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Monday, April 12, 2010

Forget Me Not by Vicki Hinze - Book review & GIVEAWAY!

The deadline to enter to win has been extended to Sunday, April 25th. Enter today!

I am about a chapter and a half from finishing the book "Forget Me Not" by Vicki Hinze, and I get irritated every time I have to put it down to do something else. If it wasn't for my hectic life I would have finished the book by now because I think it's really interesting. It's a novel about Benjamin Brandt - a man whose wife and child were killed - and a mysterious woman who lost her memory during a carjacking and subsequently finds out she's been targeted for murder.

Although it's a novel that is filled with mystery, uncertainty and the necessary love interest it also goes much deeper than that. It creatively introduces (or reminds) readers to faith in God. Amidst the tragedy of losing his family, Ben has also loss his faith and finds it slamming him right in his face when the mysterious woman who looks like his wife and has no memory of who she is comes into his life. That woman, to Ben's amazement, has tremendous faith despite her near-death experiences and uncertain future.

Explosion, carjackings, memory loss, murders and everything in between make Forget Me Not a novel that's interesting, exciting and easy to read. You'll want to get a copy of your own - I promise. And you can if you enter to win!

 WIN a copy of Forget Me Not by Vicki Hinze.

The giveaway runs from today, April 12th, to April 25th at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Mandatory entries: 1) Leave a comment on this post telling me the title of the book you're reading now or the title of your favorite book. 2) Publicly follow this blog. (Link is in the right-hand sidebar.) If you don't have a blogger profile that includes your email address, you must include your email address in your comment. Leave a separate comment for both entries.

Optional entries: (Please leave a separate comment for each entry.)

  1. Read another one of my posts and leave a relevant comment on it then come back to this post and leave a comment here telling me which one you commented on.
  2. Subscribe to my blog by clicking the "subscribe in a reader" at the top right of the page. If you're already a subscriber, please let me know that in a comment.
  3. Write a post about the giveaway and link back here. Leave the exact URL (not the main page) in your comment.
  4. Follow me on Twitter.
  5. Tweet about the giveaway and leave the link in the comments to let me know that you did. (Click the time link under your tweet to get the exact URL.)
  6. Friend me on Facebook. Leave me a comment telling me who you are on Facebook so I can keep up. 
If you do each entry you'll have a total of eight. Everyone who enters should have a minimum of two entries to qualify to win.

Who is eligible?
This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents.

As I mentioned, the contest ends on April 16th at 11:59 p.m. EST and the winner will be announced Monday, April 19th in a separate announcement post. The winner, who will be chosen by, will receive an email and have 48 hours to respond. If a response is not received in that time then a second place winner will be chosen.

Now, come on, get to commenting for your chance to win.

Buy it now

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I received a review copy of "Forget Me Not" by Vicki Hinze to facilitate my review and no other compensation was received. The opinions expressed here are my own. Click to review my complete disclosure policy.


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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Not quite my style - BOOK REVIEW

If you know anything about me then you know I like to read books and I really like telling others about them especially if they're good. When I received information about the book "Fragile" by Chris Katsaropoulos I was excited to read a copy.

Here's information about the book from the back cover:

Amelia Geist, Holly Schenck, and Tris Holloway are all broken - in one way or another. In a lifelong act of penitence and defiance, Amelia Geist has remained a virgin and saved herself for Tris, her first love, who abandoned her more than fifty years ago. A few weeks from retirement, Tris Holloway has led a separate life of his own in the hills above Silicon Valley, sealed by inertia within the confines of a loveless marriage and shattered by his decision to leave Amelia. The only person who can repair the rift between Tris and Amelia is Holly, a single mother without means, who is trying somehow to mend her life while laid out in a hospital bed, a victim of her own suicide attempt. The stories of Tris, Holly, and Amelia are presented in Fragile as broken fragments, woven together by profound truth and an astonishing connection that transcends the boundaries between this world and the next.

Sounds good, right? I agree.

Unfortunately when I began reading the book I couldn't really get into it because of the writing style, but a lot of people who follow Katsaropoulos like the fragmented and sporadic style. The flipping back and forth between characters, sometimes mid sentence, is bothersome to me.

If you're like me you'll want to read the book to find out for yourself. I think the premise behind the book is great and I would love to know how it turns out. If you get a copy, please let me know. The author has more than 600 followers on Twitter so obviously this is a problem with the type of books that I like and not with the author. :-)

You can get more information about Fragile at or follow on Twitter @fragileck. The books is also available for purchase at Borders and Barnes and Nobles online stores.

Disclaimer: I received a review copy of Fragile in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. Click to review my entire disclaimer policy

Find an apartment you love

A little over a year after I went into the Air Force I moved off base into my first apartment. The apartment, unfortunately, was the not the brightest spot on the map, but I was glad to have found it. My second apartment was a dream come true. Now had there been an apartment ratings site then I would have easily found the apartment I wanted.

My second apartment had cathedral ceilings, redwood doors and molding, on-site storage and laundry room, kitchen island, dish washer and just about every amenity renters are looking for. The one downside - smaller bedrooms - was totally worth the hassle to live in such a beautiful building. There was a huge porch on the floor that I lived, which I only shared with one other tenant, and there were quaint window seats and hallway decorations that made it feel like home.

Now, renters can find out all of that information before they even get to the site by visiting Apartment Grade for information.
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