Tinkering Labs Motor Catalyst Kit - Fun for Kids

Thursday, July 18, 2019

We love our Tinkering Labs Motor Catalyst Kit. The kit has components that kids can use to make their own inventions and multiple projects. The kit can be reused again and again. They are easy to clean-up and come with a convenient storage bags. The kit is also very kid-friendly and I was highly impressed with the thoroughness of making everything easy-to-use and the quality of the parts.

We made a car this week with the kit and loved doing it. My kids learn about motors, wheels and how different components can work together to make something new. My kids loved watching it go over and over again. They did fight a little bit about how who got to turn it on and the baby liked to crawl quickly after the car to try and scoop it up, but it was still fun. We've made a car two years ago, not using the Motor Catalyst Kit, but with different components that I bought off of Amazon and it wasn't kid friendly, broke easily, and to make the car we had to use hot glue so the parts were not reuseable. This kit makes STEM projects very easy! I like how easy it is to work with and you can tell a lot of thought went into making the Motor Catalyst Kit.

This kit is very STEM worthy and I think it's a must for classrooms, home use, preschool and homeschooling. I love the quality of the kit. It's something we will be reusing several times in our home. The kit does say for 8+, but with an adult's help it can be fun for preschoolers and kindergartners. To learn more about Tinkering Labs Electric Motor Catalyst Kits, click here.

Tinkering Labs graciously sponsored a Motor Catalyst Kit as a prize for the Summer Reading Trek for Kids. The Summer Reading Trek for Kids runs for the month of July and kids can earn entries into a giveaway for multiple prizes. To join the Summer Reading Trek for Kids, please click here.

Please note that I received a free sample to help facilitate this review, however, my opinions remain my own. Please note that there are Amazon affiliate links in this review.

Maple Holistics Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo Review

Monday, July 15, 2019

Maple Holistics Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo helps remove buildup, boost shine, and restore volume. Apple Cider Vinegar can provide benefits for both your hair and scalp. The shampoo can soothe your scalp, remove buildup and restore shine. It also has natural ingredients like sunflower, agan and jojoba oil. The shampoo is great for all hair types!

When Maple Holistics contacted me and asked me to try their Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo, I was excited to try it and see how if it could help my scalp improve. We use apple cider vinegar for a variety of things - cleaning, cooking and healing athlete's foot. It's great with athlete's foot, and I thought it would be amazing for scalp buildup. I wasn't disappointed. I've used it for a few days now and my scalp feels healthier, my hair is a little thicker (which is surprising since it was thinning out from having a baby) and shinier (but in a healthy way, not a gross and oily way). You only need a little bit (dime size) when you're washing your hair. I would recommend following the directions and letting it sit in your hair for a few minutes before rinsing. To learn more about Maple Holistic's Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo, click here and to learn more about how to care for your hair in the summer, click here.

* Maple Holistics also gave me a sample of their lip balm, Acai Berry. I loved the quality of the product and how smooth my lips felt. They have several fun flavors of lip balms that you should check out. To learn more click here.

Please note that I received a free sample of these products to review, however, my opinion remains my own.

Cover Reveal for Blackbriar Cove and Giveaway

Monday, July 15, 2019

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
Blackbriar Cove
By Jennifer Silverwood

Coming in 2020...

(Borderlands Saga #2)
Contemporary Fantasy, Magical Realism
Paperback & ebook
2020 by SilverWoodSketches

In a single night of madness, Amie won the battle, and lost the two people she loved most. As she struggles to be the queen her people need, her family band together against the hidden threat at their borders.

Haunted by the ghosts of her past, Amie strikes a pact with an ancient being called The Storyteller. In order to see Emrys again, they must put aside their blood feud, and cross the veil to a place of spirits and monsters.

Blackbriar Cove is a land where superstition and chaos reign, and spirits plague dreams. A dark curse has twisted the Unseelie who once lived in the home the Blackbriar twins vowed never to return. But death is not the end in Silver Hollow, and the war for the Borderlands has only begun.

Other Books in the Series

Silver Hollow
(Borderlands Saga #1)
By Jennifer Silverwood
Contemporary Fantasy, Magical Realism
Paperback & ebook, 429 Pages
May 31st 2018 by SilverWoodSketches

Amie Wentworth trusts books more than people. After her parents' deaths ten years before, she writes fiction to escape reality. A timely invitation from her long-lost uncle arrives, but she's used to ignoring the mysterious surrounding her life.

Until she is stabbed in an alley and brought back to life by a handsome stranger. Soon Amie is dragged into the very sort of tale she is used to selling. To make matters worse, the man who saved her life keeps turning up and her would-be-murderer is still at large.

After crossing the Atlantic to her father’s homeland, she discovers a world beyond imagining. Silver Hollow is a place of ancient traditions and supernatural dangers, where everything is the opposite of what it seems and few escape sane. Faced with an impossible choice, Amie is forced to confront a deadly family legacy while remembering a life she soon wishes to forget.

About the Author

Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time, she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it's the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador, or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of three series--Heaven's Edge, Wylder Tales and the Borderlands Saga--and the stand-alone titles Stay and She Walks in Moonlight. She recently released her first serialized Urban Fantasy, Angel Blue in August 2018.

Cover Reveal Giveaway

- 1 winner will receive a $30 Amazon Gift Card plus a digital copy of Silver Hollow (open internationally)
1 winner will receive a signed hard copy of Silver Hollow plus swag (US only)
- Ends July 19, 2019

Redgrave Murders Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Loss is inevitable, as Evie Hampton knows all too well. But despite losing her mother to cancer and her older brother to a war, she knows she's one of the lucky ones. After all, she still has her father, a distinguished professor of medieval history. And she has Gary Redhawk, the man she loves despite the emotional scars he carries from the Second World War--and despite her father's opposition to their relationship.

When Evie's car suddenly careens off the road, she chalks it up to poor maintenance or sheer bad luck making another appearance in her life. Little does she know a host of hardships is just beginning--the car was her father's, and the brake lines were deliberately cut. Someone wants them dead--but why? All fingers point to Gary, a man with a troubled past and no solid alibi, but Evie is unwilling to believe he's involved. Determined to uncover the truth, she begins to piece together a startling picture of deception and vice. But as she closes in on the truth, it is clear that someone is determined to silence her--and the next attempt on her life may be a deadly success.

On the cover of the novel, The Redgrave Murders, it says "romantic suspense." To me, this book was more a murder mystery, a classic whodunnit, with some romantic drama splashed in. Evie and Gary try work on their relationship and piece together who committed murder and why. Gary is blamed for the murder by local authorities and several of the people in the town are biased against him based on his race and culture. The suspect list is long and several people have a motive. The writing style reminded me of a classic mystery style novel or a classic mystery movie. I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. I loved how it was well-written and there was historical events mentioned. I hope Sowards continues to write mysteries. There is a lot of violence mentioned in the novel, but the author isn't descriptive enough to make it graphic. I would also suggest reading the author's notes in the back of the book. They were interesting to read and learn more about the time period. To learn more about The Redgrave Murders, click here.

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By Hook or By Rook Blog Tour, Author Interview, Review and Giveaway

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

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About the Book

By Hook or by Rook
Series: The London League
Genre:  Adult, Historical, Regency, Romance
Publisher: Phase Publishing
Publication date: July 1, 2019
​The most dangerous journeys…
Jeremy Pratt is a spy for the Crown, and one of the best. He has been in more dangerous situations than he can admit, and has always come out unscathed. But escorting his colleague’s cousin home to her family, even in disguise, just might be beyond his skills, and the temptation beyond his ability to withstand.
…May be ones of the heart…
Helen Dalton is convinced there is more to this man escorting her than meets the eye, and something familiar about him, as well. There is only one man in the world who looks at her so intensely, banters with her so easily, and makes her blush so furiously. And when he manages a daring and heroic rescue, she wonders if she ever knew him at all.

About the Author

Rebecca Connolly writes romances, both period and contemporary, because she absolutely loves a good love story. She has been creating stories since childhood, and there are home videos to prove it! She started writing them down in elementary school and has never looked back. She currently lives in the Midwest, spends every spare moment away from her day job absorbed in her writing, and is a hot cocoa addict.

Author Interview

LIWIC -What was your inspiration for this book?  
Connolly - I had been making my characters sort of secretly pay attention to each other, and then I wondered how I could make things come to a head… And so I made them get in a carriage together for an extended trip. Nothing like a roadtrip to make a good story!
LIWIC - What actors would you choose to play the roles of the characters? 
Connolly - I have Margot Robbie playing Helen, and Sam Claflin playing Jeremy.
LIWIC - What do you hope readers gain from reading this book? 
Connolly - I hope they find it a great adventure and a swoony romance. I want them to catch the excitement that I felt writing it. And I want them to want more!


By Hook or By Rook was an enjoyable read. I love the banter between the two main characters, Jeremy and Helen, throughout the book. The side story was very interesting and I was at times more interested in finding out what Jeremy uncovered rather than the romance. I can't wait to read the next book in the series to find out what happens next. This is the first book that I've read of series so the book was a little confusing at first. I think it might be better to read them in order. There was a lot of characters mentioned in the beginning and it was hard to place everyone within the story. Once I got past the beginning and the set-up, it was a fun read. I will probably try and check out the other books in the series.


BHOBR tour giveaway
(1) winner will receive a By Hook or by Rook Prize Pack (US mailing addresses only). Prize pack includes the following:
Winner’s choice of print or ebook copy of By Hook or by Rook
London League Bookmarks
Book Themed Luggage Tags

Enter the giveaway HERE.
​Giveaway ends July 17 at 11:59pm MT.

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July Giveaways to Enter (low to moderate entry)

Monday, July 1, 2019

I like entering low to moderate entry giveaways and I share each month some of the blog or social media giveaways I've entered, thought someone else might be interested in entering or that have been submitted to me through bloggers. Check back often throughout the month to see if I have posted more giveaways. If you are hosting a family-friendly giveaway on your blog and would like to see it listed here, please contact me (via email). If you have a won a giveaway that I posted, please leave a comment and share that you won.

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GetOutPass Idaho with JumpTime Meridian

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

We utilized our GetOutPass Idaho at Jump Time in Meridian, Idaho. I was a little nervous about going to JumpTime in Meridian. We went last year and I had a rough time handling two kids who wanted to do different things while pregnant. This time it was less crowded and my kids were more comfortable exploring, going on the inflatables and the balance beams. With the GetOutPass you get 30 minutes of playtime at Jump Time. The inflatables are fun and I like doing it indoors at Jump Time rather than at an event. It's less crowded and crazy. The trampolines were also fun for my kids. They spent a lot of time on the balance beams. It was a fun time. They also have several chairs for parents to sit and watch. One of the workers asked me if the GetOutPass was worth it and I told him it was. You get to do so many activities and explore different venues around Idaho. I like the variety and how we get to do new and different things.

GetOutPass Idaho is normally $99.95 per person. By using the special discount code,“IDAHO40," you can get $50 off the cost per person from June 28th to July 4th making the passes $49.95. With access to the following venues this pass can result in great savings and allows you to get out and do fun things at a low cost especially when compared to normal admission prices. If you want to go out more and save more, check out GetOutPass Idaho!

GetOutPass Idaho is a paid membership to get access to multiple venues multiple times per year. Venues include:
  • Miracle & Banbury Hot Springs (Quarterly) 
  • Asana Climbing Gym (Bi-Annual) 
  • Aquarium of Boise (Bi-Annual 
  • Jump Time Meridian (Monthly) 
  • Elevate Mind and Body Studios (Quarterly and Yearly) 
  • Idaho River Sports (Monthly) 
  • Urban Adventure Air Park (Monthly) 
  • Independence Indoor Shooting (Yearly) 
  • Gemstone Climbing Center (Monthly and Yearly) 
  • Jump Time Twinfalls (Monthly) 
  • Treasure Valley Skate (Monthly) 
  • Emerald Lanes (Monthly) 
  • Pyrrhic Paintball (Daily) 
  • Twin Falls Escape Room (Yearly) 
  • Planet Kid (Quarterly) 
  • Jump Time Boise (Monthly) 
  • Puzzling Adventures (Yearly)
  • VR Tech Lounge (Quarterly) 
  • Play Deep Academy (Bi-Annual) 
  • Ceramica (Quarterly) 
  • 8-Bit Gaming (Quarterly) 
  • Hands On (Yearly and Monthly) 
  • Myth Parkour (Quarterly and Monthly) 
  • Fastlane Indoor Kart Racing and Pit Pass 
  • Ice Ribbon at Indian Creek Plaza (2x Yearly)
  • Orpheum Theater (Quarterly)
To learn more about GetOutPass Idaho, click here and don't forget to use the discount code, "IDAHO40" to save $50.

(Disclaimer: I received free passes for my family to help facilitate my review and to share this exciting offer.)

Summer Fun with Urban Air Adventure Park

Monday, June 24, 2019

Are you looking for summer fun activities for the whole family? You should check out Urban Air Adventure Park in Meridian, Idaho. We went there as a family and my 5-year old son said it was "blazing fun" and "The best time I've ever had." My 3-year old daughter said, "The trampolines where fun." My husband and I enjoyed it as well. There were so many fun activities to do there! Attractions include:
  • Sky Rider Coaster
  • Laser Tag
  • Mini-Golf
  • Adventure Hub
  • Climbing Walls
  • Ropes Course
  • Warrior Course
  • Battle Beam
  • Tubes Playground
  • Dodge Ball
  • Runway (Tumble Track)
  • Slam Dunk Zone
  • Apex Trampolines for kids under 7
  • Apex Trampolines
  • ProZone Performance Trampolines
My kids' favorites were The Warrior Course, Tubes Playground, Drop Zone and Trampoline. My favorites were the trampolines and The Warrior Course. Urban Air Adventure Park was fun for the whole family and a place where we can all be active together. Everyone had so much fun and we were all entertained! Everyone ran, jump, laughed, climbed and more. I liked that we were all able to be active and entertained at the same time.

There are several experiences that you can choose from:
  • Ultimate: Laser Tag, Mini Golf, Sky Rider, Climbing Walls, Ropes Course, Warrior Course, Battle Beam, Tubes Playground and Trampolines 
  • Deluxe: Warrior Course, Battle Beam, Tubes Playground, Trampolines 
  • Basic: Trampolines only 
  • 5 & Under Pass 
  • Parent Pass 
Urban Air Adventure Park also has several birthday packages available, which I think would make entertaining a group of kids a little easier. For $25 off a birthday package, click here. They have several monthly membership options starting as low as $7.49 a month. To learn more about the membership options, click here.

Overall, it was a good experience. I would suggest reviewing the website before going and planning out your activities in advance. Some of our time when we got there was wasted figuring out what we wanted to experience first. My kids had their favorites and wanted to do those over and over again. It was hard to steer them into something new and different. There was something for everyone. To learn more about Urban Air Adventure Park, click here.

Please note that my family received free passes to help facilitate this review, however, this did not influence my opinion.

Wrong Place, Wrong Time Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The first idyllic hours of Greg and Marena Walker’s Caribbean vacation are filled with turquoise water, sand as soft and white as powdered sugar, and gentle ocean breezes. But all too soon the Walkers find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now they are running for their lives...Scott Vaughn has made a lucrative career of secretly transporting illegal materials. Pay him enough, and he’ll move whatever you want from anywhere to anywhere. And though he has never met the Walkers, he needs them dead. His future depends on making certain they don’t have one. Wayne Hovey desperately wants Scott Vaughn—alive is best; dead is acceptable. And luck has handed him the perfect bait: Greg and Marena Walker.In a heart-pounding game of cat and mouse, each player is driven to succeed, never realizing they are all pawns in something much larger—and more dangerous—than any of them knows.

Author's Autobiography:
I grew up on the west side of Salt Lake City in a pretty typical family. My dad worked most of his life
in a factory, my mom was a homemaker and my three sisters were...sisters! The two older ones were always bossing me around and I always had to give in to my younger sister.(They may not remember it exactly like that, but it's true--really!) A mom and three sisters means a lot of estrogen in a house, so during my preteen years my dad and I would escape whenever we could to the quiet of the mountains and deserts of Utah pursuing my dad's favorite hobby--rock-hounding. Saturday's meant traipsing over desolate ground and blasting old cans full of holes with a .22 rifle.

My early teen years were filled with pimples and the clumsy awkwardness of getting to know girls and for the most part, those are years to be forgotten. It was during my high school years that two great things happened in my life. First, I discovered airplanes and boats--two things I thoroughly enjoy to this day. But second, and by far the most important and best thing that's every happened to me, was I met my wife, Debbie. (That's a picture of her over on the right.) I met her in a geometry class. The teacher sat us alphabetically and I ended up in the desk behind her. Had there still been ink wells in the desks, I'm sure I would have dipped the tips of her long dark hair in the ink in an effort to attract her attention. With no ink I had to satisfy myself with untying the bows made from ribbons that she used to tie back her hair. I succeeded in getting her attention, and ultimately convincing her to marry me, but not for several more years.

After high school there was a year of college (University of Utah) and then two years as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Returning from my missionary responsibilities I shocked everyone--including myself--by being accepted to Brigham Young University. And that's when I first discovered writing. I had no idea what I wanted to be when I "grew up," but the fiancée of one of Debbie's roommates was majoring in public relations. I had no idea what that was, but it sounded fun so from then on I told everyone I was a public relations major. I thought it would be a bunch of back slapping and socializing. Little did I know that English and writing are at the heart of public relations. And the rest, as they say, is history. I ultimately got an Associate degree in public relations and a Bachelor degree in creative writing.

Wrong Place, Wrong Time started off slow for me at first but as the action and suspense started unfolding I was hooked as a reader. The story has several moments where characters were either in the wrong place at the wrong time or the right place at just the right time. It was an action packed and suspenseful read. The descriptions were well-written and I could easily visualize the scenes and characters. It's well worth a read. To learn more about Wrong Place, Wrong Time, click here.

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By Hook or by Rook Cover Reveal and Giveaway

Monday, June 17, 2019

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About the Book

Series: The London League
Genre:  Adult, Historical, Regency, Romance
Publisher: Phase Publishing
Publication date: July 1, 2019
​The most dangerous journeys…
Jeremy Pratt is a spy for the Crown, and one of the best. He has been in more dangerous situations than he can admit, and has always come out unscathed. But escorting his colleague’s cousin home to her family, even in disguise, just might be beyond his skills, and the temptation beyond his ability to withstand.
…May be ones of the heart…
Helen Dalton is convinced there is more to this man escorting her than meets the eye, and something familiar about him, as well. There is only one man in the world who looks at her so intensely, banters with her so easily, and makes her blush so furiously. And when he manages a daring and heroic rescue, she wonders if she ever knew him at all.

About the Author

Rebecca Connolly writes romances, both period and contemporary, because she absolutely loves a good love story. She has been creating stories since childhood, and there are home videos to prove it! She started writing them down in elementary school and has never looked back. She currently lives in the Midwest, spends every spare moment away from her day job absorbed in her writing, and is a hot cocoa addict.

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Transportation Preschool Activities

Thursday, June 13, 2019

We worked on learning about transportation and it was fun. I think kids learn better if it's fun and entertaining. We made a "parking lot" and played a game from More Than Counting where we worked on our math skills. You can see how to play this game in the book preview on Amazon. The kids loved this game and we added our own variations to make it last a little longer.

We also worked on a few preschool printables to help with writing. I don't remember where I found this exact printable, but there's a free printable packet at Royal Baloo, check it out here.

We gathered all our cars/transportation toys and my kids took turns sorting them by color. After we sorted the cars by color we estimated which color had the most and least. We confirmed our guesses by counting the cars.

What fun preschool transportation activities do you like to do?

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Love in Disguise Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Marion Watt is set to embark on her first London Season, and her parents have spared no expense to help her secure a suitable husband. Unlike most of the social-climbing women in her position, Marion has no desire to marry hastily or for anything less than love. But when she learns of her mother's declining health, she knows she must keep an open mind and allow herself to be courted. What she does not anticipate, however, is that the attentions of the insufferable Lord William Everton will be placed squarely on her. He might be the most sought-after bachelor of the Season, but she sees in him nothing but a frivolous cad.

Until William inherits his father's title and seat in parliament, he must rely on his own devices to change the world. Dressing like a ridiculous dandy serves its purposes, but he is certain his newest disguise will help him find a wife to please his parents and further his own agenda. From among the glittering group of debutantes, William finds only one woman who passes his test. Unfortunately, the perfect choice is the only woman in all of London who despises him.

 Love in Disguise was a fun, clever read. It was hard to put down. The characters were interesting and there were several unexpected twists and turns in the story. I felt like Marion and William were a little slow at times in understanding each other and I wish that it was drawn out so much, but otherwise the story moved rather quickly. I would have liked more explanations on some of the minor characters. It would be interesting to learn their backgrounds and how William came to know them. It would be interesting to read a prequel to this story. I think most readers that like regency novels would enjoy this story. It's a clean romance. To learn more about Love in Disguise, click here.

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Book Tour Grand Finale for Claiming the Drakos Heir

Saturday, June 8, 2019

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Claiming the Drakos Heir
By Jennifer Faye

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops
you'll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch - Note from the Author

Hi. :-) Thank you for joining me with the launch for the second book in the Greek Island Brides trilogy ~ CLAIMING THE DRAKOS HEIR.

When a freak accident kills Popi’s adopted sister and brother-in-law, she is left carrying her sister’s baby. Agreeing to be a surrogate had been a big decision for Popi and one she hadn’t taken lightly. And now that her sister is gone, it is up to Popi to step up and raise the child of her heart. . .

Her life was about to change in so many ways, as the baby was due in a couple of weeks. Not long at all—

Knock-knock. Knock-knock.

So much for ignoring them.

“Anyone home?” A male voice called out through the open window.

Who could that be?

Popi wasn’t expecting anyone. Everyone she knew was getting ready for the wedding. And then the thought of something going wrong with the wedding had her rushing out of the bathroom in her fluffy, short pink robe that barely fit over her baby bump and with a large portion of her hair pulled up in a big orange clip.

"I give Claiming the Drakos Heir a well deserved five plus stars and I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy sweet and romantic books with beautiful settings. I can not wait to find out what happens next in the third addition to the Greek Island Brides series."

What just happened?

Apollo Drakos stood slack-jawed as the woman sashayed down the hallway, but to be honest her sashay was more like a waddle. A cute waddle, but still a waddle all the same.

How could she still be pregnant?

His attorney had assured him the baby was born, though no one had been able to tell him if it was a boy or girl. Not that it mattered to him. Either way, he was still claiming his niece or nephew.

". . . the novel does have a few emotional rollercoasters, especially when dealing with a custody battle of a young child. I enjoyed reading and finding out the backstory of each character especially the mysterious Apollo. A definite must-read for anyone who loves romance novels."

E-Romance News - Excerpt

Popi was the maid of honor, or koumbara, and it was her responsibility to see that the bride was ready on time. The rest of the bridal party soon showed up, including Lea’s assistant and her soon to be sister-in-law, Stasia. Because an odd number of attendants was good luck. And three attendants were the best.

Together they worked until Lea was all done up with her long hair pulled up with just a few strategically placed curly wisps of hair softening her face. A wreath of fresh flowers was clipped into place.

Popi stepped back and took in Lea’s dress. It was truly breathtaking. White tiers of Chantilly lace, tulle and ribbons adorned her. There was a V-shaped neckline with delicate straps over her shoulders and satin ribbon wrapped around her waist. She truly looked like a Greek goddess.

"I absolutely adored this novel! This is my first book by Jennifer Faye, and it most definitely will not be my last! I was hooked from page one, and taken on a whirl wind ride following these amazingly chiseled characters to the end."

He didn’t want to be here.

But on this small island, places to wait for Popi were limited. And the wedding appeared to be taking place in a common area of the village.

Apollo found himself standing off to the side. No one seemed to make a big deal of him being there. They acted as though he was just another wedding guest. Some even shook his hand and greeted him.

Up until now, Apollo had done nothing but make one mistake after the next since the day he was born. He thought he’d have time to fix things—to change his ways. After all, he was young. There was plenty of time to make up for the past, but then suddenly out of nowhere he’d been blindsided when time had run out for Nile and his wife, Andrina. And now he owed it to his brother not to mess things up where the baby was concerned.

It was then that Popi approached him. And by her stiff posture, he was certain she was not happy about him crashing this wedding. Maybe this hadn’t been such a great idea after all, but he was there now so he might as well stay and get this over with.

He was propped against a tall white column. He didn’t move, as Popi was headed straight for him. “What are you doing here?” Her gaze narrowed. “You aren’t part of the moving crew, are you?”

“Never said I was.”

“But you let me believe you were.”

“As I recall, you were in too much of a hurry to get the details.”

"Claiming the Drakos Heir by Jennifer Faye is so much more than what I thought it was going to be and I’m so honored to be a part of this book blog tour. Ms. Faye has taken us on a journey in this book. I have always wanted to go to Greece, and now I feel like I have just by visiting Infinity Island and a little bit of Athens that we have seen in the book. Apollo, Popi, and their bundle of joy seem like they will be good together, and I hope that they do. I love a happy ending.

I am giving it a five-star rating and recommending it to all romance readers out there."

Harlie's Books - Excerpt & Review

“Can I cut in?” The stranger wore a serious expression.

Roberto, looking caught off guard, stopped dancing. “Um…” His gaze moved to her and she nodded. “Thank you for the dance.” Roberto turned back to the other man. “She’s all yours.”

The man took Popi in his quite capable arms, but there was no escaping their closeness with her protruding abdomen. No one had long enough arms to allow for much room between them—not even this man.

“What are you doing?” Her voice came out in a heated whisper.

“Dancing. With you.” He led her around the dance floor.

"What sets this book apart from the pack is the emotional connection that I felt for both Popi and Apollo from the start. . . . While this is on the sweet side, the romantic build up is well done. The chemistry is palpable and emotional. . . . this is a great addition to the Greek Island Brides trilogy."

"I loved the setting of the Greek Island and the excitement of the upcoming wedding that was about to take place. . . . I absolutely loved this sweet story and look forward to reading the next book in the series to find out who will be the next bride on the Greek Island."

It’d been a long time since he’d danced.

And he was surprised to find he enjoyed holding Popi close.

Realizing he was enjoying it too much, Apollo guided them off to a quiet corner of the dance floor. His intent was to have a serious conversation with her, but this close contact was detrimental to his thought process.

He drew in a deep breath, but it did nothing to cool his heated blood. There was something about this woman that got past his practiced defenses. And right now, talking was the last thing on his mind.

"Despite those choices where the story continues to play out between two people who are in the height of a fierce custody battle there is also a slow burning romance playing out in the background. . . . Theirs was an interesting romance and I had a feeling Faye was going to continue the legacy of how this Greek island brings unsuspecting people together at a point in their lives where they aren't entirely ready to commit to a relationship much less consider a marriage! Sometimes life is like that though - you find yourself caught up in the tides of fate and despite your best intentions, things really do work out the way they were always meant to even if the timing of it all is not your own choosing."

Hallie Reads - Review

"A story of grief, trust, letting go, and some good, fun romance, Claiming the Drakos Heir is definitely an enjoyable read. I loved seeing the drama between Popi and Apollo in these unique circumstances, proving perfect for any reader in need of a quick contemporary romance."

Kissing her had been a mistake. Apollo didn’t know if he was going to be able to talk to her—to look at her—without recalling that earth-moving kiss. And he couldn’t afford to be distracted. There was too much at stake.

He stepped away. “That shouldn’t have happened.”

Popi’s gaze darkened. “The song has ended. Now I want answers. Who are you?”

“Do you really not recognize me?”

“No.” She studied his face. “Why should I know you? Are you famous?”

"I did enjoy the story of Popi and Apollo. Both were determined to care for the baby. I loved how Apollo took to Fatherhood."

Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post, if you haven't already...

Claiming the Drakos Heir
(Greek Island Brides #2)
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
June 1st 2019 by Harlequin Romance

The rebel bachelor is back…

To claim her baby!

In this Greek Island Brides story, pregnant surrogate Popi Costas is faced with raising her late sister’s child alone, until the baby’s wealthy uncle arrives to take charge! Apollo Drakos is distractingly handsome, but Popi won’t let that stop her from fighting to keep the baby. Yet as she gets to know the man behind the wild card reputation, Popi’s reconsidering welcoming Apollo into her new little family…


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The Greek Island Brides Series

Finding love that lasts to infinity!

All marriages that take place on renowned wedding destination Infinity Island are guaranteed to last forever!

And the picturesque Greek island is about to weave its magic for friends Lea, Popi and Stasia. They dream of finding their own happy-ever-afters... And they’re about to meet three billionaires who will sweep them off their feet—and down the aisle!

Follow Lea’s journey from surprise pregnancy to dream proposal in...

Book #1 - Carrying the Greek Tycoon’s Baby

From one night…

To nine months!

In this Greek Island Brides story, for jaded tycoon Xander Marinakos, renowned wedding destination Infinity Island is just another opportunity to expand his empire. Until he’s captivated by its beautiful owner, Lea Romes… When their one night together has unexpected consequences, Xander must negotiate the deal of a lifetime, and put his guarded heart on the table to convince independent Lea they can be a family…for infinity!

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And coming September 2019…

Book #3 - Wearing the Greek Millionaire's Ring

A convenient engagement…

An inconvenient attraction!

In this Greek Island Brides story, widow Stasia Marinakos is learning to enjoy life again aboard a Mediterranean cruise. Her chemistry with gorgeous Greek tycoon Roberto Carrass is a pleasant surprise—until she’s mistaken for his fiancée! Nevertheless, the guarded bachelor asks Stasia to continue the charade to stop his family from matchmaking. As their attraction grows, their fake romance feels ever more real…but what will happen when the vacation ends?

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About the Author

Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.

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The Heart of A Vicar Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

Friday, June 7, 2019

Young love is all too fleeting, as Harold Jonquil painfully discovered years ago when Sarah Sarvol, the niece of a neighboring landowner, captured his heart. After an idyllic few weeks in the throes of blossoming love, reality intervened. They could have no future. Following their disastrous parting, Harold attempted to push aside thoughts of love and regret, but Sarah has never left his heart. Now, years later, he has achieved his lifelong aspiration of becoming the local vicar. However, the role proves more difficult than he imagined. He feels hollow and uninspired -- until the most important person in his past returns, challenging him as no one ever has.

When Sarah's ailing uncle summons her back to the family estate in England, there iso only one person from her past she is reluctant to see again: Harold Jonquil, the only man who has ever claimed her heart. But when she comes face-to-face with her former beau, she hardly recognizes the aloof and dull man before her. She is determined to help Harold rediscover the passion he once felt toward his chosen profession. Soon, despite their exasperation with each other, they cannot deny the stirring of feelings long buried-- but is it too late for second chances?

Sarah Eden created a fictional family called the Jonquils with seven sons and an honorary son. Each son has/or will have a novel telling the story of how they met their spouse. Each story also references what is going on in the lives of the other brothers and build on each other. She also created a second family for regency romance readers called the Lancasters. The last Lancaster book, Loving Lieutenant Lancaster, sets place at the Jonquil home and some of the plot elements from that story carry over into The Heart of a VicarThe Heart of a Vicar tells the story of Harold and is the seventh book in the Jonquil series. Here are the books that are part of the Jonquil family's story:
Here are the books of the Lancaster series:
I've read Eden's other books in the series (some several times over) and Harold is usually portrayed as a tightly wound vicar that has trouble interacting socially. The Heart of a Vicar really shows a different side of Harold and how lost he feels within his role as a vicar. Sarah inspires him to be himself and to figure out what he wants in life. I liked Harold better after reading his story and understood him a bit better. In the other novels, he comes out a bit pompous and socially awkward. I usually cringe a little when he interacts with his brothers. It was interesting to see the reasons behind his behavior and get to know his character better. I loved getting to know his hobbies. It really made his character more interesting and dynamic. He's now one of my favorites. I was annoyed at times with Sarah for pushing Harold too hard to change, but I knew what Harold was going through as a reader and she didn't. The Heart of a Vicar also revisits several of the other characters from Sarah Eden's books. If you read them out of order, it would ruin the twists and suspense leading up to this story. I've been anticipating this book for a while and I wasn't disappointed. I can't wait to read the next book in the series! I know it'll be at least a year before the next one comes out, but I can't wait! If you haven't read about the Jonquils and you enjoy romance, I would very highly suggest reading these books. I own most of the series and reread them almost yearly. To learn more about The Heart of a Vicar, click here.

I would also suggest following Sarah Eden on social media. Sometimes, she does giveaways for her books and gives "slight" hints at what is to come. Her Facebook page is here and her Instagram is here.

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