Free Audiobooks on Audible for Prime Members

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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Free Audiobooks



Just last week, one of my friends discovered that she had unknowingly been paying for an Audible membership for months.
How?
Chances are, she started the free-trial and never cancelled it.  Which reminded me that I had to cancel my own Audible trial that I signed up for last month.  As I was ready to delete the App from my phone, I found out that Audible Channels (which has audiobooks) are a FREE service for Amazon Prime members!
Wait!
Did I just read FREE?

If you're an Amazon Prime member or in an Amazon Household with a Prime member, you can stream for free in a section of Channels called Audiobook Collections. They can be found only in the Audible app on iOS, Android, Windows 10, and many Fire Tablets.

As long as you're subscribed to Prime, or in an Amazon Household with a Prime member, you can access this section in Audible Channels.

This information blew my mind! How could I not have known this? Was it in one of the hundreds of emails I receive daily and ignore?
Note to self: Must create e-mail filters and Clean Up inbox :-(

There are over 50 titles available for streaming and the titles are supposed to change every few months or so (although, from what I read in the comments section, some titles have been there for over a year). 

So, if you have Amazon Prime, check out some of the Audiobooks that can be streamed for Free by going to Audible > Channels > Audiobook Collections :

  1. The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie (from the Follow the Clues Category) 
  2. Baltimore Blues by Laura Lipman (from the Follow the Clues Category) 
  3. Adventures of Hucleberry Finn performed by Elijah Wood (from the Celebrity Voices Classic Stories Category
  4. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland narrated by Scarlett Johansson (from the Celebrity Voices Classic Stories Category
  5. Zodiac by Robert Graysmith (from the Truly Criminals Category)
  6. Catch Me if You Can by Frank W Abagnale, Stan Redding (from the Truly Criminal Category)
  7. No Excuses! by Brian Tracy (from the You & Improved Category)
  8. Buddhism for Beginners by Thubten Chodron, His Holiness the Dalai Lama (from the You & Improved Category)
  9. The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman (from the Better Than the Movie Category)
  10. The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings (from the Better Than the Movie Category)
  11. What it is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes (from the Dramatic History Category)
  12. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (from the For All Generations Category)
  13. Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne (from the For All Generations Category)
  14. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (from the Worlds Away: Sci-Fi Classics Category)
  15. Ender's Game Alive by Orson Scott  Card (from the Worlds Away: Sci-Fi Classics Category)

I will certainly be streaming these during my daily commute.  

And don't forget that Prime Members choose one FREE Kindle book each month, which is such a sweet deal!

Never tried Audiobooks?  Check out my post on how I fell in love with Audiobooks,  "Once Upon a Time There Was an Audiobook".

Do you know of any other Freebies?
Please share :-)

Amazon Prime Perks



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FabFitFun Fall Box

Saturday, September 22, 2018

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Fall Box


My FabFitFun Fall Box has arrived!


There's something about coming home after a busy day at work and finding my favorite box subscription by my door!

I've tried different subscription boxes and honestly, the FabFitFun box gives you the best subscription for the money!

For $49 you'll get $200+ worth of products! And they're FULL size products, not small size samples.

I love the Fall Season and just the thought of trying out all of the products inside this box made me want to curl up on the sofa with a cup of coffee, a book and a face mask!

Curious?  Let me show you what was inside the Fall Box:

1. Vince Camuto Luck Tote Black (Retail $128)
Perfectly sized to carry your everyday essentials. It features a soft interior and a hanging slip pocket to store your keys, lip balm, and more.
I have an obsession with handbags/totes, so this is the one item that I was really waiting for and I am not disappointed by the quality of the product.

2. Alfred Teapot in blue (Retail $28) 
Ceramic teapot designed by L.A.-based tea spot Alfred Tea Room.  With a stainless steel lid, a wide-lipped infuser, and a dripless spout.
Just the right thing to make me start drinking tea and it's Super Cute. I'm thinking Instagram possibilities.

3. CYLO COBRA Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds (Retail $35)
I've been wanting wireless earbuds and these are perfect!

4. Simply Whimsical Set of 2 Tea Towels (Retail $14.99)
Cute tea towels in a classical gray pattern.  One can never have too many of these.

5. LUNA Bar in Salted Caramel flavor (Retail $2.00)
I've never been a fan of protein bars, but I'll give this one a try.




6. Farmacy Dew It All Total Eye Cream with Echinacea GreenEnvy™ (Retail $38)
Fine lines and dark circles, be gone. This moisturizing eye cream helps minimize visible signs of aging, stress, and fatigue while reducing the appearance of dark circles.  
This product sounds amazing.  I have to see how it works.

7. GROWN ALCHEMIST POLISHING FACIAL EXFOLIANT: Pink Grapefruit & Glucomannan Extract (Retail $67)
A gentle skin polishing exfoliant formulated for daily use to polish away dry skin and dead skin cells, nourish and cleanse leaving facial skin looking radiant, calm and smooth, perfectly prepared for moisturizing. 
I was a little skeptical on the price of this exfoliant, but to my surprise, that's how much it costs at Bloomingdale's...

8. SKIN&CO Roma Blue in Capri Shower Gel (Retail $22)
The fresh and invigorating aroma of Wild Sage & Lemon blends in harmony with the intoxicating Mediterranean sea breeze, stirring memories of summer holidays...
Hmmm, I like shower gels the above description is a clear example of good marketing.

9. GLAMGLOW BUBBLESHEET™ OXYGENATING DEEP CLEANSE MASK (2 Pack) (Retail $18)
Watch it activate into a tingling 3-D bubble experience. The microbubbles instantly invigorate and detoxify the skin, revealing a glowing, deeply purified complexion.
I don't personally use these types of masks, but one of best buddies does and loves them, so I'll save them for her.

10. beautyblender® (Retail $20)
Seamlessly blend cream, powder, and liquid formulas. Use the pointed end on the sides of your nose and under your eyes and the rounded end to buff product in to the rest of your face.
I've been told this is THE blender to use, but I never dished out $20 for it, except now I have no excuse to try it.



Total Retail Value = $372

This box is Awesome and for $49.99 I got all these products.  And I love a bargain!  What's not to like about this?

Plus, who has the time to research all types of different beauty products on the market?  I like the idea of having the products picked out for me and delivered to my house.  If I like a product, I'll continue using it, if not, I'll move on to the next.

Because I love this subscription so much and had no plans on cancelling it, I just upgraded my membership from Seasonal (pay $49.99 every season when the box ships) to Yearly (pay $179 once a year for all 4 seasons/boxes).  That saves me $20 and allows me to customize my boxes and receive early shipments.

What about you? 
Are you ready for FabFitFun?
To save $10 off your first box, click here 

I'm already wondering what surprises the Winter Box will reveal!!!




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The Woman in the Window

Sunday, September 16, 2018

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Book Review

BOOK REVIEW: The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

Release Date: January 2nd, 2018
Genre: Suspense, Psychological Thriller
449 Pages
Publisher: William Morrow
I rated ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 on Goodreads

SYNOPSIS:
Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems. 

REVIEW:
I dove into The Woman in the Window blindly, meaning, I knew nothing about the plot, which I'm glad.  It's a pet peeve of mine how every new suspense that comes out becomes the next "Gone Girl", which happens to be a book/movie I totally disliked!  
Sorry, I'm getting distracted...

This is my Book Club's pick for December, so I knew I had to read it.  I had both the audiobook and the kindle e-book, so I started with the audiobook, which I had to put aside after a few chapters.  I usually enjoy audiobooks but I felt this particular one was not doing justice to the story.  Anna Fox drinks several bottles of Merlot every day, combined with her pill popping habit, and I just didn't think she should sound sober and cheerful, so, I grabbed my kindle and read on.   
This change worked much better, because in my mind existed a totally different Anna Fox, one that was tipsy and possibly delusional.

Besides the drinking and prescription drugs problem, Anna suffers from Agoraphobia, due to a tragic event in her past.  The story started out very interesting, but the constant old movie references and repetitions just made it boring for me. 
Anna pouring wine.  
Anna sipping wine.  
Anna spilling wine on her robe.  
Anna sipping more wine...
I got the message!  
Anna is self-destructive.

Anna herself is a child psychotherapist, so I thought, that maybe, she should be able to pick up on some of the clues, and instead, she was clueless (blame it on the wine?).  I figured out the first twist pretty early on (very similar to another book by the way) and I'm certain most readers will do so also.  

As I write this review, the movie version of this book is already in production and Amy Adams is playing Anna Fox.  I'm pretty sure the movie will be a blockbuster, but would I recommend the book? 
Nah.
Wait for the movie. 

“No family, happy or unhappy, is quite like any other. Tolstoy was chock-fullo’shit. Remember that.” 

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Blog Tour - ZERO REPEAT FOREVER

Thursday, September 13, 2018

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ZERO REPEAT FOREVER by Gabrielle Prendergast 

Blog Tour 

I'm Super Thrilled to be a part of the Blog Tour for ZERO REPEAT  FOREVER!  Today I'll be revealing the Fan Art, but stick around and don't forget to enter the Giveaway!







Title: ZERO REPEAT FOREVER
Author: Gabrielle Prendergast
Pub. Date: August 29, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 496
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Find it: AmazonB&NAudibleiBooksTBDGoodreads







He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He  doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.

Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.

His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.

Until a human kills her…


Sixteen year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of the Earth. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her friends have only a fragment of instruction from the human resistance.
Shelter in place.

Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other…

BOOK TRAILER:






I'M PROUD TO REVEAL THE FAN ART SITE: CLICK HERE TO BE DIRECTED THERE!



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Gabrielle is a writer, teacher and designer living in Vancouver, Canada.  You can read about her books here. She is represented by Barbara Poelle at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.
In 2014 she was the Writer in Residence at Vancouver Public Library. In 2015 she was nominated for the BC Book Prizes and chosen to tour the province to promote BC Books. In 2017 Gabrielle took part in the TD Canada Children’s Book Week Tour. She has also been nominated for the White Pine Awardand the CLA Award.
Gabrielle won the Westchester Award for Audacious. Audacious was included in CBC’s list of 100 YA Books That Make You Proud to be Canadian. A poem from Capricious was chosen for the 2014 Poetry in Transit Program. Pandas on the East Side was chosen as an Ontario Library Association Best Bet for Junior Fiction in 2016. It was also nominated/shortlisted for the Chocolate Lily Award, The Red Cedar Award, the Diamond Willow Award and the Myrca Award.

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

1 winner will receive a grand prize of a signed copy of ZERO REPEAT FOREVER, a tote bag, & a swag pack, US & Canada Only.
9 winners will receive ZERO REPEAT FOREVER Swag Packs (stickers, signed bookplate, tattoo and bookmark), US Only & Canada.



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Here's the TOUR SCHEDULE (please check them out):
Week One:
9/10/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsQuiz
9/11/2018- A Gingerly ReviewWays to win or buy swag
9/12/2018- Trendy Simple LifeFan art
9/13/2018- Two Chicks on BooksDeleted Scenes
9/14/2018- Novel NoviceBookclub Questions

Week Two:
9/17/2018- Shortie SaysFan videos/reviews
9/18/2018- Simply Daniel RadcliffeA "Find Your Sci-Fi Title" Meme
9/19/2018- Always MeAn FAQ/fan forum
9/20/2018- BookHounds YACharacter descriptions
9/21/2018- The Hermit LibrarianThe pitch for book 2!


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The Immortalists Book Review

Sunday, September 9, 2018

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Book Review

BOOK REVIEW: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Release Date: January 9th, 2018
Genre: Fiction
346 Pages
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
I rated ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️on Goodreads
#TheImmortalists


SYNOPSIS:
If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?

It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.

The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in '80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.

A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds.

REVIEW:
Let's start with the cover! I just LOVED this cover and once I lost myself in the story, I realized how much thought had to be put into it...to symbolize a family tree, the different leaves for each different character, some leaves naturally live longer than others...I honestly think this is the most meaningful cover I have ever seen!

The title is a bit misleading.  It is neither fantasy nor mythical.

Benjamin wrote a compelling, vibrant story.  The characters, although not that likable, are fascinating in their own way.  They each suffer and carry their share of emotional baggage due to that visit to a psychic during their childhood.  It is a story about a family that endures so much pain, that as a reader, I asked myself if I could endure reading it.

After part 2 of the book, I felt it was too depressing and would probably have put it away, if this wasn't a book club pick.  I'm so glad I didn't give up because the story picked up after that and I felt that it all came together beautifully. 

Because the book is divided in 4 parts, each representing one of the siblings, the reader is able to understand how each personality faces the "prophecy" in their own way.  There's a quality vs quantity type of life possibility dilemma.  Live life fully, with no regrets, or just go by, living under the radar, hoping to live longer that way.  That, to me, is what makes this book an Epic read!

The Immortalists had me thinking of some of the most basic life questions:
Would I want to know the exact date I'm going to die?
Would I live differently?
Do I think our fate is pre-written and no matter what we do, cannot be altered?
Are we just paws on this game we call life?

I could go on and on, and honestly, I think it will take some time till I'm able to  shake off the thoughts that this book awaken...

"But at heart, she worried that her primary motivation was fear.  Fear that she had no control, that life slipped through one's fingers no matter what."

At the end of the novel, there's a line about "the beauty and freedom in uncertainty".

Do you agree with this?




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