Thursday, September 30, 2010

September Monthly News



BOOKS:

1. Help Your Kids With Math
2. I'm A Scientist Backyard - Lisa Burke
3. Sin Undone - Larissa Ione
4. Indiana Jones The Ultimate Guide - Jim Luceno
5. Preserve It - Lynda Brown (recommend)
6. The Butterfly Effect - Andy Andrews
7. Last To Die - Kate Brady (recommend)
8. Is He Lying to You - Dan Crum
9. Immanuel's Veins - Ted Dekker (recommend)
10. Snack Attack - Elizabeth Monacelli (cookbook)
11. The Haunting of Andrew Sharpai - Jerome Peterson (recommend)
12. The Maverick's Greek Island Mistress - Kelly Hunter
13. The Human Bobby - Gabe Rotter (HIGHLY recommend)
14. Hotly Bedded, Conveniently Wedded - Kate Hardy
15. A Friend in the Storm - Cheryl Ricker
16. Fever Pitch - Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (Audiobook)


PRODUCTS:
1. Roasting Pan
2. Dog Tshirt
3. 5 Tier Media Shelf



DVDS:

1. Wild Child (recommend)



YEARLY TOTAL:
204 Books, 9 Products, 1 CD & 5 DVDS



FAVORITE BOOK OF SEPTEMBER:





AWARDS:


I received the Great Neighbor Award from Lorie, but I just received it last month too, so won't pass on at this time. I do love a great award from an even great blogger buddy! (((HUGS)))

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Friday 56


Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find a teaser sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Story Time With Tonya.


When Will There Be Good News - Kate Atkinson

Page 56:

If someone he loved was lost, he would stalk the world forever looking for them, but he wasn't entirely sure that there was anyone who would do the same for him.


*Yes, I'm still reading the same book. I am currently moving, so I haven't been reading as much as packing.*

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fever Dream - Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (Audiobook)


Synopsis:
Destined to be a fan favorite, this exciting new thriller from bestselling authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child features Agent Pendergast and tells the dark history of his murdered wife, Helen.


Author Bios:
Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are the coauthors of the bestselling novels The Relic, Mount Dragon, Reliquary, and Riptide. Lincoln Child is a former book editor at St. Martin's Press and has published numerous short-story anthologies. Douglas Preston worked for the American Museum of Natural History, is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, and in 1989 retraced Coronado's thousand-mile odyssey on horseback. Both writers welcome reader e-mail at prestonchild@prestonchild.com.


©2010


My Opinion:
Since this was an audiobook, I'll start by telling you about the narrator, René Auberjonois. He has been on Boston Legal, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and The Practice. He has a smooth sound that is clear and easy to listen to. He made a great narrator.
The story starts out in Africa, and it was exciting. A stalker lion... who wouldn't like that?! I was instantly reminded of the movie, Ghost in the Darkness.
Then years passed and we end up in New Orleans. The action is slow at first, but not for very long. Pendergrast has a no bullshit attitude that I really respect. He is a very interesting character indeed.
Plus I learned afterward that Pendergrast, the man character, is a bit of a literary celebrity. Already penned into 6 books.
Interesting twists happen throughout the story, so much so, I want to read it in print format. A truly fabulous read, and I can't wait to read more on this character.

4/5


~I received a copy from Hachette Book Group. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

A Friend In The Storm - Cheryl Ricker (TOUR, INTERVIEW & CONTEST INFO)


Synopsis:
This ninety-six page gift-book combines heartfelt poetry with powerful quotes and Scripture verses to speak to the heart and soul of anyone going through difficult times. The beautiful fabric binding with foil stamping makes this the perfect gift for anyone seeking comfort.
Author Cheryl Ricker reaches into the depths of human suffering from the perspective of Christ speaking to the reader in soothing poetic words.
This elegant gift book will reach the heart and soul of anyone facing difficult circumstances, leading them through their suffering into the arms of a faithful loving God.
Each two-page spread includes a poem, as well as reflections written by Christian leaders, along with healing Scripture verses.


Author Bio:
Cheryl Ricker has a degree in creative writing and has written columns and articles for various magazines and newspapers. She's been writing poetry all her life and her poems have won awards in fine arts and literary magazines. Cheryl lives with her husband and two sons in Rochester, Minnesota
Please check out Cheryl's amazing website for more information. www.cherylricker.com



Where to Buy


CONTEST INFORMATION, (NOT FOR THIS BLOG)
Cheryl is running a fun KINDLE giveaway during the blog tour.
Please tweet about it and share it on Facebook beginning September 20th and you could win a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com! Let me know if you have any questions!
Tell your friends and followers about Cheryl's KINDLE contest! Share this as many times as you like - just email Amy (amy@litfusegroup.com) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by October 4th and let her know how many times you tweeted/shared on Facebook, twitter or blogged about the contest. Each ‘sharing’ represents one entry into the contest.

Here is a sample tweet you could use:

Share on Facebook: Know someone in pain? "A Friend in the Storm," Zondervan's latest gift book of quotes, Scriptures and poetry, is helping thousands find lasting Hope. Go here http://ow.ly/2BYiNto enter to win a KINDLE!

Tweet this: A Friend in the Storm by @cherylricker heals hearts in tough times. Enter 2 win a KINDLE http://ow.ly/2BYiN here! #litfuse (must use hashtag #litfuse to be entered)

OR CLICK THE BANNER AT THE TOP OF BLOG PAGE


©2010


Author Interview:
1. How did you come to be a writer and when did you start writing poetry?

I wanted to be two things when I was little: a writer and a missionary. On my swing-set, I’d sing poetic songs to the neighborhood, always eager to let them hear about Jesus. (
In high school, my English teacher asked me to enter my bag lady poem in a contest for a literary magazine. When I won first place I became even more serious about poetry and writing, so I decided to make it my college major. After graduated I went on to study theology, so I think it’s interesting how God directed both my dreams and fulfilled them together.


2. What do you enjoy most about writing poetry?

I love communing with God while I write. Nothing beats those ah-ha moments when He gives me a fresh insight. As a poet, I love when truth collides with metaphor and rhyme. I get excited when I can draw a word picture with soothing sounds that makes truth memorable.

3. Who is your favorite author?


Karen Kingsbury


4. What prompted you to write A Friend in the Storm?

It all started in 2005 when I went to a Mothers of Preschoolers group. As we were going around the circle introducing ourselves, I learned that one of the ladies, Chantale, had stage four lung cancer.
After a few weeks of getting to know her, she invited me to meet with her in her home for a time of regular prayer and Bible reading. I was honored but nervous because I didn’t know what I’d say. When God reminded me I could write her comfort poetry, it made sense. When I was growing up I used to write poetry to help me deal with my difficult emotions. Besides, people had been turning to the Psalms for comfort for ages.
Some people bring casseroles to hurting friends. I could bring poetry. (Trust me ~ Chantale wouldn’t have wanted my casseroles).
When it turned out she received a lot of comfort in my poetry, I kept writing ~ right until the day she asked if I’d read some of my poems at her funeral.
The month after she died, I attended a writer’s conference because I was interested in publishing a children’s book about a skunk. I quickly came to the conclusion that it stunk, but several people encouraged me to turn my poetry into a comfort gift book. That’s how A Friend in the Storm began. Five years and a thousand revisions ago.


5. What is the basic message of your book and what do you want readers to grasp?

I want readers to know that God hasn’t forgotten them. He feels what they feel. He’s holding them. He’s not going to waste their pain. He’s crazy about them.

It’s illustrated in the poem, “You”.

You’re forever on My mind
And in your presence I rejoice;
Singing out your name with angels,
All your sweetness fills My voice.

Keeping loved ones in My keeping,
I embrace a constant calm.
Whole and holy, I will hold you,
ever-after in My palm



Other Tour Stops Today:
Suzanne at Faith and Works
Amy at The 160 Acrewoods
Quilly at Quintessentially Quilly


My Opinion:
What a lovely little book!
It has a cute cover and that always pulls me in. Then you open the book to these beautiful illustrations, poems and quotes. All part of my favorite things collection.
I have a special place for poetry, since I write it, and also for quotes, (do check out my Saturday meme Quote It.)
I believe a lot of people would enjoy this as a table top book, or conversation piece.

Favorite Poem: Heaven Inside, Page 87.

4/5


~I received a copy from LitFuse. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Summer Reading 2010 Challenge Complete


* Challenge: Summer Reading Challenge 2010
* Start date: June 21, 2010
* Finish date: September 21, 2010
* Hosted By: A Southern Daydreamer Reads

Hosting site; http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com

Rules:

1. Make a list of books you want to read this summer.
2. Write a post with your list on your blog. (You can add to or change this list at any time during the challenge)
3. Please post the direct link to your Summer Reading Challenge 2010 post. (so that other participants can visit and see what you are reading)
4. You can write another post in September to let everyone know how you did.



Books to be Read:
1. The Language of Secrets - Dianne Dixon Review
2. It`s Not Summer Without You - Jenny Han Review
3. The Dark Divine - Bree Despain Review
4. Do No Evil - Kymberly Goltermann & Ashley L. Goltermann Review
5. The Secret Keeper - Paul Harris Review
6. Web of Secrets - Ernesto Patino Review
7. Turnaround Summer - Paul Hansen Review

This was a fun challenge, and I hope it runs next summer too! Out of the books I read, The Dark Divine by Bree Despain was my favorite.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Teaser Time


Host

* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
* You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given.
* Please avoid spoilers!


My Teaser:

Indicating the pile of bags that Reggie had left at his feet, one of the officers said, "Well, it's in that bag," in a tone of voice that for a brief, bizarre moment reminded Jackson of his first wife. With some difficulty--stitches ripped, good arm handcuffed to a police officer, et cetera, he extricated the phone from the front pocket of Reggie's backpack and answered it. "Hello, hello?"

~Page 318, When Will There Be Good News - Kate Atkinson

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Hot Bedded, Conveniently Wedded - Kate Hardy


Synopsis:
From best friends. . .
Isobel's friend Alex Richardson has the ultimate playboy lifestyle, flitting from one long-legged woman to the next - why would he want short, curvaceous Bel?
To red-hot lovers!
Now, though, Alex needs a convenient wife - and Bel is his first-choice bride! Shocked at his proposal, Bel has doubts about his crazy plan. Then Alex gives her a taste of just how hot they can be together, leaving Bel begging him to finish what he started - on their wedding night!


©2008


My Opinion:
As far as romance novels go, this little book had everything I look for. It was hot, yet not erotic. It had a great storyline that you actually cared to follow. The characters were well rounded and easy to relate to. I really enjoyed this one!

4/5


~I received a copy from Harlequin. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Human Bobby - Gabe Rotter


Synopsis:
The gripping story of the unraveling of one man's seemingly perfect life, and his struggle to get everything back.
A new baby, a loving wife, a solid career, a dream house in Beverly Hills: Dr. Bobby Flopkowski has it all. Until a complicated series of events snowball into a disaster that changes the course of his life forever.
Now, with a tent on the beach as his only home and an addiction that has cut him off from everyone he once loved, Bobby has a revelation that could put him back on track: he believes he has solved the puzzling crime that led to his downfall. But as the reality he's always known slips farther away, will he be able to convince someone—anyone—that his suspicions aren't merely the pleas of a desperate man?


Author Bio:
A native of New York, Gabe Rotter now permanently resides in Los Angeles with his wife. He graduated from the film school at The University of Southern California in 2000, and since has worked in television, produced a feature film, penned the novel Duck Duck Wally, written a comic book, and is currently Director of Development for Ten Thirteen Productions. He has several of his own projects in development for film and television adaptation.



©2010


My Opinion:
I went through a little bit to get this book. Emails back and forth between myself and the PR Department, both wondering if this book would even arrive to my door.
I'm so glad it did.
This is one of those books that seriously pulls you in, and at the end you are left with a wow feeling. My exact words were, "Holy shit!" Excuse the cuss, but it's exact. It was that amazing to read!
Just when I thought I knew everything going on, the suspense would shift to a new thing, and man, it worked every time.
Kudos, Gabe! You're my new literary hero! Very cleverly written!
Definitely a strong recommendation from me, and now a new favorite!

5/5


~I received a copy from Newman Communications. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

The Friday 56


Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find a teaser sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Story Time With Tonya.


The Human Bobby - Gabe Rotter

Page 56:

I looked at Ava, and though she was smiling in what looked like an authentic way, and I was drunk, I could still see that the wheels in her mind were spinning behind that smile.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

BBAW: DAY 4


Thursday - Forgotten Treasure
Sure we've all read about Freedom and Mockingjay but we likely have a book we wish would get more attention by book bloggers, whether it's a forgotten classic or under marketed contemporary fiction. This is your chance to tell the community why they should consider reading this book.




Life, In Spite of Me - Kristen Jane Anderson & Tricia Goyer


This book in an instant changed how I feel about so many things. That is why I chose it to showcase here.
When I first got the book, I knew I was in for an emotional read, but I had no idea the profound effect Kristen and her story would have on me.
I have been where she was, that depressive place that lonely souls go to, so I immediately understood the thoughts she had at times. Though nothing prepared me for what I was about to learn.
When I finished the book, I put in down on my lap and cried. Not from pain, but from pure joy that things happened the way they did. Not only was this amazing young woman able to project her feelings and thoughts on paper, she connected with my inner being.
Now, since reading it, I just can't stop thinking about what I learned. It now makes me thankful for what I have, and also to know life could be much, much worse. So to keep a chin up and keep truckin' on. What I have pales in comparison to some, by way of problems. I think about that when I get down now, and I thank this book for part of that.
I definitely think you should read it. It may not change your life like it did mine, but it will make you a better person for a day. Her story has that deep of an impact!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

BBAW: DAY 3


Wednesday - Unexpected Treasure
Share a book or genre you tried due to the influence of another blogger. What made you cave in to try something new and what was the experience like?





To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee


A classic. I know.
Yet my first time reading it has been this past year. All because of a great fellow blogger Marcia. She was part of a group, as was I, that read the book on the 50th anniversary. I'm so glad I took part and got to experience why so many people have loved it, made films from it, and turned it into a classic. This is a book I now will forever recommend.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Maverick's Greek Island Mistress - Kelly Hunter


Synopsis:
Pete Bennett: this maverick playboy revels in the thrill of the chase. He never falls for a girl; she falls for him, and he's the one to walk away....
In Greece for the summer, Serena can't resist the glint of sin in Pete's eyes. Soon the baddest of boys has made her his Greek island mistress....
Their supposedly temporary affair is hot and heavy. But one month in, Pete should be ready to roam. So what's keeping Serena in his arms?


©2008


My Opinion:
This was a nice quick afternoon delight. It had a nice amount of romance, without it being erotic, and a great side story that I fell right into. I really enjoyed the author and the style at which the book was written. Definitely a decent read!

3/5


~I received a copy from Harlequin. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Giveaway: Postcard Killers (AUDIOBOOK) - James Patterson & Liza Marklund


Synopsis:
NYPD detective Jack Kanon is on a tour of Europe's most gorgeous cities. But the sights aren't what draw him--he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each restaurant through a killer's eyes. Kanon's daughter, Kimmy, and her boyfriend were murdered while on vacation in Rome. Since then, young couples in Paris, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, and Stockholm have become victims of the same sadistic killers. Now Kanon teams up with the Swedish reporter, Dessie Larsson. Every killing is preceded by a postcard to the local newspaper--and Kanon and Larsson think they know where the next victims will be.


Thank you to Anna & Hachette for the giveaway! I have 3 copies up for grabs! Here is what you need to do to enter:

OPEN TO US & CANADA
NO P.O BOXES


Winners will be subject to the one copy per household rule, which means that if they win the same title in two or more contests, they will receive only one copy of the title (or one set in the case of grouped giveaways) in the mail.


Mandatory Entry:
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Easy as 1-2-3! Ends October 1, 11:59 pm, est.


Monday, September 13, 2010

Teaser


Host

* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
* You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given.
* Please avoid spoilers!


My Teaser:

A slight sound came from the direction of Chloe's office, just behind the reception desk. The door was almost shut. Almost but not quite. "Did you just whimper?"

~ Page 120, The Maverick's Greek Island Mistress - Kelly Hunter

The Haunting of Andrew Sharpai - Jerome Peterson


Synopsis:
The Haunting of Andrew Sharpai will haunt you long after you turn the last page. Slowly brewing in this mystical thriller are paranormal surprises, odd behavior, and romantic affairs.
Not everything is as it seems for Andrew Sharpai. As a wanderer searching for love, Andrew travels throughout the Western United States looking for the right woman to end his journeying.
In his quest, he finds rejection and haunting memories that only serve to spur him on. He meets a dancer named LaRae. She tells him that Mary Magdalene thought Jesus was a gardener. This strange revelation leaves Andrew with the knowledge that everything is not as it seems.
After separating from LaRae, Andrew settles down in a small eastern Idaho town. There he meets an enchantress named Iris, who will also change his life. Previously, Iris’s evil ex-husband placed a curse on her, which also traps Andrew in the spell.
This unusual adventure will have you cheering for Andrew in his quest for true love, because what is more important than that?


©2010


My Opinion:
I'm so glad I finally read this beautiful told story. I hate to admit, in the beginning I wasn't sure where it was going to go, but it came together profoundly. I am quite impressed with the author's way of telling a story, where I felt myself asking those questions that were asked. There was a beautiful moral to the story that should be learned more of, and this was a great way of doing it. Love each other on the inside. The outside is not who we are, it's a shell of a masterpiece. That's what I took from it. Beautiful, right?!
I'm surely adding to my recommendation list!

4/5


~I received a copy from the author. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Snack Attack - Elizabeth Monacelli


Synopsis:
Whether you are a sleep deprived student searching for that perfect brain-boosting exam snack, a busy Mom with a family full of finicky eaters, or in need of that extra burst of energy at the gym, "SNACK ATTACK" offers a variety of delicious heart-healthy snacks which can be prepared in 15 minutes or less. When that afternoon slump hits, don't be caught stranded without a nutritious snack to munch on. Learn how to make tasty, portable snacks including "Hit the Trail Mix" or "Coco-Nut Banana Nuggets" to take along to work or school. Elizabeth Monacelli, author, concert violinist, spokesperson for the American Heart Association, motivational speaker and life-long cardiac patient, is passionate about promoting the importance of heart-healthy snacking. From toddlers to octogenarians, "SNACK ATTACK" will help you get on the path to delicious, heart-healthy snacking.


Author Bio:
Elizabeth Monacelli has been entertaining audiences with her violin for the past twenty five years. Receiving her musical training at the Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory of Music, Ms. Monacelli has performed with some of the world's most elite musicians. She is a three-time national competition winner and has collaborated with Leonard Bernstein, Joseph Silverstein, John Williams, James Galway and Zubin Mehta. In addition to being classically trained, Ms.Monacelli has performed for movies, television shows and toured with an extensive list of pop artists which include Barry White, Natalie Cole, Luther Vandross, Smokey Robinson, Ray Charles, Steve Lawrence, Dudley Moore, Liza Minelli, Shirley Jones, Sting, Moody Blues and Wayne Newton. On Valentine's Day 2003, while still a young adult, Ms. Monacelli had a musician's worst nightmare come true. She collapsed of a heart attack, stroke (which paralyzed her on the left side), liver failure and congestive heart failure all on the same day! Through perseverance, ingenuity, knowledge and a desperate will to live, Ms. Monacelli created a system to miraculously recover from her diseases. Ms. Monacelli is an official spokesperson for the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. She has been sharing her message about heart disease and stroke with companies such as Qualcomm, Pacificare and Raytheon. Additionally, Ms. Monacelli focuses her message to young people, in children's hospitals, schools and youth organizations. Ms. Monacelli has been presented with numerous awards including "Outstanding Achievement Award" from the American Heart Association and "Model of Miraculous Qigong Healing" from the Eighth World Congress on Qigong.


©2010


My Opinion:
I signed up for this book not really sure what kind of recipes I would find. Honestly I was a little disappointed when it came. There isn't much in there that is useful to me in the way of trying new things. Most of the recipes are basic and I knew a lot of them. I did find one that sounded good, and I had steaks to test them out on, so it was on! The seasoning mix was alright, it had good flavor, but I still felt like it lacked something. I just couldn't put my finger on what, maybe it's as simple as salt. Anyways, not my favorite book to cook from, and probably will get stuffed on the back shelf somewhere. Sorry for the blatant outlook, I'm just a realist.

2/5

New Orleans Mix - Page 107




~I won my copy. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

BBAW: Day 1:


Welcome everybody, and enjoy BBAW!!

Monday—First Treasure
We invite you to share with us about a great new book blog you’ve discovered since BBAW last year! If you are new to BBAW or book blogging, share with us the very first book blog you discovered. Tell us why this blog rocks your socks off and why you keep going back for more.



My Choice:

Velvet @ vvB32Reads

When I first discovered this quirky lady and her blog, I knew I would be a fan forever. She has great themed events, and always has exciting posts. She has become a great blogger buddy. Everyday I look forward to seeing what new and interesting things happen at her blog. You should check her out too!

Immanuel's Veins - Ted Dekker


Synopsis:
This story is for everyone--but not everyone is for this story.
It is a dangerous tale of times past. A love story full of deep seduction. A story of terrible longing and bold sacrifice.
Then as now, evil begins its courtship cloaked in light. And the heart embraces what it should flee. Forgetting it once had a truer lover.
With a kiss, evil will ravage body, soul, and mind. Yet there remains hope, because the heart knows no bounds.
Love will prove greater than lust. Sacrifice will overcome seduction. And blood will flow.
Because the battle for the heart is always violently opposed. For those desperate to drink deep from this fountain of life, enter.
But remember, not everyone is for this story.


©2010


My Opinion:
Enrapturing.
From beginning to end. That was this book. I absolutely loved it!
This was my first time reading Ted Dekker, though I had heard lots about his works. Many of my friends know I love horror, and recommended him.
I'm so glad this book was my introduction to his writing and storytelling. It was so beautifully written, and the plot well thought out that the next stories I read of his in the future, will have a lot to live up to.
A really gripping yet not-too-scary novel. One that I definitely recommend to all older teens and adults that like Vampires. I should add these are not your usual Vampires either. I don't want to give anything away, but they are unlike any I have heard of, and I liked it even more for that.

5/5


~I received a copy from ThomasNelson. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Author Guest Post With M.J. Rose

At the Museum
by M.J. Rose

(Author of The Hypnotist)


Growing up, I didn’t want to be a writer; I wanted to be an artist. We lived a block away from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and I started taking Saturday morning art classes there when I was just seven years old.
I’ve often felt art is my religion and that museums in general but the Met specifically is my temple of choice. It’s where I go to be renewed, refreshed and inspired. I don’t think I’ve ever gone longer than a month without visiting there.
So its not all that surprising that sooner or later I’d write a novel with a museum as one of my main characters and that I’d pick the museum that was in my backyard when I was a kid.
But how I got idea for the Hypnotist is surprising, at least to me.
One day about three and a half years ago, on one of my regular pilgrimages to the Met, I headed straight for one of my favorite spots. The Mastaba Tomb of Perneb is a tiny bit of 5th Dynasty Egypt transplanted to Manhattan. A gift from Edward S. Harkness to the museum in 1913.
You can enter the limestone tomb from the left or the right. One doorway leads to the main offering chapel. I took the other, which leads to a second ritual chamber. The space is very small and only three or four people can fit at the same time. I was lucky to be in the intimate ritual chamber alone and looking through the slot in the wall at a wooden statue of Perneb in the room beyond known as a serdab. In ancient times this passage way allowed for family and priests to offer up incense and chants to the deceased.
I heard footsteps. A little girl about seven or eight had entered and came up beside me to look through the slot. She had long blonde hair and was wearing a school uniform. I watched her examine the space, giving every section careful attention.
“It hasn’t changed much at all,” she said finally in a wistful voice.
I asked her what she meant.
“Since the last time I was here,” she said.


Something about the way she said it made me curious. “When was that?” I asked.
“When I lived in Egypt.”
“You know this tomb has been on display in this museum since 1916.” I said.
“I lived in Egypt way before that,” she said and smiled. She was about to say something else when from outside the chamber an older woman’s voice called out.
“Veronica, it’s time to go. Now. Please.”
The little girl ran off, quickly, without looking back, without giving me a chance to ask her anything else.
Even though I write about reincarnation, I haven’t had any meaningful reincarnation episodes of my own. I don’t get visitations. I’ve never seen a ghost. But I’m not sure what happened that afternoon.
I can picture Veronica in her navy jumper and white blouse that had a dark smudge on the collar. She had a one-inch scratch on her left hand. Her hair was pulled off her face with a silver barrette. A lot of curls had escaped. She had a child’s voice but it was so charged with adult emotion.
It was that emotion which sparked the idea for my novel, The Hypnotist. And the paintings and sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum that fueled it.
If you go the Met, please go visit Perneb’s tomb. And if you see a little girl there with long blonde hair and a blue school uniform… ask her if her name is Veronica… and if it is, thank her for me.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Is He Lying To You - Dan Crum


Synopsis:
Is he lying to you?
According to recent statistics, he probably is. Far too many women have been lied to, betrayed, deceived, and disappointed by dates, boyfriends, fiancees, and husbands.
Dan Crum is a former CIA polygraph examiner and investigator who became concerned after hearing women's frustration about how they'd been taken advantage of again and again. So he developed a series of strategies for detecting deception that any woman can use.
Is He Lying to You? is an in-depth course in the same tactics Crum used in the CIA. Now you can date...and investigate. You will quickly learn:
# The two biggest signs of deception
# The magic way to ask a question to trap the liar
# How to detect deception
# The two main reasons we miss deception
# When to look and listen for deception
# How to WIN the deception game
# And much more


©2010


My Opinion:
I think this is a great book for people who want better skills at catching a liar. This book goes in depth into spotting those lies, however small or significant they are. I also learned that not all lies are bad lies. Some are told in general concern for anothers' well-being. I though lies were intentionally malicious until now.
This is a useful book, though not everyone would appreciate it. You have to want to know the information given for the book to be enjoyable.

3/5


~I received a copy from Newman Communications. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Last To Die - Kate Brady (TOUR & AUTHOR GUEST POST)


Synopsis:
A ruthless killer hides in plain sight, someone no one believes is capable of murder. Within a week, six women will be murdered, all punished for their dark pasts. Detective Dani Cole is determined to track down this serial killer whose victims include a young woman she pulled out of a life of crime. Her investigation leads her to a photography foundation and the renowned photographer Mitch Sheridan, a man she she fell in love with years ago but has tried to forget. Dani and Mitch are instantly attracted to each other again, though their troubled pasts keep them from getting too close. Together, through the course of the investigation, they unearth a dark chain of deception that leads to a killer who is closer than they think.


Author Bio:
Kate Brady began writing fiction when her doctoral research became tedious. For years, she wrote in the closet, penning several novels that—thankfully—remain there. Now, she leads a double life. Some days, she’s a choral conductor and professor of music education. Other days, she plays with imaginary people on her computer.
Kate lives in Atlanta with her husband, two children, and an array of furry, feathery, and scaly things. When she has time to read, her nose is most often found in a police story or gourmet cooking magazine! She is currently working on her next novel.


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©2010


AUTHOR GUEST POST WITH KATE BRADY:
My new release, Last to Die (September 2010, Grand Central Publishing) had two entirely different births. I first met its hero, Mitch Sheridan, years ago when I tried my hand at writing a romance. I had been writing historical sagas, in secret and without any intention of ever letting anyone read them, and when I ventured out of that genre to read my first contemporary romance, I arrogantly decided to try to write one. That’s when Mitch Sheridan was born.
He was a great romantic hero but his story was terrible! The good thing that came out of it—aside from pushing me into this century—was that I met his brother, Neil, in that book. About the same time, I read my first suspense/cop story, and arrogantly decided to try to write one of those. (Do you get the feeling that I lacked direction?) That effort became One Scream Away—the first book I sold and recent RITA® award winner.
When I was editing Neil’s story in One Scream Away, I knew I wanted to return to the hero who started it all—Mitch. Now firmly entrenched in the genre of romantic suspense, I took him out of the romance I had written for him, gave him a kickbutt heroine and a ruthless villain, and wrote Last to Die. Mitch Sheridan was born again.
People often ask about the writing process. For me, it’s pretty simple: I start with a villain doing something pretty heinous and a few givens: (a) There will be a high body count, (b) There will be a man and a woman who aren’t lovers yet but soon will be, and (c) They will have to catch the bad guy and then live happily ever after. Otherwise, I don’t know anything. I sit down at the computer and follow the characters around and write down whatever they do and say. It sounds crazy, I know, but that’s the way the first draft happens. Then the real work begins. Once I’ve gotten to the end and discovered what the story really is, I have to go back and rewrite it accordingly!
Like many writers, I don’t know what the future holds. I am working on my next book now to start a new connected series, and yes, I think I have many more to tell. I just have to hope luck will continue to be with me, allowing me to raise my family, maintain my career as a music professor (part-time now), and indulge in writing and publishing stories along the way!


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My Opinion:
I remembered reading One Scream Away by Kate Brady as soon as I saw this book, and had to read it. I rather enjoyed what I had read previously from the author.
This book didn't disappoint me either. It was amazing through to the end.
I like Dani Cole, the female cop in the story. She's also the main character. She's strong, admirable and when you get through her wall, she's sensitive. It was nice watching the layers peel back gradually as the plot thickened.
All around a terrific read! I can't wait to read more from this author.
Definitely on my recommendation list!


5/5


~I received a copy from Hachette Book Group. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Friday 56


Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find a teaser sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Story Time With Tonya.


The Haunting of Andrew Sharpai - Jerome Peterson

Page 56:

Belinda overheard Megan's question and came rushing to her side.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Butterfly Effect - Andy Andrews


Synopsis:
The decisions you make and the way you treat others have more impact than you may ever realize.
Speaker and New York Times best-selling author Andy Andrews shares a compelling and powerful story about a decision one man made over a hundred years ago, and the ripple effect it’s had on us individually, and nationwide, today. It’s a story that will inspire courage and wisdom in the decisions we make, as well as affect the way we treat others through our lifetime. Andrews speaks over 100 times a year, and The Butterfly Effect is his #1 most requested story.
Also included with the purchase of the book is a link to view a 9-minute message of Andrews telling The Butterfly Effect story to a live audience.


©2010


My Opinion:
Just like this is my opinion, I think that's all the book was. One man's opinion.
I can't take the content for fact. It makes good sense, but that doesn't make it all fact. Maybe some timelines from history are true, but the rest is just opinion.
Not your average picture book, and not for kids, mainly, because they just won't get it.
I really expected more from this book. I'm a little disappointed.

(1/5)


~I received a copy from Thomas Nelson. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Monday, September 6, 2010

Teaser


Host

* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
* You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given.
* Please avoid spoilers!


My Teaser:


His cell phone rang. He looked at the number, grinned, and showed it to Dani. She let out a string of curses.

~Page 190, Last to Die - Kate Brady (TOURS SEPT 11)

Preserve It - Lynda Brown


Synopsis:
Covering pickling, jam-making, freezing, bottling, canning, brewing, smoking, salting, drying, curing, sausage-making, and cheese-making, Preserve It! demystifies the processes and shows you how you can, with traditional techniques, preserve fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and dairy without expensive equipment or training. From garden to table, every detail along the way is explained with clear, step-by-step instructions, guiding gardeners and cooks of all levels through the satisfying crafts of bottling jams, syrups, and chutneys, or even making sausage, cheese, butter, cider, and wine.


©2010


My Opinion:
I had not preserved anything before except tomato sauce, so I really had no idea if there was anything fairly novice to attempt, but lo and behold I found a pickle recipe, that may have been overnight but was easy.
I did leave out mustard seeds, mainly due to the Labor Day holiday and no stores open, but it didn't take away from the pickles. I'd make them again too. Next time with the seed.
For sure this is a book I will try some more of, maybe even attempt something harder.
For all you canning and preserve needs, get it. It is awesome!

5/5

Bread and Butter Pickles, Page 72




~I received a copy from DK Canada. I was not compensated for my opinion~

Giveaway: Last to Die - Kate Brady (TOURING SEPT 11)


Synopsis:
A ruthless killer hides in plain sight, someone no one believes is capable of murder. Within a week, six women will be murdered, all punished for their dark pasts. Detective Dani Cole is determined to track down this serial killer whose victims include a young woman she pulled out of a life of crime. Her investigation leads her to a photography foundation and the renowned photographer Mitch Sheridan, a man she she fell in love with years ago but has tried to forget. Dani and Mitch are instantly attracted to each other again, though their troubled pasts keep them from getting too close. Together, through the course of the investigation, they unearth a dark chain of deception that leads to a killer who is closer than they think.


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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Indiana Jones The Ultimate Guide - Jim Luceno


Synopsis:
Since his debut in 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, fans have followed the adventures of learned scholar and hunky professor Indiana Jones. He is the unlikely action-hero who undertakes perilous adventures involving snakes, rats, spiders, and villains, in order to stop powerful, mystical artifacts from falling into the wrong hands. With a fourth installment underway, fans can brush up on their Indy knowledge and relive the archeologist’s best—and worst—moments.
Packed with a wealth of information from all four movies—about the characters, movie story lines, ancient ruins and artifacts, the history, and the mysticism – Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Guide provides fans with everything they need to know about the unconventional archeologist and his world.
©Lucasfilm Ltd. ®&™


©2008


My Opinion:
I love Indiana Jones, and all the things that go along with it, so when I saw this book I jumped out of my seat! I couldn't wait for it to arrive and I could get a dose of adventure.
I had no idea what a well put together book I was going to receive.
This book is Fantastic with a capital F!
It touches on every part of the Indiana Jones history, so much so I almost forgot he is just a character. It was all that believable.
I thought I knew everything there was to know about Indy and the movies, comics and such. I soon learned different. I got a chance to know some new stuff in this book, plus I appreciate the movie more now knowing how much detail and hard work has gone into all of the movies especially.
Hats off to the author and DK for this one!
And if you love Indiana as much as I do, get a copy!

5/5


~I received a copy from DK Canada. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

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