Destiny Defied plus Kindle Fire Giveaway

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Welcome to the series launch of J.A. Marx‘s Destiny series. Book one, Destiny Defied, is a chilling tale of freedom from oppression and the Light that overcomes the dark.

J.A. is celebrating the launch of her series with a Kindle giveaway and a Facebook author chat party on December 2. 


One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • Destiny Defied by J.A. Marx.

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 12/2. Winner will be announced at the Destiny Defied Facebook author chat party on December 2nd. RSVP for a chance to connect with J.A. Marx, to chat about the book, as well as to win some great prizes!



RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 2nd!

 “A dramatic shipwreck emancipates Riki Hammad, but the island where she finds refuge is compromised. Unless she finds a power truly great enough to defeat her dark past, she will choose death over returning to captivity. Lord Vétis, high priest of a cultic underground, will stop at nothing to reclaim their chosen one. Using black magic, he manipulates Riki and her four self-assigned bodyguards, triggering a battle that consumes the entire island. The underground will never allow Riki to live out her dreams of a normal life…something she has never known.”

My Thoughts:

After I agreed to do this book review, I greatly second guessed myself, because 1) I remember trying to read This Present Darkness back in middle school or high school and not getting very far, and 2) obviously, due to #1, this is not really a genre I relate to.  But I thought it might be nice to try something a little different. The first chapter or so, I was almost tempted to pluck my eyes out.  Perhaps a bit dramatic, but yes, it was confusing me and hard for me to really get into. I even went to amazon to see how others felt, and noticed all the high reviews.  So I pressed on…and I was soon hooked!  It actually really surprised me!!  While the story line is far-fetched (um, that’s probably due to the genre, right?), the story-telling was good.  The young men in the book were quite refreshing, and it was interesting seeing the unfolding of the lives and inner workings, not just of Riki, but of her rescuers as well.  Overall, yes, I’d recommend!

Skinny Chocolate Cocomint Bark


Did someone say chocolate???  Yep, skinny chocolate cocomint bark to be specific!skinnychocolatecocomintbark


It’s no secret I love chocolate… milk, dark, with peanut butter, with mint….pretty much any combination and I’m in my element eating it!  Since following Trim Healthy Mama, if anything, chocolate and I have become even closer.

I apologize in advance that these might not be “pretty” pictures…. but, you know, when inspiration strikes, there’s no waiting until better lighting!  (I say this as if I’m some incredibly creative chef….  No, in actuality, this is just my version/altering of a few other recipes I’ve tried or seen this past week.  But I’m still proud of it.  My inspiration came from THIS recipe.  Her’s sure is prettier, and I’m sure it tastes amazing!  But I didn’t have the avocado, and I just altered things a bit.   Oh, and another reason you probably should *not* consider me a good food blogger?  Check out my chic Ziplock lid used as a tray… Hey, you use what you’ve got, people!

(Plus then you can turn the chocolate over and see the cool Ziplock imprint on the back ;)


Okay, so let’s get to it:

For the chocolate bottom layer:

In a bowl, mix the following together –

* 1/4 C melted coconut oil

* 1/4 C cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark)

* 1/2-1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (I used About Time)

* 5 packets of stevia or Truvia or whatever you use to sweeten

* a few drops of peppermint extract

Pour this into a shallow container that you can fit flat in your freezer, and let it freeze while you make the coconut layer  (If you’re cool, you’ll use a lid like me ;) )

For the Coconut layer:

In a saucepan:

* 6 T coconut oil

* 1-1/3 C unsweetened dried coconut flakes (mine were finely shredded)

* 1-3 teaspoons sweetener of your choice (I used erythritol/stevia blend)

* pinch of sea salt

* pinch of glucomannon (I thought it would be runnier – I wouldn’t have needed this, but since I used it, I wanted to put it in here)

Heat over low until the oil is melted, then continue to heat until the coconut is just lightly toasted.

Spread this mixture onto the chocolate layer and pop back in the freezer.

Optional:  After it has hardened up, I drizzled NuNaturals Cocoa Mint Syrup on top, then broke apart into bark.  Now is when you can actually use the container your lid came from, hehe.  Keep in the freezer so it doesn’t melt on you since coconut oil will melt quickly.



I think these are so yummy!  They’re just the right sweetness without any bitterness.  The thin layer of chocolate is good, the mint is there but not overpowering, and I’m not even that much of a flaked coconut fan, but love these!


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