Friday, July 29, 2011

Book Blogger Hop


"Highlight one book you have received this week that you can't wait to dig into".

I received the book called, Dreamers by Margaret Murry. It is an interracial romance of the 60's, which was my generation.Looking forward to reading it.

Project Runway- 7-28-11 show

Project Runway

Last night's show started with 20 contestants and they were immediately told that four of them would be going home .I have to get used to these new designers as the weeks go by and see what they are up to. They got an early start the next morning as Tim came and woke them up at 5am.
He said it was come as you are and only wear what you had on and bring a bed sheet. They found out they had to design something using only the sheet and anything they wore. The winner of this challenge was Bert, a 57 year old and the oldest contestant. Stay tuned!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Booking Through Thursday


What's the latest you've ever stayed up reading?

Probably before eleven o'clock , I'm not a real late reader.

Is staying up late reading a usual thing for you?

No, my eyes usually get too tired to read real late.

Ghost Hunters Int'l -7-27-11 episode

Ghost Hunters Int'l

On last night's show, the team investigates a dormitory that has been occupied by the homeless, who have been forced to live there. In the women's part there had been claims of a footless apparition. They asked it to communicate and heard two distinct knocks. The view from the camera in the other room showed something moving on the wall.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

This week's pre-publication "can't - wait- to -read" selection is:

The Made-up Man by Karen Heuler 226 pgs.
release date: 11-30-11

The made-up man is a novel about a woman who sells her soul to the devil to be a man for the rest of her life.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

1. Castellan- A castellan was the governor or caretaker of castle or keep. The word stems from the Latin Castellanus derived from castellum "castle".

2. tinderbox- A small container containing flint, firesteel.

Blood For Love by Chris M. Finkelstein-Review & Giveaway

Blood For Love by Chris M. Finkelstein Review & Giveaway

I found this book to be an exciting and captivating fantasy of humanoids that are part reptile and are trying to overcome their violence that is their nature. They live on a predatory planet where love is punishable by horrible punishment or death. Fearful of showing their feelings, they have to survive this way or their demise is inevitable. It explores Jan, from the beginning and takes you through the torture and survival of his life, along with his mother Martha.

All in all: It was a very interesting and thrilling page turner.


Congratulations to our winner: katklaw777!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Monarch of the Glen -season 2- tv series

Monarch of the Glen- season 2

Season 2 of Monarch is getting better as it goes on. The romantic obstacles of Archie creates havoc among his love interests. His mother , Molly, has a few surprises and Hector remains his usual lovable character. The new people who come on the show prove to be strong and enjoyable ones.And as Archie strives to bring in tourists to Glenbogle, through his many ideas, makes the show very interesting. I can't wait to watch the next season.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My Teaser:

I can see her eyes still: Sad eyes filled with longing for something she didn't have and would probably never have.
pg. 31 Peace At The Edge of Uncertainty by Neil hanson

Monday, July 25, 2011

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows 2- the movie

Harry and The Deathly Hallows 2

As Harry and his faithful friends Hermione and Ron continue their search to find the rest of the horcruxes, more than enough action occurs in this movie . Throughout you are riveted to the screen, as viewing it on the IMax screen made it more exciting. To me it delivered in every way. I found Harry's acting great, he is truly talented. It is sad to see this series come to an end, but it did give us many hours of enjoyment.

Mailbox Monday- The Dark City by Catherine Fisher

Mailbox Monday

Here is what is in my mailbox this week: I was the winner of this book.

The Dark City by Catherine Fisher

A secret relic with great power has been hidden for centuries, and as Raffi and Galen search for it, they will be hunted, spied on, and tested beyond their limits. For there are monsters-some human, some not- that also want the relic's power and will stop at nothing to get it.

Sign up for a Children's eBook Blog Tour

Dear children's book lovin' bloggers,

Tribute Books Blog Tours invites you to be a stop on the eBook blog tour
for the Tribute Books release Stanley Seagull by Cathy Mazur. Please find the book's description below.

The blog tour will occur during September 2011.

We are able to email to you a copy of the eBook.

If you are interested, email

(1) which September date you'd like
(2) your blog URL
(3) your preferred eBook format: PDF, epub (Nook/iPad) or mobi (Kindle)

We look forward to your response!

About the Book

Stanley Seagull
by Cathy Mazur

Meet a young seagull named Stanley. Follow him as he wanders far from home and tries to find his way back. Join Stanley on his journey as he learns how humans affect the balance of nature.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Book Blogger Hop


What is the one genre that you wish you could get into, but just can't?

I just can't get into dystopian and some paranormal genres.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Booking Through Thursday


What's the first book that you ever read more than once?

Little Women was the first book I read more than once.

What book have you read the most times?

I usually read them only once and if it's made into a movie , I usually go to the movie.

Ghost Hunters International


Last night's episode found the team in Argentina and Trinidad, while investigating and doing a thermal scan and asking any spirits to show themselves, Barry stops Kris to let her know he thinks he just heard another entitiy say her name.Not too much was found last night after they looked over the evidence.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to read" selection is:

A train In Winter (hardcover)

By : Caroline Moorehead

Pub.Date: 11-08-2011

384 pgs.

In Jan.1943, two hundred and thirty women of the French resistance were sent to death camps by the Nazis who had invaded and occupied their country. This is their story , told in full for the first time- a searing and unforgettable chronicle of terror, courage, defiance and the power of friendship to transcend evil that is an essential addition to the history of ww11.

Wondrous Words Wednesday


1. Mungo- A dumpster diver- one who extracts valuable things from trash.

2. Limerance- An attempt at a scientific study into the nature of romantic love.

Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt - Book Review

Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman Review

This is an interesting and an enjoyable read of a 12 yr. old girl CeeCee, who after her physchotic mother dies after getting hit by a truck and goes to live with her great-Aunt ,Tootie.She is now living down South and is soon learning what southern hospitality is all about. The demons of her mother's death are still with her , but she is slowing learning that with love and the wonderful experiences she is having with Tootie and her maid Oletta , the nightmares are slowly leaving her. Her father realizes that she is better off staying with Tootie after the hardships she has endured with her mother.

All in All: It is an enjoyable book, which shows that things can go from bad to good.

Brenda Youngerman featured Tribute Books Mama in her Tuesday Spotlight

Brenda Youngerman
July 19, 2011

Tuesday's Spotlight - Tribute Books Mama

by Brenda Youngerman

Sunset Silhouette of Mom and Boy Along Coast
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Welcome to Tuesday's spotlight. This is where I get the pleasure of introducing a blogger I have discovered along my travels along the blogosphere, either through a hop, or a review, or by accidental key punch error. This weeks guest is Mary Ann Langan - usually referred to as Tribute Books Mama. Mary Ann's daughter Nicole is the owner of Tribute Books - hence the title of the blog - Tribute Books Mama. I honestly cannot remember how or when I met her, but I've been following her for a while, so I decided to turn the spotlight onto the Tribute Books Mama and share her with all of you. So, pull up a chair and enjoy our visit:

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How long have you been blogging?

Since October 2010

Why did you start blogging?

In order to help my daughter promote her business, Tribute Books.

How many blogs do you have?


How did you learn to blog?

My daughter taught me basically from scratch. She has a lot of patience with me. Before I started I didn't even know how to send an email, now I'm able to post on a daily basis, participate in Linky memes, add video and photos to my posts, etc.

What is the hardest part about running a blog for a business?

The hardest thing is keeping the material fresh and interesting while trying to spread the word about the Tribute Books titles that are available for sale.

How much time a day/week do you spend blogging?

I spend at least 5 hours a day, Monday through Friday.

Do you find that a blog has increased business?

I don't know if my efforts have increased our bottom line in terms of profits, but I think I've helped get our name out in the book blogging community so that more people are aware of our existence and what we have to offer.

What is your least favorite part about blogging?

Coming up with a unique twist to a meme question.

What advice would you give to someone who is about to start a blog?

Don't be afraid. Jump right in. Give it a try. Persistence pays off, so blog on a frequent basis. Let people get to know you. A professionally designed blog helps.

What do you normally post on your blog?

Book reviews, book giveaways, TV reviews, movie reviews

What draws you to a new blog?

If I share the same reading tastes as the book blogger or if we are close in age (over 60)

How do you get new followers?

Participation in memes

Anything you would like to add?

I have a special place in my heart for all those who follow my blog and care about what I have to say. Thank you.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My Teaser is:

Lerin stared at them in amazement. Galen, you can't go there! It's madness!"

Pg. 183 Relic Master by Catherine Fisher

Friday, July 15, 2011

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop


How/where do you get your book? I usually get books to review, and books that are sent to me from publishers.

Do you buy them or go to the library? I do go to the library, to get a book I really want to read.

Is there a certain website you use like paperbackswap? No ,I don't use paperbackswap.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sign up for an Opera Diva Murder Mystery book blog tour

Dear mystery-loving book bloggers,

Tribute Books Blog Tours invites you to be a stop on the blog tour for Ding Dong The Diva's Dead by Cat Melodia. Please find the book's description below.

The blog tour will occur during October 2011.

We are able to mail to you a paperback copy of the book (U.S. only) or email an eBook (U.S. & international).

If you are interested, email

(1) which October date you'd like

(2) your blog URL
(3a) paperback or PDF
(3b) your U.S. mailing address (for paperback requests)
or your ebook preference - epub, PDF or Word doc (for ebook requests)

We look forward to your response!

About the Book

Ding Dong The Diva's Dead
by Cat Melodia

Deborah de Lille is an opera singer—in the least grand sense. Debbie doesn’t foresee a future beyond Handel Messiahs and low-budget tours ... until her agent finagles her a minor role with a small-town company. The artists assembled for this production of Offenbach’s spooky opera, Tales of Hoffmann, have more than opera on their minds. Their games of love are not for the faint of heart, and the cutthroat atmosphere may have become literal. How far are they willing to go to advance their careers and even the score? The singer Debbie replaced died under suspicious circumstances, and after another minor player bows out suddenly, she is also given her role. Now she has two small roles that no one in their right mind would kill for. So, either someone isn’t in their right mind, or the close calls threatening Debbie’s safety are all unlucky coincidences. Add to the mix three preening tenors, a sexy lesbian director, a vengeful conductor, an obscenely rich and Hollywood-handsome general director, a fading Italian pop star, a trio of bitchy leading sopranos, an ambitious understudy, countless attention-starved underlings, an anti-opera terrorist group, a resident ghost, and Debbie’s kooky and dysfunctional friends and family, and you have an opening night that promises to genuinely thrill and chill.

Booking Through Thursday


Would you rather read a poorly-written biography of a fascinating life, or an exquisitely well-written, wonderful read of one of a not-so-interesting life?

If a story is not written well it is hard to continue on if it is not a good read. On the other hand , the person you are reading about should be interesting to you to keep your attention. Sometimes average writing proves to be enjoyable.

Ghost Hunters International

Ghost Hunters International

It was good to see this team back in action as they went to Trinidad to investigate the Lopinot plantation. They managed to hear a growl in a cave,but they were in the jungle. They also saw a black shadowy figure moving across the field, when they did their evidence review of the tapes. The most interesting was a ball like fiery piece of evidence seen ascending the night sky.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

This week's pre-publication "can't wait-to-read " selection is:

Missing : A Memoir by Lindsay Harrison (hardcover) 240 pgs.

Publication Date: 8-16-11 Three Rivers Press

A twenty five year old recent graduate of Columbia University MFA program, Lindsay Harrison began writing Missing as a way to cope with her terrible loss. During her sophomore year at Brown University, Lindsay received a phone call from her brother that her mother was missing. Forty days later they discover the unthinkable: their mother's body had been found in the ocean.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

1. Zarf- A chalice like holder for a hot coffee cup, typically made of ornamental metal, used in the Middle East.

2. Depone- To testify under oath.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"Like" new fan page for Tribute Books Blog Tours

We'd love for you to "Like" the new Facebook page for Tribute Books Blog Tours:

Buck - The movie

Buck - the movie - Sundance Film Festival

I saw a very interesting and true story called Buck from the Sundance Film Festival. The movie depicts the life and childhood horrors of Buck Brannaman's life and how he has the special gift of relating to horses and can be called , the real" horse whisperer". He is a true American cowboy and he lives his life that way, by traveling all over giving clinics on how to train your horse, especially those with certain problems.I really enjoyed the story.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser:

I screamed. It poured out of me like lava erupting down a craggy slope, the same agonized voice I'd heard the summer I was eighteen.

From: Grip by Nina Hamberg

Monday, July 11, 2011

Mailbox Monday- Ugly Beauty by Ruth Brandon

Mailbox Monday

This week I received an uncorrected proof in the mail from Harper publishing called Ugly Beauty by Ruth Brandon.

It is a duel biography of the legendary founders of the cosmetics industry- Helena Rubinstein and Loreal's Eugene Schuller- a gripping and disturbing story of gender, power, and politics that stretches back to the evils of World War 11 and beyond.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Sign up for a mystery/thriller blog book tour

Dear suspense-loving book bloggers,

We invite you to be a stop on the blog tour for Telling Lies by Cathi Stoler. Please find the book's description below.

The blog tour will occur during September 2011.

We are able to mail to you a paperback copy of the book (U.S. only) or email a PDF ebook (U.S. & international).

If you are interested, email with:

(1) which September date you'd like

(2) your blog URL
(3a) paperback or PDF
(3b) your U.S. mailing address (for paperback requests)

We look forward to your response!

About the Book

Telling Lies
by Cathi Stoler

How many lies does it take to get away with murder? Magazine Editor Laurel Imperiole is vacationing in Florence, Italy, with Aaron Gerrard, Chief of Detectives of New York City's 13th Precinct Identity Theft Squad. A chance encounter brings Laurel to a startling realization: she's just bumped into a dead man: Jeff Sargasso, an art dealer and husband of a close friend who supposedly died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. When he vanished, Sargasso had been brokering the sale of a priceless masterpiece that was lost during World War II to CEO Alfred Hammersmith and billionaire Miayamu Moto. Hammersmith perished along with Sargasso on 9/11, and it is believed that the access codes to the $15 million deposit--ten percent of the asking price--died with them. Could Sargasso have faked his own death to steal the money? The painting's whereabouts are unknown. Laurel enlists the help of private detective Helen McCorkendale, and together they follow the threads that lead from Florence, Italy, to New York. On the way, the women tangle with Israeli Mossad agent Lior Stern and several stop-at-nothing collectors. All are determined to have the painting for themselves. Ignoring Aaron's advice, Laurel puts their volatile relationship in jeopardy. As Helen and Laurel search for Sargasso, the painting and the money, they find themselves enmeshed in a sinister skein of lies that could end in death.

Ghost Adventures

Ghost Adventures

The three permanent members of the cast in this show are Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin. They are a different investigating paranormal threesome that travel to the most highly active locations,where they spend an entire night locked down from dusk till dawn.It is raw and extreme and really you don't know what Zak will try next to get responses from the spirits.

Follow Friday

Follow Friday

What is the worst book that you've ever read and actually finished?

If I really don't like the book and can't go on ,I usually don't finish it.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Monarch Of The Glen-TV series

Monarch Of The Glen

I started to watch this BBC series , which takes place in Scotland. It begins with a view of this large estate and castle. Hector, the owner of the estate, has an accident and his wife Molly calls their son, Archie to quickly come home under the assumption that his father is dying. He leaves London, where he runs a restaurant with his girlfriend.On arrival he finds his father very well indeed and tries to leave again but to no avail. They want him to stay and run the estate.His parents prove to be eccentric and difficult, so I think he will face many challenges ahead.

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

What animal related books have you read?

A Man and His Maniac: The Bunkie Story

Which do you love?

Everyone Loves Elwood

Do you have a favorite dog?

Yes, our dog Buster and Wishbone

"Stanley Seagull" now available

Stanley Seagull
written by Cathy Mazur
illustrated by Colleen Gedrich

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Meet a young seagull named Stanley. Follow him as he wanders far from home and tries to find his way back. Join Stanley on his journey as he learns how humans affect the balance of nature.

32 pgs., 5.5" x 8.5"
ISBN 9780983741800

32 pgs., 5.5" x 8.5"
ISBN 9780983741817


"Stanley Seagull" now available:

Paperback at Barnes& for only $7.15:

Kindle, only $2.99 -

Nook, only $4.95 -

Pre-order hardcover at Barnes&

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Holding Lies - hardcover- 288 pgs
by John Larison Publishing Date: 8-1-11 Publisher - Skyhorse

In the days before his daughter's arrival, Hank discovers a drift boat stranded below a rapid, empty except for a long smear of blood on its seat. Search and rescue fails to discover the owner and within days the sheriff has begun a murder investigation. When Hank himself becomes a suspect, he begins his own search- one that will lead him deep into the violent past of his home valley.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous words Wednesday

1. Piquant- adj. having a pleasantly sharp taste or appetizing flavor, pleasantly stimulating or exciting to the mind.

2. Harquebus- from dutch(haakbus) meaning "hook gun". An early muzzle loaded firearm.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

This week I received three books in the mail:

1.Heart of The Matter by Emily Giffin
383 pgs Published by St Martin's Press

This is the moving, luminous story of good people caught in untenable circumstances. Each being tested in ways they never thought possible. Each questioning everything they once believed. and each ultimately discovering what truly matter most.

2.The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner
418 pgs Published by Ballantie books

Relying on her tenacity,wit, and uncanny gift for compromise, Catherine seizes power, intent on securing the throne for her sons, unaware that if she is to save France, she may have to sacrifice her ideals, her reputation, and the secret of her embattled heart.

3. Grip by Nina Hamberg
269 pgs Published by Roue One Press

This honest and elegantly written memoir grapples with the question that haunts many women who have experienced violence: How do you make the world safe so that you can trust and love again?

Angelology by Danielle Trussoni review and giveaway

Angelology by Danielle Trussoni Review and Giveaway

This is a very thrilling and imaginative adventure into the world of angels and humans. It is a tale of the ancient society of Angelologists and the riveting search of Sister Evangeline and Verlaine, who specialized in Art History and taught part-time at a University. They start to uncover the truth about this mystery of the angels through certain documents,which many things are made known to them. the book keeps you fascinated about this subject matter, making me think could this really be? The ending is surprising and has a definite twist to it.

All in all- this is a good read which keeps you wanting more.


Congratulations to our winner: Carol L.!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Wall Street,Money Never Sleeps- The Movie

Wall Street,Money Never Sleeps

I watched this movie on dvd last night, and it didn't quite make it for me, even with Michael Douglas in it. I saw the first one and enjoyed it much better. All the trading and stock exchange goings on were not understandable in the beginning. The storyline went from Michael Douglas's character getting released, to a terrible suicide of a top man in the stock exchange. A young man wanted revenge of his mentor's death and tried something that he got caught doing. If ,you never saw it I won't spoil the ending. I just couldn't get into it.

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop

"What keeps you reading beyond the first few pages of a book, and what makes you want to stop reading a book and put it back on the shelf?

Probably the subject matter and the writing.I usually would stop reading a book that is extremely boring.