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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Book Review: The Nortorious Lady Anne by Sharon Cullen

Title:  The Notorious Lady Anne
Author:  Sharon Cullen
Publication Date:  February 11, 2013

Book Description
Nicholas Addison, celebrated captain of the Blackwell Shipping Fleet, has agreed to take Mrs. Emmaline Sutherland aboard the Pride and ferry the raven-haired beauty across the Atlantic on what he imagines will be a routine trip. But when the ship is attacked by pirates, the seemingly innocent passenger is revealed to be none other than the infamous marauder Lady Anne, whose name strikes fear in the hearts of sailors everywhere—and whose seductive wiles commandeers Nicholas’s affections.

Lady Anne, a legend of the high seas, has spent the last eleven years plotting revenge against her father, the owner of Blackwell Shipping. She’s targeted the Pride in hopes of plundering its captain’s company secrets. But beneath her fierce courage and bitter determination, Anne has the delicate heart of a woman—a heart that cannot help falling for Nicholas. Now Anne must make a difficult choice: bring down Blackwell or surrender to love.

Book Review:  5 out of 5 stars
This book is the book I've been searching for for over a year.  A good old-fashioned bodice ripper, but with an actual story!!

This novel takes twists and turns, as a reader, you're taken for a bit of ride, trying to figure out where it might be going, what the answers may be.  The great thing about this story, for once BOTH the hero and heroine have issues in their past.  Both have demons to overcome, both are proud, both are determined to do "what's right."  Both struggle with their decisions, the doubts on what they "should do," and the lives growing further and further entwined.

This novel was immensely enjoyable.  I spent every free minute reading this book, and waiting for the happy ending.  Waiting for two stubborn people to realize they belong together. Waiting for them to jump each other.

As someone reading romance novels for 20+ years, this story had everything I wish stories nowadays could pull off.  A real story, a real dilemma, strong personalities that aren't just thrown together to try to pad out a book.  And sexual attraction. Loads of it.
Ms. Cullen has brought back the "golden age" of romance novel writing, and I am a definite fan of hers, and would love to read anything past and present I can get my hands on.



Sunday, March 3, 2013

Huge Giveaway at The Framed Lady

My sister-site, Hair Made Beautiful, is taking part of a  HUGE Facebook Fan giveaway over at The Framing Lady.  I am offering up a pair of bobby pins (your choice) from Lilla Rose.  There are tons of prizes!!

Check out these amazing girls and the awesome prizes they donated to help me celebrate gaining 1000 likes on Facebook! Interested in being part of an awesome giveaway like this? Email Tess at tesiahwilk@yahoo.com!

Items you will win:
$20 Target giftcard from Simply, Ashley
Red, handmade scarf from Annie One Can Cook!
$15 Shop credit and free shipping from Top This By Leanne
2 elastic bracelets and a set of 1 wired bracelet and 1 pair of earrings from Sensational Creations
$15 shop credit to Studio Eleven
These Red Top earrings from Aditi Jewelry
$15 shop credit to Little Glass Slippers
Pacifier clip from Bling For Baby
$10 Amazon giftcard from Part of That World
A Vintage Feel Necklace from Peace Love Sequins
$10 Target giftcard from Sincerely, Leslie
$15 Starbucks giftcard from I Know This Much is True
A set of jeweled bobby pins from Lilla Rose

Ad Space you will win: 
210 x 210 ad from Ladies in Navy
2 Months Large Ad Space from Fox and Hazel
2 Months 200 x 100 ad space from The Crafty Side of Sarcasm
200 x 300 Large ad from Lily White English Rose
Medium ad from Pandora's Craft Box
Large 215 x 215 ad from The Cottage Diaries
Medium ad space from Serenity You
2 months 250 x 250 ad space from Sweet Silver Lining* (FEBRUARY SPONSOR)
2 months 200 x 200 ad space from Let It Shine
Medium ad from The Life of a Not So Ordinary Wife
Large Ad from The Domestic Geek
Glass Slipper Ad from Life in a Breakdown
2 Months Large ad space from Homegrown & Healthy
Large ad from Sunny With a Chance of Sprinkles
3 months of 200 x 200 ad space from I Know This Much is True

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Autism Awareness Month

As you may or may not know, I now have my own company, where I am an Independent Consultant for Lilla Rose.

Because I have two special needs children, and this is a topic very near and dear to my heart, I am on the look out for Blogs, Websites, FaceBook Pages, and FRIENDS to host a Lilla Rose Party in April.

During the month of April, any "blue" items purchased during your party (can run up to three weeks), customers will receive 10% off paid via paypal.

Party Ideas
  • A Facebook or Twitter party to talk about Autism and ways we can help, as part of your month-long campaign.
  • An in-home party, if you're local to my area.
  • A catalog party and/or online party for you to share at work and with friends and family.
 Hostess Rewards
  • You could use the hostess rewards to purchase "blue" pieces the website, to use for awareness campaigns or raffles throughout the year.
  • You could offer the person who makes the biggest purchase during your party, the opportunity to be the mystery hostess and receive the rewards. 
 Contact me now at jennirv4967@yahoo.com to book your party today!