Friday, September 28, 2012

Feature&Follow

Feature&Follow

Q:  What is the biggest word you've seen used in a book lately-that made you stop and look it up? Might as well leave the definition and book too.

In reading the Kingmaker's Daughter the word I had to get the definition for was :
Coltish- Energetic but awkward in one's movements or behavior.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

How Angels Die by David Michael Harding Review- post

How Angels Die     By David Michael Harding  Review- Post

This is an intriguing and exciting story about two brave sisters, Monique and Claire during the dark days of World War 11. Their coastal French town is under German occupation and they try to do their part to end it by Monique sleeping with the German officers to obtain information and Claire being an active combat guerilla fighter. The sisters are constantly disagreeing on what the other one is doing. Danger lurks on every page as the passion for their mission grows more intense. The things they have to endure leaves you astonished with their bravery. I found this to be a fascinating book with high drama.

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

Q:
Do you bring the book(s) with you when you go out? How? Physically or in an e-reader of some kind. Have your habits in this regard changed?

Unless I think I'm going to have a long wait in a Doctor's office, I don't usually bring a book to read with me. I do most of my reading at home.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday - OWLET by Emma Michaels

"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:

Owlet
Society of Feathers #1
by Emma Michaels
Publication Date: October 13, 2012

Somewhere between falling and flying...there is a girl.

Iris has a secret. She lost her memory eight years ago and never told a living soul. After an asthma attack one night she finds out that her dreams of a strange house on a snowy island may be a memory resurfacing but the more she learns about the past the more she realizes the life she has been living is a lie. As the façade her father has built starts to crumble around her she will have to decide which means more to her; the truth or her life.

Click here to add Owlet to your Goodreads to-read list.


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Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Since I've been at a loss for some "Q" words lately playing scrabble, I thought I would share some with you.

1. Quaff- Drink(something; esp. an alcoholic drink) heartily.

2. Qi- is frequently translated as life energy, life force.

3. Quagmire- an area of miry or boggy ground whose surface yields under the tread; a bog.

4. Qats- It is a tropical evergreen shrub that can primarily be found in Africa.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser for today is taken from: Five O' Clock Follies  by Theasa Tuchy

Pg. 53
Angela's breath bounced back on her face inside the gauze mask. She could feel beads of moisture on the puffy delicate skin beneath her eyes.

Rishabh Jain - The Red Serpent Trilogy - Review



About the Book

The Red Serpent Trilogy presents a highly evolved vampire to fear: cold and callous, powerful and dangerous, possessed by mystic promises and destroyed only by silver. It is the year 2021 — the human world has degraded, its inhabitants unworthy of the supernatural gifts bestowed upon them. Compelled by ancient prophesy, an ancient vampire army takes the human race by force, sparing few lives. They await the second coming of their king, Anaxagoras, which will hurl the world into a final battle that will free the vampires from their infinite hiding. But by the hands of fate, there is one human who may save his entire race.

The Red Serpent Trilogy is a celestial fusion of science fiction and fantasy, unfolding conflicting intentions for the survival of both the human and vampire races. But in a world ruled by supernatural and mythological forces, there is only room for one race, and neither will go easily. The few survivors of the fatal vampire onslaught escape to an asteroid space station, Regnum, where they thrive as they keep an attentive watch on the vampires on the earth below. But unbeknown to himself or anyone else, Alex, half human half vampire, holds the keys to secrets that will help him realize his duties and cement his fate as either a human or a vampire.


My Review

This is a story of vampires attacking the earth in the year 2012, with a very bloody battle and eliminating most of it's human population. The ones remaining were led by General Howe to an orbiting space station called Regnum and have been there ever since.

Alexander, the General's nephew, has a secret about himself that may mean the saving of the humans that remain. If he is able to find peace between the vampires and the humans and if not it will mean one of them will fall victim and be destroyed.

It is an intriguing story of how Alexander finds out the truth about himself and how he has to handle a very volatile situation. He also learns the truth about the people that are close to him and they are the ones he trusted the most.

***

The Red Serpent Trilogy can be purchased at:
the-red-serpent-trilogy.com

Price: $12.99 paperback
ISBN: 9780984752201
Pages: 131
Release: August 14, 2012


About the Author

Rishabh Jain was born in the city of Kanpur, in India, in 1990. From a young age, he displayed remarkable traits of creativity and inventiveness. When a young boy of 8 or 9 years old, Rishabh left his father (himself an electrical engineer) shocked and speechless one day, when he managed to make an asymmetrical and unbalanced structure made of blocks, with which he was very fond of playing, stand stable for 2 to 3 minutes, blissfully unaware that the laws of physics and mechanics made it impossible.

Rishabh entered Pathways World School in 2003, an International Baccaulaureate School on the outskirts of New Delhi, in the 8th Grade. Here, his multidisciplinary talents and interests blossomed in the creative environment of an International Level School. He was awarded an Academic Merit Scholarship from Pathways World School, for the academic years 2004-05 and 2005-06 (his 9th & 10th Grades). Being an absolutely ardent fan of and enamored by the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the Harry Potter series, it was his dream to write a story of his own as a “Trilogy.” This was the inspiration from which he conceived the genesis and plot of this current book The Red Serpent Trilogy, and he finally realized his dream and completed the book in 2006 and was issued the copyright to the same in January of 2007.

Rishabh completed his High School (10th Grade) in 2006, with an award of Distinction from IGCSE, Cambridge. He participated in “Harvard Model Congress Asia” (a three-day student conference organized by Harvard University, where selected students were invited from around the world to take part in simulations of the United States Congress) in Bangkok, in September 2006. He also was a participant in Ryan International School’s Indian Model United Nations (INMUN) in 2006, which was a three-day simulation of the United Nations, wherein he received a Certificate of Achievement.

While studying for the International Baccaulaureate Diploma (11th & 12th Grades) in the same school, Rishabh participated in and won 1st prize in two competitions (one for extempore speaking and the other for debate) in VIVUM Bangalore (India). He also built a Bio-Gas plant during a Community Service Project in a village of Rajasthan near Rathambore National Park. Rishabh was democratically elected by the student body for a period of two years (2007 & 2008) as a member of the Student Council (consisting of a total of twelve members representing the whole school) — a most responsible and keenly contested and coveted position.

Due to the peer recognition of his multidisciplinary talents in Creative Writing, English, Literature, and General Knowledge, and his unique ability to relate to people, Rishabh was also elected as the Editor of the Annual School Magazine Rewind. In June 2007, Rishabh participated in “GLOBAL YOUNG LEADERS CONFERENCE” (GYLC) in Washington & New York. This was a global conference, where approximately 200 international students from various countries around the globe were invited to attend. The conference lasted two weeks, with one in Washington and one in New York. He was awarded “Youth Leadership Award” in recognition of meritorious achievement in scholarship, leadership and citizenship.

Due to his exemplary performance in GYLC in 2007, he was invited to attend a week-long program, and as a special guest among a very few selected international students, attended the appointment and swearing-in ceremony of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the USA, in January 2009. After earning his International Baccaulaureate Diploma (11th & 12th Grades) in 2008, from among a large number of offers from various prestigious Universities, Rishabh entered the Mechanical Engineering program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he presently resides and is currently pursuing his engineering degree. Amid his grueling schedule of Engineering studies, Rishabh has almost completed a 2nd book, which is a space science fiction adventure & love story.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

The Emmys

The Emmys

Homeland as the newcomer show aced out "Mad Men." Best comedy was won by "Modern Family." Julianne Moore won the award for best actress for her portrayal of Sarah Palin in "Game Change." For me the show was boring and lack luster and long. Check your paper for the rest of the winners.

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

There were no physical books in my mailbox this week.

Reading: The Kingmaker's Daughter   by Philippa Gregory

What did you get in your Mailbox?

Dr. Gerry Steiner - Gotta Call BS on That One - Guest Post & Giveaway



About the Book

Was missile defense started to save the free world or start a new empire? Do religions help us understand God or help keep God a mystery? Do schools prepare us for life or delay our lives? Does Congress help protect us or help exploit us? Has there ever been any BS involved in any of the above? Have we embraced or challenged the BS.? Could we make a difference? Would we want to make a difference?

Whether reading a newspaper, watching TV, or listening to a song, we are probably observing and absorbing a certain amount of BS. Do we recognize it, realize it, reject it or absorb it. This book provides a beginning to considering these questions. It can provide a basis for understanding, a basis for action, a cause of laughter, a foundation for tears, or some combination. This book often states the obvious, but it’s the obvious that often we collectively don’t seem to own up to. Much of the strife of life, the inequities of the world, even the causes of wars and disasters of the economy might be rooted in our collective self-deception.

The adventure starts with a reflection on a fairy tale from our childhood and one from Washington. It then joins a pair – a professor and his young assistant on an American adventure. They look at such topics as social interaction, sports professional and local, and our individual fitness. Business and education provide many examples and insights. Next, religion and science provide contrasts and similarities.

Government, politics, the legal system, and military service complete this brief trip. In each area, the presence and effects of BS are noted. The final section is devoted to the three greatest downfalls of society in the last century. They are identified and their drastic effects on our society are briefly examined.


Guest Post

Have you ever wanted to stand up during a speech, lecture, sermon, advertisement and just yell. You weren’t being directly harmed or attacked. Nothing was physically being stolen from you. No one was demanding your mind or your money. Just the same, you felt violated in a very real sense. BS steals from us all. Pretending to accept the false makes it harder to trust the authentic.

It seems very important that we know what is real and what is BS. It is also important that those that generate BS, (we all do some) realize that they’re not fooling anyone. It would really mess things up if all BS were challenged and rejected, but it might be useful if it were identified and acknowledged. As I started to collect my thoughts, I was almost overwhelmed by the examples and challenges that life presents us. Almost every area of our experience is affected. In the book I have not put much emphasis on politics. As we proceed in this election year I am sure that we will have ample opportunity to find “sterling” examples. (Sterling BS is sort of an oxymoron!)

As we proceed we’ll need active participation to make this the best experience. Maybe we can have some awards on the blog for different classes of BS. Your suggestions are encouraged. As with any blog, it is your participation and our interaction that will provide the richness.

I have spent much of my life being frustrated by the BS and by the frequent pretense that the BS is reality. Through the book and this blog I want to challenge this. I believe most of us recognize BS when we stop and think about it. I’ve often felt that putting up with BS is societies definition of maturity and wisdom. I don’t think most of us really feel that way. This is an effort to observe, laugh and possibly change.

Throughout the book you will see a wagging finger beside the text. There was a small group of us at work that would silently use this finger wagging as means to silently, but visibly, point out BS when we see or hear it. It would be great to establish this as a nationally recognized and accepted symbology, It might even become an effective way of communicating our knowledge and feelings to those that provide the BS.

Maybe we can also create a list of BS. Postulates. The first might be: “If you wonder if it’s BS, it almost certainly is!”

Please enjoy. Laugh at the BS, act but don’t get mad!

***

Gotta Call BS on That One can be purchased at:
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Click here to read an excerpt.

Price: $13.99 paperback, $6.99 ebook
ISBN: 9781937928919
Pages: 178
Release: August 5, 2012


About the Author

Gerry Steiner has enjoyed a life that is varied in location, vocation, and activities. He started in the land of tradition and history, Hampton, Va., the oldest continuous English speaking settlement in the United States. After high school and eighteen years surrounded by history. Gerry was ready to venture away from Virginia. After considering Cornell, he caught a train to California and went to Caltech. He left Caltech after a couple years to work in seismic oil exploration. His Uncle invited Mr. Steiner to visit Asia. Gerry picked the Navy as the best way to get there. This kept him busy for ten years. A year of Navy school as an electronics technician started the process. Fortunate circumstances led him to his wife and “stability?” for the next 40 years. Gerry then finished his BS and an MS in oceanography before sailing for Vietnam, There gunfire support and chasing aircraft carriers kept him in touch with the real world. Receiving fuel and supplies at sea gave him an appreciation for close quarters’ steerage. A pleasant break provided a week in Olongapo followed by a week in Hong Kong. His wife, Marilyn joined him.

After the Navy and back in Seattle he continued his work in sonar research at the UW Applied Physics Laboratory. He started work on a PhD in electrical engineering. He made sonar measurements from an ice floe in the Arctic Ocean north of Barrow, Alaska. Two visits by polar bears approaching to 20 ft. added to the excitement Dr. Steiner moved to Ridgecrest, CA where he held a position at China Lake Naval Weapons Center. Several years in automatic target recognition included radar field measurements from Pt. Loma, San Diego. Next he started the Airborne RF Targeting Branch. Gerry also completed his doctorate in electrical engineering.

From China Lake Dr. Steiner ventured off to Denver, Colorado to join Martin Marietta. The initial year in Denver was focused on space based radar plans. A movie and a president changed his focus. The movie was Star Wars, the president was Reagan, the focus became the Strategic Defense Initiative. He spent the next decade on issues related to SDI. After the space based interceptor there was a space based laser concept. His efforts contained analysis, management, design, and testing. A couple years were spent developing a new rocket to provide a re-useable single stage to orbit vehicle. Only physics stood in the way.

Gerry’s wife was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer and given six months to live. They had great times that were ended. Dr. Steiner moved to Maui five years ago. He has written this book to share his observations on how the world works and how it could work better.

Connect with Gerry:
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Friday, September 21, 2012

Project Runway

Project Runway

Last night on Project Runway the designers had to design a costume for the Rockettes. Some of their designs were too much glitter and glam, while others weren't enough. I really liked Dimitry's design, it was both elegant and professional in it's design. The judges chose Christopher's, based on the skyline of New York, perfect for the show. Ven went home, because his had no design and was very plain. Stay tuned.

Feature&Follow

Feature&Follow

Q:  What hyped up book was worth all of the fuss?

The Harry Potter series was definitely worth all of the fuss.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Damages The final episode

Damages  The Final Episode

After watching the series for months, I thought the ending was thrown together to get everything in. Certain parts need more of an explanation. Patty lost her key witness in the end and the trial ended, with Ellen not losing. Ellen finding out she was pregnant married and had a child and left her practice to pursue a better type of life. Patty continued on in her practice, alone after the death of her son, although keeping the custody of her grandchild. I liked the show very much and will miss watching it.

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

Q:    What are you reading right now?

Right now I am finishing up the book How Angels Die by David- Michael Harding.

          Would you recommend it?

Yes, very much.

            What's it about?

In four fateful days, Monique and Claire Mc Cleash, battle German occupation of their coastal France town in the early days of 1944. The strikingly beautiful Monique puts her body and wit to work for the resistance by dating and sleeping with German officers; her younger sister Claire elects instead to serve as an active combat guerilla fighter for the cause.



Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wishing Sissy the dog a happy 7th birthday!



One of Buster's favorite dog pals is Sissy. Her owner is the wonderful author, Kathleen Gerard who wrote the fantastic In Transit: A Novel (http://in-transit-the-novel-blog-tour.blogspot.com).

We all know how Buster keeps his eye on the neighborhood ice cream truck, and we know he'd be thrilled that his friend Sissy celebrated with a vanilla scoop of her own.

Happy Birthday Sissy!

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

These are somewhat scary words:

stygian- Of or relating to the Styx River, very dark and gloomy; "the Stygian Crypt."

arachnid- A large class of arthropods that are mostly air-breathing by means of trachea or book lungs, that include spiders and scorpions.

brigand- A robber or bandit.

Waiting on Wednesday

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

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

Gilded Wings
The Angel Chronicles #2
by Amy Lignor
Publication: Nov. 1, 2012

The Beloved Angel/Warrior Team from Until Next Time Returns!

When Matt and Emily are sent on their second mission they have no idea how truly dark human nature can become…

Emily never wanted to face humans again. With the heartache that went on down below, she’s still trying to figure out how to save souls that don’t deserve saving. The only one she wants to see again is Jason - the young man she fell in love with who became the soulmate she simply can’t forget…

Matt was trained to protect and defend the souls down below. Longing to feel the heartfelt emotions that come from being human, Matt wants nothing more than to have just one life - one chance - to live and love the girl of his dreams…

The powerful team find themselves in a brand new century, living in the Gilded Age of New York City. Emily takes over the body of Anya, a young Russian girl who arrives on Ellis Island after a hideous tragedy. There she meets up with a strangely familiar young man by the name of Drew Parrish, who helps Anya survive in an unknown world of luxury, snobbery and…obsession.

What Anya’s inner angel doesn’t know is that the soul she loves is also back. This time around Jason goes by the name of Max Carrow. Once a quiet and kind boy, he’s now part of the ‘Four Hundred Club,’ and wants nothing more than to be among the most admired as he climbs the shaky ladder of society’s elite.

As two worlds merge, Emily and Matt struggle under the weight of their “Gilded Wings.” Not only will they have to figure out who they should fight to save, but they must also face a romantic choice that could destroy them both.

Click here to add Gilded Wings: The Angel Chronicles, Book 2 to your Goodreads to-read list.

Annmarie Kelly - Victorious Woman! - Guest Post



About the Book

Real Women – Real Stories – Real Challenges – Real Victories

What’s a woman to do? If she makes a bad choice or gets thrown one of life's curveballs, is she forever doomed?

Author Annmarie Kelly says "NO!" and proves it with compelling real life stories of women who faced and overcame seemingly overwhelming life challenges. This powerfully moving book overflows with intelligence, understanding, emotion and true grit.

Kelly explains victory as the stretch you make out of your comfort zone and into the greater, fuller expression of who you really are – your authentic self. She demonstrates victory by taking you inside the lives of nine distressed women and showing you how they became victorious. You are likely to recognize something of yourself woven in each of these stories; each one will inspire and encourage you to forge your own victory over whatever is challenging you right now. At the end of each woman’s chapter you’ll find soul-searching questions that you must ask yourself to insure your own victories.

Author Kelly concludes the stories with a "lessons learned" chapter. Gleaning the best from each Victorious Woman, from the many other women she interviewed and from her own intriguing life challenges, Kelly describes the FOUR LIFESTYLES that either support you in victory or sabotage you, and the SIX SKILLS every woman has to learn to be in control of her SELF. She also gives you, her readers, the Victorious Woman Model to help you figure out what you need at different stages of challenges. The result is a book that is part inspiration, part motivation and part skill building. Some have called Victorious Woman "a blueprint for life" and "a practical approach to taking control of your life."

Since its first publication, many women say that they keep Victorious Woman! on their book shelf for reference or on their nightstand for comfort at the end of a long day. This "celebration of life" is an encouraging and enlightening read for women who want to create their own personal and professional victories.


Guest Post by Annmarie Kelly

You might like Victorious Woman! because the stories aren’t run of the mill “ta-dah” stories of successful woman. Each story is about a real woman, using her real name, who is sharing the story about the most difficult time of her life. And the stories go into how the women lived her challenge – the good, the bad and the ugly – the way you and I and every woman live our lives. Also, in the last chapter, I pull together the lessons I learned from the nine featured women as well as from the many, many other women I interviewed. What other women tell me is that they find the stories compelling and motivating. Many tell me they keep Victorious Woman! on their nightstands for reading after a difficult day. I think you might like it for that reason but also because, on a day when you feel like there isn’t anything more for you, Victorious Woman! can stir up motivating feelings of desire, hope and confidence.

I got the idea to write Victorious Woman in a dream. Then, like many of us who get great ideas that way, I immediately found an excuse to ignore the inspiration. A few months later I started having a gyn problem and the doctor couldn’t diagnose it. After ruling out different kinds of cancer, I was waiting for a call and wondering if it was ovarian. If it was, I didn’t know what I would do; I didn’t even know if I wanted to be treated or just go peacefully into the next world. That’s when the Victorious Woman idea popped into my mind again – and it was like the universe smacking me on the head, and gleefully telling me, “We tried to tell you nicely but you ignored us, so we had to give you the ‘two by four between the eyes’ to get your attention. Now will you write Victorious Woman?” The phone call came moments later and it wasn’t cancer. Interestingly, my gyn problem resolved itself within two weeks; it was the outcome of an embolization which, at that time, was an experimental treatment for fibroids. But I wasn’t going to fool around anymore. I did my first Victorious Woman interview six weeks later.

For younger women, I don’t know that they believe some of those situations can happen. They still believe that marriage is happily ever after, good health is the norm, and they probably haven’t hit a glass or cement ceiling yet. So I would hope a younger woman would read the stories and pay attention to how each Victorious Woman got into her situation – and then avoid doing the same thing. Also, I hope that a younger woman would see that a bad choice or a mistake isn’t a death sentence. Life can get bad, but it never has to be hopeless.

***

Victorious Woman! Shaping Life's Challenges into Personal Victories can be purchased at:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
VictoriousWoman.com

Price: $16.95 paperback
ISBN: 9780974603704
Pages: 279
Release: September 2004


About the Author

Author Annmarie Kelly is a professional speaker, workshop leader and victory strategist, who has firsthand knowledge of the transformative power which determination and motivation, the stuff of victory, can have in a person’s life.

Growing up in her Italian-Catholic home, Kelly wasn’t a natural go getter but rather a shy and introverted girl – a “good girl” who felt invisible and insignificant and powerless to deal with family problems including alcoholism, sibling abuse and mental illness.

In her early twenties, a broken engagement and her father’s reaction to it, caused Annmarie to look at her life and where she was going. After a couple “dark” years, she realized she had a purpose but that she was following a path that would only give her more of what she already had: disappointments, regrets and lost opportunities. Annmarie understood that she needed to make a change; she decided to start on a new track.

Through the rest of her twenties and thirties, step-by-step, she changed the way she thought about herself and her future, set major goals, and let go of many of the limitations that were holding her back, from kicking the undesired habits of smoking cigarettes and being a couch potato to getting honest about her own sabotaging behaviors. She also let go of people and environments that became obstacles to her efforts.

While leaving the comfort of the familiar for something better was what she wanted, it wasn’t easy. But in time the effort paid off. The decisions Annmarie made then have enabled her to BE more and DO more than she ever thought she could and HAVE more of the kind of life that, on her old path, would only have been a dream.

Not content to keep that kind of empowerment and success to herself, Annmarie Kelly has made it her life’s mission to help other women find the same confidence, inner power, and most importantly the “feminine victory” within. Whatever she does, whether she’s speaking, teaching, writing, blogging or coaching, she shows women just how much power they have over their own lives, encourages them to LIVE VICTORIOUSLY - out loud and in living color – and shows them the skills they need to do it!

Annmarie Kelly owns and manages SkillBuilder Systems, a training and development firm specializing in management development and communication skills. She is also the founder of The Victorious Woman Project which focuses on the information, resources and skill building which help women empower themselves so they can live their best life.

Annmarie is a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA), the Greater Philadelphia chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTDPhl), The Press Club PA and the National Association of Female Executives.

Her services include:

- Keynotes for Corporate Events and Association Conferences

- Training Workshops (SmartWoman@Work and New Beginnings)

- Retreats

- Seminars, Teleseminars, Webinars

- Individual coaching

- Group coaching (Victory Teams)

Annmarie Kelly is available for interviews in the Greater Philadelphia area, New York, Maryland, Delaware and Washington DC, and by phone anywhere.

Connect with Annmarie:
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from a book I just started: The Kingmaker's Daughter  by Phillipa Gregory

We are alone together in the firelight. I feel Isabel heave the covers over to her side, and I lie still. She whispers, sharp with malice: "You can cry all night if you want, but I shall still be Queen of England and you will not." Pg. 13

Monday, September 17, 2012

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

This week I received  The Kingmaker's Daughter  by Phillippa Gregory  From Simon & Schuster UK.
I was thrilled to receive it and I am looking forward to reading it.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow

Q:
What hyped up book do you think was not worth all the talk?

I have to say The Host by Stephanie Meyer, I just couldn't get into it.

Buster The Shih-Tzu pup

Buster      The Shih-Tzu  Pup

This week I am in full charge of taking care of Buster, since my daughter is on a well deserved vacation. The first day he didn't see her around and knew that something was different. He is definitely by my side during the day and we are getting through the week just fine. Buster is very much a people 's dog and doesn't like being alone. Three more days to go and he will see his master again.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

Q:
How do you organize/store your books? Do you go through them often? or do you pretty much just shelve them and then leave them alone until you need them?

I pretty much leave them alone by stacking them on a table, until I get to read them.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

My selection for today is:   Forgotten   by Catherine McKenzie    Publisher: William Morrow 

Rel.Date 10-16-12.

Emma Tupper is a dedicated lawyer with a bright future. but when she takes a month-long leave of absence to go on an African vacation, she ends up facing unexpected consequences. After she falls ill and spends 6months trapped in a remote village thanks to a devastating earthquake,Emma returns home to discover that her friends, boyfriend and colleagues thought she was dead-and that her life has moved on without her.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

A few interesting words:

1. Debacle- A sudden and ignominious failure; a fiasco.

2. Babushka- A western term for a woman's headscarf tied below the chin in the Eastern European manner.

3. Melange- American metropolitan interpretation of European and Asian cuisines.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

Today's teaser is taken from How Angels Die  by David-Michael Harding

pg. 5
During the first days of the invasion Claire hid,somewhat voluntarily, from the activity in the street. She listened to the whispers of her parents and the blaring sirens wailing across the city.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

This week I received two books in my mailbox.

Wright For America  by Robin Lamont    Meryl Zegarek Relations, Inc.

Five O'clock Follies  by Theasa Tuohy      Meryl Zegarek Relations, Inc.

What did you receive?

Friday, September 7, 2012

Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow

Q:  What are you reading right now?

I am reading How Angels Die   by David-Michael Harding

How do you like it?

I'm liking the story a lot, It's about two remarkable sisters, who battle the German occupation of their French town in the early days of 1944. This book delivers an uncommon take on the French Resistance and is a good drama during these times.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

Q;
We all had to read things in school that we didn't like...but what about something you read for a class you ended up liking(or loving)?
An author you discovered that you might not have found? A genre you hadn't thought about?

In high school it was Shakespeare's plays, which I didn't appreciate at the time and it was a genre I hadn't thought about.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Taken from Most Interesting Words

1. Senescence- Growing old or aging.

2. Ennui- Boredom or joblessness.

3. Condign- A well deserved punishment.

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:

Owlet
Society of Feathers #1
by Emma Michaels
Publication Date: October 13, 2012

Somewhere between falling and flying...there is a girl.

Iris has a secret. She lost her memory eight years ago and never told a living soul. After an asthma attack one night she finds out that her dreams of a strange house on a snowy island may be a memory resurfacing but the more she learns about the past the more she realizes the life she has been living is a lie. As the façade her father has built starts to crumble around her she will have to decide which means more to her; the truth or her life.

Click here to add Owlet to your Goodreads to-read list.