Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Brothers' Keepers by NLB Horton

About the book: A friend's deception. A family's dilemma.

While cataloging looted antiquities in Brussels, archaeologist Grace Madison learns that her daughter has disappeared in France, and daughter-in-law has been attacked in Switzerland. But before the Madisons can save themselves, they must rescue an old friend---if he'll let them. Navigating a deadly, four-thousand-year-old artifact trail that crosses three continents, they jeopardize hearts and lives against a foe as old as time---as time runs out.

Because choosing what's right is all that's left.

My thoughts: This was a different style read and required effort on my part to get through 200 pages. The book tops out at nearly 400 pages.  First of all, it was somewhere around 150 pages before the gist of the title stuck me. Ahh. It was beginning to come together for me. But I digress...

NBL Horton, author, has a way with words and phrases that makes a read enjoyable, that is, up to a point. But when words and phrases and oblique meanings cloud the plot, then it becomes tedious. And I really hate that because I do love when an author has the skill and wit to weave beautifully the tapestry of words.

Grace, Mark (her husband), their son and daughter with spouse or intended, plus an entourage of CIA, M16, Mossad and other types cavort all over Europe ending back in Israel tracing the meaning of a carved rock dating back thousands of years. These multiple locations, descriptions of scenes, beautiful phraseology, and two old geezers in their 80s are the genesis for a meandering tale.

It would have helped tremendously to have read the first book in the series. I had not done so.

Frankly, I've had to put the book down. I may come back and finish it one of these days because as I said, I do enjoy beautiful use of words. But for now, it is being laid to rest.

Read other reviews here: http://litfusegroup.com/author/nhorton

DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review.

End Human Trafficking - The Challenge (#FCchallenge)

I was given the opportunity to share in "The Challenge" at Family Christian directed to help promote our challenge to help rescue victims of human trafficking out of the Dominican Republic. This is a major world-wide problem and has existed for centuries and grows more horrific as the years pass.

My heart grieves when I think of the horror these face on a daily (or nightly) basis. The snatching of children (boys or girls) and women and then selling them into slavery is an abomination! It must be ended and the old saying is so true,
 “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Family Chistian is promoting a challenge to generate funds to fight human trafficking. Watch this video:


No boy or girl or woman should be subjected to a life like this and you can help.

Please visit the following website and learn more about this challenge: http://familychristian.com/challenge

How can you help? Please shop with us Nov. 22-30 at Family Christian and a portion of your purchase will be donated toward this purpose!

Shop On November 22-30, shop in-store or online. The earnings from your purchases will go toward the Challenge.

Donate Please consider donating to the Challenge!

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DISCLOSURE: I was provided the information, links, and images to use for this post by Family Christian. I consider it a privilege to share this information with my readers and encourage you to visit the website and purchase items during the Nov. 22-30 promotion or make a direct donation via the weblink.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Good Morning, God! by Kathleen Long Bostrom & illustrated by Tammie Lyon {Review & Giveaway}

ISBN: 9780824919399
Boardbook $6.99

About the book: A delightful look at a child's morning activities.
This sweet little board book follows a child through her morning routine from the time she jumps out of bed to when she goes outdoors to play. In simple rhyming text, the author gives relatable examples of a child greeting God as she greets the day.

Little ones will enjoy the engaging verse and bright illustrations as they learn that God is with us throughout the day. Ages 2-5.

My thoughts: Sweet, sweet little
 book. What an adorable way to teach little ones to look to God first thing in the morning and on through the day. Oh, that we adults would be diligent in speaking first to God when we awaken and begin our day. 
I kick the covers off  the bed.
I STRETCH my arms above my head,
put on a shirt that's WHITE and RED.
GOOD MORNING GOD!

And on throughout the day, the rhyme goes with greetings to God. Charming. Sweet. Tender. And delightful, playful illustrations will charm child and adult throughout the book.

GIVEAWAY: Good Morning God! along with a copy of Good Night God! are being reserved by Ideals Publications for one of Chat With Vera's readers. Who will win this to delight a child? Giveaway begins November 20 & ENDS December 10 @ 12:01 a.m. ET. Open to USA addresses only.
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DISCLOSURE: I was provided a copy of Good Morning, God! by Ideals Publications in exchange for my review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. I was not compensated for this review.

Good Night, God! by Kathleen Long Bostrom {Review & Giveaway}

ISBN: 9780824919405
Boardbook $6.99
About the book: A delightful look at a child's bedtime rituals.
This sweet little board book follows a child throughout his evening from the first hint of bedtime to those sleepy moments as his head hits the pillow. The author provides relatable examples of a child saying good night to God during his evening routine.

Little ones will enjoy the engaging verse and bright illustrations as they learn that God is with us throughout the night. Ages 2-5.

My thoughts: Delightful! As the day winds down this little boy prepares for bed and, like many children, wants various things - a treat, a story, a drink. How many parents have gone through the same bedtime ritual? And then, the very final is a Good Night, God! before the child closes his eyes in comforting, secure sleep.

"I've brushed my teeth
and washed my face and put my toys all back in place.
Do we have time for one more race?
Good night, God!"
GIVEAWAY: Good Night God! along with a copy of Good Morning God! are being reserved for one of Chat With Vera's readers. Who will win this to delight a child? Giveaway begins November 20 & ENDS December 10 @ 12:01 a.m. ET. Open to USA addresses only.
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DISCLOSURE: I was provided a copy of Good Night, God! by Ideals Publications in exchange for my review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. I was not compensated for this review.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

International Suspense at it’s best! {Kindle Fire Giveaway!}

Don't miss NLB Horton's The Brothers' Keepersinternational suspense at its best. While cataloguing looted antiquities in Brussels, archaeologist Grace Madison discovers her daughter has vanished in France, and her son's bride has been attacked in Switzerland. After the Madison family unearths a relic whose taproot pierces the Ancient Near East, they realize before they can save themselves, they must rescue an old friend . . . if he'll let them.

Learn more about book one in the series, When Camels Fly, and enter to win a Kindle Fire.
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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • When Camels Fly and The Brothers' Keepers by NLB Horton
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 7th. Winner will be announced December 8th on NLB's blog.
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Watch for Chat With Vera's review upcoming soon right here on Chat With Vera! 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Salad Spinner Large 4 ½ Quart Capacity - One Handed Operation by Key Largo Traders


I received compensation for this review; however, I only recommend products I have used and can endorse. Opinions expressed are solely my own.

I thoroughly enjoy salads. I mix 'em up in a variety of ways (and yes, I intended that pun). I like a variety of greens - sometimes mixed and sometimes just one type. I like veggies in with the greens and I like fruits in the greens. Sometimes I like both. Like I said, I mix 'em up.

But salad making can sometimes be messy and time consuming and all that water! Well, if we don't use lots of water those greens might have dirt on them and that is a big no no in the eats world. Don't want dirty bacteria and other crud. So we wash. We rinse. We drain. We dab. And now we SPIN!

I'm not talking about a Spin Class at the gym, I'm talking about spinning in the kitchen. Don't get all silly on me now, folks. I don't mean prancing, spinning, circling, jumping, leaping, and boogie. I mean green spins. Oh? You're now thinking that Miss Vera has gone all cuckoo and "green" on you? Well, no not in the green movement sense. Just in the salad sense.

Seriously, though, I'd heard about salad spinners. I'd seen pictures of them. My grown daughters have had them (and raved!). But alas, Vera's kitchen still didn't have one. Then the good folks at Key Largo contacted me about their Salad Spinner and asked if I'd like to take it out for a test drive. Well, I've spun that spinner and had the most fun getting my mix on tonight. So here is what I did.....

I bought "living lettuce" this week. In case you've not come across it in the stores it is really neat. It is a head of lettuce with the stalk and roots still attached. It is in a plastic box container with a little well the root sits in. You use the outer leaves as you wish and leave the rest of the plant intact. It continues to live. So your lettuce is really nice and fresh. Well, I pulled off enough of these outer leaves, placed them in the colander basket. Placed that into the large bowl. Then I filled it with water. I placed the spinner lid atop, lower the handle, and let it spin! I repeated this a couple of times. Each time using fresh water.

Then the finality..... After draining the last water out of the bowl, I put the lid back on, spun it a bit and watched the water spray out of the colander and into the bowl . When finished, I removed the lid and the lettuce was nice and dry. Well, there was still moisture, but it was absolutely not soggy, drippy, messy.

I put together the salad I had planned for this evenings dinner and found that the dressing didn't get all diluted with excess water. This time it adhered to the salad leaves and was delicious.

I think this is a real keeper and would make an absolutely wonderful gift for anyone who loves salads.

Product information: Salad Spinner Large 4 ½ Quart Capacity - One Handed Operation - by Key Largo Traders

  • Large 4 ½ quart salad spinner with push down handle for simple, one handed operation
  • Locking handle for easy storage & push button brake to instantly stop spinning
  • Basket doubles as a colander that can be used separately and clear acrylic bowl works great for serving that perfect salad
DISCLOSURE: I received one or more of the products mentioned above through Tomoson.com. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Body Merry RETINOL MOISTURIZER - Professional Grade 2.5% Retinol Cream


I like it! Well, I like moisturizers for my face and neck but I don't like all moisturizers.

This Body Merry 2.5% Professional Grade Retinol Moisturizer is very nice. It feels good on my skin. It looks good on my skin. It absorbs well. My skin looks very nice the next morning after using this product.

Body Merry has come through with another good product. I can confidently endorse this Retinol Moisturizer. Now some folks have a little problem with retinol products and have to use care that it doesn't dry their skin out too much. Personally, I have not found this product to be drying to my skin at all. It simply works nicely.

Product information (source: Body Merry, Amazon)

  • BEST Natural & Organic Anti-Aging Facial & Neck Firming Moisturizer for Wrinkles, Fine Lines, Acne and Dark Spots - Evens your skin tone for a Youthful and Radiant Glow
  • MAXIMUM STRENGTH RETINOL: Body Merry's Retinol Surge Moisturizer contains 2.5% Retinol, which has time and again proven itself to be a potent youth reviving ingredient. This unique formulation is specially designed for you to be able to get the most out of this wonder ingredient, without suffering from any dryness or irritation that is typically associated with the use of Retinol.
  • NATURAL + ORGANIC: The cream also contains Plant Derived Hyaluronic Acid, which nourishes and hydrates your skin. Wildcrafted Green Tea, Organic Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin B5 and Shea Butter add their goodness to create a formula that is potent and proven to show results.
  • ANTI-AGING + MUCH MORE: This moisturizer not only effectively addresses wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and other signs of aging, but also helps to provide a flawless tone and texture by working its charm on discoloration, acne and other marks, hyperpigmentation and sun damage. Both men and women can use this moisturizer, and it is designed to work well for all skin types.
  • MADE IN USA + CRUELTY FREE + NO HARSH CHEMICALS: The moisturizer is made in the USA in an FDA registered and GMP compliant facility. It is not tested on animals. The formula does not contain any harsh chemicals such as Parabens, Sulphates or Phthalates.
  • MANUFACTURER GUARANTEE: Body Merry's products are backed with a 90 Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you don't like this moisturizer, just contact us and get a full refund. You don't need to return the bottle.
DISCLOSURE: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.