Indigo Incite is now permanently free!

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I have 2 exciting announcements!

First, I’m thrilled to announce that the eBook version of Book 1 in my YA Indigo Trilogy, Indigo Incite, is permanently FREE…everywhere!!

Second bit of exciting news: For the first time, Book 2 in the trilogy, Indigo Instinct, is now available on iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords! So if you have a Nook or iPad and have been waiting for an opportunity to download it, now’s your chance.

Below are all of the handy links as well as links to the book trailers for both Indigo Incite and Indigo Instinct in case you haven’t seen them :-)

Indigo Instinct for Kindle


INDIGO INCITE links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Indigo-Incite-Trilogy-Book-One-ebook/dp/B00CT9XL42/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1409673291&sr=8-1&keywords=indigo+incite

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/indigo-incite-jacinda-buchmann/1115381017?ean=2940044530188

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/indigo-incite/id648637770?mt=11

INDIGO INSTINCT links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Indigo-Instinct-Trilogy-Book-Two-ebook/dp/B00KESVNRM/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1409673429&sr=8-1&keywords=indigo+instinct

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/indigo-instinct-jacinda-buchmann/1119559271?ean=2940046118346

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/indigo-instinct-indigo-trilogy/id911616076?mt=11

INDIGO INCITE trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkDEhNiuv64

INDIGO INSTINCT trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYp3BdFjYqI

Name these foster kittens :-)

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I asked everyone what I should name my new fosters kittens from All About Animals Rescue, and the suggestions have been rolling in! Today’s the day to vote:-) Pictured above are 2 of the little darlings (the striped tabby is a boy and the gray is a girl) The 3rd one (a black and white medium hair girl) is still a little camera shy. Considering they were found under a garbage dumpster and spent the first 3-4 months of their life living on the street, I’d say they’re adjusting pretty quickly. Let’s work to get them named so they can really feel like they belong :-) Listed below are 5 themes to vote on:

The winning names will be announced tomorrow evening!! Thanks for your help!!

#haveyourpetspayedandneutered

#adoptfromarescue

Raffle, Auction, and Giveaway

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Oh my goodness everyone! This is the most exciting opportunity/giveaway I’ve done in a long time. I’m so thrilled to share it with you!!

I’ve recently teamed up with All About Animals Rescue here in Arizona. Besides fostering a litter of kittens for them (in the picture above) I have also thrown together a fundraiser because they are in desperate need of funds for the 400+ animals in their care.

Here’s what I have for you:
– $2 raffle tickets for a chance to win 1 of 3 HUGE prize packages filled with giftcards, signed paperbacks, and eBooks
– an online auction for a chance to win tons of really cool items (pet and non-pet related items available)
– $25 Amazon giftcard giveaway

One raffle package includes a $30 Amazon giftcard, a $25 Bed, Bath & Beyond giftcard, a $15 Dunkin Donuts giftcard, a $10 Starbucks giftcard, 2 signed paperbacks, and 5 eBooks. That’s just ONE of the prize packages!!

Here are a few of the cool items up for auction:

photo(54) Gently used black leather Coach purse. Original retail $350. Starting bid $15

photo(67) 3 doggie dresses from the Martha Stewart collection & a harness. Starting bid $10

photo(77)  Boyd’s bear figurine. Starting bid $10

Check out ALL of the items up for bid on the website. While there, enter the giveaway too :-)

All 3 awesome opportunities can be found all in one place at the following link:

http://allaboutanimals.myevent.com/

The proceeds from your raffle tickets and auction purchases will provide food and medical care for the animals in the care of All About Animals Rescue.

Please share with your friends Thank you!!!!!

Review of THE BARGAIN by Christine S. Feldman and Pinterest Inspired Coffee Table Project

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THE BARGAIN by Christine S. Feldman is a fun, entertaining romance that I recommend to anyone looking for a quick, light-hearted, love story. Along with the review, I am happy to share my most recent project – an old camping chair renovated into an end table :-)

Blurb:

Tomboy Shannon Mahoney has always been a lot more comfortable with power tools than high heels or lipstick, and she wishes she could reinvent herself and finally tell her perfect boss, Drew Kingston, she has had a crush on him since high school. But she is just as tongue-tied and awkward around him now as she ever was, and long-familiar patterns are hard things from which to break free…

Ladies’ man Michael is a former bad boy looking for redemption. He is desperate to atone for past mistakes that he made with his family, but younger brother Drew has cut him out of his life and refuses to even speak to him. Which means Michael needs help getting to Drew.

And so he approaches Shannon with a proposition: If she will get Drew to agree to hear him out, Michael will mentor Shannon in how to win his brother’s heart. Suspicious of Michael’s motives, Shannon initially enters into the bargain just to make sure Michael isn’t actually in town to cause trouble for Drew, but the two unlikely allies are surprised to discover they enjoy each other’s company far more than either expected.

Shannon starts to realize that maybe love isn’t about reinventing yourself after all. It’s about finding your perfect match.

Review:

I read the blurb a while ago for THE BARGAIN and immediately added it to my TBR list. I was so excited to finally have the opportunity to read it, and it did not disappoint in the slightest. THE BARGAIN focuses on the main character, Shannon, a woman in her late twenties who lacks confidence in herself and tends to hide behind frumpy clothing and ponytails. Even though she has moved past her high school years, she has discovered that some crushes are hard to let go. After ten years of pining after a man who is now her boss, she is faced with an opportunity to take control of her life when she meets her boss’ brother, a man who tends to get under her skin every time he speaks.When the two agree to help each other, an unlikely friendship is formed that shows romance sometimes comes when it’s least expected.

I loved this story from the beginning. It reminded me of the movie, The Ugly Truth, starring Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl. It had lines that made me laugh out loud and the character’s flaws were realistic and likeable. THE BARGAIN kept my attention throughout and I read it quickly because I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next. My only complaint is that I wish it was longer because I didn’t want it to end. Though it is an adult love story, the romance part of the story is light and sweet (no love scenes) and I would recommend the book for adults as well as teenagers who are looking for an entertaining romance :-) I am glad that I bought a paperback version of the book because it is one that I will want to read again.

***** 5 STARS

Amazon:

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ChristineSFeldman

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18053884-the-bargain?from_search=true

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BEFORE

I’ve had this folding chair for a while. With an old canvas seat, my grandpa used it to take fishing over the years, and when he moved over ten years ago, he didn’t want to take it and gave it to me. I’ve held onto it with the intention of fixing it up and finally decided that it was now or never :-)

My original goal was to take off the old, dirty canvas, sand down the rough wood, and reattach new material. I dug out some cute denim material I had in the closet and started to get frustrated when I realized that the wood wasn’t cut even, and one side was wider than the other. After taking measurements, I took the material off again, stared at it for a minute, and then the image of an end table came to me. I remembered that my husband had extra wood panelings in the garage left over from another renovation project, and I immediately got to work.

I sanded and stained the base and stained the panels to match. We had the stain laying around in the garage too, so I didn’t have to spend a penny. I let the stain dry completely overnight, then used heavy duty wood glue to piece the panels together. I also attached 3 wooden panels across the underside to reinforce it. The final step was to glue the table top to the base. The final result was a cute, useful end table that matched my rustic decor. :-)

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AFTER

 

To see other projects I’ve worked on this summer, check out my Pinterest page :-)

Review of OLD SINS, LONG SHADOWS by B.D. Hawkey and Pinterest Rainbow Swirl Cake & Butterfly Themed Birthday Party

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I usually review paranormal stories of some sort, whether they are YA, NA, or Adult, and on occasion I review a contemporary romance novel, and so I was excited to read OLD SINS, LONG SHADOWS because it strays from the usual books that I read. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the story, but as soon as I read the first page I got a slight thrill as I was taken back to my college days when I took 18th Century Literature and read all of the usual classics of that era, Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, etc… I enjoyed this story even more because it had more edge and unexpected turns than the traditional classics. Enjoy the blurb and review and afterward be sure to check out my Pinterest experiment making a rainbow swirl cake :-)

Blurb:

Nominated for the 2014 RONÉ “Best Indie or Small Published book of 2013 Award”. A Cornish Victorian romance set against the backdrop of the magnificent Bosvenna Estate, with eccentric rural characters and the sweeping hills of the dramatic Bodmin Moor. Janey Carhart’s story is a tale of obsession, jealousy and love.

At the age of nine, Janey’s younger sisters die from scarlet fever and her grief stricken mother blames Janey for their deaths. Financial difficulties and a desire to win back her mother’s love, forces Janey to enter service where she quickly rises through the ranks.

Upon her arrival to the elegant Cornish Country Estate, she successfully secures a position of a lady’s maid for the wealthy and powerful Brockenshaw family. An exchange of letters between Lady Brockenshaw and her son ignites Janey’s interest, but Janey’s feelings for this mysterious and charming gentleman soon change her life forever.

Old sins cast long shadows and not only does Janey’s mother’s wrath affect Janey’s life, there are others whose sins risk destroying her, the people she cares about and her capacity to love again. Daniel Kellow, her neighbour, offers his help. Can she trust this man who has, it is rumoured, killed a man? Who is the real Daniel Kellow and can she trust him? Can he trust her?

Review:

This has been my of my favorite books of the year so far! Don’t let the cover fool you. Even though it is beautiful, I don’t think it portrays the emotional depth and romantic roller coaster that is experienced by the main character, Janey. Told from multiple points of view, OLD SINS, LONG SHADOWS is mostly told from the viewpoint of Janey who is hired as a lady’s maid. She struggles to find her way amongst the rest of the staff and soon fights her attraction to two very different men – one who is above her class and the other who is abrupt, mysterious, and aloof.

As the story progresses through rich English language and imagery of the Cornish countryside, made more realistic by an author who is from the country, Janey is confronted with one emotional struggle after another. It was a tale of love, turmoil, and emotional struggle, and without giving the story away, I adored the ending even though I didn’t want the story to end, and highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a rich, romantic historical saga. This was a story whose characters stayed with me long after I finished the book.

***** 5 Enthusiastic Stars!!!

Amazon:

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/old-sins-long-shadows-b-d-hawkey/1116359616?ean=9781482593426

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22053314-old-sins-long-shadows?from_search=true

 

Pinterest Project

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My daughter knew exactly what she wanted for her 6th birthday – a rainbow swirl cake and a butterfly themed birthday party. I prefer homemade cake over store bought, and I am certainly not the most artistic cake decorator out there, but I came up with a cake design that was cute for a 6-year-old’s party and easy enough that anyone with a basic sense of how to bake a cake can do :-)

The batter itself was easy because I used a simple box cake mix. I’m usually all about making everything from scratch – which is what I did for the frosting – but for this recipe, a box cake mix was just fine. To make a four-layer cake, as seen in the picture, I used two boxes. The rainbow swirl part is easy. As you can see in the pictures below, I measured out equal parts of cake batter into separate bowls then added food coloring to each.

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After that it was a simple matter of dropping various colors into the cake pans.

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I made sure to allow the cakes to cool completely before removing them from the pans, so the cake wouldn’t crack. The next step was to make the delicious, light and creamy frosting. I am usually picky about frosting, that’s one of the reasons I don’t like store bought cake, the frosting is usually too heavy and thick. If you like a light frosting, this one is perfect. (Note this recipe is for 2 round cake layers. If you want 4 layers as I made you’ll have to double the recipe.)

Cool Whip Frosting

  • 1  8oz. Cool Whip (thawed)
  • 1 3.5 oz package of instant vanilla pudding (other flavors would be good too)
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (that’s what the recipe calls for but I used orange extract instead. SO good!)

Combine the pudding with milk and flavoring. Mix until smooth. Gently fold in Cool Whip.

Once the frosting is made it’s a simple matter of laying down each layer of cake and spreading the Cool Whip mixture on top of each layer. Once all of the layers are stacked, spread the remainder of the frosting to completely cover it.

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There was no way I was going to get the frosting perfectly smooth, so instead I used a fork and swirled it through the entire cake to give it texture. After that, it was a simple matter of pressing in the small candies around the cake. I was afraid the candies would be hard, but they were chocolately and soft on the inside (found in the cake department at Walmart). The butterflies on top were lollipops ordered from Oriental trading company. Super easy to stick into the cake. The only mistake I made (and I should have known better), don’t put the candies in until you’re almost ready to serve it. I made the cake the night before and decorated it, and by the next morning, a lot of the coloring from the candies had dripped into the white frosting. It was still cute, but if you want a cake that looks as perfect as possible, I would wait to decorate it.

Going along with the butterfly theme, I also found a few fruit, veggie, and candy ideas on Pinterest and tried to recreate them. The kids all thought it was fun :-)

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 My daughter also insisted on a pinata. While I was considering projects for her friends, I came across these cute canvas butterfly bags, also from Oriental Trading Company. I bought fabric markers, and the bags served not only as a project for the girls, but also as candy holders once the pinata was cracked open :-)

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For more Pinterest ideas check out my Pinterest page. I also have pinned images from my Indigo Trilogy :-)

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