Friday, December 12, 2014

Enter to Win Prizes for Entertaining at Home!

Entertaining at home can be a lot of fun. Offering your guests some good times with good friends and good food, is a satisfying endeavor for all. Still, it takes some time and effort to make it all happen.

That's where today's sweepstakes come in, offering you some of the tools that it might take to become the "hostess with the mostess!" Your guests will be chomping at the bit to come to your next party, with a win from one of these sweepstakes!

2014 Fourteen Hands & Angry Orchard Entertaining Space Makeover Sweepstakes

* Grand Prize winner will receive a $5000 Entertaining Space Makeover, in the form of a $5000 gift card to a housewares, furniture and home accessories retailer.

One entry per person/email address. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 21 or older. Ends December 31, 2014.

The 2014 Entertainment Sweepstakes

* Grand prize winner will receive a Samsung flat screen television, a mini beverage center, and an Omaha Steaks prize package. Winner will be given the option of cash or merchandise. Total ARV $3299.99.

One entry per person per day. Open to legal residents living in the 50 United States, D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec), 18 or older. Ends January 31, 2015.

Food Network's Summer Entertaining Sweepstakes

* Grand prize is $10,000.

One entry per household and per email address per day. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 13 or older. Ends January 31, 2015.

Good Luck!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

'Hotwire' by Cindy M. Hogan, Blog Tour and a Giveaway!

HotwireHotwire by Cindy M. Hogan

Division spy Christy Hadden can't wait for her latest assignment posing as a student at a prestigious New York City academy and car thief extraordinaire.

The best part of the mission is her attractive handler, Jeremy, and her new team. The worst part? The sociopath masquerading as the academy's most popular guy.

But soon she realizes the car thieves are much more than they seem. Her simple spying mission becomes more dangerous than anyone imagined. If the organization discovers her true identity, they won't hesitate to kill her, and if she fails, others will suffer the same fate.

Young Adults, teens and adults will love this exciting suspenseful adventure with a dash of romance. You won't want to put it down

Amazon * Barnes & Noble * Kobo

iTunes * Smashwords

Praise for Hotwire

This book will take you on a crazy ride that you won't want to get off of to eat, sleep or anything else! ~Cathy Jeppson

Hogan cleverly created characters with detail, who are both relatable and grounded. ~ the bookstalker

It’s a thriller that reminded me of a mix between Gone in 60 Seconds and the Gallagher Girls books ~Canda Mortensen

My Review

Christy Hadden is a spy. Though she is only 19, earlier experiences motivated her on a fast track through training. Now, she is on an assignment with her team, in New York City.

This book starts out fast-paced, and continues on to be filled with edge-of-your-seat reading. The primary characters are quite "spy-like," giving you just enough information to like, or maybe to dislike some of them, and to get to know them just a bit, yet not enough to let you in on too much of their private lives. In other words, you won't find any "fluff" or "filler" in this book. It is concisely written.

Christy shows confidence and strength in doing her work, yet she is still just as vulnerable as any other teenage girl. Sometimes she is filled with self-doubt, yet, at other times, she can still come off as a bit over-confident in her own abilities. She needs her team, and they need her.

The lines between good and bad are sometimes blurred, throughout the story. This often keeps you wondering if certain characters are good people doing bad things, or if they are bad people doing good things. Though the book does contain some violence, it is less graphic than what you might regularly see on prime time TV, and it stays relevant to the story.

Yet, it isn't all about spy stuff. There are many intricacies. Human relationships, young people enjoying the fun things they do at that age, touching friendships and budding romance, all are lingering on the edge of a dark hole, and must be kept safe. The hardships and calamities of doing such a tough job give it still more added dimension. The heart and soul are still there.

This is not the first book in the series, yet, it still works well as a stand-alone read.


Cindy HoganAuthor Cindy M. Hogan

Cindy M. Hogan graduated with a BA in education and is inspired by the unpredictable teenagers she teaches. More than anything she loves the time she has with her own teenage daughters and wishes she could freeze them at this fun age. If she's not reading or writing, you'll find her snuggled up with the love of her life watching a great movie or planning their next party. Most of all, she loves to laugh.

She is the bestselling and award winning author of the Watched trilogy, a YA suspense series with a dash of romance. She has since branched off to write a mystery, Gravediggers, that won Best YA novel of 2013, a contemporary romance, Confessions of a 16-Year-Old Virgin Lips, and two in a spy series, Adrenaline Rush and Hotwire.

Now, on to the giveaway!


Blog Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 12/26/14

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you'd like to visit more blogs on this tour, click through on the pic below, then scroll to the bottom of the page for the list of blogs and dates...

Website * Twitter * Facebook * Pinterest


Tour Schedule

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

Special thanks to "I Am A Reader" for hosting.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Enter to Win Toys for the Kids!

Toys can be a hard thing to buy. Finding just the right toy, for the right age, and suited for a particular child's personality, takes a lot of thought. It can also take a lot of time to investigate, to find just the right ones.

If you're like me, it may have been a while between the "kids'-toy-buying" phases of your life...

Luckily, there are a lot of good folks offering their time and experiences, to help guide the search for good toys. Just as luckily, you could win some new toys, with today's giveaways!

Hot Toys for Girls This Holiday Season {Plus an Awesome Giveaway Too!}

* Grand prize is a Battat prize package, which includes an Our Generation horse, a L'il Woodzeez Hedgehog Family, a B. Toys Baa Baa Barn, a B. Toys TeePee, and a Pet Vet. No ARV is stated.

Entry by giveaway widget (daily entries allowed). Open to U.S. residents (excluding UT), 18 or older. Ends December 19, 2014.

Fab 15 Toy Giveaway

* Grand prize is a Kmart 2014 "Fab 15" Holiday Toy List, which includes the following:

Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll by TollyTots
FurReal Friends Get Up and GoGo My Walkin' Pup Pet by Hasbro
LEGO Super Heroes Line from Marvel and DC Comics
NERF Zombie Strike SlingFire Blaster
Nickelodeon PAW Patrol Look-Out Playset, Vehicles and Figurines, and Rescue Racers by Spin Master
Play-Doh DohVinci Style and Store Vanity Complete Design Set by Hasbro
Simon Swipe Game by Hasbro
VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch
Zoomer Dino by Spin Master
Disney Doc McStuffins Sleepytime Lambie by Just Play (Kmart exclusive)
Holiday Auburn Barbie 2014 Doll by Mattel (Kmart exclusive)
My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks Mane Event Stage Playset by Hasbro (Kmart exclusive)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Power Wheels Lil' Dune Racer by Fisher-Price (Kmart exclusive)
Transformers Age of Extinction Optimus Prime and Grimlock 12-Inch Electronic Figures by Hasbro (Kmart exclusives)
WWE Cardinal Red John Cena 31'' Figure by Wicked Cool Toys (Kmart exclusive)

Total ARV $378.86.

One entry per person/email address per 24 hours, with bonus entries available. Open to legal residents physically located in the 50 United States and D.C., 18 or older. Ends December 14, 2014.

K'Nex Toy Chest Giveaway

* Grand prize consists of 3 sets of K'Nex 70 Model Toy Chest. No ARV is stated.

Widget entry. Open to U.S. residents, 18 or older. Ends December 23, 2014. USA, LLC
Good Luck!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Win Awesome Stuff for Him, Amazing Stuff for Her, and Fabulous Stuff for Both!

Wow. Today's sweepstakes have some to-die-for prizes! Whether it be for him, or for her, or for both of you (well, maybe it's just for you, then), somebody's going to have a screaming fit when they win one of these!


GARMIN GIVEAWAY: VIRB Elevate Your Holiday Sweepstakes

* Grand prize consists of three VIRB Elite HD 1080p Action Cameras, VIRB mounts with a maximum value of $300 and a cash prize of $3,000. Total ARV $4,499.97.

One entry per person/email address/Twitter account per day, with bonus entries available. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 18 or older. Ends December 17, 2014.

#VintageGoldmine Sweepstakes

* First prize is one vintage Chanel Quilted Handbag. ARV USD $2,500.

* Second prize is one vintage Balenciaga Handbag. ARV USD $1,250.

* Third prize is one vintage Louis Vuitton Backpack. ARV USD $950.

* Fourth prize is one vintage Moschino Quilted Purse. ARV USD $850.

* Fifth prize is one vintage Dolce & Gabbana Belt. ARV USD $450.

The rules note that "all prizes are gently used (not new) and in very good condition."

One entry per person/email address. Open to legal residents of the U.S. (excluding Rhode Island), D.C., Canada (excluding Quebec), and the UK, who are at least the legal age of majority in their place of residence. Ends December 18, 2014.

“Fandango Furious 7 Sweepstakes”

Entering this sweeps will sign you up for "fan alerts" for "Furious 7" show times in your area.

* Grand prize consists of a 55" 4K Curved SMART TV; a home theater system with built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, and Digital Surround Sound; an XBOX One console; Seven movie tickets to Furious 7; and a Fast & Furious 6-Movie Collection (Blu-ray + Digital HD with UltraViolet). Total ARV $4,100.

One entry per person. Open to legal residents of 49 United States (excludes Rhode Island) and D.C., who are at least 18 and the age of majority in their place of residence. Ends February 4, 2015.
Good Luck!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Win Gifts for Your Dog!

The other day, I caught one of our yellow labs snooping around, nosing through the gifts under the tree. When he was done, he threw me a disgusted look, turned his back on me, and walked away to pout.

Dang. He caught me. I haven't picked up any dog gifts yet. Yes, the doggie guilt trip worked. So today's sweepstakes are for anyone who knows the feeling...

Clean Dog Teeth TropiClean Giveaway #SmoochUrPooch

* 10 Grand prizes of a TropiClean Starter Kit, each, featuring the water additive, dental chews, and teeth gel. ARV $50.

Rafflecopter entry. Open to U.S. residents, 18 or older. Ends December 14, 2014.

The Honest Kitchen Giveaway

* Grand Prizeis a 10 lb box of Halcyon and a set of limited-edition Winter Warmers, value $139.98

* Runner up prize is a 4 lb box of Halcyon. Value $59.99

Rafflecopter entry. Ends December 15, 2014, at 12:01 a.m.

December 2014 WeatherBeeta Parka 1200D Dog Coat Giveaway

* Grand prize is a WeatherBeeta Parka 1200D Dog Coat, valued at $39.99.

Must be 13 or older to enter. Ends December 15, 2014.

Today's Bonus

For a new prize each day...
25 Days of Gift Giveaways

Good Luck!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Your Cabin Holiday Photos Could Win!

If you enjoy your holidays at the cabin, then Cabin Life Magazine would like to see some of your best holiday pics!

The theme for this contest is "Holidays at the Cabin." No technical specifications are posted in the rules (size, format, etc.), so basically, it appears that if you can upload it, you can enter it into the contest. Of course, it still must be relevant to the theme, and be tasteful.

Submissions will be judged based upon the following criteria: interpretation of theme, quality, composition, and relevancy to cabin living.

Once the submissions are closed, the magazine's editors will choose the top ten finalists, which the general public will then vote on to determine the winner (in conjunction with editorial review), beginning December 15. The last day to vote is December 28.

* The prize for this contest is a $100 Cabin Life prize package. ARV $100.

December Photo Contest "Holidays at the Cabin"

You may submit up to two photos. Open to residents of the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are at least 18 and the age of majority in their place of residence. Ends December 14, 2014.

Today's Bonuses

If you'd like to try to get featured in the Macon Telegraph... Submissions and voting open through December 14.
Holiday Lights Contest

In case you'd prefer a sweepstakes, and would like to win a Christmas knife...
December 2014 contest WIN a Case Christmas knife

Winning News

On Friday I was an instant winner in the "The XC90 Experience in Volvo Reality Promotion," featured in the November 21st post, It's an Instant Wins Weekend!

Though certain things may seem inexplicable (at least to my youngest son), I had really, really wanted to win one of these, so I was quite excited when I did!

Right away, I searched for apps, and found the one from Volvo (with very good reviews) along with two others I could use, so I downloaded all three. Of course, I won't open them until the cardboard arrives, and is assembled and ready to use... The suspense will just kill me till then.

Thank you, Volvo, for this fun and exciting win!

Good Luck!

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