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May Monthly News

Welcome to the May edition of monthly news!


BOOKS:
1. Guilty Wives - James Patterson (recommend)
2. Candy and the Cankersaur - Jason Sandberg (recommend)
3. Running Away To Home - Jennifer Wilson
4. The Promise Box - Tricia Goyer (recommend)
5. Reader's Digest: Stories In Uniform
6. Unremembered - Jessica Brody (HIGHLY recommend)
7. Impostor - Susanne Winnacker (recommend)

PRODUCTS:
1. Office Chair (Staples Big Chair Event) (recommend)
2. Star Trek costume (recommend)

MOVIES:
1. Movie 43

MUSIC:
1. Michael BublĂ© - To Be Loved (recommend)
2. Rod Stewart - Time (recommend)

Yearly Total: 54 Books, 10 Products, 11 Movies, 4 CD's

BOOK OF THE MONTH:


BOOK OF THE YEAR:

GENRE COUNT: Non-Fiction 14         Fiction 38              Novella 2              Young Adult 11      Fantasy 3
Children 4                Short-Stories 3     Inspirational 2     Romance 5            Erotica 1
Picture Book 4         Paranormal 6       Mystery 6              Dystopian 3            Devotional 2
Religious 3       …

Armchair BEA: Ethics

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Read my classics post.

Read my development post.

Read my fiction post.

Read my giveaway post.

Read my literary reads post.


Okay, I'm not one to consider myself a person to know anything about ethics besides using common sense. I have even placed myself in an "unethical" category before, of course not on purpose though. It has happened through the trial and error of blogging.

An example. I had used a url service where you make a hundredth of a cent per click. I thought I would give it a try as I saw another blogger using it. A few days later, after using the shortener for as many links as I needed to, and not always my own, I see a conversation being held all about how unethical a certain blogger is for using the service. Well, I'm not a rocket scientist, but it didn't take long to figure out I was the "certain blogger" they so fondly referred to. I quickly quit being "unethical" and no longer use the service at all. I would…

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 128!



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





 In many respects, the war brought Martin things both good and bad. He found a deep love and respect for his comrades over the years.They learned to follow and look up at him. He would ease their pain at night in the wet jungle, describing works of art from across the globe and reciting poems from memory. Moe Carter would send books to Martin, and Martin would carry them around like a literary crutch. One good phrase from a story by D.H. Lawrence or Tolstoy or maybe a poem by E.E. Cummings--it didn't matter; it was enough to bring a ray of light into those dark nights. It still is.  The war also brought Martin much pain.

Armchair BEA: Literary Reads

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Read my classics post.

Read my development post.

Read my fiction post.

Read my giveaway post.


When I think of literary fiction, I think of the books that resonate through me. Maybe even still today. They are the books that you always remember and fondly talk about from time to time.
Now that's not the dictionary term, but it's what the term means to me.

Here are some of the books I consider to be literary fiction. Keep in mind all of these have been reviewed on the blog. So my list comes from that group.



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Armchair BEA: Giveaway: With an Author Interview Too!

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In this erotic trilogy from critically acclaimed and  New York Times bestselling author Kyra Davis, a buttoned-up businesswoman finds herself under the power of a mysterious and intensely sexy man, both in the boardroom and in bed.
Their one wild night in a Vegas hotel changed everything for Kasie. Sleeping with a powerful, sexy stranger made her rethink her impending marriage, and a whole lot more.But as her affair threatens her job and the sexy billionaire Robert Dade becomes more controlling, Kasie has to figure out if her passion is leading her down a path she really wants. She’s seduced by his gifts of power, success, and adventure, she’s overwhelmed by what he can make her feel with a single touch, the way he can make her ache for him with just a look. But is the cost of absolute power and pleasure a price Kasie can afford? And does she truly know this man who says he can give her everyt…

B Is For Books

Brown and Black bears are all over the northern region of Ontario that I live in, but since I live in the city, the only bear I see is on the Big Bear sign from the convenience store.

That's not the B I have in place to discuss, no, with BEA (Book Expo America) going on, all I can think about is books. It doesn't help as I sit in my home office writing this I am surrounded by them. I mean, they consume me!! See for yourself!






This is the bookshelf filled with my faves. My personal collection.















These books I still need to read.

A.K.A
My TBR pile








And this is my closet shelf. It has all my signed copies and audiobooks. FYI: I consider my signed copies to be so valuable that they get put away from eyes who may ask to borrow them. It would kill me to lend one out and not get it back. Sad, but true.
So now you know what a book junkie I am, and how bad my addiction is, what would you prescribe??


A Is For Animals

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Armchair BEA: Genre: Fiction

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Read my classics post.

Read my development post.


Look, if it wasn't for fiction, I would have nothing to let my imagination run loose in. No stories to unfold, magic to uphold, characters to adore. No, life would be bland, routine and boring. 

I have always loved reading, fiction or non-fiction, doesn't matter. I do prefer fiction though. Fantasy novels seem to be what I lean to most when I need a pick-me-up, in the literary sense. To let your imagination go wild with stories of goblins, faeries, witches, kings and queens and paranormal peeps, who could resist get lost?!

As long as it's books like Stephen Kings' to Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series, I will forever have something to immerse myself in.


My favorite fiction book read in May is, Unremembered by Jessica Brody. But for the year so far, it's Always Watching by Chevy Stevens.

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Armchair BEA: Blogger Development

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I've come a long way in almost 4 years of blogging, besides the fact I went from "Book Blogger" to "Lifestyle Blogger"

When I first started blogging back in 2009, my posts were premature to me. My reviews felt like the ones you did in school. Very to the point and that's it, no personalization of any kind. Now I add myself to each post. Or at least, I try. It's tough telling the world about yourself sometimes, by connecting yourself to whatever you're writing about via personal experience. It all makes sense to do it though....
So someone please tell the 2009 Freda that!
She was too afraid to open up. What if you guys didn't like her? What if you only want basic book info and opinion? What if?!
Then I went to a conference last October, She's Connected Toronto. I not only met an incredible group of people, and networked with amazing brands and companies, but I learned a ton about being a better blog…

#54: Impostor - Susanne Winnacker

CAN TESSA POSE AS MADISON . . . AND STOP A KILLER BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE? Tessa is a Variant, able to absorb the DNA of anyone she touches and mimic their appearance. Shunned by her family, she’s spent the last two years training with the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, a secret branch of the FBI. When a serial killer rocks a small town in Oregon, Tessa is given a mission: she must impersonate Madison, a local teen, to find the killer before he strikes again. Tessa hates everything about being an impostor—the stress, the danger, the deceit—but loves playing the role of a normal girl. As Madison, she finds friends, romance, and the kind of loving family she’d do anything to keep. Amid action, suspense, and a ticking clock, this super-human comes to a very human conclusion: even a girl who can look like anyone struggles the most with being herself.


Hardcover: 288 pagesPublisher: Razorbill (May 28 2013)ISBN: 9781595146540AMAZON US
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Author Bio: Susanne Winnacker lives with her h…

Armchair BEA: Genre: Classic Literature (Classics)

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The very first classic literature book that I remember reading, even though it was mandatory school reading, was Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.


An epic adventure, this story came alive for me. It lit a fire as well, and from that time on I have loved books. I do believe it even changed how I view books, stories, in general, and broadened my imagination.
Best part is all the events could be so real. It could have been a stamp in time. It is fiction though, and a book everyone should read. No wonder it was mandatory in my school is all I can think.
And then in the summer of 2010, I was given an opportunity to read another classic. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, as it was in its' 50th anniversary. 

Boy, am I ever glad I read that book. The story still resonates through me and I feel the message can still be heard today. Even though we, as a world, have come a long way from the days of prejudice and hate, we still harbor some as well. We&#…

Armchair BEA: Introduction

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures. Have you previously participated in Armchair BEA? What brought you back for another year? If you have not previously participated, what drew you to the event? What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013? Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you. Name your favorite blog(s) and explain why they are your favorite(s). Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read? If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why? What literary location would you most like to visit? Why? What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see …