September 18, 2014

Seaside Dreams Book Tour



NEW RELEASE SEASIDE SUMMERS BOOK #1 

The newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series, featuring a group of fun, sexy, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re funny, flawed, and will have you begging to enter their circle of friends. You met them in READ, WRITE, LOVE, (The Remingtons, Book 5), follow these friends on their search for forever love in the Seaside Summers series.



SEASIDE DREAMS

Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She’s quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella’s prank takes a bad turn and a sinfully sexy police officer appears on the scene.



Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he’s found the one thing he’d never allowed himself to hope for—or even realized he was missing.



After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, and Bella’s powerless to fight the heat of their budding romance. But starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined, and when Evan gets mixed up with the wrong kids, Caden’s loyalty is put to the test. Will he give up everything to protect his son—even Bella?

My Review

In Seaside Dreams we meet Bella, who’s hit a tough decision in her life.  Taking the summer to help figure out which direction she’ll go she doesn’t expect to meet a man that may just twist her up even more. With a head set going after she wants Bella will avoid any and all relationships until she’s made up her mind. Sounds like a plan, but you know how well set plans end up going half the time – not in the direction you planned on and one handsome cop mixes things up even more.

Cade has devoted the last fourteen years of his life all towards his son. Like any loving parent, his son comes first but as he stumbles across Bella he can’t help but notice the sparks between them. As a single father though, to a rebellious teenager he’s got to figure out the balance if he really wants the one things he’s been missing in his life . Through the struggle to deal with both a moody teen and one mischievous Bella, Cade has to figure out what he wants before he loses it.


I liked this one, loved the drama Evan brought into the book. You often read about younger kids woven into stories, so it was a nice change. The characters grew on me, loved seeing how both Bella and Cade faced not just their fears, but grew as the book went along. Cade was painted as a perfect father, could handle everything, but could he? He had things to face in this book and I enjoyed reading his journey along with Bella.  They seemed to both let logic or plans override everything, and in the end well you’ll just have to read Seaside Dreams and find out what happens. 

SEASIDE SUMMERS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**



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About the Author
Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of a number of International
bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.


Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written for Calgary's Child
Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.




Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest
or her personal website.


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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.



ALSO AVAILABLE 
Books 1 - 3 Snow Sisters, Love in Bloom Series #1 - 3

Books 1 - 6 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #4 - 9


Books 1 - 5 The Remingtons, Love in Bloom Series #10 - 14 





Books 7 - 12 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #15 - 20





Books 1 - 4 Seaside Summers, Love in Bloom Series #21 - 24






NOW FOR THE AUTHOR'S GIVEAWAY !!

Five lucky winners will each receive Taken by Love ebook

the 1st book from the Braden cousins series
Ending on Sunday 28th September at 11.59pm EST
Open Worldwide

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August 5, 2014

Guardians Of The Galaxy Activity sheets

Have you seen the previews for Guardians of The Galaxy yet?  It looks awesome, I can't wait to see it!


Here's a quick Preview



Looks good right? While you wait to go see it you can download these activity sheets for the kids to enjoy! Just click this link and head to my Google Drive to download and then print


Enjoy!
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Fated For Love Book Tour



NEWLY RELEASED........

Book #8 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #16



FATED FOR LOVE is the second of six hot, wealthy, and wickedly naughty Braden cousins, and the newest additions to the BRADEN series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster.



Librarian Callie Barnes has visions of reading and relaxing—and maybe having a few too many drinks—on her girls’ weekend away. Her hopes are crushed when her friends pull into a dude ranch instead of a spa, and she refuses to stay longer than one night. That is…until she realizes the ranch is owned by sinfully sexy, and dangerously rugged, Wes Braden—the subject of her late-night fantasies.



Fearless rancher Wes Braden thinks he’s the luckiest guy on the planet when the sweet, sexy librarian from his hometown shows up at his ranch. Their connection is white-hot, making it impossible for either to ignore their carnal desires. Wes is more than willing to convert sweet Callie from chick lit to a world of erotic romance, but Callie ties sex to love, and Wes avoids commitment like the plague.



Callie is thrust into physically demanding activities that ignite her deepest fears. Luckily, Wes is as tender as he is strong, and he’s there every step of the way to help her find her inner strength. With Callie’s influence, Wes might even discover that he’s been nursing a few fears of his own. Passion pulls Callie and Wes from their safe, comfortable lives into each other’s arms, and they’re about to find out just how alike they really are.

My Review

Melissa Foster does it again with Fated For Love.  We meet Callie Barnes and Wes Branden ( yup another Braden, cue the sexy hunk alert)

 Callie Barnes is no outdoors lady but it doesn't stop her from at least trying.  Along with her friends local Librarian Callie heads to a ranch for a fun weekend which is owned by non other than Wes Braden. She lives a quieter life in a small town but has a little flutter of excitement whenever Wes steps into her library each week to borrow some books, the current man that takes up her dreams at night. It's no surprise when she lands on his property she decides maybe the outdoors aren't so bad after all. Perhaps a little fun and adventure is just what she needs instead of some quiet laid back spa. Will she be able to face all her fears and move past her comfort zones without losing her heart to one sexy cowboy?

Wes doesn't like mixing business with pleasure but that all goes out the window when Callie shows up at his ranch. He shouldn't even be looking at her let alone thinking about her, she's the kind of woman that ties sex to love and commitment which he avoids at all costs. He can't help himself though, and really who can blame him. Sweet and sexy Callie pushes her limits, faces her fears and starts to bloom before him catching him by surprise. A woman willing to leap over comfort zones certainly is worth it, and Wes is right there by her side as she tackles on new adventures but is she worth facing his own personal fears? You'll have to read to find out what happens!

 I thought this would be the one Foster book that I wouldn't like ( pfft yeah right, like that would ever happen) Two people seemingly very different. One worked with horses, one was afraid of horses, they just seemed unmatchable at first, but the sparks were flying and I enjoyed seeing both Callie and Wes grow together.  They had a lot more in common than I first thought so this book was a wonderful surprise and I really enjoyed it.




THE BRADEN COUSINS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**



Buy the book from...... 


About the Author

Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of a number of International
bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.


Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written for Calgary's Child
Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.




Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest
or her personal website.




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ALSO AVAILABLE 
Books 1 - 3 Snow Sisters, Love in Bloom Series #1 - 3

Books 1 - 6 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #4 - 9


Books 1 - 5 The Remingtons, Love in Bloom Series #10 - 14 





MORE BRADEN COUSINS COMING SOON......




NOW FOR THE AUTHOR'S GIVEAWAY !!

Five lucky winners will each receive Game of Love ebook

the 1st book from the Remingtons series !!
Ending on Sunday 7th August at 11.59pm EST
Open Worldwide

Enter Below & Good Luck !!




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July 3, 2014

Easy No Bake Cheesecake

 Cheesecake takes a lot of time to prepare, first the mixing, and of course if you over mix you're already set up to fail in the end. Bake it too little, bake it just a little over, temperature to the oven isn't right? Fail!  Cheesecake is one of those challenges I can never pass up, it's too good to pass up. Even when it fails it's still worth eating. So what if it's too thick, so what if there's a huge crack straight down the middle of it. There's no way I will pass up a cheesecake and hog it all to myself - which I do. Don't ever try to take my cheesecake, I will fight you for every last bite.

Now, as for the challenge of making it, sometimes there's just not enough time for all the fuss ( but again I will claim it's totally worth it in the end)  Someday's though it's too hot, really no choice but to find a way around that long process and still end up with a treat to enjoy. This Mock Cheesecake is no bake, and you can mess with the flavors all you want. Feel like being lazy? Open a can of pie filling and dump it on top of the sucker, slice it,  share it, enjoy it.  My kids enjoy this , and it's a good treat for hot summer days.

Cherry Pie Topping
Ingredients

2 pkg. (8oz each ) Cream Cheese Softened
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups  whipped topping
1 ready to use graham cracker crust (9in)
* Optional-  1 cup of fruit, I like using crushed strawberries, or crushed raspberries . I have even used about a half cup to a cup of jam, or jelly within the pie to spruce it up just make sure it's sugar free.
* Additional Fruit for topping, any berry works, you can use one can pie filling as well. Your choice

Directions

Beat the cream cheese and sugar together in bowl till well mixed. ( If using jam or jelly, make sure you beat this in with the cream cheese and sugar, move on to the next step)
 Fold in your whipped topping. If using fruit within the pie fold it in well now.  When mixed pour into your crust and spread evenly.

Perfect for the Fourth of July! This one has the crushed fruit inside. 

Arrange fruit if any on top of the pie, set it fridge for about 2-3 hours till set. If you plan on using pie filling for topping, pour this on right before serving.

Enjoy!
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July 2, 2014

Disney's Planes Fire and Rescue Activity Book

Disney’s Planes Fire and Rescue flies into theatres everywhere on July 18th!



  If you haven't caught the previews, check it out below.



Along with the fun preview, you can check out the Downloadable Activity Book for the kids by clicking on the picture below. It's a .pdf file, hope the kids enjoy!


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July 1, 2014

Cheddar Cream Cheese Breakfast Biscuits

Summer is here and I've been super busy and obviously absent from blogging. Not only do my kids keep me busy as ever but things are changing around here and it doesn't leave me much spare time. A major project is happening as well, though in the very early stages it's taken up a lot of my time and will take awhile to get moving. You'll have to stick around to find out what it is, so if you aren't already follow me via the blog ( right side via GFC, or G+, or even follow me on Facebook )  you should follow now because there are huge things coming up.

Moving on to the recipe today. As I mentioned, summer is here, my kids are buzzing around first thing in the morning and just nuts somedays. I had this biscuit recipe a few years ago that I would whip together in a flash then lost the recipe . It was one I used with my Mom's homemade Bisquick, but it didn't have the cheddar in it. This is very similar, only even easier and since I lost the original I adapted this over time. It's quick enough to make and good enough to keep my kids quiet for a whole 5.6 minutes in the morning - > just enough time for me to make coffee and take two sips before the arguing begins again. Hey, I take what I can get these days!  The kids loved it, it's easy to make, there's no rising, there's no fuss or muss and it makes enough to have left overs for a snack later on in the day or even become a great lunch biscuit. This recipe makes 20-24 3 inch biscuits.


Ingredients

4 cups flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
2 packages  (8oz)  cream cheese at room temp.
1 cup milk
2 cups cheddar cheese
1-2 tablespoons red pepper flakes ( or chives) or if you don't want the red pepper flakes sprinkle the top of the rolled out dough lightly with pepper.


Directions

 Mix the flour into a large bowl along with the baking powder. Add in the cream cheese but by little pieces as you mix it. You can do this two ways, use a standing mixer ( faster) or by hand. Either way as you add in the cream cheese mix up the dough it will be very tough, you want to mix it up though so keep going till it's all mixed in.  After the cream cheese is mixed with flour add in the milk, and mix again, add in the cheese mix as you add in each. The dough will be tough  and will hold very well together. Set it down on a lightly floured surface and roll out to about a 3/4 inch thickness.


 I used a biscuit cutter but you can use one of those plastic kid cups, which is perfect in size.
Place on baking sheet, and cook for about 20 minutes at 375F or until they are golden brown on edges. Test by forking one in the center to see if it comes out clean.

They may look small but they area really nice and fluffy inside. My kids said they make the perfect grab and go sandwiches whether breakfast or lunch. With cheese already in there my son said it made the perfect warm ham cheese sandwich. What mother will argue with that? 



To make an egg sandwich, keep oven heated at 375F Place your eggs in muffin tins sprayed with cooking spray and cook till the eggs are done to your likeness. It will take less than 10 minutes for the eggs to bake.
 A great way to make the kids happy is have them sprinkle toppings right on their eggs before they cook. Chives, bacon, vegetables, cheese even, ham. Combinations are up to you. They will come out in perfect biscuit sizes and make an excellent "on the go" breakfast sandwich for everyone in the family!

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June 17, 2014

DreamWorks' HOME

Have you guys seen the previews for HOME?

I just saw it and it looks way too cute and fun for the family to see! Coming out in March of 2015, this will be one movie you don't want to miss!

HOME
Animation
Release: March 27, 2015, in 3D
Director: Tim Johnson
Screenplay by: TBD, based upon the novel The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
Producers: Chris Jenkins, Suzanne Buirgy
Cast: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, and Jennifer Lopez

SYNOPSIS
When Earth is taken over by the overly-confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated, while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip, (Rihanna, who also contributes a song) manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh (Jim Parsons). The two fugitives realize there’s a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime.


Check out the quick clip from the movie below!





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Taken by Love



NEW RELEASE........

THE BRAND NEW BRADEN COUSIN'S 

Book #7 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #15



TAKEN BY LOVE is the first of six hot, wealthy, and wickedly naughty Braden cousins, and the newest additions to the BRADEN series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster.



Daisy Honey fled Trusty, Colorado, after years of battling rumors sparked by her gorgeous looks and lust-inducing name. Now a physician on the brink of a promising career, she reluctantly returns home when her father is injured in a farming accident. Daisy expects the small-town girls who hurt her in the past to take cheap shots again—but she’s completely unprepared for a run-in with tall, dark, and wickedly sexy Luke Braden, the only man who has ever stood up for her—and the man she’s never forgotten.



Luke Braden is handsome, wealthy, and the best damn gypsy horse breeder in the Midwest. After a restless youth, he’s finally ready to settle down—only connecting with women is nothing like connecting with horses, and he’s never met a woman worth the energy. After an arrest in a neighboring town, Luke’s past comes back to haunt him, and he realizes that his inability to find love runs deeper than he ever imagined.



A chance encounter sweeps Luke and Daisy into a world of passion. For the first time ever, Luke feels a connection, but Daisy’s life in Trusty is anything but permanent, and Luke can’t manage a future until he puts his past to rest.



THE BRADEN COUSINS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series

My Review

This book was a little of a surprise, while I love all of Foster's book ( no worries I love this one too) the surprise came in an about face that a lot of people deal with - Bullying and domestic abuse. I think out of all the books I've read by Foster, this was one that dove deeper into something not easily written about and done so perfectly to make a beautiful story.

Dr. Daisy Honey grew up in Trusty, Colorado the last place she ever wanted to go back too after she'd left. More than happy to keep the past behind her from a town that tore her to pieces Daisy is conflicted when her father gets hurt, forcing her to go back to the dreaded place.

As she's back into town bumping into people is on the bottom of her list, that is until she collides with tall dark and handsome Luke Braden. Someone who had stood up for her as a kid when she was being bullied. While she had been prepared for jabs and pokes from the towns people what she didn't expect was what Luke stirs up more than a rare few fond memories she's had growing up. While she can't deny the connection she has with Luke, there's too many red flags she's not willing to ignore.

Luke Braden has his own past he's trying to forget and he's ready to really set an end to his checked past to settle down. One of the best horse breeders in the Midwest Luke is finding it easier to connect with horses than women, which is a bigger problem than he ever imagined. Until that is he bumps into Daisy. There's a connection he's been waiting for but Daisy has made it very clear her stay in town wasn't going to be permanent.

With their past weighting them down Luke and Daisy need to decide if it's worth keeping on too or letting go. Serious decisions must be made and it can go either way for both of them , don't miss another wonderful book by Foster and pick up Taken By Love to find out what happens to Luke and Daisy. You will not be disappointed!




**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**








About the Author

Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of a number of International
bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.




Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written for Calgary's Child
Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.



Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest
or her personal website.


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ALSO AVAILABLE 
Books 1 - 3 Snow Sisters, Love in Bloom Series #1 - 3

Books 1 - 6 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #4 - 9





Books 1 - 5 The Remingtons, Love in Bloom Series #10 - 14 





MORE BRADEN COUSINS COMING SOON......







NOW FOR THE AUTHOR'S GIVEAWAY !!

Five lucky winners will each receive Game of Love ebook

the 1st book from the Remingtons series !!
Ending on Sunday 6th July at 11.59pm EST
Open Worldwide

Enter Below & Good Luck !!




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June 4, 2014

Winding Down

If you haven't noticed I've been absent with the blog posts lately. School is still going on here, we're in the last few days so the fun filled chaos and end of the year bonanza of things is finally winding down.
My kids have a lot going on, and I've tried to be focused with their projects as well as school activities.

 Two of the four will be switching schools as well , so it's a huge transition for them and for me trying to figure out how things will be going.

 There will be a ton of new recipes coming your way so stay tuned and don't forget to check back , I'll be back up and running pretty soon!

Has school ended for your kids? Are you and the family ready for summer?
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May 25, 2014

Cranberry Almond Granola

My kids go through cereal fast, it's hard to keep up. This quick, frugal granola recipe is great and keeps them satisfied. Sometimes I make it with different nuts, depends on what I have on hand, and you can either use Agave Nectar or Honey. Go crazy and change the dried fruit up and make your own mix, all depends on what you want. From start to finish this only takes about 25 minutes.

My kids end up snaking on the clusters sometimes and it never makes it to their cereal bowl. 



Ingredients

3/4 cup  Honey or Agave Nectar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup sliced almonds ( pecans work great too, so do walnuts!)
1 cup dried cranberries

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350F

In a bowl mix all ingredients together. Place either parchment paper or a SILPAT mat onto a baking sheet. Spread your oats along the mixture and put into the oven. Let cook for about 10 minutes before mixing, make sure to spread back evenly and cook for remaining time.  Let it cool, mix up and then place in a airtight container. Can be stored up to a week.


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