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OMG You Smell GREAT!!

Demeter Paperback PerfumeBring the scent of books to life with this “Paperback” Body Lotion! (OK, the photo is the body spray, but, well, it’s what I could find online.) Anyway. . .

Although no two books smell exactly alike, “Paperback” delivers a romanticized scent of ink and paper with a touch of violet and potpourri; many reviewers also detect a hint of vanilla.

Imagine stepping out of the bath and treating your skin to the luxury of the hint-of-paperback scent from this body lotion!  Even when you don’t have time to read you can treat your skin to the magic of the printed word.

Earn the jealousy of your literary friends, or treat them to the gift of the Paperback Body Lotion today!

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Romance Hideaway Giveaway And “About What We Leave Behind by Matthew Alan”

The site Romance Hideaway has a couple of goodies for us! A $50.00 giveaway for an gift card as well as the Gift Guide.

And now, about About What We Leave Behind by Matthew Alan, straight from Romance Hideaway  –  and a Charity GIVEAWAY!!!!


what we leave behind book coverAbout What We Leave Behind by Matthew Alan

This is a story about struggle, a story of hope, and mostly, a story about love. A journey with a unique young girl who is so sure of what is out there waiting for her, that she never compromises her belief in finding it.
It isn’t always an easy path, but Jane Rawley Solomon’s humor, character, and passion for others, keep her moving towards her goals – despite life throwing obstacles in her way. What she’s left with is truly beautiful.

Fifty percent of the author’s profits from the book sales of ‘What We Leave Behind’, will be split, and donated to the Ronald McDonald House charities ( and the ASPCA ( In the names of my father – Will, Shelly and Lauren.

The reason I’m choosing these two charities are manifold, but knowing the individuals as I did, and understanding the benefits these charities provide for those in need, it makes perfect sense.
Anyone who appreciates the healing power of animals, will understand the ASPCA . And if the circumstances happen when long term care of a loved one is necessary – then you understand the financial burden incurred by traveling during these times. The support of family and friends becomes immeasurable during difficult times – and these amazing charities represent the ideals of the individuals this book is hoping to honor.

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Benefit For Breast Cancer Society – Untied Anthology

23500758**100% of the proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Society**
**Available for a LIMITED TIME only**Book Description

November 11, 2014
What do you want?

Do you want sex?

Do you want love, happiness?

Or maybe you want a little suspense?

Could it be you don’t know what you want?

Could you be in just the right frame of mind to get mind-fucked until you’re looking at your kindle with tears in your eyes asking … What the hell just happened?

Maybe you’re ready to have it all?

Good. Because you’ve come to the right place.

These six best-selling authors have bound together the hottest romance novels of 2014.

Get ready to get Untied.

Books Included are:

BANG by E.K. Blair, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

THE DEVIL’S CONTRACT by Claire Contreras, Bestselling Author

TAKE ME FOR GRANTED by K.A. Linde, USA Today Bestselling Author

BELOVED by Corinne Michaels, Bestselling Author
Features an EXCLUSIVE Bonus Chapter only available in this Anthology

KICK by C.D. Reiss, USA Today Bestselling Author

PHENOMENAL X by Michelle A. Valentine, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

Also featuring bonus chapters from Corinne Michaels and Claire Contreras

**100% of the proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Society**
**Available for a LIMITED TIME only**

Hometown Heroes: Hotter Ever After (Pets for Vets Charity Bundle) Help Veterans And Pets Come Together


This Pets for Vets charity bundle is available for a limited time at a discount of $1.99. Preorder now!

Release Date: September 30, 2014

Presenting a contemporary romance bundle of 16 novels with happily-ever-after endings, including previously published readers’ favorites and brand-new material.


They’re all hometown heroes, guys from small towns who’ve made a name for themselves, big or small, who’ve withstood the odds and risen to the challenge, who are heroes in their own right.

A LITTLE HARMLESS SEX by USA Today author Melissa Schroeder–When Anna falls for her best friend Max, it might be true love, or the biggest mistake of her life.

CHANGE THE GAME by USA Today author Lucy Monroe–Alex is looking for revenge. Isabel is looking for a relationship without those pesky things called emotions. Neither will get what they’re looking for, but a whole lot more!

WILD RIDE (Changing Gears, Book 1) by USA Today author Nancy Warren–Trouble is piling up in the small town of Swiftcurrent, Oregon with hints of a treasure missing since WWII, a motorcycle riding bad boy history prof, a sexy librarian and a murder. It all adds up to a very Wild Ride.

HEARTBREAK ON A STICK by USA Today and New York Times author Sabrina York–When the man who broke her heart ten years ago suddenly returns to town–a hot shot movie star–Gina Fox is determined to avoid him. But for some reason, Jason Sherwood is pursuing her again.

MADRONA SUNSET by bestselling author Jami Davenport–Meet a wounded warrior suffering from paralyzing guilt and a woman pining for her dead husband–both damaged souls craving comfort for a moment or a lifetime.

BRACE FOR IMPACT by bestselling author Allie K. Adams–Bush pilot Reid Cavanaugh’s life is turned upside down when he takes a fare that ends up driving his plane into the ground and him into the danger surrounding her.

HONORABLE SACRIFICE by bestselling author Destiny Blaine–Hired to protect an affluent family with embarrassing secrets, Audra McAllister reconnects with a small-town hero willing to risk everything to win Audra’s heart.

SHE’S WORTH IT ALL by bestselling author Cathryn Cade–Mase Barnett is a hometown hero with a secret. Natalie Cusco has a broken heart only a strong man can heal. Will this wounded hero risk everything to show her she’s worth it all?

DECEIVING DANTE by award-winning author Kate Davies–A stolen car on her front lawn. A sexy cop – looking to arrest her favorite student. A principal ready to fire her. Could Ellie’s Monday get any worse?

ROCK, RATTLE AND ROLL by USA Today bestselling author Cari Quinn and bestselling author Taryn Elliott–A beachfront cottage, hours of alone time, and plenty of skin-on-skin action is just what the rock star and his new wife ordered–until the future comes much quicker than they expected.

GRAVE DANGER by Golden Heart finalist Rachel Grant–An archaeologist digs up a murder victim in a Northwest archaeological site and must help the hunky local police chief solve the crime before she becomes the next victim.

TURNING THIRTY-TWELVE by award-winning author Sandy James–Jackie Delgado didn’t want a new man in her life until a dreaded blind date with detective Mark Brennan turns out to be more exciting than she’d ever imagined.

HIS ONLY DESIRE by Adrianne Lee– Nick Rossetti married the wrong twin sister. Will the right one ever forgive him? Not if her stalker has his way.

EVEN HEROES CRY by Hildie McQueen–War widow Tesha Washington slowly draws Adam Ford out of the shell that used to be a man, and learns there really is such a thing as starting over.

THE VIXEN & THE VET by bestselling author Katy Regnery–In a Beauty & the Beast reboot, an ambitious reporter tracks down a wounded war vet for a scoop and ends up falling in love with him instead.

TROUBLE WITH A COWBOY by Sandy Sullivan–Can some slashed tires and an ornery bull bring two hard-headed people together for some fun in the sun…and a little more? All proceeds for this charity bundle go to Pets for Vets—saving unwanted pets and providing support to our troops.


The Pets for Vets program is dedicated to providing a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training and pairing them with America’s veterans who can benefit from a companion animal.

3 to 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year. These dogs can make excellent companion animals but never have that chance. Pets for Vets believes that companion animals can be a life-saving therapy that many U.S servicemen and women need.

Please Visit These Websites and Find Out How You Can Help Make a Difference

Cat Bordhii and the Vaquero Felfs – Proceeds to Breast Cancer Research!

Photo and Book are copyright Cat Bordhi 2013. The photo is used only to encourage purchase of Cat’s 70-page e-book, “The Art Of Felfs” and all rights are reserved by Ms. Bordhi.

I just purchased The Art of Felfs by Cat Bordhi.

I am taking a class on a Sunday in December at Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins in Boulder on making felted boots, known as Valenki Boots in Russia. The pair they show in the shop are DARLING, and I am really looking forward to the class. Yes, I took a morning off and ran around – it was actually WARM this morning, unlike the rest of this summer, which apparently we skipped and went straight to fall. . . cold and rainy! I am looking at a grow light bulb for my tomato and pepper plants, I seriously doubt that they will ripen before we get our first frost, the way things are going!

So, flipping through I saw that Ms. Bordhi, the Queen of Everything Knitty, is giving all of her proceeds to Dr. Krag at the University of Vermont Medical School to help fund research into sentinel lymph nodes for a new, less destructive, method of fighting breast cancer. You can read all about it below. If you are interested in a technical treatise on sentinel lymph nodes click here to read more on If you want to know more about Dr. Krag, click here. So, if you are a knitter, check it out. And if you aren’t a knitter (but know one) remember, the holidays are just around the corner! What a wonderful gift for your favorite knitting pal – and your pals who are going through, or have been through (like me) the horrors of chemotherapy will love you for it!

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Cover photo courtesy of Cat Bordhi, copyright 2013, all rights reserved.


All proceeds from this 70-page ebook by Cat Bordhi are going directly to the research lab of Dr. David Krag at the at the University of Vermont Medical School. Dr. Krag, who pioneered sentinel node location, which has been used by over a million women with breast cancer, is now on the cusp of starting clinical trials for a cancer treatment that will replace chemo with a method as gentle as chemo is violent, and likelier to result in a complete cure. Let’s all join together to make that happen sooner rather than later! To learn more, visit

Vaquero Felfs are one of the 15 styles in Cat’s ebook, THE ART OF FELFS: Felted Footwear for Families. Once finished, all styles appear to have been knit in the round, but are actually knit flat in garter stitch in simple shapes which are then folded and sewn before felting.

Extending or trimming one underlying shape transforms the basic Felf into thigh-high boots, ballet shoes, cowboy boots, moccasins, and much more. Fitting any style of Felf to any foot is simple enough for a young child to do yet Felfs capture the imagination and passion of advanced knitters as well. The ebook includes instructions for felting without a washing machine, so anyone can make them.

Although Ewetopia is half super wash, it felts into a nubbly, luxurious felt that is pliant, and can be felted to various degrees of thickness. The super wash strand creates the texture as it rumples into the embrace of the regular felting merino. Ewetopia is an exceptionally bouncy, cooperative yarn that is ergonomically kind to obsessive knitters.

A Fundraiser for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society By Lilo Abernathy – Author The Light Who Shines

the light who
What you may not know about Leukemia and Lymphoma. They are blood cancers and often target children, even infants, even babies in the womb! Blood cancers are the most common type of cancer children face. My daughter, Evelyn, was one of them. For more on my daughter’s story:

When Paranormal Investigation Bureau agent Bluebell Kildare (a.k.a. Blue) arrives at the scene of the crime it is obvious the grotesquely damaged body of the deceased teenage boy was caused by far more than a simple hit and run. Using her innate sixth sense, she locates a powerful magical artifact that acts as a key to an ancient Grimiore and is likely the motive for the crime. She soon discovers the Grimiore has a dark past as it was instrumental in the creation of the Vampire breed and still holds the power to unravel the boundaries between hell and earth.

Blue and her faithful wolf Varg follow the trail starting at the Cock and Bull Tap and all through the town of Crimson Hollow, which leads to plenty of dead ends; some more dead than others. Between being sidelined by a stalker that sticks to the shadows, and chasing a perpetrator that vanishes in thin air, things are getting complicated. Dark vampire activity is at an all time high and hate group activity is increasing. However, it’s her burgeoning feelings for Jack Tanner, her sexy Daylight Vampire boss, who alternates between warm affection and cool indifference that just might undo her.

While Blue searches for clues to nail the perpetrator, someone seems to be conducting a search of their own and things are getting extremely messy. Who will find whom first?

Danger lurks in every corner and Blue needs all her focus in this increasingly dangerous game or she risks ending up the next victim.

This book has an active discussion group on Facebook for those who have finished reading it.

Bluebell Kildare Book 1: The Light Who Shines

Lilo has invited you to the event: Book Fundraiser: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: The Light Who Shines (Urban Fantasy).

Date: May 16, 2014 12:00AM
Venue: Online
Location: The United States
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Book Fundraiser

The Light Who Shines


What you may not know about Leukemia and Lymphoma.

They are blood cancers and often target children, even infants, even babies in the womb! Blood cancers are the most common type of cancer children face.

My daughter, Evelyn, was one of them.

For more on my daughter’s story:
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Your Response:

See who else is going and get more info

Amazon US Link: (available in other countries)

From: Fri., May 16Sun., May 18

I pledge 50% of the total royalties earned on my novel, The Light Who Shines, (print or ebook) to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Please consider:
– recommending this book it to your Goodreads friends
– inviting your friends to this event

What kind of book is this?
The genre is Urban Fantasy, which is a mix between:
– Fantasy
– Mystery
– Thriller
– Romance

It is genre-crossing and will also be enjoyed by lovers of:
– Action
– Crime Thrillers
– Detective Stories
– Paranormal
– Animals

This book is intended for adult readers only.

How good is this book anyway?
So far the reviews have been fantastic. It’s holding the following ratings:
Amazon: 4.8 stars
Goodreads: 4.3 stars

Enter To Win! The Light Who Shines (Bluebell Kildare #1) by Lilo Abernathy

Click to go to Lilo’s Goodreads page for The Light Who Shines to enter to win an autographed copy!

Win an autographed copy of Lilo Abernathy’s The Light Who Shines.

When Paranormal Investigation Bureau agent Bluebell Kildare (a.k.a. Blue) arrives at the scene of the crime it’s obvious the grotesquely damaged body of the deceased teenage boy was caused by far more than a simple hit and run. Using her innate sixth sense, she uncovers a powerful magical artifact nearby. She soon discovers it acts as a key to an ancient Grimiore that was instrumental in the creation of the Vampire breed and still holds the power to unravel the boundaries between Earth and the Plane of Fire.

Blue and her clever wolf Varg follow a trail that starts at the Cock and Bull Tap and leads all through the town of Crimson Hollow. Between being sidelined by a stalker who sticks to the shadows, and chasing a suspect who vanishes in thin air, the case is getting complicated. If that isn’t enough, Dark Vampire activity hits a record high and hate crimes are increasing. However, it’s her growing feelings for Jack Tanner, her magnetic Daylight Vampire boss, that just might undo her.

While Blue searches for clues to nail the perpetrator, it seems someone else is conducting a search of their own. Who will find whom first?

Danger lurks in every corner and Blue needs all her focus in this increasingly dangerous game or she risks ending up the next victim.


Between Friday May 16 – Thursday May 22 I will donate 50% of my royalties to the Leukemia and Lymphoma foundation. That is for ebook and print versions.

Later on in the year I will do the same for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Maybe in October to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

My daughter has been in remission for 3 years. Crossing our fingers for another 2 which will put her risk on par with the average citizen.

We wish Lilo’s daughter the very best in her recovery and remission!!!


liloabI’m currently forty-two, but that could differ depending on what year you read this. Unless some fundamental laws of nature change, I expect that number to only get higher. I am half Italian and half Irish. Well, the Irish side is sort of an Irish/German/English/French/Scottish mix, but since I believed I was truly half Irish until my mother’s foray into genealogy, I’m sticking to that story.

I live amidst the Smoky Mountains and can sometimes see the shadows of clouds lying on the mountains from my front porch. I am not yet snobbish enough to call it a veranda, but time will tell. I’m a great believer in the proof being in the pudding. Sometimes my young adult daughter joins me on the veranda… err, porch to admire the view. Often my Australian Shepherd runs around the veranda looking for things to shepherd in the yard. Because we are decidedly lacking in livestock, he frequently presents me with slobbery balls to throw. I, in turn, do my best to ignore them. I feel justified in this neglect because I am planning on adopting a girlfriend for him soon so they can wrestle over the slobbery ball together to wagging tails’ content.

I started working full time while in high school and haven’t stopped since. My illustrious career began with a smattering of service experiences at various fast food and restaurant chains, went on to fine jewelry, slipped into property management for housing projects, morphed into corporate real estate, then ended up in mergers and acquisitions. Please don’t ask me how that happened as I would have to kill you if I told you.

My home is a modestly sized ranch, recently purchased and still not completely unpacked. The walls are a boring light beige, but they make the perfect backdrop for my brightly colored Gustav Klimt canvas prints. Van Gogh hopes to join Klimt on my walls soon, but right now the brakes on my Cube need to be fixed, and the washer overflows if I place the water level on super-duper high. Priorities, priorities.

More importantly than all of the above, you absolutely must know that my favorite color is purple. Not Barney purple, no offense to Barney, but more of a medium eggplant purple. I like to think of it as a “mature” purple, but deep down I know it is really just purple.

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Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival

Quilt Festival Time!
Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival Time

Wooooo Hooooo! It is Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival time in August. If you haven’t been before, you are in for a treat. If you click on the link above you will find your way to their website, and learn all about it.

Set for August 9-11, 2013 in Loveland, Colorado, the RMQF is a wonderful place to see the best of Colorado quilting. You can also see this years Hoffman Challenge Fabrics and shop ’till you drop.

This year they are planning on over 600 quilts being displayed. Don’t forget to sign up for classes if you are going to be in the area! Of course quilters are giving and loving people all around, and this year attendees are encouraged to bring donations for the Larimer County Food Bank. Information on the RMQF website.

Come! Enjoy!

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