Back to School Spree Giveaway Hop (8/31) US

16 August 2012

Welcome to the Back to School Spree Giveaway Hop hosted by Formula Mom and 7 On a Shoestring! I just sent my three to school on the 15th, and have been catching up on cleaning and sleep! Here at My Chaotic Ramblings you have the chance to win your choice of 2 prize packages.

Prize Package #1 includes

*Copy of What Children Need to Learn to Read (My review)
Your Choice of Teach My Kit*$50 Value*(Website)

Prize Package #2 Includes:

Pouch-It Hands-Free Cell Phone Holder
Supplies Kit*160.00 Value* from Klein's Classes (grades 4-9) that includes:

  • 1.25” three-ring binder (11”H x 14”W X 1.75”D; Black), with zippered closure, multiple file pockets

  • 8.5” x 11” writing pad, and built-in solar calculator.

  • Pencil case

  • Loose-leaf paper

  • Pens & pencils

  • Flash cards

  • Notebook for assignments

  • A highlighter

  • A Sharpie marker

Shave Well Fog-Free Travel mirror

To enter all you have to do is follow the instructions on the form below. Must be 18 years old. Open to US residents only. Giveaway ends 8/31 @11:59 p.m.(est)

Books for Bunnies!!!

Books for bunny’s is an event set up by the blogger over at The Bunny’s Review and coordinated with the help of blogger Alchemy of Scrawl

These two ladies have worked tirelessly in getting authors to donate eBooks’ for the event.   Currently there are over 100 eBooks that have been donated.  Along with over 30 print books donated.  Some of the print books are even signed by the author’s themselves.

The event is to help raise money for the House Rabbit Society.  The House Rabbit Society or HRS is a 501 non-profit organization to help raise awareness and to rescue rabbits from animal shelters.  Below is a little about the background of the HRS.


House Rabbit Society Background

House Rabbit Society is a national, nonprofit animal welfare organization based in Richmond, California. Our mission has two parts:

  • Through our fostering program, volunteers rescue abandoned rabbits and find permanent adoptive homes for them.

  • Through education, we seek to reduce the number of unwanted rabbits — and to improve bunnies' lives — by helping people better understand these often misunderstood companion animals.

In line with our mission, we are against the exploitation of rabbits.

Since HRS was founded in 1988, over 25,000 rabbits have been rescued through our foster homes across the United States. Many of these bunnies had run out of time at animal shelters and were scheduled for euthanasia; others had been deemed "unadoptable" because of age, health, or disposition. Because there is no time limit on our rescued rabbits, HRS foster parents are able to spend time getting to know each individual bunny and can then match him or her with an appropriate home. We neuter/spay all incoming rabbits, obtain any necessary veterinary care, and attend to their social needs.

In caring for so many diverse bunnies, our all-volunteer organization has learned a tremendous amount about their social, behavioral, and medical requirements. By sharing the collected information these rabbits have taught us, we are able to help other people improve their relationships with their rabbits. HRS provides educational materials to veterinarians and humane societies and helps individual rabbit people solve behavior and health problems, primarily through our web site,, and our quarterly publication, House Rabbit Journal.

Over the past 20 years, HRS has grown from 300 to more than 8,000 members, with local chapters and educators in over 30 states plus Canada, Italy, Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore. Our web site,, is accessed over 100,000 times a day by people in dozens of countries around the world.

Video for the HRS

We are asking people to donate money to the HRS at this link through Network for Good.   The person that makes a donation will receive either an eBook or print book equal to the amount donated.  There are books ranging in price from 99 cents to $27.00.  There are several print copies of the books that have been autographed by the author. 

The person that donates will receive an email thanking them for donating.  That email needs to be forwarded to books4bunnys.  This will show the amount that has been donated.  Please remember there is not any donation that is too small.  Any amount will be greatly appreciated.   The HRS will use the money to either help pay for vet bills or help in finding a forever home for the hundreds of bunnies in their care.

Please if possible take a moment to donate a couple of dollars to the HRS you never know what bunnies life you might be saving.

Suzie &  The Bunnies - CupCake & Coale


* My Aunt used to take in all sorts of abandoned animals, bunnies being the number one animal brought to her. Her entire up stairs was devoted to giving these bunnies the best she had to offer. I've made my donation...Now it's time for you to make yours. Remember, EVERY little bit helps!!*

Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard #review

Title: Gabriel's Inferno
Author: Sylvain Reynard
Series: Gabriel's Inferno #1
Publisher: Omnific Publishing/Berkley Tade
Date: April 18th 2011
Pages: 506-560 depending on the format
ISBN: 9781936305629
Source: Edelweiss EARC
Purchase: Gabriel's Inferno

Summary from Goodreads:

Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard

Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption. When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide. An intriguing and sinful exploration of seduction, forbidden love and redemption, "Gabriel's Inferno" is a captivating and wildly passionate tale of one man's escape from his own personal hell as he tries to earn the impossible...forgiveness and love.

My Thoughts:
Going in I will say that I have not read any other reviews on this book and requested it based on the summary alone. And I am so glad that I did. Although the book has been labeled as Erotic Romance, it was tastefully done and left me fanning myself even though the only "real" sex was at the end of the book.
I was immedietly sucked in on the first page, Julia is a college student and while you really want to hate Professor Emerson in the beginning, he does redeem himself early on.
Gabriel Emerson is a 30ish Professor that while extremely sexy, from just his description alone, is kind of an ass. He seems to belittle Julia at first, which made me almost put the book down, but I stuck with it, knowing that something good had to come from it. We meet Paul a fellow student and he tries to make Julia laugh after her "dressing down" from Professor Emerson.
The story slowly progresses from there and while Gabriel is a royal pain to Julia for most of the first half of the book, he soon realizes why she keeps coming back.
Julia has been in love with Gabriel since she was 17, even before she actually met him. They spent a wonderful night together, without any sexual contact besides kissing, and she has pretty much compared every other guy in her life to him and that one night. However, Gabriel doesn't even really remember that night, he believes that she was a dream or an Angel sent to him; his drug induced hallucination' since she was gone when he returned after waking up earlier than her.
Throughout the book, both Julia and Gabriel are keeping secrets from each other, guarding their past faults and horrors from the one they love. This book has so much, death, abuse, drug addiction and even "murder". My heart broke for Julia each time that Gabriel pushed her way and I cried along with Gabriel when he finally revealed his most shameful secret.
I can not wait to start on the second book.

My Rating: