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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Help Keep Your Skin Vibrant and Young

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I've written before about how the climate here in Montana is hard on my skin. It's very dry, the sun when it's out is harsh and there is a lot of dust. I find myself needing a really good moisturizer to keep my face from looking like a shrunken head made from a dried out apple.

When I look for a moisturizing cream for my face I try and find one that contains as many natural ingredients as possible. I don't want to be putting a lot of chemicals on my skin to be absorbed into my body. That is one of the things that attracted me to SOBO - they make their products with as many organic and natural ingredients without sacrificing the results we are all seeking. That is certainly a bonus in any youth serum.

The Essential Moisturizing Cream is silky, rich cream that includes antioxidants such as co-enzyme Q-10 and Vitamin E along with hyaluronic acid and retinol. These combine in a cream that has a bright citrus scent that I found to be very pleasant.

I only needed a little bit to provide coverage for my face. It soaked right in and it didn't leave my skin feeling in the least bit greasy. It felt soft and smooth. The scent doesn't linger but is there just long enough to make the application very pleasant.

You can see the immediate effects of the Essential Moisturizing Cream on my hand. It was dry and a bit flaky prior to the cream but after I used it my hand was soft and smooth and it looks much better. You can also see how well it blends in without leaving any residue.

I've only had the opportunity to use this product for a week but I'm pleased so far. I can only imagine it continuing to improve the overall look of my facial skin over time. The SOBO line includes other products including anti aging creams and serums. You can also find eye serums to keep those crow's feet at bay. They contain no parabans, sulfates, phthalates among other nasty ingredients and they do not test on animals.

You can see the full line on their site, SOBO Skincare.
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This post was sponsored by SOBO through their providing the sample for review.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Bully of Order by Brian Hart - Blog Tour and Book Review

I received a free copy for my honest review.

About the Book:

 Hardcover: 400 pages
• Publisher: Harper (September 2, 2014)
Washington Territory, 1886
Jacob and Nell Ellstrom step from ship to shore and are struck dumb by the sight of their new home—the Harbor, a ragged township of mud streets and windowless shacks. In the years to come this will be known as one of the busiest and most dangerous ports in the world, and with Jacob’s station as the only town physician, prosperity and respect soon rain down on the Ellstroms. Then their son, Duncan, is born, and these are grand days, busy and full of growth. But when a new physician arrives, Jacob is revealed as an impostor, a fraud, and he flees, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves.
Years later, on a fated Fourth of July picnic, Duncan Ellstrom falls in love. Her name is Teresa Boyerton, and her father owns the largest sawmill in the Harbor. Their relationship is forbidden by class and by circumstance, because without Jacob there to guide him, Duncan has gone to work for Hank Bellhouse, the local crime boss. Now, if Duncan wants to be with Teresa, he must face not only his past, but the realities of a dark and violent world and his place within it.
Told from various points of view, Brian Hart’s novel follows the evolution of the Harbor from a mudstamp outpost to a city that rivals the promise of San Francisco. The Bully of Order is a meditation on progress, love, and identity; a spellbinding novel of fate and redemption—told with a muscular lyricism and filled with a cast of characters Shakespearean in scope—where everyone is as much at the mercy of the weather as they are of the times.

About the Author:

A native of Idaho, Brian Hart won the Keene Prize for Literature from the University of Texas at Austin and received an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers there. He is the author of the novel Then Came the Evening. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and young daughter.
Connect with Brian through his website.

My Opinion:

This was a book that took me a bit to get used the the author's rhythm of writing but once I did I was rewarded. It was not a light or happy book by any stretch of the imagination but it was a book that made me think and really evoked a range of emotions.

It takes place in Washington Territory at the very end of the 19th century when it was still a wild and untamed area. Mr. Hart knows how to create a mood and I swear sometimes I could feel the humidity as I sat and experienced the story. It's told in alternating voices and the core characters are the Ellstroms; Jacob, Nell and their young son Duncan. They have moved to the area so Jacob can practice medicine but a visit from his brother - evil personified who leaves nothing but destruction in his wake - breaks the family apart causing Jacob to run off leaving Nell alone with the care of Duncan. He grows up with little direction and his life is not easy and disaster awaits.

It is a dark book. Very dark. It takes place in a different time and it is written within its time with the attitudes and mores of its time so it is far from politically correct for today's sensibilities. But for it to remain true to its story this is necessary and so are the scenes of violence. This is not a book that glosses over what it takes to create a society out of wilderness. Nor does it gloss over the evil that man can inflict upon man.

Excepting Nell most of the characters are hard to like but that did not make me hate the book like happens quite often for me. The writing gathered me up and drew me in despite them. It was a challenge to read, it was hard to read but I'm very glad that I did read it.


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant - Blog Tour and Book Review

I received a free copy for my honest review.

About the Book:

Kat Varland has had enough of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

At twenty-six years old, Kat is still living in the shadows of her family in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Still working shifts at her Aunt Maggie's bakery. Still wondering what to do with her passion for baking and her business degree. And still single.

But when Lucas Brannen, Kat's best friend, signs her up for a reality TV bake-off on Cupcake Combat, everything Kat ever wanted is suddenly dangled in front of her: creative license as a baker, recognition as a visionary . . . and a job at a famous bakery in New York.

As the competition heats up, Lucas realizes he might have made a huge mistake. As much as he wants the best for Kat, the only thing he wants for himself---her---is suddenly in danger of slipping away.

The bright lights of reality cooking wars and the chance at a successful career dazzle Kat's senses and Lucas is faced with a difficult choice: help his friend achieve her dreams . . . or sabotage her chances to keep her in Louisiana.

About the Author:

Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana with her young daughter and has a heart for sharing the amazing news of God's grace through her novels. A freelance journalist, Betsy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When she's not reading, writing, or singing along to a Disney soundtrack with her daughter, Betsy enjoys inspirational speaking and teaching on the craft of writing.

Find Betsy online: websiteFacebook

My Opinion:

I've been avoiding these light, fluffy books from Christian publishers this year as I'm sure anyone who follows my reading has noticed. They all started reading the same. But I got sucked in by the cupcakes. I had hoped for more baking than I found but it wasn't a total loss.

The main characters are stuck in a classic does she/does he kind of relationship. Kat has been burned by a past boyfriend so she is reluctant to trust again. Lucas has been in love with Kat for as long as he has known her but doesn't want to risk their friendship. They think. A lot. About how much they love the other but they never talk to each other about their feelings.

To show his love and support Lucas signs Kat up for Cupcake Combat - he believes in her baking abilities even if no one else around her does. Kat suffers from a lot of self doubt too. She needs a baking assistant and she chooses Lucas to accompany her to LA for the taping. Will she win and will winning bring her the freedom she so desires?

This was an adequate read. Nothing ground breaking or new. The cupcake angle was interesting for the few chapters that showcased the taping of the Cupcake Wars knockoff show. The two main characters were somewhat immature for their ages if you ask me - but I suspect that my generation was very different from the young people of today - boy do I sound old! The book ended happily ever after as you would expect but all in a rush and a roar. It left a bit hanging and I was a touch confused.


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Don't miss Betsy St. Amant's latest fiction release, All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes. A "sweet" tale of two best friends and the choices they make between dreams and a possible "sure thing," St. Amant's novel is sure to satisfy your romantic-fiction craving.


Betsy is celebrating with a fun Kindle giveaway and a Love & Cupcakes Facebook party!
One winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle
  • All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 18th. Winner will be announced at the "Love & Cupcakes" Author Chat Party on 9/18. Betsy will be hosting a "sweet" book chat, giving away prizes, and answering questions from readers. She will also share an exclusive sneak peek at her next book project!

So grab your copy of All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes and join Betsy on the evening of September 18th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 18th!

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