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The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 33 with me!



Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky.

It's that simple.


The Rough Guide to Psychology - Dr Christian Jarrett

PAGE 56:

If you ask a person to look out for a letter, say "X", embedded in a stream of successively presented numbers, you'll find their ability to detect any other stimuli immediately after that "X" will be severely compromised.



June Monthly News

Welcome to the Father's Day edition of the news!
My Dad has been gone 3 years on July 15th. I miss him everyday. I did get to spend it with my father-in-law, whom I adore. So all was well.
I also reached a milestone of 500 followers! I know, right?! *thank you, thank you* I'd be nothing without all of you.
Also my oldest sibling Rick is in ICU/CCU currently. He has blood and kidney cancer and has suffered multiple heart attacks. He is only 51. Please keep him in your prayers. Thank you.


BOOKS:
1. The Fine Art of Insincerity - Angela Hunt
2. The Bedtime Book for Dogs - Bruce Littlefield (recommend)
3. I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl - Kelle Groohttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifm (recommend)
4. The Memoir of Marilyn Monroe - Sandi Gelles-Cole
5. My Foolish Heart - Susan May Warren (recommend)
6. You Can Do A Graphic Novel - Barbara Slate (recommend)
7. The Unsuspecting Mage - Brian S. Pratt (recommend)
8. A Reluctant Queen - Joan Wolf (recommend)
9. Beg for Mercy - Jami Alden (HIG…

#94: First Grave on the Right - Darynda Jones

Synopsis & Book Info:
Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.

Unabridged Audio Cd - 8 Discs
Publisher: Renaissance Press
ISBN: 9781427211309
Purchase at Amazon


©2011


My Opinion:
Due to it being an audiobook, I felt I missed little things along the way, but I caught enough to like it and want to find a print or ebook.
The narrator was easy enough to listen to, but when I read a book in print, it's like my mind eats the words up.
I LOVED Cookie, the friend. Anyone that is reminiscent of Kramer, from Seinfeld, is cool to me.
And the guy she …

Stephen Zimmer's Third Rising Dawn Saga Book Unveiled With Limited Edition Hardcover Offer!

Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the title and brand new cover art
for Stephen Zimmer's third Rising Dawn Saga novel: The Seventh Throne.

A bold, ambitious series that pushes the boundaries of urban fantasy, The
Rising Dawn Saga has gained a steadily growing, very dedicated following
since the debut of The Exodus Gate in spring of 2009. Showing the
epic-scale possibilities of urban fantasy, the series draws heavily upon
mythical and supernatural lore, weaving it into a modern day tale of a
world tilting swiftly towards a dystopian nightmare.

Readers who have been journeying along in the Rising Dawn Saga will need
to hold on to their seat, as a conflict of cosmic scope escalates rapidly.
They will join the human soul Friedrich as he accompanies the powerful
Avatar Enki into the depth of the Abyss, to discover the fate of
Erishkegal, who crossed the Veil to spare a horde of outcast Nephilim ages
ago. It is a quest that will take them to the brink of hell itself, but
it is one that may hol…

#93: Men and Their Childish Games - Jessica V.

Synopsis & Book Info:
Author, Jessica V. says "You have heard these stories from your friends, and perhaps experienced some of your own. This minimally edited, non-fiction book is written in a diary form portraying both on and offline dating experiences of a young single professional female living and working in NYC. These childish men range from flakey, to naked pix texters and stalkers to straight guys with homosexual tendencies and then some. As you hop on this emotional roller coaster of a read, you'll be sure to laugh, nod and more! My goal is for you to learn from the countless mistakes I made and be wise enough not to fall into the numerous traps I was deceived into.

Paperback: 268 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 9781432769604
Purchase at Amazon


©2011


My Opinion:
Right away I gotta say to Jessica.... stop using online dating services. That might clear up your man drama. You should try meeting a guy the traditional way, so sparks can fly, then you might have better …

Teaser Tuesday

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:

When Anna awoke the house was dark and silent and, feeling cold and disoriented, it took her a moment to remember where she was. Then relief washed over her when she realized that she was home. Really home.

~ River's Song - Melody Carlson (TOURS AUGUST 2)

Get to Know Christy Hayes

Let's give a warm welcome to Christy Hayes, author of Angle of Incidence. Please check out her website in this post, and let me know what you think of it when you are done.


1. Please tell readers about your current book.
Frist of all, thank you, Freda, for having me! My latest book is called ANGLE OF INCIDENCE. Gwen Perry has the picture perfect life. Her Washington D.C. based photography business is booming, her husband Rob’s law career is lucrative, and after years of trying, they're only a few months away from the birth of their first child. But when fate intervenes Gwen is left childless and feeling betrayed by her husband. When her college friend and fellow photographer invites her to join him at the photography retreat he's leading, Gwen agrees to go to Colorado despite the consequences to her marriage. But Rob’s not the only one with secrets from the past and her trip down memory lane could burn the bridge leading her back home.



2. Who or what inspires your writing?
I …

Giveaway: Flashback by Dan Simmons

The United States is near total collapse. But 87% of the population doesn't care: they're addicted to flashback, a drug that allows its users to re-experience the best moments of their lives. After ex-detective Nick Bottom's wife died in a car accident, he went under the flash to be with her; he's lost his job, his teenage son, and his livelihood as a result.
Nick may be a lost soul but he's still a good cop, so he is hired to investigate the murder of a top governmental advisor's son. This flashback-addict becomes the one man who may be able to change the course of an entire nation turning away from the future to live in the past.
A provocative novel set in a future that seems scarily possible, FLASHBACK proves why Dan Simmons is one of our most exciting and versatile writers.


Thanks to Anna and Hachette Book Group, I have 2 copies up for grabs!

- Only residents of the U.S. or Canada are eligible to win
- No P.O. Boxes
- Limit one copy per household


Mandatory Entry:

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 32 with me!



Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky.

It's that simple.


The Help - Kathyrn Stockett

PAGE 56:

How he'd gotten drunk senior year and kissed me and then squeezed my hand so hard it should've hurt but it didn't, it felt wonderful the way he was holding me and looking into my eyes. And then he married five-foot Jenny Sprig.




#92 : The Adventures of Joe-Joe Nut & Biscuit Bill: Case #2 - Renee Hand

Synopsis & Book Info:
In the midst of having her friends visit her rock collection, Maple Moo’s rare mineral goes missing from underneath her large cow nose. She instantly turns to Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill, the most famous detectives in Acorn Valley, to find it. But they didn’t know the task was going to be an impossible one. The suspects were hard to figure out. Was it Candy Cardinal, who committed the crime? She collects various gemstones to make jewelry. Brutus and Betty Blue Beaver also collect minerals and have a fancy quartz collection. Liam the Llama looks suspicious with his igneous rocks and exploding volcano, or was it Huckleberry Moose with his sedimentary rock collection? Joe-Joe and Biscuit find themselves at a loss until some bullies roar into town.

Paperback: 82 pages
Publisher: North Star Press
ISBN: 9780878394159
Purchase at Amazon


Author Bio:

Renee Hand writes because it is a passion in her heart. She is a home-school parent and likes to create books that educate an…

Get to Know Author Mark O'Bannon

Let's give a warm welcome to Mark O'Bannon, author of The Dream Crystal. Please check out his links in this post, and let me know what you think of them when you are done.


1. Please tell readers about your current book.
The Dream Crystal is a fantasy tale about a faerie changeling who decides to rescue the human child she was exchanged for.


2. Who or what inspires your writing?
The best inspiration for me comes from reading or seeing a great story. Also, I enjoy taking historical settings and making them magical. So in my first series of books (which are about fairies), I’ve taken traditional Irish mythology and mixed it with a modern fantasy tale. If you look up some of the names of the characters in my books, you may find them! But there are some spoilers, so do so with caution.


3. When did you know you would be a writer?
I’m a computer technician. One day I asked another tech a question and he looked at me and said, “Mark, you should know the answer to these things. If you…

Teaser Tuesday

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:

As I sat down and opened the box, I realized that I couldn't have been more wrong.

~ The moon in Habock's Mirror - Kara Bartley

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 32 with me!



Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky.

It's that simple.


32 Candles - Ernessa T. Carter (TOURS JULY 19)

PAGE 56:

The popular kids, (like Elise and Corey and the head cheerleader) also rushed, not only because they were caught up in the excitement of the day, but also, I suspected, because they knew what a fine picture they would make as they opened up their invites in front of lesser beings.




#91: Tabloid City - Pete Hamill

Synopsis & Book Info:
In a stately West Village townhouse, a wealthy socialite and her secretary are murdered. In the 24 hours that follow, a flurry of activity circles around their shocking deaths: The head of one of the city's last tabloids stops the presses. A cop investigates the killing. A reporter chases the story. A disgraced hedge fund manager flees the country. An Iraq War vet seeks revenge. And an angry young extremist plots a major catastrophe.
The City is many things: a proving ground, a decadent playground, or a palimpsest of memories-- a historic metropolis eclipsed by modern times. As much a thriller as it is a gripping portrait of the city of today, TABLOID CITY is a new fiction classic from the writer who has captured it perfectly for decades.

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 9780316020756
Purchase at Amazon


Author Bio:
Pete Hamill is a novelist, journalist, editor, and screenwriter. He is the author of 20 previous books including the be…

Teaser Tuesday

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:

She feels the breath rush out of her. Dry with anguish. But she does not faint.

~ Tabloid City - Pete Hamill

#90 : Beg for Mercy - Jami Alden

Synopsis & Book Info:
He lurks in the shadows, waiting and watching . . . And once he has you, all you can do is. . .
BEG FOR MERCY
Megan Flynn thought she was falling in love. Cole Williams wasn't just handsome and passionate, he was one of the good guys. Or so she thought, until he arrested her brother-the only family she has left-for a murder she knows he couldn't have possibly committed. Now, with her heart broken and her brother's life hanging in the balance, Megan will risk everything to prove his innocence. Even if that means throwing herself into the path of a sadistic killer with a hauntingly familiar MO.
Seattle Detective Cole Williams had given up on making Megan see reason where her brother is concerned. But when she insinuates herself into the most shockingly brutal case Cole has ever worked, he can't stand idly by. Plunged into a secret world where the city's elite indulge their darkest desires, Cole will do whatever it takes to bring down a madman wh…

#89 :A Reluctant Queen - Joan Wolf (WIth Giveaway and Interview)

Synopsis & Book Info:
An inspiring re-imagining of the tale of Esther, a young Jewish woman thrust from a life of obscurity into a life of power, wealth, intrigue . . . and tender love.
See the story of Esther in an entirely new way-with all the political intrigue and tension you remember, but told as a passionate and tender love story between a young man and woman. Misunderstood by many, King Xerxes was a powerful but lonely man. Esther's beauty caught the eye of the young king, but it was her spirit that captured his heart.
Imagine anew the story of Esther, one of our faith's great heroines, destined to play a key role in the history of Christianity. More here.

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (Available: June 14, 2011)
ISBN: 9781595548764
Purchase at Amazon


Author Bio:

Joan Wolf was born in New York City but has lived most of her adult life with her husband in Connecticut, where she raised two children and countless numbers of assorted animals. Joan is the author of…

#88: The Unsuspecting Mage - Brian S. Pratt (Free Ebook)

Synopsis & Book Info:
'Magic! Real Magic! Ever wanted to learn? We require someone with intelligence and a disciplined mind. Those well versed in fantasy novels and role playing games a plus. May need to travel.'
Little did James realize when he answered the ad in the paper that he would find himself in the middle of an adventure destined to test the limits of his intelligence and courage. Not given any explanation as to why he had been brought there, James, a high school senior, must learn to survive quickly or die as others before him.
He quickly realizes that knowledge gained from hundreds of books, as well as time spent role playing, will prove invaluable in his new circumstances.
This new world is one on the edge of war and only by learning to control the magic within himself will he be able to survive the trials ahead. With the help of a boy named Miko, the wits he was born with, and no small amount of luck, he sets out to discover what he must do and perhaps the archite…

#87: You Can Do A Graphic Novel - Barbara Slate

Synopsis & Book Info:
Get that story out of your head and onto paper!
A guide to creating graphic novels- presented in the form of a graphic novel- from a veteran in the field!
In You Can Do a Graphic Novel, Barbara Slate guides aspiring graphic novelists through the same process she learned in her early days working for Marvel and DC Comics-a process she has simplified for the classes she teaches and for thhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gife syndicated column she writes. Written in the form of a graphic novel itself, the book covers all the components and shows readers how to:
- Find their own drawing style regardless of ability
- Create memorable characters, compelling plots and subplots, and engaging dialog
- Traverse the graphic novel business

Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Alpha Books
ISBN: 9781592579556
Purchase at Amazon


Author Bio:
Barbara Slate is the author of over 300 comic books and graphic novels. She created Angel Love for DC Comics, created, wrote and drew Yuppies from Hell …

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 31 with me!



Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky.

It's that simple.


The Adventures of Joe-Joe Nut & Biscuit Bill - Renee Hand (tours June 23)

PAGE 56:

They pretended to be firefighters as they put out fires with large hoses.




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Mandatory Entry:
(Answer this question in the comment section, along with your email.)
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©2011


My Opinion:
I have to admit, I was a girl who didn't know how to tie a tie. I had to get the hubby to do it for me.
Now after reading the easy illustrations and guidelines, I can tie a tie!
There are four different ways on the site, and yes it was hard at first for a newbie like me, but it is attainable! The steps are perfect tools to help.
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#86 : My Foolish Heart - Susan May Warren

Synopsis & Book Info:
Unknown to her tiny town of Deep Haven, Isadora Presley spends her nights as Miss Foolish Heart, the star host of a syndicated talk radio show. Millions tune in to hear her advice on dating and falling in love, unaware that she’s never really done either. Issy’s ratings soar when it seems she’s falling in love on-air with a caller. A caller she doesn’t realize lives right next door.
Caleb Knight served a tour of duty in Iraq and paid a steep price. The last thing he wants is pity, so he hides his disability and moves to Deep Haven to land his dream job as the high school football coach. When his beautiful neighbor catches his eye, in a moment of desperation he seeks advice from My Foolish Heart, the show that airs before his favorite sports broadcast.
Before he knows it, Caleb finds himself drawn to the host—and more confused than ever. Is his perfect love the woman on the radio . . . or the one next door?

Read an excerpt HERE.


Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Tynda…