Wednesday, September 29, 2021

September 2021 Haul Part 2!


  

I felt like the first half of the year went by slowly and now, its already the end of the year! Time really does fly when you are having fun. Honestly, I haven't do anything fun in the last two years so, I have no idea what I am even talking about.

I got a few sheet masks that I am excited to try. I got  the new Facetory dream garden camellia mask. So far, all the masks I have tried from their newer "more expensive" line has been great. They do have "everyday" masks that are also a good value. I like the packaging of Needly's Peony jelly mask. It looks like a deflated ghost.

CBD has been popping up in beauty products a lot more recently. I have tried a few and the jury is out because a lot of "experts" say CBD has no effect in skincare products. I am not sure if the CBD actually makes a difference or the product itself is good without it. I got this new lip butter that has CBD in it and I am excited. It has a nice tropical scent and its called Truly Pineaple Haze CBD Glossy Lip Butter. Upon further inspection, I just noticed this product doesn't third party seal to verify their CBD claims. I have read that a lot of companies claim that their products have a certain level or grade but, without the third party verification service its hard to prove how true that is. However, I will still try the lip balm but, I would need to be better at read the labels in the future.

I heard great things about the brand called Nudestix. I got this new lip glaze in nude cherry. It is the perfect shade of red. I got a tinted lip balm from Honest Beauty. I have tried their lip balms and lotions and thought they were okay. They weren't anything noteworthy compared to other similar brands. 

Lastly, I got three new  masks that I am excited to try.  I got the new Glow Recipe watermelon glow pore tight facial. I had mixed results with this brand but, I do love how good it smells. I got a cream mask from Sandawha and it just looks so pretty. I got another GlamGlow mask. I had mixed results with this one before. Hopefully, I get some Hollywood results this time around.

Did you get anything new this month that you are excited to try?

Monday, September 27, 2021

Book Spotlight - Spirit Fire by Susan McCauley + Giveaway

About the Book

Title: SPIRIT FIRE (Ghost Hunters #3)

Author: Susan McCauley

Pub. Date: September 28, 2021

Publisher: Celtic Sea Publishing

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&N, TBD, Bookshop.org

Kindle Unlimited members will be able to read this for FREE!

Who—or what—is causing the fires in the French Quarter? A little girl? A long-dead prisoner? An evil presence calling to those beyond the grave?

In this spooky, fast-paced adventure, twelve-year-old Alex must fight smoke, flames, and ghostly prisoners to stop whatever’s causing the blazes—before more lives are lost.

 



Haven’t started the series yet? Grab books 1 & 2, BONES IN THE WALL & PIRATE’S CURSE for FREE with a KU subscription! Or get the audiobook for book 1 for FREE on Audible!

 

BONES IN THE WALL: Kindle, Audible

PIRATE’S CURSE: Kindle

 

About Susan:

Susan is an award winning author of paranormal, fantasy, and horror for adults, young adults, and middle grade readers. She first fell in love with the paranormal when she was three years old and scared witless on Disney's Haunted Mansion ride, but begged her parents to ride again and again!

Susan has lived on all three coasts of the United States, as well as having spent a few years in the U.K. She loves to travel, scuba dive, practice taekwondo (she's not a black belt - yet!), read, see movies, and go to the theatre. She's also passionate about animals and has a special place in her heart for cats. You can visit her on the web at www.sbmccauley.com


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Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive a finished copy of book 1 in the GHOST HUNTERS series & swag (Ghost Hunters bag, Evil Eye pendant from Turkey, series branded bookmark), US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/6/2021

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt

9/7/2021

A Dream Within A Dream

Guest Post

9/8/2021

Lexijava

Excerpt

9/9/2021

Writer of Wrongs

Guest Post

9/10/2021

Rajiv's Reviews

Review

9/11/2021

Jazzy Book Reviews

Excerpt

Week Two:

9/12/2021

bellesmiddlegrade

Review

9/13/2021

BookHounds YA

Excerpt

9/14/2021

YA Books Central

Excerpt

9/15/2021

Rockstar Book Tours

IG Post

9/16/2021

Wottaread

Excerpt

9/17/2021

Amy's Book Nook

Review

9/18/2021

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Review

Week Three:

9/19/2021

dinipandareads

Review

9/20/2021

Don't Judge, Read

Excerpt

9/21/2021

I'm Shelfish

Excerpt

9/22/2021

Jaime's World

Excerpt

9/23/2021

The Bookwyrm's Den

Review

9/24/2021

hauntedbybooks

Review

9/25/2021

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Review

Week Four:

9/26/2021

@Curlygrannylovestoread

Review

9/27/2021

Locks, Hooks and Books

Review

9/28/2021

Books and Zebras @jypsylynn

Review

9/29/2021

The Momma Spot

Review

9/30/2021

Two Points of Interest

Review


Saturday, September 25, 2021

Book Spotlight - Pahua And The Soul Stealer by Lori M. Lee + Giveaway

About The Book:

Title: PAHUA AND THE SOUL STEALER

Author: Lori M. Lee

Pub. Date: September 7, 2021

Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 320

Find it:  GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBDBookshop.org

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Lori M. Lee's middle grade debut about a lonely Hmong girl who discovers she's a powerful shaman warrior in this fantasy inspired by Southeast Asian mythology.

Pahua Moua has a bit of a reputation for being a weirdo. A lonely eleven-year-old Hmong girl with the unique ability to see spirits, she spends her summer days babysitting her little brother and playing with her best friend, a cat spirit no one else can see.
One day Pahua accidentally untethers an angry spirit from the haunted bridge in her neighborhood--whoops. When her brother suddenly falls sick and can't be awoken, Pahua fears that the bridge spirit has stolen his soul. She returns to the scene of the crime with her aunt's old shaman tools, hoping to confront the spirit and demand her brother's return. Instead, she summons a demon.

Thankfully, a warrior shaman with a bit of an attitude problem shows up at the last minute and saves her butt. With the help of this guide, Pahua will have to find her way through the spirit worlds and rescue her brother's soul before it's too late. Little does she know she'll have her own discoveries to make along the way. . . .


With its unforgettable characters, unique nature-based magic system, breathtaking twists and reveals, and climactic boss battle, this story based on Hmong oral tradition offers everything a fantasy lover could want.


 About Lori:

Lori M. Lee is the author of speculative novels and short stories. Her books include PAHUA AND THE SOUL STEALER (Disney/Rick Riordan Presents), FOREST OF SOULS and the sequel BROKEN WEB (Page Street), and more. She’s also a contributor to the anthologies A THOUSAND BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS and COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES. She considers herself a unicorn fan, enjoys marathoning TV shows, and loves to write about magic, manipulation, and family.

Photo credit PrettyGeeky Photography.

 

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will win a finished copy of PAHUA AND THE SOUL STEALER, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/1/2021

Kait Plus Books

Excerpt

9/2/2021

YA Books Central

Excerpt

9/3/2021

Nerdophiles

Review

9/4/2021

Bibliosini

Review

Week Two:

9/5/2021

Rajiv's Reviews

Review

9/6/2021

Book-Keeping

Review

9/7/2021

The Bookwyrm's Den

Review

9/8/2021

booksaremagictoo

Review

9/9/2021

Sometimes Leelynn Reads

Review

9/10/2021

Log Cabin Library

Review

9/11/2021

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Review

Week Three:

9/12/2021

Lifestyle of Me

Review

9/13/2021

Emelie's Books

Review

9/14/2021

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Review

9/15/2021

Locks, Hooks and Books

Review

9/16/2021

More Books Please blog

Review

9/17/2021

Discover Elysian

Review

9/18/2021

Don't Judge, Read

Review

Week Four:

9/19/2021

@pagesofyellow

Review

9/20/2021

TLC Book Nook

Review

9/21/2021

Fyrekatz Blog

Review

9/22/2021

The Momma Spot

Review

9/23/2021

Lexijava

Excerpt

9/24/2021

hauntedbybooks

Review

9/25/2021

BookHounds YA

Excerpt

Week Five:

9/26/2021

A Court of Coffee and Books

Review

9/27/2021

YA Book Nerd

Excerpt

9/28/2021

PopTheButterfly Reads

Review

9/29/2021

@fictitious.fox

Review

9/30/2021

Two Points of Interest

Review


Thursday, September 23, 2021

Book Spotlight - The Cursed Carnival And Other Calamities by Rick Riordan + Giveaway

 About The Book:

Title: THE CURSED CARNIVAL AND OTHER CALAMITIES : New Stories About Mythic Heroes

Author: Roshani Chokshi, J.C. Cervantes, Yoon Ha Lee, Carlos Hernandez, Kwame Mbalia, Rebecca Roanhorse, Tehlor Kay Mejia, Sarwat Chadda, Graci Kim, and Rick Riordan

Pub. Date: September 28, 2021

Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 496

Find it:  GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBDBookshop.org

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents ten new stories--including one of his own--about beloved heroes that sprang from the imaginations of some of the best middle grade authors working today.

A cave monster . . . an abandoned demon . . . a ghost who wants to erase history . . . a killer commandant . . . These are just some of the challenges confronting the young heroes in this highly entertaining anthology.

All but one of the heroes previously starred in a popular book from Rick Riordan Presents. You''ll be reunited with Aru Shah, Zane Obispo, Min the fox spirit, Sal and Gabi, Tristan Strong, Nizhoni Begay, Paola Santiago, Sikander Aziz, and Riley Oh. Who is the new hero? Read Rick Riordan''s short story to find out!

Ten bestselling and award-winning middle grade authors contributed to this collection: Roshani Chokshi, J.C. Cervantes, Yoon Ha Lee, Carlos Hernandez, Kwame Mbalia, Rebecca Roanhorse, Tehlor Kay Mejia, Sarwat Chadda, Graci Kim, and Rick Riordan, who also served as the editor.

The cultures represented by these own-voices stories are: Indian, Mesoamerican, Korean, Cuban, Black American, African, Navajo, Mexican, Mesopotamian, and Celtic.

There’s something for everyone in this collection of fast-paced and funny adventure stories that show what it takes to be a hero in any time, setting, and universe.

 

About the Authors: 

Click on the links to be taken to their websites!

Roshani Chokshi

J.C. Cervantes

Yoon Ha Lee

Carlos Hernandez

Kwame Mbalia

Rebecca Roanhorse

Tehlor Kay Mejia

Sarwat Chadda

Graci Kim

Rick Riordan

 

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will win a finished copy of THE CURSED CARNIVAL AND OTHER CALAMITIES, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/1/2021

YA Books Central

Excerpt

9/2/2021

Kait Plus Books

Excerpt

9/3/2021

Rajiv's Reviews

Review

9/4/2021

@Curlygrannylovestoread

Review

Week Two:

9/5/2021

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Review

9/6/2021

A Dream Within A Dream

Review

9/7/2021

Nonbinary Knight Reads

Review

9/8/2021

The Bookwyrm's Den

Review

9/9/2021

Log Cabin Library

Review

9/10/2021

Lifestyle of Me

Review

9/11/2021

Emelie's Books

Review

Week Three:

9/12/2021

@pagesofyellow

Review

9/13/2021

Locks, Hooks and Books

Review

9/14/2021

More Books Please blog

Review

9/15/2021

Little Red Reads

Review

9/16/2021

Don't Judge, Read

Review

9/17/2021

Fyrekatz Blog

Review

9/18/2021

booksaremagictoo

Review

Week Four:

9/19/2021

The Phantom Paragrapher

Review

9/20/2021

BookHounds YA

Excerpt

9/21/2021

Cindy's Love of Books

Review

9/22/2021

dinipandareads

Review

9/23/2021

hauntedbybooks

Review

9/24/2021

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Review

9/25/2021

Books and Zebras @jypsylynn

Review

Week Five:

9/26/2021

The Momma Spot

Review

9/27/2021

Zainey Laney

Review

9/28/2021

@fictitious.fox

Review

9/29/2021

Two Points of Interest

Review

9/30/2021

PopTheButterfly Reads

Review