Epic (Friendly) Sibling Rivalry: Jump Rope for Heart Fundraising!


Shameless Plug: Both of my children are definitively school-aged, at 13 and 8 years old, and they’re involved with various activities. They’ve both elected, on their own and without any urging from me, to help raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation through the Jump Rope for Heart endeavour.


Want to help out by donating online?

To help the 8 year old best her brother, click BRIDGET!

To assist the 13 year old in maintaining the order of the world, click JACK!

I’ll try to post pictures of the kids doing their Jump Rope activities as we go. Thanks so much for checking this out — supportive comments are welcome below! 

*For more information on the Heart and Stroke Foundation‘s annual school fundraising drive, please go here: http://jumpropeforheart.ca/learn-why-we-fundraise.php

Book Review: Que Sera, Sera by Leitha Cholette


What a sweet book this is… Entirely unexpected, and entirely beautiful. The two stories within are jewels, glowing with truth both painful and lovely. This is real romance, in the manner of The Notebook, Just Like Heaven, and Steel Magnolias — memorable, recognizable, told simply with carefully chosen words. And the book itself is pretty, a small paperback that fits exactly in the hand, decorated with specially chosen graphics and a gorgeous cover. It’s a real treat of a book, this set of novellas in one volume, and I look forward to the next instalment by this wonderful storyteller. 

Buy Link: http://www.lulu.com/shop/leitha-cholette/que-sera-sera/paperback/product-20989165.html

Book Review: Blood of Luna, by Maya DeLeina


There was so much to enjoy about this juicy, naughty, spicy erotic romance… It was truly my guilty pleasure last month, heating up the last cold month of winter. Maya DeLeina offers up a delightfully ambitious serving of sensual delights combined with unexpected and fascinating plot twists. She delivers a wholly original treatment of vampires — difficult to achieve successfully in today’s literary world — and took me away from my landscape of snow and ice to the gorgeous beaches, mysterious caves, and heady pleasures of Hawaii with her beautiful descriptions.

I don’t normally read erotica, but delving into DeLeina’s words was like indulging in an exotic chocolate dessert while lounging on silken cushions by the pool, or bathing in a luxurious bubble bath… And I have to say that my favourite character was Icky, the snake. DeLeina’s depiction of Luna’s exotic pet is beautiful — the animal is the best treated fictional invertebrate I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about, bringing me back to my own daydreams of having an in-house terrarium for a nice big snake.

If you decide to pick up this instalment of her Naughty Vampire series, make sure you have a lovely glass of wine and a candle lit for ambience. And a fan, for the really steamy bits. 😉

Caution: this is NOT a safe romance! Explicit, graphic imagery is involved.

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Luna-My-Naughty-Vampire-ebook/dp/B009DVIVWG/ref=sr_1_10?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1397520688&sr=1-10&keywords=blood+of+luna