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Christmas Confessions & Cocktails: fun, festive, & fantastic!

Reflecting on Christmas past isn’t always easy. We have moments we think are normal then moments we would rather forget ever happened. There are those quirky things our family does that drive us crazy and then those things we wish would last forever. Add some cocktails to the mix and it’s loaded with more excitement and interesting chatter, right?

Well, I have found this book full of short stories of Christmas past along with fun little cocktails, mainly a recipe for one! It is so well written, I feel like I’m right there, taking up space in Vicki Lasage’s super tiny apartment in France where the Christmas tree gets knocked over every time you turn! And I can understand the family quirks as my own family has our own.


Personally, I can’t see myself ever sharing about family quirks or life during the Christmas season. It actually sounds boring to me, but in Christmas Confessions & Cocktails, even the mundane seems exilerating! You know a writer is amazing when what may be boring suddenly becomes a sitcom.

Add in some cocktails to enjoy during the read is so much fun! If I was able to actually enjoy a recipe or two while reading, we’d have a much more entertaining review, I’m sure! 

I am thankful for the chuckles I had while reading this book by Vicki Lasage. Wow, and to think there’s more where this came from! Awesome!

Christmas Confessions & Cocktails was provided complimentary from Reading Deals for an honest review.

Miss Match is obvious to everyone else but the matchmaker

Toujour is a European matchmaking business that utilizes actual people to match couples together using one-on-one interviews. Top matchmaker, Brooke, used Toujour to see the effectiveness of the program and she found an artist from Europe, who she is now engaged to because she believes in the effectiveness of Toujour. However, Brooke’s best friend, Luke, has been in love with her for eight years. Will Luke be able to convince Brooke he’s a better match for her?

 Luke Ryder has been named the CEO of Ryder Communications, a business his late father built years ago from his basement. Luke’s father recently died of lung cancer and Luke has been struggling to get through life. The board of directors at Ryder Communications question Luke’s ability to run the company. It is Beooke who is there for him and helps this bachelor to make sense of life as he now knows it. 

Simultaneously, Brooke’s boss and owner of Toujour shares that unless sales pick up, Toujour will close its doors. Brooke devises a plan to sign up hot bachelor and very popular Luke Ryder as a candidate on Toujour to help save the business. Little does she realize how many single people will suddenly line up for a chance to date Luke. 

Luke agrees to helping Brooke but refuses to seriously date any one because of his love for Brooke. Will Luke find true love and his original plan backfires? Will Brooke ever realize that there’s a better match for her than her fiancé?

Miss Match by Lindzee Armstrong is part of the No Match for Love series. An excellent first book to snag your attention and leave you eager for more excitement. The characters are realistic and details so descriptive. 

Ebooksforreview.com is a website that offers complimentary ebooks for a review. This is the first time I’ve used this site and I am so far very pleased. The selection of books is updated quicker than I can read a book and the format very simplified. 

A captivating short story questions morals of dishonesty

Donald recently got out of the military and is on his way home to Savannah, Georgia. He gets mugged and all his money and identification is stolen from him while he is in the nation’s Capitol, Washington, D.C. How will he ever get home when everything he owns is stolen?

  
A stranger offers to help Donald out, feeds him, gives him spending money, and let’s him stay with him at his penthouse home in this short story, The Lost Tourist Franchise by CLR Dougherty. Under his circumstances, Donald accepts this hospitality from this stranger, who soon shares his franchise business and invites Donald to join the business. 

The Lost Touist Franchise business is where people wearing Luthers shirts pretend they’re working as tour guides, they find lost tourists and gently lead them in the direction of what they’re looking for. Even if they are led in the wrong direction, they’ll find someone else wearing the same shirt and be redirected again. This leads to hundreds in tips every day. 

However, on his first day on his own, Donald is approached by someone who claims he’s an agent who will fine Luther because Donald doesn’t have a license. This agent turns out to be a fraud and took $50 from Donald. Then Donald begins to realize that he’s doing the same thing to these tourists, misguiding them. 

What will be more important to Donald, the money he can make being a part of this franchise? Or just returning home to Savannah? 

This short story was sent via email as a result of subscribing to the author’s updates. 

Reviewing: Strike at Charles’ Farm & Are You Eating My Lunch?

Two adorable bilingual children’s books, written by Canadian Dr Nicole Audet, Strike at Charls’ Farm and Are You Eating My Lunch? Simple and entertaining for young children, these books are sure to keep those children guessing!

Bilingual books are not very common here in the States. I found it fascinating to have both French and English on the same pages. This would be especially useful for bilingual readers, who can share the stories in both languages. French is not language I know how to read, so I would be difficult for me to share appropriately.


Strike at Charles’ Farm is a simple story about going around a farm with each animal not doing what they are supposed to be doing. The animals are very honest sharing their complaint about the farm. The farmer, Charles, simply offers them to ask the zoo to fulfill their requests, they might get the treatment they want. Will the animals return to doing their job? Or will they prefer to live at the zoo?


Are You Eating My Lunch? takes the reader through a zoo. Again, the talking animals are cute and welcoming. A boy is asking each animal if they’re eating his lunch. The animals each tell, him they’re eating their own favorite food. But, where is his lunch? Is anyone eating it?

Both books are brief and enjoyable to a preschooler, or maybe a kindergartener. My son, who is now in first grade, thought he’s too big for these stories, even though it captured his attention. The versions I received complimentary for an honest review had both English and French language on the pages. Having my son attempt to read it on his own may have been confusing for him, but once I explain to him where to look for the English words, he would be fine.

In both books, the animals are colorful and adorable. There’s little distraction of backgrounds and the focus simply on the character the page is about. This makes learning to read the words on a child’s own a bit easier to accomplish as it is common for them to use the images to develop an idea of the story.

Personally, I enjoyed these cute and adorable stories. It would be great for a bilingual preschool class, or a class that was teaching a second language.

Skittles Birthday Surprise results from truly humble moments

It’s Skittles birthday and she’s so happy that she wants to spend her time with her mother and her friends. After getting dolled up with a pretty pink bow, skittles heads into a morning of many unforeseen events.


First, she heads downstairs to see her mama, who has hurt her paw. Skittles calls the doctor to help her mama.
Then, she visits with her friends Barney the duck, Jungo the panda, and the Canary brothers to see if they have presents for her. Instead, Skittles finds they have a situation of their own. A dropped ring, a sack of apples, a trumpet swimming in a puddle, and no presents.

As Skittles is happy to help her friends out, she realized at her surprise birthday party that because she helped her mama and her friends, she now has a party, presents, food, and singing!

This a very important lesson to learn as a child. Help those in need and you will be rewarded! The delayed gratification is often forgotten in this day and age. But showing someone we love them and care about them means we do whatever we can to be there for them, help them if we can, or just be a shoulder to lean on.

I was provided with a complimentary copy of Skittles Birthday Surprise by Ansaar Modack through Reading Deals, so I could give an honest review.