Introducing Swag IQ! (US Only)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Want to earn money while answering fun trivia questions? SwagIQ (available for iPhone and. Android) is a live, multiplayer trivia game show you play from your phone!

Each weekday, Swag IQ broadcasts a live game. Simply tune-in at the appointed time by launching the SwagIQ app and log-in with your Swagbucks account credentials. If you don't have a Swagbucks account, you can sign up for one here and then download the app!

Our game show host will then ask a series of multiple-choice trivia questions. You’ll have 10 seconds to answer each one. Get it right; you get SB and move on. Answer them all correctly and you can win a grand prize! If more than one player wins, the winners split the grand prize.

Get it wrong; still play along. Some questions have an SB award attached to them. If you answer those questions correctly, you get those SB, even if you’re out of the running for the big money. And, if you’re in a groove but miss a question, you’ll have the option to rejoin a game by redeeming a few SB.

The first public game is today at 4PM Eastern Time/1PM Pacific Time. So, tune-in then win up to $1000 playing SwagIQ. The host will review how to play before the game starts!

Book Review: Pimp in the Pulpit, Parts 1 & 2 by Thomas McRae

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Have you ever looked on Amazon or perused a bookstore and decided to check out a book based off of its title alone? Well that was what happened to me when I discovered author Thomas McRae's books, Pimp in the Pulpit and Pimp in the Pulpit, Part II.

The Pimp in the Pulpit series documents the life and times of a highly dysfunctional family, as told by the main character and member of the family, Edward Jones. Edward seems to be the most normal, level-headed member of the family because the stories he told about his relatives were crazy! Stolen money, kids cussing out parents, crazy parties - you name it, it's probably in this book!

I'll be honest, when I first heard the title, I just assumed that it was going to be able to crooked preacher or something. I was off by a good bit, but it's cool....

Interestingly enough, McRae wrote a disclaimer in the beginning of the book claiming that these stories were based on actual happenings in his family, so you can only understand how much of a page-turner this was.

Were the characters relatable? Yes. Larger than life, but still relatable. There was so much going on that sometimes it was hard to keep up with the characters, but the drama was all there!

I enjoyed reading the book, but I honestly just wish that the stories would have been put in a different order. I feel like sometimes the stories didn't have a good flow and kind of jumped around the way they were arranged, so if I could change anything I would have changed that in both books.

Now Pimp in the Pulpit seemed to center most around Minister Tierra Joy, Edward's aunt, who is a sneaky, manipulative, thief and pro storyteller who is always starting some kind of drama with her other colorful family members. Whether she's stealing money for a retreat out of town, fussing about and throwing parties, or just saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, she keeps you on your toes, that's for sure. So with that being said, the title made sense.

Pimp in the Pulpit II seems to focus more on the family and their antics in general. Fighting at funerals, getting kicked out of amusement parks, holiday name it!!

It was really something else; however, I don't know if I would have made this Pimp in the Pulpit, Part II. I honestly would have given it a whole other title so it would fit the content.

How would I rate Pimp in the Pulpit, I and II?

I give these a solid three stars! The stories were solid, but I just think if they would have been arranged differently and possibly fleshed out a bit more, it would have gotten 4.5-5 stars. But overall, it was a really solid book!

You can purchase Thomas McRae's books on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. And be sure to stay tuned because I'll be releasing an exclusive interview with him next week!

Book Review: Ex-Ray by Cheryl Robinson

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

I'll be honest, I typically don't read books that involved romance and love triangles, but this one changed my mind!

Ex-Ray by Cheryl Robinson is the story of Sarita Saint, a young woman who has married the love of her life, Ray, in 1987. Sarita thought this was her happily ever after, until Ray suddenly disappears after the two only being married for a year.

It turned out that Ray had ran off with another woman and started a new life. Just that quickly, Sarita's life changed completely!

Sarita went on to try and move on with her life, learning that you cannot judge a book by its cover. And little did she know that at the same time, Ray was going through the same thing. 

The two eventually wind up crossing paths once again to some crazy revelations that will change both their lives once again.

...riveting, isn't it?

I don't want to give everything, so I'll leave it there. But you should definitely go out and purchase this book!

Ex-Ray by Cheryl Robinson was really a great book. You would think that it was just a basic story, but there were a ton of twists and turns  I didn't see coming! I didn't want to put the book down!

Sarita was a great character and my favorite because of how much she was able to overcome, despite all of the heartbreak she had gone through. Watching her being able to find her voice and inner strength was really inspiring and made you proud of her like she had been your best friend!

I can honestly say that there wasn't a section or scene in this book that I didn't like. Cheryl Robinson really is an excellent writer. She was able to create this whole world and all of these fictional people, yet was still able to draw you into their world, get to know them, and bring you along this crazy, yet relatable roller coaster ride that kept you turning the pages!

How would I rate Ex-Ray by Cheryl Robinson?

Love, Love, LOVE!

If you want to check out the book for yourself or learn more about Cheryl, check out my previous blog about her and the book, which details where you can purchase and even how you can enter to win a $50 gift card!

Ex-Ray by Cheryl Robinson: Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tour

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hello! This is one of my tour stops during my one month book tour for Ex-Ray by Cheryl Robinson. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. This tour runs January 26-February 26, 2018.  Follow the tour here.  Book your own tour here WNL.

About The Author

Cheryl Robinson has the Until Ray trilogy set in her beloved hometown of Detroit, Michigan. Cheryl currently resides in Central Florida. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University. This is her eleventh book.

About The Book

ISBN-10: 098471104X

ISBN-13: 978-0984711048

ASIN: B0778P6N72

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

In this journey into second-chance love, author Cheryl Robinson invites us to ponder whether we would rekindle a romance with someone who had broken a promise to forsake all others.

Meet Ray and Sarita Saint. In 1987, they pledged to love, honor, and cherish each other until death. When Ray goes missing a year later, Sarita wonders whether he’s dead or alive. While she was dreaming of their happily ever after, Ray was exploring greener pastures, a new relationship. Sarita—a virgin until marriage—took her vows seriously and believed Ray did, too. Instead, he left their marriage and their life in Detroit to reinvent himself. Sarita always held out hope that he would return one day. And he does. It’s twenty-seven years later, and Ray is determined to find his one true love. What he discovers has him question everything he thought he knew about Sarita, as well as himself.

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What are Your Financial Resolutions?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

We're well into 2018 now, but it's still not too late to latch on to a goal to pursue for the new year. One of the most common goals, especially for millennial, is improving their financial situation. The key to financial success is by developing small, easy-to-achieve goals. That way, you'll feel more accomplished on your way to achieving your goal and you'll be able to see and track your progress!

That's why I'm so excited to share with you this awesome Money Saving Challenge!

As you can see, this simple-to-use guide already has some awesome tips to keep your money in your wallet, right where you want it to be! For the shaded months, I was able to add in my own personal financial goals - and you can too!

It is SO important that we understand our money, especially as millennials. With the constant changes in the economy and the job market, it is so important that we are able to learn how to be smart and set ourselves up for success in those hard times - because, trust me, times can be hard! If we learn how to work smarter, we'll never be forced to work harder! That's why putting to use challenges like these or even sitting down and talking with a financial professional about your money are so beneficial! Either option can help you with many of your goals and teach your discipline - how much to save, where you are spending too much, how to handle student loan debt, and even the best time to make big purchases!

Don't let another month go by without having some sort of game plan to improve your financial situation this year! Let's take on this challenge together and keep our money right where it belongs - with us, working for us!

What are some of your financial resolutions for the year? Tell me about it in the comments below!

Final Thoughts (Colossians Bible Study - Chapter 4)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

I'm sorry for being late again! But Today's "Weekly Blessing" is coming to you on a Tuesday!

Missed last week's study? Missed the whole study? Now worries - click the links below to relive the whole book!

Colossians Chapter 1

Colossians Chapter 2

And now for the grand finale....chapter 4!

The final book of Colossians starts off with Paul finishing up the roles of a Christian and discussing the responsibilities masters and servants have to each other which I briefly discussed in chapter 3. Most people look at what Paul discussed, claiming that he was promoting slavery and that the Bible as a whole promotes slavery. 


Slavery was cruel, unfair, and there was no justice involved. Paul encouraged masters and their slaves to have a completely different experience. Paul asked servants to serve willfully and for masters to be fair and just, because they, too, have a Father in Heaven that they serve(Verse 1). We also have to take into context the time in which this was written. Slavery was a common thing. Therefore, we can't be so firm as to what things meant. To them, slavery could have equated a regular job nowadays - we are to do our best in our work, just as our bosses and supervisors should strive to be fair to us. He also mentioned that masters and servants should pray together and for one another - do you really think they did that in modern slavery?

In verses 2-6, Paul asks the church to pray for him, as he prays for them, to have to words to speak and share God's Word. Paul also encourages the church to "live wisely" in the world and "be gracious" in conversation with people. This is important for any believer, because, if we're being honest, the lack of this from believers today is why many people don't like Christians. They are quick to call us "Judgmental" and "Not Nice" in general.

And lastly, Paul ends his letter with greetings from fellow believers and prisoners, lets them know that he has people that will look out for them and keep them updated with everything going on with him, and that they should be sure to keep in touch with the church at Laodicea and exchange letters.

Simple chapter, but an excellent ending to the chapter! And this officially wraps up our study of the book of Colossians! Be sure to check back here every Sunday for more "Weekly Blessings" and let me know which book you'd like to study next!

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Book Review: Play On Words by R.R. Noall

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

I've really been into poetry lately - limericks, haikus, epic poems - I've just been in love with poetry! However, I don't consider it to be my strength when it comes to writing. As I was looking for more poetry to read, I so happened to stumble upon Play on Words by R.R. Noall!

To sum it up, Play on Words is a book of poems that looks at common idioms and explores their meanings to us, other possible meanings, and a deeper significance they can have.

Isn't that interesting? She used regular, everyday phrases like, Penny for your thoughts, Curiosity killed the cat, Method to madness, and more and fleshed them out in the most amazing way!

For instance, she wrote about the phrase, Two to Tango, and used the example of an important, but unanswered call. She also wrote about the phrase, A Piece of Cake, but instead of talking about how easy something was, she focused on the cake and how to savor each flavor.

I'm telling you, you'll have to read this book! It's so awesome!

I have one word to describe the short poems in the book: Lovely.

Each poem was written so beautifully and with so much thought. Each one makes you stop and pause to think and consider. I loved it. I loved it...

Another thing I appreciate about Play on Words is that it's short - this isn't a hard read at all. Sometimes I loathe reading through long, boring poems, but these kept me engaged and curious as to what she would write about next. I read the entire piece in a day with no issue. I'll probably read it again soon.

How would I rank Play on Words by R.R. Noall?

That's a no-brainer - 5 big, beautiful stars!

Want to read Play on Words for yourself? Snag this book on Amazon!

If you're interested in learning more about R.R. Noall, you can find her on her website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

*I was given this book for free in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
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