Love You S’more (The Campfire Series Book 3)

Love You S’More by Beth Merlin gives readers joy, freedom and excitement they found at summer camp. But she also adds in the life experience, and reality, of adulthood.

Love You S'More Book Review

Love You S’more

We begin this sweet tale in an English castle. Ahh. Gigi and her fiance Gideon are busy preparing to open the family home to the public. It’s all things quaint and romantic with a touch of elegance. I loved reading about Badgley Hall and thought it would make an ideal getaway. Is it real? Can I visit?

For the past four months, Gigi hid from her life and responsibilities. Because, you see, she was waiting for a vicious media storm of drama and intrigue to pass. Gigi was the victim of a scandalous photograph that went viral. It was with a former flame who just happened to be one of New York’s hottest commodities. Unfortunately for Gigi, she must return to New York to fulfil a commitment. This also means she must deal with her past.

My one issue

Despite knowing Love You S’More was the THIRD in author Beth Merlin’s campfire series, at some point I forgot. I was confused every time summer camp was referenced once Gigi returned to her friends and family in New York. I wondered, “Why is everyone so obsessed with summer camp?” (As if I’m any better.) I also couldn’t connect the S’more reference in title.

But it makes complete sense when you look at it as a whole, and eventually I put the pieces together. The majority of the story doesn’t require you to have read the first two in the series. Although it would give you more context into just why Gigi is so freaked out to return to New York. It will also put you better in touch with just how much drama there is in her life.

Love You S’More is a great little read about facing your past, telling the truth and pursuing your future with courage. If you’re looking for some clean romantic comedy, this will be your jam.

Love You S’more Synopsis

Having successfully designed the wedding gown of the century, Gigi Goldstein is on top of the world –that is until it all suddenly comes crashing down around her. When the paparazzi captures her and Perry Gillman in a compromising moment the night of the royal wedding, she finds herself entangled in a scandal of global proportion. Convinced her carelessness has ruined every relationship in her life, she’s surprised and moved by her boyfriend, Gideon’s, sudden proposal of marriage and accepts it without a second thought.

Four months later, Gigi’s living at Badgley Hall contemplating an entirely new kind of life while guilt, regret, and obligation keep calling her back to her old one. Will Gigi stay in South Gloucestershire, marry Gideon, and become the Countess of Harronsby?

Or, will unfinished opportunities and an old flame bring her back across the pond to confront her past and reclaim her future? 

The Campfire Series
1. One S’more Summer 
2. S’more to Lose 
3. Love You S’more – Released Summer 2018!

Love You S'More is a great little read about facing your past, telling the truth and pursuing your future with courage. If you're looking for some clean romantic comedy, this will be your jam.

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Jeff Herman’s Guide To Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents

If you want a lighthearted yet no-nonsense guide to traditional publishing, look no further than Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents.

No, really.

Jeff Herman's Guide To Book Publishers

Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors & Literary Agents, 28th edition: Who They Are, What They Want, How to Win Them Over

I love writers and publishers guides. They’re on my Christmas list every year. But this is the first one I’ve read cover to cover and come back for more. And that’s saying something.

Laid out like any other writers guide, there are essays and articles on writing advice, publishing information, and an introduction to planet literary agent before getting to the good stuff. The listings. Who’s buying, who’s selling, who’s looking for what and when. It’s all good stuff, and I can’t get enough.

Jeff Herman has a wonderful sense of humour, which helps make typical writing and publishing advice come alive and keeps the reader engaged. The listings follow an interesting format, with the agency or agent answering a series of questions. It gives you a good sense of who they are and what they do and each get equal space in the book.

Agent Questions

  • Describe the kinds of works you want to represent
  • Describe what you definitely don’t want to represent
  • How do you want writers to pitch to you?
  • Describe your education and professional history
  • How did you become an agent?
  • Knowing what you do now, would you do it again? If not, what might you do instead?
  • Do you charge fees? If yes, please explain
  • When and where were you born, and where have you lived?
  • What do you like to do when you’re not working?
  • List some of the titles you have recently placed with publishers
  • Describe your personality
  • What do you like reading/watching/listening to on your own time?
  • Do you think the business has changed a lot over the past few years? If yes, please explain
  • What do the “Big 5” mean to you?
  • How do you feel about independent/small presses?
  • What are your feelings about self-publishing?
  • Do you think Amazon is good or bad—or both—for the book business?
  • What do you like and dislike about your job?
  • What are ways prospective clients can impress you, and what are ways they can turn you off?
  • How would you describe the “writer from hell”?
  • Describe a book you would like to write
  • Do you believe in a higher and/or lower “power”?

Thorough, right?

There’s also a section dedicated to Canadian publishers, which I heart.

Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors & Literary Agents, 28th edition: Who They Are, What They Want, How to Win Them Over is available now from Amazon, Chapters, jeffherman.com and anywhere else you buy books.


Jeff Herman’s Guide To Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents synopsis

The Writer’s Best Friend and Bible!

Writers, agents, and editors all agree that Jeff Herman’s Guide is the must have, go-to reference for everyone who writes. This book will get you past the slush piles and into the hands of the people who have the power to publish.

Description

With Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents you will learn the names and contact information for hundreds of agents and editors, and will be given the “code” for how to win them over. More comprehensive than ever, this 21st edition will give you all the insider information you need to get published, including how to write knockout pitch letters and proposals, as well as an expanded Canadian section.

If you want a lighthearted yet no-nonsense guide to publishing, look no further than Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents.

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Paint-Sation Easel Set from Goliath Review

In my constant searching for great and unique crafts to do with my nieces, and to win and retain the title of “Best Auntie,” the Paint-Sation easel set from Goliath is in my top picks.

Paint-Sation Easel Set Review

Paint-Sation Easel Set Review

Not quite knowing what I was getting into, I called my nieces over to paint and dumped the contents of the Paint-Sation easel set onto the hardwood floor.

There weren’t many parts and setup was intuitive and painless. Apart from deciding which brush which child got to use (thankfully the set came with two!) and who got to paint upright on the easel and who got to paint on the floor, we were off and painting within a few minutes.

My biggest struggle was figuring out how the easel could stand best as the plastic pieces snap together just so and fell over a few times before I got it sturdy enough to paint on. In truth I wasn’t snapping it together firmly enough so it was a bit floppy. Once I sorted that out we were off to the races.

No-Spill Paint

The Paint-Sation easel set comes with three paint pods: red, yellow, blue. The girls thought this was more than enough and happily set to mixing everything together as soon as possible. While I was a bit sad for the primary colours, I was more excited to see how the no-spill paint claim held up. Without hovering TOO much I let the girls tip and tumble the paint pods around.

In truth, because the pods are so low to the ground there was never a time they were in danger of tipping so after a while I snapped the pods into place on the easel itself to see what happened. Nothing. The paint stayed put, just like they said it would. It was cool.

The set also comes with an initial paper supply, which I thought was a great addition and the girls thought was a painting challenge. Although they cranked out painting after painting, we didn’t get through the provided paper. But auntie has a lot of new art for her walls all the same.

Paint-Sation Easel Set by Goliath Product Description

Get ready to create with Paint-Sation! Each of the self-contained paint pods in the set includes 1.4 ounces of paint. Simply touch your brush along the specially-designed bristles, and you’re ready to paint. If you turn the pod upside-down, the paint won’t drip out! Moms and kids will agree—this paint is Paintsation-al.

In my constant searching for great and unique crafts to do with my nieces, the Paint-Sation easel set from Goliath is in my top picks.

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Letter from Masanjia [movie review]

Letter from Masanjia is a powerful documentary about an American who woman finds a letter from a prisoner in a Chinese labour camp in a package from a Halloween decoration. Her discovery sets off a chain reaction, which ends up shutting down the labour camp system in China.

Letter From Masanjia

Letter from Masanjia Social Justice Documentary

Growing up near the ocean, I often imagined discovering a washed-up message in a bottle. But I didn’t ever think the letter would be from someone imprisoned in a labour camp because of his religious beliefs.

The letter Julie Keith discovers in a Made-in-China tombstone decoration was from political prisoner Sun Yi. Held in China’s Masanjia labour camp, Sun Yi’s letter describes how he and the other prisoners are subjected to torture and brainwashing because of their belief in Falun Gong. After verifying the letter and the camp are legitimate, Julie Keith works to find someone who would listen. After several stalled attempts, Sun Yi’s story goes viral.

about falun gong

Falun Gong is a traditional Chinese spiritual discipline consisting of meditation and gentle exercises. Its core values are truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. In 1999, when the Chinese Communist Party outlawed Falun Gong, the goal was to eradicate the religion. Human rights groups estimate, at minimum, tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners have been sent to detention or worse. 

About the filming

Canadian filmmaker Leon Lee learned about Sun Yi when the letter went viral. Known as a Chinese dissident for his human rights work, Leon Lee reached out to his personal network of activists and dissidents in China to find the letter-writer. Three years into his search, the two connected. By this time, Sun Yi was released from the labour camp and eager for his story to reach a wider audience. The two formed a partnership and began filming.

Much of the documentary footage is taken by Sun Yi who learned how to use camera equipment over Skype from Leon Lee. For more than a year, Sun Yi films day-to-day life as a human rights defender in secret on a DSLR and iPhone. After shooting, he compressed and uploaded the footage to an encrypted site. Here, Leon Lee could retrieve the footage from across the Chinese firewall.

This is an incredible story of persecution, courage in the face of intense pressure and commitment to do the right thing no matter the personal cost.

Letter from Masanjia Synopsis

A woman in Oregon discovers an SOS note stashed in a box of Halloween decorations from Kmart. Her story goes viral and leads to the closure of China’s barbaric labour camps. News travels through China’s firewall and reaches the letter-writer, Sun Yi. A former Chinese prisoner who had been jailed for his beliefs, he now fears for his life and his family’s safety. Despite that, he’s determined to expose China’s human rights violations, whatever the cost.

In Letter from Masanjia, Sun Yi teams up with Peabody Award-winning director Leon Lee and takes you inside China’s terrifying police state through the eyes of a political prisoner. He uses hidden cameras to capture details of his torturous past while authorities remain hot on his heels. Letter from Masanjia reveals how the brave actions of a be-speckled engineer in China and a mom in the US led to major changes on the other side of the world.

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On December 4, 2018, Letter from Masanjia was released by Gravitas Ventures and is available on iTunes, Amazon, Blu-Ray Disc, DVD, Tugg and Google Play.

Letter from Masanjia is a powerful documentary about an American woman who finds a letter from a prisoner in a Chinese labour camp in a Halloween decoration.

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The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles: A Love Story

The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles answers the heartbreaking question no one wants to ask. How do you carry on after your soulmate dies?

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The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles: A Love Story

I suppose no one really knows how they’ll respond to a loved one’s death until it happens. If author Laura Fahrenthold’s experience is an indication, the process of grief isn’t linear.

Over a four year period, Fahrenthold takes readers on a cross-country journey of escape, self-discovery and letting go. It documents a family wrestling with losing their patriarch and continue living, despite having no idea what to do next.

For this family, an impromptu RV purchase becomes their salvation. It helped them deal with their loss in their own way. Their various summer road trips take them around North America, into the great outdoors and include many encounters with interesting people. Their experiences range from gut-wrenching sorrow to hilarious awkwardness and everything in between.

…the most effective tragedies are punctuated by moments of comic relief, giving people a chance to recuperate emotionally before the next painful blow hits.

Released June 26, 2018, The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles is available at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Indigo, Walmart and more.


The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles: A Love Story synopsis

When Bloomberg journalist Mark Pittman suddenly died, his widow spent four summers driving 31,152 miles searching for answers.

In her fearless memoir, The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles: A Love Story, author Laura Fahrenthold presents a moving portrait of marriage, motherhood and mourning as she captains a 1993 RV sprinkling her husband’s ashes with their two young daughters and a stray dog in an epic quest for healing and understanding. Filled with insight and wit from a career in journalism, the story captures the family’s adventures and misadventures, her deeply-layered love story, and her hilarious slice-of-life dispatches where the pink steering wheel becomes her spiritual GPS.

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The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles answers the heartbreaking question no one wants to ask, How do you carry on after your soulmate dies?

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