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review 2022-04-18 11:07
A WERE, A BEAR, AND MISTLETOE by Christin Lovell
A Were, A Bear and Mistletoe: (A BBW Paranormal Holiday Romance) - Christin Lovell

Ember, a wolf shifter, is ready to tell Max, a bear shifter, that they are mates when she overhears him tell his friends that he does not like fat women. Devastated she leaves. On Christmas day her brother who is also her alpha locks her in a cabin with Max where they need to work things out. Once they overcome their pride and egos, they do work it out.

 

I liked this book. I loved Ember. I could identify with her. I liked that the story is told from her point-of-view. Max is a little too smug and needs the uncertainty that Ember brings into his life. It took a while, but they did begin communicating which led to a satisfying ending.

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text 2021-12-20 01:56
15 Eco-friendly Holiday Activities to Do this Christmas

 

With the season right around the corner, there is so much preparation to do. Friends and family are at the peak of love and charity, and it can be easy to forget to plan a fun-filled day for yourself and them as well.

Hello and welcome to EcoBravo, we are a site dedicated to encouraging people to live better eco-friendly lives. In this post, we shall be exploring ten eco-friendly holiday activities to do this Christmas for one or multiple people. 

Christmas is about love, and why not extend that love to the planet that has so loved us. Take the time and energy to explore this list of activities and maybe add them to your holiday activity list.

Treasure hunting

Treasure hunting is a fun and exhilarating event to have for both adults and kids. Set up a few hidden items around the house and have your loved ones scour around looking for them. Make things fun, set a timer, and see who can find the items the fastest. Take advantage of the outdoor space and some of nature's hidden objects.

Seed collecting

Seed collecting is yet another fun activity that can be encouraged. Set up a long list of seeds found within your locality and spend the holiday searching each shop or farmers market for them. Get crazy and look for seeds of plants beyond your vicinity. Keep track and see how much you can cover.

Seed planting

Planting seeds is a lovely way to spend your holiday. Apart from thanking the earth, you also get the chance to reap the fruit of your planting in the long run. While doing this, you can also set up your mini garden or use lots of potted plants.

Building a birdhouse

Why not extend the Christmas love to the birds of the air. Commit a few hours or days to build a delightful birdhouse, depending on your schedule. Go crazy with your designs but remember to use only sustainable products like wood. As a bonus tip, consider making a squirrel house to entertain your furry friends.


Bake or cook-offs

Nothing says Christmas like freshly baked or cooked meals. Call neighbours, friends, and family and have them bake or cook to determine whose recipe should be crowned. Make it fun, limit the ingredients to only healthy options, and see what creativity can be made.

Making candles

Candle making is a fun idea to do alone, with company, or with kids. Several DIY options are available on the internet, and you can even explore several local recipes. Go further and make coloured or even scented candles. But be sure to use eco-friendly products like beeswax for the base, essential oil for the scent, cocoa, turmeric, etc., for the colour.

Decluttering

Decluttering can also be an activity for a holiday. Take time to box up items you no longer need or can wear. But rather than storing them, why not give them out and share a little Christmas love. Search for charities and stores that take used items and make somebody's day.

Book shopping

Yes, you read right, not reading but shopping. Think about your favourite genre or consider a timeline and write out a list of books fitting that. If you are more into classical books, go ahead and spend your Christmas getting yourself a collection worth it. You can also go book shopping for your favourite authors. Go across your town and beyond and see how many books you can gather on your list.

Reading

Of course, reading cannot be exempted as a fun activity to do this Christmas. Challenge yourself to finish one a week or less. The more, the better.

Craft making

Yes, crafting is one activity we cannot forget. There are so many amazing ideas you can explore. This is possibly one of the best activities for kids. Be even more eco friendly and use items from your home. Reuse and recycle old items and make them into something new.

Puzzling

Puzzling is a popular Christmas event and will certainly be on this list. Get yourself several puzzles or a really big one. Spend the whole holiday slowly piecing them back in. Otherwise, have friends over and put them in couples or groups and see who can puzzle faster.

Outdoor experience

There’s nothing like a good old outdoor experience. Spend time in the backyard, go for a walk, try hiking. Just go outdoors and experience nature at its best this season. You may even consider having a picnic after.

Using a real tree

It's Christmas, and the season won't be complete without a tree. Rather than a plastic and unhealthy one, choose only a real tree for this season. Several communities have stores and markets where real trees can be bought. Go for that and let mother nature join in the Christmas fun.

Eco-friendly ornaments

With a Christmas tree come decorations. Rather than choose plastic made ornaments, consider those made of wood. Or go a step more creative and make eco-friendly ornaments. Use old fruit backs, and lemon or orange dried slices. There are several alternatives for anyone to choose from.

Choosing led Christmas lighting

Christmas lighting is unavoidable, so select only those made with led lights rather than go for the non-sustainable and certainly not eco-friendly choices in the stores. It saves the plant and helps cut down on light bills. A win-win.

 

There are many more options, but we are certain these will keep you busy throughout the holiday. Spend more time with friends, family, the kids, or just yourself with these activities. Thanks for reading. For more tips, please subscribe to our channel, like and share the content, and you will find other articles to help you be more eco-friendly. If you have a recommendation, need to enquire, or need advice, please contact us here at EcoBravo, and we will be happy to lend a listening ear.

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review 2021-11-02 08:10
New Release Blitz - Ice Angels

 

Title: Ice Angels

Author: Ryan Taylor & Joshua Harwood

Publisher: Wainscott Press

Release Date: 10/29/2021

Heat Level: 3 - Some Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 200

Genre: Romance, Gay hockey romance, Gay holiday romance

 

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Synopsis

 

Drew and Cleevs love hockey, but they love each other more. How can the men find a way to save what matters most?

 

Todd Cleever and Drew Simon are crazy about each other. They started dating three years ago when “Cleevs” was a rookie defenseman for the Chicago Ice. Drew, the team’s captain, was a few years older than Cleevs. Both men were deep in the closet, but it didn’t take long for them to fall in love.

 

Cleevs was traded to the Bethesda Barracudas a year later, causing a heartbreaking separation. Ever since, they’ve skated around the problem with occasional stolen nights together and brief vacations under the guise of “friends,” but two years of living apart have taken their toll.

 

As the holiday approaches, Drew and Cleevs decide things have to change. Still, with their careers and two professional hockey teams in the way, how can they score the game-winning goal and save everything they cherish most?

 

If you like fierce love, a smallish age gap, exciting hockey, and a steely determination to make things work—not to mention enough steam to fog up all your windows and a fantastic HEA—this is the book for you. The novella contains about 43,000 words of sparkling holiday romance.

 

 

Excerpt

 

I arrived at the Hilton about three o’clock. Todd wasn’t due for another couple of hours, so I  took a shower and dressed in jeans and an Ice T-shirt. Afterward, I switched on the TV but was  too excited to be still, and I must have walked back and forth to the window a hundred times.  When the news came on, I settled into a chair to watch. Someone knocked on the door a few  minutes later.

 

Running over, I pulled it open, and there he was. Wearing a gray peacoat and matching  beanie, with a messenger bag slung over his shoulder, Todd looked like a Hollywood heartthrob.  He broke into a crooked grin.

 

“Hey.” My breath had caught in my throat, and I couldn’t get anything else out. “Hey.”

My pulse raced as my sight and hearing went into overdrive. I couldn’t tear my eyes away  from him.

 

“Drew? You think I could come in?”

 

“Oh yeah.” I grinned and stepped aside. “Please.”

 

He rolled his suitcase in and set it and his messenger bag beside the dresser while I made  sure the door was locked. When I turned, he placed a finger on the tip of my nose and traced it  down to my lips. “You get more beautiful every time I see you.”

 

“I’m so glad you’re here.”

 

He reached for me, and I relaxed into the safety of his arms. The relief of being held was  profound. As a hockey player and captain of all my teams since high school, I’d always had to be strong. Before I met Todd, as a closeted gay man, I rarely had hookups because there was too  much risk of being recognized. When I occasionally met up with someone, what we did wasn’t  about affection or support; it was about getting off.

 

“Love you, Drew.

 

“Oh, Todd.” I nibbled his lip, and when he hugged me tighter and kissed me, the heavy  burden of my loneliness fell away. I relaxed for the first time in a while.

 

“I’m happy you could come and spend the night,” he whispered between kisses. I leaned back to look at him. His face was flushed, and his eyes were already dark with  arousal. Sliding a hand up his back, I cupped his head. His mouth twitched as I moved in, and he  moaned softly when our lips touched. I pressed against him, not ready for the moment to end but  needing more.

 

Slowly, he glided his hands down my back to my butt, and we teased each other. When he  licked my lips and probed softly, I opened for him. His tongue reassured me somehow, and I  sucked it while my senses did somersaults. Hints of cedarwood and iris, mixed with his soft  musk, surrounded me. We were both hard, and a thrill flickered up my spine as we rubbed our  cocks together. Tiny, needy sounds filled the air while we enjoyed a taste of what was to come. I  pulled away, took his hand, and started toward the bed. “Come with me.” He didn’t move, and I turned to look at him.

 

“I should shower. It’s been a long day, and I’m not at my freshest.”

 

Taking a step forward, I gave him another kiss and whispered, “I like you this way,  remember? My sweaty D-man.”

 

He gulped a breath. “Lead on, then.”

 

We took our time undressing each other. When I removed Todd’s shirt, I gaped at his  impressive physique as always: brawny arms, massive pecs, and a rippling six-pack. A large  tattoo, a beautiful depiction of a wolf in the forest, ran from the nape of his neck to the middle of  his back. Todd said it symbolized loyalty and family, as well as a willingness to become  ferocious to protect what was dear to him. He’d told me he wanted to have one about us done on  his chest—over his heart—and we’d design it together when our relationship was no longer a  secret.

 

ICE ANGELS Copyright © 2021 Ryan Taylor & Joshua Harwood. All Rights Reserved.

 

Purchase at Amazon or BookBub

 

 

 

Ice AngelsIce Angels by Ryan Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Drew wants something to change. He loves Todd but he cannot be with him. It is driving him crazy. There must be a way out of this.

Todd is feeling very similar to Drew. He is in love with him, but they work for different teams and not together when they have time off, even when they are "together." Something has to give or he will go insane.

This story was sweet, and had a great pace to it. I love hockey, so the jump right into the game sucked me right in from page one. These characters were easy to root for. I found myself eagerly turning the pages to get more of the book. I hope we see them again.


***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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Meet the Authors


Ryan Taylor and Joshua Harwood met in law school and were married in 2017. They live in a suburb of Washington, DC and share their home with a big, cuddly German shepherd. Ryan and Josh enjoy travel, friends, and advocating for causes dear to their hearts. Ryan also loves to swim, and Josh likes to putter in the garden whenever he can. The romance they were so lucky to find with each other inspires their stories about love between out and proud men.

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text 2021-10-15 08:05
Cover Reveal - Ice Angels

 

 

Ice Angels

By Ryan Taylor & Joshua Harwood

Cover Created by : Cate Ashwood

Release Date: Oct 29th 2021

 

Available to Preorder at Amazon

 

Drew and Cleevs love hockey, but they love each other more. How can the men find a way to save what matters most?

 

Todd Cleever and Drew Simon are crazy about each other. They started dating three years ago when “Cleevs” was a rookie defenseman for the Chicago Ice. Drew, the team’s captain, was a few years older than Cleevs. Both men were deep in the closet, but it didn’t take long for them to fall in love.

 

Cleevs was traded to the Bethesda Barracudas a year later, causing a heartbreaking separation. Ever since, they’ve skated around the problem with occasional stolen nights together and brief vacations under the guise of “friends,” but two years of living apart have taken their toll.

 

As the holiday approaches, Drew and Cleevs decide things have to change. Still, with their careers and two professional hockey teams in the way, how can they score the game-winning goal and save everything they cherish most?

 

If you like fierce love, a smallish age gap, exciting hockey, and a steely determination to make things work—not to mention enough steam to fog up all your windows and a fantastic HEA—this is the book for you. The novella contains about 43,000 words of sparkling holiday romance.

 

About the Authors:

Ryan Taylor and Joshua Harwood met in law school and were married in 2017. They live in a suburb of Washington, DC and share their home with a big, cuddly German shepherd. Ryan and Josh enjoy travel, friends, and advocating for causes dear to their hearts. Ryan also loves to swim, and Josh likes to putter in the garden whenever he can. The romance they were so lucky to find with each other inspires their stories about love between out and proud men.

 

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Ryan Taylor | Joshua Harwood | Instagram | eMail

 

 

 
 
 
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text 2021-03-25 10:34
Benefits of Choosing a Home Exchange

 

 

It works by exchanging your home with someone else’s home for a specific period. The following is an example of how a home exchange works. If a person with a home in Paris wants to visit New York for a week, they can use online sources to help them locate a New Yorker who wants to visit Paris. Some services even facilitate exchanges when one member isn’t interested in using the other member’s property. These types of home swaps have made exchanges more and more popular.

 

 

What Makes Home Swap Beneficial?

 

Choosing the exchange option is associated with many benefits. Some very obvious and others more subtle. Here, are just a few.

 

Spend Time As A Local

 

When choosing the home exchange option, you don’t need to deal with being cramped up in hotel rooms. You have a complete house to live in and enjoy your vacation. It also affords you the opportunity to live like a local, enjoying the local culture as if you lived there. What’s more interesting, staying in a hotel with strangers or living like a local?

Along with it, you are going to live with a neighborhood of locals instead of travelers in a hotel.

 

Low Cost

 

Booking hotel rooms for a vacation is very expensive. Even just a week at a hotel can cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. And if you need multiple rooms for your family, costs become even more prohibitive.

 

But, choosing a home exchange instead of a hotel, you can save lots of money. The home exchange allows you to travel almost anywhere and never pay for lodging. It means you have more money to spend on yourself and your family.

 

Use your second Home

 

If you have a vacation home, then exchanging becomes even easier. Then, you can use your second home as your holiday exchange option. This allows you to swap home on different dates, eliminating schedule conflicts and providing many more exchange opportunities.

 

These are just some of the benefits that you can avail yourself of by choosing the home exchange option. Now, all you need to do is choose the online listing platform that best meets your requirements.

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