Thursday, May 31, 2012

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

Q:  If you could write a book, what would it be about, and why? (though, of course, some of you already have.)

My book would definitely be a mystery, combined with historical fiction, my two favorite types of books.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

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

Size 12 And Ready To Rock
by: Meg Cabot
Release Date: 7-10-12
Publisher - Morrow

Heather Wells, former teen pop sensation turned N.Y. college residence hall director (sometimes sleuth), knows she should leave the detecting to actual private investigator (and new fiance') Cooper Cartwright, but when the producer of a reality show being filmed in her dorm is murdered, How can she help but get involved?

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words are taken from interesting words, they all begin with the letter "A".

1. Abyssopelagic- pertaining to the depths of the ocean.

2. Acatalepsy- A weak understanding; mental deficiency.

3. Adumbrate- To give a sketchy outline of; to disclose partially.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

Here is my teaser, taken from Spectral by Shannon Duffy ( ebook)

I jumped high onto his back and twisted his neck, rage surging through my veins, until he dropped to the ground in a heap.


Friday, May 25, 2012

Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow

Q: Activity- Dream Cast your current book!

Currently, I am almost finished reading The Proposal  by Mary Balogh (A historical fiction novel)I would cast Hugo as Hugh Jackman and Gwendoline, Lady Muir as Nicole Kidman.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

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

The Girl Below   by Bianca Zander    Release Date: 6-19-12      Pub. William Morrow

After 10 years in New Zealand, Suki returns to London, to a city that won't let her in. However a chance meeting with Peggy an old family friend who still lives in the building where she grew up convinces Suki that there is a way to reconnect with the life she left behind a decade earlier. Slipping back in time to the night of a party her parents threw in their garden 20 yrs. ago, when something happened in an old long used air raid shelter.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from:  Difficult Medical Words

1. Ablepsy- blindness

2. Epitaxis- Bloody nose

3. Hypertrophic- Enlargement of an organ

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Teaser Tuesday



My teaser today is from  The Color Of Snow by Brenda Stanley  (e-book).

“I’m sorry,” I whispered through tears. “They are my friends. I want to have friends, Papa.”

Papa shook his head gravely. “I know you do, but there are things you don’t understand and I am only doing what’s best for you…and them.”

I sobbed at the thought of no longer seeing Damien or Donny. “Why is it for the best? Why can’t I have friends?”

“Sophie, it’s dangerous. Bad things will happen.”

Click here to add The Color of Snow to your Goodreads to-read list.

Evita On Broadway

Evita On Broadway

On Saturday, I saw Evita starring Ricky Martin on Broadway. He was terrific in the show and it was good seeing him perform again. The weather was warm and sunny and a perfect day to be in New York. We did a lot of walking around and saw one museum. The day ended fast, but it was a very enjoyable.

Jamie B. Musings/Jamie White - The Life and Times of No One in Particular - Author Interview

Author Interview

1. How does your book appeal to women?
There are a variety of smart female characters women can see themselves in.

2. How does your book appeal to men?
Men may enjoy escaping into another world where they can put themselves into the mind of a writer, musician or scientist.

3. How does your book appeal to teenagers and those in their 20s?
The book is written in a fast-paced YA style that allows the reader to put themselves into a variety of situations.

4. How does your book appeal to those who are middle aged?
They may enjoy a satirical look at the entertainment industry.

5. How does your book appeal to the elderly?
This book spans several different time periods and includes slang and settings that take the reader back to the roaring 20s, the days of the depression and beyond.

6. In your mind, who is the ideal reader of your book?
This book is a good fit for anyone who enjoys fast-paced stories with paranormal and satirical aspects.


About the Book

Beware the muse with a chip on her shoulder.

Muses are often called uncooperative, grumpy, lazy beings who abandon a writer when they're needed most. Now, one of them has decided to tell their side of the story. Meet Clarissa, a muse who has spent centuries trying to inspire artists who sometimes are too stubborn to listen to her.

What is your muse trying to say to you? Clarissa might just be able to answer that...

Price: $0.99
Number of Pages: 216
Genre: Paranormal Fiction/Satire/YA
Publisher: Create Space
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Buy Link: Kindle


About the Author

Jamie B. Musings (Jamie White) is a music addict, book lover, pet servant and NaNoWriMo survivor. When she's not busy writing posts for Culture Shock, she's taking pictures for her new obsession (That Photo Blog) and spending time with her husband and pets. Her first book, The Life and Times of No One in Particular, was released this month.

Connect with Jamie:
Web Site
Blog - Culture Shock
Blog - That Photo Blog
Twitter
Facebook
YouTube

Monday, May 21, 2012

Buster The Shih-Tzu pup

Buster    The Shih-Tzu pup

Just a little update on Buster, he graduated to adult dog food and took to it right away. He's a very active little guy, who likes very much playing with my old socks, if I tie them in knots. Unfortunately I am now missing a lot of pairs lol but he is happy.That's it for now, stay tuned.

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

This week I received an offer of a book called Slice Of life : A self help odyssey.
Still reading, The Proposal by Mary Balogh.It was a very busy week with little time to read.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Feature & Follow - I'm this week's featured blog!

How exciting! Tribute Books Mama is this week's featured blog for the Feature & Follow Friday meme.

I've been participating in this meme on a weekly basis, so it is such an honor to be chosen. Thanks again to Alison at alisoncanread.com and Rachel at parajunkee.com. I really do appreciate your choosing me.

Please visit alisoncanread.com to see my answers to the featured blog interview.

Now on to this week's question:

Summer Break is upon us! What would be the perfect vacation spot for you to catch up on your reading & relax?

I visited the Outer Banks of North Carolina in 2003 and 2004, and fell in love with the Elizabethan Gardens. There was a gazebo facing the bay that would be the ideal spot to spend a day lost in a good book. I thought that it would make an perfect reading location the moment I saw it. I think I was reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at the time. Ah, the reading memories!

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

Q:   If you had to choose to live within a novel, which would it be?

I would have to say Ann Of Green Gables, the beautiful countryside and the people living there would be an enjoyable way of life.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Desperately Wanting Wednesday

Desperately Wanting Wednesday is not only for releases that I’m waiting on, it’s also for already released novels that I just haven’t purchased yet, or gotten to.

 



The Color of Snow
by Brenda Stanley
Publication Date: June 1, 2012

When a beautiful 16-year-old girl named Sophie is found sequestered in a cage-like room in a rundown house in the desolate hills of Arbon Valley, Idaho, the entire community is shocked to learn she is the legendary Callidora--a baby girl who was kidnapped from her crib almost seventeen years ago and canonized in missing posters with portraits of what the fabled girl might resemble. Authorities soon learn that the cage was there to protect people from Sophie, because her biological father believes she is cursed.

Sophie is discovered after the man she knows as Papa, shoots and injures Damien, a young man who is trying to rescue her. Now, unsocialized and thrust into the world, and into a family she has never met, Sophie must decide whether she should accept her Papa’s claims that she is cursed and he was only trying to protect others, or trust the new people in her life who have their own agendas. Guided by a wise cousin, Sophie realizes that her most heartbreaking challenge is to decide if her love for Damien will destroy him like her Papa claims, or free her from past demons that haunt her mind.

Click here to add The Color of Snow to your Goodreads to-read list.

Waiting On Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

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

 
Back to Bataan
by Jerome Charyn
Publication Date: July 1, 2012

Hiding out in Riverside Park after lashing out at the boy who stole his girlfriend, Jack joins ranks with a group of vagrants and is soon under the sway of a man called the Leader, a charismatic ex-convict.

Click here to add Back to Bataan to your Goodreads to-read list.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from: Weird English Words.

1. Depone- to testify under oath.

2. Finnimbrun- a trinket or knick-knack.

3. Limerance- an attempt at a scientific study into the nature of romantic love.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

Here's my teaser: From murder to redemption, this angel warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart.

Taken from:     Until Next Time    By Amy Lignor

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mad men

Mad Men

On last night's show Don gets his creative juices flowing again as his idea for a soft-drink ad is accepted. However the other ad is left behind in the cab by him which doesn't give him any competition. Betty gets to see Don's apartment when she has to pick up the kids and is really surprised how luxurious it is and becomes despaired and jealous. She is trying to loose weight but keeps turning back to food. It's good to see her back on the show again. Stay tuned.



Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

Started to read The Proposal by Mary Balogh, which I got from Amazon Vine. No other physical books this week.How about you?

Friday, May 11, 2012

Feature&Follow

Feature&Follow

Q: This Sunday in the U.S. is Mother's Day. In celebration, what are some of your favorite books with strong mother/child relationships?

I definitely have to say Little Women, this was a very strong bond between mother and her daughters.
Anne of Green Gables, although she was an orphan had a very strong relationship and bond with Marilla , who adopted her.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Knee Deep by Jolene Perry review

This is a story of a teenage girl named Ronnie who is being abused by her boyfriend and soul mate Shawn. She can't come to grips with the fact that just because he is stressed with his problems at home that she should put up with his anger. Her good friend Luke tries to persuade her that he is not right for her and to get away from him. Things get worse and she ends up in the hospital after being hit in the face, and she seeks help through a support group at the recommendation of her father. Shawn becomes even more angry, while Luke continues to care for her.


This is a familiar story of what's going on in the world with many teenage girls. It's sad to think that they have to stay in these situations thinking that they are to blame. This was a very good read and I thought it was very insightful.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

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




The Color of Snow
by Brenda Stanley
Publication Date: June 1, 2012

When a beautiful 16-year-old girl named Sophie is found sequestered in a cage-like room in a rundown house in the desolate hills of Arbon Valley, Idaho, the entire community is shocked to learn she is the legendary Callidora--a baby girl who was kidnapped from her crib almost seventeen years ago and canonized in missing posters with portraits of what the fabled girl might resemble. Authorities soon learn that the cage was there to protect people from Sophie, because her biological father believes she is cursed.

Sophie is discovered after the man she knows as Papa, shoots and injures Damien, a young man who is trying to rescue her. Now, unsocialized and thrust into the world, and into a family she has never met, Sophie must decide whether she should accept her Papa’s claims that she is cursed and he was only trying to protect others, or trust the new people in her life who have their own agendas. Guided by a wise cousin, Sophie realizes that her most heartbreaking challenge is to decide if her love for Damien will destroy him like her Papa claims, or free her from past demons that haunt her mind.

Click here to add The Color of Snow to your Goodreads to-read list.



Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Taken from : Words that make you sound smarter.

1. Fait Accompli- n;  An accomplished fait, a thing already done.

2. Idiosyncratic-n;  A characteristic, habit, mannerism, or the like, that is peculiar to an individual.

3. Ennui- n; A feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

Here is my teaser:

Has he been drinking? Dread seeps into my stomach and it shouldn't. I should be thrilled, but it's just not what I needed this weekend.

Taken from Knee Deep (e-book)  by Jolene Perry

Monday, May 7, 2012

Mad Men

Mad Men

Last night's episode of Mad Men had Megan leaving her job and pursing an acting career which she loves.It was surprising that Don agreed to let her do it. He made her resign her job the following day, much to everyone's surprise. Pete had a tryst with his fellow train commuter's wife, after accidentally running into her. The show is full of surprises and there is more to come, stay tuned.

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

Reviewed- The Shoemaker's Wife  by Adriana Trigiani

Reading - Knee Deep (e-book) by Jolene Perry

Friday, May 4, 2012

Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow

Q:  What is the one thing you wish you could tell your favorite author?

I would tell them, because I have more than one favorite, thanks! for transporting me to a different world with their writing.

The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani

The Shoemaker's Wife   by Adriana Trigiani          Post-review

This was a heart warming romantic story which took place during the 1900's. Enza, the Italian beauty and Ciro, the handsome boy from the Italian Alps. They met as teenagers and then again as adults in America. Ciro becomes a master shoemaker at his trade and Enza a wonderful seamstress at The Metropolitan Opera House. It's an epic tale of everything in their lives love, loss, heartache and mainly their love of family. They were truly like Romeo and Juliet to me. This story of their lives was a fascinating read and a page turner, I found I couldn't put it down. They lived their lives for family the most important reason to them.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Ghost Hunters Taps

Ghost Hunters    Taps

Last night the team investigated a ship that was believed to be haunted by it's heroes who died there. A very distinct form of a person leaning against a doorway was seen, he then straightened up and disappeared behind it. Amy and Adam ,who were up on the deck saw someone walk by the gate at the end of the walkway. Things were happening all over the ship, it was an interesting case. The countdown is on for Grant as this one of his last investigations. Stay tuned.

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

Q:  Do you have siblings?  Do They like to read?

I have a daughter, who is an adult and has been reading and loving books since the age of four.I have one brother who isn't into reading too much at all.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Different words for love mentioned in the Bible:

1. Agape - unconditional love, God for mankind.

2. Storge - love that grows between family members.

3. Eros - A special intimate love between just two people for life; not to be shared.