Kandide and the Secreets of the Mists

I was over at She Scribes and came across a contest for an amazing childrens book. I think my girls would love this book & probably myself as well, check it out ~

Kandide
and the Secret of the Mists

Book One

By Diana S. Zimmerman
Illustrations by Maxine Gadd

WHAT IF EVERYTHING YOU FEARED SUDDENLY BECAME YOUR ONLY HOPE?
AND EVERYTHING YOU LOVED WAS SUDDENLY TAKEN AWAY?

Nothing was as it should be.

A dense black fog enveloped the lifeless forest. Beneath Kandide’s feet, the ground was marshy and slick, and her nostrils stung with the acidic smell of rotting death. There was an uncanny sense of quiet—too quiet. Not even the chirping of a woodland bird could be heard. It was as though someone or something had scared every living creature away.

“What . . . what is this place?” the Fée Princess whispered, more to hear herself speak, than expecting anyone to answer. “Why would mother have sent me here?”

Careful not to slip on the slimy ground, Kandide cautiously looked around, trying to establish some sort of bearing—a landmark, something that would tell her where she was. But there were no landmarks, only thick tangled vines hanging from dead tree branches that seemed to reach out and claw at her as she tried to make her way through.

To what? She did not know. To where? That Kandide knew not either.

The website is beautiful with games, downloads and more. If you have children from 8 - 12, go check it out.

Tiny Prints for Valentine's Day Cards + Coupon Codes



Tiny Prints makes the most beautiful greeting cards and photo cards. What I love about them is they look like high quality cards. They aren't the shiny card that looks like you developed a picture that the other card companies make.

I was sent a sampling of the new Valentine's day kids cards recently. All I can say is ADORABLE! They have the cutest designs with the highest quality paper. Seriously I cannot say enough about the quality.

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If you are looking for a unique way for your kids to celebrate Valentines day, I highly recommend Tiny Prints! Here is a coupon code for you ~ Tiny Prints: 5% off Entire Order (Code AFL2009) OR 10% of Valentines Orders over $49 (TPLOVE, expires 2/2 11:59)

They also have a full line of Valentine's day Photo cards for us parents and even Valentine's day stickers.

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Review ~ Scarpetta

I finally got my copy of Scarpetta (Kay Scarpetta) from the library. I have been waiting for this book, I love this series.

I will admit though, the last couple of Cornwell's books have truly disappointed me. Not one to give up, as soon as I heard about Scarpetta coming out I requested it.

I have to say, I enjoyed this one. I think she is on the right track of bringing the series back to what it once was. It wasn't as good as some of the earlier books, but way better then the last few!

From America’s #1 bestselling crime writers comes the extraordinary new Kay Scarpetta novel.

Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital’s psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk—and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.

The injuries, he says, were sustained in the course of a murder . . . that he did not commit. Is Bane a criminally insane stalker who has fixed on Scarpetta? Or is his paranoid tale true, and it is he who is being spied on, followed and stalked by the actual killer? The one thing Scarpetta knows for certain is that a woman has been tortured and murdered—and more violent deaths will follow. Gradually, an inexplicable and horrifying truth emerges: Whoever is committing the crimes knows where his prey is at all times. Is it a person, a government? And what is the connection between the victims?

In the days that follow, Scarpetta; her forensic psychologist husband, Benton Wesley; and her niece, Lucy, who has recently formed her own forensic computer investigation firm in New York, will undertake a harrowing chase through cyberspace and the all-too-real streets of the city—an odyssey that will take them at once to places they never knew, and much, much too close to home.

Throughout, Cornwell delivers shocking twists and turns, and the kind of cutting-edge technology that only she can provide. Once again, she proves her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall.

About the Author
Patricia Cornwell’s most recent bestsellers include Book of the Dead, The Front, and Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper—Case Closed. Her earlier works include Postmortem—the only novel to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards and the French Prix du Roman d’Aventure in a single year—and Cruel and Unusual, which won Britain’s prestigious Gold Dagger Award for the best crime novel of 1993. Dr. Kay Scarpetta herself won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author.

Bloggy Giveaways Carnival ~ $25 Amazon GC

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