Just a bit of Funny for a slow afternoon- Groupon’s Banana Bunker

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Banana Bunkers (From Groupon.com but no longer available)

Ripe bananas can rest easy as they nestle within these protective Banana Bunkers. A hard plastic design protects the soft fruit from getting bruised or crushed in backpacks or purses, and a collapsible midsection expands and contracts to accommodate larger or smaller specimens . The BPA-free case is also dishwasher safe to prevent new bananas from tasting like old bananas.

  • Each set includes one clear, one orange, and one yellow case
  • Containers for individual bananas
  • Rigid plastic construction
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Collapsible midsection
  • BPA-free and dishwasher-safe design
  • Dimensions: Up to 8.75” (L) x 2.25” (W)

Here as seen on ADweek.com are some of the comments and answers concerning Banana Bunkers, enjoy:

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Advance Review- Deception by D.B. Reynolds (Vampires In America: The Vampire Wars, book #9)

Title: Deception (Vampires In America: The Vampire Wars, book #9)

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Genre: Paranormal Romance

Author: D.B. Reynolds

Publisher: BelleBooks, IMAJINN, March 31, 2015, preorder available

Source: Free for review from the Publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5+

Description from Amazon.com:

Raphael—powerful, extraordinary, arrogant. He’s been eliminating rivals and gathering allies, determined not just to survive, but to demolish the Europeans who think they can steal what he’s worked for centuries to create. In a final bid to avert a war that seems inevitable, Raphael agrees to meet an enemy he knows of old. She is formidable, wily, and not to be trusted. But in his arrogance, Raphael believes he can foil whatever treachery she has brewing.

Cynthia Leighton—Raphael’s human mate, beautiful, smart, and deadly when threatened. She doesn’t trust anyone, much less a powerful vampire claiming to want peace. So while Raphael prepares to negotiate a treaty, Cyn is preparing for the inevitable double-cross that she knows is coming. Raphael worries about saving thousands of vampire lives. She only cares about one, and she will do anything to keep him alive and in her arms. When Cyn is proven right, when it all falls apart and Raphael’s enemies draw on ancient magic to trap him, taking him away from Cyn and out of the war, it all falls to her—to find Raphael, to save the thousands of vampires who will die if she doesn’t succeed . . . and to kill every single being, human or vampire, who gets in her way.

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Here we are at book #9 of this great series and you might think that there is nothing new under the dark night of Vampires In America.  Oh you of little faith!  D.B. Reynolds has upped the excitement and interest with this wildly innovative novel featuring the all too human abilities of Cyn.  She is ubber smart and she has an inner strength that will sustain her in a fight for Raphael’s life. She is human enough to realize she needs help in rescuing Raphael and she relies on both human and vampire help.  There is also a really big surprise in help that is offered from an unexpected source.  (No spoilers here, but series readers will love this.) Did I mention that the sizzling sex factor in this book is reaching the combustible stage? It is a wonder my Kindle didn’t burn up.

This book is the start of a new direction for the series, The Vampire Wars.  European Vampires are looking to expand their territories and have eyed the Americas as their next conquest.  The Vampire Lords in America are readying for the battles to come. In this book the battle starts.

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I love this series!  This book is a wonderful addition to the series.  Cynthia Leighton, Raphael’s mate, has always held her own in a fight but now she choreographs the action and holds her own in the world of vicious vampires.

D.B. Reynolds has developed these two characters so that they breathe life into the world of Vampires in America.  Her vampires are violent, sexy, loyal, political, and wealthy and trying to hold onto what is theirs in a world populated by humans who know of them but keep their distance.

I suggest that you start this series with book #1 & #2, RAPHAEL and JABRIL.  This book #9 can be read as a standalone but you will get much more if you start from the beginning.  This book releases on March 31, 2015, that’s next Tuesday, but you can preorder it right now.  Go for it! Then come back and say “Thank you, Deet”.

Preorder here at Amazon .com:

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Award Nominees Announced: Romance Writers of America

The RITA — the highest award of distinction in romance fiction — recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas.

The 2015 winners will be announced at a black-tie awards ceremony on July 25 at the 2015 RWA Annual Conference in New York.

Here is a sampling of categories. For all nominees in all categories go to :

https://www.rwa.org/p/bl/et/blogid=20&blogaid=1070

2015 RITA Finalists

Historical Romance: Long

Douglas: Lord of Heartache by Grace Burrowes Sourcebooks, Casablanca Deb Werksman, editor

A Place Called Harmony by Jodi Thomas Penguin Group USA, Berkley Wendy McCurdy, editor

Worth: Lord of Reckoning by Grace Burrowes Self-published

Historical Romance: Short

Darling Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt Grand Central Publishing Leah Hultenschmidt, editor

The Gentleman Rogue by Margaret McPhee Harlequin Mills & Boon, Historical Pippa Roscoe, editor

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books Tessa Woodward, editor

Paranormal Romance

Be Careful What You Kiss For by Jane Lynne Daniels Boroughs Publishing Group Jill Limber, editor

Burn for Me by Cynthia Eden Kensington Publishing, Brava Esi Sogah, editor

The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter Harlequin, HQN Emily Ohanjanians, editor

Evernight by Kristen Callihan Grand Central Publishing, Forever Alex Logan, editor

Forged By Desire by Bec McMaster Sourcebooks, Casablanca Mary Altman, editor

Mind Sweeper by AE Jones Self-published Faith Freewoman, editor

My Lady, My Lord by Katharine Ashe Self-published Martha Trachtenberg, editor

Romance Novella

10 Rules to Sex Up a Blind Date by Heidi Rice Harlequin, Cosmo Red-Hot Reads Bryony Green, editor

“A Game of Brides” by Megan Crane in Love Me True Tule Publishing Group, LLC Lilian Darcy, editor

Kiss and Tell by Grace Burrowes Self-published

“A Love Letter to the Editor” by Robin Lee Hatcher in Four Weddings & a Kiss Thomas Nelson, Inc. Traci Depree and Ami McConnell, editors

Pushing the Line by Kimberly Kincaid Self-published Curtis Brown Digital, editor

“Will You Be My Wi-Fi?” by Caroline Linden in At the Billionaire’s Wedding Self-published, The Lady Authors Martha Trachtenberg, editor

“A Yorkshire Christmas” by Kate Hewitt in All I Want For Christmas Tule Publishing Group, LLC Sinclair Sawhney, editor

Romantic Suspense

Concealed in Death by J. D. Robb Penguin Group USA, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Leslie Gelbman, editor

Into the Shadows by Carolyn Crane Self-published Deb Nemeth and my fabulous critique partners, editors

Midnight Action by Elle Kennedy New American Library, Signet Laura Fazio, editor

You’re Not Safe by Mary Burton Kensington Publishing, Zebra John Scognamiglio, editor

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Quote-Cheryl Strayed

I first posted this quote in January 2013.  Some things bear repeating.Tiny Beautiful Things

Your assumptions about the lives of others are in direct relation to your naïve pomposity. Many people you believe to be rich are not rich. Many people you think have it easy worked hard for what they got. Many people who seem to be gliding right along have suffered and are suffering. Many people who appear to you to be old and stupidly saddled down with kids and cars and houses were once every bit as hip and pompous as you.

When you meet a man in the doorway of a Mexican restaurant who later kisses you while explaining that this kiss doesn’t ‘mean anything’ because, much as he likes you, he is not interested in having a relationship with you or anyone right now, just laugh and kiss him back. Your daughter will have his sense of humor. Your son will have his eyes.

The useless days will add up to something. The shitty waitressing jobs. The hours writing in your journal. The long meandering walks. The hours reading poetry and story collections and novels and dead people’s diaries and wondering about sex and God and whether you should shave under your arms or not. These things are your becoming.

One Christmas at the very beginning of your twenties when your mother gives you a warm coat that she saved for months to buy, don’t look at her skeptically after she tells you she thought the coat was perfect for you. Don’t hold it up and say it’s longer than you like your coats to be and too puffy and possibly even too warm. Your mother will be dead by spring. That coat will be the last gift she gave you. You will regret the small thing you didn’t say for the rest of your life. Say thank you.

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Review- The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose

Title: The Witch of Painted Sorrows

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Genre: Gothic/Paranormal

Author: M.J. Rose

Publisher: Atria, Mar. 17, 2015

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 4

Description from Amazon.com:

Sandrine Salome flees New York for her grandmother’s Paris mansion to escape her dangerous husband, but what she finds there is even more menacing. The house, famous for its lavish art collection and elegant salons, is mysteriously closed up. Although her grandmother insists it’s dangerous for Sandrine to visit, she defies her and meets Julien Duplessi, a mesmerizing young architect. Together they explore the hidden night world of Paris, the forbidden occult underground and Sandrine’s deepest desires. Among the bohemians and the demi-monde, Sandrine discovers her erotic nature as a lover and painter. Then darker influences threaten—her cold and cruel husband is tracking her down and something sinister is taking hold, changing Sandrine, altering her. She’s become possessed by La Lune: A witch, a legend, and a sixteenth-century courtesan, who opens up her life to a darkness that may become a gift or a curse. This is Sandrine’s “wild night of the soul,” her odyssey in the magnificent city of Paris, of art, love, and witchery.

**

I struggled with this novel whether to give it a 2 or a 3 star rating.  I found the pace slow and I kept putting it down and picking it up thinking each time it would finally go somewhere.  That never happened until nearly the end.  Then it sped up and ended abruptly.  Although I like gothic and especially with a touch of paranormal this one was just not my cup of tea.  That said, the writing was well done and the characters well drawn. I will only recommend it to those who are especially into the Gothic genre and/or the Belle Epoch era in Paris.

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Two fer One Review- The Temporary Wife and The Promise of Spring by Mary Balogh

Title: The Temporary Wife/The Promise of Spring (two novels in one volume)

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Genre: Historical Romance/ Regency

Author: Mary Balogh

Publisher: Dell, 2012 (reissue of books published in 1990 & 1997)

Source: Purchase , available for Kindle and Paperback

Rating: 5/3

Sexy Rating: 5/5

Description from Amazon.com:

THE TEMPORARY WIFE

Miss Charity Duncan has no illusions about Lord Anthony Earheart’s proposal. The arrogant aristocrat has made it painfully clear what he wants: a wife who will enrage the father he despises and then disappear from his life. In exchange, Charity’s family will receive the money they desperately need. But after Charity agrees to this mockery of matrimony, she soon discovers a startling fact: She has fallen for Anthony, and breaking their marriage vows may also break her heart.

Deet’s review 5 glorious stars:

Grab a hold of the tissue box, this is a very emotional novel as only the inimitable Ms. Balogh can deliver. We are handed a marriage of convenience between a damaged Rake and a down on her luck governess. Throw in a belligerent Duke and a frosty homecoming and we have Balogh at her finest. Originally published in 1997 it is one of my favorite books by this author. When we are first introduced to Anthony we don’t like him very much. He is beyond haughty arrogance, bitter and wreaks of anger. On the other hand Charity is very likable right from the start with her intelligence, wit and sunny disposition. She also knows what will save her family from poverty. The story of love unfolds in spite of the efforts by the H/h to hold it at bay. This is a dream of a book and I definitely recommend it for all romantics.

****

Description from Amazon.com:

A PROMISE OF SPRING

Grace Howard has every reason to be devoted to Sir Peregrine Lampman. After all, the gallant gentleman rescued her from poverty by making her his bride. Even more nobly, he did not withdraw his affection after she confessed to a youthful folly that had compromised her virtue. But Grace did not tell the whole truth about the handsome lord who betrayed her—and now the one thing she’s kept from Perry threatens to destroy her last chance at true love.

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Deet’s Review 3 okay stars:

Grace is fond of Perry, perhaps she even loves him. Perry is all that is charming, amiable and easy going. He loves Grace. Maybe not at first but it didn’t take him long. Why then is Grace even giving Lord Sander-whoever the time of day? I was so annoyed with Grace’s dilly-dally, maybe yes-maybe no, that it took some of the enjoyment from this book that had a good premise and Mary Balogh’s signature character development. Perry was such a paragon of all that was good, understanding and sensible that I just wanted him to sit Grace down and tell her to quit her wishy-washy complaining. This is an older woman younger man romance but Grace tried her best to destroy their relationship over and over by her thinking she was too old for Perry. So, no, I wasn’t thrilled with this book, but I can’t say it wasn’t well written and delivered on plot points.

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News-AVON e-book sale $.99 & $1.99

Only 4-star and better books are included in this sale. Get them while the getting is good.

302 AVON books for $.99 each on Kindle

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96 AVON books for $1.99 each on Kindle

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I picked up these two but I was so overwhelmed I may go back for more (I have no idea how long this sale will last):

THE Viscount who Lived Down the Lane by Elizabeth Boyle ($1.99)

The Viscount who lives Down the lane

Description: She has no desire for love . . .

As she arrives in Mayfair, Louisa Tempest is horrified when her incorrigible cat bolts from the carriage and dashes into a neighbor’s house, where she comes face-to-face with the reclusive Viscount Wakefield. But even more dismaying than his foul temper is the disarray in which she finds his home. Convinced his demeanor would improve if his household were in order, Louisa resolves to put everything to rights.

. . . until she meets the viscount who lives down the lane

Much to his chagrin, Wakefield finds it impossible to keep the meddling Louisa out of his home, invading his daily life with her “improvements,” and his nights with the tempting desires she sparks inside him. Wounded in the war, he’s scorned society ever since his return . . . until Louisa opens the door to his heart and convinces him to give love a second chance.

And

Kisses, She Wrote: A Christmas Romance by Katharine Ashe ($.99)

Kisses She Wrote

 

Description: Christmas in town has never been so steamy . . .

Handsome as sin and scandalously rakish, Cam Westfall, the Earl of Bedwyr, is every young lady’s wickedest dream. Shy wallflower Princess Jacqueline of Sensaire knows this better than anyone, because her dreams are full of the breathtaking earl’s kisses. And not only her dreams—her diary, too.

But when Cam discovers the maiden’s not-so-maidenly diary, will her wildest Christmas wishes be fulfilled in its pages . . . or in his arms?

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

 

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At my house we pretend to be Irish every March 17th.  This is how we pretended this year. YUM!

I started early in the afternoon making Irish Soda Bread.

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Bubble, bubble certainly no trouble. Corned Beef, cabbage, red potatoes, carrots.

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Tender and lean sliced like a dream.

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All the preparation came to a close at dinner time.

 

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How to tell if you are in a Regency Novel

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1. You are either a virgin or a sad and lovely widow whose husband was lost at sea. You are spirited, but still passing ladylike.

2. Your father is away in the colonies protecting his tobacco interests, or a bumbling idiot, or a gambler. His character flaws lead to you becoming betrothed to a man you’ve never met.

3. Your dance card is filled up with the names of eligible gentlemen who are excessively unattractive.

4. You have a maiden aunt who despairs of you. You have a gaggle of sisters of marriageable age and they are all silly.

5. You are an incorrigible womanizer and you have lived in France. You are squandering your sizeable inheritance on loose women and card tables. You may very well be a pirate.

Read 17 more at http://the-toast.net/2014/11/24/tell-regency-romance-novel/#5KZ572qOCyPFJAfz.99

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Quotes By Mark Twain and Carl Sagan

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“Today’s mighty oak was once a single nut who held it’s ground.”~Mark Twain

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“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.” -Carl Sagan

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