Month: October 2017

A Wine and Romance Series Pairing

A Wine and Romance Series Pairing By: April Hughes   What’s better than sitting down with a cup of coffee and a good book? -Sitting down with a glass of wine and a good book. For me, sipping my adult grape juice while reading a novel by one of my favorite authors is the ultimate form of pleasure and contentment. The moment that wine touches my lips and my nose dives into that book is the moment that everything around me ceases to matter- this includes the dishes piling up in the sink, the dog tearing up a roll...

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Review of “Against the Ropes” by Sarah Castille

Against the Ropes by Sarah Castille Series: Redemption #1 Also in this series: Full Contact Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on 2013 Genres: Fiction, Erotica, General, Romance, Contemporary Pages: 349 Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble Goodreads "Fifty Shades of Grey meets Fight Club."-RT Book Reviews A Publishers Weekly TOP 10 Romance for Fall He scared me. He thrilled me. And after one touch, all I could think about was getting more... Makayla never thought she'd set foot in an elite mixed martial arts club. But if anyone needs a medic on hand, it's these guys. Then again, at her first...

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This Maine Town is Infamous for its Haunted History PLUS Local Event

Ghostport Haunted Maine Town By: April Hughes   Ghostport is an annual event that takes place in October in the town of Bucksport, Maine. Bucksport is notorious in the state for its rich history and legend involving its founder, Colonel Jonathan Buck. According to the legend, in 1852- a little over 50 years after Colonel Buck’s death- a monument was erected in his memory by his grandchildren. While this is not unusual, what was considered peculiar is the distinct marking of a woman’s leg and foot that appeared soon after it was built. This legend concluded that the markings...

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Review of The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia Published by Imprint on October 4th 2016 Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Girls & Women, Social Themes, Emotions & Feelings Pages: 304 Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble Goodreads She used to care about being the good girl. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend's death, Frankie Devereux lives her life by one dangerous rule: nothing matters. But she crosses the line with a reckless choice that forces her to move in with her dad—an overprotective cop—and transfer to a new school. When Frankie meets Marco, a tough street racer who is risking...

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7 Steps for Surviving the Holidays

7 Steps for Surviving the Holidays By: April Hughes      Every October I find time to reflect on everything I’ve learned in holidays past. This is done in an effort to emotionally, mentally, and physically prepare myself for the chaos to come. I know that once November 1st hits, there’s no going back. I am going to be thrust into the whirlwind of holiday spirit- I’m talking Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and all the cheery crap that comes in between. With having two kids I am more inclined to participate in the “festivities”. So, the day after Thanksgiving I slap on my jolly elf hat and I decorate until my house looks like the North Pole threw up all over it. So, here are the 7 steps I take to navigate the benevolent, and sometimes unpredictable, currents of the holidays and still manage to cheerfully sip my hot cocoa. My 7 Steps I do the bulk of my shopping over Amazon- Amazon Prime is my best friend during the holidays. This means I can avoid the blood-thirsty hordes swarming our local stores. Prime Discounted Monthly Offering Only $5.99 per month until Dec 31st!!! Instead of participating in Black Friday, I join the “stay-in-bed-where-it’s-nice-and-warm” Friday. You should try this. You’d be amazed about how great it feels to not be standing in a mile-long line...

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The Secret to Finding Time to Read

The Secret to Finding Time to Read By: April Hughes   “How do you find time to read?” This is a question I get asked all too often. It’s also a legitimate one considering the circus impersonation that I call my life. I discovered my love of reading in fourth grade when my teacher began reading to us Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. I was completely engrossed in the story. From the cupboard beneath the stairs, to the shocking entrance of Hagrid on that wave-tossed, stony island- every moment captured my interest. Unfortunately, my teacher...

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Morse’s Sauerkraut and European Deli – Waldoboro Maine

Marzipan Stollen French Toast at Morse’s Sauerkraut Masonlight at Morse’s Sauerkraut Homemade pickles at Morse’s Sauerkraut Spaetzle at Morse’s Sauerkraut Fall decoration at Morse’s Sauerkraut Morse’s Sauerkraut and European Deli By: April Hughes   Morse’s Sauerkraut and European Deli is both a specialty store and restaurant that offers a variety of European dishes and imported goods. The Kraut Haus restaurant at Morse’s has been our favorite place to enjoy a Sunday brunch for the past couple of years. From Marzipan Stollen French Toast and Reuben Omelets, to Schnitzel dishes and Spaetzle, the Kraut Haus has a lot to offer....

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Treworgy Family Orchards – Levant, Maine – October 2017

Treworgy Family Orchards It has been a tradition in our family to visit Treworgy Family Orchards in Levant, Maine every October. This is a family event that we look forward to every fall, and for a variety of reasons. From the unique corn maze designs and orchards, to the hayrides and pumpkin patch, there is a little of everything for people to enjoy. Personally? I truly enjoy the corn maze. This isn’t your typical randomly designed maze that you have to run around until you find the way out. Treworgy comes up with a new design every year. Here’s...

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I’ll Have That Book with a Side of Raunchy Please

  If Fifty Shades of Grey or Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series has shown us anything, it’s that reading the occasional “vulgar” and “crude” novel is something that a LOT of women (and perhaps men) enjoy. And rightly so. In my opinion, those gritty, intense scenes that would earn themselves an NC-17 rating on screen are a lovely way to distract yourself from the more mundane aspects of life…like work, house chores, and endless errands. And let’s face it, while I may never indulge in some of the more erotic things I have read (I wonder if some of those...

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Review of Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell ISBN: 9781481432061 Published by Simon and Schuster on February 2nd 2016 Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Pirates, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Adaptations, Juvenile Nonfiction, Activity Books Pages: 352 Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble Goodreads From “talented wordsmith” (Publishers Weekly) Lisa Maxwell comes a lush, atmospheric fantasy novel filled with twists and turns about a girl who is kidnapped and brought to an island inhabited by fairies, a roguish ship captain, and bloodthirsty beasts. For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home....

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