Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Waiting On Wednesday
This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
A Good Man (hardcover) 448 pages
Author: Guy Vanderhaeghe
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Wesley Case is a former soldier and son of a Canadian lumber Baron who sets out into the untamed borderlands between Canada and the U. S. to escape a dark secret from his past. He settles in Montana where he hopes to buy a cattle ranch,and where he begins to work a liason between the American and Canadian militaries in an effort to contain the Native American unresolved anger in the wake of the Civil War. He falls in love with the beautiful and recently widowed Ada Tarr. The romance inflames the jealousy of Ada's quiet and deeply disturbed admirer, Michael Dunne.
Switch Witch by Pamela Hurd
This is a very cute story about an old fashioned witch who learns a new trick. Flotilla Batwing and Blistell Cattail are two delightful witches who are friends who stay together now matter what. It teaches the meaning of a true friend and how important it is to have some one support you no matter what.I found the book to be very nicely illustrated and enjoyable.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Here is my teaser:
Blistell gave the command "Whoa!" and jerked to a stop, hovering close over the sputtering Head-Spinning potion. Pg. 2.
Taken from the children's book. Switch Witch by Pamela Hurd ( for review)
Last night we ventured down to the mall to have Buster's picture taken with Santa.It was a special night set aside for pet photos. As soon as we walked in, there was a dog as big as a small pony standing in the line next to us. He was friendly but Buster was shaking like a leaf. It was not too long before it was his turn and he did very well indeed. The picture came out adorable.
Monday, November 28, 2011
The Muppet Movie
What a delightful treat to see the Muppets in action again. I remember them well when my daughter was growing up. She had her favorites as did many other children. It was great to get lost in their world for a few hours and enjoy their escapades.Coming to see it with the kids over the week-end, you could see the adults were enjoying it just as much. I was glad of their return to delight us.
Last night on Dexter, Travis tries to help Dexter get Gellar in revenge for killing his sister. As they both try to track him down at the scene of the next murder. They some how miss him and he kills again. They return to the church where Gellar is living and Dexter comes across Gellar's frozen body in a freezer. To his surprise, he now knows that Travis is the killer. Stay tuned.
Friday, November 25, 2011
It's Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. so we want to know what you are Thankful for- blogging related of course! who has helped you out along the way? What books are you thankful for reading?
I am thankful for other bloggers opinions and the follow backs they give me on my blog.
My daughter has helped me from the beginning, creating my blog and getting me interested .
I am thankful for many books I have read, especially Little Women, which peaked my interest many years ago.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
MockingJay by Suzanne Collins Review- Post
This the final book of The Hunger Game series was not at all disappointing, It was just as intense and exciting as the other two books. Katniss is a pawn in the saving of Panem and it's future. Many lives are sacrificed as she struggles to go on with her heavy responsibility.It has a powerful ending and I must say a good one. I can't wait for the movie version to come out. Sorry to see the series end, it was an extraordinary good read.
Waiting On Wednesday
This week's Pre-publication "can't Wait-to-read" selection is:
The Face Thief (hardcover)
Author: Eli Gottlieb
Publisher: William Morrow
A fast paced narrative and acute psychological portraiture, this novel lays bare the inner emotional landscapes of three men in mid-life - dissimalar in almost all respects. Each has his life upended by the same dangerous brilliantly seductive woman.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
My teaser is:
Ridge glanced over at Georgiana. She was watching them as well. Suddenly he felt sorry for her. She probably wasn't enjoying herself so far.
Taken from: The Kissing Tree By Prudence Bice pg. 187
Dancing With The Stars The Finals
Last night's dances were enjoyable, although I thought some of the judges scores were too high for Rob, which put him in the lead. He is giving it his all at the end, but I think JR gave his all the whole time. Ricki was great, but I am still rooting for JR to get the trophy, Stay tuned.I'm going to miss seeing the show when it ends tonight.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Breaking Dawn - Part One The Movie
I went to see Breaking Dawn over the week-end. There are four of us who see the twilight movies together and really have an enjoyable time of it and look forward to going. We weren't at all disappointed in it as it stayed pretty much to the book. The wedding scene, I thought was beautifully done, the scenery gorgeous and Bella's dress exquisite. The birth of the baby was well done, although it was not too nice for her. I guess you could call me a twi-mom lol.
This week in my mailbox is : The Kissing Tree By Prudence Bice
After five long years, Georgiana is returning to the only place she's ever considered home. When she literally falls into the arms of the man she has predetermined to avoid at all costs, she's forced to search for the reason she has never committed to any man.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Buster - The Shih - Tzu pup
Well after raining here for three straight days, Buster finally got to go to the park and into the trail yesterday for his walk. Although it was very brisk walking , it was very invigorating. He walked a little faster then he usually does but seemed to enjoy it very much. The leaves on the trees are nearly gone and winter is approaching fast, so we will have to take each day as it comes and so will Buster.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Booking Through Thursday
Of the books you own, what's the biggest category/genre?
I own a mixture of genre's , and there is really no category that is larger.
Is this also the category that you actually read the most?
I enjoy Historical Fiction, but can't say that I read it the most.
Ghost Hunters - TAPS
Last night the team investigated a distillery in Kentucky, where a frisky ghost believed to be a colonel is still supposed to be there haunting it. It was funny when both Jason and Grant got their backsides pinched at the exact same time, while they were on different floors of the distillery. They also investigated a nightclub called Bobby Mackey's. It is believed the ghosts had it in for women, who were five months pregnant. This place has a notorious past and is scary for a pregnant woman who works there.
This winter, I have two things in my heart and on my mind: caring for those less fortunate than me (or indeed, much of the world) and my DragonEye, PI stories. For Christmas, I’m combining them and would like to share them with you.
Those of you who are “Vern Fans,” know about my dragon who works in our world as a private investigator, and his partner, Sister Grace, a mage and nun in the Faerie Catholic Church. They’ve saved the worlds and their friends in numerous stories and novels. Last year, I wrote a story for Flagship about their first Christmas together. Not only is Grace struggling with the Mundane idea of Christmas, but their home is threatened by a land developer who wants to tear down the entire neighborhood and make a mall. When the Ghosts of Christmas come to visit him, however, Vern and Grace have to solve the mystery before the Christmas Spirits become Angels of Death.
I have revised and am publishing “Christmas Spirits” as a serial story to raise funds for Food for the Poor. This is a wonderful charity that helps people in impoverished nations help themselves. It allows donators to choose their gifts--whether rice for a family for a month, school supplies, livestock, tools or even houses.
I'm asking that you please check out the story, and, if you enjoy it and want to see more, that you donate even a dollar to the cause. Also, if you enjoy the story, let your friends know. I'll post every Tuesday and Thursday as the donations come in. Right now, we have raised enough to send a family 20 baby chicks and are halfway to a fruit tree in addition. Vern would like to send them a cow (he is a dragon, after all), but Sister Grace and I are dreaming of raising enough to buy someone a home. Can you imagine giving a HOUSE for Christmas? Will you help?
Find the story at http://christmasspirits.karinafabian.com. You can also get to it via my website, http://fabianspace.com. Look under the Christmas dragon for the link. You can learn more about Food for the Poor at http://www.foodforthepoor.org.
Thanks for your attention!
Karina is the Tribute Books author (along with her father, Deacon Steven Lumbert) of Why God Matters: How to Recognize Him in Daily Life, the 2011 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Waiting On Wednesday
This week's pre-publication "can't -wait-to-read" selection is:
Delicacy (paperback) 256-pgs
Author: David Foenkimos
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Release Date: 12-6-11
After her husband's unexpected death, Natalie has erected a fortress around her emotions- and Markus, clumsy and unassuming, will never be her knight in shining armour.Yet slowly but surely, an offbeat romance begins between these two mismatched, complex souls, and contrary to everything Natalie knows of affection, her perfect suitor may turn out to be love's most unlikely candidate , the fool, not the hero, who is finally able to reach her heart.
"Don’t Collaborate on Values"
by David Friedman
When I work with leaders who want to create a high-performance culture, they naturally want to know where to begin. And the answer is—with values.
Values are the cornerstone of organizational culture because our behavior is a reflection of our values. In fact, you can best understand the culture (and operating values) of any organization simply by watching how its people behave. If you want to change behavior, start with values. The highest performing companies know this and they take steps to institutionalize their most important values.
One of the biggest misconceptions about values development is that it should be a collaborative process. Some leaders think that they should survey their people and build consensus around what the organization’s values should be. They try to write mission statements and values that will look good on a poster or in their annual report, but all too often these statements lack any meaningful personal investment. These efforts are, in fact, misguided.
The development and sponsorship of organizational values is one of the essential roles of leadership. It’s the leader’s responsibility to stipulate the values that will drive the organization toward success. Not only is the leader the primary author/architect of the organization’s values, but he/she is also the chief example and cheerleader for those values. This is why it’s so critical that the leader be personally invested in them.
Not surprisingly, many leaders have difficulty articulating the values they want to use to lead their organizations. My counsel is to look inward, rather than looking outward. In other words, think about the values that are most meaningful to you. I’ll often ask leaders, “What do you care most about? What are your strongest beliefs about how people ought to be, or about how work ought to be done, or about what you want your company to be known for?” Chances are there are already many things you’re always telling people along these lines. This is a pretty good starting point when identifying values. The key is to notice the values you already believe strongly in, as opposed to trying to craft a politically correct statement of someone else’s values.
In my book, Fundamentally Different, I share some additional thoughts on how to write your values in a way that is most helpful in the effort to institutionalize them, and ultimately, to create a high-performance culture.
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
Publication Date: June 2011
Price: $28.95 hardcover, $19.95 paperback, $9.95 ebook
Buy Links: Amazon (hardcover), Amazon (paperback), Kindle
Known for his compelling logic and easy-to-understand style, Friedman shares the most important insights he learned during a 27-year business career in which he led one of the most unique and successful companies in his industry. Captured in his self-styled Fundamentals, this collection of wisdom is so simple, yet powerful, that you’ll wonder why the principles he describes aren’t more commonplace in every organization across America.
But Friedman’s Fundamentals aren’t just about business. They’re a guidebook for life. And like so many other people who’ve already embraced them, you’ll no doubt find your life enriched by their practice.
David Friedman is the former President of RSI, an award-winning employee benefits brokerage and consulting firm in the Philadelphia area. He is a frequent guest speaker and seminar leader on organizational culture, leadership, and values. A graduate of the College of William & Mary with a degree in Philosophy, Friedman currently lives in Moorestown, NJ with his wife and 2 college-age children.
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Pump Up Your Book
Tuesday, November 1st
Interviewed at The Hot Author Report
Book spotlighted at Pump Up Your Books, Blurbs and Bytes
Wednesday, November 2nd
Interviewed at Broowaha
Thursday, November 3rd
Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book
Friday, November 4th
Interviewed at Divine Caroline
Guest blogging at Literal Exposure
Monday, November 7th
Book excerpt featured at Between the Covers
Tuesday, November 8th
Interviewed at Blogcritics
Wednesday, November 9th
Guest blogging at The Book Connection
Thursday, November 10th
Interviewed at Examiner
Friday, November 11
Book spotlighted at The Writer’s Life
Monday, November 14th
Book spotlighted at Reviews by Molly
Tuesday, November 15th
Guest blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
Wednesday, November 16th
Book spotlighted at Books, Products and More!
Thursday, November 17th
Interviewed at As the Pages Turn
Friday, November 18th
Interviewed at American Chronicle
Monday, November 21st
Interviewed at Tribute Books Reviews and Giveaways
Interviewed at Paperback Writer
Tuesday, November 22nd
Book spotlighted at Life in Review
Wednesday, November 23rd
Book reviewed at The Book Connection
TBD: Guest blogging at Tribute Books Mama
Guest blogging at Mick’s Leadership Blog
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
My teaser :
" The way I always felt wrong kissing him because of you," I say.
Gale holds my gaze. " If I thought that was true, I could almost live with the rest of it." Pg. 197
Taken from: Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins
Dancing With The Stars
Well, the show is at the semi-finals and the four stars are trying their hardest to stay in to get to the finals. JR my favorite was suffering from a twisted ankle, but tried his best to go on. You could definitely see the pain in his face. Rob surprised everyone with his dances and really improved a lot. Ricki was amazing and Hope tried her best, but I think tonight we might see her gone. Stay tuned for the result show tonight.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
I found the second book in this series as exciting as the first one. The twists and turns of the story captures your attention that I couldn't find myself putting the book down. Just when Katniss finds herself the victor of the Hunger Games and going through all the hell she went through to win, things start all over for her. She finds herself having to build up her strength and courage to continue on in spite of all the adversity. The ending of this second book leaves you wondering what is going to happen next. I can't wait to start the last book in this series.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Last night's show had Pam worried about Jim's attention to her fill-in when she left on maternity leave. Naturally she didn't feel attractive after gaining so much weight . Jim always re-inforced her feelings but she thought he wasn't telling her the truth. She then went to Dwight for help and they banded together to find how Jim felt, even to the point of getting his blood pressure checked when asked certain questions. The readings did show that his pressure was high and off they went to the Doctor's, with Pam feeling sorry for him. Stay tuned.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
The World Of Ice And Stars by Mark Whiteway - Post
This is the second book in the series that takes you into whole new world to be astounded by. Each of the main characters has a persona of their own , that develops into rivalary and kinships among them all. It is loaded with great imagination and a creative sense of the author. This would definitely be a page turner for both adults and pre-teens to enjoy. Take a trip into The World Of Ice And Stars.
Well, the weather has been cooperating this week and Buster got to go to his favorite place of all "the park". It has been in the high 60's which is great for November. When he got out of the car, he couldn't wait for his paws to touch the ground and take off on the trail. Some of his dog friends were there to and he seemed happy to see them. But unfortunately, today it's raining so I don't think he will be able to go. Stay tuned.
Booking Through Thursday
E- Readers like the Kindle and I Pad are sweeping the nation.... do you have one? do you like it? Do you find it changes your reading/buying habits? If you don't have one , do you plan to?
I don't have one, I prefer reading the actual book, but I am buying one as a Christmas gift for someone.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I started watching this show recently and got into the characters. It is a family oriented show and how close they become with their families all living close by. On last night's episode, Seth is released from re-hab and Amber, his daughter, lets him live in her apartment for awhile and realizes what her mother went through all those years. Crosby can't get by with his son having another male father figure in his life. He really gets annoyed ,when the other person wants to take his son to his first football game and readily acts on it.
Waiting On Wednesday
This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
The Retribution by Val Mc Dermid
(hardcover) 416 pgs. Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press Release Date: 1-10-12
Tony Hill has had a good run. He and dectective Carol Jordan have put away scores of dangerous criminals at a rate that colleagues envy. But there is one serial killer who has shaped and defined their careers, and whose evil surpasses all others. Now, Jacko Vance has escaped from prison-even more twisted and cunning than before, he is focused on reckoning revenge on Tony and Carol for his years spent in prison.
Wondrous Words Wednesday
1. ebullient- (adj) extremely lively, enthusiastic.
2. effulgent- (adj) radiant, splendorous.
3. fractious- (adj) troublesome or irritable.
These are actually taken from SAT vocabulary words.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Dancing With The Stars
Things are heating up as the stars try to make it through to the semi-finals. I don't think Nancy will make it through this week as Len commented that it might be her time to go. Maks gave Len a kiss as he really liked their jive and said that's how it should be done.It was really fast and lively. Ricki didn't do as well with the instant dance,she seemed to miss a step or two.Stay tuned to see who will be voted off tonight, it could be surprising.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Last night on Dexter, Brother Sam tells Dexter that he forgives Nick who shot him and for Dexter to show his light. Brother Sam dies of his multiple gunshot wounds , but Dexter confronts Nick at the place where Brother Sam baptized him. He shows no remorse or repentance and Dexter gets so angry drowns him and disposes his body in his usual way. Meanwhile , the girl who was kidnapped for the next sacrifice in The Doomsday murders was let go, after the torturer finds out she has a young son.