Best Buy and Canon Help Capture Holiday Memories

While working on my Christmas cards I began thinking about the family photographs we took every year when I was a kid. Every Christmas Eve my mom lined us kids up on the stairs and took our official Christmas photo. Little ‘stair-steps’ every single year until we began to get married and the family grew too large for the stairs. Then our picture was taken in front of the fireplace where stockings hung and garland adorned the mantle. The hearth did not simply make a lovely setting but posed a symbolic message as well. Hearth and home. Brat that I was, I did not appreciate the importance of the holiday photo tradition until well into adulthood. Instead, I remember it being kind of a drag posing for those pictures. Sometimes it even seemed such a hassle to get everyone in the same place at the same time with smiles on their faces. My mom persevered, however, and we have decades of photos of (mostly) smiling faces glowing with Christmas joy.

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Somehow, though, this tradition fell to the wayside a few years ago and I don’t know exactly why.  I think perhaps that it has to do with the retirement of my mom’s bulky old camera and its lack of replacement due to the convenience of smart phones. Smart phone cameras take amazing pictures these days but setting up the timer and stabilizing the phone in just the right place is a heck of a job even without the merry chaos of the holidays. Did it really become too much trouble for us to stand together and say cheese for a few minutes once a year? I refuse to believe that and I have resolved to revive the tradition. It is beyond time to find a new camera that captures our family’s Christmas Spirit.

Family Christmas photos are not the only reason I need a quality digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR).  Blogging is my job now, and I intend to do my absolute best. A huge part of every post I write is illustration. Artful high resolution photos are a telling characteristic of superior blogs and I like to aim as high as possible. Each photo I take is a carefully planned creation. Unfortunately, more than one has been discarded because of the limitations of my smart phone’s camera. Well, no more! I have come so far in my first year of blogging that I am ready to invest in Lagniappe’s future. Best Buy, here I come!

Canon Captures Holiday Memories with Style

The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs.

Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories and create flawless photos every day. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs and is the perfect choice for innovative pictorial endeavors. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression.

Canon Captures Holiday Memories with Style

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The Vineyard – A Genre Bending Romance


A Beautiful Island in New England.
A Time of Healing for Three Women.
A Moment of Destiny for One Man.

From Michael Hurley, winner of the Somerset Prize, comes a tale of old money, young passion, and ancient mystery.

Ten years after their college days together, three wounded and very different women reunite for a summer on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. As they come to grips with the challenges and crises in their lives, their encounter with a reclusive poacher known only as “the fisherman” threatens to change everything they believe about their world–and each other.

Lagniappe’s Review:

This is a novel about love, loss, and the healing required to survive both. There are so many elements to this story that it almost beggars belief. Mysticism, traditional religion, mystery, drama, tragedy, comedy….Michael Hurley manages to weave them all into a compelling story about three women with very different lives. In the end however, they are not so very different at all.

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“Hurley writes beautifully”- Kirkus Reviews on The Prodigal

“Hurley’s eloquent, hypnotic style will have readers following, unquestioningly, to the very end.”- ForeWord Clarion Review

Book Excerpt from Chapter 10

Despite the tumultuous beginning of the season and the clouds in Dory’s future, June in Edgartown was as bright as ever, and the three friends took advantage of every minute of it. There were walks down Main Street on sunny afternoons carrying giant, round mounds of mint-chocolate-chip ice cream, teetering three-high and dribbling down onto sticky fingers before it was licked gone. There were steamed little neck clams with butter sauce and fresh horseradish, served with gin and tonics on the porch of The Crew House, overlooking the harbor, and the good-looking, Italian waiter who worked there. It became Turner’s mission to see how many times she could get him to use the word “Tanqueray” in a sentence, because she liked the way he said it. There were lazy hours lying on the beach by the lighthouse and meandering hunts for the perfect cockleshell, and double-dog dares to go skinny-dipping after dark that always descended into fully-clothed refusals, recriminations, and false accusations of prudery—the truth, however, being that none of them was eager to expose great white bellies bursting with clams and Tanqueray and mint-chocolate-chip ice cream.

About the Author

Michael Hurley and his wife Susan live near Charleston, South Carolina. Born in Baltimore in 1958, he studied English at the University of Maryland and law at St. Louis University. Michael’s first book, Letters from the Woods, was a collection of essays, self-published in 2005, based on wilderness canoeing expeditions with his children. It was selected as a finalist in the Nature category for ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year award. In 2013 Hachette Book Group published his memoir, Once Upon A Gypsy Moon, under their Center Street imprint. The Prodigal is his first novel.

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Cache A Predator

Cache a Predator is a geocaching thriller about a father’s love, justice, and the unhinged game of hide-the-cache.

Officer Brett Reed will do anything to gain custody of his five-year-old daughter, Quinn. But when a judge grants Brett’s drug-addicted ex-wife custody and slaps him with a protective order for losing his temper, he fears for Quinn’s safety. Who will protect her now?

When Quinn is found abandoned on the streets, she’s placed in a temporary foster home until Child Protective Services can complete an assessment. It should only take a few days.

But a lot can happen in a few days.

Especially when there’s a deranged psychopath on the loose, someone who’s attacking pedophiles, someone who wants to protect children like Quinn, and someone who’s planting body parts in geocaching sites.

This book is hidden in cache sites all over the US and Canada with the goal for it to travel to all 50 states. It’s mission is to spread awareness of child abuse and how it harms victims, families, and communities.

Lagniappe’s Review:
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is an emotional read but it totally drew me in. I had no idea what geocaching was before receiving Cache A Predator for review. Now I think it is both nefarious and brilliant. Take this journey with Officer Reed as he races against time and child predators to save his daughter Qinn. You won’t be sorry you did.

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“The author has developed her innate talent to frame events with a clarity and color that keeps the reader anxious to turn the page to get to the next level of interest.”

“”This book is like watching Criminal Minds or Law and Order.”

Midwest Review said, “Any who look for deep psychological elements in their mysteries will find this a satisfying read, moving beyond the usual one-dimensional focus on mystery to reach out and tweak the reader’s heart.” – D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer

About the Author

Michelle grew up in the suburbs of Detroit with five brothers. She enjoys writing her novels and encouraging writers and readers alike. She is living her dream writing stories of real people searching for their dreams and confronting their fears, showing the passion of the characters’ plights, often giving her the ability to show the reader the ‘other’ side of the story. When she is not writing she enjoys life on the tennis court and is known as “Queen of the Rim Shots.”

Her debut novel, CACHE a PREDATOR, a geocaching mystery. was launched in July, 2013 and has been an Amazon best-seller in the crime/thriller category.  Her other works include: Willow, Scattered Links, Kelly’s Story, Eclair Series, and The Vision in a Kiss.  She has won contests in both The Writer’s Journal and The Writer’s Digest. Love is Just a Word (Scattered Links) was a bronze medalist is the 2010 Frasier Contest, a 2011 semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis Contest, and won the Aspiring Writer’s Contest withe THE READING ROOM, 2013.

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Body Merry’s Stretch Marks & Scars Defense Cream

Looking for a highly effective natural and organic skin cream for your body’s battle scars? Me too! I am so happy to have been offered Body Merry’s Stretch Marks & Scars Defense Cream for review. Time to soothe and heal these old wounds!

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Body Merry’s Stretch Marks & Scars Defense Cream is a natural and organic formula consisting of organic cocoa butter and shea butter, alongside lots of pure plant oils and vitamins. This cream provides intense moisturization and nourishes your skin to help visibly reduce the appearance of existing marks and scars, whatever be the cause. Not only that, it effectively prevents the formation of new ones.  Like all our products, it is free from harsh chemicals such as parabens, sulfates and phthalates.

This new naturally derived healing cream smells of Mother Nature’s best. This skin cream feels so rich and luxurious that I can’t believe its modest price tag. While I have only been using it for a few weeks I already see redness fading. My skin feels softer, smoother and more supple. My color looks better and my skin hasn’t looked and felt this healthy in years.

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Stainless Steel BBQ Grill Brush

Looking for a great stocking stuffer for your Master Griller? You can’t go wrong with this Stainless Steel BBQ Grill Brush by Alpha Grillers. my Master Griller, my husband, is in charge of all grilling activities here at home and at my parents’ hose. One of his favorite BBQ tools is a good grill brush and good ones are hard to find. I know that I have bought no less that 4 in the past 5 years so I was stoked when Alpha Grillers offered me one for review.

The biggest issue that we have had with grill brushes is the bristles. They often just are not up to the task. The get all smooshed up and gummy and wear out so fast that one might think they were disposable. Unfortunately they are not that inexpensive so I have even tried spending more in hopes of better quality but just haven’t found any real difference until now. Alpha Grillers hits the mark with their Stainless Steel BBQ Grill Brush though.

Alpha Grillers Stainless Steel BBQ Grill Brush

Product Features:

- Strong plastic reinforced twisted wire shaft that will not bend under pressure
- Stiff stainless steel bristles than won’t flatten – much stiffer than brass
- Safe for use with porcelain coated grills grates. Won’t scratch your Weber grill
- Long handle (18″): perfect length to keep your hand away from the heat without losing pressure and control
- Innovative spiral bristle design allows you to easily clean edges, corners and deep between the grates

Alpha Grillers Stainless Steel BBQ Grill Brush

What is really special about Alpha Grillers Stainless Steel BBQ Grill Brush you ask? The spiral design. “The bristles in most brushes point in the same direction. This means they can only be held horizontally. With the Alpha Grillers brush, bristles point in all directions so you can hold it at any angle and easily clean all parts of the grate.

Not only is there a No Hassle 1 Year 100% Money Back Guarantee but right now Alpha Grillers is offering free shipping when you buy 4 or more Stainless Steel BBQ Grill Brushs. Buy one for every Master Griller in your life! Your purchase also comes with a FREE downleadable cookbook! Click HERE for details!

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