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Month9Books Holiday Gift Blitz & Giveaway!

Welcome to Month9Books’ gift blitz for our amazing winter titles: CROWN OF ICE by Vicki L. Weavil, PRAEFATIO by Georgia McBride, ENDLESS by Amanda Gray, A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Sarah Bromley, DEAD JED (1 & 2) by Scott Craven, and TRACY TAM by Krystalyn Drown! Are you looking for the perfect winter/holiday read? Then these are the titles for you! Oh and as a thank you to our readers we have an amazing giveaway for you!

Crown of Ice by Vicki
L. Weavil
Thyra Winther’s seventeen, the Snow Queen, and immortal, but
if she can’t reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday
she’s doomed to spend eternity as a wraith.
Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes
to survive with her mind and body intact. Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps
local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical
minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time rapidly melting away
she needs all the help she can steal.
A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing
mirror shards and Kai’s childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable
obstacles. Thyra’s willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands,
outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts — to reconstruct the mirror, yet
her most dangerous adversary lies within her breast. Touched by the warmth of a
wolf pup’s devotion and the fire of a young man’s desire, the thawing of
Thyra’s frozen heart could be her ultimate undoing.
CROWN OF ICE is a YA Fantasy that reinvents Hans Christian
Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” from the perspective of a young woman who
discovers that the greatest threat to her survival may be her own humanity.
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Praefatio by Georgia
Seventeen-year-old Grace Ann Miller is no ordinary runaway.
After having been missing for weeks, Grace is found on the estate of
international rock star Gavin Vault, half-dressed and yelling for help. Over
the course of twenty-four hours Grace holds an entire police force captive with
incredulous tales of angels, demons, and war; intent on saving Gavin from
lockup and her family from worry over her safety. Authorities believe that
Grace is ill, suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, the victim of assault and a severely
fractured mind. Undeterred, Grace reveals the secret existence of dark angels
on earth, an ancient prophecy and a wretched curse steeped in Biblical myth.
Grace’s claims set into motion an ages-old war, resulting in blood, death and
the loss of everything that matters. But are these the delusions of an
immensely sick girl, or could Grace’s story actually be true? Praefatio is
Grace’s account of weeks on the run, falling in love and losing everything but
her faith. When it’s sister against brother, light versus darkness, corrupt
police officers, eager doctors and accusing journalists, against one girl with
nothing but her word as proof: who do you believe?
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Endless by Amanda
Jenny Kramer knows she isn’t normal. After all, not
everybody can see the past lives of people around them. When she befriends Ben
Daulton, resident new boy, the pair stumble onto an old music box with instructions
for “mesmerization” and discover they may have more in common than
they thought—like a past life! Using the instructions in the music box, Ben and
Jenny share a dream that transports them to Romanov Russia and leads them to
believe they have been there together before. But Nikolai, the mysterious young
man Jenny has been seeing in her dreams who has now appeared next door, was
there, too. Jenny is forced to acknowledge that Nikolai has traveled through
time and space to find her. Doing so means he has defied the laws of time, and
the Order, an ominous organization tasked with keeping people in the correct
time, is determined to send him back. While Ben, Jenny, and Nikolai race
against the clock—and the Order—Jenny and Nikolai discover a link that joins
them in life and beyond death.
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A Murder of Magpies
by Sarah Bromley
Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and
sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of
the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin
brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s
murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.
No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion
becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she
causes. But it’s not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The
truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vadya and her family at
Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.
Unwanted. That’s all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To
cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind.
Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can’t explain the hold she has on
him–inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily,
except he doesn’t know what her powers can do. Yet.
Just as Vadya and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn’t
so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has
murder in mind.
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Dead Jed: Adventures
of a Middle School Zombie by Scott Craven
The first part of seventh grade was rough on Jed, but things
are looking up now that Christmas is almost here. As with past Christmases, Jed
asks for the one thing he’s always wanted–a dog–and again, his parents tell
him they’re not ready. But fate has a different plan when Jed sees a dog get
run over by a car. Then, it happens. Jed suddenly has a pet, Tread, a zombie
dog bearing his namesake–a tire tread down his back. Jed may have gained a
dog, but he loses his best friend Luke, who fears the way Jed created his
undead pet. When Jed returns to school, he finds a mysterious group called the
No Zombies Now Network spreading rumors of the dangers the undead pose to
normal people. Forced to disprove Hollywood stereotypes, Jed has his work cut
out for him as stories of a zombie dog begin to circulate. Jed could be
expelled if he can’t expose the NZN Network as a fraud. Jed needs help from his
kind of girlfriend Anna, especially after he discovers Luke has joined the
shadowy group. Once again navigating the treacherous waters of middle school,
Jed does his best to stay in one piece. Only this time he’ll need even more
duct tape and staples than usual.
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Dawn of the Jed (Dead
Jed #2) by Scott Craven
As the fall semester ends and kids head home for winter break,
Jed and his parents gather for the annual exchanging of gift lists. Once again,
Jed asks for a dog, leading to a heated argument and a firm “no.” But
when Jed spots a stray, he chases it until the dog darts into the street where
it is struck and killed by a car. Grief stricken by what he’s done, Jed cradles
the dead dog in his arms. Soon, ooze from the dog mixes with teardrops from
Jed, creating Tread the zombie dog. Finally getting his wish, Jed must convince
his parents to let him keep the undead dog. But a zombie dog turns out to be
the least of Jed’s issues. It seems some parents don’t want Jed attending
school with their kids. Enter the mysterious NZN Network. They’ve been
distributing anti-zombie propaganda in an effort to get Jed expelled. But Jed
wonders if the creation of Tread has caused his relationship with Luke to sour.
And why, just as he seems to need them the most, have his best friends
abandoned him? Could they have bought in to the anti-zombie way of thinking?
Was creating Tread a mistake Jed will live to regret?
When Tread goes missing,
and with his very existence at stake, Jed must rely on his instincts, team up
with an old nemesis, and fight for his right to have just as miserable a middle
school existence as any other student—undead or alive.
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Tracy Tam: Santa
Command by Krystalyn Drown
Tracy Tam doesn’t really believe in Santa Claus, at least
not like the rest of us do. She also doesn’t believe that Santa can possibly
deliver all of those presents in one night, to children around the world,
without a little help from science. A flying sleigh can only be powered by jet
engines, after all, and Santa’s magical abilities can only be the result of
altered DNA. How else could he know what every little girl and boy wants for
Christmas and who has been naughty or nice? In order to test her theories,
Tracy sneaks onto Santa’s sleigh then ends up at Santa Command, where a team of
(gasp!) humans monitor Santa’s big night. When Tracy attempts to hack into
their computers, she accidentally introduces a virus into the system. As a
result, three states get knocked out of sync with the rest of the world
(oops!). Santa won’t be able to deliver all the presents in time! Now, Tracy
must fix time and help Santa, but she has no idea how. How can a girl who
doesn’t believe help Santa and save Christmas before it’s too late? With a
little Christmas magic, of course!
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Giveaway Details:
1 Winner will receive A Taste of Christmas Gift Basket US
3 Winners will receive eBook bundles of 5 Month9Books.



BOOK TOUR SPOTLIGHT: Again Series by Theresa Paolo


(Never) Again & (Once) Again by Theresa


Just when she had finally moved on…

…He moved back.

When college freshman Liz Wagner hears her ex’s
voice for the first time since he moved clear across the freaking country, she does
what any respectable girl would do: Dive into the girls’ bathroom.

Zach Roberts—the Zach Roberts—is back. And he’s
everywhere Liz looks—infiltrating her friend group, buddy-buddy with her brother.
It’s enough to ruin college altogether. But what choice does she have but to put on a
happy face and pretend he didn’t leave her vulnerable and alone in a pile of
emotional wreckage?

Pretending works, until tragedy strikes and the only
person available for comfort is the one person she wants to stay away from. When
Zach turns out not to be the jerk she convinced herself he was, but the boy she used
to love, Liz needs to decide whether to open her heart again to the boy who tore it





Josh will have to reconcile his past…

In order to make Kat his future.
After surviving a real-life nightmare, Josh Wagner is sent home from his dream
college on crutches. Bedridden and tormented by flashbacks, he’s just seen his world
shattered and his baseball scholarship go up in smoke. Josh’s family hires a health
aide to help take care of him, but when he opens the door, the last person he expects
to see is his biggest regret…
Katherine Singleton is the only girl Josh has ever loved. Now, even though she’s only
taking care of him because it’s her job, Josh is determined to win her back. But Kat had to move on after their breakup two years ago, and despite her feelings for Josh,
a lot has happened since he left…
When Kat’s past comes back to haunt her, Josh decides it’s his turn to take care of
her. But protecting her—and redeeming himself—will put Josh in the line of fire
again. Will he survive this time?



(Never) Again

I tried to hold my head up and give him a dirty look, but it felt like it weighed nine hundred pounds and I wasn’t strong enough.
Zach’s hand cupped my face, holding it up so I looked into those dark, beautiful eyes of his. Warmth spread across my cheeks, seeping into the rest of my body. He pushed my hair out of my face, tucking it behind my ears. I wanted to be mad, but I didn’t have the energy to care.
“You’re a mess.” His lips turned into the smirk I dreamed about for months after he stopped calling. “What happened to my Lizzie?”
“You left her,” I managed to get out before my eyelids became too heavy and I drifted off to sleep.

(Once) Again

“You scared me,” she whispered, hot against my ear.
“I scared me too. I’m sorry.”
She pulled back, running a hand through my hair. “Don’t be. But maybe it’s time you see someone.
Just to talk. You need to talk.”
Talking scared me more. But her cold hands on my neck, the curves of her body pressed against
me, her scent, Kat . . . that didn’t scare me at all.
“The only thing I need is you.”
As selfish as it was to hold on to her, I couldn’t let her go. In that moment I truly believed my
words. But my problems were bigger than us. I just didn’t know it yet.


Theresa Paolo lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her
long time boyfriend and their fish. Her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance,
released in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin). (ONCE) AGAIN will release this
summer. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND
series, under her pen name Tessa Marie. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s
thirty, and uses her characters to relive the best and worst years of her life. She put
her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing
from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or
can be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

REVIEW: Splash Math Apps #FreeMathApp #MomBuzz

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Preschool & Kindergarten Splash Math

My thoughts:

My kindergartener loved this app! He’s just getting into addition and subtraction, so this app was great for him to review things the class was already learning.  Both he and I love the idea of being “rewarded” with different animals when finishing tasks.  I can see that this version will be good for him to review what he is already currently learning, but we will also play with the first grade version for a challenge.

Splash Math – Grades 1 to 5

My thoughts:

I downloaded this app for my six year old, for when he is ready to start working on more challenging math problems.  I have to say, the aquarium is so fun! My son wants me to help him with more and more sections so we can add more fish.  It’s really a great enticement to learn math.  I like that this app can grow with your child, and it’s something they will enjoy playing because there will always be a new challenge.

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Understand your cycles to get pregnant

Unfortunately, not everyone has spectacular luck when trying to get pregnant.  I have several friends who have had trouble trying to conceive, and I’m sharing some information today that is helpful for those in the same boat.

Understanding your monthly menstrual period is very important in trying to conceive. Ovulation is a process by which a mature egg is released from the ovary, then pushed down the fallopian tube, and is available to be fertilized. If a woman knows their ovulation cycle, then it would not be hard for the couple to try for a baby at the right time. You can also get ovulation predictor kits (OPKs) to monitor your ovulation and be aware of your most fertile days to improve your chance of getting pregnant. According to, having sex at the right time of your ovulation will increase your chance of having a baby. With this, it will save you time in trying to conceive and will lessen the contribution of stress that can affect your effort in getting pregnant. Most women nowadays are trying to understand their ovulation using ovulation predictor kits to get pregnant easily. It might be confusing at first, but oh so important in your efforts in trying to get pregnant.

REVIEW: Scott Naturals Tube Free Toilet Paper

Most of us are constantly looking for easy ways to make our home more green.  Scott Tissue has come up with a no fuss way for you to do that, without compromising the quality of the toilet tissue you love! Introducing new Scott Naturals Tube Free Toilet Paper.


Scott Naturals is already made of recycled materials, so getting rid of the tube was just the next logical step.  The toilet paper roll has a hole in the middle of it that may make putting the roll on the holder a bit awkward, but with practice you will get used to it.

The toilet paper is just as soft and strong as ever, but take note that this package can be easily smashed if under anything!


I think Scott Naturals is really onto something here, creating a soft, greener toilet paper.  I hope more companies will take notice and find easy ways to “green” their products!

DISCLAIMER: I received this product free for reviewing purposes from Crowdtap.  I was not compensated in any other way, and my opinions and photos contained in this post are my own.


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Kids Academy has some of the top rated educational children’s apps available.  Children’s little minds are so absorbent during their first few years of life, so starting with a good foundation and love for learning is essential.

Kids Academy wants to share their apps with you all and that is why they are sponsoring this awesome giveaway!  There is only 1 simple entry on the Rafflecopter below!  Simply download the FREE Preschool and Kindergarten Learning Kids Games for Toddlers app and write a review on iTunes or Amazon and you are entered to win!







Hot Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals!

We all know today is the biggest shopping day of the year!  Here are some special deals I’ve been authorized to share with my readers!

Reebok Store deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday:



Black Friday, 11/28
There will be four models of shoes on sale.

Reebok Skyscape for $29.99 at


Reebok Women’s Electrify for $39.99 at


Reebok CrossFit Sprint TR for $49.99 at



Reebok CrossFit Lifter and Lifter 2.0 for $89.99 at






Black Saturday, 11/29
There will be three models of shoes on sale.

Reebok Adult Jet for $49 at

with code SAVEBIG

Reebok Kid’s Electrify for $29 at

with code SAVEBIG

Reebok Kid’s Zig Big & Fast for $29 at

with code SAVEBIG

Promo Code: SAVEBIG


Cyber Monday, 12/1
There will be site-wide discounts at

40% off site-wide at with code HOLIDAY
Excludes YourReebok, Nano Honor Pack, Nano Flag Pack, NHL jerseys


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Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale! Get up to 60% Holiday Products & Bundles at Bulu Box’s Healthy Holiday Shop! Take advantage of Great Savings Now!

Win a Kindle Fire and Steamy Holiday Reads from Bewitching Book Tours’ Hot Holiday Giveaway

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Bewitching Book Tours is holding a HUGE holiday giveaway–you could win a Kindle Fire, Amazon Gift Cards and Lots of ebooks.

Make sure to enter!


Get Your Children the Protein They Need with Pocket Protein Kidz

 If your kid is anything like mine, you’re not sure about how much of each nutrient they are getting because their eating habits are…erratic.  My six year old, for example, does not eat meat of any kind.  That definitely leaves me worried that he’s not getting enough protein.  That’s why I was so happy to discover Pocket Protein Kidz!

Here is a bit more information:

Isn’t this a cool idea?  The thought that I could ensure my child is getting the protein he needs with just a 2 oz drink a day is so reassuring!  He already has enough sugar from drinks and snacks he eats throughout the day, so I love knowing that Pocket Protein Kidz has less than 4 grams of sugar and is made with no artificial colors.  If you’re watching these things, you’ll be happy to know the product is also gluten, lactose, and nut free!

Pocket Protein Kidz is almost ready to be in your home, but they need your help!  The company is currently holding a crowdfunding campaign to help launch the product. They are almost halfway to their goal, and the deadline of December 3 is looming!  By making a pledge to fund Pocket Protein Kidz, you can score some of your own AND give some to kids in need.

By clicking the button above and using the code SOUTHERN at checkout, you can purchase a six pack of Pocket Protein Kidz for only $19 and a 6 pack will go to a needy child! You will also save 15% off your purchase :)

If that wasn’t enough, how about an added bonus? Everyone who contributes or pre-orders to the campaign will be entered to win a $500 Visa Gift Card in time for Holiday shopping*.   See official rules at

I hope you’ll take the pledge to help get our kids the protein they need in an easy, tasty way.  All the information about Pocket Protein Kidz and other varieties can be found here!

Hidden Valley Ranch Helps Give Your Holiday Recipes some Zing! #HVRanchers

My family has been using Hidden Valley Ranch dip mix in recipes for years, so it was a no brainer for me to whip up some new ones showcasing the product! My husband and I cooked up a Hidden Valley Ranch feast that was as tasty as it was easy!


Here is some cool stuff I was sent to get the ball rolling on my HVR creations!

My husband was helping me out with the cooking, so he got to wear this:


Here’s what we cooked.


Original Ranch Pork Chops


  • 1 packet (1 ounce) Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix
  • 6 pork loin rib chops about 1-inch thick
  • dash of paprika (optional)
  • salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 450ºF.
  • In a small bowl, add the Seasoning mix, together with the salt, pepper, and paprika and mix well. Liberally sprinkle the porkchops on both sides with the seasoning mixture.
  • Arrange the chops on a baking sheet or try with a rack. Bake the pork chops for 20 minutes, turning once until browned or an internal temperature of 160ºF is reached. Serve immediately.

Original Ranch Roasted Potatoes


  • 2 pounds small red potatoes quartered
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 packet (1 ounce) Hidden Valley® Original Ranch Salad®Dressing & Seasoning Mix


  • Place potatoes in a gallon-size Glad® Food Storage Bag and add oil; seal bag. Toss to coat. Add Dressing & Seasoning Mix and toss again until coated. Bake in ungreased baking pan at 450°F for 30 to 35 minutes or until potatoes are brown and crisp.

Hidden Valley Glazed Baby Carrots


  • 1 1-oz. packet Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cups ready-to-eat, peeled, baby carrots


  • In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar together with the Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix.
  • In a large skillet, melt the butter together with the sugar mixture for 3 to 5 minutes over a medium heat or until bubbly.
  • Add the carrots and let cook covered for 7 to 10 minutes or until the carrots have softened slightly.


Our dinner came out great!


Hidden Valley Ranch helps take your recipes to the next level.  Use it in your holiday recipes or just everyday dinners!


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