Blogging For Books: Here and Gone by Haylen Beck

Late July I received a book I selected to review from Blogging For Books. I selected Haylen Beck’s Here and Gone. I am still fairly new to reading thrillers so I am still discovering exactly what particular kinds of books I really enjoy in the genre.

Here and Gone

According to Penguin Random House, this crime fiction book has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and has also been on some best-of-year lists with numerous publications. Below you will find a description of the book released from Penguin Random House:

Here and Gone is a gripping, wonderfully tense suspense thriller about a mother’s desperate fight to recover her stolen children from corrupt authorities.

It begins with a woman fleeing through Arizona with her kids in tow, trying to escape an abusive marriage. When she’s pulled over by an unsettling local sheriff, things soon go awry and she is taken into custody. Only when she gets to the station, her kids are gone. And then the cops start saying they never saw any kids with her, that if they’re gone than she must have done something with them…

Meanwhile, halfway across the country a man hears the frenzied news reports about the missing kids, which are eerily similar to events in his own past. As the clock ticks down on the search for the lost children, he too is drawn into the desperate fight for their return.

So…what did I think?

Overall, I liked it. It’s a good read, but not a great read. I personally think it has a slow start and took a bit too long to pull me into the story (around chapter 20).  But the further you get into the book, the better it gets. I like that it has a plot that almost really could happen in real life and the most of the characters are somewhat likable. If you like thrillers, and plots that are realistic, I’d recommend this book.

If you’re interested in reading this book yourself, click here to find out where you can order your own copy.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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*I received a free copy of Haylen Beck’s Here and Gone in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in the review above are my own.*

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Mailbox Freebies: July

I think I had a pretty good freebie month. Not as much as I’d like, but still a good bit. What all did you get for free last month?

***Complimentary Magazines***

Reward Survey

  1. Robb Report Royal Favorites issue (July)
  2. People (July 10th, July 17th, July 24th, July 31st, August 7th issues)
  3. Glamour (July & August)- Pantene Samples
  4. Real Simple (August)
  5. Field & Stream (August)
  6. Allure (August)

Reward Bee

  1. Cooking Light (August)
  2. Cosmopolitan (August)
  3. Good Housekeeping (August)
  4. Entertainment Weekly (July 21/28 double issue, August 7th)
  5. Marie Claire (August)
  6. Bon Appetit; The Simple Issue (August)
  7. Vanity Fair

Value Mags

  1. Diabetic Living (Summer 2017)
  2. Family Circle (August)
  3. Better Homes & Gardens (August)

Recyclebank

  1. Road & Track (August)

Mercury Magazines

  1. Entrepreneur (July/August)
  2. Bridal Guide (September/October) and Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Guide supplement

Magazine Gold Card  via Swagbucks Rewards

-Taste of Home Simple & Delicious

***Freebies & Free Samples***

Peace Tea sticker

20 Free 4×6 prints from Snapfish with free shipping (via Fourth of July promotion)

In Touch Weekly Bible Reading Plan and May & August 2017 Devotional booklets

2 Belif samples ( 1 Hungarian Water Essence, 1 True Cream- Moisture Bomb)

3 different samples of Zoganic  & information cards from Swaggable ( Pineapple + Digest, Coconut + Energy, Multi + Refreshment)

1 sample of Zoganic Pineapple + Digest (Tomoson)

Bragg Samples of Nutritional Yeast, Sea Kelp Delight, Organic Sprinkle (recipes and reading materials included)

Turning Point Illustrated

7 Ester-C Effervescent Packs + 2 $1 off coupons/information booklets ( Better C Nation Social Media Link)

Here and Gone by Haylen Beck (Blogging for Books)

Dark Oak Book One by Jacob Sannox (Goodreads Giveaway win)

Celt Heart Coconut Cream lip balm (Facebook win)

W. Labs Milk Bubble Body Scrub (0.8 Liter)

Lumene Valo  full size sample of Day Moisturizer with SPF from SoPost

It Works! Greens On The Go (I was contacted by an Independent Distributor via Instagram to try out the product in exchange for trying it out for the next 30 days and doing social posting on Facebook & Instagram)

PinchMe Sample Box (My second box):

  1.  ZzzQuill (2 LiquiCaps)
  2.  Sensodyne Deep Clean
  3. Pure Leaf Iced Tea (1 tea bag)
  4. Hidden Valley Simply Ranch
  5. Bonus Codes: Free 8×8 Shutterfly Photobook, $30 off first Hello Fresh box, $100 of case of wine from Virgin Wines, and Free Graze Box.

SmartyPants SmartySquad Sample Box

  1. Temporary Owl tattoo (1)
  2. Small SmartyPants Buttons (3)
  3. Coconut Cream lip balm (1)
  4. Kids Complete Gummy Vitamins in Cherry Berry flavor sample packet (2)
  5. Kids Probiotic Complete Gummy Vitamin in Strawberry Creme flavor sample packet (1)
  6. Adult Complete Gummy Vitamins sample packet (1)
  7. Adult Complete Probiotic Gummy Blueberry flavor sample packet (1)

Influenster VoxBox

  1. Maybelline SuperStay Color (Fuschia)
  2. Maybelline SuperStay Eraser

27 Shades of FREE: How to Find Free Samples

Welcome to the very first post of my 27 Shades of FREE series I am starting. I want to start better organizing this blog and thought this would be a great way (or at least a fun way) to kick off the beginning of doing so. This first post is going to focus on how to find free samples. I am planning on posting something new for this series about once or twice a month. Hope you enjoy!

I’ve always loved getting free samples but I didn’t really seek them out on a daily basis until earlier this year. Getting free samples is a pretty awesome way of being able to try out new brands and products. The problem with hunting samples is that it can be time consuming. Fortunately, there are various sites that keep updated lists of free samples that are available. Some of these even have text alerts so you are notified right away! In addition to making free sample hunting less time consuming, they also tend to give you a heads up about scams (or questionable companies) to stay away from. The following are free sample list sites that I check in with regularly:

  1. The Balance: If you are just starting out hunting for samples, I would recommend this as a starting place. Not the most updated list BUT there is a list of sample offered recently that might be still available. I recommend this site for people who are just starting out hunting samples because the list is easier than going through pages and pages of previous offers. Also includes complimentary magazine subcriptions.
  2. Vonbeau: Updates daily and offers text alerts. Also includes coupons.
  3. Yo Free Samples: Updates daily.  Offers a sign up for daily alerts.
  4. Freebie Depot: Updates list once a day.
  5. Freebie Shark: Very popular site. Most of the freebie hunters I follow are following this list. You can also find coupons here.
  6. Get it Free– I don’t really visit the site that often but I am signed up to receive e-mails from them. Occasionally they will send information about free sample offers that I haven’t found on other lists I have looked into.

If you’re new to looking into finding free samples, I hope you find this list useful. If you have already been doing if for awhile, which site is your favorite to follow? Any sites you recommend that I haven’t listed?