Monday, August 29, 2016

August Subscription Boxes

Game of Thrones Box by Appraising Pages (The makers of the Bookish Box) Cost $35 + $7.00 Shipping + $4.50 tank upgrade $46.50

Exclusive Limited edition devoted to all things GoT. I am a fan of both the books and the series so there really was no way to go wrong with this. Another bene for these one-time boxes is that if you love the book/ series they are advertising, you will most likely adore everything in it so you have a better chance of keeping everything you receive.
T-shirt (Appraising pages plus shipping) $20.00 **
**Not the racerback tank I ordered**
Tumbler by Knot Knirvana (Etsy) $15.00 plus shipping
Da Bomb Fizzers: GOT Quote Bomb (website) $7.50 plus shipping
Appraising Pages stag ring (???)
Drop and Give Me nerdy Tote Bag (Society 6) $18.00 plus shipping
EvieSEO art print (Society 6) $13.10 plus shipping *
*Mine’s a 5 by 7 not listed so we’ll go with value $10.00

Total estimated value $70.50
Net Gain $24.00***



This tally does not include the cost of the ring, since that was an appraising pages exclusive and I couldn’t find anything like it. I was most excited about the tumbler as I only have one for my smoothies. Excited for the bath fizzer too. The shirt was a major disappointment because I really wanted that tank top.  And the art print was fabulous. The ring is too small for my ring finger and too big for my pinky so I’ll probably end up giving it away. And the tote bag was something of a miss for me because what the hell does “Squad Goals” have to do with GoT? It’s not like all the women are going to team up or anything, especially not Cerce. I’ll hang onto it because it does have Lyanna Mormont’s image and she’s my hero. Plus it’s a tote bag, even when they are bad, they are still useful. 

The Bookish Box Cost $32.00 +$5.50 tank top upgrade plus *$7.50 shipping $45.00
August theme: Fairytale remakes
I really wanted something from the A Court of Thornes and Roses series, but was hoping it wasn’t the mug. I have too many mugs as it is. Ideally it would be the Lunar Chronicles or Peter Pan so I could give it away.  I had purchased a tank top upgrade for this box since I wear those much more often than regular t-shirts. I love the customization you can get for this subscription, it makes the items feel more tailor-
made for you! Also, I have contacted the owner and she is an absolute pleasure to deal with so I can’t say enough good things about The Bookish Box subscription!
T-shirt (Appraising pages plus shipping) $25.50 Keep
Lexy Olivia Beauty and the Beast Bookmark: (Etsy plus shipping) $6.00 Keep
Bookish Box Exclusive Necklace: ??? KEEP
Appraising Pages Walt Disney Quote Post-its:??? Giveaway
Evie Sea Cinder Mug: (Society six plus shipping) $15 Giveaway
*Please note: Shipping increase from last month.

****Total Value: $46.50
Net Gain $1.50
****Note. This was a tough box to price because the necklace and post-its were Appraising Pages exclusives, i.e. not up for sale. The necklace and post its aren’t factored in. I really only loved the shirt, though I was happy the mug wasn’t ACOMAF related. It is beautiful, Lunar Chronicles just aren’t my cuppa. And why A Beauty and the Beast and not ACOTAR bookmark???? This was supposed to be fairy tales remade, not the actual fairy tales. How can something be so pretty and so disappointing at the same time? To sum up, you’re still getting your money’s worth of uniquely bookish items, but maybe not as much as with earlier boxes. Starting to think my expectations are too high.  
*****Note 2. People are posting pictures of their Bookish Box hauls before mine even ships. So all the boxes are being spoiled whenever I go on Instagram or twitter. The excitement and surprise just isn’t there. I decided to skip September as the theme of Literary Ladies doesn’t do it for me. Thinking that even with saving a few bucks, I’m better off buying my own goodies from Etsy/ Society 6 and getting exactly what I want directly from the vendors, since I know what will be coming well in advance.

Stars Hollow Monthly by Lit Cube Cost $29.95*
*I like that it costs what it costs, including shipping. Bonus points for no hidden fees. **Double bonus points for listing the cost per item so I don’t have to research everything and end up listing ???
when there are exclusive items.
All things Gilmore Girls, which is totally my jam. This is a relatively new subscription box, non-book related (unless you count Sleuthing for a Living inspiration) The first month, June, wasn’t all that compelling which is why I hadn’t signed up, but I was sorry I missed the July box. This box is the third.

Double-Walled Porcelain Luke’s Mug $29.95 KEEP
Dragonfly Inn Acrylic Coaster set $19.95 KEEP
Trinket Box “It All Comes out in Moron” $7.95 KEEP
Baby Boca Java Sampler $2.50 KEEP
**Luke’s Menu with item list and prices along with a 50% off coupon for the coffee KEEP
Total value $60.35
Net Gain: $30.40


**** The ceramic mug alone pays for the box and all the items, other than the coffee, were exclusive Gilmore inspired goodies. Love the coasters and the trinket box, perfect for small item storage and freaking adorable to boot. They claim the mug is for travel, but I have my doubts. However, it’s got the Luke’s logo which is an automatic keeper. Haven’t tried the coffee yet, but if I like it the 50% coupon might come in handy. Not only is everything in this box a keeper, the subscription is too!***

So the verdict: OWLCRATE: CANCELED

THE BOOKISH BOX: JURY'S STILL OUT, Skipping September, though I did order the Appraising Pages Outlander exclusive box. I'll be buried in book and house type work through most of September so I am confident I can avoid spoilers.  Fingers crossed the stuff comes from the books, not the show. 

STARS HOLLOW MONTHLY: WILD HORSES COULDN'T DRAG ME AWAY!

See you in September!



Sunday, July 31, 2016

Subscription boxes, June & July summary

I've been curious about the book subscription boxes for awhile. It sounds like a neat idea, mystery items shipped right to you every month. 

Owlcrate Cost: $29.99 plus $6.99 shipping Total cost $36.98
June theme: Royalty
This was my first subscription box, and it was sort of an accident. I wanted the next month's box but signed up early, so I did receive the June box. 


 My Lady Jane (Amazon w. free ship)  $10.73 K
Nemo Funko mystery mini (Amazon w. free ship)    $6.99 GIVEAWAY
Craftedvan bookmarks: (Etsy plus shipping) $7.08 GIVEAWAY
Lunar Chronicles bracelet (Etsy plus shipping guess shop is closed) ???  $10-12  ??? TOSS
Plus paper TOSS
$36.80
Net loss over buying individual pieces $ -.18
* Note, the little bookmark things, Nemo funko and paper crown all went to my niece, so this box wasn't a total loss.


Owlcrate Cost $29.99 plus $6.99 shipping
July theme: Good vs Evil 
I received the "good" box and the thing I liked best about it was that even if you stumble across spoilers on social media, you still have a surprise when the box shows up!

This Savage Song (Amazon w. free ship)  $10.36 KEEP
Luna Lovegood Funko POP (Amazon w. free ship)   $8.95 KEEP
Millennium Falcon necklace (Etsy plus shipping) $16.00 KEEP
Jane’s Tiny Things Alice in Wonderland bookmark (Etsy plus shipping) $4 GIVEAWAY
Plus paper TOSS
Total value: 39.31
Net Gain over buying individual pieces $ 2.33
The Jury's still out on Owlcrate, I might try one more month if the theme looks good. I have a feeling I am a little older than their typical subscriber but I can still pass along goodies to my kids and relatives. 

The Bookish Box Cost $32.00-$3.50 WELCOME discount plus shipping $5.50 comes in at $34.00
July Theme Fantasy (Women’s plus size subscription)
This was the box I was waiting on because I love fantasy. Unfortunately I had a five day shipping delay so the opening was spoiled. The main feature for this box is the T shirt, not a book, which I kinda like since I am a picky reader. 

*T-shirt (Appraising pages plus shipping) $20.00 UNDECIDED
“Hold the Door” Bangle,The Geeky Cauldron (site plus shipping) $10.50 KEEP
2 oz Dragon Rider Roast Coffee Beans, Passive Juice Motel (Site $14 for 12 oz plus shipping) $2.30 KEEP
Stag “Always” Headband Night and Day Baby
(Etsy plus shipping) $8.00  KEEP
The Mortal Instruments Cross Body Tote Fiction Tea (company’s site Free shipping) $17.00 GIVEAWAY
* The quote was supposedly from Tolkien, but it was sort of an odd pick. There are so many awesome LOTR quotes so I was a little disappointed.  The shirt itself is nice and lightweight so I may keep it for summer workouts.

*** Only paper is a list of shops that contributed to the box plus a single business card, which I appreciate.
Total Value $57.80

Net Gain over buying individual items $23.80

So that's if for June - July. I decided after seeing the Owlcrate theme that I would put that account on hold for August but I am getting two others though so I will be back next month. Do you subscribe to any subscription boxes? Which ones do you love? Eager to hear your thoughts. 
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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Damaged Goods Book 3 up for Preorder!

COMING MAY 2!

Cure Or Die 
Book 3 in the Damaged Goods Mystery Series 

Certified Process Server Jackie Parker could do a case study in bizarre human behavior. Like the time the Damaged Goods property management team found a man fermenting his own fecal matter to get high. Or the angry downstairs tenant who threatened to spit on her. And that was just one building in the Miami art’s district. 

Returning to the scene of the crime a year later at the request of the landlord, Jackie believes she’s ready for anything. Since the Dark Prince left the team, she and Luke have gone through an amicable divorce and maybe just this one time she can manage to not land face first in something foul. But what they find in the vacated apartment is far worse than on their earlier visit and Jackie’s situation is about to get a whole lot messier. 

Cue Logan. 

Don’t miss the epic finale to the Damaged Goods trilogy, it’s a laugh a minute and what readers describe as “More addictive than krockodil!” 


Praise for Jackie Parker and the Damaged Goods Mysteries: 

"….difficult to put down." ~ Kirkus 

"Jennifer L. Hart brings a whole new meaning to family togetherness...." ~ Night Owl Reviews 

"...a very likable, sympathetic, savvy and smart heroine." ~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times Bestselling Author 

“An addictive mystery that will have you laughing out loud.” ~A Girl and Her Kindle 

“…a modern mystery with a touch of romance.” ~ 2 Indie Girls Book Reviews 

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Available now, Murder Al Fresco!

From bestselling cozy mystery author Jennifer L. Hart comes the deliciously deadly conclusion to her Southern Pasta Shop Mysteries... Redemption never tasted so sweet.... Andy Buckland is no stranger to TV. The worst moment of her career happened when a live studio audience got food poisoning from one of her dishes. But when the pasta guru is given a slot in the televised cooking competition Diced Showdown, she sees her chance at redemption. In exchange for the shot at vindication Andy and her fiancé, Malcolm Jones, are tasked to find the identity of a mysterious blogger who has a nasty habit of revealing detrimental secrets of the show's top celebrity chefs. A little undercover sleuthing is one thing, but when her hometown is taken over by the show's production and one of the judges winds up dead, Andy's afraid she's bitten off more than she can chew, and she might just choke on a dish best served cold. **Recipes included!** Southern Pasta Shop Mysteries: Murder Al Dente - book #1 Murder À La Flambé- book #2 Murder Al Fresco - book #3 Christmas Al Dente - holiday short story What critics are saying about Jennifer L. Hart's books: "A must read for all people who love a good mystery and a jolly good laugh...laugh out loud funny." ~ Black Orchid, Cocktail Reviews "Laugh out loud funny, realistic characters, snappy true to life dialog, and a sufficiently difficult mystery; all the required elements for an excellent read." ~ Manic Readers "I would not hesitate to pick up another of Ms. Hart's works as she definitely made me with one book a lifelong fan." ~ Joyfully Reviewed
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

12 Days of Laundry



 

12 Days of Laundry
 
On the first day of Laundry my Maggie gave to me
A body in a tall tree.

 

On the second day of Laundry my Maggie gave to me
Two barking dogs and
A body in a tall tree.

 
On the third day of Laundry my Maggie gave to me
Three sheets on the line
Two barking dogs and
A body in a tall tree.

 
On the fourth day of Laundry my Maggie gave to me
Four police cars
Three sheets on the line
Two barking dogs and
A body in a tall tree.

 
On the fifth day of Laundry my Maggie gave to me
Five gray-ish hairs
Four police cars
Three sheets on the line
Two barking dogs and
A body in a tall tree.

On the sixth day of Laundry my Maggie gave to me
Six family members
Five gray-ish hairs
Four police cars
Three sheets on the line
Two barking dogs and
A body in a tall tree.
 
On the seventh day of Laundry my Maggie gave to me
Seven pithy comments
Six family members
Five gray-ish hairs
Four police cars
Three sheets on the line
Two barking dogs and
A body in a tall tree.

 
On the eighth day of Laundry my Maggie gave to me
Eight murder suspects
Seven pithy comments
Six family members
Five gray-ish hairs
Four police cars
Three sheets on the line
Two barking dogs and
A body in a tall tree.

 
On the ninth day of Laundry my Maggie gave to me
Nine nosy neighbors
Eight murder suspects
Seven pithy comments
Six family members
Five gray-ish hairs
Four police cars
Three sheets on the line
Two barking dogs and
A body in a tall tree.

 
On the tenth day of Laundry my Maggie gave to me
Ten belly dancers
Nine nosy neighbors
Eight murder suspects
Seven pithy comments
Six family members
Five gray-ish hairs
Four police cars
Three sheets on the line
Two barking dogs and
A body in a tall tree.
On the eleventh day of Laundry my Maggie gave to me
Eleven pots of coffee
Ten belly dancers
Nine nosy neighbors
Eight murder suspects
Seven pithy comments
Six family members
Five gray-ish hairs
Four police cars
Three sheets on the line
Two barking dogs and
A body in a tall tree.

 

On the twelfth day of Laundry my Maggie gave to me
Twelve reasons to move
Eleven pots of coffee
Ten belly dancers
Nine nosy neighbors
Eight murder suspects
Seven pithy comments
Six family members
Five gray-ish hairs
Four police cars
Three sheets on the line
Two barking dogs and
A body in a tall tree.


Happy Holidays!

~Jennifer L. Hart

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

New Christmas Crossover Mystery!

The Laundry Hag's Christmas Rental
        There's more Maggie to love as pregnancy expands her waistline and shortens her temper. And now the hag has to deal with the holidays too? If this is the most wonderful time of the year, somebody goofed. 
       Jackie Parker's marriage is on the rocks, and we're not talking ice here. Tis' the season for a happy family, but Jackie just wants to ride this Christmas out alone with her dog, her monkey and her remote control. Unfortunately the Dark Prince has other plans. 
      Miami is a hotbed of criminal activity, but no one expects to be robbed by Santa himself! With the big jolly man in the bright red suit doing a few B&E's in the neighborhood, Maggie's vacation is soon swapped out for a criminal investigation. And she's teaming up with a new neurotic partner. Holiday hilarity ensues when Damaged Goods and the Laundry Hag join forces for a takedown you won't want to miss! 
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

New Laundry Hag book out now!

Maggie Phillips is back in an all new Misadventure!
After a year in Hudson, Maggie Phillips—A.K.A the laundry hag—is sure she’s seen all the small Massachusetts town has to offer. Of course that’s until her newest client turns out to be psychic who’s inherited a massive estate from her recently deceased grandfather, much to the displeasure of the rest of the family. Maggie soon suspects that what everyone believed was death by natural causes might’ve been a well-planned murder. Never fear, Maggie, her sexy SEAL and the rest of the cleaning crew are on the case. Are the relations responsible for terrorizing the timid soothsayer and how far will they go to reclaim one percenter status? One thing’s for sure, the laundry hag never saw this kerfuffle coming…

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