Tuesday, January 24, 2017

#Win In This Life by Christine Brae (US) With Q&A





After the release of her first two novels, The Light in the Wound and His Wounded Light, Brae never imagined that her words would touch so any people. Her third novel, Insipid, is a standalone that was released in June 2014. She lives in Chicago, with her husband and children.













1.)    What inspired you to write In This Life?
I wrote In This Life at a time when I was searching for answers for the inexplicable things that had   happened to me in the last two years. My books are a reflection of my emotions and feelings at various stages in my life. The stories may or may not be all fiction, but the emotions, thoughts and words are real.
2.)    You’ve written a few other romance novels. What attracts you to this type of genre?
Love is universal. It drives our actions, it rules our lives. I believe in it so much, in its power to redeem and change and form a person. My novels are about strong women and their life’s journeys. It just so happens that love and friendship are such important aspects of a woman’s life.
3.)    Anna is very spiritual. Was there anything that you wanted readers to take away from the story in that aspect?
I certainly did not want to overdo Anna’s spirituality at all! I hope it didn’t come out as the focal point of the book. What I wanted to write about IMPOSSIBLE love and so I had to find a situation that depicted just that. 
4.)    Who are your favorite writers? Do you draw any of your inspiration from them or their novels?
Oh my gosh! I could go on and on about my favorite writers, I have so many! My personal stories inspire me, so I don’t really draw my ideas or inspiration from other writers. What I do draw from them is their creativity, their passion for this sometimes thankless art. There are certain authors whose writing styles I adore. They are the ones I strive to emulate. There are many wonderful Indie Authors out there – people know who my favorites are. But I do love the more traditional authors like Anita Shreve, Alice Hoffman, Paul Coelho.
It was really a challenge to embody these characters with that one lesson.
5.)    Do you have any good book recommendations?
Yes! I have so many, I don’t know where to begin. So let’s just look at the latest ones I’ve read.
First, I am currently reading Mists of the Serengeti by Leylah Attar.

My all-time favorite book is Hausfrau by Jill Essbaum.  There’s Adultery by Paul Coelho. And Tarryn Fisher just released her latest masterpiece, Bad Mommy.  Colleen Hoover’s Hopeless is another favorite. I could go on and on, but I think I’ll leave you with those five.

In This Life follows the story of Anna Dillon, who wants to escape her busy life in New York City before she starts medical school in the spring. She ends up volunteering on a medical mission in Thailand with her best friend, Dante. There she meets the passionate and enigmatic Jude Grayson. They’re immediately drawn to him and they share a brief, but fervent affair.
Then Anna has to rush home for a medical emergency, and Jude promises that he’ll stay in touch. But he doesn’t, and Anna tries desperately to move on.

Five years later, and she’s married Dante, after giving up hope that Jude will ever return. And then one day, in a chance meeting, they come face to face again. Anna then she learns the life-altering secret of why Jude never called, and why they can’t be together. But passion that ignited on that Thai beach never died, and it becomes impossible for them to stay apart.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Friday 56 (With Instagram 56)

Welcome to Week 308!

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your 
eReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. 
*It's that simple.


Or join The Friday 56 on Instagram!


Rules:
* Grab a book and find a creative way to showcase your 56.
It can be a photo of the book and the 56 in comments, or whatever you come up with.
Make sure to use the hashtag #Friday56
*Add your Instagram url to the Linky.

For a second week in a row;
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Telling The Truthiness by Richard Braaksma (2)

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Chapter Eight Press; 1 edition (December 4, 2014)
  • ISBN: 9780993973307 

Comedian Stephen Colbert seized his place in the pop-culture imagination as an over-the-top fake news pundit and anchor of the hit show The Colbert Report. Achieving record ratings and a massive fan base, the show has been a vehicle for Colbert to become a larger than life personality and household name. His sweeping satire, political bent, religious views, and cultural critique have led people to call him everything from “comedic genius” to “ideological fanatic.”
Good comedy is about more than just getting laughs. Good comedy tells the truth, reveals that the Emperor has no clothes, and shines light into the dark corners of our world. While Stephen Colbert is no stranger to trivial silliness, his overall comedic voice is deep and profound. This voice – honed over hundreds of episodes, public appearances, and public stunts – is fundamentally concerned with telling the truth. Truth by satire. Truth by telling lies. Telling The Truthiness.
As Stephen Colbert begins a new chapter as successor to David Letterman on The Late Show, the chapters of Telling the Truthiness explore theologically the greatest and longest sustained satire in television history – Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report.
Telling the Truthiness is not a biography of Stephen Colbert. Nor is it a mere highlighting of religious moments on the show that confirm Colbert’s Catholic convictions or religious sensibilities. Telling the Truthiness is an analysis and celebration of the art of Stephen Colbert as prophetic truth-telling.


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Richard Braaksma currently serves as the pastor of Hillside Community Church in Calgary, Canada. Richard holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Regent College in Vancouver. Over the last 15 years, Richard has worked as a church planter in Venice, California, a writer, coffeehouse owner, professional blackjack player, and public speaker. Richard has a passion for life, adventure, and laughter which is also the ethos of Telling the Truthiness.









REVIEW:
Meh.
I was stoked when I won this book, I thought it would be cool to read a biography on Colbert. Well, it wasn't. At least, not this one.
This book is basically the author connecting whatever dots he can between Colbert's comedy, on or off the shows, and the Bible. 
I read my Bible every day. Love having a moment with God each morning. That's not why I wanted this book though. I wanted to laugh, not be taught more Bible study from some one else's perspective. Even that was lacking for me.
Not getting any accolades here. Sorry.

0/5



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