Can he tell her the truth? (Falling Star Review)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
I was NOT compensated for this review. I received a FREE eBook copy of Falling Star by Laura DeLuca to facilitate this review. All thoughts/opinions are my own. Your experience may differ.


Author: Laura DeLuca

ASIN: B00NS0IKDS

Published: October 2014

Pages: 376

9.5/10




DESCRIPTION
He's had it with his Hollywood persona, the high-maintenance women, and his sleazy agent. To escape the madness, he flees to a tourist town he'd often visited as a child. He never expected to find love on that little island. Then he stumbles upon Lainey alone on the swing set of a deserted beach.

After a dozen internet dating disasters, Lainey Riccardo has given up on romance--until she meets a West Coast hunk who has no trouble winning her heart. But Lainey only knows him as Drew, not the Oscar-nominated actor who's constantly scandalized in the tabloids.

When she learns the truth, will the small town Jersey girl be able to accept Drew's fast-paced life? Or will the truth drive her away forever?

WHAT I THOUGHT
I am a big fan of Laura DeLuca. Her ability to weave love, magic, and personality into every character is rare these days. Having read most of her other books, I was pretty excited to read this one as well.

It starts off with hunky actor Drew DiPalma (or Andy Palmer in the movie biz) wanting to run away from the lights and cameras, at least for a while. So he heads down to the Jersey coast for a little piece and quiet when he runs into Lainey Riccardo, who has had many dating trials and tribulations (which I can totally relate to). So before she has a chance to mace him, he asks her out for coffee because he just can't get past her beautiful looks or the way she carries herself.

Down the road, as Lainey and Drew start to fall for each other, Lainey makes Drew experience things he never would have back in Hollywood like a hay ride, a sling shot, Ferris wheel, and other things that make him question her sanity. But he keeps falling deeply in love. The only problem is that he hasn't told her who he is really is. It eats away at him until it causes more problems than he ever wanted.

I won't tell you anymore because I tend to give it away when I do but I loved the storyline, characters, and the steaminess between Lainey and Drew. Some back characters, like one of Lainey's friends from work, doesn't have much of a personality but the good story and the rest of the characters make up for it.

The only thing keep this from being a 10 is that some parts are kind of lengthy. Other than that, it was fabulous!

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You can purchase Falling Star (A Jersey Girl Novel) by Laura DeLuca on Amazon. It is available in Kindle and paperback edition.



Snack happy with #HarvestSnaps!

Monday, October 27, 2014
This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.




I am not ashamed to say that I used to love to snack. When I wanted to snack, I usually want to reach for something salty or sweet. But since I am on the track to lose weight, reaching for a few bars of mini-sized chocolate bars or a those small bags of chips weren't exactly a healthy snacking idea. So I gave up snacking. Thank goodness for Harvest Snaps!


Harvest Snaps offer some of the best snacking around - and they're non-GMO to boot! Harvest Snaps are made from either snap pea or lentils, making up 70% of each bite. They are also baked, gluten-free, and a healthy alternative to chips!
For the Snapea Crisps variety, flavors include Lightly Salted, Black Pepper, Wasabi Ranch, and Casear. The Lentil Snaps include Tomato Basil and Onion Thyme.

Not sure what to do with your Harvest Snaps, besides eating them? Find plenty of inspiration through their Lunchspiration.

You can follow Harvest Snaps on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Use their store locator to find a retailer near you.

WHAT I THOUGHT

As I said before, I used to love to snack. Thanks to Harvest Snaps, I was able to try them out and see if it hit the snacking spot. You be the judge:

Snapea Crisps- Wasabi Ranch: This was the first flavor I tried. Oh my, the flavors were everywhere, but in a good way! You tasted the ranch, and then a hit of wasabi. The wasabi wasn't enough to knock you off your feet, but it has a nice heat. I think I had too many because it aggravated my GERD. Oops!
Snapea Crisps- Wasabi Ranch

Snapea Crisps- Lightly Salted: I try to watch my salt, which is why I don't eat a lot of salty stuff. This has just a light dusting of salt, and when you eat it, it's just a hint of salt.
Snapea Crisps- Caesar: It was almost like eating a salad with Caesar dressing. It was a little too salty for my taste. Twin loved these more than I did.
Snapea Crisps- Black Pepper: I love black pepper, and these were definitely dusted with black pepper. It wasn't a lot, but you can tell it was black pepper. There was no mistaking that! One day, I might add some to tuna for texture and flavor.
Lentil Snaps - Tomato Basil (in forefront)

Lentil Snaps- Tomato Basil: Right off the bat, the Lentil Snaps are much softer than the Snapea Crisps. The Tomato Basil was VERY delicious with plenty of flavor. It might be my favorite.
Lentil Snaps- Onion Thyme: With GERD, you're not supposed to have onions but I couldn't help but taste these. They weren't as flavorful as the Tomato Basil, but the thyme and onion mix very well.

I think I have found my love for snacking again through Harvest Snaps!


Giveaway

I want you to try these for yourself so thanks to the wonderful folks at Harvest Snaps, one(1) winner will receive their own Harvest Snaps snack box. Enter below. Good luck!



Rover.com - Find that perfect dog sitter!

Friday, October 24, 2014
I was NOT compensated for this post. I received a FREE code to facilitate this post. All thoughts/opinions are my own. Your experience may differ.

When it comes to finding a place for your pooch to stay while you're on vacation or out of town, you want the best of the best. Instead of putting them in a kennel or leaving them alone is sometimes not an option. Thanks to Rover.com, you can now hire a pet sitter! To receive $20 in Rover credit, enter the promo code EdgeofInsanity20. This would be great if you're going to be leaving your doggy behind this holiday season!


To start hiring (or even becoming a pet sitter), you must first sign up at Rover. Be sure to fill out your profile. Be sure to include little tidbits about yourself, your family, and your dog(s). You can also add photos and videos of your dog(s).

After you're done filling out your profile, you can either search for sitters in your area or you can become a sitter yourself.

So why should you choose Rover? First and foremost, those who submit an application to become a sitter are suspect to a background check. Not only will they check for a criminal history, but your citizenship and other things to make sure that you are a good fit for the Rover community. This is a safety procedure for both the sitter and the person who is paying the sitter. You want to keep your dog safe, right?
Search results for my area of Texas

Okay, now you're ready to hire someone to sit for your dog. When finding someone, you can search by stay location (your home or their home), what kind of dog you have and what someone is willing to sit for, your daily budget, and the dates of drop off or pick up. If you book on Rover, you can even receive FREE premium pet insurance and 24/7 customer service. You are also able to pay your sitter through Rover.

For sitters, after your application is approved, you are able to create a profile describing everything from what you would do in an emergency to what services you offer (like if you know how to groom). Just be sure to check with your local regulations just in case you need a license or something similar.

So if you need to leave your pooch alone for a day or so, be sure to check out Rover.com to find a pet sitter so your 4-legged friend has company!

NOTE: Rates vary from sitter to sitter.

You can also use their Android app, which is also available for iOS.

Follow Rover.com on Facebook and Twitter.




Falling Star Release! (And Giveaway)

Drew DiPalma feels like he’s living a lie. He’s had it with his Hollywood persona, the high-maintenance women, and his sleazy agent.  To escape the madness, he flees to a tourist town he’d often visited as a child. He never expected to find love on that little island. Then he stumbles upon Lainey alone on the swing set of a deserted beach.

After a dozen internet dating disasters, Lainey Riccardo has given up on romance—until she meets a West Coast hunk who has no trouble winning her heart.  But Lainey only knows him as Drew, not the Oscar-nominated actor who’s constantly scandalized in the tabloids. When she learns the truth, will the small town Jersey girl be able to accept Drew’s fast-paced life? Or will the truth drive her away forever?
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Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children.  In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the editor of a popular review blog called New Age Mama.  Her works include romantic thrillers, paranormal fiction, contemporary romance, and young adult.
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The Giveaway

One lucky winner is going to receive an amazing prize pack that includes a $25 Amazon GC,
 
A Jersey girl prize pack including a Wildwood Mug, key chain, and statue, jewelry box, and more!



And we saved the best for last. The winner will also receive this gorgeous hand-sculpted "Garden Mother" statue that was created by Sharon Coslop, an amazing artist who inspired one of the characters in Falling Star. This piece is a painted, fired earthenware clay sculpture, 8” wide and 12” high, ready to be hung.  It is durable, but an indoor piece, because constant weather exposure would affect the paint.



To enter this giveaway, simply fill out the giveaway tools form below.   Giveaway is open to the US only.  Ends 11/24/14 at 12pmEST. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to reply before another winner is selected. Good luck to everyone!


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Fall Into A Nature's Sleep Mattress For 50% Off!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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