Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Friday 56 (With Instagram 56 & Book Beginnings)

Welcome to Week 326!

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


Or join The Friday 56 on Instagram!


Rules:
* Grab a book and find a creative way to showcase your 56.
It can be a photo of the book and the 56 in comments, or whatever you come up with.
Make sure to use the hashtag #Friday56
*Add your Instagram url to the Linky.

Here's to a rainy week ahead!
I'm posting early due to my working tonight!!

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Jord Watches

Recently, I was given the opportunity to receive a Jord watch. These watches are made of wood, and are elegantly designed. Having unisex, men's and ladies watches in stock, you are sure to find one to suit your style and tastes.

Watch this video that shows the lovely watch I got for my husband for upcoming Father's Day. 




Giveaway can be found at 
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or use this store coupon for $25 off
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This collection is so beautiful that I can't urge you hard enough to check them out. Whatever holiday or season is upon us, you will find the perfect watch for your loved one.

Jord. Elegant, classy, beautiful.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Friday 56 (With Instagram 56 & Book Beginnings)

Welcome to Week 325!

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


Or join The Friday 56 on Instagram!


Rules:
* Grab a book and find a creative way to showcase your 56.
It can be a photo of the book and the 56 in comments, or whatever you come up with.
Make sure to use the hashtag #Friday56
*Add your Instagram url to the Linky.

I was making my bestie feel better and am late to post.
I didn't take the time to build my post very well either.
Forgive me, just blame the Fireball. 😃

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman (10)

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (March 28, 2017)
  • ISBN: 9780062572233

Now a STARZ® Original Series produced by FremantleMedia North America starring Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, and Pablo Schreiber.
Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.
But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and a rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.
Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined. Soon Shadow learns that the past never dies . . . and that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and that he is standing squarely in its path.


 He makes things up and writes them down. Which takes us from comics, (like SANDMAN) to novels, (like ANANSI BOYS and AMERICAN GODS) to short stories, (some are collected in SMOKE AND MIRRORS) and to occasionally movies, (like Dave McKean's MIRRORMASK or the NEVERWHERE TV series, or his own short film, A SHORT FILM ABOUT JOHN BOLTON).
In his spare time he reads, sleep, eats and tries to keep the blog at www.neilgaiman.com more or less up to date.

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My review for short story, How To Talk To Girls At Parties
My review for The Ocean at the End of the Lane
My review for The Last Temptation
My review for Trigger Warning
My review for Stardust

REVIEW:
What a story!!
Shadow is one helluva character! He is real, gritty, strong and fearless. Reading about him and the others was a great adventure. So many times I thought Shadow was gonna be a goner, but he managed to mingle his way through each hard task put before him.
All the 'Gods' in the story made for an interesting read too, though Shadow really did take the cake there. The 'Gods' all presented these scenarios to Shadow and he had to walk through each one. Every step was harder than the last, right up to the end.
I did feel lost once, in the middle of the story, but it was gone quickly and I picked it all up again and things progressed. There was just a lot of bouncing around at one point, and it was harder to keep track of all that was happening.
Like I said, that was short-lived though, and I was at the end of the story wishing for more in no time. Seriously. Where it ended, you either have to leave it to the imagination or pray for more! I know more won't be coming, so I have in mind that Shadow stayed with Czernobog and the ladies and made a place with them. 
As you see, I'm invested in this tale. If you read it, you'll be invested too. 
I am watching the tv adaption now. I'll let you know later how I think that compares so we can discuss it.You need to watch it to though!


4/5


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

#Win Always My Baby by Martha Kennerson (US) With #Recipe



MARTHA KENNERSON is a bestselling and award-winning author who believes her current blessings are only matched by the struggle it took to achieve such happiness. She has enjoyed a successful career in executive management for more than 20 years and lives in Texas with her family.











Bon Appétit and a Book: A delicious recipe to enjoy alongside the book.

One of my favorite comfort foods that would go well with this book is shrimp and grits. Here’s an excellent recipe:
·         Bring water to a boil. Add salt and pepper. Add grits and cook until water is absorbed, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter and cheese.
·         Rinse shrimp and pat dry. Fry the bacon in a large skillet until browned; drain well. In grease, add shrimp. Cook until shrimp turn pink. Add lemon juice, chopped bacon, parsley, scallions and garlic. Sauté for 3 minutes.
·         Spoon grits into a serving bowl. Add shrimp mixture and mix well. Serve immediately.
*Recipe courtesy of Martha Nesbit

April 18, 2017
$6.50 U.S.; 224 pages
ISBN-978-0-373-864997

China Edwards is an ambitious environmental attorney who pursues every goal with drive and dedication, and having a baby is no different. No husband? No problem. She’ll find the perfect donor. Then, after one spontaneous and passionate night with bachelor Alexander Kingsley, these two longtime friends are left with an unanticipated benefit that throws China’s future plans into turmoil.
China’s bright, legal mind and friendship are indispensable to Alexander and his multi-billion dollar oil firm. However, the possibility of her moving on makes him realize just how deep his feelings actually run. After their all-business relationship takes a wildly erotic detour, Alexander is drawn into a company scandal that rocks his life. With trust in tatters, can an unplanned bundle of joy lead them to become the family they never expected?

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Monday, May 15, 2017

#Win Bashert: A Novel by Herb Freed (US) (With Q&A)


HERB FREED started his adult life as an ordained rabbi and became the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Shalom in Lake Mahopac, New York while producing and directing three shows at the Maidman Playhouse in New York City. Eventually, he resigned his pulpit to become a movie director. He has directed and produced 15 feature films most of which have had psychological, spiritual and/or social themes in spite of their commercial categories. He is best known for Graduation Day, a horror film, and Tomboy, a teenage romp, as well as the psychological drama Haunts, and CHILD2MAN, a story of survival during the Watts riots.






1. What is Bashert about and why did you write it?
Studying to be a rabbi, I discovered the transcendent power of “the story”. My professor, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel invited the great Catholic theologian Andrew Greely to speak to our class. He told us, “Religion is story, before it is anything else…and after it is everything else.” I served as a Rabbi for three years before I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a film-maker. Each week I delivered sermons, lectures and classes and had acquired the discipline of creating stories with familiar heroes, villains, challenges, climax and denouement. When I met Marion, a film editor, writer and great story teller, I knew that I had found my Bashert.
How I survived after Marion’s death required that I create a story that would be built on the lives (spiritual, emotional, physical and dream-like) that we experienced together. Not a memoir, or a diary, but a story built loosely on our adventures and the interesting people we met. Why not lead readers on an exciting journey that would make them laugh, cry, and rejoice as they come to know the protagonists? Why not create an ending that echoed the spiritual journey we were on and the love we shared?
2. Love has never been more relevant. Why love? Why now?
“What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of” (Burt Bacharach song sung by Diana Ross).
I have lived through some tumultuous times but none as terrifying as the one we are currently in. Our country is rent asunder and our leadership appears to be unfit to heal the wounds that we inflict upon one another.
The function of artists and writers. During World War II, there were stories of valor and sacrifice but what gave us the courage to carry on were the love stories that provided hope to a distressed country.
What can unite us and help us heal as a people? At this time of chaos everywhere on the planet, the greatest gift artists and writers can bestow are depictions of a better, happier life, one in which we can believe that there is purpose, truth and joy if we open ourselves to the magic of love.
3. Why do we never see a mature love story? Why do we forget that there is plenty of conflict and drama in an ongoing love story?
From fine art to films, central characters are generally young because that is when we are in our physical prime. When youth equals beauty, naturally watching young people has more popular appeal.
This is not new. In their Art, the ancient Greeks, Romans and even Egyptians and Mesopotamians worshiped the beauty and vitality of youth. There is a small section of Bashert in which I discuss the Epic of Gilgamesh and his quest for eternal beauty – which, of course, ends tragically.
There have been many successful plays built around characters of all ages. Some movies are, too, but most tend – in the U.S., anyway – to exclude tender stories of love and caring, featuring mature characters. There are a number of films built around older protagonists but most of them are made in other countries. The French seem to lead in that direction. “Amor”, a love story about an elderly couple won the Academy Award for best foreign film in 2013.
Bashert is an adult story about everlasting love. At its heart is a strong spiritual dimension. The film is about ongoing, ever-lasting love. It glorifies physical and emotional love in this life…and beyond. I believe that such a bond between two lovers lasts forever. How does that happen? I urge you to read the book.
4. Molly is quite the firebrand but at times she teeters on being irrational and yet she never goes over that line. She walks right up to the line, but she’s always grounded. How hard was it to create that delicate balance for this character?
MOLLY. She’s quite the firebrand and at times she teeters on being irrational but she never goes over that line. She walks right up to the line, but she’s always grounded. How hard was it to create that delicate balance for this character?
The truth? Extremely difficult. Fortunately, my editor, Carl Lennertz, my daughter Polly Segal and a close friend of many years, the gifted actress and writer, Janice Lynde patiently guided me along that treacherous path. It would have been so much easier to create a bitchy young woman. It might be more colorful, more entertaining and certainly easier to write. The problem is that it would be like sticking a coarse joke into a gentle love letter. Every novelist constructs an entire edifice. Each floor, each room has to support the one above and not destroy the ones below. There is no room for a quick laugh that shakes up the story. Writing a novel requires building scenes that grow believably – occasionally surprisingly – into a single piece. To this day, when I read the revised pages, the Molly that finally emerged makes me cry.
5. All of your female characters are empowered and strong, fully rounded, flawed and yet heroic characters. How do you write these characters and where do you find the inspiration for the women that show up in your book?
I was fortunate to be raised in a family with three strong, lovable and wise women. My mother devoted her life to sustaining, guiding and inspiring my brother and me. My Grandmother, who lived with us was my connection to everything spiritual. She gently taught me to read and sing the prayers as she told me heroic stories that sparked my imagination even as a small child. My father’s sister never married, so she lived with us and showered whatever gifts she could on us. She bought me a small blackboard when I was five and taught me to write letters of the alphabet so that when I started school the following year, I was immediately seen as one of the more advanced students.
Girls were always easy to talk to. They laughed more than us guys. They were better looking and something they wore or put in their hair made them smell really good. I found myself being particularly protective of the girls in our crowd.
Out of childhood and into the world: When I left Youngstown and went to NY to study at Columbia and The Jewish Theological Seminary, I was way behind because most of my classmates came from private schools or Hebrew camps where they learned to speak the language. I befriended two girls, who helped me turn my life around.
The first love of my life was Anne Marisse, of blessed memory, who was a successful actress and appeared on Broadway in West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof and many others. I detail her influence on me and how she helped me develop as an actor, dancer and writer. She was the first woman I ever loved and we had a happy life for close to twenty years, when she, too, passed away.

I found a way to survive her death by working on two films over the next year and a half. That was when I met Marion Segal, my Bashert and that is what my book is about. She is on every page and in every word. If there is anything of value in this book, it is some aspect of her.
  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Bellrock Press (February 14, 2017)
  • ISBN-13: 9780998533902

Would you recognize your soul’s complement in another? Beyond the bliss of actually finding your soul mate, there is a belief that the universe hinges on predetermined people finding their other half, their Bashert, to maintain cosmic balance. In BASHERT author, screenwriter, director and former rabbi Herb Freed immerses us in the heady intoxication and thunderous losses of what it really means to be Bashert.
Dan Sobol and Marion Gladstone meet by chance at a screenwriter’s event in Los Angeles. He’s a rabbi turned director known for his cinematic television commercials; she’s a writer and film editor who is recovering from a tabloid-headline screaming Hollywood divorce. From the moment Marion hears Dan’s voice, she knows—and so does he. It’s Bashert.
But when did the course of true love ever run smooth? Dan and Marion are soon partners in business as well as life, traveling the world to create movies. He directs, she writes and edits, and life becomes an amazing adventure—until Cancun. There, among the ruins of the Mayan civilization, Marion has an eerie premonition that has the potential to change everything.
Drawing upon his own personal experience, Freed spins a tale unflinching in its examination of life, but weaving along the edge of magical realism. From the bright lights of Hollywood to Mexico, Israel, Paris and the dreamy exhilaration of Jamaica, BASHERT is a love story about transcending life, loss and the boundaries we mistakenly place on our lives and our hearts.


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Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Friday 56 (With Instagram 56 & Book Beginnings)

Welcome to Week 324!

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


Or join The Friday 56 on Instagram!


Rules:
* Grab a book and find a creative way to showcase your 56.
It can be a photo of the book and the 56 in comments, or whatever you come up with.
Make sure to use the hashtag #Friday56
*Add your Instagram url to the Linky.

Posting a tad early again because I have to work tonight.
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

#Win The Sheikh's Bought Wife by Sharon Kendrick (US)




SHARON KENDRICK began telling stories at the age of 11 and never stopped. She enjoys writing fast-paced, feel-good romances, as well as music, books, cooking and eating. She lives in England with her two children.
















How-to Tips for Aspiring Writers
Tips for those looking to get their work published/break into the industry.
  • Know what’s out there in the market-place, and before you start writing – read, read, read.  If it’s your first book I’d advise doing a brief chapter breakdown – Chapter I is where your hero and heroine meet and Chapter XII is where they profess their love for one another and everything gets ironed out.  All you have to do is work out what happens to get them to that place and if you have some structure to refer to, you’ll stand less chance of becoming a victim of the dreaded mid-book slump.
  • Make sure you know your characters inside out.  How many brothers and sisters does your heroine have?  How did the hero used to spend Christmas when he was a little boy?  If your characters feel real, then they will come over as real to your reader.
  • Lastly, be able to describe your story in a single sentence – the “elevator pitch”.  This will help to focus you on what you’re trying to say when you’re writing.       

April 18, 2017
$5.25 U.S.; 224 pages
ISBN-978-0-373-060610

Marry a sheikh in return for a hefty financial reward? Jane Smith, a shy researcher, normally would have laughed in Zayed Al Zawba’s handsome face. Except it’s only for six months and the money will rescue her sister, who’s caught up in debt.
Sheikh Zayed will do anything to inherit Kafalah’s neighboring oil-rich lands. Even if he has to wed plain Jane, though he’ll never long to consummate a marriage with her. But Zayed never imagined that Jane’s frumpy clothes were hiding such delicious curves, or that her quick mind and untouched beauty would tease and tempt him beyond his wildest imagination.

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