Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ocean Beach Park in New London CT Review & giveaway

I LOVE Ocean Beach! Not only is this a great memory from when I was little with my siblings, but it is now a great memory with my niece and nephew!

We asked Sissy where she wanted to go this year for her birthday, and she said Ocean Beach! So we went on her birthday, and Duders got sick the night before. He told Sissy to go on her birthday. This is a video of her and daddy having fun!

This is Sissy and my uncle Didi. She wanted to get shells this time! We all had to try to find some!
Daddy did not want to get out of the water! My brother in law is a dolphins fan, and he loves the water!

This is the clam boat my hubby had for lunch!

This is the Chicken I had for lunch! The prices are so reasonable, and they have different places you can sit and eat.

Sissy could not wait to go play. She loves that Ocean Beach has all different things for her to do.
This is how she wanted to check her height! She is getting so tall!

This is daddy pushing her. She has a swing at home, but not a big girl swing like this one!

We were not allowed to leave unless she got 2 rides on the carousel!

There are so many great rides for the kiddos, and this is Duders favorite. Sissy went on it for him! There is a real track, and a train whistle! It is like a real Train depot.

This is the boardwalk! I love that it is open and you can see the water from all sides.

Hubby wanted a fried dough! Yum! Ocean Beach is like a carnival, water park, arcade, amusement park, and beach all in one! All fun for kids!

This is the hole that I got a hole in one!!!!! Sissy loves to go miniature golfing. Uncle Didi taught her how to play and hold the club.
This is Sissy and I! I love taking yearly pictures here to see how the kiddos grew!

Sissy was having so much fun! My grandparents were there too. She is blessed to have her great uncle, and great grandparents playing miniature golf with her.

These are the tickets I won!!! The staff at the arcade was very helpful and nice.

Last year Sissy yelled when she got wet. This year she could not wait to get soaked!

This year my hubby and I decided to wait and watch the fireworks! There was also gong to be a live band, and a parade!

The flag is the beginning of the parade, and all the kids participating got a prize! I love that this place is for kids, no matter what they like to do.
ELMO!!!!! I wanted to go in the parade and be in a picture with Elmo!


This are videos of the band! I knew the songs and could not help singing along. They were great!

There is an area set up for the band, so you can sit on the beach and listen, or you can dance right near the stage! 
I have never read on the beach, and now I understand what beach reads are! It was so peaceful and calm. Hearing the waves with a nice cool breeze was the perfect setting to relax and escape in a good book. 

This is hubby and I waiting for the fireworks!

WOW. The fireworks were the closest fireworks I have ever seen. These were not the fireworks that my dad did in the backyard either, these were impressive. There was even a few that made smiley faces in the sky and it brought a smile to my face. It was like my dad was smiling down from heaven.


This is a video of the fireworks! I want to go back again. Every night. The staff is amazing, and everyone is so nice. The place is always clean and you can ask any one for help. I  am giving the staff a 5/5, the attractions a 5/5, the food a 5/5, the cleanliness a 5/5, and kid friendliness a 5/5. Overall I can not think of a better choice to spend Sissy's birthday party. I would like to thank the great staff at Ocean Beach for giving us the opportunity to visit their great park in exchange for an honest review!

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Day Out With Thomas 2014 Train Ride Tour Review & Giveaway

We asked Duders where he wanted to go for his birthday, and he said Thomas. The great people at Conway Scenic Railroad made his wish come true! This is the birthday boy, my mom and I getting ready for the ride to start!

Since it was Duders birthday, the whole family was there! This is my Uncle, and my grandmother! Although Duders calls my uncle his bro.

This is my hubby and I! Behind us is Sweetie, my sis and my aunt! We were all having so much fun!
The kids could not wait to see Sir Topham Hatt! They talked about it the whole trip up from CT!
My hubby and I were jealous and wanted a picture with him too! 

This is Thomas! He is breathtaking. It is truly amazing to see him pulling into the station. No matter your age, or even if you are a fan, when you see him pull up you are taking to Sodor! He also talks and says hi!

This is my hubby and I with the Kiddos & Thomas! 

This is a view of the mountains in North Conway, New Hampshire from the train. 
This is more scenery. The train ride is so peacefull. The radio plays Thomas songs and you can't help but sing along with the music! They're two, They're four, They're six, They're eight!
Beautiful countryside!

These people riding on Canoes waved at us!

This is the Train station! I have never been on a train, other than Thomas, but the train station is amazing!

These are the shops across the street, and the mountains!

I absolutely loved that everything was Thomas and the smiled never left the kids faces! It amazes me that Thomas is brought to life! The people are so friendly, and the station is very accommodating for the handicapped. It is also easily accessible for strollers! There is so much more to do while you are there! You can  take part in Storytelling, Live Music, Building with Mega Bloks© and Much More!
I am giving the staff a 5/5, the Thomaslike environment a 5/5, and the overall experience a 5/5. I was given tickets in exchange for an honest review, however all opinions are my own.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Unauthored Letters by Tara C. Allred Review & Giveaway

Tara C. Allred
Dr. John Sanders has given Rebecca Brownell a new chance at life. After an isolated childhood, an abused adolescence, and an institutionalized existence, Rebecca is finally free to conquer her demons and build a promising life.
However, once Rebecca achieves her dreams, eerily personal letters begin arriving in the mail. Letters sent from someone who knows far more about her past than anyone should. Letters that intimately question Rebecca's sanity.
And then the letters turn threatening...
Unauthored Letters is the inspiring tale of a woman's troubled past, a man's quest to protect her, and their battle to fight a mysterious foe. It's a story of trust strained by illness, love tried by lies, and promises terrorized by illusive danger.
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Allred shows excellent insight into the psychological interactions of her characters and . . .[her] use of symbolism adds depth of interest to this well-constructed story.
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Keep your eye on Allred, she'll definitely be a best-selling author in no time!
~The Book Stalker
The mystery is simple . . . but finding out the hows and whys are enough to maintain an interest in discovering how it all ends. Unauthored Letters is a captivating and thoughtful read without being pretentious.
~Indie Reader

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From a very early age, Tara C. Allred developed a great love for reading and writing. By fifth grade her goals had been established—someday she would be a published author.
Allred was raised in California. Her philosopher/psychologist father and artist mother provided a critical thinking and creative home life. Their influence helped Allred develop the attributes and belief that she could pursue her writing dreams. In 1992, she was recognized as a California Scholar of the Arts for Creative Writing. Allred has a degree in Psychology, with a minor in English, from Brigham Young University.
Allred loves nature, exploring the sciences, and the genuine thrill of learning and creating.

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This was a great book to spread awareness about mental illness. I was so happy when Rebecca stopped being institutionalized and that a doctor had faith in her. I liked the doctor/ patient relationship and I thought that the author made these characters true to life. I felt like fate determined a bad future for Rebecca. No matter what she did, she would never be free. To survive childhood abuse and everything else that Rebecca did, only to be taunted, made me root for her. I wanted her to be happy, and felt that she deserved it. These characters had real emotions. I felt as though I was reading about people I could meet. 
The mystery was not far fetched, and could be easily guessed. However I was so worried about Rebecca that the clues eluded me. The ending was good, and I liked how I was able to grow with the characters from the first book, to the end of this book. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.

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Legal Action
by Kimball Lee


Bright, beautiful attorney, Charlotte Christiansen has never lost a court case. She's built a reputation as a cool, on the rise lawyer while trying to escape the 'naughty cheerleader' pictorial in American Jock magazine that she posed for to pay her way through law school. She shares the top floor of a historic San Diego building with her best friends from college who happen to be two very male, very sexy Special Forces operatives. Her ex is a celebrity NFL quarterback who could pass for a Viking God. She's surrounded by hot men but her life revolves around work and she doesn't have time for love or sex. Until Alexander Bly, the stop-the-clock gorgeous, billionaire publishing magnate becomes her newest client at the law firm. He's the man responsible for the magazine cover that turned Charlotte into every man's sex fantasy. Bly has had women and the world at his beck and call, but no woman has ever rocked his world. Charlotte is about to. When they come together the desire and sex are white-hot and all-consuming, but falling in love takes them completely by surprise.



“Listen, Charlotte, I just wanted to say hello.  It’s been a long time.  I should let you get home to your husband, boyfriends, whatever. You look great, by the way.”  He hesitated for a minute, running his hand through his dark, wavy hair. He looked at her with those wide, sea-glass colored eyes, then he smiled a small smile and walked away.          
She knew she should stop him.  He was not only dangerously sexy; he was one of the most powerful men in the world, not to mention one of the richest.  She’d met him, worked for him in a sense, six years before.
He’d been an arrogant twenty-eight year old with the world at his feet, and women at his beck and call.  He was breathtakingly handsome then, and it was hard to believe he was even more so now.
Oh well, she thought, he’s either still racking up conquests or he’s married and ready to cheat on his wife.
She drove to her loft, parked on the street, and stepped in to the freight elevator.  She lived on the top floor of a vintage warehouse in downtown San Diego with two other residents who happened to be men.
They were also her closest friends and had become her only family. The three of them bought the building two years before, converted the top floor into three apartments, and rented out the retail spaces below. One loft for each of them, although JP and Finn felt free to lounge in her living room or use her rooftop deck; and each had a key to her apartment.


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Kimball Lee writes funny, interesting, happy, sad, romantic, often titillating, and always thought provoking books that pack a lot good reading into just the right number of pages. Lee’s first novella, Legal Action, changed her life over night with more than 250,000 downloads in the first few months. Kimball writes twelve to fifteen hours a day and she loves ALMOST every minute of it! Ms. Lee states that her social life has completely disappeared, but interaction with her readers through email, Facebook, and Twitter makes her very happy... (As well as the occasional Diet Coke and chocolate cupcake!) Kimball Lee is represented by Joyce Holland at D4EO Literary Agency.


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It began a decade ago with a spilt drink and a missed opportunity amongst two people destined to be together. Now ten years on, sexually frustrated Lucia Myers is seeing her friend as though it were the first time…
Everything changed that Tuesday night when Lucia Myer’s millionaire best friend Sebastian Silver returned home after months working abroad. She took one look at his spine-tingling face and in that moment he stole her breath away, for the second time in a decade… As a single-mother, her priorities have changed; the only man in he life is her 3year old son Finn. Encouraged by her girlfriends she’s begun to date, but now, staring at Seb with fresh eyes - his appearance suddenly unfamiliar to her and physique making her mouth water; Lu decides that he should be the one to encourage her inner wantonness. What were friends for - if not to help when one was in need? She forms a plan… a proposition of sorts; one night of pleasure, I’m open to anything, with no ties - the text reads. It couldn’t have been simpler. She wants to be awakened by someone she can truly trust; one with a skilled repertoire with the ladies and one who will never want more from her – cue Sebastian - the ultimate alpha player! Sebastian accepts her offer, but only on his terms, introducing rules that she must adhere to. He decides where, when, and that one night would not be enough to truly take Lucia to new heights and show her how it should be really be done! One month it is then… The heat between them is scorching; the constant fight for control undeniable, as they struggle between the blurred lines of the term ‘mates’. Together they sizzle, but apart they are broken. They must become strangers, and forget their friendship to become lovers, for Lucia to fulfill her desires and for Sebastian to awaken her in a way no other man has achieved. Soon their time will come to an end; can they ever go back to just being friends? Forces from their past and present try to destroy their future and all the while, Lucia has this feeling that she is being watched, by another… The One awakened is romantic, seductive, witty, full of angst, and will make you wish you had your very own Sebastian Silver to proposition.
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ALEXANDRA NORTH is an Indie author of romance and erotic romance. She lives in the rambling lush hills of Yorkshire, UK with her swoon-worthy husband, two children and two guinea pigs Barry & Boris. She admits quite openly to being 'a hopeless romantic with a dirty mind' and when not writing, works as a Graphic Designer & Illustrator, something she's done for the past 20 years. Other 'broom up the bottom' jobs include; mum's taxi, cooking and cleaning, cake baking, family therapist and complaints letter writer, for all and sundry - she's the one who won't take no for an answer! In between everyday life's tasks, she tries to lose herself with her secret lover 'monsieur kindle'- sssh... don't tell Mr. North. Writing was always a hobby and took a back seat to University, work, parenthood and unfortunately later, chronic long-term illness. One day she woke and thought 'life's too short - I'm going to finish that blummin book!' She now devotes her time to writing love stories full of humour and naughtiness. When she isn't manically typing away or trying to be the model wife and mum, Alexandra can be found shoe shopping (shoes are her weakness), cosying up with back-to-back TV series and enjoying her very own Sebastian Silver.   Social Links
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