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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Liability Disclosures and Policy

This statement is valid from 22 November 2012 forward
This statement is primarily directed at my readers and giveaway entrants but information contained herein may be useful for companies/PR reps as well. If you are looking for my PR  info specifically, please see THIS page.

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me, "Mirage," for the purpose of reviewing books and products and posting giveaways. For questions about this blog, please contact me via email: mamamirage (at) yahoo (dot) com with something non-spammy-looking in the subject. *wink*
This blog does not currently accept any form of paid topic insertions and I do not sell advertising. However, I will and do sometimes accept and keep free products or services from companies and organizations *in exchange for writing an honest review.* The companies involved will never influence the content of posts made in this blog. I may also have affiliate links in the sidebar where noted for companies I personally esteem highly. I will not place affiliate links for companies I do not find to be honest and that I do not personally patronize.

As I said, I may receive a sample, trial of product, or a free item in order to provide opinions on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though I may receive compensation for some of my reviews, I will always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own and those of any guests whom I may quote or interview. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question. What works for one person may not work for another and vice versa, and while the writer may have had a good/bad experience with a product, someone else may have the opposite result. Purchase and/or use any of my reviewed/mentioned products at your own discretion. Responsibility for your use of any item and any consequences from use belongs solely to you.

The following relates to Giveaways specifically:
Giveaway winnings fall into one of two categories.
1) A giveaway I have paid for out of my own pocket and will be shipping to the winner myself. Entrants agree that if you are the winner you receive and use the product at your own risk. Entrants agree that I will not be held accountable for anything that happens to it, that it's used for, or that happens in correlation with or as a result of using the product. I agree to ship it in an envelope/box appropriate for the object(s) and that I will mail it as soon as I am able after the winner is confirmed. Please understand that I am a mother of 4 small children ages 6 and under, so getting to the post office is like juggling while riding a unicycle blindfolded. Please forgive me if it takes a week, or even two, to mail it. I promise however to aim for next-day shipping, just please be understanding if it winds up being delayed a bit! The entrant agrees that if they win that I am not responsible for the prize after it is turned over to the Post Office. If the P.O. damages it or loses it, I cannot be held liable. As I said, I will endeavor to package it appropriately so this does not happen. Even if my packaging is faulty, the winner agrees that I packaged it in good faith and I will not be held liable.
2) A giveaway that is sponsored by a company or individual other than myself. In this case, the winner willl likely be put in touch with the company for the purpose of claiming their prize. In some cases I may be a mediator and winner will not have contact with the company, in that case if there is a problem the winner will be put in touch with the company to work it out. Anything that happens after winning a sponsored giveaway is bewtween the winner and the company and falls under the company's own policies. I would never ever knowingly accept sponsorship from a company that is dishonest or has bad customer service, but in the rare case that the company does not follow through on their end of the deal, doesn't send the winner's prize, or any other mishap, miscommunication, rudeness, accident, natural disaster, act of God, etc. happens... you guessed it, I'm not to be held liable. The WINNER must work it out with the company. (HOWEVER if you have problems with a company I would really appreciate it if you'd let me know because I wouldn't want to continue a partenership with a dishonest company.)
In the very rare case that a giveaway is sponsored, BUT the sponsor has turned the prize over to ME to mail on to the winner, this may fall under the rules and liabilities of either or both of the above two categories, depending on the situation.

Entrants agree to abide by the requirements, guidelines, and/or rules posted here and in each giveaway. If the rules are not followed or qualifications are not met, you agree that I have the right to delete unqualified comments/entries at my discretion.

To get your own policy, go to http://www.disclosurepolicy.org/

Okay now that all that boring stuff is out of the way, go enter some giveaways! Have fun! And thank you so much for honoring me by visiting my little blog! :)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: "Love At Last Sight: 30 Days To Deepen Your Closest Relationships" by Kerry & Chris Shook

"Everything you’ve been taught about relationships is wrong."
This tagline grabs your attention when you read the writeup on the back cover of "Love At Last Sight: 30 Days To Deepen Your Closest Relationships" by Kerry & Chris Shook.

The Good:
I thought this book has some really good things to say. It makes no excuses for the fact that relationships really do take commitment and hard work to maintain, just like anything else worthwhile in this world.

The Bad:
The content of this book could have been clearly edited into a few chapters. The whole dragging it out into a 30-day study thing really sucked the momentum out of my reading.
The Biblical connections could have been stronger- I felt that the connection between God/the Bible and successful relationships sometimes felt forced, and in places where I could and would have been able to smoothly show a clear link if I had been the writer, there was none mentioned in the book. This made the book feel very "baby Christian-ish" to me. I wanted to see some spiritual tools, some real meat; I didn't want to have to slog through milk for a month to get to it.

The Bottom Line:
For me, the bottom line is that this could have been a great book for those who are young in body or young in Christ but I think that the long drawn out nature of the book would be a real turn-off for those whom it would help the most. I've been a believer since 1985, happily married to my one-and-only beloved since 2002, a mother (and loving it) since 2006, and I'm blessed to be able to say that much of what my parents taught me about love and relationships was in fact, NOT wrong.

**I have received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for review purposes. The opinions expressed herein are my own and have not been influenced by the publisher.

To read chapter 1, or to rank the quality of this review, please go HERE

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