<![CDATA[Author Jesse Kimmel-Freeman, her books, & her blog - Blog]]>Tue, 22 Dec 2015 00:09:19 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[SPOOKTASTIC! Halloween is the Best! Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!]]>Thu, 15 Oct 2015 01:19:35 GMThttp://www.jessekimmelfreeman.com/blog/spooktastic-halloween-is-the-best-spooktacular-giveaway-hop
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Hey everyone! WELCOME TO MY STOP ON THE SPOOKTACULAR GIVEAWAY HOP!

Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday! I know not everyone celebrates it, which is totally fine. Just enjoy the increase of candy supplies, right?
I just love the entire aspect of really getting involved with the holiday and dressing up and getting candy! If I owned my house it would be decked out! But alas I don't. But I have two kiddos so I can get to live through them. 
Some other parts I love about Halloween is the spooky and fun aspects. I don't like to get so scared, ya know where you sleep with the light on. But who doesn't enjoy a little fun scare?
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Experience 13 common urban legends like never before. Expanded and retold in a way to really connect you to the story- are you brave enough to read them?
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A delightful tale of pumpkins, bats, candy and Halloween fun for kids!
Here are a couple of Spooktacular themed books. A quick read with Don't Be Afraid: 13 Urban Legends Retold. It has 13 urban legends, reimagined into short stories. Ruby's Halloween Pumpkin is a perfect read for those with younger readers or just love to hear you read to them! Check them out! Enjoy!
Here's what's up for grabs!

Treat:
1 winner: $10 GC Amazon
1 winner: e-copy of one of my books

Trick:
1 winner: Name a villain in one of upcoming books (winner will get an e-copy of the final book).
How you enter:
1) Pick your flavor of following (follow in some way, options on the right sidebar)
2) Leave a message and let me know how you follow and what's your favorite or least favorite part about Halloween!

THAT'S ALL FOLKS!
Enjoy the hop!
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<![CDATA[Stuck in a Good Book Hop]]>Sun, 20 Sep 2015 01:09:19 GMThttp://www.jessekimmelfreeman.com/blog/stuck-in-a-good-book-hop
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WHAT YOU CAN WIN:
$10 GC to Amazon (1 Winner)
E-Bookset of one of my books, your choice (1 Winner)
E-Book of one of my books, your choice (1 Winner)
Hey everyone! Welcome to my stop on the hop! I'm sick so I'm keeping this short and sweet! A huge thank you to our hostesses Stuck In Books & I Am A Reader!

What's your favorite books to get stuck in? Mine are paranormal books! :D

Okay so here's how you enter:
Follow in some way (Options on the right sidebar!)
Leave a message with how you follow ( as long as you put your info in when posting, you don't have to post your email address... I know some people don't like it!)
Hop along!

Sorry the post isn't long, but my brain is spazzing out here. Sinus cold + sinus medicine doesn't not equal a good time to make a blog post! But I remembered! :D

Enjoy the hop and lots of luck to everyone! I hope you all win some awesome stuff!
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<![CDATA[Even Vampires Get the Blues Spotlight Blog Tour]]>Tue, 18 Aug 2015 12:00:55 GMThttp://www.jessekimmelfreeman.com/blog/even-vampires-get-the-blues-spotlight-blog-tourHey everyone! Welcome to my stop on the EVEN VAMPIRES GET THE BLUES blog tour! Enter the giveaway when you have the chance! WELCOME!
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Even Vampires Get the Blues
A Deadly Angels Book
Book 7

Sandra Hill

On-sale: 8/25

ISBN: 9780062356529

Description:
New York Times bestselling author Sandra Hill delivers a sizzling new entry in her Deadly Angels series, as a Viking vangel’s otherworldly mission teams him with a Navy SEAL who’s more than his match-she’s his predestined mate . . .

The fact that vampire angel Harek Sigurdsson was a Norseman in his mortal life doesn’t make thawing out after exile in Siberia any easier. But things heat up when his search for evil Lucipires connects him with Camille Dumaine, a human who thrums with sensual energy that can mean only one thing: she’s the mate Harek’s been seeking for centuries. . .

The SEALs call her “Camo” for her ability to blend into a crowd-yet Harek’s intense blue gaze singles Camille out like a white-hot spotlight. The security wiz was hired to help bring down a ruthless band of international kidnappers, but Camille senses an unspoken agenda-besides Harek’s bold declaration that she’s his “destiny”. Just Camille’s luck that the sexiest man she’s ever met may also be …a vampire!
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About the Author:

Sandra Hill is a graduate of Penn State and worked for more than 10 years as a features writer and education editor for publications in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Writing about serious issues taught her the merits of seeking the lighter side of even the darkest stories. She is the wife of a stockbroker and the mother of four sons.

https://www.sandrahill.net/
https://www.facebook.com/SandraHillAuthor
Join the author’s mailing list
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/177305.Sandra_Hill

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<![CDATA[Young Adult Giveaway Blog Hop]]>Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:43:15 GMThttp://www.jessekimmelfreeman.com/blog/young-adult-giveaway-blog-hop
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Hey everyone! Welcome to my stop on the hop! A big thank you to our hostess, Mary over at Bookhounds!

We're all here because we love YA! And I write it! :D See the connection.

So here's what you can win...
1 person will win: autographed copied of my latest release The Defected (YA Dystopian)
1 person will win: an ebook version of one of my YA books (Your pick from The Bella Vampires Series, The Network Deserted Series, or The Defected).
1 person will win: an e-boxset that has Bella Notte & Network Deserted in it!

Three chances to win! WOOT!

Tah-dah!

How do you enter:
1. Pick your flavor of following love (options on the right sidebar).
2. Leave me a comment with how you did it. 
THAT'S IT!

Hop on to the next blog! Thanks for stopping by!
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<![CDATA[Product Review #ThinkFun #CodeMaster]]>Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:13:32 GMThttp://www.jessekimmelfreeman.com/blog/product-review-thinkfun-codemaster
Hey everyone! Today I'm bringing you a review for ThinkFun's awesome Target Exclusive game, CODE MASTER. Let's start with what the company has to say about the product!
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Here's what the company has to say:

The Ultimate Coding Adventure! In Code Master, your Avatar will travel to an exotic world in search of power Crystals. For all 60 levels, you’ll have to use programming logic to help your Avatar collect the Crystals and land at the Portal. Think carefully, in each level, only one specific sequence of actions will lead to success.
Ages: 
 8 to adult
Players: 
 Single Player
Features: 
  • Avatar
  • Portal
  • 6 Crystals
  • 10 Maps with 60 Levels
  • 12 Guide Scrolls
  • 12 Action Tokens
  • 8 Conditional Tokens
  • Instructions with Solutions
Here's what I think...

If you know me then you know I love, love, love THINKFUN! I think the company is the absolute best when it comes to board-ish games that make you use your mind! I mean some of them are marketed to kids, but they are super fun for adults as well! This one was no different. My son LOVES it. He automatically wanted to do all the hard ones. He's 7 and has to prove he's smarter than his 3 year old sister at any chance he can get... like all big brothers. My daughter, she's 3, LOVES helping play the game. She's not quite to the point of figuring out exactly how to code (Turtle Robots, also by ThinkFun, is more her speed for kid coding), but she understands what the different tokens do and likes to SHOUT them out for you as you run the "program." Me, I adore it. Any game that makes me kids think is a win for me. This is not a game where you can sit aimlessly by and button smash or just spin/flip a direction thing and have to move a piece. No, you have to think and use that big ol' brain you have tuck inside your noggin to get things to work just right.  Since ThinkFun sent us this awesome game to review, we've played it a bunch! It's sitting on my kitchen table right now where we got interrupted in the middle of a particularly hard coding. Anyone looking for an awesome game to introduce coding to their kids that doesn't involve an actual computer program or little robot guy (yes, I've seen the new toys for coding), this and the Turtle Robot game are for you! If you want games that actively engage your kids and make them think and logic things out, check out ThinkFun's website for more options! Basically if they have it, it is an amazing game!
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<![CDATA[No Strings Attached Giveaway Hop... Why? Why not?]]>Fri, 17 Jul 2015 04:33:27 GMThttp://www.jessekimmelfreeman.com/blog/no-strings-attached-giveaway-hop-why-why-not
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A big thank you to BookHounds for being an awesome hostess for this great hop!

Here's the deal...

You can win: 
One winner: $10 GC Amazon
One winner: e-book set

All you have to do is leave a message and let me know where to contact you if you won... That simple!

Thank you for being awesome and visiting my blog! :) Enjoy the hop!
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<![CDATA[#ProductReview Shower Genius Idea Board]]>Fri, 26 Jun 2015 04:19:25 GMThttp://www.jessekimmelfreeman.com/blog/productreview-shower-genius-idea-board
Hey everyone! I'm bringing you a product review for all you guys that always get the best ideas in the shower! Shower Genius Idea Board. Let's start with what the company has to say about it...
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Here's what the company has to say:

  • HIGHEST RATED DRY ERASE SHOWER IDEA BOARD: Our design, polymer hooks, and advanced wet dry erase technology leads the way in customer satisfaction.
  • WET DRY NANOTECHNOLOGY - Our one of a kind technology is infused directly into the writing surface of the all weather message board to write boldly in the shower or under the ocean, leaving you free to focus on solving the problems of the world... or doodling.
  • NEW MODERN DESIGN! - OPTIMAL VIEWING - Our improved modern design was voted on by of customers just like you. The new Shower Idea Board has added width and height to match the shape and size of a notebook, making the best use of space in any shower. Plus it's DETACHABLE and ideal for home or travel use.
  • Great for Long Shower Takers who are thinkers, Families on the Go, Boaters, Executives, Artists, Designers, and Doodlers, College Students, and Mad Scientists. No More Great Ideas Down the Drain!

Admit it, you've needed this for the longest time. You've already solved global hunger, created world peace, and paid off the national debt or al least thats what would have happened if your shower time ideas had an audience. You need this because the word needs the word needs your ideas. Start capturing your brilliance and turn those million dollar ideas into something.
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Here's what I think....

For me, this was a brilliant idea! I mean I am always coming up with great ideas in the shower... I think all writers do that. So that right there made it a product I wanted to test out and know more about. Although I have to think it's probably super easy to get it to stick to a surface without texture, our shower walls are all textured. So it would stay for a second then drop. One bummer. But that was okay since I could just rest it in the bathroom. Still works. 

I was a little worried about leaving the pencil thingy that comes with it in the bath area. I mean it is wood and when wood gets wet it expands. So far we've not had any issues with it.

The plastic sheet is easy to wipe off with just about anything, although the microfiber towel that comes with it is super easy to use.

Overall I'd say it's a good product. Maybe if it has another option for hanging it up. I have other things in the shower that are stuck up with double stick tape. But if you need something in your shower to scribble on your amazing ideas, check this out... it's always better than bath crayons and the wall.

*I received a free Idea Board in exchange for an honest review*
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<![CDATA[#ProductReview Quick Stitch Sewing Kit]]>Sun, 21 Jun 2015 17:05:16 GMThttp://www.jessekimmelfreeman.com/blog/productreview-quick-stitch-sewing-kit
Hey everyone! Today I'm bringing you a review for Quick Stitch Sewing Kit. Let's start with what the company has to say about the product...
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Here's what the company has to say:

  • EASY TO CARRY: This premium light weight sewing kit is portable and easy to grab when on the go. Fits easily in your purse, brief case, suitcase, office desk drawer, car, gym locker, or RV and is easy to take with you wherever you go. You will be ready for any and all hand sewing emergency!
  • QUICK AND CONVENIENT: Perfect portable beginners sewing kit for repairing those unexpected rips and tears, holes, missing buttons and more! No need to take out a heavy awkward sewing machine! Do all your hand sewing repairs using the Quick Stitch Sewing Kit, which has all the sewing notions and supplies you will ever need!
  • LIFE SAVER: No need for any other Professional Sewing Kit! Quick Stitch Sewing Kit has all you need to mend any garment when unforeseen rips and tears occur. This Kit comes in a Sturdy Zippered Compact case and is filled with all the tools you need to mend and fix your clothing anywhere! Just grab your Quick Stitch Sewing Kit.
  • USEFUL & USEABLE: Can be used as a starter sewing kit for any girl, boy, teens, adults, and children as an emergency for quick fixes or any survival sewing need at home, school, at the office or while camping. Perfect for all kinds of sewing thread repair needs. With Quick Stitch sewing kit - Just say sew sewing kit.
  • PERFECT GIFT: The Quick Stitch Sewing Kit is a Universal item that you can give to your children, your spouse, to kids away at school in a dormitory. It's perfect for your kids who are performers and need a quick fix for their costumes, for your sons and daughters in sports who often have rips and tears while in a game or at practice. It's a perfect gift for your camper friends and family. GIFT YOURS TODAY!
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<![CDATA[Check, check... is this thing on?]]>Fri, 19 Jun 2015 05:19:04 GMThttp://www.jessekimmelfreeman.com/blog/check-check-is-this-thing-onPicture
Hey everyone! See, I told you guys I'd try to check in more and actually post ME blogs not just reviews... 

Today I've spent the day trying to figure out how I've let things go in terms of my books. I spend a lot of time working on others' books, so sometimes I forget about my stuff.

I released The Defected today! Somehow I managed to get the print version done and going before I had the ebook ready. But it all got done today. Once that was all finished I sat down and made myself a To-Do list to help me figure out what the heck I'm trying to do... 

Since I've decided to re-edit, format, and design both BN & BV, I discovered there's a lot to be done. But I also figured out that Don't Be Afraid: 13 Urban Legends Retold was ONLY on Amazon... that's it. No print, no nothing. So I had to make an epub and get that out there! (It is by the way, now)...

So here's my To-Do list of doom!
* Fix interior of BN
* Fix interior of BV
* Fix BN Cover
* Fix BV Cover
* Find cover files -.-*
* Create print version of DBA (I got to check off make the epub!)
* Update books on here (let's face it my website and blog suffer the most when I'm overworked!)
* Add books to Smashwords (even though I absolutely DESPISE IT!)
* Add books to All Romance Ebooks (just so all my books are there - they sell non-romance books too you guys!)
* Fix BT for SW so they'll stop rejecting it. (Did I mention I hate them?!)
* Publish my short on my sister (Jen-Jen)
* Figure out if I can publish it since it's in an anthology!
* Add the shorts to all the BVS books (BT actually has it already, but I can't find the print doc file for BM so I'm going to have to rebuild it! GRR)

Now this list is just the stuff I've come up with today! I still need to prep for Camp NaNo next month. Finish two (maybe three) large projects I'm working on that aren't mine! And hopefully in about a month I'll be reapplying for school! Yes, I also home school my monsters and do think that sleep in a necessary evil. 

How about you guys... what's on your To-Do list?

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<![CDATA[#BookReview Drinking Water]]>Sat, 13 Jun 2015 04:20:10 GMThttp://www.jessekimmelfreeman.com/blog/bookreview-drinking-water
Today I'm also bringing you a review for the kids' book Drinking Water
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Here's the description:

Want your kids to learn about Animals and their habitats?

Young readers will: 

1. Learn facts about animals and how they drink 
2. Be curious and ask questions 
3. Enjoy great and colorful images 
4. Enjoy a book about animals 

This is a sweet children's book written primarily for children ages four to eight years old. Targeting beginner readers, the book contains simple text and colorful illustrations. 

Each page also includes educational information about animals habtiats.

The story is suitable to be read out loud to preschoolers or as a self-read book for beginner readers. 



Here's what we think...

My 3 year old's opinion first: I liked it. It was kinda fun. I liked the animals... the water... the sky... and plants. (I asked her if she could understand all the words) Not all of them. But I liked the pictures.

What I think:

I think this is a fun book for kids to read about different facts about animals hydration needs. There were a few technical issues where the text got pushed off to the next page and then didn't line up with the image it was supposed to. I also thought some of the language was not meant for a younger kid and I honestly couldn't see an 8 year old reading this as it is not nearly advanced enough for them. I have a 3 and 7 year old. My son didn't seem too interested in it at all. My 3 year old daughter sat with me and I read it to her. I had to stop to explain what words meant (not necessarily a problem, but kind of pulls you out of the story when you have to pause to explain a word). She enjoyed the images and hearing about the different animals. She responded with her own hydration needs and what she drinks and so forth - so it was good enough to get her attention and interaction. 

My overall feel for the book is that it works for kids under 6, like 5 might be pushing it. It does well at teaching interesting facts. Might be cool if the author added in some interaction with the kids like asking them questions about how/what they drink. The pictures are good. Some technical issues, but that could've happened during the upload process. 

*I purchased a copy for review
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