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TruKid Fan Contest!

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TruKid has an amazing contest starting on Facebook October 1st and it boasts pretty large prizes. They are trying to reach 5,000 Facebook Likes or Fans by the end of October and will be offering 4 of their "fans" at random a grand prize of their whole TruKid Line for 2 months!! In addition, the 4 people who referred the winning "fans" will receive 5 items of their choosing from the TruKid line. So go to TruKids Facebook and LIKE them and tell 'em Hanging Off The Wire sent ya! Good luck!

The Changing Behavior Book *Giveaway*

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The Changing Behavior Book by James Sutton
About The Book: Dr. Sutton makes a case for a noncoercive approach to gaining compliance and notes how changed behavior begins in the adult, not the child. He also suggests that the solution to compliance with difficult and defiant youngsters lies in asking the same question until the answers become clear.
My Thoughts: This book was so informative! I thought I had a pretty good handle on Callan, until I tried some of the ideas in the book, and I was astonished. This is a good book to keep on hand, so you can turn to it when you think you and your child are butting heads. You can read the entire book, or just read the chapters that apply to you and your child. This book is better than therapy!
About The Author: James Sutton started off working for the government: the United States Navy. As a member of the US Naval Security Group, he saw combat duty in Vietnam with the Third Marine Amphibious Force in the late 60s. He earned his college degree and te…

Secrets Of The Ultimate Husband Hunter *Giveaway* 2 Winners

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Secrets Of The Ultimate Husband Hunter by Nancy Nichols
About The Book: The book that is changing the way women think about men, themselves and the relationship process. Ever wondered how some women attract the interest of almost every man they meet? How some women have wonderful men pursuing them passionately for a serious relationship? Ever asked yourself . . . Why do I attract, date and commit to the wrong man? Why am I unable to attract the interest of a wonderful man? Why do men suddenly stop calling or dating me? Are you discouraged about finding the right man? Insightful! Sensational! Life-Altering! Based on a true story Author Nancy Nichols, with wit, candor and savvy, tackles the negative, judgmental, counter-productive attitudes and behavior that attract the wrong man, versus a woman s open-minded, intriguing, alluring presence which attracts many men. Her novel dating concept is replete with unique introspect, inspiring relationship stories, and …

Dreams And Nightmares *Giveaway* 2 Winners!

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Dreams And Nightmares by Ann Werner
About The Book: On what feels like the worst day of her life, instead of getting an expected marriage proposal, Decker Jones is dumped by her boyfriend of three years. Her heartbreak is tempered with joy when she receives the news that after ten long years of trying to get noticed, top literary agent Lillian Cardone has agreed to represent her, moving her a giant leap forward towards the dream of becoming a bestselling author. Albert Crawford is a career bank robber who is planning to retire to live the good life in Mexico after pulling one last job. Things go horribly wrong when a bank guard is killed. Three time loser Albert is arrested and sent to spend the rest of his life in prison. Two different people. Two different futures. Neither can imagine what the future holds. 
My Thoughts: First of all, how can not like the name Decker for a girl? Ok, well I am partial, as that is my maiden name, and Callan's middle name. This book is…

Confucius Day

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Confucius Day honors one of the world's greatest philosophers. Born in China on October 18, 551 B.C., Confucius is one of the earliest, and perhaps the the first great philosopher. He was also a teacher, a scholar, and a politician. He gave the world many teachings, and gave the world 499 famous sayings.
Celebrate Confucius Day by learning more about this ancient philosopher, and read some of his teachings and sayings. Note: Over the years, many comical and humorous sayings have been created and referenced as sayings of Confucius, usually titled "Confucius Says". As a rule of thumb, if the saying is humorous, chances are it is not a true saying by this great scholar.
The original Confucius day dates back thousands of years.

Sweet Betsy From Pike *Giveaway*

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Sweet Betsy From Pike by Sam Sackett
About The Book: Sweet Betsy from Pike is a historical novel based on the ballad of the same name, which has been one of the most popular American folksongs for the past 150 years.It's 1849. Betsy is eighteen, a minister's daughter, and pregnant. To escape the shame, she and her lover, Ike, run away and join a wagon train headed for the California gold fields. They end up in Hangtown (now Placerville). Along the trail and in the mining camp Betsy outgrows Ike and becomes a strong, independent woman, capable of shaping her own destiny.
My Thoughts: Writing a story from a song can not be easy, but Sam Sackett has done a phenomenal job. I was so engrossed in this story, from cover to cover. Sometimes it is kind of hard to follow the dialogue as the author tries to write the story in an as authentic way as possible. So if you can get past the language, it is a very interesting and enjoyable read.
About The Author: California-born Sam Sackett re…

The Examined Life

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The Examined Life by Virgil Jose
About The Book: A man's been killed! I think it might be David! Gil Rodrigues is a Vietnam vet, widower, and world-weary private eye. His life is in the doldrums. Even his affair with a beautiful young woman adds few sparks to his mundane routine. However, the sudden murder of his best friend David Chang, and the plight of David's daughter jump-start him into action. Gil soon uncovers unseemly details about his friend's business affairs and lurches into an investigation involving professional hit men, international espionage and a series of clues, each one more bizarre and puzzling than the last. As Gil closes in on the killer, he quickly finds that his career, his lover and his life are in jeopardy. He is inexorably forced to pull all the stops, solve the mystery and find the killer, but he exacts a diabolical revenge for all the bother! 
My Thoughts: I was captivated by this book from the very beginning. It is a great story, an…

Good Neighbor Day

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Ah, Good Neighbor Day. It's definitely a good thing. Being good neighbors is an important part of the social fiber that makes this country so great. Therefore, it seems only fitting that one day a year honors good neighbors. This day of recognition is not to be confused with other forms of "Good Neighbor Days". Stores proclaim "Good Neighbor Days" to promote sales, a wide range of organizations announce "Good Neighbor Days" to promote their cause, and local municipalities and governments proclaim "Good Neighbor Days" for a variety of reasons. Rather, this day is to truly recognize and appreciate your good neighbor. Hopefully, one of those good neighbors is you!
History: In the early 1970's, Mrs. Becky Mattson from Lakeside, Montana recognized the importance of good neighbors, and started the effort to make this a National day. With the help of congressman Mike Mansfield, she succeed in getting three presidents (Nixon, Ford, and Carter) …

The Robin Hood Chronicles *Giveaway*

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The Robin Hood Chronicles by Sam Sackett
About The Book: The Robin Hood Chronicles is a historical novel which makes a half-serious attempt to re-create what may have been the true-life original of the Robin Hood legend. The Robin Hood Chronicles is written in a style appropriate to the historical period in which the events are supposed to have taken place.  It is not 14th century English - that would be unreadable for the 21st century reader - but it alludes to the language of medieval chroniclers.
My Thoughts: I've always been interested in Robin Hood for some reason, so it was a pleasure to read this book. The story is enjoyable, but it is hard sometimes to read through the language used in the book. It is not so easy to understand sometimes, but the author did it that way to make the story seem more authentic, and you do get the gist of what is being said. An intriguing read!
About The Author: California-born Sam Sackett received his Ph.D. from UCLA. While a student he publis…

Mary's Son

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Mary's Son: A Tale Of Christmas by Darryl Nyznyk
About The Book: Eleven-year-old Sarah Stone is lonely in a mansion amidst butlers, nannies, housekeepers, and a father who is too busy for her. She is angry at the world. On the other side of town, in a slum called the "Sink," Jared Roberts and his gang barely survive broken families and a hardscrabble existence. Jared, too, is angry, and intends to do something about it. He eyes Sarah's mansion for a pre-Christmas burglary that will show the world who he really is. Into this mix comes a mysterious little man named Nicholas, who intrigues, yet scares, Sarah and Jared. Against incredible doubt and cynicism, Nicholas tries to guide the two youths away from their anger and the suffering that will follow, only to realize he can not move them. Finally, he whisks them to another time and place where a Christmas long ago teaches them the true meaning of life in a way they never imagined. "Mary's Son" i…

I Used to Know That: Gegography

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I Used to Know That: Gegography Stuff You Forgot From School by Will Williams
About The Book: Rediscover the World around You! Did you know that the Himalayas are still growing? That the Antarctica is a desert? That humans survived the last Ice Age? It's hard to know all there is to know about geography and its ever-changing landscape. But with I Used to Know That: Geography you'll be able to update your classroom knowledge and examine both the physical and human aspects of the world in short order. Inside you'll explore . . .Our physical world - rivers and coasts, plate tectonics, changing climates, the "ring of fire". The human world - causes of the American dust bowl, population expansion, and industrial growth. Charts and maps - the countries of each continent, capital cities, and populations. Geo Gems - surprising facts about our world. So whether this book becomes a trip down memory lane, a voyage of discovery, or a companion for future crossword puzzle clues…

Redneck P.I. Review & *Giveaway*

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Redneck P.I. by Trish Jackson
About The Book: When small town Southern girl, and self-professed Redneck, Twila Taunton breaks her vow never to allow a man into her life again, it opens up a huge can of worms. Her sexual desires clash with her head over what to do with hunky Harland O’Connor, and when she discovers he has a twin brother who is a cop, her body even forgets her cop allergy. Circumstances force her to become a Private Investigator, (and in Yankee territory to boot) where she uses her “Redneckesque” lack of sophistication and disregard for political correctness to solve even the toughest cases, assisted by her hard drinking, Harley riding Great Aunt Essie, and her neighbor Gasser Cunha – master hacker and farter of note.  My Thoughts: If you're a Southerner, you will love this book. Heck, if you are anyon…