Showing posts from April, 2011

Book Tour–The Priest’s Graveyard

Book DescriptionThe last thing Renee Gilmore remembers is being rescued by a pair of unknown arms after her drug-dealer boyfriend attempts to murder her. She wakes up in a beautiful glass house surrounded by doctors and the man that saved her life, Lamont Myers. Lamont offers her protection, if she abides by his rules. Among these; she must not leave the house, making her the bird in his gilded cage. Danny Hansen is a Bosnian immigrant who came to America to escape the bloodshed of his country and the memories of his own involvement. Danny is a priest who lives by a strict moral code, one which values the loving of others above all else. It is those that pretend to abide by religious and legal law but intentionally harm others that incense Danny. And he believes it is duty to show them the error of their ways. Those few that admit and renounce their behavior are forgiven and set free, but never without a severe reminder of their wrongdoings. Those that refuse to admit to their behavio…

Early Review–Plastic

Book DescriptionPlastic built the modern world. Where would we be without bike helmets, baggies, toothbrushes, and pacemakers? But a century into our love affair with plastic, we’re starting to realize it’s not such a healthy relationship. Plastics draw on dwindling fossil fuels, leach harmful chemicals, litter landscapes, and destroy marine life. As journalist Susan Freinkel points out in this engaging and eye-opening book, we’re nearing a crisis point. We’ve produced as much plastic in the past decade as we did in the entire twentieth century. We’re drowning in the stuff, and we need to start making some hard choices. Freinkel gives us the tools we need with a blend of lively anecdotes and analysis. She combs through scientific studies and economic data, reporting from China and across the United States to assess the real impact of plastic on our lives. She tells her story through eight familiar plastic objects: comb, chair, Frisbee, IV bag, disposable lighter, grocery bag, soda bot…

Book Tour–Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim

Book DescriptionFree at last! Free at last! This ain't your grandfather's Huckleberry Finn.It's nineteenth century America and a mutant strain of tuberculosis is bringing its victims back from the dead. Sometimes they come back docile, and other times vicious. The vicious ones are sent back to Hell, but the docile ones are put to work as servants and laborers. With so many zombies on the market, the slave trade is nonexistent. The black man is at liberty, and human bondage is no more. Young Huckleberry Finn has grown up in a world that shuns the N-word, with its scornful eye set on a new class of shambling, putrid sub-humans: The Baggers. When his abusive father comes back into his life, Huck flees down the river with Bagger Jim, seeking a life of perfect freedom. When the pox mutates once again, causing even the tamest of baggers to become bloodthirsty monsters, the boy Finn is forced to question his relationship with his dearest, deadest friend. In this revised take on h…

Book Tour – Devil’s Due

Book DescriptionThe year is 2494. Almost five years ago, Jim Raynor and Tychus Findlay were members of the Heaven’s Devils, an elite Confederate marine unit praised for its nerves of steel and combat expertise. After making a stand against their corrupt commanding officer, the two men were forced to go AWOL or risk being unjustly prosecuted and resocialized. Now, Raynor and Findlay are outlaws hounded by an unyielding interstellar marshal. Life, however, has never been better. Each day is another chance to pilfer more credits from the Confederacy’s deep coffers. Each night holds the promise of spending their hard-earned profits in bars, brothels, and gambling halls. But a man can only run so far before the law—and his past—catch up with him. . . . Devils’ Due recounts an unforgettable period of Jim Raynor’s life as he descends into the Koprulu sector’s criminal underworld alongside the street-savvy Findlay. Here, far from his humble upbringing on the fringe world of Shiloh, Raynor wil…

Review–Yanni–Truth of Touch

Product ReviewI recently received a digital copy of Yanni’s newest CD from One2One Network. This is Yanni’s first album in several years.  I had always liked listening to Yanni.  His music is very relaxing.   Truth of Touch was no different. The album is labeled as an instrumental album.  However, there are two songs on it that actually have lyrics.  On those two songs, the instruments play the key role.  My favorite song is Guilty Pleasure.   It seems almost to have a mellow jazz beat to it.  The Track List Includes: Truth Of Touch Echo Of A Dream Seasons Voyage Flash Of Color Vertigo Nine Can’t Wait Guilty Pleasure O Luce Che Brilla Nell’Oscurita I’m So Long Way Home Yanni & Arturo Mist Of A Kiss Secret Yanni recently started a 40 date US tour.  He will be travelling through most major cities in the US.  Check here for Yanni Tour Dates nearest you.In conjunction with the Wakela's World Disclosure Statement, I received a product in order to enable my review. No other compensa…

Review & Giveaway – Purex with Zout

I recently received a bottle of Purex Complete with Zout.  The first thing I looked for is the HE symbol on the bottle to make sure that it is compatible with my machine.  Thankfully it was.  I also noticed that it can be used in both top loading and front loading washers.When I opened the bottle, I was amazed at how wonderful it smelled.   It wasn’t overpowering in the least bit.  I was definitely wondering how the scent would hold up after washing.  I know many detergents smell good when you open the bottle, but don’t hold the fragrance after the wash.  I was happy to see that the scent not only lasted through the wash, but it stayed with the clothes until they were worn.  Here is your chance to get a free sample of Purex to try.  Just go to this site, fill out the form, and you will receive sample packets in the mail.GiveawayI have two coupons for free full sized bottles of Purex with Zout to giveaway to one lucky reader.    Follow Wakela’s World on Twitter  “Like” Wakela’s World o…

Early Review–Breath of Angel

Book DescriptionThe stranger’s cloak had fallen back, and with it, a long, white, blood-stained wing.

When Melaia, a young priestess, witnesses the gruesome murder of a stranger in the temple courtyard, age-old legends recited in song suddenly come to life. She discovers wings on the stranger, and the murderer takes the shape of both a hawk and a man.
Angels. Shape-shifters. Myths and stories—until now.Melaia finds herself in the middle of a blood feud between two immortal brothers who destroyed the stairway to heaven, stranding angels in the earthly realm. When the feud turns violent and Melaia becomes a target, she finds refuge with a band of angels attempting to restore the stairway. But the restoration is impossible without the repayment of an ancient debt—the “breath of angel, blood of man,” a payment that involves Melaia’s heart, soul, and destiny.Book ReviewThis book is the first in the Angeleon Circle.  This was an incredible book.  It was an extremely quick read that was…

Book Tour–Chasing Zebras

Book Description"I look for zebras because other doctors have ruled out all the horses." — Dr. Gregory House Medical students are taught that when they hear hoofbeats, they should think horses, not zebras, but Dr. House's unique talent of diagnosing unusual illnesses has made House, M.D. one of the most popular and fascinating series on television. In Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D., Barbara Barnett, widely considered a leading House expert, takes fans deep into the heart of the show's central character and his world, examining the way this medical Sherlock Holmes's colleagues and patients reflect him and each other; how the music, settings, and even the humor enhance our understanding of the series' narrative; what the show says about modern medicine, ethics, and religion; and much more. Complete with an episode-by-episode guide and numerous interviews with cast members, producers, and writers, Chasing Zebras is an intelligent look at one…

Review–Goodbye Hollywood Nobody

Book DescriptionCharley’s off to Scotland with her new beau, and Scotty and her dad travel to Maine in search of Scotty’s mom. When they land on her mother’s last known trail, will their questions finally be answered? Book ReviewThis is the fourth book in the series.  You can find my reviews on the other three books here:Hollywood NobodyFinding Hollywood NobodyRomancing Hollywood NobodyI was sad to see this series ending.  It was a really great series.  I had quite a few shocks in this book.   Some things definitely didn’t turn out as I had expected them to.One thing that was interesting was seeing this other side of The Karissa.  This was the first time that we did not really see her as her better then everyone actress persona.  It was nice.  Once again, Scotty gets into some really interesting situations and it is only through her faith in God that she is able to manage to figure things out. If you have not read any of the books in this series, then you are missing out on something …

Review – Snapily

Product ReviewMother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter, Birthdays, and many other occasions allow us to show our love by getting that special someone just the right card.  I can spend hours at the store browsing cards to find just the right one.  And even then you wish it were just a little more.Well, I found out about Snapily and all I can say is WOW!  They have a ton of card templates to choose from.  You upload your favorite photos.  You choose what sentiments you want printed on the card.  It is 100% going to be you in that card.The card I designed is for my cousin & his wife in Canada.  It is a picture of his dad in the most relaxed setting possible.  By looking at the picture, you would think he didn’t have a care in the world.  This has always been their favorite picture.  Here is a video that Snapily provided.  Sponsored by Tomoson.comOne great thing is that they not only have cards, but other items that can be personalized as well.  If you have a teen or tween at home, then wha…

Book Tour–A Cowboy’s Touch

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

Denise Hunter

and the book:

A Cowboy's Touch
Thomas Nelson (March 29, 2011)
***Special thanks to Audra Jennings, Senior Media Specialist, The B&B Media Group for sending me a review copy.***


Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing …

Review–A Billion Reasons Why

Book DescriptionThere are a billion reasons Kate should marry her current boyfriend.Will she trade them all to be madly in love?Katie McKenna leads a perfect life. Or so she thinks. She has a fulfilling job, a cute apartment, and a wedding to plan with her soon-to-be fiancé, Dexter. She can think of a billion reasons why she should marry Dexter…but nowhere on that list is love. And then in walks Luc DeForges, her bold, breathtaking ex-boyfriend. Only now he’s a millionaire. And he wants her to go home to New Orleans to sing for her childhood friend's wedding. As his date. But Katie made up her mind about Luc eight years ago, when she fled their hometown after a very public breakup. Yet there’s a magnetism between them she can’t deny. Katie thought her predictable relationship with Dexter would be the bedrock of a lasting, Christian marriage. But what if there’s more? What if God’s desire for her is a heart full of life? And what if that’s what Luc has offered all along? Book Revie…

Review–The Final Summit

Book DescriptionDavid Ponder is back. This time the fate of mankind is in his hands. This is mankind’s last chance. Centuries of greed, pride, and hate have sent humanity hurtling toward disaster, and far from its original purpose. There is only one solution that can reset the compass and right the ship, and it consists of only two words. With time running out, it is up to David Ponder and a cast of history’s best and brightest minds to uncover this solution before it is too late. The catch? They are allowed only five tries to discover the answer. Readers first encountered David Ponder in The Traveler's Gift. Now, in The Final Summit, Andrews combines a riveting narrative with astounding history in order to show us the one thing we must do when we don’t know what to do. Book ReviewI had not read the previous book in the series.  There were some references to the first book that I didn’t get, but they didn’t hamper my enjoyment of this book in any way.  In fact, I now want to get t…

Review & Giveaway – Pitstop

Product DescriptionPitstop is the first ever stain remover to effectively eliminate underarm stains as well as ring around the collar.  This product is best used by pre treating the entire stain, rubbing together (or using a small brush) and letting it sit for 15-20 minutes before laundering.
If you have treated your armpit stains with bleach the stain is permanent and unsalvageable. Throw out the garment and test PITSTOP on stains that have not been treated with bleach. Product ReviewIf your family is anything like mine, you have probably thrown out or torn up to use as rags a ton of shirts because of armpit stain due to excessive sweating.  Well I have found out that this product helps to end your days of buying more and more shirts just for them to be ruined.PitStop works really simply.  Just put a little bit on the area that needs to be treated.  Let it sit for a bit and then throw it in the washing machine.My family doesn’t separate their own laundry.  So when I do the laundry, I…

Review & Giveaway–Gorton’s

I recently received 2 coupons from Gorton’s to allow me to get any of their frozen foods.  I bought the beer battered fish tenders and the crispy beer battered shrimp.First off, my brother-in-law will normally eat just about anything you put in front of him.  In fact, we refer to him as the human garbage disposal.  However, the one thing he refuses to eat are fish sticks or tenders.  He remembers back in the day the ones that they served at school.  Now this is going quite a ways back in time so cafeteria food was pretty bad back then. So when my brother-in-law heard what I was cooking, he was stomping around, pouting like a little kid instead of acting like a 45 year old man.  He was upset that I was going to cook food that he hates.  Well, since he was acting like I kid, I decided to treat him like a kid.  I told him that he had to eat all his food or he couldn’t get dessert.As soon as he took his first bite, he couldn’t shovel it in fast enough.  He realized that he actually loved …

Book Tour–The Shepherd

Book DescriptionMarcus Williams and Francis Ackerman Jr. both have a talent for hurting people. Marcus, a former New York City homicide detective, uses his abilities to protect others, while Ackerman uses his gifts to inflict pain and suffering. When both men become unwilling pawns in a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of our government, Marcus finds himself in a deadly game of cat and mouse trapped between a twisted psychopath and a vigilante with seemingly unlimited resources. Aided by a rogue FBI agent and the vigilante's beautiful daughter--a woman with whom he's quickly falling in love--Marcus must expose the deadly political conspiracy and confront his past while hunting down one of the most cunning and ruthless killers in the world.Book ReviewThis was a great book that had me on the edge of my seat.  Many times I was in complete shock as to what was happening.  It is not often that a book will be able to surprise me many times throughout.  This one managed …

Review–Heir to the Everlasting

Book DescriptionThe Pulitzer-nominated author of EARL IN THE YELLOW SHIRT turns her acclaimed talents to an epic story of three generations of Southern women at Big Eddy, the home place they love. HEIR TO THE EVERLASTING begins at the turn of the last century with the beautiful, determined Pinkie Alexander, strong-willed matron of the Alexander clan. Come Hell or the high water of the south Georgia river which gave Big Eddy its name, Pinkie will ensure the survival of her family on their beloved land--a place where the family cemetery guards the spirit of the past, and where secrets, as well as the dearly departed, are buried.
Follow the lives, loves, mysteries, deadly feuds and steely courage of the Alexander women through a full century of joys and sorrows. HEIR TO THE EVERLASTING showcases the culture, language and daily travails of their time and place with vivid storytelling skills and Janice Daugharty's love for "the working words."
"Janice Daugharty is a born…

Early Review–The Betrayal of Maggie Blair

Book DescriptionIn seventeenth-century Scotland, saying the wrong thing can lead to banishment—or worse. Accused of being a witch, sixteen-year-old Maggie Blair is sentenced to be hanged. She escapes, but instead of finding shelter with her principled, patriotic uncle, she brings disaster to his door.  Betrayed by one of her own accusers, Maggie must try to save her uncle and his family from the king’s men, even if she has to risk her own life in the process. Originally published in the UK, this book has a powerful blend of heart-stopping action and thought-provoking themes. Book ReviewFirst let me say that I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this cover.  It is so beautiful. This book had actually been previously released in the UK under another name.  It is going to be making its US debut in just a short while.Elizabeth Laird allows the reader to step back in time to 17th century Scotland.  It was a time of struggle and strife.  Young Maggie Blair was falsely accused of witchcraft as many ot…

Early Review–The Outlaw Bride

Book DescriptionKatherine Slade has two goals: to escape her outlaw husband and to find the family of the man who died saving her life. Taking the place of a mail-order bride isn't part of her plan—until she's forced to continue the charade and become Sheriff Connor Langston's housekeeper to stay out of jail. Pretending to be another woman is hard, but Katherine's real challenge is resisting her growing attraction to the handsome lawman…Falling in love is the last thing Connor needs, even if the rest of Fatal Bluff wants him to. His hands are full with a band of outlaws threatening the safety of his town, and a child to raise. But Kate has a way of getting under his skin and into little Jenny's heart. Soon Connor can't get the fiery beauty out of his head—along with his suspicion that Kate isn't who she claims to be.When Connor learns the truth about Kate, is there any way for this outlaw bride to become the sheriff's wife?Book ReviewWith a cover like t…

Early Review–The Sixth Man

Book DescriptionAfter the #1 New York Times bestsellers Split Second, Hour Game, Simple Genius, and First Family, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell return in their most shocking case: a high stakes struggle where the relentless needs of national security run up against the absolute limits of the human mind.THE SIXTH MANEdgar Roy-an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins-en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered. It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered: Is Roy a killer? Who murdered Bergin? With help from some surprising allies, they continue to pursue the case. But the more they dig into Roy's past, the more they encounter obstacles, …

G is for Genealogy

One of my passions is genealogy.  I absolutely love working on the family tree.  I have met some very interesting people while working on my tree.I found some cousins on my mom’s side that I never knew before.  Some are in Canada (where my mom is from) and some are in Great Britain (where my grandparents are from).We have had some mysteries in our family tree.  One of which is nearly solved.  I had already written about Louisa Needs and her loves to rival Erica Kane back on Nov 19, Nov 30, and Dec 6.  I have found out a few more things since then.  First off, there were rumors that Louisa had kicked her daughter Mary Elizabeth out because she was unwed and pregnant.  The story goes that Liz had moved to Windsor after being kicked out.  Her brother Alex returned from WW2 upset to find out that she was kicked out.  He then moves to Windsor to help her out.  So she names her son after him.This is so false that it is unbelievable.  First off, we now have a copy of Liz’s marriage certifica…

DisneyNature’s African Cats

Earth Day is almost here.  What better way to spend it then the opening of Disney’s new movie African Cats.  In fact, a portion of the proceeds from the first week of viewing will go to the African Wildlife Fund.The movie is being narrated by Samuel L Jackson and is live action.  The movie follows Mara, a lion cub who wants to grow up to be strong and wise like her mother.  We also follow Sita, a cheetah who happens to be a single mother of five.  Finally, we will also follow Fang who must defend his pride against a rival.  In anticipation of the upcoming movie, there are a host of things that you can do to help raise awareness for their See African Cats, Save the Savannah program.Like Disneynature on Facebook: becoming a fan of Disneynature on Facebook, participants have the ability to interact with “African Cats” content daily. Furthermore, liking, commenting on and sharing the content with friends spreads the viral reach of the film's messa…