Top Music Picks and Giveaway from author of A Distant Voice, @BirdieBlake


A Distant Voice
Bridie Blake
Evernight Teen
Contemporary Young Adult
72,000 words

In life you don’t find your voice. It finds you. 

Violet Hayes knows how to survive the year living with her grandmother in the small town of Wandorah, Tennessee. 

• Make Rose happy 
• Don’t sing or play guitar 
• Avoid Sally Shaw 
• Ignore Carter Jenkins 

It seems simple enough, right? Wrong. 

• How do you keep a depressed sister happy? 
• How do you deny yourself your dream? 
• How do you avoid a friendship? 
• And how do you ignore a boy when he’s everywhere you turn? 

Violet’s to-do list just became a whole lot harder. 
14+ due to adult situations

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Top 10 Songs To Dance To

10. Like It’s Quidditch (a Harry Potter Like a g6 Parody) – you haven’t lived until you’ve danced to this song.

9. Rock DJ by Robbie Williams – purely for nostalgic purposes. This song reminds me of being eighteen and going out with my sister and friends.

8. ABC by The Jackson Five – it’s upbeat and the lyrics are easy to remember, which is super important when dancing (in my opinion). You can’t dance without belting out the lyrics!

7. Shake It Off by Taylor Swift – it’s fun, catchy and my head always bops along when I hear it.  

6. Blame It On The Boogie by The Jacksons – There are actions. That is all.

5. I Just Can’t Wait To Be King from The Lion King – yes, The Lion King. I probably sound quite strange right now but trust me, put this song on and dance and you’ll never be the same again. My friend and I have what we call ‘Dancing Nights’, which pretty much means dancing in my kitchen for hours. And Disney songs are a staple of those nights. So too, are Broadway songs, which leads me to my next choice.

4. La Vie Boheme from Rent – Rent is one of my favorite musicals (and movies) and this song always makes me want to dance. Who am I kidding? This song makes me wish I was friends with them and dancing on top of the table and telling Benny to take a hike!

3. You Can’t Stop The Beat from Hairspray – this song is an epic workout. I get a stitch from singing and dancing about halfway through but when it’s playing, you seriously cannot stop dancing to it. Afterwards, you can barely breathe, but it’s worth it!

2. Spice Up Your Life by Spice Girls – a song where I can jump around like a maniac. That’s what dancing’s all about.

1. Don’t Stop Movin’ by S Club 7 – I couldn’t go to a party in my final year of high school without this song coming on. And if it comes on now I’m the first to squeal and run to the dance floor.

Favorite 5 Ballads To Belt Out

5. All Out Of Love by Air Supply – I’ve only recently discovered the joy of belting this one out. That chorus is epic.

4. Mean by Taylor Swift – this song is perfect if you’ve had a bad day or had to deal with frustrating people. Singing this at the top of your lungs makes everything okay again.

3. For Good from Wicked – another ‘Dancing Night’ staple with my friend. We love, love, love singing this. And it’s taken me a while, but I now know all the words. And yes, I’m proud of that!

2. One Song Glory from Rent – so unbelievably sad and my favorite song from Rent. 

1. Let It Go from Frozen – ah Disney, you never fail to disappoint. This song is an empowering anthem and I dare you not to really belt it out when it comes on.

Author Bio:

Bridie lives, daydreams and writes in Melbourne, Australia. She’s happiest at her computer, coffee in hand, Tim Tams on standby and her furry companion Poppy at her feet. When not writing she’s usually found with a book in her hand or playing with her tribe of nieces and nephews.

Discover more about her at, or @BridieBlake on Twitter!

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New Release Blast ~ With Every Breath by @NieceyRoy


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Title: With Every Breath        with every gif
Series: River Bend
Vol or Book #:  1
Author: Niecey Roy                              
Audience: Adult 18+
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format:  e-Book
Publisher:  River Mist Media
Cover by:  RBA Designs
Pages:  Appox. 200 pgs
Date Published:  October 28, 2015


Jaden Miller had one plan when she left her hometown, and it was simple—never return. She has her dream job, her freedom, and miles separating her from a past she needed to outrun. Only one thing could make her return to River Bend, and that’s her best friend on the verge of a breakdown.

From the moment Cole Brooks realized he married the wrong woman, he’d done his best to not let fantasies of the one who got away haunt him. Now that his marriage is over, and Jaden’s back in town, is the universe giving him a second chance?

Jaden isn’t about to let her guard down around the man who broke her heart, but Cole won’t give up until she admits how perfect they would be together.
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Once upon a time, there was a young girl who wrote sappy poetry about every relationship gone wrong. She had her heart broken many times before the man of her dreams stepped off a big Navy ship and swept her off her feet, promising to never hold her shoe obsession against her.

From that day forward, she swore she’d never again write sappy poetry of unrequited love. Instead, a sucker for smooches and happily-ever-afters, Niecey Roy now writes contemporary romance inspired by her sailor’s sexy brown eyes and charming sense of humor.

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Tempting Tuesdays ~ 3 Ingredient Reese's Fudge


Looking for a fun and easy to tempt your kids with this Halloween? Try this recipe from Butter with a Side of Bread.


1 can of Vanilla Frosting (regular, not whipped)
10 ounce bag of peanut butter chips
10 ounce bag of mini Reese's Pieces

Remove the lid and foil from top of frosting. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds.

Place peanut butter chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and add warm frosting. Stir until creamy.

Add 3/4 of the bag of mini Reese's Pieces and stir. Spread in 8x8 or 9x9 prepared pan. (I used the tried and true Martha Stewart parchment paper trick.) Let sit on counter for at least 30 minutes so fudge can set.

Cut and let the party begin. I love to make this when doing a monster movie night with the kiddos. Yummy fudge, a bowl of popcorn, and our favorite beverage make Halloween movies so much fun.

#TeaserTuesday ~ My Mr. Manny by @JennfGarcia


This week's #TeaserTuesday is from romance author Jennifer Garcia. She's just rereleased her books with new covers and they're back on Amazon!! Today we'll be featuring My Mr. Manny, a sweet, heartfelt romance with a hunk of a Manny (male nanny).  photo MyMrManny_Amazon_iBooks_zpshznjanza.jpg

After getting swept up in nostalgia and losing herself in a quickly progressing romance, her fantasy falls apart. She is left to raise her precious little girl, Lucia, on her own. The demands of Mia’s work schedule and Lucia’s needs increase, and their lives become increasingly hectic. It is soon clear to Mia that she needs help. Luckily, her life-saving cousin saves the day and brings the mother and daughter a male nanny – their new “manny.”

After losing his high-pressure job on Wall Street, Dominic Roberts wants to follow his dreams to have a family. He’s already one fiancĂ©e down, and there are no likely prospects for another. In order to find the family he so desperately wants, he finds himself getting into the manny business. Since he is fully qualified to provide childcare and is eager to leave New York City behind, his sister-in-law is able to land him a job in California working for his first client – the beautiful and intriguing Mia Balducci.

Will Lucia like the new man in her mother's life? Will Mia? And will this new trio discover the happily ever after they all so desperately seek?

"The first thing I saw were his eyes, which were a shade that transcended the most beautiful green things in the world: peacock feathers, limes, and lush leaves. They were small, slanted, and topped with thick dark eyebrows, which added a hint of mystery. His hair was dark black and slicked back. The bone structure of his face was strong, masculine, and angled. I couldn’t stop looking at him.

He cleared his throat and put out his hand. “I’m Dominic.” I grabbed it in a firm shake, and I felt like I could see my future in that instant. Pictures of Dominic and me together in our old age flashed before my eyes. I felt comforted, as if I were wrapped in a warm coat of love. It was an amazing feeling.

After much too long of a handshake, I pulled my hand back and said, “I am so sorry, Dominic. Please excuse my manners.” I waved him in with my right hand, while holding the door open with my left. “Come in. I’m Mia, by the way. Let’s have a seat in the living room to talk.”
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Jennifer Garcia’s lifelong love for reading and writing was put aside for many years while she made her way in the world and nurtured her young family. Originally from Boston, she currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. Jennifer believes in writing love stories that connect families and touch hearts.  

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