Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Review: Undertones by Maggie Jaimeson

About Undertones by Maggie Jaimeson
Undertones by Maggie JaimesonAfter being asked to join the Sweetwater Canyon, a bluegrass band made of all women, Michelle finds herself on the right road to happiness with her dream of being a professional bass player coming together slowly. Nearly two years have passed since her painful breakup with her ex-boyfriend Jon, who left her with a broken heart and no
expectations of ever finding true love. Michelle is about to go on her first tour when she meets David Blackstone at a ticket booth while the two wait to buy tickets for an Allison Krauss concert. After David purchases the last two tickets, he insist that Michelle accompany him to the concert. She reluctantly agrees with no idea what fate has in store for her.

David is the typical career oriented bachelor looking for nothing more than a sexual relationship with no strings attached. He is constantly traveling as a computer consultant and does not have the time, nor desire, to start new relationships or get caught up in an emotional entrapment. He's handsome, charming and successful, and usually has his choice of the ladies. While Michelle's painful past holds her back from love, she can't help but find David incredibly charming. 

Knowing that she goes on tour in just three weeks, she knows there is no time for a relationship that will only end with a sad goodbye. David also has his reservations for not wanting a relationship, but the two can't seem to pull themselves from the connection they felt after spending a few hours together during the concert. 

Will the two be able to hold out? If they start a relationship would it survive a four-month tour, and even more, will it survive Michelle's painful past?

My Review of Undertones

Have you ever read a book that keeps you so caught up in the story that your eyes actually water when the characters are hurting, that you heart starts beating fast on their first kiss, where you can't put it down no matter how bad you need to get up and do laundry? This is one of those books!

Undertones, by Maggie Jaimeson, is the first book in the Sweetwater Canyon Series. Undertones is 'Michelle's Story' and tells the story of Michelle and David, and how simple concert blossomed into a fairytale relationship.

What can I say to describe Undertones? I can't seem to find the right words other than...BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN! The first two chapters seemed a little slow, but like any book, the first couple chapters always sets the tones, describing the characters, their pasts and 'sets the mood'. Author Maggie Jaimeson did a fabulous job pulling you in and keeping you on the edge of your seat through the ups and downs, twists and turns. Her settings, tones and characters were very realistic and vivid, which made the story easy to connect with.

As for the romance and love scenes in the book, Maggie Jaimeson leaves no question about what's going on between their sheets. The scenes are very descriptive, very engaging and very well-written. Don't mistake that for a Fifty Shades of Grey, raunchy type scene. Yes, they are vivid and very expressive, but they are beautifully written with plenty of grace. While the scenes get hot like you would expect in an erotic novel, they are expressed with grace and professionalism and tasteful words. All and all, what I am trying to say is that it's not packed full of obscenities and raunchy words and when the characters 'make love', they truly {make love}. The scenes are hot and steamy but tactfully written so that if your grandmother were to read it, you wouldn't have to worry about the 'smut factor'.

 All and all, this book demands 5 stars! I would have to say that this has to be in my 'Top 5 Favorite Books' list and my absolute FAVORITE romance. I will most definitely be following the Sweetwater Canyon series along with any other contemporary romance books written by Maggie Jaimeson. If you are looking for a heart-wrenching romance then I strongly suggest read Undertones! But, be prepared to stay wrapped up for a day or two because it's hard to put down.
Books Rated 5 Stars

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Healing Notes Best Romance of 2013 I have also read the second book, Healing Notes, which is 'Rachel's Story'. Rachel is a member of the Sweetwater Canyon Band who experienced tragedy and pain in Undertones.  There will also be a third and fourth book released for this series in 2014. Each one featuring a different band member in the Sweetwater Canyon band. Both of which, I can not wait to get my hands on!

Check out more great books by Maggie Jaimeson at Amazon.com.

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

DIY Crock-pot Liners for Easy Cleanup!


If you love your crock-pot, but hate the mess that comes with scrubbing hard-to-clean rings off, then try this little crock-pot tip! I can't take credit for it because I recall seeing it somewhere in a crock-pot recipe somewhere or another.

In addition to easy clean up, it's much cheaper than crock-pot liner bags. Why pay for expensive liners when
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So Simply Stephanie is Now on Bloglovin! List Your's So I Can Follow You!

Follow me on bloglovin'
For those of you who follow who have your blogs listed on Bloglovin', you can now find SoSimplyStephanie there, too. I am slowly making my way around the site and adding my favorite blogs. If your blog is listed on Bloglovin, feel free to add the link in a comment below and I will be sure to follow!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin!
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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Sweet Pork Chop Bacon Wraps Recipe!

sweet bacon wrapped pork chops recipe
Looking for great pork chop recipes? Then you must try my Pork Tenderloin Bacon Wrap Recipe!

My idea for this recipe originated from the Paula Deen Sweet Chicken Bacon Wrap Recipe, which I had slightly altered a few times and started using strips of chicken instead of the small chicken chunks. Next, came the idea to use pork chops cut in half. Oh my, it turned out great and this was the day that my Sweet Pork Chop Wraps Recipe was born.

If you like the Sweet Chicken Bacon Wraps by Paula Deen, you will love them made with center-cut pork chops even more. The pork tends to hold the flavors better and turn out very moist. 
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Friday, December 27, 2013

Planning a Successful Year in The Blogosphere! My Blogging Goals for 2014!

My blogging goals
With the New Year just a few days away, it’s time to start planning my blogging goals for 2014! With all the changes I recently made to So Simply Stephanie, switching from WordPress to Blogger, changing my social media profiles and merging two blogs into one, I have a lot of work ahead of me to be successful in 2014! Setting goals will help me stay organized,  stay focused and keep me on the right track! In addition to my goals in general, some of my New Year’s Resolutions also pertain to blogging so the two will go hand-in-hand.

So, without further ado..


So Simply Stephanie’s Blogging Goals for 2014:

1.       Blog Schedule!

Honestly, I have never had much of a true schedule with So Simply Stephanie, and it has showed. I am a spontaneous person and I like to write when the urge hits me, and write about whatever intrigues me at the moment. (Another reason I was never able to turn So Simply Stephanie into a particular niche.)
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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Kindle Gifts & Gift Ideas for Kindle Users!

One of the top Christmas gift ideas for 2013 is a new Kindle!  Amazon has several devices to choose from including two newly released versions, and just like last year, the it seems to be one of the best electronic gift ideas for 2013. But what do you buy for someone who already has a Kindle? Well, buy them something for their Kindle, of course. There are several different gift ideas to choose from such as docking stations, gift cards, accessory bundles, a newer version of the device, covers and cases, screen protectors, and much more. Here you will find some of the best gift ideas for Kindle owners.The prices range from a few dollars to several hundred, so there is something on the list for any budget!  

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Best Southern Red Velvet Cake Recipe

The search for the best red velvet cake recipes has ended!

I LOVE, LOVE , LOVE red velvet cake and have only found one person who can make the perfect red velvet cake. Yes, I have tasted some that were okay, and well, store bought just never seems close. I’m talking about a red velvet cake recipe that is magnificent! A TRUE red velvet cake with the 3 primary ingredients- vinegar, cocoa and buttermilk.

So what's the secret to a good red velvet cake made from scratch? One simple, ever-so-yummy, secret ingredient...

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

14 Days of Christmas Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to the 14 Days of Christmas Giveaway Hop!
This giveaway hop will run December 18th-31st, 2013 and winners will be announced on January 14th, 2014. What better way to start the new year than winning some awesome prizes.
There are over 30 awesome blogs participating in the hop and each one is hosting their own giveaway. That's over 30 awesome prizes!

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Pillsbury Ready to Bake Cookies! Perfect for Quick Treat and Oh, So Yummy!


Just finished baking Pillsbury Ready to Bake Christmas tree cookies, with Katelynn (3 years old). They are such a quick treat, no clean up required and perfect for kids!
Yummy! Time to dive in with a big glass of milk! 

Merry Christmas
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Sunday, December 15, 2013

So Simply Stephanie is Changing!



While I am excited to change over to Blogger, I will miss the prestine look of WordPress.com and my many followers. However, the features and extra capabilities just aren't here, but the restrictions are.
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