Sunday, June 24, 2018

Justice Betrayed A Memphis Cold Case Novel by Patricia Bradley

My thoughts:  Having read Patricia Bradley's previous Memphis Cold Case books, I was looking forward to Justice Betrayed (#3 in the series). Click titles for my reviews of previous titles: Justice Delayed and Justice Buried.

The story evolves around memory seeking and past glory loving folks and  Elvis Remembrance Events in Memphis. A cold case, also involving Elvis  impersonators holds a connection to current murderous plotting and happenings as well as to the murder of Detective Rachel's mother years ago. So essentially this book involves cold cases and the current plotting and ravings of a psycho murderer tying it all together.

The controlled romantic attraction between Detective Rachel Sloan and her "boss" Boone was well done and encouraging to read in fiction that attraction can be controlled and doesn't need to be electrifying.

I found parts of the story slow or rather unengaging for me; but on the whole, this is a good read and a good look at the entertainment scene of Memphis.

About the book: It's Elvis Week in Memphis, and homicide Detective Rachel Sloan isn't sure her day could get any stranger when aging Elvis impersonator Vic Vegas asks to see her. But when he produces a photo of her murdered mother with four Elvis impersonators--one of whom had also been murdered soon after the photo was taken--she's forced to reevaluate. Is there some connection between the two unsolved cases? And could the recent break-in at Vic's home be tied to his obsession with finding his friend's killer?

When yet another person in the photo is murdered, Rachel suddenly has her hands full investigating three cases. Lieutenant Boone Callahan offers his help, but their checkered romantic past threatens to get in the way. Can they solve the cases before the murderer makes Rachel victim number four?

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy fromm Revell Reads reviewer's program to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and are freely given.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Natrogix Anti-Aging Vitamin C Serum With Ferulic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamins B and E [#sponsored]

My thoughts: This serum is a thin slightly yellow liquid dispensed from a bottle with a dropper. I use approximately one half a dropper of the serum on my face, neck, and  chest twice daily. I use upward circular motions to apply the serum and massage it thoroughly into the skin.

It is non-irritating to my skin. I have used it for a week, twice daily. I follow it with moisturizer and then apply my makeup. As with most serums, it is wise to also make certain that if you go out in daylight when using the serum you use a sunscreen.

I have found that my skin seems tighter and the pores a bit smaller.  Longer term use might bring further beneficial results. I think using a serum benefits one's skin and this serum with vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Ferulic Acid and, vitamins B and E provide a “super powerful anti-aging formula” that can benefit skin.

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DISCLOSURE: This is a #sponsored review. I received a complimentary product or highly discounted to facilitate this review. I was not required to render a positive review. Opinions are my own.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Muslin Swaddle Blanket Baby Receiving Blankets [#sponsored]

My thoughts: My five children are grown and my 13 grandchildren are grown past baby-hood and childhood. There is now one great-grand and another on the way. Receiving blankets and swaddling have played a major part in my life. So it is with delight that I share my pleasure at receiving a 2-pack set of muslin (we didn't have these when my children were babies) receiving blankets.
Perfectly gift boxed and ready to give.

I love the light and airy muslin weave. I love the large size of these blankets (47"x47"). I love the designs that are cute and not typical of baby items. Little foxes, leaves, and simple loveliness. These designs are for boys and the company has different designs for girls. But, of course, they can be used for any baby. The blankets are soft to the touch even prior to washing. Imagine how soft they'll become with the repeated use and washings that are typical of receiving blankets.

You just can't get enough receiving blankets and these would make such a lovely gift for that new mommy to swaddle her new, or soon-to-come baby.

About the product: Muslin Swaddle Blanket Baby Receiving Blanket 2 pack tropical leaves & Fox print Baby shower Gift for boys Swaddle wrap 47x47inch (for boys)
*•Special Design - Pastel tropical leaves & Fox Print for baby boys, Each design is special and unique as the little one it's wrapped around. Treat your baby and enjoy our muslin swaddle blankets.
*•Soft Material: Our Bamboo Muslin swaddling blankets are ideal for your Baby. The blankets are pre-washed and very soft. Our swaddles are not only gentle on your baby's skin, bamboo is breathable material .
*•Large Size: Easier to swaddle your baby. Our swaddle blanket for your baby measures 47*47 inch, you can continue to use them from newborn to infant stage.
*•Multi uses: The blanket is used as a swaddle blanket, receiving blanket, nursing or stroller cover, Sun Shade, crib blanket ,Picnic or Tummy time Blanket.
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DISCLOSURE: This is a #sponsored review which means I have received this product either at no cost to me or highly discounted. I am not required to render a positive review and all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

StarTalk Young Readers Edition by Neil deGrasse Tyson (National Geographic Kids Books) [Review & Giveaway]

ISBN: 9781426330872
Softcover $17.99 ~ 224 Pages
National Geographic
My thoughts:  This is one of those books that has a lot of information geared for the young mind of a seeking child who will glean so much information that will not only pique his interest but will also enrich his understanding and grasp of a variety of topics related to space, the universe, and other related topics including humanity.

There is not a lot of deep science in this book but enough to capture the young readers attention for browsing or more in depth reading.

The book presents in four segments: 1) Space, 2) Planet Earth, 3) Being Human, and 4) Futures Imagined. The information is provided in bites and snippets, side bars and illustrations ranging from simple drawings to actual photographs.

The text is intended for the young reader, though not necessarily first or second graders. Place it on the coffee table or other place that is readily available for when moments to snatch a quick read present themselves. This is not something that the average child will read cover to cover but will grab for those moments when they just need a book in their hands to fill the time. And what better way to fill the time than that of a "mind-fill-up"?

I see one drawback. The text on some of the pages is printed in a light grey on white background and this can be tiring to read. Future printings might consider an ink change. Otherwise, a good book to look for in the library or to purchase for that young reader in your life.

About the book: For decades, beloved astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has interpreted science with a combination of brainpower and charm that resonates with millions of fans around the globe. In 2009, he founded StarTalk, the wildly popular Emmy-nominated talk show on the National Geographic Channel. This Spring, Tyson takes the greatest hits from the airwaves to the page to create StarTalk Young Readers Edition (National Geographic Kids Books, $17.99, ages 10+), a smart, richly illustrated, and at times irreverent compendium filled with science, pop culture and comedic commentary.

StarTalk reimagines science's most challenging topics — from how the brain works, to the physics of comic book superheroes, to the pros and cons of traveling the universe on an asteroid — in a relatable, humorous way that will attract curious young readers.  Inside, the pages are peppered with the voices of guests who have appeared on the podcast and television show, including actors, comedians, politicians, astronauts, entrepreneurs, millionaires, physicists, neurologists and biologists providing explanations, thoughtful commentary and one-liners alike. Divided into four sections —  Space, Planet Earth, being Human, and Futures Imagined — each section reveals the mystery behind black holes, real ideas for tackling climate change, what makes humans “tick” and the amazing science behind science fiction.

Perfect for curious young teens and tweens and a thoughtful graduation gift for the science-obsessed, this is one book that contains everything you need to know about space travel, sci-fi, the human race, the universe and beyond!
Begins June 20
ENDS July 12 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT
Open to USA addresses only
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from MMPublicity on behalf of National Geographic to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own, alone and are freely given.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden

Isn't this cover simply beautiful!!!
ISBN: 9780764218828
Paperback $15.99
Bethany House Pub.
My thoughts:  I found the history behind the introduction of the chlorination process into the water treatment to eliminate water-borne diseases quite interesting as woven into the story. The book is interesting from a historical standpoint - though it is, of course, a work of fiction. The author does great research.

The two main characters, Rosalind Werner and Nick Drake, have strong character traits and some very weak ones. With Rosalind we see a young lady whose past haunts her though she is innocent of culpability. She is a scientist in a time when women who achieved such a high level of education and expertise were not readily accepted. With Nick we have a young man of wealth who is newly wealthy and lacks some of the social graces that would normally accompany such. However, his main flaw is his impulsiveness. He is quick to act on attraction and romantic inclinations. And sadly, he is very quick to become angry and lash out.

The legal struggle to chlorinate the water system is deftly woven into the attraction of these two main characters who are, seemingly, on opposite sides of the battle. Their blossoming romance further complicates their professional lives and this historical battle of wits, legalese, and subterfuge.

I find it disturbing that Nick's quick-to-be-angry  and quick-to-make-up and be accepted by Rosalind too quickly. Relationships where such is the behavior of the man quite often lead to violence toward the woman in later times. It will be interesting in the sequel where a minor character in this book is the focus if we see Nick still exhibiting his angry/sweet behavior. I do look forward to reading the next book in this series by Elizabeth Camden.

About the book: As a biochemist in early 1900s New York, Doctor Rosalind Werner has dedicated her life to the crusade against water-borne diseases. She is at the forefront of a groundbreaking technology that will change the way water is delivered to every household in the city--but only if she can get people to believe in her work.

Newly appointed Commissioner of Water for New York Nickolas Drake is highly skeptical of Rosalind and her team's techniques. When a brewing court case throws him into direct confrontation with her, he is surprised by his reaction to the lovely scientist.

While Rosalind and Nick wage a private war against their own attraction, they stand firmly on opposite sides of a battle that will impact far more than just their own lives. As the controversy grows more public and inflammatory and Rosalind becomes the target of an unknown enemy, these two rivals will face higher stakes than they ever could have known.

Interesting web info: John Leal, scientist  Is chlorinated water safe  Water chlorination

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the author and publisher to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and are freely given.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Remembering Dad in the Little Things

This is a re-post that I wrote in 2017 about my Dad. We should never stop honoring and loving our dads....

Father's Day was Sunday. Lots of folks shared memories, pictures, and generally some really good warm-fuzzy bits of information on Facebook and other social media locales. My Dad has been gone from us for many, many years. I thought, "Why don't I share something, too, because Dad was very special?" But..... just couldn't pull myself into gear to get it done. But I got to thinking that the man that was my Dad needs to still be remembered because he was special. And then I thought about some of the things that made him special. You know the song "Little Things Mean A Lot"? Well, it is in the little things that a big man is made and the little things are captured in the memories of the mind and heart. Now, in no special order of importance or relevance, here are some little things.....
  1. Dad was not a large man. Barely hitting at 5' 8" and he was small in size as well height.
  2. Dad was sickly as a teen and that left him with limitations as a man.
  3. Dad did some boxing as a young man. He also swam. And he also did some  gymnastics.
  4. Dad loved his mother. Dad loved his father. Dad loved his brothers. Dad loved his sister. This love laid the ground work for the love he showed my mother and we three children.
  5. Dad loved God. He loved God with all his heart, soul, and body.
  6. Dad was a good son. When his father's shoe repair business faltered (already it was two-generational) because Granddad had suffered a stroke, Dad stepped up and began repairing shoes. He grew the business because his brother was at war and Grandmother wanted Dad's brother to have some work to come home to. I can still see Dad standing at the pole topped with a foot form, pounding nails or gluing soles on countless shoes. I can still hear the deafening roar of the wall of machinery that was the nuts 'n bolts of shoe repair. 
  7. Dad's hearing was bad and it is an inherited trait. But you know, listening to that deafening roar of a wall of shoe repair machinery simply compounded the hearing loss. All this was before there was any form of good hearing aids or surgeries to help, too.
  8. But Dad was there doing his part to keep the business going so a brother would have work, and one of the brothers did come home and work there. 
  9. While Dad's brothers were at war (WWII), Dad took care of his Mother and Dad as well as his own growing family.
  10. I said that Dad loved God. He also served God. He taught the men's Sunday School class for untold years. They loved his teaching and that was because Dad loved God and loved God's Word. Dad was also a lay preacher. He was very dignified in life and in the pulpit. I can still hear his voice resonate as he quoted the poem "The Touch of the Master's Hand" in one of his sermons. 
  11. Dad was very smart. Very intelligent. You've heard about the shame of a wasted mind. Dad's mind wasn't wasted because he used it. But he had so much potential and so little opportunity. What he did do, however, was seek to gain education from the resources available to him. He took a correspondence course from Moody Bible Institute and he improved his understanding and knowledge of the Bible. He also took an accounting course by correspondence. His accounting education equaled that of a four-year degree without the extra non-accounting  courses. He had no calculator and no adding machine. He had his mind and a pencil. He didn't make mistakes when he added columns. He simply got it right the first time around. And what did he do with this education? He kept "the books" for several small businesses in the evenings after he had worked all day at his regular job. Work back then was a five and a half days work week. And at night, Dad was still working adding columns of figures in his head.
But Dad was a Dad, too. We lived on the Atlantic coast and we'd go to the beach when he had a little time off. We loved the water and Dad would swim with us. I can still see him in the backyard refurbishing an old wooden 14" boat. To make it seaworthy, he applied sheets of fiberglass material which was glued or varnished onto the boat. That got all under his skin making him miserable. But there were two goals in getting that little boat seaworthy: 1) Fish a bit, and 2) Take his kids out in it for fun. We rode that boat all over the sound (and ocean, too). We learned to water ski. Dad pulled. We skied. He'd have the biggest grin  his face. I still see him with his bald head shining in the sun getting pinker by the moment, and old shirt on to keep some of the sun off. His skinny legs. And again, that big grin.

You see. Dad was enjoying his family and it was all in the little things. A stop on the way home from the beach to get an ice-cold coke (in a bottle). Being wet and sandy. Sitting on towels to "protect" the car. Dad not complaining about our being wet and sandy. Or perhaps it was a run to the Dairy Queen after evening church service or a run for hot Krispy Kreme donuts.

The little things. But remember, Dad was a small man and he loved his Mama. Well, his Mama was sickly and there were times she just couldn't get up the stairs. I'm speaking a flight of stairs - not a few steps. So Dad picked her up and carried her - though she was not a tiny lady. He carried her in his arms just like he always carried us in his heart. Because when we married and left home, he still carried us in his heart. We could see it in his eyes. He didn't have to say anything. It was there. The love, the warmth, and always the smile.

Little things mean a lot in the memory bank of life.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Cute Pajama Set in Summer Pink for Tween Girls that like Sleepwear Shorts [#sponsored]

My thoughts: These is a  really cute sleepwear shorts set and I have a size 16 ((US big girls’ sizes M=12, L=14, XL=16, XXL=18) that my grand-girl is going to inherit. I just love the lovely pink with white bunnies printed on the top and bottom. The material is quite soft knit that "gives" in one direction. The shorts have elastic waist and nice pockets on both sides. The inseam of the shorts is long enough to be modest but short enough for cool, comfortable sleeping. The top has raglan sleeves that will be quite comfortable. The top is not totally straight but has a bit of feminine curve which is nice for the growing girl. I like the "banded" bottom rather than the usual hemmed shirt.

These are economically priced but nice quality pajamas and I really like them.

Brand: Jashe  Price: Size 16 is $16.99
Fabric: 35% Cotton+ 65% Polyester
Wash: Cool to cold water, do not dryclean, line dry

Shirt features raglan sleeves & banded bottom

Note slight curve to side seams & adorable bunny

Sleep Shorts feature longer leg/inseam, elastic waist,
and nice side pockets.

Note shirt banded bottom is nice feature but won't bind

Nice roomy pockets on each side.

Disclosure: #sponsored - I received this product free to facilitate a review. Opinions are my own. I only endorse products that I believe would be suitable for my family or yours.