposes only and no compensation was received for this post.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Book Review & Giveaway: Essence (Eve #1) by A. L. Waddington

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 3056 KB
Print Length: 332 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Booktrope (Jan. 14 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

Jocelyn Timmons does not believe she is anything special — just an ordinary high school senior, living an ordinary life full of school-work, volleyball and friends. She’s about to find out how wrong she is.
Jackson Chandler moved in to the house across the street. His dark wavy hair, green eyes and charismatic personality draws everyone to him. Everyone, but Jocelyn.
Whenever Jackson gets near Jocelyn she feels ill and dizzy. When he touches her, she blacks out and has visions of another life, in another time. As the odd hallucinations evolve and become clearer, she feels a strong pull towards the people she sees there. Frightened, she watches her once stable life begin to crumble around her and she begins to question her own sanity.
Could it be possible that these episodes are actually her own memories of a life she is living somehow, somewhere, some-when? Maybe this is time-travel or some other paranormal mysticism? Our minds often wander, but can our souls?

About the Author:
A.L. Waddington completed her undergraduate studies at University of Texas Dallas and Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. She graduated from IUPUI with a BS in Psychology. A.L. and her husband, Ty have a son, two daughters, three puppies, and an oversized cat. They reside in Indiana. 

My Review:  

Essence rocked! I am usually quite reserved when referring my friends to read a book, but this one easily crossed that line of reservation.  I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it and am hoping to get to review the next in this series!  I loved the dynamics between Jocelyn and Jackson in both time periods and how things truly were so different.  Things I would take as common (yoga pants, cell phones, tv, radio, lightbulbs) were not around in the 1800's so for someone to catch a glimpse of our time would have been weird.  It was interesting to hear the mind dialogues then.  I also enjoyed the differences in the activities and mindsets of people between 1800 and much we have changed is quite mind boggling when you think about it.  I kept reading this book and would continually come up with how the book would take a twist....and then in the end.....NONE of my theories were even close! I loved that! 

I would easily recommend this book to anyone looking for a love story that transcends time. I give it a 5 out of 5.

Views expressed are those of Two Children and a Migraine and not influenced in anyway.  A book was supplied for review purposes only and no compensation was received for this post. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Book Review: Faking it by Pam McKenna

  • Publisher: Entice Imprint (June 30 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • ASIN: B00LF14TS2

Britt Munro faces seven days of sexual servitude at a swanky Hamptons beach house, being shared by the hottest two men she's ever met. It's either that or prison after she tries to sell millionaire art collector Garrett Harvey a fake nineteenth-century masterpiece she painted herself. Garrett's art-expert buddy Jack turns her punishment into a ménage à trois--his reward for spotting the forgery. Garrett and Jack are both inventive, energetic lovers, but only one touches her heart. Only one makes her yearn for something real, even after she discovers she's not the only one keeping secrets. Once the week is up, she'll never see him again. Months later, her past returns with a vengeance, testing both her courage and the depth of her ex-lover's feelings.

McKenna has been an avid storyteller since she was old enough to put pencil to paper. Her number-one passion is the written word, though if you read her novellas, you might conclude that her true passions lie elsewhere. And you'd be right. Pam loves erotic romance and has never been shy about pulling out the stops and treating her readers to five-alarm fantasies centered around BDSM and ménage a trois. Pam McKenna is the pen name of a best-selling romance author.


My Review: 

I have now read two other erotic novellas by Pam McKenna and had mixed feelings between the two.  This book BLEW MY MIND.  While all the sex scenes were risqué, but nothing I haven't read before in a book.  In the six chapters she enraptures the audience with the enigmatic Garrett and the always flirtatious and horny younger Jack.  I loved the point where Britt stands up to Jack and the ending was also a true delight.  It felt like a television series where every aspect was neatly wrapped up when the show ends.  

I would give this novella a 5 out of 5 as I enjoyed all aspects of it and left her story world with a smile.

Book Review: Binding Agreement by Pam McKenna

  • File Size: 1159 KB
  • Print Length: 111 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Entice by Booktrope (June 26, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

A chance encounter on a moonlit beach draws sensible, cautious Kay Denehy into a night of anonymous passion and surrender with a ruthlessly dominant stranger. As John Randall introduces her to the exotic thrills of bondage and discipline, she discovers who she really is under the prim schoolteacher exterior--a sexual submissive who needs the strict and ardent guidance of a take-no-prisoners Dom like him. John carries more than his share of emotional baggage, the result of a tragedy for which he feels responsible. Though he cares for Kay, he refuses to pursue a relationship, certain he could only bring her pain. He pushes her away even as his unconscious dream self turns her into a sex slave to be punished and enjoyed ménage-style by two other zealous and demanding Doms. For the first time in her life, Kay knows what she needs, and who she needs, to be sexually and emotionally fulfilled. She knows, too, the path John must take to escape his dark places--if only he'll trust her to lead the way.

Pam McKenna has been an avid storyteller since she was old enough to put pencil to paper. Her number-one passion is the written word, though if you read her novellas, you might conclude that her true passions lie elsewhere. And you'd be right. Pam loves erotic romance and has never been shy about pulling out the stops and treating her readers to five-alarm fantasies centered around BDSM and ménage a trois. Pam McKenna is the pen name of a best-selling romance author.

My Review: 

I went into this book knowing it was an erotic romance novella which translates to a short sex intense story as I have learned.  I opened the book Binding Agreement and was immediately sucked into the world.  With Pams' vivid descriptions of the sea and the characters feet in the sand I was easily enthralled. Binding Agreement I have to say it did not introduce anything truly shocking that I hadn't read before.  Being a novella  I found it did not give myself a chance to get to know the characters in depth backgrounds or the things that made them who they are.  I found the book abruptly ended leaving me to want more.  The sex was dramatic in its intensity.   As I am not one to have ever experienced a one night stand cannot relate to the incredibly fast meeting period before sex...seemed far fetched to my prudish side.  Then again I may need to take the same steps Kay took to get out of her old boring life....I could live vicariously through books.  Although I enjoyed Binding Agreement it did leave me wanting more. 
Views expressed are those of Two Children and a Migraine and not influenced in anyway.  A book was supplied for review purposes only and no compensation was received for this post. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Book Review: Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What? & The Cat Did What?

The Dog Did What?

Our dogs make us smile every day with their crazy antics and acts of love. This book is full of hilarious and heartwarming stories about the many ways our canine companions surprise us, make us laugh, and touch our hearts.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What? will have you saying just that, as you read these 101 humorous and heartwarming stories about our lovable, goofy, and comical canines. Whether funny or serious, or both, these stories will make you laugh and touch your heart.

The Cat Did What

Our cats make us smile every day with their crazy antics and acts of love. This book is full of hilarious and heartwarming stories about our feline friends that surprise us and charm us.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Did What? will have you saying just that, as you read these 101 amazing stories about the absurdities, mischief, miracles, and magic our cats bring to our lives. Whether humorous or serious, or both, these stories will make you laugh and warm your heart.


I adored both of these books, but I have to be honest and say I am without a doubt a HUGE dog lover so that book tugged at my heart strings just a little bit more.  However, that does not mean that I did not love the other book!  They were both enjoyable books and I love the shorter chapters so I could read them to my children as part of their bedtime story.  We are without a doubt animal lovers and these books are enjoyable by young and old alike!    

Looking for a gift for that hard to buy for person or not sure what to read next?  Look no further!!!

Views expressed are those of Two Children and a Migraine and have not been influenced in anyway.  Books were supplied for review purposes only and no compensation was received for this post!

Monday, November 3, 2014

#ReleaseDay: Prosecco Pink by Traci Andrighetti #Giveaway

Prosecco Pink by Traci Andrighetti
Release Date: November 3
Genre: Chick Lit/Cozy Mystery

For Franki Amato, life in New Orleans is anything but “The Big Easy.” When she met handsome bank executive Bradley Hartmann, she knew she’d finally found a man she could trust. But she can’t say the same for his sexy new secretary, who is about as trustworthy as Mata Hari and every bit as seductive. Meanwhile, Franki’s best friend and employer, Veronica Maggio, has named her the lead investigator in the murder of a gorgeous cosmetics CEO who was found lying dead in the master bedroom of a historic plantation home. Now the pressure is on Franki to figure out what a bottle of pink lip gloss and the legend of a pink diamond have to do with the bizarre killing. The problem is that the plantation is notorious for being haunted, and Franki is less than enthusiastic about the prospect of meeting a ghost. Adding to her stress, her Sicilian grandma is up to her usual meddling antics—this time planning Franki’s engagement to Bradley before he’s even considered popping the question. As Bradley grows distant and plantation employees begin dropping like Southern belles during a sweltering summer, Franki turns to a psychic with a phobia of ghosts to solve the mysterious murders and her own relationship fears.

Get to Know the Author:

Traci Andrighetti is the national and international bestselling author of the Franki Amato Mysteries. In her previous life, she was an award-winning literary translator and a Lecturer of Italian at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a PhD in Applied Linguistics. But then she got wise and ditched that academic stuff for a life of crime—writing, that is.
If she's not hard at work on her next novel, Traci is probably watching her favorite Italian soap opera, eating Tex Mex or sampling fruity cocktails, and maybe all at the same time. She lives in Austin with her husband, young son (who desperately wants to be in one of her books) and three treat-addicted dogs.

Although I have not had a chance yet to review this book I am most definitely looking forward to it!  However, if your like me you might already have been drawn to the book and  would love to hear your reviews on it!  No matter what you decide to do be sure to enter the giveaway below!
a Rafflecopter giveaway