Thursday, July 31, 2014

Beach Reads in August Giveaway Hop - August 1st - 15th

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Welcome to my blog.  It's a little about this and a little about that which is all part of Kimber's Life. I'm an author, designer, reader and definitely a lover of the beach! It's actually been years since I've gone to the beach but I plan on going next year if everything works out.  In the past I have shared a beach house with my sister and her children and their children.  

My favorite part of the beach is the smell and sound of the ocean.  So refreshing, so soothing and so relaxing.  When I get rich, I will have my own beach house. (How do you like my optimistic outlook?)

Since this hop is about beach reads, I'm suggesting the following:
Amazon is offering a free 8 chapter preview. Just click on the picture above.

Amazon book description:

Ridley Duchannes is nobody's heroine. She's a Dark Caster, a Siren. She can make you do things. Anything. You can't trust her, or yourself when she's around. And she'll be the first to tell you to stay away-especially if you're going to do something as stupid as fall in love with her. 

Lucky for Ridley, her wannabe rocker boyfriend, Wesley "Link" Lincoln, never listens to anyone. Link doesn't care if Rid's no good for him, and he takes her along when he leaves small-town Gatlin to follow his rock-star dream. He teams up with a ragtag group of Dark Casters, and when the band scores a gig at a hot Underground club, it looks like all of Link's dreams are about to come true. 

But New York City is a dangerous place for both Casters and Mortals, and soon Ridley realizes that Link's bandmates are keeping secrets. With bad-boy club owner Lennox Gates on her heels, Rid is determined to find out the truth. What she discovers is worse than she could have imagined: Link has a price on his head that no Caster or Mortal can ever pay. With their lives on the line, what's a Siren to do? 

The buy is link is here: 

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Now on to the giveaway.  Enter the rafflecopter below to win a $10 Amazon Gift card.  If you like freebies, check out my right side bar.  If you like giveaways, check out my left sidebar.

Be sure to continue on with your hop by following the linky list below the rafflecopter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Enter to win a dozen Crocheted Christmas Ornaments or a $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Since my recent Etsy Lover Giveaway was such a success, I wanted to try out another giveaway.  I posted a few days ago about my book Christmas Ornaments to Crochet & Embellish Vol 1 was on sale. Only $2.99 for the digital copy.  What a deal? Right? The above picture shows the dozen ornaments that I'm giving away for the Grand Prize.  

These are some of the crochet patterns in the book. I wanted to have a giveaway to celebrate this great price! These ornaments are handmade and designed by me - Kimber Shook. These would make awesome gifts for the holiday. (Yes, I know it's several months away but why not start early.)

Each pattern is available individually as well but the collection together is available for only $2.99 and it would be a shame to pass this great deal up. 

$2.99 for Digital
If you prefer paperback, the digital copy is available for free.  Just click on the link below.


Just enter the rafflecopter below for this great Grand prize.  Second prize is for a $25 Amazon gift card.

Anyone who purchases this great deal, can leave a comment below with the date of purchase and I will email you another Christmas Ornament PDF Pattern not in this book. Christmas Snowman Hat Ornament to Crochet & Embellish.

If you like freebies, check out my right sidebar and if you like giveaways, check out my left sidebar. Thanks for stopping by and helping this girl out!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson - Review

I received an email from bookbub letting me know that this book was on sale! I read the synopsis and decided I'd take a chance even with all my other unread books just waiting for me  on my bookshelf and my kindle.

If anyone knows of Peter Pan, this is a new take on it narrated through the eyes of Tinkerbell.  Several twists on old familiar characters change drastically and unexpectedly.  After looking at the title and cover, you would think the story would be told by Tiger Lily herself. Although I'm not disappointed, you have to understand that Tinkerbell is not the same Tinkerbell madly in love with Peter Pan that you grew up believing in.

Tiger Lily is betrothed to a Giant but eventually falls for Peter Pan.  Who wouldn't, right? Unfortunately, things never turn out the way the reader wants it to. In this version, Tinkerbell is just a ball of light giving insight to the reader on the characters thoughts and emotions which allow the reader to get to know Tiger Lily and fall in love and hate Wendy when she comes to enter Peter Pan's life.

This is truly a rollercoaster of emotions that will have you up and down.  The beginning was a bit slow for me.  I had to put it down a couple of times because I got busy doing everyday stuff.  Had it had a stronger beginning, I would have definitely not put it down at the start.

Despite the beginning, I would still recommend this if  you are looking for a different take and perspective on the fairy tale Peter Pan.

I'm giving this a:

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Christmas Ornaments to Crochet & Embellish - Vol 1. On sale now! Plus freebies!

Do you like to Crochet? I do.  I have been crocheting on and off for the past - ummm- let me rephrase that. I have been crocheting since mother taught me at the age of 8.  She also taught my sister and my twin brothers as well.

At Christmas time, one of my favorite gifts to give is a handmade Christmas Ornament.  This has either been crocheted or crafted but I give every member of my family one.  Each year I want to give a little tradition to my family so they can look back and say "Aunt Kimi made this for me!" Or "my sister did this one" as they pull it out of the box of ornaments and hang it on their tree.

When we grew up, our Christmas tree was adorned with crocheted ornaments from my mother, handcrafted beaded ornaments from my grandmother, handmade cookie ornaments from friends of the family and paper school ornaments from each of us four kids.  I loved our tree! Of course I also love the lights -Blue, red, green, purple, yellow and yes even the orange ones. Mine has to flash. I love the flashing lights.  After my daughter was born and she was old enough to help decorate, we would always sleep in the living room that first night and fall asleep looking at the flashing lights and our beautiful Christmas Tree.

Since my daughter is now grown and on her own, it isn't quite the same but I still focus on finding just the right ornament to create each year for the family.  This is where I came up with the idea to design my own ornaments.  I would search for hours looking for just the right pattern, some seemed too old-fashion, others too cheesy and some others just now enough umphf for me.

So with a long story short, my patterns became "Christmas Ornaments to Crochet & Embellish Vol 1. It's volume 1 because I have many more designs that I have created but just need to add pictures and some perfection to the design before I finish it out and publish them.

Please look at some of the ornaments listed in my book:

I do have individual patterns available to purchase but your best deal is to buy the collection. Christmas Ornaments to Crochet & Embellish Vol 1 is on sale right now for $2.99 for the digital format.  If you would prefer a paperback, this is on sale as well through Amazon the links are listed below.  By purchasing the paperback through Amazon, you can get the digital version at no extra charge with their match print pricing.

Grab your copy now before the pricing changes.  As with anything, sales are for a limited time.  Please help this girl out by sharing this great deal! I'm a struggling self-published author and designer in need of some more great friends, associates, and fans!

Digital $2.99
If you would like some freebies, check out my right side bar for some free patterns.  If you like giveaways checkout my left side bar.

Anyone who does purchase this book, just leave a comment below and I would love to email you a free pattern of your choice.  Just check out my Amazon Author page for all the patterns I have available.  I am now working on Wine Bottle cozies with my first collection scheduled to be published this month. Be sure to comment with your date of purchase, email and pattern of choice!

Thanks so much for helping a girl out!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Christmas in July Giveaway Hop - July 22-31

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Welcome to Kimber's Life! This is a hop about Christmas Books. In searching for the ultimate Christmas book to give away, I just fell in love the book Christmas Kiss ( Kisses & Carriages Book #1) by L.L.Muir. This book just came out on July 1st 2014 with 26  five star reviews so far.

Amazon book description:

Spending Christmas trapped in a castle with a gorgeous Highlander? She can think of worse ways to spend the holidays. 

As wicked weather isolates Bree and Heathcliff within the frozen walls of a Scottish castle, they’ll need to learn to trust each other. If they can’t come together to solve a disturbing mystery, they’ll have more to lose than their hearts. And more to rue than just a Christmas kiss. 

This giveaway is for Amazon ebook of Christmas Kiss by L.L. Muir.

Be sure to continue on with your hop but before you go check out my right side bar for some free Crochet patterns and some great deals on books.  If you like giveaways, be sure to check out my left side bar for more giveaways!

Enjoy the rest of the Christmas in July Giveaway Hop!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Reads Blog Hop July 17th - 23rd

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Welcome to Kimber's Life! I hope your summer is warm and sunny!  I've been busy writing, reading, and designing new crochet projects but still trying to get some Vitamin D!

My current summer read is If I Stay by Gayle Forman. I'm kind of wishing I had a hammock like the picture shown above because that would be a great way to spend a summer day.

Please be sure to enter both Giveaway Rafflecopters.  The First will be for two Grand Prize Winners one is a $100 Amazon Gift Card and the second is a $30 Amazon Gift Card. Then the second Rafflecopter giveaway will be for a $5 Amazon Gift Card.  That's three great prizes at just one stop! If you have a little extra time, take a moment to check out some free crochet patterns on the right side bar. If you love giveaways, check out my current giveaways along the left side bar. Enjoy the rest of your hop!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Please help a girl out! Etsy lover giveaway! Win a $15 Etsy Gift card or a handmade Wine Bottle Cozy!

Since last year I have been getting my crochet designs published on Amazon, Smashwords and Etsy ( Ravelry coming soon).  I'm not sure which is my best option. In any case, it's so exciting to see what designs are the most popular and on what sites.

Last year I published Christmas Ornaments to Crochet & Embellish Vol 1.

This year I'm close to publishing Wine Bottle Cozies to Crochet & Embellish Vol 1.
Coming soon!
It is very time consuming working on the design, perfecting the directions and then snapping and editing pictures for the design but it is all worth it seeing my design uploaded online or in print.

I plan on having a big Giveaway to promote the two above mentioned books soon but in the meantime, I would love a little help getting my Etsy shop noticed.

If you would please help a girl out, it would be very much appreciated and with your help, I'm having a giveaway!

Top prize is a $15 Etsy Gift card that will be emailed to you if you are the top winner, 2nd winner would be a handmade crocheted Cozy of your choosing that is available in my Handmade Cozy section of my Etsy Shop - Kimber Shook's Designs.

If you love crocheting, check out my right side bar for free patterns available.

If you love giveaways, please check out my left side bar for a couple that I have going on.  Why not make the most out of stopping by Kimber's Life today!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Just Couldn't Put It Down July Giveaway Hop - July 7th thru 20th

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My all time favorite for this Just Couldn't Put It Down July Giveaway Hop is The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning. She is an absolute fabulous author.  My long lost cousin found me on Facebook the other year and we talked for hours.  She mentioned how much she loved this series.  So since we have similar tastes in books and movies, I bought my first book, Darkfever and soon within hours, I was buying the second, Bloodfever.

Author Karen Marie Moning is fabulous!
Her latest book, Iced, is the 6th installment of the Fever Series. This  has a new heroine, Dani “Mega” O’Malley.  The first 5 were Mackayla Lane and Jericho Barrons story.

I haven’t had the chance to read this one yet but I’m so looking forward to it. I have no doubt it’s just as good.

My giveaway is for the first book in this series - Darkfever (Paperback) and a handmade and designed by me book tote. Unfortunately this is for US Only.


If you have already read this series, I'm offering an alternate choice of a paperback of my debut novel, Destiny Unhinged, again for US Only.  Inevitable (Destiny Unhinged #2) will be coming out later this year.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July’s $229 Giveaway – Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Don't miss out on this awesome giveaway!
Enter to win 1 of 2 great prizes both values at $229. Winner’s choice of a Kindle Fire HDX or $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 Paypal Cash! The first prize is available via the rafflecopter below. The 2nd is available only to bloggers who post about this giveaway. You can find info on how to enter the 2nd giveaway in the rafflecopter.
  July Kindle  
Win a Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash ($229 value)

The winner will have the option of receiving a 7" Kindle Fire HDX (US Only - $229 Value)
  Or $229 Gift Card (International)
  Or $229 in Paypal Cash (International)
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Freedom to Read Giveway Hop - July 2nd thru July 9th - Win a $10 Amazon Gift Card

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I hope you all have a great Holiday weekend (if you are from the United States) and if you live elsewhere in the world, I hope you have a fantastic weekend as well.

Since I am pretty far down on the linky list I very excited you took the time to "hop" by my blog. If you happen to notice I am a writer and a designer.  If you are interested in crocheting or even crocheting products, watch for future giveaways.  I also wanted to say that there is so much opportunity to win out there.  Sometimes I get on the computer and a couple of hours have passed by before I realize, "wow, it's bedtime already."  

I won two books on a recent previous hop and just checked my inbox today and discovered an Amazon gift card waiting for me from a book release giveaway!  Whoohoo! 

So since I believe in the Freedom to Read, I am offering a $10 Amazon gift card so you may choose the book of your choice.

Please look for more hops to enter on my left side by and more hops to sign up in you have to be a blogger. I'm looking forward to a great fun filled summer of giveaways, reviews, deals, updates and FUN!