Month: October 2015

The Wild Thornberrys: The Complete Series Giveaway!

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Everyone’s favourite globe-trotting family is back in the complete series (all ninety-one episodes) on DVD!

The Wild Thornberrys Review and Giveaway

About The Wild Thornberrys

If you are not yet familiar with this funny and crazy family, The Thornberry family travels around the world in their CommVee looking for rare animals to film. After an encounter with a mysterious shaman, their youngest child Eliza was given the power to speak to animals (awesome, right?!).  Travelling to every corner of the world with her family of daffy documentarian, Eliza uses her fantastic skill to learn about the lifestyles and habitats of the world’s most exotic creatures.

My Thoughts

The animations in this series are fantastic, age appropriate and bring the story to life. Eliza’s unique ability to speak with animals brings a new perspective to the stories. Eliza speaks with all types of animals including pythons, tapirs, antelopes and even capybaras! We are able to ‘see’ wildlife in their natural state and hear an age appropriate encounter with these animals. I love how the conversations with the animals are similar to the type of conversations and thoughts your own child would make up.

The bonus with this DVD set? Ninety one episodes of fun on fifteen discs! So no more, ‘Mom I am so bored of this episode!’. It makes for fun family movie nights, sick days for the kids and even downtime for the family. The episodes are hilarious and enchanting at the same time (I love cartoons that are animal based) and remind me of my own childhood favourite cartoons!.

Enter to Win The Wild Thornberrys Complete Series on DVD!

My Canadian and American residents can now enter to win your own copy (the perfect stocking stuffer gift!) via the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this DVD set in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Fresh and Stylish Home Fragrance with Lampe Berger #LampeBerger

Lampe Berger Canada

Winter is almost here (and with the cool weather we have been having in Ontario it is not too hard to believe) and it is just about time to freshen up your home decor with a warmer and spicier theme as well as to start thinking about holiday gifts. Home fragrance is a great way to add some spice and comfort in your home in a unique and fashionable way, especially using Lampe Berger‘s diffusing products.

Lampe Berger Collection: Stylish Home Fragrance

The Scented cube (my personal fave!) is a glass cube with a ring on top of it with eight black sticks that help to diffuse the scent into the air. The sticks can be turned upside down to keep the fresh scent in the air diffusing. It is easy to set up the home fragrance scented cube, it is literally remove the cap, add the sticks in and you have instant fragrance being diffused into the air.

Home Fragrance with Lampe Berger Canada


The rose bouquet is a delicate version of the scented cube, where the rose ‘petals’ gently pick up the fragrance through capillary action and gently diffuse the scent throughout your home. If you want to replace the scent you do have to replace the rose top piece as well.

The new Lampe Berger products also has an accompanying line of ten new scents that help awaken feelings of warm, comfort, relaxation all while keeping the bad odours at bay (in our home – our dog and two young boys!). The ten new fragrances include: Orange Cinnamon, Ocean Breeze, Zest of Verbena, Vanilla Gourmet, Paris Chic, Precious Jasmine, Soap Memories, Amber Powder, Virginia Cedarwood and Provence Treats.

Home Fragrance with Lampe Berger Canada

One of the best features of these new products are that they are completely flame free and are easy to move from room to room without making a mess. Our scented cube makes a daily trip from the hallway (where our dog likes to sleep) to the living room to the kitchen and finally to the bathroom.

You can find the Scented Cube and Rose Bouquet on the Lampe Berger website and they range in price from $25-45.00 CDN. Thus making them an easy and affordable holiday gift for the special person in your life!

Are you familiar with the Lampe Berger brand? What is your favourite design by them?

Disclosure: I am a Lampe Berger Brand Ambassador and receive perks with this affiliation. All opinions expressed are my own.

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A Respectable Actress by Dorothy Love

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In A Respectable Actress, when India Hartley is accused of murder, she must uncover the deceptions of others to save herself.

A Respectable Actress

About A Respectable Actress

India Hartley, a famous and beautiful actress, is now alone after her father’s death and embarks upon a tour of theaters across the South. Her first stop is Savannah’s Southern Palace. On the eve of the second night’s performance, something goes horribly wrong. Her co-star, Arthur Sterling, is shot dead on stage in front of a packed house, and India is arrested and accused of the crime.

A benefactor hires Philip Sinclair, the best—and handsomest–lawyer in Savannah to defend India. A widower, Philip is struggling to reinvent his worn-out plantation on St. Simons Island. He needs to increase his income from his law practice in order to restore Indigo Point, and hardly anything will bring him more new clients than successfully defending a famous actress on a murder charge.

Because India can’t go anywhere in town without being mobbed, Philip persuades the judge handling her case to let him take her to Indigo Point until her trial date. India is charmed by the beauty of the Georgia low country and is increasingly drawn to Philip. But a locked room that appears to be a shrine to Philip’s dead wife and the unsolved disappearance of a former slave girl raise troubling questions. Piecing together clues in an abandoned boat and a burned-out chapel, India discovers a trail of dark secrets that lead back to Philip, secrets that ultimately may hold the key to her freedom. If only he will believe her.

My Thoughts

A Respectable Actress is set in one of my favourite time periods in the South of America. It follows the story of India, who grew up in the theatre world and has herself become an actress. It is still a profession that is looked down upon, especially for women. We encounter this several times throughout the novel. Dorothy has this fantastic way of putting historical facts into the story without taking over the plot.

The way the story comes together is fascinating and keeps you guessing right to the very last second. The secrets India uncovers not only set her free but also Philip as well.

Well written, interesting and captivating, A Respectable Actress will become a quick favourite to read!

You can find more reviews on the Litfuse blog tour page. You can purchase a copy of the book here.

Rating: 5/5

About the Author

A native of west Tennessee, Dorothy Love makes her home in the Texas hill country with her husband and their golden retriever. An award-winning author of numerous young adult novels, Dorothy made her adult debut with the Hickory Ridge novels. When she isn’t busy writing or researching her next book, Love enjoys hiking, traveling, and hanging out with her husband Ron and their rambunctious golden retriever. The Loves make their home in the Texas hill country.

Disclosure: I received a digital copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Miracle Drug by Richard Mabry

Litfuse Book Tour

In Miracle Drug, overcoming these odds will take more than a miracle drug – it will take a miracle.

Miracle Drug Book Review

About Miracle Drug

The infection wasn’t supposed to happen, but it did. The treatment was supposed to take care of it, but it didn’t. Then Dr. Josh Pearson discovers why – his patients, including the former President of the United States, have been dosed with a different strain of the original virus, one that is universally fatal. The only chance for survival is treatment with an experimental drug, but the manufacturer might already have discarded its supply.

As if treating the President of the United States isn’t stressful enough, the situation goes from bad to worse when Rachel Moore, a nurse Josh is falling in love with, falls ill. With the nation’s eyes on him, Josh must pull off a miracle to save a man who holds a good deal of power and the woman who holds his heart.

My Thoughts

A thrilling and suspenseful novel from start to finish, Miracle Drug keeps you guessing and never really knowing what to expect right to the very end.

I want to call this a medical thriller as it was full of medical suspense; an infection that is hidden behind another infection that needs a treatment that can not be found! Talk about intense! While a medical suspense novel, it is perfect to read for any individual without a medical background. The terminology was not overwhelming but instead exciting and kept your mind reeling.

The plot line was intense throughout the whole novel, building up to a fantastic but never quite guaranteed ending. The novel is well written and thought out with nothing left out that would make it hard to follow. A definite gem from start to finish!

You can purchase a copy of the book here. You can find more reviews on the Litfuse Blog Tour Page.

Rating: 5/5

About the Author

Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician who writes “medical suspense with heart.” His novels have won multiple awards: a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers’ debut novel; finalists for the Carol Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, and Romantic Times’ Reader’s Choice Award; and both finalist and winner of the Selah Award. “Miracle Drug” is his ninth published novel. He and his wife live in Frisco, Texas.

Disclosure: I received a digital copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Framed and Burning By Lisa Brunette

Framed and Burning
Lisa Brunette is gearing up for her new release of Framed and Burning: Book Two in the Dreamslippers Series. Release date is November 27, 2015 and pre-orders are being taken now for this new novel.
 Framed and Burning, Book Two in the Dreamslippers Series
Published by Sky Harbor LLC
# of pages TBD since it’s a pre-order
November 27, 2015 pub date
Genre: Mystery

Book Synopsis:

The Dreamslippers are a family of private investigators who have the ability to “slip” into your dreams. The first book in the series, Cat in the Flock, was published to critical acclaim and is trending at 4.5 stars on Amazon with 35 reviews. In Framed and Burning, someone sets fire to Mick Travers’s art studio, killing his assistant, and Mick won’t give an alibi. His dreamslipping sister–the eccentric Amazing Grace–is convinced he’s innocent, but her granddaughter and the police aren’t so sure. Was it Mick, or is something darker behind the fire?


“Framed and Burning is the second book in the Dreamslippers series. It’s easy to follow and hard to put down, making readers who may not have read the first book race back to give it a try!”  – InD’tale Magazine“Lisa Brunette continues to develop vibrant characters in a stunning story that will keep you reading well past your bedtime!” – On My Kindle


Only $2.99 if you order before November 27, 2015 – price goes to $3.99 afterward.

In the U.S. – AmazonApple iBookstore – for all iOS devicesBarnes & Noble – for the NookKobo – numerous devicesSmashwords – for Kindle, Android, and most other formats

Outside the U.S. – pricing and discount varies – Amazon AustraliaAmazon CanadaAmazon UKNook UKKobo International

About the Author: 

Lisa Brunette is the author of the Dreamslippers mystery series. Book One, Cat in the Flock, is an indieBRAG honoree title that has been praised by Kirkus Reviews, Midwest Book Review, Readers Lane, and others.

Brunette is a career writer/editor whose work has appeared in major daily newspapers and magazines, including the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Woman, and Poets & Writers. She’s interviewed a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a sex expert, homeless women, and the designer of the Batmobile, among others.

She has story design and writing credits in hundreds of bestselling video games, including the Mystery Case Files, Mystery Trackers, and Dark Tales series for Big Fish and AAA games for Nintendo and Microsoft platforms.

She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from University of Miami, where she was a Michener Fellow. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in Bellingham Review, The Comstock Review, Icarus International, and elsewhere.

She’s also received many honors for her writing, including a major grant from the Tacoma Arts Commission, the William Stafford Award, and the Associated Writing Programs Intro Journals Project Award.

She blogs at and has been a guest-blogger for Author magazine and Dr. Chris Michaels’s blog.

Brunette is a member of Mystery Writers of America and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.

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