Friday, December 28, 2012

Les Miserables The Movie Post

Les Miserables    The Movie   Post

What a wonderful treat on Christmas night to see this movie. We saw the stage version in New York a few years ago, when Ricky Martin was in it and just loved it. We just about got seating as it played to a full house.
The singing was great and the acting was good. Hugh Jackman was a good choice for his part and so was Anne Hathaway. If this comes to a theatre near you don't miss it. Happy New Year!

Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow

Q: What book do you think everyone should read? If you could gift the entire population with one book?

It would have to be the whole Harry Potter series. You just can't read just one in the series.


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Booking Through Thursday

 Booking Through Thursday

Q:  What are/were your favorite book (s) of the year? (bonus points if you know how many books you read.)
Her are a few titles that come to mind that I enjoyed reading: The Spirit Of Angels, Fever, The Kingmaker's Daughter. I would have to take a guess and say about 25+ books read this year, I'm a slow reader.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

My pre-publication "can't -wait- to - read" selection is: 

All You Could Ask For   by: Mike Greenberg

Rel. Date:  4-2-13         (hardcover cover)     320 pgs.         Publisher: William Morrow

Summary:

Brooke, Samantha, & Katherine don't know each other, but their stories are about to intertwine in ways no one could have imagined.
Happily married Brooke discovers her loving husband has led a separate life with... another wife.
Newlywed Samantha learns of her husband's cheating heart when she finds the goods in his computer.
High powered career woman Katherine works with heartbreaker Phillip, the man who hurt her early on in her career.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Taken from Interesting Words

1. Bailiwick:  An area of interest, activity or authority.

2. Euphony: Bearable or agreeable sound.

3. Hubris: Overbearing pride.

4. Kvetch: Complain constantly.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow

Q:  What have you learned from book blogging that you didn't know before about the publishing industry?

I think what I did know not only from book blogging is that their are a lot of publishers out there.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

Q:  Any books you"re particularly hoping to be gifted this year? Any that you're giving as presents this Holiday season?

I don't know of any offhand to be gifted to me, and none this year as presents to others.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

My pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is: The Lost Soul  by Gabriella Pierce

Rel. Date is 1-2-12    Publisher: Wm. Morrow

Summary:

The Lost Soul is the third book in Gabriella Pierce's 666 Park Ave. series, the basis for ABC's new series. A richly gothic contemporary series about the darkness lurking behind the gilded halls of N.Y. high society and the elite Upper East Side witches who rule Park Ave.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My Words today are taken from the book: Dark Souls  by Paula Morris

Motte- An artificial earth mound.

Garroted- Strangled.

Snickleways- Alleys in London.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Hobbit The movie

The Hobbit    The Movie

I saw the movie over the week-end and was glad to see the familiar faces and the return to the Shire. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the scenery and the way the movie was done. When Gollum appeared, it brought back memories of him in the Lord Of The Rings. I think the audience liked the movie, they gave it a round of applause at the end. It's worth seeing.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from the book:  Dark Souls  by Paula Morris

Pg. 131
"you....you saw me?''  "I keep my eyes open."
Nick looked at her. She could tell that he wasn't angry.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

This week I received two books in my mailbox:

By Fire By Water by Mitchell James Kaplan

Dark Souls by Paula Morris

Friday, December 14, 2012

Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow

Q:    What is the last book that made you cry?  Tell us about the scene....

The last book that I read that brought tears to my eyes was Fever by Mary Beth Keane.
It's very sad to hear of so many babies and children dying coincidentally under her care of typhoid fever. Hence she was known as Typhoid Mary.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

Q:    Do you immediately move on to your next book? Or do you take time to contemplate this writerly masterpiece and all its associated thoughts/emotions/ ideas for awhile first?

After I finish reading a book I usually take time to to go over what I just read and if it's really thought provoking, I usually suggest it to someone else to read. And then it's usually on to the next title.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

My can't wait to read pre-publication selection is:

The Promise Of Stardust    by Priscille Sibley    Rel. Date: 2-5-13     Publisher: Wm Morrow

Summary:

Matt Beaulieu was two years old the first time he held Elle Mc Clure in his arms, seventeen, when he first kissed her under a sky filled with shooting stars, and 33 when he convinced her to marry him. Now in their late 30's, the couple have everything-except the baby they wanted. When an accident leaves Elle brain dead. Matt is devastated. Matt knows that Elle is afraid of a slow death.


Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

1. Bane- something causing misery or death.

2. Nascent- being born or beginning.

3. Lope- a slow pace of running.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Persecution Of Mildred Dunlap by Paulette Dunlap Post- Review Post -Review

The Persecution Of Mildred Dunlap    by Paulette Mahurin       Post- Review

My Thoughts:

This is the story of two persecuted women living in a small Nevada town in 1895. They love each other very much, but cannot live their lives the way they want to because of the prejudice and lack of understanding at that time. They have to live secretly and endure the consequences. But in the end they learn how friendship and love gives them the strength to live the way they want to during these trying times. I found it to be a real page turner and interesting story.
It's a women's Brokeback Mountain filled with memorable historical events, especially the conviction of Oscar Wilde.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My Teaser is taken from the book: The Wind From Entouhonoron  By Art Tirell

Pg. 1
At the end of September, a hurricane pummeled the South East end of lake Ontario. Along the shore, scores of trees were uprooted and in the settlements, even the stoutest of roofs lifted and blew away.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

This week I received:  The Lawyer's lawyer  by James Sheehan   Courtesy of  Susan Schwartzman publicity.

Summary:

Tobin, known as the lawyer's lawyer- the guy the best lawyers say they'd want to represent them in a courtroom battle-undertakes the representation of a serial killer who he believes to be innocent. The Chief of Police is outraged, the citizens of Oakville where the murders occurred, erupt, and the State Attorney is out for blood as Jack challenges the criminal justice system once again.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Buster The Shih-Tzu Pup

Buster   The Shih-Tzu   Pup

Buster is off to the groomers tomorrow for his Christmas grooming and in a way, I hate to see him without his fluffy coat of fur, but it will grow back very quickly. He is getting used to going and leaving him there a lot better now. Well that's all for now. Buster wishes everyone a very" Merry Christmas".

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

Q:  Do you keep a list of the books you have read?

I used to but will have to start doing it again.

If so why? to keep good records for future reference? to make sure you don't accidentally re-read? If so why not? Too eager to move on to the next book? Too lazy, never thought to bother?

I usually keep a list a list of what I have read for future reference, and just in case someone asks me for a good title to read.

John Catenacci - Dianna's Way - Excerpt & Giveaway



About the Book

Dianna is a young woman in her late 20’s when she meets John, a man in his late 40's. They fall in love and marry. A central feature of their life plan is to have one child to fulfill her fervent lifelong dream of being a mother.

Not to be.

Not long into their marriage, Dianna discovers she has an aggressive form of breast cancer.

Hand in hand, they begin a 17 year spiritual journey into the nature of love and healing. Along the way, she discovers and fulfills her life purpose and, in the process, takes John by the hand, gently helping him to reveal, then fulfill, his own.

In the beginning, John, being much older, thought he would be her teacher but gradually discovers in the most important dimensions of life quite the opposite is true. With Dianna’s guidance, he ultimately discovers we are all teachers, we are all students and we are all one.

Theirs is a story of courage, determination and a lightness of being, as they descend into the deepest valleys of crushing disappointment, pain and suffering only to rise again to ever higher peaks of appreciation, gratitude and love. Throughout it all, their journey is laced with light and laughter.

Even today, after her passing, they continue their relationship, piercing the Illusion that veils this reality, exploring its limits while continuing a spiritual journey without end.


Excerpt
The Beginning of Something Else


“Honey, why don’t we make love anymore?”

We are in bed. Dianna is reading a book about healing cancer, while I’m thumbing through a bird hunting magazine. Dianna lays her book on the end table and rolls over toward me. I lay down the magazine, too. She has my undivided attention now.

“I think we make love every day in some way,” I say.

“You know what I mean.”

“Sex.”

“Yes.”

I let out a big sigh. We have not had sex since the transplant. I have been thinking about this for quite a while, and nothing ever comes up making sense to me.

“Don’t you find me desirable anymore? Do you still love me?”

“Do you actually have to ask me that?” I’m looking her right in the eye. “I love you more now than I ever have.”

“Well?”

“I don’t have a way to explain it. It’s not that I don’t find you attractive or desirable. It’s just with everything that has happened to us, to you, I just…I don’t know what to say.”

“It’s because I’ve lost my breasts, isn’t it. You never touch them anymore.”

“Well, honey, we’ve discussed that already. You’ve admitted you don’t have any feeling there anymore. Why would I touch them? I don’t fondle doorknobs, either. But, anyway, your breasts have nothing to do with it.”

“Then, what?”

“The only way I can put it is, I love you very much, and more and more with each passing year. But expressing my love for you in a sexual way feels…I don’t know…just feels inappropriate somehow.”

“Like you will hurt me or something?”

“I guess so. No matter how much you love someone, if the person you love is wounded and bleeding, you don’t try to have sex with them. Feels… just doesn’t feel…right. You protect them. You care for them, not have sex with them. Something like that.”

“I’m not a cripple, you know. I’m not a piece of glass. I won’t break.”

“I know that, honey.”

“I’m a woman with womanly needs. I still desire you sexually. I would love to have sex with you like a normal human being.” She slides her arm under my arm. “I feel rejected. That hurts.”


John's wife, Dianna

“I realize that. I feel terrible about it. Don’t you think I haven’t thought about how much you’ve lost? You have lost your dream of having a child. Now your menstrual cycles have ended, reminding you that all you are going to get from now on is hot flashes instead of the child you so dearly wanted. You’ve lost your breasts, a part of you, you were always so proud of…, and you have lost your hair twelve times. You…”

“Three times.”

I laugh. Then, so does she, a little.

“What I’m trying to say, maybe not very well, is I realize all these losses assail your femininity, of what it means to be a woman, …and… not having sex with your partner is just another thing piled on top of all the rest. It’s the last thing you need to have happen in your life, right now. I know I can’t feel what you feel exactly…, but I do understand these are losses you deal with every day. That’s why it hurts me so much to be stuck like this, this way.”

“Then, I don’t understand why you would want to deprive me of this, too.”

My eyes are getting wet, and my heart is thick in my throat.

“Believe me, if I could do anything about it, I would. I just can’t. Men can’t fake it, you know.”

“I don’t want you to fake it.”

I put my arms around her and pull her close to me. I can’t stop the tears now.

“And so I don’t. I’m not faking my love for you, either. I would do anything I know how to do for you. I do what I can. I’m so sorry, honey.”

She starts to cry, softly, quietly, burying her head into my neck.

“So am I,” she whispers.

We fall into silence. There doesn’t seem to be anything else to say. I keep my arms around her, and she keeps her arm over me.

We fall asleep that way.

***

Price: $16.95 paperback
ISBN: 9780985247904
Pages: 365
Release: December 14, 2012


About the Author

After spending his youth doing cement construction work while getting his education, John Catenacci earned a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He went on to work on the Apollo 11 Project as a member of the USAF in California, then as an engineer for the Dow Chemical Company in Midland, MI, doing both process research as well as designing and building chemical plants.

Mid-career he became interested in group dynamics, leading to another 20-year career in team building that took him across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Saudi Arabia.

With a sprinkling of published short stories and articles in small magazines along the way, his abiding passion has always been writing, something now coming to fruition in this, his first book.

Connect with John:
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Waiting On wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

My pre-publication "can't-wait -to read" selection is: Vanity Fare by Megan Caldwell

Release Date:   12-26-12       Publisher: William Morrow

Vanity fare is a charming tale of food , family literature and romance in which 40-year old newly single Brooklyn mother embarks on a culinary writing career and finds herself at the center of a deliciously tempting love triangle. Funny and sweet, the romantic novel also includes 5 delicious recipes.




Spirit Of Lost Angels Post- review

Spirit of Lost Angels    By Liza Perrat       Post - Review

Summary:

Forced to leave her village of Lucie-sur-Vionne for domestic work in Paris, Victoire suffers gruesome abuse under the ancien re'gime. Can she muster the bravery and skill to join the revolutionary force gripping France, and overthrow the corrupt, diabolical aristocracy?

My Thoughts:

This captivating story of a young girl whose life is a journey of hope and courage, after suffering unbelievable tests to survive gruesome circumstances. It is a book I couldn't put down being  a lover of historical fiction. It takes you back to those tumultuos times during the revolution.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from the book: Spirit Of Lost Angels  by Liza Perrat.

1. Cabriolet- is a two wheeled carriage with a folding top.

2. Fiacre- is a small hackney coach.

3. La Salpetriere- was a dumping ground for the poor of Paris an it served as a prison.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book: The Persecution Of Mildred Dunlap  By Paulette Mahuria

Pg. 11
Mildred softened. She didn't want to have Erda do what she herself found repulsive. "you sure"? She laughed, releasing some irritation. "I was in such a good mood when I woke up", "By the time you get home you'll feel better." "Yeah, you're probably right."

Monday, December 3, 2012

How The Years Go By

How The Years Go By

Over the week-end I celebrated my 67th birthday with lunch and a movie with my daughter. We saw a movie I was waiting to see, Anna Karenina. On Sunday, dinner at a favorite restaurant with my husband and daughter. I can't believe how the years fly by, but age is only a number.

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

Waiting on The Persecution Of Mildred Dunlap, to be sent to me by the author.