Sunday, July 31, 2011

July Monthly News


Welcome to the Canada Day edition of news!
Sadly my oldest brother Rick passed away on the 26th. Thank you for the support, love and condolences that were sent.


BOOKS:

1. 13 Little Blue Envelopes - Maureen Johnson (recommend)
2. The Rough Guide to Psychology - Dr. Christian Jarrett (recommend)
3. Soldier of Rome - James Mace
4. 187 Pain and Bliss - Wade J. Halverson (recommend)
5. The Immortality Virus - Christine Amsden (recommend)
6. Shattered - Melody Carlson (recommend)
7. Delirium - Lauren Oliver (HIGHLY recommend)
8. Get the Scoop: Taylor Lautner - Lexi Ryals
9. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Nascar
10. The Complete Photographer - Tom Ang
11. The Moon in Habock's Mirror - Kara Bartley (recommend)
12. Without Mercy - Belinda Boring (recommend)


PRODUCTS:
1. Bath Thyme Zinnia Body Milk (recommend)
2. Swiffer Duster 360 (recommend)
3. Swanson Skillet Meals (recommend)



YEARLY TOTAL:
108 Books, 1 Magazine, 2 Services, 17 Products, 1 Tv Show, 1 CD



FREDA'S FAVE FIVE (In No Particular Order):
1. 13 Little Blue Envelopes - Maureen Johnson
2. Delirium - Lauren Oliver
3. 187 Pain and Bliss - Wade J. Halverson
4. The Immortality Virus - Christine Amsden
5. Shattered - Melody Carlson



BOOK OF THE MONTH:



AUTHOR INTERVIEWS:
1. With Kimberli Reynolds
2. With Artie Van Why
3. With T.P. Boje
4. With Tim Kizer
5. With Joseph Devon 
6. With Nadine Rose Larter


SPONSORED POSTS:
1. will.i.am's "i.am.FIRST: Science is Rock & Roll" ABC Special



CHALLENGES COMPLETED:
1. 100+ Reading Challenge
2. 100 Books In A Year Challenge

#108 : Without Mercy - Belinda Boring (With Giveaway!)

Synopsis & Book Info:
What would you do if a simple errand takes a deadly twist, turning you from cautious prey to dangerous predator?
When Darcy’s outing takes a turn for the worst and tests her to the point of breaking, she struggles to maintain her humanity. Where loyalty and pack mean everything, she surrenders to the inevitable and only an act of complete trust can touch her. When all is said and done, with memories flooding her mind, Darcy holds tightly to the only thing that makes sense – it was all a dream. Or was it?

Kindle Edition: 43 KB
Publisher: Moonstruck Media
ASIN: B005BR11LY
Purchase at Amazon


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©2011


My Opinion:

This might have been short but don't let that fool you into thinking it wasn't awesome. It totally was!
The idea of having to hold back the wolf inside of you, when faced with a you-or-me situation, that was exciting and cool to read! Probably my favorite part of the story.
A really great job at introducing us to your writing Belinda! Kudos!


5/5


Recommend? Definitely, I want more too!


~I received a copy from The Bookish Snob Promotions. I was not compensated for my opinion.~


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Thanks to Bels, I have 2 ebook copies up for grabs. Fill in the Rafflecopter form to enter.



Friday, July 29, 2011

will.i.am's "i.am.FIRST: Science is Rock & Roll" ABC Special



The Black Eyed Peas front man/entrepreneur/tech wizard, will.i.am pairs up with inventor/FIRST founder Dean Kamen for i.am.FIRST: Science is Rock and Roll,” a groundbreaking, one-hour special promoting education, science and technology. The first of its kind, the special takes an inside, up close look at the 20th Annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship, a worldwide science and robotics K-12 competition that celebrates technology and features live performances by The Black Eyed Peas and Willow Smith, as well as special appearances from a host of high profile celebrities speaking out to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. i.am.FIRST -- Science is Rock and Roll” airs SUNDAY, AUGUST 14 (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET) on The ABC Television Network.

“I.am.FIRST – Science is Rock and Roll” is an electric hour of highlights from the 20th Annual FIRST® Robotics Championship. At the FIRST event , will.i.am, Aneesh Chopra, Assistant to the President and Chief Technology Officer of the U.S., along with 30,000 students, fans, families, educators and industry leaders came together at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO to celebrate the engineering prowess of talented students from around the world. Featuring live musical performances by The Black Eyed Peas and Willow Smith before an enthusiastic crowd of 30,000, and special appearances by such celebrities as Justin Bieber, Jack Black, Bono, Miranda Cosgrove, Miley Cyrus, Josh Duhamel, Willow Smith, Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake, Steven Tyler and Executive Producer will.i.am, the program documents the challenges that the country’s best and brightest students faced in the FIRST Regional Competitions leading up to and culminating in the international Championship.
“As families across America are preparing to send their kids back to school, ‘i.am.FIRST – Science is Rock and Roll’ will entertain as well as get viewers excited about robots. Find out just how cool technology can be as the top robot teams face off in competition,” said Executive Producer/star will.i.am and FIRST founder Dean Kamen.
will.i.am is best known as the front man and producer of the multi-platinum award-winning group, The Black Eyed Peas. The seven-time Grammy Award winner has sold 31 million albums and in excess of 30 million singles as an iTunes top-selling artist with The Black Eyed Peas. His songs and imagery have entertained and inspired millions, and the power of his words resonated deeply in his song “Yes We Can” that mobilized an entire generation to action during the 2008 presidential campaign. As a musician, producer, director, fashion designer and advocate for causes, he is an enthusiastic user of technologies in both his professional and personal lives. Intel Corporation appointed will.i.am Director of Creative Innovation in January 2011. In this unique role, he collaborates with Intel scientists, programmers and marketing team members on a company-wide basis regarding content, technology and hardware strategies. will.i.am has expanded his creative career to incorporate film and television projects including “Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa” as a composer and lyricist of four original songs, as well as the instrumental scores for the movie, and also had his first feature film starring role as the voice of the animated character Moto Moto. In “Rio,” will.i.am starred as Pedro and composed an original song, “Hot Wings,” for the film. In February 2011 will.i.am made his directorial debut as the creator, director and producer of television commercials for the launch of Chatter.com. With a commitment to inspire kids to stay in school and go to college to become the leaders of tomorrow, will.i.am stresses the importance and power of a good education through his foundation, the i.am scholarship. The i.am scholarship provides future leaders and innovators comprehensive financial assistance to complete post-secondary education, as well as internship and professional opportunities at Dipdive.com. will.i.am is the recipient of multiple Grammy Awards, a Latin Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, two NAACP Image Awards, the BMI President’s Award and a Webby Award.

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, NH, FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and nearly $15 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC® ) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) for high-school students, FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL® ) for 9 to 14-year-olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S. and Canada) and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious Professionalism is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.
i.am.FIRST-Science is Rock and Roll” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. The special, which is executive-produced by will.i.am, Tim Miller and Greg Sills, produced by Paul Flattery and directed by Michael Dempsey, is a production of will.i.am Productions, Chloe Productions and Tim Miller Productions.

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#107 : The Moon in Habock's Mirror - Kara Bartley


Synopsis:
Follows the life of Scarlett Cavanaugh, a golden-hearted but reckless fifteen-year-old. Although born with a hole in her heart, she has learned to live life without limits—in contrast to her twin sister, Gwendolyn. A few weeks before the girls’ sweet sixteenth birthday party, Scarlett is punished after breaking curfew with a school boy. In lieu of a weekend with friends, she is instead banished to the attic in her house, to clean. It is there that Scarlett discovers a mysterious diary, a mirror with secrets, and a pet’s unnatural mother tongue.
A newly-acquainted friend named Habock, leads Scarlett into the future through an unsuspecting portal. In his attempt to show how her life has changed, they accidentally become trapped in another time and their journey soon diverges. With a little guidance from a celestial spirit, each learns the truth about the past as they both encounter new friends and enemies along the way. In the hopes of finding one another, Scarlett and Habock instead become part of a deceptive plot, devised by those who wish to destroy their family lines.
A jumble of truth, deceit, fear and illusion, we watch as Habock and Scarlett take us on their rollercoaster adventure.


Author Bio:

Kara Bartley has always been interested in animals, so it comes as no surprise that her world is surrounded by them in both her life and imagination. She has a bachelor’s degree in Biology/Earth Science, a post-graduate diploma in Geographic Information Systems and a master’s degree in Vertebrate Paleontology. In the spring of 2002, she began writing her first novel The Siamese Mummy while on a dig for fossils in Kansas. The book was later released in 2006.
Kara is also the author of The Unearthlings and Call of Adhara. She lives in Niagara Falls with her three Siamese cats—Apollo, Achilles and Agamemnon. Her horse Dapplynn is her biggest companion, and anxiously awaits the day that she too will have a guest appearance in one of her mother’s books.
You can visit Kara at http://karabartley.blogspot.com






©2011


My Opinion:
This is one of those books that you should definitely not judge by its cover. I look at the cover and think it has lovely colors, and thanks to Velvet I now notice the moon has the best eyelashes, but really the cover is meh.
The story, on the other hand, is not meh at all. It is magical, fantastic and fun!
I also love that it's setting is my homeland of Southern Ontario.
It's a story to me that defines true friendship, and the bond that can be built when you love someone. The fantasy aspect of the story drew me right in though. The idea of a talking cat leading the way for this girl to save the day... it was reminiscent of Chronicles of Narnia. To me at least.
A lot of fun to read and a quick one too! People of all ages will enjoy it!



4.5/5


Recommend? YES!


~I received a copy for Pump Up Your Book. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 37 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. Add the post url, not your blog url.

It's that simple.


Safe from the Past - Patricia Miller Mauro
PAGE 56:

I directed my eyes toward the sound of the music and realized there was someone lying there on a big red blanket on the roof.




Wednesday, July 27, 2011

#106: The Complete Photographer - Tom Ang

Synopsis & Book Info:
Taking the successful thematic approach of How to Photograph Absolutely Everything and combining it with the practical tools and genre tutorials of Digital Photography Masterclass, The Complete Photographer encourages photographers to explore every discipline and experiment with different approaches, to hone their skills, and find their own personal style. Unlike other books, which tend to cover the principles of photography in a general way, The Complete Photographer is based around tutorials on ten different genres-Portraits, Landscape and Nature, Fashion, Wildlife, Sport, Documentary, Events, Travel, Architecture, and Fine Art-and shows in step-by-step detail how an idea progresses from concept stage to final image.

Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd.
ISBN: 9780756664299
Purchase at Amazon
Purchase at DK Canada


©2010


My Opinion:
This is a great book for photographers of all levels. It has great tips for catching the best shots, and also shows how to be more creative with your camera.
Beautiful photos illustrate the book, showing descriptions of all the techniques used.
A really great find for any photo enthusiast.


5/5


Recommend?
YES!


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

Monday, July 25, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

SHOULD BE READING


* 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!


Battles for survival and life and death scenarios are played out in miniature all around us all the time--you don't need to go on safari to observe nature in the raw.

~ The Complete Photographer - Tom Ang

Get to Know Author Nadine Rose Larter (With Giveaway)

Let's give a warm welcome to Nadine Rose Larter, author of Coffee at Little Angels. Please visit her website, and come back and tell us what you thought of it.



1. Please tell readers about your current book.
Coffee at Little Angels is not so much my first book as it is the first book I ever finished. I think perhaps it might be because the subject matter niggled at me for such a long time that the book itself would not be denied. The story is about eight high school friends who meet up again in their adulthood after one of them dies in a car accident. The book explores each one’s response to the death, as well as takes you through how each character deals with a couple of previously ignored demons. I do admit that it is a sad book, and that it makes even me cry sometimes, but I also like to think that it has a heart to it, as well as a sense of humour. It covers an incredibly sad topic, but I do like to think that it has a bit of an emotional magic to it as well.



2. Who or what inspires your writing?
I have always found this question so complicated to answer. The strangest things can be inspiring sometimes. You kind of want to think that there must be some sort of formula. Like perhaps you might like to know that baking chocolate chip cookies at midnight on a weekday will ensure that your next plot is resolved - but it doesn’t always work like that. While many little things inspire me daily, I think people in general inspire me the most. There is always something to learn from the things people say, from the things they care about, from body language and from how people respond to both trials and triumphs. As long as I am paying attention, there is plenty to be inspired about.



3. When did you know you would be a writer?
I think I always was a writer, I just didn’t know it because I never gave it much thought. I used to write short stories and poetry all the time as a kid and as a teenager – but the idea of being a writer seemed about as far-fetched as the idea of being an astronaut. When I did finally admit to myself that I might like to call myself a writer it took a long time to even be able to say it out loud. Now I announce it proudly (and try very hard not to giggle at the disclosure!) but it took almost thirty years to get there! So when did I know? Probably when I was about nine. When did I do something about it? Just the other day...



4. How long did it take you to write your first novel?
The first draft took three months. Then I went through a divorce. And then I got pregnant. And then I went through one of those we’re-not-married-but-it-still-feels-like-a-divorce breakups. I finally started working on it again as a single-and-feeling-ok-again person. From start to finish this book has taken about four years. It should really not have taken more than a year though!



5. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Letting myself do it! Not making excuses is hard – but I think that is more about being human than it is about being a writer. Having a house full of kids (I now have two step children as well as a three year old son!) can be taxing on the creative juices. For a loner I certainly find myself surrounded by far too many people these days! I probably need to find that part of myself that feels like it’s ok to shut the family out and demand a little peace and quiet. I struggle with that though. I struggle to say “no” for the sake of my writing. I will get better at it though. I am starting to learn that often people take you a lot more seriously than you take yourself, and while it may not be acceptable to me to take my own time and invest it in my writing, it is certainly acceptable to the people around me.



6. Do you have any writing rituals?
Not really (Bad! Bad writer!) I tend to work until I slip into a coma if I am working on something specific, but am more lenient on myself if I don’t. In a perfect world, I write from 9am until 1pm. In the real world, I keep telling myself that I will get back into that routine once all this bringing out a book stuff is behind me.



7. Have you written anything else?
I’m currently working on my second book and dying to start the third. If writing wasn’t so time-consuming I’d possibly have about five books under my belt by now (hehe!) but alas this whole being a grown up thing keeps getting in the way. I run a writers blog which I write on from time to time as well as a poetry blog. which has a lot of my poetry on as well.



8. Any advice to aspiring writers?
Yes! Get advice from other writers. From other successful people. From other artists. Learn. Grow. Practice. All of that wonderful stuff. But don’t ever make the mistake of thinking that it’s not ok to just write like you! All those glorious authors that you love and admire and aspire to be? They’re all just being themselves. It’s kind of like cheating. It’s exactly like taking the easy way out! Why? Because as trite and after-school-special as it sounds, you really are the only person who can do you properly!



9. Who are your favorite Authors?
Oh a nice easy one. Tony Parsons and Nick Hornby are my absolute favorites. This is the kind of writing that I wish I could write! The kind of writing that makes you nod along and go yes yes YES that’s exactly how it is! I treasure these boys so much it’s ridiculous. After them, Anne Tyler is amazing, and John Irving is...well...untouchable! But Tony and Nick are like marshmallows. Unpretentious. Uncomplicated. And a great go-to snack!



10. What are your favorite books, or which book has impacted you the most?
One for my Baby – Tony Parsons (I knew this would be a favorite after about three sentences!)
How to be Good – Nick Hornby (Wow! Who knew a man could write women better than women do!)
The Accidental Tourist – Anne Tyler (My first ever favorite book)
The Hotel New Hampshire – John Irving (Seth Green played “Egg” in the movie when he was teeny tiny. Egg is also one of my favorite characters from a book.)



11. What are you currently reading?
Can I rush out and find something wonderful and get back to you on this one? I don’t know. Something brilliantly intelligent like The Bell Jar? No no... At the moment I am busy reading Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, IAli Shaw’s IThe Girl with Glass Feet as well as The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. I tend to read far too many books at once. I don’t generally stick to only one genre so I might pick up one book while I’m already in the middle of another one just because I might feel like something lighter or simply something different. I think I possibly have a rather fickle disposition....



12. How do readers find out more about you?
My writing life - as well as the rest of my life - is pretty well documented on my personal blog, Passing the Open Windows. My ideas on writing, reading and creative inspirations can be found in The Katalina Playroom. Otherwise I run and contribute to both The Writer’s Club blog and The Poetry Project blog.

Other links:
Follow me on twitter: @Nayes1982 & @KatalinaBooks
Say hi on Facebook
Goodreads
LibraryThing
BookBlogs


Phillip, Sarah, Kaitlyn, Caleb, Maxine, Grant, Melanie and Josh grew up in a small town where they spent their high school years together as an inseparable clique. But high school has ended, and they are all living their own “grown up” lives, each under the impression that their group has basically come to an end. When Phillip dies in a hit and run accident, Kaitlyn summons the others to all come back home, forcing a reunion that no one is particularly interested in partaking in.
Coffee at Little Angels follows how each character deals with the death of a childhood friend while at the same time dealing with their own ignored demons after years of separation. Events unfold as the group tries to rekindle the friendship they once shared to honor the memory of a friend they will never see again.
Ebook
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Sunday, July 24, 2011

#105: Chicken Soup for the Soul: Nascar

Synopsis & Book Info:
Get behind the driver's seat with these personal tales and anecdotes from inside the race track. Famous drivers and their families, pit crews, and fans share their stories of perseverance, triumph, comebacks, and life on and off the track.
Includes stories by the following NASCAR drivers:
Aric Almirola
Buddy Baker
Kurt Busch
Kerry Earnhardt
Jimmie Johnson
Bobby Labonte
Joey Logano
Casey Mears
Ryan Newman
Mike Skinner
Scott Speed
Tony Stewart
Martin Truex Jr.
Brian Vickers
Darrell Waltrip
Michael Waltrip
NASCAR CEO Brian France
Former NBA player and now NASCAR broadcaster: Brad Dougherty
Lt. Governor of South Carolina Andre Bauer


Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
ISBN: 9781935096443
Purchase at Amazon


©2010


My Opinion:
Another great book from the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and if you have been a reader of my blog for some time, you will know I have read a few of these.
I read these books when I need to be filled with inspiration, hope and even strength. Every time I need it, I read the stories and immediately feel a connection. Even a Nascar themed story can fill you with hope and leave you feeling good.
This is definitely a book I will pass on to the biggest Nascar fan I know, my mom.


5/5


Recommend?
But, of course!


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

Get to Know Author Joseph Devon

Let's give a warm welcome to Joseph Devon, author of Probability Angels. Please visit his website, and come back and tell us what you thought of it.



1. Please tell readers about your current book.
Persistent Illusions is the sequel to Probability Angels and is the second book of a planned trilogy. This all grew out of an urge to write a Twilight Zone sort of story where a guy makes a deal with the devil. Only, that immediately seemed boring to me and I started wondering if I could write a story where the "devil" character was the good guy. Out of that idea grew this entire world of beings known as testers.
Basically they're a group of people who died in specific ways (that's sounds vague because I'm avoiding spoilers) so that they became trapped in this world after their deaths, unable to move on to whatever comes next. While here they're tasked with the job of pushing humans to become the best that they can be, often by bringing hurt or pain into a human's life. It's a complicated notion, but it is one I believe in: that my biggest strengths have come about because of my worst moments.
Anyway, this all sounds very heavy but the pushers comprise a unexpected bunch of characters and the way they interact with our world is a lot of fun, they kind of have a super-hero quality. Plus, since they're immortal, you have a two-thousand year old Roman slave, a guy from Brooklyn and a ronin from Feudal Japan crossing paths with Isaac Newton while the modern theory of gravity is being discovered. And then things really get rolling when a civil war breaks out amongst their kind.
The first book, Probability Angels, is an introduction to this world that exists all around ours and the onset of the civil war. The second book, Persistent Illusions follows the ramifications of this upheaval amongst their kind to...well let's just say that Einstein and an underground ice cavern play a part in book two and leave it at that.



2. Who or what inspires your writing?
Not to sound cliche, but everything. That's when I'm in my best mood, when I find everything in the world fascinating and worth writing about. How do I get in that mood? I have no idea. And what do I do when I'm not in that mood? I go sit somewhere and watch people. Especially people I don't quite understand. I study them and try to figure out what makes them tick. Way back when I started writing I think I wanted to tell my own story, and that certainly still remains. But more and more I've become curious about what I can create that doesn't necessarily stem from me, whether I can craft a character the complete opposite of me and not make them two-dimensional. So I guess challenging myself inspires me. That and, frankly, sometimes I'll be walking along and I'll just get an image in my head, very clear and vivid. More often than not if I start playing around with that image during a subway ride I'll dig a story out of it.



3. When did you know you would be a writer?
Ha, I'm still not sure I'm a writer. I'm just a guy who types a lot of words and tries to make people read who those words see and feel things. Writers, though? Writers have black and white photos of them in fantastic places and get quoted everywhere and stuff like that. Maybe that's a silly distinction, but it's hard not carry my view of writers from when I was in high-school into the present.
At any rate, I had to write a speech for a communications class. We were supposed to pick an argument from a list and choose one side and argue it. I can't remember what I was arguing anymore but it had something to do with sharks. And for the opening of my speech I basically wrote out the first scene of Jaws. I hadn't read the book back then, I had only seen the movie, but there was this serious rush in taking something so vivid from my head and putting it into words. I remember thinking, "Wow. That was amazing. I should try that more often."



4. How long did it take you to write your first novel?
Let's see...I started The Letter in sophomore year of college and I don't think I really finished it until I was about 22. So we can call that four, maybe five years.



5. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The grunt work. The times when I know where I have to go, where there isn't much left to discover, so it's just a matter of chaining myself to my desk and grinding out the scenes. Writing drawn you in with the most wonderful endorphin rushes ever, but if I sat around waiting for those rushes in order to finish my books I'd never get them done. You have to learn to write without it being fun and that's the hardest part. Suddenly this dream job looks an awful lot like plain old desk work...only twice as painful.



6. Do you have any writing rituals?
Actually I think I have the opposite of writing rituals. The times I run into trouble the most are when I get too locked into a ritual. "Write X number of words a day," or something like that. Don't get me wrong, daily goals like that are great...until they're not. Sometimes I'll be slogging along, really not understanding my work, and I'll realize that I've become too predictable and that I could use some more angles and perspective. So I'll go out and maybe sit at the local coffee shop and free-write on a legal pad for a certain number of pages straight, or go sit and watch people's faces for an hour or photograph a certain object a set number of times. I try not to go off and just wander...though I do that occasionally too, but I find it important to shake up my work routine with more work. So I attach rigid guidelines to it, like a certain number of photographs must be taken or free writing pages must be produced. It keeps me focused and thinking about the creative process. Ha...though maybe that's just so I don't feel guilty about blowing off my word count.



7. Have you written any thing else?
I've written about five books and a ton of short stories. I say "about" five books because two of them are still in rewrites and I'm not comfortable releasing them yet. The other book, my first book, is available and all my short stories are up on my website in numerous forms. I'll put links below in question 12 where they belong.



8. Any advice to aspiring writers?
Keep in mind that what you're doing is honing a craft. I always try and think of the part of me that writes as a muscle, just like a bicep or a calf. All the work you've done, all the writing and rewriting and research and thinking about words and reading, all of that has been strengthening this writing muscle of yours. And that doesn't just go away when you have writer's block or a panicked loss of confidence. It's important to realize that even though you, yourself, might not love what you happen to be typing at any given moment, this muscle, this craft that you've been building all these years is still there at work in the background. Just because you don't feel an endorphin rush doesn't mean your craft and skill aren't showing through. Have faith in that. You might not be feeling it, but your muscles are still there. I can't tell you how many passages I've sweated through, positive that they'd be complete tear-downs when rewriting came, only to find that they only needed minor tweaking.



9. Who are your favorite Authors?
F. Scott Fitzgerald is currently number one on my list, and that's entirely because of The Great Gatsby. I make a habit of going back to books I read years ago, especially works I was forced to read in high-school and maybe didn't quite grasp back then (or hated just because I was being force fed them). I figure I owe a lot of those books a second chance and The Great Gatsby was quite a surprise. I love that book now and am amazed that it took me so long to be able to appreciate it. Other than that there's Salinger, though only his short stories hold me anymore, and Joyce...but mainly for The Dead. However I'll read anything. I love Rowling, King, Gaiman, Hemingway, Frank Miller, Dickens, Agatha Christie...there's not much rhyme or reason to my author list as far as I can tell.



10. What are your favorite books, or which book has impacted you the most?
The Aenead has to be the book with the largest impact on my writing life. I kind of liked English class in high-school, but it was only okay. However, I also took Latin, and in Latin class we translated the Aenead and a lot of Ovid as well as some of Cicero's speeches. I can't say I learned a ton of Latin (though I can still recite the opening lines of the Aenead) but it was in that class that I really started to look at writing as a tool. The way the old Romans composed things was so beautiful but so rigid as well. They weren't poets so much as master sculptors who worked with words. Every verb placement, every meter change, all of it, every single word mattered and it all combined to be so much greater than just lines on a page. It's funny because a lot of readers find my writing a little strange at first and I have to imagine that's because I tend to forgo English grammar if I can use a Latin literary device or slip a word in, seemingly out of place, that I know will have a huge impact on how something is perceived three sentences later.



11. What are you currently reading?
Crime and Punishment. I'm finding it a lot more enjoyable than when I read it in high-school. Though I still maintain that Russian authors should be kept to ONE name per character. They start talking about someone using their nickname, which has never been mentioned before, and I get totally lost.



12. How do readers find out more about you?
Visit my website http://josephdevon.com. You can find tons of short stories, all of my published works, a running blog, current contests, a little biography...all that stuff. I'm also on twitter @josephdevon and there's Facebook for updates.



Matthew Huntington's problems seem to keep growing. Not only is he seeing things in garbage cans but his mentor doesn't think he's working up to his full potential, his best friend can't offer any solace but drunken confusion and his wife is dying in Central Park. Of course, the fact that Matthew himself died over two decades ago isn't helping things.


Paperback: 282 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781441403865
Purchase at Amazon



AUTHOR BIO:
Joseph Devon was born in New Jersey and has been a pioneer in the field of self-publishing since his first book, The Letter. He is known for his world-building literary style, instantly accessible characters and poetic dialogue as well as the "26 Stories in 52 Weeks" writing project from his website at josephdevon.com.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Get to Know Author Tim Kizer

Let's give a warm welcome to Tim Kizer, author of Intoxication. Please visit his website, and come back and tell us what you thought of it.



1. Please tell readers about your current book.
“Intoxication” is a suspense thriller inspired by real events. It tells a story of a young psychopathic woman suspecting that someone at work is trying to poison her. Her paranoia drives her insane, and she starts wreaking havoc in an effort to expose the evildoer. And even though her suspicions could be just the fruit of her imagination, the damage she does is very real and devastating. If you are a fan of suspense, this book is for you! You will never guess the ending.
It is available at Amazon kindle store at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004V49L24 for only $0.99. (USD)



2. Who or what inspires your writing?
My inspiration mainly comes from my desire to share a great story with public at large. Whenever a promising idea comes to me, I am eager to sit down and start writing. Another source of inspiration is my intent to achieve as much as the great Stephen King, whom I have admired since the age of 15.



3. When did you know you would be a writer?
I knew it after reading “The Shining” by Stephen King. I wanted to scare the world the way this great author did.



4. How long did it take you to write your first novel?
It took me two months to write the first novel. It turned out quite boring. I am planning to rewrite it completely as the core idea is intriguing and fresh, in my humble opinion.



5. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part is writing the conclusion of a novel. You don’t want it to appear rushed, you don’t want to leave too many loose ends, and you don’t want it to seem like it were pulled out of your rear. There are many books that have an excellent, nail-biting beginning and a mediocre ending that spoils the whole reading experience.



6. Do you have any writing rituals?
The only ritual I can think of is my daily walk during which I analyze scenes I wrote or plan to write.



7. Have you written anything else?
I’ve written several suspense and horror novels as well as a dozen short stories. My new horror novel “Judgment Days” is coming out this Fall. It is only a working title, which may change if I think of something more poetic.



8. Any advice to aspiring writers?
If you are serious about writing, you should write books that appeal to the masses and not try to change people's literary tastes, unless you are happy with selling two copies a year. This advice may seem obvious, but it deserves to be repeated again and again.



9. Who are your favorite Authors?
As I mentioned before, I love Stephen King. He is my number one writer. My number two is Dean Koontz, who, by the way, lives in Southern California, not too from my place.



10. What are your favorite books, or which book has impacted you the most?
As you noticed, I am a huge fan of Stephen King, so it is no surprise that many of his major novels are my favorite books. I especially love “It,” “Misery,” and ”The Shining.” These books have had a great impact on my writing, and I still reread them from time to time.
I also adore “The Good Soldier Švejk” by Czech writer Jaroslav Hašek. It is an amazing book; I think I’ve read it at least five times. If there is one thing you will take away from this interview, let it be “The Good Soldier Švejk.” The humor in this book is priceless; you will laugh yourself silly, I promise.



11. What are you currently reading?
I am trying to finish “Relentless” by Dean Koontz.



12. How do readers find out more about you?
To find out more about me and my books, please visit http://www.horror-suspense.com
This website has sample chapters, news, kindle store links to my works, and links to other authors’ websites. And right now, it has the first pages of my upcoming horror novel “Judgment Days.”



Should you use torture to extract a confession from a coworker trying to poison you? Do you kill those who dismiss your fears and believe you are paranoid? What do you do if you start questioning your own suspicions--and sanity--as you take the law into your hands?
In this disturbing tale of derangement, a young psychopathic woman is slipping into madness as she fights an enemy that may exist only in her imagination. She has to resort to desperate measures when she realizes that a gun, security cameras in her apartment, and constant vigilance will not be enough to survive. It is hard to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if the cat is not there, but Leslie, with her resolve fueled by paranoia, is hell-bent on finding and slaughtering it.

Kindle Edition: 83 KB
ASIN: B004V49L24
Purchase at Amazon


AUTHOR BIO:

Tim Kizer is an author of several novels and numerous short stories in the suspense and action thriller genre.
He resides in Southern California and is currently working on his new novel "Judgment Day."

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 36 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. Add the post url, not your blog url.

It's that simple.


Tempest in the Tea Leaves - Kari Lee Townsend
PAGE 56:

No way in hell would I allow myself to get involved with Detective Stone. I was smarter than that.




#104 : Beautifully Broken - Sherry Soule


Synopsis & Book Info:
Thirteenth Daughter. Heritage Witch. Demon Slayer.
They say every town has its secrets, but that doesn’t even begin to describe Whispering Pines. The townsfolk are a superstitious lot and the mystical disappearance of a local teen has everyone murmuring about a centuries old witch’s curse.
Sixteen-year-old Shiloh Ravenwolf is a heritage witch from the Broussard family, a family both destined and cursed. When she takes a summer job at Ravenhurst Manor, she discovers a ghost with an agenda. That’s where she meets the new town hottie, Trent Donovan, and immediately becomes spellbound by his charms.
Finally, Shiloh's met someone who is super cute and totally into her, but Trent may be the next victim on the supernatural hit list. And Shiloh is the only person with the power to save him. Complicated much?
It sucks to have a destiny, especially since Shiloh would rather spend her summer being a normal girl who worries about clothes and boys, not the supernatural. But she’s never been normal and the stranger things become the more her own magical senses awaken.
With cryptic messages from a pesky wraith, she will begin to understand the mysterious significance of the strange mark branded on her wrist and decide how much she's willing to sacrifice to protect the other teenagers in town.
Unfortunately, for Shiloh, not all ghosts want help crossing over. Some want vengeance.

Kindle Edition: 469 KB
Publisher: Moonlight Publishing
ASIN: B0058DE8YI
Purchase at Amazon






©2011


My Opinion:
This one took at least 50 pages before I really got into it. Then it was fast-paced action at every turn.
I really started to enjoy this girl who could see wraiths. I wondered often if she was old enough to be a heroine, but it was needless. Shiloh is awesome!!
I can't wait for the next in the series, so I can see what happened to her after Ravenhurst, and if Trent is still around her.


4.5/5


Recommend? Yes it is awesome!


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

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Get to Know Author T.P. Boje (With Giveaway)

Let's give a warm welcome to T.P. Boje, author of The Eye of the crystal Ball. Please visit her blog, and come back and tell us what you think.



1. Please tell readers about your current book.
My newest book is called “The Eye of the Crystal Ball”. It is a fantasy novel for teens and young adults, but I really think that anyone who likes to use their imagination would enjoy it. I know I enjoyed writing it.
The story is about Sara, the gypsy girl. We follow her from birth when she is left at the doorstep at a house and taken in by the family living there. When she is ten she discovers she is not like other girls. She can move stuff around just by her will alone. And when she is twelve her real parents comes to get her and that is when she realizes that she is a gypsy.
Her new life is different and exciting but one day her newborn brother gets very ill by a strange illness and no one can cure him. Sara asks “The Book of Foresight” to help her well knowing that it will cost her dearly. It tells her to go on a quest and find “The Eye of the Crystal Ball”. Soon Sara finds herself going through the Singing Cave, crossing Wild Witches Valley, talking to a ten foot giant snail, rescuing the Beads of Souls from the Hell-hounds, escaping a spell in Vamila, the Forest of Vanity, visiting the king at the City of Lights before she finally reaches the Black Castle where she is told the Eye of the Crystal Ball can tell her how to cure her brother’s strange illness.
But nothing is free in this world - and as Sara soon will know - everything has a price.


2. Who or what inspires your writing?
This story is inspired by stories my dad used to tell me. I have always had an interest in gypsies and loved the stories my dad would tell about their music, dancing and fluttering skirts.



3. When did you know you would be a writer?
I have always told stories to whoever would listen. In school I remember sitting in class during recess and telling stories to my friends making them forget that they were about to go out and play. Even my teacher would often listen in as well.



4. How long did it take you to write your first novel?
Two years. I had the idea a few years before and the story had been shaping in my head for a long time.



5. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Giving it enough time. I love to tell stories and always want to move on, but I have to remember to give each scene enough time, so the reader gets everything. Because I have such a great imagination I practically live in the worlds I create and sometimes I forget that the reader doesn’t.



6. Do you have any writing rituals?
I always pray before I start. I pray for inspiration.



7. Have you written any thing else?
I started out as a mystery writer. I have written three mystery-novels in Danish that are published in several languages. I have also written a mystery novel in English. “The Eye of the Crystal Ball” is my first fantasy-novel, but certainly not my last. I loved writing it more than I loved writing anything else.



8. Any advice to aspiring writers?
Write, write and then write some more. And don’t forget to read just as much as you write. Reading is good inspiration. And then believe that you can do this. If you don’t believe in yourself and in your stories, then who would?



9. Who are your favorite Authors?
C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, Michael Ende, Jules Verne.



10. What are your favorite books, or which book has impacted you the most?

Jules Verne’s I think. I traveling with him and Captain Nemo under the sea or letting him take me to the center of the earth. But also Michael Ende’s “The Neverending Story” is to me one of the most amazing stories written.



11. What are you currently reading?
I always read a lot, but right now I am reading Todd Burpo “Heaven is for real”. That is something totally different, but really an amazing story.



12. How do readers find out more about you?
Well like most writers in am on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and I have my own blog on www.tpboje.blogpost.com. My books are sold on www.Amazon.com , Smashwords, NOOK, iBooks etc.
I am currently working on my next novel that will be out in august. I am also planning to write a sequel for “The Eye of the Crystal Ball” during the fall. So I will be quite busy, but that is the way I love it to be. I really love writing and I hope that everyone will enjoy my stories. I often think about how I used to sit in front of my friends at school and I now know that is what being a writer is all about. Spellbinding your audience so they will forget everything else around them.


When Sara was newborn her parents left her at the doorstep at Mr. and Mrs. Schneider’s house.
When Sara was ten she discovered she was telekinetic. She began to move stuff around when she got angry just by her will alone.
When Sara was twelve her real parents came for her and took her with them to live like the Gypsy that she was – or Romani as they like to call themselves. They told her she was going to fulfill a prophesy. That it was once said that out of the Romani people the greatest sorceress who had ever lived would be born.
When Sara was thirteen she had a baby brother and when she was fourteen he got very sick with a strange illness.
To save her baby-brother Sara sets off on a quest to find his cure – well knowing that it will cost her dearly.
Soon Sara finds herself going through the Singing Cave, crossing Wild Witches Valley, talking to a ten foot giant snail, rescuing the Beads of Souls from the Hell-hounds, escaping a spell in Vamila, the Forest of Vanity, visiting the king at the City of Lights before she finally reaches the Black Castle where she is told the Eye of the Crystal Ball can tell her how to cure her brother’s strange illness.
But nothing is free in this world - and as Sara soon will know - everything has a price.

Kindle Edition: 349 KB
ASIN: B0057XUZ7I
Purchase at Amazon


AUTHOR BIO:
T. P. Boje is a hardcore cartoon lover, Tim Burton enthusiast, and enjoys any movie the Coen Brothers have made (with the big Lebowski being her favorite strongly followed by Burn after Reading). She is also a Y/A fantasy and mystery-writer. She is originally from Denmark but currently living in Florida, USA. Her books are translated into several languages.
To learn more follow her on Twitter, visit her fansite on Facebook or check out her web-page: http://www.tpboje.blogspot.com/


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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

#103 : 32 Candles - Ernessa T. Carter


Synopsis & Book Info:
Davie Jones—an ugly duckling growing up in small-town Mississippi—is positive her life couldn’t be any worse. She has the meanest mother in the South, and on top of that, she’s pretty sure she’s ugly. Just when she’s resigned herself to her fate, she sees a movie that will change her life—Sixteen Candles. But in her case, life doesn’t imitate art. Tormented endlessly in school and hopelessly in unrequited love with a handsome football player, Davie finds it bittersweet to dream of Molly Ringwald endings. When a cruel school prank goes too far, Davie leaves the life she knows and reinvents herself in the glittery world of Hollywood—as a beautiful and successful lounge singer. Just as she’s about to ride off into the LA sunset, a million miles from where she started, the past comes back with a vengeance, threatening to crush Davie’s dreams—and break her heart again.

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
ISBN: 9780061957857
Purchase at Amazon


Author Bio:

Ernessa T. Carter has worked as an ESL teacher in Japan, a music journalist in Pittsburgh, a payroll administrator in Burbank, and a radio writer for American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest in Hollywood. Carter’s also a retired L.A. Derby Doll (roller derby). A graduate of Smith College and Carnegie Mellon University’s MFA program, she now lives in Los Angeles. 32 Candles is her first novel. She blogs at www.fierceandnerdy.com


©2011


My Opinion:
I think I fell in love with a woman! Her character at least. The strength she didn't even know she had, makes me wonder if I have some of it in me too.
I really loved this book, can you tell?!
Davie is a girl that came from the worst life you can imagine, but didn't let it bring her down. She used that existence to better herself in every way. It didn't always mean having material things, but the morals and values she encompassed were by far worth more.
I definitely didn't want this one to end, and am anxiously hoping Ernessa writes some more about Davie.



5/5


Recommend? Most definitely!


~I received a copy from TLC Book Tours. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Monday, July 18, 2011

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:

I was eight the first time I saw the girl.
Mom freaked when I told her, said I was letting a girl terrorize my dreams, but I didn't get it.

#102: Get the Scoop: Taylor Lautner - Lexi Ryals

Synopsis & Book Info:
Taylor Lautner is one hot star! He's burning up the silver screen as super cute, super buff Jacob Black in the Twilight Saga. But this star is no newbie--he's been acting since he was nine years old in movies like The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D and Cheaper by the Dozen 2, and has guest starred in tons of television shows. But did you know that Taylor can kick some serious butt? He's got a black belt in karate and has won several world and national championships! Get the inside scoop on this hunk's life--complete with four pages of color photos!


Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Price Stern Sloan Merch
ISBN: 9780843189681
Purchase at Amazon


©2009


My Opinion:
Yummy!
Thanks to Samantha for the eye candy.
At 34, you would think I could contain myself. Really I should be ashamed of myself..... but every woman on the planet saw that kid with his shirt off and thought the exact same thing.... DAMN!
Now, I did read the bio too. I learned a few new things about him, but being unauthorized, all the credit goes elsewhere. The author just printed known information off websites. She credits it fairly, but it's still not what I look for in a bio.
I read and wanted this book purely for eye candy.
Yes, there is photos. But ladies, you may be disappointed. I know I was. Not one without a shirt. :-(
So don't mow people over to get this one, but if you see it, check it out.


3/5 (Purely for the hunk factor)


Recommend? The photos only.


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

#101: Delirium - Lauren Oliver

Synopsis & Book Info:
Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't.

Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Middle Grade
ISBN: 9780061726828
Purchase at Amazon


©2011


My Opinion:
I read Before I Fall last year and it was actually my favorite book of 2010. I knew I had to read this second book by Lauren, without a doubt. I was floored when I won the copy.
I knew that it was nothing like Before I Fall, but I had no idea what to really expect.
Can you believe it took me places I have never been with books. I saw all the scenery, like it was right in front of me, and I felt the emotions from the characters so deeply, that I cried at the end.
It was fascinating, exciting, interesting, emotional, and powerful. Another one of my favorite books now.
Thanks Lauren for being so immensely creative and filling our minds with wonderful stories.


5/5


Recommend? More than any other book this year so far.


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

Get to Know Author Artie Van Why

Let's give a warm welcome to Artie Van Why, author of That Day In September. Please check out his books' Facebook page, and let me know what you think of it when you are done.


1. Please tell readers about your current book.
That Day In September is my story of 9/11. I worked across from the World Trade Center and was there in the streets the morning of the terrorist attack. The book is an adaptation of a one man theater piece I wrote; also titled That Day In September. I performed it in L.A. and Off Broadway in New York.


2. Who or what inspires your writing?
I never sat out to write a book or a play. The morning of September 12 I finally listened to all the voicemails I had gotten from concerned friends and family. I also had many emails. I knew there was no way I could answer each person so I sat down to write a basic “I’m okay” email to send to everyone. As I sat at the computer and began typing I found myself just detailing in words what it was that had happened to me the day before. It was the first time for me to put that experience down in words.
People responded to the email; thanking me for sharing what it was like to have been there. They encouraged me to continue writing. I sent out another 2 or 3 emails over the next weeks; writing about what it was like to be in New York City at that time.
After the emails, I continued writing. I guess it was a journal of sorts. Looking back I see it was a way for me to cope with what had happened. It was therapeutic.


3. When did you know you would be a writer?
I’ve always liked to write but never thought I’d write a play and then turn it into a book. One day in January of 2002 I just had the thought “I wonder if all I’ve written could be a play” and it went from there.


4. How long did it take you to write your first novel?
I spent two years on the script of That Day In September. That included workshop productions and rewriting with the input of Richard Masur, who directed the play. The book adaptation was easy. What you read in the book is basically the script of That Day In September. I did spend a good deal of time researching self-publishing websites before finally deciding on which one I wanted to go with.


5. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The subject matter has to be about something I care about. I don’t see myself sitting down one day and just try to come up with a story for a novel. There was passion and conviction behind my writing That Day In September. I want my words to have an impact on those who read them.


6. Do you have any writing rituals?
I just write when I feel the need to.


7. Have you written anything else?
I’m a big Letter to the Editor writer to newspapers and online magazines.

8. Any advice to aspiring writers?
I would say write about what you care about.


9. Who are your favorite Authors?
Usually whoever’s book it is I’m reading at the time if it’s a book I get caught up in. The one author I have read the most of would be Stephen King. The man knows how to tell a story!


10. What are your favorite books, or which book has impacted you the most?
My favorite book would be Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss.


11. What are you currently reading?
I am now reading Patti LuPone’s autobiography.


12. How do readers find out more about you?
They can email me if they’d like: avanwhy@aol.com
Facebook Fan Page
GoodReads


We all have our stories to tell of where we were the morning of September 11, 2001. This is one of them. In "That Day In September" Artie Van Why gives an eyewitness account of that fateful morning. From the moment he heard "a loud boom" in his office across from the World Trade Center, to stepping out onto the street, Artie vividly transports the reader back to the day that changed our lives and our country forever. "That Day In September" takes you beyond the events of that morning. By sharing his thoughts, fears and hopes, Artie expresses what it was like to be in New York City in the weeks and months following. The reader comes away from "That Day In September" with not only a more intimate understanding of the events of that day but also with a personal glimpse of how one person's life was dramatically changed forever.

Paperback: 108 pages
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 9781411683150
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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Delicate Freakn' Flower Giveaway Blitz

Dammit , just how many toes was she going to have to stomp on before people realized she was a delicate freakin’ flower?

Naomi doesn’t want to follow tradition and settle down with a violence-loving, chest thumping shapeshifter. She grew up in a household with five, testosterone laden brothers where none of the dishes ever matched, the ugly-as-sin furniture could withstand any catastrophe, and where crazy glue was bought by the case.

When fate—with a snicker—makes her meet not one, but two mates, Naomi digs her heels in and refuses to do what her wolf—and her body—demands. No way is she voluntarily allowing herself to get hitched to a pair of dumbass—totally hot and muscled—lacrosse players.

Can Ethan, the towering Kodiak bear, and Javier, the sexy, tanned jaguar convince this she-wolf that life with them won’t be all chaos? And can this delicate freakin’ flower unbend her prejudices enough to recognize she needs a pair of men who can handle her thorns—and her passion?


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Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 35 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. Add the post url, not your blog url.

It's that simple.


Delirium - Lauren Oliver
PAGE 56:

She sidesteps me.




Wednesday, July 13, 2011

#100: Shattered - Melody Carlson

Synopsis & Book Info:
Cleo Neilson's best friend is moving away and she wants to make Lola's last night in town special. For Cleo, that means going to the big Christian concert in the city, but her mom won't allow her to go. She says that area of the city is too dangerous for two unchaperoned teenage girls.
Convinced her mom is just being an overprotective "helicopter" mom, she sneaks out of the house. After all, her mom has to let her grow up sometime, right?
Cleo now faces the chilling consequences of her actions and a secret that it is eating her up inside. As Cleo fights through her grief and guilt, she learns about faith in God and forgiveness through him.
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: NavPress
ISBN: 9781600069499
Purchase at Amazon


Author Bio:
Melody Carlson has written more than a hundred books for all age groups, but she particularly enjoys writing for teens. Perhaps this is because her own teen years remain so vivid in her memory. After claiming to be an atheist at the ripe old age of twelve, she later surrendered her heart to Jesus and has been following him ever since. Her hope and prayer for all her readers is that each one would be touched by God in a special way through her stories. For more information, please visit Melody's website at www.melodycarlson.com.



©2011


My Opinion:
Having no idea this was a second in the series, it could easily have been a stand alone book, I was not lost at all.
I really enjoyed this story, though it was an emotional ride.
I have to admit, I was not surprised by the book. In most cases the guessing game has variances, but I knew what would happen throughout the whole story. A big predictable factor.
That was good though. Just for the type of story it is.
Great lessons of family loyalty in this one.


5/5


Recommend: YES!


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

Swanson Skillet Meals

With the choicest cuts of meat, unbelievably crisp vegetables, and 6 sumptuous sauces,
new Swanson Skillet meals are, well, exactly what you’d make.
Flavors available: Garlic Chicken, Alfredo Chicken, Three Cheese Chicken, Creamy Cheddar Chicken, and Beef Lo Mein.


©2011


My Opinion:
While browsing the choices I had in the grocers, I will be honest, I wasn't sure I would enjoy the meal. Then I chose Beef Lo Mein.
Even in the saucepan, I wondered if I would enjoy it. It looked boring really coming out of the bag.
Once it softened up and cooked down, it really started to smell good. Then my taste buds started to get curious.
So I served the dish, and sat to eat, all the while staring at my bowl, still curious. It smelled delicious, and looked better than when I started, but I'm not a big fan of frozen meals, so the leeriness was still there.
Then I tasted it.... talk about surprising!! It was delicious, just like the smell. I was really blown away. The vegetables still had crunchiness, the noodles were good, and the beef tasted as it would if you ordered the dish in a Chinese restaurant.
The hubby and I looked at each other, and both decided it was worth it to have it again. Not a bad price to have something easy.


5/5


Recommend? Most definitely, it would make a great side dish!


~I received a sample from UrbanMoms. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

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