Friday, August 3, 2012

My Buddy is Cancer Free!!

So yesterday I found out that my BFF is cancer free! She's only 29, married, and has 3 kids and was facing the possibility that she had lymphoma. Her biopsy results came in yesterday and showed no signs of cancer thank God!!

B2B Book Review & Giveaway: Head Trip by Jack Eadon

Superfetation: A second embryo becomes implanted in the uterus after one has already been implanted. Though common in animals, this is extremely rare in humans, about once in 40,000,000 births. Conceived at different times the babies are born on the same day just like twins, which is why they are also called Super Twins. There have only been 10 documented cases of superfetation.

Conceived separately a month apart they were born as twins, one full term, the other premature. Most twins have a unique, special bond but this was not the case   between Marcus and Roger Ramsay. Roger Ramsay's jealousy and hatred for his brother, Marcus, began in-utero and continued into adulthood. The boys spend their entire lives in constant competition with each other in every aspect of their lives. When one succeeded the other failed which only added fuel to the fire and eventually drives one of the boys to drastic measures.

Head Trip by Jack Eadon is the first book in a series covering the seven deadly sins and their effects on the lives of these "Super Twins". The series follows the main character, Marcus Ramsay, and his experiences with the deadly sins while on a journey to find the love of his life.

I liked Head Trip even though I found it a little bizarre, but that's okay because I'm a little bizarre myself. I guess what I found a little off-putting was the author's focus on the main character's male genitalia. I definitely want to read the other books in the series because I'm curious to see where the story goes from here. If your curiosity was piqued here, then enter below for your chance to win your very own copy of Head Trip by Jack Eadon! a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Friday, July 27, 2012

B2B Book Review: Death's Crooked Shadow by Gordon N. McIntosh

Murder, greed, and corruption. Those are just a few things you'll find in Death's Crooked Shadow by Gordon N. McIntosh. An elaborate web of lies and deceit that will keep you guessing right up until the very end. This is an action packed thriller that is a must read! Here's the excerpt from the back cover:

Real estate developer Doug Sutherland thinks it is just going to be 
another sweltering summer day in Chicago. But when the foreman
restoring his late father's rundown office building discovers a skull and
human bones encased in a crumbling Greek column, Sutherland is suddenly
propelled into a cauldron of greed, sadism, and murder.

The last thing Sutherland needs is bad publicity. When he learns the victim
is notorious alderman Danny Delaney, however, he realizes a fifteen-year-old
mystery is about to be solved- and that now, his deceased father is one of the 
prime suspects. Then the murdered man's notebook and videotapes suddenly
surface, and Sutherland discovers that his father had more secrets than he ever
realized. As he is relentlessly harassed for what he might know- endangering both
his life and his business- Sutherland must convince everyone he knows nothing.
Unfortunately, no one believes him.

As a desperate Sutherland collaborates with an ambitious reporter and his
calculating sister in a pursuit strewn with murder victims, he soon finds out
that trusting the wrong person can lead to dire consequences.

I had a really hard time putting this down. The thing I liked best about Death's Crooked Shadow, is that it's believable. Anytime you combine power and greed bad things happen and rich people try to cover it up. Also, I liked that it kept me guessing, and just when I thought I had it figured out there was a new twist. I really liked the main character, Doug Sutherland, for some reason when I picture him I see George Clooney. That being said, I think this has the makings for a good movie too!  I look forward to reading more from Gordon N. McIntosh in the future.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

B2B Book Review & Giveaway: The True Nature of Tarot: Your Path to Personal Empowerment by Diane Wing, M.A.

I have always been fascinated with all things paranormal and occult. So when I was selected to review The True Nature of Tarot: Your Path to Personal Empowerment by Diane Wing, M.A., I was really excited. I've had readings done a few times and found it to be a very interesting experience, and I definitely wanted to learn more, especially how to do readings myself. I found this book to be perfect for a beginner such as myself. Here's the excerpt from the back cover:

The True Nature of Tarot dispels the myths and negative
connotations that surround the tarot by sharing the personal
experiences of the author, Diane Wing, a tarot reader with
25 years of experience. Tarot is discussed as a tool of 
enlightenment and understanding. Diane Wing shares intuitive
techniques for reading that take you beyond the conventional
card meanings and deep into tarot as a tool to channel energy
and increase psychic sensitivity:

- Develop your own style of reading tarot, from choosing your
deck to pulling information from the cards.
- Learn how a reading is experienced from the perspectives
of both the reader and the inquirer.
- Understand the variables that impact the accuracy of your 
- Discover ways to increase the amount of information pulled
from the tarot.
- Become expert at grounding and centering to maximize your
energetic stability on a daily basis.
- Learn powerful spreads that give you ways to see interactions
between the cards.
- Increase your awareness of the ethics of imparting information.

After reading the book I had the pleasure of doing a little Q&A with the author Diane Wing.

Q1: How long have you been giving readings?
Diane: From a very early age, I was interested
in tarot, astrology, meditation, levitation, and all 
things magical. My mom had reading parties with
tarot readers and astrologers since I was little. She 
gave me my first tarot deck when I was 9 years old.
It always fascinated me that it was possible to derive 
information from pictures on cards. The more I used
the cards, the more I wanted to learn about them. The
more I learn, the more I understand the depth of
meaning held within the cards and structure of the tarot,
making it a lifelong study and practice. I've been reading
professionally since 1986.

Q2: What is your favorite spread?
Diane: I prefer the free-form spreads I discuss in the book.
They allow me to follow the flow of energy for the inquirer and
see the best way around obstacles and internal blockages.
The number of cards I use depends on the complexity of
the question. For a specific problem the inquirer is facing, I
may use a 5-card spread with two on top, one in the middle, and 
two on the bottom to give me the central issue and the variables
impacting it. Then we can pull more cards as needed for 
clarification and deeper insight into the problem.

Q3: When it comes to giving a Tarot reading, are certain
people more sensitive or perceptive at reading the cards than
Diane: To find out if this is the best method for you, come to the
cards knowing that you have intuitive ability and view them as a 
tool to assist you in consistently opening to your gifts. Make sure 
you select a deck that speaks to you. My first deck (the1JJ Swiss
Tarot Deck) never really felt right to me, and for a long time I thought
it was my lack of ability. Once I found a deck that I connected with
(Morgan Greer), the information poured forth. Tarot may not be the
right tool for certain people. Some prefer a pendulum, others prefer
to hold an object and get information that way (psychometry). There
are many tools of divination to choose from. Each person is unique in
their gifts. I teach an intuitive development course that helps students 
understand the way information comes through for them and we strengthen
that ability during the class. Those interested can check out my events 
page at: for dates and times of upcoming
teleclasses you can take from the convenience of your own home.

Q4: Are there things that one can do to increase their perceptiveness
and hone their skills?
Diane: The healthier you are physically, the more energy can come through
you so that you can be an open channel to information. Your environment 
may also enhance or limit your perceptiveness. For some natural environments 
are best; for others, they may be more open in urban settings. Test it for yourself
to see where you feel most open. In addition to choosing the right deck, studying
the cards, and practicing to see which spreads and methods work best for you,
learn to trust yourself and the accuracy of what is coming through. Validate
the information whenever you can, so that you build confidence. There is a section
in The True Nature of Tarot that talks extensively about ways to increase your
ability and overcome blocks.

I had purchased a deck of tarot cards a long time prior to this review, but I really didn't like the cards. I decided once I received The True Nature of Tarot, to go on Ebay and pick a new deck. Once I found a deck I liked, Deviant Moon Tarot by Patrick Valenza, I was really excited to start trying out the spreads discussed in the book. I definitely felt more connected to this deck than the other one, It was very strange and Kind of hard to explain. I did several readings for myself and for friends and family. My favorite spread from the book is a free form spread using one card for each letter in the person's first and middle names. I was able to pull some amazing information from the cards that not only blew me away but also my friends and family too! I learned a lot from this book and look forward to increasing the strength of my readings. You can purchase a copy from Amazon, however, I'm excited to announce that I have a copy of The True Nature of Tarot to give away to one of my wonderful readers! Just follow the instructions listed in the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Good luck to all and thanks for reading!

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

B2B Book Review: Murder Under the Microscope by Jane Bennett Munro

Blackmail, deception, stalking, and murder. This is what can be found amongst the page of this riveting debut murder mystery, Murder Under the Microscope by Jane Bennett Munro. Using her 33 years of expertise as a pathologist, Jane Bennett Munro spins a web of mystery in this fast paced medical murder mystery. Discovering the who and the why of this book will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat, I couldn't put it down! Here's the excerpt from the back cover:

Dr. Antoinette Day- a young, successful pathologist known to her
friends and colleagues as Toni- has no idea what awaits her when
Dr. Sally Shore arrives at Perrine Memorial Hospital in Twin Falls,
Idaho, to fill in for a colleague recovering from a heart attack. Toni's
life is about to become a living hell.

Dr. Shore is supposed to see patients, perform surgeries, and take turns
covering the emergency room until the regular surgeon recovers from his
quadruple bypass. But unfortunately, she uses her temporary opportunity to
discredit Toni and tarnish her reputation with her medical colleagues. When
the visiting surgeon is conveniently murdered- her lifeless body found in Toni's
office- Toni is the obvious suspect. But Toni is not going down without a fight.
Forced to solve the murder in order to save her future, Toni's life becomes
even more complicated when her ex-boyfriend starts stalking her and threatening
her husband.

In this riveting murder mystery, a stubborn pathologist must rely on more than
just her microscope as she delves into a complicated web of deception, soon
discovering that it is not just her freedom at stake- but her life.

Not only is the story line really good, but I also loved the characters too. Dr. Toni Day is spunky as my grandma used to say! I'd actually like to see her character again, maybe in a series. This book should definitely make it on your summer reading list! Murder Under the Microscope by Jane Bennett Munro can be purchased at both and Barnes & Noble so head on over and grab your copy today!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

B2B Book Review & Giveaway: The Dawn of Saudi: In Search For Freedom by Homa Pourasgari

When I think of the word freedom, I think of things like the right to vote, the freedom of speech, freedom of religion, basically the right to say and do as I please within reason. The Dawn of Saudi by Homa Pourasgari opened my eyes to a number of freedoms that as an American woman I sadly take for granted on a daily basis. I'm talking about such things as what clothes I wear, whom I choose to date or marry, where I go, or who I talk to along the way. The Dawn of Saudi is a contemporary romantic mystery, though fictitious this book gives a startling look into arranged marriages and life as a woman in the Arab culture. Here's the summary from the back cover:

'In a country where women have no rights, two women
fight for freedom. Sahar Al- Hijazi refuses to allow men
to decide her destiny. Her bet friend, Dawn Parnell, made
the mistake of changing her religion and marrying a Saudi.
He misled her into thinking he was a progressive thinker.
Trapped in Riyadh, these women desperately seek a way to

Based in Pasadena, California, Crawford Enterprises with
strong business ties to the Al- Hijazi family couldn't care less
about the plight of these women or any Saudi woman for that
matter. Their main goal is to accumulate wealth and increase
their earnings per share. Headed by Andrew and his son Jason
Crawford, the conglomerate is well recognized in the business
world but as Jason begins evaluating his life and pondering
the Saudi way of life, he starts questioning the betrayal of his
ethics for the sake of making a profit.

With mystery and romance lingering in the air, the lives of
Jason, Sahar, And Dawn intertwine, giving readers a glimpse
of life in the kingdom, from the crushing of the female spirit to
the torture of foreigners from third world countries. Yet, world 
governments remain quiet in the name of oil, greed, and politics.

This book was a definite page turner with the perfect combination of mystery and romance. There's even a shocking twist! Throughout the book you get a very real look into Arabic culture. Though beautiful in many ways, it is definitely pretty scary to me too. I loved how Homa Pourasgari intertwined the need to bring awareness within the novel. I loved the book and think this would definitely be a great vacation read! While relaxing on the beach reading this, try to taike a moment to reflect on your freedom and be thankful for it. I'm pleased to announce that I have another copy of The Dawn of Saudi: In Search For Freedom to give away to one of my lucky readers! Follow the instructions below for your chance to win!
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

B2B Book Review & Giveaway: Remnant by Roland Allnach

When I think of the word remnant I see a small piece of fabric left on a bolt. The word remnant has other meanings:
  1. A small remaining quantity of something.
  2. A surviving trace or vestige.
  3. A small surviving group of people.
Remnant by Roland Allnach is a collection of three novellas where each of the above meanings surfaces. Here's the excerpt from the back cover:

When all that's left is broken which piece do you pick up

So the question stands, and seeks fulfillment-- a path reaching
from the shores of a doomed paradise, through an illusory reality,
and ending in a devastated future. REMNANT, a collection of three
novellas, is both the sum of theses tales and the element that binds 
them together.
In the first story, "All the Fallen Angels", a man named Stohko is in desperate need of money so he agrees to a job that will take him back to the planet where he committed unspeakable war crimes. The planet Hermium may look like a beautiful paradise but nothing is what it seems. Going back means he will have to face the demons of his past and fight to hold on to the remnants of his sanity.

The second story, "Enemy, I Know You Not", is about a military training exercise that goes horribly wrong. Losing touch with reality the men are unable to tell what is real and what is part of the program. As the exercise seems to be unraveling, fear causes them to turn on one another and to come to the conclusion that one of them has been compromised by the enemy. 

The last story, "Remnants", is about the aftermath of a plague that virtually wipes out humanity, only 1 in 50,000 survives. Alone, Peter is trying to come to grips with his new fate when he meets another survivor. While heading to an abandoned store to get supplies they encounter other survivors. In survival mode Peter is somewhat unable to adjust to the new group setting. It soon becomes apparent that this wasn't just a chance encounter. Soon he is forced to make a choice: Go south with the others or stay alone and fend for himself. 

My favorite was "Remnants". I have always loved the end of the world/mankind type of stories. I really liked this book. I don't normally read short stories because they always leave me wanting more, I guess I just get attached to the characters or the story. having read this I will definitely broaden my horizons!

Roland Allnach  worked the night shift in a hospital for 20 years. He gets inspiration for his writing from literary classics, history, and mythology. One of his short stories was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and his stories have appeared in several publications.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

B2B Book Review & Giveaway: Battered Earth by D. Hilleren

Battered Earth by D. Hilleren is a political / environmental thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. It's full of intrigue, suspense, action, and even a little romance. Battered Earth will definitely get the wheels of conspiracy turning. It made me wonder how far will Big Oil and the powers that be in government go to keep making a profit. Would they play God in order to stay rich? From what I've seen, I think the answer is yes. Here's the excerpt from the back cover of this page turning novel:

'In the new decade, the world gathers in Stockholm for a controversial
climate forum. The stakes are high, as violent and unpredictable storms
increasingly plague the earth and sea levels encroach on coastal shorelines.
Nicole Hunter, head of the richly endowed Everson Foundation, leads the
charge to invest in promising research that will hopefully impede environmental
devastation. But her contentious stance has been questioned by others, and now
her career and her life are both in jeopardy.
Meanwhile, unseen forces assemble to sabotage any breakthrough that
could challenge existing global energy markets. Oliver Odin, a mysterious
international agent, is sent by the Security Alliance to investigate ominous
threats intercepted by intelligence sources. The evidence leads him to the
beautiful, strong-willed Nicole and the brainy scientists attending the forum.
But when scientists on the verge of a promising discovery are gunned down
at a reception held by a United States senator, it becomes apparent that
powerful forces will stop at nothing to prevent the world from being saved.

As a few brave souls attempt to rescue the planet from environmental
calamity, they soon realize that their mission comes with a price- and some
will pay with their lives.'
It's scary to think that if things don't change soon, this could possibly be a reality. Oil has already started wars, heightened power and greed, and killed many. These companies claim that they give back to the environment but what they are giving is less than what they are taking, which in the long run will certainly doom our planet. This was a very thought provoking book- I loved it!

D. Hilleren is a retired corporate executive from Nike who resides in Oregon. She now enjoys writing, painting, and taking care of her horses. I look forward to reading more from her! If what you read here sounds interesting to you, then be sure to enter the giveaway below to win a copy of Battered Earth for yourself!

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

B2B Book Review & Giveaway: Super Born: Seduction of Being by Keith Kornell

So I just finished Super Born last night and let me tell you this is one sexy, awesome book! I absolutely LOVED it! I loved how the book was written too, it's written in the point of view of the two main characters kind of like a journal entry. This is from the back cover of the book:

Batman wouldn't last a day in my world, thought the B.I.B, bitterly feeling
the strain that newly manifested super powers had brought to the life of the 
33 year old "normal" single mother. Gone was her known controllable 
existence;  quietly raising her daughter and making ends meet. Gone were the
simple days of drinking , dancing, and partying with her friends. Being "real"
and being a super hero made for a unique combination. Sometimes it was a real bitch.

Yet through the dangers and the challenges more doors opened than closed. Perhaps
there was a route to a new level of being, perhaps even a new level of romance. The
ponderous weight of questions and possibilities she bore in isolation.

Alone and feeling sorry for herself on her birthday, she walked into O'Malleys Bar
for a drink and started it all...

Now this book was classified as young adult but in my opinion it shouldn't be read by anyone under 18 due to the graphic sexual content. I only say this because my 12 year old daughter often reads from this section of the bookstore (pending my approval of course) and without opening the book and scanning through it you wouldn't know. I also want to say that the content didn't bother me (I found it pretty darn sexy!) but if that isn't your cup of tea, consider this fair warning.
I really liked this book. I wish that it had gone into more detail on the Super Born's powers and how they began and how they felt about it. I think this would make a great series, I know it left me wanting more. This is Keith Kornell's third novel and I hope it's not his last!

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Easy to Apply... My Booty!

I have always loved the look of the beautiful, long, full lashes of all the famous beauties like Kim Kardashian. I know that they're not real, but they just look so sexy. I was recently at a store called Ulta, which if you don't know is a huge makeup/beauty store and if you don't have one you are sadly missing out, anyhoo I came across Katy Perry's new false lash line. I examined the box and they looked simple enough and then I remembered watching the Jersey Shore (LOVE that show- it's so stupidly hilarious) and Snooki was able to get them on drunker than than a skunk so I decided my uncoordinated self could do it. When I got to the register to pay I noticed my cashier had some on so I asked her if it was easy to do and she was like "Oh yeah!". So tonight I decided to try them out. My booty it's easy!!! I followed the directions to the T and still managed to glue my eyeball, rip out some of my real lashes and irritate my eyelid skin trying over and over again to get them right. I finally gave up until tomorrow, they are so NOT easy! It would be nice if they came with an instructional video or a beauty expert to apply them for me.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Confused & Frustrated

For as long as I can remember I've wanted to be a nurse. I started going to school to pursue a degree in Nursing. After completing all of the pre-requisetes for the Nursing program, I was placed on the waiting list which is as far as I got. I got bumped from the list not once, not twice, but three times because there were people waiting longer than me or that had better GPA's than me. Now I was an A/B student so my grades weren't bad. Each time I got bumped I had to take filler classes so that my student loans wouldn't go into repayment, by the third time I had run out of classes that related to my field of study or that interested me. I made the decision to drop out of the program because at the rate things were going I'd be 40 before I graduated with an RN degree. I've thought a lot about what I wanted to do instead and finally decided to go into criminal forensics. Now I'm struggling with the fear of not being able to find a job once I graduate. I live in Iowa and I just don't see a future in it around here and at the moment I can't even consider relocating. So, now I'm back to square one and don't know what to do with myself. I'm scared of going to school and being stuck doing something I hate and I'm scared of picking a field that will get me nowhere because of the lack of jobs. It's so stinkin' frustrating I want to scream. I want to set a good example for my kids and graduate from college and I want to make my mom proud because I would be the first to graduate college in my family. The career counselors at the college are essentially worthless and couldn't help me and actually made me more confused and frustrated than before I talked to them. I'm a science minded person so I know I want to do something in that category but I just don't know what. If anyone has any suggestions I would LOVE to hear them!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Awesome Weekend!

This weekend was awesome! Hubby and I got our tax refund so we decided to go out to the riverboat casino, Rhythm City, and have some fun. I put $20 in a penny slot machine and started playing. I sat there not even five minutes and won $400! I have never won that much money before it was crazy. I cashed that baby out and left! When we left we decided to go to Walmart where we finally found a TV we liked that was in stock so we bought it. When we got home and set up the new TV we started talking about going away for the weekend. We decided to go up to the Dubuque/Galena area which is where we spent our honeymoon. Grandpa Joe watched the kids and off we went!

We stayed at a really nice Holiday Inn in Dubuque. It was so nice to spend some time together alone, we so needed a break from our kids. I love them to death but their fighting is seriously driving me nuts. I got the best nights sleep, when I woke up it was so dark in the room I didn't know where I was at or what time of day it was, it was wonderful. We left with our batteries recharged and headed back to Chaos.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

B2B Book Review & Giveaway: The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life! by Judith A. Belmont, MS & Lora Shor, MSW

I have to be honest and tell you that this is the first "self-help" book I've ever read. Now my definition of the self-help genre, is anything that fits into the bettering of oneself category, whether it be spiritually, mentally, or physically. I personally feel that most of them tend to be a little too Zen hippie for me. So when I received this book for review, I was a little skeptical but open minded. This has been a tough year for Hubby and I physically, mentally, and financially so anything that offers some insight on how to deal with it, is a good thing.

I feel when you plan on following the advice and suggestions of books like these, that it's important for the people offering it be qualified and knowledgeable and both these ladies are. Judith A. Belmont, MS, is a national speaker and corporate wellness trainer with 30+ years of experience as a psychotherapist. Lora Shor, MSW, is a national health and wellness speaker, an international corporate work/life consultant to Fortune 500 companies, and a psychotherapist. She has worked with a lot of huge companies such as Wells Fargo/ Wachovia, Pfizer, and Morgan Stanley to name a few. So you can see why I was able to be open minded about the book.

The book uses Swiss Cheese as a metaphor for life. The holes, which define Swiss Cheese, represent life's imperfections, obstacles, and disappointments. The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life! helps us to accept theses "holes" and to learn and grow from them. I both enjoy and appreciate the metaphor this book uses, but I found all the cheeseisms a little cheesy. As I read through the book, I could relate to most of the examples and suggestions and found that I have a lot more negativity or stinky cheese in my life than I realized or want and will try some of the methods presented. I'll especially pay close attention to the section on procrastination and organization! I was surprised at how much I took from this book, and have changed my opinion of this genre and will be looking at more from it, after all, I'm not perfect but I'm a work in progress!

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

B2B Book Review & Giveaway: Facing Demons by Ashley Sanders

'Amidst the darkness of turmoil there is hope.'

Facing Demons is the story of four broken souls who are all struggling with different personal demons in their lives. Even though the enemies mat be different, the pain and desperation they feel is very similar. Each heading down the path of self-destruction, they end up in a rehabilitation program called Another Chance at Life. It is here where surprising friendships are made and demons are battled head on. The following is quoted from the back cover:

'Blake Solomon had never before heard such heart-wrenching
stories until now. Jason gang-member, Rebecca a child prostitute,
Matthew an African refugee, and Felicity a reckless rich kid, make
up the newest group at Blake's Anchor Beach Rehabilitation Clinic.

Each have seen more than their share of tragedy and have reached
a point of desperation where all hope seems lost. Leaving behind
worlds tainted with drugs and alcohol, violence and abuse, self-harm,
and street-life is easier said than done. Unexpectedly, these four young
lives collide in extraordinary circumstances as they attempt to salvage
any glimmer of strength and self-belief they have left.

Blake's battle to save all four from paths of certain self-destruction
is the toughest he's ever faced. Is a quick fix all he has to offer before
feeding them back to the lions? Or will he keep his promise in helping
them to face their demons?'

This was a very thought provoking and intense book for me as I have struggled with my own demons. I could completely empathize with the characters, and it made me wish that I had had the help and support they were given. It makes you see that no matter how bad things seem, there is always hope. Facing Demons is Ashley Sanders first published novel and he has more in the making. He is currently working on Prequels to Facing Demons, which explores the lives of the main characters before they meet one another. I will definitely be keeping my eyes open for it.

Now, I'm super excited to announce that I've got a giveaway to offer- my first giveaway ever! I have been given an extra copy of Facing Demons to giveaway to one of my readers! Here are the rules:
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  • Giveaway starts on 1/8/12 and ends 1/15/12 at 11:59 CST.
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