Nicole Etolen

Nicole is freelance writer, blogger, and mom to a wild, wacky 8-year-old boy. She is addicted to coffee, tends to hoard books, and watches way too much television. Her favorite thing about being a writer is wearing her pajamas to work every day!

The Praefortis by M.R. Ferguson: Read an Excerpt Now

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The Praefortis by M.R. Ferguson Zoe Masterson always felt like an outsider. She’s different from everyone else in her rural West Virginia town: destruction and mayhem follow her around like a rabid dog. After a mysterious fire leads to a death, Zoe ends up in what looks like a mental hospital—but is it? At Weston State Hospital, she discovers that the world as she knows it is an illusion. So much more exists beneath the surface of life: races of people, Guardians, Assassins. . .and the one person she is destined to love forever, all caught up in a battle […] Read more »

Loving Zappos for Back to School & Beyond #ZapposStyle

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Zappos.com. I received product samples to facilitate my review. If you’ve been following along, you know that I am a Zappos.com Ambassador. I bought my son some great clothes for school back in August. Now that I’ve had a few weeks to really see all my Zappos.com purchases on my son and in action, I can confidently say that they are an amazing resource for all your back-to-school needs and beyond. My son is usually incredibly picky about clothes. Since they instituted a collared shirt rule, I thought […] Read more »

Sweet & Crunchy Yogurt Parfait Recipe

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The other night, I was hungry for something sweet. Since I’m trying to eat healthier- at least occasionally- I decided to mix up a parfait. I had some Quaker Warm & Crunchy Honey Almond granola left over from when I did my For the Love of Play post. As much as I could eat buckets of that stuff on its own (seriously, it’s my new favorite oatmeal!),  I thought it would make a great parfait layer too! Here’s the thing about the picture: it’s not staged, so it’s probably not really all that “Pinterest” worthy. Honestly, I made it, thought […] Read more »

Devices of War Autographed Set of Books Giveaway

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HTML- Sign up for S.M. Bloodings Newsletter to enter to win an autographed set of Book 1 & 2 of Devices of War ! Sign up HERE   by SM Blooding Book 2 of the Devices of War Trilogy Genre: New Adult Fantasy Steampunk Adventure Publisher: Blooding Books Book Description: (Can be read as stand-alone) Return to a world of mind blowing visuals, heart stopping action, and ships that sail the skies. Nix, Queen of Wands, has exactly what she wants—Synn El’Asim, the greatest Mark the world has ever seen. Even though she bound his soul to hers, he is […] Read more »

Banned Books Giveaway Hop: $20 Amazon GC to Buy Banned Books

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Welcome to the Banned Book Week Giveaway Hop, hosted by I am a Reader and BookHounds. This giveaway hop is different from the usual, because every blog will feature something related to banned books. Sorry, this time you don’t get away with short and sweet before entering. I am incredibly passionate about preventing censorship, so I’m going to talk a bit about this before getting to the point. Of course, you can pretend you read it and just enter below. Banned Books in the 21st Century? How backwards is that? I am really astounded that we still have to raise […] Read more »

Release Day Book Blast: Frozen Reverie Book Four + Swag Giveaway

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Cameras, interviews, celebrity endorsements…. After a demonire plague ravaged the mountainside of Meadow’s Creek, Natalie did the unimaginable and came clean about it all—vampires, her job, and the reality of the supernatural. It has thrust her into a world of spotlight where she is both revered and ridiculed. With fan clubs, television specials, and a talk show on the horizon, Natalie and her friends are caught up in celebrity as the undead move against Natalie to send her to an early grave. And their ally? The people Natalie sought to protect the most—the survivors of the vampire curse. Buy on […] Read more »

Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop: $20 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Ready for a fun book giveaway hop? This one is hosted by I am a Reader, Not a Writer and Stuck in Books. I’m giving away a $20 Amazon Gift Card, so you can get yourself a little something off your book wish list. Want to know what’s on my list? Check out a few of the many items I’m hoping to grab soon! Some are new, some are older books that I haven’t gotten around to buying yet. See any you like? On the Wish List Affiliate links included Amazon.com Widgets Giveaway is open to US residents age 18+. […] Read more »

Have a Perfect Hair Day with Living Proof PhD

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Living Proof. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation.” Ever wish you could have a perfect hair day without spending hours styling it? I sure do! I remember the days as a teenager when I had awesome hair. I never had to do anything with it and it still looked good. As I’ve aged, my hair has become less agreeable. It’s gotten thicker, although I don’t know how that is humanly possible! It’s coarser than it used to be, and […] Read more »

Organize Your Beauty Necessities on the Go with EMME Bag

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I received a complimentary EMME Bag in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I’m an incredibly light packer when it comes to clothes. Seriously, I’m like the anti-girl with that! I can pack an entire week’s worth of clothes in a tiny suitcase no problem. The problem comes when I get to the bath and beauty goods! THAT is where I become the ultimate girly-girl nightmare. As you know by now, I’m totally addicted to beauty products. Not because I’m trying to hide my flaws or anything, I just think they’re fun! One look in my […] Read more »

Living with Anxiety Disorder is a Barrel of Crazy Monkeys

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I made a mistake today. Actually, I made it days ago and didn’t even realize it, but got called out on it today (as was deserved). It wasn’t a big mistake. Hardly the end of the world. Not even a tiny world living inside an amoeba. Normal people would apologize, fix it and move on. I am not normal people. Not by a long shot. I did apologize and fix it. The moving on part? Not so much. I cried. I considered sending everyone I accidentally slighted fruit baskets. I considered how crazy that is. I got in my car […] Read more »