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August Monthly News

Welcome to the August edition of monthly news!
It's bittersweet, this month. Last month of summer, but yay to the kids going back to school!
Did you do anything this summer you care to share, comment and tell us.
I had family come from Texas, and got to see 54-40 at an outdoor concert, but really that was it. Not a very exciting summer at all. I'll have to live vicariously through you all.


BOOKS:
1. Three Little Words - Susan Mallery (recommend)
2. Rory - Ciye Cho (recommend)
3. The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden - Jessica Sorensen (recommend)
4. The Redemption of Callie & Kayden - Jessica Sorensen (recommend)
5. Cougar Football Cookbook - Holly Mendenhall (recommend)
6. The Forsaken - Lisa M. Stasse (HIGHLY recommend)
7. Kotowaza: Useful Japanese Proverbs & Sayings
8. What Really Happened in Peru - Cassandra Clare


PRODUCTS:
1. CorsetChick.com (recommend)



MOVIES:
1. Epic (recommend)
2. Twixt



MUSIC:
1. Crash Karma - Rock Musique Deluxe (recommend)


Yearly Total: 80 Books, 15 Produc…

#80: What Really Happened in Peru - Cassandra Clare

Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices know that Magnus Bane is banned from Peru—and now they can find out why. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.
There are good reasons Peru is off-limits to Magnus Bane. Follow Magnus’s Peruvian escapades as he drags his fellow warlocks Ragnor Fell and Catarina Loss into trouble, learns several instruments (which he plays shockingly), dances (which he does shockingly), and disgraces his host nation by doing something unspeakable to the Nazca Lines.

This standalone e-only short story illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality populates the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. This story in The Bane Chronicles, What Really Happened in Peru, is written by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan.
File Size: 765 KBPublisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (April 16, 2013)ASIN: B00BAWEFB2AMAZON US   |   AMAZON CA
My review for City of Bones…

Twixt

Val Kilmer and Elle Fanning star in this terrifying horror film written and directed by Academy Award Winner Francis Ford Coppola. Kilmer plays Hall Baltimore, a writer on a book tour who uncovers a disturbing murder that could be source material for his next novel. But as Hall investigates the killing, he finds himself confronted by chilling nightmares, including the ghost of a young girl (Fanning). As he uncovers more horrifying revelations, Hall will discover that the story has more to do with his own life than he could ever have imagined.


Rated R
88 minutes

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REVIEW:
Forty minutes into the movie, I was laughing my head off. For a horror film, that is a bad sign. That was also the only time I had any reaction to the film.
It was pretty disappointing. It didn't help I had such high hopes... a Francis Ford Coppola film with Val Kilmer... what could go wrong?! Enough, let me tell you.
It lacked any depth to the story. It had no character and the characters were…

Blasting About: The Silver Strand (With Giveaway)

The Silver Strand
 Ever since twelve year old Isabelle Tresdon’s silver strand of hair sprouted, it’s been nothing but trouble: bleeding pink dust and sparking like a firecracker. Refusing to be known as the girl with the freaky, grandma hair, she wishes it never grew and the hair withers and tarnishes. The only problem is, the strand is Isabelle's source of magic, and she can transform particles of energy into matter. It's also her ticket into Mastermind Academy, a secret school inside the earth’s core. Five days remain before the strand drains her magic and life, forcing Isabelle to enter into a deal with two trickster Masterminds to save it. But what she doesn't count on is there is more at stake than just her life. The Silver Strand, a MG Fantasy Adventure for 9-12 year olds, is book 1 in the Mastermind Academy Series.
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Author L.J. Clarkson
 One thing you need to know about LJ Clarkson is that she tells BIG lies. She tells everyone that she gave up her…

#79: Kotowaza: Useful Japanese Proverbs & Sayings

Fifty Highly Useful Kotowaza--Japanese Proverbs with detailed explanations and illustrations. These proverbs represent some of the more useful kotowaza heard in daily Japanese life. You'll notice them in movies, in writing, and most importantly spoken by friends and colleagues. Knowing common kotowaza will not only help you express your thoughts more clearly, but can take your Japanese to a whole new level.

Fifty Useful ProverbsLiteral English translations and similar English proverbs givenHelpful notes explain grammar and backgroundAn Example sentence shows how the proverb is usedVocabulary defined for every Japanese wordFor Beginners upFREE MP3s (download link found on the last page)

Paperback: 108 pagesPublisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 24, 2013)ISBN: 9781481904315AMAZON US   |   AMAZON CA

Review: I enjoyed learning each Japanese proverb or saying. It had both Japanese and English translations and even breaks down each word used in the phrase and shows…

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 141!



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.





Psalm 56, Verse 3-4
When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust, I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me.

Blasting About: Secrets of a Real-Life Female Private Eye (With #Giveaway)

*Don’t forget to enter our giveaway, below!*

About Secrets of a Real-Life Female Private Eye Secrets of a Real-Life Female Private Eye by Colleen Collins, a professional private investigator and award-winning novelist, is a no-holes-barred, modern-day story about life in the female P.I. fast lane.
PRAISE "Colleen Collins's chronicle about her investigative career is completely authentic. She brings her real-world P.I. stories to your e-reader straight from the streets!"  ~ Shaun Kaufman, former P.I. and managing partner, Shaun Kaufman Law “As an experienced private detective and a skilled storyteller, Colleen Collins is the perfect person to offer a glimpse into the lives of real female P.I.s”   ~Kim Green, managing editor of Pursuit Magazine: The Magazine of Professional Investigators "SECRETS OF A REAL-LIFE FEMALE PRIVATE EYE features [Colleen's] honest, engaging voice and takes full advantage of the interactivity ebooks allow. Part memoir, part reference, SECRETS d…

O Is For Older

Oven is not my choice this week.
I use my oven, but don't feel like showcasing it.
Today I am going to discuss my thoughts on getting older. At least for me.
Yeah, I know it's gonna happen to us all, but now it's happening to me!
When I was in my twenties, I use to think getting older was no big deal. At almost thirty I was still getting carded for I.D. at the liquor store. It was a fabulous feeling!!! Hard to think about getting older as a bad thing when everyone still acts like you're young.
Even thirty was a piece of cake.
I know, it sounds like I'm bragging now... but you ladies know it is gonna come to a crashing halt right?!
And it does!
My dad died when I was 32.
By the time I was 33 I started to really see signs of aging and stress. Lines beginning to crease my forehead that weren't there before. Tons of grey hair, so much so, the dye didn't cover it for long.
Now, pushing forty, I can't walk as far without my buttcheeks hurting for three days …

#Giveaway: The Thousand Year Curse - Taylor Lavati

Being a teenager isn't all fun and games for seventeen year old Ryder. After being thrown down the social hierarchy, Ryder Mason has one goal for her senior year-survive. 
Within the first month of school, Ryder goes from bullied teen to a cursed half goddess with two boyfriends. As if that wasn't enough, she travels into the Underworld to confront Hades about the curse and her missing mother. 
Ryder delves head first into a Godly world as her knights fight to seek her approval, her best friend's loyalties are tested and people's true intentions are shown in the first Curse Books novel.

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Author Bio: Taylor is a twenty-two year old student in her small town in Connecticut. Studying early childhood education, Taylor wants to be a kindergarten teacher but has always had a soft spot for English. The Curse Books were Taylor's first writing ve…

#Giveaway: Darlene - David Russell

The hero, Percival arranges a date through a contact mag. He and Darlene have a rapturous scenario, handled with superb finesse and supreme command of the wardrobe. He finds some hints of her complicated past. Before and after the encounter, he is eyed up and accosted by malicious-seeming men. The sense of an underlying hornet’s nest is scary, and immediately detracts from the euphoria, which does finally prevail.

Excerpt

I envisaged Darlene dressing before her mirror, adoring her own image, caressing her thighs as she drew up her stockings, loving her own image in the mirror, savouring her own fully charged magnetism. I imagined delicious dressing in preparation for delicious undressing – perhaps some feeling in her bones that I might be someone out of the ordinary, or even an additional bonus of doing it with another woman before my eyes.

I, in turn, practiced disrobing in front of my mirror, in subdued light, capturing all the alluring angles, savouring myself under the dream spell o…

Blasting About: Doe Running Deer (With Giveaway)

Join Doe Running Deer, author of the faith based memoir, My Past Decisions Have Made Me Who I Am Today, as she tours the blogosphere August 26 - September 6 on her first Book Blast with Pump Up Your Book! Doe will be giving away a $25 Amazon GC/Paypal Cash and 10 e-Books! To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form on the participating blogs below and good luck! If you would like to host Doe, please email Tracee at tgleichner (at) gmail.com. ABOUT MY PAST DECISIONS HAVE MADE ME WHO I AM TODAYFor author Doe Running Deer, life has been a series of tragedy and healing. In My Past Decisions Have Made Me Who I Am Today, she narrates the stories of her trials and tribulations, sharing how faith helped her get through the difficult periods. Using personal anecdotes to illustrate how God has worked in her life, she explores the doubts, fears, and perplexities she experienced and describes how she found comfort and guidance in the Bible and through prayer. In this memoir, she recalls growing u…