Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Taste of Sugar {+ 2 Giveaways}

A Taste of Sugar by Marina Adair - Thoughts in ProgressIt’s a pleasure today to be participating in author Marina Adair’s Release Week Blitz for her new book, A TASTE OF SUGAR, the third installment in her Sugar, Georgia series.

Born and raised in Georgia, this is one series I couldn’t resist. To celebrate the release this week, Marina is sharing an excerpt from the book and I’m sharing my thoughts on the story. To further celebrate, Marina is giving away 3 sets of her Sugar, Georgia series throughout the tour. That means three winners will each receive all three of the books in the series. In addition, visitors to Thoughts in Progress will have an extra chance to win a copy of A TASTE OF SUGAR. Please see the end of the post for more details.

First, here’s a brief synopsis of A TASTE OF SUGAR (August 25, 2015; Forever Mass Market; Sugar, Georgia #3) followed by the excerpt.

A blast from her past…
        Charlotte Holden, Sugar’s favorite pediatrician, knows better than anyone that love only leads to heartbreak. Instead, she’s focused on creating the Grow Clinic, an outpatient center for children. All she has to do now is to host the best Founder’s Day Parade in the history of Sugar, Georgia, to win over a big-city donor. Easy as peach pie. Then sexy Jace McGraw blows back into town and utters those three words every woman dreads: we’re still married.
…leads to tantalizing trouble
        Jace McGraw was making an offer on his dream business in Atlanta when he was told that his wife had some credit issues. Wait, his wife? The annulment went through years ago—or so he thought.  He’d walked away only to keep his troublemaker reputation from ruining her dreams. But now that they have a second chance, Jace offers Charlotte a deal: he’ll grant a discreet divorce in exchange for 30 days and nights of marriage. Because this time he isn’t going to let her go without a fight.

A TASTE OF SUGAR is available to purchase at the following sites: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, GooglePlay, Kobo, and BAM.

Now for the excerpt ………

        “Morning, Dr. Holden,” he said, unfolding himself from the car.
        “You’re late.” Charlotte stood and swished her way down the steps toward him. No good morning, no thanks for coming, just a you’re late as though they had plans, as though he’d disappointed her again.
        “Sorry,” he said coolly, tapping the face of his watch. “Forgot to set it to Charlotte Standard Time.”
        She stopped a few feet from him, and he could see the hesitation in her expression. Hesitation and something else. Something that looked an awful lot like vulnerability. Oh, there was a good portion of irritation and hostility glaring at him through those baby blues, but behind it all was definitely vulnerability. Interesting.
        “You’re the one who said we had to go to Atlanta today.”
        “I believe you told me you were too busy to make the time,” he said, not sure how he was going to handle six hours in an enclosed space with her. Just standing downwind taking in her floral scent was making him hard.
        “I changed my mind.”
        Jace looked at her for a long moment, then laughed. She was serious.
        “Darling, you don’t change your mind. Ever.” Charlotte Holden might be a Southern belle, but her Kevlar wall of stubbornness could rival a Southern granny’s—and having been raised by the most mule-headed granny in the world, that was saying a lot. Oh, he believed that Charlotte had changed her mind, he just didn’t know why. “So what happened with your debutante sisters yesterday that has you desperate enough to call me?”
        “Sugar Peaches,” she corrected. “And since when do you keep up on Sugar gossip?”
        “Since you started calling yourself a Sugar Peach. I mean, weren’t the Peaches your mom’s thing?”
        Charlotte had once confided in him that she moved to Atlanta to escape the pressure of following in her mother’s footsteps. The pageants and parties and social ladder climbing were Babette’s dream for Charlotte. Charlotte’s dream was to save lives—and she was a master at it.
        “Well, it’s my thing now,” she said, and he couldn’t help but notice the resignation in her voice. He wanted to know what else had changed, then realized it didn’t matter anymore. “And that means I have to be back as soon as possible. Founder’s Day is only three weeks off, and I have a lot to do.”
        “Yeah, me too.” He had to get an annulment, convince his buddy to fix Hattie’s car, and secure that loan before Dale pulled his offer.
        “Good, because as the current regent of the Sugar Peaches it falls to me to plan the Founder’s Day Fair, so this trip needs to be a quickie,” she said, her bossy, take-charge tone making him smile.
        “Quickies aren’t really my specialty,” he said. “But who am I to argue with a lady?”
        “Easy and discreet, Jace. The last thing I need right now is to explain this to my parents,” she clarified as though he was slow, as though he didn’t know just how anxious she was to put the past behind them. Which shouldn’t have pissed him off, because that was what he wanted, too. But it did.
        “Easy and discreet? Kind of like our marriage?” he mused.
        She looked at him for a long moment and then slowly shook her head. “Nothing about our marriage was easy, Jace,” she said, and the absolute certainty in her voice made him want to prove her wrong.
        “There was one easy thing between us,” Jace said, stepping into her and closing the distance, trapping her between the car and his body. He reached behind her neck, crushed his mouth to hers, and kissed the hell out of her.
        Only one touch, and she was kissing him back. No hesitation, no second-guessing, just—pow —debutante to seductress. Not interested to tongue down his throat in two seconds flat.
        And holy fucking God, it was perfect. The way she felt, the way she tasted, the way she crawled up his body and demanded more...How had he forgotten this side of her?
        That insane pull between them, which he’d convinced himself didn’t exist, wasn’t only burning a hole through his clothes—and his mission—it also wasn’t one-sided. Which told him that he should a) back the hell up, and b) immediately cancel this field trip they had planned. Before things got crazy.
        But then she made this sexy little sound in the back of her throat—the one that used to drive him batshit crazy, that still drove him batshit crazy—and he was a goner.
        So he deepened the kiss, because why the hell not? Charlotte had her prim and proper hands all over him, and he was certain that this was the best kiss he’d ever had. Hot and needy and raw and so damn desperate it was like driving down the track at three hundred miles per hour with no breaks.
        Then he realized that this was not only the best kiss ever, but probably also their last kiss ever, and he slowly pulled back, tugging her lower lip between his teeth as long as he could until the connection finally broke. And damn, he wished he hadn’t stopped.
        That one second of uncharged air was all Charlotte needed. Sure, she was breathing heavily, and her gaze was dazed and confused. A mirror image of his own. But within a split second her eyes frosted over and that unflinching fortitude was back.
        Not that he was fooled. Jace knew that they had chemistry, remembered how electric they were together, but what had arched between them just now floored him. And it had floored her, too.
        Charlotte cleared her throat. “This changes nothing.”
        Jace lowered his gaze to her hands, which were resting on the buckle of his belt. “Oh, it changes something.”


Marina Adair is a lifelong fan of romance novels. Along with the Sugar series, she is also the author of the St. Helena Vineyard series and the upcoming Shelter Cove series. 

She currently lives in a hundred-year-old log cabin, nestled in the majestic redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains, with her husband and daughter. 

As a writer, Marina is devoted to giving her readers contemporary romance where the towns are small, the personalities large, and the romance explosive. She also loves to interact with readers and you can visit her website, as well as catch her on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

Here’s my take on this fun romance.

A TASTE OF SUGAR by Marina Adair

When an author can make you feel you know the characters and/or the setting, then they have pulled you into their world.

Author Marina Adair does that quite well in A TASTE OF SUGAR. She has not only captured the small town atmosphere, but also the climate and feel of the South. In addition, her characters are realistic, likable and well-developed.

The easy flowing dialect of the characters draws the reader into the conversation. The actions and reactions of those characters feels genuine with laugh-out-loud moments, as well as tender and unpredictable ones.

The premise of reconnecting with a lost love makes this a feel-good story with a touch of steamy. It will capture your heart and make you long for the small town life.

A Taste of Sugar by Marina Adair, Sugar, Georgia series Book #3, Forever, @2015, ISBN: 978-1455528707, Mass Market Paperback, 400 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher as part of the author’s virtual book tour in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

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Other books in the Sugar, Georgia series:

SUGAR ON TOP by Marina Adair (April 28, 2015; Forever Mass Market; Sugar, Georgia Book #2)

She's sassy and sweet
        The last thing Glory Mann wants is to become chairman of the Miss Peach Pageant in Sugar, Georgia. Spending months hearing nothing but the clinking of pearls and judgment? No thank you! But when Glory is forced to take the rap for a scandal she didn't commit, the judge sentences her to head the committee. Even worse, her co-chairman is rugged, ripped . . . and barely knows she's alive. 
He's ready and willing
        Single dad Cal McGraw can't take any more drama in his life. After a difficult divorce, his little girl became a boy-crazy teenager and his hands are full. The last thing he needs is to spend his down time with the town bad girl. Glory is pure trouble-tempting and tantalizing trouble. But he can't deny the strong chemistry between them-or how her touch turns him inside out. Now as squabbles threaten to blow up the contest and the town of Sugar itself, Cal must risk
everything on the sexy wild card to get a second chance at love . . .

SUGAR ON TOP is available at the following sites: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, GooglePlay, Kobo, and BAM.

SUGAR’S TWICE AS SWEET by Marina Adair (November 25, 2014; Forever Mass Market; Sugar, Georgia Book #1)

He’s trouble she doesn’t need…
        Thanks to a cheating fiancĂ©, Josephina Harrington’s perfect life just crashed and burned. Moving in with her overbearing parents is definitely not an option. No, she needs to prove she can make it on her own. And she will—by turning her great-aunt’s old plantation house into a destination getaway. She’s just not expecting her contractor to be so hands-on—and so totally irresistible.
…but everything she wants
        Bad-boy golf champion Brett McGraw figured his hometown of Sugar, Georgia, was the perfect place to lay low and get his life back up to par. The leggy blonde with a pint-sized pup is the kind of sweet ’n’ sassy trouble he never saw coming. She doesn’t know a nut from a bolt and before long, he’s renovating her house…as she steals his heart. Can he convince Josephina that his womanizing ways are in the past and he’s ready for forever?

SUGAR’S TWICE AS SWEET can be purchased at the following sites: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, GooglePlay, Kobo, and BAM.

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The first giveaway is for three (3) sets of Marina Adair’s Sugar, Georgia series: A TASTE OF SUGAR, SUGAR ON TOP, and SUGAR’S TWICE AS SWEET. The winners (selected throughout the tour) will each receive the complete series.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ever After Launch Day {+ Giveaway}

Ever After by Rachel Lacey - Thoughts in ProgressIt’s a delight for Thoughts in Progress to be participating in the Launch Day Blitz for author Rachel Lacey’s EVER AFTER, the third installment in her Love to the Rescue series.

As part of the Launch Day Blitz, Rachel is sharing an excerpt from her new release. In addition, she’s giving away 3 series sets (one winner gets all three books in the series) during her special event. Be sure to check at the end of this post to see how you can enter to win.

First here’s a brief synopsis of EVER AFTER (August 25, 2015; Forever Mass Market; Love to the Rescue #3):

        Olivia Bennett is not having a happy birthday. Instead of blowing out her twenty-nine candles, she's stuck in jail, caught red-handed in a graffiti incident that (perhaps) involved one too many strawberry margaritas. Worst idea ever. The only bright side is that she ended up in the strong arms of the most gorgeous lawman she's ever seen. 
        Pete Sampson (aka Deputy Hot Stuff) faces intense pressure from the sheriff to find out who's behind a string of vandalisms. And after her spray-painting spree, Olivia is suspect number one. Still, Pete can't stop thinking about her. Wanting her. Now he's torn between his duty and his overpowering desire for the vivacious waitress. But he may have to bend the rules because true love is more important than the letter of the law . . .

EVER AFTER is available at the following sites: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, GooglePlay, Kobo, and BAM.

Here’s a quick look at the other two books in the series.

FOR KEEPS (January 27, 2015; Forever Mass Market; Love to the Rescue #2):

A SUMMER FLING . . . OR SOMETHING MORE?                 Merry Atwater would do just about anything to save her dog rescue - even if it means working with the most stubborn man on the planet. It's hard to avoid the sparks that fly with TJ Jameson, the ruggedly sexy cowboy in charge of the children's camp where she's just taken an animal therapy job. But commitment is not Merry's style, and TJ clearly wants more than just a roll in the hay.
        TJ Jameson isn't looking for anything complicated-just a peaceful life on his family's ranch with a wife and kids. "No-strings" Merry Atwater doesn't fit that bill, no matter how irresistible she is. But when he sees how Merry gets through to his autistic nephew and the other kids at Camp Blue Sky, TJ's a goner. If he doesn't give in to the now, he might just lose his shot at forever . . .

FOR KEEPS is available at these sites: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, GooglePlay, Kobo, and BAM.

UNLEASHED (October 28, 2014; Forever Mass Market; Love to the Rescue #1):

What happens when you find the right one at the wrong time?
        Cara Medlen has a serious case of animal attraction. And it's not because of all the foster dogs she's rescued. She's got it bad for her incredibly sexy neighbor. Her one rule: Don't get attached. It's served her well with the dogs she's given to good homes and the children she's nannied. Yet the temptation of Matt's sexy smile might just convince her that some rules are made to be broken.
        Matt Dumont doesn't need his skills as a private investigator to detect disaster on the horizon. Cara is everything he thought he'd never find-gorgeous, funny, and caring. But there's no way he can start a relationship just as he's about to move to another state. Talk about bad timing. As their attraction sizzles too hot to deny, they'll have to make a decision: forget the consequences and let loose, or forget each other and let go...

UNLEASHED is available at these sites: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, GooglePlay, Kobo, and BAM.

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Now for the excerpt from EVER AFTER ………..

      “Hurry up, Liv,” Kristi called from below her.
      Olivia raised the canister and let loose another blast of red paint. She’d just started “I” when the sound of an approaching vehicle reached her. Her finger slipped, and a fresh coat of paint soaked her hands.
      Kristi and Terence must have heard it too, because the flashlight shut off, leaving her at the top of the ladder in pitch darkness, afraid to move. Headlights slashed through the night from Garrett Road, some two hundred feet to her left. They slowed, then tires crunched over gravel as the car turned into the factory parking lot.
      Christ on a cracker.
      “Get the hell down, Liv. We’ve got to get out of here!” Terence whispered.
      A swirl of blue lights turned the night into a kaleidoscope of oh, shit. She pressed against the side of the building, stymied by paint-slickened fingers as she fumbled for the top of the ladder.
      She was so not getting arrested on her birthday.
      Except that she so was. A spotlight shone from the cruiser, illuminating her in a blaze of light so bright she could do nothing but press a hand over her eyes and count how many ways spray-painting Halverson Foods’ chicken-processing plant had been a bad idea.
      The ladder shifted beneath her, and she groped for the top rung. The combination of the spinning blue lights with the piercing glare of the spotlight was seriously disorienting.
      “Hands where I can see them,” a male voice boomed.
      She shoved her hands into the air, managing to smack herself in the face with the can of spray paint in the process. It fell to the ground with a muffled thump. Oh, this sucked.
      “Come down from the ladder, nice and slow, and keep those hands up,” the cop instructed. He sounded nice-ish. Maybe he’d go easy on her. Maybe . . .
      Awkwardly, she fumbled with her right foot for the next rung of the ladder. It swayed dangerously to the side.
      “Terence!” she hissed, her fingernails scoring metal as she tried to steady herself.
      Silence. She looked down, but the spotlight’s glare blinded her, preventing her from seeing past her own paint-spattered boots. “Terence? Kristi?”
      She managed to get her foot settled onto the rung and took a step down. No answer came from her friends. What the hell?
      She lifted her left foot to take the next step, and the ladder just dropped out from beneath her. One second it was there, the next she was plummeting through space.
      “Oomph,” came a masculine grunt, as she slammed into someone’s chest and big, strong arms closed around her.
      “Terence?” Her voice was a squeak, because Terence was nowhere near this strong, and he didn’t smell as good either. This man smelled faintly of cinnamon, his arms solid as steel behind her thighs, and based on the hard bulge stabbing into her kidney, he was also armed.
      Oh, crap. Crap. Crap!
      “Sorry,” he answered her question, setting her roughly on the ground. “Not Terence.”
      “Oh.” She staggered, still blinded by the spotlight aimed at her. Disoriented, she turned her back and blinked at her shadow on the factory’s gray wall. Terence and Kristi had deserted her. Bastards.
      “Keep those hands where I can see them,” Invisible Cop said.
      With a sigh, she placed them on the wall before her. Her hands glistened blood-red in the harsh light. She had been caught red-handed. Dammit. She’d always hated being a clichĂ©.

Rachel Lacey lives in North Carolina, with her husband, son, and their own rescued pup. She volunteers her spare time with Carolina Boxer Rescue and truly has a passion for helping our furry friends. 

She is a member of the Romance Writers of America as well as her local Heart of Carolina RWA chapter.

For more information on Rachel and her writing, visit her website and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.


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Three winners throughout the blitz tour will each receive a complete Love to the Rescue series set (EVER AFTER, FOR KEEPS and UNLEASHED). To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Devil’s Bridge by Linda Fairstein, Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat

Devil's Bridge by Linda Fairstein - Thoughts in ProgressAuthor Linda Fairstein masterfully weaves the history of New York landmarks with suspense in her latest release, DEVIL’S BRIDGE, the 17th installment in her Alexandra Cooper series.

Bringing the various characters to life, narrator Barbara Rosenblat holds listeners’ attention with her varied pace, dialect and mannerisms. Rosenblat draws on the emotions throughout the story to boost it to another level of intensity.

A security breach in the office of Assistant District Attorney Alexandra ‘Coop’ Cooper during a high profile case could have dangerous repercussions. When Coop suddenly disappears after work, Detective Mike Chapman and the NYPD begin sorting through Coop’s cases trying to find the culprit. But could Coop’s new intimate relationship with Chapman have more to do with her disappearance than any of the criminals she’s put away?

Chapman and the gang scramble to find Coop as they are drawn to Manhattan’s waterfront where past and present go hand and hand.

The author has shifted a bit in this latest release allowing the focus to be on Chapman instead of Coop. The story is told from Chapman’s perspective giving listeners/readers new insight into the detective. Chapman weaves his way through the clues and the history of certain landmarks to find Coop.

This thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat as the suspense builds. The compelling novel is a fast pace adventure through the streets and waterways of New York. Even though this is the 17th installment in the series, new listeners/readers won’t be left in the dark.

DEVIL’S BRIDGE is chalked full of suspense, mystery and history making it not only a captivating read, but also informative.

Author Linda Fairstein can be found on Facebook. Narrator Barbara Rosenblat’s website is here.

Devil’s Bridge by Linda Fairstein, Alexandra Cooper Book #17, Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat, Penguin Audio, @2015, ISBN: 978-1611764307, Unabridged, Run Time: 10 Hours and 33 Minutes 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Do you enjoy when author include bits of history throughout a story? Does including the history make the story and characters more plausible to you?

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Tasty Treats to Satisfy


As students all over the nation return to their classrooms and cooler temperatures inch closer toward us we begin to look for tasty treats to satisfy and fill those backpacks.

I mentioned earlier this month that I had the opportunity to partner with Gourmet Gifter to taste some of their delicious treats and would tell you about two other products in the box I received. Well, those two items are tasty snacks that would work well for snacks for students or outdoor enthusiasts. 

The first item is an old favorite of mine …. Peanut Brittle. I remember making peanut brittle with my grandmother when I was a youngster. It was also a messy job and you’d find sticky spots throughout the kitchen for days no matter how well you cleaned up. But the reward was that delicious sweet, salty taste.

Peanut Brittle - Thoughts in ProgressThe peanut brittle from Gourmet Gifter is just as delicious as I remember without all that work and mess. 

The brittle comes in half pound bags. It has the crunch and wonderful flavor that will have you snacking all day long. 

The sweet buttery flavor will melt in your mouth and the various peanuts mixed in gives you that great crunch. While this snack is quite hard, it can be chipped into smaller pieces. Also, it’s best to store the brittle in a cool place as it can easily melt due to its ingredients.

The other treat I tried, I wasn’t so sure about in the beginning. It was a PurEarth Meal Replacement Bar in a pineapple flavor. I was pleasantly surprised. While it’s not a snack I’d keep handy to munch on while watching TV, it is definitely a snack to carry with you on a hike, horseback ride or other such outing outdoors.

Meal Replacement Bar - Pineapple - Thoughts in Progress The meal replacement bars are cold pressed which means nothing is cooked, baked or heated thus keeping the nutrients in all the ingredients from degrading. 

The bars are made with all-natural prebiotic fiber that is derived from the tapioca plant. The bars have no sugar added and are labeled having wholefood nutritional values.

The bars have a fiber texture, but are moist and quite flavorful with the pineapple added. It’s easy to chew and digest. After the first bite, you’ll go back for more and more.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope I’ve tempted your taste buds a bit to try out these yummy treats. Do you have a favorite snack you enjoy while hiking or participating in other outdoor activities? When was the last time you enjoyed peanut brittle? Have you ever made it yourself?

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Burnt Toast Goes Paperback {+ Giveaway}

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good by Kathleen Flinn - Thoughts in ProgressDo you remember the fascinating memoir by author Kathleen Flinn that I told you about around this time last year?

Yep, that’s it – BURNT TOAST MAKES YOU SING GOOD. Well that delightful story is being released later this month in paperback. The paperback has a charming new cover as you can see. 

Thanks to Rebecca and the good folks at Penguin Group, I have a print copy of the new paperback edition to giveaway to one lucky visitor to Thoughts in Progress. But wait, that’s not all. The winner will also receive a copy of Kathleen’s bestseller THE SHARPER YOUR KNIFE, THE LESS YOU CRY. Please see the end of the post for more details.

You will see several ecards displayed throughout this post featuring quotes and recipes from the book. I just think they’re so charming.

Here’s a brief synopsis of the book:

          A family history peppered with recipes, Burnt Toast Kathleen Flinn postcard 1 - Thoughts in ProgressMakes You Sing Good offers a humorous and flavorful tale spanning three generations as Kathleen Flinn returns to the mix of food and memoir readers loved in her New York Times bestseller, The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry.
        Brimming with tasty anecdotes about Uncle Clarence’s divine cornflake-crusted fried chicken, Grandpa Charles’s spicy San Antonio chili, and Grandma Inez’s birthday-only cinnamon rolls, Flinn—think Ruth Reichl topped with a dollop of Julia Child—shows how meals can be memories, and how cooking can be communication.
        Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good will inspire readers (and book clubs) to reminisce about their own childhoods—and spend time in their kitchens making new memories of their own.

Here’s what others are saying about the book:
Kathleen Flinn postcard 2 - Thoughts in Progress“Craving a beach read with bite? Kathleen Flinn’s new memoir . . . chronicles her family’s culinary adventures . . . food is a blissful constant, even in the craziest of times.” — Redbook.

“Flinn’s Michigan-based clan faced years of struggle with grit and humor . . . Flinn shares uplifting stories of the recipes that shaped her life.” — More Magazine.

“Flinn recognizes the turning points in what others would see as ordinary lives and makes them shine, evoking a time and place and an old-fashioned appreciation for family and love.” — Seattle Times

Kathleen Flinn postcard 3 - Thoughts in Progress“[A] heartfelt and comforting third memoir about how food, recipes and cooking can add meaning and shape lives. If you’ve ever wondered how the woman who signed up for Paris’ Le Cordon Bleu online (“The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry”) or stalked clueless women in supermarkets (“The Kitchen Counter Cooking School”) came by her sense of humor, her approachable wackiness and her recipe for homemade noodles, it’s here.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune.


The winner of this giveaway will win one copy of BURNT TOAST MAKES YOU SING GOOD and one copy of THE SHARPER YOUR KNIFE, THE LESS YOU CRY. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Thursday, Aug. 27.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Orkin Back-To-School Prize Pack Giveaway

Giveaway Prize PackIt’s back-to-school time throughout the country and class is in session with the Orkin Man stopping by Thoughts in Progress to help you #LearnWithOrkin so you don’t get schooled by pest problems in your own home.

Orkin is back with Household Pests 101 – featuring some of Orkin’s scientific knowledge of pests. But Back-To-School doesn’t just mean for the kids. Orkin knows that moms are on the go more than ever and wants to make sure you’re all set when driving the kids to soccer practice, racing to make it to school on time and just maybe getting a minute for yourself!

If you test your knowledge by taking the Pest Prevention Pop Quiz, you can enter to win an Orkin Back-To-School Prize Pack. The Orkin Back-To-School Prize Pack includes:

*One (1) Silver USB Portable Charger – We know you’re on the go from sun up to sun down and you can’t afford not to be accessible. This emergency charger is small, sleek and can help your phone keep up with your busy lifestyle!
*One (1) Double Wall Stainless Steel Travel Mug w/ lid - Your car isn’t the only thing that needs fueling up in the morning … this stainless steel travel mug is a great way to ensure your morning coffee is always within arm’s reach.
*One (1) Orkin “Protect Your Home” PDF Checklist - This handy checklist from the experts at Orkin will help you think like a pest in order to help protect your home from pests.

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• Watch the “Bite Back at Mosquitoes” video, as well as the rest of Orkin’s How-To video series, to get the most up-to-date knowledge on dealing with those pesky home invaders.
• Download the “Protect Your Home” Checklist for valuable tips on keeping pests at bay.


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