Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Emergency Funds and Couponing can help you save.

It's always at this time of the year that we have a hard time, things are slow and getting back on our feet from the holidays is slow going, so I thought I'd take a break from reviews with a guest post from Elsie Brown, she is an author who writes guest posts on the topics of business, marketing, credit cards, and personal finance, I thought this just might be of help to all of us. Welcome Elsie to the Purple Jelly Bean Chair and thank you for being with us today!

Do You Have an Emergency Fund? How Couponing Can Help You Save for Your Future
So many people don’t think about or plan for their financial future until it is too late. The growing popularity of payday loans and using credit cards to get by week to week only proves that people aren’t taking the time to educate themselves about their personal finances. Having an emergency fund is a great way to avoid these financial mistakes.
It has been advised by many financial experts that every household should have at least six months’ worth of expenses saved in an emergency fund. This amount of money would definitely come in handy should you become ill, have an accident, or lose your job. You never know what your future holds, and a decent emergency fund could help you with those unexpected expenses.
There are many ways you can save this significant amount of money, though it may take a while. Maybe you have the luxury of making more than you need to spend now, and you can put away that extra income to save for an emergency fund, retirement, or that long awaited vacation. However, many people don’t have this luxury, and they need to find a way to save for this important financial pillow. If at all possible, you should start saving a specific amount of money each month and budget with the money you have left to cover your other expenses. When this is not possible, you will have to find ways to save money on the things you buy each month.

Couponing is a great way to save money, no matter what financial situation you are in. Saving a dollar or two at the grocery store may seem like a little now, but when you add all of your savings up at the end of the year, the total may surprise you. In order to make this savings work for you, you should keep track of your total savings on each shopping trip, and then you can put the amount you saved into your emergency fund.
With couponing, you will find that you get out of it what you put in. If you only have an hour or two to find the coupons you need, that’s fine. However, you will find that you save much more if you spend more time working on your couponing strategy. It isn’t necessary to quit your job or become one of those extreme couponers you see on TV, but more effort on your part will result in more savings for you and your family.

Lowering Household Expenses
Another way you can save money to put into an emergency fund is by lowering your household expenses. There are truly countless ways to do this, but the most effective will be saving on your electric bill. When you make the effort to turn off the lights, wash your cloths in cold water, and switch to low energy light bulbs, you will see the difference in your bill. Some other ways you can save energy are unplugging appliances that aren’t being used (especially your television), filling up your refrigerator and freezer, and setting the thermostat a little lower in the winter and a little higher in the summer.

Eliminating Unnecessary Costs
There are also some expenses that you may not necessarily need. If you are looking at financial trouble in your near future, it may be time to eliminate those unnecessary costs and start saving for a potential emergency. Some of these costs may include your cable bill, Netflix, or expensive extra phone services. You may need to take a hard look at your monthly expenses and see what you can live without for a while until you are back on your feet.

Elise Brown is an author who writes guest posts on the topics of business, marketing, credit cards, and personal finance. Additionally, she works for a website that focuses on educating readers about payday loans.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Changeling Dawn Winner !!!!!!!!

I just want to say thank you to Dani for taking the time to sit with me and allowing me to review her fabulous book and interview her. Also for providing this amazing giveaway.  Now on to see who the winner is.......drum roll please.... Congratulations to Rhiannon Tala,  Rhiannon I will be sending you and Dani an email and you will have 72 hours to claim your prize, if you do not email me within the 72 hours I will choose another winner. Thank you again everyone for participating in the giveaway it was so much fun. :)


Monday, February 6, 2012

Review and Interview: The Placebo Effect by David Rotenberg

Decker Roberts has the dangerous gift of detecting the truth (synaesthesia). But when his carefully compartmentalized life starts to fall apart he has to go on the run and figure out why he’s being targeted. 

There’s also a government agency hunting him down who seems to know everything about him and other people of “his kind.” How will Decker find out which truth was endangering his life? Who betrayed him and revealed all his secrets? 

Decker needs to find answers quickly, before knowing the truth turns from a gift into a deadly curse.

My Thoughts:
I get stuck from time to time when I'm reading.  Sometimes I can't seem to get enough romance, then I start reading paranormal and can't seem to get enough of that genre, right now I seem to be stuck with mystery, with each mystery/suspense/thriller novel they seem to keep getting better and better.  David Rotenberg has a written a great novel, it captured my interest right away, from the very first chapter and I couldn't seem to put it down until I had closed the back cover.  

I was provided by Simon & Schuster an ARC copy of this book and after I read it I was so impressed with it I emailed Simon & Schuster and asked could I do an interview with David Rotenberg which you can read after my review.  I really thought it was fantastic as David is a Canadian author and I myself am Canadian living in Nova Scotia, it's so cool when reading a Canadian author and being able to say, "hey I've been there", or I know where that is" and you can picture that particular place in your mind, it puts a whole new perspective on reading that book. 

Decker is a Synaesthesia, who is a person who has the ability to see if someone is telling him the truth, imagine if we could actually do that, see who is lying to you or not that would be awesome, but poor Decker has tons of people after him because of him having this ability, they all want to know how, why, who else got it.  This is a fantastic novel that takes you on a roller coaster ride with twists and turns you will not see coming and just when you think you have it figured out, oh no you don't lol, it's very fast paced, well written, unique thriller with a cast of characters that fit very well together, and the Canadian jokes and humor was great for me. I liked David's style of writing, I really am looking forward to reading the second book in this new series. Enjoy everyone!!!  Now on to my interview, Yay!!

Thank you David for joining me here at the Purple Jelly Bean Chair Reviews and sitting and chatting with me today, please have a seat in the purple jelly bean chair!

 How did you get the idea for this novel and what kind of research did you have to do to bring this story to life on the page?

I’ve always written about people with special abilities, the five Zhong Fong novels are about a man with exceptional talent in a world where special talents are not honored. When I directed the first Canadian play in the People’s Republic of China the first thing the Artistic Director of that theatre said to me was, “You must remember that you can always be replace”-a fine hello, how was your flight!

Synesthesia simply gives and access to the ‘other.’ There is a lot of material on synesthesia; some of the most interesting is actually the documentary on Mr. Tammet and his extraordinary abilities. There is also a gentleman called the human camera, you can find YouTube stuff on both, and BBC documentaries. As well Mr. Tammet has an interesting book.

Rainman was based loosely on the man who Mr. Tamnent thought of as his spiritual father-he passed away a few years back.
The cities I write about I have either lived in or worked in. As a professional theatre director I’ve spent time in lots of towns. I lived in New York City for many years and I presently live in the Junction.

What books or authors would you say have influenced you most?

John Le Carre-especially the early ones-references to such in the book. I’m fond of Mr. Connelly’s Lincoln Lawyer series. James Crumely’s early books especially Dancing Bear. The early Denis Lehane books, especially Prayer for Rain. Annie Proulx’s Close Range. Jack Miles’ God The Biography and Don Delillo’s Underground.

What is next for you?

Book two in The Junction Chronicles is now with Simon & Schuster, and I’m interested in a sub series called Seth’s Dream-probably three novels long-much more in the realm of speculative fiction following Seth’s ability to lucid dream.

If you could have dinner with one of your characters who would it be?

Yslan, I know Decker, I’d like to meet Yslan.

Desert Island time, you can bring one person & one thing, what & who would you bring?

James Joyce and Ulysses. It would take up years for him to explain to me what exactly he was getting at-and what so much of it means-I’m guessing he’s an interesting guy. Wrong guess and I could be in for the most boring eternity imaginable.
Thank you again David for stopping by today and taking the time to chat with me, I enjoyed that and I wish you all the success with your new series and look forward to chatting with you again, please stop by and visit anytime!!
If you would like to know more about David Rotenberg you can find him at any of these links. 
Author website:

The Last Beginning Trailor Launch and Book Release, it's here Yay!!!!!!!

Well it's been worth the wait, the last book in this fabulous series is finally here, The Last Beginning is third in the Curse of The Phoenix series and I have been waiting forever for it lol, it's finally here and also the launch of Rachel's new trailer for the book, check out this awesome video and grab your copies of this great series. Enjoy everyone!!!
The Last Beginning
CURSE OF THE PHOENIX - Book Three - by Rachel Firasek

Though she’s always hated being a phoenix, Sadie has to admit immortality has its advantages. She’s seen and done more in the last 150 years than she’d ever dreamed of, but she can’t get past the fact that Osiris has done nothing but manipulate her and her fellow phoenixes.
Or that, when her last incarnation as a phoenix comes to a fiery end, the fire slowly begins to consume her body.
Sun god Osiris is ashamed of his role as ruler of the Underworld, but he unless he can figure out how to save Sadie, that’s exactly where she’s going to end up. Permanently. Terrified he’s going to lose her, he takes her on a hunt for The Book of the Dead, which is the only way he knows he can save her—even if it means she’ll hate him forever.

Coming soon!

Title: The Last Beginning (Curse of the Phoenix, #3)
Author: Rachel Firasek
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novella
Launch Date: February 2012
ISBN: 978-1-937044-56-5

Other Books in this fabulous series:

Hot Reads Sweepstakes by Simon & Schuster Canada!

Hey Everyone you should check this out!

Here is an awesome Sweepstakes hosted by Simon & Schuster Canada.


Enter to win 1 of 5 prize packs of books and scented goodies from .

Click on the titles below to find out more about the books and authors: Lothaireby Kresley Cole, Sleepwalker by Karen Robards, Last Man Standing by Cindy Gerard, A Lady Never Surrenders by Sabrina Jeffries, Hunter of Shadows by Nancy Gideon, The Pleasure of Your Kiss by Teresa Medeiros.

For more book and author news, find us on the webFacebook and Twitter.
The Books: 


This contest began on February 1, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time and ends on February 29, 2012 at 11:59 p.m..


This contest is open to all legal residents of Canada who have reached the age of majority in their province/territory of residence at the time of entry.  

Good Luck to all who enter!

In Leah's Wake

An Ode to Bloggers

Last May, a month or so after I began marketing my novel, In Leah’s Wake, a former agent told me that I would never sell 500 books. A rookie, I had no idea what to expect. When I published the novel, I’d dreamed of selling a 3,000 – 5,000 books, hoping healthy sales numbers would attract the attention of an agent or traditional publishing house for my next novel.

The agent had left New York, but she’d been in the business for a long time, and her words stung. I hung up the phone, heartbroken, depressed. Had I not been in the midst of my first blog tour, I might have pulled my novel off the market that day.

Determined to see the tour through, I soldiered on.  On the tour, I met wonderful, caring people, book bloggers, whose kindness buoyed and sustained me. 

Over the next few months, In Leah’s Wake appeared on hundreds of blogs. Bloggers opened their hearts and spread the word about this quiet literary novel. In August, In Leah’s Wake hit the Barnes & Noble and Amazon charts. Now, seven months after my talk with that agent, the book has been in the Amazon top 200 for over five months, and we’ve sold just shy of 80,000 copies.

Book bloggers rock! I don’t know how to say it any better. Book bloggers are the fairy godmothers and godfathers of the literary world. They invest their talent, their energy, and their time into reviewing and promoting books – and keeping dreams alive.

Even today, traditional media refuse to recognize or review indie books. In this very real sense, book bloggers are the heart and soul of the indie revolution.  Their vision, their energy, and their determination have enabled this amazing populist movement to take hold.

Today, we have the great good fortune of hearing the funny, poignant, intelligent voices of new authors from around the world - voices that, just a few years ago, might have been silenced by the gatekeepers of the old guard. These voices reach into hearts and minds, forging connections, uniting us in a community of readers and writers, searching for and finding, through words, the better part of ourselves. Because, truly, at heart, this is what reading and writing is all about.

Here’s to you, book bloggers! You are and always will be my heroes!

Terri Giuliano Long is the bestselling author of the award-winning novel In Leah’s Wake. Her life outside of books is devoted to her family. In her free time, she enjoys walking, traveling, and listening to music. True to her Italian-American heritage, she’s an enthusiastic cook. In an alternate reality, she might be an international food writer. She lives with her family on the East Coast and teaches at Boston College. In Leah’s Wake is her debut novel.


This week, Terri and Inspired Quill Press (paperback edition), launch a newly edited edition of In Leah’s Wake. The newly edited novel features a new chapter and several new scenes, adding new connections and insights, and tightens the book, cutting 60 pages – all while maintaining the integrity of the original edition.

For more information, please visit her website: or any of these retailer sales. (Your local library or bookstore can also order the book through major distribution channels.)


Terri Giuliano Long
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback, Kindle
ISBN: 1456310542
Publisher: CreateSpace/Inspired Quill Press

***Newly edited by Sara-Jayne Slack, Inspired Quill Press***

The Tylers have a perfect life—beautiful home, established careers, two sweet and talented daughters. Their eldest daughter, Leah, an exceptional soccer player, is on track for a prestigious scholarship. Their youngest, Justine—more responsible than seems possible for her 12 years—just wants her sister’s approval. With Leah nearing the end of high school and Justine a seemingly “together” kid, the parents are set to enjoy a peaceful life…until everything goes wrong. Can this family survive in Leah’s wake? 

Margot Livesey, award-winning author of Banishing Verona, calls In Leah's Wake "a beautifully written and absorbing novel." 

When happens when love just isn't enough?

Recipient of the CTRR Award for excellence
2011 Book Bundlz Book Pick
Book Bundlz 2011 Favorites, First Place

Praise for In Leah’s Wake

"Sometimes scary, sometimes sad, and always tender."
Susan Straight, National Book Award finalist, author Take One Candle Light A Room

"In Leah's Wake is a beautifully written and absorbing novel."
Margot Livesey, Award-winning author of Banishing Verona

“Pulled me right along as I continued to make comparisons to my own life.”
Jennifer Donovan, 5 Minutes for Books, Top 50 Book Blog

“An incredibly strong debut, this book is fantastic on many fronts.”
Naomi Blackburn, Founder Sisterhood of the Traveling Book


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

I found this awesome challenge on another fantastic blog, I'm joining who else would like to join with me, I have already read most of these wonderful book and I know you will love them too, so come on sign up and lets all have some fun together :)  Just go to the Moonlight Gleam blog and add your linky and put the button on your site!!
Calling out all Kelley Armstrong Fans!!!

Seeing as my most favorite series is coming to an end, I thought it would be a great opportunity to gather all Women of the Otherworld lovers to say goodbye and show our appreciation to such a wonderful series!

If you have not yet read Women of the Otherworld and have some of the books on your TBR shelves, this would be a great opportunity to enter Kelley Armstrong's magical world of all things paranormal and join in on this amazing adventure!

The Challenge:

Each month beginning March 1st, 2012, challenge members will read or re-read the title for that month. In addition, challenge members will either post a review, their reading experience, character castings or anything else related to that title. You have freedom to have fun with your monthly post so be creative! Seeing as this series is 13 novels long, this challenge will last 13 months. 

PLEASE NOTE: **You do not have to have a blog to enter this challenge. You must, however, have a Goodreads account if you don't, so that you can link to your posts there.**

**You do not have to participate each month if you don't want to. I want this to be a fun experience for everyone so, if there only a few books you want to read, please feel free to join!**

**If you did not find time to read the title of the month, feel free to write a post about it and indicate why. This will allow you to link up to qualify for monthly challenge giveaways as well!**

 The Challenge Schedule:

(March 1st - 31st, 2012)

(April 1st - 30th, 2012)

 Dime Store Magic 
(May1st - 31st, 2012)

Industrial Magic 
(June 1st - 30th, 2012) 

(July 1st - 31st, 2012)

(August 1st - 31st, 2012)

 No Humans Involved
(September 1st - 30th, 2012) 

Personal Demon
(October 1st - 31st, 2012)

 Living With The Dead
(November 1st - 30th, 2012)

(December 1st - 31st, 2012 )

 Waking The Witch
(January 1st - 31st, 2013) 

Spell Bound
(February 1st - 28th, 2013)

(March 1st - 31st, 2013) 


What would a challenge be without some prizes to reward challenge members? 

On the 1st of each month, beginning March 1st, 2012, there will be a post here on the blog, indicating the title challenge and giveaway prize for that month. This is where you will be able to link up your reviews/reading experience. Challenge members who successfully complete each monthly challenge will automatically entered to win that monthly giveaway! 

At the very end of the challenge there will be a MEGA Prize Giveaway. Each time you enter a link throughout the challenge, this will automatically give you an additional entry. Only those who participate in the challenge and have linked to their posts will qualify to enter this giveaway.

A Personal Note:

I would like to thank all of you who enter, whether it be just for one month or for the entire challenge. Women of the Otherworld is, as I have mentioned a countless number of times, my absolute favorite series, and I really just want everyone to have fun and hopefully take away something from this!

So, what do you say.. Will you take the challenge?